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Pope Joan (2009)
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Pope Joan
Original name: Die Päpstin
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, UK, Italy, Spain
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A 9th century woman of English extraction born in the German city of Ingelheim disguises herself as a man and rises through the Vatican ranks.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: clergy, hidden identity, destiny, vatican, pope, gender bending, religions or cults, society, gender, monk, rise to the top, ambition, cross dressing, monastery, idealism, impossible love, empowerment, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, rivalry, unfulfillment, power relations, healing power, bishop ...
Time: middle ages
Place: germany, europe, italy, rome italy
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The Pillars of the Earth
Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Germany, Canada, UK
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Drama, Romance
Italy
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 8.5
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and captivating films with plots about society, love and romance, couples, romance, dishonesty, unfulfillment and power relations mostly in Drama, Romance and History genres. Some movies like Pope Joan: Vision (2009), The Whore (2010), Moll Flanders (1996), Swann in Love (1984), Meteora (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Pope Joan
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Based on the medieval legend of Pope Joan, who was made Pope for a brief period around 855 A.D. The movie presents her existence as fact, though it is questionable that Pope Joan really did exist, and portrays her relationships with other notables ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, atmospheric
Plot: clergy, hidden identity, rise to the top, gender bending, religions or cults, society, pope, gender, legends and myths, ambition, dishonesty, power relations ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe
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Vision
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Hildegard von Bingen was truly a woman ahead of her time. A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed 12th-century Benedictine nun was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, emotional, captivating, sincere
Plot: clergy, prodigy, monastery, against the rules, feminism, religions or cults, gender, hopes, society, power relations, human nature, idealism ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: europe, germany, rome italy
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System:   91%
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The Whore
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Austria, Hungary
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Constance, 1410. Marie, daughter of the richest bourgeois of the city, is on the eve of marrying a prestigious lawyer, son of an earl. Although the compromise fills with pride the girl's father, anxious to ennoble, Marie is not just convinced ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: prostitute, clergy, religions or cults, church, life is a bitch, society, state affairs, council, bisexual, monk, prophecy, execution ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe, germany
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Moll Flanders
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The daughter of a thief, young Moll is placed in the care of a nunnery after the execution of her mother. However, the actions of an abusive priest lead Moll to rebel as a teenager, escaping to the dangerous streets of London. Further misfortunes ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating, touching ...
Plot: prostitute, prostitution, literature, period piece, self discovery, destiny, adaptation, rich and poor, romance, childhood, society, book ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, victorian, 1700s
Place: england, london, europe, britain
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Swann in Love
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Swann (Jeremy Irons), an eligible bachelor in the best circles of fin-de-siècle Paris, has also some more vulgar but rich friends, the Verdurins. Through them he meets Odette (Ornella Muti), a courtesan, with whom he falls hopelessly in love. She ...
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, sexual, neurotic
Plot: femme fatale, gays and lesbians, romance, prostitute, obsession, rise to the top, couple relations, destructive relationship, infidelity, love affair, love triangle, sexual relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: europe, france, egypt, paris france, italy
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Meteora
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Greece, France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In a monastery set on the top of sandstone pillars young monk Theodoros and nun Urania find themselves physically drawn to one and other after devoting their lives to the strict rituals and practises of the monasteries. Below them the eternal cycle ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, emotional, light
Plot: forbidden love, monastery, religions or cults, love and romance, society, love affair, pubic hair, bare breasts, candle, female nudity, blood, kiss ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe, greece
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Stealing Heaven
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, Yugoslavia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Abelard, a famous teacher of philosophy at the cathedral school of Notre Dame, falls in love with one of his students, Héloïse d'Argenteuil. A sixteen-year old girl raised in a convent, Héloïse has an intellectual curiosity and rebels ...
Style: serious, sexual, realistic, sexy, captivating ...
Plot: tragic love, convent, love and romance, society, romance, couples, pregnancy, clergy, nun, theology, religions or cults, fall in love ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: europe, france, paris france
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System:   47%
    User:   51%
 
