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Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

1994. In Rwanda, the classification of the native population into Hutus and Tutsis, arbitrarily done by the colonial Belgians, is now ingrained within Rwandan mentality despite the Rwandan independence. Despite the Belgians having placed the Tutsis in a higher position during the Belgian rule, they have placed the majority Hutus in power after independence. 'Paul Rusesabagina' (qv), a Hutu married to a Tutsi, Tatiana Rusesabagina, is the House Manager of the Hotel Des Milles Collines in Kigali. The Milles Collines, owned by Sabena (the national airline of Belgium), is a four-star hotel catering primarily to wealthy white westerners. Paul, who knows how to work the system to run the hotel effectively for its guests and for Sabena, is proud that most of the Caucasians who he meets in this professional capacity treat him with respect. After a specific incident, the relative calm between the Tutsi guerrillas and government-backed Hutu militia takes a turn. Paul's thought that the native population as a whole who are not directly involved in the conflict will be protected as the UN peacekeeping forces and thus the world is watching doesn't happen as the western world largely evacuates from Rwanda and abandons the natives. Such begins what will become a genocide of the Tutsi population. Paul, who is able to get his immediate family to the hotel which is still largely seen as a place of sanctuary, will have to use the considerable skills he has used to run the hotel as well as he has instead to keep himself, his family and any others taking refuge at the hotel alive, whether they be Hutu or Tutsi. Meanwhile, Colonel Oliver, a Canadian heading the UN peacekeeping forces, and Pat Archer with the Red Cross do what they can to assist Paul and to get people to safety first to the hotel then out of the country, while field journalists, like photographer Jack Daglish, try to bring the genocide back into the global media to have the world once again care about what is going on. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  cruelty,  poverty,  racism,  escape,  fear,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:hotel,  rooftop,  africa,  bar
Characters:american,  french,  priest,  photographer,  dancer,  nurse,  soldier,  prostitute,  singer,  children
Period:1990s
Story:french president,  assassination of president,  afro french soldier,  french soldier,  rwanda,  murder of president,  death of president,  american embassy,  refugee camp,  red cross,  radio news,  central africa,  spy satellite,  u.s. president,  united nations soldier,  hotel staff,  hotel manager,  building on fire,  united nations peace keeping force,  presidential suite,  heap of corpses,  u.s. state department,  jungle war,  united nations mission,  war rape,  bomb attack,  egg yolk,  bitch slap,  hutu,  tutsi,  tv cameraman,  ram,  air conditioner,  destruction of property,  scotch whiskey,  swahili,  oasis,  political criminal,  somalia,  belgian,  hula hoop,  indifference,  exodus,  motivational,  tanzania,  jumping rope,  ransacking,  sanctuary,  tv crew,  generator,  country in title,  convoy,  congo,  mercy,  war criminal,  reference to bill clinton,  lynching,  mass grave,  gun held to head,  volkswagen,  atrocity,  conscience,  territory name in title,  abandonment,  militia,  united nations,  cockroach,  gate,  saving a life,  prime minister,  bazooka,  shame,  war crime,  ethnic slur,  gunfire,  tribe,  slaughter,  safe,  bribe,  evacuation,  kicking,  aunt niece relationship,  bombing,  promise,  colonel,  compassion,  genocide,  orphanage,  rebel,  mass murder,  demonstration,  race relations,  country name in title,  machete,  child murder,  italian,  african,  hate,  refugee,  general,  cross,  president,  pianist,  missing person,  terror,  umbrella,  cigar smoking,  van,  assassination,  radio,  nun,  truck,  massacre,  ambush,  gang,  wine,  flashlight,  orphan,  good versus evil,  spy,  reporter,  river,  british,  piano,  dead body,  place name in title,  beer,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  battle,  bus,  camera,  watching tv,  rescue,  face slap,  machine gun,  underwear,  rain,  swimming pool,  corpse,  beating,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  based on true story,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  nudity,  murder,  fight,  police,  gun,  interview,  kiss,  blood,  violence,  death

Blood Diamond (2006)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:africa,  hotel,  bar
Characters:american,  photographer,  dancer,  soldier,  prostitute,  singer,  children
Period:1990s
Story:refugee camp,  ransacking,  militia,  united nations,  war crime,  ethnic slur,  evacuation,  bombing,  colonel,  orphanage,  rebel,  demonstration,  machete,  african,  refugee,  van,  massacre,  ambush,  wine,  reporter,  river,  dead body,  beer,  rifle,  shooting,  battle,  bus,  camera,  watching tv,  rescue,  machine gun,  rain,  corpse,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  fight,  gun,  kiss,  nudity,  death,  violence,  murder

