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Burke & Wills (1985)
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Burke & Wills (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A story based on true events about two explorers on a doomed journey trying to cross Australia on foot in the 19 century.
Style: rough, bleak, epic, serious, captivating, realistic, stylized
Plot: desert, rescue attempt, journalist, maze, tragedy, aborigine, journey, outback, sandstorm, countdown, australian history, survival, adventure, heroes, graphic violence, on the road, adventurer, escapades, ambition, wilderness, realism, forces of nature, against the odds, obsessive quest, victorian england ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s, 1860s
Place: australia, england, melbourne australia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and exciting films with plots about survival, escapades, adventure, culture clash, danger, catastrophe and mentor mostly in Drama, Adventure and History genres. Some movies like Burke & Wills: Tracks (2013), The Earthling (1980), The Man from Snowy River (1982), Mountains of the Moon (1990), Krakatoa: East of Java (1968). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Tracks (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Accompanied only by her faithful dog and four camels, an Australian satisfies her craving for solitude by embarking on a solo trip across the desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean.
Style: uplifting, touching, scenic, serious, inspirational ...
Plot: desert, wilderness, adventure, solitude, beautiful scenery, obsessive quest, human spirit, journey, outback, camel, self discovery, travel ...
Time: 70s, year 1977, 20th century, year 1973, year 1976 ...
Place: australia, africa
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95%
The Earthling (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Patrick Foley has been on the move all his live. Tired of drifting, he wants to spend his last days in an isolated Australian valley where he grew up. On his difficult journey he meets Shawn, a little desperate city-boy whose parents were killed in ...
Style: surreal, serious
Plot: wilderness, orphan, survival, tragedy, human nature, culture clash, isolation, escapades, adventurer, youth, heroes, adventure ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: australia
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78%
The Man from Snowy River (1982)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: Australia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Jim Craig has lived his first 18 years in the mountains of Australia on his father's farm. The death of his father forces him to go to the low lands to earn enough money to get the farm back on its feet. Kirk Douglas plays two roles as twin ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: wild horse, ranch, chase, horse, coming of age, beautiful scenery, heroes, horse riding, father daughter relationship, river, father son relationship, romance ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, victorian era, 80s
Place: australia
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73%
Mountains of the Moon (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton's and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source of the Nile river in the name of Queen Victoria's British Empire. The film tells the story of their meeting, their friendship ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric, epic ...
Plot: expedition, survival, wilderness, friendship, river, betrayal, adventure, heroic mission, escapades, exploration, captivity, mountain ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, victorian era
Place: africa, cairo egypt, brazil, crimea, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Krakatoa: East of Java (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A team of maritime salvage workers are about to embark on a recovery dive. However the 1883 Krakatoa Volcano eruption provides more pressing problems.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, epic, 70mm film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tsunami, disaster, rescue, ship, volcano, ocean, catastrophe, conspiracy, adventurer, escapades, race against time, obsessive quest ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1880s
Place: indonesia, asia, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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The Way Back (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates, Poland, India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, bleak, epic ...
Plot: survival, freedom, wilderness, prison escape, gulag, escape, journey, pow, wartime, war, camp, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: russia, india, himalaya, asia, tibet ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Walkabout (1971)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist takes his teenage daughter and 6-year-old son into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with ...
Style: thought provoking, atmospheric, touching, meditative, realistic ...
Plot: desert, tribe, survival, wilderness, kids in trouble, culture clash, suicide, human nature, adventure, coming of age, trust, rite of passage ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: australia, adelaide south australia, sydney australia
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57%
 7.4
 39K
Gallipoli (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As World War I rages, brave and youthful Australians Archy and Frank, both agile runners, become friends and enlist in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps together. They later find themselves part of the Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, captivating, serious, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: anti war, military, world war one, friendship, british empire, idealism, human spirit, military life, battle zone, soldier, desert, army ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915, 18th century
Place: australia, turkey, egypt, middle east, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Archer (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: Australia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: During the 1860s, Dave Powers, apprentice to a horse trainer, volunteers to ride Archer to the Melbourne Cup race. Their start is 600 miles from Melbourne, and the journey is anything but easy. Of course, the pair have numerous adventures along the ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: horse, friends, wilderness, on the road, contests and competitions, adventure, survival, ambition, rivalry, escapades, race against time, horse race ...
