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:
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, berlin wall, cold war, separation, border crossing, iron curtain, ransom, culture clash, binoculars, jail, passport, border, jealousy, taxi driver, smuggling, adulteress
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, politics, border, escape and betrayal 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 Snowman (1985), The Wall - The Final Days (2008). 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, 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
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95%
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 79
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, wallpaper, berlin wall, female nudity
Place: gdr, east germany, germany, east berlin, east berlin east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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, death, musician, escape, police, neighbor, deserter, betrayal, truck, trust ...
Time: 1960s
Place: east berlin, gdr, german democratic republic, east berlin east germany, west germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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 112
The Snowman (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: West Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A crime comdey directed by Peter F. Bringmann.
Plot: manhunt, hitman, kidnapping, mafia, train, drugs, escape
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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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: kitsch, german, nationalism, german reunification, male female relationship, border crossing, automatic rifle, border, police, berlin wall, intercourse, soldier
Time: year 1989
Place: gdr, west germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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, iron curtain, train ride, border, stowaway, refugee, manhunt
Place: east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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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, baltic sea, emigrant, single mother, little boy, german, emigration, friendship, boy, mother son relationship
Place: east germany, german democratic republic, gdr, germany, west 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, uniform, iron curtain, propaganda, border crossing, embroidery
Time: year 1989
Place: germany, gdr
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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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: nazi, inheritance, berlin wall, past, separation
Place: gdr, germany, east germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Cold Summer (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Wall - Berlin '61.
Plot: danger, barbed wire, escape, border, separation, smuggling, berlin wall, thief, sweat, wall, military, fear
Time: year 1961, 1960s
Place: east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: serious, realistic
Plot: politics, berlin wall, singer, journalist, musician's life, rock, idealism, urban ghetto, innocence lost, introspection, social differences, culture clash ...
Place: east germany, england, europe, germany, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: serious, realistic
Plot: politics, airplane, idealism, hijacking, fighting the system, dedicated lawyer, fugitives, hostages, one man army, legal action, save the day, terrorism ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, germany, west berlin west germany, east berlin east germany, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: clever, talky, witty, semi serious, biting ...
Plot: cold war, iron curtain, farce, communist, forbidden love, secretary, couple relations, politics, culture clash, love affair, capitalist, wedding ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1961, 1960s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, east berlin, soviet union, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 ⇓
44%
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: secret police, german abroad, prison, disguise, airport, passport, attempted murder, uniform, forger, seaside, document, escape ...
Place: gdr, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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 ⇓
43%
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, train, escape, border crossing, border, high school student, learning the truth, playing piano, cold war era, newspaper ...
Time: 1950s
Place: east germany, west berlin west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, road trip, robbery, truck driver, truck, on the road, loan shark, duo, pursuit, nightclub, car breakdown, trio ...
Place: italy, france, switzerland, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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 ⇓
39%
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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: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, youth, rock, innocence lost, becoming an adult, teenage love, teenage life, coming of age, love and romance, society, friends, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: german democratic republic, europe, germany, east germany, east berlin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Die Luftbrücke (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 180 min.
Story: No overview found.
Plot: blackout, iron curtain, cold war, candy, anti communist, airforce, airfield, boys and girls, kitsch, woman, hunger, pilot ...
Place: east berlin, west berlin west germany, germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.2
 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, ufo, illegal alien, border, border crossing
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.7
 22K
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, iron curtain, museum, secret agents, politics, working undercover, chases and races, dishonesty, state affairs, couple relations, political intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: east germany, europe, berlin germany, germany, east berlin east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, realistic, emotional, humorous, touching
Plot: taxi driver, fish out of water, prisoner, unsociability, friendship, berlin wall, parent child relationship, jealousy, society, social differences, estrangement, stripper ...
Time: 21st century, 90s
Place: europe, germany, german democratic republic, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 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 ⇓
37%
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%
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: watchtower, baker, biologist, police, love, male female relationship, salad, explosive, film within a film, tank, u.s. army, garden ...
Place: west berlin west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: barefoot male, political party, german reunification, taking off pants, taking off underwear, male objectification, embarrassment, skinny dipping, separation, taking off clothes, crotch grab, forced to strip ...
Place: central europe, gdr, east germany, german democratic republic, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Knife in the Head (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: One night when seeking his estranged wife, Hoffmann goes to the youth center where she works. The police are there rounding up radicals who frequent the center - Hoffmann runs into the building and ends up being shot in the head. He awakens with ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: hospital, self discovery, terrorism, vengeance, mystery, infidelity, memory loss, disability, politics, crimes, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: berlin wall, love of one's life, german reunification, masturbation, love interest, coming of age, secret police, mother son relationship
Place: german democratic republic, east berlin, gdr, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%