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 serious, realistic, emotional, captivating, touching and dramatic films and TV shows about / with wartime life, war, life is a bitch, death, soldier, friendship, courage, military, survival and world war two plots mostly in Drama, War and History genres shot in UK, USA, Russia 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), Zhila-byla Odna Baba (2011), Tangerines (2013), War and Peace (2007), 9th Company (2005), The Crimson Field (2014), Aimee & Jaguar (1999), Yanks (1979).

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, heartbreaking, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, against humanity, friendship, childhood, jewish, nazi germany, nazism, wartime life, young heroes, atrocity, gas chamber ...
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, serious, captivating, based on memoir, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: war, period piece, world war one, life is a bitch, wartime life, love affair, love and romance, nurse, poetry, wartime, war injury, compassion ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1918, 19th century, 18th 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: factual, serious, suspenseful, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, military, military life, heroes, wartime life, death, ambush, battle, explosion, war, battle zone ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, iraq
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Zhila-byla Odna Baba (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 150 min.
Story: История частной жизни одной женщины и четверых ее мужчин. Главная героиня - неграмотная крестьянка, и действие фильма начинается с ее ...
Style: serious, bleak, stylized, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: wartime life, revolution, village life, life is a bitch, rape, state affairs, village, society, mud, ripping clothes, female nudity, illiteracy ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 1900s
Place: russia, europe
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 8.2
 34K
Tangerines (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Estonia, Georgia
Duration: 87 min.
Story: War in Abkhazia 1990. An Estonian man Ivo has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo is forced to take him in.
Style: tense, thought provoking, touching, bleak, compassionate ...
Plot: wartime life, war, anti war, village, bullet wound, gun, life is a bitch, human nature, confined, mistrust, rivalry, isolation ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century, year 1992
Place: georgia (former ussr), europe, estonia, georgia, eastern europe ...
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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: captivating, stylized, epic, emotional, romantic ...
Plot: aristocracy, love, tragic love, wartime life, war, love triangle, couple relations, social differences, true love, romance, invasion, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia
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 7.1
 19K
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: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, soldier, war, officers and cadets, basic training, battles, ambush, friendship, wartime life, military life, boot camp, death ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: afghanistan, soviet union, russia, middle east
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The Crimson Field (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Story: In a tented field hospital on the coast of France, a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers work together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, melancholic, suspenseful ...
Plot: nurse, wartime life, friendship, army, lifesaver, love triangle, french, german, military hospital, nursing, doctors and patients, world war one ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: france, europe
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Aimee & Jaguar (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Berlin 1943/44 ("The Battle of Berlin"). Felice, an intelligent and courageous Jewish woman who lives under a false name, belongs to an underground organization. Lilly, a devoted mother of four, though an occasional unfaithful wife, is ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: lesbian, gays and lesbians, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, woman in danger, lesbian mother, against the odds, impossible love, wartime life, infidelity, society, forbidden love ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1943, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
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 6.4
 3K
Yanks (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: 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, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: wartime life, soldier, racism, prejudice, love affair, couple relations, infidelity, romance, war, forbidden love, opposites attract, world war two ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, northern england
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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: society, war, aristocracy, love and romance, wartime life, state affairs, couple relations, love story, fall in love, courage, battle, friendship ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia
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 5.3
 292
Frontier (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Sci-Fi, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Michael's perfect life changes dramatically when he discovers a portal wich allows him to travel in time. He travels back to the World War II to go through the quest of time and find his one and only beloved.
Style: exciting, uplifting, serious, rough
Plot: wartime life, great patriotic war, time travel, love, battle zone, battles, personal growth, survival, self sacrifice, military life, heroic mission, courage
Time: 1940s
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 7.2
 131K
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, emotional, sincere, intense, realistic ...
Plot: jews, survival, rebellion, camp, holocaust, russian, wartime life, hopes, life is a bitch, rebelliousness, danger, escapades ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1942
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel, russia
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The Sleeping Voice (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pepita travels to Madrid to be near her sister Hortensia who is pregnant and in prison. Hortensia is sentenced to death. The execution will not be carried out until after the baby is delivered. Pepita tries everything to stay the execution, but when ...
Style: captivating, emotional, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Plot: wartime life, political unrest, woman in danger, fall in love, life is a bitch, false accusation, family relations, against humanity, love and romance, rebellion, society, civil war ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: spain, europe
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 5.8
 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: realistic, sincere, uplifting, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: soldier, wartime life, life is a bitch, against humanity, captivity, society, genocide, prison life, confined, heroes, injustice, prisoners of war ...
