World War II Films

(Part 1)

Action, Adventure, Romance, Comedy, Sorrow, Bravery


"The man-at-arms is the only man."
--Henrik Ibsen

Above and Beyond
Moving story of the U. S. pilot who flew over Hiroshima with the first atomic bomb during World War II. The movie tells of his training and the effect of the raid on his life. Starring Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, and Jim Backus.
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Above Suspicion
Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray are asked to do a spy mission during their honeymoon in Europe on the eve of World War II. Also with Basil Rathbone, Conrad Veidt, and Reginald Owen.
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The Accompanist
In Nazi-occupied Paris, a young accompanist named Sophie Vasseur gets a job with famed singer Irene Brice. As Irene's husband Charles, a businessman collaborating with the Nazis, wrestles with his conscience, Sophie becomes obsessed with Irene, taking on the role of maid as well as accompanist, living life vicariously through Irene's triumphs and affairs.
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Across the Pacific
Humphrey Bogart follows spies in Panama while toying with Sydney Greenstreet and flirting with Mary Astor. John Huston directed.
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Action in the North Atlantic
A great action film starring Humphrey Bogart who goes off to fight the Nazis. Guy Gilpatric was nominated for an Oscar for Original Story.
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Adventures of the Flying Cadets
A group of flying cadets have to clear themselves of a murder charge, while trying to stop a traitorous scientist from selling secrets to the Nazis.
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Aerial Gunner
Old rivals are pitted against each other in basic training and fight for the same woman.
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Aimee and Jaguar
In 1943, while the Allies are bombing Berlin and the Gestapo is purging the capital of Jews, a dangerous love affair blossoms between two women. One of them, Lilly Wust (Juliane Köhler), married and the mother of four sons, enjoys the privileges of her stature as an exemplar of Nazi motherhood. For her, this affair will be the most decisive experience of her life. For the other woman, Felice Schragenheim (Maria Schrader), a Jewess and member of the underground, their love fuels her with the hope that she will survive.
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Air Force
A B-17 crew leaves from San Francisco one peaceful night in December and ends up on Pearl Harbor above the island in smoke. With John Garfield and Gig Young. Dudley Nichols was nominated for the Original Screenplay Oscar. Directed by Howard Hawks.
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All My Loved Ones
Matej Minac's heartbreaking and poignant story of one family's experience at the onset of World War II is inspired by the heroics of English stockbroker Nicholas Winton who saved hundreds of Czech Jewish children from the Nazis and is loosely based on his own mother's personal memories of the time.
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All Things Fair
Malmoe, Sweden during the Second World War. Stig is a 15 year old pupil on the verge of adulthood. Viola is 37 years old and his teacher. He is attracted by her beauty and maturity. She is drawn to him by his youth and innocence, a god-sent relief from her drunk and miserable husband. They start a passionate and forbidden relationship -- but it has consequences they never could have expected.
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All Through the Night
Humphrey Bogart and his gang hunt Nazi spies in New York. Starring Bogart, Peter Lorre, Judith Anderson, Jackie Gleason, and Phil Silvers.
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Ambush Bay
Their top secret mission paved the way for the man who said "I Shall Return!".
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Amen
Two systems: the Nazi machine versus the Vatican and Allied diplomacy. Two men struggling from the inside. On one side, Kurt Gerstein, a real-life chemist and SS officer, supplied the death camps with zyklon B while he tirelessly denounced the crimes and alerted the Allies, the Pope, the Germans and their churches at his family's and his own risk. On the other, Ricardo Fontana, a young Jesuit, a fictitious character who represents all the priests who had the heart to struggle against savagery, often paying for their courage with their lives. Countless priests, some known, others anonymous, who simply were not content to live with the silence of their church's hierarchy.
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The Americanization of Emily
James Garner, a U. S. Naval officer, is set up to be the first casualty of D-Day in this romantic comedy. Julie Andrews co-stars as a British war window. Script by Paddy Chayefsky, from William Bradford Huie's novel.
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Anne Frank Remembered
She is perhaps Hitler's best-known victim, but what was Anne Frank really like?
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Anzio
This is the story of the battle at the small town of Anzio, one of the bloodiest engagements on the Italian front. Starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Falk, Robert Ryan, and Arthur Kennedy.
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Arch of Triumph
A refugee doctor and a wanderer heat up Paris while everyone else waits for the Germans to come marching in.
