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The Great Escape (1963)
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 240K
The Great Escape (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, exciting, epic, serious, captivating, tense, suspense, dramatic, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, pow, world war two, prison escape, capture, freedom, prisoner, soldier, officer, desperation, escape attempt, camp, war, escape, army, optimism, determination, nazi, chase, motorcycle, attempted escape, military, security guard, tunnel, disguise ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: germany, alps, switzerland, europe, poland

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and dramatic films with plots about war, survival, world war two, military, brutality, courage and dialogue mostly in War, Drama and History genres. Some movies like The Great Escape: Von Ryan's Express (1965), The Guns of Navarone (1961), Papillon (1973), The Eagle Has Landed (1976), A Bridge Too Far (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Von Ryan's Express stars Frank Sinatra as a POW colonel who leads a daring escape from Nazi Germany by taking over a freight train, but he has to win over the British soldiers he finds himself commanding.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: train, escape, world war two, prison, behind enemy lines, pow, war, adventure, daring rescue, heroes, on the run, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: italy, switzerland, germany, europe, florence ...
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The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: A team of allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers.
Style: exciting, serious, suspense, tense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, adventure, island, german, military, behind enemy lines, battles, resistance, allies, war, save the day, against the odds ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: germany, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
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Papillon (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Style: bleak, tense, captivating, suspense, inspirational ...
Plot: prison escape, prison, human spirit, runaway, criminal heroes, prison life, false accusation, labor camp, life sentence, solitary, escape attempt, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 70s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: When the Nazi high command learns in late 1943 that Winston Churchill will be spending time at a country estate in Norfolk, it hatches an audacious scheme to kidnap the prime minister and spirit him to Germany for enforced negotiations with Hitler.
Style: exciting, serious, suspense, tense, intense ...
Plot: world war two, nazi germany, soldier, rescue, insubordination, espionage, leadership, secret agents, crimes, military, good versus evil, disguise ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: england, germany, europe, poland, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 175 min.
Story: A Bridge Too Far tells the story of Operation Market Garden, the failed attempt by the allies to end the war quickly by securing three bridges in Holland and allowing access over the Rhine into Germany. A combination of poor allied intelligence and ...
Style: epic, realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: war, behind enemy lines, world war two, army, allies, battle zone, heroic mission, against the odds, soldier, mission, german, invasion ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, 70s
Place: netherlands, holland, germany, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, girls' night
Plot: pow, world war two, prison, war crime, island, holocaust, war, friendship, human spirit, prison life, survival, justice ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: singapore, japan, asia, indonesia, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.3
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Hart's War (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Fourth-generation Army Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp. Still, as the senior-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy, all ...
Style: tense, realistic, rough, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: war, world war two, nazi, pow, soldier, frame up, army investigation, escape, court martial, racism, court, prison ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, belgium, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.6
 23K
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: tense, rough, suspenseful, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue mission, military, war, pow, world war two, escape attempt, massacre, swat team, against the odds, military life, human spirit, daring rescue ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: the philippines, asia, manila philippines, pearl harbor, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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King Rat (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: When Singapore surrendered to the Japanese in 1942 the Allied POWs, mostly British but including a few Americans, were incarcerated in Changi prison. This was a POW detention center like no other. There were no walls or barbed-wire fences for the ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: world war two, pow, prison life, prison, friendship, war, escape, escapades, confined, military, behind enemy lines, black market ...
Time: year 1945, 1940s
Place: singapore, japan, asia, poland, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Escape from Sobibor (1987)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Yugoslavia
Duration: 143 min.
Story: During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to vow (actually threaten) that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were its captives, the Jewish laborers that had ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: concentration camp, pow, world war two, escape, captivity, genocide, brutality, against humanity, corporal punishment, holocaust, hopes, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Hell Is for Heroes (1962)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: World War II drama where the action centers around a single maneuver by a squad of GIs in retaliation against the force of the German Siegfried line. Reese joins a group of weary GIs unexpectedly ordered back into the line when on their way to a ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, battles, military, soldier, infantry, war, rebellion, heroic mission, military life, fighting the system, leadership, heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1944
Place: germany, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Scarlet and the Black (1983)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK, Italy
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Fr. Hugh O'Flaherty is a Vatican official in 1943-45 who has been hiding downed pilots, escaped prisoners of war, and Italian resistance families. His diplomatic status in a Catholic country prevents Colonel Kappler from openly arresting him, ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, factual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nazi, world war two, soldier, fighting the system, nun, military, clergy, human spirit, uninhibited rivalry, politics, hopes, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: vatican, europe, rome italy, italy, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Longest Day (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: The retelling of June 6, 1944, from the perspectives of the Germans, US, British, Canadians, and the Free French. Marshall Erwin Rommel, touring the defenses being established as part of the Reich's Atlantic Wall, notes to his officers that ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, touching, serious, epic ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, resistance, military, war, invasion, allies, nazi, german, navy, military life, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1944
Place: normandy, france, europe, england, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 169 min.
