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1. The World at War (1973–1976)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 19,432

2. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

PG | 251 min | Documentary, History, War

An in-depth exploration of the various reactions by the French people to the Vichy government's acceptance of Nazi invasion.

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Georges Bidault, Matthäus Bleibinger, Charles Braun, Maurice Buckmaster

Votes: 3,304

3. The Nazis: A Warning from History (1997– )

292 min | Documentary, History, War

An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Adolf Hitler's rise to power.

Stars: Samuel West, Adolf Buchner, Jutta Rüdiger, Günther Ruschin

Votes: 1,477

4. Nuremberg (1948)

Approved | 78 min | Documentary

The official U.S. government film about the 1st Nuremberg trial (The Trial of the Major Nazi War Criminals) which lasted from November 20, 1945 to October 1, 1946.

Director: Stuart Schulberg | Stars: Francis Biddle, Karl Dönitz, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick

Votes: 74

5. The War (2007)

TV-14 | 124 min | Documentary, History, War

A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families.

Stars: Keith David, Katharine Phillips, Tom Hanks, Paul Fussell

Votes: 4,230

6. Survivors of the Holocaust (1996 TV Movie)

70 min | Documentary, History, War

This documentary blends personal accounts of what happened before, during and after WWII. One testimony tells of a sister sending tear-stained letters from the prison camp, while another ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Holzman | Stars: Steven Spielberg, Henry Rosmarin, Hellmuth Szprycer

Votes: 178

7. Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004)

92 min | Documentary, History

The history of Hollywood's handling of the Nazis and its later depiction of the Holocaust they perpetrated.

Director: Daniel Anker | Stars: Gene Hackman, Norma Barzman, Jack Benny, Michael Berenbaum

Votes: 597 | Gross: $0.02M

8. Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust (2004)

Unrated | 97 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Menachem Daum, the son of holocaust survivors, and a New York Orthodox Jew worries that both of his sons, full time yeshiva students who live with their families in Israel, are becoming ... See full summary »

Directors: Menachem Daum, Oren Rudavsky | Stars: Akiva Daum, Menachem Daum, Rifka Daum, Tzvi Dovid Daum

Votes: 156 | Gross: $0.05M

10. Schindler: The Real Story (1983 TV Movie)


The true story of Oskar Schindler's exploits in which he saved a thousand Jews from the ovens of the death camps, s told by first hand witnesses. The British Academy Award winning ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Blair | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Emilie Schindler, Oskar Schindler, Winston Churchill

Votes: 239

11. Night and Fog (1956)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History

The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 15,847

12. Shoah (1985)

Not Rated | 566 min | Documentary, History, War

99 Metascore

Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors.

Director: Claude Lanzmann | Stars: Simon Srebnik, Michael Podchlebnik, Motke Zaïdl, Hanna Zaïdl

Votes: 7,729 | Gross: $0.02M

13. War of the Century (1999– )

200 min | Documentary, History, War

Documentary examining Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.

Stars: Samuel West, Israel Abelesz, Viktor Anfilov, Vladlen Antsishkin

Votes: 404

14. Black Fox: The True Story of Adolf Hitler (1962)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, War

The rise and fall of Nazi Germany in part through the use of classical allegory.

Director: Louis Clyde Stoumen | Star: Marlene Dietrich

Votes: 136

15. The Brave Fighters: Resistance Stories Near Hitler's Ukrainian Headquarters (2010)

60 min | Documentary, Action, History

During World War II, ordinary citizens rescued many lives near Hitler's Headquarters in Ukraine. These are their stories.

Director: Edward Halitsky | Stars: Roxanne Halitsky, Steve Halitsky

16. They Drew Fire (2000 TV Movie)

56 min | Documentary

The story of World War II combat artists and their art.

