Ten great World War II films to watch this bank holiday weekend

Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 6:16 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 6:16 pm

VE Day is nearly upon us so we asked the film experts from MetFilm School based at the world-famous Ealing Studios, which top WWII films they would recommend to entertain and enlighten us in the run-up to the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe on Friday, May 8.

Jonny Persey, film producer and director at MetFilm School said: “It was a tough job.

“Our top picks include British classics, box office hits, old familiars, non-traditional choices and one from the German point of view.”

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1. Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman stars as Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on

Youtube link: Darkest Hour

2. The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch is the English mathematical genius Alan Turing who tries to crack the German Enigma code.

Youtube link: The Imitation Game

3. Dunkirk

Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance and Harry Styles in the tale of allied soldiers being evacuated during a fierce battle.

Youtube link: Dunkirk

4. In Which We Serve

Noël Coward and John Mills star in David Lean’s story of the British destroyer HHS Torrin.

YouTube link: In Which We Serve

5. Bridge On The River Kwai

Alec Guinness and Jack Hawkins in a the classic tale of British POWs forced to build a railway bridge across the River Kwai for their Japanese captors.

6. The Great Escape

Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough lead the prisoners escaping from a German camp during World War II.

YouTube Link: The Great Escape

7. The Longest Day

John Wayne and Robert Mitchum star as the events of D-Day are told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.

YouTube Link: The Longest Day

8. Downfall

Chances are you’ll have seen a clip of this film – the one with a very ‘shouty ‘Adolf Hitler. The story of Hitler’s final days in his Berlin bunker.

YouTube link: Downfall

9. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

David Thewlis and Sheila Hancock in the tale of a German camp commandant’s son who befriends a Jewish boy.

10. Charlotte Gray

Cate Blanchet in a young Scottish woman who joins the French Resistance to rescue her RAF boyfriend who is lost in France.

YouTube: Charlotte Gray

11. Carrying The Light

A short by MetFilm’s Guy Natanel.

12. Auschwitz On My Mind

A short by MetFilm’s Assaf Machnes.