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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,  torture
Locations:sea,  japan,  beach
Characters:photographer,  soldier
Story:plane crash,  plane,  olympian,  1936 olympics,  great white shark,  shark attack,  lost at sea,  ends with real life photos,  man forced to strip,  raw meat,  large format camera,  lifeboat,  sunburn,  ends with biographical notes,  emaciation,  prison camp,  pacific ocean,  flash camera,  weight loss,  runner,  starving,  coal,  in medias res,  crash landing,  film camera,  seagull,  forced to strip,  man crying,  gunfire,  title at the end,  prisoner of war,  olympics,  crying man,  shark,  loss of friend,  what happened to epilogue,  hairy chest,  racial slur,  training,  gunshot,  fishing,  fish,  death of friend,  survival,  male pubic hair,  island,  running,  vomiting,  police officer,  title directed by female,  world war two,  brother brother relationship,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  one word title,  f rated,  blood,  flashback,  gun

Rescue Dawn (2006)
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,  torture
Characters:soldier
Story:emaciation,  prison camp,  crash landing,  prisoner of war,  plane,  loss of friend,  what happened to epilogue,  gunshot,  fishing,  fish,  death of friend,  survival,  running,  vomiting,  based on true story,  gun

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The Shallows (2016)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

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, resourcefulness, and fortitude. (Read More)

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

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

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)

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

Themes: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

The Beach (2000) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

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 leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. (Read More)

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

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Jaws 2 (1978)
Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller

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. This is why Jaws 2 (1978) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014). (Read More)

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

Jaws (1975)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

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 businessmen. 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,  island,  shark attack,  fishing,  one word title,  based on novel,  blood

Hunger (2008)
Biography, Drama

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

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

Open Water (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller

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,  plane,  lost at sea,  sunburn,  shark,  hairy chest,  fish,  survival,  island,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  blood

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival. This is why Hotaru No Haka (1988) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014). (Read More)

Themes:starvation
Locations:japan,  beach
Characters:photographer,  soldier
Story:survival,  emaciation,  in medias res,  seagull,  running,  world war two,  based on novel,  blood,  flashback

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Cast Away (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

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

Life Of Pi (2012) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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)

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

Lovelace (2013)
Biography, Drama

Lovelace (2013)

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

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The Blue Lagoon (1980)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

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, Richard 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:island,  lifeboat,  sunburn,  pacific ocean,  shark,  fishing,  survival,  male pubic hair,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  blood

Die Falscher (2007)
Crime, Drama, War

Die Falscher (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 arrested 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. This is why Die Falscher (2007) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014). (Read More)

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

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

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

Locations:japan,  beach
Characters:photographer,  soldier
Story:prisoner of war,  olympics,  survival,  island,  world war two,  gun,  flashback,  blood

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The Perfect Storm (2000)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

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 weather are juxtaposed with the sea adventure. (Read More)

Locations:sea
Story:fishing,  shark,  fish,  survival,  based on true story,  based on novel

Soul Surfer (2011)
Biography, Drama, Family, Sport

Soul Surfer (2011)

13 year-old Bethany Hamilton is a champion surfer who was born to be in the water. But after a fun night out night surfing and what should be a fun day in the water, she is attacked by a shark and loses her arm. Rushed to the hospital, she remains calm, and maintains her faith in God. Now she has to re-learn how to do everything with only one arm - including how to surf. It will take her friends, family, and her Christian faith to get her back into the water, but if that is where she is meant to be, she will find a way to get there. (Read More)

Locations:beach
Story:shark attack,  shark,  based on true story,  bare chested male

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

Batoru Rowaiaru (2000)

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

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

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Serenity (2019) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Serenity (2019)

A lone fisherman, Baker Dill, who escaped from his past to a remote island, meets with his ex-girlfriend Karen. She asks Dill to kill her cruel husband, who also comes to the island. The swirling neonoire against the backdrop of exotic landscapes "Serenity" was shot by British director and screenwriter Stephen Knight. The captain of a fishing vessel, Baker Dill, spends his days, indistinguishable from each other, on a tropical island, earns money from wealthy tourists and sees the purpose of his life in catching one particular tuna called Justice. This is why Serenity (2019) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014). (Read More)

Story:great white shark,  seagull,  fishing,  island,  one word title,  blood

Race (2016)
Biography, Drama, Sport

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 struggles 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)

Story:1936 olympics,  olympics,  running,  bare chested male,  one word title

Foxcatcher (2014)
Biography, Drama, Sport

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 unable to buy the respect he so desperately desires from the world's greatest wrestlers. Fueled by du Pont's increasing paranoia and alienation from the brothers, the trio is propelled towards a tragedy no one could have foreseen. (Read More)

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

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Ben-hur (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

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

The Hole (2001) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Hole (2001)

One misty morning, Liz Dunn stumbles down the road to her school and screams for help. A police psychologist gets her to reveal her story: A month earlier: three rebellious teenagers - Mike, Frankie and Geoff are trying to ditch the school field trip to Wales. The school nerd Martin helps them out by allowing them to stay in an old war bunker for the three days on the condition that his friend Liz joins them. The teens go down, party and have great fun but Martin doesn't return to let them out and they hope and pray that someone will find them... (Read More)

