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Unbroken (2014)
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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 torture 
Locations:
prison camp sea japan beach 
Characters:
japanese soldier japanese military american japanese photographer police officer soldier brother brother relationship 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
1936 olympics pow camp great white shark shark attack plane crash japanese army taken prisoner lost at sea prisoner of war imperial japan ends with real life photos world war man forced to strip olympic athlete raw meat β€¦woman director large format camera sports lifeboat olympian sunburn ends with biographical notes emaciation pacific ocean flash camera weight loss u.s. air force runner starving coal in medias res crash landing film camera seagull raft forced to strip man crying gunfire title at the end olympics plane crying man barefoot male shark camp loss of friend what happened to epilogue hairy chest racial slur training gunshot fishing fish prisoner death of friend survival male pubic hair island running vomiting title directed by female based on true story bare chested male one word title based on novel f rated gun flashback blood  (See All)

Rescue Dawn (2006)
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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 prisone…rs 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 torture 
Locations:
prison camp 
Characters:
american soldier 
Story:
prisoner of war emaciation u.s. air force crash landing raft plane camp loss of friend what happened to epilogue gunshot fishing fish prisoner death of friend survival β€¦running vomiting based on true story gun  (See All)

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Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)
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Grave Of The Fireflies (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.

Themes:
starvation 
Locations:
japan beach 
Characters:
japanese soldier american japanese photographer 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
japanese army imperial japan world war emaciation in medias res seagull survival running based on true story based on novel blood flashback 

The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
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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 
Locations:
beach 
Characters:
japanese military american japanese soldier 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
japanese army prisoner of war imperial japan world war emaciation raft based on true story bare chested male based on novel 

The Railway Man (2013) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
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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 torture 
Characters:
japanese soldier japanese 
Period:
world war two 
Story:
pow camp prisoner of war ends with real life photos emaciation ends with biographical notes loss of friend what happened to epilogue based on true story bare chested male flashback 

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Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
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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 o…f 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)

Locations:
japan beach 
Characters:
japanese soldier japanese military american japanese photographer soldier 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
japanese army prisoner of war imperial japan olympics survival island gun flashback blood 

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
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Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

The true story of 'Desmond T. Doss' (qv), the conscientious objector who, at the Battle of Okinawa, won the Medal of Honor for his incredible bravery and regard for his fellow soldiers. We see his upbringing and how this shaped his views, especially his religious view and anti-killing stance. We see… Doss's trials and tribulations after enlisting in the US Army and trying to become a medic. Finally, we see the hell on Earth that was Hacksaw Ridge. (Read More)

Characters:
japanese soldier soldier brother brother relationship 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
japanese army ends with real life photos ends with biographical notes barefoot male what happened to epilogue hairy chest vomiting based on true story bare chested male blood flashback 

Flags Of Our Fathers (2006)
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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:
torture 
Locations:
japan beach 
Characters:
japanese soldier photographer brother brother relationship 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
japanese army imperial japan pacific ocean runner loss of friend island running vomiting flashback blood 

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The Shallows (2016) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
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The Shallows (2016)

In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy's ingenuity, resourc…efulness, and fortitude. (Read More)

Locations:
sea beach 
Characters:
american 
Story:
great white shark shark attack in medias res seagull shark racial slur survival island flashback blood 

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)
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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 H…eart 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:
starvation 
Locations:
sea beach 
Story:
lost at sea emaciation pacific ocean loss of friend what happened to epilogue death of friend survival island vomiting based on true story bare chested male blood gun 

Empire Of The Sun (1987)
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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 
Locations:
japan 
Characters:
japanese soldier american japanese 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
japanese army prisoner of war u.s. air force camp prisoner survival based on true story based on novel gun blood 

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Jaws (1975)
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Jaws (1975)

It's a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn't sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local bus…inessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy's mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they're going to need a bigger boat. (Read More)

Locations:
sea beach 
Story:
great white shark shark attack raft shark fishing island based on novel one word title blood 

The Thin Red Line (1998) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
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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 is…land 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)

Characters:
japanese soldier japanese soldier 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
japanese army in medias res survival island vomiting bare chested male based on novel blood 

Jaws 2 (1978)
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Jaws 2 (1978)

Four years after the events of the original "Jaws", the town of Amity suddenly experiences series of mysterious boating accidents and disappearances. Chief of Police, Martin Brody, fears that another shark is out there, but he is ignored by the townsfolk. Unfortunately, he's right. There is another …Great White in the sea. And it wants revenge. (Read More)

