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               Movies and Documentaries on People, Events, Battles of World War 2



1.The Great Raid:
Based on real-life events, The Great Raid brings to light a daring rescue mission launched by Lt.
Colonel Henry Mucci (Benjamin Bratt) that will put him and the battalion he leads in grave danger.
His goal? To liberate the Americans and Filipinos who've been captured by the Japanese and thrown
into brutal POW camps located in the city of Cabanatuan in the Philippines. Co-stars Joseph Fiennes
and James Franco.

2. The Great Escape:
Director John Sturges's Oscar-nominated adventure classic follows the true tale of a group-escape
attempt from one of Germany's toughest prisoner-of-war camps. Hundreds of Allied POWs join
Roger "Big X" Bartlett (Richard Attenborough), Danny "The Tunnel King" Velinski (Charles Bronson)
and Virgil "The Cooler King" Hilts (Steve McQueen)--who tries to a jump a barbed-wire fence on a
motorcycle--in a quest for freedom.

3.The Colditz Story:
During World War II, the Germans send their most troublesome Allied prisoners to the ancient
Colditz Castle in Saxony. A team of British servicemen, led by P.R. "Pat" Reid (John Mills), stages a
daring escape from the maximum-security POW camp. When Reid and two others survive the feat,
they must then devise a way to get out of Germany. Goldfinger director Guy Hamilton directs this
adventure based on the real-life Reid's wartime reminiscences.

4.The Bridge over the River Kwai:
Director David Lean's sweeping epic is set in a Japanese World War II prison camp where British
POWs are forced to construct a railway bridge as a morale-building exercise. Yet the real battle of
wills is between "play by the rules" British colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness), who is dedicated to the
project, and his American rival (William Holden), who vows to destroy it. The POWs' whistling work
theme became legendary.

5.Stalag 17:
For the Allied prisoners of Stalag 17, every escape attempt ends the same way -- in disaster. The
cynical Sgt. Sefton (William Holden, in his Oscar-winning role) thinks they're all fools for trying …
but soon his hectoring starts to raise suspicions that there's a German spy in the prison camp--and
that spy is him! Director Billy Wilder effortlessly mixes broad comedy and high-tension drama in
this World War II classic

6.To End all Wars:
A true story about four Allied POW's who endure harsh treatment from their Japanese captors
during World War II while being forced to build a railroad through the Burmese jungle. Ultimately
they find true freedom by forgiving their enemies. Based on the true story of Ernest Gordon.




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7.The Longest Day:
With four directors and an all-star cast, this Academy Award-winning war epic from producer
Darryl F. Zanuck chronicles World War II's harrowing D-Day invasion. Shot on the beaches of
Normandy, France, the ambitious film attempts to cover the historic day from all perspectives,
focusing on figures from both sides of the conflict. The who's-who ensemble cast is led by John
Wayne, Sean Connery, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda, just to name a few.

8.Memphis Belle:
A U.S. bomber plane's crew is ordered to hit a heavily defended German city. Capt. Dearborn
(Matthew Modine) leads his men into battle while their commander and a public relations officer
(John Lithgow) anxiously await the squad's return. Amid friction between the captain and his co-
pilot (Tate Donovan), a scandal erupts when it's learned that a medical officer has been dishonest.
Based on the real-life World War II plane's final mission.

9.The Tuskegee Airmen:
In World War II, the 332nd Air Force squadron was honored for keeping casualties low and
bombers safe. But it also made history because its members were the first African-American pilots
to take to the skies for America; hardly anyone knew of their accomplishments, however, until
decades later. Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Andre Braugher lead a talented cast of
characters who managed to serve despite the rampant racism they endured.

Midway:
A sprawling war film, Midway stars nearly every actor who wasn't in A Bridge Too Far. Charlton
Heston, Toshirô Mifune, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda are among the familiar faces depicting
the American and Japanese forces in a naval battle that became the turning point of the Pacific war.
Using some real wartime footage, Midway provides an exciting view of a gigantic battle.

10.Tora! Tora! Tora!
Named for the Japanese phrase that signals the start of an attack, Tora! Tora! Tora! tells both the
American and Japanese versions of the infamous attack that catapulted the United States into
World War II. The film reveals mistakes made by both governments, which added to the confusion
and culminated in the harrowing bombing of Hawaii's Pearl Harbor. Spectacular battle scenes earned
the film an Oscar for best special effects.

Empire of the Sun:
Christian Bale (in a stunning feature-film debut) is Jim, a young British expatriate who's separated
from his parents when the Japanese Army invades Shanghai at the outset of World War II.
Eventually interned in a civilian prison camp, Jim hooks up with several American prisoners led by
John Malkovich and becomes the camp mascot … as war tidings become ominous for the Japanese.
Lushly directed by Steven Spielberg.

11.Hope and Glory:
This Oscar-nominated film set in London depicts World War II as experienced by 7-year-old Billy
(Sebastian Rice Edwards). Wartime thrills the imaginative Billy, whose supportive mother (Sarah
Miles) tries to keep the family strong as the bombs increase. Although Billy's sister (Sammi Davis)




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suffers heartbreak and the family home is wrecked, director John Boorman's dramedy manages to
limelight the bemusing aspects of everyday life during wartime.

12. The Pianist:
Famed Polish concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody, who won an Oscar for the role)
struggles to survive the onslaught of Nazi tyranny during World War II in this autobiographical
film. Already lauded at the time for his talents as a musician, Szpilman spent those years holed up in
Warsaw, subsisting on scraps of food and barely able to stay alive. Grace comes in the form of a
second chance -- at music, at freedom, at life.

13.Schindler’s List:
Steven Spielberg's Holocaust epic won seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and is an
unforgettable testament to the possibility of human goodness. Greedy factory owner Oskar
Schindler (Liam Neeson) was exploiting cheap Jewish labor, but in the midst of WWII became an
unlikely humanitarian, losing his fortune by helping to save 1,100 Jews from Auschwitz.

14.Forgiving Dr. Mengele:
During the Holocaust, Eva Mozes Kor and her twin sister, Miriam, were selected for a series of
horrifying genetic experiments at the hands of the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele. Ironically, because
of these experiments, the girls were able to survive Auschwitz; much of their family did not. In this
documentary, Kor returns to Auschwitz on a quest to heal her wounds with an astonishing and
controversial act of forgiveness.—Available at Netflix—

15.Anne Frank: The Whole Story:
Anne Frank's acclaimed diary, kept while in hiding in Amsterdam during World War II, enjoys the
highest readership of any book ever printed (except the Bible). This filmed version fills in gaps
omitted when her father (the only family member to survive the Nazi holocaust) submitted the work
for publication. The story follows Anne to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she died just
days before liberation.

16. Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport:
Mark Jonathan Harris' Oscar-winning documentary tells the story of an underground railroad--the
Kindertransport--that saved the lives of more than 10,000 Jewish children at the dawn of World
War II. Through interviews and archival footage, the survivors movingly recount being taken from
their families and sent to live with strangers in the relative safety of England. Judi Dench narrates.

17.The Best Years of Our Lives:
Winning seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture), this classic drama follows three World War
II veterans as they return to small-town America. Homer (Harold Russell), Al (Fredric March) and
Fred (Dana Andrews) are desolate as they try to come to terms with their experiences. Best
Supporting Actor Russell, a real veteran who lost his hands in the war, also won an Honorary Oscar
"for bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans."




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18.World War II: When Lions Roared (1994):
The egos of three powerful world leaders collide in this made-for-television drama about the Tehran
Conference of 1943 and the Allied advance against Germany, a film with dialogue drawn directly
from transcripts and news reports of the actual event. An all-star ensemble of award-winning actors
includes John Lithgow as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bob Hoskins as Winston Churchill and Michael Caine
as Joseph Stalin.

