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Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  dying,  illness,  brutality,  military,  escape,  drinking,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:tunnel,  cave,  ship,  japan,  beach
Characters:baker,  photographer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  children,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:lieutenant colonel,  military uniform,  suicide attack,  self mutilation,  emperor of japan,  yokohama japan,  imperial japan,  shooting a dog,  tokyo japan,  military discharge,  japanese military,  military desertion,  us military,  military draft,  military police,  u.s. military,  voice over letter,  military officer,  katana sword,  horse jumping,  man on fire,  beach landing,  shot in cold blood,  violence against a child,  talking to an unborn baby,  japanese air force,  olympic medalist,  japanese navy,  shot back to back,  lost cause,  hole through torso,  iwo jima,  chamber pot,  gun held to one's head,  cavalryman,  dysentery,  mp,  duology,  war atrocity,  stallion,  rationing,  japanese flag,  firing range,  arm blown off,  turret,  disgrace,  star spangled banner,  japanese soldier,  disembodied hand,  japanese army,  excavation,  dead soldier,  walking stick,  artillery,  year 2005,  expectant father,  colt .45,  warship,  ammunition,  last stand,  bleeding to death,  expectant mother,  deserter,  defeat,  clothing store,  retreat,  trench,  relic,  cavalry,  year 1945,  air raid,  admiral,  surrender,  american soldier,  bomber,  shot point blank,  belt,  u.s. navy,  kimono,  killing a dog,  listening to a radio,  bayonet,  u.s. soldier,  bakery,  scorpion,  stretcher,  commander,  medal,  bunker,  pregnant wife,  digging,  alarm,  firearm,  sandwich,  horseback riding,  heroism,  patriotism,  siren,  flamethrower,  lieutenant,  lantern,  eye gouging,  prisoner of war,  disfigurement,  olympics,  gunshot wound,  despair,  shovel,  insect,  kicking,  u.s. army,  target practice,  invasion,  boots,  censorship,  whiskey,  cannon,  colonel,  honor,  severed hand,  mutilation,  survivor,  helmet,  cake,  grenade,  captain,  dismemberment,  whipping,  severed arm,  general,  chicken,  exploding body,  sadness,  american flag,  tank,  reading,  tent,  uniform,  attack,  binoculars,  grave,  no opening credits,  map,  stabbed to death,  eating,  stabbing,  survival,  spy,  island,  place name in title,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  rifle,  water,  book,  shooting,  letter,  falling from height,  sword,  battle,  drink,  camera,  punched in the face,  airplane,  shot in the head,  horse,  food,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  pregnancy,  song,  world war two,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  dog,  flashback,  murder,  gun,  violence

Fury (2014)
Action, Drama, War

Fury (2014)

1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Trini 'Gordo' Garcia and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military,  suicide
Mood:gore
Story:military uniform,  tank,  u.s. military,  last stand,  year 1945,  surrender,  american soldier,  u.s. soldier,  firearm,  heroism,  lieutenant,  prisoner of war,  u.s. army,  cannon,  grenade,  captain,  exploding body,  uniform,  attack,  binoculars,  no opening credits,  map,  stabbed to death,  survival,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  rifle,  battle,  shot in the head,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  world war two,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  violence,  death,  blood

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Flags Of Our Fathers (2006)
Drama, History, War

Flags Of Our Fathers (2006)

In 1945, the Marines attack twelve thousand Japaneses protecting the twenty square kilometers of the sacred Iwo Jima island in a very violent battle. When they reach the Mount Suribachi and six Marines raise their flag on the top, the picture becomes a symbol in a post Great Depression America. The government brings the three survivors to America to raise funds for war, bringing hope to desolate people, and making the three men heroes of the war. However, the traumatized trio has difficulty dealing with the image built by their superiors, sharing the heroism with their mates. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  military,  drinking,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:ship,  japan,  beach
Characters:photographer,  boy,  singer,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:iwo jima,  battle,  island,  heroism,  imperial japan,  attack,  tokyo japan,  man on fire,  beach landing,  shot back to back,  duology,  star spangled banner,  japanese soldier,  japanese army,  dead soldier,  artillery,  listening to a radio,  bayonet,  u.s. soldier,  stretcher,  medal,  bunker,  firearm,  grenade,  severed arm,  exploding body,  american flag,  tank,  no opening credits,  map,  rifle,  shooting,  letter,  drink,  camera,  airplane,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  rain,  song,  world war two,  voice over narration,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  murder,  death

The Last Samurai (2003)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Last Samurai (2003)

