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Schindler's List (1993)
Biography, Drama, History

Schindler's List (1993)

Oskar Schindler is a vainglorious and greedy German businessman who becomes an unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric German Nazi reign when he feels compelled to turn his factory into a refuge for Jews. Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler who managed to save about 1100 Jews from being gassed at the Auschwitz concentration camp, it is a testament to the good in all of us. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:cemetery
Characters:jewish
Period:1940s
Story:mass grave,  dark hero,  anti semitism,  fate,  blockbuster,  uniform,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  rescue,  machine gun,  world war two,  based on true story,  character name in title,  violence,  murder

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Drama, War

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Opening with the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, members of the 2nd Ranger Battalion under Cpt. Miller fight ashore to secure a beachhead. Amidst the fighting, two brothers are killed in action. Earlier in New Guinea, a third brother is KIA. Their mother, Mrs. Ryan, is to receive all three of the grave telegrams on the same day. The United States Army Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall, is given an opportunity to alleviate some of her grief when he learns of a fourth brother, Private James Ryan, and decides to send out 8 men (Cpt. Miller and select members from 2nd Rangers) to find him and bring him back home to his mother... (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:france,  cemetery,  church,  beach
Characters:american,  jewish,  soldier,  teacher
Period:1940s
Story:invasion,  normandy,  military uniform,  american soldier,  army,  second chance,  steel helmet,  exploding tank,  nazi occupied france,  army ranger,  general,  american abroad,  american flag,  combat casualty,  u.s. army,  u.s. military,  final battle,  military officer,  rescue mission,  male soldier,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  omaha beach,  budding friendship,  browning automatic rifle,  reference to betty boop,  desaturated colors,  reference to edith piaf,  hand tremor,  skip motion,  reference to betty grable,  death notice,  act of god,  collision course,  halftrack,  male crying,  deserted town,  infantryman,  plane wreck,  shelling,  machine gun nest,  war memorial,  divine intervention,  blown to pieces,  disorientation,  reconnaissance,  optimist,  killed in action,  tinnitus,  bell tower,  speculation,  star spangled banner,  realization,  serendipity,  male camaraderie,  dying young,  chance,  death of hero,  dog tag,  skepticism,  one last job,  d day,  medic,  automatic weapon,  fear of death,  world war two veteran,  last stand,  canteen,  mercy,  secret past,  dying words,  cowardice,  landmine,  optimism,  trench,  compass,  bilingualism,  tommy gun,  year 1944,  mass grave,  silhouette,  infantry,  iowa,  morphine,  repeated line,  shot in the throat,  unsubtitled foreign language,  male friendship,  war violence,  shot in the eye,  gramophone,  bunker,  shot in the neck,  molotov cocktail,  firearm,  blood on camera lens,  ruins,  poetic justice,  main character dies,  translator,  heroism,  loss of brother,  war crime,  severed leg,  flamethrower,  dark past,  prisoner of war,  rainstorm,  seaside,  disembowelment,  dark hero,  shot in the face,  dark humor,  loss of son,  bravery,  anti semitism,  crushed to death,  black humor,  burial,  fate,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  male bonding,  mutilation,  helmet,  hand grenade,  destiny,  washington d.c.,  dismemberment,  shot in the arm,  severed arm,  blindfold,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tank,  mistaken identity,  person on fire,  uniform,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  drowning,  underwater scene,  search,  controversy,  sniper,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  death of friend,  bridge,  stabbing,  ambush,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  prayer,  vomiting,  letter,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  based on true story,  three word title,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  murder,  violence

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La Vita E Bella (1997)
Comedy, Drama, War

La Vita E Bella (1997)

In 1930s Italy, a carefree Jewish book keeper named Guido starts a fairy tale life by courting and marrying a lovely woman from a nearby city. Guido and his wife have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by German forces. In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank. (Read More)

Characters:jewish,  teacher
Period:1940s
Story:tank,  serendipity,  optimism,  blockbuster,  controversy,  world war two,  title spoken by character

The Pianist (2002)
Biography, Drama, Music, War

The Pianist (2002)

In this adaptation of the autobiography "The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945," 'Wladyslaw Szpilman' (qv), a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, but is later separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this time until the concentration camp prisoners are released, Szpilman hides in various locations among the ruins of Warsaw. (Read More)

Characters:jewish
Period:1940s
Story:second chance,  ruins,  budding friendship,  desaturated colors,  tinnitus,  molotov cocktail,  war crime,  loss of brother,  flamethrower,  prisoner of war,  anti semitism,  tank,  mistaken identity,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  world war two,  based on true story,  violence,  murder

Casablanca (1942) is one of the best Movies About World War 2
Drama, Romance, War

Casablanca (1942)

The story of Rick Blaine, a cynical world-weary ex-patriate who runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the early stages of WWII. Despite the pressure he constantly receives from the local authorities, Rick's cafe has become a kind of haven for refugees seeking to obtain illicit letters that will help them escape to America. But when Ilsa, a former lover of Rick's, and her husband, show up to his cafe one day, Rick faces a tough challenge which will bring up unforeseen complications, heartbreak and ultimately an excruciating decision to make. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:france
Characters:american
Period:1940s
Story:nazi occupied france,  military officer,  repeated line,  rainstorm,  shot to death,  world war two,  title spoken by character,  murder

