Narvik: Hitler’s First Defeat is a Norwegian historical drama originally titled Kampen Om Narvik. Director Erin Skjoldbærg portrays the real events of the battle between Germany and Norway and the allied forces from the perspective of fictional soldiers and survivors. The film focuses on Ingrid Tofte (Kristine Hartgen), who is risking her life for her son Ole (Christoph Mathiesen), while her husband (Stig Henrik Hoff) revolts for the freedom of their country.
It’s a harrowing film that reveals the trauma of ordinary people as they face the consequences of choices they never made. But it is also a story of heroism and bravery that brought the Nazi regime its first defeat. If you found this film impeccable and a brilliant depiction of war and its realities, we have compiled a catalog of similar films for you. You can watch most of these movies like Narvik: Hitler’s First Defeat on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu!
8. Defiance (2008)
‘Defiance’ is a war film based on the book ‘Defiance: The Bielski Partisans. Directed by Edward Zwick, the film tells the true story of the Bielski brothers (Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber) who swear to avenge the deaths of their parents, who were murdered by the occupying German auxiliary police. On their quest, they meet a group of Jewish refugees and take them under their wing. What follows is a heartbreaking struggle for survival and hope in dark times. The central theme of the film is the survival and undeserved circumstances of civilians, which is also prevalent in Narvik: Hitler’s First Defeat.
7. The King’s Choice (2016)
Erik Poppe’s directorial work The King’s Choice is a biographical war film co-produced in four countries, namely Norway, Denmark, Ireland and Sweden. The film, originally titled Kongens Nei, is inspired by Alf R. Jacobsen’s novel of the same name. The focus is on the German invasion of Norway and how the royal family dealt with this catastrophe. It’s an extraordinary portrayal of the monarch’s patriotism and the decisions that led to this lesser-known but epic story. With a true-to-life portrayal of tragedy and related themes of nationalism, The King’s Choice should undoubtedly be on your watch list.
6. The Siege of Jadotville (2016)
‘The Siege Of Jadotville’ is an action war film based on the true story book ‘The Siege at Jadotville: The Forgotten Battle of the Irish Army’ written by Declan Power. The film tells the story of an Irish peacekeeping force that is led to Katanga by Patrick Quinlan (Jamie Dornan) to protect the miners. After a turn of events, the battalion is deployed against the French and Belgians and their 3,000 mercenaries. Similar to Narvik: Hitler’s First Defeat, the film shows how the unpredictability of politics and war can destroy the lives of innocent people.
5. Unbroken (2014)
Unbroken is a biographical war drama inspired by Laura Hillenbrand’s novel Unbroken: A Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption in World War II. The film chronicles the journey of Olympian Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who survives a plane crash and is stranded on a raft with two other crew members for 47 days. They are discovered by the Japanese Navy but imprisoned as prisoners of war who endure many atrocities instigated by the Japanese Army. This inspirational film captures all the key elements of Narvik: Hitler’s First Defeat, such as the strength of the human spirit and the importance of hope.
4. Anthropoid (2016)
‘Anthropoid’ is a historical drama film that tells the true story of Operation Anthropoid, a mission in which two Czech soldiers assassinate the highest ranking official of the Nazi era, SS General Reinhard Heydrich. Jozef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan) scout and plan in Czechoslovakia as political tensions rise and obstacles to the assassination soar. Directed and screenplayed by Sean Ellis, who masterfully stages the mission and creates an exciting atmosphere over the entire duration.
3. Max Manus: Man of War
Based on young Norwegian revolutionary Max Manus (Aksel Hennie), Max Manus: Man of War is a biographical war film that charts his rise from a simple man to the leader of a movement against German occupation of Norway. The film also explores his PTSD, personal demons, issues with women and all that resulted from his involvement in World War II. Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg have done their best to pay homage to the country’s wartime hero with this Norwegian film gem. The angle of revolt and retaliation is similar to Narvik: Hitler’s first defeat. Also, both films have the flair and heaviness of Norwegian cinema.
2. The 12th Man (2017)
‘The 12th Man’ is a Norwegian film and adaptation of the book by Tore Haug and Astrid Karlsen ‘Jan Baalsrud and Those Who Save Him. ‘The 12th Man is the original title of this historical drama directed by Harald Zwart. The focus is on Jan Baalsrud (Thomas Gullestad), who is sent on a mission with 12 saboteurs to destroy a German ship. Their plan goes awry and the men are captured. Jan escapes from the Nazis but has to deal with some mental and physical issues along the way. The film’s commitment to being historically accurate and portraying the moral dilemmas of Jan’s helpers is commendable. The narration, setting and unique visual storytelling style will remind viewers of Narvik: Hitler’s First Defeat.
Land of Mines (2015)
‘Land of Mine’ (original title: ‘The Under Sandet’) is a Danish historical war drama based on true, horrific events It is about German prisoners of war who were forced to clear landmines on a beach in Denmark after World War II. A Danish sergeant, Carl Leopold Rasmussen (Roland Møller), is put in charge of these young German soldiers. At first he hates her, but slowly he develops compassion. Director Martin Zandvliet shows the effects of wars poisoning both sides at the front. Additionally, both films will impress you with themes of human compassion and unwavering bravery.