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The Architecture of Doom
An absorbing and chilling documentary about the National Socialist aesthetic, and how attempts to create the Aryan Ideal caused the extermination of millions. Aspects covered include: Hitler's epiphany while viewing Wagner's opera 'Rienzi', the rise of the homo-erotic Grecian/Nordic ideal, the parallels drawn between the 'degenerate' art of the cubists and dadaists and the mentally ill/physically deformed, the Nazi obsession with purity and cleanliness, and, finally, the descent of the Jewish people to the level of a virus/vermin.
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Ashes and Diamonds
Maciek, a young Resistance fighter, is ordered to kill Szczuka, a Communist district leader, on the last day of World War II. Though killing has been easy for him in the past, Szczuka was a fellow soldier, and Maciek must decide whether to follow his orders.
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Attack on the Iron Coast
This is your better than average Commando flick. Based on the historic raid on St. Nazaire the film attempts to re-construct somewhat loosely the events surrounding this raid.
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Away All Boats
The story of a U.S. naval ship and its crew in the Pacific, 1943-1945.
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Back to Bataan
After the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese in World War II, Col. Joseph Madden (John Wayne) of the U.S. Army stays on to organize guerrilla fighters against the conquerors.
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Background to Danger
Exciting story of George Raft in the thick of Nazi intrigue in Turkey. With Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet.
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Ballad of a Soldier
Russian soldier Alyosha Skvortsov is granted a visit with his mother after he singlehandedly fends off two enemy tanks. As he journeys home, Alyosha encounters the devastation of his war-torn country, witnesses glimmers of hope among the people, and falls in love. With its poetic visual imagery, Grigori Chukhrai's "Ballad of a Soldier" is an unconventional meditation on the effects of war, and a milestone in Russian cinema.
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Band of Brothers
Miniseries based on renowned WWII historian Stephen Ambrose's nonfiction book about an Army rifle company that parachuted into France on D-Day.
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Bataan
This film shows the bravery of a small patrol of American soldiers in 1942 attempting to blow up a bridge to stop the encroaching Japanese army. Starring Robert Taylor, Thomas Mitchell, and Desi Arnez. Great combat scenes.
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Battle Cry
Action-packed film about Marines in training, in battle, and in love. Based on a Leon Uris novel and starring Van Heflin. Also starring Aldo Ray, Tab Hunter, and Fess Parker.
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Battle of Britain
Terrific film about British airmen who stopped the Nazi invasion. Starring Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Laurence Olivier, and Curt Jurgens.
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Battle of El Alamein
Loads of action in this movie as Italians and Germans fight the British in the North African desert in 1942. Starring Michael Rennie.
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Battle of the Bulge
This movie is the spectacular story of the tank battles of December 1944, when the Nazi Panzer Forces staged an enormous last-minute offensive on the Belgian Front. Starring Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Dana Andrews, and Charles Bronson.
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Battleground
Van Johnson, John Hodiak, and Ricardo Montalban star in this movie about how American soldiers prove their toughness during Germany's final major offensive, The Battle of the Bulge. Robert Pirosh won an Oscar for his script.
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Bedknobs and Broomsticks
An elaborate Disney musical production about a witch who helps the British during WW II. With Angela Lansbury. A different kind of war movie, to say the least.
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Bent
Max is gay and as such is sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime. He tries to deny he is gay and gets a yellow label (the one for Jews) instead of pink (the one for gays). In camp he falls in love with his fellow prisoner Horst, who wears his pink label with pride.
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The Best Years of Our Lives
This is a story of three servicemen who return from World War II and begin to piece their lives back together. With Myrna Loy, Frederick March, and Dana Andrews. Adapted from MacKinlay Kantor's Glory for Me, a novel in verse. The Oscar for Screenplay went to Robert E. Sherwood.
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Between Heaven and Hell
The spoiled rich son of a wealthy Southerner is changed by his experiences in the Pacific during World War II.
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Big Noise
Laurel and Hardy star as janitors who accept a job to protect a new bomb.
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The Big Red One
Grim story of a WWII squad consisting of an anonymous sergeant and four long-time survivors who ignore the faceless replacements who continually arrive and die.
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Bitter Victory
Unfit commander receives an undeserved citation for an attack on Rommel's headquarters. Unbeknownst to him, his wife is having an affair with one of his officers.
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Black Brigade
A redneck officer is put in charge of a squad of black troops charged with taking an important bridge from the Nazis.
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The Black Fox
Narrated by Marlene Dietrich, this excellent documentary traces the rise and fall of Hitler and his Third Reich. It won the Oscar for best documentary feature.
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Black Rain
The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel.
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Blood on the Sun
A rebellious American newspaper reporter in Tokyo, James Cagney, uncovers the plot to blow up Pearl Harbor.
