Movies like Captains of the Sands

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Captains of the Sands (2011)
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Captains of the Sands (2011)
Original name: Capitães da Areia
Genre: Adventure
Country: Brazil, Portugal
Duration: 96 min.
Story: About the life and adventures of a gang of abandoned street kids known as "Capitães da Areia" (Captains of the Sands), in Salvador, Bahia, during the 1950s.
Style: psychological, light, unusual plot structure, contemplative
Plot: burglar, orphan, poverty, teenage boy, homeless teenager, homelessness, street urchin, brazilian, female director, gang, death, street kid, infection, outcast, abandoned baby, boy, little boy, imprisonment
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: brazil, northeast brazil

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out captivating, serious, feel good and exciting films with plots about adventure, orphan, boy, jungle, danger, escapades and adventurer mostly in Adventure, Family and Drama genres. Some movies like Captains of the Sands: My Lucky Elephant (2013), Where the River Runs Black (1986), The Great Elephant Escape (1995), In Gold We Trust (2010), Golden Goddess of Rio Beni (1964). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
My Lucky Elephant (2013)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA, Thailand
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a far away land of jungles and wild animals, there lived a little orphan boy who was all alone in the world. But he knew that no matter how hard life can be, it's always better if you can share it with a friend. This is the story of how he ...
Plot: orphan, poverty, elephant, friendship
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Where the River Runs Black (1986)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An orphaned boy who was raised in the Amazon jungle is brought back to civilization by a priest who knows his father.
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: jungle, feral child, priest, dolphins, adoption, culture clash, americana, danger, youth, society, coming of age, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: brazil, south america, latin america
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71%
The Great Elephant Escape (1995)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two young boys help an elephant escape from an African animal orphanage when he is bought by a wealthy American. The trio dodge poachers, the police and lions on a journey they'll never forget.
Plot: american abroad, ranch, necklace, poacher, guide, american, orphan, interracial friendship, human animal relationship, african tribe, boy, lion ...
Place: africa, kenya
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58%
In Gold We Trust (2010)
Genre: Adventure
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A group of adventurers make off with 600 kilograms of gold in Guyana, but when their helicopter crashes in the jungle, gold fever takes over.
Style: exciting, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jungle, heist, crimes, adventurer, crime gone awry, escapades, adventure, chases and races, nothing goes right, human nature, on the run, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Golden Goddess of Rio Beni (1964)
Genre: Adventure
Country: West Germany, France, Spain, Brazil
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An aviator of a commercial line disappears in the Brazilian jungle. Two friends organize an expedition to find him. As if there were not enough dangers in the Amazon, three members of the expedition have another goal: to steal a golden goddess.
Plot: amazon, bounty hunter, hoodlum, bully, aviation, snake, jungle, mafia, manhunt
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
An Elephant's Journey (2017)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Canada, South Africa
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A lost orphan boy and a giant elephant team up to take down an elephant poaching syndicate.
Plot: elephant, orphan, poacher, safari, aunt, jungle, lost, uncle, nephew, uncle nephew relationship, lost child, aunt nephew relationship ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Mara of the Wilderness (1965)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An altruistic park ranger stumbles upon a beautiful but feral young girl who spent most of her life being raised by a pack of white wolves. But his plans to tame her wild ways are cut short when an enterprising trapper hears about her story and sets ...
Style: serious
Plot: wilderness, feral child, danger, orphan, adventure, escapades, in the woods, animal life, park ranger, human animal relationship, good versus evil, rifle ...
Time: 60s
Place: alaska
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Shandra: The Jungle Girl (1999)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Deep in the heart of the South American jungle, a legendary creature known only as “Shandra” has been attacking men by the light of the full moon. But this extraordinary invader inflicts pleasure rather than pain!
Style: suspenseful, offbeat, sexual, sexy, erotic ...
Plot: jungle, deadly creature, adventure, strong sexual content, sexual abuse, dangerous attraction, danger, femme fatale, deadly, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexploitation, female nudity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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The Islands (2019)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true-life story of Chiefess Kapiolani who descended into an active volcano to demonstrate her new-found faith and ushered in a new beginning in Hawaii.