Director: Brian Lanker | Stars: Jason Robards, Franklin Boggs, Howard Brodie, Manuel Bromberg

Votes: 30

17. Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of World War II (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Documentary, History, War

From the early race to build gliders to the D-Day invasion at Normandy and Nazi Germany's final surrender, "Silent Wings - The American Glider Pilots of WWII" narrated by Hal Holbrook, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Child | Stars: Walter Cronkite, Hal Holbrook, Andrew Rooney

Votes: 41

18. Untold Stories of World War II (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 53 min | Documentary, History, War

Showcases 3 major events during World War 2 involving both the Europeans & Pacific conflicts. The Raids to destroy Nazi Germany's heavy water production based in Norway, plus the final ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Burns | Stars: Ron David, James Delgado, Knut Haugland, Claus Helberg

Votes: 52

19. In Our Own Hands (2000)

85 min | Documentary, War

The story of the only all-Jewish fighting force in World War II.

Director: Chuck Olin | Stars: Peter Thomas, Mike Nussbaum, Nicholas Rudall, Arie Amir

Votes: 43

20. The Last Days of World War II (1995 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary, History, War

The end of the Second World War in Europe, and the aftermath: war criminals to be brought to trial, stolen art treasures to be returned to their rightful owners.

Stars: Bill Ratner, Konstantin Akinsha, Kenneth Alford, Tom Allen

Votes: 77

21. World War II: The War Chronicles (1983– )

Documentary, History, War

Important campaigns and battles of the Second World War II are narrated.

Star: Patrick O'Neal

Votes: 29

22. World War II: Breadlines to Boomtimes (1994 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 180 min | Documentary

A rare look at how a nation of men and women mobilized to convert our economy into a war machine, emerging as the most powerful country in the world. Hosted by James B. Sikking. Includes: ... See full summary »

Director: Wesley Emerson | Star: James Sikking

24. Triumph of the Will (1935)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, War

The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl | Stars: Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Max Amann, Martin Bormann

Votes: 13,984

25. Target for Tonight (1941)

Approved | 48 min | Documentary, Drama, War

The planning and implementation of an RAF night raid on Germany in World War II, concentrating on a low level mission by a Wellington bomber on an oil storage facility by the Rhine.

Director: Harry Watt

Votes: 234

26. Hitler: A career (1977)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, History

This meticulously assembled film dissects the Third Reich with an analytical blade, charting Hitler's improbable rise, his mastery of crowd psychology and his consummate skill in exploiting others' weaknesses.

Directors: Joachim Fest, Christian Herrendoerfer | Stars: Gert Westphal, Stephen Murray, Artur Axmann, General Bergeret

Votes: 1,334

27. The Goebbels Experiment (2005)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, History

67 Metascore

Through archival footage and dramatic readings of his personal writings, the life of Nazi Germany's Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels, is examined.

Director: Lutz Hachmeister | Stars: Udo Samel, Kenneth Branagh, Heinrich Brüning, Winston Churchill

Votes: 926 | Gross: $0.05M

29. The Last Steamship: The Search for the SS City of Medicine Hat (2010)

79 min | Documentary

A feature-length documentary which delves into the infamous history of the luxurious SS City of Medicine Hat, a 130 ft steamship which met her untimely end on June 7th, 1908 when she ... See full summary »

Director: Leanne Schinkel

Votes: 9

30. The Nazis Strike (1943)

Not Rated | 41 min | Documentary, Short, War

The official World War II US government account of Nazi international aggression leading up to the British and French declarations of war.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: Eduard Benes, Neville Chamberlain, Clementine Churchill, Winston Churchill

Votes: 711

31. Divide and Conquer (1943)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, History, War

The World War II US Government account of the European theatre of the war from after the English and French entry to the fall of France.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: General Bergeret, Karl Brandt, Winston Churchill, Warren J. Clear

Votes: 643

32. Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II (1992 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, War

An account of Black American soldiers in World War II who combated racism in the segregated military and on the home front. In April 1945, some Black American soldiers were among the first ... See full summary »

Directors: William Miles, Nina Rosenblum | Stars: Denzel Washington, Louis Gossett Jr., Leon Bass, Benjamin Bender

Votes: 53

33. Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. (2001)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, History, War

77 Metascore

A gripping account of the prisoners uprising at the Nazi extermination camp of Sobibor in 1943.

