Movies like To Live

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To Live (1994)
 8.3
 16K
To Live (1994)
Original name: 活着
Genre: Drama, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry.
Style: epic, touching, emotional, tense, serious, realistic, family saga, poignant, dramatic, bleak ...
Plot: gambling, communism, politics, destiny, wedding, family relations, battles, hopes, funeral, child abuse, cultural revolution, poverty, communist, village, couple relations, parents and children, love and romance, village life, family problems, loss of son, society, couples, dishonesty, death in the family, political unrest ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 40s, 20th century
Place: china, asia, taiwan

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Most similar movies to To Live

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and thought provoking films with plots about death, family relations, culture clash, storytelling, husband wife relationship, photograph and society mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres. Some movies like To Live: Red Sorghum (1988), Farewell My Concubine (1993), Zelary (2003), The Blue Kite (1993), Pavilion of Women (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Red Sorghum (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu'er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as "my Grandpa" by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, sincere, epic ...
Plot: sino japanese war, world war two, village, village life, wartime life, love affair, couple relations, political unrest, society, state affairs, love and romance, war ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 171 min.
Story: Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou and over the following years the two develop an act entitled, "Farewell My Concubine," that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou ...
Style: stylized, emotional, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, gender bending, love triangle, homosexual, friendship, prostitute, marriage, suicide, communism, teacher, actor, opera ...
Time: 1920s, 60s, 70s, 1940s, 1930s ...
Place: china, beijing china, asia, japan, taiwan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
 7.6
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Zelary (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life she saved, a man from a remote mountain village where time ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sincere, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: redemption, small town, romance, couple relations, life is a bitch, hopes, society, resistance, post war, world war two, fugitives, marriage ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: prague, prague czechoslovakia, czechoslovakia, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
The Blue Kite (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The lives of a Beijing family throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as they experience the impact of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution.
Style: gloomy, realistic, sincere, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Plot: prisoner of war camp, revolution, politics, labor camp, society, rebellion, unfulfillment, state affairs, life is a bitch, political unrest, family life, parents and children ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 70s
Place: china, asia, california, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Pavilion of Women (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: China, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: With World War 2 looming, a prominent family in China must confront the contrasting ideas of traditionalism, communism and Western thinking, while dealing with the most important ideal of all: love and its meaning in society.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: forbidden love, interracial romance, culture clash, fall in love, social differences, society, parents and children, couple relations, political unrest, dysfunctional family, family problems, couples ...
Time: 30s, 1930s, year 1938
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Story of Qiu Ju is a 1992 Chinese comedy-drama film. The film was directed by Zhang Yimou and, as in many of his films, stars Gong Li in the title role. The screenplay is an adaption of Chen Yuanbin's novella The Wan Family's Lawsuit. ...
Style: realistic, clever, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, peasant, countryside, politics, revolution, satire, misfit, hopes, society, state affairs, rebellion, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: china, asia, california
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71%
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Red Cherry (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on a true story, this horrifying tale follows two orphaned friends as they struggle to survive during World War II.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, coming of age, orphan, soldier, monastery, summer camp, school, war, dealing with death, teaching the ways of the world, anti war, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1941
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
The White Countess (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, Germany, China, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The last movie from the team of Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in 1930s Shanghai, "The White Countess" is both Sofia (Natasha Richardson), a fallen member of the Russian aristocracy, and a nightclub created by a ...
Style: atmospheric, romantic, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Plot: friendship, countess, couples, love and romance, unlikely couple, couple relations, fall in love, romance, politics, intrigue, russian, blindness ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1937, year 1936 ...
Place: china, asia, hong kong, shanghai, macau ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Mother of Mine (2005)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 111 min.
Story: 1943: Nine-year-old Eero whose father is killed during the war is brought to Sweden to foster parents to his protection like thousands of other Finnish children. Eero feels lost, particularly as his foster mother Signe behaves very unfriendly. She ...
