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Best Defense (1984)
 3.8
 6K
Best Defense (1984)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Wylie is a lazy engineer. Landry is a Sergeant specialising in Armour. They have never met but their lives become entangled when Landry must take the tank Wylie designed into combat. Wylie is waiting for his employer to go out of business when he meets another engineer who gives him a disk with the plans for a system that will save his employer. The other engineer is dead moments later leaving Wylie with the disk and credit for the design. Suddenly Wylie is no longer a hack, but the saviour of his company and finds his life is no longer the same.
Style: humorous, semi serious, melancholic, tense, biting, suspense, realistic, twists and turns, awful, idiotic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, engineer, espionage, danger, undercover, military, heroes, fighting the system, secret agents, heroic mission, witnessing a crime, army investigation, save the day, american soldier, happy ending, twists & turns, war, soldier, battles, workplace intrigue, experiment gone awry, chases and races, chaos and mayhem, chaos, rise to the top ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: middle east

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, semi serious and clever films with plots about heroes, military, soldier, war, military life, disorder and farce mostly in Comedy, War and Action genres. Some movies like Best Defense: The Pentagon Wars (1998), McHale's Navy (1962), How I Won the War (1967), In the Army Now (1994), All the Queen's Men (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Pentagon Wars (1998)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: From the director of “Made In America” and “The Money Pit” comes a hilarious look at one of the most expensive blunders in military history. Over 17 years and almost as many billion dollars have gone into devising the BFV (Bradley Fighting ...
Style: disturbing, humorous, realistic, semi serious, suspense ...
Plot: u.s. army, gulf war, vietnam war, soldier, cold war, military, military life, undercover, state affairs, danger, workplace intrigue, power relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 70s, 1990s
Place: pentagon, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
McHale's Navy (1962)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: McHale's Navy is an American sitcom that aired 138 half-hour episodes over four seasons, from October 11, 1962, to April 12, 1966, on the ABC network. The series was filmed in black and white and originated from an hour drama called Seven ...
Style: semi serious, sitcom, humorous, realistic, tense ...
Plot: military, world war two, navy, pow, contests and competitions, battles, military life, cons and scams, courtroom drama, siblings relations, ship, war ...
Time: 60s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
How I Won the War (1967)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: An inept British WWII commander leads his troops to a series of misadventures in North Africa and Europe.
Style: clever, witty, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: anti war, world war two, battles, soldier, war, politics, working class, desert, wartime life, frame up, military life, basic training ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: africa, europe, middle east, egypt, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
In the Army Now (1994)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Bones Conway and Jack Kaufman didn't really know what they were in for when they enlisted in the U.S. Army; they just wanted to get a job and make some money. But these new recruits are so hapless, they run the risk of getting kicked out before ...
Style: humorous, not serious, idiotic, intense, absurd ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: friendship, u.s. army, boot camp, desert, fish out of water, military, save the day, war, stoners, against the odds, military life, goofy hero ...
Place: middle east, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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All the Queen's Men (2001)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Germany, Austria, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A mismatched team of British Special Services agents led by an American must infiltrate, in disguise, a female-run Enigma factory in Berlin and bring back the decoding device that will end the war.
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: world war two, espionage, heroic mission, military life, undercover, secret agents, military, against the rules, danger, government agency, rescue, transvestism ...
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Private Benjamin (1980)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A sheltered young high society woman joins the army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, sentimental, funny ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: female soldier, soldier, fish out of water, basic training, military base, boot camp, starting over, military life, self discovery, military, transformation, gender ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: paris france, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.9
 66K
Stripes (1981)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: John Winger, an indolent sad sack in his 30s, impulsively joins the U.S. Army after losing his job, his girlfriend and his apartment.
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, funny, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: boot camp, u.s. army, friendship, soldier, basic training, military life, disorder, military, taxi driver, sergeant, flirting, obstacle course ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, kentucky, milan italy, west germany, czechoslovakia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Two Men Went to War (2002)
Genre: Comedy, War, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Comedy drama based on the true story of two British Army dentists who in 1942, eager to see action, go AWOL and invade occupied France on their own.
