Crime and Punishment: 18 films about the search for Nazi criminals

The history of the fight against Nazism does not end with the fall of the Nazi regime. The world community had to pass judgment on those who gave terrible orders, and those who obediently destroyed people. The search for fascists hiding from retribution dragged on for decades. In films about Nazi criminals, you will see how former executioners are overtaken by justice, and sometimes pangs of conscience.

American Traitor (2021)

The novelty of the movie in the court drama genre is based on real events. The actress from America during the Second World War moved to Europe and began working on Nazi radio, reading Hitler’s propaganda to an English-speaking audience. After the capitulation of Germany, the woman is taken to her homeland, where the trial is to take place. The sentence promises to be very severe – up to the death penalty.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Meadow Williams, Al Pacino, Karsten Nörgor…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.6


Secrets We Keep (2020)

A foreign drama film about the search for Nazi criminals is designed in the thriller genre. A Jewish Holocaust survivor moves to the United States, where she lives quietly with her husband. One day, a woman runs into a former warden on the street who has committed many murders and rapes. The heroine kidnaps the villain, disguised as a respectable citizen, and tries to extract confessions from him.

Original title:
The Secrets We Keep

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Chris Messina …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


The Collini Case (2019)

Rating acute social detective about the past that does not go anywhere, filmed in Germany. A wealthy German businessman is killed by a simple Italian worker. The perpetrator was arrested, but is not going to testify. A young caring lawyer has been appointed to defend the accused. In the course of a lawyer’s investigation , he manages to discover sensational facts.

Original title:  
Der Fall Collini

Genre:  
Detective, drama

Actors:  
Elias EmBarek, Heiner Lauterbach, Alexandra Maria Lara…

Country:  
Germany

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:  
16+


Operation Endgame (2018)

American feature film about the search for Nazi criminals after the war. One of the main fascist executioners of the regime, Adolf Eichmann, managed to elude justice and hide under false names for several years. In order to detect and punish the villain, who was going to finally solve the “Jewish question”, a group of special agents is created.

Original title:
Operation Finale

Genre:
Thriller, drama, military

Actors:
Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Melanie Laurent…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.6


Remember (2015)

A paralyzed Jewish old man reminds his demented old friend of his long-standing promise to avenge the assassination of his family by an Auschwitz blockfuhrer hiding under an assumed name. The 88-year-old avenger , holding a leaflet with detailed instructions, acquires weapons and goes to four addresses where people live with the same passport data as the criminal.

Original title:  
Remember

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:  
Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Jurgen Prochnov …

Country:  
Canada, Mexico, Germany, South Africa

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:  
18+


State v. Fritz Bauer (2015)

Action-packed modern film tells about the search for the Nazis after the war. The post of Attorney General in Germany is occupied by an honest and purposeful person who once went through imprisonment in a concentration camp. The country, trying to restore the economy and position in the international arena, does not want to stir up the past, but the guardian of the law intends, contrary to the system, to punish all fascists who committed war crimes.

Original title:
Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer

Genre:
Thriller, drama, biography

Actors:
Rüdiger Klink, Burghart Klaussner, Andrei Kaminsky …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
IMDb – 7.1


The Eichmann Show (2015)

Secret agents of the Mossad managed to kidnap and deliver to Israel one of the key organizers of the Holocaust – Adolf Eichmann. The trial begins. Two cinematographers – a producer and a cameraman, overcoming bureaucratic delays, are trying to obtain permission to film meetings in order to convey valuable historical footage to all mankind.

Original title:
The Eichmann Show

Genre:
Drama, history

Actors:
Martin Freeman, Anthony LaPaglia, Rebecca Front…

Country:
Great Britain, Lithuania

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.6


In the labyrinth of silence (2014)

Dramatic German film with a high rating about the trials of war crimes. Germany, having restored its economy and looking confidently into the future, is trying to forget the terrible events of the past. But one young prosecutor, with the support of an authoritative colleague Fritz Bauer, begins to investigate the criminal acts of the former guards and warders of Auschwitz. In conditions when the state has taken a course towards universal reconciliation, it is not easy to bring the villains to justice.

