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Top 5 World War 2 Movies

Year 2017 marks the 72nd anniversary of the most deadly battle ever fought in human history. Yet there are secrets to be revealed and mysteries to be solved. Here are the Top 5  impactful movies based on World War II. We picked these movies on the account of accurate information they provided from history, entertainment and popularity.

5) Fury (2014):

Brad Pit, Logan Leman, Michael Pena, John Bernthal, in 2014 fury film

Genre: Action, Drama, War

“War never ends quietly”. Directed by David Ayer starring Brad Pit, “Fury” is an action-drama movie showcasing last days of war in Europe. Third Reich is about to fall. Don “Wardaddy” Collier a US army staff sergeant with a tank named Fury and its five men had to make some tough decisions as they fight their way in Nazi Germany in April 1945. Fury displays last efforts of Adolf Hitler to win the war thereby utilizing kids of not more than 16 years of age (known as Hitler Youth Child Soldier) and some last destructive weapons such as Panzerfautst.

Jay Cassidy and Dody Dorn won “Editor of the year” award for this movie.

4) Life is beautiful (1997):

Roberto benigni, Nicoletta Braschi in 1997 Life is beautiful movie

Genre: Romance, comedy, drama.

Its weird  to make a comedy-drama movie on such a bloody war. Thanks to Roberto Benigni (Actor & director for this movie) that this experiment worked so well. “Life is beautiful” is a story of a Jewish father who protects his son in those terrible days of concentration camps, without letting him know anything about war or Nazi’s intentions to exterminate Jews.

Famous quote: “You are serving, you’re not a servant. Serving is a supreme art, God is the first servant, he serves men but he’s not a servant to men.

Roberto Benigni and Nicola Piovani won the Oscars for best actor in leading role and best music (original dramatic score) respectively.

3) Allied (2016):

Brad Pit and Marion Cotillard in 2016 World War 2 movie Allied

Genre: Romance, Drama, Action.

On number 3 we have another movie starring Brad Pitt. Allied is a tragic story of a Canadian Intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) who got married to a female French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard). It was time before Normandy Landings when spy activities were at its peak in Europe. When Max learns from Special Operation Executive about the suspicion of his wife being a German spy, he has to kill her if the suspicion is proven, leaving his child motherless. This is an intense romantic thriller which lets us know how World War 2 affected each and every individual and keeps the audience engaged till the end.

2) The Imitation Games (2014):

Benedict Cumberbatch as Aln turning and Keira Knightley as Joan Cloak in The Imitation Game 2014 hollywood movie

Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller

Directed by Morten Tyldum, based on the biography “Alan Turning: The Engima by Andrew Hodges, this drama-thriller uncovers the secrets of technological enhancements in Britain during the War. Very few of us know that world’s first computer was developed by Alan Turing during World War 2 to break German Enigma code, without which the bloody war could have lasted for 10 more years. The Imitation Games hold the spot of number 2 in our list.

Benedict Cumberbatch won the Oscar for best performance by an Actor in a leading role; Whereas Keira Knightley won the Oscar for best performance by an Actress in a supporting role for this movie.

1) Saving Private Ryan (1998):

Tom Hanks, Vin Diesel and Matt Damon in Saving private Ryan 1998 world war 2 hollywood movie

Genre: Drama, War.

Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) with his crew is on a mission to go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper Ryan whose brothers have been killed in the action. This multi-starrer film is known for its iconic first 27 minutes of opening which depicts Omaha Beach assault during Normandy Landings (popularly known as D-day). No doubt that D-day is considered as the bloodiest conflict of World War 2 which changed the course of war.

Famous quote “I just know that every man I kill, the farther away from home I feel”.  


Steven Spielberg got the Oscar for best director and Tom Hanks for the best actor in leading role for this movie.


Some honorable mentions:

  1. Das Boot 1981
  2. The Pianist 2002
  3. Flags of our fathers 2006
  4. The Great Escape 1963



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