World War I and Inter-War Era Films (1920's and 1930's)

by swedeandsour | created - 20 Feb 2016 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

A list of all the (good) films set between 1914 and 1939. This is mostly an inter-war era collection, but it includes films that take place in WW1 and others that feature the pre-war era of WW2. WW2-only films are not included (those need their own list).

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1. Peaky Blinders (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England; centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory, Sophie Rundle

Votes: 256,814

2. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law by conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 164,181

3. Moonzund (1988)

142 min | Drama, History, Romance

Captain Artenyev is in love with a beautiful lady-spy Klara.

Director: Aleksandr Muratov | Stars: Oleg Menshikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Lyudmila Nilskaya, Nikolay Karachentsov

Votes: 298

4. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 221,432 | Gross: $44.67M

5. Mephisto (1981)

Unrated | 144 min | Drama

A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and ... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági, Rolf Hoppe

Votes: 8,824

6. Beneath Hill 60 (2010)

R | 122 min | Drama, History, War

In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunneling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges.

Director: Jeremy Sims | Stars: Brendan Cowell, Harrison Gilbertson, Steve Le Marquand, Gyton Grantley

Votes: 7,119

7. The Blue Max (1966)

Approved | 156 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A young pilot in the German air force of 1918, disliked as lower-class and unchivalrous, tries ambitiously to earn the medal offered for 20 kills.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: George Peppard, James Mason, Ursula Andress, Jeremy Kemp

Votes: 6,019

8. Joyeux Noel (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History, Music

70 Metascore

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.

Director: Christian Carion | Stars: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Natalie Dessay

Votes: 26,520 | Gross: $1.05M

9. A Very Long Engagement (2004)

R | 133 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

76 Metascore

Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Jodie Foster, Dominique Pinon

Votes: 69,035 | Gross: $6.17M

10. War Horse (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

72 Metascore

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 140,165 | Gross: $79.88M

11. Birdsong (2012)

165 min | Drama, History, Romance

As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Clémence Poésy, Matthew Goode, Rory Keenan

Votes: 5,236

12. The Lost Battalion (2001 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 92 min | Action, Drama, War

Fact-based war drama about an American battalion of over 500 men which gets trapped behind enemy lines in the Argonne Forest in October 1918 France during the closing weeks of World War I.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Ricky Schroder, Phil McKee, Jamie Harris, Jay Rodan

Votes: 6,368

13. The Water Diviner (2014)

R | 111 min | Drama, History, War

50 Metascore

An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.

Director: Russell Crowe | Stars: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Isabel Lucas

Votes: 68,224 | Gross: $4.19M

14. Passchendaele (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama, History, Romance

The lives of a troubled veteran, his nurse girlfriend and a naive boy intersect first in Alberta and then in Belgium during the bloody World War I battle of Passchendaele.

Director: Paul Gross | Stars: Paul Gross, Michael Greyeyes, James Kot, Jesse Frechette

Votes: 7,752

15. Flyboys (2006)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Drama, History

47 Metascore

The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.

Director: Tony Bill | Stars: James Franco, Jean Reno, Jennifer Decker, Scott Hazell

Votes: 40,088 | Gross: $13.08M

16. The Red Baron (2008)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

German biopic loosely based on the World War I fighter ace Manfred Von Richthofen, nicknamed the Red Baron by friend and foe alike.

Director: Nikolai Müllerschön | Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Lena Headey, Til Schweiger, Joseph Fiennes

Votes: 11,278 | Gross: $0.04M

17. My Boy Jack (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 95 min | Biography, Drama, History

Author Rudyard Kipling and his wife search for their 18-year-old son after he goes missing during World War I.

Director: Brian Kirk | Stars: David Haig, Daniel Radcliffe, Kim Cattrall, Carey Mulligan

Votes: 5,016

18. The Trench (1999)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, History, War

58 Metascore

A story about a group of soldiers' last days before the battle of the Somme in 1916, showing the conditions in the trenches during World War I, and taking you into the minds of the soldiers.

Director: William Boyd | Stars: Paul Nicholls, Daniel Craig, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Danny Dyer

Votes: 2,339

19. Battle Ground (2013)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, War

Three British soldiers find themselves stranded in No Man's Land after a failed charge on the German Trenches. Set in France 1916.

Directors: Johan Earl, Adrian Powers | Stars: Johan Earl, Tim Pocock, Martin Copping, Denai Gracie

Votes: 1,831

20. The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, War

82 Metascore

Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Pádraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald

Votes: 43,594 | Gross: $1.83M

21. Admiral (2008)

Not Rated | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of admiral Aleksandr Kolchak who remained faithful to his oath to the Russian Emperor and fought against the Bolshevik rule after the 1917 October Revolution.

Director: Andrey Kravchuk | Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Sergey Bezrukov, Vladislav Vetrov

Votes: 7,348

22. The German (2008)

10 min | Short, Action

November 1940, during the greatest conflict man has ever known, an epic duel unfolds between two ace pilots, each willing to take the match to it's ultimate conclusion. Unknown to the pilots is a fate neither has considered.

Director: Nick Ryan | Stars: Toby Kebbell, Christian Brassington, Glenn Mullins, Gary Murphy

Votes: 180

23. Montevideo: Taste of a Dream (2010)

140 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A story about one team that decides to follow a dream that takes them on a journey to the First World Football Championship in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930. A dream that allows them to become true stars and living legends.

