Movies like Grave of the Fireflies

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Grave of the Fireflies (2005)
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Grave of the Fireflies (2005)
Original name: 火垂るの墓
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Hisako loses her home in Tokyo to Allied bombing. With her husband fighting somewhere in Asia, she and her two children evacuate to a suburb of Kobe, where they share a house with Hisako's cousin, Kyoko. Kobe is bombed and Kyoko is killed. Hisako is forced to take care of Kyoko's two children in addition to her own, but there is not enough food for everyone.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, suspense
Plot: starvation, world war two, brother sister relationship, grownups, war, life is a bitch, post war, wartime, loss of father, loss of family, tragic event, family tragedy, adolescence vs adulthood, loss of mother, single mother, children in wartime
Time: post world war two

Most similar movies to Grave of the Fireflies

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and bleak films with plots about world war two, war, wartime life, life is a bitch, military, soldier and danger mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like Grave of the Fireflies: The Book Thief (2013), Housewife, 49 (2006), Stones for the Rampart (2014), My Father, Rua Alguem 5555 (2003), Stalingrad (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Tombstone of the Fireflies (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set during World War II, the film follows a young brother and sister as they attempt to survive the aftermath of the firebombing of Kobe City.
Style: suspense, touching, psychological, rough
Plot: world war two, sibling relationship, bombing, brother sister relationship, little girl, firefly, war, brother brother relationship, underwear, flashback, molotov cocktail, firebomb
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.5
 130K
The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: holocaust, world war two, jewish, human spirit, childhood, nazi germany, against humanity, war, nazi, adoption, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 40s, 1930s, 30s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: germany, europe
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46%
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 687
Housewife, 49 (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Downtrodden wife and mother Nella's life takes an unexpected turn for the better after she joins the Women's Voluntary Service office in Barrow-in-Furness during the Second World War. However, her new-found happiness is shattered when her ...
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, wartime life, life is a bitch, love and romance, war, society, female protagonist, parent grown child relationship, heroes, office, marriage, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: year 1939, year 1941, 1940s
Place: england, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Stones for the Rampart (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 111 min.
Story: To be defeated and not be - a victory. This is the motto that life is guided by three young friends: Alek, Sophy and Rudy. Scouts, high school graduates high school in Warsaw drifting ambitious plans for the future broken through September 1939. ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: against the odds, life is a bitch, wartime life, war, daring rescue, danger, world war two
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A war widow determined to clear the name of her disgraced husband, who was court-martialed for desertion and executed. Official records have been destroyed, and the ministry that distributes benefits continues to deny her a pension. Twenty-six years ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, military, life is a bitch, heroic mission, haunted by the past, survival, danger, dealing with death, obsessive quest, japanese army, truth, soldier ...
Time: 70s, 1940s, 40s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
My Father, Rua Alguem 5555 (2003)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, Brazil, Hungary
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A man who grew up an orphan finally gets to meet his father: The psychopath Dr. Josef Mengele, the Auschwitz surgeon who performed genetic experiments on concentration camp refugees during WWII.
Style: captivating, suspense
Plot: parent child relationship, world war two, experiment, father son reunion, father son relationship, nazi, war criminal, family relations, orphan, family problems, relationship problems, ex nazi ...
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.5
 33K
Stalingrad (1993)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: "Stalingrad" follows the progress of a German Platoon through the brutal fighting of the Battle of Stalingrad. After having half their number wiped out and after being placed under the command of a sadistic Captain, the Lieutenant of the ...
Style: epic, rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, soldier, nazism, german, survival, starvation, russian, military life, battles, wehrmacht ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1943, year 1942
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.0
 245
The Only Way (1970)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Denmark, Panama, UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In April 1940, the armies of Nazi Germany invaded Denmark. The Danish government promised peaceful cooperation on the condition that Denmark s Jews remain free. The Nazi s agreed. In October, 1943, the agreement was broken...This is the true and ...
Style: contemplative, captivating, thought provoking, uplifting, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, state affairs, against humanity, heroes, battles, war, confined, military, politics, society, danger ...
