Films about the Age of Second World War

This collection provides information on selected movies, TV productions and documentaries on the themes of gender, military and war in the period covered by the Oxford Handbook.

The most important wars for this period include:

  • Cold War (1946–91)
  • Arab-Israeli Conflicts (1947ff)
  • War of Indonesian Independence (1945–49)
  • Korean War (1950–53)
  • African Wars for Independence (1952ff)
  • Algerian War (1954–62)
  • Indochina Wars (1946–79)

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Director(s): Vaughn, Matthew
Year of Publication: 2011

The famed comic book series The X-Men finds its origin story in the global politics of the Cold War. In 1944, in Poland, the boy Erik Lehnsherr unleashes his magnetic power when his mother is sent to a concentration camp. The evil Dr....

Director(s): Ron, Tal
Year of Publication: 1989

On the Eve of the "War of Independence," the Palestine-Israel War of 1947-49, a girl loses her way and ends up at a small strategic outpost by the Dead Sea. Populated by youths who just finished their army service in the Palmach, an elite...

Director(s): Khelifa, Said Ould
Year of Publication: 2012

Algeria’s entry for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film in 2013, Zabana!, directed by Said Ould Khelifa, focuses on Ahmed Zabana (1926-56), played by Imad Benchenni, an Algerian militant liberation movement leader of the , who...

Director(s): Riklis, Eran
Year of Publication: 2013

During the First Lebanon War, an Israeli pilot and a young Palestinian refugee find common ground. Fahed helps Yoni escape if the pilot will help him return to his family's ancestral village to plant his father's prized olive tree. Their journey...