Style: bleak, touching, emotional, melancholic, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, family relations, human nature, wartime life, human spirit, parents and children, society, hopes, family problems, refugees, refugee, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: sweden, finland, tokyo, germany, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.8
 12K
The Road Home (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how they met in flashback.
Style: sentimental, emotional, stylized, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: funeral, village, businessman, teacher, death, fall in love, wooing, grief, burial, coffin, village life, romance ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Official Story (1985)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Argentina
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, sincere, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, politics, family relations, uncover truth, society, parents and children, political unrest, haunted by the past, state affairs, missing person, secret, history teacher ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, bolivia, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.2
 5K
Coming Home (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer remembers him.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, atmospheric
Plot: labor camp, love and romance, hopes, political unrest, reunion, breakup, crime and punishment, couples, family problems, state affairs, political prisoner, cultural revolution ...
Time: 20th century
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Circle of Deceit (1981)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Georg Laschen leaves his family in West Germany to go work as a war correspondent in Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians.
Style: sincere, bleak, rough, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: lebanese, politics, love and romance, journalism, society, danger, media, state affairs, against humanity, war, life is a bitch, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: middle east, lebanon, beirut lebanon, east germany, scandinavia ...
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48%
 7.5
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The Tin Drum (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France, Poland, Yugoslavia
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday.
Style: surreal, realistic, serious, clever, epic ...
Plot: fascism, world war two, circus, war, life is a bitch, political unrest, wartime life, dishonesty, against humanity, coming of age, grownups, toys ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: germany, europe, poland, central europe, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Puppetmaster (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 142 min.
Story: In the first half of this century, young Li Tienlu joins a travelling puppet theatre and subsequently makes a career as one of Taiwan's leading puppeteers.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, sincere, epic ...
Plot: puppet, puppeteer, world war two, human spirit, anti war, politics, wartime life, performer's life, war, village, brother brother relationship, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: taiwan, taipei
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Coup de grâce (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A countess loves her brother's Prussian-officer friend in the 1919 Baltic area.
Style: serious, stylized, realistic, bleak, gloomy
Plot: love triangle, revolution, soldier, betrayal, evacuation, tragic love, tragic hero, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, wartime life, destructive relationship ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, post world war one
Place: latvia, europe, budapest hungary, siberia, warsaw poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Water Diviner (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1919, Australian farmer Joshua Connor travels to Turkey to discover the fate of his three sons, reported missing in action. Holding on to hope, Joshua must travel across the war-torn landscape to find the truth and his own peace.
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, compassionate, suspense ...
Plot: world war one, missing person, missing son, family drama, parents and children, redemption, escapades, promise, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, death of son, loss of son ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915, year 1919
Place: australia, turkey, istanbul turkey, ottoman empire, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 8.0
 70K
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy, UK, USA
Duration: 197 min.
Story: Doctor Zhivago is the filmed adapation of the Russian novel by Boris Pasternak from director David Lean that was an international success and today deemed a classic. Omar Sharif and Julie Christie play two protagonists who in fact love each other ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, realistic, serious, epic ...
Plot: love triangle, russian revolution, nurse, world war one, suicide attempt, infidelity, communism, deportation, war, revolution, betrayal, russian ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, 1910s, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Temptress Moon (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Set in the decadent 1920s, Temptress Moon tells the very complicated story of a wealthy family living on the outskirts of Shanghai. Their youngest daughter, Ruyi, is brought up as a servant to her opium-addicted father and brother. Meanwhile, her ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: gangsters, family relations, blackmail, opium, addiction, power relations, couples, rise and fall, dishonesty, romance, unfulfillment, love and romance ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: china, shanghai, asia, tokyo, japan ...
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41%
Come See the Paradise (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Come See The Paradise is a deeply touching love story set against the backdrop of a dramatic and controversial period in American history, It follows the romance and eventual marriage of Jack McGurn (Dennis Quad), a hot blooded Irish American, and a ...
