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World War II Movie Marathon in Chronological Order of the Real Events.

One of the most famous pictures ever....even if this one was staged.


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Recently I was watching some old World War II movies. The first movie I watched was 1944's Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo which is about the first bombs that the United States dropped on Tokyo during World War II. The second movie I watched was 1976's Midway which was about a game-changing battle in the Pacific. The interesting tidbit was that at the beginning of Midway, the Japanese generals were mad that the United States had just bombed Tokyo. I was like....."Hey I just watched that movie"....and thus my mind started thinking....which can be scary. I thought it might be cool to do a timeline of World War II after a month of research here you World War II movie marathon in chronological order from when the actual event took place.

There are 25 movies in this World War II marathon. Total running time to watch all 25 movies is 3,485 minutes or 58.08 hours or 2.42 days of non-stop World War II action. Each block of information provides the actual date of the actual event, the name of the event or battle, and a brief description of the movie that retells the actual event. I understand that the movies are not always historically accurate but I really feel they do provide a basic background view of some of the most famous events of World War II.


Movie #1 The Sound of Music starring Christopher Plummer and Julia Andrews takes place in the Spring of 1938.


Austria is annexed into the Third Reich: March-April 1938

The real event: On March 12th 1938, Germany annexed Austria, sent troops into the Austria nation and replaced the current chancellor with their own chancellor. On April 10th an election was held where Austrian citizens voted to approve the union with Germany.....with some vote rigging, Hitler got the vote he wanted and Austria was now part of Germany.

The movie: When I told my wife about my latest hub idea, she immediately said it has to start with The Sound of Music(1965) . At first I thought she was joking but then she reminded me that the movie takes place during one of Adolf Hitler's first acts of aggression (Austria being annexed). By watching The Sound of Music you get to see life before World War II and then watch the von Trapps escape Nazism as they leave Austria for Switzerland. Quality of the movie? Won 5 Oscars® including Best Picture and is the 3rd biggest box office hit of all-time when looking at inflated box office grosses.


Movie #2 Mrs. Miniver starring Walter Pigeon and Greer Garson....takes place in September 1939.


England Forced To Declare War on Germany: September 1939

The actual event: By September 1939, Germany had control of most of Europe with the exception of England. After many failed treaties and agreements, England was forced to declare war on Germany on September 3rd, 1939.

The movie: Mrs. Miniver(1942) takes a look at a United Kingdom middle class family during the first months of World War II. Winston Churchill said the movie Mrs. Miniver "had done more for the war effort than a flotilla of destroyers." Mrs. Miniver was nominated for 11 Oscars®....winning 6 Oscars® including Best Picture, Best Actress for Greer Garson and Best Supporting Actress for Teresa Wright. Mrs. Miniver was one of the biggest box office hits in the 1940s with over 330 million in 2012 inflated dollars.


Movie #3 Battle of Britain stars Michael Caine in the air battle that occurred in the summer and autumn of 1940.


Battle of Britain: August 1st, 1940-September 17th, 1940

The actual event: During the summer and autumn months of 1940, the German Air Force tried unsuccessfully to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force (RAF) of England.

The movie: Battle of Britain (1969) depicts the first-ever military campaign that was fought entirely by air forces. Battle of Britain provides an all-star cast led by Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Robert Shaw, Ian McShane, and Trevor Howard. The highlight of the movie for me is Olivier as Hugh Dowding, the commander of RAF Fight Command.


Movie #4 The Desert Rats stars a very young Richard Burton and takes place from April to November in 1941.


Seige of Tobruk: April 11th, 1941-November 27th, 1941

The actual event: In North Africa, the only thing stopping famous German General Erwin Rommel and his troops for taking control of the strategically important Suez Canal were the Allied troops in Tobruk.

The movie: The Desert Rats (1953) shows how the allied troops were able to hold Tobruk for an incredible 242 days and provide Hitler with one of his earliest defeats. The Desert Rats stars a very young Richard Burton and James Mason as Rommel. Mason had already starred as Rommel in an earlier World War II film called The Desert Fox.


Movie #5 Casablanca stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.


Casablanca: Early December 1941

The real event: Europe was at war. The United States was on the sidelines, but that was about to change with the bombing of Pearl Harbor only days away.

The movie: Casablanca (1943) One of the greatest movies of all-time. True, it is a love story, but you cannot forget the events that bring Bogart and Bergman back into each other's arms. The Germans are in control, Americans (Bogart) are neutral, and everybody else (Bergman) is trying to escape the grip of the Germans. Casablanca won 3 Oscars® including Best Picture.


Movie #6 Tora! Tora! Tora! my opinion the best movie on the attack on Pearl Harbor.


Pearl Harbor: December 7th, 1941

The real event: On December 7th, 1941 the Japanese Navy did a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor and dealt a historic blow to the United States Navy.

The movie: To get the best historical movie you have to go with Tora! Tora! Tora!(1970) which is filmed looking at both sides of that conflict and shows a series of American blunders that allowed it to happen. Tota! Tora! Tora! was nominated for 5 Oscars®. Other outstanding Pearl Harbor movies include From Here To Eternity, In Harm's Way and the tv mini-series The Winds of War all provide an excellent viewpoint of that day.

P.S. Personally I would avoid Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor, but I realize many people love that movie.


Movie #7 Das about a German u-boat takes place after the United States joined the war.