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Bombs Over Burma
A schoolteacher aids the allies to keep the Burma Road supply line open, despite many enemy raids. The core of the movie/story centers on how a bus load of people are stranded in a remote monastery along the supply line. The story begins to pick up when it is discovered that one of the group is a traitor and is informing the Japanese Air Force of incoming supply convoys.
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The Bridge at Remagen
George Segal and other Allies defend a bridge during WW II. Also starring Robert Vaughn and Ben Gazzara.
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The Bridge on the River Kwai
British WW2 prisoners of war are given the task, by their Japanese captors, of building a railway bridge in a harsh Asian jungle. Led by Col Nicholson, a stereotypical British officer, the prisoners score a moral victory over the Japanese by not only building the bridge, but running the whole show. Unknown to Nicholson, an allied demolition team are planning a spectacular opening for the bridge.
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A Bridge Too Far
An historic telling of the failed attempt to capture several bridges to Germany in World War II in a campaign called Operation Market-Garden.
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British War Collection
Experience all the explosive drama of a nation at war by land, sea and air. The five classic films in this collection -- starring such screen legends as Michael Redgrave, Richard Attenborough, John Mills, Jack Hawkins, Stanley Baker, Robert Shaw and more – are now presented uncut and fully restored, depicting the men and women of Great Britain at their most compassionate and courageous. These are British war movies’ finest hours.
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Buck Privates
Those two crazy cutups, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, turn the military upside down when they accidentally enlist in the Army. This hilarious comedy highlights some of the duo's funniest bits and routines.
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The Bunker
Anthony Hopkins plays Hitler in this adaptation by John Gay of James P. O'Donnell's book about the Third Reich's final days. Hopkins won an Emmy for this role.
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The Burmese Harp
Private Shoji Yasui volunteers for a mission and becomes obsessed with desire to bury war dead. First-rate anti-war film from Japan.
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The Caine Mutiny
When a US Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny.
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Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Set on the Greek island of Cephallonia, the drama begins in 1940 with occupation by Italian troops, awkwardly allied with the Nazis and preferring hedonistic friendliness over military intimidation. That attitude is most generously embodied by Captain Corelli (Nicolas Cage), who is instantly drawn to the Greek beauty Pelagia (Penélope Cruz) despite her engagement to Mandras (Christian Bale), a resistance fighter whose absence leaves Pelagia needy for affection. Mandras's eventual return -- and the inevitable attack by German bombers and ground troops -- threaten to stain this Greek-Italian romance with deeply tragic bloodshed.
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Captains of the Clouds
James Cagney and pals join the Canadian air force on a whim; then they prove their courage in battle. Action-packed drama. Also starring Dennis Morgan. Directed by Michael Curtiz.
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The Captive Heart
Compelling story of British POWs and their Nazi captors. Michael Redgrave gives a wonderful performance. Patrick Kirwan’s story was scripted by Angus MacPhail and Guy Morgan.
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Captive Hearts
A U. S. soldier is shot down, taken prisoner by the Japanese, and falls in love with a local woman. Starring Pat Morita.
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Casablanca
One of the greatest films ever made and was based on the play Everybody Comes to Rick's, by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. The cast includes Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Sydney Greenstreet, Paul Henreid, and Dooley Wilson. The winners for the Screenplay Oscar were Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch.
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Catch 22
Based on Joseph Heller's book, this zany film captures the insanity of Army life during WW 2. Starring Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Bob Newhart, Buck Henry, and many more great actors. The script is by Buck Henry.
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Charlotte Gray
A young Scottish woman joins the French Resistance during World War II to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend who is lost in France.
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Cloak and Dagger
Near the end of World War II, the Allies must find out how much the Axis knows about building atomic bombs. The OSS recruits a physicist, Alvah Jesper, to reach his former colleague, Katerin Lodor, now in Switzerland, and bring her out for debriefing. He reaches her, but a German agent is quickly onto him, and Lodor dies. Jesper must now get into Italy, go underground with the help of Gina, a resistance leader, and convince Polda, a physicist there, to leave with him. Polda won't go until his daughter is rescued from German detention. As Jesper's pal Pinky works on rescuing Polda's daughter and as time for escape runs down, Jesper and Gina fall in love.
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The Clock
Judy Garland, an office worker, meets soldier Robert Walker, who has a two-day leave in New York. A charming love story directed by Vincente Minnelli. If you like WW II romances, you'll love this one.
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Closely Watched Trains
Vaclav Neckar stars in this Czech film that won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. It's the story, part tragedy, part comedy, of a naive apprentice train-dispatcher during the German Occupation. A coming-of-sexual-age tale.
