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The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
Adventure, Drama, War

The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)

The film deals with the situation of British prisoners of war during World War II who are ordered to build a bridge to accommodate the Burma-Siam railway. Their instinct is to sabotage the bridge but, under the leadership of Colonel Nicholson, they are persuaded that the bridge should be constructed as a symbol of British morale, spirit and dignity in adverse circumstances. At first, the prisoners admire Nicholson when he bravely endures torture rather than compromise his principles for the benefit of the Japanese commandant Saito. He is an honorable but arrogant man, who is slowly revealed to be a deluded obsessive. He convinces himself that the bridge is a monument to British character, but actually is a monument to himself, and his insistence on its construction becomes a subtle form of collaboration with the enemy. Unknown to him, the Allies have sent a mission into the jungle, led by Warden and an American, Shears, to blow up the bridge. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  torture,  brutality,  military,  funeral,  escape
Mood:epic
Locations:jungle,  cemetery,  beach
Characters:american,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:bridge construction,  exploding bridge,  japanese army,  british army,  river rapids,  japanese military,  british military,  military training,  military officer,  katana sword,  bridge,  british soldier,  train wreck,  geneva convention,  stalemate,  ironic ending,  hot weather,  task force,  indochina,  imperial japan,  amnesty,  tropics,  prisoner of war camp,  forced labor,  allies,  mortar,  leech,  burma,  hardship,  paratrooper,  sweating,  emaciation,  coercion,  vulture,  briton abroad,  demolition,  famous score,  camouflage,  behind enemy lines,  kite,  whistling,  railroad,  discipline,  sweat,  corporal punishment,  raft,  construction,  war violence,  drag,  canoe,  main character dies,  bat,  shame,  prisoner of war,  commando,  pride,  impersonation,  blockbuster,  injury,  sabotage,  uniform,  foreign language adaptation,  army,  stabbing,  swimming,  combat,  river,  falling from height,  sword,  face slap,  world war two,  train,  based on true story,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  based on novel

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:brutality,  funeral,  torture
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Story:british military,  military officer,  british soldier,  train wreck,  geneva convention,  hot weather,  briton abroad,  demolition,  famous score,  whistling,  corporal punishment,  main character dies,  shame,  blockbuster,  injury,  sabotage,  uniform,  army,  sword,  face slap,  train,  based on true story,  bare chested male

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A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Drama, History, War

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

The true story of Operation Market Garden, the Allies attempt, in September 1944, to hasten the end of WW2 by driving through Belgium and Holland into Germany. The idea was for US airborne divisions to take the towns of Eindhoven and Nijmegen and a British airborne division, reinforced by a Polish airborne brigade, to take the town of Arnhem. They would be reinforced, in due course and in turn, by the British XXX Corps, land-based and driving up from the British lines in the south. The key to the operation was the bridges, as if the Germans held or blew them, the paratroopers could not be relieved. Faulty intelligence, Allied high command hubris and stubborn German resistance would ensure that Arnhem was a bridge too far. (Read More)

Mood:epic
Period:1940s
Story:bridge,  allies,  british army,  british military,  british soldier,  paratrooper,  briton abroad,  behind enemy lines,  raft,  war violence,  blockbuster,  uniform,  army,  combat,  river,  world war two,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  based on novel

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.

Themes:military,  torture
Mood:epic
Locations:beach
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:military officer,  famous score,  corporal punishment,  war violence,  main character dies,  pride,  uniform,  army,  stabbing,  combat,  sword,  based on true story,  bare chested male

The Longest Day (1962) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
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:exploding bridge,  british army,  british soldier,  train wreck,  allies,  paratrooper,  briton abroad,  demolition,  behind enemy lines,  war violence,  commando,  sabotage,  uniform,  army,  combat,  world war two

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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. This is why Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military,  escape
Mood:epic
Locations:beach
Characters:american,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:japanese army,  japanese military,  military officer,  katana sword,  imperial japan,  prisoner of war,  uniform,  army,  stabbing,  falling from height,  sword,  world war two

