Aside from zombies and space monsters, the Nazis are among the most dependable foes. The Nazis are the worst. Because they were and will always be bad, we had to go to war. The question “Huh, I wonder if Nazis will still be a trustworthy foe in thirty years” wasn’t on the minds of anyone working on Raiders of the Lost Ark. While recent events have made some white supremacists more confident, we’ll always be ready to take them down with a slap. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of ten of the best movies where Nazis are shown the door. Please let us know if there are any that we’ve overlooked in the comments area below!
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1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Raiders of the Lost Ark may have introduced Indy to a gang of evil Nazis, but Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade introduces a whole new gang. The Nazis aren’t after the Ark of the Covenant this time; instead, they’re want the Holy Grail, the alpha and omega of the Ark. Henry Jones, Sr. (Sean Connery) will not be spared if they have to get their hands on the money they seek.
Other Nazi allies include Walter Donovan (Julian Glover), an American who joins the Nazis out of greed, and Dr. Elsa Schneider (Alison Doody), an Austrian archaeologist who—surprise!—has also joined up with the Nazis to further their agenda. It is a fitting end for a Nazi sympathizer like Donovan, who has been tricked into drinking from the wrong grail by a seductress. Adolf Hitler “appeared” as a “cameo” in this epic action-adventure, but Jones missed his only chance to take him out: the rest of the Nazis he defeated. This one was taken care of for us by history. the aforementioned Dave Trumbore
2. Green Room
Nazi punks, you scumbags, f*** off! That’s all there is to it. In Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, a young punk band is thrust into the midst of red-laced Neo-Nazi territory and their deadly battle for survival after they play at the wrong club and stumble into a murder.. An unsettling vision of a contemporary street-level regime is conjured up in Green Room by playing up the militaristic system of ranks and passionate true believers. That’s why it’s so thrilling to see their enslaved punk rockers fight for their lives in a desperate attempt to elude capture. Foutch’s Haleema
3. Inglourious Basterds
Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 film Inglourious Basterds, in which Nazis are brutally slashed, is perhaps the most delightfully violent example of such a film. A group of primarily Jewish American soldiers is featured in one of the film’s central plotlines, which revolves around killing Nazis. Aldo Raine’s swagger-heavy Aldo Raine leads the swashbuckling Basterds as they go on the hunt and mercilessly murder Nazis, usually leaving one survivor—albeit with his own type of marking—to tell the tale. Because Nazis are the worst, Tarantino knew he could get away with all kinds of heinous crimes if he used them as his villains. Inglorious Basterds, Tarantino’s alt-history film in which the Basterds and cinephile/survivor Shosanna (Melanie Laurent) kill Hitler and several of his senior men, was a surprise to many spectators. From Hitler’s visage being smashed by bullets to the sight of a Jewish girl laughing her head off serving as the last thing these Nazi idiots see, Tarantino milks this moment for all its worth. Quentin Tarantino is a god. It’s Adam Chitwood –
Hellboy’s villains aren’t Nazis, but the Nazis aid the three of Rasputin (Karl Roden), Haupstein (Bridget Hodson), and Kroenen (Karl Ruprecht) in their evil schemes (Ladislav Beran). Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has ordered a small group of soldiers to help Rasputin unlock the doorway to hell during World War II’s last days. This is what happens when Nazis fail: Rasputin is taken into Hell, and we get Hellboy. As a side note, the Nazis aren’t actually a part of the story (which takes place in the present day), but they’re just bad enough that they end up helping Rasputin. Matt Goldberg, author.
5. The Rocketeer
There is no one who despises Nazis as much as Joe Johnston. The Rocketeer, which he directed in 1991, was his first film adaptation of a comic book featuring a Nazi-punching superhero. The first issue of this 1982 comic by writer/artist Dave Stevens featured stunt pilot Cliff Secord, who in 1938 discovers a working prototype of a jetpack. What at first seems like a Golden Age tale about a winged guy battling baddies is revealed to be something considerably more sinister.
