Movies like The Great Water

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The Great Water (2004)
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The Great Water (2004)
Original name: Големата вода
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Czech Republic, USA, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An ailing communist reflects on a young boy childhood in Stalinist Yugoslavia.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, touching, contemplative
Plot: youth, orphan, friendship, prison, betrayal, coming of age, soldier, haunted by the past, idealism, politics, racism, life is a bitch, injustice, anti semitism, wartime life, homecoming, young heroes, political unrest, golden years, confession, lgbt teen, world war two, curse, society, innocence lost ...
Time: year 1945, 1940s, post world war two
Place: former yugoslavia, europe, ussr, serbia, macedonia, yugoslavia

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Most similar movies to The Great Water

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and emotional films with plots about death, cigarette smoking, world war two, husband wife relationship, society, life is a bitch and friendship mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres. Some movies like The Great Water: Goodbye, Children (1987), Red Cherry (1995), Killer Kid (1994), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), Empire of the Sun (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Goodbye, Children (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, West Germany, Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.
Style: sad, art house, sentimental, gloomy, emotional ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: world war two, nazi, jewish, friendship, nazism, anti semitism, holocaust, catholic, coming of age, schoolboy, childhood, school ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: france, germany, poland, vatican, paris france ...
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95%
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Red Cherry (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on a true story, this horrifying tale follows two orphaned friends as they struggle to survive during World War II.
Style: serious, touching, bleak, saga, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, monastery, orphan, school, tattoo, chinese, youth, military, war, society, life is a bitch, anti war ...
Time: 1940s, year 1941
Place: russia, moscow russia, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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 233
Killer Kid (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Eleven-year-old Laïd lives in war-torn Lebanon. Chosen and trained by an extremist organisation, he has been forced to enter the adult world far too early. He has been transformed into a fanatical and programmed machine, whose life could be summed ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, disturbing
Plot: coming of age, youth, boy, children in wartime, immigrants, orphan, terrorism, lebanese, friendship, society, buddies, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, europe, france, beirut lebanon, marseille ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: sad, emotional, touching, heartbreaking, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, war, childhood, nazi, friendship, boy, military, gas chamber, german ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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Empire of the Sun (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even ...
Style: epic, emotional, sad, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: world war two, coming of age, child protagonist, war, captivity, childhood, japanese army, pow, young heroes, children in wartime, boy, prison ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: shanghai, china, japan, tokyo, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Fateless (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Hungary, Germany, UK, Israel, France, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: An Hungarian youth comes of age at Buchenwald during World War II. György Köves is 14, the son of a merchant who's sent to a forced labor camp. After his father's departure, György gets a job at a brickyard; his bus is stopped and its ...
Style: sincere, serious, disturbing, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: date night, teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, world war two, survival, nazi, youth, life is a bitch, confined, estrangement, self discovery, coming of age, faith ...
Time: 1940s
Place: hungary, eastern europe, europe, poland, slovakia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Coup de grâce (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A countess loves her brother's Prussian-officer friend in the 1919 Baltic area.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, bleak, political ...
Plot: love triangle, revolution, soldier, betrayal, evacuation, tragic love, tragic hero, world war one, destructive relationship, couple relations, political unrest, wartime life ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, post world war one
Place: latvia, europe, france, berlin germany, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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The Truce (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Although liberated from Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, Levi did not reach Turin until October 19 of that year. After spending some time in a Soviet camp for former concentration camp inmates, he embarked on an arduous journey home in the company of ...
Style: sincere, emotional, gloomy, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, children, writers, refugee, hopes, escapades, life is a bitch, war, confined, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, post world war two, year 1945
Place: italy, russia, europe, turin italy, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Ivan's Childhood (1962)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.
Style: atmospheric, reflective, bleak, meditative, art house ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: world war two, orphan, anti war, courage, war, coming of age, boy, man boy relationship, death, adolescence, great patriotic war, spy ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, ussr, europe, berlin germany, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Boat Is Full (1981)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Switzerland, West Germany, Austria
Duration: 101 min.
Story: During World War II, Switzerland severely limited refugees: "Our boat is full." A train from Germany halts briefly in an isolated corner of Switzerland. Six people jump off seeking asylum: four Jews, a French child, and a German soldier. ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, disturbing, bleak
Plot: world war two, holocaust, children, ship, train, refugee, youth, politics, anti semitism, boat, life turned upside down, battles ...
Time: 1940s
Place: switzerland, europe, germany, zurich switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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David (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Although members of the Hitler Youth chant anti-Semitic paroles in front of his house during the Purim festival, Rabbi Singer is still profoundly convinced that Germany will stay a safe country for him, his family, and his fellow believers. But ...
Style: emotional, rough, bleak, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, nazi, boy, family relations, rabbi, survival, anti semitism, escapades, war, against humanity, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, vienna, usa, black sea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Butterfly (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic, compassionate ...
Audience: kids
Plot: spanish civil war, coming of age, friendship, civil war, teacher, fascism, children, depression, latin, anarchist, family relations, countryside ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: spain, latin america, europe, usa, madrid ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Sky Is Falling (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: 1943, an estate north of Firenze. The weight of the world is on the shoulders of Penny, who's about 10. An orphan, she must watch over her little sister when they go to live with her aunt and uncle. Penny's a Catholic, and worries about ...
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic
Plot: world war two, orphan, parents and children, racism, opposites attract, war, family life, death in the family, siblings relations, brother sister relationship, cousin cousin relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 1940s
Place: italy, europe, florence, sicily, switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 2K