Style: christian film, serious, stylized, psychological
Plot: leadership, society, teaching the ways of the world, clergy, ambition, historical character, blind ambition, sermon, religious conversion, christian, christianity, going straight ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Flight to Fury (1964)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Philippines, USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: This adventure is set in the Philippines and chronicles the exploits of two men who survive a plane crash in the jungle. One of the men is an avaricious killer who has come to the islands to search for a fortune in diamonds. The other is an ...
Style: thought provoking, exciting, captivating, psychological, psychotronic
Plot: survivor, diamond, crash, wilderness, airplane, smuggling, adventure, jungle, buddies, isolation, murder, adventurer
Place: the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Inseln vor dem Wind (2012)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Germany, Austria
Duration: 89 min.
Style: captivating, suspense, feel good, light
Plot: treasure hunt, expedition, sunken treasure, sunken ship, tropical island, gold, island, sailing, sailboat, schooner, backgammon, scuba diving ...
Place: caribbean
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43%
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Cold River (1982)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Based on the novel Winterkill, by William Judson, Cold River is the story of an Adirondack guide who takes his young daughter and step-son on a long camping trip in the fall of 1932. When winter strikes unexpectedly early (a natural phenomenon known ...
Audience: teens
Plot: winter, teenager, camping, death of father, snow, teenage boy, starvation, loss of parent, family relations, teenage girl, death of parent, child in peril ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Belle and Sebastian: The Adventure Continues (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: September, 1945. Sebastian impatiently waits for the return of his friend Angelina, whom he has not seen for two years. When the plane carrying the young woman to her small village in the Alps is reported to have crashed in the mountains, Sebastian ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, feel good, exciting, light
Plot: dog, little boy, boy, friendship, boy and dog, missing person, orphan, courage, airplane accident, family secret, strong female character, mountain ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, year 1945
Place: alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The River Thief (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Diz (Joel Courtney) is a reckless teenage drifter living life on the run. Abandoned by his parents as a child, he looks out for himself and doesn't accept handouts. He takes whatever he wants and runs. Jaded and determined to answer to no one, ...
Style: psychological, contemplative, suspenseful, captivating, tense ...
Plot: thief, waitress, drugs, robbery, grandfather, burglar, violence, vengeance, teenager, heist, planning, youth ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Huck and the King of Hearts (1994)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Taking place in the 1990's, Huck and his card shark friend, Jim, travel from California to Nevada searching for Huck's long-lost grandpa. Along the way, a deceived card player chases the two across the states with his two, less ...
Style: humorous, feel good, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: society, chase, politics, young heroes, orphan, family, adventure, dangerous animal, friends, animal life, optimism, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: missouri, mississippi, las vegas, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
What Taiga Was Silent About (1965)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Ad ventures of a few brave boys deep in Russian taiga.
Plot: boy, mother, teacher, old man, girl, hunter, priest, river, taiga, boss
Place: soviet union, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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The Indian (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Dutch eight-year-old boy Koos discovers he was adopted after birth in Peru. While searching for his roots, Koos meets Peruvian Indians at the cinema. The enterprising rascal now devotes himself to becoming a quintessential Indian, more proudly even ...
Style: captivating, entertaining, light, feel good, dark
Plot: indigenous people, ritual, boy, ancestor, tribe, determination, orphan, courage, adoption, sibling rivalry, initiation, slingshot ...
Place: peru, netherlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
A Boy Ten Feet Tall (1963)
Genre: Adventure
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After he is orphaned by an air raid on Port Said during the Suez Crisis, a young boy attempts to go by himself from the Suez Canal to Durban in South Africa where his nearest relative, Aunt Jane, lives. On the way he meets a variety of different ...
Plot: journey, child protagonist, muslim, alcohol, pilgrim, toys, ruins, barbed wire, praying, dock, slave trade, ship ...
Time: year 1956, year 1957
Place: africa, egypt, sudan, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Celestial Camel (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When his father sells their baby camel Altynka, his mother, Mara, escapes to be find her calf. Her disappearance is a potential disaster for the family so eldest son, Bayir, takes off to retrieve her. What follows is part road movie, part ...
