Movies and TV shows like The Penal Battalion

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The Penal Battalion (2004)
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The Penal Battalion (2004)
Original name: Штрафбат
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 535 min.
TV show
Story: The authors of the television series studied archival materials and military chronicles. The last series ends with a demonstration of the list of penalty parts, which from 1942 to 1945 fought on the Soviet fronts.
Style: sentimental, captivating, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough
Plot: great patriotic war, world war two, soviet army, russian soldier, infantry, pow, nazi, red army, wehrmacht, priest, escape, killed in action, soviet soldier, nazi soldier, prison, friendship, murder, war, death, battles, military camp, prisoner, society, sabotage, redemption ...
Time: 1940s
Place: soviet union, ussr, russia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and exciting films and TV series with plots about world war two, military, war, battles, soldier, heroes and danger mostly in War, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like The Penal Battalion: Bastards (2006), They Fought for Their Country (1975), Panfilov's Twenty Eight (2016), Stalingrad (2013), Generation War (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Bastards (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A "Hitlerjugend" kind of story, set in the Soviet Union during the Second World War, based on a fictitious story from the eponymous book by Vladimir Kunin.
Style: rough, suspenseful, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: war, criminal heroes, world war two, confined, military, military camp, battles, sabotage, blood, controversy, boy, murder ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: russia, ussr, romania, soviet union
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55%
They Fought for Their Country (1975)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 137 min.
Story: In July 1942, in the Second World War, the rearguard of the Russian army protects the bridgehead of the Don River against the German army while the retreating Russian troops cross the bridge. While they move back to the Russian territory through the ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, sentimental, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: red army, world war two, russian soldier, heroic, heroism, life & death, camaraderie, war, soldier, eastern front, patriotism, steel helmet ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Panfilov's Twenty Eight (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 121 min.
Story: USSR, Late November, 1941. Based on the account by reporter Vasiliy Koroteev that appeared in the Red Army's newspaper, Krasnaya Zvezda, shortly after the battle, this is the story of Panifilov's Twenty-Eight, a group of twenty-eight ...
Style: rough, suspense, touching, suspenseful
Plot: eastern front, red army, bravery, world war two, soviet army, propaganda, infantry, nazi soldier, nazi, russian history, heroes, tank ...
Time: year 1941, 1940s
Place: germany, russia, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Stalingrad (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Drama set in 1942, during one of the most important battles of World War II, which stopped the progress of Nazi forces and turned the tide of war in favor of the Allies. The Soviet army mounts a counter-attack on the Nazi forces that occupy half of ...
Style: realistic, captivating, exciting, rough, serious ...
Plot: world war two, war, heroes, siege, battles, wartime life, life is a bitch, red army, danger, battle zone, military life, heroism ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: ussr, russia, soviet union, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Generation War (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 148 min.
TV show
Story: Berlin, 1941. Five friends eager to become heroes in an adventure that will change the face of Europe - and that will forever change them as well.
Style: captivating, tense, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, nazism, holocaust, against humanity, military, nazi germany, atrocity, german, friendship, danger, guilt, resistance ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany, soviet union, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Sniper: Weapons of Retaliation (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Belarus, Russia
Duration: 162 min.
TV show
Story: This world war two story depicts the personal war between a Soviet sniper and a German sniper. Their feud continues after the war in Soviet occupied Germany. At the same time a Nazi rocket scientist continues his research while a Soviet secret ...
Plot: sniper rifle, sniper, soviet soldier, vendetta, wehrmacht, secret base, german army, revenge, world war two, red army, theatrical producer, uniform ...
Time: year 1945, year 1941
Place: soviet union, ussr
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67%
The Confrontation (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Moldavia, 1944. An elite squad of Red Army scouts is sent to stop an equally elite squad of Germans soldiers committing war crimes behind Soviet lines.
Style: bleak, rough, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: reconnaissance, world war two, behind enemy lines, war crime, battle, battles, crimes, military, heroic mission, danger, great patriotic war, heroes ...
Place: soviet union, ussr, crimea, russia, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Torpedo Bombers (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1944 a Soviet marine air force unit stationed near Murmansk is fighting off the German bombers attacking the British navy convoys supplying the Soviet Union with war materials under the lend-lease agreement.
Style: contemplative, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, military, aerial combats, battles, ocean or sea, heroes, danger, war, wartime life, military life, ocean, allies ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944
Place: russia, soviet union, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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We Are from the Future (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Four 21st century treasure seekers are transported back into the middle of a WWII battles in Soviet Union...
