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Alexandria... Why? (1979)
 7.4
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Alexandria... Why? (1979)
Original name: إسكندرية... ليه؟
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt, Algeria
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Set against the panoramic backdrop of war-torn Egypt, director Youssef Chahine tells a highly personal tale of love and determination. Amid the poverty, death and suffering caused by World War II, 18 year-old Yehia, retreats into a private world of fantasy and longing. Obsessed with Hollywood, he dreams of one day studying filmmaking in America, but after falling in love and discovering the lies of European occupation, Yehia profoundly reevaluates his identity and allegiances.
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: world war two, youth, friendship, black market, teenage life, forbidden love, romance, love and romance, anti war, hopes, love affair, social differences, society, couples, chaos and mayhem, political unrest, opposites attract, wartime life, against humanity, orchestral, bittersweet, love, christmas, sex, prison ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: egypt, africa, middle east, palestine, mediterranean sea, alexandria egypt

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about friendship, love and romance, society, family relations, youth, cigarette smoking and couples mostly in Drama and War genres. Some movies like Alexandria... Why?: Campfire (2004), Simon & the Oaks (2011), Bulgarian Rhapsody (2014), Carol's Journey (2002), Steal Me (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Campfire (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of one woman's personal battle for acceptance, but also a portrait of a political movement that has forever affected millions of lives in the Middle East.
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, starting over, teenage love, teenage life, self discovery, youth, society, love and romance, hopes, politics, romance, fall in love ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel, jerusalem
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95%
Simon & the Oaks (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Norway
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Epic story about two families and their friendship and common destiny in Sweden's Gothenburg in the 1940s and 1950s. Told from the perspective of young Simon Larsson, who learns that he's an adopted child who has a Jewish father from ...
Style: realistic, tense, psychological, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: coming of age, world war two, family relations, friendship, wartime life, culture clash, working class, youth, society, best friend, countryside, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 50s
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Bulgarian Rhapsody (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria, Israel
Duration: 108 min.
Story: the story of two adolescents, Moni and Zhozho, who meet 17-year-old Zheni in 1943 and with whom both fell in love. The events that follow unfold while Bulgaria has to decide on the deportation of 11 343 Jewish citizens in Macedonia and Thrace.
Style: emotional, touching, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Plot: teenage love, wartime life, friendship, on the run, fall in love, anti semitism, society, youth, teenage life, love and romance, world war two, holocaust ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: bulgaria
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Carol's Journey (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Portugal
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Carol, a 12 year old Spanish-American girl from New York, travels with her mother to Spain in the spring of 1938, at the height of the Civil War. Separated from her beloved father, Carol arrives in her mother's home village and transforms the ...
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic
Plot: friendship, forbidden love, family relations, village, spanish civil war, wartime life, youth, parents and children, human nature, culture clash, single parent, orphan ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: new york, spain, usa, europe, galicia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 5.8
 241
Steal Me (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Chasing his wayward mother to Montana, fifteen year old Jake finds the picture perfect Tucker family instead who photoshop him into their lives, despite his questionable past. Too bad Jake can not stop himself from stealing, being seduced by the ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, small town, teenage life, forbidden love, love affair, couples, love and romance, youth, starting over, human nature, parents and children, adultery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Between Two Women (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Set in Northern England, this powerful tale of suppressed sexuality offers poignant and sharply observant social commentary, interlaced with a tender romance. Vetern actress Barbara Marten tugs at the heart as Ellen Hardy, a working-class mother ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: forbidden love, love affair, romance, couples, family relations, feminism, friendship, fall in love, society, female friendship, homecoming, working class ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: europe, england, britain, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.2
 471
Vanaja (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: India, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Set in rural South India, a place where social barriers are built stronger than fort walls, VANAJA explores the chasm that divides classes as a young girl struggles to come of age.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, sentimental, sexy ...
Audience: student film
Plot: pregnancy, coming of age, couples, village, teenage life, youth, society, family relations, injustice, dancing, rape, caste system ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 126 min.