Time: 1940s
Place: denmark, sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Movie in collections
 6.1
 5K
Leningrad (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When in 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, their troops quickly besieged Leningrad. Foreign journalists are evacuated but one of them, Kate Davies, is presumed dead and misses the plane. Alone in the city she is helped by Nina Tsvetnova a ...
Style: rough, bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, siege, military, battles, survival, life is a bitch, danger, wartime life, hunger, soldier, rationing, starvation ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Flag of My Father (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Serving her country is an honour for Judith (GiGi Erneta: Friday NIght Lights, Vernonica Mars), an army nurse whose Vietnam veteran father (William Devane: Knots Landing, 24) taught her the importance of sacrifice. After a tour in Iraq, she returns ...
Style: captivating, suspense, surprise ending, entertaining
Plot: military, faith, family problems, relationship problems, family, family relations, brother sister relationship, siblings relations, death of father, loss of father, brother brother relationship, faith based ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Island on Bird Street (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Denmark, UK, Germany, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through his eyes.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, tense
Plot: jewish ghetto, world war two, ghetto, orphan, starvation, jewish, holocaust, children in wartime, wartime life, human spirit, survival, young heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.9
 681
1939 (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Sweden
Duration: 193 min.
Story: When the war breaks out, Annika lives with her parents in Värmland, close to the border to Norway. Her cousin Harald is a dealer in the black market but has to escape from the police to Norway. Annika moves to Stockholm and gets a job as a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: world war two, war, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, friends, couples, best friends, wartime life, motorcycle with a sidecar, marriage as hell, young love ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe, norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.3
 8K
The Ascent (1977)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two Soviet partisans leave their starving band to get supplies from a nearby farm. The Germans have reached the farm first, so the pair must go on a journey deep into occupied territory, a voyage that will also take them deep into their souls.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, stylized, emotional ...
Plot: world war two, cold weather, betrayal, village, partisan, graphic violence, atrocity, death sentence, wartime life, captivity, war, dishonesty ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: ussr, soviet union, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Camp de Thiaroye (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A historical drama based on the Thiaroye transit camp massacre, Camp de Thiaroye dismantles the myth of colonial assimilation to expose ingrained social and cultural mechanisms of racism, exploitation, and privilege. In 1944, the French army ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, thought provoking, serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, soldier, racism, interracial relations, life is a bitch, against humanity, society, state affairs, military, culture clash, wartime life, injustice ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: africa, senegal, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 415
Silence (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A drama between people under unconventional circumstances. In the Second World War Finland was the only nation who brought casualties killed-in-action back to be buried at home. These actions were carried out by men and women working in assembly ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: military, wartime life, life is a bitch, heroes, war, idealism, heroism, world war two, death of son, soldier, male nudity, frontier ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1944
Place: finland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Sword of Honour (2001)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 208 min.
Story: Guy Crouchback joins the war effort during World War 2, an idealistic quest to join the forces of good in the fight against evil. But his efforts is not rewarded, he never has any chance to join any real fighting, circumstances always prevent it. ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: military, love triangle, fighting the system, soldier, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, military life, betrayal, love and romance, world war two, basic training, war ...
Time: 1940s
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
 431
Franz + Polina (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A sad story of love between German soldier Franz and Russian girl Polina.
Style: exciting, captivating, touching, suspense
Plot: ss, world war two, deserter, german soldier, occupation, military, wartime, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, male female relationship, wartime life, forbidden love, love story ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.0
 3K
The Notebook (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Hungary, Germany, Austria, France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In a village on the Hungarian border, two young brothers grow up during war time with their cruel grandmother and must learn every trick of evil to survive in the absurd world of adults.
Style: realistic, bleak, rough, serious, cult film
Plot: twins, female rapist, starvation, countryside, war, teenage life, family relations, siblings relations, wartime life, life is a bitch, holocaust, world war two ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1944
Place: hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
First They Killed My Father (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Cambodia, USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A 5-year-old girl embarks on a harrowing quest for survival amid the sudden rise and terrifying reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
Style: thought provoking, factual, psychological, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: genocide, imperialism, forced labor, mass murder, communism, ideology, little girl, murder, anti war, family, life is a bitch, war ...
