Movies like The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
 7.8
 203K
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (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 Jewish prisoner or the role his own Nazi father plays in his imprisonment, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey inside the camp's walls.
Style: touching, heartbreaking, emotional, serious, twists and turns, sad, gloomy, disturbing, sentimental, bleak ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, world war two, jewish, concentration camp, childhood, against humanity, friendship, war, nazism, gas chamber, atrocity, nazi, wartime life, nazi germany, friends, hate, german, young heroes, nazis, powerful ending, naivete, morality, tragic event, children, innocence lost ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland

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Most similar movies to The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and bleak films with plots about world war two, jewish, holocaust, nazi, anti semitism, survival and german mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas: The Book Thief (2013), Life Is Beautiful (1997), The Pianist (2002), Schindler's List (1993), Lore (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
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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: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war two, holocaust, jewish, human spirit, childhood, nazi germany, against humanity, war, life is a bitch, nazi, adoption, youth ...
Time: 40s, 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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: tragicomedy, sentimental, touching, inspirational, emotional ...
Plot: human spirit, concentration camp, holocaust, world war two, life philosophy, jewish, nazi, survival, optimism, self sacrifice, fascism, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1939, 1930s
Place: italy, europe, tuscany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 8.5
 775K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: UK, France, Poland, Germany
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, dramatic ...
Plot: survival, holocaust, world war two, pianist, nazi, against humanity, ghetto, nazi occupation, jewish, genocide, anti semitism, starvation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, jewish, ghetto, survival, rescue, wartime, war, anti semitism ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Irena Sendler is a Catholic social worker who has sympathized with the Jews since her childhood, when her physician father died of typhus contracted while treating poor Jewish patients. When she initially proposes saving Jewish children from the ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, suspense, tense ...
Plot: holocaust, ghetto, world war two, rescue, social worker, nazi germany, life is a bitch, against humanity, rabbi, confined, jewish, anti semitism ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: poland, europe, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, sincere, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: nazism, survival, post war, child as adult, family relations, against humanity, youth, escapades, danger, society, siblings relations, human nature ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: germany, hamburg germany, russia, poland, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.9
 7K
Fateless (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Hungary, Germany, UK, Israel, France, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: An Hungarian youth comes of age at Buchenwald during World War II. György Köves is 14, the son of a merchant who's sent to a forced labor camp. After his father's departure, György gets a job at a brickyard; his bus is stopped and its ...
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, world war two, survival, life is a bitch, confined, estrangement, destiny, self discovery, danger, youth, bus ...
Time: 1940s
Place: hungary, budapest, europe, slovakia, poland ...
⇓ 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: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: nazism, world war two, jewish, friendship, betrayal, anti semitism, nazi, boarding school life, priest, resistance, gestapo, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, jerusalem, paris france, vichy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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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, realistic, bleak, captivating
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, nazism, danger, pow, life is a bitch, war, confined, train travel, gestapo, concentration camp, brutality ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 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, bleak, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, world war two, human spirit, hidden identity, on the run, young heroes, anti semitism, orphan, danger, youth, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.6
 16K
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, emotional, disturbing, contemplative ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, anti semitism, survival, ghetto, german, hitler youth, concentration camp, heroes, hidden identity, homosexual, roommate ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 40s, 30s
Place: latvia, germany, poland, europe, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 75K
Black Book (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Netherlands, Germany, UK, Belgium
Duration: 145 min.
Story: In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.
Style: tense, twists and turns, psychological, epic, emotional ...
Plot: jewish, nazism, world war two, holocaust, atrocity, singer, espionage, occupation, spy, life is a bitch, betrayal, escape ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 20th century, 60s ...
Place: holland, netherlands, europe, israel, belgium ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.2
 8K
Bent (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Max is a handsome young man who, after a fateful tryst with a German soldier, is forced to run for his life. Eventually Max is placed in a concentration camp where he pretends to be Jewish because in the eyes of the Nazis, gays are the lowest form ...
Style: touching, serious, bleak, brutal, disturbing ...
Plot: gay, holocaust, survival, friendship, concentration camp, dehumanization, human spirit, gay love, confined, love and romance, danger, fall in love ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 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: bleak, disturbing, serious, factual, depressing ...
