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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
 7.3
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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, anti war, captivity, samurai, confined, military, life is a bitch, society, brutality, british, undisciplined, friendship, escape attempt, atrocity, violence, guilt, homosexuality, obsession, imperial japan, briton abroad, japanese soldier, japanese army, homoeroticism ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1946, year 1942, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, indonesia, australia, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and captivating films with plots about military, war, soldier, anti war, military life, survival and world war two mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence: Hart's War (2002), Prisoners of the Sun (1990), Platoon (1986), To End All Wars (2001), Cross of Iron (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, epic, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: soldier, survival, captivity, chinese, russian, japanese army, anti war, war, wartime life, estrangement, confined, military ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.3
 47K
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 ⇓
95%
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 ⇓
88%
 8.1
 339K
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, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, jungle, battles, innocence lost, military, village, battle, anti war, war, war crime, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, mine, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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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 ⇓
85%
 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, epic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: german, soldier, russian, infantrymen, lieutenant, sergeant, commander, war, anti war, military, chaos, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1943
Place: russia, france, siberia, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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, british army, court martial, racism, military, pow, courtroom drama, iraq war, battle zone, political unrest, courtroom, wartime life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, realistic, disturbing, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, war, military, platoon, boot camp, sergeant, sniper, suicide, battles, vietnam war, violence, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968, year 1967, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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 8.1
 273K
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: friendship, innocence lost, escape, vietnam war, russian roulette, deer hunting, friend, wedding, party, vietnam veteran, suicide, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, pennsylvania, asia, saigon, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 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 ⇓
75%
 6.7
 579
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, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: war, anti war, military, soldier, wartime life, battles, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, tragic love, haunted by the past, homecoming, military life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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 ⇓
72%
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 ⇓
71%
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
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Style: bleak, realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: survival, military, war, battles, anti war, jungle, chaos, pride and honor, cave, imperial japan, japanese army, suicide ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Last Winter (1984)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Israel
Duration: 89 min.
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Style: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, emotional ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
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Style: serious, emotional, realistic, disturbing, atmospheric ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.6
 364K
Fury (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, China, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Last months of World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank called "Fury" and its five-man ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1945
Place: europe, germany, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, year 1966, 1960s, year 1974
Place: vietnam, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 8.5
 524K
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, atmospheric, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: jungle, soldier, anti war, mission, vietnam war, army, unfulfillment, losing-it hero, insanity, apocalypse, napalm, chaos ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, thought provoking
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Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: africa, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.5
 267
Company K (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on the popular World War I novel by author William March, director Robert Clem's COMPANY K follows a veteran of the first great conflict as he finishes a book about his wartime experiences and reflects on how a man's true character ...
Style: epic, serious, bleak, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: anti war, veteran, soldier, prison, gory, war, military life, wartime life, battles, military, politics, writer's life ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: serious, realistic
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Time: 1940s
Place: england, europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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 ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison life, survival, prison, war, pow, holocaust, friendship, captivity, confined, military, human spirit, danger ...
Time: year 1945
Place: singapore, asia, japan, poland, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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The Iron Triangle (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
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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 ⇓
55%
 6.9
 10K
Lebanon (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Israel, France, Germany, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: June, 1982 - The First Lebanon War. A lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town - a simple mission that turns into a nightmare. The four members of a tank crew find themselves in a violent situation that they ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: military, realism, soldier, gory, battle zone, war, anti war, battles, confined, danger, power relations, leadership ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1982
Place: lebanon, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.7
 646
The Skin (1981)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Naples, year 1943, in the middle of World War II. The city has just be liberated by American troops in an era in which nobody knows just when the war or where begins the peace; winners and losers face...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, disturbing
Plot: translator, captivity, wartime life, war, against humanity, military, life is a bitch, soldier, chaos and mayhem, society, virgin, labia ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: italy, naples italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Ivan's Childhood (1962)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
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, war, flare, boy, spy, dream, swamp, survival, anti war, young heroes, apple ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: russia, europe, soviet union, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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 ⇓
55%
 7.5
 27K
Stalingrad (1993)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 134 min.
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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 ⇓
52%
 8.0
 787
Hiroshima (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, Japan
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Hiroshima is a 1995 Japanese / Canadian film directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara and Roger Spottiswoode about the decision-making processes that led to the dropping of the atomic bombs by the United States on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: war, atomic bomb, politics, head of state, soldier, office, anti war, holocaust, political unrest, wartime life, battles, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1945
Place: asia, usa, japan, new york, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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