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, suspense, dramatic, captivating, intense and serious films and TV shows about / with wartime, war, world war two, danger, death, brutality, survival, soldier, murder and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, War and History genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
wartime movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as wartime: Dunkirk (2017), Schindler's List (1993), Sister (2019), Atonement (2007), Testament of Youth (2014), The Pianist (2002), Hope and Glory (1987), Battle for Sevastopol (2015), Malena (2000), Ghosts of War (2020).

List of wartime movies

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: dramatic, atmospheric, epic, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, wartime, rescue mission, warship, evacuation, british history, war, survival, british army, nazi occupied france, battlefield, bravery ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, 20th century
Place: europe, dunkirk, france, united kingdom, english channel ...
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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, realistic, serious, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, war, jewish, survival, wartime, rescue, ghetto, anti semitism ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 90s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
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Sister (2019)
Genre: Drama, Family, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: How many Yamil remembers himself, war has always been. He is very much waiting for it to end - after all, then the father will return, whom the boy knows only from photographs and letters. One day, Mom leaves for a distant city and brings the silent ...
Style: sincere, captivating, sentimental, disturbing, touching
Plot: wartime, traumatic childhood, kids in trouble, little girl, world war two, life is a bitch, family relations, struggle for survival, brother sister relationship, step siblings, life, war ...
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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: touching, emotional, dramatic, heartbreaking, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: tragic love, forbidden love, redemption, world war two, injustice, unfulfilled love, innocence, life is a bitch, false accusation, wartime, love and romance, siblings relations ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1939, year 1935
Place: england, london, dunkirk, europe
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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, wartime, war, wartime life, life is a bitch, love affair, love and romance, nurse, aspiring writer, poetry, nursing, compassion ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1914, year 1918, 19th century ...
Place: oxford university, england, london, europe, flanders ...
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The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK
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, suspense, emotional, heartbreaking, harsh ...
Plot: survival, holocaust, world war two, pianist, nazi, against humanity, genocide, nazi occupation, jewish, ghetto, anti semitism, starvation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1944, year 1939 ...
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland, central europe
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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, battles, youth, wartime life, teenage life, siblings relations, gang ...
Time: 1940s, year 1939
Place: england, london, europe, big ben london, britain
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Battle for Sevastopol (2015)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, 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, realistic, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: female protagonist, sniper, female soldier, wartime, woman, world war two, nazi, post traumatic stress disorder, strong female lead, battlefield, great patriotic war, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: ussr, ukraine, chicago illinois, usa, russia
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Malena (2000)
Genre: 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: sexy, erotic, sexual, atmospheric, melancholic ...
Plot: hot and sexy, teenage sex, older woman younger man relationship, jealousy, adultery, female nudity, first love, life is a bitch, punishment, sex trafficking, woman in danger, sexual attraction ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, sicily, mediterranean sea, southern italy
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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: mystical, twist ending, exciting, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: wartime, world war two, mystery, vengeful ghost, mysticism, supernatural, ghost, military, puzzle, fear, curse, military life ...
Time: year 1944
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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: survival, freedom, wilderness, prison escape, gulag, escape, journey, pow, wartime, war, camp, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: russia, india, himalaya, asia, tibet ...
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Overlord (2018)
Genre: Action, 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, war, fascist, wartime, laboratory, supernatural, violence, behind enemy lines, soldier, survival ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1944
Place: france, normandy
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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, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: battles, war, revolution, american revolution, vengeance, rebellion, human spirit, freedom, heroic mission, patriotism, soldier, lone hero ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1770s
Place: south carolina, southern usa, usa, england, scotland
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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, realistic, serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: world war two, love triangle, war, navy, love and romance, warship, love, airplane, aerial combats, battleship, fighter pilot, pilot ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1941, year 1942, 1920s
Place: pearl harbor, hawaii, japan, england, asia ...
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Darkest Hour (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, 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: serious, realistic, suspense, harsh
Plot: british history, world war two, prime minister, politics, leader, winston churchill, british empire, leadership, wartime, historical character, choice, moral dilemma ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
Place: england, dunkirk, london, britain, france ...
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Terminator Salvation (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyborgs, apocalypse, man versus machine, post apocalypse, dystopic future, androids and robots, army, killer robot, save the world, technology gone awry, cyberpunk, distopia ...
Time: future, 2010s, year 2003, 2000s, near future
Place: los angeles, san francisco
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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, serious, realistic, clever, factual ...
