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 serious, realistic, suspense, suspenseful, sentimental and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with death, dancing, singing, betrayal, cigarette smoking, singer, friendship, drinking, kiss and drink plots mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres shot in USA, France, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as pre world war two: The King's Speech (2010), 13 Minutes (2015), Babylon Berlin (2017), Mosley (1998), The Magnate (1987), Time to Kill (1989), Stand-ins (1997), A Prominent Patient (2016), Swing Kids (1993), The Way We Were (1973).

List of pre world war two movies

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, serious, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: royal family, stuttering, friendship, historical character, queen, british history, aristocracy, king, british royal family, period piece, disability, treatment ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, scotland, germany ...
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 7.0
 7K
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, national socialism, suspenseful, tense
Plot: assassination attempt, state affairs, resistance fighter, anti fascist, hitler, confession, prisoner, treason, plan gone wrong, nazi germany, german history, bomb ...
Time: pre world war two, year 1939, 20th century, 30s, 1930s ...
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, switzerland, munich germany
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 8.4
 13K
Babylon Berlin (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Colognian commissioner Gereon Rath moves to Berlin, the epicenter of political and social changes in the Golden Twenties.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, national socialism, social realism
Plot: neo noir, social problems, political scandal, political intrigue, police investigation, communist party, adaptation, communism, espionage, police detective, organized crime, secretary ...
Time: pre world war two, 1920s
Place: berlin germany, germany
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 7.2
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Mosley (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
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, politician, nazi, skinny dipping, chanting, political protest, fascism, british history, anti communism, racist, womanizer, nazism ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, post world war one, pre world war two
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 7.0
 87
The Magnate (1987)
Genre: Drama
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, nazism, monarchy, communism, nazis, third reich, cuckolded husband, palace, brotherhood, aristocracy, cheating wife, incest ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, pre world war two, 1910s ...
Place: poland, mine
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 5.2
 587
Time to Kill (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: 1936, Italian army is invading Ethiopia. Lieutenant Silvestri suffering toothache decides to reach the nearest camp hospital. But the lorry has an accident and stop near a rock, so Silvestri continues by walk. On his way he meets and rapes a ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, hospital, danger, military, crimes, soldier, investigation, italian army, italian history, animal life, deadly, strong sexual content ...
Time: pre world war two
Place: ethiopia
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 4.8
 103
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: stylized, twists and turns, realistic, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: bar, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, hollywood, alcohol abuse, actor's life, showbiz, lifestyle, couples, love and romance, birthday, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, year 1937, pre world war two, 1930s
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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 ...
Plot: diplomacy, diplomat, politician, cocaine, drug abuse, nazi germany, snorting cocaine, european history, president, airplane, psychiatrist, seaside ...
Time: year 1939, year 1937, year 1938, 1930s, pre world war two
Place: central europe, prague czech republic, prague czechoslovakia
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 6.8
 15K
Swing Kids (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
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, realistic, serious, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: anti semitism, against the rules, rebelliousness, friends, against the odds, political unrest, dance, brainwashing, fighting the system, suicide, idealism, german ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, pre world war two
Place: germany, usa, europe, new york, 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, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: politics, opposites attract, couples, love and romance, couple relations, mccarthyism, romance, naval officer, radical, naval uniform, communist, adultery ...
Time: 1950s, 1940s, 50s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, new york, california, manhattan new york city, washington d.c. ...
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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, snow, murder, whodunit, doctor, justice, vengeance, suspect, conspiracy, stabbed to death, train ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, post world war one
Place: europe, alps, yugoslavia, jerusalem, palestine ...
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 5.8
 2K
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: based on true events
Plot: journalist, battlefield, civil war, war, shot to death, hospital, beating, machine gun, card playing, corpse, apple, binoculars ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, year 1937, year 1939, year 1975
Place: spain, basque country
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 7.4
 36K
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, exciting, tense, captivating
Plot: racism, post war, farm, misery, prejudice, african american, husband wife relationship, doctor, money, farming, hate, civil rights ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, pre world war two, year 1939, year 1945 ...
Place: mississippi, mississippi river, belgium
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 7.8
 34K
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, atmospheric, sexy, realistic, clever ...
Plot: friendship, love triangle, marriage, german, promiscuity, adultery, jealousy, musician, prostitute, new wave, polyamory, romance ...
Time: 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 20s, post world war one ...
