10 best movies like Aftershock (2010)

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Aftershock 2010
Based on the Tangshan Earthquake in 1976 that took the lives of 240,000 people.

List of the best movies like Aftershock (2010): Confucius, Red Sorghum, The Joy Luck Club, Bodyguards and Assassins, The Warrior, The Agony and the Ecstasy, The Dust of Time, Heaven & Earth, Sacrifice, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon.

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Confucius (2010)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryChina
Duration02:05

In 500 B.C., during Chinas famed 'Spring and Autumn Period', Kong Ze (Confucius), a commoner reverred for his outstanding wisdom, is made Minister of Law in the ancient Kingdom of Lu. Under his inspired leadership, Lu ascends to new heights but becomes a target of conquest for the warlike nation of Qi. Threatened with annihilation by their powerful neighbour, a desperate people turn to their greatest teacher to lead their most powerful army. When Confucius delivers a stunning victory against all odds, a jealous aristocracy sets out to destroy him, but they should never under-estimate a remarkable man whose wisdom is more powerful than the sword.

Red Sorghum (1987)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryChina
Duration01:31

An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu'er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as "my Grandpa" by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed by Jiu'er. When the Japanese invaders subject the area to their rule and cut down the sorghum to make way for a road, the community rises up and resists as the sorghum grows anew.

The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama
CountryUSA, China
Duration02:19

Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationship.

Bodyguards and Assassins (2009)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, drama, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration02:19

In 1905, revolutionist Sun Yat-Sen visits Hong Kong to discuss plans with Tongmenghui members to overthrow the Qing dynasty. But when they find out that assassins have been sent to kill him, they assemble a group of protectors to prevent any attacks.

The Warrior (2001)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea, China
Duration02:13

In 1375, China was in chaos between Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. Coryo (an ancient kingdom of Korea then) sent a delegation of many diplomats, soldiers and a silent slave to make peace with the new Chinese government. However, this delegation got charged as spies and sent in exile to a remote desert.

The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:18

Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II in this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone's novel directed by Carol Reed. While the novel covers Michelangelo's life from birth to death, the film focuses on the battle of wills between the perfectionist artist and the impatient Pope who commissions (and eventually commands) him to paint the famed chapel.

The Dust of Time (2008)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryGreece, France, Italy, Germany

A, an American film director of Greek ancestry, is making a film that tells his story and the story of his parents. It is a tale that unfolds in Italy, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Canada and the USA. The main character is Eleni, who is claimed and claims the absoluteness of love. At the same time the film is a long journey into the vast history and the events of the last fifty years that left their mark on the 20th century. The characters in the film move as though in a dream. The dust of time confuses memories. A searches for them and experiences them in the present.

Heaven & Earth (1993)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, military, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:20

Le Ly lives in a small Vietnamese village whose serenity is shattered when war breaks out. Caught between the Viet Cong and the South Vietnamese army, the village is all but destroyed. After being both brutalized and raped, Le Ly resolves to flee. She leaves for the city, surviving desperate situations, but surviving nonetheless. Eventually she meets a U.S. Marine named Steve Butler who treats her kindly and tells her he would like to be married -- maybe to her.

Sacrifice (2010)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, history
CountryChina
Duration02:02

For generations the Zhao family has wielded power, until their mortal enemy TU’AN GU slaughters the entire clan, determined to wipe out their influence forever. But one Zhao baby survives hidden by CHENG YING the doctor who delivered him. When Tu’an Gu learns of the baby’s escape he seizes every infant in the city, vowing to kill them all unless the Zhao baby is surrendered. As the tyrant’s soldiers arrive at Cheng Ying’s home the frantic doctor hides his wife with their own baby whilst surrendering the Zhao child as his own. But his family is discovered; his baby is presumed to be the Zhao heir and murdered along with his wife for harboring the infant. Now set on revenge Cheng Ying enrolls the Zhao orphan into the service of the Tu’an Gu household, plotting to use him as an instrument of vengeance when he comes of age.

Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon (2008)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryChina, South Korea, Hong Kong
Duration01:42

The aging Zhao embarks on his final and greatest campaign, a road to adventure that will crown his name in glory for all time.

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Dragon (2011)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryHong Kong, China
Duration01:56

A sinful martial arts expert wants to start a new tranquil life, only to be hunted by a determined detective and his former master.

City of Life and Death (2009)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration02:13

City of Life and Death takes place in 1937, during the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking, a period of several weeks wherein tens of thousands of Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed.

Special Treatment (2010)
Markimdb: 5.5
Genredrama
CountryFrance, Luxembourg, Belgium
Duration01:35

Drawing some intriguing parallels between the work of the prostitute and that of the psychiatrist-both have clients, both charge for sessions, both take on roles that serve the needs, psychological or otherwise, of those they serve, Jeanne Labrune's drama stars Isabelle Huppert and Bouli Lanners as, respectively, Alice, a disaffected call girl and Xavier, a shrink with a crumbling domestic situation.

