Movies like The King Is Alive

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The King Is Alive (2000)
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The King Is Alive (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, Norway, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Stranded in the heat of a barren African desert, eleven bus-passengers shelter in the remnants of an abandoned town. As rescue grows more remote by the day and anxiety deepens, an idea emerges: why not stage a play. However the choice of King Lear only manages to plunge this disparate group of travelers into turmoil as they struggle to overcome both nature's wrath and their own morality.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, bleak, stylized, melancholic, serious, realistic, allegory, sexual, sexy ...
Plot: desert, survival, isolation, rescue, stranded, life is a bitch, danger, human nature, village, bus, culture clash, misfit, village life, society, dogma, tourist, tragedy, sex, suicide, racism, jealousy, interracial relations, marriage, father son relationship, drunkenness ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, australia, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and psychological films with plots about culture clash, isolation, human nature, loneliness, survival, catastrophe and storytelling mostly in Drama, Adventure and Mystery genres. Some movies like The King Is Alive: One Hundred Mornings (2009), Freedom (2000), Zero Kelvin (1995), Winter Light (1963), The Donner Party (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
One Hundred Mornings (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Set in a world upended by a complete breakdown of society, two couples hide out in a lakeside cabin hoping to survive this crisis.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: infidelity, survival, betrayal, life is a bitch, vestiges of humanity, chaos, couples, dishonesty, danger, isolation, social decay, couple relations ...
Time: future
Place: ireland, europe
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Freedom (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Portugal, Lithuania
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A few fugitives... And a very, very long way to freedom.
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, gloomy, stylized ...
Plot: desert, danger, communication problem, disorder, fish out of water, survival, culture clash, escapades, hunger, society, misfit, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: morocco, africa
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Zero Kelvin (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Sweden
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Larsen, an aspiring poet in '20s Oslo, leaves his girlfriend to spend a year as a trapper in East Greenland. There he is teamed with a seemingly rough old sailor/trapper, Randbæk, and a scientist, Holm. Trapped in a tiny hut together as the ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, bleak, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: survival, writer's life, obsessive quest, danger, isolation, infidelity, couples, male nudity, snow, winter, poet, arctic ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: greenland, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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Winter Light (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, atmospheric, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: suicide, winter, pastor, faith, priest, midlife crisis, isolation, small town, dishonesty, hopes, clergy, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: scandinavia, eastern europe, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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The Donner Party (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Based on the real events of The Donner Party tragedy. The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the western expansion of the 1840s. After becoming snowbound in the Sierra Nevada during the winter of 1846-1847, a ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: survival, human nature, danger, wilderness, isolation, moral dilemma, hopes, mountain, desperation, confined, escapades, dream ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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House of Sand (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A woman is taken along with her mother in 1910 to a far-away desert by her husband, and after his passing, is forced to spend the next 59 years of her life hopelessly trying to escape it.
Style: sentimental, serious, emotional, psychological, realistic
Plot: desert, parents and children, isolation, pregnancy, starting over, survival, homecoming, village life, mother daughter relationship, stranded, widow, village ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: brazil, europe, latin america, former yugoslavia
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Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Extraordinary images from Werner Herzog. Shot in the Australian Outback the Aborigines (in this film anyway) believe that this is the place where the green ants go to dream, and that if their dreams are disturbed, it will bring down disaster on us ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, contemplative, disturbing ...
Plot: desert, culture clash, geologist, legal action, mining, land rights, australian aboriginal, heroes, lone wolves, confined, adventure, rescue ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia, south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Sacrifice (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, UK
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Alexander, a journalist, philosopher and retired actor, celebrates a birthday with friends and family when it is announced that nuclear war has begun.
Style: atmospheric, emotional, contemplative, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: hopes, apocalypse, society, save the world, human nature, redemption, catastrophe, unfulfillment, hysteria, worldwide chaos, sacrifice, insanity ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden, europe, russia
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Sounds of Sand (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On the one hand, there's the desert eating away at the land. The endless dry season, the lack of water. On the other there's the threat of war. The village well has run dry. The livestock is dying. Trusting their instinct, most of the ...
