Movies like The Message 2009

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The Message (2009)
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The Message (2009)
Original name: 风声
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: China
Duration: 118 min.
Story: 1942, Nanjing (Nanking). Following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government, the Japanese spy chief gathers a group of suspects in a mansion house for questioning. A tense game of "cat and mouse" ensues as the Chinese code-breaker attempts to send out a crucial message while protecting his/her own identity.
Style: captivating, realistic, tense, psychological, suspense, serious, suspenseful, stylized
Plot: japanese occupation, espionage, world war two, code breaking, resistance, assassination, wartime life, undercover, spy, rivalry, danger, crimes, crime, life is a bitch, occupation, deadly, chinese history, japanese occupation of china
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: china, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and suspenseful films with plots about danger, world war two, war, espionage, life is a bitch, undercover and wartime life mostly in Drama, Thriller and War genres. Some movies like The Message: Resistance (2011), Purple Butterfly (2003), The Silent War (2012), Back to 1942 (2012), The Counterfeit Traitor (1962). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Resistance (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: It is 1944 and the D-Day invasion has failed, Germany's army have successfully invaded England and the Nazi war-machine is now heading west towards Wales. A group of women in an isolated Welsh village near the English border wake up to ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: espionage, danger, life is a bitch, undercover, war, wartime life, missing person, world war two, strong female presence, resistance fighter
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Purple Butterfly (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a secret police unit tasked with dismantling Purple Butterfly.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: japanese occupation, war, wartime life, rivalry, political unrest, love affair, anti war, tragic hero, hidden identity, love and romance, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 1940s, 2000s
Place: japan, china, shanghai, asia, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
The Silent War (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An espionage thriller set in the 1950s and adapted from the novel "Year Suan/Plot Against" by May Jia. Tony Leung Chiu Wai plays a blind man who works for a piano tuner. He is recruited for a spy mission because of his exceptional hearing.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: political unrest, war, undercover, code breaking, espionage, secret movement, dishonesty, secret agents, disability, state affairs, misfit, superior officer ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: hong kong, china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 6.8
 3K
Back to 1942 (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 145 min.
Story: In 1942, Henan Province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million men, women and children. Although the primary cause of the famine was a severe drought, it was exacerbated ...
Style: rough, serious, captivating, realistic, bleak
Plot: drought, world war two, survival, chaos, danger, life is a bitch, against humanity, on the road, family in danger, wartime life, escapades, on the run ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, espionage, spy, danger, state affairs, life is a bitch, secret agents, betrayal, forgery, undercover, dishonesty, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942
Place: sweden, germany, europe, stockholm sweden, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.4
 9K
Shanghai (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: China, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An American man returns to a corrupt, Japanese-occupied Shanghai four months before Pearl Harbor and discovers his friend has been killed. While he unravels the mysteries of the death, he falls in love and discovers a much larger secret that his own ...
Style: captivating, stylized, suspenseful, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: murder, uncover truth, investigation, mystery, dishonesty, deadly, fall in love, political conspiracy, life is a bitch, love and romance, dark secret, mafia ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: china, asia, shanghai china, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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X Company (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 44 min.
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Story: An emotionally-driven character drama, set in the thrilling and dangerous world of WWII espionage and covert operations. It follows the stories of five highly skilled young recruits - Canadian, American and British - torn from their ordinary lives ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: espionage, secret agents, working undercover, heroic mission, undercover, danger, war, world war two, rivalry, friendship, good versus evil, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Resistance (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In 1937, Japan began their invasion of China by murdering over 300,000 people in the capital of Nanjing. The atrocities committed against women and their daughters are especially barbaric. One of them is Xiaoyun, a peasant girl who fights with the ...
Style: captivating, exciting, entertaining, tense, realistic ...
Plot: genocide, assassination, ninja, revenge, war, occupation, resistance, vengeance, wartime life, martial arts, assassin, protection ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: china, usa, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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The Disguiser (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: China
Duration: 40 min.
TV show
Story: Set in the Japanese occupation era, the rich yet naive young master Ming Tai is trained to become an agent, and is later sent to become an underground spy for the Communists. Together with his brother and double agent Ming Lou, they try and bring ...
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, psychological, suspense
Plot: spy, japanese occupation, resistance, assassination, brother brother relationship, secret organization, double agent, espionage, mind game, false identity, trust, disguise ...
Time: year 1940, year 1939
Place: china, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.4
 1K
The Spy (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Spring 1941. Center of Moscow. Duel of the two intelligence services turns more and more tense.
Style: captivating, exciting, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prospector, world war two, heroes, undercover, secret agents, spy, mole, secret police, heroic mission, mentor, rivalry, betrayal ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Soldier of Orange (1977)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 155 min.
Story: This film depicts World War II through the eyes of several Dutch students. It follows them through the beginning of the war, the Nazi occupation and the liberation.
Style: stylized, realistic, tense, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: world war two, nazi occupation, betrayal, espionage, occupation, resistance, escape attempt, queen, war, german, friendship, anti semitism ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 1930s, 80s
Place: europe, netherlands, london, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Stones for the Rampart (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 111 min.
Story: To be defeated and not be - a victory. This is the motto that life is guided by three young friends: Alek, Sophy and Rudy. Scouts, high school graduates high school in Warsaw drifting ambitious plans for the future broken through September 1939. ...
Style: captivating, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, wartime life, against the odds, danger, daring rescue, war, world war two
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Fifth Patient (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: John Reilly wakes up in an African Hospital with only fragments of his memory in tact. An officer of the local regime, Mugambe, accuses him of being an American spy.
