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List of the best movies like Rescue Dawn (2006): Uncommon Valor, Kajaki, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Casualties of War, American Sniper, Bat*21, Hamburger Hill, '71, A Private War, Courage Under Fire.

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Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Adventure, Marine Corps
PlacePrison, Jungle, Vietnam
StyleExciting, Action, Tense, Serious, For men

A group of Vietnam War veterans re-unite to rescue one of their own left behind and taken prisoner by the Vietnamese...

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, adventure, military, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:48
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceAfghanistan, Deserts, Helicopters
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive

British soldiers guarding the Kajaki Dam set out to rescue a three-man team after one of them loses a leg to a landmine.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, documentary, military, biography
CountryGermany, United Kingdom, France
Duration01:20
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlacePrison, Jungle, Vietnam, Germany, Asia
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

In 1966, Dieter Dengler was shot down over Laos, captured, and, down to 85 pounds, escaped. Barefoot, surviving monsoons, leeches, and machete-wielding villagers, he was rescued. Now, near 60, living on Mt. Tamalpais, Dengler tells his story: a German lad surviving Allied bombings in World War II, postwar poverty, apprenticed to a smith, beaten regularly. At 18, he emigrates and peels potatoes in the U.S. Air Force. He leaves for California and college, then enlistment in the Navy to learn to fly. A quiet man of sorrows tells his story: war, capture, harrowing conditions, escape, and miraculous rescue. Where did he find the strength; how does he now live with his memories?

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, drama, crime, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Abduction, Investigation, Justice
PlaceVietnam
StyleAction, Heavy, Serious, Disturbing

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. Based on the actual events of an incident on Hill 192 in November, 1966.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, drama, military, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:12
CharactersSnipers, Terrorists, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Obsession
PlaceIraq
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Serious, For men

U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle takes his sole mission—protect his comrades—to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. However, when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Adventure, Friendship
PlaceJungle, Vietnam, Asia
StyleExciting, Heavy, Tense, Serious, For men

Lt. Col. Iceal "Ham" Hambleton is a weapons countermeasures expert and when his aircraft is shot over enemy territory the Air Force very much wants to get him back. Hambleton knows the area he's in is going to be carpet-bombed but a temporary shortage of helicopters causes a delay. Working with an Air Force reconnaissance pilot, Capt. Bartholomew Clark, he maps out an escape route.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:49
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Skirmishes
PlaceJungle, Vietnam, Asia
StyleHeavy, Gloomy, Serious, Disturbing

The men of Bravo Company are facing a battle that's all uphill… up Hamburger Hill. Fourteen war-weary soldiers are battling for a mud-covered mound of earth so named because it chews up soldiers like chopped meat. They are fighting for their country, their fellow soldiers and their lives. War is hell, but this is worse. Hamburger Hill tells it the way it was, the way it really was. It's a raw, gritty and totally unrelenting dramatic depiction of one of the fiercest battles of America's bloodiest war. This happened. Hamburger Hill - war at its worst, men at their best.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, military
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:39
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, Survival, Rivalry
PlaceIreland
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive

A young British soldier must find his way back to safety after his unit accidentally abandons him during a riot in the streets of Belfast.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, military, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:34
CharactersTerrorists, Strong women, Writers, Journalists, Photographers
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Friendship, Revolution
PlaceAfghanistan, Jungle, Iraq, Deserts, Syria
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing, Womens in main roles

One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, detective, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersMilitary, Soldier, Pilots
PlotWar, Political
PlaceIraq, Helicopters
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Makes me think, Depressive, Serious

A US Army officer had made a "friendly fire" mistake that was covered up and he was reassigned to a desk job. Later he was tasked to investigate a female chopper commander's worthiness to be awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. At first all seemed in order then he begins to notice inconsistencies between the testimonies of the witnesses....

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar
PlaceJungle, Vietnam, Helicopters, Asia
StyleHeavy, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

Go Tell the Spartans is a 1978 American war film based on Daniel Ford's 1967 novel "Incident at Muc Wa." It tells the story about U.S. Army military advisers during the early part of the Vietnam War. Led my Major Asa Barker, these advisers and their South Vietnamese counterparts defend the village of Muc Wa against multiple attacks by Viet-Cong guerrillas.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryAustralia, USA
Duration02:29
CharactersTeens, Snipers, Heroes, Military, Alcoholics
PlotLove, War, On real events, Survival, Death
PlaceJapan, Bunker
TimeWorld War II
StylePopular, To cry, Inspirational, Patriotic, Tense

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, military, biography, history
CountrySpain
Duration01:21
CharactersDogs, Teens, Photographers
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceVillage, Concentration camp
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Makes me think, Disturbing

Spanish photographer Francesc Boix, imprisoned in the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp, works in the SS Photographic Service. Between 1943 and 1945, he hides, with the help of other prisoners, thousands of negatives, with the purpose of showing the freed world the atrocities committed by the Nazis, exhaustively documented. He will be a key witness during the Nuremberg Trials.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, drama, military, biography, history, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersSoldier
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Political
StyleAction, To cry, Fascinating, Makes me think, Serious

Zamperini returns to California where he wound up marrying Cynthia Applewhite while wrestling with untreated PTSD, suffering constant nightmares, angry, bitter and deeply depressed, his wife convinces Zamperini to attend the 1949 Billy Graham Crusade.

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: 5.5
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective, military
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:28
CharactersZombie, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Survival, Supernatural, Mental disorders, Viruses
PlaceBunker
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Heavy, Depressive, Serious

In 1944, in the Belgian - German border, seven German soldiers survive an American attack in the front and lock themselves in a bunker to protect the position. Under siege by the enemy and with little ammunition, they decide to explore underground tunnels to seek supplies and find an escape route. While in the tunnel, weird things happen with the group.

Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUSA, Luxembourg
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlaceFrance
TimeWorld War I
StyleHeavy, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious, For men

Fact-based war drama about an American battalion of over 500 men which gets trapped behind enemy lines in the Argonne Forest in October 1918 France during the closing weeks of World War I.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, military, biography, history
CountryCzech Republic, United Kingdom, USA, France
Duration02:24
CharactersDogs, Teens, Firefighters, Teachers, Strong women
PlotLove, On real events, Friendship, Death, Chase
PlaceParty, Germany
TimeNew Year, World War II
StyleSmart

In December 1941, Czech soldier Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš parachute into their occupied homeland to assassinate Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich

Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, military
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:30
CharactersSpecial Forces, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Adventure, Chase
PlaceScotland
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Epic

The true story of the formation of Ian Fleming's 30 Commando unit, a precursor for the elite forces in the U.K.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military, history
CountryUSA, Malta, Morocco
Duration02:20
CharactersCIA, Special Forces, Terrorists, Tough guys
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Skirmishes, Death
PlaceEmbassy
StyleAction, Tense, Disturbing

An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryAustralia
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Skirmishes, Fight
PlaceVietnam, Australia
StyleHeavy, Tense, Creepy, Serious, Disturbing

Vietnam War, 1966. Australia and New Zealand send troops to support the United States and South Vietnamese in their fight against the communist North. Soldiers are very young men, recruits and volunteers who have never been involved in a combat. On August 18th, members of Delta Company will face the true horror of a ruthless battle among the trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tân. They are barely a hundred. The enemy is a human wave ready to destroy them.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:56
CharactersSpecial Forces, Military, Soldier, Marines
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Skirmishes, Death
PlaceAfghanistan
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Patriotic

Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find reserves of strength and resilience to fight to the finish.

Mark
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryRussia
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlaceUSSR
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleAction, Heavy

Fall of 1941. Freshly graduated from school, Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya volunteers for a partisan unit. During an assignment, her comrades are ambushed, and she is captured by the Nazis. She endures hours of grueling interrogations and horrendous torture, but defiantly refuses to divulge any information that would compromise other units’ partisan missions. She doesn’t even tell her captors her real name. Zoya’s sacrifice was not in vain; it ignited fire in the hearts of millions of people and became the symbol of selfless heroism during WWII. She is one of the most celebrated heroes of that time.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, crime, military
CountryFrance, Belgium, Germany, USA, Malta, Croatia, Netherlands
Duration02:19
CharactersSnipers, Gangsters, Special Forces, Strong women, Military
PlotRobbery, Skirmishes, Death, Water, Flooding
PlaceAircraft, Lake, Serbia
TimeWorld War II
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

In the midst of the Balkan wars, a squad of Navy SEALs attempts to unravel a long-forgotten mystery after discovering an enormous treasure trove hidden at the bottom of a lake in Serbia.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrethriller, drama, film noir, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersHeroes, Military, Surgeons
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Revenge, Hostage
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Gloomy, Depressive

During the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, surgeon Dr. Franticek Svoboda, a Czech patriot, assassinates the brutal "Hangman of Europe", Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich, and is wounded in the process. In his attempt to escape, he is helped by history professor Stephen Novotny and his daughter Mascha.

Markimdb: 3
Genrethriller, drama, military, history
CountryRussia
CharactersSoldier
PlotWar, Skirmishes, Friendship, Death, Fate
PlaceUkraine
StyleExciting, Action, To cry, Fascinating, Heavy

In the center of the plot of the film is a young soldier of the Ukrainian army, Andrei Sokolov, who is sent to the combat zone as a driver. Fleeing from the shelling, Andrew finds himself in the basement of a dwelling house, where he meets different people, each of whom dreams of only one thing - so that the war will end as soon as possible.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, drama, military, biography, history
CountryRussia, Ukraine
Duration02:17
CharactersSnipers, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Death, Weapon, True love
PlaceRussia, USSR, Ukraine
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleAction, Heavy, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

The breakout of the war shatters the world of a young student, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, forcing her to enlist in the army in 1941. The maiden turns out to be a natural-born sniper, her impressive skill and prowess make her stand out among men and women alike. Seeing Pavlichenko as a tangible threat, the German High Command gives orders to eliminate the girl whatever the cost. In the meanwhile, Lyudmila meets a man and falls in love. War fades into the background... Soon, however, another misfortune befalls Lyudmila leaving the man she loves on the brink of death and herself seriously wounded. The girl is pulled out of combat and later goes to the United States with a publicity visit. Eleanor Roosevelt welcomes Lyudmila in the White House and the two women soon become close. It won't be long before Pavlichenko stands before an audience in Chicago pressing for a second front. Will her words have the capacity to change the course of war?

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:10
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Political, Uprising
PlaceIslands, Japan, USA, Asia, Korea
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Action, Soulful, Fascinating, Heavy

The film portrays MacArthur's (Gregory Peck) life from 1942, before the Battle of Bataan, to 1952, the time after he had been removed from his Korean War command by President Truman (Ed Flanders) for insubordination, and is recounted in flashback as he visits West Point.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrethriller, drama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:22
CharactersJournalists, Soldier, Reporters
PlotOn real events, Investigation, Weapon, Political, Conspiracies
PlaceIraq, Party, USA, Office
StyleAction, Tense, For men, Disturbing

A group of journalists covering George Bush's planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 are skeptical of the presidents claim that Saddam Hussein has "weapons of mass destruction."

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.





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