Nazis. They’re the focus of those seeking justice everywhere and have been put squarely in the cross-hairs of one of Hollywood’s newest offerings, Inglourious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt and directed by Quentin Tarantino. In the film, Pitt governs a cavalcade of Nazi-killing talent, providing us with what could be an end-of-summer hit.
However, Inglourious Basterds wasn’t Hollywood’s first dance with epic Nazi ass-kicking.
Nazis have rightly been the recipients of the cinematic hammer of scorn for years and now is a perfect time to showcase some of the best of the best examples of those evil bastards getting what’s coming to them.
Screen Rant is proud to corral some of the greatest silver-screen titles that feature unforgiving Nazi punishment, as we review the “Top 5 Movies Where Nazis Get OWNED!”
For those of you that haven’t partaken in this special piece of Hollywood, you are in for a treat. This film has not only been re-released on special edition DVD (with features that are something to truly marvel at) but features one of the largest casts of greats that I don’t think has ever been matched. This 1962 classic offers some history-based events (including paratroopers being mowed down by Nazis as they enter into a drop zone) that truly stoke the fire for vengeance. Fear not, folks. The Longest Day provides you with vengeance and then some. The cinematography is truly from a completely different age, and if you’re going to see Nazis get owned, why not see it differently than you’re used to? The focus on Hitler literally sleeping while the walls were coming down around his regime is truly something to behold. It was a different kind of film making, to be sure, and provides us our initial entry of Nazis being owned!
Recipe for Nazi-Ownage: Briskly convene a team of lethal commandos from all points. Provide and dice potentially-friendly spies who turn out to be Nazi sympathizers. Fold in an A-list cast chock-full-o’-talent and you have the 1978 follow-up to The Guns of Navarone: Force 10 from Navarone. Harrison Ford and the gone-too-soon Robert Shaw head this outstanding offering that teaches you what it means to be hanging by the skin of your teeth in an occupied foreign land. It’s also a perfect showcase of what happens to those that sympathize with the Nazis! They get OWNED!
While not a “feature film,” you would be hard-pressed not to call this HBO-offered series some of the best Nazi-fighting entertainment ever offered. From the cultivation of new recruits, to in-country bullets blazing, to quiet nights where even the bravest soldier would have messed his fox hole, to thunderous artillery shellings that make even the viewer’s teeth shake, this quality program offers up some of the most engaging scenes of Word War II ever. You also have an introspective look at a variety of operations that helped us not only “Own the Nazis,” but win the war. The storytelling in this series is a sample of why we must continue to tell the stories of the heroes and deeds of WWII, so that future generations can understand just what plans and sacrifices were required to ensure that the Nazi’s GOT owned and that freedom continued to ring. Add to the fact that Band of Brothers is over 10 episodes and you’ve got yourself a gargantuan platter of “Ownage de Nazi.”
Often it isn’t enough for the United States to send out our best bunch of baddie-dispatching commandos. The Dirty Dozen provides you a sample of taking the WORST of the best – military prisoners – and honing them into another set of fine Nazi-killing machines. The training of the new, bad-ass recruits is just as exciting as the action scenes featured in this film, and ends with one of the most engaging scenes that is sure to satisfy those looking for a high Nazi body count. The cast of (what were then) babies eventually became some of Hollywood’s biggest stars during the 60’s and 70’s, making this another excellent addition to anyone’s DVD library. It’s one of the greats to be sure.
Sure, Nazis have gotten “owned” by gunfire, carefully-plotted artillery rounds, blown up bridges and even baseball bats (see: Inglourious Basterds). Show me another film where the Nazis get their faces melted like crayola crayons in a microwave! Raiders of the Lost Ark isn’t just my favorite movie, it’s Hollywood’s best offering for seeing these nefarious bad guys get theirs. It also STILL retains the highest potential for a wide audience with subject matter (adventure, humor) that other films on this list just can’t claim. This initial installment of Indiana Jones and his adventures simply has more staying-power than most other films (even the classic The Longest Day, which would be Sominex for most younger audiences), and won’t soon be trumped.
I remember as an 11-year-old knowing that the Nazis were “bad” and that Indy and co. were good. The reason? Watch Indy OWN THEM ALL. When Indy doesn’t own them “the power of God, or something” does. It’s a TRUE example of good triumphing over evil and that’s why it serves as the pinnacle of Nazi ownage!
So you’ve got OUR 5 films. What did YOU think of the list? Got one that we missed? Discuss below and tell us of the many other feature films over the decades that showcase “The Nazis Gettin’ OWNED!”
To keep up with the latest on Nazi Ownage on film, check out Inglourious Basterds this weekend.