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The Colditz Story
Brave British soldiers attempt to escape from the Nazi’s Colditz Castle prison. Starring John Mills.
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Come and See
A boy is unwillingly thrust into the atrocities of war in WWII Byelorussia, fighting for a hopelessly unequipped resistance movement against the ruthless German forces. Witnessing scenes of abject terror and accidentally surviving horrifying situations he loses his innocence and then his mind.
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Command Decision
Clark Gable is a Flight Commander who must send his son on suicide missions over Germany in order to win the war. A dramatic look at the behind-the-scenes politics of WW II. The screenplay was by William Laidlaw and George Froeshel, adapted from a play by William Wister Haines. A terrific movie, with Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson, Brian Donlevy, and John Hodiak.
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Commandos
Seven men who stood between Rommel's Afrika Korps and ultimate victory.
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Commandos Strike at Dawn
Propaganda-filled drama about a Norwegian (Paul Muni) helping British commandos in fight with Nazis who have invaded Norway. Directed by John Farrow, and starring Lillian Gish and Cedric Hardwicke.
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Conspiracy
By the winter of 1942, Hitler's dream of Aryan supremacy had become a nightmare. His armies could be found freezing and starving on the Eastern front, and America's fighting forces had just entered the war to the West. On January 20th of that year, 15 officials attended a conference at Wannsee on the outskirts of Berlin. Comprised of mid-ranking SS commanders and a variety of government ministers, the meeting was organized by SS Major Adolf Eichmann, under the direction of the ruthless and efficient Chief of Security Reinhard Heydrich. It was to be a polite conference with food, wine and some debate, but beneath this thin veneer of manners lay an evil intent. By the meeting's close, the fate of six million lives would be decided, and a terrible machine put into operation that would alter the shape of the world. "Conspiracy" is based on the only surviving record of that meeting. It would be the blueprint for Hitler's "final solution."
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Corregidor
A doctor and his staff in a hospital on the Philippine island of Corregidor shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor try to treat the sick, injured and wounded as American and Filipino troops desperately try to beat back a ferocious Japanese attack.
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The Counterfeit Traitor
William Holden is a double agent in Europe on dangerous missions. His love interest is Lilli Palmer. Based on a true story, this is a well-crafted film.
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The Cranes are Flying
Veronica and Boris are blissfully in love, until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. Boris is sent to the front lines...and then communication stops. Meanwhile, Veronica tries to ward off spiritual numbness while Boris' draft-dodging cousin makes increasingly forceful overtures. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival.
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Crash Dive
En route to submarine duty in Washington, naval officer Lt. Stewart (Tyrone Power) meets the enchanting Jean Hewitt (Anne Baxter). He begins a whirlwind courtship, unaware she is already engaged to the commander (Dana Andrews) under whom he is about to serve. Just when both men learn they are in love with the same woman, they are forced to work closely on a dangerous commando raid against Nazi tankers.
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Cross of Iron
The film opens with a squad of seasoned German soldiers, led by a disillusioned but skilled sergeant, on a patrol on the Russian front in WWII. They return to base to find a new commander, a traditional Prussian officer who wants only one thing from his command -- an Iron Cross to maintain his family honour. The scene is set for a graphic portrayal of the horrors of war and of the conflict between two men of differing backgrounds.
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D-Day The Sixth Day of June
Robert Taylor portrays an American officer on the front lines of the massive Allied landing, whose special commando unit must destroy a key German gun position. But for Capt. Parker (Taylor), the mission is also fraught with personal complications because he and his commander (Richard Todd) are in love with the same woman (Dana Wynter). Featuring Edmond O'Brien, and building to a stirring climax on the beaches of Normandy, this film is a moving story of courage and sacrifice both on and off the battlefield.
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Darby's Rangers
James Garner is an assault troop leader in North Africa and Italy. Lots of romancing while the gang is away from the fighting. With Jack Warden, Edward Byrnes, and David Janssen. The film focuses on relationships. Garner, who in real life fought in Korea, is always great.
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Das Boot
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.
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December
A drama about 5 prep boys debating weather to join up after Pearl Harbor. The whole thing takes place during one night, December 8th 1941.
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The Desert Fox
James Mason is stellar as Field Marshal Rommel. You'll witness his military defeat in Africa and return to Hitler's Germany. Starring Cedric Hardwicke and Jessica Tandy. A great story about a great general.
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The Desert Rats
Richard Burton is a British commando fighting the Germans in North Africa. James Mason plays Rommel. Action-packed movie of brave men under fire.
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Desperate Journey
Starring Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan, this is a thrilling adventure of American pilots stranded in Germany and trying desperately to reach safety. Plenty of propaganda to please the history buffs. Directed by Raoul Walsh.
