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The continuing cultural fascination with World War II has ensured that it’s the conflict most represented in cinema, and the Criterion Collection indeed contains more works about that massive conflagration than any other—whether harrowing dramas made right in its crosshairs (like Rome Open City) or poetic studies produced decades later (like The Thin Red Line)—seen through the eyes of filmmakers from many nations. But there are battle cries from other epochs in the collection as well, and taken together, these films embody a history of human combat, from the brother-against-brother bloodshed of the American Civil War (Ride with the Devil) to the trench warfare of the First World War (Wooden Crosses) to the jungle skirmishes of the Cuban Revolution (Che).

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    Aleksandr Nevskiy

    1938 — a.k.a. Alexander Nevsky, in 13 top lists Check
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    L'armée des ombres

    1969 — a.k.a. Army of Shadows, in 16 top lists Check
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    Voskhozhdenie

    1977 — a.k.a. The Ascent, in 10 top lists Check
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    Ballada o soldate

    1959 — a.k.a. Ballad of a Soldier, in 14 top lists Check
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    La battaglia di Algeri

    1966 — a.k.a. The Battle of Algiers, in 26 top lists Check
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    Pred dozhdot

    1994 — a.k.a. Before the Rain, in 6 top lists Check
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    Biruma no tategoto

    1956 — a.k.a. The Burmese Harp, in 10 top lists Check
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    Che: Part One

    2008, in 2 top lists Check
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    Che: Part Two

    2008, in 2 top lists Check
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    Letyat zhuravli

    1957 — a.k.a. The Cranes Are Flying, in 16 top lists Check
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    Nobi

    1959 — a.k.a. Fires on the Plain, in 5 top lists Check
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    Jeux interdits

    1952 — a.k.a. Forbidden Games, in 16 top lists Check
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    49th Parallel

    1941 — a.k.a. The Invaders, in 4 top lists Check
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    Pokolenie

    1955 — a.k.a. A Generation, in 2 top lists Check
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    Kanal

    1957, in 10 top lists Check
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    Popiól i diament

    1958 — a.k.a. Ashes and Diamonds, in 16 top lists Check
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    La grande illusion

    1937 — a.k.a. The Grand Illusion, in 28 top lists Check
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    Hearts and Minds

    1974, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fifth...

    1944 — a.k.a. Henry V, in 12 top lists Check
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    Ningen no jôken

    1959 — a.k.a. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love, in 9 top lists Check
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    Ningen no jôken

    1959 — a.k.a. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity, in 7 top lists Check
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    Ningen no jôken

    1961 — a.k.a. The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer, in 7 top lists Check
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    In Which We Serve

    1942, in 6 top lists Check
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    Ivanovo detstvo

    1962 — a.k.a. Ivan's Childhood, in 11 top lists Check
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    Lacombe Lucien

    1974, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    1943, in 17 top lists Check
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    Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

    1983, in 5 top lists Check
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    Nuit et brouillard

    1956 — a.k.a. Night and Fog, in 16 top lists Check
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    Night Train to Munich

    1940 — a.k.a. Gestapo, in 2 top lists Check
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    Overlord

    1975, in 1 top list Check
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    Paths of Glory

    1957, in 25 top lists Check
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    Ride with the Devil

    1999, in 3 top lists Check
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    Roma città aperta

    1945 — a.k.a. Rome, Open City, in 23 top lists Check
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    Obchod na korze

    1965 — a.k.a. The Shop on Main Street, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    1965, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Steel Helmet

    1951, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Thin Red Line

    1998, in 13 top lists Check
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    Die Blechtrommel

    1979 — a.k.a. The Tin Drum, in 15 top lists Check
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    Walker

    1987, in 2 top lists Check
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    Les croix de bois

    1932 — a.k.a. Wooden Crosses, in 3 top lists Check
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