Pow movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant pow movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense, dramatic and harsh films and TV shows about / with pow, war, military, world war two, brutality, soldier, survival, murder, prison and death plots mostly in Drama, War and Action genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
pow movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as pow: Casualties of War (1989), The Turncoat (2020), Green Zone (2010), Before the Fall (2004), Saints and Soldiers (2003), The Way Back (2010), Rescue Dawn (2006), The Great Escape (1963), Colditz (2005), Escape from Sobibor (1987).

List of pow movies

As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 158 min.
Story: The German soldier Clemens Forel - determined to be reunited with his beloved family - makes a dramatic escape through bitter cold winters, desolate landscapes, and life threatening ventures from a Siberian labor camp after World War II. 8000 miles ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful, sincere ...
Plot: world war two, survival, pow, gulag, adventure, human spirit, confined, captivity, getting home, fugitives, wehrmacht, jail ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, year 1956, year 1950, year 1951 ...
Place: ussr, siberia, tehran iran, iran, alaska ...
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Casualties of War (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. Based on the actual events of an incident on Hill 192 in November, 1966.
Style: rough, disturbing, emotional, realistic, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, pow, war crime, military, soldier, rape, justice, murder, sexual abuse, war, crimes, atrocity ...
Time: 20th century, year 1966, 60s, year 1974, 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, california, san francisco
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The Turncoat (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 173 min.
Story: Directed by Academy Award-winner Florian Gallenberger from Sigefried Lenz's international bestseller, "Der Überläufer" is set in the summer of 1944. German soldier Walter Proska is about to return to the Eastern Front when his train ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, suspense, unusual plot structure, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, nazi germany, partisan, german soldier, pow, eastern front, defector, soldier, border crossing, wehrmacht, swamp, abuse ...
Time: year 1945, year 1944, 1940s, year 1956, post world war two
Place: berlin germany, east berlin, hamburg germany
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Green Zone (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, France, Spain, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped ...
Style: suspense, tense, exciting, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, iraq war, cia, swat team, military, pow, spy, gulf war, deception, army, soldier, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2003, 2000s
Place: iraq, middle east, baghdad iraq, israel
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Before the Fall (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Thriller, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) – high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich enrolls. During his year in seventh ...
Style: disturbing, harsh, bleak, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: nazi, boxing, friendship, nazi germany, boarding school, anti semitism, pow, military school, war, boarding school life, youth, world war two ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1942
Place: germany, berlin germany, new jersey, poland, europe ...
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Saints and Soldiers (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Five American soldiers fighting in Europe during World War II struggle to return to Allied territory after being separated from U.S. forces during the historic Malmedy Massacre.
Style: intense, rough, emotional, touching, epic ...
Plot: pow, world war two, soldier, military, battles, behind enemy lines, war, survival, winter, friendship, allies, heroic mission ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, 20th century
Place: belgium, germany, berlin germany, poland, europe ...
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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, realistic, serious, bleak, epic ...
Plot: survival, escape, prison escape, wilderness, freedom, world war two, war, gulag, journey, pow, desert, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: russia, india, himalaya, siberia, mongolia ...
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Rescue Dawn (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, War
Country: USA, Luxembourg
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, inspirational, tense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, survival, pow, torture, escape, soldier, war, prison, camp, violence, jungle, courage ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: vietnam, laos, asia
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The Great Escape (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners ...
Style: epic, suspenseful, suspense, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: prison, world war two, prison escape, war, pow, nazi, escape, military, freedom, soldier, capture, escape attempt ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, alps, switzerland
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Colditz (2005)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
Story: Three prisoners, Jack Rose, Tom Willis and Nick McGrade, embark on an heroic plan to escape from a World War Two POW camp. As Rose And Willis are recaptured by the Germans, McGrade manages to traverse their clutches and travels to London to inform ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, tense, exciting
Plot: world war two, pow, military, soldier, castle, romance, love and romance, battles, love triangle, prison life, nazism, war ...
