We could argue all day about the definition of Britishness in war films, but we all know what it means. This is the Think Defence list of the Top 25 British War Films

The definition of a British War Film is one that is largely British in character, they may have been directed by non-British directors, or have non-British actors in the cast. and may even have been made in Hollywood or elsewhere, but they retain that element of Britishness that we all understand.

So no Das Boot, Saving Private Ryan or Apocalypse Now, sorry folks.

The judging criteria do not include historical accuracy, whether the correct buttons and rank insignia were worn, or whether the film is a ‘visceral and worthy portrayal of the realities of war’ or some other such artsy bollocks, instead, it is simply enjoyability for a wet Sunday afternoon in. 

It is not a list for the film buff, historian or the yoghurt-weaving wheatgrass smoothy types for them to bemoan the inhumanity and pointlessness of war.

Most of these have a backstory that is as good as, if not better, than the film.

The Think Defence Top 25 British War Films

25 – Breaker Morant

Breaker Morant (1980) Drama, History, War | 107min | July 3, 1980 (Australia) 7.9
Director: Bruce BeresfordWriter: Jonathan Hardy, David Stevens, Bruce BeresfordStars: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John WatersSummary: During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the war. The trial does not progress as smoothly as expected by the General Staff, as the defence puts up a strong fight in the courtroom. —Kasper Sevaj <kaspsev@dorit.ihi.ku.dk>


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An excellent film, what else is there to say?

Major Thomas: The barbarities of war are seldom committed by abnormal men. The tragedy of war is that these horrors are committed by normal men in abnormal situations.

Edward Woodward and Bryan Brown are excellent.

The end scene, bloody hell, lip-wobbling stuff

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24 — The Heroes of Telemark

The Heroes of Telemark (1965) Action, Drama, History, War | 131min | December 3, 1965 (United Kingdom) 6.5
Director: Anthony MannWriter: Ivan Moffat, Ben Barzman, Harold PinterStars: Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla JacobssonSummary: Set in German-occupied Norway, this is an embellished account of the remarkable efforts of the Norwegian resistance to sabotage the German development of the atomic bomb. Resistance fighter Knut Straud (Richard Harris) enlists the reluctant physicist Dr. Rolf Pedersen (Kirk Douglas) in an effort to destroy the German heavy water production plant near the village of Rjukan in rural Telemark. In the process, Pedersen discovers that his ex-wife Anna (Ulla Jacobsson) and her uncle (Sir Michael Redgrave) have also joined the resistance. British commandos dispatched to destroy the plant are killed when their glider hits the mountainside at night. An improvised raid by the resistance ends in the partial destruction of the heavy water canisters, but the contingency plans of Reichskommissar Terboven (Eric Porter) enable the Germans to resume production quickly. Pedersen wants to recommend to London that the Allies bomb the plant. Straud opposes him because of the potential death toll on Norwegian civilians and a fight ensues. They send in separate recommendations, and the air raid takes place, but it fails to destroy the heavy water. A Norwegian traitor gives away the resistance hideout, and Anna's uncle is killed. The Germans load the canisters onto a ferry for shipment to Germany, and the resistance rig explosives to sink the ferry in the fjord. As the ferry is about to leave, it is boarded by the widow and baby of one of Pedersen's and Straud's colleagues. Pedersen boards the ferry and organizes a children's game of "lifejacket" in order to minimize civilian deaths. This movie closes with resistance members rescuing passengers as the ferry sinks. —Peter Grosvenor


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The scenery, Kirk Douglas’ chin, and the bit on the boat with the kids, nail-biting. Not particularly full of memorable quotes, though!

Terboven: Winston Churchill is puffing an extra big cigar today. And we laugh at him. Why? Because all these containers, which the British did so much to destroy, have already been pre-fabricated in Berlin. They are already on their way here and will be installed by tomorrow.

Nilssen: That is… I must say that is fantastic efficiency!

Terboven: Don’t you ever make the mistake of under-rating the Germans. By Easter we will have not merely 10000 pounds of heavy water, but 12000 pounds of heavy water.

An old-school war film, but one made especially interesting by the backstory, Hitler’s aspirations for atomic weapons and the at-all-cost effort to thwart them.

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23 — The Dam Busters

The Dam Busters (1955) Drama, History, War | 105min | July 16, 1955 (United States) 7.4
Director: Michael AndersonWriter: Paul Brickhill, Guy Gibson, R.C. SherriffStars: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula JeansSummary: The British are desperate to shorten the length of World War II and propose a daring raid to smash Germany's industrial heart. At first, the objective looks impossible until a British scientist invents an ingenious weapon capable of destroying the planned target. —Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>


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Special effects, questionable, but some classic quotes, the immortal Dambusters March music beloved of England football fans everywhere and the best Carling Black Label advert ever.

Official, Ministry of Aircraft Production: You say you need a Wellington Bomber for test drops. They’re worth their weight in gold. Do you really think the authorities will lend you one? What possible argument could I put forward to get you a Wellington?

Barnes Wallace: Well, if you told them I designed it, do you think that might help?

Perhaps best of all, it is a fairly unvarnished account of the actual operation.

And of course, that advert

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22 — The Guns of Navarone

The Guns of Navarone (1961) Action, Adventure, Drama, War | 158min | April 28, 1961 (United Kingdom) 7.5
Director: J. Lee ThompsonWriter: Alistair MacLean, Carl ForemanStars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony QuinnSummary: In 1943, the British Navy is not able to rescue 2,000 soldiers trapped in the Island of Kheros since two powerful German cannons on the top of the Navarone Island are sinking the Allied vessels. After a failed aerial attack, the Allied command decide to send a six-man team disguised as fishermen to Navarone to blow-up the guns. The squad is commanded by Maj. Roy Franklin and composed by Capt. Keith Mallory, who is an experienced mountain climber, and his former partner Col. Andrea Stavros; the explosive expert Cpl. John Anthony Miller; the engineer CPO 'Butcher' Brown; and the Greek assassin Spyros Pappadimos, who was born in Navarone. They sail during the night and after an encounter with a German patrol boat and a storm in the sea, they arrive to Navarone and Capt. Mallory needs to climb a cliff face during a heavy rainy night to proceed their mission. Will they succeed? —Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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It is simply a classic.