Battle of the Atlantic: Late December 1941-Early 1942

The real event: German U-boats were creating havoc in the Atlantic Ocean, especially around the British shipping routes. With a mortality rate of 75% most of the German U-boat crews were living their last days.

The movie: Das Boat (1981) is not only one of the best war movies is one of the best movies ever. It is ranked as the 65th best movie according to IMDb (Internet Movie Database) and was nominated for 6 Oscars®. The tagline for the movie was "40,000 men were sent out on German U-boats... 30,000 never returned." Not good odds if you were assigned to a U-boat. Jurgen Prochnow plays the captain of the boat and is the only familiar face in the movie. Prochnow later became the bad guy in Beverly Hills Cop II.


Movie #8 Destination Tokyo....stars Cary Grant as a submarine captain.


Reconnaissance for Doolittle Raid: Early 1942

The real event: After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the United States felt it needed to bomb Japan as quickly as possible. They created a mission that required a submarine to sneak into Tokyo Bay and gather information on possible bombing locations.

The movie: After the Navy saw Destination Tokyo (1943) and how accurate the operation of a submarine was.... they decided to use the movie as a training film. Operation Tokyo was Cary Grant's 7th biggest box office hit and the only serious World War II movie he made.


Movie #9 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo....6 months after Pearl Harbor, the United States bombed Tokyo.


Doolittle Raid: February 1942 - April 18th, 1942

The real event: On April 18th, 1942, United States pilots and their bombers were sent on a secret mission that took the war to Japan's mainland. They used the information from movie #8 to plan the bombing run.

The movie: Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo stars Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, Robert Walker and a very young Robert Mitchum. Tracy plays Colonel Jimmy Doolittle whose plan resulted in bombs landing in Tokyo so quickly after Pearl Harbor. Movie won Oscar® for best special effects.


Movie #10 Midway....stars Charlton Heston and many more stars.


Battle of Midway: June 4th-7th 1942

The real event: The Battle of Midway is considered to be one of the turning points in World War II as Japan's hopes of destroying the rest of the United States navy failed.

The movie: Midway (1976) which has an all-star cast, is a historic retelling of the Battle of Midway. The movie stars Henry Fonda, Charlton Heston, Robert Mitchum, James Coburn and Glenn Ford. Midway was one of the biggest box office hits in the 1970s. There are scenes at the beginning of the movie that are from Doolittle's raid (see movie #9 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo).


Movie #11 Life Is Beautiful....there are many quality Holocaust movies but I picked this one.


Jewish-Italian People Sent to Concentration Camps: Italy-1942/43

The real event: Jewish people from all over Europe were gathered up and sent to concentration camps.

The movie: There are literally hundreds of Holocaust movies, and each and every one of them tells an important story and should be remembered. Life is Beautiful (1997) is ranked as the 62nd best movie on IMDb (Internet Movie Database). Life is Beautiful stars Robert Benigni as a Jewish man who is trying to protect his son in a Nazi death camp. Benigni won an Oscar® for Best Actor (still one of the best Oscar® moments ever) and the movie won an Oscar® for best foreign film. It is hard to tell when this movie actually takes place but the best guess is from 1942 to when American troops arrived in Italy in 1943.


Movie #12 Stanlingrad....a movie about the Russian front in 1942/1943.


Battle of Stalingrad: August 23rd, 1942 - February 2nd, 1943

The real event: Germany, trying to secure the oil fields in the Caucasus, attacked the Russian city of Stalingrad. The battle for the city descended into one of the most brutal in the war. Individual streets were fought over using hand-to-hand combat. Eventually after huge casualties on both sides the German army was defeated and sent back in full retreat.

The movie: I have seen many World War II movies. In many of those movies, German soldiers were always threatened with...."you do not want me to send you to the Russian front." Until I saw Stalingrad (1993) I never really understood the threat. After watching Stalingrad you will understand the nature of the threat.


Movie #13 Twelve O'Clock High stars Gregory Peck in one of his best movies.


First Bombing of Germany: January 27th, 1943

The real event: The 306th Bomb Group of the United States was the first bombing group to strike Germany (1/27/43) during World War II.

The movie: Twelve O'Clock High (1949) tells the story of that bomb group. Gregory Peck stars as the new commander who takes over a struggling bombing squad and turns fortunes around. Another highlight of their bravery was all the missions they flew in daylight. Movie was nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor (Peck). It won Oscars® for Best Supporting Actor (Dean Jagger) and Best Sound. This movie was one of my father's all-time favorite movies and a movie that I watch every year or two.


Movie #14 The Thin Red Line stars Nick Nolte in one of his best roles.


Battle of Guadalcanal: February 1943

The real event: The Battle of Guadalcanal was the first major offensive by Allied forces against Japan.

The movie: The Thin Red Line (1998) is one of a few movies about that battle. The Thin Red Line stars John Travolta, George Clooney, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, John Cusack and Woody Harrelson. The Thin Red Line was nominated for 7 Oscars® included one for Best Picture. Another movie worth mentioning is 1943's Guadalcanal Diary starring Anthony Quinn. That version of Guadalcanal was actually released the same year that the battle occured.


Movie #15 The Great Escape.....the movie that turned Steve McQueen into a superstar.


The Great Escape: March 25th-29th, 1944

The real event: On March 25th 1944, 76 P.O.W.s escaped from the German prison camp Stalag Luft III, causing the German army to provide much needed troops for a massive manhunt for the escaped prisoners.

