Movies like The Roses of the Desert

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The Roses of the Desert (2006)
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The Roses of the Desert (2006)
Original name: Le rose del deserto
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A sanitary battalion of Italian Army is sent to Sorman oasis in Lybia during the Africa campaign in 1940. Soon an Italian missionary, living nearby, succeed to transform the occupation by Italian Army in a kind of humanitarian mission. In fact all the battalion is involved to help the local population. The war anyway goes on with no regards to human feelings. The "glorious" Fascist campaign is going to became a fast retreat.
Style: thought provoking, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: world war two, friendship, desert, war, military, state affairs, muslim, friends, soldier, society, escapades, italian soldier, motorcycle, german, monk, doctor, gay slur, general, missionary, bedouin, german army, italian history, red cross, cross, shot in the head ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: africa, libya

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Most similar movies to The Roses of the Desert

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and witty films with plots about war, military, soldier, world war two, wartime life, heroes and military life mostly in War, Comedy and Drama genres. Some movies like The Roses of the Desert: How I Won the War (1967), Which Way to the Front? (1970), The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962), A Man Called Sarge (1990), The Elusive Corporal (1962). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
How I Won the War (1967)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: An inept British WWII commander leads his troops to a series of misadventures in North Africa and Europe.
Style: clever, witty, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: anti war, world war two, battles, soldier, war, politics, working class, heroic mission, survival, desert, wartime life, basic training ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: africa, europe, egypt, middle east, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Which Way to the Front? (1970)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Brendan Byers III (Jerry Lewis), one of the richest men in America, has been pronounced 4-F and can't serve his country in it's war against Hitler. Byers does not takes "No" for an answer and recruits other 4-F's to fight ...
Style: realistic, not serious, exciting, humorous
Plot: farce, world war two, military, goofy hero, misfit, war, anti heroes, escapades, fish out of water, heroic mission, disorder, anti hero ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An American Infantry officer assigned to a cloak-and-dagger role in Rome uses homing pigeons for outside contact, with humorous results.
Style: semi serious, realistic, captivating, humorous
Plot: world war two, anti heroes, holocaust, pregnancy, friendship, genocide, fall in love, wartime life, battles, heroes, espionage, anti hero ...
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
A Man Called Sarge (1990)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In the midst of WWII, a group of half-witted soldiers lead by a slightly smarter sergeant, battle the Germans and especially Von Kraut in the desert.
Style: not serious, realistic, offbeat, humorous, biting ...
Plot: parody, world war two, battles, desert, military, heroes, escapades, war, soldier, goofy hero, military life, disorder ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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The Elusive Corporal (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story serves as a companion piece to Renoir's 1937 film, Grand Illusion, once more bringing together men from across the broad social spectrum of French society to depict one man's Sisyphean efforts to escape captivity in a German POW ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: world war two, hopes, confined, society, war, wartime life, human spirit, military life, partners, social differences, down on your luck, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: paris france, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 5.2
 7K
Dad's Army (2016)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A cinema remake of the classic sitcom Dad's Army (1968). The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion.
Style: not serious, humorous, captivating, entertaining, light ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: world war two, disorder, misfit, farce, espionage, goofy hero, soldier, military, social relations, military life, friendship, society ...
Time: 1940s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
How I Unleashed World War II (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 224 min.
Story: How I unleashed World War II is a Polish feature film made in 1969, based on Kazimierz Sławiński's novel "Przygody kanoniera Dolasa" (The adventures of Dolas the cannoneer). The film was divided into three parts: Ucieczka (The ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: world war two, military, disorder, hapless soldier, wartime life, military life, comedy of errors, silly humor, polish, soldier, anti heroes, war ...
Time: 20th century
Place: africa, poland, europe, england, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: During World War II, Italian villagers hide their wine from the German army.
Style: humorous, captivating, light, exciting, semi serious ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, rise to the top, small town, fighting the system, military, anti semitism, escapades, war, mayor, wine, italian fascism ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Ensign Pulver (1964)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 1945, on an old cargo ship somewhere deep in the Pacific ocean: Captain Morton strives to become commander, so he demands the maximum quality of work from his crew, without granting them any freedom or favors - ignoring that they're thousand of ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, offbeat, humorous, witty ...
