Movies like Sand Castle

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Sand Castle (2017)
 6.3
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Sand Castle (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Set during the occupation of Iraq, a squad of U.S. soldiers try to protect a small village.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, tense, rough, captivating, suspense, melancholic
Plot: military, soldier, occupation, small village, war, military life, wartime life, life is a bitch, military base, armed forces, military service, war violence, fight for supremacy, u.s. military, iraq war, islam, male objectification, american soldier, heat wave, human, netflix, sand, male in shower, shower, taking a shower ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: iraq

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out captivating, tense, realistic and serious films with plots about military, soldier, war, battles, military life, wartime life and world war two mostly in Drama, War and Action genres. Some movies like Sand Castle: The Kill Team (2019), Battle for Haditha (2007), American Sniper (2014), Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014), 20 Cigarettes (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Kill Team (2019)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When Andrew Briggman—a young soldier in the US invasion of Afghanistan—witnesses other recruits killing innocent civilians under the direction of a sadistic Sergeant, he considers reporting them to higher-ups. However, the heavily-armed and ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, captivating, tense, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war crime, behind enemy lines, military, american soldier, moral dilemma, soldier, murder, wartime life, military life, brutality, gunfight, deception ...
Time: 21st century, year 2009, 2000s
Place: afghanistan
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100%
Battle for Haditha (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an ...
Style: tense, disturbing, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: iraq war, marine, war, military, attack, soldier, military life, culture clash, desert, vengeance, society, occupation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2005
Place: iraq, middle east
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100%
 7.3
 481K
American Sniper (2014)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle takes his sole mission—protect his comrades—to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. ...
Style: tense, emotional, factual, intense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, iraq war, sniper, military, navy seal, soldier, violence, american soldier, assassin, u.s. marine, battles, courage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, year 1998, year 2013 ...
Place: iraq, middle east, usa, california, texas
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100%
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Vietnam War, 1966. Australia and New Zealand send troops to support the United States and South Vietnamese in their fight against the communist North. Soldiers are very young men, recruits and volunteers who have never been involved in a combat. On ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, macabre, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: vietnam war, war, military, brutality, struggle for survival, soldier, murder, gunfight, wartime, bravery, battles, wartime life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An American soldier deployed at Abu Ghraib finds himself behind the walls of the infamous Hard Site, where he develops a secret friendship with an Iraqi detainee.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: military, war, prison, friendship, confined, moral dilemma, prison life, soldier, prisoner, unlikely friendships, american soldier, jailed ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003
Place: iraq
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100%
 6.5
 794
20 Cigarettes (2010)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Based on director Aureliano Amadei's 2003 experiences in Iraq, 20 Cigarettes is the gripping story of a twenty-eight year old anarchist and anti-war activist who receives an offer to fly to Iraq as assistant director on a film about the Italian ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: filmmaking, wartime life, life is a bitch, director, soldier, iraq iran war, military, iraq war, military life, assault, military base, death threat ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.6
 721
The Sacrifice (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In 1953, the Korean War is entering the final stage. The People's Volunteer Army of China has launched the last major battle in Kumsong. In order to arrive at the battleground on time and deliver enough force to the Kumsong front line, the ...
Style: tense, suspense, captivating
Plot: korean war, war, fight, battles, military base, wartime life, korean history, korean army, fight for supremacy, protector, combat, wartime ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Blizzard of Souls (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Latvia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The love story of sixteen-year-old Arturs is interrupted by the First World War. After losing his mother and his home, he finds some consolation in joining the army, because this is the first time national battalions are allowed in the Russian ...
Style: disturbing, tense, suspenseful, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: world war one, soldier, patriotism, struggle for survival, wartime, war, loss of family, military, life is a bitch, showdown, fight for supremacy, loss of father ...
Place: estonia, poland, latvia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Jarhead 2: Field of Fire (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Battle-scarred and disillusioned by the war, Corporal Chris Merrimette is put in charge of a unit whose next mission is to resupply a remote outpost on the edge of Taliban-controlled territory. While driving through the hostile Helmand province, a ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: navy seal, taliban, military, war, male nudity, battles, against the odds, wartime life, heroic mission, race against time, heroes, soldier ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: afghanistan, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Yellow Birds (2017)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Two young soldiers, Bartle and Murph, navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph's mother before their deployment.
