What’s the best film on World War I?



With two Academy Awards and the critics’ acclaim to its name, it’s hard to look past All Quiet on the Western Front. Hailed by one influential movie website as “One of the most powerful anti-war statements put on film,” this 1930 adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel – based on his time as a German soldier on the Western Front – relates how a group of German soldiers’ innocence, enthusiasm and patriotism are shattered in the trenches. The suffering and terror are made to feel devastatingly real by director Lewis Milestone’s trailblazing use of sweeping crane shots to bring the mud and blood of the battlefield to life. Such is the respect with which All Quiet on the Western Front is held that in 1998 it appeared in the American Film Institute’s 100 best films of the past century.

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