Movies like Paradise Road

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Paradise Road (1997)
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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, 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: serious, uplifting, emotional, touching, harsh, intense, realistic, gloomy, dramatic, brutal ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: prison, pow, war crime, island, survival, war, friendship, human spirit, prison life, danger, holocaust, world war two, justice, humanity, life & death, nazis, friends, hopes, escapades, jungle, torture, musician, women's prison, hotel, female nudity ...
Time: 1940s, 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: singapore, asia, indonesia, japan, australia, germany

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and emotional films with plots about world war two, war, survival, runaway, wartime, brutality and mentor mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like Paradise Road: The Way Back (2010), The Grey Zone (2001), King Rat (1965), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Empire of the Sun (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Way Back (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates, Poland, India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, bleak, epic ...
Plot: survival, journey, freedom, wilderness, escape, pow, danger, gulag, russian, convict, human spirit, prison escape ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: russia, india, asia, himalaya, siberia ...
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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: bleak, serious, factual, depressing, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, concentration camp, nazi, redemption, smuggling, against humanity, human spirit, danger, anti semitism, rebelliousness, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 1940s
Place: europe, poland, germany, budapest hungary, israel
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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, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: pow, prison life, survival, prison, friendship, war, human spirit, escapades, confined, behind enemy lines, military, breeding ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: singapore, japan, asia, poland, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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: fame, loss of friend, war, military, survival, homecoming, danger, selflessness, propaganda, battle zone, battles, state affairs ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: japan, asia, usa, manhattan new york city, arizona ...
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Empire of the Sun (1987)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even ...
Style: epic, emotional, touching, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: pow, innocence lost, young heroes, prison, survival, coming of age, japanese soldier, japanese army, peasant, stadium, bravery, chinese ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: china, asia, japan, singapore, coney island brooklyn new york city ...
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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, heartbreaking, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, against humanity, friendship, childhood, jewish, nazi germany, world war two, wartime life, nazism, young heroes, atrocity ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
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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: uplifting, emotional, rough, bleak, epic ...
Plot: captivity, war, u.s. air force, soldier, island, survival, life is a bitch, athlete's life, danger, hopes, human spirit, sport ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, pacific ocean, germany, asia, tokyo
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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, serious, tense, suspenseful, factual ...
Plot: soldier, vatican, fighting the system, military, clergy, uninhibited rivalry, human spirit, politics, hopes, survival, nazi, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: europe, italy, germany, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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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: gloomy, semi serious, realistic, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: holocaust, starvation, survival, ghetto, war, confined, anti heroes, against humanity, human spirit, lifesaver, heroes, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Land of Mine (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Denmark, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the days following the surrender of Germany in May 1945, a group of young German prisoners of war were handed over to the Danish authorities and subsequently sent out to the West Coast, where they were ordered to remove the more than two million ...
Style: emotional, suspense, brutal, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: war crime, pow, post war, german soldier, minefield, military officer, post world war two, soldier, teenager, child soldier, moral dilemma, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, future
Place: denmark, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Is Paris Burning? (1966)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: The title is Adolf Hitler's question to his chief of staff Alfred Jodl on the eve of the liberation of Paris (August 25): the military governor of Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, had been ordered to destroy Paris rather than let it fall ...
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, harsh, factual ...
Plot: holocaust, moral dilemma, totalitarianism, against the odds, wartime life, rescue, resistance, anti heroes, heroic mission, danger, insubordination, survival ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1944
Place: france, europe, paris france, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: tense, suspenseful, serious, rough, harsh ...
Plot: jungle, captivity, war crime, military, corporal punishment, war, human spirit, pow, prison life, leadership, human nature, tragic hero ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1943, year 1942
Place: scotland, japan, asia, thailand, india ...
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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: tense, rough, serious, suspenseful, uplifting ...
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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: realistic, serious, rough, tense, suspenseful ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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MacArthur (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The film portrays MacArthur's (Gregory Peck) life from 1942, before the Battle of Bataan, to 1952, the time after he had been removed from his Korean War command by President Truman (Ed Flanders) for insubordination, and is recounted in ...
