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King Rat (1965)
 7.5
 4K
King Rat (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
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, rough, serious, suspenseful, dramatic, harsh, witty, talky, cynical ...
Plot: pow, prison life, survival, prison, friendship, war, military, confined, captivity, human spirit, danger, black market, escapades, behind enemy lines, breeding, holocaust, dog, army, rat, translator, starvation, class differences, all male cast, japanese army, prisoner of war camp ...
Time: year 1945
Place: singapore, japan, asia, poland, california, england

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and bleak films with plots about war, survival, military, soldier, runaway, confined and world war two mostly in War, Drama and History genres. Some movies like King Rat: Paradise Road (1997), Hell in the Pacific (1968), The Bridge at Remagen (1969), Hart's War (2002), Prisoner of the Mountains (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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
Plot: prison, war crime, island, survival, war, friendship, pow, human spirit, danger, prison life, holocaust, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: singapore, asia, indonesia, japan, australia ...
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95%
Hell in the Pacific (1968)
Genre: Adventure, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: During World War II, a shot-down American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain find themselves stranded on the same small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. Following war logic, each time the crafty Japanese devises something useful, he ...
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: island, war, pilot, naval officer, survival, friendship, jungle, soldier, military, danger, anti war, heroes ...
Time: 40s, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, suspenseful, bleak, serious, rough ...
Plot: soldier, explosion, bridge, battles, war, survival, military, against the odds, anti war, danger, military life, heroes ...
Time: 20th century
Place: germany, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.3
 48K
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: serious, rough, tense, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: war, soldier, frame up, army investigation, racism, trial, military, captivity, human spirit, confined, u.s. army, black people ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, belgium, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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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: realistic, bleak, rough, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: russian soldier, war, prison, soldier, confined, hostage, captivity, drinking, murder, violence, pow, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s
Place: chechnya, russia, caucasus, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.0
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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: gloomy, realistic, suspenseful, bleak, serious
Plot: d day, survival, bunker, human spirit, holocaust, danger, prison, against humanity, wartime life, confined, escapades, life is a bitch ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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, suspenseful, serious, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, jungle, survival, golf, rescue, war, escapades, adventure, daring rescue, heroic mission, battles ...
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: realistic, captivating, thought provoking, bleak, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, survival, anti war, captivity, prison life, rebelliousness, isolation, vengeance, military, soldier, politics, prison ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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: bleak, rough, epic, tense, captivating ...
Plot: captivity, u.s. air force, soldier, war, island, survival, shark, military, life is a bitch, athlete's life, human spirit, hopes ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 20th century
Place: japan, pacific ocean, germany, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 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: tense, bleak, captivating, realistic, rough ...
Plot: prison, military, punishment, soldier, desert, racism, hill, british army, sadism, torture, cruelty, war ...
Time: 1940s
Place: africa, north africa, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Beast of War (1988)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: During the war in Afghanistan a Soviet tank crew commanded by a tyrannical officer find themselves lost and in a struggle against a band of Mujahadeen guerrillas in the mountains.
Style: realistic, bleak, suspenseful, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: village, war, military, survival, vengeance, anti war, military life, left to die, heroes, leadership, beast, captivity ...
Time: 80s
Place: afghanistan, middle east, israel, russia, iraq ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, tense, suspenseful, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: soldier, nun, hidden identity, politics, prison, clergy, fighting the system, human spirit, prison life, military, survival, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: europe, italy, germany, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Voyage of the Damned (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A luxury liner carries Jewish refugees from Hitler's Germany in a desperate fight for survival.
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, ship, against humanity, life is a bitch, cruise, on the run, survival, society, misfit, family in danger, danger ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: germany, cuba, latin america, europe, havana cuba ...
⇓ 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, tense, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Plot: jungle, redemption, war crime, military, soldier, teacher, traitor, corporal punishment, captivity, war, prison, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1943, year 1942
Place: scotland, japan, asia, thailand, burma ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.3
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Texas '46 (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story its the untold story of Italian World War II POW"S in Jan 1946. Luca Zingaretti stars as one of over 50,000 Italian Prisoners of War detained at POW camps in the U.S. Roy Schneider stars as Colonel Gartner, the Commander ...
Style: disturbing, rough, exciting, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: fascism, battles, prison life, society, captivity, anti war, heroes, basic training, military life, danger, holocaust, power relations ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: christmas, war, innocence lost, friends, battles, soldier, prank, anti war, buddies, disorder, isolation, friendship ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.9
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Camp X-Ray (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small-town roots. Instead, she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sincere, intense ...
Plot: military, female soldier, female protagonist, american abroad, friendship, introspection, prison life, military police, relationships, stereotypes, strong female character, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cuba, iraq, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.1
 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, human spirit, against humanity, anti semitism, danger, hopes, war, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1944
Place: europe, poland, germany, budapest hungary, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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: rough, serious, bleak, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, jungle, survival, heroic mission, war, escapades, heroes, military life, military, soldier, against the odds, photojournalist ...
Time: 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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The Great Raid (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 132 min.
Story: As World War II rages, the elite Sixth Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over 500 American prisoners of war.
Style: realistic, tense, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, sniper, massacre, escape attempt, rescue mission, soldier, war, infantrymen, heroes, human spirit, military life, occupation ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: the philippines, asia, pearl harbor, manila philippines, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 186 min.
Story: In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his ...
Style: suspenseful, emotional, disturbing, sincere, talky ...
Plot: judge, holocaust, courtroom drama, cold war, war crime, trial, genocide, redemption, war, german, society, nazism ...
Time: 60s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 1960s ...
Place: germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.5
 28K
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, anti war, squad, execution, nazism, german, war, russian, politics, genocide ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1943, year 1942
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.8
 4K
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, serious, bleak, sincere, rough ...
Plot: war, danger, battles, heroes, military life, behind enemy lines, dehumanization, soldier, military, losing-it hero, escapades, explosion ...
Time: 40s, 90s, 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: russia, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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, confined, rescue, danger, survival, prison, gory, basic training, military life, battles, military, war ...
Time: 1940s
Place: england, germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: captivating, tense, rough, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, against humanity, genocide, hard labor, brutality, violence, labor camp, corporal punishment, captivity, wartime life, hopes ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.5
 14K
Jakob the Liar (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Hungary, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out after curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German radio broadcast about Russian troop movements. Returned to the ...
Style: humorous, sincere, semi serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, starvation, ghetto, survival, war, anti heroes, hopes, against humanity, figment, confined, wartime life, protecting from truth ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.6
 25K
Victory (1981)
Genre: Drama, Sport, War
Country: UK, USA, Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A group of POWs in a German prison camp during World War II play the German National Soccer Team in this powerful film depicting the role of prisoners during wartime.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soccer, sport, prison, stadium, escape, nazi germany, underdog, confined, rivalry, life is a bitch, wartime life, prison life ...
Time: 20th century
Place: france, europe, germany, england, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 3.6
 525
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: psychological, rough, realistic, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, vietnam veteran, vengeance, military life, military, friendship, homecoming, haunted by the past, politics, confined, war ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, Japan, New Zealand
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: soldier, pow, war, samurai, anti war, captivity, escape attempt, society, atrocity, life is a bitch, undisciplined, confined ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1946, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, indonesia, australia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: bleak, serious, rough, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: prison, american civil war, civil war, confederate soldier, union soldier, rainy, war, confined, against humanity, prison life, pow, captivity ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%