Movies like The Man on the Wall

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The Man on the Wall (1982)
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The Man on the Wall (1982)
Original name: Der Mann auf der Mauer
Country: West Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An East German man finds a way to cross the border between East and West Berlin. But when he succeeds in bringing his wife out as well, things are not quite as expected.
Plot: border guard, border, berlin wall, cold war, jealousy, taxi driver, smuggling, separation, border crossing, iron curtain, ransom, culture clash, adulteress, binoculars, jail, passport
Place: berlin germany, west berlin west germany, gdr, east germany, east berlin east germany

Most similar movies to The Man on the Wall

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, talky and tense films with plots about berlin wall, cold war, border crossing, border, politics, escape and iron curtain mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Man on the Wall: Westler (1985), Meier (1986), Escape from East Berlin (1962), The Wall - The Final Days (2008), One Night in Berlin (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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
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95%
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Meier (1986)
Genre: Comedy
Country: West Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Meier, a paperhanger in East Berlin, inherits from his father in West Berlin. With this money he wants to fulfil himself the dream of his life: a journey around the world. He buys a forged West German passport and pretends to go on a trip to ...
Plot: political satire, female nudity, wallpaper, berlin wall
Place: east germany, gdr, east berlin, germany, east berlin east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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, politics, neighbor, police, betrayal, death, musician, cold war era, escape, defection, baby ...
Time: 1960s
Place: east berlin, gdr, german democratic republic, east berlin east germany, west germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 ⇓
63%
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One Night in Berlin (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Berlin. Night. An old, homeless drunk stumbles down the street. Ignored by everyone - almost everyone. A woman suddenly appears in front of him - mid-thirties, thin, a drug addict. She stands face-to-face for the first time in years with the man she ...
Style: road movie
Plot: inheritance, nazi, separation, past, berlin wall
Place: gdr, germany, east germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Stop Train 349 (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, West Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Roaring across the danger zone of europe...A sealed international express, with a human cargo that can explode a continent!
Plot: cold war, train, stowaway, border, refugee, iron curtain, train ride, manhunt
Place: east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Bornholmer Straße (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A lighthearted look at the opening of the border crossing of Bornholmer Straße in Berlin from the point of view of the confused border guards.
Plot: berlin wall, embroidery, uniform, iron curtain, propaganda, border crossing
Time: year 1989
Place: germany, gdr
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Sugar Sand (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: End of the 1970s in East Germany: Fred and Jonas are close friends. The 10-year-olds live near at the German-German frontier. After the mother from Jonas has made an exit application, the boys have to recognize that they are soon separated from each ...
Plot: border, immigration, border crossing, german, emigrant, emigration, friendship, boy, single mother, little boy, baltic sea, mother son relationship
Place: east germany, german democratic republic, west germany, gdr, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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The Snowman (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: West Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A crime comdey directed by Peter F. Bringmann.
Plot: manhunt, kidnapping, mafia, train, drugs, escape, hitman
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Cold Summer (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Wall - Berlin '61.
Plot: berlin wall, fear, military, sweat, wall, thief, smuggling, danger, barbed wire, escape, border, separation
Time: year 1961, 1960s
Place: east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
One, Two, Three (1961)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A Coca-Cola executive in West Berlin tries to keep the boss's daughter from marrying a Communist.
Style: witty, clever, talky, biting, semi serious ...
Plot: cold war, iron curtain, farce, secretary, communist, forbidden love, politics, german, culture clash, communism, disorder, couples ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1961, 1960s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, east berlin, russia, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Singing the Blues in Red (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, West Germany, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Persona Non Grata in his homeland, protest singer Klaus Drittemann must leave East Berlin, his wife and child and emigrate to West Berlin, where the representatives of an American record company are eagerly waiting for him. They plan to exploit his ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: politics, berlin wall, singer, journalist, social differences, society, captivity, introspection, innocence lost, unemployment, journalism, idealism ...
Place: east germany, europe, germany, england, east berlin east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Der Willi-Busch-Report (1979)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: West Germany
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Satire about German reunification.
Plot: cold war, brother sister relationship, journalism, dead man, border, iron curtain, newspaper, bare breasts, reporter
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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 ⇓
43%
Operation Skorpion (2004)
Genre: Biography, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Based on a true story, Stephan Wagner's thriller focuses on a man and his fight against the East German secret service. After an escape attempt, Wolfgang Stein is sentenced to ten years in prison, but is finally ransomed by the West German ...
Plot: uniform, forger, trafficking, document, german abroad, secret police, seaside, police brutality, border, cold war, nurse, attempted murder ...
Place: east germany, gdr
