Movies like An American Story

If you like "An American Story" you are looking for bleak, serious and gloomy movies about / with politics, soldier, friendship, cons and scams, dishonesty, society and state affairs themes of Drama genre shot in USA.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
An American Story (1992)
 6.7
 160
An American Story (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: World War II has ended and many soldiers return to their houses and families. But three of them find themselves with big problems when they arrive at their home village.
Style: bleak, serious, gloomy, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, psychological
Plot: politics, soldier, friendship, cons and scams, dishonesty, society, state affairs, innocence lost, homecoming, political corruption, battles, fighting the system, military, rebellion, friends, post war, corruption, veteran, world war two
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: texas, usa

Movie in categories

40s movies
40s
859
politics movies
3067
soldier movies
3015
bleak movies
4832
texas movies
890
gloomy movies
3141
realistic movies
26645

Most similar movies to An American Story

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and disturbing films with plots about society, state affairs, politics, friendship, dishonesty, rebellion and military mostly in Drama and War genres. Some movies like An American Story: Power (1986), Tracks (1976), O Jerusalem (2006), The Inner Circle (1991), Katherine (1975). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.7
 2K
Power (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Pete St. John is a powerful and successful political consultant, with clients spread around the country. When his long-time friend and client Ohio senator Sam Hastings decides to quit politics, he is rapidly drafted to help with the campaign of the ...
Style: serious, talky, cynical, realistic, clever
Plot: political corruption, politics, head of state, journalism, legal action, manipulations, rise to the top, uncover truth, idealism, media satire, political intrigue, campaign ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.4
 361
Tracks (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A soldier returns from Vietnam on special assignment, accompanying the body of his friend by train to California for burial. During the trip, he falls in love with a gentle college student. But their relationship is shattered by his flashbacks to ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, gloomy
Plot: train, soldier, friendship, homecoming, battles, vietnam war, love, war, buddies, mentally unstable, college, mental illness ...
Place: vietnam, asia, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
 6.2
 794
O Jerusalem (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, UK, Italy, Greece, Israel, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A tale of friendship between two men, one Jewish and the other Arab, as the state of Israel is being created.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, disturbing
Plot: uninhibited rivalry, political unrest, wartime life, rivalry, state affairs, rebelliousness, friendship, battles, politics, danger, military, rebellion ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: israel, holy land, palestine, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
The Inner Circle (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Soviet Union, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically flawed hero maintains unwavering faith in his ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, disturbing, bleak
Plot: kgb, politics, political unrest, society, state affairs, head of state, orphan, injustice, life is a bitch, socialism, uniform, dictatorship ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s, 1940s ...
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 262
Katherine (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A harrowing look at the 60s and early 70s through the eyes of Katherine Alman, a wealthy debutante who slowly, but inexorably spirals down into a fight for the causes that shook a nation, leading a path to the underground life. Written by Miguel Cane
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: politics, revolution, rebellion, society, state affairs, fighting the system, political unrest, teenage life, life is a bitch, militant, female protagonist, bomb ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: guatemala
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Guilty by Suspicion (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This compelling story vividly recreates Hollywood's infamous 'Blacklist Era'. The witch-hunt has begun and director David Merrill can revive his stalled career by testifying against friends who are suspected communists. Merrill's ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, cold war, fighting the system, self discovery, dishonesty, hollywood, society, family life, gangsters, legal action, introspection, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: california, europe, france, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
The Little Traitor (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Based on the novel "Panther in the Basement" by the world-renowned author, Amos Oz, the movie takes place in Palestine in 1947, just a few months before Israel becomes a state. Proffy Liebowitz, a militant yet sensitive eleven year old ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, young heroes, coming of age, youth, friends, soldier, teaching the ways of the world, military, rebellion, state affairs, traitor, israeli ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1947, year 1977
Place: israel, middle east, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 6.1
 2K
Plenty (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: David Hare's account of a one-time French freedom fighter who gradually realizes that her post-war life is not meeting her expectations.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, clever, thought provoking ...
