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John Ford Goes to War (2002)
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John Ford Goes to War
Genre: Documentary, Biography, War
Country: USA
Duration: 56 min.
Story: When World War II broke out, John Ford, in his forties, commissioned in the Naval Reserve, was put in charge of the Field Photographic Unit by Bill Donavan, director of the soon-to-be-OSS. During the war, Field Photo made at least 87 documentaries, many with Ford's signature attention to heroism and loss, and many from the point of view of the fighting soldier and sailor. Talking heads discuss Ford's life and personality, the ways that the war gave him fulfillment, and the ways that his war films embodied the same values and conflicts that his Hollywood films did. Among the films profiled are "Battle of Midway," "Torpedo Squadron," "Sexual Hygiene," and "December 7."
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: hollywood, anti war, war, battle zone, celebrity culture, military life, showbiz, wartime life, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, military, soldier, politics, battles, heroes, lifestyle, media, society, state affairs, historian, documentary filmmaking, american history, marital problem, admiral, u.s. navy ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: usa, maine, japan

Most similar movies to John Ford Goes to War

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and bleak films with plots about war, battles, military, wartime life, soldier, heroes and state affairs mostly in War, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like John Ford Goes to War: MacArthur (1977), Hiroshima (1995), War and Remembrance (1988), Fighting for Life (2008), Ike: The War Years (1979). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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MacArthur
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The film portrays MacArthur's (Gregory Peck) life from 1942, before the Battle of Bataan, to 1952, the time after he had been removed from his Korean War command by President Truman (Ed Flanders) for insubordination, and is recounted in ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, dramatic ...
Plot: war, military, island, politics, president, soldier, wartime, death, weapons, daring rescue, mentor, civil war ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: japan, australia, asia, korea, the philippines ...
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Hiroshima
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, Japan
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Hiroshima is a 1995 Japanese / Canadian film directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara and Roger Spottiswoode about the decision-making processes that led to the dropping of the atomic bombs by the United States on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: war, head of state, soldier, office, anti war, holocaust, political unrest, politics, atomic bomb, wartime life, battles, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1945
Place: asia, usa, japan, new york, hiroshima japan
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War and Remembrance
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 620 min.
Story: War and Remembrance is an American miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Herman Wouk. It is the sequel to highly successful The Winds of War.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, captivating, epic
Plot: war, soldier, d day, human spirit, officers and cadets, military life, political unrest, battles, heroes, military, fascism, survival ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: asia, europe, japan, battleship, usa ...
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Fighting for Life
Genre: Documentary, War
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Fighting for Life is a very different movie about war and medicine, a real-life "M*A*S*H" for our times about the doctors and nurses fighting on the front lines. The film interweaves stories of military doctors, nurses, and medics who are ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting
Plot: war, anti heroes, doctors and patients, military life, hospital, wartime life, life is a bitch, soldier, military, survival, homecoming, battles ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iraq, middle east, medical school
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Ike: The War Years
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 291 min.
Story: Ike is a 1979 television miniseries about the life of Dwight D. Eisenhower. The screenplay by Melville Shavelson was based on Kay Summersby's 1948 memoir Eisenhower Was My Boss and her 1975 autobiography, Past Forgetting: My Love Affair. ...
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, sincere
Plot: d day, soldier, war, military life, wartime life, battles, politics, military, state affairs, head of state, americana, against humanity ...
Place: england, europe, kansas, usa, london
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PT 109
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Dramatization of President John F. Kennedy's war time experiences during which he captained a PT boat, took it to battle and had it sunk by a Japanese destroyer. He and the survivors had to make their way to an island, find food and shelter and ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: island, daring rescue, leadership, ship, adventure, war, ocean or sea, survival, anti war, military life, battles, campaign ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: pacific ocean
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    User:   77%
 
Back Door to Hell
Genre: War, Drama
Country: USA, Philippines
Duration: 75 min.
Story: During WWII, a three-man commando team places its trust in the hands of a band of Filipino resistors, as they try to knock out a Japenese communication center.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: soldier, daring rescue, anti war, war, adventure, military life, battles, danger, escapades, espionage, heroes, military ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: asia, the philippines, japan, usa
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Many Wars Ago
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, Yugoslavia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: On the Italian/Austrian front during World War I, a disastrous Italian attack upon the Austrian positions leads to a mutiny among the decimated Italian troops.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, captivating, rough
Plot: anti heroes, gory, soldier, war, battle zone, rebelliousness, wartime life, battles, heroes, anti war, military, rebellion ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: italy
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    User:   72%
 
