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Mephisto (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, Hungary, Austria
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and friends flee or are ground under by the Nazi terror, the popularity of his character supercedes his own existence until he finds that his best performance is keeping up appearances for his Nazi patrons.
Style: tense, serious, disturbing, realistic, biting, bleak, dramatic, harsh, cerebral, talky ...
Plot: career, ambition, actor's life, treason, downfall, politics, rise and fall, pact with the devil, spectacle, demon, infidelity, german, political unrest, showbiz, state affairs, nazi, artists and showbiz, blind ambition, human nature, introspection, society, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, morality, nazi germany ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, hamburg germany, paris france

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, disturbing and tense films with plots about society, politics, life is a bitch, state affairs, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment and culture clash mostly in Drama, History and War genres. Some movies like Mephisto: Hanussen (1988), Colonel Redl (1985), The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978), Man of Marble (1977), Marianne & Juliane (1981). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Hanussen (1988)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Hungary, West Germany, Austria
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of empathy and of clairvoyance, such that could aid ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: uncover truth, nazism, assassination, clairvoyant, clairvoyance, hypnosis, idealism, moral dilemma, war, rebelliousness, society, state affairs ...
Time: 20s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: germany, berlin germany
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95%
 7.7
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Colonel Redl (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, West Germany
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Set during the fading glory of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the film tells of the rise and fall of Alfred Redl, an ambitious young officer who proceeds up the ladder to become head of the Secret Police only to become ensnared in political deception.
Style: cynical, serious, realistic, clever, witty ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, treason, military officer, espionage, soldier, military, betrayal, political unrest, homosexuality, war, politics, dishonesty ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: austria, europe, germany, czech republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Near the end of World War II, Maria marries Hermann, who is immediately sent off to battle. When the war concludes, Maria believes that Hermann is dead. She starts working at an Allied bar, where she meets American soldier Bill. They start a ...
Style: emotional, surreal, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, marriage, soldier, materialism, post war, human nature, german, empowerment, penitentiary, black market, wartime life, romance ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1954, year 1946 ...
Place: germany, europe, west germany, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Man of Marble (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Man of Marble is a Polish film about a student making a film about a bricklayer who was once idolized. She interviews people who knew him and finds old footage that lead to an unfolding mystery that causes her producer to cancel the project.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: filmmaker, communism, politics, idealism, friendship, pregnancy, working class, injustice, eviction, testimony, human nature, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: poland, europe, tokyo, japan, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Marianne & Juliane (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Germany, 1968: The priest's daughters Marianna and Juliane both fight for changes in society, like making abortion legal. However their means are totally different: while Juliane's committed as a reporter, her sister joins a terroristic ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: politics, feminism, terrorism, journalism, rebelliousness, siblings relations, rebellion, society, family relations, gang, chaos and mayhem, state affairs ...
Time: 70s
Place: germany, europe, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.5
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Burning Secret (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Burning Secret is a 1988 drama film, based on the short story Brennendes Geheimnis by Stefan Zweig, about an American diplomat's son who befriends a mysterious baron while staying at an Austrian spa during the 1920s. The film was written and ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: infidelity, love affair, parents and children, romance, love and romance, couples, couple relations, friendship, fall in love, dishonesty, unfulfillment, family problems ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.6
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Mindwalk (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A US politician visits his poet friend in Mont. St. Michael, France. While walking through the medieval island discussing their philosophies of life they happen upon Sonja, a scientist in recluse, who joins in their conversation. The two men listen ...
Style: talky, psychological, serious, clever, tense ...
Plot: politics, society, island, isolation, writer's life, human nature, introspection, friendship, dialogue driven, artists and showbiz, philosophy, friends ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Singing the Blues in Red (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, West Germany, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Persona Non Grata in his homeland, protest singer Klaus Drittemann must leave East Berlin, his wife and child and emigrate to West Berlin, where the representatives of an American record company are eagerly waiting for him. They plan to exploit his ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: politics, berlin wall, singer, journalist, musician's life, rock, idealism, urban ghetto, innocence lost, introspection, social differences, culture clash ...
