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Ithaca (2015)
 5.4
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Ithaca (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In a small town in California's San Joaquin Valley, 14-year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother, Ulysses. And so it is that as spring turns to summer, 1942, Homer Macauley delivers messages of love, hope, pain... and death... to the good people of Ithaca. And Homer Macauley will grapple with one message that will change him forever - from a boy into a man. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan's 1943 novel, The Human Comedy, ITHACA is the quintessential wartime tale of the Home Front. It is a coming-of-age story about the exuberance of youth, the sweetness of life, the sting of death and the modesty and sheer goodness that lives in each and every one of us.
Style: captivating, tense, thought provoking, realistic
Plot: brother brother relationship, world war two, friendship, family relations, coming of age, promise, jealousy, fear, teenage boy, husband wife relationship, death of brother, anti war, society, dog, teenager, football, school, airplane, money, train, teacher, food, death, battles, running ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942, 20th century
Place: usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and captivating films with plots about friendship, friend, death, singing, world war two, singer and mother son relationship mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres. Some movies like Ithaca: Mudbound (2017), Their Finest (2016), December (1991), 1969 (1988), Red Cherry (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Mudbound (2017)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the post–World War II South, two families are pitted against a barbaric social hierarchy and an unrelenting landscape as they simultaneously fight the battle at home and the battle abroad.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, tense, exciting
Plot: farming, racism, post war, farm, ku klux klan, misery, african american, post traumatic stress disorder, prejudice, doctor, hate, husband wife relationship ...
Time: post world war two, year 1941, pre world war two, year 1939, year 1945 ...
Place: mississippi, belgium
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Their Finest (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, Sweden, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: During the Blitz of World War II, a female screenwriter (Gemma Arterton) works on a film celebrating England's resilience as a way to buoy a weary populace's spirits. Her efforts to dramatise the true story of two sisters (Lily Knight and ...
Style: captivating, humorous, disturbing, thought provoking, documentary filmmaking ...
Plot: filmmaking, world war two, war propaganda, screenwriter, lie, friendship, journalist, romance, agent, cheating boyfriend, working woman, dog ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1940
Place: united kingdom, england, dunkirk, london, america ...
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 5.9
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December (1991)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In December of 1941, five teenage boys at a New England prep school hear the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and realize their lives are going to be changed forever. Released in 1991.
Style: realistic, serious, talky
Plot: coming of age, preparatory school, world war two, friendship, school, self discovery, boarding school life, cons and scams, war, military, buddies, youth ...
Time: year 1938, year 1941
Place: new england, pearl harbor, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 5.7
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1969 (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two rebellious youths, Ralph and Scott, find themselves struggling with adulthood as the Vietnam War rages. Feeling trapped in their small town, Scott battles with his conservative veteran father, Cliff, and Ralph deals with his desperately sexual ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: vietnam war, nudity (full frontal - brief), anti war, family relations, bad trip, friendship, graduation, easter, small town, rebellion, buddies, youth ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969, 70s
Place: vietnam, maryland, usa, california, maine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Red Cherry (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on a true story, this horrifying tale follows two orphaned friends as they struggle to survive during World War II.
Style: touching, bleak, serious, saga, gloomy ...
Plot: world war two, school, orphan, monastery, summer camp, wartime life, innocence lost, teaching the ways of the world, anti war, boarding school life, youth, military ...
Time: 1940s, year 1941
Place: russia, ussr, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Goodbye, Children (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, West Germany, Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: nazism, nazi, world war two, jewish, friendship, betrayal, holocaust, anti semitism, boarding school life, priest, resistance, gestapo ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, vichy, jerusalem, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
All My Loved Ones (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Told from the perspective of man reflecting on his childhood in Prauge in the early years of World War 2 and the eventual destruction of his family as the Nazis rise to power. The storyline focuses heavily on Jewish-Czech Silberstein family members. ...
Style: captivating, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, life turned upside down, escapades, hopes, society, life is a bitch, family relations, anti semitism, rescue, starvation, bittersweet, ghetto ...
