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20 best movies like The Tin Drum (1979)

List of the best movies like The Tin Drum (1979): The Battle of Neretva, Underground, Europa Europa, Secrets of War, Young Törless, Before the Fall, The Book Thief, Kapo, Run Boy Run, Winter in Wartime.

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Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, military, history
CountryItaly, Yugoslavia, West Germany
Duration02:24
CharactersHorses, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Adventure, Political, Rivalry
PlaceVillage, Yugoslavia
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Heavy, Epic, Depressive

In January 1943 the German army, afraid of an Allied invasion of the Balkans, launched a great offensive against Yugoslav Partisans in Western Bosnia. The only way out for the Partisan forces and thousands of refugees was the bridge on the river Neretva.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrecomedy, drama, military
CountryYugoslavia, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria
Duration03:14
PlotWar, Revolution, Art, Freedom
PlaceYugoslavia
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Smart, Black humor, Makes me think, Depressive

Black marketeers Marko and Blacky manufacture and sell weapons to the Communist resistance in WWII Belgrade, living the good life along the way. Marko's surreal duplicity propels him up the ranks of the Communist Party, and he eventually abandons Blacky and steals his girlfriend. After a lengthy stay in a below-ground shelter, the couple reemerges during the Yugoslavian Civil War of the 1990s as Marko realizes that the situation is ripe for exploitation.

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: 7.1
Genredrama, family, military
CountryNetherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg
Duration01:32
CharactersTeens, Childrens, Friends, Soldier, Fathers
PlotWar, Friendship, Mystery
PlaceVillage
TimeWorld War II
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Tuur and Lambert are best friends. But the war is closing in and is about to change their lives forever. Tuurs dad joined the resistance and even his big brother seems so be part of it. Lamberts family on the other hand choose to obey the Germans. Then a new girls from the city shows up, befriending the boys but telling her secret to only one of them. A choice that separates the boys and ultimately gets her in trouble.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama
CountryWest Germany, France
PlotUprising
PlaceSchool, Germany, Boarding school
StyleSoulful, Makes me think, Depressive, Serious

At an Austrian boys' boarding school in the early 1900s, shy, intelligent Törless observes the sadistic behavior of his fellow students, doing nothing to help a victimized classmate—until the torture goes too far. Adapted from Robert Musil's acclaimed novel, Young Törless launched the New German Cinema movement and garnered the 1966 Cannes Film Festival International Critics' Prize for first-time director Volker Schlöndorff.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, sport
CountryGermany
Duration01:55
PlotWar, Boxing, Friendship
PlaceGermany, Boarding school
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Depressive, Serious

In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) – high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich enrolls. During his year in seventh column,Friedrich encounters hazing, cruelty, death, and the Nazi code. His friendship with Albrecht, the ascetic son of the area's governor, is central to this education.

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: 7.6
Genredrama, military
CountryItaly, France, Yugoslavia
CharactersHeroes, Jews, Military, Friends
PlotWar, Survival, Friendship
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

Determined to survive at any price, Edith, a young Jewish woman deported to an extermination camp, manages to survive by accepting the role of kapo, a privileged prisoner whose mission is to ruthlessly guard other prisoners.

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
Genredrama, military, history
CountryNetherlands, Belgium
CharactersHorses, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Adventure
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleExciting, Action, By books, Fascinating, Gloomy

During World War II in the freezing winter of 1944-45 the western Netherlands are in the grip of a famine. Many people move east to provide for their families. Fourteen year old Michiel can't wait to join the Dutch resistance, to the dismay of his father, who, as mayor, works to prevent escalations in the village.

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: 7.6
Genredrama, military
CountryUnited Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy, France
Duration01:49
CharactersHeroes, Military, Priests
PlotWar, Revolution, Political, Uprising
PlaceEngland, Spain
StyleFascinating, Makes me think, Serious

David Carr is a British Communist who is unemployed. In 1936, when the Spanish Civil War begins, he decides to fight for the Republican side, a coalition of liberals, communists and anarchists, so he joins the POUM militia and witnesses firsthand the betrayal of the Spanish revolution by Stalin's followers and Moscow's orders.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genredrama, military
CountryFrance, Italy
Duration02:25
CharactersSpy, Terrorists, Heroes
PlotWar, Survival, Betrayal, Intrigue
PlacePrison, Paris, France
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Gloomy, Makes me think, Depressive, Serious

Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Though Gerbier escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseilles, France, and exacts his revenge on the informant, he must continue a quiet, seemingly endless battle against the Nazis in an atmosphere of tension, paranoia and distrust.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, history
CountryItaly, France, West Germany
Duration05:18
PlotWar, Friendship, Revolution, Death, Political
PlaceItaly
StyleFascinating, Epic, Makes me think, Serious

Set in Bertolucci's ancestral region of Emilia, the film chronicles the lives of two men during the political turmoils that took place in Italy in the first half on the 20th century.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, military
CountryHungary, Germany, Austria, France
CharactersTeens, Twins
PlotWar
TimeWorld War II
StyleBy books, Heavy, Depressive, Serious

In a village on the Hungarian border, two young brothers grow up during war time with their cruel grandmother and must learn every trick of evil to survive in the absurd world of adults.