Style: exciting, serious, rough
Plot: time travel, world war two, imaginary, war, soldier, escapades, survival, courage, friendship, russian soldier, battle zone, adventure ...
Time: contemporary, 1940s, 21st century, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: russia, ussr, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, Kazakhstan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based upon a short story by Leo Tolstoy, two Russian soldiers, Sacha and Vania, are ambushed by Muslim rebels in the grandly forbidding Caucasus and taken prisoner. Although complete understanding never fully emerges, their bittersweet ordeal ...
Style: realistic, bleak, rough, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: russian soldier, hostage, pow, war, soldier, confined, prison, captivity, drinking, drinking alcohol, murder, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s
Place: chechnya, russia, caucasus, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Fight for Moscow (1985)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Vietnam
Duration: 358 min.
TV show
Story: A historic movie telling the story about a battle of Moscow during WWII.
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, rough, disturbing
Audience: boys' night
Plot: josef stalin, world war two, nazi, battle, battles, military, heroism, great patriotic war, life & death, heroes, bravery, reconnaissance ...
Time: 1940s, year 1941
Place: ussr, russia, soviet union, moscow russia, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
One-Two, Soldiers Were Going... (1977)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The families of 18 soldiers who heroically died in 1944 are meeting at the place of the squad last battle.
Style: thought provoking, sentimental, atmospheric, realistic, compassionate
Plot: world war two, parents and children, death, family, murder, storytelling, danger, uniform, russian soldier, killed in action, soviet soldier, great patriotic war
Time: year 1944, year 1974
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Last Escape (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: During World War II, American officer Capt. Lee Mitchell (Stuart Whitman) and a British military unit boldly infiltrate German-occupied enemy territory and attempt to kidnap brilliant Nazi scientist Dr. Von Heinken (Pinkas Braun) and bring him back ...
Style: bleak, exciting, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, kidnapping, war, confined, danger, escapades, battles, military, heroes, pow, captive ...
Time: 20th century
Place: germany, soviet union, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Combat! (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Combat! is an American television program that originally aired on ABC from 1962 until 1967. The show covered the grim lives of a squad of American soldiers fighting the Germans in France during World War II. The program starred Rick Jason as ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: military, world war two, soldier, american soldier, u.s. army, infantrymen, squad, navy, anti war, d day, military life, heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, year 1944, 20th century
Place: czech republic, prague, europe, france
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The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Based on the eponymous book by Boris Vasilyev, the film is set in Karelia (North-West of Russia, near Finland) in 1941 during WWII. In a beautiful and quiet wilderness far from the front-line there is an anti-aircraft artillery point, where corporal ...
Style: based on true events, disturbing, epic, tragic ending, serious ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, great patriotic war, military, war, soviet army, soviet, heroic mission, wartime life, military life, battles, survival ...
Time: year 1942
Place: russia, ussr, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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T-34 (2018)
Genre: Action, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1944, a courageous group of Russian soldiers managed to escape from German captivity in a half-destroyed legendary T-34 tank. Those were the times of unforgettable bravery, fierce fighting, unbreakable love, and legendary miracles.
Style: based on true events, suspense, disturbing, exciting, uplifting ...
Plot: tank, great patriotic war, fascist, russian soldier, world war two, prison escape, captivity, battles, soviet soldier, homecoming, wartime, danger ...
Time: year 1941, year 1944, 1940s
Place: russia
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29%
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Colditz (2005)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 185 min.
TV show
Story: Three prisoners, Jack Rose, Tom Willis and Nick McGrade, embark on an heroic plan to escape from a World War Two POW camp. As Rose And Willis are recaptured by the Germans, McGrade manages to traverse their clutches and travels to London to inform ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, exciting, tense
Plot: world war two, pow, soldier, military, castle, love triangle, prison life, battles, romance, love and romance, human spirit, love affair ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1939
Place: europe, germany, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.1
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9th Company (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Russia, Ukraine, Finland
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The picture opens in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, in late 1988, when military trainees Petrovsky, Ryaba, Chugun, Stas, Pinochet, Lyutev and Vorobyev are whipped into shape at a training camp by the brutal, sadistic commander, Warrant Officer Dygalo - prior ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, soldier, war, ambush, battles, basic training, officers and cadets, death, escapades, wartime life, friendship, military life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988
Place: afghanistan, ussr, soviet union, russia, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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War (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 120 min.