The movie: The Great Escape (1963) retells the story of the plan, the escape and the aftermath. Steve McQueen, James Garner, James Coburn and Charles Bronson are just some of the stars of the movie....which is one of my favorite films of all-time.


Movie #16 Memphis Belle is the retelling of the 25th and final flight of the Memphis Belle.


25th Flight of the Memphis Belle: May 19th, 1943

The real event: The Memphis Belle was the nickname of a B-17 bomber that was the first United States Air Force heavy bombing plane to fly 25 successful missions with the crew intact.

The movie: Memphis Belle (1990) stars Matthew Modine, Sean Astin and D.B.Sweeney. The movies takes place during the historic 25th flight. Not to give away the movie....but after the flight was finished the crew and plane were sent back to the United States to sell war bonds. An excellent documentary was also is called Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944).


Movie #17 Anzio stars Robert Mitchum ....the battle of Anzio ended the day before D-Day.


The Battle of Anzio: January 22nd, 1944-June 5th, 1944

The real event: One of the war's worst battles as Allied forces battle the German army that is bunkered down on the Anzio beachhead. It took the Allied forces four months and a loss of 30,000 soldiers to finally break free and march to Rome.

The movie: Dino DeLaurentiis brought Anzio (1968) to the screen. Anzio stars Robert Mitchum (his 3rd appearance so far on this list), Robert Ryan, Peter Faulk and Arthur Kennedy.

P.S. For some reason I found the fact that the Battle of Anzio ended the day before D-Day started very interesting.


Movie #18 The Longest Day....John Wayne and an all-star cast tell the story of D-Day.


Normandy Landings D-Day: June 6th, 1944

The real event: The Normandy landings, also known as Operation Neptune, was the largest amphibious invasion in world history.

The movie: Nearly 20 years later, Hollywood turned this epic battle into an epic movie with the release of The Longest Day (1963). The Longest Day's cast included John Wayne, Robert Mitchum (4th time he is listed on hub), Henry Fonda, Richard Burton, Sean Connery and Peter Lawford. The movie was a smash at the box office and was nominated for 5 Oscars® including one for Best Picture. Obviously when watching this movie and you reach the scenes on the beach, please feel free to watch the first hour of Saving Private Ryan to watch probably the most accurate portrayal of the brutal beach landing.


Movie #19 Valkyrie...Tom Cruise tries and fails to assassinate Hitler...but at least he tried.


Operation Valkyrie: July 20th, 1944

The real event: Operation Valkyrie was an attempt by certain German generals to take control of Germany after Adolf Hitler was assassinated. However, Hitler survived the attempt on his life and instead had many Germany officers executed.

The movie: Valkyrie (2008) stars Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg one of the officers involved in the assassination attempt. One of the few Cruise movies not to be a hit at the box office.


Movie #20 A Bridge Too a movie filled with superstars a young Anthony Hopkins steals the movie.


Operation Market Garden: September 17th - 24th, 1944

The real event: Operation Market Garden was the largest airborne operation every to be attempted. Fought in Netherlands and Germany it is largely forgotten because the operation was a failure as Allied forces were unable to secure the most important bridge, the bridge at Arnhem.

The movie: A Bridge Too Far (1977) stars James Caan, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Laurence Olivier, Gene Hackman and Robert Redford. A Bridge Too Far is one of my favorite movies and I highly recommend watching this movie.


Movie #21 Battle of the Bulge...Robert Shaw is the German's last hope.


Battle of the Bulge: December 1944 - February 25th, 1945

The real event: The Battle of the Bulge was Germany's last ditch attempt to win the war. As the Allied forces got closer and closer to Germany, the Germans decided on a major offense attack that was designed to split the Allied forces in half. Lack of fuel resources caused the German attack to fail.

The movie: Battle of the Bulge (1965) stars Henry Fonda, Robert Ryan and Charles Bronson as American officers who are caught in the middle of the battle. Soon after it's release, former President Dwight Eisenhower denounced the film due to it's glaring historical inaccuracies. Who would have thought Hollywood would make some mistakes?


Movie #22 Letters From Iwo Jima....of the many movies on Iwo Jima....Letters From Iwo Jima is the best.


The Battle of Iwo Jima: February 19th, 1945 to March 1945

The real event: Iwo Jima is only 750 miles away from Tokyo. Obviously both Japanese forces and Allied forces wanted to control the island. Japan wanted the island to protect their mainland while the Allied forces wanted the island so they could bomb the mainland. The end result was some of the most brutal fighting in the history of warfare.

The movie: Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) is from legendary director Clint Eastwood and tells the story from the Japanese side of things. Letters From Iwo Jima was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar®. Eastwood also directed Flags of our Fathers which also takes place on Iwo Jima but tells the story from the Allied side. Another classic Iwo Jima movie is John Wayne's The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949).


Movie #23 The Bridge at Remagen....stars George Segal.


Battle of the Bridge at Remagen: March 7th, 1945

The real event: With the United States 9th Armored Division closing in on Germany, the Germans decided to blow up the last bridge (Ludendorff Bridge) on the Rhine river, even though it would trap many German soldiers on the wrong side of the Rhine river.

The movie: The Bridge at Remagen (1969) stars George Segal and Ben Gazzara as American soldiers trying to keep the bridge up while Robert Vaughn plays a German officer trying blow the bridge up.


