World War I Films

War: "A crime.
Ask the infantry and ask the dead."
--Ernest Hemingway

The African Queen (1951)
Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart star in this movie classic about a hard-drinking river trader and a prim missionary. Oscar nominees for Screenplay were James Agee and John Huston.
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All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Lew Ayres stars in this moving film about German boys' experiences as soldiers. Adapted from Erich Maria Remarque's great novel. Screenplay by Lewis Milestone, Maxwell Anderson, Del Andrews, and George Abbott. Won Oscars for Best Picture and Director.
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All the King's Men (1930)
The true story of England's vanished regiment is revealed. It is one of the most compelling and curious legends of the First World War. Led by Captain Frank Beck (David Jason), a favorite agent of King George V (David Troughton, Madame Bovary), Sandringham Company was comprised entirely of servants, grooms and gardeners from the King's Norfolk Estate. On August 12, 1915 the unit marched into battle against the Turks in Gallipoli and simply vanished, never to be heard from again. Queen Alexandra, played by Dame Maggie Smith (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, A Room with a View), was the driving force behind the investigation into the real fate of the battalion. But despite her extensive inquires, no trace of the men was ever discovered. Now, All the King's Men brings the details of what really happened in 1915 to the screen for the first time. It tells the story of these amateur soldiers, the idyllic life and loves they left behind in the quintessential English country estate and the horrors of an ill-prepared campaign to which they were subjected.
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The Blue Max
George Peppard and Ursala Andress are German lovers in this movie about dogfighting. Spectacular aerial combat sequences.
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Dark Journey
Touching love story, set in Stockholm, about a dress-shop-owner-double agent (Vivien Leigh), who becomes involved with the head of German Intelligence.
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The Dawn Patrol
Errol Flynn and David Niven star as pilot pals in this action-adventure about flyers in France. Basil Rathbone plays a stern officer forced to send up green recruits. A classic.
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Lovely Marlene Dietrich stars as a secret agent during WW I. Directed by Josef von Sternberg.

The Eagle and the Hawk
Anti-war movie with Fredric March as a reluctant hero, co-pilot Cary Grant, everyone's pal Jack Oakie, and society dame Carole Lombard. Great film.

The Fighting 69th
James Cagney stars in this movie about the exploits of the famed Irish regiment during WW I. Includes exciting battle scenes and roughneck comedy.
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Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.
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Grand Illusion
One of the very first prison escape movies, "Grand Illusion" is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. Jean Renoir's antiwar masterpiece stars Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay, as French soldiers held in a World War I German prison camp, and Erich von Stroheim as the unforgettable Captain von Rauffenstein.
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In Love and War
Reporter Ernest Hemingway is an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I. While bravely risking his life in the line of duty, he is injured and ends up in the hospital, where he falls in love with his nurse, Agnes von Kurowsky.
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King & Country
During World War I, an army private is accused of desertion during battle. The officer assigned to defend him at his court-martial finds out there is more to the case than meets the eye.
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King Of Hearts
During the latter part of World War I, Private Charles Plumpick is chosen to go into the French town of Marville and disconnect a bomb that the German army has planted. However, Charles is chased by some Germans and finds himself holed up at the local insane asylum, where the inmates are convinced that he is the "King of Hearts." Feeling obligated to help the inmates, Charles attempts to lead them out of town, but they are afraid to leave and frolic about the streets in gay costumes. Will Charles be able to deactivate the bomb in time and save his newfound friends?
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Paths of Glory
The futility and irony of the war in the trenches in WWI is shown as a unit commander in the French army must deal with the mutiny of his men and a glory-seeking general after part of his force falls back under fire in an impossible attack.
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A Very Long Engagement
The film is set in France near the end of World War I in the deadly trenches of the Somme, in the gilded Parisien halls of power, and in the modest home of an indomitable provincial girl. It tells the story of this young woman's relentless, moving and sometimes comic search for her fiancée, who has disappeared. He is one of five French soldiers believed to have been court-martialed under mysterious circumstances and pushed out of an allied trench into an almost-certain death in no-man's land. What follows is an investigation into the arbitrary nature of secrecy, the absurdity of war, and the enduring passion, intuition and tenacity of the human heart.