Style: humorous, semi serious, entertaining, realistic, offbeat
Plot: soldier, dentist, adventurer, goofy hero, military, heroic mission, military life, officers and cadets, battles, danger, army investigation, escapades ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: france, europe, england, english channel
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Without hostile intent, a Soviet sub runs aground off New England. Men are sent for a boat, but many villagers go into a tizzy, risking bloodshed.
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: submarine, island, cold war, culture clash, hostage, espionage, satire, friendship, danger, fish out of water, comedy of errors, heroic mission ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new england, usa, russia, england, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.6
 45K
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A misfit group of World War II American soldiers goes AWOL to rob a bank behind German lines.
Style: semi serious, cynical, suspense, entertaining, light ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, world war two, gold, behind enemy lines, military, war, german, escapades, soldier, cons and scams, danger, bank ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 70s
Place: france, europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
McHale's Navy (1997)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Retired Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale spends his days puttering around the Caribbean in the old PT-73 selling homebrew, ice cream, and swimsuit calendars. He's brought out of retirement when his old nemesis turned the second best ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, melancholic, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: terrorism, military, island, anti heroes, anti hero, farce, law enforcement, save the day, military life, heroic mission, officers and cadets, reluctant partners ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: pentagon, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.
Style: humorous, not serious, absurd, clever, offbeat ...
Plot: war, satire, farce, military base, new age, military, gulf war, danger, escapades, military life, journalism, top secret ...
Time: year 1983, year 2003, year 1973
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.5
 44K
Spies Like Us (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.
Style: humorous, realistic, exciting, not serious, buddy comedy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, race against time, secret agents, undercover, chase, kgb, adventure, working undercover, danger, escapades, mistaken identity, fish out of water ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: afghanistan, middle east, asia, washington d.c., pentagon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 27K
Air America (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Air America was the CIA's private airline operating in Laos during the Vietnam War, running anything and everything from soldiers to foodstuffs for local villagers. After losing his pilot's license, Billy Covington is recruited into it, ...
Style: exciting, humorous, semi serious, cynical, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, heroes, pilot, military life, society, idealism, battle zone, refugee camp, cia, helicopter, airplane, drug smuggling ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An American Infantry officer assigned to a cloak-and-dagger role in Rome uses homing pigeons for outside contact, with humorous results.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, captivating
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Comedy, War
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Duration: 101 min.
Story: Paul Watkins (Michael Paré) is an American pilot stationed in the Middle East, who is taken away from his normal duties of protecting the skies to show an actor everything he needs to know about being a pilot in the Air Force. The actor, Tom Slade ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.1
 2K
Guy X (2005)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: Canada, Iceland, UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A black comedy set in 1979, about a soldier mistakenly posted to an Arctic military base.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, dark humor, biting ...
Plot: military life, mistaken identity, disorder, hapless soldier, dishonesty, military, uncover truth, military base, isolation, anti war, rock, military hospital ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.2
 7K
Dad's Army (2016)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A cinema remake of the classic sitcom Dad's Army (1968). The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion.
Style: not serious, humorous, light, captivating, entertaining ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: world war two, soldier, goofy hero, misfit, disorder, farce, espionage, military life, military, social relations, friendship, adventure ...
Time: 1940s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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A Man Called Sarge (1990)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In the midst of WWII, a group of half-witted soldiers lead by a slightly smarter sergeant, battle the Germans and especially Von Kraut in the desert.
Style: biting, suspense, offbeat, humorous, not serious ...
Plot: battles, world war two, parody, disorder, war, escapades, heroes, goofy hero, military, soldier, desert, military life ...
Time: year 1942
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, War
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Five Green Berets stationed in Vietnam in 1968 grudgingly undertake the mission of a lifetime -- to secretly transport an 8,000-pound elephant through 200 miles of rough jungle terrain. High jinks prevail when Capt. Sam Cahill promises the ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, offbeat, feel good ...
