The Top 8 war movies to watch over the Bank Holiday #VEDay

VE DAY is one of the most important anniversaries in British history - and in time for the bank holiday, a huge number of incredible war films are available to watch.

PUBLISHED: 07:33, Thu, May 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:34, Thu, May 7, 2020

Every year we celebrate the anniversary of the Allied troops formally winning the Second World War. This year is a particularly important anniversary, as we celebrate 75 years since that glorious day. In time for the Bank Holiday celebrations, experts from MetFilm School based in Ealing Studios have recommended their top WWII films.

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Darkest Hour

This staggering war film won an Oscar for Gary Oldman, for his portrayal as the iconic figure and former Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

The film shows Churchill taking command of the British government during the conflict with the Nazis after the resignation of Neville Chamberlain, and how he strategized successfully to help British troops evacuate Dunkirk in Operation Dynamo.

Darkest Hour is thoroughly moving and shows the leader of our country facing up to difficult decisions for the good of his people, and even shows Churchill delivering his famous “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” speech.

The Imitation Game

Showing a very different side to the war, The Imitation Game is the story of how British mathematician Alan Turing works to crack German code.

Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Turing invents an early version of the modern computer, to attempt to decipher messages from the Germans in order to help defeat them.

The film gained a huge number of Oscar nominations for its acting, and has remained a classic example of WW2 movies.

Best war movies for VE DayBest war movies for VE Day (Image: United Artists/Warner Bros)


In Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle.

Nolan’s take on the historical Operation Dynamo takes place across land, sea and sky, as he focuses in on specific people and their struggle to evacuate or help those trapped on the beaches.

The film also starred iconic names such as Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, and even One Direction’s Harry Styles.

In Which We Serve

The 1943 film was co-directed, produced, written and starring Noel Coward, with the star even helping to compose the music for the film.

It is the ‘story of a ship,’ more specifically the

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