List of World War II films

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This is a list of fictional feature films or miniseries which feature events of World War II in the narrative.

There is a separate list of World War II TV series.


Fictional feature films specifically pertaining to the Holocaust appear in the List of Holocaust films#Narrative films.

Common topics

Many aspects of this conflict have repeatedly been the subject of drama. These common subjects will not be linked when they appear in the film descriptions below:


Films made during the War of Ethiopia and the Sino-Japanese War

Before the Second World War explicitly began with the German then Soviet invasions of Poland in 1939, Germany had already absorbed Austria in the Anschluß of 1938, then the Czechoslovakian lands of Bohemia and Moravia. Meanwhile Italy, Germany and the Soviet Union were involved in the Spanish Civil War[1] (1936-1939), and Italy had conquered Ethiopia (1935-1936) and Albania (1939). China had been fighting against Japan since 1937 in a war called the Second Sino-Japanese War, until Japan attacked the USA, the British Empire and the Dutch East Indies in December 1941.


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 Italy The Great Appeal Il grande appello Mario Camerini Italian father and son in the War of Ethiopia


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 Italy Sentinels of Bronze Sentinelle di bronzo Romolo Marcellini Italian colonial soldiers defeat the Ethiopian attack on Walwal


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 Japan Chocolate and Soldiers Chocolate to heitai (チョコレートと兵隊) Takeshi Sato Japanese Army soldier's battlefield letters with chocolate wrappers sent to son while fighting in China
 USSR Concentration Camp (Bog Soldiers / Soldiers of the Swamp) Bolotnye soldaty (Болотные солдаты) Aleksandr Macheret Nazi concentration camp guards attempt to break spirits of Communists
 China The Eight Hundred Heroes Bā bǎi zhuàngshì (八百壮士) Ying Yunwei Defense of Sihang Warehouse
 France It Happened in Gibraltar Gibraltar Fedor Ozep British officer in Gibraltar pretends to be traitor
 Italy Luciano Serra, Pilot Luciano Serra pilota Goffredo Alessandrini Italo-Abyssinian War
 USA Men with Wings William A. Wellman Adventure. World War I pilot goes to China
 Japan A Pay by the Wayside (Five Scouts) Gonin no sekkôhei (五人の斥候兵) Tomotaka Tasaka Five Japanese Army soldiers on reconnaissance mission behind Chinese lines
 France The Shanghai Drama Le drame de Shanghaï Georg Wilhelm Pabst Japanese Black Dragon agents in Shanghai

Films made during the Second World War

Note:  Soviet films are in Russian and originate in the  Russian SFSR, unless otherwise noted.


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 Italy Battles in the Shadow Lotte nell'ombra Domenico Gambino Foreign spies steal the formula of a new explosive
 USA Confessions of a Nazi Spy Anatole Litvak Nazi spy ring in the United States
 USA Hitler, Beast of Berlin (Hell's Devils / Beasts of Berlin) Sam Newfield Drama. German anti-Hitler political prisoner
 UK The Lion Has Wings Michael Powell, Adrian Brunel, Brian Desmond Hurst, Alexander Korda RAF mobilization [2]
 Italy The Little Adventurers Piccoli naufraghi Flavio Calzavara Adventure. Twelve Italian boys embark on a merchantman to fight in the War of Ethiopia, but the are shipwrecked on an island. Then they manage to take control of another merchantman smuggling weapons to Ethiopia.
 Japan Mud and Soldiers Tsuchi to heitai (土と兵隊) Tomotaka Tasaka Drama based on Ashihei Hino novel. Effect of war on Japanese soldiers during Sino-Japanese War
 UK Q Planes (Clouds Over Europe) Tim Whelan, Arthur B. Woods Thriller. Foreign spies suspected in disappearance of secret aircraft [3]
 UK Secret Journey (Among Human Wolves) John Baxter Based on Charles Robert Dumas' short story. British secret service agent on mission
 USA South of the Border George Sherman Action/Western. US Federal Agent on mission in Mexico to prevent German agents from gaining control of Mexican oil refineries and inciting revolution
 UK Traitor Spy (The Torso Murder Mystery) Walter Summers Mystery thriller based on T. C. H. Jacobs novel. German spy employed in anti-submarine patrol boat and torpedo factory
 USA Wings of the Navy Lloyd Bacon Drama. Experimental fighter for the US Navy