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Destination Tokyo
A sub crew survives a dangerous mission in enemy waters. With Cary Grant. Nominated for an Original Story Oscar was Steve Fisher.
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Destiny of a Man
A hymn to the human spirit, this screen adaptation from the novel by Nobel Prize winner Mikhail Sholokhov. After losing his wife and children during the war with fascist Germany and surviving the horrors of a concentration camp, Andrei Sokolov marches with the Soviet Army towards Berlin and finds a new destiny with a young orphaned boy. Winner of the Grand Prize at the 1959 Moscow IFF and Special Diploma at the 1970 Karlovy Vary IFF.
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The Devil's Brigade
This fact-based movie is the story of World War II's 1st Special Service Force on a dangerous mission in the mountains of Italy. Starring William Holden.
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The Diary of Anne Frank
Directed by George Stevens, this is the true story of Jewish refugees hiding in WW II Amsterdam. Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett used Anne’s diary for their stage play and the screen adaptation.
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The Dirty Dozen
A US Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers in World War II.
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Dr. Akagi
Dr. Akagi, a rural physician in Japan during WWII, wages a one-man crusade against hepetitis, earning him a reputation as "Dr. Liver." But his fanatic campaign brings him into disfavor with the Japanese army, and as the war seems more and more hopeless for the Japanese, Dr. Akagi finds himself increasingly a scapegoat.
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Dragon Seed
Katharine Hepburn stars in the Pearl Buck story of a Chinese town devastated by the Japanese occupation. Also starring Walter Huston and Agnes Moorehead. Hepburn plays an Oriental.
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The Dresser
Albert Finney stars as the head of a Shakespearean acting troupe touring Europe during World War II. A senile drunk, Finney is looked after by his dresser, Tom Courtenay. The film details their close and touching relationship as the dresser remains in the background while enabling the once great actor to continue his work.
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The Eagle Has Landed
Action-packed adventure from the Jack Higgins' book about a Nazi plot to kidnap Winston Churchill. There's never a dull moment in this twist-laden story. With Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, and Robert Duvall.
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East Side Kids - Let's Get Tough!
The East Side Kids take on a gang of Japanese spies.
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Edge of Darkness
Errol Flynn stars in this thrilling tale of the underground movement in Norway during the Nazi occupation in WW II. Dazzling camera work and great acting make this one of the best films about the war. With Ann Sheridan, Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, and Ruth Gordon.
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The Elusive Corporal
Jean Renoir directed this rich French film about Frenchmen in a German prison camp trying to escape. Starring Jean-Pierre Cassel and Claude Rich.
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Empire of the Sun
Christian Bale stars in Steven Spielberg's ambitious film about a British boy, living a sheltered life in Shanghai, who is separated from his parents when Japanese troops invade China at the beginning of WW II. The kid then has to fend for himself in a prison camp among adults. Talk about a coming-of-age story! This film is terrific, with wonderful music, acting, camera work, and images. Tom Stoppard adapted J. G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, and John Williams provided the music. Starring John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, and Ben Stiller. This is how Hollywood used to make movies.
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The End of the Affair
On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix (Ralph Fiennes) has a chance meeting with Henry Miles (Stephen Rea), husband of his ex-mistress Sarah (Julianne Moore), who abruptly ended their affair two years before. Bendrix's obsession with Sarah is rekindled; he succumbs to his own jealousy and arranges to have her followed. As the investigation progresses, we learn the reason for their separation. During a bombing raid, Sarah struck a bargain with God to sacrifice their relationship-in exchange for Bendrix's life. When Bendrix reappears in her life, Sarah realizes that her promise to God has become impossible for her to keep.
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Enemies, A Love Story
Herman Broder (Ron Silver) is a Holocaust survivor in postwar New York, wed out of gratitude to the peasant woman who hid him from the Nazis. He carries on a mad affair with a concentration camp survivor (Lena Olin), only to find out that the snappish wife (Anjelica Huston) he thought had died in the war is miraculously alive.
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Enemy at the Gates
Two Russian and German snipers play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.
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The Enemy Below
This suspenseful World War II movie, one of the best naval war films made, follows an American submarine in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Starring Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens.
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The English Patient
During World War II, a mysterious stranger (Ralph Fiennes) is cared for by American allies unaware of his dangerous past. Yet, as the mystery of his identity is revealed, an incredible tale of passion, intrigue, and adventure unfolds.
