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Escape from East Berlin (1962)
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Escape from East Berlin (1962)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Director Robert Siodmak's 1962 film, inspired by true events, is about an East Berlin resident who attempts to escape to West Berlin with his family and girlfriend through a secret underground tunnel.
Plot: berlin wall, cold war, musician, border guard, friendship, truck, death, politics, betrayal, german shepherd, communist, shooting, death of son, tunnel, deserter, border crossing, informant, surveillance, rehearsal, neighbor, escape, cold war era, baby, model airplane, trust ...
Time: 1960s
Place: east berlin, berlin germany, west germany, german democratic republic, gdr, east berlin east germany

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Most similar movies to Escape from East Berlin

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious and tense films with plots about politics, state affairs, cold war, betrayal, danger, death and espionage mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres. Some movies like Escape from East Berlin: The Tunnel (2001), Westler (1985), Balloon (2018), Bridge of Spies (2015), Thirteen Days (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Tunnel (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, Olympic swimmer Harry Melchior defects from East Germany in the 1960s and hatches a daring plot to help his sister and others flee East Berlin through a 145-yard underground tunnel.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Plot: tunnel, betrayal, politics, cold war, berlin wall, escape, political unrest, communism, state affairs, escapades, confined, daring rescue ...
Time: 1960s
Place: germany, europe, german democratic republic, east berlin, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.7
 328
Westler (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Felix from West-Berlin falls in love with Thomas in East-Berlin. At first they keep their relationship going by regular visits from Felix, but the curfew forces him to return every evening. When the East-German authorities become suspicious, Thomas ...
Plot: berlin wall, lgbt, curfew, cold war, communism, gay bar, homosexual, love, escape
Place: east germany, west germany, west berlin west germany, east berlin east germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.8
 941
Balloon (2018)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Two families attempt a daredevil plan to escape DDR with a homemade hot air balloon, but it crashes just before the border. The Stasi finds traces of this attempt to escape and immediately starts investigations, while the two families are forced to ...
Style: based on true events
Plot: berlin wall, german history, border patrol, escape plan, physicist, teenage girl, interrogation, teenage boy, hotel room, electrician, secret plan, first kiss ...
Time: year 1979, year 1989
Place: east germany, german democratic republic, west germany, east berlin east germany, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.6
 264K
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany, India, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate ...
Style: realistic, suspense, serious, intense, suspenseful ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, cia, lawyer, spy, pilot, rescue, fighter pilot, danger, justice, mission, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 1960s, year 1960 ...
Place: soviet union, usa, europe, east germany, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 7.3
 50K
Thirteen Days (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Dramatisation of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the nuclear standoff with the USSR sparked by the discovery by the Americans of missle bases established on the Soviet allied island of Cuba. Shown from the perspective of the US President, John F Kennedy, ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, disturbing, sincere, serious ...
Plot: politics, president, cold war, military, white house, nuclear threat, nuclear, espionage, staff, race against time, un, undercover ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1962
Place: usa, cuba, soviet union, pentagon, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.8
 164
The Dirty Game (1965)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, West Germany, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A U.S. intelligence general (Robert Ryan) recalls three Cold War cases of Soviet (Henry Fonda), French and Italian (Vittorio Gassman) spies.
Style: microfilm
Plot: spy, cold war, military police, espionage, secret agent, eurospy, jeep, kidnapping, defector, traitor, berlin wall
Place: east berlin east germany, africa, rome italy, soviet union, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Night Crossing (1982)
Genre: Drama, Family, History, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, West Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Two men want to escape from East Germany (under Communist rule) but they will only go if they can take their families with them. Based on a true story.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: adventure, fugitives, daring rescue, friendship, politics, ambition, hopes, chases and races, escapades, human spirit, heroes, political unrest ...
Time: 70s
Place: east germany, europe, germany, german democratic republic, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Missiles of October (1974)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Based in part on Robert F. Kennedy's book, "Thirteen Days," this film profiles the Kennedy Administration's actions during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: nuclear threat, white house, politics, cold war, save the day, state affairs, war, uninhibited rivalry, international crisis, heroes, head of state, government agency ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Good Shepherd (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: Edward Wilson, the only witness to his father's suicide and member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion, qualities that help him to be recruited for a career in ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: cold war, spy, cia, espionage, betrayal, invasion, double agent, politics, suspicion, patriotism, intrigue, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 60s, 50s, year 1944 ...
Place: cuba, usa, congo, africa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.3
 15K
Topaz (1969)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: espionage, betrayal, cold war, nato, kgb, cia, mole, undercover, rebellion, double agent, state affairs, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, new york, france, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the cold war during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.
Style: bleak, talky, realistic, clever, captivating ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, double agent, whiskey, iron curtain, library, cynicism, communist, grocer, alcoholic, atheist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london, england, germany, europe, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.8
 594
The Defector (1966)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Professor Bower, an American physicist, is effectively blackmailed by a shady CIA agent named Adams to help the CIA obtain secret microfilm from a defecting Russian scientist. The reluctant Bower travels to East Germany undercover as an antiques ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, government agency, political conspiracy, political intrigue, undercover, dishonesty, working undercover, secret agents, hitman, military, kgb, danger ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: germany, europe, german democratic republic, east berlin
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the ...
Style: tense, bleak, sincere, compassionate, sexual ...
