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List of the best movies like The Cranes Are Flying (1957): The Crimean, Yanks, Hacksaw Ridge, Pearl Harbor, Panfilov's 28 Men, Frantz, Battle Cry, Waterloo Bridge, Ballad of a Soldier, Battle for Sevastopol.

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Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military, history
CountryTurkey
Duration01:54
CharactersSoldier
PlotWar
TimeWorld War II

The human tragedy and the suffering of the Crimean Turks who were taken hostage as prisoners of war in German prison camps during World War II.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, West Germany
Duration02:21
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, Mental disorders, Love triangle
PlaceEngland
TimeWorld War II
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, especially when it comes to the G.I.s making advances on the lonely British girls. One relationship that develops is between married John, an Army Captain, and the aristocratic Helen, whose naval husband is away at war. Helen loves her husband, but Helen and John are looking for some comfort during the difficult times.

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: 6.2
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration03:03
CharactersMilitary, Friends, Soldier, Pilots
PlotLove, War, Survival, Death, Love triangle
PlaceAircraft, Ocean, England, Warships, Japan
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, To cry, Patriotic, Long

The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes is immediately put on hold when they find themselves at the center of Japan's devastating attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, military, history
CountryRussia
Duration02:24
CharactersTankman, Heroes, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Tanks, Death
PlaceRussia, USSR, Germany, Moscow
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleHeavy, Tense, Touching, Disturbing

USSR, Late November, 1941. Based on the account by reporter Vasiliy Koroteev that appeared in the Red Army's newspaper, Krasnaya Zvezda, shortly after the battle, this is the story of Panifilov's Twenty-Eight, a group of twenty-eight soldiers of the Red Army's 316th Rifle Division, under the command of General Ivan Panfilov, that stopped the advance on Moscow of a column of fifty-four Nazi tanks of the 11th Panzer Division for several days. Though armed only with standard issue Mosin-Nagant infantry rifles and DP and PM-M1910 machine guns, all useless against tanks, and with wholly inadequate RPG-40 anti-tank grenades and PTRD-41 anti-tank rifles, they fight tirelessly and defiantly, with uncommon bravery and unwavering dedication, to protect Moscow and their Motherland.

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: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:29
CharactersIndians, Military, Friends, Soldier
PlotWar, Wedding, Friendship, Marine Corps
TimeWorld War II
StyleBy books, Heavy, Touching, Intellectual, Serious

The dramatic story of US marines in training, in combat and in love during World War II. The story centres on a major who guides the raw recruits from their training to combat. Based on the novel by Leon Uris.

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: 8.2
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountrySoviet Union
Duration01:29
CharactersSoldier
PlotLove, War, Travel
PlaceVillage, Trains, Russia
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleRomantic, Soulful, Touching, Serious

During World War II, earnest young Russian soldier Alyosha Skvortsov is rewarded with a short leave of absence for performing a heroic deed on the battlefield. Feeling homesick, he decides to visit his mother. Due to his kindhearted nature, however, Alyosha is repeatedly sidetracked by his efforts to help those he encounters, including a lovely girl named Shura. In his tour of a country devastated by war, he struggles to keep hope alive.

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
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryFrance
Duration01:39
CharactersSpy, Friends, Losers, Artists
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Uprising
PlaceParis, France
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

In Paris during WWII, an Algerian immigrant is inspired to join the resistance by his unexpected friendship with a Jewish man. Based on not very known facts about the Muslim community in Paris during WWII, when the Paris Mosque and its dynamic leader played a pivotal role in supporting the resistance and rescuing Jews.

Markimdb: 6
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, history
CountrySpain, USA
Duration02:29
CharactersJournalists, Soldier
PlotLove, Survival, Loneliness, Love triangle, True love
PlaceThe Ottoman Empire, Turkey
StyleTo cry, Heavy, Makes me think, Touching, Heartbreaking

Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, a love triangle develops between Mikael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated artist Ana, and Chris, a renowned American journalist based in Paris.

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: 5.8
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military, history
CountryRussia
Duration02:32
PlotWar, Survival, Friendship, Death
PlaceRussia
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Tense, Makes me think, Disturbing

September 1941. In a turn of events young lovebirds Kostya and Nastya find themselves on board of a barge that will evacuate people from sieged Leningrad. At night the barge gets into the storm. When it starts sinking, enemy planes - but not rescuers - are the first to arrive at the scene.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryGermany
CharactersSoldier
PlotWar
PlaceGermany
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II

Summer of 1944. Young baroness Barbara is getting married. Her husband, Alexander, leaves to the war and disappears after giving Barbara the amber amulet as symbol of their love. Soviet soldiers, commanded by Major Belyaev are placed in the estate of Barbara parents. Barbara falls in love with a Russian officer.

