Movies & Television / Filme und Fernsehen

This is a list of movies and television series/documentaties we have used for research and/or just watched for entertainment. For the shows we have covered, we use the standard description of the show then we give the show a rating and review if we have covered it extensively.

The rating system and review from the Historical Society are of our own opinions. We do not endorse any particular show unless stated.

Iron Cross Rating System:
  • 5 Crosses – Excellent 
  • 4 Crosses – Good 
  • 3 Crosses – Average
  • 2 Crosses – Poor
  • 1 Cross – Terrible – Do Not Watch 

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Das Boot – 1981

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.

A stellar, classic movie about the German u-boat crews during World War II. An amazing performance by Jürgen Prochnow, he shines is this gritty tale of being at sea. 

Downfall – 2004

Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator’s final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

A masterpiece of German movies telling of the final days of Adolf Hitler in the bunker. Bruno Ganz portrays Hitler in a masterful performance. 

Enemy at the Gates – 2001

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Well made film on the Battle of Stalingrad. Unfortunately the film does portray the Germans as the villains leaving audience shaking their heads that they must root for the communist Soviet troops.

Fury – 2014

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened Army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Completely told from the Allied point of view, but a good looking film in the originality of the sets. In the film, we are able to see the famous Bovington Tiger 131. Unfortunately the panzer’s paint scheme is the original desert camouflage which does not fit  the time and place of the battle scene, but they do try adding items to help this. Brad Pitt does a stellar performance. The killing of surrendering Heer and SS soldaten does not sit well nor the uneasy treatment of German women in one scene. 

Valkyrie – 2008

A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II.

An excellent film with a great cast that portrays the plot to over throw Hitler on July 20th, 1944. While many are not Tom Cruise fans, Tom portrays Stauffenberg with a stellar performance and with passion. He does look the part with many scenes done on original locations of the coup in Berlin. 

Walking with the Enemy – 2013

A young man, separated from his family in WWII, disguises himself as a Nazi SS Officer and uncovers more than just his family whereabouts.

A very good film and drama that audiences will enjoy. 

War Pigs – 2015

A rag tag unit of misfits known as the War Pigs must go behind enemy lines to exterminate Nazis by any means necessary.

Another action film featuring some nice German equipment.