El mar (2000)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Childhood friends reunite later in life in Spanish tuberculosis sanitorium. Pressures of death all around combine with dark secrets of their past.
Style: disturbing, erotic, psychological, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: tuberculosis, gay, childhood friend, friendship, gay erotica, society, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, political unrest, terminal illness, gay rape, lgbt ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s
Place: spain, europe, mallorca
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Zelary (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life she saved, a man from a remote mountain village where time ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, sincere, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: world war two, redemption, small town, romance, marriage, betrayal, self discovery, life is a bitch, couple relations, resistance, society, hopes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, czechoslovakia, central europe, prague
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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War Witch (2012)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona a 14-year-old girl tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12.
Style: serious, disturbing, touching, bleak, sad ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: civil war, innocence lost, slavery, murder, battles, child soldier, teenager, survival, life is a bitch, wartime life, haunted by the past, rebellion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Sword of Honour (2001)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 208 min.
Story: Guy Crouchback joins the war effort during World War 2, an idealistic quest to join the forces of good in the fight against evil. But his efforts is not rewarded, he never has any chance to join any real fighting, circumstances always prevent it. ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, touching, semi autobiographical ...
Plot: world war two, military, love triangle, fighting the system, soldier, betrayal, haunted by the past, love and romance, military life, life is a bitch, society, basic training ...
Time: future, 1940s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Army of Shadows (1969)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier (Lino Ventura) finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Though Gerbier escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseilles, France, and exacts his revenge on the informant, he must ...
Style: visually appealing, realistic, stylized, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, french resistance, terrorist, espionage, war, spy, resistance, nazi, gangsters, betrayal, intrigue, german ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943, year 1942
Place: paris france, france, marseille, vichy, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 7.5
 136K
The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, family outing, chick flick
Plot: world war two, holocaust, jewish, nazi, war, adoption, childhood, human spirit, nazi germany, life is a bitch, against humanity, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1939, year 1938 ...
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Mutiny (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Fact-based story about 300 predominantly black sailors who were killed on July 17, 1944 while loading munitions on a ship in San Francisco. Three weeks later, 50 survivors were court-martialed for refusing to load another shipment. The men cited the ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful
Plot: ship, boot camp, world war two, injustice, power relations, disobey, legal, fighting the system, dishonesty, rebellion, dedicated lawyer, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.5
 25K
The Tin Drum (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France, Poland
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday.
Style: surreal, disturbing, art house, thought provoking, harsh ...
Plot: fascism, world war two, coming of age, wartime life, nazi, circus, magic realism, war, life is a bitch, political unrest, against humanity, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, year 1939, 19th century ...
Place: germany, latin america, japan, europe, central europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Circle of Deceit (1981)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Georg Laschen leaves his family in West Germany to go work as a war correspondent in Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians.
Style: political, realistic, serious, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: journalism, photographer, reporter, female nudity, lebanese, politics, adoption, couples, battles, evacuation, love and romance, state affairs ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: middle east, lebanon, cairo egypt, west germany, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Ninth Day (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Germany, Luxembourg, Czech Republic
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drama loosely based on Jean Bernard's Nazi-era prison diary.
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, traitor, concentration camp, clergy, nazi, soldier, heroes, nazi occupation, hopes, introspection, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: berlin germany, france, switzerland, belgium, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Movie in collections
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 3K
Ithaca (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In a small town in California's San Joaquin Valley, 14-year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed ...
Style: captivating, tense, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: world war two, coming of age, brother brother relationship, family relations, friendship, promise, fear, husband wife relationship, death of brother, jealousy, teenage boy, anti war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.3
 53K
Hart's War (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Fourth-generation Army Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp. Still, as the senior-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy, all ...
Style: realistic, tense, factual, harsh, suspense ...
Plot: world war two, war, prison, military, nazi, escape, racism, pow, soldier, propaganda, torture, russian ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.6
 855
War Requiem (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A film with no spoken dialogue, just follows the music and lyrics of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem, which include WWI soldier poet Wilfred Owen's poems reflecting the war's horrors. It shows the story of an Englishman soldier ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: world war one, vietnam war, art, soldier, military, battles, anti war, performer's life, against humanity, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, war ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Island on Bird Street (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Denmark, UK, Germany, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through his eyes.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, bleak
Plot: world war two, jewish ghetto, jewish, holocaust, youth, wartime life, ghetto, boy, children in wartime, starvation, coming of age, judaism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
A Separate Peace (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Four friends with one dark secret they could never outrun.
Style: psychological, serious, sincere, emotional, realistic
Plot: friendship, betrayal, boarding school, lifestyle, teenage love, youth, rebellion, teenage life, coming of age, secret, gay, empire ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943
Place: boston, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
All My Loved Ones (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Told from the perspective of man reflecting on his childhood in Prauge in the early years of World War 2 and the eventual destruction of his family as the Nazis rise to power. The storyline focuses heavily on Jewish-Czech Silberstein family members. ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, coming of age, escapades, hopes, society, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, judaism, youth, war, ghetto, starvation ...
Time: 80s, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: slovakia, czech republic, europe, austria, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, psychological, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: world war two, pow, war crime, prison, anti war, christmas, war, samurai, japanese occupation, imperial japan, prisoner of war camp, british ...
Time: 1940s, 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1936 ...
Place: asia, tokyo, japan, australia, indonesia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%