World War II Movies

List of the best movies about the Second World War, selected by visitors to our site: 1944, Hacksaw Ridge, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Allied, Enemy at the Gates, Operation Finale, Schindler's List, Bastards, Saving Private Ryan, The Last Frontier.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

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Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, military, history
CountryEstonia, Finland
Duration02:13
CharactersSoldier
PlotWar, Death, Weapon, Funeral
PlaceUSSR
TimeWorld War II

The events of the war in 1944, from the Blue Hills to Sõrve Peninsula. Shown through the eyes of Estonian soldiers who had to pick sides and fight against fellow brothers. Choices have to be made, not only by the soldiers, but also by their loved ones.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryAustralia, USA
Duration02:29
CharactersTeens, Snipers, Heroes, Military, Alcoholics
PlotLove, War, On real events, Survival, Death
PlaceJapan, Bunker
TimeWorld War II
StylePopular, To cry, Inspirational, Patriotic, Tense

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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: 7.1
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, military
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:39
CharactersSpy, Scouts, Military, Soldier
PlotLove, War, Skirmishes, Investigation, Friendship
PlaceEngland, France, Night Clubs
TimeWorld War II
StyleTense

In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, military, history
CountryUSA, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Germany
Duration02:11
CharactersSnipers
TimeWorld War II

Enemy at the Gates is a war film from Jean-Jacques Annaud from 2001 that takes place during the battle of Stalingard in World War II between the Russians and the Germans.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, drama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:32
CharactersHorses, Spy, Jews, Special agents, Lawyers
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Soccer, Revenge, Money
PlaceAircraft, Israel
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction

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.

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: 6.1
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryRussia
Duration01:38
CharactersHeroes, Military, Difficult teens
PlotWar, Death
PlaceRussia
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

A "Hitlerjugend" kind of story, set in the Soviet Union during the Second World War, based on a fictitious story from the eponymous book by Vladimir Kunin.

Markimdb: 8.6
Genredrama, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:49
CharactersSnipers, Military, Friends, Soldier, Warriors
PlotWar, Tanks, Death, Self-sacrifice
PlaceFrance
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Epic, Depressive

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryRussia
CharactersTeens, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleExciting, Action, Tense

The story of the Podolsk cadets’ heroic stand outside Moscow in October 1941. Cadets were sent to the Ilyinsky line, fighting alongside units from the Soviet 43rd Army to hold back the German advance until reinforcements arrived. Hopelessly outnumbered, young men laid down their lives in a battle lasting almost two weeks to obstruct the far superior German forces advancing towards Moscow. Around 3,500 cadets and their commanding officers were sent to hold up the last line of defense outside Moscow. Most of them remained there for eternity.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, China, Canada, Hong Kong
CharactersMilitary, Soldier, Emperors
PlotWar, On real events, Revenge, Sea battles, Aviation
PlaceSubmarines, Sea, Ocean, Warships, Japan
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.

Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, drama, military, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:54
CharactersSpy, Scouts, Programmers, Geniuses, Mathematicians
PlotWar, On real events, Computers
PlaceEngland
TimeWorld War II
StyleInspirational, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense, 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.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration03:03
CharactersMilitary, Friends, Soldier, Pilots
PlotLove, War, Survival, Death, Love triangle
PlaceAircraft, Ocean, England, Warships, Japan
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, To cry, Patriotic, 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.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUSA, China, United Kingdom
Duration02:14
CharactersTankman, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Tanks, Rivalry
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive

Last months of World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank called "Fury" and its five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, military, history
CountryGermany
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, Diving, Gifts
PlaceTrains, Lake, Berlin
TimeWorld War II

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Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryRussia
CharactersTankman, Heroes
PlotOn real events, Racing, Tanks, Prison Break, The escape
PlaceRussia
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II, Winter
StyleExciting, Heavy, Tense, Touching, Numbers in the title

In 1944, a courageous group of Russian soldiers managed to escape from German captivity in a half-destroyed legendary T-34 tank. Those were the times of unforgettable bravery, fierce fighting, unbreakable love, and legendary miracles.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Netherlands, France, USA
Duration02:27
CharactersLifeguards, Military, Friends, Soldier, Pilots
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Death, Fear
PlaceSea, Ships, England, Warships, France
TimeWorld War II
StyleAtmospheric, Tense, Epic, Best soundtracks, Disturbing

