15 films about partisans

The conduct of hostilities behind enemy lines has its own characteristics. Often you have to hide in the forests for a long time in order to carry out a successful sabotage and inflict maximum damage on the enemy. Below are films about partisans and the underground operating during World War II. The selection includes both domestic and foreign paintings.

72 hours (2015)

The action of the new Russian film about partisans takes place during the Great Patriotic War. A large Nazi garrison arrives in the small Soviet town of Stavrovo, located near the front line. An underground organization operates in the city, consisting mostly of yesterday’s schoolchildren. Komsomol members Aleksey and Dmitry grew up together, but the war puts friends in front of a choice that makes the guys enemies.

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Actors:
Irina Rozanova, Alexey Shevchenkov, Mitya Labush …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Young Guard (TV series 2015)

The next interesting novelty is a modern military-historical series about the events that took place in a small Ukrainian town at the height of the Great Patriotic War. In Krasnodon, an underground anti-fascist organization “Young Guard” was organized, which consisted mainly of young guys. The underground brought many problems to the invaders and played a significant role in the fight against the fascist regime.

Actors:
Nikita Tezin, Katerina Shpitsa, Yuri Borisov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Return to the hideout (2013)

A foreign war film tells about partisans operating in Holland in the late 30s. The fascists seize power and establish their tough regime. Student Hans and his friends organize an underground movement to help Jews escape Nazi repression. Each of the young people risk their lives for their beliefs, firmly believing that this is how the inhuman political regime can be stopped.

Original title:
Return to the Hiding Place

Actors:
John Rhys-Davies, Mimi Sagadin, Craig Robert Young …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.8, IMDb – 4.8

Age restrictions:
16+


In the fog (2012)

1942 Belarus is occupied by German troops. The invaders arrest the lineman Sushchenya with three colleagues. Having executed their colleagues, the occupants, for unknown reasons, release Sushchenya. After such a decision by the Germans, the locals stop believing the lineman, suspecting him of collaborating with the Nazis. Sergei Loznitsa’s film about partisans in the Belarusian forests received a high rating and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Actors:
Vladimir Svirsky, Vladislav Abashin, Sergey Kolesov …

Country:
Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, Latvia, Belarus

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
12+


Two (2010)

The Great Patriotic War is in full swing. Intelligence learns about a German cipher machine, which will soon be taken along a forest road. The partisans, located in the rear, decide to seize the apparatus and, if possible, the cryptographer. The operation ends in a fierce battle, only Aleksey Buryan and the enemy cryptographer come out of it alive. Now the hero of the film is faced with the most difficult task – to deliver the prisoner to the partisan camp through the wild forest.

Actors:
Andrey Merzlikin, Sergey Kalantay, Olesya Vlasova …

Country:
Russia, Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


The one who will come (2009)

1943 In a remote Italian province, the war is in full swing – a detachment of partisans is operating in the mountains, and a Nazi garrison is approaching the village. The mother of 8-year-old Martina is about to have a baby. On the night of the birth of the baby, German soldiers begin a full-scale extermination of local residents for helping the partisans. In world history, this punitive operation is called the massacre of Marzabotto.

Original title:
L’uomo che verrà

Actors:
Greta Zucchi Montanari, Claudio Casadio, Alba Rohrvacher …

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Disappeared (mini-series, 2009)

The Russian military series tells about partisans and scouts who lived in the forest during the Second World War. The major of the Red Army managed to escape from Nazi captivity. During his stay there, Toporkov managed to find out a lot of useful information about the future plans of the fascist units. With these data, the major comes to the commander of the partisan detachment and asks for a convoy with weapons in order to free other prisoners. But Toporkov still does not know that a traitor has wound up in the detachment …

Actors:
Kirill Pirogov, Yegor Pazenko, Vladimir Tolokonnikov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Challenge (2008)

The foreign film shows the story of the Belsky brothers, who organized a Jewish partisan detachment in the Belarusian forests. The brothers united more than a thousand people who lost loved ones in the war and are ready to take revenge. Other anti-fascist organizations rarely helped the detachment, which made the life of the partisans harder every day. An exciting guerrilla action movie based on real events.