Locations:
sea beach 
Characters:
brother brother relationship 
Story:
great white shark shark attack raft shark hairy chest death of friend survival island bare chested male 

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The Beach (2000)
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The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly l…eads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. (Read More)

Locations:
beach 
Characters:
american photographer 
Story:
shark attack shark fishing fish death of friend survival island vomiting bare chested male based on novel gun blood flashback 

12 Years A Slave (2013)
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12 Years A Slave (2013)

Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, 'Solomon Northup' (qv), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty personified by a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindness…es, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life. (Read More)

Themes:
torture 
Story:
ends with biographical notes in medias res forced to strip man crying crying man what happened to epilogue hairy chest survival male pubic hair based on true story bare chested male based on novel blood 

Windtalkers (2002) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
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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 t…hough 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)

Characters:
japanese soldier japanese 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
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Australia (2008)
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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 count…ry'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)

Locations:
japan 
Characters:
japanese soldier japanese 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
world war raft camp hairy chest fishing fish island running bare chested male one word title flashback blood 

The Imitation Game (2014)
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The Imitation Game (2014)

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

Characters:
police officer 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
world war ends with biographical notes in medias res man crying crying man loss of friend what happened to epilogue death of friend based on true story flashback 

The Pianist (2002)
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The Pianist (2002)

In this adaptation of the autobiography "The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945," 'Wladyslaw Szpilman' (qv), a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, but is lat…er separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this time until the concentration camp prisoners are released, Szpilman hides in various locations among the ruins of Warsaw. (Read More)

Themes:
starvation 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
prisoner of war world war weight loss camp survival based on true story blood 

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The Counterfeiters (2007) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
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The Counterfeiters (2007)

The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He lives a mischievous life of cards, booze, and women in Berlin during the Nazi-era. Suddenly his luck runs dry when arrest…ed by Superintendent Friedrich Herzog. Immediately thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp, Salomon exhibits exceptional skills there and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of Sachsenhausen. Upon his arrival, he once again comes face to face with Herzog, who is there on a secret mission. Hand-picked for his unique skill, Salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Bernhard. The team, which also includes detainee Adolf Burger, is given luxury barracks for their assistance. But while Salomon attempts to weaken the economy of Germany's allied opponents, Adolf refuses to use his skills for Nazi profit and would like to do something to stop Operation Bernhard's aid to the war effort. Faced with a moral dilemma, Salomon must decide whether his actions, which could prolong the war and risk the lives of fellow prisoners, are ultimately the right ones. (Read More)

Themes:
starvation 
Locations:
beach 
Characters:
photographer 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
world war emaciation camp hairy chest racial slur gunshot death of friend survival male pubic hair running based on true story bare chested male gun blood flashback 

Hunger (2008)
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Hunger (2008)

Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost …limit. (Read More)

Themes:
starvation torture 
Characters:
brother brother relationship 
Story:
emaciation runner starving what happened to epilogue gunshot prisoner male pubic hair running vomiting bare chested male one word title gun flashback blood 

Cast Away (2000)
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Cast Away (2000)

A man is marooned on an island after his plane crashes into the ocean. Far away from home, his girlfriend, and any human contact, he engages in a battle of wits with himself as he is tested mentally, physically, and emotionally in order to survive.

Locations:
beach 
Story:
plane crash lost at sea raft plane what happened to epilogue fish survival island bare chested male one word title blood 

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Open Water (2003)
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Open Water (2003)

A couple on a holiday in the Caribbean decide to spend the day on a scuba diving trip. But was it the wrong decision? When a mis-count happens on the boat, Susan and Daniel are left behind in the middle of the ocean, the boat long gone. With all their hopes set on the boat coming back to rescue them…, they try to keep themselves safe, especially when sharks start to appear. (Read More)

Locations:
beach 
Characters:
photographer 
Story:
shark attack lost at sea sunburn shark hairy chest fish survival island based on true story bare chested male blood 

Hart's War (2002) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
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Hart's War (2002)

Fourth-generation Army Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp. Still, as the senior-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy, all under the dangerous eye of the Luftwafe vetran Col. Wil…helm Visser. Never giving up the fight to win the war, McNamara is silently planning, waiting for his moment to strike back at the enemy. A murder in the camp gives him the chance to set a risky plan in motion. With a court martial to keep Visser and the Germans distracted, McNamara orchestrates a cunning scheme to escape and destroy a nearby munitions plant, enlisting the unwitting help of young Lt. Tommy Hart. Together with his men, McNamara uses a hero's resolve to carry out his mission, ultimately forced to weigh the value of his life against the good of his country. (Read More)

