He may be the most hated man in modern history but his life story remains an interesting and popular topic in cinema until today.
How can a man get away with such heinous crimes against humanity? Did he really survive World War II? Maybe you’ll find answers in the films below.
10 Best Movies on Hitler
Look Who’s Back (2015)
Let’s start our list with something light.
The German make fun of the notorious dictator in Look Who’s back (2015).
In the film, we see Adolf Hitler wake up to the 21st century and interact with the modern world through the perspective of a Nazi. The film plays out as a series of unscripted vignettes where Oliver Masucci, who plays him, goes about modern-day Berlin.
The film derives much of its humor from the interactions between Hitler and the public. It also features plenty of footage of the Masucci speaking with actual common people.
In Valkyrie (2008), Tom Cruise stars as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, a German pilot who came the most close to actually assassinating Adolf Hitler and overthrowing the Nazi Party of which he was also a part of.
While audiences already know how von Stauffenberg’s attempts will turn out, the film is still a fast-paced thrilling watch thanks to Bryan Singer’s excellent directorial skills.
Man Hunt (1941)
Although Man Hunt’s main plotline doesn’t really revolve around Adolf Hitler, the film does begin and end referencing the leader of the Third Reich so we included it on our list.
The film follows the story of a British big game hunter who is hunted by authorities after they suspect him of plotting to assassinate Hitler. It is a great commentary and observance of how the idea of Hitler’s death was such a common one in European cinema even before the events surrounding the Holocaust happened.
The Bunker (1981)
Based on a James P. O’Donnell book of the same name, The Bunker (1981) chronicles Hitler’s final hours as he waits for the outcome of the Battle of Berlin inside an underground bunker.
He is joined in seclusion by his most trusted companions: he would be wife Eva Braun, who he will marry in the bunker, Joseph Goebbels and Albert Speer. The film showed an interesting take on the often portrayed last days of Hitler by likening his relationship with Speer with that of Jesus and Judas.
Triumph of the Will (1935)
Triumph of the WIll (1935) is a pro-Nazi propaganda film recorded in 1934. Using seminal film techniques, the film chronicles the rise of Germany under the Nazi Party and Hitler through footage from the Nazi Congress in Nuremberg complete with impassioned speeches and lots of marching.
While the film’s ideologies aren’t agreeable, film historians recognize its pioneering techniques made for the foundation of the early documentary films produced after it.
The Victory of Faith (1933)
The Victory of Faith (1933) is another Hitler propaganda film made by the same director who made Triumph of the Will. It shows how Hitler’s rise to power was paved by the respect, adoration, and support of the German people for the would-be dictator’s cult of personality.
Funded by Nazi Party itself, it features footages from Nazi rallies particularly that of 1933 one in Nuremberg. The film offers a great contrast between how Hitler was portrayed in earlier films and the numerous ones that followed the end of World War II. Although all copies of the film were ordered to be destroyed by Hitler, a copy of it survives and was found in the 1990s in the United Kingdom.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Inglourious Basterds (2009) is probably the most brutal revenge movie you’ll ever watch. A war film directed by Quentin Tarantino, the film may not center on Adolf Hitler himself but his offscreen personality still plays a role in the plot.
Here we a group of Jewish American soldiers who is helped by a young Jewish refugee after she has witnessed the killing of her entire family at the hands of a Nazi Colonel Hans Landa.
Coming together against a common enemy, the two team up to hatch a plan to kill Nazi officers as they attend a film premiere at a theater the refugee owns.
The Last Ten Days (1955)
As you may have guessed from the title of the film, The Last Ten Days (1955) chronicles the last days of Adolf Hitler from his last birthday up until the day of his suicide. While the film’s story isn’t unique, what sets it apart from other films is that it is the first post World War II German film to portray an onscreen Hitler character. He is played in the film by actor Albin Skoda under the direction of George Wilhelm Pabst.
The Great Dictator (1940)
The Great Dictator (1940) is a satirical comedy film about Hitler and Fascism made by the comedy legend Charlie Chaplin.
Considered to be Chaplin’s best work and also his first sound film, the movie is most remembered for the scene where Chaplin, playing a Jewish barber who bears a striking resemblance to Hitler, goes up on a stage to satirize Hitler’s famous speech but instead of polarizing people he talked about democracy.
Also known as Der Untergang, Downfall (2004), is another film that chronicles the last ten days of Hitler and the eventual fall of the Third Reich.
Hitler is portrayed in the film by Bruno Ganz who gave an excellent and nuanced performance of the personality. Here we see the chaos, rage, and defeat that happen in Hitler’s underground Berlin bunker as he desperately tries to hold on to his illusions of grandeur as the Red Army advances to defeat his troops above ground.
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