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, space shuttle, disaster, astronaut, catastrophe, heroes, space and aliens, escapades, pilot, ice, tragedy, celebrity, accident, test pilot, school teacher, father son relationship, security, husband wife relationship, flashback, press conference, danger, bar, explosion, saxophone ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985, year 1986
Place: texas, hawaii

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Most similar movies to Challenger

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and captivating films with plots about danger, disaster, catastrophe, heroes, escapades, society and rescue mostly in Drama, History and Adventure genres. Some movies like Challenger: Miracle on Interstate 880 (1993), Freefall: Flight 174 (1995), The Rainbow Warrior (1993), Ordeal in the Arctic (1993), Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal (1982). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Challenger (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, sincere, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: nasa, investigation, space shuttle, uncover truth, mission gone awry, satellite, space travel, professor, research, science, scientist, disaster ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986
Place: usa, florida
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100%
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: emotional, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: disaster, heroic mission, rescue, adventure, heroes, survival, escapades, catastrophe, child in peril, decapitation, news report, hospital ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: california, san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: christmas, workplace situations, daring rescue, escapades, race against time, heroes, adventure, life is a bitch, disaster, labor union, catastrophe, cave ...
Time: 50s, year 1951, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: realistic, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, rough
Plot: disaster, catastrophe, airplane, race against time, confined, escapades, fighting crime, crimes, heroes, survival, hostage, police station ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada, new york, montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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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: terrorist attack, environmental issue, disaster, environmentalism, conspiracy, catastrophe, rebellion, heroes, escapades, special agents, state affairs, investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful
Plot: babies and infants, twins, escapades, confined, heroes, daring rescue, isolation, chief of police, tv news, baby, rescue, child in peril ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: disaster, heroes, save the day, rescue, survival, escapades, catastrophe, forces of nature, guilt, warplane, sacrifice, snow ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, greenland
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: thought provoking, realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: suburbs, catastrophe, ecological disaster, environmentalism, breakup, toxic, family problems, couples, family in crisis, unemployment, school, impossible love ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: dishonesty, workplace, life is a bitch, chaos, environmentalism, factory, state affairs, society, human nature, political corruption, workplace situations, disaster ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 (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, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: outer space, moon, nasa, heroic mission, human spirit, space travel, spacewalk, escapades, heroes, astronaut, heroism, spacecraft ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Space (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 780 min.
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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: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: astronaut, nasa, outer space, test pilot, moon landing, space program, spacecraft, ufo, spacewalk, space station, human spirit, against the odds ...
Time: 1940s, 80s, 50s, 70s, 60s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, serious, suspenseful, sincere, tense ...
Plot: disaster, friendship, survival, race against time, nuclear threat, small town, escape, nuclear reactor, radiation, friends, couples, government facility ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: chernobyl, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: wilderness, disaster, rescue, survival, snowstorm, cave, mountain, catastrophe, forces of nature, isolation, family life, confined ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, psychotronic
Plot: hurricane, catastrophe, disaster, rescue, adventure, escapades, heroes, forces of nature, party, boat, natural disaster, u.s. navy ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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
Audience: boys' night
Plot: catastrophe, disaster, volcano, evacuation, society, journalism, escapades, adventure, racism, wilderness, forces of nature, mountain ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: oregon, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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, realistic, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: nasa, u.s. air force, outer space, test pilot, airplane, adventure, ambition, military, escapades, space and aliens, heroes, military base ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s
Place: usa, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Apollo 13 (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK, Canada, Japan
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, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: astronaut, nasa, space travel, survival, space program, spacecraft, outer space, trapped in space, race against time, rescue, disaster, moon ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1970
Place: usa, florida, houston texas, pacific ocean, texas ...
⇓ 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: thought provoking, captivating, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: family relations, adoption, fighting the system, life is a bitch, society, doctor, female doctor, custody battle, child abuse, foster home, telephone, eyeglasses ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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: rough, touching, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: introspection, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, human nature, family problems, family relations, society, addiction, family in crisis, down on your luck, siblings relations, strong female presence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue, disaster, airplane, heroic mission, catastrophe, heroes, daring rescue, save the day, race against time, escapades, adventure, airplane accident ...
Time: 80s
Place: iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Skateland (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 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, introspection, life turned upside down, social relations, teenage life, brother sister relationship, coming of age, car accident, infidelity, divorce, grownups, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: airplane, terrorism, hijacking, hostage, stewardess, confined, rescue, crimes, leadership, rivalry, save the day, heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: greece, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: cynical, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: couples, manipulation, couple relations, cons and scams, rise and fall, blind ambition, ambition, crimes, unfulfillment, dishonesty, hotel, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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: uplifting, serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: drug abuse, family relations, undercover, working undercover, addiction, human spirit, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, society, hopes, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, crimes, life is a bitch, human nature, alcohol abuse, downfall, going straight, rehabilitation, introspection, self discovery, drug addiction ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: disaster, crash landing, airplane, flight attendant, plane crash, panic, pilot, boy, fbi agent, airport, woman, human ...
Time: year 1988, 80s, 20th century
Place: hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Into Thin Air (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ellen Burstyn stars as Joan Walker, a mother whose college student son vanishes while traveling from Canada to Colorado. When police fail to investigate, Walker takes matters into her own hands. She and her ex-husband begin a search, but when their ...
Style: realistic, serious, mind bending, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: missing person, school, siblings relations, kidnapping, teenage life, college, investigation, crimes, private detective, family relations, missing son, grief ...
Time: 80s
Place: maine, usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Erebus: Operation Overdue (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 70 min.
Story: On 28 November 1979, an Air New Zealand jet with 257 passengers went missing during a sightseeing tour over Antarctica. Within hours 11 ordinary police officers were called to duty to face the formidable Mount Erebus. As the police recovered the ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: investigation, survival, heroic mission, uncover truth, escapades, dishonesty, disaster, forces of nature, aviation, heroes, conspiracy, mountain ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: antarctica, new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: serious, sincere, bleak, realistic
Plot: vietnam war, human spirit, fighting the system, refugee, political unrest, parents and children, re-education, hopes, society, tragic hero, military, immigrants ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, california, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A disaster movie opening with an enormous multi-vehicle crash on a Californian highway. After the opening stunt-filled action, a flashback of the crash victims' lives prior to and leading up to the accident. The closing replays the entire ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: disaster, car accident, intercourse, catastrophe, chaos and mayhem, collision, escapades, survival, truck driver, baby born, birth, suicide attempt ...
Time: 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%