Account IconLogin|Sign Up
netflix
amazon_prime
hulu_plus
disney_plus
hbo
& more all in one place. Totally free to use!
World War II
arrow
AllAction & AdventureAnimationBiographyComedyCrimeCultDocumentaryDramaFamilyFantasyFoodHistoryHorrorIndependentLGBTQMusicalMysteryRomanceScience-FictionSportStand-up & TalkThrillerTravelAbout AfricaAdaptationAlienAnimalApocalypseBaseballBased on BooksBased On True StoryBoxingCarChristmasClassicCollegeComic BookComing of AgeDanceDark ComedyDatingDisasterDoctorDogDrugDystopiaEgyptEscapeFashionFeel-goodFemale DirectorFightingFriendshipFuturisticGangGangsterGeniusGhostGolfGreeceHigh SchoolHolidayHuntingJungleKidnappingMagicMartial ArtsMatureMedievalMilitaryMonsterMusicNew YorkParisParodyPetPolicePoliticalPrincessPrisonPsychologyRacingReligionRevengeRiverRobotRomeRoyaltyScienceSerial KillerShortSingingSpaceSportsSpySupernaturalSurvivalSuspenseTankTeacherTechnologyTeenTime TravelToyTwinsVampireVideo GamesWarWorld War IIWrestlingZombie
arrowarrow
Movies
arrow
Movies & TV ShowsMovies
Get recommendations and notifications when movies & shows come to your streaming services.
On
The Criterion Channel
arrow
Every Service
Every Service
Free Services
Free Services
Your Services
Your Services
AcornTV
AcornTV
Apple TV+
Apple TV+
Apple TV+
Apple TV+
BritBox
BritBox
CBS All Access
CBS All Access
CBS All Access
CBS All Access
Cinemax
Cinemax
The Criterion Channel
The Criterion Channel
Disney+
Disney+
Disney+
Disney+
Epix
Epix
Fandor
Fandor
fuboTV
fuboTV
fuboTV
fuboTV
HBO
HBO
HBO MAX
HBO MAX
HBO MAX
HBO MAX
Hoopla
Hoopla
Hulu
Hulu
Hulu
Hulu
Kanopy
Kanopy
Netflix
Netflix
Netflix
Netflix
Peacock Premium
Peacock Premium
Philo
Philo
Philo
Philo
Prime Video
Prime Video
Prime Video
Prime Video
Showtime
Showtime
Showtime
Showtime
Shudder
Shudder
Starz
Starz
Starz
Starz
Hallmark
Hallmark
IFC
IFC
Sundance
Sundance
Syfy
Syfy
TBS
TBS
TNT
TNT
TCM
TCM
Tubi
Tubi
IMDb TV
IMDb TV
Peacock
Peacock
Crackle
Crackle
PlutoTV
PlutoTV
Crackle
Crackle
IMDb TV
IMDb TV
Peacock
Peacock
Plex
Plex
PlutoTV
PlutoTV
PopcornFlix
PopcornFlix
Tubi
Tubi
Vudu
Vudu
arrowarrow
Want to Select more than one service? Add your services to your free Reelgood account to see everything you can watch!

The Best World War II Movies on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good World War II 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 World War II movies of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

VIEW: best
backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel
kanopy

1. The Great Dictator

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.4/10
Reelgood Logo
89/100
Released: 1940Rated: G
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel

2. Come and See

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.3/10
Reelgood Logo
86/100
Released: 1985
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On returning home, Florya finds his family and fellow peasants massacred. His continued survival amidst the brutal debris of war becomes increasingly nightmarish, a battle between despair and hope.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.00 on 1 service (Vudu).

