Movies like Night of the Pencils

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Night of the Pencils (1986)
 7.3
 2K
Night of the Pencils (1986)
Original name: La Noche de los Lápices
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Argentina
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The Night of the Pencils was a series of kidnappings and forced disappearances, followed by the torture, rape, and murder of a number of young students during the last Argentine dictatorship (known as the National Reorganization Process). The kidnappings took place over the course of several days beginning on September 16, 1976.
Style: based on true events
Plot: torture, kidnapping, dictatorship, survivor, assassination, school, violence, military, fascism, male nudity, atrocity, oppression, pubic hair, electric torture, ends with biographical notes, operation condor
Time: 70s
Place: argentina

Most similar movies to Night of the Pencils

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about torture, kidnapping, murder, politics, violence, male nudity and state affairs mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres. Some movies like Night of the Pencils: Garage Olimpo (1999), Chronicle of an Escape (2006), Forgotten (2014), Forbidden Love Game (1975), The Man Standing Next (2020). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Garage Olimpo (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Argentina, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A beautiful Argentine activist receives preferential treatment from a man supposed to torture her.
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: kidnapping, politics, torture, military dictatorship, survival, crimes, danger, state affairs, blindfolded, topless, suicide, sea ...
Time: 70s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina
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100%
Chronicle of an Escape (2006)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Argentina
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The true story of four men who narrowly escaped death at the hands of Argentina's military death squads during the 1970s is brought to the screen in this thriller. In 1977, Claudio Tamburrini (Rodrigo de la Serna) was a goalie for a ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: soccer, murder, false accusation, kidnapping, terrorism, on the run, danger, politics, false accusations, dictatorship, government conspiracy, reenactment ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.9
 134
Forgotten (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Bolivia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: José, a Bolivian retired general, is lying on his deathbed after a heart attack. Tormented by memories of his involvement in Operation Condor and invaded by deep remorse, he decides to tell his only son his biggest secrets in search of redemption.
Plot: flashback, disappearance, kidnapping, electric torture, operation condor, torture victim, water torture, violence, torture, cia, political repression
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Forbidden Love Game (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The film begins with a school teacher bidding farewell to his students, who are leaving for the summer. As he is heading home he notices two of his students are hitch-hiking and picks them up. He invites them over for dinner and lodging, which they ...
Plot: torture, teenager, kidnapping, domination, gay interest, suicide, sex, female nudity, male nudity, murder
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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The Man Standing Next (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the 1970s, Korea is under the absolute control of the President Park who controls the KCIA, the organization with an edge over any branch of government. The director of KCIA, KIM Gyu-pyeong, is the seemingly most prospective second-in-command. In ...
Plot: assassination of president, assassination, dictator, dictatorship, politics
Time: 70s, year 1979
Place: usa, seoul, washington d.c., asia, south korea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
State of Siege (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, West Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Like most of Costa-Gavras' political thrillers, the French State of Siege is based on a true story. The incident dramatized herein is the kidnapping of a U.S. official somewhere in Latin America. The director's sympathies clearly lie with ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: kidnapping, politics, partisan, torture, curfew, martial law, political intrigue, confined, criminal heroes, danger, state affairs, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: latin america, uruguay, santiago chile, santiago de chile, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan decides it's time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education, so he decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. General Idi Amin comes to power and ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, brutal, factual ...
Plot: dictatorship, doctor, against humanity, genocide, atrocity, politics, corruption, torture, blacks and whites, violence, dictator, head of state ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: uganda, africa, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Of Love and Shadows (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Argentina
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, visually appealing ...
Plot: politics, torture, dictatorship, distopia, rebellion, uncover truth, idealism, journalism, state affairs, media, soldier, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, year 1973, 1920s
Place: chile, latin america, south america, spain, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Funny Dirty Little War (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Argentina
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A small revolution breaks out in a small Argentine town, as one group of Peronists calls they newly elected peronist a communist. The newly elected official enlists the aid of allies ranging from the town drunk to young peronists to help hold his ...
