Top WWI Movies

List of the best World War I movies Liked by both Critics and Audience. Total 35 Titles and 3856 Views.

1. Lawrence of Arabia(1962)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|War|Adventure|Biography|History Release Date:
Country: UK Languages:English | Arabic | Turkish Rating:PG
Description:An epic about British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological instability threatens to undermine his achievements.
Director: David Lean
Stars: Peter O'Toole , Alec Guinness , Anthony Quinn , Jack Hawkins
Tags: National Film Registry Violence World War One Based On True Story Nonlinear Timeline British Military Afi Insanity Politics Blockbuster
8.30    98%    93%  

2. Paths of Glory(1957)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|War Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | German | Latin Rating:AP
Description:After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Kirk Douglas , Ralph Meeker , Adolphe Menjou , George Macready
Tags: World War One Court Martial
8.40    95%    95%  

3. War Horse(2011)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|War Release Date:
Countries: USA| UK Languages:English | German Rating:PG-13
Description:Follows a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Jeremy Irvine , Peter Mullan , Emily Watson , Niels Arestrup
Tags: World War One Based On Novel Based On Play Trapped Human Animal Relationship
7.20    76%    74%  

4. Legends of the Fall(1994)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance|Western|War Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:Cornish | English Rating:R
Description:An epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, and love.
Director: Edward Zwick
Stars: Brad Pitt , Anthony Hopkins , Aidan Quinn , Julia Ormond
Tags: Gangster World War One Based On Novel Family Relationships Racism Tragedy Revenge Romantic Rivalry
7.50    56%    87%  

5. A Very Long Engagement(2004)

Original Title: Un long dimanche de fiançailles
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Mystery|Romance|War Release Date:
Countries: France| USA Languages:French | German | Corsican Rating:R
Description:Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Stars: Audrey Tautou , Gaspard Ulliel , Dominique Pinon , Chantal Neuwirth
Tags: War Crime Female Protagonist World War One Investigation Nonlinear Timeline Based On Novel Detective Court Martial Christmas Revenge Friendship Voice Over Narration Missing Person
7.70    78%    85%  

6. The African Queen(1951)

Runtime: Genres:Romance|Drama|Adventure|War Release Date:
Countries: USA| UK Languages:English | German | Swahili Rating:PG
Description:At the start of the first World War, in the middle of Africa’s nowhere, a gin soaked riverboat captain is persuaded by a strong-willed missionary to go down river and face-off a German warship.
Director: John Huston
Stars: Humphrey Bogart , Katharine Hepburn , Robert Morley , Peter Bull
Tags: National Film Registry World War One Afi
7.90    98%    86%  

7. The Water Diviner(2014)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|War Release Date:
Countries: Australia| USA| Turkey Languages:English | Turkish | Greek | Russian Rating:R
Description:An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.
Director: Russell Crowe
Stars: Russell Crowe , Olga Kurylenko , Yilmaz Erdogan , Cem Yilmaz
Tags: Violence World War One Based On True Story Prisoner Of War Friendship
7.10    62%    60%  

8. Doctor Zhivago(1965)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance|War Release Date:
Countries: USA| Italy| UK Languages:English | Russian | French Rating:PG-13
Description:The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution.
Director: David Lean
Stars: Omar Sharif , Julie Christie , Geraldine Chaplin , Rod Steiger
Tags: World War One Based On Novel Afi Revenge Blockbuster
8.00    82%    88%  

9. The White Ribbon(2009)

Original Title: Das weisse Band
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Mystery|Crime Release Date:
Countries: Germany| Austria| France| Italy Languages:German | Italian | Polish Rating:R
Description:Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
Director: Michael Haneke
Stars: Christian Friedel , Ernst Jacobi , Leonie Benesch , Ulrich Tukur
Tags: Violence World War One Investigation Christmas Revenge Voice Over Narration Belief In God Innocence
7.80    85%    78%  

10. All Quiet on the Western Front(1930)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|War Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | French | German | Latin Rating:UR
Description:A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.
Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Louis Wolheim , Lew Ayres , John Wray , Arnold Lucy
Tags: National Film Registry Violence Tough Guy Cult Film World War One Based On Novel Afi Friendship
8.10    100%    89%  

11. The Legend of Bagger Vance(2000)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Fantasy|Sport Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:World War I has left golfer Rannulph Junuh a poker-playing alcoholic, his perfect swing gone. Now, however, he needs to get it back to play in a tournament to save the financially ravaged golf course of a long-ago sweetheart. Help arrives in the form of mysterious caddy Bagger Vance.
Director: Robert Redford
Stars: Will Smith , Matt Damon , Charlize Theron , Bruce McGill
6.70    43%    65%  

