Pre war movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant pre war movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out pre war, realistic, serious, talky, stylized and harsh films and TV shows about / with world war two, death, husband wife relationship, cigarette smoking, family relations, male nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief), nazi, politics and mother son relationship plots mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres shot in UK, Italy, Poland and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as pre war: In the Realm of the Senses (1976), The Moon and the Stars (2007), Venice (2010), Planetarium (2016), Good (2008), Black Journal (1977), Daimler-Benz Limousine (1982), Wherever You Are... (1988), Akseli and Elina (1970), Gardens of Semiramide (1970).

List of pre war movies

In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based on a true story set in pre-war Japan, a man and one of his servants begin a torrid affair. Their desire becomes a sexual obsession so strong that to intensify their ardor, they forsake all, even life itself.
Style: sexual, pre war, sexy, erotic, controversial ...
Plot: explicit sex, sexual relations, obsession, geisha, tragic love, passion, lust, dangerous attraction, strong sexual content, bdsm, jealousy, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1936, pre world war two
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, paris france
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The Moon and the Stars (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy, UK, Hungary
Duration: 102 min.
Story: 1939: Rome stands on the brink of World War II. In the midst of this political and social tension famed producer Davide Rieta is making a major film. The two lead actors, the German woman Kristina Baumgarten and the English man James Clavel ace each ...
Style: pre war, touching, contemplative, sexy, psychological ...
Plot: romance, soldier, betrayal, world war two, dancing, nazi officer, movie star, aristocrat, war hero, anti fascist, unrequited love, war ...
Time: year 1939
Place: rome italy
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Tomorrow, We're Going To The Movies (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Just as three high-school graduates get to the brink of adulthood, the outbreak of World War Two destroys all their dreams and plans forever.
Style: pre war, sexy, captivating, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, first love, love at first sight, social differences, army, university student, best friend, holiday, high school prom, world war two, dating, teenage boy ...
Time: 1930s
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 6.8
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Venice (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An atmospheric coming-of-age story featuring an imaginative young boy named Marek who dreams of escaping an increasingly dangerous Poland on the eve of war for beautiful Venice.
Style: pre war, atmospheric, captivating, psychological, inspirational
Plot: longing, world war two, imagination, provincial life, journey, dream, society, conscription, cellar, palace, sister sister relationship, basement ...
Place: poland, venice
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 4.6
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Planetarium (2016)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Follows the journey of sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, enigmatic, disturbing, pre war
Plot: sister sister relationship, seance, ghost, anti semitism, dream, seeing dead people, filmmaking, luxury, promoter, decadence, film producer, actress ...
Time: 1930s, year 1943
Place: paris france
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 6.2
 7K
Good (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, Germany, Hungary, Cayman Islands
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The rise of national socialism in Germany should not be regarded as a conspiracy of madmen. Millions of "good" people found themselves in a society spiralling into terrible chaos. A film about then, which illuminates the terrors of now.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: politics, moral dilemma, state affairs, society, wartime life, political unrest, nazism, world war two, anti semitism, friendship, writers, euthanasia ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1933 ...
Place: germany, europe, paris france, berlin germany
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 6.5
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Black Journal (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Black Journal (originally titled Gran Bollito) is a 1977 Italian drama film directed by Mauro Bolognini. It is based on the real life events of Leonarda Cianciulli, the Italian serial killer best known as the "Soap-Maker of Correggio".
Style: dark humor, based on true events, macabre, pre war
Plot: coffin, lie, following someone, neighbor neighbor relationship, dancer, false name, portrait, death of sister, death of friend, wheelchair, evidence, performance ...
Time: year 1938, 1930s
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Daimler-Benz Limousine (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, West Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Two brothers of German heritage live in the Polish town of Poznan. Michal is the sensitive brother who likes literature, Andrzej is the daredevil with no intellectual bent, and between the two of them, they steal the German consul's ...
Style: pre war
Plot: theft, murder, fascism, limousine, nazism, writing, high school, consul, disciple
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God Does Not Believe in Us Anymore (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria, Switzerland, West Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After his father is murdered by the Nazis in 1938, a young Viennese Jew named Ferry Tobler flees to Prague, where he joins forces with another expatriate and a sympathetic Czech relief worker. Together with other Jewish refugees, the three make ...