Style: humorous, witty, suspenseful, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: politics, hostage, farce, village, village life, small town, small town life, political intrigue, kidnapping, chaos and mayhem, confined, state affairs ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.2
 375
Revenge (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A British family takes revenge into its own hands in avenging their recently slain daughter.
Style: psychotronic
Plot: kidnapping, stepmother, scooter, bartender, house, infidelity, white bra, revenge, cellar, trapped, rape, pedophilia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 3.7
 181
Betrothed (2016)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A trip to the store turns into a surreal nightmare when a college student is kidnapped by a deranged, dysfunctional family. Now Audra West finds herself trapped in the middle of the desert, and betrothed to Adam, the youngest son of the murderous ...
Style: suspense
Plot: dysfunctional family, torture, arranged marriage, kidnapping, violence, forced marriage, abduction
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.0
 12K
The Clan (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When it was first released in Argentina, Pablo Trapero’s film had the highest opening box-office of all time. The key to that success is simply that The Clan is based on one of the most shocking crimes in the country’s history, the Puccio Clan ...
Style: captivating, tense, psychological, suspense, based on true events
Plot: murder, abduction, violence, hostage, ransom, arrest, archive footage, kidnapping, family relations, crimes, military dictatorship, bound and gagged ...
Time: 80s
Place: argentina, buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.7
 18K
Missing (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Based on the real-life experiences of Ed Horman. A conservative American businessman travels to a South American country to investigate the sudden disappearance of his son after a right-wing military takeover. Accompanied by his son's wife he ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: dictatorship, political conspiracy, military coup, missing person, politics, political intrigue, military, journalist, loss of son, corruption, uncover truth, patriotism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, south america, washington d.c., santiago chile ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.4
 19K
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, suspense, thought provoking, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: civil war, journalism, photojournalist, politics, liberal, state affairs, media, life is a bitch, dictatorship, war correspondent, war, confession booth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: central america, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, rough, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, cia, manhunt, military, swat team, assassination, al qaeda, espionage, 9/11, terrorist, explosion, surveillance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, september 11 2001, year 2011 ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, iraq, paris france, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 4.9
 172
Sweet Country (1987)
Genre: Drama, History
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An American couple in Chile is drawn into the turmoil that followed President Salvador Allende's 1973 overthrow.
Plot: bomb, military, coup d'etat, blackmail, humiliation, abuse of power, socialism, military coup, torture, coup, assassin, death ...
Place: chile, santiago chile, santiago de chile
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.3
 23K
Z (1969)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Algeria
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Repression is the rule of the day in this film that skewers Greek governance of the 1960s. Z, a leftist rabble rouser, is killed in what appears to be a traffic accident. But given the political climate, the death of such a prominent activist raises ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, bleak, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: conspiracy, assassination, military, politics, political corruption, photojournalist, protest, liberal, cia, government, police, courtroom drama ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 2K
Romero (1989)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Romero is a compelling and deeply moving look at the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who made the ultimate sacrifice in a passionate stand against social injustice and oppression in his county. This fil chronicles the transformation ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, suspense, christian film ...
Plot: murder, church, bishop, fighting the system, priest, politics, battles, campaign, political unrest, crimes, society, clergy ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
April Captains (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Portugal, Spain, Italy, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Story of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship--which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar--and of two young army captains who were involved in it.
Style: rough, tense, serious, thought provoking, realistic
Plot: revolution, rebellion, dictatorship, family relations, state affairs, politics, military coup, war, rebelliousness, siblings relations, political unrest, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: portugal, africa, angola
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.0
 493
The Colonel (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A "Reformed Colonel" is found dead in Paris, a couple of decades after Algeria's struggle for independence was won from France. Lieutenant Galois is assigned the investigation of this murder. She receives the diary of Lieutenent Guy ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, captivating
Plot: military, murder, algerian war, torture, military life, investigation, state affairs, deadly, crimes, uncover truth, love affair, brutality ...
