Went to see The Last Legion today, and it made me think about how fast and loose some films play with history, even if some of the basic facts are there (which tells you how involved I was in the movie, to start pondering things like that). Anyway, I propose a Definitive History as portrayed in films, television, or whatever. The rules are only one portrayal of an historical event can count, and while historical accuracy is the most important, there should be at least some entertainment value in it. Movies based peripherally around an event but primarily focusing on fictionalized characters shouldn’t count (for example, I would include Tora! Tora! Tora! over Pearl Harbor)
So, if you were going to make the most definitive list of as-close-to-factual-events-as-possible movies (film or television) about World War II, what would they be? Throw them out here, and we’ll arrange them chronologically and debate which version of multiple events belongs.
I don’t mean (or want) to sound American-centric, so please suggest films of any country, although if nobody’s really heard of it or it’s impossible to get a hold of, please refrain.
If this works out, we can look at other eras.