Place: france, europe, germany, paris france
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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, cadet, french army, killed in action, french soldier, anti war, teenage boy, military officer, world war two, uniform, border, french military
Time: year 1939, pre world war two, 1930s
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 6.7
 139
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, nipples, childhood, mirror, grandmother granddaughter relationship, blind man, summer vacation, doctor, summer, self discovery ...
Time: year 1939, 1930s, pre world war two
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The Handsome Priest (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Story: A young petty thief befriends the local priest.
Plot: coming of age, handcuffs, jealousy, harp, slingshot, dead boy, marriage engagement, spinster, gang, innocence, teenage boy, poverty ...
Time: pre world war two, 1930s
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 5.2
 9
Attempt (2010)
Genre: War
Country: Belarus
Duration: 360 min.
Plot: captain, love, german, grave, red army, great patriotic war, scout
Time: year 1941, pre world war two
Place: soviet union
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Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Canada, China, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: True story of Norman Bethune, a medical doctor who fought for justice in China during Mao's rise to power.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, epic, suspense ...
Plot: fascism, military, evacuation, politics, human spirit, revolution, rebellion, injustice, idealism, media, hopes, medical profession ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 1920s, pre world war two, 1930s
Place: china, spain, asia, montreal quebec, russia
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The Sound of Music Live! (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, History, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: This new version of "The Sound of Music" will be a faithful adaptation of the original stage musical, to retell the story for a whole new generation. And more than that, it will be broadcast LIVE, adding a whole new level of immediacy and ...
Style: uplifting, captivating, sentimental, touching, feel good ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing
Plot: nun, parents and children, family, wartime life, undisciplined, family relations, mischievous children, romance, convent, nanny, family in danger, youth ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, pre world war two
Place: austria
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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious stranger arrives from overseas and befriends a local mafia ...
Style: rough, exciting, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, undercover, resistance, one man army, assassination, dishonesty, state affairs, vengeance, master warrior, righting the wronged, danger, vigilantism ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, pre world war two
Place: china, asia, shanghai
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Tomorrow Was the War (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A drama a life in a small Russian provincial town in 1940 - one year before Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Two school girls for the first time in their lives discover truth about Stalin repressions against innocent people. Based on a novel by ...
Plot: funeral, girl, betrayal, small town, teen suicide, stalinism, nazi, high school student, hanging, loss of innocence, heroism, first love ...
Time: 1940s, pre world war two, year 1940
Place: russia, soviet union
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The White Countess (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, Germany, China, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The last movie from the team of Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in 1930s Shanghai, "The White Countess" is both Sofia (Natasha Richardson), a fallen member of the Russian aristocracy, and a nightclub created by a ...
Style: atmospheric, romantic, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Plot: friendship, couples, fall in love, love and romance, unlikely couple, couple relations, romance, politics, intrigue, russian, countess, blindness ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s, pre world war two, year 1937
Place: china, asia, shanghai china, shanghai, macau ...
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Love in Thoughts (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A posthumous look at the last days of Guenther's life as he, his best friend, and his sister let loose on a four-day binge of alcohol, drugs, and sex.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, stylized, disturbing ...
Plot: love triangle, gays and lesbians, poet, friendship, student, pistol, gay, lake, suicide, betrayal, youth, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s, post world war one, pre world war two
Place: germany, europe
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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, holy water, hiding, pedophilia, paper airplane, boys' choir, ink, dining hall, running, gym ...
Time: pre world war two, 1930s
Place: france, paris france
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 7.9
 3K
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: suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bank robbery, heist, one last job, crime, cons and scams, polish, wrongfully committed, criminal heroes, uninhibited rivalry, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 30s, 1930s, 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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, hitman, chases and races, cons and scams, hostages, uninhibited rivalry, dishonesty, disorder, law enforcement, rivalry, confined, gangsters ...
Time: 30s, pre world war two, 1930s
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: realistic, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: seduction, widow, blackmail, theft, refugee, vacation, infidelity, romance, remarry, dishonesty, couples, looking for sex ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, pre world war two, year 1938 ...
Place: florence, italy, europe, paris france, florence italy ...
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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: realistic, serious, tense, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: ship, cruise, racism, anti semitism, love and romance, fall in love, society, human nature, couples, prostitute, opposites attract, world war two ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, pre world war two
Place: mexico, europe, latin america, germany, spain ...
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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: atmospheric, psychological, serious, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: cabaret, unemployment, investigation, clinic, circus, suicide, politics, getting home, chaos and mayhem, life is a bitch, rise to the top, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, pre world war two, 1920s
Place: germany, europe, sweden, berlin germany
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