Time: 1940s, year 1939
Place: europe, germany, warsaw poland
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Escape from Sobibor (1987)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Yugoslavia
Duration: 143 min.
Story: During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to vow (actually threaten) that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were its captives, the Jewish laborers that had ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: concentration camp, world war two, escape, pow, holocaust, against humanity, captivity, war, brutality, prison, genocide, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
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To End All Wars (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on a real-life story, this drama focuses on a small group of Allied soldiers in Burma who are held captive by the Japanese. Capt. Ernest Gordon (Ciaran McMenamin), Lt. Jim Reardon (Kiefer Sutherland) and Maj. Ian Campbell (Robert Carlyle) are ...
Style: harsh, tense, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Plot: world war two, jungle, war, pow, escape, military, captivity, prisoners of war, corporal punishment, survival, prison, prisoner of war camp ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943, 20th century, year 1942
Place: japan, scotland, poland, hawaii, asia ...
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Paradise Road (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Paradise Road is a 1997 film which tells the story of a group of English, American, Dutch and Australian women who are imprisoned in Sumatra during World War II. It was directed by Bruce Beresford and stars Glenn Close as beatific Adrienne Pargiter, ...
Style: touching, harsh, serious, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: world war two, pow, holocaust, prison, island, justice, war, friendship, war crime, survival, nazi, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: japan, singapore, australia, germany, indonesia ...
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The Great Raid (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 132 min.
Story: As World War II rages, the elite Sixth Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over 500 American prisoners of war.
Style: tense, harsh, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, military, rescue mission, world war two, pow, escape attempt, against the odds, military life, human spirit, massacre, daring rescue, behind enemy lines ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: the philippines, poland, germany, japan, asia ...
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He Who Has Been Through the Fire (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Ukraine
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The Hero of the Soviet Union becomes a GULAG prisoner and then an Indian Chief.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, touching
Plot: adventure, native americans, manhunt, pow, war criminal, soldier, escapades, treason, captivity, society, war, historical figure ...
Time: 20th century
Place: ukraine
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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, psychological, realistic, reflective ...
Plot: world war two, pow, war crime, anti war, war, christmas, prison, samurai, imperial japan, japanese occupation, british, prisoner of war camp ...
Time: 1940s, 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1936 ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, australia, indonesia
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Damascus Time (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Iran
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Two Iranian pilots are in a special mission to save the people of a Syrian city who are surrounded by the terrorists. But they have to face many challenges before manage to accomplish their mission.
Style: suspense, captivating, tense, exciting
Plot: isis, hijacking, pow, terrorist, torture, husband wife relationship, airplane, terrorism, kurd, war crime, female soldier, kidnapping ...
Place: syria, iran, turkey, kurdistan, israel
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The Penal Battalion (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 550 min.
TV show
Story: The authors of the television series studied archival materials and military chronicles. The last series ends with a demonstration of the list of penalty parts, which from 1942 to 1945 fought on the Soviet fronts.
Style: sentimental, captivating, realistic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: great patriotic war, world war two, soviet army, russian soldier, pow, nazi, red army, soviet soldier, infantry, prison, wehrmacht, escape ...
Time: 1940s
Place: ussr, russia
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Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, Kazakhstan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based upon a short story by Leo Tolstoy, two Russian soldiers, Sacha and Vania, are ambushed by Muslim rebels in the grandly forbidding Caucasus and taken prisoner. Although complete understanding never fully emerges, their bittersweet ordeal ...
Style: realistic, bleak, rough, suspenseful, melancholic ...
