Movies like The Killing Fields

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The Killing Fields (1984)
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The Killing Fields (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The Killing Fields tells the real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four years, until Pol Pot's regime was toppled by the intervening Vietnamese in 1979.
Style: rough, realistic, bleak, disturbing, serious, captivating, dramatic, tense, intense, compassionate ...
Plot: genocide, photographer, journalism, vietnam war, post war, communism, escape attempt, embassy, war, friendship, civil war, slavery, friends, fighting the system, life is a bitch, rebellion, human spirit, anti war, translator, hopes, moral dilemma, media, rebelliousness, redemption, wartime life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia, iraq

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and dramatic films with plots about war, brutality, military, survival, violence, runaway and tragedy mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like The Killing Fields: Heaven & Earth (1993), Salvador (1986), Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), Hotel Rwanda (2004), Beyond the Gates (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Heaven & Earth (1993)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
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, bleak, psychological, serious, emotional ...
Plot: vietnam war, village, interracial relations, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, opposites attract, crumbling marriage, survival, pregnancy, war crime, father daughter relationship, dog ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq, california
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95%
 7.5
 18K
Salvador (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A second rated journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.
Style: tense, realistic, rough, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, photojournalist, politics, war, whistleblower, state affairs, crimes, life is a bitch, administration, deadly, media ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: central america, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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, rough, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, civil war, journalism, orphanage, anti war, war, family relations, rescue, danger, journalist, courage ...
Time: 90s
Place: sarajevo, england, vietnam, former yugoslavia, bosnia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 8.1
 310K
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy
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, realistic, uplifting, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: genocide, racism, cruelty, atrocity, war crime, hotel, blacks and whites, against humanity, violence, death, murder, corpse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: rwanda, africa, somalia, congo
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Beyond the Gates (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two westerners, a priest and a teacher find themselves in the middle of the Rwandan genocide and face a moral dilemna. Do they place themselves in danger and protect the refugees, or escape the country with their lives? Based on a true story.
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, tense, uplifting ...
Plot: genocide, politics, violence, priest, survivor, teacher, school, civil war, sexual abuse, survival, heroes, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s, year 1994, 1990s
Place: africa, rwanda, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.8
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Conspiracy (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The historical recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which Nazi and SS leaders gathered in a Berlin suburb to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Lead by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, this group of high ranking ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, factual, intense, atmospheric ...
Plot: holocaust, genocide, anti semitism, racism, politics, state affairs, wartime life, human spirit, leadership, soldier, against humanity, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, politics, military, vietnam veteran, fighting the system, disability, anti war, homecoming, injustice, downfall, human spirit, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 1960s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: vietnam, mexico, asia, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Eleni (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a parallel plot line we see Nick as a young boy and his family as ...
Style: emotional, serious, suspenseful, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: revolution, village, civil war, media, journalism, genocide, self discovery, war, against humanity, wartime life, society, rebellion ...
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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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: bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, war, life is a bitch, hopes, captivity, society, anti war, rebellion, state affairs, confined, interracial relations ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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: rough, captivating, tense, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, against humanity, genocide, hard labor, violence, brutality, corporal punishment, labor camp, captivity, war, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Canadian Lt. General Romeo Dallaire was the military commander of the UN mission in Rwanda and this movie is personal and, all too true, story of his time there during the genocide of 1994. It is not quite as moving as the earlier Hotel Rwanda and ...
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: genocide, betrayal, against humanity, state affairs, danger, civil war, chaos, righting the wronged, military, politics, chaos and mayhem, bodies ...
Time: 90s
Place: rwanda, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.1
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Under Fire (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Three U.S. journalists (Nick Nolte, Joanna Cassidy, Gene Hackman) get too close to one another and their work in 1979 Nicaragua.
Style: tense, realistic, thought provoking, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revolution, photojournalist, war, politics, journalism, idealism, rebellion, military, state affairs, power of media, crimes, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: nicaragua, latin america, central america, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.5
 11K
Cry Freedom (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A dramatic story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko, ...
Style: tense, captivating, thought provoking, bleak, serious ...
Plot: friendship, racism, civil rights, police brutality, apartheid, journalist, politics, idealism, journalism, murder, liberal, discrimination ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: south africa, africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Faith of My Fathers (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Faith of My Fathers is based on the story of Lieutenant Commander John McCain's experiences as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years during the Vietnam War, interleaved with his memories of growing up in a heritage rich ...
