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Mephisto (1981)
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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, biting, suspense, realistic, disturbing, bleak, gloomy, dramatic, harsh ...
Plot: nazi germany, treason, ambition, actor's life, career, pact with the devil, german, world war two, politics, life is a bitch, infidelity, artists and showbiz, rise and fall, blind ambition, society, human nature, political unrest, introspection, downfall, showbiz, state affairs, unfulfillment, nazism, demon, spectacle ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, paris france, hamburg germany

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and talky films with plots about society, runaway, culture clash, catastrophe, suprisingly clever, life is a bitch and storytelling mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like Mephisto: Hanussen (1988), Colonel Redl (1985), Man of Marble (1977), The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), Julia (1977). 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: realistic, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: hypnosis, assassination, clairvoyant, nazism, uncover truth, world war one, distopia, battles, a vision, oracle, totalitarianism, war ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 1930s
Place: germany, berlin germany
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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: witty, clever, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Plot: espionage, soldier, military, treason, gays and lesbians, military officer, betrayal, state affairs, war, dishonesty, political unrest, world war one ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: austria, czech republic, germany, europe
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75%
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: realistic, emotional, serious, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: heroes, working class, friendship, politics, eviction, injustice, testimony, idealism, pregnancy, ex husband ex wife relationship, father daughter relationship, filmmaker ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 1950s
Place: poland, europe, tokyo, japan, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
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, psychological, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, marriage, world war two, love triangle, post war, romance, rise to the top, lovers reunited, couples, human nature, survival, couple relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: germany, europe, west germany, berlin germany, canada
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62%
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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, atmospheric, realistic, factual, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, politics, political unrest, friends, against the odds, writer's life, female bonding, female protagonist, smuggling, fascism, culture clash, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 1950s, 50s ...
Place: germany, europe, austria, berlin germany, london ...
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62%
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, disturbing, serious, realistic, entertaining ...
Plot: artist, congress, politics, communism, injustice, society, actor's life, racism, rich and poor, celebrity culture, power relations, ventriloquist ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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56%
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: hollywood, death, introspection, uncover truth, rise and fall, ambition, showbiz, human nature, drug abuse, life is a bitch, self destruction, skinny dipping ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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52%
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The Ogre (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Frenchman Abel Tiffauges likes children, and wants to protect them against the grown-ups. Falsely suspected as child molester, he's recruited as a soldier in the 2nd World War, but very soon he is taken prisoner of war.
Style: realistic, disturbing, contemplative, serious, touching ...
Plot: world war two, hitler youth, youth, castle, friendship, redemption, friends, sexual abuse, wartime life, kidnapping, introspection, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: year 1939, 1930s, 1940s
Place: france, germany, berlin germany, japan
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52%
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Jew Suss: Rise and Fall (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Germany, Austria
Duration: 114 min.
Story: This intricate historical drama tells the story of actor Ferdinand Marian (Tobias Moretti), who is ordered by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels to star in the 1940 anti-Semitic film Jew Suss. Despite his cooperation, Ferdinand's actions have ...
Style: realistic, captivating, factual, psychological, serious ...
Plot: nazi germany, anti semitism, propaganda, rise and fall, actor's life, filmmaking, showbiz, introspection, political unrest, politics, movie business, society ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: europe, austria, berlin germany
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51%
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, talky, depressing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, actor's life, lifestyle, family life, human nature, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.5
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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: thought provoking, disturbing, sincere, avant garde, realistic ...
Plot: anti semitism, controversy, rise to the top, self discovery, self fulfillment, friendship, lifestyle, abstract art, ambition, society, political unrest, obsession ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s ...
Place: europe, germany, munich germany, vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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: sexual, sexy, bleak, non-linear, atmospheric ...
Plot: fascism, assassination, politics, exile, honeymoon, childhood trauma, introspection, haunted by the past, state affairs, against humanity, society, deadly ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: paris france, italy, rome italy, france, europe
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48%
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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: suspense, thought provoking, biting, realistic, serious ...
Plot: countryside, social differences, wartime life, village life, village, anti semitism, survival, isolation, life is a bitch, society, life turned upside down, injustice ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: disturbing, thought provoking, captivating, tense, serious ...