Themes:
torture 
Characters:
american 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
pow camp prisoner of war starving camp racial slur bare chested male based on novel flashback blood 

Son Of Saul (2015)
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Son Of Saul (2015)

Two days in the life of Saul Auslander, Hungarian prisoner working as a member of the Sonderkommando at one of the Auschwitz Crematoriums who, to bury the corpse of a boy he takes for his son, tries to carry out his impossible deed: salvage the body and find a rabbi to bury it. While the Sonderkomma…ndo is to be liquidated at any moment, Saul turns away of the living and their plans of rebellion to save the remains of a son he never took care of when he was still alive. (Read More)

Characters:
photographer 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
prisoner of war coal hairy chest prisoner survival male pubic hair running bare chested male gun blood 

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Life Of Pi (2012)
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Life Of Pi (2012)

In Canada, a writer visits the Indian storyteller Pi Patel and asks him to tell his life story. Pi tells the story of his childhood in Pondicherry, India, and the origin of his nickname. One day, his father, a zoo owner, explains that the municipality is no longer supporting the zoo and he has hence… decided to move to Canada, where the animals the family owns would also be sold. They board on a Japanese cargo ship with the animals and out of the blue, there is a storm, followed by a shipwrecking. Pi survives in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a male Bengal tiger nicknamed Richard Parker. They are adrift in the Pacific Ocean, with aggressive hyena and Richard Parker getting hungry. Pi needs to find a way to survive. (Read More)

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starvation 
Locations:
beach 
Characters:
japanese brother brother relationship 
Story:
lost at sea lifeboat pacific ocean shark survival island vomiting bare chested male based on novel flashback 

Dunkirk (2017)
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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.

Locations:
sea beach 
Characters:
soldier 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
plane crash prisoner of war world war crash landing death of friend survival running based on true story one word title 

Foxcatcher (2014) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
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Foxcatcher (2014)

Based on true events, Foxcatcher tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers. When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (…Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the poverty striken situation Olympic caliber athletes like he and his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz's bid for Gold and the chance to "coach" a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave). Trapped in du Pont's majestic but suffocating world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as an egotistical, arrogant, and selfish megalomaniac and grows increasingly contemptuous. Though initially supportive, du Pont's mercurial personality turns and he begins to lure Mark into an unhealthy lifestyle that threatens to undermine his training. Soon du Pont's erratic behavior and threatening psychological game-play begin to erode the athlete's environment, stability, and motivation. Meanwhile du Pont becomes fixated on Dave, who exudes the confidence du Pont lacks. du Pont eventually realizes he is … (Read More)

Characters:
brother brother relationship 
Story:
olympic athlete olympian man crying title at the end olympics crying man what happened to epilogue training based on true story bare chested male one word title gun 

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Farewell My Concubine (1993)
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Farewell My Concubine (1993)

"Farewell, My Concubine" is a movie with two parallel, intertwined stories. It is the story of two performers in the Beijing Opera, stage brothers, and the woman who comes between them. At the same time, it attempts to do no less than squeeze the entire political history of China in the twentieth ce…ntury into a three-hour time-frame. (Read More)

Themes:
torture 
Locations:
japan 
Characters:
japanese photographer soldier 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
japanese army fish prisoner running based on novel f rated blood flashback 

Battle Royale (2000)
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Battle Royale (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 wa…ter 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)

Locations:
sea japan beach 
Characters:
japanese soldier japanese photographer soldier 
Story:
japanese army gunshot survival island running vomiting based on novel f rated gun flashback blood 

Race (2016)
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Race (2016)

In the 1930s, Jesse Owens is a young man who is the first in his family to go to college. Going to Ohio State to train under its track and field coach, Larry Snyder, the young African American athlete quickly impresses with his tremendous potential that suggests Olympic material. However, as Owens s…truggles both with the obligations of his life and the virulent racism against him, the question of whether America would compete at all at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany is being debated vigorously. When the American envoy finds a compromise persuasive with the Third Reich to avert a boycott, Owens has his own moral struggle about going. Upon resolving that issue, Owens and his coach travel to Berlin to participate in a competition that would mark Owens as the greatest of America's Olympians even as the German film director, Leni Riefenstahl, locks horns with her country's Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels, to film the politically embarrassing fact for posterity. (Read More)