19.The Enemy Below:
In this World War II film, Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens are two captains with extraordinary
abilities who each command a vessel during the Battle of the Atlantic. Only problem is, they're
commanding two vessels on opposite sides of the battlefield--the USS Haynes and a German U-boat.
Who will prevail?

20.Das Boot:
Nominated for six Academy Awards, this edge-of-your-seat German-language triumph follows the
trials of a German U-boat crew during World War II. Upon its restored re-release in 1997, an hour
was added to the original film, which surprisingly augmented its impact. It also played as a six-hour
German miniseries. In all its forms, the realistic and gripping battle scenes and palpable human
struggle make Das Boot a critical hit.

21.Army of Shadows (1969)[foreign/French]:
Director Jean-Pierre Melville's experiences as a member of the French Resistance during World
War II inform this movie about a civil engineer who becomes one of the chiefs of the underground
movement. Hailed by many as a masterpiece for its dark and uncompromising vision, the film (which
is based on a Joseph Kessel novel of the same name) co-stars Lino Ventura, Simone Signoret, Paul
Meurisse and Jean-Pierre Cassel.

22. D-Day Remembered [2004]:
Documentary For viewers seeking a cultural immersion into the latter days of World War II, D-Day
Remembered features many film artifacts from the period, including newsreel and battlefield
footage shot by the soldiers on the front line itself.

23.Bataan:
As thousands of soldiers evacuate Manila after weeks under Japanese attack, a lone squadron is left
in Bataan to carry out a crucial mission. Director Tay Garnett's extraordinarily realistic drama--
which stars Robert Taylor, Robert Walker and Desi Arnaz -- perfectly captures the action, intensity
and raw courage of one of the most explosive battles of WWII.

24. Halls of Montezuma:
Assigned to the Pacific, Marine lieutenant Anderson (Richard Widmark) and his men must thwart a
Japanese rocket-launching facility in this World War II epic. Ex-schoolteacher Anderson uses the
right touch in handling veterans Pidgeon Lane (Jack Palance) and Doc (Karl Malden) and raw recruit
Coffman (Robert Wagner), but the soldiers are outnumbered. In order for their mission to succeed,
Anderson must lead a band of men into enemy territory.




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25.The Flying Tigers (1942):
They were the terror of the sky, a daring band of American mercenaries who soared into battle
against the Japanese in defense of China's freedom. They were aces, adventurers and heroes,
America's best fighter pilots - The Flying Tigers!

26. The Caine Mutiny:
Captain Queeg: madman or misunderstood taskmaster? That's the dilemma facing the first officer
(Van Johnson) of the U.S.S. Caine when its stern new captain (Humphrey Bogart) drives the crew to
the brink of mutiny. Part sea-going adventure, part courtroom drama, The Caine Mutiny is a tale that
manages to be both thrilling and thought-provoking. Bogart shines in one of his last roles.

27. The Dirty Dozen:
In this Academy Award-winning World War II action flick from director Robert Aldrich (The
Longest Yard), a U.S. Army major (Lee Marvin) is handed a near-impossible assignment: Turn a group
of conscripted convicts into a crack fighting unit and then send them on a mission to destroy a villa
filled with Nazi brass. The "volunteers" include Archer J. Maggott (Telly Savalas), Victor Franko
(John Cassavetes) and Vernon L. Pinkley (Donald Sutherland).

28. Hell in the Pacific:
Marooned on a deserted Pacific island during World War II, American Lee Marvin and Japanese
officer Toshirô Mifune are warriors without weapons. With little dialogue to fall back on, director
John Boorman conjures a fascinating dynamic between sworn enemies who have more in common than
they realize. Included is the original (and vastly superior) ending as a bonus feature.

29. 12 O’Clock High:
Hard-as-nails World War II Gen. Frank Savage (Gregory Peck) must turn a discouraged group of
American bomber pilots into heroes. Along the way, the once-alienated general comes to view the
men as family. No longer a heartless commander, Savage--with the aid of his loyal adjutant Maj.
Harvey Stovall (Dean Jagger)--learns how difficult true leadership really is. Director Henry King's
Oscar-winning war drama boasts actual air combat footage.

30. Sands of Iwo Jima [1949]:
In a role that defined John Wayne in the American mythos, the Duke plays Sgt. John Stryker, a
tough-as-nails Marine charged with turning recruits into fighting men during World War II. Both
Stryker's troops and his peers question his harsh methods, but the resolute Sarg turns a deaf ear.
Director Allan Dwan's Academy Award-nominated war drama is punctuated with real combat
footage, and the flag-raising scene on Mount Suribachi hypnotizes.

31. Flags of Our Fathers:
From director Clint Eastwood comes this riveting World War II drama that recounts the story of
six soldiers instantly immortalized when they were photographed raising the American flag atop Iwo
Jima's Mount Suribachi. Based on the book of the same name, the film reconstructs the events that
preceded and followed the snapshot that came to symbolize the U.S. troops' triumph and America's
indestructible spirit. Ryan Phillippe and Barry Pepper star.




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32. Letters from Iwo Jima:
As tens of thousands of Allied troops push further inland, the Japanese troops defending Iwo Jima
during World War II prepare to meet their fate in this Clint Eastwood-directed Oscar nominee for
Best Picture, a companion piece to his hit film Flags of Our Fathers. Japanese Gen. Tadamichi
Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe) knows his men are outnumbered and, with no hope of rescue, that most
will eventually die in battle -- or end up killing themselves.

33. Stalingrad:
A German production that neither glorifies nor demonizes the Nazi army, Stalingrad focuses on
perhaps World War II's most brutal campaign, as a platoon of German soldiers watch a summer
mission turn into a hellish ordeal when the ferocious Russian winter sets in. Raw and unforgettable,
Stalingrad provides an unvarnished look at one of the biggest factors in the Allied victory.

34. Enemy at the Gates:
Two snipers go head to head amid urban ruins during World War II's greatest battle: Stalingrad.
Ace Russian marksman Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law) is an unwilling hero to a nation that needs heroes.
But his number may be up when the Nazis send in crack shot Maj. Konig (Ed Harris) to take out
Zaitsev. What ensues is a deadly game of cat and mouse.

35. U-571:
It's 1942, and the Nazis are decisively winning the war at sea, thanks to the Enigma encoding device
that makes the German ciphering system unbreakable. Facing tremendous risks for the greater good
of the Allies, American submariners Lt. Andrew Tyler (Matthew McConaughey), Lt. Cmdr. Mike
Dahlgren (Bill Paxton), Lt. Pete Emmett (Jon Bon Jovi) and others undertake a mission to steal the
Enigma in director Jonathan Mostow's Oscar-winning thriller.

36. A Bridge Too Far:
Directed by Richard Attenborough, A Bridge Too Far details a pivotal day during World War II
when an Allied task force tried -- and failed -- to win the war by seizing key Belgian bridges. The
film boasts a cast of thousands (including Sean Connery, Robert Redford, James Caan, Anthony
Hopkins and Laurence Olivier) and some of the biggest battle sequences ever filmed

37. The Ship that Died of Shame:
George Hoskins (Richard Attenborough) is the former lead crew member of a British gunboat that
boasted an impressive war-era record. After the war is over, Hoskins and two fellow crew members
purchase the vessel in hopes of refurbishing it and using it in a smuggling ring. Little do they know,
the ship has a mind of its own and it isn't about to let the men use it in an illegal or dishonorable
way.

38. The Dam Busters:
This critically acclaimed British film centers on the World War II-era creation and execution of
"bouncing bombs," designed to drop into reservoirs and cause massive flooding to Germany's
industrial hub. The brainchild of Dr. Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave), the unusual invention and its
development is illustrated from start to finish, including the daring use of the explosives on the
German dams that were so crucial to the Nazi effort.




