Movies like 12 Strong

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12 Strong (2018)
 6.6
 46K
12 Strong (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A team of CIA agents and special forces head into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in an attempt to dismantle the Taliban.
Style: based on true events, surprise ending
Plot: cia, cia agent, al qaeda, behind enemy lines, mountain, destruction, heroism, fire, machismo, cigarette smoking, night vision binoculars, machine gun nest, taliban, heroes, survival, sniper, horse, airplane, terrorist, army, violence, military, desert, truck, death ...
Time: 2000s, year 2001
Place: afghanistan, middle east

Most similar movies to 12 Strong

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and intense films with plots about death, violence, soldier, explosion, military, murder and pistol mostly in Drama, War and Action genres. Some movies like 12 Strong: 13 Hours (2016), American Sniper (2014), Lone Survivor (2013), Act of Valor (2012), Heartbreak Ridge (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
 98K
13 Hours (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: Malta, Morocco, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.
Style: suspense, bilingual, based on true events, surprise ending, intense ...
Plot: heroism, war, american abroad, assault rifle, mercenary, courage, survival, politics, cia agent, explosion, death, gunfight ...
Time: 21st century, year 2012, 2010s, year 2011
Place: libya, pentagon, washington d.c., langley virginia, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 384K
American Sniper (2014)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, 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: realistic, tense, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, sniper, war, navy seal, military life, battles, danger, heroes, battle zone, night vision binoculars, iraq war ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001, year 1998
Place: iraq, middle east, california, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 237K
Lone Survivor (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find ...
Style: captivating, serious, emotional, rough, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, military, soldier, war, battles, courage, terrorism, gunfight, selflessness, navy seal, death, military life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, middle east, usa, iraq, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 63K
Act of Valor (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When a covert mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA operative uncovers a chilling plot, an elite, highly trained U.S. SEAL team speeds to hotspots around the globe, racing against the clock to stop a deadly terrorist attack.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: navy, military, soldier, terrorism, pistol, military life, terrorist plot, national security, navy seal, submarine, scuba diving, heroism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: somalia, africa, costa rica, san diego california, ukraine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, propaganda film, entertaining ...
Plot: military, marine, platoon, redemption, war, boot camp, idealism, military base, lone wolves, starting over, recruit, officer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: north carolina, medical school, battleship, caribbean, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.8
 104K
Rambo III (1988)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Combat has taken its toll on Rambo, but he's finally begun to find inner peace in a monastery. When Rambo's friend and mentor Col. Trautman asks for his help on a top secret mission to Afghanistan, Rambo declines but must reconsider when ...
Style: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, one man army, freedom fighter, kidnapping, russian, master warrior, submachine gun, competition, liberation, military base, daring rescue, heroic mission ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: afghanistan, thailand, pakistan, middle east, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 364K
Fury (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, China, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Last months of World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank called "Fury" and its five-man ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, war, military, tank, nazi germany, heroism, battles, gory, bravery, against the odds, battle zone, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1945
Place: europe, germany, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Seal Team Eight: Behind Enemy Lines (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Seal Team Eight must fight their way deep into Africa's Congo, decommission a secret uranium mine, and stop our most dangerous enemy from smuggling weapon's grade yellow-cake out of the country.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, race against time, tough heroes, heroes, military, chases and races, danger, renegades, femme fatale, stabbed in the shoulder, man kills a woman, man fights a woman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: congo, africa, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Braddock: Missing in Action III (1988)
Genre: Action, War
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When Colonel James Braddock is told that his Asian wife and 12-year-old son are still alive in Communist Vietnam, he mounts a one-man assault to free them. Armed with the latest high-tech firepower, Braddock fights his way into the heart of the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: orphanage, rescue mission, vietnam veteran, danger, military, daring rescue, tough heroes, vengeance, escapades, war, heroes, against the odds ...
Time: 80s, year 1975
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, washington d.c., bangkok thailand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 4.4
 957
Soldier Boyz (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A group of prisoners are going to Vietnam to rescue the daughter of a V-I.P. The Ones who survive get their freedom back...but hell awaits them.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, danger, soldier, survival, terrorism, kidnapping, military, rivalry, missing person, prison life, confined, adventure ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Monuments Men (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on seven over-the-hill, out-of-shape museum directors, artists, architects, curators, and art historians who went to the front lines of ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, sentimental ...
Plot: art theft, treasure hunt, architect, military, soldier, race against time, war, german, rescue, map, painting, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1943, year 1944 ...
Place: germany, europe, paris france, mine, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
We Were Soldiers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
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, realistic, gloomy, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, war, military, death, battle, army, missile, steel helmet, explosion, vietnamese, bayonet ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Uncommon Valor (1983)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A group of Vietnam War veterans re-unite to rescue one of their own left behind and taken prisoner by the Vietnamese...
Style: suspense, serious, suspenseful, exciting, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, jungle, military, prison, vietnam veteran, soldier, rescue, war, adventure, anti heroes, survival, master warrior ...
Time: 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, texas, bangkok thailand, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: survival, military, war, battles, anti war, cave, imperial japan, japanese army, jungle, suicide, chaos, letter ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945, year 2005
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Last American Soldier (1988)
Genre: Action, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Jungle action from the glorious period of Rambo ripoffs.
Style: psychotronic, surprise ending
Plot: soviet army, russian army, watchtower, ham radio, cassette player, rebel army, order, machine gun, photograph, stabbed in the back, battle, gasoline ...
