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The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
 7.5
 42K
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, stylized, dramatic, talky ...
Plot: civil war, resistance, ira, politics, rebellion, freedom, injustice, irish, torture, british army, independence, british empire, colonialism, traitor, occupation, debate, war, starvation, execution, rebel, irish republican army, arrest, fear, doctor, escape ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, europe, medical school, london, boston

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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 realistic, serious, harsh and dramatic films with plots about brutality, culture clash, runaway, death, war, politics and courage mostly in Drama, War and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Wind That Shakes the Barley: Michael Collins (1996), The Battle of Algiers (1966), Land and Freedom (1995), Bloody Sunday (2002), 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, brutal, harsh, factual ...
Plot: fighting the system, civil war, politics, fight, leadership, war, treason, secret service, political unrest, state affairs, british empire, ira ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: realistic, bleak, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: revolution, military, resistance, bomb, torture, rebellion, underground fighting, french, independence, muslim, algerian, government ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1957, year 1954, year 1960 ...
Place: algeria, africa, north africa, france, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Land and Freedom (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The movie narrates the story of David Carr, an unemployed worker and member of the Communist Party of Great Britain. In 1936 he decides to fight for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War, an anti-fascist coalition of liberals, communists and ...
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: working class, fascism, spanish civil war, politics, communist, civil war, revolution, war, betrayal, realism, political unrest, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 90s
Place: spain, england, europe, barcelona, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.7
 22K
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: realistic, bleak, serious, rough, captivating ...
Plot: civil rights, politics, irish, fighting the system, gory, human spirit, urban, political unrest, injustice, life is a bitch, society, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, england, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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, realistic, stylized, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: german, betrayal, french resistance, czech, prison, life is a bitch, espionage, intrigue, resistance, underground, war, rescue ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1943, 1940s
Place: france, europe, marseille, vichy, arc de triomphe paris ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.9
 4K
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, serious, sincere, stylized ...
Plot: betrayal, politics, military, revolution, parliament, tyranny, king, intrigue, rise and fall, rise to the top, political unrest, war ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages, 80s, 18th century
Place: england, ireland, europe, america, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
 46K
'71 (2014)
Genre: Action, 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, realistic, tense, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, survival, violence, war, ira, terrorism, explosion, riot, military, british, urban, street ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1971
Place: ireland, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.1
 13K
Days of Glory (2006)
Genre: 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, serious, rough, suspenseful, intellectual ...
Plot: algerian, french, soldier, infantry, army, prejudice, battles, war, military, german, muslim, sergeant ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, year 1944, year 1945 ...
Place: africa, algeria, italy, france, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 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: serious, thought provoking, realistic, sincere, rough ...
Plot: politics, bus driver, bus, society, romance, civil war, opposites attract, rescue, love affair, social differences, political unrest, state affairs ...
Time: 90s
Place: nicaragua, scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.1
 6K
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: realistic, emotional, serious, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revolution, journalism, war, idealism, photojournalist, politics, wife husband relationship, rebelliousness, anti war, political unrest, battles, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: nicaragua, latin america, central america, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.8
 68K
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, realistic, epic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: espionage, holocaust, nazism, war, occupation, betrayal, german, train, jewish, spy, frame up, pianist ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1940s, 1950s ...
Place: holland, netherlands, europe, israel, belgium ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.5
 28K
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, gloomy, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, soldier, anti war, war, survival, squad, execution, snow, nazism, german, russian, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, year 1942, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, gloomy, realistic, stylized, bleak
Plot: soldier, betrayal, love triangle, revolution, evacuation, destructive relationship, war, tragic love, unfulfilled love, wartime life, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, post world war one, 1920s
Place: latvia, europe, germany, paris france, warsaw poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: disturbing, realistic, rough, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, civil war, journalism, orphanage, war, anti war, family relations, rescue, danger, courage, morality ...
Time: 90s
Place: sarajevo, england, vietnam, bosnia, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.9
 11K
The Hill (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: North Africa, World War II. British soldiers on the brink of collapse push beyond endurance to struggle up a brutal incline. It's not a military objective. It's The Hill, a manmade instrument of torture, a tower of sand seared by a ...
