Movies like The Water Diviner

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The Water Diviner (2014)
 7.1
 66K
The Water Diviner (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1919, Australian farmer Joshua Connor travels to Turkey to discover the fate of his three sons, reported missing in action. Holding on to hope, Joshua must travel across the war-torn landscape to find the truth and his own peace.
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, compassionate, suspense, serious, realistic, stylized, dramatic, sentimental ...
Plot: missing son, parents and children, missing person, redemption, loss of son, death of son, promise, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, family drama, world war one, unlikely friendships, culture clash, uncover truth, farmer, war, track down, missing in action, escapades, family relations, life is a bitch, australian, wartime life, british, death ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1919, year 1915
Place: australia, turkey, istanbul turkey, ottoman empire, england

Most similar movies to The Water Diviner

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, dramatic, serious and emotional films with plots about death, culture clash, beautiful scenery, courage, war, mentor and sacrifice mostly in War, Drama and History genres. Some movies like The Water Diviner: Testament of Youth (2014), Gallipoli (1981), My Boy Jack (2007), War Horse (2011), Flags of Our Fathers (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Testament of Youth (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Denmark
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and ...
Style: touching, serious, captivating, emotional, based on memoir ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: war, wartime life, life is a bitch, love and romance, nurse, love affair, poetry, aspiring writer, nursing, compassion, war injury, army ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1918, 18th century, 19th century
Place: oxford university, england, london, europe, flanders ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, realistic, touching, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: anti war, friendship, military, british empire, running, desert, war, idealism, buddies, innocence lost, soldier, troops ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915, 18th century
Place: australia, egypt, africa, middle east, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.2
 5K
My Boy Jack (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Author Rudyard Kipling and his wife search for their 17-year-old son after he goes missing during WWI.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: british army, military, officers and cadets, parents and children, war, battles, writer's life, family in crisis, missing person, teenage life, family relations, glory ...
Time: 1910s, year 1915
Place: france, germany, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 135K
War Horse (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Follows a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend.
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: horse, friendship, german, human spirit, trapped, war, artillery, animal training, hopes, danger, battles, world war one ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1918
Place: england, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: There were five Marines and one Navy Corpsman photographed raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. This is the story of three of the six surviving servicemen – John 'Doc' Bradley, Pvt. Rene Gagnon ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: military, island, war, torture, loss of friend, fame, corpse, survival, danger, gory, battle zone, guilt ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: japan, asia, usa, manhattan new york city, pacific ocean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: survival, military, war, battles, anti war, cave, imperial japan, japanese army, jungle, suicide, chaos, letter ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945, year 2005
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even ...
Style: emotional, epic, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: young heroes, innocence lost, survival, prison, pow, coming of age, peasant, japanese soldier, japanese army, bravery, stadium, chinese ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: china, asia, shanghai, japan, hiroshima japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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 ⇓
41%
The Official Story (1985)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Argentina
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.
Style: realistic, emotional, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Plot: politics, adoption, missing person, lawyer, adopted daughter, disappearance, screaming, professor, book, military, school, high school teacher ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: argentina, latin america, spain, bolivia, buenos aires argentina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.1
 357K
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Style: touching, inspirational, based on true events, brutal, suspense ...
Plot: war, bible, conscientious objector, courage, violence, survival, world war two, father son relationship, life & death, prejudice, soldier, pacifism ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, 20th century
Place: japan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.9
 11K
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, realistic, serious, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: australian, military, murder, writing, trial, military life, war, soldier, anti war, execution, politics, courtroom drama ...
Time: 1900s, 19th century, 20th century
Place: south africa, africa, australia, south australia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Flowers of War (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, atrocity, rape, brothel, forced prostitution, life is a bitch, prostitution, war crime, massacre, war, priest, suffering ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, year 1937
Place: china, asia, japan, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.6
 13K
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, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: german, holocaust, survival, jewish, anti semitism, hidden identity, war, ghetto, communism, roommate, concentration camp, homosexual ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, latvia, europe, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.6
 283K
Les Mis?rables (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Musical, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 158 min.
Story: An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.
Style: realistic, captivating, suspense, emotional, epic ...
Plot: redemption, prostitute, rebellion, haunted by the past, orphan, mayor, convict, revolution, family relations, escapades, love and romance, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: france, paris france, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
City of Life and Death (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 132 min.
Story: City of Life and Death takes place in 1937, during the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the ...
Style: bleak, serious, emotional, epic, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, massacre, mass murder, japanese army, sino japanese war, life is a bitch, atrocity, german, war, imperial japan, military, war crime ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, year 1937, year 1938
Place: asia, china, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.3