In the 1870s, Captain Nathan Algren, a cynical veteran of the American Civil war who will work for anyone, is hired by Americans who want lucrative contracts with the Emperor of Japan to train the peasant conscripts for the first standing imperial army in modern warfare using firearms. The imperial Omura cabinet's first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist Samurai -hereditary warriors- who remain devoted to the sacred dynasty but reject the Westernizing policy and even refuse firearms. Yet when his ill-prepared superior force sets out too soon, their panic allows the sword-wielding samurai to crush them. Badly wounded Algren's courageous stand makes the samurai leader Katsumoto spare his life; once nursed to health he learns to know and respect the old Japanese way, and participates as advisor in Katsumoto's failed attempt to save the Bushido tradition, but Omura gets repressive laws enacted- he must now choose to honor his loyalty to one of the embittered sides when the conflict returns to the battlefield... (Read More)

Themes:military,  drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:japan
Characters:boy,  friend
Story:lieutenant colonel,  honor,  captain,  yokohama japan,  tokyo japan,  military officer,  katana sword,  japanese flag,  japanese army,  last stand,  defeat,  retreat,  surrender,  bayonet,  u.s. army,  cannon,  colonel,  severed hand,  general,  attack,  binoculars,  no opening credits,  stabbed to death,  stabbing,  hand to hand combat,  rifle,  sword,  battle,  drink,  camera,  shot in the head,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  gun,  blood,  death,  flashback,  violence,  murder

The Water Diviner (2014) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
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,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:lieutenant colonel,  battle,  excavation,  retreat,  trench,  admiral,  bayonet,  digging,  horseback riding,  lieutenant,  prisoner of war,  shovel,  kicking,  invasion,  boots,  honor,  grenade,  chicken,  tent,  grave,  map,  hand to hand combat,  rifle,  water,  book,  shooting,  sword,  drink,  shot in the head,  horse,  food,  shot to death,  beating,  song,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  gun,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  murder,  dog,  death

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Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival. This is why Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  friendship
Locations:japan,  ship,  beach
Characters:photographer,  girl,  boy,  singer,  children,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:emperor of japan,  tokyo japan,  survival,  food,  japanese navy,  rationing,  japanese flag,  japanese soldier,  japanese army,  air raid,  surrender,  kimono,  stretcher,  insect,  reading,  attack,  grave,  eating,  bomb,  water,  letter,  camera,  airplane,  horse,  rain,  beating,  song,  world war two,  voice over narration,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  flashback

Valkyrie (2008)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

Valkyrie (2008)

In Nazi Germany during World War II, as the tide turned in favor of The Allies, a cadre of senior German officers and politicians desperately plot to topple the Nazi regime before the nation is crushed in a near-inevitable defeat. To this end, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer convinced he must save Germany from Hitler, is recruited to mastermind a real plan. To do so, he arranges for the internal emergency measure, Operation: Valkyrie, to be changed to enable his fellows to seize control of Berlin after the assassination of the Fuhrer. However, even as the plan is put into action, a combination of bad luck and human failings conspire on their own to create a tragedy that would prolong the greater one gripping Europe. (Read More)

Themes:military,  drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:photographer,  boy,  singer,  children
Period:1940s
Story:lieutenant colonel,  military officer,  artillery,  defeat,  air raid,  surrender,  listening to a radio,  medal,  bunker,  lieutenant,  disfigurement,  invasion,  colonel,  severed hand,  grenade,  general,  tank,  tent,  no opening credits,  eating,  bomb,  rifle,  shooting,  drink,  airplane,  shot in the head,  food,  shot to death,  song,  world war two,  voice over narration,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  gun,  blood,  dog,  violence,  death

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:military,  dying,  illness,  brutality,  escape,  drinking,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:tunnel
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  bunker,  military police,  dead soldier,  artillery,  deserter,  defeat,  retreat,  year 1945,  air raid,  surrender,  killing a dog,  listening to a radio,  medal,  firearm,  despair,  colonel,  honor,  helmet,  grenade,  general,  tank,  binoculars,  map,  survival,  rifle,  shooting,  letter,  battle,  drink,  airplane,  shot in the head,  food,  beating,  song,  world war two,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  blood,  dog,  flashback,  violence,  gun,  murder

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The Thin Red Line (1998) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, War

The Thin Red Line (1998)

U.S. Army Private Witt (AWOL) is found and imprisoned on a troop carrier by his company First Sergeant, Welsh.The men of C Company,1st Battalion,27th Infantry Regiment,25th Infantry Division have been brought to Guadalcanal as reinforcements in the campaign to secure Henderson Field and seize the island from the Japanese. They arrive near Hill 210, a key Japanese position. Their task is to capture the hill at all cost. What happens next is a story developing about redemption and the meaningless of war. Regardless the outcome. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Period:1940s
Story:lieutenant colonel,  voice over letter,  island,  beach landing,  japanese soldier,  japanese army,  dead soldier,  bayonet,  u.s. soldier,  commander,  bunker,  firearm,  heroism,  lieutenant,  u.s. army,  invasion,  colonel,  honor,  grenade,  captain,  severed arm,  general,  uniform,  no opening credits,  stabbed to death,  survival,  hand to hand combat,  rifle,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot to death,  world war two,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  death

