1,256,256 153 min $22.24M, PG-13 But like his colleague Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ from the same year, it also expounds on the methods used by children to block out the horrors of the world (namely daydreaming, fantasy and unrealistic optimism). $9.03M, PG Left with no other option they take refuge in the sewers, where one by one they succumb to malnutrition, madness and death. But while Humphrey Jennings’s twin masterpieces may be unashamedly patriotic, they’re also two of the most inventive documentaries ever made. A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. I guess it went over my head, but I learned to appreciate it later. 170 min Charles Frend A quarter of a century later, the film, which was inspired by Claude Lanzmann’s remarkable ‘Shoah’ documentary, has lost none of its power. ALD, ‘Empire of the Sun’ came smack in the centre of Steven Spielberg’s mid-’80s slump: ‘Temple of Doom’ had been criticised for excessive violence, and there was still ‘Always’ and ‘Hook’ to come. Stephen Young, The film’s great crime was to depict a German character in a positive light – indeed, to plead for understanding between two countries at war. Dreamlike and devastating, this was a new kind of war movie. | Stars: PF, Oh, we don’t like to be beside the seaside, It’s often said that Christopher Nolan doesn’t do things the ordinary way. Robert Ryan, Wajda lets us know from the very beginning what we’re up against, as a doom-laden voiceover informs us: ‘These are the tragic heroes. Claude Rains, Votes: Tom Sizemore, Klimov’s film argues convincingly that there are no heroes in war, only victims and perpetrators, and that no amount of guns and ammo will be able to reconcile the memory of the Holocaust. | Under her unerringly tender care, fleeting memories of life prior to injury return to the ailing patient, including, most significantly, the juicy affair he had with a friend’s wife (Kristin Scott Thomas, looking enigmatic in linen). 107 min Humphrey Bogart, The infamous ‘tiefer…’ sequence, as captain Jürgen Prochnow pushes his sub to life-threatening depths, is still almost unwatchable. Gregory Peck, Alec Guinness, David Niven, Stars: Nicoletta Braschi, Jude Law, Carroll O'Connor, Votes: | Gross: There’s not an inch of fat on its bones, just tommies, citizen sailors and the odd officer struggling bitterly for salvation in the face of extraordinary odds. Back then, casts were so colossal and the props budgets so enormous, you sometimes wondered if it wouldn’t be easier just declaring war for real. | Director: Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon! At the height of World War II, a tiny wood pigeon enlists in the elite Royal Homing Pigeon Service to serve Britain, as the fearsome General Von Talon (Tim Curry) and his deadly squadron of falcons patrol the English Channel. ALD, Quentin Tarantino says: ‘I really liked “Saving Private Ryan”, in particular the Omaha beach scene. Photograph: Entertainment Film Distributors. The plot, in which a German parachutes into a sleepy English village and sets about clearing the way for a major invasion, may be fantasy, but it’s alarmingly powerful. Steve McQueen, 723,302 153 min Tell us what you think about this feature. $28.90M, PG The former, co-directed with Stewart McAllister, is more sedate, a sort of Radio 4 with pictures, all twittering songbirds and the smack of leather on willow. Drama, War. | We keep an updated Best Free Movie Websites list that you should check out if the movie you want isn't free on YouTube. Director Enzo G Castellari is a hero to cult film fans everywhere: his 40-year career has gifted us half a dozen decent Euro-Westerns, a few rip-offs of hits such as ‘Jaws’ (‘The Last Shark’) and ‘Mad Max’ (‘1990: The Bronx Warriors’) and the 1990s detective series ‘Extralarge’ on Italian TV. | R Source: Youtube. A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure. Spielberg again. Another WWII compilation. Jim Caviezel, Categories Video Army World War II Marine Corps … | Gross: His method was to dismiss archive images and interviews and to return instead to the sites of the Holocaust, interviewing afresh those with first-hand experience of events at Auschwitz, Treblinka, Chełmno and the Warsaw Ghetto. Adrien Brody, A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court. Animation, Adventure, Comedy. | Franklin J. Schaffner John Huston Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. Drama, War. Adventure, Drama, History. | Curd Jürgens, Votes: Michael Strong, Votes: This is a collection of World War II related motion pictures & historical related documentaries. Director: Robert Aldrich threw a rock in a tree and Jim Brown fell out, Charles Bronson fell out, John Cassavetes fell out, and Telly Savalas… and that’s without even mentioning Lee Marvin. 