Movies like Joy Division

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Joy Division (2006)
Joy Division (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, Germany, Hungary
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage orphan fights against the Red Army at the end of WWII and in the aftermath is 'adopted' by a Commissar. Years later he is sent to London during the Cold war to work for the KGB, where he questions his life.
Style: thought provoking, serious, captivating, disturbing, realistic, epic, bleak
Plot: kgb, world war two, politics, betrayal, secret agents, introspection, political unrest, haunted by the past, undercover, moral dilemma, burned alive, dishonesty, state affairs, unsuccessful, war, espionage, life is a bitch, wartime life, soldier, mission of murder, love, spy, tank, revenge, military ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1945, 40s
Place: russia, london, england, ussr, soviet union

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Most similar movies to Joy Division

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and bleak films with plots about wartime life, life is a bitch, war, world war two, state affairs, soldier and military mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like Joy Division: Stalingrad (1993), Company K (2004), Sword of Honour (2001), Behind Enemy Lines (1985), The Bridges of Sarajevo (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, epic ...
Plot: world war two, war, soldier, nazism, german, survival, starvation, russian, military life, battles, military, wehrmacht ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1942, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
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Company K (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on the popular World War I novel by author William March, director Robert Clem's COMPANY K follows a veteran of the first great conflict as he finishes a book about his wartime experiences and reflects on how a man's true character ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, epic, captivating, serious ...
Plot: anti war, veteran, wartime life, prison life, haunted by the past, military life, battles, politics, state affairs, war, military, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, year 1917
Place: france
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Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The two-part TV movie Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil crystallizes that evil by concentrating on two Berlin brothers. In 1931, Helmut Hoffman (Bill Nighy) a brilliant student and self-styled opportunist, joins Hitler's SS. At the same time, ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: world war two, moral dilemma, siblings relations, wartime life, political unrest, distopia, battles, cabaret, family relations, state affairs, war, uncover truth ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: europe, germany
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Sword of Honour (2001)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 208 min.
Story: Guy Crouchback joins the war effort during World War 2, an idealistic quest to join the forces of good in the fight against evil. But his efforts is not rewarded, he never has any chance to join any real fighting, circumstances always prevent it. ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: military, love triangle, fighting the system, soldier, betrayal, haunted by the past, military life, love and romance, life is a bitch, world war two, war, society ...
Time: 1940s
Place: europe, england
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Behind Enemy Lines (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Professor-turned-spy Col. Calvin Turner and his associate, workaholic Lt. Shelley Flynn, plan a daring rescue behind enemy lines in World War II German-occupied Norway of a brilliant scientist who may or may not be aiding the Germans.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, rough ...
Plot: wartime life, rebellion, escapades, heroes, against humanity, military, state affairs, espionage, criminal heroes, war, undercover, world war two ...
Time: 20th century
Place: england, london, europe, norway
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The Bridges of Sarajevo (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Thirteen European directors explore the theme of Sarajevo; what this city has represented in European history over the past hundred years, and what Sarajevo stands for today in Europe. These eminent filmmakers of different generations and origins ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, thought provoking, serious, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, wartime life, haunted by the past, politics, anti war, society, political unrest, state affairs, world war one, archive footage, female director
Time: 20th century
Place: bosnia
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Jew Suss: Rise and Fall (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Germany, Austria
Duration: 114 min.
Story: This intricate historical drama tells the story of actor Ferdinand Marian (Tobias Moretti), who is ordered by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels to star in the 1940 anti-Semitic film Jew Suss. Despite his cooperation, Ferdinand's actions have ...
Style: realistic, captivating, factual, psychological, serious ...
Plot: nazi germany, anti semitism, propaganda, actor's life, rise and fall, filmmaking, politics, introspection, political unrest, showbiz, movie business, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: austria, europe, berlin germany
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The Ascent (1977)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two Soviet partisans leave their starving band to get supplies from a nearby farm. The Germans have reached the farm first, so the pair must go on a journey deep into occupied territory, a voyage that will also take them deep into their souls.
