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Balloon (2018)
 7.5
 10K
Balloon (2018)
Original name: Ballon
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany, France, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Two families attempt a daredevil plan to escape DDR with a homemade hot air balloon, but it crashes just before the border. The Stasi finds traces of this attempt to escape and immediately starts investigations, while the two families are forced to build a new escape balloon. With each passing day the Stasi is closer on their heels – a nerve-wracking race against time begins.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, tense, suspense, based on true events
Plot: balloon, escape plan, border patrol, stasi, berlin wall, manhunt, husband wife relationship, secret plan, interrogation, danger, couples, german history, strong female character, teenage girl, physicist, teenage boy, kindergarten, first kiss, father son relationship, deserter, group of friends, strong female lead, pharmacist, pharmacy, planning ...
Time: year 1979, 20th century, 70s, year 1989
Place: east germany, german democratic republic, east berlin east germany, germany, berlin germany, east berlin, west germany

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Most similar movies to Balloon

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, tense, serious and realistic films with plots about husband wife relationship, danger, politics, betrayal, murder, death and espionage mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres. Some movies like Balloon: The Same Sky (2017), The Lives of Others (2006), The Tunnel (2001), The Silent Revolution (2018), Night Crossing (1982). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
 2K
The Same Sky (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: Lars is a "Romeo agent" from East Germany in the 1970s. His task is to go West, first to seduce and then to spy on Western women who worked in government or defense institutions.
Style: serious, captivating, tense, suspenseful
Plot: stasi, berlin wall, spy, espionage, seduction, sister sister relationship, surveillance, cold war, male nudity, teacher, swimmer, homosexual ...
Time: year 1974
Place: east berlin east germany, west berlin west germany, west germany, berlin germany, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the ...
Style: tense, gloomy, sincere, bleak, sexual ...
Plot: surveillance, cold war, spy, interrogation, espionage, stasi, blackmail, german, communism, iron curtain, politics, voyeurism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: germany, east germany, berlin germany, german democratic republic, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 6K
The Tunnel (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, Olympic swimmer Harry Melchior defects from East Germany in the 1960s and hatches a daring plot to help his sister and others flee East Berlin through a 145-yard underground tunnel.
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, suspense, compassionate ...
Plot: tunnel, politics, betrayal, political unrest, heroes, danger, daring rescue, freedom, wartime, breast feeding, family relations, cold war ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: germany, berlin germany, east germany, west berlin west germany, east berlin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Silent Revolution (2018)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: It's 1956. During a visit to a cinema in West Berlin, East German high school pupils Theo and Kurt see disturbing newsreel footage of the uprising in Budapest. Back in Stalinstadt, one of the GDR’s flagship workers’ settlements, they have ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, thought provoking, captivating, twists and turns
Plot: classroom, high school, cold war, learning the truth, solidarity, friendship, betrayal, teenager, border crossing, father son relationship, cold war era, friendship between boys ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, year 1956
Place: east germany, west berlin west germany, german democratic republic, east berlin east germany, gdr ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Night Crossing (1982)
Genre: Drama, Family, History, Thriller
Country: UK, West Germany, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two men want to escape from East Germany (under Communist rule) but they will only go if they can take their families with them. Based on a true story.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: adventure, danger, escapades, hopes, daring rescue, chases and races, fugitives, espionage, heroes, politics, ambition, friendship ...
Time: 70s
Place: east germany, germany, europe, west germany, german democratic republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.6
 300K
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, India
Duration: 142 min.
Story: During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate ...
Style: realistic, suspense, serious, tricky, intense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, lawyer, spy, cia, rescue, legal, danger, justice, mission, undercover, secret agent ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1960, year 1957 ...
Place: soviet union, usa, ussr, east germany, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.1
 3K
Two Lives (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, Norway
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Europe 1990, the Berlin wall has just crumbled: Katrine, raised in East Germany, but now living in Norway for the last 20 years, is a “war child”; the result of a love relationship between a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier during ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: berlin wall, trial, court, haunted by the past, secret, hidden truth, buried truth, undercover, family life, dishonesty, espionage, testimony ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1969, year 1990
Place: norway, germany, east germany, german democratic republic, gdr
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 597
Dirty Hearts (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Brazil, Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 1945, Japan surrendered to the United States and the Second World War was over. Right? Wrong. For eighty percent of the Japanese community in Brazil, Japan had won the war and defeat was nothing more than American propaganda. The few immigrants ...
