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1. Dunkirk (2017)

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

7.9
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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: 480,382 | Gross: $188.37M

2. Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

6.2
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44 Metascore

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

Votes: 295,874 | Gross: $198.54M

3. Pan (2015)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.7
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36 Metascore

Twelve-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be for ever known as Peter Pan.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara

Votes: 56,541 | Gross: $35.09M

4. The Great Escape (1963)

Not Rated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.2
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87 Metascore

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

Votes: 207,732 | Gross: $12.10M

5. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 95,024 | Gross: $8.18M

6. The World at War (1973–1976)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

9.2
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A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 19,277

7. Battle of Britain (1969)

G | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

7.0
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In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the U.K.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Harry Andrews, Curd Jürgens

Votes: 19,334

8. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Robert Coote, Kathleen Byron

Votes: 17,500

9. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

4.8
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42 Metascore

40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrives, awakening the house's darkest inhabitant.

Director: Tom Harper | Stars: Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine, Phoebe Fox, Leanne Best

Votes: 25,039 | Gross: $26.50M

10. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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Seven British construction workers escape Britain's ever growing dole queues and travel to Germany to work on a site in Düsseldorf. We follow their trials and tribulations of working away from home and away from the women they left behind.

Stars: Timothy Spall, Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy, Kevin Whately

Votes: 2,593

11. 633 Squadron (1964)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, War

6.4
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An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway. The factory supplies fuel for the Nazi effort to launch rockets on England during D-Day.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Cliff Robertson, George Chakiris, Maria Perschy, Harry Andrews

Votes: 3,187

12. Into the White (I) (2012)

R | 104 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.2
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Norway, WWII: A group of British and German soldiers find themselves stranded in the wilderness after an aircraft battle. Finding shelter in the same cabin, they realize the only way to survive the winter is to place the rules of war aside.

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Florian Lukas, David Kross, Lachlan Nieboer, Stig Henrik Hoff

Votes: 18,226 | Gross: $0.00M

13. O Lucky Man! (1973)

R | 178 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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An apprentice coffee salesman has a series of improbable and ironic adventures that seem designed to challenge his naive idealism.

Director: Lindsay Anderson | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Ralph Richardson, Rachel Roberts, Arthur Lowe

Votes: 7,065

14. The Dam Busters (1955)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, History, War

7.4
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The story of how the British attacked German dams in World War II by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Basil Sydney

Votes: 8,869

15. La Grande Vadrouille (1966)

G | 132 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

8.0
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Several ordinary Frenchmen, helping British pilots avoid Nazi captivity, goes on an epic voyage through the occupied country to the Swiss border.

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Bourvil, Louis de Funès, Claudio Brook, Andréa Parisy

Votes: 14,347

16. Charlotte Gray (2001)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.4
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48 Metascore

A young Scottish woman joins the French Resistance during World War II to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend who is lost in France.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Cate Blanchett, James Fleet, Abigail Cruttenden, Charlotte McDougall

Votes: 10,143 | Gross: $0.67M

17. Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.4
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An American World War I soldier, whose disfigured face is reconstructed by Austrian plastic surgeons, returns home after twenty years, but no one recognizes him, his widow is married to another man, and his son is a grown young man.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles, George Brent, Lucile Watson

Votes: 2,127 | Gross: $3.25M

18. The Purple Plain (1954)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, War

6.5
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In WW2 Burma, a Canadian bomber pilot becomes reckless after losing his bride in a Luftwaffe air-raid.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Gregory Peck, Bernard Lee, Win Min Than, Brenda de Banzie

Votes: 1,736

19. Operation Snafu (1961)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, War

5.8
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When he is pulled up in court for selling stuff on the street, Horace Pope says he was only doing it while waiting to enlist. The judge calls his bluff and forces him to sign up. Pope makes... See full summary »

Director: Cyril Frankel | Stars: Alfred Lynch, Sean Connery, Victor Maddern, Harry Locke

Votes: 378

20. Dark Blue World (2001)

R | 112 min | War, Drama, Action

7.2
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56 Metascore

The friendship of two men becomes tested when they both fall for the same woman.

Director: Jan Sverák | Stars: Ondrej Vetchý, Krystof Hádek, Tara Fitzgerald, Charles Dance

Votes: 5,281 | Gross: $0.26M

21. Spitfire (1942)

Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.0
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Aircraft designer/patriot R. J. Mitchell, alarmed at growing German militarism, works to perfect a defense against the German Messerschmidt at the cost of his health.

