ROMA CITTÁ APERTA (1945)

Perhaps the definitive “neorealist” film, shot in the rubble of Occupied Rome just after the Nazis had left.

CASABLANCA (1942)

Maybe the classic Old Hollywood movie, made at the height of World War II and maybe one big metaphor for the war itself.

SOPHIE’S CHOICE (1982)

Meryl Streep’s all-timer of a performance can’t make me ever want to watch this movie again.

WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)

Great Irving Berlin songs, great performances, and a plot you shouldn’t think about too hard.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942)

A surprisingly funny take on World War II from the point of view of Polish actors, that came out only 3 months after Pearl Harbor.

SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)

Maybe the definitive movie about one of the worst events in human history.

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

A surprisingly universal and human story of three soldiers returning to their home town after World War II, from decades before “PTSD” was a term.

SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)

Few fictional movies are now considered definitive documents of historical events, but this is one of them. This is what happened now.