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Japanese Story (2003)
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Japanese Story (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Against the background of an Australian desert landscape, so much space and so few people, Sandy, a geologist, and Hiromitsu, a Japanese businessman, play out a story of human inconsequence in the face of the blistering universe. The end of the journey leaves no-one capable of going back to where they started from.
Style: sincere, atmospheric, captivating, emotional, stylized, serious, realistic, contemplative, melancholic, reflective ...
Plot: culture clash, interracial relations, desert, romance, love affair, opposites attract, unlikely couple, couples, wilderness, society, isolation, journey, nudity (full frontal - brief), love story, road trip, stranded, confined, love and romance, female partner, sexual content, profanity, bittersweet, love, female director, australian ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, sydney australia, japan, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and sexy films with plots about love and romance, romance, couples, culture clash, love, dialogue and storytelling mostly in Drama, Romance and Music genres. Some movies like Japanese Story: Samson & Delilah (2009), Here (2011), Somersault (2004), Jungle Fever (1991), Unfinished Sky (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Samson & Delilah (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, unwanted and alone the discover that life isn't ...
Style: touching, captivating, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: desert, hunger, romance, teenage love, homeless, power of love, youth, life is a bitch, love and romance, misfit, teenage life, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
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Here (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Set against the gorgeous landscape of Armenia, Here chronicles a brief but intense relationship between an American satellite-mapping engineer (Foster) and an expatriate photographer (Azabal) who impulsively decide to travel across the remote ...
Style: surreal, captivating, sincere, realistic, tense ...
Plot: self discovery, satellite, on the road, love affair, society, wilderness, culture clash, journey, romance, adventure, love and romance, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: armenia, caucasus
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Somersault (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Australian teenager Heidi is left with little choice but to leave home after she's caught red-handed with her mother's boyfriend. With few options, Heidi ends up in Jindabyne, a tourist community. Upon meeting Joe at a bar, she pursues a ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: self discovery, coming of age, teenage life, love and romance, friendship, romance, fall in love, teenager, couple relations, mother daughter relationship, gas station, sexuality ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, new south wales, california
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Jungle Fever (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A successful and married black man contemplates having an affair with a white girl from work. He's quite rightly worried that the racial difference would make an already taboo relationship even worse.
Style: sexy, emotional, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: interracial romance, architect, interracial relations, love affair, black man white woman relationship, social differences, society, romance, couples, infidelity, prejudice, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Unfinished Sky (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An Outback farmer takes in an Afghani woman who has fled from a brothel.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: on the run, unlikely couple, solitude, couples, isolation, romance, wilderness, countryside, starting over, prostitute, society, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In this story-within-a-story, Anna is an actress starring opposite Mike in a period piece about the forbidden love between their respective characters, Sarah and Charles. Both actors are involved in serious relationships, but the passionate nature ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, emotional, scenic, clever ...
Plot: adultery, lieutenant, romance, love, love affair, tragedy, society, destructive relationship, social differences, infidelity, love triangle, film within a film ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 80s, 20th century ...
Place: england, europe, london
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58%
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Ask the Dust (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mexican beauty Camilla hopes to rise above her station by marrying a wealthy American. That is complicated by meeting Arturo Bandini, a first-generation Italian hoping to land a writing career and a blue-eyed blonde on his arm.
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, melancholic, intense ...
Plot: immigrants, interracial relations, love, regret, romance, opposites attract, ambition, lifestyle, writer's life, love affair, fall in love, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 19th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, italy, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Mississippi Masala (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, light, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial relations, culture clash, immigrants, romance, racism, love affair, opposites attract, fall in love, social differences, family relations, racial prejudice, family drama ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, africa, india, asia, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Cairo Time (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, Ireland, Egypt
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In Cairo on her own as she waits for her husband, Juliette finds herself caught in a whirlwind romance with his friend Tareq, a retired cop. As Tareq escorts Juliette around the city, they find themselves in the middle of a brief affair that catches ...
Style: touching, captivating, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
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Reconstruction (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Late one evening Alex suddenly abandons his girlfriend, Simone, to pursue the beautiful Aimee. In his encounter with Aimee time and place dissolve for him and he becomes a stranger to Simone, to whom he cannot return.
Style: mind bending, psychological, captivating, serious, realistic ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 6.5
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Evening (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As Constance (Natasha Richardson) and Nina (Toni Collette) gather at the deathbed of their mother, Ann (Vanessa Redgrave), they learn for the first time that their mother lived an entire other lifetime during one evening 50 years ago. In vivid ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, haunted by the past, mother, power of love, mother daughter relationship, beautiful scenery, dying, death of mother, wedding, death, friendship, women ...
