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, bedouin, italian soldier, friends, soldier, escapades, society, motorcycle, german, monk, doctor, general, missionary, gay slur, italian history, german army, red cross, raf, cross ...
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 captivating films with plots about war, world war two, soldier, military, heroes, military life and wartime life mostly in War, Comedy and Drama genres. Some movies like The Roses of the Desert: Which Way to the Front? (1970), The Elusive Corporal (1962), The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962), How I Unleashed World War II (1970), My Best Enemy (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: exciting, realistic, not serious, humorous, cult film
Plot: world war two, farce, military, disorder, soldier, obsessive quest, goofy hero, heroes, war, escapades, misfit, fish out of water ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: realistic, humorous, semi serious, contemplative
Plot: world war two, dentist, military, soldier, survival, prison, escape, prison life, partners, buddies, nothing goes right, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
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: captivating, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: world war two, pigeon, us military, battles, pregnancy, wartime life, holocaust, genocide, friendship, fall in love, heroes, war ...
Time: year 1944
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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: humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, foreign legion, military, polish, military life, soldier, war, mistaken identity, coincidence, disorder, hapless soldier, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century
Place: poland, africa, europe, italy, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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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, serious, tense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: concentration camp, world war two, friends, friendship, military, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, wartime life, soldier, against humanity, holocaust, nazi ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 5.2
 8K
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, funny, feel good, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: world war two, disorder, farce, goofy hero, misfit, soldier, military, social relations, military life, friendship, wartime, female spy ...
Time: 1940s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, exciting, captivating, light, semi serious ...
Plot: world war two, wine, rise to the top, holocaust, mayor, small town, fighting the system, military, war, escapades, anti semitism, italian fascism ...
Time: 1940s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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: semi serious, realistic, humorous, witty, homoerotic ...
Plot: world war two, love, sea, military life, military, island, u.s. navy, sailor, ocean, ship, rebelliousness, officers and cadets ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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, humorous, witty, stylized, cerebral ...
Plot: world war two, anti war, working class, war, politics, satire, british, death, childhood, sexualized violence, humanity, loneliness ...
Time: 1940s
Place: africa, iraq, middle east, europe, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: semi serious, humorous, entertaining, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, dentist, military, adventurer, goofy hero, military life, heroic mission, officers and cadets, army investigation, escapades, battles ...
Time: 1940s
Place: france, europe, england, english channel
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: parody, not serious, realistic, biting, humorous ...
Plot: world war two, military, french foreign legion, battles, military life, desert, heroes, soldier, war, escapades, goofy hero, disorder ...
Time: year 1942
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: realistic, semi serious, exciting, feel good, humorous
Plot: world war two, escape, countess, heist, prison escape, daring rescue, adventure, hidden identity, dishonesty, heroes, escapades, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1943
Place: italy, london, tunisia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: semi serious, humorous, witty, captivating, tragicomedy ...
Plot: world war two, village, moral dilemma, misfit, mentally challenged, hopes, farce, human nature, comedy of errors, wartime life, disorder, dark humor ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: romania, transylvania, germany
⇓ 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: semi serious, realistic, disturbing, humorous, satirical ...
Plot: soldier, state affairs, undercover, military life, power relations, infantrymen, army investigation, government agency, workplace intrigue, tank, government, cold war ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 70s
Place: pentagon, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.2
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Dr. Akagi (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 129 min.
Story: At the end of WWII, Japanese doctor Akagi searches for the cure for hepatitis in the prisoner-of-war camp.
Style: sexy, touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, nudity (full frontal - brief), literature, doctor, medicine, island, doctors and patients, village, village life, fugitives, soldier, heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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, suspense, biting ...
Plot: mistaken identity, military life, military base, hapless soldier, disorder, uncover truth, military, dishonesty, dark humor, isolation, vietnam war, anti war ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: parody, humorous, semi serious, absurd, feel good ...
Plot: satire, heroes, fall in love, head of state, secret agents, undercover, war, save the world, state affairs, working undercover, battles, world war two ...