Movie #24 Downfall....this Oscar nominated movie shows Hitler's last ten days.


Hitler's Last 10 Days: April 20th, 1945 - April 30th, 1945

The real event: As Russian and Allied forces closed in on Hitler and Berlin, Hitler moved to his bunker. On April 30th, Hitler killed himself and by May 8th all fighting had stopped and the war in Europe was over after 6 very long years.

The movie: Downfall (2004) is a German movie that tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of World War II. Downfall is ranked as the 103rd best movie according to IMDb(Internet Movie Database). Downfall was nominated for a Oscar® for Best Foreign Film in 2004. The only movie on this list that I have not seen....but it is now on my list of movies to watch.


Movie #25 Enola Gay: The Men, The Mission, the Atomic Bomb.


Enola Gay Flight Mission: August 6th, 1945

The real event: Even though the war in Europe had been over for three months, the war in the Pacific was still taking great tolls. The Battle of Okinawa lasted 82 days from early April to mid June 1945 and saw the battle result in the highest number of casualties in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Japan lost over 100,000 soldiers and the Allies suffered more than 65,000 casualties of all kinds. The United States in an effort to avoid further conflicts like Okinawa decided to drop two atomic bombs on Japan. By August 15th,1945, Japan had surrendered and World War II was over

The movie: Enola Gay: The Men, The Mission, the Atomic Bomb (1980) looks at the decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it. Billy Crystal (in a rare dramatic role) and Patrick Duffy star in this TV movie.


Other notes:

1. My late father was a huge fan (he was 9 when the war ended) of World War II movies. His favorite movies and movies he regularly mentioned had a great deal of influence in the movies that I picked in this hub.

2. Of the 25 movies listed.....3 won Best Picture Oscars®, 5 more were nominated for Best Picture and 2 were nominated for Best Foreign Picture with Life is Beautiful winning.

3. Robert Mitchum has four movies on the list.....he is followed by Robert Ryan and Henry Fonda with three movies each.

4. Movie #26 would have to be 1946's The Best Years of Our Lives....which is about the return of the World War II veterans to the United States after the war was finally over. While Movie #27 would have to be 1961's Judgment at Nuremberg...which is about the Holocaust and Post World War II trials at Nuremberg in 1947.....I am including these two movies just in case you have another 6 hours for a movie sprint versus a marathon.

5. Some great World War II movies did not make the list because they covered too many events in the war.....movies like Patton, The Big Red One, and Empire of the Sun come immediately to mind.

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VK on February 08, 2018:

What about The Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare and Kelly's Heroes?

Theodore Coleshaw on August 22, 2017:

Wonderful list, it certainly compliments my own thoughts and I have most of the films listed here in my archive, my personal favourites being Where Eagles Dare and Kelly's Heroes (neither count for this list being fictional but I watch time and time again). I appreciate there are another 30-odd war films that couldn't make the list but if there's one glaring and critical omission to the chronology it's the 1958 John Mills classic, Dunkirk.

Duane on January 16, 2015:

If you decide to update this hub then try to also add in The Devil's Brigade. The taking of that one hill saved a lot of lives with very few left to tell about it.

Congrats on a great site. I have seen 20 that you listed and The Dambusters is also one of my favs.

Donna from Southern California on November 19, 2014:

Great Hub! Congratulations on the Hubbie! I love old movies, what a great list!

Carlo Giovannetti from Puerto Rico on May 25, 2013:

As both a film and WW2 buff, I can see myself watching this marathon. I haven't seen several of these, so it's a possibility. Great hub!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on December 29, 2012:

This is amazing. I am a big fan of WWII movies and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading this Hub. This was clearly a big effort so thank you for putting this together. In addition to the great list of movies it's like a history lesson on WWII. Excellent, excellent job. For anyone with an interest in WWII this is a must read. Voting up and sharing.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on September 04, 2012:

Hey 34th Bomb Group....thanks for the revisit and the comment.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on September 04, 2012:

Hey ThoughtSandwiches....that is very interesting that your mom was a huge fan of World War 2 mom would go with my dad but I do not think she was very happy about it. I saw Midway in the theater with them as well. Battle of the Bulge was a movie I saw countless times on tv as a kid. I appreciate the comment, the votes and the share.

34th Bomb Group from Western New York State on September 02, 2012:

You're absolutely correct. Great decision!!!


ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on September 01, 2012:


I got my love of World War 2 movies from my mom who was also a huge fan. (We saw Midway in the theater four or five times) . This is an excellent and comprehensive list, of which, I have seen most of them. The few I missed I plan to Netflix at first opportunity! I like how you included Battle of the Bulge...yeah..plenty of errors...but I still liked it a lot!



PS...Up and Sharing.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 29, 2012:

Hey 34th Bomb Group....I thought about including Enemy of the Gates as the Stalingrad entry.....but I thought Battle of Stalingrad shows more history than Enemy of the Gates does. Both are excellent films....but Enemy of the Gates is more of a cat and mouse game between the two snipers versus the actually battle of Stalingrad. I appreciate the suggestion of such an awesome World War 2 movie.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 29, 2012:

Hey FullofLoveSites....thanks for taking the tour of World War 2 movies and history. I appreciate the very nice compliment and the comment....not to mention the follow.

34th Bomb Group from Western New York State on August 29, 2012:

Did you consider the one whose name I can't remember w/Jude Law as the Russian sniper & Ed Harris as his Nazi counterpart? I think it showed the War from the Soviet p.o.v. rather well.

