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1. Playing for Time (1980 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama, Music

Female prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp (Auschwitz) are spared from death in return for performing music for their captors.

Directors: Daniel Mann, Joseph Sargent | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander, Maud Adams, Christine Baranski

Votes: 1,903

2. Sophie's Choice (1982)

R | 150 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live with Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Rita Karin

Votes: 37,925 | Gross: $30.04M

3. Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (1985 TV Movie)

200 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat responsible for saving thousands of lives from the Nazi Holocaust.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Alice Krige, Kenneth Colley, Melanie Mayron

Votes: 321

4. 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 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: 28,641 | Gross: $4.54M

5. Escape from Sobibor (1987 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama, History, War

During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to vow that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: Alan Arkin, Joanna Pacula, Rutger Hauer, Hartmut Becker

Votes: 7,663

6. And the Violins Stopped Playing (1988)

116 min | Biography, Drama, War

This is the true story about a group of Romani's (gypsy) in occupied Poland during World War II as they confront the atrocities and tragedies of a forgotten holocaust.

Director: Alexander Ramati | Stars: Horst Buchholz, Didi Ramati, Piotr Polk, Maya Ramati

Votes: 140

7. Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989 TV Movie)

160 min | Biography, Drama, War

A biographical portrayal of Simon Wiesenthal, famous Nazi Hunter. From his imprisonment in a Nazi Concentration Camp, the film follows his liberation and his rise to become one of the ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Renée Soutendijk, Craig T. Nelson, Anton Lesser

Votes: 271

8. Triumph of the Spirit (1989)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

Fact based story about a former Greek Olympic boxer who was taken as a prisoner during World war II and placed in the Auschwitz prison camp. There he was permitted to survive as long as he ... See full summary »

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Edward James Olmos, Robert Loggia, Wendy Gazelle

Votes: 2,065 | Gross: $0.41M

9. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

94 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,114,925 | Gross: $96.90M

10. Bent (1997)

NC-17 | 105 min | Drama, History, Romance

In 1930s Berlin, a gay Jew is sent to a concentration camp under the Nazi regime.

Director: Sean Mathias | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Mick Jagger, Brian Webber

Votes: 7,313 | Gross: $0.37M

11. The Island on Bird Street (1997)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, War

Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through ... See full summary »

Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen | Stars: Patrick Bergin, Jordan Kiziuk, Jack Warden, James Bolam

Votes: 1,251

12. The Truce (1997)

R | 125 min | Drama, War

Based on Primo Levi's autobiographical "The Reawakening".

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: John Turturro, Rade Serbedzija, Massimo Ghini, Stefano Dionisi

Votes: 1,504 | Gross: $0.07M

13. 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: 567,589 | Gross: $57.60M

14. Left Luggage (1998)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama

51 Metascore

Against a background of holocaust memories, a liberal Jewish girl becomes a nanny to a young Jewish boy with a disability and grows fond of him.

Director: Jeroen Krabbé | Stars: Laura Fraser, Adam Monty, Isabella Rossellini, Jeroen Krabbé

Votes: 2,729 | Gross: $0.10M

15. 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: 8,346 | Gross: $0.15M

16. Jakob the Liar (1999)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, War

40 Metascore

During World War II, an ordinary inhabitant of a ghetto fakes news about Allied offensives to inspire hope for other victims of the Nazi regime.

Director: Peter Kassovitz | Stars: Robin Williams, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Éva Igó, István Bálint

Votes: 14,379 | Gross: $4.96M

17. Conspiracy (2001 TV Movie)

R | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

At the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942, senior Nazi officials meet to determine the manner in which the so-called "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" can be best implemented.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Clare Bullus, Stanley Tucci, Simon Markey

Votes: 17,042

18. 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: 9,860 | Gross: $0.52M

19. 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: 4,377

20. Amen. (2002)

Not Rated | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

During WWII SS officer Kurt Gerstein tries to inform Pope Pius XII about Jews being sent to extermination camps. Young Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana helps him in the difficult mission to inform the world.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Mathieu Kassovitz, Ulrich Mühe, Michel Duchaussoy

Votes: 12,796 | Gross: $0.27M

21. The Pianist (2002)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Votes: 661,422 | Gross: $32.57M

22. Rose's Songs (2003)

98 min | Drama

Autumn 1944. Yellow star, ghettos, Arrow Cross terror. The inhabitants of Hungary's capital, Budapest, await the tragic fulfilment of their fate with helpless resignation. However, above ... See full summary »

Director: Andor Szilágyi | Stars: Franco Castellano, Viktor Baradlay, David Zum, Ildikó Bánsági

Votes: 136

23. Primo (2005 Video)

89 min | Drama

Known for his haunting work on the holocaust, Italian chemist and author Primo Levi had his book IF THIS IS A MAN brought to the stage in September 2004. In 1944, Levi was imprisoned in ... See full summary »

Director: Robin Lough | Star: Antony Sher

Votes: 141

24. 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: 6,292 | Gross: $0.20M

25. A Secret (2007)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, War

72 Metascore

A 15-year-old boy unearths a shocking family secret.

