World War II Movies

List of the best movies about the Second World War, selected by visitors to our site: Ashes in the Snow, Sobibor, Tanks For Stalin, The Catcher Was a Spy, Anna's War, Witnesses, Operation Finale, Catch-22, Stalingrad, Tankers.

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

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.

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.

Tanks For Stalin (2018)
Markimdb: 4.7
Genreadventure, military, history
CharactersTankman, Soldier, Inventors, Stalin
PlotAdventure, War, Tanks, Chase, Skirmishes
PlaceLake, USSR
TimeWorld War II
StylePatriotic, Exciting, For men, Action, Disturbing

A prototype of a new cutting edge tank is being taken on a secret mission to Moscow, to Comrade Stalin. Soon the cross-country run turns into a ruthless race. Followed by Nazis, the tanks' team defeats their pursuers and proves the great ability and vast superiority of the machine that is about to become a legendary T-34.

The Catcher Was a Spy (2018)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, adventure
CharactersSpy, Scouts, CIA, Jews, Singers
PlotWar, Baseball, Mystery, Chess
PlaceItaly, USA
TimeWorld War II
StyleTense, Disturbing, Fascinating, To cry, By books

Major league baseball player, Moe Berg, lives a double life working for the Office of Strategic Services.

Anna's War (2018)
Markimdb: 6.8
PlotWar, Death, Survival, Fear
TimeWorld War II
StyleFor men, Makes me think, Depressive, Gloomy, Disturbing

The entire family of a 6-year-old Anna dies in the mass coordinated execution of Jews. The mother covers up Anna with her own body, and the girl miraculously survives. For the next few hundred days Anna hides in the disused chimney at the Nazi Commandant's office. From her shelter she watches as life passes her by until the village is liberated from the Nazi. In these inhuman conditions Anna not only survives but keeps her humanity. Many factors help her: memories from the life swept away by war, the cultural foundations laid by the parents and a friend who saves her from loneliness.

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.

Operation Finale (2018)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, drama, biography, history
CharactersSpecial agents, Horses, Spy, Lawyers, Jews
PlotDancing, On real events, Soccer, Revenge, Money
PlaceAircraft, Israel
TimeWorld War II

In 1960, a team of Israeli secret agents is deployed to find Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi architect of the Holocaust, supposedly hidden in Argentina, and get him to Israel to be judged.

Catch-22 (2019)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, military
CharactersPilots, Soldier
PlotWar, Death, Chase, Rivalry, Friendship
TimeWorld War II
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Fascinating, Makes me think

Pianosa Island, Italy, World War II. Bombardier John Yossarian tries to fulfill his duty, maintain sanity and return home as soon as possible, but incompetence and bureaucracy constantly stand in his way.

Stalingrad (1993)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, military
TimeWorld War II

"Stalingrad" follows the progress of a German Platoon through the brutal fighting of the Battle of Stalingrad. After having half their number wiped out and after being placed under the command of a sadistic Captain, the Lieutenant of the platoon leads his men to desert. The men of the platoon attempt to escape from the city which is now surrounded by the Soviet Army.

Tankers (2018)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genredrama, military, history
CharactersTankman, Heroes, Military
PlotWar, Tanks, Revenge, Death, Friendship
TimeWorld War II, Great Patriotic War
StylePatriotic, Exciting, Depressive, Disturbing, Tense

The film is based on the true story about a Soviet KV-1 crew of a Soviet KV-1 tank, under the command of Semyon Konovalov , whom despite being heavily outnumbered by German forces, destroyed 16 tanks, 2 armored vehicles and 8 other enemy vehicles at the village of Nizhnemytyakin, Tarasovsky district, Rostov region on July 13th, 1942.

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.

Overlord (2018)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, military
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersSnipers, Zombie, Monsters, Soldier, Military
PlotWar, Genetic experiments, Supernatural, Survival, Weapon
PlaceAircraft, France, Village, Laboratory
TimeWorld War II
StyleUnexpected ending, Depressive, Steampunk, Creepy, Tense

France, June 1944. On the eve of D-Day, some American paratroopers fall behind enemy lines after their aircraft crashes while on a mission to destroy a radio tower in a small village near the beaches of Normandy. After reaching their target, the surviving paratroopers realise that, in addition to fighting the Nazi troops that patrol the village, they also must fight against something else.

The Resistance Banker (2018)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, military, biography
CharactersSoldier, Friends
PlotOn real events, War, Money, Bank robbery, Fight
TimeWorld War II
StyleSerious, Touching, Tense, Fascinating, Makes me think

In the occupied Netherlands during World War II, banker Walraven van Hall is asked to use his financial contacts to help the Dutch resistance. With his brother Gijs, he comes up with a risky plan to take out huge loans and use the money to finance the Resistance.

Pearl Harbor (2001)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military
CharactersPilots, Friends, Soldier, Military
PlotLove, War, Death, Survival, Love triangle
PlaceJapan, Aircraft, Asia, England, USA
TimeWorld War II
StylePatriotic, Exciting, To cry, Long

The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes is immediately put on hold when they find themselves at the center of Japan's devastating attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

No Goodbyes (2018)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genredrama, military, history
TimeWorld War II

October 1941. Thousands of fascists troops are advancing on Kalinin to capture the city and therefore open a direct route to Moscow. There are two thousand people able to defend the city and they are without tanks or artillery. The only hope of holding the enemy off is in the fifth infantry division convoy, who are about to pass through Kalinin station. But saboteurs intend to do everything to keep this from happening. The head of the Kalinin garrison, Major Sysoyev, struggles to keep order and calm in the city, and himself falls under suspicion of involvement with the subversive enemy group.

Hurricane (2018)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUnited Kingdom, Poland
CharactersPilots, Soldier, Military
PlotOn real events, War, Friendship
TimeWorld War II
StylePatriotic, Serious, Action, Exciting, Tense

The story of the Polish fliers who found themselves fighting for the freedom of their own country in foreign skies. Seen through the eyes of a Polish fighter ace and adventurer, it tells how the Poles—driven across Europe by the German war machine—finally make their last stand. Flying Hurricanes for the RAF over Britain, they became a key component in the legend of ‘The Few’. Up against the might of the Luftwaffe they hoped that, by saving Great Britain from Nazi invasion, they were keeping the dream of a free Poland alive.

Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genreaction, comedy, drama, military
CountryUSA, Germany
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 Imitation Game (2014)
Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, drama, military, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersSpy, Mathematicians, Geniuses, Inventors
PlotOn real events, War, Computers
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Tense, Inspirational, Serious, Intellectual

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

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.

In This Corner of the World (2016)
Markimdb: 7.8
PlotEveryday life, Growing up
TimeWorld War II

Japan, 1943, during World War II. Young Suzu leaves her village near Hiroshima to marry and live with her in-laws in Kure, a military harbor. Her creativity to overcome deprivation quickly makes her indispensable at home. Inhabited by an ancestral wisdom, Suzu impregnates the simple gestures of everyday life with poetry and beauty. The many hardships, the loss of loved ones, the frequent air raids of the enemy, nothing alters her enthusiasm…