World War 2 in movie form chronologically

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Updated on November 27.

As my official autism initiation work, I've been building a chronological list out of my collection of WW2 related movies and TV series, a project that has spanned two years as of now. I already posted an earlier version of it here, but the list has since then gone through major overhauls after I've rechecked the timeline, found many new films to fill the spaces through suggestions and further collecting. Not only that, I've also included dates on most of the movies to better demonstrate their chronological place on the list (a measure that came to be a necessity as the list grew ever larger).

Disclamer! Dramatic quality, realism or absolute historical accuracy weren't especially vital feats in the building of the timeline. The list's primary goal was chronology and secondary that diverse collection of fronts, battles and viewpoints got represented. Another disclaimer would be that the list mostly consists of movies that I own physically, so thus it doesn't include some well known films such as Kino****a's wartime works, Winter in Wartime, Kanal or Moloch. If when my collection grows then the list will gradually as well.

I hope you find the list interesting and as always any comments, criticism, suggestions and discussion are welcome.

The Second World War marathon

Prologue

My Grandmother & Mannerheim ep. 1                                                              1898
Benito ep. 1                                                                                          1901 - 1909
My Grandmother & Mannerheim ep. 2                                                    1904 - 1910
Benito episodes 2 - 3                                                                              1910 - 1915

The pre-war years

All Quiet on the Western Front                                                              1914 - 1918
Reds (first half)                                                                                      1915 - 1917
My Grandmother & Mannerheim ep. 3                                                    1914 - 1917
The Windward Land ep. 1                                                                      1916 - 1917
Under the North Star                                                                            1889 - 1921
My Grandmother & Mannerheim ep. 4                                                              1918
The Road Back                                                                                      1918 - 1919
Max                                                                                                      1918 - 1918
The Windward Land ep. 2                                                                                  1918
The Windward Land ep. 3                                                                                  1919
The Windward Land ep. 4                                                                                  1920
The Admiral                                                                                          1914 - 1920
Battle of Warsaw 1920                                                                                      1920
Reds (second half) 2                                                                              1918 - 1920
Dr. Mabuse the Gambler                                                                                    1922
Mussolini: The Untold Story ep. 1                                                                      1922
The Windward Land ep. 5                                                                                  1925
The Windward Land ep. 6                                                                                  1925
Cabaret                                                                                                            1931
M                                                                                                                      1931
Adventures of Tintin: Cigars of the Pharaoh/Blue Lotus                                      1931
Lion of the Desert                                                                                            1932
Monsieur Verdoux                                                                                  1932 - 1937
Hanussen                                                                                              1918 - 1933
The Mortal Storms                                                                                            1933
The Windward Land ep. 7                                                                                  1933
Looney Tunes: Bosko's Picture Show
The Windward Land ep. 8
The Windward Land ep. 9
Triumph of the Will                                                                                            1934
Modern Times                                                                                                  1936
Burnt by the Sun                                                                                              1936
Sabotage                                                                                                          1936
North Face                                                                                                        1936
Olympia                                                                                                            1937
Gernika                                                                                                            1937
Mussolini: The Untold Story ep. 2
Ip Man
Nanking                                                                                                          1938
Sound of Music                                                                                                1938
The Conformist                                                                                                1938
Frida
The Wind Rises                                                                                      1915 - 1939
Arch of Triumph                                                                                                1939
Mr. Smith goes to Washington
Rules of the Game                                                         
Lumberjacking

1939

The Winds of War ep. 1
The Kings's Speech
1939: Battle of the Westerplatte                                                                1. September
To Be or Not to Be
The Windward Land ep. 10 (up to June 1940)
The Winds of War ep. 2
Elser                                                                                                          19. November
The Battle of the River Plate                                                                        13. December
The Winds of War ep. 3 (up to the newsreel on 57:00)                                        December
My Grandmother & Mannerheim ep. 5                                                          10. October

