Movies like The Aviator 1985

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The Aviator (1985)
 5.5
 1K
The Aviator (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A 1920s mail pilot and a rich man's daughter crash-land on a mountain full of hungry wolves.
Style: serious, realistic, melancholic, inspirational, feel good, humorous, visually appealing, clever, unusual plot structure
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: wilderness, survival, rescue, adventure, human spirit, against the odds, danger, forces of nature, opposites attract, isolation, daring rescue, save the day, husband wife relationship, father daughter relationship, loneliness, courage, catastrophe, teenage life, mountain, heroes, confined, misfit, escapades, natural disaster, aviation ...
Time: 1920s, 80s, year 1918, 70s
Place: california, new jersey

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Most similar movies to The Aviator

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, exciting and suspenseful films with plots about danger, escapades, adventure, survival, wilderness, catastrophe and heroes mostly in Drama, Adventure and Action genres. Some movies like The Aviator: Never Cry Wolf (1983), The Snow Walker (2003), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), Anything to Survive (1990), White Water Summer (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two thousand miles from home, Jim and Jennifer Stolpa (with baby Clayton) lose their way and are stranded in an endless wilderness of deep snow, battling for survival against the elements. Using only meager supplies and resourcefulness, the young ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: rescue, wilderness, survival, catastrophe, snowstorm, babies and infants, escapades, forces of nature, cave, mountain, danger, family life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Never Cry Wolf (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This film dramatizes the true story of Farley Mowat, when he was sent to the Canadian tundra area to collect evidence of the grievous harm the wolf population was allegedly doing to the caribou herds. In his struggle to survive in that difficult ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, contemplative, touching, serious ...
Plot: wilderness, inuit, adventure, mountain, mouse, dog sled, snow, arctic, wolf, survival, biologist, rescue ...
Time: 80s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: alaska, usa, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
The Snow Walker (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A bush pilot in nothern Canada who with the aid of modernity thinks he can handle it all & knows it all. After reluctantly agreeing to transport a local indian girl to a medical facility his light plane crashes & they have to survive whilst ...
Style: emotional, uplifting, compassionate, touching, serious ...
Plot: survival, airplane, wilderness, human spirit, friendship, adventure, danger, stranded, forces of nature, isolation, rescue, eskimo indian ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1953
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A cargo plane goes down in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for an airplane they will ...
Style: captivating, serious, suspense, harsh, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, air disaster, adventure, survival, airplane, pilot, thirst, sahara, isolation, against the odds, rescue, crew ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: africa, libya, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Anything to Survive (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A father and his children are caught by a storm whilst sailing in Alaska. When they get shipwrecked, things go from bad to worse.
Style: semi serious, realistic
Plot: survival, catastrophe, family relations, island, wilderness, rescue, escapades, forces of nature, confined, adventure, siblings relations, isolation ...
Time: 80s
Place: alaska, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
White Water Summer (1987)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When the experienced guide Vic accompanies the city boy Alan and his three friends on their first wilderness experience, he not only hope to teach the four boys lessons about the wilderness, but about themselves. Vic pushes them to the limit. Soon ...
Style: sincere, suspenseful, exciting, intense, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: friendship, survival, wilderness, coming of age, danger, youth, adventure, nature, teaching the ways of the world, teenage life, lake or river, endurance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.1
 49K
Alive (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The amazing, true story of a Uruguayan rugby team's plane that crashed in the middle of the Andes mountains, and their immense will to survive and pull through alive, forced to do anything and everything they could to stay alive on meager ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, emotional, serious, exciting ...
Plot: survival, air disaster, starvation, cannibalism, stranded, danger, human spirit, human nature, against the odds, isolation, rescue, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: uruguay, andes mountains, latin america, chile, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.0
 2K
The Red Tent (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Italy, Soviet Union
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Torn by personal guilt Italian General Umberto Nobile reminisces about his 1928 failed Arctic expedition aboard the airship Italia.
Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: catastrophe, survival, heroes, leadership, rescue attempt, zeppelin, ghost, adventurer, forces of nature, adventure, getting home, disgraced ...
Time: 1920s, 20s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Follow the River (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Mary Ingles is pregnant when she and her two sons are captured from their homestead in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains by Shawnee Indians. Her husband, Will, narrowly escapes death during the attack. Impressed by her grace under the pressure of ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, realistic, serious, epic
Plot: native american white relationships, survival, kidnapping, wilderness, captivity, danger, americana, culture clash, colonialism, society, missing person, crimes ...
Time: 18th century
Place: virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.2
 463
The Whale (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Dramatic retelling of the fateful last voyage of the Nantucket whaleship Essex. When the Essex is attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in November 1820, her crew take to three fragile whalers. Alone in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the men must ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, suspense, scenic ...
Plot: whale, adventure, survival, danger, dangerous animal, shipwreck, escapades, ship, rescue, lost at sea, hunting, isolation ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.5
 1K
The Rescue (1988)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A team of Navy Seals are sent to destroy a disabled submarine so it will not fall into the "wrong" hands. They complete their mission, but are captured before they can return to their base. The U.S. Government will not mount a rescue ...
Style: serious, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue, teenage life, hostage, soldier, military, prison life, against the odds, captivity, danger, race against time, prison, confined ...
Time: 80s
Place: asia, korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Gray Lady Down (1978)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The USS Neptune, a nuclear submarine, is sunk off the coast of Connecticut after a collision with a Norwegian cargo ship. The navy must attempt a potentially dangerous rescue in the hope of saving the lives of the crew.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, catastrophe, rescue, drowning, underwater, daring rescue, adventure, ocean or sea, survival, danger, heroes, save the day ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: pentagon
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.5
 685
Stranded (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 173 min.
Story: A retelling of the classic Swiss Family Robinson story.
Style: exciting, atmospheric, serious, captivating
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: island, pirate, survival, danger, daring rescue, family relations, adventure, family in danger, family life, isolation, estrangement, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Sands of the Kalahari (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A diverse group of individuals struggle to survive in the Kalahari desert after their passenger plane crashes.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, desert, baboon, dangerous animal, heroes, escapades, forces of nature, isolation, graphic violence, rivalry, leadership, confined ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
To Brave Alaska (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young couple and their dog struggle to survive in Alaska.
Style: realistic, gloomy, suspenseful, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: starvation, survival, wilderness, pets, adventure, escapades, chases and races, forces of nature, disorder, human spirit, confined, danger ...
Time: 70s
Place: alaska, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr (1981)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Australia, New Zealand, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a lake high in the mountains of New Zealand hunter Gibbie Gibson discovers a plane wreck from WW2. When he tells it around, a gang of crooks follows and threatens him and his daughter, because they know there are 50 million dollars in the wreck. ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: treasure hunt, race against time, escapades, obsessive quest, one man army, survival, adventurer, bounty hunter, crimes, chase, airplane, danger ...
Time: 80s
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.3
 462
St. Helens (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The movie begins with the volcano's awakening on March 20 and ends with its eruption on May 18, 1980
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, disaster movie
Audience: boys' night
Plot: catastrophe, adventure, forces of nature, society, racism, wilderness, danger, evacuation, journalism, escapades, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, resort ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: oregon, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A crusty, eccentric priest recruits three reluctant convicts to help him rescue a children's leper colony from a Pacific island menaced by a smoldering volcano.
Style: serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: island, rescue, evacuation, volcano, priest, survival, adventurer, forces of nature, adventure, confined, chases and races, heroes ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Call of the Wild (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young boy heads off to the Yukon after hearing tales about the Gold Rush, and he forms an unwavering friendship with a heroic Alsatian dog called Buck.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: wilderness, dog, adventure, escapades, daring rescue, heroes, treasure hunt, danger, rivalry, friendship, family, contests and competitions ...