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Enigma
During the heart of World War II, in March of 1943, cryptoanalysts at Britain's code-breaking center have discovered to their horror that Nazi U-boats have changed their Enigma Code. Authorities enlist the help of a brilliant young man named Tom Jericho (played by Dougray Scott) to help them break the code again. The possibility of a spy within the British code-breakers' ranks looms and Tom's love, Claire (Saffron Burrows), has disappeared. To solve the mysteries, Tom recruits Claire's best friend, Hester Wallace (Kate Winslet). In investigating Claire's personal life, the pair discovers personal and international betrayals.
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Ensign Pulver
Walter Matthau and company provide lots of laughs in this sequel to Mr. Roberts. With Larry Hagman, Jack Nicholson, James Coco, and Diana Sands.
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Escape from Sobibor
Rutger Hauer and Alan Arkin star as Nazi concentration camp prisoners who mastermind the largest escape ever attempted. The wonderful script was written by Reginald Rose, based on Richard Rashke’s book.
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Europa Europa
A Jewish boy separated from his family in the early days of WWII poses as a German orphan and is taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually becomes a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are cornerstones of the film, it is based upon a true story.
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Eye of the Needle
A cold-hearted German spy becomes interested in a love-starved woman on a deserted British island. From Ken Follett’s novel. Starring Donald Sutherland.
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Fat Man and Little Boy
Factual drama about the U.S. development of the atomic bomb. Starring Paul Newman.
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Father Goose
Cary Grant wants to sit out WW II as a beach bum on an island in the Pacific, but he soon finds himself guarding Leslie Caron and seven schoolgirls. Oscar-winning script by Peter Stone and Frank Tarloff.
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Father of a Soldier
This moving study of war's inhumanity follows the wrenching journey of Georgy, an old peasant winegrower who travels to see his wounded soldier son in the hospital. However, the son has already been sent back out to the front, sending Georgy on a trek with the Soviety Army all the way to Berlin to witness the toppling of fascism. This beautifully filmed and acted Soviet classic in the tradition of "The Cranes Are Flying" remains a pioneering work of cinematic art.
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Fighter Attack
The use of flashbacks is used to retell a combat mission in Italy. Starring Sterling Hayden.
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The Fighting Rats of Tobruk
An Englishman and two Australians are sent to North Africa to fight side-by-side in the major battles that help Australia capture Tobruk. The Germans with hordes of tanks and infantry are defeated in some of the most incredible battles of World War II.
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The Fighting Seabees
World War II has begun and the Pacific Islands are overrun by murderous Japanese troops. When casualties mount, Wedge Donovan fights the army bigwigs to allow his workers to carry arms. After taking his men through the required combat training, Wedge (John Wayne) creates and leads the war’s newest fighting force -- The Seabees.
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The Fighting Sullivans
The lives of a close-knit group of brothers growing up in Iowa during the days of the Great Depression and of World War II and their eventual deaths in action in the Pacific theater are chronicled in this film based on a true story.
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Flat Top
The Third Fleet carrier force races toward the Japanese-held Philippines. Their mission is to initiate an all-out air strike to regain control of the embattled islands. Starring Sterling Hayden.
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Flying Leathernecks
Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal.
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Flying Tigers
John Wayne plays the tough commander of Flying Tigers, the famous fighter squadron that fought to save China from the Japanese. Wayne finds he is fighting a war on two fronts: he's taking on the enemy with only a handful of inexperienced men and patched-up planes while keeping a cocky new pilot from stealing his girl. The story has little in common with real history, and lots of classic post-Pearl Harbor propaganda fills the script. Regardless, the movie is all Wayne's, and Wayne fans will enjoy seeing the prototype for what would become the Duke's trademark portrayal of the military fighting man.
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For the Boys
Bette Midler gives the brassiest, sassiest performance of her career as Dixie Leonard, a USO singer whose electrifying stage presence, and flair for outrageous comedy, captivates troops and civilians alike. Teamed up with America's beloved song and dance man, Eddie Sparks (James Caan), the whole world becomes Dixie's stage through three very different wars, and 50 years of music and memories, laughter and tears. All of it... FOR THE BOYS.
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Forbidden Games
A timeless evocation of the loss of innocence, René Clément’s devastating "Forbidden Games" tells the story of a young orphan and her friend forced to fend for themselves in World War II France. Featuring brilliant performances from its child stars, the film won the 1952 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and remains a singular, breathtaking cinematic achievement.
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Force 10 From Navarone
During World War II, several oddly assorted military experts are teamed in a mission to raid and destroy a dam vital to enemy strategy.
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Forever and a Day
During World War II an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family. But he meets Susan Trimble who lives in the house and who is strictly against the sale. While they spend the night in an air-raid shelter she tells him the story of the building from it's construction in 1804 until present day.