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Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Drama

Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)

A boy who grew up in a native Sicilian Village returns home as a famous director after receiving news about the death of an old friend. Told in a flashback, Salvatore reminiscences about his childhood and his relationship with Alfredo, a projectionist at Cinema Paradiso. Under the fatherly influence of Alfredo, Salvatore fell in love with film making, with the duo spending many hours discussing about films and Alfredo painstakingly teaching Salvatore the skills that became a stepping stone for the young boy into the world of film making. The film brings the audience through the changes in cinema and the dying trade of traditional film making, editing and screening. It also explores a young boy's dream of leaving his little town to foray into the world outside. This is why Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988) is one of the best Movies About World War 2. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:church
Characters:teacher
Period:1940s
Story:person on fire,  world war two

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival.

Themes:friendship
Locations:cemetery,  beach
Characters:american,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:ruins,  burial,  destiny,  letter,  world war two,  three word title,  explosion

The Great Dictator (1940)
Comedy, Drama, War

The Great Dictator (1940)

Twenty years after the end of WWI in which the nation of Tomainia was on the losing side, Adenoid Hynkel has risen to power as the ruthless dictator of the country. He believes in a pure Aryan state, and the decimation of the Jews. This situation is unknown to a simple Jewish-Tomainian barber who has since been hospitalized the result of a WWI battle. Upon his release, the barber, who had been suffering from memory loss about the war, is shown the new persecuted life of the Jews by many living in the Jewish ghetto, including a washerwoman named Hannah, with whom he begins a relationship. The barber is ultimately spared such persecution by Commander Schultz, who he saved in that WWI battle. The lives of all Jews in Tomainia are eventually spared with a policy shift by Hynkel himself, who is doing so for ulterior motives. But those motives include a want for world domination, starting with the invasion of neighboring Osterlich, which may be threatened by Benzino Napaloni, the dictator of neighboring Bacteria. Ultimately Schultz, who has turned traitor against Hynkel's regime, and the barber, may be able to join forces to take control of the situation, they using Schultz's inside knowledge of the workings of the regime and the barber's uncanny resemblance to one of those in power. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:jewish,  soldier
Story:chance,  war violence,  anti semitism,  invasion,  mistaken identity,  controversy,  combat,  battle,  machine gun,  world war two,  violence

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Das Boot (1981) is one of the best Movies About World War 2
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War

Das Boot (1981)

It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so-called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy British shipping. With better escorts of the destroyer class, however, German U-boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" is the story of the crew of one such U-Boat, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers and attempted to accomplish impossible missions, all the while attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:epic
Period:1940s
Story:nazi occupied france,  military officer,  battle,  medic,  bravery,  blockbuster,  person on fire,  uniform,  drowning,  search,  vomiting,  world war two,  based on true story,  explosion,  title spoken by character

Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Adventure, Drama, War

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

In German-occupied France, young Jewish refugee Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the slaughter of her family by Colonel Hans Landa. Narrowly escaping with her life, she plots her revenge several years later when German war hero Fredrick Zoller takes a rapid interest in her and arranges an illustrious movie premiere at the theater she now runs. With the promise of every major Nazi officer in attendance, the event catches the attention of the "Basterds", a group of Jewish-American guerrilla soldiers led by the ruthless Lt. Aldo Raine. As the relentless executioners advance and the conspiring young girl's plans are set in motion, their paths will cross for a fateful evening that will shake the very annals of history. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Locations:france
Characters:american,  jewish,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:nazi occupied france,  male soldier,  bell tower,  chance,  unsubtitled foreign language,  translator,  anti semitism,  exploding building,  mutilation,  general,  self sacrifice,  person on fire,  search,  sniper,  nonlinear timeline,  army,  stabbing,  combat,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  world war two,  explosion,  violence,  murder

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Protagonist Alex DeLarge is an "ultraviolent" youth in futuristic Britain. As with all luck, his eventually runs out and he's arrested and convicted of murder and rape. While in prison, Alex learns of an experimental program in which convicts are programmed to detest violence. If he goes through the program, his sentence will be reduced and he will be back on the streets sooner than expected. But Alex's ordeals are far from over once he hits the mean streets of Britain that he had a hand in creating. This is why A Clockwork Orange (1971) is one of the best Movies About World War 2. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:church
Story:rainstorm,  blockbuster,  general,  controversy,  no opening credits,  bridge,  world war two,  three word title,  violence,  murder

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El Laberinto Del Fauno (2006)
Drama, Fantasy, War

El Laberinto Del Fauno (2006)

In 1944 falangist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  military officer,  army,  chance,  cowardice,  war crime,  shot in the face,  bravery,  burial,  general,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbing,  ambush,  shot in the back,  vomiting,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  world war two,  explosion,  character name in title,  murder,  violence

Hacksaw Ridge (2016) is one of the best Movies About World War 2
Biography, Drama, History, War

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

The true story of 'Desmond T. Doss' (qv), the conscientious objector who, at the Battle of Okinawa, won the Medal of Honor for his incredible bravery and regard for his fellow soldiers. We see his upbringing and how this shaped his views, especially his religious view and anti-killing stance. We see Doss's trials and tribulations after enlisting in the US Army and trying to become a medic. Finally, we see the hell on Earth that was Hacksaw Ridge. (Read More)