Story: It's about a five member family. The father is a conservative and traditional person who directs the family. The mother is at home, she tries to hold together the family, while Mr. Bridge works as a lawyer. The children have just grown up, and ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, talky, melancholic, semi serious ...
Plot: americana, lawyer, culture clash, human nature, parents and children, introspection, family problems, society, dysfunctional family, family relations, suicide, bittersweet ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 40s, 30s
Place: usa, kansas, poland, paris france, kansas city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Expecting Amish (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: 18-year-old Hannah Yoder is ready to become an Amish adult - which means baptism into the Church and marriage to her boyfriend, Samuel. However, her friends convince her to visit Hollywood for Rumspringa where she meets Josh and the two hit it off ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: religions or cults, forbidden love, love affair, culture clash, adolescence vs adulthood, society, love and romance, youth, couples, pregnancy, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Pregnant out of wedlock, an educated young woman is pressured by her father into an arranged marriage with a lonely farmer in this drama set during WWII.
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: marriage of convenience, love and romance, hopes, romance, world war two, soldier, society, destiny, family relations, love affair, arranged marriage, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Mirage (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Republic of North Macedonia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: As Macedonia faces its difficult transition, a boy escapes into a world of his own creation.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, captivating, bleak
Plot: poet, hopes, family relations, friendship, teenage life, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, up and down relationship, family problems, youth, soldier, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, macedonia, former yugoslavia, france, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.3
 1K
Twist (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In a gritty retelling of the Dickens's classic, Twist takes Oliver and the Artful Dodger out of the poorhouse and onto the streets, where junk is the currency and hustling is the game.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, pimp, kids in trouble, crimes, youth, life is a bitch, addiction, sexual relations, society, apprentice, teenage boy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, quebec, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Deputy and the Congressman (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Madrid, Roberto Orbea is a member of the Spanish communist party. He is married to Carmen, and he has been elected as Deputy in the first democratic elections in Spain. But his enemies, the fascist, know his double life. Roberto likes boys, and they ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: politics, male prostitute, love triangle, murder, vandalism, militant, blackmail, hospital, infidelity, hustler, hidden camera, one night stand ...
Time: 70s
Place: spain, madrid, europe, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.4
 5K
Wild Reeds (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As the Algerian War draws to a close, a teenager with a girlfriend starts feeling homosexual urges for two of his classmates: a country boy, and a French-Algerian intellectual.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, gay, male homosexuality, love triangle, friendship, coming out, politics, boarding school, gay teenager, gays and lesbians, gay sex, bittersweet ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: france, algeria, europe, south of france
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Near the end of World War II, Maria marries Hermann, who is immediately sent off to battle. When the war concludes, Maria believes that Hermann is dead. She starts working at an Allied bar, where she meets American soldier Bill. They start a ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, surreal, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, marriage, world war two, love triangle, post war, lovers reunited, rise to the top, romance, couples, life is a bitch, danger, love and romance ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1946, year 1954 ...
Place: germany, europe, west germany, berlin germany, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Noi the Albino (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iceland, Germany, UK, Denmark
Duration: 90 min.
Story: 17 year old Noi drifts through life on a remote fjord in Iceland. In winter, the fjord is cut off from the outside world, surrounded by ominous mountains and buried under a shroud of snow. Noi dreams of escaping from this white-walled prison with ...
Style: touching, harsh, depressing, enigmatic, compassionate ...
Plot: gas station, friendship, family relations, teenage life, unfulfilled love, heist, parents and children, social relations, youth, love and romance, hopes, genius ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: iceland, cairo egypt, hawaii, singapore, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.2
 2K
Tully (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, lifestyle, opposites attract, young lovers, womanizer, introspection, couples, family problems, parents and children, haunted by the past, youth ...
