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The Penal Battalion (2004)
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The Penal Battalion (2004)
Original name: Штрафбат
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 550 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, pow, russian soldier, nazi, infantry, red army, soviet soldier, escape, priest, wehrmacht, killed in action, nazi soldier, prison, friendship, murder, war, prisoner, death, battles, military camp, society, redemption, sabotage ...
Time: 1940s
Place: ussr, russia, soviet union

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and suspenseful films and TV series with plots about world war two, military, war, soldier, battles, heroes and danger mostly in War, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like The Penal Battalion: Bastards (2006), Unknown Battle (2019), They Fought for Their Country (1975), Panfilov's 28 Men (2016), We Are from the Future (2008). 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, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: war, military, world war two, criminal heroes, confined, child murders a child, battles, controversy, military camp, death, prisoner, murder ...
Time: 1940s
Place: russia, ussr, romania
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62%
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Unknown Battle (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: During WW2, in 1942 and 1943, a series of not-so-well known yet bloody battles occurred near the town of Rzhev. Those battles received the name of ‘Rzhev Meat Grinder’. The film is based on the award-winning novel by Vyacheslav Kondratyev, which ...
Style: epic, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: wehrmacht, great patriotic war, world war two, war, infantry, soviet army, red army, battles, battle zone, heroism, attack, soldier ...
Time: 1940s
Place: ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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: heroic, rough, tense, sentimental, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: red army, world war two, russian soldier, heroism, life & death, camaraderie, war, soldier, eastern front, patriotism, retreat, soviet army ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Panfilov's 28 Men (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, captivating
Plot: red army, eastern front, world war two, soviet army, bravery, heroes, infantry, military, soldier, tank, nazi soldier, propaganda ...
Time: year 1941, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, ussr, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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We Are from the Future (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
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, war, soldier, survival, courage, friendship, escapades, battle zone, adventure, battles, russian soldier ...
Time: contemporary, 1940s, 21st century, 20th century, 2000s
Place: russia, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: rough, suspenseful, bleak, exciting
Plot: reconnaissance, world war two, behind enemy lines, battles, war crime, crimes, military, heroic mission, great patriotic war, fight, society, heroes ...
Place: ussr, russia, ukraine, crimea
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Generation War (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 270 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, german, against humanity, nazi germany, guilt, soldier, military, atrocity, friendship, wehrmacht ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, soviet soldier, german army, secret base, vendetta, revenge, world war two, red army, wehrmacht, theatrical producer, murder, secret document ...
Time: year 1945, year 1941
Place: ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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 5.6
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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, serious, exciting, rough ...
Plot: world war two, war, siege, heroes, red army, life is a bitch, battles, wartime life, military life, battle zone, heroism, russian history ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: ussr, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.6
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Tankers (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The film is based on the true story about a Soviet KV-1 crew of a Soviet KV-1 tank, under the command of Semyon Konovalov , whom despite being heavily outnumbered by German forces, destroyed 16 tanks, 2 armored vehicles and 8 other enemy vehicles ...
Style: disturbing, suspense, exciting, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: world war two, death, historical event, murder, life & death, friendship, hopes, heroes, family problems, society, rescue, vengeance ...
Time: year 1942, 1940s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.1
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White Tiger (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Great Patriotic War, early 1940s. After barely surviving a battle with a mysterious, ghostly-white Tiger tank, Red Army Sergeant Ivan Naydenov becomes obsessed with its destruction.
Style: exciting, tense, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, eastern front, adventure, obsession, great patriotic war, heroic mission, military life, supernatural, war, battles, battle zone, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Battle for Sevastopol (2015)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Ukraine, Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The breakout of the war shatters the world of a young student, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, forcing her to enlist in the army in 1941. The maiden turns out to be a natural-born sniper, her impressive skill and prowess make her stand out among men and women ...
Style: dramatic, realistic, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: female protagonist, female soldier, sniper, wartime, woman, world war two, nazi, post traumatic stress disorder, strong female lead, battlefield, great patriotic war, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: ussr, ukraine, chicago illinois, usa, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 575
Soldier Boy (2019)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Belarus, Russia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The film is based on real events. This is a story about exciting events that occurred in the life of the smallest soldier - the hero of the Great Patriotic War, six-year-old Sergei Aleshkov. He lost all his relatives and got into the army. With a ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, rough, captivating, disturbing
Plot: great patriotic war, friendship, soldier, military, world war two, violence, wartime life, life is a bitch, fascism, society, orphan, heroes ...
