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                    Merchant Marine, Fishing

                    16 visitors recommend:
                    Action in the North Atlantic (VHS)
                    Source: Lloyd Bacon, Byron Haskin, directors
                    Humphrey Bogart as the X.O. on a Liberty Ship. One of the most popular early WWII action movies. Amazon readers give it 4.5 stars. (1943)
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                    War

                    82 visitors recommend:
                    Saving Private Ryan (DVD)
                    Source: Steven Spielberg, director
                    Tom Hanks and Matt Damon star in this modern classic of a war movie. Includes a realistic, terrible scene of Omaha Beach on D-Day. (1999)
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                    46 visitors recommend:
                    Enemy at the Gates (DVD)
                    Source: Jean-Jacques Annaud, director
                    A magnificent modern WWII movie! A Russian sharpshooter (Jude Law) and a German sharpshooter (Ed Harris) duel at the Battle of Stanlingrad. This movie is extremely well made. It provides honest historical context -- showing the brutality of the communists as well as the Nazis -- and rivots you with a good story. (2001)
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                    16 visitors recommend:
                    So Proudly We Hail (VHS)
                    Source: Mark Sandrich, director
                    The story of nurses on Bataan and Correigador during WWII. Claudette Colbert, Veronica Lake, and Paulette Goddard star. Amazon reviewers give it 4.5 stars. (1943)
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                    14 visitors recommend:
                    Thin Red Line (DVD)
                    Source: Terrence Malick, director
                    One of the rare modern WWII movies set in the Pacific (mainly the battle for Guadalcanal). Excellent. (1999)
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                    12 visitors recommend:
                    World War II movie collection (DVD)
                    Source: History Channel
                    A four-disc collection including four of the best Hollywood movies on the war ever made -- "The Thin Red Line," "Patton," "Tora! Tora! Tora!" and "The Longest Day." (2001)
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                    4 visitors recommend:
                    The Young Lions (DVD)
                    Source: Edward Dmytryk, director
                    A German officer -- Marlon Brando -- and two American soldiers -- Montgomery Clift and Dean Martin -- whose lives intersect outside a concentration camp. (1958)
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                    2 visitors recommend:
                    Kings Go Forth (DVD)
                    Source: Delmer Daves, director
                    A melodrama about two GIs (Frank Sinatra and Tony Curtis) in France at the end of the WWII competing for the love of a local girl (Natalie Wood). Amazon reviewers give it 5 stars. (1958)
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                    Air Forces, Military Aviation

                    22 visitors recommend:
                    Twelve O'Clock High (DVD)
                    Source: Henry King, director
                    A highly acclaimed drama about American bomber squadrons based in England in WWII. It includes real footage. Stars Gregory Peck. Amazon reviewers give it 4.5 stars. (1949)
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                    21 visitors recommend:
                    Air Force (VHS)
                    Source: Howard Hawks, director
                    A B-17 takes off on December 7, 1941 and witnesses Pearl Harbor. Amazon readers give it 4.5 stars. (1943)
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                    18 visitors recommend:
                    Command Decision (VHS)
                    Source: Sam Wood, director
                    Clark Gable wrestles with having to send crews on suicidally dangerous missions over Japan. Amazon reviewers give it 5 stars. (1949)
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                    14 visitors recommend:
                    Desperate Journey (DVD)
                    Source: Raoul Walsh, director
                    Enjoyable propaganda starring Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan as downed pilots fighting to escape Germany. (1942)
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                    13 visitors recommend:
                    Walter Grauman (VHS)
                    Source: David Seltzer, director
                    Cliff Robertson is Yank in the Royal Air Force. The modern appeal of this movie for many people is that it features real RAF Mosquito fighter/bombers. Amazon reviewers give it 4 stars. (1964)
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                    8 visitors recommend:
                    Hanover Street (DVD)
                    Source: Peter Hyams, director
                    Harrison Ford is an American fighter pilot stationed in England. Amazon reviewers give it 4 stars. (1979)
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                    3 visitors recommend:
                    The War Lover (VHS)
                    Source: Philip Leacock, director
                    Steve McQueen and Robert Wagner are B-17 pilots in a love triangle with Shirley Ann Field. Amazon reviewers rave about the aerial photography and give it 5 stars. (1962)
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                    Army, Infantry Battles

