Movies like The Luzhin Defence

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The Luzhin Defence (2000)
 6.8
 4K
The Luzhin Defence (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based upon the novel by Vladimir Nabokov, a chess grandmaster travels to Italy in the 1920s to play in a tournament and falls in love.
Style: atmospheric, sincere, touching, serious, melancholic, intellectual, art house, bad ending, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: chess, obsession, prodigy, mentally unstable, contests and competitions, supportive spouse, ambition, genius, family relations, love story, eccentricity, loneliness, relationships, mental illness, romance, love and romance, fall in love, social differences, society, parents separation, matchmaking, rivalry, manic, opponent, character on the edge ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: italy

Most similar movies to The Luzhin Defence

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and visually appealing films with plots about love and romance, romance, catastrophe, mentor, dialogue, obsession and storytelling mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like The Luzhin Defence: Mrs Dalloway (1997), Tess (1979), The Great Gatsby (2013), Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999), Great Expectations (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Mrs Dalloway (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, Netherlands
Duration: 97 min.
Story: As society hostess Clarissa Dalloway prepares for another of her legendary parties, she finds herself haunted by figures and scenes from her passionate adolescence.
Style: talky, gloomy, psychological, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: love triangle, old love, romance, couples, haunted by the past, strong female presence, social differences, gender, society, hopes, love and romance, couple relations ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, post world war one, 19th century ...
Place: england, london, europe, asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.3
 15K
Tess (1979)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 172 min.
Story: This multiple-Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski is an exquisite, richly layered adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. A strong-willed peasant girl (Nastassja Kinski, in a gorgeous breakthrough) is sent by her father to the ...
Style: atmospheric, sincere, captivating, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: tragic love, period piece, rape, family relations, innocence lost, marriage, love, revenge, stonehenge, peasant, farmer, nobility ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1880s, 18th century
Place: england, europe, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche ...
Style: stylized, sentimental, serious, bad ending, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: high society, loneliness, obsession, millionaire, love and romance, love triangle, destructive relationship, american dream, unfulfilled love, party, obsessive love, social differences ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, long island, midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Set in rural England in the 1950s Eva (Samantha Morton) fantasises about her handsome, worldly cousin Joseph Lees (Rupert Graves), with whom she fell in love as a girl. However, stuck in a closed community she becomes the object of someone ...
Style: emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: lust, love triangle, obsession, romance, bittersweet, forbidden love, tragic love, family relations, wedding, couples, unfulfillment, love affair ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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Great Expectations (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Loosely based on the Charles Dickens' classic novel, "Great Expectations" is a sensual tale of a young man's unforgettable passage into manhood, and the three individuals who will undeniably change his life forever. Through the ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, romantic, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: artist, destiny, romance, fall in love, childhood, stranger, painting, understanding, social differences, inheritance, art, happy ending ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s, 80s, 19th century ...
Place: florida, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.
Style: touching, uplifting, inspirational, intellectual, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: chess, child prodigy, prodigy, contests and competitions, supportive parent, parents and children, human spirit, mentor, competition, tournament, genius, coach ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Brideshead Revisited (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Italy, Morocco
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Based on Evelyn Waugh's 1945 classic British novel, Brideshead Revisited is a poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in England prior to the Second World War.
Style: sentimental, serious, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: world war two, alcohol abuse, friendship, catholicism, fall in love, love and romance, couple relations, couples, love triangle, society, understanding, friends ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 20s ...
Place: england, morocco, venice, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
The Theory of Everything (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, compassionate, factual ...
Plot: genius, prodigy, disability, supportive spouse, human spirit, life is a bitch, fall in love, religion versus science, against the odds, adaptation, life turned upside down, love ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 90s, 70s ...
Place: oxford university, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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 7.3
 20K
Certified Copy (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Italy, Belgium, Iran
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, meditative, atmospheric ...
