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…
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Directed by: Cy EndfieldZulu is a 1964 epic film depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British Army and... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Sam Mendes1917 is a 2019 British war film directed by Sam Mendes. Two British soldiers are tasked with... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Peter WeirMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a 2003 epic historical drama film... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Charles FrendThe Cruel Sea is a 1953 British war film starring Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, Denholm... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: David LeanLawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E.... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Richard AttenboroughA Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius... more on Wikipedia
Ice Cold in AlexJohn Mills, Harry Andrews
Directed by: J. Lee ThompsonIce Cold in Alex is a British film based on the novel of the same name by British author... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: David LeanThe Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WWII epic film directed by David Lean, based on the... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: John SturgesThe Eagle Has Landed is a 1976 British film directed by John Sturges and starring Michael... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: John SturgesThe Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: John Boorman, Lasse HallströmHope and Glory is a 1987 British comedy-drama-war film, written, produced and directed by John... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Brian G. HuttonWhere Eagles Dare is a 1968 WWII action film starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Anthony MannThe Heroes of Telemark is a 1965 war film directed by Anthony Mann based on the true story of... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Carol ReedThe Way Ahead is a British Second World War drama released in 1944. It stars David Niven and... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Leslie NormanDunkirk is a 1958 British war film directed by Leslie Norman and starring John Mills, Richard... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Lewis GilbertSink the Bismarck! is a 1960 black-and-white CinemaScope British war film based on the book... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Emeric Pressburger, Michael PowellThe Battle of the River Plate is a 1956 British war film by director-writer team of Michael... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Michael AndersonYangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst is a British war film that tells the story of... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Alberto CavalcantiWent the Day Well? is a 1942 British war film adapted from a story by Graham Greene and... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Jack GoldWatch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialAces High is a 1976 British-French war film directed by Jack Gold and starring Malcolm... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Zoltan KordaThe Four Feathers is a 1939 Technicolor adventure film directed by Zoltan Korda, starring John... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Guy GreenDesert Patrol is a 1958 film directed by Guy Green.
Directed by: Robert AldrichToo Late the Hero is a 1970 Anglo-American war film directed by Robert Aldrich, and starring... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Basil Dearden, Eliot ElisofonKhartoum is a 1966 film written by Robert Ardrey and directed by Basil Dearden. It stars... more on Wikipedia