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Movies set in the World War II period

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People who added this item 65 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7.1
Setting: Germany during the russian occupation of Berlin
A woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin by the Soviet troops during the last days of World War II.
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People who added this item 1601 Average listal rating (986 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.3
Downfall (2004)
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People who added this item 117 Average listal rating (42 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.5
Glorious 39 (2009)
Setting:Britain
The adopted daughter of a privileged British politician uncovers a family secret in the weeks leading up to World War II
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People who added this item 59 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1
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People who added this item 5609 Average listal rating (3379 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.9
Setting:Poland
This is probably the most famous WW II movie ever made.
In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
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People who added this item 3927 Average listal rating (2304 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.5
The Pianist (2002)
Setting: Poland
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
Oscar winning performance by Adrien Brody
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People who added this item 293 Average listal rating (147 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Setting:China (Nanjing)
A little hard to watch at times but nevertheless beautiful cinematography.
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
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People who added this item 97 Average listal rating (43 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
Setting:China
About young British journalist, George Hogg, who with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse, saves a group of orphaned children during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937.
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People who added this item 5201 Average listal rating (3418 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.3
Setting:France
I know lots of people have issues with this one, but I like the fact that the bad guys get what they deserve
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People who added this item 3355 Average listal rating (2160 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.1
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Setting: U.S (Hawaii)
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People who added this item 96 Average listal rating (67 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
Female Agents (2008)
Setting:France
The women of the french resistance.
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People who added this item 518 Average listal rating (336 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.3
Hart's War (2002)
A law student becomes a lieutenant during World War II, is captured and asked to defend a black prisoner of war falsely accused of murder.
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People who added this item 577 Average listal rating (336 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Black Book (2006)
Setting: Denmark
A story of loss but most of all of revenge.
In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.
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People who added this item 552 Average listal rating (279 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Lust, Caution (2007)
Setting: China
Strong romantic element, though it may not seem so.
During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi part of an idealistic group of young revulutionaries set their sights on a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee and enter a dangerous game.
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People who added this item 223 Average listal rating (118 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
Enigma (2001)
During the heart of World War II, in March of 1943, cryptoanalysts at Britain's code-breaking center have discovered to their horror that Nazi U-boats have changed their Enigma Code. Authorities enlist the help of a brilliant young man named Tom Jericho to help them break the code again. The possibility of a spy within the British code-breakers' ranks looms and Tom's love, Claire, has disappeared. To solve the mysteries, Tom recruits Claire's best friend, Hester Wallace.
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People who added this item 102 Average listal rating (50 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.7
Setting:China
Strong romantinc element
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People who added this item 2453 Average listal rating (1444 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Atonement (2007)
Setting:Britain
Strong romantic element. A story of what should have been but wasn't.
Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan.
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People who added this item 415 Average listal rating (172 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
Setting: Britain
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People who added this item 148 Average listal rating (93 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
Katyn (2007)
Setting: Poland
An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.
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People who added this item 2064 Average listal rating (1158 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Reader (2008)
Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.
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People who added this item 1364 Average listal rating (861 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Valkyrie (2008)
Setting: Germany
In Nazi Germany during World War II, as the tide turned in favor of The Allies, a cadre of senior German officers and politicians desperately plot to topple the Nazi regime before the nation is crushed in a near-inevitable defeat. To this end, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer convinced he must save Germany from Hitler, is recruited to mastermind a real plan.
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People who added this item 115 Average listal rating (57 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Setting: China
Movie about the Rape of Nanjing
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People who added this item 550 Average listal rating (300 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
Setting: Japan
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People who added this item 2532 Average listal rating (1433 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Setting:Japan
Strong romantic element
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People who added this item 1038 Average listal rating (558 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8
Setting: China
This was a beautiful movie. More than a piece of chinese history this is the heartbreaking story of a man whose life was from the very beginning not his own.
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People who added this item 1373 Average listal rating (723 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8
Setting: China
I watched this as a kid actually, but I do remember it leaving quite a lasting impression.
A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation in China during World War II.
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People who added this item 1494 Average listal rating (821 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
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People who added this item 5804 Average listal rating (3799 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.6
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
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People who added this item 89 Average listal rating (40 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
The Grey Zone (2001)
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People who added this item 1394 Average listal rating (908 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
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People who added this item 143 Average listal rating (92 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.4
A young Scottish woman joins the French Resistance during World War II to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend who is lost in France.
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People who added this item 554 Average listal rating (368 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6
Windtalkers (2002)
During World War II when the Americans needed to find a secure method of communicating they devised a code using the Navajo language. So Navajos were recruited to become what they call code talkers.
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People who added this item 256 Average listal rating (145 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Setting: Germany
The story of Germany's unknown heroes.
A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.
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People who added this item 709 Average listal rating (445 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Defiance (2008)
Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.
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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
A group of jews are imprisoned in a rail car bound from Berlin to a concentration camp in 1945
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People who added this item 369 Average listal rating (232 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936.
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People who added this item 137 Average listal rating (70 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
Setting: Denmark
During Nazi occupation, red-headed Bent Faurschou-Hviid ("Flame") and Jørgen Haagen Schmith ("Citron")are assassins in the Danish resistance.
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People who added this item 52 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
John Rabe (2009)
Setting:China (Nanjing)
A group of international expats led by Siemens director John Rabe stand up for the chinese people of Nanjing, against the japanese occupation.
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People who added this item 3114 Average listal rating (1953 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.6
La Vita e Bella
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
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People who added this item 1742 Average listal rating (994 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.
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People who added this item 1783 Average listal rating (1038 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
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People who added this item 116 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.7
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People who added this item 28 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.2
Kokoda (2006)
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People who added this item 149 Average listal rating (88 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.1
Days of Glory (2006)
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People who added this item 109 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
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, seeing this as his ticket out of factory life to university and a good salary. During his year in seventh column (fifth form), this innocence is altered as Friedrich encounters hazing, cruelty, death, and the Nazi code.
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People who added this item 118 Average listal rating (67 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Vincere (2009)
Setting: Italy
The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino.
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A list of movies set against the background of the second world war. Some are actual war movies, but others are about people living during that time period. I tried to include movies from all around the world. So the list includes american, british, french, danish, german, chinese and japanese movies, in order to "paint" the whole picture from various perspectives.

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