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The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
 7.5
 43K
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, ira, resistance, rebellion, politics, freedom, irish, torture, occupation, debate, injustice, starvation, rebel, execution, traitor, british empire, british army, independence, colonialism, war, doctor, fear, arrest, escape, atrocity ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, medical school, europe, 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, dramatic and harsh films with plots about death, brutality, war, runaway, culture clash, murder and violence 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, epic, brutal, harsh ...
Plot: fighting the system, politics, ira, civil war, fight, treason, secret service, war, political unrest, state affairs, leadership, irish ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, serious, rough ...
Plot: revolution, resistance, military, bomb, french, rebellion, freedom, torture, capture, chaos, protest, rebel ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1954, year 1960, year 1957 ...
Place: algeria, africa, north africa, france, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: thought provoking, captivating, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: working class, fascism, civil war, politics, spanish civil war, revolution, communism, communist, fighting the system, idealism, war, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 30s, 1930s
Place: spain, england, europe, barcelona, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.6
 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, thought provoking, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: civil rights, irish, politics, ira, law enforcer killer, civil action, social problems, conflict, forced into action, social activist, protest, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, england, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, stylized, realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: betrayal, prison, intrigue, government agency, rescue, espionage, resistance, underground, french resistance, czech, life is a bitch, german ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942, year 1943
Place: france, europe, marseille, paris france, medical school ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, stylized, serious, factual ...
Plot: revolution, politics, political unrest, military, intrigue, against the odds, royal family, leadership, battles, rebellion, ambition, society ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages, 1600s, 18th century, 80s
Place: england, ireland, europe, america, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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: tense, thought provoking, sincere, realistic, rough ...
Plot: bus, politics, bus driver, state affairs, romance, love affair, refugees, opposites attract, rescue, passenger, society, social differences ...
Time: 90s
Place: nicaragua, scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.0
 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, suspenseful, serious, rough, intellectual ...
Plot: french, algerian, prejudice, muslim, military, soldier, sergeant, army, infantry, battles, nazism, war ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 40s, year 1944, year 1943 ...
Place: africa, italy, algeria, france, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 7.2
 47K
'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: tense, suspenseful, realistic, stylized, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, ira, survival, violence, terrorism, military, explosion, riot, war, british, danger, manipulations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: ireland, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: holocaust, military, nazism, soldier, war, politics, survival, german, russian, genocide, against humanity, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.7
 69K
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, captivating, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: jewish, atrocity, singer, nazism, holocaust, espionage, betrayal, german, nazi occupation, spy, occupation, war ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: holland, netherlands, europe, israel, belgium ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: bleak, serious, realistic, stylized, gloomy
Plot: soldier, evacuation, revolution, love triangle, betrayal, wartime life, life is a bitch, unfulfilled love, couple relations, war, destructive relationship, siblings relations ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, post world war one, 1920s
Place: latvia, europe, moscow russia, berlin germany, france ...
⇓ 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: sincere, thought provoking, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: lebanese, politics, dishonesty, danger, love affair, war, love and romance, life is a bitch, state affairs, chaos and mayhem, wartime life, against humanity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: middle east, lebanon, beirut lebanon, east germany, cairo egypt ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.0
 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: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revolution, photojournalist, journalism, idealism, politics, political unrest, media, military, rebelliousness, society, anti war, war ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: nicaragua, latin america, central america, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.3
 45K
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, thought provoking, surreal, rough, serious ...
Plot: against humanity, atrocity, genocide, military, occupation, anti war, holocaust, war crime, surrealism, survival, war, execution ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: soldier, pow, war, samurai, captivity, anti war, undisciplined, society, atrocity, military, escape attempt, life is a bitch ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1946, 1940s, year 1942
Place: japan, asia, australia, indonesia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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, soldier, survival, haunted by the past, wartime life, life is a bitch, teenage pregnancy, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
⇓ 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: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: nazism, friendship, jewish, betrayal, boarding school life, priest, anti semitism, resistance, auschwitz, wartime life, childhood, french ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: france, europe, jerusalem, paris france, vichy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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, emotional, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, civil war, journalism, anti war, orphanage, war, family relations, rescue, danger, journalist, morality ...
Time: 90s
Place: sarajevo, england, vietnam, europe, former yugoslavia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 8.1
 51K
Underground (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, UK, USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Black marketeers Marko and Blacky manufacture and sell weapons to the Communist resistance in WWII Belgrade, living the good life along the way. Marko's surreal duplicity propels him up the ranks of the Communist Party, and he eventually ...
Style: surreal, cynical, satirical, biting, absurd ...
Plot: freedom, lie, society, ambition, resistance, communism, revolution, cellar, resistance fighter, greed, genocide, brutality ...
Time: year 1941, 1940s, 1960s, 1990s
Place: former yugoslavia, europe, berlin germany, yugoslavia, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: captivating, thought provoking, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: monastery, against humanity, chaos and mayhem, confined, state affairs, political unrest, military life, revolution, military, soldier, wartime life, heroes ...
Time: 1910s
Place: russia, hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: realistic, emotional, captivating, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: civil war, child soldier, innocence lost, childhood, war, politics, freedom, coming of age, political unrest, human spirit, against the odds, rebel ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel, africa, middle east, latin america, iraq ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: serious, rough, emotional, realistic, disturbing
Plot: civil war, colonialism, state affairs, chaos and mayhem, family relations, political unrest, single parent, family in danger, danger, farm, chaos, workplace ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 6.9
 338
Pastorale 1943 (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 125 min.
Story: In a Dutch village during the German occupation, a small group of badly organized resistance fighters attempt to assassinate a collaborator.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, factual, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: life is a bitch, social relations, human nature, rebelliousness, resistance, execution, world war two, robbery, torture, nazi occupation, deadly, assassination attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Mexico
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929), which was touched off by a rebellion against the Mexican government's attempt to secularize the country.
Style: realistic, sincere, stylized, epic, serious
Plot: military, rebellion, wartime life, rebelliousness, injustice, society, fighting the system, political unrest, battles, religions or cults, latinos, civil war ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.6
 62K
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: bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: prison, suffering, irish, priest, protest, ira, dying, humiliation, catholic priest, prisoner, hunger, prison life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: northern ireland, ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 8.1
 288K
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
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: bleak, psychological, rough, emotional, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: escape, vietnam war, friendship, russian roulette, homecoming, suicide, confined, character change, anti war, innocence lost, war crime, wedding ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, pennsylvania, asia, saigon, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.3
 11K
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: disturbing, thought provoking, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: genocide, politics, atrocity, war crime, filmmaking, family in crisis, parents and children, retiring, family relations, artists and showbiz, state affairs, against humanity ...
Time: 1910s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, year 1915 ...
Place: turkey, ottoman empire, canada, middle east, toronto ontario canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.5
 21K
The Tin Drum (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France, Poland, Yugoslavia
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday.
Style: surreal, realistic, epic, serious, clever ...
Plot: fascism, circus, political unrest, life is a bitch, war, wartime life, against humanity, coming of age, dishonesty, grownups, mother son relationship, childhood memory ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 30s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: germany, europe, poland, paris france, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.5
 24K
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, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, german, russian, military, military hospital, anti war, chaos, sergeant, lieutenant, commander, infantrymen, war ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1943
Place: russia, france, siberia, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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