A novel written in 1979 and set in 1947 about the Polish Holocaust survivor Sophie. It was adapted into a feature-length film in 1982. The film won the 1982 AcademyAwards for best cinematography and best original score, and MerylStreep won her first Best Actress Oscar for her role as Sophie. Her performance was ranked the third-greatest in film history by ''Premiere'' Magazine.

!!The film provides examples of:

* AdultFear: Having to choose [[spoiler:which of your children to send to inevitable death]] is one of the scariest things almost any adult would have to face.
* AllCrimesAreEqual: Sophie gets taken to Auschwitz for stealing a ham. She states that it wasn't the theft that got her sent to Auschwitz, but the fear she showed.
* AmericanAccents
* BaitAndSwitchTyrant: Nathan is prone to violent mood swings and the opening scene is him right in the middle of one of these.
* DoingItForTheArt: Meryl Streep learned how to speak German and Polish for the role. [[CrazyAwesome No, seriously.]] Is there any wonder she won the Oscar?
* ForTheEvulz: Why the Nazi officer forced Sophie to choose which one of her children would die.
* IllGirl: Sophie, before Nathan discovers that she's anemic.
* LovableSexManiac: Subverted with Leslie, who is foul mouthed and likes to pretend she's one of these, but is rather afraid of sex.
* LoveTriangle: Sophie, Nathan and Stingo.
* MoodSwinger: Nathan.
* {{Omniglot}}: Sophie, being the daughter of a linguist, speaks a whole slew of languages.
* PetTheDog: Nathan's verbally abusive behavior towards Sophie and Stingo at the beginning of the film are somewhat neutralized by how kind and gentle he is the rest of the movie. Most notably he saves Sophie's life when she falls ill at the library.
* SadisticChoice: To the point that an alternative name for the trope is a "Sophie's Choice".
-->[[spoiler: '''Sophie:''' Take my little girl!]]
* TheUnreveal: [[spoiler: It's never revealed whether Sophie's son survived, adding this uncertainty to Sophie's guilt over betraying her daughter.]]