Movies like Pope Joan

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Pope Joan (2009)
 6.7
 8K
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: impossible love, ambition, cross dressing, clergy, monk, vatican, monastery, rise to the top, hidden identity, idealism, religions or cults, society, dishonesty, rivalry, healing power, empowerment, gender bending, bishop, strong female character, false identity, woman dressed as man, disguise, pope, poisoning, knight ...
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 serious, realistic, captivating and emotional films with plots about society, love and romance, dishonesty, couples, romance, religions or cults and betrayal mostly in Drama, Romance and History genres. Some movies like Pope Joan: Albert Nobbs (2011), Henry VIII (2003), The Whore (2010), Meteora (2012), In Memory of Me (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.7
 22K
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, touching, stylized, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: cross dressing, maid, gender, lesbian, master and servant, hotel, gender bending, hidden identity, butler, dishonesty, irish, woman dressed as man ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1890s, 1800s, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: atmospheric, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: pope, gender, society, clergy, legends and myths, rise to the top, ambition, religions or cults, power relations, hidden identity, dishonesty, gender bending ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 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: realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: ambition, royal family, romance, dishonesty, betrayal, infidelity, intrigue, rivalry, love and romance, uninhibited rivalry, state affairs, head of state ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, renaissance
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.4
 702
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: serious, sincere, suspense, realistic
Plot: prostitute, forced marriage, life is a bitch, society, clergy, male female relationship, brothel, investigation, rape, execution, revenge, religions or cults ...
Time: middle ages
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 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, realistic, atmospheric, emotional, light
Plot: monastery, religions or cults, love and romance, love affair, forbidden love, society, sex scene, religion, sign of the cross, nun, hair, love ...
Time: middle ages
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: monastery, starting over, society, lifestyle, misfit, hopes, teaching the ways of the world, clergy, introspection, religions or cults, power relations, novice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: venice, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: realistic, captivating, serious, stylized
Plot: mistress, infidelity, sister, intrigue, love and romance, uninhibited rivalry, blind ambition, royal court, love triangle, romance, rise to the top, state affairs ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.7
 2K
Quo Vadis (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Ancient Rome, during the time of Emperor Nero. Vinicius, a young patrician, falls in love with the beautiful Lygia, the daughter of a Barbarian commander who was killed in battle, and wants her for his concubine. For Lygia, a Christian, being a ...
Style: sincere, captivating, serious, epic
Plot: tragic love, ambition, rise to the top, heroic mission, fall in love, adventure, rivalry, society, state affairs, love and romance, master warrior, heroes ...
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
 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: atmospheric, sincere, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: solitude, convent, redemption, social differences, society, healing power, introspection, human nature, humble, downfall, couples, religions or cults ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.9
 1K
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: captivating, emotional, realistic, serious, cult film ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, tragic love, clergy, pregnancy, village, hidden identity, intrigue, small town, love and romance, village life, social differences, society ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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: serious, emotional, sentimental, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: pregnancy, working class, single parent, breakup, society, starting over, moral dilemma, parents and children, love and romance, family life, family problems, youth ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, serious, epic, realistic
Plot: catholic church, vatican, pope, politics, society, state affairs, rebelliousness, rebellion, leadership, revolution, political unrest, clergy ...
Time: 60s
Place: china, europe, soviet union, asia, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.3
 17K
Bel Ami (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Georges Duroy travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world ...
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, captivating, sexual
Plot: womanizer, older woman younger man relationship, manipulations, ambition, rise to the top, adultery, rich and poor, society, strong sexual content, dishonesty, journalist, male objectification ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 3K
The Bank (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The Bank, a world ripe with avarice and corruption, where O'Reilly and his ilk can thrive and honest Aussie battlers lose everything. Enter Jim Doyle a maverick mathematician who has devised a formula to predict the fluctuations of the stock ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, captivating, cynical, clever ...
Plot: fighting the system, computer genius, workplace, ambition, rise to the top, stock exchange, workplace situations, crimes, cons and scams, boss and employee, society, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Work and the Glory (2004)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: When Benjamin Steed and Mary Ann Steed relocate their family to upstate New York in the early 1800's, they unwittingly settle in a town divided along religious lines. After their new hired help turns out to be at the center of the uproar, each ...