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39. Sink the Bismarck:
Kenneth More, Dana Wynter and Carl Mohner star in this 1960 drama about the heroic efforts of
the British Royal Intelligence to stop the Bismarck, a German battleship launched in 1941 to cut off
supplies to Great Britain and invade the country. Director Lewis Gilbert combines actual war footage
and a roller-coaster plot to deliver an unforgettable document of world history.

40. Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)
A hard-driving, dedicated submarine officer has a single-minded purpose; to seek out and smash the
Japanese destroyer he believes sunk his former ship. He confronts his foe, unaware that an even
greater enemy lurks nearby.

41. Von Ryan's Express (1965):
At the height of World War II, a group of Allied POWs escapes an Italian prison with the help of an
idealistic American leader (Frank Sinatra), whose style clashes with that of his second in command
(Trevor Howard). Just a few steps from freedom, the men are captured again -- this time by
German troops. A series of twists and turns drives them to commandeer the very train that's
transporting them to certain death.

42. The Guns of Navarone (1961):
The Germans will annihilate thousands of British soldiers trapped in Greece unless help arrives
quickly. But the dreaded guns of Navarone will destroy any rescue ship that comes within their
mighty reach. Can a commando team of Allied soldiers and Greek partisans (including Gregory Peck,
Anthony Quinn and David Niven) succeed in doing the impossible? Classics fans will love the must-see
bonus features.

43. Pork Chop Hill (1959):
Based on an ex-soldier's eyewitness essays, this epic film harshly and realistically depicts one of
the Korean conflict's bloodiest and most famous battles. With peace negotiations being conducted
nearby, Lt. Joe Clemons (Gregory Peck) and his men must take Pork Chop Hill to illustrate America's
resolve. The topnotch cast includes Robert Blake, Rip Torn, Martin Landau, George Peppard, Gavin
MacLeod and Harry Dean Stanton.

44. Battle of Britain (1969):
A star-studded re-creation of the epic 1940 air battle that took place in the skies over England.
Surprised and outgunned, Britain's R.A.F. used determination and guile to fend off a ferocious Nazi
Luftwaffe attack in the early days of World War II. If England had lost control of its airspace, the
Germans may well have invaded the British Isles and won the war. The cast includes Michael Caine,
Laurence Olivier, Kenneth More and Trevor Howard.

45. Man in the Middle (1964):
During World War II, military attorney Lt. Col. Barney Adams (Robert Mitchum) must determine if
an American soldier (Keenan Wynn) is competent to stand trial after murdering a British officer.
Adams soon finds himself in a political pressure cooker as tensions between the American and
British allies grow. Based on Howard Fast's novel The Winston Affair, this tense crime drama co-
stars France Nuyen, Barry Sullivan, Trevor Howard and Sam Wanamaker.




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46. Three Came Home (1950):
Claudette Colbert stars as American writer Agnes Newton Keith in this tensely dramatic true story
of survival in the Pacific theater of operations during the dark days of World War II. Separated
from her British husband, Agnes, along with her young child, finds herself thrown into a Japanese
concentration camp for the duration and attempts a daring escape. Costars Patric Knowles and
Sessue Hayakawa. Jean Negulesco directs.

47. Paradise Road (1997):
When the Japanese overrun Singapore during World War II, many women and children end up in a
prison camp. Although they are of different ages, nationalities and backgrounds, the women form a
bond as they cope with the brutal behavior of their captors and the lack of food and medical care.
Bruce Beresford directs an ensemble that includes Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Cate
Blanchett, Pauline Collins, Jennifer Ehle and Julianna Margulies.

48. Tea with Mussolini (1999):
Based on director Franco Zeffirelli's childhood in 1930s Italy, this film follows a group of
Englishwomen living in Italy who believe that fascist leader Benito Mussolini will protect them from
war's gathering storm clouds. When a boy's mother dies, Mary (Joan Plowwright), Arabella (Judi
Dench), Lady Hester (Maggie Smith), Elsa (Cher) and Georgie (Lily Tomlin) will do anything they must
to protect the child and preserve their way of life.

49. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970):
A wealthy Jewish family lives in a castle surrounded by a beautiful garden in the midst of war-torn
Italy. Within their garden, they are safe from outside fascist forces. This is the story of how they
deal with the oppression of the WWII.

50. Reach for the Sky (1955):
A pilot overcomes his disability and becomes a war hero in this inspiring fact-based drama. In 1931,
aviator Douglas Bader (Kenneth More) loses both legs in a plane crash. Determined to return to the
cockpit, the stalwart young man adapts to artificial legs and soars once more. Eventually, the
dauntless flyboy takes to the skies as a squadron leader for the Battle of Britain, survives a Nazi
POW camp and leads a triumphant air parade over London.

51. The Cockleshell Heroes (1955):
This is the true story of how a group of Royal Marines were taken by submarine to the mouth of the
river Gironde from where they went by kayak to attack the "unassailable" port of Bordeaux (3 days
journey) They laid limpet mines on many German warships & freighters causing major devastation.
The next problem was how could they get away.

52. Odette (1950):
This is the story of a brave woman who volunteered to join SOE (Special Operations Executive)
during WWII. She was flown into occupied France where she fought with the French resistance.
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53. 633 Squadron (1964):
Cliff Robertson's a combat-weary pilot whose R.A.F. squadron is ordered to destroy a Nazi rocket
fuel plant tucked deep into a Norwegian fjord. The bomb run is a logistical nightmare because the
planes must run a gantlet of anti-aircraft batteries before reaching their target. Based on a true
story, the movie co-stars George Chakiris and Harry Andrews.

54. Downfall:
In 2002, the gripping documentary Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary, introduced audiences to the
German dictator's stenographer, Traudl Junge, by letting her tell her own story. Now director
Oliver Hirschbiegel brings Junge to life in the form of actress Alexandra Maria Lara, who stars in
this Oscar-nominated drama. Painstakingly realistic, Downfall takes Junge's point of view to
recreate Hitler's (Bruno Ganz) last days in his Berlin bunker.

55. Verdict on Auschwitz (1993):
Twenty-two former members of Hitler's SS, many of whom had carved out comfortable lives for
themselves in postwar West Germany, stood trial in 1963 before 360 witnesses who accused them
of murdering millions. This riveting, heartbreaking documentary re-creates the momentous
Frankfurt trial. Filmmakers Rolf Bickel and Dietrich Wagner build the film around taped testimony
from more than 200 Auschwitz survivors.

56. Conspiracy (2001):
On January 20, 1942, at the height of the Second World War, 15 government officials and SS
Commanders attended a conference on the outskirts of Berlin. It was a simple meeting, which--by
the end--would decide the fate of six million lives. Conspiracy is based on the only surviving
record of that meeting. It would stand as the blueprint for Hitler's final solution.

57. The Heroes of Telemark (1965):
During WW2 Norway was occupied by Germany. In the clear deep fjords they tried to produce
"heavy" water; a vital component in the making of an atomic bomb. A weapon that would win the war
for Germany. Norwegian resistance movement finds out about this and the allied are alerted.

58. The Goebbels Experiment (2005):
Reading from the diaries kept by Third Reich propagandist Joseph Goebbels between 1924 and
1945, Kenneth Branagh brings the infamous Nazi spin doctor to life, all the way up to his suicide at
the end of World War II. Using this primary source material as their canvas, filmmakers Lutz
Hachmeister and Michael Kloft paint a portrait of a 20th century figure who was sometimes a
success, sometimes a failure and always fascinating.

59. Battle of the Bulge (1965):
In December 1944, Nazi forces launch an expertly planned counteroffensive against Allied troops in
Belgium. The brilliant strategist behind the attack is German Col. Martin Hessler (Robert Shaw),
whose campaign may be thwarted by the dogged efforts of American intelligence officer Lt. Col.
Daniel Kiley (Henry Fonda). Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas and Charles Bronson co-star in this gripping
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60. The Hill (1965):
At a British World War II military stockade in North Africa, abusive officers force prisoners to
endure grueling punishment designed to break them. But after one of the men dies as a result of the
brutal treatment, another inmate (Sean Connery) is determined to seek justice. Sidney Lumet
directs this taut drama, which won Best Screenplay at Cannes and received a BAFTA for Best
Cinematography. Ossie Davis, Harry Andrews and Ian Bannen co-star.

