Movies like Defiance 2008

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Defiance (2008)
 7.2
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Defiance (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Based on a true story, during World War II, four Jewish brothers escape their Nazi-occupied homeland of West Belarus in Poland and join the Soviet partisans to combat the Nazis. The brothers begin the rescue of roughly 1,200 Jews still trapped in the ghettos of Poland.
Style: epic, realistic, emotional, sincere, rough, serious, captivating, intellectual, dramatic, intense ...
Plot: jewish, camp, holocaust, russian, survival, war, self sacrifice, escape, forest, partisan, nazism, rebellion, german, in the woods, struggle, family relations, heroic, life is a bitch, leader, on the run, gunfight, hopes, desperation, protector, resistance ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1942
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel, russia

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Valkyrie (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Wounded in Africa during World War II, Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government and assassinate Adolf Hitler. When events unfold so that he becomes a ...
Style: tense, bad ending, suspenseful, factual, realistic ...
Plot: resistance, deception, bomb, treason, assassination attempt, betrayal, nazism, courage, plan gone awry, nazis, conspiracy, war ...
Time: year 1944, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1943
Place: germany, europe, normandy, bavaria, tunisia ...
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Stalingrad (1993)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: "Stalingrad" follows the progress of a German Platoon through the brutal fighting of the Battle of Stalingrad. After having half their number wiped out and after being placed under the command of a sadistic Captain, the Lieutenant of the ...
Style: epic, gloomy, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Plot: holocaust, squad, execution, soldier, snow, anti war, nazism, german, war, russian, politics, genocide ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1943, year 1942
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
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Tears of the Sun (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, soldier, moral dilemma, war crime, daring rescue, danger, rescue, war, rebel, genocide, u.s. army, army ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nigeria, africa, iraq, hawaii
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Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, Germany, Ireland, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Enemy at the Gates is a war film from Jean-Jacques Annaud from 2001 that takes place during the battle of Stalingard in World War II between the Russians and the Germans.
Style: serious, rough, bleak, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: sniper, military, nazism, friendship, war, assassination, battle zone, heroes, trap, rivalry, deadly, elimination ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: russia, soviet union, germany, poland
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The Grey Zone (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkomando Jews – who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow-Jews – find themselves in a moral grey zone.
Style: serious, factual, depressing, harsh, compassionate ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, redemption, smuggling, against humanity, human spirit, moral dilemma, rebelliousness, pow, anti semitism, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 1940s
Place: europe, poland, germany, budapest hungary, israel
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Europa Europa (1990)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, France, Poland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A Jewish boy separated from his family in the early days of WWII poses as a German orphan and is taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually becomes a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are ...
Style: epic, realistic, tense, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: german, holocaust, survival, anti semitism, jewish, hidden identity, homosexual, concentration camp, ghetto, communism, roommate, nazism ...
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The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, adoption, family secret, human spirit, life is a bitch, nazi germany, jewish, youth, childhood, book, against humanity, nazi ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1939 ...
Place: germany, europe
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 7.8
 68K
Black Book (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Netherlands, Germany, UK, Belgium
Duration: 145 min.
Story: In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.
Style: tense, realistic, psychological, captivating, twists and turns ...
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Place: holland, netherlands, europe, israel, belgium ...
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Max Manus: Man of War (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Norway, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Max Manus is a Norwegian 2008 biographic war film based on the real events of the life of resistance fighter Max Manus (1914–96), after his contribution in the Winter War against the Soviet Union. The story follows Manus through the outbreak of ...
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Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
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Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Miracle at St. Anna chronicles the story of four American soldiers who are members of the all-black 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy during World War II.
Style: epic, realistic, suspenseful, sincere, serious ...
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Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union, Belarus
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, surreal, rough, serious ...
Plot: against humanity, genocide, atrocity, anti war, holocaust, war crime, surrealism, survival, war, occupation, execution, military ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.8
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The historical recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which Nazi and SS leaders gathered in a Berlin suburb to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Lead by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, this group of high ranking ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, factual, intense, atmospheric ...
Plot: holocaust, genocide, anti semitism, racism, politics, state affairs, wartime life, human spirit, leadership, soldier, against humanity, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
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Duration: 130 min.
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 7.6
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Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
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Duration: 164 min.
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48%
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Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Yugoslavia
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Style: rough, captivating, tense, realistic, bleak ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Duration: 122 min.
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Style: disturbing, suspenseful, sincere, serious, uplifting ...
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45%
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Genre: Drama, War
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Duration: 94 min.
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 6.5
 14K
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Style: realistic, gloomy, uplifting, sincere, semi serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: realistic, bleak, captivating, disturbing, sincere ...
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45%
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Style: realistic, bleak, emotional, serious
Plot: holocaust, family relations, wartime life, chases and races, ghetto, hidden identity, race against time, danger, dishonesty, defiant, war, forceful separation ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1993, year 1975, year 1944 ...
Place: hungary, europe, switzerland, russia, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: While flying a routine reconnaissance mission over Bosnia, fighter pilot Chris Burnett photographs something he wasn't supposed to see and gets shot down behind enemy lines, where he must outrun an army led by a ruthless Serbian general. With ...
Style: exciting, twists and turns, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.4
 73K
Centurion (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Britain, A.D. 117. Quintus Dias, the sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus' legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the Earth and destroy their leader, ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.5
 630K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: bleak, suspense, emotional, compassionate, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, pianist, survival, ghetto, against humanity, anti semitism, atrocity, jewish, deportation, starvation, genocide, nazi occupation ...
Time: 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Is Paris Burning? (1966)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: The title is Adolf Hitler's question to his chief of staff Alfred Jodl on the eve of the liberation of Paris (August 25): the military governor of Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, had been ordered to destroy Paris rather than let it fall ...
Style: serious, emotional, captivating, harsh, factual ...
Plot: holocaust, moral dilemma, rescue, wartime life, totalitarianism, against the odds, resistance, anti heroes, heroic mission, danger, insubordination, survival ...
Time: 40s, year 1944, 1940s
Place: france, europe, paris france, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Paradise Road (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Paradise Road is a 1997 film which tells the story of a group of English, American, Dutch and Australian women who are imprisoned in Sumatra during World War II. It was directed by Bruce Beresford and stars Glenn Close as beatific Adrienne Pargiter, ...
Style: serious, uplifting, emotional, touching, harsh ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: prison, war crime, island, survival, war, friendship, pow, human spirit, danger, prison life, holocaust, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: singapore, asia, indonesia, japan, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 20K
The Great Raid (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 132 min.
Story: As World War II rages, the elite Sixth Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over 500 American prisoners of war.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, sniper, massacre, escape attempt, soldier, rescue mission, war, hopes, danger, behind enemy lines, ambition, military life ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: the philippines, asia, pearl harbor, manila philippines, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Force 10 from Navarone (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Mallory and Miller are back. The survivors of Navarone are sent on a mission along with a unit called Force 10, which is led by Colonel Barnsby. But Force 10 has a mission of their own which the boys know nothing about.
Style: exciting, realistic, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Plot: task force, betrayal, double agent, military, bridge, sergeant, colonel, partisan, traitor, battle, adventure, war ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: italy, yugoslavia, england, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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