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Mamma Roma (1962)
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Mamma Roma (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment, a fruit stand and retires from the prostitution. She brings her teenage son Ettore (Ettore Garofolo), who was raised alone in the country, to live with her, and Ettore becomes her pride and joy. However, the boy that does not want to study or work, joins to idle friends, has a crush on a bitch, and Mamma Roma uses her best but limited efforts to straight Ettore and make him an honest man. However, her past haunts her with tragic consequences.
Style: neorealism, gloomy, serious, realistic, melancholic, compassionate, bleak, reflective, harsh, talky ...
Plot: prostitute, pimp, thief, friendship, church, bar, wedding, redemption, crimes, youth, family relations, parents and children, destiny, life is a bitch, greek, family life, starting over, hopes, society, human nature, couples, going straight, down on your luck, lgbt, single mother ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: europe, italy, rome italy, tokyo, mexico

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Most similar movies to Mamma Roma

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and gloomy films with plots about life is a bitch, society, prostitute, family relations, redemption, parents and children and friendship mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Mamma Roma: The Scrounger (1961), My Life to Live (1962), Oedipus Rex (1967), Faces (1968), Midaq Alley (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Scrounger (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiralling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.
Style: realistic, rough, gloomy, psychological, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, pimp, unemployment, poverty, violence, robbery, criminal heroes, social misfits, crimes, life is a bitch, homeless, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: italy, europe, tokyo, japan
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95%
My Life to Live (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, realistic, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: prostitute, pimp, prostitution, philosophy, pinball machine, female protagonist, free will, introspection, life is a bitch, new wave, artist, worn out ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: france, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Oedipus Rex (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Morocco
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son - and the scene moves to antiquity, where the baby is taken into the desert to be killed. He is rescued, given the name Edipo (Oedipus), and brought up by ...
Style: disturbing, serious, bleak, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: roman empire, oracle, greek, incest, prophecy, mother son incest, domestic disturbance, love and romance, family in crisis, life is a bitch, parents and children, on the road ...
Time: ancient history
Place: europe, italy, morocco, ancient greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Faces (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
Style: talky, biting, psychological, tense, clever ...
Plot: prostitute, infidelity, divorce, love, adultery, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, family life, suburbs, couples, disintegration, family problems ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Midaq Alley (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Heated tempers, frustrated desires and dashed hopes plague a diverse group of individuals whose lives cross paths in Mexico City. There is the bar-owner's son, Chava, who yearns to emigrate to America. A poor barber, Abel, is madly in love with ...
Style: realistic, serious, clever, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: coming out, prostitute, adultery, mexican, pimp, gay parent, addiction, drug abuse, couples, infidelity, crimes, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america, mexico, egypt, middle east, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Claire Dolan (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A high-priced call girl, shocked by her mother's death, decides to get out of the business and have a baby.
Style: gloomy, rough, psychological, realistic, serious
Plot: pimp, prostitute, immigrants, family relations, going straight, couples, urban, society, starting over, life is a bitch, babies and infants, redemption ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, chicago illinois, budapest hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Pure (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young boy trying to deal with his mother's heroin addiction befriends a waitress who helps him cope with the tough situation.
Style: touching, gloomy, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: rehabilitation, drug abuse, prostitute, friendship, addiction, coming of age, pregnancy, drug addiction, birthday, baby, waitress, heroin ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Stella Does Tricks (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young Glaswegian prostitute in London tries to start a new life.
Style: gloomy, disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, crimes, hopes, destructive relationship, down on your luck, life is a bitch, vengeance, haunted by the past, gang, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, england, scotland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Ten (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A visual social examination in the form of ten conversations between a driving woman and her various pick-ups and hitchhikers.
Style: talky, realistic, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: prayer, life is a bitch, love and romance, parents and children, down on your luck, hopes, passenger, single parent, family relations, society, human nature, totalitarianism ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong, USA, Taiwan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975 (sending young people to there was a part of Cultural Revolution in China). A year later, she agrees to go to even more remote spot with a ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, gloomy, touching, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, revolution, innocence lost, coming of age, society, politics, virginity, youth, redemption, rebelliousness, teenage life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: china, asia, tibet, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Iceman Cometh (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
Story: Set in 1912, the entire film takes place inside a dive bar named The Last Chance Saloon, where its destitute patrons eagerly await the arrival of Hickey, who arrives annually and props everyone up with free drinks and spirited stories of his ...
Style: serious, clever, talky, gloomy, realistic
Plot: prostitute, alcoholic, bar, pimp, betrayal, traveling salesman, family relations, down on your luck, life is a bitch, couple relations, parents and children, unemployment ...
Time: 1910s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.3
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Drunks (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night, the first time in seven months, so he does - and leaves the meeting right after. As Jim wanders the night, ...
Style: realistic, talky, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcoholic, support group, addiction, redemption, drug abuse, introspection, alcohol abuse, misfit, human nature, tragic hero, friends, rehabilitation ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Samaritan Girl (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Yeo-jin and Jae-yeong are two teenage girls who are trying to earn money for a trip to Europe. To reach this end, Jae-yeong is prostituting herself while Yeo-jin acts as her pimp, setting her up with the clients and staying on guard for the police. ...
