Movies like Salvador

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Salvador (1986)
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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: tense, suspense, thought provoking, rough, bleak, serious, captivating, suspenseful, harsh, factual ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, photojournalist, war, politics, life is a bitch, media, liberal, state affairs, dictatorship, war correspondent, dictator, confession booth, military, fighting the system, ethnic conflict, civil rights movement, crimes, graphic violence, society, deadly, whistleblower, administration, profanity, partisan ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: south america, central america, latin 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 interesting films with plots about politics, corruption, murder, runaway, courage, state affairs and mentor mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres. Some movies like Salvador: Under Fire (1983), The Killing Fields (1984), Titus (1999), Bloody Sunday (2002), The Balibo Conspiracy (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: tense, realistic, emotional, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: photojournalist, revolution, journalism, idealism, politics, political unrest, media, military, rebelliousness, anti war, society, rebellion ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: nicaragua, latin america, central america, ireland
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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, disturbing, captivating, serious, tense ...
Plot: journalism, genocide, photographer, vietnam war, war, friendship, anti war, wartime life, human spirit, rebelliousness, life is a bitch, media ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: cambodia, vietnam, asia, new york, iraq
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61%
 7.1
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Titus (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy, USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Titus Andronicus returns from the wars and sees his sons and daughters taken from him, one by one. Shakespeare's goriest and earliest tragedy.
Style: rough, serious, captivating, harsh, stylized ...
Plot: sacrifice, head of state, state affairs, war, violence spree, life is a bitch, society, goth, brutality, betrayal, nudity (full frontal - brief), queen ...
Time: ancient history, 1930s
Place: rome italy, europe, italy
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100%
 7.6
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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: bleak, rough, disturbing, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: civil rights, ira, fighting the system, political unrest, state affairs, conflict, protest, social problems, social decay, life is a bitch, society, irish ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, england, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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The Balibo Conspiracy (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 111 min.
Story: As Indonesia prepares to invade the tiny nation of East Timor, five Australian based journalists go missing. Four weeks later, veteran foreign correspondent Roger East is lured to East Timor by the young and charismatic José Ramos-Horta to tell the ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, bleak, rough ...
Plot: investigation, politics, journalism, media, life is a bitch, uncover truth, political unrest, society, state affairs, mystery, crimes, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: indonesia
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52%
 8.3
 24K
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, thought provoking, bleak, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: conspiracy, assassination, military, cia, politics, political corruption, protest, liberal, photojournalist, police, government, courtroom drama ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: rough, disturbing, realistic, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, orphanage, civil war, journalism, family relations, anti war, orphan, war, rescue, danger, bosnian war, journalist ...
Time: 90s
Place: sarajevo, england, former yugoslavia, vietnam, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.7
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Missing (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
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: thought provoking, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: dictatorship, political conspiracy, military coup, missing person, politics, political intrigue, military, journalist, loss of son, corruption, uncover truth, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, south america, washington d.c., santiago chile ...
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50%
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 8.0
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JFK (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 189 min.
Story: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Style: thought provoking, serious, captivating, controversial, disturbing ...
Plot: political conspiracy, kennedy assassination, cia, investigation, president, assassination, gay slur, fighting the system, evidence, political corruption, district attorney, government ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963, 1960s
Place: new orleans, texas, washington d.c., vietnam, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: political thriller, realistic, captivating, serious, factual ...
Plot: politics, political conspiracy, journalism, investigation, newspaper, political corruption, president, political intrigue, white house, cover up, wiretap, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, washington d.c., united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.6
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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: serious, realistic, emotional, suspenseful, factual ...
Plot: murder, loss of spouse, investigation, politics, friendship, faith, kidnapping, journalism, execution, missing person, muslim, fbi ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, september 11 2001, 2000s ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, manhattan new york city, new york, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, uplifting, sincere, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: civil war, child soldier, childhood, freedom, politics, human spirit, against the odds, life is a bitch, political unrest, wartime life, parents and children, courage ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel, africa, middle east, latin america, iraq ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Hunting Party (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mexico
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: serious, talky, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: journalism, war crime, cia, danger, friendship, reward, vacation, journalist, vengeance, adventure, track down, civil war ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: serbia, former yugoslavia, europe, bosnia herzegovina, balkan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: rough, disturbing, emotional, bleak, sad ...
Plot: genocide, politics, violence, teacher, survivor, priest, survival, against the odds, moral dilemma, human spirit, fighting the system, tragic hero ...
