Movies like The Book Thief

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The Book Thief (2013)
 7.5
 136K
The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, USA
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: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, sad, captivating, stylized, poignant, feel good, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, family outing, chick flick
Plot: world war two, holocaust, jewish, nazi, war, adoption, childhood, human spirit, nazi germany, life is a bitch, against humanity, nazism, death, coming of age, youth, family secret, german, teenage girl, genocide, thief, library, wartime life, girl, life philosophy, family relations ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1942, year 1945, year 1939, year 1943 ...
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, dramatic and emotional films with plots about world war two, war, survival, death, holocaust, wartime life and storytelling mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like The Book Thief: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), The Pianist (2002), Little Boy (2015), Life Is Beautiful (1997), Lore (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (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: sad, emotional, touching, heartbreaking, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, war, childhood, nazi, friendship, boy, military, gas chamber, german ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 8.5
 829K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK
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: emotional, harsh, bleak, heartbreaking, suspense ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, survival, nazi, genocide, jewish, war, anti semitism, nazism, pianist, hunger, nazi occupation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1944, year 1945 ...
Place: poland, germany, eastern europe, europe, warsaw poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 7.3
 23K
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, emotional, touching, sweet, sad ...
Plot: world war two, faith, war, spirituality, wartime life, wartime, coming of age, racial discrimination, survival, courage, against the odds, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, usa, hiroshima japan
⇓ 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: inspirational, touching, emotional, sentimental, tragicomedy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, jewish, nazi, human spirit, life philosophy, life & death, nazism, survival, fascism, love ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1939
Place: italy, europe, poland, tuscany
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 7.1
 15K
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, bleak, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: survival, world war two, nazi, nazism, coming of age, youth, hitler, holocaust, jewish, war, children, child as adult ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, 20th century, year 1945
Place: germany, poland, australia, berlin germany, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, sexy, sad, serious, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, coming of age, orphan, youth, adoption, small town, childhood, parent child relationship, children, evacuation, hopes, single parent ...
Time: 1940s
Place: england, london, europe, dunkirk
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 2K
Run Boy Run (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: touching, captivating, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, survival, youth, human spirit, hidden identity, on the run, young heroes, orphan, anti semitism, against humanity, coming of age ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.6
 17K
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: political, realistic, heartbreaking, inter cultural, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: nazi, holocaust, jewish, hitler youth, circumcision, coming of age, war, survival, world war two, physical exam, judaism, childhood ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, israel, latvia, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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 ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, time travel, world war two, jewish, nazi occupation, anti semitism, war, human spirit, hopes, against humanity, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Hidden Children (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 200 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: uplifting, touching, emotional, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, orphan, rescue, survival, human spirit, against humanity, life is a bitch, hopes, society, youth, fugitives, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: italy, slovenia, switzerland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: touching, emotional, melancholic, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, coming of age, holocaust, self discovery, wartime, loneliness, secrets, children, life is a bitch, family relations, human nature, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: japan, poland, tokyo, germany, finland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: emotional, touching, thought provoking, realistic, heartbreaking ...
Audience: date night
Plot: holocaust, world war two, jewish, genocide, nazi, war, concentration camp, anti semitism, violence, against humanity, wartime, brutality ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, vatican, europe, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even ...
Style: epic, emotional, sad, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: world war two, coming of age, child protagonist, war, captivity, childhood, japanese army, pow, young heroes, children in wartime, boy, prison ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: shanghai, china, japan, tokyo, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 17K
Jakob the Liar (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, France, Germany
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: light, feel good, sentimental, inspirational, factual ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, jewish, nazi, judaism, war, jewish ghetto, lie, radio, russian, death, transformation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: poland, germany, europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: touching, depressing, harsh, heartbreaking, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: world war two, hunger, orphan, war, siblings relations, homelessness, survival, desperation, bomb, death of child, anti war, theft ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, post world war two
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 158K
War Horse (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Follows a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend.
