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Kandahar (2001)
 6.8
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Kandahar (2001)
Original name: Safar e Ghandehar
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: After an Afghanistan-born woman who lives in Canada receives a letter from her suicidal sister, she takes a perilous journey through Afghanistan to try to find her.
Style: tense, atmospheric, surreal, disturbing, bleak, sincere, serious, realistic, lyrical, depressing ...
Plot: desert, islam, survival, taliban, on the road, refugee, politics, rescue, life is a bitch, journalism, self discovery, danger, siblings relations, hidden identity, race against time, wedding, teacher, death, hunger, red cross, women, suicide, culture clash, brutality, village ...
Time: contemporary
Place: afghanistan, middle east, canada, iran, california, africa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and emotional films with plots about life is a bitch, death, brutality, danger, culture clash, storytelling and society mostly in Drama, War and Biography genres. Some movies like Kandahar: Earth and Ashes (2004), Osama (2003), Turtles Can Fly (2004), In This World (2002), Blackboards (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Earth and Ashes (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Afghanistan, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Elderly Dastaguir and his newly deaf 5-year-old grandson Yassin hitchhike and walk, but mostly walk, as they make their way to the coal mine where Dastaguir's son Murad works. Dastaguir must tell Murad that the rest of their family were all ...
Style: sincere, bleak, serious, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: deafness, life is a bitch, wartime life, on the road, elderly, war, obsessive quest, parent child relationship, civil war, desperation, desert, mine ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: afghanistan, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 9K
Osama (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Afghanistan, Ireland, Japan, Iran, Netherlands
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Teenage girl Osama cuts her hair and dresses like a boy to get a job and support her widowed mother and grandmother. When Osama is called by the Taliban to join school and military training she embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she ...
Style: disturbing, serious, bleak, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: survival, oppression, injustice, child abuse, dishonesty, danger, job seeking, disorder, totalitarianism, life is a bitch, hidden identity, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, afghanistan, pakistan, iran, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Turtles Can Fly (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran, France, Iraq
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Turtles can fly tells the story of a group of young children near the Turkey-Iran border. They clean up mines and wait for the Saddam regime to fall.
Style: sincere, bleak, rough, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: childhood, village, suicide, rape, orphan, blind character, refugee, suicide attempt, camp, survival, war, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century
Place: kurdistan, iraq, middle east, iran, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
In This World (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Torn straight from the headlines, Michael Winterbottom's compelling and prescient 'In This World' follows young Afghan Jamal and his older cousin Enayat as they embark on a hazardous overland trip from their refugee camp at Peshawar, ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, sincere, suspenseful, inspirational ...
Plot: refugee, on the road, politics, life is a bitch, refugees, immigrants, danger, hopes, friendship, society, poverty, orphan ...
Time: contemporary, year 2001, year 2002
Place: iran, pakistan, afghanistan, turkey, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.9
 3K
Blackboards (2000)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran, Italy, Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran, near the Iraqi border during the Iran-Iraq war. Said falls in with a group of old men looking for their bombed-out village; he ...
Style: sincere, touching, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Plot: survival, wartime life, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, obsessive quest, danger, hopes, on the road, realism, uneducated, teachers and students, wandering ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: iran, middle east, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran
Duration: 80 min.
Story: After their father dies, a family of five are forced to survive on their own in a Kurdish village on the border of Iran and Iraq. Matters are made worse when 12 year old Ayoub, the new head of the family, is told that his handicapped brother, Madi, ...
Style: bleak, realistic, rough, sincere, serious ...
Plot: orphan, siblings relations, smuggling, family relations, youth, life is a bitch, village, family in crisis, parents and children, village life, kurd, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: iraq, iran, middle east, kurdistan, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 2K
Kippur (2000)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The film takes place in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War in which Egypt and Syria launched attacks in Sinai and the Golan Heights. The story is told from the perspective of Israeli soldiers. We are led by Weinraub and his friend Ruso on a day that ...
Style: tense, disturbing, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: rescue, soldier, military life, military, life is a bitch, danger, battle zone, realism, war, anti war, wound, wounded soldier ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: israel, middle east, syria, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
Style: disturbing, realistic, emotional, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, politics, wheelchair, vietnam veteran, fighting the system, military, disability, downfall, hopes, state affairs, homecoming ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: vietnam, mexico, usa, new york, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Goya in Bordeaux (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Spain, Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Francisco Goya (1746-1828), deaf and ill, lives the last years of his life in voluntary exile in Bordeaux, a Liberal protesting the oppressive rule of Ferdinand VII. He's living with his much younger wife Leocadia and their daughter Rosario. He ...
