Movies like Challenger

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Challenger (1990)
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Challenger (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 160 min.
Story: A profile of the astronauts, crew, and civilians who were involved in the January 28, 1986 flight of the spaceship, Challenger, that resulted in its explosion upon takeoff. The center point of the film is the safety inspections and arguments surrounding the use of the o-rings that ultimately were blamed for the explosion.
Style: sincere, bleak, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: nasa, spacecraft, catastrophe, astronaut, space shuttle, space and aliens, heroes, danger, escapades, pilot, ice, accident, tragedy, celebrity, father son relationship, test pilot, explosion, security, bar, school teacher, champagne, husband wife relationship, saxophone, apple, flashback ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, hawaii

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and bleak films with plots about danger, catastrophe, heroes, escapades, life is a bitch, society and rescue mostly in Drama, History and Adventure genres. Some movies like Challenger: Miracle on Interstate 880 (1993), Freefall: Flight 174 (1995), Moonshot (2009), The Rainbow Warrior (1993), Space (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Miracle on Interstate 880 (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man attempts to rescue people trapped on the I-880 bridge after the top half collapses during the 1989 San Francisco earthquake.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, suspenseful
Plot: catastrophe, heroes, escapades, danger, child in peril, adventure, rescue, heroic mission, survival, earthquake, collapse, freeway
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Challenger Disaster (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Factual drama exploring the truth behind the space shuttle Challenger's 1986 explosion.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: nasa, investigation, uncover truth, mission gone awry, space travel, satellite, space shuttle, professor, research, science, scientist, catastrophe ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1986
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Christmas Miracle in Caufield, U.S.A. (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Television drama in which miners spend their Christmas Eve in a collapsed mine.
Style: serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: danger, christmas, chases and races, escapades, adventure, life is a bitch, workplace situations, heroes, daring rescue, labor union, catastrophe, race against time ...
Time: 50s, year 1951, 20th century, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Freefall: Flight 174 (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: True story of a brand-new Canadian airliner running out of fuel in-flight and forced to glide to the nearest airfield.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: catastrophe, escapades, fighting crime, race against time, hostages, confined, heroes, crimes, chases and races, danger, police station, hijacking ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: canada, new york, montreal, montreal quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Based on the true story of baby Jessica McClure who fell into a drain pipe in her back yard while playing. She was stuck in the pipe about 20 to 30 feet down and it took rescuers 58 hours to get her out. There was fear that if they shook the earth ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: babies and infants, daring rescue, escapades, twins, heroes, confined, danger, isolation, pipe, baby, mother daughter relationship, police ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 510
Moonshot (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Man's landing on the moon was our greatest technological achievement. The Apollo 11 mission was truly the stuff of dreams. For the first time, our species walked on another celestial body. Even more remarkable was their ability to make it back. ...
Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: outer space, nasa, moon, heroic mission, space travel, human spirit, spacewalk, escapades, heroes, archive footage, landing, heroism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 1960s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Rainbow Warrior (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Peter Wilcox (Voight), as skipper of the 'Rainbow Warrior', a Greenpeace ship, docks in Auckland, July 1985, preparing for a protest against French nuclear testing in the south pacific. When a bomb rips open the vessel, killing a crew ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: environmental issue, terrorist attack, politics, heroes, rivalry, environmentalism, conspiracy, terrorism, ship, society, crimes, catastrophe ...
Time: 80s
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Space (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 780 min.
TV show
Story: A 13-hour mini-series detailing James A. Michner's fictional account of the American space program from the years after World War II to the Apollo landings on the moon in the early 1970's.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, exciting
Plot: astronaut, outer space, nasa, moon landing, test pilot, space program, state affairs, government agency, ambition, obsessive quest, heroes, adventure ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 50s, 80s, 20th century ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, India, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Thirty years on from the 1984 Union Carbide plant malfunction, the consequences of which are tragically ongoing, A Prayer for Rain is the powerful and moving story of the Bhopal tragedy, one of the great corporate and environmental scandals of the ...
Style: serious, bleak, disturbing, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: dishonesty, workplace, life is a bitch, chaos, environmentalism, factory, state affairs, society, danger, human nature, workplace situations, political corruption ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An poorly-educated house-wife fights companies polluting her hometown's water-table in up-state New York during the 1970's
Style: suspenseful, bleak, thought provoking, realistic, serious
Plot: suburbs, criminal's revenge, crimes, life is a bitch, society, danger, rebellion, catastrophe, school, family in crisis, unemployment, suburban life ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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X-15 (1961)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: X-15 is a 1961 movie that tells a fictionalized account of the X-15 research rocket plane, the men who flew it and the women who loved them.
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: nasa, u.s. air force, outer space, test pilot, danger, heroes, space and aliens, escapades, ambition, military, control room, landing ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1950s, 50s, 1960s
Place: united states, usa, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Innocent Saturday (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia, Germany, Ukraine
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of friends and bandmates look to escape from the Chernobyl disaster.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: catastrophe, friendship, danger, race against time, nuclear threat, survival, small town, escape, radiation, nuclear reactor, chases and races, music band ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: russia, chernobyl
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Ordeal in the Arctic (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Everybody expected military flight Boxtop 22 from Thule into the vast frozen wilderness of Canada's North Western territories to be boring routine, but in a matter of minutes a crash reduces Gulf War veteran pilot Captain John Couch's crew ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, escapades, heroes, save the day, rescue, forces of nature, survival, catastrophe, airplane accident, weather, arctic, survivor ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: canada, greenland
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Testament (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, bleak, emotional, serious ...
