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Valkyrie (2008)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

Valkyrie (2008)

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

Themes:exploitation,  conspiracy,  military,  deception,  drinking,  politics,  betrayal,  suicide,  friendship,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:germany,  courtroom,  desert,  nightclub,  church,  hospital
Characters:jew,  photographer,  dancer,  boy,  singer,  children
Period:1940s
Story:lieutenant colonel,  major general,  cyanide capsule,  high treason,  plot to kill hitler,  adolf hitler,  heil hitler,  second lieutenant,  hitler,  iron cross,  kangaroo court,  death by hanging,  court martial,  munich germany,  mass execution,  assassination plot,  nazi germany,  berlin germany,  assassination attempt,  stauffenberg bomb plot,  bomb shelter,  time bomb,  military headquarters,  military coup,  military officer,  motorcycle with a sidecar,  swimming pool,  suicide pill,  suicide note,  suicide by gunshot,  american actor playing foreigner,  wagner's ride of the valkyries,  flight to freedom,  afrika corps,  finger amputation,  enigma machine,  tin snips,  piano wire,  adjutant,  eye wound,  bad guys win,  air raid shelter,  reference to richard wagner,  teletype,  switchboard,  battalion,  shelling,  hung from a hook,  german officer,  wooden sword,  strafing,  schnapps,  chancellor,  panzer,  garrotting,  air raid siren,  luftwaffe,  war injury,  meat hook,  what if,  armored vehicle,  war game,  victrola,  tools,  warrant,  tinnitus,  plan gone wrong,  tunisia,  cyanide,  reference to benito mussolini,  glass eye,  pliers,  wehrmacht,  one eyed man,  nazi soldier,  artillery,  german army,  year 1943,  bavaria,  third reich,  nazi uniform,  mosquito,  detonator,  cut,  gestapo,  normandy,  phonograph,  blanket,  coup d'etat,  year 1944,  firing squad,  checkpoint,  air raid,  swimmer,  ss,  hanged man,  treachery,  body bag,  political thriller,  eyeball,  chandelier,  listening to a radio,  medal,  german soldier,  bunker,  amputee,  major,  german shepherd,  men's bathroom,  treason,  physician,  bandage,  swastika,  death of protagonist,  ethnic slur,  tragic hero,  eye patch,  briefcase,  lieutenant,  disfigurement,  pride,  title appears in writing,  escape attempt,  severed finger,  resistance,  invasion,  bombing,  presumed dead,  colonel,  severed hand,  crucifix,  listening to music,  recording,  what happened to epilogue,  grenade,  shaving,  traitor,  record player,  typewriter,  shot in the arm,  general,  government,  cross,  court,  diary,  hanging,  tank,  tent,  flash forward,  execution,  assassination,  no opening credits,  judge,  exploding car,  eating,  shot in the back,  swimming,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  motorcycle,  food,  shot to death,  shootout,  song,  crying,  world war two,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  based on true story,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  blood,  murder,  death,  gun,  violence,  kiss,  dog

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

Der Untergang (2004)

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

Themes:military,  deception,  drinking,  politics,  betrayal,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:germany,  hospital
Characters:jew,  dancer,  boy,  singer
Period:1940s
Story:adolf hitler,  hitler,  heil hitler,  bunker,  iron cross,  court martial,  munich germany,  nazi germany,  berlin germany,  bomb shelter,  military headquarters,  motorcycle with a sidecar,  adjutant,  teletype,  chancellor,  cyanide,  wehrmacht,  nazi soldier,  artillery,  third reich,  bavaria,  nazi uniform,  air raid,  ss,  chandelier,  listening to a radio,  medal,  german soldier,  german shepherd,  treason,  bandage,  swastika,  bombing,  colonel,  listening to music,  recording,  what happened to epilogue,  grenade,  traitor,  record player,  typewriter,  general,  hanging,  tank,  flash forward,  execution,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  shot in the head,  mirror,  motorcycle,  food,  song,  crying,  world war two,  telephone call,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  kiss,  blood,  gun,  dog,  violence,  murder