Style: light, sincere, captivating, contemplative, visually appealing
Plot: faith, russian, poverty, desert, brother, camel, girl, father, boy, friend, friendship, filmmaking ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The King's Guard (2000)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A princess falls in love with her father's swordsman.
Style: semi serious, exciting, captivating, light, feel good
Audience: boys' night
Plot: princess, adventurer, rivalry, danger, royal family, wooing, escapades, state affairs, betrayal, love interest, good versus evil, heroes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Settlement of Crows (1978)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 64 min.
Story: First movie of the famous Czech adventure trilogy: Osada Havranů Na veliké rece Volání rodu
Plot: male objectification, boy, child protagonist, countryside
Time: stone age
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Golden Temple Amazons (1986)
Genre: Adventure
Country: France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: erotic
Plot: torture, chimpanzee, jungle, death of parents, bow and arrow, native tribe, exploitation, eye patch, revenge, tribe, g string, topless woman ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Marchland (2010)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Marchland is a road-trip action-comedy, where two families collide on the Canadian-American border. The Van Jurgens, three brothers burdened with caring for their catatonic father after the recent death of their mother, and facing foreclosure on the ...
Plot: boarder, death, gambling, smuggling, police, gun, money, french, brother brother relationship, drugs
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31%
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Daughter of the Sun God (1962)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: This adventure chronicles the exploits of an author/explorer on a trip to Peru to hunt for the missing uncle of his pretty young companion. Her archaeologist uncle disappeared while searching for a lost Incan city that he found upon an ancient map. ...
Style: serious
Plot: jungle, heroes, danger, adventurer, adventure, rivalry, escapades, treasure hunt, gang, crimes, mountain, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: 60s
Place: south america, peru, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Treasure Island (2007)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Germany
Duration: 186 min.
Story: A terrible storm is raging the night it all begins - with a knock on the door. 17-year-old Jim Hawkins helps his widowed mother run their little tavern on the coast of 19th century England. When the door is opened they are startled by a sight that ...
Style: serious, captivating, intense, exciting, talky
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: pirate, treasure map, ship, treasure hunt, adventurer, obsessive quest, daring rescue, young heroes, heroes, rebelliousness, danger, gang ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Goliath Against the Giants (1961)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Italy, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Muscleman fights sea monsters and Amazon warriors, then returns home to find a race of giants living in a valley, into which fellow countrymen are being thrown as punishment for opposing a usurper king and his consort.
Plot: usurper, sword and sandal, superhero, evil man, sword fight, battle, gladiator, torture chamber, whip, sea monster, dungeon, peplum ...
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27%
Little Mountain Boy (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: Switzerland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A boy must brave deep winter snow to obtain an important family keepsake. Before he can even start this difficult journey he must first help his family survive financial ruin, rescue his beloved pet goat, and with his best friend, outwit a bratty ...
Style: contemplative, unusual plot structure, light, feel good
Plot: friendship, cheating, boy, competition, father son relationship, love triangle, greed, saving a life, bully, spoiled brat, grocer, priest ...
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26%
Prince of Central Park (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A young boy sets out to find his mother. After setting up camp in Central Park, he encounters a group of people even needier than himself.
Style: touching, psychological, atmospheric, sincere, serious ...
Plot: orphan, mischievous children, family life, custody, family problems, on the run, homeless, central park manhattan new york city, youth, dealing with death, single parent, death in the family ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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26%
Whom the Gods Wish to Destroy 2 (1967)
Genre: Adventure
Country: West Germany, Yugoslavia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: epic, saga
Plot: battles, king, battle, sword fight, dragon, knight, massacre, fight, brother sister relationship, church, suicide, dwarf ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Kicks (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: When his hard-earned kicks get snatched by a local hood, fifteen-year old Brandon and his two best friends go on an ill-advised mission across the Bay Area to retrieve the stolen sneakers.
Style: psychological, captivating, atmospheric, tense
Plot: ghetto, blow job, sneakers, poverty, shoes, illegal drugs, criminal, friendship, surrealism, breaking and entering, violence, astronaut ...
Place: usa, oakland california
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24%