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List of the best movies like Life Is Beautiful (1997): Schindler's List, The Pianist, Defiance, Wunderkinder, The Good Lie, The Devil's Arithmetic, Europa Europa, The Great Dictator, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Book Thief.

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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: 8.6
Genredrama, military, music, biography
CountryFrance, Poland, United Kingdom, Germany
Duration02:29
CharactersGeniuses, Musicians, Jews, Pianists
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Music, Hunger
PlaceConcentration camp, Ghetto, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Tense, Depressive, Heartbreaking, Worth watching

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.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:17
CharactersJews
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Robbery, Love triangle
PlaceForest, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleRomantic, Soulful, Fascinating, Heavy, Epic

Based on a true story, during World War II, four Jewish brothers escape their Nazi-occupied homeland of West Belarus in Poland and join the Soviet partisans to combat the Nazis. The brothers begin the rescue of roughly 1,200 Jews still trapped in the ghettos of Poland.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, military, music
CountryGermany
Duration01:40
CharactersMusicians, Jews, Friends
PlotWar, Friendship, Self-sacrifice
PlaceRussia, Ukraine
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Touching, Depressive, Serious

Three musically talented children look to the future, but their hopes crumble when Germany and Russia enter into war.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryKenya, India, USA, Canada, South Africa
Duration01:50
CharactersFriends, Losers, Refugees
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Friendship, Self-sacrifice
PlaceAfrica, USA
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Fascinating, Heavy, Touching

A young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman assigned to help them, but the young man struggles to adjust to this new life and his feelings of guilt about the brother he left behind.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantasy, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersTeens, Heroes, Jews, Losers
PlotWar, Survival, Time travel
PlaceConcentration camp, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Serious

Hannah Stern, an American-born Jewish adolescent, is uninterested in the culture, faith and customs of her relatives; however, Hannah begins to revaluate her heritage when she has a supernatural experience that transports her back to a Nazi death camp in 1941. There, she meets a young girl named Rivkah, a fellow captive in the camp. As Rivkah and Hannah struggle to survive in the face of daily atrocities, they form an unbreakable bond.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, military, history
CountryGermany, France, Poland
Duration01:52
CharactersTeens, Heroes, Jews
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlaceGhetto, Germany, Berlin, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Epic, Makes me think

A Jewish boy separated from his family in the early days of WWII poses as a German orphan and is taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually becomes a Hitler Youth.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genrecomedy, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:05
CharactersHitler, Jews, Soldier, Hairdressers, Doubles
PlotSurvival, Political
PlaceGhetto
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

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: 7.5
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: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:26
CharactersChildrens
PlotLove, War, On real events, Survival, Relationship
PlaceConcentration camp, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Makes me think

Germany, 1944. Leyna, the 15-year old daughter of a white German mother and a black African father, meets Lutz, a compassionate member of the Hitler Youth whose father is a prominent Nazi soldier, and they form an unlikely connection in this quickly changing world.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryHungary, Germany, United Kingdom, Israel, France, USA
CharactersTeens, Jews, Family
PlotWar, Survival, Test
PlaceConcentration camp, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful

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.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, military, history
CountryFrance, Germany, Hungary
Duration01:55
CharactersJews
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlaceConcentration camp, France
TimeWorld War II
StyleMakes me think, Depressive, Serious

Joseph is eleven. And this June morning, he must go to school, a yellow star sown on his chest. He receives the support of a goods dealer. The mockery of a baker. Between kindness and contempt, Jo, his Jewish friends, their families, learn of life in an occupied Paris, on the Butte Montmartre, where they've taken shelter. At least that's what they think, until that morning on July 16th 1942, when their fragile happiness is toppled over.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, military
CountryUSA, Poland
Duration01:35
CharactersJews, Losers
PlotSurvival
PlaceVillage, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, To cry, Touching, Serious

A 12-year-old Jewish boy hides with a family of Catholic peasant farmers to escape the Nazis.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryPoland, Germany, United Kingdom
CharactersHeroes, Losers, Orphans
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlaceGhetto, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

The story of Polish pedagogue Janusz Korczak and his dedication to protecting Jewish orphans during the war.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, military, history
CountryGermany
CharactersDogs, Snipers, Jews, Old man
PlotWar, Death
PlaceConcentration camp, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating

Taking place at the Concentration camp Buchenwald at the end of March 1945, prisoner Hans Pippig discovers in a carrying case of an incoming prisoner a Jewish child. If reported the three-year-old is sure to die. On the other hand, a violation of the rules of the camp would threaten the long prepared uprising of the concentration camp prisoners against the SS.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, military
CountryAustralia, Germany, United Kingdom
Duration01:48
CharactersJews
PlotWar, Survival, Travel
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Soulful, Atmospheric, Tense, Gloomy

