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[edit]

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[edit]

Before the Second World War explicitly began with the Nazi German, then later Soviet (Russian) invasions of Poland in September 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 the 1931 invasion of their northeastern province of Manchuria in a war that completely opened in 1937, called the Second Sino-Japanese War, until Japan attacked the U.S.A. at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. then the British Empire and the Dutch East Indies colonial possessions also 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
Nazi Germany The Traitor Verräter Karl Ritter Foreign spies in a German armaments factory


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Italy Sentinels of Bronze Sentinelle di bronzo Romolo Marcellini Italian colonial soldiers defeat the Ethiopian attack on Walwal
Japan Song of Marching Shingun no uta (進軍の歌) Yasushi Sasaki Volunteer in the Japanese Army fighting in China


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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
Soviet Union 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
Japan Invisible Invader Sugata-naki shinnyūsha (姿無き侵入者) Shuzo Fukuda Foreign spies in Japan pretend to be travelers
Italy Luciano Serra, Pilot Luciano Serra pilota Goffredo Alessandrini Italo-Abyssinian War
Korea Military Train Gun'yō ressha (軍用列車)
Gun-yong-yeolcha (군용열차)
Gwang-je Seo A Korean train conductor is involved in espionage on a Japanese military train
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
Japan The Road to Peace in the Orient Tōyō heiwa no michi (東洋平和の道) Shigeyoshi Suzuki Chinese farmers overcame their distrust of Japan after being helped by Japanese soldiers
France The Shanghai Drama Le drame de Shanghaï Georg Wilhelm Pabst Japanese Black Dragon agents in Shanghai

Films made during the Second World War[edit]

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


Country Main title
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Director Battles, campaigns, events depicted
Italy Battles in the Shadow Lotte nell'ombra Domenico Gambino Foreign spies steal the formula of a new explosive
United States Confessions of a Nazi Spy Anatole Litvak Nazi spy ring in the United States
United States Hitler, Beast of Berlin (Hell's Devils / Beasts of Berlin) Sam Newfield Drama. German anti-Hitler political prisoner
United Kingdom 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 ship to fight in the War of Ethiopia, but 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
United Kingdom Q Planes (Clouds Over Europe) Tim Whelan, Arthur B. Woods Thriller. Foreign spies suspected in disappearance of secret aircraft [3]
United Kingdom Secret Journey (Among Human Wolves) John Baxter Based on Charles Robert Dumas' short story. British secret service agent on mission
Japan Shanghai Landing Squad Shanhai Rikusentai (上海陸戦隊) Hisatora Kumagaya Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces
Nazi Germany Shoulder Arms Das Gewehr über Jürgen von Alten German emigrant in Australia returns to his country for military service in the Army
United States 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
Nazi Germany Three Non-Coms Drei Unteroffiziere Werner Hochbaum Luftwaffe NCO's
United Kingdom 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
United States Wings of the Navy Lloyd Bacon Drama. Experimental fighter for the US Navy


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United States Arise, My Love Mitchell Leisen Romantic comedy. Spanish Civil War through French capitulation, 1940
Nazi Germany Attention! The Enemy Is Listening! Achtung! Feind hört mit! Arthur Maria Rabenalt Foreign spies in a German armaments factory
United Kingdom 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
Italy The Cavalier from 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
United States Comrade X King Vidor Spy drama. US journalist in the Soviet Union moonlights as spy.
United Kingdom Convoy Pen Tennyson Battle of the Atlantic
Nazi Germany Enemies Feinde Viktor Tourjansky Invasion of Poland justified by Polish persecution of ethnic Germans
United States Foreign Correspondent Alfred Hitchcock Spy thriller. American reporter tries to expose spies in Britain on the eve of World War II.
United States The Great Dictator Charlie Chaplin Satire. Dictator Adenoid Hynkel is replaced by identical Jew
United States The Long Voyage Home John Ford Battle of the Atlantic
United States The Man I Married (I Married a Nazi) Irving Pichel Drama. American woman's German husband develops Nazi sympathies
United Kingdom Night Train to Munich (Gestapo) Carol Reed Mystery-thriller. Inventor and daughter kidnapped by Gestapo then rescued by British agent
United States The Phantom Submarine Charles Barton Action-mystery. Journalist and US Navy frogman investigate U-boat terror
Nazi Germany Request Concert Wunschkonzert Eduard von Borsody Luftwaffe airmen fighting over Poland and then the Atlantic
United States Ski Patrol Lew Landers Olympians oppose each other again in the Winter War
Japan The Legend 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
United Kingdom Ten Days in Paris Jeremy Brown Comedy mystery.
United States Waterloo Bridge Mervyn LeRoy Called-up British officer reminisces over World War I romance [4]
United States Women in War John H. Auer Action-drama. Allied nurses on pre-Dunkirk Battle of France front


