Movies and TV shows like China Beach

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China Beach
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Dateline: November 1967. Within klicks of Danang, Vietnam, sits a U.S. Army base, bar and hospital on China Beach filled with wounded soldiers and one very lovely but damaged Army Nurse Colleen McMurphy. Many heroes, dead and alive, try to make sense of life and death in between bourbon, bullets and battles.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: military, doctors and patients, military hospital, military life, war, military base, wartime life, power relations, performer's life, vietnam war, doctor, life is a bitch, u.s. army, hospital, radio dj, superior officer, dedication, musical tour, atrocity, medical profession, wounded soldier, medical, sergeant, irish american, female protagonist ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: asia, vietnam

Most similar movies to China Beach

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and rough films and TV series with plots about military, war, soldier, military life, battles, life is a bitch and wartime life mostly in War, Drama and History genres. Some movies like China Beach: The Boys in Company C (1978), Go Tell the Spartans (1978), A Bright Shining Lie (1998), The Crab-Drum (1977), Captain Newman, M.D. (1963). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Boys in Company C
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Disheartened by futile combat, appalled by the corruption of their South Vietnamese ally, and constantly endangered by the incompetence of their own company commander, the young men find a possible way out of the war. They are told that if they ...
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, bleak, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, basic training, anti heroes, hotshot hero, soldier, war, leadership, friendship, rebelliousness, officers and cadets, anti war, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
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System:   95%
    User:   91%
 
Go Tell the Spartans
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Go Tell the Spartans is a 1978 American war film based on Daniel Ford's 1967 novel "Incident at Muc Wa." It tells the story about U.S. Army military advisers during the early part of the Vietnam War. Led my Major Asa Barker, these ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, bleak, rough
Plot: vietnam war, military life, war, battles, military, soldier, idealism, haunted by the past, political unrest, hopes, corporal, vietcong ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s, year 1964
Place: vietnam, asia
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System:   78%
    User:   76%
 
A Bright Shining Lie
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Something in his past keeps career Army man John Paul Vann from advancing past colonel. He views being sent to Vietnam as part of the US military advisory force a stepping stone to promotion. However, he disagrees vocally (and on the record) with ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, journalism, war, anti war, vietcong, military, military life, political unrest, battles, fighting the system, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   76%
    User:   83%
 
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The Crab-Drum
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A dying French naval frigate captain tries to make a last rendezvous in the winter storm-tossed seas off the Grand Banks, with "le crabe tambour," a French war hero he had betrayed twenty years earlier. "Le crabe tambour" ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: military life, military, war, wartime life, battles, soldier, betrayal, friendship, haunted by the past, reunion, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: africa, algeria, asia, vietnam, atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   76%
    User:   82%
 
Captain Newman, M.D.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In 1944, Capt. Josiah J. Newman is the doctor in charge of Ward 7, the neuropsychiatric ward, at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona. The hospital is under-resourced and Newman scrounges what he needs with the help of his inventive staff, ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, humorous ...
Plot: hospital, soldier, doctors and patients, war, military life, wartime life, military, captain, mentally unstable, battles, power relations, doctor ...
Place: arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   72%
    User:   61%
 
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Overlord
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: During the war a young lad is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-day.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: soldier, d day, heroic mission, military life, battle zone, war, military base, battles, heroes, basic training, power relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: europe, france, normandy
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   70%
    User:   75%
 
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Tour of Duty
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
Story: The trials of a U.S. Army platoon serving in the field during the Vietnam War.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough
Plot: vietnam war, war, military, soldier, innocence lost, military life, battles, tough heroes, heroes, u.s. army, survival, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   79%
 
The Iron Triangle
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the diary of an unknown Viet Cong soldier, this film provides a sympathetic look at a Viet Cong soldier who protected a captured American soldier whom he believed did not kill him when the American had the opportunity. Written by John ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, war, idealism, village, interracial relations, anti war, military life, political unrest, wartime life, battles, military ...
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   56%
 
Gardens of Stone
Genre: Drama, War, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Vietnam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old army buddy.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: vietnam war, war, military, soldier, anti war, military life, wartime life, mentor, runaway, life is a bitch, catastrophe, civil war ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: vietnam, usa, washington d.c., iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   67%
 
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Birdy
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two young men are seriously affected by the Vietnam war. One of them has always been obsessed with birds - but now believes he really is a bird, and has been sent to a mental hospital. Can his friend help him pull through?
Style: psychological, touching, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, mental illness, war, obsession, coming of age, psychology, unlikely friendships, storytelling, mental institution, insanity, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, usa, asia, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   54%
 
The Walking Dead
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Five young marines on a suicide mission in Vietnam, struggle for survival in a jungle minefield. The mean streets of home did not prepare them for this.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, biting
Plot: jungle, soldier, war, survival, military, vietnam war, interracial relations, military life, danger, african american, deadly, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   49%
 
Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The movie follows the perspective of several characters (such as Japanese victims, soldiers, American prisoners of war and others) and how they lived or tried to survive the effects felt during the aftermath of the Atomic Bomb dropping by the Enola ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: anti war, against humanity, war, life is a bitch, moral dilemma, down on your luck, terminal illness, wartime life, battles, confined, danger, military ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: asia, japan, hiroshima japan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   45%
 
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Coming Home
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, serious, touching, compassionate ...
Plot: war, vietnam war, hospital, love, military, disability, innocence lost, adultery, love affair, wartime, love story, anti war ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   54%
 