1940

The Winter War                                                                                          13. March
Into the White                                                                                            27. April
Operation Amsterdam                                                                                  12. May
The Winds of War ep. (rest of the episode)                                                    13. May
A Yank in the R.A.F                                                                                        4. June
Bon Voyage                                                                                                14. June
Forbidden Games                                                                                              June
The Winds of War ep. 4 (up to 35:00)                                                          22. June
The Windward Land ep. 10 (rest of the episode)
The Windward Land ep. 11
Valtapeliä elokuussa 1940                                                                                  August
The Battle of Britain                                                                                    31. September
The Winds of War ep. 4 (rest of the episode)                                                24. December
The Hundred Regiments Offensive                                                                  5. December
Giarabub                                                                                                          December

1941

The Winds of War ep. 5
Mussolini: The Untold Story ep. 3 (up to 34:00)
Hidden Children ep. 1                                                                                    6. April
We Dive at Dawn                                                                                        16. April
Sword of Honour ep. 1                                                                                20. May
In Which We Serve                                                                                            May
Sing the Bismarck!                                                                                      27. May
The Inglorious Basterds (the "first chapter")
Soldier of Orange                                                                                              June
The Way Ahead
The Desert Rats
The Windward Land ep. 12 (up to 22. June)
My Grandmother & Mannerheim ep. 6 (up to 24:00)
Hopeaa rajan takaa                                                                                      16. June
The Unknown soldier (1955 adaptation, up to 00:21)                                    16. June
Fortress of War                                                                                            22. June
The Unknown Soldier (up to 00:41)                                                                5. July
Generation War ep. 1                                                                                    10. July
Ambush                                                                                                        12. July
The Windward Land ep. 12 (from 22. June onwards)
Reach for the Sky                                                                                          14. August
The Heavy Water War ep. 1                                                                                August
The Unknown Soldier (up to 01:25)
Calm at Sea                                                                                                  22. October
Attack on Leningrad
Burnt by the Sun – Exodus
The Winds of War ep. 6
Superman: The Mad Scientist
Das Boot
Disney: The Thrifty Pig
Casablanca                                                                                                      December
Shanghai                                                                                                      8. December
From here to Eternity
Tora! Tora! Tora!                                                                                          7. December
The Winds of War ep. 7                                                                                11. December
1941                                                                                                          13. December
The Unknown Soldier (up to 01:47)                                                              20. December
Generation War ep. 2                                                                                        December
Wake Island                                                                                                23. December
Disney: 7 Wise Dwarfs

1942

Bataan                                                                                                        7. January
Disney: Donald's Decision
Disney: All Together
Conspiracy                                                                                                  20. January
Australia                                                                                                    19. February
Come See the Paradise
Disney: The New Spirit
The Way Back
Sisters of War                                                                                                    April
Disney: Donald Gets Drafted
Too Late The Hero
Defiance                                                                                                            April
Disney: The Army Mascot
Thirty Seconds over Tokyo                                                                          18. April
49th Parallel                                                                                                  1. May
Aventure Malgache                                                                                        5. May
Wing and Prayer                                                                                            8. May
The 1000 Plane Raid                                                                                    31. May
Operation Daybreak                                                                                      4. June
Midway                                                                                                          7. June
Battle for Sevastopol                                                                                        June
The Saboteur
La Rafle                                                                                                      16. July
Sahara                                                                                                        28. July
Disney: The Vanishing Private
In Harm’s Way
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
They Fought for their Motherland                                                                      July
Disney: Food Will Win the War
Guadalcanal Diary                                                                                        27. July
Looney Tunes: The Ducktators
The Pacific ep. 1                                                                                                August
The Sinking of Laconia                                                                                12. September
Looney Tunes: Wacky Blackout
The Lifeboat
Disney: Out of the Frying Pan Into the Firing Line
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror
Disney: Sky Trooper
Yesterday's Enemy                                                                                            October
Superman: Eleventh Hour
Road to Berlin                                                                                                    October
The Heavy Water War ep. 2                                                                          19. October
The Pacific ep. 2                                                                                          26. October
Disney: The Winged Scourge
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
When the Lions Roared ep. 1
The Heavy Water War ep. 3                                                                              November
Sea of Sand
El Alamein: The Line of Fire                                                                          11. November
Flying Leathernecks                                                                                    12. November
Stalingrad (2013)                                                                                        18. November
The Cockleshell Heroes                                                                                12. December
The Border                                                                                                      December
Hot Snow                                                                                                  23. December