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 USA Arise, My Love Mitchell Leisen Romantic comedy. Spanish Civil War through French capitulation, 1940
 Germany Attention! The Enemy Is Listening Achtung! Feind hört mit! Arthur Maria Rabenalt Foreign spies in a German armaments factory
 UK The Big Blockade Charles Frend Economic blockade of Germany
 Japan The Blazing Heavens (The Burning Sky / Flaming Sky) Moyuru ōzora (燃ゆる大空) Yutaka Abe Action-drama. Imperial Japanese Army Air Service during Sino-Japanese War
 USA Comrade X King Vidor Spy. US journalist in the Soviet Union
 UK Convoy Pen Tennyson Battle of the Atlantic
 Germany Enemies Feinde Viktor Tourjansky Invasion of Poland justified by Polish persecution of ethnic Germans
 USA Foreign Correspondent Alfred Hitchcock Spy thriller. American reporter tries to expose spies in Britain
 USA The Great Dictator Charlie Chaplin Satire. Dictator Adenoid Hynkel
 Italy The Knight of Kruja Il cavaliere di Kruja Carlo Campogalliani Adventure. An Italian journalist gets involved in the Albanian opposition to King Zog and is finally saved by the Italian invasion of Albania
 USA The Long Voyage Home John Ford Battle of the Atlantic
 USA The Man I Married (I Married a Nazi) Irving Pichel Drama. American woman's German husband develops Nazi sympathies
 USA The Mortal Storm Frank Borzage Drama. Average German family disrupted when Nazis come to power
 UK Night Train to Munich (Gestapo) John Baxter Mystery-thriller. Inventor and daughter kidnapped by Gestapo then rescued by British agent
 USA The Phantom Submarine Charles Barton Action-mystery. Journalist and US Navy frogman investigate U-boat terror
 USA Ski Patrol Lew Landers Olympians oppose each other again in the Winter War
 Japan The Story of Tank Commander Nishizumi Nishizumi senshacho-den (西住戦車長伝) Kōzaburō Yoshimura Japanese tank commander fights in the Sino-Japanese War and dies in the Battle of Nanking
 UK Ten Days in Paris Jeremy Brown Comedy mystery.
 USA Waterloo Bridge Mervyn LeRoy Called-up British officer reminisces over World War I romance [4]
 USA Women in War John H. Auer Action-drama. Allied nurses on pre-Dunkirk Battle of France front


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 USA All Through the Night Vincent Sherman Lighthearted mystery-thriller. Nazi Fifth Columnists
 Germany Above All in the World Über alles in der Welt Karl Ritter German civilians abroad get involved in the beginning of World War II
 Germany Annelie Annelie Josef von Báky Heroic German mother during war
 Germany Bomber Wing Lützow Kampfgeschwader Lützow Hans Bertram A bomber crew takes part in invasion of Poland and attacks on British shipping
 USA Buck Privates Arthur Lubin Comedy. Abbott and Costello enlist in the Army
 USA Caught in the Draft David Butler Comedy. Bob Hope gets drafted
 USA Confirm or Deny Archie Mayo, Fritz Lang (uncredited) Comedy-drama. London Blitz
 UK Cottage to Let (Bombsight Stolen) Anthony Asquith Lighthearted mystery. Kidnapping of bombsight inventor from Scotland by Nazi agents
 USA Dangerously They Live Robert Florey Nazi agents in US pursue Allied spy with secret of U-boat fleet off US coast
 UK Dangerous Moonlight Brian Desmond Hurst The Battle of Britain
 USA Dive Bomber Michael Curtiz Flight surgeons and medical flight research on pilots in Pacific
 UK 49th Parallel (The Invaders) Michael Powell Battle of the St. Lawrence and survivors of a sunken U-boat in Hudson Bay trek across Canada
 UK Freedom Radio Anthony Asquith German Resistance
 USSR The Girl from Leningrad Frontovye podrugi (Фронтовые подруги) Viktor Eisymont Russian woman volunteers as nurse on Finnish Front where she becomes involved with wounded soldiers; remade in US as Three Russian Girls
 Germany Hallgarten's Reconnaissance Patrol Spähtrupp Hallgarten Herbert B. Fredersdorf Two German soldiers in the Norwegian Campaign
 Germany Homecoming Heimkehr Gustav Ucicky Drama. Poles persecute ethnic Germans
 USA International Lady Tim Whelan Spy drama.
 Germany In the Eye of the Storm Menschen im Sturm Fritz Peter Buch Drama. Serbs persecute ethnic Germans [5]
 USSR In the Rear of the Enemy V tylu vraga (В тылу врага) Yevgeni Shneider Drama. Finnish War [6]
 USA Man Hunt Fritz Lang Prewar assassination attempt on Hitler
 Italy Men on the Sea Bottom Uomini sul fondo Francesco De Robertis The crew of an Italian submarine try to repair their damaged ship trapped on the sea bottom
 USA Parachute Battalion Leslie Goodwins Three men join a parachute battalion [3]
 UK Pimpernel Smith Leslie Howard The Scarlet Pimpernel updated
 UK Ships with Wings Sergei Nolbandov Battle of Taranto
 Germany Soldiers of Tomorrow Soldaten von morgen Alfred Weidenmann Hitler Youth
 USA Sundown Henry Hathaway The North African Campaign [3]
 Germany U-Boat, Course West! U-Boote westwärts Günther Rittau U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic [7]
 USA Underground Vincent Sherman German Resistance
 Italy The White Ship La nave bianca Francesco De Robertis, Roberto Rossellini Sailors on a hospital ship after wounds in battle (depicted by footage filmed during the Battle of Calabria and the Battle of Cape Spartivento)
 USA A Yank in the RAF Henry King American volunteers in the RAF