FullOfLoveSites from United States on August 29, 2012:

Wow!! great effort in compiling this list. Great great hub. and a good history tour too. I really appreciate it.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 27, 2012:

Hey Jools....thanks for visiting my war marathon....I think you are right it would take weeks to watch all of these movies in order. The Sound of Music has been a popular choice to start off the marathon...and I give all the credit to my wife for suggesting it...I would have come up at least 100 other movies before I would have remembered The Sound of Music.

I like the older war movies as well....I tried to include all eras in the list....which was a fun list to make...though difficult as I left so many classics off the list. Thanks for the votes and the comment.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on August 25, 2012:

Bruce, amazing and epic hub! What a brilliant idea this war movie marathon would be (though you'd need to spread it out over a number of weeks). I have seen a lot of these movies and I must say, I liked this starting with Sound of Music which has war as its backstory. My preference usually runs to older war movies though I think the 1960s has some excellent WW2 movies worth seeing, Battle of Britain is very good among others. Well researched hub which is voted up and across the board pretty much, shared and pinned :o)

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 10, 2012:

Hey dallas93444.....thanks for the visit and the very nice comment....and I greatly appreciate the kudos for my award.

Dallas W Thompson from Bakersfield, CA on August 10, 2012:

Outstanding! Wish my high school history teacher presented this topic the way you have: concise and meaningful. Congratulations on your award!

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 10, 2012:

Hey 34th Bomb Group....glad to hear that 12 O'Clock high was pretty accurate. I know that some of the management techniques of the commanders...especially Colonel Frank Armstrong's approach....were used as a business model after the war ended.

I love a good comment that offers alternative thoughts about my I greatly appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 10, 2012:

Hey ....being a movie buff, I have seen hundreds of war movies.....but I never thought of a timeline once I started thinking that way I became fascinated with how the movies fit like pieces of a puzzle. It took about a month from the idea to the publication of the hub....The Sound of Music was added near the end.....when my wife suggested first I thought no way....but now I am glad it is in the it really starts you off in a good mood...but the evil of Nazism starts to creep in by the end of the movie.

Glad you enjoyed this hub.....when I finished I thought it was a pretty interesting idea....but I had no idea it would win anything ....much less a Best Hub of the year.....thanks for the comment and kudos...they are both greatly appreciated.

34th Bomb Group from Western New York State on August 10, 2012:

Thank you for your kind remarks. My Dad never spoke about The War until the final five years of his life and one of his comments was that Twelve O'Clock High showed what it was REALLY all about.

Please don't think I was being critical - I'm amazed with your time and effort put into your very enjoyable Hub!

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 10, 2012:

Hey 34th Bomb Group....thanks for stopping by....I greatly appreciate the kind words. I gave The Best Years of Our Lives a mention under the other notes part of the hub. When I started out with this project....I wanted to pick 25 I thought 25 movies should cover most of the war ....yet be about the right size for a hub. Limiting the hub to 25 movies... caused many great movies to not make the list....a great movie like Patton covered too many events to be included. Others that got serious consideration ....To Hell and Back, Millions Like Us, Kelly's Heroes and The Dirty Dozen.

Mrs. Miniver is one of my favorites as well.....and Twelve O'clock was a favorite of my dad as older boys and I watch that movie every year in honor of my late father....very interesting about your dad being there....I am sure he had lots of thoughts on the movie....what was true and what was Hollywood....that is a conversation I would have loved to have heard....thanks for the comment. on August 10, 2012:

As I read this I wondered how much research you would have had to do in order to bring to light this chronology!I've seen a few of these movies but somehow you put everything into perspective here - I can see why you won the award - classic hub congrats Cogerson!

34th Bomb Group from Western New York State on August 10, 2012:

Very interesting! You obviously devoted a lot of time & energy to your project.

Of course I disagree with some of your picks, but that goes with the territory. One of my favorites? Mrs. Miniver. My Dads? Twelve O'clock High (he was there). How you came to leave "The Best Years of Our Lives" off your list troubles me. Maybe it's the often lousy acting.

Up & across!

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 08, 2012:

Thank you Shaun....I have to admit leaving the grocery business was probably one of the best decisions I ever made....and cool things like winning a Hubbie only makes it better....thanks for the visit and the support.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 08, 2012:

Thank you Sunshine for the comment, compliment, kudos and the visit. Congrats to you on your win....2 years in a row that you have won a Hubbie a very impressive accomplishment.

ShaunBroncoMan on August 07, 2012:

Way to go buddy, maybe leaving the grocery business was not such a bad idea after all. You are the man.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on August 07, 2012:

Awesome hub! Great details, photos and info! I saw Private Ryan, once. That's it for me.

Congratulations Cogerson, a well earned Hubbie Award! :)

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 07, 2012:

Thank you BERN1960/Mom....I appreciate the kind words....glad you have enjoyed my hubs over the last year and half.....they have been fun to write....I think Dad would have gotten a kick out of this hub....and even more of a kick that it won an award. Thanks for the support and for stopping by.

BERN1960 on August 07, 2012:


UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 07, 2012:

Hey Steve....thanks for the kudos.....I greatly appreciate it. I am stunned that I won Best All Around Hubber....but very happy to have won it. Not sure which song would play as the Cogerson Maybe the Wild West Marathon will be coming soon.

