The list author says: "In the summer of 2006, I realized we had a gaping hole in our family DVD collection: World War II movies. As a WWII history buff Iíve always enjoyed watching these films, but there are more than 600 of them to choose from. So, I spent over a year narrowing the list down to 130 (thanks to Brad Lang's Classic Movies website) and rating them using IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.
The first 17 movies listed below scored at least 7.00 but less than 7.50 on a 10-point scale (weighted by eight factors including Country of Production, Genre, Year, Theatre of Action, Color vs B&W, Cast, Oscar Wins, and Content). Of course, the 'cut' was at 7.50. The remaining 10 are lower-ranked movies that my family owns.
I decided to add this list as a sequel to my original one to let you make up your own mind about these movies. I mean, why waste 15 months of research, right? I'm sure that some of you won't agree with some selections on either list, but that's what's great about WWII films -- there is something for everyone. Look for my 'prequel' list, too: '(Mostly) Classic World War II Movies that Made the Cut.'"
"7.40; Not available on DVD. Stars Glenn Ford (Jonathan Kent in SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE) as a US submarine commander doing his job by blowing up enemy ships. Trouble is, the enemy ships have American prisoners on board! Where is Superman when you need him to turn the world back?"
"7.37; Never heard of it? Neither had I until I started this project. Written by Robert Pirosh, a veteran who later created the realistic and gritty TV show COMBAT!, this stars Steve McQueen as a soldier assigned to a unit sent to hold part of the Siegfried Line any way they can. Also features comedian Bob Newhart is his first acting gig."
"7.32; Another William Holden film. He's an American officer tasked with forging elite Canadian soldiers and US Army misfits into a crack outfit feared by the enemy. Based on the exploits of a real unit: the First Special Service Force. Look for Richard Dawson (HOGAN'S HEROES) and Cliff Robertson (Uncle Ben in SPIDER-MAN)."
"7.25; Based on a true story. Jeffrey Hunter stars as sailor George Tweed, the only American not captured or killed by the Japanese after the invasion of Guam. How does he survive alone? You'll have to watch the movie!"
"7.25; How many films can boast that the subject of the movie is also the star? Audie Murphy, the most decorated serviceman in US history, plays himself in this film based on his European Theatre exploits and his autobiography."
"7.23; What is there to say? Eight Oscar wins (of 13 nominations), including the Big Four: Picture, Actor-Frank Sinatra, Actress-Donna Reed, Director-Fred Zinnemann; comeback role for Sinatra; uber-famous 'make out in the waves' scene; and, it all leads up to Pearl Harbor!"
"7.23; Another John Wayne picture, this time out he's a Marine aviator leading his squadron into battle at Guadalcanal. Most of the Duke's WWII films were set in the Pacific; I guess it's because it was closer to the Old West! Also features Robert Ryan."
"7.22; Popularly regarded as the last great black and white movie, this stars Burt Lancaster as a French railroad official tasked with stopping a German general from hightailing it to the fatherland with priceless French art treasures. And the train crash? It's real!"
"7.15; The battle for the last remaining bridge over the Rhine takes a few turns. First the Allies want to destroy it and the Germans want to save it; then the Allies want to save it and the Germans want to destroy it. Along the way George Segal shows he can do more than chomp a cigar."
"7.15; Kirk Douglas leads Norwegian resistance fighters in an effort to keep the Nazi from obtaining hard water for their atomic research. Should have been better, especially the cinematography. How does one make a beautiful place like Norway look so-so?"
"7.10; Epic film about Operation Market Garden, a bold plan to shorten the war in Europe. But, the German forces were not as spent as the Allies thought. Stars James Caan, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Elliott Gould, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Robert Redford, Liv Ullmann, Maximilian Schell, and Ryan O'Neal."
"7.03; The Duke playing a German freighter captain trying to get his ship back home from Australia with the Royal Navy on his stern? Who would have thunk it? Oh well -- at least he gets to spend some time with Lana Turner."
"7.02; Okay, this is more like it -- John Wayne as an American Navy captain given a second chance to prove himself, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Not his best WWII movie (THEY WERE EXPENDABLE), but not his worst, either (OPERATION PACIFIC)."
"7.02; Stars Michael Caine and Cliff Robertson, and set on a Pacific island held by both Allies and Japanese. Would have scored higher if it didn't have all the anti-war sentiment. I think war is a terrible thing that should be avoided, but Vietnam War-era attitudes have no place in a WWII movie."
"7.00; Another stereotypical Jeff Chandler war movie; this time he's a Navy captain of an attack transport, who wants to command a 'real' warship. Look for an uncredited Clint Eastwood as a Marine Medic."