Original title:
Defiance

Actors:
Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


In June 1941 (mini-series 2008)

Ivan Burov, lieutenant of the border troops, serves on the border between Poland and the USSR. After the Nazi attack, Burov is the only one left alive in his area. The lieutenant escapes and learns about the occupation of the village where the beloved woman lives. Then the hero of the series decides to become a partisan and starts his own war with the invaders.

Actors:
Sergey Bezrukov, Rostislav Yankovsky, Magdalena Gurska …

Country:
Russia, Belarus

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Max Manus: Man of War (2008)

The list of the best films continues with a Scandinavian picture about the life of the famous Norwegian partisan, based on real events. During the occupation of Norway by the Nazis, Max Manus defended his country. Having joined the resistance movement, the twenty-year-old saboteur becomes one of the main enemies of the occupying German regime.

Original title:
Max Manus

Actors:
Axel Henny, Agnes Kittelsen, Nikolai Kleve Brock …

Country:
Norway, Denmark, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


The Last Confession (mini-series, 2006)

Krasnodon is a small town in Ukraine, whose quiet life is disturbed by the invasion of the Nazis. Ordinary high school students, who until recently dreamed of love and made bright plans for the future, are forced to adapt to the situation. The young heroes of the serial film organize resistance and begin to fight the invaders by all available means.

Actors:
Ivan Vikulov, Eldar Lebedev, Anastasia Panina …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4

Age restrictions:
0+


Deep Current (2005)

The Belarusian feature film tells about partisans in the forest during the Great Patriotic War. Ivan Antonyuk is an ordinary Soviet official who, in difficult times, becomes the head of a partisan detachment. Ivan has to make difficult decisions and participate in various military events that affect the fate of people.

Actors:
Yaroslav Ivanov, Alexander Bespaly, Ekaterina Vasilyeva …

Country:
Belarus

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Come and See (1985)

The protagonist of Soviet cinema is a 16-year-old boy who dug out a carbine in the military garbage and went to the forest to the partisans. At the beginning of the picture, Fleur appears as a child, but going through the horrors of war from a boy quickly turns into a man. Childhood passes unnoticed, and on the face of the young man all the pain and fear that he had to endure become visible.

Actors:
Alexey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Lubomiras Laucevicius …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Rise (1976)

The action of the old Soviet film about two partisans takes place in the winter of 1942 on the territory of Belarus occupied by the Nazis. Two fighters go in search of food for the partisan detachment. Having stumbled upon enemies, Sotnikov and Rybak are captured. The Germans want to know where the partisans are hiding, and the soldiers are faced with a choice: betray and survive or die.

Actors:
Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Anatoly Solonitsyn …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Thought about Kovpak (3 parts, 1974 – 1976)

The military trilogy tells the story of a famous partisan formation. The first part shows how a small group of 12 people turns into a full-fledged partisan detachment. The second part is devoted to the crossing of the Dnieper and other operations on the Ukrainian front, such as the Saransk Cross. The action of the final film takes place in 1943, during the famous liberation raid.

Actors:
Konstantin Stepankov, Valentin Belokhvostik, Mikhail Golubovich …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Roadside Check (1971)

In 1942, the partisan detachment of Ivan Lokotkov found himself in a difficult position due to lack of food. The soldiers decide to capture the enemy food train, but how do you get to the heavily guarded station? A local policeman can help, but can he be trusted? The legendary Soviet film about partisans lay on the shelf for 15 years due to “ideological inconsistency” and was released only in 1986.

Actors:
Rolan Bykov, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Vladimir Zamansky …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Other films about partisans

  • Kruglyansky Bridge (1989)
  • Special Forces (mini-series, 1987)
  • In the woods near Kovel (mini-series, 1984)
  • Front behind enemy lines (1981)
  • From the Bug to the Vistula (1981)
  • Wait for the contact (1979)
  • Front to Front (1977)
  • Flame (1974)
  • Kingfisher (1972)
  • No Turning Back (mini-series, 1970)
  • Calling Fire on Ourselves (mini-series, 1964)
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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

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