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Gardens of Stone (1987)
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Gardens of Stone (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Vietnam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old army buddy.
Style: realistic, bleak, sincere, touching, serious, emotional, intense, harsh, gloomy, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, military, military life, war, life is a bitch, wartime life, anti war, vietnam veteran, self esteem, casualty of war, wedding, war veteran, funeral, cemetery, politics, justice, civil war, dialogue, wartime, tragedy, profanity, unlikely friendships, army, u.s. army ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: vietnam, washington d.c., usa, iraq

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Most similar movies to Gardens of Stone

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and rough films with plots about war, military, soldier, vietnam war, anti war, military life and battles mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres. Some movies like Gardens of Stone: The Thin Red Line (1998), Go Tell the Spartans (1978), Love and Honor (2013), The Messenger (2009), We Were Soldiers (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Based on the graphic novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line tells the story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II ...
Style: epic, rough, captivating, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: war, sergeant, anti war, invasion, battles, military life, battle, infantry, soldier, commander, jungle, squad ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: pacific ocean
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100%
Go Tell the Spartans (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Go Tell the Spartans is a 1978 American war film based on Daniel Ford's 1967 novel "Incident at Muc Wa." It tells the story about U.S. Army military advisers during the early part of the Vietnam War. Led my Major Asa Barker, these ...
Style: serious, rough, bleak, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: vietnam war, military life, military, battles, haunted by the past, political unrest, idealism, soldier, war, hopes, death of protagonist, mercenary ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 70s, year 1964
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Love and Honor (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a young soldier in Vietnam gets dumped by his hometown girl, he and his best friend decide to go AWOL and return to the States to win her back.
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, romantic, touching ...
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, soldier, love and romance, friends, wartime life, homecoming, military, drugs/alcohol, looking for love, wooing, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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The Messenger (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who has returned home from Iraq, is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Montgomery is partnered with Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), to give notice to the families of ...
Style: touching, sincere, bleak, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: soldier, military, loneliness, redemption, war, human nature, officer, bereavement, friendship, responsibility, casualty of war, honest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, bosnia, iraq, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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We Were Soldiers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany, France
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.
Style: factual, serious, realistic, sincere, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, military, battles, war, heroes, military life, battlefield, u.s. army, wartime life, heroic mission, army ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.5
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Bat*21 (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lt. Col. Iceal "Ham" Hambleton is a weapons countermeasures expert and when his aircraft is shot over enemy territory the Air Force very much wants to get him back. Hambleton knows the area he's in is going to be carpet-bombed but a ...
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, survival, jungle, rescue, golf, war, against the odds, danger, adventure, friendship, battles ...
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.9
 3K
In Country (1989)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Samantha Hughes, a teenaged Kentucky girl, never knew her father, who died in Vietnam before her birth. Samantha lives with her uncle Emmett, who also served in Vietnam. Emmett hangs around with Tom, Earl, and Pete, three other Vietnam vets who, ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, contemplative, sincere ...
Plot: vietnam war, vietnam veteran, post traumatic stress disorder, obsession, friendship, homecoming, self discovery, haunted by the past, family in crisis, parents and children, teenage life, human nature ...
Place: kentucky, usa, vietnam, washington d.c., southern usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The Veteran (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sidney J. Furie's The Veteran is a respectable straight-to-DVD movie that was headed for the "pleasant surprise" category before self-destructing with a terrible, out-of-the-blue ending.
Style: serious, psychological, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Plot: vietnam war, vietnam veteran, soldier, vengeance, confined, politics, war, friendship, haunted by the past, vietnam war veteran, missing in action, missing ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Movie in collections
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84C MoPic (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cameraman embedded with a reconnaissance patrol charts their mission across territory controlled by the Vietnamese. An impressively naturalistic Vietnam film. Impressive performance by unknown actors in this low-budget Vietnam drama. The story is ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, survival, jungle, escapades, against the odds, anti war, military life, heroic mission, battles, military, danger, soldier ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 295
Company K (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on the popular World War I novel by author William March, director Robert Clem's COMPANY K follows a veteran of the first great conflict as he finishes a book about his wartime experiences and reflects on how a man's true character ...
Style: serious, captivating, psychological, epic, disturbing ...
Plot: anti war, veteran, wartime life, war, soldier, military, battles, gory, life is a bitch, state affairs, politics, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, year 1917
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.3
 13K
Coming Home (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The wife of a Marine serving in Vietnam, Sally Hyde (Jane Fonda) decides to volunteer at a local veterans hospital to occupy her time. There she meets Luke Martin (Jon Voight), a frustrated wheelchair-bound vet who has become disillusioned with the ...
Style: emotional, realistic, captivating, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: paraplegic, vietnam war, wheelchair, love triangle, disability, paralysis, hospital, military hospital, soldier, homecoming, post traumatic stress disorder, war ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 70s
Place: california, vietnam, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The Iron Triangle (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the diary of an unknown Viet Cong soldier, this film provides a sympathetic look at a Viet Cong soldier who protected a captured American soldier whom he believed did not kill him when the American had the opportunity. Written by John ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Plot: vietnam war, war, captivity, military life, confined, life is a bitch, rebellion, on the run, espionage, battles, anti war, wartime life ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
Style: disturbing, realistic, emotional, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, wheelchair, politics, fighting the system, vietnam veteran, military, disability, state affairs, homecoming, human spirit, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: vietnam, usa, new york, mexico, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Casualties of War (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. Based on the actual events of an incident on Hill 192 in November, 1966.