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La Battaglia Di Algeri (1966)
Drama, War

La Battaglia Di Algeri (1966)

A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian's use of bombs in soda shops. A look at war as a nasty thing that harms and sullies everyone who participates in it. (Read More)

Themes:poverty,  escape,  fear,  drinking
Locations:rooftop
Characters:french,  dancer,  soldier,  prostitute,  children
Story:colonel,  french soldier,  shooting,  battle,  destruction of property,  united nations,  slaughter,  bombing,  promise,  rebel,  demonstration,  refugee,  general,  umbrella,  assassination,  truck,  ambush,  gang,  flashlight,  reporter,  dead body,  place name in title,  rifle,  arrest,  machine gun,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  fire,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  police,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  gun,  violence,  fight,  murder

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)

In the early 1970s, Nicholas Garrigan, a young semi-idealistic Scottish doctor, comes to Uganda to assist in a rural hospital. Once there, he soon meets up with the new President, Idi Amin, who promises a golden age for the African nation. Garrigan hits it off immediately with the rabid Scotland fan, who soon offers him a senior position in the national health department and becomes one of Amin's closest advisers. However as the years pass, Garrigan cannot help but notice Amin's increasingly erratic behavior that grows beyond a legitimate fear of assassination into a murderous insanity that is driving Uganda into bloody ruin. Realizing his dire situation with the lunatic leader unwilling to let him go home, Garrigan must make some crucial decisions that could mean his death if the despot finds out. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  fear
Locations:africa
Characters:photographer,  soldier,  singer,  children
Story:swahili,  ransacking,  mass grave,  atrocity,  kicking,  genocide,  mass murder,  african,  general,  president,  assassination,  ambush,  dead body,  beer,  shooting,  bus,  camera,  machine gun,  underwear,  rain,  swimming pool,  beating,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  violence,  death,  gun,  blood

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011)

In 1937 China, during the second Sino-Japanese war, a mortician, John ('Christian Bale' (qv)) arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he discovers the meaning of sacrifice and honor. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear,  drinking,  money
Characters:priest,  american,  prostitute,  singer
Story:red cross,  ransacking,  sanctuary,  mercy,  atrocity,  gate,  saving a life,  war crime,  bribe,  promise,  colonel,  cross,  truck,  massacre,  ambush,  wine,  orphan,  river,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  battle,  face slap,  machine gun,  rain,  corpse,  based on true story,  singing,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  blood,  kiss,  death

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The Four Feathers (2002)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

The Four Feathers (2002)

Set in 1884 Sudan, this fifth film to be adapted from the A.E.W. Mason novel follows a British officer who resigns his post right before his regiment ships out to battle the rebels. Perceiving his resignation as cowardice, his friends and fiancee give him four white feathers, the symbol of cowardice, but little do they know he's actually going undercover and plans to redeem his honor. This is why The Four Feathers (2002) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear,  drinking
Characters:dancer,  soldier,  prostitute
Story:oasis,  mass grave,  abandonment,  shame,  slaughter,  rebel,  general,  massacre,  ambush,  british,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  battle,  rescue,  rain,  corpse,  dancing,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  kiss,  murder,  blood,  nudity,  death,  fight,  gun

Idi I Smotri (1985)
Drama, War

Idi I Smotri (1985)

The feature film directed by Elem Klimov, shot in the genre of military drama. The action takes place on the territory of Belarus in 1943. In the center of the story is a Belarusian boy, who witnesses the horrors of the Nazi punitive action, turning from a cheerful teenager into a gray-haired old man for two days. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Characters:photographer,  dancer
Story:heap of corpses,  gun held to head,  atrocity,  war crime,  gunfire,  slaughter,  bombing,  genocide,  mass murder,  refugee,  terror,  truck,  massacre,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  machine gun,  rain,  corpse,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  gun,  violence,  kiss,  death

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant 'T.E. Lawrence' (qv) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  money
Locations:bar
Characters:photographer,  nurse,  soldier,  singer
Story:red cross,  british,  oasis,  territory name in title,  saving a life,  shame,  ethnic slur,  slaughter,  colonel,  rebel,  country name in title,  general,  umbrella,  truck,  massacre,  reporter,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  battle,  camera,  rescue,  face slap,  machine gun,  corpse,  beating,  fire,  based on true story,  singing,  father son relationship,  murder,  blood,  death,  gun,  fight,  violence

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Munich (2005) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:escape,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:american,  french,  dancer,  singer,  children
Story:prime minister,  refugee camp,  gunfire,  bombing,  mass murder,  hate,  refugee,  general,  pianist,  umbrella,  assassination,  truck,  massacre,  wine,  flashlight,  river,  piano,  dead body,  place name in title,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  watching tv,  machine gun,  underwear,  rain,  swimming pool,  corpse,  beating,  telephone call,  based on true story,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  gun,  murder,  violence,  fight,  nudity,  blood

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli.

