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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: 467,501 | Gross: $188.37M

2. Strike Back (2010– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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Follows the actions of Section 20, a secretive unit of British military intelligence. A team of special operations personnel conduct several high risk missions across the globe.

Stars: Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Michelle Lukes, Daniel MacPherson

Votes: 26,821

3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Approved | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.3
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100 Metascore

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 243,338 | Gross: $44.82M

4. A Bridge Too Far (1977)

PG | 175 min | Drama, History, War

7.4
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Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Sean Connery, Ryan O'Neal, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier

Votes: 47,288 | Gross: $50.80M

5. 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: 19,090

6. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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79 Metascore

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi, Roshan Seth

Votes: 207,510 | Gross: $52.77M

7. Queen of the Desert (2015)

PG-13 | 128 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

5.7
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39 Metascore

A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Damian Lewis

Votes: 8,544

8. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.2
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87 Metascore

After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. 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.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 186,349 | Gross: $44.91M

9. Dunkirk (1958)

Approved | 135 min | Action, Drama, History

7.1
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A dramatization of the British Expeditionary Force's 1940 retreat to the beaches of France and the extraordinary seaborne evacuation that saved it from utter destruction by Nazi Germany.

Director: Leslie Norman | Stars: John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Bernard Lee, Robert Urquhart

Votes: 2,301

10. Threads (1984 TV Movie)

112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

8.1
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92 Metascore

The effects of a nuclear holocaust on the working class city of Sheffield, England and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly, Rita May

Votes: 9,929

11. '71 (2014)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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83 Metascore

In 1971, a young and disorientated British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast.

Director: Yann Demange | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris, Paul Popplewell

Votes: 46,140 | Gross: $1.27M

12. Soldier Soldier (1991–1997)

50 min | Drama

6.7
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Drama following the life of the officers and men of the King's Own Fusiliers regiment, during their home lives, training exercises and battles.

Stars: Ben Nealon, Robson Green, Jerome Flynn, Rosie Rowell

Votes: 598

13. The Four Feathers (2002)

PG-13 | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.5
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49 Metascore

A British officer resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson, Mohamed Bouich

Votes: 31,062 | Gross: $18.31M

14. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

R | 123 min | Drama, War

7.3
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During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 13,360 | Gross: $2.31M

15. Rang De Basanti (2006)

Not Rated | 167 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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The story of six young Indians who assist an English woman to film a documentary on the freedom fighters from their past, and the events that lead them to relive the long-forgotten saga of freedom.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra | Stars: Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 100,762 | Gross: $2.20M

16. The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, War

7.5
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82 Metascore

Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Pádraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald

Votes: 42,492 | Gross: $1.83M

17. Conduct Unbecoming (1975)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Crime, Mystery

6.4
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At a British Regimental party in Colonial India, the widow of Captain Scarlett is assaulted in the garden, and she accuses one of the newly arrived junior Lieutenants of the crime.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Michael York, Richard Attenborough, Trevor Howard, Stacy Keach

Votes: 504

18. Viceroy's House (2017)

Not Rated | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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53 Metascore

The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi

Votes: 5,558 | Gross: $1.11M

19. Cromwell (1970)

G | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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Oliver Cromwell can no longer tolerate King Charles' policies, and the self-interest of the ruling class, and leads a civil war to install Parliament as the ultimate ruler of England.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Richard Harris, Alec Guinness, Robert Morley, Dorothy Tutin

Votes: 4,343

20. Another Country (1984)

PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.1
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Based on the life of the young Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies.

Director: Marek Kanievska | Stars: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Michael Jenn, Robert Addie

Votes: 4,790

21. The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

Approved | 88 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.0
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The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Jessica Tandy, Luther Adler

Votes: 5,160

22. The Trench (1999)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, History, War

6.1
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58 Metascore

A story about a group of soldiers' last days before the battle of the Somme in 1916, showing the conditions in the trenches during World War I, and taking you into the minds of the soldiers.

Director: William Boyd | Stars: Paul Nicholls, Daniel Craig, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Danny Dyer

Votes: 2,239

23. Sink the Bismarck! (1960)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama, History

7.2
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The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 6,319

24. The Hill (1965)

Approved | 123 min | Drama, War

7.9
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In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Alfred Lynch

Votes: 11,029

25. Beneath Hill 60 (2010)

R | 122 min | Drama, History, War

7.1
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In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunneling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges.

Director: Jeremy Sims | Stars: Brendan Cowell, Harrison Gilbertson, Steve Le Marquand, Gyton Grantley

Votes: 6,911

26. Random Harvest (1942)

Passed | 126 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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An amnesiac World War I veteran falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-war life.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn, Susan Peters

Votes: 6,367 | Gross: $10.14M

27. Flight World War II (2015)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

4.3
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After Flight 42 travels through a storm they find themselves in France, 1940, during World war II.

Director: Emile Edwin Smith | Stars: Faran Tahir, Robbie Kay, Aqueela Zoll, Matias Ponce

Votes: 1,289

28. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, History, War

6.7
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In 1854, during the Crimean War, poor planning leads to a British Light Brigade openly charging a Russian artillery position with tragic consequences.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Trevor Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Harry Andrews

Votes: 2,772

29. The Four Feathers (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A timid British Army officer has quit and burns his last day summons to a war in Egypt. Calling him a coward, his girl friend and 3 officer friends give him a white feather. In redemption, he shadows his friends in war to save their lives.

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: John Clements, Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith, June Duprez

Votes: 5,082

30. Dunkirk (2004 TV Movie)

180 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.3
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A dramatized documentary about the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk in May 1940.

