Numerous motion pictures and TV mini-series have been produced that are set before, during and after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. These are our picks for the best films and TV mini-series about the events of the "Day that will live in infamy."
Fred Zinnermann's multiple Oscar winner is set in pre-World War II Hawaii. It tells the story of several army soldiers stationed on Oahu on the eve of Pearl Harbor. The film won Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Frank Sinatra), Best Supporting Actress (Donna Reed) and five other awards.
The story of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as seen from both the American and Japanese perspectives is told in a straightforward manner and does not hesitate to point out the mistakes which were made on both sides. The film features the best filming of the actual attack seen on film prior to the 2001 release, "Pearl Harbor."
Michael Bay's blockbuster set immediately before, during and after the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack tells the story of two best friends and the woman they both love. Heavily criticized for its script and acting, the movie, nevertheless, features the best re-creation of the Pearl Harbor attack ever put on film.
Otto Preminger's classic drama of the war in the Pacific focuses on several navy officers, and the women in their lives, who are suddenly catapulted into the war following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The film is finely acted, with John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Tom Tyron and Paula Prentiss in the leading roles.
This TV adaptation of Herman Wouk's brilliant novel was heavily criticized for a weak performance by Ally McGraw in the lead role, however, the mini-series well portrays the events the led to the U.S. involvement in the Second World War, cultimating in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The modern aircraft carrier USS Nimitz with 6,000 men and 100 jet aircraft is caught in a strange vortex and thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The movie stars Kirk Douglas and Marin Sheen.
The timeline narrative style of Hy Averback's 282-minute TV epic provides a view of people affected by the tragic attack on Pearl Harbor - how they lived before it, and the long term changes it made in their lives. This TV mini-series stars Angie Dickinson, Adam Arkin, Robert Wagner and Dennis Weaver. Unfortunately, the miniseries has not been released on DVD and is only available on VHS.