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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, melancholic, intellectual, art house, bad ending, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: chess, prodigy, obsession, mentally unstable, supportive spouse, contests and competitions, ambition, genius, love story, eccentricity, loneliness, relationships, mental illness, romance, fall in love, love and romance, rivalry, society, family relations, social differences, mentor, parents separation, matchmaking, opponent, manic ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
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 touching films with plots about mentor, catastrophe, dialogue, love and romance, storytelling, love and romance mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like The Luzhin Defence: Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993), The Theory of Everything (2014), Pawn Sacrifice (2014), A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Great Gatsby (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: uplifting, touching, inspirational, intellectual, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prodigy, chess, child prodigy, contests and competitions, genius, parents and children, mentor, supportive parent, human spirit, competition, tournament, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: touching, uplifting, serious, factual, compassionate ...
Plot: prodigy, disability, supportive spouse, against the odds, human spirit, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, love, cambridge university, husband wife relationship, genius, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1990s
Place: oxford university, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
 7.0
 33K
Pawn Sacrifice (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.
Style: captivating, factual, entertaining, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: prodigy, chess, cold war, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry, paranoia, genius, obsession, eccentricity, politics, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: russia, iceland
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: psychological, captivating, touching, cerebral, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, prodigy, paranoia, mathematics, obsession, genius, inventions and discoveries, mentally unstable, imagination, insanity, hallucinations, schizophrenia ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, campus, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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: serious, sentimental, stylized, emotional, colourful ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, obsession, millionaire, destructive relationship, love triangle, loneliness, party, love affair, high society, american dream, unfulfilled love, social differences ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.9
 3K
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, atmospheric, serious, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: love triangle, romance, haunted by the past, flower, gender, hopes, love and romance, society, couples, couple relations, social differences, old love ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 19th century, 1920s, 1890s ...
Place: england, asia, london, europe, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: epic, clever, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: friendship, friends, innocence, loss, couples, fall in love, couple relations, love triangle, siblings relations, love and romance, society, longing ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: england, morocco, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.4
 72K
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, gothic, atmospheric, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: social differences, rich and poor, love and romance, family secret, master and servant, estate, power of love, fall in love, haunted by the past, unlikely couple, society, young woman ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1840s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 7.4
 157K
Me Before You (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life is not worth living until the girl is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: disability, love and romance, fall in love, wheelchair, love story, romance, depression, loneliness, caregiver, small town, death wish, accident ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.6
 113K
The Hours (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
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, clever, serious, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: aids, depression, suicide, writer's life, drowning, housewife, suicidal, mentally unstable, mental illness, literature, party, poet ...
Time: contemporary, 20s, 50s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: england, usa, london, los angeles, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
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: serious, sentimental, sexy, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rivalry, love and romance, mentor, uninhibited rivalry, destiny, social differences, unfulfilled love, cinderella story, geisha, rise to the top, women, japanese culture ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: lust, love triangle, obsession, romance, love affair, love and romance, couples, forbidden love, tragic love, unfulfilled love, unfulfillment, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.4
 15K
Betty Blue (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Betty Blue, a mentally unbalanced and sexually aggressive free spirit who becomes involved with Zorg, a repairman moonlighting as a writer. The two engage in a variety of sexual encounters, and grow more passionate toward each other. Betty finds ...
Style: erotic, sexual, sexy, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: obsession, borderline personality disorder, beach, restaurant, romance, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content, couple relations, kiss, mental breakdown, femme fatale, destructive relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france, europe, paris france, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, autism, coming of age, teenager, child prodigy, death of father, social misfits, social outcast, self discovery, mental illness, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1996
Place: taiwan, england, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: serious, atmospheric, stylized, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: love triangle, rich and poor, power relations, couple relations, forbidden love, betrayal, death, romance, social differences, fall in love, ambition, dishonesty ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, edwardian era, 19th century, 1920s
Place: england, london, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 123K
One Day (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A romantic comedy centered on Dexter and Emma, who first meet during their graduation in 1988 and proceed to keep in touch regularly. The film follows what they do on July 15 annually, usually doing something together.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: opposites attract, love and romance, follow your dream, friendship, social differences, ambition, reunion, unfulfilled love, hopes, couples, best friends in love, love ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 90s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: paris france, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.1
 27K
45 Years (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: There is just one week until Kate Mercer's 45th wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, psychological ...
