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The Luzhin Defence (2000)
 6.9
 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, melancholic, intellectual, art house, bad ending, gloomy, serious, captivating ...
Plot: chess, obsession, prodigy, mentally unstable, contests and competitions, supportive spouse, ambition, genius, love story, eccentricity, loneliness, relationships, mental illness, romance, family relations, love and romance, fall in love, social differences, society, parents separation, matchmaking, rivalry, manic, opponent, mentor ...
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 talky films with plots about mentor, dialogue, storytelling, catastrophe, runaway, love and romance and romance mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like The Luzhin Defence: The Theory of Everything (2014), Mrs Dalloway (1997), Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999), Tess (1979), Brideshead Revisited (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, compassionate, factual, serious ...
Plot: prodigy, disability, supportive spouse, against the odds, human spirit, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, love, adaptation, husband wife relationship, cambridge university, genius ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1990s, 1960s
Place: oxford university, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.8
 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, realistic, gloomy, psychological, touching ...
Plot: love triangle, romance, haunted by the past, couples, old love, gender, society, social differences, love and romance, couple relations, hopes, flower ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, post world war one, 1920s, year 1918 ...
Place: england, london, europe, india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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, touching, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: lust, love triangle, obsession, romance, love and romance, family relations, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, tragic love, forbidden love, love affair, couples ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 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, realistic, gloomy, touching, captivating ...
Plot: tragic love, rape, innocence lost, period piece, stonehenge, revenge, love, nobility, farmer, marriage, peasant, destiny ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1880s, victorian era, 18th century
Place: england, europe, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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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, sincere, clever, serious, touching ...
Plot: friendship, nobility, oxford, university, longing, understanding, society, couple relations, friends, siblings relations, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 1920s, 30s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: england, europe, morocco, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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: clever, realistic, psychological, gloomy, thought provoking ...
Plot: tragedy, love, adultery, lieutenant, romance, couples, dishonesty, love affair, postmodernism, artists and showbiz, love and romance, destructive relationship ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, victorian, 80s, victorian era ...
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
A Man and a Woman (1966)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A man and a woman meet by accident on a Sunday evening at their childrens' boarding school. Slowly, they reveal themselves to each other, finding that each is a widow.
Style: sentimental, touching, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: romance, couple relations, love and romance, looking for love, love affair, couples, fall in love, train, school, widower, widow, love ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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: prodigy, chess, child prodigy, contests and competitions, genius, supportive parent, parents and children, human spirit, mentor, competition, tournament, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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, couple relations, destructive relationship, romance, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, family problems, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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: sentimental, serious, sexy, realistic, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, rivalry, mentor, geisha, brothel, cinderella story, women, social differences, uninhibited rivalry, unfulfilled love, destiny, rise to the top ...
Time: 30s, 20s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: love triangle, forbidden love, power relations, rich and poor, couple relations, romance, betrayal, death, rise to the top, love and romance, social climbing, heir heiress ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, edwardian era, 19th century, 1920s
Place: england, london, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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, love and romance, obsessive quest, introspection, murder, college, ship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1800s
Place: australia, england, europe, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.3
 18K
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: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, enigmatic ...
Plot: estranged father, wedding anniversary, romance, age difference, lifestyle, fall in love, love affair, love and romance, writer's life, artists and showbiz, countryside, promotion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: sentimental, stylized, serious, emotional, colourful ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, obsession, millionaire, destructive relationship, love triangle, loneliness, party, high society, love affair, american dream, unfulfilled love, society ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: usa, new york, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.0
 9K
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, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: forbidden love, romance, destiny, couples, follow your dream, student life, family relations, life is a bitch, couple relations, failed attempt, unfulfillment, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1880s, victorian era ...