Style: pre war
Plot: rabbi, national socialism, consulate, suicide, refugee, border crossing, anti semitism, nazi germany, visa, orphan, nazi occupation, holocaust ...
Time: year 1940, year 1938
Place: prague, marseille, paris france
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Wherever You Are... (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Poland, UK, West Germany, France, Italy
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An Uruguayan diplomat brings his new wife with him on a business trip to Poland in the summer immediately preceding the outbreak of World War II.
Style: pre war
Plot: businessman, marriage, german, husband wife relationship, nazi, arms smuggling, holocaust, flash forward, diplomat, wealth, death of wife, smuggling ...
Place: uruguay, poland
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Akseli and Elina (1970)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A former Red Rebellion leader returns home after being imprisoned for his participation in the Finnish Civil War, but soon finds out that wartime mindsets still linger in the heads of people.
Style: family saga, epic, pre war
Plot: countryside, world war two, progress, farmer, farm, family history, car, death of father, teacher, family relations, finnish, violence ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: finland
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Gardens of Semiramide (1970)
Genre: Romance, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 88 min.
Style: social realism, pre war
Plot: friendship, world war two, wedding party, socialism, daughter in law, boy meets girl, ukrainian, fall in love, fight, grandson, love, german army ...
Place: soviet union, georgia (former ussr), ukraine
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Peter Kenna's The Good Wife (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In pre-WWII Australia, a love triangle develops between a man, his wife and the man's brother.
Style: realistic, serious, pre war
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, womanizer, small town life, small town, couple relations, love affair, dangerous attraction, hotel, family problems, bar, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: australia
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Christopher and His Kind (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 1931 budding author Christopher Isherwood goes to Berlin at the invitation of his friend W. H. Auden for the gay sex that abounds in the city. Whilst working as an English teacher his housemates include bewigged old queen Gerald Hamilton and ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: gay, self discovery, s&m, lifestyle, fall in love, political unrest, nightlife, state affairs, society, strong sexual content, gays and lesbians, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1952, year 1933 ...
Place: germany, europe, england, hamburg germany, los angeles ...
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Tea with Mussolini (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, telling the story of young Italian boy Luca's upbringing by a circle of English and American women, before and during World War II.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, semi serious, pre war ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: stepmother stepson relationship, world war two, friendship, coming of age, artist, painting, ambassador, expatriate, hotel, forgery, artists and showbiz, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: italy, florence, europe, germany, rome italy ...
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Tango Argentino (1992)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A boy who is helping lonely, elderly people revives their urge to live and receives in return their love and understanding, which have been denied to him by his parents.
Style: pre war
Plot: retirement home, dysfunctional family, death, song, singing, tango, old man, communism, orchestra, child's point of view, caretaker, old woman ...
Place: serbia, yugoslavia, former yugoslavia
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The Winter War (1989)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 199 min.
Story: Russia attacked Finland in late November 1939. This film tells the story of a Finnish platoon of reservists from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Ostrobothnia who leave their homes and go to war. The film focuses on the ...
Style: epic, realistic, bleak, tense, emotional ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, resistance, politics, siblings relations, heroic mission, political unrest, battle zone, heroes, soldier, state affairs ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1939
Place: finland, europe, russia, soviet union, germany
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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, tense, suspenseful, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: adventure, gulag, world war two, survival, pow, captivity, getting home, confined, fugitives, human spirit, wehrmacht, danger ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1949 ...
Place: ussr, russia, iran, tehran iran, siberia ...
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A Slave of Love (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Olga Voznesenskaya is a silent screen star whose pictures are so popular that underground revolutionaries risk capture to see them. She's in southern Russia filming a tear-jerker as the Bolsheviks get closer to Moscow. Although married, she ...
Style: silent film, talky, serious, realistic, pre war
Plot: revolution, filmmaking, infidelity, love affair, rebelliousness, couple relations, chaos and mayhem, showbiz, fall in love, political unrest, love triangle, couples ...
Time: 1910s
Place: russia, crimea
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 7.7
 23K
1900 (1976)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 245 min.
Story: Set in Bertolucci's ancestral region of Emilia, the film chronicles the lives of two men during the political turmoils that took place in Italy in the first half on the 20th century.
