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John Ford Goes to War (2002)
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John Ford Goes to War (2002)
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, war, anti war, celebrity culture, battle zone, military life, showbiz, wartime life, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, military, soldier, politics, battles, heroes, lifestyle, media, society, state affairs, spy, island, art, alcohol, propaganda, letter ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: usa, japan, maine

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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 suspenseful films with plots about military, war, battles, soldier, heroes, wartime life and military life mostly in War, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like John Ford Goes to War: Fighting for Life (2008), Too Young the Hero (1988), MacArthur (1977), Back Door to Hell (1964), Hiroshima (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Fighting for Life (2008)
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: soldier, anti heroes, war, doctors and patients, military life, hospital, wartime life, life is a bitch, military, survival, homecoming, battles ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: medical school, iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Too Young the Hero (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: WWII drama.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: soldier, military base, military life, war, ocean or sea, battles, military, prison, youth, innocence lost, basic training, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: battleship
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 6.6
 4K
MacArthur (1977)
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: serious, exciting, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: soldier, military, war, island, politics, daring rescue, leadership, anti war, heroic mission, military life, political unrest, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: japan, korea, asia, the philippines, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Back Door to Hell (1964)
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: bleak, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Plot: soldier, espionage, daring rescue, anti war, war, adventure, military life, battles, danger, escapades, heroes, military ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, the philippines, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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 8.0
 800
Hiroshima (1995)
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, atomic bomb, politics, head of state, soldier, office, anti war, holocaust, political unrest, wartime life, battles, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1945
Place: asia, usa, japan, new york, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.0
 203
Obscene (2007)
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.5
 2K
PT 109 (1963)
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: serious, exciting, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: island, leadership, military, daring rescue, ship, adventure, war, ocean or sea, survival, anti war, military life, battles ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Ike: The War Years (1979)
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: exciting, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: d day, war, soldier, military life, wartime life, battles, politics, military, state affairs, head of state, americana, against humanity ...
Place: england, europe, kansas, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 6.1
 178
Texas '46 (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story its the untold story of Italian World War II POW"S in Jan 1946. Luca Zingaretti stars as one of over 50,000 Italian Prisoners of War detained at POW camps in the U.S. Roy Schneider stars as Colonel Gartner, the Commander ...
Style: rough, serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: fascism, soldier, war, anti war, prison, basic training, captivity, genocide, holocaust, military life, prison life, wartime life ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.4
 780
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: iraq war, soldier, war, terrorism, uncover truth, idealism, anti war, military life, political unrest, racism, wartime life, battles ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Jew Suss: Rise and Fall (2010)
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, captivating, realistic
Plot: nazi germany, propaganda, anti semitism, actor's life, rise and fall, movie business, moral dilemma, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, society, politics, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: austria, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Red Rose of Normandy (2011)
Genre: War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Klaus Muller, a battle-hardened veteran, finds himself fighting for his life on the Russian front. Surrounded by overwhelming numbers of Russian tanks and planes, he and his men are doomed until famed German tank ace, Michael Wittmann, shows up in ...
Style: serious, emotional, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: soldier, chases and races, war, danger, d day, lovers on the run, parents and children, lovers reunited, battles, escapades, heroes, military ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: europe, normandy
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
All the King's Men (1999)
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, uplifting, realistic
Plot: battle zone, soldier, war, human spirit, anti war, basic training, heroic mission, military life, political unrest, battles, against the odds, heroes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Well-intentioned history lesson; the decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.
Style: bleak, serious, rough, realistic, captivating
Plot: atomic bomb, moral dilemma, danger, bomber, state affairs, wartime life, war, battles, against humanity, heroes, military, secret place ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: usa, japan, asia, hiroshima japan, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Company of Heroes (2013)
Genre: Action, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: American soldiers lost behind enemy lines during the WWII make a horrific discovery: Hitler has a super bomb in development. Against all odds, they set out to find the scientist in charge of the program who is looking to defect.
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, captivating
Plot: war, soldier, save the day, battle zone, heroic mission, battles, against the odds, danger, heroes, military, obsessive quest, race against time ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Straight Into Darkness (2004)
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: bleak, serious, surreal, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: soldier, orphan, anti war, war, battle zone, genocide, desert, military life, wartime life, battles, danger, military ...
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Last Lieutenant (1993)
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.6
 1K
Lost Command (1966)
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: vietnam, asia, algeria
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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The Iron Triangle (1989)
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, suspenseful, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, war, idealism, interracial relations, village, anti war, military life, political unrest, wartime life, battles, military ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
 2K
The Crossing (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A made-for-TV dramatization of George Washington's perilous gamble of crossing the Delaware River and attacking the British forces at Trenton.
Style: exciting, serious, gloomy, realistic, tense
Plot: soldier, military, heroic mission, war, military life, revolution, battles, heroes, state affairs, rebelliousness, gambling, against the odds ...
Place: delaware, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The World Wars (2014)
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: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: war, soldier, infantrymen, head of state, nazi, reenactment, military, state affairs, leadership, battles, politics, totalitarianism ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s
Place: europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.6
 539
Wicked Spring (2002)
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: emotional, serious, epic, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: wilderness, soldier, american civil war, genocide, leadership, war, survival, anti war, military life, battles, americana, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.5
 730
Only the Brave (2006)
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, daring rescue, war, military life, battles, battle zone, danger, military, society, survival, heroic mission, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: europe, france, italy, usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Saints and Soldiers: The Void (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Germany, May 1945, deep in the Harz Mountains a U.S. tank crew discovers a platoon of Germans preparing to ambush U.S. supply trucks.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: racism, soldier, war, battle zone, heroic mission, battles, against the odds, heroes, military, society, save the day, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Last Days of Patton (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The Last Days of Patton is a 1986 made-for-television film sequel to the 1970 film Patton, which portrays the last few months of the general's life. George C. Scott reprises the role of General George S. Patton, and Eva Marie Saint portrays ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: hospital, soldier, war, leadership, human spirit, basic training, military life, battles, military, wartime life, heroes, power relations ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Live from Baghdad (2002)
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, serious, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, gulf war, soldier, war, anti war, hospital, political unrest, battles, fighting the system, politics, against the odds, heroes ...
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.5
 269
Company K (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on the popular World War I novel by author William March, director Robert Clem's COMPANY K follows a veteran of the first great conflict as he finishes a book about his wartime experiences and reflects on how a man's true character ...
Style: serious, bleak, epic, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: anti war, veteran, prison, soldier, war, gory, military life, wartime life, battles, military, politics, writer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, year 1917
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.2
 859
The Fallen (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany, Italy
Duration: 112 min.
Story: THE FALLEN is a three-sided story about German, Italian, and American soldiers, set in Northern Italy during the final weeks of the World War II. On the one side, a group of American supply soldiers delivers ammunition to the front line, a journey ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, captivating
Plot: soldier, holocaust, leadership, war, survival, anti war, basic training, military life, political unrest, battles, heroes, military ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Color of War (2001)
Genre: History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 780 min.
Story: A series featuring actual color footage of World War II.
Style: bleak, serious, thought provoking, realistic, disturbing
Plot: battle zone, wartime life, life is a bitch, war, media, military, journalism, battles, against humanity, society, state affairs, fascism ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Many Wars Ago (1970)
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: soldier, anti war, anti heroes, gory, war, battle zone, rebelliousness, wartime life, battles, heroes, military, rebellion ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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