Best War Movies of 1942

1.

To Be or Not to Be

5.8
8.2/10 IMDB

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.

Starring: Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart, Lionel Atwill, Stanley Ridges, Sig Ruman, Tom Dugan, Charles Halton, Henry Victor ..
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1942-03-05
2.

Mrs. Miniver

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

English middle-class family, The Minivers, experience life in the first months of World War II.

Starring: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Henry Travers, Richard Ney, Henry Wilcoxon, Christopher Severn, Brenda Forbes ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1942-07-03
3.

Saboteur

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Aircraft factory worker, Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend.

Starring: Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger, Alan Baxter, Clem Bevans, Norman Lloyd, Alma Kruger, Vaughan Glaser, Dorothy Peterson, Ian Wolfe ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1942-04-24
4.

Went the Day Well?

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

The quiet village of Bramley End is taken over by German troops posing as Royal Engineers. Their task is to disrupt England's radar network in preparation for a full scale German invasion. Once the villagers discover the true identity of the troops, they do whatever they can to thwart the Nazis plans.

Starring: Leslie Banks, Mervyn Johns, Marie Lohr, Basil Sydney, Edward Rigby, C. V. France, Valerie Taylor, Norman Pierce, Frank Lawton, Muriel George ..
Directed by: Alberto Cavalcanti
Release date: 1942-12-07
5.

In Which We Serve

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

The story of the HMS Torrin, from it's construction to its sinking in the Mediterranean during action in World War II. The ship's first and only commanding officer is Captain E.V. Kinross, who trains his men not only to be loyal to him and the country, but—most importantly—to themselves.

Starring: Noël Coward, Derek Elphinstone, Michael Wilding, John Mills, Robert Sansom, Philip Friend, Chimmo Branson, Ballard Berkeley, James Donald, Caven Watson ..
Directed by: Noël Coward, David Lean
Release date: 1942-09-17
6.

All Through the Night

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Broadway gambler 'Gloves' Donahue wants to find who killed the baker of his favorite cheesecake. He sees nightclub singer Leda Hamilton leaving the bakery. When her boss Marty's partner Joe is murdered, Leda and her accompanist Pepi disappear. It turns out that beneath all the mystery is a gang of Nazi operatives planning to blow up a battleship in New York harbor.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne, Jane Darwell, Frank McHugh, Peter Lorre, Judith Anderson, William Demarest, Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1942-01-10
7.

This Above All

3.7
6.8/10 IMDB

In 1940 England, aristocratic Prudence Cathaway alarms her snobbish parents by joining the WAF service branch. She soon meets and falls in love with the brooding Clive Briggs, despite his prejudice against the upper classes, and agrees to spend a week with him at a Dover hotel. When Clive's soldier friend, Monty, arrives to retrieve him, Prudence learns that Clive went AWOL after Dunkirk, and urges him to recall why England must fight the war.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Joan Fontaine, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Stephenson, Nigel Bruce, Gladys Cooper, Philip Merivale, Sara Allgood, Alexander Knox, Queenie Leonard ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1942-05-12
Best War Movies of 1942 : Why We Fight: Prelude to War
8.

Why We Fight: Prelude to War

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Prelude to War was the first film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series, commissioned by the Pentagon and George C. Marshall. It was made to convince American troops of the necessity of combating the Axis Powers during World War II. This film examines the differences between democratic and fascist states.

Starring: Walter Huston, Max Schmeling ..
Directed by: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1942-05-27
9.

The First of the Few

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

This 1942 fictionalized biopic chronicles the true story of how two of the most remarkable men in aviation history - visionary Spitfire designer R.J. Mitchell and his test pilot Geoffrey Crisp - designed a streamlined monoplane that led to the development of the Spitfire.

Starring: Leslie Howard, David Niven, Rosamund John, Roland Culver, Anne Firth, David Horne, J.H. Roberts, Derrick De Marney, Rosalyn Boulter, Herbert Cameron ..
Directed by: Leslie Howard, George Pollock
Release date: 1942-09-14
10.

Across the Pacific

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-marshaled out of the army and boards a Japanese ship for the Orient in late 1941. But has Leland really been booted out, or is there some other motive for his getting close to fellow passenger Doctor Lorenz? Any motive for getting close to attractive traveller Alberta Marlow would however seem pretty obvious.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Charles Halton, Victor Sen Yung, Roland Got, Lee Tung Foo, Frank Wilcox, Paul Stanton, Lester Matthews ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1942-09-04

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