“War! Huh! Yeah. What is it good for…?” According to Edwin Starr, absolutely nothin’. But what about all those war glorification movies featuring the WWII era? FYI: The word glory is taken from the Latin root, gloria, and ultimately settles on this idea of weight or incredible substance. It’s easy to “glorify” the allied actions in WWII because the Axis powers were so obviously evil. And if there’s anything humanity loves, it’s a story of redemption from tragedy, even when written as a victor’s history. Here are 12 of the best films set during WWII.
20. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
The Dirty Dozen remains a definitive example of the quintessential, testosterone-laden movie made for the male psyche. It will tap into the wannabe warrior of anyone. The 1967 film features a group of military prisoners who are facing death sentences or years behind bars. These misfits and criminals are offered the opportunity to engage in a high-risk mission on the eve of D-Day. They’re led into enemy territory by one of cinema’s greatest tough guys, Lee Marvin.
Their mission: parachute into German territory and make life utter hell for the German officers responsible for a D-Day counterattack. Films using The Dirty Dozen formula are still popular today (Suicide Squad), and the film has survived the test of time. Regardless of lacking the benefit of technology. practical and VFX, the story sustains. The story is inspired by the real-life Filthy Thirteen.