Purple Butterfly (2003)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama, military, history
CountryChina, France
Duration02:07

Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a secret police unit tasked with dismantling Purple Butterfly.

An Empress and the Warriors (2008)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, history
CountryHong Kong, China

After the death of her father, a woman is forced to take over as empress and fight to save her kingdom.

The Assassins (2012)
Markimdb: 5.5
Genredrama, history
CountryChina

In the year 198 BC, Cao Cao (Chow Yun Fat), Prime Minister of the Han Dynasty, ventured to the east and defeated China's greatest warrior Lu Bu, terrifying every ambitious warlord across the country. Several years later, after taking the Han Emperor under his wing, Cao crowns himself King of Wei. He built a magnificent Bronze Sparrow Island to symbolize his power and rumors spread that he would replace the Emperor. Meanwhile, young lovers Mu Shun (Hiroshi Tamaki) and Ling Ju (Liu Yi-Fei) are taken from a prison camp to a hidden tomb, where they spend five cruel years together, training as assassins for a secret mission. In the year 220 BC astronomical signs predict dramatic change. As a result, Cao's son Cao Pi (Yau Sam-Chi) and Cao's followers urge Cao to become the new Emperor - but unknown opposing forces plot against him.

Indochine (1992)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryFrance, Vietnam, Malaysia
Duration02:33

Eliane Devries is the seemingly repressed owner of a prosperous rubber plantation in French Indochina, circa 1930. Her steely exterior, however, is only a mask intended to hide her torrid love affairs from upper class society

The White Countess (2005)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany, China, USA
Duration02:15

Iin 1930s Shanghai, 'The White Countess' is both Sofia—a fallen member of the Russian aristocracy—and a nightclub created by a blind American diplomat, who asks Sofia to be the centerpiece of the world he wants to create.

In the Heat of the Sun (1994)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryChina, Hong Kong

The film is set in Beijing during the Cultural Revolution. It is told from the perspective of Ma Xiaojun nicknamed Monkey, a teenage boy. Monkey and his friends are free to roam the streets of Beijing day and night because the Cultural Revolution has caused their parents and most adults to be either busy or away. The story revolves around Monkey's dalliances with his roguish male friends and his subsequent angst-filled crush with Mi Lan.

Che: Part Two (2009)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, Spain, France
Duration02:15

After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. Through this story, we come to understand how Che remains a symbol of idealism and heroism that lives in the hearts of people around the world.

War Horse (2011)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, history
CountryUSA, India
Duration02:26

Follows a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend.

River Queen (2005)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, history
CountryNew Zealand, United Kingdom
Duration01:54

An intimate story set during the 1860s in which a young Irish woman Sarah and her family find themselves on both sides of the turbulent wars between British and Maori during the British colonization of New Zealand.

Poetry (2010)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:19

Grandmother Mi Ja works part-time as a caretaker, and struggles to raise a teen grandson by herself. Despite her tough situation, she speaks softly, dresses fashionably, and approaches the world with child-like curiosity. Enrolling in a poetry class, she endeavors to capture life in verse form, but her simple dream of completing a poem is stalled by the early signs of Alzheimer's disease and the heavy financial and emotional burden of her grandson's shocking wrongdoing.

The Face Reader (2013)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, biography, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:22

An exceptionally talented face reader becomes entangled in a bloody power struggle between a child king and his uncle who plans to usurp the throne.

Defiance (2008)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:17

Based on a true story, during World War II, four Jewish brothers escape their Nazi-occupied homeland of West Belarus in Poland and join the Soviet partisans to combat the Nazis. The brothers begin the rescue of roughly 1,200 Jews still trapped in the ghettos of Poland.

The Grandmaster (2013)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military, biography
CountryHong Kong, China
Duration02:03

Ip Man's peaceful life in Foshan changes after Gong Yutian seeks an heir for his family in Southern China. Ip Man then meets Gong Er who challenges him for the sake of regaining her family's honor. After the Second Sino-Japanese War, Ip Man moves to Hong Kong and struggles to provide for his family. In the mean time, Gong Er chooses the path of vengeance after her father was killed by Ma San.

Les Misérables (2012)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, musical, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:38

An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.

Kano (2014)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, biography, history, sport
CountryTaiwan

A Taiwanese high school baseball team travels to Japan in 1931 to compete in a national tournament.

Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, drama, history
CountrySouth Korea

Set in the 19th century, when lowly butcher Dol Moo-Chi refuses to carry out an assignment, his failure causes tragedy to unfold upon his family and himself. As Dol Moo-Chi is about to be executed, a group of righteous thieves known as Kundo arrive.

Two Hearts As One (2014)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, history
CountryTurkey

A look inside the story of two newlyweds who are parted from each other and spend the next half-century of their lives trying to reunite.




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