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 USA Across the Pacific John Huston, Vincent Sherman Spy drama. Japanese plot against the Panama Canal
 Italy Alpha Tau! Alfa Tau! Francesco De Robertis Italian submarine warfare in Mediterranean Theatre
 USA Atlantic Convoy Lew Landers Allied naval operations based in Iceland against U-boats in Atlantic
 Italy Bengasi Bengasi (Bengasi anno '41) Augusto Genina North Africa campaign
 USA The Bugle Sounds S. Sylvan Simon Cavalry and tank warfare
 USA Captains of the Clouds Michael Curtiz Canadian bush pilots in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan [8]
 USA Casablanca Michael Curtiz Romance set in Vichy-controlled Morocco
 USA Commandos Strike at Dawn John Farrow Norwegian resistance
 USA The Dawn Express Albert Herman A Nazi spy ring is after a chemical formula
 UK The Day Will Dawn (The Avengers) Harold French Norwegian resistance
 USA Desperate Journey Raoul Walsh RAF aircrew escape from Germany through occupied Netherlands
 Italy Document Z-3 Documento Z 3 Alfredo Guarini Italian agents in Yugoslavia in the last days before the invasion
 USA Eagle Squadron Arthur Lubin Eagle Squadron, American volunteers in the RAF during the Battle of Britain
( Georgian SSR)
Elusive Ian Uchinari Jani (Georgian please) (Georgian)
Neulovimyy Yan (Неуловимый Ян) (Russian)
Isidor Annensky, Vladimir Petrov
 UK The First of the Few (Spitfire) Leslie Howard Development of the Spitfire [3]
Flying Fortress Walter Forde B-17 bombers
 USA Flying Tigers David Miller American Volunteer Group in the Sino-Japanese War
 UK The Foreman Went to France Charles Frend Battle of France
 Germany Front Theater Fronttheater Arthur Maria Rabenalt Battle of Greece
 Italy Giarabub Giarabub Goffredo Alessandrini The siege of Giarabub in 1941
 Germany The Great Love Die große Liebe Rolf Hansen War between Nazi Germany and USSR
 USA Hillbilly Blitzkrieg Roy Mack Nazi spies steal rocket formula in the US [3]
 UK In Which We Serve Noël Coward, David Lean Based on the sinking of HMS Kelly [3]
 USA Jungle Siren Sam Newfield Free French, with two Americans, sent to African village to build an airfield [3]
 UK King Arthur Was a Gentleman Marcel Varnel Comedy, Musical, Romance. Soldier fantasizes about King Arthur as he takes on the Wehrmacht
 USA Lady from Chungking William Nigh Sino-Japanese War [3]
 UK Lady from Lisbon Leslie S. Hiscott Farce. Nazi agents, Allied counterspies and several copies of the Mona Lisa
 USA Let's Get Tough! Wallace Fox Juvenile delinquents battle Black Dragon Society saboteurs in New York [3]
 Italy MAS MAS Romolo Marcellini MAS (Italian torpedo boat)
 USA Mrs. Miniver William Wyler The British home front
 USA The Navy Comes Through A. Edward Sutherland Battle of the Atlantic
 UK The Next of Kin Thorold Dickinson Message that careless talk costs lives, and fictional commando raid
Odessa in Flames Odessa in fiamme (Italian), Odessa în flăcări (Romanian) Carmine Gallone Battle of Odessa, 1941 [3]
 UK One of Our Aircraft Is Missing Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger Allied aircrew escape from the occupied Netherlands [3]
 USA Pacific Rendezvous George Sidney Spy drama. Cryptography in the Pacific War
 USA The Phantom Plainsmen John English "The Three Mesquiteers" battle Nazi agents on a Western ranch
 USA The Pied Piper Irving Pichel Drama based on Nevil Shute novel. Holidaymaker rescues French children, 1940
 Italy A Pilot Returns Un pilota ritorna Roberto Rossellini Greco-Italian War
 USA Private Buckaroo Edward F. Cline Musical.[3]
 Germany The Red Terror GPU Karl Ritter GPU's plots in Rotterdam are foiled by the German occupation
 USA Reunion in France Jules Dassin French Resistance helps a downed US pilot
 UK Sabotage at Sea Leslie S. Hiscott
 USA Saboteur Alfred Hitchcock Airplane factory worker falsely accused of sabotage
 USA Seven Days' Leave Tim Whelan Musical comedy. Soldier on leave must marry to inherit
 USA Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror John Rawlins Sherlock Holmes vs. Nazi saboteurs
 USA Somewhere I'll Find You Wesley Ruggles War correspondents in China and Pacific
 Italy Spies Among the Propellers Spie tra le eliche Ignazio Ferronetti An Italian detective discovers enemy agents sabotaging a warplanes factory
 USA Stand by for Action Robert Z. Leonard The Pacific War
 Germany Stukas Stukas Karl Ritter German dive bomber, the Stuka
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 USA They Raid by Night Spencer Gordon Bennet Commando raids in occupied Norway [3]
 Italy The Three Pilots I tre aquilotti Mario Mattoli Three young pilots of the Regia Aeronautica
 USA To Be Or Not To Be Ernst Lubitsch Occupied Warsaw, and Polish air squadron in London
 USA To the Shores of Tripoli H. Bruce Humberstone
 Japan A Triumph of Wings Tsubasa no gaika (翼の凱歌) Satsuo Yamamoto [9]
 USA Wake Island John Farrow Battle of Wake Island
 Japan The War at Sea from Hawaii to Malaya Hawai Marē oki kaisen (ハワイまれ沖回線) Kajiro Yamamoto Attack on Pearl Harbor and Malayan Campaign
 UK Went the Day Well? Alberto Cavalcanti Fictional German invasion of England (see Operation Sea Lion)
 USA A Yank in Libya Albert Herman Journalist exposes Nazis trying to start an Arab revolt in North Africa [3]
 USA A Yank on the Burma Road George B. Seitz Burma Road


