Pre world war two movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant pre world war two movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, emotional, suspenseful and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with death, cigarette smoking, dancing, betrayal, friendship, husband wife relationship, kiss, dancer, drinking alcohol and singing 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 pre world war two: Babylon Berlin (2017), The King's Speech (2010), 13 Minutes (2015), Death on the Nile (2021), Sonja: The White Swan (2018), Paradise in Service (2014), Glorious 39 (2009), Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (2020), Mosley (1998), The Magnate (1987).

List of pre world war two movies

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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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit ...
Style: uplifting, inspirational, sincere, dramatic, serious ...
Plot: stuttering, historical character, royal family, unlikely friendships, british history, friendship, king, aristocracy, queen, disability, world war two, politics ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, london, buckingham palace ...
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13 Minutes (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The breath-taking story of a man who nearly would have changed the world. 1939, when Hitler tricked millions of people at the height of his power, one said a radical No: Georg Elser, disparaged as an assassin, is one of the greatest resistance ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful
Plot: assassination attempt, nazi germany, state affairs, resistance fighter, national socialism, anti fascist, hitler, plan gone wrong, confession, treason, prisoner, nazi ...
Time: pre world war two, 1930s, year 1939, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: germany, europe, munich germany, berlin germany, switzerland
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Death on the Nile (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Story: Almost everyone on the S.S.Karnak, cruising the Nile, has a reason to want heiress Linnet Ridgeway dead. Her jewels are coveted by elderly Mrs. van Schuyler, her maid is upset because Linnet won't give her a promised dowry, writer Salome ...
Style: suspense, artsy, suspenseful, captivating, surprise ending ...
Plot: murder mystery, whodunit, murder, agatha christie, belgian, crimes, deduction, tragedy, alibi, arrest, murder investigation, lie ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two
Place: egypt
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Sonja: The White Swan (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Norway
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The true story of Sonja Henie, one of the world's greatest athletes and the inventor of modern figure skating, who decides to go to Hollywood in 1936 to become a movie star.
Style: disturbing, tragic, emotional, artsy
Plot: figure skating, ice skater, rising to stardom, performer's life, price of fame, power struggle, cult figure, artistic, olympic athlete, artists and showbiz, strong female character, family relations ...
Time: hollywood star, pre world war two, 1930s, year 1936
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Paradise in Service (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Taiwan, China
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Set in the island Kinmen, often seen as the most dangerous military base because it’s geographically close to China, "Paradise in Service" follows the adventure of a boy who serves his military service in Unit 831 from 1969 to 1972, in ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, emotional, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: soldier, romance, military base, military life, military, prostitute, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, island, haunted by the past, forbidden love, friendship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, pre world war two, 60s
Place: taiwan
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Glorious 39 (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A mysterious tale set around a traditional British family on the eve of World War Two. Oblivious to the looming shadow of World War II, the wealthy Keyes maintain a confident façade in the British countryside until daughter Anne becomes an ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, clever ...
Plot: world war two, disorder, life turned upside down, uncover truth, betrayal, war, confined, secret movement, adoption, conspiracy, countryside, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, year 1939, 30s, 20th century, pre world war two
Place: england, london, europe
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Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
TV show
Story: Rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil, this saga explores an exciting mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, captivating, disturbing
Plot: supernatural, police detective, manipulative woman, murder investigation, corrupt cop, pretending to be someone else, witch, mysticism, racism, brutality, deadly, corruption ...
Time: pre world war two, year 1938
Place: los angeles
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Mosley (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
TV show
Story: Mosley was a 1998 television serial produced for Channel 4 based on British fascist Oswald Mosley's life in the period between the two world wars. The series was directed by Robert Knights, from a screenplay by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, ...
Plot: politics, british politics, anti communism, political protest, british history, politician, beating, chanting, nazism, fascism, male nudity, womanizer ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, pre world war two, post world war one
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The Magnate (1987)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Poland
Duration: 171 min.
