94% of People Can't Identify All of These WWI Movies. Can You?

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Do you count "Legends of the Fall" and "Lawrence of Arabia" among your favorite films? Are you an expert on the events at Gallipoli, the Somme, Verdun and Ypres? If so, you may have what it takes to ace this WWI films quiz.

On June 28, 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated. Exactly five years later, the Treaty of Versailles was signed. In the years in between, the world fought one of the largest and bloodiest wars in the history of civilization, with 70 million people going to battle, 10 million soldiers killed and another 20 million wounded.

While it's impossible for anyone to recreate the horror and devastation of WWI, with its lonely trenches, poisonous gases and deadly technology, there are no shortage of films set during this period that attempt to recreate the savagery of the Great War. 

Hollywood was still in its infancy as WWI came to a close, and the war provided plenty of inspiration for the big screen in the decades to follow. The Great War was so monumental in the timeline of history and the lives of people around the world that films are still being made about it to this day.

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The 2001 film “The Lost Battalion” was inspired by the true story of the 77th Infantry Division, which ended up lost in France’s Argonne Forest during the war. A silent 1919 version of the film featured many of the soldiers playing themselves, while the 2001 remake starred Rock Schroder.

“Joyeux Noel” was shown at Cannes in 2005. The film, which told the story of the WWI Christmas truce of 1914, starred Ian Richardson and Diane Kruger.

Alvin York was a poor farmer from Tennessee when he was drafted –very unwillingly – into WWI. He went on to become one of the biggest heroes of the war, and was later awarded the Medal of Honor. The 1941 film “Sergeant York” starred Gary Cooper as the legendary soldier.

The Battle of the Somme was one of the largest WWI battles, involving three million men – a million of whom were killed or wounded. The 1999 film “The Trench,” which starred Daniel Craig, told the story of this infamous battle.

In “A Very Long Engagement,” French film star Audrey Tautou plays a woman named Mathilde, who plans to wait for her fiancé as he goes off to fight in WWI. Instead, he tries to escape from the army and ends up being sentenced to death.

“Captain Conan” is based on a real French infantry squad that was left fighting on the Bulgarian border after WWI had officially ended. The 1996 film was based on a 1934 novel by Roger Vercel

“All Quiet on the Western Front” pits the romanticism and idealism of war about the true horror and destruction on the battlefield. A 1930 version of the film starred Lew Ayres, while the 1979 version featured Richard Thomas and Ernest Borgnine.

Passchendaele was a key WWI battle that took place in Belgium in 1917. The 2008 film “Passcendaele” tells the story of a group of Canadian soldiers fighting this battle on the western front.

The 1959 film “The Great War” paired comedy with horror. It featured an “odd couple” pairing of a duo of soldiers from Rome and Milan who served as message runners – and were later executed for spying.

Staneley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory” was released in 1957, and starred Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax. After his men abandoned a mission that was sure to end in suicide, the Colonel was left to defend the troops, who were accused of cowardice and desertion.

The 1998 film "Behind the Line" was inspired by the story of real-life WWI hero Siegfried Sassoon. In the film, which was called "Regeneration" in the UK, a group of British Army officers end up meeting at a War Hospital.

The 2004 flick "Company K" was inspired by a WWI Marine named Arthur William March, who released a book about his war experience in the 1930s. In the movie, veteran Joe Delaney is trying to record the history of his battle company while dealing with PTSD and other issues.

The Japanese film "The Ode to Joy," which was also known as "Baruto No Gakuen," told the story of a group of German soldiers sent to a Japanese POW camp. It was based on the story of the real Bando POW camp, where soldiers were imprisoned from 1917 to 1920.

The 2008 film "120" was a huge hit in its native Turkey. It's based on the true sad story of 120 children who were selected to carry ammunition for the Turkish Army. All 120 of them ended up being killed during the Battle of Sarikamish.

The 1994 film "Legends of the Fall" starred Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Aidan Quinn. It told the story of three Montana brothers who head off to fight in WWI, with only two of them making it home.

The Germans and Russians clashed at the Battle of Moon Sound during WWI. The 1987 Soviet film "Moonzund" commemorated the 1917 naval battle.

The battle of Gallipoli took place in modern-day Turkey, and was a major battle of WWI. The 1981 movie "Gallipoli" starred Mark Lee and a young Mel Gibson as a pair of Australian soldiers taking part in the bloody battle.

"Deathwatch" combines a traditional war movie with the horror genre. It tells the story of a group of British soldiers who are pursued by evil, otherworldly forces while trapped in the German trenches.

The 2008 Russian film "Admiral" was as much a love story as a war film. It told the story of a Russian admiral working to fight the Bolsheviks and return the Czar to power during the 1917 Revolution.

"Beneath Hill 60" told the story of a miner named Oliver Woodward who worked for the Australian Tunneling Company. In the 2010 film, Woodward was chosen to tunnel under German barracks and plant explosives to take out the enemy. The movie was inspired by a true story.

The 1970 film "Many Wars Ago" takes place on the Italian Front between 1916 and 1917. In the movie, a group of Italian troops attack Austria, only to rise up in mutiny when they suffer setbacks.

The 1987 movie "The Lighthorsemen" was inspired by the true story of the 1917 Battle of Beersheba. It tells the tale of a group of mounted Australian soldiers fighting as part of a squad called the Light Horse Brigade.

