Movies like Elena

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Elena (2011)
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Elena (2011)
Original name: Елена
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Vladimir is reaching the end of his life and decides to leave his wealth to his only daughter, cutting out his wife and her son from his will.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, sincere, touching
Plot: stepmother stepdaughter relationship, murder of husband, elderly, elderly couple, second marriage, human nature, family relations, parents and children, heir heiress, social differences, disagreement, luxury, society, russian, father daughter relationship, class differences, couple relations, pills, swimming pool, viagra, candle, apartment complex, life is a bitch, housewife, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia, moscow russia

Most similar movies to Elena

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, gloomy and sincere films with plots about family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, society, family problems, couples and crimes mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Elena: Leviathan (2014), The Return (2003), The Dinner (2013), 12 (2007), Steel City (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Leviathan (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, thought provoking, meditative, suspense ...
Plot: small town, unhappy wife, injustice, alcohol abuse, mayor, russian, social relations, life is a bitch, legal action, political corruption, coastal town, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia
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100%
 8.0
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The Return (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A story of two Russian boys whose father suddenly returns home after a 12-year absence. He takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions.
Style: bleak, psychological, realistic, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: abusive father, brother, russian, parents and children, journey, overbearing parent, father son relationship, tragic event, coming of age, brother brother relationship, defiant, island ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
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The Dinner (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Adapting a Dutch bestseller inspired by a shocking real-life crime, Menno Meyjes (screenwriter of The Color Purple and Lionheart) directs this excoriating assessment of Europe’s contemporary social ills.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, psychological, bleak
Plot: couple relations, family relations, family problems, under the surface, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, human nature, parents and children, haunted by the past, couples, family in crisis, family secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.6
 14K
12 (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 159 min.
Story: A loose remake of “12 Angry Men”, “12” is set in contemporary Moscow where 12 very different men must unanimously decide the fate of a young Chechen accused of murdering his step-father, a Russian army officer. Consigned to a makeshift jury ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, inter cultural, suspense ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, racism, legal, murder, court case, life is a bitch, parents and children, social differences, teenage life, society, heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, chechnya, caucasus
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 6.4
 567
Steel City (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After a tragic accident caused by the truck of the middle-aged Carl Lee where a woman dies with a crushed stern, he is arrested and sent to the county jail. His son PJ, who works washing dishes and cleaning tables in a restaurant, feels lost, ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: police, family life, couples, family problems, youth, family relations, parents and children, introspection, dysfunctional family, redemption, couple relations, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: midwest, usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 8.0
 13K
The Fool (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Fool is a movie about a simple plumber. An honest man, he is up against an entire system of corrupted bureaucrats. At stake are the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dorm that is at risk of collapsing within the span of the night.
Style: serious, suspense, bleak, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: fighting the system, injustice, society, dishonesty, corruption, rebellion, small town, russian, moral dilemma, courage, apartment building, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.2
 1K
The Girl (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young Texan mother who loses her child to foster care begins smuggling Mexicans across the border.
Style: touching, realistic, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: custody, immigrants, parents and children, introspection, single parent, society, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, illegal immigration, mexican american border, poverty, smuggling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.1
 843
Offline (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A man attempts to reclaim the life that prison took from him but his dark past threatens to ruin everything.
Style: serious, sincere, touching, realistic, gloomy
Plot: redemption, starting over, haunted by the past, human nature, dysfunctional family, estrangement, family relations, family problems, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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 7.3
 12K
Human Capital (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The destinies of two families are irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is hit off the road by a jeep in the night before Christmas Eve.
Style: serious, sincere, touching, realistic, gloomy
Plot: adultery, social differences, family relations, life is a bitch, society, parents and children, family in crisis, destiny, forbidden love, accidental killing, police investigation, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, year 2010
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
White Knuckles (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A sweet housewife has been married to the same crotchety man for 40 years and she just can't bear another day. She starts to poison his food just to see if he might change. When he falls ill, both are awakened to the raw reality of life and ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, suspense, mumblecore
Plot: couple relations, couples, life is a bitch, marital crisis, husband wife relationship, family relations, thirtysomething life, family in crisis, housewife, cooking and food, in the woods, picture ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.0
 719
Scalene (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A perceptual thriller told from three points-of-view revolving around the rape of a female college student by a mentally handicapped man and his mother's subsequent revenge after his incarceration.
Style: serious, stylized, bleak, realistic, non-linear
Plot: mentally challenged, vengeance, parents and children, family relations, disability, misfit, life is a bitch, strong female presence, sexual abuse, mother daughter relationship, abusive relationship, figment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.6
 811
The Invader (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An African immigrant living illegally in Belgium is desperate to find his own sense of belonging.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, bleak, contemplative ...
Plot: job seeking, misfit, life is a bitch, couple relations, immigrants, society, human nature, couples, nudity (full frontal - brief), urban, male nudity, unfaithful wife ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, europe, brussels
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.7
 426K
Crash (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Style: touching, sincere, disturbing, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: racism, police corruption, interracial relations, prejudice, suffering, social differences, parents and children, police officer, vandalism, family relations, loss of son, pursuit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, santa monica california, puerto rico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Blood of My Blood (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Portugal
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A regular family living in the outskirts of Lisbon sees the serenity of their lives shaken beyond any remedy within a week.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: family life, juvenile delinquency, single parent, crimes, family problems, life is a bitch, family relations, working class, hopes, violence, youth, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: portugal, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.2
