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Painted Fire (2002)
 7.2
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Painted Fire (2002)
Original name: 취화선
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The struggles of an artist. Jang Seung-up (1843-1897), also called Owon, focusing on the years 1882 to 1897, when Korea was in political upheaval, caught between China and Japan, the conservative dynasty dying, and peasant revolt at hand. Jang, born poor, has genius; a merchant, Kim, becomes his patron, finding him a teacher. Jang must convince others that a commoner can have talent, then move beyond his ability to copy old masters and find his own style. He's bedeviled by a temper and alcohol, arguments with patrons as he seeks commissions, and relationships with kisaeng, particularly Mae-hyang, that start and stop. It's the life of a restless spirit producing great art.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sentimental, melancholic
Plot: politics, ambition, human spirit, hopes, rise to the top, actor's life, power relations, rich and poor, life is a bitch, love and romance, alcohol abuse, artists and showbiz, social differences, historical event, husband wife relationship, domestic violence, wedding, male female relationship, battles, suicide attempt, beggar, innocence, governor, battle, performer's life ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1880s, 1860s, 1890s, turn of the century
Place: korea, asia, japan, china, south korea

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and sincere films with plots about society, politics, state affairs, drinking, nudity (full frontal - brief), ambition and artists and showbiz mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like Painted Fire: Mr. Turner (2014), Pollock (2000), Van Gogh (1991), Priest Daens (1992), Evita (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Mr. Turner (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper bears an unrequited love for him.
Style: sincere, captivating, enigmatic, meditative, stylized ...
Plot: painter, estrangement, ambition, couple relations, society, love and romance, elderly, aging, painting, eccentricity, art, character study ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1820s, 1840s ...
Place: london, england, holland
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100%
 7.0
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Pollock (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: "Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" The film is a look back into the life of an extraordinary man, a man who has ...
Style: based on true events, emotional, inspirational, intellectual, atmospheric ...
Plot: painter, artist, painting, alcohol abuse, art, bohemian life, supportive spouse, rise and fall, addiction, self destructing, lifestyle, ambition ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, long island, greenwich village manhattan new york city
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100%
 7.2
 3K
Van Gogh (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 158 min.
Story: In late spring, 1890, Vincent moves to Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris, under the care of Dr. Gachet, living in a humble inn. Fewer than 70 days later, Vincent dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. We see Vincent at work, painting landscapes and ...
Style: contemplative, gloomy, psychological, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: prostitute, collector, couples, family relations, obsession, mental illness, tragic love, siblings relations, down on your luck, performer's life, life is a bitch, social misfits ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Louis Cyr : The Strongest Man in the World (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Biopic of Louis Cyr, strongest man in the world at the end of the 19th Century.
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, serious
Plot: rise to the top, ambition, performer's life, strong man, artists and showbiz, rising to stardom, humble, human
Time: 19th century
Place: canada, quebec
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67%
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 7.5
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Priest Daens (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Belgium, France, Netherlands
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the petite bourgeoisie in oppressing workers. He writes a few ...
Style: bleak, captivating, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: revolution, politics, working class, factory, injustice, fighting the system, exploit, exploitation, social differences, against the odds, rebelliousness, workplace situations ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, turn of the century, 20th century, 1900s ...
Place: belgium, europe, flanders, poland, berlin germany ...
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61%
 6.3
 34K
Evita (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-movie Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president and dictator Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, captivating, lyrical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: political unrest, rise to power, ambition, cinderella story, hopes, love and romance, folk hero, state affairs, rise to the top, leadership, charity, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 1950s, 50s ...
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, south america, spain ...
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59%
 6.9
 29K
Goya's Ghosts (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, captivating, factual, intense ...
Plot: prostitute, heresy, lifestyle, life is a bitch, french, rape, period piece, spanish inquisition, prison, arrest, society, hunting ...
Time: 18th century, 1800s, 19th century
Place: spain, madrid
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59%
 8.1
 45K
Andrei Rublev (1966)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 165 min.
Story: An expansive Russian drama, this film focuses on the life of revered religious icon painter Andrei Rublev. Drifting from place to place in a tumultuous era, the peace-seeking monk eventually gains a reputation for his art. But after Rublev witnesses ...
Style: atmospheric, gloomy, epic, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: monk, christianity, artist, monastery, human spirit, social misfits, greek, invasion, hopes, horse, painting, prince ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages, 1400s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.2
 4K
Confucius (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 125 min.
