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The Best War Movies on TCM

Finding a good War movie 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 of all time streaming on TCM.

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1. The Bridge on the River Kwai

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8.1/10
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85/100
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 stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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2. Radio Days

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7.5/10
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77/100
Released: 1987Rated: PG
Comedy, Independent

What it's about: The Narrator tells us how the radio influenced his childhood in the days before TV. In the New York City of the late 1930s to the New Year's Eve 1944, this coming-of-age tale mixes the narrator's experiences with contemporary anecdotes and urban legends of the radio stars.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi TV & Vudu), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix & TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Microsoft & Vudu).

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3. Closely Watched Trains

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7.7/10
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75/100
Released: 1966
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: In a small town still occupied by the Germans as World War II's tide is turning toward the Allies, apprentice train-watcher Milos is oblivious to the war. Instead, he is obsessed with having his first sexual experience. Despite the favors of train conductor Masa, Milos has no luck. His quest leads him to a female Resistance fighter who, in passing, recruits him to the cause. As Milos finally finds love, danger draws closer.

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

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4. Captain Blood

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7.7/10
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75/100
Released: 1935
Action & Adventure, Romance

What it's about: Dr. Peter Blood, unjustly convicted of treason and exiled from England, becomes a notorious pirate.

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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5. Santa Fe Trail

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6.3/10
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59/100
Released: 1940
Action & Adventure, Biography

What it's about: As a penalty for fighting fellow classmates days before graduating from West Point, J.E.B. Stuart, George Armstrong Custer and four friends are assigned to the 2nd Cavalry, stationed at Fort Leavenworth. While there they aid in the capture and execution of the abolitionist, John Brown following the Battle of Harper's Ferry.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi TV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix & TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).