Films about the First World War

Films about the First World War
List of the best films about the First World War, selected by visitors to our site: They Shall Not Grow Old, Paths of Glory, A Very Long Engagement, Admiral, War Horse, 1917, A Farewell to Arms, In Love and War, Testament of Youth, Grand Illusion.

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They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genredocumentary, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, New Zealand
Duration02:30

A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of Armistice Day, and the end of the war.

Paths of Glory (1957)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genredrama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:28

A commanding officer defends three scapegoats on trial for a failed offensive that occurred within the French Army in 1916.

A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, detective, military
CountryFrance, USA
Duration02:08

In 1919, Mathilde was 19 years old. Two years earlier, her fiancé Manech left for the front at the Somme. Like millions of others he was "killed on the field of battle." It's written in black and white on the official notice. But Mathilde refuses to believe it. If Manech had died, she would know. She hangs on to her intuition as tightly as she would onto the last thread of hope linking her to her lover. A former sergeant tells her in vain that Manech died in the no man's land of a trench named Bingo Crepescule, in the company of four other men condemned to die for self-inflicted wounds. Her path ahead is full of obstacles but Mathilde is not frightened. Anything is possible to someone who is willing to challenge fate...

Admiral (2008)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, history
CountryRussia
Duration02:04

This is a story of a great love facing the greatest drama of the history of Russia. Admiral Kolchak is a true war hero and beloved husband and father. One day he meets Anna, the love of his life and the wife of his best friend. The revolution in his heart faces the revolution in his own country His destiny is to become the Supreme Rules of Russia.

War Horse (2011)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, history
CountryUSA, India
Duration02:26

Follows a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend.

1917 (2019)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, India, Spain, Canada, China

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers.

A Farewell to Arms (1932)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:19

A tale of the World War I love affair, begun in Italy, between American ambulance driver Lt. Frederic Henry and British nurse Catherine Barkley. Eventually separated by Frederic's transfer, tremendous challenges and difficult decisions face each as the war rages on.

In Love and War (1996)
Markimdb: 6
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:53

After teenage ambulance driver Ernest Hemingway (Chris O'Donnell) takes shrapnel in the leg during World War I, he falls in love with Agnes von Kurowsky (Sandra Bullock), a beautiful older nurse at the hospital where he's sent to recover. Their affair slowly blossoms, until Hemingway boldly asks Agnes to be his wife and journey to America with him. Richard Attenborough directs this drama based on the real-life experiences of the famed novelist.

Testament of Youth (2014)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Denmark
Duration02:09

Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times.

Grand Illusion (1937)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, military
CountryFrance
Duration01:54

A group of French soldiers, including the patrician Captain de Boeldieu and the working-class Lieutenant Maréchal, grapple with their own class differences after being captured and held in a World War I German prison camp. When the men are transferred to a high-security fortress, they must concoct a plan to escape beneath the watchful eye of aristocratic German officer von Rauffenstein, who has formed an unexpected bond with de Boeldieu.

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Tea with Mussolini (1999)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama, military
CountryItaly, United Kingdom
Duration01:57

Semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, telling the story of young Italian boy Luca's upbringing by a circle of English and American women, before and during World War II.

Legends of the Fall (1994)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, drama, western, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:13

An epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, and love.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama, adventure, military, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration03:36

The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological instability threatens to undermine his achievements.

Joyeux Noël (2005)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, military, music, history
CountryFrance, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium, Romania
Duration01:51

In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man's Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood.

The War Below (2021)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom

During World War I, a group of British miners are recruited to tunnel underneath no man's land and set bombs from below the German front in hopes of breaking the deadly stalemate of the Battle of Messines.

Shoulder Arms (1918)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, military
CountryUSA
Duration00:45

An American doughboy, stationed in France during the Great War, goes on a daring mission behind enemy lines and becomes a hero.

Tolkien (2019)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:47

England, early 20th century. The future writer and philologist John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) and three of his schoolmates create a strong bond between them as they share the same passion for literature and art, a true fellowship that strengthens as they grow up, but the outbreak of World War I threatens to shatter it.

A Russian Youth (2020)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, military, history
CountryRussia

The story of a simple Russian youth who goes to the frontline in the First World War with the naïve and youthful dream of glory and medals. In the first battle he loses his eyesight and is left to serve as “listener-in” — to listen out for the approach of enemy planes through huge metal funnels and raise alarm.

Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Markimdb: 8
Genremelodrama, military, history
CountryItaly, United Kingdom, USA
Duration03:17

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.

The Great Dictator (1940)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genrecomedy, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:05

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

The Roaring Twenties (1939)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, film noir
CountryUSA
Duration01:46

After World War I, Armistice Lloyd Hart goes back to practice law, former saloon keeper George Hally turns to bootlegging, and out-of-work Eddie Bartlett becomes a cab driver. Eddie builds a fleet of cabs through delivery of bootleg liquor and hires Lloyd as his lawyer. George becomes Eddie's partner and the rackets flourish until love and rivalry interfere.

Wonder Woman (2017)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, adventure, military
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Spain
Duration02:16

An Amazon princess comes to the world of Man in the grips of the First World War to confront the forces of evil and bring an end to human conflict.

Moonsund (1987)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountrySoviet Union
Duration02:22

Captain of a Russian battleship "Novik" Artenyev is in love with a beautiful lady Klara who is a German spy. They cannot be together because of the war and their professions. But they are in such love that all the war battles and battleships do not stop them, only their duties do.

My Boy Jack (2007)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:35

Author Rudyard Kipling and his wife search for their 17-year-old son after he goes missing during WWI.

Gallipoli (1981)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, adventure, military, history
CountryAustralia
Duration01:50

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.

Blizzard of Souls (2019)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, military, history
CountryLatvia

The love story of sixteen-year-old Arturs is interrupted by the First World War. After losing his mother and his home, he finds some consolation in joining the army, because this is the first time national battalions are allowed in the Russian Empire. But war is nothing like Arturs imagined – no glory, no fairness. It is brutal and painful. Arturs is now completely alone as war takes the lives of his father and brother. Also, no progress is made in the promised quick resolution of the war and timely return home. Within the notion that only he alone cares about returning home and that his homeland is just a playground for other nations, Arturs finds strength for the final battle and eventually returns home to start everything from scratch, just like his newly born country.

Johnny Got His Gun (1971)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:46

Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed with a fate worse than death as a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, legs, eyes, ears, mouth and nose. Unbeknown to his doctors, he remains conscious and able to think, thereby reliving his life through strange dreams and memories.

Einstein and Eddington (2008)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:34

A look at the evolution of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, and Einstein's relationship with British scientist Sir Arthur Eddington, the first physicist to understand his ideas.

Quiet Flows the Don (1957)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, military
CountrySoviet Union
Duration05:50

A six-hour long epic (original director's cut) about the life of Don Cossacs in a village in southern Russia between 1912 and 1922. The leading character Grigori Melekhov is a rugged Cossac, who is torn between his first and true love Aksiniya, and his wife Natalya. Grigori Melekhov's personal life is shown as a rough journey through the experience of World War One, the Russian Revolution, and the following Civil War. The Cossacs are shown as traditional farmers and warriors, who are suffering through the most dramatic events in the history of Russia.

This Is the Army (1943)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrecomedy, musical, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:01

In WW I dancer Jerry Jones stages an all-soldier show on Broadway, called Yip Yip Yaphank. Wounded in the War, he becomes a producer. In WW II his son Johnny Jones, who was before his fathers assistant, gets the order to stage a knew all-soldier show, called THIS IS THE ARMY. But in his pesonal life he has problems, because he refuses to marry his fiancée until the war is over.




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