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The Gallant Hours
Considered one of the best war movies ever made, this film is about Admiral William “Bull” Halsey (James Cagney) during the early days of the war.
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The Garden of Finzi-Continis
Dominique Sanda stars in this haunting film about an aristocratic Jewish family in Italy who stupidly ignore talk of the concentration camps until it's too late. This touching movie won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. The photography is exquisite. With Helmut Berger, and directed by Vittorio De Sica.
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The Girl of Your Dreams
A company of Spanish movie makers leaves Franco's Spain and moves to Hitler's Germany to make a film in co-production. Soon some problems start to arise.
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Go for Broke
During World War II, a bigoted Texan is assigned to train Japanese-Americans for combat. Starring Van Johnson.
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Golden Earrings
Marlene Dietrich, a gypsy, and Ray Milland team up for spy work in WW II Europe. Very enjoyable and fun-to-watch flick.
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Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg
Swedish national Raoul Wallenberg, newcomer to politics and international machinations, travels to German-occupied Budapest during WWII in order to effectively intervene in the fate of trapped Hungarian Jews, by providing them with safe passage to Sweden. Based on a true story.
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Grave of the Fireflies
A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.
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The Great Dictator
In Chaplin's classic satire on Nazi Germany, dictator Adenoid Hynkel has a double -- a poor Jewish barber--who one day is mistaken for Hynkel.
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The Great Escape
Steve McQueen, James Garner, James Coburn, and David McCallum star in this action-adventure of Allied POWs who plan a monumental escape from a German prison camp. Based on a true story, this exciting film was scripted by James Clavell and W. R. Burnett, from a book by Paul Brickhill. Elmer Bernstein's music is thrilling. Lots of excitement and tension in this WW II movie.
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The Grey Zone
The true story of Dr. Miklos Nyiszli, a Hungarian Jew chosen by Josef Mengele to be the head pathologist at Auschwitz. Nyiszli was one of Auschwitz's Sonderkommandos - Special Squads of Jewish prisoners placed by the Nazis in the excruciating moral dilemma of helping to exterminate fellow Jews in exchange for a few more months of life. Together, the Sonderkommandos struggled to organize the only armed revolt that would ever take place at Auschwitz. As the rebellion is about to commence, a group from the unit discovers a 14-year-old girl who has miraculously survived a gassing. A catalyst for their desperate attempt at personal redemption, the men become obsessed with saving this one child, even if doing so endangers the uprising which could save thousands. To what terrible lengths are we willing to go to save our own lives, and what in turn would we sacrifice to save the lives of others?
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Guadalcanal Diary
This realistic film is based on an eyewitness account of the Marine invasion of the Solomon Islands. Starring William Bendix, Richard Conte, Preston Foster, and Lloyd Nolan.
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Gung Ho
Seven weeks after Pearl Harbor, volunteers form the new 2nd Marine Raider Battalion whose purpose is to raid Japanese-held islands. The men selected come from different walks of life but have toughness in common. Under command of Colonel 'Thorwald', they're trained in all imaginable forms of combat. Then, after a perilous submarine journey, they face a daunting first mission: to annihilate the much larger Japanese garrison on Makin Island, in a lengthy battle sequence.
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The Guns of Navarone
Dynamic action film about Allied commandos plotting to destroy German guns. Script by Carl Foreman from the Alistair MacLean novel.
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A Guy Named Joe
A sweet story based on the legend that pilots never die but return to guide fledging airmen. Starring Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunn, and Van Johnson. Oscar nominees for Original Story were David Boehm and Chandler Sprague.
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Hail the Conquering Hero
Weak Eddie Bracken is mistaken for a war hero by his home town after the Army rejects him. Directed by Preston Sturges, this one is full of satire and a thinking person's movie. A 4-star film.
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Halls of Montezuma
Richard Widmark leads an all-star cast of leathernecks (Jack Palance, Robert Wagner, Karl Malden, Richard Boone, and Jack Webb) into battle on a heavily-fortified enemy island. Their objective is a Japanese rocket sit in the island's interior, and the combat-packed story follows the squad from beachhead to battle, as they pick their way trough enemy-infested jungles. Along the way, Widmark is transformed from a former school teacher into a combat-wizened leader, and his disparate squad of men is forged into a cohesive fighting unit.
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Hanover Street
Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down, and Christopher Plummer are great in this WW II romance between a married British woman and an American soldier who is sent on a mission behind enemy lines. Directed and written by Peter Hyams. Harrison Ford rules.
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The Hasty Heart
Sensitive film based on a play by John Patrick about a Scottish soldier who has a short time to live. Starring Ronald Reagan.
