world war II & the Holocaust

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1. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

82 Metascore

Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Votes: 315,605 | Gross: $5.51M

2. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

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.

Director: Marc Rothemund | Stars: Julia Jentsch, Fabian Hinrichs, Alexander Held, Johanna Gastdorf

Votes: 25,543 | Gross: $0.68M

3. Sarah's Key (2010)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, War

59 Metascore

In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in 1942.

Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, Frédéric Pierrot

Votes: 15,459 | Gross: $7.69M

4. Fateless (2005)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance, War

87 Metascore

Fourteen-year-old György's life is torn apart in World War II Hungary, as he is sent to a concentration camp, where he is forced to become a man, and learns to find happiness in the midst of hatred, and what it really means to be Jewish.

Director: Lajos Koltai | Stars: Marcell Nagy, Béla Dóra, Bálint Péntek, Áron Dimény

Votes: 6,348 | Gross: $0.20M

5. Out of the Ashes (2003 TV Movie)

R | 113 min | Drama

Based on a true story, this heart-wrenching film follows the journey of Gisella Perl (Christine Lahti), a Jewish-Hungarian doctor who manages to survive Auschwitz. Decades later, she's ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Christine Lahti, Bruce Davison, Jonathan Cake, Jolyon Baker

Votes: 1,051

6. I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal (2007)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Biography

59 Metascore

A documentary on the Austrian-Jewish architectural engineer who became a Nazi hunter after surviving the Holocaust.

Director: Richard Trank | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Simon Wiesenthal, Asher BenNatan, Frederick Forsyth

Votes: 623 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)

PG | 122 min | Documentary, History, War

79 Metascore

The secret smuggling of 9,300 Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied Germany in the late 1930s.

Director: Mark Jonathan Harris | Stars: Judi Dench, Lory Cahn, Kurt Fuchel, Eva Hayman

Votes: 1,531 | Gross: $0.37M

8. Strike Back (2010– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Follows the actions of Section 20, a secretive unit of British military intelligence. A team of special operations personnel conduct several high risk missions across the globe.

Stars: Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Michelle Lukes, Daniel MacPherson

Votes: 27,653

9. Inheritance (I) (2006)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

"Inheritance" is the story of Monika Hertwig and her journey to accept the truth about her father, Nazi commander, Amon Goeth, who was portrayed by actor Ralph Fiennes in "Schindler's List.... See full summary »

Director: James Moll | Stars: Vivian Delman, Monika Hertwig, Reinhardt Hertwig, Helen Jonas

Votes: 456

10. Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State (2005)

285 min | Documentary, History, War

The history of the Final Solution phase of the Nazi Holocaust, particularly with the most infamous of the death camps.

Stars: Samuel West, Horst-Günter Marx, Gert Heidenreich, Linda Hunt

Votes: 4,143

11. Scrapbooks from Hell: The Auschwitz Albums (2008 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary

Shows historical photographs not found until 1978 describing the atrocities at Auschwitz along with the carefree activities of those that committed them.

Director: Erik Nelson | Stars: Richard Baer, Michael Berenbaum, Eileen Blankenbaker, Sara J. Bloomfield

Votes: 87

12. The Grey Zone (2001)

R | 108 min | Drama, History, War

58 Metascore

A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkommando, Jews who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow Jews, find themselves in a moral grey zone.

Director: Tim Blake Nelson | Stars: David Arquette, Velizar Binev, David Chandler, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 9,971 | Gross: $0.52M

13. Kapò (1960)

116 min | Drama, War

A young Jewish girl leads an escape attempt from a concentration camp.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Susan Strasberg, Laurent Terzieff, Emmanuelle Riva, Didi Perego

Votes: 1,800

14. Spring 1941 (2007)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

Successful doctor Artur Planck, his wife Clara and their two daughters are seeking shelter from Germans storming Poland. They find a safe house in the farm of Emilia, their local grocer who... See full summary »

Director: Uri Barbash | Stars: Katarzyna Al Abbas, Miroslaw Baka, Stanislaw Brejdygant, Adrianna Dzikowska

Votes: 565

15. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 580,860 | Gross: $57.60M

16. The Nazi Officer's Wife (2003)

90 min | Documentary, History, War

74 Metascore

Edith Han was an outspoken young woman studying law in Vienna when the Gestapo forced Edith and her mother into a Jewish ghetto. Edith was taken away to a labor camp, and when she returned ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Edith Hahn Beer, Julia Ormond, Susan Sarandon

Votes: 260

17. The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 95 min | Biography, Drama, War

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.

