The 10 best World War II films do their best to capture the importance and emotional impact of the war. When you watch these World War II films, you get a glimpse into the lives of the people it affected and a better understanding of what it was really like to live through a war.

  1. “Bridge on the River Kwai” This World War II film was made in 1957 and stars William Holden and Alec Guinness. It depicts a commander watching over his men as they work in a POW camp during the war.

  2. “Inglorious Bastards” Directed by Quentin Tarantino, this World War II film is one of the best because it has a bit of a twist—it doesn’t depict how the war actually ended. This ending is much more amusing and satisfying.

  3. “The Thin Red Line” Made in 1998, this is one of the best World War II films partly because it’s based on an autobiographical novel. The setting is the conflict at Guadalcanal.

  4. “The Pianist” Starring Adrien Brody and directed by Roman Polanski, this movie depicts the struggle of a Jewish musician living through World War II. The raw emotion and passion for a craft make this one of the best World War II films.

  5. “Come and See” Fighting against the Germans, a young boy joins a resistance movement. Aleksei Kravchenko and Olga Mironova star in this movie. Their plight seems futile, but their determination to go on make this one of the best World War II films.

  6. “The Dirty Dozen” This World War II film from 1967 tells the story of an army major who must train twelve men convicted of murder to complete a potentially suicidal assassination mission. The lead roles are played by Lee Marvin, Charles Brinson and Ernest Borgnine.

  7. “Schindler’s List” Set in Poland during World War II, this 1993 film depicts a man determined to protect his Jewish workers from the Nazis. Liam Neeson is unforgettable as Oskar Schindler.

  8. “Letters From Iwo Jima” This is one of the best World War II films because it tells of the battle of Iwo Jima from the perspective of the Japanese army. Directed by Clint Eastwood, this film gives the audience a glimpse into Japanese culture and realizes that things aren’t as black and white as they seem.

  9. “A Walk in the Sun” This film came out in 1945, just two years after the invasion of Italy, which is the main setting for the story. Starring Dana Andrews and Richard Conte, the movie tells of one American platoon’s incredible journey.

  10. “Hangmen Also Die!” The story of citizen’s resistance against the Nazis and Reinhard Heydrich, the hangman, was told through the eyes of director Fritz Lang. Lang fled the Nazis from Poland and made this great World War II film in 1943.