Best World War 2 Movies You Must Watch

The films that have documented the destruction and bloodshed of the war have been endlessly creative. They have provided factual information about the war and have been able to provide masterpieces in terms of cinema. Here are some of the best films that are based on the incidents that took place during the Second World War.

 

The Imitation Game

Year of Release – 2014

IMDb Rating – 8/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 90%

Directed By – Morten Tyldum

The Oscar-winning film, starring Benedict Cumberbatch is about British cryptanalyst Alan Turing who contributed as a war hero through his computer skills. He decrypted the Enigma code, which as Winston Churchill said, reduced the war by four years.

Schindler’s List

Year of Release – 1993

IMDb Rating – 8.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 97%

Directed By – Steven Spielberg

Schindler’s List is undoubtedly one of the best war films. The movie is made to such perfection as expected of a Spielberg film. The story is about Oscar Schindler, and industrialist who saves thousands of Polish Jews from being sent to Auschwitz.

Letters From Iwo Jima

Year of Release – 2006

IMDb Rating – 7.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 91%

Directed By – Clint Eastwood

This is the story of the battle of Iwo Jima that was fought between the United States and Japan. The film is told from the perspective of a Japanese who fought in the war.

The Longest Day

Year of Release – 1962

IMDb Rating – 7.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 87%

Directed By – Darryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki and Gerd Oswald

Shot in docudrama style, the film is about the days that were leading to D-Day. And what makes this film special is the fact that it is told on a scale both the parties, the allies, and the axis.

Life Is Beautiful

Year of Release – 1997

IMDb Rating – 8.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 80%

Directed By – Roberto Benigni

The story is about an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son, who has fallen as the victims of the holocaust. But the father, Guido, tries to save his son through his humor and will. He tells his son that it is a game that comes with benefits and drawbacks. Certain actions are going to help win points while certain actions will take the points away or even disqualify the player.

Inglourious Basterds

Year of Release – 2009

IMDb Rating – 8.3 / 10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 89%

Directed By – Quentin Tarantino

In Nazi-occupied Germany, a group of American Jewish soldiers plan to assassinate the Nazi leaders, but they later discover that their plans coincide with a theatre owner’s vengeful plans of the same.

Casablanca

Year of Release – 1942

IMDb Rating – 8.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 99%

Directed By – Michael Curtiz

The story is about an American expatriate Rick Blaine who runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the Second World War. He discovers that Ilsa, his old love interest is in the town with her husband, Victor Laszlo, who is a Czech leader whom the Germans have been trying to find. Now it’s on Rick to decide whether he wants to help Laszlo or not.

Saving Private Ryan

Year of Release – 1998

IMDb Rating – 8.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 93%

Directed By – Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg is the master of this art, and whatever he does, it is always close to perfection. Saving Private Ryan is yet another example of his exemplariness.

The story is about a group of US soldiers who go past the enemy line to save the paratrooper whose three other brothers have been killed in the war.

Downfall

Year of Release – 2004

IMDb Rating – 8.2/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 90%

Directed By – Oliver Hirschbiegel

The downfall is the story of the Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler in his last days when he was hiding in the bunker before committing suicide. Traudl Junge, who was the final secretary of Hitler, tells the story of his final days at the end of the Second World War.

From Here To Eternity

Year of Release – 1953

IMDb Rating – 7.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating – 92%

Directed By – Fred Zinnemann

In the days preceding the attack of Pearl Harbour, at an army barrack, a private is cruelly punished by the Captain. And on the other hand, Captain’s wife starts to have an affair with one of the sergeants. These films are bound to educate you and inspire you in all senses. The second World War between 1939 to 1945 has been the darkest time in history, and these films have been able to give a translucent sense of that period.

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