Movies like December

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December (1991)
 5.9
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December (1991)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 92 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

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Most similar movies to December

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and touching films with plots about friendship, soldier, war, military, world war two, friends 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), A Midnight Clear (1992). 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, teenage love, lifestyle, youth, rebellion, teenage life, secret, world war two, school, coming of age ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1943
Place: new england, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.5
 3K
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, tense, realistic
Plot: brother brother relationship, family relations, world war two, promise, coming of age, friendship, husband wife relationship, death of brother, fear, jealousy, teenage boy, anti war ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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: touching, disturbing, sexual, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, coming of age, betrayal, friendship, love and romance, gender, lifestyle, gays and lesbians, hopes, best friends, buddies, youth ...
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, world war two, jewish, friendship, betrayal, anti semitism, nazi, boarding school life, priest, resistance, gestapo, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: france, europe, jerusalem, paris france, vichy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: world war two, war, innocence lost, anti war, christmas, soldier, prank, buddies, battles, friends, disorder, isolation ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944
Place: germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.8
 4K
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, sincere, sentimental, thought provoking, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: vietnam war, nudity (full frontal - brief), anti war, friendship, family relations, bad trip, graduation, easter, small town, parents and children, human nature, americana ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1969, 70s
Place: vietnam, maryland, usa, texas, maine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.9
 706
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, bleak, serious, saga, realistic ...
Plot: school, orphan, summer camp, monastery, world war two, society, youth, life is a bitch, military, war, boarding school life, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1941
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.5
 14K
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: war, military, soldier, self discovery, military life, patriotism, marines, iraq war, father son relationship, friendship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004
Place: iraq, wyoming, usa, baghdad iraq, minneapolis minnesota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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: u.s. military, soldier, friendship, homecoming, military, politics, gulf war, wartime life, rules and policies, post traumatic stress disorder, death, patriotism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, canada, washington d.c., mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.3
 22K
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, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, obsession, mental institution, mental illness, disfigurement, bird, soldier, post traumatic stress disorder, war, coming of age, rehabilitation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, usa, asia, atlantic city new jersey, philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: orphan, war, anti war, world war two, man boy relationship, great patriotic war, youth, heroes, red army, battles, german, child execution ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, soviet union, ussr, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, world war one, soldier, hopes, survival, military, danger, best friends, pets, war, human spirit, military life ...
Time: year 1918, year 1914, 1910s
Place: england, london, canada, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, epic, rough, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, army, battles, sniper, courage, heroic mission, warrior, rescue, d day, self sacrifice ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: normandy, france, europe, poland, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.9
 23K
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, coming of age, high school, friendship, preparatory school, boarding school life, working class, football, society, youth, teenage life, cheating ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel, boston
⇓ 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, military, battles, friendship, danger, war, military life, wartime life, behind enemy lines, battle, introspection ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1942, 20th century
Place: middle east, egypt, africa, mediterranean sea, cairo egypt ...
⇓ 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, exciting, suspenseful, serious, factual ...
Plot: naval battle, naval officer, military life, world war two, battleship, military, war, heroic mission, politics, danger, battles, father son relationship ...
Time: year 1941
Place: pearl harbor, hawaii, san francisco, polynesia, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.6
 9K
Butterfly (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, realistic, touching, compassionate ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, spanish civil war, fascism, teacher, family relations, countryside, latin, civil war, patriotism, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: spain, europe, galicia, america, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, sincere ...
Plot: japanese soldier, friendship between boys, soldier, world war two, military, war, friends, wartime life, racism, prejudice, boy, youth ...
Place: usa, california, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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: rough, psychological, bleak, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: society, danger, daring rescue, orphan, innocence lost, kidnapping, heroic mission, buddies, war, military, soldier, journalism ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
 4K
Ambush (1999)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 123 min.
Story: It is the summer of 1941 and the Finnish army has been mobilized along the border with Russia. A platoon led by Lt. Eero Perkola is waiting for orders to go on the offensive. The platoon receives orders for a recon mission through the wilderness ...
Style: realistic, sincere, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: world war two, war, behind enemy lines, military life, military, danger, battles, losing-it hero, heroes, soldier, school, death of father ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 90s, 40s, 1930s
Place: russia, eastern europe, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.1
 512
Carter's Army (1970)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: The officer (Stephen Boyd) is put in charge of a squad of all black troops charged with the mission of blowing up an important hydro dam in Nazi Germany. Their failure would delay the Allies advance into Germany, thus prolonging the war. These ...
Style: captivating, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, racism, interracial relations, soldier, military, army, redneck, bridge, adventure, escapades, mute or deaf, society ...
Place: europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.0
 232
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, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: lebanese, orphan, immigrants, friendship, terrorism, coming of age, youth, buddies, young heroes, assassination attempt, danger, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: lebanon, paris france, europe, france, beirut lebanon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Summer of '44 - The Lost Generation (2017)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, Czech Republic
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Summer 1944, Schwäbisch Hall. Contrary to the war propaganda and the decreed heroism, the 16-year-old boys dream of Swing music, sex and freedom - and of Lore, the air force helper from the air base, who attracts all eyes in her red swimsuit. At ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, suspense, rough, touching ...
Plot: nazi germany, friendship, teenager, father son relationship, boy, public humiliation, coming of age, german soldier, danger, fall in love, love and romance, friends ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: realistic, suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, military, battles, soldier, infantry, war, rebellion, heroic mission, military life, anti war, heroes, leadership ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1944
Place: germany, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, suspenseful ...
Plot: boarding school, self discovery, friends, lifestyle, dedicated educator, hardcase students, misfit, power relations, teenage life, teachers and students, corporal punishment, coming of age ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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 ⇓
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, danger, war, anti war, escapades, mission, soldier, battles, liberation, reconnaissance, captivity ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: the philippines, japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Mosquito Squadron (1969)
Genre: Drama, War
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: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, raf, mosquito, daring rescue, escapades, military, heroes, leadership, save the day, anti war, military life, soldier ...
Time: 20th century
Place: england, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.8
 64
Memorial Day (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 92 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, serious, realistic, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: vietnam war, legal, battles, friends, power relations, reunion, friendship, moral dilemma, introspection, military, buddies, state affairs ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ 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: serious, realistic, bleak, rough
Plot: world war two, battles, anti war, island, soldier, military life, danger, anti heroes, escapades, military, heroes, war ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%