Movies like The Master and Margaret

If you like "The Master and Margaret" you are looking for thought provoking, bleak and serious movies about / with politics, satire, distopia, writer's life, betrayal, fighting the system and conspiracy themes of Drama, Fantasy and Horror genre shot in Yugoslavia or Italy.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
The Master and Margaret (1972)
 6.3
 585
The Master and Margaret (1972)
Original name: Il maestro e Margherita
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: Yugoslavia, Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The Master and Margaret (1972) is based on the eponymous book by Mikhail A. Bulgakov. The film is set in the Soviet Union under Stalin, it has several story-lines, that are intertwined. Maestro Nikolai Masoudov (Tognazzi), a talented writer, and his assistant Margaret (Farmer), are working on a biblical story of Pontius Pilate (Tadic). The Satan - Woland (Cuny), and his lieutenants, are harassing Master by surveillance, by killing his friend, and sending another friend to Gulag prison in Siberia. Victimized by their harassment, Master becomes paranoid, and is locked up in a mental institution. Margaret is trying to save him regardless of the danger.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, serious, biting, suspense, realistic, cynical, disturbing
Plot: politics, satire, distopia, writer's life, betrayal, fighting the system, conspiracy, rebellion, human spirit, deal with the devil, artists and showbiz, society, dishonesty, government agency, state affairs, devil, love, mental institution, cat, revolution, magician, cancer, death, male female relationship, actor ...
Time: 1920s, 20s
Place: russia, moscow russia

Movie in categories

Most similar movies to The Master and Margaret

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and cynical films with plots about state affairs, politics, society, dishonesty, rebellion, fighting the system and life is a bitch mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Master and Margaret: AFR (2007), Lost in Siberia (1991), Furia (1999), Tycoon: A New Russian (2002), WUSA (1970). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.2
 459
AFR (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Danmarks statsminister Anders Fogh Rasmussen er blevet myrdet. Den hovedmistænkte er statsministerens homoseksuelle elsker Emil. I tiden efter mordet møder vi en lang række af verdens politikere og magtfulde mennesker, fra Kofi Annan til Pia ...
Style: clever, serious, cynical, thought provoking, biting ...
Plot: assassination, dishonesty, society, state affairs, crimes, politics, campaign, satire, deadly, media, head of state, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Lost in Siberia (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Soviet Union, UK
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The political drama is set in the Stalin's Soviet Union after the Second World War. A British archaeologist Andrei Miller is working in Iran. He is mistakenly kidnapped and arrested by the KGB. He is falsely accused of spying and wrongfully ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, disturbing, thought provoking
Plot: survival, escape, false accusation, kgb, gulag, prison, political unrest, political intrigue, mistaken identity, dishonesty, chases and races, state affairs ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: iran, russia, moscow russia, siberia, persia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 5.4
 515
Furia (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In a desert town, sometime in the future, a repressive government regime restricts all forms of artistic expression. At night, Theo breaks the law, risking torture and death, to paint his work on public spaces. But when his lover Elia is arrested ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, atmospheric, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: desert, politics, rebellion, distopia, rebelliousness, fighting the system, life is a bitch, state affairs, dishonesty, future dystopia, fall in love, destiny ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Tycoon: A New Russian (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia, France, Germany
Duration: 128 min.
Story: During the Gorbachev years, Platon Makovski and his four buddies are university students who jump on the private capitalism movement. Fast-forward 20 years, Platon finds himself the richest man in Russia, having sacrificed his friends to get to the ...
Style: serious, cynical, suspenseful, realistic, biting ...
Plot: rise to the top, betrayal, society, crimes, fighting the system, dishonesty, politics, rise and fall, life is a bitch, deadly, ambition, political corruption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Movie in collections
 5.5
 1K
WUSA (1970)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Rheinhardt, a cynical drifter, gets a job as an announcer for right-wing radio station WUSA in New Orleans. Rheinhardt is content to parrot WUSA's reactionary editorial stance on the air, even if he doesn't agree with it. Rheinhardt finds ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, contemplative, allegory
Plot: assassination, politics, prostitute, racism, assassination attempt, society, dishonesty, rebellion, clergy, disability, crimes, state affairs ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.1
 109
Red Rose (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Iran, Greece
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A politically complacent middle-aged man and a young pro-democracy activist debate about the future of their country while hiding from the police, in this fascinating drama that blends scripted scenes with on-the-ground footage from Iran’s 2009 ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: political unrest, idealism, society, state affairs, life is a bitch, politics, husband wife relationship, violence, female director, extramarital affair, cigarette smoking, female nudity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, tehran iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.1
 1K
The Terrace (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Drama about the difficulties of a group of people trying to change their lives. A group of people gathers in a terrace in Rome . Some are friends, some know each other and others just meet for the first time. All are intellectual and belong to the ...
