For Queen and country.
Winner of seven Oscars, including Best Picture, this remains a true pinnacle of World War II cinema.
Years before he became a Jedi master, Alec Guinness is a British Lieutenant Colonel, kind of a pompous prick, in command of a group of POWs held in a prison camp in Burma.
Eventually he leads the work on construction of a bridge for his Japanese captors, taking pride in the building job.
When said bridge is marked for detonation by a band of outsiders led by William Holden, things get dicey, leading to an explosive, and haunting, finale.