3. 'Dunkirk'

Director Christopher Nolan, for my money today’s best “big” filmmaker, created a brilliant epic about the 1940 Battle of Dunkirk, in which 30,000 British troops had to be evacuated from French beaches under the Nazi blitzkrieg. Told in a triad of approaches — land, sea and air — hopping around in time and focusing more on the soldiers and survival, Nolan’s film is a very different, an almost-abstract war picture.