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel
kanopy

3. To Be or Not to Be

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.2/10
Reelgood Logo
83/100
Released: 1942Rated: G
Comedy

What it's about: During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel

4. Night and Fog

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.6/10
Reelgood Logo
81/100
Released: 1956
Documentary, Independent

What it's about: Filmmaker Alain Resnais documents the atrocities behind the walls of Hitler's concentration camps.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel

5. Rome, Open City

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.0/10
Reelgood Logo
81/100
Released: 1945
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: ROME, OPEN CITY is a landmark in film history. Filmed in secrecy during the Nazi occupation of Italy, the film shows a realistic portrayal of the underground resistance in Italy in 1945. The film has strong impacting imagery with its mix of fiction and reality that strengthened Italian Neo-realism and the film industry.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

6. A Man Escaped

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.3/10
Reelgood Logo
80/100
Released: 1956
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: A captured French Resistance fighter during World War II engineers a daunting escape from prison.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel

7. The Cranes Are Flying

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.3/10
Reelgood Logo
79/100
Released: 1957
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Veronika and Boris come together in Moscow shortly before World War II. Walking along the river, they watch cranes fly overhead, and promise to rendezvous before Boris leaves to fight. Boris misses the meeting and is off to the front lines, while Veronika waits patiently, sending letters faithfully. After her house is bombed, Veronika moves in with Boris' family, into the company of a cousin with his own intentions.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
free
amazon_prime
criterion_channel
+ 2

8. Gallipoli

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.4/10
Reelgood Logo
79/100
Released: 1981Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: As World War I rages, brave and youthful Australians Archy and Frank—both agile runners—become friends and enlist in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps together. They later find themselves part of the Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula, a brutal eight-month conflict which pit the British and their allies against the Ottoman Empire and left over 500,000 men dead.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel
kanopy

9. Late Spring

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.3/10
Reelgood Logo
79/100
Released: 1949
Drama

What it's about: Noriko is perfectly happy living at home with her widowed father, Shukichi, and has no plans to marry -- that is, until her aunt Masa convinces Shukichi that unless he marries off his 27-year-old daughter soon, she will likely remain alone for the rest of her life. When Noriko resists Masa's matchmaking, Shukichi is forced to deceive his daughter and sacrifice his own happiness to do what he believes is right.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel

10. Europa Europa

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.6/10
Reelgood Logo
78/100
Released: 1990Rated: R
Drama, History

What it's about: A Jewish boy separated from his family in the early days of WWII poses as a German orphan and is taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually becomes a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are cornerstones of the film, it is based upon a true story.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel

11. The Shop on Main Street

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.2/10
Reelgood Logo
77/100
Released: 1965Rated: PG
Drama

What it's about: In a small town in Nazi-occupied Slovakia during World War II, decent but timid carpenter Tono is named "Aryan comptroller" of a button store owned by an old Jewish widow, Rozalie. Since the post comes with a salary and standing in the town's corrupt hierarchy, Tono wrestles with greed and guilt as he and Rozalie gradually befriend each other. When the authorities order all Jews in town to be rounded up, Tono faces a moral dilemma unlike any he's known before.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel
kanopy
+ 1

12. Foreign Correspondent

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Reelgood Logo
77/100
Released: 1940
Romance, 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), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel

13. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.1/10
Reelgood Logo
77/100
Released: 1943
Drama, Romance

What it's about: General Candy, who's overseeing an English squad in 1943, is a veteran leader who doesn't have the respect of the men he's training and is considered out-of-touch with what's needed to win the war. But it wasn't always this way. Flashing back to his early career in the Boer War and World War I, we see a dashing young officer whose life has been shaped by three different women, and by a lasting friendship with a German soldier.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel
kanopy

14. The Tin Drum

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Reelgood Logo
76/100
Released: 1979Rated: R
Drama, History

What it's about: Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

15. Closely Watched Trains

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.7/10
Reelgood Logo
76/100
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 (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

backdrop
criterion_channel

16. Ballad of a Soldier

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.2/10
Reelgood Logo
76/100
Released: 1959
Drama, Romance

What it's about: During World War II, earnest young Russian soldier Alyosha Skvortsov is rewarded with a short leave of absence for performing a heroic deed on the battlefield. Feeling homesick, he decides to visit his mother. Due to his kindhearted nature, however, Alyosha is repeatedly sidetracked by his efforts to help those he encounters, including a lovely girl named Shura. In his tour of a country devastated by war, he struggles to keep hope alive.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel
kanopy

17. The Marriage of Maria Braun

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.8/10
Reelgood Logo
76/100
Released: 1979Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: Maria marries a young soldier in the last days of World War II, only for him to go missing in the war. She must rely on her beauty and ambition to navigate the difficult post-war years alone.

