When considering to stay home for an evening and watch a World War II movie on direct tv, most men would probably regard that as an entertaining way to spend some free time. Their wives and girlfriends, however, may think they can find better things to do with their significant others than watching battle scenes and puffed-up egos all night.

Below is a list of some of the best movies in the genre which may heartily appeal to both genders. Some of them are well known classics that deserve revisiting. Others may be hidden gems to some people, just waiting for discovery.

  1. Schindler’s List needs little commentary. Experience it again.
  2. The Bridge on the River Kwai is an oldie but goodie. It won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture in 1957. British POWs imprisoned by the Japanese are ordered to build a bridge. A battle of wills ensues, and both the British and the Japanese colonels show signs of madness. It’s an interesting commentary on war and human nature.
  3. The Pianist won three Academy Awards for directing, acting and screenplay. Adrien Brody plays the Polish-Jewish pianist who has many harrowing experiences and struggles to survive during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Heart-wrenching and believable, Brody gives the performance of a lifetime.
  4. Saving Private Ryan has some hard-core battle scenes, but this movie has a lot more than that to offer. The characters are so realistic and interesting, and the story so compelling, that both men and women appreciate this movie. Any mother will understand the gravity of the touching mission with which Tom Hanks’s character is reluctantly charged. The acting, characterization, and cinematography are superb.
  5. Das Boot may be one of those hidden gems for many people. It’s a well done film about terrifying experiences on a wartime submarine, including a malfunction preventing the boat from surfacing. It’s dripping with atmosphere and suspense. This movie has an Academy Award collection of its own.
  6. The Diary of Anne Frank may be on more men’s lists of unseen movies than women’s. It’s the timeless, true story of a young Jewish girl and her family forced into hiding from the Nazis. It’s a priceless snapshot of what life was really like for a Jewish family during that time.
  7. Casablanca is the classic movie experience that everyone should have at some point. It’s a kind of rite of passage. Don’t be surprised if it inspires the desire to see more of the black and white Bogart persuasion.

Get comfortable, grab the popcorn and watch a great movie you can both enjoy.

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