Movies like Hanussen

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Hanussen (1988)
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Hanussen (1988)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Hungary, West Germany, Austria
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of empathy and of clairvoyance, such that could aid suicidal patients. After the war, with one friend as his manager and another as his lover, Schneider changes his name to Eric Jan Hanussen and goes to Berlin, as a hypnotist and clairvoyant performing in halls and theaters. He always speaks the truth, which brings him to the attention of powerful Nazis. He predicts their rise (good propaganda for them) and their violence (not so good). He's in pain and at risk. What is Hanussen's future?
Style: tense, thought provoking, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing
Plot: hypnosis, clairvoyant, assassination, nazism, uncover truth, war, distopia, world war one, battles, fighting the system, life is a bitch, love and romance, rebellion, oracle, love affair, moral dilemma, totalitarianism, anti semitism, society, dishonesty, political unrest, a vision, rebelliousness, wartime life, idealism ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 1930s
Place: germany, berlin germany

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, disturbing and thought provoking films with plots about society, state affairs, life is a bitch, political unrest, rebellion, politics and war mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Hanussen: Mephisto (1981), Colonel Redl (1985), Labyrinth of Lies (2014), Zuzu Angel (2006), The Kautokeino Rebellion (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Mephisto (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, Hungary, Austria
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and friends flee or are ground under by the Nazi terror, the ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: nazi germany, ambition, actor's life, treason, career, pact with the devil, german, politics, downfall, state affairs, rise and fall, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, hamburg germany, paris france
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Colonel Redl (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, West Germany
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Set during the fading glory of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the film tells of the rise and fall of Alfred Redl, an ambitious young officer who proceeds up the ladder to become head of the Secret Police only to become ensnared in political deception.
Style: cynical, biting, suspense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: espionage, soldier, military, treason, gays and lesbians, military officer, world war one, political unrest, betrayal, state affairs, war, rise and fall ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, pre world war one
Place: austria, czech republic, germany, europe
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62%
Labyrinth of Lies (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A young prosecutor in postwar West Germany investigates a massive conspiracy to cover up the Nazi pasts of prominent public figures.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, thought provoking, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: holocaust, nazi, nazi war criminal, lawyer, genocide, idealism, fighting the system, uncover truth, prosecutor, nazi officer, against humanity, dishonesty ...
Time: post world war two, 20th century, 50s, year 1958, year 1963 ...
Place: germany, west germany, frankfurt germany, berlin germany
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Zuzu Angel (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Brazil
Duration: 108 min.
Story: "Zuzu Angel" covers the last years of the famous Brazilian fashion designer in her doomed quest for justice in the case of her activist son Stuart's arrest, torture, murder and subsequent corpse disposal by the military forces in ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: missing person, uncover truth, fighting the system, rebellion, society, life is a bitch, crimes, injustice, legal, politics, parents and children, price of justice ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century
Place: latin america, brazil, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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The Kautokeino Rebellion (2008)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Religious and cultural reawakening inspires rebellion in a 19th century Norwegian village.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, epic, bleak
Plot: rebellion, christianity, rebel, political unrest, rebelliousness, life is a bitch, society, religions or cults, state affairs, tragic event, war, blood ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, norway
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47%
Waiting for Heaven (2006)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Hungary, Turkey
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Eflatun is a master miniature artist who's living in 17th century Istanbul. One day, he's taken to the vizier's mansion by force. There he learns that Danyal, one of the Ottoman princes who has ignited an insurrection, is arrested in ...
Style: captivating, exciting, realistic, serious, epic
Plot: rebellion, military, love affair, rebelliousness, fight for supremacy, state affairs, society, love and romance, rivalry, battles, political unrest, fall in love ...
Time: 17th century
Place: ottoman empire, turkey, istanbul turkey, constantinople
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Pentagon Papers (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: This compelling political drama is based on the true story of high-ranking Pentagon official Daniel Ellsberg, who, during the Nixon era, strove to preserve American democracy by leaking top-secret documents to the New York Times and Washington Post. ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: politics, whistleblower, vietnam war, dishonesty, uncover truth, introspection, state affairs, military, fighting the system, head of state, soldier, political conspiracy ...
Place: new york, asia, vietnam, usa
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43%
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O Jerusalem (2006)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, UK, Italy, Greece, Israel, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A tale of friendship between two men, one Jewish and the other Arab, as the state of Israel is being created.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, disturbing
Plot: rebellion, military, friendship, political unrest, rebelliousness, wartime life, battles, politics, danger, state affairs, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: israel, holy land, jerusalem, palestine
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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The Edelweiss Pirates (2004)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Im Kölner Stadtteil Ehrenfeld lebt eine Gruppe von Arbeiterkindern kurz vor Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs ihren ganz eigenen Alltag. Die selbsternannten „Edelweißpiraten“ träumen von einer gerechten Welt und sehnen sich nach der unbeschwerten ...
Style: realistic, tense, captivating, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: resistance, young heroes, rebellion, wartime life, human spirit, captivity, rebelliousness, idealism, life is a bitch, against humanity, danger, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Final Solution: The Wannsee Conference (1984)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Austria, West Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A real time recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which leading SS and Nazi Party officals gathered to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Led by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, the Wannsee Conference was the ...
Style: talky, thought provoking, captivating, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, deportation, conspiracy, genocide, racism, anti semitism, immigrants, deadly, fascism, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1942
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38%
Purple Butterfly (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a secret police unit tasked with dismantling Purple Butterfly.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: war, wartime life, rivalry, political unrest, love affair, anti war, love and romance, tragic hero, deadly, society, hidden identity, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 1940s, 2000s
Place: japan, china, shanghai, asia, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, emotional, stylized, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: orphan, refugee, rebellion, human spirit, injustice, life is a bitch, politics, refugees, rebelliousness, fall in love, haunted by the past, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1940s, 90s, 60s ...
Place: israel, middle east, palestinian authority, jerusalem, palestine
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38%
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Orange Honey (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Portugal
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Andalusia in the fifties. Enrique and Carmen just meet and fall deeply in love. Carmen gets him to stay in military service in a court of the city. Enrique, in view of the injustices he witnesses every day, realizes that to change the course of ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: soldier, life turned upside down, rebelliousness, moral dilemma, rebellion, fighting the system, against the rules, state affairs, life is a bitch, legal, military, dishonesty ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: spain, andalusia
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For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War, Western
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Duration: 145 min.
Story: A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929), which was touched off by a rebellion against the Mexican government's attempt to secularize the country.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, epic, stylized
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Brecht (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
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Duration: 187 min.
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Style: psychological, tense, thought provoking, disturbing, humorous ...
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Time: 1920s, 50s, 1940s, 1950s, 1930s ...
Place: germany, berlin germany, east germany
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Summer Crisis (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense
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Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969
Place: canada, quebec
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36%
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The 13 Roses (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Spain, Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: True story of thirteen totally normal young women that suffered harsh questioning and were put in prison under made up charges of helping the rebellion against Franco back in the 1940s. Despite of their innocence, the thirteen were soon executed ...
Style: disturbing, touching, emotional, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: spanish civil war, injustice, woman in danger, false accusation, social decay, life is a bitch, society, hopes, dishonesty, betrayal, false arrest, confined ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Bridges of Sarajevo (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Thirteen European directors explore the theme of Sarajevo; what this city has represented in European history over the past hundred years, and what Sarajevo stands for today in Europe. These eminent filmmakers of different generations and origins ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, haunted by the past, wartime life, politics, political unrest, anti war, society, state affairs, world war one, archive footage, female director
Time: 20th century
Place: bosnia
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33%
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An Ordinary Execution (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: captivating, emotional, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: moral dilemma, power relations, head of state, doctors and patients, society, state affairs, life is a bitch, dictator, josef stalin, illness, suffering, distopia ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1952
Place: ussr, russia, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor (2003)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: On the glorious battlefields of the American Revolution, two great generals distinguished themselves; George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Washington is remembered as America's founding father, Arnold as America's most notorious traitor. ...
