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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, going straight, lgbt, single mother, parent child relationship, starting over, human nature, parents and children, down on your luck, hopes, family relations, life is a bitch, destiny, family life, crimes, society, prostitution, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, italy, rome italy, tokyo, mexico

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and harsh films with plots about life is a bitch, society, storytelling, redemption, loneliness, culture clash and runaway mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Mamma Roma: The Scrounger (1961), My Life to Live (1962), Oedipus Rex (1967), Faces (1968), Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998). 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, serious, gloomy, rough, psychological ...
Plot: prostitute, pimp, poverty, unemployment, violence, robbery, social misfits, criminal heroes, neo realism, crimes, dishonesty, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: italy, europe, tokyo, japan
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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, gloomy, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: prostitute, pimp, prostitution, philosophy, free will, pinball machine, female protagonist, new wave, life is a bitch, introspection, human nature, destructive relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: france, paris france, tokyo
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59%
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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: serious, atmospheric, bleak, realistic, tense ...
Plot: roman empire, incest, oracle, greek, prophecy, on the road, tragic hero, domestic disturbance, forbidden love, royal court, parents and children, dysfunctional family ...
Time: ancient history
Place: europe, morocco, italy, ancient greece
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49%
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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, serious, clever, biting, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, divorce, adultery, love, infidelity, betrayal, suburbs, crumbling marriage, marriage crisis, dysfunctional family, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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: emotional, disturbing, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, revolution, innocence lost, coming of age, rape, society, politics, rebelliousness, redemption, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: china, asia, tibet, tokyo
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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: serious, talky, realistic, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: prayer, parents and children, illegal prostitution, sibling relationship, prostitute, single parent, human nature, down on your luck, hopes, love and romance, society, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo, california
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: prostitute, juvenile delinquency, heroin addict, going straight, starting over, down on your luck, haunted by the past, hopes, youth, life is a bitch, gang, social misfits ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, scotland, london
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41%
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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: clever, serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: coming out, prostitute, mexican, adultery, pimp, gay parent, crimes, love and romance, dream, sexuality, neighborhood, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, latin america, africa, egypt, middle east ...
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40%
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, serious, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, coma, obsession, working class, coming of age, flat, female friendship, factory worker, couples, friends, couple relations, destructive relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: flanders, france
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40%
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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, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: alcoholic, addiction, support group, church, redemption, downfall, rehabilitation, drunk, human nature, drug abuse, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, union, fight, transsexual, transvestism, social decay, crime, society, urban, sex, sexuality, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa
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40%
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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, gloomy, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, infidelity, party, nightclub, terminal illness, crumbling marriage, human nature, one day, introspection, couple relations, friendship, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: italy, europe, usa, los angeles, milan italy ...
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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: serious, gloomy, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: rehabilitation, addiction, friendship, drug abuse, prostitute, drug addiction, heroin, waitress, baby, drug dealer, birthday, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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, serious, gloomy, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, rape, stockings, sexual arousal, sex, mistreatment, strong sexual content, redemption, downfall, urban, introspection, nightlife ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: surreal, offbeat, semi serious, dark humor, biting ...
Plot: pig, social outcast, cannibalism, murder, human nature, social decay, antisocial behavior, farm, death sentence, society, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, middle ages
Place: germany, europe
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38%
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, realistic, gloomy, talky
Plot: prostitute, alcoholic, traveling salesman, bar, betrayal, pimp, couple relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, society, alcohol abuse, down on your luck ...
Time: 1910s
Place: new york, usa
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38%
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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: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: unemployment, down on your luck, countryside, dishonesty, family problems, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, couple relations, crimes, society, couples, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, europe, france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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: psychological, gloomy, serious, realistic, rough
Plot: prostitute, pimp, going straight, parents and children, urban, dull life, fall in love, city life, babies and infants, immigrants, starting over, redemption ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york, budapest hungary, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: suicide, winter, priest, pastor, faith, small town, clergy, isolation, human nature, village, introspection, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Mouchette (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feelings with one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film.
Style: bleak, emotional, serious, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: alibi, poacher, humiliation, suicide, small town, coming of age, drowning, innocence lost, dealing with death, village, human nature, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: sexual, serious, realistic, captivating, touching
Plot: prostitute, police officer, coming of age, murder, vengeance, redemption, car, forgiveness, repayment, illegal prostitution, violence, revenge ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, germany, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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, semi serious, sincere, touching, reflective ...
Plot: poverty, slum, mentally challenged, redemption, human nature, multiple storylines, desperation, human spirit, parents and children, rich and poor, social differences, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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, gloomy, serious, touching, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, buddies, social misfits, couple relations, mental illness, parents and children, rich and poor, alcohol abuse, down on your luck, hopes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Three Seasons (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Three Seasons wants to show individuals triumphing over adversities, recovering from traumas, looking forward to better times, as well as nostalgia for those better days before American and French and other invasions, material and ideological. It is ...
Style: touching, captivating, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, poetry, leprosy, song, culture clash, writer's life, daughter, urban, human nature, fall in love, love and romance, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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The Circle (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: prostitute, friendship, politics, injustice, pregnancy, life is a bitch, society, abortion, on the run, siblings relations, woman in danger, friends ...
Place: iran, middle east, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Alone (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in the shabby part of a big city. She is pregnant, and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: hospital, rocking chair, neighbor, dog, christmas lights, pregnancy, parents and children, love and romance, friends, urban, society, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, serious, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: island, farm, father son relationship, coming of age, youth, immigrants, parents and children, emigrant, down on your luck, working class, society, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1890s
Place: denmark, europe, seaport
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Edge of Heaven (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Turkey, Italy
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, psychological, intellectual ...
Plot: heaven and hell, funeral, prison, prostitute, murder, tragic event, loss of daughter, professor, arrest, student, parents and children, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary
Place: germany, europe, turkey, istanbul turkey, hamburg germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
All About My Mother (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A single mother in Madrid sees her only son die on his birthday as he runs to seek an actress' autograph. Beside herself with grief, she returns to Barcelona to tell the boy's father about the death of the son he never knew he had.
Style: emotional, stylized, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: transvestism, prostitute, birthday, actress, transsexual, lesbian, aids, redemption, friendship, transplant, nun, autograph ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: spain, madrid, barcelona spain, barcelona
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City.
Style: disturbing, realistic, sexual, serious, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, prostitute, fish out of water, homosexuality, hustler, male prostitute, male bonding, shower, eviction, cowboy, gay slur, homosexual ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, texas, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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