62 lesser known WWII movies not made in Hollywood 1989-2016

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1. 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: 6,281

2. Talvisota (1989)

199 min | Drama, History, War

In 1939, two Finnish brothers are conscripted in the army to fight in the war between Finland and the Soviet Union.

Director: Pekka Parikka | Stars: Taneli Mäkelä, Vesa Vierikko, Timo Torikka, Heikki Paavilainen

Votes: 6,939

3. The Counterfeiters (2007)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, War

78 Metascore

The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII.

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Stars: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach

Votes: 39,543 | Gross: $5.48M

4. 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: 65,573 | Gross: $4.40M

5. Days of Glory (2006)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

82 Metascore

During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Jamel Debbouze

Votes: 12,909 | Gross: $0.32M

6. El Alamein - La linea del fuoco (2002)

117 min | Drama, War

War seen through the eyes of Serra, a university student from Palermo who volunteers in 1942 to fight in Africa. He is assigned to the Pavia Division on the southern line in Egypt. Rommel ... See full summary »

Director: Enzo Monteleone | Stars: Paolo Briguglia, Pierfrancesco Favino, Luciano Scarpa, Emilio Solfrizzi

Votes: 1,526

7. Dark Blue World (2001)

R | 112 min | War, Drama, Action

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: 5,035 | Gross: $0.26M

8. Oorlogswinter (2008)

R | 103 min | Drama, History, War

66 Metascore

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, a teenage boy gets involved in the Dutch Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded RAF pilot.

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Martijn Lakemeier, Jamie Campbell Bower, Yorick van Wageningen, Raymond Thiry

Votes: 11,136 | Gross: $0.54M

9. 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: 24,006

10. Fortress of War (2010)

138 min | Action, Drama, History

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.

Director: Aleksandr Kott | Stars: Aleksey Kopashov, Andrey Merzlikin, Pavel Derevyanko, Aleksandr Korshunov

Votes: 7,355

11. 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: 2,765 | Gross: $0.04M

12. Katyn (2007)

121 min | Drama, History, War

81 Metascore

An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Andrzej Chyra, Maja Ostaszewska, Artur Zmijewski, Danuta Stenka

Votes: 13,688 | Gross: $0.12M

13. Tali-Ihantala 1944 (2007)

117 min | Drama, History, War

The Soviet army breaks through the Finnish defences on the Karelian Isthmus in June 1944, advancing with overwhelming force. Somehow, the Finnish troops must find the strength to fight back... See full summary »

Directors: Åke Lindman, Sakari Kirjavainen | Stars: Rauno Ahonen, Mikkomarkus Ahtiainen, Frank Biermann, Jussi Brech

Votes: 1,563

14. Kokoda (2006)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Drama, War

A bitter battle is fought between Australian and Japanese soldiers along the Kokoda trail in New Guinea during World War II.

Director: Alister Grierson | Stars: Jack Finsterer, Travis McMahon, Simon Stone, Luke Ford

Votes: 2,586

15. The Star (2002)

97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

During WW2 the Russian Army sent a special group named "Zvezda" to fight the Nazis in their backyard.

Director: Nikolay Lebedev | Stars: Igor Petrenko, Artyom Semakin, Aleksey Panin, Aleksey Kravchenko

Votes: 1,961

16. The Fallen (2004)

Not Rated | 112 min | Action, Drama, War

62 Metascore

The story of ordinary men during WWII as seen from three different points of View.

Director: Ari Taub | Stars: Christopher R Swanson, Daniel Asher, Brian Bancale, C.J. Barkus

Votes: 847

17. Tobruk (2008)

102 min | History, War

Set in the Libyan Desert in WW2 a battalion of Czech soldiers face the siege of Tobruk.

Director: Václav Marhoul | Stars: Jan Meduna, Petr Vanek, Robert Nebrenský, Michal Novotný

Votes: 897

18. Vilniaus getas (2005)

110 min | History, War

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: 1,131

19. Framom främsta linjen (2004)

127 min | Drama, History, War

A story of the infantry regiment 61 that fought from Syväri to the Karelian Ishtmus.