Plot: world war two, nazi, code breaking, espionage, war, submarine, wartime, mind game, couple relations, race against time, mathematics, secrets ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe, london, big ben london, england ...
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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, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: russian soldier, wartime, war, hostage, brotherhood, conflict, soviet army, brutality, soviet soldier, kgb, idiot, murderer ...
Time: 1880s, 80s
Place: afghanistan
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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: world war two, u.s. navy, navy, warship, submarine, war, convoy, ship captain, ocean, battleship, us military, naval officer ...
Time: 1940s
Place: atlantic ocean, san francisco
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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, sincere, touching, epic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: american civil war, tragic love, slavery, loss of family member, getting home, loss of loved one, soldier, friendship, survival, civil war, love story, lovers reunited ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: usa, south carolina, north carolina, appalachia, atlantic ocean
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Little Boy (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, emotional, sweet ...
Plot: world war two, war, wartime life, against the odds, wartime, spirituality, faith, little boy, kids in trouble, survival, courage, family ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: japan, usa, hiroshima japan
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The Halcyon (2017)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of a bustling and glamorous five star hotel at the centre of London society and a world at war.
Style: disturbing, realistic, thought provoking, captivating, psychological
Plot: hotel, world war two, aristocracy, manager, wartime, society, chef, hotel manager, bellhop, maid, chambermaid, gay ...
Time: 1940s
Place: england, london
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Hotsunlight (2021)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Lugansk region, May 2014. The Novozhilov family, by chance, finds itself in the thick of events in Lugansk. Vlad Novozhilov is a former participant in the war in Afghanistan. He knows firsthand what war is. Having seen enough of the horrors of war ...
Style: suspense, psychological, disturbing, tense, captivating
Plot: wartime, civil war, life is a bitch, occupation, moral dilemma, couple relations, relationships, tragic love, male female relationship, struggle for survival, countryside, neo nazism ...
Time: year 2014
Place: ukraine, eastern europe, kiev ukraine, russia, afghanistan
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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, heroes, daring rescue, berlin wall, freedom, wartime, breast feeding, cold war, family relations ...
Time: 60s
Place: germany, berlin germany, east germany, west berlin west germany, east berlin ...
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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: touching, heartbreaking, harsh, depressing, stylized ...
Plot: orphan, siblings relations, hunger, survival, world war two, death of child, war, homelessness, bomb, desperation, hiding place, theft ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Battle of Changsha (2014)
Genre: History, Romance, War
Country: China
TV show
Story: In 1938 October, the Japanese captured Wuhan Changsha, on the verge of death or destruction. City tea Xiang Hu family, under the support of grandson Xue Junshan, leave no stone unturned for Hu Jia's pet a pair of twins Xiangxiang and Xiaoman ...
Plot: sino japanese war, chinese history, romance, wartime, world war two, japanese occupation, engagement, arranged marriage, japanese occupation of china, chinese army, army, war ...
Time: year 1937
Place: china
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Escape from Mogadishu (2021)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Diplomats from the North and South Korean embassies in Somalia attempt a daring joint escape from Mogadishu when the outbreak of civil war leaves them stranded.
Style: captivating, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense, tense
Plot: escape, wartime, survival, army, soldier, attack, civil war, life is a bitch, civil disobedience, escape attempt, runaway, wartime life ...
Time: 90s, year 1991
Place: somalia, africa
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Outside the Wire (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Hungary, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the near future, a drone pilot is sent into a deadly militarized zone and must work with an android officer to locate a doomsday device.
Style: suspense, surprise ending, intense, psychotronic, captivating ...
Plot: war, cyborgs, spy, battles, androids, terrorism, artificial intelligence, survival, future war, cyberpunk, prospector, nuclear threat ...
Time: near future, 2030s
Place: utah, ukraine, russia
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Atlantic Crossing (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Norway, Germany, USA, Sweden, Denmark, UK
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: The incredible, true story of the Norwegian Crown Princess Märtha’s efforts to support her country during World War II. After a headlong flight from the Nazis, she was forced to part from her husband and cross the Atlantic Ocean to seek refuge in ...
Style: disturbing, factual, suspense, realistic, educational film
Plot: world war two, historical character, wartime, idealism, marriage, politician, moral dilemma, u.s. army, politics, female politician, invasion, political leader ...
Time: 1940s
Place: norway
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'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, rough, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, ira, survival, terrorism, military, riot, irish republican army, war, hapless soldier, rivalry, dishonesty, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: ireland, england, belfast, london
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