Movies like Platoon Leader

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Platoon Leader (1988)
 5.4
 1K
Platoon Leader (1988)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: West Point graduate lieutenant Jeff Knight meets cynicism when taking command of sergeant Michael McNamara's tour veterans platoon in a Vietnamese trench camp. Unlike his predecessor, who hid till the end of his tour, Jeff takes charge, experiences the manual doesn't allow coping with all realities and gets wounded. He returns, now fully respect by men and superiors. Besides the Vietcong, the platoon wrestles with the inscrutable villagers, which the G.I.'s officially protect, but also fear as some collaborate with them, other covertly with the Cong, either way subject to bloody reprisals.
Style: exciting, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: vietnam war, vietcong, war, adventure, jungle, military, heroes, soldier, self discovery, infantrymen, escapades, u.s. army, violence, death, infantry, beating, abuse, shower, drugs, male nudity, drug overdose, medical examination, knife
Place: vietnam, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and suspenseful films with plots about war, military, vietnam war, soldier, military life, battles and anti war mostly in War, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like Platoon Leader: Bat*21 (1988), 84C MoPic (1989), Go Tell the Spartans (1978), The Walking Dead (1995), The Iron Triangle (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Bat*21 (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lt. Col. Iceal "Ham" Hambleton is a weapons countermeasures expert and when his aircraft is shot over enemy territory the Air Force very much wants to get him back. Hambleton knows the area he's in is going to be carpet-bombed but a ...
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, survival, military, jungle, rescue, war, against the odds, danger, adventure, battles, soldier, friendship ...
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq
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 6.9
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84C MoPic (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cameraman embedded with a reconnaissance patrol charts their mission across territory controlled by the Vietnamese. An impressively naturalistic Vietnam film. Impressive performance by unknown actors in this low-budget Vietnam drama. The story is ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, jungle, survival, military, soldier, against the odds, military life, battles, anti war, photojournalist, war, escapades ...
Time: 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Go Tell the Spartans (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Go Tell the Spartans is a 1978 American war film based on Daniel Ford's 1967 novel "Incident at Muc Wa." It tells the story about U.S. Army military advisers during the early part of the Vietnam War. Led my Major Asa Barker, these ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, rough, serious, bleak
Plot: vietnam war, military, soldier, haunted by the past, battles, military life, political unrest, hopes, war, idealism, captain, u.s. army ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1964
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Walking Dead (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Five young marines on a suicide mission in Vietnam, struggle for survival in a jungle minefield. The mean streets of home did not prepare them for this.
Style: realistic, biting, tense, suspenseful, serious
Plot: jungle, vietnam war, survival, danger, soldier, military, society, escapades, war, military life, deadly, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The Iron Triangle (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the diary of an unknown Viet Cong soldier, this film provides a sympathetic look at a Viet Cong soldier who protected a captured American soldier whom he believed did not kill him when the American had the opportunity. Written by John ...
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious ...
Plot: war, vietnam war, confined, captivity, military life, political unrest, on the run, battles, rebellion, anti war, espionage, wartime life ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.8
 718
Purple Hearts (1984)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Navy surgeon and a nurse fall in love while serving in Vietnam during the war. Their affection for one another provides a striking contrast to the violence of warfare.
Style: captivating, sentimental, realistic, serious
Plot: vietnam war, tragic love, love and romance, fall in love, war, wartime life, romance, unfulfilled love, military, helicopter, surgeon, army life ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 3.6
 534
The Veteran (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sidney J. Furie's The Veteran is a respectable straight-to-DVD movie that was headed for the "pleasant surprise" category before self-destructing with a terrible, out-of-the-blue ending.
Style: suspenseful, rough, psychological, serious, bleak ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, vietnam veteran, innocence lost, vengeance, friendship, military, war, confined, state affairs, politics, military life ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Boys in Company C (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Disheartened by futile combat, appalled by the corruption of their South Vietnamese ally, and constantly endangered by the incompetence of their own company commander, the young men find a possible way out of the war. They are told that if they ...
Style: bleak, rough, serious, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, basic training, military, friendship, chaos and mayhem, officers and cadets, leadership, marines, instructor, boot camp, innocence lost, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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The Hanoi Hilton (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Lionel Chetwynd's film documents the horrific struggles that faced American POWs held in the North Vietnamese prison Hoa Lo -- more infamously known as the Hanoi Hilton -- between 1964 and 1975. Williamson (Michael Moriarty) leads a group of ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, thought provoking, captivating, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, prison life, political unrest, military life, espionage, danger, isolation, revolution, tough heroes, battles, anti war, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Behind Enemy Lines (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Col. Carradine leads a group of American P.O.W.s, battling their way to freedom as Saigon falls to the Viet Cong.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, adventure, danger, battles, rescue, soldier, military, captivity, heroes, escapades, confined, war ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Green Berets (1968)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, propaganda film, idiotic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vietnam war, war, military life, military, jungle, apocalypse, orphan, kidnapping, soldier, green beret, politics, adventure ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Australia, Philippines
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A Marine patrol stops at Firebase Gloria at the start of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam war. With the firebase attacked, the patrol remains to help defend it. The Marines barely hold off the VC (Viet Cong), but in the end, hold the base.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, siege, massacre, sergeant, escapades, survival, battles, danger, heroic mission, soldier, military, military base ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 8.1
 356K
Platoon (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
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, thought provoking, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, battles, vietnam war, military, military life, war crime, jungle, squad, warrior, elimination, rage, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, mine, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 8.3
 4K
Tour of Duty (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
Story: The trials of a U.S. Army platoon serving in the field during the Vietnam War.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: war, military, vietnam war, soldier, u.s. army, battles, friendship, heroes, escapades, state affairs, tough heroes, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.2
 611
Going Back (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A group of Marines return to Vietnam with a news crew to relive their tragic war experiences.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious
Plot: vietnam war, leadership, anti war, heroes, wartime life, life is a bitch, war, adventure, reunion, filmmaking, soldier, military ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Flight of the Intruder (1991)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: U.S. Navy pilot Lt. Jake Grafton and his bombardier buddy, Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Cole, are two soldiers embedded in the Vietnam War growing frustrated by the military's constraints on their missions. Despite the best efforts of their commanding ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: vietnam war, aviation, bomber, u.s. navy, bombing, war, adventure, military, vengeance, against the odds, military life, soldier ...