Style: atmospheric, sincere, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, family in danger, on the road, survival, starvation, militant, parents and children, survivor, desert, village, social relations, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
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First Winter (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When winter begins, life is serene for a group of new-age Brooklynites living in a remote country farmhouse. Sex, drugs, yoga, and organic cooking absorb their days, safely tucked away from the stresses of urban life. But when a blackout of ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: survival, isolation, human nature, wilderness, social relations, confined, party, innocence lost, yoga, menage a trois, female nudity, male nudity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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79%
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Gerry (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, Argentina, Jordan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Two friends named Gerry become lost in the desert after taking a wrong turn. Their attempts to find their way home only lead them into further trouble.
Style: captivating, surreal, enigmatic, melancholic, disturbing ...
Plot: desert, wilderness, survival, friendship, hiking, isolation, danger, forces of nature, human nature, friends, starvation, lost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, tokyo, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Melancholia (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 450 min.
Story: A story about victims of summary executions. Three people start a strange therapy to escape their agonies.
Style: bleak, stylized, psychological, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, friends, life is a bitch, danger, wilderness, survival, haunted by the past, sex show, therapy, pimp, prostitute, political unrest ...
Time: future
Place: asia
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Safe (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Carol, a typical upper middle-class housewife, begins to complain of vague symptoms of illness. She "doesn't feel right," has unexplained headaches, congestion, a dry cough, nosebleeds, vomiting, and trouble breathing. Her family ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, bleak, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Plot: contamination, quarantine, housewife, desert, illness, retreat, psychiatrist, allergy, suburbs, medicine, society, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
The Pawnbroker (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Jewish pawnbroker, a victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, psychological ...
Plot: holocaust, nazi, world war two, concentration camp, survival, self discovery, human nature, haunted by the past, against humanity, life is a bitch, holocaust survivor, loan shark ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, harlem ...
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75%
From What Is Before (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 338 min.
Story: The Philippines, 1972. Mysterious things are happening in a remote barrio. Wails are heard from the forest, cows are hacked to death, a man is found bleeding to death at the crossroad and houses are burned. Ferdinand E. Marcos announces Proclamation ...
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: mystery, village life, forces of nature, isolation, clergy, society, confined, chaos, village, danger, martial law, suicide ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971, year 1972, year 1970
Place: the philippines
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74%
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Margaret (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.
Style: psychological, emotional, melancholic, enigmatic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bus, teenage life, haunted by the past, youth, life is a bitch, high school, investigation, legal action, road accident, redemption, character study, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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Thirst (2010)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After wrecking their car in the middle of the desert, two couples find themselves stranded with few supplies. When the heat intensifies and their precious water supply dwindles, the frantic friends begin betraying each other in the hopes of ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, suspenseful, tense
Plot: wilderness, survival, isolation, desert, danger, stranded, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dehydration, thirst, confined, stranded in the desert, rattlesnake ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
How I Ended This Summer (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Two men at a remote Arctic base begin mistrusting each other after an important radio message.
Style: atmospheric, tense, realistic, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: wilderness, isolation, radio, solitude, arctic, survival, human nature, danger, confined, dishonesty, radiation, fish ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: antarctica, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Delta (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A man comes home to meet his mother and sister after many years away. He finds his mother living with a new boyfriend, and his sister to be grown-up. He begins to settle down in this new place by building a new home for himself on the delta. But ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, serious, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: incest, forbidden love, parents and children, brother sister incest, isolation, obsession, dysfunctional family, human nature, life is a bitch, family problems, homecoming, village ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hungary, europe
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72%
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Desert Dream (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: This film takes place in a remote area, a desert region situated somewhere between the Mongolia and Chinese border. The town has become nearly void of all inhabitants except for Hangai, who works obsessively to plant trees in the desert area. ...
Style: realistic, captivating, atmospheric, psychological, serious ...