Style: surreal, serious, realistic, atmospheric, contemplative ...
Plot: artist, art, aging, politics, duchess, aristocrat, tyranny, miraculous event, passion, exile, couple relations, royal family ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s, 1800s
Place: spain, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 5K
September 11 (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, USA, Iran
Duration: 134 min.
Story: 11 directors show their view on the terrorist attacks on the world trade center in New York.
Style: disturbing, emotional, serious, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: terrorism, war on terror, politics, danger, state affairs, skyscraper, innocence lost, love affair, injustice, life is a bitch, deadly, 9/11 ...
Time: september 11 2001, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, iran, middle east, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
At Five in the Afternoon (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nogreh is a young Afghani woman living with her father and her sister-in-law, Leylomah, whose husband, Akhtar, is missing. Beyond the issue of Akhtar, Leylomah is most concerned with how to feed her baby. She cannot provide milk for her baby as her ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: survival, hidden identity, danger, injustice, political unrest, family relations, feminism, human nature, war, dishonesty, state affairs, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Varian's War: The Forgotten Hero (2001)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Varian Fry rescues more than 2,000 artists from Nazi persecution during World War II.
Style: sincere, emotional, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: hidden identity, uncover truth, wartime life, danger, state affairs, escapades, against humanity, life is a bitch, moral dilemma, survival, politics, rescue ...
Time: 20th century
Place: france, europe, usa, marseille
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.5
 11K
Brothers (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Denmark, UK, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A Danish officer, Michael (Thomsen), is sent away to the International Security Assistance Force operation in Afghanistan for three months. His first mission there is to find a young radar technician who had been separated from his squad some ...
Style: emotional, tense, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prisoner, family problems, presumed dead, war, brother, family drama, courage, brutality, depression, politics, runaway, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, europe, denmark, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In 2002, cable news producer Kim Barker decides to shake up her routine by taking a daring new assignment in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dislodged from her comfortable American lifestyle, Barker finds herself in the middle of an out-of-control war zone. ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, melancholic, factual ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: journalist, war, rescue, soldier, terrorism, journalism, rescue mission, fish out of water, interview, battles, disguise, female journalist ...
Time: 2000s, year 2003, year 2004, year 2006, year 2005 ...
Place: afghanistan, middle east, new york, big ben london, glasgow scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.2
 483
Sounds of Sand (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On the one hand, there's the desert eating away at the land. The endless dry season, the lack of water. On the other there's the threat of war. The village well has run dry. The livestock is dying. Trusting their instinct, most of the ...
Style: captivating, atmospheric, sincere, serious, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, family in danger, on the road, survival, starvation, militant, parents and children, survivor, desert, village, escapades, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The King Is Alive (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, Norway, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Stranded in the heat of a barren African desert, eleven bus-passengers shelter in the remnants of an abandoned town. As rescue grows more remote by the day and anxiety deepens, an idea emerges: why not stage a play. However the choice of King Lear ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, bleak, stylized, melancholic ...
Plot: desert, survival, isolation, rescue, stranded, life is a bitch, danger, human nature, bus, village, culture clash, village life ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, australia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.5
 263K
Lone Survivor (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find ...
Style: captivating, tense, rough, exciting, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, soldier, survival, gunfight, terrorism, courage, military life, swat team, battles, war, selflessness, squad ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2005
Place: afghanistan, middle east, usa, iraq, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 2K
The Apple (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Netherlands
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After twelve years of imprisonment by their own parents, two sisters are finally released by social workers to face the outside world for the first time.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, serious, compassionate, touching ...
Plot: confined, social worker, family relations, isolation, religions or cults, society, life is a bitch, human nature, father daughter relationship, blindness, twins, feral child ...
Time: 90s, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 7.1
 16K
Timbuktu (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Mauritania, France, Qatar
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed. A look at the brief occupation of Timbuktu by militant ...
Style: disturbing, harsh, compassionate, emotional, intense ...
