movies about the 1941 japanese attack that are not to be missed

The best movies about the attack that changed history forever

Movies about Pearl Harbor


This Wednesday, December 7, commemorates the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Daydate on which Japan made a attack surprise against the US naval base in Pearl Harborin the Hawaiian archipelago.

The ataque a Pearl Harbor was a surprise military offensive by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor on Sunday morning December 7, 1941.

The surprise attack scarred the American people and led directly to the entry of the United States into the Second World War. The day after this offensive, Monday, December 8, the United States declared war on the empire of japan.

Movies about Pearl Harbor

From here to eternity

1953, United States


Based on the novel written by James Jones, who fought in the US Army during World War II, ‘From here to eternity’, is a romantic drama that tells the story of a group of soldiers in the Pearl Harbor base in the moments before the attack.

It premiered in 1953 and featured some of the most famous actors of the time: Montgomery Clift, Donald Reed, Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, and Frank Sinatra, among others.

The film became a movie classic, popular with fans and critics alike. According to the Rotten Tomatoes ratings site, it has 90% approval in specialized reviews and 84% in public ratings.

Storm Over the Pacific

1960s, Japan


This Japanese production was released in color in 1960 and focuses on the story of Lieutenant “Koji Kitami”, a bombardier of the Imperial Japanese Navy who participates in the attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent Battle of Midway, and was the first film that reveals the Japanese perspective.

​Fue dirigida por Shue Matsubayashi, y entre sus principales actors figuran Yosuke Natsuki, Toshiro Mifune y Koji Tsuruta.

‘Storm Over the Pacific’ (Storm in the Pacific) was released in the United States in 1961, dubbed into English and shortened, and was called ‘I bombed Pearl Harbor’ (I bombed Pearl Harbor).

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Tora! Tora! Tora!

1970, USA/Japan


War movie classic, ‘Tora! Torah! Torah!’ (Japanese expression for “surprise attack”, and it was the code that pilots had to send after being successful), was a huge production between the United States and Japan that tried to show the two perspectives of the attack in an epic tone.

The number of characters and scenes from real life portrayed and the attention to detail make the film similar to a documentary.

It featured two great teams: Richard Fleischer directed the scenes featuring the Americans, with a cast led by Jason Robards and Joseph Cotten; while Kinji Fukasaku and Toshio Masuda directed the Japanese sequences, with actors like Takahiro Tamura and Tatsuya Mihashi.

The film was a success with the public and is still highly valued by audiences, it has an evaluation of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes; however, critics lamented the documentary tone and its slow pace.

Also, the voice of Fuchida (played by Takahiro Tamura) launching his “Tora! Tora! Tora!” became iconic among movie lovers.

Pearl Harbor

2001, United States


Critically crushed, this 2001 romantic drama from director Michael Bay was hugely successful at the box office, as it was the sixth most successful film of that year, earning nearly $450 million, according to the Movie Database.

​Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Alec Baldwin and Jon Voight, were some of the stars summoned to try another representation of the Japanese attack based on a highly criticized love triangle between its protagonists, a Pearl Harbor perhaps more in the tone of farce what a tragedy

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