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Pearl Harbor Day: Movies That Dramatized the Attacks

From left, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, and Ben Affleck gather together on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis Sunday, May 20, 2001, in preparation for the World Premiere of Touchstone Pictures' / Jerry Bruckheimer Films' PEARL HARBOR. Pictured in the background is the USS Arizona Memorial located in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (photo by Kevin Winter/Touchstone Pictures/Getty Images
From left, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, and Ben Affleck pose on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis Sunday, May 20, 2001, in preparation for the world premiere of their movie "Pearl Harbor." Pictured in the background is the USS Arizona Memorial. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Touchstone Pictures/Getty Images)

New York (CBS) The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which took place 69 years ago on Dec. 7, 1941, has been brought to the big screen several times, most recently in 2001 with a Michael Bay blockbuster starring Ben Affleck , Kate Beckinsale and Josh Hartnett.

In that movie,called "Pearl Harbor," the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor s seen through the eys of two childhood friends, both in the military , who find themselves stationed together in Hawaii and falling in love with the same woman. Bay's blow-'em-up style gives the attack a realistic edge that some of the older films lack.

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The sentimental favorite, however, is "From Here to Eternity." The back-and-white 1953 classic, set in Hawaii in the days leading up to the attack, stars Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Deborah Kerr.

It won eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director (Fred Zimmerman). It also won acting Oscars for Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed, both in supporting roles.

"Topa! Tora! Tora!," a 1970 dramatization of the attack, tells the story from both sides, showing U.S. blunders that allowed the raids to happen. The movie stars Martin BGalssam, Jason Robardxss, So Yamamura, Joseph Cotten and E.G. Marshall.

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