Movies like Pope Joan

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Pope Joan (2009)
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Pope Joan (2009)
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: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: cross dressing, impossible love, monk, monastery, ambition, vatican, pope, clergy, poisoning, knight, german, religions or cults, love and romance, gender bending, hopes, society, dishonesty, gender, rise to the top, bishop, idealism, rivalry, unfulfillment, hidden identity, healing power ...
Time: middle ages
Place: germany, italy, europe, rome italy

Most similar movies to Pope Joan

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and captivating films with plots about love and romance, society, romance, couples, unfulfillment, betrayal and fall in love mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like Pope Joan: The Whore (2010), Albert Nobbs (2011), Henry VIII (2003), Meteora (2012), In Memory of Me (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Whore (2010)
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: realistic, serious
Plot: prostitute, clergy, religions or cults, state affairs, life is a bitch, church, society, forced marriage, swimming, torture, poison, lesbian ...
Time: middle ages
Place: germany, europe
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100%
 5.5
 304
Pope Joan (1972)
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, atmospheric, realistic, captivating
Plot: pope, hidden identity, religions or cults, power relations, ambition, rise to the top, legends and myths, gender bending, dishonesty, clergy, society, gender ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 6.7
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Albert Nobbs (2011)
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 ...
Style: sincere, stylized, emotional, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: cross dressing, maid, gender, gender bending, hotel, master and servant, lesbian, hidden identity, butler, dishonesty, irish, hidden money ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, victorian era, 1800s, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 2K
Henry VIII (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 193 min.
Story: Henry VIII is a two-part British television movie produced principally by Granada Television for ITV. It chronicles the life of Henry VIII of England from the disintegration of his first marriage to an aging Spanish princess until his death ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: couple relations, clergy, intrigue, dishonesty, head of state, couples, royal family, religions or cults, betrayal, ambition, infidelity, rivalry ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, renaissance
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.2
 596
Meteora (2012)
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: serious, atmospheric, emotional, realistic, light
Plot: monastery, society, forbidden love, love affair, love and romance, religions or cults, bible quote, kiss, prayer, picnic, blood, impossible love ...
Time: middle ages
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
In Memory of Me (2007)
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: realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: monastery, starting over, misfit, introspection, hopes, teaching the ways of the world, power relations, religions or cults, society, lifestyle, clergy, novice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: venice, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.0
 607
Night Sun (1990)
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: realistic, atmospheric, serious, sincere, gloomy
Plot: solitude, couples, humble, religions or cults, social differences, introspection, healing power, human nature, society, convent, redemption, downfall ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Torrents of Spring (1989)
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: realistic, serious, clever, emotional, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: estate, love triangle, betrayal, forbidden love, society, store, social differences, true love, lovers reunited, tragic love, couples, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia, germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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The Other Boleyn Girl (2003)
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: serious, realistic, captivating, stylized
Plot: mistress, infidelity, sister, intrigue, love and romance, blind ambition, uninhibited rivalry, royal court, romance, state affairs, rise to the top, betrayal ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Before the Revolution (1964)
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: realistic, sentimental, serious, atmospheric
Plot: communism, rebelliousness, rebellion, moral dilemma, society, forbidden love, family relations, love affair, romance, love and romance, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
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Camila (1984)
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, tragic love, dishonesty, couples, pregnancy, village, hidden identity, small town life, clergy, intrigue, society, social differences ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Swann in Love (1984)
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: realistic, serious, gloomy, sexual, neurotic
Plot: obsession, prostitute, gay, jealousy, courtesan, power relations, dishonesty, couples, love affair, unfulfillment, society, tragic love ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: france, europe, egypt, paris france, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.1
 2K
Stella (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Barmaid Stella Claire and blueblood Stephen Dallas have very little in common -- except they've fallen in love. When their relationship fails, Stella decides to raise the child they had, Jenny, alone. But Jenny and Stella are far from the ...
Style: emotional, serious, sentimental, captivating, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: single parent, working class, pregnancy, society, breakup, love and romance, parents and children, family life, family problems, youth, starting over, moral dilemma ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.5
 5K
Lola (1981)
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: stylized, realistic, tense, sexual, gloomy ...
Plot: femme fatale, corruption, brothel, prostitution, society, showbiz, moral dilemma, cabaret, post war, idealism, power relations, righting the wronged ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, bavaria, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 4.7
 1K
Summer Lover (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ukraine
Duration: 88 min.
Story: On honeymoon on the island of Lesbos, a woman falls for the daughter of a Russian archaeologist.
Style: erotic, realistic, serious, melancholic, suspenseful ...
Plot: island, strong sexual content, tragic love, love triangle, dishonesty, betrayal, lesbian relationship, unfulfillment, gender, sexual relations, romance, impossible love ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: greece, europe, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Stealing Heaven (1988)
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: captivating, erotic, sexual, sexy, realistic ...
Plot: nun, convent, celibacy, pregnancy, theology, fall in love, love and romance, clergy, unfulfillment, romance, youth, couples ...
Time: 12th century, middle ages
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Girl and Death (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Netherlands, Russia, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The Girl and Death tells us the impossible love story of Nicolai and the courtesan Elise. A love obstructed by materialism, wealth and death threat.
