Movies like Ivan's Childhood

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Ivan's Childhood (1962)
 8.1
 26K
Ivan's Childhood (1962)
Original name: Иваново детство
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union, Ukraine
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, stylized, realistic, serious, reflective, dramatic, talky, enigmatic, harsh ...
Plot: orphan, anti war, spy, boy, swamp, dream, flare, soldier, war, german, youth, military, heroes, battles, life is a bitch, patriotism, danger, heroic mission, wartime life, military life, escapades, coming of age, behind enemy lines, merciless, young heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, soviet union, berlin germany, japan

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Most similar movies to Ivan's Childhood

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and rough films with plots about war, military, soldier, world war two, battles, danger and survival mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like Ivan's Childhood: Come and See (1985), Stalingrad (1993), Burnt by the Sun 2: Citadel (2011), The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972), Ambush (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union, Belarus
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, surreal, rough, serious ...
Plot: against humanity, genocide, atrocity, anti war, military, holocaust, war crime, surrealism, survival, war, occupation, execution ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, germany, poland
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95%
 7.5
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Stalingrad (1993)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: "Stalingrad" follows the progress of a German Platoon through the brutal fighting of the Battle of Stalingrad. After having half their number wiped out and after being placed under the command of a sadistic Captain, the Lieutenant of the ...
Style: epic, gloomy, realistic, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, snow, soldier, squad, anti war, execution, nazism, german, war, russian, politics, genocide ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, year 1942, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
Burnt by the Sun 2: Citadel (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The final part of Mikhalkov's trilogy about Divisional Commander Kotov finds him returning home during World War II having been betrayed, narrowly escaped execution for treason and nearly reduced to dust in a prison camp. Only to discover that ...
Style: serious, emotional, atmospheric, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: soldier, escapades, war, wartime life, life is a bitch, deadly, family problems, dishonesty, military life, survival, battle zone, battles ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Based on the eponymous book by Boris Vasilyev, the film is set in Karelia (North-West of Russia, near Finland) in 1941 during WWII. In a beautiful and quiet wilderness far from the front-line there is an anti-aircraft artillery point, where corporal ...
Style: based on true events, tragic ending, disturbing, scenic, realistic ...
Plot: soldier, military, battles, great patriotic war, heroic mission, military life, wartime life, world war two, soviet army, war, friendship, survival ...
Time: year 1942
Place: russia, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 6.8
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Ambush (1999)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 123 min.
Story: It is the summer of 1941 and the Finnish army has been mobilized along the border with Russia. A platoon led by Lt. Eero Perkola is waiting for orders to go on the offensive. The platoon receives orders for a recon mission through the wilderness ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: war, danger, military, soldier, behind enemy lines, dehumanization, military life, heroes, battles, losing-it hero, escapades, binoculars ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: russia, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.1
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Leningrad (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When in 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, their troops quickly besieged Leningrad. Foreign journalists are evacuated but one of them, Kate Davies, is presumed dead and misses the plane. Alone in the city she is helped by Nina Tsvetnova a ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, bleak, gloomy
Audience: boys' night
Plot: siege, military, battles, survival, life is a bitch, danger, world war two, wartime life, hunger, rationing, soldier, starvation ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1941
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Greenery Will Bloom Again (2014)
Genre: Drama, 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: realistic, serious, bleak, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: anti war, introspection, battle zone, life is a bitch, war, dealing with death, military life, soldier, military, danger, battles
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, exciting, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: soldier, military, bridge, explosion, battles, war, survival, anti war, against the odds, danger, military life, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Burnt by the Sun 2: Intercession (2010)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 181 min.
Story: Epic film about WWII, a sequel to Utomlyonnye solntsem (1994). Evil Stalin is terrorizing people of Russia while the Nazis are advancing. Russian officer Kotov, who miraculously survived the death sentence in Stalin's Purge, is now fighting in ...
Style: realistic, epic, gloomy, serious, emotional ...
Plot: danger, military life, dishonesty, life is a bitch, war, wartime life, state affairs, betrayal, battles, family relations, military, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1941, year 1943
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: bleak, atmospheric, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: survival, unfulfillment, losing-it hero, confined, wartime life, war, escapades, life is a bitch, military life, soldier, military, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.3
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The Ascent (1977)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two Soviet partisans leave their starving band to get supplies from a nearby farm. The Germans have reached the farm first, so the pair must go on a journey deep into occupied territory, a voyage that will also take them deep into their souls.
Style: realistic, stylized, serious, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: village, betrayal, atrocity, danger, dishonesty, heroes, life is a bitch, war, confined, wartime life, death sentence, captivity ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1942
Place: soviet union, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Back Door to Hell (1964)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: USA, Philippines
Duration: 75 min.
Story: During WWII, a three-man commando team places its trust in the hands of a band of Filipino resistors, as they try to knock out a Japenese communication center.
Style: exciting, serious, bleak, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: soldier, espionage, wartime life, lone wolves, daring rescue, military life, heroes, anti war, danger, military, escapades, adventure ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, the philippines, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.1
 14K
Katyn (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, disturbing, tragic ending ...
Plot: massacre, war crime, nazism, russian, german, war, survival, political unrest, confined, wartime life, against humanity, military ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1940, 1940s
Place: poland, russia, europe, germany, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Island on Bird Street (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Denmark, UK, Germany, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through his eyes.
Style: serious, bleak, tense, realistic
Plot: ghetto, starvation, holocaust, wartime life, war, young heroes, against humanity, survival, youth, anti semitism, danger, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.6