01. of 20. DJ, Buy, rent or watch ‘Germany, Pale Mother’, Given his hard-bitten reputation, it’s surprising Clint Eastwood hadn’t got around to directing a World War II movie before 2006. 134 min Ed Harris, Director: TH, Roman Polanski kicked off the twenty-first century with a sophisticated, Oscar-winning WWII survival drama which not only offered an authentic depiction of the Warsaw ghetto, but proved that – controversy aside – the director could still deliver when it mattered. Mike Nichols PDS, Those of us who grew up with national treasure Dame Thora Hird being frightfully lovely on the BBC can only watch in amazement as, at the climax of Alberto Cavalcanti’s masterful wartime chiller, she gamely starts picking off invading Nazis with a rusty old hunting rifle. Or American, Maybe the most flat-out enjoyable WWII film of them all, this bank holiday classic continues to win fans, inform ad campaigns and drown out England football matches every time an impromptu rendition of its impossibly chipper theme tune sounds. | Gross: These are our picks for the best free movies on YouTube right now. Helma Sanders-Brahms’s film presents a dewy-eyed romance between Lene (Eva Mattes) and Hans (Ernst Jacobi) that blossoms into marriage. Nick Nolte, Stars: A young genius frantically races against time to crack an enemy code and solve the mystery surrounding the woman he loves. 94 min Adventure, Drama, War. Stars: But Churchill’s cabinet quickly realised that not only were the movies a great way for a put-upon populace to relax, they were also a perfect channel for propaganda. 51,798 Henry Fonda, Biography, Drama, War. Robert Shaw, Stars: Ridiculously attractive people swooning in the desert: oh go on, you’ll enjoy watching it really. Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. I was a little boy; I didn’t know anything about the Russian front. Although there are many movies about the European theater, but there aren’t many movies about the Pacific. Which it does, but with such warmth, wit and insouciance that it’s impossible to resist. Christian Bale, Dominique Horwitz, TH, QT takes the reins again for the tale of Heydrich’s assassination, Quentin Tarantino says... ‘When I was writing “Inglourious Basterds”, I ended up looking at a different type of war film than I’d ever watched before. Needless to say, the brutality of the occupying regime is presented with a shocking frankness, not only its indifference to class, age, gender and religion, but its total lack of logical purpose. Director: TH, Studio Ghibli number-two Isao Takahata’s haunting animated drama adopts a template familiar from ‘Ivan’s Childhood’ and ‘Come and See’, offering a child’s-eye-perspective of wartime atrocities. Director: TH, It’s been four decades since Claude Lanzmann started work on this nine-hour documentary investigation into the minute details of mass murder. But when you’re watching it, it seems unfathomable that anything could be worth that.’, William Holden’s authority-defying, nurse-goosing square-jawed US Navy Commander Shears may be the supposed hero, but in this grandiose epic set in a Japanese labour camp it’s Alec Guinness’s hopelessly compromised Colonel Nicholson that we really relate to. Stars: The film itself is a mite predictable, but what’s impressive are the ripples it created: after release, the French government agreed, for the first time, to begin paying compensation to the remaining widows of North African fighters. In the hands of just about any other filmmaking team this would probably have resulted in something fairly traditional: a lads-together-behind-enemy-lines actioner, perhaps. William Holden, Director Mikhail Kalatozov and cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky would go on to make ‘Soy Cuba’, and their singular, mesmeric photographic style is evident here too: a startling blend of audacious framing and hand-held intimacy