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: american revolution, independence, treason, political unrest, political conspiracy, military, assassination, revolution, rebellion, tragic hero, state affairs, war ...
Time: 18th century
Place: usa, quebec, philadelphia
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32%
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Endgame (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The time is the late '80s, a crucial period in the history of South Africa. President P.W. Botha is hanging on to power by a thread as the African National Congress (ANC) takes up arms against apartheid and the country tumbles toward ...
Style: captivating, tense, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bomb, politics, rebellion, hopes, danger, political unrest, wartime life, revolution, siege, leadership, unlikely partners, state affairs ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: south africa, england, africa, europe, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 583
Dirty Hearts (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Brazil, Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 1945, Japan surrendered to the United States and the Second World War was over. Right? Wrong. For eighty percent of the Japanese community in Brazil, Japan had won the war and defeat was nothing more than American propaganda. The few immigrants ...
Style: tense, serious, bleak, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: terrorism, society, crimes, couples, immigrants, state affairs, life is a bitch, husband wife relationship, hidden truth, brainwashing, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, post world war two, 1940s, 40s, year 1945
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Conspiracy (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The historical recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which Nazi and SS leaders gathered in a Berlin suburb to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Lead by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, this group of high ranking ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, factual, intense, atmospheric ...
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, genocide, war crime, racism, politics, conspiracy, state affairs, wartime life, human spirit, world war two, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: berlin germany, germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Afterburn (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16, thought to be the very best tactical fighter in the world. Air Force Captain Theodore T. Harduvel was one of the best F-16 pilots the U.S. had to ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: state affairs, law enforcement, heroes, dishonesty, hopes, politics, righting the wronged, military, rivalry, investigation, fighting the system, danger ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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The White Rose (1982)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: West Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: During the Second World War, a small group of students at Munich University begin to question the decisions and sanity of Germany's Nazi government. The students form a resistance cell which they name the "White Rose" after a ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, emotional, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, resistance, death sentence, rebellion, war, heroes, politics, society, military, confined, state affairs, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1920s
Place: germany, europe, munich germany, california, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 130 min.
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Story: A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National German Workers' Party prior to World War II.
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: hitler, racism, nazism, fascism, against humanity, political unrest, world war two, dictatorship, historical character, german, society, leadership ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 30s ...
Place: germany, europe, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.7
 182
Heat Wave (1990)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A rookie black journalist investigates the tensions of the Watts section of Los Angeles in the bloody summer of 1965.
Style: tense, thought provoking, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: racism, urban setting, society, political unrest, interracial relations, social decay, heat wave, life is a bitch, media, journalism, riot, police brutality ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1965
Place: los angeles, usa, south central los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.9
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Reunion (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, West Germany, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Two young boys from very different backgrounds become friends in 1933 Stuttgart. However, they don't realize how different they are until much later as one is the son of a well-to-do Jewish doctor and the other the son of a German aristocrat. ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, realistic, serious
Plot: anti semitism, friendship, world war two, golden years, youth, homecoming, holocaust, confined, coming of age, religions or cults, society, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Beneath Hill 60 (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The true story of Australia's cat-and-mouse underground mine warfare – one of the most misunderstood, misrepresented and mystifying conflicts of WW I. It was a secret struggle BENEATH the Western Front that combined daring engineering, ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: soldier, military, human spirit, war, hopes, tunnel, world war one, danger, life is a bitch, heroes, brutality, hapless soldier ...
Time: 20th century, year 1916, 1910s
Place: europe, australia, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Death of a Prophet (1981)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: After breaking ties with the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X became a man marked for death...and it was just a matter of time before his enemies closed in. Despite death threats and intimidation, Malcolm marched on - continuing to spread the word of ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere, controversial
Plot: assassination, politics, jazz, racism, society, ambition, folk hero, rebellion, leadership, fighting the system, life is a bitch, state affairs ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%