Prisoners of war movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant prisoners of war movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense, suspense and bleak films and TV shows about / with prisoners of war, world war two, military, soldier, war, escape, confined, survival, pow and captivity plots mostly in War, Drama and Action genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
prisoners of war
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prisoners of war movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as prisoners of war: To End All Wars (2001), Land of Mine (2015), In Tranzit (2008), Unbroken (2014), The Great Escape (1963), Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975), Hart's War (2002), King Rat (1965), The McKenzie Break (1970), Von Ryan's Express (1965).

List of prisoners of war movies

To End All Wars (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on a real-life story, this drama focuses on a small group of Allied soldiers in Burma who are held captive by the Japanese. Capt. Ernest Gordon (Ciaran McMenamin), Lt. Jim Reardon (Kiefer Sutherland) and Maj. Ian Campbell (Robert Carlyle) are ...
Style: harsh, tense, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Plot: world war two, war, pow, escape, jungle, military, prisoners of war, captivity, survival, prisoner of war camp, war crime, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943, 20th century, year 1942
Place: japan, asia, scotland, hawaii, poland ...
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 7.8
 42K
Land of Mine (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Denmark, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the days following the surrender of Germany in May 1945, a group of young German prisoners of war were handed over to the Danish authorities and subsequently sent out to the West Coast, where they were ordered to remove the more than two million ...
Style: suspense, harsh, emotional, brutal, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: world war two, minefield, german soldier, nazi, teenager, child soldier, beach, survival, prisoners of war, war, war crime, pow ...
Time: post world war two, 1940s, future, year 1945, 20th century
Place: denmark, germany
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 5.7
 2K
In Tranzit (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, Russia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Nazi POWs suspected of heinous acts are locked up in a Soviet women's prison run by vengeful female guards. To weed out the guilty, the innocent must pay. Can supposed enemies turn into great loves? Based on a true post-World War II story, this ...
Style: sincere, uplifting, realistic, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: wartime life, world war two, soldier, captivity, against humanity, life is a bitch, prison life, genocide, society, confined, heroes, injustice ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two
Place: russia, europe, st. petersburg russia, ussr
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 7.2
 169K
Unbroken (2014)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.
Style: uplifting, epic, inspirational, motivational, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war two, war, survival, torture, human spirit, prison, sport, soldier, captivity, christian, u.s. air force, plane crash ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, germany, tokyo ...
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The Great Escape (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners ...
Style: epic, suspenseful, suspense, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: world war two, prison, prison escape, war, nazi, pow, soldier, luftwaffe, escape, military, freedom, camp ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, alps, switzerland
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Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Ilsa is a warden at a Nazi death camp that conducts experiments on prisoners. Ilsa's goal is to prove that woman can withstand more pain and suffering than men and should be allowed to fight on the front lines
Style: rough, disturbing, erotic, brutal, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: world war two, female prisoner, rape, women's prison, prison, violence, captivity, sexploitation, nazi, sexual abuse, war, torture ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany
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 6.3
 53K
Hart's War (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Fourth-generation Army Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp. Still, as the senior-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy, all ...
Style: realistic, tense, factual, harsh, suspense ...
Plot: world war two, war, prison, military, nazi, escape, racism, pow, soldier, propaganda, torture, russian ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, belgium
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 7.5
 5K
King Rat (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: When Singapore surrendered to the Japanese in 1942 the Allied POWs, mostly British but including a few Americans, were incarcerated in Changi prison. This was a POW detention center like no other. There were no walls or barbed-wire fences for the ...
Style: bleak, realistic, dramatic, talky, harsh ...
Plot: world war two, prison, war, prisoner of war camp, prisoners of war, friendship, wartime, prison life, rat, british, capitalism, prejudice ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: california, poland, england, japan, asia ...
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The McKenzie Break (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A German U-Boat commander and 600 prisoners plan a daring escape from a PoW camp in Scotland.