Style: realistic, serious, melancholic, epic, intense ...
Plot: military, soldier, war, politics, island, rebellion, pow, ambition, ruler, revolution, unlikely friendships, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: usa, japan, korea, asia, the philippines ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: nazi germany, holocaust, human spirit, jewish, world war two, adoption, nazi, life is a bitch, youth, against humanity, family secret, childhood ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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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: tense, rough, suspenseful, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue mission, military, escape attempt, massacre, war, human spirit, against the odds, military life, daring rescue, behind enemy lines, occupation, ambition ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: asia, the philippines, pearl harbor, manila philippines, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.2
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Bent (1997)
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, bleak, serious, brutal, disturbing ...
Plot: holocaust, gay, survival, concentration camp, friendship, dehumanization, human spirit, gay love, danger, confined, love and romance, fall in love ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s, year 1944
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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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 crime, massacre, nazism, russian, german, war, survival, christmas, occupation, polish, oppression, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1940
Place: poland, russia, europe, germany, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.0
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Nina's House (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Starting in 1944 in the wake of the Liberation and continuing into the '60s, 'houses of hope' were established to lend a semblance of continuity to youngsters orpahaned by the war. Nina's Home takes place between September 1944 ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, frame up, society, holocaust, religions or cults, family relations, survival, danger, anti semitism, confined, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.7
 17K
Conspiracy (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The historical recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which Nazi and SS leaders gathered in a Berlin suburb to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Lead by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, this group of high ranking ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, factual, intense, atmospheric ...
Plot: holocaust, genocide, racism, anti semitism, politics, wartime life, state affairs, human spirit, against humanity, soldier, leadership, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.2
 131K
Defiance (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Based on a true story, during World War II, four Jewish brothers escape their Nazi-occupied homeland of West Belarus in Poland and join the Soviet partisans to combat the Nazis. The brothers begin the rescue of roughly 1,200 Jews still trapped in ...
Style: epic, emotional, sincere, intense, realistic ...
Plot: jews, holocaust, survival, rebellion, camp, russian, hopes, wartime life, life is a bitch, danger, rebelliousness, escapades ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1942
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 179 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: emotional, suspenseful, disturbing, sincere, talky ...
Plot: courtroom drama, judge, war crime, holocaust, redemption, german, cold war, against humanity, jews, trial, genocide, war ...
Time: 60s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945, 1960s ...
Place: germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
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: serious, sincere, exciting, factual, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighter pilot, racism, military, aviation, training, war, against the odds, human spirit, interracial relations, officers and cadets, americana, anti war ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: alabama, usa, arkansas, italy, germany ...
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The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: During the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam, Otto Frank decides to hide his family, who are Jewish, after his daughter Margot is called to appear for transport to a Nazi labour camp. Miep Gies, Otto Frank's office assistant hides them in the attic ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, realistic
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, survival, life is a bitch, anti heroes, confined, heroes, against humanity, human spirit, hopes, war, attic ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 40s
Place: holland, europe, amsterdam
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Hiding Place (1975)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The Hiding Place is an account of a Dutch family who risk their lives by offering a safe haven for Jews during World War II
Style: realistic, disturbing, uplifting, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, heroes, war, hopes, life is a bitch, interracial relations, anti heroes, escapades, anti semitism, family in danger ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: holland, europe, netherlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Great Escape (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, exciting, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, freedom, optimism, escape attempt, soldier, capture, prisoner, camp, war, escape, pow, army ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, switzerland, europe, alps, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Schindler's List (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, genocide, ghetto, against humanity, wartime, world war two, rescue, anti semitism, survival, war, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.6
 14K
Europa Europa (1990)
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: epic, realistic, tense, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, anti semitism, german, concentration camp, communism, ghetto, homosexual, hidden identity, roommate, nazism, pow ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: latvia, germany, poland, europe, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.9
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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: realistic, bleak, suspenseful, gloomy, serious
Plot: survival, d day, bunker, wartime life, battles, danger, life is a bitch, human spirit, confined, against humanity, war, escapades ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
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