Wartime movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant wartime movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, dramatic, serious, intense, suspense and emotional films and TV shows about / with wartime, war, world war two, death, brutality, danger, catastrophe, beautiful scenery, soldier and sacrifice plots mostly in Drama, War and History genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as wartime: Schindler's List (1993), Dunkirk (2017), Hope and Glory (1987), Malena (2000), The Pianist (2002), Ghosts of War (2020), Overlord (2018), Darkest Hour (2017), Atonement (2007), The Patriot (2000).

List of wartime movies

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, thought provoking, serious, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, ghetto, jewish, anti semitism, rescue, wartime, nazi, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
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 7.8
 573K
Dunkirk (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.
Style: atmospheric, dramatic, epic, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, rescue mission, british history, wartime, warship, war, survival, evacuation, british army, military officer, army, military ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, 20th century
Place: europe, france, english channel, england, united kingdom ...
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 7.3
 13K
Hope and Glory (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: British writer/director John Boorman (The Emerald Forest) draws us into an astonishing and exhilarating portrait of his own childhood, set against the terrors of a London torn apart by the onset of WWII. Seven-year-old Billy Rohan (Sebastian Rice ...
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, humorous, talky ...
Plot: wartime, war, world war two, family relations, soldier, mischievous children, danger, youth, battles, siblings relations, teenage life, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, year 1939
Place: england, london, europe, big ben london, britain
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 7.5
 92K
Malena (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: On the day in 1940 that Italy enters the war, two things happen to the 12-year-old Renato: he gets his first bike, and he gets his first look at Malèna. She is a beautiful, silent outsider who's moved to this Sicilian town to be with her ...
Style: sexual, erotic, sexy, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: jealousy, hot and sexy, teenage sex, adultery, female nudity, life is a bitch, female removes her clothes, sex trafficking, woman in danger, small town, sex with a minor, punishment ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, sicily, mediterranean sea, southern italy
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 8.5
 748K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: UK, France, Poland, Germany, 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, emotional, suspense, heartbreaking, dramatic ...
Plot: survival, holocaust, world war two, pianist, against humanity, nazi, ghetto, nazi occupation, genocide, anti semitism, jewish, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland, central europe
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Ghosts of War (2020)
Genre: Horror, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A group of World War II American soldiers encounter a supernatural enemy as they occupy a French castle previously under Nazi control.
Style: twist ending, exciting, captivating, suspense, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, wartime, supernatural, mystery, ghosts, fear, ghost, dark secret, american soldier, supernatural power, puzzle, haunted house ...
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 6.6
 89K
Overlord (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, War
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: On the eve of D-Day, a group of American paratroopers is dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion’s success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied ...
Style: macabre, suspense, absurd, bleak, twists and turns ...
Plot: zombie, nazi, paratrooper, fascist, war, wartime, violence, supernatural, behind enemy lines, laboratory, danger, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, 20th century
Place: france, normandy
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 7.4
 177K
Darkest Hour (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with ...
Style: based on true events, suspense, serious, realistic, harsh
Plot: british history, world war two, prime minister, politics, winston churchill, leader, wartime, british empire, leadership, historical character, choice, moral dilemma ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
Place: england, london, britain, united kingdom, france ...
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 7.8
 257K
Atonement (2007)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.
Style: emotional, touching, dramatic, heartbreaking, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, tragic love, world war two, false accusation, innocence, unfulfilled love, forbidden love, life is a bitch, love and romance, siblings relations, lovers apart, injustice ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: england, london, europe
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 7.2
 258K
The Patriot (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 165 min.
Story: After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a farmer. But when his son Gabriel enlists in the army to defend their new nation, ...
Style: uplifting, rough, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: revolution, vengeance, battles, american revolution, rebellion, war, human spirit, freedom, soldier, patriotism, period piece, heroic mission ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1770s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa, england, scotland
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 6.2
 315K
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 183 min.
Story: The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: world war two, love triangle, war, warship, navy, love and romance, aerial combats, battleship, airplane, love, fighter pilot, pilot ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1941 ...
Place: pearl harbor, hawaii, japan, england, asia ...
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Battle for Sevastopol (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Ukraine, Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The breakout of the war shatters the world of a young student, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, forcing her to enlist in the army in 1941. The maiden turns out to be a natural-born sniper, her impressive skill and prowess make her stand out among men and women ...
Style: dramatic, rough, based on true events, realistic, tense ...
Plot: female protagonist, female soldier, sniper, woman, world war two, fascist, battlefield, wartime, strong female lead, great patriotic war, soldier, enemy ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: soviet union, ussr, ukraine, united states, chicago illinois ...
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Terminator Salvation (2009)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: All grown up in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor must lead the resistance of humans against the increasingly dominating militaristic robots. But when Marcus Wright appears, his existence confuses the mission as Connor tries to determine whether ...
Style: futuristic, serious, rough, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyborgs, apocalypse, dystopic future, post apocalypse, man versus machine, androids and robots, killer robot, save the world, army, cyberpunk, technology gone awry, destiny ...
Time: future, 2010s, year 2003, 2000s, near future
Place: san francisco, los angeles
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 6.4
 20K
Enigma (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA, Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A romantic thriller based around the World War 2 project to crack the codes behind the Enigma machine, used by the Germans to encrypt messages sent to their submarines.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, clever, factual ...
Plot: world war two, code breaking, espionage, nazi, war, submarine, wartime, mind game, couple relations, race against time, mathematics, secrets ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe, london, big ben london, england ...
