25 best war movies

Downfall‬ (2004)

It may be best-known as the film that launched a thousand viral videos, but Oliver Hirschbiegel's depiction of the last days of Adolf Hitler is serious business.

As Hitler gradually loses his grip on reality in the face of Germany's defeat, the pressure cooker atmosphere among his most loyal followers in his Berlin bunker mounts.

Star Bruno Ganz navigates the potential minefield of humanising Hitler – while not rendering him a sympathetic character – with consummate skill.

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