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Behind Enemy Lines

If you'd prefer not to see infantrymen being blown up on the front line, try these suspenseful movies of the resistance, whether in occupied countries or in prisoner of war camps, and of life on the other side.

Army of Shadows
Army of Shadows (1969)
Army of Shadows follows a small group of French Resistance fighters during World War II as they attempt to evade capture and execution by the Nazis and the Vichy government.
Das Boot: The Boat (1981)
Follows the experiences of forty-three German soldiers in the claustrophobic world of a WWII German submarine (U-boat): boredom, filth, and sheer terror. For an American version of World War II submarine warfare in the Pacific, see Run Silent, Run Deep
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
An absolutely wonderful performance by Alec Guinness. British soldiers captured by the Japanese during World War II are forced to construct a strategic railroad bridge which a commando team is instructed by the British High Command to destroy. Or you can read the book...
Flame and Citron (2008)
The movie is based on actual events involving two of the most active resistance fighters in the Holger Danske resistance group in Denmark during World War II –- Bent Faurschou-Hviid (codename The Flame) and Jørgen Haagen Schmith (codename Citron).
Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka) (1988)
This animated Japanese film tells the story of an orphaned brother and sister in war-time Kobe, Japan, face American fire-bombs, hunger, homelessness, and despair as the war and their lives come to an end.
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
A specialized commando team, which includes Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn, is assembled to blow up the German Army's mighty guns of Navarone (in Greece) which control a strategic channel in the Aegean Sea.
Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany (1984)
This German TV miniseries by Edgar Reitz is a massive chronicle of life in Germany, from 1919 to 1982, as reflected in the fluctuating fortunes of the members of one family, initially peasant-farmers, in the fictitious village of Schachbach in the Rhineland. This is the first of three series.
The Last Metro (1980)
This French film by filmmaker François Truffaut stars Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu. In 1981, the film won ten Césars for: best film, best actor (Depardieu), best actress (Deneuve), best cinematography, and best director (Truffaut).
Monsignor Renard
This PBS Masterpiece Theater Television program tells the story of the German occupation of France during World War II through the eyes and experiences of a humble and extraordinary priest whose beliefs are tested to the breaking point.
Želary (2003)
Želary is a Czech-Slovak film that was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It tells the story of a young hospital resistance worker Eliška who flees to the country to hide as the wife of a sawmill worker.