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Great Expectations (1989)
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Great Expectations (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Phillip Pirrip, known as Pip, meets a convict or two in a graveyard and sets into motion a series of events that lead him from a comfortable life in his brother-in-law's forge to a mysterious inheritance and his acquaintance with the eerie Miss Havisham, her beautiful ward Estella, and the unusual lawyer Jaggers.
Plot: rags to riches, orphan, inheritance, adoption, literature
Time: victorian england, victorian era, 19th century

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Great Expectations (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Mini-series based on the novel by Charles Dickens.
Plot: rags to riches, benefactor, orphan
Time: victorian england, 19th century
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Great Expectations (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: 'Great Expectations' opens with Pip as a boy (played as an young man by newcomer Douglas Booth, 'The Pillars of the Earth') on the marshes near his home, where he encounters the desperate escapee Magwitch (Winstone). Pip is ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, atmospheric, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era, 1820s
Place: england
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A Dinner of Herbs (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 286 min.
Story: Filmed on location in the North of England, A Dinner of Herbs is a film based on Catherine Cookson's novel about hardship, betrayal and family life in a 19th century working class town. Roddy and Hal have been friends since childhood, but their ...
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Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era, victorian england
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Dickensian (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Dickensian intertwines the realm of fictional characters in Charles Dickens’ novels—including Scrooge, Fagin and Miss Havisham—in half-hour episodes, as their lives intertwine in 19th century London. The Old Curiosity Shop sits next door to ...
Plot: period piece, murder
Time: victorian england, 1840s, 19th century, victorian era
Place: england
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Servants (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Bold and irreverent drama following the fortunes of a group of servants in an 1850s English country house.
Plot: period piece, housekeeper, servant, maid, country estate, aristocracy, butler
Time: 19th century, 1800s, victorian era, victorian england
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Oliver Twist (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 176 min.
Story: Oliver is born into poverty and misfortune - the son of an unmarried mother, who dies shortly after his birth. He is soon delivered to the workhouse, where the cruel Mr. Bumble oversees children tormented by starvation and suffering. When Oliver ...
Style: realistic, touching, gloomy, sentimental, bleak
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Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england
Place: europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
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David Copperfield (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 300 min.
Story: Adaptation of the Dickens novel.
Plot: childhood memory, oppression, survivor, compassion, writing, coming of age, orphan
Time: victorian era, 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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The Secret (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A tale of suspense and intrigue set in 19th century Tyneside, 'The Secret' is based on Catherine Cookson's only thriller novel. Freddie Musgrave's life is in turmoil when a letter implicates him in murder, things are further ...
Plot: period piece
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1880s, victorian england
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Our Mutual Friend (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 350 min.
Story: Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in Charles Dickens's 1860s London.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: inheritance, betrayal, power relations, life is a bitch, love and romance, social differences, lifestyle, society, dishonesty, love affair, mistaken identity, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era
Place: england, london, europe
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Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 240 min.
Story: He Knew He Was Right was a 2004 BBC TV adaptation of the Anthony Trollope novel He Knew He Was Right. The mini-series portrays the failure of a marriage caused by the unreasonable jealousy of a husband exacerbated by the stubbornness of a wilful ...
Style: serious, stylized, realistic
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Plot: inheritance, marriage, jealousy, aristocrat, insecurity, gossip, broken engagement, diplomat, piano, family relations, gossip and rumors, romance ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era, 1860s
Place: england, alps
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Rag Nymph (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Seperated from her prostitute mother as the woman flees on foot down the filthy mid-19th century streets of Newcastle from the police, ten year old Millie is taken under the wing of rag lady Aggie Winkovski and her crippled helper, Ben. Young Millie ...
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Time: 19th century, 1800s, victorian era, victorian england
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Oliver Twist (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 386 min.
Story: Based on Charles Dickens' novel, this adaptation traces the childhood of an orphan whose mother dies giving birth to him in an English work-house in the 1820s.
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, emotional, bleak
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, child abuse, confined, rich and poor, life is a bitch, young heroes, kidnapping, coming of age, youth, danger, crimes, down on your luck ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1830s, victorian era
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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David Copperfield (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Charles Dickens' haunting semi-autobiographical tale of a boy who is sent away by his stepfather after his mother dies but manages to triumph over incredible adversities.
Style: captivating, uplifting, touching, atmospheric, emotional ...
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Country: UK
Duration: 385 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, stylized, captivating
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Time: victorian, 19th century, victorian era
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
Country: UK
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Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 330 min.
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Country: UK, USA
Duration: 168 min.
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Country: UK
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 333 min.
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Vanity Fair (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 50 min.
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Style: realistic, captivating, stylized, sincere, serious ...
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Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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Style: realistic, bleak, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
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Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: england, cornwall
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29%