Movies like The Pawnbroker

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The Pawnbroker (1964)
 7.7
 7K
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: emotional, realistic, bleak, psychological, serious, suspenseful, heartbreaking, depressing, compassionate, atmospheric ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, life is a bitch, self discovery, human nature, haunted by the past, against humanity, nazi, world war two, holocaust survivor, redemption, life philosophy, heist, ghetto, religions or cults, society, uncover truth, jewish, female nudity, robbery, female impersonator, flashback, man with glasses, jews ...
Time: 1960s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem 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 gloomy films with plots about redemption, culture clash, storytelling, mentor, runaway, tragedy and brutality mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like The Pawnbroker: Out of the Ashes (2003), Sophie's Choice (1982), Left Luggage (1998), Adam Resurrected (2008), Clean and Sober (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: realistic, serious, touching, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, survival, wartime life, human spirit, starting over, against humanity, life is a bitch, confined, moral dilemma, anti semitism, danger ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: hungary, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: realistic, serious, emotional, depressing, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, against humanity, concentration camp, nazis, post war, mental illness, haunted by the past, love and romance, wartime life, tragedy, male female relationship, love triangle ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: poland, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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Left Luggage (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Belgium, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: While escaping from Nazis during the WWII, a Jewish man dug suitcases full of things dear to his heart in the ground two. The war deprived him of his family, and afterwards he endlessly turns over the soil of Antwerp to find the suitcases, which ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: nanny, parents and children, haunted by the past, family relations, eviction, liberal, holocaust survivor, mentally challenged, religions or cults, jewish, racism, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century
Place: europe, belgium, antwerp, israel, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: touching, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, life is a bitch, against humanity, haunted by the past, mental illness, circus, mental institution, clown, circus performer, patient ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 40s, 30s, 1920s ...
Place: israel, europe, middle east, germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: drug abuse, drug rehabilitation, addiction, life is a bitch, crimes, human nature, introspection, downfall, self discovery, going straight, rehabilitation, drug addiction ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.4
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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, melancholic, enigmatic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bus, youth, life is a bitch, teenage life, haunted by the past, high school, investigation, legal action, road accident, redemption, life philosophy, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.4
 17K
Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: bleak, psychological, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, family problems, parents and children, family relations, family gatherings, family tragedy, sister sister relationship, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry, character study, family drama ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.7
 8K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, life is a bitch, rich and poor, parents and children, best friends, human nature, buddies, twists & turns, friends ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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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, realistic, serious, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, genocide, ghetto, against humanity, wartime, world war two, rescue, anti semitism, survival, war, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.3
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Jacknife (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes involved romantically with the army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both survived.
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, sincere, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, vietnam veteran, love and romance, siblings relations, haunted by the past, homecoming, human nature, life is a bitch, loneliness, prom, unlikely friendships, depression ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.4
 33K
Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, depressing, bleak ...
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, obsession, life is a bitch, grieving, dealing with death, drugs/alcohol, suicide attempt, loneliness, friendship, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.3
 12K
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: psychological, realistic, serious, talky, meditative ...
Plot: midlife crisis, writing, eavesdropping, philosophy, depression, human nature, self discovery, psychiatrist, painting, writers, friendship, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, heartbreaking, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, against humanity, friendship, childhood, jewish, nazi germany, world war two, wartime life, nazism, young heroes, atrocity ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: disturbing, realistic, uplifting, talky, sincere ...
Plot: courtroom drama, racism, culture clash, opposites attract, anti semitism, genocide, suburbs, against humanity, small town life, survival, legal, wartime life ...
Time: 80s
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.3
 14K
Powder Blue (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: On the gritty streets of LA, the destinies of four people desperate for connection and redemption are about to collide.
Style: bleak, emotional, serious, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: anxiety attack, stripper, exotic dancer, redemption, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, self discovery, human nature, family problems, hopes, lap dance, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful, talky ...
Plot: holocaust, genocide, courtroom, legal, hidden identity, dedicated lawyer, life is a bitch, confined, secret agents, kidnapping, haunted by the past, racism ...
Place: israel, middle east, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.7
 70K
Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, thought provoking, emotional ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, depression, unhappy, social problems, human relationship, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, society, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.4
 988
God's Army (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a small apartment with five young prank-loving ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, psychological, serious ...
Plot: life is a bitch, terminal illness, youth, self discovery, working class, couples, redemption, siblings relations, hopes, couple relations, parents and children, coming of age ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Desperate characters stake their fortune on a Depression-era dance marathon.
Style: atmospheric, depressing, emotional, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: dancing, great depression, suicidal, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, social decay, ambition, reward, crimes, down on your luck, depression, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: usa, santa monica california, california, chicago illinois, pacific ocean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.0
 10K
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, serious, factual, depressing, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, concentration camp, nazi, redemption, smuggling, against humanity, human spirit, danger, anti semitism, rebelliousness, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 1940s
Place: europe, poland, germany, budapest hungary, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The End of Innocence (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Seemingly autobiographical story of a woman overwhelmed with trying to please everyone except herself, and not finding any answers until she's admitted to a rehab center by her parents. Eventually here is where she finds her answers.
Style: realistic, touching, psychological, serious, emotional ...
Plot: self discovery, mental institution, family problems, rehabilitation, drug abuse, doctors and patients, life is a bitch, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, power relations, family relations, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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, parents and children, interracial relations, teenage life, youth, clergy, family relations, friends, society ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: new york, usa, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.1
 15K
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Wendy, a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: dog, small town, social problems, financial problem, hopes, down on your luck, life is a bitch, pets, loneliness, friendship, depression, owner dog relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: oregon, usa, alaska, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 7.4
 48K
Ida (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, Denmark, France, UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Anna, a young novitiate in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.
Style: bleak, serious, emotional, melancholic, art house ...
Plot: nun, family secret, orphan, anti semitism, uncover truth, jewish, human nature, haunted by the past, murder of family, faith, murder, world war two ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: poland, europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by Little Leroy, a thug who is one of the tough denizens of ...
Style: bleak, realistic, gloomy, psychological, serious ...
Plot: mental illness, friendship, homelessness, photographer, schizophrenia, urban ghetto life, city life, life is a bitch, misfit, society, urban, healing power ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: holocaust, dealing with death, love and romance, siblings relations, parents and children, haunted by the past, family problems, family life, introspection, family business, workplace situations, midlife crisis ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The King Is Alive (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, USA, Finland, Norway, South Africa
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Stranded in the heat of a barren African desert, eleven bus-passengers shelter in the remnants of an abandoned town. As rescue grows more remote by the day and anxiety deepens, an idea emerges: why not stage a play. However the choice of King Lear ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, bleak, stylized, melancholic ...
Plot: desert, survival, isolation, rescue, stranded, danger, human nature, life is a bitch, village, bus, culture clash, misfit ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, australia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 8.0
 82K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, sincere, serious ...
Plot: murder, friendship, death threat, redemption, mentally challenged, family relations, small town, parents and children, crimes, human nature, haunted by the past, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
 3K
Urbania (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Charlie takes an odyssey through grief during a fall weekend in New York City. His encounters are planned and chance: with a homeless man who sleeps by his building, with a friend who's dying, with the couple who lives (and noisily loves) in ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, psychological, tense, realistic ...
Plot: urban legend, haunted by the past, dangerous attraction, legends and myths, city life, crimes, couples, urban, gender, vengeance, storytelling, murder ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.4
 4K
Time Out (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Style: psychological, serious, enigmatic, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: unemployment, life is a bitch, crimes, couple relations, crumbling marriage, down on your luck, family problems, dishonesty, society, swindle, thief, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, france, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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