A Compilation of The Best World War 2 Movies List

War movies bring to our knowledge the situation people suffering from it would have been in. It brings us a tad bit closer to feeling their fear and pain. Hence, we have compiled for you a list of the best World War 2 movies of all time.

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1.     The Great Escape (1963)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
  • Movie Length: 172 minutes
  • Director: John Sturges
  • Actors: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson
  • Gross revenue: $12.1 million

The first on my list is the movie that is based on a true story during WWII about a group of Prisoners-of-War who are put into rooms which are very hard to escape. The leader and his crew find ways and paths to survive the place with the other jailers.

2.    Patton (1970)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 172 minutes
  • Director: Franklin J Schaffner
  • Actors: George C Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates, Karl Michael Vogler
  • Gross revenue: $61.7 million

This movie shows the story of George S Patton who was a tank commander during the WWII. It shows his achievements and faults.

3.    Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
  • Movie Length: 89 minutes
  • Director: Isao Takahata
  • Actors: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara
  • Gross revenue: $3.7 million

Based on the World War II, Grave of the Fireflies is a heartbreaking story of a boy and his baby sister trying to survive during air raids in Japan as they are separated from their parents.

One of the best and my favourite WWII movies ever.

4.    Schindler’s list (1993)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.9/10
  • Movie Length: 195 minutes
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall
  • Gross revenue: $96.07 million

Based on the real-life story of Schindler (Liam Neeson) who eventually hired Jew workers to save spending money on expensive labour became the saviour of hundreds of Jewish lives. This WWII movie’s story takes place during WWII in Poland at the time of the Holocaust where millions of Jews were killed, but many survived, thanks to Schindler and his list.

5.    Life is Beautiful (1997)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
  • Movie Length: 116 minutes
  • Director: Roberto Benigni
  • Actors: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano
  • Gross revenue: $57.6 million

A WWII movie that will leave you in tears. A Jew librarian (Roberto Benigni) falls in love and marries an Italian girl and is happily living with his family until he and his son become victims of the Holocaust and the father does everything in his power to keep his son safe.

6.    Saving Private Ryan (1998)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
  • Movie Length: 169 minutes
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns
  • Gross revenue: $216.5 million

During the invasion of Normandy, two brothers under the leadership of Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) are killed on a mission to secure a beachhead. Their third brother has also died previously in New Guinea, but a fourth brother James Ryan (Matt Damon) still lives as he has been captured by the enemy. To prevent the mother from suffering the loss of all her three children, the US Army sends a team to retrieve James Ryan and bring him home safely.

7.    The Pianist (2002)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
  • Movie Length: 150 minutes
  • Director: Roman Polanski
  • Actors: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox
  • Gross revenue: $32.57 million

World War II brought the destruction of many including the struggle of a Pianist (Adrien Brody) as restrictions are placed on all the Jews including the pianist.

8.    Downfall (2004)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
  • Movie Length: 156 minutes
  • Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
  • Actors: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Kohler
  • Gross revenue: $5.51 million

As the Soviet Union is nearing defeating the Nazis, this WWII movie depicts the final days of Adolf Hitler (Bruno Ganz) in his position as the leader of the Nazis before they were defeated and the war ended.

9.    Fury (2014)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
  • Movie Length: 134 minutes
  • Director: David Ayer
  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, John Bernthal, Jason Isaacs
  • Gross revenue: $68 million

A Sergeant named ‘Wardaddy’ (Brad Pitt) leads a crew of five men across Germany, making life-threatening decisions to attack the Nazi Army.

10.  Dunkirk (2017)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 106 minutes
  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Actors: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance
  • Gross revenue: $525.57 million

Lastly on my list of best World War 2 movies is 2017 blockbuster ‘Dunkirk.’


The British soldiers were trapped and surrounded by the German Army in 1940 during the Battle of France in WWII with no means to escape. This story is not about victory over enemies but the Evacuation and survival of millions of soldiers from the harbour of Dunkirk.


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