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The 25 Best World War II Movies Ever Made According to Esquire

The way many of us first learned about World War II was inherently cinematic. A black and white dichotomy of "good guys" and "bad guys" laid before us with tales of heroic sacrifice, secrecy, and an evil, inhumane villain at the root of it all. For these reasons, WWII has held tremendous relevance in cinema—both for its compelling narrative and for its fodder as jingoistic propaganda. However, our understanding of this war, and the humanitarian crisis at its root, has greatly expanded. Ironically, so have the films depicting it. As we revisit early cinema's patriotic depictions of WWII, as well as modern cinema's more nuanced interpretations, it's vital that we bear witness to the realities of this era. To let our consumption stop at the American exceptionalism role as "heroes" in this event, without proper context and analysis, is to risk letting history repeat itself.
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Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca (1942)
2
From Here to Eternity (1953)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
3
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
4
The Longest Day (1962)
The Longest Day (1962)
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5
The Great Escape (1963)
The Great Escape (1963)
6
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
7
Patton (1970)
Patton (1970)
8
Das Boot (1981)
Das Boot (1981)
9
Come and See (1985)
Come and See (1985)
10
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Empire of the Sun (1987)
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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
12
Schindler's List (1993)
Schindler's List (1993)
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13
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
14
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
15
The Thin Red Line (1998)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
16
Downfall (2004)
Downfall (2004)
17
Black Book (2006)
Black Book (2006)
18
Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
19
Defiance (2008)
Defiance (2008)
20
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
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21
Stalingrad (2013)
Stalingrad (2013)
22
The Imitation Game (2014)
The Imitation Game (2014)
23
Son of Saul (2015)
Son of Saul (2015)
24
Dunkirk (2017)
Dunkirk (2017)
25
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
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