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, human spirit, life is a bitch, nazi germany, jewish, youth, childhood, book, against humanity, nazi, nazism, runaway, war, death, family relations, parents and children, wartime life, lifesaver, survivor, thief, 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, emotional and bleak films with plots about world war two, holocaust, war, nazi, against humanity, survival and wartime life 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, gloomy ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, friendship, concentration camp, against humanity, childhood, jewish, young heroes, nazism, wartime life, atrocity, tragic event, gas chamber ...
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, realistic, sincere, serious, uplifting
Plot: orphan, adoption, wartime life, human spirit, youth, single parent, refugees, coming of age, haunted by the past, village, dealing with death, kids in trouble ...
Time: 40s
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ 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, optimism, survival, self sacrifice, jewish, fascism, captivity, make believe, protecting from truth, protective parent ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 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, pianist, survival, ghetto, against humanity, anti semitism, atrocity, jewish, deportation, starvation, genocide, nazi occupation ...
Time: 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 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, family relations, parents and children, small town life, against the odds, youth, coming of age, kids in trouble ...
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, touching, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, escapades, young heroes, against humanity, anti semitism, youth, danger, orphan, ghetto, dishonesty, human spirit ...
Time: 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: realistic, uplifting, emotional, serious, touching
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, soldier, human spirit, couples, society, hopes, wartime life, couple relations, life is a bitch, war, nazi germany ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: usa, new york, europe, germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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: realistic, gloomy, uplifting, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: holocaust, starvation, ghetto, survival, war, wartime life, anti heroes, social relations, confined, figment, against humanity, protecting from truth ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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: realistic, serious, uplifting, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, time travel, jewish, anti semitism, teenager, nazi occupation, war, human spirit, hopes, heroes, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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, thought provoking, surreal, rough, serious ...
Plot: against humanity, genocide, atrocity, anti war, holocaust, war crime, surrealism, survival, war, occupation, execution, military ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, thought provoking, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, courtroom drama, judge, concentration camp, courtroom, against humanity, cold war, war crime, trial, genocide, war, german ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1940s ...
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, bleak, serious, gloomy, surprise ending ...
Plot: innocence lost, family relations, life is a bitch, hopes, refugees, youth, coming of age, fish out of water, human nature, society, anti war, misfit ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: sweden, finland, tokyo, germany, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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: serious, factual, depressing, harsh, compassionate ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, redemption, smuggling, against humanity, human spirit, moral dilemma, rebelliousness, pow, anti semitism, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 1940s
Place: europe, poland, germany, budapest hungary, israel
⇓ 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: disturbing, serious, bleak, realistic, captivating
Plot: holocaust, nazism, train ride, anti semitism, concentration camp, train, war, life is a bitch, confined, against humanity, danger, pow ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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: realistic, rough, serious, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: rabbi, holocaust, survival, anti semitism, parents and children, coming of age, urban, society, family relations, escapades, youth, danger ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, black sea, america, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Plot: holocaust, squad, execution, soldier, snow, anti war, nazism, german, war, russian, politics, genocide ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1943, year 1942
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
⇓ 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: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: nazism, friendship, jewish, betrayal, german, priest, boarding school life, anti semitism, auschwitz, resistance, wartime life, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: france, europe, jerusalem, paris france, vichy ...
⇓ 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: tense, bleak, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, ship, anti semitism, survival, cruise, confined, against humanity, war, society, misfit, rescue, racism ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: germany, cuba, latin america, europe, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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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: gloomy, disturbing, bleak, emotional, serious ...
Plot: rabbi, ghetto, holocaust, sexual abuse, survival, family life, human spirit, misfit, society, injustice, religions or cults, danger ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, warsaw poland
⇓ 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, rough ...
Plot: jewish, camp, holocaust, russian, survival, war, escape, self sacrifice, partisan, forest, nazism, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1941, year 1942
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 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, tense, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: german, holocaust, survival, anti semitism, jewish, hidden identity, homosexual, concentration camp, ghetto, communism, roommate, nazism ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: latvia, germany, poland, europe, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 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, suspenseful, sincere, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: thief, holocaust, jewish, underground, german, tunnel, polish, unwanted pregnancy, survival, ghetto, sewer, refugee ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 2008, year 1945, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel
⇓ 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: realistic, bleak, serious, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: life is a bitch, family relations, wartime life, state affairs, politics, coming of age, war, against humanity, society, moral dilemma, cabaret, rise and fall ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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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: realistic, bleak, emotional, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, mental institution, mental illness, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, against humanity, nazi officer, breast fondling, butt, nazi ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 60s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: israel, middle east, europe, germany, berlin germany
⇓ 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: realistic, emotional, serious, bleak, thought provoking ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, nazism, confined, against humanity, genocide, corrupt officer, society, occupation, corrupt law enforcer, war, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: europe, france, paris france, vichy, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: serious, uplifting, emotional, touching, harsh ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: prison, war crime, island, survival, war, friendship, pow, human spirit, danger, prison life, holocaust, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: singapore, asia, indonesia, japan, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: tense, realistic, bleak, serious
Plot: starvation, holocaust, ghetto, against humanity, wartime life, war, young heroes, innocence lost, danger, youth, anti semitism, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, disturbing, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, german, jewish, arrest, suicide, forgery, doctor, humiliation, anti semitism, war crime ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: europe, germany, zurich switzerland, berlin germany, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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, touching, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: holocaust, village, pregnancy, survival, idealism, society, dishonesty, couples, human spirit, infidelity, war, village life ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 30s, year 1945, 1930s ...
Place: europe, poland, germany, moscow russia, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.3
 4K
Uprising (2001)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 177 min.
Story: Jews rise up in the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazis in 1943.
Style: realistic, bleak, emotional, serious, tense ...
Plot: ghetto, holocaust, deportation, anti semitism, against humanity, confined, anti heroes, life is a bitch, heroic mission, war, wartime life, battles ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1943
Place: poland, europe, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%