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Nazi 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
United States All Through the Night Vincent Sherman Lighthearted mystery-thriller. Nazi Fifth Columnists
Nazi Germany Annelie Annelie Josef von Báky Heroic German mother during war
Nazi Germany Bomber Wing Lützow Kampfgeschwader Lützow Hans Bertram A bomber crew takes part in invasion of Poland and attacks on British shipping
United States Buck Privates Arthur Lubin Comedy. Abbott and Costello enlist in the Army
United States Caught in the Draft David Butler Comedy. Bob Hope gets drafted
United States Confirm or Deny Archie Mayo, Fritz Lang (uncredited) Comedy-drama. London Blitz
United Kingdom Cottage to Let (Bombsight Stolen) Anthony Asquith Lighthearted mystery. Kidnapping of bombsight inventor from Scotland by Nazi agents
United States Dangerously They Live Robert Florey Nazi agents in US pursue Allied spy with secret of U-boat fleet off US coast
United Kingdom Dangerous Moonlight Brian Desmond Hurst The Battle of Britain
United States Dive Bomber Michael Curtiz Flight surgeons and medical flight research on pilots in Pacific
Hungary Europe Doesn't Answer Európa nem válaszol Géza von Radványi Spies on board of a transatlantic at the beginning of World War 2
United Kingdom 49th Parallel (The Invaders) Michael Powell Battle of the St. Lawrence and survivors of a sunken U-boat in Hudson Bay trek across Canada
United Kingdom Freedom Radio Anthony Asquith German Resistance
Soviet Union 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
Nazi Germany Goodbye, Franziska Auf Wiedersehn, Franziska! Helmut Käutner A German globetrotting reporter is drafted into a Wehrmacht Propagandakompanie
United States Great Guns Monty Banks Comedy. Laurel and Hardy are drafted into the US Army
Nazi Germany Hallgarten's Reconnaissance Patrol Spähtrupp Hallgarten Herbert B. Fredersdorf Two German soldiers in the Norwegian Campaign
Nazi Germany Homecoming Heimkehr Gustav Ucicky Drama. Poles persecute ethnic Germans
United States International Lady Tim Whelan Spy drama.
Nazi Germany In the Eye of the Storm Menschen im Sturm Fritz Peter Buch Drama. Serbs persecute ethnic Germans[5]
Soviet Union In the Rear of the Enemy V tylu vraga (В тылу врага) Yevgeni Shneider Comedy. Finnish War [6]
United States Man Hunt Fritz Lang Prewar assassination attempt on Hitler
Italy Men on the Sea Floor Uomini sul fondo Francesco De Robertis The crew of an Italian submarine try to repair their damaged ship trapped on the sea bottom
United States Parachute Battalion Leslie Goodwins Three men join a parachute battalion [3]
United Kingdom Pimpernel Smith Leslie Howard The Scarlet Pimpernel updated
Japan Prayer to Mother Earth Daichi ni inoru (大地に祈る) Takeo Murata Japanese military nurses in China
United Kingdom Ships with Wings Sergei Nolbandov Battle of Taranto
Nazi Germany Six Days of Leave Sechs Tage Heimaturlaub Jürgen von Alten German soldiers on leave
Nazi Germany Soldiers of Tomorrow Soldaten von morgen Alfred Weidenmann Hitler Youth
United States Sundown Henry Hathaway The North African Campaign[3]
Nazi Germany U-Boat, Course West! U-Boote westwärts Günther Rittau U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic[7]
United States Underground Vincent Sherman German Resistance
Korea Volunteer Shiganhei (志願兵)
Chiwŏnbyŏng (지원병)
Seok-yeong Ahn Korean volunteers in the Japanese Army
Vichy France The Well-Digger's Daughter La fille du puisatier Marcel Pagnol A girl becomes pregnant by a military pilot, then shot down behind German lines during the Battle of France
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)
United States A Yank in the RAF Henry King American volunteers in the RAF
Korea You and Me Kimi to boku (君と僕)
Nŏ wa na (너와 나)
"Eitaro Hinatsu" (Hae Yeong), Tomotaka Tasaka Korean volunteer in the Japanese Army marries a Japanese woman


