Movies like Born on the Fourth of July

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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
 7.2
 87K
Born on the Fourth of July
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: epic, realistic, emotional, disturbing, bleak, serious, dramatic, intense, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: vietnam war, war, politics, disability, fighting the system, military, guilt, innocence lost, starting over, political, courage, human spirit, iraq war, brutality, brainwashing, storytelling, propaganda, violence, anti war, sacrifice, homecoming, redemption, idealism, gulf war, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s, 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, mexico, iraq, latin america, usa, new york ...
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Generation Kill
Drama, War
USA, UK
70 min.
 8.6
The Killing Fields
Biography, Drama, History, War
UK
141 min.
 7.9
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Most similar movies to Born on the Fourth of July

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, dramatic, serious and intense films with plots about culture clash, brutality, courage, war, death, sacrifice and mentor mostly in Drama, War and Biography genres. Some movies like Born on the Fourth of July: Platoon (1986), Heaven & Earth (1993), Casualties of War (1989), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), The Killing Fields (1984). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 8.1
 339K
Platoon
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
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, disturbing, bleak, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, innocence lost, jungle, war, military, soldier, morality, violence, brutality, gunfight, violent, visceral ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, mine
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 6.8
 12K
Heaven & Earth
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Le Ly lives in a small Vietnamese village whose serenity is shattered when war breaks out. Caught between the Viet Cong and the South Vietnamese army, the village is all but destroyed. After being both brutalized and raped, Le Ly resolves to flee. ...
Style: epic, realistic, psychological, serious, bleak ...
Plot: vietnam war, survival, culture clash, interracial relations, innocence lost, war, rape, torture, civil war, wartime, village, brutality ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq, california
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System:   83%
    User:   75%
 
Casualties of War
Genre: 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: disturbing, realistic, tense, emotional, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, war, rape, military, soldier, jungle, murder, violence, kidnapping, death, revenge, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1966, 1960s, year 1974
Place: vietnam, asia, california
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System:   74%
    User:   75%
 
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Good Morning, Vietnam
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Radio funny man Adrian Cronauer is sent to Vietnam to bring a little comedy back into the lives of the soldiers. After setting up shop, Cronauer delights the G.I.s but shocks his superior officer, Sergeant Major Dickerson, with his irreverent take ...
Style: humorous, realistic, sentimental, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, war, radio, military, rebellion, censorship, friendship, oldies, violence, verbal byplay, rebelliousness, wartime ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq, saigon
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System:   70%
    User:   68%
 
The Killing Fields
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The Killing Fields tells the real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four ...
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: genocide, journalism, war, vietnam war, civil war, friendship, brutality, violence, torture, photographer, unlikely friendships, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia, iraq
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Gardens of Stone
Genre: Drama, War, Romance
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, serious, emotional, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: vietnam war, war, military, soldier, anti war, military life, wartime life, mentor, runaway, life is a bitch, catastrophe, civil war ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: vietnam, usa, washington d.c., iraq
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System:   66%
    User:   78%
 
 7.3
 11K
Coming Home
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The wife of a Marine serving in Vietnam, Sally Hyde (Jane Fonda) decides to volunteer at a local veterans hospital to occupy her time. There she meets Luke Martin (Jon Voight), a frustrated wheelchair-bound vet who has become disillusioned with the ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, compassionate ...
Plot: war, vietnam war, hospital, love, military, disability, innocence lost, adultery, love affair, wartime, love story, anti war ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, california, usa, los angeles
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System:   60%
    User:   68%
 
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 7.0
 158K
Jarhead
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swafford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the ...
Style: realistic, clever, serious, intense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gulf war, war, military, insanity, death, camp, desert, violence, iraq war, male nudity, anti war, oil ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1991, year 1990, 1990s ...
Place: iraq, middle east, saudi arabia, vietnam, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   52%
 
 6.6
 4K
MacArthur
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The film portrays MacArthur's (Gregory Peck) life from 1942, before the Battle of Bataan, to 1952, the time after he had been removed from his Korean War command by President Truman (Ed Flanders) for insubordination, and is recounted in ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, dramatic ...
Plot: war, military, island, politics, president, soldier, wartime, death, weapons, daring rescue, mentor, civil war ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: japan, australia, asia, korea, the philippines ...
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System:   59%
    User:   53%
 
 7.0
 36K
Tigerland
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, clever, tense, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, military, fighting the system, violence, brutality, storytelling, male nudity, drugs/alcohol, rebelliousness, basic training, war, camp ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, louisiana, usa
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System:   58%
    User:   51%
 
 6.5
 19K
Stop-Loss
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: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: war, military, gulf war, politics, friendship, iraq war, courage, soldier, homecoming, islam, violence, wartime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, iraq, canada, usa, middle east ...
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System:   58%
    User:   59%
 
Welcome to Sarajevo
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, serious, rough, dramatic ...
Plot: war, civil war, journalism, adoption, ethnic conflict, orphan, genocide, brutality, anti war, political, vietnam war, british ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, bosnia, europe, former yugoslavia, iraq ...
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System:   57%
    User:   63%
 
 8.1
 273K
The Deer Hunter
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, bleak, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, war, innocence lost, friendship, insanity, brutality, drinking, violence, hunting, male nudity, small town, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, pennsylvania, saigon, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   49%
 