Style: captivating, uplifting, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: vietnam war, prison, basic training, human spirit, military life, heroes, life is a bitch, parents and children, heroic mission, confined, hopes, prison life ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s ...
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: disturbing, rough, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: vietnam war, escapades, war, state affairs, life is a bitch, tough heroes, battles, wartime life, confined, military life, heroes, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, mercenary, genocide, war, civil war, redemption, soldier, terrorism, war crime, pregnancy, sniper, rape ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: former yugoslavia, europe, serbia, bosnia, croatia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Boys in Company C (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Disheartened by futile combat, appalled by the corruption of their South Vietnamese ally, and constantly endangered by the incompetence of their own company commander, the young men find a possible way out of the war. They are told that if they ...
Style: exciting, rough, bleak, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: basic training, vietnam war, friendship, military, military life, leadership, heroes, instructor, boot camp, rebellion, battles, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, emotional, rough, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, life is a bitch, racism, torture, freedom, interracial relations, master and servant, confined, rape, survival, racial slur, civil rights ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, washington d.c., new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 281K
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: bleak, psychological, emotional, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: escape, friendship, vietnam war, russian roulette, homecoming, suicide, confined, character change, anti war, innocence lost, war crime, friend ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, pennsylvania, asia, saigon, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Schindler's List (1993)
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: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, ghetto, anti semitism, rescue, war, survival, genocide, against humanity, nazism, confined, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, France, Sweden, Hungary
Duration: 197 min.
Story: It is the real story of Giorgio Perlasca (Luca Zingaretti). During the 1920s he was an Italian Fascist supporter, fighting in Africa an in the Spanish civil war where he deserved a safe conduct for Spanish embassies. After some years, disillusioned ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, ghetto, idealism, black market, genocide, good versus evil, deportation, nazism, moral dilemma, society, fascism ...
Time: 40s, 20s, 20th century, 30s, 80s ...
Place: italy, hungary, budapest hungary, spain, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Railway Man (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Switzerland, UK, Australia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A victim from World War II's "Death Railway" sets out to find those responsible for his torture. A true story.
Style: realistic, rough, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: torture, revenge, train ride, war, redemption, track down, confined, wartime life, life is a bitch, reconciliation, torment, translator ...
Time: 20th century, year 1980, year 1942
Place: thailand, asia, burma, japan, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 10K
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: serious, factual, depressing, harsh, compassionate ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, redemption, smuggling, against humanity, human spirit, moral dilemma, rebelliousness, pow, anti semitism, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 1940s
Place: europe, poland, germany, budapest hungary, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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: humorous, sentimental, realistic, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: vietnam war, radio, radio dj, anti war, war, military, rebellion, rebelliousness, rock, radio show, impossible love, media ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: rough, disturbing, bleak, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, soldier, war, boot camp, sniper, battles, vietnam war, sergeant, suicide, basic training, violence, military life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1967, year 1968
Place: vietnam, asia, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Massacre in Rome (1973)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In the Nazi occupied city of Rome, an assault on an SS brigade draws retaliation from the military governship. "Massacre in Rome" is the true story of how this partisan attack led to the mass execution of Italian nationals under the orders ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: nazi occupation, partisan, ss, society, anti war, confined, war, escapades, life is a bitch, wartime life, against humanity, state affairs ...
Time: 40s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: heroes, soldier, ego clash, moral dilemma, danger, military, nuclear bomb, nuclear, death, champagne, top secret, nurse ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1945
Place: new mexico, usa, germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.4
 7K
Bat*21 (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lt. Col. Iceal "Ham" Hambleton is a weapons countermeasures expert and when his aircraft is shot over enemy territory the Air Force very much wants to get him back. Hambleton knows the area he's in is going to be carpet-bombed but a ...
Style: realistic, exciting, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, jungle, survival, golf, rescue, war, adventure, escapades, daring rescue, heroic mission, danger ...
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan decides it's time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education, so he decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. General Idi Amin comes to power and ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, brutal, factual ...
Plot: dictatorship, doctor, politics, corruption, torture, against humanity, blacks and whites, attempted murder, head of state, assistant, atrocity, polygamy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: uganda, africa, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
We Were Soldiers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
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, rough, suspenseful, tense, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, vietnam war, military life, wartime life, death, heroes, battle, explosion, war, battle zone, behind enemy lines ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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