Markimdb: 2.9
Genremilitary, history
CountryRussia
CharactersTankman, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, Tanks, Female friendship
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Patriotic, Tense, Touching

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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: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryFrance, Vietnam, Malaysia
Duration02:33
PlotWar, Love triangle, Adoption
PlaceVietnam, France, Asia
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Epic, Serious

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

Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military, history
CountryRomania, Hungary, Canada, USA
CharactersHorses, Snipers
PlotLove, War, On real events, Dancing
PlaceAircraft, Ghetto
TimeWorld War II
StyleDepressive, Serious

Regent Horthy is the leader of Hungary and a German ally, but his favorable standing with Hitler changes as the war comes to an end. Forced to cede Hungary’s power or else witness the execution of his son, Regent Horthy gives up control of his country to the Nazis, who quickly move Hungarians to ghettos and death camps, with no hope in sight. But the despair changes when a young man named Elek emerges. Separated from his family during the relocations and aided by the woman he loves , Elek defies the enemy by becoming one of them. In a race against time, disguised as a Nazi Officer he embarks on a mission to save his family and thousands of his countrymen.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany, China, USA
Duration02:15
CharactersFriends, Blind
PlotMoney, Friendship, Political, Intrigue
PlaceChina
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Touching

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.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:14
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier, Priests
PlotWar, On real events
TimeWorld War I
StyleExciting, Action, Soulful, Fascinating, Heavy

Alvin York a hillbilly sharpshooter transforms himself from ruffian to religious pacifist. He is then called to serve his country and despite deep religious and moral objections to fighting becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, detective, military
CountryFrance, USA
Duration02:08
CharactersSoldier
PlotLove, War, Investigation, Obsession, Fate
PlaceCourt, France
TimeWorld War I
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Touching

In 1919, Mathilde was 19 years old. Two years earlier, her fiancé Manech left for the front at the Somme. Like millions of others he was "killed on the field of battle." It's written in black and white on the official notice. But Mathilde refuses to believe it. If Manech had died, she would know. She hangs on to her intuition as tightly as she would onto the last thread of hope linking her to her lover. A former sergeant tells her in vain that Manech died in the no man's land of a trench named Bingo Crepescule, in the company of four other men condemned to die for self-inflicted wounds. Her path ahead is full of obstacles but Mathilde is not frightened. Anything is possible to someone who is willing to challenge fate...

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, 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: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryCanada
Duration01:55
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier, Nurses, Veterans
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceFrance, Cemetery
TimeWorld War I
StyleHeavy, Epic, Serious

Sergeant Michael Dunne fights in the 10th Battalion, AKA The "Fighting Tenth" with the 1st Canadian Division and participated in all major Canadian battles of the war, and set the record for highest number of individual bravery awards for a single battle

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography, history
CountryBrazil
CharactersLosers
PlotWar, On real events, Revolution, Political, Uprising
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Depressive, Serious

Based upon the true story of Olga Benário, the German-born wife of Brazilian communist leader Luís Carlos Prestes. During the dictatorship of Getúlio Vargas (1930-1945) she was arrested and sent to Nazi Germany, where she was put to death in a concentration camp. After World War II began, Vargas decided to uphold the Allies.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryLithuania
Duration01:30
PlotWar, Survival
PlaceConcentration camp, Siberia
TimeWorld War II
StyleAtmospheric

The coming-of-age tale of 16-year-old Lina Vilkas who is deported to Siberia amid Stalin's reign of terror in the Baltic region during WWII. An aspiring artist, she secretly documents her harrowing journey with her drawings.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryChina, USA, Hong Kong
Duration02:34
CharactersSoldier
PlotLove, War, Death, Shipwreck, Hatred
PlaceShips
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Fascinating, Serious

A story of three couples and their intertwining love stories set in 1940s Taiwan and Shanghai, centered around the 1949 sinking of Taiping.

Markimdb: 4.1
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryPoland
Duration01:55
CharactersStalin, Cossacks, Soldier, Actors, Nurses
PlotWar

Poland's winning battle against Soviet Russia as seen through the eyes of two young protagonists, Ola and Jan. She is a Warsaw cabaret dancer, while he is a cavalry officer and poet who believes in socialist ideals

Markimdb: 5.4
Genredrama, military, history
CountryRussia
Duration01:55
CharactersSpy
PlotWar, Fight
PlaceRussia
TimeGreat Patriotic War, World War II
StyleAtmospheric, Heavy, Patriotic, Touching, Disturbing

October 1941. Thousands of fascists troops are advancing on Kalinin to capture the city and therefore open a direct route to Moscow. There are two thousand people able to defend the city and they are without tanks or artillery. The only hope of holding the enemy off is in the fifth infantry division convoy, who are about to pass through Kalinin station. But saboteurs intend to do everything to keep this from happening. The head of the Kalinin garrison, Major Sysoyev, struggles to keep order and calm in the city, and himself falls under suspicion of involvement with the subversive enemy group.





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