List of World War II films

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Below is an incomplete 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 Sino-Japanese War[edit]

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.

China had been defending herself against Japan since 1937 in a war called the Second Sino-Japanese War until Japan attacked the American, British and Dutch Empires in 1941/1942.


CountryMain title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
DirectorBattles, campaigns, events depicted
 JapanChocolate and SoldiersChocolate to heitai (チョコレートと兵隊)Takeshi SatoDrama. Japanese Army soldier's battlefield letters with chocolate wrappers sent to son while fighting in China
 USSRConcentration Camp (Bog Soldiers / Soldiers of the Swamp)Bolotnye soldaty (Болотные солдаты)Aleksandr MacheretNazi prison camp guards attempt to break spirits of Communists
 ChinaThe Eight Hundred HeroesBā Bǎi Zhuàngshì (八百壮士)Ying YunweiDrama. Defense of Sihang Warehouse
 FranceIt Happened in GibraltarGibraltarFedor OzepBritish officer in Gibraltar pretends to be traitor
 ItalyLuciano Serra, PilotLuciano Serra pilotaGoffredo AlessandriniDrama. Italo-Abyssinian War
 USAMen with WingsWilliam A. WellmanAdventure. World War I pilot goes to China
 JapanA Pay by the Wayside (Five Scouts)Gonin no sekkôhei (五人の斥候兵)Tomotaka TasakaDrama. Five Japanese Army soldiers on reconnaissance mission behind Chinese lines
 FranceThe Shanghai DramaLe drame de ShanghaïGeorg Wilhelm PabstJapanese Black Dragon agents in Shanghai
Scene from Zakazane Piosenki,
a 1946 Polish film

Films made during the Second World War[edit]

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


CountryMain title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
DirectorBattles, campaigns, events depicted
 USAConfessions of a Nazi SpyAnatole LitvakNazi spy ring in the United States
 USAHitler, Beast of Berlin (Hell's Devils / Beasts of Berlin)Sam NewfieldDrama. German anti-Hitler political prisoner
 UKThe Lion Has WingsMichael Powell, Adrian Brunel, Brian Desmond Hurst, Alexander KordaRAF mobilization [1]
 JapanMud and SoldiersTsuchi to heitai (土と兵隊)Tomotaka TasakaDrama based on Ashihei Hino novel. Effect of war on Japanese soldiers during Sino-Japanese War
 UKQ Planes (Clouds Over Europe)Tim Whelan, Arthur B. WoodsThriller. Foreign spies suspected in disappearance of secret aircraft [2]
 UKSecret Journey (Among Human Wolves)John BaxterBased on Charles Robert Dumas' short story. British secret service agent on mission
 USASouth of the BorderGeorge ShermanAction/Western. US Federal Agent on mission in Mexico to prevent German agents from gaining control of Mexican oil refineries and inciting revolution
 UKTraitor Spy (The Torso Murder Mystery)Walter SummersMystery thriller based on T. C. H. Jacobs novel. German spy employed in anti-submarine patrol boat and torpedo factory
 USAWings of the NavyLloyd BaconDrama. Experimental fighter for the US Navy


CountryMain title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
DirectorBattles, campaigns, events depicted
 USAArise, My LoveMitchell LeisenRomantic comedy. Spanish Civil War through French capitulation, 1940
 UKThe Big BlockadeCharles FrendEconomic blockade of Germany
 JapanThe Blazing Heavens (The Burning Sky / Flaming Sky)Moyuru ōzora (燃ゆる大空)Yutaka AbeAction-drama. Imperial Japanese Army Air Service during Sino-Japanese War
 USAComrade XKing VidorSpy. US journalist in Soviet Union
 UKConvoyPen TennysonBattle of the Atlantic
 GermanyEnemiesFeindeViktor TourjanskyPropaganda. Invasion of Poland justified by Polish terror of ethnic Germans
 USAForeign CorrespondentAlfred HitchcockSpy thriller. American reporter tries to expose spies in Britain
 USAThe Great DictatorCharlie ChaplinSatire. Dictator Adenoid Hynkel
 USAThe Long Voyage HomeJohn FordBattle of the Atlantic
 USAThe Man I Married (I Married a Nazi)Irving PichelDrama. American woman's German husband develops Nazi sympathies
 USAThe Mortal StormFrank BorzageDrama. Average German family disrupted when Nazis come to power
 UKNight Train to Munich (Gestapo)John BaxterMystery-thriller. Inventor and daughter kidnapped by Gestapo then rescued by British agent
 USAThe Phantom SubmarineCharles BartonAction-mystery. Journalist and US Navy frogman investigate U-boat terror
 USASki PatrolLew LandersOlympians oppose each other again in the Winter War
 UKTen Days in ParisTim WhelanComedy mystery. British tourist and German spy look alike
 USAWaterloo BridgeMervyn LeRoyCalled-up British officer reminisces over World War I romance [3]
 USAWomen in WarJohn H. AuerAction-drama. Allied nurses on pre-Dunkirk Battle of France front