Plot: wedding anniversary, love affair, lifestyle, romance, writer's life, fall in love, age difference, art, husband wife relationship, estranged father, countryside, promotion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Kate is secretly betrothed to a struggling journalist, Merton Densher. But she knows her Aunt Maude will never approve of the match, since Kate's deceased mother has lost all her money in a marriage to a degenerate opium addict. When Kate meets ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, stylized, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: love triangle, nudity (full frontal - brief), forbidden love, power relations, couple relations, rich and poor, romance, betrayal, death, dishonesty, society, social differences ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, edwardian era, 19th century, 1920s
Place: england, london, europe, italy, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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, infidelity, social differences, society, destructive relationship, love triangle, film within a film ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 20th century, 80s ...
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 6.9
 10K
Jude (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In late 19th-century England, Jude aspires to be an academic, but is hobbled by his blue-collar background. Instead, he works as a stonemason and is trapped in an unloving marriage to a farmer's daughter named Arabella. But when his wife leaves ...
Style: bleak, emotional, sincere, gloomy, contemplative ...
Plot: forbidden love, nudity (full frontal - brief), teacher, romance, destiny, student life, couple relations, unfulfillment, love and romance, follow your dream, fall in love, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era, 1880s ...
Place: england, europe, britain, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.5
 121K
The Hours (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK, France, Canada, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: "The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place, all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a ...
Style: psychological, intellectual, captivating, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: depression, suicide, drowning, writer's life, housewife, aids, mental illness, suicidal, terminal illness, letter, introspection, human nature ...
Time: 1920s, 50s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: los angeles, new york, england, usa, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 5.6
 1K
Summer Rain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A coming-of-age tale charting the first loves, lusts and obsessions of friends on vacation at the end of the 1970s.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, buddies, love and romance, best friends, teenage love, teenage life, coming of age, youth, society, friends, romance, seductive woman ...
Time: 70s
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Japan, France
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A sweeping romantic epic set in Japan in the years before World War II, a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.
Style: captivating, sexy, sentimental, dramatic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: geisha, brothel, rivalry, women, love and romance, mentor, japanese culture, unfulfilled love, cinderella story, loss of virginity, orphan, jealousy ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
The House of Mirth (2000)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A woman risks losing her chance of happiness with the only man she has ever loved.
Style: thought provoking, atmospheric, talky, melancholic, intense ...
Plot: infidelity, love affair, gambling, debt, high society, fall in love, dishonesty, romance, couple relations, love and romance, loneliness, male female relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 19th century, 1890s, 1900s ...
Place: new york, usa, mediterranean sea, monte carlo
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Women in Love (1969)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Close friends Rupert Birkin and Gerald Crich begin romances with siblings Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen. After the couples wed, they take a joint honeymoon to Switzerland, where things begin happily -- but they become increasingly complicated as the ...
Style: sexual, sexy, erotic, realistic, serious ...
Plot: wrestling, sex, love triangle, romance, friendship, crumbling marriage, siblings relations, fall in love, unfulfillment, couple relations, gays and lesbians, sexual relations ...
Time: 1920s, 70s
Place: england, europe, swiss alps, paris france, alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Oscar and Lucinda (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Australia, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: After a childhood of abuse by his evangelistic father, misfit Oscar Hopkins becomes an Anglican minister and develops a divine obsession with gambling. Lucinda Leplastrier is a rich Australian heiress shopping in London for materials for her newly ...
Style: captivating, touching, surreal, melancholic, realistic ...
Plot: gambling, obsession, wager, inheritance, fall in love, friendship, introspection, love and romance, obsessive quest, murder, ship, college ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1800s
Place: australia, england, europe, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Ms. Isabel Archer isn't afraid to challenge societal norms. Impressed by her free spirit, her kindhearted cousin writes her into his fatally ill father's will. Suddenly rich and independent, Isabelle ventures into the world, along the way ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, intellectual, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: manipulation, friendship, money, couple relations, romance, fall in love, infidelity, family relations, male female relationship, unhappy marriage, impossible love, art ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1870s, victorian era, 18th century
Place: europe, england, italy, london, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.9
 7K
Onegin (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In the opulent St. Petersburg of the Empire period, Eugene Onegin is a jaded but dashing aristocrat - a man often lacking in empathy, who suffers from restlessness, melancholy and, finally, regret. Through his best friend Lensky, Onegin is ...