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

poster
hbo_max
criterion_channel
kanopy

18. Europa

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.6/10
Reelgood Logo
75/100
Released: 1991Rated: R
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: Postwar Germany, 1945. Leopold Kessler, an American of German descent, works as a sleeping car conductor for the Zentropa railway line. When he meets Katharina Hartmann, the railroad owner's daughter, and they fall in love, his life intersects with the dark and violent path of a mysterious organization opposed to the United States army military occupation.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel

19. Early Summer

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.2/10
Reelgood Logo
75/100
Released: 1951
Drama, Independent

What it's about: Noriko lives in postwar Tokyo with her extended family. Although she enjoys her career and her friends, her more traditionally minded family worries about the fact that she's still single at the advanced age of 28. When 40-year-old business associate Takako proposes marriage, Noriko's family press her into accepting. But when her widowed childhood friend Kenkichi returns to the neighborhood, she finds her heart leading in another direction.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel

20. Germany Year Zero

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.9/10
Reelgood Logo
74/100
Released: 1948
Drama

What it's about: The final film in Rossellini's war film trilogy (the first two being Rome, Open City and Paisà). Germany Year Zero takes place in post-war Germany, unlike the others, which take place in German-occupied Rome and post-war Italy, respectively. The story follows a twelve-year-old boy, Edmund Kohler, who is mainly left to his own devices in order to survive and to help his family do the same.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel

21. Mr. Klein

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.6/10
Reelgood Logo
74/100
Released: 1976Rated: PG
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Paris, France, 1942, during the Nazi occupation. Robert Klein, a successful art dealer who benefits from the misfortunes of those who are ruthlessly persecuted, discovers by chance that there is another Robert Klein, apparently a Jewish man; someone with whom he could be mistakenly identified, something dangerous in such harsh times.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel

22. The Burmese Harp

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.1/10
Reelgood Logo
74/100
Released: 1956
Drama

What it's about: In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel

23. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.5/10
Reelgood Logo
74/100
Released: 1959
Drama, History

What it's about: A Japanese pacifist and socialist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

24. Fires on the Plain

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.0/10
Reelgood Logo
74/100
Released: 1959
Drama

What it's about: In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

backdrop
criterion_channel

25. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Reelgood Logo
73/100
Released: 1983Rated: R
Drama, History

What it's about: Island of Java, 1942, during World War II. British Major Jack Celliers arrives at a Japanese prison camp, run by the strict Captain Yonoi. Colonel John Lawrence, who has a profound knowledge of Japanese culture, and Sergeant Hara, brutal and simpleton, will witness the struggle of wills between two men from very different backgrounds who are tragically destined to clash…

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

26. The Bridge

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.0/10
Reelgood Logo
73/100
Released: 1959
Drama, History

What it's about: A group of German boys are ordered to protect a small bridge in their home village during the waning months of the second world war. Truckloads of defeated, cynical Wehrmacht soldiers flee the approaching American troops, but the boys, full of enthusiasm for the "blood and honor" Nazi ideology, stay to defend the useless bridge.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

27. Kanal

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.9/10
Reelgood Logo
73/100
Released: 1957
Drama

What it's about: During the last few days of the Warsaw Uprising following World War II, a modest group of Resistance members remains. The band must take refuge in the sewers under the orders of leader Zadra, but it's only a matter of time before they will have to emerge. However, when they try, they are met only with intense hostility from the Nazis. Despite their attempts stay resolute through immense mental strain, it becomes increasingly apparent that they may be doomed.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

28. Diplomacy

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.1/10
Reelgood Logo
71/100
Released: 2014
Drama