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. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  dying,  military,  escape,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:epic
Characters:friend
Story:military uniform,  disgrace,  deserter,  cavalry,  bayonet,  heroism,  patriotism,  prisoner of war,  honor,  whipping,  general,  tent,  grave,  hand to hand combat,  rifle,  shooting,  sword,  battle,  drink,  horse,  rain,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence,  gun

Windtalkers (2002)
Action, Drama, War

Windtalkers (2002)

During World War II when the Americans needed to find a secure method of communicating they devised a code using the Navajo language. So Navajos were recruited to become what they call code talkers. They would be assigned to a unit and would communicate with other units using the code so that even though the enemy could listen they couldn't understand what they were saying. And to insure that the code is protected men are assigned to protect it at all costs. One of these men is Joe Enders, a man who sustained an injury that can make him unfit for duty but he manages to avoid it and is told of his duty and that the man he is suppose to protect is Ben Yahzee. Initially there is tension but the two men learn to get along. This is why Windtalkers (2002) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military,  drinking
Mood:gore
Period:1940s
Story:katana sword,  man on fire,  japanese soldier,  japanese army,  artillery,  colt .45,  last stand,  bayonet,  u.s. soldier,  medal,  flamethrower,  gunshot wound,  cannon,  honor,  severed hand,  dismemberment,  exploding body,  american flag,  tank,  grave,  stabbed to death,  stabbing,  island,  hand to hand combat,  rifle,  book,  letter,  battle,  drink,  food,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  world war two,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  flashback,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood

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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:dying,  brutality,  military,  escape,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:tunnel,  cave,  beach
Story:colonel,  star spangled banner,  alarm,  prisoner of war,  u.s. army,  invasion,  helmet,  grenade,  whipping,  exploding body,  american flag,  tank,  attack,  binoculars,  no opening credits,  map,  survival,  rifle,  water,  shooting,  falling from height,  battle,  shot in the head,  horse,  food,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  murder,  flashback,  violence,  death

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
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:dying,  brutality,  drinking
Mood:epic
Characters:photographer,  boy,  singer
Story:military uniform,  military officer,  dead soldier,  artillery,  cavalry,  air raid,  shot point blank,  horseback riding,  lieutenant,  gunshot wound,  colonel,  honor,  general,  tent,  uniform,  attack,  binoculars,  map,  eating,  bomb,  rifle,  water,  shooting,  sword,  battle,  drink,  camera,  shot in the head,  horse,  food,  beating,  song,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  singing,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  gun,  murder,  flashback,  violence

Pearl Harbor (2001)
Action, Drama, History, Romance, War

Pearl Harbor (2001)

Pearl Harbor is a classic tale of romance set during a war that complicates everything. It all starts when childhood friends Rafe and Danny become Army Air Corps pilots and meet Evelyn, a Navy nurse. Rafe falls head over heels and next thing you know Evelyn and Rafe are hooking up. Then Rafe volunteers to go fight in Britain and Evelyn and Danny get transferred to Pearl Harbor. While Rafe is off fighting everything gets completely whack and next thing you know everybody is in the middle of an air raid we now know as "Pearl Harbor." (Read More)

Themes:military,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:japan,  ship,  beach
Characters:boy,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:attack,  tokyo japan,  japanese military,  military police,  u.s. military,  military officer,  japanese navy,  mp,  defeat,  air raid,  admiral,  u.s. navy,  medal,  lieutenant,  u.s. army,  colonel,  captain,  american flag,  reading,  tent,  map,  place name in title,  bomb,  shooting,  letter,  battle,  drink,  camera,  airplane,  shot to death,  rain,  pregnancy,  world war two,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  gun,  death,  dog,  murder,  blood

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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)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:children
Story:military uniform,  u.s. military,  disembodied hand,  dead soldier,  ammunition,  u.s. soldier,  firearm,  heroism,  prisoner of war,  u.s. army,  target practice,  colonel,  honor,  severed hand,  mutilation,  survivor,  captain,  dismemberment,  general,  exploding body,  tank,  uniform,  attack,  no opening credits,  rifle,  book,  shooting,  battle,  food,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  voice over narration,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  death,  blood,  dog,  murder,  gun

Glory (1989)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Glory (1989)

Shaw was an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks), and of his own fellow officers. This is why Glory (1989) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006). (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:beach
Characters:friend
Story:military uniform,  military officer,  cavalry,  american soldier,  bayonet,  heroism,  patriotism,  target practice,  cannon,  colonel,  honor,  whipping,  general,  tent,  uniform,  attack,  stabbing,  hand to hand combat,  letter,  sword,  battle,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  blood,  death,  violence

