Movies like John Ford Goes to War

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John Ford Goes to War (2002)
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John Ford Goes to War (2002)
Genre: Documentary, Action, 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, captivating, disturbing, documentary filmmaking
Plot: military, filmmaking, military life, politics, showbiz, society, lifestyle, wartime life, state affairs, battle zone, war, world war two, heroes, battles, soldier, hollywood, anti war, media, artists and showbiz, performer's life, celebrity culture, spy, island, art, yacht ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: japan, usa, maine

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and suspenseful films with plots about military, battles, war, soldier, heroes, military life and world war two mostly in War, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like John Ford Goes to War: Fighting for Life (2008), When Trumpets Fade (1998), Company of Heroes (2013), Everyman's War (2009), MacArthur (1977). 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: realistic, serious, uplifting, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Plot: soldier, survival, military life, wartime life, battles, state affairs, military, life is a bitch, society, homecoming, doctors and patients, hospital ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iraq, middle east, washington d.c.
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When Trumpets Fade (1998)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In WWII Western Germany, Private David Manning reluctantly leaves behind a mortally wounded fellow soldier and searches for survivors from his platoon, only to learn from commanding officer Captain Pritchett that they have all been killed in action. ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, nazi germany, heroic mission, military life, military, survival, battles, battle zone, anti war, siblings relations, wartime life, tank ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, france
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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: captivating, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: world war two, military, save the day, wartime life, soldier, heroes, super weapon, obsessive quest, race against time, escapades, heroic mission, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany
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Everyman's War (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: No one in high command believed that German forces would attack in the sub zero temperatures and near blizzard conditions. As the pre-dawn attack comes, with communications down Sgt. Smith is left with no choice but to make his way through enemy ...
Style: uplifting, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: world war two, military, soldier, against the odds, military life, battle zone, infantrymen, heroes, small town, war, historical event, battles ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: melancholic, epic, intense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, politics, island, revolution, police investigation, pow, betrayal, soldier, korean war, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s
Place: usa, japan, australia, china, korea ...
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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: psychological, realistic, surreal, bleak, rough ...
Plot: world war two, wartime life, soldier, military life, battle zone, military, survival, against humanity, genocide, anti war, war, heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: usa, texas
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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: tense, suspenseful, serious, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: world war two, tank, war, racism, military, soldier, against the odds, battles, save the day, military life, hopes, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1944
Place: germany, europe
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Ardennes Fury (2014)
Genre: Action, War
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: As the Battle of the Bulge rages on, an American tank unit gets trapped behind Nazi lines. With just hours before the bombs of Operation Ardennes Fury fall, the tank's commander makes the risky decision to rescue an orphanage.
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, psychological, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, tank, military, soldier, heroic mission, daring rescue, battles, heroes, platoon, scarecrow, tough heroes, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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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: captivating, realistic, serious, rough, bleak
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Time: 1940s
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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, heroism, siege, heroes, red army, life is a bitch, battles, wartime life, russian history, military life, battle zone ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: ussr, europe, russia
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Beyond the Front Line (2004)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A movie based on real wartime diaries tells the story of the Swedish speaking Finns' infantry regiment 61. The story follows the regiment during the Continuation War from 1942 to 1944 and from Syväri to the Karelian Isthmus where they faced ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, tense
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Time: 1940s, year 1942, year 1944, year 2002, year 1943
Place: finland, europe, russia, eastern europe
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The Color of War (2001)
Genre: History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 780 min.
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Story: A series featuring actual color footage of World War II.
Style: thought provoking, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, wartime life, military, war, against humanity, journalism, life is a bitch, battle zone, battles, combat, historical event, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Company K (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
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Style: captivating, serious, disturbing, psychological, epic ...
Plot: world war one, veteran, anti war, wartime life, prison life, haunted by the past, military life, battles, politics, state affairs, war, military ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, year 1917
Place: france
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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: realistic, serious, captivating, experimental, controversial
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Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
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The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (2005)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Amid the bitter divisiveness of the Civil War, Confederate Capt. Robert Adams (Julian Adams) feels the rift within his soul. Steadfastly loyal to the South, Adams also holds an unshakable love for his Northerner wife, Eveline McCord (Gwendolyn ...
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Genre: Biography, Drama, War
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Duration: 100 min.
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Style: captivating, serious, realistic
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Genre: Drama, History, War
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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: suspenseful, rough, realistic, disturbing, captivating ...
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Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
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Duration: 100 min.
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Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
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Genre: Biography, Drama, War
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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: realistic, captivating, factual, psychological, serious ...
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Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s
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Memorial Day (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Memorial Day, 1993. When 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, Bud, everyone tells Kyle to put it back. Luckily, he ignores them. Although Bud has never talked about the war, he finds himself ...
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Back Door to Hell (1964)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Philippines, USA
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: exciting, serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful ...
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Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama, War
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Duration: 190 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: world war two, politics, atomic bomb, nuclear war, nuclear, surrender, catastrophe, disaster, office, political unrest, wartime life, anti war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1945
Place: hiroshima japan, asia, usa, new york, japan
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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had ...
Style: epic, factual, intense, talky, serious ...
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Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
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Style: tense, rough, serious, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
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Genre: Drama, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
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Style: thought provoking, epic, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Going Back (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A group of Marines return to Vietnam with a news crew to relive their tragic war experiences.
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Genre: Action, Drama, War
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Duration: 103 min.
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Kokoda (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
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Duration: 92 min.
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Style: serious, rough, tense
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 1940s, 20th century
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