The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, military
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:11
CharactersThieves, Jews
PlotWar, Death, Adoption
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genreaction, comedy, drama, military
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:33
CharactersSpy, Hitler, Heroes, Jews, Military
PlotWar, Revenge, Fear, Self-sacrifice, Undercover
PlaceFrance, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy, Black humor

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.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, military, history
CountryUSA, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Japan, United Kingdom
Duration02:01
CharactersHitler
PlotWar, On real events, Friendship, Betrayal, Cheating
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Disturbing

Wounded in Africa during World War II, Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government and assassinate Adolf Hitler. When events unfold so that he becomes a central player, he finds himself tasked with both leading the coup and personally killing the Führer.

Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, military, history
CountryUSA, China, Canada
CharactersCaptain of the ship
PlotWar, On real events, Shipwreck
PlaceSea, Submarines, Ships, Ocean, Warships
TimeWorld War II
StylePatriotic

A first-time captain leads a convoy of allied ships carrying thousands of soldiers across the treacherous waters of the “Black Pit” to the front lines of WW2. With no air cover protection for 5 days, the captain and his convoy must battle the surrounding enemy Nazi U-boats in order to give the allies a chance to win the war.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genredrama, military, history
CountryRussia
CharactersSoldier
PlotWar, Death
PlaceUSSR
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleHeavy, Tense, Epic, Serious, For men

After several months of fierce fighting, the Red Army finally knocks the enemy out of the village of Ovsyannikovo, which costs huge losses - only a third of the personnel remain from the company. Exhausted to the limit, the soldiers are waiting for reinforcements, but an order comes from the headquarters - to keep the village at all costs, and this is tantamount to a death sentence. The company commander faces a difficult choice - either to lose the remnants of the company, following a meaningless command order, or to withdraw his people from mortar fire, but at the same time leave their positions and go to the tribunal for violating the order. In extremely realistic details, only one fierce battle is shown, in which, like in a drop of water, the whole truth about the war is reflected.

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Genredrama, biography
CountryRussia, Belarus
PlotOn real events
StyleSoulful, By books, Fascinating, Serious

The picture is dedicated to the exploits of the Soviet underground fighters and partisans who heroically fought against the German invaders during the Great Patriotic War. The image of the main character of the railway worker Ales Arlovich is collective, but it is based on the fate of the Soviet underground fighter Fyodor Krylovich, who committed the largest land sabotage of the Second World War at the Osipovichi railway station.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, military
CountryGermany, Russia, Ukraine
Duration01:33
CharactersMilitary, Soldier, Orphans
PlotWar, On real events, Friendship, Swimming
PlaceIslands, Beach, Germany
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleSoulful, By books, Makes me think, Touching, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrefantastic, action, adventure, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:04
CharactersSuperhero, Heroes, Scientists, Soldier
PlotAdventure, Friendship, Experiments, Genetic experiments
PlaceUSA, New York
TimeFuture, World War II
StyleMarvel, Exciting, Patriotic, Serious, For men

Predominantly set during World War II, Steve Rogers is a sickly man from Brooklyn who's transformed into super-soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. Rogers must stop the Red Skull – Adolf Hitler's ruthless head of weaponry, and the leader of an organization that intends to use a mysterious device of untold powers for world domination.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genreaction, drama, military, biography, history
CountryRussia
CharactersMilitary, Pilots, Test pilots
PlotWar, The escape
PlaceConcentration camp
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II

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

Markimdb: 8.7
Genredocumentary, military, history
CountryRussia

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Markimdb: 4.5
Genremilitary, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersMilitary, Scientists, Soldier
PlotRelease of hostages
PlacePoland
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.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, military
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:45
CharactersZombie, Snipers, Monsters, Mutant, Military
PlotWar, Survival, Supernatural, Weapon, Genetic experiments
PlaceVillage, Aircraft, France, Laboratory
TimeWorld War II
StyleUnexpected ending, Twisted plot, Steampunk, Tense, Creepy

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.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Czech Republic
Duration02:23
CharactersAnimals, Strong women, Jews, Lions, Smugglers
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceZoos, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Makes me think, Touching

The account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.





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