Interwar period movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant interwar period movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic, stylized, suspense and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with interwar period, murder, death, storytelling, runaway, dialogue, danger, crimes, rivalry and heroes plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Adventure genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as interwar period: Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Cat's Meow (2001), Chariots of Fire (1981), Mr. Jones (2019), Agatha (1979), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), The Cold Room (1984), The Red Tent (1969), Eureka (1983).

List of interwar period movies

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, stylized, talky, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, murder mystery, whodunit, train, private detective, multiple suspects, murder, train ride, stabbing, crimes, crime, who done it ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1935, 70s
Place: new york, europe, former yugoslavia, asia, constantinople ...
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The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Fu Manchu's 168th birthday celebration is dampened when a hapless flunky spills Fu's age-regressing elixir vitae. Fu sends his lackeys to round up ingredients for a new batch of elixir, starting with the Star of Leningrad diamond, nabbed ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, offbeat, clever ...
Plot: escapades, law enforcement, youth, superhuman powers, aging, crimes, master criminal, nothing goes right, special agents, rivalry, mystery, elderly ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1933
Place: london, europe, england, soviet union, scotland yard ...
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The Cat's Meow (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924.
Style: stylized, cynical, witty, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: hollywood, murder, infidelity, crimes of passion, party, mistress, gossip, couples, actor's life, artists and showbiz, love and romance, crimes ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, san diego california, los angeles
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Chariots of Fire (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The true story of British athletes preparing for and competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics.
Style: sentimental, thought provoking, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: underdog, ambition, friendship, olympics, track and field, missionary, running, olympic athlete, sport, prejudice, friends, opponent ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, post world war one ...
Place: scotland, paris france, england, europe, france ...
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Mr. Jones (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland, UK, Ukraine
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In 1933, Welsh journalist Gareth Jones travels to Ukraine, where he experiences the horrors of a famine. Everywhere he goes he meets henchmen of the Soviet secret service who are determined to prevent news about the catastrophe from getting out. ...
Plot: josef stalin, journalist, hunger, communism, journalism, genocide, cannibalism, soviet, suitcase, drug use, photograph, barter ...
Time: year 1933, 1930s, pre world war two, year 1935, year 1957
Place: ukraine, soviet union, moscow russia, russia, germany ...
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Agatha (1979)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In real life, mystery writer Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days in December 1926. To this day, no one knows the details of what she did during that time. The film gives a fictional account of Christie's time away, showing her as a woman ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, factual ...
Plot: disappearance, missing person, investigation, writer's life, murder, private detective, mystery, crimes, uncover truth, historical figure, electric chair, mystery writer ...
Time: 1920s, 20s
Place: england, europe
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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. ...
Style: feel good, touching, uplifting, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: christmas, life changing experience, angel, family, desperation, holiday, road not taken, suicide attempt, generosity, self discovery, small town, alternate reality ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: usa, new york, united states
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Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
Story: From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions.
Style: clever, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: private detective, crime, murder mystery, investigation, whodunit, murder, riddles and clues, murder investigation, multiple suspects, who done it, uncover truth, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, london
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The Cold Room (1984)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A girl brought to modern Germany experiences events that occurred during the World War II era.
Style: scary, mind bending, bleak, suspenseful, serious
Plot: time travel, hotel, danger, supernatural, against humanity, genocide, college, graphic violence, estrangement, strong sexual content, teleportation, secret agents ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984, 1930s, year 1936
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, east germany, east berlin
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The Red Tent (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Italy, Soviet Union
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Torn by personal guilt Italian General Umberto Nobile reminisces about his 1928 failed Arctic expedition aboard the airship Italia.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, atmospheric ...
Plot: catastrophe, leadership, heroes, survival, rescue attempt, zeppelin, danger, adventurer, disgraced, forces of nature, isolation, wilderness ...
Time: 1920s, 20s
Place: russia
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Eureka (1983)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An Alaskan gold prospector (Gene Hackman) lives in luxury with his family on an island gangsters want.
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, atmospheric, offbeat ...
Plot: wealth, island, gangsters, greed, ambition, rise and fall, parents and children, family relations, crimes, dishonesty, intrigue, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1940s, 20s, 40s ...
Place: caribbean, bahamas, canada
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Miller's Crossing (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Set in 1929, a political boss and his advisor have a parting of the ways when they both fall for the same woman.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, tense, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, gangsters, corruption, organized crime, mafia, betrayal, violence, love triangle, blackmail, jewish, mayor, gang war ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa
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The Rocketeer (1991)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Straight from the pages of a pulp comic from a past era, the Rocketeer recreates 1930s Hollywood, complete with gangsters, Nazi spies, and the growth of the Age of Aviation. Young pilot Cliff Secord stumbles on a top secret rocket-pack and with the ...
Style: exciting, stylized, semi serious, entertaining, light ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: superhero, good versus evil, adventure, family, flying man, gangsters, nazi collaborator, treasure hunt, adaptation, betrayal, unlikely friendships, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 90s, year 1938 ...
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Days of 36 (1972)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Greece
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The assassin of a prominent trade unionist takes a conservative MP hostage and the government prevaricates over tactics so as not to alienate potential political allies.
Plot: informant, military dictatorship, poison, execution, assassination, interwar period, drug trade, kidnapping, hostage, politician, politics
Time: year 1936, 1930s
Place: greece, europe
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Chinatown (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double ...