Mood:gore
Locations:cemetery,  church
Characters:american,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:medic,  army,  battle,  american soldier,  bravery,  u.s. army,  male camaraderie,  cowardice,  war violence,  flamethrower,  person on fire,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  vomiting,  letter,  world war two,  based on true story,  three word title,  explosion,  violence

Der Untergang (2004)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Der Untergang (2004)

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Characters:jewish,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  optimism,  bunker,  dead soldier,  cowardice,  morphine,  firearm,  war crime,  bravery,  anti semitism,  fate,  helmet,  destiny,  general,  tank,  shot in the forehead,  army,  bridge,  combat,  letter,  battle,  machine gun,  world war two,  explosion,  murder,  violence

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Dunkirk (2017)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

Dunkirk (2017)

Evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 26- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Locations:france,  beach
Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  nazi occupied france,  military officer,  rescue mission,  dead soldier,  battle,  death notice,  killed in action,  dog tag,  medic,  canteen,  prisoner of war,  seaside,  shot in the face,  invasion,  bravery,  crushed to death,  burial,  fate,  helmet,  destiny,  general,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  drowning,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  death of friend,  army,  combat,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  world war two,  based on true story,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  violence,  murder

The Great Escape (1963)
Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War

The Great Escape (1963)

Based on a true story, a group of allied escape artist-type prisoners-of-war (POWs) are all put in an 'escape proof' camp. Their leader decides to try to take out several hundred all at once. The first half of the film is played for comedy as the prisoners mostly outwit their jailers to dig the escape tunnel. The second half is high adventure as they use boats and trains and planes to get out of occupied Europe. This is why The Great Escape (1963) is one of the best Movies About World War 2. (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:american soldier,  reconnaissance,  war violence,  prisoner of war,  world war two

The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957) is one of the best Movies About World War 2
Adventure, Drama, War

The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)

The film deals with the situation of British prisoners of war during World War II who are ordered to build a bridge to accommodate the Burma-Siam railway. Their instinct is to sabotage the bridge but, under the leadership of Colonel Nicholson, they are persuaded that the bridge should be constructed as a symbol of British morale, spirit and dignity in adverse circumstances. At first, the prisoners admire Nicholson when he bravely endures torture rather than compromise his principles for the benefit of the Japanese commandant Saito. He is an honorable but arrogant man, who is slowly revealed to be a deluded obsessive. He convinces himself that the bridge is a monument to British character, but actually is a monument to himself, and his insistence on its construction becomes a subtle form of collaboration with the enemy. Unknown to him, the Allies have sent a mission into the jungle, led by Warden and an American, Shears, to blow up the bridge. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Locations:cemetery,  beach
Characters:american,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:military officer,  bridge,  war violence,  main character dies,  prisoner of war,  blockbuster,  uniform,  army,  stabbing,  combat,  battle,  world war two,  based on true story,  title spoken by character

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Gandhi (1982)
Biography, Drama, History

Gandhi (1982)

In 1893, Gandhi is thrown off a South African train for being an Indian and traveling in a first class compartment. Gandhi realizes that the laws are biased against Indians and decides to start a non-violent protest campaign for the rights of all Indians in South Africa. After numerous arrests and the unwanted attention of the world, the government finally relents by recognizing rights for Indians, though not for the native blacks of South Africa. After this victory, Gandhi is invited back to India, where he is now considered something of a national hero. He is urged to take up the fight for India's independence from the British Empire. Gandhi agrees, and mounts a non-violent non-cooperation campaign of unprecedented scale, coordinating millions of Indians nationwide. There are some setbacks, such as violence against the protesters and Gandhi's occasional imprisonment. Nevertheless, the campaign generates great attention, and Britain faces intense public pressure. Too weak from World War II to continue enforcing its will in India, Britain finally grants India's independence. Indians celebrate this victory, but their troubles are far from over. Religious tensions between Hindus and Muslims erupt into nation-wide violence. Gandhi declares a hunger strike, saying he will not eat until the fighting stops. The fighting does stop eventually, but the country is divided. It is decided that the northwest area of India, and eastern part of India (current day Bangladesh), both places where Muslims are in the majority, will become a new country called Pakistan (West and East Pakistan respectively). It is hoped that by encouraging the Muslims to live in a separate country, violence will abate. Gandhi is opposed to the idea, and is even willing to allow Muhammad Ali Jinnah to become the first prime minister of India, but the Partition of India is carried out nevertheless. Gandhi spends his last days trying to bring about peace between both nations. He thereby angers many dissidents on both sides, one of whom finally gets close enough to assassinate him. (Read More)

Mood:epic
Locations:church
Characters:american,  jewish
Period:1940s
Story:death of hero,  main character dies,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  combat,  battle,  machine gun,  shot to death,  world war two,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  violence,  character name in title,  murder

Yip Man (2008)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Yip Man (2008)

In 1935 in Foshan, south China, there are martial arts schools on every street corner. Ip Man is the undisputed martial arts champion, yet he has not devoted himself to teaching. Despite this, it seems that all the kung fu masters of the city are eager to fight him to improve their reputation.