12. The Wind That Shakes the Barley(2006)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|War|History Release Date:
Countries: Ireland| UK| Germany| Italy| Spain| France| Belgium| Switzerland Languages:English | Irish | Latin Rating:NR
Description:A wartime drama about the 1920’s Irish revolution against the British. The Irish medical student Damian is about to start his new job in London as he is witness to the mercenary atrocities of the British and decides to join his brother in the resistance group I.R.A to fight for Irish independence.
Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Cillian Murphy , Padraic Delaney , Liam Cunningham , Orla Fitzgerald
Tags: Violence Courtroom Escape From Prison Civil War Family Relationships Politics
7.50    88%    87%  

13. Flyboys(2006)

Runtime: Genres:Romance|Drama|Adventure|Action|War|History Release Date:
Countries: UK| USA Languages:English | French Rating:PG-13
Description:The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.
Director: Tony Bill
Stars: James Franco , Scott Hazell , Mac McDonald , Philip Winchester
6.60    33%    67%  

14. East of Eden(1955)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG
Description:A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend.
Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Julie Harris , James Dean , Raymond Massey , Burl Ives
Tags: National Film Registry Violence World War One Based On Novel Blockbuster
8.00    86%    90%  

15. Gallipoli(1981)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|History|Adventure|War Release Date:
Country: Australia Language:English Rating:PG
Description:Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.
Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Mark Lee , Bill Kerr , Harold Hopkins , Charles Lathalu Yunipingu
Tags: World War One Based On True Story Based On Novel Horrors Of War Friendship
7.50    88%    83%  

16. La Grande Illusion(1937)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|War|History Release Date:
Country: France Languages:French | German | English | Russian Rating:UR
Description:During the first World War, two French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. The two unlikely companions meet fellow prisoners and plot an escape.
Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Jean Gabin , Dita Parlo , Pierre Fresnay , Erich von Stroheim
Tags: World War One Prisoner Of War Christmas
8.10    97%    92%  

17. Joyeux Noel(2005)

Original Title: Joyeux Noël
Runtime: Genres:Romance|Drama|Music|War|History Release Date:
Countries: France| Germany| UK| Belgium| Romania| Norway| Japan Languages:French | German | English | Latin Rating:PG-13
Description:In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.
Director: Christian Carion
Stars: Diane Kruger , Natalie Dessay , Benno Fürmann , Rolando Villazón
Tags: Survival Violence World War One Based On True Story Prisoner Of War Christmas Friendship
7.80    74%    89%  

18. Testament of Youth(2014)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|War|Biography|History Release Date:
Countries: UK| Denmark Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I - a story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times.
Director: James Kent
Stars: Alicia Vikander , Taron Egerton , Colin Morgan , Dominic West
Tags: Based On Book World War One Christmas Period Piece
7.30    83%    78%  

19. Reds(1981)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Biography|History Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | German | Russian | Finnish | French Rating:PG
Description:A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.
Director: Warren Beatty
Stars: Warren Beatty , Diane Keaton , Edward Herrmann , Jerzy Kosinski
Tags: Based On Book World War One Christmas Afi
7.50    94%    82%  

20. Sergeant York(1941)

Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|War|Biography|History Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | French | German Rating:AP
Description:Alvin York a hillbilly sharpshooter transforms himself from ruffian to religious pacifist. He is then called to serve his country and despite deep religious and moral objections to fighting becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI.
Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Gary Cooper , Walter Brennan , Joan Leslie , George Tobias
Tags: National Film Registry Violence One Against Many World War One Prisoner Of War U.S. Army Blockbuster
7.80    85%    87%  

21. Johnny Got His Gun(1971)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|War Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:A World War I soldier, rendered blind, deaf, limbless, and mute by a horrific artillery shell attack, finds a unique way of communicating with his doctors.
Director: Dalton Trumbo
Stars: Timothy Bottoms , Kathy Fields , Marsha Hunt , Jason Robards
Tags: World War One Nonlinear Timeline Based On Novel U.S. Army Christmas Friendship
7.90    70%    87%  

22. Yankee Doodle Dandy(1942)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Music|Musical|Biography Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:AP
Description:A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan.
Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: James Cagney , Joan Leslie , Walter Huston , Richard Whorf
Tags: National Film Registry World War One Family Relationships Afi Blockbuster
7.70    92%    83%  

23. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp(1943)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance|Comedy|War Release Date:
Country: UK Languages:English | French | German Rating:PA
Description:General Clive Candy lives through four decades of war and peace - from the Boer War to World War II - trying to stay true to his belief that "right will always defeat might" and trying to stay relevant while the world changes irrevocably around him.
Directors: Michael Powell , Emeric Pressburger
Stars: James McKechnie , Neville Mapp , Vincent Holman , Roger Livesey
Tags: Concentration Camp World War Two World War One Family Relationships Friendship
8.20    96%    91%  

24. Wings(1927)

Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|Romance|War Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PG-13
Description:Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I. After the USA enters WWI, both join the Air Corps and become aces. They remain friends, but the relation to the girl threatens their friendship.
Directors: William A. Wellman , Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast
Stars: Clara Bow , Charles 'Buddy' Rogers , Richard Arlen , Jobyna Ralston
Tags: National Film Registry Friendship Between Men World War One Boxing Friendship
7.70    95%    78%  