Original title:  
Im Labyrinth des Schweigens

Genre:  
Drama, history

Actors:  
Alexander Fehling, Andre Shimansky, Frederike Becht …

Country:  
Germany

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:  
16+


Wakolda (2013)

An elderly German meets an Argentine family and quickly wins the favor of new acquaintances. The couple’s daughter suffers from short stature. The old man, who turns out to be a doctor , offers to help and begins treatment. Parents, noting the strange methods and incomprehensible notes of the doctor, begin to suspect something is amiss. It turns out that under the guise of a modest doctor, the initiator of the most terrible genetic experiments of the Third Reich is hiding.

Original title:
Wakolda

Genre:
Thriller, drama, story

Actors:
Alex Brendemühl, Florencia Bado, Natalia Oreiro …

Country:
Argentina, Spain, Norway, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8


Wherever You Are (2011)

The once-popular rock musician retired from his stage career a long time ago, but continues to wear a goth outfit. From his cousin, the singer learns about the fatal illness of his father, but manages to come only to the funeral. After reviewing the papers left by the old man, the man learns about the terrible years of imprisonment in the concentration camp and decides to go in search of the cruel Nazi executioner described in the diary.

Original title:
This Must Be the Place

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Sean Penn, Francis McDormand, Olwen Fuere…

Country:
Italy, France, Ireland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.7


Payback (2010)

Top War Crime Movies continues the tense dramatic thriller. Three Israeli intelligence agents in the sixties carried out tasks to search for and eliminate former fascists in various countries. As time passes, one of the deadly trinity will again have to return to the old role, because another villain who eluded justice was discovered on the territory of Ukraine.

Original title:  
The Debt

Genre:  
Thriller, drama

Actors:  
Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain, Tom Wilkinson …

Country:  
USA, UK, Hungary, Israel

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:  
16+


Debt (2007)

A group of special agents who worked for the Mossad exterminated many hiding Nazis in the sixties. The villain nicknamed the Surgeon managed to slip away. In order not to tarnish their reputation, the Avengers put forward the legend of the death of a Nazi. Many years later, it turns out that the Surgeon is alive and, having reached a ripe old age, wants to repent. Former agents intend to correct once made a mistake.

Original title:
The Debt

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Gila Almagor, Yuri Chepurnov, Oleg Drach …

Country:
Israel

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.9


Eichmann (2007)

The list of films about the capture of Nazi criminals continues with a biographical drama based on the protocols of interrogation of a high-ranking SS man Adolf Eichmann. After the war, the villain managed to evade retribution, but the Israeli secret services tracked down this terrible man and forced him to stand trial. During the process, the whole world tried to understand how an executive official and an exemplary family man became a real monster.

Original title:
Eichmann

Genre:
Drama, military, biography

Actors:
Evner W. Less, Thomas Kretschman, Troy Garity …

Country:
Hungary, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Judgment (2003)

A police officer and an army colonel join forces to track down a Nazi henchman who committed terrible atrocities during the war years. The fugitive in hiding is indulged by government organizations, so he remains elusive. However, a Jewish group also came out on the trail of the bloody executioner – the ruthless avengers have already passed a death sentence without any trial.

Original title:
The Statement

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Northam…

Country:
Canada, France, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Nuremberg (mini-series, 2000)

The list of the best films about Nazi hunters continues with a two-part historical drama. After the end of hostilities, two dozen high-ranking figures of the Third Reich appeared before an international tribunal. A gripping mini-series based on authentic documents shows the Nuremberg trials from the point of view of chief prosecutor Robert Jackson and defendant Hermann Göring.

Original title:
Nuremberg

Genre:
Drama, military, history

Actors:
Alec Baldwin, Brian Cox, Christopher Plummer…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.3


Dossier “ODESSA” (1974)

The Nazi criminals who remained at large created a well-concealed and influential organization in post-war Germany. Former henchmen of Hitler help each other get legal protection, change names, hold high positions. The secret society has many influential patrons. A corrosive journalist goes on the trail of the organization and, together with the Israeli special services, is trying to prevent the ongoing lawlessness.

Original title:
The Odessa File

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Jon Voight, Maximilian Schell, Maria Schell…

Country:
UK, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 7.0


Nuremberg Trials (1961)

During the famous trial of fascist criminals, the case of a judge who served the Nazi regime is considered. The criminal, who delivered cruel sentences for the sake of power, was once a respected servant of Themis. The Nazi henchman has enough experience and knowledge to confront even the most prepared accuser. However, retribution is still inevitable.

Original title:
Judgment at Nuremberg

Genre:
Drama, military

Actors:
Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Maximilian Shell …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

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