Time: 70s
Place: cambodia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
A Midnight Clear (1992)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Set in 1944 France, an American Intelligence Squad locates a German Platoon wishing to surrender rather than die in Germany's final war offensive. The two groups of men, isolated from the war at present, put aside their differences and spend ...
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: world war two, war, innocence lost, anti war, christmas, buddies, isolation, surrender, disorder, battles, friends, prank ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Fires on the Plain (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In the final days of World War II, occupying Japanese forces in the Philippines face resistance from the local population and the American offensive. The dwindling Japanese soldiers attempt to survive through the horrors of war.
Style: tense, psychological, realistic, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: war, survival, military life, danger, confined, escapades, isolation, japanese soldier, rivalry, world war two, graphic violence, losing-it hero ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 2K
This Life (2012)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Denmark
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The true story of the Fiil's a family of innkeepers who during Nazi-Germany's occupation of Denmark took up arms against the German occupiers. But in the fight for freedom, some must die so that others may live.
Style: realistic, emotional, disturbing, captivating, tense ...
Plot: world war two, nazi occupation, danger, resistance fighter, war, heroes, freedom fighter, nazi, resistance, sabotage, battles, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: denmark, germany, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Winston Affair (1964)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In a remote jungle outpost in the Far Eastern theater of World War II, a hotheaded American soldier murders an allied British sergeant in cold blood. Stalwart American Lt. Colonel Barney Adams (Mitchum) is dispatched to defend him in the ensuing ...
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Plot: world war two, murder, crime, dedicated lawyer, legal investigation, soldier, courtroom drama, military, mentally unstable, crimes, rebellion, law enforcement ...
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 375
Pastorale 1943 (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 125 min.
Story: In a Dutch village during the German occupation, a small group of badly organized resistance fighters attempt to assassinate a collaborator.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, factual, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: world war two, life is a bitch, social relations, rebelliousness, human nature, resistance, execution, torture, robbery, nazi occupation, anti hero, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.5
 23K
The Tin Drum (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France, Poland, Yugoslavia
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, clever, epic ...
Plot: fascism, world war two, circus, war, life is a bitch, political unrest, wartime life, dishonesty, against humanity, coming of age, grownups, toys ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: germany, europe, poland, paris france, central europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.6
 16K
Stalingrad (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Drama set in 1942, during one of the most important battles of World War II, which stopped the progress of Nazi forces and turned the tide of war in favor of the Allies. The Soviet army mounts a counter-attack on the Nazi forces that occupy half of ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, rough, exciting ...
Plot: war, world war two, heroes, siege, battles, life is a bitch, wartime life, red army, battle zone, military life, danger, heroism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: ussr, soviet union, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 190 min.
Story: His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, survival, japanese army, chinese, captivity, unfulfilled love, prison life, imperialism, escape attempt, estrangement, hapless soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Unknown Soldier (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 199 min.
Story: Second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna. The story is based on Linna's experiences as an infantry man in the Finnish army during the so called "Continuation War" (1941-1944).
Style: realistic, rough, exciting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: world war two, war, battles, destiny, battle zone, escapades, soldier, military, danger, heroes, state affairs, infantrymen ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 70s
Place: finland, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.1
 935
Joy Division (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, Germany, Hungary
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage orphan fights against the Red Army at the end of WWII and in the aftermath is 'adopted' by a Commissar. Years later he is sent to London during the Cold war to work for the KGB, where he questions his life.
Style: serious, disturbing, thought provoking, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: kgb, world war two, political unrest, introspection, haunted by the past, secret agents, betrayal, politics, moral dilemma, dishonesty, state affairs, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1945
Place: russia, london, england, soviet union, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Mother of Mine (2005)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 111 min.
Story: 1943: Nine-year-old Eero whose father is killed during the war is brought to Sweden to foster parents to his protection like thousands of other Finnish children. Eero feels lost, particularly as his foster mother Signe behaves very unfriendly. She ...
Style: bleak, touching, emotional, melancholic, captivating ...
Plot: life is a bitch, family relations, human nature, wartime life, human spirit, parents and children, society, hopes, refugees, family problems, refugee, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: finland, sweden, tokyo, germany, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%