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21 — Hannibal Brooks

Hannibal Brooks (1969) Comedy, Adventure, War, Action | 101min | March 30, 1969 (United Kingdom) 6.6
Director: Michael WinnerWriter: Michael Winner, Tom Wright, Dick ClementStars: Oliver Reed, John Alderton, Michael J. PollardSummary: In WW2, captured British soldier Stephen Brooks is on a prison train to Germany.On the train he meets an American prisoner, Packy, who's obsessed with escaping.Brooks tries to temper Packy and reminds him that escaped prisoners are shot if recaptured.Packy is insistent despite Brooks' warnings. On arrival at the POW camp Stalag 7A, Brooks and other fellow POWs are sent to work at the local Munich zoo, to care for the animals.Brooks is assigned to care for Lucy the elephant.The German caretaker in charge of Lucy is asked to train Brooks in his new job.At first, Brooks hates the assignment, considering the large amount of animal waste to be cleaned daily.However, he eventually becomes attached to Lucy the elephant.After a devastating bombing raid that kills some of the animals and zoo staff it is decided to evacuate the surviving animals.Lucy is scheduled to be transported by train to Innsbruck, Austria.On the departure day, the train is commandeered by a moody SS Colonel, for his troops.The colonel jokes that Brooks can walk the elephant all the way to Austria, if he wishes.The joke gives Brooks the idea of walking the elephant to Austria, with two armed guards and a Polish maid as cook.The Munich Zoo director, worried for Lucy's safety, agrees to evacuate her and send her to Austria on foot.Two soldiers provide the armed guard.One is Willy,a friendly Austrian soldier, and the other is Kurt,a brutal German soldier who gets drunk often, insults everyone and threatens to shoot the elephant.The group leaves Munich on a sunny day but the voyage to Austria isn't a promenade in the park when they start running into trouble. —nufs68


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Not many would include this in a list, but I like it, great performances all round, is understated, and is just an enjoyable film with a nice ending.

It has an elephant in it.

The full film is also commonly available on YouTube

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Not much to learn to be honest!

20 — Master and Commander

Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World (2003) Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War | 138min | November 14, 2003 (United States) 7.4
Director: Peter WeirWriter: Patrick O'Brian, Peter Weir, John ColleeStars: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy BoydSummary: In April 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars, H.M.S. Surprise, a British frigate, is under the command of Captain Jack Aubrey. Aubrey and the Surprise's current orders are to track and capture or destroy a French privateer named Acheron. The Acheron is currently in the Atlantic off South America headed toward the Pacific in order to extend Napoleon's reach of the wars. This task will be a difficult one as Aubrey quickly learns in an initial battle with the Acheron that it is a bigger and faster ship than the Surprise, which puts the Surprise at a disadvantage. Aubrey's single-mindedness in this seemingly impossible pursuit puts him at odds with the Surprise's doctor and naturalist, Stephen Maturin, who is also Aubrey's most trusted advisor on board and closest friend. Facing other internal obstacles which have resulted in what they consider a string of bad luck, Aubrey ultimately uses Maturin's scientific exploits to figure out a way to achieve his and the ship's seemingly impossible goal. —Huggo


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Russell Crowe is excellent.

Capt. Jack Aubrey: England is under threat of invasion, and though we be on the far side of the world, this ship is our home. This ship is England.

The Royal Navy giving the French a proper kicking, as is the law.

The lesser of two weevils

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19 — The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain (1969) Action, Drama, History, War | 132min | October 24, 1969 (United States) 7.0
Director: Guy HamiltonWriter: James Kennaway, Wilfred Greatorex, Derek DempsterStars: Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Harry AndrewsSummary: Historical reenactment of the air war in the early days of World War II for control of the skies over Britain as the new Luftwaffe and the Royal Air Force determine whether or not an invasion can take place. —John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>


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The story is of course well known, but this quote reveals the role of radar.

Senior civil servant: Churchill puts great faith in radar.

Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding: It’s vital, but it won’t shot down aircraft.

Senior civil servant: Ha… well I must say you don’t, exactly exude a spirit of optimism.

Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding: God willing we will hold out minister.

Senior civil servant: I see. So I tell the cabinet, that you’re trusting in radar and praying to God, is that right?

Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding: [chuckles] more accurately the other way round. Trusting in god and praying for radar. But the essential arithmetic is that our young men will have to shoot down their young men at the rate of four to one, if we’re to keep pace at all.

The few.

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18 — Dog Soldiers

Dog Soldiers (2002) Action, Horror, Thriller | 105min | May 10, 2002 (United Kingdom) 6.8
Director: Neil MarshallWriter: Neil MarshallStars: Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma CleasbySummary: A British Squad is sent on a training mission in the Highlands of Scotland against Special Operations squad. Ignoring the childish "campfire" stories heard about the area, they continue with their mission and come across the bloody remains of the Special Ops Squad, and a fierce howling is pitching the night sky... With two mortally wounded men, they make an escape, running into a zoologist by the name of Megan - who knows exactly what hunts them. What began as what they thought was a training mission turns into a battle for their lives against the most unlikely enemies they would have expected - werewolves. —Dismal Angel


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Not technically a war film but I make the rules around here, and it is an enjoyable portrayal of British soldiers.

One of the best lines in any film ever

I hope I give you the shits you fucking wimp


We are now up against live, hostile targets. So, if Little Red Riding Hood should show up with a bazooka and a bad attitude, I expect you to chin the bitch.

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17 – The Cruel Sea

The Cruel Sea (1953) Drama, War | 126min | August 19, 1953 (United States) 7.5
Director: Charles FrendWriter: Nicholas Monsarrat, Eric AmblerStars: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, John StrattonSummary: At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer. Atmospheric sea footage. —Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>


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The only villain is the sea, the cruel sea…

Capt. Ericson: [after choosing a battle strategy that has cost lives] I had to do it!

