Got the idea from reading another thread in which an ARRSEr was asking about films he could show his son to give him a bit of a background on the First World War, so I thought I'd do it for the second. My thinking revolved around one film for one theme, or one theatre of the war. The film would either be factually based, or at the very least it would be authentic (e.g. fictional, but not 'U571'). I've tried not to be Brit-centric, and made the list as balanced as possible: Free Europeans fighting in exile - 'Dark Blue World'. Fall of France - 'Dunkirk'. The Battle of Britain - 'The Battle of Britain'. Battle of the Atlantic (German perspective) - 'Das Boot'. Battle of the Atlantic (Allied perspective) - 'The Cruel Sea'. Britain fights for survival - 'Sink the Bismarck'. Eastern Europe between Hitler and Stalin - 'Europa, Europa'. Barbarossa - 'Come and See'. The Holocaust - 'The Pianist'. North Africa - 'Ice Cold in Alex'. Pearl Harbor - 'Tora, Tora, Tora'. Australia at war - 'Kokoda'. Occupation, collaboration and resistance - 'Army of Shadows'. Eastern Front - 'Cross of Iron'. America and the war against Germany - 'The Big Red One'. D Day - 'The Longest Day'. The Western front 1944 - 'A Bridge Too Far'. Fall of Nazi Germany - 'Downfall'. SOE - 'Carve Her Name with Pride'. Special operations - 'Sea of Sand'. Post-war - 'The Third Man'. There are some films which I haven't seen which cover the following categories (not sure how good they are, though): Colonial troops and WWII - 'Indigenes'. The Warsaw Rising and the Polish resistance - 'Kanal'. Pacific War (American side) - 'Flags of our Fathers'. Pacific War (Japanese side) - 'Sands of Iwo Jima'. The home front - 'Hope and Glory'. I'm also a bit stuck with recommendations on the following, either because I can't think of any films, or the ones I've seen I don't really rate: The Burma campaign. The Italian campaign (I can only think of 'Anzio', which was pretty weak). China at war. The strategic air campaign by Bomber Command/8th USAAF (not really impressed with 'Memphis Belle').