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Added by Aliceinwinter on 28 Nov 2012 06:54
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Movies set in the World War II period

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People who added this item 71 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.5
People who added this item 62 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (51 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.4
People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 7.1
People who added this item 1903 Average listal rating (1067 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair
People who added this item 76 Average listal rating (36 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.8
Paradise Road (1997)
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People who added this item 125 Average listal rating (71 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.9
Vincere (2009)
Setting: Italy
The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino.
People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 0
People who added this item 118 Average listal rating (77 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.7
People who added this item 219 Average listal rating (121 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.1
Set in 1944 Italy, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII.
People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 3 IMDB Rating 6.3
The Couple (2004)
People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 0
In 1942, in Vilnius, the Nazi annihilate 55,000 Jews and squeeze the 15,000 survivors in a seven blocks ghetto. The twenty-two year old sadistic commander Kittel is assigned to administrate the ghetto in the capital of Lithuania, becoming the master of life or death. When he finds the gorgeous Hayyah sneaking with one kilo of beam stolen from the German army, he sentences her to death; but when he is informed that she was a former successful singer, he decides to activate the old theater and promote shows in the ghetto.
People who added this item 154 Average listal rating (103 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
People who added this item 115 Average listal rating (67 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.
People who added this item 158 Average listal rating (96 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7
Days of Glory (2006)
People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.2
People who added this item 121 Average listal rating (71 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.7
People who added this item 1873 Average listal rating (1119 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
People who added this item 1865 Average listal rating (1109 ratings) 7.5 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.
People who added this item 3260 Average listal rating (2111 ratings) 8 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.
People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 4.8
People who added this item 42 Average listal rating (24 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.4
HHhH (2017)
People who added this item 892 Average listal rating (629 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
Dunkirk (2017)
People who added this item 310 Average listal rating (222 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.4
Darkest Hour (2017)
Setting: Britain
During World War II, as Adolf Hitler's awesomely powerful Wehrmacht rampages across Europe, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Neville Chamberlain, is forced to resign, recommending Winston Churchill as his replacement. But even in his early days as the country's leader, Churchill is under pressure to commence peace negotiations with the German dictator or to fight head-on the seemingly invincible Nazi regime, whatever the cost. However difficult and dangerous his decision may be, Churchill has no choice but to shine in the country's darkest hour.
People who added this item 28 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.8
Setting: Holland
Strong romantic element.
Great performance by Cristopher Plummer as the aging Kaiser Wilhelm II.
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.
People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 2 IMDB Rating 3.9
Setting: Netherland
People who added this item 171 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.1
A former British Army officer who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II discover that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.
People who added this item 366 Average listal rating (247 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Unbroken (2014)
A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.
People who added this item 630 Average listal rating (365 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Setting: Germany

People who added this item 50 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.5
Emperor (2013)
Setting: Japan
As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.
People who added this item 225 Average listal rating (133 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Son of Saul (2015)
In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son.
People who added this item 513 Average listal rating (338 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.1
In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renown works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them.
People who added this item 763 Average listal rating (527 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Fury (2014)
People who added this item 126 Average listal rating (77 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1
Lore (2012)
Setting: Germany
As the Allies sweep across Germany, Lore leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. An encounter with a mysterious jewish refugee forces Lore to rely on a person she has always been taught to hate.
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People who added this item 2806 Average listal rating (1885 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Setting: Britain
George VI, also known as Bertie, reluctantly takes the throne of England when his brother, Edward, abdicates in 1936. The unprepared king turns to a radical speech therapist, Lionel Logue, to help overcome his nervous stutter and the two forge a friendship.
People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Setting: Poland
The story of Irena Sendler, a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and was arrested by the Nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto
People who added this item 106 Average listal rating (61 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7
Setting: French countryside during the german occupation
Strong romantic element
People who added this item 56 Average listal rating (41 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.7
Bon Voyage (2003)
People who added this item 90 Average listal rating (48 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
People who added this item 231 Average listal rating (126 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.3
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.
People who added this item 2597 Average listal rating (1515 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Setting:Japan
Strong romantic element
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People who added this item 603 Average listal rating (346 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Setting: Japan
A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.
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People who added this item 131 Average listal rating (65 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Setting: China
Movie about the Rape of Nanjing
People who added this item 119 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.4
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 1426 Average listal rating (909 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.
People who added this item 2114 Average listal rating (1226 ratings) 7.5 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.
People who added this item 158 Average listal rating (98 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
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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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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