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1. Zivi i mrtvi (2007)

87 min | Fantasy, War, Horror

6.3
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In 1943, group of Croatian soldiers overtake a strategically important point in western Bosnia with a goal to destroy a group of communist partisans. On the way they met some supernatural ... See full summary »

Director: Kristijan Milic | Stars: Filip Sovagovic, Velibor Topic, Slaven Knezovic, Marinko Prga

Votes: 758

Croatia and Serbia

2. Crnci (2009)

75 min | Crime, Drama, War

6.4
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Looking for the enemy, they found it where nobody expected - in themselves.

Directors: Goran Devic, Zvonimir Juric | Stars: Ivo Gregurevic, Kresimir Mikic, Franjo Dijak, Rakan Rushaidat

Votes: 378

Croatia

3. Music Box (1989)

PG-13 | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Jessica Lange, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Frederic Forrest, Donald Moffat

Votes: 5,753 | Gross: $6.26M

Hungary

4. Descending Angel (1990 TV Movie)

R | 98 min | Drama, Thriller, War

6.1
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A recently engaged man getting to know his future father-in-law better unearths clues that the man may have been a Nazi collaborator and a mass murderer.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: George C. Scott, Diane Lane, Eric Roberts, Mark Margolis

Votes: 277

Romania

5. Der geköpfte Hahn (2007)

98 min | Drama

6.7
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A moving coming of age story in a time of extreme change: on August 23, 1944 in a small city in Romanian Transylvania, the 16 year old Felix Goldschmidt awaits his classmates for their ... See full summary »

Director: Radu Gabrea | Stars: David Zimmerschied, Alicja Bachleda, Ioana Iacob, Axel Moustache

Votes: 232

Romania

6. Dark Blue World (2001)

R | 112 min | War, Drama, Action

7.3
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56 Metascore

The friendship of two men becomes tested when they both fall for the same woman.

Director: Jan Sverák | Stars: Ondrej Vetchý, Krystof Hádek, Tara Fitzgerald, Charles Dance

Votes: 4,948 | Gross: $0.26M

Czechoslovakia

7. Sunshine (1999)

R | 181 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.5
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71 Metascore

The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 11,816 | Gross: $5.10M

Hungary

8. Hanna's War (1988)

PG-13 | 148 min | Biography, Drama, War

6.2
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During WW2 Hanna Szenes, a Hungarian Jew living in British Palestine, volunteers to go behind enemy lines to rescue Jews from deportation to death camps.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Maruschka Detmers, Anthony Andrews, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 319 | Gross: $0.14M

Hungary

9. Europa Europa (1990)

R | 112 min | Drama, History, War

7.6
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A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Solomon Perel, Marco Hofschneider, René Hofschneider, Piotr Kozlowski

Votes: 12,868 | Gross: $5.58M

Poland

10. Uprising (2001 TV Movie)

Unrated | 177 min | Drama, War

7.3
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Jews rise up in the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazis in 1943.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, Jon Voight

Votes: 4,168

Poland

11. Edges of the Lord (2001)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.0
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A 12-year-old Jewish boy hides with a family of Catholic peasant farmers to escape the Nazis.

Director: Yurek Bogayevicz | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Willem Dafoe, Richard Banel, Liam Hess

Votes: 3,137

Poland

12. Defiance (I) (2008)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, History

7.2
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58 Metascore

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 one thousand Jewish non-combatants.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos

Votes: 124,734 | Gross: $28.64M

Ukraine

13. Operation: Daybreak (1975)

PG | 118 min | Drama, History, War

7.1
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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.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Martin Shaw, Joss Ackland, Nicola Pagett

Votes: 1,481

Czechoslovakia

14. Ein Stück Himmel (1982– )

465 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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Marek and Celia Dawidowicz are Jewish Poles, who live with their son, Kuba, and nine-year-old daughter, Janian, in Kalisch. As war approaches, the family moves to Warsaw, and Marek and Kuba... See full synopsis »

Stars: Reinhard Vom Bauer, Viktoria Brams, Sabi Dorr, Evelyne Ker

Votes: 37

Poland

15. The Pianist (2002)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.5
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85 Metascore

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Votes: 572,706 | Gross: $32.57M

Poland

16. The Grey Zone (2001)

R | 108 min | Drama, History, War

7.1
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58 Metascore

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.

Director: Tim Blake Nelson | Stars: David Arquette, Velizar Binev, David Chandler, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 9,269 | Gross: $0.52M

Poland

17. Gloomy Sunday (1999)

112 min | Romance, Drama

7.9
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60 Metascore

Follows three men who are in love with a most beautiful waitress: An intellectual restaurant owner, a mysterious musician and an erratic businessman; taking place during the WWII.

Director: Rolf Schübel | Stars: Joachim Król, Erika Marozsán, Stefano Dionisi, Ben Becker

Votes: 6,204 | Gross: $0.22M

Hungary

18. Vilniaus getas (2006)

110 min | History, War

6.9
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In 1942, in Vilnius, the Nazi annihilate 55,000 Jews and squeeze the 15,000 survivors in a seven blocks ghetto. The twenty-two year old sadistic commander Kittel is assigned to administrate... See full summary »

Director: Audrius Juzenas | Stars: Heino Ferch, Sebastian Hülk, Erika Marozsán, Andrius Zebrauskas

Votes: 1,115

Lithuania

19. Jakob the Liar (1999)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, War

6.5
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40 Metascore

In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out near curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Kassovitz | Stars: Robin Williams, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Éva Igó, István Bálint

Votes: 13,513 | Gross: $4.96M

Poland

20. Babij Jar (2003)

112 min | Drama

6.2
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Director: Jeff Kanew | Stars: Michael Degen, Barbara De Rossi, Katrin Saß, Axel Milberg

Votes: 135

Ukraine

21. Train of Life (1998)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.7
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62 Metascore

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.

Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Lionel Abelanski, Rufus, Clément Harari, Michel Muller

Votes: 7,829 | Gross: $0.15M

22. Partizanska eskadrila (1979)

130 min | Drama, History, War

6.6
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The first Yugoslav Partisan air force unit. Loosely based on historical facts.

Director: Hajrudin Krvavac | Stars: Bekim Fehmiu, Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic, Ljubisa Samardzic, Rados Bajic

Votes: 551

Yugoslavia

23. Force 10 from Navarone (1978)

PG | 118 min | Action, Drama, War

6.3
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42 Metascore

During World War II, several oddly assorted military experts are teamed in a mission to raid and destroy a bridge vital to enemy strategy.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Harrison Ford, Robert Shaw, Edward Fox, Franco Nero

Votes: 14,466

Yugoslavia

24. 1944 (2015)

100 min | Drama, History, War

7.1
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In "1944" Director Elmo Nyuganena portrays the real events on the Eastern Front in Estonia in 1944, from the Battle Of Tannenburg Line, the July fighting on the Sinimäed Hills, until ... See full summary »

Director: Elmo Nüganen | Stars: Kaspar Velberg, Kristjan Üksküla, Maiken Schmidt, Gert Raudsep

Votes: 3,655