Movies about concentration camps

List of the best movies about concentration camps, selected by visitors to our site: The Photographer of Mauthausen, Ashes in the Snow, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Sobibor, Witnesses, Schindler's List, The Pianist, Fateless, Life Is Beautiful, X-Men.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

The Photographer of Mauthausen (2018)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, military, biography, history
CharactersPhotographers, Dogs, Teens
PlotOn real events, War
PlaceConcentration camp, Village
TimeWorld War II
StyleHeavy, Disturbing, Action, Fascinating, Makes me think

Spanish photographer Francesc Boix, imprisoned in the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp, works in the SS Photographic Service. Between 1943 and 1945, he hides, with the help of other prisoners, thousands of negatives, with the purpose of showing the freed world the atrocities committed by the Nazis, exhaustively documented. He will be a key witness during the Nuremberg Trials.

Ashes in the Snow (2018)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryLithuania, USA
PlotWar, Survival
PlaceConcentration camp
TimeWorld War II

The coming-of-age tale of 16-year-old Lina Vilkas who is deported to Siberia amid Stalin's reign of terror in the Baltic region during WWII. An aspiring artist, she secretly documents her harrowing journey with her drawings.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, military
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersJews, Childrens, Friends
PlotWar, Friendship
PlaceGermany, Concentration camp
TimeWorld War II
StyleTouching, Gloomy, Serious, Heartbreaking

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.

Sobibor (2018)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, military
PlotWar, Uprising
PlaceRussia, Concentration camp
TimeWorld War II

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.

Witnesses (2018)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, history
CountryRussia, Belarus, Czech Republic, France, Poland, Israel
PlaceConcentration camp
TimeWorld War II

The film tells about the history of the Holocaust through the stories of its unwitting Witnesses.

Schindler's List (1993)
Markimdb: 8.9
Genredrama, biography, history
CharactersJews, Heroes
PlotOn real events, War, Survival
PlaceGhetto, Germany, Concentration camp
TimeWorld War II
StyleWorth watching, Fascinating, Touching, Depressive, Serious

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.

The Pianist (2002)
Markimdb: 8.5
Genredrama, military, biography
CountryPoland, France, United Kingdom, Germany
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.

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.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
PlotWar, Survival, Self-sacrifice
PlaceGhetto, Italy, Concentration camp
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Touching

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.

X-Men (2000)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CharactersSuperhero, Losers, Heroes, Mutant, Immortals
PlotAdventure, Supernatural, Superpowers
PlaceGermany, Concentration camp, USA
StyleMarvel, Exciting, By comics, Disturbing, Serious

Two mutants, Rogue and Wolverine, come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team, the X-Men, must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers.

Remember (2015)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryCanada, Germany, Mexico, South Africa
CharactersDogs, Jews, Disabled people, Gay, Taxi drivers
PlotRevenge, Death, Weapon, Funeral, Justice
PlaceTrains, Germany, Concentration camp, Hotels
TimeWorld War II
StyleUnexpected ending, Tense, Touching, Psychological problems

With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person responsible for the death of his family.

Savage Dog (2017)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genreaction, drama
PlacePrison, Ireland, Concentration camp
StyleExciting, Action

A story set in Indochina in 1959, a lawless land controlled by the criminal class: Vietnamese warlords and European war-criminals. Den-Dhin-Chan Labor Camp is run by four such dangerous men. The worst prison in the land, it is here that an Irish, former-champion boxer Martin Tillman has made a name for himself fighting tournaments, on which wealthy criminals gamble in high stakes events. When Tillman is due for release, he just wants to return home, but the corrupt forces running the jail will do everything in their power to keep him locked down. When all that Tillman holds dear is taken away in a vicious act of violence, he is forced to confront the men responsible and take his revenge. The birth of a legend.

V2. Escape from Hell (2021)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, drama, military, biography, history
CharactersMilitary, Pilots
PlotWar, The escape
PlaceConcentration camp
TimeWorld War II, Great Patriotic War

Mikhail Devyatayev, a captured Soviet pilot who leads an escape from a German concentration camp by hijacking an aircraft.