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, political, harsh, factual, rough, thought provoking, bleak, serious, captivating ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, war, photojournalist, politics, military, dictator, war correspondent, cold war, revolution, fighting the system, ethnic conflict, life is a bitch, media, liberal, state affairs, conspiracy, justice, corruption, photographer, civil rights movement, dictatorship, female nudity, death, murder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: latin america, south america, central america

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Most similar movies to Salvador

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, political and dramatic films with plots about politics, state affairs, corruption, murder, runaway, courage and violence mostly in Drama, History and Thriller genres. Some movies like Salvador: Under Fire (1983), The Killing Fields (1984), Bloody Sunday (2002), Titus (1999), Balibo (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, atmospheric, political, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: photojournalist, revolution, politics, idealism, journalism, political unrest, media, military, anti war, rebelliousness, society, espionage ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979
Place: nicaragua, latin america, ireland, central america
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100%
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, emotional, tense, political ...
Plot: genocide, journalism, vietnam war, photographer, war, communism, violence, brutality, khmer rouge, friendship, anti war, escape attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, year 1984
Place: cambodia, vietnam, iraq, asia, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: rough, bleak, political, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: ira, irish republican army, civil rights, politics, protest, rebellion, ethnic conflict, political unrest, state affairs, fighting the system, social problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, year 1972, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, california, israel, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.1
 21K
Titus (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy, UK
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: harsh, rough, captivating, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: shakespeare, revenge, brutality, ancient, justice, secrets, sacrifice, state affairs, war, head of state, violence spree, goth ...
Time: 1930s
Place: rome italy, ancient greece, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.0
 3K
Balibo (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, thought provoking, realistic, rough, bleak ...
Plot: investigation, politics, journalism, media, uncover truth, life is a bitch, political unrest, state affairs, crimes, society, mystery, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indonesia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.0
 155K
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: political, suspense, enigmatic, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: political conspiracy, investigation, president, kennedy assassination, assassination, gay slur, conspiracy, legal, cia, assassination of president, politics, fighting the system ...
Time: 60s, year 1963, 20th century
Place: new orleans, washington d.c., austin texas, dallas texas, vietnam ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
All the President's Men (1976)
Genre: 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, realistic, cerebral, thought provoking, factual ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: journalism, politics, newspaper, political conspiracy, white house, investigation, political corruption, conspiracy, journalist, political intrigue, investigative journalism, media ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973, year 1972
Place: washington d.c., usa, miami, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, rough, realistic, brutal, harsh ...
Plot: bosnian war, adoption, journalism, civil war, anti war, orphan, war, orphanage, family relations, morality, rescue, politics ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, england, sarajevo, iraq, former yugoslavia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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The Hunting Party (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, 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: intense, emotional, serious, talky, tense ...
Plot: journalism, vengeance, spy, war crime, cia, civil war, journalist, war, vacation, reward, friendship, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: serbia, former yugoslavia, europe, new york, croatia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.7
 22K
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, political, emotional, talky, disturbing ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: dictatorship, politics, political conspiracy, military coup, conspiracy, military, missing person, corruption, character study, journalist, political intrigue, violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, south america, latin america, iraq, argentina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.6
 28K
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: emotional, realistic, serious, factual, clever ...
Plot: loss of spouse, politics, journalism, kidnapping, murder, friendship, investigation, execution, justice, faith, new love, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, september 11 2001, 2000s ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, israel, los angeles, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.6
 12K
Shooting Dogs (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, bleak, sad, emotional, rough ...
Plot: genocide, politics, survival, violence, teacher, survivor, priest, against the odds, moral dilemma, human spirit, fighting the system, tragic hero ...
Time: 90s, year 1994
Place: africa, rwanda, south africa, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: political, suspense, harsh, brutal, factual ...
Plot: dictatorship, genocide, dictator, politics, doctor, torture, corruption, against humanity, attempted murder, polygamy, atrocity, blacks and whites ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: africa, uganda, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: sincere, emotional, uplifting, captivating, political ...
Plot: childhood, coming of age, civil war, absent father, freedom, politics, war, child soldier, against the odds, human spirit, life is a bitch, children ...
