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Balloon (2018)
 7.5
 7K
Balloon (2018)
Original name: Ballon
Genre: Drama, Family, 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: border patrol, balloon, escape plan, german history, berlin wall, manhunt, husband wife relationship, secret plan, interrogation, stasi, danger, couples, strong female character, teenage girl, physicist, teenage boy, kindergarten, first kiss, father son relationship, sewing, deserter, group of friends, strong female lead, pharmacist, pharmacy ...
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

Most similar movies to Balloon

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out tense, serious, suspenseful and realistic films with plots about danger, husband wife relationship, murder, espionage, death, betrayal and politics mostly in Drama, Thriller and History genres. Some movies like Balloon: The Same Sky (2017), The Lives of Others (2006), The Tunnel (2001), Night Crossing (1982), Two Lives (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
 2K
The Same Sky (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 120 min.
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: captivating, suspenseful, tense, serious
Plot: berlin wall, spy, sister sister relationship, seduction, espionage, surveillance, cold war, female nudity, stasi, homosexual, male nudity, swimmer ...
Time: year 1974
Place: west germany, berlin germany, east germany, east berlin east germany, west berlin west 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, sincere, gloomy, bleak, compassionate ...
Plot: surveillance, cold war, interrogation, voyeurism, espionage, blackmail, german, communism, spy, iron curtain, politics, actress ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1984
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, family relations, cold war, berlin wall ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: germany, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, east berlin, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Night Crossing (1982)
Genre: Drama, Family, History, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, West Germany
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: serious, realistic
Plot: escapades, heroes, hopes, ambition, politics, danger, fugitives, adventure, chases and races, espionage, friends, political unrest ...
Time: 70s
Place: east germany, germany, europe, german democratic republic, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.0
 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: secret, berlin wall, trial, haunted by the past, family life, undercover, buried truth, dishonesty, espionage, testimony, lawyer, new life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1969, year 1990
Place: norway, germany, gdr, east germany, german democratic republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.9
 546
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, bleak, disturbing, tense, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, crimes, couples, life is a bitch, state affairs, husband wife relationship, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, society, immigrants, murder, lie ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1945
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 8.1
 11K
Deutschland 83 (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 42 min.
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: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, working undercover, political intrigue, rivalry, state affairs, undercover, military, double agent, political unrest, archive footage, border guard ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: germany, german democratic republic, east germany, west germany, west berlin west germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.6
 281K
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany, India, USA
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, spy, lawyer, pilot, rescue, cia, legal, danger, justice, mission, undercover ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1960, 1960s ...
Place: soviet union, usa, europe, berlin germany, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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, sniper, murder, police, police detective, danger, track down, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, society, manhunt ...
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.5
 306
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: countryside, in the woods, crimes, father son relationship, country, death, corpse, hunting, manslaughter, danger, deadly, track down ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: arkansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, wartime life, working undercover, undercover, state affairs, danger, dishonesty, betrayal, forgery, secret agents ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: sweden, germany, europe, berlin germany, copenhagen denmark ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: serious, realistic, captivating, tense, suspense ...
Plot: murder, crimes, femme fatale, couples, danger, deadly, psychopath, husband wife relationship, crime, investigation, death, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: tunnel, escape, hopes, escapades, daring rescue, getting home, confined, human spirit, political unrest, against the odds, ambition, obsessive quest ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, east berlin, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.8
 284
Free Country (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Two cops investigate the disappearance of two teen sisters in a remote town, where it seems like everyone has something to hide - including the bodies.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, tense, captivating
Plot: murder investigation, teenage girl, small town life, journalist, loss of daughter, investigation, desperation, kidnapping, revenge, interrogation, police, serial killer ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, year 1991
Place: east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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 ⇓
39%
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, serious ...
