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The Best War Movies and TV Shows on BritBox

Finding a good War movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best War movies and TV shows of all time streaming on BritBox.

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1. Blackadder

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72/100
Year: 1983-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 4
History, Comedy

What it's about: Through four series and a few specials, Edmund Blackadder and his greasy sidekick Baldrick conjure up cunning plans as Edmund tries to take advantage of desperate times. These situation tragedies had obvious parallels from the Dark Ages to Elizabethan times, the rule of mad George III, and The Great War.

Where to Watch: 24 episodes (96%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & BritBox). 24 episodes (96%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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2. Brideshead Revisited

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8.5/10
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69/100
Year: 1982-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: In this acclaimed eleven-hours British television miniseries, Charles Ryder, an agnostic man, becomes involved with members of the Flytes, a Catholic family of aristocrats, over the course of several years between the two world wars.

Where to Watch: 11 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi). 11 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 10 episodes (91%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & YouTube).

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3. Sharpe

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Year: 1993-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 7
Action & Adventure

What it's about: Sharpe is a British series of television dramas starring Sean Bean as Richard Sharpe, a fictional British soldier in the Napoleonic Wars. Sharpe is the hero of a number of novels by Bernard Cornwell; most, though not all, of the episodes are based on the books. Produced by Celtic Films and Picture Palace Films for the ITV network, the series was shot mainly in Turkey and the Crimea, although some filming was also done in England, Spain and Portugal. The series originally ran from 1993 to 1997. In 2004, as part of ITV's new set of drama, ITV announced that it intended to produce new episodes of Sharpe, in co-production with BBC America, loosely based on his time in India, with Sean Bean continuing his role as Sharpe. Sharpe's Challenge is a two-part adventure; part one premiered on ITV on 23 April 2006, with part two being shown the following night. With more gore than earlier episodes, the show was broadcast by BBC America in September 2006.At a book signing in Bath on 11 October 2006, Bernard Cornwell revealed that there were plans by ITV to film two more episodes. Filming was supposed to start in April, but was postponed due to the resignation of ITV's chief executive, at which point production was pushed back to September. However, Sean Bean was unavailable due to other commitments, so production was postponed once more. When asked about the stories, Cornwell said that he believed that they were producing two new stories specially for television. It was announced that filming Sharpe's Peril, produced by Celtic Film/Picture Palace, began on 3 March 2008 in India. The first part was broadcast on ITV on 2 November 2008 with the second part shown a week later. Sharpe's Challenge and Sharpe's Peril were broadcast in the US in 2010 as part of PBS' Masterpiece Classic season.

Where to Watch: 16 episodes (89%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 14 episodes (78%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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4. Our Girl

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61/100
Year: 2014-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 5
Drama

What it's about: Drama following the extraordinary adventures of female medics in the British Army.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (38%) are available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Plex). 24 episodes (75%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & BritBox).

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5. Middlemarch

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Year: 1994-2021Seasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: 19th century Great Britain. The Industrial Revolution brings both the promise and fear of change. In the provincial town of Middlemarch, the progressive Dorothea Brooke desperately seeks intellectual fulfillment in a male-dominated society and is driven into an unhappy marriage to the elderly scholar Casaubon. No sooner do they embark on their honeymoon than she meets and develops an instant connection with Casaubon's young cousin, Will Ladislaw. When idealistic Doctor Lydgate arrives, his new methods of medicine sweep him into the battle between conservatives and liberals in town. He quickly becomes enamored of the beautiful, privileged Rosamond Vincy, a woman whose troubles seem bound to destroy him.

Where to Watch: 7 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & BritBox).

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6. Doctor Zhivago

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59/100
Year: 2002-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Doctor Zhivago is a 2002 British television miniseries directed by Giacomo Campiotti and starring Hans Matheson, Keira Knightley and Sam Neill. The teleplay by Andrew Davies is based on the 1957 novel of the same title by Boris Pasternak.The serial is the second English-language screen adaptation of the book, following the 1965 feature film. It was produced by Granada Television, with co-funding from the American PBS station WGBH Boston and the German company Evision. It was first broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom, beginning on 24 November 2002. In the United States, it aired as part of Masterpiece Theatre on 2 and 9 November 2003.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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7. The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco

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56/100
Year: 2018-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: During the thrilling social change of the mid-1950s, four remarkable women who previously served secretly during WWII as code-breakers, turn their skills to solving murders overlooked by police. In the process they are plunged into fascinating corners of the city, forge powerful relationships, and rediscover their own powers and potential.

Where to Watch: 9 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 8 episodes (89%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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8. Small Island

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Year: 2009-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: Follow three intricately connected stories of Jamaicans and Londoners involved in World War Two. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as we trace the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox & Hoopla).

