Top 50 underrated history movies

01.
The Promise
133 min | 2016 |
6.0 (166858 votes)
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9.26 (744 reviews)

Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris.

02.
Young Einstein
91 min | 1988 |
5.2 (8305 votes)
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7.69 (36 reviews)

Albert Einstein is the son of a Tasmanian apple farmer, who discovers the secret of splitting the beer atom to put the bubbles back into beer. When Albert travels to Sydney to patent his ...

03.
Newsies
121 min | 1992 |
7.0 (18435 votes)
|
9.02 (256 reviews)

A musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. When young newspaper sellers are exploited beyond reason by their bosses they set out to enact change and are met by the ruthlessness of big business.

04.
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
114 min | 1996 |
6.0 (9739 votes)
|
7.82 (54 reviews)

Two female friends become sexual rivals at maturity.

05.
The Dish
101 min | 2000 |
7.1 (15085 votes)
|
8.89 (153 reviews)

A remote Australian community, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing.

06.
The Nativity Story
101 min | 2006 |
6.8 (9735 votes)
|
8.58 (194 reviews)

A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

07.
Evita
135 min | 1996 |
6.3 (33468 votes)
|
8.07 (165 reviews)

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.

08.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
148 min | 2019 |
6.4 (8500 votes)
|
8.16 (327 reviews)

Story of Rani Lakshmibai, one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and her resistance to the British Rule.

09.
Risen
107 min | 2016 |
6.3 (24451 votes)
|
8.05 (182 reviews)

In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead.

10.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh
155 min | 2002 |
8.1 (14280 votes)
|
9.79 (34 reviews)

The story of a young revolutionary who raised an armed resistance against the British rule in India.

11.
Jesus Christ Superstar
106 min | 1973 |
7.4 (24672 votes)
|
9.05 (179 reviews)

Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life told in an anachronistic manner.

12.
Hey Ram
186 min | 2000 |
7.9 (11103 votes)
|
9.51 (53 reviews)

Saketh Ram's wife is raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. He is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is responsible for all the problems happening in the country and sets out to kill him.

13.
A Man for All Seasons
120 min | 1966 |
7.7 (30384 votes)
|
9.31 (164 reviews)

The story of Sir Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarry.

14.
Machuca
121 min | 2004 |
7.7 (10757 votes)
|
9.28 (40 reviews)

Two 12-year-old Chilean children from different social classes become friends in 1973. They both discover each other's world as political tensions in their country increase.

15.
The Alamo
137 min | 2004 |
6.0 (19328 votes)
|
7.58 (234 reviews)

Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio Texas.

16.
Heimweg
89 min | 1999 |
7.8 (12163 votes)
|
9.36 (123 reviews)

Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how they met in flashback.

17.
Cyrano de Bergerac
137 min | 1990 |
7.5 (22008 votes)
|
9.05 (74 reviews)

Famed swordsman and poet Cyrano de Bergerac is in love with his cousin Roxane. He has never expressed his love for her as he his large nose undermines his self-confidence. Then he finds a way to express his love to her, indirectly.

18.
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior
135 min | 2020 |
7.7 (19058 votes)
|
9.18 (885 reviews)

Tanhaji Malusare, a military chieftain in the army of the Maratha king Shivaji, leads the charge to capture the strategically important Kondhana fort guarded by the army of the fierce Rajput chieftain Udaybhan Rathod.

19.
Aftershock
135 min | 2010 |
7.5 (8552 votes)
|
8.96 (42 reviews)

The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.

20.
Luther
123 min | 2003 |
6.6 (14531 votes)
|
8.02 (84 reviews)

During the early sixteenth century, idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the Catholic Church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

21.
Bharat
150 min | 2019 |
5.4 (17719 votes)
|
6.82 (903 reviews)

At the cusp of India's birth as an Independent nation, a family makes an arduous journey to freedom at a cost. A young boy Bharat, makes a promise to his Father that he will keep his family together no matter what.

22.
Rob Roy
139 min | 1995 |
6.9 (39883 votes)
|
8.31 (107 reviews)

In 1713 Scotland, Rob Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and faces charges of being a Jacobite.

