Movies like The Year of Living Dangerously

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The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
 7.2
 18K
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Australian journalist Guy Hamilton travels to Indonesia to cover civil strife in 1965. There, on the eve of an attempted coup, he befriends a Chinese Australian photographer with a deep connection to and vast knowledge of the Indonesian people and also falls in love with a British national.
Style: atmospheric, tense, clever, serious, captivating, emotional, realistic, suspenseful, stylized, dramatic ...
Plot: journalism, dwarf, embassy, politics, revolution, romance, civil war, war, military, battles, love and romance, rebellion, love affair, society, dishonesty, chaos and mayhem, media, political unrest, tragic hero, state affairs, unfulfillment, falling in love, betrayal, communism, poverty ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: indonesia, asia, australia, southeast asia

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Most similar movies to The Year of Living Dangerously

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, talky and dramatic films with plots about politics, society, dialogue, culture clash, idealism, state affairs and mentor mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres. Some movies like The Year of Living Dangerously: Gallipoli (1981), Under Fire (1983), Eleni (1985), The Quiet American (2002), The Sand Pebbles (1966). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
 34K
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, friendship, military, british empire, idealism, human spirit, military life, battle zone, desert, running, politics, war ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915, 18th century
Place: australia, egypt, middle east, africa, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 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: tense, realistic, thought provoking, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revolution, photojournalist, war, politics, journalism, idealism, power of media, political unrest, rebellion, crimes, witnessing a crime, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: nicaragua, latin america, central america, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 6.9
 1K
Eleni (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a parallel plot line we see Nick as a young boy and his family as ...
Style: realistic, psychological, emotional, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: village, revolution, civil war, against humanity, wartime life, self discovery, journalism, genocide, media, rebellion, war, state affairs ...
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
The Quiet American (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany, USA, Vietnam, Australia, France, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A stylish political thriller where love and war collide in Southeast Asia. Set in early 1950s Vietnam, a young American becomes entangled in a dangerous love triangle when he falls for the beautiful mistress of a British journalist. As war is waged ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, talky, intense ...
Plot: cia, politics, journalism, communism, love triangle, war, war crime, political unrest, crimes, state affairs, dishonesty, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, hong kong, southeast asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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The Sand Pebbles (1966)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 182 min.
Story: Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and cynical nature soon clash with the "rice-bowl" ...
Style: epic, tense, realistic, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, navy, chinese, battle, missionary, u.s. navy, ship, politics, redemption, war, civil war, romance ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: china, asia, shanghai, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.1
 7K
Havana (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: An American professional gambler named Jack Weil (Redford) decides to visit Havana, Cuba to gamble. On the boat to Havana, he meets Roberta Duran (Olin), the wife of a revolutionary, Arturo (Julia). Shortly after their arrival, Arturo is taken away ...
Style: touching, sentimental, atmospheric, stylized, serious ...
Plot: love triangle, revolution, gambling, politics, gambler, state affairs, romance, love and romance, cons and scams, battles, redemption, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959, year 1958
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba, australia, caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.5
 18K
Salvador (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A second rated journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.
Style: tense, realistic, rough, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, photojournalist, politics, war, liberal, life is a bitch, crimes, administration, state affairs, deadly, whistleblower ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: central america, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Of Love and Shadows (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Argentina, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Irene is a magazine editor living under the shadow of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Francisco is a handsome photographer and he comes to Irene for a job. As a sympathizer with the underground resistance movement, Francisco opens her eyes and ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, based on true events, sexy ...
Plot: torture, dictatorship, politics, rebellion, love triangle, fighting the system, love affair, fall in love, social decay, political intrigue, political unrest, soldier ...
Time: 70s, 1920s
Place: chile, latin america, south america, spain, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 6.8
 8K
M. Butterfly (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.
Style: erotic, serious, realistic, enigmatic, stylized ...
