10 Best British War Movies

Thursday, March 3 by Shawn Lealos

The 10 best British war movies include movies that were about wars in Britain, wars affecting the country and movies made in the country about war. While David Lean remain the master of the British made war movies, there are many movies made all across the globe that accurately portray the struggle of war on the country.

  1. “Lawrence of Arabia” – David Lean directs one of the best British war movies of all time, following the adventures of T.E. Lawrence. The movie takes place during World War I and tracks British lieutenant Lawrence and his experiences in Arabia.
  2. “The Bridge on the River Kwai” – Based on the novel by Pierre Boulle, this remains one of the best British war movies of all time. It loosely follows the construction of the Burma Railway and the eventual destruction of a bridge to stop a train carrying Japanese soldiers.
  3. “Henry V” – Based on the Shakespeare play, this 1989 adaptation is one of the best British war movies of all time. The movie, directed by Kenneth Branagh, follows the rein of Henry V during the Hundred Years’ War. Branagh received Oscar nominations for both directing and acting in the movie.
  4. “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” – Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger co-directed one of the best British war movies of all time. The film starts during World War II and then proceeds into flashbacks from the Boer War and World War I, detailing the lives of the main characters.
  5. “The English Patient” – With nine Academy Award wins, this is one of the best British war movies of all time. Hana is a nurse who takes on a critically burned patient during World War II. The movie then shows, in flashbacks, how this mysterious man arrived at this point.
  6. “The Killing Fields” – Roland Joffe directs this, one of the best British war movies, in 1984. The movie takes place in the ‘70s and follows three journalists in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime. The movie went on to win three Academy Awards.
  7. “Doctor Zhivago” – David Lean directs this adaptation of the Boris Pasternak novel, one of the best British war movies of all time. The British-made movie began in World War I and followed the formation of the Soviet Union. The movie was banned in the Soviet Union until 1994.
  8. “The Great Escape”Steve McQueen stars in this movie, one of the best British war movies of all time. McQueen plays an American soldier captured and held in a German POW camp in World War II. While there, he teams with a large number of British soldiers to plan and implement a daring escape from the prison.
  9. “The Guns Of Navarone” – Based on the novel by Alistair MacLean, this is one of the best British war movies of all time. The movie presents over 2000 British soldiers trapped on an island during World War II. The movie follows an Allied commando group set out to destroy a German fort that is keeping the soldiers from rescue.
  10. “Mrs. Miniver” – This award winning movie remains one of the best British war movies ever made. The movie is seen as a propaganda piece, giving British citizens hope heading into World War II. The movie details the struggle on the home front during the war and won the Oscar for Best Film.
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