Movies like By Dawn's Early Light

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By Dawn's Early Light (1990)
 7.1
 3K
By Dawn's Early Light (1990)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a nuclear missile is launched by presumably Soviet forces toward Turkey, the beginning of the ultimate war to end all wars WW 3 is started. Powers Boothe, his girlfriend and copilot Rebecca DeMornay and their flight crew take off in a B 52 on what they believe is just another drill only to find out that this is the real deal.
Style: bleak, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apocalypse, nuclear holocaust, military, war, heroes, politics, terrorism, save the world, life is a bitch, against the odds, rebellion, danger, society, chases and races, false accusation, chaos, escapades, deadly, race against time, undercover, state affairs, catastrophe, nuclear missile, end of the world, pilot ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, soviet union

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Most similar movies to By Dawn's Early Light

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and tense films with plots about danger, heroes, race against time, chases and races, terrorism, catastrophe and state affairs mostly in Thriller, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like By Dawn's Early Light: Fail-Safe (1964), Fail Safe (2000), Critical Assembly (2002), Left Behind III: World at War (2005), Quantum Apocalypse (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
 19K
Fail-Safe (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Because of a technical defect an American bomber team mistakenly orders the destruction of Moscow. The President of the United States has but little time to prevent an atomic catastrophe from occurring. Director Sidney Lumet gives an atmospheric ...
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: atomic bomb, cold war, nuclear threat, control room, politics, translator, military, danger, race against time, u.s. air force, chaos, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: russia, new york, usa, pentagon, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.3
 5K
Fail Safe (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, tense, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, nuclear threat, military life, politics, race against time, danger, military, chaos, aviation, moral dilemma, catastrophe, state affairs ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Critical Assembly (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Critical Assembly is based on two college students (Katherine Heigl and Kerr Smith) who build a nuclear device, which is stolen by a fellow student. When it ends up in the hands of a terrorist, they work with an FBI agent (Beach) in a race against ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, race against time, danger, chases and races, law enforcement, undercover, state affairs, deadly, heroes, betrayal, professor, media coverage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Left Behind III: World at War (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A year and a half ago the world was hit with the biggest catastrophe it had ever seen. Without warning and without explanation, hundreds of millions of people simply vanished off the face of the earth. The world was in chaos like it had never been ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, futuristic, suspense, serious ...
Plot: apocalypse, survival, political conspiracy, leadership, save the world, society, danger, race against time, state affairs, government agency, life is a bitch, chaos ...
Time: contemporary, future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Quantum Apocalypse (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A group of talented but rebellious 'rock-star scientists' find themselves in a race against time to save Earth when a comet makes an unexpected turn towards our blue planet where all life may cease to exist within days if our small town ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: end of the world, apocalypse, danger, survival, forces of nature, chaos, collision, save the world, doomsday, tsunami, escapades, race against time ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 4.4
 547
Counterstrike (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A Secret Service agent and his brother, a reckless ATF agent, try to stop a group of extreme right-wing U.S. military mercenaries, led by a fanatic Taiwanese vixen, who hijack the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner with the U.S. and Chinese presidents on ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, hostage, rescue, daring rescue, adventure, undercover, race against time, danger, save the day, rivalry, confined, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A renegade USAF general, Lawrence Dell, escapes from a military prison and takes over an ICBM silo near Montana and threatens to provoke World War 3 unless the President reveals details of a secret meeting held just after the start of the Vietnam ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, assassination, hostage, general, vengeance, terrorism, psychopath, administration, race against time, undercover, politics, chases and races ...
Place: montana, vietnam, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 2.9
 1K
Deep Core (2000)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A powerful laser machine rips the core of the earth causing earthquakes and tsunamis, and only one man and his team can save the planet from destruction. Will they succeed? Action, suspense and disaster for fans of the genre.
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, adventure, heroes, undercover, forces of nature, technology gone awry, chaos, escapades, save the world, save the planet, conspiracy, nuclear ...
Time: 90s
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Sword of Gideon (1986)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA, France
Duration: 173 min.
Story: Chronicles a Mossad team hand picked to hunt down the terrorists involved in the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes.
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: terrorism, fighting the system, contests and competitions, confined, state affairs, chases and races, rebellion, vengeance, murder, workplace situations, rivalry, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel, middle east, munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Enemy Within (1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Colonel Casey discovers what appears to be plans by General Lloyd to use fake military excercises to assist Jack Giddings in his plans to remove President Foster from office. Colonel Casey, and President Foster must find evidence that there is a ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: conspiracy, manhunt, undercover, government agency, race against time, betrayal, state affairs, political corruption, fighting the system, military, dishonesty, special agents ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Genius Club (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Seven geniuses, with IQs over 200, are plucked from their lives on Christmas Eve to try to solve the world's problems in one night
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: save the day, psychopath, undercover, prodigy, mastermind, redemption, danger, society, special agents, deadly, race against time, catastrophe ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Chaos Factor (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An American army intelligence officer discovers corruption and murder by American soldiers in Vietnam.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, military, car chase, military life, espionage, undercover, fighting the system, rebellion, race against time, deadly, society, terrorism ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: cambodia, asia, china, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Seven Days in May (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A U.S. Army general alerts the president of a planned military coup against him.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense, intense ...
Plot: cold war, conspiracy, u.s. air force, nuclear, politics, secret service, revolution, white house, betrayal, terrorism, espionage, military ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future, 70s
Place: pentagon, russia, texas, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 4.1
 587
Deadland (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the radiation-infected aftermath of World War III, one man's desperate attempt to find his wife in the wastelands that were once the United States inspires his fellow survivors to fight for humanity. The bomb has dropped, and in the blink of ...
