Movies like Nova Zembla

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Nova Zembla (2011)
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Nova Zembla (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Nova Zembla tells the gripping true story of the legendary failed mission of the late sixteenth century Dutch flotilla trying to find a trading route to Asia across the North Pole. The ship crew, who got stuck in the ice of Nova Zembla and had to survive the dark coldness of winter in the most gruesome of circumstances. An incredibly powerful story of determination, hardship and a triumph of the human spirit. The sixteenth century Dutch ship crew is leaving the port of Amsterdam and sailing to the northern arctic, where they get stuck in the ice. Two ships take part at the mission and captain De Rijp decides to return while he still can, while the other ship helmed by Willem Barentsz, stubbornly proceeds.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, stylized
Plot: survival, ship, adventure, island, confined, adventurer, danger, isolation, escapades, monster, sex scene, trial, church, beach, boy, bully, adultery, underwater, abuse, polar bear, knife, cave, torch, voyage, falling off a cliff ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s

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Most similar movies to Nova Zembla

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and exciting films with plots about escapades, survival, adventure, danger, confined, heroes and isolation mostly in Drama, History and Adventure genres. Some movies like Nova Zembla: Crusoe (1988), El Dorado (1988), Endless Night (2015), Sanctum (2011), Robinson Crusoe (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Crusoe (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked and he finds himself all alone on a tropical island. With a few tools he manages to rescue from the wreck he has to learn to support himself until help arrives.
Style: captivating, realistic, atmospheric, sincere, serious
Plot: survival, island, fish out of water, confined, escapades, adventure, isolation, tropical island, stranded, shipwreck, deserted island, marooned ...
Time: 19th century
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95%
 6.5
 455
El Dorado (1988)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 149 min.
Story: The story of an expedition down the Orinoco and Amazon rivers in 1560 by Spanish soldiers searching for the fabled city of gold, El Dorado.
Style: captivating, tense, serious, bleak, epic ...
Plot: jungle, treasure hunt, survival, obsessive quest, leadership, legends and myths, conquering, escapades, adventure, danger, on the road, obsession ...
Time: 16th century
Place: peru, latin america, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
Endless Night (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France, Bulgaria
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Greenland, 1908. Josephine, self-confident and bold wife of famous Arctic explorer Robert Peary, embarks on a dangerous journey in pursuit of her husband who is seeking a route to the North Pole. But Josephine is also naïve and ignores warnings ...
Style: serious, stylized, realistic, captivating
Plot: survival, couples, danger, wilderness, adventure, forces of nature, escapades, couple relations, inuit
Time: 20th century, 1900s
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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Sanctum (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The 3-D action-thriller Sanctum, from executive producer James Cameron, follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them ...
Style: exciting, serious, tense, suspenseful, touching ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: survival, expedition, adventure, forces of nature, family relations, danger, isolation, parents and children, deathtrap, cave, ocean or sea, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Robinson Crusoe (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: France, Canada, UK
Duration: 205 min.
Story: The classical story of Robinson Crusoe, a man who is dragged to a desert island after a shipwreck.
Style: serious, humorous, captivating, realistic
Plot: isolation, island, survival, confined, teaching the ways of the world, escapades, adventure, pets, shipwreck, cannibalism, tropical island, rope bridge ...
Time: 17th century
Place: caribbean
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81%
 6.2
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The Whale (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Dramatic retelling of the fateful last voyage of the Nantucket whaleship Essex. When the Essex is attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in November 1820, her crew take to three fragile whalers. Alone in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the men must ...
Style: serious, stylized, exciting, captivating, realistic
Plot: adventure, dangerous animal, escapades, forces of nature, ocean or sea, coming of age, survival, rivalry, youth, danger, orphan, ship ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Yamato (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Directed by Junya Sato and based on a book by Jun Henmi, "Yamato" has a framing story set in the present day and uses flashbacks to tell the story of the crew of the World War II Japanese battleship Yamato. The film was never released in ...
Style: serious, captivating, exciting, realistic
Plot: ship, escapades, war, danger, battles, heroes, survival, military, anniversary, lost love, selflessness, bereavement ...