Plot: politics, starting over, state affairs, danger, secret identity, terrorism, activist, dark past, bribery, espionage, berlin wall, runaway ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: germany, paris france, vietnam, german democratic republic, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.3
 679
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: suspenseful, realistic, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: infidelity, dangerous attraction, danger, stalking, couples, parents and children, single parent, love triangle, sex scene, extramarital affair, obsession, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, marriage, betrayal, murder, husband wife relationship, attraction, neighbor, starting over, marital problem
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Movie in collections
 6.2
 462
The Passage (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After the death of his girlfriend Tracy, the American Luke travels to Morocco with his British friend Adam to spend vacation and recover his loss. While in Medina, Luke meets the gorgeous Moroccan nurse Zahra and he offers to walk her home. However, ...
Style: twists and turns, tense, captivating, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: danger, couples, tunnel, hotel, conspiracy, deception, tourist, cultural difference, love story, best friends, mountain, set up ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: morocco, north africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Bottom of the Sea (2003)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An architect (Daniel Hendler) trails a man (Gustavo Garzón) who was hiding under his girlfriend's (Dolores Fonzi) bed.
Style: psychological, suspense, tense, captivating, serious ...
Plot: jealousy, love, obsession, danger, investigation, couples, stalking, infidelity, rivalry, lovers, unfaithful, graphic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: realistic, captivating, tense, serious, suspense ...
Plot: war criminal, doctor, hidden identity, on the run, family relations, wanted, family life, mysterious character, dishonesty, death, small community, teenage love ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1960s, year 1960
Place: argentina, latin america, south america, patagonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Escape from East Berlin (1962)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 89 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, family reunited, secret passageway, excavation, desertion, model airplane, german shepherd, barbed wire, baby, shooting ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: berlin germany, east berlin, west berlin west germany, gdr, german democratic republic ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 4.6
 385
Fistpie (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Haunted by memories of his ex-girlfriend Alice, a heartbroken Billy returns home to Northern Virginia seeking solace from old friends. But what he finds there is more disconcerting: his best friend Stanley has become unstable, mysterious and ...
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: murder, homecoming, best friends, crimes, couples, breakup, danger, friendship, friends, graphic violence, mentally unstable, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 53K
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, sincere, tense ...
Plot: cold war, president, politics, military, un, nuclear threat, undercover, leadership, political intrigue, rivalry, state affairs, race against time ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1962
Place: usa, cuba, soviet union, manhattan new york city, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.1
 225K
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, contemplative ...
Plot: world war two, nazism, war, resistance, bomb, deception, nazi, treason, assassination attempt, betrayal, courage, nazi germany ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, normandy, munich germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.7
 563K
Argo (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, clever, factual ...
Plot: cia, rescue mission, hostage, behind enemy lines, danger, secret agents, american abroad, daring rescue, hollywood, hidden identity, escapades, government agency ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1980 ...
Place: usa, middle east, langley virginia, iran, tehran iran ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: based on true events, emotional, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, heroes, survival, terrorist, firefighter, world trade center manhattan new york city, rescue, marine, trapped, twin towers, war on terror, daring rescue ...
Time: september 11 2001, 21st century, year 2001, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, pentagon, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.1
 590
Unter Nachbarn (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The Good Neighbour is a 2011 German film directed by Stephan Rick. It premiered in competition at the 2011 Shanghai International Film Festival and was screened at the 2011 Montreal World Film Festival and the Hof International Film Festival.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, crimes, journalism, neighbor, manslaughter, power relations, buried truth, danger, deadly, friendship between men, car accident, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Her Name Is Carla (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Two strangers refuse to leave the seaside home of a couple, which leads to sexual tension and crime.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: mind game, danger, couples, couple relations, husband wife relationship, adultery, stranger, nudity (full frontal - brief), rape, rivalry, domestic disturbance, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: zimbabwe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, tense, disturbing, captivating
Plot: fbi, scandal, cover-up, politics, white house, whistleblower, husband wife relationship, secret, marriage, congressional hearing, baby, lie ...
Time: year 1974, 70s
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%