Cold Mountain (2003) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Themes:blindness,  dying,  illness,  drinking,  friendship
Mood:epic
Characters:girl,  friend
Story:military desertion,  voice over letter,  deserter,  trench,  bayonet,  horseback riding,  kicking,  target practice,  cannon,  american flag,  reading,  eating,  hand to hand combat,  rifle,  book,  shooting,  letter,  battle,  drink,  horse,  food,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  rain,  pregnancy,  pistol,  knife,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  death,  blood,  murder,  flashback

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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. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  military,  escape,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:ship,  japan
Characters:boy,  singer,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:tokyo japan,  katana sword,  food,  japanese air force,  dysentery,  japanese soldier,  japanese army,  air raid,  surrender,  u.s. navy,  u.s. soldier,  prisoner of war,  u.s. army,  invasion,  survivor,  grenade,  tank,  attack,  binoculars,  no opening credits,  survival,  water,  shooting,  sword,  battle,  airplane,  beating,  song,  world war two,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  gun,  blood,  death,  murder

Jonah Hex (2010)
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller, Western

Jonah Hex (2010)

During Grant's presidency, Jonah Hex is a remorseless bounty hunter. In the Civil War, he was a rebel whose honor put him afoul of a Confederate general, Quentin Turnbull, who murdered Jonah's family while Jonah watched. As a result of the ordeal, Jonah's face is disfigured and he can talk with the dead. After staging his own death, Turnbull, with a group of rebel stalwarts, hatches a plan to bring the Union to its knees. Grant wants Hex to stop it. While the nation readies to celebrate Independence Day, Hex and an unlikely ally have little time to stop Turnbull and his weapon of mass destruction. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:ship
Story:self mutilation,  military officer,  artillery,  cavalry,  horseback riding,  flamethrower,  lieutenant,  disfigurement,  u.s. army,  cannon,  colonel,  honor,  severed hand,  general,  exploding body,  american flag,  tent,  no opening credits,  map,  stabbed to death,  rifle,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  horse,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  explosion,  flashback,  death,  dog,  murder,  violence

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Drama, War

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Opening with the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, members of the 2nd Ranger Battalion under Cpt. Miller fight ashore to secure a beachhead. Amidst the fighting, two brothers are killed in action. Earlier in New Guinea, a third brother is KIA. Their mother, Mrs. Ryan, is to receive all three of the grave telegrams on the same day. The United States Army Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall, is given an opportunity to alleviate some of her grief when he learns of a fourth brother, Private James Ryan, and decides to send out 8 men (Cpt. Miller and select members from 2nd Rangers) to find him and bring him back home to his mother... (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:beach
Period:1940s
Story:invasion,  military uniform,  general,  grave,  u.s. military,  military officer,  star spangled banner,  japanese army,  dead soldier,  last stand,  trench,  american soldier,  u.s. soldier,  bunker,  firearm,  heroism,  flamethrower,  prisoner of war,  u.s. army,  mutilation,  helmet,  captain,  dismemberment,  severed arm,  exploding body,  american flag,  tank,  uniform,  no opening credits,  stabbed to death,  stabbing,  letter,  battle,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  explosion,  death,  violence,  murder

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Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles (2004) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
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. This is why Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles (2004) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006). (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:tunnel
Characters:girl,  photographer,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:self mutilation,  military officer,  war atrocity,  rationing,  artillery,  deserter,  trench,  surrender,  bayonet,  lieutenant,  boots,  cannon,  helmet,  survivor,  cake,  grenade,  captain,  sadness,  tank,  attack,  eating,  stabbing,  bomb,  rifle,  shooting,  letter,  battle,  drink,  camera,  airplane,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  song,  voice over narration,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  gun,  dog,  flashback

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:dying,  military,  escape,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:ship,  japan
Characters:boy,  singer,  children,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:shooting a dog,  horse jumping,  japanese soldier,  bomber,  u.s. soldier,  horseback riding,  lantern,  helmet,  captain,  tent,  attack,  no opening credits,  island,  bomb,  rifle,  drink,  punched in the face,  airplane,  horse,  rain,  song,  world war two,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  dog,  flashback,  blood,  violence,  death

Enemy At The Gates (2001)
Drama, History, War

Enemy At The Gates (2001)

In World War II, the fall of Stalingrad will mean the collapse of the whole country. The Germans and Russians are fighting over every block, leaving only ruins behind. The Russian sniper Vassili Zaitsev stalks the Germans, taking them out one by one, thus hurting the morale of the German troops. The political officer Danilov leads him on, publishing his efforts to give his countrymen some hope. But Vassili eventually start to feel that he can not live up to the expectations on him. He and Danilov fall in love with the same girl, Tanya, a female soldier. From Germany comes the master sniper Konig to put an end to the extraordinary skilled Russian sniper. (Read More)

