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The Donner Party (2009)
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The Donner Party (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Based on the real events of The Donner Party tragedy. The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the western expansion of the 1840s. After becoming snowbound in the Sierra Nevada during the winter of 1846-1847, a number of the trapped settlers joined together in a final effort to reach California and organize a rescue party.
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: survival, human nature, moral dilemma, danger, isolation, wilderness, hopes, mountain, desperation, confined, escapades, native american, winter, death, snow, hunger, dream, cannibalism, father daughter relationship, murder, blood, corpse, anger, prayer, countryside ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: usa, california

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Most similar movies to The Donner Party

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, psychological and bleak films with plots about danger, survival, isolation, wilderness, confined, escapades and human nature mostly in Drama, Thriller and Biography genres. Some movies like The Donner Party: Thirst (2010), Alive (1993), First Winter (2012), Against the Sun (2014), Siberia, Monamour (2011). 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: suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: survival, wilderness, rescue, catastrophe, snowstorm, danger, babies and infants, escapades, mountain, cave, isolation, family life ...
Time: 90s
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Thirst (2010)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After wrecking their car in the middle of the desert, two couples find themselves stranded with few supplies. When the heat intensifies and their precious water supply dwindles, the frantic friends begin betraying each other in the hopes of ...
Style: serious, tense, psychological, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: wilderness, survival, isolation, desert, danger, stranded, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dehydration, thirst, confined, rattlesnake, lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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100%
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Alive (1993)
Genre: 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, exciting, disaster movie ...
Plot: survival, starvation, air disaster, stranded, cannibalism, danger, catastrophe, human spirit, isolation, against the odds, human nature, escapades ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: uruguay, andes mountains, latin america, chile, south america
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67%
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First Winter (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When winter begins, life is serene for a group of new-age Brooklynites living in a remote country farmhouse. Sex, drugs, yoga, and organic cooking absorb their days, safely tucked away from the stresses of urban life. But when a blackout of ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: survival, isolation, human nature, confined, social relations, wilderness, party, innocence lost, heroin, menage a trois, yoga, bathtub ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Lost Holiday: The Jim & Suzanne Shemwell Story (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In Idaho, an estranged couple are trapped in a blizzard while on vacation just before Christmas.
Style: captivating, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: survival, wilderness, couple relations, danger, hopes, escapades, forces of nature, estrangement, stranded, search and rescue, husband wife relationship, search party ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2003
Place: idaho
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100%
Against the Sun (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A WWII pilot, bombardier, and radioman find themselves adrift on a lifeboat without food or water after being forced to ditch their plane during a scouting mission.
Style: captivating, tense, psychological, based on true events, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, military, human spirit, danger, getting home, adventure, human nature, ocean or sea, lifeboat, isolation, soldier, disaster film ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942
Place: pacific ocean
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100%
Siberia, Monamour (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Siberia. Late autumn. In taiga, in the deserted village there lives an old man Ivan & his seven-year-old grandson Leshia. A pack of feral dogs devours everything alive in the neighborhood. One of these dogs is Leshia's best friend. ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: in the woods, golden years, elderly, change of heart, survival, life is a bitch, danger, isolation, orphan, wilderness, dangerous animal, missing person ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Waterborne (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Heera Bhatti, an American-Sikh, runs a corner store in Los Angeles with the help of her son, Vikram, and Gulu. She does not approve of Vikram's Caucasian girlfriend, Lillian, and would prefer that Vikram marry a Punjabi girl, but Vikram has ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: survival, terrorism, contamination, danger, plague, bio weapon, deadly, racism, violence, husband wife relationship, thirst, society ...
Time: future
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Endless Night (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France, Bulgaria
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Greenland, 1908. Josephine, self-confident and bold wife of famous Arctic explorer Robert Peary, embarks on a dangerous journey in pursuit of her husband who is seeking a route to the North Pole. But Josephine is also naïve and ignores warnings ...
Style: captivating, serious, psychological, tense, stylized ...
Plot: adventure, survival, couples, wilderness, danger, escapades, forces of nature, north pole, friendship, strong female presence, couple relations, struggle for survival ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 90s
Place: greenland
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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The Wild Ones (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, Netherlands
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Five juvenile delinquents break out of jail and attempt to make their way to a house in the Mendoza foothills of Argentina.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating, bleak
Plot: getting home, survival, hopes, escapades, youth, society, juvenile delinquency, social decay, human nature, wilderness, disintegration, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Quispe Girls (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, France, Argentina
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Based on a true story occurred in 1974, this is the tale of sisters Justa, Lucia, and Luciana Quispe, sheperds in the Chilean altiplano who lead a solitary life. A visitor brings news about a law that might change their way of living. This event ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, psychological, bleak
Plot: life turned upside down, isolation, family relations, legislation, wilderness, family in crisis, sister sister relationship, women, mountain, suicide, siblings relations, solitary ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: chile, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The King Is Alive (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, Norway, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Stranded in the heat of a barren African desert, eleven bus-passengers shelter in the remnants of an abandoned town. As rescue grows more remote by the day and anxiety deepens, an idea emerges: why not stage a play. However the choice of King Lear ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, bleak, stylized, melancholic ...
Plot: desert, survival, isolation, rescue, stranded, danger, life is a bitch, human nature, bus, village, culture clash, dogma ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, australia, new jersey
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53%
Richness of Internal Space (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Locked up and isolated, constantly exposed and threatened to be killed, for the first time in his life Lazaro understood that he was a free man.
Style: psychological, uplifting, serious, emotional, tense ...