1943

Enemy at the Gates
Stalingrad (1993)                                                                                        3. February
The Pacific ep. 3                                                                                              January
Back to 1942
Disney: Grain That Built a Hemisphere
The Thin Red Line                                                                                      23. January
Looney Tunes: Confusions of a Nutzy Spy
Twelve O’Clock High                                                                                    27. January
Sword of Honour ep. 2                                                                                    February
Operation Pacific                                                                                          7. February
Looney Tunes: Fifth Column Mouse
Sophie Scholl                                                                                              22. February
The Heavy Water War ep. 4                                                                        27. February
Looney Tunes: Tokio Jokio
Sign of the Beast
Mother of Mine
Disney: Spirit of ‘43
My Best Enemy
Battle of Neretva                                                                                            March
The Interrogation                                                                                        1. March
Wheels of Terror                                                                                              March
Disney: Private Pluto
Yamamoto Isoroku                                                                                      18. April
The Unknown Soldier (up to 02:23 asti)                                                              April
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
Superman: Jungle Drums
The Bridge over River Kwai                                                                                April
Disney: Fall In - Fall Out
Report from the Aleutians
In the Presence of Mine Enemies                                                                  16. May
Dam Busters                                                                                                16. May
Memphis Belle                                                                                              17. May
Bon Voyage (1944)
Disney: Victory Vehicles
In Enemy Hands                                                                                            3. June
Sissit
Generation War ep. 3
Burnt by the Sun - Citadel
From Beyond the Border
Disney: The Plastic Inventor
Victory Through Air Power
Sutjeska                                                                                                        16. June
Superman: Jungle Drums
Kun taivas repeää ep. 1
The Heavy Water War ep. 5                                                                            24. July
Generation War ep. 4                                                                      7. July - November
Disney: Reason and Emotion
633 Squadron                                                                                            17. August
Sherlock Holmes in Washington
Superman: Secret Agent
A Walk in the Sun                                                                                        3. September
Von Ryan’s Express
Disney: Education for Death
Come and See
Guns of Navarrone                                                                                      9. September
Mussolini: The Untold Story ep. 3 (rest of the episode)                                15. September
Cross of Iron                                                                                              15. September
The Last Chance
Escape from Sobibor                                                                                  14. October
Hidden Children ep. 2
Force 10 From Navarone
Ivan's Childhood
Looney Tunes: Scrab Happy Daffy
Pride of the Nation (short subject)
Enemy Below                                                                                              1. November
Disney: Der Fuehrer’s Face
Disney: The Old Army Game
Sand of Iwo Jima                                                                                        20. November
The Eagle Has Landed                                                                                28. November
When Lions Roared ep. 2 (up to the Newsreeliin)                                          1. December
The Devil's Brigade                                                                                      3. December
Disney: Home Defense
Where Eagles Dare
Looney Tunes: Daffy - The Commando
Death and Glory in Changde                                                                      20. December
Never So Few                                                                                                  December
Disney: Defense Against Invasion
The Windward Land (the series concluding TV movie)                                        December