Director: Leslie Howard | Stars: Leslie Howard, David Niven, Rosamund John, Roland Culver

Votes: 1,442

22. Raid on Rommel (1971)

GP | 99 min | Drama, War

5.6
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In 1942 Libya, a German-speaking British Intelligence officer uses former British POWs, some dressed in German uniforms, to fulfill a secret sabotage mission inside German-captured Tobruk.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Richard Burton, John Colicos, Clinton Greyn, Wolfgang Preiss

Votes: 1,886

23. Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942)

Approved | 68 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.6
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Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must protect a Swiss inventor of an advanced bomb sight from falling into German hands.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Kaaren Verne

Votes: 4,934

24. Reach for the Sky (1956)

Not Rated | 123 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.2
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Biopic of RAF Group Captain Douglas Bader who, after having lost both legs, flew a British fighter plane during WW2.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Kenneth More, Muriel Pavlow, Lyndon Brook, Lee Patterson

Votes: 2,112

25. The Haunted Airman (2006 TV Movie)

R | 68 min | Drama, Thriller, War

4.6
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An injured RAF pilot, confined to a wheelchair is committed to an eerie hospital where he starts to lose his mind

Director: Chris Durlacher | Stars: Julian Sands, Rachael Stirling, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Ainsleigh

Votes: 1,847

26. The Sound Barrier (1952)

Approved | 109 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.7
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Fictionalized story of British aerospace engineers solving the problem of supersonic flight.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Ralph Richardson, Ann Todd, Nigel Patrick, John Justin

Votes: 1,531

27. Mosquito Squadron (1969)

G | 90 min | War, Drama

5.7
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In WW2, a RAF squadron leader mourns the death of a comrade and receives a bombing mission against a secret Nazi V-2 rocket testing facility in France.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: David McCallum, Suzanne Neve, Charles Gray, David Buck

Votes: 1,142

28. The Deep Blue Sea (1955)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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A woman unhappy in her passionless marriage leaves her husband for a younger and more ardent lover.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Kenneth More, Eric Portman, Emlyn Williams

Votes: 278

29. Angels One Five (1952)

TV-G | 98 min | Drama, War

6.5
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The story of an RAF fighter squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain.

Director: George More O'Ferrall | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Michael Denison, Andrew Osborn, Cyril Raymond

Votes: 784

30. Piece of Cake (1988)

312 min | Drama, War

8.1
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Stories of the men of the RAF Hornet Squadron during the early days of World War II.

Stars: Neil Dudgeon, George Anton, Boyd Gaines, Jeremy Northam

Votes: 660

31. Reunion in France (1942)

Passed | 104 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.3
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Frenchwoman Michele de la Becque, an opponent of the Nazis in German-occupied Paris, hides a downed American flyer, Pat Talbot, and attempts to get him safely out of the country.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Joan Crawford, John Wayne, Philip Dorn, Reginald Owen

Votes: 1,260

32. A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.5
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An American pilot impulsively joins His Majesty's Royal Air Force in Britain in an attempt to impress his ex-girlfriend.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Betty Grable, John Sutton, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 1,119

33. The McKenzie Break (1970)

PG | 108 min | Action, Drama, War

6.5
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During WW2, German POWs in Britain plot to escape from their prison camp in Scotland.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Brian Keith, Helmut Griem, Ian Hendry, Jack Watson

Votes: 1,323

34. The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

TV-PG | 73 min | Action, Drama, War

7.0
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The pilots of a Royal Air Force squadron in World War I face not only physical but mental dangers in their struggle to survive while fighting the enemy.

Director: Stuart Walker | Stars: Fredric March, Cary Grant, Jack Oakie, Carole Lombard

Votes: 903

35. Eagles Over London (1969)

PG | 100 min | Drama, War

5.7
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In World war 2, a German undercover unit infiltrates British lines during the evacuation of Dunkirk, 1939. The film revolves around their successes and failures in disrupting R.A.F. operations during the Battle of Britain.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Frederick Stafford, Van Johnson, Francisco Rabal, Evelyn Stewart

Votes: 423

36. The Night My Number Came Up (1955)

Not Rated | 94 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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On a routine flight from Hong Kong to Japan, a British military transport aircraft's fate may or may not depend on a prophetic nightmare.