Plot: human spirit, introspection, captivity, survival, danger, confined, hopes, kidnapping, freedom, solitary, faith, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Scream of Stone (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France, Canada, Italy, Argentina, UK, South Africa
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A meeting of two world famous climbers, one an experienced mountaineer the other a sport climber, and a journalist (Ivan) results in a bet on which of the two is the best climber. Roger (the mountaineering expert) states that Martin (the sport ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: mountain, climbing, love triangle, rivalry, contests and competitions, ambition, wilderness, danger, mountain climbing, dream, obsession, mountaineer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: patagonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Boxing Day (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A struggling, indebted business man leaves his family immediately after Christmas to pursue a lucrative property deal that could solve all of his problems: buying foreclosed properties from banks at a fraction of their value, refi tting them for a ...
Style: realistic, captivating, thought provoking, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: on the road, human nature, moral dilemma, danger, forces of nature, power relations, boss and employee, road trip, survival, chauffeur, society, patronizing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colorado, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
One Hundred Mornings (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Set in a world upended by a complete breakdown of society, two couples hide out in a lakeside cabin hoping to survive this crisis.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: infidelity, survival, vestiges of humanity, danger, dishonesty, betrayal, life is a bitch, chaos, couples, isolation, social decay, couple relations ...
Time: future
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Redland (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: As a family struggles to survive in rural isolation during the Great Depression, their daughter's secret affair begins a journey into the unknown.
Style: atmospheric, rough, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, love affair, family life, dysfunctional family, survival, pregnancy, parents and children, isolation, family problems, love and romance, family in crisis, wilderness ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 444
Badland (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Jerry (Jamie Draven) was an idealist when he served in the first Gulf War. But when he was later deployed to Iraq, Jerry was an older man, a father of three and embittered by broken promises and unfulfilled desires. When Jerry returns from Iraq he ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: soldier, homecoming, starting over, life turned upside down, hopes, life is a bitch, military, war, desperation, society, gulf war, anti war ...
Time: 90s
Place: iraq, middle east, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Testament (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, bleak, emotional, serious ...
Plot: small town, survival, catastrophe, radiation, nuclear holocaust, life is a bitch, danger, future dystopia, parents and children, demolished city, chaos, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
How I Ended This Summer (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Two men at a remote Arctic base begin mistrusting each other after an important radio message.
Style: atmospheric, tense, psychological, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: solitude, wilderness, radio, isolation, arctic, survival, human nature, danger, confined, dishonesty, radiation, island ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: antarctica, russia
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33%
Journey from the Fall (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Thirteen years after the end of the Vietnam War, a family who was tragically affected by the war are forced to emigrate to America.
Style: sincere, serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: vietnam war, fighting the system, human spirit, re-education, military, life is a bitch, immigrants, tragic hero, danger, hopes, society, refugees ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, california, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Out of the Ashes (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The real-life story of Gisella Perl, a Jewish Hungarian doctor imprisoned in the notorious Auschwitz death camp of World War II.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, auschwitz, human spirit, survival, wartime life, danger, against humanity, starting over, life is a bitch, confined, moral dilemma ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: hungary, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Held Hostage (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Michelle a single mother is kidnapped by three masked men and held hostage until she is forced to rob a bank which is the only option she has to saving her only child's life while they are both wired to explode.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: confined, woman in danger, heist, isolation, single parent, crimes, unlikely criminals, danger, crime gone awry, parents and children, bank, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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K-11 (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Raymond Saxx Jr., a powerful record producer, wakes from a drug-induced blackout to find himself locked up and classified "K-11." Plunged into a nightmarish world ruled by a transsexual diva named Mousey, Raymond is truly a fish out of ...
Style: psychological, serious, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: prison life, transsexual, prison, fish out of water, confined, hopes, gender, violence, misfit, power relations, gays and lesbians, sex maniac ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Survive! (1976)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Sixteen plane crash survivors stranded in the Andes turn to cannibalism to stay alive. Based on a true story.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: survival, catastrophe, mountain, air disaster, confined, heroes, gory, adventure, danger, escapades, wilderness, cannibal ...
Time: 70s
Place: andes mountains
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46%
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The Crew (1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Still depressed over the suicide of his mother, Bill has no idea that he's in for a wild ride when he and his wife Jennifer board the yacht owned by her bigoted lawyer brother. Along for the trip: a rock musician and his wife, as well as the ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: rescue, hostage, survival, hostages, confined, danger, adventure, captivity, isolation, forces of nature, husband wife relationship, one man army ...
Time: 90s
Place: bahamas
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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127 Hours (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
Style: suspense, inspirational, uplifting, psychological, cerebral ...
Plot: survival, trapped, isolation, human spirit, courage, desert, loneliness, adventure, desperation, alone, extreme sport, cave ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: utah, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Trigger Man (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Inspired by true events...The story of three hunters who mysteriously became the hunted.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, rough, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: on the run, danger, survival, deadly, wilderness, buddies, escapades, in the woods, chases and races, graphic violence, forest, hunting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Mr. Vincent (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A tale of obsession and jealousy
Style: serious, realistic, rough, disturbing, psychological
Plot: dangerous attraction, introspection, couple relations, down on your luck, destructive relationship, family problems, couples, musician's life, crumbling marriage, danger, love and romance, human nature ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.9
 32
Inside Irvin (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Drama - A pair of agoraphobics who have remained in their home for 15 years discover just how terrifying the outside world can be. When Ida makes a desperate bid to leave the house, a series of hallucinations cause events to quickly spiral out of ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, bleak, scary
Plot: incestuous relationship, opera, isolation, captivity, family problems, family relations, confined, danger, stalking, deadly, brother sister relationship, male female relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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45%