1944

Disney: How to Be A Sailor
Kun taivas repeää ep. 2                                                                September - February
Mussolini: The Untold Story ep. 4 (up to 40:00)
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Escape to Athens
Rome, Open City                                                                                              4. February
The Heavy Water War ep. 6                                                                            20. February
Only the Brave
Massacre in Rome                                                                                          24. March
The Great Escape                                                                                            25. March
Looney Tunes: Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips
The Pacific ep. 4                                                                                              22. April
Kun taivas repeää ep. 3                                                                            March - June
Looney Tunes: Russian Rhapsody
Anzio                                                                                                            4. June
Disney: Commando Duck
Ike: Countdown to D-Day
Band of Brothers ep. 1                                                                                    5. June
The Longest Day                                                                                              6. June
Band of Brothers ep. 2                                                                                      6. June
Band of Brothers ep. 3                                                                              10.-14. June
Saving Private Ryan                                                                                      15. June
Generation War ep. 5                                                                         
Triple Cross                                                                                                  29. June
Kun taivas repeää episodes 4 & 5
1944 The Final Defense                                                                                      9. July
Windtalkers                                                                                                    15. July
Inglorious Bastards
Valkyrie                                                                                                          20. July
The Desert Fox
The Caine Mutiny                                                                                          31. July
The Train                                                                                                    1. August
Is Paris Burning?                                                                                        25. August
Days of Glory (2006)
Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed                                                                  August
The Unknown Soldier (the rest of the film)                                                  9. September
The Cuckoo                                                                                      August - September
The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission
Kelly's Heroes
The Pacific ep. 5                                                                                        15. September
The Pacific ep. 6
Band of Brothers ep. 4                                                                            17. September
A Bridge Too Far                                                                                      25. September
Warsaw '44                                                                                            2. October
Operation Crossbow
Son of Saul                                                                                              7. October
The Pacific ep. 7                                                                                    12. October
1944
Band of Brothers ep. 5                                                                            17. October
Taivas sinivalkoinen ep. 1
The Midwife                                                                                          19. November
Unbroken                                                                                                  November
When Trumpets Fade                                                                            19. November
Back Door to Hell                                                                                  15. December
Helvetti 1944                                                                                        16. December
Saints and Soldiers                                                                                  17. December
Band of Brothers ep. 6                                                                            24. December
Battleground                                                                                          26. December

1945


Looney Tunes: Herr meets Hare
Band of Brothers ep.  7                                                                          13. January
Kaýn                                                                                                    18. January
The Great Raid                                                                                      30. January
The Ship of No Return                                                                            30. January
Fires on the Plain
The Pianist
Band of Brothers ep. 8
Schindler's List
Max Manus: Man of War
U-864                                                                                                    9. February
When Lions Roared 2 (rest of the episode)                                              11. February
Dresden                                                                                                13. February
The Fallen
The Pacific ep. 8                                                                                    19. February
Letters from Iwo Jima                                                                                26. March
The Last Bridge at Remagen                                                                      7. March
Generation War ep. 6 (the first half-hour)
How I Won the War?
The Tin Drum                                                                                            30. March
Yamato                                                                                                        7. April
Halls of Montezuma
The Black Book
The Young Lions
Saló, 120 Days of Sodom
Ilsa - She Wolf of the SS
Fury                                                                                                                April
Life Is Beautiful
The Counterfeiters
Downfall ep. 1 (the TV miniseries version)                                                    20. April
Band of Brothers ep. 9                                                                                27. April
Die Brûcke - The Bridge (1959)                                                                    27. April
Last Days of  Mussolini                                                                                28. April
Downfall ep. 2                                                                                              2. May
Lore
Ashes and Diamonds                                                                                      8. May
Generation War ep. 6 (rest of the episode)
The Big Red One
In the Mountains of Yugoslavia
Patton
Land of Mine                                                                                                    May
Destination Gobi
Okinawa                                                                                          April - 22. June
The Best Years of Our Lives
Kamikaze
A Woman in Berlin
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)                                                                    3. June
Band of Brothers ep. 10                                                                                    July
A Good German                                                                                          2. August
East Wind
Farewell to the King                                                                                    6. August
The Pacific ep. 9                                                                                              August
Hiroshima                                                                                                  6. August
Grave of the Fireflies
Empire of the Sun
East Wind                                                                                                16. August
Purple Sunset                                                                                        2. September
Burmese Harp                                                                                          September
Emperor                                                                                              27. September
Speer and Hitler ep. 1
Nuremberg                                                                                            20. November
Taivas sinivalkoinen ep. 2
Oba: The Last Samurai                                                                            1. December

