Movies like The Book Thief

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The Book Thief (2013)
 7.6
 127K
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, serious, captivating, stylized, realistic, heartbreaking, sad, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: holocaust, world war two, jewish, childhood, human spirit, nazi germany, nazi, war, against humanity, adoption, life is a bitch, youth, family secret, thief, nazism, book, death, teenage girl, family relations, parents and children, survivor, wartime life, lifesaver, secret hideout, children in wartime ...
Time: 40s, 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1945 ...
Place: germany, europe

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Most similar movies to The Book Thief

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and bleak films with plots about world war two, holocaust, jewish, nazi, against humanity, survival and anti semitism mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like The Book Thief: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), Schindler's List (1993), The Pianist (2002), Goodnight, Mister Tom (1998), Life Is Beautiful (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, 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, heartbreaking, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, world war two, jewish, concentration camp, childhood, friendship, against humanity, nazism, atrocity, nazi, gas chamber, war ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
Schindler's List (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Style: touching, thought provoking, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, ghetto, jewish, rescue, anti semitism, nazi, wartime, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1990s, 1930s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 8.5
 725K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: UK, France, Poland, Germany, 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, emotional, suspense, heartbreaking, contemplative ...
Plot: survival, holocaust, world war two, nazi, pianist, ghetto, against humanity, nazi occupation, anti semitism, genocide, jewish, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Goodnight, Mister Tom (1998)
Genre: Drama, Family, War
Country: UK
Duration: 101 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, sincere, uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, orphan, adoption, refugee, child in peril, single parent, hopes, life is a bitch, war, youth, dealing with death, coming of age ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, tragicomedy, touching, emotional, inspirational ...
Plot: world war two, concentration camp, holocaust, human spirit, life philosophy, jewish, nazi, survival, optimism, self sacrifice, fascism, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1939, 1930s
Place: italy, tuscany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Hidden Children (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: This is a true story about forty Jewish children on their way to Palestine, who were blocked by the German and Italian occupation of Yugoslavia in 1941. Before finding a haven at Villa Emma in Nonantola in northern Italy, where they arrived on June ...
Style: touching, uplifting, emotional, sentimental, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, human spirit, survival, rescue, orphan, life is a bitch, against humanity, society, hopes, danger, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: italy, slovenia, europe, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 22K
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, emotional, sweet ...
Plot: world war two, war, wartime life, against the odds, spirituality, faith, little boy, kids in trouble, wartime, survival, courage, family ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: japan, usa, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 14K
Lore (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Australia, Germany, UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After her Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore leads her younger siblings across a war-torn Germany in 1945. Amidst the chaos, she encounters mysterious Jewish refugee Thomas, who shatters her fragile reality with hatred and desire. To live, she must ...
Style: tense, disturbing, sincere, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: nazism, survival, post war, child as adult, family relations, against humanity, society, youth, danger, escapades, siblings relations, human nature ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: germany, hamburg germany, russia, poland, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.7
 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: uplifting, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, nazi germany, anti semitism, life is a bitch, wartime life, human spirit, couple relations, society, hopes, strong female character, world war two, courage ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: berlin germany, new york, germany, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.6
 15K
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: emotional, gloomy, sincere, humorous, uplifting ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, hopes, starvation, survival, ghetto, war, heroes, anti heroes, confined, danger, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: captivating, touching, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: survival, holocaust, world war two, human spirit, on the run, young heroes, hidden identity, orphan, against humanity, youth, anti semitism, danger ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
 7.5
 31K
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, rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, soldier, nazism, german, starvation, survival, holocaust, russian, military life, battles ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Edges of the Lord (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA, Poland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A 12-year-old Jewish boy hides with a family of Catholic peasant farmers to escape the Nazis.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, village, hidden identity, human spirit, survival, wartime life, anti semitism, fish out of water, lifesaver, life is a bitch, against humanity, society ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: bleak, touching, emotional, melancholic, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, family relations, human nature, wartime life, human spirit, parents and children, society, family problems, refugees, refugee, hopes, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: sweden, finland, tokyo, germany, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: disturbing, realistic, serious, bleak, captivating