Style: twists and turns, tense, captivating, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: hospital, memory loss, espionage, undercover, crimes, political intrigue, rivalry, dishonesty, deception, undercover agent, interrogation, conspiracy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
People Mountain People Sea (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A story of vengeance set in China’s wild Southwest, where brutality can be the norm rather than the exception.
Style: realistic, serious, contemplative, tense, captivating ...
Plot: vengeance, obsession, track down, redemption, murder, poverty, crimes, journey, danger, rivalry, mountain, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, quarry
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 4.2
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Two Tigers (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, martial arts, prostitute, femme fatale, friendship, espionage, crimes, rivalry, undercover, danger, materialism, love affair ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, france, paris france, asia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Night of the Generals (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War
Country: UK, France
Duration: 148 min.
Story: An unusual World War II crime thriller about a Nazi investigation into the murder of a prostitute. Major Grau finds himself focusing on three suspects: the Generals Tanz, Kahlenberg and Seydlitz-Gabler – all three of whom, it seems, are also ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, world war two, murder, nazi occupation, prostitute, conspiracy, mystery, crime, crimes, who done it, uncover truth, serial killer ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, poland, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Operation Mekong (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Chinese narco-cops take their mission to the Golden Triangle following the Mekong River massacre of innocent fishermen by the region's drug lord.
Style: psychological, exciting, complex, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: boat, river, illegal drugs, danger, murder, deadly, fight, soldier, crimes, resistance, ship, crew ...
Time: contemporary
Place: china, thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Pastorale 1943 (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 125 min.
Story: In a Dutch village during the German occupation, a small group of badly organized resistance fighters attempt to assassinate a collaborator.
Style: suspenseful, factual, psychological, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: world war two, life is a bitch, social relations, human nature, rebelliousness, resistance, execution, torture, robbery, nazi occupation, anti hero, anti heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Winter in Wartime (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 103 min.
Story: During World War II in the freezing Netherlands winter of 1944/1945 the western Netherlands are in the grip of a famine. Many people move east to provide for their families. Fourteen year old Michiel can't wait to join the Dutch resistance, to ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, nazism, resistance, execution, occupation, coming of age, nazi, adventure, wartime life, life is a bitch, military, war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: netherlands, europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
To Commit a Murder (1967)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: France, West Germany, Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A writer gets wrapped up in espionage.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: espionage, kidnapping, spy, state affairs, undercover, chases and races, heroes, graphic violence, danger, crimes, fall in love, rescue ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Enigma (1982)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Five highly-trained KGB agents are sent to the west to assassinate several Soviet dissidents. In order to stop the diabolical plot, an American agent must infiltrate Soviet intelligence and obtain information from a Russian computer.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, intense, exciting ...
Plot: kgb, iron curtain, espionage, undercover, assassination, cold war, politics, danger, dishonesty, journalism, rivalry, government agency ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, east germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.2
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Pursued (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A fast rising hi-tech executive must protect his career and family from the ruthless tactics of a homicidal corporate headhunter.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mind game, undercover, rivalry, danger, espionage, stalking, prodigy, psychopath, deadly, crimes, false identity, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Murder on the Home Front (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
Story: At the height of the London blitz, Dr Lennox Collins, pioneer of the new forensic science, is enlisted by DI Wilkins after prostitute Mary Williams is strangled and a swastika carved on her tongue.
Style: realistic, stylized, captivating, tense, suspense ...
Plot: crimes, investigation, serial killer, forensics, world war two, danger, law enforcement, partners, life is a bitch, deadly, police investigation, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1940, 40s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Behind Enemy Lines (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, military, criminal heroes, espionage, escapades, danger, state affairs, heroes, rebellion, war, chases and races, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century
Place: london, norway, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: It is the Spring of 1943 and the Battle for the Atlantic rages as an Axis victory seems inevitable. The women of Vic Mu – Gladys, Lorna, Kate, Betty and Vera – band together in a tight bond of support and friendship.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, stylized
Audience: girls' night
Plot: factory, espionage, heroic mission, fall in love, couple relations, workplace situations, parents and children, family relations, undercover, society, love and romance, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1943
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Fires on the Plain (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In the final days of World War II, occupying Japanese forces in the Philippines face resistance from the local population and the American offensive. The dwindling Japanese soldiers attempt to survive through the horrors of war.
Style: tense, psychological, realistic, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: survival, war, danger, military life, isolation, confined, escapades, japanese soldier, rivalry, world war two, graphic violence, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.7
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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, psychological, epic, twists and turns, emotional ...
Plot: jewish, world war two, nazism, holocaust, atrocity, singer, espionage, spy, life is a bitch, occupation, betrayal, escape ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: holland, netherlands, europe, israel, belgium ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Army of Crime (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France
Duration: 139 min.
Story: This gripping historical drama recounts the story of Armenian-born Missak Manouchian, a woodworker and political activist who led an immigrant laborer division of the Parisian Resistance on 30 operations against the Nazis in 1943. The Nazis branded ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: resistance, world war two, idealism, human spirit, rebelliousness, occupation, danger, youth, crimes, war, deadly, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Two British agents are murdered by a mysterious Neonazi organization in West Berlin. The British Secret Service sends agent Quiller to investigate. Soon Quiller is confronted with Neonazi chief "Oktober" and involved in a dangerous game ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, stylized, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, heroes, gang, undercover, rivalry, racism, political intrigue, working undercover, danger, crimes, secret agents ...
Time: 60s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 4.8
 984
Canopy (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Australia, Singapore
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An unlikely friendship between 2 young men becomes everything, when an Australian soldier takes refuge under the canopied jungles of Singapore, during the violent Japanese invasion in World War II. Jim is lost, injured and defenseless in a hostile, ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: jungle, world war two, survival, war, soldier, danger, communication problem, military, escape, chase, very little dialogue, escapades ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: singapore, asia, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%