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Return from the River Kwai (1989)
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Return from the River Kwai (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of war prisoners has spilt blood, sweat and tears to construct a bridge over the river Kwai in Thailand. Just when the bridge is ready, an American bomber arrives and destroys it. Camp commander Tanaka wants to set an example and orders that some of the prisoners must be executed. Just in time major Harada arrives with orders that the healthiest prisoners must be transported to Japan by train and boat. A treacherous journey since the allied forces keep a close eye on railroads and practically own the seas.
Plot: submarine, train, pow, british empire, british, japanese army, imperial japan, decapitation, british soldier, world war two
Time: 1940s
Place: japan, asia, burma

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and suspenseful films with plots about world war two, soldier, military, war, pow, japanese army and danger mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like Return from the River Kwai: The Longest Hundred Miles (1967), Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), The Burmese Harp (1985), Japan's Longest Day (1967), Prisoners of the Sun (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Longest Hundred Miles (1967)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: During the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, an assorted group of refugees, including an American soldier, an Army nurse, a priest and a group of local children, try to make their getaway aboard a rattletrap, creaky bus.
Plot: war hero, chase, buffalo, partisan, airplane, world war two, soldier, nurse, little girl, japanese occupation, driving, canoe ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942
Place: southeast asia, the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: pow, world war two, war crime, soldier, anti war, war, prisoner of war camp, samurai, captivity, atrocity, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1946, year 1942, year 1936 ...
Place: japan, asia, australia, indonesia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Burmese Harp (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.
Plot: world war two, soldier, british army, japanese army, buddhism
Time: 1940s
Place: japan, burma
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Japan's Longest Day (1967)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Following the detonation of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the government clash over the demand from the Allies for unconditional surrender. Minister of the Army Anami leads the military officers who propose to ...
Plot: world war two, japanese army, japanese soldier, british empire, soldier, british, officer, revolt, atomic bomb, funeral, imperial japan, emperor ...
Time: 1940s
Place: japan, usa, china, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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: tense, bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, courtroom, island, murder, war crime, courtroom drama, military hospital, captivity, prison, uncover truth, military life, prison life ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: australia, indonesia, asia, japan
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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, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: world war two, pow, prison life, prison, friendship, war, escape, escapades, confined, military, behind enemy lines, black market ...
Time: year 1945, 1940s
Place: singapore, japan, asia, poland, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Highest Honor (1982)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Japan, Australia
Duration: 144 min.
Story: On 11 September 1944, a squad of 23 Australian and British soldiers lead by Lieutanant-Colonel Ivan Lyon leave Fremantle bound for Indonesia as part of Operation Rimau, an attempted repeat of the highly-successful Operation Jaywick the previous year ...
Plot: military police, british soldier, guilt, death, spy, australian, world war two, surrender, decapitation, japanese occupation, revisionist history, escape ...
Time: 1940s
Place: australia, singapore, sydney australia, indonesia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Jungle Fighters (1961)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Based on a play by Willis Hall. A troop of British soldiers are out in the jungle to record jungle noises and troop noises in the jungle so that the recordings can be played back by other troops to divert the enemy to their whereabouts. As they ...
Style: suspense
Plot: soldier, jungle, anti war, british army, world war two, army, cave, fistfight, abandoned mine, british, death of protagonist, japanese soldier ...
Time: year 1942
Place: burma, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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The Password Is Courage (1962)
Genre: War, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A British officer, captured by the Germans, tries everything he can to escape. In the process, amongst many other adventures he gets awarded the Iron Cross !! Based on a true story.
Plot: pow, prisoner of war camp, world war two, tunnel, british, train station, sabotage, fire, claustrophobia, train, escape, singing
Time: 1940s
Place: poland, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Last U-Boat (1993)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, USA, Japan, Austria
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Near the end of WWII a lone U-Boat is sent from Germany to Japan carrying plutonium needed for a Japanese A-Bomb. During the long journey, news arrives on the radio that Hitler killed himself and Germany has surrendered. This causes a rift in the ...
Plot: submarine, world war two, british navy, uranium, captain, nazi, secret mission, duty, hitler, loyalty, torpedo, admiral ...
Time: year 1945
Place: germany, japan, norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: gloomy, atmospheric, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, survival, chinese, japanese army, captivity, anti war, wartime life, prison life, unfulfilled love, lovers reunited, war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Operation Mincemeat (2021)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In 1943, two British intelligence officers concoct Operation Mincemeat, wherein their plan to drop a corpse with false papers off the coast of Spain would fool Nazi spies into believing the Allied forces were planning to attack by way of Greece ...
Plot: world war two, operation, sea, tank, soldier, community, minefield, army, military, commander, agent, intelligence ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943
Place: sicily
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Imperial Japanese Empire (1982)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Story of three people, a barber, a Christian and a graduate of the Tokyo Military Academy during the 2nd World War.