Place: east germany, england, europe, germany, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Frau Kusters is preparing dinner late one seemingly ordinary afternoon in her seemingly ordinary kitchen in Frankfurt, Germany. Mrs. Kusters wants to add canned sausages to the stew, her annoying daughter-in-law thinks otherwise. The point, we soon ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, dark humor, cynical ...
Plot: suicide, widow, death of father, working class, communist, class differences, media manipulation, politics, society, journalism, parent child relationship, anarchist ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, germany, frankfurt germany, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
A Very Private Affair (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A gorgeous teen, Jill, resides in Switzerland with her mother and harbors feelings for the handsome Fabio, an older man who is married to one of her friends. Growing restless, Jill moves to Paris to pursue ballet, but instead finds success and fame ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, stylized, witty ...
Plot: actor's life, showbiz, paparazzi, human nature, celebrity culture, romance, artists and showbiz, best friends, dancer's life, desire for fame, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Joy of Learning (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Night after night, not long before dawn, two young adults, Patricia and Emile, meet on a sound stage to discuss learning, discourse, and the path to revolution. Scenes of Paris's student revolt, the Vietnam War, and other events of the late ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, talky, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: revolution, politics, repression, young heroes, idealism, rebelliousness, culture clash, political unrest, fighting the system, society, human spirit, introspection ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, paris france, cuba, vietnam ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.3
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Julia (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: friends, friendship, politics, writer's life, playwright, love and romance, political unrest, against the odds, nazi, train, friendship between women, border ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, austria, berlin germany, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Guilty by Suspicion (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This compelling story vividly recreates Hollywood's infamous 'Blacklist Era'. The witch-hunt has begun and director David Merrill can revive his stalled career by testifying against friends who are suspected communists. Merrill's ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, cold war, fighting the system, self discovery, dishonesty, hollywood, society, family life, gangsters, legal action, introspection, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: california, europe, france, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Max (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Hungary, Canada, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In 1918, a young, disillusioned Adolph Hitler strikes up a friendship with a Jewish art dealer while weighing a life of passion for art vs. talent at politics
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, talky, thought provoking ...
Plot: infidelity, controversy, anti semitism, friendship, self discovery, political unrest, racism, ambition, society, politics, state affairs, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s ...
Place: europe, germany, munich germany, vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
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Payday (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A cynical look at the life of a not so nice country-western singer, Maury Dann - played by Rip Torn in one of his most memorable performances. He ruthlessly manipulates every one around him to suit his selfish needs...he even gets his limo driver to ...
Style: serious, biting, realistic, talky, clever ...
Plot: infidelity, friendship, country, musician's life, on the road, performer's life, rehabilitation, music, rise and fall, rising to stardom, addiction, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 70s
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the 1920s, the rights of American workers to join a labor union was still considered an open question, and African-Americans were routinely denied their civil and economic rights. 10,000 Black Men Named George, the title, refers to the fact ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: labor union, rise to the top, boss and employee, interracial relations, discrimination, price of justice, racism, showbiz, social decay, workplace situations, injustice, fighting the system ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 1930s, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.9
 154
Jew-Boy Levi (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Switzerland, Austria
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Benjamin Levi (Bruno Cathomas) is a Bavarian cattle dealer traveling to pre-World War II Germany on his annual trip to a remote farming village. Levi hopes to do some business and, more importantly, win the hand of the lovely Lisbeth (Caroline ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: anti semitism, life turned upside down, village, injustice, countryside, society, survival, social differences, isolation, village life, wartime life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 30s
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.4
 262
Katherine (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A harrowing look at the 60s and early 70s through the eyes of Katherine Alman, a wealthy debutante who slowly, but inexorably spirals down into a fight for the causes that shook a nation, leading a path to the underground life. Written by Miguel Cane
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: politics, revolution, rebellion, society, state affairs, fighting the system, political unrest, teenage life, life is a bitch, militant, female protagonist, bomb ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: guatemala
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Cradle Will Rock (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A true story of politics and art in the 1930s USA, centered around a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.