Plot: small town, survival, catastrophe, radiation, nuclear holocaust, future dystopia, danger, life is a bitch, chaos, demolished city, parents and children, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two thousand miles from home, Jim and Jennifer Stolpa (with baby Clayton) lose their way and are stranded in an endless wilderness of deep snow, battling for survival against the elements. Using only meager supplies and resourcefulness, the young ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: survival, wilderness, rescue, catastrophe, snowstorm, babies and infants, confined, heroes, isolation, family life, forces of nature, mountain ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, rough, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, introspection, dysfunctional family, human nature, addiction, society, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, strong female presence, down on your luck, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Apollo 13 (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1971, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from ...
Style: factual, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: astronaut, nasa, space program, space travel, survival, spacecraft, catastrophe, race against time, outer space, rescue, trapped in space, moon ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1970 ...
Place: usa, florida, houston texas, texas, pacific ocean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 4.9
 170
Hurricane (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Two hurricane hunters track a huge, violent hurricane that is bearing down on a Gulf Coast town.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting, psychotronic
Plot: hurricane, rescue, heroes, adventure, escapades, chases and races, catastrophe, forces of nature, danger, party, natural disaster, running out of gas ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Skateland (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the early 1980s, in small-town Texas, dramatic events force a 19-year-old skating rink manager to look at his life in a very new way.
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: small town, life turned upside down, introspection, social relations, teenage life, brother sister relationship, coming of age, infidelity, divorce, car accident, grownups, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This made-for-television film documents the takeover of the TWA airliner in flight from Athens to Rome in 1985. The focus is on the flight attendant, Uli Derickson, whose courage and hope helped save all but one of the passengers on the plane. The ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, bleak, rough, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, hijacking, airplane, danger, hostages, deadly, rescue, crimes, leadership, save the day, chases and races, confined ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, greece, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Little Girl Lost (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: This heart-wrenching story inspired by real events depicts the trials of the Brady family, who are trying desperately to adopt a helpless little girl they took in when she was in a foster care program. Clara and Tim Brady are in for the fight of ...
Style: contemplative, bleak, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, adoption, fighting the system, life is a bitch, society, foster home, custody battle, child abuse, eyeglasses, female doctor, stethoscope, doctor ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Courage (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A mother in Queens, New York, is so angered when she discovers that her son is a drug addict that she becomes an undercover agent for the DEA to clean up the drug trade in her neighborhood. Based on a true story.
Style: emotional, uplifting, realistic, serious
Plot: family relations, drug abuse, undercover, drug dealing, society, crimes, human spirit, parents and children, crime, life is a bitch, law enforcement, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 240 min.
Story: About the 1989 murders of Carolco Entertainment chairman, Jose Menendez, and his wife, Kitty, who were killed by their sons, Lyle and Erik, in Beverly Hills, allegedly for a multimillion-dollar inheritance.
Style: serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: courtroom, murder, courtroom drama, siblings relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, legal, life is a bitch, crimes, family relations, family problems, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, beverly hills, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Spanning years of both Harry and Leona Helmsley's cutthroat control of their eponymonous empire, this made-for-TV movie chronicles both the high and low points of the couple's life together.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, cynical
Plot: manipulations, unfulfillment, rise and fall, ambition, dishonesty, crimes, blind ambition, manipulation, cons and scams, couple relations, couples, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 50s, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 504
St. Helens (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The movie begins with the volcano's awakening on March 20 and ends with its eruption on May 18, 1980
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, disaster movie
Audience: boys' night
Plot: catastrophe, adventure, escapades, racism, forces of nature, wilderness, evacuation, danger, journalism, society, disaster film, natural disaster ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: washington state, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 (1992)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Authentic drama of United Airlines flight 232 from Denver to Chicago. The DC-10 crashed during an emergency landing at Sioux City Gateway Airport on July 19, 1989. 184 people survived, partly thanks to the ground rescue workers who had 40 minutes to ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue, race against time, danger, adventure, escapades, daring rescue, heroes, save the day, airplane, landing, catastrophe, heroic mission ...
Time: 80s
Place: iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Journey from the Fall (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Thirteen years after the end of the Vietnam War, a family who was tragically affected by the war are forced to emigrate to America.
Style: sincere, serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: vietnam war, fighting the system, human spirit, political unrest, danger, society, hopes, military, immigrants, life is a bitch, tragic hero, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, asia, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting
Plot: politics, fighting the system, social misfits, state affairs, heroes, hopes, society, misfit, life is a bitch, legal, heroic mission, human spirit ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Shoot the Moon (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: After fifteen years of marriage, an affluent couple divorce and take up with new partners.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, psychological, dramatic ...
Plot: family relations, divorce, tennis court, marital crisis, infidelity, dysfunctional family, tennis, breakup, family in crisis, love affair, parents and children, suburban life ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Miracle Landing (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Cracks are noticed in the ceiling of an aircraft. They widen & a large portion of the fuselage tears off & an emergency landing attempted. Based on actual events.
Plot: catastrophe, crash landing, oxygen mask, hole, flight attendant, boy, injury, pilot, rooftop, plane crash, panic, airport ...
Time: year 1988, 20th century, 80s
Place: hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%