Characters:
american 
Story:
1936 olympics sports olympics running bare chested male one word title 

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The Blue Lagoon (1980) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
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The Blue Lagoon (1980)

On a journey to San Francisco, Richard, his father and cousin Emmeline find themselves on a ship about to explode. Rushed to a lifeboat with Paddy Button, the two children escape while their father (and uncle) are on another lifeboat. In the chaos following, the lifeboats are separated. Paddy, Richa…rd and Emmeline find themselves with no food and no water stuck in the middle of nowhere. After some time, the three come across an uncharted paradise, where Paddy quickly teaches the children fishing, hunting and building. After maybe a month or two, Paddy gets very drunk off a barrel of rum found on the island when they first arrive, and drowns in the middle of the night. Emmeline and Richard, now alone and very scared, move location and rebuild their island home. Many years later, the two young teenagers have developed a very real home, but hormones and feelings between the two strain their friendship, until Richard, who is still very determined to reach San Francisco, is let down by Emmeline when a ship passes by the island and she does not light the signal fire. Throwing her out of the home they had built together, Emmeline attempts to survive on her own but is hurt. After Richard finds her dying, he realizes how he really feels for her and manages to save her. Nature runs its course and their friendship turns into love as the couple learn about the facts of life, when Emmeline has a baby and does not understand why. (Read More)

Locations:
sea beach 
Story:
lifeboat sunburn pacific ocean raft shark fishing survival male pubic hair island bare chested male based on novel blood 

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn (2011)
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The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn (2011)

Having bought a model ship, the Unicorn, for a pound off a market stall Tintin is initially puzzled that the sinister Mr. Sakharine should be so eager to buy it from him, resorting to murder and kidnapping Tintin - accompanied by his marvellous dog Snowy - to join him and his gang as they sail to Mo…rocco on an old cargo ship. Sakharine has bribed the crew to revolt against the ship's master, drunken Captain Haddock, but Tintin, Snowy and Haddock escape, arriving in Morocco at the court of a sheikh, who also has a model of the Unicorn. Haddock tells Tintin that over three hundred years earlier his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock was forced to scuttle the original Unicorn when attacked by a piratical forebear of Sakharine but he managed to save his treasure and provide clues to its location in three separate scrolls, all of which were secreted in models of the Unicorn. Tintin and Sakharine have one each and the villain intends to use the glass-shattering top Cs of operatic soprano the Milanese Nightingale to secure the third. With aid from bumbling Interpol agents the Thompson Twins our boy hero, his dog and the captain must prevent Sakharine from obtaining all three scrolls to fulfil the prophesy that only the last of the Haddocks can discover the treasure's whereabouts. (Read More)

Locations:
sea 
Characters:
american photographer police officer 
Period:
1940s 
Story:
shark attack plane crash lifeboat plane shark gunshot fish prisoner running blood flashback 

The Perfect Storm (2000)
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The Perfect Storm (2000)

In October 1991, a confluence of weather conditions combined to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic. Caught in the storm was the sword-fishing boat Andrea Gail. Magnificent foreshadowing and anticipation fill this true-life drama while minute details of the fishing boats, their gear and the we…ather are juxtaposed with the sea adventure. (Read More)

Locations:
sea 
Story:
u.s. air force shark fishing fish survival based on true story based on novel 

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Red Tails (2012)
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Red Tails (2012)

Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky - even as they battle discrimination on the ground. It's a tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary …challenges and ultimately soared into history. (Read More)

Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
plane crash prisoner of war u.s. air force racial slur death of friend bare chested male 

American Sniper (2014) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
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American Sniper (2014)

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs i…n order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. (Read More)

Themes:
torture 
Locations:
beach 
Characters:
american soldier brother brother relationship 
Story:
in medias res man crying what happened to epilogue racial slur death of friend vomiting based on true story bare chested male flashback blood 

Pearl Harbor (2001)
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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 volunte…ers 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)

Locations:
sea beach 
Characters:
japanese military japanese soldier 
Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
sunburn pacific ocean racial slur bare chested male gun flashback blood 

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Defiance (2008)
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Defiance (2008)

