Movies like Good Work

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Good Work (1999)
 7.4
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Good Work (1999)
Original name: Beau travail
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Foreign Legion officer, Galoup, recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in the Gulf of Djibouti. His existence there was happy, strict and regimented, but the arrival of a promising young recruit, Sentain, plants the seeds of jealousy in Galoup's mind. He feels compelled to stop him from coming to the attention of the commandant who he admires, but who ignores him. Ultimately, his jealousy leads to the destruction of both Sentain and himself.
Style: surreal, touching, realistic, serious, meditative, harsh, stylized, atmospheric, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: foreign legion, military, soldier, battles, destructive relationship, military life, resentment, life turned upside down, power relations, obsession, father son relationship, officers and cadets, recruit, dancing, machismo, transformation, french foreign legion, gay, female director, dance, nudity (full frontal - brief), desert, russian, male nudity, surrealism ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: africa, paris france, marseille, ethiopia, france, tokyo, japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and harsh films with plots about war, soldier, brutality, military, death, culture clash and storytelling mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres. Some movies like Good Work: The Intruder (2004), Nenette and Boni (1996), Chocolate (1988), The Little Soldier (1963), White Material (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Intruder (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Louis Trebor, a man nearing 70, lives alone with dogs in the forest near the French-Swiss border. He has heart problems, seeks a transplant, and then goes in search of a son sired years before in Tahiti. Told elliptically, with few words, we see ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, realistic, serious, surreal ...
Plot: haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, heart transplant, redemption, parents and children, terminal illness, going straight, estrangement, family relations, family problems, transplant, black market ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, tahiti, geneva switzerland
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Nenette and Boni (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Teenage siblings Nenette and Boni were raised apart as a result of their parents' divorce. Their mother, who doted on her son Boni, has died. He works for an interesting couple as a pizza baker, and is surprised and enraged when his younger ...
Style: psychological, art house, melancholic, sexy, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, obsession, teenage life, siblings relations, love and romance, human nature, single parent, coming of age, erotica, school, pregnancy, sexuality ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Chocolate (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, West Germany, Cameroon
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, Protee - a man of great nobility, intelligence and beauty ...
Style: touching, realistic, thought provoking, atmospheric, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial relations, racism, colonialism, coming of age, culture clash, jazz, parents and children, discrimination, social differences, strong female presence, profanity, family relations ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Little Soldier (1963)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs to a right-wing terrorist group and a young woman who belongs to a left-wing terrorist group meet and fall in love. Complications ensue when the man ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating ...
Plot: assassination, politics, terrorism, murder, new wave, fighting the system, romance, espionage, state affairs, legal investigation, danger, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 60s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, algeria, paris france, zurich switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
White Material (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Cameroon
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Maria is a White farmer who runs a failing coffee plantation in an unnamed African country in the present day. Civil war has broken out and rebel soldiers, many of them child soldiers, are advancing on the area. Rebels on the radio advocate attacks ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, emotional, rough
Plot: civil war, family relations, chaos, state affairs, danger, single parent, family in danger, family business, political unrest, father son relationship, military, colonialism ...
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.7
 4K
Ambush (1999)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 123 min.
Story: It is the summer of 1941 and the Finnish army has been mobilized along the border with Russia. A platoon led by Lt. Eero Perkola is waiting for orders to go on the offensive. The platoon receives orders for a recon mission through the wilderness ...
Style: realistic, sincere, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: world war two, war, battles, military life, military, danger, soldier, losing-it hero, heroes, behind enemy lines, death of father, school ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 90s, 40s, 1930s
Place: russia, eastern europe, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
An Unforgettable Summer (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Romania, France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In 1925 Romania, young Marie-Therese Von Debretsy refuses the flirtatious advances of her husband's commanding officer. As a result, the cosmopolitan family is reassigned to a brutally bleak and dangerous outpost on the Bulgarian/Romanian ...
Style: serious, realistic, meditative, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: military, politics, soldier, state affairs, moral dilemma, military life, political unrest, wartime life, war, life is a bitch, hopes, injustice ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 50s, 1950s
Place: bucharest, japan, tokyo, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, serious, harsh ...
