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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 General

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8.1/10
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83/100
Released: 1926
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: During America’s Civil War Union spies steal engineer Johnnie Gray's beloved locomotive The General - his lady love, Annabelle Lee, aboard an attached boxcar - and he single-handedly must do all in his power to both get The General back and to rescue Annabelle. Released throughout most of the world in 1927, this Silent comedy-action film flopped when originally released, but now is regarded as one of the great American motion pictures. The story is based on actual historic events.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix & SnagFilms), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Fandor & Kanopy), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix & TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 3 others).

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2. Duck, You Sucker

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75/100
Released: 1971Rated: PG
Drama

What it's about: At the beginning of the 1913 Mexican Revolution, greedy bandit Juan Miranda and idealist John H. Mallory, an Irish Republican Army explosives expert on the lam from the British, fall in with a band of revolutionaries plotting to strike a national bank. When it turns out that the government has been using the bank as a hiding place for illegally detained political prisoners -- who are freed by the blast -- Miranda becomes a revolutionary hero against his will.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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3. The Bridge on the River Kwai

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74/100
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 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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4. Captain Blood

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74/100
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. The Guns of Navarone

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Released: 1961Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A team of allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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6. The More the Merrier

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67/100
Released: 1943
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: It's World War II and there is a severe housing shortage everywhere - especially in Washington, D.C. where Connie Milligan rents an apartment. Believing it to be her patriotic duty, Connie offers to sublet half of her apartment, fully expecting a suitable female tenent. What she gets instead is mischievous, middle-aged Benjamin Dingle. Dingle talks her into subletting to him and then promptly sublets half of his half to young, irreverent Joe Carter - creating a situation tailor-made for comedy and romance.

Where to Watch: Available to 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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7. The Cameraman

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52/100
Released: 1928Rated: PG
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: A photographer takes up newsreel shooting to impress a secretary.

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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8. The Dawn Patrol

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Released: 1938Rated: PG
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: In 1915 France, Major Brand commands the 39th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. The young airmen go up in bullet-riddled "crates" and the casualty rate is appalling, but Brand can't make the "brass hats" at headquarters see reason. Insubordinate air ace Captain Courtney is another thorn in Brand's side...but finds the smile wiped from his face when he rises to command the squadron himself. Everyone keeps a stiff upper lip.

Where to Watch: Available to 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. Santa Fe Trail

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46/100
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).

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10. Till the End of Time

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38/100
Released: 1946
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Three former marines have a hard time readjusting to civilian life. Perry can't deal with the loss of the use of his legs. William is in trouble with bad debts. And Cliff can't decide what he wants to do with his life, although he gets encouragement from war widow Pat Ruscomb.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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11. Northern Pursuit

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34/100
Released: 1943
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Canadian Mountie Steve Wagner captures a German Luftwaffe officer on a spy mission, who later escapes from the prison camp. To catch the spy ring, the Mounties employ a ruse so that the spies, believing Steve to be sympathetic, enlist him in their plans.

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