ww2 air warfare movies to watch

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1. Captains of the Clouds (1942)

Approved | 114 min | Action, Drama, War

Inspired by Churchill's Dunkirk speech, brash, undisciplined bush pilot Brian MacLean and three friends enlist in the RCAF but are deemed too old to be fliers.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Dennis Morgan, Brenda Marshall, Alan Hale

Votes: 1,285

2. A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An American pilot impulsively joins His Majesty's Royal Air Force in Britain in an attempt to impress his ex-girlfriend.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Betty Grable, John Sutton, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 1,139

3. Angels One Five (1952)

TV-G | 98 min | Drama, War

The story of an RAF fighter squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain.

Director: George More O'Ferrall | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Michael Denison, Andrew Osborn, Cyril Raymond

Votes: 810

4. A Guy Named Joe (1943)

Passed | 120 min | Drama, Romance, War

A dead World War II bomber pilot named Pete Sandidge, becomes the guardian angel of another pilot, Ted Randall. He guides Ted through battle and helping him to romance his old girlfriend, despite her excessive devotion to Sandidge's memory.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunne, Van Johnson, Ward Bond

Votes: 2,087

5. The Purple Plain (1954)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, War

In WW2 Burma, a Canadian bomber pilot becomes reckless after losing his bride in a Luftwaffe air-raid.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Gregory Peck, Bernard Lee, Win Min Than, Brenda de Banzie

Votes: 1,762

6. The German (2008)

10 min | Short, Action

November 1940, during the greatest conflict man has ever known, an epic duel unfolds between two ace pilots, each willing to take the match to it's ultimate conclusion. Unknown to the pilots is a fate neither has considered.

Director: Nick Ryan | Stars: Toby Kebbell, Christian Brassington, Glenn Mullins, Gary Murphy

Votes: 180

7. For the Moment (1993)

PG-13 | 120 min | Romance, War, Drama

The story of airmen training in rural Manitoba in the summer of 1942 to go overseas and become bomber pilots in World War II, as well as the romantic entanglements which overcome them while they contemplate life and love in a world at war.

Director: Aaron Kim Johnston | Stars: Russell Crowe, Christianne Hirt, Wanda Cannon, Scott Kraft

Votes: 866 | Gross: $0.12M

8. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

G | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

46 Metascore

In 1941, following months of economic embargo, Japan prepares to open its war against the United States with a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.

Directors: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda | Stars: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 30,225 | Gross: $29.55M

9. Only Old Men Are Going to Battle (1974)

92 min | Comedy, Drama, War

During World War II, a Soviet veteran pilot teaches to newcomers that war is transient, and music is eternal.

Director: Leonid Bykov | Stars: Leonid Bykov, Sergei Podgornyj, Sergei Ivanov, Rustam Sagdullaev

Votes: 4,212

10. For Those We Love (2007)

135 min | Drama, War

Young Japanese pilots are trained to sink Allied warships by flying into them.

Director: Taku Shinjô | Stars: Ryôhei Abe, Tôru Emori, Katsutaka Furuhata, Cleve Gray

Votes: 327

11. Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

Passed | 138 min | Drama, History, War

In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, Robert Walker, Tim Murdock

Votes: 5,058

12. Isoroku Yamamoto, the Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet (2011)

140 min | Biography, Drama, War

The life of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto from the early 1930's to his death at the hands of the US military in 1943.

Director: Izuru Narushima | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Hiroshi Abe, Shûichi Azumaya, Mitsugorô Bandô

Votes: 909

13. Kato hayabusa sento-tai (1944)

110 min | Action, War

Biographical movie about Colonel Kato, an officer serving with the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force in Southeast Asia, he was highly respected by his pilots for his fairness and excellent flying ability.

Director: Kajirô Yamamoto | Stars: Susumu Fujita, Minoru Takada, Denjirô Ôkôchi, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 53

14. Torpedo Bombers (1983)

96 min | Drama, War

In 1944,when British navy convoys try to supply the Soviets with war matériel under the lend-lease agreement,the Soviet naval aviation base in Murmansk is attacked by German bombers.