Time: 90s, 19th century
Place: alaska, london, england, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.9
 632
The Climb (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A pair of mismatched rock climbers must learn to work together to conquer one of the world's most treacherous mountains in this adventure tale. After rescuing a wealthy man, solo climbers Michael and Derrick are rewarded with a chance to summit ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, christian film
Plot: friendship, survival, adventurer, against the odds, ambition, human spirit, adventure, escapades, danger, underdog, forces of nature, interracial friendship ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Poseidon Adventure (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: A cruise ship succumbs to a terrorist act and capsizes on New Year's eve. A rag-tag group of survivors, spearheaded by a priest and a homeland security agent, must journey through the upside down vessel and attempt an escape.
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: terrorism, christmas, new year's eve, survival, daring rescue, save the day, danger, deadly, ship, cruise, isolation, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 3.7
 2K
Avalanche (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The vacationers at a winter wonderland struggle to survive after an avalanche of snow crashes into their ski resort. Their holiday then turns into a game of survival.
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: avalanche, rescue, snow, ski resort, snowmobile, ambulance, survival, danger, winter, forces of nature, save the day, daring rescue ...
Time: 70s
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Robinson Crusoe (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Robinson Crusoe flees Britain on a ship after killing his friend over the love of Mary. A fierce ocean storm wrecks his ship and leaves him stranded by himself on an uncharted island. Left to fend for himself, Crusoe seeks out a tentative survival ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, baroque
Plot: island, desert island, survival, friendship, isolation, adventure, shipwreck, destiny, danger, adventurer, cannibal, culture clash ...
Time: 1700s, 18th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 6.7
 5K
Wolf Totem (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: China, France
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In 1969, a young Beijing student, Chen Zhen, is sent to live among the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia. Caught between the advance of civilization from the south and the nomads' traditional enemies - the marauding wolves - to the north; ...
Style: touching, captivating, exciting, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: forces of nature, wolf, survival, adventure, wilderness, animal life, society, danger, animal attack, little boy, wolf pack, deadly ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1967
Place: mongolia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.7
 16K
The Bear (1988)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, captivating, scenic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: adventure, animals, wilderness, survival, friendship, animal life, family, youth, on the run, rescue, escapades, heroic mission ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: canada, british columbia, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A thinly fictionalized account of a legendary movie director, whose desire to hunt down an animal turns into a grim situation with his movie crew in Africa
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, touching, enigmatic ...
Plot: adventure, elephant, obsession, obsessive quest, wilderness, danger, friendship, friends, movie business, racial slur, filmmaking, animal attack ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 70s
Place: africa, uganda, london, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.3
 59K
Eight Below (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the Antarctic, after an expedition with Dr. Davis McClaren, the sled dog trainer Jerry Shepherd has to leave the polar base with his colleagues due to the proximity of a heavy snow storm. He ties his dogs to be rescued after, but the mission is ...
Style: sentimental, touching, captivating, tense, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: dog, rescue, survival, adventure, expedition, dog sled, pets, pilot, scientist, snow, wilderness, research ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: antarctica, oregon, washington d.c., pasadena california, new zealand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A shipping disaster in the 19th Century has stranded a man and woman in the wilds of Africa. The lady is pregnant, and gives birth to a son in their tree house. Soon after, a family of apes stumble across the house and in the ensuing panic, both ...
Style: serious, stylized, touching, harsh, sexy ...
Plot: tarzan, adventure, feral man, culture clash, adventurer, orphan, rescue, fish out of water, stranded, shipwreck, human spirit, wilderness ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 20th century, 1880s, 1910s
Place: africa, england, scotland, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.1
 665
The White Dawn (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Three stranded 1890s whalers (Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr.) corrupt the culture of their Eskimo saviors.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: culture clash, arctic, wilderness, gambling, inuit, shipwreck, danger, opposites attract, animal life, rescue, racism, forbidden love ...
Time: 19th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.7
 19K
White Fang (1991)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing, girls' night
Plot: dog, treasure, friendship, pets, human animal relationship, adventure, gold, survival, wilderness, daring rescue, unlikely friendships, adventurer ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: alaska, usa, london, san francisco, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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