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The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany 

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Updated March 6, 2020 9.4k votes 2.2k voters 141.3k views 44 items

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

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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

Released: 2002

Directed by: Roman Polanski

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

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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

Released: 1981

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

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

Released: 2013

Directed by: Brian Percival

This film is a 2013 American-German drama film directed by Brian Percival and starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse. The film is about a young girl living with her ...more
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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Tom Islava added Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

Released: 2009

Directed by: Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino

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 Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

Released: 1963

Directed by: John Sturges

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) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Tom Islava added Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel

Released: 1997

Directed by: Roberto Benigni

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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The Boy in the Striped P... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
ChrisSkurkey added Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Vera Farmiga

Released: 2008

Directed by: Mark Herman

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (released as The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) is a 2008 British historical-drama film directed by Mark Heyman, based on the novel by John Boyne. During World War ...more
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Cross of Iron is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger

Released: 1977

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

Cross of Iron is a British-German 1977 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 War ...more
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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

Released: 1942

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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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Triumph of the Will is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Mollevangsvagen added

Released: 1935

Directed by: Leni Riefenstahl

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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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

Released: 1967

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

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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Kelly's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

Released: 1970

Directed by: Brian G. Hutton

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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Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Tom Islava added Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

Released: 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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Where Eagles Dare is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern

Released: 1968

Directed by: Brian G. Hutton

Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 WWII 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. Alistair ...more
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Downfall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
GeorgiosStylIanidis added Downfall In-gi Jeong, Eun-Kyung Shin, Park Sang-myeon

Released: 1997

Directed by: Im Kwon-taek

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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The Big Red One is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine

Released: 1980

Directed by: Samuel Fuller

The Big Red One is a WWII 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 restored ...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

Released: 1940

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

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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Hitler: A Film from Germ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Mollevangsvagen added Peter Kern, Heinz Schubert

Released: 1977

Directed by: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg

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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Downfall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
ngcahill added Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann

Released: 2004

Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Downfall is a 2004 German film directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, depicting the final ten days of Adolf Hitler's reign over Nazi Germany in 1945. The film is written and produced by Bernd ...more
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1939 Battle of Westerpla... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Jim_In_Texas added 1939 Battle of Westerplatte Michał Żebrowski, Borys Szyc, Jan Englert

Released: 2013

Directed by: Pawel Chochlew

1939 Battle of Westerplatte, originally titled in Poland as Tajemnica Westerplatte, is a 2013 Polish-Lithuanian war film written and directed by Paweł Chochlew. It is portraying the Battle of ...more
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Victory of the Faith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Mollevangsvagen added

Released: 1933

Directed by: Leni Riefenstahl

Der Sieg des Glaubens is a 1933 documentary film directed by Leni Riefenstahl.
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A Hidden Life is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist

Released: 2019

Directed by: Terrence Malick

A Hidden Life is a 2019 historical drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick. An Austrian farmer (August Diehl) refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II and is executed in 1943.
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Olympia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Nazis & Nazi Germany
Mollevangsvagen added

Released: 1938

Directed by: Leni Riefenstahl

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