The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
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.)
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.)
The Grey Zone
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.)
The power of this movie lies in the subject of the movie. Not too Hollywood, unfortuntely all dialogs in english. Although touching, there is not much depth of the characters in general. ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
A fast-taking wheeler-dealer corporal in a Malaysian POW camp during WWII uses bribery and larceny to take de facto control of the camp from his senior officers. (134 mins.)
A faithful retelling of the 1942 "Vel' d'Hiv Roundup" and the events surrounding it. (115 mins.)
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.)
Triumph of the Spirit
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.)
Life Is Beautiful
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.)
The Bridge on the River Kwai
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
The Great Escape
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
The Great Raid
Taking place towards the end of WWII, 500 American Soldiers have been entrapped in a camp for 3 years. Beginning to give up hope they will ever be rescued, a group of Rangers goes on a dangerous mission to try and save them. (132 mins.)
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed. (123 mins.)
When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer. (120 mins.)
“ 02-03-12 (R)
Entertaining comedy, but not a lot to do with life in a WW II POW camp. ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
As allied POWs prepare for a soccer game against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris, the French Resistance and British officers are making plans for the team's escape. (116 mins.)
A Woman in Berlin
A woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin by the Soviet troops during the last days of World War II. (131 mins.)
A movie after the diary of a still anonimous woman, who describes how she has lives through the days after the Russians captured Berlin. Choosing who to be raped by was her way to survive, so she meets a Russian major who she falls in love with. Her husband returns but after reading the diaries, he left without a trace, as did te transfered major.
Russians speak russian, emphasis on where the "normal" soldiers and civilians lives meet each other in a state of anarchy. The beautiful Nina Hoss was well casted as Anonyma. ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
In a freezing cold World War II winter, two pro-Soviet partisans - Sotnikov and Rybak - head off to find food for themselves and their compatriots... (111 mins.)
Fortress of War
A war drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, in which Soviet troops held on to a border stronghold for nine days. (138 mins.)
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.)
Edges of the Lord
A 12-year-old Jewish boy hides with a family of Catholic peasant farmers to escape the Nazis. (95 mins.)
Enemy at the Gates
A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad. (131 mins.)
The Island on Bird Street
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.)
An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940. (122 mins.)
When in 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, their troops quickly besieged Leningrad. Foreign journalists are evacuated but one of them... (110 mins.)
The story follows a group of German soldiers, from their Italian R&R in the summer of 1942 to the frozen steppes of Soviet Russia and ending with the battle for Stalingrad. (134 mins.)
One of the very best WWII movies. The Germans speak german and they are not the typical German caricatures but ordinary boys and men.
Most briliant part was the scene where the Russians attack a well hidden German fortification in open field. Also, the city scenes were well shot, giving an idea of the reality of war, in this case fighting for every room and every house.
But than they lose the battle and they start te feel the impact of the enormous distances and the scorcing cold Russian winters. You don't just walk home, there's more to that. ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
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.)
Au Revoir Les Enfants
A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret. (104 mins.)
Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan. (125 mins.)
(2001 TV Movie)
A dramatic recreation of the Wannsee Conference where the Nazi Final Solution phase of the Holocaust was devised. (96 mins.)
Hope and Glory
A semi-autobiographical project by John Boorman
about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2... (113 mins.)
The Inglorious Bastards
In 1944, in France, the rogue American soldiers Lieutenant Robert Yeager, Private Fred Canfield, the murderer Tony... (99 mins.)
A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure. (144 mins.)
Before the Fall
In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite... (117 mins.)
Out of the Ashes
(2003 TV Movie)
Based on a true story, this heart-wrenching film follows the journey of Gisella Perl (Christine Lahti), a Jewish-Hungarian doctor who manages to... (113 mins.)
Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. (156 mins.)
Where Eagles Dare
Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on. (158 mins.)
Flags of Our Fathers
The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in WWII. (135 mins.)
Hell in the Pacific
During World War II, an American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain are deserted on a small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. There, they must cease their hostility and cooperate if they want to survive, but will they? (103 mins.)
