The Second World War was one of the most tumultuous times of the West. It saw the Allied Forces take on Nazism, fascism, and socialism in a brutal war that spanned four continents. Though no film can truly capture the events, many filmmakers have tried to put forth a decent attempt. Here is volume 1 of my favorite World War 2 movies.
Patton– This 1970 biopic tells the story of General George Patton. He was a brilliant and masterful tactician who helped campaign against the Nazis on Africa and Europe.
The Longest Day– Starring John Wayne, this 1962 epic describes the planning and implementation of the invasion of Normandy. It shows the behind-the-scenes politics from both the Allied and the Nazi perspectives.
Captain America: The First Avenger- This is a 2011 adaption of the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It takes a fictional look at the war by introducing the fictional terrorist organization Hydra.
Where Eagles Dare– Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood star in the 1968 British spy thriller centered on a daring mission to save an American general from a Nazi mountain compound.
Saving Private Ryan– This 1998 Steven Spielberg film had an ensemble cast including Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt about a unit of soldiers off to save a young soldier who is the last surviving member of his family.
Valkyrie– This 2008 film starred Tom Cruise as a German colonel who was not a Nazi. He and a group of German dissidents plan on assassinating Adolf Hitler and ending the war.
Flags of our Fathers– Clint Eastwood directed this 2006 film about the war in the Pacific. It centers on the soldiers who raised the flag at Iwo Jima and how they became politicized.
Unbroken– Angelina Jolie directs this 2014 war film about USA Olympian and athlete Louis “Louie” Zamperini who was captured by Imperial Japan and faced torture, but never broke.
Enemy at the Gates– There is no heroes in this 2001 film. It shows a stand-off between Nazi and Soviet snipers. It is interesting for the historical perspective.
Kelly’s Heroes– Directed by Brian Hutton, this 1970 war comedy follows a unit of Americans trying to make it to a French town where the Nazis are hiding a stash of gold.
That’s my first list. If I missed any of yours, let me know in the comments below. Be sure to like and share! Don’t forget to subscribe for more upcoming entertainment and pop culture articles.
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