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Nazi Germany 5 June Der 5. Juni Fritz Kirchhoff Battle of France
United States 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
United States Atlantic Convoy Lew Landers Allied naval operations based in Iceland against U-boats in Atlantic
Japan The Battle of Hong Kong Honkon kōryaku: Eikoku kuzururu no hi (香港攻略 英国崩るゝの日) Shigeo Tanaka Battle of Hong Kong
Italy Bengasi Bengasi (Bengasi anno '41)[8] Augusto Genina Italian resistance to the British occupation of Benghazi in 1941
United States Black Dragons William Nigh Japan's Black Dragon Society, in collaboration with Nazis, recruits a mad scientist to create likenesses of Western leaders[3]
United States The Bugle Sounds S. Sylvan Simon Cavalry and tank warfare
United States Captains of the Clouds Michael Curtiz Canadian bush pilots in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan[9]
United States Casablanca Michael Curtiz 1943 Best picture romantic-thriller set in Vichy-controlled Morocco
United States Commandos Strike at Dawn John Farrow Norwegian resistance
United States The Dawn Express Albert Herman A Nazi spy ring is after a chemical formula
United Kingdom The Day Will Dawn (The Avengers) Harold French Norwegian resistance
United States 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
United States Eagle Squadron Arthur Lubin Eagle Squadron, American volunteers in the RAF during the Battle of Britain
Georgian SSR Elusive Ian Uchinari Jani (Georgian please) (in Georgian)
Neulovimyy Yan (Неуловимый Ян) (in Russian)
Isidor Annensky, Vladimir Petrov
Japan Fear of the Fifth Column Daigoretsu no kyofu (第五列的恐怖) Hiroyuki Yamamoto British and Chinese spies try to steal the projects of a Japanese airplane engine
United Kingdom The First of the Few (Spitfire) Leslie Howard Development of the Spitfire[3]
United States
United Kingdom
Flying Fortress Walter Forde B-17 bombers
United States Flying Tigers David Miller American Volunteer Group in the Sino-Japanese War
United Kingdom The Foreman Went to France Charles Frend Battle of France
Nazi Germany Front Theater Fronttheater Arthur Maria Rabenalt Battle of Greece
Japan General, Staff Officer and Soldiers Shōgun to sanbō to hei (将軍と参謀と兵) Taguchi Satoshi Sino-Japanese war
Italy Giarabub Giarabub Goffredo Alessandrini The Siege of Giarabub in 1941
Nazi Germany The Great Love Die große Liebe Rolf Hansen War between Nazi Germany and USSR
Korea Here We Go! Warera imazo yuku (吾等今ぞ征く)
Nanŭn kanda (나는 간다)
Ki-chae Park Korean volunteers in Japanese Army
United States Hillbilly Blitzkrieg Roy Mack Nazi spies steal rocket formula in the US [3]
United States Hitler – Dead or Alive Nick Grinde Three American gangsters set out to collect the million-dollar reward for bringing Hitler to justice.[3]
United Kingdom In Which We Serve Noël Coward, David Lean Based on the sinking of HMS Kelly [3]
United States Joan of Paris Robert Stevenson Downed RAF aircrew meets the French Resistance
United States Jungle Siren Sam Newfield Free French, with two Americans, sent to African village to build an airfield [3]
United Kingdom King Arthur Was a Gentleman Marcel Varnel Comedy, Musical, Romance. Soldier fantasizes about King Arthur as he takes on the Wehrmacht
United States Lady from Chungking William Nigh Sino-Japanese War [3]
United Kingdom Lady from Lisbon Leslie S. Hiscott Farce. Nazi agents, Allied counterspies and several copies of the Mona Lisa
United States 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)
United States Mrs. Miniver William Wyler 1942 Best picture depicting the British home front
United States The Navy Comes Through A. Edward Sutherland Battle of the Atlantic
United Kingdom The Next of Kin Thorold Dickinson Message that careless talk costs lives, and fictional commando raid
Odessa in Flames Odessa in fiamme (in Italian), Odessa în flăcări (in Romanian) Carmine Gallone Battle of Odessa, 1941 [3]
United Kingdom One of Our Aircraft Is Missing Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger Allied aircrew escape from the occupied Netherlands [3]
United States Pacific Rendezvous George Sidney Spy drama. Cryptography in the Pacific War
Japan Patriotic Flowers Aikoku no hana (愛國の花) Keisuke Sasaki Japanese military nurses
United States The Phantom Plainsmen John English "The Three Mesquiteers" battle Nazi agents on a Western ranch
United States 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
United States Private Buckaroo Edward F. Cline Musical.[3]
Nazi Germany The Red Terror GPU Karl Ritter GPU's plots in Rotterdam are foiled by the German occupation
United States Reunion in France Jules Dassin French Resistance helps a downed US pilot
United Kingdom Sabotage at Sea Leslie S. Hiscott
United States Saboteur Alfred Hitchcock Airplane factory worker falsely accused of sabotage
United States Seven Days' Leave Tim Whelan Musical comedy. Soldier on leave must marry to inherit
United States Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon Roy William Neill Sherlock Holmes vs Nazi agents and Professor Moriarty
United States Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror John Rawlins Sherlock Holmes vs. Nazi saboteurs
United States Somewhere I'll Find You Wesley Ruggles War correspondents in China and Pacific
Japan The Spy Isn't Dead Yet Kanchō imada shisezu (間諜未だ死せず) Kōzaburō Yoshimura Chinese and American spies in Japan
United States Stand by for Action Robert Z. Leonard US Navy in the Pacific War
Nazi Germany Stukas Stukas Karl Ritter German dive bomber, the Stuka[3]
United States 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
United States To Be Or Not To Be Ernst Lubitsch Occupied Warsaw, and Polish air squadron in London
United States To the Shores of Tripoli H. Bruce Humberstone
Japan A Triumph of Wings Tsubasa no gaika (翼の凱歌) Satsuo Yamamoto Two young Japanese become pilots of the Army Air Service[10]
Nazi Germany Two in a Big City Zwei in einer großen Stadt Volker von Collande Luftwaffe pilot meets a nurse while on leave in Berlin
United States 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
United Kingdom Went the Day Well? Alberto Cavalcanti Fictional German invasion of England (see Operation Sea Lion)
United States A Yank in Libya Albert Herman Journalist exposes Nazis trying to start an Arab revolt in North Africa [3]
United States A Yank on the Burma Road George B. Seitz Burma Road
United States Yankee Doodle Dandy Michael Curtiz George M. Cohan