Story: In 500 B.C., during Chinas famed 'Spring and Autumn Period', Kong Ze (Confucius), a commoner reverred for his outstanding wisdom, is made Minister of Law in the ancient Kingdom of Lu. Under his inspired leadership, Lu ascends to new ...
Style: contemplative, captivating, serious, realistic, epic ...
Plot: human nature, human spirit, politics, battles, historical figure, political unrest, hopes, heroes, state affairs, leadership, historic figure, wise man ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II in this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone's novel ...
Style: uplifting, serious, epic, atmospheric, inspirational ...
Plot: painter, genius, architect, sculpture, painting, infidelity, historical figure, life & death, pope, hard labor, showdown, standoff ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, quarry, 1500s, 1960s ...
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.5
 15K
Luther (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, USA, Czech Republic, Italy
Duration: 123 min.
Story: During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.
Style: biblical, uplifting, touching, sincere, intellectual ...
Plot: rebellion, politics, catholicism, clergy, sin, hypocrisy, human spirit, idealism, against the odds, social decay, rebelliousness, fighting the system ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s, 1930s
Place: rome italy, germany, europe, england, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.5
 3K
Warm Springs (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Franklin Roosevelt, left a paraplegic from polio at 39 years of age, seeks out a miracle cure in the backwoods of Georgia.
Style: realistic, uplifting, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: politics, ambition, rise and fall, society, human spirit, fighting the system, rebellion, life is a bitch, hopes, disability, introspection, president ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 20s, 30s ...
Place: georgia, usa, washington d.c., new york state, florida ...
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53%
 6.7
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Jimmy's Hall (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In the 1930s political activist Jimmy Gralton is deported from Ireland during the 'Red Scare'.
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, serious, factual
Plot: deportation, fighting the system, rebellion, ambition, human spirit, idealism, rebelliousness, social relations, dance school, injustice, rivalry, clergy ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1932
Place: ireland, new york
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51%
Lula, the Son of Brazil (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Brazil, Argentina
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The true story of a working class boy who moves to the nation's financial capital at a young age and becomes one the most influential politician in Brazil's history.
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, touching, sincere
Plot: working class, president, ambition, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, hopes, family problems, social differences, escapades, family in crisis, family relations, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: brazil, latin america
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50%
The King and the Clown (2005)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Set in the late 15th century during the reign of King Yeonsan, two male street clowns and tightrope walkers, Jangsaeng (Gam Wu-seong) and Gong-gil (Lee Joon-gi), are part of an entertainer troupe. Their manager prostitutes the beautiful Gong-gil to ...
Style: serious, touching, atmospheric, sincere, cynical ...
Plot: king, jester, fighting the system, against the rules, state affairs, lifestyle, rich and poor, royal court, society, street performer, artists and showbiz, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 16th century
Place: seoul, asia, korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.0
 755
Winnie Mandela (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: South Africa, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: ambition, confined, state affairs, politics, hopes, society, political unrest, isolation, feminism, blind ambition, gender, pursuit ...
Time: 20th century
Place: south africa, africa
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50%
 7.7
 11K
Machuca (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Chile, Spain, UK, France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Santiago, capital of Chile during the Marxist government of elected, highly controversial president Salvador Allende. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious "collegio" (Catholic prep school) ...
Style: touching, emotional, thought provoking, serious, sincere ...
Plot: sexual initiation, friendship, politics, classmate, childhood, poverty, demonstration, historical event, communism, social differences, youth, political unrest ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, santiago chile, santiago de chile, south america ...
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49%
The Wolf at the Door (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Denmark, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This biographical film, based on the life of French artist Paul Gauguin, follows the painter as he returns to Paris after a long stay in Tahiti and must confront his wife, his children, and his former lover.
Style: realistic, sincere, sexual, touching, serious ...
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), painter, artist, love affair, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, crumbling marriage, performer's life, prodigy, society, homecoming ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: france, paris france, europe, tahiti
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Iron Jawed Angels (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.
Style: serious, sincere, captivating, realistic, silent film
Plot: feminism, injustice, civil rights, fighting the system, political unrest, life is a bitch, journalism, politics, state affairs, human spirit, americana, love affair ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1912, year 1917
Place: philadelphia, tennessee, virginia, washington d.c.