Style: talky, clever, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: ventriloquist, politics, artist, communism, congress, actor's life, celebrity culture, injustice, artists and showbiz, society, rich and poor, racism ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Veronika Voss (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In Munich 1955, German film star Veronika Voss becomes a drug addict at the mercy of corrupt Dr. Marianne Katz, who keeps her supplied with morphine. After meeting sports writer Robert Krohn, Veronika begins to dream of a return to stardom. As the ...
Style: stylized, serious, gloomy, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: movie star, addiction, hopes, german, love and romance, doctor, alcohol, life is a bitch, actor's life, soldier, journalism, drug abuse ...
Time: 80s, 1930s, 1950s
Place: germany, munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
I Only Want You to Love Me (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of the young man Peter, who grew up during the economic miracle, bereft of parental care and love. Learning early on that interpersonal relationships are based on the principles of exchange or purchase, he abides by these rules and gives ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, unlikely criminals, looking for love, small town, crime, down on your luck, murder, estrangement, crimes, family problems, mentally unstable, human nature ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, germany, munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.1
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Amazon Falls (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Amazon Falls tells the story of a faded B-movie actress JANA who refuses to let go of her dream of being a star. Famous for her roles in Amazon movies where she portrayed a variety of pre-Xena warrior-princesses, she desperately tries to keep her ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic
Plot: actor's life, desire for fame, hollywood, showbiz, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, downfall, aging, human nature, ambition, lifestyle, blonde ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Herr Raab is a technical draftsman. His wife pushes him to seek a promotion, which may be a long shot after he gives a dull and tipsy toast at an office dinner. But why would Herr Raab run amok?
Style: dark humor, bleak, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: colleague, uxoricide, murder, unlikely criminals, obsession, success, married couple, attempted murder, crime, boss and employee, small town, dull life ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Scarlet Diva (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A young Italian actress embarks on a self-destructive spree of sex, drugs and other excess while doing some soul searching to find the path for redemption.
Style: serious, sexual, realistic, stylized
Plot: surrealism, lesbian, actor's life, pregnancy, downfall, couple relations, unsimulated sex, sex, sexual relations, tragic love, addiction, celebrity culture ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, europe, los angeles, france, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Ivans xtc. (To Live and Die in Hollywood) (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Update on Leo Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," set in contemporary Hollywood.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: hollywood, agent, skinny dipping, rise and fall, uncover truth, showbiz, ambition, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, human nature, introspection, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
A Man for All Seasons (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Story of Sir Thomas More, who refused to accept the spiritual leadership of Henry VIII, and faces death as he struggles to remain loyal to his integrity.
Style: captivating, talky, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: betrayal, clergy, against the rules, integrity, royal court, ego clash, intrigue, uninhibited rivalry, royal family, fighting the system, politics, rivalry ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.4
 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: serious, tense, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: black panthers, racism, militant, politics, rebelliousness, revolution, interracial relations, political unrest, injustice, fighting the system, law enforcement, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Dangerous Game (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A New York film director, working on his latest movie in Los Angeles, begins to reflect the actions in his movie and real life, especially when he begins an affair with the lead actress.
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: filmmaking, drug abuse, divorce, obsession, infidelity, actor's life, crumbling marriage, downfall, redemption, human nature, hollywood, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: israel, california, los angeles, middle east, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.7
 1K
Fuehrer Ex (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ingo Hasselbach, whose parents were Communist Party members in East Germany during his childhood, has lived at both ends of the political seesaw. The question of how people reach a change of heart is a profound one; Hasselbach describes the external ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, fascism, violence, friendship, innocence lost, obsession, berlin wall, escape, prison life, kids in trouble, politics, society ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, germany, german democratic republic, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.1
 22K
The Conformist (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, surreal, stylized, sexual ...
Plot: fascism, assassination, mental institution, politics, assassin, honeymoon, exile, neo noir, introspection, moral dilemma, haunted by the past, political unrest ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: italy, europe, france, paris france, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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