Movies like Waiting for Dawn

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Waiting for Dawn (1984)
 6.8
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Waiting for Dawn (1984)
Original name: 等待黎明
Genre: Action, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Years later, a woman narrates her personal story of the Japanese takeover of Hong Kong in 1941. She's Nam, young, attractive, daughter of a wealthy rice merchant, and prey to painful, disabling seizures. Her boyhood friend is Coolie Keung, whose family used to have wealth; he's now impoverished, a tough kid, a leader, in love with her. Into the mix steps Fay, cool and resourceful, an actor from the north, intent on getting to Gold Mountain in the US or Australia. They form a threesome, but the day they are to leave Hong Kong, the invasion stops them. Fay must rescue Keung from collaborators, Nam falls in love with Fay, and danger awaits their next attempt to escape. Written by
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: war, world war two, friendship, friends, love triangle, rich and poor, love and romance, fall in love, society, wartime life, rape, army, gambling, invasion, torture, street gang, theft, pow, search, robbery, drunkenness, black market, arranged marriage, opium, rice ...
Place: hong kong, asia

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Most similar movies to Waiting for Dawn

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, exciting and suspenseful films with plots about war, world war two, heroes, military, soldier, danger and wartime life mostly in War, Action and Drama genres. Some movies like Waiting for Dawn: Rich and Famous (1987), Born to Defense (1986), Fist of Anger (1973), Company of Heroes (2013), Housewife, 49 (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon (1989)
Genre: Action, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The year is 1974. A young Hong Kong Chinese, Mark (Chow Yun-Fat), travels to Saigon to make his fortune. There, he encounters a mysterious femme fatale, the lovely Kit. As he becomes more involved in her various underworld deals, a tragic romance ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, gang, rivalry, daring rescue, vengeance, gangsters, crimes, friendship, danger, master criminal, love triangle, male bonding ...
Place: hong kong, vietnam, saigon
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Rich and Famous (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: To pay off his debt as a gambler, a man drags his sister and step-brother into a life of crime and a violent war between rival gang lords.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, betrayal, gang, wedding, crime, master warrior, unfulfillment, criminal's revenge, rise to the top, going straight, tragic hero, heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Born to Defense (1986)
Genre: Action, War
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jet, a young soldier at the end of the second world war must overcome some abusive Americans who are bullying him as well as the Chinese people.
Style: exciting, bleak, rough, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, world war two, battles, martial arts, prostitute, heroes, master warrior, tough heroes, legends and myths, heroic mission, homecoming, culture clash ...
Place: china, hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 4.5
 629
Fist of Anger (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Historical movie set during the Japanese occupation of China during WWII. Jackie Chan is one of the good guys but has nothing much more than a supporting role.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: martial arts, world war two, heroes, escapades, military, good versus evil, rivalry, war, life is a bitch, japanese occupation, rifle, violence ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: china, asia, hong kong, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Company of Heroes (2013)
Genre: Action, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: American soldiers lost behind enemy lines during the WWII make a horrific discovery: Hitler has a super bomb in development. Against all odds, they set out to find the scientist in charge of the program who is looking to defect.
Style: serious, captivating, exciting, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: save the day, danger, wartime life, military, world war two, obsessive quest, soldier, heroic mission, super weapon, race against time, against the odds, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.7
 652
Housewife, 49 (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Downtrodden wife and mother Nella's life takes an unexpected turn for the better after she joins the Women's Voluntary Service office in Barrow-in-Furness during the Second World War. However, her new-found happiness is shattered when her ...
Style: captivating, touching, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, wartime life, war, love and romance, life is a bitch, society, parent grown child relationship, female protagonist, heroes, marriage, mother daughter relationship, office ...
Time: year 1939, year 1941, 1940s
Place: england, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Greatest Battle of Wolves (1989)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A veteran mobster finds that not only are the police after him, but so are members of his own gang, led by a young gangster who wants to take over.
Style: exciting, tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: gangsters, martial arts, blood, police, cons and scams, boat chase, mortal combat, strong violent content, danger, on the run, chases and races, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Children of Huang Shi (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Australia, China, Germany, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: About young British journalist, George Hogg, who with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse, saves a group of orphaned children during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: survival, orphan, rescue, selflessness, self discovery, soldier, danger, heroes, daring rescue, escapades, society, invasion ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 30s ...
