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The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany

Updated March 27, 2021 9.5k votes 2.5k voters 152.6k views71 items

List RulesFilms about Nazis, World War II, and Nazi Germany. Vote up the best Nazi films.

The most volatile time period in modern history was the period of Nazi reign in Germany and the Holocaust. Stories from the Jews that managed to survive these events from Nazi Germany have left us inspired, awed and shocked us at what truly took place during the Adolf Hitler regime. Many good films have been made based on stories about the Nazis, but what are the best movies about Nazis? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank!

The movies on this list feature Nazis in one way or another. Most of these flicks are based on true stories that are almost too horrific to be imagined. Others take a fictional approach but still present a great storyline, and will still leave you in tears at the end. There are a number of movies on this list that have become some of the most classic in movie history!

This list features the best movies about Nazis including, The Pianist, Where Eagles Dare, The Great Escape, Letters from Iwo Jima, Schindler’s List, Soldier of Orange, Kelley’s Heroes, Saving Private Ryan, and Hangmen Also Die. Vote up the best films about Nazis below or add one that is truly great but not already on the list.

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    Schindler's List

    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Pianist

    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

    Released2002

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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    Das Boot

    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer

    Released1982

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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    Saving Private Ryan

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon

    Released2008

    Directed byMark Herman

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    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Sturges

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    The Book Thief

    Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson

    Released2013

    Directed byBrian Percival

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    Downfall

    Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz

    Released2004

    Directed byOliver Hirschbiegel

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    Life Is Beautiful

    Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz

    Released1998

    Directed byRoberto Benigni

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    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland

    Released1967

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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    Inglourious Basterds

    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender

    Released2009

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Cross of Iron

    James Coburn, David Warner

    Released1977

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

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    Where Eagles Dare

    Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton

    Released1968

    Directed byBrian G. Hutton

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    Kelly's Heroes

    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byBrian G. Hutton

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    Casablanca

    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1942

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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    Wunschkonzert

    Ilse Werner, Carl Raddatz

    Released1940

    Directed byEduard von Borsody

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    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Big Red One

    Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin

    Released1980

    Directed bySamuel Fuller

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    The Great Dictator

    Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard

    Released1940

    Directed byCharlie Chaplin

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    Battle of Britain

    Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier

    Released1969

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

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    Cabaret

    Liza Minnelli, Michael York

    Released1972

    Directed byBob Fosse

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    Hitler: A Film from Germany

    Peter Kern, Heinz Schubert

    Released1977

    Directed byHans-Jürgen Syberberg

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