Post war

The Pacific ep. 10
In the Tranzit
The Little World of Don Camillo
Germany Year Zero
The Return of Don Camillo
Bicycle Thieves
Gandhi
Taivas sinivalkoinen ep. 3
Speer and Hitler ep. 2                                                                              18. July 1947
Exodus
Don Camillo's Last Round
Taivas sinivalkoinen ep. 4
Judgement at Nuremberg                                                                  4. December 1947
Small Island
Assembly
The Airlift
Seven Years in Tibet
The Far Country                                                                                                    1950
Taivas sinivalkoinen ep. 5
Brotherhood of War
Taivas sinivalkoinen ep.  6                                                                                      1952
Monsiour Hulot's Holiday                                                                                        1952
King in New York
Indochine
The Battle of Algiers                                                                                              1957
Mon Oncle                                                                                                            1957
The Night Portier
Hiroshima, Mon Ami
The Illusionist                                                                                                        1959
Don Camillo Monsignor
My Grandmother & Mannerheim (rest of the episode)
Mamma Roma
Labyrinth of Lies                                                                                                  1960
Eichmann                                                                                                            1962
MacArthur                                                                                                            1963
From Up the Poppy Hill                                                                                          1963
Don Camillo in Moscow                                                                                          1964
Speer and Hitler ep. 3                                                                                            1966
Hans Kloss
La Traque
Slaughterhouse 5
Pink Floyd – The Wall

Epilogue

The Great Dictator
 

Wellenbrecher

Archduke
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But Enemy at the gates is a riveting duel between two snipers, it portrays a totally realistic Russian assault and in the end we find out that there's humanity even in your biggest enemy.
And a love story!

It has EVERYTHING, Joe. EVERYTHING.
 

BenKenobi

Duke
WBNW
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It is a movie realistically depicting the struggles of the Red Army, a story of how a courageous Syberia boy rose up the ranks to become a national hero but still shared the hardships with common soldiers, and a story about friendship that outlasts even a great and unfulfilled love. An Epic like no other. Ron Perlman's greatest role. Also, it got Weisz's ass.

Moving on, Windtalkers! Like, really? Come on  :lol:

I would add Long Day's Dying - very atypical movie about British paratroopers featuring 4 actors in total; Dark Blue World - set in Britain, flying film very similar in structure to Pearl Harbor, except done right in every way. Everything is understated and melancholic and it feels very real. Very beautiful musical score. Commies mixed in to avoid any happy end.
 

Captured Joe

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Wellenbrecher said:
But Enemy at the gates is a riveting duel between two snipers, it portrays a totally realistic Russian assault and in the end we find out that there's humanity even in your biggest enemy.
And a love story!
Since when did German people have humanity in them?!?

Also you are clearly making **** up now, there are no rivets to be seen during the duel. Which by the way takes place in a completely deserted city.
 

Vovolov

More name changes than Prince
Baron
M&BWB
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Yet another film that doesn't include hungarian tanks. If only it was riveting.

Enemy at the Gates, that is.
 

Jhessail

Panzervixen
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You have "Reds" twice in your list.

What does The Adventures of Tintin have to do with WW2? Oh, the Japanese connection? Okay, I guess. Dunno if it's worth watching since Hergé was an awful racist. I guess it might be interesting to see just how badly the ORIENTALS are portrayed in the TV-version.

"1939 Battle of Westerplatte" is, as far as I know, pretty blatant Polish propaganda, but I haven't actually seen it.

"Inglorius Basterds" is a bad film, IMHO. You shouldn't watch it as a WW2 film but as a Tarantino one if you're a fan of his work.

"Hopeaa rajan takaa" is quite poor too, though it has been like 20 years since I last saw it. It is super bleak though, maybe that's up your alley.

"Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter" is rubbish. They get geography all wrong and historical details like weapons are ****ed up too, the battle scenes are rubbish and the whole nightclub singer seducing SS officer to help the poor Jewish boy to escape is both unrealistic and utterly trite. Seriously, in 1941 there were no German Jews hiding - they had all fled or been imprisoned by then.

"Leningrad" is, again as far as I know, horrible Russian propaganda. Avoid.

"Enemy at the Gates", as others already mentioned, is a waste of time.

"The Misfit Brigade" is as realistic portrayal of the war as is the "Dirty Dozen". Entertaining for sure, but... oh god, you got the Dirty Dozen two as well as Kelly's Heroes there.

"Beyond Enemy Lines" is really boring. I think they ran out of budget during filming or something.

"Windtalkers" is complete rubbish as well.