23.
Quest for Fire
100 min | 1981 |
7.3 (20237 votes)
|
8.69 (89 reviews)

This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source.

24.
Breaker Morant
107 min | 1980 |
7.8 (11826 votes)
|
9.19 (90 reviews)

Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.

25.
An Officer and a Spy
132 min | 2019 |
7.2 (9367 votes)
|
8.56 (34 reviews)

In 1894, French Captain Alfred Dreyfus is wrongfully convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's island.

26.
Salyut-7
111 min | 2017 |
7.2 (9190 votes)
|
8.55 (64 reviews)

USSR, June 1985. Based on actual events. After contact with the Salyut 7 space station is lost, cosmonauts Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Viktor Savinykh dock with the empty, frozen craft, and bring her back to life.

27.
The Warrior
158 min | 2001 |
7.1 (10614 votes)
|
8.45 (77 reviews)

1375. Nine Koryo warriors, envoys exiled by Imperial China, battle to protect a Chinese Ming Princess from Mongolian troops.

28.
The Best of Enemies
133 min | 2019 |
7.1 (8012 votes)
|
8.43 (89 reviews)

Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

29.
The Mission
125 min | 1986 |
7.4 (54595 votes)
|
8.72 (178 reviews)

Eighteenth-century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.

30.
Joyeux Noel
116 min | 2005 |
7.7 (27071 votes)
|
9.01 (142 reviews)

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.

31.
The Libertine
114 min | 2004 |
6.3 (34330 votes)
|
7.61 (239 reviews)

The story of John Wilmot, a.k.a. the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life's work.

32.
Tora! Tora! Tora!
144 min | 1970 |
7.5 (31047 votes)
|
8.78 (140 reviews)

In 1941, following months of economic embargo, Japan prepares to open its war against the United States with a preventive attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.

33.
The 13th Warrior
102 min | 1999 |
6.6 (114381 votes)
|
7.88 (431 reviews)

A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled in a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land.

34.
Glory
122 min | 1989 |
7.8 (118414 votes)
|
9.07 (363 reviews)

Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.

35.
The Innocents
115 min | 2016 |
7.3 (8960 votes)
|
8.56 (31 reviews)

1945. Mathilde is a French Red Cross doctor working on a mission to help the French survivors of the German camps. While she works in Poland, she is asked for help by a nun. In her convent, several nuns are pregnant.

36.
Samurai der Dämmerung
129 min | 2002 |
8.1 (21762 votes)
|
9.35 (89 reviews)

As the feudal Japan era draws to a close, a widower samurai experiences difficulty balancing clan loyalties, 2 young daughters, an aged mother, and the sudden reappearance of his childhood sweetheart.

37.
The Man Who Would Be King
129 min | 1975 |
7.8 (42995 votes)
|
9.05 (148 reviews)

Two British former soldiers decide to set themselves up as Kings in Kafiristan, a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander the Great.

38.
A United Kingdom
111 min | 2016 |
6.8 (13560 votes)
|
8.04 (65 reviews)

The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.

39.
Zulu
138 min | 1964 |
7.7 (35051 votes)
|
8.92 (198 reviews)

Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

40.
Mrs. Brown
101 min | 1997 |
7.2 (13161 votes)
|
8.42 (56 reviews)

When Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. John Brown, but their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil.

41.
Miracle
135 min | 2004 |
7.5 (46622 votes)
|
8.71 (237 reviews)

The true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Soviet squad.

42.
The Bounty
108 min | 1984 |
7.0 (23830 votes)
|
8.2 (88 reviews)

Fed up with their Captain's harsh discipline, a sailing ship's crew decides to take action.

43.
Macbeth
140 min | 1971 |
7.4 (12278 votes)
|
8.57 (99 reviews)

A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

44.
Kundun
134 min | 1997 |
7.0 (25699 votes)
|
8.16 (104 reviews)

From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

45.
La Rafle
115 min | 2010 |
7.1 (8079 votes)
|
8.23 (34 reviews)

A faithful retelling of the 1942 "Vel' d'Hiv Roundup" and the events surrounding it.