Lockhart: Anyway, it’s all in the report.

Capt. Ericson: It was my fault!

Lockhart: I… I identified it as a submarine. If anyone murdered those men, I did.

Capt. Ericson: No one murdered them – it’s the war, the whole bloody war! We’ve just got to do these things and say our prayers at the end.

The scene where the Merchant Seamen are in the water and the U-Boat underneath them is brilliantly done.

Watch it just for that, being in charge is a lonely place.

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16 — Where Eagles Dare

Where Eagles Dare (1968) Action, Adventure, War | 158min | March 12, 1969 (United States) 7.6
Director: Brian G. HuttonWriter: Alistair MacLeanStars: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary UreSummary: During World War II, a British aircraft is shot down and crashes in Nazi held territory. The Germans capture the only survivor, American Brigadier General George Carnaby (Robert Beatty), and take him to the nearest S.S. headquarters. Unknown to the Germans, the General has full knowledge of the D-Day operation. The British decide that the General must not be allowed to divulge any details of the Normandy landing at all costs, and order Major Jonathan Smith (Richard Burton) to lead a crack commando team to rescue him. Amongst the team is an American Ranger, Lieutenant Morris Schaffer (Clint Eastwood), who is puzzled by his inclusion in an all British operation. When one of the team dies after the parachute drop, Schaffer suspects that Smith's mission has a much more secret objective. —Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>


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Forget the historical nonsense, shocking voice procedure and sometimes comedy special effects, all can be forgiven for ‘Broadsword Calling Danny Boy’

Vice Admiral Rolland: Security? The word’s become a bloody joke!

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Oh Danny Boy

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15 — The Way Ahead

The Way Ahead (1944) Drama, War | 91min | June 3, 1945 (United States) 7.0
Director: Carol ReedWriter: Eric Ambler, Peter UstinovStars: David Niven, Stanley Holloway, James DonaldSummary: A group of draftees are called up into the infantry during World War II. At first, they appear to be a hopeless bunch, but their Sergeant and Lieutenant have faith in them and mould them into a good team. When they go into action in North Africa, they realize what it's all about. —Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>


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Filmed before the outcome of WWII was certain it is an excellent study of wartime film making

We would have dug trenches and taken the Germans in the rear


At the end of the film, instead of closing with ‘The End’ it instead shows ‘The Beginning’

An overlooked gem.

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14 — The Wild Geese

The Wild Geese (1978) Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War | 134min | November 11, 1978 (United States) 6.8
Director: Andrew V. McLaglenWriter: Reginald Rose, Daniel CarneyStars: Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard HarrisSummary: A British multinational seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader. —Richard Young <richy@vnu.co.uk>


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Mr Vickers makes a guest appearance

The free-fall scene is also bloody fantastic.

Dumbledore Richard Harris, Richard Burton, Hardy Kruger and Roger Moore give great performances but they are all upstaged by Jack Watson playing RSM Sandy Young. Jack Watson served as a Royal Navy PTI during the War and eases into the overdone RSM role with familiar ease borne of ‘doing lots of shouting’

On your feet you fucking abortion

The actor that played the part of ‘Tosh’ was named Ian Yule, an ex-Para and SAS soldier, and Joan Armatrading does a pretty good theme song, what more could you want?

RSM Sandy Young

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13 — The Great Escape

The Great Escape (1963) Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War | 172min | July 4, 1963 (United States) 8.2
Director: John SturgesWriter: Paul Brickhill, James Clavell, W.R. BurnettStars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard AttenboroughSummary: Based on a true story, a group of allied escape artist-type prisoners-of-war are all put in an "escape proof" camp. Their leader decides to try to take out several hundred all at once. The first half of the movie is played for comedy, as the prisoners mostly outwit their jailers to dig the escape tunnel. The second half is high adventure as they use planes, trains, and boats to get out of occupied Europe. —John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>


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What would Christmas be without it

An outstanding performance from each one of the actors, with a backstory of equal measure.

Ramsey: Up the rebels.

Goff: Down the British.

The Cooler King and Von Luger’s Butter?

Oh, and watching the RAF personnel wearing white socks with their uniform, priceless

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12 — Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War | 228min | December 11, 1962 (United Kingdom) 8.3
Director: David LeanWriter: T.E. Lawrence, Robert Bolt, Michael WilsonStars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony QuinnSummary: Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. —Jwelch5742


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Simply put, a remarkable film.

Looks fantastic on the widescreen

T.E. Lawrence: So long as the Arabs fight tribe against tribe, so long will they be a little people, a silly people – greedy, barbarous, and cruel, as you are.

This is what they mean when a film is described as epic

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The Attack

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11 — Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Adventure, Drama, War | 161min | December 14, 1957 (United States) 8.1
Director: David LeanWriter: Pierre Boulle, Carl Foreman, Michael WilsonStars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack HawkinsSummary: During WW II, allied POWs in a Japanese internment camp are ordered to build a bridge to accommodate the Burma-Siam railway. Their instinct is to sabotage the bridge, but under the leadership of Colonel Nicholson they're persuaded the bridge should be built to help morale, spirit. At first, the prisoners admire Nicholson when he bravely endures torture rather than compromise his principles for the benefit of Japanese Commandant Colonel Saito, but soon they realise it's a monument to Nicholson, himself, as well as a form of collaboration with the enemy. —alfiehitchie


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A great big fat moral dilemma and a truly horrific backstory

It does have a rather nice cantilever bridge though, and some sunshine.

Colonel Nicholson: What have I done?

Alec Guinness, stiff upper lips all round, a 2″ mortar and the memorable end scene.

