Wartime life movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant wartime life movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, emotional, touching, dramatic and bleak films and TV shows about / with wartime life, war, soldier, life is a bitch, death, military, betrayal, courage, survival and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, War and History genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as wartime life: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), Testament of Youth (2014), We Were Soldiers (2002), 9th Company (2005), Earth and Ashes (2004), The Book Thief (2013), The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972), Savior (1998), The English Patient (1996), Cold Mountain (2003).

List of wartime life movies

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, heartbreaking, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, friendship, concentration camp, against humanity, childhood, jewish, young heroes, wartime life, nazism, atrocity, nazi germany, tragic event ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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Testament of Youth (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Denmark
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and ...
Style: touching, captivating, serious, based on memoir, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: war, life is a bitch, wartime life, love affair, love and romance, nurse, poetry, nursing, aspiring writer, compassion, war injury, army ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1918, 18th century, 19th century
Place: oxford university, england, london, europe, flanders ...
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We Were Soldiers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, factual, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, military life, vietnam war, heroes, wartime life, death, battle, explosion, war, battle zone, behind enemy lines ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, iraq
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 7.1
 18K
9th Company (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Finland, Russia, Ukraine
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The picture opens in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, in late 1988, when military trainees Petrovsky, Ryaba, Chugun, Stas, Pinochet, Lyutev and Vorobyev are whipped into shape at a training camp by the brutal, sadistic commander, Warrant Officer Dygalo - prior ...
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, officers and cadets, battles, war, wartime life, basic training, military life, friendship, boot camp, death, last stand ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: afghanistan, soviet union, russia, middle east
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Earth and Ashes (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Afghanistan, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Elderly Dastaguir and his newly deaf 5-year-old grandson Yassin hitchhike and walk, but mostly walk, as they make their way to the coal mine where Dastaguir's son Murad works. Dastaguir must tell Murad that the rest of their family were all ...
Style: sincere, bleak, serious, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: mute or deaf, deafness, life is a bitch, wartime life, elderly, on the road, war, obsessive quest, parent child relationship, desperation, civil war, golden years ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: afghanistan, mine, middle east
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 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, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, nazi germany, adoption, family secret, human spirit, jewish, book, life is a bitch, childhood, world war two, war, youth ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1939 ...
Place: germany, europe
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The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Based on the eponymous book by Boris Vasilyev, the film is set in Karelia (North-West of Russia, near Finland) in 1941 during WWII. In a beautiful and quiet wilderness far from the front-line there is an anti-aircraft artillery point, where corporal ...
Style: based on true events, tragic ending, disturbing, scenic, realistic ...
Plot: soldier, military, battles, great patriotic war, heroic mission, military life, wartime life, world war two, soviet army, war, friendship, survival ...
Time: year 1942
Place: russia, soviet union
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 7.3
 10K
Savior (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A hardened mercenary in the Foreign Legion begins to find his own humanity when confronted with atrocities during the fighting in Bosnia
Style: bleak, rough, disturbing, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: atrocity, civil war, mercenary, genocide, redemption, war, war crime, terrorism, soldier, pregnancy, rape, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: former yugoslavia, serbia, europe, bosnia, croatia ...
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The English Patient (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In the 1930s, Count Almásy is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almásy enters into a world of ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love story, tragic love, mysterious character, expedition, power of love, loss of loved one, love and romance, destiny, war, map, wartime life, secret love ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 1942 ...
Place: libya, italy, ethiopia, egypt, africa ...
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 7.2
 131K
Cold Mountain (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, Italy, Romania, USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada, who he left behind ...
Style: emotional, captivating, epic, romantic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: american civil war, tragic love, getting home, survival, lovers reunited, loss of family member, slavery, lovers apart, power of love, love and romance, wartime life, friendship ...
Time: 1860s, 19th century
Place: usa, north carolina, south carolina, atlantic ocean
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War and Peace (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Poland
Duration: 394 min.
Story: War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events leading up to the French invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families. Portions of an earlier version of ...
Style: stylized, captivating, epic, emotional, romantic ...
Plot: aristocracy, war, love triangle, tragic love, social differences, romance, couple relations, wartime life, true love, invasion, betrayal, family crisis ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia
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Love and Honor (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a young soldier in Vietnam gets dumped by his hometown girl, he and his best friend decide to go AWOL and return to the States to win her back.
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, romantic, realistic ...
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, love and romance, friends, soldier, homecoming, wartime life, wooing, looking for love, military, drugs/alcohol, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, michigan
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 7.2
 3K
Mr. Pip (2012)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand
Duration: 116 min.
Story: As a war rages on in the province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, a young girl becomes transfixed by the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, which is being read at school by the only white man in the village. In 1991, a war over a copper ...
Style: sincere, serious, captivating, realistic, touching
Plot: teachers and students, wartime life, elementary school, island, state affairs, war, political unrest, power relations, social relations, friends, civil war, school ...
Place: indonesia, asia
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 6.8
 2K
The Search (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Georgia
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A woman who works for a non-governmental organization (NGO) forms a special relationship with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, remake of american film
Plot: wartime life, life is a bitch, russian soldier, soldier, russian army, orphan, war crime, war violence, torture, murder, violence, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia, chechnya, caucasus
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 812
Wild Blood (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The story of two renowned actors of Fascist cinema, Luisa Ferida and Osvaldo Valenti, who were supporters of the Salò Republic. Accused of collaboration and torture, they were shot by the Partisans after the country was liberated.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: fascism, career change, wartime life, desire for fame, artists and showbiz, downfall, dishonesty, actor's life, tragic love, ambition, on the run, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century
Place: italy
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The Puppetmaster (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 142 min.