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:epic
Story:repeated line,  war violence,  translator,  heroism,  loss of brother,  bravery,  invasion,  blockbuster,  general,  self sacrifice,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  ambush,  combat,  battle,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  world war two,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  murder,  violence

The Imitation Game (2014)
Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

The Imitation Game (2014)

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

Period:1940s
Story:nonlinear timeline,  death of friend,  world war two,  based on true story,  three word title,  title spoken by character

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The King's Speech (2010) is one of the best Movies About World War 2
Biography, Drama

The King's Speech (2010)

England's Prince Albert must ascend the throne as 'King George VI' (qv), but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth hires Lionel Logue, an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as Logue uses unconventional means to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence. This is why The King's Speech (2010) is one of the best Movies About World War 2. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:church
Characters:american
Story:male bonding,  uniform,  no opening credits,  prayer,  battle,  world war two,  based on true story,  three word title,  title spoken by character

Patton (1970)
Biography, Drama, War

Patton (1970)

"Patton" tells the tale of General 'George S. Patton (I)' (qv), famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with Patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Europe and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton's numerous faults such his temper and tendency toward insubordination, faults that would prevent him from becoming the lead American general in the Normandy Invasion as well as to his being relieved as Occupation Commander of Germany. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Locations:france,  cemetery
Characters:american,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:general,  american soldier,  steel helmet,  invasion,  american abroad,  u.s. army,  dead soldier,  star spangled banner,  d day,  normandy,  year 1944,  infantry,  war violence,  ruins,  blockbuster,  destiny,  tank,  uniform,  army,  ambush,  combat,  prayer,  battle,  machine gun,  world war two,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  violence

The Notebook (2004)
Drama, Romance

The Notebook (2004)

In a nursing home, resident Duke reads a romance story for an old woman who has senile dementia with memory loss. In the late 1930s, wealthy seventeen year-old Allie Hamilton is spending summer vacation in Seabrook. Local worker Noah Calhoun meets Allie at a carnival and they soon fall in love with each other. One day, Noah brings Allie to an ancient house that he dreams of buying and restoring and they attempt to make love but get interrupted by their friend. Allie's parents do not approve of their romance since Noah belongs to another social class, and they move to New York with her. Noah writes 365 letters (A Year) to Allie, but her mother Anne Hamilton does not deliver them to her daughter. Three years later, the United States joins the World War II and Noah and his best friend Fin enlist in the army, and Allie works as an army nurse. She meets injured soldier Lon Hammond in the hospital. After the war, they meet each other again going on dates and then, Lon, who is wealthy and handsome, proposes. Meanwhile Noah buys and restores the old house and many people want to buy it. When Allie accidentally sees the photo of Noah and his house in a newspaper, she feels divided between her first love and her commitment with Lon. Meanwhile Duke stops reading to the old lady since his children are visiting him in the nursing home. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:cemetery,  beach
Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:second chance,  u.s. army,  rainstorm,  burial,  death of friend,  army,  letter,  battle,  world war two

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Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:beach
Characters:american,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  american soldier,  american flag,  u.s. army,  u.s. military,  military officer,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  star spangled banner,  last stand,  trench,  bunker,  firearm,  heroism,  flamethrower,  prisoner of war,  invasion,  mutilation,  helmet,  dismemberment,  severed arm,  general,  exploding body,  tank,  uniform,  no opening credits,  stabbed to death,  army,  stabbing,  letter,  battle,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  explosion,  murder,  violence

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008) is one of the best Movies About World War 2
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008)

On the day that Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, elderly Daisy Williams (nee Fuller) is on her deathbed in a New Orleans hospital. At her side is her adult daughter, Caroline. Daisy asks Caroline to read to her aloud the diary of Daisy's lifelong friend, Benjamin Button. Benjamin's diary recounts his entire extraordinary life, the primary unusual aspect of which was his aging backwards, being diagnosed with several aging diseases at birth and thus given little chance of survival, but who does survive and gets younger with time. Abandoned by his biological father, Thomas Button, after Benjamin's biological mother died in childbirth, Benjamin was raised by Queenie, a black woman and caregiver at a seniors home. Daisy's grandmother was a resident at that home, which is where she first met Benjamin. Although separated through the years, Daisy and Benjamin remain in contact throughout their lives, reconnecting in their forties when in age they finally match up. Some of the revelations in Benjamin's diary are difficult for Caroline to read, especially as it relates to the time past this reconnection between Benjamin and Daisy, when Daisy gets older and Benjamin grows younger into his childhood years. (Read More)

Mood:epic
Period:1940s
Story:american flag,  collision course,  dying young,  chance,  no opening credits,  world war two,  character name in title

Atonement (2007)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Atonement (2007)