CountryMain title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
DirectorBattles, campaigns, events depicted
 USAAll Through the NightVincent ShermanLighthearted mystery-thriller. Nazi Fifth Columnists
 GermanyAnnelieAnnelie - Die Geschichte einer LiebeJosef von BákynHeroic German mother during war
 USABuck PrivatesArthur LubinComedy. Abbott and Costello enlist in the Army
 USACaught in the DraftDavid ButlerComedy. Bob Hope gets drafted
 USAConfirm or DenyArchie Mayo, Fritz Lang (uncredited)Comedy-drama. London Blitz
 UKCottage to Let (Bombsight Stolen)Anthony AsquithLighthearted mystery. Kidnapping of bombsight inventor from Scotland by Nazi agents
 USADangerously They LiveRobert FloreyNazi agents in US pursue Allied spy with secret of U-boat fleet off US coast
 UKDangerous MoonlightBrian Desmond HurstThe Battle of Britain
 USADive BomberMichael CurtizFlight surgeons and medical flight research on pilots in Pacific
 UK49th Parallel (The Invaders)Michael PowellSurvivors of a sunken U-boat in Hudson Bay trek across Canada
 UKFreedom RadioAnthony AsquithGerman Resistance
 USSRThe Girl from LeningradFrontovye podrugi (Фронтовые подруги)Viktor EisymontRussian woman volunteers as nurse on Finnish Front where she becomes involved with wounded soldiers; remade in US as Three Russian Girls
 GermanyHomecomingHeimkehrGustav UcickyDrama. Poles persecute ethnic Germans
 USAInternational LadyTim WhelanSpy drama.
 GermanyIn the Eye of the StormMenschen im SturmFritz Peter BuchDrama. Serbs persecute ethnic Germans [4]
 USSRIn the Rear of the EnemyV tylu vraga (В тылу врага)Yevgeni ShneiderDrama. Finnish War [5]
 USAMan HuntFritz LangPrewar assassination attempt on Hitler
 USAParachute BattalionLeslie GoodwinsThree men join a parachute battalion [2]
 UKPimpernel SmithLeslie HowardThe Scarlet Pimpernel updated
 UKShips with WingsSergei NolbandovBattle of Taranto
 GermanySoldiers of TomorrowSoldaten von morgenAlfred WeidenmannHitler Youth
 USASundownHenry HathawayThe North African Campaign [2]
 GermanyU-Boat, Course West!U-Boote westwärtsGünther RittauU-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic [6]
 USAUndergroundVincent ShermanGerman Resistance
 USAA Yank in the RAFHenry KingAmerican volunteers in the RAF


