Resistance films (World War Two)

by BristleKRS | created - 11 May 2011 | updated - 25 May 2011 | Public

A list of films about resistance groups, saboteurs, partisans, assassins and other such types in the Second World War.

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1. Come and See (1985)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama, War

After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.

Director: Elem Klimov | Stars: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Laucevicius, Vladas Bagdonas

Votes: 40,952

2. Army of Shadows (1969)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, War

99 Metascore

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret

Votes: 17,394 | Gross: $0.74M

Unromantic, violent, grubby Gaullist resistance in Vichy France.

3. Ashes and Diamonds (1958)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Romance, War

As WWII and the German occupation ends, the Polish resistance and the Russian forces turn on each other in an attempt to take over leadership in Communist Poland.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Adam Pawlikowski

Votes: 8,879

4. Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Drama, War

Violette Bushell is the daughter of an English father and a French mother, living in London in the early years of World War II. She meets a handsome young French soldier in the park and ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Virginia McKenna, Paul Scofield, Jack Warner, Denise Grey

Votes: 1,416

An Anglo-French woman joins the SOE and becomes a proficient saboteur behind German lines in Occupied France.

5. Flame & Citron (2008)

Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Drama, History

74 Metascore

A drama centered on two fighters in the Holger Danske World War II resistance group.

Director: Ole Christian Madsen | Stars: Thure Lindhardt, Mads Mikkelsen, Stine Stengade, Peter Mygind

Votes: 16,108 | Gross: $0.15M

A pair of 'liquidators' from the Holge Danske resistance movement face intrigue and double-cross whilst assassinating Nazis and collaborators in occupied Denmark.

6. Kanal (1957)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, War

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.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Teresa Izewska, Tadeusz Janczar, Wienczyslaw Glinski, Tadeusz Gwiazdowski

Votes: 5,763

7. Lacombe, Lucien (1974)

R | 138 min | Drama, Romance, War

In 1944, an 18-year old boy from small-town France, collaborates with the Nazi-regime and subsequently falls in love with a Jewish girl.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clément, Holger Löwenadler, Therese Giehse

Votes: 5,533

8. Operation Amsterdam (1959)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, History, War

When Germany invades Holland in 1940, a British intelligence officer and two Dutch diamond merchants go to Amsterdam to persuade the Dutch diamond merchants to evacuate their diamond supplies to England.

Director: Michael McCarthy | Stars: Peter Finch, Eva Bartok, Tony Britton, Alexander Knox

Votes: 526

9. Odette (1950)

105 min | Drama, History, War

This is the story of a brave woman who volunteered to join SOE (Special Operations Executive) during WWII. She was flown into occupied France where she fought with the French resistance. ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox | Stars: Anna Neagle, Trevor Howard, Marius Goring, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 519

10. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 461,357 | Gross: $1.02M

11. Max Manus: Man of War (2008)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Biography, Drama

60 Metascore

The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons.

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg | Stars: Aksel Hennie, Agnes Kittelsen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Ken Duken

Votes: 24,477

12. The Password Is Courage (1962)

Approved | 116 min | War, Comedy, Drama

British NCO Sergeant-Major Charles Coward escapes from the Stalag VIII-B POW camp and is mistakenly awarded with the Iron Cross by the Germans.

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Maria Perschy, Alfred Lynch, Nigel Stock

Votes: 985

13. Charlotte Gray (2001)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

48 Metascore

A young Scottish woman joins the French Resistance during World War II to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend who is lost in France.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Cate Blanchett, James Fleet, Abigail Cruttenden, Charlotte McDougall

Votes: 9,865 | Gross: $0.67M

14. Defiance (I) (2008)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, History

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: 128,220 | Gross: $28.64M

15. Les femmes de l'ombre (2008)

TV-MA | 117 min | Drama, War

In 1944, in London, Lieutenant Pierre Desfontaines assigns his sister Louise Desfontaines to convince three other women to form a five-woman task force under his command to rescue a British... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Paul Salomé | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Julie Depardieu, Moritz Bleibtreu, Marie Gillain