Steve Lensman from Manchester, England on August 07, 2012:

Congratulations on winning Best Hub and Best All Around Hubber Bruce, kudos amigo!

Is there like an Olympic gold medal you can stick at the top of this hub? :)

Looking forward to your Wild West Movie Marathon.

Vote Up Up and Away!

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 07, 2012:

Hey nishlaverz.....thanks for the update....I just did a quick IMDB search on The Dambusters....and it is getting a 7.3 rating which is pretty sounds like a movie that I will enjoy.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 07, 2012:

Hey hinton.....thanks for the visit, the comment, the compliment and the votes they are all greatly appreciated.

Hey kelly......I greatly appreciate all the support you have provided during my HubPage adventure. Thanks for such nice words.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 07, 2012:

Thank you tammyswallow....and congrats to you and your Hubbie win as well.....I am very glad you won.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 07, 2012:

Hey mckbirdbks....thanks for the comment and the is greatly appreciated. And I want to say congrats to you for winning the Best Fiction Writer Hubbie....job well done.

nishlaverz from N.E England on August 07, 2012:

The Dambusters is about the RAF bomber squadron who used a bouncing bomb to destroy a German dam.

KellyE1967 on August 06, 2012:

I am so proud of you, you really have outdone yourself with this hub. Congrats on your two Hubbie wins. I think you now have 3 Hubbies to your credit do you not?

hinton1966 on August 06, 2012:

Congrats Cogerson. You have written a pretty impressive hub and now you have an award to go with it. Awesome.

Tammy from North Carolina on August 06, 2012:

Congratulations to you! I see why this is the best hub of the year! Way to rock the Hubbie awards. :)

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on August 06, 2012:

Congratulations Cogerson. You have been recognized for the best Hub. That is a great accomplishment. Excuse me, recognized for winning Best All-Around Hubber & Best Hub 2012

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 06, 2012:

Hey dad was a huge World War 2 fan....I thought of him often while writing this hub. Glad I picked some movies that they really liked. That is very cool about you knowing the son of John Bradley....probably one of the most famous photos ever....thanks for the compliment and the comment they are both greatly appreciated.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 06, 2012:

Hey jeolmoz2....I appreciate the kudos...I was not even aware that I won those categories, I actually figured my best chance to win was for Best Avatar....but I am very happy that I did....thanks for visit and the comment.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on August 06, 2012:

Hey nishlaverz.....thanks for stopping by....I gave Saving Private Ryan a mention in the Longest Day summary....but I have to admit I am not aware of The Dambusters. I will have to check that one out. Thanks for the heads up on another World War II movie.

moonlake from America on August 06, 2012:

My husband and dad loved all the old war movies you mention in this hub.

We know the son to John Bradley in the picture of the Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima. John was one of the three survivors. Great hub very interesting voted up.

Julio E Olmo Sr from Florida, USA on August 06, 2012:

Congratulations re: winning Best All-Around Hubber & Best Hub 2012

nishlaverz from N.E England on August 06, 2012:

My fav's of all time are The Dambusters and Saving Private Ryan

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on July 28, 2012:

Hey Rob.....good to hear from you....hope your show is going well and with lots of good news. I appreciate the compliment and the visit....this was a fun hub to write.

Rob from Oviedo, FL on July 27, 2012:

Hi Bruce; Great idea for a hub. Lots of great movies here. Good job placing them in their historic context.

Well done,


UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on July 03, 2012:

Hey tillsontitan.....thanks for the visit and the awesome compliment. I am guessing the two you have not seen are Downfall and Stalingrad. Thanks for the votes and the I am very happy with the way this hub turned out....and it was even light on

Mary Craig from New York on July 02, 2012:

Talk about impressive! The movies, the information and the sheer grandeur of this hub are incredible. I have to say there are only two movies on the list that I haven't seen. I live around military men and they like to watch war movies.

You did a great job of summing up each picture. I think this hub is as Oscar worthy as the great war movies were!

Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting. Shared with followers.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on July 02, 2012:

Hey Flora...thanks for returning to my hub....hope your weekend went well. Looking at your list of ones that you have seen....I would say Midway(all-star cast) and Tora! Tora! Tora! are the ones I would highly recommend....with Tora being the better of the two....although it is fun to play spot the stars in Midway...James Coburn is in the movie for about 2 minutes(maybe).

I have not seen Anzio in many many moons....I remember it being pretty good....with Mitchum standing out. I will look into a western marathon in the that would be a huge marathon.....and I know I would have to include Tombstone as the OK Coral movie....thanks for the comments and for sharing your movie watching history.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on July 02, 2012:

Hey BryRog57.....I mentioned in the other notes section that I did not include Patton.....although it is a covers too many years of the I stuck with movies that only covered one part of the war.....but it is a great movie.

Flora Breen Robison on July 01, 2012:

Here are the films you include in the marathon that I have seen:

The Sound of music (I was in this on stage as Sister Sophia)

Mrs. Miniver

The battle of Britain

The Desert Rats (only once to see Mason's cameo-I know The Desert Fox well)


Das Boot

Destination: Tokyo

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

Life is Beautiful (once)

Twelve O'Clock High

The Great Escape

The Longest Day

A Bridge Too Far

Notes: I have seen some of these films multiple times. There are, as stated before, other versions of the same events that I have seen. For example, I have seen Lee Marvin's version of The Thin Red Line, and The desert Fox covers the assassination attempt of Hitler as a main plot line. I would love to see you do a Western timeline marathon too.

