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
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
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and rough films with plots about battles, war, military, soldier, heroes, wartime life and military life mostly in War, Drama and History genres. Some movies like John Ford Goes to War: MacArthur (1977), War and Remembrance (1988), The Tuskegee Airmen (1995), Hiroshima (1995), Lost Command (1966). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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MacArthur
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
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Duration: 130 min.
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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.
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Hiroshima
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Country: Canada, Japan
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The Colt
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The Winds of War
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Country: USA
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Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, uplifting
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Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Duration: 134 min.
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Farewell to the King
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
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