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Shaka Zulu (1986)
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Shaka Zulu (1986)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, South Africa, West Germany, Australia, USA
Duration: 300 min.
TV show
Story: Framed around Queen Victoria's decision on England's political stance towards the Zulu Nation, this mini-series details King Shaka's rise and fall with mythic detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, exile, innovations in warfare, assumption of the throne, building of the Zulu Empire, first contact with Europe and the events that lead to his downfall.
Style: epic, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: tribe, rise and fall, camp, chief, imperialism, military, heroes, politics, prophecy, ambition, society, political unrest, head of state, leadership, racism, mother son relationship, british empire, colonialism, palace intrigue, warrior, battles, african, battlefield, combat, war violence ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1910s, 1700s
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and epic films and TV series with plots about state affairs, society, war, leadership, heroes, military and politics mostly in Drama, History and War genres. Some movies like Shaka Zulu: Napoleon (2002), Caesar (2002), Young Winston (1972), Zulu (1964), Roots: The Next Generations (1979). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: India, UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The film begins in 1857, when India was ruled by the British East India Company. Mangal Pandey is a sepoy, a soldier of Indian origin, in the army of the East India Company. Pandey is fighting in the Anglo-Afghan Wars and saves the life of his ...
Style: epic, captivating, serious, emotional, realistic
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Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: india, asia, afghanistan
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Napoleon (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Canada, USA, UK, Hungary, Spain, Czech Republic
Duration: 380 min.
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Story: The year is 1816, and NAPOLEON, held prisoner by the British on the island of St. Helena, is telling the young English girl BETSY his life story.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, epic ...
Plot: napoleon bonaparte, napoleonic wars, rise and fall, conquering, battles, rise to the top, leadership, ambition, battlefield, society, politics, military ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1810s, 1790s
Place: europe, france, prussia
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Caesar (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Netherlands, Italy, Germany, USA
Duration: 240 min.
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Story: Twenty year-old Julius Caesar flees Rome for his life during the reign of Sulla but through skill and ambition rises four decades later to become Rome's supreme dictator.
Style: stylized, epic, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: ancient history, roman empire, julius caesar, dictatorship, politics, tragic hero, ambition, battlefield, war hero, treason, emperor, rivalry ...
Time: 1st century, 1st century b.c.
Place: egypt, rome italy, middle east, africa, europe
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Young Winston (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This historical drama is an account of the early life of British politician Winston Churchill, including his childhood years, his time as a war correspondent in Africa, and culminating with his first election to Parliament.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, exciting, epic ...
Plot: parliament, soldier, rise to the top, ambition, politics, war, society, military, rise to power, election, winston churchill, imperialism ...
Time: turn of the century, 19th century, 1890s, year 1900, 20th century
Place: england, africa, south africa, europe, sudan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Zulu (1964)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In 1879, during the Zulu wars, man of the people Lt. John Chard (Stanley Baker) and snooty Lt Gonville Bromhead (Michael Caine) were in charge of defending the isolated Natal outpost of Rorke's Drift from tribal hordes, holding out during an ...
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, psychological, epic ...
Plot: siege, british army, british empire, military, human spirit, battles, native, soldier, war, british colonialism, heroic mission, against the odds ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1870s, 60s
Place: south africa, africa, united kingdom, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Roots: The Next Generations (1979)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 840 min.
TV show
Story: The dramatization of Alex Haley's family line from post Civil War America to the writer's search for his roots.
Style: uplifting, thought provoking, captivating, touching, emotional ...
Plot: world war one, family relations, political unrest, racism, interracial relations, culture clash, american civil war, world war two, righting the wronged, injustice, discrimination, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, 1880s, 60s, 1910s
Place: africa, usa, alabama, tennessee
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Roots (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 588 min.
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Story: African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to be enslaved, and the generations of his family.
Style: uplifting, realistic, thought provoking, touching, emotional ...
