Movies and TV shows like Sparrow

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Sparrow (2016)
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Sparrow (2016)
Original name: 麻雀
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: China
TV show
Story: This drama is set during the revolutionary time in Shanghai, based on a novel of the same name of Hai Fei. During the republican revolution, Chen Shen is a secret agent under Special Operations Executive Director Bi Zhongliang, among the agents called “sparrow” (similar to the program “zero” in Japan)
Style: sentimental, captivating, factual, social realism
Plot: world war two, spy, secret agents, chinese history, japanese occupation of china, patriot, survival, wartime, historical event, patriotism, japanese occupation, military life, culture clash, tragic event, republican, espionage, sino japanese war, secret agent
Place: china, shanghai

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out captivating, realistic, serious and suspense films and TV series with plots about world war two, wartime life, war, spy, military, espionage and love and romance mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres. Some movies like Sparrow: The Disguiser (2015), Spies of Warsaw (2013), Rookie Agent Rouge (2016), Mr. Sunshine (2018), Days of Honor (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Disguiser (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: China
Duration: 40 min.
TV show
Story: Set in the Japanese occupation era, the rich yet naive young master Ming Tai is trained to become an agent, and is later sent to become an underground spy for the Communists. Together with his brother and double agent Ming Lou, they try and bring ...
Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, psychological, tense
Plot: spy, japanese occupation, resistance, assassination, secret organization, double agent, brother brother relationship, espionage, trust, false identity, disguise, mind game ...
Time: year 1939, year 1940
Place: china, shanghai
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100%
Spies of Warsaw (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, France, Poland, USA
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: A military attaché at the French embassy is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue in the diplomatic salons and back alleys of Warsaw.
Style: tense, captivating, romantic, suspense
Plot: spy, nazi, espionage, soviet spy, world war two, intrigue, nazi soldier, military, nazism, couple relations, male female relationship, spy mission ...
Time: 1930s
Place: warsaw poland, czechoslovakia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Rookie Agent Rouge (2016)
Genre: Action, History
Country: China
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Can a young woman prove her loyalty to her country and her family? Lan Yan Zhi is a privileged banker’s daughter in Shanghai and a student activist who mistakenly comes into possession of a letter from the Japanese Army in 1937. She gets ...
Style: suspense, tense, exciting, contemplative, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: espionage, military, secret agents, female spy, spy, japanese occupation of china, strong female lead, chinese history, sino japanese war, world war two, resistance, communist ...
Time: year 1937
Place: china, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 6K
Mr. Sunshine (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 80 min.
TV show
Story: Based in Shinmiyangyo, or the U.S. expedition to Korea in the late 19th century, Mr. Sunshine tells the story of a Korean boy born into a family of a house servant running away to board an American warship, later to return to his homeland as a U.S. ...
Style: captivating, social realism, sentimental, factual
Plot: love triangle, culture clash, patriotism, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, tragic event, betrayal, childhood friend, destiny, propaganda, historical event, wartime, stereotypes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Days of Honor (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Days of honor is a Polish World War II television drama series, broadcast on TVP2 since September 7, 2008.
Style: captivating, suspense
Plot: resistance, world war two, wartime, war, resistance movement, military officer, battles, class struggle, resistance fighter, officer, military life, soldier ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.3
 4K
The Message (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: China
Duration: 118 min.
Story: 1942, Nanjing (Nanking). Following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government, the Japanese spy chief gathers a group of suspects in a mansion house for questioning. A tense game of "cat and ...
Style: captivating, realistic, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: espionage, japanese occupation, world war two, code breaking, resistance, assassination, wartime life, undercover, spy, japanese occupation of china, rivalry, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Strait Story (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The year is 1943 and Taiwan is under Japanese colonization. After finishing his studies in Japan, famous Taiwanese sculptor and painter Ching-Cheng Huang receives an offer to teach in Beiping Art School. He decides to visit friends and family back ...
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, captivating
Plot: painter, painting, sculptor, historical event, death, tragic event, world war two, japanese occupation, ship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, submarine, pianist ...
Time: year 1943
Place: japan, taiwan, china
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43%
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Lurk (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Lurk is a 2009 Chinese television series based on a spy novel. The series is directed by Jiang Wei.
Style: disturbing, captivating, tense
Plot: spy, espionage, reconnaissance, secret agents, secret service agent, federal agent, agent, workplace, workplace situations, family relations, communist, communism ...
