List of World War II films since 1990

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Below is an incomplete list of fictional feature films or miniseries released since 1990 which feature events of World War II in the narrative.

Restrictions[edit]

Fictional feature films specifically pertaining to the Holocaust appear in the List of Holocaust films#Narrative films.

Common topics[edit]

Many aspects of this conflict have repeatedly been the subject of drama. These common subjects will not be linked when they appear in the film descriptions below:

Europe
Asia–Pacific
Non-geographical

Before 1990[edit]

Early 1990s[edit]

Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Director Battles, campaigns, events depicted
1990 Canada
France
China
Bethune: The Making of a Hero [1] Phillip Borsos Drama. Montreal doctor Norman Bethune in the Spanish Civil War, then his death aiding Mao Zedong's army
1990 Australia Blood Oath Stephen Wallace War-crimes trial of Japanese for Laha massacre
1990 France Dr. Petiot Docteur Petiot Christian de Chalonge Crime drama. Serial killer Marcel Petiot in occupied France
1990 West Germany
France
Poland
Europa Europa Hitlerjunge Salomon (in German) Agnieszka Holland Jewish boy conceals identity by joining Hitler Youth
1990 Sweden
Hungary
Norway
Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg God afton, Herr Wallenberg – En Passionshistoria från verkligheten (in Swedish) Kjell Grede Drama. Biography of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg in Hungarian Holocaust
1990 United States Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (TV) Peter Werner Hiroshima after Enola Gay drops atomic bomb
1990 Poland
West Germany
United Kingdom
Korczak Korczak Andrzej Wajda Drama. Biography of Dr. Korczak in Warsaw ghetto
1990 United States A Man Called Sarge Stuart Gillard Comedy. Western Desert Campaign, battles of El Alamein and Tobruk
1990 United Kingdom
Japan
United States
Memphis Belle Michael Caton-Jones Crew of US B-17 bomber Memphis Belle on 25th mission, 1943
1990 West Germany The Nasty Girl Das schreckliche Mädchen Michael Verhoeven Comedy-drama based on Anna Rosmus. Young woman's research into her German village's history during Third Reich
1990 United States Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming Ferdinand Fairfax Biographical film of the life of Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond
1991 Sweden
Norway
Denmark
Finland
The Boys from St. Petri Drengene fra Sankt Petri (in Danish) Søren Kragh-Jacobsen Students form Danish Resistance group Churchill Club under German occupation of Denmark
1991 Latvia The Child of Man Cilvēka bērns Jānis Streičs Adventure romance based on Jānis Klīdzējs' novel. Latgalian boy's attempts to prevent young woman from marrying shortly before Soviet and Nazi occupations
1991 United States December (An Innocent War) Stuart Gillard US homefront and prep school boys debating military service after Pearl Harbor, 1941
1991 Spain
Denmark
Sweden
France
Germany
Switzerland
Europa (Zentropa) Europa Lars von Trier American with German railway job at end of war finds his position politically sensitive
1991 United States For the Boys Mark Rydell Musical comedy-drama. USO performer entertains US troops from World War II to Vietnam War
1991 Poland Just Beyond That Forest Jeszcze tylko ten las Jan Łomnicki Holocaust
1991 Japan Kayoko's Diary Ushiro no shoumen daare (うしろの正面だあれ) Seiji Arihara Anime. Japanese home front and bombing of Tokyo of 10 March 1945
1991 Italy Mediterraneo Mediterraneo Gabriele Salvatores Comedy-drama. Italian soldiers occupying Greek island
1991 Sweden
Denmark
The Naked Trees De nøgne træer Morten Henriksen Based on Tage Skou-Hansen novel. Danish Resistance under German occupation of Denmark
1991 Canada The Quarrel Eli Cohen Holocaust survivors and estranged friends resume argument from years earlier
1991 Japan Rhapsody in August Hachi-gatsu no kyōshikyoku (Hachigatsu no rapusodī) (八月の狂詩曲) Akira Kurosawa Nagasaki family after Bockscar drops atomic bomb
1991 France
Germany
Poland
Warsaw – Year 5703 Warszawa. Année 5703 (in French)
Tragarz puchu (in Polish)
Der Daunenträger (in German)
Janusz Kijowski Holocaust
1992 Poland All That Really Matters Wszystko, co najważniejsze Robert Gliński Lwów, Poland under Soviet occupation then Gulag
1992 Denmark
United States
A Day in October En dag i oktober Kenneth Madsen Danish-Jewish relocation from German-occupied Denmark to neutral Sweden
1992 United States A Midnight Clear (Section 44) Keith Gordon Western Front
1992 Poland Ring with a Crowned Eagle Pierścionek z orłem w koronie Andrzej Wajda Polish Resistance, 1945–46
1992 United States Shining Through David Seltzer Romance/Thriller. Irish-Jewish-German woman recruited as OSS agent in Nazi Germany
1993 Canada For the Moment Aaron Kim Johnston Airmen training in rural Manitoba, Canada
1993 Norway The Last Lieutenant (The Second Lieutenant) Secondløitnanten Hans Petter Moland Retired Norwegian sea-captain volunteers for duty after Operation Weserübung and coordinates volunteers against German occupation of Norway
1993 Romania The Mirror Oglinda (Începutul adevarului) Sergiu Nicolaescu Downfall of Ion Antonescu
1993 Taiwan The Puppetmaster Xi meng ren sheng (戲夢人生) Hou Hsiao-hsien Japanese occupation of Taiwan (1937–1945)
1993 Japan Rail of the Star O-Hoshisama no Rail (お星さまのレール) Toshio Hirata Anime. Japanese family in Korea during World War 2
1993 United States Schindler's List Steven Spielberg 1993 Best Picture drama chronicling Oskar Schindler's rescue of nearly 1,200 Jews in occupied Poland from the Holocaust
1993 United Kingdom Stalag Luft Adrian Shergold Comedy-drama. Commonwealth POWs attempt escape from German Stalag Luft
1993 Germany Stalingrad Stalingrad Joseph Vilsmaier Battle of Stalingrad
1993 United States Swing Kids Thomas Carter Musical drama. High school Swing Kids in the Hitler-Jugend
1993 Estonia
Poland
Russia
Tear of the Prince of Darkness (Satan's Tear) Saatana pisar (in Estonian)
Lza ksiecia ciemnosci (in Polish)
Слеза князя тьмы (in Russian)
Marek Piestrak Horror. NKVD actions in Estonia and Poland, 1939
1994 United States
Canada
The Ascent Donald Shebib Based on actual events. Italian escape of British POW camp to plant Italian flag on summit of Mount Kenya
1994 France A Day Before Dawn Un jour avant l'aube Jacques Ertaud French SAS commando in Brittany during Operation Overlord and Normandy Campaign, 1944
1994 Italy Dear Goddamned Friends Cari fottutissimi amici Mario Monicelli Comedy. A group of boxers, including an American black deserter, travel from town to town in Tuscany during the summer of 1944

Late 1990s[edit]

Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Director Battles, campaigns, events depicted
1995 Italy Childhood Enemies Nemici d'infanzia Luigi Magni Italian Civil War in Rome, 1944
1995 China Don't Cry, Nanking (Nanjing 1937) Nánjīng yī jiǔ sān qī (南京1938) Wu Ziniu Nanking Massacre
1995 Russia The Great Commander Georgy Zhukov Velikiy polkovodets Georgiy Zhukov (Великий полководец Георгий Жуков) Yuri Ozerov Docudrama (художественно-документальный). Biopic of Marshal Georgy Zhukov
1995 Canada
Japan
Hiroshima (TV) Roger Spottiswoode Decision-making processes regarding use of atomic bombs on Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
1995 Poland
Germany
France
Holy Week Wielki tydzień (in Polish) Andrzej Wajda Holocaust
1995 Denmark Just a Girl Kun en pige Peter Schrøder German occupation of Denmark
1995 Australia
Japan
The Last Bullet (TV) Rasutobaretto (ラストバレット) Michael Pattinson Australian and Japanese soldiers battle in South Pacific jungle on last day of war
1995 United States Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis (TV) Robert Iscove Sinking of USS Indianapolis and struggle of surviving crewmen in open water
1995 China Red Cherry Hóng yīng táo (红樱桃) Daying Ye Chinese boarding school children in German-occupied Soviet Union
1995 United States Sahara (Desert Storm) (TV) Brian Trenchard-Smith Western Desert Campaign; remake of 1943 film Sahara
1995 United States Truman (TV) Frank Pierson Drama. Biopic of US President Harry S. Truman from infantry service in World War I
1995 United States The Tuskegee Airmen Robert Markowitz First African-American combat pilots of the war[2]
1995 Yugoslavia
France
Germany
Underground Podzemlje (Подземље) Emir Kusturica German invasion and occupation of Yugoslavia
1995 Netherlands The Partisans (TV miniseries) De Partizanen Theu Boermans Dutch resistance unit capture a group of German soldiers, just weeks before the liberation of The Netherlands. Based on true facts
1995 Japan Tower of the Lilies Himeyuri no Tô (ひめゆりの塔) Seijirō Kōyama Himeyuri students in Battle of Okinawa
1996 Italy The Border La Frontiera Franco Giraldi Drama. Italian officer born in Dalmatia spends his convalescence in a Dalmatian island occupied by the Italian Army
1996 United Kingdom The Brylcreem Boys Terence Ryan Comedy-drama. British and German pilots in POW camp in neutral Ireland during Battle of Britain
1996 United Kingdom
United States
The English Patient Anthony Minghella 1996 Best Picture romantic-drama. Biography of Hungarian Count László Almásy, injured cartographer who charts Sahara Desert in Italian Campaign
1996 Germany
Norway
Sweden
Denmark
Hamsun Hamsun Jan Troell Norwegian author Knut Hamsun and wife during German occupation of Norway
1996 United States Mother Night Keith Gordon Based on Kurt Vonnegut novel
1996 France
Germany
United Kingdom
The Ogre Der Unhold (in German) Volker Schlöndorff French POW recruiting children for Nazis believing he is protecting them
1996 Canada
United Kingdom
Luxembourg
On Dangerous Ground (TV) Lawrence Gordon-Clark Thriller based on Jack Higgins novel. Secret wartime agreement between Mountbatten and Mao
1996 United Kingdom Over Here (TV) Tony Dow Comedy-drama. British and American aircrew rivalry in England
1996 United States The Ring (Danielle Steel's The Ring) (TV) Armand Mastroianni Romance/Drama. Young German woman separated from her family and imprisoned by Nazis
1996 Italy
Hungary
The Seventh Chamber La settima stanza (in Italian)
A hetedik szoba (in Hungarian)
Márta Mészáros Drama. Saint Edith Stein
1996 Thailand Sunset at Chaophraya Khu gam (คู่กรรม) Euthana Mukdasanit Free Thai Movement and Siam under Japanese occupation of Thailand, 1939–1944
1997 United Kingdom
Japan
Bent [1] Sean Mathias Drama based on Martin Sherman play. Persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany
1997 Germany The Devil's General (TV) Des Teufels General Frank Castorf Drama based on Carl Zuckmayer play. Successful Luftwaffe General Ernst Udet courted by Widerstand; remake of 1955 film Des Teufels General
1997 Denmark
United Kingdom
Germany
The Island on Bird Street Øen i Fuglegaden (in Danish)
Die Insel in der Vogelstrasse (in German)
Søren Kragh-Jacobsen Polish-Jewish boy hiding in ghetto from Nazis
1997 United Kingdom The Land Girls David Leland Women's Land Army
1997 Italy Life Is Beautiful La vita è bella Roberto Benigni Comedy-drama. Holocaust under German occupation of Italy
1997 France Lucie Aubrac Lucie Aubrac Claude Berri Lucie and Raymond Aubrac under German occupation of France
1997 Australia
United States
Paradise Road Bruce Beresford Allied women POWs in Japanese occupied Sumatra
1998 Poland Deserter's Gold Złoto dezerterów Janusz Majewski Heist comedy. World War I buddies reuniting with Polish Underground to liberate Nazi gold; sequel to 1986 film C.K. dezerterzy
1998 Japan
France
Dr. Akagi Kanzō-sensei (カンゾー先生) Shohei Imamura Comedy-drama. rural Japanese physician trying to eradicate hepatitis while at odds with Imperial Japanese Army
1998 Italy Little Teachers I piccoli maestri Daniele Luchetti Italian resistance movement in Veneto
1998 United States Miracle at Midnight (TV) Ken Cameron Holocaust, Danish Resistance, and rescue of Danish Jews during German occupation of Denmark
1998 Japan Pride: The Fateful Moment Puraido: Unmei no toki (プライド – 運命のトキません) Shunya Ito Hideki Tojo during post-war Tokyo Trials
1998 United States Saving Private Ryan Steven Spielberg Team of U.S. Army Rangers search for single U.S. soldier during the Normandy Campaign
1998 United States The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick US infantrymen and Henderson Field during the Guadalcanal Campaign
1998 United States When Trumpets Fade John Irvin Battle of Hürtgen Forest
1999 Germany Aimée & Jaguar (Aimee and Jaguar) Aimée & Jaguar Max Färberböck Romance between lesbians Felice Schragenheim and Lilly Wust amidst Gestapo purge of Jews in Berlin
1999 Czech Republic
Poland
Slovakia
All My Loved Ones Všichni moji blízcí (in Czech) Matej Minac Jewish Czech family, Nicholas Winton, and escape of 669 children from the Holocaust
1999 Finland Ambush Rukajärven tie Olli Saarela Finnish Army and Women's Auxiliary Corps Lotta Svärd during Continuation War, 1941
1999 Croatia Bleiburg Četverored Branko Schmidt Bleiburg repatriations
1999 United Kingdom
United States
The End of the Affair Neil Jordan Based on Graham Greene novel. British homefront and illicit romance; remake of 1955 film The End of the Affair
1999 Germany
Hungary
Gloomy Sunday Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod (in German) Rolf Schübel Romance drama based on Nick Barkow novel.
1999 France
United States
Hungary
Jakob the Liar [1] Peter Kassovitz Comedy-drama. "Secret radio" in Jewish ghetto of Poland and Holocaust
1999 China Lover's Grief over the Yellow River (Heart of China) Húanghé júeliàn (黄河绝恋) Feng Xiaoning American pilot returns to pay respects to communist-led Chinese army that rescued him
1999 Russia
Germany
Japan
Italy
France
Moloch Molokh (Молох) (in Russian) Aleksandr Sokurov Hitler visits Bavarian Berghof, 1942
1999 Germany
Austria
Canada
Hungary
Sunshine [1] István Szabó Three generations of Jewish family including Holocaust, Operation Margarethe and German occupation of Hungary
1999 Italy
United Kingdom
Tea with Mussolini [1] Franco Zeffirelli Comedy-drama. Italian boy's upbringing by English and American women before and during war in Fascist Italy

Early 2000s[edit]

Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Director Battles, campaigns, events depicted
2000 Canada
Germany
United Kingdom
Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace [1] Eric Till German Lutheran pastor and martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
2000 China Devils on the Doorstep Guizi lai le (鬼子来了) Jiang Wen Sino-Japanese War
2000 Czech Republic Divided We Fall Musíme si pomáhat Jan Hřebejk Collaboration and resistance under German occupation of Czechoslovakia
2000 Italy Johnny the Partisan Il partigiano Johnny Guido Chiesa Partisan warfare in North Italy
2000 Poland Judgement of Franciszek Klos (TV) Wyrok na Franciszka Kłosa Andrzej Wajda Collaboration under German occupation of Poland
2000 Malaysia Lt. Adnan Leftenan Adnan Aziz M. Osman Adnan Bin Saidi and the Battle of Pasir Panjang
2000 Italy Malena Malèna Giuseppe Tornatore Romance/Comedy-drama. Sicilian woman whose husband is conscripted into Italian service, 1940
2000 Philippines Markova: Comfort Gay Tagalog please Gil Portes Drama based on Walter Dempster, Jr., account of last surviving comfort gay from Japanese occupation of Philippines
2000 Canada
United States
Nuremberg (TV miniseries) Yves Simoneau Nuremberg Trials
2000 Italy The Sky Is Falling Il cielo cade Andrea Frazzi
Antonio Frazzi
German occupation in Tuscany and the murder of Albert Einstein's relatives
2000 Czech Republic Spring of Life (film) Pramen zivota Milan Cieslar Nazi SS and Lebensborn
2000 United States U-571 Jonathan Mostow American submariners infiltrate U-boat to capture Enigma machine
2001 Germany
Russia
As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me So weit die Füße tragen (in German) Hardy Martins Based on Clemens Forell book. German soldier walks 11,000 km to escape Siberian gulag
2001 United Kingdom
United States
Band of Brothers (TV miniseries) Steven Spielberg E Company, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne from D-Day to end of war
2001 United Kingdom The Bunker (The Bunker: The Evil Is Within) Rob Green Horror-Mystery.[3] Wehrmacht soldiers in Battle of the Siegfried Line
2001 United Kingdom
France
United States
Captain Corelli's Mandolin [1] John Madden Italian occupation of Greece and massacre of the Acqui Division
2001 United Kingdom
Australia
Charlotte Gray Gillian Armstrong Romance/Thriller. Special Operations Executive and Scotswoman recruited by Secret Service as courier for French Communist Resistance
2001 United Kingdom
United States
Conspiracy (TV) Frank Pierson German officials at Wannsee Conference in 1942 discuss Final Solution to Jewish question (remake of The Wannsee Conference)
2001 Czech Republic
United Kingdom
Dark Blue World Tmavomodrý svet Jan Sverák Czechoslovakian pilots in Battle of Britain
2001 Italy The Days of Rage: Cefalonia I giorni dell'amore e dell'odio Claver Salizzato Massacre of the Acqui Division in Cephalonia
2001 United States
Germany
United Kingdom
Ireland
Enemy at the Gates [1] Jean-Jacques Annaud Stand-off between Russian sniper Vasily Zaytsev and German sniper during Battle of Stalingrad
2001 United Kingdom
United States
Germany
Netherlands
Enigma [1] Michael Apted Enigma machine mystery
2001 Japan Firefly Hotaru (ホタル) Yasuo Furuhata Based on true story of Korean kamikaze pilot
2001 United States The Grey Zone Tim Blake Nelson Jewish Sonderkommando XII in Auschwitz concentration camp
2001 Japan H Story Japanese please (Kanji please) Nobuhiro Suwa Remake of 1959 film Hiroshima mon amour
2001 Philippines In the Bosom of the Enemy Gatas... Sa dibdib ng kaaway Gil Portes Filipina offers to be wet nurse to Japanese soldier's son for conditional freedom of her husband
2001 Italy The Ones With White Lips - The Forgotten Sos laribiancos - I dimenticati Piero Livi Sardinian soldiers are dispatched to the Russian Front
2001 United States Pearl Harbor Michael Bay Attack on Pearl Harbor and Doolittle Raid
2001 China Purple Sunset Zĭrì (紫日) Feng Xiaoning Unconditional surrender of Emperor Hirohito
2001 France
United Kingdom
Germany
Austria
Taking Sides [1] István Szabó Wilhelm Furtwängler, controversial conductor of Berlin Philharmonic during Nazi era and Allied occupation
2001 United States To End All Wars David L. Cunningham Drama based on Ernest Gordon book. Allied POWs build Burma Railway through jungle
2001 United States Uprising (TV) Jon Avnet Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
2001 United Kingdom
United States
Canada
Varian's War (TV) Lionel Chetwynd Varian Fry builds underground rescue network in Vichy France saving 2–4,000 anti-Nazi/Jewish refugees and cultural figures from Holocaust
2001 United Kingdom
Canada
The War Bride (Love and War) Lyndon Chubbuck Drama. English war bride in Canada without husband
2001 Philippines Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure Tagalog please Chito S. Roño Burial of Yamashita treasure and execution of General Tomoyuki Yamashita in Philippines
2002 United States Below Gregory Hoblit American submarine on Atlantic rescue mission encounters German warship
2002 Italy Senso '45 Senso '45 Tinto Brass Erotic drama. The love affair of an Italian woman and an SS officer in German-occupied Venice
2002 Russia The Cuckoo Kukushka (Кукушка) Aleksandr Rogozhkin Young Lapp woman shelters Finnish sniper and Red Army captain on her farm
2002 Italy El Alamein: The Line of Fire
(El Alamein: Bound of Honour, DVD)
El Alamein – La linea del fuoco Enzo Monteleone Italian volunteer assigned to Pavia Division in Egypt and Second Battle of El Alamein, 1942
2002 United States
United Kingdom
The Gathering Storm Richard Loncraine Winston Churchill before outbreak of war
2002 United States
Italy
The Good War (Texas '46) [1] Giorgio Serafini Based on true story of Italian POWs in Texas camp before repatriation, 1946
2002 United States Hart's War Gregory Hoblit POW trial conducted in German Stalag Luft
2002 France Monsieur Batignole Monsieur Batignole Gérard Jugnot Butcher hides Jewish boy in Occupied France
2002 Italy Perlasca, The Courage of a Just Man (TV miniseries) Perlasca, un eroe italiano Alberto Negrin Giorgio Perlasca, pretending to be a Spanish diplomat, saves Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust
2002 France
Poland
Germany
United Kingdom
The Pianist [1] Roman Polanski Polish Jewish pianist Władysław Szpilman years of searching for shelter during World War II.
2002 France
Germany
Safe Conduct Laissez passer Bertrand Tavernier German occupation of France
2002 Canada Silent Night Rodney Gibbons Based on true event during the Battle of the Bulge between German and American soldiers on Christmas Eve 1944
2002 Russia The Star Zvezda (Звезда) Nikolai Lebedev Soviet scouts behind enemy lines during Operation Bagration
2002 Netherlands Twin Sisters De Tweeling Ben Sombogaart Twin German sisters separated at young age, one raised in Netherlands and serves in Dutch resistance, other in Germany and married to Waffen SS soldier
2002 United Kingdom Two Men Went to War John Henderson Comedy-drama based on Raymond Foxall book. Amateur improvisational commando raid into occupied France
2002 Italy The War Is Over (TV miniseries) La guerra è finita Lodovico Gasparini Drama. Two Italian friends and soldiers on the Greek front, then on the Russian front and finally in the Italian Civil War
2002 United States Windtalkers John Woo Battle of Saipan
2003 France Bon Voyage Bon Voyage Jean-Paul Rappeneau France under German occupation
2003 United Kingdom Entrusted Giacomo Battiato 11-year-old chess prodigy, whose mother is in underground resistance, is entrusted with life-saving secret
2003 Malaysia Paloh Paloh Adman Salleh Japanese occupation of Malaya
2003 Poland Pornography Pornografia Jan Jakub Kolski German Occupation of Poland
2003 United States
Netherlands
Resistance [1] Todd Komarnicki American reconnaissance pilot survives plane crash in Nazi-occupied Belgium and is assisted by Maquis resistance
2003 Germany
Netherlands
Rosenstrasse Rosenstrasse (in German) Margarethe von Trotta Jewish husbands of Aryan women detained in Berlin
2003 United States Saints and Soldiers Ryan Little Survivors of Malmedy massacre during Ardennes Offensive trapped behind enemy lines with vital information
2003 Japan
Germany
Spy Sorge Supai Sorge (スパイ・ゾルゲ) (in Japanese) Masahiro Shinoda Soviet spy Richard Sorge
2003 France Strange Gardens Effroyables jardins Jean Becker French Resistance captives held in giant pit by Germans
2003 France
United Kingdom
Strayed Les égarés (Le garçon aux yeux gris) André Téchiné Romance-drama. French family escapes Battle of France and German occupation of Paris aided by young man, June 1940
2003 Czech Republic
Slovakia
Austria
Želary Želary Ondrej Trojan Drama based on Květa Legátová novel. Czechoslovakian Resistance forced into hiding after their group is exposed
2004 Philippines Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita (Aishite Imasu (Mahal Kita) 1941) Joel Lamangan Romance-Drama. Philippine Resistance during Battle of Bataan, Bataan Death March, and Japanese occupation
2004 United States The Aryan Couple John Daly Undercover Eastern European Jews attempt to escape under Third Reich's Europa Plan, 1944
2004 Finland
Sweden
Beyond the Front Line (Beyond Enemy Lines) Framom främsta linjen (in Swedish) Åke Lindman Continuation War between USSR and Finland, 1941–1944
2004 Russia The Cadets (TV miniseries) Kursanty (Курсанты) Andrei Kavun Training of Russian boys as artillerymen for Eastern Front, 1942
2004 Philippines The Call of the River Panaghoy sa Suba Cesar Montano Second Battle of Bohol in Philippines Campaign
2004 Germany
Italy
Austria
Downfall Der Untergang (in German) Oliver Hirschbiegel Last days of Hitler in Führerbunker during Battle of Berlin
2004 United Kingdom Dunkirk (TV miniseries) Alex Holmes Docudrama. Battle of Dunkirk and Dunkirk evacuation
2004 Germany
Switzerland
Netherlands
Luxembourg
Edelweiss Pirates Edelweisspiraten (in German) Niko von Glasow German Resistance and Edelweiss Pirates
2004 Japan The Face of Jizo (film) Chichi to Kuraseba (父と暮らせば) Kazuo Kuroki Aftermath of atomic bombing of Hiroshima
2004 United States
Germany
Italy
The Fallen (Letters From The Dead) [1] Ari Taub German, Italian and US forces on Italian Front, 1944
2004 Russia Freelance Assignment Nesluzhebnoe zadanie (Неслужебное задание) Vitaly Vorobyev Red Army chases renegade Wehrmacht in Czechoslovakia after German surrender, 1945
2004 United Kingdom
Canada
Head in the Clouds John Duigan Romance-drama. Friends' divergent paths and fight against Fascism in pre-war Europe
2004 Russia Our Own Свои Dmitry Meshiev Drama on occupied territory, early years of war
2004 United States Ike: Countdown to D-Day Robert Harmon SHAEF organization and planning of Operation Overlord
2004 Canada Il Duce Canadese (TV miniseries) (in English) Giles Walker Italian-Canadian fascism and internment
2004 United States In Enemy Hands (U-Boat) Tony Giglio Crew of US submarine returns home after months at sea as POWs aboard U-boat
2004 United Kingdom Island at War (TV miniseries) Peter Lydon, Thaddeus O'Sullivan Occupation of the Channel Islands
2004 Croatia Long Dark Night Duga mračna noć Antun Vrdoljak Croatia under both Fascism and Communism
2004 Germany Napola: Hitler's Elite (Before the Fall) Napola – Elite für den Führer Dennis Gansel Former Hitler Youths bond at Reich National-Political institution
2004 Germany The Ninth Day Der neunte Tag Volker Schlöndorff SS attempts to coerce Catholic priest into writing Vatican on behalf of Church of Luxembourg demanding that Pope support Hitler
2004 Germany
Austria
Operation Valkyrie (TV) Stauffenberg Jo Baier July 20 plot to assassinate Hitler
2004 China Purple Butterfly Zǐ Húdié (紫蝴蝶) Lou Ye Espionage warfare in occupied Shanghai
2004 United States Straight Into Darkness Jeff Burr American deserters and Resistance orphans attempt to hold back Nazi assault
Movie set from Black Book in The Hague, 2005

