Movies like Prisoners of the Sun 1990

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Prisoners of the Sun (1990)
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Prisoners of the Sun (1990)
Original name: Blood Oath
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 persons as well as torture style killings of downed Australian airmen. In an attempt to bring those responsible to justice, the Australian Army establishes a War Crimes Tribunal to pass judgement on the Japanese men and officers who ran the Ambon camp. In an added twist, a high ranking Japanese admiral is implicated, and politics become involoved with justice as American authorities in Japan lobby for the Admiral's release. Written by Anthony Hughes
Style: tense, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: world war two, island, courtroom, war crime, courtroom drama, military hospital, war, prison, survival, crimes, military, confined, soldier, prison life, captivity, legal, murder, political corruption, wartime life, military life, deadly, against humanity, army investigation, uncover truth, jungle ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1945
Place: australia, indonesia, japan, asia

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Most similar movies to Prisoners of the Sun

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and suspenseful films with plots about military, soldier, world war two, war, survival, prison and military life mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like Prisoners of the Sun: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), The Blockhouse (1973), Paradise Road (1997), Hart's War (2002), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, New Zealand, Japan
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 ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: world war two, pow, soldier, war, prisoner of war camp, war crime, captivity, anti war, escape attempt, atrocity, undisciplined, military ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1936, year 1942 ...
Place: japan, asia, australia, indonesia, tokyo
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95%
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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: suspenseful, bleak, gloomy, realistic, serious
Plot: world war two, d day, survival, bunker, military, against humanity, danger, escapades, human spirit, holocaust, war, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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, ...
Style: serious, emotional, uplifting, touching, harsh ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: world war two, prison, pow, war crime, island, war, friendship, human spirit, danger, prison life, survival, holocaust ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s
Place: singapore, japan, asia, indonesia, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.3
 51K
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, realistic, rough, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: world war two, war, soldier, frame up, pow, army investigation, escape, court martial, racism, trial, prison, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: germany, europe, belgium, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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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: disturbing, emotional, suspenseful, sincere, talky ...
Plot: courtroom drama, judge, war crime, genocide, jews, world war two, holocaust, jewish, redemption, german, nazism, cold war ...
Time: 60s, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: germany, europe, poland, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Back Door to Hell (1964)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: Philippines, USA
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: exciting, realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: world war two, espionage, danger, war, anti war, escapades, mission, soldier, battles, reconnaissance, liberation, captivity ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: the philippines, japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, rough, serious, harsh ...
Plot: jungle, corporal punishment, captivity, pow, war crime, military, escape, hopes, war, leadership, human spirit, prison life ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1942, year 1943
Place: japan, scotland, asia, burma, thailand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, rough, realistic
Plot: soldier, court martial, pow, racism, military, courtroom drama, legal, life is a bitch, political unrest, officers and cadets, crimes, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Maruta 2: Laboratory of the Devil (1992)
Genre: Drama, Horror, War
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In the spring of 1945, Japan established a secret base, Unit 731 in Manchuria, where many innocent Chinese, Korean and Mongolian people were killed in grotesque experiments. An idealistic young doctor , Morishima, is horrified by the experiments ...
Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, controversial, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, prisoner, murder, doctor, cruelty, autopsy, decapitation, dismemberment, gore, sino japanese war, laboratory, military life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: asia, china, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Winston Affair (1964)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In a remote jungle outpost in the Far Eastern theater of World War II, a hotheaded American soldier murders an allied British sergeant in cold blood. Stalwart American Lt. Colonel Barney Adams (Mitchum) is dispatched to defend him in the ensuing ...
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Plot: world war two, murder, crime, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, soldier, courtroom drama, military, mentally unstable, crimes, rebellion, law enforcement ...
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.9
 13K
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: tense, bleak, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, prison, desert, military, punishment, soldier, racism, torture, british army, hill, sadism, military prison ...
Time: 1940s, 70s
Place: sahara, africa, libya, north africa, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.7
 21K
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, suspenseful, rough, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue mission, military, war, world war two, pow, escape attempt, massacre, swat team, military life, human spirit, against the odds, daring rescue ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: the philippines, asia, pearl harbor, manila philippines, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Death of a Soldier (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Based on a true story, James Coburn portrays a military lawyer assigned to defend a confessed psychotic killer. Set in the context of WWII and the uneasy US-Australian military alliance. The accused killer claims to have killed 3 women in order to ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, serious, realistic
Plot: serial killer, world war two, soldier, murder, fighting the system, law enforcement, politics, investigation, army investigation, deadly, legal, mentally unstable ...
Place: australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Lighthorsemen (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Palestine, 1917. The British advance has been stopped by the Turkish line running from Gaza to Beersheba. The latest attack on Gaza has failed. The attacking forces included a regiment of Australian mounted infantry, the Light Horse... Lighthorseman ...
Style: epic, serious, realistic, disturbing, tense
Plot: world war one, military, battles, soldier, basic training, against the odds, survival, heroic mission, danger, wartime life, military life, hospital ...