Style: epic, thought provoking, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: fascism, friendship, politics, countryside, execution, idealism, italian history, child molester, male nudity, socialism, ambition, society ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: italy, france, europe, paris france
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The Girl of Your Dreams (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A company of Spanish movie makers leaves Franco's Spain and moves to Hitler's Germany to make a film in co-production. Soon some problems start to arise...
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, entertaining, light ...
Plot: prisoner, showbiz, politics, love and romance, couples, film within a film, actress, artists and showbiz, political unrest, couple relations, jewish, torture ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, year 1938
Place: germany, europe, spain, berlin germany
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Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 126 min.
Story: It's about a five member family. The father is a conservative and traditional person who directs the family. The mother is at home, she tries to hold together the family, while Mr. Bridge works as a lawyer. The children have just grown up, and ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, talky, melancholic, semi serious ...
Plot: americana, lawyer, culture clash, introspection, human nature, parents and children, society, family problems, dysfunctional family, family relations, suicide, bittersweet ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 40s
Place: usa, kansas, poland, paris france, new york ...
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 7.1
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Mother Night (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: An American spy behind the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war.
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: world war two, presumed dead, war crime, government agency, hidden identity, disorder, redemption, starting over, haunted by the past, human spirit, anti war, hopes ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 60s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: germany, new york, usa, europe, israel ...
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The Mother of Kings (1987)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Made in 1982, shelved for five years. Story opens with Lucja Krol's husband under the tram. She gives birth to her fourth son on the floor of their new apartment. Neighbor Wiktor, a communist intellectual, befriends the poverty-stricken family ...
Style: intellectual, pre war
Plot: torture, arrest, jail, letter, black market, widow, politics, sacrifice, courage, false accusation, death of son, nazi ...
Time: year 1933, year 1956, year 1953
Place: poland
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The Man Who Cried (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: UK, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young refugee travels from Russia to America in search of her lost father and falls in love with a gypsy horseman.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, lyrical, intense ...
Plot: anti semitism, family relations, adoption, gypsy, culture clash, love and romance, fall in love, world war two, social relations, ethnic, lifestyle, society ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: russia, england, france, paris france, europe ...
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The Good Shepherd (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: Edward Wilson, the only witness to his father's suicide and member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion, qualities that help him to be recruited for a career in ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: cold war, spy, cia, idealism, double agent, intrigue, espionage, betrayal, invasion, suspicion, politics, patriotism ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: cuba, usa, washington d.c., berlin germany, congo ...
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The Gathering Storm (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A love story offering an intimate look inside the marriage of Winston and Clementine Churchill during a particularly troubled, though little-known, moment in their lives.
Style: talky, realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: winston churchill, politics, british history, world war two, state affairs, war, head of state, couple relations, rise to the top, society, fascism, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, year 1934
Place: england, germany, europe
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Delta of Venus (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A struggling American writer and a fellow American expatriate begin a sordid affair among the chaos and discord of 1940 Paris, France on the brink of World War II.
Style: sexual, erotic, sexy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, infidelity, writers, soldier, secret, extramarital affair, jealousy, violence, romance, bdsm, writer's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: paris france, europe, france, england, mexico ...
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Bright Young Things (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: in the 1930’s a social set known to the press – who follow their every move – as the “Bright Young Things.” are Adam and his friends who are eccentric, wild and entirely shocking to the older generation. Amidst the madness, Adam, who is ...
Style: witty, semi serious, humorous, entertaining, melancholic ...
Plot: love triangle, columnist, aristocrat, love and romance, love affair, husband wife relationship, honest, bittersweet, godparent, couples, couple relations, down on your luck ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: england, london, europe, cannes, poland
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25 Fireman's Street (1973)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Hungary
Duration: 97 min.
Story: On one hot summer night, the residents of a Hungarian apartment house slated for demolition restlessly revisit their haunted pasts as they face an uncertain future. In a gently turning kaleidoscope of dream imagery, regret-laden nostalgia and ...
Style: surreal, talky, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, immigrants, attic, family relations, rebelliousness, friendship, forbidden love, political unrest, politics, life is a bitch, state affairs, against humanity ...
Place: hungary, former yugoslavia, eastern europe
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