Plot: holocaust, nazi, rebellion, world war two, concentration camp, survival, anti semitism, redemption, smuggling, against humanity, human spirit, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1944
Place: poland, europe, germany, budapest, budapest hungary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, against humanity, danger, rescue, deportation, dehumanization, human nature, friendship, store, elderly ...
Time: year 1942, 1940s
Place: slovakia, europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 235K
Valkyrie (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Japan, UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Wounded in Africa during World War II, Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government and assassinate Adolf Hitler. When events unfold so that he becomes a ...
Style: tense, factual, bad ending, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, nazism, war, nazi germany, nazi, german officer, resistance, colonel, bomb, deception, treason, assassination attempt ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, normandy, tunisia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Counterfeiters (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, 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, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, counterfeit money, nazi, forgery, world war two, survival, anti semitism, jewish, german, war crime, racial slur ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany, zurich switzerland, austria ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: sentimental, emotional, touching, realistic, tense ...
Plot: holocaust, village, hidden identity, human spirit, survival, wartime life, anti semitism, fish out of water, lifesaver, against humanity, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: poland, europe, vatican
⇓ similarity ⇓
15%
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 7.9
 342K
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: New Zealand, Czech Republic, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must ...
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing
Plot: nazi germany, nazism, nazi, boy, hitler, hitler youth, world war two, first love, german, rabbit, imaginary friend, satire ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, year 1944
Place: germany, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 8.2
 641K
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real ...
Style: atmospheric, dark fantasy, fairy tale, gothic, stylized ...
Plot: monster, creature, fairy, imaginary, imaginary kingdom, legends and myths, death, cruelty, young heroes, good versus evil, resistance, fantasy world ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In late 1930s Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Continis are a leading family: wealthy, aristocratic, and urbane; they are also Jewish. Their adult children, Micol and Alberto, gather a diverse circle of friends for tennis and parties at their villa with ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: fascism, holocaust, world war two, anti semitism, family relations, tennis, family life, wartime life, life is a bitch, unrequited love, uncle niece relationship, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: italy, europe, africa, israel, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.7
 20K
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, anti semitism, genocide, war crime, racism, politics, conspiracy, state affairs, wartime life, human spirit, world war two, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: berlin germany, germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: courtroom drama, judge, genocide, war crime, jews, world war two, holocaust, jewish, court, redemption, german, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945 ...
Place: germany, europe, poland, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Surviving with Wolves (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1942, the young Jewish girl Misha, her Russian mother Gerusha and her German father Reuven hide from the Germans in a small house in Ardennes, Belgium. Misha is very connected to her mother that advises her that if one day a person comes to her ...
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: wolf, survival, orphan, feral child, little girl, world war two, young heroes, missing person, wilderness, danger, obsessive quest, against humanity ...
Place: belgium, brussels, europe, ukraine, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 7.1
 9K
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, emotional, disturbing, bleak, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, nazism, concentration camp, nazi germany, injustice, against humanity, genocide, survival, family in danger, anti semitism, wartime life, occupation ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, post world war two, year 1942
Place: france, paris france, vichy, europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: suspenseful, serious, captivating, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: nazi germany, nazi, friendship, anti semitism, pow, boarding school, against humanity, youth, military school, boarding school life, family relations, boxing ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1942
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, cape town south africa, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Escape from Sobibor (1987)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Yugoslavia
Duration: 143 min.
Story: During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to vow (actually threaten) that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were its captives, the Jewish laborers that had ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: concentration camp, escape, pow, world war two, captivity, genocide, brutality, against humanity, corporal punishment, holocaust, rebelliousness, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.0
 16K
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, heartbreaking, sentimental, sad, realistic ...
Plot: war crime, world war two, nazism, survival, war, captivity, military life, life is a bitch, battles, against humanity, confined, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1940
Place: poland, russia, europe, soviet union, ussr ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, emotional, uplifting, touching, harsh ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: world war two, prison, pow, war crime, island, war, friendship, human spirit, danger, prison life, survival, holocaust ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s
Place: singapore, japan, asia, indonesia, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: During the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam, Otto Frank decides to hide his family, who are Jewish, after his daughter Margot is called to appear for transport to a Nazi labour camp. Miep Gies, Otto Frank's office assistant hides them in the attic ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, disturbing, bleak
Plot: holocaust, world war two, anti semitism, attic, confined, life is a bitch, heroes, on the run, danger, war, anti heroes, hopes ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 40s, 20th century
Place: europe, holland, amsterdam
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%