Movies like Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
 7.3
 13K
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Original name: 戦場のメリークリスマス
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 suicide. One of the prisoners, interpreter John Lawrence, tries to explain the japanese way of thinking, but is considered a traitor.
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, psychological, serious, brutal, dramatic, melancholic, reflective, enigmatic ...
Plot: soldier, pow, war, samurai, anti war, captivity, confined, military, life is a bitch, society, brutality, british, undisciplined, friendship, escape attempt, atrocity, violence, guilt, homosexuality, obsession, imperial japan, world war two, prisoner, katana sword, uniform ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1942, year 1946
Place: japan, asia, australia, indonesia, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and harsh films with plots about war, soldier, military, brutality, survival, culture clash and sacrifice mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence: To End All Wars (2001), Hart's War (2002), The Hill (1965), Cross of Iron (1977), Prisoners of the Sun (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, redemption, soldier, teacher, corporal punishment, traitor, war, captivity, military, war crime, prison, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, year 1943, year 1942, 1940s
Place: scotland, japan, asia, thailand, burma ...
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95%
 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: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: war, soldier, escape, trial, murder, frame up, prison, army investigation, racism, tunnel, military, captivity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, belgium, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 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 ⇓
82%
 7.5
 23K
Cross of Iron (1977)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 132 min.
Story: It is 1943, and the German army, ravaged and demoralised, are hastily retreating from the Russian front. In the midst of all this madness, conflict brews between the aristocratic yet ultimately pusillanimous Captain Stransky and the courageous ...
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: german, soldier, russian, commander, sergeant, lieutenant, war, anti war, military, chaos, survival, military hospital ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, france, siberia, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: war, courtroom, courtroom drama, island, military hospital, army investigation, captivity, military life, prison life, wartime life, prison, against humanity ...
Time: 40s, year 1945, 1940s
Place: australia, asia, japan, indonesia
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
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: bleak, realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: survival, military, war, battles, anti war, cave, imperial japan, japanese army, jungle, suicide, chaos, letter ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945, year 2005
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
The Mark of Cain (2007)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After a bomb kills their company commander in Iraq, British soldiers Treacle and Shane are ordered to round up suspects and use torture on the detainees. Back home, the press gets the story and the pair achieves instant infamy.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: soldier, court martial, british army, racism, military, pow, courtroom drama, iraq war, political unrest, battle zone, courtroom, wartime life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 8.1
 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: epic, bleak, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: escape, friendship, vietnam war, innocence lost, suicide, russian roulette, party, wedding, friend, vietnam veteran, deer hunting, homecoming ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, pennsylvania, asia, saigon, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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: bleak, realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: russian soldier, prison, war, pow, friendship, soldier, anti war, village, mountain, prisoner, hostage, culture clash ...
Time: 90s
Place: caucasus, chechnya, russia, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: soldier, military, war, boot camp, battles, sniper, vietnam war, violence, military life, basic training, platoon, sergeant ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1967, year 1968, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.1
 348K
Platoon (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Style: realistic, disturbing, bleak, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, battles, jungle, military, war crime, battle zone, military life, brutality, squad, rage, elimination ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, mine, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 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 ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, prison life, prison, war, pow, friendship, captivity, confined, military, human spirit, danger, escapades ...
Time: year 1945
Place: singapore, asia, japan, poland, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 190 min.
Story: His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: soldier, survival, russian, japanese army, chinese, captivity, anti war, war, wartime life, estrangement, confined, military ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Casualties of War (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. Based on the actual events of an incident on Hill 192 in November, 1966.
Style: realistic, disturbing, tense, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, rape, vietcong, war, jungle, military, anti war, court, battle zone, military life, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1966, year 1974
Place: vietnam, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Thin Red Line (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Based on the graphic novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line tells the story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II ...
Style: bleak, rough, surreal, captivating, epic ...
Plot: war, jungle, sergeant, invasion, commander, battle, survival, military, soldier, infantry, pacific island, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Stop-Loss (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A veteran soldier returns from his completed tour of duty in Iraq, only to find his life turned upside down when he is arbitrarily ordered to return to field duty by the Army.
Style: emotional, serious, bleak, thought provoking, sad ...
Plot: military, homecoming, soldier, friendship, gulf war, patriotism, wartime life, politics, death, rules and policies, u.s. military, fiance fiancee relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, canada, mexico, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.7
 20K
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, serious, rough, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, soldier, rescue mission, war, escape attempt, sniper, massacre, daring rescue, heroic mission, ambition, danger, escapades ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: asia, the philippines, pearl harbor, manila philippines, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, soldier, boy, flare, swamp, dream, spy, war, anti war, young heroes, apple, animal ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, berlin germany, soviet union, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: There were five Marines and one Navy Corpsman photographed raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. This is the story of three of the six surviving servicemen – John 'Doc' Bradley, Pvt. Rene Gagnon ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: military, island, war, torture, loss of friend, fame, corpse, survival, danger, gory, battle zone, guilt ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: japan, asia, usa, manhattan new york city, pacific ocean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, soldier, anti war, war, survival, squad, execution, snow, nazism, german, russian, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, year 1942, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.7
 599
War Requiem (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A film with no spoken dialogue, just follows the music and lyrics of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem, which include WWI soldier poet Wilfred Owen's poems reflecting the war's horrors. It shows the story of an Englishman soldier ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, bleak, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: war, anti war, military, soldier, wartime life, battles, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, tragic love, haunted by the past, homecoming, military life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, disturbing, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, friendship, against humanity, concentration camp, childhood, young heroes, jewish, nazism, wartime life, atrocity, gas chamber, innocence lost ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears ...
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: life is a bitch, child soldier, innocence lost, war, youth, soldier, anti war, against humanity, military, power relations, civil war, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 8.5
 540K
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter ...
Style: bleak, psychological, tense, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: jungle, mission, soldier, apocalypse, vietnam war, army, anti war, insanity, unfulfillment, losing-it hero, napalm, chaos ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, year 1969
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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, serious, bleak, disturbing, tragic ending ...
Plot: war, survival, war crime, massacre, nazism, anti heroes, russian, soldier, german, missing person, wartime life, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1940
Place: poland, russia, europe, germany, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.5
 10K
Brothers (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Denmark, UK, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A Danish officer, Michael (Thomsen), is sent away to the International Security Assistance Force operation in Afghanistan for three months. His first mission there is to find a young radar technician who had been separated from his squad some ...
Style: realistic, tense, emotional, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: siblings relations, prisoner, war, sibling relationship, family problems, family relations, family life, soldier, parents and children, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, military ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, denmark, europe, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: christmas, war, innocence lost, buddies, friends, soldier, prank, anti war, isolation, battles, disorder, friendship ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944
Place: germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Army of Shadows (1969)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier (Lino Ventura) finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Though Gerbier escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseilles, France, and exacts his revenge on the informant, he must ...
Style: bleak, realistic, stylized, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: german, betrayal, french resistance, czech, prison, life is a bitch, espionage, intrigue, resistance, underground, war, rescue ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1943, 1940s
Place: france, europe, marseille, vichy, arc de triomphe paris ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Last Winter (1984)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Israel
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Tells the story of two women seeking leads to their missing husbands after the end of the Yom Kippur War (1973). A relationship builds between them when each identified her husband in the same blurred image of a foreign newsreel.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: soldier, friendship, anti war, war, military life, military, journalism, captivity, destiny, danger, life is a bitch, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
 10K
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, rough, tense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: atrocity, war, genocide, mercenary, civil war, redemption, soldier, rape, pregnancy, terrorism, war crime, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: bosnia, europe, former yugoslavia, serbia, croatia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%