Movies like Emperor

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Emperor (2012)
 6.5
 14K
Emperor (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.
Style: touching, captivating, thought provoking, sincere, serious, emotional, realistic, talky, stylized, sexy ...
Plot: emperor, japanese history, investigation, war crime, occupation, war, politics, political intrigue, moral dilemma, ruler, society, political unrest, state affairs, graphic violence, translator, atomic bomb, military, romance, soldier, missing person, love and romance, post war, love affair, surrender, obsessive quest ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1945, post world war two, year 1932, 70s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, russia, berlin germany, china

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Most similar movies to Emperor

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and emotional films with plots about war, world war two, military, soldier, state affairs, heroes and politics mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like Emperor: Red Sorghum (1988), Beyond the Front Line (2004), Breaker Morant (1980), MacArthur (1977), The Sun (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
 9K
Red Sorghum (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu'er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as "my Grandpa" by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed ...
Style: tense, captivating, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: sino japanese war, world war two, society, war, unfulfillment, state affairs, love and romance, love affair, couple relations, village, political unrest, wartime life ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Beyond the Front Line (2004)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A movie based on real wartime diaries tells the story of the Swedish speaking Finns' infantry regiment 61. The story follows the regiment during the Continuation War from 1942 to 1944 and from Syväri to the Karelian Isthmus where they faced ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: world war two, military, wartime life, politics, soldier, heroic mission, chaos and mayhem, state affairs, against humanity, battles, infantrymen, war ...
Time: 1940s, year 2002, year 1944, year 1942, year 1943
Place: finland, europe, russia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 13K
Breaker Morant (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: war, military, murder, anti war, legal, military life, soldier, politics, injustice, false accusation, war crime, state affairs ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 90s
Place: south africa, australia, africa, south australia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 5K
MacArthur (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The film portrays MacArthur's (Gregory Peck) life from 1942, before the Battle of Bataan, to 1952, the time after he had been removed from his Korean War command by President Truman (Ed Flanders) for insubordination, and is recounted in ...
Style: realistic, serious, melancholic, epic, intense ...
Plot: world war two, military, pow, soldier, war, politics, island, rebellion, ruler, ambition, revolution, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s
Place: usa, japan, korea, the philippines, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 3K
The Sun (2005)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Russia, Italy, Switzerland, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The Sun (Russian: Сóлнце, Solntse) is a 2005 Russian biographical film depicting Japanese Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) during the final days of World War II. The film is the third drama in director Aleksandr Sokurov's trilogy, which included ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, emperor, wartime life, military, leadership, politics, totalitarianism, society, head of state, war, state affairs, downfall ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: There were five Marines and one Navy Corpsman photographed raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. This is the story of three of the six surviving servicemen – John 'Doc' Bradley, Pvt. Rene Gagnon ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: war, world war two, military, fame, loss of friend, battles, survival, guilt, selflessness, homecoming, propaganda, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: japan, pacific ocean, asia, usa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 127 min.
Story: This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.
Style: serious, realistic, factual, intense, suspense ...
Plot: world war two, nuclear bomb, moral dilemma, ego clash, soldier, atomic bomb, military, scientist, scientific research, physicist, death, u.s. military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, 70s
Place: new mexico, usa, germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.9
 35K
Kagemusha (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, in order to protect his clan from appearing weak and vulnerable. But he finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as well as his own ambitions.
Style: epic, captivating, bleak, enigmatic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, warlord, japanese history, lookalikes, war, feudal japan, disorder, switching roles, state affairs, mistaken identity, emperor ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 6.7
 1K
Caterpillar (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: During the Second Sino-Japanese War, in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honored and decorated soldier but deprived of his arms and legs lost in battle. All hopes, from the villagers and women to close family members, turn to Shigeko, the ...
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: quadriplegic, japanese soldier, disability, family problems, life is a bitch, political unrest, family in crisis, village life, military, soldier, state affairs, world war two ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.9
 912
Hiroshima (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, Japan
Duration: 190 min.
