Films on Genocide

by MrKaya | created - 01 Oct 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Films on the genocides in world history, and the involved tragedies.

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1. The Killing Fields (1984)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands

Votes: 46,596 | Gross: $34.70M

2. Attack on Darfur (2009)

R | 98 min | Drama, War

American journalists in Sudan are confronted with the dilemma of whether to return home to report on the atrocities they have seen, or to stay behind and help some of the victims they have encountered.

Director: Uwe Boll | Stars: Kristanna Loken, David O'Hara, Noah Danby, Matt Frewer

Votes: 2,278

3. Un dimanche à Kigali (2006)

118 min | Drama

In April 1994, the middle-aged Canadian journalist Bernard Valcourt is making a documentary in Kigali about AIDS. He secretly falls in love for the Tutsi waitress of his hotel Gentille, who... See full summary »

Director: Robert Favreau | Stars: Luc Picard, Fatou N'Diaye, Céline Bonnier, Luck Mervil

Votes: 604

4. Hotel Rwanda (2004)

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

79 Metascore

Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

Director: Terry George | Stars: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Xolani Mali

Votes: 306,044 | Gross: $23.53M

5. Kinyarwanda (2011)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, History, Romance

69 Metascore

A young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos; a soldier struggles to foster a greater good while absent from her family; and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror.

Director: Alrick Brown | Stars: Cleophas Kabasita, Hadidja Zaninka, Marc Gwamaka, Cassandra Freeman

Votes: 409

6. Munyurangabo (2007)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

From opposing ethnicities, Ngabo and Sangwa are tested when old-timers warn, "Hutus and Tutsis should not be friends." An intense and inspiring portrait of youth in Rwanda, 'Munyurangabo' ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Isaac Chung | Stars: Jeff Rutagengwa, Eric Ndorunkundiye, Jean Marie Vianney Nkurikiyinka, Jean Pierre Harerimana

Votes: 464 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)

R | 112 min | Drama, History, War

57 Metascore

The story of General Romeo Dallaire's frustrated efforts to stop the madness of the Rwandan Genocide, despite the complete indifference of his superiors.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Roy Dupuis, Owen Sejake, James Gallanders, Michel Mongeau

Votes: 2,977

8. Beyond the Gates (2005)

R | 115 min | Drama, History, War

71 Metascore

A Catholic priest and an English teacher get stranded in a school in Kigali during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones | Stars: John Hurt, Hugh Dancy, Dominique Horwitz, Louis Mahoney

Votes: 10,435

9. Sometimes in April (2005 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 140 min | Drama, History, War

When the Hutu nationalists raised arms against their Tutsi countrymen in Rwanda in April 1994, the violent uprising marked the beginning of one of the darkest times in African history which resulted in the deaths of almost 800,000 people.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Idris Elba, Carole Karemera, Pamela Nomvete, Oris Erhuero

Votes: 4,479

10. The Day God Walked Away (2009)

100 min | Drama

Film offers a new take on the Rwandan genocide, through the first person experience of one woman as the horror descends.

Director: Philippe Van Leeuw | Stars: Lætitia Reva, Nirere Shanel, Ruth Nirere, Ismael Dusengimana

Votes: 255

11. Forty Days of Musa Dagh (1982)

143 min | Drama, History, War

Armenian guerrilla troops fight against the Turkish forces on the mountain of Musa Dagh.

Director: Sarky Mouradian | Stars: Kabir Bedi, Ronnie Carol, Guy Stockwell, Peter Haskell

Votes: 201

12. Auction of Souls (1919)

80 min | Drama, History, Romance

Aurora Mardiganian, a young and beautiful Armenian girl, lives with her parents in the Turkish city of Havpoul. Her father, a prosperous merchant, was preparing to send her to the West to ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Apfel | Stars: Aurora Mardiganian, Irving Cummings, Anna Q. Nilsson, Henry Morgenthau

Votes: 906

13. Life Triumphs (1977)

92 min | Drama

This story of a strong-willed man, Nahapet, who lost his family during the Armenian Genocide in 1915, is an eternal story of resurrection.