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Night Sun
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Based on Leo Tolstoy's novel, Father Sergius, Night Sun stars Julian Sands as Sergio, a nobleman in 18th-century Italy who is expected to marry a duchess, Nastassja Kinski. Upon learning that she was previously the King's mistress, Sergio ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, atmospheric, gloomy
Plot: human nature, introspection, redemption, society, downfall, couple relations, social differences, religions or cults, hopes, couples, life is a bitch, solitude ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: europe, italy, naples italy
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The Other Boleyn Girl
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Based on the controversial novel by Philippa Gregory, "The Other Boleyn Girl" is a fictionalised account of the life of Lady Mary Boleyn (Natascha McElhone) who becomes mistress to England's king, Henry VIII (Jared Harris), before ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: betrayal, blind ambition, royal court, romance, intrigue, infidelity, palaces castles and temples, uninhibited rivalry, pregnancy, love triangle, mistress, sister ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: england, europe
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System:   40%
    User:   42%
 
Torrents of Spring
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Italy
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In 1840, a young Russian aristocrat, Dimitri Sanin, is returning home after a long tour of Europe. In Germany, he falls in love with a beautiful pastry shop girl, Gemma Rosselli, who soon starts sharing his feelings. They decide to get married and, ...
Style: serious, clever, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: master and servant, crumbling marriage, forbidden love, romance, estate, store, infidelity, love triangle, love affair, tragic love, true love, cinderella story ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, germany, russia
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System:   39%
    User:   41%
 
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Camila
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In Buenos Aires of the 1840s, a young Jesuit and a wealthy socialite fall in love and begin a torrid affair. They escape from the city, and, in disguise, set up house in a village, assuming they are safe and beyond the cares of anyone. However, both ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, romance, love affair, tragic love, village, love and romance, small town, society, couples, clergy, hidden identity, intrigue ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina
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    User:   41%
 
In Memory of Me
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Investigates the life a young man who has decided to enter a Jesuit monastery in Venice, but is then overcome by agonizing doubts before his ordination.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: clergy, monastery, introspection, religions or cults, society, power relations, starting over, teaching the ways of the world, hopes, misfit, lifestyle, monk ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, venice, italy
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    User:   34%
 
Romeo and Juliet
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Director Franco Zeffirelli's beloved version of one of the most well-known love stories in the English language. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families. Driven by their passion, the young ...
Style: romantic, emotional, sweet, colourful, classic literature ...
Audience: date night
Plot: shakespeare's romeo and juliet, tragic love, forbidden love, love, shakespeare, romance, love and romance, family feud, love story, young lovers, true love, secret love ...
Time: 1930s
Place: italy, europe, new york, england
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Lola
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: West Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Germany in the autumn of 1957: Lola, a seductive cabaret singer-prostitute exults in her power as a temptress of men, but she wants out—she wants money, property, and love. Pitting a corrupt building contractor against the new straight-arrow ...
Style: realistic, stylized, tense, clever, serious ...
Plot: prostitution, performer's life, relationships, obsession, greed, idealism, loneliness, redemption, runaway, german, marriage, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, bavaria
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    User:   35%
 
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Vanity Fair
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: This faithful BBC adaptation once again brings William Makepeace Thackeray's classic satirical novel to the screen. Becky Sharp (Natasha Little) is a beautiful, clever and poor girl determined to earn a higher place in society at any cost. The ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, sincere, witty ...
Plot: blind ambition, romance, rise to the top, couple relations, rich and poor, social differences, life turned upside down, ambition, dishonesty, orphan, society, couples ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: england, europe, london
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    User:   29%
 
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M. Butterfly
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.
Style: erotic, serious, enigmatic, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: opera, betrayal, romance, espionage, culture clash, cross dressing, adultery, politics, obsession, destiny, fall in love, actor's life ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: china, asia, europe, france, tokyo ...
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The Pillars of the Earth
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Germany, Canada, UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Pillars of the Earth is an eight-part 2010 TV miniseries, adapted from Ken Follett's novel of the same name.
Style: epic, stylized, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: greed, witch, ambition, medieval, civil war, imagination, love and romance, book, fantasy world, adaptation, betrayal, romance ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london
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System:   33%
    User:   37%
 
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Othello
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The evil Iago pretends to be friend of Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own end in the film version of this Shakespeare classic.
Style: serious, tense, realistic, dramatic, interesting ...
Plot: betrayal, shakespeare, murder, vengeance, racism, tragedy, revenge, friends, manipulation, friendship, adaptation, interracial romance ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 18th century, 1930s
Place: europe, venice, italy, england, mediterranean sea
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System:   33%
    User:   29%
 