Story: Hiroshima is a 1995 Japanese / Canadian film directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara and Roger Spottiswoode about the decision-making processes that led to the dropping of the atomic bombs by the United States on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: world war two, nuclear, politics, atomic bomb, surrender, battles, emperor, white house, invasion, disaster, catastrophe, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1945
Place: hiroshima japan, asia, usa, new york, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Paradise Road (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Paradise Road is a 1997 film which tells the story of a group of English, American, Dutch and Australian women who are imprisoned in Sumatra during World War II. It was directed by Bruce Beresford and stars Glenn Close as beatific Adrienne Pargiter, ...
Style: serious, uplifting, emotional, touching, harsh ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: pow, world war two, prison, war crime, island, holocaust, war, friendship, human spirit, prison life, survival, justice ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: singapore, japan, asia, indonesia, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, epic, factual ...
Plot: world war two, military life, battleship, military, navy, war, state affairs, political unrest, imperial japan, battles, rebellion, anti war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1941, 70s
Place: japan, hawaii, pearl harbor, washington d.c., usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (1990)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The movie follows the perspective of several characters (such as Japanese victims, soldiers, American prisoners of war and others) and how they lived or tried to survive the effects felt during the aftermath of the Atomic Bomb dropping by the Enola ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: surrender, world war two, disaster, war, against humanity, state affairs, military, life is a bitch, confined, battles, nuclear holocaust, catastrophe ...
Time: 1940s
Place: hiroshima japan, japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Purple Butterfly (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a secret police unit tasked with dismantling Purple Butterfly.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: war, wartime life, rivalry, society, hidden identity, life is a bitch, love and romance, tragic hero, love affair, anti war, political unrest, japanese occupation ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 2000s
Place: japan, china, shanghai, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.2
 1K
Copenhagen (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: No one knows for sure what transpired when German physicist Werner Heisenberg met with his Jewish Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr, in Copenhagen -- the event became the stuff of modern scientific mythology. Director Howard Davies puts his spin on the ...
Style: captivating, serious, thought provoking, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: moral dilemma, prodigy, inventions and discoveries, friendship, politics, state affairs, society, wartime life, super weapon, nuclear threat, scientist, physics ...
Time: 1940s
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.4
 678
April Morning (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A teenager grows up during the onset of the American revolution.
Style: thought provoking, uplifting, captivating, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: battles, revolution, coming of age, military, wooing, americana, battle zone, war, politics, rebellion, hopes, state affairs ...
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.0
 16K
Katyn (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 121 min.
Story: An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.
Style: disturbing, heartbreaking, sentimental, sad, realistic ...
Plot: war crime, world war two, nazism, survival, war, life is a bitch, military life, captivity, against humanity, military, confined, occupation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1940
Place: poland, russia, europe, ussr, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A war widow determined to clear the name of her disgraced husband, who was court-martialed for desertion and executed. Official records have been destroyed, and the ministry that distributes benefits continues to deny her a pension. Twenty-six years ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, disturbing, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: world war two, military, life is a bitch, survival, obsessive quest, dealing with death, heroic mission, haunted by the past, truth, japanese army, soldier, war crime ...
Time: 70s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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The Winter War (1989)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 199 min.
Story: Russia attacked Finland in late November 1939. This film tells the story of a Finnish platoon of reservists from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Ostrobothnia who leave their homes and go to war. The film focuses on the ...
Style: epic, realistic, bleak, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, resistance, politics, state affairs, heroes, soldier, political unrest, battle zone, military life, heroic mission ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1939
Place: finland, europe, russia, ussr, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During the Second World War, a special project is begun by the US Army Air Corps to integrate African American pilots into the Fighter Pilot Program. Known as the "Tuskegee Airman" for the name of the airbase at which they were trained, ...
