Movies like By Dawn's Early Light

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By Dawn's Early Light (1990)
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 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, undercover, state affairs, race against time, nuclear missile, end of the world, pilot, suicide ...
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 rough films with plots about danger, heroes, chases and races, race against time, state affairs, terrorism and deadly mostly in Thriller, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like By Dawn's Early Light: Fail-Safe (1964), Fail Safe (2000), Quantum Apocalypse (2010), Deep Core (2000), Deadland (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 18K
Fail-Safe (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, politics, military, nuclear threat, danger, race against time, u.s. air force, atomic bomb, chaos, military life, bomber, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: russia, new york, usa, pentagon, soviet union ...
⇓ 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: serious, tense, suspenseful, captivating, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, nuclear threat, danger, chaos, military, soldier, state affairs, technology gone awry, control room, military life, race against time, politics ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, survival, danger, chaos, collision, forces of nature, save the world, doomsday, tsunami, race against time, mars ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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, undercover, adventure, heroes, technology gone awry, forces of nature, escapades, chaos, save the world, save the planet, conspiracy, nuclear weapon ...
Time: 90s
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 4.1
 575
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: serious, rough, bleak, suspenseful, futuristic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chaos, missing person, survival, life is a bitch, heroes, escapades, chases and races, future dystopia, society, danger, apocalypse, lost love ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, realistic, futuristic ...
Plot: religions or cults, cause and meaning, race against time, casino, danger, society, save the day, state affairs, life is a bitch, terrorism, chaos, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: disturbing, tense, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, assassination, deadly, political conspiracy, dishonesty, government agency, fighting the system, political intrigue, law enforcement, captivity, rebellion, danger ...
Place: asia, vietnam, montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: bleak, suspenseful, futuristic, suspense, serious ...
Plot: apocalypse, save the world, political conspiracy, leadership, survival, society, chaos, state affairs, life is a bitch, heroic mission, government agency, danger ...
Time: contemporary, future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, race against time, undercover, betrayal, manhunt, state affairs, government agency, political corruption, military, revolution, fighting the system, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: terrorism, crimes, chases and races, contests and competitions, deadly, fighting the system, danger, rivalry, murder, assassination, workplace situations, heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel, middle east, munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: realistic, tense, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, military, terrorism, isolation, adventure, state affairs, rivalry, nuclear holocaust, danger, politics, anti war, working undercover ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe, london, big ben london
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.6
 164
The Zone (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Former Gulf War hero Rowdy Welles is framed for murder by unscrupulous CIA boss Dick Althorp. As his price of freedom, Welles is ordered to undertake a deadly mission to destroy a nuclear processing plant in a foreign nation, owned by dangerous ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, secret agents, special agents, heroic mission, good versus evil, undercover, rivalry, manhunt, battles, espionage, hijacking, one man army ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, race against time, law enforcement, deadly, heroes, state affairs, chases and races, undercover, danger, manhunt, explosion, nightmare ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 4.9
 302
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, serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, revolution, politics, soldier, bomb, state affairs, danger, terrorism, environmentalism, innocence lost, deadly, religions or cults ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 8K
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, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chaos, apocalypse, race against time, nuclear holocaust, danger, panic, one night, love affair, fall in love, survival, helicopter, riot ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: antarctica, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: suspenseful, semi serious, futuristic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, religious fanatic, confined, officers and cadets, adventure, escapades, military life, deadly, nuclear holocaust, military, rivalry, chases and races ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, martial arts, soldier, car chase, military, undercover, rivalry, rebellion, society, race against time, danger, confined ...
Time: 90s
Place: cambodia, asia, china, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, heroic mission, save the day, crimes, hostages, race against time, danger, rescue, politics, special agents, heroes, secret agents ...
Time: 90s
Place: romania, europe, bucharest
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 4.6
 267
Assassin (1986)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: A retired agent from an Intelligence Agency is contacted by the Agency in order to stop an ultra-secret robot who is killing some government officials. That will be not an easy task, because the robot looks human and it was specifically built to be ...
Style: exciting, rough, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mad scientist, killer robot, androids and robots, espionage, crimes, mentally unstable, deadly, undercover, escapades, life is a bitch, danger, assassination ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 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: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: firefighter, radiation, state affairs, save the day, secret agents, hostages, confined, heroes, working undercover, crimes, radical, terrorism ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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: rough, serious, bleak, futuristic, suspenseful ...
Plot: end of the world, earthquake, destruction, danger, race against time, chases and races, space and aliens, adventure, chaos, apocalypse, forces of nature, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 3.6
 699
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, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: psychopath, airplane, terrorism, airport, insubordination, crimes, danger, mind game, rivalry, escapades, chases and races, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, u.s. air force, politics, secret service, conspiracy, white house, revolution, betrayal, terrorism, military, espionage, race against time ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future
Place: pentagon, russia, texas, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 6.7
 562
World War III (1982)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 200 min.
Story: Soviet paratroopers drop into Alaska to sabotage the oil pipeline in retaliation against a United States grain embargo. A skirmish occurs at a pumping station, lightly defended by Col. Jake Caffey and a National Guard reckon unit. A stalemate ensues ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: military, escapades, anti war, battles, danger, nuclear holocaust, leadership, chaos, soldier, war, state affairs, wartime life ...
Time: 80s, near future
Place: alaska, russia, usa, moscow russia, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 4.4
 531
Counterstrike (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Drama
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: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, escapades, confined, chases and races, save the day, crimes, heroes, special agents, deadly, government agency, hijacking, espionage ...
Time: contemporary
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Danger Beneath the Sea (2001)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: serious, rough, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, chases and races, injustice, rebelliousness, nuclear holocaust, military life, undercover, rivalry, military, danger, race against time, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia, korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Apocalypse (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In this epic disaster film of faith, a mother and father search for their only child as a giant asteroid headed for Earth triggers a series of apocalyptic events.
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apocalypse, heroes, space and aliens, adventure, forces of nature, danger, race against time, chaos, missing child, save the world, escapades, parents and children ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.3
 95K
Crimson Tide (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: On a US nuclear missile sub, a young first officer stages a mutiny to prevent his trigger happy captain from launching his missiles before confirming his orders to do so.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, military, navy, nuclear threat, danger, cold war, russian, save the day, battles, military life, race against time, rebelliousness ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: russia, mediterranean sea, pacific ocean, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 4.3
 750
Crash Dive (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The crew of the nuclear submarine USS Ulysses rescues supposed victims of a boat disaster, but the victims turn out to be terrorists intent on capturing nuclear weapons aboard the sub. Only a former SEAL, now a submarine consultant, can save the ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, hijacking, one man army, terrorism, tough heroes, ocean or sea, heroic mission, save the day, heroes, confined, military life, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 4.2
 363
Detonator (2003)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Action
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A former FBI agent must stop a crazy man from blowing up bombs.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, vengeance, one man army, terrorism, campaign, undercover, race against time, special agents, crimes, chases and races, state affairs, heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%