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 USA Above Suspicion Richard Thorpe Honeymooners spy on the Nazis
 USA Action in the North Atlantic Lloyd Bacon The Battle of the Atlantic
 UK The Adventures of Tartu (Sabotage Agent) Harold S. Bucquet British spy posing as Romanian Iron Guard officer aids Czech partisans [3]
 USA Aerial Gunner William H. Pine The B-17 bomber in the Pacific [3]
 USA Air Force Howard Hawks B-17 bombers in the Battle of the Philippines
 USA Air Raid Wardens Edward Sedgwick Laurel and Hardy try to stop Nazi spies in the USA
 USA Background to Danger Raoul Walsh Intrigue involving Nazis in neutral Turkey
 USA Bataan Tay Garnett The Battle of Bataan, Philippines
 USA Behind the Rising Sun Edward Dmytryk
 UK The Bells Go Down Basil Dearden Auxiliary Fire Service during the Blitz
 USA Bombardier Richard Wallace B-17 bomber crewmen in the Pacific
 USA Bomber's Moon Edward Ludwig, Harold D. Schuster
 USA Bombs Over Burma Joseph H. Lewis [3]
 USA The Boy from Stalingrad Sidney Salkow Russian children resisting Nazi forces at the Battle of Stalingrad
 USA Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas Louis King Chetniks - Yugoslav guerrillas under General Draza Mihailovich
 USA China John Farrow
 USA Corregidor William Nigh The Battle of Corregidor, Philippines
 USA Corvette K-225 Richard Rosson, Howard Hawks The Battle of the Atlantic, RCN corvette
 USA Crash Dive Archie Mayo USN submarine in the North Atlantic
 Germany The Crew of the Dora Besatzung Dora Karl Ritter Luftwaffe men
 USA The Cross of Lorraine Tay Garnett
 USA Cry 'Havoc' Richard Thorpe Drama based on Allan Kenward play. Army nurses on Bataan work with civilians during the Battle of the Philippines (1941-42)
 USA Destination Tokyo Delmer Daves USN submarine patrol for the Doolittle Raid
 USA Destroyer William A. Seiter Fictional story of the destroyer USS John Paul Jones from commissioning
 USA Edge of Darkness Lewis Milestone The Norwegian resistance movement
 UK Fires Were Started (I Was a Fireman) Humphrey Jennings Docudrama.[10] Firemen during the Blitz [11]
 USA Five Graves to Cairo Billy Wilder Spy drama set after the fall of Tobruk in the North African Campaign
 UK The Flemish Farm Jeffrey Dell Commando raids in occupied Belgium
 USA Gangway for Tomorrow John H. Auer Anthology film. Five stories of American defense workers on way to work at munitions factory
 USA G-Men vs the Black Dragon (serial) Spencer Gordon Bennet, William Witney, William J. O'Sullivan
 Germany The Golden Spider Die goldene Spinne Erich Engels Soviet spies try to discover the secrets of a new German tank
 USA Guadalcanal Diary Lewis Seiler US Marines in Guadalcanal Campaign
 USA Gung Ho!: The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders Ray Enright Marine Raiders in the Central Pacific [3]
 USA Hangmen Also Die! Fritz Lang Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich by the Czech resistance
( Georgian SSR)
He Would Come Back Is kidev dabrundeba (Georgian please) (Georgian)
On eshchyo vernyotsa (Он ещё вернётся) (Russian)
Diomide Antadze, Nikoloz Shengelaia Kakhetian village and Battle of the Caucasus
 USA Hitler's Madman (Hitler's Hangman) Douglas Sirk Operation Anthropoid, assassination of Nazi Reinhard Heydrich and revenge taken by the Germans
 USA Immortal Sergeant John M. Stahl British and Canadian troops in the North Africa Campaign
 USA Journey Into Fear Norman Foster, Orson Welles (uncredited) Spy drama based on Eric Ambler novel. An American engineer, in neutral Turkey to help upgrade the Turkish navy, that is targeted by Nazi agents
 UK The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger The Home Guard
 Italy The Man with a Cross L'uomo della croce Roberto Rossellini A chaplain of the Italian Expeditionary Corps in Russia
 UK Millions Like Us Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat The home front
 USA Minesweeper William Berke [3]
 USA Mission to Moscow Michael Curtiz Various negotiations between Allies
 USA The Moon Is Down Irving Pichel Resistance
 USA The More the Merrier George Stevens Comedy. Soldier on American home front with housing shortage
 USA Night Plane from Chungking Ralph Murphy
 USA Northern Pursuit Raoul Walsh Royal Canadian Mounted Police uncover Nazi plot against Allied war effort to cripple transatlantic shipping of war materials
 USA The North Star (Armored Attack) Lewis Milestone Guerrilla warfare on the Eastern Front [3]
France Vichy France Occult Forces Forces occultes "Paul Riche" Freemasons work with Jews to bring France into the war [3]
 Italy People of the Air Gente dell'aria Esodo Pratelli Two brothers become pilots of the Regia Aeronautica
 Italy People of the Mountain Quelli della montagna Aldo Vergano Alpini against France
 USA Pilot #5 George Sidney Battle of the Java Sea
 USA Rookies in Burma Leslie Goodwins The Burma Campaign
 USA Sahara Zoltan Korda Allied troops at the Second Battle of El Alamein
 USA Salute to the Marines S. Sylvan Simon The Battle of the Philippines
 USA Secret Service in Darkest Africa (serial) Spencer Gordon Bennet
 USA Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon Roy William Neill Sherlock Holmes matches wits with Nazi agents and Moriarty [3][7]
 UK The Silver Fleet Vernon Sewell, Gordon Wellesley Dutch resistance [11]
 USA So Proudly We Hail! Mark Sandrich Army nurses and the Battle of the Philippines (1941-42)
 Italy Special Correspondents Inviati speciali Romolo Marcellini An Italian journalist discovers an enemy female agent in the Spanish Civil War and then in Egypt during World War II
 USA The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler James P. Hogan Man with likeness for Adolf Hitler plans his assassination takeover of his identity
 Japan Suicide Squad at the Watchtower Bōrō no kesshitai (望楼の決死隊) Tadashi Imai Japanese, Koreans and Chinese cooperate against bandits near the Yalu river
 USA This Land Is Mine Jean Renoir French Resistance
 Italy The Three-hundred of the Seventh I trecento della Settima Mario Baffico Alpini on the Greek front
 USA Thousands Cheer George Sidney Musical comedy romance. Soldier wants to be airman
 USA Three Russian Girls Henry S. Kesler, Fyodor Otsep The Eastern Front
 USA Tiger Fangs Sam Newfield Thriller. Nazis make man-eaters of Malayan tigers [3]
 USA Tonight We Raid Calais John Brahm
 Italy The Train with the Cross Il treno crociato Carlo Campogalliani Italian hospital-train on the Russian front
 UK Undercover Sergei Nolbandov Yugoslav guerrillas in Serbia
 USA Watch on the Rhine Herman Shumlin Nazi agents pursue a German freedom-fighter and his family to Washington
 UK We Dive at Dawn Anthony Asquith Submarine warfare during the Battle of the Atlantic
 USA We've Never Been Licked (Texas to Tokyo / Fighting Command) John Rawlins Japanese spies at Texas A&M University


