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19,119 Ratings

Schindler's List

Directed by Steven Spielberg
United States, 1993


German businessman Oskar Schindler begins employing Jews in his factory during World War II for reasons of greed but becomes deeply moved by their plight. He then begins a campaign to save as many Jewish lives as possible from persecution under the Nazi regime.

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Schindler's List Directed by Steven Spielberg

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1994 | 7 wins including: Best Picture

1994 | 5 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1993 | 2 wins including: Best Film

BAFTA Awards

1994 | 6 wins including: Best Film

1994 | 6 nominations including: Best Actor

Directors Guild of America

1994 | Winner: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

The first time I saw “Schindler’s List,” it enraged me. . . . Not surprisingly, I see it very differently now. Whereas a quarter-century ago I only could recognize Spielberg’s signature, saccharine sentimentality, now I register how many punches he pulled — how carefully he built his very necessary case using the exact tools for which my younger (and rasher) self faulted him.
February 02, 2018
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My own reservations concern scenes of naked bodies, or, more precisely, naked extras, being herded into the gas chambers. These scenes have become so familiar as to be numbing, a kind of Holocaust pornography. . . . For me, the best scenes are oblique, suggestive, and all the more terrifying for that. . . . This, to me, is where Spielberg’s real brilliance lies: the light touches that underline the horror.
January 03, 2017
Candor compels me to admit that Schindler’s List not only made me blubber helplessly both times I saw it, once before and once after reading Thomas Keneally’s fascinating nonfiction novel; it has also, though I have some misgivings, won my gratitude and respect.
December 17, 1993
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