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The ending

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Before we get into the final countdown…

10 — Who Dares Wins

The Final Option (1982) Action, Thriller | 125min | September 16, 1983 (United States) 6.4
Director: Ian SharpWriter: George Markstein, Reginald Rose, James FollettStars: Lewis Collins, Judy Davis, Richard WidmarkSummary: A trooper with the British Special Air Service (SAS) infiltrates a radical political group who are planning a terrorist operation against American dignitaries. A glamourized look at the methods and tactics of the famed British anti-terrorist squad.The SAS are a elite army unit which as well as its Anti terrorist role also performs covert and overt training of friendly countries armed forces and operates enemy lines. —Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>


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The music is great, it has SLRs and a leading actor with a bit of a military background.

Colonel Hadley: When the SAS is called upon to do what we’re trained to do, we have been likened to a surgeon cutting out a cancer. It’s a filthy and difficult job. We don’t like doing it, but it’s our duty

Best of all, the original embassy re-decorators were closely involved, including, if Wikipedia is to be believed, in several scenes.

The final raid scene is brilliantly done, OK, so the ninjas hanging underneath the Scout helicopters might have been a bit far-fetched, but the rest is enjoyable stuff.

It didn’t receive great critical acclaim, especially from the Guardian, what would they know?

Did I tell you I was the second man on the balcony?

The raid

The late great Lewis Collins

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9 — Went the Day Well

Went the Day Well? (1942) Thriller, War | 92min | June 28, 1944 (United States) 7.5
Director: Alberto CavalcantiWriter: Graham Greene, John Dighton, Diana MorganStars: Leslie Banks, C.V. France, Valerie TaylorSummary: The residents of a British village during WWII welcome a platoon of soldiers who are to be billeted with them. The trusting residents then discover that the soldiers are Germans who proceed to hold the village captive. —Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>


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Another wartime film, with obvious echoes in Dad’s Army and The Eagle Has Landed, like The Way Ahead, an overlooked classic.

This quote is unintentionally amusing;

You Germans are partial to sausage, aren’t you?

But watch it, and you will not forget the teacher with the hand grenade scene or Dame Thora Hird dropping Germans with a .303

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8 — Warriors

Warriors (1999) Drama, War | 175min | November 29, 1999 (United Kingdom) 8.2
Director: Peter KosminskyWriter: Leigh JacksonStars: Matthew Macfadyen, Darren Morfitt, Cal MacAninchSummary: After seeing devastating results of ethnic war in former Yugoslavia soldiers from UNPROFOR peace units find it impossible to return back to their civil lives in the UK.


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Acclaimed drama documentary Warriors depicts British soldiers’ experiences as peacekeepers for the United Nations Protection Force during the Bosnian War (1992-95), the psychological impact of the atrocities they witness but are not allowed to stop, and their struggle to readjust to civilian life. Although the characters are fictitious and Bosnian scenes were filmed in the Czech Republic, the production team thoroughly researched real events such as 1993’s Ahmići massacre through interviews, documents, archive footage and a visit to Bosnia by director Peter Kosminsky and writer Leigh Jackson.

This is actually difficult to get hold of as it was a BBC film, made for TV, but it is a superb film and well worth seeking out.

Some familiar faces, ‘before they were famous’

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7 — An Ungentlemanly Act

An Ungentlemanly Act (1992) History, War | 130min | June 13, 1992 (United Kingdom) 7.4
Director: Stuart UrbanWriter: Stuart UrbanStars: Ian Richardson, Rosemary Leach, Ian McNeiceSummary: Based on actual accounts, this film portrays the days and hours before and during the invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina, which eventually lead to the Falklands War. As the Argentine forces land on the main island and make their way towards Government House, the British Royal Marines batten down the hatches and prepare to defend Governer Rex Hunt, his family and their fellow islanders from the invaders. —Alexander Lum <aj_lum@bigpond.com>


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The film has a couple of fantastic quotes

Why would anyone bother with half a million sheep and some seaweed

and my favourite

Lt. Quiroga: Mr Hunt… Time to give up Mr Hunt… your phone is cut off… armoured amphibious vehicles will be closing in soon!Mr Hunt,We have very superior numbers… I am sure you are a reasonable man… come out with your hands on head… alone!

Colour Sgt. Muir: Fuck off you spick bastards!


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6 — Ice Cold in Alex

Ice Cold in Alex (1958) Adventure, Drama, War | 130min | June 27, 1958 (United Kingdom) 7.8
Director: J. Lee ThompsonWriter: Christopher Landon, T.J. MorrisonStars: John Mills, Anthony Quayle, Sylvia SymsSummary: A group of Army personnel and nurses attempt a dangerous and arduous trek across the desert of North Africa during World War II. The leader of the team dreams of his ice cold beer when he reaches Alexandria, but the problems just won't go away. —Rob Hartill


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The scene with the ambulance and the hill, spirit-crushing, or not.

Capt. Anson: [draining his glass of beer] Worth waiting for.

The final scene used real lager and required multiple takes, they were mullered at the end! Ultimately, a film about British fair play and determination, which is why it has such a satisfying ending.

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The advert!

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5 — A Bridge Too Far

A Bridge Too Far (1977) Drama, History, War | 175min | June 15, 1977 (United States) 7.4
Director: Richard AttenboroughWriter: Cornelius Ryan, William GoldmanStars: Sean Connery, Ryan O'Neal, Michael CaineSummary: The true story of Operation Market Garden, the Allies attempt, in September 1944, to hasten the end of World War II by driving through Belgium and Holland into Germany. The idea was for U.S. airborne divisions to take the towns of Eindhoven and Nijmegen and a British airborne division, reinforced by a Polish airborne brigade, to take the town of Arnhem. They would be reinforced, in due course and in turn, by the British XXX Corps, land-based and driving up from the British lines in the south. The key to the operation was the bridges, as if the Germans held or blew them, the paratroopers could not be relieved. Faulty intelligence, Allied high command hubris, and stubborn German resistance would ensure that Arnhem was a bridge too far. —grantss


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Two bridge-related films in the Top 10, who would have thought it!

Corporal Hancock: Sir.

[Offers mug of tea]

Major General Urquhart: Hancock. I’ve got lunatics laughing at me from the woods. My original plan has been scuppered now that the jeeps haven’t arrived. My communications are completely broken down. Do you really believe any of that can be helped by a cup of tea?