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

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

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

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

Idi I Smotri (1985)
Drama, War

Idi I Smotri (1985)

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

Themes:military,  revenge
Characters:boy,  photographer,  dancer
Period:1940s
Story:german officer,  tinnitus,  wehrmacht,  nazi soldier,  german army,  year 1943,  nazi uniform,  ss,  german soldier,  hitler,  resistance,  bombing,  tank,  execution,  eating,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  airplane,  motorcycle,  food,  shot to death,  crying,  world war two,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  kiss,  dog,  violence,  murder,  gun

Enemy At The Gates (2001) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008)
Drama, History, War

Enemy At The Gates (2001)

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

Themes:politics,  betrayal,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:germany,  hospital
Characters:jew,  photographer,  boy
Period:1940s
Story:iron cross,  death by hanging,  suicide by gunshot,  wehrmacht,  nazi uniform,  chandelier,  medal,  major,  swastika,  tragic hero,  resistance,  bombing,  what happened to epilogue,  typewriter,  shot in the arm,  hanging,  tank,  execution,  exploding car,  shot in the back,  rifle,  shooting,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  world war two,  based on true story,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  gun,  violence,  blood,  murder,  kiss,  death

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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. This is why Fury (2014) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008). (Read More)

Themes:military,  suicide
Locations:germany
Story:nazi germany,  tank,  nazi soldier,  ss,  hanged man,  swastika,  death of protagonist,  ethnic slur,  lieutenant,  title appears in writing,  grenade,  shaving,  shot in the arm,  execution,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  shot in the back,  bomb,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  shootout,  world war two,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  one word title,  blood,  death,  violence,  murder

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama, War

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Locations:germany
Characters:jew,  dancer,  boy,  singer,  children
Period:1940s
Story:heil hitler,  ss,  nazi germany,  berlin germany,  war game,  german army,  german soldier,  german shepherd,  swastika,  execution,  eating,  tears,  food,  song,  crying,  world war two,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

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

Themes:military,  drinking,  politics,  betrayal,  suicide,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:jew,  dancer,  boy,  singer,  children
Story:court martial,  munich germany,  government,  assassination attempt,  swimming pool,  detonator,  chandelier,  listening to a radio,  title appears in writing,  bombing,  listening to music,  what happened to epilogue,  general,  hanging,  assassination,  no opening credits,  eating,  shot in the back,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  food,  shot to death,  shootout,  song,  crying,  world war two,  telephone call,  based on true story,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  gun,  murder,  dog,  death,  violence,  blood

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Woman In Gold (2015) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008)
Biography, Drama, History

Woman In Gold (2015)

Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.

Themes:drinking
Locations:courtroom
Characters:jew,  dancer,  singer
Story:adolf hitler,  heil hitler,  third reich,  listening to a radio,  german soldier,  swastika,  pride,  listening to music,  recording,  what happened to epilogue,  traitor,  record player,  flash forward,  judge,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  mirror,  song,  crying,  world war two,  telephone call,  based on true story,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death

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

Allied (2016)

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

Themes:military,  deception,  betrayal,  suicide,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:desert,  nightclub,  hospital
Period:1940s
Story:assassination plot,  military officer,  suicide by gunshot,  air raid,  bunker,  amputee,  swastika,  ethnic slur,  disfigurement,  escape attempt,  resistance,  bombing,  colonel,  general,  tank,  flash forward,  assassination,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  shot in the back,  bomb,  rifle,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  shot to death,  shootout,  world war two,  telephone call,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  murder,  blood,  gun,  death,  violence,  kiss

The Monuments Men (2014)
Drama, History, War

The Monuments Men (2014)

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. This is why The Monuments Men (2014) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008). (Read More)