Director: Claude Miller | Stars: Cécile de France, Patrick Bruel, Ludivine Sagnier, Julie Depardieu

Votes: 2,851 | Gross: $0.62M

26. Survivre avec les loups (2007)

118 min | Drama

In 1942, the young Jewish girl Misha, her Russian mother Gerusha and her German father Reuven hide from the Germans in a small house in Ardennes, Belgium. Misha is very connected to her ... See full summary »

Director: Véra Belmont | Stars: Mathilde Goffart, Yaël Abecassis, Guy Bedos, Michèle Bernier

Votes: 887

27. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, War

55 Metascore

Through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, a forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.

Director: Mark Herman | Stars: Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, Zac Mattoon O'Brien

Votes: 174,619 | Gross: $9.03M

28. God on Trial (2008 TV Movie)

86 min | Drama, War

Awaiting their inevitable deaths at one of the worst concentration camps, a group of Jews make a rabbinical court to decide whether God has gone against the Holy Covenant and if He is the one guilty for their suffering.

Director: Andy De Emmony | Stars: Joseph Muir, Josef Altin, Ashley Artus, Alexi Kaye Campbell

Votes: 2,914

29. Army of Crime (2009)

Not Rated | 139 min | Drama, History, War

76 Metascore

The poet Missak Manouchian leads a mixed bag of youngsters and immigrants in a clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation. Twenty-two men and one woman fighting for an ideal and for ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Guédiguian | Stars: Simon Abkarian, Virginie Ledoyen, Robinson Stévenin, Lola Naymark

Votes: 2,917 | Gross: $0.04M

30. 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: 3,562

31. 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: 7,799

32. In Darkness (2011)

R | 145 min | Drama, War

74 Metascore

A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the German-occupied Polish city of Lvov.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader

Votes: 9,469 | Gross: $1.04M

33. Ida (2013)

PG-13 | 82 min | Drama

91 Metascore

A novice nun about to take her vows uncovers a family secret dating back to the German occupation.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela

Votes: 47,876 | Gross: $3.83M

34. Lauf Junge lauf (2013)

Not Rated | 112 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Srulik, an eight-year-old boy, flees from the Warsaw ghetto in 1942. He attempts to survive, at first alone in the forest, and then as a Christian orphan named Jurek on a Polish farm. ... See full summary »

Director: Pepe Danquart | Stars: Andrzej Tkacz, Kamil Tkacz, Elisabeth Duda, Itay Tiran

Votes: 1,737

35. Naked Among Wolves (2015 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, History, War

As WWII comes to an end, a group of Buchenwald's emaciated prisoners risk their lives for the safety of the camp's youngest inmate: a four-year-old Auschwitz-born Jewish prisoner. Is there a future for the Buchenwald boy?

Director: Philipp Kadelbach | Stars: Florian Stetter, Peter Schneider, Sylvester Groth, Sabin Tambrea

Votes: 3,418

36. Remember (I) (2015)

R | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person he believes to be responsible for the death of his family in the death camp to kill him himself.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Kim Roberts, Amanda Smith, Martin Landau

Votes: 20,024 | Gross: $0.64M

37. Son of Saul (2015)

R | 107 min | Drama, War

91 Metascore

A Jewish-Hungarian concentration camp prisoner sets out to give a child he mistook for his son a proper burial.

Director: László Nemes | Stars: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn, Todd Charmont

Votes: 40,161 | Gross: $1.78M

38. Denial (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama

63 Metascore

Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott

Votes: 17,121 | Gross: $4.07M

39. A Bag of Marbles (2017)

110 min | Drama

55 Metascore

The adventure of a Jewish boy and his brother escaping Nazi persecution in occupied France.

Director: Christian Duguay | Stars: Dorian Le Clech, Batyste Fleurial, Patrick Bruel, Elsa Zylberstein

Votes: 3,713 | Gross: $0.41M

40. The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

57 Metascore

The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl, Timothy Radford

Votes: 33,367 | Gross: $17.45M

41. Sobibor (2018)

TV-MA | 110 min | Drama, History, War

"Sobibor" is based on the history of the Sobibór extermination camp uprising during WWII and Soviet officer Alexander Pechersky. When he was a POW in Sobibor, he managed to do the ... See full summary »

Director: Konstantin Khabenskiy | Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Christopher Lambert, Mariya Kozhevnikova, Michalina Olszanska

Votes: 2,754

42. Anna's War (2018)

74 min | Drama

The entire family of a 6-year-old Anna dies in the mass coordinated execution of Jews. The mother covers up Anna with her own body, and the girl miraculously survives. For the next few ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksey Fedorchenko | Stars: Marta Kozlova, Lyubov Vorozhtsova, Vladimir Sapin, Aleksandr Vakhov

Votes: 311



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