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Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
 8.2
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Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
Original name: 鬼子来了
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time they will be collected. The village leaders convene to interrogate the prisoners. The townspeople then struggle to accommodate the prisoners. One is a bellicose Japanese nationalist, the other a nervous translator. Will the townspeople manage to keep the prisoners until the New Year?
Style: semi serious, atmospheric, humorous, realistic, clever
Plot: world war two, military, resistance, village, wartime life, confined, captivity, rebellion, rebelliousness, life is a bitch, society, nothing goes right, fish out of water, culture clash, comedy of errors, oppression, social relations, soldier, anti war, translator, satire, battles, secret, japanese occupation, battle ...
Time: 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, semi serious, humorous and captivating films with plots about war, wartime life, world war two, soldier, military, society and anti war mostly in Drama, War and Comedy genres. Some movies like Devils on the Doorstep: The Cuckoo (2002), The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969), The Elusive Corporal (1962), A Farewell to Fools (2013), Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Cuckoo (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: September of 1944, a few days before Finland went out of the Second World War. A chained to a rock Finnish sniper-kamikadze Veikko managed to set himself free. Ivan, a captain of the Soviet Army, arrested by the Front Secret Police ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, thought provoking, offbeat, tense ...
Plot: culture clash, understanding, world war two, war, anti war, love triangle, wilderness, confined, life is a bitch, wartime life, military, hostility ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: finland, russia, germany
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The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: During World War II, Italian villagers hide their wine from the German army.
Style: humorous, captivating, exciting, light, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, rise to the top, holocaust, small town, military, fighting the system, anti semitism, war, escapades, mayor, wine, italian fascism ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
The Elusive Corporal (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story serves as a companion piece to Renoir's 1937 film, Grand Illusion, once more bringing together men from across the broad social spectrum of French society to depict one man's Sisyphean efforts to escape captivity in a German POW ...
Style: contemplative, semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: world war two, soldier, social differences, war, nothing goes right, prison, prison life, anti war, military life, danger, down on your luck, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
A Farewell to Fools (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Romania, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Set during World War II, somewhere in Eastern Europe. A German soldier is found dead near the village. The local authorities must find the culprit, or they will be all shot by the Nazis the morning after. There's no way to find the guilty one, ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: village, moral dilemma, mentally challenged, misfit, hopes, farce, wartime life, comedy of errors, human nature, war, disorder, dark humor ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: romania, transylvania, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: world war two, pow, war crime, soldier, anti war, war, prisoner of war camp, samurai, captivity, strong violent content, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1946 ...
Place: japan, asia, australia, indonesia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.1
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Catch-22 (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way to cope with a crazy situation. Catch-22 is a parody of a "military mentality" and of a bureaucratic society ...
Style: surreal, psychological, clever, suspense, biting ...
Plot: world war two, satire, anti war, soldier, military, military hospital, island, war, rebellion, bomber, military life, anti hero ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 70s
Place: italy, alexandria egypt, sardinia, new york, mediterranean sea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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 580
Amigo (2010)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Philippines
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Rafael, a village mayor caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War. When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerilla ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional, contemplative
Plot: soldier, village, moral dilemma, friendship, american, rebel, culture clash, rebelliousness, military, society, social relations, communication problem ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 90s, year 1900
Place: the philippines, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Seven Beauties (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Director, Seven Beauties stars Giancarlo Giannini (Swept Away) as Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties." A petty thief who lives off of the profits of his seven ...
Style: cynical, disturbing, humorous, biting, suspense ...
Plot: world war two, concentration camp, survival, pimp, honor, dark humor, cons and scams, siblings relations, wartime life, captivity, eccentric family, fish out of water ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: italy, naples italy, europe, southern italy, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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California Dreamin' (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Romania
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Romanian director Cristian Nemescu's comedy California Dreamin' (aka Nesfarsit, 2007) unfolds against the backdrop of the Kosovo War, circa 1999. A NATO train rolls through a Romanian hamlet, transporting a plethora of weapons across the ...
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious, contemplative
Plot: ego clash, military, culture clash, military life, disorder, hypocrisy, ambition, nothing goes right, soldier, society, hopes, village ...
Time: 90s
Place: kosovo, europe, yugoslavia, former yugoslavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Based on the long running play by Jang Jin, the story is set in Korea during the Korean War in 1950. Soldiers from both the North and South, as well as an American pilot, find themselves in a secluded and naively idealistic village, its residents ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: military, soldier, anti war, friendship, air disaster, fish out of water, hopes, wartime life, isolation, village, village life, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: korea, asia, south korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 ⇓
63%
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 190 min.
Story: His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, survival, japanese army, chinese, captivity, unfulfilled love, prison life, imperialism, escape attempt, estrangement, hapless soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In a small town still occupied by the Germans as World War II's tide is turning toward the Allies, apprentice train-watcher Milos is oblivious to the war. Instead, he is obsessed with having his first sexual experience. Despite the favors of ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, atmospheric, talky ...
Plot: world war two, coming of age, politics, resistance, occupation, war, village life, wartime life, communism, storytelling, village, apprentice ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: czech republic, europe, central europe, prague, prague czechoslovakia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
City of Life and Death (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 133 min.
Story: City of Life and Death takes place in 1937, during the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, epic, tense ...
Plot: sino japanese war, sexual abuse, japanese army, war crime, massacre, atrocity, life is a bitch, mass murder, military, invasion, dehumanization, war atrocity ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1937, year 1938
Place: china, asia, shanghai, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Uranus (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After World War II, a small French village struggles to put the war behind as the controlling Communist Party tries to flush out Petain loyalists. The local bar owner, a simple man who likes to write poetry, who only wants to be left alone to do his ...