Time: 1940s
Place: europe, england, london, buckingham palace
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.1
 2K
The Vultures (1984)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: France
Duration: 106 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: realistic, semi serious, humorous, feel good, suspense ...
Plot: foreign legion, world war two, war, military life, adventure, dishonesty, heroic mission, heist, cons and scams, couple relations, anti war, military ...
Time: 20th century, year 1943
Place: tunisia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Hotel Lux (2011)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Germany, Liechtenstein, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In 1938 Hans Zeisig, an apolitical comedian, impersonator and cabaret actor, flees with a Russian passport (instead of American, which he would have preferred) from Nazi-Berlin, and finds himself in the legendary Hotel Lux, the 'lost ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, sexy, sexual
Plot: against humanity, comedian, artists and showbiz, fascism, society, state affairs, homecoming, hotel, holocaust, nazi germany, best friend, world war two ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: russia, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, funny ...
Plot: world war two, nazi occupation, french resistance, adventure, war, soldier, rescue, house painter, aviation, time travel, holocaust, raf ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: paris france, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Sahara (1995)
Genre: Action, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After the fall of Tobruk in June 1942, U.S. Army sergeant Joe Gunn leads his tank into the Sahara desert, in order to evade advancing Rommel's forces and reach Allied lines. Along the way he picks up few Allied soldiers, but soon they are ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: world war two, desert, tank, luftwaffe, sergeant, rebelliousness, human spirit, against the odds, revolution, heroes, war, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: sahara
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: serious, bleak, realistic, captivating, sincere
Plot: war, world war two, battles, soldier, military, friendship, wartime life, military life, british army, behind enemy lines, introspection, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942, 20th century
Place: middle east, egypt, africa, alexandria egypt, libya ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: thought provoking, disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: racism, imperialism, racial issues, prison, interracial relations, soldier, autobiography, wartime life, culture clash, injustice, state affairs, war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: africa, senegal, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Red Rose of Normandy (2011)
Genre: War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Klaus Muller, a battle-hardened veteran, finds himself fighting for his life on the Russian front. Surrounded by overwhelming numbers of Russian tanks and planes, he and his men are doomed until famed German tank ace, Michael Wittmann, shows up in ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, emotional, suspenseful
Plot: soldier, heroes, military, escapades, lovers on the run, family relations, battles, d day, world war two, chase, tank, wartime ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: europe, normandy
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two Air Force friends have fun during their enlistment.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, psychotronic
Plot: world war two, military, air force, soldier, military life, hotshot hero, buddies, hidden identity, war, gays and lesbians, heroes, battles ...
Time: 60s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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On the Double (1961)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: American GI Ernie Williams, admittedly weak-kneed, has an uncanny resemblance to British Colonel MacKenzie. Williams, also a master of imitation and disguise, is asked to impersonate the Colonel, ostensibly to allow the Colonel to make a secret trip ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, exciting, retro
Plot: world war two, sergeant, disguise, undercover, espionage, unsupportive spouse, criminal heroes, military, dishonesty, state affairs, head of state, war ...
Time: year 1944
Place: europe, england, germany, london, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.5
 2K
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: spanish civil war, anarchist, soldier, village, fascism, platoon, behind enemy lines, bull, satire, society, military, war ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.4
 15K
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, art house, sincere, sad, inter cultural ...
Plot: world war two, greek island, war, friendship, italian soldier, wartime, culture clash, anti war, soldier, italian history, transformation, redemption ...
Time: post world war two
Place: greece, italy, mediterranean sea, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Sadsacks Go to War (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, War
Country: France, Italy, West Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Grand Slapstick comedy about four buddies serving in the army. Their long-suffering sergeant attempts to whip them into shape but the conflict spirals out of control.
Style: exciting, realistic, not serious, humorous
Plot: soldier, farm, prank, officers and cadets, world war two, military life, underdog, ambition, war, adventure, fugitives, buddies ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: inter cultural, suspense, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: world war one, colonialism, imperialism, satire, soldier, military, french colonialism, war, society, politics, state affairs, escapades ...
Time: 1910s, year 1914, year 1915
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%