The Best Nazi’s In Film History

While the six year war was raging through foreign empires, the US Bureau of Motion Pictures was issuing “The Government Information Manual for the Motion Picture.” It asked the studios to inject images of “people making small sacrifices for victory – making them voluntarily, cheerfully, and because of the people’s own sense of responsibility.” This manual suggested that before producing a film, moviemakers consider the question: “Will this picture help to win the war?”

Absolutely, would be the answer for all of the films associated with this list, with Captain America leading the pact of morale kick assery – if it would have came out during the war era. The films depict Nazi’s in disposable doses or in satirically mockery. But there is always one superior soldier amongst the fodder that poses the greatest threat to our hero/country/ideals. He’s devilishly intelligent, ruthlessly cunning and brutally on point.

He’s in possession of an uncontrollable hand. Wait. What?

Listen and Carry On

Day The Nazi Died by Chumbawamba

Hugo Weaving as The Red Skull in Captain America because he’s an iconic villain from the era.

Christop Waltz as Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Bastards

Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove in How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List

Charlie Chaplin as Adenoid Hynkel (Hitler) in The Great Dictator

Ronald Lacey as Major Arnold Toht in Raiders of the Lost Ark

Ladislav Beran as Karl Ruprecht Kroenen in Hellboy
In memory of Friday’s post on Graphic Novels.

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4 Comments on “The Best Nazi’s In Film History”

  1. 07.25.11 at 4:34 PM #

    So, this has to be my favorite List so far.

  2. 10.1.11 at 6:49 PM #

    Ralph Feinnes was amazing in SL. I admittedly have lotsa homework to do on the rest of your list, though. I’m a huge Saving Private Ryan fan, but there ain’t much Nazi action in that one, at least not dramatic portrayal wise, plenty of action….in a video game sense.

  3. 10.2.14 at 4:45 PM #

    helmut berger in the damned and salon kitty, oh and dirk bogarde in the night porter


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