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The Best War Movies and TV Shows on TCM

Finding a good War movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best War movies and TV shows of all time streaming on TCM.

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1. The Bridge on the River Kwai

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80/100
Released: 1957Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (IMDb TV), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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2. Foreign Correspondent

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7.5/10
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68/100
Released: 1940
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: The European war was only beginning to erupt across national borders. Johnny Jones, an American crime reporter dispatched by his New York publisher to put a fresh spin on the drowsy dispatches emanating from overseas, has a nose for a good story—which promptly leads him to the crime of fascism and Nazi Germany's designs on European conquest. In attempting to learn more about a seemingly noble peace effort, Jones walks into the middle of an assassination, uncovers a spy ring and—not entirely coincidentally—falls in love.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel, Kanopy & 1 other), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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3. Going My Way

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7.1/10
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64/100
Released: 1944
Comedy, Musical

What it's about: Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley led a colorful life of sports, song, and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy. After being appointed to a run-down New York parish, O'Malley's worldly knowledge helps him connect with a gang of boys looking for direction, eventually winning over the aging, conventional Parish priest.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. The Long Voyage Home

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59/100
Released: 1940
Drama

What it's about: The crew of the merchant ship Glencairn hope to survive a transatlantic crossing during World War II. Adapted from four Eugene O'Neill one-act plays.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel, Kanopy & 1 other) & stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM).

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5. Zero Motivation

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58/100
Released: 2014
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Filmmaker Talya Lavie steps into the spotlight with a dark comedy about everyday life for a unit of young female Israeli soldiers. The human resources office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of characters, who bide their time pushing paper, battling for the top score in Minesweeper, and counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitment—from friendship to love and country—are handled with humor and sharp-edged wit.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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6. The Outlaw Josey Wales

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77/100
Released: 1976Rated: PG
Drama

What it's about: After avenging his family's brutal murder, Wales is pursued by a pack of soldiers. He prefers to travel alone, but ragtag outcasts are drawn to him - and Wales can't bring himself to leave them unprotected.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. Seven Beauties

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62/100
Released: 1975Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties" is a petty thief who lives off of the profits of his seven sisters while claiming to protect their honor at any cost, Pasqualino is arrested for murder and later sent to fight in the army after committing sexual assault. The Germans capture him and he gets sent to a concentration camp where he plots to make his escape by seducing a German officer.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy & Sundance Now), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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8. Key Largo

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73/100
Released: 1948
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A hurricane swells outside, but it's nothing compared to the storm within the hotel at Key Largo. There, sadistic mobster Johnny Rocco holes up - and holds at gunpoint hotel owner James Temple, his widowed daughter-in-law Nora, and ex-GI Frank McCloud.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. Alvarez Kelly

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52/100
Released: 1966
Action & Adventure

What it's about: In 1864, during the American Civil War, Mexican cattleman Alvarez Kelly supplies the Union with cattle until unexpected circumstances force him to change his customers.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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10. Mata Hari

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65/100
Released: 1931
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A semi-fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was accused of spying for Germany during World War I.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. H.M. Pulham, Esq.

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50/100
Released: 1941
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A man who lived his life as he was told he should, not as he would have chosen to, is brought out of his shell by a beautiful young woman.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. El camino

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7.2/10
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45/100
Released: 1963
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A sharp, sly portrait of small-town life dominated by a conservative church seeking to police community morals.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM).

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13. The Decks Ran Red

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37/100
Released: 1958
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A band of dishonest seamen plans a murderous mutiny aboard the S.S. Berwind.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM).

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14. Northwest Passage

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57/100
Released: 1940
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Based on the Kenneth Roberts novel of the same name, this film tells the story of two friends who join Rogers' Rangers, as the legendary elite force engages the enemy during the French and Indian War. The film focuses on their famous raid at Fort St. Francis and their marches before and after the battle.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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