Movies like December

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December (1991)
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December (1991)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In December of 1941, five teenage boys at a New England prep school hear the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and realize their lives are going to be changed forever. Released in 1991.
Style: serious, realistic, talky
Plot: coming of age, preparatory school, world war two, friendship, war, school, youth, military, friends, battles, self discovery, boarding school, buddies, boarding school life, cons and scams, profanity, christmas, fight, food, heroes, death, snow, running, book, hunger ...
Time: year 1941, year 1938
Place: new england, pearl harbor, england, london

Most similar movies to December

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and dramatic films with plots about friendship, war, soldier, military, world war two, anti war and battles mostly in Drama, War and Family genres. Some movies like December: A Separate Peace (2004), Ithaca (2015), A Separate Peace (1972), Goodbye, Children (1987), 1969 (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Separate Peace (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Four friends with one dark secret they could never outrun.
Style: psychological, serious, sincere, emotional, realistic
Plot: friendship, betrayal, boarding school, lifestyle, teenage love, teenage life, rebellion, youth, secret, coming of age, school, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1943
Place: boston, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.5
 2K
Ithaca (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In a small town in California's San Joaquin Valley, 14-year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, realistic, tense
Plot: brother brother relationship, family relations, world war two, friendship, promise, coming of age, jealousy, teenage boy, fear, husband wife relationship, death of brother, anti war ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
A Separate Peace (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Gene and Finny are two boys who are best friends living in 1943, at the height of World War II. The idea that the boys will most likely be drafted when they turn eighteen is surrounding them, and they are practically forced to live their lives to ...
Style: sexual, disturbing, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: world war two, coming of age, betrayal, friendship, rebellion, gender, hopes, love and romance, best friends, youth, buddies, lifestyle ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Goodbye, Children (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, West Germany, Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: nazism, jewish, world war two, friendship, betrayal, anti semitism, boarding school life, priest, resistance, auschwitz, wartime life, childhood ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, paris france, vichy, jerusalem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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1969 (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two rebellious youths, Ralph and Scott, find themselves struggling with adulthood as the Vietnam War rages. Feeling trapped in their small town, Scott battles with his conservative veteran father, Cliff, and Ralph deals with his desperately sexual ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, sincere, thought provoking, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: easter, vietnam war, nudity (full frontal - brief), anti war, friendship, family relations, bad trip, graduation, war, small town, wartime life, human nature ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1969, 70s
Place: vietnam, maryland, usa, maine, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
A Midnight Clear (1992)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Set in 1944 France, an American Intelligence Squad locates a German Platoon wishing to surrender rather than die in Germany's final war offensive. The two groups of men, isolated from the war at present, put aside their differences and spend ...
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: world war two, war, innocence lost, anti war, christmas, prank, buddies, battles, friends, disorder, isolation, soldier ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.4
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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: touching, emotional, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: military, war, soldier, self discovery, military life, patriotism, marines, iraq war, father son relationship, brother brother relationship, husband wife relationship, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004
Place: iraq, wyoming, usa, philadelphia, salt lake city utah ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.9
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Red Cherry (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on a true story, this horrifying tale follows two orphaned friends as they struggle to survive during World War II.
Style: touching, gloomy, bleak, saga, realistic ...
Plot: school, world war two, orphan, coming of age, soldier, summer camp, monastery, kids in trouble, child in peril, teaching the ways of the world, anti war, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1941
Place: russia, moscow russia, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 6.4
 20K
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: soldier, friendship, homecoming, military, u.s. military, politics, wartime life, rules and policies, post traumatic stress disorder, gulf war, death, patriotism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, canada, washington d.c., mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Ivan's Childhood (1962)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, serious, meditative, psychological ...
Plot: world war two, orphan, war, anti war, youth, heroes, battles, german, boy, child execution, child spy, great patriotic war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, berlin germany, soviet union, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.3
 21K
Birdy (1984)
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, realistic, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, obsession, mental illness, mental institution, soldier, disfigurement, bird, war, coming of age, rehabilitation, mute or deaf ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, usa, asia, philadelphia, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
A Bear Named Winnie (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a Canadian soldier, enroute to World War I from Winnipeg, who adopts an orphaned bear cub at White River Ontario. It is namned Winnie (for Winnipeg) and eventually ends up at the London Zoo where it became the inspiration ...
Style: feel good, serious, touching, light
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: world war one, friendship, soldier, hopes, survival, babies and infants, best friends, war, danger, pets, human spirit, battles ...
Time: 1910s
Place: england, london, canada, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
I'll Remember April (2000)
Genre: Drama, Family, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Four young boys find a shipwrecked Japanese sailor during World War II and struggle with the decision to save him.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: soldier, world war two, war, military, friends, racism, wartime life, friendship between boys, japanese soldier, prejudice, boy, youth ...
Place: usa, california, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
El Alamein - The Line of Fire (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: War seen through the eyes of Serra, a university student from Palermo who volunteers in 1942 to fight in Africa. He is assigned to the Pavia Division on the southern line in Egypt. Rommel and the Axis forces are bogged down; it's October, the ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, captivating, sincere
Plot: world war two, soldier, battles, friendship, military, war, danger, wartime life, military life, behind enemy lines, battle, introspection ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1942