Themes:military,  deception,  betrayal
Locations:germany,  church
Period:1940s
Story:nazi germany,  military officer,  nazi soldier,  german army,  year 1943,  nazi uniform,  detonator,  normandy,  year 1944,  ss,  german soldier,  major,  hitler,  swastika,  lieutenant,  resistance,  colonel,  traitor,  general,  tank,  tent,  flash forward,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  bomb,  rifle,  arrest,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  shootout,  world war two,  based on true story,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  cigarette smoking,  dog,  blood,  death,  murder

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Zwartboek (2006)
Drama, Thriller, War

Zwartboek (2006)

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

Themes:deception,  betrayal,  revenge,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Characters:jew,  dancer,  singer
Period:1940s
Story:resistance,  heil hitler,  ss,  tools,  german army,  gestapo,  firing squad,  checkpoint,  german soldier,  treason,  physician,  swastika,  bombing,  crucifix,  listening to music,  recording,  traitor,  record player,  cross,  flash forward,  execution,  eating,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  airplane,  shot in the head,  mirror,  food,  shootout,  song,  crying,  world war two,  based on true story,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  murder,  blood,  death,  kiss,  violence

The Longest Day (1962) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008)
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.

Period:1940s
Story:lieutenant colonel,  major general,  invasion,  normandy,  military headquarters,  shelling,  german officer,  tinnitus,  wehrmacht,  nazi soldier,  nazi uniform,  year 1944,  air raid,  german soldier,  bunker,  major,  hitler,  lieutenant,  colonel,  general,  airplane,  world war two,  telephone call,  explosion,  murder,  gun,  violence,  death

Anthropoid (2016)
Biography, History, Thriller, War

Anthropoid (2016)

ANTHROPOID is based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the World War II mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich. The Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler, Heydrich was the main architect behind the Final Solution and the leader of occupying Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia whose reign of terror prompted self-exiled Czech and Slovak soldiers (played by Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan) to hatch a top-secret mission that would change the face of Europe forever.i (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  betrayal,  suicide,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:church
Characters:singer
Period:1940s
Story:cyanide capsule,  plan gone wrong,  cyanide,  gestapo,  ss,  german soldier,  hitler,  swastika,  death of protagonist,  resistance,  grenade,  shaving,  traitor,  general,  assassination,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  bomb,  shooting,  mirror,  shootout,  crying,  world war two,  based on true story,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  dog,  blood,  gun,  kiss,  violence,  death

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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:conspiracy,  military,  deception,  suicide
Locations:germany
Period:1940s
Story:major,  lieutenant,  invasion,  general,  time bomb,  motorcycle with a sidecar,  wehrmacht,  nazi soldier,  german army,  gestapo,  normandy,  ss,  swastika,  colonel,  traitor,  exploding car,  bomb,  rifle,  airplane,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  shootout,  world war two,  pistol,  explosion,  dancing,  violence,  kiss,  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 Valkyrie (2008). (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drinking,  politics,  betrayal,  suicide
Locations:germany
Characters:jew,  photographer,  dancer,  singer,  children
Period:1940s
Story:nazi germany,  berlin germany,  gestapo,  ss,  listening to a radio,  german shepherd,  briefcase,  pride,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  flash forward,  tears,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  shot in the head,  mirror,  food,  shot to death,  song,  crying,  world war two,  based on true story,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  dog,  violence,  murder,  gun,  death

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

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

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

Themes:exploitation,  conspiracy,  politics,  betrayal,  suicide,  revenge
Locations:germany,  courtroom
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  children
Story:munich germany,  berlin germany,  assassination attempt,  time bomb,  typewriter,  government,  tank,  flash forward,  execution,  assassination,  judge,  bomb,  tears,  shooting,  arrest,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  shootout,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  based on true story,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  blood,  death,  dog,  gun,  violence,  kiss

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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:drinking,  politics
Locations:desert,  hospital
Characters:photographer,  boy,  singer
Story:military officer,  artillery,  detonator,  air raid,  major,  ethnic slur,  lieutenant,  colonel,  shaving,  shot in the arm,  general,  tent,  execution,  eating,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  shot in the head,  motorcycle,  food,  song,  crying,  based on true story,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  death,  murder,  blood,  gun,  violence

