Movies like Paradise Road

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Paradise Road (1997)
 6.8
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Paradise Road
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, Frances McDormand as the brash Dr. Verstak, Pauline Collins as missionary Margaret Drummond (based on missionary Margaret Dryburgh), Julianna Margulies as American socialite Topsy Merritt, Jennifer Ehle as British doyenne and model Rosemary Leighton Jones, Cate Blanchett as Australian nurse Susan McCarthy and Elizabeth Spriggs as dowager Imogene Roberts. Basing his picture on real events, Bruce Beresford tells the story of a vocal orchestra created by the women in a Japanese P.O.W. camp, a classic survivors' tale extolling women's ability to survive hardship and atrocity through perseverance, solidarity and creativity.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, gloomy, uplifting, dramatic, brutal, sentimental, light, harsh ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: prison, war, survival, island, friendship, human spirit, women, jungle, torture, danger, camp, courage, sacrifice, escapades, brutality, holocaust, wartime, prejudice, hopes, unlikely friendships, culture clash, mentor, friends, justice, australian ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, singapore, australia, germany
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Drama, History, War
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Drama, History, War
USA, UK, Italy
143 min.
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and intense films with plots about wartime, war, culture clash, mentor, courage, idealism and survival mostly in War, Drama and History genres. Some movies like Paradise Road: King Rat (1965), The Grey Zone (2001), Hart's War (2002), The Tuskegee Airmen (1995), Flags of Our Fathers (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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King Rat
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Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
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The Grey Zone
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, dramatic ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, redemption, rebellion, nazi, jewish, death, torture, murder, prison, jews, nazis ...
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Hart's War
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
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    User:   88%
 
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Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During the Second World War, a special project is begun by the US Army Air Corps to integrate African American pilots into the Fighter Pilot Program. Known as the "Tuskegee Airman" for the name of the airbase at which they were trained, ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, sincere, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
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Flags of Our Fathers
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 ...
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The Winter War
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Style: realistic, epic, bleak, tense, serious ...
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Bat*21
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Country: USA
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Victory
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Country: Finland
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    User:   50%
 
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Bent
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Max is a handsome young man who, after a fateful tryst with a German soldier, is forced to run for his life. Eventually Max is placed in a concentration camp where he pretends to be Jewish because in the eyes of the Nazis, gays are the lowest form ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
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Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
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Duration: 146 min.
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Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, brutal ...
Plot: war, prostitution, sacrifice, brutality, survival, prostitute, chase, death, atrocity, rape, wartime, wartime life ...
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 7.3
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Savior
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, realistic, serious, rough, tense ...
Plot: war, redemption, civil war, genocide, soldier, ethnic conflict, blood, atrocity, mercenary, wartime, brutality, pregnancy ...
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    User:   49%
 
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, suspenseful, dramatic ...
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    User:   46%
 
 7.6
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Europa Europa
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, France, Poland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A Jewish boy separated from his family in the early days of WWII poses as a German orphan and is taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually becomes a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are ...
Style: realistic, epic, serious, dramatic, captivating ...
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Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
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    User:   58%
 
Enemy at the Gates
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, Germany, Ireland, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Enemy at the Gates is a war film from Jean-Jacques Annaud from 2001 that takes place during the battle of Stalingard in World War II between the Russians and the Germans.
Style: realistic, epic, bleak, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: war, german, friendship, russian, nazi, propaganda, courage, sniper, betrayal, politics, violence, assassination ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: russia, germany, poland, soviet union
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    User:   43%
 
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
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, realistic, disturbing, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: innocence lost, holocaust, friendship, jewish, nazis, childhood, nazi, children, concentration camp, german, young heroes, jews ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
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    User:   41%
 

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