CountryMain title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
DirectorBattles, campaigns, events depicted
 USAAcross the PacificJohn Huston, Vincent ShermanSpy drama. Japanese plot against the Panama Canal
 ItalyAlfa Tau!Alfa Tau!Francesco De RobertisItalian submarine warfare in Mediterranean Theatre
 USAAtlantic ConvoyLew LandersAllied naval operations based in Iceland against U-boats in Atlantic
 ItalyBengasiBengasi (Bengasi anno '41)Augusto GeninaNorth Africa campaign
 USAThe Bugle SoundsS. Sylvan SimonCavalry and tank warfare
 USACaptains of the CloudsMichael CurtizCanadian bush pilots in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan [7]
 USACasablancaMichael CurtizRomance set in Vichy-controlled Morocco
 USACommandos Strike At DawnJohn FarrowFinnish resistance Finland
 USAThe Dawn ExpressAlbert HermanA Nazi spy ring is after a chemical formula
 UKThe Day Will Dawn (The Avengers)Harold FrenchNorwegian resistance
 USADesperate JourneyRaoul WalshRAF aircrew escape from Germany through occupied Holland
 USAEagle SquadronArthur LubinEagle 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
 UKThe First of the Few (Spitfire)Leslie HowardDevelopment of the Spitfire [2]
Flying FortressWalter FordeB-17 bombers
 USAFlying TigersDavid MillerAmerican Volunteer Group in the Sino-Japanese War
 UKThe Foreman Went to FranceCharles FrendBattle of France
 GermanyFronttheaterFronttheaterArthur Maria RabenaltBattle of Greece ? [8]
 GermanyThe Great LoveDie große LiebeRolf HansenWar between Nazi Germany and USSR
 USAHillbilly BlitzkriegRoy MackNazi spies steal rocket formula in the US [2]
 UKIn Which We ServeNoël Coward, David LeanBased on the sinking of HMS Kelly [2]
 USAJungle SirenSam NewfieldFree French, with two Americans, sent to African village to build an airfield [2]
 UKKing Arthur Was A GentlemanMarcel VarnelComedy, Musical, Romance. Soldier fantasizes about King Arthur as he takes on the Wehrmacht
 USALady from ChungkingWilliam NighSino-Japanese War [2]
 UKLady from LisbonLeslie S. HiscottFarce. Nazi agents, Allied counterspies and several copies of the Mona Lisa
 USALet's Get Tough!Wallace FoxJuvenile delinquents battle Black Dragon Society saboteurs in New York [2]
 USAMrs. MiniverWilliam WylerThe British home front
 USANavy Comes ThroughA. Edward SutherlandBattle of the Atlantic
 UKThe Next of KinThorold DickinsonMessage that careless talk costs lives, and fictional commando raid
Odessa in FlamesOdessa in fiamme (Italian)Carmine GalloneBattle of Odessa, 1941 [2]
 UKOne of Our Aircraft Is MissingMichael Powell, Emeric PressburgerAllied aircrew escape from the occupied Netherlands [2]
 USAPacific RendezvousGeorge SidneySpy drama. Cryptography in the Pacific War
 USAThe Phantom PlainsmenJohn English"The Three Mesquiteers" battle Nazi agents on a Western ranch
 USAThe Pied PiperIrving PichelDrama based on Nevil Shute novel. Holidaymaker rescues French children, 1940
 ItalyA Pilot ReturnsUn Pilota ritornaRoberto Rossellini
 USAPrivate BuckarooEdward F. ClineMusical.[2]
 EstoniaThe Red FogPunane udu?Soviet occupation of Estonia
 USAReunion in FranceJules DassinFrench Resistance helps a downed US pilot
 UKSabotage at SeaLeslie S. Hiscott
 USASaboteurAlfred HitchcockAirplane factory worker falsely accused of sabotage
 USASeven Days' LeaveTim WhelanMusical comedy. Soldier on leave must marry to inherit
 USASherlock Holmes and the Voice of TerrorJohn RawlinsSherlock Holmes vs. Nazi saboteurs
 USASomewhere I'll Find YouWesley RugglesWar correspondents in China and Pacific
 USAStand by for ActionRobert Z. LeonardThe Pacific War
 GermanyStukasStukasKarl RitterGerman dive bomber, the Stuka
Internet Archive
 USAThey Raid by NightSpencer Gordon BennetCommando raids in occupied Norway [2]
 USATo Be Or Not To BeErnst LubitschOccupied Warsaw, and Polish air squadron in London
 USATo the Shores of TripoliH. Bruce Humberstone
 JapanA Triumph of WingsTsubasa no gaika (翼の凱歌)Satsuo Yamamoto[9]
 USAWake IslandJohn FarrowBattle of Wake Island
 JapanThe War at Sea from Hawaii to MalayaHawai Mare oki kaisen (ハワイまれ沖回線)Kajiro YamamotoAttack on Pearl Harbor and Malayan Campaign
 UKWent the Day Well?Alberto CavalcantiFictional German invasion of England (see Operation Sea Lion)
 USAA Yank in LibyaAlbert HermanJournalist exposes Nazis trying to start an Arab revolt in North Africa [2]
 USAA Yank on the Burma RoadGeorge B. SeitzBurma Road


