Movies like The Mother of Kings 1987

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The Mother of Kings (1987)
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The Mother of Kings (1987)
Original name: Matka Królów
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Made in 1982, shelved for five years. Story opens with Lucja Krol's husband under the tram. She gives birth to her fourth son on the floor of their new apartment. Neighbor Wiktor, a communist intellectual, befriends the poverty-stricken family but is soon arrested and sent to jail. During the war Lucja narrowly escapes a Nazi roundup at the black market. Her sons hold ardent Communist meetings in their apartment, with her blessing. Lucja works hard, but without complaint. After the war, Klemens is inexplicably arrested, accused by the new regime of being a collaborator. Wiktor, now a high-ranking party member, trying to defend him, himself falls into disgrace. Klemens is tortured to "confess" and dies in jail, a Communist to the end. Lucja is never told about his fate.
Style: intellectual, pre war
Plot: world war two, nazi, death, politics, family relations, torture, single mother, childbirth, post war, poverty, communist, courage, dying, sacrifice, bravery, letter, death of son, streetcar, widow, black market, false accusation, death of husband, jail, suffering, collaborator ...
Time: year 1956, year 1933, year 1953
Place: poland

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, captivating, serious and emotional films with plots about world war two, death, family relations, nazi, politics, friendship and murder mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like The Mother of Kings: Hatred (2016), Akseli and Elina (1970), Europa Europa (1990), Katyn (2007), Alone in Berlin (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Hatred (2016)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Summer of 1939. Zosia is a young Polish girl who is deeply in love with Ukrainian Petro. Their great love will be put to the test when her father decides to marry her to a wealthy widower Skiba. Right after wedding she is left alone because her ...
Style: tense, suspense, captivating, thought provoking, suspenseful
Plot: genocide, nazi occupation, war, unhappy marriage, female protagonist, survival, anti war, murder, husband wife relationship, village, baby, escape ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943, year 1939
Place: poland
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95%
Akseli and Elina (1970)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 137 min.
Style: family saga, pre war, epic
Plot: priest, village, society, violence, soldier, communism, marriage, countryside, farmer, school, politics, finnish ...
Time: 1920s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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Europa Europa (1990)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, France, Poland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A Jewish boy separated from his family in the early days of WWII poses as a German orphan and is taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually becomes a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are ...
Style: epic, realistic, disturbing, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, anti semitism, survival, german, jewish, communism, homosexual, roommate, heroes, hidden identity, ghetto ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s
Place: latvia, germany, poland, europe, berlin germany ...
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66%
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Katyn (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.
Style: disturbing, heartbreaking, sentimental, sad, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, war crime, nazism, survival, war, military life, captivity, life is a bitch, confined, battles, oppression, occupation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1940
Place: poland, russia, europe, soviet union, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Alone in Berlin (2016)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Berlin in June of 1940. While Nazi propaganda celebrates the regime’s victory over France, a kitchen-cum-living room in Prenzlauer Berg is filled with grief. Anna and Otto Quangel’s son has been killed at the front. This working class couple had ...
Style: suspense, realistic, factual, heartbreaking, enigmatic ...
Plot: world war two, murder, gestapo, nazi germany, violence, death of son, torture, robbery, mechanic, suicide, bereavement, life & death ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943, year 1940
Place: berlin germany, germany
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60%
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Austeria (1982)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 109 min.
Story: During a pogrom in Poland on the eve of World War I, a group of Jews seek refuge from the Cossacks.
Plot: false accusation of murder, falling to the ground, violinist, stepmother stepdaughter relationship, drink, torment, singer, false accusation, torch, boy, mask, lie ...
Time: year 1914
Place: poland, austria
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59%
The Winter War (1989)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 199 min.
Story: Russia attacked Finland in late November 1939. This film tells the story of a Finnish platoon of reservists from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Ostrobothnia who leave their homes and go to war. The film focuses on the ...
Style: epic, realistic, bleak, tense, emotional ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, resistance, politics, siblings relations, heroic mission, political unrest, battle zone, soldier, heroes, state affairs ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1939
Place: finland, europe, russia, soviet union, germany
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59%
Living in Paradise (1998)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, Algeria, Belgium, Norway
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Set in France in 1961-1962 during the Algerian War, Living in Paradise is a thought-provoking examination of the lives of North African immigrants trying to find a place in the social system of Western Europe.
Plot: letter, algerian, husband wife relationship, warehouse, arab, demonstration, political activism, prostitute, poverty, politics, urban setting, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: paris france
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57%
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Warsaw '44 (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A beautiful story about youth, love, friendship and the pursuit of adventure during the bloody and brutal reality of the Warsaw Uprising.