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, emotional
Audience: girls' night
Plot: true love, materialism, impossible love, couples, romance, unfulfillment, love and romance, tragic love, death threat, hotel, love, physician ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.9
 412
Strangers (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Six days in the lives of an Israeli living in a kibbutz and a Palestinian living in Paris, which starts with an accidental meeting in the Berlin Subway during the World cup finals, will change them completely.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, touching
Plot: unfulfillment, love and romance, unfulfilled love, romance, life is a bitch, couples, dogma, friendship, impossible love, hopes, unlikely couple, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, germany, europe, berlin germany, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 6.9
 9K
Othello (1995)
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: tense, classic literature, melancholic, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: black man white woman relationship, betrayal, vengeance, tragic love, murder, racism, jealousy, shakespeare, love and romance, interracial relations, rivalry, couples ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 18th century, 1930s
Place: italy, europe, venice, mediterranean sea, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Moll Flanders (1996)
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: captivating, serious, atmospheric, touching, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, death of husband, shipwreck, evil priest, mother daughter reunion, love and romance, fall in love, rich and poor, romance, intrigue, self discovery, rise to the top ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 18th century, 1700s
Place: england, london, europe, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Hunchback (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary, Canada, Czech Republic
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Based on the novel, a young gypsy becomes a Minister's obsession in 1483. Only the bell ringer and her husband and the court of miracles can save her.
Style: emotional, serious, gothic, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: hunchback, clergy, forbidden love, obsession, fall in love, self discovery, friendship, misfit, society, dishonesty, social misfits, destructive relationship ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 1400s, renaissance
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Tengri: Blue Heavens (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, France, Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This is a love story set in the steppes of Central Asia of today. Temür a thirty year old Kazakh decides to start life again in his ancestral village in the Kyrghyz Mountains. He discovers soon after his arrival that he is a misfit in this ...
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, atmospheric
Plot: impossible love, violent husband, muslim, violence against women, unsupportive spouse, unfulfillment, hopes, couples, religions or cults, social relations, society, true love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.7
 546
The Promise (1994)
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, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: politics, romance, cliche, terminal illness, love and romance, love affair, fall in love, couple relations, unfulfillment, couples, political unrest, impossible love ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 1960s, 1920s
Place: germany, europe, prague, german democratic republic, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Movie in collections
 5.5
 2K
Umrao Jaan (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Bollywood film about the famous courtesan of the title. Aishwarya Rai stars in the lead role. The film is directed by J.P. Dutta and also stars Shabana Azmi, Sunil Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Divya Dutta, Himani Shivpuri and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.
Style: emotional, serious, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: kidnapping, love and romance, destiny, bollywood, impossible love, social differences, society, forbidden love, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, romance, prostitute ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Quasimodo, the hunchback bellringer of Notre Dame's cathedral meets a beautiful gypsy dancer, Esmeralda, and falls in love with her. So does Quasimodo's guardian, the archdeacon of the cathedral, and a poor street poet. But ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, emotional, psychological
Plot: soldier, tragic love, false accusation, psychopath, custody, supernatural ability, curses spells and rituals, social misfits, love affair, life is a bitch, destructive relationship, mental illness ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages, 1400s
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Metropolitan Archbishop Lakota of L'viv, freed after twenty years in the Soviet Gulag, travels to Rome where circumstances conspire to see him elevated to the Papacy. Inspired by the life story of Ukrainian Catholic Cardinal Josyf Slipyj,
Style: tense, epic, serious, realistic
Plot: pope, catholic church, vatican, rebelliousness, love triangle, politics, prison, religions or cults, revolution, escapades, obsessive quest, state affairs ...
Time: 60s
Place: china, europe, asia, soviet union, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Aimee & Jaguar (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Berlin 1943/44 ("The Battle of Berlin"). Felice, an intelligent and courageous Jewish woman who lives under a false name, belongs to an underground organization. Lilly, a devoted mother of four, though an occasional unfaithful wife, is ...
Style: emotional, serious, sexual, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: lesbian, gays and lesbians, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, fall in love, nazi, infidelity, deportation, concentration camp, true love, couples, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Wings of the Dove (1997)
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: serious, atmospheric, stylized, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: love triangle, forbidden love, power relations, couple relations, rich and poor, romance, betrayal, death, dishonesty, love and romance, fall in love, rise to the top ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, edwardian era, 19th century, 1920s
Place: england, london, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.8
 10K
Romeo & Juliet (2013)
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: romantic, touching, emotional, realistic, dramatic ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, true love, young lovers, family feud, star crossed lovers, tragic love, shakespeare, shakespeare's romeo and juliet, parents and children, uninhibited rivalry, family relations, love and romance ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Great Expectations (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Miss Havisham, a wealthy spinster who wears an old wedding dress and lives in the dilapidated Satis House, asks Pip's "Uncle Pumblechook" (who is actually Joe's uncle) to find a boy to play with her adopted daughter Estella. Pip ...
Style: emotional, captivating, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: orphan, generosity, love and romance, redemption, social differences, haunted by the past, rise to the top, hopes, unfulfilled love, benefactor, destiny, coming of age ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%