Time: 80s, 1940s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: slovakia, czech republic, europe, prague, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Bless Me, Ultima (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In a village in New Mexico, the life of young farm boy Antonio is dramatically changed when an old medicine woman joins his household. This affecting coming-of-age tale recounts Antonio's experiences to reveal the spiritual conflict in his ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, disturbing, touching
Plot: friendship, healer, village, introspection, youth, war, human nature, village life, social relations, elderly, good versus evil, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1944
Place: new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 6.6
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David (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Although members of the Hitler Youth chant anti-Semitic paroles in front of his house during the Purim festival, Rabbi Singer is still profoundly convinced that Germany will stay a safe country for him, his family, and his fellow believers. But ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, rabbi, family relations, survival, holocaust, anti semitism, escapades, war, against humanity, society, confined, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, vienna, black sea, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
A Separate Peace (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Four friends with one dark secret they could never outrun.
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, sincere, realistic
Plot: friendship, betrayal, boarding school, lifestyle, teenage love, youth, rebellion, teenage life, secret, coming of age, world war two, school ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943
Place: new england, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.4
 14K
Taking Chance (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort accompanies the body of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps to his hometown in Wyoming.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Plot: war, military, soldier, self discovery, patriotism, military life, marines, iraq war, father son relationship, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004
Place: iraq, wyoming, usa, baghdad iraq, philadelphia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A group of American GIs work their way through war-torn France during the final days of the Second World War.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, captivating, disturbing, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, soldier, battles, military, heroes, friendship, family relations, american soldier, pow, courage, brutality, violence ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1944
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 8.3
 18K
To Live (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry.
Style: epic, touching, emotional, tense, serious ...
Plot: gambling, chinese history, communism, politics, destiny, battles, funeral, family relations, wedding, hopes, child abuse, cultural revolution ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: china, asia, taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Johnny Got His Gun (1971)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed in a fate worse than death - a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, legs, eyes, ears, mouth and nose. Unbeknown to his doctors, he ...
Style: thought provoking, psychological, depressing, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: anti war, hospital, world war one, haunted by the past, amputation, soldier, isolation, patient, freak, mute, war, disability ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: colorado, france, los angeles, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.0
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Killer Kid (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Eleven-year-old Laïd lives in war-torn Lebanon. Chosen and trained by an extremist organisation, he has been forced to enter the adult world far too early. He has been transformed into a fanatical and programmed machine, whose life could be summed ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, disturbing
Plot: lebanese, immigrants, orphan, terrorism, friendship, friends, society, coming of age, youth, buddies, crimes, assassination attempt ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, lebanon, france, europe, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.5
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The Tin Drum (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France, Poland
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday.
Style: surreal, realistic, serious, captivating, epic ...
Plot: fascism, world war two, circus, war, life is a bitch, political unrest, grownups, against humanity, dishonesty, coming of age, wartime life, toys ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 19th century, year 1939 ...
Place: germany, europe, poland, central europe, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.6
 9K
Butterfly (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, realistic, touching, compassionate ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, spanish civil war, fascism, teacher, family relations, countryside, latin, civil war, patriotism, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, america, galicia, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
American Pastime (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: American Pastime tells a poignant story set against the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. Rounded up and uprooted from their everyday lives, they remained loyal to the United States and ironically turned to that most American ...
Style: captivating, sincere, emotional, touching, serious ...
Plot: interracial relations, human spirit, immigrants, hopes, rivalry, society, anti war, racism, wartime life, small town, husband wife relationship, world war two ...
Time: 1940s
Place: pearl harbor, utah, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In late 1930s Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Continis are a leading family: wealthy, aristocratic, and urbane; they are also Jewish. Their adult children, Micol and Alberto, gather a diverse circle of friends for tennis and parties at their villa with ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: fascism, holocaust, world war two, anti semitism, family relations, tennis, family life, life is a bitch, wartime life, unrequited love, uncle niece relationship, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 19th century
Place: italy, europe, africa, israel, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Come See the Paradise (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Come See The Paradise is a deeply touching love story set against the backdrop of a dramatic and controversial period in American history, It follows the romance and eventual marriage of Jack McGurn (Dennis Quad), a hot blooded Irish American, and a ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: forbidden love, world war two, injustice, family relations, racism, interracial relations, interracial romance, culture clash, war, romance, love, couples ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1936 ...