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:starvation,  military,  escape,  torture
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Story:british army,  british military,  british soldier,  war violence,  shame,  prisoner of war,  pride,  army,  combat,  sword,  based on novel

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:starvation,  brutality,  military,  escape,  torture
Mood:epic
Locations:jungle,  beach
Characters:soldier
Story:exploding bridge,  prisoner of war camp,  forced labor,  behind enemy lines,  main character dies,  prisoner of war,  commando,  blockbuster,  sabotage,  army,  bridge,  combat,  falling from height,  bare chested male

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Rescue Dawn (2006) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, War

Rescue Dawn (2006)

In 1965, while bombing Laos in a classified mission, the propeller plane of the German-American US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler is hit and crashes in the jungle. Dieter is arrested by the peasants, tortured by the Vietcong and sent to a prisoner camp, where he meets five other mentally deranged prisoners and guards. He becomes close to Duane and organizes an escape plan; however, the unstable Gene opposes to Dieter's plan. When they discover that there is no more food due to the constant American bombings in the area and their guards intend to kill them, Dieter sets his plan in motion. However, an unexpected betrayal splits the group and Dieter and Duane find that the jungle is their actual prison. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  military,  escape,  torture
Locations:jungle
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:river rapids,  prisoner of war camp,  leech,  emaciation,  raft,  prisoner of war,  bridge,  combat,  river,  based on true story,  martial arts,  title spoken by character

'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:soldier
Story:british army,  british military,  military training,  british soldier,  behind enemy lines,  uniform,  stabbing,  combat

The Guns Of Navarone (1961)
Action, Adventure, Drama, War

The Guns Of Navarone (1961)

Two powerful German guns control the seas past the Greek island of Navarone making the evacuation of endangered British troops on a neighboring island impossible. Air attack is useless so a team of six Allied and Greek soldiers is put ashore to meet up with partisans to try and dynamite the guns. The mission is perilous enough anyway but are the Germans on the island getting further help too?. This is why The Guns Of Navarone (1961) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957). (Read More)

Themes:military,  torture
Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:british army,  allies,  mortar,  demolition,  famous score,  behind enemy lines,  war violence,  commando,  blockbuster,  injury,  sabotage,  stabbing,  swimming,  combat,  face slap,  world war two,  martial arts,  based on novel

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Papillon (1973)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Papillon (1973)

A semi-fictional account of 'Henri Charriere' (qv)'s time in the penal system in French Guyana - some of it spent on infamous Devil's Island - is presented. It's the early 1930s. Charriere - nicknamed Papillon because of his butterfly tattoo - and Louis Dega are two among many who have been convicted in the French judicial system, they now being transferred to French Guyana where they will serve their time, never to return to France even if they are ever released. A safe-cracker by criminal profession, Papillon is serving a life sentence for murdering a pimp, a crime for which he adamantly states he was framed. Dega is a wealthy counterfeiter, who expects his well-to-do wife eventually to get him released. On Papillon's initiative, Papillon and Dega enter into a business arrangement: Papillon will provide protection for Dega, while Dega will finance Papillon's escape attempt. As Papillon and Degas' time together lasts longer than either expects, their burgeoning friendship ends up being an important factor altering their original plans, needed as they work with and against others who are trying to achieve their own goals, sometime conflicting with Papillon and Dega's. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  escape,  brutality,  torture
Locations:jungle
Period:1940s
Story:tropics,  forced labor,  hardship,  famous score,  sweat,  corporal punishment,  raft,  canoe,  blockbuster,  uniform,  foreign language adaptation,  river,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  based on novel

Zulu (1964) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
Drama, History, War

Zulu (1964)