Late 2000s[edit]

Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Director Battles, campaigns, events depicted
2005 Italy Cephalonia (TV miniseries) Cefalonia Riccardo Milani Massacre of the Acqui Division in Cephalonia
2005 United States Everything Is Illuminated Liev Schreiber Jewish American searches for woman who saved his grandfather during the Ukrainian Holocaust
2005 Lithuania Forest of the Gods Dievų miškas Algimantas Puipa Lithuanian artist/intellectual imprisoned by both Nazis and Soviets
2005 Russia Freelance Assignment 2 Nesluzhebnoe zadanie 2: Vzryv na rassvete (Неслужебное задание-2: Взрыв на рассвете) Vitaly Vorobyev Postwar commandos in wartime minefield hope to be saved by soldier who was in field in 1943
2005 United States
Australia
The Great Raid John Dahl Japanese occupation of Philippines and Raid at Cabanatuan
2005 Italy The Heart in the Pit (TV miniseries) Il cuore nel pozzo Alberto Negrin Foibe massacres
2005 United States The Last Days Eric Bryan US Airborne unit processing German POWs encounters Wehrmacht unit unaware of Germany's surrender
2005 United Kingdom The Last Drop David Teague Operation Market Garden and secret mission to recover Nazi gold
2005 Singapore
Japan
Men in White 1942 Kelvin Tong Comedy horror. Japanese Sixth Army and war photographer in Malayan jungle
2005 Russia Moscow Says, Please Note (TV miniseries) Vnimaniye, govorit Moskva (Внимание, говорит Москва) Aleksandr Surin Female Russian snipers[4]
2005 Finland
Sweden
Mother of Mine (film) Äideistä parhain (in Finnish)
Den bästa av mödrar (in Swedish)
Klaus Härö Based on Heikki Hietamies novel. Evacuation of 70,000+ Finnish children to neutral Sweden
2005 Italy Mussolini's Daughter (TV miniseries) Edda Giorgio Capitani Edda Mussolini
2005 India Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (Bose: The Forgotten Hero) Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: ek bhoola hua naayak (नेताजी सुभाषचन्द्र बोस: एक भूला हुआ नायक) Shyam Benegal Subhas Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army
2005 United States Only the Brave Lane Nishikawa Rescue of Lost Battalion in France by US 442nd Regimental Combat Team
2005 China On the Mountain of Tai Hang Tài Háng shān shàng (太行山上) Chen Jian, Shen Dong, Wei Lian Campaigns of Eighth Route Army in China
2005 Finland Promise (2005 film) Lupaus (Uskolliset – Suomen lotat / Lotta) Ilkka Vanne Finnish women's Lotta Svärd during war
2005 Germany Sophie Scholl – The Final Days Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage Marc Rothemund Final days and trial of Sophie Scholl, member of White Rose Resistance
2005 Germany Speer und Er (TV miniseries) Speer und Er Heinrich Breloer Docudrama. Hitler's minister Albert Speer
2005 Taiwan The Strait Story Fu shih kuang ying (南方紀事之浮世光影) Huang Yu-shan Sinking of Japanese passenger liner Takachiho Maru by USS Kingfish, 1943
2005 Russia
France
Italy
Switzerland
Japan
The Sun Solntse (Солнце) (in Russian) Aleksandr Sokurov Emperor Hirohito's life during the first days of Allied occupation
2005 United Kingdom Valiant Gary Chapman Animated. British war pigeons face German falcons
2005 United Kingdom
United States
Germany
China
The White Countess [1] James Ivory Disparate group of displaced persons attempt to survive Sino-Japanese War
2005 Japan Yamato Otoko-tachi no Yamato (男たちの大和) Junya Sato Yamato's crew during Pacific War
2006 Russia Bastards (2006 film) Svolochi (Сволочи) Aleksandr Atanesyan Teenaged convicts conscripted for partisan mission against Nazis
2006 United States Beautiful Dreamer Terri Farley-Teruel Romance-drama. Amnesiac bomber pilot captured by enemy[who?] and assumed to be MIA
2006 Netherlands
Germany
United Kingdom
Belgium
Black Book Zwartboek (in Dutch) Paul Verhoeven Jewish woman joins Dutch Resistance
2006 France
Morocco
Algeria
Belgium
Days of Glory Indigènes (in French) Rachid Bouchareb North Africans enlist in French Army to liberate France
2006 Germany Dresden (TV) Dresden Roland Suso Richter German civilian assists downed and injured RAF pilot after bombing of Dresden
2006 United States Flags of Our Fathers Clint Eastwood Battle of Iwo Jima from perspective of American soldiers
2006 Germany
Lithuania
Ghetto Ghetto
Vilniaus getas
Audrius Juzėnas Holocaust in Lithuania
2006 Italy The Good Battle - Don Pietro Pappagallo (TV miniseries) La buona battaglia – Don Pietro Pappagallo Gianfranco Albano Catholic priest Pietro Pappagallo, member of resistance, executed in the Ardeatine caves
2006 United States The Good German Steven Soderbergh Mystery set in Berlin during the Potsdam negotiations just after the surrender of Nazi Germany
2006 United Kingdom The Haunted Airman Chris Durlacher Disabled British airman recovering from his experiences near end of war
2006 Australia Kokoda Alister Grierson Kokoda Track Campaign
2006 Germany The Last Days Die letzten Tage Oliver Frohnauer American airmen behind enemy lines cooperate with German deserter to survive arrival of Volkssturm unit near end of war
2006 Germany The Last Train (2006 film) Der letzte Zug Dana Vávrová, Joseph Vilsmaier Cattle train with 688 Jews bound for Auschwitz, 1943
2006 United States Letters from Iwo Jima Iōjima kara no tegami (硫黄島からの手紙)[5] Clint Eastwood Battle of Iwo Jima from perspective of Japanese soldiers
2006 Italy Mafalda of Savoy (TV miniseries) Mafalda di Savoia – Il coraggio di una principessa Maurizio Zaccaro Princess Mafalda of Savoy
2006 United States Military Intelligence and You! Dale Kutzera Comedy. US Army Intelligence analyst attempts to locate Nazi "Ghost Squadron" fighter base
2006 Canada Remembrance: A Soldier's Story (TV) Andrew Forster Drama. Canada's last surviving decorated World War II hero and Remembrance Day[6]
2006 Russia Transit Peregon (Перегон) Aleksandr Rogozhkin Lend-Lease shipping through the ALSIB
2006 China The Tokyo Trial Dōngjīng Shěnpàn (东京审判) Gao Qunshu Chinese Justice Mei Ru-ao at the Tokyo Trials, the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE)
2007 United States American Pastime Desmond Nakano Japanese-American jazz and baseball in Topaz, Utah internment camp
2007 United Kingdom Atonement Joe Wright The Battle for France and Dunkirk evacuation
2007 Austria The Counterfeiters Die Fälscher Stefan Ruzowitzky Operation Bernhard
2007 Australia Curtin (TV) Jessica Hobbs Wartime Prime Minister of Australia, John Curtin
2007 Japan For Those We Love Ore wa, kimi no tame ni koso shini ni iku (俺は、君のためにこそ死ににいく) Taku Shinjō Kamikaze pilots
