Movies like Salvador

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Salvador (1986)
 7.5
 18K
Salvador (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A second rated journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.
Style: realistic, tense, rough, serious, captivating, thought provoking, bleak, clever, suspenseful, biting ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, politics, war, photojournalist, journalist, dictator, dictatorship, war correspondent, civil rights movement, crimes, media, society, state affairs, deadly, life is a bitch, death, murder, whistleblower, administration, liberal, blood, rape and murder, female nudity, photographer ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: central america, latin america, south america

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Most similar movies to Salvador

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and talky films with plots about politics, corruption, political, runaway, mentor, murder and brutality mostly in Drama, War and Thriller genres. Some movies like Salvador: Under Fire (1983), The Killing Fields (1984), JFK (1991), Lions for Lambs (2007), Welcome to Sarajevo (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.1
 6K
Under Fire (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Three U.S. journalists (Nick Nolte, Joanna Cassidy, Gene Hackman) get too close to one another and their work in 1979 Nicaragua.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revolution, journalism, war, idealism, photojournalist, politics, wife husband relationship, rebelliousness, anti war, political unrest, battles, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: nicaragua, latin america, central america, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Killing Fields (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The Killing Fields tells the real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four ...
Style: rough, bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: genocide, journalism, photographer, vietnam war, embassy, civil war, war, escape attempt, post war, communism, friendship, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 8.0
 130K
JFK (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: president, political conspiracy, assassination, investigation, kennedy assassination, cia, fighting the system, political corruption, government, evidence, legal investigation, district attorney ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: new orleans, cuba, vietnam, washington d.c., texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Lions for Lambs (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Three stories told simultaneous in ninety minutes of real time: a Republican Senator who's a presidential hopeful gives an hour-long interview to a skeptical television reporter, detailing a strategy for victory in Afghanistan; two special ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: politics, war, propaganda, state affairs, idealism, terrorist, teachers and students, soldier, past, danger, hopes, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: afghanistan, usa, california, iran, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Follow a group of international journalists into the heart of the once cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo—now a danger zone of sniper and mortar attacks where residents still live. While reporting on an American aid worker who’s trying to get ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, rough, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, civil war, journalism, orphanage, war, anti war, family relations, rescue, danger, courage, morality ...
Time: 90s
Place: sarajevo, england, vietnam, bosnia, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Hunting Party (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An emerging journalist (Jesse Eisenberg), an experienced cameraman (Terrence Howard), and a discredited reporter (Richard Gere) find their bold plan to capture Bosnia's top war criminal quickly spiraling out of control when a UN representative ...
Style: talky, rough, suspenseful, tense, intense ...
Plot: journalism, cia, danger, journalist, war crime, war, friendship, civil war, adventure, track down, spy, war correspondent ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: serbia, europe, former yugoslavia, bosnia, croatia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.2
 2K
Lumumba (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Belgium, Germany, Haiti
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical evidence, Haitian-born and later Congo-raised writer and ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, thought provoking, biting ...
Plot: assassination, betrayal, intrigue, political corruption, defamation, scapegoat, dehumanization, political unrest, injustice, ambition, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: congo, africa, belgium, brussels belgium, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.8
 16K
Missing (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman. A conservative American businessman travels to a South American country to investigate the sudden disappearance of his son after a right-wing military takeover. Accompanied by his son's wife he ...
Style: serious, clever, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: missing person, politics, military, journalist, corruption, political conspiracy, political intrigue, dictatorship, senator, loss of son, newspaper, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, south america, santiago chile, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.2
 21K
Z (1969)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Algeria
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Repression is the rule of the day in this film that skewers Greek governance of the 1960s. Z, a leftist rabble rouser, is killed in what appears to be a traffic accident. But given the political climate, the death of such a prominent activist raises ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: assassination, politics, military, political corruption, police, government, cia, journalism, courtroom drama, photojournalist, liberal, protest ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.7
 22K
Bloody Sunday (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, rough, captivating ...
Plot: civil rights, politics, irish, fighting the system, gory, human spirit, urban, political unrest, injustice, life is a bitch, society, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, england, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: bleak, disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: genocide, violence, school, politics, civil war, priest, survivor, teacher, tragic hero, human spirit, school life, coup d'etat ...
Time: 90s, year 1994, 1990s
Place: africa, rwanda, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Innocent Voices (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Mexico, USA, Puerto Rico
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: civil war, war, innocence lost, village, politics, human spirit, childhood, coming of age, parents and children, freedom, political unrest, youth ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel, africa, middle east, latin america, iraq ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Hearts & Minds (1995)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: South Africa
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the final days of the pro-apartheid government, bigoted policeman and assassin Andries Fourie is assigned an undercover job. His task is to pose as a political progressive to infiltrate the African National Congress and assassinate one of the ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic, rough ...
Plot: working undercover, politics, society, state affairs, discrimination, political intrigue, political unrest, life turned upside down, law enforcement, assassination, assassin, congress ...
Time: 90s
Place: south africa, africa, moscow russia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan decides it's time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education, so he decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. General Idi Amin comes to power and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, brutal, factual ...
Plot: dictatorship, doctor, against humanity, politics, head of state, corruption, blacks and whites, polygamy, torture, assistant, attempted murder, atrocity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: uganda, africa, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
