War crime movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant war crime movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic, emotional, disturbing and intense films and TV shows about / with war crime, brutality, war, murder, death, wartime, mentor, betrayal, runaway and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, War and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as war crime: Come and See (1985), Casualties of War (1989), A Woman in Berlin (2008), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), John Rabe (2009), Behind Enemy Lines (2001), Tears of the Sun (2003), Platoon (1986), The Kill Team (2019), Hotel Rwanda (2004).

List of war crime movies

Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, rough, thought provoking, serious, surreal ...
Plot: brutality, atrocity, world war two, war crime, genocide, against humanity, holocaust, teenage girl, occupation, war, military, great patriotic war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, ussr, germany, poland
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Casualties of War (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. Based on the actual events of an incident on Hill 192 in November, 1966.
Style: rough, disturbing, emotional, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, pow, war crime, soldier, rape, gang rape, atrocity, sexual abuse, anti war, crimes, military, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1966, year 1974, 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, california, san francisco
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A Woman in Berlin (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A nameless woman keeps a diary as the Russians invade Berlin in the spring of 1945. She is in her early 30s, a patriotic journalist with international credentials; her husband, Gerd, a writer, is an officer at the Russian front. She speaks Russian ...
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, disturbing
Plot: war, war crime, world war two, rape, sexual abuse, injustice, soldier, strong sexual content, political unrest, power relations, diary, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1945
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe
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Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 179 min.
Story: In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, emotional, sincere, talky ...
Plot: courtroom drama, judge, genocide, war crime, world war two, holocaust, jewish, court, redemption, german, nazism, cold war ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 20th century, year 1946, year 1945
Place: germany, europe, poland, berlin germany
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John Rabe (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, China, Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.
Style: tense, disturbing, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: war crime, rescue, heroes, atrocity, lifesaver, war, confined, wartime life, selflessness, righting the wronged, disorder, chaos ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1937, year 1938
Place: china, japan, asia
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Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: While flying a routine reconnaissance mission over Bosnia, fighter pilot Chris Burnett photographs something he wasn't supposed to see and gets shot down behind enemy lines, where he must outrun an army led by a ruthless Serbian general. With ...
Style: exciting, twists and turns, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: sniper, fighter pilot, military, war crime, behind enemy lines, atrocity, navy, reconnaissance, bosnian war, rescue, gunfight, escape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1995
Place: bosnia herzegovina, serbia, former yugoslavia, europe, balkan ...
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Tears of the Sun (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their ...
Style: serious, touching, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, war, soldier, jungle, war crime, brutality, army, rescue mission, navy seal, child soldier, genocide, civil war ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nigeria, africa, iraq, hawaii
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Platoon (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Style: rough, realistic, disturbing, thought provoking, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, battles, military, battlefield, combat, war crime, anti war, jungle warfare, squad, military life, jungle ...
Time: 20th century, year 1967, 60s, year 1968
Place: vietnam, asia, southeast asia
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The Kill Team (2019)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When Andrew Briggman—a young soldier in the US invasion of Afghanistan—witnesses other recruits killing innocent civilians under the direction of a sadistic Sergeant, he considers reporting them to higher-ups. However, the heavily-armed and ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, captivating, tense, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war crime, behind enemy lines, military, american soldier, moral dilemma, soldier, murder, wartime life, military life, brutality, gunfight, deception ...
Time: 21st century, year 2009, 2000s
Place: afghanistan
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Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: rough, emotional, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: genocide, racism, against humanity, un, war crime, cruelty, war, massacre, corpse, refugee, atrocity, hotel ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: africa, rwanda, congo, somalia, tanzania
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Katyn (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 121 min.
Story: An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.
Style: disturbing, heartbreaking, sentimental, sad, realistic ...
Plot: war crime, world war two, nazism, survival, war, life is a bitch, military life, captivity, against humanity, military, confined, occupation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1940
Place: poland, russia, europe, ussr, germany ...
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Nuremberg (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: Justice Robert H. Jackson leads Allied prosecutors in trying 21 Germans for Nazi war crimes after World War II.
Style: disturbing, captivating, sincere, serious, bleak ...
Plot: courtroom, holocaust, war crime, anti semitism, execution, psychologist, courtroom drama, judge, legal, rebellion, leadership, uncover truth ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, england, europe, france
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The Hunting Party (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mexico
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An emerging journalist (Jesse Eisenberg), an experienced cameraman (Terrence Howard), and a discredited reporter (Richard Gere) find their bold plan to capture Bosnia's top war criminal quickly spiraling out of control when a UN representative ...
Style: serious, talky, tense, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: journalism, war crime, cia, vacation, reward, friendship, journalist, vengeance, adventure, track down, civil war, spy ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: serbia, former yugoslavia, europe, croatia, bosnia ...
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Warriors (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 175 min.
TV show
Story: If the conflict in Bosnia has become something of a forgotten war, it's not for the want of trying from the immensely powerful BBC film Warriors, the story of five young soldiers and their harrowing experiences in the region.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: war crime, bosnian war, genocide, atrocity, ethnic cleansing, state affairs, life is a bitch, military, against humanity, soldier, war, anti war ...
Place: bosnia herzegovina, former yugoslavia, europe, bosnia
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City of Life and Death (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 133 min.
Story: City of Life and Death takes place in 1937, during the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, epic, captivating ...
Plot: sino japanese war, sexual abuse, japanese army, war crime, massacre, atrocity, life is a bitch, mass murder, war atrocity, military, invasion, dehumanization ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1937, year 1938
Place: china, asia, shanghai
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In the Valley of Elah (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A career officer and his wife work with a police detective to uncover the truth behind their son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.