Place: nebraska, usa, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.3
 262
Drifters (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The young adult life of Hong Yunsheng, nicknamed Little Brother, is seen as somewhat of a failure by those that know him. A Chinese national, he stowed away on a boat to the United States, where he worked as a dishwasher in the restaurant of a ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: family relations, immigrants, deportation, restaurant, love affair, eccentric family, estrangement, family problems, love and romance, society, politics, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, shanghai, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 6.3
 253
Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, friends, immigrants, family relations, opposites attract, human nature, family life, youth, culture clash, single parent, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Sexual Dependency (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bolivia, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A poor girl, a rich stud, a university student and a model -- nothing in common, except the desire to experience true intimacy. Their stories unfold and overlap as each becomes victim to their own sexual dependencies, self-perceptions and illusions. ...
Style: psychological, sincere, serious, erotic, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, sexual relations, lifestyle, dysfunctional family, teenage life, human nature, life is a bitch, love and romance, youth, gender, prostitute, sex education ...
Time: contemporary
Place: bolivia, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Wajma, an Afghan Love Story (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Afghanistan, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: It’s snowing in Kabul, and gregarious waiter Mustafa charms a pretty student named Wajma. The pair begin a clandestine relationship—they’re playful and passionate but ever mindful of the societal rules they are breaking. After Wajma discovers ...
Style: captivating, realistic, psychological, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: pregnancy, student, family relations, parents and children, forbidden love, life turned upside down, society, honor, love, rivalry, couples, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Pressure Point (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An African-American prison psychiatrist (Sidney Poitier) finds the boundaries of his professionalism sorely tested when he must counsel a disturbed inmate (Bobby Darin) with bigoted Nazi tendencies.
Style: psychological, sincere, contemplative, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: prison, world war two, psychopath, interracial relations, nightmare, psychiatrist, mental illness, idealism, rebelliousness, doctors and patients, prison life, haunted by the past ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1942
Place: harlem, new york, madison square garden manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.6
 170
Speakeasy (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two men become unlikely friends after a minor traffic accident.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, disturbing, gloomy
Plot: family relations, self discovery, friendship, haunted by the past, hopes, redemption, homecoming, human nature, introspection, love and romance, mute or deaf, secret ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 2000s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 6.7
 440
Reunion (1989)
Genre: Drama
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, serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: anti semitism, friendship, world war two, confined, society, homecoming, holocaust, coming of age, golden years, religions or cults, against humanity, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 30s
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Last Best Sunday (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A Hispanic teenager hides out from the law in the home of a good-natured, but rebellious, Caucasian teenage girl after killing two rednecks whom beat him up and left him for dead, leading to a collision of cultures between the two youths.
Style: psychological, disturbing, touching, tense, serious ...
Plot: small town, forbidden love, interracial relations, racism, murder, on the run, teenage life, small town life, social differences, when the parents are away, vengeance, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
El Alamein - The Line of Fire (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: War seen through the eyes of Serra, a university student from Palermo who volunteers in 1942 to fight in Africa. He is assigned to the Pavia Division on the southern line in Egypt. Rommel and the Axis forces are bogged down; it's October, the ...
Style: serious, bleak, sincere, captivating, realistic
Plot: world war two, soldier, battles, friendship, military, war, danger, wartime life, military life, behind enemy lines, introspection, battle ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1942
Place: middle east, egypt, africa, italy, mediterranean sea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.1
 30K
White Oleander (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.
Style: emotional, disturbing, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: mother daughter relationship, teenage life, women's prison, bad mother, coming of age, family relations, murder, crimes, parents and children, fall in love, custody, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, mexico, nova scotia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Delta of Venus (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A struggling American writer and a fellow American expatriate begin a sordid affair among the chaos and discord of 1940 Paris, France on the brink of World War II.
Style: sexual, erotic, sexy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, infidelity, writers, extramarital affair, jealousy, violence, soldier, secret, romance, bdsm, womanizer, dishonesty ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: paris france, europe, france, england, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Scrounger (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiralling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.
Style: neorealism, realistic, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: unemployment, prostitute, poverty, pimp, violence, robbery, family relations, life is a bitch, neo realism, couple relations, criminal heroes, downfall ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 50s, 70s
Place: italy, rome italy, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.6
 10K
Faces (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
Style: talky, biting, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, suburbs, infidelity, adultery, divorce, love, dysfunctional family, betrayal, unfulfillment, couple relations, suburban life, self discovery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%