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United States Above Suspicion Richard Thorpe Honeymooners spy on the Nazis
United States Action in the North Atlantic Lloyd Bacon The Battle of the Atlantic
United Kingdom The Adventures of Tartu (Sabotage Agent) Harold S. Bucquet British spy posing as Romanian Iron Guard officer aids Czech partisans[3]
United States Aerial Gunner William H. Pine The B-17 bomber in the Pacific [3]
United States Air Force Howard Hawks B-17 bombers in the Battle of the Philippines
Japan The Air Raid by Enemy Aircraft Tekki raishū (敵機空襲) Hiromasa Nomura Air war over Japan
United States Air Raid Wardens Edward Sedgwick Laurel and Hardy try to stop Nazi spies in the USA
Japan All-out Attack on Singapore Shingapōru sōkōgeki (シンガポール総攻撃) Koji Shima Japanese conquest of Singapore
United States Background to Danger Raoul Walsh Intrigue involving Nazis in neutral Turkey
United States Bataan Tay Garnett The Battle of Bataan, Philippines
United States Behind the Rising Sun Edward Dmytryk
United Kingdom The Bells Go Down Basil Dearden Auxiliary Fire Service during the Blitz
United States Bombardier Richard Wallace B-17 bomber crewmen in the Pacific
United States Bomber's Moon Edward Ludwig, Harold D. Schuster
United States Bombs Over Burma Joseph H. Lewis [3]
United States The Boy from Stalingrad Sidney Salkow Russian children resisting Nazi forces at the Battle of Stalingrad
United States Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas Louis King Chetniks – Yugoslav guerrillas under General Draza Mihailovich
United States China John Farrow
United States Corregidor William Nigh The Battle of Corregidor, Philippines
United States Corvette K-225 Richard Rosson, Howard Hawks The Battle of the Atlantic, RCN corvette
United States Crash Dive Archie Mayo USN submarine in the North Atlantic
Nazi Germany The Crew of the Dora Besatzung Dora Karl Ritter The crew of a Ju 88 bomber is forced to land in the desert and is saved by an Italian SM.79
United States The Cross of Lorraine Tay Garnett French Resistance
United States 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)
United States Destination Tokyo Delmer Daves USN submarine patrol for the Doolittle Raid
United States Destroyer William A. Seiter Fictional story of the destroyer USS John Paul Jones from commissioning
United States Edge of Darkness Lewis Milestone The Norwegian resistance movement
Korea Figure of Youth Wakaki sugata (若き姿)
Chŏlmŭn mosŭp (젊은 모습)
Shirō Toyoda Korean volunteers in Japanese Army
United Kingdom Fires Were Started (I Was a Fireman) Humphrey Jennings Docudrama.[11] Firemen during the Blitz[12]
United States First Comes Courage Dorothy Arzner Norwegian resistance
United States Five Graves to Cairo Billy Wilder Spy drama set after the fall of Tobruk in the North African Campaign depicting an English soldiers interactions with Erwin Rommel
United Kingdom The Flemish Farm Jeffrey Dell Commando raids in occupied Belgium
United States Gangway for Tomorrow John H. Auer Anthology film. Five stories of American defense workers on way to work at munitions factory
United States Ghosts on the Loose William Beaudine Glimpy's newlywed sister and her husband buy a house next door to a nest of Nazi spies, but the East Side foil the Nazis' evil plot[3]
United States G-Men vs the Black Dragon (serial) Spencer Gordon Bennet, William Witney, William J. O'Sullivan
Nazi Germany The Golden Spider Die goldene Spinne Erich Engels Soviet spies try to discover the secrets of a new German tank
United States Guadalcanal Diary Lewis Seiler US Marines in Guadalcanal Campaign
United States Gung Ho!: The Story of Carlson's Makin Island Raiders Ray Enright Marine Raiders in the Central Pacific[3]
United States 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) (in Georgian)
On eshchyo vernyotsa (Он ещё вернётся) (in Russian)
Diomide Antadze, Nikoloz Shengelaia Kakhetian village and Battle of the Caucasus
United States Hitler's Madman (Hitler's Hangman) Douglas Sirk Operation Anthropoid, assassination of Nazi Reinhard Heydrich and revenge taken by the Germans
United States Immortal Sergeant John M. Stahl British and Canadian troops in the North Africa Campaign
United States 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
