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The Cuckoo (2002)
 7.8
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The Cuckoo (2002)
Original name: Кукушка
Genre: Drama, War, Comedy
Country: Russia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: September of 1944, a few days before Finland went out of the Second World War. A chained to a rock Finnish sniper-kamikadze Veikko managed to set himself free. Ivan, a captain of the Soviet Army, arrested by the Front Secret Police 'Smersh', has a narrow escape. They are soldiers of the two enemy armies. A Lapp woman Anni gives a shelter to both of them at her farm. For Anni they are not enemies, but just men.
Style: touching, atmospheric, thought provoking, tense, sincere, witty, humorous, clever, offbeat, melancholic ...
Plot: war, understanding, russian, culture clash, love triangle, wilderness, confined, life is a bitch, military, anti war, wartime life, hostility, isolation, patriotism, world war two, soldier, wartime, survival, brutality, political, catastrophe, sniper, finnish, twins, love and romance ...
Time: 40s, 20th century
Place: finland, russia, germany

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, harsh and dramatic films with plots about war, soldier, military, culture clash, wartime life, friendship and idealism mostly in War, Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Cuckoo: No Man's Land (2001), Prisoner of the Mountains (1996), The Americanization of Emily (1964), Seven Beauties (1975), Tangerines (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
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No Man's Land (2001)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Belgium, UK, Slovenia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two soldiers from opposite sites get stuck between the front lines in the same trench. The UN is asked to free them and both sides agree on a ceasefire, but will they stick to it?
Style: dark humor, realistic, bleak, cynical, clever ...
Plot: politics, survival, french, anti war, enemy, media, soldier, bomb, recruit, war, culture clash, trap ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1993
Place: bosnia, serbia, former yugoslavia, europe, bosnia herzegovina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Peculiarities of the National Hunt (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Russia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A Finn preparing a work on the Russian hunting traditions and customs, comes to Russia to collect materials and is invited to take part in a hunting party. His flamboyant companions include an Army general, with more than a passing resemblance to ...
Style: witty, humorous, not serious, realistic, offbeat
Audience: family outing
Plot: disorder, countryside, chaos and mayhem, male camaraderie, drunkenness, hunting party, border guard, hunting, dream, shooting, friendship, nature ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia, finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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, serious ...
Plot: russian soldier, war, prison, confined, soldier, hostage, captivity, drinking, murder, violence, pow, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s
Place: chechnya, russia, caucasus, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Americanization of Emily (1964)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: During the build-up to D-Day in 1944, the British found their island hosting many thousands of American soldiers who were "oversexed, overpaid, and over here". That's Charlie Madison exactly; he knows all the angles to make life as ...
Style: realistic, witty, dark humor, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: military, anti war, d day, mental illness, american in the uk, naval officer, love affair, war, romance, love and romance, fall in love, battle of the sexes ...
Place: london, england, europe, france, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Seven Beauties (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Director, Seven Beauties stars Giancarlo Giannini (Swept Away) as Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties." A petty thief who lives off of the profits of his seven ...
Style: cynical, disturbing, humorous, dark humor, biting ...
Plot: concentration camp, war, survival, pimp, honor, soldier, military, pow, captivity, misfit, dishonesty, eccentric family ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: italy, europe, russia, southern italy, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 8.2
 33K
Tangerines (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Estonia, Georgia
Duration: 87 min.
Story: War in Abkhazia 1990. An Estonian man Ivo has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo is forced to take him in.
Style: tense, touching, thought provoking, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: war, anti war, village, head wound, audio tape, audio cassette, gun, wood chopping, bullet wound, carpenter, burning house, photograph ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century, year 1992
Place: georgia (former ussr), europe, estonia, georgia, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Ivan's Childhood (1962)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union, Ukraine
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: orphan, anti war, dream, swamp, spy, boy, flare, soldier, war, german, escapades, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, berlin germany, soviet union, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.6
 63K
MASH (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.
Style: talky, witty, humorous, realistic, dark humor ...
Plot: military, anti war, cheating, suicidal, golf, nurse, war, camp, sanity, wartime life, football, conflict ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: korea, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 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, squad, anti war, execution, nazism, german, war, russian, politics, genocide ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, year 1942, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.0
 13K
The Lucky Ones (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story revolves around three soldiers — Colee, T.K. and Cheaver — who return from the Iraq War after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an unexpected road trip across the U.S.
Style: sentimental, semi serious, sincere, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: soldier, friendship, road trip, homecoming, military, americana, wartime life, life is a bitch, loss of friend, on the road, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
 649
Checkpoint (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A group Russian soldiers is send to an outpost to guard the area. They pass the day patroulling the area, while being shot at from the forest. They never know if the civillions are hostile or friendly to them.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: soldier, sniper, civil war, military, in the woods, village life, battle zone, wartime life, dealing with death, war, anti war, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, russia, chechnya
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
How I Won the War (1967)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: An inept British WWII commander leads his troops to a series of misadventures in North Africa and Europe.
Style: clever, witty, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: soldier, anti war, war, politics, working class, army investigation, basic training, heroes, leadership, military life, goofy hero, escapades ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: africa, europe, middle east, egypt, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Battle Ground 625 (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Based on the long running play by Jang Jin, the story is set in Korea during the Korean War in 1950. Soldiers from both the North and South, as well as an American pilot, find themselves in a secluded and naively idealistic village, its residents ...
Style: realistic, touching, offbeat, gloomy, uplifting ...
Plot: friendship, military, soldier, village, anti war, hopes, village life, fish out of water, rescue, isolation, culture clash, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: korea, asia, north korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time they will be collected. The village leaders convene to ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, atmospheric, clever
Plot: resistance, village, military, soldier, anti war, japanese occupation, life is a bitch, village life, war, nothing goes right, culture clash, translator ...