Place: china, asia, east asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 6.1
 65K
Windtalkers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Joe Enders is a gung-ho Marine assigned to protect a "windtalker" - one of several Navajo Indians who were used to relay messages during World War II because their spoken language was indecipherable to Japanese code breakers.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, emotional, rough ...
Plot: world war two, code, war, behind enemy lines, survival, navajo, danger, military life, friendship, courage, soldier, top secret ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1943, year 1944
Place: japan, asia, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.4
 3K
Yanks (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 138 min.
Story: During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, especially when it comes to the G.I.s making advances on the ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: world war two, wartime life, soldier, racism, prejudice, couple relations, love affair, opposites attract, infidelity, forbidden love, war, romance ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985)
Genre: Action, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Major Reisman is "volunteered" to lead another mission using convicted army soldiers, sentenced to either death or long prison terms. This time their mission is to kill a Nazi general who plans to assassinate Hitler.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, soldier, assassination, convict, army, military life, heroic mission, confined, danger, escapades, heroes, military ...
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Dark Blue World (2001)
Genre: War, Drama, Action, Romance
Country: Czech Republic, UK, Germany, Denmark, Italy, France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Lt. Franta Slama is a top pilot in the Czech Air Force who is assigned to train a promising young flier, Karel Vojtisek, and they soon become friends. When Nazi Germany invades Czechoslovakia in 1939, they both reject the authority of their new ...
Style: sentimental, captivating, sincere, intense, gloomy ...
Plot: love triangle, world war two, romance, friendship, pilot, war, culture clash, wartime life, aviation, battle zone, aerial combat, czech ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1950, year 1939
Place: england, europe, poland, london, central europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.7
 167
The 4 Soldiers (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A climate of civil war, a fight that has made them lose everything including their youth, four soldiers aged 13 to 20 years, will meet and build friendships. In the grip of an adult conflict, which they do not understand, Matéo, Dominique, Big Max ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: soldier, war, friendship, life is a bitch, social decay, wartime life, military, danger, youth, society, teenage life, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.2
 626
Going Back (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A group of Marines return to Vietnam with a news crew to relive their tragic war experiences.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: vietnam war, leadership, military life, battles, military, life is a bitch, adventure, love, wartime life, anti war, reunion, filmmaking ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Sword of Honour (2001)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 191 min.
Story: Guy Crouchback joins the war effort during World War 2, an idealistic quest to join the forces of good in the fight against evil. But his efforts is not rewarded, he never has any chance to join any real fighting, circumstances always prevent it. ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, touching, gloomy
Plot: military, love triangle, fighting the system, haunted by the past, betrayal, love and romance, soldier, military life, life is a bitch, world war two, war, basic training ...
Time: 1940s
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Broken Chain (1993)
Genre: Drama, War, Action
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The true story of Iroquois warrior Thayendanegea participating in the French and Indian War and the American Revolutionary War.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, factual, epic ...
Plot: society, battles, friendship, military, fort, historical event, brothers, rise and fall, war, siblings relations, americana, against the odds ...
Time: 18th century, 90s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
To End All Wars (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Based on a real-life story, this drama focuses on a small group of Allied soldiers in Burma who are held captive by the Japanese. Capt. Ernest Gordon (Ciaran McMenamin), Lt. Jim Reardon (Kiefer Sutherland) and Maj. Ian Campbell (Robert Carlyle) are ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, harsh ...
Plot: corporal punishment, jungle, captivity, pow, war crime, military, escape, hopes, war, leadership, human spirit, prison life ...
Time: 20th century, year 1942, year 1943, 1940s
Place: scotland, japan, asia, burma, india ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Rich and Famous 2 (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After being released from prison, Tang Kat-Yung exacts revenge on Li Ah Chai, in this sequel to Rich and Famous.
