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Movies: World War I 1914 AD-1918 AD


Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) (Peter Merritt)

The working-class Smiths change their initially sunny views on World War I after the three boys of the family witness the harsh reality of trench warfare.


All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) (Peter Merritt)

A German youth eagerly enters World War I, but his enthusiasm wanes as he gets a first-hand view of the horror.


War Horse (2011) (Terry Martin)

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.


Mons (1926) (Andy Grainger)

Reconstruction of the battle and subsequent retreat.


Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands (1927) (Dave Boundy)

Dramatic reconstruction of two 1914 naval battles off Coronel (Central Chile) and the Falkland Islands (East of Argentina). The first a defeat of the British by Vice Admiral Maximilian von Spee, the second a retaliation by the British under vice Admiral Sturdee.



Sinking of the Lusitania: Terror at Sea (2007) (Deborah Southwell)

17th May 1915. A dramatization of the notorious World War I torpedoing of the ocean liner, RMS Lusitania.


Gallipoli (1981) (Deborah Southwell)

1915-16. Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.


Sinai & Palestine Campaign 1915-18 / Arab Revolt 1916-1918

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) (Deborah Southwell)

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I to fight the Turks.



Beneath Hill 60 (2010) (Deborah Southwell)

In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunneling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges.


The Battle of the Somme (1916/2014) (Jon Casey)

1 July-18 Nov, 1916. Digitally restored version of the 1916 British documentary and propaganda film depicting the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in the lead up and early days of the battle of the Somme. Released in August 1916.


The Battle of the Ancre and the Advance of the Tanks (1917) (Philip Middleton)

13-18 Nov, 1916. Footage of soldiers behind the lines and under fire during the battle of the Ancre, including images of tanks on the move.



1917 (2019) (Jaap Boender)

April 6th, 1917. As an infantry battalion assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.




They Shall Not Grow Old. (2018) (Philip Middleton)

Through ground-breaking computer restoration technology, filmmaker Peter Jackson’s team creates a moving real-to-life depiction of the WWI, as never seen before in restored, vivid colorizing and retiming of the film frames, in order to honor those who fought and more accurately depict this historical moment in world history.




One Comment
  1. Andrew Grainger

    I submit The Blue Max about a squadron of German flyers in 1918. Great characters and aerial sequences make up for the dreadful ground combat sequences.

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