                    40 visitors recommend:
                    The Longest Day (DVD)
                    Source: Darryl F. Zanuck, director
                    A D-Day epic. John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, and Richard Burton lead the all-star cast. Amazon reviewers give it 4.5 stars. (1962)
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                    24 visitors recommend:
                    The Bridge at Remagen (DVD)
                    Source: John Guillermin, director
                    It's March 1945 and the Allies struggle to hold the Bridge at Remagan. One of the best World War II action films of the '60s. Amazon reviewers give it 4.5 stars. (1969)
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                    21 visitors recommend:
                    To Hell and Back (VHS)
                    Source: Jesse Hibbs, director
                    Audie Murphy stars as himself in a film about his WWII experieces as a soldier in the Third Infantry Division in Italy and Southern France. Audie was the most decorated American soldier of WWII. Amazon reviewers give it 4.5 stars. (1955)
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                    11 visitors recommend:
                    Anzio (DVD)
                    Source: Edward Dmytryk, director
                    Robert Mitchum and Peter Falk land with the Allies in Anzio, Italy. Amazon readers say its historically inaccurate but entertaining. (1968)
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                    11 visitors recommend:
                    Desert Rats (DVD)
                    Source: Robert Wise, director
                    Richard Burton battles to defend Tobruk against Rommel until the British can regroup. Amazon reviewers give it 5 stars. (1959)
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                    7 visitors recommend:
                    Bataan (DVD)
                    Source: Tay Garnett, director
                    One of MacArthur's platoons fights its way through a retreat in the Phillippine jungle. One of the most popular WWII movies. Amazon reviewers give it 4.5 stars. (1943)
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                    7 visitors recommend:
                    A Walk in the Sun (DVD)
                    Source: Lewis Milestone, director
                    Director Lewis Milestone is the man who created "All Quiet on the Western Front." Here he takes on WWII with a character-based (not action-based) chronicle of an American platoon moving through Italy. (1945)
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                    7 visitors recommend:
                    Three Legendary World War II Movies on DVD
                    Source: Carol Reed, director
                    A nice set for the collection. Three DVDs at a very low price. Includes "Gung Ho," "Go for Broke," and "The Immortal Battalion." (1945)
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                    5 visitors recommend:
                    To the Shores of Tripoli (VHS)
                    Source: H. Bruce Humberstone, director
                    John Payne as a playboy rich kid who joins the Marines. (1942)
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                    5 visitors recommend:
                    Hell Is For Heroes (DVD)
                    Source: Don Siegel, director
                    Steve McQueen, Bob Newhart, and James Coburn star in this story of a heroic, undermanned American platoon in France holding off a German advance. Amazon reviewers give it 4 stars. (1962)
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                    4 visitors recommend:
                    Go for Broke! (DVD)
                    Source: Robert Pirosh, director
                    The story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team -- the Japanese-Americans who fought gallantly in Europe. Amazon reviewers give it 5 stars. (1951)
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                    1 visitors recommend:
                    Everyman's War
                    Source: One-Eighty Films
                    A story of hope and courage. Outgunned and outnumbered, Staff Sgt. Don Smith struggles to find hope and courage against overwhelming odds in one of the decisive confrontations in the "Battle of the Bulge" during WWII.
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                    Navy, Sea Battles