61. Tobruk (1967):
September 1942--With Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps on the march through Egypt, a British Special
Forces unit, composed of German Jews who serve with the British despite the mutual resentment
between both, kidnap a Canadian officer who is an expert topographer and who is held prisoner by
the Vichy French in Algeria. The officer, Donald Craig, must negotiate a company of British and
German-Jewish commandos through 800 miles of the Sahara to aide a pending amphibious landing
against Tobruk's massive fuel storage base - a mission that sees one impediment after another, and
which discovers an undetected German armored force ready to win the battle of Egypt.

62. Patton (1970):
The story of General George S. Patton, Jr. during World War II. His battlefield genius garners him
fear and respect from the Germans, and resentment and misunderstanding from the Allies. A
military historian and poet, he believes he was a warrior in many past lives, and that he is destined
for something great during this life, but his stubbornness and controversial methods nearly prevent
the fulfillment of that destiny.

63. Saving Private Ryan (1998):
As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy; three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a
fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain Tom Hanks and seven men are tasked with
penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home. Steven Spielberg and
cinematographer Janusz Kaminski paint a harrowing picture of the price of war and heroism--one
that netted them Oscars for Best Director and Best Cinematography, respectively.

64. Foyle’s War: [there are 4 series of these]:
This British drama series, which boasts a marriage of history and fictional mystery, explores the
effects of World War II on the villages of England's vulnerable southern coast. Actor Michael
Kitchen stars in the title role of Christopher Foyle, an English police inspector who fights local
crimes in an environment riddled with war propaganda and social turmoil.

65. Ice Cold in Alex (1958):
In 1942, cranky British ambulance driver Captain Anson (John Mills) escapes Libya and must
transport his passengers to safety in Alexandria, where he dreams of downing an ice-cold beer. His
human cargo includes a stranded nurse (Sylvia Sims), a nun (Mary Clare) and a South African officer
(Anthony Quayle). As their destination nears, Anson discreetly deduces that someone in their
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66. In Which We Serve (1942):
This engrossing tale about the sinking of British destroyer HMS Torrin during the Battle of Crete is
based on the true-life story of the HMS Kelly, a destroyer under the command of Lord Louis
Mountbatten that sank in the Mediterranean. Three survivors (Noel Coward, Bernard Miles and John
Mills) on a raft recount their lives aboard the sunken vessel. The movie marks Coward's first and
only time as a film director (David Lean co-directed).

67. King Rat (1965):
Based on the novel by James Clavell, King Rat deals with a group of allied prisoners incarcerated in
the infamous Japanese-run Changi POW camp in Singapore during World War II. In the camp, an
American corporal (George Segal) with a genius for hustling does whatever he can--including bribing
guards--to live as comfortably as possible, even at the expense of his fellow prisoners. Tom
Courtenay, Patrick O'Neal and James Fox co-star.

68. Night of the Generals (1967):
When a prostitute turns up dead during World War II, a German intelligence officer (Omar Sharif)
is assigned to investigate and draws up a short list of three suspects, based on an eyewitness
account that the killer wore the uniform of a Wehrmacht general. The men under investigation
include a high-ranking Nazi officer (Peter O'Toole) whose sadistic tendencies seem to point to a
murderous streak. Christopher Plummer co-stars.

69. Decision Before Dawn (1951):
Set during World War II's waning days, this taut thriller stars Oskar Werner as Cpl. Karl Maurer, a
turncoat German prisoner of war sent on a dicey espionage mission as the Allies get ready for a final
onslaught. But Col. Devlin (Gary Merrill) and Lt. Rennick (Richard Basehart)--the Americans in charge
of pulling off the radical scheme--harbor grave doubts about where Maurer's loyalty lies. The 1951
film snagged an Oscar nod for Best Picture.

70. Battleground (1949):
Director William Wellman dedicated this taut war film to "the battered bastards of Bastogne." The
film tells the story of a U.S. Army division that's overrun by the Germans during the early hours of
the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. James Whitmore, who shines as a grizzled sergeant, leads
a great cast (James Arness, Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban and John Hodiak). The movie won an
Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

71. They Were Expendable (1945):
One of director John Ford's pet projects, based on the true story of the development of PT
(short for patrol torpedo) boats. During the bleak days following Pearl Harbor, Navy lieutenants
Robert Montgomery and John Wayne persuade the brass to let them send untried plywood boats
against the Japanese fleet. The odds are against them, but what do heroes care about odds?

72. In Harm's Way (1965):
Acclaimed director Otto Preminger's star-studded World War II epic focuses on the direct effect
the Pearl Harbor attack had on military lives. After a failed counterstrike on the Japanese, Capt.
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and is finally sent back to sea. The troubled Cmdr. Eddington (Kirk Douglas) complicates matters as
Torrey faces the most important battle of his career.

73. Audie Murphy: Great American Hero (1996) [Documentary]:
This installment of A&E's popular "Biography" series profiles Congressional Medal of Honor winner
Audie Murphy, a brave soldier who held off 250 Germans and six tanks during combat in World War
II and parlayed his fame into a career as an actor and writer. Using newsreel footage and clips from
his postwar films--including Murphy's portrayal of himself in the film version of his autobiography--
this portrait reveals a true American hero.

74. To Hell and Back (1955):
Before he starred in a series of B-grade Westerns, Audie Murphy was the most decorated war hero
in American history. This is the true story of his combat exploits (from North Africa to Germany)
in World War II, where he won every medal the United States could bestow, including the
Congressional Medal of Honor. Charles Drake, David Janssen and Marshall Thompson co-star, with a
foreword by General of the Army Omar Bradley.

75. Where Eagles Dare (1968):
This 1968 classic pairs the enigmatic Richard Burton with the iconic Clint Eastwood in a tale of
wartime bravery and treachery. World War II is raging, and an American general has been captured
and is being held hostage in Schloss Adler, a Bavarian citadel that's nearly impossible to breach.
It's up to a group of skilled Allied soldiers (including Burton and Eastwood) to liberate the general
before it's too late.

76. The Desert Rats (1953):
In this sequel to all-time favorite war movie The Desert Fox, World War II British commando
Richard Burton takes charge of a defiant, vastly outnumbered Australian division in their heroic
stand against the German troops--led by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (James Mason)--in North
Africa. Based on a true story, The Desert Rats co-stars Robert Newton and was directed by
Robert Wise.

77. The Desert Fox (1951):
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (convincingly portrayed by James Mason) was known for his exploits in
the Afrika Korps. This classic film, directed by Henry Hathaway, chronicles Rommel's life--including
his military career, his contribution to supposed attempts on Adolf Hitler's life and his lonely
demise. Jessica Tandy co-stars as Rommel's wife.

78. Massacre in Rome (1973):
In this docudrama set in Nazi-occupied Rome, Germany's Lt. Col. Kappler (Richard Burton) orders
the massacre of more than 300 innocent Italians as retribution for an attack on SS military police.
Ordered by the pope to help Kappler round up a group of citizens for execution, Roman priest Pietro
Antonelli (Marcello Mastroianni) must choose between defying the Catholic Church's decree and
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79. Anzio (1968):
The bloody assault by Allied forces on the beaches of Anzio, Italy, and their four-month march into
Rome is detailed in a joint American, Italian and Spanish production filmed largely in Naples, Italy.
Robert Mitchum stars as International Press correspondent Dick Ennis, who joins the command of
Maj. Gen. Jack Lesley (Arthur Kennedy). Director Edward Dmytryk (The Caine Mutiny, The Young
Lions) delivers another tough story of men in combat.

