Movies like The Guardian 2006

A high school swim champion with a troubled past enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard's 'A' School, where legendary rescue swimmer, Ben Randall teaches him some hard lessons about loss, love, and self-sacrifice.

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1 Man On Fire 2004

Jaded ex-CIA operative John Creasy reluctantly accepts a job as the bodyguard for a 10-year-old girl in Mexico City. They clash at first, but eventually bond, and when she's kidnapped he's consumed by fury and will stop at nothing to save her life.

Genres:

Action, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Tony Scott

Writers:

A.J. Quinnell (novel), Brian Helgeland (screenplay)

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
7.7

2 The Last Castle 2001

A Court Martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the system that put him away.

Genres:

Action, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Rod Lurie

Writers:

David Scarpa (story), David Scarpa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
7

3 The Way Back 2010

At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag—to take a perilous and uncertain journey to freedom as they cross deserts, mountains and several nations.

Genres:

Drama, Adventure, History

Director:

Peter Weir

Writers:

Slavomir Rawicz (novel), Peter Weir (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States of America
7.3

4 Blood Diamond 2006

An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son conscripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed countrywide.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller, Action

Director:

Edward Zwick

Writers:

Charles Leavitt (screenplay), Charles Leavitt (story) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

Germany, United States of America
8

5 The Count Of Monte Cristo 2002

Edmond Dantés's life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes are shattered when his best friend, Fernand, deceives him. After spending 13 miserable years in prison, Dantés escapes with the help of a fellow inmate and plots his revenge, cleverly insinuating himself into the French nobility.

Genre:

Adventure

Director:

Kevin Reynolds

Writers:

Alexandre Dumas (novel) (as Alexandre Dumas père), Jay Wolpert (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
7.8

6 Kingdom Of Heaven 2005

After his wife dies, a blacksmith named Balian is thrust into royalty, political intrigue and bloody holy wars during the Crusades.

Genres:

Drama, Action, Adventure, History, War

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writer:

William Monahan

Countries:

Germany, Morocco, Spain, United Kingdom, United States of America
7.2

7 Eight Below 2006

In the Antarctic, after an expedition with Dr. Davis McClaren, the sled dog trainer Jerry Shepherd has to leave the polar base with his colleagues due to the proximity of a heavy snow storm. He ties his dogs to be rescued after, but the mission is called-off and the dogs are left alone at their own fortune. For six months, Jerry tries to find a sponsor for a rescue mission.

Genres:

Adventure, Drama, Family

Director:

Frank Marshall

Writers:

David DiGilio (screenplay), Toshirô Ishidô (film Nankyoku Monogatari) | 3 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
7.3

8 Pearl Harbor 2001

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.

Genres:

History, Romance, War, Drama

Director:

Michael Bay

Writer:

Randall Wallace

Country:

United States of America
6.2

9 Life As A House 2001

When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Irwin Winkler

Writer:

Mark Andrus

Country:

United States of America
7.5

10 The Patriot 2000

After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a farmer. But when his son Gabriel enlists in the army to defend their new nation, America, against the British, Benjamin reluctantly returns to his old life to protect his son.

Genres:

Drama, History, War, Action

Director:

Roland Emmerich

Writer:

Robert Rodat

Countries:

Germany, United States of America
7.2

11 The Perfect Storm 2000

In October 1991, a confluence of weather conditions combined to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic. Caught in the storm was the sword-fishing boat Andrea Gail. Magnificent foreshadowing and anticipation fill this true-life drama while minute details of the fishing boats, their gear and the weather are juxtaposed with the sea adventure.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

Sebastian Junger (book), William D. Wittliff (screenplay) (as Bill Wittliff)

Country:

United States of America
6.4

12 Enemy At The Gates 2001

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad in WWII.

Genres:

War, History, Romance, Drama, Action

Countries:

Ireland, United States of America, Germany, United Kingdom
7.6

13 Cinderella Man 2005

The true story of boxer, Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s after his retirement, has a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.

Genres:

Romance, Drama, History

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Cliff Hollingsworth (screenplay), Akiva Goldsman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
8

14 The Last Samurai 2003

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

Genres:

Drama, Action, War, History

Director:

Edward Zwick

Writers:

John Logan (story), John Logan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

Japan, United States of America, New Zealand
7.7

15 Remember The Titans 2000

After leading his football team to 15 winning seasons, coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone – tough, opinionated and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. The two men learn to overcome their differences and turn a group of hostile young men into champions.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Boaz Yakin

Country:

United States of America
7.8

16 Men Of Honor 2000

Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true story. Their relationship starts out on the rocks, but fate ultimately conspires to bring the men together into a setting of mutual respect, triumph and honor.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

George Tillman Jr.

Country:

United States of America
7.2

17 Flyboys 2006

The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.

Genres:

Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Director:

Tony Bill

Writers:

Phil Sears (screenplay), Blake T. Evans (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
6.5

18 Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World 2003

After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ferocious pursuit of glory against the safety of his devoted crew, including the ship's thoughtful surgeon, his best friend.

Genres:

Adventure, Drama, War

Director:

Peter Weir

Writers:

Patrick O'Brian (novels), Peter Weir (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
7.4

19 Black Hawk Down 2001

When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer heavy casualties, facing intense fighting from the militia on the ground.

Genres:

Action, History, War

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writers:

Mark Bowden (book), Ken Nolan (screenplay)

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
7.7

20 Valkyrie 2008

Wounded in Africa during World War II, Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government and assassinate Adolf Hitler. When events unfold so that he becomes a central player, he finds himself tasked with both leading the coup and personally killing the Führer.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller, History, War

Director:

Bryan Singer

Countries:

Germany, United States of America
7.1

21 Robin Hood 2010

When soldier Robin happens upon the dying Robert of Loxley, he promises to return the man's sword to his family in Nottingham. There, he assumes Robert's identity; romances his widow, Marion; and draws the ire of the town's sheriff and King John's henchman, Godfrey.

Genres:

Action, Adventure, Drama

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writers:

Brian Helgeland (screenplay), Brian Helgeland (story) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
6.6

22 Apocalypto 2006

Set in the Mayan civilization, when a man's idyllic presence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.

Genres:

Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Director:

Mel Gibson

Country:

United States of America
7.8

23 The Soloist 2009

A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper.

Genres:

Drama, Music

Director:

Joe Wright

Writers:

Susannah Grant (screenplay), Steve Lopez (book)

Country:

United States of America
6.7

24 Empire Of The Sun 1987

Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even though he is separated from his parents and in a hostile environment, Jamie maintains his dignity and youthful spirits, providing a beacon of hope for the others held captive with him.

Genres:

Drama, History, War

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Tom Stoppard (screenplay), J.G. Ballard (novel)

Country:

United States of America
7.8