Themes:drinking
Locations:hotel,  rooftop
Characters:priest,  dancer,  nurse,  prostitute,  singer
Story:hotel manager,  battle,  mass grave,  evacuation,  kicking,  promise,  demonstration,  refugee,  cross,  umbrella,  british,  piano,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  face slap,  machine gun,  underwear,  beating,  based on true story,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  murder,  nudity,  death,  blood,  violence,  gun,  fight

The Deer Hunter (1978)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again. This is why The Deer Hunter (1978) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear,  drinking
Locations:rooftop,  bar
Characters:french,  priest,  dancer,  nurse,  prostitute,  singer
Story:gun held to head,  war crime,  bombing,  promise,  refugee,  wine,  river,  piano,  dead body,  beer,  rifle,  battle,  camera,  watching tv,  rescue,  face slap,  machine gun,  underwear,  beating,  fire,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  murder,  kiss,  blood,  fight,  violence,  gun,  death

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Michael Collins (1996)
Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Michael Collins (1996)

Neil Jordan's depiction of the controversial life and death of 'Michael Collins (XIV)' (qv), the "Lion of Ireland", who led the IRA against the UK and helped found the Irish Free State in 1922.

Themes:escape,  drinking,  love
Locations:rooftop
Characters:priest,  dancer,  prostitute,  singer,  children
Story:ransacking,  slaughter,  rebel,  demonstration,  president,  assassination,  massacre,  flashlight,  spy,  river,  british,  dead body,  rifle,  arrest,  battle,  face slap,  machine gun,  rain,  beating,  fire,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  fight,  murder,  police,  violence,  gun

Gomorra (2008) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

"Gomorra" is a contemporary Neapolitan mob drama that exposes Italy's criminal underbelly by telling five stories of individuals who think they can make their own compact with Camorra, the area's Mafia.

Themes:cruelty,  fear,  drinking,  money
Locations:rooftop
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  prostitute,  singer,  children
Story:gunfire,  evacuation,  child murder,  truck,  ambush,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  camera,  watching tv,  machine gun,  underwear,  corpse,  beating,  based on true story,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  police,  blood,  gun,  violence,  murder

Dragonfly (2002)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Themes:fear,  drinking,  love
Locations:bar
Characters:priest,  nurse,  soldier,  children
Story:red cross,  tribe,  evacuation,  cross,  nun,  river,  beer,  rifle,  arrest,  bus,  camera,  machine gun,  rain,  corpse,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  photograph,  death,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  gun

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Rendition (2007)
Drama, Thriller

Rendition (2007)

After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country, an investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an American. He is apprehended when he's on his way home. The U.S. sends him to the country where the incident occurs for interrogation which includes torture. An American CIA operative observes the interrogation and is at odds whether to keep it going or to stop it. In the meantime, the man's wife raises hell to find him despite being pregnant but the person behind this refuses to help or give her any information. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  drinking,  love
Locations:rooftop,  africa
Characters:american
Story:u.s. state department,  aunt niece relationship,  bombing,  mass murder,  demonstration,  flashlight,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  watching tv,  rescue,  underwear,  corpse,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  murder,  gun,  kiss,  violence,  police

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. This is why Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear,  money
Locations:rooftop
Characters:american,  photographer,  dancer,  children
Story:bomb attack,  somalia,  gun held to head,  volkswagen,  gunfire,  kicking,  genocide,  rebel,  terror,  van,  assassination,  truck,  ambush,  shooting,  arrest,  camera,  watching tv,  machine gun,  underwear,  beating,  fire,  telephone call,  based on true story,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  kiss,  police,  blood,  fight,  interview,  gun,  murder,  violence,  death

The Great Debaters (2007) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Biography, Drama, Romance

The Great Debaters (2007)

Marshall, Texas, described by James Farmer, Jr. as "the last city to surrender after the Civil War," is home to Wiley College, where, in 1935-36, inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and his clandestine work as a union organizer, Professor Melvin Tolson coaches the debate team to a nearly-undefeated season that sees the first debate between U.S. students from white and Negro colleges and ends with an invitation to face Harvard University's national champions. The team of four, which includes a female student and a very young James Farmer, is tested in a crucible heated by Jim Crow, sexism, a lynch mob, an arrest and near riot, a love affair, jealousy, and a national radio audience. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  racism,  drinking,  love
Locations:hotel,  bar
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:lynching,  demonstration,  race relations,  radio,  truck,  flashlight,  rifle,  arrest,  bus,  underwear,  beating,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  based on true story,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  fight,  gun,  violence

