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The Dawning (1988)
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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) while he hides in a beach hut. He talks the naive Nancy into delivering a message to Dublin. There she meets Joe Mulhare (Mark O'Regan) and befriends the recipient of the message. Only when she witnesses the shooting deaths of 12 British officers does she realize the content of the lethal message. After the shootings, Nancy rushes to try and warn Cassius about the military police who are closing in on him. Trevor Howard is the old army officer and grandfather in his last screen role, with Jean Simmons as Aunt Mary. Watch for Hugh Grant as Harry, the stuffed shirt on whom Nancy has a huge crush.
Style: serious, captivating, emotional, realistic, sincere, factual, thought provoking, touching
Plot: political unrest, coming of age, society, youth, dangerous attraction, state affairs, mysterious character, teenage boy, beach, friendship, irish republican army, independence, romance, politics, orphan, ira, grandfather, mysterious stranger, aunt, military police, crush, unlikely friendships, wheelchair, message, text messaging
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 20s
Place: ireland, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and emotional films with plots about love and romance, society, romance, youth, political unrest, friendship and state affairs mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Dawning: What the Day Owes the Night (2012), Cal (1984), Lipstikka (2011), Circle of Friends (1995), Belle du Seigneur (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
What the Day Owes the Night (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Algeria, the 1930s. Younes is nine years old when he is put in his uncle's care in Oran. Rebaptized Jonas, he grows up among the Rio Salado youths, with whom he becomes friends. Emilie is one of the gang; everyone is in love with her. A great ...
Style: touching, emotional, captivating, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: young lovers, teenage love, friendship, romance, true love, youth, friends, revolution, political unrest, love and romance, society, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: algeria
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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, serious, realistic, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: terrorism, guilt, unfulfillment, state affairs, tragic hero, couples, ira, political unrest, couple relations, tragic love, forbidden love, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, belfast
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82%
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Lipstikka (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Israel, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two women reunite in London, where they go over the details of a life-changing event which occurred when they were teenagers in Jerusalem.
Style: emotional, captivating, serious, realistic, non-linear ...
Plot: haunted by the past, introspection, society, youth, immigrants, hopes, friendship, starting over, political unrest, loveless marriage, unhappy wife, lesbian interest ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, israel, middle east, london, palestinian authority ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Circle of Friends (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland, USA, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: 'Circle Of Friends' is set in 1950's Ireland. The movie focuses on Benny Hogan and her best friend, Eve Malone. The story centers around Benny and Eve as they enter student life at University College, Dublin. Here Benny and Eve ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: college, pregnancy, small town, romance, coming of age, betrayal, friendship, love affair, college life, youth, orphan, abortion ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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, love affair, romance, society, social differences, unfulfillment, state affairs, politics, political unrest, anti semitism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: switzerland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: realistic, serious
Plot: murder, couples, romance, love and romance, society, mentally unstable, life is a bitch, rebellion, state affairs, family life, alcohol abuse, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Scouting Book for Boys (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Thomas Turgoose (This Is England) stars as David, a young boy who lives a carefree life on a coastal caravan park with his best friend Emily (Holliday Grainger). When David learns that Emily is being forced to move away, he helps her hide out in a ...
Style: sincere, touching, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: leaving home, friendship, youth, family problems, secret place, parents and children, teenage life, rebelliousness, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, society, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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Labor Day (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.
Style: realistic, sentimental, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: single parent, family relations, fall in love, unlikely relationship, parents and children, love and romance, dangerous attraction, loner, holiday, crimes, fugitives, on the run ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, canada, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Summer Rain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A coming-of-age tale charting the first loves, lusts and obsessions of friends on vacation at the end of the 1970s.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: love and romance, buddies, obsession, teenage love, teenage life, best friends, coming of age, romance, youth, society, friends, fascism ...
Time: 70s
Place: spain, europe
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63%
Girl with Green Eyes (1964)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Catholic-Irish farm girl Kate, along with her gregarious best friend Baba, moves to Dublin to pursue a more exciting life.
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, emotional, touching
Plot: friendship, family relations, youth, coming of age, dublin ireland, small town, suburban life, singleness, forbidden love, small town life, looking for love, gender ...
Time: 60s
Place: ireland, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Red Rose (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Iran, Greece
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A politically complacent middle-aged man and a young pro-democracy activist debate about the future of their country while hiding from the police, in this fascinating drama that blends scripted scenes with on-the-ground footage from Iran’s 2009 ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: political unrest, idealism, politics, state affairs, life is a bitch, society, husband wife relationship, violence, female director, female nudity, extramarital affair, cigarette smoking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, tehran iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Lorna Doone (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: The year is 1675. England is threatened by religious and political rivalries. King Charles II's Catholic brother, James, is next in line for the throne, but many Protestants put their faith in Charles' illegitimate son, The Duke of ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: revenge, love and romance, state affairs, romance, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, political unrest, forbidden love, love, rivalry, politics, countryside ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: england, scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.0
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Cherrybomb (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Cherry Bomb follows teenagers Luke, Malachy, and Michelle as they embark on a wild weekend of drink, drugs, shop-lifting and stealing cars. But what starts out as a game turns deadly serious when the three discover that they can't get off the ...