Story: This Polish historical drama film traces the fascinating saga of a wealthy, princely Polish dynasty in years 1900-1935.
Style: family saga
Plot: prince, dynasty, nazism, monarchy, sexually dissatisfied wife, man in a wheelchair, wheelchair bound, nazi, cuckold, sex with stepmother, falling, sexually frustrated woman ...
Time: 1900s, pre world war two, 1910s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: poland
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Stand-ins (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Six women who came to Hollywood with the dream of becoming famous find themselves working as stand-ins for the glamorous stars of the late 1930s. Gathering for a birthday celebration at their local watering hole, they introduce a new member to the ...
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: filmmaking, bar, hollywood, alcohol abuse, showbiz, love and romance, actor's life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, couples, doppelganger, drinking ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, pre world war two, year 1937
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A Prominent Patient (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: It is 1939. Flamboyant Czech diplomat Jan Masaryk has fled to America to escape his recent past. Germany has invaded Czechoslovakia and Masaryk is now a man with no nation. In America he tries to forget the personal and political betrayal he and his ...
Style: stylized, serious, captivating, disturbing
Plot: czech history, politician, diplomat, politics, diplomacy, nazi germany, psychiatrist, european history, life is a bitch, british man, abroad, czech german relations ...
Time: 1930s, year 1939, year 1937, year 1938, pre world war two
Place: prague, prague czech republic, prague czechoslovakia, central europe
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Swing Kids (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Czech Republic
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing and fun leads to more difficult choices as the Nazi's begin tightening the grip on Germany. Each member of the group is ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: world war two, anti semitism, against the rules, rebelliousness, against the odds, friends, political unrest, dancing, dance, brainwashing, fighting the system, suicide ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, pre world war two
Place: germany, europe, new york, usa, hamburg germany ...
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The Way We Were (1973)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.
Style: serious, sentimental, captivating, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: politics, opposites attract, love and romance, couples, mccarthyism, romance, naval officer, radical, young lovers, couple relations, communist, adultery ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1950s, 1930s, 40s ...
Place: new york, usa, california, washington d.c., malibu california ...
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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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Guernica (2016)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The fates of Henry - an American correspondent - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors during the Spanish Civil War.
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, suspenseful, based on true events
Plot: journalist, battlefield, civil war, saving a life, freedom, hiding place, politics, war violence, military, nazism, militia, bombing ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, year 1975, pre world war two, year 1939 ...
Place: spain, basque country, madrid
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Mudbound (2017)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the post–World War II South, two families are pitted against a barbaric social hierarchy and an unrelenting landscape as they simultaneously fight the battle at home and the battle abroad.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, tense, exciting
Plot: racism, farm, misery, african american, post war, prejudice, husband wife relationship, doctor, farming, civil rights, money, hate ...
Time: year 1945, year 1939, 1930s, 1940s, pre world war two ...
Place: mississippi, mississippi river, belgium
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Jules and Jim (1962)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In Paris, before WWI, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French) fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. After the war, when they meet again in Germany, Catherine starts to love Jim... This is the ...
Style: talky, sexy, atmospheric, tense, captivating ...
Plot: love triangle, friendship, marriage, german, promiscuity, world war one, musician, prostitute, jealousy, adultery, new wave, polyamory ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 20s, 20th century ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, germany
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The Boy Soldier (1981)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In the 1930s a young fellow, Simon Chalumet, is sent to a military school by his overbearing father, an ex-soldier who has little sympathy for his son's more gentle temperament, or for his interest in films.
Plot: military school, french army, french soldier, world war two, military officer, teenage boy, cadet, killed in action, border, french military, uniform, anti war
Time: year 1939, pre world war two, 1930s
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The Adolescent (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The summer of 1939. Marie, at 13, goes with her parents to visit her grandmother in a small town near Avignon. Although rumors of war reach the countryside, it's an idyllic place. Marie's parents are constantly making love. Surrounded by ...
Plot: first love, coming of age, older man young girl relationship, female director, nipples, menstruation, teenage girl, sexual awakening, mirror, bastard, summer vacation, doctor ...
