Downfall (2004). Amazingly for a German film, its portrayal of Hitler and the rest of the Nazi high command is very nuanced and thought-provoking, rather than towing the line of 'Hitler is the most evil thing that ever lived since Satan'. Bruno Ganz's performance is nothing short of brilliant; he captures the charisma and intelligence of Hitler but also his fury and mad delusions. I really doubt we'll ever see another performance that is better than Ganz's.
The movie also really successfully captures the feeling of dread and inevitability the people inside the bunker feel as the Soviets get closer and closer. I like how by the end it shows that the Soviets aren't really the good guys either, since they're much more of a danger to the protaganist than the Germans were.
Well the movies first !
i )' From Here to Eternity ', based on a great novel, realistic acting by Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and lastly but not least by Deborah Kerr ! superb picture famous for the torrid kiss between Lancaster and Kerr.
ii ) ' Saving Private Ryan ', superbly shot, a more realistic war movie will be hard to produce. Fantastic first 20 minutes or so and very good acting by the cast.
iii ) ' Enemy at the Gates ', again a superbly shot movie with terrific realistic scenes you get drawn into, superlative acting by all the cast.
iv ) ' The Eagle has landed ', A good story very realistically shot, great acting by all the cast.
v ) ' The Bridge on the River Kwai ', superbly shot with great attention to details , based on a great story and superior acting by all the cast.
vi ) ' The Guns of Navarone ' fantastic camera work, superb story with great acting by all the cast.