We here at Frock Flicks are heartily on board with the sentiment, because there’s no question that Nazis, old and new, are dirtbag assholes who deserve punching in the face.* Let’s call out white supremacy when we see it, no equivocating, none of this “many sides” crap. We love historical costume dramas for the history, and we should be learning from that history — stuff like Nazis are always the bad guys.
Now historical movies don’t always have the best track record for spotlighting anti-semitism, racism, and sexism. A few comic-book movies and WWII battle movies enjoy beating the crap out of Nazis, but frock flicks tend to give Nazis a pass (there’s even an whole subgenre of period ‘love across enemy lines’ flicks, ew). But I’ve tried to find a few films that give us some satisfaction of punching Nazis, either literally or metaphorically, to remind ourselves that we all need to stand up to today’s Nazi rhetoric and white supremacy wherever we see it, online and off.
*Note: Do not even get into a “it’s not OK to punch anyone, not even Nazis” debate here. I will delete you ASAP.
Indiana Jones movies (1981-1989)
Indy is pretty much the patron saint of punching Nazis in movies. Also, your favorite 1930s archeology professor.
Charlotte Gray (2001)
Looking for women who hold their own against Nazis in historical films? This one’s heavy on the romance, but Cate Blanchett is a French Resistance fighter with pluck and verve (and awesome outfits).
Black Book (2006)
This is more of a sexy spy thriller, but Carice van Houten (aka Melisandre in Game of Thrones) seduces Nazis and works secrets out them as a Jewish Dutch Resistance double-agent. Use ’em and lose ’em, girl!
Swing Kids (1993)
Kendra loves the dancing, and you can’t deny that. But the story’s set in 1939 Hamburg with a Hitler Youth background. Along with the singing and dancing, there’s a “who’ll join or ditch the Nazis?” plot.
Female Agents (2008)
An engrossing film with Sophie Marceau leading a commando group of female resistance fighters in occupied France. Not much on the costume front, but strong, resourceful women characters worth watching!
The Sound of Music (1965)
Not sure why this topic is relevant in the United States in 2017? Try a quickie history lesson via film…
The Book of Negroes (2015)
A TV miniseries focusing on an African woman sold into slavery who is caught up in a revolution and escape.
Haunting story of a formerly enslaved woman, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Toni Morrison.
Oscar-winning story of crucial events in the Civil Rights Movement, lead by Martin Luther King Jr.
Malcolm X (1992)
Biography of the civil rights leader. In his own words: “We declare our right on this earth, to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being, in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.”
Well, you can at least do more than just watch movies. If you have a few bucks to spare, consider giving to a one-time or monthly donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center. For nearly 50 years, the SPLC has been tracking hate groups in the U.S. and working to teach tolerance in our communities.
Got more anti-racist, anti-white-supremacy, pro-punching-nazi frock flicks you want to recommend?