Director: John Kent Harrison | Stars: Anna Paquin, Marcia Gay Harden, Goran Visnjic, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 3,615

18. Shoah (1985)

Not Rated | 566 min | Documentary, History, War

99 Metascore

Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors.

Director: Claude Lanzmann | Stars: Simon Srebnik, Michael Podchlebnik, Motke Zaïdl, Hanna Zaïdl

Votes: 7,907 | Gross: $0.02M

19. A Film Unfinished (2010)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Drama, History

88 Metascore

A film about an unfinished film which portrays the people behind and before the camera in the Warsaw Ghetto, exposing the extent of the cinematic manipulation forever changing the way we look at historic images.

Director: Yael Hersonski | Stars: Alexander Beyer, Rüdiger Vogler, Hanna Avrutzki, Luba Gewisser

Votes: 1,667 | Gross: $0.31M

20. Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)

PG | 104 min | Drama, War

A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of the top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette, Stanislas Carré de Malberg

Votes: 29,157 | Gross: $4.54M

21. Kanal (1957)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, War

In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw's sewer system to escape the German encirclement.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Teresa Izewska, Tadeusz Janczar, Wienczyslaw Glinski, Tadeusz Gwiazdowski

Votes: 6,186

22. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Not Rated | 179 min | Drama, War

60 Metascore

In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazis judged for war crimes.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich

Votes: 64,591

23. Focus (I) (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

In the waning months of World War II, a man and his wife are mistakenly identified as Jews by their anti-Semitic Brooklyn neighbors. Suddenly the victims of religious and racial persecution... See full summary »

Director: Neal Slavin | Stars: William H. Macy, Laura Dern, David Paymer, Meat Loaf

Votes: 2,869 | Gross: $0.72M

24. Numbered (2012)

55 min | Documentary, History

Auschwitz prisoners, both Jewish and non-Jewish, were tattooed with serial numbers, first on their chests and then their left arms. An estimated 400,000 numbers were tattooed in Auschwitz ... See full summary »

Directors: Dana Doron, Uriel Sinai | Stars: Ruth Bondi, Danny Chanoch, Ayal Gelles, Gita Kalderon

Votes: 247

25. Alle Juden raus! (1991)

82 min | Documentary, Biography, History

This film traces the story of the German-Jewish Auerbach family of oppingen, Germany from 1933 through 1945. The film begins with home movies in the 1930s and follows Inge Auerbach from her... See full summary »

Director: Emanuel Rund | Stars: Edith Auerbacher, Inge Auerbacher, Regina Auerbacher

Votes: 24

26. Six Million and One (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

52 Metascore

A filmmaker and his siblings research the experiences of their late father, who survived the Holocaust during World War II.

Director: David Fisher | Star: David Fisher

Votes: 46

27. The Nazis: A Warning from History (1997– )

292 min | Documentary, History, War

An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Adolf Hitler's rise to power.

Stars: Samuel West, Adolf Buchner, Jutta Rüdiger, Günther Ruschin

Votes: 1,489

28. Train of Life (1998)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, War

62 Metascore

In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine.

Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Stars: Lionel Abelanski, Rufus, Clément Harari, Michel Muller

Votes: 8,454 | Gross: $0.15M

29. O Jerusalem (2006)

R | 100 min | Drama, History

39 Metascore

A tale of friendship between two men, one Jewish and the other Arab, as the country of Israel is being created.

Director: Élie Chouraqui | Stars: JJ Feild, Saïd Taghmaoui, Maria Papas, Patrick Bruel

Votes: 819 | Gross: $0.23M

30. Uprising (2001 TV Movie)

Unrated | 177 min | Drama, War

Jews rise up in the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazis in 1943.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, Jon Voight

Votes: 4,420

31. One Day You'll Understand (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

A man endeavors to collect memories of his grandparents who died in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.