Style: emotional, contemplative, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: forbidden love, world war two, injustice, family relations, interracial relations, racism, culture clash, war, romance, love, interracial romance, opposites attract ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: seattle, los angeles, north dakota, usa, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
All My Loved Ones (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Told from the perspective of man reflecting on his childhood in Prauge in the early years of World War 2 and the eventual destruction of his family as the Nazis rise to power. The storyline focuses heavily on Jewish-Czech Silberstein family members. ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: world war two, hopes, escapades, life is a bitch, society, life turned upside down, family relations, anti semitism, rescue, war, ghetto, bittersweet ...
Time: 80s, 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: slovakia, europe, czech republic, austria, czechoslovakia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.7
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Earth (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: India, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl bears witnesses to tragedy as her ayah is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.
Style: emotional, captivating, tense, contemplative, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, civil war, atrocity, massacre, chaos, arson, romance, political unrest, violence spree, chaos and mayhem, sexual content, couples ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1947
Place: india, new delhi, asia, pakistan, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.2
 8K
I Am Cuba (1964)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Cuba, Soviet Union
Duration: 141 min.
Story: An unabashed exercise in cinema stylistics, I Am Cuba is pro-Castro/anti-Batista rhetoric dressed up in the finest clothes. The film's four dramatic stories take place in the final days of the Batista regime; the first two illustrate the ills ...
Style: captivating, factual, epic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: rebellion, propaganda, political unrest, revolution, state affairs, society, politics, injustice, tyranny, coup d'etat, power struggle, university ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba, tokyo, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 7.0
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Kundun (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Monaco, Morocco
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as 'Kundun', which means 'The Presence'. He was forced to escape from his native home, Tibet, when communist China invaded and enforced an oppressive regime upon the peaceful nation. The Dalai ...
Style: thought provoking, stylized, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Plot: buddhism, buddhist monk, exile, monastery, communism, politics, buddha, righting the wronged, injustice, religions or cults, dedication, occupation ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: tibet, china, asia, pearl harbor, hiroshima japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.5
 3K
Alone (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in the shabby part of a big city. She is pregnant, and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, gloomy, feel good ...
Plot: pregnancy, hospital, human nature, parents and children, love and romance, loneliness, mother in law son in law relationship, society, dog, drinking alcohol, drinking, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, andalusia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.4
 20K
Stop-Loss (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A veteran soldier returns from his completed tour of duty in Iraq, only to find his life turned upside down when he is arbitrarily ordered to return to field duty by the Army.
Style: emotional, serious, bleak, thought provoking, sad ...
Plot: soldier, u.s. military, friendship, homecoming, military, politics, wartime life, rules and policies, post traumatic stress disorder, gulf war, death, patriotism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, canada, washington d.c., mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Turtles Can Fly (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran, France, Iraq
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Turtles can fly tells the story of a group of young children near the Turkey-Iran border. They clean up mines and wait for the Saddam regime to fall.
Style: sincere, bleak, rough, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: childhood, village, rape, suicide, orphan, blind character, refugee, suicide attempt, camp, survival, fall in love, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century
Place: kurdistan, iraq, middle east, iran, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.5
 3K
Ithaca (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In a small town in California's San Joaquin Valley, 14-year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed ...
Style: captivating, tense, thought provoking, realistic
Plot: brother brother relationship, family relations, world war two, friendship, coming of age, promise, death of brother, jealousy, teenage boy, husband wife relationship, fear, anti war ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, Algeria
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty thief to his rise to prominence in the organisation and capture by the French in ...
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: revolution, rebellion, bomb, military, resistance, french, freedom, torture, rebel, oppression, capture, chaos ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1957, year 1956, year 1962 ...
Place: algeria, africa, north africa, france, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The House of the Spirits (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Portugal, Germany, Denmark, USA, France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A rancher, his clairvoyant wife and their family face turbulent years in South America.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, family saga ...
Plot: revolution, generation gap, dictatorship, family relations, coup d'etat, civil war, parents and children, estate, political unrest, family life, farm, justice ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: latin america, chile, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%