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Silent Revolution (2018)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: It's 1956. During a visit to a cinema in West Berlin, East German high school pupils Theo and Kurt see disturbing newsreel footage of the uprising in Budapest. Back in Stalinstadt, one of the GDR’s flagship workers’ settlements, they have ...
Plot: classroom, freedom of speech, high school, cold war era, playing piano, friendship between boys, radio, father son relationship, friendship, school, cold war, cemetery ...
Time: 1950s
Place: east germany, west berlin west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Torn Curtain (1966)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: During the Cold War, an American scientist appears to defect to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the formula for a resin solution, but the plan goes awry when his fiancee, unaware of his motivation, follows him across the ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, museum, iron curtain, politics, working undercover, chases and races, state affairs, secret agents, couple relations, dishonesty, political intrigue ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: east germany, europe, berlin germany, germany, east berlin east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 6K
Sun Alley (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of kids grow up on the short, wrong (east) side of the Sonnenallee in Berlin, right next to one of the few border crossings between East and West reserved for German citizens. The antics of these kids, their families, of the "West ...
Style: talky, clever, humorous, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, friendship, teenage life, politics, love and romance, state affairs, coming of age, society, innocence lost, social differences, friends, rock ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: german democratic republic, germany, europe, berlin germany, east berlin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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 ⇓
40%
Berlin Is in Germany (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When Martin, a former GDR citizen, is released from jail, he lately becomes confronted with the consequences of the German re-unification.
Style: serious, emotional, humorous, realistic, touching
Plot: taxi driver, fish out of water, social differences, society, estrangement, stripper, friendship, berlin wall, parent child relationship, unsociability, jealousy, prisoner ...
Time: 21st century, 90s
Place: europe, germany, german democratic republic, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 ⇓
39%
Theo Against the Rest of the World (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: West Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Theo is having some bad luck. His barely paid-for truck has been stolen, and credit collectors are after him. The chase leads him across Europe.
Style: road movie
Plot: prosecution, truck driver, road trip, robbery, social differences, trio, finger cut off, border crossing, male female relationship, vehicle, medical student, duo ...
Place: italy, france, switzerland, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, female nudity, seduction, homosexual, spy, teacher, cold war, male nudity, surveillance, espionage, swimmer, sister sister relationship ...
Time: year 1974
Place: east germany, west berlin west germany, west germany, berlin germany, east berlin east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Judgement in Berlin (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: American judge in Germany must decide if the hijacking of an East German plane into West Berlin was justified.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, sincere, touching
Plot: politics, hijacking, terrorism, courtroom drama, legal, legal action, save the day, crimes, confined, deadly, fighting the system, danger ...
Time: 70s
Place: germany, europe, east germany, east berlin east germany, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 9
The Aliens (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A UFO believer must choose between the aliens above he has never seen or the mysterious guide who appears in his campsite week after week.
Plot: desert, illegal alien, border crossing, border, ufo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Die Luftbrücke (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 180 min.
Story: No overview found.
Plot: iron curtain, blackout, cold war, hunger, woman, candy, anti communist, post world war two, adultery, boys and girls, kitsch, pow ...
Place: east berlin, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Warum die UFOs unseren Salat klauen (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: West Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A special kind of salad gives people superpowers.
Plot: ufo, american soldier, baker, biologist, watchtower, love, police, u.s. army, tank, explosive, garden, martian ...
Place: west berlin west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Beloved Berlin Wall (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Berlin, 1989. Sascha is a young East German border guard and Franzi is a lively young West German woman who's just moved into a flat next to Sascha's watchtower at the Berlin Wall. It takes only a slight mishap and a selfless act of ...
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, captivating ...
Plot: fall in love, romance, love and romance, society, love affair, border crossing, head butt, aunt niece relationship, surveillance, subway station, first kiss, grandmother grandson relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany, east berlin east germany, west berlin west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Das Wunder von Berlin (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: East Germany, 1988: working as a state security service agent, Jürgen Kaiser is loyal to the party line, but worried about his son Marco, a punk. As he is arrested after a concert, Marco is forced to join the army, where he surprisingly identifies ...
Plot: politics, propaganda, nude swimming, european history, embarrassment, barefoot male, crotch grab, taking off clothes, humiliation, undressing, male nudity, german reunification ...
Place: berlin germany, gdr, central europe, east germany, german democratic republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Heroes Like Us (1999)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young man from an early age falls in love with a girl whose family is not in good standing with the ruling Communist party. His father however is a member of the "Stasi", the secret state police. The father not only hinders his ...
Plot: love of one's life, berlin wall, coming of age, masturbation, secret police, love interest, german reunification, mother son relationship
Place: german democratic republic, east berlin, gdr, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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