Prisoner of war camp movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant prisoner of war camp movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful, dramatic and harsh films and TV shows about / with prisoner of war camp, world war two, pow, military, war, soldier, prisoners of war, confined, prison and survival plots mostly in Drama, War and History genres shot in USA, UK, Poland and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as prisoner of war camp: To End All Wars (2001), Hart's War (2002), The Way Back (2010), Laugh or Die (2018), Katyn (2007), Changi (2001), The Edge (2010), The Border (2007), The First Grader (2010), 1971 (2007).

List of prisoner of war camp movies

He Who Has Been Through the Fire (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Ukraine
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The Hero of the Soviet Union becomes a GULAG prisoner and then an Indian Chief.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, touching
Plot: adventure, manhunt, pow, native americans, war criminal, soldier, escapades, treason, captivity, society, war, prisoner of war camp ...
Time: 20th century
Place: ukraine
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To End All Wars (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on a real-life story, this drama focuses on a small group of Allied soldiers in Burma who are held captive by the Japanese. Capt. Ernest Gordon (Ciaran McMenamin), Lt. Jim Reardon (Kiefer Sutherland) and Maj. Ian Campbell (Robert Carlyle) are ...
Style: harsh, tense, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Plot: world war two, war, pow, escape, jungle, military, prisoners of war, captivity, survival, prisoner of war camp, war crime, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943, 20th century, year 1942
Place: japan, asia, scotland, hawaii, poland ...
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 6.3
 53K
Hart's War (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Fourth-generation Army Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp. Still, as the senior-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy, all ...
Style: realistic, tense, factual, harsh, suspense ...
Plot: world war two, war, prison, military, nazi, escape, racism, pow, soldier, propaganda, torture, russian ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, belgium
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 7.3
 117K
The Way Back (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates, Poland, India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film ...
Style: rough, realistic, epic, serious, inspirational ...
Plot: survival, wilderness, escape, prison escape, freedom, war, journey, pow, desert, world war two, gulag, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: himalaya, russia, poland, germany, ussr ...
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 6.7
 957
Laugh or Die (2018)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Parikka, the actor once called the Funniest Man in Finland, and his troupe are about to be executed for the atrocities committed during the Civil War in Finland. Jaeger Lieutenant Nyborg, an admirer of Parikka, suspects a definite miscarriage of ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, thought provoking, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: prisoner of war camp, prisoner, firing squad, theater, humour, joke, disguise, security guard, actor, pow, rehearsal, escape attempt ...
Time: 1910s, year 1918
Place: germany, finland
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 7.0
 17K
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, sentimental, heartbreaking, realistic, poignant ...
Plot: world war two, war crime, war, survival, polish history, massacre, nazism, murder, idealism, ethnic conflict, courage, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1940
Place: poland, germany, east germany, eastern europe, europe ...
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 8.1
 405
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: realistic, serious, tense, psychological, contemplative
Plot: world war two, pow, war crime, survival, prisoner of war camp, military, prison life, friendship, wartime life, buddies, confined, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: singapore, australia, japan
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 6.5
 3K
The Edge (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The action takes place shortly after the end of the Second World War in the Siberian hinterland, among Russians and Germans with damaged personal stories and a strange transformation: the victors seem to be crawling into the skins of the defeated, ...
Style: realistic, bleak, captivating, tense, rough ...
Plot: gulag, soldier, rivalry, prison life, prisoner of war camp, pow, captivity, world war two, confined, wilderness, train, winter ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, post world war two
Place: russia, ussr
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 6.6
 962
The Border (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Finland, Russia
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The young man must set up a clear border between Finland and Russia, white and red, enemy and friend, us and them. While the task seems clear he finds out the execution of his command in concrete situations is very difficult. Right choices turn out ...
Style: captivating, touching, suspense, exciting, contemplative
Plot: fall in love, military, military officer, prisoner of war camp, violence, duty, army, russian, teacher, independence, civil war, world war one ...
Time: year 1918
Place: finland, ussr
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The First Grader (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, Kenya, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.
