Road to Oppenheimer: 5 Moving Films Set in the World War II Era

Sharanya Kumar

Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Directed by Taika Waititi, this film follows ten-year-old Jojo, a member of the Hitler Youth, who discovers a Jewish girl hiding in his attic. Jojo Rabbit manages to be funny and touching, even as it unravels the horrors of the war through the eyes of an innocent child.

The Imitation Game (2014) 

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in this brilliant film about the British mathematician who created Enigma, the machine used by the Allies to decrypt German intelligence and win the war. Turing’s work is believed to have inspired the modern computer.

Life is Beautiful (1997)

When a family of three is seized and sent to a concentration camp, the father plays a series of games in order to hide their true situation from his young son. The light-hearted and joyful tone of the film makes the inevitable ending that much more heart-breaking.

Dunkirk (2017)

This historical film written and directed by Christopher Nolan tells the story of Allied forces as they attempt to evacuate from the French town of Dunkirk. The film received praise for its visual effects, sound design and cinematography. It also marked the acting debut of pop-star Harry Styles.

The Great Escape (1963)

A large group of Allied prisoners attempt to break out of an ‘escape-proof’ German camp. The film has an ensemble cast and is considered a classic. It is a fictionalised account of real events as described in the 1950 book by Paul Brickhill.

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