Ten great World War II films to watch this bank holiday weekend
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.”
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
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.
YouTube Link: Bridge on the River Kwai
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
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.
YouTube link: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
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.
YouTube: Carrying The Light
12. Auschwitz On My Mind
A short by MetFilm’s Assaf Machnes.
YouTube: Auschwitz On My Mind