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 USA Action in Arabia Léonide Moguy Intrigue involving Nazis in Damascus, Syria
 Italian Social Republic Air Base Aeroporto Piero Costa Italian aviators flying for the Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana
 Japan Battle Troop Raigekitai shutsudo (来撃退しゅつど) Kajirō Yamamoto Torpedo bomber squadron at war
 UK Bees in Paradise Val Guest Musical comedy. Allied bomber crashes on mysterious Atlantic island [3]
 Japan Colonel Kato's Falcon Squadron (Colonel Kato's Flying Squadron) Kato hayabusa sento-tai (過渡ハヤブサ線と歌い) Kajiro Yamamoto
 USA The Conspirators Jean Negulesco Spy drama.
 Japan The Daily Battle Nichijō no tatakai (日常の戦い) Yasujiro Shimazu
 Second Philippine Republic
Dawn of Freedom Liwayway ng kalayaan Gerardo de León, Yutaka Abe Japan–Philippines relations during Japanese occupation of the Philippines
 USA Days of Glory Jacques Tourneur Soviet partisans
 USA Dragon Seed Harold S. Bucquet, Jack Conway The Sino-Japanese War
 Argentina End of the Night El Fin de la Noche Libertad Lamarque
Homero Cárpena
A female Argentine tango singer in occupied France gets romantically involved with a Resistance member
 USA The Eve of St. Mark John M. Stahl
 Italian Social Republic Everyday Is Sunday Ogni giorno è domenica Mario Baffico An Italian soldier is wounded on the Greek front and his leg is amputated, but when he returns home his girlfriend still loves him
 USA The Fighting Seabees Edward Ludwig US Navy Seabees
 USA The Fighting Sullivans (The Sullivans) Lloyd Bacon The Sullivan brothers
 USA Four Jills in a Jeep William A. Seiter Female stars of USO shows [12]
 USA Hail the Conquering Hero Preston Sturges Comedy. Civilian with medical discharge befriends Marines
 USA The Hour Before the Dawn Frank Tuttle Drama based on W. Somerset Maugham novel. Austrian refugee is Nazi spy preparing for German invasion of England
 USA The Impostor L'Imposteur Julien Duvivier Condemned French killer escapes and joins Free French in Chad
 USA In the Meantime, Darling Otto Preminger Stateside military housing
 Germany Young Eagles Junge Adler Alfred Weidenmann Germany during the war
 USSR Jurgais pari Jurgais pari (ჯურღაის ფარი) (Georgian)
(Щит Джургая) (Russian)
Siko Dolidze, Davit Rondeli
 USA Ladies Courageous John Rawlins Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron
 USA Lifeboat Alfred Hitchcock Drama. Survivors adrift in Battle of the Atlantic
 USSR Malakhov Hill Malakhov kurgan (Малахов курган) Iosif Kheifits, Aleksandr Zarkhi Siege of Sevastopol
 USA Marine Raiders Harold D. Schuster Battle of Edson's Ridge during Battle of Guadalcanal, then Australian R&R
 USA Marriage Is a Private Affair Robert Z. Leonard
 USA The Master Race Herbert J. Biberman
 USA The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Preston Sturges Comedy. Young woman wants big send-off for departing soldiers
 USA Mr. Winkle Goes to War Alfred E. Green
 Japan The Most Beautiful Ichiban utsukushiku (一番美しく) Akira Kurosawa Japanese female workers in a war production factory
 USA The Navy Way William A. Berke [3]
 USA Passage to Marseille Michael Curtiz
 USA Passport to Destiny Ray McCarey
 USA The Purple Heart Lewis Milestone POWs captured during Doolittle Raid
 USSR Rainbow Raduga (Радуга) Mark Donskoy Drama based on Wanda Wasilewska novel.
 Australia The Rats of Tobruk (The Fighting Rats of Tobruk) Charles Chauvel Siege of Tobruk
 USA Rosie the Riveter Joseph Santley Musical.
 USA See Here, Private Hargrove Wesley Ruggles Comedy based on Marion Hargrove book. US Army training at Fort Bragg
 USA Sergeant Mike Henry Levin
 USA Since You Went Away John Cromwell Home front
 USA Song of Russia Gregory Ratoff
 USA The Story of Dr. Wassell Cecil B. DeMille Navy doctor in the Battle of Java
 USA Sunday Dinner for a Soldier Lloyd Bacon Drama. Home front
 USA Tampico Lothar Mendes U-boat operations in Gulf of Mexico with sinking of Mexican oil tankers make Mexico an Allied nation
 USA Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Mervyn LeRoy Doolittle Raid
 USA Till We Meet Again Frank Borzage
 USA To Have and Have Not Howard Hawks
 USA Two-Man Submarine Lew Landers
 UK 2,000 Women (Two Thousand Women / House of 1,000 Women) Frank Launder Internment camps for British women in occupied France
 USA U-Boat Prisoner (Dangerous Mists) Lew Landers Rescued seaman considered German agent amidst submarine warfare
 USA Uncertain Glory Raoul Walsh Condemned French killer escapes and aids Resistance
 USA Waterfront Steve Sekely [3]
 UK The Way Ahead (The Immortal Battalion) Carol Reed Conscripts are trained and fight in the North African Campaign [3]
 USA The White Cliffs of Dover Clarence Brown
 Italian Social Republic
The White Squadron Squadriglia bianca (Italian)
Escadrila albă (Romanian)
Ion Sava Royal Romanian Air Force squadron of hospital airplanes piloted only by women
 USA Wing and a Prayer (The Story of Carrier X) Henry Hathaway Battle of Midway
 USA Winged Victory George Cukor Training of US Army Air Forces