Director: Semyon Aranovich | Stars: Rodion Nahapetov, Aleksey Zharkov, Andrei Boltnev, Stanislav Sadalskiy

Votes: 294

15. Wing and a Prayer (1944)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama, War

In WW2, an American aircraft carrier sails around the Pacific on a decoy mission until it joins the battle of Midway against the Japanese forces.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Don Ameche, Dana Andrews, William Eythe, Charles Bickford

Votes: 1,202

17. Normandie - Niémen (1960)

120 min | Drama, War

A certain number of French fighter pilots who will not accept the Second Armistice at Compiègne nor Vichy's orders decide to join the USSR. Once they have reached Moscow they resume ... See full summary »

Directors: Jean Dréville, Damir Vyatich-Berezhnykh | Stars: Pierre Trabaud, Roland Ménard, Giani Esposito, Gérard Darrieu

Votes: 125

18. Partizanska eskadrila (1979)

130 min | Drama, History, War

The first Yugoslav Partisan air force unit. Loosely based on historical facts.

Director: Hajrudin Krvavac | Stars: Bekim Fehmiu, Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic, Ljubisa Samardzic, Rados Bajic

Votes: 660

19. The Thousand Plane Raid (1969)

G | 93 min | Adventure, War

A U.S. Air Force colonel convinces the Allies during World War II that a daylight bombing raid of Germany will bring a quick end to the war.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Christopher George, Laraine Stephens, J.D. Cannon, Gary Marshal

Votes: 261

20. Fortress (2012 Video)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama, War

A replacement co-pilot joins a B-17 bomber crew in North Africa. He soon finds himself at odds with the remainder of the crew and has to regain their trust and support.

Director: Mike Phillips | Stars: Bug Hall, Donnie Jeffcoat, Sean McGowan, Chris Owen

Votes: 1,850

22. Hawai · Maree oki kaisen (1942)

116 min | Drama, History, War

When a boy who is in the navy college returns home for vacation he meets his young cousin who also wants to join in order to become a pilot. However, the younger man's mother is ... See full summary »

Director: Kajirô Yamamoto | Stars: Denjirô Ôkôchi, Yatarô Kurokawa, Setsuko Hara, Kaoru Itô

Votes: 82

23. Raigekitai Shutsudô (1944)

95 min | Drama, War

Wartime film dealing with a Japanese torpedo bomber squadron at war.

Three IJN flyers Mikami (Susumu Fujita), Kawakami (Masayuki Mori) and Murakami (Akitake Kono) are good friends, and they ... See full synopsis »

Director: Kajirô Yamamoto | Stars: Denjirô Ôkôchi, Susumu Fujita, Katsuhiko Haida, Akitake Kôno

Votes: 15

24. Flying Leathernecks (1951)

Approved | 102 min | Action, Drama, War

Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Don Taylor, Janis Carter

Votes: 4,220

25. Flying Tigers (1942)

Approved | 102 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Capt. Jim Gordon's command of the famed American mercenary fighter group in China is complicated by the recruitment of an old friend who is a reckless hotshot.

Director: David Miller | Stars: John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee, Paul Kelly

Votes: 3,300 | Gross: $3.27M

26. Catch-22 (1970)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, War

70 Metascore

A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel

Votes: 20,931 | Gross: $24.91M

27. Paths of Hate (2010)

TV-PG | 10 min | Animation, Short, Action

A short tale about the demons that slumber deep in the human soul and have the power to push people into the abyss of blind hate, fury and rage.

Director: Damian Nenow

Votes: 893

28. The Mighty Eighth

Action, History, War | Announced

Five miles above the earth and deep behind enemy lines, eleven men inside a bomber known as the "Flying Fortress" fight for their lives against swarms of enemy German fighters. Inspired by true events.

Director: Rick Jacobson

29. Lancaster (2013)

13 min | Short, Action, Drama

From the English coast to the skies of war-torn Europe, 'Lancaster' tells the story of a young bomber crew as they fly a daring night raid over occupied France in the face of insurmountable... See full summary »

Director: Philip Stevens | Stars: Kirsty Averton, Mark Burman, William Clayton, Lewis Gemmill

Votes: 22

30. Ballada o bombere (2011 Video)

181 min | Action, Drama, War

The Bomber (2011) / (Russian language title: Ballada o Bombere) Storyline During World War II, a soviet aircraft crashes on Nazi-occupied territory. But the pilot Grivtsov and his beloved ... See full summary »

Director: Vitaliy Vorobyov | Stars: Nikita Efremov, Ekaterina Astakhova, Aleksandr Davydov, Vladislav Abashin

Votes: 507

31. Aces High (1976)

PG | 114 min | Action, Drama, War

In World War I, the high casualty rate amongst the rookie pilots of the Royal Flying Corps puts an enormous strain on the survivors.

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Plummer, Simon Ward, Peter Firth

Votes: 2,223

32. Midway (2019)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Drama, History

47 Metascore

The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans

Votes: 19,482



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