Style: suspense, captivating, psychological, tense, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, missing person, chaos, danger, apocalypse, society, life is a bitch, escapades, plague, journey, murder, violence ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Final Option (1982)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Switzerland, UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When SAS Captain Peter Skellen is thrown out of the service for gross misconduct due to unnecessary violence and bullying, he is soon recruited by The People's Lobby, a fanatical group aiming to hold several US dignitaries hostage. But ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, military, hostage, terrorism, isolation, adventure, state affairs, nuclear holocaust, working undercover, anti war, danger, politics ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, london, europe, big ben london
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 3.6
 715
Panic (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: FAA system analyzer named Neil McCabe is the only person who seems to have this different hunch towards a group of international terrorists after a horrific plane incident occured. He thinks that an evil genius computer hacker sets out and ...
Style: tense, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: terrorism, psychopath, airplane, insubordination, airport, catastrophe, crimes, danger, mind game, rivalry, deadly, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.0
 9K
Miracle Mile (1988)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After 30 years of searching, Harry (Edwards) has finally met the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately, before they even have a chance to go on their first date, Harry intercepts some chilling news: WWIII has begun and nuclear missiles will destroy Los ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, suspense, futuristic, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chaos, apocalypse, race against time, nuclear holocaust, danger, panic, one night, fall in love, love affair, survival, catastrophe, end of the world ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: los angeles, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Diplomatic Siege (1999)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When Steve Mitchell is clandestinely sent to the US embassy in Bucharest, Romania to disarm a nuclear bomb that has secretly remained in the building since the end of the Cold War, little does he know that other problems will soon erupt. He must ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, hostage, heroic mission, hostages, race against time, crimes, danger, rescue, save the day, politics, state affairs, heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: romania, europe, balkan, bucharest
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Tidal Wave: No Escape (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A retired and disgruntled scientist is brought out of retirement to explain why tidal waves are wiping out coastal communities. But is he part of the problem?
Style: suspenseful, stylized, exciting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: catastrophe, tsunami, chases and races, escapades, changing the past or future, save the planet, environmentalism, save the day, special agents, alien encounter, adventure, government agency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.5
 1K
Dirty War (2004)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After years of meticulous planning, a terrorist operation is reaching its final stages. The authorities have received no intelligence; they are in a race against time but don't yet know it. As the operation unfolds, we see the working lives of ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: firefighter, save the day, secret agents, terrorism, undercover, crimes, danger, radical, political conspiracy, working undercover, special agents, race against time ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 4.8
 304
The Insurgents (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Set in a post-9/11 America, four Americans come together to build a truck bomb and plan to detonate it on a target in the U.S. Highlighting the days leading up to the event.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, politics, conspiracy, bomb, rebellion, vengeance, terrorism, state affairs, society, danger, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 3.6
 2K
Earthstorm (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A massive asteroid impact on the moon begins causing storms on earth due to the sudden changes in ocean tides. But when further examination is conducted it's discovered that the moon's structure is now entirely unstable -- threatening all ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space travel, moon, race against time, danger, space and aliens, adventure, apocalypse, chaos, ocean or sea, save the world, heroes, astronomer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, baltimore, florida, chicago illinois, houston texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Danger Beneath the Sea (2001)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, submarine, rebelliousness, military life, military, undercover, danger, rivalry, race against time, adventure, nuclear holocaust, injustice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 3.1
 2K
MegaFault (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A crack in the world has started... we have 24 hours to stop it.
Style: bleak, serious, exciting, tense, suspense ...
Plot: earthquake, race against time, danger, forces of nature, destruction, apocalypse, adventure, chaos, disaster film, end of the world, save the planet, natural disaster ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.2
 370
Detonator (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A former FBI agent must stop a crazy man from blowing up bombs.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: save the day, one man army, undercover, vengeance, terrorism, crimes, race against time, master criminal, law enforcement, rivalry, special agents, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Flight of Black Angel (1991)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A top US Air Force fighter pilot decides that his call sign of Black Angel means that he's a messenger of God. Freely committing murders as he goes, he steals a nuclear weapon and his plane. Taking a family hostage to help him, he works on ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, semi serious, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, hostage, rivalry, danger, heroes, deadly, race against time, save the day, hostages, crimes, heist, anti war ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 3.6
 1K
Scorcher (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The only hope for humanity to survive a natural disaster is to detonate a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles.
Style: serious, suspenseful, suspense, surprise ending, psychotronic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: evacuation, rescue, danger, apocalypse, race against time, soldier, daring rescue, save the world, government agency, atomic bomb, destiny, terrorism ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, antarctica, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Homeland Security (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Admiral McKee (Tom Skerritt) is retired, when following the events of 9/11 he receives a call from the White House informing him that his commander in chief requires him to serve his country once again. Shortly after this he is sworn into office as ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, law enforcement, head of state, danger, save the day, race against time, secret agents, deadly, government agency, heroes, state affairs, special agents ...
Time: september 11 2001, 90s
Place: afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Bedford Incident (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Richard Widmark plays a hardened cold-war warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. Sidney Poitier is a reporter given permission to interview the captain during a routine patrol. Poitier gets more than he bargained for when the ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, submarine, navy, war, heroic mission, danger, race against time, military, journalism, battlefield, nuclear missile, catastrophe ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: atlantic ocean, greenland, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Category 6: Day of Destruction (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Three tornadoes converge to wreak havoc on Chicago, disrupting the power grid and creating the worst super-storm in history: a category 6 twister.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, disaster movie
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apocalypse, heroic mission, survival, save the world, forces of nature, chaos, journalism, danger, adventure, race against time, catastrophe, hurricane ...
Time: contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%