On the run and hiding in the deep forests of the then German-occupied Poland and Belorussia (World War II), the four Bielski brothers find the impossible task of foraging for food and weapons for their survival. They live, not only with the fear of discovery, contending with neighboring Soviet parti…sans and knowing whom to trust but also take the responsibility of looking after a large mass of fleeing Polish Jews from the German war machine. Women, men, children, the elderly and the young alike are all hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold and unforgiving forests in the darkest times of German-occupied Eastern Europe. (Read More)

Themes:
starvation 
Characters:
brother brother relationship 
Period:
world war two 
Story:
world war man crying camp what happened to epilogue survival based on true story one word title blood 

Cinderella Man (2005)
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Cinderella Man (2005)

During the Great Depression, a common-man hero, James J. Braddock--a.k.a. the Cinderella Man--was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the Am…erican populace who had hit rock bottom. His career appeared to be finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him--his family--was in danger, and he was even forced to go on Public Relief. But deep inside, Jim Braddock never relinquished his determination. Driven by love, honor and an incredible dose the ones who are do of grit, he willed an impossible dream to come true. In a last-chance bid to help his family, Braddock returned to the ring. No one thought he had a shot. However Braddock, fueled by something beyond mere competition, kept winning. Suddenly, the ordinary working man became the mythic athlete. Carrying the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised on his shoulders, Braddock rocketed through the ranks, until this underdog chose to do the unthinkable: take on the heavyweight champ of the world, the unstoppable Max Baer, renowned for having killed two men in the ring. (Read More)

Themes:
starvation 
Characters:
american photographer 
Story:
sports ends with biographical notes flash camera loss of friend what happened to epilogue training death of friend based on true story blood flashback 

Pacific Rim (2013) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
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Pacific Rim (2013)

When monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously… by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse. (Read More)

Locations:
sea 
Characters:
american japanese soldier brother brother relationship 
Story:
plane crash pacific ocean what happened to epilogue training vomiting bare chested male flashback 

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Ben-hur (2016)
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Ben-hur (2016)

Locations:
sea beach 
Characters:
soldier 
Story:
raft man crying crying man racial slur training prisoner bare chested male based on novel blood flashback 

All Is Lost (2013)
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All Is Lost (2013)

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent sto…rm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner's intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face. (Read More)

Locations:
sea 
Story:
lost at sea sunburn in medias res raft shark fishing fish survival flashback 

The Flowers Of War (2011)
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The Flowers Of War (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 fin…ds 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)

Characters:
japanese soldier american japanese 
Period:
world war two 
Story:
japanese army survival running based on true story based on novel flashback blood 

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Fury (2014) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
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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)

Characters:
soldier 
Period:
world war two 
Story:
prisoner of war world war death of friend survival vomiting bare chested male one word title blood 

Glory (1989)
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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:
torture 
Locations:
beach 
Characters:
american soldier 
Story:
loss of friend what happened to epilogue racial slur based on true story bare chested male one word title blood 

Battleship (2012)
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Battleship (2012)

A naval war ship encounters an alien armada and faces the biggest threat mankind has ever faced. If they lose, the world could face a major extinction event and an alien invasion. Will humans win this alien war, what are the aliens doing here, and what do they want? Based on the Hasbro naval war gam…e. (Read More)

Locations:
sea japan 
Characters:
japanese police officer soldier brother brother relationship 
Story:
plane crash crash landing raft shark survival bare chested male one word title 

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Kill Your Darlings (2013)
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Kill Your Darlings (2013)

In the early 1940s, Allen Ginsberg is an English major at Columbia University, only to learn more than he bargained for. Dissatisfied by the orthodox attitudes of the school, Allen finds himself drawn to iconoclastic colleagues like Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. Together, this …gang would explore bold new literary ideas that would challenge the sensibilities of their time as the future Beat Generation. However, for all their creativity, their very appetites and choices lead to more serious transgressions that would mark their lives forever. (Read More)

Period:
1940s world war two 
Story:
ends with biographical notes flash camera in medias res what happened to epilogue hairy chest prisoner death of friend male pubic hair bare chested male blood flashback 

Silence (2016) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
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Silence (2016)

The story of two Catholic missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) - at a time when Catholicism was outlawed and their presence forbidden.

Themes:
torture 
Locations:
japan 
Story:
man crying crying man prisoner death of friend based on true story bare chested male one word title based on novel blood 

Lovelace (2013)
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Lovelace (2013)

Locations:
beach 
Characters:
photographer police officer 
Story:
ends with biographical notes film camera what happened to epilogue hairy chest running based on true story bare chested male one word title gun blood flashback 

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