Movies like Cal 1984

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Cal (1984)
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Cal (1984)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Romance
Country: UK, USA, Ireland
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: tense, sincere, bleak, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: terrorism, guilt, forbidden love, romance, couple relations, tragic love, life is a bitch, love and romance, ira, haunted by the past, couples, political unrest, deadly, assassination, tragic hero, state affairs, unfulfillment, terrorist, librarian, library, irish republican army, murder, police officer killed, guerilla warfare, flashback ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, belfast

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Most similar movies to Cal

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and emotional films with plots about love and romance, romance, couples, unfulfillment, state affairs, ira and fall in love mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres. Some movies like Cal: The Informant (1997), Fools of Fortune (1990), Nothing Personal (1995), The Railway Station Man (1992), The Outsider (1979). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Informant (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 105 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: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: terrorism, state affairs, betrayal, dishonesty, tragic hero, danger, fighting the system, society, police investigation, politics, ira, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, belfast, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Fools of Fortune (1990)
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: murder, estate, state affairs, society, mentally unstable, love and romance, life is a bitch, romance, rebellion, vengeance, fall in love, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Nothing Personal (1995)
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: realistic, serious, tense, bleak, rough
Plot: ira, state affairs, tragic hero, fighting the system, military, society, deadly, political intrigue, social decay, terrorism, gang, dedicated lawyer ...
Time: 70s
Place: ireland, europe, england, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Railway Station Man (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
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, gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: village, terrorism, politics, widow, railway station, village life, haunted by the past, ira, battles, rock, state affairs, dealing with death ...
Time: 80s
Place: ireland, england, europe, usa, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 6.7
 169
The Outsider (1979)
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: disturbing, bleak, emotional, captivating, serious ...
Plot: life is a bitch, war, manipulation, terrorism, political unrest, idealism, innocence lost, fish out of water, power relations, ira, strong violent content, conspiracy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, detroit, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.9
 334
The Dawning (1988)
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: emotional, captivating, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: political unrest, coming of age, society, dangerous attraction, mysterious character, youth, state affairs, teenage boy, beach, friendship, irish republican army, independence ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 20s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
This Is the Sea (1997)
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, gloomy, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: political unrest, siblings relations, tragic love, militant, family problems, religions or cults, snitch, family relations, graphic violence, profanity, true love, folk ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.0
 106
Trapped (2008)
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: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: terrorism, ira, police detective, moral dilemma, on the run, rebellion, law enforcement, injustice, rebelliousness, love affair, danger, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: europe, ireland, belfast, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Hidden Agenda (1990)
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: suspenseful, bleak, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, investigation, conspiracy, terrorism, parade, torture, law enforcement, deadly, dedicated lawyer, dishonesty, state affairs, assassination ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, england, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.2
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Shadow Dancer (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Set in 1990s Belfast, a woman is forced to betray all she believes in for the sake of her son.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Plot: ira, moral dilemma, family relations, radical, snitch, state affairs, undercover, betrayal, political unrest, siblings relations, loss of son, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1993, year 1973, 1990s ...
Place: ireland, london, england, belfast, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Bobby Deerfield (1977)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Bobby Deerfield, a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with the enigmatic Lillian Morelli, who is terminally ill.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: terminal illness, tragic love, self discovery, ambition, life is a bitch, romance, couples, love affair, racecar driver, hospital, love triangle, love and romance ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.8
 346
The Break (1997)
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: suspenseful, rough, gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, romance, danger, nursing, solitary, ira, graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief), going straight, hopes, haunted by the past, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Falling for a Dancer (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Romantic drama set in rural Ireland of the 1930s. The story begins when 19-year-old Elizabeth has a brief fling with an actor and falls pregnant. Community pressure forces her to marry a dull middle-aged man, but maybe there is hope on the horizon.
Style: gloomy, touching, sentimental, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, countryside, family relations, romance, tragic love, unfulfilled love, love affair, haunted by the past, artists and showbiz, society, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: An aging actress' husband dies of a heart attack en route to Rome, where they'd planned to holiday. There, she rents an apartment and, through the Contessa, she meets a young man, with whom she begins an affair.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, atmospheric, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, love triangle, unfulfilled love, infidelity, forbidden love, looking for love, romance, love and romance, prostitute, dishonesty, couple relations, midlife crisis ...
Place: italy, rome italy, europe, usa, tennessee ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Say It in Russian (2007)
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: suspenseful, sincere, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: dangerous attraction, true love, couples, love and romance, escapades, deadly, romance, fall in love, couple relations, crimes, russian mafia, deception ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Gentlemen (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Beaten up, bruised, and scared, a young writer hides in a Stockholm apartment, writing the story of its disappeared inhabitants: the flamboyant and charismatic Morgan brothers.