80. The Man Who Never Was (1956):
Based on a true espionage story, this World War II drama follows Lt. Commander Montagu
(Clifton Webb) in an operation to fool the Nazis into believing that British forces plan to land in
Greece. Montagu plants false documents on a dead man dressed as a British officer and arranges for
the man's body to be discovered by Germans off the coast of Spain. Tensions rise as the Germans
investigate the dead man's identity. Gloria Grahame co-stars.

81. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
This Academy Award-winning film by Stanley Kramer stars Spencer Tracy as American judge Dan
Haywood, who's chosen to guide a 1948 tribunal that's trying Germans suspected of engaging in
atrocities during World War II. Against the backdrop of the Cold War, Haywood must obtain
justice in a case with raised stakes and mixed emotions. Features Maximilian Schell in an Oscar-
lauded performance as defense counsel for the Nazi prisoners.

82. Is Paris Burning? (1966)
Jean-Paul Belmondo heads the star-studded cast (which includes Charles Boyer, Kirk Douglas and
Alain Delon) in this drama directed by Rene Clement and co-written by, among many others, Francis
Ford Coppola and Gore Vidal. Although World War II is nearly over, the Germans wage one last
effort at destruction in Paris. But the French Resistance won't let them win -- not when Allied
victory is so close at hand.

83. Miracle at Midnight (1998)
A valiant Danish doctor (Sam Waterston) and his family struggle against Nazi oppression and try to
help their Jewish countrymen survive the Holocaust by escaping across the Baltic Sea to neutral
Sweden. Co-starring Mia Farrow, a taut and suspenseful movie.

84. Triumph of the Will (1934)—Dir. Leni Riefenstal
Leni Riefenstahl's infamous propaganda film documenting the Third Reich's 1934 Nuremberg Party
Rally features a cast of thousands--including Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels,
Rudolf Hess, Hermann Goering and other top officials. Images of cheering crowds, precision
marching, military bands, banners lining Nuremberg's streets and Hitler's climactic speech illustrate
with chilling clarity how Germany fell under his spell.

85. The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993)
This masterful documentary covers controversial filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, who directed Triumph
of the Will and Olympia, two visually brilliant, Nazi propaganda films. Riefenstahl never apologized
for her involvement with Hitler. Here, she defends herself in this fascinating glimpse of a woman
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86. M (1931)
German-American director Fritz Lang presents his first "talkie"--and cinema's first serial killer--in
this 1931 classic. Plump pedophile Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre), propelled by a compulsion he can't
control, escapes the eye of the law -- but not the wrath of the Berlin underworld being blamed for
his crimes. The character of Beckert was later used in Nazi propaganda films to illustrate the evils
of sexual deviance.

87. The Great Dictator (1940)
Charlie Chaplin plays dual roles in this prescient twist on the immortal prince-and-the-pauper tale:
look-alikes Adenoid Hynkel -- Tomania's anti-Semitic ruler--and an amnesiac Jewish barber. After
20 years in a hospital, the barber goes home, oblivious to the plight of Tomania's Jews. Soon Hynkel
cracks down on them … but a case of mistaken identity gives the unassuming barber a chance to
make an impassioned speech for a return to democracy.

88. Play Dirty (1968)
Tasked with leading a band of dangerous mercenaries into the African desert to destroy German
fuel reserves during World War II, inexperienced British army Capt. Douglas (Michael Caine) must
contend with a cantankerous veteran colonel (Nigel Green), an argumentative ex-convict (Nigel
Davenport) and a traitorous brigadier (Harry Andrews). Directed by André De Toth, this action-
packed war drama co-stars Daniel Pilon and Patrick Jordan.

89. Cross of Iron (1977)
Director Sam Peckinpah's unflinching look at war stars James Coburn as Cpl. Steiner, the leader of
a German platoon circa 1943. A contest of wills develops between the courageous Steiner and his
new commander, Capt. Stransky (Maximilian Schell) -- a pompous Prussian aristocrat. Stransky has
his sights set on earning the Iron Cross, Germany's highest honor for valor, but he's a poltroon at
heart … which soon leads him to take desperate measures.

90. The Young Lions (1958)
Over the course of World War II, two American soldiers (Dean Martin and Montgomery Clift) work
to fight anti-Semitism in a number of forms, and a Nazi officer (Marlon Brando) finds his illusions
shattered in this adaptation of Irwin Shaw's best-seller. Directed by Edward Dmytryk (Mirage), the
drama features strong performances from all of its principal actors and received Academy Award
nominations for cinematography, sound and music.

91. From Here to Eternity (1953)
The date which lives in infamy lives on in this gripping adaptation of James Jones' novel about Army
life in Hawaii in the idyllic days just before December 7, 1941. Eight Oscars include Best Picture,
Screenplay, Supporting Actress (Donna Reed) and Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra). Burt Lancaster
and Deborah Kerr rolling around in the waves and sand ranks as one of the hottest love scenes in
screen history.

92. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
Hiding from the Japanese on an island on the Pacific Ocean, a Marine (Robert Mitchum) and an Irish
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that exists between them. Director John Huston elicits amazing performances for a movie that
eventually earned two Academy Award nominations.

92. Air Force (1943)
Hop in the cockpit and brace yourself for aerial adventure with this rousing Howard Hawks-directed
World War II drama. En route to Hawaii, the crew of a B-17 "flying fortress" witnesses the Pearl
Harbor attack from above. Reassigned to Manila, the crew (which includes John Garfield, Arthur
Kennedy and Harry Carey) then sees plenty of action in several savage battles in the Pacific. The
movie won an Oscar for its editing.

93. Objective, Burma! (1945)
Paratrooper Errol Flynn is gung-ho as he sets out with a platoon to attack a Japanese outpost in the
Burmese jungle. The Americans reach their target, destroy the enemy installation and prepare to
return to base. But the action's just begun; ahead of them lies one of the most arduous treks any
group of dogfaces ever faced. Veteran director Raoul Walsh helms the action.

94. The Hiding Place (1975)
In World War II-era Holland, Corrie Ten Boom (Jeannette Clift, in a Golden Globe-nominated role)
and her family of Christian watchmakers are quietly sheltering Jews in their small house. But when
the Nazis discover the family's secret, it could mean certain death for everyone. Based on a true
story, this gripping drama follows Corrie and her sister (Julie Harris) as they endure the horrors of
a concentration camp and a true test of their faith.

95. Holocaust: Theresienstadt (2005)
This important feature from the Chronos Film Collection, which began gathering footage from
World War II in the 1960s, delves into Theresienstadt, a "show camp" that the Nazis used to mask
their true intentions for the Jews they had begun arresting throughout Europe. At the detention
facility, the world saw prisoners who appeared to be treated fairly, but a crueler fate--the death
camps--actually awaited the unfortunate inmates.

96. Holocaust: The Liberation of Auschwitz (2005)
Part of the Soviet film crew attached to the first Ukranian Front, Capt. Alexander Vrotsos
witnessed the horrors of a liberated Auschwitz firsthand, with the unpleasant task of capturing
grim footage the whole world would see. This graphic documentary shows scenes from Vrotsos's
original 1945 film, presenting the plight of some 6,000 prisoners who escaped with their lives and
the thousands of pitiful dead who didn't.

97. Holocaust: Dachau and Sachsenhausen (2005)
With the help of heart-wrenchingly explicit archival footage, this somber documentary captures the
daily realities of two of the Third Reich's most notorious concentration camps--Dachau and
Sachsenhausen--where thousands of innocent prisoners died. At Dachau alone-- the more notorious
of the two camps--more than 500 experimental operations were performed on healthy subjects
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98. Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State (2-Disc Series) (2005)
This BBC documentary series tackles one of World War II's most disquieting and repugnant
subjects: the Holocaust and its infamous killing factory, Auschwitz-Birkenau, which specialized in
the industrialized extermination of more than 1 million Jews, gypsies and others. From "Surprising
Beginnings" to "Liberation & Revenge," the six-part program chronicles the Nazi horrors that
ultimately became the Holocaust.