Style: rough, stylized, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, betrayal, crime, partners, going straight, deadly, danger, criminal's revenge, buddies, heroes, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Prison on Fire (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Ching and Yiu and problems they face with Mickey, a fellow inmate and "Assassin", a prison guard. Yiu is sentenced to three years for manslaughter. In a fight for his father, he pushed a man and was run over by a bus. Ching was sent to ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: favoritism, prison, tough law enforcer, dishonesty, crimes, unlikely criminals, crime, gangsters, escape, criminal heroes, rivalry, chases and races ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
In August of 1944 (2001)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Russia, Belarus
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The movie is set in Belarus, where a team of counter-intelligence officers is given only three days to find a German radio operator posing as a Soviet soldier, behind soviet lines, on the eve of a major offensive.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: world war two, search, spy, war, wartime, great patriotic war, counter intelligence, firearm, russian soldier
Time: 1940s, year 1944
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.8
 3K
Sahara (1995)
Genre: Action, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After the fall of Tobruk in June 1942, U.S. Army sergeant Joe Gunn leads his tank into the Sahara desert, in order to evade advancing Rommel's forces and reach Allied lines. Along the way he picks up few Allied soldiers, but soon they are ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: world war two, adventure, revolution, human spirit, against the odds, desert, rebelliousness, survival, escapades, war, military, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: sahara desert
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Israel, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An American flyer who joined the RAF before his country was in the war is recovering from a leg injury in Jerusalem. Through an English friend he meets a quiet Jewish girl whose close-knit family originally came from Spain. The two are attracted to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: friends, friendship, fall in love, injury, world war two, opposites attract, romance, couples, love affair, couple relations, social differences, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: jerusalem, middle east, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 4.2
 148
Kill Zone (1993)
Genre: Action, War
Country: Philippines, USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: An American colonel will pay any price to defeat the Viet Cong. When his unauthorized fighting force in Cambodia is discovered, he becomes a one man army, fighting a war of his own for a cause he knows is just.
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: heroes, military, adventure, one man army, graphic violence, military life, tough heroes, disability, battles, rivalry, war, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: cambodia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 6.0
 203
Captive Hearts (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: December 1944. As their bomber is shot down during a mission over Japan, Sergeant McManus and Robert, a young lieutenant, have no other choice but make a parachute jump. They are captured by local villagers and are saved from execution by Fukushima, ...
Style: emotional, uplifting, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: world war two, confined, isolation, against the odds, forbidden love, village, romance, opposites attract, war, concentration camp, military, social differences ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.2
 307K
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 183 min.
Story: The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, exciting, epic, factual ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love triangle, world war two, war, love and romance, airplane, love, aerial combats, navy, tragic event, friends, u.s. navy, battles ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1920s, year 1941 ...
Place: pearl harbor, hawaii, japan, england, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Second Front (2005)
Genre: Action, Romance, War
Country: Russia, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In an explosive and action-packed story of heroism and courage under fire, American and Russian troops must join forces in a desperate mission that could change the course of World War 2.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense, tense ...
Plot: war, espionage, world war two, kgb, undercover, save the day, danger, secret agents, confined, daring rescue, escapades, intrigue ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1942
Place: germany, europe, ukraine, moscow russia, norway ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even ...
Style: epic, emotional, touching, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: world war two, pow, innocence lost, young heroes, prison, survival, coming of age, peasant, chinese, stadium, japanese soldier, bravery ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: china, shanghai, tokyo, asia, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.6
 13K
5 Days of War (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Georgia, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An American journalist and his cameraman are caught in the combat zone during the first Russian airstrikes against Georgia. Rescuing Tatia, a young Georgian schoolteacher separated from her family during the attack, the two reporters agree to help ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, rough, sentimental ...
Plot: military, death, news report, soldier, journalist, politics, state affairs, media, political unrest, life is a bitch, culture clash, bombing ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, year 2007
Place: tbilisi, georgia (former ussr)
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Last Escape (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: During World War II, American officer Capt. Lee Mitchell (Stuart Whitman) and a British military unit boldly infiltrate German-occupied enemy territory and attempt to kidnap brilliant Nazi scientist Dr. Von Heinken (Pinkas Braun) and bring him back ...
Style: realistic, exciting, bleak, captivating, serious ...
Plot: world war two, battles, military, danger, soldier, heroes, confined, escapades, war, kidnapping, infiltration, nazi ...
Time: 20th century
Place: germany, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
A Serious Shock! Yes Madam! (1993)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Though policewoman Hsie Wan-chin (Cynthia Yang Li-ching) is merrily planning for her wedding with fellow cop Wilson Tsiang (Lawrence Ng Kai-wah), he is having an illicit affair with her best friend, May (Moon Lee). When Wilson tries to break things ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: girls with guns, dishonesty, chases and races, crimes, danger, frame up, confined, crime, betrayal, love and romance, rivalry, deadly ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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