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Movies Like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: Fiction in Reality

Movies like ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ have come under critism for using real life tragedies as the settings for their fictional tales.

Though they often split opinions, the filmmakers behind the movies walk a thin line, making sure to tell the stories sympathetically.

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Movies Similar to ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’…

‘Pearl Harbor’ (Michael Bay, 2001)

Michael Bay tried taking on the ‘Titanic’ formula to his war set drama ‘Pearl Harbour’ though it wasn’t met with the same success.

Set in the midst of World War 2, this tale centres upon a love triangle between two friends and a nurse.

The romance is cut short however when the Japanese attack Pearl Harbour, leading to tragedy.

Similarity Match: 70%
A ‘Titanic’-like war period drama.

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‘Titanic’ (James Cameron, 1997)

James Cameron moved away from the Sci-Fi genre to direct ‘Titanic’, which went on to become one of the most successful films of all time.

James Cameron moved away from the Sci-Fi genre to direct ‘Titanic’, which went on to become one of the most successful films of all time.

Using the tragedy of the Titanic, this film centres around two very different people brought together aboard the ship. Jack (Leonardo Di Caprio) is a poor man who finds himself falling for the more privileged Rose (Kate Winslet).

You can’t help but like ‘Titanic’, though it’s not completely historically accurate, its enchanting love tale will live on.

Similarity Match: 70%
Don’t let go Jack!

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‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ (Mark Herman, 2008)

One boy is the son of a commandant, the other is a prisoner held in a concentration camp.

This big screen adaptation based on the novel of the same name will have everyone in floods of tears by the end.

Set during World War 2, this drama tells the story of two children that embark on a forbidden friendship completely unaware of the true consequences.

One boy is the son of a commandant, the other is a prisoner held in a concentration camp.

Their friendship blossoms, unware of the true atrocity of the war.

Similarity Match: 75%
You’ll soon be in floods of tears.

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‘Forrest Gump’ (Robert Zemeckis, 1994)

He just wants one thing in life- Jenny.

Tom Hanks stars in this multi-award winning film as the lovable Forrest Gump.

Mainly by accident, Forrest Gump has found himself in the middle of many historical moments during the 20th century, from serving in the Vietnam War to the Watergate Scandal.

But none of that impresses him, he just wants one thing in life- Jenny.

Hanks is at the height of his powers during the time this film was released, picking up a deserved second Academy Award in as many years.

Similarity Match: 65%
“Run Forrest!”

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‘Reign Over Me’ (Mike Binder, 2007)

Together they help each other through their struggles, creating an unshakable bond.

Adam Sandler ditched the comedic roles he is usually asociated with for this movie like ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’.

In a more grounded role than we are used to seeing, Sandler plays Charlie Fineman, a father struggling to come to terms with the death of his family in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

By chance, he bumps into an old friend (Don Cheadle) and together they help each other through their struggles, creating an unshakable bond.

Similarity Match: 90%
Sandler stars in this touching drama.

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These are my recommendations for films like 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'. What do you think of movies using real events to tell their story?

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