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Top 10 WW2 Movies Ever Made

So many films were made about World War II. It’s hard to know where to start. We decided to help you out by making a top 10 movie list. You won’t see Saving Private Ryan on there, but you might find some war movies you’ve never heard of before. Here is the list of Top 10 WW2 Movies Ever Made.

#10. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

We begin with a recent World War Two film starring Andrew Garfield, which portrays the actual tale of Private Desmond T. Doss, an American soldier who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for sacrificing his life to save 75 comrades during the Battle of Okinawa.

Dos declined to wield guns during World War II on religious reasons and was shunned by his friends for his pacifism, but his bravery and altruism earned him respect and admiration. We think it’s a must-see.

#9. Downfall (2004)

Downfall (2004)

Within the dark passageways of Hitler’s personal bunker, this claustrophobic narrative of Nazi Germany’s last days takes place.

The feeling of impending doom is evident throughout, and several sequences in this film ring eerily real since much of it is based on the recollections of Hitler’s Secretary. And, of course, we must not overlook Bruno Ganz’s superb portrayal of Adolf Hitler.

#8. Come and See (1985)

Come and See (1985)

Buckle up if he believed Saving Private Ryan came close to recreating a real-life scary environment. Come and See, on the other hand, will blast your favorite WWII film out of the water.

Elem Klimov’s Hallucinatory masterwork from 1985 is the closest cinema has ever gotten to replicating War Seven’s merciless sensory experience.

#7. Das Boot (1981)

Das Boot (1981)

Das Boot, which translates to “The Boat,” was initially intended to be a five-hour miniseries for German television, but was subsequently edited down to a feature length for international distribution.

The most claustrophobic of all World War II films, this horrifying Uboat thriller is a masterwork in frugal, confined space narrative, heaping the strain on both characters and the spectator.

#6. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Inglourious Basterds (2009)


Quentin Tarantino’s war drama is loaded with blood, cruelty, and black humor, as one might anticipate. The film is set in German-occupied France, when a teenage Jewish immigrant sees her family being slaughtered by a ruthless German Colonel.

She just avoided losing her life. She plots her vengeance some years later at a prestigious movie screening, when every prominent Nazi officer is expected to attend, including the fuel himself.

#5. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

This animated World War Two play, like Come and See, gives us a child’s viewpoint on wartime monstrosities. It does, however, focus on tactics used by youngsters to filter out the realities of the world during such difficult times, such as daydreaming and exaggerated optimism.

It is impossible to express how upsetting and agonizing it is to see a Japanese boy and his little sister being dragged into the woods on their own while American planes destroy their hometown.

#4. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

Life Is Beautiful (1997)

Both uplifting and depressing. Another representation of the consequences of World War II and the Holocaust on children is this war film set in 1930s Italy.

The show’s centerpiece, though, is a Jewish father who uses comedy to protect his young kid from the horrors of war despite living in a hostile environment.

Guido, the boy’s father, lets his kid assume that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand reward for winning is a tank throughout their time at the Jewish concentration camp.

#3. The Pianist (2002)

The Pianist (2002)

After the loss of his family at the hands of the Germans, this Oscar-winning World War II survival drama depicts the Warsaw ghetto during the German invasion of Poland.

Adrien Brody portrays Wladyslaw Szpilman, a quiet Jewish environmentalist whose purpose is to keep alive against all obstacles during Germany’s occupation of Poland.

#2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

This five-time Oscar-winning World War II film depicting DDay was co-written by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Matt Damon.

In this film, a squad of US soldiers venture beyond enemy lines to rescue Ryan, a paratrooper whose three brothers were killed in combat. The terrible Normandy Landing sequences were so realistic that some veterans were said to have sobbed in the cinemas.


#1. Schindler’s List (1993)

Schindler's List (1993)

Steven Spielberg is working on a couple additional World War II films, with Schindler’s List being our top choice.

It is based on the actual tale of Oskar Schindler, a ruthless German industrialist who saved the lives of hundreds of Jews by allowing them to hide in his factory.

This film plainly demonstrates that wonderful things can be found in even the most heinous of persons. On the IMDb website, the film scored an eight out of 10 on a scale of ten, and a Metacritic meta score of 94.

This was our Top 10 WW2 Movies list. We have been able to compile a great list of the best ww2 movies of all time. Do you agree with our list? If you have any suggestions or comments please shoot them down in the comments below. 

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