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, astronaut, space and aliens, heroes, danger, escapades, pilot, ice, accident, tragedy, celebrity, test pilot, explosion, bar, space shuttle, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, flashback, apple, saxophone, champagne, oxygen mask, press conference, japanese american
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, hawaii

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Most similar movies to Challenger

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, sincere and emotional films with plots about escapades, danger, heroes, life is a bitch, family relations, society and hopes mostly in Drama, History and Adventure genres. Some movies like Challenger: Moonshot (2009), X-15 (1961), Space (1985), Miracle on Interstate 880 (1993), Shattered Spirits (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Moonshot (2009)
Genre: Drama
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: realistic, sincere, exciting, captivating, serious
Plot: outer space, nasa, moon, spacecraft, heroic mission, human spirit, control room, society, americana, landing, escapades, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1969
Place: usa
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95%
 5.7
 502
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: serious, tense, captivating, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: nasa, u.s. air force, outer space, test pilot, military life, landing, heroic mission, space and aliens, escapades, adventure, couple relations, heroes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: soviet union, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.3
 191
Space (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 780 min.
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: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting
Plot: astronaut, nasa, outer space, space program, test pilot, moon landing, spacewalk, space travel, space station, american dream, americana, against the odds ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, 60s, 40s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: serious, captivating, sincere, realistic, microfilm
Plot: nasa, investigation, space shuttle, uncover truth, space and aliens, satellite, mission gone awry, space travel, research, science, hotel, malfunction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1986
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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: danger, heroes, adventure, heroic mission, escapades, rescue, survival, earthquake, freeway, collapse
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: confined, daring rescue, heroes, escapades, babies and infants, danger, twins, isolation, baby, mother daughter relationship, rescue, media coverage ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, bleak, realistic
Plot: danger, christmas, labor union, race against time, chases and races, life is a bitch, daring rescue, workplace situations, heroes, adventure, escapades, cave in
Time: 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Shattered Spirits (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Martin Sheen plays an alcoholic father who loses his family.
Style: gloomy, sexual, emotional, serious, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, love and romance, unfulfillment, alcohol abuse, family relations, couples, family problems, family life, downfall, alcoholics anonymous, alcoholic, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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: gloomy, touching, bleak, rough, emotional ...
Plot: family in crisis, siblings relations, down on your luck, life is a bitch, addiction, dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, society, introspection, human nature, lesbian kiss ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: serious, uplifting, sincere, realistic
Plot: small town, coming of age, divorce, infidelity, youth, life turned upside down, social relations, small town life, introspection, skating, teenage life, culture ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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: disturbing, bleak, emotional, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: small town, survival, nuclear holocaust, radiation, nuclear war, future dystopia, life is a bitch, danger, demolished city, chaos, parents and children, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: realistic, sincere, bleak, serious
Plot: vietnam war, military, soldier, battles, re-education, refugees, anti war, post war, society, human nature, tragic hero, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Calm at Sunset (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The struggle between a father and son at odds over the youths career choice. The 18 years old James Pfeiffer quits college and decides to become a fisherman like his father. Margaret and Russell are very upset with their son's decision. They ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious
Plot: ship, siblings relations, escapades, coming of age, small town, youth, danger, family relations, working class, college dropout, parents and children, follow your dream ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
China: The Panda Adventure (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 48 min.
Story: Experience the world of the magnificent and rare Giant Panda as you travel back in time on an exciting expedition through the breathtaking splendor of 1936 China. Inspired by the true-life story of widowed New York socialite Ruth Harkness, a ...
Style: sincere, uplifting, exciting, realistic, serious
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: dangerous animal, dealing with death, hopes, couple relations, heroes, escapades, family, estate, human spirit, existence paradox, adventurer, environmentalism ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: china, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
No Place Like Home (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Pittsburgh apartment superintendent loses his job and home when the apartment building where he lives and works at is suddenly destroyed by fire. Daniel and his family moves in with his brother but that doesn't last for long due to the two ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, emotional, serious, bleak ...
