The 6 Best World War II Movies to Watch

There are so many good World War II movies to choose from for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, Flag Day, D-Day and other patriotic celebrations. Here are the Best World War II Movies to Watch for Independence Day and other patriotic holidays, listed in alphabetical order: Defiance, Miracle at St. Anna, Pearl Harbor, Saving Private Ryan, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and The Brylcreem Boys.

The 6 Best World War II Movies

1. Defiance

Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell played the heroic Bielski brothers in Defiance. Based on a true story of a Jewish farming family living in Poland that become freedom fighters when their parents are killed by Nazis, Defiance has a little bit of everything: survival against nature, action, family, love story. It is one of the shorter WWII films at ‘only’ 137 minutes. Read a review of Defiance here.

2. Miracle at St. Anna

Directed by Spike Lee, Miracle at St. Anna released in theaters on September 26, 2008, and deals with the courage and faith of four African American ‘buffalo soldiers’ trapped behind enemy lines during World War II. Miracle at St. Anna stars Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso and Omar Benson Miller. Read a review of Miracle at St. Anna here.

3. Pearl Harbor

Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Alec Baldwin, Jon Voight, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Colm Feore, Mako, Tom Sizemore, Jaime King and Jennifer Garner star in this WWII film produced and directed by the powerful team of directed by Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer. Pearl Harbor is a ‘reimagining’ of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor during World War 2.

4. Saving Private Ryan

Set during the invasion of Normandy in World War II, Saving Private Ryan stars Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, Adam Goldberg, Jeremy Davies and Matt Damon. The story follows a team of rangers as the search for Private Ryan after his other three brothers are killed in action during WWII.

5. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas stars Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga and Rupert Friend and is the tragic story of the son of a Nazi officer who is promoted to direct the operations at a concentration camp during the Second World War. The movie follows Bruno, and another 8-year-old boy, who secretly meet through a fence at a World War II extermination camp. Read a review of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas here.

6. The Brylcreem Boys

The Brylcreem Boys is a romantic/comedy/drama set in an internment camp for both Axis and Allied forces in Ireland during World War II. Billy Campbell and Angus Macfadyen star as a Canadian pilot and a German who fall in love with an Irish woman played by Jean Butler.

Happy patriotic celebrations and have fun watching these great World War II movies! If you have another favorite WWII movie, please tell us in the comments below.

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