1940s war movies list
1940s war movies list

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1940s war movies

1940s war movies were made partly during the World War 2 and partly just after. During the war they were mostly used as propaganda materials to boost the morale of men fighting on the fronts, but also to keep up the spirit of people back at home. Of course it was made in different ways - Americans were creating movies concentrating on brave Americans fighting the barbarian enemies concentrated rather on adventure elements (like Operation Burma, Action in the North Atlantic, Sahara).

British, taking from experiences from World War I, when terrible news from the front were resulting in more volunteers to join the army, during World War 2 were showing more down-to-earth stories often describing the reality of England in war conditions or even how people were tired of fighting (like We Dive at Dawn, In Which We Serve).

German were creating mostly the propaganda movies showing the reasons to start the war or appealing to patriotic (like Heimkehr, Menschen im Sturm, Soldaten von Morgen). Similiar story was with Japanese war movies that depicted the heroic Japanese army fighting the barbaric nations (f.e. Moyuru ozora, Nishizumi senshacho-den).

After the end of World War 2 there were two ways that creators of war movies went - most of the American directors kept the main theme of adventures during the war, while in other countries it was more important to show the horrible side of the war.


Northwest Passage 1940 war movie

Northwest Passage (1940)

Rogers’ Rangers go on a raid to plunder the Indian village located behind enemy lines.

British Intelligence 1940 war movie

British Intelligence (1940)

German spy is sent to Great Britain to gather informations from household of cabinet minister Arthur Bennett. But in the world of spies nothing is simple.

You’re in the Army Now 1941 war movie

You’re in the Army Now (1941)

Two vacuum cleaners salesmen accidentally sign up for service in American cavalry unit just before the new weapon in introduced - the tanks.

Alfa Tau! 1942 war movie

Alfa Tau! (1942)

Tension raises in Italian Navy submarine base when the loses are getting higher. Filmed during the war on board of active submarine.

Flying Tigers 1942 war movie

Flying Tigers (1942)

American volunteers of the Flying Tigers squadron fight the Japanese airforce over China.

Wake Island 1942 war movie

Wake Island (1942)

Based on true events of US Marines outpost on the Wake Island that was fighting the Japanese navy.

Sahara 1943 war movie

Sahara (1943)

American M3 tank crew members, stranded in the middle of Sahara desert, find themselves surrounded by German battalion trying to get to the only water supply in the area.

Action in the North Atlantic 1943 war movie

Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

American merchant navy crew takes part in the large convoy to Murmansk and faces German submarines and planes.

We Dive at Dawn 1943 war movie

We Dive at Dawn (1943)

British submarine sent on a special mission to intercept the German battleship.

Aerial Gunner 1943 war movie

Aerial Gunner (1943)

American airman joisn the course for aerial gunners and have to face difficult trials and his old enemy.

Destroyer 1943 war movie

Destroyer (1943)

Steve Boleslavski, a shipyard worker, decides to return to active service in the navy to serve on the new USS John Paul Jones destroyer.

Lifeboat 1944 war movie

Lifeboat (1944)

Survivors from ship sunk by U-boat are joined by German sailor and together have to find the way to survive.

The Fighting Seabees 1944 war movie

The Fighting Seabees (1944)

Story of American construction company that built the airfields on the islands captured by the Marines.

Days of Glory 1944 war movie

Days of Glory (1944)

Ballet dancer joins the partisans group and fights the German occupation forces.

Back To Bataan 1945 war movie

Back To Bataan (1945)

American soldier organizes the Filipino guerrillas to disrupt the Japanese occupation and prepare ground for Allied invasion.

Story of G.I. Joe 1945 war movie

Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

Italian campaign seen by the eyes of American war correspondent.

Battleground 1949 war movie

Battleground (1949)

Small group of American soldiers are trapped near Bastogne by German offensive and very cold winter.

Sands of Iwo Jima 1949 war movie

Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

Platoon of Marines arrive to Guadalcanal. It is their last stop before attack on heavily fortified Tarawa and Iwo Jima.