Story: During the bloody war in Chechnya, a British couple and two Russian soldiers are taken hostage by Chechen rebels. Two of the hostages are then released to bring the money for the British woman who is forced to wait for the ransom.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: captivity, rescue, gang, ransom, heroes, life is a bitch, military officer, violence, kidnapping, murder, drinking, interview ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chechnya, russia, moscow russia
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The Battalion of Death (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Russia, 1917, WWI. This is the story of the 1st Russian Women's Battalion of Death, formed as part of an ill-conceived propaganda ploy by the Russian Provisional Government in late May of 1917.
Plot: female soldier, uniform, german soldier, dead soldier, russian soldier, frontline, trench warfare, woman in uniform, world war one, russian revolution, eastern front
Time: year 1917
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100%
The Final Stand (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 136 min.
Story: The story of the Podolsk cadets’ heroic stand outside Moscow in October 1941. Cadets were sent to the Ilyinsky line, fighting alongside units from the Soviet 43rd Army to hold back the German advance until reinforcements arrived. Hopelessly ...
Style: rough, clever, tense, exciting, brutal ...
Plot: combat, world war two, attack, military, teenager, rescue mission, battles, soldier, war, death, prisoner, violent ...
Time: year 1941, 1940s, 20th century
Place: ussr, soviet union, russia
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36%
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The Border (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Sweden
Duration: 122 min.
Story: December 1942. Two young soldiers leave their posts at checkpoint 83 in North Värmland, Sweden and make their way through the ice cold winter night towards the Nazi-occupied Norwegian border. Sweden stands on the brink of invasion and they want to ...
Style: captivating, exciting, realistic, tense, rough ...
Plot: soldier, war, undercover, danger, confined, missing person, against the odds, battles, escapades, military, secret mission, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: sweden, norway, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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4 Days in May (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, Russia, Ukraine
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A group of Russian soldiers are sent into Northern Germany at the tail-end of WWII, where they occupy a children's home in close proximity to a larger German unit. Against these odds, a friendship forms between a German orphan and a childless ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, suspense
Plot: world war two, holocaust, battles, russian soldier, military, love affair, military life, friendship, wartime life, soldier, basic training, beach ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Fortress of War (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Belarus, Russia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A war drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, in which Russian troops held on to a border stronghold for nine days. The film shows the heroic defense of Brest Fortress, which has taken upon the first stroke of German ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, battles, world war two, soldier, wehrmacht, red army, infantrymen, heroes, invasion, nazism, squad, german ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: russia, europe
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Fury (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, China, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Last months of World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank called "Fury" and its five-man ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, tense, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, war, soldier, nazi germany, military, battles, heroism, american soldier, ambush, tank, heroes, heroic mission ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Piece of Cake (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 312 min.
TV show
Story: The lives and loves of the men of RAF Hornet Squadron who are transferred to France at the outbreak of World Wat II in September 1939. For the most part the men are competent fliers but there is little action in the first several months. The men ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, captivating
Plot: world war two, aerial combats, battles, friends, military, heroes, danger, war, partners, against the odds, wartime life, battle zone ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.1
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The Star (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The film is based on the eponymous book by Emmanuil Kazakevich. In the summer of 1944 the Nazi Armies prepare a massive Tank Division named 'Viking" for the offensive on occupied Russian land. The Russian Army's special group of seven ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, bleak, rough ...
Plot: military, soldier, d day, fall in love, battles, adventure, danger, war, world war two, battlefield, russian, heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: ussr, soviet union, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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The Pacific (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 530 min.
TV show
Story: A 10-part mini-series from the creators of "Band of Brothers" telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America's battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.
Style: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, emotional, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, battles, war, battlefield, soldier, squad, navy, military, marines, battle zone, friends, peril ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, okinawa, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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My Way (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Jun-shik, who works for Tatsuo’s grandfather’s farm while Korea is colonized by Japan, dreams about participating in the Tokyo Olympics as a marathon runner. Tatsuo also aims to become a marathon runner, so the two become rivals. But the war ...
Style: tense, serious, rough, captivating, realistic
Plot: world war two, military life, life is a bitch, captivity, military, battles, soldier, recruit, squad, occupation, rivalry, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: korea, south korea, mongolia, france, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Our World War (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: UK
TV show
Story: During the First World War, British troops face the horrors of the Battle of Mons in 1914, internal strife in 1916 and innovative tank warfare in 1918.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful, stylized
Plot: world war one, battles, soldier, war, military, battle zone, british military, briton abroad, british soldier, battle, british
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%