Plot: life is a bitch, child soldier, war, anti war, power relations, civil war, against humanity, violence, father son relationship, rape, brother brother relationship, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Before the Rain (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Republic of North Macedonia, France, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The circularity of violence seen in a story that circles on itself. In Macedonia, during war in Bosnia, Christians hunt an ethnic Albanian girl who may have murdered one of their own. A young monk who's taken a vow of silence offers her ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, captivating, serious, non-linear ...
Plot: albanian, love affair, monk, politics, violence, murder, photographer, restaurant, terrorist, anti war, rain, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: macedonia, former yugoslavia, london, england, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In Lille, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends. Isa moves in with Marie, who's flat-sitting for a mother and child in hospital in comas following a car crash. Isa is out-going, unskilled, with hopes of moving south to ...
Style: realistic, touching, psychological, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: obsession, friendship, coma, working class, female friendship, love and romance, coming of age, couple relations, social differences, down on your luck, unemployment, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.3
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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: psychological, realistic, touching, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, obsession, mental illness, mental institution, disfigurement, soldier, bird, war, coming of age, military, rehabilitation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, usa, asia, philadelphia, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.8
 3K
Alexandra (2007)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An elderly woman takes a train trip to visit her grandson at his army camp inside Chechnya.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, contemplative
Plot: soldier, military life, parents and children, human nature, anti war, homecoming, family relations, golden years, military, war, fish out of water, grandmother grandson relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: chechnya, russia, europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, serious, meditative, psychological ...
Plot: world war two, orphan, war, anti war, great patriotic war, heroes, youth, red army, battles, german, child spy, boy ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, soviet union, berlin germany, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Stop-Loss (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A veteran soldier returns from his completed tour of duty in Iraq, only to find his life turned upside down when he is arbitrarily ordered to return to field duty by the Army.
Style: emotional, serious, bleak, thought provoking, sad ...
Plot: soldier, u.s. military, friendship, homecoming, military, politics, wartime life, rules and policies, post traumatic stress disorder, gulf war, death, patriotism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, canada, washington d.c., mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, Kazakhstan
Duration: 99 min.
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Style: realistic, bleak, suspenseful, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: hostage, pow, russian soldier, war, soldier, confined, prison, captivity, drinking alcohol, drinking, murder, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Thin Red Line (1998)
Genre: Drama, 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: rough, captivating, bleak, epic, surreal ...
Plot: war, sergeant, invasion, battles, world war two, military life, battle, soldier, infantry, commander, jungle, squad ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
El Alamein - The Line of Fire (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: War seen through the eyes of Serra, a university student from Palermo who volunteers in 1942 to fight in Africa. He is assigned to the Pavia Division on the southern line in Egypt. Rommel and the Axis forces are bogged down; it's October, the ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, captivating, sincere
Plot: world war two, soldier, battles, friendship, military, war, danger, military life, wartime life, behind enemy lines, battle, introspection ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1942
Place: middle east, egypt, africa, palermo italy, libya ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
 38K
Tigerland (2000)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana's infamous Tigerland, last stop before Vietnam for tens of thousands of young men in 1971
Style: realistic, tense, thought provoking, rough, serious ...
Plot: boot camp, military, military base, recruit, insubordination, vietnam war, basic training, anti war, buddies, attempted murder, stockade, target practice ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: louisiana, usa, kansas, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 7.9
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The Hill (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: North Africa, World War II. British soldiers on the brink of collapse push beyond endurance to struggle up a brutal incline. It's not a military objective. It's The Hill, a manmade instrument of torture, a tower of sand seared by a ...
Style: tense, bleak, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, prison, desert, military, punishment, soldier, racism, military prison, torture, sadism, heat, cruelty ...
Time: 1940s, 70s
Place: africa, libya, north africa, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Biggest Battle (1978)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: Italy, West Germany, Yugoslavia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A story of how World War II affected the lives of a German family and an American family, both of whom had sons and fathers fighting in the war.
