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King Rat (1965)
 7.6
 3K
King Rat (1965)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: When Singapore surrendered to the Japanese in 1942 the Allied POWs, mostly British but including a few Americans, were incarcerated in Changi prison. This was a POW detention center like no other. There were no walls or barbed-wire fences for the simple reason that there was no place for the prisoners to escape to. Included among the prisoners is the American Cpl. King, a wheeler dealer who has managed to established a pretty good life for himself in the camp. While most of the prisoners are near starvation and have uniforms that are in tatters, King eats well and and has crisp clean clothes to wear every day. His nemesis is Lt. Robin Grey, the camp Provost who attempts to keep good order and discipline. He knows that King is breaking camp rules by bartering with the Japanese but can't quite get the evidence he needs to stop him. King soon forms a friendship with Lt. Peter Marlowe an upper class British officer who is fascinated with King's élan and no rules approach to life...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, dramatic, harsh, witty, talky, cynical ...
Plot: prison life, survival, prison, war, pow, holocaust, friendship, captivity, confined, military, human spirit, danger, escapades, breeding, black market, behind enemy lines, prisoner of war camp, starvation, army, sweat, hypodermic, gangrene, death of dog, japanese army, class differences ...
Time: year 1945
Place: singapore, asia, japan, poland, california, england

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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: realistic, emotional, serious, gloomy, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: prison, island, war, war crime, survival, human spirit, friendship, danger, escapades, hopes, friends, prison life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s
Place: singapore, asia, indonesia, japan, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.0
 327
The Blockhouse (1973)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A group of Slave workers, drafted by the Nazis to help construct their coastal defenses in 1944 are trapped in an underground bunker when the Allies land at Normandy on D-Day. They find huge dtores of food but not enough candles. The slow dying of ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, suspenseful
Plot: survival, d day, bunker, prison, war, human spirit, holocaust, wartime life, battles, confined, danger, against humanity ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, war, prison, rebelliousness, anti war, captivity, military life, political unrest, prison life, wartime life, battles ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, rough, serious, exciting, bleak ...
Plot: soldier, battles, explosion, bridge, war, survival, anti war, military, heroic mission, military life, danger, escapades ...
Time: 20th century
Place: germany, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Unbroken (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.
Style: uplifting, epic, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: captivity, survival, shark, island, war, soldier, prison, human spirit, athlete, raft, u.s. air force, sport ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, Kazakhstan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based upon a short story by Leo Tolstoy, two Russian soldiers, Sacha and Vania, are ambushed by Muslim rebels in the grandly forbidding Caucasus and taken prisoner. Although complete understanding never fully emerges, their bittersweet ordeal ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: pow, russian soldier, prison, war, friendship, soldier, anti war, village, mountain, hostage, culture clash, military life ...
Time: 90s
Place: caucasus, russia, chechnya, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: war, vietnam war, soldier, idealism, interracial relations, village, anti war, military life, political unrest, wartime life, battles, military ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.3
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Hart's War (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Fourth-generation Army Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp. Still, as the senior-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy, all ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: war, soldier, army investigation, trial, escape, murder, frame up, prison, racism, tunnel, courtroom drama, military ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, belgium, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Movie in collections
 6.6
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Lost Command (1966)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The film begins with the final moments of the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954, when the final assault of Viet Minh is imminent. The weakened French garrison awaits reinforcements that arrive with a single plane under the command of Major De ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, war, gory, leadership, terrorism, anti war, basic training, chaos and mayhem, military life, political unrest, wartime life, battles ...
Time: 40s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: soldier, espionage, daring rescue, anti war, war, adventure, military life, battles, danger, escapades, heroes, military ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, the philippines, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.9
 11K
The Hill (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: North Africa, World War II. British soldiers on the brink of collapse push beyond endurance to struggle up a brutal incline. It's not a military objective. It's The Hill, a manmade instrument of torture, a tower of sand seared by a ...
Style: bleak, tense, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: prison, military, punishment, soldier, desert, sadism, british army, cruelty, torture, hill, racism, war ...
Time: 1940s
Place: africa, north africa, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 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, serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, jungle, survival, military, golf, rescue, war, soldier, daring rescue, adventure, anti war, heroic mission ...