Story: In the first half of this century, young Li Tienlu joins a travelling puppet theatre and subsequently makes a career as one of Taiwan's leading puppeteers.
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: puppeteer, puppet, anti war, human spirit, wartime life, politics, performer's life, war, village, father daughter relationship, storytelling, world war two ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: taiwan, taipei
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 7.8
 7K
The Cuckoo (2002)
Genre: Drama, War, Comedy
Country: Russia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: September of 1944, a few days before Finland went out of the Second World War. A chained to a rock Finnish sniper-kamikadze Veikko managed to set himself free. Ivan, a captain of the Soviet Army, arrested by the Front Secret Police ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, thought provoking, sincere, tense ...
Plot: war, understanding, russian, culture clash, love triangle, wilderness, confined, life is a bitch, military, anti war, wartime life, hostility ...
Time: 40s, 20th century
Place: finland, russia, germany
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Is Paris Burning? (1966)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: The title is Adolf Hitler's question to his chief of staff Alfred Jodl on the eve of the liberation of Paris (August 25): the military governor of Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, had been ordered to destroy Paris rather than let it fall ...
Style: serious, emotional, captivating, harsh, factual ...
Plot: holocaust, moral dilemma, wartime life, rescue, totalitarianism, against the odds, resistance, heroic mission, anti heroes, survival, insubordination, danger ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1944
Place: france, europe, paris france, germany
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Shining Through (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Spirited New Yorker Linda Voss goes to work for international lawyer and secret Office of Strategic Services operative Ed Leland just before World War II. As they fall in love, the United States enters the fight against Hitler, and Linda volunteers ...
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: double agent, espionage, romance, wartime life, secret agents, behind enemy lines, love and romance, working undercover, world war two, translator, nazi germany, wartime ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, new york, berlin germany, usa, europe
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 2K
The Bunker (1981)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Dramatization depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's last weeks in and around his underground bunker in Berlin before and during the battle for the city.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: nazi germany, against humanity, adolf hitler, downfall, state affairs, confined, confinement indoors, life is a bitch, wartime life, human nature, totalitarianism, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1945
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 16K
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, genocide, anti semitism, racism, politics, state affairs, wartime life, human spirit, leadership, soldier, against humanity, conspiracy ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, poland
Is relevant ?
 6.5
 19K
Stop-Loss (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A veteran soldier returns from his completed tour of duty in Iraq, only to find his life turned upside down when he is arbitrarily ordered to return to field duty by the Army.
Style: emotional, serious, bleak, thought provoking, sad ...
Plot: friendship, homecoming, patriotism, soldier, military, gulf war, politics, wartime life, rules and policies, death, u.s. military, sergeant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, canada, mexico, washington d.c. ...
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Fugitive Pieces (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: Greece, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A child escapes from Poland during World War II and first heads to Greece before coming of age in Canada.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, emotional, rough ...
Plot: holocaust, haunted by the past, childhood trauma, life is a bitch, fugitives, wartime life, survival, coming of age, redemption, war, loss of parents, world war two ...
Place: canada, europe, greece, poland
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 6.4
 3K
Yanks (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, West Germany, UK
Duration: 138 min.
Story: During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, especially when it comes to the G.I.s making advances on the ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: soldier, racism, prejudice, wartime life, couple relations, love affair, opposites attract, forbidden love, romance, war, infidelity, world war two ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, northern england
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The Killing Fields (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The Killing Fields tells the real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: genocide, journalism, vietnam war, photographer, war, friendship, life is a bitch, wartime life, rebelliousness, human spirit, evacuation, media ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: cambodia, vietnam, asia, iraq
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Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Ellie Linton, a teen from an Australian coastal town, leads her friends on an excursion to a camp deep in the woods, dubbed "Hell." Upon their return, the youths find that their town has been overrun by an enemy army, and their friends and ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, exciting, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: invasion, survival, adventure, rescue, heroes, danger, youth, wartime life, life is a bitch, hopes, young heroes, society ...
Time: 21st century
Place: australia, new jersey
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 8.2
 2K
China Beach (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Dateline: November 1967. Within klicks of Danang, Vietnam, sits a U.S. Army base, bar and hospital on China Beach filled with wounded soldiers and one very lovely but damaged Army Nurse Colleen McMurphy. Many heroes, dead and alive, try to make ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: military hospital, military, vietnam war, doctor, life is a bitch, u.s. army, power relations, superior officer, military base, wartime life, doctors and patients, military life ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, asia
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 8.2
 18K
War & Peace (2016)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 379 min.
Story: Sumptuous BBC mini-series following the fortunes and the rise and fall of five aristocratic families in the waning days of imperial Russia.
Style: captivating, stylized, epic, serious, realistic ...
Plot: aristocracy, society, war, love and romance, state affairs, couple relations, wartime life, love story, fall in love, courage, battle, friendship ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia
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 3.0
 3K
Zombie Lake (1981)
Genre: Horror
Country: France, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In a small village, somewhere in France, German soldiers, killed and thrown into the lake by the Resistance during WW II, come back.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, scary
Plot: zombie, soldier, revenge, village, violence, lake, survival, deadly creature, danger, afterlife, wartime life, german ...
Time: year 1946
Place: france, europe, munich germany
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The Iron Triangle (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the diary of an unknown Viet Cong soldier, this film provides a sympathetic look at a Viet Cong soldier who protected a captured American soldier whom he believed did not kill him when the American had the opportunity. Written by John ...
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious, exciting ...
Plot: war, vietnam war, confined, captivity, military life, rebellion, political unrest, on the run, espionage, anti war, battles, life is a bitch ...
Place: vietnam, asia
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