Style: rough, disturbing, emotional, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, pow, soldier, war crime, gang rape, atrocity, rape, revenge, anti war, crimes, military, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1974, 70s, year 1966 ...
Place: vietnam, asia, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 8.1
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Platoon (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Style: realistic, rough, disturbing, thought provoking, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, battles, battlefield, military, combat, war crime, jungle warfare, anti war, military life, jungle, squad ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1967, year 1968
Place: vietnam, asia, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Hanoi Hilton (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Lionel Chetwynd's film documents the horrific struggles that faced American POWs held in the North Vietnamese prison Hoa Lo -- more infamously known as the Hanoi Hilton -- between 1964 and 1975. Williamson (Michael Moriarty) leads a group of ...
Style: bleak, rough, disturbing, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: vietnam war, electric torture, prison life, isolation, anti war, homecoming, survival, military life, vengeance, rebelliousness, captivity, graphic violence ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.5
 13K
Taking Chance (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort accompanies the body of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps to his hometown in Wyoming.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: war, military, soldier, self discovery, military life, patriotism, marines, iraq war, father son relationship, friendship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004
Place: iraq, wyoming, usa, baghdad iraq, minneapolis minnesota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Style: rough, disturbing, suspense, bleak, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, war, military, soldier, sniper, boot camp, military life, suicide, sergeant, anti war, cruelty, infantry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1968, year 1967
Place: vietnam, asia, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Birdy (1984)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two young men are seriously affected by the Vietnam war. One of them has always been obsessed with birds - but now believes he really is a bird, and has been sent to a mental hospital. Can his friend help him pull through?
Style: psychological, realistic, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, obsession, mental institution, mental illness, bird, disfigurement, soldier, post traumatic stress disorder, war, coming of age, rehabilitation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, usa, asia, atlantic city new jersey, philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Boys in Company C (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Disheartened by futile combat, appalled by the corruption of their South Vietnamese ally, and constantly endangered by the incompetence of their own company commander, the young men find a possible way out of the war. They are told that if they ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, basic training, friendship, military, life is a bitch, soldier, marines, chaos, power relations, battles, instructor, boot camp ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.4
 20K
Stop-Loss (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A veteran soldier returns from his completed tour of duty in Iraq, only to find his life turned upside down when he is arbitrarily ordered to return to field duty by the Army.
Style: emotional, serious, bleak, thought provoking, sad ...
Plot: soldier, u.s. military, friendship, homecoming, military, politics, gulf war, wartime life, rules and policies, post traumatic stress disorder, death, patriotism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, canada, washington d.c., mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.7
 25K
Hamburger Hill (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The men of Bravo Company are facing a battle that's all uphill… up Hamburger Hill. Fourteen war-weary soldiers are battling for a mud-covered mound of earth so named because it chews up soldiers like chopped meat. They are fighting for their ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, gloomy, rough, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, anti war, combat, violence spree, insanity, jungle, lieutenant, massacre, gunfight, war, military ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.8
 14K
Heaven & Earth (1993)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Le Ly lives in a small Vietnamese village whose serenity is shattered when war breaks out. Caught between the Viet Cong and the South Vietnamese army, the village is all but destroyed. After being both brutalized and raped, Le Ly resolves to flee. ...
Style: realistic, bleak, psychological, serious, emotional ...
Plot: vietnam war, interracial relations, village, war crime, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, opposites attract, survival, father daughter relationship, dog, domestic violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, iraq, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 5.2
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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: serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: vietnam war, leadership, military life, battles, adventure, military, life is a bitch, love, anti war, homecoming, reunion, filmmaking ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.5
 2K
Streamers (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Four young recruits about to be sent to Vietnam confront their prejudicial feelings toward one another when it's learned one of them is homosexual.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, disturbing, talky ...
Plot: military, vietnam war, racism, soldier, injustice, military life, u.s. military, u.s. army, prejudice, peer pressure, gay slur, barracks ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 8.4
 627K
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter ...
Style: psychological, bleak, tense, disturbing, epic ...
Plot: anti war, army, vietnam war, military, mission, soldier, losing-it hero, jungle, insanity, unfulfillment, chaos, war ...
Time: 20th century, year 1969, 1960s, 60s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Platoon Leader (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: West Point graduate lieutenant Jeff Knight meets cynicism when taking command of sergeant Michael McNamara's tour veterans platoon in a Vietnamese trench camp. Unlike his predecessor, who hid till the end of his tour, Jeff takes charge, ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough
Plot: vietnam war, vietcong, infantrymen, jungle, self discovery, military, heroes, war, escapades, soldier, adventure, u.s. army ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
A Bright Shining Lie (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Something in his past keeps career Army man John Paul Vann from advancing past colonel. He views being sent to Vietnam as part of the US military advisory force a stepping stone to promotion. However, he disagrees vocally (and on the record) with ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: vietnam war, vietcong, pregnancy, military, soldier, insurgent, military life, infidelity, anti war, political unrest, couples, battles ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
An Unforgettable Summer (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Romania, France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In 1925 Romania, young Marie-Therese Von Debretsy refuses the flirtatious advances of her husband's commanding officer. As a result, the cosmopolitan family is reassigned to a brutally bleak and dangerous outpost on the Bulgarian/Romanian ...
Style: serious, realistic, meditative, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: military, politics, soldier, state affairs, moral dilemma, political unrest, military life, wartime life, war, injustice, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 50s, 1950s
Place: bucharest, japan, tokyo, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Green Berets (1968)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, military life, green beret, jungle, soldier, war, anti war, culture clash, politics, battlefield, journalism, military ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%