Style: serious, tense, bleak, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: terrorism, society, crimes, couples, immigrants, state affairs, life is a bitch, brainwashing, hidden truth, husband wife relationship, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, post world war two, 40s, 1940s, year 1945
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Based on the known events that shook the United States for 23 days in 2002. Within 24 hours six people were killed by a sniper in Maryland County. A man and his son get overlooked in all settings where shootings occur. The police, in cooperation ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: terrorism, murder, police, sniper, police detective, crimes, track down, danger, deadly, law enforcement, society, manhunt ...
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Escape from East Berlin (1962)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Director Robert Siodmak's 1962 film, inspired by true events, is about an East Berlin resident who attempts to escape to West Berlin with his family and girlfriend through a secret underground tunnel.
Plot: family relations, berlin wall, cold war, communist, informant, cellar, politics, shooting, musician, rehearsal, border guard, secret passage ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: berlin germany, east berlin, west berlin west germany, gdr, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany.
Style: tense, captivating, bleak, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: world war two, espionage, spy, double agent, state affairs, dishonesty, life is a bitch, undercover, betrayal, secret agents, danger, forgery ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: sweden, germany, europe, berlin germany, copenhagen ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.4
 357
Come Morning (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Set in rural Arkansas in 1973, Come Morning is the tragic story of Frank and his 10-year-old grandson and the hunting accident that forever changes their lives.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense, tense ...
Plot: forest, crimes, countryside, in the woods, father son relationship, country, corpse, hunting, death, manslaughter, danger, track down ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: arkansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Berlin Tunnel 21 (1981)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In Berlin in 1961, an American soldier and a German engineer join forces to build a tunnel under the Berlin Wall in order to smuggle out refugees, including the soldier's East German girlfriend.
Style: suspenseful, rough, tense, exciting, serious ...
Plot: tunnel, escape, hopes, danger, military, escapades, getting home, ambition, obsessive quest, chases and races, soldier, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany, east berlin, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The German Doctor (2013)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain, Norway, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Patagonia, 1960. A German physician meets an Argentinean family and follows them on the long desert road to Bariloche where Eva, Enzo and their three children are going to open a lodging house by the Nahuel Huapi lake. This model family reawakens ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, tense, suspense ...
Plot: war criminal, doctor, on the run, hidden identity, family relations, wanted, family life, mysterious character, dishonesty, small community, death, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, year 1960, 1960s
Place: argentina, latin america, patagonia, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.3
 57K
Thirteen Days (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Dramatisation of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the nuclear standoff with the USSR sparked by the discovery by the Americans of missle bases established on the Soviet allied island of Cuba. Shown from the perspective of the US President, John F Kennedy, ...
Style: suspenseful, thought provoking, disturbing, tense, sincere ...
Plot: cold war, politics, president, military, un, nuclear threat, leadership, undercover, political intrigue, state affairs, race against time, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1962
Place: usa, cuba, soviet union, washington d.c., pentagon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.6
 212K
The Impossible (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Spain, Thailand, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In December 2004, close-knit family Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of ...
Style: heartbreaking, motivational, captivating, disaster movie, suspense ...
Plot: survival, tsunami, natural disaster, catastrophe, family in danger, disaster film, courage, forces of nature, tragedy, destruction, danger, ocean ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: thailand, asia, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Legend of Rita (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Rita Vogt is a radical West German terrorist who abandons the revolution and settles in East Germany with a new identity provided by the East German secret service. She lives in constant fear of having her cover blown, which unavoidably happens ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, tense, melancholic, stylized ...
Plot: politics, starting over, state affairs, danger, secret identity, terrorism, activist, dark past, bribery, espionage, undercover, berlin wall ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, paris france, vietnam, german democratic republic, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.1
 13K
Deutschland 83 (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: A gripping coming-of-age story set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s. The drama follows Martin Rauch as the 24 year-old East Germany native is pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to the West as an ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: espionage, stasi, cold war, working undercover, political intrigue, state affairs, rivalry, undercover, military, double agent, political unrest, archive footage ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: germany, german democratic republic, east germany, west germany, west berlin west germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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World Trade Center (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: On September, 11th 2001, after the terrorist attack to the World Trade Center, the building collapses over the rescue team from the Port Authority Police Department. Will Jimeno and his sergeant John McLoughlin are found alive trapped under the ...