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Black Hawk Down (2001)
Drama, History, War

Black Hawk Down (2001)

Action/war drama based on the best-selling book detailing a near-disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3, 1993. On this date nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers, commanded by Capt. Mike Steele, were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord. This led to a large and drawn-out firefight between the Army Ranges, US Special Forces, and hundreds of Somali gunmen; resulting in the destruction of two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters. The film focuses on the heroic efforts of various Rangers to get to the downed black hawks, centering on SSG Eversmann, leading the Ranger unit Chalk Four to the first black hawk crash site, Chief Warrant Officer Durant who was captured after being the only survivor of the second black hawk crash, as well as many others who were involved. (Read More)

Locations:africa
Characters:soldier,  children
Period:1990s
Story:somalia,  red cross,  united nations mission,  militia,  united nations,  gunfire,  slaughter,  colonel,  genocide,  african,  general,  cigar smoking,  truck,  ambush,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  battle,  rescue,  machine gun,  corpse,  telephone call,  husband wife relationship,  death,  gun,  violence,  murder,  blood

Children Of Men (2006)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Children Of Men (2006)

The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  escape,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:bar
Characters:soldier,  children,  singer
Story:refugee camp,  destruction of property,  sanctuary,  gun held to head,  safe,  bombing,  compassion,  rebel,  mass murder,  demonstration,  african,  refugee,  cross,  terror,  massacre,  ambush,  wine,  reporter,  dead body,  beer,  shooting,  battle,  bus,  watching tv,  face slap,  machine gun,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  singing,  photograph,  violence,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  fight,  blood,  murder,  death,  kiss,  gun,  police

Le Salaire De La Peur (1953)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Le Salaire De La Peur (1953)

In the South American jungle supplies of nitroglycerin are needed at a remote oil field. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers and on the rough remote roads the slightest jolt can result in death.

Themes:escape,  fear,  drinking,  money
Locations:bar
Characters:american,  french,  photographer,  dancer,  singer,  children
Story:convoy,  bribe,  italian,  cross,  cigar smoking,  truck,  river,  fire,  dead body,  beer,  rifle,  camera,  face slap,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  police,  fight,  gun

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The English Patient (1996) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Drama, Romance, War

The English Patient (1996)

October 1944 in war torn Italy. Hana, a French-Canadian nurse working in a mobile army medical unit, feels like everything she loves in life dies on her. Because of the difficulty traveling and the dangers, especially as the landscape is still heavily booby-trapped with mines, Hana volunteers to stay behind at a church to care solely for a dying semi-amnesiac patient, who is badly burned and disfigured. She agrees to catch up to the rest of the unit after he dies. All the patient remembers is that he is English and that he is married. Their solitude is disrupted with the arrival at the church of fellow Canadian David Caravaggio, part of the Intelligence Service, who is certain that he knows the patient as a man who cooperated with the Germans. Caravaggio believes that the patient's memory is largely in tact and that he is running away from his past, in part or in its entirety. The patient does open up about his past, all surrounding his work as a cartographer in North Africa, which was interrupted by the war. He may not be running from his work as a spy for the Germans as Caravaggio believes, but rather the memory of an affair he had with married Katherine Clifton, the love of his life, and the memory of a promise not totally fulfilled. Hana may also test her theory of her fates with love and death as she embarks on a relationship of her own with Kip Singh, a Sikh from India, whose unit has camped on the now overgrown lawn of the church. Their work entails sweeping for and diffusing mines, the discovery of one such mine which had earlier saved her life. This is why The English Patient (1996) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear,  drinking,  love
Locations:africa,  bar
Characters:nurse,  french,  photographer,  dancer,  singer
Story:red cross,  italian,  gunfire,  evacuation,  promise,  compassion,  african,  refugee,  cross,  pianist,  truck,  flashlight,  spy,  british,  piano,  rifle,  camera,  face slap,  machine gun,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  fire,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  death,  independent film,  kiss,  murder,  gun,  blood

The Tailor Of Panama (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Tailor Of Panama (2001)

John LeCarre's spy thriller is brought to the big screen. A British spy is banished to Panama after having an affair with an ambassador's mistress. Once there he makes connection with a local tailor with a criminal past and connections to all of the top political and gangster figures in Panama. The tailor also has a wife, who works for the canal administrator, and a huge debt. The spy's mission is to learn what the President intends to do with the Panama Canal, but he's really in business for himself, blackmailing the tailor into spinning a fantastic tale about the canal being sold to China and former mercenaries ready to topple the current government. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  drinking,  money,  love
Characters:dancer,  singer,  children
Story:country in title,  territory name in title,  president,  umbrella,  spy,  british,  camera,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  fire,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  police,  blood,  death

Goya's Ghosts (2006)
Biography, Drama, History

Goya's Ghosts (2006)

The painter Goya becomes involved with the Spanish Inquisition when his muse, Ines, is arrested by the church for heresy. Her father, Thomas, comes to him hoping that his connection with Brother Lorenzo, whom he is painting, can secure the release of his daughter.