CountryMain title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
DirectorBattles, campaigns, events depicted
 USAAbove SuspicionRichard ThorpeHoneymooners spy on the Nazis
 USAAction in the North AtlanticLloyd BaconThe Battle of the Atlantic
 UKThe Adventures of Tartu (Sabotage Agent)Harold S. BucquetBritish spy aids Czech partisans [2]
 USAAerial GunnerWilliam H. PineThe B-17 bomber in the Pacific [2]
 USAAir ForceHoward HawksB-17 bombers in the Battle of the Philippines
 USAAir Raid WardensEdward SedgwickLaurel and Hardy try to stop Nazi spies in the USA
 USABackground to DangerRaoul WalshIntrigue involving Nazis in neutral Turkey
 USABataanTay GarnettThe Battle of Bataan, Philippines
 USABehind the Rising SunEdward Dmytryk
 UKThe Bells Go DownBasil DeardenAuxiliary Fire Service during the Blitz
 USABombardierRichard WallaceB-17 bomber crewmen in the Pacific
 USABomber's MoonEdward Ludwig, Harold D. Schuster
 USABombs Over BurmaJoseph H. Lewis[2]
 USAThe Boy from StalingradSidney SalkowRussian children resisting Nazi forces at the Battle of Stalingrad
 USAChetniks! The Fighting GuerrillasLouis KingChetniks - Yugoslav guerrillas under General Draza Mihailovich
 USAChinaJohn Farrow
 USACorregidorWilliam NighThe Battle of Corregidor, Philippines
 USACorvette K-225Richard Rosson, Howard HawksThe Battle of the Atlantic, RCN corvette
 USACrash DiveArchie MayoUSN submarine in the North Atlantic
 GermanyThe Crew of the DoraBesatzung DoraKarl RitterLuftwaffe men
 USAThe Cross of LorraineTay Garnett
 USACry 'Havoc'Richard ThorpeDrama based on Allan Kenward play. Army nurses on Bataan work with civilians during the Battle of the Philippines (1941-42)
 USADestination TokyoDelmer DavesUSN submarine patrol for the Doolittle Raid
 USADestroyerWilliam A. SeiterFictional story of the destroyer USS John Paul Jones from commissioning
 USAEdge of DarknessLewis MilestoneThe Norwegian resistance movement
 UKFires Were Started (I Was a Fireman)Humphrey JenningsDocudrama.[10] Firemen during the Blitz [11]
 USAFive Graves to CairoBilly WilderSpy drama set after the fall of Tobruk in the North African Campaign
 UKThe Flemish FarmJeffrey DellCommando raids in occupied Belgium
 USAGangway for TomorrowJohn H. AuerAnthology film. Five stories of American defense workers on way to work at munitions factory
 USAG-Men vs the Black Dragon (serial)Spencer Gordon Bennet, William Witney, William J. O'Sullivan
 USAGuadalcanal DiaryLewis SeilerUS Marines in Guadalcanal Campaign
 USAGung Ho!: The Story of Carlson's Makin Island RaidersRay EnrightMarine Raiders in the Central Pacific [2]
 USAHangmen Also Die!Fritz LangOperation Anthropoid, the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich by the Czech resistance
( Georgian SSR)
He Would Come BackIs kidev dabrundeba (Georgian please) (Georgian)
On eshchyo vernyotsa (Он ещё вернётся) (Russian)
Diomide Antadze, Nikoloz ShengelaiaKakhetian village and Battle of the Caucasus
 USAHitler's Madman (Hitler's Hangman)Douglas SirkOperation Anthropoid, assassination of Nazi Reinhard Heydrich and revenge taken by the Germans
 USAImmortal SergeantJohn M. StahlBritish and Canadian troops in the North Africa Campaign
 USAJourney Into FearNorman 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
 UKThe Life and Death of Colonel BlimpMichael Powell, Emeric PressburgerThe Home Guard
 UKMillions Like UsFrank Launder, Sidney GilliatThe home front
 USAMinesweeperWilliam Berke[2]
 USAMission to MoscowMichael CurtizVarious negotiations between Allies
 USAThe Moon Is DownIrving PichelResistance
 USAThe More the MerrierGeorge StevensComedy. Soldier on American home front with housing shortage
 USANight Plane from ChungkingRalph Murphy
 USANorthern PursuitRaoul WalshRoyal Canadian Mounted Police uncover Nazi plot against Allied war effort to cripple transatlantic shipping of war materials
 USAThe North Star (Armored Attack)Lewis MilestoneGuerrilla warfare on the Eastern Front [2]
France Vichy FranceOccult ForcesForces occultes"Paul Riche"Freemasons work with Jews to bring France into the war [2]
 USAPilot #5George SidneyBattle of the Java Sea
 USARookies in BurmaLeslie GoodwinsThe Burma Campaign
 USASaharaZoltan KordaAllied troops at the Second Battle of El Alamein
 USASalute to the MarinesS. Sylvan SimonThe Battle of the Philippines
 USASecret Service in Darkest Africa (serial)Spencer Gordon Bennet
 USASherlock Holmes and the Secret WeaponRoy William NeillSherlock Holmes matches wits with Nazi agents and Moriarty [2][6]
 UKThe Silver FleetVernon Sewell, Gordon WellesleyDutch resistance [11]
 USASo Proudly We Hail!Mark SandrichArmy nurses and the Battle of the Philippines (1941-42)
 USAThe Strange Death of Adolf HitlerJames Patrick HoganMan with likeness for Adolf Hitler plans his assassination takeover of his identity
 USAThis Land Is MineJean RenoirFrench Resistance
 USAThousands CheerGeorge SidneyMusical comedy romance. Soldier wants to be airman
 USAThree Russian GirlsHenry S. Kesler, Fyodor OtsepThe Eastern Front
 USATiger FangsSam NewfieldThriller. Nazis make man-eaters of Malayan tigers [2]
 USATonight We Raid CalaisJohn Brahm
 UKUndercoverSergei NolbandovYugoslav guerrillas in Serbia
 USAWatch on the RhineHerman ShumlinNazi agents pursue a German freedom-fighter and his family to Washington
 UKWe Dive at DawnAnthony AsquithSubmarine warfare during the Battle of the Atlantic
 USAWe've Never Been Licked (Texas to Tokyo / Fighting Command)John RawlinsJapanese spies at Texas A&M University