Plot: introspection, hopes, french resistance, love and romance, society, family problems, life is a bitch, soldier, crumbling marriage, innocence lost, haunted by the past, homecoming ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: england, europe, france, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Movie in collections
 5.7
 264
Orange Honey (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Portugal
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Andalusia in the fifties. Enrique and Carmen just meet and fall deeply in love. Carmen gets him to stay in military service in a court of the city. Enrique, in view of the injustices he witnesses every day, realizes that to change the course of ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: soldier, against the rules, innocence lost, moral dilemma, injustice, fighting the system, dishonesty, legal, witnessing a crime, rebelliousness, political corruption, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.2
 547
Afterburn (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16, thought to be the very best tactical fighter in the world. Air Force Captain Theodore T. Harduvel was one of the best F-16 pilots the U.S. had to ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: courtroom drama, dealing with death, investigation, aviation, legal action, obsessive quest, righting the wronged, against the odds, dishonesty, legal, society, state affairs ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.2
 434
Badland (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Jerry (Jamie Draven) was an idealist when he served in the first Gulf War. But when he was later deployed to Iraq, Jerry was an older man, a father of three and embittered by broken promises and unfulfilled desires. When Jerry returns from Iraq he ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: soldier, gulf war, war, van, prison, teacher, rage, desperation, wife, nightmare, navy, family ...
Time: 90s
Place: iraq, middle east, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.8
 1K
Raggedy Man (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nita, a divorced mother of two boys, is stuck working as a telephone operator in a small Texas town in World War II. Her friendship with a sailor on leave causes tongues to wag in town.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere, enigmatic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: small town, friendship, single parent, parents and children, small town life, family relations, social relations, friends, human nature, woman in danger, americana, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
The Last Winter (1984)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Israel
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Tells the story of two women seeking leads to their missing husbands after the end of the Yom Kippur War (1973). A relationship builds between them when each identified her husband in the same blurred image of a foreign newsreel.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: soldier, friendship, anti war, war, military life, military, journalism, captivity, destiny, danger, life is a bitch, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.4
 7K
The Front (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.
Style: clever, humorous, semi serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, friendship, communism, mccarthyism, fighting the system, cons and scams, movie business, fight, dishonesty, society, actor's life, writer's life ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s
Place: europe, florence, new york, usa, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.4
 936
Green Dragon (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A tale about Vietnamese refugees sent to an orientation camp on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base in California, 'Green Dragon' focuses on a young boy and his sister. Set in 1975, the film chronicles the stories told to the two children by ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: vietnam war, military, immigrants, social misfits, soldier, human nature, military base, innocence lost, self discovery, friendship, interracial relations, anti war ...
Time: 70s
Place: asia, california, usa, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well as further straining his already part-time family life. ...
Style: clever, serious, realistic, cynical, gloomy ...
Plot: political corruption, betrayal, crumbling marriage, introspection, moral dilemma, self discovery, couple relations, workplace romance, dishonesty, legal, society, state affairs ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.9
 405
Reunion (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, West Germany, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Two young boys from very different backgrounds become friends in 1933 Stuttgart. However, they don't realize how different they are until much later as one is the son of a well-to-do Jewish doctor and the other the son of a German aristocrat. ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: anti semitism, friendship, holocaust, society, golden years, homecoming, religions or cults, coming of age, against humanity, confined, youth, world war two ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Journey from the Fall (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Thirteen years after the end of the Vietnam War, a family who was tragically affected by the war are forced to emigrate to America.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, sincere
Plot: vietnam war, immigrants, soldier, war, tragic hero, survival, human nature, human spirit, parents and children, anti war, political unrest, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Movie in collections
Baby Blue Marine (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A would-be Marine fails basic training, and is sent home wearing the "baby blue" fatigues of a washout. En route, he is mugged by a battle-fatigued Marine Raider, who leaves him to hitch-hike home in an undeserved hero's uniform. A ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, captivating, uplifting
Plot: mistaken identity, basic training, soldier, military base, war, small town life, small town, wartime life, americana, military, babies and infants, getting home ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: colorado, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.3
