During warfare II by 1943, the Allies square measure creating sensible progress driving back the Axis powers like in Italia. However, Frank Stokes (George Clooney) persuades the U.S.A. President that success can have very little that means if the art treasures of culture square measure lost within the fighting, either as casualty in combat or pillaged. to attenuate that threat, Stokes is directed to assemble a military unit nicknamed the "Monuments Men" comprising seven depository administrators, curators, and art historians to each guide Allied units and rummage around for purloined art to come it to the rightful house owners.
In occupied Paris, France, Claire Simone (Cate Blanchett), a curator, is forced to permit Nazi officers like Viktor Stahl superintend the thieving of art for either Adolf Hitler's projected Führermuseum in city, or because the personal estate of senior commanders like jazz musician German Nazi. whereas she is almost inactive for serving to her Maquis brother unsuccessfully recapture such things, all appears lost once she discovers that Stahl is taking all of her gallery's contents to European nation because the Allies approach Paris.
As for Stokes' unit, they realize their work is pissed off by their own side's combat units UN agency refuse to limit their military science choices for the sake of protective design, whereas James creator (Matt Damon) finds that Simone won't collaborate with those whom she suspects square measure art looters themselves. The unit splits up for numerous objectives with varied degrees of success. Donald Jeffries (Hugh Bonneville) of British Army makes an attempt to rearrange the security of a Belgian church with valuable design and is killed trying to forestall the Nazi commissioned military officer Wegner from stealing a sculpture of the Madonna and kid by old master.
Richard Joseph Campbell (Bill Murray) and Preston Savitz (Bob Balaban) conceive to hunt down a purloined Belgian panel set of spiritual design (the old master reredos pillaged from Gent cathedral), and in doing thus, realize and arrest Viktor Stahl, concealment as a farmer, once they establish the paintings in his house as originals purloined from the banker assortment. music director President of the United States (John Goodman) and Jean Claude Clermont (Jean Dujardin) square measure caught during a crossfire of a battle and Clermont is mortally wounded. Meanwhile, Simones reconsiders once creator shows her the Roman Emperor Decree to destroy all German possessions if Der Fuhrer dies or European nation falls and once she sees creator returns a painting pillaged from a somebody family dead within the death camps to its rightful place as a symbolic gesture. Realizing the Americans square measure serious in their intentions, she eventually provides a comprehensive ledger that has valuable data to spot purloined art.
Even as the lads learn that the design is being hold on in numerous mines and castles, they conjointly learn that they have to currently contend against the Soviet Union UN agency have units of their own seizing design as war reparations. Meanwhile, commissioned military officer Wegner is consistently removing and destroying whole art collections as per orders. Eventually, the lads have some success as they discover a minimum of one mine with not solely over sixteen,000 art items yet as grotesque caches intrinsically as barrels of gold teeth from victims of the death camps. additionally, they conjointly discover gold assets of the Nazi German national treasury, whose capture effectively bankrupts the regime.
Finally, they realize a German mine that appears destroyed and is in what's going to be a part of the Soviet occupation zone. However, the lads discover that solely the entrances were broken by the locals so as to fool the Nazis and that they manage to realize entry at the same time as their fellows delay the oncoming Soviets. As a result, the lads evacuate the maximum amount design as doable, together with the sculpture Jeffries died defensive, before the Soviets arrive.
In the end, Stokes reports to Harry Truman that they need recovered Brobdingnagian quantities of design and numerous alternative culturally vital things. As he requests to remain in Europe to superintend additional looking out and restoration, Chief Executive asks if his efforts were worthwhile. Stokes firmly replies it had been, and also the scene shifts decades later wherever Stokes (Nick Clooney) takes his grandchild to check the Madonna sculpture, amid massive crowds of youth appreciating the items of humanity's creative thinking that his men sacrificed such a lot to preserve in war.