WWII: ALLIES IN EUROPE (1939-1945)

by Maximilliann | created - 02 Feb 2015 | updated - 14 Apr 2018 | Public

All movies and tv series representing the most atrocious war that humanity has ever known: The World War II. This selection is for the films set in the European fronts: The Blitzkrieg, the Nazi invasion of Europe, the Battle of Britain, the Russian front, the Allied landings in Normandy and Italy and the capture of Berlin.

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1. To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Passed | 99 min | Comedy, War

86 Metascore

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart

Votes: 24,450

2. To Be or Not to Be (1983)

PG | 107 min | Action, Comedy

61 Metascore

At the onset of WW2, a Polish actor's family and the Polish Resistance help the troupe of a theatre escape Poland and the invading Nazis.

Director: Alan Johnson | Stars: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Ronny Graham, Estelle Reiner

Votes: 9,749 | Gross: $13.03M

3. The Cross of Lorraine (1943)

Approved | 90 min | War, Drama

A group of French soldiers during WWII are captured by Nazis troops and sent to a military prison. There they will have to make use of his best resources to keep alive... and sane, while at the same time scheming a way out.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Jean-Pierre Aumont, Gene Kelly, Cedric Hardwicke, Richard Whorf

Votes: 643

4. Above Suspicion (1943)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

Oxford Professor Richard Myles and new bride Frances are off on a European honeymoon. It isn't your typical honeymoon though, for they are on a spying mission for British intelligence on ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Joan Crawford, Fred MacMurray, Conrad Veidt, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 1,716

5. Edge of Darkness (1943)

Approved | 119 min | Drama, War

After two years under German rule, a small Norwegian fishing village rises up and revolts against the occupying Nazis.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Walter Huston, Nancy Coleman

Votes: 1,766

6. Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

Passed | 126 min | Action, Drama, War

An American tanker's sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend 11 days at sea on a raft. Their next assignment; bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked N. Atlantic.

Directors: Lloyd Bacon, Byron Haskin, Raoul Walsh | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale, Julie Bishop

Votes: 3,307

7. This Land Is Mine (1943)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, War

A mild-mannered school-teacher in a Nazi-occupied town during W.W.II finds himself being torn between collaboration and resistance.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, George Sanders, Walter Slezak

Votes: 2,660

8. The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)

Passed | 126 min | Drama, Romance, War

London based American nurse, Susan, Lady Ashwood, is at a hospital awaiting the imminent arrival of wounded soldiers. She is hoping that her enlisted son, Sir John Ashwood, who resembles ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Irene Dunne, Alan Marshal, Roddy McDowall, Frank Morgan

Votes: 1,330

9. The Conspirators (1944)

Approved | 101 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

During WW2, in neutral Portugal, a Dutch resistance fighter is attempting to find passage to England while trying to avoid Nazi spies and Portuguese policemen.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre

Votes: 914

10. Passage to Marseille (1944)

Approved | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, War

Five patriotic convicts are helped to escape imprisonment in Devil's Island so they can fight for occupied Free French forces against the Nazis.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, Michèle Morgan, Philip Dorn

Votes: 3,758

11. To Have and Have Not (1944)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Film-Noir

During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous lounge singer.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran

Votes: 29,109

12. Days of Glory (1944)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance, War

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

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Gregory Peck, Tamara Toumanova, Alan Reed, Maria Palmer

Votes: 1,116

13. 13 Rue Madeleine (1946)

Approved | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When spy chief Bob Sharkey finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent, his strategic decision not to arrest him results in tragedy.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Cagney, Annabella, Richard Conte, Frank Latimore

Votes: 2,577

14. Arch of Triumph (1948)

Approved | 120 min | Drama, Romance, War

Illegal refugees lead dark lives in pre-World War II Paris.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton, Louis Calhern

Votes: 1,281 | Gross: $1.40M

15. Arch of Triumph (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance, War

In Paris, before the Nazis penetrate into the city, an Austrian refugee doctor falls in love with a mysterious woman.

Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Lesley-Anne Down, Donald Pleasence, Frank Finlay

Votes: 477

16. Le Silence de la Mer (1949)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance, War

1941 in a small town in Nazi occupied France. Against the will of its elderly male and his adult niece residents, the Nazis commandeer a house for one of their officers, Lt. Werner von ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Howard Vernon, Nicole Stéphane, Jean-Marie Robain, Ami Aaröe

Votes: 3,704

17. The Silence of the Sea (2004 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Romance, War

In a small town in the West of France, during the German Occupation, a room is requisitioned by a Wehrmacht captain, Werner von Ebrennac. The house where he now stays is inhabited by young ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Boutron | Stars: Julie Delarme, Michel Galabru, Thomas Jouannet, Marie Bunel

Votes: 874

18. Deadly Decision (1954)

92 min | Biography, Drama, War

Brief biopic of Wilhelm Canaris, army intelligence (Abwehr) chief of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1944.

Director: Alfred Weidenmann | Stars: O.E. Hasse, Barbara Rütting, Adrian Hoven, Martin Held

Votes: 240

19. Dunkirk (1958)

Approved | 135 min | Action, Drama, History

A dramatization of the British Expeditionary Force's 1940 retreat to the beaches of France and the extraordinary seaborne evacuation that saved it from utter destruction by Nazi Germany.

Director: Leslie Norman | Stars: John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Bernard Lee, Robert Urquhart

Votes: 2,461

20. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Approved | 180 min | Biography, Drama, Family

59 Metascore

During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Millie Perkins, Shelley Winters, Joseph Schildkraut, Richard Beymer

Votes: 11,446 | Gross: $5.01M

21. The Diary of Anne Frank (1980 TV Movie)

109 min | Biography, Drama

During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank (Melissa Gilbert) and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Joan Plowright, James Coco, Doris Roberts

Votes: 534

22. Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001)

Not Rated | 180 min | Biography, Drama, War

The life of Anne Frank and her family from 1939 to 1945: pre-war fears, invasion of Netherlands by German troops, hiding in Amsterdam, deportation to the camps, return of Anne's father.

Stars: Ben Kingsley, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Tatjana Blacher, Brenda Blethyn

Votes: 4,640

23. The Diary of Anne Frank (2009)

150 min | Biography, Drama, History

During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.

Stars: Kate Ashfield, Geoffrey Breton, Ron Cook, Nicholas Farrell

Votes: 2,727

24. The Angry Hills (1959)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War, Thriller

In 1941, Greek resistance entrusts an American journalist with a Greek double-agent secret list that must reach London and must not fall into Nazi hands.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Stanley Baker, Elisabeth Müller, Gia Scala

Votes: 818

25. Sink the Bismarck! (1960)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama, History

The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 6,532 | Gross: $6.54M

26. The Guns of Navarone (1961)

TV-PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 43,339 | Gross: $28.90M

27. Force 10 from Navarone (1978)

PG | 118 min | Action, Drama, War

42 Metascore

During World War II, several oddly assorted military experts are teamed in a mission to raid and destroy a bridge vital to enemy strategy.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Harrison Ford, Robert Shaw, Edward Fox, Franco Nero

Votes: 15,876

28. The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Thriller, War

Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: William Holden, Lilli Palmer, Hugh Griffith, Carl Raddatz

Votes: 2,251

29. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962)

Approved | 153 min | Drama, War

In Argentina, one daughter of patriarch Madariaga is married to a Frenchman while the other is married to a German thus leading to a crisis when Nazi Germany occupies France and some Madariaga family members fight on opposite sides.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Glenn Ford, Ingrid Thulin, Charles Boyer, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 1,862 | Gross: $1.91M

30. 633 Squadron (1964)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, War

An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway. The factory supplies fuel for the Nazi effort to launch rockets on England during D-Day.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Cliff Robertson, George Chakiris, Maria Perschy, Harry Andrews

