Movies like Kiss of the Spider Woman

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Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
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Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a homosexual, is found guilty of immoral behaviour and Valentin is a political prisoner. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep his mind on the situation he's in. During the time they spend together, the two men come to understand and respect one another.
Style: psychological, sincere, touching, captivating, talky, clever, emotional, serious, realistic, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, prison, politics, prison sex, friendship, torture, betrayal, introspection, confined, dishonesty, buddies, prison life, gay slur, love story, fall in love, redemption, friends, graphic violence, love and romance, gender bending, hopes, gender, profanity, nudity (full frontal - brief), lgbt ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: latin america, brazil

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Most similar movies to Kiss of the Spider Woman

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and touching films with plots about friendship, redemption, hopes, friends, mentor, dialogue and introspection mostly in Drama, Crime and Romance genres. Some movies like Kiss of the Spider Woman: True Colors (1991), Handsome Harry (2009), Jacknife (1989), 25th Hour (2002), Blind Flight (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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True Colors (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two law school friends find themselves at odds when one becomes a Justice Department lawyer and the other goes into politics.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, talky, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: politics, political corruption, legal action, college, friendship, betrayal, manipulation, society, political intrigue, dishonesty, manipulations, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, virginia, washington d.c., new jersey, california
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95%
Handsome Harry (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An ex-Navy man carrying out the last wish of a dying shipmate renews contact with old friends to break the code of silence around a mysterious, long-buried crime.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, haunted by the past, military, hopes, last wish, introspection, redemption, betrayal, dishonesty, machismo, friendship between men, death of friend ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york state, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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Jacknife (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes involved romantically with the army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both survived.
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, vietnam veteran, haunted by the past, siblings relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, homecoming, human nature, loneliness, alcohol abuse, prom, depression ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, connecticut, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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25th Hour (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The filmed adaptation from David Benioff's novel of the same name. Set in New York, a convicted drug dealer named Monty has one day left of freedom before he is sent to prison. Anger, blame, frustration, betrayal, guilt and loneliness are ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, psychological, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: stock broker, friendship, drug lord, betrayal, 9/11, race against time, organized crime, introspection, regret, rage, russian mafia, drug dealer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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Blind Flight (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The true story of Irishman Brian Keenan and Englishman John McCarthy's extraordinary relationship as hostages of militias in Lebanon during the 1979-91 Civil War.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, serious, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, hostage, captivity, prison life, introspection, hopes, confined, isolation, culture clash, prison, society, friendship between men ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: middle east, lebanon
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85%
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The Doctor (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that ...
Style: psychological, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, medical school, doctor, surgery, doctors and patients, coldhearted, redemption, intern, family relations, terminal illness, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
So Hard to Forget (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Julia is a 35-year-old English Literature teacher struggling with depression as she tries to get her life back together again after her long, intense love affair with Antonia. Feeling totally abandoned after she and her enigmatic girlfriend broke ...
Style: psychological, emotional, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: lesbian relationship, haunted by the past, starting over, unfulfilled love, gender, breakup, unfulfillment, depression, nudity (full frontal - brief), professor, friendship, female masturbation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, buddies, life is a bitch, best friends, rich and poor, parents and children, human nature, family relations, homeless ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 30s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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The Boys in the Band (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A witty, perceptive and devastating look at the personal agendas and suppressed revelations swirling among a group of gay men in Manhattan. Harold is celebrating a birthday, and his friend Michael has drafted some other friends to help commemorate ...
Style: realistic, witty, cynical, talky, semi serious ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, gay slur, friendship, love and romance, gender, friends, identity crisis, thirtysomething life, introspection, farce, coming out ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1968, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, london, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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The Ogre (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Frenchman Abel Tiffauges likes children, and wants to protect them against the grown-ups. Falsely suspected as child molester, he's recruited as a soldier in the 2nd World War, but very soon he is taken prisoner of war.
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, contemplative, touching ...
Plot: world war two, hitler youth, youth, castle, friendship, redemption, palaces castles and temples, sexual abuse, wartime life, kidnapping, introspection, friends ...
Time: 1940s, year 1939, 1930s
Place: france, germany, berlin germany, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
A Few Days of Respite (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Algeria
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Mohsen teaches French at the University of Tehran, and Hassan is a photographer. Mohsen and Hassan are also lovers, and in Iran they live in fear, as homosexuality is punishable by death. Tired of denying their love, Mohsen and Hassan flee Iran to ...
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: friendship, small town, hopes, love and romance, couples, friends, introspection, love affair, human nature, couple relations, gender, gays and lesbians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Slam (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of his neighborhood by using his wits and verbal talent. Written ...
Style: talky, psychological, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gang, crime, crimes, bittersweet, prison life, human spirit, wrongfully committed, murder, false accusation, urban, profanity, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Carandiru (2003)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Country: Brazil, Argentina, Italy
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Carandiru, a story based on real facts and on the book written by the doctor Drauzio Varella, starts when he decides to carry out an AIDS prevention program inside Latin America’s largest prison: the Casa de Detenção de São Paulo, Carandiru, ...
Style: bleak, captivating, rough, touching, compassionate ...
