Labor camp movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant labor camp movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, bleak, disturbing, tense and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with labor camp, life is a bitch, world war two, prison, escape, male nudity, death, cigarette smoking, society and brutality plots mostly in Drama, History and War genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as labor camp: Papillon (1973), Coming Home (2014), In the Crosswind (2014), Two Hearts as One (2014), The Emperor of Taste (2008), Barbara (2012), The Chronicles of Melanie (2016), The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), The Blue Kite (1993), Escape from Sobibor (1987).

List of labor camp movies

Papillon (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Style: bleak, captivating, tense, suspense, inspirational ...
Plot: prison escape, prison, human spirit, runaway, false accusation, criminal heroes, prison life, labor camp, life sentence, solitary, escape attempt, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
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Coming Home (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer remembers him.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, atmospheric
Plot: labor camp, love and romance, political unrest, hopes, breakup, couples, crime and punishment, reunion, family problems, state affairs, political prisoner, amnesia ...
Time: 20th century
Place: china
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In the Crosswind (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Estonia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: June 14, 1941, 3 a.m. Over 40000 people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are deported by Soviets to Siberia. Among them is a philosophy student Erna, a happily married mother of a little girl. Separated from her husband Erna and her daughter are ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: wartime life, deportation, getting home, labor camp, family in danger, survival, life is a bitch, danger, parents and children, on the road, family relations, escapades ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 50s, year 1941 ...
Place: estonia, siberia, russia, europe, soviet union ...
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Two Hearts as One (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Turkey
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A look inside the story of two newlyweds who are parted from each other and spend the next half-century of their lives trying to reunite.
Style: emotional, realistic, captivating, non-linear, touching ...
Plot: love, life is a bitch, wartime life, love affair, husband wife reunion, world war two, marriage, caucasian, labor camp, couples, flashback, war ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1940s, 40s, 1990s ...
Place: europe, turkey, kazakhstan
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The Emperor of Taste (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: Belgium
Duration: 490 min.
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Story: When her 80-year-old husband George dies, Helena asks her granddaughter to delve into the mystery surrounding George's friend Alfred's early demise. Alfred died in a WWII prison camp where both friends were imprisoned. The search for the ...
Style: suspense, sincere, sentimental, touching
Plot: interracial relations, pow, friendship, world war two, german soldier, labor camp, post war, grandmother granddaughter relationship, swimming, funeral, flashback, friendship gone bad ...
Time: 1940s
Place: belgium
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Barbara (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: It is the summer of 1980 in East Germany and, alone, Barbara is confined to living and working as a doctor in a small provincial town - her punishment for attempting to emigrate to the West. She has only one focus; to escape and for this, she has to ...
Style: psychological, tense, sincere, melancholic, compassionate ...
Plot: german, doctor, introspection, confined, power relations, secret service, lovers apart, who to trust, society, life is a bitch, fascism, doctors and patients ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: east germany, germany, gdr, northern germany, europe ...
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The Chronicles of Melanie (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The 14th of June 1941, Soviet-occupied Latvia: Without warning, the authorities break into the house of Melanie and her husband Aleksandr and force them to leave everything behind. Together with more than 15 000 Latvians, Melanie and her son get ...
Style: rough, bleak, suspense, disturbing
Plot: deportation, gulag, survival, world war two, cruelty, politics, grief, political prisoner, life is a bitch, mother son relationship, labor camp, period piece ...
Time: year 1941, year 1957, 1940s, 1950s, 50s
Place: ussr, soviet union, siberia, russia, latvia
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The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Metropolitan Archbishop Lakota of L'viv, freed after twenty years in the Soviet Gulag, travels to Rome where circumstances conspire to see him elevated to the Papacy. Inspired by the life story of Ukrainian Catholic Cardinal Josyf Slipyj,
Style: epic, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: catholic church, pope, politics, state affairs, society, leadership, clergy, rebellion, revolution, rebelliousness, political unrest, prison ...
Time: 60s
Place: vatican, china, europe, ussr, soviet union ...
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The Blue Kite (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The lives of a Beijing family throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as they experience the impact of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution.
