Movies like The Way Back 2010

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The Way Back (2010)
 7.3
 107K
The Way Back (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates, Poland, India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film details their perilous & uncertain journey to freedom, as they cross deserts, mountains, & several nations.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, bleak, epic, intense, captivating, stylized, based on true events, scenic ...
Plot: survival, freedom, wilderness, journey, prison escape, escape, world war two, gulag, pow, danger, russian, human spirit, convict, confined, communism, camp, priest, unlikely friendships, adventure, friendship, justice, swashbuckler, american, army, snow ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: russia, india, himalaya, asia, siberia, china, tibet ...

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Most similar movies to The Way Back

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, dramatic and harsh films with plots about survival, escapades, storytelling, mentor, beautiful scenery, catastrophe and death mostly in Drama, Adventure and History genres. Some movies like The Way Back: Seven Years in Tibet (1997), Into the Wild (2007), Unbroken (2014), The Physician (2013), Paradise Road (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Austrian mountaineer, Heinrich Harrer journeys to the Himalayas without his family to head an expedition in 1939. But when World War II breaks out, the arrogant Harrer falls into Allied forces' hands as a prisoner of war. He escapes with a ...
Style: serious, captivating, uplifting, inspirational, atmospheric ...
Plot: mountain, expedition, world war two, buddhism, culture clash, friendship, self discovery, society, escapades, teachers and students, adventure, human spirit ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: tibet, himalaya, china, austria, asia ...
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100%
As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 158 min.
Story: The German soldier Clemens Forel - determined to be reunited with his beloved family - makes a dramatic escape through bitter cold winters, desolate landscapes, and life threatening ventures from a Siberian labor camp after World War II. 8000 miles ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: adventure, gulag, pow, survival, world war two, captivity, confined, getting home, fugitives, danger, human spirit, hopes ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1947 ...
Place: ussr, russia, poland, soviet union, alaska ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 552K
Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Style: road movie, melancholic, inspirational, philosophical, cerebral ...
Plot: self discovery, survival, journey, wilderness, freedom, isolation, life philosophy, adventure, on the road, solitude, introspection, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1990, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, california, washington state, georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 140K
Unbroken (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.
Style: uplifting, emotional, rough, bleak, epic ...
Plot: u.s. air force, captivity, war, world war two, soldier, island, survival, life is a bitch, athlete's life, human spirit, danger, hopes ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 40s
Place: japan, pacific ocean, germany, asia, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.2
 35K
The Physician (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 155 min.
Story: The story of Rob Cole, a boy who is left a penniless orphan in an 11th-century English mining town when his mother dies of a mysterious illness. Vowing to become a physician and vanquish Death itself, he travels to Isfahan in Persia to study ...
Style: captivating, realistic, breathtaking, scenic, rough ...
Plot: follow your dream, ambition, apprentice, doctors and patients, medicine, orphan, culture clash, surgeon, mentor, society, unlikely relationship, medieval ...
Time: middle ages, 11th century, 18th century
Place: persia, iran, england, london, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Paradise Road (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Paradise Road is a 1997 film which tells the story of a group of English, American, Dutch and Australian women who are imprisoned in Sumatra during World War II. It was directed by Bruce Beresford and stars Glenn Close as beatific Adrienne Pargiter, ...
Style: serious, uplifting, emotional, touching, harsh ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: world war two, prison, pow, war crime, island, survival, war, friendship, human spirit, danger, prison life, holocaust ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 40s
Place: singapore, asia, indonesia, japan, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Snow Walker (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A bush pilot in nothern Canada who with the aid of modernity thinks he can handle it all & knows it all. After reluctantly agreeing to transport a local indian girl to a medical facility his light plane crashes & they have to survive whilst ...
Style: emotional, uplifting, compassionate, touching, serious ...
