Movies like Born on the Fourth of July

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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
 7.2
 89K
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
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, bleak, serious, disturbing, gloomy, captivating, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: vietnam war, politics, desert, bar, drunkenness, military, vietnam veteran, wheelchair, war, small town, disability, fighting the system, starting over, human spirit, post traumatic stress disorder, anti war, homecoming, americana, hopes, misfit, rebellion, society, state affairs, life is a bitch, downfall ...
Time: 1950s, 1960s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s
Place: vietnam, mexico, asia, latin america, usa, new york, georgia ...

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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, serious, intense and dramatic films with plots about war, vietnam war, military, friendship, runaway, culture clash and politics mostly in Drama, War and Biography genres. Some movies like Born on the Fourth of July: 1969 (1988), Platoon (1986), Coming Home (1978), Birdy (1984), Faith of My Fathers (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.8
 3K
1969 (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two rebellious youths, Ralph and Scott, find themselves struggling with adulthood as the Vietnam War rages. Feeling trapped in their small town, Scott battles with his conservative veteran father, Cliff, and Ralph deals with his desperately sexual ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, easter, graduation, war, small town, friendship, bad trip, parents and children, death in the family, wartime life, americana ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1969
Place: vietnam, maryland, usa, texas, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 348K
Platoon (1986)
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, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, battles, jungle, military, war crime, battle zone, military life, brutality, squad, rage, elimination ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, mine, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.3
 11K
Coming Home (1978)
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, gloomy ...
Plot: war, vietnam war, hospital, paraplegic, wheelchair, disability, soldier, military hospital, love, love affair, anti war, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, vietnam, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.3
 20K
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: touching, psychological, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, mental illness, obsession, war, soldier, disfigurement, mental institution, coming of age, friends, mute or deaf, rehabilitation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, usa, asia, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Faith of My Fathers (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Faith of My Fathers is based on the story of Lieutenant Commander John McCain's experiences as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years during the Vietnam War, interleaved with his memories of growing up in a heritage rich ...
Style: serious, bleak, captivating, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: vietnam war, prison, soldier, submarine, war, aviation, patriotism, human spirit, anti war, basic training, captivity, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 8.1
 281K
The Deer Hunter (1978)
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, serious, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: escape, friendship, vietnam war, innocence lost, suicide, russian roulette, party, wedding, friend, vietnam veteran, deer hunting, homecoming ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, pennsylvania, asia, saigon, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.8
 12K
Heaven & Earth (1993)
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, serious, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: vietnam war, dog, village, pregnancy, interracial relations, society, prostitute, soldier, crumbling marriage, espionage, opposites attract, social differences ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
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, radio, anti war, war, military, radio dj, oldies, verbal byplay, rebelliousness, rebellion, rock, vietcong ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Gardens of Stone (1987)
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, emotional, serious, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, military, anti war, cemetery, military life, war, vietnam veteran, wartime life, life is a bitch, army life, casualty of war ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: washington d.c., usa, vietnam, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.5
 19K
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: military, homecoming, soldier, friendship, gulf war, patriotism, wartime life, politics, death, rules and policies, u.s. military, fiance fiancee relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, canada, mexico, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Casualties of War (1989)
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: realistic, disturbing, tense, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, rape, vietcong, war, jungle, military, anti war, court, battle zone, military life, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1966, year 1974
Place: vietnam, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Go Tell the Spartans (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Go Tell the Spartans is a 1978 American war film based on Daniel Ford's 1967 novel "Incident at Muc Wa." It tells the story about U.S. Army military advisers during the early part of the Vietnam War. Led my Major Asa Barker, these ...
Style: gloomy, serious, bleak, realistic, rough
Plot: vietnam war, military life, war, battles, military, soldier, idealism, haunted by the past, political unrest, hopes, death of protagonist, decapitation ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1964
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Killing Fields (1984)
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: rough, bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: genocide, journalism, photographer, vietnam war, embassy, civil war, war, escape attempt, post war, communism, friendship, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Lions for Lambs (2007)
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: serious, thought provoking, realistic, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: politics, war, propaganda, state affairs, idealism, terrorist, teachers and students, soldier, past, danger, hopes, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: afghanistan, usa, california, iran, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Hanoi Hilton (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Lionel Chetwynd's film documents the horrific struggles that faced American POWs held in the North Vietnamese prison Hoa Lo -- more infamously known as the Hanoi Hilton -- between 1964 and 1975. Williamson (Michael Moriarty) leads a group of ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, prison, war, rebelliousness, anti war, captivity, military life, political unrest, prison life, wartime life, battles ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Boys in Company C (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Disheartened by futile combat, appalled by the corruption of their South Vietnamese ally, and constantly endangered by the incompetence of their own company commander, the young men find a possible way out of the war. They are told that if they ...