Plot: slavery, racism, civil war, american civil war, human spirit, interracial relations, family history, escape attempt, freedom, discrimination, injustice, social problems ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1860s, 1820s, 70s
Place: usa, africa, tennessee, england
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46%
The First Churchills (1969)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Based on Winston Churchill's biography of his ancestors.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, epic, stylized
Plot: politics, family relations, family tradition, family life, royal family, parents and children, rise to the top, soldier, leadership, military, state affairs, society ...
Time: 17th century, 18th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Sharpe's Peril (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
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Duration: 69 min.
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Story: Our story begins at the end of Sharpe's Challenge. Sharpe and Harper are en route to Madras when they encounter a baggage train from the East India Company traveling through hostile territory. Chitu, a legendary bandit leader in control of the ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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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 ...
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Zulu Dawn (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Netherlands, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In 1879, the British suffer a great loss at the Battle of Isandlwana due to incompetent leadership. Cy Endfield co-wrote the epic prequel Zulu Dawn 15 years after his enormously popular Zulu. Set in 1879, this film depicts the catastrophic Battle of ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, exciting, bleak ...
Plot: battles, imperialism, heroes, soldier, military, death, british empire, victory, army life, surrounded, colonialism, against humanity ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, victorian era
Place: africa
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Attila (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
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Story: A romanced story of Attila the Hun, since his childhood, when he lost his parents until his death. Attila is disclosed as a great leader, strategist and lover and the movie shows his respect to the great Roman strategist Flavius Aetius, his loves ...
Style: captivating, exciting, epic, touching, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
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Genre: Action, Drama, History, War, Western
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Duration: 240 min.
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Story: In 1898 the US government decided to intervene on the side of the Cuban rebels in their struggle against Spanish rule. Assistant Navy Secretary Theodore Roosevelt decides to experience the war first hand by promoting and joining a volunteer cavalry ...
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Country: USA
Duration: 270 min.
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Sharpe's Regiment (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
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Story: Told his battalion is to be split up due to lack of recruits at home, Sharpe and Harper return to England to investigate. What should have been a simple query turns politically explosive as they come nearer to exposing profiteering on the home front ...
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Style: captivating, exciting, tense, serious, epic ...
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War.
Style: epic, realistic, serious, stylized, factual ...
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Time: 19th century, year 1865, 1860s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
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Style: serious, realistic, bleak, captivating, disturbing ...
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Duration: 71 min.
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Style: atmospheric, sincere, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: american history, president, historical character, leadership, politics, lawyer, colonial america, freedom, head of state, state affairs, human spirit, politician ...
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Style: serious, exciting, rough, epic
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Duration: 381 min.
TV show
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
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TV show
Story: This is the story of Peter I, Tsar of Russia from 1682, and the constant struggle between him, his sister Sophia and the Streltsy, an important Russian military corp. The story depicts the efforts of Peter in transforming Russia in an "all ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, realistic, serious
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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A chronicle of events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia and which led to the siege of Sevastopol and the fierce Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 which climaxed with the heroic, but near-disastrous calvary ...
Style: epic, serious, exciting, factual, harsh ...
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Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s, 70s, 60s
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40%
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Winnie Mandela (2011)
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Duration: 104 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking
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Sharpe's Eagle (1993)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
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Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Queen of the Mountains (2014)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At a time when most females in Asia possess little or no power over their lives, headstrong Kurmanjan Datka defies her family's authority -- and ultimately becomes the ruler of her native Kyrgyzstan region.
Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, epic
Plot: leadership, escapades, rivalry, heroes, rise to the top, ruler, strong female presence, mother son relationship, mountain, mother, animal abuse, russian empire
Time: 19th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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The Opium War (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China
Duration: 153 min.
Story: The story of the Opium War between China, in the waning days of the Qing Dynasty, and the British Empire, in the 1830s, and the subsequent takeover of Hong Kong by Britain; through the eyes of the key figures, fiercely nationalistic Lin Zexu, and ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, captivating, thought provoking ...
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