Style: sincere, serious, exciting, tense, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighter pilot, world war two, racism, military, interracial relations, training, war, aviation, against the odds, human spirit, officers and cadets, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: alabama, usa, arkansas, italy, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Well-intentioned history lesson; the decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, rough, bleak
Plot: world war two, atomic bomb, heroes, war, state affairs, against humanity, military, nuclear holocaust, super weapon, battles, secret place, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s
Place: usa, japan, asia, hiroshima japan, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Scarlet and the Black (1983)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK, Italy
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Fr. Hugh O'Flaherty is a Vatican official in 1943-45 who has been hiding downed pilots, escaped prisoners of war, and Italian resistance families. His diplomatic status in a Catholic country prevents Colonel Kappler from openly arresting him, ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful, factual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nazi, world war two, soldier, fighting the system, nun, military, clergy, human spirit, uninhibited rivalry, politics, hopes, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: vatican, europe, rome italy, italy, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.4
 2K
Yamato (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Directed by Junya Sato and based on a book by Jun Henmi, "Yamato" has a framing story set in the present day and uses flashbacks to tell the story of the crew of the World War II Japanese battleship Yamato. The film was never released in ...
Style: captivating, realistic, exciting, serious
Plot: navy, battleship, world war two, japanese history, ship, military, battles, war, heroes, survival, first love, lost love ...
Time: 1940s, year 2005, 20th century, 21st century, 2000s ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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The Battle of Canudos (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Brazil
Duration: 170 min.
Story: The film adaptation of Nobel Prize winning author, Mario Vargas Llosa's epic, The War At The End Of the World (La guerra del fin del mundo).
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: politics, society, tragic hero, life is a bitch, heroes, war, rebellion, state affairs, unfulfillment, religions or cults, family relations, wartime life ...
Time: 19th century
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
A Woman in Berlin (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A nameless woman keeps a diary as the Russians invade Berlin in the spring of 1945. She is in her early 30s, a patriotic journalist with international credentials; her husband, Gerd, a writer, is an officer at the Russian front. She speaks Russian ...
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, disturbing
Plot: war, war crime, world war two, rape, sexual abuse, injustice, soldier, strong sexual content, political unrest, power relations, diary, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1945
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.8
 14K
Heaven & Earth (1993)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Le Ly lives in a small Vietnamese village whose serenity is shattered when war breaks out. Caught between the Viet Cong and the South Vietnamese army, the village is all but destroyed. After being both brutalized and raped, Le Ly resolves to flee. ...
Style: realistic, bleak, psychological, serious, emotional ...
Plot: vietnam war, interracial relations, village, war crime, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, crumbling marriage, opposites attract, survival, father daughter relationship, dog, domestic violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, iraq, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Genre: Drama, History, 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, touching, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: world war two, coming of age, pow, child protagonist, japanese army, young heroes, peasant, survival, prison, innocence lost, japanese soldier, bravery ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: china, shanghai, tokyo, asia, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Massacre in Rome (1973)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In the Nazi occupied city of Rome, an assault on an SS brigade draws retaliation from the military governship. "Massacre in Rome" is the true story of how this partisan attack led to the mass execution of Italian nationals under the orders ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, thought provoking, rough ...
Plot: nazi occupation, partisan, world war two, church, against humanity, military, hopes, clergy, survival, escapades, life is a bitch, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: italy, rome italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.0
 8K
Under Fire (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Three U.S. journalists (Nick Nolte, Joanna Cassidy, Gene Hackman) get too close to one another and their work in 1979 Nicaragua.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, emotional, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: photojournalist, revolution, journalism, idealism, politics, media, military, political unrest, society, anti war, rebelliousness, rebellion ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979
Place: nicaragua, latin america, central america, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 190 min.
Story: His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.
Style: gloomy, atmospheric, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, survival, chinese, japanese army, captivity, anti war, wartime life, prison life, unfulfilled love, lovers reunited, war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%