World War 2 like all other wars and major historical conflicts was marked by inscrutable amounts of destruction. The films documenting the war have been endlessly creative and have managed to blow the audience away. Great minds have worked together to document the war and bring us cinematic masterpieces. The World War 2 genre includes historical romances, heart-wrenching stories, and also movies that build empathy in us. Here are the top World War 2 movies that you should definitely watch.
5. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Release Date: September 12, 2008
Directed by Mark Herman and adapted from the novel by John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas tells the story of an unexpected friendship. Bruno who is eight years old is the son of the commandant at a German concentration camp during the war. Bruno befriends a Jewish boy, Shmuel across the fence. Their friendship has some truly unexpected consequences.
Release Date: July 19, 2017
Directed by none other than Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk has an amazing cast that includes Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles, Fionn Whitehead, and Tom Hardy. Dunkirk follows soldiers from the British Empire, Belgium, and France to be specific. They try to evacuate from the town of Dunkirk during a battle with the German forces. The movie has amazing storytelling and the audience is placed in the vicinity of the battleground where the events take place.
3. Jojo Rabbit
Release Date: October 18, 2019
Jojo Rabbit is a comedy about the Nazis but the movie highlights important issues in a very light manner. Taika Waititi put his heart and soul into this movie and it is adapted from Caging Skies. It also won an Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). The movie follows the story of Jojo Betzler who is a Hitler Youth cadet and believes in the ideas of Nazism instilled by his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler. However, his judgment is shaken when he finds a Jewish girl in his house.
2. The Imitation Game
Release Date: August 29, 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch left everyone speechless with his performance in The Imitation Game. Directed by Morten Tyldum the movie won an Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). It tells the story of Alan Turing who was a British mathematician. He joined the cryptography team to decipher the German Enigma. With the help of his fellow mathematicians, he builds a machine called “Christopher” to crack the codes.
1. Schindler’s List
Release Date: February 4, 1994
Number one on our list is none other than Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. The story follows Oskar Schindler, (played by Liam Neeson) a German industrialist and member of the Nazi party. He tries to save his Jewish employees after witnessing the persecution of Jews in Poland.