Movies like The Deserters

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The Deserters (1986)
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The Deserters (1986)
Original name: C.K. Dezerterzy
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, War
Country: Hungary, Poland
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Set in military barracks in a small town during World War I. The soldiers herded in the barracks are 'politically suspect' mix of characters from all over of the Austro-Hungarian Empire: Czechs, Jews, and even Italians, but officers in charge are Germans. A new lieutenant arrives with the mission to bring order to the unit. He is the sadist, enjoying humiliating the men. Fed up with his behaviour the lower ranks kidnap him one night and string him up in a public toilet. They also make sure that he fouls up during the inspection. Eventually the five ring leaders are imprisoned. They escape and end up in Budapest posing as guards as guards of veterinary surgeons. They are caught and sent back to face a court martial and their old tormentor.
Style: humorous, semi serious, biting, realistic
Plot: prison, small town, military, military life, prison life, military base, wartime life, war, confined, soldier, army investigation, anti war, escapades, society, state affairs, insubordination, talking parrot, czech, empire, court martial, desertion, anti authority, officer, polish, hungarian ...
Place: europe, hungary, budapest hungary

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, semi serious and biting films with plots about military, soldier, war, military life, heroes, world war two and wartime life mostly in Comedy, War and Adventure genres. Some movies like The Deserters: On the Double (1961), Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), How I Unleashed World War II (1970), Guy X (2005), How I Won the War (1967). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, exciting
Plot: sergeant, d day, head of state, hidden identity, war, soldier, airplane, espionage, military life, dishonesty, military, undercover ...
Place: england, europe, germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: biting, semi serious, clever, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: anti war, war, military, british empire, soldier, siblings relations, military life, wartime life, state affairs, family relations, infantrymen, superior officer ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
How I Unleashed World War II (1970)
Genre: 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: military, comedy of errors, anti heroes, soldier, mistaken identity, coincidence, military life, war, wartime life, nothing goes right, heroes, disorder ...
Time: 20th century
Place: africa, europe, poland, italy, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 5.1
 2K
Guy X (2005)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: Canada, Iceland, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A black comedy set in 1979, about a soldier mistakenly posted to an Arctic military base.
Style: humorous, semi serious, biting, realistic, dark humor ...
Plot: rock, soldier, uncover truth, military base, military life, mistaken identity, dishonesty, military, disorder, anti war, state affairs, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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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: humorous, witty, clever, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: soldier, anti war, war, army investigation, politics, leadership, survival, working class, desert, basic training, heroic mission, military life ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: africa, egypt, europe, middle east, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.7
 40K
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A misfit group of World War II American soldiers goes AWOL to rob a bank behind German lines.
Style: clever, humorous, realistic, semi serious, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gold, heist, gold bar, tank, colonel, lieutenant, bank, war, hippie, behind enemy lines, robbery, soldier ...
Place: europe, france, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Hannibal Brooks (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, War, Action
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A POW in World War II is put to work in a Munich zoo, looking after an Asian elephant. The zoo is bombed by the Americans and the director of the zoo decides it is not safe for his Asian elephant Lucy to remain there. So he sends Brooks to safety ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, exciting, buddy comedy
Plot: elephant, zoo, anti heroes, fugitives, soldier, adventure, prison, anti war, war, captivity, genocide, holocaust ...
Place: switzerland, europe, germany, swiss alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
The Adventures of Gerard (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, History, War
Country: UK, Switzerland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Based on satirical short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about a vain, egotistical Etienne Gerard, a French brigadier serving during the Napoleonic Wars. He thinks he's the best soldier and lover that ever lived and intends to prove it.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: farce, napoleonic wars, adventure, adventurer, escapades, military, womanizer, romance, espionage, military life, war, state affairs ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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 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: semi serious, bleak, realistic, biting, dark humor ...
Plot: anti war, on the road, war, political unrest, rivalry, adventure, disorder, actor's life, artists and showbiz, danger, military, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: bosnia, europe, serbia, yugoslavia, croatia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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: semi serious, humorous, biting, realistic, dark humor ...
Plot: soldier, colonialism, military, interracial relations, anti war, war, culture clash, discrimination, military life, political unrest, racism, battles ...
Time: year 1915, 1910s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A by-the-book Captain is ordered to capture a strategic village in Italy. The Italian soldiers are willing to surrender, if they can have a festival first. The lieutenant convinces the Captain this is the only way. Because of aerial reconnaissance, ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: village, soldier, officers and cadets, anti war, war, culture clash, military life, village life, wartime life, military, buddies, unlikely partners ...