In 1939, Robbie Turner is a private in the British Army, he and his battalion who are heading to France to fight in the war. A stint in the army is not where his life was headed, which took a radical turn four years earlier at the Tallis estate where he grew up as his mother worked as the Tallis' live-in housekeeper. As such, he grew up with the three Tallis children: son Leon, and daughters Cecilia and Briony. Robbie and Cecilia were just getting to the stage of their lives of being able to confess their true love for each other. But then thirteen year old aspiring writer Briony also had a crush on the older Robbie. Based on two incidents she saw between Cecilia and Robbie (one only from afar), on reading a private letter Robbie wrote to Cecilia and on her own feelings for Robbie, Briony told some truths and half-truths about Robbie which resulted in this turn in his life. Robbie is able to reconnect with Cecilia before he is shipped off to France, and lives only to be able to head back to London to be with Cecilia and make up for the missing four years they could not spend together due to Briony's actions. A year later, Briony, now eighteen, also arrives in London to start working as a nurse to support the war effort. By this time, she is aware of the damage her thirteen year old self caused, and wants to atone for that error to both Cecilia from who she has been estranged, and Robbie who she has not seen since. She will make this atonement even if neither Robbie or Cecilia will ever speak to her, or if it takes the rest of her life. This is why Atonement (2007) is one of the best Movies About World War 2. (Read More)

Mood:epic
Locations:france,  church,  beach
Period:1940s
Story:letter,  mistaken identity,  search,  nonlinear timeline,  army,  rescue,  world war two,  title spoken by character

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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama, War

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:jewish
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  anti semitism,  uniform,  search,  prayer,  world war two

Empire Of The Sun (1987)
Drama, History, War

Empire Of The Sun (1987)

Based on J. G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, tells the story of a boy, James Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured, and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp, next to a captured Chinese airfield. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:church
Characters:american,  teacher
Period:1940s
Story:u.s. army,  u.s. soldier,  prisoner of war,  bravery,  invasion,  exploding building,  tank,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  army,  bridge,  battle,  world war two,  based on true story,  explosion,  murder

The Last Emperor (1987) is one of the best Movies About World War 2
Biography, Drama, History

The Last Emperor (1987)

This sweeping account of the life of Pu-Yi, the last emperor of China, follows the leader's tumultuous reign. After being captured by the Red Army as a war criminal in 1950, Pu-Yi recalls his childhood from prison. He remembers his lavish youth in the Forbidden City, where he was afforded every luxury but unfortunately sheltered from the outside world and complex political situation surrounding him. As revolution sweeps through China, the world Pu-Yi knew is dramatically upended. (Read More)

Mood:epic
Period:1940s
Story:rainstorm,  nonlinear timeline,  army,  world war two,  three word title,  murder

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Fury (2014)
Action, Drama, War

Fury (2014)

1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Trini 'Gordo' Garcia and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:military uniform,  american soldier,  exploding tank,  american abroad,  tank,  u.s. army,  u.s. military,  u.s. soldier,  male camaraderie,  death of hero,  dog tag,  automatic weapon,  last stand,  landmine,  bilingualism,  tommy gun,  war violence,  firearm,  main character dies,  heroism,  war crime,  severed leg,  prisoner of war,  crushed to death,  exploding building,  hand grenade,  shot in the arm,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  person on fire,  uniform,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  no opening credits,  stabbed to death,  death of friend,  army,  ambush,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  vomiting,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  murder,  violence

Enemy At The Gates (2001)
Drama, History, War

Enemy At The Gates (2001)

In World War II, the fall of Stalingrad will mean the collapse of the whole country. The Germans and Russians are fighting over every block, leaving only ruins behind. The Russian sniper Vassili Zaitsev stalks the Germans, taking them out one by one, thus hurting the morale of the German troops. The political officer Danilov leads him on, publishing his efforts to give his countrymen some hope. But Vassili eventually start to feel that he can not live up to the expectations on him. He and Danilov fall in love with the same girl, Tanya, a female soldier. From Germany comes the master sniper Konig to put an end to the extraordinary skilled Russian sniper. This is why Enemy At The Gates (2001) is one of the best Movies About World War 2. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier,  jewish
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  sniper,  male soldier,  male camaraderie,  dog tag,  secret past,  trench,  mass grave,  repeated line,  shot in the neck,  firearm,  blood on camera lens,  ruins,  translator,  heroism,  severed leg,  dark past,  dark hero,  exploding building,  male bonding,  destiny,  shot in the arm,  severed arm,  tank,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  underwater scene,  shot in the back,  prayer,  vomiting,  letter,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  based on true story,  explosion,  murder,  violence

The Reader (2008)
Drama, Romance

The Reader (2008)

THE READER opens in post-war Germany when teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair. Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from "The Odyssey," "Huck Finn" and "The Lady with the Little Dog." Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken. Eight years later, while Michael is a law student observing the Nazi war crime trials, he is stunned to find Hanna back in his life - this time as a defendant in the courtroom. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives. THE READER is a story about truth and reconciliation, about how one generation comes to terms with the crimes of another. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:cemetery,  church
Characters:teacher
Period:1940s
Story:realization,  war crime,  uniform,  nonlinear timeline,  vomiting,  letter,  world war two,  murder

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Thank You For Smoking (2005) is one of the best Movies About World War 2
Comedy, Drama

Thank You For Smoking (2005)

