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1. The Pacific (2010)

TV-MA | 530 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.3
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The Pacific Theatre of World War II, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines.

Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Ashton Holmes

Votes: 90,329

2. The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, War

7.6
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78 Metascore

Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Kirk Acevedo

Votes: 162,602 | Gross: $36.40M

3. Midway (1976)

PG | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

6.8
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48 Metascore

A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford

Votes: 16,212

4. Operation Petticoat (1959)

Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Romance, War

7.3
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During World War II, a commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) submarine, a con man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill

Votes: 11,466 | Gross: $23.30M

5. Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

Approved | 100 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.1
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A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: John Wayne, John Agar, Adele Mara, Forrest Tucker

Votes: 8,804

6. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

Approved | 107 min | Adventure, Drama, War

7.3
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During World War II, an American marine and an Irish nun form an unlikely friendship after being stranded on a South Pacific island. They find comfort in one another as the two hope for a rescue.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr

Votes: 7,312

7. Halls of Montezuma (1951)

Approved | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.6
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A company of Marines races against the clock to find a Japanese rocket base.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Richard Widmark, Jack Palance, Reginald Gardiner, Robert Wagner

Votes: 2,339

8. Battle Cry (1955)

Approved | 149 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.5
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A group of young Marines have adventures in love and war.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, Mona Freeman, Nancy Olson

Votes: 1,966 | Gross: $17.44M

9. The Naked and the Dead (1958)

Approved | 131 min | Drama, War

6.4
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Set during the Pacific War against the Japanese, this WW2 drama discerns between achieving one's mission at any cost versus preserving the lives under one's command and enforcing discipline through fear as opposed to mutual respect.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Aldo Ray, Cliff Robertson, Raymond Massey, Lili St. Cyr

Votes: 1,117

10. Guadalcanal Diary (1943)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, War

6.7
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The story of a large U.S. Marines invasion task force bound for Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in 1942.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Preston Foster, Lloyd Nolan, William Bendix, Richard Conte

Votes: 1,913

11. Flat Top (1952)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, War

6.0
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During the Korean War, aboard the U.S.S. Princeton, Navy Commander Dan Collier reminisces about his first assignment on the same aircraft carrier in the war against Japan.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Richard Carlson, William Phipps, John Bromfield

Votes: 388

12. Beach Red (1967)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War

6.3
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As a US marine unit fight against the defenders of a Japanese held island, both sides are haunted by their own thoughts and memories.

Director: Cornel Wilde | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Rip Torn, Burr DeBenning, Patrick Wolfe

Votes: 1,174

13. Task Force (1949)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, War

6.7
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As he is retiring, Jonathon Scott reminisces about his long Navy career and the development of the role of the aircraft carrier from the early 20s.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Gary Cooper, Jane Wyatt, Wayne Morris, Walter Brennan

Votes: 838

14. The Conscientious Objector (2004)

TV-MA | 101 min | Documentary, War

8.3
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The story of Desmond Doss, a US Army medic who was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Director: Terry Benedict | Stars: Ralph Baker, Carl Bentley, Alessandro Bianchi, James Boylan

Votes: 260

15. Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault (2004 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, War

7.5
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You play through the eyes of soldiers in various engagements of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

Directors: Mo Davoudian, Ali Donovan | Stars: Dave Wittenberg, Will Friedle, Bart Tangredi, Chris Cox

Votes: 1,023

16. Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (2003 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, History

7.3
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When the Japanese declare war on the United States of America with the attack on Pearl Harbour, Corporal Joseph D. "Joe" Griffin fights through the Pacific whilst on a mission to rescue his captured brother.

Stars: Dale Dye, Nick Jameson, Yuri Lowenthal, Mako

Votes: 928

17. Pacific Inferno (1979)

89 min | War

3.5
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After the fall of the Philippines in World War II, the Japanese discover that Gen. MacArthur ordered millions of dollars in silver dumped in Manila Bay in order that it not fall into enemy ... See full summary »

Director: Rolf Bayer | Stars: Jim Brown, Richard Jaeckel, Timothy Brown, Rik Van Nutter

Votes: 183

18. Mr. Winkle Goes to War (1944)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, War

6.7
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Wilbert Winkle, a henpecked, mild-mannered, middle-aged bank clerk and handyman finds himself in the midst of battle in the South Pacific.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Warrick, Ted Donaldson, Bob Haymes

Votes: 410

19. With the Marines at Tarawa (1944)

18 min | Documentary, Short, War

7.1
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Documentary short film depicting the harrowing battle between the U.S. Marines and the Japanese for control of the Pacific island of Tarawa.