Time: year 1945
Place: battleship, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Robinson Crusoe (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Robinson Crusoe flees Britain on a ship after killing his friend over the love of Mary. A fierce ocean storm wrecks his ship and leaves him stranded by himself on an uncharted island. Left to fend for himself, Crusoe seeks out a tentative survival ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, baroque
Plot: island, survival, friendship, isolation, adventure, adventurer, cannibal, danger, destiny, sea disaster, culture clash, wisdom of life ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 7.3
 525
Rikyu (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Late in the 1500s, an aging tea master teaches the way of tea to a headstrong Shogun. Through force of will and courageous fighting, Hideyoshi becomes Japan's most powerful warlord, unifying the country. Rikyu, through the tea ceremony and ...
Style: realistic, captivating, stylized, serious
Plot: politics, ambition, society, clergy, military, political unrest, heroes, battles, war, samurai, rise to the top, state affairs ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, korea, china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.5
 718
Man Friday (1975)
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Englishman Robinson Crusoe, stranded alone on an island for years, is overjoyed to find a fellow man, a black islander whom he names Friday. But Crusoe cannot overcome the shackles of his own heritage and upbringing and is incapable of seeing Friday ...
Style: realistic, biting, serious, captivating
Plot: island, survival, fish out of water, moral dilemma, buddies, interracial relations, adventure, teaching the ways of the world, confined, racism, isolation, power relations ...
Time: 17th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 5.8
 415
The Gustloff (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Joseph Vilsmaier Two-part TV movie focuses on the tragic events surrounding the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German passenger ship, at the end of World War II. On 30 January 1945, Captain Hellmuth Kehding was in charge of the ship, evacuating ...
Style: rough, captivating, exciting, bleak, serious ...
Plot: ship, torpedo, confined, escapades, wartime life, chaos and mayhem, evacuation, ocean or sea, soldier, military, danger, downfall ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.3
 962
S.O.S. Titanic (1979)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: The Titanic disaster is depicted as seen through the eyes of one couple in each of the three classes on board.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: iceberg, ship, rescue, survival, titanic, adventure, chases and races, celebrity culture, golden years, daring rescue, heroes, heroic mission ...
Time: 1910s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two thousand miles from home, Jim and Jennifer Stolpa (with baby Clayton) lose their way and are stranded in an endless wilderness of deep snow, battling for survival against the elements. Using only meager supplies and resourcefulness, the young ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: wilderness, rescue, survival, danger, heroes, family life, confined, forces of nature, escapades, babies and infants, isolation, snowstorm ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.7
 76
The Radicals (1990)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story of the Anabaptist movement and two of its first leaders, Michael and Margaretha Sattler.
Style: serious, emotional, bleak, realistic, captivating
Plot: church, christianity, heroes, ambition, religions or cults, society, clergy, state affairs, romance, hopes, life is a bitch, tax collector ...
Time: 16th century
Place: europe, switzerland, zurich switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Assassins (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the year 198 BC, Cao Cao (Chow Yun Fat), Prime Minister of the Han Dynasty, ventured to the east and defeated China's greatest warrior Lu Bu, terrifying every ambitious warlord across the country. Several years later, after taking the Han ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, epic, captivating ...
Plot: hidden identity, adventure, state affairs, deadly, head of state, political intrigue, rivalry, assassination, political conspiracy, assassination attempt, battles, assassin ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the 16th century in the Cévennes, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy and prosperous family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, this pious, upstanding man raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order ...
Style: serious, stylized, realistic, captivating
Plot: injustice, price of justice, escapades, life is a bitch, rebelliousness, rebellion, vengeance, righting the wronged, revolution, folk hero, dishonesty, heroes ...
Time: 16th century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Kenau (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Netherlands, Hungary, Belgium
Duration: 113 min.
Story: While she fights a heroic battle against the Spanish besieger with her female army, Kenau, driven by hate and sorrow of the execution of her youngest daughter, is threatened to also lose her eldest daughter, because her fear and pain are covered by ...
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, realistic
Plot: battles, heroes, leadership, soldier, military, danger, folk hero, escapades, adventure, army, fear, female nudity ...
Time: 16th century
Place: holland, europe, netherlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 2K
The Red Tent (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Soviet Union, Italy
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Torn by personal guilt Italian General Umberto Nobile reminisces about his 1928 failed Arctic expedition aboard the airship Italia.
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: survival, leadership, adventurer, disgraced, daring rescue, forces of nature, getting home, escapades, adventure, danger, ghost, wilderness ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: An unexpectedly modern take on a tale of two Viking warriors abandoned on the American coast. Warning – contains a graphic answer to the question: do Vikings sh*t in the woods?
Style: offbeat, epic, stylized, atmospheric, serious
Plot: heavy metal, viking, heroes, obsessive quest, human spirit, adventurer, danger, human nature, vikings, wilderness, rivalry, heroic mission ...
