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List of the best movies like Escape to Victory (1981): Green Street Hooligans: Underground, Fury, Warrior, The Third Half, Semper Fi, Rommel, The Philly Kid, Blood and Bone, The Keeper, Operation Crossbow.

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Markimdb: 5.2
Genredrama, crime, military, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:34
CharactersFriends
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Fight, Death, Funeral
PlaceEngland, London
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

An old firm leader returns to Green Street for Revanche after receiving a call that his little brother was killed, but is he able to cope with a new type of hooliganism and can he find his killer?

Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUSA, China, United Kingdom
Duration02:14
CharactersTankman, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Tanks, Rivalry
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive

Last months of World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank called "Fury" and its five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:20
CharactersSamurai, Dragons, Teachers, Heroes, Trainers
PlotSports, Adventure, Martial Arts, Boxing, Fight
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Serious, For men

The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother, an ex-marine with a tragic past.

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: 6.1
Genreaction, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
PlotMartial Arts, Fight, Friendship, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Heavy

Cal is a dedicated cop who also serves as a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve. When his reckless half brother lands in jail for accidentally killing a man, Cal and his buddies hatch a plan to break him out of prison -- no matter what the cost.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, drama, military, biography, history
CountryGermany, France, Austria
Duration02:00
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Intrigue, Rivalry
PlaceCourt, France, Beach
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Serious, Disturbing

The story of the final seven months in the life of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, drama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:34
PlotMartial Arts, Gambling, Fight, Death, Rivalry
PlacePrison, USA
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

A former NCAA champion wrestler is paroled after 10 years in prison. Now, to save a friend's life, in a series of cage fights he must agree to do the impossible - lose.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, drama, crime, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersGangsters, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Boxing, Fight, Competitions, Rivalry
PlacePrison, Los Angeles
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

In Los Angeles, an ex-con (White) takes the underground fighting world by storm in his quest to fulfill a promise to a dead friend.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany
CharactersStrong women
PlotOn real events, Soccer, Rivalry
PlaceCollege, Cemetery
TimeWorld War II
StyleInspirational, Soulful, Fascinating

The story of a man whose love for football, for England and for the love of his life, Margaret, saw him rise from Nazi 'villain' to British hero. Bert Trautmann, the German goalkeeper won over even his harshest opponents by winning the FA Cup Final for Manchester City in 1956 - playing on with a broken neck to secure victory.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:55
CharactersSpy, Heroes, Scientists, Military
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceEngland, London, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Allied agents infiltrate the Nazi rocket complex at Peenemunde in order to obtain their secrets and sabotage the plant.The film alternates between German developments of the V-1 missile and V-2 rocket (with a German cast speaking their own language) and discovery by British Intelligence of the weapon.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, drama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
PlotTravel, Chase, Rivalry
PlacePrison, Aircraft
StyleExciting, To cry, Serious, For men

Sylvester Stallone stars as hard-luck big-rig trucker Lincoln Hawk and takes us under the glaring Las Vegas lights for all the boisterous action of the World Armwrestling Championship. Relying on wits and willpower, Hawk tries to rebuild his life by capturing the first-place prize money, and the love of the son he abandoned years earlier into the keeping of his rich, ruthless father-in-law.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, drama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersDogs, Tough guys
PlotBoxing, Fight, Fights without rules, Rivalry
PlaceNew York
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Heavy, Tense, Serious

Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur has come to New York City with nothing. Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. When Harvey offers Shawn help at making the real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:00
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Adventure, Aviation
PlaceAircraft, Italy
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Epic, Serious, For men, Disturbing

The story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUSA, Australia
Duration02:12
CharactersSnipers, Special Forces, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceAsia
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Heavy, Serious, For men

As World War II rages, the elite Sixth Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over 500 American prisoners of war.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUSA
CharactersTankman, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Serious, Disturbing

Germany, May 1945, deep in the Harz Mountains a U.S. tank crew discovers a platoon of Germans preparing to ambush U.S. supply trucks.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Yugoslavia
CharactersMilitary
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlacePrison, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Makes me think, Serious

The true story of WWII's notorious Sobibor Nazi death camp, where a courageous inmate orchestrates and leads the escape of over 300 prisoners.