Time: year 1943
Place: italy, europe, sicily, sicily italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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, realistic, offbeat
Plot: soldier, dentist, anti heroes, goofy hero, war, heroic mission, military life, battles, escapades, heroes, military, adventurer ...
Time: 40s
Place: england, europe, france, english channel
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, exciting, gag humor
Plot: adventure, french resistance, soldier, anti heroes, cult, farce, nazi occupation, british, rescue, war, survival, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Elusive Corporal (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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: semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: soldier, survival, adventure, prison, anti war, captivity, war, military life, prison life, confined, military, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good, exciting
Plot: soldier, prison, adventure, palaces castles and temples, daring rescue, danger, war, military, anti heroes, hidden identity, captivity, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: italy, tunisia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Roses of the Desert (2006)
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 ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: desert, friendship, soldier, military, war, escapades, society, state affairs, friends, cross, world war two, gay slur ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: africa, libya
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.2
 6K
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, realistic
Plot: farce, soldier, military life, military base, war, small town life, small town, military, social relations, goofy hero, espionage, misfit ...
Time: 1940s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: anti heroes, soldier, war, friendship, genocide, holocaust, wartime life, military, espionage, pregnancy, battles, fall in love ...
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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, humorous, realistic
Plot: military, soldier, military life, buddies, hotshot hero, air force, war, officers and cadets, basic training, battles, power relations, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 60s
Place: france
⇓ 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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, clever, disturbing ...
Plot: gulf war, vietnam war, army, tank, u.s. army, military, soldier, congress, cold war, government agency, war, army investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: pentagon, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: humorous, not serious, offbeat, realistic, biting
Plot: parody, military life, desert, battles, war, military, goofy hero, soldier, escapades, heroes, disorder, american soldier ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: not serious, humorous, realistic, exciting
Plot: military, obsessive quest, fish out of water, war, escapades, disorder, anti heroes, goofy hero, soldier, heroic mission, heroes, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, semi serious, realistic, atmospheric, feel good
Plot: holocaust, rise to the top, small town, anti semitism, village, village life, society, war, homecoming, small town life, wartime life, fighting the system ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Privates on Parade (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: It is 1947, the year of the communist rebellion in Malaya and the British army's SADUSEA (Song And Dance Unit South East Asia) are called to the Malayan Jungle to entertain the troops. The eccentric, bible-bashing Major Giles Flack (John ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, witty
Plot: military, soldier, officers and cadets, jungle, gay, war, anti war, basic training, coming out, gender bending, heroic mission, military life ...
Place: singapore, asia, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.6
 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: humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: soldier, anarchism, fascism, village, nothing goes right, war, platoon, bull, military, disorder, village life, animal life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.6
 61K
MASH (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.
Style: clever, talky, humorous, realistic, dark humor ...
Plot: military, anti war, war, nurse, golf, cheating, suicidal, buddies, doctor, military life, gory, camp ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: korea, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Lt. Commander Finchhaven, a ghostly relic from the First World War, he had fallen down dead drunk on his first assignment and been consigned from the great beyond to sail the seas until a further opportunity arises to redeem his actions. During the ...
Style: humorous, not serious
Plot: soldier, ship, ghost, disorder, ocean or sea, isolation, military life, confined, military, supernatural, hapless soldier, accountant ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.7
 1K
NVA (2005)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story of young recruits doing their compulsory military service in the East German army 'NVA' prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: military base, army, soldier, buddies, military life, firearm, military, rebellion, power relations, friends, rebelliousness, basic training ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: german democratic republic, europe, germany, gdr, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.8
 139
The Ascent (1994)
Genre: Adventure, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The real-life adventure of a dashing Italian soldier who escapes a British prisoner-of-war camp because he dreams of climbing 17,000-foot Mt. Kenya and planting the Italian flag at the summit. The obsessive British camp commander pursues him, and ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: soldier, adventure, survival, human spirit, war, captivity, danger, escapades, against the odds, fugitives, chase, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century
Place: kenya, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 3.6
 5K
Best Defense (1984)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Wylie is a lazy engineer. Landry is a Sergeant specialising in Armour. They have never met but their lives become entangled when Landry must take the tank Wylie designed into combat. Wylie is waiting for his employer to go out of business when he ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, biting, awful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, engineer, military, fighting the system, secret agents, army, armor, war, soldier, witnessing a crime, army investigation, espionage ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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