8 Great WWI Movies in Honor of the Great War’s Centenary


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5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

The fifth in our list of 10 great WWI movies is considered as one of the most influential and greatest pictures in cinematic history. It dealt mainly with the struggles of its main character, Lawrence, and his many experiences while in the Arabian Peninsula during the Great War, including his inner struggles about his personal belief about the war, as well as his own identity.

In real life, Lawrence of Arabia was really T.E. (Thomas Edward) Lawrence. Mr. Lawrence was a WWI British officer and the movie was based upon his life working in the Middle Eastern desert for the British Army during the war.

6. Gallipoli (1981)

Starring a much younger Mel Gibson and Mark Lee, the sixth entry in our great WWI movies list focused on two Australian soldiers who took part in WWI’s Gallipoli Campaign and their loss of innocence during the war. Australian ideals and themes like ‘larrikinism’ and ‘mateship’ were also recurring throughout the movie.

Director Peter Weir had to bend a few but significant historical truths for dramatic purposes in his movie Gallipoli. Nevertheless, the film was well-received in part of its portrayal of human suffering during war.

7. Legends of the Fall (1994)

This seventh entry in our great WWI movies lineup is an American war drama set before, during and even after WWI. The movie, another book adaptation (from a novella written by Jim Harrison in 1979), retells the lives of a father and his three sons as they lived in a remote Montana ranch, how they got involved in the Great War and how they were impacted by it

Legends of the Fall was nominated for three Oscars the year it came out and won Best in Cinematography.

8. A Very Long Engagement (2004)

The eight entry in our list of great WWI movies is the French film A Very Long Engagement. It delves deep into the idea of every WWI soldier leaving a half-empty bed at home”.

This movie, also an adaptation from a novel of the same title, deals with a young woman’s search for her fiance, who was most likely killed in WWI’s Battle of the Somme. It fuses romance and war resulting in a poignantly moving story of the many whose hearts were broken because of WWI.