Time: 1910s, year 1917
Place: australia, palestine, middle east, cairo egypt, melbourne australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Texas '46 (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story its the untold story of Italian World War II POW"S in Jan 1946. Luca Zingaretti stars as one of over 50,000 Italian Prisoners of War detained at POW camps in the U.S. Roy Schneider stars as Colonel Gartner, the Commander ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: fascism, military life, military, danger, isolation, captivity, genocide, confined, prison life, wartime life, prison, society ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 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, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: world war two, pow, prison life, survival, prison, friendship, war, confined, military, escapades, danger, black market ...
Time: year 1945, 1940s
Place: singapore, asia, japan, poland, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.1
 4K
Leningrad (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When in 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, their troops quickly besieged Leningrad. Foreign journalists are evacuated but one of them, Kate Davies, is presumed dead and misses the plane. Alone in the city she is helped by Nina Tsvetnova a ...
Style: rough, bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, siege, military, battles, survival, life is a bitch, danger, wartime life, hunger, soldier, rationing, starvation ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.8
 3K
Murphy's War (1971)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Murphy is the sole survivor of his crew, that has been massacred by a German U-Boat in the closing days of World War II. He is rescued, and ends up at a forgotten mission station near the mouth of the Orinoco, and begins to plot his vengeance. He ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: world war two, submarine, soldier, sole survivor, irishman, crane, revenge, war, obsession, island, military life, survival ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: ireland, germany, europe, south america, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Breaker Morant (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, disturbing, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: war, military, murder, anti war, australian, legal, military life, soldier, politics, injustice, false accusation, war crime ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 1900s, 90s
Place: south africa, australia, africa, south australia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.3
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Word of Honor (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Prompted by a just-published book that holds ex-lieutenant Ben Tyson accountable for a hushed-up massacre committed by his platoon in a Hue hospital 18 years before, the army recalls Tyson to stand trial for murder. Tyson, confronted by an army ...
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, protagonist as suspect, uncover truth, army investigation, life is a bitch, society, legal, crimes, military life, dedicated lawyer, military, dishonesty ...
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: realistic, serious, cult film
Plot: soldier, world war two, confined, prison, military life, survival, anti war, captivity, basic training, gory, battles, escapades ...
Time: 1940s
Place: england, germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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, rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.5
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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: suspenseful, rough, tense, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, war, soldier, nazi germany, military, battles, heroism, american soldier, ambush, tank, heroes, heroic mission ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945
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43%
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Men Behind the Sun (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Horror, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The film is a graphic depiction of the war atrocities committed by the Japanese at Unit 731, the secret biological weapons experimentation unit of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. The film details the various cruel medical experiments ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: bio weapon, world war two, sino japanese war, dehumanization, laboratory, soldier, experiment, against humanity, concentration camp, experimenting, gory, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: disturbing, heartbreaking, sentimental, sad, realistic ...
Plot: war crime, world war two, nazism, survival, war, captivity, military life, life is a bitch, oppression, against humanity, confined, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1940
Place: poland, russia, europe, soviet union, ussr ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.4
 276
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: serious, psychological, epic, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: anti war, veteran, wartime life, military, soldier, war, life is a bitch, state affairs, politics, gory, battles, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, year 1917
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Camp de Thiaroye (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia
Duration: 157 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: realistic, serious, thought provoking, bleak, disturbing
Plot: world war two, interracial relations, racism, soldier, society, against humanity, life is a bitch, state affairs, military, culture clash, wartime life, injustice ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: africa, senegal, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.3
 365
Changi (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: Australia
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Story: Changi is a six-part Australian television miniseries broadcast by ABC TV in 2001. It originally aired from 14 October 2001 to 18 November 2001.
Style: psychological, tense, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: pow, world war two, war crime, prisoner of war camp, survival, wartime life, military, prison life, friendship, confined, buddies, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: singapore, australia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Female Agents (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 148 min.
Story: May 1944, a group of French servicewomen and resistance fighters are enlisted into the British Special Operations Executive commando group under the command of Louise Desfontaines and her brother Pierre. Their mission, to rescue a British army ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: resistance, world war two, rescue, betrayal, commando, hospital, d day, female agent, heroic mission, survival, working undercover, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1945, year 1944
Place: london, paris france, normandy, france, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.7
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Mutiny (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Fact-based story about 300 predominantly black sailors who were killed on July 17, 1944 while loading munitions on a ship in San Francisco. Three weeks later, 50 survivors were court-martialed for refusing to load another shipment. The men cited the ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: world war two, boot camp, ship, power relations, legal, fighting the system, society, law enforcement, army investigation, dedicated lawyer, soldier, dishonesty ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%