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List of the best movies like The Zookeeper's Wife (2017): Hatred, A Private War, Veronica Guerin, The Photographer of Mauthausen, Battle for Sevastopol, The Diary of Anne Frank, Anthropoid, Escape from Sobibor, A Bag of Marbles, The Exception.

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Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, military, history
CountryPoland
Duration01:38
CharactersWolves, Jews, Soldier, Sisters, Farmers
PlotLove, War, On real events, Survival, Wedding
PlaceVillage, Trains, Forest, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense, Makes me think, Disturbing

Summer of 1939. Zosia is a young Polish girl who is deeply in love with Ukrainian Petro. Their great love will be put to the test when her father decides to marry her to a wealthy widower Skiba. Right after wedding she is left alone because her husband is drafted to the Polish army for the war with Germany. Meanwhile, tensions grow due to Jews, Poles, and Ukrainians living side by side.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, military, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:34
CharactersTerrorists, Strong women, Writers, Journalists, Photographers
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Friendship, Revolution
PlaceAfghanistan, Jungle, Iraq, Deserts, Syria
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing, Womens in main roles

One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom, USA
Duration01:38
CharactersGangsters, Strong women
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Justice
PlaceIreland
StyleAction, Soulful, Heavy, Tense, Makes me think

In this true story, Veronica Guerin is an investigative reporter for an Irish newspaper. As the drug trade begins to bleed into the mainstream, Guerin decides to take on and expose those responsible. Beginning at the bottom with addicts, Guerin then gets in touch with John Traynor, a paranoid informant. Not without some prodding, Traynor leads her to John Gilligan, the ruthless head of the operation, who does not take kindly to Guerin's nosing.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, military, biography, history
CountrySpain
Duration01:21
CharactersDogs, Teens, Photographers
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceVillage, Concentration camp
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Makes me think, Disturbing

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.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, drama, military, biography, history
CountryRussia, Ukraine
Duration02:17
CharactersSnipers, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Death, Weapon, True love
PlaceRussia, USSR, Ukraine
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

The breakout of the war shatters the world of a young student, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, forcing her to enlist in the army in 1941. The maiden turns out to be a natural-born sniper, her impressive skill and prowess make her stand out among men and women alike. Seeing Pavlichenko as a tangible threat, the German High Command gives orders to eliminate the girl whatever the cost. In the meanwhile, Lyudmila meets a man and falls in love. War fades into the background... Soon, however, another misfortune befalls Lyudmila leaving the man she loves on the brink of death and herself seriously wounded. The girl is pulled out of combat and later goes to the United States with a publicity visit. Eleanor Roosevelt welcomes Lyudmila in the White House and the two women soon become close. It won't be long before Pavlichenko stands before an audience in Chicago pressing for a second front. Will her words have the capacity to change the course of war?

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, family, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:32
CharactersJews
PlotOn real events, Survival
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, By books, Makes me think

The true, harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, military, biography, history
CountryCzech Republic, United Kingdom, USA, France
Duration02:24
CharactersDogs, Teens, Firefighters, Teachers, Strong women
PlotLove, On real events, Friendship, Death, Chase
PlaceParty, Germany
TimeNew Year, World War II
StyleSmart

In December 1941, Czech soldier Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš parachute into their occupied homeland to assassinate Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Yugoslavia
CharactersMilitary
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlacePrison, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Makes me think, Serious

The true story of WWII's notorious Sobibor Nazi death camp, where a courageous inmate orchestrates and leads the escape of over 300 prisoners.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryFrance, Canada, Czech Republic
Duration01:54
CharactersJews, Family, Military, Soldier, Fathers
PlotLove, On real events, Death, Love triangle, Fear
PlaceParis, France, Boarding school
TimeWorld War II
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

In occupied France, Maurice and Joseph, two young Jewish brothers left to their own devices demonstrate an incredible amount of cleverness, courage, and ingenuity to escape the enemy invasion and to try to reunite their family once again.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersSpy, Jews, Military, Bodyguards, Sisters
PlotLove, Money, Investigation, Weapon, Conspiracies
PlaceVillage, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleRomantic, Exciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.

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: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryGermany, France, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, USA
Duration01:05
CharactersDogs, Horses, Military, Students, Soldier
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Abduction, Slavery
PlacePrison, Aircraft, Forest
StylePsychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Tense, Touching

A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody ever escaped from.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Germany
CharactersArtists, Lawyers, Sisters, Priests, Farmers
PlotLove, On real events, Dancing, Motorcycles, Betrayal
PlacePrison, Village, Trains, Court, Mountains
TimeWorld War II
StylePsychological problems, Fascinating, Makes me think

The story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. Based on real events.