Plot: marriage, old woman, anniversary, german shepherd, slide projector, secret, dancing, promise, apology, crying man, piano, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1962
Place: england, usa, switzerland, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: atmospheric, serious, stylized, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: artist, romance, destiny, orphan, childhood memory, obsession, social differences, unfulfilled love, fall in love, hopes, childhood, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s, 18th century, 19th century
Place: florida, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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: clever, emotional, serious, sexual, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: obsession, infidelity, romance, temptation, passion, church, jealousy, strong sexual content, diary, sex, bomb, cheating wife ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s, 1930s ...
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.8
 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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, captivating, touching ...
Plot: best friends, buddies, teenage love, coming of age, romance, youth, friends, obsession, teenage life, love and romance, society, friend ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Great Gatsby (1974)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession ...
Style: captivating, serious, stylized, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: love and romance, infidelity, love triangle, society, fall in love, love affair, obsession, couple relations, couples, betrayal, wealth, millionaire ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, post world war one
Place: new york, usa, long island, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.3
 13K
Tess (1979)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 186 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, gloomy, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: tragic love, farmer, nobility, marriage, love, revenge, murder, rape, peasant, stonehenge, innocence lost, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1880s, 18th century
Place: england, europe, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: After spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.
Style: touching, realistic, offbeat, intense, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mentally unstable, social misfits, depression, supportive parent, mental illness, fall in love, obsession, parents and children, passionate interest, romance, love and romance, running ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 7.8
 90K
The Best Offer (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Virgil Oldman is a world renowned antiques expert and auctioneer. An eccentric genius, he leads a solitary life, going to extreme lengths to keep his distance from the messiness of human relationships. When appointed by the beautiful but emotionally ...
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: loneliness, forgery, mysterious character, collector, obsession, cons and scams, high society, old friend, painting, love and romance, solitude, estate ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, prague czech republic, vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, serious, clever, realistic, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, couple relations, countryside, love affair, unfulfilled love, fall in love, love and romance, society, unfulfillment, obsession, betrayal, soldier ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s, 18th century
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia, saint petersburg, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.6
 20K
Barefoot (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The "black sheep" son of a wealthy family meets a young psychiatric patient who's been raised in isolation her entire life. He takes the naive young woman home for his brother's wedding an improbable romance blooms, as she ...
Style: semi serious, romantic, sweet, light, bad ending ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: fall in love, mental illness, love and romance, love affair, family relations, love story, changing lives, relationships, father son relationship, twists & turns, hospital, road trip ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, louisiana, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.0
 13K
Dying Young (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood cancer. Slowly, they fall in love, but they always know ...
Style: touching, sentimental, romantic, sad, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love story, romance, cancer, couple relations, human nature, leukemia, parents and children, social differences, unfulfillment, father son relationship, life & death, doctors ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two unhappy people's lives become entwined when they have a life changing romance. Adrienne is a woman who's trying to decide whether to stay in her unhappy marriage or not. Her life changes when Paul, a doctor who is traveling to ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, romantic, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, parents and children, infidelity, romance, marriage crisis, midlife crisis, middle age romance, true love, love affair, love story, love, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: talky, serious, psychological, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, mental institution, pregnancy, romance, suburbs, mentally unstable, mental illness, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, couple relations, destructive relationship, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Dirty Filthy Love (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A man's life falls apart as a result of his affliction with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tourette's Syndrome in this touching and funny tale.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, offbeat, sentimental ...
Plot: doctors and patients, tourette's syndrome, mentally unstable, prodigy, romance, introspection, obsession, self discovery, friendship, mental illness, disability, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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