Time: 50s, 90s
Place: algeria, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.0
 514
Truth (2017)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A terrorist cell takes three Americans hostage and threatens to expose a secret that will shatter America's soul.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, talky ...
Plot: hostage, politics, terrorism, captivity, life is a bitch, confined, ultimatum, uncover truth, coldhearted, kidnapping, abduction, torture ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Kidnapped: The Hannah Anderson Story (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: On the afternoon of August 3, 2013, 16-year-old Hannah Anderson was abducted after finishing cheerleading practice in a San Diego suburb. When the bodies of her mother and brother were found in the burned home of family friend James DiMaggio later ...
Plot: true crime, kidnapping, cheerleader, fbi agent, survivor, murder, tied feet, death, father daughter relationship, abduction, 16 year old, instagram
Place: san diego california, california, idaho
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 4.8
 419
Blue Rita (1977)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Blue Rita runs a nightclub and gases and kidnaps men there for her pleasure and torture.
Style: sexploitation film
Plot: spy, rape, kidnapping, strip club, gas, torture, double agent, lesbianism, woman wearing a gas mask, sexploitation, cell, secret agents ...
Place: paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 2.5
 831
The Captives (2001)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Sandy has stumbled onto a lair of torture and humiliation. She was abducted and brought to this pit of pain as the next intended victim. But Sandy overthrows her captor and kills him. Does she release the other prisoners? Does she call the police? ...
Style: sadistic, rough, macabre, erotic
Plot: torture, rape and revenge, violence, defecation, rape, perversion, pervert, masturbation, revenge, sadism, rape revenge, brutality ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.4
 2K
Koblic (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Tomás Kóblic, a former pilot and captain of the Argentinian Navy, disobeys an order and becomes a fugitive in order to survive. He chooses to hide in a small town in the south of the country, where his presence will catch the attention of the ...
Plot: haunted by the past, military dictatorship, military, barking dog, gas station, cemetery, shot in the head, flashback, uncle, funeral, digging a grave, murder ...
Time: year 1977, 70s
Place: argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.1
 364
Il caso Moro (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: On March 16 1978, the Red Brigade kidnap the Chief of the Christian Democraty, the party in power in Italy since the end of the war. Fifty-five days later, his corpse was found in the trunk of a red Renault.
Plot: terrorism, italian history, kidnapping, murder, politics, prime minister, politician, terrorist, years of lead
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: captivating, sincere, suspenseful, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, politics, family relations, uncover truth, society, parents and children, haunted by the past, political unrest, state affairs, missing person, secret, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, bolivia, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Hearts & Minds (1995)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: South Africa
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the final days of the pro-apartheid government, bigoted policeman and assassin Andries Fourie is assigned an undercover job. His task is to pose as a political progressive to infiltrate the African National Congress and assassinate one of the ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: police officer, discrimination, law enforcement, society, politics, state affairs, congress, life turned upside down, swat team, working undercover, political intrigue, political unrest ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 70s
Place: south africa, africa, moscow russia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Golden Apples of the Sun (1973)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Behind these bars lies an unbridled fury. Caged Terror-a tale of madness, infidelity and revenge. Everyone needs to get away from it all, and the country is the most tranquil place to escape life's everyday battles. Or is it? Richard and Janet, ...
Style: avant garde, cult film
Plot: rape, teenager, revenge, insanity, sadism, torture, perversion, suffering, humiliation, kidnapping, hippie, forest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Four Days in September (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Brazil, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during a bank hold up. Fernando then decides to kidnap the ...
Style: talky, realistic, suspenseful, serious, captivating ...
Plot: politics, kidnapping, terrorism, heroes, brazilian, revolutionary, terrorist, freedom, media, hostages, crimes, danger ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1968, year 1969, year 1967 ...
Place: brazil, portugal, lisbon portugal, sao paulo brazil, rio de janeiro ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%