American WW2 films

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1. In Harm's Way (1965)

Approved | 165 min | Drama, War

A Naval officer, reprimanded after Pearl Harbor, is later promoted to Rear Admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon

Votes: 7,580 | Gross: $4.20M

2. None But the Brave (1965)

Approved | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, War

During WW2, a platoon of Marines crash-lands on a tiny Pacific island occupied by a small Japanese unit.

Director: Frank Sinatra | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Clint Walker, Tatsuya Mihashi, Takeshi Katô

Votes: 1,530

3. Run Silent Run Deep (1958)

Approved | 93 min | Action, Drama, War

A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter

Votes: 9,616

4. Hell in the Pacific (1968)

G | 103 min | Adventure, War

During World War II, an American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain are deserted on a small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. There, they must cease their hostility and cooperate if they want to survive, but will they?

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Lee Marvin, Toshirô Mifune

Votes: 7,290

5. Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

Approved | 100 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: John Wayne, John Agar, Adele Mara, Forrest Tucker

Votes: 8,919

6. Up Periscope (1959)

Approved | 112 min | Action, Drama, Romance

In 1942, Navy Lieutenant Kenneth Braden from the underwater demolition team is sent to a Japanese island to photograph secret radio codes.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Garner, Edmond O'Brien, Andra Martin, Alan Hale Jr.

Votes: 1,443

7. Between Heaven and Hell (1956)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, War

The spoiled rich son of a wealthy Southerner is changed by his experiences in the Pacific during World War II.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Robert Wagner, Terry Moore, Broderick Crawford, Buddy Ebsen

Votes: 1,056

8. Beach Red (1967)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War

As a US marine unit fight against the defenders of a Japanese held island, both sides are haunted by their own thoughts and memories.

Director: Cornel Wilde | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Rip Torn, Burr DeBenning, Patrick Wolfe

Votes: 1,189

9. The Battle of Midway

Action, Drama, War | Announced

A look at America's infamous attack against the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

10. Away All Boats (1956)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, War

The story of a U.S. Naval ship and its crew in the Pacific, from 1943 to 1945.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Jeff Chandler, George Nader, Lex Barker, Julie Adams

Votes: 1,134

11. The Naked and the Dead (1958)

Approved | 131 min | Drama, War

Set during the Pacific War against the Japanese, this WW2 drama discerns between achieving one's mission at any cost versus preserving the lives under one's command and enforcing discipline through fear as opposed to mutual respect.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Aldo Ray, Cliff Robertson, Raymond Massey, Lili St. Cyr

Votes: 1,168

12. Operation Bikini (1963)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, War

In 1944, an American submarine must transport an Underwater Demolition Team to a secret mission in the Japanese infested waters of the South Pacific.

Director: Anthony Carras | Stars: Tab Hunter, Frankie Avalon, Scott Brady, Jim Backus

Votes: 221

13. Beachhead (1954)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, War

In 1943, in the wake of the Allied amphibious landing on the Japanese held Bougainville Island, four Marines are sent to scout the location of Japanese minefields.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Tony Curtis, Frank Lovejoy, Mary Murphy, Eduard Franz

Votes: 846 | Gross: $1.40M

14. The Great Escape (1963)

Not Rated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

87 Metascore

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

Votes: 211,671 | Gross: $12.10M

15. The Longest Day (1962)

G | 178 min | Action, Drama, History

75 Metascore

The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald, Bernhard Wicki, Darryl F. Zanuck | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda

Votes: 50,198 | Gross: $39.10M

16. The Train (1964)

Not Rated | 133 min | Thriller, War

In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon

Votes: 13,092 | Gross: $7.41M

17. Hell Is for Heroes (1962)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, War

76 Metascore

Small squad must hold off German attack.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, Fess Parker, Harry Guardino

Votes: 6,077

18. Hell to Eternity (1960)

Approved | 131 min | Biography, Drama, War

When his adoptive Japanese-American family is sent to Manzanar after Pearl Harbor, a young Chicano enlists in the marines to become a hero in the Battle of Saipan.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, David Janssen, Vic Damone, Patricia Owens

Votes: 954

19. The War Lover (1962)

Approved | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, War

In 1943, while stationed in Britain, arrogant Captain Buzz Rickson is in command of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, but his recklessness is endangering everyone around him.

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner, Shirley Anne Field, Gary Cockrell

Votes: 1,568

20. Merrill's Marauders (1962)

Approved | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, War

During WW2, a 3000-strong American unit, known as Merrill's Marauders, battles the Japanese forces in Burma.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Ty Hardin, Peter Brown, Andrew Duggan

Votes: 1,908

21. The Mountain Road (1960)

102 min | Drama, War

A US Army Major stationed in East China in 1944 is ordered to blow up military installations in order to slow down the advancing Japanese Army.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Lisa Lu, Glenn Corbett, Harry Morgan

Votes: 674

22. Von Ryan's Express (1965)

Approved | 117 min | Action, Adventure, War

An American POW leads a group of mainly British prisoners to escape from the Germans in WWII.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carrà, Brad Dexter

Votes: 12,044 | Gross: $17.11M

23. Battle at Bloody Beach (1961)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, War

In 1941, after the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, American civilian Craig Benson helps organizing the Philippine guerrilla fighters, delivering supplies and evacuating stranded civilians.

Director: Herbert Coleman | Stars: Audie Murphy, Gary Crosby, Dolores Michaels, Alejandro Rey

Votes: 386

24. No Man Is an Island (1962)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, War

During the early Pacific war years, American seaman George Tweed is the only U.S. serviceman on Guam not captured by the Japanese forces.

Directors: Richard Goldstone, John Monks Jr. | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Marshall Thompson, Barbara Perez, Ronald Remy

Votes: 403

25. The Bridge at Remagen (1969)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama, War

As the Allied armies close in, the Germans decide to blow up the last Rhine bridge, trapping their own men on the wrong side. But will it happen?

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: George Segal, Robert Vaughn, Ben Gazzara, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 8,108

26. From Here to Eternity (1953)

Passed | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War

85 Metascore

In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed

Votes: 40,578 | Gross: $30.50M

27. Orders to Kill (1958)

93 min | Drama, War

American agent faces an engrossing moral dilemma when he is parachuted into France to eliminate a suspected traitor in the French Resistance.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Eddie Albert, Paul Massie, Lillian Gish, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 351

28. Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1949)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A group of agents in the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (forerunner of the C.I.A.) are sent to France, during World War II, to knock out the French railroad system and, in accomplishing ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Alan Ladd, Wanda Hendrix, Francis Lederer, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 377



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