 4K
True Colors (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two law school friends find themselves at odds when one becomes a Justice Department lawyer and the other goes into politics.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: politics, political corruption, betrayal, friendship, college, blind ambition, vengeance, political intrigue, campaign, dishonesty, rivalry, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, virginia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.2
 1K
Citizen Cohn (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: As lawyer and power broker Roy Cohn lies dying of AIDS in a private hospital room, ghosts from his past visit him as he reflects on his life and loves.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: politics, aids, hotshot lawyer, hospital, gays and lesbians, rise and fall, introspection, terminal illness, society, unfulfillment, gender, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 1950s, year 1968 ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
A Separate Peace (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Gene and Finny are two boys who are best friends living in 1943, at the height of World War II. The idea that the boys will most likely be drafted when they turn eighteen is surrounding them, and they are practically forced to live their lives to ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: coming of age, betrayal, friendship, college, buddies, school, college life, boarding school, student life, friends, youth, best friends ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.7
 659
Marie (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A single mother takes a job with the government where she is confronted with corruption.
Style: talky, sincere, serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: political corruption, corruption, fighting the system, politics, uncover truth, office, price of justice, woman in danger, dishonesty, rebellion, state affairs, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
Two Men in Town (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Algeria, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A convict is released from prison in a small town in New Mexico. 18 years ago he killed a deputy. The then-and-now sheriff seeks revenge.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, bleak, thought provoking ...
Plot: sheriff, parole officer, going straight, starting over, revenge, haunted by the past, small town, society, friendship, hopes, friends, car wash ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.4
 239
The Runaway (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: At the birth of two boys, one white and one black, a mysterious and powerful Conjure Woman (Maya Angelou) prophesies that they will start the change. Growing up as best friends in rural Georgia in the 1940s, the boys make a discovery that leads the ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: small town, interracial relations, murder, mystery, police investigation, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, society, friendship, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Bridges of Sarajevo (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Thirteen European directors explore the theme of Sarajevo; what this city has represented in European history over the past hundred years, and what Sarajevo stands for today in Europe. These eminent filmmakers of different generations and origins ...
Style: bleak, serious, thought provoking, realistic, disturbing
Plot: anti war, political unrest, wartime life, life is a bitch, society, state affairs, politics, haunted by the past
Time: 20th century
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.8
 1K
Hello Herman (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the not so distant future, in Any Town USA, sixteen year old Herman Howards makes a fateful decision. He enters his suburban school and kills thirty nine students, two teachers, and a police officer. Just before his arrest he emails his idol, ...
Style: psychological, serious, thought provoking, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: high school life, losing-it hero, teenage life, high school, misfit, youth, social relations, haunted by the past, social misfits, psychopath, electric chair, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Big Brass Ring (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Blake Pellarin is on the campaign trail to become president of the United States. While making a stop in St. Louis, a chance encounter brings his past back to haunt him.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: head of state, media satire, political conspiracy, political corruption, campaign, politics, dishonesty, media, state affairs, gays and lesbians, journalism, haunted by the past ...
Time: 90s
Place: missouri, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.0
 162
Summertree (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Jerry, not a member of the 'protest generation' but is instead, an 'All American boy,' is drafted into the Army, just as things begin to go well for him. He decision to flee to Canada sparks off conflict with his parents, ending ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, emotional, rough ...
Plot: college, soldier, war, innocence lost, vietnam war, rebelliousness, americana, anti war, military, society, parents and children, military life ...
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.1
 2K
The Chosen (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chosen follows the story of two teenage boys determined to remain friends despite the deep differences between their two families. Set in New York during the 1940s, this provocative film follows the son of an orthodox rabbi and the son of a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, dramatic, earnest ...
Plot: friendship, culture clash, chosen one, coming of age, interracial relations, teenage life, society, friends, clergy, parents and children, youth, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: new york, usa, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Related movie lists