99. War of the Century (1999)
More than 30 million people were killed in the conflict in Eastern Europe during World War II; the
battle between Nazism and Stalinism is examined in this four-part series filmed in Germany,
Hungary, Poland, Russia, the Ukraine and Belorussia. Leading historians, eyewitness accounts and
rare film archives help chronicle the battle for Moscow, from Hitler's early plans to the Red Army's
1942 victory and the final, brutal days of the conflict.

100. The Winds of War (6-Disc Series) (1983)
Robert Mitchum stars as naval commander Victor Henry in this epic series (based on Herman
Wouk's book) set during World War II. It's the late 1930s, and the seeds of war are being sown:
Hitler leads Germany's expansion in Europe, Mussolini fights to establish fascism in Italy, and the
Japanese exert pressure on China. Against this broad landscape, the Henry clan attempts to stay
together even as larger forces threaten to rip them apart.

101. Above and Beyond (2006)
This World War II miniseries follows a young London couple involved in the Royal Air Force's Ferry
Command operation. Set in 1940 and based on real events, the story chronicles the lovers' budding
affair and their strategic decision to defy orders to preserve their romance--and the critical
mission of the RAF. Richard E. Grant and Jason Priestley lead the cast, which also stars Liane
Balaban, Joss Ackland and Kenneth Welsh.

102. The Nazis: A Warning from History (2-Disc Series) (1997)
New light is shed on the rise of the Third Reich in Germany in this comprehensive series through
archival footage and interviews with those who survived Hitler's reign, including unrepentant Nazis.
The series reveals how the Nazi state compelled ordinary people to commit atrocities; the order and
disorder within the German army; Hitler's lack of motivation and propensity for getting his minions
to do his work; and many other enlightening facts.

103. Gladiators of World War II (2-Disc Series) (2007)
Newly released information and never-before-seen footage help tell the story of the crack military
units -- and the heroic individuals within them--that defined the course of World War II for the
countries they represented. Examining the relative strength of each, this BBC documentary provides
segments on the Desert Rats, Waffen-SS, Free Polish Forces, Royal Air Force Fighter Command,
Norwegian Resistance, Royal Navy, Free French and more.

104. Heroes and Weapons of World War II (2-Disc Series) (2007)
Using archival footage and state-of-the-art computer graphics, this two-part documentary profiles
the men and women of World War II who rose from humble means to become unlikely heroes, and
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behind the largest-scale global conflict the world has ever seen and relive the extraordinary drama
of the action on the ground.

105. Secrets of World War II (4-Disc Series) (1998)
In this four-part BBC series, the secret stories of World War II are exposed with the help of
first-person anecdotes from average men and women who share their experiences running missions
that were often carried out below the radar. Segments reveal the truth about Adolf Hitler's final
days, the cracking of the Enigma code, the use of human torpedoes, the destruction of German oil
fields and the fate of German Field Marshal Ervin Rommel.

106. Holocaust: The Liberation of Majdanek (2006)
This grim documentary recounts -- in graphic detail -- the horrific events that transpired at
Majdanek, the only concentration camp remaining in operation at the time of its July 1944 liberation.
The film revisits the chilling fate of 2 million people systematically eradicated by the Germans at
the death camp located near Lublin, Poland. Included is footage of survivors confronting their Nazi
tormentors during a Russian tribunal.

107. Holocaust: Ravensbruck and Buchenwald (2006)
World War II footage and unpublished photos help to chronicle the Third Reich's atrocities at the
Ravensbruck and Buchenwald concentration camps in this revealing documentary. The program
exposes the unthinkable practices employed at both camps, including the grueling hard labor that
killed thousands of inmates at Buchenwald, and the horrific torture and medical experiments
performed at Ravensbruck.

108. Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004)
Filmmaker Daniel Anker examines Hollywood's depiction of the Holocaust and its incomprehensible
atrocities in this award-winning documentary narrated by Gene Hackman and featuring interviews
with Steven Spielberg and Sidney Lumet. Through film clips, newsreels, scholars' comments and
firsthand accounts, the documentary also questions the responsibility of filmmakers in retelling
history and the effects of film portrayals on the social psyche.

109. America and the Holocaust: American Experience (1994)
Hal Linden narrates this documentary about America's response to the Holocaust prior to entering
World War II. The film examines the overlying social and political factors and follows the story of
Kurt Klein, who fled Nazi Germany only to find the United States didn't care what happened to his
relatives. The State Department stalled the visa process for thousands of Jews until 1944, when
Henry Morgenthau forced Roosevelt to reverse the policy.

110. Last Days (1998)
The winner of the 1998 Academy Award for Best Documentary, this powerful film traces the
compelling experiences of five Hungarian Holocaust survivors who fell victim to Hitler's brutal war
against the Jews.

111. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
Based on true events, director Marc Rothemund's absorbing Oscar-nominated drama tells the story
of young anti-Nazi activist Sophie Scholl (Julia Jentsch). Arrested for her membership in the



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resistance movement, Sophie is subjected to a highly charged interrogation by the Gestapo, testing
her loyalty to her cause, her family and her convictions. Can she maintain her resolve in the face of
intense pressure from a system determined to silence her?

112. Verdict on Auschwitz (1993): The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial 1963-1965
Twenty-two former members of Hitler's SS, many of whom had carved out comfortable lives for
themselves in postwar West Germany, stood trial in 1963 before 360 witnesses who accused them
of murdering millions. This riveting, heartbreaking documentary re-creates the momentous
Frankfurt trial. Filmmakers Rolf Bickel and Dietrich Wagner build the film around taped testimony
from more than 200 Auschwitz survivors.

113. Hitler's Diaries: The Rise & Fall of Adolf Hitler (2003)
As the saying goes, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. This video shows us Adolf
Hitler as he saw himself, and he explains in excerpts from his diaries why he felt he was "chosen"
to lead Germany to great heights by conquering Europe and killing millions of non-Germans. A
chilling reminder of humanity's darkest side.

114. The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (1997) (TV)
Actual trial footage, emotional recollections of trial witnesses and other key participants provide
insight and contrasting perspectives of the Eichmann legacy.

115. Band of Brothers (6-Disc Series) (2001)
Based on the bestseller by Stephen Ambrose, this Emmy-nominated miniseries profiles Easy
Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. These men parachuted into
France on D-Day, fought the Battle of the Bulge, captured Hitler's Eagle's Nest and, amid
extraordinary fear and extraordinary bravery, became heroes and legends. The drama, drawn from
journals and letters, is punctuated with interviews with veterans.

116. Partisans of Vilna (1986)
This fascinating documentary blends songs, newsreels and archival footage with interviews of more
than 40 Holocaust survivors to paint an eye-opening portrait of the courageous Jewish resistance in
Vilna, the capital of Lithuania. Recounting how a commando unit was formed to conduct sabotage
missions against the Nazis, the film explores the moral dilemmas facing the Jewish youth who
organized an underground resistance.

117. Remembrance: Vol. 1 (6-Disc Series) (1988)
Author Herman Wouk's sprawling World War II opus became a landmark television series starring
Robert Mitchum as Captain "Pug" Henry, head of an illustrious American naval family. Co-starring
Polly Bergen (as "Pug's" wife), Hart Bochner and Jane Seymour as Natalie Jastrow, the film
encompasses plotlines ranging from key naval battles to the destruction of European Jews at the
hands of the Nazis.

