World War II Movies

List of the best movies about the Second World War, selected by visitors to our site: Ashes in the Snow, Enemy Lines, Resistance, Kalashnikov AK-47, Sophie and the Rising Sun, In the Fog, Werewolf, Lancaster Skies, The Shadow, Railroad Tigers.

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
PlotWar, Survival
PlaceConcentration camp, Siberia
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.

Enemy Lines (2020)
Markimdb: 4.5
Genremilitary, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersMilitary, Scientists, Soldier
PlotRelease of hostages
TimeWorld War II, Great Patriotic War

In the frozen, war torn landscape of occupied Poland during World War II, a crack team of allied commandos are sent on a deadly mission behind enemy lines to extract a rocket scientist from the hands of the Nazis.

Resistance (2020)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Germany, USA
CharactersArtists, Heroes, Jews, Orphans
PlotLove, On real events
TimeWorld War II

The story of mime Marcel Marceau as he works with a group of Jewish boy scouts and the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II.

Kalashnikov AK-47 (2020)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrebiography, history
CharactersGeniuses, Inventors, Soldier
PlotOn real events, Weapon
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Heavy, For men, Disturbing

Tank commander Kalashnikov is severely injured in battle in 1941. The accident leaves him incapacitated and unable to return to the front line. While recovering in the hospital he begins creating the initial sketches of what will become one of the world’s most legendary weapons. A self-taught inventor, Mikhail Kalashnikov, is only 29 when he develops the now iconic assault riffle — the AK-47.

Sophie and the Rising Sun (2016)
Markimdb: 6.6
CharactersArtists, Soldier, Gardeners, Artists, Widows
TimeWorld War II

In a small Southern town in the autumn of 1941, Sophie’s lonely life is transformed when an Asian man arrives under mysterious circumstances. Their love affair becomes the lightning rod for long-buried conflicts that erupt in bigotry and violence with the outbreak of World War ll.

In the Fog (2012)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, military, history
CountryRussia, Germany, Netherlands, Latvia, Belarus
PlotWar, Survival, Death, False accusations
PlaceRussia, Forest
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, By books, Fascinating, Gloomy

Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation. A man is wrongly accused of collaboration. Desperate to save his dignity, he faces an impossible moral choice.

Werewolf (2019)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrethriller, drama, military, history
CountryPoland, Netherlands, Germany
CharactersDogs, Teens, Soldier
PlotSurvival, Fight, Hunger, Rivalry
TimeWorld War II

Summer of 1945. A temporary orphanage is established in an abandoned palace surrounded by forests for the eight children liberated from the Gross-Rosen camp. Hanka, also a former inmate, becomes their guardian. After the atrocities of the camp, the protagonists slowly begin to regain what is left of their childhood but the horror returns quickly. Camp Alsatians roam the forests around. Released by the SS earlier on, they have gone feral and are starving. Looking for food they besiege the palace. The children are terrified and their camp survival instinct is triggered.

Lancaster Skies (2019)
Markimdb: 4.5
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUnited Kingdom
PlotOn real events, Aviation, Mystery
PlaceEngland, Germany, Berlin
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching

Douglas, a broken, solitary, Spitfire Ace, must overcome his past to lead a Lancaster bomber crew in the pivotal aerial war over Berlin, in 1944.

The Shadow (2016)
PlotLove, Friendship, Death, Uprising
PlaceTrains, Russia, USSR
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StylePsychological problems, Makes me think, Depressive, Serious

A story of a successful businessman who falls in love with a silent movies actress and starts to look everywhere for a woman who looks exactly like her.

Railroad Tigers (2016)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, comedy, adventure, family, military
PlotWar, Martial Arts
PlaceTrains, China, Railway
TimeWorld War II

A railroad worker in China in 1941 leads a team of freedom fighters against the Japanese in order to get food for the poor.

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The Last Note (2017)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, military
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II

The execution of 200 Greek resistance fighters by the German occupiers on May 1st, 1944 in Kaisariani, as reprisal for the Greek Resistance ambush against Nazis.

Mrs Wilson (2018)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, detective, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersSpy, Family, Widows
PlotOn real events, Relationship, Investigation, Friendship
PlaceIndia, London
TimeWorld War II, Cold War
StylePsychological problems, Action, By books, Fascinating, Serious

After the sudden death of ex-Secret Intelligence Service man Alexander, his wife Alison investigates when mysteries from her husband's past come knocking.

Walking with the Enemy (2013)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military, history
CountryRomania, Hungary, Canada, USA
CharactersHorses, Snipers
PlotLove, War, On real events, Dancing
PlaceAircraft, Ghetto
TimeWorld War II
StyleDepressive, Serious

Regent Horthy is the leader of Hungary and a German ally, but his favorable standing with Hitler changes as the war comes to an end. Forced to cede Hungary’s power or else witness the execution of his son, Regent Horthy gives up control of his country to the Nazis, who quickly move Hungarians to ghettos and death camps, with no hope in sight. But the despair changes when a young man named Elek emerges. Separated from his family during the relocations and aided by the woman he loves , Elek defies the enemy by becoming one of them. In a race against time, disguised as a Nazi Officer he embarks on a mission to save his family and thousands of his countrymen.

Midway (2019)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, China, Canada, Hong Kong
CharactersMilitary, Soldier, Emperors
PlotWar, On real events, Revenge, Sea battles, Shipwreck
PlaceSubmarines, Sea, Warships, Japan, USA
TimeWorld War II

The story of the soldiers and aviators who helped turn the tide of the Second World War during the iconic Battle of Midway in June 1942.

The Crossing II (2015)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryChina, USA, Hong Kong
PlotLove, War, Death, Hatred
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Serious

A story of three couples and their intertwining love stories set in 1940s Taiwan and Shanghai, centered around the 1949 sinking of Taiping.

Back to 1942 (2012)
Markimdb: 6.8
PlotWar, Survival
PlaceChina, Asia
TimeWorld War II
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive, Serious

In 1942, Henan Province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million men, women and children. Although the primary cause of the famine was a severe drought, it was exacerbated by locusts, windstorms, earthquakes, epidemic disease and the corruption of the ruling Kuomintang government.

Battle Force (2012)
Markimdb: 3.2
Genreaction, military
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Serious, Disturbing

In the thick of WWII, the 1st Special Service Force unit is called to duty on a secret rescue mission. Challenged by Nazis at every turn, our band of heroes bunker in a bombed out city and race against time to relay a message that is crucial to the Allies invasion of Sicily. Cornered and caught between a rock and a hard place, they only have one option: fire more bullets!

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

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

The Railway Man (2013)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography
CountryAustralia, United Kingdom
PlotWar, On real events, Pursuit
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.

Puppet Master: Axis of Evil (2010)
Markimdb: 4.3
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, fantasy
CharactersSpy, Ninja, Heroes, Geisha
PlotRevenge, Superpowers, Supernatural, Rivalry
TimeWorld War II
StyleHeavy, Serious, Disturbing

In a Stateside hotel during the height of World War II, young Danny Coogan dreams of joining the war effort. Following the murder of hotel guest Mr. Toulon by Nazi assassins, Danny finds the old man's crate of mysterious puppets and is suddenly thrust into a battle all his own. He discovers that Nazis Max and Klaus, along with beautiful Japanese saboteur Ozu, plan to attack a secret American manufacturing plant. After his family is attacked and his girlfriend Beth is kidnapped, it is up to Danny and the living deadly Puppets to stop this Axis of Evil.