Time: 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: world war two, ocean, military, war, heroes, battles, wartime life, aerial combats, military life, soviet army, warplane, family relations ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944
Place: russia, ussr
⇓ 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: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, thought provoking
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, josef stalin, nazi, military, heroism, battles, great patriotic war, life & death, soviet soldier, bravery, heroes, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, year 1941
Place: russia, ussr, moscow russia, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.7
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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: disturbing, suspense, uplifting, exciting, rough ...
Plot: tank, great patriotic war, soviet soldier, prison escape, world war two, russian soldier, fascist, captivity, battles, wartime, homecoming, heroes ...
Time: year 1941, year 1944, 1940s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, serious ...
Plot: pow, russian soldier, hostage, war, confined, soldier, prison, captivity, murder, violence, escapades, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s
Place: chechnya, russia, caucasus, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 1K
Anzac Girls (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The unique, and rarely told true stories of Australian and New Zealand nurses serving at Gallipoli and the Western Front during the First World War.
Style: captivating, realistic, emotional, serious, stylized ...
Plot: world war one, war, human spirit, love and romance, battles, military, hopes, fall in love, tragic love, wartime life, nurse, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: australia, france, greece, egypt, new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Battalion (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.
Style: captivating, tense
Plot: female soldier, russian revolution, frontline, russian soldier, world war one, strong female lead, trench warfare, courage, revolutionary, heroine, wartime, war ...
Time: year 1917
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
At War as at War (1969)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 90 min.
Story: To the young lieutenant Maleshkin the war is a minor obstacle, if compared to his personal battle to command his subordinates, while conducting an armored vehicle at the same time he's trying to impress his superior Soviet officers who put him ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, captivating, disturbing
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soviet army, world war two, military, soldier, heroism, heroes, battles, transformation, friendship, leadership, adaptation, violence ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943
Place: russia
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40%
 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: dramatic, realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, soldier, war, escapades, ambush, battles, basic training, officers and cadets, death, military life, friendship, wartime life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988
Place: afghanistan, ussr, russia, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: disturbing, epic, tragic ending, serious, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, great patriotic war, war, soviet army, military, heroic mission, military life, wartime life, battles, friendship, escapades ...
Time: year 1942
Place: russia, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.7
 3K
Colditz (2005)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 240 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, tense, exciting
Plot: pow, world war two, military, soldier, castle, romance, love and romance, battles, love triangle, prison life, war, confined ...
Time: 1940s, year 1939
Place: europe, germany, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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: serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, confined, escapades, battles, war, heroes, soldier, military, kidnapping, chase, on the run, behind enemy lines ...
Time: 20th century, year 1945, 1940s
Place: germany, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 8.2
 400
Changi (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: Australia
TV show
Story: Changi is a six-part Australian television miniseries broadcast by ABC TV in 2001. It originally aired from 14 October 2001 to 18 November 2001.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, psychological, contemplative
Plot: world war two, pow, war crime, prisoner of war camp, survival, military, friendship, prison life, wartime life, buddies, confined, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: singapore, australia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.5
 100
Warriors Five (1962)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy, France, Yugoslavia
Duration: 84 min.
Story: World War II Italy...1943. After parachuting behind enemy lines on an espionage mission, an American soldier is imprisoned by the enemy. He escapes with four Italian prisoners, enlisting their aid in exploding a bridge.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, military, soldier, prison, american, paratrooper, escape, espionage, prostitute, against humanity, heroes, war ...
Place: italy, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.5
 5K
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, ransom demand, military officer, violence, kidnapping, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chechnya, russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, world war two, red army, battles, wehrmacht, soldier, infantrymen, heroes, invasion, nazism, german, nazi germany ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.5
 2K
Officers (1971)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two friends are army officers, and the turbulent times throw them from the Civil War in the early 20s to the Soviet conflict in Finland, from China to the Urals.
Style: breathtaking, captivating, tense, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: soviet army, military, army, duty, russian soldier, red army, family relations, friendship, family, great patriotic war, military officer, world war two ...
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.7
 2K
In Tranzit (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, Russia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Nazi POWs suspected of heinous acts are locked up in a Soviet women's prison run by vengeful female guards. To weed out the guilty, the innocent must pay. Can supposed enemies turn into great loves? Based on a true post-World War II story, this ...
Style: sincere, uplifting, realistic, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: soldier, wartime life, captivity, against humanity, life is a bitch, prison life, genocide, society, confined, heroes, injustice, world war two ...
Time: post world war two, 1940s
Place: ussr, st. petersburg russia, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%