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20 best movies like Ballad of a Soldier (1959)

List of the best movies like Ballad of a Soldier (1959): Dear John, Joyeux Noël, The Messenger, The Third Half, Birdsong, Coming Home, Lemon Tree, Come See the Paradise, In Love and War, Gardens of Stone.

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Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, detective, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotLove, War, Money, Surfing, True love
PlaceUSA
StyleRomantic, Sad ones, To cry, Cute, Soulful

Sergeant John Tyree is home on a 2 week leave from Germany. He meets Savannah after he dives into the ocean to retrieve Savannah's purse that had fallen off the pier. John falls in love with Savannah who is a student on spring break helping build a house for Habitat for Humanity. A romance occurs and Savannah falls deeply in love with John. She promises to write John overseas until he returns.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, military, music, history
CountryFrance, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium, Romania
Duration01:51
CharactersMilitary, Soldier, Cats, Singers
PlotWar, On real events, Soccer, Friendship, Snow
TimeNew Year, World War I
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Touching

In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man's Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
CharactersMilitary, Friends, Soldier
PlotWar, Friendship, Loneliness
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Gloomy, Touching, Depressive

Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who has returned home from Iraq, is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Montgomery is partnered with Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), to give notice to the families of fallen soldiers. The Sergeant is drawn to Olivia Pitterson (Samantha Morton), to whom he has delivered news of her husband’s death.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history, sport
CountryMacedonia, Czech Republic, USA
Duration01:53
CharactersJews
PlotOn real events, Soccer, True love, Competitions, Rivalry
PlaceYugoslavia
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Serious

Spitz is the German-Jewish coach of the football team Macedonia during World War II. Under his leadership, the team fights to become the champion of Bulgaria's National Football League

Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:46
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar
PlaceFrance
StyleRomantic, By books, Epic, Serious

As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:07
CharactersMilitary, Disabled people, Soldier
PlotLove, War, Love triangle, Marine Corps
PlaceVietnam, California, Los Angeles
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Gloomy, Makes me think, Touching

The wife of a Marine serving in Vietnam, Sally Hyde decides to volunteer at a local veterans hospital to occupy her time. There she meets Luke Martin, a frustrated wheelchair-bound vet who has become disillusioned with the war. Sally and Luke develop a friendship that soon turns into a romance.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military
CountryIsrael, Germany, France
CharactersTerrorists, Lawyers, Soldier, Widows
PlotOn real events, Loneliness, Political
PlaceVillage, Russia, Israel
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Gloomy, Makes me think

Salma Zidane, a widow, lives simply from her grove of lemon trees in the West Bank's occupied territory. The Israeli defence minister and his wife move next door, forcing the Secret Service to order the trees' removal for security. The stoic Salma seeks assistance from the Palestinian Authority, Israeli army, and a young attorney, Ziad Daud, who takes the case. In this allegory, does David stand a chance against Goliath?

Markimdb: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:18
CharactersOrphans
PlotLove, War
PlaceParis, Hospitals, Los Angeles
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Makes me think, Serious

Come See The Paradise is a deeply touching love story set against the backdrop of a dramatic and controversial period in American history, It follows the romance and eventual marriage of Jack McGurn (Dennis Quad), a hot blooded Irish American, and a beautiful Japanese American Lily Dawanura (Tamlyn Tomita), at the outset of World War II. The clash of cultures, at once painful for the two lovers, becomes insurmountable after the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Lily and the Kawamuras are relocated To a bleak, outdoor internment camp in California, Jack is drafted into the Army, powerless to help the woman he loves abandoning all hope of ever winning her family's approval.

