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The Best World War II Movies on TCM

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 TCM.

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1. Paths of Glory

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8.4/10
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88/100
Released: 1957
Drama, Cult

What it's about: During World War I, commanding officer General Broulard orders his subordinate, General Mireau, to attack a German trench position, offering a promotion as an incentive. Though the mission is foolhardy to the point of suicide, Mireau commands his own subordinate, Colonel Dax, to plan the attack. When it ends in disaster, General Mireau demands the court-martial of three random soldiers in order to save face.

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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2. The Great Dictator

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8.5/10
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87/100
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 subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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3. To Have and Have Not

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7.9/10
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76/100
Released: 1944Rated: G
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: A Martinique charter boat skipper gets mixed up with the underground French resistance operatives during WWII.

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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4. The Long Voyage Home

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7.0/10
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66/100
Released: 1940
Drama, Action & Adventure

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 subscription service (Shout Factory TV, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM).