Movies like The Wind That Shakes the Barley

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The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
 7.5
 47K
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Ireland, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In 1920s Ireland young doctor Damien O'Donovan prepares to depart for a new job in a London hospital. As he says his goodbyes at a friend's farm, British Black and Tans arrive, and a young man is killed. Damien joins his brother Teddy in the Irish Republican Army, but political events are soon set in motion that tear the brothers apart.
Style: bleak, captivating, brutal, factual, bloody, realistic, serious, contemplative, stylized, political ...
Plot: civil war, ira, resistance, rebellion, politics, freedom, torture, occupation, debate, injustice, starvation, rebel, execution, irish, traitor, british army, independence, colonialism, war, british empire, irish republican army, family relations, doctor, fear, escape ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s, post world war one, 70s
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, england, europe, britain, united kingdom, london ...

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Most similar movies to The Wind That Shakes the Barley

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, harsh and dramatic films with plots about death, brutality, politics, murder, culture clash, betrayal and runaway mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like The Wind That Shakes the Barley: Michael Collins (1996), The Battle of Algiers (1966), Bloody Sunday (2002), Hunger (2008), The Army of Shadows (1969). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Michael Collins (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Michael Collins plays a crucial role in the establishment of the Irish Free State in the 1920s, but becomes vilified by those hoping to create a completely independent Irish republic.
Style: serious, captivating, epic, brutal, harsh ...
Plot: fighting the system, politics, civil war, fight, irish, treason, secret service, war, ira, state affairs, political unrest, leadership ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, liverpool ...
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The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, Algeria
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty thief to his rise to prominence in the organisation and capture by the French in ...
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: revolution, rebellion, bomb, military, resistance, french, freedom, torture, rebel, protest, chaos, capture ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1956, 1950s, year 1960 ...
Place: algeria, africa, north africa, france, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 24K
Bloody Sunday (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.
Style: bleak, rough, disturbing, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: civil rights, ira, fighting the system, political unrest, state affairs, conflict, protest, social problems, social decay, life is a bitch, society, irish ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, england, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 67K
Hunger (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of Bobby Sands, the IRA member who led the 1981 hunger strike in which Republican prisoners tried to win political status. It dramatises events in the Maze prison in the six weeks prior to Sands’ death.
Style: disturbing, bleak, sincere, rough, serious ...
Plot: prisoner, prison, ira, suffering, prison life, protest, humiliation, hunger, police brutality, dying, fighting the system, idealism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981, 70s
Place: northern ireland, ireland, europe, belfast
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Army of Shadows (1969)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier (Lino Ventura) finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Though Gerbier escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseilles, France, and exacts his revenge on the informant, he must ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, stylized, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, french resistance, betrayal, terrorist, underground, death sentence, resistance, government agency, intrigue, espionage, rescue, prison ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943, year 1942
Place: paris france, france, marseille, europe, united kingdom ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.3
 9K
Osama (2003)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Afghanistan, Ireland, Japan, Iran, Netherlands
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Teenage girl Osama cuts her hair and dresses like a boy to get a job and support her widowed mother and grandmother. When Osama is called by the Taliban to join school and military training she embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she ...
Style: serious, disturbing, thought provoking, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: survival, dishonesty, oppression, injustice, child abuse, life is a bitch, danger, job seeking, totalitarianism, disorder, hidden identity, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, afghanistan, pakistan, iran, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 5K
Cromwell (1970)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War.
Style: epic, realistic, stylized, serious, factual ...
Plot: battles, revolution, political unrest, king, military, politics, intrigue, leadership, royal family, against the odds, rebellion, ambition ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages, 1600s, 80s, 18th century
Place: england, ireland, europe, britain, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.8
 3K
Carla's Song (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, Spain, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A Glasgow man (Robert Carlyle) visits war-torn Nicaragua with a refugee (Oyanka Cabezas) tormented by her memories.
Style: sincere, rough, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: politics, refugee, bus, bus driver, society, opposites attract, social differences, love affair, political unrest, passenger, refugees, state affairs ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: nicaragua, scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 7.2
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'71 (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young British soldier must find his way back to safety after his unit accidentally abandons him during a riot in the streets of Belfast.
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, ira, survival, terrorism, violence, military, riot, explosion, danger, war, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: ireland, england, london, belfast
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.6
 8K
Butterfly (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, realistic, touching, compassionate ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, spanish civil war, fascism, teacher, family relations, countryside, latin, civil war, patriotism, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: spain, europe, galicia, catalonia, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Coup de grâce (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A countess loves her brother's Prussian-officer friend in the 1919 Baltic area.
Style: serious, stylized, realistic, bleak, gloomy
Plot: love triangle, soldier, betrayal, revolution, evacuation, tragic love, tragic hero, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, wartime life, destructive relationship ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, post world war one
Place: latvia, europe, germany, paris france, lithuania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.0
 7K
Under Fire (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Three U.S. journalists (Nick Nolte, Joanna Cassidy, Gene Hackman) get too close to one another and their work in 1979 Nicaragua.
Style: tense, realistic, emotional, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: photojournalist, revolution, journalism, idealism, politics, political unrest, media, military, rebelliousness, anti war, society, rebellion ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: nicaragua, latin america, central america, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.5
 31K
Stalingrad (1993)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: "Stalingrad" follows the progress of a German Platoon through the brutal fighting of the Battle of Stalingrad. After having half their number wiped out and after being placed under the command of a sadistic Captain, the Lieutenant of the ...
Style: epic, rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, soldier, nazism, german, survival, starvation, holocaust, russian, military life, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1942, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Circle of Deceit (1981)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Georg Laschen leaves his family in West Germany to go work as a war correspondent in Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians.