Style: disturbing, realistic, captivating, thought provoking, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: iraq war, soldier, military, military officer, friendship, brutality, war, courage, heroes, adaptation, life is a bitch, violence ...
Place: virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Sisters in Arms (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: France, Italy, Belgium, Morocco
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Kenza and Yaël are two young French women who go to Syria to fight alongside the Kurdish forces. There they meet Zara, a Yezidi survivor. Born in different cultures but deeply united, the women-fighters heal their past wounds and discover their ...
Style: suspense, captivating, compassionate, realistic, tense ...
Plot: isis, female friendship, soldier, strong female lead, female soldier, sniper, battles, fight, fighting the system, heroism, military base, woman ...
Place: kurdistan, usa
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38%
 4.2
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War Pigs (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A rag tag unit of misfits known as the War Pigs must go behind enemy lines to exterminate Nazis by any means necessary.
Style: captivating, tense
Plot: world war two, nazi hunter, war, nazi, battles, military, soldier, u.s. army, behind enemy lines, american soldier, anti nazi, swat team ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, 20th century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
We Were Soldiers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.
Style: serious, factual, emotional, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, war, military, battles, soldier, battlefield, military life, wartime life, heroic mission, heroes, death, justice ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vietnam, iraq, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 2.5
 458
SEAL Team VI (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Inspired by actual events: This heroic saga depicts an elite counter-terrorism team's black ops incursion into Iraq four days prior to Operation: Desert Shield and the harrowing consequences its members faced when their covert mission was ...
Style: serious, rough, suspense, tense, realistic
Plot: battles, desert, military, escapades, save the day, isolation, soldier, basic training, confined, tough heroes, u.s. navy, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In March of 1945, as the War in Europe is coming to a close, fighting erupts between German and American troops at the last remaining bridgehead across the Rhine.
Style: realistic, intense, harsh, exciting, serious ...
Plot: world war two, war, battles, soldier, survival, nazi, military, tank, escapades, wartime life, anti war, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1945
Place: germany, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.4
 207
Battle Scars (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Every Marine has a story, some they're proud of, other they'd rather forget. After coming home from his tour of duty in Afghanistan suffering from PTSD, Luke Stephens wants nothing more than to forget. What happens when our soldiers come ...
Style: suspense, tense, disturbing, captivating
Plot: marine, soldier, post traumatic stress disorder, military, brother brother relationship, father son relationship, military life, brothers, military officer, life is a bitch, war veteran, criminal underworld ...
Place: afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.6
 17K
Stalingrad (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Drama set in 1942, during one of the most important battles of World War II, which stopped the progress of Nazi forces and turned the tide of war in favor of the Allies. The Soviet army mounts a counter-attack on the Nazi forces that occupy half of ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, exciting, rough ...
Plot: world war two, war, heroism, siege, heroes, red army, life is a bitch, battles, wartime life, russian history, military life, battle zone ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: ussr, europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Untold and lost history. A true story of the American Pathfinders, the volunteer paratroopers whose deadly mission was to land 30 minutes before the Normandy invasion, locate and mark strategic "drop zones" and set up the top-secret ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, heroic mission, military life, military, friendship, military base, race against time, battles, d day, battle zone, paratrooper, graphic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: normandy, germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Saints and Soldiers: The Void (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Germany, May 1945, deep in the Harz Mountains a U.S. tank crew discovers a platoon of Germans preparing to ambush U.S. supply trucks.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: world war two, tank, war, racism, military, soldier, against the odds, battles, save the day, military life, hopes, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1944
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Our Time Will Come (2017)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In Japanese-occupied Hong Kong, a school teacher and her would-be-fiancé link up with Chinese guerrilla fighters, forging their own path to freedom.
Style: captivating, disturbing, tense, suspense
Plot: japanese occupation, world war two, partisan, life is a bitch, arrest, occupation, war, military, family relations, soldier, mother daughter relationship, martial arts ...
