Movies like King Lear 1970

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King Lear (1970)
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King Lear (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Denmark
Duration: 137 min.
Story: King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear's loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers.
Style: bleak, serious, emotional, realistic, talky
Plot: betrayal, family relations, parents and children, destiny, life is a bitch, royal family, intrigue, family problems, human nature, dishonesty, downfall, siblings relations, rivalry, tragic hero, state affairs, unfulfillment, knight, king, friendship, death, battles, castle, sister sister relationship, brother, kingdom ...
Time: 70s

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and gloomy films with plots about family relations, betrayal, unfulfillment, parents and children, rivalry, tragedy and vengeance mostly in Drama, History and Romance genres. Some movies like King Lear: Hamlet (1990), Hamlet (2015), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980), Hamlet (2009), Hamlet (1969). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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King Lear (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 158 min.
Story: An aging King invites disaster when he abdicates to his corrupt, toadying daughters and rejects his one loving, but honest one.
Style: contemplative, bleak, emotional, talky, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, vengeance, parents and children, family problems, family relations, uncontrollable, nagging and grouching, royal family, siblings relations, human nature, intrigue, dishonesty ...
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King Lear (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 140 min.
Story: King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, emotional, contemplative
Plot: betrayal, tragic hero, rivalry, state affairs, life is a bitch, downfall, unfulfillment, dishonesty, aging, intrigue, family relations, dysfunctional family ...
Place: russia
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Hamlet (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, realistic, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, tragic hero, poisoning, revenge, state affairs, royal family, parents and children, family relations, unfulfillment, dishonesty, prince, spirit ...
Time: middle ages
Place: denmark, europe, england
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100%
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King Lear (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Don Warrington stars as the tragic monarch in this acclaimed version of the Shakespeare play recorded at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, disturbing
Plot: live performance, king, ambition, family feud, dementia, betrayal, sister sister relationship, father daughter relationship, inheritance, sibling rivalry, kingdom, shakespeare play ...
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Hamlet (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 184 min.
Story: From its sell-out run at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre comes a film version of this unique and critically acclaimed production of Hamlet with BAFTA-nominee Maxine Peake in the title role. This ground-breaking stage production, directed by ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: rivalry, vengeance, haunted by the past, intrigue, tragic hero, state affairs, murder, dishonesty, parents and children, ghost, royal family, betrayal ...
Time: middle ages
Place: denmark, europe
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49%
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 210 min.
Story: Hamlet comes home from university to find his uncle married to his mother, and his father's ghost haunting the battlements and scaring the watch. Then his father's ghost directs him to seek revenge.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, gloomy, atmospheric
Plot: ghost, betrayal, tragic love, insanity, revenge, unfulfillment, state affairs, dishonesty, deadly, royal family, vengeance, uncover truth ...
Time: middle ages
Place: denmark
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45%
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Hamlet (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: David Tennant stars in a film of the Royal Shakespeare Company's award-winning production of Shakespeare's great play. Director Gregory Doran's modern-dress production was hailed by the critics as thrilling, fast-moving and, in parts, ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: royal court, betrayal, revenge, queen, murder, tragic hero, rivalry, stepfather stepson relationship, royal family, intrigue, state affairs, heroes ...
Time: middle ages
Place: denmark, europe
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41%
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Hamlet (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Tony Richardson's Hamlet is based on his own stage production. Filmed entirely within the Roundhouse in London (a disused train shed), it is shot almost entirely in close up, focusing the attention on faces and language rather than action.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, tense, serious
Plot: murder, ghost, tragic love, tragedy, parents and children, haunted by the past, vengeance, deadly, supernatural ability, intrigue, destructive relationship, royal family ...
Time: middle ages
Place: denmark, europe
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41%
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Hamlet (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: To be or not to be, etc.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, psychological, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, betrayal, ghost, tragic love, tragic hero, intrigue, rivalry, dishonesty, vengeance, uncover truth, parents and children, conspiracy ...
Time: 90s
Place: southern usa
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40%
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Hamlet (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 242 min.
