With any war movies I prefer the ones that focus on the human perspective rather than the ones that have large battle scenes and people dying, etc. My main interest is in how the people who had to endure the war survived on a day-to-day basis, rather than in learning about a phenomenon as a whole, i.e. the Holocaust. That said, movies like The Pianist are interesting, but one movie I really loved was Mrs. Miniver (1942). Call it a propaganda piece, but I think it touched many people who saw it, since it dealt with a regular middle-class family in England who were affected by the war. Another great movie is The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), which was actually by the same director, William Wyler. It deals with the post-war period when the soldiers return home and have to force themselves to adjust back to "normal" life. It was very well-executed and the acting was superb.