La Battaglia Di Algeri (1966)
Drama, War

La Battaglia Di Algeri (1966)

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

Themes:military,  drinking,  politics,  suicide,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:dancer,  boy,  children
Story:lieutenant colonel,  colonel,  government,  shooting,  checkpoint,  medal,  pride,  resistance,  bombing,  traitor,  general,  tank,  flash forward,  execution,  assassination,  shot in the back,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  motorcycle,  crying,  telephone call,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  dog,  blood,  gun,  murder,  violence

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

Goya's Ghosts (2006)

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

Themes:deception,  drinking,  betrayal
Locations:church
Characters:jew,  dancer
Story:firing squad,  medal,  invasion,  crucifix,  shaving,  typewriter,  cross,  hanging,  flash forward,  execution,  eating,  rifle,  arrest,  drink,  food,  explosion,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  death

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We Own The Night (2007) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

We Own The Night (2007)

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. This is why We Own The Night (2007) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  betrayal,  suicide,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub,  church,  hospital
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  singer,  children
Story:crucifix,  assassination,  no opening credits,  eating,  shot in the back,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  food,  shot to death,  shootout,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  gun,  death,  dog,  blood,  murder

Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles (2004)

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

Themes:drinking,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:church,  hospital
Characters:photographer,  boy,  singer
Story:court martial,  court,  military officer,  war injury,  what if,  artillery,  german soldier,  lieutenant,  bombing,  crucifix,  recording,  grenade,  record player,  typewriter,  cross,  tank,  execution,  eating,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  drink,  airplane,  mirror,  motorcycle,  food,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  kiss,  dog,  gun

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

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)

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

Themes:politics,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  hospital
Characters:photographer,  singer,  children
Story:swimming pool,  coup d'etat,  invasion,  general,  government,  execution,  assassination,  eating,  shot in the back,  swimming,  shooting,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  food,  shot to death,  song,  telephone call,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  gun,  death,  blood,  violence,  murder

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

Courage Under Fire (1996)

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

Themes:military,  deception,  politics,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:desert
Story:lieutenant colonel,  medal,  colonel,  panzer,  lieutenant,  general,  tank,  exploding car,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  murder,  death

The Water Diviner (2014) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

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

Themes:drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:dancer,  boy,  singer
Story:lieutenant colonel,  major,  lieutenant,  pride,  invasion,  grenade,  cross,  diary,  tent,  flash forward,  execution,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  drink,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  food,  shot to death,  song,  crying,  based on true story,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  dog,  violence,  gun,  blood,  death

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" is the story of a legendary showman's double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said. This is why Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008). (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  suicide
Locations:desert
Characters:jew,  dancer,  boy,  singer
Period:1940s
Story:berlin germany,  swimming pool,  men's bathroom,  title appears in writing,  flash forward,  assassination,  shot in the back,  rifle,  shooting,  drink,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  song,  voice over narration,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  gun,  blood,  death,  violence,  kiss,  murder

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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.

Themes:deception,  drinking,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  boy,  singer,  children
Story:crucifix,  listening to music,  traitor,  shot in the back,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  song,  based on true story,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  one word title,  violence,  blood,  murder,  gun,  death

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

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:deception,  politics,  betrayal,  revenge
Locations:desert
Characters:jew
Story:assassination attempt,  amputee,  resistance,  presumed dead,  crucifix,  cross,  tent,  flash forward,  execution,  assassination,  no opening credits,  arrest,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  voice over narration,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  violence,  dog,  murder,  blood

The Guns Of Navarone (1961) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008)
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?. (Read More)