Plot: betrayal, opera, culture clash, communism, transvestism, espionage, romance, mistaken identity, infidelity, gender bending, couples, love affair ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: china, asia, europe, france, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.1
 8K
Indochine (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: France
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The story starts in the 1930s at one of the largest rubber-tree plantations in Indochine (Vietnam). This plantation is owned by the French colonist Eliane, a proud woman who lives with her father and her native adoptive daughter Camille. She ...
Style: serious, epic, sentimental, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: fall in love, adoption, arranged marriage, navy, communism, cabaret, love triangle, naval officer, communist, interracial relations, love and romance, police corruption ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 1930s, 20th century, 50s ...
Place: asia, vietnam, france, europe, saigon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.4
 19K
Reds (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.
Style: serious, tense, captivating, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: russian revolution, politics, journalism, love triangle, romance, idealism, political unrest, revolution, rebelliousness, love affair, writer's life, couple relations ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, year 1917
Place: russia, new york, usa, middle east, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Tears of April (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Finland, Germany, Greece
Duration: 110 min.
Story: There is civil war in Finland. Between whites vs reds. A woman soldier of reds is captured by the whites. She is ordered to be executed.
Style: serious, bleak, disturbing, epic, realistic ...
Plot: idealism, island, politics, opposites attract, war, gays and lesbians, against humanity, wartime life, romance, state affairs, life is a bitch, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1918
Place: finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Live from Baghdad (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A group of CNN reporters wrestle with journalistic ethics and the life-and-death perils of reporting during the Gulf War.A Directors Guild Award-winning movie for director Mick Jackson, starring Michael Keaton and Helena Bonham Carter. In 1990, CNN ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, serious, emotional, talky ...
Plot: journalism, gulf war, escapades, workplace situations, media, battles, political unrest, fighting the system, heroes, society, anti war, against the odds ...
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Lost City (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: In Havana, Cuba in the late 1950's, a wealthy family, one of whose sons is a prominent nightclub owner, is caught in the violent transition from the oppressive regime of Batista to the Marxist government of Fidel Castro. Castro's regime ...
Style: emotional, stylized, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: revolution, politics, nightclub, fidel castro, idealism, latin, political unrest, family problems, jazz, communism, rebellion, chaos ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.0
 144
Latino (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The fighting between the Sandinista government in Nicaragua and the Contra rebels backed by U.S. money and expertise is the focus of this pro-Sandinista film by Haskell Wexler. On a secret mission to help the U.S. Special Forces train Contra rebels ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, sincere, serious, biting ...
Plot: military, idealism, rebelliousness, society, anti war, jungle, revolution, political unrest, politics, media, journalism, rebellion ...
Time: 80s
Place: nicaragua, latin america, asia, vietnam, central america
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.3
 3K
Mrs. Soffel (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Based on a true story, Mrs. Soffel is set in Pittsburgh near the dawn of the 20th century. Peter Soffel (Edward Herrmann) is the warden of a top security prison, and his wife Kate (Diane Keaton) often comes by to read the Bible aloud to the ...
Style: realistic, melancholic, sweet, light, tense ...
Plot: prison, murder, escape, romance, life is a bitch, love and romance, confined, couple relations, fall in love, couples, prison warden, adultery ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: pittsburgh, usa, australia, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.0
 64K
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA, Italy, UK, Liechtenstein
Duration: 197 min.
Story: Doctor Zhivago is the filmed adapation of the Russian novel by Boris Pasternak from director David Lean that was an international success and today deemed a classic. Omar Sharif and Julie Christie play two protagonists who in fact love each other ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, emotional, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: love triangle, suicide attempt, nurse, russian revolution, rape, mistress, infidelity, professor, poet, deportation, funeral, communism ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 1910s, 30s, 20s ...
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Little Soldier (1963)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs to a right-wing terrorist group and a young woman who belongs to a left-wing terrorist group meet and fall in love. Complications ensue when the man ...
Style: tense, captivating, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: assassination, politics, terrorism, murder, new wave, fighting the system, romance, assassination attempt, rebellion, life is a bitch, against the rules, legal investigation ...
Time: 1950s, 1960s
Place: france, algeria, europe, geneva switzerland, brazil ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 7.8
 7K
Earth (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: India, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl bears witnesses to tragedy as her ayah is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.