Billy Campbell’s Cliff does in fact find the stolen jetpack in Johnston’s adaption. But he also discovers that Neville Sinclair, a well-known movie actor, is a Nazi agent who is trying to acquire Howard Hughes’ flying prototype for the Nazis.. Jennifer Connelly’s aspiring actress Jenny Blake takes down the first Nazi, but it’s Sinclair who actually does the pounding. As soon as they realize that Sinclair and Lothar are Nazi sympathizers, the members of Eddie Valentine’s gang begin to turn on them. A squadron of Nazi paramilitary commandos is met by a team of mobsters and the FBI, who have been waiting in the wings. Dave Trumbore recommends it to everyone who enjoys a good laugh.
6. The Sound of Music
In a film where the lead character sings about “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,” Nazis are sung down and humiliated on the big screen. One may claim that Nazis “won” because Von Trapp family had to flee into the mountains, but everyone knows that Nazis come and ruin everything because that is what they do. Stupid Rolfe (Daniel Truhitte) ruined a wonderful story about a nun aiding a family with his “Heil Hitler” nonsense. Rolfe and his Nazi comrades will be dying in every trench while the Von Trapps are out there scaling every mountain. Matt Goldberg, author.
7. Dead Snow
Pop culture’s newfound obsession with Nazi zombies is understandable. Is there a way to make the undead more evil? Slap a swastika on them, please. How do you entirely remove zombies from their humanity? In order to make the Nazi army even more enjoyable to watch being mowed down, Tommy Wirkola turned the Nazis into physical monsters and follows through on that promise with gore gags at every opportunity. Instead of punching Nazis, Dead Snow cuts them to pieces with its blades. Dead Snow is a zombie kick-ass hybrid that straddles the genres of horror comedy and classic zombie films like Inglourious Basterds. Foutch’s Haleema
8. The Great Dictator
One of the greatest anti-Nazi films ever made was produced just as the Nazis were beginning their worst atrocities, just before the start of World War II. Adenoid Hynkel, the brutal tyrant in Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator, is strikingly similar to Adolf Hitler, the historical figure satirized in the film. Chaplin portrays both Hynkel and a persecuted Jewish barber in the film, and at one point, the tyrant gets a taste of his own medicine as the two characters trade places. At the time of its release, The Great Dictator was a risky film to make, given that the United States was still officially at peace with Nazi Germany. Chaplin’s film enraged Hitler so much that he is reported to have ordered his death. Obviously, that didn’t happen, but The Great Dictator’s audacity and wit remain a powerful—and funny!—piece of satire today. It’s Adam Chitwood –
9. X-Men: First Class
Magneto, the Nazi hunter. Yes, without a doubt. Erik Lehnsherr, a Holocaust survivor who believes he is the leader of a new master race, is one of the most captivating characters to emerge from comic comics. Even while Ian McKellen was legendary and endearing as the older Magneto, he didn’t get to go as deeply and darkly as Michael Fassbender does in the First Class series of films, which offers a wealth of material to draw on. This is an immensely emotional moment of cinema for Fassbender, whether it is a standoff with the man who killed his mother or simply defeating the big bad’s retired Nazi minions. Sadly, there aren’t more of them around. In fact, since that Fox is making hard-R superhero films, here’s a free spinoff idea: make that the next one. Foutch’s Haleema
10. Captain America: The First Avenger
Previously, I argued that Joe Johnston disliked the Nazis more than other film filmmakers. With this early MCU entry, Captain America returns for a second dose, one that’s a little more on the nose… as in, Captain America punched Hitler in the nose that one time. — Even though Chris Evans isn’t given the opportunity to do so in this film (though I’m sure he’d have loved to), he and Johnston perform an excellent job otherwise.
Captain America: The First Avenger returns to the origins of American toughness, optimism, and the relentless desire to stand up for what’s right in Captain America: The First Avenger. As a supersoldier who can take on Nazi Hydra agents and wipe off their ideals as well as their faces, Captain America is the ideal candidate. This story revolves around the heroics of Steve Rogers, a frail, tiny, and sometimes overlooked hero with a big heart. Captain America may have more muscles than most of us, but we’re all in this together. Oddly, we share a commonality with this fictitious hero: the opportunity to punch Nazis. Don’t squander time. the aforementioned Dave Trumbore