Corporal Hancock: Couldn’t hurt, sir.

[Urquhart accepts his mug of tea]

Watch it because; it has a Bailey Bridge, an incredible storyline, and the fact that it had just about every actor of the day in it.

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The Germans surrender

The Red Devils of Arnhem

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4 – Kajaki

Kilo Two Bravo (2014) Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War | 108min | November 13, 2015 (United States) 7.1
Director: Paul KatisWriter: Tom WilliamsStars: David Elliot, Mark Stanley, Scott KyleSummary: In September 2006, a 3 man patrol of Paras sets off from their outpost overlooking Kajaki Dam in southern Afghanistan, to engage the Taliban. As they make their way across a dried out river bed one of them steps on a mine left from the Russian intervention some 25 years before. His colleagues rush to his aid only to find they are surrounded by mines and every move threatens serious injury or death. —Andrew de Lotbiniere


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A story told with no sentimentality or commentary on some of the more obvious issues it raises

Spud McMellon: This country’s full of shit left behind when armies fucked off, Russians, it was the mines. Ten million fucking mines. God knows what we’re going to leave behind.

It is called Kilo Two Bravo for US audiences, but don’t let that put you off.

A humbling story of brave men and a brilliant film, whichever way you put it.

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A documentary

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3 — Carry On… Up the Khyber

Carry On... Up the Khyber (1968) Adventure, Comedy | 88min | December 12, 1968 (United States) 6.8
Director: Gerald ThomasWriter: Talbot Rothwell, LarryStars: Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Charles HawtreySummary: Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond looks after the British outpost near the Khyber Pass. Protected by the kilted Third Foot and Mouth regiment, you would think they were safe. But the Khazi of Kalabar has other ideas. He wants all the British dead! But his troops fear the "skirted-devils"; they are rumoured not to wear anything underneath. Then one is caught with his pants on... —Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>


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Just soak up the glorious late sixties-era humour, Welsh scenery and the devils in skirts!

Captain Keene: [news of the native revolt arrives] What do you intend to do, sir?

Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond: Do? Do? We’re British. We won’t do anything…

Major Shorthouse: …until it’s too late.

Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond: Exactly. That’s the first sensible thing you’ve said all day.

The dinner party scene, is one of the funniest pieces of cinema ever

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The dinner party

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2 — The Guns at Batasi

Guns at Batasi (1964) Drama, History, War | 103min | September 25, 1964 (United Kingdom) 7.1
Director: John GuillerminWriter: Robert Holles, Leo Marks, Marshall PughStars: Richard Attenborough, Jack Hawkins, Flora RobsonSummary: Regimental Sergeant Major Lauderdale (Sir Richard Attenborough) is a by-the-book, strict disciplinarian, who seems like an anachronism in a sleepy peacetime African outpost of the modern British commonwealth. Ridiculed behind his back by his subordinate N.C.O.s, he must play host to a liberal women M.P. making a tour of the base. However, when an ambitious African officer, who happens to be a protegè of the M.P., initiates a coup d'etat against Captain Abraham (Earl Cameron), the lawful African commandant, the resourceful Sergeant Major uses all of his military training to save his men from a certain firing squad. —Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)


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Undoubtedly, the best portrayal of an RSM ever seen on screen (although perhaps a bit hammed up), a fantastic performance by Richard Attenborough

Headdress, in the mess, perish the thought!

Mr. Boniface! I’ve been a member of this Mess for 23 years, Sir. In all that time I’ve never seen anybody, man, woman or child, Sergeant, Warrant Officer, Field Marshal or Prime Minister walk into this mess with his hat upon his head. I do not see you now, Sir.

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See the clip, at about 3 minutes 40, RSM Lauderdale tears Mr. Boniface a new one!

Finally, in a scene that will be familiar to anyone who has ever dared not to salute an officer whilst in the presence of an RSM.

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1 – Zulu

Zulu (1964) Drama, History, War | 138min | June 17, 1964 (United States) 7.7
Director: Cy EndfieldWriter: John Prebble, Cy EndfieldStars: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla JacobssonSummary: Zululand, South Africa, 1879. The British are fighting the Zulus and one of their columns has just been wiped out at Isandlwana. The Zulus next fix their sights on the small British outpost at Rorke's Drift. At the outpost are one hundred fifty British troops under the command of Lieutenants Bromhead and Chard. In the next few days, these one hundred fifty troops will fight about four thousand Zulus in one of the most courageous battles in history. —grantss


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Forget the outrageous slurs on the good character of Private Henry Hook (who was a model soldier and campaigning teetotaller) and Commissary James Langley Dalton (who was the most experienced soldier at the mission station and widely credited with initiating the defence)

Singing, bayonets

The best bits are far too many to list.

Colour Sergeant Bourne: It’s a miracle.

Lieutenant John Chard: If it’s a miracle, Colour Sergeant, it’s a short chamber Boxer Henry point 45 calibre miracle.

Colour Sergeant Bourne: And a bayonet, sir, with some guts behind.

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The final scene is, as the kids say, awesome

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Honourable mentions…

There are so many great films that didn’t make the cut.

Contact, The Hill, Waterloo, Too Late the Hero, The Eagle Has Landed, Sink the Bismark, The Battle of the River Plate, Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Dunkirk, We Dive at Dawn, The Cockleshell Heroes, They Were Not Divided, 71, Reach for the Skies, 633 Squadron, Dunkirk, and 1917.   

So there you go, so many great films not on the list, and perhaps a few unforgivable omissions, let’s have at it in the comments!