Time: 80s
Place: middle east, japan, israel, latin america, iraq ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, thought provoking, rough
Plot: photographer, photojournalist, media, journalism, newspaper, society, life risking, discrimination, political unrest, life is a bitch, state affairs, social activist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1994
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: realistic, suspense, tense, factual, political ...
Plot: civil war, war, courage, politics, fight scenes, mercenary, conflict, un, betrayal, military, irish, justice ...
Time: 60s
Place: africa, congo, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: political, tense, suspenseful, thought provoking, clever ...
Plot: journalism, conspiracy, reporter, journalist, drug smuggling, media manipulation, politics, u.s. government, investigation, cia, investigative reporter, conspiracy theory ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1996
Place: california, los angeles, iran, usa, nicaragua ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.1
 2K
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: sexy, realistic, disturbing, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: murder, catholic, church, politics, christian, bishop, cold war, corruption, death, violence, assassination, military ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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, factual, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: world war two, nazi, soldier, fighting the system, military, clergy, human spirit, uninhibited rivalry, politics, hopes, survival, catholic ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: vatican, europe, rome italy, germany, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.9
 615
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, disturbing, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: terrorism, crimes, society, couples, immigrants, state affairs, life is a bitch, hidden truth, husband wife relationship, brainwashing, world war two, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, post world war two, 1940s, year 1945
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Founding of a Republic (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The Founding of a Republic is a Chinese historical film commissioned by China's film regulator and made by the state-owned China Film Group (CFG) to mark the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. The film retells the tale of ...
Style: captivating, serious, disturbing, rough, realistic ...
Plot: politics, revolution, political unrest, assassination, state affairs, military, chinese history, battles, ambition, heroes, historical event, civil war ...
Place: china, taiwan, shanghai, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: thought provoking, realistic, intense, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: politics, love triangle, cia, older man younger woman relationship, vietnam war, journalism, war, moral ambiguity, spy, tragedy, complex characters, communism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1952
Place: vietnam, london, southeast asia, indochina, saigon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: political, harsh, disturbing, bleak, rough ...
Plot: war, child soldier, life is a bitch, children in wartime, civil war, justice, anti war, violence, culture clash, survival, moral ambiguity, adaptation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Battle in Seattle (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Thousands of activists arrive in Seattle, Washington in masses to protest the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999 (World Trade Organization). Although it began as a peaceful protest with a goal of stopping the WTO talks, it escalated into a ...
Style: thought provoking, political, intellectual, serious, emotional ...
Plot: politics, protest, police brutality, fighting the system, idealism, freedom, political unrest, state affairs, hopes, rebelliousness, chaos and mayhem, resistance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1999, 80s
Place: seattle, usa, canada, washington d.c., latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: sexy, talky, scenic, reflective, melancholic ...
Plot: racism, swat team, murder, assassin, assassination, prejudice, brutality, death, mentor, culture clash, beautiful scenery, islam ...
Time: 70s, 90s, 80s
Place: south africa, africa, moscow russia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.3
 151K
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: realistic, thought provoking, clever, factual, political ...
Plot: espionage, fighting the system, internet, hacking, whistleblower, journalism, surveillance, moral dilemma, cia, spy, idealism, cryptography ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2015, year 2012 ...
Place: hong kong, geneva switzerland, japan, usa, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: serious, sincere, disturbing, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: vietnam war, politics, whistleblower, dishonesty, uncover truth, introspection, political corruption, political conspiracy, head of state, soldier, fighting the system, state affairs ...
Place: asia, usa, vietnam, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.2
 14K
Talk Radio (1988)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, talky, tense, suspense ...
Plot: radio, paranoid, radio dj, murder, death, racism, anonymity, liberal, media, media satire, redemption, hate ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, texas, dallas texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 2K
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, realistic, bleak, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: civil war, christian, girl, revolution, village, society, fighting the system, state affairs, against humanity, media, life is a bitch, journalism ...
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, realistic, rough
Plot: iraq war, racism, assassination, military, soldier, battles, life is a bitch, state affairs, journalism, terrorism, media, spy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: middle east, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%