Plot: culture clash, immigrants, single parent, friendship, parents and children, village life, isolation, village, desert, border, social relations, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Passion of Anna (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Andreas, a man struggling with the recent demise of his marriage and his own emotional isolation, befriends a married couple also in the midst of psychological turmoil. In turn he meets Anna, who is grieving the recent deaths of her husband and son. ...
Style: bleak, psychological, gloomy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: isolation, couples, island, opposites attract, love and romance, deadly, chaos and mayhem, destiny, friendship, love affair, architect, solitude ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: eastern europe, sweden
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72%
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Japan (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A painter from the big city goes to a remote canyon to commit suicide. To reach some calmness he stays at the farmstead of Ascen, an old religious woman. Although only a few words are spoken, love grows.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, meditative, melancholic, contemplative ...
Plot: older woman younger man sex, village, solitude, suicide attempt, countryside, widow, old woman, life philosophy, depression, runaway, love of one's life, sexual desire ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, argentina
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72%
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Vive L'Amour (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Three lonely young denizens of Taipei unknowingly share an apartment: Mei, a real estate agent who uses it for her sexual affairs; Ah-jung, her current lover; and Hsiao-ang, who's stolen the key and uses the apartment as a retreat.
Style: serious, erotic, meditative, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: love triangle, friendship, couples, love and romance, city life, unfulfillment, nothing goes right, human nature, sex, jealousy, character study, multiple storylines ...
Time: 90s
Place: taiwan, asia, taipei, tokyo
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72%
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Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Heera Bhatti, an American-Sikh, runs a corner store in Los Angeles with the help of her son, Vikram, and Gulu. She does not approve of Vikram's Caucasian girlfriend, Lillian, and would prefer that Vikram marry a Punjabi girl, but Vikram has ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: survival, terrorism, contamination, plague, bio weapon, danger, deadly, racism, violence, thirst, husband wife relationship, anti heroes ...
Time: future
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Limbo (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Unconventional narrative about the interactions amongst a group of people in a small town in Alaska, each of whom has guards a secret.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, sincere, clever ...
Plot: survival, family relations, danger, crimes, human nature, parents and children, drug dealing, stranded, mother daughter relationship, island, small town, small town life ...
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Genre: Drama
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Story: Uzak/Distant chronicles the numbing loneliness, longing, and isolation in the lives of two men who are consumed by their own problems. Istanbul photographer Mahmut reluctantly receives his relative Yusuf, but the mingling of their lives does little ...
Style: bleak, touching, sincere, psychological, lyrical ...
Plot: unemployment, loneliness, family relations, recession, introspection, love and romance, society, looking for love, human nature, down on your luck, male female relationship, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, middle east, istanbul turkey, tokyo, berlin germany ...
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Twentynine Palms (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: David, an independent photographer, and Katia, an unemployed woman, leave Los Angeles, en route to the southern California desert, where they search a natural set to use as a backdrop for a magazine photo shoot. They find a motel in the town of ...
Style: psychological, road movie, disturbing, erotic, harsh ...
Plot: desert, on the road, dangerous attraction, culture clash, danger, destructive relationship, couple relations, sexual relations, social decay, road trip, reconciliation, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Karin hopes to recover from her recent stay at a mental hospital by spending the summer at her family's cottage on a tiny island. Her husband, Martin, cares for her but is frustrated by her physical withdrawal. Her younger bother, Minus, is ...
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: island, mental illness, schizophrenia, incest, insanity, electroshock therapy, brother sister incest, dysfunctional family, confined, estrangement, family relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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, serious, realistic ...
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, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: germany, europe, west germany, berlin germany, canada
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The Designated Mourner (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jack and Judy are husband and wife, and Howard is Judys father. They live in some fictional undemocratic and repressive country, and tell us a story about their lives, mostly from Jack's point of view.
Style: talky, biting, suspense, tense, clever ...
Plot: prison, distopia, couple relations, survival, life is a bitch, journalism, society, writer's life, politics, dealing with death, couples, poetry ...
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Place: europe, london, england, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%