Style: realistic, captivating, psychological, suspense, tense
Plot: world war two, nazi occupation, nazi germany, love and romance, friendship, society, danger, couples, crimes, family relations, death, nazism ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s, 20th century
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56%
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Mother (1990)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union, Italy
Duration: 200 min.
Story: The social ferment in late 19th century Russia which led to the 1917 Russian Revolution is movingly portrayed in this lengthy historical drama, which is very faithful to the 1907 novel The Mother by the celebrated Marxist writer Maxim Gorky ...
Plot: assassin, socialist, protest march, communism, murder of mother, russian soldier, death of husband, demonstration, father son relationship, suicide, jail, informant ...
Place: russia, siberia, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In late 1930s Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Continis are a leading family: wealthy, aristocratic, and urbane; they are also Jewish. Their adult children, Micol and Alberto, gather a diverse circle of friends for tennis and parties at their villa with ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: fascism, world war two, holocaust, anti semitism, family relations, tennis, family life, wartime life, life is a bitch, brother sister relationship, uncle niece relationship, unrequited love ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: italy, europe, africa, israel, germany ...
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54%
The Olympic Summer (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, Sport, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In 1936 Nazi Germany, a young,innocent apprentice, full of Olympic fever, leaves his rural village to see the ceremonies in Berlin. Upon arriving in the capitol, he meets a widow and a relationship blossoms. They spend an idyllic summer at her ...
Style: pre war, allegory
Plot: nazi, death, apprentice, politics, homosexual, innocence, butcher, prison, friend, naivete, olympics, post war ...
Time: 1930s
Place: berlin germany
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53%
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In the Fog (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Netherlands, Belarus, Russia, Latvia
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation. A man is wrongly accused of collaboration. Desperate to save his dignity, he faces an impossible moral choice.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: false accusation, world war two, nazi occupation, moral dilemma, danger, life is a bitch, wartime life, survival, human nature, resistance fighter, collaboration, war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942
Place: russia, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Under the North Star II (2010)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Akseli Koskela returns from prison and tries to learn living again. He's not allowed to take part in politics anymore, but he sees a lot of injustice around him. He raises a family with his wife Elina while another war is around the corner...
Style: family saga, epic
Plot: village, farmer, hate, grudge, death, funeral, dying, soldier, death of father, family history, male female relationship, countryside ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s
Place: finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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The Birthday (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The four sequences in the film cover four days in a life of young Warsaw lad in September 1938, 1939, 1943 and 1944. In the first sequence Jurek decides not to study in the Sorbonne but enlists in a Polish military school instead. In the second ...
Plot: female director, bribe, military school, patriotism, tragic event, librarian, ruins, wedding, german army, soldier, rich, male female relationship ...
Time: year 1939, year 1943, 1930s, year 1944, 1940s ...
Place: warsaw poland, poland
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47%
A Bag of Marbles (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Canada, Czech Republic
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In occupied France, Maurice and Joseph, two young Jewish brothers left to their own devices demonstrate an incredible amount of cleverness, courage, and ingenuity to escape the enemy invasion and to try to reunite their family once again.
Style: suspense, psychological, captivating, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: ss, nazi, holocaust, brother brother relationship, jewish, nazi occupation, german soldier, world war two, danger, soldier, military, murder of family ...
Time: 1940s
Place: paris france, nice france, france
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46%
Attack and Retreat (1964)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, Soviet Union
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Beautifully photographed and lyrically written, this largely factual account of Mussolini's disastrous invasion of Russia during World War II tells the story of an Italian regiment through the eyes of a farmer from Emilia, a plumber from Rome, ...
Plot: eastern front, world war two, italian army, nazism, courage, train, execution, hostage, invasion, italian soldier, partisan, cold weather ...
Time: year 1942, year 1941, 1940s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Assisi Underground (1985)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: This film sheds light on the role of the Catholic Church and the people of Assisi in rescuing Italian Jews from the Nazis in 1943.
Plot: monk, mother superior, friendship, stock footage, jewish, nazi, catholic church, bishop, nun, monastery, nazi occupation, world war two
Time: 1940s
Place: italy
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45%
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Lesson of a Dead Language (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An officer stationed in a remote Galician outpost at the end of the First World War is dying of consumption. Suffering from feverish dreams and hallucinations, he begins to collect religious art and attends seances.
Plot: tuberculosis, hotel, death, polish, pursuit, holocaust, forest, australian, jewish, lieutenant, world war one, dying ...