Style: uplifting, realistic, sincere, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: education, school, racism, teacher, hopes, prisoner of war camp, social relations, human spirit, ex military, blind ambition, society, follow your dream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1963, 50s
Place: africa, kenya
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 8.2
 2K
1971 (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: India
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Based on true facts, the film revolves around 6 brave soldiers who escape from the clutches of the Pakistan Army and risk death with honour and courage with sacrifice towards their journey home.
Style: captivating, tense, psychological, suspense
Plot: escape, pow, army, military, soldier, freedom, courage, prisoner of war camp, prisoners of war, military prison, politics, death ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: india, pakistan, kashmir
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The Great Escape (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners ...
Style: epic, suspenseful, suspense, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: world war two, prison, prison escape, war, nazi, pow, soldier, luftwaffe, escape, military, freedom, camp ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, alps, switzerland
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The McKenzie Break (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A German U-Boat commander and 600 prisoners plan a daring escape from a PoW camp in Scotland.
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Plot: world war two, war, captivity, military, battles, soldier, survival, prison life, nazi officer, escapades, confined, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: ireland, london, scotland
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 7.5
 5K
King Rat (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: When Singapore surrendered to the Japanese in 1942 the Allied POWs, mostly British but including a few Americans, were incarcerated in Changi prison. This was a POW detention center like no other. There were no walls or barbed-wire fences for the ...
Style: bleak, realistic, dramatic, talky, harsh ...
Plot: world war two, prison, war, prisoner of war camp, prisoners of war, friendship, wartime, prison life, rat, british, capitalism, prejudice ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: california, poland, england, japan, asia ...
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 6.6
 23K
The Great Raid (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 132 min.
Story: As World War II rages, the elite Sixth Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over 500 American prisoners of war.
Style: tense, harsh, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, military, rescue mission, pow, world war two, escape attempt, human spirit, against the odds, military life, massacre, behind enemy lines, daring rescue ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: the philippines, asia, germany, poland, japan ...
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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, bleak, psychological, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: world war two, pow, war crime, prison, anti war, christmas, war, samurai, japanese occupation, imperial japan, prisoner of war camp, british ...
Time: 1940s, 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1936 ...
Place: asia, tokyo, japan, australia, indonesia
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 7.3
 107K
Rescue Dawn (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, War
Country: USA, Luxembourg
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, tense, harsh, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, survival, pow, escape, war, soldier, prison, camp, violence, jungle, human spirit, confined ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: vietnam, laos, asia
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The Champion of Auschwitz (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: Poland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: It is 1940. The first transport of prisoners arrives at the newly created concentration camp Auschwitz. One of them is Tadeusz “Teddy” Pietrzykowski, pre-war boxing champion of Warsaw. The camp officers force him to fight in the ring for his and ...
Style: disturbing, tense, captivating, suspense
Plot: concentration camp, boxing champion, boxer, military camp, world war two, athlete's life, prizefighter, athlete and trainer, historical character, camp, prisoner of war camp, professional sports ...
Place: poland
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 5.8
 667
The Match (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, Sport, War
Country: Croatia, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Inspired by true events from the spring of 1944 when the Nazis organized a football match between a team of camp inmates and an elite Nazi team on Adolf Hitler's birthday. A match the prisoners are determined to win, no matter what happens.
Style: suspense, tense
Plot: world war two, football, soccer, sport team, concentration camp, prisoner of war camp, prisoners of war, soccer match, nazi, sport, football team, football player ...
Time: year 1944
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Burnt by the Sun 2: Exodus (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 181 min.
Story: Epic film about WWII, a sequel to Utomlyonnye solntsem (1994). Evil Stalin is terrorizing people of Russia while the Nazis are advancing. Russian officer Kotov, who miraculously survived the death sentence in Stalin's Purge, is now fighting in ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, military, wartime life, dishonesty, life is a bitch, state affairs, soldier, war, family relations, battles, father daughter relationship, prisoner ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1943
Place: ussr, russia
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 5.7
 2K
In Tranzit (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, Russia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Nazi POWs suspected of heinous acts are locked up in a Soviet women's prison run by vengeful female guards. To weed out the guilty, the innocent must pay. Can supposed enemies turn into great loves? Based on a true post-World War II story, this ...