Style: stylized, bleak, emotional, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, cold weather, village, betrayal, partisan, captivity, atrocity, wartime life, death sentence, graphic violence, war, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: ussr, russia, europe
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Copenhagen (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: No one knows for sure what transpired when German physicist Werner Heisenberg met with his Jewish Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr, in Copenhagen -- the event became the stuff of modern scientific mythology. Director Howard Davies puts his spin on the ...
Style: captivating, serious, thought provoking, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: moral dilemma, prodigy, inventions and discoveries, friendship, politics, state affairs, society, wartime life, super weapon, nuclear threat, scientist, physics ...
Time: 1940s
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen
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Camp de Thiaroye (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A historical drama based on the Thiaroye transit camp massacre, Camp de Thiaroye dismantles the myth of colonial assimilation to expose ingrained social and cultural mechanisms of racism, exploitation, and privilege. In 1944, the French army ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, thought provoking, serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, interracial relations, racism, soldier, injustice, wartime life, culture clash, state affairs, war, military, against humanity, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: africa, senegal, france
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Stalingrad (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Drama set in 1942, during one of the most important battles of World War II, which stopped the progress of Nazi forces and turned the tide of war in favor of the Allies. The Soviet army mounts a counter-attack on the Nazi forces that occupy half of ...
Style: captivating, realistic, exciting, serious, rough ...
Plot: world war two, war, siege, heroes, red army, life is a bitch, battles, wartime life, military life, battle zone, heroism, russian history ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: ussr, russia, europe
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Leningrad (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When in 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, their troops quickly besieged Leningrad. Foreign journalists are evacuated but one of them, Kate Davies, is presumed dead and misses the plane. Alone in the city she is helped by Nina Tsvetnova a ...
Style: bleak, rough, serious, realistic, gloomy
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, siege, battles, survival, life is a bitch, military, wartime life, hunger, rationing, soldier, starvation, self sacrifice ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
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Hiroshima (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, Japan
Duration: 190 min.
Story: Hiroshima is a 1995 Japanese / Canadian film directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara and Roger Spottiswoode about the decision-making processes that led to the dropping of the atomic bombs by the United States on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: world war two, nuclear, politics, atomic bomb, surrender, battles, emperor, white house, invasion, disaster, catastrophe, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1945
Place: hiroshima japan, asia, usa, new york, japan
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Burnt by the Sun 2: Exodus (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 181 min.
Story: Epic film about WWII, a sequel to Utomlyonnye solntsem (1994). Evil Stalin is terrorizing people of Russia while the Nazis are advancing. Russian officer Kotov, who miraculously survived the death sentence in Stalin's Purge, is now fighting in ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, wartime life, military, battles, family relations, dishonesty, life is a bitch, state affairs, soldier, war, military life, prisoner of war camp ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943, year 1941
Place: russia
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The Winston Affair (1964)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In a remote jungle outpost in the Far Eastern theater of World War II, a hotheaded American soldier murders an allied British sergeant in cold blood. Stalwart American Lt. Colonel Barney Adams (Mitchum) is dispatched to defend him in the ensuing ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, captivating, serious ...
Plot: world war two, murder, courtroom drama, soldier, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, wartime life, infidelity, military life, false accusation, racism, psychopath ...
Place: india, asia
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Purple Butterfly (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a secret police unit tasked with dismantling Purple Butterfly.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: war, wartime life, rivalry, society, hidden identity, life is a bitch, love and romance, tragic hero, love affair, anti war, political unrest, japanese occupation ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 2000s
Place: japan, china, shanghai, asia
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Unfair Competition (2001)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Two linen fabric dealers with their shops close to one another, battle against each other for more and more costumers. Umberto constantly loses clients because of the tough competition brought by Leone, who offers the best prices in the ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, captivating, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: fascism, anti semitism, ghetto, social decay, family business, political unrest, human nature, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, against humanity, racial slur, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s
Place: italy, rome italy
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Legacy (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the 1970s London during the height of the Cold War when a young spy discovers the disturbing truth about his father's complex past. Based on Alan Judd's 2001 novel Legacy, the second in the Thoroughgood series after 1981's A ...