2007 Poland Katyń Katyń Andrzej Wajda Katyn massacre of Polish POWs and civilians by Soviets, 1940
2007 United States
China
Taiwan
Hong Kong
Lust, Caution Sè, Jiè (色,戒) Ang Lee Spy thriller. Occupied Shanghai
2007 Germany My Führer – The Really Truest Truth about Adolf Hitler (My Führer) Mein Führer – Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler Dani Levy Comedy-drama. Depressed Hitler and his preparation for New Year's speech of 1945
2007 Canada The Poet (Hearts of War) Damian Lee German soldiers gather information on Eastern Front partisans and Jewish refugees
2007 Belgium Surviving with Wolves Survivre avec les loups Véra Belmont Drama based on fake Misha Defonseca memoir. Jewish girl searches for deported parents while living among wolves
2007 Finland Tali-Ihantala 1944 Tali-Ihantala 1944 (Mihin vapaat miehet pystyvät) Åke Lindman, Sakari Kirjavainen Battle of Tali-Ihantala, Continuation War, June 1944
2007 Poland Tomorrow We're Going to the Movies Jutro idziemy do kina Michał Kwieciński Polish Campaign, 1939
2007 Japan Yunagi City, Sakura Country Yūnagi no machi, sakura no kuni (夕凪の街 桜の国) Kiyoshi Sasabe Drama based on Fumiyo Kōno manga. Aftermath of atomic bombing of Hiroshima
2007 Belgium
Ireland
Waiting for Dublin Roger Tucker Comedy. Allied and Axis flyers stranded in neutral Ireland
2008 Australia
United States
United Kingdom
Australia Baz Luhrmann Romance. Australian soldier and British aristocrat during first attack on Darwin
2008 United States Blitzkrieg: Escape from Stalag 69 Keith J. Crocker Horror drama. Captured USO showgirls and Allied POWs under sadistic SS Stalag commandant
2008 Italy Blood of the Losers Il sangue dei vinti Michele Soavi Italian civil war
2008 United States
United Kingdom
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) Mark Herman Holocaust as seen by two 8-year-olds, one the son of death camp commandant, the other an interned Jew
2008 Germany The Bridge (TV) Die Brücke Wolfgang Panzer Drama based on Manfred Gregor novel. Youths defend bridge; remake
2008 Australia Broken Sun Brad Haynes Drama based on the Cowra breakout
2008 Romania Gruber's Journey Călătoria lui Gruber Radu Gabrea Iaşi pogrom
2008 Australia
China
Germany
United States
The Children of Huang Shi [1] Roger Spottiswoode Nanking Massacre and Three Alls Policy
2008 United States Defiance Edward Zwick Bielski partisans
2008 Poland 11th of November 11 listopada Kamil Kulczycki, Urszula Szałata Zielonka boy scouts resisting German occupation of Poland
2008 France
United Kingdom
Female Agents Les Femmes de l'ombre Jean-Paul Salomé Female SOE agents parachute into occupied France to assassinate German officer and rescue Briton with D-Day invasion information
2008 Denmark Flame and Citron Flammen og Citronen Ole Christian Madsen Danish Resistance team sent to assassinate Nazis and collaborators
2008 United Kingdom
Germany
Hungary
Good [1] Vicente Amorim Drama based on C. P. Taylor play.
2008 Hong Kong Ip Man Yip Man (葉問) Wilson Yip Ip Man in Foshan, Sino-Japanese War
2008 Norway
Germany
Denmark
Max Manus: Man of War Max Manus Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg Norwegian Resistance leader Max Manus during Nazi occupation of Norway
2008 United States Miracle at St. Anna Spike Lee Sant'Anna di Stazzema massacre
2008 United States
Germany
The Reader Stephen Daldry War crimes trial of female guard at Nazi concentration camp
2008 Israel Spring 1941 אביב 41 Uri Barbash Romance between Warsaw grocer and Jewish man she is hiding
2008 Czech Republic
Slovakia
Tobruk Tobruk Václav Marhoul Siege of Tobruk
2008 United States Valkyrie Bryan Singer July 20 Plot to assassinate Hitler
2008 United States Watch on the Rhine Nathan Hall, Chris Nelson Action/Comedy. US 106th Inf. Div. soldier in Battle of the Bulge
2008 France
Tunisia
The Wedding Song Le Chant des mariées Karin Albou Friendship between Muslim woman and Sephardic Jewish woman during Nazi occupation of Tunisia
2008 Italy Wild Blood Sanguepazzo Marco Tullio Giordana Drama. The involvement of actors Osvaldo Valenti and Luisa Ferida with the Italian Social Republic and their murder by partisans
2008 Netherlands Winter in Wartime Oorlogswinter Martin Koolhoven Drama based on Jan Terlouw novel. Young boy becomes involved in Dutch Resistance, 1944–45
2008 Germany
Poland
A Woman in Berlin (Anonyma: A Woman in Berlin) Anonyma – Eine Frau in Berlin (in German) Max Färberböck Drama based on Marta Hillers book. Journalist's relationship with Soviet officer during Soviet occupation of Berlin
2009 France The Army of Crime L'Armée du crime Robert Guédiguian Manouchian resistance group and Red Poster
2009 Russia
United Kingdom
Attack on Leningrad (Leningrad) Aleksandr Buravsky Siege of Leningrad
2009 China City of Life and Death (Nanjing! Nanjing!) Pinyin please (漢字 hanzi please) Lu Chuan Nanking Massacre
2009 China Cow Dòu niú (斗牛) Guan Hu Comedy-drama. Chinese peasant protects village's dairy cow during Sino-Japanese War
2009 United Kingdom The Diary of Anne Frank (TV miniseries) Jon Jones Anne Frank hiding during Nazi occupation of the Netherlands
2009 United States Everyman's War Thad Smith US 94th Infantry Division at Battle of the Bulge
2009 United States Inglourious Basterds Quentin Tarantino Jewish-American soldiers on mission to kill Nazis
2009 United States
United Kingdom
Into the Storm Thaddeus O'Sullivan Biopic of Winston Churchill and his wartime leadership; sequel to 2002 film The Gathering Storm
2009 Germany
China
France
John Rabe John Rabe Florian Gallenberger Nanking Massacre
2009 Japan Last Operations Under the Orion Manatsu no Orion (真夏のオリオン) Tetsuo Shinohara Naval battle between Japan and US near end of war
2009 Italy The Man Who Will Come L'uomo che verrà Giorgio Diritti Marzabotto massacre
2009 China The Message Fēngshēng (风声) Chen Kuo-fu, Gao Qunshu Espionage in Nanking in 1942
2009 Russia 1941 (TV) 1941 Valery Shalyga Nazi invasion of Russia and partisans in forests; prequel to 2011 TV series, 1942
2009 Russia The Priest Pop (Поп) Vladimir Khotinenko Priest in occupied Latvia
2009 Czech Republic
Germany
Protector Protektor Marek Najbrt Romance/Drama. Jewish-Czech actress during German occupation of Czechoslovakia and effects of Operation Anthropoid
2009 United Kingdom Small Island (TV miniseries) John Alexander Drama. Jamaican airman in England
Director Elisabeth Scharang at In Another Lifetime première, 2011