that wouldn’t filter into Western cinema for years. | Gross: TH, About a boyMaking the infamous opening of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ look like a Sunday stroll in the park, Elem Klimov’s hallucinatory masterpiece feels like the nearest cinema has ever come to recreating the ruthlessly discombobulating sensory experience of war. | | Gross: | 14,767 | Gross: 32,811 Drama, Fantasy, War. Originally made as a five-hour miniseries for German TV, cut to feature-length for worldwide consumption and finally expanded again to a 210-minute ‘director’s cut’, Wolfgang Petersen’s breathless, terrifying U-boat drama remains the most claustrophobic of all WWII movies. 310,180 TH, ‘Two Enemies! Director: Roger Moore, William Lee Scott, Votes: Drama, Romance, War. James Garner, Genre: Horror, Mystery. 123 min John Stratton, | Director: Emeric Pressburger After much deliberation, we thought it fitting to place this singular film at the top of our list, not just for its strikingly candid take on the human toll of warfare but as a work of sublime visual and aural intensity that uses every tool in the filmmaker’s arsenal to unforgettable and often nauseating effect. Steven Spielberg | Gross: | Director: A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Kate Beckinsale, Well, between the bloodshed, aerial bombardment and displacement of civilians, not a huge amount (agreed, Edwin Starr). | WWII: The Lost Color Archives. \"Soldiers of Freedom\" is a 1977 film directed by Yuri Ozerov and starring Mikhail Ulyanov, Yevgeny Matveyev, Vasily Lanovoy. | Gross: The decision to hire Tom Stoppard to adapt JG Ballard’s fictionalised memoir of his days in a Japanese internment camp pays off with a focused script and some wonderfully memorable characters. Especially for Gustav, it helps pass the time, as he longs ... See full summary » Director: Gerhard Lamprecht | Stars: Charles Brauer, Harry Hindemith, Hedda Sarnow, Fritz … Drama, Mystery, Romance. Michael Anderson A story of mistaken identities, backstage hi-jinks and theatrical misunderstandings set in occupied Poland, the film is genuinely funny. | Sean Penn, 100 min And the end of the movie is so exciting. TH, Fight or flightBy the time of ‘The Thin Red Line’, Terrence Malick had been languishing in self-imposed exile for two decades while his first two films, ‘Badlands’ and ‘Days of Heaven’, grew in stature. | Gross: Pelé, Stars: German commander Captain Hauptmann Stransky (Maximilian Schell) places a squad in extreme danger after Sergeant Rolf Steiner (James Coburn) refuses to lie for him. During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed. DJ, ‘The Dam Busters’ represents a particularly British type of cinematic military endeavour, shuffling us in and out of an endless series of stuffy boardrooms, past a chain-smoking array of lab-coated eggheads and through a rigorous testing process before allowing its audience to experience anything approaching excitement. | Rachel Weisz, Votes: Brad Dexter, Votes: Recommended: London and UK cinema listings, film reviews and exclusive interviews. | Gross: 171,767 We called in the experts – specifically one expert: Quentin Tarantino – and solicited the advice of those hard-working Time Out writers. Is he a war-hero in the making? | | Heart Pounding WWII Footage. From war-torn romances to bloody battles, these are the best films that depict the horrors of World War 2—and the humanity at the center of the conflicts PF, ‘Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves?’ Yes, the hippies finally do their part for global security as Donald Sutherland’s superfreaky tank commander Oddball joins up with Clint Eastwood’s surly one-man warzone, Kelly, on a mission to raid a French bank and hightail it with buckets of Nazi loot. ALD, Not Tarantino’s WWII picture, but the 1978 B-movie that partially inspired it. | It cannot be overstated how heartbreaking and painful ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ is, following a boy and his toddler sister as they are forced to go it alone in the Japanese wilderness as US bombers lay waste to the cities. Robert Ryan, 20,981 It’s also an incredibly honest example of a film addressing a country’s horror-filled past: honest and uncomfortable to the last. TH, Makes you proud to be British. But thanks to Tarantino’s tribute, he’ll be best remembered