Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, a film telling the story of how 340,000 Allied soldiers were evacuated from France back to Britain, is a cinematic experience unlike anything we’ve seen before. The audience is dropped right into the action from film’s opening scene and the tension doesn’t let up until its final moments. Despite being in awe and on the edge of my seat for the duration of Dunkirk, I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing when I left the theatre.
With Christopher Nolan’s Second World War epic Dunkirk right around the corner, there’s no better time to brush up on your war-movie history. Wars have always been popular for moviemaking, but World War II holds top place as the most cinematically-depicted event ever. Over the past 70 years, movies have been made covering almost every possible aspect of the conflict in both the European and Pacific theatres.
Here are five WWII movies covering a range of perspectives and themes that you should see before heading to the cinema for Dunkirk:
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