Early 2010s[edit]

Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Director Battles, campaigns, events depicted
2010 Russia
Belarus
Fortress of War Brestskaya krepost (Брестская крепость) Alexander Kott Action-drama. Soviet defense of Brest Fortress, June 1941
2010 Russia Burnt by the Sun 2 Utomlyonnye solntsem 2 (Утомлённые солнцем 2) Nikita Mikhalkov Action-drama. Eastern Front
2010 Japan Caterpillar Kyatapirā (キャタピラー) Kōji Wakamatsu Drama. Wounded Japanese veteran of Sino-Japanese War returns home
2010 China Death and Glory in Changde Die Xue Gu Cheng (喋血孤城) Dong Shen Action-drama. Hunan's Battle of Changde
2010 United States The Debt John Madden Drama-Thriller. Capture of Nazi war criminal and Auschwitz-Birkenau surgeon wanted for concentration camp atrocities; remake of 2007 film
2010 China East Wind Rain Dong feng yu (东风雨) Yunlong Liu Drama. Shanghai-based espionage and attempts by various agencies to decode coded "weather forecasts" prior to Pearl Harbor attack
2010 Czech Republic
Germany
Austria
Habermann Habermannův mlýn (in Czech) Juraj Herz Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia
2010 Russia Heaven is on Fire (The Sky is On Fire) (TV miniseries) Nebo v ogne (Небо в огне) Dmitry Cherkasov Action-drama. Eastern Front Soviet pilots, 1939–1945
2010 China A Jewish Girl in Shanghai You tai nu hai zai shang hai (猶太女孩在上海) Wang Genfa, Zhang Zhenhui Animated. Girl and little brother in Shanghai, with parents in Europe
2010 Poland Joanna Joanna Feliks Falk German occupation and Holocaust in Kraków, Poland
2010 United Kingdom The King's Speech Tom Hooper 2010 Best Picture depicting King George VI during the war
2010 Hong Kong
China
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen Zing1 Mou5 Fung1 Wan4-Can4 Zan1 (精武風雲-陳真) (in Yue Chinese) Andrew Lau Wai-Keung Japanese invasion of Shanghai
2010 Russia The Edge Kray (Край) Alexei Uchitel Gulag camp shortly after the end of the war
2010 United States
Australia
The Pacific (TV miniseries) Carl Franklin, Tim Van Patten, Graham Yost, Jeremy Podeswa, Tony To Action-drama. US 1st Marine Division in Pacific Theatre
2010 France
Germany
Hungary
The Round Up La rafle (in French) Roselyne Bosch Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, 1942
2010 France Sarah's Key (Her Name was Sarah) Elle s'appelait Sarah Kristin Scott Thomas Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, 1942
2010 Australia Sisters of War (TV) Brendan Maher Australian nurses taken prisoner by the Japanese during the New Guinea campaign
2010 United States Spoils of War Jean Liberté Allied commandos masquerading as Germans parachute behind Austrian lines to kidnap SS officer/double-agent and destroy counterfeit money
2010 Canada Storming Juno (TV) Tim Wolochatiuk Docudrama. Regina Rifles and 1st Hussars at Juno Beach on D-Day
2010 Italy
Germany
Under the Roman Sky (Pope Pius XII) (TV) Sotto il cielo di Roma (in Italian)
Pius XII. (in German)
Christian Duguay Pope Pius XII and Roman razzia
2010 Poland Venice Wenecja Jan Jakub Kolski German occupation of Poland, 1939–1945
2010 United States The Way Back Peter Weir Prisoners and POWs escape Soviet Gulag
2011 United Kingdom Age of Heroes Adrian Vitoria Action-Thriller. British No. 30 Commando unit from Battle of Dunkirk to neutral Norway
2011 Spain
Hungary
Angel of Budapest (TV miniseries) El ángel de Budapest (in Spanish) Luis Oliveros Drama based on Diego Carcedo book. Spanish ambassador Ángel Sanz Briz rescues Jews in Budapest
2011 Germany Auschwitz Uwe Boll Drama
2011 Portugal The Consul of Bordeaux O Consul de Bordeus (in Portuguese) João CorreaFrancisco Manso The story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a man who issued 30,000 visas for safe passage to Portugal during WWII, in June 1940, defying the direct orders of his government. Among them were 10,000 Jews
2011 Brazil Webseries: Heroes Websérie: Herois Drama. Brazilian Expeditionary Force in Italy, 1944.
2011 Sweden Beyond the Border (2011 film) Gränsen Richard Holm Swedish soldiers travel toward German-occupied Norwegian border
2011 India Gandhi to Hitler (Dear Friend Hitler) Priya Mitra Hitler (प्रिय मित्र हिटलर) Rakesh Ranjan Kumar Drama based on letters written by Mahatma Gandhi to Hitler
2011 Italy
Germany
General Della Rovere (TV miniseries) Il generale Della Rovere (in Italian) Carlo Carlei Drama based on Indro Montanelli novel. Petty thief hired by Nazis to impersonate Italian resistance leader
2011 Austria
Hungary
Germany
In Another Lifetime Vielleicht in einem anderen Leben Elisabeth Scharang Drama based on Peter Turrini play. Hungarian Jews marched to Mauthausen
2011 Poland
Germany
Canada
In Darkness W ciemnosci (in Polish) Agnieszka Holland Drama. Leopold Socha's rescue of Jewish refugees in Nazi-occupied Lwów, Poland (now Lviv, Ukraine)
2011 Japan Isoroku (film) Rengō Kantai Shirei Chōkan: Yamamoto Isoroku (聯合艦隊司令長官 山本五十六) Izuru Narushima Isoroku Yamamoto
2011 Spain Ispansi! Ispansi! (¡Españoles!) Carlos Iglesias Drama. Spanish war orphans in USSR in time for another war
2011 Philippines
Japan
Liberation Liberacion Adolfo Alix Jr. Drama. Japanese holdout hiding in Philippine jungle for 20 years after war
2011 Czech Republic Lidice Petr Nikolaev Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia and the destruction of the village of Lidice
2011 United States Little Iron Men Jesse Kobayashi Rescue of Lost Battalion by US Army 442nd Regimental Combat Team
2011 United Kingdom The Lost Valentine Darnell Martin Woman's quest for husband declared MIA
2011 South Korea My Way Maiwei[7] (마이웨이) Kang Je-gyu Young Korean man conscripted into Japanese Imperial Army with service in Battles of Khalkhin Gol through Soviet Union and Germany
2011 Japan Oba: The Last Samurai (Miracle of the Pacific: The Man Called Fox) Taiheiyō no kiseki: Fox to yobareta otoko (太平洋の奇跡-フォックスと呼ばれた男) Hideyuki Hirayama Japanese holdout Sakae Ōba after Battle of Saipan, 1944
2011 United Kingdom
Germany
The Sinking of the Laconia (TV miniseries) [1] Uwe Janson Drama. RMS Laconia incident
2011 Denmark [[This Life (film)] Hvidstens gruppen Regner Grasten Danish Resistance in Jutland
2011 Latvia Three to Dance [[:lv:Dancis pa trim|Dancis pa trim] Arvīds Krievs Drama. Tragedy of Latvian General Jānis Kurelis and independence-seeking Latvian Legionnaires sentenced to death for leaving SS
2012 China Back to 1942 Yī Jǐu Sì Èr (一九四二) Feng Xiaogang
2012 China
Hong Kong
The Flowers of War Jin líng shí san chai (金陵十三钗) Zhang Yimou Rape of Nanjing
2012 Norway
Sweden
Into the White (Comrade) [1] Petter Næss Action-drama based on true story. Crashed German and English aircrew trying to survive Norwegian winter in wilderness, 1940
2012 United Kingdom Old Gold Times Tempos Dourados Edilberto Restino Two lovers got separated by the WW2. 50 years later, by chance they found each other. Things started to get complicate for this new relationship, as they are not as sweet as they remembered each other.
2012 Australia
United Kingdom
Sweden
Lore Cate Shortland Based loosely on the Rachel Seiffert novel The Dark Room, this film focused on five German siblings forced to flee to Hamburg once their Nazi-level parents are presumably killed in combat with the Allied forces
2012 United States Red Tails Anthony Hemingway, George Lucas (uncredited) Tuskegee Airmen and 332d Fighter Group of USAAF in European Theatre
2012 United States Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed Ryan Little Invasion of Southern France in World War II
2012 Russia White Tiger Belyy tigr (Белый тигр) Karen Shakhnazarov A Russian tank crew is ordered to take out a German Tiger tank in the new T-34-85
2013 United States The Book Thief Brian Percival The fictional story of young Liesel Meminger. After she finds her first book beside her brother's graveside, she is sent to foster parents. While in the comfort of her new found parents, World War II breaks out and her foster parents shelter a Jewish refugee
2013 Poland
Lithuania
1939 Battle of Westerplatte Tajemnica Westerplatte Pawel Chochlew 1 September 1939. German battleship Schleswig-Holstein marks the start of World War II by firing on the garrison stationed at the Westerplatte peninsula in Poland
2013 Philippines Death March Death March Adolfo Alix, Jr. Bataan Death March
2013 United States Emperor Peter Webber General Douglas MacArthur begins an investigation of the role of Emperor Shōwa in the war, including the attack on Pearl Harbor
2013 Australia
United Kingdom
The Railway Man Jonathan Teplitzky Drama based on true story of Eric Lomax. Victim from Burmese Death Railway setting out to find those responsible for his torture
2013 Portugal
Brazil
Italy
Road 47 A Estrada 47 Vicente Ferraz Brazilian Expeditionary Force in Italy
2013 Russia Stalingrad Stalingrad (Сталинград) Fyodor Bondarchuk Battle of Stalingrad
2013 Japan The Wind Rises Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ) Hayao Miyazaki Animated historical drama animated by Studio Ghibli. Fictionalized biopic of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the Mitsubishi A5M fighter aircraft
2014 Canada Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy (TV movies of Bomb Girls) Jerry Ciccoritti Canadian home front and Battle of the St. Lawrence
2014 Hungary Dear Elza! Drága Elza! Zoltán Füle A Hungarian soldier is captured by the Russians and made a mine trampler
2014 France
Germany
Diplomacy Diplomatie Volker Schlöndorff The Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling persuades gen. Dietrich von Choltitz to avoid the destruction of Paris
2014 United States Fury David Ayer Allied final offensive in Germany in the view of a tank crew of the 2nd Armored Division, April 1945
2014 Japan Giovanni's Island Joban'ni no Shima (ジョバンニの島) Mizuho Nishikubo Anime. Soviet invasion of the Kuril Islands in 1945 and expulsion of the Japanese population
2014 Italy Head High. The Martyrs of Fiesole (TV) A testa alta - I martiri di Fiesole Maurizio Zaccaro Carabinieri's sacrifice to avoid a German reprisal on civilians in Fiesole
2014 United States
United Kingdom
The Imitation Game Morten Tyldum Alan Turing decoding German cyphers at Bletchley Park
2014 Italy Italia's Secret Il segreto di Italia Antonello Bellucco Massacre of Codevigo, 1945
2014 United States The Monuments Men George Clooney Allied platoon made up of seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, tasked with going into Germany in the closing stages of World War II to rescue artworks requisitioned by the Nazis and returning them to their rightful owners
2014 Australia Parer's War (TV movie) Alister Grierson Story of Australian wartime cameraman Damien Parer
2014 United States Saints and Soldiers: The Void Ryan Little A fateful mission through the Harz Mountains of Germany
2014 Poland Stones for the Rampart Robert Glinski Three Warsaw friends, whose plans for the future are interrupted by the life-changing advent of the Second World War in Poland.
2014 United Kingdom
France
Belgium
Suite Française Suite Française (in French) Saul Dibb Romance between a French villager and a German officer during the German occupation of France
2014 United States Unbroken Angelina Jolie Based on true life of Louis Zamperini
2014 United States Walking with the Enemy Mark Schmidt A young man (Elek Cohen) disguises himself as a Nazi SS Officer
2014 Poland Warsaw 44 Miasto 44 Jan Komasa Warsaw Uprising 1944.