Plot: unemployment, family in crisis, down on your luck, life is a bitch, family problems, society, working class, family relations, urban ghetto, absent father, attempted rape, pet cat ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Given Word (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Zé is a very poor man from the Brazilian countryside. His most prized possession is his donkey. When his donkey falls terminally ill, Zé makes a promise to Saint Bárbara: If his donkey recovers, he will carry a cross - like Jesus - all the way ...
Style: serious, emotional, bleak, realistic, sincere
Plot: church, tragic hero, cure, innocence lost, down on your luck, life is a bitch, manipulations, heroes, obsessive quest, escapades, village, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: brazil, latin america
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33%
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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, clever ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: nasa, astronaut, survival, space travel, space program, race against time, spacecraft, rescue, moon, explosion, against the odds, outer space ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 70s, 60s, year 1969 ...
Place: usa, florida, wisconsin, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: divorce, tennis court, infidelity, dysfunctional family, family relations, family life, couples, family problems, family in crisis, fall in love, breakup, tennis ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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, rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: crimes, hostages, heroes, escapades, hijacking, fighting crime, police station, survival, confined, chases and races, airplane, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, canada, montreal quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: suspenseful, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue, save the day, escapades, heroes, forces of nature, survival, danger, pilot, survivor, airplane accident, blizzard, co pilot ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: canada, greenland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Digging for Fire (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Tim and Lee are married with a young child. The chance to stay at a fancy home in the Hollywood Hills is complicated by Tim's discovery of a bone and a rusty old gun in the yard. Tim is excited by the idea of a mystery, but Lee doesn't ...
Style: realistic, talky, sincere, serious, mumblecore
Plot: couple relations, escapades, couples, friendship, clothed male naked male, husband wife relationship, undressing, friends, nude swimming, digging, taking off underwear, pubic hair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: gloomy, disturbing, tense, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: nuclear threat, rock, danger, race against time, small town, spouse in danger, couples, music band, survival, friendship, escapades, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Tiger Warsaw (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Chuck brought sorrow to his family when he shot his father who is now a semi-invalid. After 15 years of self destruction, he returns home to seek forgiveness.
Style: realistic, sincere, emotional, serious, touching ...
Plot: redemption, hopes, teenage life, parents and children, cons and scams, family gatherings, life is a bitch, drug abuse, youth, reunion, family relations, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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The Three Wishes of Billy Grier (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A teenager must cope with a disease that causes himself to age at an astronomical rate.
Style: gloomy, touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: aging, terminal illness, jazz, youth, teenage life, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, rapid aging
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: serious, bleak, emotional, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, society, life is a bitch, fighting the system, family relations, female doctor, child abuse, telephone, doctor, stethoscope, custody battle
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: environmental issue, terrorist attack, law enforcement, fighting the system, danger, politics, society, rebellion, special agents, crimes, rivalry, investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: serious, realistic, sincere, cynical
Plot: manipulations, unfulfillment, cons and scams, couple relations, blind ambition, crimes, ambition, dishonesty, couples, rise and fall, hotel, husband wife relationship
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 50s, 60s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Space Between (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Montine McLeod, a world-weary flight attendant, and Omar Hassan, a prematurely wise 10-year-old Pakastani-American boy connect with one another amidst the chaos of September 11, 2001. When Montine discovers the boy's direct personal link to the ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: hopes, friendship, on the road, terrorism, stewardess, danger, youth, friends, 9/11, terrorist attack, world trade center, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, cross country
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Duet for One (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Stephanie, a famous violinist, contracts multiple sclerosis her life begins to fall apart. Her career ends, her husband leaves her for another woman and her favorite pupil leave the country. Unable to bear all this loss, Stephanie attempts ...
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, realistic, touching
Plot: disability, terminal illness, life is a bitch, family problems, tragic hero, life turned upside down, musician's life, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, couples, multiple sclerosis, power relations ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.0
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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: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious
Plot: hurricane, adventure, heroes, forces of nature, escapades, danger, rescue, chases and races, natural disaster, party, u.s. air force, submarine ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%