This best Holocaust movies list will familiarize you with all the important Holocaust movies that have ever been made. Watching these movies is not only educational from a historical perspective, but also nourishing to your very soul. After seeing them, you will understand a little bit more of the innate evil that man is capable of.
"Schindler's List." "Schindler's List" is probably the best-known Holocaust movie from the last 20 years, which is why it deserves to be number one on this list of the best Holocaust movies. This film dated to 1993 and was directed by Steven Spielberg, with Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson heading up the main cast. This movie was also notoriously shot entirely in black and white to give it that realistic and gritty feel, which was quite effective in conveying the inhuman despair the Jews felt at the hands of the Nazis. This movie is also quite long, so go to the bathroom before the movie begins.
"The Pianist." Starring sort-of-known actor Adrian Brody in the title role, "The Pianist" was from the year 2002 and produced an actual Oscar award for the then-young actor. This Holocaust movie told the tale of a true story that occurred to Wladyslaw Szpilman, who was a Jewish pianist. With the setting in World War II Poland, it shows how the Nazis are increasingly oppressing the Polish Jews, first starting with harsh edits and then the forcing of Jewish families into the ghettos. The survival of the pianist, Szpilman, turned out to be nothing short of miraculous.
"Defiance." "Defiance" is the newest Holocaust movie on this list because it comes from 2008. Starring Liev Schreiber and Daniel Craig, "Defiance" is also based on a true story, but this is a true Holocaust-Nazi story with a twist. It follow brothers who run off like pacifists into the woods after the Nazis kill their families and neighbors. Once in the woods, the brothers end up becoming leaders of sorts to other Jews who like them have run into the woods to escape the Nazis. This film may be easier to take in than "Schindler's List," mainly because it involves the Jew fighting back a little bit.