December 7th marks the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Over the years, there have been many films and mini-series that depict the historic day which saw the United States Pacific Fleet besieged by the Japanese. Some of these films are true classics, and another is directed by Michael Bay.

Here's a rundown of films about Pearl Harbor ranked from worst to best. The spectrum works like this: If the film tugs at the heartstrings, it's considered one of the best. If the film features time travel, it's considered an abomination.

Pearl Harbor

Noticing that previous films about the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor weren't awesome enough, Michael Bay set out to right that wrong. The Titanic-inspired result is a poorly written and acted film that focuses most of its attention on a love triangle. However, all that emotionally hooey is merely filler built up around the epic and realistic battle, because you can't just release a movie about bombings and air battles without some kind of plot. It would be pretty cool if you could, though.

The Final Countdown

When a 1980's aircraft carrier is accidentally warped back in time to 1941 Hawaii, they have precious hours to prevent the Japanese attack. Wow. I don't know what's more inappropriate: The fact that they based a science fiction film against the worst military attack on American soil, or that Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor is regarded as being worse than this.

Winds of War

Based on the meticulously researched novel of the same name, The Winds of War mini-series was overseen by the source material's author, Herman Woulk. He had a lot of influence over the entire production, right down to mandates about how many commercials should be allowed to air during it. He handled the adaptation like an egg baby from Sex Education class, but despite his careful efforts, the mini-series was panned due to the performance of lead actress Ally McGraw.

Run Silent Run Deep

Clark Gable stars as a Navy submarine commander hellbent on sinking the Japanese destroyer that sunk his previous boat. The film also marks the film debut of Don Rickles, who is no stranger to attacking the Japanese.

In Harm's Way

Perhaps an inspiration for Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor, In Harm's Way stars John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, and Paula Prentiss. The plot follows navy officers who have to say goodbye to their best girls when they are suddenly thrust into war following the attack. The girls are much hotter in Pearl Harbor. Advantage: Bay.

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Tora! Tora! Tora! tells the story of the day that will live in infamy from both the American and Japanese side. Told in a fair and balanced way, the film points out mistakes made by both sides. Another clue that it isn't anti-Japanese propaganda, Mickey Rooney doesn't appear in a rice paddy hat.

From Here to Eternity

The multiple Academy Award winning classic tells the story of soldiers stationed on Hawaii in the months leading up to the Pearl Harbor attack. Once again, this film focuses mostly on the romances and secret affairs that happen in the lives of these men and the women they encounter. I've never been to Hawaii, but judging from these movies, it sounds like one huge orgy where pineapple is served. They should franchise.

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