Movies like Apocalypse Now

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Apocalypse Now (1979)
 8.5
 676K
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.
Style: psychological, bleak, atmospheric, disturbing, surreal, tense, allegory, visually appealing, breathtaking, epic ...
Plot: vietnam war, insanity, jungle, anti war, mission, military, violence, army, soldier, violent, war, secret mission, river, u.s. army, american soldier, jungle warfare, nihilism, u.s. military, animal abuse, assassination, chaos, green beret, losing-it hero, war criminal, assassination plot ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 1960s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia, the philippines, southeast asia

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Most similar movies to Apocalypse Now

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and dramatic films with plots about war, brutality, military, soldier, storytelling, death and mentor mostly in Drama, War and Action genres. Some movies like Apocalypse Now: Platoon (1986), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Full Metal Jacket (1987), The Thin Red Line (1998), Johnny Got His Gun (1971). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.1
 420K
Platoon (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Style: rough, realistic, epic, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Audience: manly, boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, soldier, battles, battlefield, squad, war, anti war, jungle warfare, combat, violent, jungle ...
Time: year 1967, year 1968, 60s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, the philippines, southeast asia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 169 min.
Story: As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.
Style: epic, realistic, breathtaking, captivating, rough ...
Audience: kids, chick flick
Plot: war, world war two, military, courage, battles, nazi, sniper, army, self sacrifice, d day, friendship, tank ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, middle ages, 20th century
Place: normandy, poland, germany, france, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Style: disturbing, bleak, psychological, clever, tense ...
Audience: manly, boys' night
Plot: military, vietnam war, war, anti war, soldier, suicide, boot camp, military life, sniper, suspense, infantry, violence ...
Time: 60s, year 1968, year 1967, 20th century, 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Thin Red Line (1998)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Based on the graphic novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line tells the story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II ...
Style: epic, visually appealing, thought provoking, philosophical, atmospheric ...
Plot: war, soldier, world war two, sergeant, anti war, jungle, infantry, existentialism, survival, invasion, pacific island, military life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: asia, canada, japan, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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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, disturbing, depressing, surreal, political ...
Plot: anti war, war, hospital, disability, haunted by the past, mute, dreams, amputation, freak, isolation, patient, soldier ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: israel, iraq, vietnam, colorado, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 344K
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 183 min.
Story: A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in ...
Style: epic, depressing, psychological, bleak, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, russian roulette, anti war, escape, friendship, suicide, hunting, small town, wedding, homecoming, war, gambling ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: vietnam, pennsylvania, asia, usa, saigon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.7
 26K
Hamburger Hill (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The men of Bravo Company are facing a battle that's all uphill… up Hamburger Hill. Fourteen war-weary soldiers are battling for a mud-covered mound of earth so named because it chews up soldiers like chopped meat. They are fighting for their ...
Style: realistic, bloody, brutal, disturbing, harsh ...
Audience: manly
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, military, war, combat, anti war, jungle, gunfight, insanity, survival, battles, world war two ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: vietnam, the philippines, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
We Were Soldiers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.
Style: serious, factual, emotional, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, vietnam war, war, battles, soldier, battlefield, heroic mission, military life, death, wartime, justice, anti war ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.6
 30K
Gettysburg (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. The two great armies clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and ...
Style: epic, realistic, factual, serious, captivating ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: american civil war, military, war, civil war, battles, slavery, civil rights, soldier, prejudice, infantry, heroic mission, state affairs ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 2K
84C MoPic (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cameraman embedded with a reconnaissance patrol charts their mission across territory controlled by the Vietnamese. An impressively naturalistic Vietnam film. Impressive performance by unknown actors in this low-budget Vietnam drama. The story is ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, found footage, survival, escapades, anti war, against the odds, battles, military life, heroic mission, jungle, cult ...
Time: 60s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Conversation (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. ...
Style: psychological, cerebral, neo noir, disturbing, meditative ...
Plot: paranoia, surveillance, spy, conspiracy, suspense, loneliness, obsession, investigation, murder, character study, wiretap, dream ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 2.2M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: surprise ending, psychological, thought provoking, twist ending, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, manly, girls' night
Plot: twists and turns, psychology, plot twist, fight, self destructing, insanity, fighting the system, split personality, schizophrenia, losing-it hero, against the rules, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: delaware, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Generation Kill (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: Marines prepare to invade Iraq at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom; while the soldiers wait to receive their orders, they learn a Rolling Stone columnist will be embedded with them
Style: suspenseful, tense, disturbing, political, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, iraq war, marines, soldier, anti war, war, courage, military life, violence, character study, life & death, survival ...
Time: year 2003, 2000s, 21st century
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Godfather Part II (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 202 min.
Story: In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
Style: epic, captivating, serious, visually appealing, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night, manly
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, revenge, ambition, melancholy, cosa nostra, immigrants, corruption, corrupt politician, murder, crime boss ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 1920s, 60s ...
Place: new york, cuba, italy, las vegas, sicily ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 9.2
 1.9M
The Godfather (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the ...
