Hitler, Nazis and Nazism

by theNeoplatonist | created - 07 Jan 2016 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Movies and tv series/stand-alones on Nazis and Nazism, including fact, fiction, and things in-between, as they feature in theNeoplatonist's valueless canon of personal opinion. In alphabetical order...

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1. Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told (2013)

350 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Adolf Hitler, born in Braunau, one man who will change the history of the world forever. It follows his childhood to the death of his mother and his broken ambition to become an artist, ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Wise | Stars: Eva Braun, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Adolf Galland

Votes: 4,756

Health warning: don't watch this unless you're ready to have the (ahem) "politically correct" view punched in the face, shredded in the meat grinder, and fed to the Shoggoths. Then you have to decide who's telling the truth. Worth watching for shock value, if for no other reason. You have been duly warned.

2. Apocalypse: The Rise of Hitler (2011– )

108 min | Documentary, History, War

Chronicles Hitler's life as a failed painter and far-right activist up to his election as Chancellor of Germany, leading to his relentless rise to power, culminating in the beginning of World War II.

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Doug Rand

Votes: 1,360

Worth watching for the colorized footage.

3. Auschwitz: The Nazis & the 'Final Solution' (2005)

285 min | Documentary, History, War

The history of the Final Solution phase of the Nazi Holocaust, particularly with the most infamous of the death camps.

Stars: Samuel West, Horst-Günter Marx, Gert Heidenreich, Linda Hunt

Votes: 3,956

Apart from the specious justification of America's use of the atomic bomb on Japan, an eloquent presentation.

4. City of War: The Story of John Rabe (2009)

134 min | Biography, Drama, History

57 Metascore

A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.

Director: Florian Gallenberger | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Daniel Brühl, Steve Buscemi, Anne Consigny

Votes: 5,771 | Gross: $0.07M

John Rabe, the Good Nazi, who saved 200,000 Chinese lives during the Rape of Nanking by the Japanese.

5. Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, War

FBI agent Ed Renard investigates the pre-War espionage activities of the German-American Bund.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, George Sanders, Francis Lederer, Paul Lukas

Votes: 1,260

Perfect representation of American anti-Nazi views before America entered the war.

6. Conspiracy (2001 TV Movie)

R | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

At the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942, senior Nazi officials meet to determine the manner in which the so-called "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" can be best implemented.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Clare Bullus, Stanley Tucci, Simon Markey

Votes: 16,512

Watch this for the amazing acting.

7. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Votes: 302,535 | Gross: $5.51M

Seems to capture the "human Hitler" better than any other work.

8. Grey Wolf: Hitler's Escape to Argentina (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Drama

This is a dramatization of supposed real events - the untold story of Adolf Hitler's escape to Argentina at the end of WW2. Based on interviews with eye witnesses in Argentina and years of ... See full summary »

Director: Gerrard Williams | Stars: Dante Venesio, Maria Heller, Pietro Gian, Alexia Moyano

Votes: 118

Gripping stuff, even if none of it should turn out to be true.

Standard German film biography.

10. Hitler: A career (1977)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, History

This meticulously assembled film dissects the Third Reich with an analytical blade, charting Hitler's improbable rise, his mastery of crowd psychology and his consummate skill in exploiting others' weaknesses.

Directors: Joachim Fest, Christian Herrendoerfer | Stars: Gert Westphal, Stephen Murray, Artur Axmann, General Bergeret

Votes: 1,205

And another one.

11. Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)

130 min | Biography, Drama, History

A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National Socialist German Workers' Party prior to World War II.

Stars: Peter Stormare, Friedrich von Thun, Peter O'Toole, Zoe Telford

Votes: 19,667

Doesn't convey a realistic sense of what Hitler was like or why people followed him, but worth watching as a piece of drama.

12. Hitler's British Girl (2007 TV Movie)

48 min | Documentary

The story of Unity Mitford, the young and unsteady British aristocrat who fell for Hitler during the 1930s.

Director: Richard Bond | Stars: Eva Braun, Martin Bright, Madeleine Brolly, Jan Dalley

Votes: 5

Fascinating minor gem. The Mitfords were probably Britain's most colorful aristocratic family.

13. Hitler's Circle of Evil (2018)

52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

This is the story of the rise and fall of the Third Reich told like the drama it really was: through the personal relationships of the movers and shakers of the Nazi Party.

Stars: Jonathon Michaels, Alisdair Simpson, Conan Sweeny, Steve Munroe

Votes: 1,393

14. Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil (1985 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama, War

The story of Helmut and Karl Hoffmann. Both come of age at the start of Hitler's power in Germany. Helmut joins the SS and eventually becomes a successful flag rank officer. Karl joins the ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Goddard | Stars: John Shea, Bill Nighy, Lucy Gutteridge, David Warner

Votes: 605

The only decent presentation of the downfall of Ernst Rohm.

15. Inside the Third Reich (1982 TV Movie)

240 min | Biography, Drama, History

A dramatization of the life of Albert Speer, Adolf Hitler's young architect and one-time confidant, and his meteoric rise into the Nazi hierarchy. This movie is based on Speer's autobiography of the same name.

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: Rutger Hauer, John Gielgud, Maria Schell, Blythe Danner

Votes: 480

Engaging presentation of the friendship between Hitler and Speer. Historically a bit "jumpy" but the cast of actors is stellar and they acquit themselves well.