Director: Alex Holmes | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Simon Russell Beale, Clive Brunt, Phil Cornwell

Votes: 531

31. Sharpe's Waterloo (1997 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, History

8.1
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Based on the novel by Bernard Cornwell, "Sharpe's Waterloo" brings maverick British officer Lt. Col. Richard Sharpe to his last fight against the French, in June of 1815. Sharpe is assigned... See full summary »

Director: Tom Clegg | Stars: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Abigail Cruttenden, Alexis Denisof

Votes: 2,026

32. Colditz (2005)

R | 240 min | Drama, War

6.8
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During World War II, four Britons tunnel out of a German POW camp. One is killed, two are recaptured and one escapes. Scottish Corporal Nicholas McGrade, the lone escapee, is a slacker and ... See full summary »

Stars: Damian Lewis, Sophia Myles, Tom Hardy, Laurence Fox

Votes: 2,465

33. Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

Approved | 96 min | Thriller, War

7.4
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During World War II, an undercover British soldier tries get word to the Allies that the Germans have tons of supplies buried in five excavations across Egypt.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Akim Tamiroff, Erich von Stroheim

Votes: 4,484

34. Desperate Journey (1942)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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When the crew of a downed British bomber escape from their Nazi captors with Top Secret intelligence, they make a desperate journey to get out of Germany alive.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Coleman, Raymond Massey

Votes: 1,837

35. April Morning (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, History, War

6.6
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The "April Morning" here is the famous April 19, 1775 upon which the "Shot heard 'round the world" was fired, signaling the start of the American Revolution. Faithful to author Howard ... See full summary »

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Susan Blakely, Chad Lowe, Robert Urich

Votes: 524

36. Above Us the Waves (1955)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, War

6.7
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The attack by British submarines on the German battleship "Tirpitz" in a Norwegian fjord during World War II.

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: John Mills, John Gregson, Donald Sinden, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 1,089

37. Hornblower: Duty (2003 TV Movie)

96 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.1
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Admiral Pellew interrupts Hornblower's wedding reception and tasks him to locate a British ship which has disappeared off the French coast, where Napoleon's troops are engaged in covert activities.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Paul McGann, Lorcan Cranitch

Votes: 2,697

38. War Requiem (1989)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, War

6.7
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A movie with no spoken dialogue, just follows the music and lyrics of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem, which include World War I soldier poet Wilfred Owen's poems reflecting the war's ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Nathaniel Parker, Tilda Swinton, Laurence Olivier, Patricia Hayes

Votes: 626

39. Malta Story (1953)

97 min | Drama, History, War

6.6
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In World War II, the island of Malta, strategically located and vital to supply lines in the Mediterranean Sea, is fiercely attacked by the Germans, but staunchly defended by the British.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel, Muriel Pavlow

Votes: 1,273

40. The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)

Approved | 97 min | Action, War, Drama

6.7
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During World War II, German ships are "safely" docked upriver at Bordeaux, but the British send a team of kayakers to attack them.

Director: José Ferrer | Stars: José Ferrer, Trevor Howard, Dora Bryan, Christopher Lee

Votes: 1,458

41. Sharpe's Gold (1995 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, History

7.5
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Sharpe is sent on a mission to exchange rifles for deserters with a strange band of Spanish guerillas. He also has to chaperone two women looking for their missing husband.

Director: Tom Clegg | Stars: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Hugh Fraser, John Tams

Votes: 1,983

42. King & Country (1964)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, War

7.5
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During World War I, Army Private Arthur James Hamp (Sir Tom Courtenay) is accused of desertion during battle. The officer assigned to defend him at his court-martial, Captain Hargreaves (Sir Dirk Bogarde), finds out there is more to the case than meets the eye.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtenay, Leo McKern, Barry Foster

Votes: 1,673

43. Something of Value (1957)

Approved | 113 min | Drama, War

6.6
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Although Peter and Kimani grew up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently. After Kimani's father is jailed for following tribal customs, Kimani joins a band... See full summary »

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Rock Hudson, Dana Wynter, Wendy Hiller, Juano Hernandez

Votes: 827

44. Anzacs (1985)

165 min | Drama, History, War

8.1
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Following the lives of a dozen Australian soldiers who served in the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during World War I which follows them from the 1915 battle of Galipoli, to ... See full summary »

Stars: Andrew Clarke, Paul Hogan, Jon Blake, Megan Williams

Votes: 624

45. Horatio Hornblower: Retribution (2001 TV Movie)

98 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.3
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Hornblower and the other officers of the Renown must return to Jamaica to face a court-martial and possible execution for their actions in relieving their unstable captain.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, David Warner, Nicholas Jones

Votes: 3,119

46. Hell in Korea (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, History, War

6.3
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During the Korean War retreat in 1951, a small British recon group is surrounded by Chinese troops and holds out in a lonely temple atop a hill.

Director: Julian Amyes | Stars: Stephen Boyd, Ronald Lewis, George Baker, Harry Andrews

Votes: 421

47. Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (2003)

90 min | Sci-Fi, Animation

7.1
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The Doctor, a time-travelling alien explorer, is sent by his people, the Time Lords, to liberate a small town in England from the tyrannical rule of a race of alien lava creatures called ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard E. Grant, Sophie Okonedo, Derek Jacobi, Craig Kelly

Votes: 327

48. Johnny in the Clouds (1945)

87 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.5
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The wartime daily routine on a British bomber base in southeastern England is revealed through the eyes of newly arrived Flying Officer Peter Penrose.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Rosamund John, Douglass Montgomery

Votes: 1,178

49. 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: 1,307

50. Occupation (2009)

Drama, War

7.8
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Three ex-servicemen return to Basra, each for a different reason.

Stars: James Nesbitt, Stephen Graham, Warren Brown, Nonso Anozie

Votes: 653



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