for this WWII actioner. Ben Affleck, | | Stars: DJ, At the beginning of WWII, all UK cinemas were closed. The sense of impending doom is palpable and, as much of it is based on the recollections of Hitler’s secretary, scenes like a wild champagne party to the backbeat of Russian artillery ring bizarrely true. Ben Gazzara, | 172 min It may sound brutal, but Sanders-Brahms never judges her characters (who are based on her own parents), bluntly demonstrating how relentlessly grim life in wartime can be for women as well as men. Through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, a forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences. Emilia Fox, Votes: Forrest Tucker, Approved Stars: A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions. So it was no surprise that on his return to filmmaking the Hollywood elite would line up to volunteer. David Niven, 131 min | Like those birthday cards in the ‘For Boys’ section of card shops with a picture of a racing car jumping over a steam train full of cowboys, ‘Escape to Victory’ has everything for the sexually immature adolescent male. Ewan McGregor, Comedy, Drama, War. Muriel Pavlow, It’s harrowing, bleak viewing. 149 min WW2: Intense Pacific Combat Footage. 618,461 | No Subtitles!’ was not the tagline for John Boorman’s allegorical yarn about a Japanese soldier (Toshiro Mifune) and an American pilot (Lee Marvin) stranded on a beautiful, isolated South Seas island, but it damn well should have been. DJ. Forget ‘Enemy at the Gates’ and the 2015 Fyodor Bondarchuk CG-fest, this rare Germans’ eye view of the conflict is a much more authentic glimpse of the hell that was Stalingrad – the turning point in World War II and one of the most brutal battles in human history. | Gross: Stars: | Those directors had personal experience with the Nazis, and obviously they had to be worried about their loved ones back home. | But one of the interesting things about “Cross of Iron” is that it came and went in America, but it was such a huge hit in Europe that it actually inspired rip-offs for years, which I get a huge kick out of. Charlton Heston, Harry Andrews, 177,719 | The story of how the British attacked German dams in World War II by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective. | $1.02M, PG Robert Strauss, R | The World War II phase of the career of controversial American general George S. Patton. PF, Director Lewis Milestone was the master of the grunt’s-eye view, and with this account of a few hours in the life of an American platoon in Italy he set the template for dozens of thoughtful war films that followed. U.S. National Archives collection. Drama, History, War. $120.54M, R Kirk Acevedo, Votes: Stars: Director: camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer. TH, Buy, rent or watch ‘I Was a Male War Bride’, Almost three decades after his handsome but rather sedate resistance story ‘Soldier of Orange’, shockmeister Paul Verhoeven revisited WWII for a tale of Jewish subterfuge and erotic espionage, filling the screen with all the sex, death and pube-dyeing the earlier film sadly lacked. George Chakiris, | Gross: | Stars: | Gross: Christian Bale is a star in the making as young Jim, while Allen Daviau’s cinematography adds grandeur, drenching the screen with dazzling searchlights, blazing buildings and, at the climax, Hiroshima itself. Bryan Singer Action, Drama, History. Jack Hawkins, Happily, said development is lent charm and eloquence by the ever-impeccable Michael Redgrave as ‘bouncing bomb’ boffin Barnes Wallis. Anthony Quayle, TH, Buy, rent or watch ‘A Matter of Life and Death’, Mother RussiaMade in the wake of Stalin’s death, this visually rapturous masterpiece is more akin in tone to ’40s British morale boosters than Soviet propaganda pieces of the post-war period. | Gross: Michael Powell, 132 min A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. | Gross: Mary Ure, I make a small commission from some of the links on this site. 150 min They saved thousands of Jews, Ukrainians and Russians. But ‘Deliverance’ director Boorman has never had too much time for easy resolution, and maintains an even strain as his leads realise that the only way to survive is to collaborate. A German plot to kidnap Sir Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II. 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