Plot: world war two, military life, military, rebelliousness, power relations, ocean or sea, heroes, save the day, escapades, war, ship, officers and cadets ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.5
 14K
Mediterraneo (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Greek Sea, World War II. An Italian ship leaves a handful of soldiers in a little island; their mission is to spot enemy ships and to hold the island in case of attack. The village of the island seems abandoned and there isn't a single enemy in ...
Style: touching, captivating, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: world war two, island, friendship, soldier, greek island, italian army, war, culture clash, anti war, fish out of water, isolation, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Place: italy, greece, europe, mediterranean sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When 5 allied generals are captured in Italy in WWII, it is a propaganda nightmare for the allies. The generals are all 1 star and refuse to take orders from each other in order to plan an escape. Harry Frigg is a private who has escaped from the ...
Style: exciting, feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, escape, villa, heroes, soldier, escapades, confined, war, dishonesty, hidden identity, military, anti heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: italy, tunisia, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Two Men Went to War (2002)
Genre: Comedy, War, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Comedy drama based on the true story of two British Army dentists who in 1942, eager to see action, go AWOL and invade occupied France on their own.
Style: humorous, semi serious, entertaining, offbeat, realistic
Plot: soldier, dentist, military, goofy hero, adventurer, heroic mission, military life, officers and cadets, battles, army investigation, danger, escapades ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: france, europe, england, english channel
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Camp de Thiaroye (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia
Duration: 150 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: thought provoking, realistic, serious, bleak, disturbing
Plot: world war two, interracial relations, racism, soldier, state affairs, society, against humanity, life is a bitch, military, injustice, wartime life, culture clash ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: africa, senegal, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
My Best Enemy (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Austria, Luxembourg
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Poland 1943: An unlikely pair - a concentration camp prisoner and a captain in Hitler's notorious SS - free themselves from the wreckage of a crashed SS airplane. The two appear to be strangely familiar with each other and the extent of their ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: friends, military, friendship, concentration camp, soldier, life is a bitch, wartime life, moral dilemma, holocaust, against humanity, world war two, confined ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, poland, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A group of American executives making a film about World War II decide that since their lead is rather unglamorous, they will draft in an American G.I. to play the part of Winston Churchill. Their take on the war depicts a handsome Churchill falling ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, absurd, feel good, offbeat ...
Plot: fall in love, heroes, save the world, head of state, undercover, state affairs, secret agents, war, battles, working undercover, satire, fictional biography ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: england, europe, buckingham palace, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Pentagon Wars (1998)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: From the director of “Made In America” and “The Money Pit” comes a hilarious look at one of the most expensive blunders in military history. Over 17 years and almost as many billion dollars have gone into devising the BFV (Bradley Fighting ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, disturbing, clever ...
Plot: u.s. army, gulf war, vietnam war, soldier, military, military life, undercover, danger, state affairs, workplace intrigue, infantrymen, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s, 80s, 1990s
Place: pentagon, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.1
 2K
Guy X (2005)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: Canada, Iceland, UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A black comedy set in 1979, about a soldier mistakenly posted to an Arctic military base.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, dark humor, biting ...
Plot: mistaken identity, military life, dishonesty, military, disorder, hapless soldier, uncover truth, military base, isolation, rock, anti war, sexual content ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
In the Army Now (1994)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Bones Conway and Jack Kaufman didn't really know what they were in for when they enlisted in the U.S. Army; they just wanted to get a job and make some money. But these new recruits are so hapless, they run the risk of getting kicked out before ...
Style: humorous, not serious, idiotic, intense, absurd ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: friendship, u.s. army, war, desert, boot camp, fish out of water, military, save the day, stoners, military life, against the odds, goofy hero ...
Place: middle east, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Don't Look Now... We're Being Shot At! (1966)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, War
Country: France, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: During World War II, two French civilians and a downed English Bomber Crew set out from Paris to cross the demarcation line between Nazi-occupied Northern France and the South. From there they will be able to escape to England. First, they must ...
Style: humorous, exciting, realistic, semi serious, cult film ...