Place: north dakota, seattle, los angeles, usa, hiroshima japan ...
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52%
 6.7
 10K
Journey's End (2017)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, variously await their fate.
Style: psychological, suspense, captivating, thought provoking, suspenseful
Plot: trench warfare, british army, world war one, army, officer, homosexual subtext, battles, nightmare, fear, german, mentally unstable, captain ...
Time: year 1918, 1910s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Only the Brave (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A searing portrait of war and prejudice, 'Only the Brave' takes you on a haunting journey into the hearts and minds of the forgotten heroes of WWII - the Japanese-American 100th/442nd.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, captivating, tense, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, battles, soldier, military life, survival, society, heroic mission, battle zone, war, daring rescue, infantrymen, rescue mission ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, france, usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.4
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Stop-Loss (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A veteran soldier returns from his completed tour of duty in Iraq, only to find his life turned upside down when he is arbitrarily ordered to return to field duty by the Army.
Style: emotional, serious, bleak, thought provoking, suspense ...
Plot: u.s. military, soldier, friendship, homecoming, military, politics, gulf war, wartime life, rules and policies, post traumatic stress disorder, death, patriotism ...
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51%
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El Alamein - The Line of Fire (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: War seen through the eyes of Serra, a university student from Palermo who volunteers in 1942 to fight in Africa. He is assigned to the Pavia Division on the southern line in Egypt. Rommel and the Axis forces are bogged down; it's October, the ...
Style: serious, bleak, captivating, realistic, sincere
Plot: soldier, military, battles, friendship, world war two, war, wartime life, military life, behind enemy lines, introspection, anti war, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: middle east, egypt, africa, italy, libya ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family, War
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Molly is a girl living in the year 1944 and WWII has brought many changes to Molly's life. An English girl comes to live with Molly's family to escape the bombings. They slowly become good friends.
Style: realistic, semi serious, captivating, sincere
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: world war two, family relations, school, adventure, family life, friendship, family, wartime life, war, friendship between girls, soldier, dancing ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943, year 1944
Place: illinois, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Boat Is Full (1981)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Switzerland, West Germany, Austria
Duration: 101 min.
Story: During World War II, Switzerland severely limited refugees: "Our boat is full." A train from Germany halts briefly in an isolated corner of Switzerland. Six people jump off seeking asylum: four Jews, a French child, and a German soldier. ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: holocaust, world war two, anti semitism, politics, train, refugee, battles, life turned upside down, anti war, genocide, ship, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s
Place: switzerland, germany, europe, zurich switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Water Diviner (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1919, Australian farmer Joshua Connor travels to Turkey to discover the fate of his three sons, reported missing in action. Holding on to hope, Joshua must travel across the war-torn landscape to find the truth and his own peace.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: world war one, missing person, missing son, parents and children, family relations, graphic violence, redemption, escapades, destiny, loss of son, father son relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 1910s, year 1919, 20th century, year 1915
Place: australia, turkey, ottoman empire, istanbul turkey, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Raggedy Man (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nita, a divorced mother of two boys, is stuck working as a telephone operator in a small Texas town in World War II. Her friendship with a sailor on leave causes tongues to wag in town.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, talky, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: small town, world war two, friendship, family relations, couples, parents and children, social relations, woman in danger, single parent, prejudice, sailor, gossip ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Unknown Soldier (2017)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland, Belgium, Iceland
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The film follows Finnish army machine gun company in Continuation War against Soviet Union, 1941–1944. Based on Väinö Linna's best selling novel Tuntematon Sotilas (The Unknown Soldier) and the novel's uncensored version, Sotaromaani ...
Style: sincere, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: infantry, world war two, husband wife relationship, friend, friendship, military, soldier, insubordination, firing squad, battles, military officer, violence ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, year 1943, year 1942, year 1941
Place: ussr, finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: pow, world war two, war crime, soldier, anti war, war, prisoner of war camp, samurai, captivity, atrocity, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1946, year 1942, year 1936 ...
Place: japan, asia, australia, indonesia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%