The Red and the White
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Hungary, Soviet Union
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 1919, Hungarian Communists aid the Bolsheviks' defeat of Czarists, the Whites. Near the Volga, a monastery and a field hospital are held by one side then the other.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: soldier, rebelliousness, monastery, anti war, war, battle zone, genocide, military life, political unrest, revolution, battles, politics ...
Time: 1910s
Place: europe, hungary, russia
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System:   64%
    User:   55%
 
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Lost Command
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The film begins with the final moments of the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954, when the final assault of Viet Minh is imminent. The weakened French garrison awaits reinforcements that arrive with a single plane under the command of Major De ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, gory, war, leadership, terrorism, anti war, basic training, chaos and mayhem, military life, political unrest, wartime life, battles ...
Time: 40s
Place: asia, vietnam, algeria
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System:   60%
    User:   63%
 
The World Wars
Genre: Documentary, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 270 min.
Story: The World Wars tells the story of three decades of war told through the eyes of various men who were its key players: Roosevelt, Hitler, Patton, Mussolini, Churchill, Tojo, DeGaulle and MacArthur. The documentary examines the two wars as one ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: war, head of state, soldier, reenactment, military, state affairs, leadership, battles, politics, nazi, totalitarianism, infantrymen ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s
Place: europe, usa
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Wicked Spring
Genre: Drama, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: During the 1864 battle of the Wilderness, three Union soldiers and three Confederate Soldiers get seperated from their units as twilight engulfs the ravaged battlefield. The men wander alone through the dangerous woods, separate of each other, until ...
Style: serious, emotional, epic, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: soldier, wilderness, american civil war, leadership, war, survival, anti war, genocide, military life, battles, americana, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
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    User:   52%
 
The Last Lieutenant
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Norway
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Norwegian war drama. The old sea-captain retires, but the next day German WWII occupation of Norway begins. He then kisses his wife good-bye and is off to Army HQ. There he finds a lack of leadership and morale that offends him. They even laugh at ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, emotional, captivating
Plot: soldier, survival, war, military base, human spirit, rebelliousness, anti war, military life, political unrest, wartime life, battles, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, norway
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    User:   57%
 
Faith of My Fathers
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Faith of My Fathers is based on the story of Lieutenant Commander John McCain's experiences as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years during the Vietnam War, interleaved with his memories of growing up in a heritage rich ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, submarine, war, prison, human spirit, anti war, basic training, captivity, military life, prison life, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: vietnam
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Only the Brave
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A searing portrait of war and prejudice, 'Only the Brave' takes you on a haunting journey into the hearts and minds of the forgotten heroes of WWII - the Japanese-American 100th/442nd.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, war, daring rescue, military life, battles, danger, battle zone, military, society, survival, heroic mission, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: europe, france, italy, usa, hawaii
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    User:   62%
 
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Obscene
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A look at the life and work of American publisher Barney Rosset, who struggled to bring controversial works like "Tropic of Cancer" and "Naked Lunch" to publication.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: gory, writer's life, fighting the system, journalism, politics, rise and fall, obsession, rebelliousness, sexual relations, alcohol abuse, americana, celebrity culture ...
Place: chicago illinois
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Silent Night
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Fact-based World War II story set on Christmas Eve, 1944, finds a German Mother and her son seeking refuge in a cabin on the war front. When she is invaded by three American soldiers and then three German soldiers, she successfully convinces the ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, uplifting
Plot: soldier, anti war, war, christmas eve, holocaust, christmas, german soldier, cabin, military life, military, battles, friendship ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, germany, africa
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36 Hours
Genre: Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Germans kidnap an American major and try to convince him that World War II is over, so that they can get details about the Allied invasion of Europe out of him.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak, exciting
Plot: d day, government agency, war, soldier, espionage, hospital, on the run, anti war, genocide, interrogation, german, holocaust ...
Time: 40s, year 1944, 1940s
Place: europe, germany, portugal, normandy, lisbon portugal
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Jew Suss: Rise and Fall
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Germany, Austria
Duration: 114 min.
Story: This intricate historical drama tells the story of actor Ferdinand Marian (Tobias Moretti), who is ordered by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels to star in the 1940 anti-Semitic film Jew Suss. Despite his cooperation, Ferdinand's actions have ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: actor's life, rise and fall, moral dilemma, anti semitism, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, nazi germany, propaganda, society, politics, introspection, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: austria, europe, berlin germany
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System:   53%
    User:   53%
 