The chief spokesperson and lobbyist Nick Naylor is the Vice-President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. He is talented in speaking and spins argument to defend the cigarette industry in the most difficult situations. His best friends are Polly Bailey that works in the Moderation Council in alcohol business, and Bobby Jay Bliss of the gun business own advisory group SAFETY. They frequently meet each other in a bar and they self-entitle the Mod Squad a.k.a. Merchants of Death, disputing which industry has killed more people. Nick's greatest enemy is Vermont's Senator Ortolan Finistirre, who defends in the Senate the use a skull and crossed bones in the cigarette packs. Nick's son Joey Naylor lives with his mother, and has the chance to know his father in a business trip. When the ambitious reporter Heather Holloway betrays Nick disclosing confidences he had in bed with her, his life turns upside-down. But Nick is good in what he does for the mortgage. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:cemetery
Characters:teacher
Story:american flag,  chance,  burial,  washington d.c.,  world war two,  murder

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:beach
Characters:american,  jewish
Story:shot in the throat,  blood on camera lens,  shot in the face,  hand grenade,  severed arm,  general,  blindfold,  shot in the forehead,  search,  controversy,  no opening credits,  death of friend,  stabbing,  shot in the back,  prayer,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  based on true story,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  violence,  murder

The Thin Red Line (1998)
Drama, War

The Thin Red Line (1998)

U.S. Army Private Witt (AWOL) is found and imprisoned on a troop carrier by his company First Sergeant, Welsh.The men of C Company,1st Battalion,27th Infantry Regiment,25th Infantry Division have been brought to Guadalcanal as reinforcements in the campaign to secure Henderson Field and seize the island from the Japanese. They arrive near Hill 210, a key Japanese position. Their task is to capture the hill at all cost. What happens next is a story developing about redemption and the meaningless of war. Regardless the outcome. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:army,  steel helmet,  combat casualty,  u.s. army,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  budding friendship,  dying young,  skepticism,  fear of death,  infantry,  bunker,  shot in the neck,  firearm,  main character dies,  heroism,  severed leg,  invasion,  severed arm,  general,  uniform,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  shot in the back,  combat,  vomiting,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  world war two,  explosion

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The Book Thief (2013)
Drama, War

The Book Thief (2013)

In 1938, the young girl Liesel Meminger is traveling by train with her mother and her younger brother when he dies. Her mother buries the boy in a cemetery by the tracks and Liesel picks up a book, "The Gravediggers Handbook", which was left on the grave of her brother and brings it with her. Liesel is delivered to a foster family in a small town and later she learns that her mother left her because she is a communist. Her stepmother, Rosa Hubermann, is a rude but caring woman and her stepfather, Hans Hubermann, is a simple kind-hearted man. Liesel befriends her next door neighbor, the boy Rudy Steiner, and they go together to the school. When Hans discovers that Liesel cannot read, he teaches her using her book and Liesel becomes an obsessed reader. During a Nazi speech where the locals are forced to burn books in a bonfire, Liesel recovers one book for her and the Mayor's wife Ilsa Hermann witnesses her action. Meanwhile Hans hides the Jewish Max Vandenburg, who is the son of a deceased friend that saved his life in the war, in the basement of his house and Liesel becomes his friend. One day, Rosa asks Liesel to deliver laundry to the Mayor and Ilsa invites Liesel to go to her library and tells that she can visit her to read whenever she wants. But in times of war there are many threats and the lives of Liesel, her family and friends will never be the same. This is why The Book Thief (2013) is one of the best Movies About World War 2. (Read More)

Locations:cemetery
Characters:jewish,  soldier,  teacher
Story:loss of brother,  search,  bridge,  world war two,  three word title,  explosion,  title spoken by character

The Aviator (2004) is one of the best Movies About World War 2
Biography, Drama, History

The Aviator (2004)

Biopic of billionaire 'Howard Hughes (I)' (qv), starting with his early filmmaking years as owner of RKO studios but mostly focusing on his role in designing and promoting new aircraft. Hughes was a risk-taker spending several fortunes on designing experimental aircraft and eventually founding TWA as a rival to Pan AM airlines owned by his great rival Juan Trippe. When Trippe's politico Senator Ralph 'Owen Brewster (I)' (qv) accuses Hughes of being a war profiteer, it's Hughes who gains the upper hand. Hughes also had many women in his life including a long relationship with actress 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv). From an early age however, Hughes was also germophobic and would have severe bouts of mental illness. (Read More)

Mood:epic
Locations:beach
Period:1940s
Story:u.s. soldier,  reconnaissance,  washington d.c.,  person on fire,  no opening credits,  world war two,  based on true story,  explosion,  title spoken by character

The English Patient (1996)
Drama, Romance, War

The English Patient (1996)