All the President's Men (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of ...
Style: talky, suspenseful, realistic, clever, captivating ...
Plot: politics, investigation, journalism, newspaper, political corruption, journalist, president, newspaper man, political conspiracy, political intrigue, white house, republican ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.7
 26K
A Mighty Heart (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on Mariane Pearl's account of the terrifying and unforgettable story of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl's life and death.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: murder, execution, kidnapping, faith, friendship, journalism, politics, investigation, loss of spouse, death, fbi, new love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 2000s
Place: pakistan, middle east, manhattan new york city, israel, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.2
 2K
Romero (1989)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Romero is a compelling and deeply moving look at the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who made the ultimate sacrifice in a passionate stand against social injustice and oppression in his county. This fil chronicles the transformation ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, christian film, suspense ...
Plot: church, murder, bishop, priest, fighting the system, politics, clergy, crimes, catholicism, society, state affairs, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.3
 116K
Snowden (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: whistleblower, espionage, fighting the system, journalism, surveillance, government agency, against the rules, uncover truth, idealism, political thriller, state affairs, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2007, year 2006 ...
Place: usa, russia, geneva switzerland, hawaii, hong kong ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 8.1
 348K
Platoon (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Style: realistic, disturbing, bleak, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, battles, jungle, military, war crime, battle zone, military life, brutality, squad, rage, elimination ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, mine, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.5
 11K
Cry Freedom (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A dramatic story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko, ...
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, racism, apartheid, journalist, civil rights, police brutality, politics, interracial relations, male friendship, journalism, discrimination, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: south africa, africa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Australian journalist Guy Hamilton travels to Indonesia to cover civil strife in 1965. There, on the eve of an attempted coup, he befriends a Chinese Australian photographer with a deep connection to and vast knowledge of the Indonesian people and ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: journalism, embassy, politics, romance, revolution, dwarf, civil war, love affair, falling in love, political unrest, media, state affairs ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1965
Place: indonesia, asia, australia, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.9
 1K
Eleni (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a parallel plot line we see Nick as a young boy and his family as ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, emotional, suspenseful ...
Plot: civil war, village, revolution, journalism, war, uncover truth, self discovery, haunted by the past, political unrest, fighting the system, against humanity, media ...
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, Germany, Ireland, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Enemy at the Gates is a war film from Jean-Jacques Annaud from 2001 that takes place during the battle of Stalingard in World War II between the Russians and the Germans.
Style: serious, bleak, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: military, sniper, nazism, war, assassination, friendship, battle zone, trap, heroes, deadly, german, russian ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: russia, soviet union, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Kill the Messenger (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, captivating, clever ...
Plot: journalism, drug dealing, investigation, government agency, uncover truth, life turned upside down, conspiracy, politics, police corruption, state affairs, cia, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, nicaragua, los angeles, latin america, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Michael Collins (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Michael Collins plays a crucial role in the establishment of the Irish Free State in the 1920s, but becomes vilified by those hoping to create a completely independent Irish republic.
Style: serious, captivating, brutal, harsh, factual ...
Plot: fighting the system, civil war, politics, fight, leadership, war, treason, secret service, political unrest, state affairs, british empire, ira ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Absence of Malice (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A prosecutor leaks a false story that liquor warehouse owner Michael Gallagher is involved in the murder of a union head, and as newspaper reporter Megan Carter picks up the story and attempts to find the real truth, Gallagher's life begins to ...
Style: clever, thought provoking, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, murder, newspaper reporter, media, investigation, politics, legal action, prosecutor, labor union, false accusation, legal, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: miami, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Of Love and Shadows (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Argentina, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Irene is a magazine editor living under the shadow of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Francisco is a handsome photographer and he comes to Irene for a job. As a sympathizer with the underground resistance movement, Francisco opens her eyes and ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, based on true events, sexy ...
Plot: torture, dictatorship, politics, fighting the system, uncover truth, romance, idealism, rebellion, interracial relations, political corruption, political intrigue, political unrest ...
Time: 70s, 1920s
Place: chile, latin america, south america, spain, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.1
 29K
Coriolanus (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Caius Martius, aka Coriolanus, is an arrogant and fearsome general who has built a career on protecting Rome from its enemies. Pushed by his ambitious mother to seek the position of consul, Coriolanus is at odds with the masses and unpopular with ...
Style: serious, tense, stylized, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: rivalry, betrayal, tragedy, leadership, tragic hero, rise and fall, vengeance, politics, state affairs, uninhibited rivalry, ambition, suicide ...
Place: rome italy, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 10K
Savior (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A hardened mercenary in the Foreign Legion begins to find his own humanity when confronted with atrocities during the fighting in Bosnia
Style: bleak, rough, tense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: atrocity, war, genocide, mercenary, civil war, redemption, soldier, rape, pregnancy, terrorism, war crime, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: bosnia, europe, former yugoslavia, serbia, croatia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Quiet American (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany, USA, Vietnam, Australia, France, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A stylish political thriller where love and war collide in Southeast Asia. Set in early 1950s Vietnam, a young American becomes entangled in a dangerous love triangle when he falls for the beautiful mistress of a British journalist. As war is waged ...
Style: realistic, serious, biting, gloomy, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, cia, love triangle, betrayal, anti war, journalist, murder, military, journalism, terrorism, war, communism ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, hong kong, southeast asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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