Plot: political unrest, legal, religions or cults, family in crisis, life turned upside down, religious differences, islam, desert, religious fanatic, abuse of power, culture clash, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: africa, rio de janeiro, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
City of War: The Story of John Rabe (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, China, Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.
Style: disturbing, realistic, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: rescue, war crime, atrocity, heroes, deadly, confined, war, lifesaver, negotiation, survival, wartime life, against humanity ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1938, year 1937
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.5
 344K
127 Hours (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
Style: suspense, uplifting, psychological, cerebral, inspirational ...
Plot: survival, isolation, trapped, human spirit, courage, desert, adventure, loneliness, desperation, extreme sport, cave, hallucination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: utah, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Attack on Darfur (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, South Africa, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: American journalists in Sudan are confronted with the dilemma of whether to return home to report on the atrocities they have seen, or to stay behind and help some of the victims they have encountered.
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: genocide, journalism, village, desert, uncover truth, survival, against humanity, life is a bitch, danger, injustice, photojournalist, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary
Place: sudan, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.3
 366
Hanna's War (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA, Israel, Austria, Spain
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Hanna's War is the true story of Hanna Senesh, a Hungarian-Jewish WW2 resistance fighter, who would become Israel's "Joan of Arc". As a young person, she fled Nazi-occupied Hungary for Palestine, where she was recruited and ...
Style: uplifting, captivating, thought provoking, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: world war two, jewish, rescue, holocaust, religions or cults, danger, unfulfillment, confined, life is a bitch, against the odds, espionage, society ...
Place: israel, middle east, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Beyond the Gates (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two westerners, a priest and a teacher find themselves in the middle of the Rwandan genocide and face a moral dilemna. Do they place themselves in danger and protect the refugees, or escape the country with their lives? Based on a true story.
Style: disturbing, emotional, bleak, rough, sad ...
Plot: genocide, politics, violence, teacher, priest, survivor, survival, moral dilemma, against the odds, human spirit, fighting the system, tragic hero ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1994
Place: africa, rwanda, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.4
 22K
Paradise Now (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Palestine, France, Germany, Netherlands, Israel
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Paradise Now is filmed from the perspective of two Palestinian men who are preparing to perform a suicide attack in Israel. This is the first film to deal with the subject of suicide bombers.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, bleak, rough, controversial ...
Plot: terrorism, israeli palestinian conflict, suicide, freedom, politics, bomb, friendship, self sacrifice, occupation, destiny, mission gone awry, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, palestine, palestinian authority, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Land of Plenty (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 123 min.
Story: After living abroad, Lana returns to the United States, and finds that her uncle is a reclusive vagabond with psychic wounds from the Vietnam War.
Style: sincere, psychological, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: terrorism, homeless, hopes, politics, paranoia, self discovery, introspection, haunted by the past, redemption, charity, obsessive quest, on the road ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, tel aviv israel, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.7
 16K
A Private War (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.
Style: tense, disturbing, based on true events, suspense, rough ...
Plot: war correspondent, journalist, al qaeda, eye patch, danger, life is a bitch, war, uncover truth, tamil, middle east conflict, answering machine, bare breasts ...
Time: year 2012, year 2011, year 1991, year 2009, year 2003 ...
Place: syria, iraq, sri lanka, libya, afghanistan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.1
 14K
Lore (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Australia, Germany, UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After her Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore leads her younger siblings across a war-torn Germany in 1945. Amidst the chaos, she encounters mysterious Jewish refugee Thomas, who shatters her fragile reality with hatred and desire. To live, she must ...
Style: tense, disturbing, sincere, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: nazism, survival, post war, child as adult, youth, society, escapades, danger, against humanity, family relations, siblings relations, human nature ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945
Place: germany, hamburg germany, russia, poland, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.3
 2K
The Cyclist (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 82 min.
Story: The wife of Nasim, an Afghan immigrant in Iran, is gravely ill. He needs money to pay for her care, but his day labor digging wells does not pay enough. A friend connects Nasim to a two-bit promoter who sells tickets to watch Nasim ride a bicycle ...
Style: gloomy, psychological, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: immigrants, gambling, refugee, cycling, black market, contests and competitions, politics, obsessive quest, dishonesty, society, ambition, coming of age ...
Time: 80s
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, serious, harsh ...
Plot: life is a bitch, war, child soldier, anti war, power relations, civil war, against humanity, violence, father son relationship, brother brother relationship, rape, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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