Style: exciting, serious, bleak, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, basic training, friendship, military, anti heroes, hotshot hero, army, soccer, war, soldier, leadership, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.0
 36K
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, clever, tense, rough, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, military, basic training, peace sign, target practice, exhaustion, stockade, awol, military base, recruit, fighting the system, boot camp ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: louisiana, usa, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
A Bright Shining Lie (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Something in his past keeps career Army man John Paul Vann from advancing past colonel. He views being sent to Vietnam as part of the US military advisory force a stepping stone to promotion. However, he disagrees vocally (and on the record) with ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, vietcong, military, pregnancy, journalism, war, anti war, military life, political unrest, battles, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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 3.6
 525
The Veteran (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sidney J. Furie's The Veteran is a respectable straight-to-DVD movie that was headed for the "pleasant surprise" category before self-destructing with a terrible, out-of-the-blue ending.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, vietnam veteran, war, innocence lost, anti war, haunted by the past, military life, military, vengeance, friendship, captivity ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.3
 5K
Music Within (2007)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After a confrontation with one of his idols dashes his dreams of studying public speaking in college, Richard Pimentel joins the Army and ships off to Vietnam. During his service, Richard loses nearly all of his hearing. Joining a new circle of ...
Style: serious, emotional, uplifting, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, wheelchair, vietnam war, friendship, hippie, mute or deaf, drugs/alcohol, human spirit, hopes, misfit, society, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1940s, 1990s ...
Place: vietnam, seattle washington, portland oregon, california, campus
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.0
 161K
Jarhead (2005)
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, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gulf war, anti war, war, death, infidelity, basic training, marines, boot camp, military, corpse, sniper, loss of friend ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1991, year 1990, year 1983 ...
Place: iraq, saudi arabia, middle east, hawaii, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.4
 3K
Path to War (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: From director John Frankenheimer ('The Manchurian Candidate') comes this powerful drama of soaring ambition and shattered dreams that takes a provocative insider's look at the way our country goes to war--as seen from inside the LBJ ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic
Plot: white house, vietnam war, political corruption, head of state, assassination attempt, war, idealism, political unrest, battles, campaign, politics, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1968, year 1966
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, pentagon, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.1
 41
Memorial Day (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An attorney finds himself at the center of a surprise reunion with the veterans of his platoon from Vietnam.The reunion stirs up painful memories and disturbing secrets for all involved.
Style: serious, bleak, captivating, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, war, military, buddies, introspection, moral dilemma, reunion, battles, hopes, legal, state affairs ...
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 6.6
 4K
MacArthur (1977)
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: serious, exciting, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: soldier, military, war, island, politics, daring rescue, leadership, anti war, heroic mission, military life, political unrest, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: japan, korea, asia, the philippines, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.4
 7K
Bat*21 (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lt. Col. Iceal "Ham" Hambleton is a weapons countermeasures expert and when his aircraft is shot over enemy territory the Air Force very much wants to get him back. Hambleton knows the area he's in is going to be carpet-bombed but a ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, jungle, survival, military, golf, rescue, war, soldier, daring rescue, adventure, anti war, heroic mission ...
Place: vietnam, asia, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
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, rough, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, civil war, journalism, orphanage, war, anti war, family relations, rescue, danger, courage, morality ...
Time: 90s
Place: sarajevo, england, vietnam, bosnia, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
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, serious, thought provoking, uplifting, disturbing ...
Plot: white house, butler, racism, civil rights, injustice, prejudice, master and servant, americana, blacks and whites, parents and children, president, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., south africa, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.2
 42K
Che: Part One (2008)
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, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: revolution, communism, cuban revolution, dictatorship, execution, army, doctor, rebellion, folk hero, idealism, leadership, heroes ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, year 1957 ...
Place: cuba, latin america, mexico city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.5
 12K
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: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: military, soldier, gulf war, self discovery, war, sacrifice, military life, warlord, life is a bitch, iraq war, marines, patriotism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004
Place: wyoming, usa, iraq, salt lake city utah, minneapolis minnesota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 8.0
 87K
Patton (1970)
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, rough, serious, captivating ...
Plot: military, allies, dead soldier, destiny, tank, war, steel helmet, military life, military hospital, historical figure, battle zone, sacrifice ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, year 1943, year 1942 ...
Place: africa, europe, normandy, italy, tunisia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%