October 1944 in war torn Italy. Hana, a French-Canadian nurse working in a mobile army medical unit, feels like everything she loves in life dies on her. Because of the difficulty traveling and the dangers, especially as the landscape is still heavily booby-trapped with mines, Hana volunteers to stay behind at a church to care solely for a dying semi-amnesiac patient, who is badly burned and disfigured. She agrees to catch up to the rest of the unit after he dies. All the patient remembers is that he is English and that he is married. Their solitude is disrupted with the arrival at the church of fellow Canadian David Caravaggio, part of the Intelligence Service, who is certain that he knows the patient as a man who cooperated with the Germans. Caravaggio believes that the patient's memory is largely in tact and that he is running away from his past, in part or in its entirety. The patient does open up about his past, all surrounding his work as a cartographer in North Africa, which was interrupted by the war. He may not be running from his work as a spy for the Germans as Caravaggio believes, but rather the memory of an affair he had with married Katherine Clifton, the love of his life, and the memory of a promise not totally fulfilled. Hana may also test her theory of her fates with love and death as she embarks on a relationship of her own with Kip Singh, a Sikh from India, whose unit has camped on the now overgrown lawn of the church. Their work entails sweeping for and diffusing mines, the discovery of one such mine which had earlier saved her life. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:church,  beach
Period:1940s
Story:american flag,  landmine,  year 1944,  morphine,  blockbuster,  tank,  search,  nonlinear timeline,  army,  bridge,  prayer,  machine gun,  world war two,  explosion,  murder

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Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005)
Drama, Romance

Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005)

In the 1920s, 9-year-old Chiyo gets sold to a geisha house. There, she is forced into servitude, receiving nothing in return until the house's ruling hierarchy determines if she is of high enough quality to service the clientele -- men who visit and pay for conversation, dance and song. After rigorous years of training, Chiyo becomes Sayuri, a geisha of incredible beauty and influence. Life is good for Sayuri, but World War II is about to disrupt the peace. (Read More)

Mood:epic
Characters:american
Period:1940s
Story:american abroad,  bridge,  world war two

The Cider House Rules (1999)
Drama, Romance

The Cider House Rules (1999)

Homer is an orphan in remote St. Cloud, Maine. Never adopted, he becomes the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch, who imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life outside the orphanage. When Wally and pregnant Candy visit the orphanage Dr. Larch provides medically safe, albeit illegal, abortions Homer leaves with them to work on Wally's family apple farm. Wally goes off to war, leaving Homer and Candy alone together. What will Homer learn about life and love in the cider house? What of the destiny that Dr. Larch has planned for him? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:beach
Period:1940s
Story:military officer,  rainstorm,  burial,  destiny,  death of friend,  stabbing,  vomiting,  world war two

The Way Back (2010) is one of the best Movies About World War 2
Adventure, Drama, History

The Way Back (2010)

In 1941, three men attempt to flee communist Russia, escaping a Siberian gulag. The film tells their story and that of four others who escaped with them and a teenage girl who joins them in flight. The group's natural leader is Janusz, a Pole condemned by accusations secured by torturing his wife, spent much of his youth outdoors, and knows how to live in the wild. They escape under cover of a snowstorm: a cynical American, a Russian thug, a comedic accountant, a pastry chef who draws, a priest, and a Pole with night blindness. They face freezing nights, lack of food and water, mosquitoes, an endless desert, the Himalayas, as well as many moral and ethical dilemmas throughout the journey towards freedom. This is why The Way Back (2010) is one of the best Movies About World War 2. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:american
Story:chance,  compass,  world war two,  three word title,  murder

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Defiance (2008)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

Defiance (2008)

On the run and hiding in the deep forests of the then German-occupied Poland and Belorussia (World War II), the four Bielski brothers find the impossible task of foraging for food and weapons for their survival. They live, not only with the fear of discovery, contending with neighboring Soviet partisans and knowing whom to trust but also take the responsibility of looking after a large mass of fleeing Polish Jews from the German war machine. Women, men, children, the elderly and the young alike are all hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold and unforgiving forests in the darkest times of German-occupied Eastern Europe. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Characters:jewish
Story:landmine,  mass grave,  bunker,  invasion,  anti semitism,  hand grenade,  shot in the arm,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tank,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  ambush,  shot in the back,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  based on true story,  explosion,  violence,  murder

Unbroken (2014)
Biography, Drama, Sport, War

Unbroken (2014)

The life of 'Louis Zamperini' (qv), an Olympic athlete who joined the armed forces during the second world war. Only to be captured by the Japanese navy after a plane crash in the Pacific. During his capture, Louie must continue his fight by surviving through the war.

Themes:military
Locations:beach
Characters:soldier
Story:army,  rescue mission,  prisoner of war,  bravery,  death of friend,  vomiting,  rescue,  world war two,  based on true story

A League Of Their Own (1992)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport

A League Of Their Own (1992)

During World War II when all the men are fighting the war, most of the jobs that were left vacant because of their absence were filled in by women. The owners of the baseball teams, not wanting baseball to be dormant indefinitely, decide to form teams with women. So scouts are sent all over the country to find women players. One of the scouts, passes through Oregon and finds a woman named Dottie Hinson, who is incredible. He approaches her and asks her to try out but she's not interested. However, her sister, Kit who wants to get out of Oregon, offers to go. But he agrees only if she can get her sister to go. When they try out, they're chosen and are on the same team. Jimmy Dugan, a former player, who's now a drunk, is the team manager. But he doesn't feel as if it's a real job so he drinks and is not exactly doing his job. So Dottie steps up. After a few months when it appears the girls are not garnering any attention, the league is facing closure till Dottie does something that grabs attention. And it isn't long Dottie is the star of the team and Kit feels like she's living in her shadow. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Period:1940s
Story:reference to betty grable,  blockbuster,  world war two,  based on true story