All the "Saints and Soldiers" series of straight-to-video flicks are crap. I have no idea why their IMDB rating is that high.

"The Bridge at Remagen" has nothing to do with the actual events. Which isn't surprising since the Remagen battles were a defeat for the Allies.

"Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom" has really nothing to do with WW2.

"Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS" what the **** man? And "The Night Porter" too? Just watch some actual porn instead.

"Fury" is kinda crap but considering the amount of turds you already have on the list, what is one mediocre film more?

So it seems that you just tossed in every possible film/tv-show/piece of **** that you found on IMDB that has even a remote connection to WW2 somehow? What is the point of this list?
 

Densetsu

Age of Empires II
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Hergé wasn't racist and everything else you said is quite tragic.

Kelly's Heroes is a great humorous film, you should watch it. If you want to watch films for entertainment and not just realism then your list is perfectly fine.

So beautiful!

 

Densetsu

Age of Empires II
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So? He was just following the general ideologies of the time. If you actually read is later books (as in, 90% of them) you'll realise he wasn't racist. Many key characters are of non-white origins and portrayed in very good stead indeed.
 

F.F.C._fritz

Grandmaster Knight
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You may wish to add

Waida's Kanal (a tense and pretty depressing masterpiece on the Warsaw uprising, mostly set in the sewers of the doomed city)


De Sica's La Ciociara (Two Women). The tale of a mother and her daughter escaping from the bombing raids on Rome to the apparent safety of the countryside. A great movie and a precious interpretation by Sofia Loren. May be of some further interest since is the only movie I know touching a series of apparently forgotten war crimes committed in Italy. Only that this time, those crimes were not committed by the Germans...


 

dinnerblaster

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Jhessail said:
You have "Reds" twice in your list.
I've explained this on the film's description. In many of the film's DVD releases the epic is split on two discs. Also, because both halves of the film tell different stories and take place a few years apart they are treated as different in the list

Jhessail said:
What does The Adventures of Tintin have to do with WW2? Oh, the Japanese connection? Okay, I guess. Dunno if it's worth watching since Hergé was an awful racist. I guess it might be interesting to see just how badly the ORIENTALS are portrayed in the TV-version.
His Blue Lotus story was actually one of the first accurate western descriptions of Chinese society and culture. His pre-Blue Lotus stories were often unfortunate products of their time but the series' tone changed for good with the said comic.

Jhessail said:
"1939 Battle of Westerplatte" is, as far as I know, pretty blatant Polish propaganda, but I haven't actually seen it.
There is a film of the battle made in 60's that I haven't seen but the modern one doesn't treat the Polish army leaders or the battle in general in any kind of patriotic tone. Quite the opposite actually.

Jhessail said:
"Inglorius Basterds" is a bad film, IMHO. You shouldn't watch it as a WW2 film but as a Tarantino one if you're a fan of his work.
As I've written on the film's descprition only the first 15 minutes count anyway.

Jhessail said:
"Hopeaa rajan takaa" is quite poor too, though it has been like 20 years since I last saw it. It is super bleak though, maybe that's up your alley.
I think its decent enough and most importantly it bring build up to the Operation Barbarossa.

Jhessail said:
"Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter" is rubbish. They get geography all wrong and historical details like weapons are ****ed up too, the battle scenes are rubbish and the whole nightclub singer seducing SS officer to help the poor Jewish boy to escape is both unrealistic and utterly trite. Seriously, in 1941 there were no German Jews hiding - they had all fled or been imprisoned by then.
Frequent minor errors in detail is something that has to be learned to live with when watching historical dramas. I'm sure that there is no film on the list that is 100% accurate. Historical shortcomings aside I think the series is pretty good story-wise and it progresses the overall narrative of the war decently.

Jhessail said:
"Leningrad" is, again as far as I know, horrible Russian propaganda. Avoid.
It's honest enough and good enough as a picture. Also, once again, it expands the overall view of the war and progresses the common narrative.

Jhessail said:
"Enemy at the Gates", as others already mentioned, is a waste of time.
It's no Paths of Glory but I don't get all the hate. Also, the variety on movies about Stalingrad is so dangerously small that the battle is poorly represented even as of now.

