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A guide to feature films and documentaries about World War I in the USMA Library

World War I on Film


A scene from All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

DVDs in the USMA Library

DVDs are located in the Periodicals Room, on the second floor of the Library.  The DVD collection is shelved just past the current issues of our magazines, journals and newspapers.  They are arranged in Library of Congress call number order, so look them up in the Library Catalog or in the convenient title binder by the DVD shelves in order to find the ones you want to check out.  The checkout period for DVDs is seven days, and they are usually renewable.

To find DVDs in the Library Catalog, type 'DVD' along with any other relevant search terms in the Keyword field, e.g. 'World War, 1914-1918 and DVD' : For an A-Z list of all DVDs in our collection, type 'DVD' and sort the results by title.


World War I coincided with a young, rapidly developing film industry, and as belligerent governments aggressively utilized film to rally their publics to the war effort, the foundation was set for the robust development of world film during the interwar period.  As the publisher of The First World War and Popular Cinema: 1914 to the Present noted, “The Great War played an instrumental role in the development of cinema, so necessary was it to the mobilization efforts of the combatant nations.  In turn, after the war, as memory began to fade, cinema continued to shape the war's legacy and eventually to determine the ways in which all warfare is imagined.” 

Classic films like All Quiet on the Western Front, Hell’s Angels, Grand Illusion, and Paths of Glory transport today's audiences back to the bloody world of trench warfare and aerial dogfights, both of which characterize how we remember the war today.  World War I is considerably underrepresented in the war film genre in terms of both feature films and documentaries.  This is particularly true in comparison to the war it set the stage for, World War II.  However, the USMA Library has a number of titles relating to the war that broke out 100 years ago that did so much to shape our modern world.  Take a look at the films in this guide for some of the best in the genre.

Audiovisual & Social Sciences Library Liaison

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Michael Arden
Audiovisual Librarian
Office: JH219
LH204B Mon. & Tues. 1330-1600
Subjects:Social Sciences
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