Of the films I haven't seen that are included, I am most interested in seeing Anzio-a lot of my favourites are in it.


BryRog57 on June 29, 2012:

Wheres Patton?

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on June 29, 2012:

Hey mckbirdbks....thanks for the compliment and the comment...both are greatly appreciated. I remember how much you like The Great Escape....and I was sure to include it in the is a movie that gets better and better as time goes by. I am glad that Sound of Music gave you a is the perfect movie to start the marathon....start you off happy....but the misery of war comes pounding down on

I also agree with you about A Bridge Too of the best World War II movies out there....and a movie that does not get mentioned too frequently....but some many great scenes and so many stars to watch.

I was going to include Best Years of Our Lives as the last movie.....but I decided to go with Destination Tokyo instead...because it fit so well with Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo....thanks again for the visit.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on June 29, 2012:

Hey Flora....thanks for stopping by....and yes I am amazed that you have seen 13 of these movies. But then again 16 of the movies were made before you born. I have seen 24 of the 25 movies...with Downfall being the missing movie....I almost bought it tonight....but I still have not checked my library to see if they carry it.

I will gladly take that job at Interesting that foreign films are the exception to your rule....Life Is Beautiful is one of the best movies I have seen in the last ten years....and Stalingrad is unforgettable as well. I look forward to further comments from you and I greatly appreciate the compliment on the hub....and tables at all in the entire hub.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on June 29, 2012:

Hello Cogerson. What a good idea to run this movie list in comparison to the actual events. The Great Escape, as you know is one of my all time favorite movies. I have seen many of them. I had to laugh when you started with Sound of Music, but it is indeed acurate.

'A Bridge Too Far' may be the best WWII movie made. I also appreciate that 'The Best Years of Our Lives' got a mention. There was plenty of reality when the troops returned home also.

This hub is a hit. You have captured the American Psyche.

Flora Breen Robison on June 29, 2012:

Hey, Bruce.

I got your email about this great hub and I will write about it in more detail later tonight/this weekend, but I just want to say what a fabulous idea this is and I think you'd do a great job of programming Turner Classic movies memorial day weekend marathons they do.

Without giving any lists of what I've seen or not seen, once or multiple times, until I have had time to thoroughly read this hub, I will quickly say that because of my love of certain actors who made war films and wishing to see the most famous titles (Das Boot fits in here, by the way, though it is from my lifetime), I have seen 13 of these films that you choose to include in this marathon. Considering that this is more than 50% of the total, I am sure that people who know I am not a war film fan are surprised at that total, especiaslly since there is a huge number of potential films you could have chosn that depict the same events that this group happens to have many.

One thing I will say. my penchant for not watching recent (since I was born) movies does not extend to foreign language films be they my own country of Canada or across the seas. I've seen several Oscar nominated movies in the last decade, for example.

Till later....


UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on June 29, 2012:

Hey Shawn325.....I think after 58 hours of war movies....everybody would have the "thousand yard stare". Thanks for the visit and the comment.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on June 29, 2012:

Hey fpherj48....glad I am I will go back to researching that romantic comedy movie

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on June 29, 2012:

Hey ata1515.....thanks for stopping by and checking out this World War II movie hub. I know exactly what you mean when you talk about "This was one of your grandfathers favorite movies." I am now using it with my kids about my dad's favorite movies. Thanks for the votes up and for sharing my hub...both are greatly appreciated.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on June 29, 2012:

Hey Alun....thanks for the visit and for the awesome compliment they are both greatly appreciated. As for the movies....funny line about Sound of Music.....the Great Escape is one of my favorite of all-time.....but I have never been much of a fan of Battle of Britain....although Steve Lensman has told me numerous times that I am mistaken in that that makes two people that I respect their movie opinion of so highly of Battle of Britain.

As for has now made it to the top of the list of movies to watch.....I am efforting securing a copy to watch in the very near future. Thanks for stopping by and I am very glad that you like this hub so much.

ShawnH325 on June 29, 2012:

Fantastic idea, wow these 25 movies must all be long as I would have thought maybe a day and half of constant viewing versus almost 3 days. I am sure if I would watch all 25 movies in a row I would have that vacant look that many veterans have after serving in action. The next time I have to stay awake three days I will do this marathan.

Suzie from Carson City on June 29, 2012: !! No need for you to prove a thing, buddy! You're No 1 around here.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on June 29, 2012:

Hey JKenny....glad you like my hub....I really think this is the best hub I have ever written(then again don't I think that ever Downfall is now very high on my list of movies to watch. As for Twelve O'Clock you need to watch....back in the 1950s and 1960s management courses used this movie as a guide to being a good you get Gregory Peck in a classic movie.

As for Bridge on the River was considered, I just was not sure how accurate the real event was and the fact that the movie covers a huge I did not include it. Thanks for the comment and the visit.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on June 29, 2012:

Hey fpherj48....thanks for stopping by and commenting....especially with war movies not being your favorite.....after my Elizabeth Taylor hub....I felt I had to re-prove my masculinity again and what a better way than a hub on war Thanks for the visit.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on June 29, 2012:

Hey mtd....I agree A Midnight Clear and Fat Man and Little Boy would fit nicely into this chronology. Another one I thought of was Slaughter-House Five which is based on Kurt Vonnegut's experience during the bombing of Dresden....but is probably too strange of a movie to make this list....thanks for the compliment and for stopping by.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on June 29, 2012:

Hey Holt....glad to see you found my hub ineresting and informative. Glad to see you mention 12 O'Clock is a classic movie that seems to get better with each viewing.

ata1515 from Buffalo, New York. on June 28, 2012:

My grandfather fought in WWII and I grew watching the older movies on this list hearing "This was one of your grandfathers favorite movies." Great research and innovative idea here. Voted up and shared!

Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on June 28, 2012:

A very very nice idea for a hub Cogerson, and a very interesting exercise which I guess could be applied to other historic subjects too. What's more, the beautiful layout with photos makes it - in my opinion - one of the very best to read.

Of the films you mention, I've seen nearly half, and many are classics. Particular favourites include 'Battle of Britain', and 'The Great Escape'. And I must confess to liking 'The Sound of Music' (despite all those annoyingly nice children). As it happens, perhaps my favourite of all is the one you say you haven't yet seen - 'Downfall'. I've seen it several times just recently; it's the only foreign language film on my top 100 list and it is rising up with each viewing. I'll probably put it in the top 30 next time I amend the list. It's a great study of mental anguish, dilemma and despair. Certainly I'd say watch that film. It's tremendous.

But I'm a great believer in well presented hubs, and as I say Cogerson, this is one of the most attractive I've seen by anyone. Voted up in lots of ways. Alun.

James Kenny from Birmingham, England on June 28, 2012:

What a great compilation of films, very, very useful for anyone who wants to learn more about WW2. My favourites in this list are 'Memphis Belle' and 'Downfall' I've never seen 'Twelve O'Clock High' but I'd like to someday. Just thought of another great film' A Bridge Over the River Kwai.' absolute classic!

Suzie from Carson City on June 28, 2012:

Coge....although I always love your hubs and also learn something I never knew before (Thank you!)......I must admit that I avoid all war movies. I do like the old actors who starred in some of these movies...but even that's not enough to pull me in.....Good Job, Coge!!

mtd on June 28, 2012:

Wow! Great idea! I would have liked Fat Man And Little Boy for the coverage of the bomb. And for funzies, A Midnight Clear is a great movie! There's so many more movies that come to mind. And yet, so many of the ones you have listed, I wasn't aware of. Thanks!

Holt on June 28, 2012:

Dude you have to stop educating me while you entertain me, I am not sure used to such things happening. You have listed some classics like Longest Day and 12 o'clock High. You have written a very interesting hubber.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on June 28, 2012:

Hey Steve thanks for the votes and the compliment...and even more thanks for sharing the "red line" as it really makes the hub look much more professional.

This was a fun hub to research and it even helped me get a better understanding of the timeline of many of my favorite war movies.....I still think it is amazing that Anzio ended the day before D-Day started....can you imagine a soldier that got transferred from Anzio to Normandy on June 4th?

Schlinder's List is a great movie and an important movie but Life is Beautiful is a movie that I can watch more than once...not sure if I will ever watch Schindler's List ever again.

Other movies that I debated putting in.....Kelly's Heroes, PT 109, The Eagle Has Landed(was not sure if that one was true) and They Were Expendable ....but there are maybe a 1000 World War 2 movies out there...I am sure that you could create a month by month movie marathon.

A western one could be interesting as well....thanks for the visit.

Steve Lensman from Manchester, England on June 28, 2012:

Whoa Bruce you've done awesome work here amigo, this must have taken some time to research and put together, kudos!

It's good to see films like Das Boot and Stalingrad get a mention and it makes sense that Saving Private Ryan only gets a mention for its opening D-Day landings.

I like how you started it with The Sound of Music one of the last films people would expect to see on a war hub but it fits in well with the chronology.

The most famous film missing from here I would say is Schindler's List, Life is Beautiful has taken it's place.

It's good to see Judgment at Nuremberg get a mention in the note box.

Excellent work Bruce and a fascinating concept. How about a Western event chronology next?

Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome!

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on June 28, 2012:

Thanks for the compliment Will....hopefully you found the timeline interesting as I did since I have seen almost all of these movies myself....thanks for the visit.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on June 28, 2012:

Excellent! I've seen them all, but I will now watch them again and in order.

UltimateMovieRankings (author) from Virginia on June 28, 2012:

Hey BERN1960.....congrats on being first. Unfortunately no matter how horrible war seems to be something that is always going on....maybe the future will figure out how to stop that from happening.

Yes thankfully Bryan had a relative uneventful tour of Iraq...I am sure dad is one of the reason that you have seen so many of the movies on the list.....sadly I could not include one of his favorites....A Bridge on the River Kwai. Thanks for the visit and the votes up.

BERN1960 on June 28, 2012:

WOW WOW WOW - Such interesting facts - it was interesting to see the many movies made of WAR. Why has the world not realized that WAR only brings death, destruction and violence BY NOW...WE HAVE NOT LEARNED FROM HISTORY THAT WAR IS HORRIBLE. Thanks for the research and such great facts COGERSON. Hey, I am first on your comments. I voted AWESOME...Note: I have seen most of the movies on your list a few times......KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BRUCE. As an extra note my grandson, Bryan, your son, Bryan is in the Air Force and though he has been to Iraq he was not involved in the fighting. So many lives have been lost and so many people badly injured. LETS END ALL WARS....................

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