The Bridge on the River Kwai

bridge on river kwai

Based on the novel with the same title, The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 war epic directed by David Lean starring William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Alec Guinness and Sessue Hayakawa in pivotal roles. The movie flows around as a fictionalized version of the construction of the Burma Railway in 1942-43 as its base for the historical setting. The movie was highly appraised and went on to grab 7 Academy Awards that year.

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor film on world war two

Pearl Harbor is a 2001 Hollywood War film including both romance and action sequences as well. Directed by Michael Bay, the movie is set on the events of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 which opened the gates for U.S. Army to enter World War 2. With an ensemble cast of Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale in pivotal roles, Pearl Harbor is a treat to watch for anyone who loves action, drama and romance. The film also received four nominations at the Oscars and won the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing that year.

Das Boot

Das Boot movie on world war 2

Das Boot is a German World War film directed by Wolfgang Petersen based on the novel with the same title authored by Lothar-Gunther Buchheim. The film is a fictional story that revolves around U-96 German submarine and its crew during the events of World War 2. Das Boot has Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Gronemeyer and Klaus Wennemann in the lead roles and is among one of those movies that are exhibited both as a theatrical release and as a TV miniseries. It is also released in several home video versions as well because of its popularity and is one of the expensive movies in the history of German cinema.

To End All Wars

To End All Wars film on world war 2

To End All Wars is a biopic based on the autobiography of Ernest Gordon titled “Through The Valley of the Kwai” which was changed to “To End All Wars” to go with the film’s title. Directed by David Cunningham and starring Robert Carlyle, Kiefer Sutherland, and Sakae Kimura in the lead roles, To End All Wars is an American War film set in the last three and half years of World War 2 where the story focuses on the Japanese prisoner of war labour camp at the project of building Burma Railway.

The Pianist

The Pianist movie on war

The Pianist is a historical drama film based on the autobiography of a Polish-Jewish pianist and composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman as World War 2 memoir. Co-produced by 4 different countries including France, United Kingdom, Germany and Poland, The Pianist was critically acclaimed and eventually won four Academy Awards that year including Best Director and Best Actor awards. Directed by Roman Polanski, the film had Adrien Brody in the lead role as The Pianist.

Stalingrad (1993)

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Directed by Joseph Vilsmaier, Stalingrad is a 1993 war film starring Thomas Kretschmann, Dominique Horwitz, Dana Vavrova, Martin Benrath and Sylvester Groth in important roles. The film is set on the events at the Battle of Stalingrad revolving around the platoon of World War 2 German Army soldiers being transferred to Russia for the battle.

The Longest Day

The Longest Day 1962 war film

Yet another movie adaptation of a popular book, The Longest Day is a 1962 war film directed by three different directors namely Ken Annakin (British and French exteriors), Andrew Marton (American exteriors) and Bernhard Wicki (German scenes). It is based on the Cornelius Ryan’s book “The Longest Day” highlighting the events of D-Day landings at Normandy on June 6, 1944 during World War 2. The movie also stars an ensemble cast of actors like John Wayne, Sean Connery, Kenneth More, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton and many others.

Downfall (2004)

downfall movie on war

Downfall is a German war film that highlights the last 10 days of Hitler’s reign over Nazi Germany in 1945 set during the World War 2. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, the film is based on several books on Hitler and memoirs of the people around him from that era.

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