Themes:drinking,  money
Characters:dancer,  prostitute
Story:french soldier,  atrocity,  orphanage,  cross,  nun,  wine,  orphan,  dead body,  rifle,  arrest,  battle,  corpse,  brother sister relationship,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  violence

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The Air I Breathe (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Air I Breathe (2007)

A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money,  love
Locations:rooftop,  bar
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  nurse,  prostitute,  singer
Story:gun held to head,  saving a life,  kicking,  umbrella,  gang,  rifle,  shooting,  bus,  camera,  watching tv,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  interview,  death,  murder,  police,  gun,  violence,  blood,  kiss,  fight

Zwartboek (2006) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Drama, Thriller, War

Zwartboek (2006)

Israel 1956. Rachel, a Jew, rather unexpectedly meets an old friend at the kibbutz where she is working as a teacher. It brings back memories of her experiences in The Netherlands during the war, memories of betrayal. September 1944. Rachel is in trouble when her hiding place is bombed by allied troops. She gets in contact with a man from the resistance and joins a group of Jews who are to be smuggled across the Biesbosch by boat to the freed South Netherlands. Germans from a patrol boat murder them all however. Only Rachel is able to escape. She is rescued by a resistance group under the leadership of Gerben Kuipers. When Kuipers' son is captured after trying to smuggle weapons, he asks Rachel to seduce SS-hauptsturmfuhrer Ludwig Muntze. Soon she will find out the attack in the Biesbosch wasn't a coincidence. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  money,  love
Characters:dancer,  prostitute,  singer
Story:van,  spy,  mass grave,  atrocity,  safe,  bombing,  mass murder,  refugee,  cross,  pianist,  truck,  massacre,  ambush,  flashlight,  river,  british,  piano,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  camera,  rescue,  machine gun,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  based on true story,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  murder,  police,  blood,  violence,  kiss,  death

The Proposition (2005)
Crime, Drama, Western

The Proposition (2005)

Rural Australia in the late nineteenth century: Capt. Stanley and his men capture two of the three Burns brothers, Charlie and Mike. Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm, raping pregnant Mrs. Hopkins and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns, the eldest brother and the gang's mastermind, remains on the loose and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Capt. Stanley's proposition to Charlie is to gain pardon and - more importantly - save his beloved younger brother Mike from the gallows by finding and killing Arthur within nine days. This is why The Proposition (2005) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004). (Read More)

Themes:racism,  drinking
Characters:photographer,  prostitute,  singer
Story:lynching,  gun held to head,  slaughter,  kicking,  genocide,  cross,  massacre,  ambush,  gang,  dead body,  rifle,  arrest,  camera,  face slap,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  fire,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence

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Der Untergang (2004)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Der Untergang (2004)

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. (Read More)

Themes:racism,  escape,  fear,  drinking
Characters:dancer,  nurse,  soldier,  singer
Story:red cross,  political criminal,  bazooka,  war crime,  gunfire,  evacuation,  aunt niece relationship,  bombing,  promise,  colonel,  mass murder,  refugee,  general,  truck,  wine,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  battle,  machine gun,  corpse,  beating,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  kiss,  fight,  gun,  murder,  violence,  blood

New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  poverty,  escape,  fear,  money
Locations:bar
Characters:priest,  prostitute,  singer
Period:1990s
Story:gang,  ethnic slur,  safe,  evacuation,  genocide,  umbrella,  massacre,  ambush,  flashlight,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  camera,  machine gun,  underwear,  swimming pool,  corpse,  beating,  fire,  telephone call,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  police,  death,  blood,  violence,  gun,  fight,  murder

Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles (2004) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles (2004)

Five desperate French soldiers during The Battle of the Somme shoot themselves, either by accident or with purpose, in order to be invalided back home. Having been "caught" a court-martial convenes and determines punishment to be banishment to No Man's Land with the objective of having the Germans finish them off. In the process of telling this tale each man's life is briefly explored along with their next of kin as Methilde, fiancee to one of the men, tries to determine the circumstances of her lover's death. This task is not made any easier for her due to a bout with polio as a child. Along the way she discovers the heights and depths of the human soul. (Read More)