Themes:military,  deception,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:germany,  hospital
Period:1940s
Story:nazi germany,  artillery,  year 1943,  nazi uniform,  air raid,  ss,  bunker,  major,  swastika,  resistance,  shaving,  traitor,  tank,  exploding car,  swimming,  bomb,  rifle,  motorcycle,  shootout,  world war two,  voice over narration,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  violence,  gun,  kiss

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G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  military,  deception,  betrayal,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:germany,  desert
Story:assassination attempt,  coup d'etat,  bunker,  briefcase,  grenade,  traitor,  shot in the arm,  general,  tank,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  shot in the back,  bomb,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  dancing,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence

La Grande Illusion (1937)
Drama, War

La Grande Illusion (1937)

During 1st WW, two French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They meet other prisoners from various backgrounds, as Rosenthal, son of wealthy Jewish bankers. They are separated from Rosenthal before managing to escape. A few months later, they meet again in a fortress commanded by the aristocrat Van Rauffenstein. De Boeldieu strikes up a friendship with him but Marechal and Rosenthal still want to escape... This is why La Grande Illusion (1937) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008). (Read More)

Themes:military,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:germany
Characters:jew,  singer
Story:lieutenant,  iron cross,  military officer,  german officer,  german army,  german soldier,  pride,  escape attempt,  crucifix,  recording,  shaving,  record player,  general,  cross,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  drink,  airplane,  food,  shot to death,  song,  telephone call,  pistol,  singing,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  gun,  dog,  kiss,  murder,  death

Australia (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

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

Themes:exploitation,  military,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:desert
Characters:dancer,  boy,  singer,  children
Period:1940s
Story:victrola,  bombing,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  cross,  tent,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  swimming,  bomb,  rifle,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  song,  world war two,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  dog,  kiss,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

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Blood Diamond (2006) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Blood Diamond (2006)

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

Themes:drinking,  betrayal
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  boy,  singer,  children
Story:firing squad,  air raid,  amputee,  ethnic slur,  eye patch,  bombing,  colonel,  severed hand,  shot in the arm,  government,  tent,  execution,  exploding car,  eating,  shot in the back,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  drink,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  food,  shot to death,  shootout,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  kiss,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence,  dog,  gun

Red Dawn (2012)
Action, Thriller

Red Dawn (2012)

The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home. (Read More)

Themes:military,  deception,  betrayal,  friendship,  revenge
Story:assassination attempt,  major,  death of protagonist,  resistance,  invasion,  bombing,  grenade,  tank,  execution,  exploding car,  shot in the back,  bomb,  rifle,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  father son relationship,  violence,  murder,  death

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

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  drinking,  suicide,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:jew,  boy,  singer,  children
Story:diary,  swimming pool,  one eyed man,  eye patch,  title appears in writing,  escape attempt,  recording,  record player,  typewriter,  general,  flash forward,  execution,  no opening credits,  eating,  shot in the back,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  food,  shootout,  song,  crying,  telephone call,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  dog,  kiss,  blood,  gun,  death

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The Interpreter (2005)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The Interpreter (2005)

Escalating events begin when U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. With the words "The Teacher will never leave this room alive," in an instant, Silvia's life is turned upside down as she becomes a hunted target of the killers. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller, Silvia's world only grows more nightmarish. As Keller digs deeper into his eyewitnesses' past and her secretive world of global connections, the more suspicious he becomes that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy. With every step of the way, he finds more reasons to mistrust her. Is Sylvia a victim? A suspect? Or something else entirely? And can Tobin, coping with his own personal heartache, keep her safe? Though they must depend on one another, Silvia and Tobin couldn't be more different. Silvia's strengths are words, diplomacy and the subtleties of meaning, while Tobin is all about instinct, action and reading into the most primal human behaviors. Now, as the danger of a major assassination on U.S. soil grows and Silvia's life hangs in the balance, Silvia and Tobin play out a gripping dance of evasion and revelation that keeps them both guessing as they race to stop a terrifying international crisis before it's too late. This is why The Interpreter (2005) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  drinking,  politics,  suicide,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Locations:nightclub
Characters:photographer,  dancer
Story:assassination attempt,  political thriller,  major,  men's bathroom,  listening to music,  government,  court,  flash forward,  assassination,  swimming,  bomb,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  shot in the head,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  shootout,  telephone call,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  dog,  gun,  blood,  murder,  death,  violence

