Films about the Gulag

Films about the Gulag
List of the best films about the Gulag according to visitors: Lucky, The Way Back, As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me, East/West, Schindler's List, The Shoes of the Fisherman, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, In the Crosswind, Sobibor, Larks on a String.

In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, drama, crime, military
CountryRussia
PlotSurvival, Prison Break, Fight, Pads
PlacePrison, Gulag
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, For men, Disturbing

Vadim Uporov is desperate to escape from the Gulag. He tries and tries - again and again...

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, adventure, history
CountryUSA, United Arab Emirates, Poland, India
Duration02:13
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Adventure, Travel
PlaceRussia, Gulag, India
StyleInspirational, Heavy, Epic, Serious

Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film details their perilous & uncertain journey to freedom, as they cross deserts, mountains, & several nations.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military
CountryGermany
Duration02:38
PlotSurvival, Prison Break
PlaceGulag

The German soldier Clemens Forel - determined to be reunited with his beloved family - makes a dramatic escape through bitter cold winters, desolate landscapes, and life threatening ventures from a Siberian labor camp after World War II. 8000 miles and three endless years of uncertainty later, he is finally about to reach his destination...An edge of your seat drama that celebrates the power of the human spirit and the force of will, while inspired and impowered by love.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, adventure, history
CountryRussia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, France, Spain
Duration02:01
CharactersFamily
PlotRelationship
PlaceGulag, USSR

June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or prison. He and his French wife (her passport ripped up) are sent to Kiev. She wants to return to France immediately; he knows that they are captives and must watch every step.

Markimdb: 9
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration03:15
CharactersHeroes, Jews
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlaceConcentration camp, Ghetto, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StylePopular, Exciting, Fascinating, Touching, Depressive

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:42
CharactersPriests
PlotRevolution, Love triangle, Political, Uprising
PlacePrison, USSR, China, Asia
StyleAction, Epic, Serious

All eyes focus on the Vatican, watching for the traditional puffs of white smoke that signal the election of the next Pope. This time much more is at stake. The new pontiff may be the only person who can bring peace to a world on the brink of nuclear nightmare.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:30
CharactersChildrens, Jews, Friends
PlotWar, Friendship
PlaceConcentration camp, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleSad ones, To cry, Heavy, Gloomy, Touching

When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the role his own Nazi father plays in his imprisonment, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey inside the camp's walls.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, history
CountryEstonia
CharactersStalin
PlotOn real events, Survival
PlacePrison, Russia, Gulag, USSR, Siberia
TimeWorld War II, Winter
StyleAtmospheric, Depressive, Serious

June 14, 1941, 3 a.m. Over 40000 people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are deported by Soviets to Siberia. Among them is a philosophy student Erna, a happily married mother of a little girl. Separated from her husband Erna and her daughter are dispatched together with other women and children to remote Siberian territories. Despite hunger, fear and brutal humiliation Erna never in next fifteen years loses her sense of freedom and hope of returning to homeland. The story is inspired by real events.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, military
CountryRussia
Duration01:51
CharactersJews
PlotWar, On real events, Uprising
PlaceConcentration camp, Russia
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleHeavy

Based on the true story, international historical project “Sobibor” is dedicated to the heroism of the Soviet o cer Alexander Pechersky. During the great Patriotic war, being in a Nazi concentration camp Sobibor he managed to do the impossible — for only three weeks to organize a revolt and mass escape of the prisoners. Part of the escapees were caught and shot, and the rest led by Pechersky managed to escape and joined the partisans.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryCzechoslovakia
Duration01:34
PlotLove

Set in the late 1940s, the film concerns the treatment of suspect "bourgeois elements", a professor, a saxophonist, and a milkman, who are put to work in a junkyard for rehabilitation.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryRussia
Duration01:37
PlaceGulag
StyleFascinating

In the small town of Kandalaksha, Petya lives out a fantasy life as a traffic cop. He has a holster, a wooden gun, and the locals humor him by following his "orders." When a convict escapes from a nearby prison, Petya joins the manhunt as any good officer would.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryHungary

The true story of an unlikely romance in a Soviet labor camp.

Duration01:56
CharactersJews
PlotWar, Survival, Self-sacrifice
PlaceConcentration camp, Ghetto, Italy
TimeWorld War II
StylePopular, Mind-altering, Sad ones, To cry, Makes me think

A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up he tries to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:33
CharactersChildrens, Heroes, Pilots
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Chess, Tennis
PlacePrison, China
TimeWorld War II
StyleAtmospheric, Epic, Touching

Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even though he is separated from his parents and in a hostile environment, Jamie maintains his dignity and youthful spirits, providing a beacon of hope for the others held captive with him.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, history
CountryRussia
PlotSurvival, Political
PlaceTrains, USSR

The wife of the aircraft designer, Olga Pavlova, the head of the Moscow garment factory, and the wife of the director of the opera house, the famous Soviet opera singer Sofia Ter-Ashaturova, meet in the prison car of the train. Together they will go to Akmola camp of the wives of traitors of the Motherland, where there will be representatives of the most different strata of the population. Heroes will need strength of spirit and endurance to pass all the terrible ordeals on their way and remain human.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
CharactersSerial killers, Hired assassins, Investigators
PlotInvestigation, Pursuit, Conspiracies, Mystery
PlaceHospitals
StylePsychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Fascinating

A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having 'complications' during simple operations and ending up in comas. The patients are then shipped off to an institute that looks after them. The young doctor suspects there is more to this than meets the eye.

