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1940s War Drama Movies

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Dive Bomber(1941)

2h 12min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 10 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.

Mrs. Miniver(1942)

NR
| 2h 14min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.6/5 (with 75 votes)

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

For Whom the Bell Tolls(1943)

3.4/5 (with 60 votes)

Spain in the 1930s is the place to be for a man of action like Robert Jordan. There is a civil war going on and Jordan—who has joined up on the side that appeals most to idealists of that era—has been given a high-risk assignment up in the mountains. He awaits the right time to blow up a crucial bridge in order to halt the enemy's progress.

The Best Years of Our Lives(1946)

NR
| 2h 51min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.9/5 (with 202 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)

NR
| 2h 43min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.8/5 (with 71 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.

The Silence of the Sea(1949)

1h 27min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.8/5 (with 35 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...

49th Parallel(1941)

NR
| 2h 3min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
3.5/5 (with 35 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(1950)

NR
| 1h 40min | Action, Drama, History, War
3.2/5 (with 42 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, ...

Hangmen Also Die!(1943)

2h 14min | Drama, History, Thriller, War
3.5/5 (with 35 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.

Five Graves to Cairo(1943)

1h 36min | Thriller, War
3.5/5 (with 33 votes)

The British Army, retreating ahead of victorious Rommel, leaves a lone survivor on the Egyptian border who finds refuge at a remote desert hotel. He is helped by the hotel's owner, despite protest from the French chambermaid, afraid of the imminent arrival of Rommel and the Germans. John assumes the identity of the recently deceased waiter to survive.

In Which We Serve(1942)

NR
| 1h 55min | Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 25 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.

Young Widow(1946)

1h 40min | Drama
2.2/5 (with 3 votes)

A young bride tries to rebuild her life after she learns her husband has been killed in the war.

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The Long Voyage Home(1940)

NR
| 1h 45min | Drama, War
3.3/5 (with 24 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.

Blood on the Sun(1945)

1h 33min | Action, Drama, War
2.9/5 (with 10 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.

Back to Bataan(1945)

PG-13
| 1h 35min | Drama, Action, War
3.1/5 (with 18 votes)

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

Action in the North Atlantic(1943)

2h 6min | Drama, War
3.6/5 (with 16 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.

Bombardier(1943)

1h 39min | Drama, War
2.7/5 (with 6 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.

A Walk in the Sun(1945)

NR
| 1h 57min | War, Drama
2.8/5 (with 16 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.

Gung Ho!(1943)

1h 28min | Action, Adventure, Drama, War
2.5/5 (with 7 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.

Passage to Marseille(1944)

1h 49min | Adventure, Drama, History
3.2/5 (with 18 votes)

A freedom-loving French journalist sacrifices his happiness and security to battle Nazi tyranny.

Women in War(1940)

1h 11min | Drama, War

A "good-time girl", raised by her somewhat lax divorced father, finds herself involved in an accidental death, and the only way she's able to get out of it is to volunteer--albeit reluctantly--to be a nurse in the war effort. She travels to England and is assigned to a hospital under a very strict matron. What the girl doesn't know is that the matron is the mother she has never seen.

Singapore(1947)

3.1/5 (with 5 votes)

After the war, Matt Gordon returns to Singapore to retrieve a fortune in smuggled pearls. Arrived, he reminisces in flashback about his prewar fiancée, alluring Linda, and her disappearance during the Japanese attack. But now Linda resurfaces...with amnesia and married to rich planter Van Leyden. Meanwhile, sinister fence Mauribus schemes to get Matt's pearls.

Distant Journey(1949)

1h 48min | Drama, Thriller, War
3.3/5 (with 5 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.

The White Cliffs of Dover(1944)

NR
| 2h 6min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.4/5 (with 7 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.

Dragon Seed(1944)

2h 25min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

The lives of a small Chinese village are turned Upside down when the Japanese invade it. And heroic young Chinese woman leads her fellow villagers in an uprising against Japanese Invaders.

Days of Glory(1944)

PG
| 1h 26min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
2.8/5 (with 9 votes)

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

The Fighting Seabees(1944)

NR
| 1h 40min | Drama, Action, War
3.2/5 (with 16 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.

The Hasty Heart(1949)

1h 42min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.3/5 (with 5 votes)

It's 1945, Burma, the day the war is over! For many this means they've survived and will be going home. But not for everyone. A Scottish soldier, Corporal Lachlan "Lachie" MacLachlan is the victim of a wound to the lower back on this day. He's moved to a M.A.S.H. unit and undergoes surgery. As time goes by he begins to recover and watches, in dismay as soldiers pack up and head for home. The doctors have told him he needs to remain "for observation".

Arch of Triumph(1948)

2h 13min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.0/5 (with 11 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.

Guadalcanal Diary(1943)

1h 33min | Action, War, Drama
3.1/5 (with 6 votes)

Concentrating on the personal lives of those involved, a war correspondent takes us through the preparations, landing and initial campaign on Guadalcanal during WWII.

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