Today, I want to share my top 5 WW2 Movies of all time. Please keep in mind there are hundreds of awesome war movies covering WW2. Choosing a top five was very difficult, but I’ll give it my best shot.
# 5 Patton
General Patton was my favorite military leader from WW2. I’ve watched this movie at least 20 times now and never get bored of it. This movie starred George C. Scott as General Patton. It was released in 1970 and won seven Academy Awards. It is considered to be one of the greatest screen biographies ever produced. This movie covers the rise and fall of General Patton and includes some pretty cool tank battles, too. The opening scene is my favorite part of the movie.
# 4 Inglourious Basterds
Some people might be surprised that this movie made my list, but I love Inglourious Basterds. It’s different than the other WW2 movies on this list. Produced by Quentin Tarantino, this movie covers a squad of crazy American Soldiers on a mission to take down Hitler and the Third Reich. The actors include Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Christopher Waltz and Eli Roth. This movie has lots of gore of action. The filming location is beautiful and the acting is superb.
# 3 Schindler’s List
Not many movies make me cry. This is one of them though. This is probably the saddest, most touching movie I have ever watched. Schindler’s List was adapted from the best-selling book by Thomas Keneally and filmed in Poland. The film covers the holocaust and shows what happened to the Jewish prisoners at the concentration camps. More importantly, it covers the heroism of Oskar Schindler, a man who risked his life and money to save more than 1,000 Jews. There is some disturbing violence and graphic scenes, but I believe that every American should watch this movie. Schindler’s List stars Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley and is produced by Steven Spielberg.
# 2 Band of Brothers
I love Band of Brothers. This was an HBO miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg in 2002. The actors include Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston and Donnie Wahlberg. I could watch Band of Brothers over and over on repeat and never get bored of it. This movie is 10 episodes covering the men of Easy Company, 101 Airborne Division. You will follow the men from Easy Company from the start of boot camp to the end of WW2. You will learn about their victories, struggles, losses and see the effects war has on a man. This is an all-time classic.
# 1 Saving Private Ryan
I have to put Saving Private Ryan as my # 1 favorite WW2 Movie of all time. I originally watched this in the movie theater with my cousin when it was first released. Since then, I’ve watched it 2-3 times each year. The scenes are so graphic and realistic. This movie covers the landing at Omaha Beach and follows Captain Miller (played by Tom Hanks) and his squad of men in search of Private Ryan. The movie won five Academy Awards®. My favorite scene is the opening scene: the landing on Omaha Beach.
In summary, these are my top five WW2 Movies of all time. I enjoyed these WW2 Movies immensely and know you will too. More importantly, I’d love to know what your favorite WW2 Movie is. Please leave a comment to share your thoughts.