"The Blue Max" is the story of an obsessed pilot -- played by George Peppard -- who will stop at nothing to win a military medal known as the Blue Max. Peppard plays a German fighter pilot named Bruno Stachel who stoops to war crimes to prove his flying skills.

The 1971 film "Johnny Got His Gun" just might be one of the most horrific war films ever made. It tells the story of a soldier named Joe Bonham who goes to war, only to lose all four limbs and most of his senses when he's struck by an explosive. Unfortunately, he survives, but later wishes he hadn't.

"The Last Ottoman: Knockout Ali" was a 2007 Turkish film set in the years just after WWI. It told the story of a Navy sergeant named Ali who's determined to protect his country during an attack on the city of Istanbul.

In 1916, British solders near Ypres, Belgium discovered an abandoned printing press, and starting printing a trench newspaper called "The Wipers Time." The 2013 TV movie "The Wipers Times" was inspired by this war-time publication. The name "Wipers" was used because soldiers had trouble pronouncing the actual name of the town -- Ypres.

In the 2011 film "War Horse," a young boy named Albert is devastated when his father sells his horse Joey to British soldiers. The film tells of Albert's journey across dangerous battlefields to recover his beloved horse.

The 1976 film "Aces High" starred Malcolm McDowell and Christopher Plummer. The film tells the tale of a group of English pilots and their first week fighting in the war.

Russell Crowe played an Australian farmer in the 2014 movie "The Water Diviner." In the film, Crowe's character has three sons who head off to fight in Gallipoli, but never return.

English nurse Vera Brittain wrote a deeply moving memoir about her experience in WWI. The 2014 film "Testament of Youth" tells her story, which includes losing her fiance, brother and best friend in the war.

"Lawrence of Arabia" not only ranks among the top WWI movies, but is routinely named among the top movies of any genre. The 1962 film is inspired by the life of British archaeologist and military officer T.E. Lawrence, who served on the Arabian Peninsula during WWI. The film stars Peter O'Toole as Lawrence, and went on to win 10 Oscars.

The 1965 film "Doctor Zhivago" is set in Russia during WWI, the Russian Revolution and the resulting civil war. It stars Omar Sharif as Yuri Zhivago, with Julie Christie playing his love interest.

Even before the U.S. entered WWI, some Americans were fighting in the war on the side of some U.S. allies. "Flyboys" stars James Franco as an American rancher named Blaine Rawlings who heads off to fly and fight for France in 1917.

Clara Bow and Gary Cooper star in the 1927 film "Wings." Though the movie is silent, it won the very first Best Picture Oscar ever awarded in 1929.

The 1930 film "Hell's Angels" was financed by Howard Hughes. While it was filmed in black and white, it ended up being one of the earliest films to feature sound, and also featured a very rare color scene of star Jean Harlow.

The 1996 film "In Love and War" was inspired by the novel "Hemingway in Love and War." The movie starred Chris O'Donnell and Sandra Bullock, and was based on Hemingway's experiences as an ambulance driver in WWI.

In the 2013 movie "Battle Ground," three British soldiers fighting on the western front find themselves trapped in "No Man's Land." A 1949 film of the same name featured a similar story line, but was set during the Battle of the Bulge in WWII.

Vivian Leigh and Robert Taylor starred in the 1940 film "Waterloo Bridge." Leigh plays a ballerina who is led to believe her love interest, played by Taylor, is killed in the war.

"A Farewell to Arms" began as a 1929 book by Hemingway. The story of an American officer who falls for a Red Cross nurse was made into a 1932 film, then 1957 remake starring Rock Hudson.

When you're safe at home and well away from the battlefields, it can be easy to get caught up in the romanticism and patriotism of war. The Smith family learns this the hard war in the 1969 film "Oh! What a Lovely War," after four of their sons are sent off to fight.

Just three years after "The Wizard of Oz," Judy Garland starred opposite Gene Kelly in "Me and My Gal." The duo play a vaudeville act who are forced to part ways after Kelly's character gets drafted into WWI.

The 1989 film "War Requiem" was based on a 1963 soundtrack by Benjamin Britten. The film, which features an elderly soldier recounting his war experiences, was the last onscreen performance by Laurence Olivier.

The 1939 film "The Spy in Black," which was originally called "U-Boat 29," features a British soldier who falls for a German spy -- who later turns out to be a British double-agent.

Set in 1915, the 1971 film "Zeppelin" tells of a fictional attempt by Germany to invade England in an airship -- to steal the Magna Carta -- which of course, is hidden in an ancient castle.

"And Quiet Flows the Don" is an epic Russian novel written in the 1920s. It's had at least three movie adaptions, in 1931, 1957 and a modern version released in 2006. These films tell the tale of Don Cossacks living in southern Russia during WWI and through the Revolution and Civil War.

Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn teamed up to star on the 1951 classic "The African Queen." The film told the story of a missionary, played by Hepburn, who befriends a riverboat captain as she attempts to escape from a dangerous region of Africa.

The 2007 film "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" is set in County Cork during the Irish War for Independence. It tells the story of two brothers who join the IRA to fight against the UK. The title comes from a traditional 1798 Irish rebellion tune.

A remake of a 1929 silent film, John Ford's 1934 movie "The Lost Patrol" focused on a mounted patrol that gets lost in the desert during WWI. After their leader is killed by a sniper, the men -- who have no knowledge of their mission -- are forced to fight for survival.

The 1964 film "Kings and Country" was set in the trenches of Passchendaele during WWI. It tells the tale of a soldier who goes AWOL due to shell shock, and the ensuing courtroom drama that follows.

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