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43%
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Atlantic Crossing (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Norway, Germany, USA, Sweden, Denmark, UK
Duration: 441 min.
TV show
Story: The incredible, true story of the Norwegian Crown Princess Märtha’s efforts to support her country during World War II. After a headlong flight from the Nazis, she was forced to part from her husband and cross the Atlantic Ocean to seek refuge in ...
Style: realistic, educational film, factual, disturbing, suspense
Plot: world war two, wartime, idealism, historical character, marriage, u.s. army, moral dilemma, world politics, politician, politics, head of state, invasion ...
Time: 1940s
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
A Touch of Green (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Taiwan
TV show
Story: The drama tells the story of air force pilots and their families from 1945 to 1971. As the husbands embarked on patriotic missions to fight against the enemies, their families must content with horror of wars, mass emigration to distant land, and ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, suspense
Plot: air battle, pilot, fighter pilot, air force, patriotism, battles, aerial combats, soldier, social injustice, social problems, social relations, military life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Winds of War (1983)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 883 min.
TV show
Story: In the late 1930s, world politics begin to head in a dangerous direction. In Europe, Germany expands and rearms and proceeds to annex several border countries into the Reich. Meanwhile, Italy attempts to establish a Facist Colonial Empire under ...
Style: epic, sincere, captivating, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, behind enemy lines, politics, refugee, against humanity, military, head of state, heroes, war, society, escapades ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: italy, germany, japan, china, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Fortunes of War (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 407 min.
TV show
Story: Fortunes of War is a 1987 BBC television adaptation of Olivia Manning's cycle of novels Fortunes of War. It stars Kenneth Branagh as Guy Pringle, lecturer in English Literature in Bucharest during the early part of the Second World War, and ...
Style: clever, gloomy, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, infidelity, spy, activist, resistance, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, intrigue, espionage, love and romance, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: europe, middle east, greece, romania, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Winter Begonia (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, Music, Romance, War
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A story that revolves around a Peking opera performer and a wealthy businessman who are brought together by their love for Peking opera. Set in the 1930's, it follows Shang Xirui, a Peking opera performer who relies on his exceptional talent ...
Style: captivating, psychological
Plot: businessman, couple relations, relationships, love affair, social problems, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, male female relationship, love interest, wartime, relationship problems, unrequited love, business ...
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Purple Butterfly (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a secret police unit tasked with dismantling Purple Butterfly.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: war, wartime life, rivalry, political unrest, love affair, anti war, love and romance, tragic hero, deadly, society, hidden identity, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 1940s, 2000s
Place: japan, china, shanghai, asia, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Flowers of War (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, world war two, atrocity, sino japanese war, rape, brothel, suffering, forced prostitution, prostitution, clergy, life is a bitch, student ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, 20th century, 30s
Place: china, asia, japan, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.4
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Red Sorghum (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu'er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as "my Grandpa" by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed ...
Style: tense, sincere, epic, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: sino japanese war, world war two, love and romance, state affairs, unfulfillment, war, society, couples, village, village life, wartime life, love affair ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
War and Remembrance (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 1620 min.
TV show
Story: War and Remembrance is an American miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Herman Wouk. It is the sequel to highly successful The Winds of War.
Style: saga, captivating, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: war, world war two, d day, behind enemy lines, german, battleship, massacre, soldier, military life, wartime life, family in crisis, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: japan, asia, europe, pacific ocean, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Seventeen Moments of Spring (1973)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 69 min.
TV show
Story: The series is based on a true story of a Russian spy Colonel Isaev (Stirlitz) in Fascist Germany during 17 days in very end of WWII. Stirlitz has worked his way to the very top of the Fascist hierarchy without being caught. However, his ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, spy, nazi germany, nazi, espionage, danger, war, undercover agent, dishonesty, undercover, state affairs, intrigue ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: europe, germany, switzerland, russia, britain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Coming Home (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 199 min.
TV show
Story: Drama about the Dunar and Carey-Lewis families, before during and after WW2.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, contemplative
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: world war two, coming of age, pow, boarding school, romance, love and romance, society, youth, couples, estate, friends, family relations ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 40s
Place: england, europe, cornwall
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Piece of Cake (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 312 min.