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 19K
Birdy
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, touching, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, mental illness, war, obsession, coming of age, psychology, unlikely friendships, storytelling, mental institution, insanity, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, usa, asia, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   57%
 
Judgment at Nuremberg
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 186 min.
Story: In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his ...
Style: talky, realistic, serious, bleak, dramatic ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, holocaust, genocide, german, war, idealism, nazi, redemption, jewish, nazis, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 60s, 1940s, 1960s ...
Place: germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   52%
 
Lions for Lambs
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Three stories told simultaneous in ninety minutes of real time: a Republican Senator who's a presidential hopeful gives an hour-long interview to a skeptical television reporter, detailing a strategy for victory in Afghanistan; two special ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, reflective, talky ...
Plot: war, politics, propaganda, military, journalism, idealism, manipulation, iraq war, teachers and students, political, world politics, islam ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: afghanistan, usa, iraq, middle east, california ...
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System:   52%
    User:   54%
 
 7.2
 125K
Unbroken
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.
Style: emotional, epic, realistic, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: survival, war, prison, military, torture, olympics, wartime, courage, human spirit, camp, mentor, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, pacific ocean
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System:   52%
    User:   42%
 
Lee Daniels' The Butler
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: president, slavery, white house, racism, prejudice, segregation, freedom, butler, civil rights, americana, politics, political ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: usa, south africa, cuba, washington d.c.
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System:   52%
    User:   52%
 
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 7.9
 111K
Glory
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.
Style: epic, realistic, rough, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: american civil war, war, racism, military, civil war, slavery, prejudice, sacrifice, freedom, friendship, corruption, violence ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, usa, south carolina, new england
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System:   49%
    User:   48%
 
 8.0
 85K
Patton
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: "Patton" tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Germany and the fall of the Third Reich. Side ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, rough, dramatic ...
Plot: war, military, sacrifice, german, violence, leadership, wartime, fighting the system, character study, military life, courage, visceral ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 1940s, year 1942 ...
Place: africa, europe, germany, italy, normandy ...
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System:   49%
    User:   52%
 
 7.3
 93K
Rescue Dawn
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA, Luxembourg
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
Style: realistic, bleak, suspenseful, serious, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, survival, war, violence, camp, courage, torture, jungle, soldier, storytelling, prison escape, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1965, 1960s
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   50%
 
 7.2
 41K
Che: Part One
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Spain, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The Argentine, begins as Che and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Style: epic, stylized, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: revolution, rebellion, idealism, jungle, folk hero, violence, leadership, politics, storytelling, political, heroes, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, year 1958 ...
Place: cuba, latin america, mexico city
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System:   47%
    User:   54%
 
The Railway Man
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Switzerland, UK, Australia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A victim from World War II's "Death Railway" sets out to find those responsible for his torture. A true story.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, dramatic, intense ...
Plot: war, torture, revenge, redemption, radio, british, obsessive quest, wartime, courage, brutality, introspection, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, year 1942, year 1980
Place: asia, thailand, japan, england, burma
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System:   46%
    User:   51%
 
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 7.3
 9K
Savior
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A hardened mercenary in the Foreign Legion begins to find his own humanity when confronted with atrocities during the fighting in Bosnia
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, tense ...
Plot: war, redemption, civil war, genocide, soldier, ethnic conflict, blood, atrocity, mercenary, wartime, brutality, pregnancy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: bosnia, europe, former yugoslavia, serbia, bosnia herzegovina ...
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System:   46%
    User:   41%
 
 7.5
 17K
Salvador
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A second rated journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.
Style: realistic, tense, rough, serious, intense ...
Plot: journalism, politics, civil war, war, death, murder, blood, political, world politics, corruption, idealism, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: latin america, south america, central america
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System:   46%
    User:   38%
 
 6.9
 30K
Che: Part Two
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Spain, France, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. ...
Style: epic, stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: revolution, idealism, rebellion, sacrifice, folk hero, downfall, jungle, heroes, storytelling, betrayal, death, greed ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1967, year 1966, 1960s
Place: latin america, cuba, bolivia
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System:   46%
    User:   46%
 
Flags of Our Fathers
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: There were five Marines and one Navy Corpsman photographed raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. This is the story of three of the six surviving servicemen – John 'Doc' Bradley, Pvt. Rene Gagnon ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, dramatic, sincere ...
Plot: war, military, island, survival, torture, guilt, propaganda, violence, prejudice, death, friendship, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, usa, iraq, arizona ...
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System:   45%
    User:   39%
 
Johnny Got His Gun
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: disturbing, surreal, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: war, hospital, anti war, military, memory, death, haunted by the past, vietnam war, doctors, military life, brutality, disability ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: colorado, europe, france, usa, vietnam ...
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System:   44%
    User:   37%
 

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Generation Kill
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 70 min.
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: realistic, tense, disturbing, epic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, iraq war, military, morality, courage, violence, soldier, anti war, dialogue, politics, political, wartime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iraq, middle east
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System:   44%
    User:   43%
 
 7.1
 100K
Brothers
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When his helicopter goes down during his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan, Marine Sam Cahill is presumed dead. Back home, brother Tommy steps in to look over Sam’s wife, Grace, and two children. Sam’s surprise homecoming triggers domestic ...
Style: emotional, realistic, tense, psychological, touching ...
Plot: war, torture, military, guilt, murder, siblings relations, family bonds, family drama, homecoming, brothers, family, wartime life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, afghanistan, iraq
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System:   44%
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