1940s War Drama Movies

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The Best Years of Our Lives(1946)

| 2h 52min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.9/5 (with 174 votes)

It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare. Captain Fred Derry is returning to a loveless marriage; Sergeant Al Stephenson is a stranger to a family that's grown up without him; and young sailor Homer Parrish is tormented by the loss of his hands. Can these three men find the courage to rebuild their world? Or are the best years of their lives a thing of the past?

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp(1943)

| 2h 43min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.9/5 (with 61 votes)

General Candy, who's overseeing an English squad in 1943, is a veteran leader who doesn't have the respect of the men he's training and is considered out-of-touch with what's needed to win the war. But it wasn't always this way. Flashing back to his early career in the Boer War and World War I, we see a dashing young officer whose life has been shaped by three different women, and by a lasting friendship with a German soldier.

Mrs. Miniver(1942)

| 2h 14min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.6/5 (with 64 votes)

English middle-class family, The Minivers, experience life in the first months of World War II.

49th Parallel(1941)

| 2h 3min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
3.6/5 (with 26 votes)

In the early days of World War II, a German U-boat is sunk in Canada's Hudson Bay. Hoping to evade capture, a small band of German soldiers led by commanding officer Lieutenant Hirth attempts to cross the border into the United States, which has not yet entered the war and is officially neutral. Along the way, the German soldiers encounter brave men such as a French-Canadian fur trapper, Johnnie, a leader of a Hutterite farming community, Peter, an author, Philip and a soldier, Andy Brock.

Sands of Iwo Jima(1949)

1h 40min | Action, Drama, History, War
3.2/5 (with 34 votes)

The relationship between Sergeant Stryker and a group of rebellious recruits is made difficult by the Sergeant's tough training tactics. At Tarawa, the leathernecks have a chance to see Stryker in action, and begin to appreciate him.

Directed by Allan Dwan - With John Wayne, John Agar, Forrest Tucker, Adele Mara, James Brown, Arthur Franz, ...

Le Silence de la mer(1949)

1h 27min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.9/5 (with 26 votes)

In a small town in occupied France in 1941, the German officer, Werner Von Ebrennac is billeted in the house of the uncle and his niece. The uncle and niece refuse to speak to him, but each evening the officer warms himself by the fire and talks of his country, his music, and his idealistic views of the relationship between France and Germany. That is, until he visits Paris and discovers what is really going on...

Hangmen Also Die!(1943)

2h 14min | Drama, History, Thriller, War
3.5/5 (with 30 votes)

During the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, surgeon Dr. Franticek Svoboda, a Czech patriot, assassinates the brutal "Hangman of Europe", Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich, and is wounded in the process. In his attempt to escape, he is helped by history professor Stephen Novotny and his daughter Mascha.

Back to Bataan(1945)

| 1h 35min | Drama, Action, War
3.1/5 (with 15 votes)

An Army colonel leads a guerrilla campaign against the Japanese in the Philippines.

Arch of Triumph(1948)

2h 13min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 9 votes)

In winter of 1938, Paris is crowded with refugees from the Nazis, who live in the black shadows of night, trying to evade deportation. One such is Dr. Ravic, who practices medicine illegally and stalks his old Nazi enemy Haake with murder in mind. One rainy night, Ravic meets Joan Madou, a kept woman cast adrift by her lover's sudden death. Against Ravic's better judgement, they become involved in a doomed affair.

In Which We Serve(1942)

| 1h 55min | Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 21 votes)

The story of the HMS Torrin, from it's construction to its sinking in the Mediterranean during action in World War II. The ship's first and only commanding officer is Captain E.V. Kinross, who trains his men not only to be loyal to him and the country, but—most importantly—to themselves.

The Long Voyage Home(1940)

| 1h 45min | Drama, War
3.3/5 (with 18 votes)

The crew of the merchant ship Glencairn hope to survive a transatlantic crossing during World War II. Adapted from four Eugene O'Neill one-act plays.


1h 30min | Drama, War
2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

A tale of life on board a Royal Navy cruiser assigned to protect the vital convoys between America and England during WWII.

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The Fighting Seabees(1944)

1h 40min | Action, War
3.2/5 (with 12 votes)

Construction workers in World War II in the Pacific are needed to build military sites, but the work is dangerous and they doubt the ability of the Navy to protect them. After a series of attacks by the Japanese, something new is tried, Construction Battalions (CBs=Seabees). The new CBs have to both build and be ready to fight.

Dive Bomber(1941)

2h 12min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 7 votes)

A military surgeon teams with a ranking navy flyer to develop a high-altitude suit which will protect pilots from blacking out when they go into a steep dive.

Action in the North Atlantic(1943)

2h 6min | Drama, War
3.7/5 (with 14 votes)

Lieutenant Joe Rossi is 1st Officer on a Liberty Ship in a great convoy bound from Halifax to Murmansk. After German subs crushed the convoy his ship loses the convoy and is heading alone to Murmansk. In spite of attacks by German planes and subs he get the ship safely to Murmansk.