Directors: Richard Brooks, Louis Hayward | Stars: Alexander Bonnyman Jr., John Borich, Merritt A. Edson, H.W. Hill

Votes: 194

20. Price for Peace (2002)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History, War

7.4
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This powerful and thought provoking film chronicles the compelling events in the Pacific Theater of WWII, from the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 to the American occupation of Japan in ... See full summary »

Director: James Moll | Stars: Zenji Abe, Stephen Ambrose, Hal Braun, Jeanne Doll Dolan

Votes: 233

21. Crusade in the Pacific (1951– )

30 min | Documentary, History, War

7.5
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The Pacific was a key battle ground during World War II. Combat here changed the tides of the war.

Stars: Westbrook Van Voorhis, Kentaro Buma, Frank Gibney, Weston C. Pullen

Votes: 87

22. Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips (1944)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.2
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Bugs fights stereotyped Japanese during World War II.

Director: Friz Freleng | Stars: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet

Votes: 442

23. Dino Stalker (2002 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Horror

6.1
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In this part rail shooter, part first person shooter, a crossover between Gun Survivor and Dino Crisis franchises, a U.S. WWII fighter pilot is teleported from 1943 to the dinosaur-infested Earth of Dino Crisis 2 (2000) for a suicide mission.

Director: Eiro Shirahama | Stars: Chris Wells, Janica Southwick

Votes: 37

24. Reconnaissance Pilot (1943)

35 min | Documentary, Short

7.5
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Documentary/training film depicting the duties of a pilot in the Pacific Theatre of the Second World War as he flies reconnaissance missions over enemy-held islands.

Stars: Walter Baldwin, Ralph Byrd, William Forrest, William Holden

Votes: 18

25. Ghost of the China Sea (1958)

Unrated | 79 min | Drama, War

5.2
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A ragtag band of civilians and military personnel evade the Japanese in the Philippines, utilising the so-called USS Frankenstein.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: David Brian, Lynette Bernay, Norman Wright, Harry Chang

Votes: 52

26. To the Shores of Iwo Jima (1945)

PG | 20 min | Documentary, Short, War

6.5
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Documentary short film depicting the American assault on the Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima and the massive battle that raged on that key island in the Allied advance on Japan.

Stars: Harlon Block, John H. Bradley, Rene A. Gagnon, Ira H. Hayes

Votes: 103

27. Attack! Battle of New Britain (1944)

Approved | 54 min | War, Documentary

6.5
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Documentary film depicting the attack by Allied forces on the Japanese strong-holds of Arawe Beach and Cape Gloucester, New Britain, in the South Pacific theatre of the Second World War in 1943.

Stars: Leo Genn, Burgess Meredith, Anthony Veiller, Walter Krueger

Votes: 73

28. 1943: The Battle of Midway (1987 Video Game)

Action, War

7.2
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In the midst of WWII, the Navy's best fighter pilot must destroy the Japanese air ans sea squadrons.

Votes: 59

29. Blue Devils: Marine Aviation Squadron VMF-451 (2008 Video)

77 min | Documentary, War

8.5
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Director: Terrence Dodge Jr. | Stars: James Anderson, William E. Brown, Stewart Burleigh, Archie Donahue

Votes: 11

30. The Last Bomb (1945)

Not Rated | 35 min | Short, Documentary, War

6.5
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Documentary of the planning and delivery of the last great bomber attack on the city of Tokyo by the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Reed Hadley, Arthur Kennedy, Jack Klock, Curtis LeMay

Votes: 61

31. Universal Newsreel (XII) (1945)

8 min | Documentary, Short

6.0
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Newsreel in six segments show the building and completion of the Ledo Road to its junction with the Burma Road in Burma; a procession of Chinese civilian refugees fleeing invading Japanese ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Herlihy, Ben Grauer, Louis A. Pick, Joseph W. Stilwell

Votes: 6

32. Ghosts of Bataan (2005 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, War

7.4
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Director: Tim Cremin | Stars: Bert Bank, Mark Consuelos, John Daly, Richard M. Gordon

Votes: 12

33. Universal Newsreel (IX) (1945)

8 min | Documentary, Short

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Newsreel in five segments shows ongoing American combat activities in the Philippines, ongoing Allied combat in Europe, the latest in American teenage fashion for girls, the proliferation ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Herlihy, Albert Grobe, Vicky Vola, Walter Krueger

34. Universal Newsreel (XVI) (1945)

Documentary, Short

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The newsreel presents continuous coverage of the capture and liberation of Manila from the Imperial Japanese forces by the United States Army troops under the command of Gen. MacArthur.