Place: thailand, vietnam, soviet union, cambodia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.2
 9K
Occupation (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Australia
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A small group of town residents have to band together after a devastating ground invasion. As they struggle to survive, they realize they must stay one step ahead of their attackers, and work together for a chance to strike back.
Style: surprise ending
Plot: extraterrestrial, alien invasion, alien abduction, survivor, brutality, massacre, shot in the chest, small town, escape, kidnapping, hostage, spacecraft ...
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Prequel to the first Missing In Action, set in the early 1980s it shows the capture of Colonel Braddock during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, and his captivity with other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, jungle, revenge, torture, survival, soldier, martial arts, escape, military, one man army, danger, burned alive ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: vietnam, asia, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Miracle at St. Anna chronicles the story of four American soldiers who are members of the all-black 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy during World War II.
Style: epic, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: village, soldier, partisan, war, racism, behind enemy lines, military, war crime, survival, black people, military life, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 80s, 1940s, year 1984 ...
Place: italy, europe, harlem manhattan new york city, rome italy, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Movie in collections
 5.4
 6K
The Lake (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: France, Belgium, Germany, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A team of Navy SEALs discovers an underwater treasure in a Bosnian lake.
Style: surprise ending
Plot: treasure, mystery, navy seal, navy, bosnian war, stolen gold, anchor, underwater explosion, night vision binoculars, male camaraderie, rocket launcher, home invasion ...
Time: 1990s, 1940s, year 1995, year 1944
Place: serbia, bosnia herzegovina, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.6
 378K
The Hurt Locker (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.
Style: realistic, suspense, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, marines, iraq war, sniper, violence, gulf war, bomb, army, desert, explosion, explosive ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004, 2000s
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.0
 61K
Windtalkers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Joe Enders is a gung-ho Marine assigned to protect a "windtalker" - one of several Navajo Indians who were used to relay messages during World War II because their spoken language was indecipherable to Japanese code breakers.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, rough, sincere ...
Plot: code, island, war, military, survival, mexican standoff, behind enemy lines, gory, soldier, native americans, battle zone, u.s. army ...
Time: 20th century, year 1943, year 1944, 1940s
Place: asia, japan, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Force 10 from Navarone (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Mallory and Miller are back. The survivors of Navarone are sent on a mission along with a unit called Force 10, which is led by Colonel Barnsby. But Force 10 has a mission of their own which the boys know nothing about.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: task force, betrayal, colonel, bridge, sergeant, traitor, partisan, battle, adventure, military, war, double agent ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: yugoslavia, england, italy, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In 2002, cable news producer Kim Barker decides to shake up her routine by taking a daring new assignment in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dislodged from her comfortable American lifestyle, Barker finds herself in the middle of an out-of-control war zone. ...
Style: surprise ending, ambiguous ending, dramatic, absurd, funny ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: journalist, drone, taliban, terrorism, rescue, soldier, kidnapping, war, journalism, military, culture clash, betrayal ...
Time: year 2003, year 2005, year 2004, year 2006, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, glasgow scotland, big ben london, iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Movie in collections
 7.7
 328K
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 144 min.
Story: When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer heavy casualties, facing intense fighting from the militia on the ground.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, rough, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, tough heroes, war, sniper, courage, military, warrior, helicopter, army, survival, danger, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1993, year 1992, 1990s
Place: somalia, africa, arkansas, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.8
 34K
Extinction (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A chief mechanic at a factory, haunted by apocalyptic nightmares, becomes a hero when Earth is invaded by a mysterious army bent on destruction.
Style: light, suspense, surprise ending
Plot: hologram, destruction, subterranean, exploding building, army, artificial intelligence, tunnel, surgery, teddy bear, evacuation, loss of friend, nightmare ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, China, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: 19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad - contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions.
Style: surprise ending
Plot: soldier, thanksgiving, iraq war, cheerleader, american football, war veteran, teenager, post traumatic stress disorder, death, blood, kiss, military ...
Time: 2000s, year 2004
Place: texas, dallas texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.6
 13K
5 Days of War (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Georgia, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An American journalist and his cameraman are caught in the combat zone during the first Russian airstrikes against Georgia. Rescuing Tatia, a young Georgian schoolteacher separated from her family during the attack, the two reporters agree to help ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, tense, sentimental ...
Plot: military, cameraman, war zone, bombing, invasion, journalist, death, torture, interrogation, news report, soldier, explosion ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s
Place: tbilisi
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.2
 13K
6 Days (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: New Zealand, UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of highly trained soldiers from the SAS prepared for a raid the ...
Style: suspenseful, based on true events, realistic, serious, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue, violence, danger, siege, terrorism, embassy, military, politics, death, police, heroes, hostages ...
Time: year 1980
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 3.2
 754
China Salesman (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: China
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Yan Jian, a young Chinese IT engineer who volunteers to go to North Africa and help the company he works for to win a competition. The winner can own the right to control the communication between south and north. French spy Michael works for the ...
Style: surprise ending
Plot: manipulation, englishman, salesman, competition, sabotage, assassination attempt, frenchwoman, armored car, flash drive, fingerprint, breaking a bottle over someone's head, ak 47 ...
Time: 2010s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Tears of the Sun (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, war, jungle, army, rebel, genocide, rescue, moral dilemma, danger, escapades, daring rescue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nigeria, africa, iraq, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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