1940s War Movies

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Rome, Open City(1945)

1h 43min | Drama, History
4.1/5 (with 278 votes)

A realistic portrayal of the underground resistance in Italy in 1945. The film has strong impacting imagery with its mix of fiction and reality that strengthened Italian Neo-realism and the film industry.

To Have and Have Not(1945)

3.8/5 (with 161 votes)

A Martinique charter boat skipper gets mixed up with the underground French resistance operatives during WWII.


2h 5min | History, Drama, War
3.9/5 (with 96 votes)

Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice.

Sergeant York(1941)

| 2h 14min | Drama, History, Romance / Love, War
3.7/5 (with 64 votes)

Alvin York a hillbilly sharpshooter transforms himself from ruffian to religious pacifist. He is then called to serve his country and despite deep religious and moral objections to fighting becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI.

They Were Expendable(1945)

2h 15min | Drama, Action, War
3.3/5 (with 37 votes)

Shortly after Pearl Harbor, a squadron of PT-boat crews in the Philippines must battle the Navy brass between skirmishes with the Japanese. The title says it all about the Navy's attitude towards the PT-boats and their crews.

Twelve O'Clock High(1949)

2h 12min | War, Action, Drama
3.6/5 (with 44 votes)

In the early days of daylight bombing raids over Germany, General Frank Savage must take command of a 'hard luck' bomber group. Much of the story deals with his struggle to whip his group into a disciplined fighting unit in spite of heavy losses, and withering attacks by German fighters over their targets.


1h 37min | Action, Adventure, Drama, War
3.7/5 (with 42 votes)

Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. Tambul, the Sudanese leads them to an abandoned desert fortress where they hope to find water. Soon a detachment of German soldiers arrives and attempts to barter food for water, but Gunn and his followers refuse. When the Germans attack, Gunn leads his desert-weary men in a desperate battle, hoping that British reinforcements can arrive in time.


1h 58min | Action, Adventure, Drama, War
3.4/5 (with 30 votes)

The film concentrates on the camaraderie and the divisions between the troops as they ready for the big offensive. Told in a taut narrative, the men of the 101st, led by Van Johnson, wait out the winter in the Ardennes forest to confront the German army in what would be the last major offensive of World War II. The men are demoralized and trapped, with no hope of support from the Allies.

Objective, Burma!(1945)

2h 22min | Action, Drama, War, Adventure
3.5/5 (with 26 votes)

A group of men parachute into Japanese-occupied Burma with a dangerous and important mission: to locate and blow up a radar station. They accomplish this well enough, but when they try to rendezvous at an old air-strip to be taken back to their base, they find Japanese waiting for them, and they must make a long, difficult walk back through enemy-occupied jungle.

Air Force(1943)

| 2h 4min | Action, Drama, History, War
3.2/5 (with 16 votes)

The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines.

Destination Tokyo(1943)

| 2h 15min | Adventure, History, War
3.5/5 (with 20 votes)

During World War II, Captain Cassidy and his crew of submariners are ordered into Tokyo Bay on a secret mission. They are to gather information in advance of the planned bombing of Tokyo. Along the way, the crew learn about each other as they face the enemy and some of them lose their lives.

Commandos Strike at Dawn(1942)

1h 38min | War, Drama
2.3/5 (with 6 votes)

A gentle widower, enraged at Nazi atrocities against his peaceful Norwegian fishing village, escapes to Britain and returns leading a commando force against the oppressors.

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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo(1944)

| 2h 18min | Drama, History, War
3.3/5 (with 17 votes)

In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland.

Went the Day Well?(1942)

1h 28min | Thriller, War
3.7/5 (with 18 votes)

The quiet village of Bramley End is taken over by German troops posing as Royal Engineers. Their task is to disrupt England's radar network in preparation for a full scale German invasion. Once the villagers discover the true identity of the troops, they do whatever they can to thwart the Nazis plans.

So Proudly We Hail(1943)

| 2h 6min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
2.7/5 (with 8 votes)

A group of U.S. Army nurses leaves San Francisco for their tour of duty in Hawaii in December 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor changes their destination and their lives. Sent to Bataan, Philippines, the nurses are led by Lt. Janet Davidson. She is faced with untested nurses who expected an easy time in Honolulu, but who quickly become battle-weary veterans dealing with daily bombardments by the Japanese, overwhelmed by the numbers of wounded, and dwindling supplies. Some of "Davey's" unit also have to deal with romantic entanglements with men they met onboard ship. When Bataan falls, the American forces flee to the offshore island of Corregidor, where they find the Japanese assault just as intense.

The First of the Few(1942)

| 1h 58min | War
3.3/5 (with 12 votes)

This 1942 fictionalized biopic chronicles the true story of how two of the most remarkable men in aviation history - visionary Spitfire designer R.J. Mitchell and his test pilot Geoffrey Crisp - designed a streamlined monoplane that led to the development of the Spitfire.

