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List of the best movies like The Coast Guard (2002): 71: Into the Fire, The Front Line, The Yellow Sea, The Patrol, War, Bedevilled, Casualties of War, The Battleship Island, A Hard Day, A Dirty Carnival.

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Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:00
CharactersHeroes, Military, Students, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Patriotic, Serious, Disturbing

A civil war broke out in the 1950s between North and South Korea which changed the country forever. 71: Into the Fire centers on the struggles of 71 student soldiers who fought through the Korean War. Using real people and events based on the opening moves of the Battle of P'ohang-dong, the film exposes the personal and physical conflicts that these students faced when finding themselves on the last line of defense at P'ohang-dong Girl's Middle School against the NKPA's advancement, needing to hold out until back up from other Korean troops and the Allies arrived.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:13
CharactersSpy, Military, Friends, Soldier
PlotWar, Friendship, Border
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

In 1951 ceasefire is declared, but two remaining armies fought their final battle on the front line Towards the end of the Korean War, a South Korean battalion is fiercely battling over a hill on the front line border against the North in order to capture a strategic point that would determine the new border between two nations. The ownership of this small patch of land would swap multiple times each day. Kang is dispatched to the front line in order to investigate the tacit case that’s been happening there. But he gets spiraled into the war that’s more terrifying than death itself when he meets his friend Kim, who has transformed into a war machine, and his unit. As the countdown for ceasefire begins, both sides become more vicious, resulting in deaths of countless lives until the last man could claim the land.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:37
CharactersGangsters, Hired assassins, Taxi drivers
PlotSurvival, Chase
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleExciting, Heavy, Depressive, Serious, For men

The region where the borders of North Korea, China, and Russia come together, forms a sort of modern day wild west, where more than half of the population relies on illegal activity in order to survive. In Yanbian, on the Chinese side of the border, Gu-nam wiles away his days driving a cab and spends his nights getting drunk and gambling. His wife went to Seoul to work and send back money, but it’s been months since he has heard from her. When local crime lord Myun offers to erase Gu-nam’s debts in exchange for a contract killing in Seoul, Gu-nam reluctantly accepts.

Markimdb: 4.3
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUnited Kingdom, Morocco
Duration01:23
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, Survival, Weapon
PlaceAfghanistan, Deserts
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Depressive, Serious

Afghanistan, 2006, Helmand Province becomes one of the most dangerous places on Earth as the British Army is deployed into the Taliban heartland. The Operation, Herrick, became synonymous with the struggle as British troops fought a losing battle against this unseen enemy.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryRussia
Duration02:00
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Hostage
PlaceChechnya, Russia
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

During the bloody war in Chechnya, a British couple and two Russian soldiers are taken hostage by Chechen rebels. Two of the hostages are then released to bring the money for the British woman who is forced to wait for the ransom.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:54
PlotRevenge, Slavery, Vacation, Rivalry
PlaceIslands, Asia, Korea
StyleAction, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

A woman subject to mental, physical, and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out.

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: 7.1
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:55
CharactersStrong women, Musicians, Family, Soldier, Ants
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Prison Break, Fight, The escape
PlacePrison, Sea, Islands, Ships, Japan
TimeFuture, Night
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

During the Japanese colonial era, roughly 400 Korean people, who were forced onto Battleship Island (‘Hashima Island’) to mine for coal, attempt to escape.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:51
CharactersDogs
PlotSkirmishes, Revenge, Money, Weapon, Blackmail
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Tense

On the way to his mother’s funeral, a detective accidentally hits a person with his car. He takes the body with him and puts it into his mother’s coffin. The moment he feels relieved, he receives a call. This caller insists that he saw the detective’s hit-and-run, but instead of asking for money, he wants to know about the body’s whereabouts, leading to a do-or-die showdown of the witness and detective.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:20
CharactersGangsters
PlotDebts, Rivalry
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Depressive, Serious

Byung-du is a 29-year-old career criminal, working for the middle-rank enforcer Sang-chul. Burdened with a terminally ill mother and taking care of younger siblings, Byung-du is feeling financial pressure as a substitute patriarch. When the big boss President Hwang is cornered by a corrupt prosecutor, Byung-du volunteers for a whack job and wins the big man's trust.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea, China
Duration02:13
CharactersSamurai, Spy, Dragons, Heroes, Military
PlotWar, Survival, Adventure, Martial Arts, Passion
PlaceItaly, Deserts, China, Asia, Korea
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Soulful, Atmospheric, Heavy, Explicit scenes

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.