The Way Ahead(1944)

1h 55min | Drama, War
3.3/5 (with 11 votes)

A mismatched collection of conscripted civilians find training tough under Lieutenant Jim Perry and Sergeant Ned Fletcher when they are called up to replace an infantry battalion that had suffered casualties at Dunkirk.

The Small Back Room(1949)

3.3/5 (with 14 votes)

At the height of World War II, the Germans begin dropping a new type of booby-trapped bomb on England. Sammy Rice, a highly-skilled but haunted bomb-disposal officer, must overcome his personal demons to defeat this new threat.

Days of Glory(1944)

| 1h 26min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
2.9/5 (with 8 votes)

A heroic guerilla group fights back against impossible odds during the 1941 Nazi invasion of Russia.

The Captive Heart(1946)

1h 44min | Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 7 votes)

A series of stories about the lives and loves of nine men in a Prisoner of War Camp over five years. Location shooting in the British occupied part of Germany adds believability. The main story is of Hasek (Redgrave) a Czech soldier who needs to keep his identity a secret from the Nazis, to do this he poses as a dead English Officer and corresponds with the man's wife. Upon liberation they meet and decide to continue their lives together. The other inmates' stories are revealed episodically.

Distant Journey(1950)

1h 48min | Drama, Thriller, War
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

Distant Journey follows Hana, a Jewish eye doctor who falls in love and marries a Gentile named Toník. Their simple love story becomes a nightmare when the government begins the systematized extermination of the Jews. Hana's family is transported to Theresienstadt, and the romance becomes a struggle for survival.


1h 39min | Drama, War
2.7/5 (with 5 votes)

A documentary/drama about the training of bombardiers during WWII. Major Chick Davis proves to the U.S. Army the superiority of high altitude precision bombing, and establishes a school for bombardiers. Training is followed in semi-documentary style, with personal dramas in subplots. The climax is a spectacular, if somewhat jingoistic, battle sequence.

Gung Ho!(1943)

1h 28min | Action, Adventure, Drama, War
2.4/5 (with 5 votes)

A true-life epic that revolves around an exclusive bataillon of the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, "Carlson's Raiders," whose assignment is to take control of a South Pacific island once possessed by the United States but now under Japanese command.

Blood on the Sun(1945)

1h 33min | Action, Drama, War
2.9/5 (with 8 votes)

Nick Condon, an American journalist in 1945 Tokyo, publishes the Japanese master plan for world domination. Reaction from the understandably upset Japanese provides the action, but this is overshadowed by the propaganda of the time.

A Walk in the Sun(1945)

1h 57min | War, Drama
2.8/5 (with 14 votes)

In the 1943 invasion of Italy, one American platoon lands, digs in, then makes its way inland to attempt to take a fortified farmhouse, as tension and casualties mount. Unusually realistic picture of war as long quiet stretches of talk, punctuated by sharp, random bursts of violent action whose relevance to the big picture is often unknown to the soldiers.

Secret Mission(1942)

1h 34min | Drama, War
2.1/5 (with 3 votes)

World War II drama in which a member of the French Resistance and three British agents undertake a hazardous mission to infiltrate a German HQ in search of vital information that could lead to the overthrow of the Nazis.

Days of Hope(1945)

1h 11min | Drama, War
3.3/5 (with 5 votes)

Spanish Civil War, 1937. A platoon of Republican soldiers plans to stop the advance of the rebel troops by bombing a bridge on the road to Zaragoza, near the city of Linás. With the close collaboration of the peasants of the area, the soldiers try to overcome the continuous bombardments and endure the harsh and tireless opposition of the powerful enemy….

Directed by André Malraux - With Nicolás Rodríguez Carrasco, Serafín Ferro

The White Cliffs of Dover(1944)

| 2h 6min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.4/5 (with 6 votes)

Susan travels with her father to England for a vacation. Invited to a society ball, Susan meets Sir John Ashwood and marries him after a whirlwind romance. However, American Susan never quite adjusts to life as a new member of the British gentry. Upon the outbreak of World War I, Ashwood is sent to the trenches and never returns. When her son goes off to fight in World War II, Susan fears the same tragic fate may befall him too.

Eureka Stockade(1949)

1h 43min | Drama, History
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Spectacular account of the infamous Eureka Stockade, and the events leading up to it.

Unpublished Story(1942)

1h 32min | Drama, War
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Morale-boosting story released in the middle of World War II. A journalist uncovers a peace organisation at the centre of disreputable dealings.

The Gentle Sex(1943)

1h 32min | Comedy, Drama, War
3.3/5 (with 4 votes)

During the War seven women from very different backgrounds find themselves together in the Auxiliary Territorial Services. They are soon drilling, driving lorries, and manning ack-ack batteries.

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