Style: twists and turns, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: neo noir, private detective, rape, investigation, surveillance, corruption, deception, investigator, femme fatale, tragic event, cover up, secret ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, year 1937
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
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The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Famous organist Anton Phibes is horribly disfigured in an automobile accident while rushing to the side of his sick wife and presumed to be dead. Once Phibes learns that his wife died on the operating table, he is convinced the doctors are ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, exciting, macabre, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, doctor, disfigurement, revenge, master villain, tragic hero, haunted by the past, deadly, danger, curses spells and rituals, camp ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: scotland yard, egypt
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Agatha and the Truth of Murder (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In 1926, with her personal life in tatters and her writing in crisis, a young Agatha Christie decides to solve a real-life murder.
Style: psychological, realistic, twists and turns, captivating
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: agatha christie, murder mystery, investigation, riddles and clues, writer's life, private detective, loner, crimes, mystery, escapades, danger, murder ...
Time: 1920s
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Adalen 31 (1969)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A 1969 Swedish drama film directed by Bo Widerberg. It depicts the 1931 Ådalen shootings, in which Swedish military forces opened fire against labour demonstrators in the Swedish sawmill district of Ådalen, killing five people, including a young ...
Style: sincere, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: labor union, nudity (full frontal - brief), life is a bitch, workplace, graphic violence, unwanted pregnancy, working class, social differences, love affair, love and romance, rebellion, military ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: sweden
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The Awakening (2011)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: 1921 England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart (Hall) visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost.
Style: suspenseful, scary, twist ending, psychological, gothic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, supernatural, haunted house, ghosts, boarding school life, afterlife, boarding school, investigation, fear, haunted by the past, gothic horror, teacher ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 20s, post world war one
Place: england, europe, britain, london
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The Phantom (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The 21st successor to the role of Bengalla's resident superhero must travel to New York to prevent a rich madman from obtaining three magic skulls that would give him the secret to ultimate power.
Style: light, humorous, entertaining, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, jungle, secret identity, phantom, adventure, good versus evil, escapades, masked hero, comic hero, heroes, one man army, alter ego ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: new york, usa
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Captain America (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, War
Country: USA, Yugoslavia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: During World War II, a brave, patriotic American Soldier undergoes experiments to become a new supersoldier, "Captain America." Racing to Germany to sabotage the rockets of Nazi baddie "Red Skull", Captain America winds up frozen ...
Style: serious, tense, captivating, touching, suspense
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, captain, heroes, imaginary, crimes, danger, rivalry, undercover, superhuman powers, escapades, good versus evil, battle ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1936, year 1943, year 1993 ...
Place: italy, rome italy, washington d.c., california, ohio ...
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Babylon Berlin (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Colognian commissioner Gereon Rath moves to Berlin, the epicenter of political and social changes in the Golden Twenties.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, social realism
Plot: neo noir, police investigation, social problems, national socialism, political intrigue, political scandal, conspiracy, adaptation, espionage, communism, communist party, german ...
Time: pre world war two, 1920s, year 1929
Place: berlin germany, germany
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Little England (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Greece
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Τwo sisters from the island of Andros, dubbed Little England because of its affluence, are both in love with the same man. Set in the Greek Civil War period and ending in the 1950s, the movie is based on the homonymous novel by Ioanna Karystiani.
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, stylized
Plot: love and romance, island, love triangle, lovers apart, sister sister relationship, love, infidelity, marriage, cheating wife, forbidden love, world war two, beach ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: greece
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The Durrells (2016)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: In 1935, financially strapped widow Louisa Durrell, whose life has fallen apart, decides to move from England, with her four children (three sons, one daughter), to the island of Corfu, Greece. Once there, the family moves into a dilapidated old ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, exciting, stylized, based on true events
Plot: family, friendship, greek island, englishwoman abroad, expatriate, female protagonist, province, adventure, culture shock, dead husband, island, based on a novel ...
Time: 1930s, year 1935
Place: greece, mediterranean sea
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King Kong (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: New Zealand, USA, Germany
Duration: 187 min.
Story: In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with the leading lady.
Style: sentimental, exciting, suspenseful, serious, epic ...
Audience: date night, family outing, teens, boys' night
Plot: monster, beast, expedition, giant animal, adventure, jungle, dangerous animal, human animal relationship, rescue, dinosaur, gorilla, island ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1933
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 127 min.
Story: When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana must team up with Marcus Brody, Sallah and Elsa Schneider to follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis from recovering the ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, captivating, tense, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: archaeologist, treasure hunt, adventurer, holy grail, archaeology, artifact, map, escape, courage, father son relationship, ancient, underwater ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1910s, 30s, year 1912 ...
Place: germany, venice, israel, jordan, alps ...
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees – and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.
Style: exciting, humorous, semi serious, intense, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, family outing, kids
Plot: archaeologist, archaeology, treasure hunt, adventure, artifact, good versus evil, adventurer, danger, child driving car, tombs and skeletons, treasure, crocodile ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1935
Place: india, shanghai china, china, shanghai
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Emperor of the North (1973)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Hobos encounter a sadistic railway conductor that will not let anyone "ride the rails" for free.
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: homeless, great depression, drifter, underdog, society, social misfits, chases and races, rivalry, tough heroes, emperor, injustice, on the road ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1933
Place: oregon, usa, turkey
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Sami Blood (2016)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Norway, Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sami girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930s and phrenological examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life she has to become someone else and break all ...
Style: harsh
Plot: corporal punishment, racism, coming of age, boarding school, identity, teenage girl, teacher, book, poetry, school, undressing, library ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: scandinavia, eastern europe, sweden
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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Malta, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Genius Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the Orient Express train.
Style: surprise ending, artsy, suspense, non-linear, road movie
Plot: murder mystery, investigation, whodunit, murder, train, snow, vengeance, justice, suspect, doctor, steam train, agatha christie ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, post world war one, year 1934, 1920s
Place: europe, venice, alps, turkey, former yugoslavia ...
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