TV show
Story: The lives and loves of the men of RAF Hornet Squadron who are transferred to France at the outbreak of World Wat II in September 1939. For the most part the men are competent fliers but there is little action in the first several months. The men ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, captivating
Plot: aerial combats, world war two, battles, friends, military, heroes, danger, war, partners, against the odds, wartime life, battle zone ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Glorious Era (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
TV show
Story: Set in the period before and after the founding of PRC, it is a story that follows the first generation of People's Public Security. CCP undercover agent, Zheng Chao Yang, engages in a battle of wits and will against KMT operatives. Before the ...
Style: tense, suspense, captivating, disturbing
Plot: spy mission, undercover agent, political unrest, political intrigue, fight for supremacy, spy, espionage, secret agents, power struggle, special agents, showdown
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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General and I (2017)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China
TV show
Story: Brilliant strategist Bai Ping Ting and prince-general Chu Bei Jie of rival kingdoms find themselves torn between loyalty to the country and their passionate love for each other.
Style: sentimental, romantic, touching, sweet, uplifting
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: palace intrigue, romance, rivalry, court intrigue, warlord, love triangle, love and romance, destiny, love, couple relations, love affair, hopes ...
Time: 5th century
Place: china, ancient china
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.5
 3K
The Halcyon (2017)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of a bustling and glamorous five star hotel at the centre of London society and a world at war.
Style: realistic, disturbing, thought provoking, captivating, psychological
Plot: hotel, world war two, aristocracy, manager, wartime, society, chef, maid, hotel manager, bellhop, chambermaid, switchboard operator ...
Time: 1940s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Princess Agents (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, War
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: During the Warring Period, the Western Wei enslaved large numbers of civilians. The slave girl, Chu Qiao, is thrown into a forest along with other slaves and becomes the next hunting target for the rich lords. She is saved by the Prince of Northern ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: chinese emperor, power struggle, slave girl, female warrior, romance, martial arts, combat, couple relations, danger, slavery, revenge, sword fight ...
Place: ancient china, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 3.2
 4K
Air Strike (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An American pilot is sent to a Chinese province to teach a crew of would-be pilots how to fly war planes against the Japanese during World War II.
Style: breathtaking, serious, epic, rough, realistic
Plot: sino japanese war, world war two, japanese occupation of china, war, human nature, bombing, japanese occupation, breast feeding, crash landing, timebomb, pregnant woman, fighter plane ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1937, year 1938, 1930s
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
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Pearl (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 278 min.
TV show
Story: This miniseries presents a cross-section of life in Pearl Harbor leading up to the Japanese attack and its immediate aftermath. Among the stories: A colonel's bitter wife seeks extramarital attention; a female doctor with painful memories ...
Plot: world war two, japanese american, infidelity, prostitution, military, brothel, suicidal, loss of daughter, fanatic
Time: 1940s
Place: pearl harbor, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 3K
Dresden (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 176 min.
Story: At a Dresden hospital in 1945, nurse Anna Mauth (Felicitas Woll) cares for badly injured British pilot Robert Newman (John Light), whom Anna believes to be a German deserter. As Allied forces close in, Anna grows close to Robert despite her ...
Style: touching, serious, captivating, tense, realistic
Plot: bombing, behind enemy lines, military, wartime life, moral dilemma, survival, love affair, romance, danger, fall in love, military life, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Shield and the Sword (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany
Duration: 191 min.
TV show
Story: Soviet spy film , based on a novel by Vadim Kozhevnikov, who was Secretary of the Soviet Writers' Union.
Plot: soviet, soviet spy, world war two, secret agent, spy, secret agents, concentration camp, third reich, agent, internment camp, recruitment, nazism ...
Time: 1940s
Place: soviet union, russia, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 241
Crossings (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 269 min.
TV show
Story: Despite rumors of impending war, the majestic ship Normandie makes its transatlantic voyage from Washington D.C., to France. Aboard is beautiful, American-born Liane De Villiers, devoted to her much-older husband, the French ambassador to the United ...
Plot: world war two, nazi occupation, german occupation, french, love, diplomat, affair, collaborator, voyage, journey, nazi, politics ...
Place: paris france, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 8.2
 4K
Wounded Love (2016)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Turkey
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: Azize finds herself with her 3 children and mother-in-law in a difficult fight. She raises her children while fighting the difficulties of the war period and her husband's absence whom she loves more than anything. It's about war, love, ...
Style: touching, captivating, suspense, tense, surprise ending ...
Plot: marriage, spy, death, conspiracy, family relations, kidnapping, strong female lead, secret, secret mission, deception, undercover, patriot ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, year 1919
Place: turkey, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%