Markimdb: 3.6
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryRussia
Duration01:18
PlotSurvival, Fear
StyleExciting, Action, Disturbing

Rainy summer evening... Young people are arriving at the new trendy club named Phobos which is still under construction. Or re-construction - since it's a former bomb shelter which is reconstructed to become a club. At first, the party sees nothing wrong, but soon the bunker doors turn out to be locked, and the teenagers get trapped underground without light and communication. At first, all of them are joking and do not realize how dangerous their situation is. Then they get frightened. All of them will need to cope with their fears before the bunker will let them free.

Markimdb: 4.8
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, military
CountryCanada

Siberia 1953: Ilsa is now working in a Gulag prison camp. Her mission is to "retrain the minds" of those who don't agree with the communists.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, military, history
CountryRussia, Germany
Duration02:10
CharactersDogs, Jews
PlotLove, Relationship, Death, Love triangle, Fate
PlacePrison, Concentration camp, France
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StylePsychological problems, Philosophical, Heavy, Touching

The historical drama set during the Second World War centres on three people whose paths cross: a Russian aristocratic emigrant and member of the French resistance, a French collaborator and a high-ranking German SS officer.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryItaly, Soviet Union, USA
Duration02:17
CharactersStalin, Orphans
PlotLove, On real events, Political, KGB
PlaceTrains, Russia
TimeWorld War II
StyleMakes me think, Depressive, Serious

The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically flawed hero maintains unwavering faith in his "Master" despite the arrest of his neighbors and his involvement with their daughter, his wife's affair with the chilling State Security chief Lavrentii Beria and her tragic decline, and the deadly political machinations within the Kremlin he witnesses firsthand. Written by Martin H. Booda

Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography
CountryAustralia, United Kingdom
Duration01:56
PlotWar, On real events, Pursuit
PlaceAsia
TimeWorld War II
StyleTwisted plot, By books, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive

A victim from World War II's "Death Railway" sets out to find those responsible for his torture. A true story.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, military
CountrySoviet Union, Poland
CharactersSoldier
PlotWar
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleHeavy, Serious

Beginning of WWII. Zinaida, a Russian woman, is taken prisoner by the Germans and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp together with several other women. She is imprisoned with her baby son, Gena, who is learning to walk and takes his first steps in the snow, in the concentration camp. They spend a few years together in the camp until they are separated, first within Auschwitz itself, then, for good, when the Germans are losing the war and decide to evacuate.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:25
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Uprising
PlaceConcentration camp, Germany, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleDepressive, Serious

A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkomando Jews – who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow-Jews – find themselves in a moral grey zone.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredocumentary, military, history
CountryLatvia
TimeWorld War II

“The Soviet Story” is a story of an Allied power, which helped the Nazis to fight Jews and which slaughtered its own people on an industrial scale. Assisted by the West, this power triumphed on May 9th, 1945. Its crimes were made taboo, and the complete story of Europe’s most murderous regime has never been told. Until now...

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
CharactersLosers
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlaceConcentration camp
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Touching, Depressive, Serious

The real-life story of Gisella Perl, a Jewish Hungarian doctor imprisoned in the notorious Auschwitz death camp of World War II.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, adventure, crime
CountrySweden
Duration01:54
CharactersLosers, Old man
PlotAdventure, Chase
PlaceSweden
StyleLight, To cry, By books, Fascinating, Fancy

After living a long and colorful life, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genredrama, sport
CountryRussia, Ukraine
Duration01:57
PlotSports, Soccer
PlaceUSSR, Ukraine
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II

Based on the true story of the "death match" where the Soviet team "Start" scored its second victory over the German team «Flakelf» on August 9, 1942

Markimdb: 5.9
Genredrama, biography
CountryRussia
CharactersWriters
PlaceGulag, USSR
TimeWorld War II

He considers himself a genius but the publishers refuse to print his works. He loves women but they don’t always understand him. Constantly without money and out of touch with reality. The elegant fop Daniil Yuvachov names himself Kharms- a name just as effective as his appearance. An habitué of unending literary get-togethers and a lover of scandal. Living in society he is completely separate from it. Kharms throws down a gauntlet to his time, audaciously hurling himself into the vortex of reality, just as vague and arbitrary, with the same contradictions, as represented by his spirit.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, crime, military, history
CountryAustria, Germany
Duration01:35
CharactersJews
PlotOn real events, Money
PlaceConcentration camp

The story Jewish counterfeiter, Salomon Sorowitsch, coerced into assisting the Nazi operation of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp during World War II.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryHungary, Germany, United Kingdom, Israel, France, USA
CharactersTeens, Jews, Family
PlotWar, Survival, Test
PlaceConcentration camp, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful

An Hungarian youth comes of age at Buchenwald during World War II. György Köves is 14, the son of a merchant who's sent to a forced labor camp. After his father's departure, György gets a job at a brickyard; his bus is stopped and its Jewish occupants sent to camps. There, György find camaraderie, suffering, cruelty, illness, and death. He hears advice on preserving one's dignity and self-esteem. He discovers hatred. If he does survive and returns to Budapest, what will he find? What is natural; what is it to be a Jew? Sepia, black and white, and color alternate to shade the mood.





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