Place: middle east, egypt, africa, libya, palermo italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
In Harm's Way (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious, factual ...
Plot: naval battle, naval officer, world war two, battleship, war, heroic mission, military life, politics, danger, battles, father son relationship, second chance ...
Time: year 1941
Place: pearl harbor, hawaii, san francisco, pacific ocean, polynesia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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School Ties (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When David Greene receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s, he feels pressure to hide the fact that he is Jewish from his classmates and teachers, fearing that they may be anti-Semitic. He quickly becomes the big man ...
Style: emotional, serious, thought provoking, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: anti semitism, boarding school life, high school, friendship, coming of age, preparatory school, working class, football, society, youth, teenage life, cheating ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 169 min.
Story: As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.
Style: realistic, captivating, bleak, epic, rough ...
Plot: military, war, army, battles, world war two, sniper, heroic mission, courage, rescue, warrior, d day, self sacrifice ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: france, europe, normandy, poland, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
A Soldier's Sweetheart (1998)
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: bleak, psychological, atmospheric, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: vietnam war, apocalypse, anti war, friendship, doctors and patients, self discovery, wartime life, culture clash, heroic mission, innocence lost, kidnapping, military life ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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The Thin Red Line (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Based on the graphic novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line tells the story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II ...
Style: rough, captivating, bleak, epic, surreal ...
Plot: war, sergeant, invasion, world war two, military life, battles, infantry, commander, jungle, squad, battle, survival ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Tom Brown's Schooldays (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The determined new headmaster of an English prep school attempts to reform the frequently unruly students, who are tormented by a ruthless bully.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, exciting, tense ...
Plot: boarding school, self discovery, friends, lifestyle, misfit, hardcase students, dedicated educator, power relations, teenage life, teachers and students, coming of age, father son relationship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Killer Kid (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Eleven-year-old Laïd lives in war-torn Lebanon. Chosen and trained by an extremist organisation, he has been forced to enter the adult world far too early. He has been transformed into a fanatical and programmed machine, whose life could be summed ...
Style: disturbing, tense, realistic, serious
Plot: orphan, immigrants, lebanese, terrorism, friendship, youth, buddies, young heroes, assassination attempt, danger, friends, coming of age ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, lebanon, europe, france, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.1
 4K
Sky Hook (2000)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Sky Hook (Serbian: Nebeska udica) is a 2000 Yugoslavian film directed by Ljubiša Samardžić. It was Yugoslavia's submission to the 73rd Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: anti war, battles, war, wartime life, political unrest, danger, survival, friends, buddies, journalism, hanging, heist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: former yugoslavia, germany, italy, yugoslavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Mosquito Squadron (1969)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In WW2, a RAF squadron leader mourns the death of a comrade and receives a bombing mission against a secret Nazi V-2 rocket testing facility in France.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, raf, mosquito, catastrophe, military, war, leadership, danger, twins, heroes, escapades, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century
Place: england, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: emotional, touching, heartbreaking, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, jewish, world war two, concentration camp, friendship, against humanity, childhood, nazi, nazi germany, wartime life, nazism, young heroes ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Back Door to Hell (1964)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: Philippines, USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: During WWII, a three-man commando team places its trust in the hands of a band of Filipino resistors, as they try to knock out a Japenese communication center.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: world war two, espionage, war, danger, anti war, escapades, mission, soldier, battles, reconnaissance, liberation, captivity ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: the philippines, japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.3
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4 Days in May (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, Russia, Ukraine
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A group of Russian soldiers are sent into Northern Germany at the tail-end of WWII, where they occupy a children's home in close proximity to a larger German unit. Against these odds, a friendship forms between a German orphan and a childless ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, suspense
Plot: world war two, holocaust, battles, military life, love affair, military, friendship, wartime life, soldier, basic training, russian soldier, beach ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.3
 1K
Beach Red (1967)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: American troops storm ashore on a Japanese-held island and push inland while their enemies plan a counterattack in this look at warfare. Soldiers on both sides are haunted by memories of home and the horrifying, sickening images they find in combat.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, rough
Plot: world war two, island, anti war, battles, soldier, landing, marines, military, anti heroes, heroes, danger, war ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.1
 51
Memorial Day (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An attorney finds himself at the center of a surprise reunion with the veterans of his platoon from Vietnam.The reunion stirs up painful memories and disturbing secrets for all involved.
Style: contemplative, realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: vietnam war, state affairs, power relations, battles, friends, friendship, reunion, moral dilemma, introspection, buddies, hopes, war ...
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Hell Is for Heroes (1962)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: World War II drama where the action centers around a single maneuver by a squad of GIs in retaliation against the force of the German Siegfried line. Reese joins a group of weary GIs unexpectedly ordered back into the line when on their way to a ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, military, battles, u.s. army, soldier, infantry, war, rebellion, heroic mission, military life, nazi germany, heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: germany, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.1
 4K
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: rough, bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, siege, military, battles, survival, life is a bitch, danger, wartime life, hunger, soldier, rationing, starvation ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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