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 USA Back to Bataan Edward Dmytryk Battle of Bataan, guerrilla warfare in the Philippines, Battle of Leyte
 USA Blood on the Sun Frank Lloyd Journalist persecuted by Japanese militarist government [3]
 British India Burma Rani T. R. Sundaram A fictitious Indian spy ring in Japanese-occupied Burma
 USA China's Little Devils Monta Bell A group of Chinese children assist downed American pilots escape the Japanese
 USA Christmas in Connecticut Peter Godfrey Comedy. A food columnist hosts a coming-home banquet for a war hero.
 USA Cornered Edward Dmytryk Ex-Nazis in Argentina
 USA Counter-Attack Zoltan Korda Eastern Front
 Mexico Escuadrón 201 Escuadrón 201 Jaime Salvador 201st Air Fighter Squadron of the Fuerza Aérea Expedicionaria Mexicana in the Battle of Luzon and Philippines Campaign
 USA First Yank Into Tokyo Gordon Douglas American agent has to rescue a scientist bearing valuable secrets about the atomic bomb.
 USA God Is My Co-Pilot Robert Florey Drama based on Robert Lee Scott, Jr. book. Flying Tigers
 USA The House on 92nd Street Henry Hathaway Docudrama. Duquesne Spy Ring
 Denmark The Invisible Army Den usynlige hær Johan Jacobsen Danish partisan
 USA Keep Your Powder Dry Edward Buzzell Women's Army Corps
  Switzerland The Last Chance Die letzte Chance Leopold Lindtberg Escaping Nazi prison train in Italy, an American and a British soldier head for Switzerland [3]
 Germany Life Goes On Das Leben geht weiter Wolfgang Liebeneiner V-2 rockets will turn the tide of war in Germany's favour
 Japan Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors Momotaro no koumi no senshi (百田炉の香味の戦士) Mitsuyo Seo Anime. Japanese folk hero and animal buddies drive British soldiers off an island [13]
 USA Objective, Burma! Raoul Walsh Burma Campaign
 USA Out of the Depths D. Ross Lederman Fictional rogue Japanese resistance during the USS Missouri surrender ceremony
 USA Pride of the Marines Delmer Daves Battle of Guadalcanal and civilian readjustment
 USA Prison Ship Arthur Dreifuss Revolt of American POWs aboard a Japanese ship
 Denmark The Red Meadows De røde enge Bodil Ipsen, Lau Lauritzen Jr. Young Danish saboteur
 Italy Rome, Open City Roma città aperta Roberto Rossellini Italian resistance in German-occupied Rome
 USA Samurai Raymond Cannon Japanese spy in California
 USA The Story of GI Joe William A. Wellman Journalist Ernie Pyle with Company C, 18th Infantry in the North African Campaign and the Battle of Monte Cassino
 USA They Were Expendable John Ford PT boats in the Battle of the Philippines (1941-42)
 USA This Man's Navy William A. Wellman Adventure. US Navy airships
 USA Too Young to Know Frederick De Cordova War in the South Pacific separates young couple
 USA A Walk in the Sun Lewis Milestone Invasion of Salerno
 UK The Way to the Stars Anthony Asquith RAF and USAAF bomber crews stationed in England
 USA What Next, Corporal Hargrove? Richard Thorpe Comedy. Final adventures of Private Hargrove in Europe