Time: 90s, year 1994, 1990s
Place: africa, rwanda, united kingdom, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: suspenseful, rough, serious, brutal, factual ...
Plot: dictatorship, genocide, dictator, doctor, against humanity, atrocity, politics, corruption, blacks and whites, violence, attempted murder, head of state ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: uganda, africa, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Scarlet and the Black (1983)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK, Italy
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Fr. Hugh O'Flaherty is a Vatican official in 1943-45 who has been hiding downed pilots, escaped prisoners of war, and Italian resistance families. His diplomatic status in a Catholic country prevents Colonel Kappler from openly arresting him, ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, factual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: world war two, soldier, nazi, fighting the system, nun, uninhibited rivalry, human spirit, military, clergy, survival, politics, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: vatican, europe, rome italy, italy, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, suspenseful, thought provoking, clever, disturbing ...
Plot: journalism, cia, investigation, conspiracy, drug dealing, reporter, uncover truth, state affairs, government agency, life turned upside down, police corruption, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, usa, nicaragua, los angeles, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Dirty Hearts (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Brazil, Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 1945, Japan surrendered to the United States and the Second World War was over. Right? Wrong. For eighty percent of the Japanese community in Brazil, Japan had won the war and defeat was nothing more than American propaganda. The few immigrants ...
Style: tense, serious, bleak, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: terrorism, society, crimes, couples, immigrants, state affairs, life is a bitch, brainwashing, husband wife relationship, hidden truth, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, post world war two, 40s, 1940s, year 1945
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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, rape, brother brother relationship, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Bang Bang Club (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada, South Africa
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In the early to mid '90s, when the South African system of apartheid was in its death throes, four photographers - Greg Marinovich, Kevin Carter, Ken Oosterbroek and João Silva - bonded by their friendship and a sense of purpose, worked ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, thought provoking, based on true events
Plot: photographer, photojournalist, media, newspaper, journalism, society, life risking, life is a bitch, danger, state affairs, political unrest, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1994, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Siege of Jadotville (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Ireland, South Africa
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during in the early 1960s.
Style: suspense, realistic, tense, factual, political ...
Plot: mercenary, conflict, civil war, war, courage, betrayal, irish, politics, survival, fight scenes, propaganda, conspiracy ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: congo, africa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Romero (1989)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Mexico
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, tense, serious, political thriller, tragic ending ...
Plot: murder, church, bishop, fighting the system, priest, politics, battles, campaign, political unrest, society, crimes, clergy ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Quiet American (2002)
Genre: Drama, 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, thought provoking, serious, talky, intense ...
Plot: love triangle, cia, politics, journalism, communism, older man younger woman relationship, war, war crime, political unrest, state affairs, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1952
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, indochina, southeast asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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The Pentagon Papers (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: This compelling political drama is based on the true story of high-ranking Pentagon official Daniel Ellsberg, who, during the Nixon era, strove to preserve American democracy by leaking top-secret documents to the New York Times and Washington Post. ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: politics, whistleblower, vietnam war, dishonesty, uncover truth, introspection, state affairs, military, head of state, soldier, fighting the system, political conspiracy ...
Place: new york, asia, vietnam, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
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Snowden (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Style: political thriller, realistic, serious, clever, thought provoking ...
Plot: espionage, fighting the system, journalism, whistleblower, national security, media, surveillance, moral dilemma, cia, idealism, uncover truth, government agency ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: usa, japan, russia, maryland, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, epic, brutal, harsh ...
Plot: fighting the system, politics, civil war, fight, irish, treason, secret service, war, ira, state affairs, political unrest, leadership ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: police officer, swat team, politics, political unrest, political intrigue, working undercover, discrimination, life turned upside down, congress, law enforcement, society, state affairs ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 70s
Place: south africa, africa, moscow russia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.3
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The Situation (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The first U.S.-made film drama set during the Iraq war, THE SITUATION chronicles the tragic death of an Iraqi teenager at the hands of U.S. soldiers. The incident sets off an "investigation," a cover-up, and complications involving Iraqi ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: iraq war, assassination, racism, danger, journalism, media, life is a bitch, military, soldier, battles, terrorism, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary
Place: middle east, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: serious, realistic, suspense, talky, clever ...
Plot: journalism, murder, newspaper reporter, investigation, crimes, politics, rivalry, dishonesty, legal, manipulation, media, legal action ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Battle for Haditha (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an ...
Style: tense, disturbing, rough, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: marine, iraq war, war, military, attack, soldier, culture clash, military life, marines, occupation, graphic violence, society ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, year 2005, 21st century
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%