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City of War: The Story of John Rabe (2009)
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City of War: The Story of John Rabe (2009)
Original name: John Rabe
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, China, Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.
Style: tense, realistic, disturbing, bleak, serious, emotional, contemplative
Plot: rescue, war crime, heroes, atrocity, war, survival, confined, negotiation, wartime life, deadly, lifesaver, fighting the system, life is a bitch, danger, chaos, selflessness, disorder, against humanity, righting the wronged, world war two, pow, massacre, friends, genocide, graphic violence ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1938, year 1937
Place: china, japan, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and disturbing films with plots about war, world war two, survival, death, danger, life is a bitch and against humanity mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like City of War: The Story of John Rabe: Men Behind the Sun 4 (1995), Nanking (2007), City of Life and Death (2009), Haven (2001), The Flowers of War (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Men Behind the Sun 4 (1995)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre, also called Men Behind the Sun 4, is a 1994 Hong Kong film directed by Mou Tun Fei and is in many ways considered to be a follow up to the 1987 shockumentary film, Men Behind the Sun. The movie depicts the events ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, disturbing, controversial ...
Plot: genocide, gore, bayonet, massacre, rape, soldier, military, danger, world war two, strong violent content, chaos and mayhem, wartime life ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: china, japan, asia
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Nanking (2007)
Genre: Biography, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of the rape of Nanking, one of the most tragic events in history. In 1937, the invading Japanese army murdered over 200,000 and raped tens of thousands of Chinese. In the midst of this horror, a small group of Western expatriates banded ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspense, touching ...
Plot: atrocity, rescue, world war two, massacre, rape, testimony, war crime, invasion, daring rescue, sexual abuse, against humanity, survival ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1938, year 1937
Place: china, japan, asia, shanghai china, shanghai
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City of Life and Death (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 132 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, emotional ...
Plot: sino japanese war, sexual abuse, war crime, massacre, atrocity, life is a bitch, mass murder, japanese army, military, dehumanization, invasion, war atrocity ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1937, year 1938
Place: china, asia, shanghai, shanghai china
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Haven (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: This is the true story of a woman named Ruth Gruber who travels to Europe to help escort 1000 Jewish War victims to the United States. She comes to love and feel sorry for them all, and fights for their rights to live in America.
Style: emotional, sincere, disturbing, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, deportation, rescue, anti semitism, immigrants, human spirit, idealism, heroic mission, fighting the system, politics, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 40s
Place: europe, vienna, harvard university, belgrade, washington d.c. ...
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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, brothel, sino japanese war, rape, forced prostitution, prostitution, life is a bitch, suffering, student, japanese occupation of china ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, 20th century, 30s
Place: china, asia, japan, germany
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Amen. (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, War
Country: France, Germany, Romania
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The film "Amen." examines the links between the Vatican and Nazi Germany. The central character is Kurt Gerstein, a member of the Institute for Hygiene of the Waffen-SS who is horrified by what he sees in the death camps. Moreover, he is ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, ss, politics, genocide, anti semitism, vatican, war crime, conscience, torment, idealism, war ...
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Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: emotional, rough, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: genocide, racism, against humanity, war crime, un, cruelty, war, refugee, atrocity, corpse, massacre, violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: africa, rwanda, somalia, congo, tanzania
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Men Behind the Sun (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Horror, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The film is a graphic depiction of the war atrocities committed by the Japanese at Unit 731, the secret biological weapons experimentation unit of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. The film details the various cruel medical experiments ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: bio weapon, sino japanese war, world war two, dehumanization, laboratory, soldier, experiment, experimenting, concentration camp, against humanity, life is a bitch, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: china, japan, asia
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Style: touching, realistic, thought provoking, emotional, bleak ...
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Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, factual, depressing ...
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A nameless woman keeps a diary as the Russians invade Berlin in the spring of 1945. She is in her early 30s, a patriotic journalist with international credentials; her husband, Gerd, a writer, is an officer at the Russian front. She speaks Russian ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, disturbing
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Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1945
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Style: touching, sincere, captivating, serious, realistic
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
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Style: bleak, disturbing, factual, intense, atmospheric ...
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Style: tense, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, harsh ...
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Duration: 156 min.
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Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, thought provoking, serious ...
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Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1945
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Country: China, France
Duration: 127 min.
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Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
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Duration: 131 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, captivating
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Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
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Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 110 min.
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Style: contemplative, captivating, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
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Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
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Europa Europa (1990)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, France, Poland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A Jewish boy separated from his family in the early days of WWII poses as a German orphan and is taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually becomes a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are ...
Style: epic, realistic, contemplative, emotional, disturbing ...
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Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
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Style: rough, disturbing, emotional, bleak, sad ...
Plot: genocide, politics, violence, teacher, priest, survivor, survival, against the odds, moral dilemma, human spirit, fighting the system, tragic hero ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1994
Place: africa, rwanda, south africa
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Empire of the Sun (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
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, innocence lost, young heroes, survival, prison, bravery, child protagonist, japanese army, stadium, japanese soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: china, shanghai, tokyo, asia, japan ...
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Triumph of the Spirit (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Fact based story about a former Greek Olympic boxer who was taken as a prisoner during World war II and placed in the Auschwitz prison camp. There he was permitted to survive as long as he fought for the amusement of his captors. His father and ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, survival, boxing, boxer, auschwitz, confined, love and romance, danger, against humanity, misfit ...
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My Mother's Courage (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, UK, Austria, Ireland
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The deportation of 4000 Jews from Budapest to Auschwitz in July 1944, as told by George Tabori, and how the narrator's mother escaped it, owing to coincidence, courage and some help from where you'd least expect it.
Style: disturbing, bleak, captivating, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: world war two, deportation, hopes, holocaust, concentration camp, society, military, danger, wartime life, moral dilemma, family in danger, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s
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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: world war two, prison, pow, war crime, island, war, friendship, human spirit, danger, prison life, survival, holocaust ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s
Place: singapore, japan, asia, indonesia, australia ...
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Safe Conduct (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Germany, Spain
Duration: 170 min.
Story: The film is about the French film industry from 1942 to 1944 during the Nazi occupation. The film focuses on assistant director and resistance fighter Jean Devaivre and screenwriter Jean Aurenche. Aurenche is on the move so that he doesn't have ...
Style: touching, sincere, suspenseful, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: politics, espionage, survival, human spirit, couples, love and romance, escapades, society, writer's life, hopes, lifestyle, couple relations ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: paris france, france, europe, vichy
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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, contemplative, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: survival, world war two, battles, military, war, chaos, japanese history, danger, chaos and mayhem, selflessness, brutality, japanese army ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945, year 2005
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