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20 best movies like The Impossible (2012)

List of the best movies like The Impossible (2012): Deepwater Horizon, Roma, The Red Turtle, In the Heart of the Sea, 12 Years a Slave, The 33, Bad Genius, Everest, Kon-Tiki, Life of Pi.

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Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, history
CountryUSA, Hong Kong
Duration02:15
PlotOn real events, Survival, Disasters, Motorcycles, Death
PlaceSea, Aircraft, Ships, Ocean, Court
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Inspirational, Touching

A story set on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama
CountryMexico
Duration02:03
CharactersDogs, Animals, Family, Trainers, Maids
PlotMartial Arts, Cars, Relationship, Earthquake, Death
PlaceSea, Aircraft, Ocean, Beach, Mexico
StyleOscars, Fascinating, Heavy, Makes me think, Touching

In 1970s Mexico City, two domestic workers help a mother of four while her husband is away for an extended period of time.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrefantasy, family, cartoon
CountryFrance, Belgium, Japan
Duration01:44
CharactersFamily
PlotLove, Survival, Time travel, Tsunami, Relationship
PlaceSea, Islands, Nature, Ocean, Uninhabited island
StyleAtmospheric, Makes me think, Depressive

The dialogue-less film follows the major life stages of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, biography, history
CountryUSA, Australia, Spain
Duration02:10
CharactersWhale, Cannibals
PlotOn real events, Survival, Adventure, Death, Shipwreck
PlaceSea, Ships, Ocean, Uninhabited island
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  But that told only half the story.  “Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive.  Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:13
CharactersMusicians, Family
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Travel, Abduction
PlaceUSA, New York
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Oscars, Atmospheric, Heavy, Depressive

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryChile, Colombia, Spain, USA
Duration02:42
CharactersDoctors, Family, Miners, Presidential
PlotOn real events, Survival, Radio
StyleAction, Fascinating, Vital signs, Tense, Touching

Based on a true story about the collapse at the mine in San Jose, Chile that left 33 miners isolated underground for 69 days.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, comedy, drama
CountryThailand
Duration01:02
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Geniuses, Family, Friends
PlotLove, On real events, Adventure, Relationship, Money
PlaceSchool, Australia
StyleAction, Fascinating, Serious

Welcome to an exam-cheating business run by Lynn, a straight-A student who gets the idea for her business after helping Grace and Pat. Grace is a prominent school activist who can’t get the grades she needs. Pat is a filthy-rich boy who believes money can buy anything. Lynn’s business skyrockets and the money starts to flood in as scores of students offer her cold hard cash in exchange for exam answers.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, adventure, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Iceland
Duration02:46
CharactersDoctors, Climbers
PlotOn real events, Survival, Adventure, Death, Expeditions
PlaceMountains, Everest
TimeWinter
StyleAction, Fascinating, Beautiful landscapes, Disturbing

Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, "Everest" documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, adventure, biography, history
CountryNorway, United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Sweden
Duration01:49
CharactersFish
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Adventure, Travel
PlaceSea, Islands, Ships, Nature, Ocean
StyleExciting, Action, Inspirational, Fascinating, Epic

The true story about legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, France, India
Duration02:07
CharactersAnimals, Tigers
PlotSurvival, Disasters, Adventure, Travel, Death
PlaceSea, Islands, Ships, Nature, Ocean
StyleBeautiful, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Vital signs

The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:09
CharactersFamily, Writers, Parents
PlotDisasters, Wedding, Death, Supernatural, Divorce
PlaceTrains, Beach
StylePsychological problems, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing

A supernatural love story that centers on two parents whose life together falls apart after their son dies. The man, now a successful lawyer, and the woman, now married and an author, get a chance at reconciliation ten years later.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, military, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotOn real events, Survival, Adventure, Water
PlaceSea, Ships, Ocean
TimeWorld War II
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Serious, Disturbing

A WWII pilot, bombardier, and radioman find themselves adrift on a lifeboat without food or water after being forced to ditch their plane during a scouting mission.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, thriller, drama, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:30
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Dancing, Adventure
PlaceSea, Ships, Ocean
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Tense, Serious

The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, South Africa, France
Duration02:21
CharactersHeroes, Family
PlotOn real events, Survival, Political, Uprising
PlacePrison, Africa
StyleSoulful, By books, Fascinating, Makes me think, Serious

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military, history
CountryUSA
Duration03:44
CharactersSharks, Military, Lawyers
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Dancing, Friendship
PlaceSubmarines, Sea, Ocean, Court, Warships
TimeWorld War II
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Fascinating, Disturbing

The harrowing true story of the crew of the USS Indianapolis, who were stranded in the Philippine Sea for five days after delivering the atomic weapons that would eventually end WWII. As they awaited rescue, they endured extreme thirst, hunger, and relentless shark attacks.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA, China
Duration01:29
CharactersFamily, Alcoholics, Womanizers, Single mothers
PlotLove, Friendship, Death
PlaceRugby
TimeNew Year
StyleLight, Soulful, Fascinating