CountryMain title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
DirectorBattles, campaigns, events depicted
 USAAction in ArabiaLéonide MoguyIntrigue involving Nazis in Damascus, Syria
 Italian Social RepublicAeroportoAeroportoPiero CostaItalian aviators flying for the Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana [12]
 UKBees in ParadiseVal GuestMusical comedy. Allied bomber crashes on mysterious Atlantic island [2]
 JapanColonel 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
 USAThe ConspiratorsJean NegulescoSpy drama.
 JapanThe Daily BattleNichijō no tatakai (日常の戦い)Yasujiro Shimazu
 Second Philippine RepublicDawn of FreedomLiwayway ng kalayaanGerardo de León, Yutaka AbePropaganda. Japan–Philippines relations during Japanese occupation of the Philippines
 USADays of GloryJacques TourneurSoviet partisans
 USADragon SeedHarold S. Bucquet, Jack ConwayThe Sino-Japanese War
 ArgentinaEnd of the NightEl Fin de la NocheLibertad Lamarque
Homero Cárpena
A female Argentine tango singer in occupied France gets romantically involved with a Resistance member
 USAThe Eve of St. MarkJohn M. Stahl
 USAThe Fighting SeabeesEdward LudwigUS Navy Seabees
 USAThe Fighting Sullivans (The Sullivans)Lloyd BaconThe Sullivan brothers
 USAFour Jills in a JeepWilliam A. SeiterFemale stars of USO shows [13]
 USAHail the Conquering HeroPreston SturgesComedy. Civilian with medical discharge befriends Marines
 USAThe Hour Before the DawnFrank TuttleDrama based on W. Somerset Maugham novel. Austrian refugee is Nazi spy preparing for German invasion of England
 USAThe ImpostorJulien DuvivierCondemned French killer escapes and joins Free French in Chad
 USAIn the Meantime, DarlingOtto PremingerStateside military housing
 GermanyJunge AdlerJunge AdlerAlfred WeidenmannGermany during the war
 USSRJurgais pariJurgais pari (ჯურღაის ფარი) (Georgian)
(Щит Джургая) (Russian)
Siko Dolidze, Davit Rondeli
 USALadies CourageousJohn RawlinsWomen's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron
 USALifeboatAlfred HitchcockDrama. Survivors adrift in Battle of the Atlantic
 USSRMalakhov kurganMalakhov kurgan (Малахов курган)Iosif Kheifits, Aleksandr ZarkhiSiege of Sevastopol
 USAMarine RaidersHarold D. SchusterBattle of Edson's Ridge during Battle of Guadalcanal, then Australian R&R
 USAMarriage Is a Private AffairRobert Z. Leonard
 USAThe Master RaceHerbert J. Biberman
 USAThe Miracle of Morgan's CreekPreston SturgesComedy. Young woman wants big send-off for departing soldiers
 USAMr. Winkle Goes to WarAlfred E. Green
 USAThe Navy WayWilliam A. Berke[2]
 USAPassage to MarseilleMichael Curtiz
 USAPassport to DestinyRay McCarey
 USAThe Purple HeartLewis MilestonePOWs captured during Doolittle Raid
 JapanRaigekitai shutsudoRaigekitai shutsudo (来撃退しゅつど)Kajirō YamamotoTorpedo bomber squadron at war
 USSRRainbowRaduga (Радуга)Mark DonskoyDrama based on Wanda Wasilewska novel.
 AustraliaThe Rats of Tobruk (The Fighting Rats of Tobruk)Charles ChauvelSiege of Tobruk
 USARosie the RiveterJoseph SantleyMusical.
 USASee Here, Private HargroveWesley RugglesComedy based on Marion Hargrove book. US Army training at Fort Bragg
 USASergeant MikeHenry Levin
 USASince You Went AwayJohn CromwellHome front
 USASong of RussiaGregory Ratoff
 USAThe Story of Dr. WassellCecil B. DeMilleNavy doctor in the Battle of Java
 USASunday Dinner for a SoldierLloyd BaconDrama. Home front
 USATampicoLothar MendesU-boat operations in Gulf of Mexico with sinking of Mexican oil tankers make Mexico an Allied nation
 USAThirty Seconds Over TokyoMervyn LeRoyDoolittle Raid
 USATill We Meet AgainFrank Borzage
 USATo Have and Have NotHoward Hawks
 USATwo-Man SubmarineLew Landers
 UK2,000 Women (Two Thousand Women / House of 1,000 Women)Frank LaunderInternment camps for British women in occupied France
 USAU-Boat Prisoner (Dangerous Mists)Lew LandersRescued seaman considered German agent amidst submarine warfare
 USAUncertain GloryRaoul WalshCondemned French killer escapes and aids Resistance
 USAWaterfrontSteve Sekely[2]
 UKThe Way Ahead (The Immortal Battalion)Carol ReedConscripts are trained and fight in the North African Campaign [2]
 USAThe White Cliffs of DoverClarence Brown
The White SquadronSquadriglia bianca (Italian)
Escadrila alba (Romanian)
Ion Sava
 USAWing and a Prayer (The Story of Carrier X)Henry HathawayBattle of Midway
 USAWinged VictoryGeorge CukorTraining of US Army Air Forces
Japanese naval personnel from Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors


CountryMain title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
DirectorBattles, campaigns, events depicted
 USABack to BataanEdward DmytrykBattle of Bataan, guerrilla warfare in the Philippines, Battle of Leyte
 USABlood on the SunFrank LloydJournalist persecuted by Japanese militarist government [2]
 British IndiaBurma RaniT. R. SundaramFictitious movie about an Indian spy ring in Japanese-occupied Burma
 USAChina's Little DevilsMonta Bell
 USACombat Fatigue: InsomniaUS War Dept.US soldiers dealing with insomnia, PTSD, and homosexual temptation Internet Archive
 USACorneredEdward DmytrykEx-Nazis in Argentina
 USACounter-AttackZoltan KordaEastern Front
 MexicoEscuadrón 201Escuadrón 201Jaime Salvador201st Air Fighter Squadron of the Fuerza Aérea Expedicionaria Mexicana in the Battle of Luzon and Philippines Campaign
 USAFirst Yank Into TokyoGordon Douglas
 USAGod Is My Co-PilotRobert FloreyDrama based on Robert Lee Scott, Jr. book. Flying Tigers
 USAThe House on 92nd StreetHenry HathawayDocudrama. Duquesne Spy Ring
 DenmarkThe Invisible ArmyDen usynlige hærJohan JacobsenDanish partisan
 USAKeep Your Powder DryEdward BuzzellWomen's Army Corps
  SwitzerlandThe Last ChanceDie letzte ChanceLeopold LindtbergEscaping Nazi prison train in Italy, an American and a British soldier head for Switzerland [2]
 GermanyLife Goes OnDas Leben geht weiterWolfgang LiebeneinerV-2 rockets will turn the tide of war in Germany's favour
 JapanMomotaro's Divine Sea WarriorsMomotaro no koumi no senshi (百田炉の香味の戦士)Mitsuyo SeoAnime. Japanese folk hero and animal buddies drive British soldiers off an island [14]
 USAObjective, Burma!Raoul WalshBurma Campaign
 USAOut of the DepthsD. Ross LedermanFictional rogue Japanese resistance during the USS Missouri surrender ceremony
 USAPride of the MarinesDelmer DavesBattle of Guadalcanal and civilian readjustment
 USAPrison ShipArthur Dreifuss
 DenmarkThe Red MeadowsDe røde engeBodil Ipsen, Lau Lauritzen Jr.Young Danish saboteur
 ItalyRome, Open CityRoma, città apertaRoberto RosselliniItalian resistance movement after Germans occupy northern Italy
 USASamuraiRaymond Cannon
 USAThe Story of GI JoeWilliam A. WellmanJournalist Ernie Pyle with Company C, 18th Infantry in the North African Campaign and the Battle of Monte Cassino
 USAThey Were ExpendableJohn FordPT boats in the Battle of the Philippines (1941-42)
 USAThis Man's NavyWilliam A. WellmanAdventure. US Navy airships
 USAToo Young to KnowFrederick De CordovaWar in the South Pacific separates young couple
 USAA Walk in the SunLewis MilestoneInvasion of Salerno
 UKThe Way to the StarsAnthony AsquithRAF and USAAF bomber crews stationed in England
 USAWhat Next, Corporal Hargrove?Richard ThorpeComedy. Final adventures of Private Hargrove in Europe