Story: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prince, murder, betrayal, royal family, funeral, shakespeare, intrigue, rivalry, love and romance, tragic hero, couples, royal court ...
Time: 19th century, middle ages, 1800s, 18th century
Place: denmark, europe, england
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Othello (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The 1965 version of the Shakespeare play.
Style: emotional, atmospheric, clever, serious, realistic
Plot: racism, interracial relations, murder, tragic love, betrayal, love, tragedy, dishonesty, society, unfulfillment, couple relations, infidelity ...
Time: 16th century
Place: italy, venice, cyprus, europe
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34%
A Delicate Balance (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The film spans three days in the life of Agnes and Tobias, an upper middle class couple who share their comfortable suburban Connecticut home with her acerbic alcoholic sister Claire. It is matriarch Agnes who helps the quartet maintain a delicate ...
Style: clever, psychological, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, unfulfillment, society, elderly, lifestyle, crumbling marriage, golden years, couples, family relations, family problems, uninvited guest ...
Time: 70s
Place: connecticut, usa
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34%
National Theatre Live: King Lear (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 156 min.
Story: An ageing monarch. A kingdom divided. A child’s love rejected. As Lear’s world descends into chaos, all that he once believed is brought into question. One of the greatest works in Western literature, King Lear explores the very nature of human ...
Plot: king, father daughter reunion, illegitimate child, father daughter relationship, insanity, death of daughter, sister sister relationship, tragedy, father son relationship, sibling rivalry, illegitimate son, betrayal ...
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33%
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Hamlet (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Shakespeare's 17th century masterpiece about the "Melancholy Dane" was given one of its best screen treatments by Soviet director Grigori Kozintsev. Kozintsev's Elsinore was a real castle in Estonia, utilized metaphorically as ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, stylized, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: ghost, unfulfillment, dishonesty, head of state, rivalry, tragic hero, betrayal, state affairs, manic, palaces castles and temples, parents and children, haunted by the past ...
Time: middle ages
Place: denmark, russia
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33%
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Othello (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 203 min.
Story: Iago and a comrade-in-arms are outside the Venice home of Desdemona's father, who does not yet know that she has eloped with Othello. Iago confides to his friend -- who had hoped to marry Desdemona -- that he serves Othello to further his own ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: racism, betrayal, shakespeare's othello, tragedy, jealousy, life is a bitch, infidelity, vengeance, mistaken identity, tragic love, couple relations, interracial relations ...
Time: 16th century
Place: venice, italy, turkey
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32%
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The Homecoming (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In a dreary North London flat, the site of perpetual psychological warfare, a philosophy professor visits his family after a nine-year absence and introduces the four men - father, uncle and two brothers - to his wife.
Style: bleak, clever, semi serious, realistic
Plot: dysfunctional family, homecoming, family relations, family problems, estrangement, family in crisis, eccentric family, siblings relations, family life, family gatherings, parents and children, abusive father ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, london, england
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30%
A Thousand Acres (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A THOUSAND ACRES is a drama about an American family who meets with tragedy on their land. It is the story of a father, his daughters, and their husbands, and their passion to subdue the history of their land and its stories.
Style: touching, psychological, talky, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: child molester, incest, dysfunctional family, lawsuit, family relations, father daughter incest, farm, tragedy, betrayal, family, couple relations, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
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29%
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Othello (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: With freshly rechristened characters and brand-new dialogue, this British TV production of Othello is a "rethinking" of Shakespeare's play, albeit still retaining the original's power and potency. The story is set in the London ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: interracial relations, downfall, power relations, vengeance, tragic love, couple relations, murder, betrayal, life is a bitch, infidelity, modern day adaptation, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
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28%
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King of Texas (2002)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In this re-imagining of Shakespear's King Lear, Patrick Steward stars as John Lear, a Texas cattle baron, who, after dividing his wealth among his three daughters, is rejected by them.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: family business, family relations, favoritism among siblings, rivalry, intrigue, dishonesty, parents and children, farm, father daughter relationship, siblings relations, state affairs, old west ...