Time: 19th century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Queen of the Desert (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Morocco
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.
Style: stylized, captivating, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: adventurer, bedouin, escapades, state affairs, head of state, unfulfilled love, political intrigue, love and romance, politics, spy, british empire, queen ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, pre world war one, year 1914, year 1915 ...
Place: persia, middle east, arabia, turkey, tehran iran ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
A Far Off Place (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Thrown together under incredible circumstances, two strangers must discover courage and strength when they begin a journey across the treacherous African desert! Equipped only with their wits and the expertise of a native bushman who befriends them, ...
Style: touching, exciting, scenic, inspirational, atmospheric ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: desert, survival, friendship, poacher, adventure, teenage life, rescue, youth, on the run, adventurer, gang, chase ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, alaska, australia, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Mad Dog Morgan (1976)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, History, Western
Country: Australia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, psychotronic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, on the run, criminal, prison, toxic, gang, heroes, life is a bitch, folk hero, dishonesty, rivalry, master criminal ...
Time: 19th century, year 1865, 1860s, 1850s
Place: australia, new south wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Quigley Down Under (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: American Matt Quigley answers Australian land baron Elliott Marston's ad for a sharpshooter to kill the dingoes on his property. But when Quigley finds out that Marston's real target is the aborigines, Quigley hits the road. Now, even ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, entertaining, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: genocide, vigilantism, fish out of water, vengeance, crimes, old west, against the odds, dishonesty, partners, good versus evil, australian, chase ...
Time: 19th century
Place: australia, texas, wyoming, pacific ocean, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Australia (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War, Western
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving ...
Style: epic, emotional, stylized, captivating, scenic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: social differences, opposites attract, unlikely couple, adventure, journey, wilderness, fall in love, ranch, couples, aristocracy, racist, inheritance ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1942, year 1939
Place: australia, japan, england, shanghai, pearl harbor ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: British explorer Henry Stanley travels to Africa in 1871 seeking missionary David Livingstone.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: hopes, amateur detective, unlikely partners, journalism, escapades, obsessive quest, survival, adventure, adventurer, media, war, society ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: africa
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49%
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Breaker Morant (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: war, military, murder, anti war, legal, military life, soldier, politics, injustice, false accusation, war crime, state affairs ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 90s
Place: south africa, australia, africa, south australia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Miss Austen Regrets (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An outwardly confident but unmarried woman on the verge of her fortieth birthday reflects on her past suitors and the choices she once made while attempting to help her marriage minded niece choose between a number of potential suitors in this tale ...
Style: realistic, stylized, captivating, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: introspection, regret, love and romance, looking for love, maid, society, countryside, sister sister relationship, wooing, writers, matchmaking, couples ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england, london, europe, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: An unexpectedly modern take on a tale of two Viking warriors abandoned on the American coast. Warning – contains a graphic answer to the question: do Vikings sh*t in the woods?
Style: serious, epic, stylized, atmospheric, offbeat
Plot: viking, rivalry, survival, human spirit, adventurer, escapades, hopes, obsessive quest, heroes, good versus evil, heroic mission, wilderness ...
Time: 11th century, middle ages
Place: canada, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 7.0
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The Bounty (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA, New Zealand
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian to get his men beyond the reach of British retribution, and the epic voyage of Lieutenant Bligh to get ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, serious, factual, intense ...
Plot: ship, island, betrayal, mutiny, murder, storm at sea, adventure, sea captain, escapades, navy, rebelliousness, military life ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1930s
Place: england, tahiti, europe, pacific ocean
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41%
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Ned Kelly (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Crime, History, Romance, Western
Country: Australia, UK, USA, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After getting threatened by Kelly's friends and family, Constable Fitzpatrick places the blame on Ned Kelly and exaggerates what happened. With the biggest ever award available, Kelly and his gang set into the wild, to remain hidden from ...
Style: captivating, rough, sincere, romantic, factual ...
