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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, world war two, train, pow, british empire, british, imperial japan, decapitation, japanese army, british soldier
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, japanese army, pow and danger mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like Return from the River Kwai: The Burmese Harp (1985), Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), Japan's Longest Day (1967), Prisoners of the Sun (1990), King Rat (1965). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: british army, japanese army, soldier, world war two, buddhism
Time: 1940s
Place: japan, burma
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
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: japanese army, world war two, japanese soldier, funeral, british empire, emperor, gore, atomic bomb, soldier, japanese history, general, officer ...
Time: 1940s
Place: china, japan, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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, realistic, serious, bleak, suspenseful
Plot: world war two, island, courtroom, war crime, courtroom drama, military hospital, prison life, legal, crimes, war, against humanity, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1945
Place: australia, indonesia, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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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, 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 ⇓
66%
The Highest Honor (1982)
Genre: War, Drama
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: japanese army, british soldier, australian, world war two, british, ship, beating, warship, propaganda, short wave radio, murder, cambridge university ...
Time: 1940s
Place: singapore, indonesia, australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, world war two, british army, anti war, jungle, army, crushed to death, shot in the face, patrol, fistfight, explosion, man crying ...
Time: year 1942
Place: burma, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, british, train station, fire, claustrophobia, sabotage, escape, tunnel, train, world war two, singing
Time: 1940s
Place: germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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 ⇓
56%
The Battle of Okinawa (1971)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 149 min.
Story: The Americans are swiftly closing on Okinawa, an island just south of the Japanese mainland. The Imperial command sends top generals and several army divisions to defend it at all costs. The mission quickly degenerates as vital resources and troops ...
Plot: japanese army, u.s. navy, world war two, brutality, japanese navy, japanese soldier, young soldier, u.s. army, japanese history
Time: 1940s
Place: okinawa japan, tokyo, usa, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: atmospheric, bleak, gloomy, captivating, cynical ...
Plot: soldier, world war two, survival, japanese army, chinese, captivity, unfulfilled love, prison life, imperialism, escape attempt, estrangement, hapless soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: agent, world war two, torture, jungle, secret, prison, concentration camp, pow, prisoners of war
Time: 1940s
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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: world war two, nazi germany, bombing, nazi, escape, high society, train, forbidden love, jewish, holocaust, ruins, stock footage
Time: 1940s
Place: berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, british navy, nazi, hitler, captain, secret mission, torpedo, world war two, periscope, uranium, duty, loyalty ...
Time: year 1945
Place: japan, norway, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 ⇓
46%
Everlasting Glory (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Chinese national policy film
Plot: world war two, japanese army, sino japanese war, tank, japanese soldier, flag, chinese army
Time: 1930s, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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.
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Place: croatia
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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: bleak, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: jewish ghetto, world war two, ghetto, orphan, starvation, jewish, holocaust, children in wartime, confined, youth, war, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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The Battle of the Last Panzer (1969)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain, Italy
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The film looks through the eyes of the German offense during World War II, specifically a German tank crew who, after losing a battle, struggle to get home.
Plot: world war two, tank, german soldier, bombing, u.s. army
Time: 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 1K
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: touching, sentimental, humorous, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: island, village life, village, social relations, pow, power relations, cure, dark humor, doctors and patients, love and romance, world war two, heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Submarine X-1 (1968)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 85 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, captivating, exciting, realistic, serious
Plot: world war two, submarine, battles, military, danger, escapades, leadership, heroes, ocean, war, soldier, seaport ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Unknown Soldier (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 199 min.
Story: Second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna. The story is based on Linna's experiences as an infantry man in the Finnish army during the so called "Continuation War" (1941-1944).
Style: realistic, rough, exciting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: world war two, war, battles, destiny, battle zone, escapades, soldier, military, danger, heroes, state affairs, infantrymen ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 70s
Place: finland, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: emotional, bleak, gloomy, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: surrender, world war two, military, against humanity, state affairs, danger, war, confined, life is a bitch, battles, ecological disaster, nuclear holocaust ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: japan, asia, hiroshima japan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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 ⇓
34%
 6.3
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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: serious, realistic, bleak, rough
Plot: world war two, anti war, island, soldier, battles, war, landing, gory, marines, tough heroes, wartime life, officers and cadets ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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 ⇓
33%
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: hairdresser, father son relationship, beach, christian, world war two, japanese occupation, chance meeting, military, japanese army, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship
Time: 1940s
Place: usa, japan, okinawa japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: assassination, soldier, world war two, czech history, against humanity, confined, undercover, state affairs, village life, heroic mission, village, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1941, year 1942
Place: prague, czech republic, europe, central europe, czechoslovakia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Farewell to the King (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told in the style of Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling. The ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, epic, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: jungle, world war two, soldier, military, battles, deserter, war, u.s. navy, adventure, survival, betrayal, vengeance ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, borneo, indonesia, manila philippines ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Fall of the Eagles (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 85 min.
Story: No overview found.
Plot: german soldier, deathbed, soldier, explosion, death of loved one, train, singer, nazi, father daughter relationship, jewish, male protagonist, wounded soldier ...
Time: 1940s
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%