Style: emotional, realistic, tense, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, massacre, atrocity, chaos, civil war, arson, romance, political unrest, youth, friends, religions or cults, society ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1947
Place: india, new delhi, asia, pakistan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.1
 747
Talk of Angels (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: This is the story of a young Irish woman who comes to Spain to escape from the pressures she feels about her impending marriage to a political activist in Ireland. But in Spain in the 1930's, taking a job of governess in a wealthy family, she ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, serious, touching
Plot: infidelity, politics, self discovery, opposites attract, family relations, couples, fall in love, love affair, dishonesty, political unrest, false accusation, love triangle ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: spain, ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.3
 11K
Coming Home (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The wife of a Marine serving in Vietnam, Sally Hyde (Jane Fonda) decides to volunteer at a local veterans hospital to occupy her time. There she meets Luke Martin (Jon Voight), a frustrated wheelchair-bound vet who has become disillusioned with the ...
Style: emotional, realistic, gloomy, sincere, serious ...
Plot: war, vietnam war, disability, hospital, military hospital, soldier, wheelchair, paraplegic, military, innocence lost, love, homecoming ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: california, vietnam, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.5
 3K
Tim (1979)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Handsome but backward gardener Tim Melville has a new woman in his life. She is Mary, his widowed employer, a woman who had given up on love until she had found Tim. At first they are friends. But soon they become lovers, as Mary, drawn to ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: mentally challenged, friendship, misfit, human nature, society, social differences, looking for love, fall in love, small town life, family life, small town, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, anti war, war, family relations, rescue, danger, journalist, courage ...
Time: 90s
Place: sarajevo, england, vietnam, former yugoslavia, bosnia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 6.6
 29
Costas (1979)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Drama directed by Paul Cox.
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: politics, misfit, society, journalism, couples, love affair, immigrants, love and romance, romance, forbidden love, taxi, immigration ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: australia, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: realistic, captivating, thought provoking, serious, emotional ...
Plot: working class, fascism, civil war, politics, spanish civil war, revolution, communist, fighting the system, idealism, war, political unrest, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 90s
Place: spain, england, barcelona, europe, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Absence of Malice (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A prosecutor leaks a false story that liquor warehouse owner Michael Gallagher is involved in the murder of a union head, and as newspaper reporter Megan Carter picks up the story and attempts to find the real truth, Gallagher's life begins to ...
Style: clever, tense, serious, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: journalism, murder, media, newspaper reporter, investigation, politics, false accusation, life is a bitch, legal action, crimes, legal, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Harrison's Flowers (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Harrison Lloyd is a Pulitzer-winning photojournalist. His wife and family are making it hard for him to keep his mind on his work when he's in a war zone, and he wants to change jobs to something less stressful. But he's got one last ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, rough, brutal, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: genocide, war, missing person, murder, photojournalist, obsessive quest, battles, crimes, journalism, love affair, civil war, violence ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1991
Place: croatia, europe, former yugoslavia, new jersey, yugoslavia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.5
 7K
Red Sorghum (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu'er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as "my Grandpa" by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed ...
Style: tense, serious, emotional, sincere, epic ...
Plot: love affair, political unrest, couples, unfulfillment, state affairs, war, couple relations, love and romance, village life, wartime life, village, society ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Great Gatsby (1974)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession ...
Style: captivating, serious, stylized, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: love and romance, infidelity, love triangle, society, fall in love, obsession, love affair, wealth, millionaire, couple relations, couples, betrayal ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, post world war one
Place: new york, usa, long island, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.4
 784
The Situation (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The first U.S.-made film drama set during the Iraq war, THE SITUATION chronicles the tragic death of an Iraqi teenager at the hands of U.S. soldiers. The incident sets off an "investigation," a cover-up, and complications involving Iraqi ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: iraq war, wartime life, journalism, media, assassination, terrorism, society, anti war, danger, politics, racism, idealism ...
Time: contemporary
Place: middle east, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%