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Plot: world war two, war, captivity, military, battles, soldier, survival, prison life, nazi officer, escapades, confined, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: ireland, london, scotland
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Von Ryan's Express (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Von Ryan's Express stars Frank Sinatra as a POW colonel who leads a daring escape from Nazi Germany by taking over a freight train, but he has to win over the British soldiers he finds himself commanding.
Style: realistic, exciting, harsh, scenic, talky ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: train, world war two, war, escape, prison, prison escape, behind enemy lines, nazi, prisoners of war, railway, soldier, adventure ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: italy, germany, new jersey, europe, milan italy ...
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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, psychological, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: world war two, pow, war crime, prison, anti war, christmas, war, samurai, japanese occupation, imperial japan, prisoner of war camp, british ...
Time: 1940s, 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1936 ...
Place: asia, tokyo, japan, australia, indonesia
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Escape to Athena (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, War
Country: UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: During the World War II, the prisoners of a German camp in a greek island are trying to escape. They don't want only their freedom, but they also seek for an ineffable treasure hidden in a monastery at the top of the island's mountain.
Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, island, adventure, chase, soldier, war, survival, daring rescue, archeological dig, military, archaeologist, relic ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944
Place: greece, europe, balkan
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Faith of My Fathers (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Faith of My Fathers is based on the story of Lieutenant Commander John McCain's experiences as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years during the Vietnam War, interleaved with his memories of growing up in a heritage rich ...
Style: uplifting, captivating, serious, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: vietnam war, prison, human spirit, captivity, survival, confined, military, patriotism, heroic mission, prison life, military life, ambition ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 60s, 20th century
Place: vietnam
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Return from the River Kwai (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of war prisoners has spilt blood, sweat and tears to construct a bridge over the river Kwai in Thailand. Just when the bridge is ready, an American bomber arrives and destroys it. Camp commander Tanaka wants to set an example and orders that ...
Plot: prisoners of war, prison, military prison, british, submarine, japanese army, british soldier, train, british empire, pow, decapitation, imperial japan ...
Time: 1940s
Place: asia, thailand, burma, japan
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The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, Algeria
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty thief to his rise to prominence in the organisation and capture by the French in ...
Style: political, bleak, disturbing, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: revolution, torture, bomb, protest, muslim, resistance, freedom, french algerian war, military, terrorism, war, colonialism ...
Time: year 1957, 50s, year 1954, 20th century, year 1960 ...
Place: algeria, africa, paris france, middle east, france ...
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 7.9
 14K
The Hill (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: North Africa, World War II. British soldiers on the brink of collapse push beyond endurance to struggle up a brutal incline. It's not a military objective. It's The Hill, a manmade instrument of torture, a tower of sand seared by a ...
Style: tense, bleak, disturbing, noir, allegory ...
Plot: world war two, prison, military, war, anti war, desert, military prison, prison escape, brutality, fighting the system, british army, sadism ...
Time: 1940s, 70s
Place: africa, sahara, germany, libya, north africa
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Trial on the Road (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A Russian POW joins the partisan guerrillas and proves his loyalty fighting the Nazis.
Style: political
Plot: world war two, great patriotic war, nazi, prisoners of war, collaborator, partisan, suspicion, redemption, eastern front, nazi occupation, train, snow ...
Time: 1940s
Place: russia, ussr
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Escape from Sobibor (1987)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
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, world war two, pow, holocaust, escape, genocide, against humanity, military, war, captivity, brutality, prison ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
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Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, Kazakhstan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based upon a short story by Leo Tolstoy, two Russian soldiers, Sacha and Vania, are ambushed by Muslim rebels in the grandly forbidding Caucasus and taken prisoner. Although complete understanding never fully emerges, their bittersweet ordeal ...
Style: realistic, bleak, suspenseful, rough, talky ...
Plot: pow, war, hostage, anti war, violence, russian soldier, confined, soldier, prison, captivity, islam, culture clash ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s
Place: chechnya, russia, caucasus, poland
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Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time they will be collected. The village leaders convene to ...