Markimdb: 6
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military, biography
CountrySpain, USA, United Kingdom
CharactersSpecial Forces, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotOn real events, Skirmishes, Death, Cheating, Rivalry
PlaceAfghanistan
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Tense, Serious

When Andrew Briggman—a young soldier in the US invasion of Afghanistan—witnesses other recruits killing innocent civilians under the direction of a sadistic Sergeant, he considers reporting them to higher-ups. However, the heavily-armed and increasingly-violent platoon becomes suspicious that someone in their ranks has turned on them, and Andrew begins to fear that he'll be the next target.

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: 6.2
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Obsession, Pursuit, Weapon
StylePsychological problems, Action, Heavy, Depressive, Serious

It's fire and brimstone time as grieving mother Karen McCann takes justice into her own hands when a kangaroo court in Los Angeles fails to convict Robert Doob, the monster who raped and murdered her 17-year-old daughter.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, adventure, military
CountrySpain
Duration01:36
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Survival, Political
PlaceVillage, Yugoslavia
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Serious, For men, Disturbing

A tense drama that revolves around a platoon of Spanish soldiers, following the innocent young men as they step from the training field into a hell for which nothing could have prepared them.

Markimdb: 8.3
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryIndia
Duration02:24
CharactersSpecial Forces, Terrorists, Military, Soldier
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Weapon
PlaceIndia
StyleAction, Fascinating, Tense, Serious, For men

Following the roguish terrorist attacks at Uri Army Base camp in Kashmir, India takes the fight to the enemy, in its most successful covert operation till date with one and only one objective of avenging their fallen heroes.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:58
CharactersGangsters
PlotGambling, Revenge, Fight, Rivalry
PlacePrison, Asia, Korea
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Professional baduk (go) player Tae-seok loses a high-stakes game to infamous underground gambler Sal-soo, and ends up framed for the murder of his own brother and locked up in prison. He vows revenge and trains ferociously. After serving his seven-year sentence, he gets in touch with his brother's former associate "Tricks," hermit and blind master player "The Lord," and skillful junkyard owner Mok-su; together, they begin formulating a plan to get back at Sal-soo and his men. Tae-seok slowly penetrates Sal-soo's inner circle and his gambling joint, and eliminates Sal-soo's men one by one. But Sal-soo discovers Tae-seok's true identity and engages him in one final game that will seal the fates of the two men involved.

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: 6.1
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, fantasy, drama, military
CountryJapan
CharactersSamurai, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Supernatural, Life after death
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

Izo is an assassin in the service of a Tosa lord and Imperial supporter. After killing dozens of the Shogun's men, Izo is captured and crucified. Instead of being extinguished, his rage propels him through the space-time continuum to present-day Tokyo. Here Izo transforms himself into a new, improved killing machine.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersSerial killers, Psychiatrists
PlotInvestigation, Obsession, Mental disorders
PlacePsychiatric hospitals
StylePsychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Creepy

Determined to pull in the Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett will go to any length necessary to win the coveted award. When he learns of an unsolved murder committed at a mental institution, Barrett devises a scheme to solve it and earn himself recognition. With the assistance of a psychiatrist and his girlfriend, Barrett convinces the doctors at the institution to commit him. Once inside, he begins his investigation -- and gradually loses his mind.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration01:38
CharactersSnipers, Terrorists, Lifeguards
PlotOn real events, Hostage, Border
StyleTense, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