Plot: labor union, interracial relations, rise to the top, ambition, fighting the system, injustice, social decay, rebellion, workplace, dishonesty, journalism, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s
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48%
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Lili Marleen (1981)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: West Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Lili Marleen is the story of a German singer named Wilkie who while working in Switzerland falls in love with a Jewish composer named Robert who’s family is helping people to flee from the Nazis. Roberts family is skeptical of Walkie thinking she ...
Style: clever, witty, cynical, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war two, nazi germany, nudity (full frontal - brief), anti semitism, unfulfillment, society, love and romance, artists and showbiz, state affairs, performer's life, life is a bitch, war ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, year 1938
Place: switzerland, berlin germany, germany, europe, poland ...
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47%
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Shame (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Ingmar Bergman's psychological study of how humans react in a situation of war. The film takes place on Gotland, where invasion forces arrives.
Style: psychological, bleak, biting, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: island, soldier, war, civil war, politics, betrayal, on the run, crumbling marriage, introspection, political unrest, survival, countryside ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: scandinavia, eastern europe, sweden, israel, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, tense, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: politics, society, isolation, island, writer's life, state affairs, lifestyle, liberal, friends, friendship, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Pawnbroker (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Jewish pawnbroker, a victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, psychological ...
Plot: holocaust, nazi, world war two, concentration camp, survival, self discovery, human nature, haunted by the past, against humanity, life is a bitch, holocaust survivor, loan shark ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, harlem ...
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47%
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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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: militant, racism, interracial relations, black panther party, black panthers, revolution, politics, fighting the system, dishonesty, society, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: vietnam, california, ireland
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46%
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Reunion (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, West Germany, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Two young boys from very different backgrounds become friends in 1933 Stuttgart. However, they don't realize how different they are until much later as one is the son of a well-to-do Jewish doctor and the other the son of a German aristocrat. ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: world war two, anti semitism, friendship, golden years, coming of age, confined, society, youth, against humanity, homecoming, holocaust, religions or cults ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s
Place: europe, germany
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46%
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: thought provoking, gloomy, atmospheric, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, pimp, prostitution, philosophy, free will, female protagonist, pinball machine, woman smoking cigarette, introspection, new wave, life is a bitch, artist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: paris france, france, tokyo, rome italy
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45%
Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Nelly leaves her lazy, unemployed husband to work for retired judge Mr Arnaud, forty years her senior, after he offers to clear her bills for her. While she types his memoirs the two develop a close friendship, but Arnaud becomes jealous when Nelly ...
Style: sexy, touching, sexual, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: friendship, love triangle, midlife crisis, human nature, infidelity, introspection, love affair, fall in love, couple relations, looking for love, romance, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 1920s
Place: europe, france, paris france, tokyo, california
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45%
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, rough, art house, melancholic, gloomy ...
Plot: filmmaking, obsession, addiction, lifestyle, redemption, life is a bitch, downfall, showbiz, human nature, husband wife relationship, drugs, divorce ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: israel, los angeles, california, middle east, usa ...
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44%
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Under the Volcano (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul living in alcoholic disrepair and obscurity in a small southern Mexican town in ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, realistic, depressing ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, alcoholic, dysfunctional family, depression, introspection, human nature, couples, estrangement, crumbling marriage, alcohol abuse, one day, greed ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s
Place: mexico, latin america
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44%
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
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44%
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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
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43%
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: serious, atmospheric, stylized, witty, contemplative ...
Plot: actor's life, paparazzi, showbiz, human nature, desire for fame, couple relations, celebrity culture, best friends, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, price of fame, fanatic ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, paris france, france
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43%
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The Door (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: This is a story of a special relationship between two women, a writer and her maid.
Style: realistic, serious, contemplative, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, society, master and servant, writer's life, rich and poor, strong female presence, power relations, maid, world war two, artists and showbiz, bonding, flashback ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: hungary
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43%
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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: sincere, psychological, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: unfulfillment, romance, love and romance, dishonesty, friendship, parents and children, couple relations, infidelity, fall in love, love affair, couples, family problems ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: austria, europe
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43%
Voyage of the Damned (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A luxury liner carries Jewish refugees from Hitler's Germany in a desperate fight for survival.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, anti semitism, cruise ship, ship, catastrophe, cruise, anti hero, family in danger, life is a bitch, against humanity, war ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: germany, cuba, europe, latin america, havana cuba ...
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43%