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The Best World War II Movies and TV Shows on Paramount+

Finding a good World War II 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 World War II movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Paramount+.

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1. The Stranger

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7.4/10
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68/100
Released: 1946
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: A man working for the War Crimes Commission suspects that an important Nazi official has folded himself into a quaint Connecticut town.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & Plex), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Starz, Epix & 4 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz & Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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2. Strange Angel

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7.0/10
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61/100
Year: 2018-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 3
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: The story of the mysterious and brilliant Jack Parsons in 1940s Los Angeles as by day he helps birth the discipline of American rocketry and by night is a performer of sex magick rituals and a disciple to occultist Aleister Crowley.

Where to Watch: 17 episodes (85%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+). 10 episodes (50%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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3. Apocalypse: The Second World War

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Year: 2009-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
History, Documentary

What it's about: A six-part French documentary about the Second World War composed exclusively of actual footage of the war as filmed by war correspondents, soldiers, resistance fighters and private citizens. The series is shown in color, with the black and white footage being fully colorized, save for some original color footage. The only exception to the treatment are most Holocaust scenes, which are presented in the original black and white.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+ & Curiosity Stream).

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4. Hell Below

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Year: 2016-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 3
Documentary

What it's about: Hell Below is an event-based series charting the stealth game of sub sea warfare, tracking the dramatic narrative from contact to attack of the greatest submarine patrols of World War II. From the rise of the Wolfpack to the drive for victory in the Pacific, we profile the strategic masterminds and the rapid evolution of technology and tactics, as the threat of undersea warfare brings every sailor's worst nightmare to life. Expert analysis and stock footage are woven with narrative driven re-enactments filmed on authentic Second World War era submarines to place the characters at the heart of the action.

Where to Watch: 13 episodes (65%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, fuboTV & Smithsonian Earth). 12 episodes (60%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Enemy at the Gates

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Released: 2001Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad in WWII.

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

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6. Catch-22

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Released: 1970Rated: R
Comedy

What it's about: A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way to cope with a crazy situation.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Paramount+ & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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7. Operation Condor

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Released: 1991Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: Agent Jackie is hired to find WWII Nazi gold hidden in the Sahara desert. He teams up with three bungling women (the 3 stooges?) who are all connected in some way. However a team of mercenaries have ideas on the ownership of the gold. A battle / chase ensues as to who gets there first. Lots of choreographed Kung-Fu and quirky Chan humor.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+ & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. A Farewell to Arms

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Released: 1932Rated: PG
Romance

What it's about: A tale of the World War I love affair, begun in Italy, between American ambulance driver Lt. Frederic Henry and British nurse Catherine Barkley. Eventually separated by Frederic's transfer, tremendous challenges and difficult decisions face each as the war rages on.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Plex), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Paramount+, Epix & 5 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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9. Three Came Home

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Released: 1950
Drama

What it's about: Borneo, 1941, during World War II. When the Japanese occupy the island, American writer Agnes Newton Keith is separated from her husband and imprisoned with her son in a prison camp run by the enigmatic Colonel Suga.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Plex), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix, Hoopla & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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10. San Pietro

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Released: 1945
Documentary

What it's about: This documentary movie is about the battle of San Pietro, a small village in Italy. Over 1,100 US soldiers were killed while trying to take this location, that blocked the way for the Allied forces from the Germans.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix, Fandor & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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11. The Purple Plain

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Released: 1954
Drama

What it's about: A RAF airfield in Burma in 1945, during World War II. Canadian bomber pilot Bill Forrester is a bitter man who lives haunted by a tragic past. He has became a reckless warrior, and is feared by his comrades, who consider him a madman. Dr. Harris, the squadron physician, is determined to help him heal his tormented soul.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix & Shout Factory TV), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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12. The Nasty Girl

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Released: 1990Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: When a young woman investigates her town's Nazi past, the community turns against her.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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13. Combat America

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41/100
Released: 1943
Documentary, History

What it's about: Produced in 1943 under the guidance of Army Air Force Lieutenant Clark Gable, this film follows a single 8th Air Force B-17 crew from training through a series of missions over Europe.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix, Fandor & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $7.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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14. Carter's Army

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Released: 1970Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: A racist officer is put in charge of an all-black squad of troops charged with the mission of blowing up an important hydro-dam in Nazi Germany. Their failure would delay the Allies' advance into Germany, thus prolonging the war. These African-Americans have little military training, but Captain Beau Carter has no choice. He leads the rag-tag and they turn out to be heroic.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+ & Epix) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix).