Style: serious, captivating, tense, realistic
Plot: espionage, political conspiracy, undercover, state affairs, dishonesty, apartment, multiple time frames, love and romance, friendship, danger, conspiracy, writer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, sweden, stockholm sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.6
 374
Strapless (1989)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An expatriate American doctor in London allows herself to lighten up when her freewheeling younger sister and a mysterious man enter her life. Her inhibitions released, the beautiful doctor learns that freedom has its own price.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, sincere, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: couples, self discovery, terminal illness, midlife crisis, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, romance, wooing, doctor, siblings relations, destructive relationship, family life ...
Time: 80s
Place: portugal, europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Voyager (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, France, Greece
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 ...
Style: emotional, sincere, bleak, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: ship, romance, love and romance, hopes, couples, air disaster, forbidden love, self discovery, love affair, human nature, destiny, fall in love ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: greece, europe, athens greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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A Secret Affair (1999)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Vanessa Stewart is a beautiful American woman engaged to be married. Vanessa is an artist and is also a buyer for her father's company. She goes to Venice on a business trip and meets television reporter Bill Fitzgerald from Ireland. They fall ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, feel good
Plot: romance, battles, couples, unfulfilled love, couple relations, love affair, destiny, tragic love, fall in love, parents and children, journalism, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: venice, ireland, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.0
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The Voyage (1974)
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 ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: tragic love, couple relations, terminal illness, unfulfilled love, siblings relations, unfulfillment, romance, life is a bitch, love and romance, family relations, couples, gondola ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, 1900s
Place: sicily, venice, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Crying Game (1992)
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, tense, psychological, captivating, touching ...
Plot: tragic love, terrorism, friendship, haunted by the past, hostage, sexuality, fall in love, gender bending, irish, soldier, redemption, convict ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, ireland, northern ireland, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.3
 2K
Forever Mine (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A hotel cabana boy falls for the wife of a powerful politico. But when she confesses to the affair, her husband determines to end it forever.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, love affair, haunted by the past, couple relations, love triangle, crime, unfulfillment, deadly, crimes, hidden identity, dishonesty, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, new york, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Last September (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 1920s Ireland, an elderly couple reside over a tired country estate. Living with them are their high-spirited niece, their Oxford student nephew, and married house guests, who are trying to cover up that they are presently homeless. The niece ...
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, psychological, emotional
Plot: soldier, social differences, unfulfilled love, couple relations, rich and poor, tragic love, infidelity, political unrest, fall in love, love triangle, couples, power relations ...
Time: 1920s, 20s
Place: ireland, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 6.3
 360
Fine Things (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Standard romantic melodrama from novelist Danielle Steele finds a couple embroiled in marital conflict with a nasty child-custody battle at its center.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: terminal illness, death in the family, kidnapping, pregnancy, reunion, missing person, romance, single parent, love and romance, dealing with death, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.0
 503
Hennessy (1975)
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: rough, bleak, suspenseful, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, terrorism, revenge, war hero, assassination, hidden identity, politics, rebellion, fugitives, state affairs, rivalry, heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: london, ireland, england, europe, belfast
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Kung-Fu Master (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Veteran French director Agnes Varda's Le Petit Amour is based on a short story by actress/songstress Jane Birkin. Birkin herself plays the main character, a loving but lonely 40-year-old divorcee. Her life is brightened a bit by the presence of ...
Style: touching, gloomy, sexual, sexy, realistic ...
Plot: romance, older woman younger man relationship, unfulfilled love, couple relations, teenage life, youth, love and romance, unfulfillment, love affair, fall in love, looking for love, martial arts ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, france, paris france, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Some Mother's Son (1996)
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, uplifting, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, prison, betrayal, legal, family relations, terrorism, strike, struggle, terrorist, human spirit, british, ira ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.3
 1K
The Playboys (1992)
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, realistic, serious, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: love, sin, circus, fall in love, small town, small town life, romance, society, pregnancy, social relations, human nature, jealousy ...
Time: 50s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.6
 343
Lifebreath (1997)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Luke Perry stars in this surprisingly moving adult drama about a devoted husband whose wife (Francie Swift) is dying of cystic fibrosis. Because of her rare blood type, she can't get new lungs, so Perry begins a frantic search to find a donor. ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, sexual, tense, sexy ...
Plot: terminal illness, love and romance, tragic hero, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, deadly, dishonesty, love triangle, woman in danger, murder, child illness, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 4.6
 835
Oliver's Story (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Oliver Barrett IV is emotionally devastated by the death of his wife Jenny, and, while he tries to lose himself in his work as a lawyer, the long hours don't ease his pain, especially when he finds that his leftist views conflict with those of ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: couple relations, optimism, family relations, couples, family problems, dealing with death, unfulfillment, romance, hopes, opposites attract, starting over, love and romance ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%