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Kandahar (2001)
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Kandahar (2001)
Original name: Safar e Ghandehar
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 81 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: sincere, surreal, disturbing, bleak, tense, atmospheric, depressing, lyrical, road movie, talky ...
Plot: islam, desert, politics, survival, women, suicide, brutality, refugee, culture clash, on the road, rescue, life is a bitch, journalism, self discovery, hidden identity, siblings relations, race against time, hunger, muslim, taliban, weapons, poverty, solar eclipse, sister sister relationship, war ...
Time: contemporary
Place: middle east, afghanistan, iran, canada, california, africa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and sincere films with plots about life is a bitch, brutality, death, society, danger, islam and culture clash mostly in Drama, War and Biography genres. Some movies like Kandahar: Turtles Can Fly (2004), Osama (2003), Earth and Ashes (2004), In This World (2002), A Time for Drunken Horses (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, rough, bleak, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: childhood, war, orphan, village, camp, coming of age, blind character, refugee, muslim, children, suicide attempt, survival ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century
Place: kurdistan, iran, middle east, iraq, california ...
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Osama (2003)
Genre: Drama, War
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: serious, realistic, disturbing, sincere, bleak ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: survival, dishonesty, coming of age, taliban, child abuse, oppression, injustice, life is a bitch, brutality, justice, police investigation, religion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, poland, iran, afghanistan, pakistan
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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: serious, sincere, touching, bleak, thought provoking ...
Plot: deafness, wartime life, elderly, on the road, life is a bitch, parent child relationship, civil war, obsessive quest, fire, desert, mine, golden years ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: afghanistan, middle east
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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: bleak, inspirational, disturbing, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: refugee, politics, immigrants, poverty, on the road, life is a bitch, friendship, hopes, society, death, muslim, refugee camp ...
Time: contemporary, year 2001, year 2002
Place: iran, middle east, london, berlin germany, tokyo ...
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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: realistic, bleak, meditative, harsh, sincere ...
Plot: kurd, orphan, youth, children, coming of age, siblings relations, smuggling, village, parents and children, family in crisis, village life, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: iraq, iran, middle east, kurdistan, tokyo ...
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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: thought provoking, sincere, touching, serious, road movie ...
Plot: uneducated, dedicated educator, life is a bitch, wartime life, hopes, obsessive quest, realism, on the road, teachers and students, kurd, teacher, wandering ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: iran, middle east, kurdistan
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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, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: rescue, soldier, military life, life is a bitch, military, battle zone, realism, jewish, sex scene, israeli army, helicopter, war ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: israel, middle east, egypt, syria
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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, factual, intense ...
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, disability, politics, military, fighting the system, war, desert, drunkenness, wartime, vietnam veteran, u.s. military ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 60s, 20th century, year 1976 ...
Place: vietnam, texas, the philippines, iraq, new york ...
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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, light, melancholic, enigmatic, dramatic ...
Plot: art, artist, nudity (full frontal - brief), painter, art history, fantasy world, life, life & death, catastrophe, life philosophy, lone hero, male nudity ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, georgian era
Place: spain, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Road to Guantanamo (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge.
Style: rough, disturbing, realistic, intense, serious ...
Plot: terrorism, torture, muslim, politics, survival, british, military, u.s. army, pow, injustice, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, year 2003, year 2002, year 2004, 2000s ...
Place: cuba, iraq, palestine, england, middle east ...
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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, stylized, talky, factual, intellectual ...
Plot: terrorism, war on terror, politics, 9/11, justice, skyscraper, state affairs, injustice, life is a bitch, innocence lost, love affair, jewish ...
Time: september 11 2001, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, iran, middle east, israel ...
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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: serious, thought provoking, bleak, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: survival, political unrest, hidden identity, injustice, human nature, feminism, life is a bitch, war, state affairs, dishonesty, family relations, religions or cults ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan, middle east, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: emotional, touching, realistic, melancholic, social ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
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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, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prisoner, courage, depression, brutality, relationships, politics, brother brother relationship, brothers, war, family problems, family relations, military ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
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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, rough, tense, emotional, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, survival, war, gunfight, soldier, terrorism, courage, navy seal, squad, death, taliban, military life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2005
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The Apple (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Netherlands
Duration: 86 min.
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Style: compassionate, thought provoking, serious, sincere, sexy ...
Plot: isolation, father daughter relationship, confined, family relations, religions or cults, human nature, society, life is a bitch, blindness, childhood, social worker, feral child ...
Time: 90s, contemporary
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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: inspirational, suspense, psychological, cerebral, breathtaking ...
Plot: survival, trapped, isolation, courage, human spirit, alone, loneliness, desert, life philosophy, climbing, cave, canyon ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
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Genre: Biography, Drama, War
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Style: political, emotional, disturbing, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, rescue, wartime life, religions or cults, against the odds, espionage, military, misfit, war, against humanity, life is a bitch ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, Norway, USA
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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: bleak, stylized, melancholic, atmospheric, psychological ...
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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: serious, realistic, emotional, psychological, sincere ...
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Style: disturbing, bleak, sad, emotional, rough ...
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26%
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, War
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Duration: 218 min.
Story: The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological ...
Style: epic, factual, realistic, captivating, exciting ...
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Time: 20th century, 1930s, year 1937, year 1938
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25%
Attack on Darfur (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, South Africa, Germany
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Style: disturbing, captivating, realistic, rough, tense ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Children of Huang Shi (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Australia, China, Germany, USA
Duration: 125 min.
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Style: touching, sincere, captivating, serious, realistic
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Time: 1940s, 1930s, year 1937, 20th century, year 1938 ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, suspense, rough, political ...
Plot: war correspondent, kurd, journalist, female nudity, al qaeda, journalism, war, life is a bitch, uncover truth, wartime life, mission, military ...
Time: year 2012, year 2003, year 2001, year 1991, year 1986 ...
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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, realistic, serious, multicultural ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
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