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9. The Passing Bells

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Year: 2014-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Drama

What it's about: At the outbreak of World War I, two teenage boys - one German and one British - defy their parents to sign up. An epic historical drama spanning the five years of the First World War, as seen through the eyes of two ordinary young soldiers.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, BritBox & Hoopla).

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10. Dad's Army

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Year: 1968-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 9
Comedy

What it's about: Introducing the Walmington-On-Sea home guard. During WW2, in a fictional British seaside town, a ragtag group of Home Guard local defense volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion.

Where to Watch: 77 episodes (89%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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11. Our World War

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52/100
Year: 2014-2021Seasons: 1
Action & Adventure

What it's about: Our World War is a gripping factual drama series offering viewers first-hand experience of the extraordinary bravery of young soldiers fighting 100 years ago. Drawing on real stories of World War One soldiers it uses the visual techniques and imagery familiar from modern warfare – POV helmet camera footage, surveillance images and night vision – to immerse the BBC Three audience in life on the Western Front. Each episode is closely based on first-hand testimony, interviews and memoirs that reveal often hidden and sometimes disturbing aspects of the combat experience.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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12. The BBC at War

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33/100
Year: 2015-2021Seasons: 1
Documentary

What it's about: An enthralling series exploring how the BBC fought not only Hitler but also the British government to become the institution it is today.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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13. My Boy Jack

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71/100
Released: 2007
Drama

What it's about: Author Rudyard Kipling and his wife search for their 17-year-old son after he goes missing during WWI.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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14. Christopher and His Kind

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Released: 2011
Romance, Drama

What it's about: In 1931 budding author Christopher Isherwood goes to Berlin at the invitation of his friend W. H. Auden for the gay sex that abounds in the city. Whilst working as an English teacher his housemates include bewigged old queen Gerald Hamilton and would-be actress Jean Ross, who sings tunelessly in a seedy cabaret club. They and others he meets get put into his stories. After a fling with sexy rent boy Caspar he falls for street sweeper Heinz, paying medical bills for the boy's sickly mother, to the disapproval of her other son, Nazi Gerhardt. With Fascism rapidly rising Christopher returns to London with Heinz but is unable to prevent his return to Germany when his visa expires. Years later Christopher, now a successful writer, returns to Berlin for a final meeting with Heinz, now married with children.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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15. The Tragedy of Richard III

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45/100
Released: 1983
History, Drama

What it's about: Richard Duke of Gloucester, youngest brother of King Edward IV, will stop at nothing to get the crown. He first convinces the ailing King that the Duke of Clarence, his elder brother, is a threat to the lives of Edward's two young sons. Edward has him imprisoned in the Tower of London; killers in Richard's pay then drown Clarence in a barrel of wine. When news of Clarence's death reaches the King, the subsequent grief and remorse bring about his death. Richard is made Lord Protector, with power to rule England while his nephew (now King Edward V) is still a minor. Before the young king's coronation he has his two nephews conveyed to the Tower, ostensibly for their safekeeping. Richard's accomplice, the Duke of Buckingham, then declares the two boys illegitimate and offers Richard the crown, which after a show of reticence he accepts. After Richard's coronation, he and Buckingham have a falling-out over whether or not to assassinate the two children.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox & Kanopy).

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16. Soft Targets

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40/100
Released: 1982
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A Russian in London finds himself targeted by British Intelligence.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox & Hoopla).

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17. Henry VI Part 1

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7.3/10
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42/100
Released: 1983
History, Drama

What it's about: The life of King Henry the Sixth, in three parts.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox & Kanopy).

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18. Troilus and Cressida

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39/100
Released: 1981
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: The bitter Trojan War drags on - the Greeks blame Achilles' apathy for low morale, while Troy's hero Hector challenges one of the enemy to a personal duel. And after her father exchanges Cressida for a Trojan prisoner, the war becomes personal for her distraught lover Troilus.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox & Kanopy).

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19. Lady Windermere's Fan

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41/100
Released: 1985
Romance, Drama

What it's about: Lord Windermere appears to all - including to his young wife Margaret - as the perfect husband. But their happy marriage is placed at risk when Lord Windermere starts spending his afternoons with an adventuress who is working her way through London's high society, Mrs. Erlynne. Worse, Windermere gives her big sums of money. To crown it all he asks his wife to invite the detestable woman to her own birthday party. Upset and outraged, the puritan Lady Windermere decides to leave her husband and goes to Lord Robert Darlington, who has been courting her for some time. Unfortunately she leaves her fan - the one Robert offered her for her birthday - in Robert's house...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox).

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