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The Dig(2021)

PG-13
| 1h 52min | Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 264 votes)

As WWII looms, a wealthy widow hires an amateur archaeologist to excavate the burial mounds on her estate. When they make a historic discovery, the echoes of Britain's past resonate in the face of its uncertain future‎.

Life Is Beautiful(1997)

PG-13
| 1h 56min | Comedy, Drama
4.3/5 (with 5,021 votes)

A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up he tries to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.

Watchmen(2009)

R
| 2h 43min | Action, Mystery, Science Fiction
3.7/5 (with 3,379 votes)

In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered, an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger.

The Zookeeper's Wife(2017)

PG-13
| 2h 6min | Drama, History
3.7/5 (with 585 votes)

The account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning(2006)

R
| 1h 31min | Horror, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 590 votes)

Chrissie and her friends set out on a road trip for a final fling before one is shipped off to Vietnam. Along the way, bikers harass the foursome and cause an accident that throws Chrissie from the vehicle. The lawman who arrives on the scene kills one of the bikers and brings Chrissie's friends to the Hewitt homestead, where young Leatherface is learning the tools of terror.

The Pianist(2002)

R
| 2h 30min | Drama, War
4.2/5 (with 3,131 votes)

The true story of pianist Władysław Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

The King's Speech(2010)

R
| 1h 58min | Drama, History
3.9/5 (with 3,370 votes)

The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.

The Banker(2020)

PG-13
| 2h | Drama
3.8/5 (with 212 votes)

In the 1960s, two entrepreneurs hatch an ingenious business plan to fight for housing integration—and equal access to the American Dream.

Directed by George Nolfi

A Hidden Life(2019)

PG-13
| 2h 54min | Drama, War, History
3.6/5 (with 184 votes)

Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter faces the threat of execution for refusing to fight for the Nazis during World War II.

Tora! Tora! Tora!(1970)

G
| 2h 24min | Drama, History, War
3.6/5 (with 167 votes)

In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had surprised the Americans, covers the days leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, which plunged America into the Second World War.

Stargate: Continuum(2008)

3.5/5 (with 147 votes)

Ba'al travels back in time and prevents the Stargate program from being started. SG-1 must somehow restore history.

The Devil's Backbone(2001)

R
| 1h 48min | Fantasy, Drama, Horror, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 385 votes)

Spain, 1939. In the last days of the Spanish Civil War, the young Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucía orphanage, where he will make friends and enemies as he follows the quiet footsteps of a mysterious presence eager for revenge.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro - With Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes, Federico Luppi, Javier González Pantón, Junio Valverde, Irene Visedo, ...
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The Good Shepherd(2006)

R
| 2h 47min | Drama, Thriller, History
3.2/5 (with 370 votes)

Edward Wilson, the only witness to his father's suicide and member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion, qualities that help him to be recruited for a career in the newly founded OSS. His dedication to his work does not come without a price though, leading him to sacrifice his ideals and eventually his family.

Australia(2008)

PG-13
| 2h 45min | Adventure, Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 864 votes)

Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin by Japanese forces firsthand.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow(2004)

2.9/5 (with 447 votes)

When gigantic robots attack New York City, "Sky Captain" uses his private air force to fight them off. His ex-girlfriend, reporter Polly Perkins, has been investigating the recent disappearance of prominent scientists. Suspecting a link between the global robot attacks and missing men, Sky Captain and Polly decide to work together. They fly to the Himalayas in pursuit of the mysterious Dr. Totenkopf, the mastermind behind the robots.

Forever Young(1992)

3.2/5 (with 305 votes)

A 1939 test pilot asks his best friend to use him as a guinea pig for a cryogenics experiment. Daniel McCormick wants to be frozen for a year so that he doesn't have to watch his love lying in a coma. The next thing Daniel knows is that he's been awoken in 1992.

Mudbound(2017)

R
| 2h 15min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 441 votes)

In the post–World War II South, two families are pitted against a barbaric social hierarchy and an unrelenting landscape as they simultaneously fight the battle at home and the battle abroad.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day(2008)

PG-13
| 1h 28min | Drama, Comedy, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 119 votes)

London, England, on the eve of World War II. Guinevere Pettigrew, a strict governess who is unable to keep a job, is fired again. Lost in the hostile city, a series of fortunate circumstances lead her to meet Delysia LaFosse, a glamorous and dazzling American jazz singer whose life is a chaos ruled by indecision, a continuous battle between love and fame.