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  1. mickp

    Went the day well – glad that’ s in the list a definite classic and the scene where the telephone operator throws pepper in the German’s face and clubs him to death is one of the most chilling that you will see. No Colditz Story, Wooden Horse, Angels One Five, Appointment in London, Sink the Bismarck, Yangtse Incident, In Which we Serve or Dunkirk. All in my top 25, appreciate view differ though

  2. Senior Moment

    Kajaki, is an amazing film-shame that it was so difficult to seek out. Sky had it on PPV , but yet to show it neither have Channel Four or any terrestrial channel. Mind you -it was one of those films where the most common word did rhyme with duck

  3. Senior Moment

    No Dad’s Army ? (The first one)

  4. CJH

    Went the Day Well is a classic as is The Way Ahead but I’ve always felt that Carry on Sergeant was Part 2 of TWA for its depiction of National Service. However my Top Three would all be Powell Pressburger films. A Matter of Life and Death, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (which Churchill wanted banned) and the cream of the crop for me, The Small Back Room which is an absolute corker of a film . It ranges across interdepartmental rivalries , alcoholism and relationships, new weapons including the Compressed Air “Reeves” Gun and the way they are chosen to the final solving of a new randomly dropped German anti-personnel bomb. If you haven’t seen it scour the internet for a copy as DVDs are rare…and pricey! Well worth the effort

  5. HMArmedForcesReview

    I would rate Where Eagles Dare higher but great choices!

    How about Freedom–the Football game where POWs vs Nazis occur and the former escape in the end.

  6. Hic_et_Ubique

    633 Squadron?

  7. JohnHartley

    Agree with senior moment. The original Dads Army movie is part of my definition of Britishness. Battle of the River Plate is also missing. Along with First of the Few. Although Where Eagles Dare is a fave of mine, it is a WW2/cold war spy thriller hybrid.

  8. Peter Elliott

    Shout out for “Sharpe ‘s Eagle”

    Sean Bean: “All you have to do is stand and fire 3 rounds a minute: now you and I know you can fire 3 rounds a munute; but what I want to know, is can you stand?”

    And who wouldn’t fall for Assumption Serena as Commondante Theresa?

    Very fond of Pete Postlethwaite ‘ s Obidiah Hakeswill in the next couple of films as well: “Obidiah ‘as to ‘ave ‘is scratchings, Mother.”

  9. Peter Elliott

    Bloody autocrrect. Where’s the edit function TD? This comments system is NOT one of your better ones.

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  13. JohnHartley

    One of my rare trips to the cinema to see the new “Dads Army”. A wobbly start & in places in the middle, but turned out all right in the end.

    On tv, what about “A piece of Cake”, the last hurrah of Southern TV before it lost its franchise, circa 1990?

    That BBC drama doc on Dunkirk was quite good.

    Perhaps we need a thread on the war films not made yet, but we would like to see? So the Battle of the Bulge from the British viewpoint. I accept it was a mainly American/German battle, but that’s why the British involvement on the ground & in the air is always overlooked.

    Or the British Pacific fleet launching carrier aircraft to bomb Japan in 1945. Or British carriers during the Korean War.

    I always fancied a Where Eagles Dare remake, but set in the Argentinian Andes during 1982.

  14. Mickp

    Cockleshell Heroes, Sea of Sand, Above us the waves. Others mentioned here like Dads Army, Carry on Sergeant demonstrate in my view that in terms of British war films we have an abundance of riches

  15. JohnHartley

    If we were allowed “Game of Thrones” then my favourite is the “halfman” war speech “those are brave men at our gates. Lets go & kill them”.

  16. Allan

    Thinking of the First World War – how about Aces High…..

  17. JohnHartley

    WW1? I like Zeppelin.

  18. A Caribbean Perspective

    A very nice list. I’ve seen most of the older ones, but there are a few that I haven’t seen (which I’m trying to remedy at the moment) – Zulu was compulsory viewing in our family (Dad being a former Major in the South Wales Borderers and all that) , as was Lawrence of Arabia (Grandad and Aqaba stuff).

    Glad you put Master and Commander in there – the books are a great depiction of the period and based, largely, on the actions of Thomas Cochrane, one of the best frigate commanders of the period. They are also relatively accurate – the later books borrow from other sources and individuals, but try to stay accurate in the accounts of military and political maneuvering. As an aficionado ( I’ve read all 20 books, plus the unfinished 21st several times over), the movie was a disappointment in some ways (the plot was changed to make it a French frigate, when it was an American frigate in the books, but I guess I’m just carping a bit – the photography was brilliant, and well deserved its Oscar. You also missed a few of the best quotes “Lesser of two weevils” and ” Surprise is on our side “., etc, etc.

    As another suggestion, how about “The Virgin Soldiers”? @Observer might be interested :)

    Or, for a bit of fun, since it’s about the British military, but not a “war” film “Dog Soldiers”

  19. Observer


    “how about “The Virgin Soldiers”? @Observer might be interested”

    I’m not interested in mythology. :P
    It’s also amazing how many of these I actually watched as well.

  20. A Caribbean Perspective

    Sorry Observer – just realised that my comment could be somewhat misinterpreted! I blame it on England winning the Grand Slam and a bottle of rum that just happened to be lying around :) What I should have said is that you might be interested as it’s set in Singapore around 1950.

  21. Observer

    lol no worries ACP, I kind of figured that it was dodgy phrasing.

    Still hilarious though.

  22. Deja Vu

    All such lists are subjective and 25 requires a great deal of selection,
    In the top 50 say, I would include in no particular order
    Tunes of Glory with John Mills and
    Dr Strangelove or How I grew to love the Bomb – There’s an RAf angle it was made in Britain and is very funny, currently on Netflix
    Threads – available on Youtube a BBC film about the effect of nuclear war on Sheffield.
    Oh What a Lovely War – also currently on Netflix. Loosely WW1 the musical.
    Battle of the River Plate – All about British Pluck and a certain amount of deception.
    The Way to the Stars ) Contemporary films about Bomber Command
    One of our Aircraft is Missing )

    Plus all those mentioned by mickp

  23. Paul

    I’ve heard ’71 is meant to be good, but it’s only had a handful of screenings on TV so far, and wasn’t shown in many cinemas so can understand its absence. Operation banner was a defining feature of British military history for over 3 decades, with more miltary personell killed in Northern Ireland than Iraq and Afghan put together. Suprised none of the 25 touch on the conflict.