Late 2010s[edit]

Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Director Battles, campaigns, events depicted
2015 Denmark 9. April Roni Ezra Danish bicycle infantry sent as vanguard to slow down the German invasion until reinforcements can arrive
2015 Estonia 1944 1944 Elmo Nüganen Battle of Tannenberg Line
2015 Russia
Ukraine
Battle for Sevastopol Bitva za Sevastopol (Битва за Севастополь) Sergey Mokritskiy A biographical film about the life path of the Soviet sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko
2015 India Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!! (डिटेक्टिव ब्योमकेश बक्शी!) Dibakar Banerjee Detective thriller film set around the events of the Japanese bombing of Calcutta.
2015 Japan The Emperor in August Nihon no ichiban nagai hi (日本のいちばん長い日) Masato Harada Imperial Japan's government, military, and war council under Hirohito in the immediate period before the surrender of Japan in World War II between April 1945 to 15 August 1945
2015 Philippines Felix Manalo Felix Manalo Joel Lamangan Biography of Felix Manalo during Japanese Occupation of the Philippines
2015 India Kanche Krish A rivalry between two men, based on caste and social status, extends from an Indian village onto war torn Europe during WW2
2015 China Hundred Regiments Offensive Bǎi tuán dà zhàn (百團大戰) Ning Haiqiang, Zhang Yuzhong Peng Dehuai and Zuo Quan during the Hundred Regiments Offensive
2015 Denmark Land of Mine Under sandet Martin P. Zandvliet German POWs in Denmark at the end of the war
2015 United States
Mexico
Little Boy Alejandro Monteverde Comedy-drama about a young American boy attempting to reunite with his father serving in the Pacific Theater any way possible.
2015 Hungary Son of Saul Saul fia László Nemes A day-and-a-half in the life of Saul Ausländer, a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando in the Auschwitz concentration camp
2015 United States War Pigs Ryan Little A US Army rag tag unit of misfits behind German lines
2016 Russia Panfilov's 28 Men 28 panfilovtsev (28 панфиловцев) Kim Druzhinin, Andrey Shalopa Drama about the act of bravery of a group of Soviet soldiers from the Panfilov's Twenty-Eight Guardsmen
2016 United States Allied Robert Zemeckis Espionage
2016 United Kingdom
France
Czech Republic
Anthropoid Sean Ellis Operation Anthropoid
2016 United Kingdom Dad's Army Oliver Parker Comedy
2016 Norway
Sweden
Denmark
Ireland
The King's Choice Kongens nei Erik Poppe King Haakon VII and the Norwegian Royal Family before and after the German invasion of Norway
2016 France
Belgium
Fanny's Journey Le Voyage de Fanny Lola Doillon Œuvre de secours aux enfants, Jewish children fleeing France for Switzerland
2016 United States Hacksaw Ridge Mel Gibson Historical drama about Desmond Doss, an American pacifist combat medic who became the only conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor in World War II
2016 Italy My Honor Was Loyalty Onore e lealtà Alessandro Pepe Fictionalized account of the SS Leibstandarte
2016 China Railroad Tigers Tiědào fēi hǔ (铁道飞虎) Ding Sheng Comedy-drama. A group of Chinese train engineers attempt to blow up a Japanese military railway during the Sino-Japanese war
2016 United Kingdom Their Finest Lone Scherfig The story of a British Ministry of Information film team making a morale-boosting film about the Dunkirk evacuation during the Battle of Britain and the London Blitz
2016 Japan In This Corner of the World Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (この世界の片隅に) Sunao Katabuchi Animated drama based on real facts. A young Japanese woman has to endure the bombings of Kure and the aftermath the atomic bombing of Hiroshima
2016 Philippines
Japan
Tomodachi Joel Lamangan A Japanese merchant residing in the Philippines suddenly conscripted in Imperial Japanese Army during Pre-Pacific War
2016 United States USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage Mario Van Peebles The USS Indianapolis, torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese in 1945
2016 Poland Volhynia Wołyń Wojciech Smarzowski Massacres of Poles in Volhynia and extermination of Jews
2016 Italy At War with Love In guerra per amore Pierfrancesco Diliberto Comedy-drama. Italo-American soldier takes part to the Invasion of Sicily
2017 Spain The Chessplayer El jugador de ajedrez Luis Oliveros Diego wins the Spanish Championship of Chess in 1934. Later, in France, Diego will be accused of spying by the Nazis and imprisoned in an SS prison
2017 United Kingdom
United States
Darkest Hour Joe Wright Account of the early days of Winston Churchill as Prime Minister while Nazi Germany's Wehrmacht swept across Western Europe
2017 United Kingdom
United States
France
Netherlands
Dunkirk Christopher Nolan Evacuation of Allied soldiers, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk, France, between 27 May & 4 June 1940, during the Battle of France in World War II
2017 France
Belgium
The Man with the Iron Heart Cédric Jimenez Based on French writer Laurent Binet's novel HHhH, and focuses on Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich in Prague during World War II
2017 India Raag Desh (Love the Country) Raag Desh (राग देश) Tigmanshu Dhulia Drama based on the Indian National Army and the Red Fort Trials
2017 India Rangoon Rangoon (रंगून) Vishal Bhardwaj Drama based on Burma Campaign and India's war for Independence
2017 Finland The Unknown Soldier Tuntematon sotilas Aku Louhimies Drama based on the 1954 Finnish classic novel of the same name by Väinö Linna, that follows a machine gun company of the Finnish Army during the Continuation War
2017 Norway The 12th Man Den 12. mann Harald Zwart Action-drama. They were 12 saboteurs. The Nazis killed 11 of them. This is the true story of the one who got away...
2018 China Air Strike (Unbreakable Spirit) Dà Hōngzhà (大轰炸) Xiao Feng Set in 1943 during the World War II, the story revolves around the Japanese bombing of Chongqing, which started in 1938.
2018 United Kingdom The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mike Newell Romance/Drama based on novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Writer forms unexpected bond with Guernsey island residents in aftermath of war and writes a book about their wartime experiences[8]
2018 Poland
United Kingdom
Hurricane (Hurricane: 303 Squadron, Mission of Honor) 303: Bitwa o Anglię (in Polish) David Blair A group of Polish pilots of 303 Squadron in the Battle of Britain
2018 Poland Squadron 303 Dywizjon 303. Historia prawdziwa Jerzy Skolimowski Action-adventure based on Arkady Fiedler novel. Exploits of Polish pilots of RAF's 303 Squadron during Battle of Britain[9]
2018 Italy Red Land Rosso Istria Maximiliano Hernando Bruno Foibe massacres by Tito's partisans in the autumn of 1943
2019 Russia T-34 Т-34 Alexey Sidorov A Soviet tank commander gets captured by the Germans
2019 Poland The Messenger Kurier Władysław Pasikowski Film about the lead up to the Polish uprising against German occupation at the end of the Second World War.
2019 United States Midway Roland Emmerich Battle of Midway