Letters from Iwo Jima
The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it. (141 mins.)
The story of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander during World War II and United Nations Commander for the Korean War... (130 mins.)
A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. (132 mins.)
Fires on the Plain
In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation. (108 mins.)
A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941. (183 mins.)
Run Silent Run Deep
A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew. (93 mins.)
Sands of Iwo Jima
A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima. (100 mins.)
To End All Wars
A true story about four Allied POWs who endure harsh treatment from their Japanese captors during World... (125 mins.)
Tora! Tora! Tora!
A dramatization of the Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen. (144 mins.)
Two U.S. Marines in WWII are assigned to protect Navajo Marines who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher. (134 mins.)
Aimee & Jaguar
Berlin 1943/44 ("The Battle of Berlin"). Felice, an intelligent and courageous Jewish woman who lives under a false name... (125 mins.)
Army of Crime
The poet Missak Manouchian leads a mixed bag of youngsters and immigrants in a clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation... (139 mins.)
Army of Shadows
An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. (145 mins.)
Eye of the Needle
A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband. (112 mins.)
In 1944, in London, Lieutenant Pierre Desfontaines assigns his sister Louise Desfontaines to convince... (117 mins.)
Flame and Citron
A drama centered on two fighters in the Holger Danske World War II resistance group. (130 mins.)
Max Manus: Man of War
The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons. (118 mins.)
An American spy behind the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war. (114 mins.)
A german propagandist sends secrect messages during his broadcasts. After te war he is released and finds himself a "life", in which no one is who they appear in search of their justice. He finds his own justice in punishing himself handing himself over to the Israelites.
Nolte's performance is great, well casted for this movie. Story is somewhat weak on points. ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
The Scarlet and the Black
(1983 TV Movie)
Vatican efforts, lead by Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, to save Allied POWs and downed Allied airmen as the Nazis invade Rome. (143 mins.)
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose. (120 mins.)
Sad story about a german girl who quite early in the war (1943) makes pamflets with her brother to express her thoughts about te war and about their führer. Unfortunately their courage is bigger than their patience, resulting in flyering the pamflets at the universit of München without thinking it trough. She gets caught and during interrogation proves to be a worthy speaker with great morality. But you always lose against the state. So did she.
Low budget movie it seems, but the story and the acting are respectively gruwesome and awesome. ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
Battle of Britain
In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the UK. (132 mins.)
The Bridge at Remagen
As the Allied armies close in, the Germans decide to blow up the last Rhine bridge, trapping their own men on the wrong side. But will it happen? (115 mins.)
A Bridge Too Far
Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure. (175 mins.)
A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions. (122 mins.)
“ (R) ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
Cross of Iron
A German commander places a squad in extreme danger after its Sergeant refuses to lie for him. (132 mins.)
“ 21-02-12, 24-12-12
*Mild Spoiler Alert*
This movie is a must see for everyone who likes WWII movies. Not the high hollywood shoot 'n scoot movies, but decent acting of a very good cast. A few flaws in the story, p.e. when they return with some of their squad dressed up as russians they simply could have taken off their clothes and share parts of the other's German uniforms.
And a prussian officer not knowing how to reload a MP44 is highly unlikely since they all had a military training in which they were tought the general concept of reloading a gun. And he was in the field for quit a time at that point in the movie
However, the story is good and depicts the German army at the moment they start to lose campaigns. Not every German was a nazi, not every officer bad (or good), not every soldier impressed by rank. ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
The Dam Busters
The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective. (124 mins.)
Days of Glory
During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination. (128 mins.)
The Longest Day
The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. (178 mins.)
In 1942, Britain sends a group of British-trained Czech commandos to Prague to assassinate SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, head of the Nazi security services. (118 mins.)
In 1942, a group of Czech para's traind by the British Army is assigned to kill Heydrich, the butcher of Prague. Heydrich also was chairman of the Wannsee conference, but that was not a known fact to the Allies at that time. Being the butcher of Prague though was enought the have him assassinated, regardless the cost.
