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Have you seen 1917 yet? It’s an absolutely fantastic film that had me invested emotionally, and on the edge of my seat the entire time. It didn’t feel nearly as long as it is, which I feel is a good thing. I felt like I was right there beside them the entire time. It’s historically accurate to what I can remember, and they didn’t skimp out of anything. The cinematography is among the best I’ve ever seen, and I cried in some scenes because of how good they were. It’s an absolutely fantastic film that I’d highly recommend.

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March on Drina river.

One of my personal favourite. Although i have failed to find it in english sorry. The channel on youtube which had it in english subtitles was deleted. It is nonetheless enjoyable, old movies worked hard with visuals to explain the plot so it is easy to follow it. 

It follows a Serbian artillery battery before and leading up to the battle of Cer mountain. First Entente victory of the war.

 

https://letterboxd.com/roseemma/list/every-world-war-1-movie/

^here you will find every movie about ww1. 

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You probably wouldn't think of a musical when you think of World War I but I recommend Oh! What a Lovely War! directed by Richard Attenborough for a bit of a satirical take on WWI

 

YouTube even has the full movie if you want to rent it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFdBvpjA5Zc

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Old reply butr check out "The Lost Battalion" You can watch the full movie here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyJwtC8kwJM



It's about "The Lost Battalion" An American battalion that got lost in the Argonne forest and trapped, destroyed by their own friendly artillery, while facing impossible odds. Check it out.

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Great thread, there is another movie I found called "The Trench" with a young Daniel Craig.  Ill be perfectly honest I only watched part way and fell asleep but it was OK. A little slow, very British.

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As a WW1 geek I'd say the following:

 

Beneath Hill 60 - True story about Aussie miners in WW1 one of the more famous known stories from the war era. Good to mixed reviews lots of action and a good biographical account of Captain Oliver Woodward. The miners story is quite unique these guys weren't often in the face of the enemy but suffered loses and had to deal with life below the ground.

The Lost Battalion - True story about American troops that were surrounded due to mix up in command orders. Good reviews fairly accurate account of what happened with lots of real character portrails.  

1917 - Big fictional film out recently as you'd expect as a big Hollywood thing lots of explosions and effects but filmed in a unique way gives a nice view of how WW1 looked and some very authentic visuals. Story follows the path of a young solider as he travels through battlezones and towns to deliver important orders.

Passchendaele - Loosely based on true events and is a tribute film to main actors grandfather based on WW1 stories. This one has real mixed reviews but I really like it! Sad story/love story but it shows the emotional and personal side of WW1. Mixed reviews but the battlefield scene near the middle and end of the film is very authentic. 

Journey's End - One the more famous stories based on a theatre play/book deals more with relationships and personal stories than the war so if you're looking for combat and explosions this might not be for you.

 

Testament of Youth and War Horse are good WW1 era films but they don't really deal with WW1 as the main topic but are stories set in that era effected by the conflict.

 

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As a WW1 geek I'd say the following:

 

Beneath Hill 60 - True story about Aussie miners in WW1 one of the more famous known stories from the war era. Good to mixed reviews lots of action and a good biographical account of Captain Oliver Woodward. The miners story is quite unique these guys weren't often in the face of the enemy but suffered loses and had to deal with life below the ground trying to outsmart enemy miners. WW1 mining is such a unique tactic that was deployed for obvious reasons as direct engagements caused a lot of loses.

The Lost Battalion - True story about American troops that were surrounded due to mix up in command orders. Good reviews fairly accurate account of what happened with lots of real character biography here. It's a good true story some action as well. It's not your standard trench warfare story.

1917 - Big fictional film out recently that everyone knows about, as you'd expect as a big Hollywood thing lots of explosions and effects but filmed in a unique way gives a nice view of how WW1 looked and some very authentic visuals. Story follows the path of a young solider as he travels through battlezones and towns to deliver important orders. I work with someone who dates one of the cameramen and it was shot in a very different way to a lot of films you follow the main actor really closely and its cool to know that the whole film was laid out as almost one long obstacle course meaning 95% of the film set was setup all in one go. No idea if this was a true story or not I doubt it.

Passchendaele - Loosely based on true events and is a tribute film to main actors grandfather based on WW1 stories. This one has real mixed reviews but I really like it though it is fictional! Sad story/love story but it shows the emotional and personal side of WW1 as one of the Canadian characters has a German father. Mixed reviews but the battlefield scene near the middle and end of the film is very authentic. You kind of forget about people have dual nationality and families were forced to choose loyalty.

Journey's End - One the more famous stories based on a theatre play/book deals more with relationships and personal stories than the war so if you're looking for combat and explosions this might not be for you. This hasn't got much action but good reviews.

 

Testament of Youth and War Horse are good WW1 era films but they don't really deal with WW1 as the main topic but are stories set in that era effected by the conflict. War Horse does have some great looking battlefields and some cool WW1 scenes... so I guess it's got quite a bit of WW1. 

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