Style: witty, humorous, clever, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, satire, friends, couples, infidelity, love affair, political intrigue, society, dishonesty, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, state affairs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Nigeria, UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An epic love story: Olanna and Kainene are glamorous twins, living a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria. The two women make very different choices of lovers, but rivalry and betrayal must be set aside as their lives are swept up ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, serious, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: revolution, political unrest, against humanity, genocide, wartime life, hopes, life is a bitch, fall in love, evacuation, rebellion, village, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: nigeria, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Movie in collections
conspiracy movies
2905
suspense movies
11164
rebellion movies
2139
 5.7
 3K
Power (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Pete St. John is a powerful and successful political consultant, with clients spread around the country. When his long-time friend and client Ohio senator Sam Hastings decides to quit politics, he is rapidly drafted to help with the campaign of the ...
Style: realistic, serious, clever, cynical, talky
Plot: political corruption, politics, manipulation, campaign, society, fighting the system, state affairs, manipulations, political intrigue, ambition, legal, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.3
 21K
Reds (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 195 min.
Story: A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.
Style: sentimental, tense, captivating, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: russian revolution, world war one, love triangle, journalism, politics, romance, political unrest, writer's life, couple relations, love affair, infidelity, rebelliousness ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, year 1917 ...
Place: russia, new york, usa, finland, st. petersburg russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Strawberry Statement (1970)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Simon (Bruce Davison), a student at a fictional university in San Francisco (based on San Francisco State College) is indifferent to the student protests around him, until walking in on a naked woman (Kristina Holland) in his dormitory ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: university, politics, journalism, media, life is a bitch, hopes, against the rules, rebellion, fighting the system, youth, chaos and mayhem, human spirit ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
This Revolution (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Jake Cassevetes is a world renowned shooter just back from being embedded during the U.S. invasion of Iraq. As a well-paid stringer for the networks, Jake does not buy into the currently vogue, left-wing conspiracy theory of a corporate-controlled ...
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, clever, cynical ...
Plot: conspiracy, politics, idealism, rebellion, life is a bitch, dishonesty, society, fighting the system, revolution, injustice, rebelliousness, political unrest ...
Time: contemporary, september 11 2001
Place: iraq, new york, usa, middle east, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Bridges of Sarajevo (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Thirteen European directors explore the theme of Sarajevo; what this city has represented in European history over the past hundred years, and what Sarajevo stands for today in Europe. These eminent filmmakers of different generations and origins ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, disturbing, serious, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, haunted by the past, wartime life, politics, political unrest, society, state affairs, anti war, archive footage, world war one, female director
Time: 20th century
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Color of the Chameleon (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Bulgaria
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In Emil Christov's über-stylish spy-movie pastiche, a charismatic schemer in an authoritarian police state, fired from his job as a secret-police informant, conjures up his own imaginary spy network and builds up an archive that he turns ...
Style: humorous, dark humor, cynical, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: snitch, satire, fighting the system, politics, dishonesty, government agency, cons and scams, society, state affairs, secret police, informant, sting operation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bulgaria
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 8.4
 4K
Repentance (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 153 min.
Story: The day after the funeral of Varlam Aravidze, the mayor of a small Georgian town, his corpse turns up in his son's garden. Although it is secretly reburied, the corpse keeps returning until the police capture the local woman who is ...
Style: surreal, thought provoking, contemplative, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, jury, totalitarianism, satire, josef stalin, distopia, life is a bitch, state affairs, dishonesty, tragic hero, deadly, heroes ...
Place: russia, georgia, georgia (former ussr), soviet union, tbilisi ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Rider Named Death (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In pre-Soviet Russia, Boris Savinkov leads a terrorist faction of Socialist-Revolutionary Party members responsible for the deaths of governors and ministers.
Style: serious, thought provoking, captivating, contemplative, clever ...
Plot: assassination, assassination attempt, terrorism, politics, state affairs, political corruption, political unrest, rebelliousness, revolution, deadly, tragic hero, head of state ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.3
 866
Policeman (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A member of an Israeli anti-terrorist unit clashes with a group of young radicals.
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, suspense, biting ...
Plot: israeli palestinian conflict, terrorism, social decay, state affairs, rebellion, danger, fighting the system, crimes, society, swat, social differences, rebelliousness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Italy
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A man and his son take an allegorical stroll through life with a talking bird that spouts social and political philosophy.
Style: offbeat, clever, witty, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: satire, on the road, politics, mythology, hawk, crow, clergy, state affairs, society, monk, family relations, religions or cults ...