Time: 1940s, 1910s
Place: poland
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45%
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The Cardinal (1963)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Naziism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, family relations, church, bishop, racism, bigotry, abortion, priest, ku klux klan, catholic priest, life is a bitch, politics ...
Place: italy, vienna, boston, rome italy, georgia
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44%
Countdown to War (1989)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Based on a play, the story details the dramatic negotiations between UK, France, Poland, Nazi-Germany and USSR from the day Czechoslovakia fell, until Britain's declaration of war on Germany caused by Hitler's invasion of Poland.
Plot: dictator, ambassador, nazi germany, negotiation, nazi occupation, politics, world war two, ultimatum, deception, surrender, hitler, advisor ...
Place: czechoslovakia, poland, ussr
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43%
The Official Story (1985)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Argentina
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.
Style: captivating, sincere, suspenseful, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, politics, family relations, uncover truth, society, parents and children, haunted by the past, political unrest, state affairs, missing person, secret, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, bolivia, spain
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42%
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Ireland, UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Enemy at the Gates is a war film from Jean-Jacques Annaud from 2001 that takes place during the battle of Stalingard in World War II between the Russians and the Germans.
Style: serious, bleak, suspenseful, rough, exciting ...
Plot: sniper, world war two, war, military, nazism, friendship, heroes, assassination, battle zone, trap, elimination, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: russia, soviet union, germany, poland
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41%
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1944 (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Estonia, Finland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The events of the war in 1944, from the Blue Hills to Sõrve Peninsula. Shown through the eyes of Estonian soldiers who had to pick sides and fight against fellow brothers. Choices have to be made, not only by the soldiers, but also by their loved ...
Style: tense, psychological, captivating, suspense
Plot: eastern front, world war two, soldier, german army, attack, retreat, battles, military, friendship, rivalry, courage, airplane ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s
Place: estonia, europe, soviet union
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41%
Fall of the Innocent (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
Duration: 126 min.
Story: With the Nazi takeover of Europe underway, the Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich arrives in Prague and his underlings begin enforcing his authority in the towns and villages across the occupied country. In Lidice, the film's main protagonist, ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, emotional, serious, bleak
Plot: world war two, assassination, holocaust, mass murder, nazi occupation, wartime life, heroic mission, life is a bitch, genocide, haunted by the past, social relations, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942
Place: czechoslovakia, czech republic, prague
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41%
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The Grey Zone (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkomando Jews – who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow-Jews – find themselves in a moral grey zone.
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, factual, depressing ...
Plot: holocaust, rebellion, survival, world war two, concentration camp, nazi, anti semitism, redemption, smuggling, against humanity, human spirit, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1944
Place: europe, poland, germany, budapest, budapest hungary ...
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40%
Burnt by the Sun 2: Intercession (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 181 min.
Story: Epic film about WWII, a sequel to Utomlyonnye solntsem (1994). Evil Stalin is terrorizing people of Russia while the Nazis are advancing. Russian officer Kotov, who miraculously survived the death sentence in Stalin's Purge, is now fighting in ...
Style: gloomy, atmospheric, epic, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: world war two, military life, battles, family relations, wartime life, military, soldier, war, dishonesty, danger, life is a bitch, state affairs ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943, year 1941
Place: russia
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38%
 7.4
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Little Boy (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sweet, semi serious ...
Plot: world war two, war, wartime life, against the odds, spirituality, faith, little boy, kids in trouble, wartime, survival, courage, family ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: usa, japan, hiroshima japan
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38%
Let Joy Reign Supreme (1975)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: France, 1719. Louis 14th died four years ago, Philippe d'Orleans is the regent. He is a liberal and a libertine. His right-hand man, Dubois, an atheistic and cupid priest, as libertine as Philippe, tries to take advantage of a little rebellion ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: conspiracy, intrigue, politics, rebellion, battles, revolution, scandal, amputation, cannibal, priest, prisoner, deportation ...
Time: 18th century
Place: france, europe, england, spain, paris france ...
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37%
The Tobacconist (2018)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Austria, Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Vienna, 1937, on the eve of the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany. The young and inexperienced Franz Huchel begins to learn about both the joys and hardships of life by working as an apprentice to the mutilated war veteran Otto Trsnjek in a ...
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, atmospheric
Plot: psychiatrist, political repression, friendship, world war two, nazi occupation, historical figure, friends, danger, wartime life, rivalry, society, european history ...
Time: 1930s, year 1938, 20th century
Place: vienna, central europe
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37%