46.
Gallipoli
110 min | 1981 |
7.4 (35967 votes)
|
8.53 (117 reviews)

Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

47.
Eight Men Out
119 min | 1988 |
7.2 (18266 votes)
|
8.33 (76 reviews)

A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

48.
Anna and the King
148 min | 1999 |
6.7 (35216 votes)
|
7.83 (152 reviews)

The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s.

49.
Wuthering Heights
105 min | 1992 |
6.8 (11980 votes)
|
7.91 (76 reviews)

A man becomes obsessed with vengeance when his soul mate marries another man.

50.
Beyond the Gates
115 min | 2005 |
7.7 (10850 votes)
|
8.81 (47 reviews)

A Catholic Priest and an English teacher get stranded in a school in Kigali during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Top 50 overrated history movies

01.
Churchill
105 min | 2017 |
6.1 (11705 votes)
|
2.98 (157 reviews)

Ninety-six hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort.

02.
Mary Queen of Scots
124 min | 2018 |
6.3 (36529 votes)
|
3.45 (493 reviews)

Mary Stuart's (Saoirse Ronan's) attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

03.
Mission Mangal
130 min | 2019 |
6.5 (10498 votes)
|
4.11 (325 reviews)

Based on true events of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launching the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), making it the least expensive mission to Mars.

04.
7 Days in Entebbe
107 min | 2018 |
5.8 (13065 votes)
|
3.48 (215 reviews)

Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.

05.
The Third Half
113 min | 2012 |
7.7 (8122 votes)
|
5.46 (33 reviews)

Determined to build the best football club in the country, Dimitry hires the German coach, Rudolph Spitz, to galvanize his rag tag team but - when the first Nazi tanks roll through the city and Rebecca, the beautiful daughter of a local banker, elopes with his star player, all Dimitry's plans must change.

06.
The Favourite
119 min | 2018 |
7.5 (162226 votes)
|
5.33 (1150 reviews)

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

07.
Dunkirk
106 min | 2017 |
7.9 (526278 votes)
|
5.81 (2237 reviews)

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

08.
The Hurt Locker
131 min | 2008 |
7.6 (413001 votes)
|
5.63 (874 reviews)

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

09.
Battle of the Bulge
167 min | 1965 |
6.8 (14474 votes)
|
4.93 (122 reviews)

A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II.

10.
The Ghazi Attack
116 min | 2017 |
7.6 (11351 votes)
|
5.81 (66 reviews)

A Pakistani submarine, Ghazi plans to secretly attack Vizag port. For doing so, it has to get past Indian submarine S21.

11.
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
161 min | 2019 |
7.7 (497409 votes)
|
6.0 (5040 reviews)

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

12.
The Physician
155 min | 2013 |
7.2 (35671 votes)
|
5.53 (119 reviews)

In Persia in the 11th Century, a surgeon's apprentice disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians.

13.
Zero Dark Thirty
157 min | 2012 |
7.4 (265453 votes)
|
5.78 (645 reviews)

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

14.
The Zookeeper's Wife
127 min | 2017 |
7.0 (36942 votes)
|
5.44 (94 reviews)

Keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, must save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion in WWII Poland.

15.
Fetih 1453
162 min | 2012 |
6.7 (56095 votes)
|
5.16 (149 reviews)

After the death of his father Murat II, Mehmet II ascends to the Ottoman throne. After braving internal and external enemies, he decides to complete what he was destined to do - conquer Constantinople.

16.
The Revenant
156 min | 2015 |
8.0 (681570 votes)
|
6.49 (1460 reviews)

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

17.
The Other Boleyn Girl
115 min | 2008 |
6.7 (101653 votes)
|
5.23 (255 reviews)

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

18.
First Man
141 min | 2018 |
7.3 (157366 votes)
|
5.87 (1281 reviews)

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

19.
Robin Hood
140 min | 2010 |
6.6 (249092 votes)
|
5.19 (572 reviews)

In twelfth century England, Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power.

20.
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
128 min | 2016 |
5.2 (10950 votes)
|
3.8 (141 reviews)

During World War II, an American navy ship is sunk by a Japanese submarine leaving 890 crewmen stranded in shark infested waters.