Director: Åke Lindman | Stars: Tobias Zilliacus, Ilkka Heiskanen, Christoffer Weiss, Kim Gustafsson

Votes: 1,368

20. Ambush (1999)

Not Rated | 123 min | War, Drama

Set during the World War 2. In the summer of 1941 the Finnish army crosses the border of Russia. A platoon led by Lt. Eero Perkola goes through the wilderness around the Lieksa lake to ... See full summary »

Director: Olli Saarela | Stars: Peter Franzén, Irina Björklund, Kari Heiskanen, Taisto Reimaluoto

Votes: 3,825

21. Ballada o bombere (2011 Video)

181 min | Action, Drama, War

The Bomber (2011) / (Russian language title: Ballada o Bombere) Storyline During World War II, a soviet aircraft crashes on Nazi-occupied territory. But the pilot Grivtsov and his beloved ... See full summary »

Director: Vitaliy Vorobyov | Stars: Nikita Efremov, Ekaterina Astakhova, Aleksandr Davydov, Vladislav Abashin

Votes: 466

22. Before the Fall (2004)

110 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller

65 Metascore

In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Max Riemelt, Tom Schilling, Devid Striesow, Jonas Jägermeyr

Votes: 12,476 | Gross: $0.14M

23. In Darkness (2011)

R | 145 min | Drama, War

74 Metascore

A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the German-occupied Polish city of Lvov.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader

Votes: 8,932 | Gross: $1.04M

24. Panfilov's 28 (2016)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Drama, History

USSR, Late November, 1941. Based on the account by reporter Vasiliy Koroteev that appeared in the Red Army's newspaper, Krasnaya Zvezda, shortly after the battle, this is the story of ... See full summary »

Directors: Kim Druzhinin, Andrey Shalopa | Stars: Maksim Abrosimov, Sergey Agafonov, Pavel Aseev, Ivan Batarev

Votes: 3,163

25. 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: 15,754 | Gross: $0.15M

26. Eien no 0 (2013)

144 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

A young woman and her brother explore the history of their grandfather, who died in the WW2. They start contacting the m'en who flew with him, asking them about who he was.

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Haruma Miura, Mao Inoue, Gaku Hamada

Votes: 1,699

27. Lore (2012)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, History, Romance

76 Metascore

As the Allies sweep across Germany, Lore leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. An encounter with a mysterious refugee forces Lore to rely on a person she has always been taught to hate.

Director: Cate Shortland | Stars: Saskia Rosendahl, Kai-Peter Malina, Nele Trebs, Ursina Lardi

Votes: 12,735 | Gross: $0.97M

28. Amen. (2002)

Not Rated | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Mathieu Kassovitz, Ulrich Mühe, Michel Duchaussoy

Votes: 12,095 | Gross: $0.27M

29. Oba: The Last Samurai (2011)

128 min | Drama, War

During the end of World War 2, a group of Japanese soldiers fight on after US forces capture most of the island. They refuse to surrender and continue to resist after the Emperor surrenders.

Director: Hideyuki Hirayama | Stars: Yutaka Takenouchi, Markus Waldow, Sean McGowan, Mao Inoue

Votes: 855

30. Into the White (I) (2012)

R | 104 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Norway, WWII: A group of British and German soldiers find themselves stranded in the wilderness after an aircraft battle. Finding shelter in the same cabin, they realize the only way to survive the winter is to place the rules of war aside.

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Florian Lukas, David Kross, Lachlan Nieboer, Stig Henrik Hoff

Votes: 17,117 | Gross: $0.00M

31. Stalingrad (2013)

R | 131 min | Action, Drama, War

49 Metascore

A group of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.

Director: Fedor Bondarchuk | Stars: Mariya Smolnikova, Yanina Studilina, Pyotr Fyodorov, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 13,786 | Gross: $1.01M

32. 1944 (2015)

100 min | Drama, History, War

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: 3,803

33. Otoko-tachi no Yamato (2005)

145 min | War

On April, 6th 2005, in Makurazi, Kagoshima, Makiko Uchida seeks a boat in the local fishing cooperative to take her to the latitude N30, longitude L128, where the largest, heaviest and most... See full summary »

Director: Jun'ya Satô | Stars: Takashi Sorimachi, Shidô Nakamura, Yû Aoi, Takahiro Fujimoto

Votes: 1,770

34. Mai wei (2011)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, War

30 Metascore

In World War II-era Korea, rival runners, one Korean (Jang Dong-gun) and one Japanese (Joe Odagiri), go to war together against the Soviets.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Dong-Gun Jang, Joe Odagiri, Bingbing Fan, In-kwon Kim

Votes: 8,554 | Gross: $0.07M

35. Bitva za Sevastopol (2015)

110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A story of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the most successful female sniper in history.

Director: Sergey Mokritskiy | Stars: Yuliya Peresild, Evgeniy Tsyganov, Joan Blackham, Anatoliy Kot

Votes: 6,924

36. Moloch (1999)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

In 1942, in Bavaria, Eva Braun is alone, when Adolf Hitler arrives with Dr. Josef Goebbels and his wife Magda Goebbels and Martin Bormann to spend a couple of days without talking politics.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Elena Rufanova, Leonid Mozgovoy, Irina Sokolova, Yelena Spiridonova

Votes: 1,943

37. Anthropoid (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, History, Thriller

59 Metascore

Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler.