  24. Deja Vu

    I missed two

    Privates on Parade – A farce set during the Malayan emergency – John Cleese’s overgrown schoolboy OC was very close to some TA officers of my aquaintance.
    Private Potter – Tale of a National Serviceman during the Cyprus emergency who explains giving away an ambush by saying he had seen a religious apparition This has a profound effect on the CO and Chaplin.

  25. Observer

    John Cleese of Monty Python fame? Must be good then. :)

  26. Ixion

    Re An Ungentlemnly Act.

    Best quote is when the local territorial force commander (portrayed in the film as a platoon of amateurs. Rings the Governor. After the island is invaded

    “There are Argentinian soldiers outside”

    ” well shoot them then”

    “There are an awful lot if Argentinian soldiers outside”

    “Well shoot some of them then”…..

    And what…. no Battle if the River Plate!

  27. Deja Vu

    @Observer Privates on Parade.

    Yes very very funny. Set during the emergency in Malaya, an ordnance depot houses a “Concert Party”. The depot OC (John Cleese) who is a few bob short of a 10 shilling note, conceives the idea of resupplying forward units with with ammo in the Concert Party’s baggage. All does not go to plan. Michael Elphick as the (dodgy former Met Copper) RSM was brilliant as was Joe Melia as the instructor Sergeant tasked with bringing the concert party up to standard before the tour into bandit country.

    Oh as Zulu is No 1 there has to be a place for the very very non pc Silk Cut Zulu Spoof Commercial probably no 101
    https://youtu.be/BGETLgNytCw There’s also a PoW spoof.

  28. JamesF

    As movies either comedy or entering into the real moral ambiguity of war makes them work for me – together with a brilliant score – so David Lean’s two classics and Where Eagle’s Dare probably take the top three for me, closely followed by Ice Cold in Alex, The Cruel Sea and the Dambusters. I loved the 633 Squadron tune, the madness of The Charge of the Light Brigade and more recently the quite brilliant and chilling Conspiracy (which is stuffed with British actors). There was a great TV movie about the Brits liberating Belsen, and would probably include The English Patient, with its accurate dipictions of desert exploration, epsionage and EOD. The Hill is a great movie too. Can’t fail to love Zulu, Carry on up the Khyber, and I haven’t seen Kajaki yet (its on Netflix), but heard good things from a filmaker friend. I’m not sure if cold war spy movies count – but the BBC versions of Tinker, Tailor and Smiley’s People are as good as it gets. Always had a soft spot for the Battle of the River Plate (featuring the Belgrano as the Graf Spee and presaging her fate) and I enjoyed Master and Commander, but could have been so much better.

  29. S O

    “Battle of Britain” and “A Bridge too far” were war movies of a quality and accuracy that’s likely not coming back any time soon (similar: U.S.-Japanese co-production “Tora tora”).

    I would give a honourable mention to the TV series “Sharpe’s Rifles” and the extremely British “Blackadder goes forth”.

  30. Brian Black

    SO, there is a Pegasus Bridge film in the works (Jason Flemyng and others) that bills itself as an historical depiction in the same vein as films like A Bridge Too Far.

    Probably the last great attempt at an historical war drama was the Band of Brothers tv series. That was based on Stephen E Ambrose’s book, who also wrote the book ‘Pegasus Bridge’. I don’t think the new film is an adaption of Ambrose’s book per se, but it is perhaps an opportunity to faithfully represent actual events that would surely draw on the historical work of Ambrose.

    A Bridge Too Far was based on Cornelius Ryan’s historical book (as was The Longest Day (in which Pegasus Bridge also features)). It would be interesting to see an adaption of Ryan’s other excellent WWII book, The Last Battle (the battle for Berlin). It would be quite an epic undertaking though.

    We’ll have to wait and see whether Pegasus Bridge makes it onto TD’s movie list in a couple of years time.

  31. JamesF

    It has to be Kajaki. Just seen – its Kipling: the “Young British Soldier” . One of them quotes it early on. The essence of the British soldier – the ‘Tom’ (only the Paras still use that), created by the pay corps and immortalised by Kipling. Three George Crosses in one day.

  32. Darned Consultant

    Seen quite a few of those… I tend to agree with Zulu
    Surely there should be a mention for Henry V…
    I still get goosebumps with St Crispins eve speech – I suppose it had a good script writer ( :) )
    Not holding my manhood cheep here…

  33. Hugh

    Morning Departure?
    Square Peg (Norman Wisdom)?
    Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall?

    I seem to remember A Bridge Too Far having a good scene with a rolling barrage.

    I will only mention Dirk Bogarde and Michael Redgrave in The Sea Shall Not Have them because of Noel Coward’s quote “The sea shall not have them? Why not – everyone else has.”

    Let’s not mention Escape to Victory: its not British, its rubbish and its got Ossie Ardeles in it..

  34. Mark1603

    JamesF, I was intrigued and amused by the comment about them using the Belgrano in the movie “Battle of the River Plate”, but sadly according to the great “wikipedia” it was a USS warship USS Salem. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Salem_%28CA-139%29
    I would of have been ironic if they had used it,

  35. terry hall

    Although I did not expect to see it on this list I recommend the very underrated How I Won The War by Richard Lester. It is a very dark and biting comedy about the utter inhumanity and uselessness of war.

  36. Shawn Eng

    Loved “Damn the Defiant”

  37. A Caribbean Perspective

    It looks as if Kajaki has just been added on US Netflix if anyone is interested (not sure if it’s on the UK site, though)

  38. WarFilmBuff

    I do wish the BBC or ITV would invest in making a good 5-10 part miniseries about British forces in either WW1 or WW2 or perhaps even Malaya or the Falklands which have never had any good films made about it. I don’t mean like that crappy ‘Our World War’ either.

    Hanks & Spielberg’s HBO WWII miniseries ‘Band of Brothers’ (about a company in the 101st Airborne Division) and ‘The Pacific’ (about the experiences of 3 men in different units in the USMC) are some of the best war films I’ve seen.

  39. iain pears

    No Life and Death of Colonel Blimp? One of the best films ever made, war or not.