Themes:suicide,  friendship
Mood:epic
Characters:photographer,  girl,  boy,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  bleeding to death,  ammunition,  deserter,  trench,  medal,  firearm,  heroism,  severed arm,  tank,  attack,  binoculars,  map,  rifle,  shooting,  letter,  battle,  airplane,  shot in the head,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  fire,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  gun,  flashback,  violence,  murder

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Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011)
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:dying,  brutality,  military,  escape,  drinking
Locations:ship
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer
Story:japanese flag,  japanese soldier,  japanese army,  bayonet,  heroism,  lieutenant,  lantern,  whiskey,  colonel,  honor,  survivor,  grenade,  tank,  attack,  grave,  stabbing,  survival,  rifle,  shooting,  falling from height,  sword,  battle,  drink,  shot in the head,  horse,  food,  blood splatter,  rain,  song,  world war two,  voice over narration,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  death

The Longest Day (1962) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Longest Day (1962)

Tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII. There are dozens of characters, some seen only briefly, who together weave the story of five separate invasion points that made up the operation.

Mood:epic
Locations:beach
Period:1940s
Story:lieutenant colonel,  invasion,  dead soldier,  defeat,  admiral,  air raid,  american soldier,  bayonet,  bunker,  firearm,  heroism,  lieutenant,  u.s. army,  boots,  cannon,  colonel,  helmet,  captain,  general,  uniform,  attack,  battle,  airplane,  world war two,  fire,  explosion,  gun,  murder,  violence,  death

From Here To Eternity (1953)
Drama, Romance, War

From Here To Eternity (1953)

It's 1941. Robert E. Lee Prewitt has requested Army transfer and has ended up at Schofield in Hawaii. His new captain, Dana Holmes, has heard of his boxing prowess and is keen to get him to represent the company. However, 'Prew' is adamant that he doesn't box anymore, so Captain Holmes gets his subordinates to make his life a living hell. Meanwhile Sergeant Warden starts seeing the captain's wife, who has a history of seeking external relief from a troubled marriage. Prew's friend Maggio has a few altercations with the sadistic stockade Sergeant 'Fatso' Judson, and Prew begins falling in love with social club employee Lorene. Unbeknownst to anyone, the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor looms in the distance. This is why From Here To Eternity (1953) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006). (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  dying,  military,  escape,  drinking,  marriage,  friendship
Locations:ship,  beach
Characters:girl,  singer,  friend
Period:1940s
Story:captain,  attack,  military police,  u.s. military,  japanese air force,  mp,  dead soldier,  ammunition,  air raid,  listening to a radio,  u.s. soldier,  commander,  digging,  shovel,  u.s. army,  colonel,  helmet,  general,  american flag,  uniform,  stabbed to death,  stabbing,  rifle,  book,  battle,  drink,  airplane,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  pregnancy,  song,  world war two,  fire,  knife,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  gun,  blood,  murder

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Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)

Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mitsuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive? (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  dying,  brutality,  escape,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:japan,  tunnel,  cave,  beach
Characters:photographer,  friend
Story:island,  battle,  map,  food,  water,  japanese soldier,  retreat,  patriotism,  despair,  kicking,  helmet,  survivor,  binoculars,  stabbing,  survival,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  shooting,  sword,  camera,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  rain,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  explosion,  photograph,  death,  cigarette smoking,  violence,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  flashback,  blood,  gun,  murder

Courage Under Fire (1996)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War

Courage Under Fire (1996)

The pilot of a rescue copter, Captain Karen Walden, died shortly before her helicopter crew was rescued after it crashed in Desert Storm. It first appears that she made a spectacular rescue of a downed helicopter crew, then held her own crew together to fight off the Iraqis after her copter crashed. Lt. Colonel Serling, who is struggling with his own demons from Desert Storm, is assigned to investigate her worthiness for the Medal of Honor. But some conflicting accounts, from her crew and soldiers in the area, cause him to question whether she deserves it. (Read More)

Themes:military,  suicide,  friendship
Characters:friend
Story:lieutenant colonel,  medal,  colonel,  honor,  captain,  last stand,  lieutenant,  u.s. army,  general,  tank,  battle,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  violence,  murder

Wonder Woman (2017) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, War

Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military,  escape,  drinking
Mood:epic
Locations:cave,  ship,  beach
Characters:photographer,  singer
Story:island,  walking stick,  trench,  bomber,  bayonet,  heroism,  disfigurement,  invasion,  cannon,  honor,  helmet,  captain,  general,  exploding body,  tank,  binoculars,  no opening credits,  map,  stabbed to death,  spy,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  rifle,  falling from height,  sword,  battle,  drink,  punched in the face,  airplane,  shot in the head,  horse,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  flashback,  death,  murder