Place: england, europe, britain, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: psychological, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, professor, human spirit, ambition, life philosophy, psychologist, genius, university, teachers and students, philosophy, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.0
 34K
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: chess, cold war, prodigy, contests and competitions, rivalry, ambition, paranoia, politics, genius, obsession, eccentricity, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: russia, iceland
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, stylized, atmospheric, captivating, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: artist, destiny, romance, childhood, fall in love, dishonesty, ambition, seduction, convict, stranger, orphan, inheritance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s, 18th century, 19th century
Place: florida, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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The Woman Next Door (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Madame Jouve, the narrator, tells the tragedy of Bernard and Mathilde. Bernard was living happily with his wife Arlette and his son Thomas. One day, a couple, Philippe and Mathilde Bauchard, moves into the next house. This is the accidental reunion ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: obsession, tragic love, neighbor, romance, couples, lovers reunited, couple relations, destructive relationship, love and romance, dishonesty, crimes of passion, haunted by the past ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 19th century, 1920s
Place: france, tokyo, middle east, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.6
 116K
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, intellectual, captivating, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: depression, suicide, drowning, writer's life, housewife, aids, mental illness, letter, human nature, introspection, literature, terminal illness ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 50s, 20s ...
Place: england, europe, new york, usa, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
Style: captivating, sincere, depressing, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, prostitute, addiction, depression, loneliness, suicide, social misfits, therapy, casino, romance, human nature, unlikely relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.8
 6K
Mr. Jones (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The story about the relationship between a manic depressive man, Mr Jones, and the female doctor who takes more than a professional interest in his treatment.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, psychological, serious ...
Plot: bipolar disorder, mental illness, opposites attract, hospital, romance, love affair, fall in love, rehabilitation, destructive relationship, doctors and patients, forbidden love, depression ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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, serious, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, fall in love, love affair, unfulfilled love, love and romance, couple relations, unfulfillment, obsession, tragic love, unrequited love, soldier, romance ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s, 18th century
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia, saint petersburg, london, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 27K
Love Story (1970)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri share a chemistry they cannot deny - and a love they cannot ignore. Despite their opposite backgrounds, the young couple put their hearts on the line for each other. When ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: young lovers, tragic love, class differences, romance, college, terminal illness, couple relations, hopes, unfulfillment, love and romance, fall in love, rich man poor woman ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: campus, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.5
 3K
Faithless (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden, Italy, Germany, Finland, Norway
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Scripted by Ingmar Bergman, this very personal film is about a destructive affair which wrecks the marriage of an actress (Marianne) and musician (Markus). Wanting to continue the affair, Marianne moves in with her lover. But she is tormented by ...
Style: psychological, realistic, clever, sincere, serious ...
Plot: adultery, infidelity, betrayal, fall in love, rivalry, island, love and romance, destructive relationship, romance, crumbling marriage, couple relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: denmark, sweden, france, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, erotic, sexy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: wrestling, sex, romance, friendship, love affair, family problems, fall in love, tragic love, gender, human nature, social differences, society ...
Time: 1920s
Place: england, europe, alps, swiss alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.7
 55K
Like Crazy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.
Style: sentimental, sincere, realistic, touching, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: young lovers, couple relations, customs, parents, romance, forceful separation, love affair, long distance relationship, blogger, chair, depression, overcoming ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, england, los angeles, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Stanley & Iris (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
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, serious, sincere ...
Plot: working class, love, unemployment, education, romance, couple relations, teachers and students, love and romance, family problems, life is a bitch, couples, friendship ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
My Blueberry Nights (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, China, France, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Elizabeth has just been through a particularly nasty breakup, and now she's ready to leave her friends and memories behind as she chases her dreams across the country. In order to support herself on her journey, Elizabeth picks up a series of ...
Style: psychological, touching, atmospheric, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: loneliness, waitress, bar, romance, introspection, love and romance, couple relations, self discovery, hopes, life is a bitch, drifter, poker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cross country, nevada, new york, memphis ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: clever, psychological, atmospheric, gloomy, mind bending ...
Plot: love affair, hotel, subway, love, romance, disorder, dishonesty, couples, couple relations, losing-it hero, dangerous attraction, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, copenhagen denmark, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%