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Cal
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Cal, a young man on the fringes of the IRA, falls in love with Marcella, a Catholic woman whose husband, a Protestant policeman, was killed one year earlier by the IRA.
Style: sincere, serious, bleak, realistic, tense
Plot: tragic hero, terrorism, romance, couple relations, tragic love, haunted by the past, deadly, guilt, love and romance, state affairs, assassination, forbidden love, political unrest, unfulfillment, older woman younger man, couples, life is a bitch, ira, irish republican army, librarian, terrorist, police officer killed, murder, flashback, library
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, ireland, northern ireland
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Elizabeth I
Biography, Drama, History, Romance
UK, USA
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My Name Is Joe
Drama, Romance
UK, Germany, France, Spain
105 min.
 7.5
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and touching films with plots about love and romance, romance, state affairs, couples, society, couple relations and unfulfillment mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres. Some movies like Cal: Hidden Agenda (1990), Fools of Fortune (1990), The Railway Station Man (1992), Nothing Personal (1995), Trapped (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Hidden Agenda
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In Ireland, American lawyer Ingrid Jessner and her activist partner, Paul Sullivan, struggle to uncover atrocities committed by the British government against the Northern Irish during the "Troubles." But when Sullivan is assassinated in ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: politics, folk, dedicated lawyer, assassination, investigation, uncover truth, political corruption, parade, terrorism, torture, political intrigue, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, ireland, northern ireland
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Fools of Fortune
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A Protestant Irish family is caught up in a conflict between Irish Republicans and the British army.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: vengeance, revolution, estate, romance, rebellion, society, fall in love, murder, family life, mentally unstable, alcohol abuse, political unrest ...
Time: 20s, 20th century
Place: europe, ireland
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System:   77%
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The Railway Station Man
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Story: An Irish artist, widowed by an IRA bombing, gradually learns that the American man she has become involved with is not who he seems.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: dealing with death, rock, terrorism, romance, haunted by the past, village, village life, politics, battles, love and romance, state affairs, ira ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe, ireland, scotland, usa
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System:   76%
    User:   83%
 
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Nothing Personal
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A raw depiction of the Belfast 'troubles' as savage tribal warfare. Set shortly after the 1975 cease fire, the film focuses on the tribulations of Kenny, Protestant leader of a group of Shankill Road Loyalists, and his one-time friend ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, tense, rough
Plot: dedicated lawyer, tragic hero, terrorism, uncover truth, chaos and mayhem, courtroom drama, false accusation, political intrigue, political unrest, social decay, injustice, fighting the system ...
Time: 70s
Place: england, ireland, europe, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   74%
    User:   86%
 
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Trapped
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Ireland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When Anton O'Neill returns home after five years at sea, he finds that 1970's Ireland is a radically different place to the one he left behind. Northern Ireland is in flames, and civil unrest has spilled south of the border to his beloved ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: moral dilemma, political unrest, rebellion, state affairs, terrorism, on the run, rebelliousness, love affair, homecoming, working class, injustice, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: europe, ireland, paris france
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This Is the Sea
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The film is set in Northern Ireland shortly after 1994 cease-fire. Hazel is a Protestant and Malachy a Catholic. Romance between them is threatened by Rohan (leader in militant underground and pal of Malachy's brother Padhar), who wants Malachy ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, northern ireland
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System:   67%
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My Name Is Joe
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Germany, France, Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic relationship in the one of the toughest Glasgow neighbourhoods.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, working class, soccer, drugs, realism, starting over, addiction, loneliness, debt, drinking, alcohol abuse, relationships ...
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Place: scotland, europe
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System:   62%
    User:   72%
 
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Voyager
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Germany, Greece, UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Walter Faber has survived a crash with an airplane. His next trip is by ship. On board this ship he meets the enchanting Sabeth and they have a passionate love affair. Together they travel to her home in Greece, but the rational Faber doesn't ...
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Plot: ship, human nature, romance, self discovery, couple relations, forbidden love, love affair, fall in love, love and romance, couples, tragic love, destiny ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: europe, greece, athens greece
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    User:   55%
 
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The Break
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Dowd, an IRA prisoner in the H-blocks, is gloomily facing his sentence, until he joins a comrade in a risky escape. Dowd begins a new life in New York, but he might as well be in prison again - until he strikes up a friendship with co-worker Tulio ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: assassination attempt, haunted by the past, romance, danger, deadly, going straight, friendship, terrorism, vengeance, fall in love, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   44%
 
