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The Best World War II Movies and TV Shows on TCM

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 TCM.

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1. Doctor Zhivago

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81/100
Released: 1965Rated: PG-13
Drama, Romance

What it's about: The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution.

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 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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2. They Were Expendable

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7.2/10
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70/100
Released: 1945
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Shortly after Pearl Harbor, a squadron of PT-boat crews in the Philippines must battle the Navy brass between skirmishes with the Japanese. The title says it all about the Navy's attitude towards the PT-boats and their crews.

Where to Watch: Available to 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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3. The Long Voyage Home

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70/100
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, Shout Factory TV, The Criterion Channel & 1 other) & stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM).

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4. The Lost Patrol

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64/100
Released: 1934Rated: PG
Action & Adventure

What it's about: A World War I British Army patrol is crossing the Mesopotamian desert when their commanding officer, the only one who knows their destination, is killed by the bullet of unseen bandits. The patrol's sergeant keeps them heading north on the assumption that they will hit their brigade. They stop for the night at an oasis and awaken the next morning to find their horses stolen, their sentry dead, the oasis surrounded and survival difficult.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).