Style: sincere, uplifting, realistic, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: wartime life, world war two, soldier, captivity, against humanity, life is a bitch, prison life, genocide, society, confined, heroes, injustice ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two
Place: russia, europe, st. petersburg russia, ussr
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The Auschwitz Report (2021)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: This is the true story of Freddy and Walter – two young Slovak Jews, who were deported to Auschwitz in 1942. On 10 April 1944, after meticulous planning and with the help and the resilience of their inmates, they manage to escape. While the ...
Style: suspense, tense, disturbing
Plot: concentration camp, nazi, nazi occupation, world war two, male nudity, nazism, wartime life, wartime, jewish, prisoner of war camp, jew persecution, war violence ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944
Place: central europe
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 6.8
 129
Soul of Hero (2019)
Genre: Action
Country: Colombia
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A soldier will have a mission of rescuing his partner kidnapped in the Colombian jungle although he will miss a dating with a beautiful girl that is his partner's sister.
Style: captivating
Plot: jungle, soldier, rescue mission, military service, showdown, military, kidnapping, secret mission, military base, adventure, prisoner of war camp, wartime life ...
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Memoir of War (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: France, Belgium, Switzerland
Duration: 127 min.
Story: June 1944, France is still under the German Occupation. The writer Robert Antelme, major figure of the Resistance, is arrested and deported. His young wife, Marguerite, writer and resistant, was torn by the anguish of not having her news and her ...
Style: realistic, melancholic, serious, heartbreaking, compassionate ...
Plot: world war two, french resistance, nazism, concentration camp, wartime life, gestapo, nazi occupation, end of war, police officer, female protagonist, beach, sea ...
Time: year 1945, year 1944, 1940s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Saints and Soldiers: The Void (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Germany, May 1945, deep in the Harz Mountains a U.S. tank crew discovers a platoon of Germans preparing to ambush U.S. supply trucks.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: world war two, tank, war, racism, military, soldier, against the odds, save the day, military life, battles, human spirit, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1944
Place: germany, europe
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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: touching, harsh, serious, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: world war two, pow, holocaust, prison, island, war, friendship, justice, war crime, nazi, human spirit, prison life ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: japan, indonesia, asia, germany, australia ...
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 6.6
 31K
Victory (1981)
Genre: Drama, Sport, War
Country: UK, USA, Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A group of POWs in a German prison camp during World War II play the German National Soccer Team in this powerful film depicting the role of prisoners during wartime.
Style: inspirational, serious, exciting, suspenseful, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, world war two, football, soccer, sport, escape, human spirit, nazi, war, contests and competitions, against the odds, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century
Place: germany, england, poland, argentina, france ...
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The Password Is Courage (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A British officer, captured by the Germans, tries everything he can to escape. In the process, amongst many other adventures he gets awarded the Iron Cross !! Based on a true story.
Plot: world war two, prisoner of war camp, railway, prisoners of war, prison escape, resistance, military prison, pow, claustrophobia, train station, escape, british ...
Time: 1940s
Place: poland, germany
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Von Ryan's Express (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Von Ryan's Express stars Frank Sinatra as a POW colonel who leads a daring escape from Nazi Germany by taking over a freight train, but he has to win over the British soldiers he finds himself commanding.
Style: realistic, exciting, harsh, scenic, talky ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: train, world war two, war, escape, prison, prison escape, behind enemy lines, nazi, prisoners of war, railway, soldier, adventure ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: italy, germany, new jersey, europe, milan italy ...
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Prisoners of the Sun (1990)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: On an obscure Pacific Island just north of Australia, the Japanese Empire has operated a prisoner of war camp for Australian soldiers. At the close of World War II, the liberated POWs tell a gruesome tale of mass executions of over eight hundred ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, bleak, suspenseful
Plot: world war two, courtroom drama, courtroom, prisoner of war camp, war crime, prisoners of war, island, murder, army investigation, legal, against humanity, confined ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: asia, indonesia, australia, japan
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