The Crying Game
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Irish Republican Army member Fergus (Stephen Rea) forms an unexpected bond with Jody (Forest Whitaker), a kidnapped British soldier in his custody, despite the warnings of fellow IRA members Jude (Miranda Richardson) and Maguire (Adrian Dunbar). ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, surprise ending, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: hostage, friendship, homosexuality, sexuality, kidnapping, plot twist, terrorism, strong sexual content, hidden identity, secrets, twists & turns, assassination ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, ireland, london, europe, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   51%
 
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The Dawning
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young woman in her late teens is caught up in the political unrest of Southern Ireland in the 1920s in this drama that features an excellent cast. Nancy (Rebecca Pidgeon) befriends the pistol packing stranger she dubs Cassius (Anthony Hopkins) ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: political unrest, state affairs, beach, mysterious character, orphan, coming of age, dangerous attraction, politics, society, youth, ira, friendship ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: europe, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   41%
 
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The Promise
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, France, Switzerland
Duration: 115 min.
Story: East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, who remains behind. From then on, and for the next 28 years, ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, sentimental, harsh ...
Plot: politics, romance, couple relations, german, impossible love, political, solitude, depression, love affair, classic car, finnish, love story ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 1960s
Place: germany, europe, prague, japan, german democratic republic
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System:   48%
    User:   51%
 
The Mystery of Oberwald
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A hunted man breaks into the castle at Oberwald to kill the Queen, but faints before doing so. He is Sebastian, the splitting image of the King who was assassinated on his wedding day. The Queen discovers that Sebastian once wrote a subversive poem ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, stylized, captivating ...
Plot: politics, mental institution, losing-it hero, palaces castles and temples, romance, assassination, love affair, love and romance, state affairs, unfulfillment, couples, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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System:   47%
    User:   47%
 
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Elizabeth I
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 223 min.
Story: HBO miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.
Style: epic, stylized, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: royal family, head of state, uninhibited rivalry, romance, royal court, love and romance, state affairs, couples, queen of england, palace intrigue, queen elizabeth i, tragic hero ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe, dungeon, spain, scotland ...
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A French Woman
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Wed just as war breaks out, Jeanne hardly gets to know her military husband, Louis, before the debacle of 1940. While waiting for his return from a POW camp, Jeanne journeys through countless affairs with Louis' comrades- in-arms. Hoping to ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: strong sexual content, couple relations, infidelity, love affair, unfulfilled love, romance, dishonesty, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, military, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, year 1944, year 1940 ...
Place: europe, france, germany, algeria, berlin germany ...
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System:   45%
    User:   47%
 
Separate Lies
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A cyclist is killed, swiped by a Range Rover in a village lane. James and Anne Manning become involved because the victim is the husband of their cleaner, Maggie. James, a solicitor in the city, soon comes to suspect William Bule, a millionaire ...
Style: realistic, clever, serious, talky, enigmatic ...
Plot: infidelity, murder, adultery, terminal illness, guilt, cancer, relationships, nudity (topless - notable), secrets, betrayal, british, marriage ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, london, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   45%
 
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The Informant
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A former Irish Republican Army fighter, Gingy McAnally (Anthony Brophy), is reluctant about being called back into service after serving time in prison. He executes the grisly task but ends up captured by a sympathetic British police lieutenant ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Plot: terrorism, tragic hero, uncover truth, political unrest, fighting the system, police investigation, politics, state affairs, betrayal, introspection, danger, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, ireland, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   35%
 
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The Outsider
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Michael Flaherty (Craig Wasson), an American Vietnam veteran of Irish descent, returns to Belfast to join the cause of his grandfather, Seamus (Sterling Hayden). Soon he finds that he is not as welcomed in his home country as he imagined he would ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: tragic hero, manipulations, war, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, terrorism, idealism, innocence lost, political unrest, fish out of water, dishonesty, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: detroit, england, ireland, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   40%
 
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Asylum
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A woman becomes very curious about one of her psychiatrist husband's inmates, a man who was found guilty in the murder and disfigurement of his former wife.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, sexual, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, hospital, love and romance, romance, couples, psychiatrist, obsession, pets, crumbling marriage, infidelity, vengeance, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: england, europe, london, wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   37%
 
