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Alexandria... Why? (1979)
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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, alexandria egypt, mediterranean sea

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Most similar movies to Alexandria... Why?

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about friendship, society, love and romance, family relations, youth, couples and friend mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres. Some movies like Alexandria... Why?: Campfire (2004), Simon & the Oaks (2011), Bulgarian Rhapsody (2014), Steal Me (2005), Between Two Women (2004). 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: serious, realistic, touching
Plot: friendship, starting over, teenage love, teenage life, self discovery, youth, romance, hopes, love and romance, society, politics, 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, contemplative, captivating ...
Plot: coming of age, world war two, friendship, family relations, wartime life, society, culture clash, working class, youth, best friend, life is a bitch, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 50s, post world war two
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: suspenseful, touching, captivating, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: on the run, fall in love, teenage love, wartime life, friendship, teenage life, youth, society, love and romance, anti semitism, world war two, holocaust ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: bulgaria
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.7
 254
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, love affair, forbidden love, teenage life, couples, love and romance, youth, starting over, parents and children, human nature, adultery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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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, sentimental, touching, emotional, sexual ...
Plot: forbidden love, lesbian, love affair, romance, fall in love, feminism, friendship, family relations, couples, society, female friendship, working class ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: europe, england, britain, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.1
 499
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, injustice, family relations, dancing, rape, caste system ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: touching, sincere, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: marriage of convenience, love and romance, romance, hopes, world war two, soldier, society, destiny, family relations, love affair, arranged marriage, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, introspection, human nature, parents and children, society, family problems, dysfunctional family, family relations, suicide, bittersweet ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 40s
Place: usa, kansas, poland, kansas city, harvard university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: forbidden love, religions or cults, couples, youth, society, love and romance, love affair, culture clash, adolescence vs adulthood, family relations, family problems, pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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, serious, realistic
Plot: juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, pimp, kids in trouble, youth, crimes, life is a bitch, addiction, sexual relations, society, apprentice, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, quebec, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Mirage (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country:
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, kids in trouble, friendship, teenage life, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, parents and children, soldier, youth, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, macedonia, former yugoslavia, france, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, marriage, world war two, love triangle, post war, romance, rise to the top, lovers reunited, couples, human nature, survival, couple relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1954 ...
Place: germany, europe, west germany, berlin germany, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, thought provoking, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: politics, male prostitute, vandalism, militant, love triangle, murder, hustler, one night stand, hidden camera, blackmail, hospital, infidelity ...
Time: 70s
Place: spain, madrid, europe, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.3
 318
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, serious ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, opposites attract, immigrants, family relations, friends, friendship, family life, human nature, coming of age, youth, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.3
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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, womanizer, lifestyle, young lovers, opposites attract, introspection, parents and children, haunted by the past, family problems, couples, society ...
Place: nebraska, usa, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.4
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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: gay, coming of age, male homosexuality, love triangle, friendship, coming out, politics, boarding school, gay interest, gays and lesbians, gay teenager, bittersweet ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: france, algeria, europe, south of france
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: prison, psychopath, world war two, interracial relations, psychiatrist, nightmare, 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 ⇓
38%
Noi the Albino (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iceland, Germany, UK, Denmark
Duration: 93 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: harsh, touching, depressing, enigmatic, compassionate ...
Plot: gas station, friendship, family relations, teenage life, unfulfilled love, heist, parents and children, love and romance, hopes, youth, social relations, genius ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: iceland, cairo egypt, singapore, hawaii, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, emotional, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: pregnancy, student, family relations, forbidden love, parents and children, life turned upside down, society, honor, love, rivalry, romance, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.3
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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, family problems, estrangement, society, love and romance, politics, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, shanghai china, shanghai
⇓ 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, erotic, serious, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, sexual relations, dysfunctional family, lifestyle, sex education, youth, human nature, teenage life, love and romance, life is a bitch, gender, prostitute ...
Time: contemporary
Place: bolivia, south america, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 695
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: touching, bleak, serious, saga, gloomy ...
Plot: orphan, summer camp, monastery, school, world war two, boarding school life, wartime life, innocence lost, anti war, teaching the ways of the world, society, youth ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1941
Place: russia, ussr, soviet union, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.6
 192
Speakeasy (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two men become unlikely friends after a minor traffic accident.
Style: serious, realistic, 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, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 2000s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: small town, forbidden love, interracial relations, racism, murder, social relations, teenage life, small town life, social differences, when the parents are away, vengeance, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, realistic, captivating
Plot: world war two, battles, soldier, friendship, military, war, danger, military life, wartime life, behind enemy lines, battle, introspection ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1942
Place: middle east, egypt, africa, alexandria egypt, mediterranean sea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.5
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Disgrace (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, South Africa
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Disgrace is the story of a South African professor of English who loses everything: his reputation, his job, his peace of mind, his good looks, his dreams of artistic success, and finally even his ability to protect his cherished daughter. After ...
Style: sincere, psychological, thought provoking, captivating, rough ...
Plot: forbidden love, racism, love affair, interracial relations, society, power relations, isolation, father daughter relationship, gang, beating, violence, rape ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Same Same But Different (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Benjamin Prufer and Sreykeo Solvan. The unexpected and uncertain love story of Sreykeo, a 21 year old bar girl in Phnom Penh and Ben, a young German student traveling to Cambodia on a post graduation summer trip. When Ben ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, realistic, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: unlikely couple, love affair, society, couples, hopes, interracial relations, culture clash, fall in love, terminal illness, life is a bitch, youth, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cambodia, europe, germany, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Israel, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An American flyer who joined the RAF before his country was in the war is recovering from a leg injury in Jerusalem. Through an English friend he meets a quiet Jewish girl whose close-knit family originally came from Spain. The two are attracted to ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: friends, friendship, fall in love, injury, world war two, opposites attract, romance, couples, social differences, love affair, couple relations, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: jerusalem, israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.1
 32K
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, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: mother daughter relationship, women's prison, teenage life, bad mother, coming of age, family relations, murder, crimes, foster home, parents and children, fall in love, custody ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, nova scotia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: prostitute, unemployment, poverty, pimp, robbery, life is a bitch, family relations, couple relations, dishonesty, criminal heroes, neo realism, downfall ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 50s, post world war two ...
Place: italy, rome italy, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%