Zululand, South Africa, 1879. The British are fighting the Zulus and one of their columns has just been wiped out at Isandlwana. The Zulus next fix their sights on the small British outpost at Rorke's Drift. At the outpost are 150 British troops under the command of Lieutenants Bromhead and Chard. In the next few days these 150 troops will fight about 4,000 Zulus in one of the most courageous battles in history. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Story:british army,  military officer,  army,  raft,  war violence,  injury,  uniform,  bridge,  combat,  river,  sword,  face slap,  martial arts,  title spoken by character

Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Action, Adventure, War

Where Eagles Dare (1968)

During WW2 a British aircraft is shot down and crashes in Nazi held territory. The Germans capture the only survivor, an American General, and take him to the nearest SS headquarters. Unknown to the Germans the General has full knowledge of the D-Day operation. The British decide that the General must not be allowed to divulge any details of the Normandy landing at all cost and order Major John Smith to lead a crack commando team to rescue him. Amongst the team is an American Ranger, Lieutenant Schaffer, who is puzzled by his inclusion in an all British operation. When one of the team dies after the parachute drop, Schaffer suspects that Smith's mission has a much more secret objective. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape
Characters:american,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:british army,  behind enemy lines,  war violence,  prisoner of war,  commando,  impersonation,  sabotage,  uniform,  bridge,  combat,  face slap,  world war two,  train,  martial arts,  based on novel

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The Railway Man (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, War

The Railway Man (2013)

Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. His experiences, after the secret radio he built to bring news and hope to his colleagues was discovered, left him traumatised and shut off from the world. Years later, he met Patti, a beautiful woman, on a train and fell in love. Patti was determined to rid Eric of his demons. Discovering that the young Japanese officer who haunted her husband was still alive, she faced a terrible decision. Should Eric be given a chance to confront his tormentor? Would she stand by him, whatever he did? (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  funeral,  torture
Locations:cemetery
Story:forced labor,  burma,  emaciation,  construction,  prisoner of war,  world war two,  train,  based on true story,  bare chested male

Patton (1970)
Biography, Drama, War

Patton (1970)

"Patton" tells the tale of General 'George S. Patton (I)' (qv), famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with Patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Europe and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton's numerous faults such his temper and tendency toward insubordination, faults that would prevent him from becoming the lead American general in the Normandy Invasion as well as to his being relieved as Occupation Commander of Germany. This is why Patton (1970) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957). (Read More)

Themes:military,  funeral
Mood:epic
Locations:cemetery
Characters:american,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:allies,  vulture,  famous score,  war violence,  blockbuster,  uniform,  army,  combat,  face slap,  world war two,  title spoken by character

The Last Samurai (2003) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
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,  torture
Mood:epic
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:japanese army,  military training,  military officer,  katana sword,  army,  railroad,  shame,  blockbuster,  stabbing,  train,  combat,  sword,  martial arts

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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
Characters:soldier
Story:allies,  behind enemy lines,  war violence,  main character dies,  prisoner of war,  uniform,  army,  combat,  face slap,  world war two,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male

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:starvation,  military,  escape
Mood:epic
Characters:american
Period:1940s
Story:japanese army,  katana sword,  indochina,  paratrooper,  kite,  corporal punishment,  prisoner of war,  army,  bridge,  sword,  face slap,  world war two,  based on true story,  based on novel

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
Mood:epic
Locations:cemetery,  beach
Characters:american,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:army,  japanese army,  military officer,  war violence,  main character dies,  prisoner of war,  blockbuster,  uniform,  bridge,  stabbing,  combat,  world war two,  based on true story,  title spoken by character

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The Monuments Men (2014) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
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. This is why The Monuments Men (2014) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957). (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape
Locations:beach
Characters:american,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:british army,  military training,  military officer,  british soldier,  allies,  behind enemy lines,  commando,  uniform,  army,  bridge,  combat,  world war two,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male

Unbroken (2014)
Biography, Drama, Sport, War

Unbroken (2014)

The life of 'Louis Zamperini' (qv), an Olympic athlete who joined the armed forces during the second world war. Only to be captured by the Japanese navy after a plane crash in the Pacific. During his capture, Louie must continue his fight by surviving through the war.

