Movies like Paradise Now

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 7.5
 21K
Paradise Now (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Palestine, France, Germany, Netherlands, Israel
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Paradise Now is filmed from the perspective of two Palestinian men who are preparing to perform a suicide attack in Israel. This is the first film to deal with the subject of suicide bombers.
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious, tense, biting, rough, suspenseful, thought provoking, reflective ...
Plot: terrorism, friendship, israeli palestinian conflict, politics, muslim, freedom, occupation, self sacrifice, bomb, jewish, suicide, political unrest, terror, suicide mission, unemployment, civil war, danger, deadly, poverty, hopes, state affairs, life is a bitch, friends, introspection, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, palestine, palestinian authority, morocco, tel aviv israel, sweden ...

Most similar movies to Paradise Now

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, tense and suspenseful films with plots about politics, danger, terrorism, murder, death, muslim and violence mostly in Drama, Thriller and War genres. Some movies like Paradise Now: Lemon Tree (2008), Rendition (2007), Syriana (2005), Bethlehem (2013), The Attack (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.4
 6K
Lemon Tree (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Israel, Germany, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Salma Zidane, a widow, lives simply from her grove of lemon trees in the West Bank's occupied territory. The Israeli defense minister and his wife move next door; the Secret Service orders the trees removed for security. The stoic Salma seeks ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: neighbor, lawyer, fence, soldier, widow, loneliness, injustice, occupation, world, legal action, human spirit, terrorist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, palestinian authority, washington d.c., jerusalem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.8
 51K
Rendition (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: When an Egyptian terrorism suspect "disappears" on a flight from Africa to Washington DC, his American wife and a CIA analyst find themselves caught up in a struggle to secure his release from a secret detention facility somewhere outside ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, cia, kidnapping, torture, terrorism, senator, intelligence, terrorist, extradition, drowning, disappearance, surveillance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, usa, north africa, chicago illinois, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 6.9
 118K
Syriana (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The Middle Eastern oil industry is the backdrop of this tense drama, which weaves together numerous story lines. Bennett Holiday is an American lawyer in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a ...
Style: realistic, tense, suspenseful, serious, clever ...
Plot: cia, globalization, assassination, politics, bomb, capitalism, corruption, espionage, terrorism, political corruption, suicide, bribery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, lebanon, europe, persia, switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 7.2
 2K
Bethlehem (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Israel, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bethlehem tells the story of the unlikely bond between Razi, an Israeli secret service officer, and his Palestinian informant Sanfur, the younger brother of a senior Palestinian militant. Razi recruited Sanfur when he was just 15, and developed a ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: israeli palestinian conflict, informant, terrorism, danger, government agency, special agents, moral dilemma, law enforcement, society, state affairs, undercover, militant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005
Place: israel, middle east, palestinian authority, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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 7.1
 4K
The Attack (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, France, Qatar, Belgium
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: terrorism, investigation, uncover truth, life turned upside down, danger, deadly, life is a bitch, disorder, religions or cults, society, radical, occupation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, palestinian authority, tel aviv israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.6
 194K
Munich (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Canada, USA
Duration: 164 min.
Story: During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, bleak, tense, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, assassination, secret agents, revenge, politics, terrorism, vengeance, murder, jewish, justice, morality, tragedy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: europe, israel, middle east, lebanon, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.7
 25K
A Mighty Heart (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on Mariane Pearl's account of the terrifying and unforgettable story of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl's life and death.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: execution, kidnapping, friendship, journalism, politics, murder, investigation, loss of spouse, death, fbi, faith, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 2000s
Place: pakistan, middle east, israel, manhattan new york city, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 6.9
 754
Private (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A Palestinian family is trapped inside a house commandeered by Israeli soldiers.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: soldier, family in crisis, village, war, confined, danger, society, family problems, domestic disturbance, parents and children, captivity, family in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, palestinian authority, palestine, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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The Honourable Woman (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Nessa Stein, the daughter of a Zionist arms procurer who as a child witnessed his assassination. Now an adult, Nessa inherits her father's company and changes course from supplying arms to laying data cabling networks between Israel and the ...
