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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
 7.2
 87K
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, military, desert, drunkenness, bar, 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: 1960s, 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s
Place: vietnam, mexico, asia, latin america, usa, new york, bronx new york city ...

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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, bleak and rough films with plots about vietnam war, war, military, anti war, soldier, friendship and military life mostly in Drama, War and Biography genres. Some movies like Born on the Fourth of July: 1969 (1988), Platoon (1986), Faith of My Fathers (2005), Coming Home (1978), Go Tell the Spartans (1978). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 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, sentimental, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, graduation, easter, war, small town, friendship, bad trip, parents and children, death in the family, wartime life, americana ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: vietnam, maryland, usa, california, maine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 339K
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, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, jungle, battles, innocence lost, military, village, battle, anti war, war, war crime, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, mine, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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, realistic, captivating, 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 ⇓
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, touching, serious, 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 ⇓
69%
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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: serious, gloomy, realistic, bleak, rough
Plot: vietnam war, military life, war, battles, military, soldier, idealism, haunted by the past, political unrest, hopes, u.s. army, captain ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1964
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.3
 19K
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 ⇓
67%
 8.1
 273K
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: friendship, innocence lost, escape, vietnam war, russian roulette, deer hunting, friend, wedding, party, vietnam veteran, suicide, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, pennsylvania, asia, saigon, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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%
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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, rebelliousness, verbal byplay, rebellion, rock, u.s. air force ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, war, journalism, anti war, military life, political unrest, battles, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, war, prison, rebelliousness, anti war, captivity, military life, political unrest, prison life, wartime life, battles ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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: serious, exciting, realistic, bleak, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, basic training, friendship, military, anti heroes, hotshot hero, soccer, army, war, soldier, leadership, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 3.6
 519
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: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, vietnam veteran, innocence lost, war, anti war, haunted by the past, military life, military, vengeance, friendship, captivity ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, wedding, funeral ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: washington d.c., usa, vietnam, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, year 1966, 1960s, year 1974
Place: vietnam, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.0
 2K
84C MoPic (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cameraman embedded with a reconnaissance patrol charts their mission across territory controlled by the Vietnamese. An impressively naturalistic Vietnam film. Impressive performance by unknown actors in this low-budget Vietnam drama. The story is ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, survival, jungle, soldier, war, anti war, heroic mission, military life, battles, military, against the odds, danger ...
Time: 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.4
 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, realistic, uplifting, 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, 1960s, 1990s ...
Place: vietnam, seattle washington, california, campus, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 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: serious, tense, 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, year 1968, year 1966, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, texas, saigon, pentagon
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 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, serious, rough, 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 ⇓
58%
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: journalism, genocide, 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 ⇓
57%
Platoon Leader (1988)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: West Point graduate lieutenant Jeff Knight meets cynicism when taking command of sergeant Michael McNamara's tour veterans platoon in a Vietnamese trench camp. Unlike his predecessor, who hid till the end of his tour, Jeff takes charge, ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: vietnam war, military, war, soldier, vietcong, u.s. army, jungle, self discovery, escapades, heroes, adventure, infantrymen ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Iron Triangle (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the diary of an unknown Viet Cong soldier, this film provides a sympathetic look at a Viet Cong soldier who protected a captured American soldier whom he believed did not kill him when the American had the opportunity. Written by John ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: war, vietnam war, soldier, idealism, interracial relations, village, anti war, military life, political unrest, wartime life, battles, military ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 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: bleak, serious, realistic, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, war, military, buddies, introspection, moral dilemma, reunion, battles, hopes, legal, state affairs ...
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: vietnam war, immigrants, soldier, war, tragic hero, survival, human nature, human spirit, parents and children, anti war, political unrest, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Year That Trembled (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The Year That Trembled is a 1970 coming-of-age story set in the shadow of Kent State that focuses on a group of young characters facing the Vietnam Draft Lottery.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: lottery, coming of age, vietnam war, politics, college, high school, friendship, anti war, fighting the system, americana, human nature, innocence lost ...
Time: 70s, 1960s, year 1970, year 1971
Place: vietnam, ohio, asia, usa, cambodia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 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: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: military, soldier, homecoming, friendship, gulf war, war, bar fight, patriotism, sergeant, funeral, politics, post traumatic stress disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, canada, washington d.c., mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.8
 679
Purple Hearts (1984)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Navy surgeon and a nurse fall in love while serving in Vietnam during the war. Their affection for one another provides a striking contrast to the violence of warfare.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, captivating
Plot: vietnam war, love and romance, tragic love, romance, unfulfilled love, war, wartime life, fall in love, military, helicopter, medical, army life
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 8.5
 524K
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter ...
Style: bleak, psychological, atmospheric, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: jungle, soldier, anti war, mission, vietnam war, army, unfulfillment, losing-it hero, insanity, apocalypse, napalm, chaos ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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, serious, rough ...
Plot: vietnam war, military, basic training, exhaustion, target practice, awol, stockade, peace sign, military base, recruit, fighting the system, boot camp ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: louisiana, usa, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.3
 93K
Rescue Dawn (2006)
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: bleak, realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, vietnam war, soldier, violence, rescue, airplane shot down, pipe smoking, torture, war, military, pow, pilot ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1965, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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