  40. roamingfirehydrant

    Adding my vote for “First of the Few”. Nice list.

  41. Ron

    Anything on the Wellington (Waterloo)? Nelson (Battle of the Nile, Trafalgar)?

  42. S Mcdonald

    Surely “The Hill” needs to be in there. The mix of characters, from the hard line RSM with problems, to the compassionate Sean Connery, it has it all.

  43. David Kane

    Remember that the thought police have already done for this film by cutting out the allegedly “RAAAYCIST” part where cpl Scheiss comes to the rescue of chard with bayonet and crutch then cackles with glee. Its cut on DVD and the new censored version is now shown every time it comes on TV. It’s the best film ever made and they’ve hacked out the best part of it. Read 2030: Your Children’s Future in Islamic Britain by David Vincent for a brilliant explanation why ALL of hate speech law MUST BE REPEALED.

  44. Colin true Brit Taylor

    It is a shame this list of British War films has films made by the Americans that included Americans as the goddamn, mother loving toughest soldiers in the world, ever. Who, were put there merely to interest American audiences in the film. The Great Escape was a British and Commonwealth caper that Americans had very little to do with. There certainly wasn’t some ex circus boy on a German motorbike anywhere to be seen. God help us.

  45. Mark

    With Jock-istan heading for another Indyref…I am moved to make an English nationalist point…….the majority of the soldiers at Rorkes Drift were in fact English…so instead of Men of Harlech..they were more likely signing “Get them Down you Zulu Warriors…”

  46. Stephen

    No ‘Theirs is the Glory’? Scandalous. A half fiction/half documentary about Arnhem and Market Garden filmed on location, and using multiple veterans of the battle only 18 months after the end of the War. Legend has it that between takes, blokes would disappear off and help locate the graves of their mates! No PTSD there, then. Extreme Stiff Upper Lip on show, but all the more accurate for it.

  47. JS123

    No Four Feathers (1939)

  48. Bronco46

    Great List! Five, I haven’t seen.
    But you’ve forgotten one. I’d make this the “Top 26”
    I would add “A Sailor for the King”
    Granted the main character is Canadian. But the film was made in the UK.
    Based on C.S. Forester’s book “Brown on Resolution”.
    I’m going to chase down those 5 films I haven’t seen yet.

  49. Bronco46

    I would advise anyone reading this list. Read the comments. I found another seven films
    I hadn’t seen. This is a great resource. Even with the sour grapes about Americans involved.
    You’ve got to give writers and producers some leeway. They’ve got to make a movie that will
    make a profit.

  50. Siggy

    Shocked you didn’t mention the best and most authentic war movie of any nation ever made, “In Which We Serve”.

  51. Barry Alexander

    I would like to have seen ‘The Hill’ in there, although it is a technically a prison movie rather than a war movie. There is also a black and white film ‘Theirs is the Glory’ that was a reenactment of Arnhem, filmed in the city in 1946. The actors were all soldiers who had fought at Arnhem. I would also put the original Dunkirk movie in too. But a great list nonetheless

  52. Rob

    I thought The Hill might have made this list. Granted it takes place in a British Prison, but it is set during WWII and is very well acted.

  53. Lee malory

    A brilliant selection and I fully agree with Zulu at Number One , the best film ever made with the best score by John Barry. I was lucky enough to see it in the cinema, twice, and my memory is undimmed. Those who watch it now on the Criterion blue ray DVD will noy realise that it has been censored. The best part of the whole film is where the Swiss corporal Schiess saves Chard’s bacon by single handed ly killing a number of Zulu’s, after his final kill he laughs almost as the blood rush kicks in but all this I describe is from memory because that scene has been cut, censored. It is a cut of less than 30 seconds but it comes at the crescendo of the film and ruins it for me. Read about this in (“Britain’s Great Immigration Disaster” by G. Cooke) and why the past has become “raaaycist”

  54. Matt

    Another interesting film is They were not Divided

  55. John

    To be honest, I think that Master and Commander would have been more interesting had there been a couple of SLR’s included somewhere.

    Why is Waterloo not featured on the list, or the 1968 classic The Charge of the Light Brigade?

  56. Dave Wolfy

    The Hill (as previously commented), Tunes Of Glory – definitely.
    Not a war film as such, a film of the affects of war.

  57. David

    I’d have to find a spot for In Which We Serve

  58. John Dawkins

    Yangste Incident. Great film and true story about the escape of HMS Amethyst from entrapment in the River Yangste in 1949. I am biased – this was the first film I ever saw in a cinema as a young lad in 1958. It’s gritty tone is like The Cruel Sea.

  59. Derek Glennie

    What about The Desert Rats , The Longest Day ,633 Squadron etc

  60. JohnP

    Two badly overlooked gems: “The Best of Enemies” – David Niven in a see-sawing battle of wills with a small Italian army force in the North African desert, and “Danger Within”, with Richard Todd, Richard Attenborough and Bernard Lee attempting escape from an Italian POW camp

  61. Aaron dale

    Danger close

  62. Simon Brown

    You missed THE HILL with Sean Connery

  63. Brian Williams

    I remember a movie, WWII, RAF, bomber, night raids, pilot or bombardier drops personal notes to wife and son as they pass over their UK home upon return from sorties. 1940 -1960 production? Any suggestions??

  64. Chris H

    The Small Back Room
    A Powell Pressberger Classic from 1949 based on a book by Nigel Balchin about the machinations of a team of "Boffins", the Civil Service and Military within a story about a new German Anti-Personnel Bomb. IMO way ahead of its time, brilliant cast including Michael Gough who was actually a wartime CO and served in the Non Combatant Corps as a Bomb Disposal Officer. Terrific Film and worthy of inclusion.

  65. RikJay

    It Ain't Half Hot Mum – Should have had a film made set in Tim Min in Burma. Hilarious.

  66. Dave Wolfy

    Tunes of Glory.

  67. Dave Wolfy

    Bofors Gun, my father-in-law's favourite.
    He was a drop short, desperatley dislike the 5.5 inch

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