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La Grande Illusion (1937)
Drama, War

La Grande Illusion (1937)

During 1st WW, two French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They meet other prisoners from various backgrounds, as Rosenthal, son of wealthy Jewish bankers. They are separated from Rosenthal before managing to escape. A few months later, they meet again in a fortress commanded by the aristocrat Van Rauffenstein. De Boeldieu strikes up a friendship with him but Marechal and Rosenthal still want to escape... (Read More)

Themes:escape,  dying,  military,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:tunnel
Characters:girl,  singer
Story:military uniform,  lieutenant,  captain,  military officer,  bayonet,  stretcher,  digging,  patriotism,  lantern,  prisoner of war,  despair,  shovel,  honor,  general,  rifle,  book,  shooting,  letter,  sword,  drink,  airplane,  horse,  food,  shot to death,  song,  fire,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  dog,  murder,  gun,  death

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. This is why La Battaglia Di Algeri (1966) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006). (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:beach
Characters:boy,  children,  friend
Story:lieutenant colonel,  colonel,  military police,  shooting,  battle,  defeat,  retreat,  surrender,  shot point blank,  bomber,  medal,  firearm,  gunshot wound,  general,  tank,  reading,  uniform,  attack,  binoculars,  stabbing,  place name in title,  bomb,  rifle,  drink,  punched in the face,  airplane,  rain,  beating,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  blood,  flashback,  gun,  violence,  death,  dog

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:brutality,  escape,  friendship
Locations:cave,  ship
Story:commander,  patriotism,  disfigurement,  target practice,  helmet,  captain,  severed arm,  general,  exploding body,  attack,  map,  stabbed to death,  spy,  island,  hand to hand combat,  water,  falling from height,  sword,  battle,  punched in the face,  shot in the head,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  fire,  knife,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  violence,  dog,  flashback,  blood,  murder

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Idi I Smotri (1985) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
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:dying,  brutality,  military
Characters:boy,  photographer,  girl
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  digging,  firearm,  tank,  grave,  eating,  bomb,  rifle,  shooting,  airplane,  horse,  food,  shot to death,  rain,  world war two,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  dog,  gun,  violence,  death

Jarhead (2005)
Action, Biography, Drama, War

Jarhead (2005)

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go? (Read More)

Themes:illness,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:singer,  friend
Story:lieutenant colonel,  military uniform,  u.s. military,  trench,  american soldier,  u.s. soldier,  scorpion,  commander,  target practice,  censorship,  honor,  tank,  reading,  tent,  rifle,  book,  shooting,  letter,  drink,  airplane,  shot in the head,  horse,  rain,  pregnancy,  song,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  flashback,  blood,  violence,  death

The Monuments Men (2014)
Drama, History, War

The Monuments Men (2014)

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape
Locations:beach
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  u.s. military,  military officer,  year 1945,  u.s. soldier,  heroism,  flamethrower,  lieutenant,  u.s. army,  target practice,  colonel,  helmet,  captain,  general,  american flag,  tank,  tent,  uniform,  binoculars,  no opening credits,  map,  spy,  bomb,  rifle,  letter,  battle,  airplane,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  rain,  world war two,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  death,  dog,  murder,  blood

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Drama, Music, Romance, War

Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

In 1941, Italy allies with Germany and ruthlessly conquers the much weaker country of Greece. On a remote Greek island, an Italian artillery garrison is established to maintain order. One Italian officer, Captain Corelli, adopts an attitude of mutual co-existence with the Greeks and engages in such activities as music festivals and courting the daughter of a local doctor. In 1943, however, after Italy surrenders to the Allies and changes sides in the war, Captain Corelli must defend the Greek island against a German invasion. This is why Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006). (Read More)

Themes:illness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:ship,  beach
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer,  children
Period:1940s
Story:captain,  voice over letter,  island,  artillery,  surrender,  prisoner of war,  invasion,  cannon,  chicken,  no opening credits,  bomb,  rifle,  shooting,  letter,  drink,  airplane,  shot in the head,  world war two,  singing,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  blood,  gun,  death,  murder

Tigerland (2000) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, War

Tigerland (2000)

In September 1971, a platoon of recruits arrives in Ft. Polk, LA, for infantry training before leaving for war. The final week takes place in Tigerland, a swamp similar to Vietnam. Jim Paxton has enlisted; he wants to experience everything and write books later. He befriends Roland Bozz, a cool Texan with a gift for getting into trouble and for helping misfits get discharges. At least one sociopath in the platoon hates Bozz, even as the sergeants grudgingly recognize his leadership abilities. As the platoon heads into its week in Tigerland, Paxton's body gives out, Bozz makes plans to go AWOL, and the sociopath gets hold of live ammo. Is the Louisiana swamp more dangerous than the DMZ? (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military,  escape,  drinking
Characters:singer
Story:military discharge,  military draft,  military police,  mp,  firing range,  ammunition,  u.s. soldier,  u.s. army,  target practice,  captain,  american flag,  eating,  rifle,  drink,  punched in the face,  food,  rain,  voice over narration,  pistol,  singing,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  gun,  blood,  violence

