Movies featured in the book "Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War" by Mark Harris

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1. The Battle of Midway (1942)

TV-G | 18 min | Documentary, Short, War

The Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942, filmed as it happened.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, Logan Ramsey, James Roosevelt

Votes: 1,447

2. They Were Expendable (1945)

Approved | 135 min | Drama, War

The PT boat unit Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three defends the Philippines from Japanese invasion during World War II.

Directors: John Ford, Robert Montgomery | Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Jack Holt

Votes: 7,021

3. December 7th (1943)

Unrated | 82 min | Action, History, War

"Docudrama" about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 and its results, the recovering of the ships, the improving of defense in Hawaii and the US efforts to beat back the Japanese reinforcements.

Directors: John Ford, Gregg Toland | Stars: Walter Huston, Harry Davenport, Dana Andrews, Paul Hurst

Votes: 668

4. The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944)

Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary, History, War

A documentary on the 25th bombing mission of the Memphis Belle, a B-17 in the US 8th Air Force.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Stanley Wray, Robert Morgan, James A. Verinis, Robert J. Hanson

Votes: 1,199

5. Mrs. Miniver (1942)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Romance, War

A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, May Whitty

Votes: 14,425 | Gross: $13.50M

6. Tunisian Victory (1944)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, War

Documentary made by the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Directors: Frank Capra, Hugh Stewart, John Huston | Stars: Leo Genn, Burgess Meredith, Bernard Miles, Jacques Duchesne

Votes: 407

7. Nazi Concentration and Prison Camps (1945)

Not Rated | 59 min | Documentary, History

Produced and presented as evidence at the Nuremberg war crimes trial of Hermann Göring and twenty other Nazi leaders.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar N. Bradley, George S. Patton, Hayden Sears

Votes: 744

8. The Nazi Plan (1945)

127 min | Documentary, History, War

Produced and presented as evidence at the Nuremberg war crimes trial of Hermann Göring and twenty other Nazi leaders.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Hermann Göring, Adolf Hitler, Reed Hadley

Votes: 73

9. Thunderbolt (1947)

Approved | 44 min | Documentary, Short, History

A WW2 documentary on the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter/bomber pilots in missions (Operation Strangle) from their base in Corsica to Northern Italy in 1944, destroying railroads, bridges, trains, vehicles and hard targets.

Directors: John Sturges, William Wyler | Stars: James Stewart, Lloyd Bridges, Eugene Kern, Robert Lowery

Votes: 426

10. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Approved | 170 min | Drama, Romance, War

92 Metascore

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Fredric March, Teresa Wright

Votes: 53,750 | Gross: $23.65M

11. Coming!! Snafu (1943)

3 min | Animation, Short

Introducing Private Snafu, the nation's worst soldier and his various versions in different branches of the armed forces.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Frank Graham

Votes: 212

12. Sex Hygiene (1942)

30 min | Short, Drama

Several servicemen relax by playing pool, but one of them goes off to spend time with a prostitute. Later, he discovers he has contracted a venereal disease. A graphic and frank ... See full summary »

Directors: Otto Brower, John Ford | Stars: Kenneth Alexander, Robert Conway, Robert Cornell, Richard Derr

Votes: 126

13. Torpedo Squadron (1942)

8 min | Documentary, Short, War

A short documentary filed during the Battle of Midway, June 4, 1942. Focuses on the 30 men in the torpedo squadron of the US Aircraft Carrier Hornet.

Director: John Ford

Votes: 78

14. We Sail at Midnight (1943)

27 min | Documentary, Short

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Directors: Julian Spiro, John Ford

Votes: 19

15. How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines (1943)

62 min | Drama, War

A training film for OSS agents who are to be dropped behind enemy lines, covering cover and concealment, ambush techniques, etc.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Ford, Eddie Foster, Martin Garralaga, Peter Lorre

Votes: 231

16. German Industrial Manpower (1943)

Documentary, War

A training film for OSS agents on how to analyze statistics obtained about German industrialization and war production.

Director: John Ford

Votes: 12

17. Undercover (1944)

61 min | Documentary, Drama

This documentary training film for agents of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was intended to show agents-in-training the techniques and obstacles involved in undercover work in ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Ford, Pierre Watkin, Martin Garralaga, Peter Lorre

Votes: 37

18. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold

Votes: 99,250 | Gross: $9.60M

19. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A simple, small town man inherits a massive fortune, making him the target for scammers and publicity-seekers. Overwhelmed by the turn his life has taken, and awoken to another use for his new-found fortune, he makes a momentous decision.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander

Votes: 18,304

20. Meet John Doe (1941)

Not Rated | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan

Votes: 11,065

21. Prelude to War (1942)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, War

The official World War II US Government film statement defining the various enemies of the Allies and why they must be fought.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: Walter Huston, Victor Bulwer-Lytton, Kai-Shek Chiang, Walter Darré

Votes: 1,644

22. The Nazis Strike (1943)

Not Rated | 41 min | Documentary, Short, War

The official World War II US government account of Nazi international aggression leading up to the British and French declarations of war.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: Eduard Benes, Neville Chamberlain, Clementine Churchill, Winston Churchill

Votes: 706

23. Divide and Conquer (1943)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, History, War

The World War II US Government account of the European theatre of the war from after the English and French entry to the fall of France.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: General Bergeret, Karl Brandt, Winston Churchill, Warren J. Clear

Votes: 636

24. The Battle of Russia (1943)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, History, War

Documentary revealing the nature and process of the fight between the Soviet Union and Germany in the Second World War.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: Anthony Veiller, Ion Antonescu, Nikolay Cherkasov, Anthony Eden

Votes: 1,070

25. The Battle of Britain (1943)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary, History, War

The official World War II US government account of Great Britain's stand against the Nazi war machine after the Dunkirk evacuation.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anthony Veiller | Stars: Douglas Bader, Arno Breker, Winston Churchill, Hermann Göring

Votes: 790

26. Desert Victory (1943)

62 min | Documentary, War

The Allied campaign to drive Germany and Italy from North Africa is analysed, with the major portion of the film examining the battles at El Alamein, including a re-enactment.