Director: Henrik Malyan | Stars: Sos Sargsyan, Sofik Sarkisyan, Mher Mkrtchyan, Galya Novents

Votes: 113

14. Mother (1991)

157 min | Drama

In 1915 a genocide happened in the Ottoman Empire and about 1.5 million Armenians were systematically murdered by the government of the Young Turks. This is a movie about the life of a ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Omar Sharif, Nathalie Roussel, Isabelle Sadoyan

Votes: 2,847

15. Ararat (2002)

R | 115 min | Drama, War

62 Metascore

Interrogated by a customs officer, a young man recounts how his life was changed during the making of a film about the Armenian genocide.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Charles Aznavour, Brent Carver, Eric Bogosian, Simon Abkarian

Votes: 10,931 | Gross: $1.55M

16. La masseria delle allodole (2007)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, History

A stirring and stunning story of an aristocratic family who is unexpectedly swept into the ravages of World War I and a forbidden passion that may be the family's only hope.

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Paz Vega, Moritz Bleibtreu, Alessandro Preziosi, Ángela Molina

Votes: 1,935

17. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

93 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 1,041,589 | Gross: $96.07M

18. 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: 612,955 | Gross: $32.57M

19. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, War

55 Metascore

Set during WWII, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.

Director: Mark Herman | Stars: Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, Zac Mattoon O'Brien

Votes: 162,460 | Gross: $9.03M

20. 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: 58,857

21. 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: 66,899 | Gross: $4.40M

22. Die verlorene Zeit (2011)

105 min | Drama, Romance, War

A Polish man rescues a Jewish woman during the chaos of WWII, but they become separated until a chance encounter over thirty years later in New York reunites them.

Director: Anna Justice | Stars: Alice Dwyer, Mateusz Damiecki, Dagmar Manzel, Lech Mackiewicz

Votes: 1,795

23. God on Trial (2008 TV Movie)

86 min | Drama, War

Awaiting their inevitable deaths at one of the worst concentration camps, a group of Jews make a rabbinical court to decide whether God has gone against the Holy Covenant and if He is the one guilty for their suffering.

Director: Andy De Emmony | Stars: Joseph Muir, Josef Altin, Ashley Artus, Alexi Kaye Campbell

Votes: 2,664

24. The Cut (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 138 min | Adventure, Drama, History

56 Metascore

In 1915 a man survives the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night he learns that his twin daughters may be alive, and goes on a quest to find them.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Simon Abkarian, Makram Khoury, Hindi Zahra

Votes: 4,589 | Gross: $0.03M

25. Where the Spirit Lives (1989)

96 min | Drama

A young Native Canadian (First Nations person) fights to keep her culture and identity when she is abducted to a residential school.

Director: Bruce Pittman | Stars: Michelle St. John, Kim Bruisedhead Fox, Marianne Jones, Gus Chief Moon

Votes: 218

26. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 527,439 | Gross: $57.60M

27. 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: 294,941 | Gross: $5.51M

28. The Reader (2008)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Jeanette Hain

Votes: 213,146 | Gross: $34.19M

29. The Book Thief (2013)

PG-13 | 131 min | Drama, War

53 Metascore

While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents.

Director: Brian Percival | Stars: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer

Votes: 116,068 | Gross: $21.49M

30. Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)

PG | 104 min | Drama, War

A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg

Votes: 27,476 | Gross: $4.54M

31. The Counterfeiters (2007)

R | 99 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: 40,376 | Gross: $5.48M

32. Balibo (2009)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

War correspondent Roger East and the young Jose Ramos-Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the murders of the Balibo Five in 1975.

Director: Robert Connolly | Stars: Jane Hampson, Bea Viegas, Christine Martins, Ana Rosa Mendoça

Votes: 2,220

33. The Eichmann Show (2015 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, History

Dramatisation of the team hoping to televise the trial of Adolf Eichmann, an infamous Nazi responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews. It focuses on Leo Hurwitz, a documentary film-maker and Milton Fruchtman, a producer.