Style: serious, epic, atmospheric, dramatic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: mafia, organized crime, gangsters, greed, revenge, betrayal, crime family, pride and honor, corruption, murder, wedding, gang war ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: italy, new york, bronx new york city, europe, sicily ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Ivan's Childhood (1962)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, disturbing, meditative, art house ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: orphan, world war two, war, courage, youth, man boy relationship, coming of age, childhood, boy, spy, children in wartime, death ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, ussr, europe, berlin germany, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Boys in Company C (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Disheartened by futile combat, appalled by the corruption of their South Vietnamese ally, and constantly endangered by the incompetence of their own company commander, the young men find a possible way out of the war. They are told that if they ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, war, football, friendship, army, soccer, marines, battles, chaos, power relations, friends ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, the philippines, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 83K
Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, rough, disturbing, harsh ...
Plot: world war two, genocide, against humanity, war crime, brutality, atrocity, occupation, anti war, war, military, children in wartime, holocaust ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943, 20th century
Place: germany, ussr, poland, europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Fury (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, China, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Last months of World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank called "Fury" and its five-man ...
Style: serious, exciting, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: world war two, war, tank, soldier, military, battles, heroism, american soldier, nazi germany, nazi, ambush, battlefield ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, 20th century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
To End All Wars (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Based on a real-life story, this drama focuses on a small group of Allied soldiers in Burma who are held captive by the Japanese. Capt. Ernest Gordon (Ciaran McMenamin), Lt. Jim Reardon (Kiefer Sutherland) and Maj. Ian Campbell (Robert Carlyle) are ...
Style: harsh, suspenseful, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: world war two, war, pow, military, jungle, survival, prisoners of war, prisoner of war camp, captivity, soldier, war crime, hopes ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, year 1943, 20th century, year 1942
Place: japan, asia, poland, hawaii, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Casualties of War (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. Based on the actual events of an incident on Hill 192 in November, 1966.
Style: rough, disturbing, emotional, realistic, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, military, war crime, pow, anti war, war, rape, murder, jungle, atrocity, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1966, 70s, year 1974
Place: vietnam, asia, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Gardens of Stone (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Vietnam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old army buddy.
Style: realistic, intense, harsh, bleak, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, war, soldier, politics, justice, military life, civil war, wartime, casualty of war, life is a bitch, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: washington d.c., vietnam, iraq, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.2
 24K
Birdy (1984)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two young men are seriously affected by the Vietnam war. One of them has always been obsessed with birds - but now believes he really is a bird, and has been sent to a mental hospital. Can his friend help him pull through?
Style: depressing, emotional, thought provoking, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: vietnam war, mental illness, obsession, bird, psychology, best friend, war, military, psychiatry, friendship, mental institution, flashback ...
Time: year 1984, 60s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, usa, asia, atlantic city new jersey, philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 9K
Bat*21 (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lt. Col. Iceal "Ham" Hambleton is a weapons countermeasures expert and when his aircraft is shot over enemy territory the Air Force very much wants to get him back. Hambleton knows the area he's in is going to be carpet-bombed but a ...
Style: realistic, harsh, serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: manly, boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, military, war, jungle, golf, survival, rescue, suspense, against the odds, daring rescue, soldier, battles ...
Place: vietnam, iraq, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: bleak, realistic, emotional, harsh, psychological ...
Plot: world war two, military, anti war, war, innocence lost, tragedy, violence, friendship, politics, wartime, weapons, nazi ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944
Place: germany, poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Go Tell the Spartans (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Go Tell the Spartans is a 1978 American war film based on Daniel Ford's 1967 novel "Incident at Muc Wa." It tells the story about U.S. Army military advisers during the early part of the Vietnam War. Led my Major Asa Barker, these ...
Style: rough, serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: vietnam war, military, war, military life, haunted by the past, battles, political unrest, hopes, soldier, idealism, mercenary, rescue ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, year 1964
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Follow a group of international journalists into the heart of the once cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo—now a danger zone of sniper and mortar attacks where residents still live. While reporting on an American aid worker who’s trying to get ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, harsh, heartbreaking, brutal ...
Plot: journalism, adoption, bosnian war, civil war, anti war, war, orphan, family relations, morality, military, rescue, politics ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, england, sarajevo, former yugoslavia, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.4
 111K
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A traumatized Vietnam war veteran finds out that his post-war life isn't what he believes it to be when he's attacked by horned creatures in the subway and his dead son comes to visit him...
Style: surreal, scary, bleak, twist ending, psychological ...
Plot: paranoia, nightmare, hallucination, twists and turns, delusion, mind game, psychology, dealing with death, mental illness, haunted by the past, conspiracy, memory ...
Time: 20th century, year 1971, 70s
Place: new york, vietnam, usa, asia, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Das Boot - The Director's Cut (1981)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, Italy, France, UK
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War, but it soon becomes the hunted. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat and themselves to their limits.
Style: epic, tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: submarine, world war two, war, navy, ocean, naval battle, anti war, military, nazi, boat, battles, suspense ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942, 20th century, year 1941
Place: germany, atlantic ocean, mediterranean sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
Style: disturbing, realistic, emotional, factual, intense ...
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, politics, disability, military, fighting the system, war, wartime, handicapped, desert, vietnam veteran, u.s. military ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 50s, 80s, year 1970 ...
Place: vietnam, the philippines, texas, iraq, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%