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 7.4
 592K
Wonder Woman (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: An Amazon princess comes to the world of Man in the grips of the First World War to confront the forces of evil and bring an end to human conflict.
Style: suspense, psychotronic, twists and turns, surprise ending, entertaining ...
Plot: superheroine, female warrior, chosen one, strong female lead, adventure, fight scenes, princess, superhero, justice, good versus evil, super powers, super strength ...
Time: 1910s, 2010s, year 1918
Place: tower bridge london, london, big ben london, belgium, paris france ...
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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, stylized, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war one, period piece, war, wartime life, life is a bitch, love and romance, love affair, nurse, poetry, wartime, compassion, nursing ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1914, year 1918, 19th century ...
Place: oxford university, england, london, europe, flanders ...
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 73K
Greyhound (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Canada, China
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A first-time captain leads a convoy of allied ships carrying thousands of soldiers across the treacherous waters of the “Black Pit” to the front lines of WW2. With no air cover protection for 5 days, the captain and his convoy must battle the ...
Style: serious, exciting, emotional, compassionate, suspense ...
Plot: navy, u.s. navy, warship, world war two, submarine, war, convoy, ocean, ocean or sea, ship captain, battleship, captain ...
Time: 1940s
Place: atlantic ocean
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 7.2
 141K
Cold Mountain (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA, Italy, Romania, UK
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: captivating, emotional, touching, sincere, epic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: american civil war, tragic love, slavery, getting home, loss of family member, soldier, friendship, survival, civil war, lovers reunited, couple relations, loss of loved one ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: usa, south carolina, north carolina, atlantic ocean, appalachia
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Leaving Afghanistan (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: 1988-1989. The end of the Soviet-Afghan war. The USSR begins its withdrawal from Afghanistan. Soviet General Vasiliev's son - a pilot named Alexander gets kidnapped by the mujahideen after his airplane crashes. As a result the 108th motorized ...
Style: realistic, exciting, based on true events, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: russian soldier, wartime, hostage, war, danger, brotherhood, conflict, murderer, mud, kgb, murder, gun ...
Time: 1880s
Place: afghanistan
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 6K
The Tunnel (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, Olympic swimmer Harry Melchior defects from East Germany in the 1960s and hatches a daring plot to help his sister and others flee East Berlin through a 145-yard underground tunnel.
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, suspense, compassionate ...
Plot: tunnel, politics, betrayal, political unrest, breast feeding, heroes, danger, daring rescue, freedom, wartime, family relations, cold war ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: germany, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, east berlin, east germany ...
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 52K
'71 (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young British soldier must find his way back to safety after his unit accidentally abandons him during a riot in the streets of Belfast.
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, ira, survival, terrorism, violence, military, riot, explosion, danger, war, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: ireland, england, london, belfast
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 129K
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: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: holocaust, jewish, world war two, childhood, human spirit, nazi germany, against humanity, war, nazi, adoption, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 40s, 1930s, 30s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: germany, europe
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Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the Fourth Reich (2016)
Genre: Action, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An intense thriller from the frontlines of World War II. As Operation Valkyrie prepares to assassinate Adolph Hitler, an Allied special ops team prepares to extract the man destined to lead post-war Germany. But after Valkyrie fails, everything ...
Style: tense, twists and turns, exciting, suspenseful, visually appealing
Plot: world war two, nazi, russian, soldier, operation, resistance, wartime, officer, american, german, fight, undercover ...
Time: 1940s
Place: germany
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 7.2
 140K
The Post (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.
Style: political thriller, based on true events, thought provoking, factual, exciting ...
Plot: cover up, journalism, vietnam war, expose, politics, lie, truth, wartime, newspaper story, newspaper reporter, war violence, newspaper article ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1949, year 1965, year 1971 ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam
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 7.8
 7K
The Cuckoo (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
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: atmospheric, touching, thought provoking, offbeat, tense ...
Plot: culture clash, understanding, world war two, war, anti war, love triangle, wilderness, confined, life is a bitch, wartime life, military, hostility ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: finland, russia, germany
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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, romantic, sentimental, erotic, captivating ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: tragic love, world war two, war, expedition, mysterious character, love story, stranded, beautiful scenery, loss of loved one, power of love, love and romance, adultery ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1944 ...
Place: italy, libya, ethiopia, sahara, egypt ...
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 7.3
 112K
The Way Back (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates, Poland, India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, bleak, epic ...
Plot: wilderness, freedom, survival, escape, prison escape, journey, gulag, pow, danger, war, camp, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: russia, india, himalaya, asia, siberia ...
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 7.1
 145K
Allied (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.
Style: suspense, emotional, intense, scenic, tense ...
Plot: spy, love, betrayal, resistance, female spy, world war two, nazi, femme fatale, investigation, rescue, undercover, commander ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942
Place: france, north africa, london, england, morocco ...
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 5.9
 4K
Swing Shift (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1941 America Kay and her husband are happy enough until he enlists after Pearl Harbor. Against his wishes, his wife takes a job at the local aircraft plant where she meets Hazel, the singer from across the way the two soon become firm friends and ...
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, semi serious, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: world war two, love triangle, romance, friendship, love and romance, love affair, couple relations, couples, factory, husband wife relationship, wartime, adultery ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1941, 1950s ...
Place: germany, poland, hawaii
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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: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: double agent, world war two, behind enemy lines, espionage, romance, nazi germany, secret agents, wartime life, working undercover, love and romance, translator, wartime ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, new york, berlin germany, usa, europe
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