Movies like An American Story

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An American Story (1992)
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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, veteran, corruption, world war two
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: texas, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and captivating films with plots about society, friendship, state affairs, politics, friends, life is a bitch and military mostly in Drama and War genres. Some movies like An American Story: Raggedy Man (1981), Power (1986), Tracks (1976), Plenty (1985), Guilty by Suspicion (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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
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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
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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, gloomy, psychological
Plot: train, soldier, friendship, homecoming, battles, vietnam war, love, war, buddies, mentally unstable, college, mental illness ...
Place: vietnam, asia, california, usa
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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: serious, gloomy, 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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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 ⇓
84%
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: thought provoking, serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak
Plot: kgb, politics, political unrest, society, state affairs, head of state, orphan, injustice, life is a bitch, socialism, stalinism, projectionist ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s, 1940s ...
Place: russia
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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
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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, jerusalem, palestine
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80%
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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, child as main character, british military ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1977, year 1947
Place: israel, middle east, jerusalem
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78%
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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 ⇓
75%
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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 ⇓
67%
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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, chosen one, culture clash, 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 ⇓
67%
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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 ...
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Time: 90s
Place: iraq, middle east, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Last Winter (1984)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Israel
Duration: 89 min.
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Style: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, emotional ...
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Time: 20th century, 80s
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A Separate Peace (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
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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
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Orange Honey (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Portugal
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, suspenseful, captivating
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Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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 ...
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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: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: politics, hotshot lawyer, aids, hospital, gays and lesbians, rise and fall, introspection, terminal illness, society, unfulfillment, gender, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 1950s, year 1954 ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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 ⇓
53%
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 ⇓
52%
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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 ⇓
51%
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 ⇓
50%
LBJ: The Early Years (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: LBJ: The Early Years was a television movie that appeared on the NBC network in February 1987, depicting the life of former President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson from 1934 until 1973. Actor Randy Quaid won a Golden Globe award for his ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: politics, head of state, rise to the top, usa president, ambition, state affairs, campaign, media, kennedy family, political, u.s. vice president, democrat ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, year 1964 ...
Place: texas, usa, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: sincere, talky, 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 ⇓
50%
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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: disturbing, serious, 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 ⇓
50%
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: serious, gloomy, 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 ⇓
48%
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Julia (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: friends, friendship, politics, writer's life, playwright, love and romance, political unrest, against the odds, nazi, train, friendship between women, border ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, austria, berlin germany, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 455
The Dry Land (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A U.S. soldier returning home from war struggles to reconcile his experiences abroad with the life and family he left in Texas.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: homecoming, wartime life, gulf war, hopes, society, buddies, soldier, redemption, parents and children, family life, life is a bitch, military ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Return (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Back from a tour of duty, Kelli struggles to find her place in her family and the rust-belt town she no longer recognizes.
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: homecoming, soldier, introspection, small town, hopes, crumbling marriage, human nature, redemption, military, unfulfillment, family problems, sex in car ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Sudie and Simpson (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A television movie about the friendship that develops between a young white girl and an older black man in a racist, rural Georgia town during the 1940s.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, thought provoking, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, small town, false accusation, racism, interracial relations, discrimination, coming of age, society, youth, life is a bitch, friends, opposites attract ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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