Time: 60s
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 1K
Triple Agent (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Russia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The Popular Front wins elections, the Spanish Civil War begins, and Hitler and Stalin are manipulating and spying. The brilliant exile, Fiodor Voronin, a general at 20, is the deputy at the White Russian Military Union, probably slated to replace ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, enigmatic, psychological
Plot: espionage, secret agents, government agency, politics, political corruption, betrayal, undercover, life is a bitch, uncover truth, love triangle, dishonesty, rebellion ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: france, russia, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Bless You, Prison (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Based on Nicole Valery-Grossu's European best seller autobiographic novel "Bless you, prison", the film is a true story, with real events and characters. A young intellectual woman, Nicole is arrested. There follow three months of ...
Style: disturbing, uplifting, thought provoking, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: prison, confined, rebellion, human spirit, prison life, survival, captivity, religions or cults, politics, society, rebelliousness, stalinism ...
Time: 50s
Place: europe, romania
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Citizen Verdict (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Marty Rockman, the notorious producer of the hit reality-TV show "So Sue Me", has a brand new concept: "Citizen Verdict". Each week a real criminal case will be tried before the American people, but this time they're also ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: courtroom drama, tv show, crimes, dishonesty, legal investigation, jury, life is a bitch, society, legal, law enforcement, fighting the system, media ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.3
 8K
The Front (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.
Style: thought provoking, clever, humorous, biting, suspense ...
Plot: politics, friendship, communism, mccarthyism, writers, fighting the system, artists and showbiz, writer's life, society, dishonesty, actor's life, state affairs ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1953, 70s ...
Place: new york, florence, usa, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.5
 2K
Panther (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Panther is a semi-historic film about the origins of The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The movie spans about 3 years (1966-68) of the Black Panther's history in Oakland. Panther also uses historical footage (B/W) to emphasize some ...
Style: controversial, disturbing, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: militant, racism, interracial relations, black panther party, black panthers, revolution, politics, dishonesty, society, fighting the system, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, california, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Movie in collections
The Master and Margarita (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 500 min.
TV show
Story: The Master and Margarita is a Russian TV mini-series, based on the novel written by Soviet writer Mikhail Bulgakov between 1928 and 1940.
Style: atmospheric, mind bending, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: deal with the devil, heaven and hell, black magic, chaos and mayhem, curses spells and rituals, manipulation, temptation, society, witchcraft, good versus evil, supernatural, religions or cults ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, ancient history
Place: russia, holy land, middle east, moscow russia, jerusalem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well as further straining his already part-time family life. ...
Style: realistic, serious, clever, suspenseful, biting ...
Plot: political corruption, betrayal, state affairs, dishonesty, fighting the system, relationship vs career, congress, workplace, legal, moral dilemma, infidelity, couple relations ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: Cuba
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs incident, Sergio chooses to stay behind in Cuba while his wife and family escape to neighboring Miami. Alone in a brave new world, Sergio observes the constant threat of foreign invasion while chasing young women ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: rebellion, rebelliousness, political corruption, conspiracy, satire, state affairs, dishonesty, politics, revolution, trial, false accusation, fidel castro ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Enemy Within (1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Colonel Casey discovers what appears to be plans by General Lloyd to use fake military excercises to assist Jack Giddings in his plans to remove President Foster from office. Colonel Casey, and President Foster must find evidence that there is a ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: conspiracy, manhunt, undercover, government agency, race against time, betrayal, state affairs, political corruption, fighting the system, military, dishonesty, special agents ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.0
 70K
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy, UK, USA
Duration: 197 min.
Story: Doctor Zhivago is the filmed adapation of the Russian novel by Boris Pasternak from director David Lean that was an international success and today deemed a classic. Omar Sharif and Julie Christie play two protagonists who in fact love each other ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, serious, realistic, epic ...
Plot: love triangle, russian revolution, nurse, world war one, suicide attempt, infidelity, communism, deportation, war, revolution, betrayal, russian ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, 1910s, 1940s, 1930s ...
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.2
 579
Afterburn (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16, thought to be the very best tactical fighter in the world. Air Force Captain Theodore T. Harduvel was one of the best F-16 pilots the U.S. had to ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: state affairs, law enforcement, heroes, dishonesty, hopes, politics, righting the wronged, military, rivalry, investigation, fighting the system, danger ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.1
 1K
Knife Fight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A political strategist juggling three clients questions whether or not to take the high road as the ugly side of his work begins to haunt him.
Style: witty, semi serious, cynical, realistic, biting ...
Plot: politics, ambition, society, political corruption, dishonesty, private vs public, campaign, americana, political intrigue, satire, state affairs, blind ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%