Style: bleak, tense, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: prison, military, punishment, soldier, desert, sadism, british army, cruelty, torture, hill, racism, war ...
Time: 1940s
Place: africa, north africa, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, lebanese, journalism, war, battle zone, political unrest, wartime life, media, society, state affairs, life is a bitch, love affair ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: middle east, lebanon, hamburg germany, west germany, beirut lebanon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.0
 42K
No Man's Land (2001)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Belgium, UK, Slovenia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two soldiers from opposite sites get stuck between the front lines in the same trench. The UN is asked to free them and both sides agree on a ceasefire, but will they stick to it?
Style: clever, dark humor, realistic, bleak, semi serious ...
Plot: soldier, politics, recruit, survival, anti war, war, media, french, bomb, enemy, culture clash, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1993
Place: bosnia, serbia, europe, former yugoslavia, mine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, Japan, New Zealand
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, bleak, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Plot: soldier, pow, war, samurai, anti war, captivity, confined, military, life is a bitch, society, brutality, british ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1946, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, indonesia, australia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 7.3
 10K
Savior (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A hardened mercenary in the Foreign Legion begins to find his own humanity when confronted with atrocities during the fighting in Bosnia
Style: bleak, rough, tense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: atrocity, war, genocide, mercenary, civil war, redemption, soldier, rape, pregnancy, terrorism, war crime, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: bosnia, europe, former yugoslavia, serbia, croatia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Innocent Voices (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Mexico, USA, Puerto Rico
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: civil war, war, innocence lost, village, politics, human spirit, childhood, coming of age, parents and children, freedom, political unrest, youth ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel, africa, middle east, latin america, iraq ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: monastery, soldier, rebelliousness, anti war, war, battle zone, genocide, military life, political unrest, revolution, battles, politics ...
Time: 1910s
Place: russia, europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.5
 23K
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: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: german, soldier, russian, commander, sergeant, lieutenant, war, anti war, military, chaos, survival, military hospital ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, france, siberia, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, captivating, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: prison, politics, strike, struggle, betrayal, human spirit, terrorism, dedicated lawyer, tragic hero, parents and children, custody, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Bread and Roses (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: janitor, politics, working class, labor union, immigrants, deportation, realism, boss and employee, socialism, injustice, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, guatemala, mexico city, tijuana mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: sentimental, realistic, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: boarding school life, german, friendship, nazism, betrayal, anti semitism, jewish, resistance, auschwitz, wartime life, priest, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: france, europe, paris france, vichy, jerusalem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.2
 42K
Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union, Belarus
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, surreal, realistic, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: against humanity, atrocity, genocide, anti war, insanity, surrealism, teenage girl, wehrmacht, holocaust, war, war crime, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.1
 281K
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 183 min.
Story: A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in ...
Style: epic, bleak, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: escape, friendship, vietnam war, innocence lost, suicide, russian roulette, party, wedding, friend, vietnam veteran, deer hunting, homecoming ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, pennsylvania, asia, saigon, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In the 1970s, a foundling lad, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving his Irish town for London, in part to look for his mother and in part because his trans-gender nature is beyond the town's understanding.
Style: surreal, stylized, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: transvestism, gender bending, gays and lesbians, gay, irish, homosexuality, terrorism, ira, funeral, priest, rape, bomb ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.0
 36K
Tigerland (2000)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana's infamous Tigerland, last stop before Vietnam for tens of thousands of young men in 1971
Style: realistic, clever, tense, rough, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, military, basic training, peace sign, target practice, exhaustion, stockade, awol, military base, recruit, fighting the system, boot camp ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: louisiana, usa, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.5
 19K
Stop-Loss (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A veteran soldier returns from his completed tour of duty in Iraq, only to find his life turned upside down when he is arbitrarily ordered to return to field duty by the Army.
Style: emotional, serious, bleak, thought provoking, sad ...
Plot: military, homecoming, soldier, friendship, gulf war, patriotism, wartime life, politics, death, rules and policies, u.s. military, fiance fiancee relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, canada, mexico, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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