Movies like The Sand Pebbles

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The Sand Pebbles (1966)
 7.6
 14K
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 182 min.
Story: Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and cynical nature soon clash with the "rice-bowl" system which runs the ship and the uneasy symbiosis between Chinese and foreigner on the river. Hostility towards the gunboat's presence reaches a climax when the boat must crash through a river-boom and rescue missionaries upriver at China Light Mission.
Style: epic, tense, realistic, serious, captivating, emotional, suspenseful, surprise ending, tragic ending, cult film ...
Plot: battles, friendship, heroes, navy, chinese, missionary, u.s. navy, battle, ship, politics, warship, redemption, war, civil war, romance, revolution, military, anti war, adventure, gambling, loner, graphic violence, against the odds, fall in love, society ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: china, asia, shanghai, geneva switzerland, philadelphia, new jersey, vermont ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, epic and exciting films with plots about battles, military, war, culture clash, soldier, violence and death mostly in Drama, War and Adventure genres. Some movies like The Sand Pebbles: The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), The Four Feathers (2002), 55 Days at Peking (1963), Hell Is for Heroes (1962), Red Cliff (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, realistic, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: journalism, dwarf, photograph, embassy, politics, revolution, romance, civil war, war, unfulfillment, tragic hero, rebellion ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: indonesia, asia, australia, southeast asia
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The Four Feathers (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The story, set in 1875, follows a British officer (Heath Ledger) who resigns his post when he learns of his regiment's plan to ship out to the Sudan for the conflict with the Mahdi. His friends and fiancée send him four white feathers which ...
Style: serious, captivating, touching, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: military, imperialism, soldier, redemption, rescue, desert, colonialism, islam, slavery, pow, bravery, violence ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 1890s, 1880s
Place: sudan, england, africa, europe, britain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
55 Days at Peking (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The disparate interests unite for survival despite competing factions, overwhelming odds, ...
Style: epic, serious, exciting, realistic, tense ...
Plot: imperialism, battles, siege, military, politics, political unrest, state affairs, rivalry, against the odds, human spirit, culture clash, political conspiracy ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, victorian era, year 1900, turn of the century
Place: england, china, france, beijing china, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Hell Is for Heroes (1962)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: World War II drama where the action centers around a single maneuver by a squad of GIs in retaliation against the force of the German Siegfried line. Reese joins a group of weary GIs unexpectedly ordered back into the line when on their way to a ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, military, battles, u.s. army, soldier, infantry, war, rebellion, heroic mission, military life, anti war, heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1944
Place: germany, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Red Cliff (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, USA
Duration: 288 min.
Story: In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military ...
Style: epic, realistic, exciting, serious, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, strategy, war, martial arts, war hero, siblings relations, state affairs, danger, heroes, tragic hero, adventure, heroic mission ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Great Escape (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, exciting, epic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, world war two, freedom, prison escape, pow, optimism, escape attempt, soldier, capture, desperation, officer, prisoner ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, switzerland, alps, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: As the English and French soldiers battle for control of the American colonies in the 18th century, the settlers and native Americans are forced to take sides. Cora and her sister Alice unwittingly walk into trouble but are reluctantly saved by ...
Style: epic, exciting, emotional, serious, touching ...
Plot: native american, freedom, army, adventure, forbidden love, love triangle, vengeance, wilderness, woman in danger, american indian, war, native americans ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s, georgian era, 1930s
Place: usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 6K
Zulu Dawn (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Netherlands, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1879, the British suffer a great loss at the Battle of Isandlwana due to incompetent leadership. Cy Endfield co-wrote the epic prequel Zulu Dawn 15 years after his enormously popular Zulu. Set in 1879, this film depicts the catastrophic Battle of ...
Style: epic, exciting, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: battles, imperialism, military, heroes, soldier, battle, british empire, death, spear throwing, victory, violence, colonialism ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Gettysburg (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. The two great armies clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and ...
Style: epic, intense, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, battles, military, war, soldier, heroic mission, state affairs, civil rights, battle zone, military life ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Havana (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: An American professional gambler named Jack Weil (Redford) decides to visit Havana, Cuba to gamble. On the boat to Havana, he meets Roberta Duran (Olin), the wife of a revolutionary, Arturo (Julia). Shortly after their arrival, Arturo is taken away ...
Style: realistic, emotional, atmospheric, stylized, serious ...
Plot: politics, gambling, revolution, gambler, cons and scams, political unrest, rebelliousness, romance, society, cuban revolution, love triangle, diamond ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1958, year 1959
Place: cuba, latin america, australia, caribbean, havana cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
 7K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Pavilion of Women (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: China, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: With World War 2 looming, a prominent family in China must confront the contrasting ideas of traditionalism, communism and Western thinking, while dealing with the most important ideal of all: love and its meaning in society.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: forbidden love, interracial romance, culture clash, fall in love, social differences, society, parents and children, couple relations, political unrest, dysfunctional family, couples, family problems ...
Time: 30s, 1930s, year 1938
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The 300 Spartans (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Essentially true story of how Spartan king Leonidas led an extremely small army of Greek Soldiers (300 of his personal body guards from Sparta) to hold off an invading Persian army now thought to have numbered 250,000.
Style: epic, serious, rough, exciting, talky ...
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Plot: heroes, soldier, battles, heroic mission, adventure, warrior, master warrior, chaos, chaos and mayhem, against the odds, danger, leadership ...
Time: 19th century, 60s, 1960s, 18th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ...