118. War and Remembrance: Vol. 2 (6-Disc Series) (1988)
Author Herman Wouk's sprawling World War II opus became a landmark television series starring
Robert Mitchum as Captain "Pug" Henry, head of an illustrious American naval family. Co-starring
Polly Bergen (as "Pug's" wife), Hart Bochner and Jane Seymour as Natalie Jastrow, the film



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encompasses plotlines ranging from key naval battles to the destruction of European Jews at the
hands of the Nazis.

119. We Were There: Latino Remembrances of World War II (2002)
Hundreds of thousands of Latinos saw military action for the United States in World War II, and
twelve of these heroes won our nation's most prestigious award, the Medal of Honor. All of the
soldiers, sailors and airmen who served have a story to tell and now ten Latino veterans in their 70s
and 80s offer reflections--filled with heroism, fear, pain, sorrow, joy and humor-- on their role in a
war that changed the world.

120. Last Best Hope: A True Story of Escape, Evasion and Remembrance (2006)
Explore the little-known story of a group of heroes who sacrificed everything and risked their lives
to stay true to their principles during World War II. This moving documentary investigates the men
and women in the Belgian Resistance who refused to sit by while war raged around them. Their
extraordinary acts of courage while under German occupation led to the rescue of countless downed
Allied fighter pilots throughout the war.

121. The Color of War (2002)
Peter Coyote narrates this award-winning documentary series that features never-before-seen color
footage of World War II. From the early days of the draft to the soldiers' daily routines, this
series captures the epic conflict through a staggering assemblage of rare footage and photos from
national archives and private collections. The voices of soldiers, commanders and civilians come to
life through letters, diaries and battlefield communiqués.

122. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
As the "Green Police" search for Jews on the streets of Amsterdam, a young girl named Anne (Millie
Perkins), her parents Otto and Edith (Joseph Schildkraut and Gusti Huber) and another family
retreat for two years to the small attic of shop owners Kraler and Miep (Douglas Spencer and Dody
Heath). Despite being confined to a small area and having no contact with the outside world, the
families go on with their lives to the best of their ability.

123. Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001)
Anne Frank's acclaimed diary, kept while in hiding in Amsterdam during World War II, enjoys the
highest readership of any book ever printed (except the Bible). This filmed version fills in gaps
omitted when her father (the only family member to survive the Nazi holocaust) submitted the work
for publication. The story follows Anne to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she died just
days before liberation.

124. The Ties That Bind (1985)
Provocative filmmaker Su Friedrich explores the story of her mother, who grew up in Nazi Germany.
Through interviews, archival footage and commentary, difficult relational questions arise between
mother and daughter, as well as larger questions about personal responsibility in the face political
realities. What emerges is a compelling intimate portrayal of a difficult historical milieu that sheds
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125. A Newsreel History of the Third Reich: Vol. 1 (2006)
Compiled from German newsreel footage captured by Russian troops in 1945, this series provides
insight into the public relations tactics of Joseph Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda. Volume 1 covers
the 1930 collapse of Germany's economy; Adolf Hitler's rise to the position of chancellor; the
implementation of the anti-Jewish campaign; the death of German President Paul von Hindenburg;
and the country's rebuilding under a new leader.

126. A Newsreel History of the Third Reich: Vol. 2 (1995)
Captured by Russian troops in 1945, this collection of German newsreel footage offers insight into
the tactics of Joseph Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda, which successfully fed the nation
misinformation and half-truths. Volume 2 focuses on the years 1936 to 1939, covering the country's
alliance with Benito Mussolini's Italian Fascist Party, Spain's civil war and Germany's massive
rearmament as it prepared for World War II.

127. Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII (2003)
Famed diarist Anne Frank may be the most well-known person to have hidden from the Nazis during
World War II, but there were hundreds of children just like her who managed to find generous and
brave souls to shelter them so they could protect themselves from the racial hatred sweeping
Europe. This documentary examines the lives of those who lived like Frank and those who aided them
regardless of their personal safety.

128. Berga: Soldiers of Another War (2003)
Director Charles Guggenheim focuses his documentary lens on his fellow American infantrymen who
were captured during the Battle of the Bulge and then sent to a Nazi slave labor camp, where many
of them perished. Their tragic story is a little-known and seldom-told sidelight to the larger
traumatic story of the Holocaust that affected millions.

129. Escape from Sobibor (1987)
A Polish death camp sets the stage for this TV miniseries based on a true story about hundreds of
imprisoned Jews who plan to revolt and escape. Taking on the role of leader, Leon Feldhendler (Alan
Arkin) relies on the military know-how of fellow inmate and Russian soldier Alexander Percherski
(Rutger Hauer) in devising a plan of attack to emancipate the entire camp. Both actors won Golden
Globe Awards for their performances.

130. Saints and Soldiers (2004)
Based on actual events, Saints and Soldiers tells the gripping story of a small band of Allied soldiers
trapped behind enemy lines with information that could save thousands of American lives. Outgunned
and ill-equipped, they battle a frigid wilderness and roving German troops in order to smuggle the
critical intelligence back to Allied territory. Stars Corbin Allred, Alexander Niver, Kirby Heyborne,
Lawrence Bagby and Peter Holden.

131. Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004)
Tom Selleck stars as General Dwight D. Eisenhower in this action-packed dramatization that
chronicles the 90 tense days leading up to Ike's execution of one of history's most renowned
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known as D-Day. The film's strong supporting cast includes James Remar, Timothy Bottoms, Gerald
McRaney and Ian Mune.

132. The Gathering Storm (2002)
Winston Churchill is widely recognized as the man who led England in the fight to save Europe from
the Nazi threat. What's less widely known is that the prominent politician and energizing speaker
was battling his own personal demons at the time and had to pull himself up from a low point to lead
his compatriots. This made-for-cable feature--a remake of the 1974 version with Richard Burton--
stars Albert Finney as the defiant Churchill.

133. The Train (1964)
During World War II, a French train engineer (Burt Lancaster) attempts to stop a Nazi-led train
from leaving France with valuable works of art stolen from a museum. Lancaster performs all of his
own stunts in this action-filled drama from influential from director John Frankenheimer (Birdman
of Alcatraz, The Manchurian Candidate). Franklin Coen and Frank Davis received Oscar nominations
for the film's original screenplay.

134. The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
At the close of World War II, the Germans are in retreat--and just one bridge over the Rhine River
stands between them and the Allies. If the Nazis destroy it, they'll prevent an American unit from
advancing, but they'll also trap more than 50,000 of their own soldiers on the wrong side. Based on
actual events, the film pits a strong-willed American lieutenant (George Segal) against an equally
committed German major (Robert Vaughn).

 135. Operation: Daybreak (1975)
Is a 1975 World War II film based on the true story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in
Prague--starring Anthony Andrews, Timothy Bottoms and Martin Shaw. It was directed by Lewis
Gilbert and shot mostly on location in Prague. It was adapted from the book Seven Men at Daybreak
by Alan Burgess. In 1942 Czechoslovakia, SS-General Reinhard Heydrich is appointed to become the
Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. The terror and oppression that follow cause Allied
authorities in London to authorize a secret mission to kill the man who has come to be known as "The
Butcher of Prague". The film explores shows the operation leading up to Heydrich's death as well as
the massive German reprisals that followed it.

136. In Which We Serve (1942)
This engrossing tale about the sinking of British destroyer HMS Torrin during the Battle of Crete is
based on the true-life story of the HMS Kelly, a destroyer under the command of Lord Louis
Mountbatten that sank in the Mediterranean. Three survivors (Noel Coward, Bernard Miles and John
Mills) on a raft recount their lives aboard the sunken vessel. The movie marks Coward's first and
only time as a film director (David Lean co-directed).

137. Tunes of Glory (1960)
Lt. Col. Jock Sinclair (Alec Guinness) briefly takes over control of a brigade until the new man for
the job, Col. Basil Barrow (John Mills), becomes available. When the elitist and aristocratic Barrow
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men jeopardizes the harmony of the company and escalates after Sinclair roughs up a soldier he
finds with his daughter.