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Leon Morin, Priest
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In World War II, the widow Barny sees the Italian soldiers arriving in occupied Saint Bernard while walking to her job. Barny lives with her daughter and works correcting tests and feels a great attraction toward her boss Sabine. When the Germans ...
Style: serious, talky, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: clergy, church, new wave, village, introspection, self discovery, unfulfilled love, wartime life, cause and meaning, religions or cults, hopes, society ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, france
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System:   33%
    User:   28%
 
The Crimson Petal and the White
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 274 min.
Story: Follow Sugar into the underbelly of Victorian London seething with vitality, sexuality, ambition and emotion.
Style: serious, captivating, biting, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: prostitute, rise and fall, couple relations, rich and poor, love affair, social differences, social decay, society, couples, power relations, life is a bitch, mentally unstable ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era, 1880s
Place: england, europe, london
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System:   33%
    User:   33%
 
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Romeo & Juliet
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In Verona, bad blood between the Montague and Capulet families leads to much bitterness. Despite the hostility, Romeo Montague manages an invitation to a masked ball at the estate of the Capulets and meets Juliet, their daughter. The two are ...
Style: touching, romantic, sentimental, dramatic, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: tragic love, shakespeare's romeo and juliet, shakespeare, young lovers, forbidden love, true love, star crossed lovers, family feud, uninhibited rivalry, parents and children, family relations, romance ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: italy, europe
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System:   33%
    User:   28%
 
The Wings of the Dove
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Kate is secretly betrothed to a struggling journalist, Merton Densher. But she knows her Aunt Maude will never approve of the match, since Kate's deceased mother has lost all her money in a marriage to a degenerate opium addict. When Kate meets ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: romance, love, manipulation, love triangle, greed, betrayal, period piece, death, art, love story, marriage, nudity (topless - notable) ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 19th century, 1920s, edwardian era
Place: england, london, europe, italy
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System:   32%
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Before the Revolution
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The study of a youth on the edge of adulthood and his aunt, ten years older. Fabrizio is passionate, idealistic, influenced by Cesare, a teacher and Marxist, engaged to the lovely but bourgeois Clelia, and stung by the drowning of his mercurial ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, sentimental
Plot: idealism, introspection, romance, rebelliousness, communism, self discovery, love affair, coming of age, love and romance, rebellion, society, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, europe
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System:   31%
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The Remains of the Day
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A rule bound head butler's world of manners and decorum in the household he maintains is tested by the arrival of a housekeeper who falls in love with him in post-WWI Britain. The possibility of romance and his master's cultivation of ties ...
Style: emotional, touching, clever, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: romance, british, butler, master and servant, jewish, nazi, loyalty, period piece, friendship, world politics, love story, boss and employee ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: england, europe, germany, britain
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System:   31%
    User:   25%
 
Within the Convent
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A zealous, handsome priest, who is the confessor for a convent full of women, encourages the equally zealous abbess of the institution to enforce strict rules on these unfortunate women. At the same time, a particularly disturbed nun manages to ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, sexual, emotional
Plot: convent, strong sexual content, clergy, gays and lesbians, prison, innocence lost, mental institution, forbidden love, looking for sex, church, love affair, scandal ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy
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System:   31%
    User:   26%
 
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The Promise
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, France, Switzerland
Duration: 115 min.
Story: East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, who remains behind. From then on, and for the next 28 years, ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, sentimental, harsh ...
Plot: politics, romance, couple relations, german, impossible love, political, solitude, depression, love affair, classic car, finnish, love story ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 1960s
Place: germany, europe, prague, japan, german democratic republic
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System:   31%
    User:   27%
 
Great Expectations
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Loosely based on the Charles Dickens' classic novel, "Great Expectations" is a sensual tale of a young man's unforgettable passage into manhood, and the three individuals who will undeniably change his life forever. Through the ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, destiny, artist, obsession, childhood, love, love story, adaptation, orphan, literature, book, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s, 18th century, 19th century
Place: florida, usa, new york
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System:   30%
    User:   27%
 
Love Unto Death
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Elisabeth and Simon have been deeply in love for two months when Simon momentarily dies, but comes back to life. Simon does not want any further medical tests, but the couple are forced to grapple with the possibility of his death. They eventually ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, surreal, thought provoking, emotional ...
Plot: dealing with death, introspection, romance, couple relations, love affair, tragic love, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, clergy, destiny, religions or cults ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, france
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System:   29%
    User:   34%
 

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Albert Nobbs
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland, France, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man, so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most posh hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape ...
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Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Father Greg Pilkington is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church. Upon hearing the confession of a young girl of her incestuous father, Greg enters an ...
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