Style: serious, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: secret agents, espionage, kgb, spy, betrayal, government agency, love and romance, undercover, dishonesty, forbidden love, political unrest, cold war ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, london, britain, europe, ussr
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Resistance (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: It is 1944 and the D-Day invasion has failed, Germany's army have successfully invaded England and the Nazi war-machine is now heading west towards Wales. A group of women in an isolated Welsh village near the English border wake up to ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: espionage, life is a bitch, undercover, war, wartime life, missing person, world war two, strong female presence, resistance fighter, danger
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: england
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A Woman in Berlin (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A nameless woman keeps a diary as the Russians invade Berlin in the spring of 1945. She is in her early 30s, a patriotic journalist with international credentials; her husband, Gerd, a writer, is an officer at the Russian front. She speaks Russian ...
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, disturbing
Plot: war, war crime, world war two, rape, sexual abuse, injustice, soldier, strong sexual content, political unrest, power relations, diary, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1945
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe
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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: disturbing, bleak, captivating, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: monastery, battles, revolution, chaos, war, state affairs, politics, society, heroes, confined, against humanity, military ...
Time: 1910s, year 1919
Place: russia, europe, hungary
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The Bunker (1981)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Dramatization depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's last weeks in and around his underground bunker in Berlin before and during the battle for the city.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: nazi germany, hitler, world war two, against humanity, state affairs, confined, life is a bitch, downfall, wartime life, confinement indoors, introspection, human nature ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
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It Happened Here (1964)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, War
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: It is the Second World War. The Nazis have invaded Britain. There is a split between the resistance and those who prefer to collaborate with the invaders for a quiet life. The protagonist, a nurse, is caught in the middle.
Style: thought provoking, tense, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, military, battles, fascism, distopia, world war two, hospital, german occupation, against humanity, war, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 1940s, 1910s, year 1945, year 1940, year 1944
Place: england, europe, london, madagascar, germany ...
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Tears of April (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Finland, Germany, Greece
Duration: 115 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: realistic, disturbing, epic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: adultery, politics, tragic love, political unrest, wartime life, destiny, opposites attract, military, rebellion, social differences, military life, anti war ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1918
Place: finland
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Silence (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A drama between people under unconventional circumstances. In the Second World War Finland was the only nation who brought casualties killed-in-action back to be buried at home. These actions were carried out by men and women working in assembly ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: wartime life, military, life is a bitch, heroes, war, heroism, idealism, world war two, death of son, soldier, brawl, suicide attempt ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1944
Place: europe, finland
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The Inner Circle (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, Soviet Union, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically flawed hero maintains unwavering faith in his ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: stalinism, world war two, politics, kgb, injustice, state affairs, head of state, political unrest, dictatorship, projectionist, love, josef stalin ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 50s
Place: russia
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The Aryan Couple (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A WWII Drama about a German/Jewish industrialist who, in order to ensure his family's safe passage out of Germany, is forced to hand over his business to the Nazis.
Style: captivating, serious, suspenseful, psychological, tense ...
Plot: concentration camp, world war two, holocaust, genocide, anti semitism, survival, hidden identity, uncover truth, life is a bitch, undercover, moral dilemma, forbidden love ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944
Place: hungary, switzerland, germany, europe
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The Hanoi Hilton (1987)
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: serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: vietnam war, electric torture, tough heroes, revolution, battles, graphic violence, escape, politics, military, state affairs, rebellion, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
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In the Fog (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Netherlands, Belarus, Russia, Latvia
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation. A man is wrongly accused of collaboration. Desperate to save his dignity, he faces an impossible moral choice.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: false accusation, world war two, nazi occupation, moral dilemma, survival, life is a bitch, wartime life, human nature, forest, collaboration, resistance fighter, war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: russia, ussr
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The Winter War (1989)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 199 min.
Story: Russia attacked Finland in late November 1939. This film tells the story of a Finnish platoon of reservists from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Ostrobothnia who leave their homes and go to war. The film focuses on the ...
Style: epic, realistic, bleak, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, resistance, politics, state affairs, heroes, soldier, political unrest, battle zone, military life, heroic mission ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1939
Place: finland, europe, russia, ussr, germany
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