Flying Tigers(1942)

1h 42min | War, Action, Drama, History
3.0/5 (with 13 votes)

Jim Gordon commands a unit of the famed Flying Tigers, the American Volunteer Group which fought the Japanese in China before America's entry into World War II. Gordon must send his outnumbered band of fighter pilots out against overwhelming odds while juggling the disparate personalities and problems of his fellow flyers.

Directed by David Miller - With John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee, John Carroll, Paul Kelly, Mae Clarke, ...

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing(1942)

1h 42min | War, Drama
3.2/5 (with 12 votes)

During the Allied Bombing offensive of World War II the public was often informed that "A raid took place last night over ..., One (or often more) of Our Aircraft Is Missing". Behind these sombre words hid tales of death, destruction and derring-do. This is the story of one such bomber crew who were shot down and the brave Dutch patriots who helped them home.


1h 32min | Adventure, Thriller, War
3.6/5 (with 6 votes)

When a neutral Danish merchant ship is forced to put into port after trying to evade British wartime contraband control, its captain becomes involved in a beautiful British Naval Intelligent agent's efforts to capture a group of German spies operating from a London cinema.

Millions Like Us(1943)

1h 43min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
2.5/5 (with 5 votes)

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Task Force(1949)

1h 56min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.6/5 (with 4 votes)

After learning the finer points of carrier aviation in the 1920s, career officer Jonathan Scott and his pals spend the next two decades promoting the superiority of naval air power. But military and political "red tape" continually frustrate their efforts, prompting Scott to even consider leaving the Navy for a more lucrative civilian job. Then the world enters a second World War and Scott finally gets the opportunity to prove to Washington the valuable role aircraft carriers could play in winning the conflict. But what will it cost him and his comrades personally?

Crash Dive(1943)

3.0/5 (with 8 votes)

A US Navy submarine, the USS Corsair, is operating in the North Atlantic, hunting German merchant raiders that are preying on Allied shipping. Its new executive officer, Lt. Ward Stewart (Power), has been transferred back into submarines after commanding his own PT boat. At the submarine base in New London, Connecticut, he asks his new captain, Lt. Cmdr. Dewey Connors (Andrews), for a weekend leave to settle his affairs before taking up his new assignment. On a train bound for Washington D.C., Stewart accidentally encounters New London school teacher Jean Hewlett (Baxter) and her students. Despite her initial resistance to his efforts, he charms her and they fall in love.

Edge of Darkness(1943)

1h 59min | Drama, War
3.1/5 (with 11 votes)

The film pivots around the local doctor and his family. The doctor's wife (Ruth Gordon) wants to hold on to the pretence of gracious living and ignore the occupiers. The doctor, Martin Stensgard (Walter Huston), would also prefer to stay neutral, but is torn. His brother-in-law, the wealthy owner of the local fish cannery, collaborates with the Nazis. The doctor's daughter, Karen (Ann Sheridan), is involved with the resistance and with its leader Gunnar Brogge (Errol Flynn). The doctor's son, has just returned to town, having been sent down from the university, and is soon influenced by his Nazi-sympathizer uncle. Captain Koenig (Helmut Dantine), the young German commandant of the occupying garrison, whose fanatic determination to do everything by the book and spoutings about the invincibility of the Reich hides a growing fear of a local uprising.

Wake Island(1942)

1h 27min | Action, Drama, War
2.8/5 (with 9 votes)

In November 1941, Major Caton takes command of the small Marine garrison on Wake Island. His tendency toward spit and polish upsets the men's tropical lassitude, but Pearl Harbor changes everything. Soon the island is attacked and the Marines pull together day by day; but how long can they hold out?

Ernie Pyle's Story of G.I. Joe(1945)

1h 48min | Drama, War
3.2/5 (with 10 votes)

War correspondent Ernie Pyle joins Company C, 18th Infantry as this American army unit fights its way across North Africa in World War II. He comes to know the soldiers and finds much human interest material for his readers back in the States.

The Navy Comes Through(1942)

1h 22min | War, Drama
2.5/5 (with 3 votes)

A U.S. Navy crew aboard a merchant marine ship battle Nazis.

The Last Chance(1945)

1h 53min | Drama, War
3.0/5 (with 8 votes)

Escaping a Nazi prison train in war-torn Italy, an American and a British soldier set out for the Swiss border and find themselves leading a multi-national party of refugees for the Italian underground.

Against the Wind(1948)

1h 36min | War, Drama
2.8/5 (with 2 votes)

A disparate group of volunteers are trained as saboteurs and parachuted into Belgium to blow up an office containing important Nazi records and to rescue a prominent S.O.E. agent, who is being interrogated by the Germans for vital information.

The Grain That Built a Hemisphere(1943)

| 11min | Documentary, Animation
2.5/5 (with 5 votes)

This animated documentary outlines the history and importance of corn in North America.

Directed by Bill Justice

Lady from Chungking(1942)

1h 8min | Drama, War
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

In World War II, Chinese guerrillas fight against the occupying Japanese forces. A young woman is the secret leader of the villagers, who plot to rescue two downed Flying Tigers pilots who are currently in the custody of the Japanese. The rescue mission takes on even more importance with the arrival of a Japanese general, which signals a major offensive taking place in the area.

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