Nathan Ganapathi December 17, 2018

Top holocaust movies and why you should watch them

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One of the most documented tragic events in history is the Holocaust that claimed the lives of two out of every three Jews as part of the German’s “sacrifice by fire.” For many, this became a reminder of the worst kind of human intentions. Due to its great impact to the world, a number of Holocaust movies were made to educate as well as remind the viewers of what it was like to be in the scene.

What is particularly special about the following movies about Holocaust is that these films not only earned bags of nominations and awards but they also portray the holocaust in the most affecting and original way possible.


Life Is Beautiful (1997)

Directed by Roberto Benigni

This movie’s uniqueness minimizes all the gruesome situations in 1939 while not eliminating the brutality of Holocaust to the Jewish families. Directed by the comedian Roberto Benigni (who is also the main character), Life Is Beautiful is one great proof that imagination makes the impossible possible. Who would have thought that a movie can bring out the positivity of things from the Holocaust?

The story is set in Italy in 1939. Guido Orefice, a funny and charming Jewish Italian waiter meets and later weds Dora, schoolteacher whom he bumped randomly on the road. They have a cute little son, Giosue. They lived happily at a time until the dawn of Jewish persecution. The family gets forcefully separated and was put into the concentration camp to work. This is where the love of a father to his son and his wife silences the horrors of the situation. With Guido’s expertise in entertainment comes a world full of fun and games, at least as what he wants his son to believe.

It’s no wonder this movie won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was also nominated for many other categories.


The Pianist (2002)

Directed by Roman Polanski

This is another masterpiece among few other top Holocaust movies that will trigger tears out of your tear ducts. Director and Holocaust survivor Roman Polanski created this movie based on the autobiography of Wladyslaw Szpilman. The movie brought home numerous awards from different award-giving bodies. This include the Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Film, and Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay among other prestigious awards.

With Academy Award for Best Actor winner Adrien Brody at the foreground, The Pianist tells the story of a classical musician who made it out alive from the Holocaust with the help of some Polish resistance. However, it did not save him from witnessing one of the most horrible events in the history.


Schindler’s List (1993)

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Liam Neeson plays the character of Oskar Schindler in this greatly applauded Holocaust movie of the 1990s. It is only deserving for it to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Music Score, Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, and Best Production Design, and many more awards.

Oskar Schindler joins the Nazi in the intention of taking advantage of the political unsettlement. But once he arrives in Krakow, Poland, in 1939, he begins to see the soul-eating surroundings—execution of innocent lives, family separation, forced labor, and children left hungry among others—which later moved him to save lives to the point of losing everything he owns.

If you haven’t watch any of these Holocaust movies yet, I encourage you to discover these classical gems and see how, amidst the tragic state of a situation, the good will never be extinguished. Find out more about the Holocaust and Hitler’s speeches when you visit my website at Follow me on Facebook and Twitter to get regular updates on my blog.


Matiejunaite, Ieva. 2018. “10 Movies About the Holocaust You Have to See.” Culture Trip, July 5. Accessed on November 28, 2018.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. n.d. “Introduction to the Holocaust.” Accessed on November 28, 2018.

Plugged In. “Life is Beautiful: Movie Review.” Accessed on November 28, 2018.

Ebert, Roger. 2003. “Reviews: The Pianist.”, January 3. Accessed on November 28, 2018.

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