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  suicide
Locations:desert,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  singer
Story:death by hanging,  suicide note,  suicide by gunshot,  crucifix,  listening to music,  recording,  record player,  hanging,  tent,  flash forward,  eating,  swimming,  tears,  rifle,  arrest,  drink,  shot in the head,  food,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  death,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  kiss,  blood,  gun

The Good Shepherd (2006)
Drama, History, Thriller

The Good Shepherd (2006)

Laconic and self-contained, Edward Wilson heads CIA covert operations during the Bay of Pigs. The agency suspects that Castro was tipped, so Wilson looks for the leak. As he investigates, he recalls, in a series of flashbacks, his father's death, student days at Yale (poetry; Skull and Bones), recruitment into the fledgling OSS, truncated affairs, a shotgun marriage, cutting his teeth on spy craft in London, distance from his son, the emergence of the Cold War, and relationships with agency, British, and Soviet counterparts. We watch his idealism give way to something else: disclosing the nature of that something else is at the heart of the film's narration as he closes in on the leak. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  politics,  betrayal,  suicide
Locations:church
Characters:jew,  dancer,  singer
Period:1940s
Story:berlin germany,  bomb shelter,  military coup,  suicide by gunshot,  air raid shelter,  teletype,  year 1944,  political thriller,  listening to a radio,  treason,  briefcase,  severed finger,  crucifix,  flash forward,  execution,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  world war two,  telephone call,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  violence,  death

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Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  politics,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  boy,  children
Story:cyanide,  artillery,  firing squad,  checkpoint,  air raid,  bombing,  grenade,  traitor,  cross,  hanging,  tank,  flash forward,  execution,  eating,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  motorcycle,  food,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  explosion,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  death,  dog,  blood,  murder,  kiss

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

Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

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

Themes:drinking,  politics,  friendship
Locations:germany
Characters:dancer,  boy,  singer,  children
Period:1940s
Story:german officer,  reference to benito mussolini,  artillery,  invasion,  bombing,  recording,  record player,  hanging,  flash forward,  no opening credits,  bomb,  rifle,  shooting,  drink,  airplane,  shot in the head,  motorcycle,  world war two,  singing,  explosion,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  mother son relationship,  death,  murder,  kiss,  blood,  gun

Michael Collins (1996) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008)
Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Michael Collins (1996)

Neil Jordan's depiction of the controversial life and death of 'Michael Collins (XIV)' (qv), the "Lion of Ireland", who led the IRA against the UK and helped found the Irish Free State in 1922. This is why Michael Collins (1996) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008).

Themes:drinking,  politics,  revenge
Locations:church
Characters:dancer,  singer,  children
Story:motorcycle with a sidecar,  firing squad,  treason,  traitor,  typewriter,  government,  hanging,  tank,  assassination,  no opening credits,  rifle,  arrest,  drink,  shot in the head,  motorcycle,  song,  singing,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  death,  murder,  gun

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Defiance (2008)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

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 partisans 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:military,  drinking,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:children
Story:food,  air raid,  ss,  hanged man,  bunker,  german soldier,  major,  swastika,  resistance,  invasion,  what happened to epilogue,  traitor,  shot in the arm,  tank,  execution,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  bomb,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  shootout,  world war two,  based on true story,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  dog,  violence,  murder,  blood,  death

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.

