Movies like Jarhead

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Jarhead (2005)
 7.0
 191K
Jarhead (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swafford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the action. Swofford struggles with the possibility of his girlfriend cheating on him, and as his mental state deteriorates, his desire to kill increases.
Style: realistic, brutal, emotional, factual, tense, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gulf war, war, anti war, iraq war, military, u.s. military, marines, american soldier, boot camp, desert, death, sniper, pride and honor, adaptation, basic training, army, dishonesty, state affairs, battle zone, power relations, politics, middle east conflict, camp, insanity, mental illness ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, 21st century, 90s, year 1991, year 1989, year 1990 ...
Place: iraq, middle east, saudi arabia, vietnam, california, hawaii, miami ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, dramatic, intense and harsh films with plots about military, war, culture clash, brutality, courage, soldier and wartime mostly in Drama, War and Action genres. Some movies like Jarhead: Generation Kill (2008), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), The Hurt Locker (2008), American Sniper (2014), Full Metal Jacket (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Generation Kill (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 70 min.
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Story: Marines prepare to invade Iraq at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom; while the soldiers wait to receive their orders, they learn a Rolling Stone columnist will be embedded with them
Style: suspenseful, tense, disturbing, political, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: iraq war, military, marines, anti war, war, soldier, courage, military life, violence, character study, life & death, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, year 2003, 21st century
Place: iraq, middle east
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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, factual, intense ...
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, disability, politics, fighting the system, wartime, war, handicapped, military, desert, drunkenness, vietnam veteran ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 50s, 80s, year 1970 ...
Place: vietnam, the philippines, texas, iraq, usa ...
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The Hurt Locker (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.
Style: suspense, realistic, tense, emotional, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: iraq war, military, terrorism, soldier, army, war, sniper, bomb, bomb squad, marines, gulf war, terrorist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: iraq, middle east, baghdad iraq, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.3
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American Sniper (2014)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle takes his sole mission—protect his comrades—to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. ...
Style: tense, emotional, factual, intense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, iraq war, sniper, military, violence, navy seal, soldier, battles, american soldier, assassin, courage, u.s. marine ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, year 1998, year 2001 ...
Place: iraq, middle east, usa, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: disturbing, suspense, bleak, psychological, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, war, soldier, anti war, suicide, boot camp, military life, sniper, infantry, brutality, gunfight ...
Time: 60s, year 1968, year 1967, 20th century, 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Ireland, UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Enemy at the Gates is a war film from Jean-Jacques Annaud from 2001 that takes place during the battle of Stalingard in World War II between the Russians and the Germans.
Style: epic, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sniper, world war two, war, military, german, friendship, heroes, death, nazi, courage, russian, winter ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942, 20th century
Place: ussr, poland, germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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A Private War (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.
Style: tense, disturbing, suspense, rough, political ...
Plot: war correspondent, kurd, female nudity, journalism, war, life is a bitch, uncover truth, women, wartime life, military, military life, wartime ...
Time: year 2009, year 2001, year 2003, year 2012, year 1986 ...
Place: syria, iraq, baghdad iraq, afghanistan, libya ...
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Tigerland (2000)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana's infamous Tigerland, last stop before Vietnam for tens of thousands of young men in 1971
Style: realistic, tense, thought provoking, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: military, vietnam war, boot camp, anti war, recruit, military base, insubordination, basic training, buddies, army, world war two, swamp ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: vietnam, louisiana, usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport, Thriller, War
Country: UK, China, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: 19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad - contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions.
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, bleak, tense, sad ...
Plot: post traumatic stress disorder, american football, iraq war, flashback, thanksgiving, military, soldier, cheerleader, war veteran, patriotism, hostile takeover, male camaraderie ...
Time: year 2004, 2000s, 21st century, year 1937
Place: texas, dallas texas, baghdad iraq, los angeles, montana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Radio funny man Adrian Cronauer is sent to Vietnam to bring a little comedy back into the lives of the soldiers. After setting up shop, Cronauer delights the G.I.s but shocks his superior officer, Sergeant Major Dickerson, with his irreverent take ...
Style: funny, political, feel good, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, radio, military, radio dj, politics, satire, anti war, violence, death, war, rebellion, social change ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, iraq, saigon, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
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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, sad, harsh, stylized, serious ...
Plot: u.s. military, friendship, iraq war, politics, soldier, death, war, homecoming, redemption, small town, depression, wartime life ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, canada, middle east, vietnam ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 524K
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA, UK, China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Style: touching, inspirational, sentimental, emotional, brutal ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war two, war, conscientious objector, soldier, religion, american soldier, u.s. army, bible, father son relationship, pacifism, u.s. military, military ...
Time: 1940s, middle ages, year 1945, 20th century
Place: okinawa, okinawa japan, japan, tennessee, usa
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Lone Survivor (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find ...
Style: captivating, rough, tense, brutal, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, survival, war, soldier, gunfight, terrorism, courage, death, military life, selflessness, squad, swat team ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2005
Place: afghanistan, middle east, iraq, usa, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.4
 14K
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: realistic, emotional, touching, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: war, military, iraq war, self discovery, soldier, ethnic conflict, unlikely friendships, father son relationship, military life, patriotism, gratitude, ritual ...