The attempt succeeds. But one of the local resistence members helping the para's started talked to the Germans in order to save his family. He helped the Germans by tricking a captured resistance member in telling the hide out of the para's.
Heroic story, but the movie is a bit slow in telling it. The storyline is imho too thin to make a 2 hour movie without giving depth to the characters. Te special effects are not bad for 1975, but there are a few remarks to make. For example the big differences in priming time of the handgranates, the sound of the guns, the way these well trained para's take cover when shooting the Germans.
Anyways, the story is absolutely worth telling. ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton
. (172 mins.)
Third or fourth time I've seen this movie. I like the story, I like the actors playing Patton and Bradley, the sarcastic humor "they will lose their fear for the Germans. By god I hope they don't lose their fear for me".
I doubt that even an abrupt man like Patton would say at every possible occasion that he wants to beat Monty. Off course everyone knew, but the movie makes it almost look like a childish I wanna I have to I'm gonna. Hmmm...
Patton's character symbolises the mutual exclusivity between achieving obvious goals in an efficient and effective way and politics. ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Saving Private Ryan
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
Sink the Bismarck!
The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship. (97 mins.)
First seen this movie some 15 years ago. Liked it than, still like it.
Within the context of the time the movie was made, he special effects are quite ok. You can see by the explosions and fires that they are models, but it doesn't bother too much.
Not knowing what time it is in the control room of this kind of big operation seems highly unlikely. Luitjens is depicted as a zealous fanatic while in fact he doubted the chances of Bismarck's succes and did not like the nazi's (the movie mixes "nazi's" with "germans", a common mistake). When Hitler visited the ship, Luitjens gave the traditional naval salute iso the nazi salute.
Why they shot the ruther from port, while in fact it was shot on the starboard side, is unclear. Also, there were no planes shot down by the Bismarck during the attack.
Pitty the Germans speak english. ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine. (116 mins.)
“ 21-03-12 (R)
Why rape history this way, big WHY?!?
For example, the Enigma and the code book were not first captured by te US but by the British. So the whole story is just a fictional tale in a WW II setting.
Thereby, the factual errors are annoying (spoiler alert):
-the german landfighter could never have reached the sub. It could hardly make it to England, less than half as far away;
- depth charges exploding just a meter away from the sub would without any doubt immediately destroy the sub;
- how could they have a color picture of the Enigma before having captured one?
- the Germans had exquisite means of communication (what the movie was all about, btw) and were not one procent as stupid as depicted. They would have been informed the moment the support submarine would arrive. No message means no supply submarine, so they would never have let them approache their boat;
- every U-boat captain (and I think in fact every U-boat sailor) would have noticed immediately that the American German sub is not a real one. It is like putting a spoiler on the trunk of a Chevrolet to make it look like a Porsche.
To quote a veteran WW II U-boat commander: "They got one thing right in the movie. There were U-Boats in the North Atlantic during the Second World War." ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
When Trumpets Fade
(1998 TV Movie)
A private in the latter days of WWII on the German front struggles between his will to survive and what his superiors perceive as a battlefield instinct. (95 mins.)
“ 26-02-12 ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
The Winter War
Set during World War 2. After Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Russia attacked Finland in November 1939... (199 mins.)
Ike: Countdown to D-Day
(2004 TV Movie)
A dramatization of the 90 days leading up to Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy, and how General Dwight Eisenhower, against all odds, brilliantly orchestrated the most important military maneuver in modern history. (89 mins.)
“ 26-02-12 ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
The Old Gun
In Montauban in 1944, Julien Dandieu in a surgeon in the local hospital. Frightened by the German army entering Montauban... (103 mins.)
The English Patient
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair. (162 mins.)
Empire of the Sun
A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. (153 mins.)
*mild spoiler alert*
An overrated but stil nice movie about Jim, a boy during japanese occupation. He quickly loses his parents in crowds of fleeing citizens. Luckily he gets encamped near a japanese airield,where his favorite airplane the zero is based.
He meets a japaneese boy and meets Basie, who in no way can be trusted.