138. A Foreign Field (1993)
Returning to the deserted beaches of Normandy 50 years after they fought there as soldiers,
British World War II veterans Amos (Alec Guinness) and Cyril (Leo McKern) meet up with Waldo
(John Randolph), a vacationing American vet. But their new friendship turns sour when a pretty face
(Jeanne Moreau) emerges from the past, and Cyril and Waldo vie for her affection. Lauren Bacall
and Geraldine Chaplin co-star in this gently humorous nostalgic tale.

139. Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain (2000)
In 1940, Adolf Hitler's dangerous philosophies and armies had overtaken much of Europe,
destroying the lives of thousands of men and women and dismantling entire countries. Britain proved
to be his biggest nemesis, however. Watch as the Battle of Britain unfolds in this fascinating
recollection of some of World War II's dreariest and darkest hours, leavened only by the
determination of the Allied forces to fight Hitler's evil.

140. Danger UXB (4-Disc Series) (1979)
London's intrepid bomb-disposal team hunts for unexploded bombs (UXBs) during World War II in
this 13-episode "Masterpiece Theatre" series. Anthony Andrews stars as Brian Ash, who joins the
Royal Engineers' UXB unit -- which is tasked with the perilous mission of defusing and disposing of
un-detonated German bombs during the blitzkrieg. As his team members die in the line of duty, Ash
rises to lieutenant and falls for a lovely lass (Judy Geeson).

141. The Battle of the Bulge: World War II's Deadliest Battle (1994)
First-person narratives, historical footage and modern interpretation meld to tell the story of the
Nazi army's push through a thin line of American soldiers in the winter of 1944-'45. Army veterans
and historians recount the Germans' surprise attack through thick fog into Belgium, which created a
bulge in Allied lines and left more than 70,000 casualties in its path. A must-see for World War II
history buffs.

142. Rosie the Riveter (2001)
During World War II, as men left for the armed forces, millions of moms, daughters, and sisters
joined the labor force working in factories due to the high demand of wartime productions. Features
newsreels, propaganda, documentaries, movies, music, and humor from that period to show how
traditional American ideals, lifestyles, morals, and ethics changed dramatically.

143. Carrie's War (2003)
Adapted from Nina Bawden's beloved novel, this family-friendly drama chronicles the adventures of
the Willow children, who've been sent away from London to the safety of Wales during the height
of World War II. On an errand to fetch a Christmas goose, siblings Carrie (Keeley Fawcett) and
Nick (Jack Stanley) come face to face with a local "witch" (Pauline Quirke), whose knowledge of the
countryside stirs Carrie's imagination.

144. The English Patient (1996)




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In this Oscar-winning adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's novel, a horribly burned man (Ralph Fiennes)
recovers from a plane crash at the close of World War II, with a lone nurse (Juliette Binoche)
tending him. Via flashback, the English patient chronicles his relationship with a married British
expatriate (Kristin Scott Thomas) in Cairo. Meanwhile, a driven man (Willem Dafoe) forges a
connection between the tale and the teller.

145. Heroes of Iwo Jima (2001)
Heroes of Iwo Jima explores the story through historic footage and interviews with almost 50
people involved in the battle, including Joe Rosenthal, who actually photographed that image. Hosted
by award-winning actor Gene Hackman, this fine documentary movingly examines a huge part of U.S
history.

146. The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
The title of this film represents the code phrase for launching a Nazi plan to kidnap Winston
Churchill in World War II England. In Stage 1 of the plan, 16 German paratroopers disguised as a
Polish unit descend on an eastern coastal village where the prime minister is scheduled to appear.
Based on Jack Higgins's best-selling novel of the same name, this is the final film of action master
John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape).

147. The Battle of the River Plate: Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956)
Brave men of the British Royal Navy set out to destroy the German battleship Graf Spee in this
World War II docudrama. Captain Bell (John Gregson) and the crew of the Exeter chase the
indestructible Nazi vessel to the South Atlantic harbor of Montevideo, where they wage a fierce
campaign against the notorious battleship. The supporting cast includes Anthony Quayle, Ian Hunter
and Peter Finch as the German captain, Langsdorff.

148. 49th Parallel (1941)
The great Laurence Olivier leads an impressive cast in this wartime thriller about a Nazi U-boat
crew stranded in Canada during World War II. Led by the fanatical Lt. Hirth (Eric Portman), the
crew finds refuge in a small rural community while planning an escape across the border of the still
neutral United States. An early work from British director Michael Powell, the film was seen as a
propaganda piece urging America to join the Allied effort.

149. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
In this poignant tragicomedy, a clever Jewish-Italian waiter named Guido (Roberto Benigni, who won
an Oscar for his role) is sent to a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, along with his wife
(Nicoletta Braschi) and their young son (Giorgio Cantarini). Refusing to give up hope, Guido tries to
protect his son's innocence by pretending that their imprisonment is an elaborate game, with the
grand prize being a tank. Benigni also directed.

150. Divided We Fall (2000)
During the dark days of World War II, a Czechoslovakian couple grudgingly agrees to shelter a
Jewish escapee from a concentration camp in their tiny apartment. Filled with pungent humor and
universal truths about the fragility of the human condition, director Jan Hrebejk skirts a fine line
between comedy and tragedy in what Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times calls, "a poignant,
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151. Jakob the Liar (1999)
While detained at Nazi headquarters, Jewish shopkeeper Jakob (Robin Williams) overhears a
broadcast about Soviet troop advances. Back in the Warsaw ghetto, Jakob shares the news with his
friend Mischa (Liev Schreiber), who believes Jakob has obtained a radio--something the Nazis have
forbidden. Instead of explaining what really happened, Jakob concocts more fictitious news about
the war to raise morale in the ghetto.

152. Mussolini and I (2-Disc Series) (1985)
Bob Hoskins stars in this riveting account of the life and death of Italian fascist dictator Benito
Mussolini. The 4-hour miniseries not only examines Mussolini's political career -- from his early days
as a terrorist to his deadly alliance with Hitler -- but also his tragic personal affairs, such as his
estrangement from favorite daughter Edda (Susan Sarandon) and his ultimate betrayal of beloved
son-in-law Ciano (Anthony Hopkins).

153. The Dunera Boys (1985) (TV)
At the start of WWII the British Government decided to arrest all Germans in the UK no matter
how long they had been here. Among those arrested were many Jewish refugees and many who were
fully assimilated. This film records the story of a group who were sent to a concentration camp in
Australia aboard the Dunera.

154. In Love and War (2001)
A miraculous true story of courage, determination and love in war-torn Italy during World War II.
While leading an ill-fated commando raid behind enemy lines, British lieutenant Eric Newby (Callum
Blue) is captured and imprisoned. After his escape, he is taken in by a young Italian woman and her
family, teaching him Italian to help elude his Nazi pursuers.

155. Prisoners of the Sun (1990)
An all-star cast brings the shocking true story of the largest Allied War Crimes trials ever
conducted in the Pacific. An oppressive mood hangs over the small island of Ambon where hundreds
of Australian prisoners of war have been massacred by their Japanese guards. World War II is
nearly over and two officers, Captain Cooper (Bryan Brown) and Lieutenant Corbett (Russell Crowe),
must prosecute those Japanese officers responsible.

156. My Mother's Courage (1995)
This wartime drama chronicles one woman's brave efforts to evade deportation to Auschwitz in
1944 Budapest. Picked up by police, Elsa Tabori (Pauline Collins) is turned over to the Nazis on a
train platform crowded with Jewish detainees. For the unsuspecting Elsa, reality slowly sinks in as
the deportees are herded closer to death. Ulrich Tukur co-stars in Michael Verhoeven's film based
on the story of Hungarian writer George Tabori's mother.




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