Style: semi serious, atmospheric, realistic, humorous, cerebral ...
Plot: world war two, resistance, military, anti war, wartime life, village, confined, rebellion, rebelliousness, captivity, oppression, social relations ...
Time: 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 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: sincere, serious, disturbing, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: date night, teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, world war two, survival, nazi, youth, life is a bitch, confined, estrangement, self discovery, coming of age, faith ...
Time: 1940s
Place: hungary, eastern europe, europe, poland, slovakia ...
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The Ninth Day (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Germany, Luxembourg, Czech Republic
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drama loosely based on Jean Bernard's Nazi-era prison diary.
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, traitor, concentration camp, clergy, nazi, soldier, heroes, nazi occupation, hopes, introspection, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: berlin germany, france, switzerland, belgium, germany ...
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 107K
Rescue Dawn (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, War
Country: USA, Luxembourg
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, tense, harsh, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, survival, pow, escape, war, soldier, prison, camp, violence, jungle, human spirit, confined ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: vietnam, laos, asia
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 8.2
 2K
1971 (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: India
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Based on true facts, the film revolves around 6 brave soldiers who escape from the clutches of the Pakistan Army and risk death with honour and courage with sacrifice towards their journey home.
Style: captivating, tense, psychological, suspense
Plot: escape, pow, army, military, soldier, freedom, courage, prisoner of war camp, prisoners of war, military prison, politics, death ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: india, pakistan, kashmir
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, nazism, holocaust survivor, world war two, nazi germany, german occupation, jewish, genocide, injustice, against humanity, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, post world war two, year 1942
Place: france, paris france, vichy, europe, germany
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Essential Killing (2010)
Genre: Action, Thriller, War
Country: Poland, Norway, Ireland, Hungary, UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A Taliban soldier struggles to survive after he escapes his captors and flees into the Polish countryside.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, thought provoking, captivating, serious ...
Plot: survival, breast feeding, manhunt, on the run, military, chase, desert, fugitives, track down, politics, state affairs, captivity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, middle east, europe, poland
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In the Crosswind (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Estonia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: June 14, 1941, 3 a.m. Over 40000 people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are deported by Soviets to Siberia. Among them is a philosophy student Erna, a happily married mother of a little girl. Separated from her husband Erna and her daughter are ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: deportation, world war two, gulag, wartime life, ethnic cleansing, stalinism, getting home, life is a bitch, survival, family in danger, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 1940s, year 1941, 20th century, 50s
Place: siberia, russia, europe, estonia, ussr
Is relevant ?
 5.8
 667
The Match (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, Sport, War
Country: Croatia, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Inspired by true events from the spring of 1944 when the Nazis organized a football match between a team of camp inmates and an elite Nazi team on Adolf Hitler's birthday. A match the prisoners are determined to win, no matter what happens.
Style: suspense, tense
Plot: world war two, football, soccer, sport team, concentration camp, prisoner of war camp, prisoners of war, soccer match, nazi, sport, football team, football player ...
Time: year 1944
Is relevant ?
 5.6
 606
Viper Club (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: ER nurse Helen Sterling struggles to free her grown son, a journalist captured by terrorists in the Middle East. After hitting walls with the FBI and State agencies, she discovers a clandestine community of journalists, advocates, and ...
Style: political, brutal, emotional, realistic, tense ...
Plot: war crime, mother, mother love, fighting the system, against the odds, human spirit, mother son relationship, military, loss of son, life & death, stranded, war ...
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The Soldier's Star (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, Germany, Afghanistan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Russian guitarist was enlisted in 1984 in the Afghan war. Imprisoned, he will meet an Afghan musician and a French journalist.
Style: disturbing, serious, exciting, realistic, captivating
Plot: heroes, military, freedom fighter, fight, state affairs, journalism, soldier, hostage, war, prisoners of war, war in afghanistan, prisoner ...
Time: september 11 2001
Place: afghanistan, middle east, russia
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