Style: bleak, rough, exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: battles, soldier, world war two, against the odds, military life, heroic mission, heroes, adventure, contests and competitions, military, journalism, danger ...
Time: 1940s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, psychological, depressing, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: anti war, world war one, hospital, haunted by the past, amputation, soldier, isolation, freak, patient, mute, war, disability ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, france, colorado, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: rough, disturbing, suspense, bleak, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boot camp, soldier, sniper, vietnam war, war, military, military life, suicide, sergeant, cruelty, infantry, basic training ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1968, year 1967
Place: vietnam, asia, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Captain Conan (1996)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Bulgaria near the end of World War I: Conan, warrior and wolf, leads a band of 50 ruthless French fighters who love hand-to-hand combat. Their motto: "We forgot to take prisoners, Captain." At war's end, the unit goes to Bucharest, ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspense
Plot: world war one, french army, war, military life, society, heroism, murder, heroes, soldier, insubordination, battles, alcohol abuse ...
Time: year 1918, 1910s, 20th century, year 1919, post world war one
Place: romania, macedonia, bucharest, bulgaria, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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The Lighthorsemen (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Palestine, 1917. The British advance has been stopped by the Turkish line running from Gaza to Beersheba. The latest attack on Gaza has failed. The attacking forces included a regiment of Australian mounted infantry, the Light Horse... Lighthorseman ...
Style: epic, serious, realistic, disturbing, tense
Plot: world war one, military, battles, soldier, basic training, against the odds, survival, heroic mission, danger, wartime life, military life, hospital ...
Time: 1910s, year 1917
Place: australia, palestine, turkey, new zealand, melbourne australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.1
 383K
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: realistic, rough, disturbing, thought provoking, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, battles, battlefield, military, war crime, jungle warfare, combat, military life, jungle, squad, character change ...
Time: 20th century, year 1967, year 1968, 1960s, 60s
Place: vietnam, asia, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.3
 2K
Kippur (2000)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The film takes place in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War in which Egypt and Syria launched attacks in Sinai and the Golan Heights. The story is told from the perspective of Israeli soldiers. We are led by Weinraub and his friend Ruso on a day that ...
Style: tense, disturbing, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: rescue, soldier, military life, life is a bitch, military, danger, battle zone, realism, war, anti war, wound, tank ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: israel, middle east, syria, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.4
 20K
The Duellists (1977)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1800, as Napoleon Bonaparte rises to power in France, a rivalry erupts between Armand and Gabriel, two lieutenants in the French Army, over a perceived insult. For over a decade, they engage in a series of duels amidst larger conflicts, including ...
Style: stylized, realistic, contemplative, captivating, serious ...
Plot: sword duel, napoleonic wars, fencing, pistol duel, nudity (full frontal - brief), military life, profanity, escapades, soldier, obsessive quest, military, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1810s, 18th century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.4
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Taking Chance (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort accompanies the body of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps to his hometown in Wyoming.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: war, military, soldier, self discovery, military life, patriotism, marines, iraq war, father son relationship, brother brother relationship, husband wife relationship, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004
Place: iraq, wyoming, usa, salt lake city utah, minneapolis minnesota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Colonel Chabert (1994)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Colonel Chabert has been severely wounded in the French-Russian Napoleonic war to the point that the medical examiner has signed his death certificate. When he regains his health and memory, he goes back to Paris, where his "widow", Anne ...
Style: serious, sentimental, harsh, talky, disturbing ...
Plot: battles, betrayal, haunted by the past, homecoming, war, military, romance, infidelity, wartime life, missing person, dishonesty, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1810s, 18th century
Place: france, paris france, europe, tokyo, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Coup de grâce (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A countess loves her brother's Prussian-officer friend in the 1919 Baltic area.
Style: serious, stylized, realistic, bleak, gloomy
Plot: love triangle, revolution, soldier, betrayal, evacuation, tragic love, tragic hero, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, wartime life, destructive relationship ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, post world war one
Place: latvia, europe, budapest hungary, siberia, warsaw poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%