Director: Claude Lanzmann | Stars: Yehuda Lerner, Francine Kaufmann, Claude Lanzmann

Votes: 439 | Gross: $0.03M

34. George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin (1994 TV Movie)

46 min | Documentary, Biography, War

Produced and narrated by George Stevens Jr., this short documentary uses footage taken by his father when he was in the Army Signal Corps and follows American troops from D-Day in June 1944 to their stand in Berlin in May 1945.

Director: George Stevens Jr. | Stars: George Stevens Jr., Dick Kent, Ken Marthey, Ivan Moffat

Votes: 238

35. D-Day: The Total Story (1994 TV Movie)

Documentary, History, War

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Director: Rob Lihani | Stars: Gerald McRaney, Stephen Ambrose, John Keegan

Votes: 71

36. D-Day: Code Name Overlord (1998)

180 min | Documentary

From the search to find the appropriate landing site, the planning of the landing, its execution and aftermath, this is the complete story.

Director: Lanny Lee | Star: Dale Reed

Votes: 32

37. Ten Days to D-Day (2004 TV Movie)

90 min | War, Documentary, Drama

Following the lives of ten characters through their letters and diaries in the ten days before D-Day. The mini-series contains documentary interviews with the people on which the book, and this mini-series were based.

Director: Marion Milne | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Kate Steavenson-Payne, Richie Gibson, Jonie Broom

Votes: 82

38. That Was Our Rommel (1953)

80 min | Documentary, War

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Director: Horst Wiganko

Votes: 15

39. Rommel and the Plot to Kill Hitler (2006)

68 min | Documentary

How Field Marshal Erwin Rommel became implicated in the July 20, 1944 officers' plot against Hitler. A morality tale highlighting the dilemma of the modern soldier forced to choose between obeying orders and following his conscience.

Director: Nicholas Natteau | Stars: Yvonne Furneaux, Paul Gustavson, Stephan Jacobs, Steve Phillips

Votes: 14

40. Back to Normandy (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Documentary

A filmmaker returns to Normandy thirty years after a working on a movie based on a local homicide and tries to find the actors who worked on the project.

Director: Nicolas Philibert | Stars: Anne Borel, Claude Hébert, Nicolas Philibert, Nicole Picard

Votes: 132

42. The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stalin (1997)

77 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Documentary on how composer Dmitri Shostakovich used his Fourth to Ninth Symphony as a silent protest against the crimes of Stalin.

Director: Larry Weinstein | Stars: Valery Gergiev, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Flora Litvinova, Graham Haley

Votes: 111

45. The Occult History of the Third Reich (1992 Video)

Unrated | 155 min | Documentary, History

Four volume documentary set ("Adolf Hitler", "The SS Blood and Soil", "The Enigma of the Swastika", and "Himmler The Mystic") containing mainly B&W as well as some color archival footage, ... See full summary »

Directors: Tracy Atkinson, Joan Baran, Dave Flitton | Stars: Patrick Allen, Madjid Blavatsky, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 262

46. The Third Reich, in Color (1998 TV Movie)

105 min | Documentary, War

Most of what we know about World War II comes from monochromatic images and pictures. But this documentary brings something different: it's a fascinating collage of colored images from that... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kloft | Stars: Ion Antonescu, Martin Bormann, Eva Braun, Winston Churchill

Votes: 244

47. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1968 TV Movie)

180 min | Documentary, History, War

"The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" exposes the darkest chapter in history, from Adolf Hitler's rise to power as a Nazi demagogue to his ultimate fatal mistakes. Researchers spent ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Kaufman | Stars: Richard Basehart, Ernst Hanfstaengl, Erich Kempka, Hjalmar Schacht

Votes: 239

48. Order Castles of the Third Reich (2000)

58 min | Documentary

This film explores the mystic castles of Hitler's SS and political soldiers. The enormous neo classic and medevil fortresses were typical of nazi architecture in the Third Reich and today ... See full summary »

Director: R.J. Adams

Votes: 7

49. To the Shores of Iwo Jima (1945)

PG | 20 min | Documentary, Short, War