Style: gloomy, realistic, sincere, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Plot: prisoner of war camp, revolution, politics, labor camp, reform, family relations, society, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, state affairs, rebellion, political unrest ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 70s
Place: china, asia, california, tokyo, japan
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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, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: concentration camp, escape, pow, world war two, captivity, genocide, brutality, against humanity, corporal punishment, holocaust, rebelliousness, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: poland, europe
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Cold War (2018)
Genre: Drama, History, Music, Romance
Country: Poland, UK, France, Belgium
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A Cold War-era love story follows the passionate love affair between a mismatched couple.
Style: romantic, sad, tragic ending, melancholic, captivating ...
Plot: loveless marriage, cold war, tragic love, musician, female singer, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, love story, suicide, audition, communism, defector, jazz ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 60s, 1960s, year 1959 ...
Place: paris france, east berlin, former yugoslavia, yugoslavia, poland ...
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The Photographer of Mauthausen (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Spanish photographer Francesc Boix, imprisoned in the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp, works in the SS Photographic Service. Between 1943 and 1945, he hides, with the help of other prisoners, thousands of negatives, with the purpose of showing ...
Style: thought provoking, rough, disturbing, captivating, tense ...
Plot: holocaust, nazism, concentration camp, nazi, nazi occupation, photographer, world war two, spanish civil war, slave labor, concentration camp survivor, prisoner, camera ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, year 1944, year 1943
Place: spain, central europe
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At War (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After promising 1100 employees that they would protect their jobs, the managers of a factory decide to suddenly close up shop. Laurent takes the lead in a fight against this decision.
Style: realistic, captivating, thought provoking, psychological
Plot: strike, labor union, working class, business manager, class struggle, hard labor, mayor, worker, factory, police, capitalism, struggle ...
Time: 2010s
Place: france
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A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
Style: psychedelic, psychological, neo noir, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: drug abuse, losing-it hero, undercover, disorder, addiction, society, fighting crime, future dystopia, surveillance, schizophrenia, hallucination, cyberpunk ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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Canary Season (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria
Duration: 128 min.
Story: It's 1980. Malin is fatherless, angry, and in trouble. At 20, he's spent a year in jail for assaulting a lover of Lily, his mother. In her desk he finds a soldier's photograph and assumes he's found his father. He confronts the ...
Plot: army, torture, brutality, canary, communism, communist, love, totalitarianism, socialism, rape, mental illness, letter ...
Time: 1960s, 80s, 70s, 60s
Place: bulgaria
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The Brutalization Of Franz Baum (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Born into a well-off family, Franz Blum had led a carefree youth until, some time after graduating from high school, he was arrested by the police. For, involved by a gang of bad boys, the young man had taken part in a bank robbery. A "heroic ...
Style: social realism
Plot: election, kicked in the stomach, intrigue, hit in the stomach, razor, megaphone, blood, fire, riot, necklace, knife, tobacco ...
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Escape of the Birdmen (1971)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: During WWII an American soldier sent to Norway to help with the escape of a scientist working on the atomic bomb for the Germans. Before they can escape they are captured and sent to a POW prison camp in an alpine castle. Cook must find a way to ...
Plot: castle, escape, glider, nazi, world war two, bathtub, aviation, labor camp, funeral, escaped prisoner, blind man, cane ...
Time: year 1943
Place: germany
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Untitled Lal Jose Movie (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Against his wishes, 'Cuba' Mukundan (Sreenivasan) goes to Dubai to make good his father's alleged misappropriation of funds from the local cooperative bank. It is there that he learns the true meaning of the term 'working ...
Plot: communist, politician, chinese, bank, politics, lottery, labor camp, cheating, election, arab, minister, nurse
Place: cuba, dubai
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Sounder (1972)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The Morgans, a loving and strong family of Black sharecroppers in Louisiana in 1933, face a serious family crisis when the husband and father, Nathan Lee Morgan, is convicted of a petty crime and sent to a prison camp. After some weeks or months, ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sentimental, uplifting ...
Plot: family relations, coming of age, prison, dog, school, against the odds, interracial relations, racism, prisoner of war camp, great depression, bittersweet, rich and poor ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s
Place: louisiana, usa
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Son of Saul (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Hungary
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival trying to save from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son.
Style: melancholic, harsh, compassionate, disturbing, macabre ...