Lore leads her four younger siblings across a war-torn Germany in 1945. Amidst the chaos she encounters a mysterious refugee who shatters her fragile reality with hatred and desire.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, military
CountryFrance, West Germany, Italy
Duration01:44
CharactersJews, Pupils, Friends
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Death
PlaceFrance, USA, Boarding school
TimeWorld War II
StylePsychological problems, To cry, Gloomy, Makes me think, Touching

Au revoir les enfants tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie—until a secret is revealed. Based on events from writer-director Malle’s own childhood, the film is a subtle, precisely observed tale of courage, cowardice, and tragic awakening.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama, military
CountryCzechoslovakia
Duration02:05
CharactersHeroes, Friends, Losers
PlotWar, Survival, Friendship, Political
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Fancy, Touching

In a small town in Nazi-occupied Slovakia during World War II, decent but timid carpenter Tono is named "Aryan comptroller" of a button store owned by an old Jewish widow, Rozalie. Since the post comes with a salary and standing in the town's corrupt hierarchy, Tono wrestles with greed and guilt as he and Rozalie gradually befriend each other. When the authorities order all Jews in town to be rounded up, Tono faces a moral dilemma unlike any he's known before.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, military, history
CountryAustralia, USA
Duration02:02
CharactersFriends
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Friendship, Justice
PlacePrison, Islands, Asia
TimeWorld War II
StyleGloomy, Touching, Serious

A group of English, American, Dutch and Australian women creates a vocal orchestra while being imprisoned in a Japanese POW camp on Sumatra during World War II.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history, sport
CountryMacedonia, Czech Republic, USA
Duration01:53
CharactersJews
PlotOn real events, Soccer, True love, Competitions, Rivalry
PlaceYugoslavia
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Serious

Spitz is the German-Jewish coach of the football team Macedonia during World War II. Under his leadership, the team fights to become the champion of Bulgaria's National Football League

Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, military, biography
CountrySweden, Hungary
Duration01:55
CharactersHeroes, Losers
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Political
PlaceGhetto, Sweden
TimeWorld War II
StyleMakes me think, Depressive, Serious

Swedish account of Raoul Wallenberg, the man responsible for the largest rescue of Jews during World War II.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, history
CountryMexico, USA
Duration02:16
CharactersSamurai, Doctors, Family, Priests
PlotWar, Survival, Funeral
PlaceVillage, Japan, USA, Small cities
TimeWorld War II
StyleUnexpected ending, To cry, Cute, Touching

An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration02:26
CharactersStudents, Priests
PlotWar, On real events, Friendship, Death, Self-sacrifice
PlaceChina
TimeWorld War II
StyleHeavy, Touching, Depressive, Serious

A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, drama, military, biography
CountryGermany, France, Poland
Duration01:48
CharactersOrphans
PlotSurvival
PlaceGhetto, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Gloomy, Touching, Depressive, Serious

Run Boy Run is the true story of Jurek, an eight-year-old boy, who escapes from the Warsaw ghetto, then manages to survive in the woods and working as a farmhand, disguising himself as a Polish orphan. He encounters people who will betray him for a reward, who will beat him up or try to kill him, and he meets those, who will do and risk almost everything to help him. Jurek’s resilience is put to the ultimate test, when an accident cripples him, making it harder to find work. But he struggles on against all odds. Eventually the Russians reach his area and Jurek even finds a family where he could stay. Yet he is betrayed again, and a young man from a Jewish orphanage forcefully tries to bring Jurek back to his people and his faith.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:33
CharactersChildrens, Heroes, Pilots
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Chess, Tennis
PlacePrison, China
TimeWorld War II
StyleAtmospheric, Epic, Touching

Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even though he is separated from his parents and in a hostile environment, Jamie maintains his dignity and youthful spirits, providing a beacon of hope for the others held captive with him.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, military
CountryNetherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium
Duration02:25
CharactersSpy, Terrorists, Jews, Pianists, Singers
PlotWar, Survival, False accusations
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Epic

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, military, history
CountryCzech Republic, Slovakia
Duration02:06
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceVillage
TimeWorld War II
StyleDepressive, Serious

With the Nazi takeover of Europe underway, the Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich arrives in Prague and his underlings begin enforcing his authority in the towns and villages across the occupied country. In Lidice, the film's main protagonist, František Šíma, is sent to prison following a family dispute that results in the accidental death of one of his sons.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryNetherlands
PlotWar, On real events
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Depressive, Serious

In Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, Walter Süskind is a member of the Dutch Jewish Council who rescues hundreds of children from the concentration camps.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, military
CountryGermany, Israel, USA
CharactersDogs, Jews, Clowns
PlotSurvival, Mental disorders
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, Germany, Israel
TimeWorld War II
StyleGloomy, Touching, Depressive, Serious

Before the war, in Berlin, Adam was an entertainer- cabaret impresario, magician, musician-loved by all until he finds himself in a concentration camp, confronted by Commandant Klein. Adam survives the camp by becoming the Klein's "dog", entertaining him while his wife and daughter are sent off to die. "Adam Resurrected" is the story of a man who once was a dog who meets a dog who once was a boy.





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