Themes:poverty,  fear,  drinking
Locations:bar
Characters:french,  priest,  photographer,  nurse,  soldier,  prostitute,  singer
Story:red cross,  war criminal,  war crime,  slaughter,  aunt niece relationship,  bombing,  cross,  missing person,  umbrella,  nun,  truck,  wine,  orphan,  dead body,  rifle,  shooting,  battle,  bus,  camera,  face slap,  machine gun,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  death,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  nudity,  kiss,  gun

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Rang De Basanti (2006)
Comedy, Drama, History, Romance

Rang De Basanti (2006)

A young idealistic English filmmaker, Sue, arrives in India to make a film on Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad and their contemporaries and their fight for freedom from the British Raj. Owing to a lack of funds, she recruits students from Delhi University to act in her docu-drama. She finds DJ, who graduated five years ago but still wants to be a part of the University because he doesn't think there's too much out there in the real world to look forward to. Karan, the son of Industrialist Rajnath Singhania, who shares an uncomfortable relationship with his father, but continues to live off him, albeit very grudgingly. Aslam, is a middle class Muslim boy, who lives in the by-lanes near Jama Masjid, poet, philosopher and guide to his friends. Sukhi, the group's baby, innocent, vulnerable and with a weakness for only one thing - girls. Laxman Pandey, the fundamentalist in the group, the only one who still believes that politics can make the world a better place and finally Sonia - the sole girl in the group, tomboy and vivacious spirit, engaged to Ajay - the dashing air pilot. Through her film, Sue wishes to showcase to the world the efforts of these young revolutionaries and the enormity of their contribution to the freedom movement in India. What unfolds is the inspiration behind Sue's passion for bringing their story to the world. The twist in the tale is of course the fact that more than just telling the world, Sue's film makes DJ and his friends stop and stare at themselves for being the actual descendants of these great men and never recognizing and celebrating their courage and spirit. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  poverty,  fear,  drinking,  money
Locations:bar
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:radio news,  indifference,  atrocity,  saving a life,  ethnic slur,  gunfire,  safe,  bribe,  kicking,  bombing,  promise,  mass murder,  demonstration,  hate,  assassination,  massacre,  gang,  british,  dead body,  beer,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  battle,  watching tv,  face slap,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  fire,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  gun,  police,  blood,  fight,  murder,  death,  violence

The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)
Drama, War

The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)

In 1920, rural Ireland is the vicious battlefield of republican rebels against the British security forces and Irish Unionist population who oppose them, a recipe for mutual cruelty. Medical graduate Damien O'Donovan always gave priority to his socialist ideals and simply helping people in need. Just when he's leaving Ireland to work in a highly reputed London hospital, witnessing gross abuse of commoners changes his mind. he returns and joins the local IRA brigade, commanded by his brother Teddy, and adopts the merciless logic of civil war, while Teddy mellows by experiencing first-hand endless suffering. When IRA leaders negotiate an autonomous Free State under the British crown, Teddy defends the pragmatic best possible deal at this stage. Damien however joins the large seceding faction which holds nothing less than a socialist republic will do. The result is another civil war, bloodily opposing former Irish comrades in arms, even the brothers. This is why The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004). (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  poverty,  escape,  fear,  drinking,  love
Locations:bar
Characters:priest,  dancer,  soldier,  singer
Story:british,  bombing,  rebel,  cross,  pianist,  massacre,  ambush,  piano,  dead body,  rifle,  arrest,  battle,  machine gun,  underwear,  beating,  fire,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death,  fight,  blood,  gun,  kiss,  violence

Boy A (2007)
Drama

Boy A (2007)

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear,  drinking,  love
Locations:rooftop,  bar
Characters:photographer,  dancer
Story:gate,  saving a life,  kicking,  promise,  hate,  van,  reporter,  river,  beer,  bus,  camera,  watching tv,  rescue,  face slap,  underwear,  beating,  telephone call,  based on true story,  photograph,  dancing,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  police,  fight,  violence,  blood,  kiss,  murder

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The Legend Of Tarzan (2016) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)

Following his parents' death in Africa, John Clayton has been be raised by an ape, was known by the name Tarzan, but eventually left Africa and for his parents' home in England, along with the woman he fell in love with and married, Jane Porter. He is asked by Belgian King Leopold to go to Africa to see what he has done there to help the country. Initially, he refuses. But an American, George Washington Williams, wants him to accept so he can accompany him. He says that Leopold might be committing all sorts of atrocities to achieve his goal, like slavery. Clayton agrees and his wife insists that she accompany him because she misses Africa. When they arrive, a man named Rom, who works for Leopold, attacks their village and captures Tarzan and Jane. With Washington's help he escapes and sets out to rescue Jane by going across the jungle. Washington joins him despite being told that he might not make it. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  love
Locations:africa
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:belgian,  congo,  rescue,  gun held to head,  prime minister,  tribe,  umbrella,  assassination,  massacre,  ambush,  orphan,  good versus evil,  river,  beer,  rifle,  battle,  machine gun,  corpse,  beating,  fire,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  kiss,  death,  fight,  violence,  murder

