Top Ten World War II Hollywood Movie Lines

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World War II represents a very big movie genre, featuring many of the best Hollywood films ever made. Here are the ten best World War II movie quotes and the actors who delivered them on the silver screen. Saddle up!

The Counterfeit Traitor (Paramount, 1962)

“Strange…You can read about a hundred atrocities, hear about a thousand, but you only have to see one.” – Ernst Schroder as Baron Gerhard von Oldenburg, after witnessing the Nazis hang a conscripted worker after he and his cohorts attempted a sitdown strike

Patton (Twentieth Century Fox, 1970)

“Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.” – George C. Scott as General George S. Patton Jr.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (Columbia, 1957)

“Do not speak to me of rules. This is war! This is not a game of cricket!” – Sessue Hayakawa as Japanese prison commandant Colonel Saito to British Lt. Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness)

Saving Private Ryan (DreamWorks, 1998)

“I just know that every man I kill, the farther away from home I feel.” – Tom Hanks as U.S. Army Ranger Captain John Miller

The English Patient (Miramax, 1996)

“I once heard of a captain who wore a patch over a good eye. The men fought harder for him.” – Ralph Fiennes as Count Laszlo de Almasy

Stalag 17 (Paramount, 1953)

“He’s a Nazi, Price is. For all I know his name is Preissinger or Preishoffer. Oh, sure, he lived in Cleveland. But when the war broke out, he came back to the Fatherland like a good little Bundist. He spoke our lingo, so they sent him to spy school and fixed him up with phony dog tags.” – William Holden as Sergeant J.J. Sefton to his fellow POWs on the Nazi infiltrator Price (Peter Graves)

Kelly’s Heroes (MGM, 1970)

“Sergeant, this bank’s not gonna fall into the hands of the American army. It’s gonna fall in our hands. You see, we’re just a private enterprise operation.” Clint Eastwood as Kelly to a German tank commander (Karl-Otto Alberty) who’s guarding 14,000 gold bars sitting in a bank vault

Twelve O’Clock High (Twentieth Century Fox, 1949)

“You’re gonna stay right here and get a bellyful of flying. You’re gonna make every mission. You’re not air exec anymore. You’re just an airplane commander. And I want you to paint this name on the nose of your ship: Leper Colony. Because in it you’re gonna get every deadbeat in the outfit. Every man with a penchant for head colds. If there’s a bombardier who can’t hit his plate with his fork, you get him. If there’s a navigator who can’t find the men’s room, you get him. Because you rate him.” – Gregory Peck as Brigadier General Ben Savage to Lt. Colonel Ben R. Gately (Hugh Marlowe)

Sands of Iwo Jima (Republic, 1949)

“That’s war. Trading real estate for men.” – Forrest Tucker as Private Al Thomas

The Longest Day (Twentieth Century Fox, 1962)

“I don’t have to tell you the story. You all know it. Only two kinds of people are gonna stay on this beach: those that are already dead and those that are gonna die. Now get off your butts. You guys are the Fighting 29th.” – Robert Mitchum as Brigadier General Norman Cota on bloody Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944

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