All Dogs Go to Heaven(1989)

3.4/5 (with 366 votes)

When a casino owning dog named Charlie is murdered by his rival Carface, he finds himself in Heaven basically by default since all dogs go to heaven. However, since he wants to get back at his killer, he cons his way back to the living with the warning that doing that damns him to Hell. Once back, he teams with his old partner, Itchy to prep his retaliation. He also stumbles on to an orphan girl who can talk to the animals, thus allowing him to get the inside info on the races to ensure his wins to finance his plans. However, all the while, he is still haunted by nightmares on what's waiting for him on the other side unless he can prove that he is worthy of Heaven again.

Directed by Don Bluth

The Natural(1984)

PG
| 2h 17min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 190 votes)

An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league.

Get on Up(2014)

PG-13
| 2h 19min | Drama, Music
3.4/5 (with 188 votes)

A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Foreign Correspondent(1940)

NR
| 2h | Mystery, Thriller, War
3.5/5 (with 106 votes)

The European war was only beginning to erupt across national borders. Johnny Jones, an American crime reporter dispatched by his New York publisher to put a fresh spin on the drowsy dispatches emanating from overseas, has a nose for a good story—which promptly leads him to the crime of fascism and Nazi Germany's designs on European conquest. In attempting to learn more about a seemingly noble peace effort, Jones walks into the middle of an assassination, uncovers a spy ring and—not entirely coincidentally—falls in love.

To Be or Not to Be(1942)

1h 39min | Comedy, War
4.0/5 (with 205 votes)

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.

Hope and Glory(1987)

PG-13
| 1h 53min | Drama, War, Comedy, History
3.4/5 (with 59 votes)

Director John Boorman drew from his own childhood experiences for this coming-of-age tale about a boy growing up in and around London during World War II. For young Billy Rowan, the nightly bombings provide a frightening show, but they include opportunities to rummage through the rubble with friends in the mornings. As Billy plays, his family struggles to remain intact as they suffer through the anguish and losses of wartime.

Tender Cousins(1980)

R
| 1h 32min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.9/5 (with 11 votes)

Teenage Julien (Thierry Tevini) loves his teenage cousin Julia (Anja Shute) among flowers in summer of '39 France.

Glorious 39(2009)

R
| 2h 9min | War, Drama, History, Thriller
2.9/5 (with 28 votes)

A mysterious tale set around a traditional British family on the eve of World War Two. Oblivious to the looming shadow of World War II, the wealthy Keyes maintain a confident façade in the British countryside until daughter Anne becomes an unexpected pawn. Her accidental discovery of secret recordings creates a rift in the family.

Puppet Master(1989)

R
| 1h 25min | Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction
2.9/5 (with 104 votes)

Toulon, a puppet maker, discovers an ancient Egyptian potion and uses it to bring his creations to life. His puppets become murderous little demons and escape. Distraught, the master takes his life. Years later, psychics tune into the existence of the monstrous marionettes and set off to stop them.

Radio Days(1987)

PG
| 1h 30min | Comedy, Drama, Music
3.6/5 (with 177 votes)

The Narrator tells us how the radio influenced his childhood in the days before TV. In the New York City of the late 1930s to the New Year's Eve 1944, this coming-of-age tale mixes the narrator's experiences with contemporary anecdotes and urban legends of the radio stars.

Swing Kids(1993)

PG-13
| 1h 52min | Music, Drama
3.4/5 (with 75 votes)

The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing and fun leads to more difficult choices as the Nazi's begin tightening the grip on Germany. Each member of the group is forced to face some tough choices about right, wrong, and survival.

Directed by Thomas Carter - With Jessica Hynes, Ciaran Madden, David Robb, David Tom, Jeremy Bulloch, Johan Leysen, ...

The Counterfeiters(2007)

1h 38min | Drama, War
3.7/5 (with 190 votes)

The story Jewish counterfeiter, Salomon Sorowitsch, coerced into assisting the Nazi operation of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp during World War II.

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