Style: emotional, epic, touching, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: world war one, horse, animals, war, friendship, battles, hopes, military, animal training, human spirit, wartime, cavalry charge ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20th century, year 1914, year 1918
Place: england, belgium, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Before the Fall (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Thriller, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 110 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: harsh, disturbing, emotional, melancholic, sentimental ...
Plot: nazi, boxing, friendship, anti semitism, boarding school, nazi germany, pow, war, world war two, youth, military school, holocaust ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1942
Place: germany, berlin germany, poland, new jersey, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: sad, art house, sentimental, gloomy, emotional ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: world war two, nazi, jewish, friendship, nazism, anti semitism, holocaust, catholic, coming of age, schoolboy, childhood, school ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: france, germany, poland, vatican, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Turtles Can Fly (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Turtles can fly tells the story of a group of young children near the Turkey-Iran border. They clean up mines and wait for the Saddam regime to fall.
Style: sincere, rough, bleak, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: childhood, war, refugee, orphan, camp, coming of age, blind character, anti war, muslim, children, survival, child ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century
Place: kurdistan, iran, iraq, middle east, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Paradise Road (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Paradise Road is a 1997 film which tells the story of a group of English, American, Dutch and Australian women who are imprisoned in Sumatra during World War II. It was directed by Bruce Beresford and stars Glenn Close as beatific Adrienne Pargiter, ...
Style: touching, harsh, serious, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: world war two, pow, holocaust, prison, island, war, friendship, justice, war crime, nazi, human spirit, prison life ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: japan, indonesia, asia, germany, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.5
 35K
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: realistic, rough, gloomy, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: world war two, war, german, nazism, russian, soldier, survival, starvation, battles, military life, wehrmacht, eastern front ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1943
Place: russia, east germany, berlin germany, germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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: political, disturbing, emotional, suspenseful, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom drama, genocide, judge, holocaust, world war two, court, jewish, lawyer, legal, justice, courtroom, nazi ...
Time: 1940s, middle ages, 60s, year 1945, 20th century ...
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.0
 11K
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: depressing, bleak, disturbing, factual, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, nazi, world war two, concentration camp, anti semitism, redemption, jewish, rebellion, moral ambiguity, tragedy, against humanity, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, 20th century
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel, budapest
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Movie in collections
 6.7
 17K
Swing Kids (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing and fun leads to more difficult choices as the Nazi's begin tightening the grip on Germany. Each member of the group is ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sentimental, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: world war two, nazi, dancing, coming of age, anti semitism, fighting the system, brainwashing, idealism, against the rules, rebelliousness, german, friends ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, new york, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Divided We Fall (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 117 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, compassionate, lyrical, touching, disturbing ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, jewish, survival, idealism, human spirit, self discovery, wartime life, against humanity, nazi occupation, couple relations, dishonesty ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: germany, poland, tokyo, eastern europe, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.3
 11K
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, harsh, uplifting, sincere, social ...
Plot: holocaust, jewish, world war two, atrocity, survival, nazi, war, nudity (full frontal - brief), refugee, human spirit, sewer, mistrust ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, year 2008, 2000s
Place: poland, israel, germany, eastern europe, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.0
 17K
Katyn (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 121 min.
Story: An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.
Style: disturbing, sentimental, heartbreaking, realistic, poignant ...
Plot: world war two, war crime, war, survival, polish history, massacre, nazism, murder, idealism, ethnic conflict, courage, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1940
Place: poland, germany, east germany, eastern europe, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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 ...
Audience: date night, family outing
Plot: holocaust, world war two, wartime life, jewish, village, coming of age, human spirit, survival, hidden identity, fish out of water, anti semitism, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: poland, europe, vatican
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.5
 25K
The Tin Drum (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France, Poland
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday.
Style: surreal, disturbing, art house, thought provoking, harsh ...
Plot: fascism, world war two, coming of age, wartime life, nazi, circus, magic realism, war, life is a bitch, political unrest, against humanity, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, year 1939, 19th century ...
Place: germany, latin america, japan, europe, central europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: sincere, atmospheric, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, anti semitism, store, nazi, german, politics, fascism, jewish, dehumanization, deportation, rescue ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942
Place: slovakia, israel, eastern europe, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%