Italy Letters to the Second Lieutenant Lettere al sottotenente Goffredo Alessandrini Comedy. A girl writes letters to a young officer, but she does not want to meet him because she feels ugly
United Kingdom The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger The Home Guard
Japan The Man from Chungking Jūkei kara kita otoko (重慶から来た男) Hiroyuki Yamamoto Enemy agents try to sabotage Japanese war production
Italy The Man with a Cross L'uomo della croce Roberto Rossellini A chaplain of the Italian Expeditionary Corps in Russia
Italy Men of the Mountain Quelli della montagna Aldo Vergano Alpini against France
United Kingdom Millions Like Us Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat The home front
United States Minesweeper William Berke [3]
United States Mission to Moscow Michael Curtiz A biopic of Ambassador Joseph E. Davies.
United States The Moon Is Down Irving Pichel Resistance
United States The More the Merrier George Stevens Comedy. Soldier on American home front with housing shortage
Japan Navy Kaigun (海軍) Tomotaka Tasaka Attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese midget submarines
United States Night Plane from Chungking Ralph Murphy
United States Northern Pursuit Raoul Walsh Royal Canadian Mounted Police uncover Nazi plot against Allied war effort to cripple transatlantic shipping of war materials
United States The North Star (Armored Attack) Lewis Milestone Guerrilla warfare on the Eastern Front[3]
Vichy France Occult Forces Forces occultes "Paul Riche" Freemasons work with Jews to bring France into the war [3]
Japan On the Eve of War Kaisen no zenya (开战前夜) Kōzaburō Yoshimura Kempeitai fights American spies in Japan
Japan Our Planes Fly South Aiki minami e tobu (愛機南へ飛ぶ) Yasushi Sasaki The young pilot of a recon plane is shot down but survives
Italy People of the Air Gente dell'aria Esodo Pratelli Two brothers become pilots of the Regia Aeronautica
United States Pilot #5 George Sidney Battle of the Java Sea
United States Rookies in Burma Leslie Goodwins The Burma Campaign
United States Sahara Zoltan Korda Allied troops at the Second Battle of El Alamein
United States Salute to the Marines S. Sylvan Simon The Battle of the Philippines
United States Secret Service in Darkest Africa (serial) Spencer Gordon Bennet
Italy Spies Among the Propellers Spie tra le eliche Ignazio Ferronetti An Italian detective discovers enemy agents sabotaging a warplanes factory
United States Sherlock Holmes in Washington Roy William Neill Sherlock Holmes travels to Washington D.C. in order to prevent a secret document that must be delivered to Congress from falling into Nazi hands.
United Kingdom The Silver Fleet Vernon Sewell, Gordon Wellesley Dutch resistance [12]
United States 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
Korea Straits of Chosun Chōsen Kaikyō (朝鮮海峡)
Joseonhaehyeob (조선해협)
Ki-chae Park Korean man volunteers to serve in the Japanese Army
United States 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
United States 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
United States Thousands Cheer George Sidney Musical comedy romance. Soldier wants to be airman
United States Three Russian Girls Henry S. Kesler, Fyodor Otsep The Eastern Front
United States Tiger Fangs Sam Newfield Thriller. Nazis make man-eaters of Malayan tigers [3]
Japan The Tiger of Malaya Marai no Tora (マライの虎) Koga Masato The story of Japanese secret agent Tani Yutaka, known as "Harimau" (Malay word for "Tiger")
United States Tonight We Raid Calais John Brahm
Japan Toward the Decisive Battle in the Sky Kessen no ōzora e (決戦の大空へ) Kunio Watanabe Training of young boys in the Yokaren, a program feeding new pilots into the Japanese Army and Navy
Italy The Train with the Cross Il treno crociato Carlo Campogalliani Italian hospital-train on the Russian front
United Kingdom Undercover (Underground Guerrillas) Sergei Nolbandov Yugoslav guerrillas in Serbia
United States Watch on the Rhine Herman Shumlin Nazi agents pursue a German freedom-fighter and his family to Washington
United Kingdom We Dive at Dawn Anthony Asquith Submarine warfare during the Battle of the Atlantic
United States We've Never Been Licked (Texas to Tokyo / Fighting Command) John Rawlins Japanese spies at Texas A&M University