The Tuskegee Airmen
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During the Second World War, a special project is begun by the US Army Air Corps to integrate African American pilots into the Fighter Pilot Program. Known as the "Tuskegee Airman" for the name of the airbase at which they were trained, ...
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, sincere, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, aviation, racism, military, soldier, civil war, courage, survival, leadership, german, runaway, wartime ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: alabama, germany, usa, africa, arkansas ...
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Hamsun
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 159 min.
Story: Knut Hamsun is Norway's most famous and admired author. Ever since he was young he has hated the English for the starvation they caused Norway during WWI. When the Germans occupy Norway 9 April 1940 he welcomes them and the protection they can ...
Style: talky, serious, realistic, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: tragic hero, war, writer's life, betrayal, human nature, human spirit, idealism, introspection, anti semitism, anti war, holocaust, political unrest ...
Place: norway, europe, germany
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    User:   55%
 
Shot Through the Heart
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The horrors of war are examined from the view points of lifelong friends (Linus Roache, Vincent Perez), who end up on opposing sides in the civil war in Sarajevo. One is an expert marksman, who trains the snipers used to terrify the city and the ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: soldier, anti war, war, battle zone, genocide, military life, battles, military, sniper, bosnian war, train, best friends ...
Place: europe, former yugoslavia, sarajevo, bosnia herzegovina
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    User:   57%
 
Straight Into Darkness
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The movie encompasses several different elements-the perils of war, a touch of macabre, sadness and redemption.
Style: surreal, bleak, serious, offbeat, realistic ...
Plot: soldier, war, anti war, genocide, battle zone, military life, desert, wartime life, battles, orphan, danger, military ...
Place: texas, usa
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System:   51%
    User:   54%
 
The Iron Triangle
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the diary of an unknown Viet Cong soldier, this film provides a sympathetic look at a Viet Cong soldier who protected a captured American soldier whom he believed did not kill him when the American had the opportunity. Written by John ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, war, idealism, village, interracial relations, anti war, military life, political unrest, wartime life, battles, military ...
Place: asia, vietnam
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System:   51%
    User:   42%
 
The Hanoi Hilton
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Lionel Chetwynd's film documents the horrific struggles that faced American POWs held in the North Vietnamese prison Hoa Lo -- more infamously known as the Hanoi Hilton -- between 1964 and 1975. Williamson (Michael Moriarty) leads a group of ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, war, prison, rebelliousness, anti war, captivity, military life, political unrest, prison life, wartime life, battles ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
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System:   51%
    User:   61%
 
Live from Baghdad
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A group of CNN reporters wrestle with journalistic ethics and the life-and-death perils of reporting during the Gulf War.A Directors Guild Award-winning movie for director Mick Jackson, starring Michael Keaton and Helena Bonham Carter. In 1990, CNN ...
Style: talky, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: gulf war, soldier, journalism, war, anti war, hospital, political unrest, battles, fighting the system, politics, against the odds, heroes ...
Place: iraq, middle east
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System:   49%
    User:   45%
 
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Uprising
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 177 min.
Story: Jews rise up in the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazis in 1943.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: anti heroes, ghetto, war, survival, human spirit, anti semitism, genocide, holocaust, heroic mission, political unrest, wartime life, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1943
Place: europe, poland, warsaw poland
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System:   47%
    User:   51%
 
The Color of War
Genre: History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 780 min.
Story: A series featuring actual color footage of World War II.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing
Plot: wartime life, battle zone, life is a bitch, war, media, military, journalism, battles, against humanity, society, state affairs, fascism ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
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System:   47%
    User:   53%
 
All the King's Men
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Feature-length drama about the mystery of Sandringham Company, which disappeared in action at Gallipoli in 1915. Commanded by Captain Frank Beck, their estate manager, the men advanced into battle, were enveloped in a strange mist and never seen ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting
Plot: battle zone, soldier, leadership, war, human spirit, anti war, basic training, heroic mission, military life, political unrest, battles, against the odds ...
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System:   46%
    User:   53%
 
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Safe Conduct
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Germany, Spain
Duration: 170 min.
Story: The film is about the French film industry from 1942 to 1944 during the Nazi occupation. The film focuses on assistant director and resistance fighter Jean Devaivre and screenwriter Jean Aurenche. Aurenche is on the move so that he doesn't have ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: human spirit, artists and showbiz, war, life is a bitch, escapades, hopes, love and romance, politics, espionage, society, couples, writer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, france, vichy, paris france
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System:   44%
    User:   51%
 
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