Story: As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.
Style: captivating, realistic, epic, rough, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, army, sniper, battles, courage, heroic mission, warrior, self sacrifice, bravery, rescue ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1944
Place: normandy, france, europe, poland, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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 ...
Style: emotional, epic, sincere, realistic, intense ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, partisan, nazi, wartime life, survival, jewish, forest, rebellion, camp, genocide, judaism ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1941, year 1942
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Genre: 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, coming of age, pow, child protagonist, japanese army, young heroes, peasant, survival, prison, innocence lost, japanese soldier, bravery ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: china, shanghai, tokyo, asia, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.8
 1K
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, exciting, serious, captivating ...
Plot: jungle, world war two, survival, soldier, war, communication problem, military, escape, chase, very little dialogue, escapades, imperial japan ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: singapore, asia, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Monuments Men (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on seven over-the-hill, out-of-shape museum directors, artists, architects, curators, and art historians who went to the front lines of ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, intense ...
Plot: war, art theft, world war two, nazi germany, military, painting, rescue, treasure hunt, architect, hunt down, heroic mission, military life ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, 20th century, year 1943, year 1977 ...
Place: germany, europe, italy, england, austria ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Valkyrie (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Japan, UK
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, factual, bad ending, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, nazism, nazi, war, nazi germany, resistance, colonel, bomb, german officer, deception, treason, assassination attempt ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, bavaria, tunisia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Rescue Dawn (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, War
Country: USA, Luxembourg
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, rough, tense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, vietnam war, pow, soldier, torture, escape, rescue, camp, human spirit, confined, mission, courage ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1965, 70s
Place: vietnam, laos, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In March of 1945, as the War in Europe is coming to a close, fighting erupts between German and American troops at the last remaining bridgehead across the Rhine.
Style: realistic, rough, exciting, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, battles, war, military, wartime life, anti war, escapades, survival, against the odds, heroic mission, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, year 1945, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.0
 11K
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: bleak, disturbing, serious, factual, depressing ...
Plot: holocaust, nazi, rebellion, world war two, concentration camp, survival, anti semitism, redemption, smuggling, human spirit, against humanity, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1944
Place: poland, europe, germany, budapest, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The McKenzie Break (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A German U-Boat commander and 600 prisoners plan a daring escape from a PoW camp in Scotland.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Plot: military, battles, world war two, soldier, prison, captivity, prison life, war, survival, heroic mission, wartime life, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: scotland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Style: realistic, bleak, disturbing, emotional, suspenseful ...
Plot: world war two, survival, war, battles, military, anti war, japanese history, japanese army, imperial japan, chaos, selflessness, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 2005, year 1945
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Is Paris Burning? (1966)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 173 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: emotional, serious, captivating, harsh, factual ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, moral dilemma, against the odds, wartime life, totalitarianism, rescue, resistance, heroic mission, insubordination, survival, liberation ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944
Place: france, paris france, europe, warsaw poland, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.8
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The Train (1964)
Genre: Thriller, War
Country: France, Italy, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: As the Allied forces approach Paris in August 1944, German Colonel Von Waldheim is desperate to take all of France's greatest paintings to Germany. He manages to secure a train to transport the valuable art works even as the chaos of retreat ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, exciting, dramatic ...
Plot: world war two, painting, train, german, art theft, train crash, war, french resistance, train travel, confined, heroes, escapades ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s
Place: paris france, france, germany, europe, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Saints and Soldiers (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Five American soldiers fighting in Europe during World War II struggle to return to Allied territory after being separated from U.S. forces during the historic Malmedy Massacre.
Style: rough, emotional, touching, intense, realistic ...
Plot: pow, soldier, behind enemy lines, world war two, battles, allies, heroic mission, tragic hero, military, bondage, hapless soldier, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1944
Place: germany, europe, belgium, berlin germany, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.3
 4K
633 Squadron (1964)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When Norwegian resistance leader Lieutenant Erik Bergman reports the location of a German V-2 rocket fuel plant, the Royal Air Force's 633 Squadron is assigned the mission to destroy it. The plant is in a seemingly-impregnable location beneath ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, sincere
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, battles, hopes, save the day, military, against the odds, air raid, race against time, daring rescue, ambition, human spirit, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1944
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Band of Brothers (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 594 min.
TV show
Story: Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as their journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men from paratrooper training in Georgia through the end of the war. As an elite rifle company ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, heroic, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, war, military, soldier, sniper, battles, military life, combat, paratrooper, behind enemy lines, american soldier, nazi germany ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, france, austria, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.5
 5K
MacArthur (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The film portrays MacArthur's (Gregory Peck) life from 1942, before the Battle of Bataan, to 1952, the time after he had been removed from his Korean War command by President Truman (Ed Flanders) for insubordination, and is recounted in ...
Style: realistic, serious, melancholic, epic, intense ...
Plot: world war two, military, pow, soldier, war, politics, island, rebellion, ruler, ambition, revolution, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s
Place: usa, japan, korea, the philippines, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%