Themes:starvation,  military,  torture
Locations:beach
Characters:soldier
Story:japanese military,  army,  emaciation,  raft,  prisoner of war,  world war two,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  based on novel

The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)

The last members of a dying Native American tribe, the Mohicans -- Uncas, his father Chingachgook, and his adopted half-white brother Hawkeye -- live in peace alongside British colonists. But when the daughters of a British colonel are kidnapped by a traitorous scout, Hawkeye and Uncas must rescue them in the crossfire of a gruesome military conflict of which they wanted no part: the French and Indian War. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military,  escape
Mood:epic
Characters:american
Story:british army,  river rapids,  mortar,  famous score,  war violence,  canoe,  stabbing,  falling from height,  sword,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  based on novel

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The Wild Bunch (1969)
Action, Adventure, Western

The Wild Bunch (1969)

It's 1913, and the traditional American West is dying. Among the inhabitants of this dying time era are a outlaw gang called "The Wild Bunch". After a failed bank robbery, the gang head to Mexico to do one last job. Seeing their times and lives drifting away in the newly formed world of the 20th century, the gang take the job and end up in a brutally, violent last stand against their enemies who deemed to be corrupt in a small Mexican town, ruled by a ruthless general. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  torture
Mood:epic
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:exploding bridge,  mortar,  vulture,  famous score,  railroad,  army,  bridge,  train,  combat,  river,  falling from height,  bare chested male

Apocalypse Now (1979) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
Drama, War

Apocalypse Now (1979)

It is the height of the war in Vietnam, and U.S. Army Captain Willard is sent by Colonel Lucas and a General to carry out a mission that, officially, 'does not exist - nor will it ever exist'. The mission: To seek out a mysterious Green Beret Colonel, Walter Kurtz, whose army has crossed the border into Cambodia and is conducting hit-and-run missions against the Viet Cong and NVA. The army believes Kurtz has gone completely insane and Willard's job is to eliminate him! Willard, sent up the Nung River on a U.S. Navy patrol boat, discovers that his target is one of the most decorated officers in the U.S. Army. His crew meets up with surfer-type Lt-Colonel Kilgore, head of a U.S Army helicopter cavalry group which eliminates a Viet Cong outpost to provide an entry point into the Nung River. After some hair-raising encounters, in which some of his crew are killed, Willard, Lance and Chef reach Colonel Kurtz's outpost, beyond the Do Lung Bridge. Now, after becoming prisoners of Kurtz, will Willard & the others be able to fulfill their mission? (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military
Locations:jungle,  beach
Characters:soldier
Story:exploding bridge,  military officer,  army,  river,  uniform,  bridge,  combat,  based on novel

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

It is 1942, America has entered World War II, and sickly but determined Steve Rogers is frustrated at being rejected yet again for military service. Everything changes when Dr. Erskine recruits him for the secret Project Rebirth. Proving his extraordinary courage, wits and conscience, Rogers undergoes the experiment and his weak body is suddenly enhanced into the maximum human potential. When Dr. Erskine is then immediately assassinated by an agent of Nazi Germany's secret HYDRA research department (headed by Johann Schmidt, a.k.a. the Red Skull), Rogers is left as a unique man who is initially misused as a propaganda mascot; however, when his comrades need him, Rogers goes on a successful adventure that truly makes him Captain America, and his war against Schmidt begins. This is why Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957). (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier,  american
Period:1940s
Story:military training,  military officer,  army,  british soldier,  prisoner of war camp,  war violence,  prisoner of war,  commando,  sabotage,  combat,  falling from height,  world war two,  train,  martial arts,  bare chested male