Markimdb: 6
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
CharactersSoldier, Nurses, Drivers
PlotLove, War, On real events, Fate
PlaceItaly
TimeWorld War I
StyleRomantic, To cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Vital signs

After teenage ambulance driver Ernest Hemingway (Chris O'Donnell) takes shrapnel in the leg during World War I, he falls in love with Agnes von Kurowsky (Sandra Bullock), a beautiful older nurse at the hospital where he's sent to recover. Their affair slowly blossoms, until Hemingway boldly asks Agnes to be his wife and journey to America with him. Richard Attenborough directs this drama based on the real-life experiences of the famed novelist.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, Political, Justice, Funeral
PlaceVietnam, Cemetery
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Touching, Depressive, Serious

A sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Vietnam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old army buddy.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, military
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:36
CharactersSpy, Childrens, Heroes, Soldier, Orphans
PlotWar, Survival, Death
PlaceRussia
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleAtmospheric, Makes me think, Depressive, Serious

Poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy's war-ravaged youth.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersSoldier
PlotWar, Passion, Ballet
PlaceEngland, London
TimeWorld War II, World War I
StyleRomantic, To cry, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

On the eve of World War II, a British officer revisits Waterloo Bridge and recalls the young man he was at the beginning of World War I and the young ballerina he met just before he left for the front. Myra stayed with him past curfew and is thrown out of the corps de ballet. She survives on the streets of London, falling even lower after she hears her true love has been killed in action. But he wasn't killed. Those terrible years were nothing more than a bad dream is Myra's hope after Roy finds her and takes her to his family's country estate.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryBelarus, Russia
Duration02:11
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotLove, War, On real events, Survival, Cars
PlaceRussia
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Epic, Serious

A war drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, in which Russian troops held on to a border stronghold for nine days. The film shows the heroic defense of Brest Fortress, which has taken upon the first stroke of German fascist invaders on June 22 1941.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography
CountryNetherlands
Duration02:10
PlotOn real events
TimeWorld War II
StyleRomantic, To cry, Soulful, By books, Fascinating

Waldemar Nods, a young man from Suriname, meets the older Dutch woman Rika van der Lans and they fall in love. In pre-WWII Netherlands they could not be more different. The one black, the other white, 17 years between them and on top of that Rika already has four children with another man. They love each other, but then Rika appears to be pregnant...

Markimdb: 6
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime, military
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Lesbians, Military, Soldier
PlotFriendship
StyleSoulful, Serious

Marine officer Alexandra is tough enough to kick any guy's ass in a bar fight, but there's one opponent she can't beat: military policy. When she returns to her conservative hometown from Iraq with a mysterious personal life, she finds herself charged with preparing a tempestuous teenage girl to boot camp.

Markimdb: 7
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryJapan
Duration01:54
CharactersSoldier, Widows
PlotLove, Death
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Toward the end of World War II, middle-aged soldier Keita is entrusted with a postcard from a comrade who is sure he will die in battle. After the war ends, Keita visits his comrade's wife Yuko and bears witness to the tragic life she has led. This year's Oscar entry from Japan finds SHINDO in top form and his 49th and reportedly last film as fresh and poignant as ever.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military
CountryUSA
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, Friendship, Love triangle
PlaceFrance
TimeWorld War II
StyleRomantic, Action, By books, Serious

Toward the end of World War II, two American soldiers fighting in Southern France become romantically involved with a young, American woman. Her background will reveal more about them than her.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryTurkey
Duration01:58
CharactersPhotographers
PlotLove, On real events, Love triangle, True love, Fate
PlaceTurkey
StyleRomantic, Unexpected ending, To cry, Inspirational, Soulful

Year 1977, a September morning in Ankara... Yilmaz tries to rush his pregnant wife Neriman to the hospital and he crashes into Omer's car. The causes Omer's pregnant wife Inci, who was in the back seat, to have a pre-term labor. The babies are born on the same day. They see each other for the first time... This accident is the threshold of the coincidences that bring Ozgur and Deniz together. They come across each other in Ankara several times during their childhood and youth. Each intersection has a butterfly effect, resulting in drastic changes in their lives. They sometimes cause disasters, sometimes miracles. However, they can never be together. Whatever it is that brings them together, manages to build a transparent wall between them. Until they come across each other again in Istanbul, 25 years later... --Anonymous (imdb)

Markimdb: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:26
CharactersChildrens
PlotLove, War, On real events, Survival, Relationship
PlaceConcentration camp, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Makes me think

Germany, 1944. Leyna, the 15-year old daughter of a white German mother and a black African father, meets Lutz, a compassionate member of the Hitler Youth whose father is a prominent Nazi soldier, and they form an unlikely connection in this quickly changing world.

