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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: bleak, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy, suspenseful, psychological, dramatic, heartbreaking, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, uncover truth, survival, human nature, ghetto, self discovery, haunted by the past, society, life is a bitch, heist, religions or cults, against humanity, nazi, jewish, holocaust survivor, female impersonator, robbery, man with glasses, world war two, flashback, jews, loneliness, nazis, guilt ...
Time: 1960s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, poland, germany

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and bleak films with plots about holocaust, against humanity, world war two, nazi, jewish, survival and life is a bitch mostly in Drama, War and Biography genres. Some movies like The Pawnbroker: Sophie's Choice (1982), Out of the Ashes (2003), The Memory Thief (2007), Tsili (2014), The Shop on Main Street (1965). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Sophie's Choice (1982)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Stingo, a young writer, moves to Brooklyn in 1947 to begin work on his first novel. As he becomes friendly with Sophie and her lover Nathan, he learns that she is a Holocaust survivor. Flashbacks reveal her harrowing story, from pre-war prosperity ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, against humanity, love triangle, haunted by the past, concentration camp, post war, friendship, mental illness, romance, confined, love and romance, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: new york, poland, usa
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95%
Out of the Ashes (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The real-life story of Gisella Perl, a Jewish Hungarian doctor imprisoned in the notorious Auschwitz death camp of World War II.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, pregnancy, immigrants, starting over, survival, human spirit, war, anti semitism, family in danger, genocide, wartime life ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, hungary, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Once They Marched Through a Thousand Towns (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A dramatization of the controversial trial concerning the right for Neo-Nazis to march in the predominately Jewish community of Skokie.
Style: serious, thought provoking, talky, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, courtroom drama, jewish, idealism, anti semitism, small town, genocide, suburbs, racism, wartime life, injustice, against humanity ...
Time: 80s
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Irena Sendler is a Catholic social worker who has sympathized with the Jews since her childhood, when her physician father died of typhus contracted while treating poor Jewish patients. When she initially proposes saving Jewish children from the ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: holocaust, ghetto, rescue, social worker, against humanity, nazi germany, life is a bitch, confined, hopes, rabbi, accountant, smuggling ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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The Memory Thief (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Los Angeles tollbooth clerk becomes obsessed with the Holocaust after meeting a survivor.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, offbeat, mind bending ...
Plot: holocaust, mental illness, losing-it hero, obsession, friendship, parents and children, haunted by the past, society, unfulfillment, social misfits, aging, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 4.8
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Tsili (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France, Russia, Italy
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Tsili is a young girl caught in the middle of World War II. After her family is taken to a concentration camp, Tsili hides in the forest, free from hatred and men, until the arrival of Marek, a stranger who speaks to her in Yiddish.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, tense
Plot: holocaust, survival, in the woods, shoah, holocaust survivor, against humanity, danger, coming of age, youth, playing violin, hiding, girl ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
The Shop on Main Street (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In a small town in Nazi-occupied Slovakia during World War II, decent but timid carpenter Tono is named "Aryan comptroller" of a button store owned by an old Jewish widow, Rozalie. Since the post comes with a salary and standing in the ...
Style: serious, offbeat, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: holocaust, anti heroes, store, rescue, shopkeeper, survival, human nature, war, friendship, anti semitism, against humanity, danger ...
Time: 1940s
Place: slovakia, europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The Grey Zone (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkomando Jews – who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow-Jews – find themselves in a moral grey zone.
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: holocaust, smuggling, survival, auschwitz, doctor, concentration camp, burned alive, redemption, rebellion, war, moral dilemma, anti semitism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 1940s
Place: poland, germany, europe, budapest hungary, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Adam Resurrected (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, USA, Israel
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Before the war, in Berlin, Adam was an entertainer- cabaret impresario, magician, musician-loved by all until he finds himself in a concentration camp, confronted by Commandant Klein. Adam survives the camp by becoming the Klein's ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, israeli, concentration camp, mental institution, haunted by the past, mental illness, life is a bitch, against humanity, world war two, year 1936, comedian ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: israel, germany, europe, middle east, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Man in the Glass Booth (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Arthur Goldman is a rich Jewish industrialist, living in luxury in a Manhattan high-rise. He banters with his assistant Charlie, often shocking Charlie with his outrageousness and irreverence about aspects of Jewish life. Nonetheless, Charlie is ...
Style: talky, serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: courtroom, genocide, holocaust, dedicated lawyer, hidden identity, immigrants, uncover truth, anti semitism, courtroom drama, haunted by the past, racism, wartime life ...
Place: israel, middle east, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.5
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Jakob the Liar (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Hungary, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out after curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German radio broadcast about Russian troop movements. Returned to the ...
Style: gloomy, semi serious, realistic, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, ghetto, survival, starvation, war, anti heroes, human spirit, wartime life, against humanity, confined, danger, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Fugitive Pieces (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: Greece, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A child escapes from Poland during World War II and first heads to Greece before coming of age in Canada.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: holocaust, childhood trauma, haunted by the past, redemption, war, destiny, wartime life, coming of age, life is a bitch, fugitives, writer's life, survival ...
Place: canada, poland, europe, greece
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48%
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 186 min.
Story: In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his ...
Style: talky, realistic, serious, bleak, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, holocaust, judge, against humanity, courtroom, concentration camp, trial, genocide, war crime, cold war, legal action, nazism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 60s, year 1945, year 1946 ...