21.
The Patriot
165 min | 2000 |
7.2 (250080 votes)
|
5.82 (808 reviews)

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

22.
The Assassin
105 min | 2015 |
6.3 (15253 votes)
|
4.95 (117 reviews)

A female assassin receives a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in eighth-century China.

23.
Marie Antoinette
123 min | 2006 |
6.4 (98270 votes)
|
5.06 (626 reviews)

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

24.
Red Tails
125 min | 2012 |
5.9 (32935 votes)
|
4.61 (273 reviews)

A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.

25.
Pearl Harbor
183 min | 2001 |
6.2 (306259 votes)
|
4.95 (1471 reviews)

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

26.
12 Strong
130 min | 2018 |
6.6 (64011 votes)
|
5.36 (329 reviews)

12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.

27.
Hotel Mumbai
123 min | 2018 |
7.6 (48440 votes)
|
6.38 (390 reviews)

The true story of the Taj Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and their families.

28.
The Lost City of Z
141 min | 2016 |
6.6 (75529 votes)
|
5.4 (242 reviews)

A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Major Percival Fawcett, who disappeared whilst searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

29.
Legend of the Fist
106 min | 2010 |
6.3 (9613 votes)
|
5.1 (32 reviews)

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious ...

30.
War Horse
146 min | 2011 |
7.2 (143894 votes)
|
6.1 (511 reviews)

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

31.
Operation Finale
122 min | 2018 |
6.6 (29337 votes)
|
5.51 (145 reviews)

A team of secret agents set out to track down the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust.

32.
21
123 min | 2008 |
6.8 (225125 votes)
|
5.72 (286 reviews)

"21" is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

33.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
114 min | 2007 |
6.8 (65752 votes)
|
5.77 (215 reviews)

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.

34.
W.
129 min | 2008 |
6.3 (45562 votes)
|
5.27 (299 reviews)

A chronicle of the life and Presidency of George W. Bush.

35.
The New World
135 min | 2005 |
6.7 (81619 votes)
|
5.69 (629 reviews)

The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.

36.
12 Years a Slave
134 min | 2013 |
8.1 (622100 votes)
|
7.12 (822 reviews)

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

37.
The Monuments Men
118 min | 2014 |
6.1 (122524 votes)
|
5.14 (365 reviews)

An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

38.
The Current War: Director's Cut
102 min | 2017 |
6.5 (15935 votes)
|
5.56 (174 reviews)

The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.

39.
Macbeth
113 min | 2015 |
6.6 (51820 votes)
|
5.67 (198 reviews)

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

40.
Elizabeth
124 min | 1998 |
7.4 (91099 votes)
|
6.49 (312 reviews)

The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

41.
The Front Runner
113 min | 2018 |
6.1 (10429 votes)
|
5.2 (98 reviews)

In 1987, U.S. Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair.

42.
Enemy at the Gates
131 min | 2001 |
7.6 (237429 votes)
|
6.72 (514 reviews)

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

43.
Jackie
100 min | 2016 |
6.7 (71219 votes)
|
5.87 (297 reviews)

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.

44.
Vice
132 min | 2018 |
7.2 (111556 votes)
|
6.43 (696 reviews)

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

45.
Mr. Turner
150 min | 2014 |
6.8 (23893 votes)
|
6.03 (172 reviews)

An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

46.
Serena
109 min | 2014 |
5.4 (26327 votes)
|
4.69 (92 reviews)

In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena.

47.
Across the Universe
133 min | 2007 |
7.3 (104847 votes)
|
6.67 (516 reviews)

The music of The Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

48.
The Post
116 min | 2017 |
7.2 (129053 votes)
|
6.58 (451 reviews)

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

49.
Day of the Falcon
130 min | 2011 |
6.7 (11041 votes)
|
6.11 (37 reviews)

Set in the 1930s Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom, the story centers on a young Arab prince torn between allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law.

50.
Defiance
137 min | 2008 |
7.2 (135687 votes)
|
6.62 (247 reviews)

Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters, and endeavor to build a village, in order to protect themselves and about one thousand Jewish non-combatants.