Style: sincere, bleak, rough, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: lebanese, politics, life is a bitch, love and romance, journalism, society, danger, media, state affairs, against humanity, graphic violence, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: middle east, lebanon, west germany, hamburg germany, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Road to Guantanamo (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge.
Style: rough, disturbing, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: terrorism, pow, muslim, injustice, u.s. army, warning, life is a bitch, danger, crimes, couples, rage, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, year 2003, year 2002, year 2004, 2000s ...
Place: cuba, latin america, afghanistan, pakistan, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
White Material (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Cameroon
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Maria is a White farmer who runs a failing coffee plantation in an unnamed African country in the present day. Civil war has broken out and rebel soldiers, many of them child soldiers, are advancing on the area. Rebels on the radio advocate attacks ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, emotional, rough
Plot: family relations, civil war, chaos, state affairs, danger, single parent, family in danger, family business, political unrest, military, father son relationship, colonialism ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: world war two, pow, soldier, war, prisoner of war camp, war crime, captivity, anti war, escape attempt, atrocity, undisciplined, military ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1936, year 1942 ...
Place: japan, asia, australia, indonesia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.7
 73K
Black Book (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Netherlands, Germany, UK, Belgium
Duration: 145 min.
Story: In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.
Style: tense, psychological, epic, twists and turns, emotional ...
Plot: jewish, nazism, world war two, holocaust, atrocity, singer, espionage, spy, life is a bitch, occupation, betrayal, escape ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: holland, netherlands, europe, israel, belgium ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Ararat (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A variety of characters, some close relatives, others distant strangers, are each affected by the making of a film about the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, realistic, emotional, non-linear ...
Plot: genocide, armenian genocide, politics, atrocity, filmmaking, war crime, self discovery, haunted by the past, against humanity, family problems, ethnic, freedom ...
Time: 1910s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, year 1915 ...
Place: turkey, canada, ottoman empire, middle east, armenia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Red and the White (1967)
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: contemplative, bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: monastery, political unrest, rebelliousness, anti war, genocide, wartime life, chaos and mayhem, battle zone, military life, heroes, military, revolution ...
Time: 1910s, year 1919
Place: russia, europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Some Mother's Son (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. The film focuses on the mothers of two of the ...
Style: bleak, uplifting, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, prison, betrayal, legal, family relations, terrorism, strike, struggle, terrorist, human spirit, british, power relations ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, vatican, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.1
 7K
War Witch (2012)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona a 14-year-old girl tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.
Style: serious, disturbing, touching, bleak, realistic
Plot: civil war, child soldier, slavery, murder, battle, battles, soldier, survival, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, wartime life, teenage pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.8
 552
Amigo (2010)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Philippines
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Rafael, a village mayor caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War. When U.S. troops occupy his village, Rafael comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails officer to help the Americans in their hunt for Filipino guerilla ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional, contemplative
Plot: soldier, village, moral dilemma, american, friendship, rebel, culture clash, rebelliousness, military, society, communication problem, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 90s, year 1900
Place: the philippines, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Movie in collections
 8.2
 8K
I Am Cuba (1964)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Cuba, Soviet Union
Duration: 141 min.
Story: An unabashed exercise in cinema stylistics, I Am Cuba is pro-Castro/anti-Batista rhetoric dressed up in the finest clothes. The film's four dramatic stories take place in the final days of the Batista regime; the first two illustrate the ills ...
Style: captivating, factual, epic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: rebellion, propaganda, political unrest, revolution, state affairs, society, politics, injustice, tyranny, coup d'etat, power struggle, surrealism ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba, tokyo, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.5
 25K
Cross of Iron (1977)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 132 min.
Story: It is 1943, and the German army, ravaged and demoralised, are hastily retreating from the Russian front. In the midst of all this madness, conflict brews between the aristocratic yet ultimately pusillanimous Captain Stransky and the courageous ...
Style: realistic, tense, bleak, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, soldier, german, anti war, wehrmacht, chaos, battles, military hospital, hate, military, sergeant, lieutenant ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1943
Place: russia, france, siberia, germany, crimea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.8
 12K
Breaker Morant (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, disturbing, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: war, military, murder, anti war, australian, legal, military life, soldier, politics, injustice, false accusation, war crime ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 1900s, 90s
Place: south africa, australia, africa, south australia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Follow a group of international journalists into the heart of the once cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo—now a danger zone of sniper and mortar attacks where residents still live. While reporting on an American aid worker who’s trying to get ...
Style: rough, disturbing, realistic, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, orphanage, civil war, journalism, family relations, anti war, orphan, war, rescue, danger, bosnian war, journalist ...
Time: 90s
Place: sarajevo, england, former yugoslavia, vietnam, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.3
 51K
Hart's War (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Fourth-generation Army Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp. Still, as the senior-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy, all ...
Style: tense, realistic, rough, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: world war two, war, soldier, frame up, pow, army investigation, escape, court martial, racism, trial, prison, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: germany, europe, belgium, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Goodbye, Children (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, West Germany, Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: nazism, world war two, jewish, friendship, betrayal, anti semitism, boarding school life, priest, resistance, wartime life, childhood, french ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, vichy, paris france, jerusalem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.0
 14K
Days of Glory (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Algeria, France, Morocco, Belgium
Duration: 123 min.
Story: During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, emotional, suspense ...
Plot: battles, war, world war two, self esteem, algerian, heroes, society, politics, army, prejudice, nazi, justice ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1943 ...
Place: france, africa, italy, algeria, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%