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48%
 5.2
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Klimt (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Austria, France, Germany, UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A portrait of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt whose lavish, sexual paintings came to symbolize the art nouveau style of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Style: stylized, thought provoking, based on true events, sexy, contemplative ...
Plot: painter, artist, prodigy, obsession, sexual relations, lifestyle, ambition, society, against the rules, painting, dying, dying man ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, year 1918, turn of the century
Place: austria, paris france, europe, france, vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.5
 797
Pandemonium (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Set in England during the early 19th century, Pandaemonium evokes late-1960s America in its depiction of the relationship between Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Linus Roach) and William Wordsworth (John Hannah). Instead of going to Vietnam, Wordsworth ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: friendship, politics, betrayal, drug abuse, addiction, prodigy, tragic love, rise and fall, lifestyle, writer's life, tragic hero, life is a bitch ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1800s
Place: england, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.0
 1K
Rasputin (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 151 min.
Story: Details the life of the Russian monk Rasputin. The film shows his rise to power and how it corrupted him. His sexual perversions and madness ultimatly leads to his gruesome assasination.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: assassination, clergy, intrigue, royal family, psychopath, tragic hero, politics, ambition, revolution, mental illness, royal court, rebelliousness ...
Time: 1910s, year 1916, year 1917
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Anton Chekhov 1890 (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Summer 1890. In order to make some money to feed his family, Anton Chekhov, modest physician, wrote short stories for newspapers to sign Antosha Tchékhonté. Important characters, writer and editor, just make him aware of his talent. His situation ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, captivating, gloomy
Plot: writer's life, literature, tuberculosis, couple relations, obsession, life is a bitch, infidelity, convict, family relations, writers, siblings relations, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 6.9
 5K
Cromwell (1970)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War.
Style: epic, realistic, stylized, serious, factual ...
Plot: battles, revolution, political unrest, king, military, politics, royal family, intrigue, leadership, against the odds, rivalry, ambition ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages, 1600s, 80s, 18th century
Place: england, ireland, europe, america, britain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.8
 1K
Safe Conduct (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Germany, Spain
Duration: 170 min.
Story: The film is about the French film industry from 1942 to 1944 during the Nazi occupation. The film focuses on assistant director and resistance fighter Jean Devaivre and screenwriter Jean Aurenche. Aurenche is on the move so that he doesn't have ...
Style: suspenseful, sincere, emotional, touching, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, espionage, human spirit, survival, writer's life, love and romance, society, escapades, lifestyle, hopes, couples, couple relations ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: paris france, france, europe, vichy
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.5
 6K
Danton (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, Poland
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Danton and Robespierre were close friends and fought together in the French Revolution, but by 1793 Robespierre was France's ruler, determined to wipe out opposition with a series of mass executions that became known as the Reign of Terror. ...
Style: talky, epic, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: french revolution, revolution, political unrest, politics, idealism, death row, intrigue, rebellion, military, heroes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1790s, 1930s
Place: france, paris france, poland, europe, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.2
 3K
Miral (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Israel, Italy, India, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of the first Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.
Style: realistic, sentimental, stylized, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: orphan, refugee, rebellion, injustice, human spirit, politics, youth, idealism, haunted by the past, terrorism, rebelliousness, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1940s, 90s, 60s ...
Place: israel, middle east, palestinian authority, jerusalem, palestine
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.7
 754
My Nikifor (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: From his birth in 1895 through his death in 1968, the gifted Polish naïve artist Nikifor Krynicki (AKA Epifan Drowniak) lived his life and eked out a career cloaked in obscurity - a casualty of both his extreme speech impediment (his tongue was ...
Style: captivating, atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: ambition, prodigy, couples, couple relations, family life, tragic love, celebrity culture, society, lifestyle, love and romance, isolation, art ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
 5K
James Dean (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The man behind the legend and a knowing look at the 1950's Hollywood are revealed in this dynamic bioepic of the meteoric star whose troubled life echoed his gut-grabbing performances in East of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause and Giant.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, captivating, clever
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, actor, dying young, actor's life, teen angst, prodigy, lifestyle, ambition, rising to stardom, rise and fall, teenage life ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: usa, indiana, malibu california, santa monica california, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.
Style: talky, touching, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: british history, ambition, infidelity, frame up, king, betrayal, romance, politics, state affairs, love and romance, rise to the top, dishonesty ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 1500s, 1930s, 18th century ...
Place: england, europe, britain, london, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%