Most Popular Forced Labor Movies and TV Shows
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1. War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.
Votes: 212,001 | Gross: $146.88M
TV-14 | 124 min | Drama, History, Romance
In the aftermath of World War II, a writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.
4. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War
British POWs build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors, oblivious of the Allies' plans to destroy it.
Votes: 191,721 | Gross: $44.91M
5. The Killing Fields (1984)
R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.
Votes: 48,773 | Gross: $34.70M
6. Papillon (1973)
R | 151 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Votes: 115,792 | Gross: $53.27M
7. First They Killed My Father (2017)
TV-MA | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History
Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.
8. Colonia (2015)
R | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History
A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from.
9. The Railway Man (2013)
R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A former British Army officer, who was tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.
Votes: 35,526 | Gross: $4.44M
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A man named Farmer sets out to rescue his kidnapped wife and avenge the death of his son, two acts committed by the Krugs, a race of animal-warriors who are controlled by the evil Gallian.
Votes: 43,075 | Gross: $4.54M
11. An American Tail (1986)
G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country.
Votes: 46,368 | Gross: $47.48M
12. Trafficked (2017)
R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller
In this story inspired by real characters, three girls from America, Nigeria and India are trafficked through an elaborate global network and enslaved in a Texas brothel, and must together attempt a daring escape to reclaim their freedom.
14. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Stranded on Mars with only a monkey as a companion, an astronaut must figure out how to find oxygen, water, and food on the lifeless planet.
15. King of Devil's Island (2010)
Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Drama
Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?
Votes: 16,905 | Gross: $0.01M
16. The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
R | 114 min | Drama
Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum.
Votes: 25,062 | Gross: $4.89M
18. Sweet Sugar (1972)
R | 90 min | Action, Drama
Prostitute Sugar is set up by a corrupt politician. She is convinced of the futility of appealing her case in the courts and signs on to a chain gang run by the notorious Dr. John who ... See full summary »
20. Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
Not Rated | 124 min | Drama
In medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.
21. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (I) (1959)
Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, War
A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.
22. The Professional (1981)
Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Victim of a plot which has resulted in his imprisonment in a Central African jail for two years, a French secret agent arrives in Paris to settle accounts.
23. As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)
TV-G | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
At the end of WW2, a German POW doing hard labor in the Soviet Gulag escapes from his Siberian camp to return to Germany but he's pursued by a Soviet NKVD officer.
24. 13 Minutes (2015)
R | 114 min | Biography, Drama, War
In November 1939, Georg Elser's attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails, and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action.
Votes: 7,662 | Gross: $0.16M
25. I Am Not A Witch (2017)
93 min | Drama
Following a banal incident in her local village, 8-year old girl Shula is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp... See full summary »
Votes: 2,461 | Gross: $0.05M
26. At War (2018)
113 min | Drama
After promising 1100 employees that they would protect their jobs, the managers of a factory decide to suddenly close up shop. Laurent takes the lead in a fight against this decision.
Votes: 1,173 | Gross: $0.00M
27. Fateless (2005)
R | 140 min | Drama, Romance, War
Fourteen-year-old György's life is torn apart in World War II Hungary, as he is sent to a concentration camp, where he is forced to become a man, and learns to find happiness in the midst of hatred, and what it really means to be Jewish.
Votes: 6,330 | Gross: $0.20M
28. The Mole People (1956)
Approved | 77 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia.
29. Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
R | 100 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Prequel to the first Missing In Action, set in the early 1980s it shows the capture of Colonel Braddock during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, and his captivity with other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape.
Votes: 7,148 | Gross: $10.80M
30. Nightmare in Badham County (1976 TV Movie)
R | 100 min | Drama, Thriller
During a road trip, two UCLA coeds end up in a Southern prison farm on trumped-up charges brought on by a small town sex-crazed corrupt sheriff.
31. Triumph of the Spirit (1989)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History
Fact based story about a former Greek Olympic boxer who was taken as a prisoner during World war II and placed in the Auschwitz prison camp. There he was permitted to survive as long as he ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,089 | Gross: $0.41M
35. Caged Women (1980)
Not Rated | 80 min | Adventure, Action
A bunch of delinquent women are shipped to an island prison run by the sadistic warden Carla. Forced into situations of sexual perversion and violence and torture, the prisoners band ... See full summary »
36. Why We Fight (1942)
Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, War
The official World War II US Government film statement defining the various enemies of the Allies and why they must be fought.
37. The Missing Picture (2013)
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary
Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.
Votes: 2,901 | Gross: $0.05M
38. The Blue Kite (1993)
140 min | Drama
The lives of a Beijing family throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as they experience the impact of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution.
Votes: 2,489 | Gross: $0.36M
40. Sheba and the Gladiator (1959)
98 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
Zenobia, Queen of Palmira, revolts against Rome and defeats the Roman troops... But she makes a big mistake when she falls in love with enemy officer Marco Valerio.
43. For the Term of His Natural Life (1983)
520 min | Adventure, Drama
In 1830's England, a young man from a good but troubled family is unjustly convicted of stealing a watch. He's transported to Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania) where he suffers under the enmity ... See full summary »
44. The Last Days (1998)
PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, War
In late 1944, even as they faced imminent defeat, the Nazis expended enormous resources to kill or deport over 425,000 Jews during the "cleansing" of Hungary. This Oscar-winning documentary... See full summary »
Votes: 1,792 | Gross: $0.42M
46. The Chronicles of Melanie (2016)
120 min | Biography, Drama, History
Based on the true story of Melanija Vanaga, this film is a brutally realistic and terrifying account of the mass deportation of residents of Soviet-occupied Latvia that took place in June 1941.
47. In the Crosswind (2014)
90 min | Drama, History
"Risttuules" is very emotional and tragic movie about mass deportation to Siberia based on memories of Erna. It all started 14th of June 1941 when trucks came for the innocent families with... See full summary »
49. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002)
110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Two youths sent for a Maoist "re-education" in the mountains fall in love with the village tailor's granddaughter.
Votes: 4,146 | Gross: $0.67M
50. China Cry: A True Story (1990)
PG-13 | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History
Drama set in the 1950s, based on a true story, about a young girl, Sung Neng Yee, who is brought as part of a wealthy Chinese family. She is eager to become part of Mao Tze Tung's "new ... See full summary »
Votes: 473 | Gross: $4.21M