foreign films The Best British War Movies  

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Spanning nearly a century worth of movies, here are the greatest British war movies of all time, as voted on by cinephiles like you. The British have been involved in a lot of wars in their time: The Boar Wars, World War One, World War Two, The Falklands, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq, just to name a few. For that reason it was only natural for us to create this list of the best British war movies, with the help of your votes.
 

Some of the best English war movies are represented here, A Bridge Too Far (World War II), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (the Napoleonic Wars), and Lawrence of Arabia (World War I). 


Plenty of Hollywood legends are represented in the UK war movies below, including Michael Caine (Zulu), Steve McQueen (The Great Escape), Russell Crowe (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), William Holden (The Bridge on the River Kwai) and it goes on…
 

Which of the films on this list of movies about British war would you recommend to others Join our other military mavens and give the most conflict-ridden movies on this list a thumbs up, or do battle with our other users in the comment section below.

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Zulu

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A Bridge Too Far Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford

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Bridge over the River Kwai

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Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

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Where Eagles Dare Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern

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Master and Commander

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The Cruel Sea

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Ice Cold in Alex John Mills, Harry Andrews, Anthony Quayle

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Went the Day Well

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Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best British War Movies
Eye of the Needle Donald Sutherland, Bill Nighy, Kate Nelligan

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Hope and Glory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best British War Movies
Hope and Glory Sarah Miles, Colin Higgins, Charley Boorman

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Guns at Batasi Mia Farrow, Richard Attenborough, Jack Hawkins

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The Heroes of Telemark Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Michael Redgrave

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Carry on up the Kybher

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The One that Got Away

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Who Dares Wins Richard Widmark, Judy Davis, Edward Woodward

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The Way Ahead David Niven, William Hartnell, Trevor Howard

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Aces High is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best British War Movies
Aces High Christopher Plummer, Malcolm McDowell, John Gielgud - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Dad's Army John Le Mesurier, Arthur Lowe, Clive Dunn

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My Boy Jack Daniel Radcliffe, Carey Mulligan, Kim Cattrall

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An Ungentlemanly Act is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best British War Movies
An Ungentlemanly Act Aidan Gillen, Ian Richardson, Ian McNeice