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The Deserters (1986)
 7.3
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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, biting, realistic, semi serious
Plot: prison, military, small town, war, confined, soldier, prison life, anti war, society, military base, wartime life, military life, escapades, insubordination, army investigation, state affairs, prison escape, army, german, female nudity, kidnapping, theft, brothel, sadist, alcohol ...
Place: hungary, europe, budapest hungary

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Most similar movies to The Deserters

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and exciting films with plots about military, war, soldier, military life, heroes, world war two and escapades mostly in War, Comedy and Adventure genres. Some movies like The Deserters: On the Double (1961), Oh! What a Lovely War (1969), The Adventures of Gerard (1970), Hannibal Brooks (1969), Kelly's Heroes (1970). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.5
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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: exciting, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: sergeant, military, soldier, airplane, friendship, hidden identity, kidnapping, wartime life, state affairs, war, criminal heroes, unsupportive spouse ...
Place: england, germany, europe, 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, realistic, semi serious, clever, humorous ...
Plot: anti war, state affairs, siblings relations, war, wartime life, family relations, infantrymen, superior officer, soldier, military, military life, british empire ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, exciting
Plot: napoleonic wars, farce, military life, adventure, escapades, romance, state affairs, war, power relations, womanizer, adventurer, espionage ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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: realistic, exciting, semi serious, humorous, buddy comedy
Plot: zoo, elephant, holocaust, fugitives, against humanity, escapades, war, anti heroes, confined, military, soldier, genocide ...
Place: switzerland, europe, germany, swiss alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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 7.7
 41K
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: humorous, realistic, clever, witty, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gold, heist, bank, robbery, behind enemy lines, hippie, colonel, tank, lieutenant, gold bar, expedition, war ...
Place: france, europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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, war, nothing goes right, hapless soldier, wartime life, anti heroes, polish, heroes, disorder, military life, soldier ...
Time: 20th century
Place: africa, poland, europe, italy, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 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, dark humor, biting, realistic ...
Plot: uncover truth, life is a bitch, state affairs, hapless soldier, power relations, mistaken identity, military life, disorder, dishonesty, rock, military base, military ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, humorous, realistic, disturbing, clever ...
Plot: vietnam war, gulf war, military, soldier, u.s. army, military life, undercover, state affairs, danger, power relations, workplace intrigue, army investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 70s, 1990s
Place: pentagon, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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, witty, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: soldier, anti war, war, politics, working class, military life, heroes, leadership, danger, frame up, basic training, military ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: africa, europe, egypt, middle east, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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: dark humor, biting, realistic, cynical, witty ...
Plot: soldier, military, colonialism, war, racism, culture clash, human spirit, military life, political unrest, battles, escapades, wartime life ...
Time: year 1915, 1910s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 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: dark humor, biting, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: anti war, rivalry, political unrest, disorder, actor's life, military, danger, artists and showbiz, war, state affairs, adventure, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, bosnia, croatia, serbia, yugoslavia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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, compassionate ...
Plot: adventure, soldier, war, rescue, danger, nazi occupation, british, world war two, french resistance, goofy hero, escapades, hopes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: offbeat, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: dentist, soldier, officers and cadets, army investigation, war, nobody believes, doctors and patients, anti heroes, danger, adventurer, battles, power relations ...
Time: 40s
Place: england, europe, france, english channel
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: dentist, soldier, military, escapades, adventure, down on your luck, wartime life, confined, hopes, nothing goes right, war, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: realistic, semi serious, humorous, thought provoking
Plot: friendship, desert, society, friends, escapades, state affairs, war, soldier, military, italian soldier, italian history, muslim ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: africa, libya
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, feel good
Plot: village, soldier, wartime life, village life, unlikely partners, war, officers and cadets, buddies, military life, military, power relations, social relations ...
Time: year 1943
Place: italy, sicily, europe, sicily italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 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, realistic
Plot: soldier, military, farce, military base, undercover, misfit, espionage, small town, military life, disorder, goofy hero, war ...
Time: 1940s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, realistic, semi serious, humorous, feel good
Plot: disorder, heroes, palaces castles and temples, captivity, soldier, military, troublemaker, dishonesty, military life, danger, prison, adventure ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: italy, tunisia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 5.8
 140
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, exciting, realistic, suspenseful, serious
Plot: military, soldier, human spirit, obsessive quest, heroes, basic training, rivalry, chase, obsession, prison, against the odds, captivity ...
Time: 20th century
Place: kenya, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, biting, realistic
Plot: parody, disorder, heroes, military life, desert, goofy hero, war, escapades, battles, soldier, military, battle ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, military life, soldier, hidden identity, battles, power relations, showbiz, filmmaking, buddies, heroes, basic training, cons and scams ...
Time: 60s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, captivating, realistic
Plot: against humanity, wartime life, war, pregnancy, military, soldier, friendship, anti heroes, holocaust, genocide, battles, heroes ...
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: realistic, atmospheric, semi serious, humorous, feel good
Plot: small town, holocaust, rise to the top, wartime life, social relations, village, anti semitism, fighting the system, heroes, escapades, war, village life ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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
Plot: military, heroic mission, misfit, disorder, obsessive quest, heroes, soldier, war, anti heroes, fish out of water, goofy hero, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Escape to Athena (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, War
Country: UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: During the World War II, the prisoners of a German camp in a greek island are trying to escape. They don't want only their freedom, but they also seek for an ineffable treasure hidden in a monastery at the top of the island's mountain.
Style: realistic, bleak, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: island, archaeologist, motorcycle chase, monastery, chase, soldier, escape, holocaust, prison life, military, danger, survival ...
Time: 1940s
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, witty, realistic
Plot: military, war, officers and cadets, wartime life, gays and lesbians, heroic mission, jungle, military life, basic training, gender bending, heroes, soldier ...
Place: singapore, asia, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Misfit Brigade (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: UK, Denmark
Duration: 100 min.
Story: War story of the 27th Panzers, Hitler's heavy-duty combat regiment composed of prisoners.
Style: rough, realistic, bleak, serious, captivating ...
Plot: anti war, soldier, prison life, heroes, prison, military, rebellion, danger, war, against humanity, adventure, confined ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, soviet union, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Sovereign's Servant (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, History, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Europe, 1709. Russia and Sweden are at war. Two French duelists are exiled by King Louis XIV of France: one to the side of Czar Peter the Great of Russia, the other to the side of King Charles XII of Sweden. Although separated by war and allegiance, ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: soldier, battles, danger, society, wartime life, war, military life, military, rivalry, escapades, state affairs, infantrymen ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: europe, sweden, russia, versailles, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: ghost, soldier, ship, military, confined, hapless soldier, disorder, military life, isolation, supernatural, ocean or sea, world war two ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.2
 398
Kilometre Zero (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: France, Iraq, Finland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Set during the Iraq-Iran war in the 80s, the film tells of a tragicomic road trip set in Iraq's Kurdistan.
Style: realistic, captivating, dark humor, serious, emotional ...
Plot: village life, war, state affairs, contests and competitions, escapades, wartime life, village, obsessive quest, heroes, military life, military, soldier ...
Time: 80s
Place: iraq, middle east, iran, paris france, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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