World War II was a conflict that crossed the globe, having more than 60 million dead. The war has touched the lives of thousands of people and we see the reflection of this in beautiful films produced to this day. We have separated a list of the best films about World War II
15Schindler’s List (1993)
German Oskar Schindler saw in the Jewish workforce a cheap and viable solution to profit from business during the war. With its strong influence within the Nazi party, it was easy to get the permits and open a factory. What might seem an attitude of a not very kind man, has become one of the greatest cases of love for the life of history, for this German has given up all his fortune to save the lives of more than a thousand Jews in the struggle against the German extermination.
14 The Pianist (2002)
A Polish Jewish pianist sees Warsaw gradually change as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced to go to the Warsaw Ghetto, but is later separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this moment until the prisoners of the concentration camps are released, Szpilman hides in several places between the ruins of Warsaw.
13Life is Beautiful (1997)
Set in the harsh reality of World War II, watch the moving chaplinian fable of love and fantasy that tells the story of a man who uses his imagination and his indefatigable spirit to save those he loves most.
During the end of World War II, Sergeant Don “Wardaddy” leads a group of only five American soldiers in charge of annihilating the Nazis. In a Sherman tank, men face a deadly mission. Despite the numerical disadvantage, lack of weapons and an inexperienced soldier, “Wardaddy” and his men move in a spectacular attack on the heart of Nazi Germany.
11The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
During World War II, Bruno, an eight-year-old boy, and his family leave Berlin to reside near a concentration camp, where his father has just become a commander. Unhappy and lonely, he wanders out of his house and one day finds Shmuel, a Jewish boy of his own age. Although the barbed wire fence separates them, the boys begin a forbidden friendship.
10The Imitation Game (2014)
In 1939, the newly created MI6 British intelligence agency recruits Alan Turing, a student at Cambridge University, to understand Nazi codes, including the “Enigma”, which cryptographers believed to be unbreakable. Turing’s team, including Joan Clarke, analyzes the “Enigma” messages as he builds a machine to decipher them. After unveiling the encodings, Turing becomes a hero. But in 1952, authorities reveal his homosexuality, and his life becomes a nightmare.
9Pearl Harbor (2001)
Two long-time pilots and friends fall in love with the same woman, but they must leave their differences aside when the Japanese attack the Pearl Harbor naval base on Dec. 7, 1941.
During World War II, Germany advances towards France and surrounds the allied troops in the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover of British and French forces, troops are slowly evacuated from the beach.
7 Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Follow the story of Desmond T. Doss, a US Army doctor who, during World War II, refuses to take up arms. During the Battle of Okinawa he works in the medical ward and saves about 75 men.
Inspired by a true story about the struggle of three Jewish brothers, Tuvia, Zus and Azael Bielski, to build a community of resistance to the Nazi occupation, encouraging other survivors to join them.
The film tells the true story of the German militant Olga Benario, who fell in love with the Brazilian Communist leader Luís Carlos Prestes.
4 Valkyrie (2008)
Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg fears that Hitler can destroy his beloved Germany and decides to join a high-level group that plans to assassinate the dictator.
3 Letyat Zhuravli (1957)
Letyat Juravli is a 1957 Soviet film about World War II directed by Mikhail Kalatozov and starring Tatyana Samojlova and Aleksey Batalov.
2 The Book Thief (2013)
During World War II, a young girl named Liesel Meminger survives outside of Munich through the books she steals. Helped by her adoptive father, she learns to read and share books with her friends, including a Jewish man who lives in hiding in her home. While not reading or studying, she performs some tasks for her mother and plays with her friend Rudy.
1 The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
In Nazi-occupied Holland in World War II, the Kraler merchant houses two families of Jews in their attic. The young Anne Frank keeps a diary of the daily life of the Franks and the Van Daans, chronicling the Nazi threat as well as the family dynamics. A romance with Peter Van Daan causes jealousy between Anne and her sister, Margot. Years after the two families were captured, Otto Frank returns to the attic and finds his daughter’s diary.
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