Time: ancient history
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 354
Survive! (1976)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Sixteen plane crash survivors stranded in the Andes turn to cannibalism to stay alive. Based on a true story.
Style: realistic, rough, exciting, serious, suspenseful
Plot: survival, heroes, gory, wilderness, confined, escapades, adventure, danger, mountain, cannibalism, airplane, snow ...
Time: 70s
Place: andes mountains
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Against the Sun (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A WWII pilot, bombardier, and radioman find themselves adrift on a lifeboat without food or water after being forced to ditch their plane during a scouting mission.
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, captivating, tense ...
Plot: survival, escapades, adventure, confined, getting home, danger, human spirit, isolation, ocean or sea, human nature, soldier, military ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1942
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Krakatoa: East of Java (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A team of maritime salvage workers are about to embark on a recovery dive. However the 1883 Krakatoa Volcano eruption provides more pressing problems.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, epic, 70mm film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ship, tsunami, volcano, rescue, race against time, ocean or sea, heroic mission, forces of nature, save the day, parents and children, daring rescue, adventurer ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.3
 101K
The Way Back (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates, Poland
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, intense, epic ...
Plot: survival, escape, danger, communism, freedom, wilderness, russian, convict, human spirit, prison escape, confined, pow ...
Time: 40s, 20th century
Place: russia, india, asia, himalaya, tibet ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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The Bounty (1984)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA, New Zealand
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian to get his men beyond the reach of British retribution, and the epic voyage of Lieutenant Bligh to get ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, serious, factual, intense ...
Plot: island, adventure, ship, betrayal, mutiny, navy, murder, escapades, rebelliousness, military life, sea captain, journey ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1930s
Place: england, tahiti, europe, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.1
 178
The Sea Wolf (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 179 min.
Story: The Sea-Wolf is based on a 1904 psychological adventure novel by American novelist Jack London, about a literary critic, who is survivor of an ocean collision. He then comes under the dominance of Wolf Larsen, the powerful and amoral sea captain who ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, exciting
Plot: ship, tough heroes, ocean or sea, isolation, social differences, adventure, escapades, lone wolves, survival, danger, self discovery, sailing ...
Time: 20s, 1900s
Place: pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Frenchman's Creek (1998)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Seeking to escape the stifling London court society, the beautiful headstrong Lady Dona St. Columb flees to her family estate on the Cornish coast. Her new freedom swiftly brings her into contact with the dashingly handsome French privateer Jean ...
Style: realistic, captivating, atmospheric, stylized, serious
Plot: pirate, ship, adventure, escapades, romance, master and servant, love and romance, power relations, infidelity, estate, politics, couples ...
Time: 17th century, 18th century, 1700s
Place: england, europe, london, cornwall
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.1
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The Outlaw (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Spain, Brazil, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A chronicle of the life of Spanish playwright and poet Lope de Vega, who dominated Spain’s early Golden Age of Theatre in the 16th Century. Lope returns home from war and enters the theatre world when a producer’s beautiful daughter takes a ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, clever, stylized
Plot: love affair, couples, love triangle, lifestyle, womanizer, love and romance, artists and showbiz, writer's life, scandal, confession, employer employee relationship, lack of money ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: spain, portugal, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.2
 202
Nina's House (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Starting in 1944 in the wake of the Liberation and continuing into the '60s, 'houses of hope' were established to lend a semblance of continuity to youngsters orpahaned by the war. Nina's Home takes place between September 1944 ...
Style: captivating, uplifting, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, anti semitism, danger, religions or cults, society, survival, holocaust, concentration camp, confined, escapades, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century
Place: france
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51%
The Donner Party (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Based on the real events of The Donner Party tragedy. The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the western expansion of the 1840s. After becoming snowbound in the Sierra Nevada during the winter of 1846-1847, a ...
Style: psychological, realistic, bleak, serious, disturbing
Plot: survival, danger, wilderness, isolation, moral dilemma, human nature, confined, escapades, hopes, mountain, cannibalism, dream ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Into the White (2012)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Norway, Sweden, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Into the White is an anti-war movie. High above the harsh Norwegian wilderness, English and German pilots shoot each other to the ground after a violent chance encounter. Isolated, they must fight to survive the brutal winter. Though war has made ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: air disaster, survival, war, wilderness, isolation, foe turned friend, confined, aerial combats, danger, winter, uninhibited rivalry, friends ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1940
Place: norway, europe
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51%