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: 5.6
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryRussia
Duration02:15
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotLove, War, On real events
PlaceRussia, USSR
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Heavy, Epic, Depressive

Drama set in 1942, during one of the most important battles of World War II, which stopped the progress of Nazi forces and turned the tide of war in favor of the Allies. The Soviet army mounts a counter-attack on the Nazi forces that occupy half of Stalingrad on the other side of the Volga, but the operation to cross the river is unsuccessful. A few soldiers who managed to get to the other side take refuge in a house on the bank of Volga. Here they find a girl who didn’t escape when the Germans came. While the whole might of the German army descends onto them, the heroes of Stalingrad experience love, loss, joy and the sense of ultimate freedom that can only be felt by those about to die. They defend the house at all costs while the Red Army prepares for another attack.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, documentary, military, biography
CountryGermany, United Kingdom, France
Duration01:20
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlacePrison, Jungle, Vietnam, Germany, Asia
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

In 1966, Dieter Dengler was shot down over Laos, captured, and, down to 85 pounds, escaped. Barefoot, surviving monsoons, leeches, and machete-wielding villagers, he was rescued. Now, near 60, living on Mt. Tamalpais, Dengler tells his story: a German lad surviving Allied bombings in World War II, postwar poverty, apprenticed to a smith, beaten regularly. At 18, he emigrates and peels potatoes in the U.S. Air Force. He leaves for California and college, then enlistment in the Navy to learn to fly. A quiet man of sorrows tells his story: war, capture, harrowing conditions, escape, and miraculous rescue. Where did he find the strength; how does he now live with his memories?

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, military
CountryItaly, France, Germany
PlotWar, Survival
PlaceGermany, Berlin
TimeWorld War II
StyleHeavy, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

The final film in Rossellini's war film trilogy (the first two being Rome, Open City and Paisà). Germany Year Zero takes place in post-war Germany, unlike the others, which take place in German-occupied Rome and post-war Italy, respectively. The story follows a twelve-year-old boy, Edmund Kohler, who is mainly left to his own devices in order to survive and to help his family do the same.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, drama, military, biography, history
CountryGermany, France, Austria
Duration02:00
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Intrigue, Rivalry
PlaceCourt, France, Beach
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Serious, Disturbing

The story of the final seven months in the life of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, military
CountryPoland
Duration01:51
PlotWar, On real events
PlacePoland
TimeWorld War II
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Serious, Disturbing

To be defeated and not be - a victory. This is the motto that life is guided by three young friends: Alek, Sophy and Rudy. Scouts, high school graduates high school in Warsaw drifting ambitious plans for the future broken through September 1939. Entering adulthood in a very dramatic times, which puts them a choice - to survive at any cost, or to join the fighting for a free homeland, risking everything. The boys brought up in patriotic homes, shaped by the ideals of scouting, they decide to fight. They become soldiers, and although every scrape with death, they can live a full life.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, drama, detective, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:09
CharactersSpy
PlotWar, Life, Missing people, Radio, Family life
PlaceEngland, London
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Fascinating, Smart, Serious, Disturbing

A mysterious tale set around a traditional British family on the eve of World War Two. Oblivious to the looming shadow of World War II, the wealthy Keyes maintain a confident façade in the British countryside until daughter Anne becomes an unexpected pawn. Her accidental discovery of secret recordings creates a rift in the family.

Markimdb: 3.4
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
CharactersHeroes, Military, Friends, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Friendship
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Fascinating, Epic, Serious, For men

Untold and lost history. A true story of the American Pathfinders, the volunteer paratroopers whose deadly mission was to land 30 minutes before the Normandy invasion, locate and mark strategic "drop zones" and set up the top-secret navigation equipment needed to guide the main airborne assault on D-Day.

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: 7.6
Genredrama, military
CountryJapan
Duration02:28
PlotWar, Growing up
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Makes me think

Hisako loses her home in Tokyo to Allied bombing. With her husband fighting somewhere in Asia, she and her two children evacuate to a suburb of Kobe, where they share a house with Hisako's cousin, Kyoko. Kobe is bombed and Kyoko is killed. Hisako is forced to take care of Kyoko's two children in addition to her own, but there is not enough food for everyone.

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: 7.6
Genredrama, military
CountryPoland
Duration01:37
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, Survival
PlacePoland
TimeWorld War II
StyleRomantic, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive

This harrowing tale of survival centers on Rose, a Masurian woman, whose German soldier husband was killed in the war, leaving her alone on their farm. A single woman had no defense against Russian soldiers who raped as a form of revenge, nor against plundering Poles who found themselves in desperate straits. Help arrives for Rose in the form of Tadeusz, a former officer in the Polish Home Army who deserted after he saw his wife raped and murdered by Russian troops and is attempting to hide his identity.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography, history
CountryBrazil
CharactersLosers
PlotWar, On real events, Revolution, Political, Uprising
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Depressive, Serious

Based upon the true story of Olga Benário, the German-born wife of Brazilian communist leader Luís Carlos Prestes. During the dictatorship of Getúlio Vargas (1930-1945) she was arrested and sent to Nazi Germany, where she was put to death in a concentration camp. After World War II began, Vargas decided to uphold the Allies.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryGermany, Poland
Duration02:11
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StyleExplicit scenes, Depressive, Serious

A nameless woman keeps a diary as the Russians invade Berlin in the spring of 1945. She is in her early 30s, a patriotic journalist with international credentials; her husband, Gerd, a writer, is an officer at the Russian front. She speaks Russian and, for a day or two after the invasion, keeps herself safe, but then the rapes begin. She resolves to control her fate

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, military
CountryItaly
CharactersSoldier
PlotReligious
PlaceVillage, Italy
TimeWorld War II
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Depressive, Serious

A group of Italian villagers struggle to survive during a tumultuous time in 1943, debating how much assistance to give the partisans with the impending arrival of the Germans. Based on True Events.





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