Plot: surveillance, communism, cold war, blackmail, interrogation, secret agents, politics, german, espionage, iron curtain, actress, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, europe, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Die Klasse - Berlin '61 (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Secondary school students from East Berlin are taking final exam in West Berlin (being politically rejected in GDR) as the Berlin wall is built. The dramatization is combined with interviews of the actual people 50 years later.
Plot: berlin wall, repression, reenactment, river crossing, friendship, escape attempt, arrest
Time: 50s, 60s
Place: east berlin, berlin germany, east germany, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.4
 40K
Detroit (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizens' uprisings in the history of the United States.
Style: suspense, surprise ending, factual, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: racism, murder, police brutality, police violence, revenge, death, racial tension, tragic event, injustice, rebellion, rescue, chaos ...
Time: 1960s, year 1969, year 1967, year 1943
Place: detroit, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Chappaquiddick (2017)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Sweden
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Ted Kennedy's life and political career become derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident in 1969 that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.
Plot: bridge, suffocation, car accident, scandal, senator, kennedy family, telephone call, flashback, limousine, guilt, song, apology ...
Time: 1960s, year 1972, year 1960, year 1980, year 1969
Place: massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Confession (1970)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia, knowing he's being watched and followed, is one day arrested and put into solitary confinement by his blackmailers.
Style: tense, thought provoking, realistic, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: mind game, prison, life sentence, confined, social decay, dishonesty, solitary, downfall, life is a bitch, price of justice, totalitarianism, society ...
Time: 20th century, year 1968, 1950s, 1960s
Place: czech republic, prague czechoslovakia, czechoslovakia, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.0
 130K
JFK (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: president, political conspiracy, assassination, investigation, cia, kennedy assassination, fighting the system, evidence, political corruption, district attorney, government, legal investigation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963, 1960s
Place: new orleans, cuba, vietnam, washington d.c., texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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The Wall - The Final Days (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 186 min.
Story: The Berlin wall separated families and friends for 28 years. Some accepted it, and some worked hard to make it fall.
Plot: police, male female relationship, german reunification, berlin wall, nationalism, intercourse, kitsch, soldier, german, border, automatic rifle, border crossing
Time: year 1989
Place: gdr, berlin germany, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.6
 197K
Munich (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Canada, USA
Duration: 164 min.
Story: During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, tense, factual, based on true events ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, secret agents, assassination, politics, revenge, terrorism, murder, jewish, vengeance, morality, justice, paranoia ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: middle east, europe, israel, lebanon, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Four Days in September (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Brazil, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Fernando, a journalist, and his friend C├ęsar join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during a bank hold up. Fernando then decides to kidnap the ...
Style: talky, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Plot: politics, kidnapping, terrorism, brazilian, freedom, hostages, political unrest, heroes, missing person, state affairs, crimes, confined ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969, year 1967 ...
Place: brazil, mexico city, portugal, sao paulo brazil, lisbon portugal ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.4
 374
RFK (2002)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Following the death of his brother John, Robert Kennedy is forced to rise to the challenge of leading his country and carrying on his brother's vision of what America could be.
Plot: politics, rivalry, u.s. president, politician
Time: 1960s
Place: harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.7
 100
Betrayal (1993)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Switzerland, Spain, Romania
Duration: 103 min.
Plot: communism, artist, death of friend, male female relationship, defection, prison, journalist, betrayal, exploitation, friend, father son relationship, anti communist ...
Time: 1960s, 1940s
Place: bucharest, romania, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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We Are the Bus People (1979)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Egypt
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Directed by Hussein Kamal.
Plot: cruelty, mutiny, fight, innocent, prison, death, torture, bus, anger, humiliation, police brutality, political prisoner ...
Time: 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
World Trade Center (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: On September, 11th 2001, after the terrorist attack to the World Trade Center, the building collapses over the rescue team from the Port Authority Police Department. Will Jimeno and his sergeant John McLoughlin are found alive trapped under the ...
Style: emotional, suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: terrorism, survival, september 11 2001, marine, trapped, rescue, war on terror, heroes, daring rescue, demolished city, heroic mission, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, year 2001, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, pentagon
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.3
 5K
Fail Safe (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, nuclear threat, politics, military life, control room, military, soldier, danger, race against time, chaos, technology gone awry, state affairs ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.3
 6K
23 (1998)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The movie's plot is based on the true story of a group of young computer hackers from Hannover, Germany. In the late 1980s the orphaned Karl Koch invests his heritage in a flat and a home computer. At first he dials up to bulletin boards to ...
Style: mind bending, disturbing, offbeat, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: hacker, cold war, kgb, espionage, hospital, computer, spy, cocaine, computers and web, religions or cults, friendship, political conspiracy ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, germany, german democratic republic, east germany, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.8
 174
Deadly Hero (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Officer Lacy is an 18-year veteran of the New York Police Department who finds himself demoted from detective back to patrol duty for his violent tendencies and trigger-happy behavior.
Plot: knife held to throat, stalking, cello, music teacher, female teacher, hitman, racial slur, police officer, shot in the chest, witness, musician, african american ...
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, navy, cold war, sea disaster, nuclear, patriotism, radiation, underwater, heroes, state affairs, ocean or sea, politics ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 1990s
Place: soviet union, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Based on the known events that shook the United States for 23 days in 2002. Within 24 hours six people were killed by a sniper in Maryland County. A man and his son get overlooked in all settings where shootings occur. The police, in cooperation ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating, exciting
Plot: terrorism, murder, police chief, police, sniper, police detective, society, murderous pair, crimes, track down, law enforcement, deadly ...
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%