What it's about: The night of August 24, 1944. The fate of Paris is in the hands of General von Choltitz, governor of Grand Paris, who is preparing, on Hitler’s orders, to blow up the French capital. The descendent of a long line of Prussian military men, the general has never had any hesitation when it came to obeying orders. This is what’s on Swedish consul Raoul Nordling’s mind as he takes the secret staircase that leads to General von Choltitz’s suite at the Hôtel Meurice. The bridges on the Seine and the major monuments of Paris (including the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower) are mined with explosives, ready to be detonated. Armed with all the weapons of diplomacy, the consul will try to convince the general not to follow Hitler’s order of destruction.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

backdrop
criterion_channel

29. Le Silence de la mer

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.6/10
Reelgood Logo
71/100
Released: 1949
Drama, Romance

What it's about: In a small town in occupied France in 1941, the German officer, Werner Von Ebrennac is billeted in the house of the uncle and his niece. The uncle and niece refuse to speak to him, but each evening the officer warms himself by the fire and talks of his country, his music, and his idealistic views of the relationship between France and Germany. That is, until he visits Paris and discovers what is really going on...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
free
criterion_channel
hoopla
+ 1

30. 49th Parallel

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Reelgood Logo
71/100
Released: 1941
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: In the early days of World War II, a German U-boat is sunk in Canada's Hudson Bay. Hoping to evade capture, a small band of German soldiers led by commanding officer Lieutenant Hirth attempts to cross the border into the United States, which has not yet entered the war and is officially neutral. Along the way, the German soldiers encounter brave men such as a French-Canadian fur trapper, Johnnie, a leader of a Hutterite farming community, Peter, an author, Philip and a soldier, Andy Brock.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel

31. A Canterbury Tale

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Reelgood Logo
70/100
Released: 1944
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Three modern day pilgrims investigate a bizarre crime in a small town on the way to Canterbury.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel
watch_tcm

32. Entre Nous

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.1/10
Reelgood Logo
70/100
Released: 1983Rated: PG
Biography, LGBTQ

What it's about: In 1942 in occupied France, a Jewish refugee marries a soldier to escape deportation to Germany. Meanwhile a wealthy art student loses her first husband to a stray Resistance bullet; at the Liberation she meets an actor, gets pregnant, and marries him. Lena and Madeleine meet at their children's school in Lyon in 1952 and the intensity of their relationship strains both their marriages to the breaking point.

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

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel
kanopy
+ 2

33. The Long Voyage Home

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.0/10
Reelgood Logo
69/100
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).

backdrop
criterion_channel

34. Story of Women

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Reelgood Logo
68/100
Released: 1988
Drama, Romance

What it's about: France, World War II. In order to somehow make ends meet, the mother of two children, Marie Latour, does underground abortions and rents a room to a familiar prostitute. She doesn't pay any attention to her husband, who returned from the war because of his injury and lives her own life. Abortions gradually begin to bring a good income, and boredom can be easily dispelled by starting a young lover ...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
amazon_prime
criterion_channel

35. In Which We Serve

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.2/10
Reelgood Logo
68/100
Released: 1942
Drama

What it's about: The story of the HMS Torrin, from it's construction to its sinking in the Mediterranean during action in World War II. The ship's first and only commanding officer is Captain E.V. Kinross, who trains his men not only to be loyal to him and the country, but—most importantly—to themselves.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel

36. Westfront 1918

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.4/10
Reelgood Logo
68/100
Released: 1930
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A group of German infantrymen of the First World War live out their lives in the trenches of France. They find brief entertainment and relief in a village behind the lines, but primarily terror fills their lives as the attacks on and from the French army ebb and flow. One of the men, Karl, goes home on leave only to discover the degradation forced on his family by wartime poverty. He returns to the lines in time to face an enormous attack by French tanks.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
hbo_max
criterion_channel
kanopy

37. The Night Porter

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.7/10
Reelgood Logo
67/100
Released: 1974Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A concentration camp survivor discovers her former torturer and lover working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic relationship, his former SS comrades begin to stalk them.