Time: 1930s, year 1939, pre world war two
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The Handsome Priest (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young petty thief befriends the local priest.
Plot: coming of age, childhood, prison, jealousy, bicycle, robbery, friend, theft, thief, sex with a priest, catholic, burglar ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two
Place: venice
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Attempt (2010)
Genre: War
Country: Belarus
Duration: 360 min.
TV show
Plot: love, captain, german, great patriotic war, scout, red army, grave
Time: year 1941, pre world war two
Place: soviet union
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The Fire That Burns (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Two boys in their early teens in a strictly-run pre-WWII Catholic School form a firm friendship which is troubled by an abbot who is obsessed with the younger of the students.
Plot: catholic, altar boy, child abuse, metaphysics, boy, prayer, rain, singer, death of father, telephone call, small town, detention ...
Time: pre world war two, 1930s
Place: paris france, france
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Hit the Bank (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: Poland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: October 1934. Poland. Famous bank robber Kwinto decided to quit his dangerous criminal job, but after his friend's death, he changed his mind and organized a burglary of famous and well protected bank which belonged to his former partner in ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cons and scams, bank robbery, one last job, heist, vengeance, polish, crime, gangsters, friends, criminal heroes, betrayal, crime gone awry ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, pre world war two
Place: poland, europe, warsaw poland
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Point of No Return (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: Poland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A sequel to "Vabank" (1981), introduces the same characters entangled in a duel between a former safecracker and a crooked bank manager.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, heist, gangsters, criminal heroes, betrayal, criminal's revenge, crime, hostage, polish, disorder, uninhibited rivalry, wrongfully committed ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, pre world war two
Place: europe, poland, warsaw poland, zurich switzerland, switzerland
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Up at the Villa (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Superficial people are revealed and drastically changed by circumstance or luck in this a tale of death, seduction, blackmail and theft among British and Americans in Florence in the turbulent days just before World War II.
Style: serious, stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: blackmail, widow, infidelity, romance, seduction, refugee, vacation, fall in love, destructive relationship, couples, false accusation, dishonesty ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, pre world war two, year 1938 ...
Place: florence, italy, europe, rome italy, paris france ...
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Ship of Fools (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Passengers on a ship traveling from Mexico to Europe in the 1930s represent society at large in that era. The crew is German, including the ship's Dr. Schumann, who falls in love with one of the passengers, La Condesa. A young American woman, ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: ship, anti semitism, cruise, racism, world war two, love and romance, society, fall in love, human nature, couples, prostitute, opposites attract ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, pre world war two, year 1933
Place: mexico, europe, latin america, germany, cuba ...
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The Serpent's Egg (1977)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The Serpent's Egg follows a week in the life of Abel Rosenberg, an out-of-work American circus acrobat living in poverty-stricken Berlin following Germany's defeat in World War I.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: investigation, clinic, unemployment, circus, suicide, alcohol abuse, chaos and mayhem, world war one, society, rise to the top, politics, getting home ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, pre world war two
Place: germany, sweden, europe, berlin germany
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A Month by the Lake (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: For 16 years Miss Bentley has been spending April at an elegant hillside villa on Lake Como. This year, 1937, her London society artist father has recently died and the only other English-speaking guests are brash Americans. Then Major Wilshaw ...
Style: sexy, witty, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, resort, family relations, nanny, romance, social differences, true love, couple relations, self discovery, twentysomething life, looking for sex ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, pre world war two
Place: italy, switzerland, europe, venice
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Gilles' Wife (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Gilles' wife, Elise, who smiles when she thinks of him, cooks and scrubs and cheerfully makes love to him, suspects during her third pregnancy that he is having an affair with her coquettish younger sister, Victorine. Elise suffers, usually in ...
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: love triangle, betrayal, infidelity, pregnancy, extramarital affair, sister sister relationship, jealousy, love affair, dysfunctional family, society, family problems, couples ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two
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