Lot of loops in the movie (bicycle, choir, I surrender), maybe too many. The character shifts of Jim are not always logic. The plane attacks look nice, although I don't understand why they keep machinegunning an empty runway and why you can see bombs bouncing off the ground. ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post but tensions between captain Cooney and lieutenant Costa run high. (107 mins.)
The Desert Rats
Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them. (88 mins.)
In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw's sewer system to escape the German encirclement. (91 mins.)
Two Men Went to War
Comedy drama based on the true story of two British Army dentists who in 1942, eager to see action, go AWOL and invade occupied France on their own. (109 mins.)
A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II. (121 mins.)
A Love to Hide
(2005 TV Movie)
A young Jewish girl looking to escape the clutches of the Third Reich after seeing her parents and sister... (103 mins.)
The dramatized account of the war crime trials following the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. (180 mins.)
(2001 TV Movie)
Jews rise up in the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazis in 1943. (177 mins.)
Three actors I don't really like gathered in one movie: Voight, Schwimmer and Sobieski. Casting therefore brings this movie down one star to 7 for me. Voight hardly has any german physiques, Schwimmer -however great in friends- lacks just that bit of emotion to make his character believable and Sobieski is a not the kind of actress I like, a bit to melodramatic.
Topic of the movie is great, fighting back nazi's regardless of the consequences because the consequences of doing nothing are certain and much worse. The group starts with small arm attacks on random germans. They power up to stop a razzia squad. Therefore the army plans an attack on the now much bigg group(s), which is bravely countered. Twice. But when the artillery comes and shoots down practically everything, it ends in the sewers. But step by step they get weaker, in the end forced to leave. And leavin when surrounded turns out to be almost impossible.
A bit disturbing how the jeweish council tries to cut losses their way. But why didn't they understand that paying for your own captivity means that as soon as the money runs out they will be elminated anyway? It is stalling time, but it is also leveraging wealth to the germans. That money could have been spent so much better. Talking from the sideline here. ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
The Unknown Soldier
It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment... (181 mins.)
In 1943, the crew of a B-17 based in UK prepares for its 25th and last bombing mission over Germany before returning home to the USA. (107 mins.)
In occupied France, German-run Continental Films calls the shots in the movie business. Assistant director... (170 mins.)
During WW2 the Russian Army sent a special group named "Zvezda" to fight the Nazis in their backyard. (97 mins.)
Nice movie with a realistic view on the russian side of the war during WW II. The used equipment looks about right, tanks, halftracks, uniforms, small arms, as do the sounds.
Acting is good, why is this movie hardly known in the west?! ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth. (112 mins.)
Just after W.W.II, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him. (112 mins.)
The Tuskegee Airmen
(1995 TV Movie)
The true story of how a group of African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become one of the finest US fighter groups in World War II (106 mins.)
Paris, 1942. Robert Klein cannot find any fault with the state of affairs in German-occupied France... (123 mins.)
In 1942, in Vilnius, the Nazi annihilate 55,000 Jews and squeeze the 15,000 survivors in a seven blocks ghetto... (110 mins.)
The story and the editing make this movie very powerfull, not big budgets and dazzling special effect.
The ventriloquist with his living doll was a nice surprise throughout the movie. Brave by humor. Beautiful Erika Marozsán plays a nice Haya, but is obvious not a singer in real life.
People like the character Gens playing a role during the war which is almost unbelievable to imagine.
Lot's of double layers in this movie, nice for the meta thinkers.
Only question is: why in english? This movie would have been much stronger and even more sinister if it had been in native languages. ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
Pride of the Marines
Marine hero Al Schmid is blinded in battle and returns home to be rehabilitated. He readjusts to his civilian life with the help of his soon to be wife. (120 mins.)
The Last Metro
In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs. (131 mins.)
During the war a young lad is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-day. (83 mins.)
Not much of a story and budget, but the mixing with real footage makes it worth watching. ” - Kobus Klontenkoker
Twelve O'Clock High
A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape. (132 mins.)