‘The Reader’ isn’t a perfect film. It isn’t the best age difference romance, and it certainly isn’t the best Holocaust film. Arguably, it might not even be Kate Winslet’s best film. But, there is something about it that creates a surge of riveting emotions in the viewer’s heart. Be it the butterflies of the first love, or the heartbreak you never get over; be it the memories of the past you can’t let go of, or the shame you can’t share. A lot of emotions were captured in ‘The Reader’, and its actors did an excellent job of bringing out the beauty and the depth of their respective characters. While Kate Winslet overshadowed all others by delivering the performance of a woman who seems haunted by her illiteracy, you can’t ignore the raw emotions that oozed out of the young David Kross’ portrayal of a heartbroken Michael.
While a lot of films have been made over the years that tried to portray the unimaginable horrors of the Holocaust, there are only a handful of films that provide the perspective of the other side. ‘The Reader’ was one such entry in the list. And, if you liked it, then, following is the list of movies similar to The Reader that our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like The Reader on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
14. Fugitive in Trieste (1951)
Talk about wrongful accusations (yes, Hannah’s act of letting people burn inside the church was beyond mercy, but the act of writing the report was a false accusation, nevertheless), this Italian film fits right in the genre. An Italian Air Force officer is accused of bombing a hospital ship during the Second World War. When everything seems stacked against him, his fiancée finds a witness who can prove his innocence.
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13. Daybreak (1954)