Movies like Cal 1984

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Cal (1984)
 6.6
 1K
Cal (1984)
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: tense, sincere, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: terrorism, guilt, forbidden love, couple relations, tragic love, life is a bitch, love and romance, ira, haunted by the past, couples, political unrest, deadly, tragic hero, assassination, state affairs, unfulfillment, romance, older woman younger man relationship, terrorist, irish republican army, murder, police officer killed, library, flashback, librarian ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland

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Most similar movies to Cal

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and touching films with plots about love and romance, romance, state affairs, couples, unfulfillment, ira and love affair 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 Dawning (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.4
 555
The Informant (1997)
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: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: terrorism, state affairs, danger, dishonesty, fighting the system, political unrest, law enforcement, rebellion, society, ira, introspection, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, 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, alcohol abuse, rebellion, state affairs, life is a bitch, love and romance, fall in love, romance, revolution, family relations, political unrest, family life ...
Time: 20s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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, bleak, rough, serious, tense
Plot: rebellion, injustice, ira, courtroom drama, uncover truth, state affairs, society, politics, social decay, fighting the system, political unrest, deadly ...
Time: 70s
Place: ireland, europe, england, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Railway Station Man (1992)
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: gloomy, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: village, politics, terrorism, railway station, widow, haunted by the past, dealing with death, love and romance, village life, state affairs, romance, rock ...
Time: 80s
Place: ireland, england, europe, usa, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 6.0
 309
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, serious, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: political unrest, coming of age, society, youth, state affairs, mysterious character, dangerous attraction, teenage boy, beach, irish republican army, friendship, independence ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: thought provoking, tense, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Plot: politics, investigation, parade, terrorism, torture, law enforcement, political corruption, dishonesty, political intrigue, ira, assassination, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, england, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: touching, gloomy, captivating, serious, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: siblings relations, folk, romance, family relations, religions or cults, forbidden love, tragic love, true love, society, unfulfillment, fall in love, political unrest ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.0
 101
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, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: ira, terrorism, state affairs, danger, law enforcement, solitary, deadly, political unrest, on the run, homecoming, working class, rebelliousness ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: ireland, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 5.8
 330
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: realistic, gloomy, suspenseful, rough, serious
Plot: friendship, hopes, deadly, solitary, going straight, nursing, danger, fall in love, love and romance, rivalry, haunted by the past, assassination attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.8
 157
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: realistic, serious, bleak, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: fish out of water, manipulations, state affairs, war, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, dishonesty, innocence lost, political unrest, rivalry, terrorism, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, england, detroit, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.6
 340
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, psychological, sincere, realistic, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, couples, terminal illness, unfulfillment, romance, life is a bitch, midlife crisis, doctor, family life, family relations, love and romance, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: portugal, europe, england, london
⇓ 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: captivating, thought provoking, touching, gloomy, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, artists and showbiz, unfulfilled love, love affair, unfulfillment, love and romance, romance, haunted by the past, society, tragic love, family relations, couples ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Mystery of Oberwald (1980)
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: realistic, stylized, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: dangerous attraction, fall in love, state affairs, heroes, crimes, dishonesty, deadly, couples, palaces castles and temples, assassination, politics, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
With or Without You (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Rosie and Vincent know each other for ten years, and are married for five. She doesn't like her job, he isn't too pleased working with her dad. They're trying to have a baby. One morning Benoit, a Frenchman and former pen pal of ...
Style: sincere, realistic, sexual, semi serious
Plot: infidelity, romance, crumbling marriage, love and romance, unfulfillment, couple relations, love triangle, thirtysomething life, couples, family problems, female nudity, hairdresser ...
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, gender bending, soldier, redemption, hidden identity, fall in love, convict ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, northern ireland, london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: betrayal, haunted by the past, love triangle, couple relations, love affair, vengeance, hidden identity, infidelity, lovers reunited, murder, deadly, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.9
 839
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: sexual, touching, gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: romance, older woman younger man relationship, teenage life, unfulfilled love, love affair, couple relations, unfulfillment, fall in love, love and romance, couples, looking for love, martial arts ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.2
 12K
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: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful
Plot: ira, moral dilemma, betrayal, family relations, political unrest, snitch, state affairs, siblings relations, undercover, radical, single parent, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1993, year 1973
Place: ireland, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Movie in collections
 6.2
 128
Paris by Night (1988)
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: biting, realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful
Plot: politics, relationship vs career, dangerous attraction, love affair, danger, legal, infidelity, life turned upside down, deadly, couples, dishonesty, haunted by the past ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: serious, realistic, sincere, suspenseful, touching
Plot: danger, love and romance, fall in love, crimes, escapades, romance, dangerous attraction, hotshot lawyer, couple relations, true love, deadly, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.8
 586
Ghosted (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: ‘GHOSTED’ tells a story of survival inside a British Prison. Jack a model prisoner, has kept his head down and done his time. After his wife confirms that she is leaving him, on the anniversary of their son’s death, the only thing that keeps ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: prison, criminal heroes, survival, danger, prison life, haunted by the past, crimes, confined, prison rape, prison fight, arson, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 3K
Voyager (1991)
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 ...
Style: realistic, sincere, emotional, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: ship, tragic love, forbidden love, human nature, love and romance, fall in love, hopes, couple relations, love affair, romance, couples, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: greece, europe, athens greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.2
 341
Prague Duet (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Czech Republic, Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Dr. Lauren is staying in Prague for a conference and falls in love with Czech writer Jiri Kolmar.
Style: disturbing, sexual, serious, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: inventions and discoveries, womanizer, haunted by the past, couples, dishonesty, betrayal, politics, writer's life, love and romance, life is a bitch, state affairs, love affair ...
Place: prague, europe, czech republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: emotional, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: terminal illness, tragic love, self discovery, couples, ambition, life is a bitch, love affair, romance, hospital, racecar driver, love triangle, lifestyle ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Belle du Seigneur (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: English-language adaptation of Albert Cohen's epic Swiss tale of a tortured love affair between a high-ranking Jewish official and the protestant wife of one of his employees.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious
Plot: tragic love, love triangle, infidelity, cheating wife, society, love affair, romance, social differences, political unrest, state affairs, unfulfillment, politics ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: europe, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Polish Bride (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Drama on the dawning love between a Polish woman and a farmer. Anna is forced to work in a brothel, but manages to escape. She's found, exhausted and scared, by Henk (the farmer) who offers her a place to stay, but her past chases her.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, touching, disturbing ...
Plot: couple relations, love and romance, love affair, haunted by the past, countryside, fall in love, romance, farm, prostitute, small town, pimp, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.0
 434
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: emotional, serious, gloomy, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: tragic love, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, romance, terminal illness, couples, family relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, couple relations, siblings relations, illness ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 20th century
Place: sicily, italy, europe, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.2
 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: serious, touching, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: love, circus, sin, fall in love, romance, small town, small town life, society, pregnancy, social relations, human nature, jealousy ...
Time: 50s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.9
 413
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: bleak, serious, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, terrorism, revenge, war hero, politics, crimes, adventure, chases and races, state affairs, confined, fugitives, heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.1
 362
Othello (1981)
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: serious, emotional, rough, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: racism, betrayal, tragedy, jealousy, shakespeare's othello, state affairs, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, interracial relations, tragic love, tragic hero, rivalry ...
Time: 16th century
Place: turkey, venice, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%