A Matter of Life and Death / Stairway To Heaven (1946)
A young RAF Pilot is on his Lancaster bomber which is in the process of crashing when he radios into HQ so he can get a message to his family before he perishes. He gets talking to a lovely young American radio dispatcher named June who he flirts with a little while relaying his message to his family... They become close in their brief radio encounter when the Pilot bails out of his plane without a parachute.
He wakes up on a beach, believing himself to have made it to heaven when he is informed by a young boy and a bomber plane that he infact somehow miraculously survived the fall. He is then visited by a man from heaven who informs him that he missed him and that he should have died owning to an error. The Pilot demands and then is given hearing to defend himself and plead that he may be allowed to continue with his life due to his recent flourishing romance with the young American dispatcher, June.
Also part of the story is a possible brain injury that may account for the possible hallucinations he's experienced.
Brilliant film. Never seen anything quite like it...truly brilliant and the effects for 1940s are absolutely superb.
Not normally a fan of the whole ambiguous, 'leave it up to the viewer' to decide schtick that some films have..But I like this one.