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Dunkirk (2017)
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:military,  escape
Mood:epic
Locations:beach
Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:british army,  british military,  military officer,  british soldier,  allies,  briton abroad,  railroad,  prisoner of war,  army,  swimming,  combat,  world war two,  train,  based on true story,  title spoken by character

All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
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)

Mood:epic
Locations:cemetery
Characters:soldier
Story:military training,  behind enemy lines,  war violence,  main character dies,  foreign language adaptation,  army,  bridge,  stabbing,  swimming,  combat,  river,  train,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  based on novel

The Lost City Of Z (2016) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History

The Lost City Of Z (2016)

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  military
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Story:british army,  river rapids,  raft,  canoe,  army,  swimming,  river,  face slap,  train,  based on true story

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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. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military
Locations:jungle
Period:1940s
Story:japanese army,  katana sword,  behind enemy lines,  war violence,  main character dies,  commando,  injury,  stabbing,  combat,  world war two,  based on true story,  martial arts

Dances With Wolves (1990)
Adventure, Drama, Western

Dances With Wolves (1990)

Lt. John Dunbar is dubbed a hero after he accidentally leads Union troops to a victory during the Civil War. He requests a position on the western frontier, but finds it deserted. He soon finds out he is not alone, but meets a wolf he dubs "Two-socks" and a curious Indian tribe. Dunbar quickly makes friends with the tribe, and discovers a white woman who was raised by the Indians. He gradually earns the respect of these native people, and sheds his white-man's ways. This is why Dances With Wolves (1990) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957). (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Mood:epic
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:military officer,  famous score,  war violence,  prisoner of war,  blockbuster,  army,  combat,  sword,  title spoken by character,  based on novel

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

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:brutality,  funeral,  escape
Characters:soldier
Story:bat,  blockbuster,  sabotage,  army,  bridge,  combat,  river,  falling from height,  sword,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male

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Gallipoli (1981) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
Adventure, Drama, History, War

Gallipoli (1981)

The story of a group of young Australian men who leave their various backgrounds behind and sign up to join the ANZACs in World War I. They are sent to Gallipoli, where they encounter the resolute Turkish army.

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Story:british army,  british soldier,  hot weather,  main character dies,  injury,  uniform,  army,  train,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  based on novel

The Patriot (2000)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Patriot (2000)

It is 1776 in colonial South Carolina. Benjamin Martin, a French-Indian war hero who is haunted by his past, now wants nothing more than to live peacefully on his small plantation, and wants no part of a war with the most powerful nation in the world, Great Britain. Meanwhile, his two eldest sons, Gabriel and Thomas, can't wait to enlist in the newly formed "Continental Army." When South Carolina decides to join the rebellion against England, Gabriel immediately signs up to fight...without his father's permission. But when Colonel William Tavington, British dragoon, infamous for his brutal tactics, comes and burns the Martin Plantation to the ground, tragedy strikes. Benjamin quickly finds himself torn between protecting his family, and seeking revenge along with being a part of the birth of a new, young, and ambitious nation. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Mood:epic
Locations:beach
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:army,  military officer,  war violence,  impersonation,  sabotage,  stabbing,  combat,  sword,  based on true story,  martial arts

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)

Jackie Chan, a top secret militant soldier, crashes into the South African jungle after his mission of kidnapping three scientists (who were experimenting with a powerful mineral) has gone awry. Waking up in a village of local natives, Chan has no memory of who he is, thus being addressed as "Who Am I". His journey with aid from two female sidekicks to find out his identity leads him all the way to Rotterdam where he coincidentally discovers the location of the organization that kidnapped the three scientists. With no memory, Chan is thirsty for answers by any means necessary. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  torture
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Story:camouflage,  commando,  sabotage,  bridge,  combat,  falling from height,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male

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The General (1926)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, War, Western

The General (1926)