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:dying,  brutality,  drinking
Locations:cave,  beach
Characters:photographer,  boy,  singer,  children
Story:air raid,  surrender,  shot point blank,  stretcher,  digging,  lantern,  gunshot wound,  shovel,  target practice,  colonel,  severed hand,  mutilation,  captain,  severed arm,  tent,  binoculars,  eating,  survival,  bomb,  rifle,  shooting,  battle,  drink,  camera,  airplane,  shot in the head,  food,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  rain,  song,  fire,  knife,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  blood,  gun,  dog,  violence,  death

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The Road (2009)
Adventure, Drama

The Road (2009)

It's a post-apocalyptic world, several years after whatever the cataclysmic event, which has in turn caused frequent quakes as further potential hazards. The world is gray and getting quickly grayer as more and more things die off. A man and his pre-teen son, who was born after the apocalypse, are currently on the road, their plan to walk to the coast and head south where the man hopes there will be a more hospitable environment in which to live. The man has taught his son that they are the "good people" who have fire in their hearts, which in combination largely means that they will not resort to cannibalism to survive. The man owns a pistol with two bullets remaining, which he will use for murder/suicide of him and his son if he feels that that is a better fate for them than life in the alternative. Food and fuel are for what everyone is looking. The man has taught his son to be suspect of everyone that they may meet, these strangers who, out of desperation, may not only try to steal what they have managed to scavenge for their own survival, but may kill them as food. Although life with his father in this world is all the boy has known, he may come to his own thoughts as to what it means holistically to be one of the good or one of the bad. Meanwhile, the man occasionally has thoughts to happier times with his wife/the boy's mother before the apocalypse, as well as not as happy times with her after the apocalypse and the reason she is no longer with them. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  dying,  illness,  suicide
Mood:epic
Locations:tunnel,  ship,  beach
Characters:boy
Story:expectant father,  expectant mother,  pregnant wife,  despair,  whiskey,  reading,  tent,  binoculars,  map,  eating,  survival,  rifle,  book,  shot in the head,  horse,  food,  rain,  pregnancy,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  dog,  gun,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

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:blindness,  brutality,  military,  escape,  marriage,  suicide,  friendship
Period:1940s
Story:commander,  military police,  military officer,  air raid,  american soldier,  bunker,  siren,  disfigurement,  target practice,  colonel,  general,  chicken,  tank,  binoculars,  no opening credits,  spy,  bomb,  rifle,  letter,  battle,  airplane,  shot in the head,  horse,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  rain,  pregnancy,  world war two,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  blood,  death,  flashback,  gun,  violence

Taegukgi Hwinalrimyeo (2004) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Action, Drama, War

Taegukgi Hwinalrimyeo (2004)

In 1950, in South Korea, shoe-shiner Jin-tae Lee and his 18-year-old old student brother, Jin-seok Lee, form a poor but happy family with their mother, Jin-tae's fiance Young-shin Kim, and her young sisters. Jin-tae and his mother are tough workers, who sacrifice themselves to send Jin-seok to the university. When North Korea invades the South, the family escapes to a relative's house in the country, but along their journey, Jin-seok is forced to join the army to fight in the front, and Jin-tae enlists too to protect his young brother. The commander promises Jin-tae that if he gets a medal he would release his brother, and Jin-tae becomes the braver soldier in the company. Along the bloody war between brothers, the relationship of Jin-seok with his older brother deteriorates leading to a dramatic and tragic end. This is why Taegukgi Hwinalrimyeo (2004) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006). (Read More)

Themes:military,  suicide
Mood:epic,  gore
Characters:singer
Story:military uniform,  retreat,  trench,  relic,  air raid,  bayonet,  medal,  commander,  bunker,  firearm,  flamethrower,  prisoner of war,  dismemberment,  exploding body,  tank,  stabbing,  hand to hand combat,  letter,  battle,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  explosion,  family relationships,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence,  flashback

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Lone Survivor (2013)
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:gore
Story:self mutilation,  year 2005,  u.s. navy,  commander,  lieutenant,  cannon,  honor,  survivor,  grenade,  american flag,  binoculars,  map,  stabbed to death,  survival,  water,  falling from height,  battle,  camera,  airplane,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  voice over narration,  pistol,  knife,  explosion,  photograph,  murder,  death,  flashback,  violence,  blood

