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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 realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about politics, cold war, state affairs, espionage, betrayal, dialogue and runaway mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres. Some movies like Escape from East Berlin: The Tunnel (2001), Balloon (2018), Westler (1985), 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: suspenseful, realistic, tense, serious, captivating ...
Plot: tunnel, politics, betrayal, escape, berlin wall, political unrest, cold war, parents and children, border, danger, communism, state affairs ...
Time: 1960s
Place: germany, europe, german democratic republic, east berlin, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 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: border patrol, berlin wall, german history, escape plan, american abroad, teenage boy, teenage girl, interrogation, deserter, child in peril, sewing, pharmacy ...
Time: year 1989, year 1979
Place: east germany, german democratic republic, kindergarten, east berlin east germany, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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, cold war, curfew, lgbt, gay bar, escape, love, communism, homosexual
Place: east germany, west germany, west berlin west germany, berlin germany, east berlin east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.6
 254K
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, serious, suspense, intense, suspenseful ...
Plot: cold war, cia, espionage, lawyer, pilot, rescue, justice, danger, spy, mission, secret agent, fighter pilot ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1950s, year 1960 ...
Place: usa, soviet union, europe, east germany, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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: realistic, suspenseful, serious, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, cold war, white house, military, president, nuclear threat, head of state, leadership, atomic bomb, usa president, threat, race against time ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1962
Place: usa, cuba, soviet union, washington d.c., manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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, military police, cold war, eurospy, traitor, berlin wall, espionage, secret agent, kidnapping, jeep, defector
Place: east berlin east germany, paris france, africa, russia, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: cold war, politics, nuclear threat, white house, government agency, head of state, war, leadership, race against time, save the day, danger, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, year 1962, 1960s
Place: cuba, latin america, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough, tense ...
Plot: cold war, spy, cia, espionage, betrayal, invasion, kgb, mentor, politics, double agent, suspicion, government agency ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, year 1961 ...
Place: cuba, usa, congo, africa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 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: suspense, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, betrayal, cia, nato, kgb, politics, secret agents, chases and races, dishonesty, state affairs, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, new york, france, europe, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: fugitives, adventure, daring rescue, human spirit, against the odds, espionage, friendship, political unrest, politics, ambition, danger, escapades ...
Time: 70s
Place: east germany, europe, germany, west germany, german democratic republic
⇓ 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: talky, bleak, realistic, clever, serious ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, iron curtain, secret agents, library, whiskey, cynicism, grocer, communist, atheist, alcoholic ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, london, europe, germany, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, reenactment, repression, arrest, river crossing, friendship, escape attempt
Time: 60s, 50s
Place: east berlin, east germany, west germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: bleak, tense, compassionate, gloomy, heartbreaking ...
Plot: surveillance, communism, cold war, blackmail, interrogation, german, politics, corruption, paranoia, morality, redemption, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, europe, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: scandal, car accident, senator, suffocation, bridge, kennedy family, drunk driving, swimming underwater, meeting, insult, sailing, radio news ...
Time: 1960s, year 1969, year 1960, year 1980, year 1972
Place: massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: bleak, serious, thought provoking, realistic, tense ...
Plot: mind game, prison, life sentence, false accusation, political thriller, price of justice, injustice, confined, power relations, life is a bitch, downfall, isolation ...
Time: 20th century, year 1968, 1960s, 1950s
Place: czech republic, czechoslovakia, soviet union, prague czechoslovakia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.4
 39K
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: surprise ending, suspense, based on true events
Plot: racism, church, murder, police brutality, police violence, beating, church choir, fire, police, african american, singing, motel ...
Time: 1960s, year 1967, year 1943, year 1969
Place: detroit, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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: serious, captivating, thought provoking, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: president, political conspiracy, assassination, investigation, kennedy assassination, cia, fighting the system, political corruption, government, evidence, legal investigation, district attorney ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: new orleans, cuba, vietnam, washington d.c., texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, assassination, revenge, politics, terrorism, secret agents, murder, jewish, vengeance, justice, morality, tragedy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: middle east, europe, israel, lebanon, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Despite the Falling Snow (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In Cold War Moscow, a female spy steals secrets from an idealistic politician – and falls in love with him. Moscow, 1959: Katya (Rebecca Ferguson, Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation, The Girl on the Train, The White Queen), is young, beautiful – ...
Plot: defection, spy, cold war, sacrifice, communist, love, politics, secret, art exhibition, love triangle, woman, espionage ...
Time: 1990s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: soviet union, russia, ussr, moscow russia
⇓ 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: washington d.c., manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, nuclear threat, control room, soldier, race against time, aviation, politics, danger, military, state affairs, military life, technology gone awry ...
Time: 90s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
We Are the Bus People (1979)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Egypt
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Directed by Hussein Kamal.
Plot: mutiny, cruelty, torture, anger, humiliation, death, bus, prison, innocent, freedom of speech, political prisoner, officer ...
Time: 1960s
⇓ 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 César 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, suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: kidnapping, politics, brazilian, terrorism, freedom, missing person, assassination, ambassador, confined, crimes, danger, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968, year 1967, year 1969 ...
Place: brazil, mexico city, algeria, portugal, sao paulo brazil ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 7.4
 1K
The Same Sky (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Lars is a "Romeo agent" from East Germany in the 1970s. His task is to go West, first to seduce and then to spy on Western women who worked in government or defense institutions.
Plot: berlin wall, spy, espionage, surveillance, female nudity, seduction, male nudity, sister sister relationship, teacher, cold war, swimmer, homosexual ...
Time: year 1974
Place: berlin germany, west germany, west berlin west germany, east berlin east germany, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, exciting, captivating
Plot: terrorism, police chief, sniper, police, murder, murderous pair, track down, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, danger, society ...
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: september 11 2001, survival, terrorism, rescue, trapped, marine, war on terror, daring rescue, race against time, firemen, terror, courage ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, year 2001
Place: new york, usa, pentagon, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Bedford Incident (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Richard Widmark plays a hardened cold-war warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. Sidney Poitier is a reporter given permission to interview the captain during a routine patrol. Poitier gets more than he bargained for when the ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, psychological, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, submarine, confrontation, navy, war, ship, race against time, obsession, battlefield, nuclear missile, boat chase, heroic mission ...
Time: 1960s
Place: atlantic ocean, greenland, 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, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: hacker, kgb, cold war, espionage, spy, computer, hospital, cocaine, computers and web, obsessive quest, conspiracy theory, court case ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, german democratic republic, germany, berlin germany, west berlin west germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Seven Days in May (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A U.S. Army general alerts the president of a planned military coup against him.
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: cold war, u.s. air force, white house, politics, conspiracy, secret service, political thriller, kidnapping, desert, coup, revolution, chief of staff ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future
Place: pentagon, russia, texas, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Manchurian Candidate is a political thriller from American director John Frankenheimer. An American soldier is brainwashed into being a killer for the communist Russians during the Korean War.
Style: suspenseful, clever, tense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: cold war, conspiracy, brainwashing, election, uncover truth, political conspiracy, communism, senator, cards, strangulation, nervous breakdown, nightmare ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, north korea, china, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%