Style: serious, captivating, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Plot: israeli palestinian conflict, political unrest, state affairs, espionage, political intrigue, powerful corporation, undercover, family relations, mistrust, secret service, muslim, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, england, israel, palestinian authority, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Walk on Water (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Israel, Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Eyal, an Israeli Mossad agent, is given the mission to track down and kill the very old Alfred Himmelman, an ex-Nazi officer, who might still be alive. Pretending to be a tourist guide, he befriends his grandson Axel, in Israel to visit his sister ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: german, nazi germany, mossad, tourist, redemption, family secret, secret agents, on the road, unlikely couple, anti semitism, suicide mission, chauffeur ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, germany, europe, middle east, argentina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Death of a President (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A fictional investigative documentary looks back on the "assassination" of George W. Bush and attempts to answer the question of who committed the murder. Perhaps less morbid and disturbing to watch now than during Bush's presidency, ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, assassination, secret service, terrorism, false accusation, map, sniper, crime, head of state, special agents, legal investigation, track down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, near future, year 2007
Place: usa, iraq, middle east, washington d.c., chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
The Dancer Upstairs (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A police detective in a South American country is dedicated to hunting down a revolutionary guerilla leader.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, realistic, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: politics, investigation, terrorism, ballet, police detective, urban, fighting crime, political unrest, crimes, danger, deadly, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, spain, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Algeria, Italy
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty thief to his rise to prominence in the organisation and capture by the French in ...
Style: realistic, bleak, disturbing, rough, serious ...
Plot: revolution, military, resistance, bomb, torture, rebellion, french, underground fighting, algerian, muslim, independence, government ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1957, 1950s, year 1954 ...
Place: algeria, africa, north africa, france, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.4
 7K
The Body (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Israel, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: An ancient skeleton has been discovered in Jerusalem in a rich man's tomb. Colouration of the wrist and leg bones indicates the cause of death was crucifiction. other signs, include a gold coin bearing the marks of Pontius Pilate and faint ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, biblical, bad ending ...
Plot: doubt, kidnapping, politics, clergy, adventure, religions or cults, redemption, escapades, heroes, society, obsessive quest, introspection ...
Time: contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.1
 194K
Body of Lies (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The CIA’s hunt is on for the mastermind of a wave of terrorist attacks. Roger Ferris is the agency’s man on the ground, moving from place to place, scrambling to stay ahead of ever-shifting events. An eye in the sky – a satellite link – ...
Style: clever, realistic, tense, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, espionage, cia, spy, government agency, secret agents, danger, track down, off the grid, intelligence agency, beating, torture ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: jordan, middle east, dubai, syria, saudi arabia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Killer Kid (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Eleven-year-old Laïd lives in war-torn Lebanon. Chosen and trained by an extremist organisation, he has been forced to enter the adult world far too early. He has been transformed into a fanatical and programmed machine, whose life could be summed ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: terrorism, friendship, orphan, lebanese, hip hop, immigrants, assassination attempt, child as adult, youth, friends, buddies, young heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: lebanon, europe, france, arc de triomphe paris, palestine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.4
 6K
Ajami (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, Israel
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Ajami is an area of Tel Aviv in Israel where Arabs, Palestinians, Jews and Christians live together in a tense atmosphere. Omar, an Israeli Arab, struggles to save his family from a gang of extortionists. He also courts a beautiful Christian girl: ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, emotional, rough ...
Plot: forbidden love, realism, urban ghetto life, crimes, urban ghetto, rivalry, society, life is a bitch, tragic hero, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, palestinian authority, tel aviv israel, palestine
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An urban hotel in London is a gathering and flash point for legal and illegal immigrants attempting to cobble together their lives in a new country. The immigrants include Senay, a Turkish woman, and a Nigerian doctor named Okwe who is working as a ...
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: hotel, immigrants, prostitute, illegal immigration, friendship, lebanese, black market, forgery, taxi driver, maid, surgery, muslim ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, nigeria, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 8.2
 114K
Incendies (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to ...