Johnnie loves his train ("The General") and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins he is turned down for service because he's more valuable as an engineer. Annabelle thinks it's because he's a coward. Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board. Johnnie must rescue both his loves. This is why The General (1926) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:army,  train,  train wreck,  behind enemy lines,  railroad,  shame,  sabotage,  uniform,  bridge,  river,  sword,  based on true story

Soldier (1998) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi

Soldier (1998)

In a futuristic society, some people are selected at birth to become soldiers, and trained in such a manner that they become inhuman killing machines. One of the most succesfull and older of these soldiers (Russell) is pitted against a new breed of soldiers, and after the confrontation is believed to be dead. His body is left behind in a semi-abandoned colonial planet, where everything is peaceful, and he is taught about the other aspects of life. But eventually he has to fight the new breed of soldiers again, this time to defend his new home... (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military,  escape
Characters:soldier
Story:military training,  camouflage,  commando,  army,  combat,  falling from height,  martial arts,  title spoken by character

The Ghost And The Darkness (1996)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The Ghost And The Darkness (1996)

Sir Robert Beaumont is behind schedule on a railroad in Africa. Enlisting noted engineer 'John Henry Patterson' (qv) to right the ship, Beaumont expects results. Everything seems great until the crew discovers the mutilated corpse of the project's foreman, seemingly killed by a lion. After several more attacks, Patterson calls in famed hunter Charles Remington, who has finally met his match in the bloodthirsty lions. (Read More)

Locations:jungle
Characters:american
Story:railroad,  construction,  british army,  bridge,  army,  river,  train,  based on true story

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Taegukgi Hwinalrimyeo (2004)
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. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Story:mortar,  war violence,  prisoner of war,  army,  stabbing,  combat,  train,  based on true story,  martial arts

Bloodsport (1988)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Bloodsport (1988)

Frank Dux has spent most his life being trained by Tanaka to participate in the Kumite, the ultimate martial arts tournament, where participants are seriously injured, even killed. Frank decides to go despite being told by his superiors in the army that he can't because they need him. Two army officers are sent to get him and the trail leads to Hong Kong but Frank eludes them. While Frank advances, he knows that he may have to face Chong Li, the defending champion, who has killed a few participants. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier,  american
Story:military officer,  katana sword,  army,  martial arts,  injury,  combat,  sword,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male

The Thin Red Line (1998) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
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. This is why The Thin Red Line (1998) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957). (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:army,  japanese army,  main character dies,  uniform,  combat,  river,  world war two,  bare chested male,  based on novel

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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
Mood:epic
Locations:beach
Characters:american,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:army,  japanese military,  military officer,  famous score,  kite,  blockbuster,  sabotage,  world war two,  train,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male

Tears Of The Sun (2003)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Tears Of The Sun (2003)

Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their conscience and protect a group of innocent refugees. When the democratic government of Nigeria collapses and the country is taken over by a ruthless military dictator, Waters, a fiercely loyal and hardened veteran is dispatched on a routine mission to retrieve a Doctors Without Borders physician, Dr. Lena Kendricks. Dr. Kendricks, an American citizen by marriage, is tending to the victims of the ongoing civil war at a Catholic mission in a remote village. When Waters arrives, however, Dr. Kendricks refuses to leave unless he promises to help deliver the villagers to political asylum at the nearby border. If they are left behind, they will be at the mercy of the enormous rebel army. Waters is under strict orders from his commanding officer Captain Bill Rhodes to remain disengaged from the conflict. But as he and his men witness the brutality of the rebels first-hand, they are won over to Dr. Kendricks' cause and place their lives at risk by agreeing to escort the villagers on a perilous trek through the dense jungle. As they move through the countryside on foot, Waters' team, experts at evasion and concealment, are inexplicably and ferociously pursued by an army of rebels. They are confounded until they discover that, among the refugees, is the sole survivor of the country's previous ruling family, whom the rebels have been ordered to eliminate at all costs. Waters and his small band of soldiers must weigh the life of one man against their own and the refugees they feel obliged to protect. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military
Locations:jungle
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:behind enemy lines,  commando,  army,  combat,  river,  face slap