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United States Action in Arabia Léonide Moguy Intrigue involving Nazis in Damascus, Syria
United States Address Unknown William Cameron Menzies German-American returns to Germany with his family and becomes a Nazi, cutting off contact with his Jewish friend in America
Italy Air Base Aeroporto Piero Costa Italian aviators flying for the Regia Aeronautica in the summer of 1943 and then, after the armistice, for the Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana
Japan Battle Troop Raigekitai shutsudo (来撃退しゅつど) Kajirō Yamamoto Torpedo bomber squadron at war
United Kingdom 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
United States The Conspirators Jean Negulesco Spy drama
Japan The Daily Battle Nichijō no tatakai (日常の戦い) Yasujirō Shimazu Japanese teacher of English language serves as an Army interpreter in South-East Asia
Philippines Dawn of Freedom (Fire on That Flag!) Liwayway ng kalayaan(in Tagalog)
Ano hata o ute (あの旗を撃て)
Gerardo de León, Yutaka Abe Japan–Philippines relations during Japanese occupation of the Philippines
United States Days of Glory Jacques Tourneur Soviet partisans
Japan The Decisive Battle Kessen (決戦) Kōzaburō Yoshimura Japanese war production
Nazi Germany The Degenhardts Die Degenhardts Werner Klingler Bombing of Lübeck on 28 March 1942
United States 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
United States The Eve of St. Mark John M. Stahl Philippines campaign (1941–1942)
Italy 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
Sweden Excellency Excellensen Hasse Ekman Austrian poet opposes Nazism and therefore is imprisoned in a concentration camp
Japan Field Army Band Yasen gungakutai (野戦軍楽隊) Masahiro Makino Music band of the Imperial Japanese Army in an occupied Chinese village
United States The Fighting Seabees Edward Ludwig US Navy Seabees in the Pacific War
United States The Fighting Sullivans (The Sullivans) Lloyd Bacon The Sullivan brothers
United States Four Jills in a Jeep William A. Seiter Female stars of USO shows [13]
United States Going My Way Leo McCarey Ted Haines Jr. fights in Africa
United States Hail the Conquering Hero Preston Sturges Comedy. Civilian with medical discharge befriends Marines
Japan Hot Wind Neppū (熱風) Satsuo Yamamoto War production in a Japanese steel foundry
United States 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
Japan The Human Bullet Volunteer Corps Nikudan teishintai (肉弾挺身隊) Shigeo Tanaka Guadalcanal Campaign
United States The Impostor L'Imposteur Julien Duvivier Condemned French killer escapes and joins Free French in Chad
United States In the Meantime, Darling Otto Preminger Stateside military housing
Sweden The Invisible Wall Den osynliga muren Gustaf Molander In an unnamed country occupied by Nazis a girl becomes indirectly involved in a terrorist attack and helps Jews to escape
Soviet Union Jurgais pari Jurgais pari (ჯურღაის ფარი) (in Georgian)
(Щит Джургая) (in Russian)
Siko Dolidze, Davit Rondeli
United States Ladies Courageous John Rawlins Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron
United States Lifeboat Alfred Hitchcock Drama. Survivors adrift in Battle of the Atlantic
Sweden Live Dangerously Lev farligt Lauritz Falk Norwegian resistance movement
Soviet Union Malakhov Hill Malakhov kurgan (Малахов курган) Iosif Kheifits, Aleksandr Zarkhi Siege of Sevastopol
United States Marine Raiders Harold D. Schuster Battle of Edson's Ridge during Battle of Guadalcanal, then Australian R&R
United States Marriage Is a Private Affair Robert Z. Leonard
United States The Master Race Herbert J. Biberman
United States The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Preston Sturges Comedy. Young woman wants big send-off for departing soldiers
Japan Mr. Sailor Suihei-san (水兵さん) Kenkichi Hara
Korea Mr. Soldier Heitai-san (兵隊さん)
Byeongjeongnim (병정님)
Han-jun Bang Young Korean men conscripted into the Japanese Army
United States 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
United States The Navy Way William A. Berke [3]
United States Passage to Marseille Michael Curtiz
United States Passport to Destiny Ray McCarey Charwoman travels to Germany to assassinate Hitler
United States The Purple Heart Lewis Milestone POWs captured during Doolittle Raid
Soviet Union 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
United States Rosie the Riveter Joseph Santley Musical.
Japan Santarō Pitches In Santarō gambaru (三太郎頑張る) Hiromasa Nomura Santarō, a Japanese boy, works in a factory producing Zero fighters
United States See Here, Private Hargrove Wesley Ruggles Comedy based on Marion Hargrove book. US Army training at Fort Bragg
United States Sergeant Mike Henry Levin Dog handler in the Pacific War
United States Since You Went Away John Cromwell Home front
Japan Sinking the Unsinkable Fuchinkan gekichin (不沈艦撃沈) Masahiro Makino Japanese workers in a factory increase their production of aerial torpedoes for the Japanese Navy after the sinking of the Prince of Wales
United States Song of Russia Gregory Ratoff
United States The Story of Dr. Wassell Cecil B. DeMille Navy doctor in the Battle of Java
Italy Stronghold Caposaldo Andrea Miano Italian and German soldiers of the Army Group Liguria fighting against partisans[14]
United States Sunday Dinner for a Soldier Lloyd Bacon Drama. Home front
United States Tampico Lothar Mendes U-boat operations in Gulf of Mexico with sinking of Mexican oil tankers make Mexico an Allied nation
United States Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Mervyn LeRoy Doolittle Raid
United States Till We Meet Again Frank Borzage
United States To Have and Have Not Howard Hawks
United States Two-Man Submarine Lew Landers
United Kingdom 2,000 Women (Two Thousand Women / House of 1,000 Women) Frank Launder Internment camps for British women in occupied France
United States U-Boat Prisoner (Dangerous Mists) Lew Landers Rescued seaman considered German agent amidst submarine warfare
United States Uncertain Glory Raoul Walsh Condemned French killer escapes and aids Resistance
United States Waterfront Steve Sekely [3]
United Kingdom The Way Ahead (The Immortal Battalion) Carol Reed Conscripts are trained and fight in the North African Campaign[3]
United States The White Cliffs of Dover Clarence Brown
The White Squadron Squadriglia bianca (in Italian)
Escadrila albă (in Romanian)
Ion Sava Royal Romanian Air Force squadron of hospital airplanes piloted only by women
United States Wing and a Prayer (The Story of Carrier X) Henry Hathaway Battle of Midway
United States Winged Victory George Cukor Training of US Army Air Forces
Nazi Germany Young Eagles Junge Adler Alfred Weidenmann Young boy in a factory of warplanes


Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Director Battles, campaigns, events depicted
United States Back to Bataan Edward Dmytryk Raid at Cabanatuan, Battle of Bataan, guerrilla warfare in the Philippines, Battle of Leyte
Japan Believe That Others Will Follow Ato ni tsuzuku o shinzu (後に続くを信ず) Kunio Watanabe The actions of company commander Tōichi Wakabayashi in China, Singapore and Guadalcanal
United States Blood on the Sun Frank Lloyd Journalist persecuted by Japanese militarist government [3]
British India Queen of Burma Burma Rani T. R. Sundaram An Indian spy ring in Japanese-occupied Burma
United States China's Little Devils Monta Bell A group of Chinese children assist downed American pilots escape the Japanese
United States Christmas in Connecticut Peter Godfrey Comedy. A food columnist hosts a coming-home banquet for a war hero.
United States Cornered Edward Dmytryk Ex-Nazis in Argentina
United States 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
United States First Yank Into Tokyo Gordon Douglas American agent has to rescue a scientist bearing valuable secrets about the atomic bomb.
Japan Girls of the Air Base Otome no iru kichi (乙女のゐる基地) Yasushi Sasaki Girl mechanics work in a Kamikaze air base
United States God Is My Co-Pilot Robert Florey Drama based on Robert Lee Scott, Jr. book. Flying Tigers
United States The House on 92nd Street Henry Hathaway Docudrama. Duquesne Spy Ring
Denmark The Invisible Army Den usynlige hær Johan Jacobsen Danish partisan
United States 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]
Japan The Last Visit Home Saigo no kikyō (最後の桔梗) Shigeo Tanaka
Misao Yoshimura
Nazi Germany Life Goes On Das Leben geht weiter Wolfgang Liebeneiner German home front V-2 rockets will turn the tide of war in Germany's favour[15]
Korea Love and the Vow Ai to chikai (愛と誓ひ)
Sarang kwa maengsŏ (사랑과 맹서)
Tadashi Imai
In-kyu Ch'oe
Korean orphan living with Japanese parents volunteers in a Kamikaze unit
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 [16]
United States Objective, Burma! Raoul Walsh Burma Campaign
United States Out of the Depths D. Ross Lederman Fictional rogue Japanese resistance during the USS Missouri surrender ceremony
United States Pride of the Marines Delmer Daves Battle of Guadalcanal and civilian readjustment
United States 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
United States Samurai Raymond Cannon Japanese spy in California
Italy The Song of Life Il canto della vita Carmine Gallone Italian partisan hiding in the countryside
Japan Spy Ship "Sea Rose" Kanchō Umi no bara (間諜海の薔薇) Teinosuke Kinugasa Kempeitai discover an American spy ring and help sinking the enemy spy-submarine Sea Rose
United States 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
United States They Were Expendable John Ford PT boats in the Battle of the Philippines (1941-42)
United States This Man's Navy William A. Wellman Adventure. US Navy airships
Italy The Timeless House La casa senza tempo Andrea Forzano Enemy spies try to steal the blueprints of a new airplane [17]
United States Too Young to Know Frederick De Cordova War in the South Pacific separates young couple
Italy Two Anonymous Letters Due lettere anonime Mario Camerini Italian resistance and collaboration in German-occupied Rome
United States A Walk in the Sun Lewis Milestone Invasion of Salerno
United Kingdom The Way to the Stars Anthony Asquith RAF and USAAF bomber crews stationed in England
United States What Next, Corporal Hargrove? Richard Thorpe Comedy. Final adventures of Private Hargrove in Europe