Themes:starvation
Story:man crying,  hairy chest,  male pubic hair,  vomiting,  police officer,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  flashback

World Trade Center (2006)
Drama, History, Thriller

World Trade Center (2006)

On September, 11th 2001, after the terrorist attack to the World Trade Center, the building collapses over the rescue team from the Port Authority Police Department. Will Jimeno and his sergeant John McLoughlin are found alive trapped under the wreckage while the rescue teams fight to save them. This is why World Trade Center (2006) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014). (Read More)

Story:ends with biographical notes,  what happened to epilogue,  gunshot,  death of friend,  survival,  vomiting,  police officer,  based on true story,  gun,  flashback,  blood

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All Is Lost (2013)
Action, Adventure, Drama

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 storm. 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,  shark,  fishing,  fish,  survival,  flashback

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Biography, Drama, History, War

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)

Locations:japan
Characters:soldier
Story:training,  ends with real life photos,  ends with biographical notes,  what happened to epilogue,  hairy chest,  vomiting,  world war two,  brother brother relationship,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  blood,  flashback

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
Biography, Drama, History, Sport

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

The true story of the "Flying Sikh" - world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh -- who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to become one of India's most iconic athletes.

Story:olympian,  runner,  olympics,  running,  based on true story

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Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. (Read More)

Themes:torture
Characters:photographer
Story:loss of friend,  racial slur,  gunshot,  death of friend,  island,  vomiting,  police officer,  based on novel,  flashback,  blood

12 Years A Slave (2013)
Biography, Drama, History

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 kindnesses, 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. This is why 12 Years A Slave (2013) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014). (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

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller

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)

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

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Gallipoli (1981) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
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.

Story:runner,  gunfire,  olympics,  training,  death of friend,  running,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  one word title,  based on novel,  gun

Vozvrashchenie (2003)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Vozvrashchenie (2003)

Two teenage Russian boys have their father return home suddenly after being absent for 12 years. The father takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake in the north of Russia that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions.

Locations:beach
Characters:photographer
Story:fishing,  island,  running,  brother brother relationship,  bare chested male,  one word title

The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

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

Locations:beach
Story:prison camp,  prisoner of war,  crying man,  hairy chest,  gunshot,  running,  brother brother relationship,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  flashback,  gun,  blood

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Silence (2016)
Adventure, Drama, History

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. This is why Silence (2016) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014). (Read More)

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

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

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

Themes:torture
Locations:beach
Characters:photographer
Story:flash camera,  film camera,  gunfire,  gunshot,  male pubic hair,  running,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  flashback,  gun,  blood

Gomorra (2008)
Crime, Drama

Gomorra (2008)

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

Locations:sea,  beach
Characters:photographer
Story:gunfire,  title at the end,  fish,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  one word title,  gun,  blood

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

Flags Of Our Fathers (2006)

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

Themes:torture
Locations:japan,  beach
Characters:photographer
Story:island,  pacific ocean,  runner,  loss of friend,  running,  vomiting,  world war two,  brother brother relationship,  flashback,  blood

American Sniper (2014)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War

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

Dunkirk (2017) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
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. This is why Dunkirk (2017) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014). (Read More)

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

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Sully (2016)
Biography, Drama

Sully (2016)

On Thursday, January 15th, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain 'Chesley Sullenberger' (qv), nicknamed "Sully", glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. (Read More)

Story:plane,  crash landing,  man crying,  crying man,  running,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  one word title,  blood

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)

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

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)

When his partner is killed by the mysterious and possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark, Steve Zissou and his Team Zissou crew set off for an expedition to hunt down the creature. Along with his estranged wife, a beautiful journalist and a co-pilot who could possibly be Zissou's son, the crew set off for one wild expedition. (Read More)

Locations:sea,  beach
Story:shark,  gunfire,  loss of friend,  fish,  death of friend,  island,  flashback,  blood

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Glory (1989) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
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:torture
Locations:beach
Characters:soldier
Story:loss of friend,  what happened to epilogue,  racial slur,  based on true story,  bare chested male,  one word title,  blood

Enemy Mine (1985)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Enemy Mine (1985)

A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way. This is why Enemy Mine (1985) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014). (Read More)

Characters:soldier
Story:crash landing,  loss of friend,  training,  fish,  death of friend,  survival,  brother brother relationship,  bare chested male,  blood

Swiss Army Man (2016)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Swiss Army Man (2016)

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home.

Locations:beach
Story:crying man,  fish,  survival,  island,  flashback

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The Divide (2011)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Divide (2011)

Nuclear explosions force the residents of a New York apartment block to run from the building. However, the explosions force them into a basement. Eight residents are holed up in the building's bomb shelter. They must acclimatise to each other in difficult, cramped conditions.

Themes:torture
Characters:soldier
Story:hairy chest,  gunshot,  survival,  brother brother relationship,  bare chested male,  blood

Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like Unbroken (2014)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Story:racial slur,  death of friend,  survival,  vomiting,  police officer,  brother brother relationship,  bare chested male,  gun,  flashback,  blood

Cinderella Man (2005)
Biography, Drama, Sport

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 American 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:photographer
Story:ends with biographical notes,  flash camera,  loss of friend,  what happened to epilogue,  training,  death of friend,  based on true story,  flashback,  blood

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