Plot: imperial japan, japanese occupation, husband wife relationship, chance meeting, japanese army, world war two, beach, father son relationship, military, christian, hairdresser, mother son relationship
Time: 1940s
Place: okinawa japan, japan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Secret of Blood Island (1965)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a British secret agent, shot down over Malaya near to a Allied POW forced labour camp. There she is hidden, disguised as a youthful prisoner, until her escape can be effected. The costs of keeping her identity secret fall ...
Plot: jungle, torture, prison, concentration camp, pow, agent, world war two, secret, prisoners of war
Time: 1940s
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak, gloomy
Plot: world war two, survival, d day, bunker, confined, escapades, war, hopes, military, life is a bitch, against humanity, battles ...
Time: 1940s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Forbidden (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: West Germany, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In Berlin in the early 1940s, romance is forbidden between the young countess who is studying veterinary medicine and a young man she meets at the home of a former professor. But they fall in love. She gets involved in helping Jews escape from the ...
Plot: forbidden love, world war two, nazi germany, bombing, ruins, train, nazi, escape, holocaust, jewish, high society, stock footage
Time: 1940s
Place: berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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.
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Plot: world war two, espionage, war, escapades, anti war, mission, soldier, battles, reconnaissance, liberation, military, heroes ...
Time: 1940s
Place: the philippines, japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Everlasting Glory (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Chinese national policy film
Plot: tank, japanese army, world war two, sino japanese war, japanese soldier, chinese army, flag
Time: 1930s, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 149 min.
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Plot: japanese army, u.s. navy, world war two, american soldier, japanese military, japanese navy, young soldier, u.s. army, japanese soldier, brutality, japanese history, military uniform
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: okinawa japan, tokyo, usa, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Great Battle of the Japan Sea (1969)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Japan and Russia clash in what comes to be known as the Russo-Japanese War. An attempt by the Japanese fleet and army to take Port Arthur fails, and a Russian fleet bears down on the Sea of Japan. Admiral Heihachiro Togo sends his fleet to confront ...
Plot: imperial japan, russian history, world war two, soldier, japanese military, japanese navy, navy, russian revolution, admiral, russian army, emperor, japanese army ...
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Place: japan, tokyo, russia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Dr. Akagi (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 129 min.
Story: At the end of WWII, Japanese doctor Akagi searches for the cure for hepatitis in the prisoner-of-war camp.
Style: realistic, semi serious, sentimental, humorous, touching ...
Plot: cure, pow, dark humor, power relations, social relations, world war two, fugitives, soldier, heroes, love and romance, village life, island ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Island on Bird Street (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Denmark, UK, Germany, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through his eyes.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: jewish ghetto, world war two, ghetto, starvation, orphan, jewish, holocaust, children in wartime, child in peril, innocence lost, anti semitism, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (1990)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The movie follows the perspective of several characters (such as Japanese victims, soldiers, American prisoners of war and others) and how they lived or tried to survive the effects felt during the aftermath of the Atomic Bomb dropping by the Enola ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: surrender, world war two, disaster, war, against humanity, state affairs, military, life is a bitch, confined, battles, nuclear holocaust, catastrophe ...
Time: 1940s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Operation: Daybreak (1975)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Czechoslovakia, 1942. Three brave Czech patriots risk everything to rid their country of its brutal Nazi leader, SS-General Reinhard Heydrich.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: czech history, world war two, soldier, assassination, village life, village, wartime life, heroic mission, espionage, state affairs, military, heroes ...
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Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland
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Time: 1940s, 20th century, 70s
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Murphy's War (1971)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, melancholic ...
Plot: world war two, submarine, soldier, irishman, sole survivor, revenge, war, obsession, island, battles, survival, military ...
Time: year 1945, 20th century, 1940s
Place: ireland, germany, europe, south america, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.2
 71
Black Birds (1967)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 85 min.
Story: WW2 story about group of prisoners who are trying to escape the death camp, run by local pro-Nazi militia.
Plot: world war two, prison, nazi, concentration camp
Time: 1940s
Place: croatia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.3
 627
Submarine X-1 (1968)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After losing a submarine and fifty crew in a battle with a German ship during WWII, a Royal Navy officer gets a second chance in a daring raid with midget subs.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating, exciting
Plot: world war two, submarine, battles, battleship, power relations, seaport, ocean, officers and cadets, heroic mission, military life, military, heroes ...
Time: 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, battles, military, confined, survival, rescue, escapades, war, military life, basic training, anti war ...
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Place: germany, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.2
 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: rough, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, anti war, island, battles, soldier, military life, wartime life, officers and cadets, marines, tough heroes, heroes, military ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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