February 1976. Somalian rebels hijack a school bus carrying 21 French children and their teacher in Djibouti City. When the terrorists drive it to a no-man’s-land on the border between Somalia and French territory, the French Government sends out a newly formed elite squad to rescue the hostages. Within a few hours, the highly trained team arrives to the crisis area, where the Somalian National Army has taken position behind the barbed wire on the border. The French unit is left with very few options to rescue the hostages. As the volatile situation unravels, the French men quickly come up with a daring plan: carry out a simultaneous 5 men sniper attack to get the children and the teacher out safely. A true story.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, detective
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersTeens, Students
PlotSects, Rivalry
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

is a story about elite high school seniors, the top 1%, who are prepared to go to extremes to get into prestigious universities. A student who has ranked number one at an esteemed school dies in a remote mountain. Finding out why and the ultimate impact of his death make up the bulk of this thriller’s elaborate narrative, whose shocking conclusion could lead us to comment, “We’ve seen a devil.” Despite a structure that freely weaves together past and present, and a cast of appealing actors including Lee David, Gung Jun and Kim Kkot-bi, the most remarkable thing about the film is the theme itself. It touches on and raises the critical issue of the demands of Korea’s education system, which are becoming more extreme and competitive by the day.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:39
CharactersKillers, Couriers, Good people
PlotChase, Conspiracies, Pads, False accusations
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Tense

A delivery man has to flee for his life when he is framed for the assassination of a political candidate and the evidence against him begins to accumulate.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:08
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Revolution, Political, Uprising
PlaceVietnam, Asia
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Serious, For men, Disturbing

After being freed from a Vietnamese war prison, French Lt. Col. Pierre Raspeguy is sent to help quell resistance forces in Algeria. With the help of the Capt. Esclavier, who has grown weary of war, and Capt. Boisfeuras, who lives for it, Raspeguy attempts to convert a rugged band of soldiers into a formidable fighting unit, with the promise of marrying a beautiful countess if he's made a general.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, drama, military
CountrySweden
Duration02:01
CharactersSnipers, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Border, Snow, Missing people
PlaceForest, Sweden
TimeWorld War II, Winter
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

December 1942. Two young soldiers leave their posts at checkpoint 83 in North Värmland, Sweden and make their way through the ice cold winter night towards the Nazi-occupied Norwegian border. Sweden stands on the brink of invasion and they want to see the enemy everybody's talking about. But the adventure ends in disaster and soon thereafter Lieutenant Aron Stenström finds out that his brother Sven is one of the missing soldiers. With the odds stacked against him he is forced to go behind enemy lines on a secret rescue mission. Deep inside the Norwegian forests Aron realizes that a completely different kind of line must be crossed if they're to come out alive.

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: 7.7
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration02:23
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Rivalry
PlaceKorea
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

Jun-shik, who works for Tatsuo’s grandfather’s farm while Korea is colonized by Japan, dreams about participating in the Tokyo Olympics as a marathon runner. Tatsuo also aims to become a marathon runner, so the two become rivals. But the war breaks out and they both are forced to enlist in the army. Tatsuo becomes the head of defense in Jun-shik’s unit and he devises a scheme but fails. Jun-shik and Tatsuo are held captive by the Soviets. They run away but soon are captured by the Germans and forced to separate. In 1944, they meet again on the shores of Normandy.

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.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:36
CharactersHired assassins, Singers
PlotSkirmishes, Fight
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

A contract killer becomes disenchanted with his line of work and spares the lives of his two latest would-be-victims. But the assassination company he works for has no intentions of letting him quit.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:50
CharactersSpy, Military, Friends, Soldier
PlotWar, Investigation, Friendship, Political
PlaceAsia, Korea
StyleMakes me think, Depressive, Serious, Disturbing

In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier. But the 11 bullets found in the bodies, together with the 5 remaining bullets in the assassin's magazine clip, amount to 16 bullets for a gun that should normally hold 15 bullets. The investigating Swiss/Swedish team from the neutral countries overseeing the DMZ suspects that another, unknown party was involved - all of which points to some sort of cover up. The truth is much simpler and much more tragic.





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