Plot: survival, airplane, wilderness, human spirit, friendship, adventure, danger, stranded, forces of nature, isolation, rescue, eskimo indian ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1953
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 502K
Cast Away (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Chuck, a top international manager for FedEx, and Kelly, a Ph.D. student, are in love and heading towards marriage. Then Chuck's plane to Malaysia ditches at sea during a terrible storm. He's the only survivor, and he washes up on a tiny ...
Style: captivating, serious, suspense, gloomy, ambiguous ending ...
Audience: date night, family outing
Plot: survival, loneliness, isolation, desert island, island, human spirit, courage, sole survivor, air disaster, adventure, solitude, suicide attempt ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 2000s
Place: moscow russia, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Follow the River (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Mary Ingles is pregnant when she and her two sons are captured from their homestead in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains by Shawnee Indians. Her husband, Will, narrowly escapes death during the attack. Impressed by her grace under the pressure of ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, realistic, serious, epic
Plot: native american white relationships, survival, kidnapping, wilderness, captivity, danger, americana, culture clash, colonialism, society, missing person, crimes ...
Time: 18th century
Place: virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Escape from Sobibor (1987)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Yugoslavia
Duration: 143 min.
Story: During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to vow (actually threaten) that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were its captives, the Jewish laborers that had ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: concentration camp, world war two, escape, captivity, pow, genocide, violence, brutality, against humanity, corporal punishment, holocaust, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 49K
Alive (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The amazing, true story of a Uruguayan rugby team's plane that crashed in the middle of the Andes mountains, and their immense will to survive and pull through alive, forced to do anything and everything they could to stay alive on meager ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, emotional, serious, exciting ...
Plot: survival, air disaster, starvation, cannibalism, stranded, danger, human spirit, human nature, against the odds, isolation, rescue, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: uruguay, andes mountains, latin america, chile, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 5K
East/West (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, France, Spain
Duration: 121 min.
Story: June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or prison. He and his French wife (her passport ripped up) ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, heartbreaking, suspenseful ...
Plot: kgb, love and romance, iron curtain, escape, political unrest, propaganda, immigration, emigrant, survival, josef stalin, brutality, communism ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1946
Place: russia, france, ussr, europe, bulgaria ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 15K
Europa Europa (1990)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, France, Poland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A Jewish boy separated from his family in the early days of WWII poses as a German orphan and is taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually becomes a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are ...
Style: epic, realistic, captivating, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, anti semitism, survival, german, homosexual, nudity (full frontal - brief), roommate, hidden identity, heroes, communism, ghetto ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 40s, 30s
Place: latvia, germany, poland, europe, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 95K
Deliverance (1972)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: adventure, wilderness, canoe, hillbilly, survival, friendship, survivor, rape, danger, rescue, murder, nightmare ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: An unexpectedly modern take on a tale of two Viking warriors abandoned on the American coast. Warning – contains a graphic answer to the question: do Vikings sh*t in the woods?
Style: atmospheric, serious, epic, stylized, offbeat
Plot: viking, rivalry, human spirit, survival, human nature, heroes, hopes, obsessive quest, escapades, heroic mission, good versus evil, adventurer ...
Time: ancient history, middle ages, 11th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 674K
The Revenant (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Western
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, rough, tense, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, wilderness, vengeance, lone hero, native american, snow, violence, native americans, bear attack, grizzly bear, old west, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Australia, Spain
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s ...
Style: suspense, exciting, captivating, scenic, inspirational ...
Plot: survival, ocean, ship, dangerous animal, lost at sea, adventure, against the odds, sea, shipwreck, isolation, danger, whale ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, georgian era, 1820s
Place: new england, massachusetts, south america, pacific ocean, ecuador
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 15K
Katyn (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.
Style: disturbing, heartbreaking, sentimental, sad, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, war crime, nazism, survival, war, captivity, military life, life is a bitch, confined, against humanity, battles, political unrest ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1940
Place: poland, russia, europe, soviet union, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.2
 7K
I Am David (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Based on Anne Holm's acclaimed young adult novel North to Freedom, I Am David chronicles the struggles of a 12-year-old boy (Ben Tibber) who manages to flee a Communist concentration camp on his own -- through sheer will and determination. All ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, tense ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: reunion, rescue, survival, hopes, human spirit, self discovery, friendship, danger, family relations, artist, politics, escape ...