We Were Soldiers
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, dramatic, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, war, military, death, soldier, courage, sacrifice, heroic mission, innocence lost, battle zone, brutality, weapons ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   46%
 
Faith of My Fathers
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Faith of My Fathers is based on the story of Lieutenant Commander John McCain's experiences as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years during the Vietnam War, interleaved with his memories of growing up in a heritage rich ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, submarine, war, prison, human spirit, anti war, basic training, captivity, military life, prison life, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   42%
 
Ike: The War Years
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 291 min.
Story: Ike is a 1979 television miniseries about the life of Dwight D. Eisenhower. The screenplay by Melville Shavelson was based on Kay Summersby's 1948 memoir Eisenhower Was My Boss and her 1975 autobiography, Past Forgetting: My Love Affair. ...
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, sincere
Plot: d day, soldier, war, military life, wartime life, battles, politics, military, state affairs, head of state, americana, against humanity ...
Place: england, europe, kansas, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   39%
 
A Soldier's Sweetheart
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An Army medic brings his girlfriend to stay with him at an out of the way Vietnam outpost in 1967, the woman disappears one day and he begins searching for her.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Plot: soldier, airplane, war, vietnam war, anti war, culture clash, heroic mission, military life, battles, military, buddies, orphan ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   46%
 
Men Behind the Sun
Genre: Drama, History, Horror, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The film is a graphic depiction of the war atrocities committed by the Japanese at Unit 731, the secret biological weapons experimentation unit of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. The film details the various cruel medical experiments ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak
Plot: gory, captivity, war, prison life, concentration camp, laboratory, against humanity, confined, military base, danger, soldier, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   55%
 
Flags of Our Fathers
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, dramatic, sincere ...
Plot: war, military, island, survival, torture, guilt, propaganda, violence, prejudice, death, friendship, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, usa, iraq, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   42%
 
The Siege of Firebase Gloria
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Australia, Philippines
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A Marine patrol stops at Firebase Gloria at the start of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam war. With the firebase attacked, the patrol remains to help defend it. The Marines barely hold off the VC (Viet Cong), but in the end, hold the base.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, war, soldier, siege, heroic mission, military life, battle zone, military base, battles, military, leadership, massacre ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   51%
 
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84C MoPic
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cameraman embedded with a reconnaissance patrol charts their mission across territory controlled by the Vietnamese. An impressively naturalistic Vietnam film. Impressive performance by unknown actors in this low-budget Vietnam drama. The story is ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, survival, war, jungle, anti war, heroic mission, military life, battles, military, against the odds, danger ...
Time: 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   48%
 
The Crimson Field
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Story: In a tented field hospital on the coast of France, a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers work together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: nurse, doctors and patients, wartime life, life is a bitch, friendship, love triangle, friends, love and romance, military, social relations, army, military hospital ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   47%
 
Guns at Batasi
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An anachronistic martinet RSM on a remote Colonial African army caught in a local coup d'etat must use his experience to defend those in his care.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: soldier, war, officers and cadets, military life, adventure, political unrest, military, rebellion, daring rescue, idealism, introspection, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   35%
 
The Front Line
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 133 min.
Story: In 1951 ceasefire is declared, but two remaining armies fought their final battle on the front line Towards the end of the Korean War, a South Korean battalion is fiercely battling over a hill on the front line border against the North in order to ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, captivating
Plot: war, soldier, military life, battle zone, battles, friends, military, army investigation, battle, friendship, wartime life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: asia, korea, south korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   38%
 
Men Behind the Sun 4
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre, also called Men Behind the Sun 4, is a 1994 Hong Kong film directed by Mou Tun Fei and is in many ways considered to be a follow up to the 1987 shockumentary film, Men Behind the Sun. The movie depicts the events ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: genocide, gory, survival, captivity, war, chaos and mayhem, wartime life, against humanity, bayonet, massacre, rape, gore ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: asia, china, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   35%
 
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Streamers
Genre: Crime, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Four young recruits about to be sent to Vietnam confront their prejudicial feelings toward one another when it's learned one of them is homosexual.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, talky, psychological
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, violence spree, innocence lost, war, military, interracial relations, racism, military life, social decay, injustice, society ...
Time: 1960s
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   50%
 
The Hanoi Hilton
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Lionel Chetwynd's film documents the horrific struggles that faced American POWs held in the North Vietnamese prison Hoa Lo -- more infamously known as the Hanoi Hilton -- between 1964 and 1975. Williamson (Michael Moriarty) leads a group of ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, war, prison, rebelliousness, anti war, captivity, military life, political unrest, prison life, wartime life, battles ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   36%
 
All Quiet on the Western Front
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: At the start of World War I, Paul Baumer is a young German patriot, eager to fight. Indoctrinated with propaganda at school, he and his friends eagerly sign up for the army soon after graduation. But when the horrors of war soon become too much to ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: soldier, anti war, war, hospital, military life, school, wartime life, battles, military, life is a bitch, leadership, innocence lost ...
Place: germany, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   45%
 
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Purple Hearts
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Navy surgeon and a nurse fall in love while serving in Vietnam during the war. Their affection for one another provides a striking contrast to the violence of warfare.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, captivating
Plot: vietnam war, love and romance, tragic love, romance, unfulfilled love, war, wartime life, fall in love, military, army life, medical, helicopter
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   37%
 
Empire of the Sun
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: innocence lost, survival, war, prison, coming of age, childhood, courage, friendship, british, culture clash, death, young heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia, tokyo, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   35%
 
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