Late 1940s[edit]

Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Director Battles, campaigns, events depicted
1946 Czechoslovakia Men Without Wings Muži bez křídel František Čáp Czech resistance in occupied Prague Airfield
1946 Czechoslovakia The Heroes Are Silent Hrdinové mlčí Miroslav Cikán Resistance of Czech partisans
1946 France Battle of the Rails La bataille du rail René Clément Resistance on French railways
1946 Italy Before Him All Rome Trembled Avanti a lui tutta Roma tremava Carmine Gallone Italian resistance in German-occupied Rome
1946 United States The Best Years of Our Lives William Wyler 1946 Best Picture depicting American servicemen struggling to return to civilian live after the war
1946 United Kingdom 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 [18]
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 (in 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 Soviet Union
In the Mountains of Yugoslavia V gorach Yugoslavii (В горах Югославии) (in Russian)
U planinama Jugoslavije (in Serbo-Croatian)
Abram Room Yugoslav partisans; Draza Mihailovich and Chetniks
1946 United Kingdom 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 United States O.S.S. Irving Pichel US agents infiltrate in German-occupied France
1946 United States Rendezvous 24 James Tinling Germans planning revenge on Allies through atomic weapons
1946 Italy Outcry Il sole sorge ancora Aldo Vergano Italian disbanded soldiers after the armistice and resistance
1946 United Kingdom School for Secrets Peter Ustinov Operation Biting
1946 United States 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 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom Frieda Basil Dearden
1947 Italy How I Lost the War Come persi la guerra Carlo Borghesio Comedy. An unlucky soldier fights in nearly every Italian campaign since the Second Italo-Ethiopian War
1947 Denmark Jenny and the Soldier Soldaten og Jenny Johan Jacobsen
1947 Poland The Last Stop Ostatni etap Wanda Jakubowska Auschwitz-Birkenau
1947[19] Italy Men and Skies Uomini e cieli Francesco De Robertis Regia Aeronautica
1947 Occupied Germany Seven Journeys (In Those Days) 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 United States 13 Rue Madeleine Henry Hathaway US agents infiltrate in German-occupied France
1947 Italy To Live in Peace Vivere in pace Luigi Zampa Two former American PoWs hide in an Italian village occupied by the Germans in 1944
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 Italy ...And Not Say Goodbye ...E non dirsi addio Silvio Laurenti Rosa Three escaped Allied PoWs and three German soldiers fraternize near Rome in November 1943
1948 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom
But Not in Vain Niet Tevergeefs Edmond T. Gréville Drama.[20]
1948 United States Command Decision Sam Wood Command stresses in the US Eighth Air Force
1946 Italy Damned War!... Accidenti alla guerra!... Giorgio Simonelli Comedy. An Italian disguises himself as a German soldier and is chosen to take part to the Lebensborn
1948 United States 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 [21]
1948 United States Jungle Patrol Joseph M. Newman P-40 fighters in the air war in the New Guinea campaign
1948 Italy The Mascot of the Blue Devils La mascotte dei Diavoli Blu Carlo Baltier An Italian child becomes blind due to an accident with German cavalrymen during an American bombing, but regains his sight thanks to American physicians
1948 Occupied Germany Morituri Morituri (in Latin) (Freiwild (in German)) Eugen York [22]
1948 Yugoslavia On Their Own Territory Na svoji zemlji France Štiglic Slavs fighting to kill Germans and Italians on Eastern Front (World War 2)
1948 Norway
Operation Swallow: The Battle for Heavy Water La Bataille de l'eau lourde (in French)
Kampen om tungtvannet (in Norwegian)
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 United States
The Search [23] 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 United States Battleground William A. Wellman 101st Airborne Division in the Battle of the Bulge
1949 Soviet Union 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 Soviet Union Encounter at the Elbe Vstrecha na Elbe (Встреча на Эльбе) Grigori Aleksandrov, Aleksei Utkin Elbe Day
1949 Soviet Union The Fall of Berlin Padeniye Berlina (Падение Берлина) Mikheil Chiaureli Battle of Berlin
1949 Italy The Flame That Will Not Die La fiamma che non si spegne Vittorio Cottafavi Italian hero Salvo D'Acquisto
1949 United Kingdom
United States
The Hasty Heart Vincent Sherman British and US wounded soldiers in the Burma campaign
1949 United States Home of the Brave Mark Robson Black soldier paralyzed after unit attacked on Pacific island
1949 United States Lost Boundaries Alfred L. Werker Drama. White US Navy officer is actually Negro
1949 United States 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 Italy Monastery of Santa Chiara Monastero di Santa Chiara Mario Sequi Drama. Naples during the German and then the Allied occupations
1949 Spain Neutrality Neutralidad (Los caballeros del mar) Eusebio Fernández Ardavín A neutral Spanish merchantman rescues American sailors from a sunk ship
1949 Poland The Others Will Follow Za wami pójdą inni Antoni Bohdziewicz Warsaw, Polish resistance
1949 United Kingdom Private Angelo Michael Anderson, Peter Ustinov Light-hearted story. Reluctantly conscripted Italian soldier
1949[24] Italy Sailors Without Stars Marinai senza stelle Francesco De Robertis Italian boys embark on a torpedo boat (depicted by a Gabbiano-class corvette)
1949 United States Sands of Iwo Jima Allan Dwan Battle of Tarawa and Battle of Iwo Jima
1949 Czechoslovakia Silent Barricade Němá barikáda Otakar Vávra Nazi Resistance
1949 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom They Were Not Divided Terence Young The British Guards Armoured Division
1949 United States Twelve O'Clock High Henry King B-17 bombers of the US Eighth Air Force

Films made during the Cold War[edit]

Early 1950s[edit]

Late 1950s[edit]

Early 1960s[edit]

Late 1960s[edit]

Early 1970s[edit]

Late 1970s[edit]

Early 1980s[edit]

Late 1980s[edit]

Films made since the Cold War[edit]

Early 1990s[edit]

Late 1990s[edit]

Early 2000s[edit]

Late 2000s[edit]


In development[edit]

Science fiction, fantasy and horror[edit]

TV series[edit]

Dramatised documentaries[edit]

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 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom Killing Hitler (TV) Jeremy Lovering Drama. Operation Foxley plan to kill Hitler, 1944

Spanish Civil War[edit]

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[edit]

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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af 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. ^ 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. ^ New edition of the movie, released in theaters in 1955, with the addition of scenes before and after the original Bengasi, which now becomes a long flash-back recalled by an Italian woman visiting the cemetery of El-Alamein with a British officer ten years after the end of the war.
  9. ^ Canadian World War I flying ace Billy Bishop appears as himself.
  10. ^ A Triumph of Wings (1942) was co-written by Akira Kurosawa.
  11. ^ Fires Were Started is often regarded as a documentary film.
  12. ^ a b Available for viewing – from British libraries and universities only – are clips from this British World War II film at the BFI's Screenonline. Refer to the film's main page for the link.
  13. ^ Actresses Betty Grable, Carole Landis and others play themselves.
  14. ^ Released only to Italian fascist military units and maybe a few theaters around Genoa in the last months of the war
  15. ^ Never released in theaters.
  16. ^ The first feature-length anime film.
  17. ^ Filmed in 1943, before the Italian Armistice, but released in theaters in 1945 after a relevant editing, which changed the nationality of the enemies.
  18. ^ The first post-war Polish film.
  19. ^ Filmed in 1943, but released in cinemas in 1947 after a slight editing
  20. ^ This film is currently considered to be lost.
  21. ^ Italian remake of Wielka droga
  22. ^ First German film to show a concentration camp.
  23. ^ This film is an international co-production shot in English.
  24. ^ 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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