British Prisoner of War Films

A simple list of (mostly) British or Commonwealth war films about prisoners of war.
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1.
The McKenzie Break (1970)
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During WW2, German POWs in Britain plot to escape from their prison camp in Scotland. (108 mins.)
Director: Lamont Johnson
 
2.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
3.
Three Came Home (1950)
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The true story of Agnes Newton Keith's imprisonment in several Japanese prisoner-of-war camps from 1941 to the end of WWII... (106 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
4.
The Wooden Horse (1950)
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True story of three British POWs and their attempt to escape from Nazi Germany. (101 mins.)
Director: Jack Lee
 
5.
Return from the River Kwai (1989)
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A group of war prisoners from the Kwai bridge building camp undertake a harsh journey to Japan. (101 mins.)
 
6.
Break to Freedom (1953)
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In 1944, at a POW camp in Germany the Allied prisoners use a dummy prop named Albert to fool the German guards and escape. (88 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
7.
Colditz (2005 Mini-Series)
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Four Brits tunnel out of a German POW camp. One is killed, two are recaptured and one escapes. Scottish Corporal Nicholas McBride... (240 mins.)
Director: Stuart Orme
 
8.
Colditz (1972 TV Series)
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This grim and claustrophobic drama chronicles the lives of the prisoners in Colditz Castle from the... (50 mins.)
 
9.
The Colditz Story (1955)
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Allied prisoners of various nationalities pool their resources to plan numerous escapes from an "escape-proof" German POW camp housed in a Medieval castle. (94 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
10.
Escape from Colditz (2000 Mini-Series)
Episode: Eureka (2000)
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11.
Colditz - The Legend (2010 Documentary)
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Colditz Castle was a maximum security prison from which no one was meant to escape... but escape they did. Take a fresh look at the legendary escapes, featuring stories from both Colditz survivors and their extended families. (45 mins.)
Director: Maia Liddell
 
12.
The Camp on Blood Island (1958)
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Deep in Malaya, as World War II is rapidly coming to an end, men, women and children, trapped by the Japanese invasion... (81 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
 
13.
The One That Got Away (1957)
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A cocky German flight officer is shot down over England and makes numerous attempts to escape to fight again. (106 mins.)
Director: Roy Baker
 
14.
A Town Like Alice (1956)
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A newly wealthy English woman returns to Malaya to build a well for the villagers who helped her during war. Thinking back, she recalls the Australian man who made a great sacrifice to aid her and her fellow prisoners of war. (117 mins.)
Director: Jack Lee
 
15.
King Rat (1965)
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A fast-taking wheeler-dealer corporal in a Malaysian POW camp during WWII uses bribery and larceny to take de facto control of the camp from his senior officers. (134 mins.)
Director: Bryan Forbes
 
16.
Victory (1981)
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As allied POWs prepare for a soccer game against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris, the French Resistance and British officers are making plans for the team's escape. (116 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
17.
The Great Escape (1963)
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Allied P.O.W.s plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
18.
The Password Is Courage (1962)
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A British officer, captured by the Germans, tries everything he can to escape. In the process, amongst... (116 mins.)
Director: Andrew L. Stone
 
19.
Breakout (1959)
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Drama set in an Italian prisoner of war camp during World War 2, where a group of British soldiers find... (101 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
 
20.
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
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An American POW leads a group of mainly British prisoners to escape from the Germans in WWII. (117 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
21.
The Captive Heart (1946)
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In 1940, a concentration-camp escapee assumes the identity of a dead British officer, only to become a prisoner of war. (104 mins.)
Director: Basil Dearden