Time: 50s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 1950s
Place: rhode island, usa, england
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 7.5
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Open Hearts (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Cecilie and Joachim are about to get married when a freak car accident leaves Joachim disabled, throwing their lives into a spin. The driver of the other car, Marie, and her family don’t get off lightly, either. Her husband Niels works in the ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, realistic, psychological, sincere ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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To the Wonder (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood.
Style: emotional, serious, stylized, realistic, atmospheric ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A melancholy story about the love between a woman and a man who live in the same building and one day find out that their husband and wife had an affair with each other. More and more the two meet during their daily lives as they determine that they ...
Style: atmospheric, melancholic, contemplative, art house, psychological ...
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Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1966, year 1962
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Country: South Korea
Duration: 133 min.
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Time: contemporary
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Flirting (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The year is 1965 and Danny Embling, is an awkward, underdeveloped teen suffering from occasional bouts of stuttering, attends an all-male boarding school in New South Wales, Australia. it has been some time since Danny has had any romantic ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, sincere, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: boarding school, coming of age, friendship, interracial relations, love, boarding school life, self discovery, school, romance, teenage life, opposites attract, teenage love ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1965, 70s
Place: australia, kenya, uganda, africa, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.9
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Partition (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, South Africa, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Determined to leave the ravages of war behind, 38 year old Gian Singh resigns from the British Indian Army to a quiet life. His world is soon thrown in turmoil, when he suddenly finds himself responsible for the life of a 17 year old girl, ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: interracial relations, forbidden love, fall in love, sikh, romance, love and romance, soldier, society, couples, political unrest, social relations, village ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
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45%
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Beneath Clouds (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of Lena, the light-skinned daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father and Vaughn, a Murri boy doing time in a minimum security prison in North West NSW. Dramatic events throw them together on a journey with no money and no ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, sincere
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Broken English (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Ivan is the fierce patriarch of a family of Croatian refugees in Auckland. Nina is his daughter, ready to live on her own, despite his angry objections. Eddie is the Maori she takes as her lover. Nina works at a restaurant where Eddie cooks. For a ...
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, sexual, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 90s
Place: new zealand, former yugoslavia, europe, bosnia herzegovina, california
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40%
Children of a Lesser God (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: James is a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf. He falls for Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay on at the school rather than venture into the big bad world. She shuns him at first, refusing to read his lips and only using signs. Will her ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new england, usa, maine
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40%
We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Married couple Jack and Terry Linden are experiencing a difficult period in their relationship. When Jack decides to step outside the marriage, he becomes involved with Edith, who happens to be the wife of his best friend and colleague, Hank Evans. ...
Style: touching, psychological, contemplative, sincere, emotional ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Brooklyn Babylon (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A charismatic rapper falls in love with a young Jewish girl despite the confines of her religious background.
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Desert Hearts (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The story of straight-edge literature professor Vivian who travels to Reno to get away from a relationship breakup when she falls in love with an attractive and unconventional girl named Cay.
Style: sexy, touching, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
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Serenades (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A girl is born to an Aboriginal mother and an Afgan father.
Style: serious, touching, sincere, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, interracial relations, tragic love, forbidden love, culture clash, hopes, society, injustice, life is a bitch, youth, fall in love, true love ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: australia, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Stanley & Iris (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An illiterate cook at a company cafeteria tries for the attention of a newly widowed woman. As they get to know one another, she discovers his inability to read. When he is fired, she takes on trying to teach him to read in her kitchen each night.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Crazy/Beautiful (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: At Pacific Palisades High, a poor Latino falls hard for a troubled girl from the affluent neighborhood.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, sentimental, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens, chick flick
Plot: forbidden love, high school, opposites attract, culture clash, young lovers, self destructing, family relations, unhappiness, romance, coming-of-age, fall in love, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.9
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Besieged (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When an African dictator jails her husband, Shandurai goes into exile in Italy, studying medicine and keeping house for Mr. Kinsky, an eccentric English pianist and composer. She lives in one room of his Roman palazzo. He besieges her with flowers, ...
Style: erotic, serious, melancholic, emotional, meditative ...
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36%
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Adore (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia, France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Lil and Roz are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering ...
Style: sexy, emotional, captivating, serious, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.1
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Fall (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: For Michael Shiver, life as an easy-going cab driver in New York suddenly changes when he picks up supermodel Sarah Easton and falls head over heels in love. But Sarah has more than just passion on her mind; she also has a husband and a glamorous ...
Style: sexy, semi serious, realistic, romantic, sentimental ...
Plot: romance, fall in love, destiny, infidelity, love affair, love and romance, opposites attract, couples, supermodel, extramarital affair, poetry, male female relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Sleeping Dictionary (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A young Englishman is dispatched to Sarawak to become part of the British colonial government. He encounters some unorthodox local traditions, and finds himself faced with tough decisions of the heart involving the beautiful Selima, the unwitting ...
Style: captivating, erotic, serious, romantic, scenic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
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Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: malaysia, england, ireland, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%