Style: exciting, tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: ship, sea battle, navy, napoleonic wars, battles, ocean or sea, adventure, heroic mission, leadership, naval battle, escapades, human spirit ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1800s
Place: brazil, europe, england, pacific ocean, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Green Berets (1968)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, military life, green beret, jungle, soldier, war, anti war, culture clash, politics, battlefield, journalism, military ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Canada, China, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: True story of Norman Bethune, a medical doctor who fought for justice in China during Mao's rise to power.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, epic, suspense ...
Plot: fascism, evacuation, military, politics, human spirit, injustice, revolution, idealism, hopes, rebellion, media, doctor ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 30s, 20s, pre world war two
Place: china, spain, asia, madrid, montreal ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Cold Mountain (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA, Italy, Romania, UK
Duration: 154 min.
Story: In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada, who he left behind ...
Style: captivating, emotional, touching, sincere, epic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: american civil war, tragic love, slavery, getting home, loss of family member, soldier, friendship, survival, civil war, lovers reunited, couple relations, loss of loved one ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: usa, south carolina, north carolina, atlantic ocean, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The White Countess (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, Germany, China, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The last movie from the team of Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in 1930s Shanghai, "The White Countess" is both Sofia (Natasha Richardson), a fallen member of the Russian aristocracy, and a nightclub created by a ...
Style: atmospheric, romantic, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Plot: friendship, countess, couple relations, fall in love, couples, love and romance, unlikely couple, romance, politics, intrigue, russian, blindness ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1937, year 1936 ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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The 7th Dawn (1964)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Political and personal intrigues surround a group of characters in Malaya, after the close of the Second World War.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: world war two, battles, adventure, buddies, state affairs, friendship, jungle, starting over, moral dilemma, wartime life, terrorism, captivity ...
Place: asia, malaysia, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Australia (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, War, Western
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving ...
Style: epic, emotional, captivating, stylized, scenic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: social differences, unlikely couple, adventure, cattle drive, wilderness, world war two, journey, fall in love, inheritance, opposites attract, racist, prejudice ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s, year 1939 ...
Place: australia, japan, england, shanghai china, pearl harbor ...
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Platoon (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
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, rough, disturbing, thought provoking, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, battles, battlefield, military, war crime, combat, jungle warfare, military life, jungle, anti war, squad ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, year 1967, year 1968, 60s
Place: vietnam, asia, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.3
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The Boat (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: West Germany
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War, but it soon becomes the hunted. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat and themselves to their limits.
Style: epic, tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: submarine, naval battle, world war two, navy, war, battles, ocean or sea, german, ocean, military, third reich, mission ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1942, year 1941
Place: atlantic ocean, germany, mediterranean sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Mulan: Rise of a Warrior (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: China, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When barbarian hordes threaten her homeland, the brave and cunning Mulan disguises herself as a male soldier to swell the ranks in her aging father's stead. The warrior's remarkable courage drives her through powerful battle scenes and ...
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, epic, realistic
Plot: female warrior, cross dressing, tough girl, military life, female fighter, heroic mission, military, adventure, escapades, gender, soldier, heroes ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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An Unforgettable Summer (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Romania, France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In 1925 Romania, young Marie-Therese Von Debretsy refuses the flirtatious advances of her husband's commanding officer. As a result, the cosmopolitan family is reassigned to a brutally bleak and dangerous outpost on the Bulgarian/Romanian ...
Style: serious, realistic, meditative, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: military, politics, soldier, state affairs, moral dilemma, political unrest, military life, wartime life, war, injustice, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 50s, 1950s
Place: bucharest, japan, tokyo, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.5
 8K
Bat*21 (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lt. Col. Iceal "Ham" Hambleton is a weapons countermeasures expert and when his aircraft is shot over enemy territory the Air Force very much wants to get him back. Hambleton knows the area he's in is going to be carpet-bombed but a ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, survival, jungle, rescue, golf, war, against the odds, danger, adventure, friendship, battles ...
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Beyond Borders (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Beyond Borders is an epic tale of the turbulent romance between two star-crossed lovers set against the backdrop of the world's most dangerous hot spots. Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie stars as Sarah Jordan, an American living in London in ...
Style: touching, captivating, emotional, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: charity, surgery, starvation, negotiation, pianist, desert, landmine, love affair, romance, obsessive quest, war, fall in love ...
Time: 80s, 90s, year 1995, year 1993, year 1984 ...
Place: africa, london, england, cambodia, chechnya ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.4
 4K
Taras Bulba (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Yugoslavia, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The Cossacks of Eastern Europe join the Poles to rid the Turks from the Steps of Europe. In return for their aid, the Poles agree to give control of the Steps to the Cossacks. After the battle, however, the Poles back out of their agreement and ...
Style: epic, touching, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: cossack, battles, heroes, forbidden love, brother brother relationship, father son relationship, rebellion, state affairs, rebelliousness, parents and children, tragic love, political unrest ...
Time: 16th century
Place: ukraine, poland, europe, kiev ukraine, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: A team of allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers.
Style: exciting, serious, suspense, tense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, adventure, island, german, battles, behind enemy lines, military, allies, resistance, war, heroic mission, save the day ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: germany, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Last Valley (1971)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: People in a small German village in the last valley to remain untouched by the devastating Thirty Years' War try to exist in peace with a group of soldiers occupying the valley.
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: village, battles, anti war, adventure, war, village life, military, rescue, chaos, heroes, society, danger ...
Time: 17th century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Style: realistic, bleak, contemplative, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: survival, world war two, battles, military, war, japanese history, japanese army, anti war, chaos, danger, chaos and mayhem, selflessness ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945, year 2005
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%