The 50 Most Moving Holocaust Films

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1.
Schindler's List (1993)
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In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
 
2.
Sophie's Choice (1982)
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After spending time with his new neighbors, an aspiring writer realizes they are harboring deep secrets that will forever change him. (150 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
3.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
 
4.
Kapò (1960)
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A young Jewish girl leads an escape attempt from a concentration camp. (118 mins.)
 
5.
Holocaust (1978 Mini-Series)
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The saga of a Jewish family's struggle to survive the horror of Nazi Germany's systematic marginalization and extermination of their community. (475 mins.)
 
6.
The Pianist (2002)
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A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
7.
Train of Life (1998)
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In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine. (103 mins.)
Director: Radu Mihaileanu
 
8.
Fateless (2005)
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14-year-old György's life is torn apart in World War II Hungary as he is sent to a concentration camp where he is forced to become a man, and learns to find happiness in the midst of hatred, and what it really means to be Jewish. (140 mins.)
Director: Lajos Koltai
 
9.
Playing for Time (1980 TV Movie)
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Female prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp (Auschwitz) are spared from death in return for performing music for their captors. (150 mins.)
Director: Daniel Mann
 
10.
The Grey Zone (2001)
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A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkommando, Jews who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow Jews, find themselves in a moral grey zone. (108 mins.)
 
11.
Seven Beauties (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso. (115 mins.)
 
12.
Europa Europa (1990)
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A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth. (112 mins.)
 
13.
The Counterfeiters (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII. (98 mins.)
 
14.
Amen. (2002)
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During WWII SS officer Kurt Gerstein tries to inform Pope Pius XII about Jews being sent to extermination camps. Young Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana helps him in the difficult mission to inform the world. (132 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
15.
Angry Harvest (1985)
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In the winter of 1942-43, a Jewish family leaps from a train going through Silesia. They are separated in the woods... (104 mins.)
 
16.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
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Set during WWII, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences. (94 mins.)
Director: Mark Herman
 
17.
Divided We Fall (2000)
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In Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple agree to hide a Jewish friend at great personal risk of discovery and execution. (120 mins.)
Director: Jan Hrebejk
 
18.
Conspiracy (2001 TV Movie)
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A dramatic recreation of the Wannsee Conference where the Nazi Final Solution phase of the Holocaust was devised. (96 mins.)
Director: Frank Pierson
 
19.
Landscape After Battle (1970)
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Film opens with the mad rush of haphazard freedom as the concentration camps are liberated. Men are trying to grab food... (109 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
20.
Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001 Mini-Series)
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When the war began, she was only a little girl. When it ended, she was the voice of a generation... A compassionate and sensitive televisual portrait of the Holocaust's greatest diarist. (120 mins.)
 
21.
Uprising (2001 TV Movie)
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Jews rise up in the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazis in 1943. (177 mins.)
Director: Jon Avnet
 
22.
Escape from Sobibor (1987 TV Movie)
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During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in... (143 mins.)
Director: Jack Gold
 
23.
Das Boot ist voll (1981)
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During World War II, Switzerland severely limited refugees: "Our boat is full." A train from Germany... (101 mins.)
Director: Markus Imhoof
 
24.
God on Trial (2008 TV Movie)
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Awaiting their inevitable deaths at one of the worst concentration camps, a group of Jews make a rabbinical court to decide whether God has gone against the Holy Covenant and if He is the one guilty for their suffering. (86 mins.)
Director: Andy de Emmony
 
25.
Defiance (2008)
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Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants. (137 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
26.
Jacob the Liar (1974)
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A Jewish ghetto in central Europe, 1944. By coincidence, Jakob Heym eavesdrops on a German radio broadcast... (100 mins.)
Director: Frank Beyer
 
27.
The Ninth Day (2004)
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A drama loosely based on Jean Bernard's Nazi-era prison diary. (98 mins.)
 
28.
A Love to Hide (2005 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A young Jewish girl looking to escape the clutches of the Third Reich after seeing her parents and sister... (103 mins.)
Director: Christian Faure
 
29.
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. (180 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
30.
The Wall (1982 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A dramatic re-enactment of the Warsaw Ghetto Jewish uprising in April 1943 were 650 armed members of... (135 mins.)
 
31.
Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A biographical portrayal of Simon Wiesenthal, famous Nazi Hunter. From his imprisonment in a Nazi Concentration Camp... (160 mins.)
Director: Brian Gibson
 
32.
Triumph of the Spirit (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Fact based story about a former Greek Olympic boxer who was taken as a prisoner during World war II and placed in the Auschwitz prison camp... (120 mins.)
Director: Robert M. Young
 
33.
Bent (1997)
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Max is gay and as such is sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime. He tries to deny he is gay... (105 mins.)
Director: Sean Mathias
 
34.
The Island on Bird Street (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp... (107 mins.)
 
35.
Sunshine (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century. (181 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
 
36.
The Shop on Main Street (1965)
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Slovakia during WW2. Tono lives a poor life, but the authorities offer him to take over the Jewish widow Lautman's little shop for sewing material... (128 mins.)
 
37.
The Pawnbroker (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A Jewish pawnbroker, victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions. (116 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
38.
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of Irena Sendler, a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and was arrested by the Nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto. (95 mins.)
 
39.
The Hiding Place (1975)
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Corrie and Betsie ten Boom are middle-aged sisters working in their father's watchmaker shop in pre-WWII Holland... (150 mins.)
 
40.
Die Wannseekonferenz (1984 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A precise, real-time (exactly 85 minutes - the length of the actual event) reenactment of the infamous Wannsee Conference... (87 mins.)
Director: Heinz Schirk
 
41.
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
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In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes. (186 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
42.
Rosenstrasse (2003)
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After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. As her mother's troubled childhood is revealed, Hannah realizes how little she ever knew. (136 mins.)
 
43.
Nackt unter Wölfen (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
As rumors reach them that the Allied armies are advancing on their concentration camp at Buchenwald... (124 mins.)
Director: Frank Beyer
 
44.
Gebürtig (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A holocaust survivor now living as a respected writer in Manhattan is the only person who can identify a suspected Nazi back in his native Austria... (110 mins.)
 
45.
David (1979)
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(125 mins.)
 
46.
Max and Helen (1990 TV Movie)
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Based on the fact-based novel by Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal based on his 1962 prosecution of the head... (100 mins.)
Director: Philip Saville
 
47.
Murderers Among Us (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After returning from a concentration camp, Susanne finds an ex-soldier living in her apartment. Together the two try to move past their experiences during WWII. (85 mins.)
 
48.
Edges of the Lord (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A 12-year-old Jewish boy hides with a family of Catholic peasant farmers to escape the Nazis. (95 mins.)
 
49.
The Aryan Couple (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A WWII Drama about a German/Jewish industrialist who, in order to ensure his family's safe passage out of Germany, is forced to hand over his business to the Nazis. (120 mins.)
Director: John Daly
 
50.
The Truce (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Based on Primo Levi's autobiographical "The Reawakening". (125 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
51.
The Devil's Arithmetic (1999 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A 16-year-old American girl with an apathetic view towards her Jewish family history finds herself pulled through time into 1941 to a small Polish village where the Nazi have just began their genocidal propaganda. (95 mins.)
Director: Donna Deitch