German movies about the war

List of movies about the Second World War, the Great Patriotic War and other wars selected by visitors to our site: 4 Days in May, The White Ribbon, Donbass, Transit, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Carnage, Queen Margot, Inglourious Basterds, The Pianist, Devil's Island.

In the top there are new films of 2018, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

4 Days in May (2011)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, military
CountryGermany, Russia, Ukraine
Duration01:33
CharactersSoldier, Orphans, Military
PlotOn real events, War, Swimming, Friendship
PlaceBeach, Germany, Islands
TimeWorld War II
StyleSerious

Germany, Baltic Sea coast, May 1945, a few days before the end of World War II. A small Soviet patrol arrives at an isolated house where an elderly baroness gives shelter to a group of orphan girls and a boy who is determined to continue the fight.

The White Ribbon (2009)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, detective
CountryGermany, France, Italy, Austria
Duration02:24
CharactersTeachers
PlotWar, Death, Fear
PlaceVillage
StyleEpic

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.

Donbass (2018)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama
CountryGermany, Ukraine, France, Netherlands, Romania
CharactersJournalists, Military
PlotWar, Snow, Wedding
PlaceTrains, Ukraine, Hospitals
StyleDisturbing, Black humor

In the Donbas, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by separatist gangs. In the Donbass, war is called peace, propaganda is uttered as truth and hatred is declared to be love. A journey through the Donbas unfolds as a chain of curious adventures, where the grotesque and drama are as intertwined as life and death. This is not a tale of one region, one country or one political system. It is about a world, lost in post-truth and fake identities. It is about each and every one of us.

Transit (2018)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama
CountryGermany, France
Duration01:46
CharactersMute
PlotLove, War, Death, Relationship, Pursuit
PlaceTrains, France, Hotels
StyleAction, Touching, Soulful, Fascinating, To cry

In an attempt to flee Nazi-occupied France, Georg assumes the identity of a dead author but soon finds himself stuck in Marseilles, where he falls in love with Maria, a young woman searching for her missing husband.

Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, fantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, Germany, United Kingdom
Duration01:32
CharactersSuperhero, Friends
PlotWar, Mystery, Superpowers
PlaceSpace
TimeFuture
StyleMarvel

The Fantastic Four return to the big screen as a new and all powerful enemy threatens the Earth. The seemingly unstoppable 'Silver Surfer', but all is not what it seems and there are old and new enemies that pose a greater threat than the intrepid superheroes realize.

Carnage (2011)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryGermany, France, Spain, Poland
Duration01:20
CharactersTeens, Parents, Writers
PlotAdventure, War
PlaceNew York, USA
StyleAction, Smart, Black humor, Psychological problems, Makes me think

After 11-year-old Zachary Cowan strikes his classmate across the face with a stick after an argument, the victim's parents invite Zachary's parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner.

Queen Margot (1994)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryFrance, Italy, Germany
Duration02:39
CharactersKings, Princesses
PlotLove, War, Political, Religious, Intrigue
PlaceFrance
TimeMiddle Ages, 16th century
StyleFascinating, Atmospheric, Depressive, Gloomy, Serious

The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the Hugenot King Henri of Navarre. Catherine of Medici maintains her behind-the-scenes power by ordering assaults, poisonings, and instigations to incest.

Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genreaction, comedy, drama, military
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:33
CharactersSpy, Jews, Hitler, Soldier, Heroes
PlotWar, Revenge, Fear, Self-sacrifice, Undercover
PlaceFrance, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, For men, Atmospheric, Action, Heavy

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

The Pianist (2002)
Markimdb: 8.5
Genredrama, military, biography
CountryPoland, France, United Kingdom, Germany
Duration02:29
CharactersJews, Musicians, Pianists
PlotOn real events, War, Survival, Hunger, Music
PlaceGhetto, Concentration camp, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleDepressive, Tense, Heartbreaking

The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

Devil's Island (1996)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryIceland, Germany, Norway, Denmark
Duration01:39
CharactersFamily, Soldier
PlotWar

Devil's Island is a bitter sweet tale of Iceland in the fifties. Life is rough in Reykjavik's post-war slum of Camp Thule, where the abandoned US military barracks have been turned into makeshift homes. Struggling wives and their hard-working husbands try to make ends meet. The younger generation dreams of dollars, Rock'n'Roll and the American way of life. To celebrate or to drown their misery - they're never short of a good reason to booze. Devil's Island vividly depicts the everyday life of a wacky family, their neighbours and friends and shows how some of their dreams come true and others don't.

The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, melodrama, adventure, western
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:16
CharactersSuperhero
PlotAdventure, War, Revenge, Justice
PlaceSpain, Mexico
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting

It has been twenty years since Don Diego de la Vega fought Spanish oppression in Alta California as the legendary romantic hero, Zorro. Having escaped from prison he transforms troubled bandit Alejandro into his successor, in order to foil the plans of the tyrannical Don Rafael Montero who robbed him of his freedom, his wife and his precious daughter.

