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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2018 3:56 p.m. PST

"From the miracle at Dunkirk to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Stalingrad to the liberation of Auschwitz, no single event can tell the complete story of World War II: a global conflict so catastrophic that it claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. And no single film, whether it be an action flick, a spy thriller, a romance, or a docudrama, can convey the full scope of what it was like to experience the war firsthand. But for those of us looking back in awe and astonishment, these 12 films transform history into living, breathing art…."
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pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2018 4:17 p.m. PST

A pretty good list, with the exception of Thin Red Line---got really tired of watching minutes of glamor scenery and the action was not well done, IMO.

Mr Jones14 Nov 2018 4:51 p.m. PST

Not a great list. Where is Cross of Iron, Stalingrad, The Winter War, Tora Tora Tora, A Bridge Too Far, Come and See???

14Bore14 Nov 2018 5:15 p.m. PST

Most are fiction not that you can't have a good movie made up. Entertaining yes, history not so much.

gavandjosh0214 Nov 2018 5:29 p.m. PST

Also, no air or naval movies.

shirleys painting14 Nov 2018 11:14 p.m. PST

Memphis Belle?

And I believe Das Boot is naval…

wrgmr115 Nov 2018 12:38 a.m. PST

Inglorious Bastards was schlock!
The Dirty Dozen, a classic, but not for a history buff.
Thin Red Line, a buddy who was an Lt. in Vietnam said it was as close as you could get to warfare, in particular the officers actions and reactions.

14Bore15 Nov 2018 4:18 a.m. PST

Not saying all were fiction, The Longest Day up to ending is from historically accuracy

athun2515 Nov 2018 6:43 a.m. PST

12 O'clock High
God in my Co-Pilot
The Great Escape
Stalag 17

Phil Hall15 Nov 2018 9:29 a.m. PST


SBminisguy15 Nov 2018 9:54 a.m. PST

Second the movie Battleground (x2 Oscars, 1949), still one of the best WW2 movies ever made and based around the experiences of the 101st at Bastogne, you could say its the original "Band of Brothers."

And for a compelling movie that tells what happened when the guns fell silent and the boys came home, Best Years of our Lives (x7 Oscars, 1946) should be on the list.

athun2515 Nov 2018 10:31 a.m. PST

Best Years of Our Lives

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2018 12:04 p.m. PST

Very good indeed!…..


rmaker15 Nov 2018 12:23 p.m. PST

In addition to those already mentioned above,

A Walk in the Sun.
In Which We Serve.
Action in the North Atlantic.

Walking Sailor16 Nov 2018 8:30 a.m. PST

Anyone not knowing the name Richard Blaine is not qualified to even discuss cinema let alone write about it. link

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