                    22 visitors recommend:
                    The Gallant Hours (VHS)
                    Source: Robert Montgomery, director
                    James Gagney is Admiral William "Bull" Halsey during the early days of the war, including Guadalcanal. Amazon reviewers give it a solid 5 stars. (1960)
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                    11 visitors recommend:
                    The Enemy Below (VHS)
                    Source: Dick Powell, director
                    Robert Mitchum is the captain of an American destroyer and Curt Jurgens is the captain of a German submarine. Amazon reviewers give it 4.5 stars. (1957)
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                    10 visitors recommend:
                    Wackiest Ship in the Army (VHS)
                    Source: Richard Murphy, director
                    A family-oriented comedy. Jack Lemmon stars. Amazon reviewers give it 4 stars. (1961)
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                    8 visitors recommend:
                    Wake Island (VHS)
                    Source: John Farrow, director
                    Amazon reviewers give it 4 stars, one wrote: "The emphasis is on the action here, as it should be, and it is efficiently and effectively played out. There's a number of familiar character actors that give the movie a comfortable feel. The film is competently made, and history lovers and war buffs will no doubt find it entertaining enough." (1942)
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                    8 visitors recommend:
                    Father Goose (DVD)
                    Source: Ralph Nelson, director
                    Cary Grant's final performance. He plays a beach bum who monitors Japanese air activity for the Australian navy when a pretty French schoolmistress and her seven little charges crash land nearby. Amazon reviewers give it 5 stars. (1964)
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                    6 visitors recommend:
                    Lifeboat (VHS)
                    Source: Alfred Hitchcock, director
                    An Alfred Hitchcock mystery set on a lone surviving lifeboat after a German U-boat attack. Amazon reviewers give it 4.5 stars. (1944)
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                    6 visitors recommend:
                    Torpedo Run (VHS)
                    Source: Joseph Pevney, director
                    Glenn Ford is the captain and Ernest Borgnine is the XO on a submarine hunting a Japanese carrier. Amazon reviewers give it 4 stars. (1958)
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                    5 visitors recommend:
                    Fighting Seabees (DVD)
                    Source: Edward Ludwig, director
                    John Wayne and Susan Hayward star in this action classic. (1944)
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                    4 visitors recommend:
                    We Dive at Dawn (VHS)
                    Source: Anthony Asquith, director
                    Country: United Kingdom
                    A British submarine hunts a German warship in the Baltic Sea. Amazon reviewers give it 4.5 stars. (1943)
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                    1 visitors recommend:
                    Hellcats of the Navy (VHS)
                    Source: Nathan Juran, director
                    Ronald Reagan is the commander of a U.S. submarine sent on a special mission. Amazon reviewers give it 4 stars. (1957)
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                    Marines

                    15 visitors recommend:
                    Guadalcanal Diary (DVD)
                    Source: Lewis Seiler, director
                    A somewhat stereotypical war movie made during the war, but relatively true to the facts -- which were dramatic. Amazon reviewers give it 4 stars. (1943)
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                    Paratroopers, Special Forces

                    121 visitors recommend:
                    Band of Brothers (DVD)
                    Source: Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, producers
                    The best WWII miniseries ever made, if not the best movie. Fantastic. Magnificent. Awesome. Inspiring. (2001)
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                    22 visitors recommend:
                    Guns of Navarone (DVD Special Edition)
                    Source: J. Lee Thompson, director
                    Gregory Peck leads a star-studded cast charged with a near impossible mission: destroy a pair of German guns nestled in a protective cave on the strategic Mediterranean island of Navarone. A thrilling war movie. Amazon reviewers give it 4 stars. (1961)
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                    21 visitors recommend:
                    Where Eagles Dare (VHS)
                    Source: Brian G. Hutton, director
                    Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood fight their way to a mountain-top German castle. One of the best WWII movies. Amazon reviewers give it 4.5 stars. (1969)
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                    7 visitors recommend:
                    Devil's Brigade (DVD)
                    Source: Andrew V. McLaglen, director
                    In the tradition of "Dirty Dozen," misfits are transformed into commandos. One Amazon reviewer reports that the movie is used by the Marine Corps as a mountain warfare training tool. (1968)
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                    Espionage