Markimdb: 5.1
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryRussia
CharactersSoldier
PlotLove, War
TimeWorld War II
StyleRomantic, Serious

1945. Young German soldier is hiding from Soviet soldiers in abandoned house. Every day he sees a girl who moved to the house next door until finally he's failing in love with her.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryIndia
Duration02:16
CharactersArtists, Archaeologists, Artists
PlotLove, Excavations
PlaceVillage, India, Asia
StyleRomantic, To cry, Touching, Serious

In a village, a young archaeologist falls in love with a landlord's daughter. Their union seems doomed. But destiny brings them together a year later. Will they live happily ever after?

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, history
CountryUSA, India
Duration02:26
CharactersAnimals, Horses, Military, Alcoholics
PlotWar, Friendship
PlaceEngland
TimeWorld War I
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Epic, Touching, Serious

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.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryCanada, South Africa, United Kingdom, USA, India, Pakistan
CharactersSoldier
PlotLove
PlaceVillage, India, Asia
StyleRomantic, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Epic

Determined to leave the ravages of war behind, 38 year old Gian Singh resigns from the British Indian Army to a quiet life. His world is soon thrown in turmoil, when he suddenly finds himself responsible for the life of a 17 year old girl, traumatized by the events that separated her from her family.

Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, military
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Canada, Belgium, USA
Duration01:47
CharactersStrong women, Military, Soldier
PlotWar
PlaceVillage, France
TimeWorld War II
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Serious

France, 1940. In the first days of occupation, beautiful Lucile Angellier is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother-in-law as they both await news of her husband: a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees start to pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers' own homes. Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno von Falk, the handsome and refined German officer staying with them. But soon, a powerful love draws them together and leads them into the tragedy of war.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military, history
CountryIndia
CharactersSoldier
PlotLove, War, Love triangle
TimeWorld War II
StyleRomantic, Fascinating, Serious

Julia travels to the Indo-Burma border to perform for the troops during the World War II, on the insistence of Billimoria, her lover. She finds herself in love with Jemadar Malik, a soldier there.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryFrance, Germany
Duration02:05
CharactersMusicians, Soldier
PlotLove, War, Dancing, Passion, Friendship
PlaceTrains, Germany, Hotels
TimeWorld War I
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Fascinating, Touching, Black and White

In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious French man who visits the fiance’s grave to lay flowers.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:37
CharactersSoldier
PlotWar, Wedding, True love
PlaceUSSR
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Patriotic, Touching, Heartbreaking

Veronika and Boris come together in Moscow shortly before World War II. Walking along the river, they watch cranes fly overhead, and promise to rendezvous before Boris leaves to fight. Boris misses the meeting and is off to the front lines, while Veronika waits patiently, sending letters faithfully. After her house is bombed, Veronika moves in with Boris' family, into the company of a cousin with his own intentions.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:19
CharactersMilitary, Soldier, Nurses
PlotWar, Friendship
PlaceItaly, Hospitals
TimeWorld War I
StyleRomantic, To cry, By books, Gloomy, Serious

A tale of the World War I love affair, begun in Italy, between American ambulance driver Lt. Frederic Henry and British nurse Catherine Barkley. Eventually separated by Frederic's transfer, tremendous challenges and difficult decisions face each as the war rages on.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, military
CountryItaly
Duration01:58
CharactersPoets, Good people
PlotWar, True love
PlaceItaly, Iraq
StyleRomantic, To cry, Fancy, Touching

Love and injury in time of war. Attilio de Giovanni teaches poetry in Italy. He has a romantic soul, and women love him. But he is in love with Vittoria, and the love is unrequited. Every night he dreams of marrying her, in his boxer shorts and t-shirt, as Tom Waits sings. Vittoria travels to Iraq with her friend, Fuad, a poet; they are there with the second Gulf War breaks out. Vittoria is injured. Attilio must get to her side, and then, as war rages around him, he must find her the medical care she needs. In war, does love conquer all?

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, adventure, family, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersMilitary, Friends, Soldier
PlotWar, Travel, Money, Friendship, Tornadoes
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching

The story revolves around three soldiers — Colee, T.K. and Cheaver — who return from the Iraq War after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an unexpected road trip across the U.S.





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