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Valkyrie (2008) is one of the best Movies About World War 2
Drama, History, Thriller, War

Valkyrie (2008)

In Nazi Germany during World War II, as the tide turned in favor of The Allies, a cadre of senior German officers and politicians desperately plot to topple the Nazi regime before the nation is crushed in a near-inevitable defeat. To this end, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer convinced he must save Germany from Hitler, is recruited to mastermind a real plan. To do so, he arranges for the internal emergency measure, Operation: Valkyrie, to be changed to enable his fellows to seize control of Berlin after the assassination of the Fuhrer. However, even as the plan is put into action, a combination of bad luck and human failings conspire on their own to create a tragedy that would prolong the greater one gripping Europe. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Locations:church
Period:1940s
Story:military officer,  shelling,  tinnitus,  normandy,  year 1944,  bunker,  invasion,  shot in the arm,  general,  tank,  no opening credits,  army,  shot in the back,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  world war two,  based on true story,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  murder,  violence

The Master (2012)
Drama

The Master (2012)

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them. This is why The Master (2012) is one of the best Movies About World War 2.

Themes:military
Locations:beach
Story:u.s. soldier,  world war two veteran,  bravery,  controversy,  letter,  world war two,  violence

Flags Of Our Fathers (2006)
Drama, History, War

Flags Of Our Fathers (2006)

In 1945, the Marines attack twelve thousand Japaneses protecting the twenty square kilometers of the sacred Iwo Jima island in a very violent battle. When they reach the Mount Suribachi and six Marines raise their flag on the top, the picture becomes a symbol in a post Great Depression America. The government brings the three survivors to America to raise funds for war, bringing hope to desolate people, and making the three men heroes of the war. However, the traumatized trio has difficulty dealing with the image built by their superiors, sharing the heroism with their mates. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:beach
Characters:american
Period:1940s
Story:battle,  heroism,  american flag,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  star spangled banner,  bunker,  firearm,  severed leg,  bravery,  male bonding,  washington d.c.,  shot in the arm,  severed arm,  exploding body,  tank,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  ambush,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  vomiting,  letter,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  explosion,  violence,  murder

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Allied (2016)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Allied (2016)

In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a car and heads to the town with orders to meet Parisian Marianne Beausejour, a skillful member of the French Resistance. On a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca, the two operatives must convince every one of their true feelings as a married couple, while in the background, they need to make the necessary preparations for the critical soiree. Without delay, after the success of this suicide mission, Max and Marianne flee together to England with plans on marrying and making a family, regardless of the war. Instead, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion threaten their relationship, when Max receives a call from the Secret Service Division to inform him that his beloved wife is actually an impostor. In disbelief, with a terrible task in his hands and crushed under a devastating dilemma, Max must find the courage to seek for answers in the perilous streets of bombarded London, regardless of the outcome. In the end, amid duty and love, who shall live and who shall die? (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Locations:france
Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:american soldier,  american abroad,  military officer,  bilingualism,  tommy gun,  repeated line,  bunker,  exploding building,  hand grenade,  general,  tank,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  ambush,  shot in the back,  vomiting,  letter,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  murder,  violence

Seven Years In Tibet (1997) is one of the best Movies About World War 2
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Seven Years In Tibet (1997)

After the death of 11 climbers, Austrian Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pitt) decides to add glory to his country and to the Austrian pride by climbing Nanga Parbat in British India, and leaves his expectant wife behind. An egoist and a loner, he does not get along with others on his team - but must bend to their wishes after bad weather threatens them. Then WWII breaks out, they are arrested and lodged in Dehra Dun's P.O.W. Camp. He attempts to break out several times in vain, but finally does succeed along with Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis), and they end up in the holy city of Lhasa - a place banned to foreigners. They are provided food and shelter, and Peter ends up marrying a tailor, Pema Lhaki, while Heinrich befriends the Dalai Lama. They meet regularly; while he satiates the child's curiosity about the world, including Jack the Ripper and 'yellow hair'; he is exposed to the teachings of Lord Buddha, He even constructs a movie theater, while getting news of the end of the war, his divorce, and his son's refusal to communicate. But nothing will prepare him for the devastation about to descend when Communist China decides to attack, leading to the deaths of over 1 million Tibetans, the destruction of over 6000 monasteries, and betrayal from their very own people. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:prisoner of war,  world war two,  violence

The Good Shepherd (2006)
Drama, History, Thriller

The Good Shepherd (2006)

Laconic and self-contained, Edward Wilson heads CIA covert operations during the Bay of Pigs. The agency suspects that Castro was tipped, so Wilson looks for the leak. As he investigates, he recalls, in a series of flashbacks, his father's death, student days at Yale (poetry; Skull and Bones), recruitment into the fledgling OSS, truncated affairs, a shotgun marriage, cutting his teeth on spy craft in London, distance from his son, the emergence of the Cold War, and relationships with agency, British, and Soviet counterparts. We watch his idealism give way to something else: disclosing the nature of that something else is at the heart of the film's narration as he closes in on the leak. (Read More)

Locations:church,  beach
Characters:jewish
Period:1940s
Story:year 1944,  washington d.c.,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  world war two,  three word title,  violence,  murder

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