Style: captivating, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: moral dilemma, introspection, love triangle, love affair, redemption, family problems, family life, society, religious, religious differences, bigotry, intolerance ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s, 1820s
Place: vermont, new york, usa, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Spain, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The Bridge of San Luis Rey is American author Thornton Wilder's second novel, first published in 1927 to worldwide acclaim. It tells the story of several interrelated people who die in the collapse of an Inca rope-fiber suspension bridge in ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: investigation, destiny, bridge, social decay, haunted by the past, clergy, survival, danger, life is a bitch, escapades, murder, royal family ...
Time: 18th century
Place: peru, latin america, spain, andes mountains
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 62K
Agora (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Spain, Malta, Bulgaria
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria and her relationship with her slave Davus, who is torn between his love for her and the possibility of gaining his freedom by joining the rising tide of Christianity.
Style: emotional, touching, stylized, sincere, epic ...
Plot: roman empire, master and servant, destiny, christianity, religions or cults, impossible love, love and romance, political unrest, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, power relations, fall in love ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: egypt, middle east, africa, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: touching, sentimental, emotional, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: life is a bitch, social differences, forbidden love, prostitute, society, impossible love, destiny, romance, bollywood, courtesan, kidnapping, abduction ...
Time: 19th century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
 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, betrayal, sexual relations, dishonesty, unfulfillment, lesbian relationship, gender, romance, impossible love ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: greece, europe, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, Spain, Argentina, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The young Father Amaro is put to the test. He is sent to Mexico to help take care of aging Father Benito when he meets a 16-year-old girl that he begins and affair with. It turns out the girls mother had been having an affair with Father Benito. ...
Style: touching, realistic, harsh, emotional, sexual ...
Plot: forbidden love, celibacy, catholicism, abortion, clergy, drug lord, sin, bishop, drug dealing, priest, pregnancy, lust ...
Place: mexico, latin america, spain, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: sexual, realistic, gloomy, serious, neurotic
Plot: obsession, prostitute, jealousy, gay, courtesan, love triangle, infidelity, dishonesty, anti semitism, femme fatale, gender, social differences ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: europe, france, paris france, italy, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: captivating, emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: orphan, generosity, love and romance, redemption, social differences, haunted by the past, hopes, rise to the top, unfulfilled love, benefactor, humble, youth ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: emotional, clever, realistic, sexual, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love triangle, estate, betrayal, cinderella story, store, true love, lovers reunited, femme fatale, master and servant, love and romance, social differences, society ...
Time: 19th century
Place: germany, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 4.5
 237
Alleged (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alleged is a romantic drama based on events occurring behind the scenes and outside the courtroom of the famous Scopes "Monkey Trial" of 1925. Charles Anderson, a talented young reporter, feels trapped working for his deceased ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: romance, price of justice, hotshot lawyer, dedicated lawyer, courtroom, legal, hopes, life is a bitch, rivalry, injustice, society, rebellion ...
Place: tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.8
 7K
Samsara (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: India, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A love story situated in the Himalayas. A Buddhist monk can't choose between life and the way of the Buddha.
Style: captivating, serious, atmospheric, thought provoking, sentimental ...
Plot: buddhism, self discovery, monk, social differences, human nature, culture clash, lifestyle, monastery, hopes, rich and poor, religions or cults, regret ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, himalaya, tibet, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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, serious ...
Plot: femme fatale, corruption, brothel, prostitution, power relations, righting the wronged, cabaret, dishonesty, couples, idealism, showbiz, post war ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, west germany, bavaria
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 4.6
 256
Foreign Body (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Poland, Italy, Russia
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A dashing young Italian in Poland finds himself caught between two women — a novitiate nun and a ruthless corporate ladder-climber — in this lacerating vision of contemporary Poland from master filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi.
Style: tense, thought provoking, serious, realistic, erotic
Plot: clergy, couple relations, manipulations, boss and employee, couples, dishonesty, human nature, society, workplace, power relations, religions or cults, workplace intrigue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Lady Chatterley's Lover (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An early-20th-century tale of love across class boundaries which tells the legendary and romantic story of Lady Chatterley’s affair with her gamekeeper. Jed Mercurio’s adaptation of DH Lawrence’s classic.
Style: serious, realistic, sexual, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: love affair, social differences, master and servant, disability, sexual relations, obsession, society, infidelity, romance, couples, countryside, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 20s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: touching, serious, realistic, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: prostitute, death of husband, shipwreck, mother daughter reunion, evil priest, life is a bitch, romance, love and romance, rise to the top, fall in love, intrigue, teenage life ...
Time: victorian, 19th century, 18th century, 1700s
Place: england, london, europe, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, rivalry, couples, love and romance, interracial relations, friends ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 18th century, 1930s
Place: italy, venice, europe, mediterranean sea, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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