The 50 greatest World War II movies by Time Out

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Created by Alfredo Garcia.

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As Quentin Tarantino's outrageous men-on-a-mission epic 'Inglourious Basterds' hits our screens, we at Time Out (with the assistance of Tarantino himself) thought it would be a fine time to revisit that most cinematic of conflicts. Some of our choices are stone-cold action classics, others are arthouse masterpieces, but all are worthy of celebration. Sign up today!

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    Idi i smotri

    1985 — a.k.a. Come and See, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Thin Red Line

    1998, in 13 top lists Check
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    Das Boot

    1981, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Big Red One

    1980, in 10 top lists Check
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    Went the Day Well?

    1942, in 4 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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    Cross of Iron

    1977, in 3 top lists Check
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    Roma città aperta

    1945 — a.k.a. Rome, Open City, in 22 top lists Check
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    A Matter of Life and Death

    1946, in 20 top lists Check
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    Hotaru no haka

    1988 — a.k.a. Grave of the Fireflies, in 19 top lists Check
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    Hell in the Pacific

    1968, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Dirty Dozen

    1967, in 8 top lists Check
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    To Be or Not to Be

    1942, in 23 top lists Check
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    Hangmen Also Die!

    1943, in 2 top lists Check
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    Shoah

    1985, in 17 top lists Check
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    Listen to Britain

    1942, in 7 top lists Check
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    Fires Were Started

    1943, in 8 top lists Check
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    Attack

    1956, in 2 top lists Check
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    L'armée des ombres

    1969 — a.k.a. Army of Shadows, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957, in 30 top lists Check
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    Saving Private Ryan

    1998, in 27 top lists Check
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    Paratroop Command

    1959, in 0 top lists Check
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    Battle of Britain

    1969, in 1 top list Check
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    Schindler's List

    1993, in 32 top lists Check
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    Kelly's Heroes

    1970, in 0 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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    Soldaat van Oranje

    1977 — a.k.a. Soldier of Orange, in 3 top lists Check
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    Zwartboek

    2006 — a.k.a. Black Book, in 5 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 37 top lists Check
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    Mephisto

    1981, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Great Escape

    1963, in 15 top lists Check
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    Ice Cold in Alex

    1958, in 1 top list Check
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    Der Untergang

    2004 — a.k.a. Downfall, in 15 top lists Check
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    Millions Like Us

    1943, in 1 top list Check
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    Letyat zhuravli

    1957 — a.k.a. The Cranes Are Flying, in 16 top lists Check
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    Letters from Iwo Jima

    2006, in 6 top lists Check
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    Flags of Our Fathers

    2006, in 2 top lists Check
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    Deutschland bleiche Mutter

    1980 — a.k.a. Germany Pale Mother, in 1 top list Check
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    Where Eagles Dare

    1968, in 7 top lists Check
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    Europa

    1991 — a.k.a. Zentropa, in 3 top lists Check
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    A Walk in the Sun

    1945, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Pianist

    2002, in 20 top lists Check
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    Quel maledetto treno blindato

    1978 — a.k.a. The Inglorious Bastards, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mr. Klein

    1976, in 5 top lists Check
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    Hannibal Brooks

    1969, in 0 top lists Check
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    Indigènes

    2006 — a.k.a. Days of Glory, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Dam Busters

    1955, in 2 top lists Check
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    Empire of the Sun

    1987, in 8 top lists Check
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    Triumph des Willens

    1935 — a.k.a. Triumph of the Will, in 17 top lists Check
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