Holocaust has been one of the most explored subject matter in movies across the globe. So, we have plenty of really good Holocaust movies to choose from for this list. But before we do that, let’s look at the history of Holocaust.
History bears testimony to the fact that humanity has often been subdued by the ruthless whims of tyrants! People have been slaughtered, freedom has been curtailed and liberty has been executed. Notwithstanding, the spirit of mankind kept the flame burning and allowed humanity to come out unscathed. However, there is one episode that scarred the human existence like nothing before and left a permanent dent on our collective conscience. Well, have no doubts! We are indeed talking about the Nazi propagation of Aryan supremacy and the resultant anti-Semitism that shook the world. Adolf Hitler and his bunch of sadist goons accounted for the killing of nearly six (6) million Jews across Europe. No wonder that popular culture is replete with references to the largest state-sponsored genocide in history. Cinema, an art form that draws largely from the contemporary society, couldn’t have remained aloof. Thus, we have had a large array of films from across the globe dealing with the Holocaust. Consequently, it is anybody’s guess that the concerned effort on the part of auteurs gave rise to a cognizable genre of movies.
We at The Cinemaholic thought about contributing our two cents to the admirable trend and make a list of the ten best movies about Holocaust. So, here we are! We want you to appreciate that the list hasn’t been concocted on whim. Conversely; critics’ views, audience perceptions and thematic wealth have been considered while drawing the following list of films. Now that the formalities have been doled out, let us get down to business as usual and list down the top films about the holocaust ever made. Majority of these are holocaust movies for kids or students. None of these are holocaust denial movie. You can watch some of these Holocaust movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Sophie’s Choice (1982)
A movie that features violent if not disastrous emotional undercurrents, Allan J. Pakula’s master cinematic venture ‘Sophie’s Choice’, based on a novel of the same name by William Styron, could be aptly categorized as a voyage through the alleys of guilt, remorse, violence and morbidity. The film chronicles the relationship between three unique characters – a poet, a Holocaust survivor and a schizophrenic. Critics have since dubbed it as one of the most authoritative works on the impact of Nazism. It was nominated for five (5) Academy Awards in 1983. Meryl Streep managed to clinch the award in the Best Actress category.
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