Late 1940s

Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Director Battles, campaigns, events depicted
1946  France Battle of the Rails La bataille du rail René Clément Resistance on French railways
1946  USA The Best Years of Our Lives William Wyler American servicemen struggle after returning home from the war
1946  UK The Captive Heart Basil Dearden British POWs in Germany
1946  Italy A Day in Life Un giorno nella vita Alessandro Blasetti A group of Italian partisans seek refuge in a cloistered convent
1946  Philippines Death March Leopoldo Salcedo Bataan Death March
1946  Poland Forbidden Songs Zakazane piosenki Leonard Buczkowski Musical. Polish resistance 1939–1945 [14]
1946  Philippines Garrison 13 Gregorio Fernandez War crimes committed by Imperial Japanese Army in the Philippines
1946  Philippines Golden Clock Orasang Ginto Manuel Conde Battle of Bataan and Battle of Corregidor
1946  Poland
The Great Road Wielka droga (Polish) Michał Waszyński Polish Campaign 1939, Russia, Africa, Italy 1944
1946  Philippines Guerilyera Guerilyera Octavio Silos Guerrilla movement in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines
1946  Philippines I Remember Bataan Dugo ng Bayan Fernando Poe, Sr. Filipino resistance
1946  USSR
In the Mountains of Yugoslavia V gorach Yugoslavii (В горах Югославии) (Russian)
U planinama Jugoslavije (Serbo-Croatian)
Abram Room Yugoslav partisans; Draza Mihailovich and Chetniks
1946  UK Journey Together John Boulting Three RAF pilots from recruitment to first combat
1946  Italy Monte Cassino Montecassino (Montecassino nel cerchio di fuoco) Arturo Gemmiti Battle of Monte Cassino and destruction of the abbey
1946  Italy O sole mio O sole mio Giacomo Gentilomo Four days of Naples
1946  Italy Outcry Il sole sorge ancora Aldo Vergano Italian disbanded soldiers after the armistice and resistance
1946  UK School for Secrets Peter Ustinov Operation Biting
1946  USA The Stranger Orson Welles A member of the United Nations War Crimes Committee hunts down a Nazi war criminal who has fled to Connecticut
1946  UK Theirs is the Glory Brian Desmond Hurst and Terence Young Operation Market Garden
1946  Philippines Walang Kamatayan Walang Kamatayan Tor Villano Japanese Occupation of the Philippines
1947  Italy Christmas at Camp 119 Natale al campo 119 Pietro Francisci Comedy-drama. Italian POWs in a US camp before repatriation
1947  UK Frieda Basil Dearden
1947  Denmark Jenny and the Soldier Soldaten og Jenny Johan Jacobsen
1947  Poland The Last Stop Ostatni etap Wanda Jakubowska Auschwitz-Birkenau
1947[15]  Italy Men and Skies Uomini e cieli Francesco De Robertis Regia Aeronautica
1947  Occupied Germany Seven Journeys In jenen Tagen Helmut Käutner Twelve years of Nazi rule as experienced by a car
1947  China The Spring River Flows East Yījiāng Chūnshuǐ Xiàng Dōng Liú (一江春水向東流) Cai Chusheng, Zheng Junli Sino-Japanese War
1947  USA 13 Rue Madeleine Henry Hathaway US agents infiltrate in German-occupied France
1947  Japan War and Peace Sensō to heiwa (戦争と平和) Fumio Kamei Japanese soldier falls prisoner of the Chinese and then returns to his home
1948  UK Against the Wind Charles Crichton Commando raid into occupied Belgium
1948  Austria The Angel with the Trumpet (The Angel with the Trombone) Der Engel mit der Posaune Karl Hartl Drama based on Ernst Lothar novel. Salzburg through both world wars
1948  Poland Border Street Ulica Graniczna Aleksander Ford Holocaust in occupied Poland
1948  UK
But Not in Vain Niet Tevergeefs Edmond T. Gréville Drama.[16]
1948  USA Command Decision Sam Wood Command stresses in the US Eighth Air Force
1948  USA Fighter Squadron Raoul Walsh P-47 fighters in the air war in Europe
1948  Italy The Great Road La grande strada Michał Waszyński, Vittorio Cottafavi Polish Campaign 1939, Russia, Africa, Italy 1944 [17]
1948  Occupied Germany Morituri Morituri (Latin) (Freiwild (German)) Eugen York [18]
1948  Yugoslavia On their own territory Na svoji zemlji France Štiglic People fighting to kill Germans and Italians
1948  Norway
Operation Swallow: The Battle for Heavy Water Kampen om tungtvannet Jean Dréville, Titus Vibe-Müller Docudrama. Norwegian heavy water sabotage
1948  Italy Phantoms of the Sea Fantasmi del mare Francesco De Robertis The effects of the Italian armistice on an Italian warship (based upon the facts happened on the battleship Giulio Cesare)
1948  USA
The Search [19] Fred Zinnemann Displaced persons in postwar Germany
1948  Poland The Steel Hearts Stalowe serca Stanisław Januszewski Silesia, Poland 1944 / 1945
1948  Denmark The Viking Watch of the Danish Seaman Støt står den danske sømand Bodil Ipsen, Lau Lauritzen Jr. Docudrama. Danish sailors
1949  USA Battleground William A. Wellman 101st Airborne Division in the Battle of the Bulge
1949  USSR The Battle of Stalingrad Stalingradskaya bitva (Сталинградская битва) Vladimir Petrov Battle of Stalingrad
1949  Philippines Capas Capas Gregorio Fernandez Bataan Death March survivor, appointed hometown mayor by Japanese, supports guerrilla activity
1949  USSR Encounter at the Elbe Vstrecha na Elbe (Встреча на Эльбе) Grigori Aleksandrov, Aleksei Utkin Elbe Day
1949  USSR The Fall of Berlin Padeniye Berlina (Падение Берлина) Mikheil Chiaureli Battle of Berlin
1949  USA Home of the Brave Mark Robson Black soldier paralyzed after unit attacked on Pacific island
1949  USA Lost Boundaries Alfred L. Werker Drama. White US Navy officer is actually Negro
1949  USA Malaya Richard Thorpe Smuggler paroled to sneak rubber crop out of Japanese-held Malaya
1949  France Mission in Tangier Mission à Tanger André Hunebelle Journalist carries documents to London from Tangiers
1949  Poland The Others Will Follow Za wami pójdą inni Antoni Bohdziewicz Warsaw, Polish resistance
1949  UK Private Angelo Michael Anderson, Peter Ustinov Light-hearted story. Reluctantly conscripted Italian soldier
1949[20]  Italy Sailors Without Stars Marinai senza stelle Francesco De Robertis Italian boys embark on a torpedo boat (depicted by a Gabbiano-class corvette)
1949  USA Sands of Iwo Jima Allan Dwan Battle of Iwo Jima
1949  UK The Small Back Room Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger Bomb disposal
1949  Denmark That applies to us all †· Det gælder os alle Alice O'Fredericks Young survivor from a concentration camp
1949  UK They Were Not Divided Terence Young The British Guards Armoured Division
1949  USA Twelve O'Clock High Henry King B-17 bombers of the US Eighth Air Force

