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The Desert of the Tartars (1976)
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The Desert of the Tartars (1976)
Original name: Il deserto dei Tartari
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Lieutenant Giovanni Drogo is assigned to the old Bastiani border fortress where he expects an imminent attack by nomadic fearsome Tartars.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, bleak, serious, realistic, light
Plot: desert, military, soldier, battles, isolation, fortress, lieutenant, war, village, heroes, destiny, village life, anti war, wartime life, military life, army investigation, horse, mountain, army, loneliness, king, hunting, death, illness, warrior ...
Time: 70s, 1910s, turn of the century

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and captivating films with plots about war, soldier, battles, military, military life, heroes and death mostly in War, Drama and History genres. Some movies like The Desert of the Tartars: The Biggest Battle (1978), Greenery Will Bloom Again (2014), El Alamein - The Line of Fire (2002), The Lighthorsemen (1987), The Trench (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Biggest Battle (1978)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: Italy, West Germany, Yugoslavia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A story of how World War II affected the lives of a German family and an American family, both of whom had sons and fathers fighting in the war.
Style: bleak, rough, exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: battles, soldier, world war two, against the odds, military life, heroic mission, heroes, adventure, contests and competitions, military, journalism, danger ...
Time: 1940s
Place: africa
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Greenery Will Bloom Again (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 80 min.
Story: World War I, Italian north-eastern front after the 1917 bloody battles on the Altipiano. A group of soldiers face the difficulty of war in a story that unfolds in the space of one night. Events follow one after the other without any kind of pattern: ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, realistic, serious, stylized ...
Plot: soldier, danger, anti war, military, battle zone, introspection, military life, life is a bitch, world war one, war, dealing with death, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, year 1917
Place: italy
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El Alamein - The Line of Fire (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: War seen through the eyes of Serra, a university student from Palermo who volunteers in 1942 to fight in Africa. He is assigned to the Pavia Division on the southern line in Egypt. Rommel and the Axis forces are bogged down; it's October, the ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, captivating, sincere
Plot: world war two, soldier, battles, friendship, military, war, danger, military life, wartime life, behind enemy lines, battle, introspection ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1942
Place: middle east, egypt, africa, palermo italy, libya ...
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The Lighthorsemen (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Palestine, 1917. The British advance has been stopped by the Turkish line running from Gaza to Beersheba. The latest attack on Gaza has failed. The attacking forces included a regiment of Australian mounted infantry, the Light Horse... Lighthorseman ...
Style: epic, serious, realistic, disturbing, tense
Plot: world war one, military, battles, soldier, basic training, against the odds, survival, heroic mission, danger, wartime life, military life, hospital ...
Time: 1910s, year 1917
Place: australia, palestine, turkey, new zealand, melbourne australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Trench (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The Trench tells the story of a group of young British soldiers on the eve of the Battle of the Somme in the summer of 1916, the worst defeat in British military history. Against this ill-fated backdrop, the movie depicts the soldiers' ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, gloomy, bleak
Plot: world war one, military, soldier, battles, battlefield, trench warfare, gory, heroes, danger, war, isolation, destiny ...
Time: 1910s, year 1916
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Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, France, Germany, Bulgaria
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In autumn of 1526, the Emperor, Charles V, sends his German landsknechts led by Georg von Frundsberg to march towards Rome. The inferior papal armies, commanded by Giovanni de'Medici, try to chase them in the midst of a harsh winter. ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, epic
Plot: soldier, military life, leadership, military, battles, betrayal, life is a bitch, danger, war, winter, heroes, fog ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s
Place: italy
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Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As World War I rages, brave and youthful Australians Archy and Frank, both agile runners, become friends and enlist in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps together. They later find themselves part of the Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, serious, captivating, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: anti war, military, world war one, friendship, british empire, idealism, human spirit, military life, battle zone, desert, soldier, running ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915, 18th century
Place: australia, turkey, egypt, middle east, africa ...
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Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, Morocco
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A drama following a French platoon during Algeria's war of independence
Style: realistic, rough, disturbing, serious, bleak
Plot: military, soldier, atrocity, politics, anti war, racism, basic training, moral dilemma, political unrest, military life, imperialism, danger ...
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Place: algeria, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Gettysburg (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. The two great armies clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and ...
Style: epic, intense, realistic, captivating, serious ...
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Captain Conan (1996)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 129 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspense
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1944: The Final Defence (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 117 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, bleak ...
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Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, Yugoslavia
Duration: 101 min.
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Style: captivating, realistic, serious, rough, bleak
Plot: world war one, military, soldier, anti war, anti heroes, fighting the system, society, rebellion, heroes, war, state affairs, wartime life ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1916
Place: italy, alps
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Story: Year 1100. Italy.The Northern lands are ruled by a German emperor: Fredrick aka "Barbarossa. His dream is to conquer also the lands in the Center and in the South so as to revive the Empire that was once of the one Charles Magno.But in the ...
Style: serious, epic, realistic, captivating
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Duration: 138 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 141 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 138 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 96 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 97 min.
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Style: serious, stylized, realistic, bleak, gloomy
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Style: serious, realistic, bleak, disturbing, gloomy ...
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Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
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Style: psychological, emotional, bleak, rough, gloomy ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Duration: 100 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Company K (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
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Duration: 102 min.
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Style: captivating, serious, psychological, disturbing, epic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Battle of El Alamein (1969)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: This movie's opening prologue states: "June 1942. As Rommel swept toward the Nile, the fall of Egypt and the capture of the Suez Canal seemed inevitable. Italian and German advance units raced toward Alexandria. Mussolini had given ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 1940s, 40s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The 317th Platoon (1965)
Genre: War
Country: France, Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In Vietnam, 1954, a French platoon isolated behind enemy lines tries to come back. It is led by the inexperienced, idealistic sous-lieutenant Torrens, and by adjutant Willsdorf, a WWII veteran of the Werhmacht.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, rough, bleak ...
Plot: jungle, military, soldier, chaos, battles, solitude, survival, escapades, heroes, danger, war, state affairs ...
Time: 1950s, year 1954, 50s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%