Director: Sean Ellis | Stars: Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Brian Caspe, Karel Hermánek Jr.

Votes: 33,168 | Gross: $2.96M

38. Secondløitnanten (1993)

102 min | Drama, War

The old sea-captain retires, but the next day German WWII occupation of Norway begins. He then kisses his wife good-bye and is off to Army HQ. There he finds a lack of leadership and morale... See full summary »

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Espen Skjønberg, Lars Andreas Larssen, Gard B. Eidsvold, Bjørn Sundquist

Votes: 295

39. Die Flucht (2007 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, History, Thriller

In 1944 many Germans in Eastern Prussia believed like Lena von Mahlenberg, daughter of a local aristocrat, that Hitler would surrender and spare them from being invaded by the vengeful Russian Red Army. He didn't and they had to flee.

Director: Kai Wessel | Stars: Maria Furtwängler, Jean-Yves Berteloot, Tonio Arango, Gabriela Maria Schmeide

Votes: 502

40. Stauffenberg (2004 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1944, in fear of a complete German defeat in the World War II, a group of high command officers plot an attempt against Hitler, and one of the leaders of the conspiracy, Stauffenberg (... See full summary »

Director: Jo Baier | Stars: Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Hardy Krüger Jr., Christopher Buchholz

Votes: 2,107

41. Il partigiano Johnny (2000)

135 min | Drama

After the 8th September 1943 north of Italy is occupied by Germans. Italian army collapsed and the soldiers are escaped to the mountains trying to set up a resistance. Many civilians did ... See full summary »

Director: Guido Chiesa | Stars: Stefano Dionisi, Andrea Prodan, Fabrizio Gifuni, Giuseppe Cederna

Votes: 264

42. Under sandet (2015)

R | 100 min | Drama, History, War

75 Metascore

In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.

Director: Martin Zandvliet | Stars: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

Votes: 22,416 | Gross: $0.44M

43. Leningrad (2009)

R | 110 min | Drama, War

When in 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, their troops quickly besieged Leningrad. Foreign journalists are evacuated but one of them, Kate Davies, is presumed dead and misses the ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Buravskiy | Stars: Mira Sorvino, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Olga Sutulova, Gabriel Byrne

Votes: 4,038

44. Belyy tigr (2012)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Great Patriotic War, early 1940s. After barely surviving a battle with a mysterious, ghostly-white Tiger tank, Red Army Sergeant Ivan Naydenov becomes obsessed with its destruction.

Director: Karen Shakhnazarov | Stars: Aleksey Vertkov, Vitaliy Kishchenko, Valeriy Grishko, Dmitriy Bykovskiy-Romashov

Votes: 2,631

45. A zori zdes tikhie... (2015)

120 min | Drama, War

An unfulfilled sergeant, is during WW2, leading a small Soviet anti aircraft outpost with only women soldiers under his command. German special forces are spottet in the woods and the ... See full summary »

Director: Renat Davletyarov | Stars: Pyotr Fyodorov, Anastasiya Mikulchina, Evgeniya Malakhova, Kristina Asmus

Votes: 804

46. 9. april (2015)

93 min | Drama, History, War

In the early morning of April 9th 1940 the Danish army is alerted. The Germans have crossed the border; Denmark is at war against Europe's strongest army. In Southern Jutland Danish bicycle... See full summary »

Director: Roni Ezra | Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Lars Mikkelsen, Elliott Crosset Hove, Gustav Dyekjær Giese

Votes: 3,205

47. Svoi (2004)

111 min | Action, Drama, War

It is August 1941. With the battle line far away in the east, three soldiers who have managed to escape from captivity find it difficult to hide: the territory is occupied by the enemy. The... See full summary »

Director: Dmitriy Meskhiev | Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Sergey Garmash, Ben Perino, Mikhail Evlanov

Votes: 1,099

48. Rommel (2012 TV Movie)

120 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The story of the final seven months in the life of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

Director: Niki Stein | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Tim Bergmann, Rolf Kanies, Arthur Klemt

Votes: 1,379

49. 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: 24,074 | Gross: $0.68M

50. Warsaw '44 (2014)

130 min | Drama, History, Romance

A story of love, friendship and the pursuit of adventure during the bloody and brutal reality of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising.

Director: Jan Komasa | Stars: Józef Pawlowski, Zofia Wichlacz, Anna Próchniak, Antoni Królikowski

Votes: 3,606

51. Hvidsten gruppen (2012)

122 min | Drama, War

6.6