Movies like Born on the Fourth of July

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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
 7.2
 99K
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: disturbing, realistic, emotional, thought provoking, serious, captivating, epic, factual, intense, sincere ...
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, politics, fighting the system, wheelchair, vietnam veteran, military, disability, injustice, human spirit, hopes, downfall, homecoming, state affairs, post traumatic stress disorder, small town, brother brother relationship, social activism, desert, drunkenness, wartime, war, mother son relationship, misfit, marines ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s, 1950s
Place: vietnam, new york, mexico, usa, latin america, asia, miami ...

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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, dramatic and intense films with plots about war, vietnam war, soldier, military, anti war, brutality and culture clash mostly in Drama, War and Biography genres. Some movies like Born on the Fourth of July: Platoon (1986), Nixon (1995), 1969 (1988), Taking Chance (2009), Glory (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 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
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100%
 7.1
 29K
Nixon (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 192 min.
Story: An all-star cast powers this epic look at American President Richard M. Nixon, a man carrying the fate of the world on his shoulders while battling the self-destructive demands within. Spanning his troubled boyhood in California to the shocking ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere, disturbing ...
Plot: political corruption, vietnam war, politics, government, campaign, rise and fall, historical figure, life is a bitch, presidential election, ambition, political conspiracy, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s ...
Place: washington d.c., china, usa, california, texas
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100%
 5.8
 4K
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, sincere, thought provoking, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: easter, vietnam war, nudity (full frontal - brief), anti war, friendship, bad trip, family relations, graduation, small town, anti conformity, family problems, individualism ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1969, 70s
Place: vietnam, maryland, usa, canada, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 13K
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 ⇓
100%
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 7.8
 124K
Glory (1989)
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: realistic, serious, captivating, thought provoking, epic ...
Plot: american civil war, battles, freedom, slavery, racism, battle, war, prejudice, hopes, glory, military life, african american ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston, south carolina, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Live from Baghdad (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A group of CNN reporters wrestle with journalistic ethics and the life-and-death perils of reporting during the Gulf War.A Directors Guild Award-winning movie for director Mick Jackson, starring Michael Keaton and Helena Bonham Carter. In 1990, CNN ...
Style: serious, disturbing, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: gulf war, war correspondent, journalism, against the odds, anti war, escapades, state affairs, military, fighting the system, media, politics, life is a bitch ...
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 176K
Jarhead (2005)
Genre: Action, 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: intense, realistic, disturbing, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gulf war, marines, u.s. military, iraq war, american soldier, boot camp, anti war, death, military life, pride and honor, basic training, war ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, year 1990, year 1989 ...
Place: iraq, saudi arabia, middle east, hawaii, philadelphia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 ⇓
100%
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 8.1
 313K
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
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: rough, bleak, psychological, serious, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, escape, friendship, russian roulette, homecoming, suicide, anti war, confined, friends, character change, hunting, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: vietnam, pennsylvania, asia, saigon, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
 441K
American Sniper (2014)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle takes his sole mission—protect his comrades—to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. ...
Style: tense, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, sniper, iraq war, soldier, battles, navy seal, military, military life, american soldier, courage, u.s. marine, military training ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, year 1998, year 2013 ...
Place: iraq, usa, middle east, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Lions for Lambs (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, 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, psychological, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: terrorist, politics, propaganda, conservative, state affairs, war, behind enemy lines, hopes, society, danger, soldier, helicopter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: afghanistan, washington d.c., usa, california, iran ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Michael Collins (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Michael Collins plays a crucial role in the establishment of the Irish Free State in the 1920s, but becomes vilified by those hoping to create a completely independent Irish republic.
Style: serious, captivating, epic, brutal, harsh ...
Plot: politics, civil war, fighting the system, fight, irish, secret service, treason, war, ira, leadership, political unrest, state affairs ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 4K
Blaze (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: This movie tells the story of the latter years of Earl Long, a flamboyant governor of Louisiana. The aging Earl, an unapologetic habitue of strip joints, falls in love with young stripper Blaze Starr. When Earl and Blaze move in together, ...
Style: sexy, realistic, serious, political comedy, political ...
Plot: politics, stripper, opposites attract, forbidden love, civil rights, governor, romance, love and romance, couples, campaign, injustice, media ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: uplifting, serious, disturbing, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: vietnam war, prison, survival, human spirit, captivity, military, confined, soldier, heroic mission, military life, prison life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 70s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Gardens of Stone (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
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, bleak, serious, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, military, military life, war, wartime life, life is a bitch, anti war, vietnam veteran, self esteem, casualty of war, war veteran ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: washington d.c., vietnam, usa, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.3
 12K
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, sincere, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: vietnam war, paraplegic, disability, paralysis, hospital, military hospital, soldier, wheelchair, post traumatic stress disorder, war, marine, anti war ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s
Place: california, vietnam, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.3
 22K
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 ⇓
55%
 6.8
 13K
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: realistic, bleak, psychological, serious, emotional ...
Plot: vietnam war, interracial relations, village, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, crumbling marriage, opposites attract, survival, father daughter relationship, war crime, dog, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, iraq, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 7.3
 6K
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, realistic, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, vietnam war, friendship, hippie, wheelchair, society, mute or deaf, social activist, human spirit, injustice, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 80s, 50s ...
Place: vietnam, seattle, california, portland oregon, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, disturbing, captivating, serious, tense ...
Plot: journalism, genocide, photographer, vietnam war, war, friendship, anti war, wartime life, human spirit, rebelliousness, life is a bitch, media ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: cambodia, vietnam, asia, new york, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.4
 20K
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 ⇓
51%
 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 ⇓
50%
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, vietcong, pregnancy, military, soldier, insurgent, anti war, military life, infidelity, political unrest, battles, couples ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 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: vietnam war, political corruption, white house, campaign, military, politics, state affairs, heroes, assassination attempt, deadly, head of state, battles ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1968, year 1966
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, texas, pentagon
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Casualties of War (1989)
Genre: Action, 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, rough, emotional, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, pow, soldier, war crime, atrocity, rape, revenge, crimes, military, gang rape, military life, dehumanization ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1966, year 1974, 1960s ...
Place: vietnam, asia, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: rough, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: vietnam war, military life, battles, military, haunted by the past, hopes, soldier, war, political unrest, idealism, death of protagonist, rescue ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 70s, year 1964
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 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: realistic, serious, melancholic, epic, intense ...
Plot: world war two, military, pow, soldier, war, politics, island, rebellion, ruler, ambition, revolution, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 40s, 1950s
Place: usa, japan, the philippines, korea, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.4
 277
Company K (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on the popular World War I novel by author William March, director Robert Clem's COMPANY K follows a veteran of the first great conflict as he finishes a book about his wartime experiences and reflects on how a man's true character ...
Style: captivating, serious, psychological, disturbing, epic ...
Plot: anti war, veteran, wartime life, military, soldier, war, life is a bitch, state affairs, politics, battles, gory, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, year 1917
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, rough, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: vietnam war, electric torture, soldier, life is a bitch, escapades, war, captivity, rebelliousness, prison life, danger, heroes, espionage ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: emotional, touching, serious, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: civil rights, butler, u.s. president, white house, blacks and whites, racism, injustice, historical character, prejudice, president, segregation, racial discrimination ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, united states, nashville tennessee, birmingham alabama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%