Style: emotional, realistic, disturbing, serious, psychological ...
Plot: twins, rape, dealing with death, massacre, self discovery, muslim, prison, orphanage, christian, swimming pool, checkpoint, torture ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, year 1970 ...
Place: middle east, lebanon, montreal quebec, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.6
 378K
The Hurt Locker (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.
Style: realistic, tense, suspense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, military, marines, sniper, gulf war, bomb, army, explosion, iraq war, tough heroes, war, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004, 2000s
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Israel, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tai is 17 years old. Naim is 20. She's Israeli. He's Palestinian. She lives in Jerusalem. He lives in Gaza. They were born in a land of scorched earth, where fathers bury their children. They must endure an explosive situation that is not ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: friendship, interracial relations, adolescence vs adulthood, political unrest, society, politics, terrorism, rebelliousness, parents and children, family life, teenage life, computers and web ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, palestinian authority
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.2
 75K
Arlington Road (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Threats from sinister foreign nationals aren't the only thing to fear. Bedraggled college professor Michael Faraday has been vexed (and increasingly paranoid) since his wife's accidental death in a botched FBI operation. But all that takes ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: paranoia, murder, terrorism, bomb, professor, neighbor, politics, blueprint, terrorist, fbi, obsession, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, washington d.c., west virginia, st. louis missouri, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.8
 66K
Black Book (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Netherlands, Germany, UK, Belgium
Duration: 145 min.
Story: In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.
Style: tense, realistic, epic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: espionage, holocaust, war, nazism, jewish, betrayal, life is a bitch, occupation, german, train, spy, frame up ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: holland, netherlands, europe, israel, belgium ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.1
 9K
Redacted (2007)
Genre: Crime, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Redacted is a film written and directed by Brian De Palma that is a fictional drama loosely based on the Mahmudiyah killings in Iraq.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: gulf war, military life, iraq war, soldier, terrorism, kidnapping, murder, rapist, journalism, war, battles, politics ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Circle of Deceit (1981)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Georg Laschen leaves his family in West Germany to go work as a war correspondent in Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, lebanese, journalism, war, political unrest, battle zone, wartime life, media, society, state affairs, life is a bitch, love affair ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: middle east, lebanon, cairo egypt, berlin germany, west germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.0
 52K
Traitor (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, exciting, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, spy, secret agents, escape, prison, faith, alcohol, bomb, car bomb, traitor, fbi ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1978
Place: sudan, chicago illinois, washington d.c., marseille, nova scotia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.8
 6K
Kandahar (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: After an Afghanistan-born woman who lives in Canada receives a letter from her suicidal sister, she takes a perilous journey through Afghanistan to try to find her.
Style: tense, atmospheric, bleak, surreal, serious ...
Plot: desert, islam, on the road, survival, taliban, red cross, teacher, death, refugee, obsessive quest, sister, travel ...
Time: contemporary
Place: middle east, afghanistan, canada, iran, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Out in the Dark (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Israel, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two young men — a Palestinian grad student and an Israeli lawyer — meet and fall in love amidst personal and political intrigue in this striking debut feature from Israeli director Michael Mayer.
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: forbidden love, impossible love, love affair, gays and lesbians, urban, love and romance, unlikely couple, couples, family relations, muslim, freedom, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1993
Place: israel, middle east, palestinian authority, tel aviv israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg and becomes a person of interest for a covert government team which tracks the movements of potential terrorists.
Style: atmospheric, tense, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: espionage, intelligence, muslim, torture, surveillance, terrorism, investigation, assassination, urban, dishonesty, security, terror ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: germany, hamburg germany, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.4
 16K
Contestant 13 (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Sebastian, a young man, has decided to follow instructions intended for someone else, without knowing where they will take him. Something else he does not know is that Gerard Dorez, a cop on a knife-edge, is tailing him. When he reaches his ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, tense, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: overdose, gambling, crime, drugs/alcohol, contests and competitions, murder, social decay, pistol, deadly, life is a bitch, fish out of water, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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