Directors: Roy Boulting, David MacDonald | Stars: Harold Alexander, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Bernard L. Montgomery

Votes: 220

27. The Negro Soldier (1944)

43 min | Documentary, Drama, War

Documentary focusing on the contributions to the American war effort of African-American soldiers.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Gertrude Elise Ayer, Richmond Barthé, Erich Borchmeyer, William Broadus

Votes: 487

28. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson

Votes: 61,950

29. The Battle of China (1944)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, History, War

The Official World War II US Government account of Chinese defense against Japanese aggression.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: Claire Chennault, Kai-Shek Chiang, Madame Chiang, Teh Chu

Votes: 595

30. Two Down and One to Go (1945)

32 min | Documentary, War, Short

Documentary short film produced by the U.S. Army, intended to enlighten the American public on the final thrust of the Allied war effort in Europe and on the plans for the return home of American forces.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: George C. Marshall, Anthony Veiller

Votes: 45

31. War Comes to America (1945)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, War

Part VII of the "Why We Fight" series of wartime documentaries. This entry attempts to describe the factors leading up to America's entry into the Second World War.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: Dean Acheson, General Bergeret, A.A. Berle, Arno Breker

Votes: 637

32. Know Your Enemy - Japan (1945)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive look at the war in the Pacific during World War II. Shot as a propaganda film by acclaimed Hollywood director Frank Capra

Directors: Frank Capra, Joris Ivens | Stars: John Beal, Howard Duff, Walter Huston, Knox Manning

Votes: 557

33. Your Job in Germany (1945)

13 min | Documentary, Short, War

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Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Adolf Hitler, John Lund

Votes: 110

34. Here Is Germany (1945)

52 min | Documentary, War

Frank Capra directed this film in the vein of his Why We Fight series. It was intended to be shown to American troops participating in the invasion and occupation of Germany. But by the ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Capra | Star: Anthony Veiller

Votes: 89

35. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

89 Metascore

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 361,904

36. George Stevens' World War II Footage (1946)

420 min | Documentary, War

Raw footage filmed by George Stevens during World War II between 1944 and 1946 for the US Army Signal Corps. Includes footage shot at D-Day, the liberation of Paris and the Dachau concentration camp.

Director: George Stevens | Star: George Stevens

Votes: 13

38. D-Day: The Color Footage (1999)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

The story of the Allied landing at Normandy that began the end of World War II and the defeat of the Nazi empire. This documentary tells the story using the rare color footage director ... See full summary »

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Omar N. Bradley, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bernard L. Montgomery, George S. Patton

Votes: 14

39. Woman of the Year (1942)

Passed | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Fay Bainter, Reginald Owen

Votes: 8,376

40. The More the Merrier (1943)

Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Romance, War

During the World War II housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn, Richard Gaines

Votes: 5,393

41. George Stevens' World War II Footage (1946)

420 min | Documentary, War

Raw footage filmed by George Stevens during World War II between 1944 and 1946 for the US Army Signal Corps. Includes footage shot at D-Day, the liberation of Paris and the Dachau concentration camp.

Director: George Stevens | Star: George Stevens

Votes: 13

42. On Our Merry Way (1948)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Three short stories revolving around the topic of the daily question posed by the roving reporter to the readers of a daily newspaper.

Directors: Leslie Fenton, King Vidor, John Huston, George Stevens | Stars: Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith, James Stewart, Henry Fonda

Votes: 540

43. The Little Foxes (1941)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, Romance

The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the twentieth century.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson

Votes: 9,348

44. The Fighting Lady (1944)

Approved | 61 min | Documentary, History, War

The film follows the WWII exploits of the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) (unidentified in the film), in its first major operations following its commissioning in 1943. ... See full summary »

Directors: Edward Steichen, William Wyler | Stars: Robert Taylor, Charles Boyer, Joseph J. Clark, Dixie Kiefer

Votes: 342

45. Spies (1943)

Unrated | 4 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Private Snafu has a secret: his ship leaves for Africa at 4:30. He's determined to keep it, but bit by bit it slips out, and eventually, the details end up right on Hitler's desk and the ship is engaged.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 516

46. Gripes (1943)

5 min | Animation, Short

Private Snafu learns the hard way about the need for military dicipline and procedures to maintain an effective army.

Director: Friz Freleng | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 181

47. The Infantry Blues (1943)

4 min | Animation, Short

Pvt. Snafu complains about being assigned to the infantry only to learn that other branches have their own problems.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 121

48. The Goldbrick (1943)

3 min | Animation, Short

A fairy encourages Snafu to duck out of his training regime for his own reasons.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 195

49. The Home Front (1943)

4 min | Animation, Short

A homesick Pvt. Snafu learns that his family are almost as commited to the war efforts as himself.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 226

50. Rumors (1943)

4 min | Animation, Short

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