Movies like The Book Thief

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The Book Thief (2013)
 7.6
 118K
The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating, serious, realistic, stylized, heartbreaking, sad, dramatic ...
Plot: holocaust, adoption, family secret, nazi germany, life is a bitch, jewish, human spirit, book, nazi, against humanity, runaway, youth, childhood, war, wartime life, family relations, nazism, parents and children, lifesaver, survivor, death, world war two, teenage girl, sole survivor, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1939, year 1945 ...
Place: germany, europe

Most similar movies to The Book Thief

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and emotional films with plots about world war two, nazi, holocaust, war, against humanity, wartime life and survival mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like The Book Thief: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), Goodnight, Mister Tom (1998), Life Is Beautiful (1997), The Pianist (2002), Little Boy (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, disturbing, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, friendship, against humanity, concentration camp, childhood, young heroes, jewish, nazism, wartime life, atrocity, gas chamber, innocence lost ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
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100%
Goodnight, Mister Tom (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: We're in an English village shortly before Dunkirk. "Mr. Tom" Oakley still broods over the death of his wife and small son while he was away in the navy during WWI, and grief has made him a surly hermit. Now children evacuated from ...
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, sincere
Plot: adoption, orphan, single parent, war, dealing with death, evacuation, village, human spirit, haunted by the past, kids in trouble, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 40s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While ...
Style: sentimental, touching, tragicomedy, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, human spirit, concentration camp, survival, optimism, fascism, self sacrifice, captivity, jewish, protecting from truth, make believe, love of one's life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: italy, europe, tuscany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
 630K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: bleak, suspense, emotional, compassionate, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, pianist, ghetto, against humanity, anti semitism, atrocity, jewish, genocide, nazi occupation, hunger, deportation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.4
 21K
Little Boy (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, realistic, surprise ending ...
Plot: spirituality, family, small town, war, wartime life, against the odds, youth, family relations, parents and children, small town life, kids in trouble, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: usa, japan, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Lauf Junge lauf (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: Germany, France, Poland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Run Boy Run is the true story of Jurek, an eight-year-old boy, who escapes from the Warsaw ghetto, then manages to survive in the woods and working as a farmhand, disguising himself as a Polish orphan. He encounters people who will betray him for a ...
Style: serious, bleak, gloomy, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, hidden identity, orphan, children, young heroes, on the run, human spirit, anti semitism, danger, youth, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 14K
Jakob the Liar (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Hungary, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out after curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German radio broadcast about Russian troop movements. Returned to the ...
Style: semi serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, ghetto, survival, starvation, war, anti heroes, human spirit, wartime life, against humanity, confined, danger, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.8
 2K
Rosenstrasse (2003)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 136 min.
Story: When Ruth's husband dies in New York, in 2000, she imposes strict Jewish mourning, which puzzles her children. A stranger comes to the house - Ruth's cousin - with a picture of Ruth, age 8, in Berlin, with a woman the cousin says helped ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, uplifting
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, hopes, deportation, society, war, couples, life is a bitch, nazi germany, soldier, human spirit, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: europe, germany, usa, new york, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 186 min.
Story: In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his ...
Style: talky, realistic, bleak, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, holocaust, judge, courtroom, against humanity, concentration camp, trial, genocide, war crime, cold war, legal action, german ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 60s, year 1946, year 1945 ...
Place: germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Mother of Mine (2005)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 111 min.
Story: 1943: Nine-year-old Eero whose father is killed during the war is brought to Sweden to foster parents to his protection like thousands of other Finnish children. Eero feels lost, particularly as his foster mother Signe behaves very unfriendly. She ...
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, bleak, surprise ending ...
Plot: immigrants, innocence lost, orphan, parents and children, wartime life, coming of age, fish out of water, society, youth, finnish, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: sweden, finland, tokyo, germany, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Last Train (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, Czech Republic
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A group of people are imprisoned in a rail car bound from Berlin to a concentration camp in 1945.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, captivating
Plot: holocaust, nazism, concentration camp, anti semitism, train ride, against humanity, confined, train, life is a bitch, war, nazi officer, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1943
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 8.2
 42K
Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union, Belarus
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, surreal, realistic, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: against humanity, atrocity, genocide, anti war, insanity, surrealism, teenage girl, wehrmacht, holocaust, war, war crime, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.5
 28K
Stalingrad (1993)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: "Stalingrad" follows the progress of a German Platoon through the brutal fighting of the Battle of Stalingrad. After having half their number wiped out and after being placed under the command of a sadistic Captain, the Lieutenant of the ...
Style: epic, gloomy, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, soldier, anti war, war, survival, squad, execution, snow, nazism, german, russian, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, year 1942, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Devil's Arithmetic (1999)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hannah Stern, an American-born Jewish adolescent, is uninterested in the culture, faith and customs of her relatives; however, Hannah begins to revaluate her heritage when she has a supernatural experience that transports her back to a Nazi death ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, rabbi, teenager, jewish, anti semitism, coming of age, time travel, survival, human spirit, death, tradition ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.7
 114
David (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Although members of the Hitler Youth chant anti-Semitic paroles in front of his house during the Purim festival, Rabbi Singer is still profoundly convinced that Germany will stay a safe country for him, his family, and his fellow believers. But ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: survival, anti semitism, holocaust, rabbi, urban, war, against humanity, confined, danger, escapades, society, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, palestine, israel, black sea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Voyage of the Damned (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A luxury liner carries Jewish refugees from Hitler's Germany in a desperate fight for survival.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak, tense ...