 2K
Red Bear (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Bear has never gotten over the separation from his wife and daughter after having been convicted for armed robbery and homicide and sent to prison. Now he is out, to finally get his cut of the money and reunite with his family, or at least avenge ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional, touching
Plot: going straight, heist, haunted by the past, redemption, parents and children, estrangement, criminal heroes, society, criminal's revenge, crimes, urban, city life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Man Inside (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A thriller centered on a young boxer trying to distance himself from his father's gangster past and the relationship with his trainer.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxer, crimes, athlete and trainer, gangsters, danger, haunted by the past, parents and children, family problems, escape from reality, starting over, sport, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.2
 2K
The Narrows (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A 19 year old Brooklyn boy who is torn between two worlds when his photography portfolio wins him a partial scholarship to NYU. He must figure out how to balance his Italian neighborhood roots with the expansive, sophisticated world on the other ...
Style: serious, captivating, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: college student, crimes, moral dilemma, society, family relations, city life, human nature, self discovery, parents and children, coming of age, family in crisis, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
That Girl in Yellow Boots (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An Anglo-Indian woman works in a seedy Mumbai massage parlor while trying to find her long-lost father.
Style: serious, bleak, tense, realistic
Plot: danger, family relations, parents and children, estrangement, woman in danger, society, father daughter incest, search for father, father daughter reunion, father daughter relationship, illegal alien, police corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, mumbai india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.1
 1K
Daybreak (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Sweden, shortly before Christmas. Surgeon Rickard is told the job he expected goes to a Dane, because of his substance abuse. It's too late to cancel dinner with his in-laws. The guest couple announces their in-vitro is a success. Then ...
Style: sincere, touching, bleak, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, vengeance, crumbling marriage, family problems, dishonesty, redemption, couples, family relations, love affair, parents and children, couple relations, introspection ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Common Ground (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Argentina
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In Buenos Aires, a few days before traveling to Spain with his beloved wife Liliana Rovira to visit their son Pedro, the leftist Literature professor Fernando Robles is compulsory retired in the University, and he concludes that it is impossible to ...
Style: sentimental, touching, clever, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: couples, destiny, family relations, family life, love and romance, society, student life, unemployment, social worker, family problems, human nature, starting over ...
Time: contemporary
Place: latin america, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 4.6
 415
Intoxicating (2003)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Dorian Shanley, is a heart surgeon who abuses alcohol and drugs. Dorian trades stolen pharmaceuticals for cocaine , provided by his best friend and enabler, Teddy. While Dorian's life and career take a nosedive, Shanley numbs the pain of losing ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, hospital, human nature, introspection, couples, family problems, downfall, drug dealing, rehabilitation, best friends, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.8
 1K
No Way Home (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An ex-cons future is threatened by his brother's involvement with drugs.
Style: bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: strip club, bar fight, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, parents and children, introspection, human nature, prison life, friendship, family life, estrangement, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 5.7
 274
Now or Never (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 92 min.
Story: As a mother, in principle, you do not rob banks. But these days, it can be a solution for the future of your home, and not to give up on your dreams. Playing the thieves can quickly become dangerous and bad encounters can turn into a love story ...
Style: realistic, captivating, tense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: heist, crimes, family relations, family in crisis, society, unemployment, parents and children, down on your luck, plan, bankruptcy, danger, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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 7.1
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Sisters (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A movie about two sisters - thirteen year old Sveta, poor and abandoned by her father, who longs to go off and be a sniper in the army, and spoilt eight-year old Dina, doted on by her gangster father...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, touching
Plot: ambush, gangsters, crimes, sister, love, danger, collaboration, protector, problem child, father, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
A Good Marriage (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After 25 years of a good marriage, what will Darcy do once she discovers her husband's sinister secret?
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: danger, dark secret, husband wife relationship, female protagonist, family problems, uncover truth, serial killer, couples, crimes, crumbling marriage, life turned upside down, mind game ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 5.9
 291
Bypass (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Tim has no job, but Tim ‘works’, selling stolen goods...In the face of mounting internal and external pressure, how far will he go to keep his head above water and protect those he loves?
Style: suspenseful, serious, touching, realistic, tense ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, youth, crimes, family relations, society, parents and children, terminal illness, down on your luck, working class, urban, criminal
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.5
 4K
The Bench (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Kaj is a stubborn man with a great deal of pride. The former chef lives in a council flat. He has wasted his life and is now on a council job training scheme for the long-term unemployed, where he refuses to let the foreman of the activation project ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, starting over, parents and children, alienation, family reunited, family problems, working class, elderly, life is a bitch, father daughter relationship, class differences, hospital ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen denmark, copenhagen
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.8
 2K
Manslaughter (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Doodslag (Dutch for "Manslaughter") is the story of Max, a paramedic who is repeatedly hindered in performing his duties by loutish behaviour. As his ambulance hurries towards a complicated childbirth, some youths prevent Max from reaching ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: ambulance, human nature, moral dilemma, society, social decay, media, crimes, paramedic, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, power of media, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
The Architect (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An architect engages in conflict with an activist who lives in a dangerous complex the architect designed.
Style: emotional, serious, melancholic, absurd, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family problems, social differences, lifestyle, parents and children, society, human nature, life is a bitch, youth, campaign, college, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, year 2005
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.4
 385
Three Sisters (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Laurence Olivier's film of Chekhov's play.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: love and romance, society, life is a bitch, family life, family problems, infidelity, human nature, small town, unfulfillment, sister sister relationship, death of father, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%