Jhessail said:
"The Misfit Brigade" is as realistic portrayal of the war as is the "Dirty Dozen". Entertaining for sure, but... oh god, you got the Dirty Dozen two as well as Kelly's Heroes there.
I don't see anything wrong in entertainment value.

Jhessail said:
"Beyond Enemy Lines" is really boring. I think they ran out of budget during filming or something.
I agree that it isn't the best war drama out there but it offers another point of view on the eastern front and the axis camp.

Jhessail said:
"Windtalkers" is complete rubbish as well.
I have yet to see it so I cannot give an opinion.

Jhessail said:
All the "Saints and Soldiers" series of straight-to-video flicks are crap. I have no idea why their IMDB rating is that high.
The same as with "Windtalkers". They do cover interesting historical events though as far as I know from their wikipedia pages.

Jhessail said:
"The Bridge at Remagen" has nothing to do with the actual events. Which isn't surprising since the Remagen battles were a defeat for the Allies.
This kinda falls into the same category as minor errors. If there are no better representations of certain events then I rather pick half-assed versions of them than leave them out of the list altogether.

Jhessail said:
"Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom" has really nothing to do with WW2.
But really it has.

Jhessail said:
"Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS" what the **** man? And "The Night Porter" too? Just watch some actual porn instead.
Ilsa takes place during the last days of the nazi Reich and that's good enough with me. Besides, I kinda like the idea that the collapse of Germany is partly presented through crazy **** like "Saló" and "Ilsa".

Jhessail said:
"Fury" is kinda crap but considering the amount of turds you already have on the list, what is one mediocre film more?
Thank you for that vote of confidence.

Jhessail said:
So it seems that you just tossed in every possible film/tv-show/piece of **** that you found on IMDB that has even a remote connection to WW2 somehow? What is the point of this list?
I didn't, but I guess it doesn't matter anyway. It's just something I created for myself as a hobby and decided to share with others but I'm sorry if it offended you as strongly as it did.

F.F.C._fritz said:
Waida's Kanal (a tense and pretty depressing masterpiece on the Warsaw uprising, mostly set in the sewers of the doomed city)

De Sica's La Ciociara (Two Women). The tale of a mother and her daughter escaping from the bombing raids on Rome to the apparent safety of the countryside. A great movie and a precious interpretation by Sofia Loren. May be of some further interest since is the only movie I know touching a series of apparently forgotten war crimes committed in Italy. Only that this time, those crimes were not committed by the Germans...
I've actually considered Kanal on several occasions but it has been a hard one to find. Two Women sounds very interesting and I'll look up to it :grin:
 

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I could understand making a list of "mostly historically accurate" WW2 films or "excellent cinematography" WW2 films. You seem to think that watching a half-assed Hollywood cash-in action-adventure film with the WW2 as a backdrop will somehow give you some insight on the conflict itself? Dude, you're massively fooling yourself. Watching Windtalkers is not going to give you any insight on the issue of Native Americans in the US Armed Forces. Watching Enemy at the Gates will not round out your understanding of Stalingrad if you've also seen the Russian and the German films - not to mention that justifying watching because "there are so few" movies depicting Stalingrad is blatant lying when most other seminal battles receive a single movie if even that!

120 and Ilsa have little to do with reality and nothing to do with WW2, they do not depict the fall of Italian Fascism or German Nazism, they are exploitation movies made back in the day to titillate viewers who had no access to actual pornography. It's like claiming that you're interested in the Civil Rights movement in the US and then watching Shaft. Or claiming that you're interested in seeing different treatments of the Arthurian mythos and then watching Dreamquest starring Jenna Jameson. Which by the way is both more erotic and has better acting than Ilsa.

As to your argument for the impossibility of historical factual correctness, fair enough but I wasn't arguing about that. If I had, I would've demolished your entire list. Band of Brothers, for example, has small factual errors in literally every episode - but it gets far more things correct than it mucks up, so it gets a pass from pretty much everybody, including historians.

Now if you want to waste your time watching crap and/or mediocre stuff, feel free. I just hoped save some of your time.