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, emotional and sentimental films and TV shows about / with wartime, war, world war two, courage, beautiful scenery, sacrifice, culture clash, brutality, friendship and mentor 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), Overlord (2018), Malena (2000), Darkest Hour (2017), Hope and Glory (1987), Wonder Woman (2017), The Pianist (2002), Testament of Youth (2014), Pearl Harbor (2001).

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, serious, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, genocide, ghetto, against humanity, rescue, survival, war, anti semitism, wartime, world war two, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
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 7.9
 479K
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: harsh, atmospheric, suspense, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, wartime, british army, evacuation, war, british history, survival, soldier, rescue, rescue mission, surrounded, nazi occupied france ...
Time: year 1940, 20th century, 1940s
Place: battleship, europe, france, english channel, flanders ...
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 6.6
 67K
Overlord (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Mystery, 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: absurd, macabre, suspense, bleak, twists and turns ...
Plot: paratrooper, nazi, zombie, fascist, war, wartime, supernatural, violence, brutality, soldier, danger, survival ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944
Place: france, normandy
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 7.5
 81K
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: erotic, sexual, sexy, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: small town, jealousy, adultery, sex trafficking, punishment, adolescence, life is a bitch, obsession, society, young heroes, sexuality, first love ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: italy, sicily, europe, mediterranean sea
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 7.4
 141K
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, prime minister, world war two, leader, politics, wartime, leadership, danger, period piece, winston churchill, dictator, choice ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
Place: england, france, europe
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 7.3
 12K
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: war, soldier, wartime, mischievous children, family relations, wartime life, siblings relations, teenage life, youth, danger, battles, childhood ...
Time: 1940s, year 1939
Place: england, london, europe
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 7.4
 506K
Wonder Woman (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, War
Country: USA, China, Hong Kong
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, surprise ending, entertaining, intense, vintage ...
Plot: superheroine, justice, good versus evil, adventure, island, princess, superhero, courage, chosen one, wartime, immortality, mentor ...
Time: 1910s, 2010s, year 1918
Place: ottoman empire, belgium, tower bridge london, paris france, big ben london
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 8.5
 656K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: UK, France, Poland, Germany
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, compassionate, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, pianist, ghetto, against humanity, nazi, anti semitism, genocide, starvation, atrocity, jewish, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
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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, life is a bitch, wartime life, love and romance, love affair, nurse, poetry, wartime, nursing, compassion, war injury, aspiring writer ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1918, 18th century, 19th century
Place: oxford university, england, london, europe, flanders ...
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 6.2
 296K
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, epic, factual ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love triangle, war, world war two, love and romance, aerial combats, navy, tragic event, friends, airplane, u.s. navy, love, wartime ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1942, 1920s ...
Place: hawaii, pearl harbor, japan, battleship, england ...
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 7.8
 231K
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, realistic, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, unfulfilled love, world war two, forbidden love, life is a bitch, nurse, false accusation, tragic love, love and romance, siblings relations, lovers apart, letter ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s ...
Place: england, london, europe
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 7.2
 240K
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, captivating, rough, sentimental, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revolution, vengeance, rebellion, battles, american revolution, freedom, daring rescue, human spirit, heroic mission, parents and children, war, period piece ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s, 1780s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa, england, scotland
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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, tragic event ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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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, bleak, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apocalypse, killer robot, man versus machine, artificial intelligence, save the world, army, androids and robots, dystopic future, cyberpunk, fate of humanity, resistance, destiny ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, san francisco
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 7.3
 103K
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: serious, rough, realistic, epic, bleak ...
Plot: survival, escape, journey, pow, danger, freedom, wilderness, russian, convict, human spirit, prison escape, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: russia, india, himalaya, asia, siberia ...
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 6.3
 19K
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, espionage, code breaking, war, mind game, couple relations, race against time, mathematics, submarine, wartime, secrets, secret service ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: scotland, europe, big ben london, england, germany ...
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 111K
The Post (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
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: based on true events, factual, exciting, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: journalism, vietnam war, politics, cover up, lie, truth, expose, husband wife relationship, war violence, wartime, national security, newspaper story ...
Time: 20th century, year 1966, year 1971, year 1965, year 1949
Place: washington d.c., vietnam, usa
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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: realistic, dramatic, rough, based on true events, disturbing ...
Plot: female protagonist, female soldier, sniper, world war two, great patriotic war, battlefield, fascist, wartime life, wartime, heroism, strong female lead, relationships ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: soviet union, ukraine, united states, chicago illinois, russia
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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, tense, sincere ...
Plot: understanding, war, russian, culture clash, love triangle, wilderness, life is a bitch, confined, anti war, military, wartime life, hostility ...
Time: 40s, 20th century
Place: finland, russia, germany
Is relevant ?
 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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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, touching, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love story, tragic love, mysterious character, expedition, loss of loved one, power of love, love and romance, destiny, war, map, stranded, wartime life ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1944 ...
Place: libya, italy, ethiopia, egypt, africa ...
Is relevant ?
 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: chick flick
Plot: love triangle, romance, friendship, love and romance, couples, couple relations, love affair, world war two, factory, husband wife relationship, wartime, adultery ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 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: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: double agent, behind enemy lines, espionage, romance, secret agents, wartime life, 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
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In Flight are the Night Witches (1981)
Genre: War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Film will be based on the female flying unit that fought in the Battle of Moscow. They were dubbed "Night Witches" by the frightened German soldiers because of the deadly stealth of their light planes.
Style: suspenseful, rough, bleak, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: female soldier, aviation, women, world war two, wartime, fight, aviator, battles, heroism, friendship, deadly, danger ...
Time: 40s
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 5K
T-34 (2018)
Genre: Action, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1944, a courageous group of Russian soldiers managed to escape from German captivity in a half-destroyed legendary T-34 tank. Those were the times of unforgettable bravery, fierce fighting, unbreakable love, and legendary miracles.
Style: based on true events, disturbing, suspense, exciting, uplifting ...
Plot: great patriotic war, tank, fascist, captivity, wartime, homecoming, heroes, danger, friendship, battlefield, escape, propaganda ...
Time: year 1944, year 1941, 1940s
Place: russia
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 62K
The Wind Rises (2013)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A lifelong love of flight inspires Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose storied career includes the creation of the A-6M World War II fighter plane.
Style: touching, atmospheric, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: earthquake, inventions and discoveries, hopes, love, dreams, tuberculosis, follow your dream, love and romance, letter, airplane, great depression, obsession ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 6K
Khartoum (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: English General Charles George Gordon, a devout Christian, is appointed military governor of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by the Prime Minister. Ordered to evacuate Egyptians from the Sudan, Gordon stays on to protect the people of Khartoum, who are under ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, factual, talky ...
Plot: siege, desert, islam, politics, culture clash, imperialism, military, negotiation, british empire, wartime, justice, civil war ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era, 1880s ...
Place: africa, sudan, egypt, england, scotland ...
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In Harm's Way (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, factual ...
Plot: naval officer, war, military life, heroic mission, battles, danger, politics, father son relationship, world war two, admiral, second chance, wartime ...
Place: battleship, pearl harbor, hawaii, pacific ocean, san francisco
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 11K
Breaker Morant (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the ...
Style: tense, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: war, military, murder, australian, military life, anti war, soldier, politics, injustice, legal, false accusation, state affairs ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 20th century
Place: south africa, australia, africa, south australia, england
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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, stylized, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, hunger, theft, war, bomb, loss of parent, firefly, navy, danger, desperation ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, mine, tokyo
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