Audience: pre-teens, boys' night, kids, family outing, girls' night
Plot: rescue, family, vietnam war, war, military, village life, small town, jungle, military life, friendship, village, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam, asia, middle east, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A group of American executives making a film about World War II decide that since their lead is rather unglamorous, they will draft in an American G.I. to play the part of Winston Churchill. Their take on the war depicts a handsome Churchill falling ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, absurd, feel good, offbeat ...
Plot: heroes, fall in love, working undercover, battles, undercover, head of state, secret agents, war, state affairs, save the world, fictional biography, satire ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: europe, england, buckingham palace, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.8
 31K
1941 (1979)
Genre: Action, Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: It's been six days since the attack on Pearl Harbor. Panic grips California, supposedly the next target of the Japanese forces. Everywhere in California, people are suffering from war nerves. Chaos erupts all over the state. An Army Air Corps ...
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, satirical, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, submarine, soldier, military, heroic mission, goofy hero, war, nothing goes right, chaos and mayhem, comedy of errors, wartime life, satire ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: los angeles, california, pearl harbor, usa, santa monica california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Which Way to the Front? (1970)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Brendan Byers III (Jerry Lewis), one of the richest men in America, has been pronounced 4-F and can't serve his country in it's war against Hitler. Byers does not takes "No" for an answer and recruits other 4-F's to fight ...
Style: not serious, realistic, exciting, humorous
Plot: world war two, farce, military, soldier, goofy hero, escapades, anti heroes, war, heroes, obsessive quest, misfit, anti hero ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Outrageous Fortune (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Refined actress Lauren Ames finally has a chance to study with the great theatre professor Stanislav Korzenowski. Sandy Brozinsky, a brash, loud actress, decides through happenstance to also study with Korzenowski. The two women end up dating the ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic, witty ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: chase, kgb, cia, adventure, farce, espionage, love triangle, vengeance, undercover, heroes, buddies, betrayal ...
Time: 80s
Place: new mexico, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When 5 allied generals are captured in Italy in WWII, it is a propaganda nightmare for the allies. The generals are all 1 star and refuse to take orders from each other in order to plan an escape. Harry Frigg is a private who has escaped from the ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, feel good, exciting
Plot: world war two, escape, villa, love and romance, escapades, anti heroes, troublemaker, disorder, palaces castles and temples, anti hero, war, hidden identity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: italy, london, tunisia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Nasty Rabbit (1964)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Russian spies secretly infect rabbits with a deadly bacteria, then let them loose in the U.S.
Style: humorous, offbeat, realistic, not serious, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, misfit, mad scientist, parody, heroes, chases and races, dishonesty, escapades, danger, partners, undercover, secret agents ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.4
 36K
Spy Hard (1996)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: The evil Gen. Rancor has his sights set on world domination, and only one man can stop him: Dick Steele, also known as Agent WD-40. Rancor needs to obtain a computer circuit for the missile that he is planning to fire, so Steele teams up with ...
Style: not serious, humorous, witty, absurd, funny ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: parody, farce, james bond spoof, kgb, secret agents, save the world, goofy hero, heroic mission, race against time, danger, assassination, master criminal ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 2.6
 7K
Simon Sez (1999)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Germany, Belgium, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A tattooed Interpol agent helps an old classmate find the kidnapped daughter of a computer software tycoon.
Style: humorous, semi serious, suspenseful, idiotic, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, adventure, interpol, espionage, race against time, danger, kidnapping, terrorism, terrorist group, heroes, gunfight, black hero ...
Time: 90s
Place: french riviera, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two Air Force friends have fun during their enlistment.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, psychotronic
Plot: military, military life, soldier, air force, basic training, officers and cadets, hidden identity, hotshot hero, war, buddies, gays and lesbians, heroes ...
Time: 60s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The original 70's TV family is now placed in the 1990's, where they're even more square and out of place than ever.
Style: humorous, feel good, satirical, funny, clever ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: house, family relations, fighting the system, race against time, fish out of water, parents and children, save the day, rivalry, disorder, siblings relations, suburbs, workplace intrigue ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%