Style: suspense, biting, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: world war two, village, political unrest, rebelliousness, small town, innocence lost, wartime life, uncover truth, survival, village life, satire, small town life ...
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Monsieur Batignole (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1942, in an occupied Paris, the apolitical grocer Edmond Batignole lives with his wife and daughter in a small apartment in the building of his grocery. When his future son-in-law and collaborator of the German Pierre-Jean Lamour calls the Nazis ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, exciting, captivating
Plot: holocaust, world war two, nazism, soldier, anti semitism, child, against humanity, life is a bitch, wartime life, confined, society, collaboration ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942
Place: paris france, france, switzerland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Two Men Went to War (2002)
Genre: Comedy, War, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Comedy drama based on the true story of two British Army dentists who in 1942, eager to see action, go AWOL and invade occupied France on their own.
Style: humorous, semi serious, entertaining, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: soldier, world war two, dentist, military, goofy hero, adventurer, heroic mission, military life, officers and cadets, army investigation, escapades, danger ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: france, europe, england, english channel
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Train of Life (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: France, Belgium, Netherlands, Israel, Romania
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine.
Style: humorous, captivating, semi serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: holocaust, deportation, train, village, world war two, forgery, anti semitism, bittersweet, nudity (full frontal - brief), anti hero, confined, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, year 1941
Place: eastern europe, europe, central europe, palestine, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Genre: Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on a true story, this horrifying tale follows two orphaned friends as they struggle to survive during World War II.
Style: touching, bleak, serious, saga, gloomy ...
Plot: orphan, summer camp, monastery, school, world war two, boarding school life, wartime life, innocence lost, anti war, teaching the ways of the world, society, youth ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1941
Place: russia, ussr, soviet union, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.4
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Red Sorghum (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu'er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as "my Grandpa" by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, sincere, epic ...
Plot: sino japanese war, world war two, society, state affairs, love and romance, war, unfulfillment, village, village life, wartime life, love affair, couple relations ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 8.1
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Underground (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, UK, USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: Black marketeers Marko and Blacky manufacture and sell weapons to the Communist resistance in WWII Belgrade, living the good life along the way. Marko's surreal duplicity propels him up the ranks of the Communist Party, and he eventually ...
Style: cynical, surreal, satirical, biting, absurd ...
Plot: world war two, freedom, lie, ambition, society, resistance, hiding place, communism, revolution, basement, cellar, resistance fighter ...
Time: post world war two, year 1941, 60s, 90s, 1940s ...
Place: former yugoslavia, europe, yugoslavia, berlin germany, balkan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Mediterraneo (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Greek Sea, World War II. An Italian ship leaves a handful of soldiers in a little island; their mission is to spot enemy ships and to hold the island in case of attack. The village of the island seems abandoned and there isn't a single enemy in ...
Style: touching, captivating, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: world war two, island, friendship, soldier, greek island, italian army, war, culture clash, anti war, fish out of water, isolation, profanity ...
Time: post world war two
Place: italy, greece, europe, mediterranean sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.9
 375
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, psychological, factual, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: world war two, life is a bitch, social relations, rebelliousness, human nature, resistance, execution, torture, robbery, nazi occupation, anti hero, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Black and White in Color (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Côte d'Ivoire, France, West Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they promptly conscript the local native population. Issuing them ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, biting, cynical, humorous ...
Plot: world war one, satire, military, soldier, colonialism, interracial relations, escapades, politics, war, state affairs, society, battles ...
Time: year 1915, year 1914, 1910s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 8.3
 17K
To Live (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry.
Style: epic, touching, emotional, tense, serious ...
Plot: gambling, communism, politics, destiny, wedding, hopes, family relations, funeral, battles, cultural revolution, child abuse, poverty ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s ...
Place: china, asia, taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: war, wartime life, rivalry, political unrest, love affair, anti war, love and romance, tragic hero, deadly, society, hidden identity, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 1940s, 2000s
Place: japan, china, shanghai, asia, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Flowers of War (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, atrocity, world war two, sino japanese war, rape, brothel, suffering, forced prostitution, prostitution, life is a bitch, student, japanese occupation of china ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, 20th century, 30s
Place: china, asia, japan, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Funny Dirty Little War (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Argentina
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A small revolution breaks out in a small Argentine town, as one group of Peronists calls they newly elected peronist a communist. The newly elected official enlists the aid of allies ranging from the town drunk to young peronists to help hold his ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, suspenseful, witty, humorous ...
Plot: politics, farce, village, hostage, state affairs, confined, hostages, dishonesty, dark humor, political unrest, village life, small town ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Privates on Parade (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: It is 1947, the year of the communist rebellion in Malaya and the British army's SADUSEA (Song And Dance Unit South East Asia) are called to the Malayan Jungle to entertain the troops. The eccentric, bible-bashing Major Giles Flack (John ...
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: military, coming out, heroic mission, gender bending, officers and cadets, military life, jungle, anti war, gender, heroes, soldier, war ...
Place: singapore, asia, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A by-the-book Captain is ordered to capture a strategic village in Italy. The Italian soldiers are willing to surrender, if they can have a festival first. The lieutenant convinces the Captain this is the only way. Because of aerial reconnaissance, ...
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious
Plot: world war two, surrender, village, soldier, power relations, buddies, unlikely partners, lifestyle, war, military, social relations, village life ...
Time: year 1943
Place: sicily, italy, europe, sicily italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%