If you ask a movie buff especially someone who enjoys both Hollywood flicks as well as Bollywood masala, he/she will tell you that both the industries are incomparable and both of them offer different kind of entertainment to the mass.
Those, who compare Bollywood with Hollywood or vice versa, can’t be defined as true movie fans because they never understand this art of cinema which offers a platform to everyone to tell a story with their own imagination whether a movie on the same is already made or not. If Bollywood is all about entertaining the mass, Hollywood is a cluster of creativity that takes the standard of filming to a new level year after year.
Hence, we see a huge list of movies being produced in Hollywood based on historical events, natural disasters, zombies, gang war, War, Sci-fi and lately the Superheroes. One such historical event is World War II that became one of the popular events and a pillar stone for the United States of America to establish itself as the superpower it is today!
Being a World War and being one of the biggest battles ever, there are definitely hundreds of different stories covered within different media. These are the stories that give inspiration to creative talents in Hollywood who use these stories and convert them into movies. Many movies become the disaster at Box Office while some become epic.
Best World War II Movies by Hollywood Movies and other Industries.
Here’s a list of some of the top movies on World War 2 produced till date:
All Time Best Movies on World War 2
Enemy at the Gates
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 war film starring Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Ed Harris in lead roles. The title of the movie is inspired by a William Craig’s non-fiction novel Enemy at the Gates: The Battle of Stalingrad which explores the events surrounding the Battle of Stalingrad in the winter of 1942/43. However, Enemy at the Gates, the movie, is a fiction loosely based on the stories told by Soviet sniper Vasily Zaytsev.
Saving Private Ryan
A Steven Spielberg film, Saving Private Ryan is a Hollywood World War Drama Film about a squad led by Tom Hanks playing US Army Rangers Captain John H. Miller which is set to search for a paratrooper, Private First Class James Francis Ryan portrayed by Matt Damon. The movie is based on the events of the Invasion of Normandy in World War 2 and is highly popular among the fans for its portrayal of intense war scenes with the realistic approach and the magic of Spielberg.
Another Classic Spielberg Film, Schindler’s List is an American biopic based on the life of Oskar Schindler, an ethnic German businessman who saved thousands of Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by giving them jobs at his factories. Schindler’s List is a movie adaptation of the novel “Schindler’s Ark” by Thomas Keneally, an Australian novelist and stars Liam Neeson as Schindler with Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley in other pivotal roles.
Inglourious Basterds is a war film directed by the great Director Quentin Tarantino as a co-production of the United States and Germany. The movie stars Brad Pitt, Christopher Waltz, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender and Eli Roth in pivotal roles and is set during the Events of World War 2. The film talks about 2 different plots to assassinate Nazi Germany’s political leadership. One of the plots is designed by a team of Jewish-American soldiers led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine played by Brad Pitt while another plot is planned by a young French Jewish cinema proprietor. The title of the movie comes from the 1978 Italian war film, The Inglorious Bastards directed by Enzo G. Castellari.
Starring Brad Pitt in the lead role, Fury is an American-British war drama set in the final days of World War 2. The movie is directed by David Ayer who was highly influenced by the service of veterans in the family and reading books on World War 2 such as Death Traps written by Belton Y. Cooper. Hence, one can see the realism in the movie to create the real-life action set during World War 2. The movie talks about the life of US tank crews in Nazi Germany during the war. It also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal in pivotal roles.
The Thin Red Line
Boasting about an ensemble cast, The Thin Red Line is a 1998 war epic directed by Terrence Malick who returned to filmmaking after 20 year-long breaks. The movie is based on the novel with the same title written by James Jones and talks about the fictionalized version of the Battle of Mount Austen during World War II. The movie stars an ensemble cast of the long list of actors such as Sean Penn, George Clooney, Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, John Travolta, Woody Harrelson, Adrien Brody, and many others.
Letters from Iwo Jima
Being a companion film to another Clint Eastwood movie, Letters from Iwo Jima is a Japanese-American war Epic that portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from the perspective of Japanese soldiers in contradiction with its companion movie, Flags of Our Fathers, again directed by Clint Eastwood which revolves around the same battle but talks from an American perspective. The movie stars Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya in the lead roles.