Time: 1940s
Place: soviet union, europe, russia, st. petersburg russia
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 6.7
 5K
Bon voyage (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Isabelle Adjani and Gerard Depardieu star in director Jean-Paul Rappenau's amusing farce set on the eve of World War II, which follows the intersecting lives of four Parisians as they cope with the impending invasion of their city by German ...
Style: humorous, suspenseful, satirical, light, witty ...
Plot: war, wartime life, nazi, manipulation, lie, top secret, politics, world politics, romance, spies, survival, childhood sweetheart ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: france, europe, england, portugal, lisbon portugal ...
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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, thought provoking, touching, serious, bleak ...
Plot: mute or deaf, deafness, life is a bitch, wartime life, on the road, elderly, war, obsessive quest, civil war, parent child relationship, desperation, golden years ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan, mine, middle east
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Fall of the Innocent (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
Duration: 126 min.
Story: With the Nazi takeover of Europe underway, the Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich arrives in Prague and his underlings begin enforcing his authority in the towns and villages across the occupied country. In Lidice, the film's main protagonist, ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, emotional, serious, bleak
Plot: holocaust, mass murder, nazi occupation, heroic mission, life is a bitch, wartime life, haunted by the past, deadly, genocide, war, against humanity, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1942
Place: czechoslovakia, czech republic
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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Karl from Germany and Marcelo from France emigrated to Argentina and became brothers-in-law. Karl soon returned to Germany to serve in the army. Marcelo and his children Julio and Chichi became Argentinean citizens but later returned to Paris. Karl ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, psychological
Plot: resistance, death, wartime life, military, holocaust, life is a bitch, heroic mission, state affairs, manhood, society, family relations, politics ...
Time: year 1939, 1930s, 1940s, year 1938
Place: argentina, france, latin america, europe, south america ...
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 7.6
 120K
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, stylized ...
Plot: nazi germany, jewish, holocaust, human spirit, nazi, adoption, life is a bitch, youth, against humanity, family secret, world war two, childhood ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1938 ...
Place: germany, europe
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The Railway Man (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Switzerland, UK, Australia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A victim from World War II's "Death Railway" sets out to find those responsible for his torture. A true story.
Style: captivating, intense, emotional, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: torture, war, life is a bitch, human spirit, haunted by the past, wartime life, revenge, captivity, track down, train ride, railway station, war criminal ...
Time: 20th century, year 1942, year 1980
Place: thailand, asia, burma, japan, england
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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, serious ...
Plot: soldier, military, great patriotic war, war, soviet army, world war two, heroic mission, military life, wartime life, battles, survival, friendship ...
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, suspenseful, tense, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: atrocity, mercenary, civil war, genocide, war crime, redemption, war, soldier, terrorism, pregnancy, rape, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: bosnia, europe, former yugoslavia, serbia, croatia ...
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 5.5
 6K
The Bunker (2001)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In 1944, in the Belgian - German border, seven German soldiers survive an American attack in the front and lock themselves in a bunker to protect the position. Under siege by the enemy and with little ammunition, they decide to explore underground ...
Style: rough, serious, psychological, disturbing, scary ...
Plot: soldier, bunker, danger, isolation, survival, wartime life, escapades, deadly, ghost, plague, tunnel, german ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
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Female Agents (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: May 1944, a group of French servicewomen and resistance fighters are enlisted into the British Special Operations Executive commando group under the command of Louise Desfontaines and her brother Pierre. Their mission, to rescue a British army ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, tense, captivating ...
Plot: resistance, rescue, betrayal, commando, d day, hospital, survival, heroic mission, wartime life, working undercover, behind enemy lines, espionage ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1944, year 1945
Place: normandy, europe, france, london, england ...
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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, erotic, captivating, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love story, tragic love, mysterious character, expedition, stranded, loss of loved one, power of love, love and romance, destiny, war, map, nurse patient relationship ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 1942 ...
Place: libya, italy, ethiopia, egypt, africa ...
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For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Mexico
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929), which was touched off by a rebellion against the Mexican government's attempt to secularize the country.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, epic, stylized
Plot: rebellion, military, fighting the system, political unrest, wartime life, battles, rebelliousness, injustice, society, civil war, life is a bitch, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: mexico, latin america
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 7.2
 133K
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, south carolina, north carolina, atlantic ocean
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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, sentimental ...
Plot: anti war, vietnam war, love and romance, homecoming, friends, soldier, wartime life, looking for love, military, drugs/alcohol, wooing, win over ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: michigan, usa
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 7.1
 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, captivating, serious, touching, realistic
Plot: wartime life, teachers and students, elementary school, island, power relations, friends, social relations, political unrest, state affairs, war, civil war, school ...
Place: indonesia, asia
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