Films made during the Cold War

Early 1950s

Late 1950s

Early 1960s

Late 1960s

Early 1970s

Late 1970s

Early 1980s

Late 1980s

Films made since the Cold War

Early 1990s

Late 1990s

Early 2000s

Late 2000s


In development

Science fiction, fantasy and horror

TV series

Dramatised documentaries

A dramatised documentary is a documentary film which includes dramatised scenes using actors in costume.
This format is distinct from a docudrama, which is a fully dramatised fact-based fictional work in a documentary style.

Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Director Battles, campaigns, events depicted
1940  France My Crimes After Mein Kampf Après Mein Kampf, mes crimes "Jean-Jacques Valjean" Assassinations of Ernst Röhm and Kurt von Schleicher on Night of the Long Knives, 1934, then Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuß, also 1934
1940  UK Mein Kampf - My Crimes (After Mein Kampf?: The Story of Adolph Hitler) Norman Lee (uncredited)
1992  Canada A Savage Christmas: The Fall of Hong Kong (TV) Brian McKenna Drama. Royal Rifles regiment at Battle of Hong Kong, 1941
1992  Canada Death by Moonlight: Bomber Command (TV) Brian McKenna Drama. RCAF Lancaster bombing of German cities
1992  Canada In Desperate Battle: Normandy 1944 (TV) Brian McKenna Drama. Black Watch regiment at Battle of Verrières Ridge, 1944
1995  Canada War at Sea: U-boats in the St. Lawrence (TV) Brian McKenna Drama.
1995  Canada War at Sea: The Black Pit (TV) Brian McKenna Drama.
1996  Canada A Web of War Brian McKenna Drama. Polish Gen. Wladyslaw Anders
2003  UK Killing Hitler (TV) Jeremy Lovering Drama. Operation Foxley plan to kill Hitler, 1944

Spanish Civil War

In the Spanish Civil War, the Nationalists (the rebel side) are supported by Mussolini's Italy, Hitler's Germany, and a small number of international rightist volunteers. The Republicans (government side) are supported by Stalin's Soviet Union and a large number of leftist volunteers, the International Brigades.

The Nationalists under Francisco Franco win.

During World War II, Franco remains neutral – so Gibraltar is never overrun – but nevertheless he sends the Blue Division to fight for Germany on the Eastern Front.

For films about the Blue Division, see the List of World War II films since 1950.

See also

Of related interest


  • ^† This English language title is a literal translation from its original foreign language title.
    This title should always be replaced by an English language release title when that information becomes available.


  1. For movies set during the Spanish Civil War please refer to List of Spanish Civil War films
  2. This is the first World War II British propaganda film.[citation needed]
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 This film is available at the Internet Archive. Refer to the film's main page for the link.
  4. Released on 17 May 1940, this is arguably the first Hollywood film set during the war.
  5. The IMDb, on the other hand, identifies the villainous Yugoslavs in Menschen im Sturm as Slovenians rather than Serbs.
  6. The IMDb lists In the Rear of the Enemy as V tylu vraga (1942) based on its 1942 release date in New York City.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Available for viewing is this public domain World War II film[dead link] at Google Videos. Refer to the film's main page for the link.
  8. Canadian World War I flying ace Billy Bishop appears as himself.
  9. A Triumph of Wings (1942) was co-written by Akira Kurosawa.
  10. Fires Were Started is often regarded as a documentary film.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Available for viewing – from British libraries and universities only – are clips from this British World War II film at the British Film Institute's Screenonline. Refer to the film's main page for the link.
  12. Actresses Betty Grable, Carole Landis and others play themselves.
  13. The first feature-length anime film.
  14. The first post-war Polish film.
  15. Filmed in 1943, but released in cinemas in 1947 after a slight editing
  16. This film is currently considered to be lost.
  17. Italian remake of Wielka droga
  18. First German film to show a concentration camp.
  19. This film is an international co-production shot in English.
  20. Filmed in 1943, but released in cinemas in 1949 after a slight editing


  • Leyda, Jay. Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film – A study of the development of Russian cinema, from 1896 to the present. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1960. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 3rd edition, 1983. 513 pp. ISBN 0-691-00346-7

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