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Stalingrad (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Drama set in 1942, during one of the most important battles of World War II, which stopped the progress of Nazi forces and turned the tide of war in favor of the Allies. The Soviet army mounts a counter-attack on the Nazi forces that occupy half of ...
Style: exciting, captivating, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: siege, red army, soldier, starvation, danger, battles, battle zone, wartime life, life is a bitch, heroes, love affair, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Cross of Iron (1977)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 132 min.
Story: It is 1943, and the German army, ravaged and demoralised, are hastily retreating from the Russian front. In the midst of all this madness, conflict brews between the aristocratic yet ultimately pusillanimous Captain Stransky and the courageous ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, epic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, german, russian, military, anti war, military hospital, chaos, lieutenant, sergeant, commander, infantrymen, war ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, france, siberia, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
A Soldier's Sweetheart (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An Army medic brings his girlfriend to stay with him at an out of the way Vietnam outpost in 1967, the woman disappears one day and he begins searching for her.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, bleak, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: daring rescue, buddies, military life, friendship, soldier, military, airplane, out of the way, wartime life, war, heroic mission, doctors and patients ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Last Lieutenant (1993)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Norway
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Norwegian war drama. The old sea-captain retires, but the next day German WWII occupation of Norway begins. He then kisses his wife good-bye and is off to Army HQ. There he finds a lack of leadership and morale that offends him. They even laugh at ...
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, captivating, realistic
Plot: state affairs, escapades, couple relations, war, wartime life, military base, idealism, working class, military life, human spirit, heroes, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Red Cherry (1995)
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: gloomy, touching, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: school, soldier, summer camp, coming of age, monastery, orphan, against humanity, war, life is a bitch, dealing with death, wartime life, youth ...
Time: 40s, year 1941, 1940s
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia
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42%
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4 Days in May (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, Russia, Ukraine
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A group of Russian soldiers are sent into Northern Germany at the tail-end of WWII, where they occupy a children's home in close proximity to a larger German unit. Against these odds, a friendship forms between a German orphan and a childless ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: beach, holocaust, orphan, battles, war, wartime life, friendship, military, military life, love affair, basic training, anti war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.9
 3K
Murphy's War (1971)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Murphy is the sole survivor of his crew, that has been massacred by a German U-Boat in the closing days of World War II. He is rescued, and ends up at a forgotten mission station near the mouth of the Orinoco, and begins to plot his vengeance. He ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, melancholic ...
Plot: revenge, sole survivor, crane, irishman, war, vengeance, obsession, island, military, soldier, heroes, race against time ...
Place: ireland, germany, europe, south america, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: realistic, captivating, bleak, rough, epic ...
Plot: military, sniper, war, battles, courage, army, heroic mission, rescue, d day, cowardice, bravery, self sacrifice ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1944
Place: normandy, france, europe, poland, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
When Trumpets Fade (1998)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In WWII Western Germany, Private David Manning reluctantly leaves behind a mortally wounded fellow soldier and searches for survivors from his platoon, only to learn from commanding officer Captain Pritchett that they have all been killed in action. ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: military life, heroic mission, military, survival, danger, anti war, battles, battle zone, siblings relations, wartime life, nazi germany, u.s. army ...
Time: year 1944
Place: europe, germany, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Unknown Soldier (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 199 min.
Story: Second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna. The story is based on Linna's experiences as an infantry man in the Finnish army during the so called "Continuation War" (1941-1944).
Style: realistic, rough, serious, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: war, escapades, infantrymen, state affairs, battle zone, danger, soldier, military, battles, destiny, heroes, finnish ...
Time: 40s, 20th century
Place: finland, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
A Midnight Clear (1992)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Set in 1944 France, an American Intelligence Squad locates a German Platoon wishing to surrender rather than die in Germany's final war offensive. The two groups of men, isolated from the war at present, put aside their differences and spend ...
Style: realistic, bleak, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: christmas, war, innocence lost, anti war, isolation, battles, friends, disorder, buddies, soldier, prank, friendship ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Long Day's Dying (1968)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Three British soldiers and their German captive trek through the European countryside.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: soldier, war, basic training, military life, gory, rescue, anti war, captivity, danger, survival, military, confined ...
Time: 1940s
Place: germany, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: rough, disturbing, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: vietnam war, escapades, life is a bitch, wartime life, war, battles, tough heroes, confined, state affairs, heroes, political unrest, military life ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, rough, serious ...
Plot: life is a bitch, child soldier, innocence lost, war, soldier, military, power relations, youth, against humanity, anti war, jungle, civil war ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.4
 2K
Tobruk (1967)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In September 1942, the German Afrika Korps under Rommel have successfully pushed the Allies back into Egypt. A counter-attack is planned, for which the fuel dumps at Tobruk are a critical impediment. In order to aid the attack, a group of British ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, rescue, desert, leadership, military life, heroes, military, survival, landing, undercover, battles, danger ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: africa, libya, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Winter War (1989)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 199 min.
Story: Russia attacked Finland in late November 1939. This film tells the story of a Finnish platoon of reservists from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Ostrobothnia who leave their homes and go to war. The film focuses on the ...
Style: epic, realistic, bleak, tense, serious ...
Plot: war, military, politics, military life, political unrest, communism, family relations, heroic mission, state affairs, battle zone, siblings relations, resistance ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1940s, year 1939
Place: finland, europe, russia, soviet union, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%