British WWII Productions

by Liberty-AstonMartin | created - 17 Sep 2018 | updated - 17 Sep 2018 | Public

British productions of WWII era dramas in no particular order.

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1. My Mother and Other Strangers (2016– )

60 min | Drama, Romance, War

In 1943, the Coyne family and their neighbours struggle to maintain a normal life after a US Army Air Force base is set up in the middle of their rural parish.

Stars: Ciarán Hinds, Michael Nevin, Hattie Morahan, Owen McDonnell

Votes: 1,136

2. Suite Française (2014)

107 min | Drama, Romance, War

63 Metascore

During the early years of Nazi occupation of France in World War II, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams), a French villager, and Lieutenant Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts), a German soldier.

Director: Saul Dibb | Stars: Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Margot Robbie, Eric Godon

Votes: 21,570

3. Land Girls (2009–2011)

225 min | Drama

Follow the lives, loves and highs and lows of four members of the Women's Land Army who are working at the Hoxley Estate during World War II.

Stars: Becci Gemmell, Susan Cookson, Mark Benton, Mykola Allen

Votes: 2,281

4. Restless (2012 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Romance

A young woman finds out that her mother worked as a spy for the British Secret Service during World War II and has been on the run ever since.

Director: Edward Hall | Stars: Hayley Atwell, Rufus Sewell, Michelle Dockery, Michael Gambon

Votes: 2,740

5. Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 502,660 | Gross: $188.37M

British, French, etc. Directed by Brit C. Nolan

6. Monsignor Renard (2000)

295 min | Drama, War

The story of the German occupation of France during World War II told through the eyes and experiences of a humble and extraordinary priest.

Stars: John Thaw, Joachim Paul Assböck, John Axon, Teresa Banham

Votes: 175

British production set in France.

7. Guernica (2016)

R | 110 min | Drama, History, Romance

The fates of Henry - a cynical American correspondent who has lost his soul - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors and in charge of overseeing the news that journalists can send abroad, cross in Gernika.

Director: Koldo Serra | Stars: James D'Arcy, María Valverde, Jack Davenport, Ingrid García Jonsson

Votes: 1,974

Many British actors. Set in Spain.

8. Home Fires (2015–2016)

45 min | Drama, War

A drama following a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community during World War II.

Stars: Clare Calbraith, Brian Fletcher, Samantha Bond, Ruth Gemmell

Votes: 2,812

This ITV drama was cancelled, but Simon Block wrote a book to continue the story due to disappointed fans wishing for resolution after a cliffhanger. Worth watching and reading.

9. Island at War (2004)

540 min | Drama, War

During the Second World War, a quiet channel island community is thrown into turmoil by the invasion forces of Nazi Germany.

Stars: Saskia Reeves, Owen Teale, Julia Ford, Clare Holman

Votes: 1,173

10. The Halcyon (2017)

60 min | Drama, War

The story of a bustling and glamorous five star hotel at the center of London society and a world at war.

Stars: Annabelle Apsion, Mark Benton, Jamie Blackley, Edward Bluemel

Votes: 2,213

11. Fleming (2014)

TV-MA | 44 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Look at the 007 creator, Ian Fleming, and his early life set against the permissive society of war-torn WWII London.

Stars: Dominic Cooper, Lara Pulver, Samuel West, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 4,435

Fictionalized account of Ian Fleming's life, the man who wrote James Bond.

12. Foyle's War (2002–2015)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As WWII rages, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front; investigating crime on the south coast of England. Later series, see the retired detective working as an MI5 agent in the aftermath of the war.

Stars: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell, Ellie Haddington

Votes: 11,856

13. Colditz (2005)

R | 240 min | Drama, War

While WWII Allied officer Jack Rose is held prisoner in Germany's notorious Colditz Castle, he recruits a band of fellow escape artists in the ultimate break-out only to discover that the greatest betrayal awaits him on safe ground.

Stars: Damian Lewis, Sophia Myles, Tom Hardy, Laurence Fox

Votes: 2,504

14. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 645,104 | Gross: $91.13M

15. Codebreaker (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

The highs and lows of Alan Turing's life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishments, his government persecution through to his tragic death in 1954. In the last 18 months of his short life... See full summary »

Directors: Clare Beavan, Nic Stacey | Stars: Ed Stoppard, Henry Goodman, Paul McGann, Asa Briggs

Votes: 970

Another Alan Turing production.

16. The Cazalets (2001– )

Drama, War

Mini-series adapted from a series of novels that's set at the estate of a large privileged Sussex family and follows their life in London between the years 1937 and 1947.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Stephen Dillane, Lesley Manville, Joanna Page

Votes: 186

17. Close to the Enemy (2016– )

59 min | Drama

A British intelligence officer has to ensure that a captured German scientist helps the British develop jet aircraft.

Stars: Lucy Ward, August Diehl, Jim Sturgess, Julian Bleach

Votes: 983

18. Atonement (2007)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

85 Metascore

Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 236,107 | Gross: $50.93M

19. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

87 Metascore

At the close of World War II, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 170,991 | Gross: $78.65M

20. Their Finest (2016)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 16,241 | Gross: $3.60M

21. Murder on the Home Front (2013 TV Movie)

91 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Set during the London Blitz of 1940, this is a world where people live life in the moment. It is also a world where criminals can use the blackout and devastation to hide their darkest activities.

Director: Geoffrey Sax | Stars: Patrick Kennedy, Tamzin Merchant, Emerald Fennell, James Fleet

Votes: 1,335

22. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 344,929

Although technically a US production, this includes many young British actors which are now very popular: Damian Lewis, Michael Fassbender, Marc Warren, Tom Hardy, Simon Pegg, Dominic Cooper, James McAvoy, Andrew Scott, Luke Roberts, etc. A must-watch for fans of British productions.

23. Darkest Hour (2017)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman), who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn

Votes: 153,202 | Gross: $56.47M

Gary Oldman plays Chruchill.

24. The Gathering Storm (2002 TV Movie)

G | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

Winston Churchill's wilderness years prior to World War II, when only he could see the threat that Adolf Hitler and a rearmed Germany posed to Europe.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent, Linus Roache

Votes: 5,302

Chruchill

25. Into the Storm (2009 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 99 min | Biography, Drama, History

Continuing the storyline of The Gathering Storm (2002), Churchill at War is a look at the former British prime minister's life and career at the end of WWII.

Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Clive Mantle, Adrian Scarborough, Jack Shepherd

Votes: 4,446

Churchill



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