25. Waterloo Bridge(1940)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance|War Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PA
Description:During World War I, believing her fiancé to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution.
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Vivien Leigh , Robert Taylor , Lucile Watson , Virginia Field
Tags: World War Two World War One Based On Play Tragedy Friendship Missing Person
7.80    80%    89%  

26. Beneath Hill 60(2010)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|War|History Release Date:
Country: Australia Languages:English | German Rating:R
Description:In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunneling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges.
Director: Jeremy Sims
Stars: Brendan Cowell , Alan Dukes , Alex Thompson , Harrison Gilbertson
7.10    85%    76%  

27. The Big Parade(1925)

Runtime: Genres:Romance|Drama|War Release Date:
Country: USA Language:-1 Rating:NR
Description:The story of an idle rich boy who joins the US Army's Rainbow Division and is sent to France to fight in World War I, becomes friends with two working class men, experiences the horrors of trench warfare, and finds love with a French girl.
Directors: King Vidor , George W. Hill
Stars: John Gilbert , Renée Adorée , Hobart Bosworth , Claire McDowell
Tags: National Film Registry World War One
8.20    100%    91%  

28. White Sun of the Desert(1970)

Original Title: Beloe Solntse Pustyni
Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|Comedy|Adventure Release Date:
Country: Soviet Union Language:Russian Rating:NA
Description:At the end of the Russian Civil War, Red Army soldier Fyodor Sukhov is ordered to guard the harem of a Caspian Sea guerrilla leader.
Director: Vladimir Motyl
Stars: Anatoliy Kuznetsov , Spartak Mishulin , Kakhi Kavsadze , Pavel Luspekayev
Tags: Escape From Prison Civil War Revenge
8.00    NA    86%  

29. Hell's Angels(1930)

Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|War|History Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | German | French Rating:PA
Description:Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms.
Directors: Howard Hughes , Edmund Goulding , James Whale
Stars: Ben Lyon , James Hall , Jean Harlow , John Darrow
7.70    76%    60%  

30. The Great War(1959)

Original Title: La grande guerra
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Comedy|War Release Date:
Countries: Italy| France Languages:German | Italian Rating:NR
Description:Italy, 1916. Oreste Jacovacci and Giovanni Busacca are called, as all the Italian youths, to serve the army in the WWI. They both try in every way to avoid serving the army.
Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Alberto Sordi , Vittorio Gassman , Silvana Mangano , Folco Lulli
Tags: World War One Friendship
8.30    NA    96%  

31. King of Hearts(1966)

Original Title: Le roi de coeur
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Comedy|War Release Date:
Countries: France| Italy Languages:English | German | French Rating:UR
Description:An ornithologist mistaken for an explosives expert is sent alone into a small French town during WWI to investigate a garbled report from the resistance about a bomb which the departing Germans have set to blow up a weapons cache.
Director: Philippe de Broca
Stars: Pierre Brasseur , Jean-Claude Brialy , Geneviève Bujold , Adolfo Celi
7.60    91%    89%  

32. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse(1921)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance|War Release Date:
Country: USA Language:-1 Rating:PA
Description:Set immediately before World War I, it deals with a rich Argentine family, one branch recently arrived from France, the other from Germany.
Director: Rex Ingram
Stars: Pomeroy Cannon , Josef Swickard , Bridgetta Clark , Rudolph Valentino
Tags: National Film Registry World War One Family Relationships
7.80    NA    76%  

33. Block-Heads(1938)

Runtime: Genres:Comedy|War Release Date:
Country: USA Language:English Rating:PA
Description:It's 1938, but Stan doesn't know the war is over; he's still patrolling the trenches in France, and shoots down a French aviator. Oliver sees his old chum's picture in the paper and goes to visit Stan who has now been returned to the States and invites him back to his home.
Director: John G. Blystone
Stars: Stan Laurel , Oliver Hardy , Patricia Ellis , Minna Gombell
7.70    NA    87%  

34. The Red and the White(1967)

Original Title: Csillagosok, katonák
Runtime: Genres:Drama|War Release Date:
Countries: Hungary| Soviet Union Languages:Hungarian | Russian Rating:NA
Description:In 1919, Hungarian Communists aid the Bolsheviks' defeat of Czarists, the Whites. Near the Volga, a monastery and a field hospital are held by one side then the other.
Director: Miklós Jancsó
Stars: József Madaras , Tibor Molnár , András Kozák , Jácint Juhász
7.80    92%    87%  

35. The Dawn Patrol(1938)

Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|War Release Date:
Country: USA Languages:English | German Rating:NR
Description:British flying aces in World War I contend with the harsh realities of war.
Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Errol Flynn , Basil Rathbone , David Niven , Donald Crisp
7.60    NA    84%  

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