Markimdb: 3.2
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, adventure, sport
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Germany
CharactersFriends
PlotSoccer, Funeral, Rivalry
PlaceGermany, Night Clubs
StyleTo cry, Serious, For men

In the third installment of the football drama trilogy Goal!, Kuno Becker returns as Mexican footballer Santiago Muñez, who, along with his best friends and England national team players Charlie Braithwaite (Leo Gregory) and Liam Adams (JJ Feild), are selected for their respective national teams at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genredrama, military
CountryFrance, Italy
Duration02:25
CharactersSpy, Terrorists, Heroes
PlotWar, Survival, Betrayal, Intrigue
PlacePrison, Paris, France
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Gloomy, Makes me think, Depressive, Serious

Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Though Gerbier escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseilles, France, and exacts his revenge on the informant, he must continue a quiet, seemingly endless battle against the Nazis in an atmosphere of tension, paranoia and distrust.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, sport
CountryGermany
Duration01:55
PlotWar, Boxing, Friendship
PlaceGermany, Boarding school
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Depressive, Serious

In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) – high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich enrolls. During his year in seventh column,Friedrich encounters hazing, cruelty, death, and the Nazi code. His friendship with Albrecht, the ascetic son of the area's governor, is central to this education.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, crime, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:05
CharactersTeens, Trainers, Priests
PlotOn real events, Soccer, American Football, Competitions
PlaceRugby, USA, Los Angeles
StyleExciting, Soulful, Heavy, Serious, For men

Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, adventure, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersHeroes, Soldier
PlotWar, Adventure
PlacePrison, Trains, Italy, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Von Ryan's Express stars Frank Sinatra as a POW colonel who leads a daring escape from WWII Italy by taking over a freight train, but he has to win over the British soldiers he finds himself commanding.

Markimdb: 5
Genreaction, drama, crime, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersHeroes, Tough guys, Trainers
PlotLove, Martial Arts, Revenge, Fight, Fights without rules
PlacePrison
StyleExciting, Action, Inspirational, Depressive, Serious

One year after the events of "Kickboxer: Vengeance", Kurt Sloan has vowed never to return to Thailand. However, while gearing up for a MMA title shot, he finds himself sedated and forced back into Thailand, this time in prison. He is there because the ones responsible want him to face a 6'8" 400 lbs. beast named Mongkut and in return for the fight, Kurt will get two million dollars and his freedom back. Kurt at first refuses, in which a bounty is placed on his head as a way to force him to face Mongkut. Kurt soon learns he will have no other choice and will undergo his most rigorous training yet under some unexpected mentors in order to face Mongkut in hopes to regain his freedom.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Uprising
PlaceJapan, Asia, Small cities
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious, For men

An Army colonel leads a guerrilla campaign against the Japanese in the Philippines.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, military
CountryUSA
CharactersSpy, Military
PlotInvestigation, Political, Intrigue, Conspiracies, False accusations
PlaceJapan, Asia
TimeWorld War II, World War I
StyleSerious, Disturbing

Nick Condon, an American journalist in 1945 Tokyo, publishes the Japanese master plan for world domination. Reaction from the understandably upset Japanese provides the action, but this is overshadowed by the propaganda of the time.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:54
PlotOn real events, Basketball, Competitions
PlaceSmall cities
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach -- abrasive, unlikable Norman Dale -- whips the team into shape ... while also inciting controversy.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, military
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, West Germany
Duration02:06
CharactersSpy, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Robbery, Adventure
PlacePrison, Islands, England, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleSerious, For men, Disturbing

A safecracker turns double agent during WWII.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, military, biography, sport
CountryGermany, USA
Duration01:49
CharactersFriends
PlotWar, On real events, Friendship
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Serious

True story of boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and their enduring friendship.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, drama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersGangsters
PlotGambling, Boxing, Life, Friendship, Family life
PlaceChicago
StyleHeavy, Serious, For men

Tommy Riley has moved with his dad to Chicago from a 'nice place'. He keeps to himself, goes to school. However, after a street fight he is noticed and quickly falls into the world of illegal underground boxing - where punches can kill.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Uprising
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Heavy, Depressive, Serious, For men

World War II drama where the action centers around a single maneuver by a squad of GIs in retaliation against the force of the German Siegfried line. Reese joins a group of weary GIs unexpectedly ordered back into the line when on their way to a rest area. While most of the men withdraw from their positions facing a German pillbox at the far side of a mine-field, half a dozen men are left to protect a wide front. By various ruses, they manage to convince the Germans that a large force is still holding the position. Then Reese leads two of the men in an unauthorized and unsuccessful attack on the pillbox, in which the other two are killed; and when the main platoon returns, he is threatened with court-martial. Rather that face the disgrace, and in an attempt to show he was right, he makes a one-man attack on the pillbox.

Markimdb: 4.1
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military
CountryUSA
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier, Warriors, Veterans
PlotWar, On real events, Travel, Martial Arts, Hockey
PlaceIndonesia
StyleRomantic, Exciting, Heavy, Serious, For men

Rusty Wittenburg is a Navy SEAL struggling to balance his family life and his job. He fights daily to maintain the line between reality and the nightmares his PTSD conjures up for him. Dedicated to his team and his mission, he is willing to give the ultimate sacrifice for his fellow brothers and teammates.





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