Most Popular "Pre World War Two" Titles
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1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
3. Gosford Park (2001)
R | 137 min | Drama, Mystery
The lives of upstairs guest and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.
4. Cabaret (1972)
PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.
5. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Romance
Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse.
6. From Here to Eternity (1953)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War
In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second in command are falling in love.
7. The Remains of the Day (1993)
PG | 134 min | Drama, Romance
A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years post World War I realizes too late how misguided his loyalty has been.
8. The White Countess (2005)
PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History, Romance
Set in 1930s Shanghai, where a blind American diplomat develops a curious relationship with a young Russian refugee who works odd -- and sometimes illicit -- jobs to support members of her dead husband's aristocratic family.
R | 106 min | Action, Drama, History
Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious ... See full summary »
10. Good (2008)
R | 96 min | Drama, Romance, War
The rise of national socialism in Germany should not be regarded as a conspiracy of madmen. Millions of "good" people found themselves in a society spiralling into terrible chaos. A film about then, which illuminates the terrors of now.
11. In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
X | 109 min | Drama, History, Romance
A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end.
13. Tea with Mussolini (1999)
PG | 117 min | Drama, Comedy, War
1935. A group of elderly British women, who the Italians have named the Scorpioni, have chosen Italy, specifically Florence, as a place to live to blend their proper British sensibilities ... See full summary »
14. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013)
120 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
About a series of unsolved disappearances on the Galapagos Island of Floreana in the 1930s.
Writers: Dayna Goldfine, Daniel Geller, Celeste Schaefer Snyder, Dore Strauch, Margret Wittmer, Friedrich Ritter, Hinz Wittmer, John Garth | Directors: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Diane Kruger
15. Ladies in Lavender (2004)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Music, Mystery
Two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the beach of their 1930's Cornish seaside village.
16. Ship of Fools (1965)
149 min | Drama, Romance, War
1933: An ocean liner belonging to a second-rate German company is making a twenty-six day voyage from Veracruz, Mexico to Bremerhaven, Germany. Along the way it will stop in Cuba to pick up... See full summary »
17. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Passed | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realizing that they're falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.
18. Bright Young Things (2003)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, War
An adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel "Vile Bodies," is a look into the lives of a young novelist, his would-be lover, and a host of young people who beautified London in the 1930s.
19. Man Hunt (1941)
Approved | 105 min | Drama, Thriller
British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.
20. Christopher and His Kind (2011 TV Movie)
90 min | Drama
In 1931 budding author Christopher Isherwood goes to Berlin at the invitation of his friend W. H. Auden for the gay sex that abounds in the city. Whilst working as an English teacher his ... See full summary »
21. Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
PG-13 | 126 min | Drama
It's about a five member family. The father is a conservative and traditional person who directs the family. The mother is at home, she tries to hold together the family, while Mr. Bridge ... See full summary »
22. The Gathering Storm (2002 TV Movie)
G | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History
A love story offering an intimate look inside the marriage of Winston and Clementine Churchill during a particularly troubled, though little-known, moment in their lives.
23. The Rules of the Game (1939)
Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau.
24. Mother Night (1996)
R | 114 min | Drama, Romance, War
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.
25. A Month by the Lake (1995)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
For 16 years Miss Bentley has been spending April at an elegant hillside villa on Lake Como. This year, 1937, her London society artist father has recently died and the only other ... See full summary »
26. Delta of Venus (1995)
NC-17 | 102 min | Drama
A struggling American writer (England) and a fellow American expatriate (Mandylor) begin a sordid affair among the chaos and discord of 1940 Paris, France on the brink of World War II.
27. Up at the Villa (2000)
PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Romance
Superficial people are revealed and drastically changed by circumstance or luck in this a tale of death, seduction, blackmail and theft among British and Americans in Florence in the ... See full summary »
28. Love in Thoughts (2004)
89 min | Drama, Romance
A posthumous look at the last days of Guenther's life as he, his best friend, and his sister let loose on a four-day binge of alcohol, drugs, and sex.