Style: atmospheric, clever, realistic, contemplative, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, fall in love, unfulfilled love, unfulfillment, couple relations, love and romance, love affair, obsession, tragic love, countryside, book, unrequited love ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s, victorian era, 18th century
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia, saint petersburg, london, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tells the story of Fisher Willow, the disliked 1920s Memphis débutante daughter of a plantation owner with a distaste for narrow-minded people and a penchant for shocking and insulting those around her. After returning from studies overseas, Fisher ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, serious, gloomy
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: true love, plantation, family relations, forbidden love, dishonesty, betrayal, rebellion, romance, love and romance, unlikely couple, couples, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 20s
Place: memphis, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Beyond the Clouds (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Germany, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Made of four short tales, linked by a story filmed by Wim Wenders. Taking place in Ferrara, Portofino, Aix en Provence and Paris, each story, which always a woman as the crux of the story, invites to an inner travel, as Antonioni says "towards ...
Style: touching, erotic, atmospheric, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: male nudity, love triangle, infidelity, romance, love and romance, love affair, unfulfilled love, dishonesty, lovers reunited, filmmaking, midlife crisis, couple relations ...
Place: europe, italy, france, paris france, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
She's So Lovely (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Maureen is pregnant and her husband Eddie is missing. Nervous, Maureen shares a couple of drinks with neighbor Kiefer, who tries to rape her and then beats her. When Eddie returns and finds his wife bruised, he goes ballistic, shoots a paramedic and ...
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: obsession, mental institution, mental illness, love triangle, crumbling marriage, couple relations, romance, destructive relationship, dysfunctional family, love and romance, family problems, mentally unstable ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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 7.5
 9K
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, gloomy ...
Plot: hospital, extramarital affair, love triangle, fall in love, destructive relationship, love affair, secret love, family problems, crumbling marriage, infidelity, adultery, love story ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
The End of the Affair (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex-mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. Bendrix's obsession with Sarah is rekindled; he succumbs to his ...
Style: romantic, enigmatic, melancholic, sexy, tricky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: obsession, romance, world war two, infidelity, passion, jealousy, love affair, cheating wife, obsessive love, rain, diary, private detective ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.3
 79K
Jane Eyre (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meet the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close ...
Style: touching, captivating, atmospheric, gothic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: social differences, power of love, romance, master and servant, love and romance, rich and poor, fall in love, society, family secret, unlikely couple, estate, couple relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1840s, 70s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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: psychological, mind bending, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: love affair, romance, couple relations, couples, life turned upside down, infidelity, losing-it hero, disorder, dishonesty, destructive relationship, unfulfillment, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, copenhagen denmark, copenhagen, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
A Room with a View (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once ...
Style: touching, captivating, realistic, scenic, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love triangle, romance, tennis, fall in love, looking for love, couples, kiss, self discovery, female protagonist, travel, novel, spinster ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 90s, 18th century, 19th century
Place: italy, florence, england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Anna Karenina (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Anna (Marceau) is a wife and mother who has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky (Bean). Based on the novel by Tolstoy.
Style: sexy, psychological, emotional, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: infidelity, family relations, tragic love, love triangle, unfaithful wife, cheating wife, destructive relationship, age difference, romance, betrayal, society, soldier ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: russia, saint petersburg, moscow russia, st. petersburg russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Stanley & Iris (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
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, sincere, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: working class, unemployment, education, romance, couple relations, love and romance, teachers and students, love, friendship, life is a bitch, school, family problems ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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