Themes:friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:photographer,  boy,  singer,  children
Period:1940s
Story:bomb shelter,  food,  strafing,  mosquito,  phonograph,  air raid,  bandage,  bombing,  recording,  record player,  eating,  swimming,  bomb,  tears,  airplane,  song,  crying,  world war two,  voice over narration,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  death

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Themes:exploitation,  deception,  betrayal,  suicide,  revenge
Mood:suspense
Story:assassination plot,  assassination attempt,  tragic hero,  escape attempt,  typewriter,  shot in the arm,  assassination,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  violence,  dog,  blood,  gun,  murder,  death

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Milk (2008) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Milk (2008)

Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  politics,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:jew,  photographer,  dancer,  singer,  children
Story:swimming pool,  men's bathroom,  death of protagonist,  listening to music,  recording,  what happened to epilogue,  record player,  typewriter,  government,  hanging,  assassination,  swimming,  tears,  shooting,  drink,  shot in the head,  mirror,  motorcycle,  shot to death,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  dancing,  one word title,  murder,  dog,  violence,  kiss,  blood,  death

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

Jonah Hex (2010)

During Grant's presidency, Jonah Hex is a remorseless bounty hunter. In the Civil War, he was a rebel whose honor put him afoul of a Confederate general, Quentin Turnbull, who murdered Jonah's family while Jonah watched. As a result of the ordeal, Jonah's face is disfigured and he can talk with the dead. After staging his own death, Turnbull, with a group of rebel stalwarts, hatches a plan to bring the Union to its knees. Grant wants Hex to stop it. While the nation readies to celebrate Independence Day, Hex and an unlikely ally have little time to stop Turnbull and his weapon of mass destruction. This is why Jonah Hex (2010) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008). (Read More)

Themes:military,  revenge
Locations:desert,  church
Story:military officer,  artillery,  firing squad,  lieutenant,  disfigurement,  presumed dead,  colonel,  severed hand,  general,  tent,  execution,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  shootout,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  dog,  death,  murder,  violence

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

Rang De Basanti (2006)

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

Themes:conspiracy,  drinking,  politics,  suicide,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:church,  hospital
Characters:dancer,  boy,  singer
Story:suicide by gunshot,  listening to a radio,  death of protagonist,  ethnic slur,  lieutenant,  pride,  bombing,  crucifix,  listening to music,  shaving,  diary,  hanging,  flash forward,  execution,  assassination,  eating,  shot in the back,  bomb,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  shot in the chest,  mirror,  motorcycle,  food,  shootout,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  gun,  blood,  murder,  violence

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Evita (1996)
Biography, Drama, History, Musical

Evita (1996)

High-flying, adored! The film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical depicting the infamous real-life story of Eva "Evita" Duarte de Peron, the wife of President Juan Peron, who rose from poverty to become the most famous Argentine woman in history. Her huge political influence and constant charity works earned her scorn and fear from the military and upper classes but adoration and love from the workers and descamisados. Evita's legendary life is displayed before your eyes as the most hated and most beloved woman in Argentina. (Read More)

Themes:military,  drinking,  politics
Locations:church,  hospital
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  singer
Period:1940s
Story:military coup,  military officer,  reference to benito mussolini,  crucifix,  government,  tank,  tears,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  song,  crying,  voice over narration,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  death,  murder

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011) is one of the best movies like Valkyrie (2008)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011)

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

Themes:military,  drinking
Locations:church
Characters:boy,  singer
Story:motorcycle with a sidecar,  major,  lieutenant,  colonel,  grenade,  shaving,  traitor,  cross,  tank,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  drink,  shot in the head,  mirror,  food,  song,  crying,  world war two,  voice over narration,  based on true story,  pistol,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  murder,  death,  kiss,  blood

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:exploitation,  military,  drinking,  suicide,  friendship
Locations:hospital
Characters:photographer,  dancer,  boy,  singer
Period:1940s
Story:government,  artillery,  listening to a radio,  medal,  bunker,  listening to music,  grenade,  shot in the arm,  tank,  flash forward,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  swimming,  tears,  rifle,  shooting,  arrest,  drink,  airplane,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  song,  crying,  world war two,  voice over narration,  telephone call,  singing,  explosion,  photograph,  dancing,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  blood,  death,  violence,  murder

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