Today is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, truly a day that changed world history forever.
Thus, we decided it was an appropriate time to countdown the ALL-TIME BEST 6 D-DAY MOVIES/SERIES.
We’re only doing six to honor the date (6/6/44), but also because there are relatively few movies/series that portray D-Day. Also, while there are numerous outstanding documentaries about the invasion, we’re only focusing on scripted movies/series for this one.
6. D-Day-The Sixth of June (1956)
D-Day-The Sixth of June focuses on a love triangle prior to the D-Day invasion. For that reason, the film is somewhat different from other World War II movies. Furthermore, the battle itself is not as much a focus, but really represents an overall foreboding and uncertainty. An interesting watch nonetheless.
5. The Big Red One (1980)
D-Day only comprises a portion of this film. Its main focus is sacrifice and survival amidst seemingly endless warfare. The Big Red One is also an interesting study on the strong bond that forms between fellow soldiers. Forged by continuous peril, these become bonds that last a lifetime.
4. Where Eagles Dare (1968)
This film is a little different than the rest of the works on this countdown, as it’s not a portrayal of the June 6 events. Rather, the plot concerns a captive Allied officer who is integral in planning the D-Day invasion. In order to preserve the plans, a daring rescue is attempted deep within enemy territory. But that’s just the start, as espionage and double turns are all over the place.
3. The Longest Day (1962)
The Longest Day is one of the greatest war movies of all-time. The film boasts an all-star cast, but what I find that it does better than any other war film, is capture the incredible scope of the June 6th invasion. I think another interesting element of the film, is that it’s told from both the Allied and Nazi perspective. While history is often written by the victor, this gives more context to the invasion.
2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Nothing you’ve ever seen or read can prepare you for the Normandy beach landing scene. The action is frenetic, savage, and chaotic. Saving Private Ryan shows us the true horrors of war and the incredible courage it takes to face them head-on. You can’t help but come away with an exponentially greater appreciation for the sacrifice and bravery of the soldiers who invaded France 70 years ago today. The film is incredible and the acting is top-notch. If you’ve never seen this one, do yourself a favor, and see it today!
1. Band of Brothers (2001)
Simply put, Band of Brothers is the greatest miniseries of all-time, bar none. The series is about more than just D-Day and Easy Company’s role in the invasion is a little different, as they are Army Airborne. Thus, we get another interesting perspective on one of the most significant days in modern history. Band of Brothers is as much character study as it is war story. At the end of the miniseries, we as viewers, begin to see that war is as much about mental and physical endurance as anything else. Overall, this is one of the truly great achievements in television.
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