I have seen many war movies, but very few like "Enemy At The Gates". Set during the siege of Stalingrad in 1942, this movie tells the story of Russian super sniper Vasilli Zaitsev and his duel with the German sniper, Maj. Konig, sent to kill him. Besides Vasilli and Konig, the main characters include Soviet commander Nikita Khrushchev, Danilov, a political officer who befriends Vasilli, Tania Chernova, the beautiful soldier who falls in love with Vasilli and Danilov, and her family.
This movie portrays the savagery of the Eastern Front. What really sets this apart from other movies is the non-stop intensity. Whereas other movies often show breaks in the action, this one shows the characters living their lives amidst the ruin of war. In this it is probably an accurate portrayal of a city and an army under siege. As this involved a war between Germans and Russians, I did not have much emotional investment in either side so I could watch the action with more objectivity than is the case in movies such as "Saving Private Ryan." I watched this in preparation for a class I was teaching on World War II. I found it to be a great aid to understanding the nature of the war in the east.