Style: tense, exciting, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, realistic, serious
Plot: politics, village, terrorism, widow, railway station, romance, state affairs, battles, ira, love and romance, dealing with death, haunted by the past ...
Time: 80s
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54%
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: touching, bleak, emotional, gloomy, captivating ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Goob (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 84 min.
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Style: realistic, sentimental, captivating, emotional, touching ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Salt of This Sea (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Palestine, Belgium, France, Spain, Switzerland
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Born in Brooklyn to Palestinian refugee parents, Soraya (Suheir Hammad) decides to journey to the country of her ancestry when she discovers that her grandfather's savings have been frozen in a Jaffa bank account since his 1948 exile. She soon ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: social differences, love affair, heist, state affairs, politics, injustice, political unrest, discrimination, life is a bitch, love and romance, bank robbery, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, palestine, usa, middle east, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Run of the Country (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: An Irish lad (Matt Keeslar) who fled from his oppressive, widowed father (Albert Finney) falls for a girl (Victoria Smurfit) from an affluent family.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, gloomy, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: village, coming of age, family relations, ira, politics, father son relationship, countryside, police officer, strained relationship, romance, single parent, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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The Remains of the Day (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A rule bound head butler's world of manners and decorum in the household he maintains is tested by the arrival of a housekeeper who falls in love with him in post-WWI Britain. The possibility of romance and his master's cultivation of ties ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: butler, master and servant, jewish, loyalty, aristocracy, nazism, couple relations, career, german, self sacrifice, politics, political unrest ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 1940s, 1950s, 30s ...
Place: england, britain, europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Let the Wind Blow (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A collegian in turbulent Mumbai attempts to improve his lifestyle.
Style: sincere, captivating, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: destiny, follow your dream, working class, rich and poor, political unrest, family relations, hopes, state affairs, youth, society, parents and children, social differences ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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, 1960s, 70s, 60s
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Mickybo and Me (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Ireland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The film tells the story of two boys who become friends at the start of the Troubles in 1970. The boys share an obsession with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, with the consequence that they run away to Australia.
Style: sentimental, sincere, touching, semi serious, captivating ...
Plot: mischievous children, youth, friendship, kids in trouble, society, obsession, political unrest, wannabe, ira, religions or cults, state affairs, friends ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, belfast
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.9
 2K
Partition (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, South Africa, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Determined to leave the ravages of war behind, 38 year old Gian Singh resigns from the British Indian Army to a quiet life. His world is soon thrown in turmoil, when he suddenly finds himself responsible for the life of a 17 year old girl, ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: interracial relations, couple relations, forbidden love, fall in love, society, couples, political unrest, soldier, love and romance, romance, village, social relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: india, pakistan, asia, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Movie in collections
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 174
Secret Sharer (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Poland, China, Thailand
Duration: 103 min.
Story: On a rusting cargo ship in the South China Sea, it's the young Polish captain's first command. His mutinous Chinese crew suspect him and his unscrupulous Boss of planning to scuttle the ship for an insurance scam. When the crew abandon ...
Style: stylized, captivating, realistic, serious
Audience: date night
Plot: woman in danger, mysterious character, love and romance, fugitives, fall in love, romance, dangerous attraction, ocean or sea, ship, chases and races, danger, cargo ...
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Cider with Rosie (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story set in the Cotswolds during and immediately after the First World War.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, touching ...
Plot: village, coming of age, world war one, friendship, youth, society, village life, teenager, childhood, military police, deserter, classroom ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, artists and showbiz, tragic love, unfulfilled love, love affair, haunted by the past, society, love and romance, romance, couples ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.4
 2K
So Young (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In the brink of the 90s, 18-year-old Zheng Wei steps into her university life with a hopeful heart for love. She forms a great friendship with her roommates and united as a group, they embark on their university life together. Wei meets Chen ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: lifestyle, friendship, fall in love, college life, adolescence vs adulthood, love and romance, university, coming of age, youth, breakup, break-up, snobbism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Ryan's Daughter (1970)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 195 min.
Story: World War I seems far away from Ireland's Dingle peninsula when Rosy Ryan Shaughnessy goes horseback riding on the beach with the young English officer. There was a magnetic attraction between them the day he was the only customer in her ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: village, political unrest, love triangle, officer, romance, fall in love, forbidden love, soldier, couples, treason, world war one, mute ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
In the Heat of the Sun (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The film is set in Beijing during the Cultural Revolution. It is told from the perspective of Ma Xiaojun nicknamed Monkey, a teenage boy. Monkey and his friends are free to roam the streets of Beijing day and night because the Cultural Revolution ...
Style: serious, realistic, epic, sexual, emotional ...
Plot: coming of age, cultural revolution, gang, teenage boy, teenage love, family relations, crimes, rebellion, state affairs, juvenile delinquency, buddies, politics ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: china, beijing china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Night Catches Us (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After growing up during the tumultuous 1960s, ex-Black Panther Marcus returns to his home in Philadelphia in 1976 and reconnects with Pat, the widow of a Panther leader. Marcus befriends Pat's young daughter and attempts to conquer his demons. ...
Style: sincere, serious, uplifting, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: homecoming, haunted by the past, social differences, political unrest, social relations, injustice, working class, teenage life, corrupt law enforcer, romance, lawyers and clients, soul music ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%