PS: Battle of The Atlantic's 75th Anniversary Movie Poll

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The Battle of the Atlantic has been called the "longest, largest, and most complex" naval battle in history." Summer 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the battle's conclusion. The campaign spanned nearly six years from September 1939 until May 1945 in an operational theatre that covered millions of square miles of ocean. It involved thousands of engagements in more than 100 convoy battles and perhaps 1,000 single-ship encounters. The human toll was probably the greatest of the war with a loss of more than a 100,000+ souls and the material loss of almost 5000 ships and cargo.

Which of these war movies set against the backdrop of the battle of the Atlantic is your favorite?

See the partial list of movies set against the backdrop of the Battle of the Atlantic here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls085130677/
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Summer 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the battle's conclusion with it's latest movie entrant, Greyhound (2020).

Honorable Mention "Battle of the Atlantic" movies (< 2000 votes)
Operation Disaster 1950 | Movie 7.0 (691)
Submarine Command 1951 | Movie 6.3 (454)
Sealed Cargo 1951 | Movie 6.7 (644)
The Navy Comes Through 1942 | Movie 6.1 (263)
Corvette K-225 1943 | Movie 6.7 (393)
Sharks and Little Fish1957 | Movie 6.7 (143)
You're in the Navy Now 1951 | Movie 6.4 (567)
Submarine X-11968 | Movie 5.3 (522)
U47 - Kapitänleutnant Prien 1958 | Movie 6.1 (143)
Operation Atlantic Convoy 1942 | Movie 6.0 (68)
U-Boat, Course West!1941 | Movie 7.0 (49)
San Demetrio London 1943 | Movie 6.7 (365)
Crash Dive 1943 | Movie 6.3 (1,333)
The Cockleshell Heroes1955 | Movie 6.6
We Dive at Dawn1943 | Movie 6.7 (1,256)
Above Us the Waves 1955 | Movie 6.6 (1,204)
Torpedo 2019 | Movie 6.0 (1,038)
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More Honorable BotA Mention movies
Wonder Woman 1975 | TV Series 7.0 (6,543) (Pilot TV movie)
Malta Story 1953 | Movie 6.5 (1,408)
The Land That Time Forgot 2009 | Video 3.2 (1,848)
Island at War 2004 | TV Miniseries 7.6 (1,221)
Torpedo Alley 1952 | Movie 6.0 (145)
The Sinking of the Laconia 2010 | TV Miniseries 7.0 (975)
This Man's Navy 1945 | Movie 6.4 (216)
The Key 1958 | Movie 6.7 (1,222)
Convoy 1940 | Movie 6.3 (210)
The Sea Shall Not Have Them 1954 | Movie 6.4 (421)
Under Ten Flags 1960 | Movie 6.6 (425)
Mystery Submarine 1962 | Movie 6.9 (55)
The Phantom Submarine 1940 | Movie 6.7 (26)
Fighting Coast Guard 1951 | Movie 7.0 (62)
Mystery Submarine 1950 | Movie 5.8 (110)
Atlantic Convoy 1942 | Movie 6.0 (68)
The Big Blockade 1942 | Movie 5.5 (168)
Night of the Fox 1990 | TV Movie 6.3 (298)
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Urb,

Thanks for including The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) in your poll. It's a corny but fun film. I would never have thought of including it.
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Your welcome. It was one of more than a few movies that were about the Battle of the Atlantic, but did so in a round-a-bout way. I am a little bit shocked that there were not more movies set against or about the battle. Suggestions???
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Urb,

This would be a great question for someone specializing in military history.

War films seem to focus a lot more attention to the European land theater and naval warfare in the Pacific. The history channel also tends to focus on those two theaters.

If I think of additional films focused on the Battle of the Atlantic, I will post them in this thread.
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I agree the other two theaters get more play, probably because the battle was swiftly and decidedly turned from the U-boat's favor to the destroyer's by 1942-1943. It was always a one-sided affairs the most part.

P.S. I think it is fair to include the Dunkirk evacuation, the Channel Island occupation, as well as, any land-based Battle of Atlantic continuations (The Imitation Game, Murphy's War, 49th Parrallel) as BotA operations.
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I have seen five of the films listed, and they are all very good. Since the top three of the list will probably take many votes, I'm inclined to vote for 49th Parallel, a great film, but much less seen
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I have seen all but five of the film's in this answer pool and agree collectively they are a very strong group. I have to go with Das Boot for me, as it has been near the top of my all-time list, since it debuted. I just saw 49th Parrallel on TCM this past year, after decades of being on my watchlist. Likewise. I was impressed and surprised, I hadn't heard more about it. I agree it hasn't gotten the recognition it deserves. Likewise, I caught a couple other Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger collaborations for the first time this year and had a similar reaction.
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Watch Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956) if you can, it is another Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger BotA film this time set in the South Atlantic. It is another under the radar film in this category.
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It's a bit of a stretch to refer to Summer 2020 when you date the end of the conflict to May.

You could just refer to 2020 as the year of the anniversary.
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'Good poll. My vote: Das Boot.

May I suggest a few small edits? (in bold)

...Its engagements numbered more than a thousand during 100+ convoy crossings, as well as about another thousand in single-ship encounters. (omitted comma)

...2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the battle's conclusion with its latest movie depiction, Greyhound (2020), added to the interesting sub-genre.  (added a comma and the word "added")

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Done, thanks.
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Live Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/Hr4F-u2OoDc/

Congratulations Urbanemovies