16. Iron Sky (2012)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The Nazis set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon in 1945 where they hide out and plan to return to power in 2018.

Director: Timo Vuorensola | Stars: Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, Udo Kier

Votes: 86,930

Okay, I had to include this as a bit of light relief.

17. It Happened Here (1965)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

In 1940, the Nazis invade Britain and transform it into a fascist state where some Britons collaborate and others resist.

Directors: Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mollo | Stars: Pauline Murray, Sebastian Shaw, Bart Allison, Reginald Marsh

Votes: 912

Stunning what-if movie.

18. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Not Rated | 186 min | Drama, War

60 Metascore

In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich

Votes: 61,221

I never knew Captain Kirk was involved in the Nuremberg trials until I watched this movie.

19. Look Who's Back (2015)

Not Rated | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Adolf Hitler wakes up in the 21st century. He quickly gains media attention, but while Germany finds him hilarious and charming, Hitler makes some serious observations about society.

Director: David Wnendt | Stars: Oliver Masucci, Thomas M. Köppl, Marc-Marvin Israel, David Gebigke

Votes: 34,766

Funny, serious, and challenging, with an unexpected twist.

20. The Man who Crossed Hitler (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, History

In November 1930 brown-shirted storm troopers of Hitler's SA break into the Communist Eden Palace club,killing several members. Jewish lawyer Hans Litten prosecutes them and,at the ... See full summary »

Director: Justin Hardy | Stars: Ed Stoppard, Ian Hart, Bill Paterson, Sarah Smart

Votes: 229

A youngish, sharp, and vibrant Hitler here...

21. Max (I) (2002)

R | 106 min | Drama, War

56 Metascore

A film studying the depiction of a friendship between an art dealer named Rothman and his student, Adolf Hitler.

Director: Menno Meyjes | Stars: John Cusack, Noah Taylor, Leelee Sobieski, Molly Parker

Votes: 6,688 | Gross: $0.53M

Another what-if kind of offering focusing on the young(ish) Hitler.

22. Nazis: The Occult Conspiracy (1998)

104 min | Documentary

How Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime made use of ancient mysticism and occultism to win the war. The Nazi's also used occult mind control techniques to brainwash Germans to perceive themselves as the master-race.

Directors: Tracy Atkinson, Joan Baran | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Michael Kater, Peter Padfield, J.H. Brennan

Votes: 231

More Himmler's than Hitler's vision of Nazism.

23. The Nazis: A Warning from History (1997– )

292 min | Documentary, History, War

An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Adolf Hitler's rise to power.

Stars: Samuel West, Adolf Buchner, Jutta Rüdiger, Günther Ruschin

Votes: 1,448

Standard BBC piece.

24. The Nightmare Years (1989– )

374 min | Drama

Based on the historical work "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich", "The Nightmare Years" tells the story of William Shirer, American journalist who, during his days of correspondence as a... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Bailey, Frances Barber, Péter Benkö, Bruce Boa

Votes: 134

William Shirer's account brought to life.

25. The Occult History of the Third Reich (1992 Video)

Unrated | 155 min | Documentary, History

Four volume documentary set ("Adolf Hitler", "The SS Blood and Soil", "The Enigma of the Swastika", and "Himmler The Mystic") containing mainly B&W as well as some color archival footage, ... See full summary »

Directors: Tracy Atkinson, Joan Baran, Dave Flitton | Stars: Patrick Allen, Madjid Blavatsky, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 255

Again, the Himmler version of Nazism.

26. The Pianist (2002)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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: 635,143 | Gross: $32.57M

27. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

93 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,076,310 | Gross: $96.07M

Based on a true story, but it has rather been jazzed up and semi-fictionalized.

28. Science and the Swastika (2001– )

120 min | Documentary

Series examining science and morality during the Third Reich; the practice of eugenics and euthanasia in Nazi occupied Europe.

Star: Sebastian Faulks

Votes: 42

Interesting and unusual perspective.

29. 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: 24,892 | Gross: $0.68M

Atmospheric re-creation of the places and events.

30. Speer und er (2005– )

270 min | Biography, Drama, War

A reassessment of the role Albert Speer played in the Third Reich. Speer, who was ultimately convicted at the Nuremburg trials and served a 20-year prison sentence, was known for designing ... See full summary »

Stars: Sebastian Koch, Tobias Moretti, Dagmar Manzel, Susanne Schäfer

Votes: 710

Some spectacular acting here, especially the Speer-Hitler friendship. And a pretty convincing attempt to recreate the Nuremberg war-crime trials. Now I know why some of the defendants were wearing dark glasses...

31. Uncle Adolf (2005 TV Movie)

92 min | Drama

A young girl becomes the great love of the Nazi leader's life. It spans the years between 1929 and 1945, and focuses on Hitler's obsessive relationship with his niece Geli Raubal (Elaine ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Renton | Stars: Ken Stott, Christine Tremarco, Ron Donachie, Stacy Hart

Votes: 212

Maybe not sucessful as a whole, historically, but gives us the best Gregor Strasser we've seen onscreen.

32. Valkyrie (2008)

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

56 Metascore

A dramatization of the July 20, 1944 assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Adolf Hitler during World War II.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten, Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 212,759 | Gross: $83.08M

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