Place: texas, usa
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26%
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Antigone (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In Thebes in ancient Greece, King Oedipus kills his father and marries his mother Jocasta, having two sons - Eteocles and Polyneices - and two daughters - Ismene and Antigone. King Oedipus dies a beggar in the exile after gouging out his own eye, ...
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, emotional
Plot: greek mythology, cave, siblings relations, violence spree, heroic mission, destiny, legends and myths, vigilantism, heroes, rivalry, good versus evil, master warrior ...
Time: 1920s, ancient history, 60s, 20s
Place: ancient greece, greece
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26%
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Cymbeline (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: War erupts between dirty cops and outlaw bikers as a drug kingpin (Ed Harris) tries to protect his empire.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, tense, clever ...
Plot: law enforcement, infidelity, family relations, uninhibited rivalry, gang, master criminal, police corruption, rivalry, crimes, intrigue, crime, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
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26%
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Electra (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Living in exile after the death of their father, the grown children of a murdered and usurped king converge to exact eye-for-an-eye revenge.
Style: emotional, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: oracle, heroes, betrayal, murder, siblings relations, vengeance, battle zone, uncontrollable, family relations, legends and myths, parents and children, rivalry ...
Time: ancient history
Place: greece, europe, ancient greece
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25%
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Three Sisters (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Laurence Olivier's film of Chekhov's play.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: life is a bitch, society, love and romance, family life, family problems, infidelity, human nature, small town, unfulfillment, sister sister relationship, death of father, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 1900s
Place: russia, moscow russia
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24%
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Silent Heart (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The prestigious Danish filmmaker Bille August, winner of an Academy Award and two Palme d'Or in Cannes, returns with a highly personal drama. Three generations of a family gather over a weekend. The sisters Sanne and Heidi have accepted their ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, life is a bitch, family life, family problems, couples, couple relations, siblings relations, family gatherings, parents and children, euthanasia, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
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22%
Almayer's Folly (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A tale of an occidental merchant, Kaspar Almayer, whose dreams of riches for his beloved daughter, Nina, collapse under the weight of his own greed and prejudice.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: parents and children, obsession, family relations, society, tragic hero, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, hopes, ambition, racism, rivalry, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: asia
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22%
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Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: bleak, psychological, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, family gatherings, depression, parents and children, family problems, family tragedy, divorce, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
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22%
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Ritual (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A disillusioned filmmaker has an encounter with a young girl who has a ritual of repeating "Tomorrow is my birthday" everyday. He tries to communicate with her through his video camera.
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, realistic, biting ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, family in crisis, family life, homecoming, alcohol abuse, family relations, college dropout, gays and lesbians, siblings relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, bahamas
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
King of the Gypsies (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Zharko, leader of the Romanis in NYC, passes his position of leadership on to his unwilling grandson, Dave, leading to infighting between Dave and his father.
Style: psychological, emotional, gloomy, realistic, serious
Plot: family relations, gypsy, inheritance, downfall, life is a bitch, intrigue, leadership, social misfits, graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief), defiant, estrangement ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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In Celebration (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In a Yorkshire mining town, three educated brothers return to their blue-collar home to celebrate the 40th wedding anniversary of their parents, but dark secrets come to the fore.
Style: talky, realistic, semi serious
Plot: reunion, family gatherings, family relations, return, wedding anniversary, eccentric family, looking for love, destiny, siblings relations, village, homecoming, village life ...
Time: 70s
Place: london, europe, england
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21%
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Medea (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 76 min.
Story: It is an adaptation of the Greek tragedy Medea from Euripides, a version where the Gods willing and intervations are absent. Medea is the tragic character that after helping Jason in the Voyage of the Argonauts (myth says that she has even ...
Style: gloomy, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: legends and myths, vengeance, couples, dishonesty, rivalry, mentally unstable, life is a bitch, betrayal, love and romance, mythology, tragedy, child murders a child ...
Time: 80s
Place: denmark, europe, greece, ancient greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%