A dysfunctional family gathers together for their first Christmas since their mom died.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, drama, crime, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, China, Cambodia, USA, Germany
Duration02:05
CharactersDogs, Hired assassins, Photographers
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Martial Arts, Gambling
PlacePrison
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

The true story of Billy Moore, an English boxer incarcerated in Thailand's most notorious prison. Thrown into a world of drugs and violence, he finds his best chance to escape is to fight his way out in Muay Thai tournaments.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:18
CharactersGods, Angels, Giants
PlotSurvival, Disasters, Apocalypse, End of the world, Adventure
PlaceJungle, Nature, Forest, Deserts
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Serious

A man who suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryFrance, Canada, Czech Republic
Duration01:54
CharactersJews, Family, Military, Soldier, Fathers
PlotLove, On real events, Death, Love triangle, Fear
PlaceParis, France, Boarding school
TimeWorld War II
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

In occupied France, Maurice and Joseph, two young Jewish brothers left to their own devices demonstrate an incredible amount of cleverness, courage, and ingenuity to escape the enemy invasion and to try to reunite their family once again.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genredrama, military, biography
CountrySpain, USA, Argentina
Duration02:02
CharactersJournalists, Soldier, Priests
PlotLove, On real events, Death, Jealousy
PlaceAircraft, Mountains, Spain
StyleFascinating, Makes me think, Serious

Arising out of the horror of the Spanish Civil War, a candidate for canonization is investigated by a journalist who discovers his own estranged father had a deep, dark and devastating connection to the saint's life.While researching the life of Josemaria Escriva, the controversial founder of Opus Dei, the young journalist Robert uncovers hidden stories of his estranged father Manolo, and is taken on a journey through the dark, terrible secrets of his family’s past.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersFamily
PlotLove, On real events, Friendship, Rivalry
PlaceSmall cities
StyleExciting, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching

Tells the incredible true story of Amberley Snyder, a nationally ranked rodeo barrel racer who defies the odds after barely surviving a car accident that leaves her paralyzed from the waist down.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, music, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Australia
Duration02:05
CharactersWriters, Friends, Partners, Celebrities, Parents
PlotLove, On real events, Friendship, Success
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Touching, Heartbreaking, Serious

Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney Pictures adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, history
CountryUSA, Mexico, Australia, Canada
Duration03:14
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Disasters, Time travel
PlaceSea, Ships, Ocean, Titanic
StylePopular, Romantic, Sad ones, To cry, Fascinating

84 years later, a 101-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiancé, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama
CountrySpain
CharactersFamily
PlotLove, Friendship, Death
StyleExciting, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, For men

Annabel is a successful businesswoman with a wealthy husband. At a reception in her villa she meets a woman, a member of the catering staff who has been hired for the evening. This woman is none other than her own daughter Chiara, whom she had left over thirty years ago. Chiara was just eight years old at the time. She now approaches her mother with an unusual request: to spend ten days together with her.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:15
CharactersSharks, Monsters, Strong women, Tourists, Surfers
PlotSurvival, Death, Surfing, Hunting, Pursuit
PlaceSea, Islands, Ocean, Beach, USA
StyleTense

An injured surfer stranded on a buoy needs to get back to shore, but the great white shark stalking her might have other ideas.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryKenya, India, USA, Canada, South Africa
Duration01:50
CharactersFriends, Losers, Refugees
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Friendship, Self-sacrifice
PlaceAfrica, USA
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Fascinating, Heavy, Touching

A young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys. Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman assigned to help them, but the young man struggles to adjust to this new life and his feelings of guilt about the brother he left behind.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountrySpain, Bulgaria, USA
Duration02:30
CharactersDogs, Horses, Hired assassins, Rich, Journalists
PlotLove, On real events, Motorcycles
PlacePrison, Aircraft, Russia
StyleExciting, Soulful, Fascinating, Heavy, Tense

The film chronicles the rise and fall of the world's most feared drug lord Pablo Escobar and his volatile love affair with Colombia's most famous journalist Virginia Vallejo throughout a reign of terror that tore a country apart.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, New Zealand, USA, India, Australia
Duration02:40
CharactersFamily, Foster children
PlotLove, Adoption
PlaceIslands, Ocean, Lighthouse, Australia
StyleSad ones, To cry, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Touching

A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, history
CountryUSA
Duration00:30
CharactersNurses
PlotLove, War, On real events, Friendship, Death
PlaceUSA
StyleFascinating, Serious

Follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War - New England abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate supporter Emma Green. Based on true stories and set in a Union hospital in the occupied Confederate city of Alexandria, viewers are taken beyond the battlefield and into the lives of Americans on the Civil War home front as they face the unprecedented challenges of one of the most turbulent times in our nation’s history.

Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:06
CharactersFamily, Friends, Terminally ill, Widows
PlotLove, Travel, Relationship, Friendship, Death
PlaceIreland
StyleSad ones, To cry, Touching, Serious

A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.





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