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Movies: World War II 1939AD -1945AD (Part II)


The Resistance


The Resistance Banker (2018) (Deborah Southwell)

In Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, banker brothers Walraven and Gijs van Hall face their greatest challenge yet when they decide to help fund the Dutch resistance.


Zwartboek (The Black Book; 2006) (Jaap Boender)

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.


Schindler’s List (1933) (Deborah Southwell)

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.


Secret Army (Peter Merritt)

During World War II, a Belgian resistance movement called Lifeline, based in Brussels, organises the return of Allied airmen who have been shot down by the Luftwaffe to the United Kingdom.


Defiance (2008) (Terry Martin)

Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters, and endeavor to build a village, to protect themselves and about one thousand Jewish non-combatants.


Prisoners of War (POW)


La Grande Illusion (1937) (Philip Middleton)

During WWI, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are eventually sent to a seemingly inescapable fortress.


The Great Escape (1963) (Deborah Southwell)

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.


La vita è bella (Life Is Beautiful; 1997) (Jaap Boender)

When an open-minded Jewish waiter and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.


Empire of the Sun (1987) (Deborah Southwell)

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation of China during World War II.


Tenko (Peter Merritt) TV Series

After the Japanese invasion of Singapore in February 1942, a group of British, Dutch and Australian women are held in a Japanese internment camp on a Japanese-occupied island between Singapore and Australia.


A Town Like Alice (1956) (Peter Merritt)

A newly wealthy English woman returns to Malaya to build a well for the villagers who helped her during war. Thinking back, she recalls the Australian man who made a great sacrifice to aid her and her fellow prisoners of war.


The Railway Man (2013) (Deborah Southwell)

A former British Army officer, who was tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.


Other (still working on time period)


Grave of the Fireflies (Mukel Patel)

A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.


The Young Lions (1958) (Terry Martin)

The lives of three young men, a German and two Americans, during WWII.


Das Boot (1981, original) (Peter Merritt)

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.


The Cruel Sea (1953) (Peter Merritt)

The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers.


Ice Cold in Alex (1958) (Peter Merritt)

During World War II in North Africa, a medical field unit must cross the desert in their ambulance to reach the British lines in Alexandria


Paths of Glory (1957) (Philip Middleton)

After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.


One of our Aircraft is Missing (1942)

During a raid on Germany a British bomber crew is forced to bail out after their plane is damaged. They land in Holland and are aided by Dutch civilians.


The Immortal Sergeant

During a WW2 patrol in the North-African desert, a Canadian corporal reminisces about his sweetheart and must lead his platoon when the sergeant gets wounded.


Cross of Iron (1977) (Terry Martin)

German commander Hauptmann Stransky (Maximilian Schell) places a squad in extreme danger after Sergeant Rolf Steiner (James Coburn) refuses to lie for him.


TV Series

Foyle’s War (2002-15) (Peter Merritt) TV Series

As WWII rages, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front; investigating crime on the south coast of England. Later series, see the retired detective working as an MI5 agent in the aftermath of the war.


Dad’s Army (TV Series) (Jonathon Pickles)

A ragtag group of Home Guard volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion during World War II.



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