Fateless (2005)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryHungary, Germany, United Kingdom, Israel
CharactersTeens, Jews, Family
PlotWar, Test
PlaceGermany, Concentration camp

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.

The Lark Farm (2007)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, history
CountryItaly, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Germany
Duration02:02
CharactersDoctors, Family, Brothers, Military
PlotWar
PlaceItaly, Turkey, Estate

The Lark Farm is set in a small Turkish town in 1915. It deals with the genocide of Armenians, looking closely at the fortunes, or rather, misfortunes of one wealthy Armenian family.

Krabat and the Legend of the Satanic Mill (2008)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrethriller, fantasy, drama
CountryGermany
Duration02:00
CharactersWizards, Teens, Friends, Heroes
PlotAdventure, War, Uprising, Supernatural, Superpowers
PlaceForest
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Serious

A 14-year-old orphan named Krabat flees the horrors of the 30 Years War by becoming an apprentice to an ominous master of a mysterious mill. Krabat is not only taught the craft of milling, but is also instructed in the sinister world of the darker arts. When the life of his friend and protector is threatened, Krabat must struggle to free himself from an evil sorcerer's control in a gripping fight for freedom, friendship and love.

The Land of the Enlightened (2016)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, documentary, military
CountryBelgium, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Afghanistan
Duration02:52
CharactersTeens
PlotWar, Survival
PlaceUSSR

A group of Kuchi children are living in a minefield around Bagram airfield, Afghanistan. They dig out anti-personal mines in order to sell the explosives to child workers mining in a Lappis Lazulli mine. The trajectory of the blue precious stones goes towards Tajikistan and China, through an area controlled by child soldiers. When they are not waging their own mini-wars in the daily madness of life in Afghanistan, the children are fleeing away in their personal fantasies and dreams, while the American soldiers are planning their retreat...

Dark Blue World (2001)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military
CountryCzech Republic, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Italy, France
Duration01:52
PlotWar

Lt. Franta Slama is a top pilot in the Czech Air Force who is assigned to train a promising young flier, Karel Vojtisek, and they soon become friends. When Nazi Germany invades Czechoslovakia in 1939, they both reject the authority of their new leaders and escape to England where they join other Czech exiles in the RAF. While flying a mission over England, Karel crash lands and happens upon the farmhouse of Susan, a young woman whose husband is in the Navy. Karel soon falls head over heels for Susan but, while they enjoy a brief fling, in time Susan decides she prefers the company of the older and more worldly Franta. As Franta and Karel struggle to maintain their friendship despite their romantic rivalry.

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2013)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama, history
CountryFrance, Germany
Duration02:02
CharactersHorses, Heroes, Military
PlotWar, Uprising, Revolution, Revenge, Rivalry
PlaceFrance
Time16th century
StyleFascinating, Serious, By books

In the 16th century in the Cévennes, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy and prosperous family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, this pious, upstanding man raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order to have his rights restored.

Two Lives (2012)
Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama
CountryGermany, Norway
Duration01:37
CharactersSpy, Lawyers, Family, Orphans
PlotWar, Snow, Mystery, Life, Family life
PlaceSubmarines, Germany, Norway, Court
StyleAction, Depressive, Disturbing, Serious, Fascinating

Europe 1990, the Berlin wall has just crumbled: Katrine, raised in East Germany, but now living in Norway for the last 20 years, is a “war child”; the result of a love relationship between a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier during World War II. She enjoys a happy family life with her mother, her husband, daughter and granddaughter. But when a lawyer asks her and her mother to witness in a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of the war children, she resists. Gradually, a web of concealments and secrets is unveiled, until Katrine is finally stripped of everything, and her loved ones are forced to take a stand: What carries more weight, the life they have lived together, or the lie it is based on?

Terminator Salvation (2009)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CountryUSA, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy
Duration01:58
CharactersRobots, Terminator
PlotArtificial Intelligence, Apocalypse, Nuclear War, War, Death
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, For men, Depressive, Cyberpunk, Disturbing

All grown up in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor must lead the resistance of humans against the increasingly dominating militaristic robots. But when Marcus Wright appears, his existence confuses the mission as Connor tries to determine whether Wright has come from the future or the past -- and whether he's friend or foe.

Pandorum (2009)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, detective
CountryGermany, United Kingdom
Duration01:48
CharactersPilots, Friends, Mutant
PlotWar, Supernatural, Lost memory, Survival, Expeditions
PlaceSpace, Ships, Spaceships
TimePost apocalypse, Future
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Depressive, Underrated, Disturbing

Two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they've been asleep, or what their mission is. The two soon discover they're actually not alone – and the reality of their situation is more horrifying than they could have imagined.




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