Time: contemporary, year 1952, quarry, year 1951, 1950s ...
Place: bulgaria, denmark, switzerland, italy, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
 23K
Dersu Uzala (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Soviet Union, Japan
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A military explorer meets and befriends a Goldi man in Russia’s unmapped forests. A deep and abiding bond evolves between the two men, one civilized in the usual sense, the other at home in the glacial Siberian woods.
Style: epic, atmospheric, stylized, touching, serious ...
Plot: friendship, human spirit, survival, cold weather, wilderness, nature, russian soldier, tiger, culture clash, danger, adventure, expedition ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 19th century
Place: siberia, russia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 236K
The Grey (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An oil drilling team struggles to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wilds of Alaska. Hunting them is a pack of wolves that sees them as intruders.
Style: bad ending, suspenseful, rough, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, wolf, wilderness, dangerous animal, isolation, air disaster, male camaraderie, stranded, danger, death, snow, forces of nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: alaska, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.7
 40K
Ben-Hur (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A falsely accused nobleman survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.
Style: epic, exciting, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, betrayal, ancient rome, vengeance, false accusation, resistance fighter, dishonesty, confined, moral dilemma, male friendship, friendship between men, sibling rivalry ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: rome italy, italy, greece, palestine, jerusalem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 20K
Quest for Fire (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A colossal adventure odyssey that turns back the hands of time to the very beginning of man's existence. 80,000 years ago, when man roamed the earth, he was exposed to the many harsh elements of nature. Against the perilous atmosphere of rugged ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: tribe, survival, cannibalism, fire, nudity (full frontal - brief), adventure, obsessive quest, danger, human nature, buddies, heroic mission, pregnant woman nude ...
Time: stone age, prehistoric times, prehistory
Place: africa, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.9
 564K
Life of Pi (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Style: motivational, captivating, melancholic, dramatic, scenic ...
Plot: survival, hopes, beautiful scenery, adventure, storytelling, ocean or sea, human nature, journey, lost at sea, life, isolation, teenage boy ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, mexico, toronto ontario canada, montreal, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 99K
Rescue Dawn (2006)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Luxembourg
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, rough, tense, based on true events ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, soldier, vietnam war, pow, torture, violence, escape, rescue, camp, human spirit, danger, confined ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1965, 70s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.5
 1K
The Aviator (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A 1920s mail pilot and a rich man's daughter crash-land on a mountain full of hungry wolves.
Style: serious, realistic, melancholic, inspirational, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: wilderness, survival, rescue, human spirit, adventure, daring rescue, forces of nature, danger, opposites attract, isolation, against the odds, save the day ...
Time: 1920s, 80s, year 1918, 70s
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Mountains of the Moon (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton's and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire. The film tells the story of their meeting, their friendship ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, realistic, epic ...
Plot: friendship, survival, wilderness, expedition, adventure, river, heroic mission, escapades, danger, exploration, betrayal, obsession ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s
Place: africa, cairo egypt, london, brazil, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Schindler's List (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Style: touching, realistic, bleak, serious, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, rescue, against humanity, ghetto, anti semitism, wartime, nazi, survival, jewish ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1990s, 1930s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: British explorer Henry Stanley travels to Africa in 1871 seeking missionary David Livingstone.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: society, against the odds, obsessive quest, uncover truth, hopes, interracial relations, unlikely partners, adventure, escapades, war, journalism, media ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.4
 36K
Gallipoli (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As World War I rages, brave and youthful Australians Archy and Frank, both agile runners, become friends and enlist in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps together. They later find themselves part of the Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, serious, captivating, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: anti war, world war one, military, friendship, british empire, idealism, human spirit, military life, battle zone, desert, running, politics ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915, 18th century
Place: australia, egypt, turkey, africa, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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