Plot: gang, folk hero, bank robbery, injustice, criminal heroes, irish, wilderness, false accusation, ambition, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, rise and fall ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1880s, victorian era
Place: australia, new south wales, ireland
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38%
Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When an Amacor oil rig in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia proves unproductive, Captain Frank Towns and copilot "A.J." are sent to shut the operation down. However, on their way to Beijing, a major dust storm forces them to ditch their C-119 ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, suspense ...
Plot: desert, survival, adventure, stranded, air disaster, rescue, introspection, getting home, human nature, radio, husband wife relationship, threat ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mongolia, beijing china
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38%
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Khartoum (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: English General Charles George Gordon, a devout Christian, is appointed military governor of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by the Prime Minister. Ordered to evacuate Egyptians from the Sudan, Gordon stays on to protect the people of Khartoum, who are under ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, factual, talky ...
Plot: siege, islam, desert, politics, culture clash, imperialism, military, negotiation, battles, heroes, british empire, wartime ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1880s, 18th century
Place: africa, sudan, egypt, england, north africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Lost Holiday: The Jim & Suzanne Shemwell Story (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In Idaho, an estranged couple are trapped in a blizzard while on vacation just before Christmas.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, touching
Plot: survival, wilderness, escapades, hopes, couple relations, estrangement, forces of nature, stranded, search and rescue, search party, against the odds, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: idaho
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34%
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Kon-Tiki (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The true story about legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
Style: harsh, realistic, exciting, serious, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ocean, survival, adventurer, expedition, adventure, sea voyage, raft, obsessive quest, boat, escapades, fish, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 21st century, contemporary, year 1947 ...
Place: pacific ocean, peru, usa, south america, new york ...
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34%
 6.6
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Far and Away (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A young man (Cruise) leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter (Kidman) after some trouble with her father, and they dream of owning land at the big giveaway in Oklahoma ca. 1893. When they get to the new land, they find jobs and begin saving ...
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: adventure, love and romance, romance, follow your dream, opposites attract, against the odds, obsessive quest, rise and fall, american dream, irish, young lovers, fall in love ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: usa, ireland, boston, europe, oklahoma
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33%
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: The Bounty leaves Portsmouth in 1787. Its destination: to sail to Tahiti and load bread-fruit. Captain Bligh will do anything to get there as fast as possible, using any means to keep up a strict discipline. When they arrive at Tahiti, it is like a ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventure, leadership, captain, mutiny, ocean, betrayal, ship, rebelliousness, military, sailboat, crew, tyrant ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 1780s, 60s, 1930s ...
Place: tahiti, england, europe
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33%
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The Red Tent (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Italy, Soviet Union
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Torn by personal guilt Italian General Umberto Nobile reminisces about his 1928 failed Arctic expedition aboard the airship Italia.
Style: exciting, captivating, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: disaster, survival, leadership, heroes, zeppelin, rescue attempt, wilderness, isolation, forces of nature, disgraced, daring rescue, adventure ...
Time: 1920s
Place: russia
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33%
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Wolf Totem (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: China, France
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In 1969, a young Beijing student, Chen Zhen, is sent to live among the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia. Caught between the advance of civilization from the south and the nomads' traditional enemies - the marauding wolves - to the north; ...
Style: touching, captivating, exciting, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: forces of nature, wolf, adventure, survival, wolf pack, wilderness, society, little boy, animal life, animal attack, escapades, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1967
Place: china, mongolia
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32%
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The White Dawn (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Three stranded 1890s whalers (Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr.) corrupt the culture of their Eskimo saviors.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: culture clash, wilderness, gambling, shipwreck, social differences, adventure, sexual relations, lovers reunited, escapades, animal life, forces of nature, village life ...
Time: 19th century
Place: canada
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The Edge (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The action takes place shortly after the end of the Second World War in the Siberian hinterland, among Russians and Germans with damaged personal stories and a strange transformation: the victors seem to be crawling into the skins of the defeated, ...
Style: realistic, captivating, bleak, tense, serious ...
Plot: gulag, soldier, rivalry, train, prison life, prisoner of war camp, captivity, pow, ex military, wilderness, confined, war hero ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, post world war two, year 1945
Place: russia, ussr
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31%