Director: Paul Andrew Williams | Stars: Martin Freeman, Anthony LaPaglia, Rebecca Front, Andy Nyman

Votes: 3,680

34. Riphagen (2016)

131 min | Drama, War

The story about Riphagen, a cunning Dutch traitor during WW2 who helped Nazi round up Jews, stealing their treasures for himself. He destroyed Resistance groups, making many who pursued justice after the war look like fools.

Director: Pieter Kuijpers | Stars: Kay Greidanus, Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Huub Smit, Britte Lagcher

Votes: 4,095

35. Hannah Arendt (2012)

Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch

Votes: 9,075 | Gross: $0.71M

36. The Debt (I) (2010)

R | 113 min | Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

In 1965, three Mossad agents cross into East Berlin to apprehend a notorious Nazi war criminal. Thirty years later, the secrets the agents share come back to haunt them.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Tom Wilkinson, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 59,951 | Gross: $31.18M

37. 1915 (2015)

82 min | Drama

Exactly 100 years after the Armenian Genocide, a theatre director stages a play to bring the ghosts of the past back to life.

Directors: Garin Hovannisian, Alec Mouhibian | Stars: Simon Abkarian, Angela Sarafyan, Sam Page, Nikolai Kinski

Votes: 4,406 | Gross: $0.10M

38. Nackt unter Wölfen (2015 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, History, War

Taking place at the Concentration camp Buchenwald at the end of March 1945, prisoner Hans Pippig discovers in a carrying case of an incoming prisoner a Jewish child. If reported the ... See full summary »

Director: Philipp Kadelbach | Stars: Florian Stetter, Peter Schneider, Sylvester Groth, Sabin Tambrea

Votes: 3,120

39. Facing Windows (2003)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Overburdened and stuck in a greying marriage, Giovanna takes to caring for the Jewish Holocaust survivor her husband brings home. As she begins to reflect on her life, she turns to the man who lives across from her ...

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek | Stars: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Massimo Girotti, Raoul Bova, Filippo Nigro

Votes: 9,961 | Gross: $0.54M

40. Remember (I) (2015)

R | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person he believes to be responsible for the death of his family in the death camp to kill him himself.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Kim Roberts, Amanda Smith, Martin Landau

Votes: 17,954 | Gross: $0.64M

41. The Shop on Main Street (1965)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama, War

A carpenter in the Nazi-occupied Slovak State is appointed Aryan controller of a Jewish widow's store.

Directors: Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos | Stars: Ida Kaminska, Jozef Kroner, Hana Slivková, Martin Hollý

Votes: 6,971

42. Denial (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama

63 Metascore

Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott

Votes: 15,264 | Gross: $4.07M

43. This Must Be the Place (2011)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

Cheyenne, a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin, returns to New York City to find the man responsible for a humiliation suffered by his recently deceased father during W.W.II.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson

Votes: 29,704 | Gross: $0.14M

44. Playing for Time (1980 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama, Music

Female prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp (Auschwitz) are spared from death in return for performing music for their captors.

Directors: Daniel Mann, Joseph Sargent | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander, Maud Adams, Christine Baranski

Votes: 1,553

45. Lepa sela lepo gore (1996)

115 min | Comedy, Drama, History

At the Belgrade army hospital, casualties of Bosnian civil war are treated. In the hospital they remember their youth and the war. Two young boys, Halil, a Muslim, and Milan, a Serb, have ... See full summary »

Director: Srdjan Dragojevic | Stars: Dragan Bjelogrlic, Nikola Kojo, Dragan Maksimovic, Zoran Cvijanovic

Votes: 12,814

46. Out of the Ashes (2003 TV Movie)

R | 113 min | Drama

Based on a true story, this heart-wrenching film follows the journey of Gisella Perl (Christine Lahti), a Jewish-Hungarian doctor who manages to survive Auschwitz. Decades later, she's ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Christine Lahti, Bruce Davison, Jonathan Cake, Jolyon Baker

Votes: 1,009



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