Style: serious, realistic, sexual, touching, captivating
Plot: prostitute, murder, coming of age, police officer, unfulfillment, parents and children, love and romance, crimes, youth, vengeance, virginity, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, germany, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In Lille, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends. Isa moves in with Marie, who's flat-sitting for a mother and child in hospital in comas following a car crash. Isa is out-going, unskilled, with hopes of moving south to ...
Style: talky, realistic, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: friendship, coma, working class, obsession, coming of age, couples, life is a bitch, destructive relationship, couple relations, love and romance, hopes, down on your luck ...
Time: 90s
Place: flanders, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Porcile (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Two dramatic stories. In an undetermined past, a young cannibal (who killed his own father) is condemned to be torn to pieces by some wild beasts. In the second story, Julian, the young son of a post-war German industrialist, is on the way to lie ...
Style: biting, realistic, dark humor, semi serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: social outcast, pig, cannibalism, murder, dehumanization, life is a bitch, parents and children, family relations, social decay, anti capitalism, society, anti conformity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, middle ages
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Rambling Rose (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall for her, and Rose knows it. She can't help herself ...
Style: sexy, touching, emotional, erotic, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, love and romance, self discovery, love, prostitute, introspection, parents and children, youth, family relations, human nature, romance, fall in love ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: georgia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, West Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A gritty Brooklyn story about union corruption, violence, taboos and social norms. The stories told are of the sailors, the prostitute, the union bosses, the hooligans and the gay community set in the early 50s.
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, pregnancy, transvestism, labor union, union, fight, transsexual, working class, factory, society, urban, soldier ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Poker House (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Agnes and her two sisters struggle through a day in a home overrun by gamblers, thieves, and johns.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, rough, bleak
Plot: pimp, coming of age, drug abuse, family in crisis, prostitute, family relations, small town, teenage life, lifestyle, life is a bitch, down on your luck, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 70s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, rich and poor, parents and children, life is a bitch, human nature, buddies, best friends, twists & turns, friends ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.4
 4K
Time Out (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: unemployment, family relations, crimes, couple relations, down on your luck, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, couples, dishonesty, family problems, countryside, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, france, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Winter Light (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: suicide, winter, pastor, faith, priest, isolation, small town, clergy, nuclear, village, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.5
 5K
Dodes'ka-den (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son ...
Style: gloomy, touching, sincere, semi serious, reflective ...
Plot: poverty, slum, redemption, family problems, working class, human nature, social differences, society, misfit, power relations, family relations, mentally challenged ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.8
 603
Overdose (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Bilbao. The commander of the Guardia Civil, Evaristo Torrecuadrada discovers that his son Paco of 17 years old is a heroin addict. His hope was to see him in the Military Academy. Paco, by differences with his father, runs away from home with a ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough
Plot: friendship, prostitute, overdose, heroin addiction, life is a bitch, crimes, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, urban, youth, drug abuse, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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The Night (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A married couple attend a bourgeois party and wade through the stifling strain that long-term marriage has imposed upon them.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, sexual, clever, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, hospital, terminal illness, nightclub, party, human nature, love and romance, mogul, family relations, friendship, chase, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: italy, usa, europe, los angeles, milan italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.1
 58
Zooey (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Angel and Zooey are not your typical newlyweds. Zooey is a professional prostitute and Angel is a drug dealer. Yet they are not without hopes and dreams, of escaping their life in the streets and starting a new in a fresh painted cottage with picked ...
Style: serious, bleak, gloomy, rough, realistic
Plot: prostitute, urban ghetto life, city life, going straight, love affair, downfall, urban ghetto, juvenile delinquency, best friends, drugs/alcohol, village life, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Our Life (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Claudio works on a site in the suburbs of Rome. He is madly in love with his wife who is pregnant with their third child. However, a dramatic event comes to upset this simple and happy life. In a rage for life, Claudio energetically fights against ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: down on your luck, parents and children, dealing with death, family in crisis, hopes, life is a bitch, twentysomething life, crimes, friends, family relations, redemption, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.6
 3K
Whore (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: This melodrama investigates the life of a prostitute in a pseudo-documentary style.
Style: sexual, stylized, gloomy, offbeat, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, sexual arousal, mistreatment, stockings, sex, rape, redemption, bdsm, urban, woman in danger, danger, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.5
 751
Go Ask Alice (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: A 14-year-old girl in late 1960's America is inadvertently sucked into an odyssey of sex and drugs. She eventually seeks help.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: prostitute, high school, heroin, lsd, marijuana, mother daughter relationship, cocaine, drug addiction, runaway, rape, on the run, family relations ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.5
 601
Little Soldier (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A soldier returning from war is hired by her own father to drive his prostitutes around town. She calls upon herself to help one of them.
Style: touching, realistic, atmospheric, sincere, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, life is a bitch, parents and children, injustice, gender, feminism, family relations, hopes, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, soldier, military ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Client List (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After she and her husband lose their jobs, a former Texas homecoming queen inadvertently finds herself in the middle of a prostitution ring after she unknowingly accepts a position at a massage parlor.
Style: sexy, touching, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: prostitute, life is a bitch, parents and children, workplace, family problems, family life, dishonesty, lifestyle, unemployment, sexual relations, family relations, massage parlor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%