Plot: holocaust, ship, anti semitism, anti heroes, fugitives, war, cruise ship, immigrants, on the run, rescue, survival, human spirit ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: cuba, germany, europe, latin america, havana cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Goodbye, Children (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, West Germany, Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 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.
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: boarding school life, german, friendship, nazism, betrayal, anti semitism, jewish, resistance, auschwitz, wartime life, priest, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: france, europe, paris france, vichy, jerusalem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.6
 13K
Europa Europa (1990)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, France, Poland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A Jewish boy separated from his family in the early days of WWII poses as a German orphan and is taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually becomes a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: german, holocaust, survival, jewish, anti semitism, hidden identity, war, ghetto, communism, roommate, concentration camp, homosexual ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, latvia, europe, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 10K
The Grey Zone (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkomando Jews – who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow-Jews – find themselves in a moral grey zone.
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, concentration camp, smuggling, auschwitz, doctor, burned alive, redemption, rebellion, moral dilemma, war, anti semitism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1944
Place: poland, germany, europe, budapest hungary, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the Warsau Ghetto of 1943, one man's struggle to keep his family together leads him to the ultimate crisis of faith, and one final chance at redemption. Written by legendary 'Twilight Zone' creator, Rod Sterling.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: ghetto, rabbi, holocaust, survival, sexual abuse, war, wartime life, family life, against humanity, society, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, poland, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.3
 9K
In Darkness (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland, Germany, Canada
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lvov. In Darkness tells the true story of Leopold Soha who risks his own life to save a dozen people from certain death. Initially only interested in his ...
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: jewish, thief, holocaust, survival, underground, refugee, sewer, tunnel, german, war, polish, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 2008, year 1945
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.2
 129K
Defiance (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Based on a true story, during World War II, four Jewish brothers escape their Nazi-occupied homeland of West Belarus in Poland and join the Soviet partisans to combat the Nazis. The brothers begin the rescue of roughly 1,200 Jews still trapped in ...
Style: epic, realistic, emotional, captivating, serious ...
Plot: jewish, camp, holocaust, russian, survival, war, partisan, forest, rebellion, self sacrifice, escape, nazism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1941
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Divided We Fall (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple agree to hide a Jewish friend at great personal risk of discovery and execution.
Style: surreal, serious, disturbing, touching, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, village, pregnancy, survival, human spirit, idealism, wartime life, against humanity, war, nazi occupation, fugitives, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: europe, poland, germany, moscow russia, czechoslovakia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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The Counterfeiters (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, War
Country: Austria, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story Jewish counterfeiter, Salomon Sorowitsch, coerced into assisting the Nazi operation of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp during World War II.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, forgery, german, jewish, nazi germany, war, anti semitism, war crime, artist, humiliation ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: europe, germany, hamburg germany, warsaw poland, austria ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Adam Resurrected (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, USA, Israel
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Before the war, in Berlin, Adam was an entertainer- cabaret impresario, magician, musician-loved by all until he finds himself in a concentration camp, confronted by Commandant Klein. Adam survives the camp by becoming the Klein's ...
Style: bleak, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, israeli, mental institution, haunted by the past, mental illness, life is a bitch, nazi officer, against humanity, violin, jewish ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 60s, 1920s ...
Place: israel, europe, germany, middle east, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The two-part TV movie Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil crystallizes that evil by concentrating on two Berlin brothers. In 1931, Helmut Hoffman (Bill Nighy) a brilliant student and self-styled opportunist, joins Hitler's SS. At the same time, ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: rise and fall, siblings relations, war, political unrest, wartime life, concentration camp, society, life is a bitch, uncover truth, moral dilemma, battles, coming of age ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.3
 13K
Amen. (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, War
Country: France, Germany, Romania
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The film "Amen." examines the links between the Vatican and Nazi Germany. The central character is Kurt Gerstein, a member of the Institute for Hygiene of the Waffen-SS who is horrified by what he sees in the death camps. Moreover, he is ...
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, genocide, politics, pope, vatican, conscience, doctor, euthanasia, anti semitism, catholicism, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: germany, poland, europe, austria, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.0
 8K
The Round Up (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, Germany, Hungary
Duration: 115 min.
Story: 1942. Joseph is eleven. And this June morning, he must go to school, a yellow star sown on his chest. He receives the support of a goods dealer. The mockery of a baker. Between kindness and contempt, Jo, his Jewish friends, their families, learn of ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, nazism, parents and children, anti semitism, genocide, injustice, war, nazi occupation, against humanity, danger, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: europe, france, vichy, germany, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.8
 16K
Conspiracy (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The historical recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which Nazi and SS leaders gathered in a Berlin suburb to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Lead by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, this group of high ranking ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, factual, intense, atmospheric ...
Plot: holocaust, genocide, anti semitism, racism, politics, leadership, wartime life, state affairs, human spirit, against humanity, conspiracy, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.7
 1K
The Truce (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Although liberated from Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, Levi did not reach Turin until October 19 of that year. After spending some time in a Soviet camp for former concentration camp inmates, he embarked on an arduous journey home in the company of ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, refugee, survival, human spirit, war, wartime life, against humanity, confined, escapades, anti semitism, captivity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: russia, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%