Film The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany  

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List Rules Films 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 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more

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The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox The Pianist is a 2002 historical drama film co-produced and directed by Roman Polanski, scripted by Ronald Harwood, and starring Adrien Brody. It is based on the autobiographical book The ...more

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more

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Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht Das Boot is a 1981 German epic film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by Günter Rohrbach, and starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Klaus Wennemann. ...more

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The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Heike Makatsch The Book Thief is a 2013 American-German war drama film directed by Brian Percival and starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse. The film is based on the 2005 novel The ...more

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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth POW from a German POW camp during WWII, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard ...more

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Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Tom Islava added Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel Life Is Beautiful is a 1997 Italian tragicomedy comedy-drama film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian book shop owner, who must employ his ...more

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Cross of Iron is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger Cross of Iron is a British-German 1977 war film directed by Sam Peckinpah, featuring James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason and David Warner. The film is set on the Eastern Front in World ...more

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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Tom Islava added Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 German-American war black comedy film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael ...more

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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee Marvin. The picture was filmed in England and features an ensemble supporting cast including Ernest ...more

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Triumph of the Will is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Mollevangsvagen added Triumph of the Will is a 1935 propaganda film directed, produced, edited and co-written by Leni Riefenstahl. It chronicles the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg, which was attended by more ...more

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's. The film stars ...more

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Kelly's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of WWII soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don ...more

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The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WWII epic film directed by David Lean, based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai by Pierre Boulle. The film is a work of fiction but borrows the ...more

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Downfall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
GeorgiosStylIanidis added In-gi Jeong, Eun-Kyung Shin, Park Sang-myeon Downfall is a 1997 South Korean film by Im Kwon-taek. The story revolves around an orphan girl who became a prostitute to survive and finds love with one of her clients.

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Where Eagles Dare is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 World War II action film starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary Ure. It was directed by Brian G. Hutton and shot on location in Austria and Bavaria. ...more

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
ChrisSkurkey added Vera Farmiga, Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a 2008 British historical-drama based on the novel of the same name by Irish writer John Boyne. Directed by Mark Herman, produced by Miramax Films, and ...more

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Hitler: A Film from Germany is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Mollevangsvagen added Peter Kern, Heinz Schubert Hitler: A Film from Germany, called Our Hitler in the US, is a 1977 Franco-British-German experimental film directed by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, produced by Bernd Eichinger, and co-produced ...more

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The Great Dictator is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
punksnotdead added Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Billy Gilbert The Great Dictator is a 1940 American satirical political comedy-drama film starring, written, produced, scored, and directed by Charlie Chaplin, following the tradition of many of his other ...more

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The Big Red One is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine The Big Red One is a World War II war film starring Lee Marvin and Mark Hamill, released in 1980. It was written and directed by Samuel Fuller. It was heavily cut on its original release, but a ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Tom Islava added Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan was from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It was produced by ...more

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Signs of Life is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Mollevangsvagen added Werner Herzog, Henry van Lyck, Wolfgang Reichmann Signs of Life is a 1968 feature film written, directed, and produced by Werner Herzog. It was his first feature film, and his first major commercial and critical success. The story is roughly ...more

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Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American film directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood, starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya. The film portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from the ...more

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Victory of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Mollevangsvagen added Der Sieg des Glaubens is a 1933 documentary film directed by Leni Riefenstahl.

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Olympia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Mollevangsvagen added Olympia is a 1938 German documentary film film written, directed and produced by Leni Riefenstahl, documenting the 1936 Summer Olympics, held in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. The film ...more

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Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
punksnotdead added Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey Cabaret is a 1972 musical film directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey. The film is set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, under the ominous ...more

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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Ayano Shiraishi Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical novel Grave of ...more

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Overlord is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson, Iain De Caestecker Overlord is a 2018 American horror film directed by Julius Avery, and the fourth installment in the Cloverfield series. In 1944, two American paratroopers are shot down over Normandy in the ...more

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The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn The Thin Red Line is a 1998 American ensemble epic film written and directed by Terrence Malick. Based on the novel by James Jones, it tells a fictionalized version of the Battle of Mount ...more

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Battle of Britain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer Battle of Britain is a1969 action film directed by Guy Hamilton.

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Wunschkonzert is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Mollevangsvagen added Ilse Werner, Carl Raddatz, Joachim Brennecke Wunschkonzert is a 1940 German drama propaganda film by Eduard von Borsody. After Die grosse Liebe, it was the most popular film of wartime Germany, reaching the second highest gross.

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We Make Music is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Mollevangsvagen added Ilse Werner, Georg Thomalla, Grethe Weiser We Make Music is a 1942 German musical comedy film directed by Helmut Käutner, starring Ilse Werner, Viktor de Kowa and Edith Oß.

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The Final Solution: The Wannse... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
KeronFrénçhîèRoberts added The Final Solution: The Wannsee Conference (Die Wannseekonferenz) Dietrich Mattausch, Gerd Böckmann, Friedrich G. Beckhaus

At the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942, senior Nazi officials meet to determine the manner in which the so-called "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" can be best implemented. The script is derived from the minutes of the meeting, since no verbatim transcription of the meeting exists, the dialogue is necessarily fictionalised. The main theme of the film is the bureaucratic nature of the genocide

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Operation Finale is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Lior Raz Operation Finale is a 2018 historical thriller film directed by Chris Weitz. 15 years after World War II, a team of secret agents are brought together to track down Adolf Eichmann, the infamous ...more