                    17 visitors recommend:
                    Casablanca (DVD)
                    Source: Michael Curtiz, director
                    Is there really anything we could add here? (1943)
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                    12 visitors recommend:
                    Shining Through (VHS)
                    Source: David Seltzer, director
                    Michael Douglas is a spy in Germany, Liam Neeson is a Nazi, and Melanie Griffith is the love interest. Amazon reviewers give it 4 stars. (1992)
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                    10 visitors recommend:
                    The Eagle Has Landed (DVD)
                    Source: John Sturges, director
                    Michael Caine and Donald Sutherland star in this thriller about a Nazi officer who takes over a small town as part of a plot to assassinate Winston Churchill. Amazon reviewers give it 4.5 stars. (1976)
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                    5 visitors recommend:
                    All through the Night (VHS)
                    Source: Vincent Sherman, director
                    A comedy-thriller. Humphrey Bogart is pitted against Nazi saboteurs. Amazon readers give it 5 stars. (1942)
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                    5 visitors recommend:
                    Edge of Darkness (VHS)
                    Source: Lewis Milestone, director
                    Errol Flynn and Ann Sheridan star in this story of a Norwegian village uprising against the Nazi occupation. Amazon reviewers give it 5 stars. (1943)
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                    5 visitors recommend:
                    Golden Earrings (VHS)
                    Source: Mitchell Leisen, director
                    Marlene Dietrich is a seductive gypsy who spies on the Nazis. Amazon reviewers give it 5 stars. (1947)
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                    4 visitors recommend:
                    Blood on the Sun (DVD)
                    Source: Frank Lloyd, director
                    James Cagney plays a tenacious reporter who discovers the Japanese government's plan for world domination. Amazon reviewers give it 4.5 stars. (1945)
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                    4 visitors recommend:
                    Eye of the Needle (DVD)
                    Source: Richard Marquand, director
                    Donald Sutherland stars as a German spy in this thriller based on the Ken Follett bestseller. Amazon reviewers give it 5 stars. (1981)
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                    3 visitors recommend:
                    To Have and Have Not (VHS)
                    Source: Howard Hawks, director
                    Humphrey Bogart and a 20-year-old Lauren Bacall star in a Casablanca-like movie adaptation of an Ernest Hemingway book. Bogart plays a boat captain who reluctantly agrees to help the French Resistance. Amazon reviewers give it 5 stars. (1945)
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                    2 visitors recommend:
                    Background to Danger (VHS)
                    Source: Raoul Walsh, director
                    One Amazon reader writes: "Set in neutral Turkey circa WW2, this nearly-forgotten film is a fast-paced tale of espionage ... a crisp, actionful movie, with a brisk car chase spicing up the latter sections." (1943)
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                    Civilian Life

                    11 visitors recommend:
                    The Best Years of Our Lives (DVD)
                    Source: William Wyler, director
                    A drama about domestic life after World War II. Winner of seven Academy Awards. Amazon reviewers give it 5 stars. (1946)
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                    8 visitors recommend:
                    The Hasty Heart (VHS)
                    Source: Vincent Sherman, director
                    One of Ronald Reagan's best films. A Scottish soldier tries to recover in an Asian hospital near the end of the war. Amazon reviewers give it 4.5 stars. (1949)
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                    7 visitors recommend:
                    Yanks (VHS)
                    Source: John Schlesinger, director
                    Richard Gere and Lisa Eichhorn star in this popular romance movie about American soldiers and English women in WWII. (1979)
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                    Politics of War

                    25 visitors recommend:
                    The Great Escape (DVD)
                    Source: John Sturges, director
                    Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, David McCallum and other stars break out from a Nazi POW camp. One of the true greats. Amazon reviewers give it a solid 5 stars. (1963)
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                    7 visitors recommend:
                    MacArthur (DVD)
                    Source: Joseph Sargent, director
                    Gregory Peck as Douglas MacArthur. (1977)
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                    Prisoners of War

                    18 visitors recommend:
                    Escape From Sobibor (DVD)
                    Source: Jack Gold, director
                    The true story of a daring, successful escape from a Nazi concentration camp in Poland. Amazon reviewers give it 4.5 stars. (1987)
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                    12 visitors recommend:
                    Von Ryan's Express (VHS)
                    Source: Mark Robson, director
                    Frank Sinatra leads a thrilling escape from a World War II POW camp in Italy. Amazon reviewers give it 4.5 stars. (1965)
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                    10 visitors recommend:
                    The Hill (VHS)
                    Source: Sidney Lumet, director
                    Sean Connery stars in this powerful war movie set in a POW camp in Libya. Amazon reviewers give it 5 stars and glowing reviews. (1965)
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                    6 visitors recommend:
                    Captive Hearts (DVD)
                    Source: Paul Almond, director
                    A captured American pilot falls in love with a Japanese girl. (1987)
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