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

backdrop
criterion_channel
kanopy

38. Overlord

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.1/10
Reelgood Logo
66/100
Released: 1975
Drama, History

What it's about: During the war a young lad is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-day.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel

39. Green for Danger

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Reelgood Logo
66/100
Released: 1946
Crime, Mystery

What it's about: In the midst of Nazi air raids, a postman dies on the operating table at a rural hospital. But was the death accidental?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel

40. Innocence Unprotected

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Reelgood Logo
64/100
Released: 1968
Documentary, Drama

What it's about: Documentary about the famous Serbian athlete and movie enthusiast who made a feature film during the Nazi occupation of Belgrade and had some problems after the liberation because of that.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel

41. The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.8/10
Reelgood Logo
64/100
Released: 1961
Drama, History

What it's about: His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel

42. The Small Back Room

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.2/10
Reelgood Logo
63/100
Released: 1949
Drama, Romance

What it's about: At the height of World War II, the Germans begin dropping a new type of booby-trapped bomb on England. Sammy Rice, a highly-skilled but haunted bomb-disposal officer, must overcome his personal demons to defeat this new threat.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel

43. The Ogre

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.8/10
Reelgood Logo
62/100
Released: 1996Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: Frenchman Abel Tiffauges is a naive man who lives a simple life working as a mechanic. Falsely accused of being a child abuser, he is recruited as a soldier when World War II begins, but is captured soon and taken to the heart of Nazi Germany.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

backdrop
criterion_channel

44. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.5/10
Reelgood Logo
62/100
Released: 1959
Drama, History

What it's about: As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
criterion_channel

45. I See a Dark Stranger

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.1/10
Reelgood Logo
60/100
Released: 1946
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: Determined, independent Bridie Quilty comes of age in 1944 Ireland thinking all Englishmen are devils. Her desire to join the IRA meets no encouragement, but a German spy finds her easy to recruit. We next find her working in a pub near a British military prison, using her sex appeal in the service of the enemy. But chance puts a really vital secret into her hands, leading to a chase involving Bridie, a British officer who's fallen for her, a German agent unknown to them both, and the police...paralleled by Bridie's own internal conflicts.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

poster
amazon_prime
hbo_max
criterion_channel
+ 1

46. Shoulder Arms

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Reelgood Logo
58/100
Released: 1918
Comedy

What it's about: An American doughboy, stationed in France during the Great War, goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines and becomes a hero.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & 1 other) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

backdrop
amazon_prime
criterion_channel

47. The First of the Few

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.0/10
Reelgood Logo
50/100
Released: 1942Rated: G
Action & Adventure, Biography

What it's about: This 1942 fictionalized biopic chronicles the true story of how two of the most remarkable men in aviation history - visionary Spitfire designer R.J. Mitchell and his test pilot Geoffrey Crisp - designed a streamlined monoplane that led to the development of the Spitfire.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel

48. Wooden Crosses

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.7/10
Reelgood Logo
50/100
Released: 1932
Drama

What it's about: The young and patriotic student Demachy joins the French army in 1914 to defend his country. But he and his comrades soon experience the terrifying, endless trench war in Champagne, where more and more wooden crosses have to be erected for this cannon fodder.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

backdrop
amazon_prime
criterion_channel

49. Q Planes

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.5/10
Reelgood Logo
48/100
Released: 1939
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: An eccentric Scotland Yard inspector thinks something beamed from a spy ship is dropping planes.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

backdrop
criterion_channel

50. A Hen in the Wind

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Reelgood Logo
47/100
Released: 1948
Drama

What it's about: Tokiko is a mother patiently waiting for her husband's return from the war when her 4-year old son becomes ill. She takes him to the doctor for treatment but has no way of paying. She resorts to prostitution. One month later her husband returns from WWII to find his desperate wife, who tells him the truth. Together they must deal with the consequences.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

Find the perfect movie or tv show with the Reelgood mobile app.