Plot: prison, police brutality, prison life, doctor, crimes, confined, life is a bitch, aids, human nature, protest, regret, fighting illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Initiation (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria, Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: 16-year old Axel and his clique are rioting in a residential home. There he meets the 80-year old Gustav who gains interest in the young boy, as he reminds him of his lost love.
Style: captivating, serious, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Plot: racism, introspection, friendship, haunted by the past, youth, elderly, hopes, juvenile delinquency, society, teenage life, adolescence vs adulthood, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Julia (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, realistic, factual, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, politics, political unrest, friends, writer's life, against the odds, female bonding, smuggling, female protagonist, fascism, culture clash, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, pre world war two, 1950s ...
Place: germany, europe, london, austria, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Hysterical Blindness (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Set in the 1980's, Debby Miller (Uma Thurman) goes out in New Jersey looking for a man after she is diagnosed with "hysterical blindness".
Style: psychological, serious, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, working class, love and romance, single parent, family relations, couple relations, looking for love, parents and children, getting home, unfulfillment, lifestyle, best friends ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Querelle (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Here is the story of a beautiful, proud and tough loner, a sailor named Querelle, whose commanding officer Seblon worships and desires him from afar. Querelle turns on his drugs-smuggling partner and murders him. He then goes to a notorious brothel ...
Style: sexual, sexy, stylized, offbeat, atmospheric ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, murder, betrayal, gay, nudity (full frontal - brief), crimes, love and romance, dishonesty, gang, drug dealing, gangsters, gender ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Night Flight (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Three teenage boys who were once close friends grow apart when they reach high school: Yong-ju lives hiding his true gender identity, Gi-woong becomes the leader of the school gang, and Gi-taek an obsessive manga fan. Tired of the constant malicious ...
Style: touching, psychological, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: gay interest, gay, manipulation, friendship, teenage life, betrayal, youth, dishonesty, rivalry, disorder, lgbt, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Mud (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and make a pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.
Style: atmospheric, touching, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: river, friendship, coming of age, first love, ex convict, bounty hunter, teenage boy, bittersweet, obsession, fugitives, peril, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arkansas, mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Tattoo (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Brazil, 1978. The military dictatorship that resulted from a coup in 1964 begins to stumble. In a cabaret-like theater located on the periphery between two cities in the northeast of Brazil, a group of artists challenges power and conventional ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: soldier, self discovery, love and romance, performer's life, society, rebelliousness, gender, gay, nudity (full frontal - brief), transvestite, transvestism, rebellion ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Middle of Nowhere (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.
Style: captivating, emotional, serious, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, introspection, family problems, self discovery, human nature, supportive spouse, medical school, family in crisis, hopes, love, profanity, strong female presence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Jailbait (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Randy commits a crime that would normally get him probation and a hefty fine, but in the "three-strikes" world of justice, he finds himself locked up for 25 years. His cellmate Jake is a congenial yet remorseless lifer who casually informs ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: prison, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, power relations, prison life, false accusation, sexual abuse, murder, confined, going straight, fighting the system, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, serious, sincere ...
Plot: murder, friendship, mentally challenged, death threat, redemption, family relations, small town, crimes, parents and children, human nature, haunted by the past, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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The Verdict (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Frank Galvin is a down-on-his luck lawyer, reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing. Former associate Mickey Morrissey reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit that he himself served to Galvin on a silver platter: all parties ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, redemption, courtroom, character study, fighting the system, legal action, self esteem, injustice, coma, introspection, workplace situations, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
The Big Brass Ring (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Blake Pellarin is on the campaign trail to become president of the United States. While making a stop in St. Louis, a chance encounter brings his past back to haunt him.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological
Plot: dishonesty, media, gays and lesbians, state affairs, political corruption, media satire, political conspiracy, haunted by the past, journalism, politics, head of state, campaign ...
Time: 90s
Place: missouri, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the ...
Style: surreal, touching, serious, captivating, road movie ...
Plot: homosexuality, friendship between men, gay sex, male prostitute, gay, homosexual, friendship, gays and lesbians, male prostitution, lgbt, prostitution, male friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: idaho, rome italy, usa, washington state, portland oregon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.3
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Scarecrow (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two drifters bum around, visit earthy women and discuss opening a car wash in Pittsburgh.
Style: road movie, sincere, touching, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: drifter, friendship, on the road, self discovery, road trip, introspection, partners, buddies, train ride, bar fight, hitchhiker, train travel ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: pittsburgh, california, denver colorado, detroit, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.3
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Hours of Light (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: September 1987. In a shootout with police, Juan Jose Garfia makes a triple murder. Sentenced to more than one hundred years, is a rebel prisoner, clever and elusive that it has nothing to lose and nobody to worry about. In 1991, manages to escape ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, captivating
Plot: rehabilitation, redemption, prison life, unlikely couple, confined, crimes, impossible love, murder, prison, love affair, hopes, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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The Sex Movie (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Four friends spend an evening together after time apart. Differences in sex and sexuality reveal deep-rooted conflicts and long-hidden longings.
Style: sincere, psychological, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: introspection, under the surface, couples, lifestyle, love and romance, sexual relations, sexuality, lesbian, sexual attraction, group of friends, friends, sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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
Plot: sign language, teacher, romance, disability, deafness, couple relations, man-woman relation, couples, communication problem, opposites attract, love and romance, teacher student relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new england, usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%