Stars: Ed Herlihy, Douglas MacArthur, Robert Eichelberger

35. Universal Newsreel (XXIII) (1945)

8 min | Documentary, Short

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The entire newsreel, in a single segment, is devoted to the completion of the liberation of the Philippines from the forces of Imperial Japan, beginning with the final assault on those ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Herlihy, Douglas MacArthur

36. Universal Newsreel (XVII) (1945)

7 min | Documentary, Short

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Newsreel in five segments features rescue of POWs in Manila in the course of its liberation by American forces; activities at the Red Cross offices in Geneva; major ice jams on two U.S. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Herlihy, Douglas MacArthur, Franklin D. Roosevelt

37. Universal Newsreel (V) (1945)

7 min | Documentary, Short

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This edition shows American military gains in the Philippines, a brief return home for 1300 Army combat veterans on furlough, the test of a new "super-transport" military aircraft and, on ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Herlihy, Ben Grauer, Joseph Nunan, Kay Christopher

38. Universal Newsreel (XXII) (1945)

Documentary, Short

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Stars: Ed Herlihy, Ben Grauer

39. Universal Newsreel (VIII) (1945)

8 min | Documentary, Short

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Newsreel in five sections, covering U.S. Coast Guard action in liberating the Philippines from the Japanese; RAF aerial bombardment of Japanese outposts in Burma; Allied successes in ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Herlihy, Ben Grauer, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

40. Universal Newsreel (XIV) (1945)

8 min | Documentary, Short

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Newsreel in six parts opens with a report on successful air operations against Japanese warships in the China Sea, and closes with American triumphs over Japanese occupiers on Luzon island;... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Herlihy, William F. Halsey, Chester Bowles, Richard Moncure

41. Air Power (1956–1958)
Episode: Advance the Bomber Line (1957)

Documentary, War

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Star: Walter Cronkite

42. Pritzker Military Library Presents (2006– )
Episode: Front & Center with John Callaway: 36 Days on Iwo Jima (2006)

Documentary, History

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Join John Callaway for an interview with two veterans of Iwo Jima - William Hudson and Col. Gerald Russell, USMC (Ret.).

Directors: David Cannek, Mike Newsham | Stars: John Callaway, William Hudson, Gerald F. Russell

43. The Pacific (2010)
Episode: Guadalcanal/Leckie (2010)

TV-MA | 52 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.1
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Veteran Sergeant John Basilone ships out soon after Pearl Harbor for Guadalcanal while other young enlistees are sent to boot camp.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 1,808

44. Air Power (1956–1958)
Episode: Interdiction and Blockade (1957)

Documentary, War

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Star: Walter Cronkite

45. The Pacific (2010)
Episode: Iwo Jima (2010)

Not Rated | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.1
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Frustrated with his bond selling tour, Basilone goes back to training troops and after marrying a pretty marine sergeant, leads his men at Iwo Jima.

Directors: David Nutter, Jeremy Podeswa | Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Dwight Braswell

Votes: 1,241

46. Pritzker Military Library Presents (2006– )
Episode: Neptune's Inferno (2011)

Documentary, History

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James D. Hornfischer discusses his book, Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal.

Director: David Cannek | Stars: James Hornfischer, Ed Tracy

47. Air Power (1956–1958)
Episode: Pacific Pattern (1957)

Documentary, War

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Star: Walter Cronkite

48. The Pacific (2010)
Episode: Peleliu Airfield (2010)

TV-MA | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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Water is in short supply and the stifling heat takes control on Peleliu as Leckie is wounded and evacuated.

Director: Tony To | Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Linda Cropper

Votes: 1,239

49. The Pacific (2010)
Episode: Peleliu Hills (2010)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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Sledge finds the carnage and death of his companions on Peleilu increasingly difficult to bear as Basilone continues his bond drive in the States.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Brendan Fletcher

Votes: 1,216

50. The Pacific (2010)
Episode: Peleliu Landing (2010)

TV-MA | 49 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.3
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Basilone's fame keeps him in the U.S. selling war bonds, Leckie rejoins his company, and Sledge is reunited with Phillips in Pavuvu.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Brendan Fletcher

Votes: 1,292



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