Votes: 3,266

31. The Secret Invasion (1964)

Approved | 95 min | Action, Drama, History

In 1943, a group of hardened criminals is pardoned on the condition it accepts a mission to free a captive Italian general from the clutches of the Nazis.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Stewart Granger, Raf Vallone, Mickey Rooney, Edd Byrnes

Votes: 853

32. The Train (1964)

Not Rated | 133 min | Thriller, War

In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon

Votes: 13,215 | Gross: $7.41M

33. Weekend at Dunkirk (1964)

119 min | Drama, War

In June 1940, during the Dunkirk evacuation of Allied troops to England, French sergeant Julien Maillat and his men debate whether to evacuate to Britain or stay and fight the German troops that are closing-in from all directions.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Catherine Spaak, Georges Géret, Jean-Pierre Marielle

Votes: 1,208

34. The Heroes of Telemark (1965)

Approved | 131 min | Action, Drama, History

Norwegian resistance tries to stop German efforts to produce an atomic bomb component during World War II.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 6,159

35. Morituri (1965)

Approved | 123 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A war pacifist is blackmailed to pose as an SS officer and to disable the scuttling explosives on freighter carrying rubber cargo to be captured by the Allies.

Director: Bernhard Wicki | Stars: Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Janet Margolin, Trevor Howard

Votes: 3,223

36. Triple Cross (1966)

PG | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

During WW2, convicted bank robber Eddie Chapman becomes a triple agent working for both the British and the Germans.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard, Gert Fröbe

Votes: 2,130

37. Hell Commandos (1969)

88 min | Action, Drama, War

An American major trains a group of elite soldiers for a dangerous covert mission behind enemy lines during WW2.

Director: José Luis Merino | Stars: Guy Madison, Raffaella Carrà, Stelvio Rosi, Manuel Zarzo

Votes: 76

38. Army of Shadows (1969)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, War

99 Metascore

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret

Votes: 18,825 | Gross: $0.74M

39. Hell Boats (1970)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, War

An American commander, serving under the British Royal Navy in 1942, is assigned to blockade the island of Malta and told to formulate a plan to destroy the Nazi arsenal in Sicily.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: James Franciscus, Elizabeth Shepherd, Ronald Allen, Reuven Bar-Yotam

Votes: 286

40. Churchill's Leopards (1970)

84 min | Action, Thriller, War

The mission: The British have to carry out a plan hatched by Churchill himself to blow up a French dam, by bringing in commandos led by the twin brother of the German commander.

Director: Maurizio Pradeaux | Stars: Richard Harrison, Pilar Velázquez, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Frank Braña

Votes: 199

41. The Dove Must Not Fly (1970)

90 min | Action, War

An undercover Nazi in Libya aims to steal fuel and deliver it to a specific location in the desert where an Italian bomber would refuel on its way to Allied target.

Director: Sergio Garrone | Stars: Horst Buchholz, Sylva Koscina, William Berger, Riccardo Garrone

Votes: 39

42. The Last Train (1973)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Romance, War

Two people, a Frenchman Julien Maroyeur and a Jewish German woman (Anna Kupfer) met on a train while escaping the German army entering France.

Director: Pierre Granier-Deferre | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Romy Schneider, Maurice Biraud, Paul Amiot

Votes: 1,045

43. Lacombe, Lucien (1974)

R | 138 min | Drama, Romance, War

In 1944, an 18-year old boy from small-town France, collaborates with the Nazi-regime and subsequently falls in love with a Jewish girl.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clément, Holger Löwenadler, Therese Giehse

Votes: 5,902

44. Special Section (1975)

PG | 110 min | Drama, History, Thriller

In occupied France during the WWII, a German officer is murdered. The collaborationist Vichy government decides to pin the murder on six petty criminals. Loyal judges are called in to convict them as quickly as possible.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Louis Seigner, Roland Bertin, Michael Lonsdale, Ivo Garrani

Votes: 966

45. The Sea Wolves (1980)

PG | 120 min | Action, History, War