Director: Leslie Norman | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Sheila Sim, Alexander Knox, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 783

37. The Lion Has Wings (1939)

76 min | Drama, War

5.7
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Alexander Korda's bit for the British war effort shows the world both at peace and on the verge of Nazi domination. Spliced together to form a documentary-style movie of both newsreel and ... See full summary »

Directors: Adrian Brunel, Brian Desmond Hurst, Michael Powell, Alexander Korda | Stars: Merle Oberon, Ralph Richardson, June Duprez, Flora Robson

Votes: 487

38. Jenny's War (1985)

PG | 198 min | Drama, War

7.5
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This fact-based story follows a woman who launches a rescue of her Royal Air Force pilot son, who was shot down over Germany in 1941. Getting no help from the underground, she sets up her own rescue mission.

Stars: Dyan Cannon, Elke Sommer, Robert Hardy, Patrick Ryecart

Votes: 138

39. The Pathfinders (1972– )

60 min | Drama, War

7.7
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World war 2 RAF squadron behind enemy lines.

Stars: Robert Urquhart, Jack Watling, Julian Orchard, Jack May

Votes: 46

40. Body and Soul (1931)

70 min | Drama

6.8
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Andress, Watson and Johnson are with a Royal Air Force squadron in France. When Watson is killed in combat, Andrews tries to return the letters Watson received from a girl called "Pom-Pom."... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Charles Farrell, Elissa Landi, Humphrey Bogart, Myrna Loy

Votes: 64

41. Ain't Misbehavin' (1997)

150 min | Comedy, Musical, War

6.5
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Wartime comedy about two very different bandsmen (Eddie and Eric) and their misadventures with gangsters, romance, and black-marketing in Blitz-time London.

Stars: Jerome Flynn, Robson Green, Warren Mitchell, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 51

42. Winter Flight (1984)

89 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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A young RAF serviceman and a local waitress fall for each other, but Falklands War looms in the background.

Director: Roy Battersby | Stars: Reece Dinsdale, Nicola Cowper, Gary Olsen, Sean Bean

Votes: 60 | Gross: $0.00M

43. Over Here (1996 TV Movie)

185 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.4
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Comedy drama set in wartime Britain showing what can happen when British RAF men and soldiers from the American Air Force are forced to share barracks.

Director: Tony Dow | Stars: Samuel West, James Terry, Todd Boyce, Louise Brighton

Votes: 139

44. Raiders in the Sky (1953)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.5
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War drama about the dangerous and stressful work of Lancaster bomber British crews during World War II.

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Ian Hunter, Dinah Sheridan, Bryan Forbes

Votes: 495

45. The Battle of Britain (1943)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary, History, War

7.4
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The official World War II US government account of Great Britain's stand against the Nazi war machine after the Dunkirk evacuation.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anthony Veiller | Stars: Douglas Bader, Arno Breker, Winston Churchill, Hermann Göring

Votes: 793

46. For Those in Peril (1944)

67 min | Drama, War

6.6
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An RAF officer wishes to fly, but isn't allowed and is posted to the RAF Air Sea Rescue operating in the English Channel.

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: David Farrar, Ralph Michael, Robert Wyndham, John Slater

Votes: 83

47. Cage of Gold (1950)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama

6.3
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In post-WW2 Britain, a young woman marries an old flame but after he disappears, and is later declared dead, she re-marries, only to be blackmailed by the supposedly-dead first husband who suddenly re-appears in her life, in need of money.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Jean Simmons, David Farrar, James Donald, Madeleine Lebeau

Votes: 218

48. Stalag Luft (1993 TV Movie)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, War

6.7
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During WW2, after the 'ingenious' desertion of the German guards, the Allied prisoners of a POW camp decide to remain in the camp, some masquerading as German guards, in order to fool the frequent SS inspections.

Director: Adrian Shergold | Stars: Stephen Fry, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Geoffrey Palmer, Sam Kelly

Votes: 142

49. Bomber Harris (1989 TV Movie)

85 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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The history of one of the key commanders of WW2, the head of RAF Bomber Command, Air Chief Marshall Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris.

Director: Michael Darlow | Stars: John Thaw, Robert Hardy, Frederick Treves, Bernard Kay

Votes: 143

50. The Bag (I) (2017)

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A story of espionage and subversion following the activities of Chris, a deep shadow operative who is climbing up the ladder within his world, under the watchful eye of his handler Malcolm.

Director: Martin J. Thomas | Stars: Chris Ryman, Alex Reece, Georgina Parren, Joe Stuart Paul

Votes: 7



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