Allied, the latest movie starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard is now out in cinemas. The film tells the story of two spies, Canadian commander Max Vatan (Pitt) and French resistance leader Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard), who fall in love with each other during the course of their mission in Nazi-occupied French Morocco.
Their relationship is threatened when it's discovered that Beausejour could be a spy secretly working for the Nazis. Simply put, if Mr. & Mrs. Smith and the classic film Casablanca had an affair, this flick would be its spawn.
Some audiences will probably watch it to find truth to the reports of the rumored Pitt-Cotillard love affair that supposedly destroyed the marriage of the lead actor and Angelina Jolie. Unless you're one half of Brangelina or any of their multi-ethnic children, you'll most likely never know for sure. But other than the controversy surrounding it, this spy-thriller is a must-watch because it offers lot of tense moments and is further buoyed by the charm and talents of the two leads.
If Allied has piqued your interest and has you curious for more movies about the atrocities of the Nazis, here's a list of the most intense movies about Hitler and his minions:
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
In this movie by director Quentin Tarantino, Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) assembles a team of Jewish soldiers to commit acts of retribution against the Germans in Nazi-occupied France. Aldo and his men have a habit of scalping their victims and carving swastikas on their foreheads with a combat knife. Together with undercover agent and German actress Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger), the Basterds attempt to bring down the leaders of the Nazi party during a film screening in France. But first, they have to elude the cunning and ruthless Col. Hans Landa (a role that earned Christoph Waltz his first Oscar). The controversial ending had people talking when the film first came out, but it's perhaps one of the most cathartic scenes in all of cinema.
American History X (1998)
Can someone overcome a lifetime filled with hate? That's the question American History X attempts to answer. Edward Norton plays Derek Vinyard, a neo-Nazi who gets imprisoned for the killing of two black youths in a manner that will make audiences clutch their jaws in agony. He gets sent to prison and his experiences inside make him vow to change his ways. When he gets out, he tries to prevent his younger brother from spiraling down the same path that got him into trouble. Unlike most films that depict Nazis during the 1930s and 1940s, American History X shows Nazism, the ideology that Hitler started, in modern times.
Schindler's List (1993)
No list about Nazis and the Holocaust would be complete without this Steven Spielberg opus. Based on a true story, the movie stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German entrepreneur credited by many for saving the lives of many Jews from being sent to concentration camps during the Holocaust. Before bringing to life "He Who Must Not Be Named" on the big screen, Ralph Fiennes played the role of SS officer Ammon Göth in Schindler's List. It's a role that's infinitely more villainous than Voldemort because it's based on a real person. There's a scene in the movie that depicts Göth shooting Jews with a sniper rifle from the balcony of his villa as they work inside the grounds of the concentration camp. Needless to say, this powerful Academy Award-winning movie is not for the faint of heart.
Ever wondered where all those "Hitler Finds Out" memes came from? Well, here's your answer. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Downfall tells the story of World War II from the perspective of the Nazis. But more specifically, it depicts Hitler's last 10 days in his underground bunker in Berlin. On his last leg as Allied forces come from all sides, it shows the mental and physical breakdown of the formerly confident leader of the Third Reich. It also shows how Eva Braun, Goebbels, and other infamous Nazis prepared for their end in the most gruesome and ruthless of ways. As if you needed more reason to hate Nazis, right?
What is it about Brad Pitt and all these Nazi movies?! In Fury, Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Pitt) leads a Sherman tank with a five-man as the allies push further inwards into Europe. His team of misfits and mismatched parts take on a deadly mission behind enemy lines where they are hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned by German forces. The movie showcases the high mortality rates of those in tank crews, where they are essentially trapped inside metal boxes. In one of the scenes in the movie, fresh recruit Norman played by Logan Lerman, has to scrape off the charred remains of the tank gunner he is to replace. Remember that one the next time you complain about having to scrub the tiles in your bathroom.
Ever wondered how something as inhumane and as infernal as Hitler's Final Solution was implemented by the Third Reich? This BBC/HBO film depicts the 1942 Wannsee Conference and shows the mindset of the members of the Nazi party and how they were able to convince each other, sometimes through intimidation, that the best solution to the "Jewish problem" was extermination. While most movies about Nazis and World War II involve some kind of famous battle or military operation, Conspiracy is that rare World War II movie that doesn't showcase any action scenes whatsoever. Instead it shows how dangerous a group of influential people can be especially when they follow the wrong ideology of a morally corrupt leader.
Europa Europa (1990)
Based on a true story, Europa Europa tells the story of how then 13-year old Jewish Solomon Perel survived the Holocaust by taking on a different identity and eventually joining the Hitler Youth. Before he was separated from his family during Kristallnacht in Germany, Solomon or "Solek" was told by his father to survive at all costs. What follows is an unlikely journey into the heart of Nazi-occupied Europe. Part of that "unlikely journey" is having to hide his circumcised penis lest people know that he's actually a Jew. Seems funny, right? But as the movie shows, it's actually harder than it seems. The movie showcases Nazism through the experiences of a boy, but it shows how pervasive the indoctrination was that even the youth were brainwashed.
With his recent choice of movie roles, it seems like Daniel Radcliffe is determined to convince audiences that he is more than just that kid from the Harry Potter movies. In Imperium, Radcliffe plays Nate Foster, a young and idealistic FBI agent who goes deep undercover to bring down a radical neo-Nazi group that aims to start a race war. (Snape and Dumbledore would be proud.) Like American History X, Imperium gives audiences a window into the workings of present day white supremacy. The movie highlights how the US government can sometimes be too busy going after terrorists from outside their borders, disregarding threats that come from their own backyard.