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Prisoners of the Sun (1990)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: On an obscure Pacific Island just north of Australia, the Japanese Empire has operated a prisoner of war camp for Australian soldiers. At the close of World War II, the liberated POWs tell a gruesome tale of mass executions of over eight hundred ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: war, courtroom drama, courtroom, island, military hospital, army investigation, captivity, military life, prison life, wartime life, prison, against humanity ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1945
Place: australia, asia, japan, indonesia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.0
 2K
84C MoPic (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cameraman embedded with a reconnaissance patrol charts their mission across territory controlled by the Vietnamese. An impressively naturalistic Vietnam film. Impressive performance by unknown actors in this low-budget Vietnam drama. The story is ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 3.6
 519
The Veteran (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sidney J. Furie's The Veteran is a respectable straight-to-DVD movie that was headed for the "pleasant surprise" category before self-destructing with a terrible, out-of-the-blue ending.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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A Midnight Clear (1992)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, Japan, New Zealand
Duration: 123 min.
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Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Plot: soldier, pow, war, anti war, captivity, samurai, confined, military, life is a bitch, society, brutality, british ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1946, 1940s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Andersonville (1996)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: This lengthy docudrama records the harrowing conditions at the Confederacy's most notorious prisoner-of-war camp. The drama unfolds through the eyes of a company of Union soldiers captured at the Battle of Cold Harbor, VA, in June 1864, and ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Plot: american civil war, prison, union soldier, confederate soldier, civil war, anti heroes, soldier, war, prison escape, prison brawl, survival, captivity ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 1K
Beach Red (1967)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: American troops storm ashore on a Japanese-held island and push inland while their enemies plan a counterattack in this look at warfare. Soldiers on both sides are haunted by memories of home and the horrifying, sickening images they find in combat.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough
Plot: soldier, anti war, island, gory, war, officers and cadets, jungle, army, pacific island, beach, battles, military ...
Place: asia, japan, battleship
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
To End All Wars (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Based on a real-life story, this drama focuses on a small group of Allied soldiers in Burma who are held captive by the Japanese. Capt. Ernest Gordon (Ciaran McMenamin), Lt. Jim Reardon (Kiefer Sutherland) and Maj. Ian Campbell (Robert Carlyle) are ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: jungle, captivity, redemption, soldier, corporal punishment, traitor, teacher, war, military, war crime, prison, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, year 1943, 1940s, year 1942
Place: scotland, japan, asia, india, burma ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Scarlet and the Black (1983)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK, Italy
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Fr. Hugh O'Flaherty is a Vatican official in 1943-45 who has been hiding downed pilots, escaped prisoners of war, and Italian resistance families. His diplomatic status in a Catholic country prevents Colonel Kappler from openly arresting him, ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense, dramatic ...
Plot: soldier, nun, clergy, war, survival, prison, uninhibited rivalry, prison life, politics, confined, hopes, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.5
 27K
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, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, soldier, anti war, war, squad, execution, snow, german, russian, battle zone, genocide ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Voyage of the Damned (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 155 min.
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Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak, tense ...
Plot: holocaust, ship, anti semitism, anti heroes, fugitives, war, cruise ship, immigrants, on the run, rescue, survival, human spirit ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: cuba, germany, europe, latin america, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
None But the Brave (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: American and Japanese soldiers, stranded on a tiny Pacific island during World War II, must make a temporary truce and cooperate to survive various tribulations. Told through the eyes of the American and Japanese unit commanders, who must deal with ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, tense, rough ...
Plot: island, soldier, anti war, war, jungle, u.s. army, stranded, pacific island, infantry, isolation, confined, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: battles, war, military, heroic mission, sniper, courage, army, rescue, d day, obsessive quest, cowardice, bravery ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1944
Place: normandy, france, europe, poland, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.3
 93K
Rescue Dawn (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA, Luxembourg
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
Style: bleak, realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, vietnam war, soldier, violence, rescue, airplane shot down, pipe smoking, torture, war, military, pow, pilot ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1965, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.1
 146
The Wall (1982)
Genre: Action, War, Drama
Country: Poland, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A dramatic re-enactment of the Warsaw Ghetto Jewish uprising in April 1943 were 650 armed members of the Jewish Fighting Organization of Poland held off a 3,000 strong Nazi force in which only a handful of Jews survived. Tom Conti plays Dolek ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: anti semitism, holocaust, survival, racism, ghetto, against humanity, war, confined, heroes, against the odds, danger, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, poland, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: holocaust, smuggling, survival, auschwitz, doctor, concentration camp, burned alive, redemption, rebellion, war, moral dilemma, anti semitism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 1940s
Place: poland, germany, europe, budapest hungary, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Behind Enemy Lines (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Professor-turned-spy Col. Calvin Turner and his associate, workaholic Lt. Shelley Flynn, plan a daring rescue behind enemy lines in World War II German-occupied Norway of a brilliant scientist who may or may not be aiding the Germans.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Plot: war, espionage, military, undercover, criminal heroes, wartime life, against humanity, chases and races, danger, escapades, heroes, rebellion ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: losing-it hero, soldier, war, survival, danger, military, isolation, military life, wartime life, confined, escapades, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%