Plot: russian soldier, pow, war, hostage, prison, violence, murder, confined, soldier, captivity, ethnic conflict, culture clash ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s
Place: chechnya, caucasus, russia, poland
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Rogue Warfare (2019)
Genre: Action, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A group of military elite from the U.S., Russia, UK, China and France join forces to fight an elite underground terrorist network.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, exciting, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: pow, military, chase, brutality, swat team, adaptation, lifestyle, friendship, heroic mission, life is a bitch, crimes, jihad ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: middle east
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The Sinking of the Laconia (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Germany
TV show
Story: Two-part drama based on the true story of the Allied ship Laconia, sunk in WWII by a German U-Boat, which then surfaced against orders to rescue the civilian crew
Style: realistic, serious, touching, suspenseful
Plot: submarine, world war two, rescue, sinking ship, pow, ship, military, german, war, ocean, shark, survivor ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
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Hart's War (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Fourth-generation Army Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp. Still, as the senior-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy, all ...
Style: realistic, tense, suspense, harsh, factual ...
Plot: world war two, war, prison, military, nazi, escape, racism, pow, soldier, russian, torture, propaganda ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, belgium
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The Miracle of Bern (2003)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The movie deals with the championship-winning German soccer team of 1954. Its story is linked with two others: The family of a young boy is split due to the events in World War II, and the father returns from Russia after eleven years. The second ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: soccer, sport, pow, follow your dream, athlete's life, against the odds, human spirit, working class, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry, hopes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: budapest, europe, west germany, hungary, germany ...
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Hogan's Heroes (1965)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom that ran for 168 episodes from September 17, 1965, to July 4, 1971, on the CBS network. The show was set in a German prisoner of war camp during World War II. Bob Crane starred as Colonel Robert ...
Style: sitcom, witty, humorous, surreal, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, pow, prison, military, american soldier, prisoner of war camp, tv show, tunnel, radio, espionage, german, warden ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, london
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Empire of the Sun (1987)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even ...
Style: epic, emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: world war two, coming of age, child protagonist, prison, childhood, war, japanese army, pow, survival, children in wartime, captivity, young heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: china, japan, tokyo, shanghai, hong kong ...
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Land of Mine (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Denmark, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the days following the surrender of Germany in May 1945, a group of young German prisoners of war were handed over to the Danish authorities and subsequently sent out to the West Coast, where they were ordered to remove the more than two million ...
Style: suspense, emotional, brutal, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: world war two, german soldier, minefield, nazi, teenager, prisoners of war, child soldier, beach, survival, war, war crime, pow ...
Time: post world war two, 1940s, future, year 1945, 20th century
Place: denmark, germany
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Twilight (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, Russia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the last winter 1945 of WWII a group of captive German soldiers is brought to a remote Russian village, where widows, a child and a crippled are the only ones left. This is a military drama about those, who can love and forgive.
Style: thought provoking, heartbreaking, touching, disturbing
Plot: world war two, pow, nazi soldier, culture clash, military, confined, crime against humanity, german soldier, friendship, morality, russian, brutality ...
Time: year 1945
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Changi (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: Australia
TV show
Story: Changi is a six-part Australian television miniseries broadcast by ABC TV in 2001. It originally aired from 14 October 2001 to 18 November 2001.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, psychological, contemplative
Plot: world war two, pow, war crime, survival, prisoner of war camp, military, friendship, prison life, wartime life, buddies, confined, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: singapore, australia, japan
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The Mark of Cain (2007)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After a bomb kills their company commander in Iraq, British soldiers Treacle and Shane are ordered to round up suspects and use torture on the detainees. Back home, the press gets the story and the pair achieves instant infamy.
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Plot: court martial, soldier, pow, racism, military, courtroom drama, political unrest, officers and cadets, legal, crimes, life is a bitch, courtroom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iraq, middle east
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M.I.A. A Greater Evil (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, War
Country: USA, UK, Thailand
Duration: 86 min.
Story: American college students head to the jungles of Vietnam to search for lost gold. They become hopelessly lost, and they may not be alone.
Style: suspenseful, scary, disturbing, suspense, slasher ...
Plot: vietnam war, pow, war veteran, vietnam veteran, conspiracy theory, psychopath, mystery, brutality, fear, heroes, youth, society ...
Time: 21st century
Place: vietnam
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