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Hell is for Heroes
A movie of courage and bravery about a small squadron forced to hold back a German offensive by pretending they are larger and better equipped than they are. Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Nick Adams, and Bob Newhart star in this compelling drama of men behaving at their finest. Cowritten by Robert Pirosh, a WW II soldier.
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Hellcats of the Navy
Exciting adventure of a U. S. submarine in WW II. Starring Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis; their only film together.
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The Heroes of Telemark
Allied soldiers must blow up a German factory as the Nazis occupy Norway. Lots of action. Starring Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Michael Redgrave, and Eric Porter.
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The Hill
Powerful film of military prison camp, with Sean Connery in lead role. Written by Ray Rigby.
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The House on 92nd Street
Nazi agents in New York attempt to steal part of the atom bomb formula. Starring William Eythe, Lloyd Nolan, Leo G. Carroll, and Gene Lockhart. Charles G. Booth won an Oscar for his original story.
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The Human Comedy
The wartime story is set in a small town and stars Mickey Rooney, Van Johnson, and Donna Reed. William Saroyan won the Oscar for Original Story.
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I Was a Male War Bride
To enter the U. S. with his new wife, French officer Cary Grant disguises himself as her sister.
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In Enemy Hands
At the height of Hitler's infamous U-boat war, the crew of the U.S.S. Swordfish were heading home after months at sea. They never made it. Now prisoners of war aboard U-boat 429, a small group of American survivors will find their loyalties put to the ultimate test when they're forced to join their German captors to fight for their very lives.
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The Immortal Battalion
David Niven creates a combat unit from a group of disparate civilians to fight the Germans. This exhilarating British film is filled with spirit and charm and has an outstanding cast. The script is by Peter Ustinov and Eric Ambler.
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Journey for Margaret
Touching WW 2 movie about children without homes because of the bombings. Starring Robert Young as an adopted father. With Margaret O'Brien and Nigel Bruce. Get out your hanky.
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Kanal
September, 1944. It's the 56th day of Warsaw's uprising against the Nazis. The third Platoon of the Resistance is down to 43 heroic men and women, and they're penned in. After a last day of fighting, and of good-byes to family, to love making, and to music, a handful of doomed survivors wade into the city's underground sewers in hopes of escape. Their valor is tested a final time.
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Kelly's Heroes
A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.
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Kings Go Forth
Frank Sinatra and his GI buddy fall for the same girl, who is half-black, in war-torn France. The script is by Merle Miller. Also starring Natalie Wood and Tony Curtis.
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The Last Lieutenant
The old sea-captain retires, but the next day German WWII occupation of Norway begins. He then kisses his wife good-bye and is off to Army HQ. There he finds a lack of leadership and morale that offends him. They even laugh at him and his out-dated uniform and officer-rank. Secondloitnanten then finds and leads his private troop of volunteers against the German attack. The movie tells the story of a man that refuses to give up, even when everybody else leaves. He will fight for the country he loves and do his duty.
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The Last Warrior
The biggest Japanese destroyer "Yamato" is badly damaged in a battle and shall be repaired at a small island in the Pacific which is inhabited only by Gibb, an US American observation post, and a few aborigines with their priest. Gibb and young novice Katherine can flee, but are tracked by two Japanese soldiers. After Gibb kills one of them, the other seeks revenge in a sword duel.
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Life Is Beautiful
An inspired motion picture masterpiece, LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL was nominated for 7 Academy Awards(R) -- winning 3 Oscars, including one for Best Actor Robert Benigni. In this extraordinary tale, Guido (Benigni) -- a charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor -- has won the heart of the woman he loves and created a beautiful life for his young family. But then, that life is threatened by World War II ... and Guido must rely on those very same strengths to save his beloved wife and son from an unthinkable fate! Honored with an overwhelming level of critical acclaim, this truly exceptional, utterly unique achievement will lift your spirits and capture your heart!
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Lifeboat
A story about the ordeal of a group of survivors of a torpedoed ship. Starring Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, and Hume Cronyn. John Steinbeck was an Oscar nominee for his original story.
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The Long Way Home
As Allied troops liberated Nazi concentration camps in the final weeks of World War II, the trials of the Jews in Europe were hardly over. The end of the war brought extreme deprivation and even, in some places, further violence directed against survivors of the Holocaust. This documentary tells the story of the struggle European Jews faced in trying to reach Palestine, which they hoped would become the new Jewish homeland.
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The Longest Day
This movie recounts the events of the greatest military maneuver in the history of warfare: D-Day. Starring John Wayne, Sean Connery, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda, and Peter Lawford.
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