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, nazism, danger, pow, life is a bitch, war, confined, world war two, concentration camp, brutality, train ride ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, realistic, tense, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, anti semitism, cruise ship, ship, catastrophe, cruise, fugitives, anti heroes, racism, interracial relations, wartime life ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: germany, cuba, europe, latin america, havana cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Secrets of War (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family, History, War
Country: Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tuur and Lambert are best friends. But the war is closing in and is about to change their lives forever. Tuurs dad joined the resistance and even his big brother seems so be part of it. Lamberts family on the other hand choose to obey the Germans. ...
Style: emotional, captivating, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: friendship, world war two, best friends, war, village, village life, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, youth, friendship between boys, teenager, child ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 179 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: disturbing, emotional, suspenseful, sincere, talky ...
Plot: judge, courtroom drama, war crime, jews, world war two, holocaust, jewish, redemption, german, cold war, legal, against humanity ...
Time: 60s, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1946 ...
Place: germany, europe, poland, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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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: uplifting, serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, time travel, anti semitism, world war two, teenager, nazi occupation, war, human spirit, survival, hopes, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Island on Bird Street (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Denmark, UK, Germany, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: 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 his eyes.
Style: bleak, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, ghetto, orphan, starvation, jewish ghetto, holocaust, child in peril, youth, confined, heroes, young heroes, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
 138K
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: emotional, epic, sincere, intense, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, nazi, holocaust, survival, jewish, rebellion, partisan, camp, russian, jews, hopes, wartime life ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1941, year 1942
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: touching, disturbing, uplifting, surreal, compassionate ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, human spirit, survival, wartime life, against humanity, idealism, nazi occupation, couple relations, dishonesty, society, couples ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: europe, poland, germany, czechoslovakia, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.0
 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, serious, factual, depressing ...
Plot: holocaust, rebellion, survival, world war two, concentration camp, nazi, anti semitism, redemption, smuggling, human spirit, against humanity, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1944
Place: poland, europe, germany, budapest hungary, budapest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Adam Resurrected (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, Israel, USA
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: touching, bleak, contemplative, realistic, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, nazi, survival, world war two, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, against humanity, mental illness, circus, mental institution, clown ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1940s, 1930s, 40s ...
Place: israel, europe, middle east, germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Aryan Couple (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A WWII Drama about a German/Jewish industrialist who, in order to ensure his family's safe passage out of Germany, is forced to hand over his business to the Nazis.
Style: captivating, serious, suspenseful, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: concentration camp, world war two, holocaust, anti semitism, life is a bitch, undercover, hidden identity, forbidden love, uncover truth, moral dilemma, survival, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1944
Place: switzerland, hungary, germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.3
 10K
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, uplifting, sincere, harsh, suspenseful ...
Plot: holocaust, atrocity, jewish, german, survival, underground, refugee, mistrust, unwanted pregnancy, thief, sewer, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945, year 2008
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Before the Fall (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Thriller, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) – high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich enrolls. During his year in seventh ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: nazi germany, nazi, friendship, anti semitism, pow, boarding school, against humanity, boarding school life, youth, family relations, boxing, german ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1942
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, ukraine, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.4
 122
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: realistic, serious, bleak, emotional, rough ...
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, survival, world war two, rabbi, family relations, danger, parents and children, wartime life, urban, society, escapades ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, black sea, berlin germany, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: nazism, world war two, jewish, friendship, betrayal, anti semitism, boarding school life, priest, resistance, wartime life, childhood, french ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, jerusalem, vichy, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Shop on Main Street (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In a small town in Nazi-occupied Slovakia during World War II, decent but timid carpenter Tono is named "Aryan comptroller" of a button store owned by an old Jewish widow, Rozalie. Since the post comes with a salary and standing in the ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, anti semitism, danger, rescue, against humanity, dehumanization, deportation, human nature, friendship, store, misfit ...
Time: year 1942, 1940s
Place: slovakia, europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%