Place: germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Substance of Fire (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Isaac Geldhart is a Holocaust survivor who, overcome by grief at the recent death of his wife, seems determined to run his publishing firm into the ground by printing books that have no hope of financial success. His son Aaron, who also works at the ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: holocaust, obsession, family business, nanny, parents and children, family gatherings, family in crisis, midlife crisis, dull life, family life, family relations, gays and lesbians ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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The Round Up (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, Germany, Hungary
Duration: 115 min.
Story: 1942. Joseph is eleven. And this June morning, he must go to school, a yellow star sown on his chest. He receives the support of a goods dealer. The mockery of a baker. Between kindness and contempt, Jo, his Jewish friends, their families, learn of ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, parents and children, anti semitism, genocide, war, injustice, against humanity, danger, family relations, life is a bitch, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1942, 1940s
Place: europe, france, vichy, paris france, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Schindler's List (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, ghetto, rescue, anti semitism, survival, genocide, war, against humanity, confined, concentration camp, nazism, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
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Aftermath (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Poland, Russia, Netherlands
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two brothers are trying to find out the truth from years ago. The whole town is against them.
Style: serious, tense, realistic, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: holocaust, uncover truth, mystery, village, life is a bitch, farm, siblings relations, homecoming, village life, under the surface, against humanity, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Devil's Arithmetic (1999)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hannah Stern, an American-born Jewish adolescent, is uninterested in the culture, faith and customs of her relatives; however, Hannah begins to revaluate her heritage when she has a supernatural experience that transports her back to a Nazi death ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: holocaust, teenager, jewish, rabbi, concentration camp, anti semitism, coming of age, time travel, survival, human spirit, tradition, death ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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The Diary of Anne Frank (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of a 13-year-old Jewish girl and her family who are forced into hiding by the Nazis during World War II.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: holocaust, jewish, anti semitism, anti heroes, survival, attic, human spirit, teenage life, wartime life, against humanity, confined, hopes ...
Time: 40s
Place: amsterdam, europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Hannah Arendt (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, Luxembourg, France, Israel
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Hannah Arendt is a portrait of the genius that shook the world with her discovery of “the banality of evil.” After she attends the Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem, Arendt dares to write about the Holocaust in terms no one has ever ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking, psychological
Plot: holocaust, trial, magazine, philosopher, journalism, against humanity, media, writer's life, legal action, legal, society, power of media ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1961
Place: israel, usa, jerusalem, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, disturbing, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, friendship, against humanity, young heroes, childhood, concentration camp, wartime life, atrocity, innocence lost, nazism, jewish, gas chamber ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Hidden Children (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: This is a true story about forty Jewish children on their way to Palestine, who were blocked by the German and Italian occupation of Yugoslavia in 1941. Before finding a haven at Villa Emma in Nonantola in northern Italy, where they arrived on June ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, rescue, wartime life, village, against humanity, escapades, society, youth, fugitives, orphan, survival, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: italy, europe, switzerland, slovenia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.3
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Madame Rosa (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Madame Rosa lives in a sixth-floor walkup in the Pigalle; she's a retired prostitute, Jewish and an Auschwitz survivor, a foster mom to children of other prostitutes. Momo is the oldest and her favorite, an Algerian lad whom she raises as a ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: prostitute, redemption, destructive relationship, concentration camp, parents and children, tragic love, adoption, haunted by the past, holocaust, mental illness, wartime life, family relations ...
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 8.5
 604K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: bleak, suspense, emotional, compassionate, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, pianist, ghetto, against humanity, anti semitism, atrocity, jewish, starvation, hunger, deportation, war ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Last Train (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, Czech Republic
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A group of people are imprisoned in a rail car bound from Berlin to a concentration camp in 1945.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing, captivating
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, train ride, against humanity, nazism, concentration camp, confined, train, life is a bitch, war, danger, pow ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1943
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the Warsau Ghetto of 1943, one man's struggle to keep his family together leads him to the ultimate crisis of faith, and one final chance at redemption. Written by legendary 'Twilight Zone' creator, Rod Sterling.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: ghetto, rabbi, survival, sexual abuse, war, holocaust, wartime life, family life, against humanity, society, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, poland, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.5
 14K
Margaret (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bus, innocence lost, high school, teacher, mother daughter relationship, drugs/alcohol, haunted by the past, family, student, witness, police, truth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.1
 2K
The Chosen (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chosen follows the story of two teenage boys determined to remain friends despite the deep differences between their two families. Set in New York during the 1940s, this provocative film follows the son of an orthodox rabbi and the son of a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, dramatic, earnest ...
Plot: friendship, chosen one, culture clash, coming of age, interracial relations, teenage life, society, friends, clergy, parents and children, youth, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: new york, usa, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.4
 11K
Another Woman (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Marion is a woman who has learned to shield herself from her emotions. She rents an apartment to work undisturbed on her new book, but by some acoustic anomaly she can hear all that is said in the next apartment in which a psychiatrist holds his ...
Style: realistic, psychological, serious, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: painting, midlife crisis, philosophy, human nature, friendship, self discovery, extramarital affair, hopes, love and romance, unfulfillment, friends, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
I Love You, I Love You Not (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: School student and her European-born grandmother share sad stories of their lives.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, bad ending, fairy tale ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, anti semitism, coming of age, young lovers, romance, school, rebelliousness, college, self discovery, forbidden love, social differences ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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