Director: Amos Gitai | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Hippolyte Girardot, Emmanuelle Devos, Dominique Blanc

Votes: 304 | Gross: $0.15M

32. Forgiving Dr. Mengele (2006)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Eva Mozes Kor, who survived Josef Mengele's cruel twin experiments in the Auschwitz concentration camp, shocks other Holocaust survivors when she decides to forgive the perpetrators as a way of self-healing.

Directors: Bob Hercules, Cheri Pugh | Stars: Eva Mozes Kor, Sami Adwan, Dan Bar-On, Michael Berenbaum

Votes: 520 | Gross: $0.01M

33. The Flat (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

As a documentarian cleans out the flat that belonged to his grandparents - both immigrants from Nazi Germany - he uncovers clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story.

Director: Arnon Goldfinger | Stars: Michael Adler, Yaron Amit, Avrham Barkai, Meital Beili

Votes: 1,439 | Gross: $0.47M

34. The Shop on Main Street (1965)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama, War

A carpenter in the Nazi-occupied Slovak State is appointed "Aryan controller" of a Jewish widow's store.

Directors: Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos | Stars: Ida Kaminska, Jozef Kroner, Hana Slivková, Martin Hollý

Votes: 7,470

35. Nowhere in Africa (2001)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya.

Director: Caroline Link | Stars: Juliane Köhler, Merab Ninidze, Matthias Habich, Sidede Onyulo

Votes: 11,997 | Gross: $6.17M

36. La Rafle (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, History, War

49 Metascore

A faithful retelling of the 1942 "Vel' d'Hiv Roundup" and the events surrounding it.

Director: Rose Bosch | Stars: Jean Reno, Mélanie Laurent, Gad Elmaleh, Raphaëlle Agogué

Votes: 7,911

37. Kedma (2002)

100 min | Drama, War

36 Metascore

In May 1948, shortly before the creation of the State of Israel, hundreds of immigrants from across Europe arrive in Palestine--only to risk arrest by British troops.

Director: Amos Gitai | Stars: Andrei Kashker, Helena Yaralova, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Moni Moshonov

Votes: 611 | Gross: $0.01M

38. Lacombe, Lucien (1974)

R | 138 min | Drama, Romance, War

In 1944, an 18-year old boy from small-town France, collaborates with the Nazi-regime and subsequently falls in love with a Jewish girl.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clément, Holger Löwenadler, Therese Giehse

Votes: 5,900

39. The Counterfeiters (2007)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, War

78 Metascore

The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII.

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Stars: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach

Votes: 41,791 | Gross: $5.48M

40. Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg (1990)

Not Rated | 115 min | Biography, Drama, War

Swedish national Raoul Wallenberg, newcomer to politics and international machinations, travels to German-occupied Budapest during WWII in order to effectively intervene in the fate of ... See full summary »

Director: Kjell Grede | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Katharina Thalbach, Károly Eperjes, Miklós Székely B.

Votes: 902

41. In Our Own Hands (2000)

85 min | Documentary, War

The story of the only all-Jewish fighting force in World War II.

Director: Chuck Olin | Stars: Peter Thomas, Mike Nussbaum, Nicholas Rudall, Arie Amir

Votes: 43

42. Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suess (2008)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Though almost forgotten today, Veit Harlan was one of Nazi Germany's most notorious filmmakers. His most perfidious film was the treacherous anti-Semitic propaganda film Jud Süß ... See full summary »

Director: Felix Moeller | Stars: August Zirner, Alice Harlan, Lotte Harlan, Nele Harlan

Votes: 248 | Gross: $0.05M

43. Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust (2004)

Unrated | 97 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Menachem Daum, the son of holocaust survivors, and a New York Orthodox Jew worries that both of his sons, full time yeshiva students who live with their families in Israel, are becoming ... See full summary »

Directors: Menachem Daum, Oren Rudavsky | Stars: Akiva Daum, Menachem Daum, Rifka Daum, Tzvi Dovid Daum

Votes: 157 | Gross: $0.05M

44. Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004)

92 min | Documentary, History

7.5