The 13 best WWII movies for the buff! Prepare the popcorn…
II. World Warhas been one of the most used subjects and themes on the big screen. In addition to many quality films, there were also terrible Second World War films.
Today, we have selected 13 World War II themed movies that we consider worth watching. There is no order in our list. Also, if you have any suggestions other than these 13 movies, don’t forget to write them in the comments.
Here are 13 quality WWII movies we’ve selected for you:
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN (1969)
Battle of Britain – Shooting in the Sky is about the British Air War between the German Air Force Luftwaffe and the Royal Air Force in the early stages of World War II. Germany prepared its invasion plan to seize air superiority over British skies; But whether the invasion will take place will be determined by the course of the war.
A BRIDGE TOO FAR (1977)
It is the last days of the Second World War. The Germans are about to take their defeat on French soil. The Allies are also on the eve of capturing a bridge over the Rhine after the Normandy landings. However, after a big mistake, the paratroopers, who were planned to land close to the bridge, land quite far from the bridge. The place where they land is one of the battle fronts where the hand of the German Army is strongest.
Torah! Torah! Torah! (1970)
It is an epic 1970 war film dramatizing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The film is produced by Elmo Williams , Richard Fleischer , Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku and features an ensemble starring . The cast included Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, So Yamamura, E.G. Marshall, James Whitmore, Tatsuya Mihashi, Takahiro Tamura, Wesley Addy and Jason Robards. It was Masuda and Fukasaku’s first English-language film and their first non-Japanese film.
THE LONGEST DAY (1962)
The Nazis invaded France in this war movie, which brings together the Normandy landings, one of the unforgettable events of history in England in June 1944, and the situation of the people during the war. And to save France from occupation, a large army sets out for France. This war against the Nazis continued on five different fronts…
Directed by Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki and Andrew Marton, the film stars the most famous actors of the period such as Sean Connery, Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Richard Burton, and Robert Wagner.
THE PIANIST (2002)
The pianist is about a real drama that took place during the Second World War. Adapted from the book of the same name, in which the famous Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman tells his memoirs, the film focuses on the struggle for survival in the suburbs of Warsaw, the famous pianist who somehow escaped from going to a prison camp at a time when it was impossible to live in Nazi-occupied Poland. The musician, who lives a miserable life in the slums, will fight heroically with the other people, even though he is exposed to famine and humiliation. When the day comes and he has the chance to escape from there, he will take shelter in the ruins of the capital and regain his hope with an unexpected help.
INGLORIOUS BASTERDS (2009)
In Inglorious Basterds, German-occupied France is having a harder time than ever. Shosanna, just one of the war-torn civilians, witnessed the brutal murder of her family. The woman, who somehow managed to escape this life market, goes to Paris and starts her life from scratch with a new identity. On the other hand, Jewish Lieutenant Raine, who organized his own soldiers against the Nazis in a different country in Europe, is setting up various plans to achieve his goal. Shosanna, Lieutenant Raine and the German actress will cross paths in a movie theater run by Shosanna. Written and directed by the opposite director Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger, the film was nominated for eight Oscars.
THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)
At the Bridge on the Kwai, the captives led by Colonel Nicholson receive a Japanese directive to build a bridge across the River Kwai. Colonel Saito’s purpose in building the bridge is to easily distribute the ammunition to his troops. Colonel Nicholson’s only leverage will be to build the best bridge possible, fuel his own pride and the motivation of his soldiers, and regain lost power and lost self-confidence.
The unforgettable masterpiece of David Lean, one of the great directors of the period, Bridge of the Kwai also attracts attention with its cast of actors such as Alec Guiness, Jack Hawkins and William Holden.
The 1993 German film tells the story of a Sturmpioniere battalion who had successfully served in the Battles of El Alamein and was stationed in Italy to rest, being sent to Stalingrad and their experiences there.
DAS BOOT (1981)
Das Boot is the 1981 epic war movie of director Wolfgang Petersen, who made a lot of noise with his movie Troy. The film is about the war drama that takes place in one of the most difficult periods of the Second World War. A German submarine, on its way to destroy the British defenses in a special operation, is trapped by an unexpected British attack as it approaches its target. On the one hand, the crew trying to get out of this difficult situation find themselves in a life market where they often question the concept of war and human.
The film, which focuses on the psychology of soldiers at war, is separated from other war-themed films in this humanitarian aspect. The production received 6 Oscar nominations in 1983 for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and technical effects, editing and sound.
THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963)
During the Great Escape, a group of POWs held captive in a high-security camp during the Second World War are meticulously observed by the Germans. Although the German soldiers have repeatedly stated that it is impossible for them to get out of this camp, a team consisting of a British soldier, a trench digger and a master thief will try to do the impossible by pushing the limits. But the problem isn’t just being able to get out of the camp. There are various handicaps waiting for them in the outside world.
The classic movie adapted from the novel by Paul Brickhill for the big screen draws attention with important names such as Steve McQueen and James Garner.
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)
In Saving Private Ryan, a woman, a mother of four, is badly injured after her three sons lost in World War II. Now his only wish is for his only surviving son to return safely from the war. Their pleas are answered, and on an order from the President, James Ryan will be able to survive this war at all costs. On the day of the Normandy landing, an eight-man troop is assigned to a different mission, to rescue Ryan. However, this unit, led by Captain John Miller, will embark on a true struggle for survival in this challenging environment where the life market is experienced; He will question the legitimacy of risking the lives of eight people to save one man.
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA (2006)
Focusing on the bloody landing of American soldiers on the Japanese-held Iwo Jima Island at the end of the Second World War, the film looks at the events from the loser’s side.
The facts revealed years later through letters found in the deserted lands of the island reveal how the Japanese soldiers were able to show a resistance for forty days in an environment where defeat was inevitable.
The film, which focuses on the Japanese general resisting the American soldiers, has the feature of being two films that complement each other with Flags of Our Ancestors. Although both films are signed by Clint Eastwood, it should be noted that the director made a much greater impact with Letters from Iwo Jima.
GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (1988)
Grave of the Fireflies is one of the darkest spots in human history. It tells the story of the lives devastated by World War II through two younger brothers. Seita and Setsuka, who sacrificed their mothers in the war, are sent to a close relative because their father is also in the war. Unable to hold on here, these two little children run away from home and throw themselves into the streets, where the traces of the war are fueled by the moment. However, this journey will turn into a battle of life in blood-smelling streets, unlike the journeys we know. Adapted from Akiyuki Nosaka’s semi-biographical novel, the film is one of the most touching and realistic films about war.