Style: emotional, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: terrorism, firefighter, twin towers, 9/11, heroes, survival, terrorist, rescue, marine, world trade center manhattan new york city, al qaeda, war on terror ...
Time: september 11 2001, 21st century, 2000s, year 2001
Place: new york, usa, pentagon, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Beautiful & Twisted (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Following the murder of hotel heir Ben Novack Jr., police focus their investigation on his wife, Narcy.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, tense, suspense ...
Plot: murder, femme fatale, crimes, couples, danger, deadly, psychopath, husband wife relationship, crime, investigation, rivalry, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.3
 1K
Coffin Rock (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia, UK, New Zealand
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A woman unable to conceive a child with her husband, despite years of trying, makes the drunken mistake of sleeping with a young stranger. The stranger then goes to terrifying lengths to prove his paternity.
Style: tense, serious, psychological, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: stalking, pregnancy, obsession, infidelity, danger, couples, small town, husband wife relationship, suspicion, deadly, dishonesty, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.2
 727
Missionary (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A wife and mother starts an affair with a young missionary... with disastrous consequences.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: infidelity, dangerous attraction, danger, stalking, couples, single parent, parents and children, sex scene, love triangle, extramarital affair, obsession, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.1
 235K
Valkyrie (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Japan, UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Wounded in Africa during World War II, Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government and assassinate Adolf Hitler. When events unfold so that he becomes a ...
Style: tense, factual, bad ending, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, nazism, war, nazi germany, nazi, german officer, resistance, colonel, bomb, deception, treason, assassination attempt ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, normandy, tunisia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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The Perfect Neighbor (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In Kansas City, the deranged middle-age Donna Germaine stabs and kills her lover, when he calls off their relationship to stay with his wife. Donna uses an excuse to move to the house of her aunt, and she becomes obsessed in their neighbor, the ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, captivating, tense, complex
Plot: femme fatale, obsession, murder, marriage, betrayal, husband wife relationship, neighbor, attraction, starting over, marital problem
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.6
 26K
Torn Curtain (1966)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: During the Cold War, an American scientist appears to defect to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the formula for a resin solution, but the plan goes awry when his fiancee, unaware of his motivation, follows him across the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, iron curtain, politics, political intrigue, working undercover, state affairs, double agent, secret agents, dishonesty, couple relations, museum ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: east germany, europe, berlin germany, germany, east berlin east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The story of Mark Felt, who under the name "Deep Throat" helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal in 1974.
Style: based on true events, captivating, disturbing, tense
Plot: usa president, fbi, scandal, cover-up, politics, white house, secret, husband wife relationship, whistleblower, marriage, baby, congressional hearing ...
Time: year 1974, 70s
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.8
 277
Fatal News (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 177 min.
Story: The Barschel case is one of the most important political scandals in recent German history. Not least because it has remained unsolved. Countless speculations and conspiracy theories have grown up to the present day to the dramatic death of the ...
Style: feel good, twists and turns, psychological, disturbing, suspense
Plot: mysterious death, german politics, investigative journalism, conspiracy, crooked politician, marital problem, politician, politics, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, corrupt politician, private investigator, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s, year 1987
Place: west germany, berlin germany, geneva switzerland, hamburg germany, zurich switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
 1K
Corporate (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Emilie is a bright young workaholic manager in Human Ressources, working for a huge French agro-food company. Ambitious and dedicated to her job, she is a good soldier, ready to put ruthless methods of management into practice to meet the ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: guilt, corporation, suicide, manager, husband wife relationship, psychological trauma, female protagonist, danger, rivalry, adaptation, society, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
7 Days in Entebbe (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, France, Malta
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1976, four hijackers take over an Air France airplane with 248 passengers on board and force it to land in Entebbe, Uganda.
Style: suspense, rough, based on true events, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue mission, airplane hijack, terrorist, death threat, terrorism, politics, danger, violence, gun, hostage situation, terrorist group, counter terrorism ...
Time: year 1976, 70s
Place: israel, uganda, jerusalem, athens greece, frankfurt germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Man Standing Next (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the 1970s, Korea is under the absolute control of the President Park who controls the KCIA, the organization with an edge over any branch of government. The director of KCIA, KIM Gyu-pyeong, is the seemingly most prospective second-in-command. In ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, bad ending, psychological
Plot: assassination of president, assassination, dictator, politics, betrayal, tragedy, dictatorship, korean, intelligence agency, korean history, president
Time: 70s, year 1979
Place: seoul, south korea, east asia, paris france, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%