Plot: jewish, holocaust, auschwitz, anti semitism, german, world war two, saving a life, concentration camp, courage, tragedy, rabbi, prisoner ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s
Place: poland, california, germany
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Borstal Boy (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on Irish poet Brendan Behan's experiences in a reform school in 1942. A 16 year-old Irish republican terrorist arrives on the ferry at Liverpool and is arrested for possession of explosives. He is imprisoned in a Borstal in East ...
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, touching, gloomy
Plot: gay teenager, gay, teenage love, friendship, ira, jail cell, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth, love and romance, society, boarding school life ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, europe
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The Great Water (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Czech Republic, USA, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An ailing communist reflects on a young boy childhood in Stalinist Yugoslavia.
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, touching, contemplative
Plot: orphan, friendship, prison, betrayal, soldier, haunted by the past, idealism, young heroes, youth, life is a bitch, injustice, politics ...
Time: year 1945, post world war two, 1940s
Place: former yugoslavia, europe, serbia, yugoslavia, ussr ...
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The Shadow Riders (1982)
Genre: Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After starring in "The Sacketts", Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott team up again but this time as Mac and Dal Traven, in a movie based on a classic Louis L'Amour novel. They are brothers, who meet up at the end of the Civil War fighting on ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: american civil war, kidnapping, civil war veteran, siblings relations, vigilantism, homecoming, missing person, good versus evil, chases and races, rescue, escapades, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: texas, mexico
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The Final Solution: The Wannsee Conference (1984)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Austria, West Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A real time recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which leading SS and Nazi Party officals gathered to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Led by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, the Wannsee Conference was the ...
Style: talky, thought provoking, captivating, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, deportation, conspiracy, genocide, racism, anti semitism, immigrants, deadly, fascism, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1942, contemporary
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany, warsaw poland, vatican ...
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Kill Them All and Come Back Alone (1968)
Genre: Action, Western
Country: Italy, Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: During the American Civil War, a Confederate prisoner, Clyde McKay, attempts to steal a box of gold from a Union prison camp. He is aided by a group of prisoners and a prison guard but he is double-crossed along the way.
Plot: dynamite, bar fight, bell tower, bazooka, bell ringing, shooting, acrobatics, labor camp, confederate army, commando raid, knife thrower, all male cast ...
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Lost in Siberia (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Soviet Union, UK
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The political drama is set in the Stalin's Soviet Union after the Second World War. A British archaeologist Andrei Miller is working in Iran. He is mistakenly kidnapped and arrested by the KGB. He is falsely accused of spying and wrongfully ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, disturbing, thought provoking
Plot: false accusation, survival, escape, kgb, gulag, danger, society, chases and races, life is a bitch, politics, state affairs, dishonesty ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: iran, russia, moscow russia, siberia, persia
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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, realistic, tense, suspenseful, sincere ...
Plot: gulag, adventure, pow, world war two, getting home, captivity, survival, human spirit, confined, wehrmacht, fugitives, danger ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1956 ...
Place: ussr, russia, siberia, iran, tehran iran ...
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Red Monarch (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: British comedy satirising Stalin's inner circle as an absolute monarchs court. In the face of rampant abuse of power and poisonous distrust some still manage to keep faith with the Bolshevist creed until the very end. In front of the firing ...
Style: based on true events, noir
Plot: rape, tyranny, paranoia, abuse of power, labor camp, josef stalin, dictator, satire, russian, sexism, mistrust, american woman ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: russia, ussr, soviet union
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Amen. (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, War
Country: France, Germany, Romania
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The film "Amen." examines the links between the Vatican and Nazi Germany. The central character is Kurt Gerstein, a member of the Institute for Hygiene of the Waffen-SS who is horrified by what he sees in the death camps. Moreover, he is ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, sincere, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, ss, concentration camp, politics, genocide, anti semitism, war crime, conscience, torment, idealism, war, fighting the system ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 20th century, 30s
Place: vatican, germany, europe, poland, rome italy ...
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His Nickname Is Beast (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Saveliy Govorkov, an Afghanistan war veteran tries to fight mafia in his own town.
Style: tense, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, ex soldier, young man, bodyguard, crime boss, escape, fight, frame up, prison, secret love, tragic love, fitness ...
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