The Last Castle (2001)
Action, Drama, Thriller

The Last Castle (2001)

When three star General Irwin is transferred to a maximum security military prison, its warden, Colonel Winter, can't hide his admiration towards the highly decorated and experienced soldier. Irwin has been stripped of his rank for disobedience in a mission, but not of fame. Colonel Winter, who runs the prison with an iron fist, deeply admires the General, but works with completely different methods in order to keep up discipline. After a short while, Irwin can feel Winter's unjust treatment of the inmates. He decides to teach Winter a lesson by taking over command of the facility and thus depriving him of his smug attitude. When Winter decides to participate in what he still thinks of as a game, it may already be too late to win. (Read More)

Themes:military,  suicide
Story:colonel,  general,  military officer,  man on fire,  american soldier,  patriotism,  prisoner of war,  u.s. army,  honor,  captain,  american flag,  rifle,  shooting,  letter,  sword,  shot in the head,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  voice over narration,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence,  death

'71 (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

'71 (2014)

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.

Themes:brutality,  military,  escape
Characters:boy,  friend
Story:dead soldier,  bayonet,  firearm,  lieutenant,  uniform,  no opening credits,  map,  stabbing,  survival,  bomb,  battle,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  beating,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  violence,  blood,  murder

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All Quiet On The Western Front (1930) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, War

All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

This is an English language film (made in America) adapted from a novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque. The film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War 1 by their jingoistic teacher. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals. As the boys witness death and mutilation all around them, any preconceptions about "the enemy" and the "rights and wrongs" of the conflict disappear, leaving them angry and bewildered. This is highlighted in the scene where Paul mortally wounds a French soldier and then weeps bitterly as he fights to save his life while trapped in a shell crater with the body. The film is not about heroism but about drudgery and futility and the gulf between the concept of war and the actuality. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  dying,  friendship
Mood:epic
Characters:friend
Story:military uniform,  dead soldier,  last stand,  trench,  bayonet,  bunker,  firearm,  heroism,  patriotism,  shovel,  boots,  cannon,  honor,  mutilation,  helmet,  grenade,  reading,  tent,  stabbing,  hand to hand combat,  bomb,  drink,  airplane,  food,  shot to death,  rain,  pistol,  knife,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  death,  blood,  violence,  murder

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. This is why Cloud Atlas (2012) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  escape,  drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:ship,  beach
Characters:girl,  boy,  singer,  children,  friend
Story:shooting a dog,  voice over letter,  last stand,  killing a dog,  horseback riding,  despair,  whipping,  general,  no opening credits,  eating,  stabbing,  survival,  island,  rifle,  book,  shooting,  letter,  falling from height,  drink,  punched in the face,  airplane,  horse,  food,  blood splatter,  song,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  murder,  dog,  blood,  gun,  flashback

Andrey Rublev (1966)
Biography, Drama, History

Andrey Rublev (1966)

Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions.

Themes:blindness,  dying,  illness,  escape,  drinking
Mood:epic
Locations:beach
Characters:boy,  singer,  children
Story:man on fire,  digging,  despair,  shovel,  invasion,  whipping,  reading,  attack,  water,  book,  sword,  battle,  drink,  horse,  food,  rain,  beating,  voice over narration,  fire,  knife,  singing,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  flashback,  murder,  death,  violence,  dog,  blood

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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. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  drinking
Mood:gore
Locations:cave
Characters:photographer,  singer
Story:horseback riding,  kicking,  whiskey,  captain,  whipping,  tent,  grave,  stabbed to death,  eating,  rifle,  drink,  camera,  shot in the head,  horse,  food,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  rain,  beating,  pregnancy,  song,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  murder,  violence,  blood,  death

Dunkirk (2017) is one of the best movies like Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

Dunkirk (2017)

Evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 26- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.

Themes:blindness,  military,  escape
Mood:epic
Locations:ship,  beach
Characters:friend
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  military officer,  battle,  dead soldier,  defeat,  retreat,  admiral,  air raid,  stretcher,  commander,  prisoner of war,  target practice,  invasion,  cannon,  colonel,  survivor,  helmet,  captain,  general,  exploding body,  reading,  binoculars,  no opening credits,  map,  survival,  place name in title,  bomb,  rifle,  water,  shooting,  world war two,  fire,  explosion,  photograph,  father son relationship,  murder,  death,  dog,  violence

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. "In the Heart of the Sea" reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  suicide
Mood:epic
Locations:ship,  cave,  beach
Characters:boy
Story:rationing,  despair,  whiskey,  survivor,  captain,  chicken,  american flag,  attack,  no opening credits,  map,  survival,  island,  rifle,  water,  letter,  falling from height,  shot in the head,  horse,  pregnancy,  fire,  pistol,  knife,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  gun,  death

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