Director: Dragan Bjelogrlic | Stars: Milos Bikovic, Petar Strugar, Nina Jankovic, Danina Jeftic

Votes: 10,753

24. Behind the Lines (1997)

R | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

Based on Pat Barker's novel of the same name, 'Regeneration' tells the story of soldiers of World War One sent to an asylum for emotional troubles. Two of the soldiers meeting there are ... See full summary »

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, James Wilby, Jonny Lee Miller, Stuart Bunce

Votes: 2,129 | Gross: $0.02M

25. Josef (2011)

90 min | Action, War

It is a movie about survive in war time (WW1 East front). In dark colors, with interesting characters, mixture of ash and sand, puzzle of stories, cynic, precise, harsh, bitter, Rubick cube of times and events.

Director: Stanislav Tomic | Stars: Neven Aljinovic-Tot, Alen Liveric, Drazen Sivak, Sandra Loncaric

Votes: 398

26. Hanussen (1988)

R | 140 min | Drama, History

A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Erland Josephson, Ildikó Bánsági, Walter Schmidinger

Votes: 1,475 | Gross: $0.08M

27. Being Julia (2004)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

Set in 1930s London, this movie involves stage actors and actresses and their experiences with love and revenge.

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Annette Bening, Michael Gambon, Maury Chaykin, Jeremy Irons

Votes: 11,686 | Gross: $7.74M

28. Head in the Clouds (2004)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance, War

40 Metascore

From the roaring 1920s to the ruinous Spanish Civil War and Adolf Hitler's rise into power, the lives of an Irish schoolteacher, a provocative heiress and her Spanish muse are intricately interlaced, sharing the same destiny and passion.

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend, Penélope Cruz, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 14,187 | Gross: $0.40M

29. Gosford Park (2001)

R | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

90 Metascore

The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 75,979 | Gross: $41.31M

30. A Good Woman (2004)

PG | 93 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

53 Metascore

A 1930s American socialite creates a scandal in the expatriate high society of the Amalfi Coast of Italy when she forms a secretive relationship with a wealthy American unbeknownst to his young wife.

Director: Mike Barker | Stars: Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson, Milena Vukotic

Votes: 11,031 | Gross: $0.22M

31. Changeling (2008)

R | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

Grief-stricken mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) takes on the L.A.P.D. to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan, Gattlin Griffith

Votes: 227,323 | Gross: $35.74M

32. The Aviator (2004)

PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly

Votes: 317,186 | Gross: $102.61M

33. The Lover (1992)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jane March, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Frédérique Meininger, Arnaud Giovaninetti

Votes: 17,976 | Gross: $4.90M

34. Bright Young Things (2003)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, War

64 Metascore

An adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel "Vile Bodies", is a look into the lives of a young novelist, his would-be lover, and a host of young people who beautified London in the 1930s.

Director: Stephen Fry | Stars: Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily Mortimer, Dan Aykroyd, Simon McBurney

Votes: 4,927 | Gross: $0.93M

35. Brideshead Revisited (2008)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in England prior to World War II.

Director: Julian Jarrold | Stars: Matthew Goode, Patrick Malahide, Hayley Atwell, Thomas Morrison

Votes: 11,686 | Gross: $6.41M

36. Berlin '36 (2009)

100 min | Drama

45 Metascore

In the days leading up to the 1936 Olympics, the fate of high jumper Gretel Bergmann hangs in the balance as it is decided whether or not a Jewish athlete can be a part of the German Olympic team.

Director: Kaspar Heidelbach | Stars: Karoline Herfurth, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Axel Prahl, Robert Gallinowski

Votes: 791

37. Glorious 39 (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, History, Thriller

The adopted daughter of a privileged British politician uncovers a family secret in the weeks leading up to World War II.

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Romola Garai, Eddie Redmayne, Juno Temple, Toby Regbo

Votes: 4,988

38. Paris 36 (2008)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Music, Musical

40 Metascore

A man is charged with murder. He is Pigoil, the aging stage manager at Chansonia, a music hall in a Paris faubourg. His confession is a long flashback to New Year's Eve, 1935, when he ... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Barratier | Stars: Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Nora Arnezeder

Votes: 2,599 | Gross: $0.85M

39. Rambling Rose (1991)

R | 112 min | Drama

A young woman who exudes sexuality battles temptation.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Laura Dern, Robert Duvall, Diane Ladd, Lukas Haas

Votes: 4,447 | Gross: $6.27M

40. Death Defying Acts (2007)

PG | 97 min | Drama, History, Romance

48 Metascore

On a tour of Britain in 1926, Harry Houdini enters into a passionate affair with a psychic out to con the famous magician.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 9,425 | Gross: $0.00M

41. The Great Gatsby (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire

Votes: 448,470 | Gross: $144.84M

42. Kansas City (1996)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Music

57 Metascore

A pair of kidnappings expose the complex power dynamics within the corrupt and unpredictable workings of 1930s Kansas City.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Miranda Richardson, Harry Belafonte, Michael Murphy

Votes: 4,123 | Gross: $1.35M

43. Water for Elephants (2011)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a travelling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster's wife.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider

Votes: 107,601 | Gross: $58.71M

44. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009)

R | 119 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.4