Platoon (1986)
Drama, War

Platoon (1986)

Chris Taylor is a young, naive American who gives up college and volunteers for combat in Vietnam. Upon arrival, he quickly discovers that his presence is quite nonessential, and is considered insignificant to the other soldiers, as he has not fought for as long as the rest of them and felt the effects of combat. Chris has two non-commissioned officers, the ill-tempered and indestructible Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes and the more pleasant and cooperative Sergeant Elias Grodin. A line is drawn between the two NCOs and a number of men in the platoon when an illegal killing occurs during a village raid. As the war continues, Chris himself draws towards psychological meltdown. And as he struggles for survival, he soon realizes he is fighting two battles, the conflict with the enemy and the conflict between the men within his platoon. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military
Locations:jungle
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:combat,  famous score,  war violence,  main character dies,  blockbuster,  title spoken by character

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Ben-hur (2016) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:brutality,  escape
Mood:epic
Locations:cemetery,  beach
Characters:soldier
Story:raft,  army,  combat,  sword,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male,  based on novel

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. This is why Le Salaire De La Peur (1953) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957). (Read More)

Themes:starvation,  escape
Locations:jungle,  cemetery
Characters:american
Story:vulture,  demolition,  whistling,  bridge,  river,  face slap,  based on novel

Stripes (1981)
Comedy, War

Stripes (1981)

At the end of a very bad day when he realizes his life has gone and is going nowhere, John Winger is able to convince his best friend, Russell Ziskey, whose life is not much better, to enlist in the army, despite they not being obvious soldier material. In basic training, they are only two of a bunch of misfits that comprise their platoon. However, it is still John that is constantly butting heads with their drill sergeant, Sergeant Hulka. Two of their saving graces are Stella and Louise, two MPs who get them out of one scrape after another. Their entire platoon is in jeopardy of not graduating. But what happens during basic leads to their entire platoon being assigned to an overseas mission in Italy, to test a new urban assault vehicle, the EM-50 project. John and Russell decide to take the EM-50 for an unauthorized test drive to visit Stella and Louise who have been reassigned to West Germany. In the process, the rest of the platoon, Hulka, and Hulka's immediate superior, self-absorbed Captain Stillman, get caught unofficially behind enemy Communist lines in Czechoslovakia. John and Russell, with Stella and Louise's help, will have to show their true mettle as US army soldiers and in the process test the capabilities of the EM-50 to rescue their platoon without the rest of the US army knowing what's going on, and thus without any assistance beyond themselves. (Read More)

Themes:military,  torture
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  army,  mortar,  blockbuster,  injury,  uniform,  bridge,  falling from height

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Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)

A youth chooses manhood. The week Sam Witwicky starts college, the Decepticons make trouble in Shanghai. A presidential envoy believes it's because the Autobots are around; he wants them gone. He's wrong: the Decepticons need access to Sam's mind to see some glyphs imprinted there that will lead them to a fragile object that, when inserted in an alien machine hidden in Egypt for centuries, will give them the power to blow out the sun. Sam, his girlfriend Mikaela Banes, and Sam's parents are in danger. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are Sam's principal protectors. If one of them goes down, what becomes of Sam? (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Locations:cemetery,  beach
Characters:soldier
Story:exploding bridge,  british soldier,  commando,  blockbuster,  army,  combat,  falling from height,  sword,  bare chested male

The Last Castle (2001) is one of the best movies like The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
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
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  discipline,  corporal punishment,  prisoner of war,  army,  sword,  bare chested male

Suicide Squad (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Suicide Squad (2016)

It feels good to be bad...Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself? (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  military,  escape,  torture
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Story:task force,  katana sword,  behind enemy lines,  commando,  blockbuster,  sabotage,  army,  combat,  falling from height,  sword,  martial arts,  title spoken by character,  bare chested male

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