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.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, drama, western, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:49
CharactersDogs, Snake, Slaves
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Revenge, Slavery
PlaceCourt
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Makes me think

In 1863, Mississippi farmer Newt Knight serves as a medic for the Confederate Army. Opposed to slavery, Knight would rather help the wounded than fight the Union. After his nephew dies in battle, Newt returns home to Jones County to safeguard his family but is soon branded an outlaw deserter. Forced to flee, he finds refuge with a group of runaway slaves hiding out in the swamps. Forging an alliance with the slaves and other farmers, Knight leads a rebellion that would forever change history.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Hungary, USA, Australia
Duration01:59
CharactersKings, Horses, Knights, Friends, Princesses
PlotLove, War, On real events, Political, Power
PlaceEngland, France
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleUnexpected ending, Heavy, Tense, Depressive

England, 15th century. Hal, a capricious prince who lives among the populace far from court, is forced by circumstances to reluctantly accept the throne and become Henry V.

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: 7.3
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:43
CharactersTeachers, Jews, Photographers, Partners, Parents
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Weapon, Baseball, Political
PlaceSchool, Court
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Heavy, Tense, Makes me think

Centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrecomedy, drama, military, history
CountryNew Zealand, Czech Republic, USA
CharactersChildrens, Rabbits, Hitler, Jews, Family
PlotDancing, Adventure, Motorcycles, First love, Jealousy
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fancy, Black humor, Touching

A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:36
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Political
PlaceGermany, Berlin
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Tense, Intellectual, Depressive

The historical recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which Nazi and SS leaders gathered in a Berlin suburb to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Lead by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, this group of high ranking German officials came to the historic and far reaching decision that the Jews of Europe were to be exterminated in what would come to be known as the Holocaust.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryCzech Republic, USA
CharactersStrong women, Lawyers, Judge, Sisters, Maids
PlotOn real events, Political
PlaceCourt
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Touching, Disturbing

The story of communist show-trial victim Milada Horáková. Horáková was one of the first victims of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. She opposed the communist coup in 1948 but did not leave the country. She was arrested and tried for treason on fabricated charges in a show trial that was broadcast on the radio and shown in film clips. The film focuses on the time from 1945 to 1950 when the communists took over, but also goes back a little further in Horáková's life into the late 1930s

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: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:16
CharactersGeniuses, Jews, Writers, Inventors, Hermits
PlotOn real events, Survival, Dancing, Obsession, Friendship
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, Hotels
TimeWorld War II, Summer
StyleExciting, Soulful, Fascinating, Makes me think, Touching

The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

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: 7.2
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryGermany
CharactersRefugees
PlotSurvival
PlaceGermany, Berlin
TimeWorld War II
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Tense, Makes me think, Disturbing

Four young Jews survive the Third Reich in the middle of Berlin by living so recklessly that they become "invisible."

Markimdb: 5.9
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryHungary, United Kingdom
PlotOn real events, Investigation
PlacePrison, Israel
StyleAction, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

Based upon the final confession of Adolf Eichmann, made before his execution in Israel, of his role in Hitler's plan for the final solution.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, military, history
CountryNorway, Denmark, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Sweden
CharactersHitler, Military, Inventors, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceEngland
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Fascinating, Serious, Disturbing

When the Nazis secure a heavy water plant to realize their plan to create an atomic bomb, the Norwegian Allies struggle to sabotage the operation.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryNorway, Sweden, Denmark, Republic of Ireland
Duration04:42
CharactersKings, Hitler, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceTrains, Forest, Warships, Norway, Germany
TimeWorld War II, Winter
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

On 9 April 1940, German soldiers arrive in the city of Oslo. The King of Norway faces a choice that will change his country forever. The King's Choice is a story about the three most dramatic days in Norway's history, the royal family's escape and King Haakon's difficult choice after Nazi Germany's invasion of Norway.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:30
CharactersKings, Cats
PlotOn real events, Political, Fear
PlaceAircraft, England, Bunker, Party, Metro
TimeWorld War II
StyleTense, Serious

A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, military, history
CountryRussia
Duration02:24
CharactersTankman, Heroes, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Tanks, Death
PlaceRussia, USSR, Germany, Moscow
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleHeavy, Tense, Touching, Disturbing

USSR, Late November, 1941. Based on the account by reporter Vasiliy Koroteev that appeared in the Red Army's newspaper, Krasnaya Zvezda, shortly after the battle, this is the story of Panifilov's Twenty-Eight, a group of twenty-eight soldiers of the Red Army's 316th Rifle Division, under the command of General Ivan Panfilov, that stopped the advance on Moscow of a column of fifty-four Nazi tanks of the 11th Panzer Division for several days. Though armed only with standard issue Mosin-Nagant infantry rifles and DP and PM-M1910 machine guns, all useless against tanks, and with wholly inadequate RPG-40 anti-tank grenades and PTRD-41 anti-tank rifles, they fight tirelessly and defiantly, with uncommon bravery and unwavering dedication, to protect Moscow and their Motherland.





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