Time: 21st century, year 2004, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Deer Hunter (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 183 min.
Story: A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in ...
Style: epic, depressing, emotional, bleak, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, russian roulette, anti war, hunting, escape, small town, suicide, homecoming, friendship, survival, war, hunter ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: vietnam, pennsylvania, asia, usa, saigon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: disturbing, political, bleak, harsh, rough ...
Plot: war, child soldier, life is a bitch, children in wartime, survival, civil war, anti war, justice, violence, culture clash, moral ambiguity, military ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.2
 28K
The Wall (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An American sniper and his spotter engage in a deadly cat-and-mouse game with an Iraqi sniper.
Style: suspense, serious, tense, rough, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: sniper, iraq war, american soldier, marines, soldier, desert, deception, wounded soldier, taunting, trapped, murder, bad guy wins ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Follow a group of international journalists into the heart of the once cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo—now a danger zone of sniper and mortar attacks where residents still live. While reporting on an American aid worker who’s trying to get ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, harsh, heartbreaking, brutal ...
Plot: journalism, adoption, bosnian war, civil war, anti war, war, family relations, morality, rescue, politics, orphan, military ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, england, sarajevo, former yugoslavia, bosnia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 7.9
 103K
Patton (1970)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: "Patton" tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Germany and the fall of the Third Reich. Side ...
Style: realistic, clever, witty, poignant, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: world war two, war, sacrifice, german, general, destiny, nazi, military life, tank, tough guy, violence, anti war ...
Time: year 1944, year 1943, year 1945, 1940s, 70s ...
Place: africa, germany, normandy, italy, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.1
 173K
Three Kings (1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A group of American soldiers stationed in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War find a map they believe will take them to a huge cache of stolen Kuwaiti gold hidden near their base, and they embark on a secret mission that's destined to change ...
Style: suspense, realistic, humorous, thought provoking, intense ...
Plot: treasure hunt, gulf war, military, desert, anti war, iraq war, culture clash, heist, war, rescue, twists and turns, racial slur ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: middle east, iraq, iran, kurdistan, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
We Were Soldiers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Germany, USA
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: serious, factual, emotional, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, vietnam war, war, soldier, battles, battlefield, heroic mission, military life, death, wartime, justice, army ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Road to Guantanamo (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge.
Style: rough, disturbing, realistic, intense, suspenseful ...
Plot: terrorism, torture, muslim, survival, politics, british, military, pow, injustice, life is a bitch, dishonesty, rage ...
Time: contemporary, year 2004, year 2002, 2000s, year 2001 ...
Place: iraq, middle east, palestine, england, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.7
 398K
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 144 min.
Story: When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer heavy casualties, facing intense fighting from the militia on the ground.
Style: realistic, rough, epic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, courage, combat, chaos, gunfight, sniper, survival, rescue mission, american soldier, military, warrior, battles ...
Time: year 1993, 90s, 20th century, year 1992
Place: somalia, africa, iraq, north africa, arkansas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Johnny Got His Gun (1971)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed in a fate worse than death - a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, legs, eyes, ears, mouth and nose. Unbeknown to his doctors, he ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, depressing, surreal, political ...
Plot: anti war, hospital, war, disability, haunted by the past, mute, dreams, soldier, isolation, patient, freak, world war one ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: israel, iraq, vietnam, colorado, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Big Red One (1980)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A veteran sergeant of the World War I leads a squad in World War II, always in the company of the survivor Pvt. Griff, the writer Pvt. Zab, the Sicilian Pvt. Vinci and Pvt. Johnson in Vichy French Africa, Sicily, D-Day at Omaha Beach, Belgium and ...
Style: realistic, bleak, gloomy, cynical, political ...
Plot: world war two, war, sniper, anti war, tank, survival, hospital, infantry, world war one, weapons, german, jewish ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942, year 1944, year 1943, year 1945 ...
Place: africa, germany, israel, europe, normandy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.1
 36K
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, depressing, sincere, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: war, military, loneliness, soldier, redemption, honest, character study, bereavement, human nature, officer, wartime, relationships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, iraq, bosnia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.
Style: realistic, harsh, intense, suspense, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: military, marine, boot camp, war, justice, corruption, platoon, heroes, relationship vs career, ambition, power relations, redemption ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: vietnam, caribbean, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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, psychological, emotional, intense, bleak ...
Plot: vietnam war, survival, war crime, interracial relations, redemption, village, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, crumbling marriage, opposites attract, military, rape ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, california, iraq, asia, saigon
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, intense, harsh, bleak, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, war, soldier, politics, justice, military life, civil war, wartime, casualty of war, life is a bitch, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: washington d.c., vietnam, iraq, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
 11K
Savior (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A hardened mercenary in the Foreign Legion begins to find his own humanity when confronted with atrocities during the fighting in Bosnia
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: atrocity, terrorism, redemption, rape, mercenary, war crime, breast feeding, soldier, hopes, pregnancy, life is a bitch, battle zone ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: former yugoslavia, bosnia, europe, serbia, bosnia herzegovina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%