 14K
To Live (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry.
Style: epic, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gambling, communism, politics, child abuse, communist, cultural revolution, funeral, parents and children, dishonesty, shadow puppet, destiny, village ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: china, asia, taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In late 1930s Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Continis are a leading family: wealthy, aristocratic, and urbane; they are also Jewish. Their adult children, Micol and Alberto, gather a diverse circle of friends for tennis and parties at their villa with ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: fascism, holocaust, anti semitism, tennis, wartime life, deportation, family life, society, life is a bitch, confined, family relations, jewish ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 30s, 1940s ...
Place: italy, europe, africa, israel, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.4
 21K
Little Boy (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, realistic, surprise ending ...
Plot: spirituality, family, small town, war, wartime life, against the odds, youth, family relations, parents and children, small town life, kids in trouble, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: usa, japan, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 7.5
 12K
Taking Chance (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort accompanies the body of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps to his hometown in Wyoming.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: military, soldier, gulf war, self discovery, war, sacrifice, military life, warlord, life is a bitch, iraq war, marines, patriotism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004
Place: wyoming, usa, iraq, salt lake city utah, minneapolis minnesota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Happy Christmas (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Music, Romance, War
Country: France, Germany, UK, Belgium, Romania, Norway, Japan, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the ...
Style: uplifting, touching, captivating, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: christmas, human spirit, soldier, friendship, idealism, war, singer, battle zone, hopes, holiday, military life, prejudice ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: europe, berlin germany, holland, glasgow scotland, oslo norway ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
 131K
Cold Mountain (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, Italy, Romania, USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada, who he left behind ...
Style: emotional, captivating, epic, romantic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: american civil war, tragic love, getting home, survival, lovers reunited, loss of family member, lovers apart, wartime life, power of love, love and romance, love, love of one's life ...
Time: 1860s, 19th century
Place: usa, north carolina, south carolina, atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.1
 102K
Brothers (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When his helicopter goes down during his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan, Marine Sam Cahill is presumed dead. Back home, brother Tommy steps in to look over Sam’s wife, Grace, and two children. Sam’s surprise homecoming triggers domestic ...
Style: realistic, emotional, tense, psychological, touching ...
Plot: family problems, presumed dead, war, suspicion, military, sibling relationship, brother brother relationship, homecoming, wartime life, patriotism, couple relations, tragic hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: afghanistan, usa, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: prison, island, war, war crime, survival, human spirit, friendship, danger, escapades, hopes, friends, prison life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s
Place: singapore, asia, indonesia, japan, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, Germany, Ireland, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Enemy at the Gates is a war film from Jean-Jacques Annaud from 2001 that takes place during the battle of Stalingard in World War II between the Russians and the Germans.
Style: serious, bleak, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: military, sniper, nazism, war, assassination, friendship, battle zone, trap, heroes, deadly, german, russian ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: russia, soviet union, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: In 1919, Mathilde was 19 years old. Two years earlier, her fiancé Manech left for the front at the Somme. Like millions of others he was "killed on the field of battle." It's written in black and white on the official notice. But ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, touching, sentimental, romantic ...
Plot: missing person, private detective, against the odds, war, uncover truth, young lovers, investigation, love and romance, obsession, love story, destiny, love ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, year 1917, year 1919 ...
Place: france, europe, marseille provence, paris france, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, disturbing, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, friendship, against humanity, concentration camp, childhood, young heroes, jewish, nazism, wartime life, atrocity, gas chamber, innocence lost ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The White Countess (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, Germany, China, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The last movie from the team of Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in 1930s Shanghai, "The White Countess" is both Sofia (Natasha Richardson), a fallen member of the Russian aristocracy, and a nightclub created by a ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, romance, unlikely couple, innocence lost, fall in love, dishonesty, love and romance, couples, friends, intrigue, rebelliousness, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, pre world war two, year 1937
Place: china, asia, macau, shanghai china, shanghai ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Legends of the Fall (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: An epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, and love.
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love triangle, romance, sibling relationship, friendship, conflict, revenge, father son estrangement, father son relationship, death, sibling rivalry, lovers, world war one ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 19th century, edwardian era
Place: usa, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.2
 235K
The Patriot (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 165 min.
Story: After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a farmer. But when his son Gabriel enlists in the army to defend their new nation, ...
Style: rough, captivating, uplifting, sentimental, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, revolution, rebellion, daring rescue, battles, freedom, human spirit, british, war, heroic mission, parents and children, american revolution ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1770s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa, england, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.6
 118K
The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, adoption, family secret, nazi germany, life is a bitch, jewish, human spirit, book, nazi, against humanity, runaway, youth ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1939 ...
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%