Late 1940s[edit]

YearCountryMain title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
DirectorBattles, campaigns, events depicted
1946 FranceBattle of the RailsLa Bataille du railRené ClémentResistance on French railways
1946 USAThe Best Years of Our LivesWilliam WylerAmerican servicemen struggle after returning home from the war
1946 UKThe Captive HeartBasil DeardenBritish POWs in Germany
1946 PhilippinesDeath MarchLeopoldo SalcedoBataan Death March
1946 PolandForbidden SongsZakazane piosenkiLeonard BuczkowskiMusical. Polish resistance 1939–1945 [15]
1946 PhilippinesGarrison 13Unknown [16]War crimes committed by Imperial Japanese Army in the Philippines
1946 PhilippinesGuerilyeraGuerilyeraOctavio SilosGuerrilla movement in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines
1946 USSR
In the Mountains of YugoslaviaV gorach Yugoslavii (В горах Югославии) (Russian)
U planinama Jugoslavije (Serbo-Croatian)
Abram RoomYugoslav partisans; Draza Mihailovich and Chetniks
1946 PhilippinesI Remember BataanDugo ng BayanFernando Poe, Sr.Filipino resistance
1946 UKJourney TogetherJohn BoultingThree RAF pilots from recruitment to first combat
1946 PhilippinesOrasang GintoOrasang GintoManuel CondeBattle of Bataan and Battle of Corregidor
1946 ItalyPaisanPaisàRoberto RosselliniItalian campaign
1946 UKSchool for SecretsPeter UstinovOperation Biting
1946 USAThe StrangerOrson WellesA member of the United Nations War Crimes Committee hunts down a Nazi war criminal who has fled to Connecticut
1946 UKTheirs is the GloryBrian Desmond Hurst and Terence YoungOperation Market Garden
1946 PhilippinesWalang KamatayanWalang KamatayanTor VillanoJapanese Occupation of the Philippines
1946 Poland
Wielka drogaWielka droga (Polish)
La Grande strada (Italian)
Michał Waszyński, Vittorio CottafaviPolish Campaign 1939, Russia, Africa, Italy 1944
1947 ItalyChristmas at Camp 119Natale al campo 119Pietro FrancisciComedy-drama. Italian POWs in a US camp before repatriation
1947 UKFriedaBasil Dearden
1947 DenmarkJenny and the SoldierSoldaten og JennyJohan Jacobsen
1947 PolandThe Last StopOstatni etapWanda JakubowskaAuschwitz-Birkenau
1947 Occupied Germany (Soviet zone)Marriage in the ShadowsEhe im SchattenKurt MaetzigSuicide of actor and Jewish wife
1947 Occupied GermanySeven JourneysIn jenen TagenHelmut KäutnerTwelve years of Nazi rule as experienced by a car
1947 ChinaThe Spring River Flows EastYījiāng Chūnshuǐ Xiàng Dōng Liú (一江春水向東流)Cai Chusheng, Zheng JunliSino-Japanese War
1947 USA13 Rue MadeleineHenry Hathaway
1948 UKAgainst the WindCharles CrichtonCommando raid into occupied Belgium
1948 AustriaThe Angel with the Trumpet (The Angel with the Trombone)Der Engel mit der PosauneKarl HartlDrama based on Ernst Lothar novel. Salzburg through both world wars
1948 PolandBorder StreetUlica GranicznaAleksander FordHolocaust in occupied Poland
1948 UK
But Not in VainNiet TevergeefsEdmond T. GrévilleDrama.[17]
1948 USACommand DecisionSam WoodCommand stresses in the US Eighth Air Force
1948 USAFighter SquadronRaoul WalshP-47 fighters in the air war in Europe
1948 Occupied GermanyMorituriMorituri (Latin) (Freiwild (German))Eugen York[18]
1948 YugoslaviaOn their own territoryNa svoji zemljiFrance ŠtiglicPeople fighting to kill Germans and Italians
1948 Norway
Operation Swallow: The Battle for Heavy WaterKampen om tungtvannetJean Dréville, Titus Vibe-MüllerDocudrama. Norwegian heavy water sabotage
1948 USA
The Search[19]Fred ZinnemannDisplaced persons in postwar Germany
1948 PolandThe Steel HeartsStalowe sercaStanisław JanuszewskiSilesia, Poland 1944 / 1945
1948 DenmarkThree Years After †·Tre år efterJohan JacobsenSituation after the war's end
1948 DenmarkThe Viking Watch of the Danish SeamanStøt står den danske sømandBodil Ipsen, Lau Lauritzen Jr.Docudrama. Danish sailors
1949 USABattlegroundWilliam A. Wellman101st Airborne Division in the Battle of the Bulge
1949 USSRThe Battle of StalingradStalingradskaya bitva (Сталинградская битва)Vladimir PetrovBattle of Stalingrad
1949 PhilippinesCapasCapasGregorio FernandezBataan Death March survivor, appointed hometown mayor by Japanese, supports guerrilla activity
1949 USSREncounter at the ElbeVstrecha na Elbe (Встреча на Эльбе)Grigori Aleksandrov, Aleksei UtkinElbe Day
1949 USSRThe Fall of BerlinPadeniye Berlina (Падение Берлина)Mikheil ChiaureliBattle of Berlin
1949 USAHome of the BraveMark RobsonBlack soldier paralyzed after unit attacked on Pacific island
1949 USALost BoundariesAlfred L. WerkerDrama. White US Navy officer is actually Negro
1949 USAMalayaRichard ThorpeSmuggler paroled to sneak rubber crop out of Japanese-held Malaya
1949 FranceMission in TangierMission à TangerAndré HunebelleJournalist carries documents to London from Tangiers
1949 PolandThe Others Will FollowZa wami pójdą inniAntoni BohdziewiczWarsaw, Polish resistance
1949 UKPrivate AngeloMichael Anderson, Peter UstinovLight-hearted story. Reluctantly conscripted Italian soldier
1949 USASands of Iwo JimaAllan DwanBattle of Iwo Jima
1949 UKThe Small Back RoomMichael Powell, Emeric PressburgerBomb disposal
1949 DenmarkThat applies to us all †·Det gælder os alleAlice O'FredericksYoung survivor from a concentration camp
1949 UKThey Were Not DividedTerence YoungThe British Guards Armoured Division
1949 USATwelve O'Clock HighHenry KingB-17 bombers of the US Eighth Air Force