Style: tense, disturbing, heartbreaking, psychological, touching ...
Plot: army, investigation, guilt, war crime, disappearance, military, torture, patriotism, murder investigation, cover up, uncover truth, evidence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004
Place: iraq, usa, texas, new mexico, bosnia ...
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Savior (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A hardened mercenary in the Foreign Legion begins to find his own humanity when confronted with atrocities during the fighting in Bosnia
Style: bleak, rough, tense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: atrocity, rape, mercenary, war crime, terrorism, civil war, redemption, genocide, soldier, pregnancy, hopes, sniper ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: serbia, former yugoslavia, europe, bosnia, balkan ...
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Foyle's War (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, War
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: As WW2 rages around the world, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front as he investigates crimes on the south coast of England. Foyle's War opens in southern England in the year 1940. Later series sees the retired detective working as an ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, serious, clever, realistic
Plot: police detective, world war two, war crime, espionage, crimes of passion, police investigation, undercover, spy, cold war, investigator, law enforcement, whodunit ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london, new mexico
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The Night Porter (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In this unsettling drama from Italian filmmaker Liliana Cavani, a concentration camp survivor discovers her former torturer and lover working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic ...
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, sexy, gloomy ...
Plot: s&m, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexual perversion, dangerous attraction, war crime, sexual abuse, graphic violence, hotel, eroticism, haunted by the past, destructive relationship, guilt ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1957, 1940s ...
Place: vienna, europe, hungary, frankfurt germany, germany ...
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Music Box (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects.
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, sincere, twists and turns ...
Plot: courtroom drama, war crime, anti semitism, family relations, parents and children, court, dedicated lawyer, uncover truth, racism, power relations, justice, court case ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, hungary, budapest, chicago illinois, germany ...
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The Ghost Writer (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A writer stumbles upon a long-hidden secret when he agrees to help former British Prime Minister Adam Lang complete his memoirs on a remote island after the politician's assistant drowns in a mysterious accident. In director Roman ...
Style: twists and turns, serious, tricky, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, political conspiracy, writers, state affairs, writer's life, politics, betrayal, cia, suspicion, war crime, uncover truth, who to trust ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, massachusetts, usa, london, washington d.c. ...
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The Odessa File (1974)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: After reading the diary of an elderly Jewish man who committed suicide, freelance journalist Peter Miller begins to investigate the alleged sighting of a former SS-Captain who commanded a concentration camp during World War II. Miller eventually ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, war criminal, war crime, murder, espionage, assassin, journalism, diary, attempted murder, mass murder, concentration camp, suicide ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963, year 1964, post world war two ...
Place: germany, europe, israel, vienna, jerusalem ...
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The Reader (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a teenager in the late 1950s, had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as ...
Style: melancholic, bleak, psychological, sexy, emotional ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, age difference, older woman younger man sex, first love, sexuality, older woman teenage boy sex, sex with a minor, sexual relations, female prisoner, unlikely couple, sex scene, court ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 70s ...
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, west germany, israel ...
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The Counterfeiters (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, War
Country: Austria, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story Jewish counterfeiter, Salomon Sorowitsch, coerced into assisting the Nazi operation of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp during World War II.
Style: tense, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, nazi, counterfeit money, forgery, world war two, survival, jewish, german, war crime, racial slur, war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, post world war two, year 1945 ...
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany, warsaw poland, monte carlo ...
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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: pow, world war two, war crime, soldier, anti war, war, prisoner of war camp, samurai, captivity, atrocity, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1946, year 1942, year 1936 ...
Place: japan, asia, australia, indonesia, tokyo
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Paradise Road (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Paradise Road is a 1997 film which tells the story of a group of English, American, Dutch and Australian women who are imprisoned in Sumatra during World War II. It was directed by Bruce Beresford and stars Glenn Close as beatific Adrienne Pargiter, ...
Style: serious, uplifting, emotional, touching, harsh ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: pow, world war two, prison, war crime, island, holocaust, war, friendship, human spirit, prison life, survival, justice ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: singapore, japan, asia, indonesia, australia ...
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Ararat (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A variety of characters, some close relatives, others distant strangers, are each affected by the making of a film about the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: armenian genocide, genocide, politics, filmmaking, war crime, atrocity, self discovery, family problems, against humanity, haunted by the past, ethnic, freedom ...
Time: 1910s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: turkey, canada, ottoman empire, armenia, middle east ...
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Changi (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: Australia
TV show
Story: Changi is a six-part Australian television miniseries broadcast by ABC TV in 2001. It originally aired from 14 October 2001 to 18 November 2001.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, tense, contemplative
Plot: pow, world war two, war crime, prisoner of war camp, survival, military, friendship, prison life, wartime life, buddies, confined, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: singapore, japan, australia
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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, sincere, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, ss, concentration camp, idealism, politics, genocide, anti semitism, war crime, conscience, torment, war, poisoning ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: vatican, germany, europe, poland, rome italy ...
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Speer und er (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 270 min.
TV show
Story: A reassessment of the role Albert Speer played in the Third Reich. Speer, who was ultimately convicted at the Nuremburg trials and served a 20-year prison sentence, was known for designing many of the Third Reich's buildings and for being ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: world war two, war crime, post war, delusion, anti semitism, hitler, war criminal, holocaust, against humanity, state affairs, legal, dictatorship ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: berlin germany, germany
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