Votes: 6,363

16. Army of Crime (2009)

Not Rated | 139 min | Drama, History, War

76 Metascore

The poet Missak Manouchian leads a mixed bag of youngsters and immigrants in a clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation. Twenty-two men and one woman fighting for an ideal and for ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Guédiguian | Stars: Simon Abkarian, Virginie Ledoyen, Robinson Stévenin, Lola Naymark

Votes: 2,826 | Gross: $0.04M

17. Rome, Open City (1945)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Thriller, War

During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, the Resistance leader, Giorgio Manfredi, is chased by the Nazis as he seeks refuge and a way to escape.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Vito Annichiarico

Votes: 19,738

18. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

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.

Director: Marc Rothemund | Stars: Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Alexander Held, Johanna Gastdorf

Votes: 24,565 | Gross: $0.68M

19. Swing Kids (1993)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Music

39 Metascore

A close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing and fun lead to more difficult choices as the Nazis begin tightening the grip on ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Robert Sean Leonard, Christian Bale, Frank Whaley, Barbara Hershey

Votes: 14,438 | Gross: $5.63M

20. Black Book (2006)

R | 145 min | Drama, Thriller, War

71 Metascore

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn

Votes: 67,004 | Gross: $4.40M

21. Soldier of Orange (1977)

R | 165 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

During WW2, Dutch students join the resistance movement against the German occupation of the Netherlands.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbé, Susan Penhaligon, Edward Fox

Votes: 9,990

22. The Battle of the Rails (1946)

85 min | Drama, War

This movie is a story about French railroad workers who were part of organized resistance during the German WW2 occupation.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Marcel Barnault, Jean Clarieux, Jean Daurand, Jacques Desagneaux

Votes: 680

23. Paris brûle-t-il? (1966)

PG-13 | 173 min | Drama, History, War

The departure of the German Army from Paris in 1944.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 3,325

24. Lucie Aubrac (1997)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, War

61 Metascore

A love story or a tale of the resistance, this poignant movie tells both the haunting story of a French resistance cell in Lyon but also the love of Lucie Aubrac for her husband, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Carole Bouquet, Daniel Auteuil, Patrice Chéreau, Eric Boucher

Votes: 1,105 | Gross: $0.46M

25. A Man Escaped (1956)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from a Nazi prison in France.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock, Roland Monod

Votes: 15,363

26. Sisters in Resistance (2000)

60 min | Documentary

Four women in the French Resistance tell of their adventures, arrest and deportation to Ravensbrück women's concentration camp during the Nazi Occupation.

Director: Maia Wechsler | Stars: Geneviève de Gaulle Anthonioz, Kate Mulgrew, Jacqueline Pery, Anise Postel-Vinay

27. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

PG | 251 min | Documentary, History, War

An in-depth exploration of the various reactions by the French people to the Vichy government's acceptance of Nazi invasion.

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Georges Bidault, Matthäus Bleibinger, Charles Braun, Maurice Buckmaster

Votes: 3,189

28. A Generation (1955)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, War

Story of youths during the German occupation of Poland in the World War II who come to adulthood through love and adversity.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Tadeusz Lomnicki, Urszula Modrzynska, Tadeusz Janczar, Janusz Paluszkiewicz

Votes: 2,086

29. Edelweisspiraten (2004)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, History, War

Cologne-Ehrenfeld, November 1944. They're young, wild and rebellious, like young people anywhere and in any time. But working-class boys Karl and his younger brother Peter are Edelweiss ... See full summary »

Director: Niko von Glasow | Stars: Ivan Stebunov, Bela B., Jochen Nickel, Anna Thalbach

Votes: 447

30. The Heroes of Telemark (1965)

Approved | 131 min | Action, Drama, History

Norwegian resistance tries to stop German efforts to produce an atomic bomb component during World War II.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 5,644



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