 6.0
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Hennessy
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Set in the Seventies, Hennessy is a Irishman who believes in peace, but who has had connections to the IRA. Hennessy's family is killed, and he plots revenge, setting out to assassinate Queen Elizabeth of England.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: politics, hidden identity, assassination attempt, terrorism, adventure, vengeance, rebelliousness, revenge, war hero, political corruption, political intrigue, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, europe, ireland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   44%
 
 6.4
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Paris by Night
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Clara Bell is a busy Euro MP with a husband and child at home and a high powered career - but on a trip to Paris her ordered existence is overturned by a murder and a chance encounter.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, biting
Plot: blind ambition, dangerous attraction, love affair, haunted by the past, crime, relationship vs career, life turned upside down, politics, crimes, dishonesty, couples, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   45%
 
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The Playboys
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK, Ireland
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A young woman, Tara Maguire (Robin Wright) scandalizes her provincial Irish village in the 1950s by having a baby out of a wedlock, and refusing to name the father. She has a rare beauty and every man in town desires her, especially Sergeant Hegarty ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: tragic hero, romance, feminism, village, forbidden love, love affair, small town, social differences, pregnancy, circus, sin, jealousy ...
Time: 50s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   45%
 
Say It in Russian
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Jacqueline, a Paris society hostess (Faye Dunaway) introduces a fellow American, businessman Andrew Lamont (Steven Brand) to a beautiful young Russian girl, Daria Larina (Agata Gotova), while he is on vacation in Europe. She is the kind of woman who ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: dangerous attraction, true love, romance, fall in love, danger, deadly, love and romance, couples, hotshot lawyer, couple relations, crimes, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, russia
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System:   38%
    User:   39%
 
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Othello
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 203 min.
Story: Iago and a comrade-in-arms are outside the Venice home of Desdemona's father, who does not yet know that she has eloped with Othello. Iago confides to his friend -- who had hoped to marry Desdemona -- that he serves Othello to further his own ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, atmospheric, rough
Plot: tragic hero, betrayal, intrigue, romance, tragic love, dishonesty, rivalry, unfulfillment, couples, downfall, racism, vengeance ...
Time: 16th century
Place: italy, turkey, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   39%
 
Love Unto Death
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Elisabeth and Simon have been deeply in love for two months when Simon momentarily dies, but comes back to life. Simon does not want any further medical tests, but the couple are forced to grapple with the possibility of his death. They eventually ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, surreal, thought provoking, emotional ...
Plot: dealing with death, introspection, romance, couple relations, love affair, tragic love, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, clergy, destiny, religions or cults ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, france
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System:   38%
    User:   32%
 
The Line of Beauty
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
Story: Nick Guest comes to London to live with his college friend's family, the Feddens. A short stay becomes permanent, and Nick positions himself in the family's plentiful lives of parties and politics during the Thatcher years. Over the course ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching
Plot: family life, romance, gays and lesbians, writer's life, crumbling marriage, self discovery, couple relations, coming out, infidelity, terminal illness, love affair, working class ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, london, france
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System:   37%
    User:   38%
 
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Talk of Angels
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: This is the story of a young Irish woman who comes to Spain to escape from the pressures she feels about her impending marriage to a political activist in Ireland. But in Spain in the 1930's, taking a job of governess in a wealthy family, she ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: self discovery, couple relations, forbidden love, romance, infidelity, love affair, love triangle, parents and children, social differences, politics, tragic love, false accusation ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: europe, ireland, spain
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System:   37%
    User:   36%
 
Some Mother's Son
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. The film focuses on the mothers of two of the ...
Style: bleak, serious, captivating, realistic, factual ...
Plot: prison, politics, betrayal, irish, british, justice, death, dedicated lawyer, lawyer, murder, maze, tragic hero ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, england, northern ireland
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System:   36%
    User:   30%
 

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The Go-Between
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Tale of torrid and forbidden love between Christie and Bates in the English countryside.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: forbidden love, couple relations, romance, friendship, countryside, infidelity, love affair, love triangle, birthday party, parents and children, social differences, tragic love ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, victorian, victorian era
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    User:   33%
 
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The Voyage
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Adriana De Mauro loves Cesar Braggi, but Cesar, honoring his father's dying wish, allows his brother, Antonio, to marry Adriana. As fate wills, Antonio dies in an automobile accident. Adriana's mourning for Antonio ends when Cesar steps in ...
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Audience: girls' night
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Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century
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