Time: 1940s
Place: china, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.1
 4K
Leningrad (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When in 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, their troops quickly besieged Leningrad. Foreign journalists are evacuated but one of them, Kate Davies, is presumed dead and misses the plane. Alone in the city she is helped by Nina Tsvetnova a ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, bleak, gloomy
Audience: boys' night
Plot: siege, military, battles, survival, life is a bitch, danger, world war two, wartime life, hunger, rationing, soldier, starvation ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1941
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 8.2
 42K
Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union, Belarus
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, surreal, rough, serious ...
Plot: against humanity, genocide, atrocity, anti war, military, holocaust, war crime, surrealism, survival, war, occupation, execution ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: bleak, atmospheric, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: survival, unfulfillment, losing-it hero, confined, wartime life, war, escapades, life is a bitch, military life, soldier, military, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 8.1
 51K
Underground (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Black marketeers Marko and Blacky manufacture and sell weapons to the Communist resistance in WWII Belgrade, living the good life along the way. Marko's surreal duplicity propels him up the ranks of the Communist Party, and he eventually ...
Style: surreal, cynical, satirical, biting, absurd ...
Plot: freedom, lie, society, ambition, resistance, communism, revolution, cellar, resistance fighter, greed, genocide, brutality ...
Time: 1940s, 1990s, 1960s, year 1941
Place: europe, former yugoslavia, yugoslavia, berlin germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Burnt by the Sun 2: Citadel (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The final part of Mikhalkov's trilogy about Divisional Commander Kotov finds him returning home during World War II having been betrayed, narrowly escaped execution for treason and nearly reduced to dust in a prison camp. Only to discover that ...
Style: serious, emotional, atmospheric, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: soldier, escapades, war, wartime life, life is a bitch, deadly, family problems, dishonesty, military life, survival, battle zone, battles ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Unknown Soldier (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 199 min.
Story: Second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna. The story is based on Linna's experiences as an infantry man in the Finnish army during the so called "Continuation War" (1941-1944).
Style: realistic, rough, serious, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: war, escapades, infantrymen, state affairs, battle zone, danger, soldier, military, battles, destiny, heroes, finnish ...
Time: 40s, 20th century
Place: finland, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Camp de Thiaroye (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A historical drama based on the Thiaroye transit camp massacre, Camp de Thiaroye dismantles the myth of colonial assimilation to expose ingrained social and cultural mechanisms of racism, exploitation, and privilege. In 1944, the French army ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, bleak, serious, disturbing
Plot: soldier, racism, state affairs, against humanity, society, injustice, military, confined, wartime life, culture clash, interracial relations, war ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: africa, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Burnt by the Sun 2: Intercession (2010)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 181 min.
Story: Epic film about WWII, a sequel to Utomlyonnye solntsem (1994). Evil Stalin is terrorizing people of Russia while the Nazis are advancing. Russian officer Kotov, who miraculously survived the death sentence in Stalin's Purge, is now fighting in ...
Style: realistic, epic, gloomy, serious, emotional ...
Plot: danger, military life, dishonesty, life is a bitch, war, wartime life, state affairs, betrayal, battles, family relations, military, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1941, year 1943
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Peculiarities of the National Fishing (1997)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Russia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: General Ivolgin, forester Kuzmich, and good-natured Lyova lose their way on a fishing trip and wind up in a neighboring country, where they decide to have a good time anyway but end up leaving their vodka and fishing equipment behind.
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, feel good, witty ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, culture clash, lake or river, disorder, escapades, nothing goes right, society, alcohol, fishing, boat, male camaraderie, border guard ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: finland, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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My Best Enemy (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Austria, Luxembourg
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Poland 1943: An unlikely pair - a concentration camp prisoner and a captain in Hitler's notorious SS - free themselves from the wreckage of a crashed SS airplane. The two appear to be strangely familiar with each other and the extent of their ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, moral dilemma, friends, military, soldier, friendship, wartime life, life is a bitch, confined, against humanity, switching roles
Time: 40s, 30s, 20th century
Place: europe, austria, poland, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.1
 14K
Katyn (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, disturbing, tragic ending ...
Plot: massacre, war crime, nazism, russian, german, war, survival, political unrest, confined, wartime life, against humanity, military ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1940, 1940s
Place: poland, russia, europe, germany, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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, tense, rough, uplifting, suspenseful ...
Plot: war, soldier, frame up, army investigation, racism, trial, military, captivity, human spirit, confined, black people, u.s. army ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, belgium, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
King of Hearts (1966)
Genre: Drama, Comedy, War
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An ornithologist mistaken for an explosives expert is sent alone into a small French town during WWI to investigate a garbled report from the resistance about a bomb which the departing Germans have set to blow up a weapons cache.
Style: humorous, realistic, offbeat, semi serious, satirical ...
Plot: anti war, soldier, hospital, war, small town, village life, village, mistaken identity, comedy of errors, psychopath, delusion, heroes ...
Time: 1910s, 18th century
Place: france, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.2
 19K
Catch-22 (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way to cope with a crazy situation. Catch-22 is a parody of a "military mentality" and of a bureaucratic society ...
Style: surreal, psychological, clever, biting, humorous ...
Plot: military hospital, anti war, military, bomber, island, war, rebellion, misfit, danger, anti heroes, soldier, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 1940s
Place: new york, rome italy, italy, mediterranean sea, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Burnt by the Sun (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin ...
Style: touching, captivating, stylized, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: parents and children, politics, communism, betrayal, totalitarianism, russian history, stalinism, repression, symbolism, friendship, colonel, war ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: russia, ussr, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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, sincere, serious, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: war, danger, military, soldier, behind enemy lines, dehumanization, military life, heroes, battles, losing-it hero, escapades, binoculars ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: russia, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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