29. The Harmonists (1997)
R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Comedian Harmonists tells the story of a famous, German male sextet, five vocals and piano, the "Comedian Harmonists", from the day they meet first in 1927 to the day in 1934, when they ... See full summary »
31. Three Comrades (1938)
Passed | 98 min | Drama, Romance
A love story centered around the lives of three young German soldiers in the years following World War I. Their close friendship is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman who ... See full summary »
32. Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979)
150 min | Drama, History, War
In the fascist Italy of 1935, a painter trained as a doctor is exiled to a remote region near Eboli. Over time, he learns to appreciate the beauty and wisdom of the peasants, and to ... See full summary »
33. The Adolescent (1979)
90 min | Drama
The summer of 1939. Marie, at 13, goes with her parents to visit her grandmother in a small town near Avignon. Although rumors of war reach the countryside, it's an idyllic place. Marie's ... See full summary »
34. As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)
158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
At the end of WW2, a German POW doing hard labor in the Soviet Gulag escapes from his Siberian camp to return to Germany but he's pursued by a Soviet NKVD officer.
35. Paris 36 (2008)
PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Music, Musical
A man is charged with murder. He is Pigoil, the aging stage manager at Chansonia, a music hall in a Paris faubourg. His confession is a long flashback to New Year's Eve, 1935, when he ... See full summary »
Writers: Christophe Barratier, Julien Rappeneau, Pierre Philippe, Frank Thomas, Reinhardt Wagner, Jean-Michel Derenne | Director: Christophe Barratier | Stars: Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Nora Arnezeder
36. Coup de torchon (1981)
Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
1938, in a French african colony. Lucien Cordier is the cop of this village, populated with blacks and a few whites (usually racialist and lustful). He is a washout, everyone (including his... See full summary »
37. Vabank (1981)
108 min | Comedy, Crime
Set in Warsaw in 1930's. After six years in jail, framed for bank robbery by an accomplice, the legendary Kwinto has only revenge on his mind. He is a safecracker in the old style, a thief ... See full summary »
38. Das Schlangenei (1977)
R | 119 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Ingmar Bergman's The Serpent's Egg follows a week in the life of Abel Rosenberg, an out-of-work American circus acrobat living in poverty-stricken Berlin following Germany's defeat in World... See full summary »
39. Mission to Moscow (1943)
Approved | 124 min | Drama, History, War
Ambassador Joseph Davies is sent by FDR to Russia to learn about the Soviet system and returns to America as an advocate of Stalinism.
40. Down Argentine Way (1940)
Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner.
41. Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990)
115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Bethune has long been a hero in China. Perhaps for reasons of politics and personality, however, his fame in North America lagged far behind. The film explores the complexity of a character... See full summary »
42. Gilles' Wife (2004)
103 min | Drama
Gilles' wife, Elise, who smiles when she thinks of him, cooks and scrubs and cheerfully makes love to him, suspects during her third pregnancy that he is having an affair with her ... See full summary »
43. They Meet Again (1941)
Passed | 69 min | Drama, Musical
In the sixth entry of this series, Dr. Paul Christian is giving a party for Janie Webster, a motherless little girl of nine, with a fine singing voice. But, as her father, Bob Webster, is ... See full summary »
44. Honeymoon in Bali (1939)
Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
Bill Burnett, a resident of Bali, visits New York City, meets and falls in love with Gail Allen, the successful manager of a Fifth Avenue shop, who is determined to remain free and ... See full summary »
45. The Fire That Burns (1997 TV Movie)
91 min | Drama
Two boys in their early teens in a strictly-run pre-WWII Catholic School form a firm friendship which is troubled by an abbot who is obsessed with the younger of the students.
46. Singapore (1947)
Passed | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
After the war, Matt Gordon returns to Singapore to retrieve a fortune in smuggled pearls. Arrived, he reminisces in flashback about his prewar fiancée, alluring Linda, and her disappearance... See full summary »
47. Private Buckaroo (1942)
Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
A Universal Army enlistment promotion, produced as a musical showcase for Harry James, the Andrews Sisters, Joe E. Lewis, and Donald O'Connor & Peggy Ryan. The film's thin plot has James ... See full summary »
48. The Nazis Strike (1943)
41 min | Documentary, Short, War
The official World War II US government account of Nazi international aggression leading up to the British and French declarations of war.
49. Group Portrait with a Lady (1977)
107 min | Drama, History, Romance
The story follows the life of a regular German women Leni Gruyten during 1930s and 1940s. Through her interactions with friends, family and other people she knows, the regular folks' perception of the Nazi era is shown.
50. Vabank II czyli riposta (1985)
97 min | Comedy, Crime
[CONTAINS SPOILERS] A sequel to "Vabank" (1981), introduces the same characters entangled in a duel between a former safecracker and a crooked bank manager. Imprisoned ex-banker Kramer ... See full summary »