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Kokoda (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A bitter battle is fought between Australian and Japanese soldiers along the Kokoda trail in New Guinea during World War II.
Style: serious, rough, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, war, survival, military, military life, battles, leadership, heroism, battlefield, soldier, anti war, escapades ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: japan, australia, papua new guinea
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.8
 4K
Over There (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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Story: Gritty, intense, evocative and emotional, "Over There" takes you to the front lines of battle and explores the effects of war on a U.S. Army unit sent to Iraq on their first tour of duty, as well as the equally powerful effects felt at ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, intellectual, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: iraq war, military, u.s. army, u.s. military, soldier, friendship, violence, army life, self sacrifice, right and wrong, hopes, lost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
When Trumpets Fade (1998)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In WWII Western Germany, Private David Manning reluctantly leaves behind a mortally wounded fellow soldier and searches for survivors from his platoon, only to learn from commanding officer Captain Pritchett that they have all been killed in action. ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, nazi germany, heroic mission, military life, military, survival, battles, battle zone, anti war, siblings relations, wartime life, tank ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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G.I. Jane (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail.
Style: suspense, rough, suspenseful, bleak, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens, boys' night
Plot: strong female lead, strong female character, female soldier, military, army, soldier, fighting the system, basic training, sexism, feminism, female warrior, female protagonist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: israel, middle east, libya, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.4
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Company K (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on the popular World War I novel by author William March, director Robert Clem's COMPANY K follows a veteran of the first great conflict as he finishes a book about his wartime experiences and reflects on how a man's true character ...
Style: captivating, serious, disturbing, psychological, epic ...
Plot: world war one, veteran, anti war, wartime life, prison life, haunted by the past, military life, battles, politics, state affairs, war, military ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, year 1917
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Rose (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This harrowing tale of survival centers on Rose, a Masurian woman, whose German soldier husband was killed in the war, leaving her alone on their farm. A single woman had no defense against Russian soldiers who raped as a form of revenge, nor ...
Style: rough, realistic, captivating, tense, psychological ...
Plot: sexual abuse, wartime life, world war two, soldier, countryside, life is a bitch, ex military, military, occupation, farm, rape, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, post world war two, year 1945
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.1
 922
The Fallen (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany, Italy
Duration: 112 min.
Story: THE FALLEN is a three-sided story about German, Italian, and American soldiers, set in Northern Italy during the final weeks of the World War II. On the one side, a group of American supply soldiers delivers ammunition to the front line, a journey ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, rough, bleak
Plot: holocaust, world war two, war, soldier, survival, military life, military, captivity, against the odds, battles, leadership, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 3.8
 1K
D-Day (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Some people called it a suicide, but for the Rangers of the 2nd Battalion, that's another word for mission. When an elite group of American soldiers are ordered to take out a series of German machine gun nests, they find themselves blindly ...
Style: suspense, tense
Plot: d day, gunfight, world war two, war violence, historical event, mission, wartime, soldier, american soldier, fight, risk, life risking ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.6
 12K
My Way (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Jun-shik, who works for Tatsuo’s grandfather’s farm while Korea is colonized by Japan, dreams about participating in the Tokyo Olympics as a marathon runner. Tatsuo also aims to become a marathon runner, so the two become rivals. But the war ...
Style: tense, serious, rough, captivating, epic ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, military life, captivity, life is a bitch, battles, occupation, soldier, confined, recruit, rivalry ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, 20th century, 1930s
Place: korea, south korea, mongolia, france, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.1
 24K
Megan Leavey (2017)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The true story of Marine Corporal Megan Leavey, who forms a powerful bond with an aggressive combat dog, Rex. While deployed in Iraq, the two complete more than 100 missions and save countless lives, until an IED explosion puts their faithfulness to ...
Style: disturbing, touching, suspenseful, tense, captivating ...
Plot: female soldier, iraq war, dog, human animal relationship, u.s. marine, strong female lead, u.s. military, military, boot camp, animals, woman, american soldier ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, year 2001
Place: iraq, new york, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%