Place: vietnam, asia, france, europe, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Eastern Condors (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A motley group of Asian prisoners held in the US are given one chance for freedom. They are to go deep into Vietnam and destroy a secret depot of missles that the US left behind during the pull-out. The group, led by Lt. Lam and convict Tung, hook ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battle, military, heroic mission, war, danger, military life, save the day, race against time, tough heroes, jungle, soldier, martial arts ...
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
1968 Tunnel Rats (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Canada, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: During the Vietnam War [1959-1975] a special US combat unit is sent out to hunt and kill the Viet Cong soldiers in a man-to-man combat in the endless tunnels underneath the jungle of Vietnam. Suicide squads of a special kind.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, rough, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jungle, tunnel, danger, anti war, heroes, heroic mission, village life, interracial relations, war, violence spree, military, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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A Soldier's Sweetheart (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An Army medic brings his girlfriend to stay with him at an out of the way Vietnam outpost in 1967, the woman disappears one day and he begins searching for her.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: journalism, war, daring rescue, heroic mission, doctors and patients, wartime life, friendship, environmentalism, apocalypse, orphan, culture clash, danger ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.5
 2K
Streamers (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Four young recruits about to be sent to Vietnam confront their prejudicial feelings toward one another when it's learned one of them is homosexual.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, disturbing, talky
Plot: vietnam war, military, soldier, racism, military life, injustice, peer pressure, u.s. military, prejudice, u.s. army, barracks, social decay ...
Time: 1960s
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Hunter of the Apocalypse (1980)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: During the Vietnam war, an American soldier gets trapped beind enemy lines. A squad of his buddies sets out to rescue him.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, captivating, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, behind enemy lines, violence, battles, stoners, survival, rescue, chaos, against the odds, gory, military ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: disturbing, emotional, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, pow, rape, sexual abuse, war crime, revenge, military, military life, crimes, dehumanization, atrocity ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1974, year 1966, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.7
 22K
Hamburger Hill (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The men of Bravo Company are facing a battle that's all uphill… up Hamburger Hill. Fourteen war-weary soldiers are battling for a mud-covered mound of earth so named because it chews up soldiers like chopped meat. They are fighting for their ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, violence, insanity, jungle, anti war, lieutenant, massacre, gunfight, war, military, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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: military, soldier, war, sergeant, military life, sniper, boot camp, vietnam war, suicide, basic training, violence, battles ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1968, year 1967
Place: vietnam, asia, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
A Bright Shining Lie (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Something in his past keeps career Army man John Paul Vann from advancing past colonel. He views being sent to Vietnam as part of the US military advisory force a stepping stone to promotion. However, he disagrees vocally (and on the record) with ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, military, pregnancy, vietcong, war, life is a bitch, media, journalism, danger, politics, state affairs ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
We Were Soldiers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.
Style: factual, serious, suspenseful, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, military, military life, heroes, wartime life, death, battle, explosion, war, battle zone, behind enemy lines ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.0
 44
Memorial Day (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An attorney finds himself at the center of a surprise reunion with the veterans of his platoon from Vietnam.The reunion stirs up painful memories and disturbing secrets for all involved.
Style: serious, psychological, bleak, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: vietnam war, battles, introspection, moral dilemma, legal, reunion, hopes, war, state affairs, friends, power relations, military ...
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.4
 469
Ambush Bay (1966)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A Marine unit on a Japanese-held island in the Philippines tries to hook up with local Filipino guerrillas.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chases and races, heroes, escapades, heroic mission, daring rescue, war, danger, island, race against time, jungle, military life, superhero ...
Place: asia, the philippines, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Gardens of Stone (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Vietnam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old army buddy.
Style: realistic, bleak, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, military, military life, war, wartime life, life is a bitch, vietnam veteran, casualty of war, self esteem, anti war, wedding ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: vietnam, washington d.c., usa, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.3
 20K
Birdy (1984)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two young men are seriously affected by the Vietnam war. One of them has always been obsessed with birds - but now believes he really is a bird, and has been sent to a mental hospital. Can his friend help him pull through?
Style: psychological, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, obsession, mental illness, disfigurement, soldier, war, coming of age, homecoming, angel, military hospital, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%