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15. Bletchley Park: Code-breaking's Forgotten Genius

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Released: 2015Rated: PG
History

What it's about: Gordon Welchman was one of the original elite codebreakers crucial to the allies defeating the Nazis in World War II. He is the forgotten genius of Bletchley Park.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, fuboTV & Smithsonian Earth).

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16. The Secret of Santa Vittoria

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Released: 1969Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: During World War II, Italian villagers hide their wine from the German army.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+ & Epix), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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17. The Day Hitler Died

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42/100
Released: 2015
History, Documentary

What it's about: The story of Hitler’s final hours told by people who were there. This special features exclusive forgotten interviews, believed lost for 65 years, with members of Hitler’s inner circle who were trapped with him in his bunker as the Russians fought to take Berlin. These unique interviews from figures such as the leader of the Hitler Youth Artur Axmann and Hitler’s secretary Traudl Junge, have never before been seen outside Germany. Using rarely seen archive footage and dramatic reconstruction, this special tells the story of Adolf Hitler’s final days in his Berlin bunker.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, fuboTV & Smithsonian Earth).

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18. Memphis Belle in Color

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40/100
Released: 2019
Animation, Documentary

What it's about: In January 1942, the U.S. military created a new bomber command, the Eighth Air Force, and sent a small contingent of men overseas to loosen the Nazis' grip on Europe. The command's star player was the B-17, a fast, heavily armed aircraft that changed the course of World War II. Witness them take on the mighty German Luftwaffe over enemy skies. Discover the story of how one B-17--the Memphis Belle--and its crew lifted the spirits of a nation and became a symbol of American prowess in defense of freedom.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, fuboTV & Smithsonian Earth) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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19. Attack: The Battle for New Britain

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38/100
Released: 1944
Action & Adventure, Documentary

What it's about: War - Documentary film depicting the attack by Allied forces on the Japanese strong-holds of Arawe Beach and Cape Gloucester, New Britain, in the South Pacific theatre of the Second World War in 1943. - Leo Genn, Burgess Meredith, Anthony Veiller

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix & Hoopla) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix).

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20. The Battle of Normandy: 85 Days in Hell

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Released: 2019
Documentary

What it's about: Commissioned to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this doc charts how, on 6 June 1944, the biggest military landings in history took place. This was also the first time in history that an army had trained a special unit to film during combat, and this footage forms the basis for French factual producer T2MP’s 1 x 60-minute special.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, fuboTV & Smithsonian Earth) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Google Play).

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21. Adolf Island

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Released: 2019Rated: PG
Drama, Documentary

What it's about: Forensic archaeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls seeks out a Nazi SS camp constructed in secrecy on the British Channel island of Alderney during World War II.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, fuboTV & Smithsonian Earth) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (FandangoNOW).

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22. The Wizard of Loneliness

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Released: 1988Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A family drama.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+ & Epix) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix).

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23. Battle of Okinawa in Color

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38/100
Released: 2017
Documentary

What it's about: By mid-1945, Hitler is dead and the war has ended in Europe. Halfway around the world, however, the fighting is still going strong on a small island in the Pacific. Okinawa was the site of the last battle of the last great war of the 20th century, with a casualty rate in the tens of thousands. Through it all, military cameramen risked their lives to film the conflict, from brutal land combat to fierce kamikaze attacks at sea. See the footage they captured and experience this intense battle the way the soldiers saw it -- in color.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, fuboTV & Smithsonian Earth) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & Prime Video).

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