Haevnen (2010)
Drama, Romance

Haevnen (2010)

Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness. Anton and his wife Marianne, who have two young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of divorce. Their older, ten-year-old son Elias is being bullied at school, until he is defended by Christian, a new boy who has just moved from London with his father, Claus. Christian's mother recently lost her battle with cancer, and Christian is greatly troubled by her death. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  fear
Locations:africa,  rooftop
Characters:nurse,  children
Story:refugee camp,  african,  refugee,  militia,  saving a life,  promise,  hate,  general,  cross,  van,  truck,  rifle,  battle,  beating,  telephone call,  photograph,  death,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  fight,  blood,  kiss,  murder,  police

Allied (2016)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Allied (2016)

In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a car and heads to the town with orders to meet Parisian Marianne Beausejour, a skillful member of the French Resistance. On a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca, the two operatives must convince every one of their true feelings as a married couple, while in the background, they need to make the necessary preparations for the critical soiree. Without delay, after the success of this suicide mission, Max and Marianne flee together to England with plans on marrying and making a family, regardless of the war. Instead, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion threaten their relationship, when Max receives a call from the Secret Service Division to inform him that his beloved wife is actually an impostor. In disbelief, with a terrible task in his hands and crushed under a devastating dilemma, Max must find the courage to seek for answers in the perilous streets of bombarded London, regardless of the outcome. In the end, amid duty and love, who shall live and who shall die? (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear,  money,  love
Locations:rooftop,  hotel
Characters:french,  nurse,  soldier
Story:ethnic slur,  bombing,  colonel,  general,  umbrella,  assassination,  massacre,  ambush,  flashlight,  spy,  piano,  beer,  rifle,  battle,  rescue,  machine gun,  rain,  fire,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  kiss,  violence,  blood,  death,  murder,  gun

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Empire Of The Sun (1987)
Drama, History, War

Empire Of The Sun (1987)

Based on J. G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, tells the story of a boy, James Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured, and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp, next to a captured Chinese airfield. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him. This is why Empire Of The Sun (1987) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004). (Read More)

Themes:racism,  escape
Locations:hotel
Characters:american,  nurse,  singer
Story:radio news,  evacuation,  bombing,  race relations,  hate,  refugee,  cigar smoking,  radio,  nun,  truck,  british,  piano,  dead body,  shooting,  battle,  face slap,  underwear,  swimming pool,  beating,  based on true story,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  fight,  murder,  kiss,  death,  gun,  blood

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

C'est Arrive Pres De Chez Vous (1992)

A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear,  drinking,  money,  love
Locations:rooftop,  bar
Characters:singer,  children
Story:gun held to head,  kicking,  mass murder,  italian,  pianist,  wine,  reporter,  piano,  dead body,  beer,  camera,  watching tv,  underwear,  corpse,  beating,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  murder,  gun,  violence

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear
Characters:soldier
Story:colonel,  oasis,  exodus,  mercy,  tribe,  safe,  machete,  massacre,  ambush,  flashlight,  orphan,  rifle,  shooting,  battle,  rescue,  machine gun,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  fire,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  blood,  violence,  murder,  death

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Australia (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  racism,  escape,  drinking,  money
Locations:bar
Characters:priest,  dancer,  singer,  children
Story:country in title,  evacuation,  bombing,  cross,  umbrella,  truck,  river,  dead body,  rifle,  arrest,  rescue,  rain,  corpse,  fire,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  police,  kiss,  violence,  death,  blood,  fight,  murder

A Mighty Heart (2007)
Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War

A Mighty Heart (2007)

On January 23, 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is to fly from Karachi to Dubai with his pregnant wife, Mariane, also a reporter. On the day before, with great care, he has arranged an interview in a cafe with an Islamic fundamentalist cleric. When Danny doesn't return, Mariane initiates a search. Pakistani police, American embassy personnel, and the FBI examine witnesses, phone records, e-mails, and hard drives. Who has him? Where is he? There's also the why: because of U.S. abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo, because of a history of Journal cooperation with the CIA, because Pearl is a Jew? Through it all, Mariane is clearheaded, direct, and determined. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  drinking,  love
Characters:american,  dancer
Period:1990s
Story:american embassy,  aunt niece relationship,  bombing,  african,  wine,  spy,  reporter,  dead body,  rifle,  arrest,  bus,  watching tv,  face slap,  rain,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  interview,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  police,  gun,  murder

Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999)

A hitman who lives by the code of the samurai, works for the mafia and finds himself in their crosshairs when his recent job doesn't go according to plan. Now he must find a way to defend himself and his honor while retaining the code he lives by. This is why Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004). (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Locations:rooftop,  bar
Characters:american,  french,  dancer,  prostitute
Story:ransacking,  tribe,  safe,  african,  cigar smoking,  assassination,  wine,  flashlight,  rifle,  watching tv,  underwear,  rain,  beating,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  independent film,  police,  gun,  blood,  violence,  murder,  death

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Body Of Lies (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  money
Locations:rooftop
Characters:photographer,  nurse
Story:refugee camp,  building on fire,  mercy,  bazooka,  kicking,  cigar smoking,  van,  wine,  spy,  dead body,  rifle,  camera,  watching tv,  face slap,  machine gun,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  fire,  telephone call,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  gun,  violence,  blood,  murder

13 Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear
Locations:rooftop
Characters:soldier
Story:convoy,  militia,  bazooka,  ethnic slur,  evacuation,  machete,  general,  van,  massacre,  ambush,  flashlight,  battle,  bus,  camera,  rescue,  machine gun,  swimming pool,  corpse,  fire,  based on true story,  photograph,  dancing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence

Near Dark (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Near Dark (1987)

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar.

Themes:escape,  fear,  love
Locations:bar
Story:mass murder,  missing person,  cigar smoking,  van,  truck,  massacre,  gang,  flashlight,  good versus evil,  beer,  rifle,  bus,  watching tv,  rescue,  face slap,  machine gun,  corpse,  beating,  fire,  brother sister relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  death,  gun,  fight,  kiss,  blood,  murder,  police,  violence

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Straw Dogs (1971) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Straw Dogs (1971)

Upon moving to Britain to get away from American violence, astrophysicist David Sumner and his wife Amy are bullied and taken advantage of by the locals hired to do construction. When David finally takes a stand it escalates quickly into a bloody battle as the locals assault his house.

Themes:cruelty,  fear,  drinking
Locations:bar
Characters:american,  singer
Story:sanctuary,  shame,  mass murder,  pianist,  cigar smoking,  truck,  gang,  rifle,  shooting,  battle,  face slap,  underwear,  beating,  fire,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  death,  gun,  violence,  blood,  kiss,  murder,  fight

London Has Fallen (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

London Has Fallen (2016)

After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The President of the United States, his formidable secret service head and a British MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it. This is why London Has Fallen (2016) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:prime minister,  president,  u.s. president,  british,  ethnic slur,  safe,  mass murder,  machete,  italian,  general,  assassination,  massacre,  ambush,  good versus evil,  spy,  battle,  rescue,  machine gun,  corpse,  beating,  fire,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  police,  murder,  death

Monster (2003)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Monster (2003)

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. (Read More)

Themes:money,  drinking,  love
Locations:bar
Characters:prostitute
Period:1990s
Story:u.s. president,  kicking,  cross,  truck,  wine,  dead body,  beer,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  watching tv,  face slap,  underwear,  rain,  corpse,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  based on true story,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence,  gun,  kiss,  police

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Cidade De Deus (2002)
Crime, Drama

Cidade De Deus (2002)

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Ze has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bene is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. (Read More)

Themes:poverty,  escape,  fear,  money,  love
Locations:bar
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  nurse,  prostitute,  children
Story:mercy,  promise,  mass murder,  african,  assassination,  gang,  good versus evil,  reporter,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  bus,  camera,  watching tv,  face slap,  underwear,  telephone call,  based on true story,  photograph,  dancing,  violence,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  kiss,  blood,  murder,  police,  death,  fight

Ondskan (2003) is one of the best movies like Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Drama

Ondskan (2003)

Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones. Erik finds a friend in Pierre, his room mate. The story revolves around Erik who just wishes to be left alone and graduate. He doesn't listen to what the seniors have to say and they don't like it. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  fear,  money
Characters:french
Story:mercy,  kicking,  promise,  pianist,  umbrella,  reporter,  piano,  face slap,  rain,  swimming pool,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  based on true story,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  violence,  blood,  nudity,  fight

Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:fear,  drinking,  money
Locations:bar
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  prostitute,  children
Story:ransacking,  shame,  bribe,  promise,  dead body,  beer,  arrest,  camera,  watching tv,  face slap,  corpse,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  telephone call,  photograph,  dancing,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  nudity,  police,  murder,  death,  blood,  fight,  violence,  gun

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