Plot: world war two, adventure, soldier, nazi occupation, war, rescue, danger, french resistance, farce, anti war, cult, goofy hero ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.5
 1K
The Heifer (1985)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A platoon of mismatched republican soldiers cross the front-line to steal the bull that the enemy is going to fight on the saint patron date of the village. In addition to ruining the nationals' celebration they want the animal in order to ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: soldier, fascism, village, platoon, anarchism, society, military, war, nothing goes right, village life, disorder, animal life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Black and White in Color (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Côte d'Ivoire, France, West Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they promptly conscript the local native population. Issuing them ...
Style: suspense, dark humor, cynical, biting, realistic ...
Plot: world war one, military, soldier, satire, colonialism, racism, military life, interracial relations, state affairs, politics, escapades, society ...
Time: year 1915, year 1914, 1910s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 ⇓
45%
 7.8
 7K
The Cuckoo (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: September of 1944, a few days before Finland went out of the Second World War. A chained to a rock Finnish sniper-kamikadze Veikko managed to set himself free. Ivan, a captain of the Soviet Army, arrested by the Front Secret Police ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, thought provoking, sincere, tense ...
Plot: world war two, understanding, culture clash, war, anti war, love triangle, wilderness, life is a bitch, confined, wartime life, military, hostility ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: finland, russia, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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A Farewell to Fools (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Romania, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Set during World War II, somewhere in Eastern Europe. A German soldier is found dead near the village. The local authorities must find the culprit, or they will be all shot by the Nazis the morning after. There's no way to find the guilty one, ...
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, dark humor, captivating ...
Plot: village, moral dilemma, hopes, mentally challenged, misfit, human nature, farce, wartime life, comedy of errors, war, disorder, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: romania, germany, transylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.9
 13K
The Lucky Ones (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story revolves around three soldiers — Colee, T.K. and Cheaver — who return from the Iraq War after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an unexpected road trip across the U.S.
Style: sentimental, sincere, semi serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: soldier, friendship, road trip, homecoming, military, life is a bitch, americana, wartime life, loss of friend, on the road, father son relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, las vegas, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.2
 2K
The Vultures (1984)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: April 5, 1943: a battalion of the Foreign Legion arrives in El Ksour, Tunisia, to escort a fortune in gold bars to the home front. A German ambush awaits, and all but four die. Thanks to the street smarts of Sergeant Augagneur, the Legionnaires ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, feel good, light ...
Plot: foreign legion, military life, war, heist, adventure, dishonesty, cons and scams, anti war, couple relations, heroic mission, world war two, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, year 1943
Place: tunisia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Musical, War
Country: UK
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A movie about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around ...
Style: dark humor, cynical, humorous, satirical, tense ...
Plot: anti war, world war one, satire, soldier, military, family relations, wartime life, siblings relations, superior officer, infantrymen, military life, state affairs ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
 2K
The Tour (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, War
Country: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Year 1993, the bleakest time of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A group of actors from Belgrade, utterly unaware of what they're setting themselves up for, embark on a search for quick earnings - on a "tour" around the Serbian Krajina. ...
Style: bleak, semi serious, realistic, dark humor, humorous ...
Plot: anti war, military, political unrest, war, actor's life, danger, disorder, adventure, state affairs, nationalism, graphic violence, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, bosnia, bosnia herzegovina, former yugoslavia, serbia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 8.1
 5K
Dad's Army (1968)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: UK
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Introducing the Walmington-On-Sea home guard. During WW2, in a fictional British seaside town, a ragtag group of Home Guard local defense volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion.
Style: sitcom, humorous, not serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, soldier, captain, sergeant, hapless, hapless soldier, military life, military base, farce, commander, disorder, warden ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Seven Beauties (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Director, Seven Beauties stars Giancarlo Giannini (Swept Away) as Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties." A petty thief who lives off of the profits of his seven ...
Style: cynical, disturbing, humorous, dark humor, suspense ...
Plot: world war two, concentration camp, war, survival, pimp, honor, crimes, military, confined, misfit, anti heroes, dishonesty ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: italy, naples italy, europe, russia, southern italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%