World War II Returns to the Big Screen

As Dunkirk arrives in theaters, The Wall Street Journal surveys the cinematic history of the war. 

A scene from ‘Dunkirk’ WARNER BROS. PICTURES

From Foreign Correspondent to Inglourious Basterds, World War II has proved a compelling topic for filmmakers—and will continue to do so. “If we wrote books and made TV shows and movies about World War II from now until 4,000 AD,” says Robert M. Citino, The National WWII Museum's Senior Historian, in this July 19 piece, "we still wouldn’t exhaust it as a source of human drama.”