Early 2020s[edit]

Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Director Battles, campaigns, events depicted
2020 Latvia A City by the River Pilsēta pie upes/
Piļsāta pi upis
Viestur Kairish The life of a sign painter in Latgale, Latvia, through various occupations (SovietNaziSoviet) during the Second World War.
2020 United States Greyhound Aaron Schneider During World War II, a US Navy skipper must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by Nazi U-boat wolf packs.

In development[edit]

Year Country Main title
(Alternative titles)
Original title
(Original script)
Director Battles, campaigns, events depicted
201X United States Truth and Treason Matt Whitaker Biopic of Helmuth Hübener, youngest anti-Nazi executed by the Volksgerichtshof
201X United States Agent Zigzag Mike Newell Comedy. Nazi spy Eddie Chapman becomes British double agent
201X Mexico
United States
Aztec Eagles Águilas Aztecas Alfonso Arau Action comedy-drama. Training and service of Fuerza Aérea Expedicionaria Mexicana and Escuadrón 201 in Philippines Campaign
201X United States Atlantic Wall Gavin O'Connor D-Day paratroops operation
201X United Kingdom The Battle of Britain To be determined Action-adventure. Battle of Britain[10][11][12]
201X United States Brothers in Arms Denzel Washington Action-drama based on true story. US 761st tank battalion and their 183 days on frontline including Battle of the Bulge and Siegfried Line[13][14][15]
201X Poland
United Kingdom
Christine: War My Love Agnieszka Holland Biopic of Polish Special Operations Executive agent Krystyna Skarbek[16]
201X United States Citizen Soldiers To be determined Action-drama. Ardennes Forest and Battle of the Bulge, 1944[17][18]
201X United Kingdom
United States
New Zealand
Dambusters Christian Rivers Operation Chastise
201X United States
Japan
East Wind, Rain Azuma no kaze, ame (東の風、雨) Masato Harada Drama based on Caroline Paul novel. Japanese family on Hawaiian island of Ni'ihau and crash-landing of Japanese pilot after Pearl Harbor Attack[19][20]
201X United States
Germany
The Forgotten Soldier Paul Verhoeven Adaptation of Guy Sajer's autobiography
201X Poland Garrison 100 Garnizon 100 Jarosław Banaszek Action-drama. Polish defense of Przebraze against Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) campaign to purge Volhynia from Polish inhabitants under German occupation, Spring 1943[21]
201X United Kingdom Grace and Danger Rhys Hayward Action-drama. Allied soldiers rescue young woman from village massacre and Nazi SS[22][23]
201X Finland Mannerheim Mannerheim Renny Harlin (resigned) Drama. Marshal Mannerheim
201X United Kingdom Monte Cassino John Irvin Romance based on true story. American soldier behind enemy lines and Italian nurse at Monte Cassino monastery during Battle of Monte Cassino and Italian campaign[24][25][26]
201X Estonia Them Nemad Ilmar Raag Battle of the Tannenberg Line
201X Australia
Japan
Yellow Earth Kiiro no chikyū (黄色の地球) Max Mannix Action-drama based on true story. Cowra breakout and attempted escape of captured Japanese soldiers from Cowra, Australia POW camp, 1944[27][28][29]
201X Russia Steel Сталь Alexey Silyanov Operation Barbarossa, tank battles

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  • ^† This English language title is a literal translation from its original foreign language title.
    This title should always be replaced by an English language release title when that information becomes available.
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s This film is an international co-production shot in English.
  2. ^ First African-American combat pilots fought in World War I; see Eugene Bullard, "The Black Swallow of Death" and Ahmet Ali (Arap Ahmet)
  3. ^ The Bunker is evidently a psychological horror film, not a monster movie.
  4. ^ This four-part miniseries, starring Olga Vechkileva, 176 min., Русское Счастъе DVD, Moscow, 2007, is not currently (as of March 2012) listed by the IMDb.
  5. ^ Letters from Iwo Jima is an American film in Japanese.
  6. ^ The film was a recipient of a Leo Award for best special effects. Colourwheels – Meet the Artists Archived 19 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Wheels in Motion, Rick Hansen Institute. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120607043507/http://www.hancinema.net/korean_movie_My_Way.php. Archived from the original on 7 June 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society". IMDb.com. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Skolimowski pens Battle of Britain movie – Thenews.pl :: News from Poland". Thenews.pl. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  10. ^ "'Battle of Britain' movie in the works from 'The Departed' producer". Insidemovies.ew.com. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  11. ^ Fleming, Mike. "GK Films Plans WWII 'Battle Of Britain'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Towne Writing The Battle Of Britain | Movie News | Empire". Empireonline.com. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  13. ^ "Sand to Rewrite Denzel Washington's Brothers". ComingSoon.net. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  14. ^ "Brothers in Arms Movie (Production)". Movieinsider.com. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  15. ^ "Brothers in Arms Overview". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  16. ^ "Interview with director states this is in development as of February 2012". Popbytes.com. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  17. ^ "Sheer Bravado Productions". Sheer Bravado Productions. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  18. ^ "Battle of the Bulge". IMDb.com. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  19. ^ "About Caroline Paul". Carolinepaul.com. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  20. ^ Sunhee, Han (17 August 2011). "Asian Project Market unveils lineup". Variety.
  21. ^ "Film-maker plans controversial World War II drama – Thenews.pl :: News from Poland". Thenews.pl. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  22. ^ "Grace and Danger official site – Cast". Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  23. ^ "Saving Grace – interview with Rhys Hayward, the director of "Grace and Danger"". OPIUM. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  24. ^ "Monte Cassino". IMDb.com. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  25. ^ "John Irvin to direct WWII love story feature Monte Cassino". M.screendaily.com. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  26. ^ Talk of the Nation. "Revisiting The First 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'". NPR. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  27. ^ "Mannix continues success in Japan". If.com.au. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  28. ^ "TIFFCOM2010 – TPG2010 Projects". Tiffcom.jp. 25 October 2010. Archived from the original on 4 May 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  29. ^ "Max Mannix". IMDb.com. Retrieved 1 November 2012.

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