Films made during the Cold War[edit]

Early 1950s[edit]

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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]

Dramatized documentary[edit]

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

YearCountryMain title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
DirectorBattles, campaigns, events depicted
1940 FranceMy Crimes After Mein KampfAprès 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 UKMein Kampf - My Crimes (After Mein Kampf?: The Story of Adolph Hitler)Norman Lee (uncredited)
1992 CanadaA Savage Christmas: The Fall of Hong Kong (TV)Brian McKennaDrama. Royal Rifles regiment at Battle of Hong Kong, 1941
1992 CanadaDeath by Moonlight: Bomber Command (TV)Brian McKennaDrama. RCAF Lancaster bombing of German cities
1992 CanadaIn Desperate Battle: Normandy 1944 (TV)Brian McKennaDrama. Black Watch regiment at Battle of Verrières Ridge, 1944
1995 CanadaWar at Sea: U-boats in the St. Lawrence (TV)Brian McKennaDrama.
1995 CanadaWar at Sea: The Black Pit (TV)Brian McKennaDrama.
1996 CanadaA Web of WarBrian McKennaDrama. Polish Gen. Wladyslaw Anders
2003 UKKilling Hitler (TV)Jeremy LoveringDrama. 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]

Honourable mentions
Of related interest



  1. ^ This is the first World War II British propaganda film.[citation needed]
  2. ^ 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 This film is available at the Internet Archive. Refer to the film's main page for the link.
  3. ^ Released on 17 May 1940, this is arguably the first Hollywood film set during the war.
  4. ^ The IMDb, on the other hand, identifies the villainous Yugoslavs in Menschen im Sturm as Slovenians rather than Serbs.
  5. ^ The IMDb lists In the Rear of the Enemy as V tylu vraga (1942) based on its 1942 release date in New York City.
  6. ^ a b Available for viewing is this public domain World War II film at Google Videos (Adobe Flash video). Refer to the film's main page for the link.
  7. ^ Canadian World War I flying ace Billy Bishop appears as himself.
  8. ^ Some details about the film appear at Minna von Barnhelm.
  9. ^ A Triumph of Wings (1942) was co-written by Akira Kurosawa, director of Rhapsody in August (1991).
  10. ^ Fires Were Started is often regarded as a documentary film.
  11. ^ a b 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. ^ The only surviving film made in the Italian Social Republic.
  13. ^ Actresses Betty Grable, Carole Landis and others play themselves.
  14. ^ The first feature-length anime film.
  15. ^ The first post-war Polish film.
  16. ^ The "director".  of this title is still unidentified (as of November 2010) on IMDb.
  17. ^ This film is currently considered to be lost.
  18. ^ First German film to show a concentration camp.
  19. ^ This film is an international co-production shot in English.


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