Here Are 11 Of The Best World War II Films

When we think of war, we often think of the brave soldiers who so valiantly fight for our freedoms. While soldiers face the actual atrocities of war, those who aren’t on the front lines also fight against injustices and the fall out that comes with war. A global world conflict that lasted from 1939-1945, War War II changed the course of global history. Though we are now losing many of those who actually experienced War War II, film has done a wonderful job in preserving both the history and the stories of that time. From Anthropoid to Life Is Beautiful, here are some of the best World War II films to date.

Quentin Tarantino is known for putting his own spin on things and with Inglourious Basterds, he put a fresh spin on World War II. The film follows a group of Jewish soldiers who begin invoking acts of vengeance upon Nazi officers as retribution. Their final mission is getting to the leaders of the Third Reich, but they must team up with two women, a German actress and a theater owner in order to do so.
Based on the true life of Oscar Schinler, Schindler's List follows the German factory owner who arrives in Krakow, Poland on the eve of World War II in order to make his fortune. After joining the Nazi party for political reasons, Schindler begins staffing his factories with Jewish workers purely for pragmatic reasons. However, as the extermination of Jewish people by the Nazis commences, Schindler arranges to have his workers protected. In doing so, he inadvertently saves the lives of over a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees.
A story of the men in battle, Saving Private Ryan follows a group of U.S. soldiers during the invasion of Normandy. Tom Hanks plays Captain John Miller who takes his men behind enemy lines in order to find Private James Ryan whose three brother have been killed during the war. During their journey, the men all embark on personal self-discoveries.
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Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima focusses on Japanese soldiers during World War II who are often ignored in American cinema. The film follows Lt. Gen. Tadamichi Kuribayashi and his troops who have almost no chance of survival, but who use their incredible military skills in order to hold off American troops for as long as possible. 
Adrien Brody was the youngest actor to win a Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of real-life figure Wladyslaw Szpilman in The Pianist. A radio station pianist, Szpilman watches Warsaw drastically change over the course of the Nazi occupation and War War II. Forced into the Warsaw Ghetto and eventually separated from his family, Szpilman survives by hiding in various locations in throughout Warsaw.
Based on a true story, Anthropoid follows two Czech soldiers Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš. In December of 1941, the pair parachute into their Nazi occupied homeland with a mission to assassinate Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich.  These events would change the face of Europe and the course of War War II. Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan star in this thriller.
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In this war epic helmed by Terrence Malick, we follows Private Witt who has gone AWOL and is living on a South Pacific Island in 1942. After being discovered by his commanding officer (Sean Penn), Witt is forced to resume active duty an mount an assault on the Japanese. The Thin Red Line is a truly a soldier's story about the horrors of war and facing life and death situations.
A Hollywood classic, Casablanca is a romantic drama starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Set in Casablanca, Morocco, the film follows Bogart and Bergman who are old flames that reunite in order for Bergman's character Ilsa and her resistance leader husband to escape the country before the Germans catch up with them.
Based on true life events, Pearl Harbor follows boyhood friends Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) and Danny Walker as they enter World War II as pilots. While Rafe is eager to enter the war, Danny and Rafe's girlfriend Evelyn take comfort in each other.
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In the stunningly heartbreaking Life Is Beautiful, a Jewish-Italian waiter named Guido marries a pretty schoolteacher and the duo have a son. However, their blissful life is abruptly halted when Guido and his son are taken to a concentration camp. In order to deal with the horrors of the camp, Guido convinces his son that it's all a game.
Atonement follows a young English couple Robbie and Cecilia who are torn apart by the jealously of Cecilia's sister. Robbie's life is most affected since he is imprisoned as a result of Cecilia's sister actions. However, their is hope for the couple when their paths cross once more during War War II.