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, depressing, heartbreaking, compassionate, atmospheric ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, life is a bitch, self discovery, human nature, haunted by the past, against humanity, nazi, holocaust survivor, world war two, 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 serious, realistic, emotional and touching films with plots about redemption, culture clash, runaway, death, tragedy, storytelling and mentor mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like The Pawnbroker: Sophie's Choice (1982), Out of the Ashes (2003), Adam Resurrected (2008), Left Luggage (1998), Clean and Sober (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, post war, mental illness, haunted by the past, love and romance, wartime life, tragedy, nazis, male female relationship, love triangle ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: new york, poland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, pregnancy, misfit, starting over, genocide, anti semitism, danger, moral dilemma, society, homecoming, survival ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: hungary, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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, realistic, serious, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, against humanity, mental illness, circus, mental institution, clown, circus performer, patient ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 60s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: israel, europe, middle east, germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.2
 3K
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: jewish, nanny, parents and children, family relations, haunted by the past, eviction, liberal, holocaust survivor, mentally challenged, religions or cults, racism, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century
Place: europe, belgium, antwerp, israel, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: gloomy, disturbing, bleak, emotional, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, jewish, courtroom drama, culture clash, legal, survival, genocide, small town life, suburbs, idealism, opposites attract, anti semitism ...
Time: 80s
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, self discovery, rehabilitation, downfall, going straight, drug addiction ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 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, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, best friends, human nature, rich and poor, parents and children, life is a bitch, buddies, twists & turns, friends ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, genocide, ghetto, against humanity, rescue, survival, war, anti semitism, wartime, world war two, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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, wartime life, dedicated lawyer, uncover truth, against humanity, secret agents, life is a bitch, crimes, immigrants, confined ...
Place: usa, israel, middle east, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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 ⇓
52%
 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, self discovery, human nature, psychiatrist, painting, writers, friendship, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.3
 5K
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, sincere, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, vietnam veteran, haunted by the past, love and romance, siblings relations, life is a bitch, homecoming, human nature, loneliness, prom, unlikely friendships, depression ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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, self discovery, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, human nature, family problems, hopes, lap dance, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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, drugs/alcohol, dealing with death, suicide attempt, loneliness, friendship, group therapy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: psychological, mind bending, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, mental illness, unfulfillment, anti semitism, obsession, elderly, family relations, dull life, parents and children, social misfits, heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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: serious, factual, depressing, harsh, compassionate ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, nazi, redemption, smuggling, against humanity, human spirit, moral dilemma, rebelliousness, pow, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 1940s
Place: europe, poland, germany, budapest hungary, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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, thought provoking, bleak, serious, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, life is a bitch, unhappy, social problems, human relationship, dedicated educator, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: realistic, bleak, serious, emotional, rough ...
Plot: holocaust, haunted by the past, childhood trauma, fugitives, life is a bitch, wartime life, coming of age, survival, war, loss of parents, world war two, break up ...
Place: canada, europe, greece, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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, emotional, disturbing, serious, captivating ...
Plot: dancing, suicidal, ambition, social decay, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, reward, crimes, down on your luck, depression, great depression, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: usa, santa monica california, california, chicago illinois, dallas texas ...
⇓ 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, heartbreaking, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, against humanity, friendship, childhood, jewish, nazi germany, nazism, wartime life, young heroes, atrocity, tragic event ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: touching, realistic, psychological, emotional, serious ...
Plot: self discovery, mental institution, doctors and patients, parents and children, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, family problems, drug abuse, addiction, mentally unstable, family relations, drugs/alcohol ...
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, teenage life, society, youth, friends, family relations, clergy, interracial relations, parents and children ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: new york, usa, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, serious, touching, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: holocaust, family business, introspection, haunted by the past, family life, family problems, love and romance, dealing with death, siblings relations, parents and children, workplace situations, human nature ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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, gloomy, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, friendship, homelessness, photographer, schizophrenia, urban ghetto life, social misfits, interracial relations, healing power, mentally unstable, urban, misfit ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Shop on Main Street (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
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, touching, realistic, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, human nature, friendship, deportation, dehumanization, against humanity, rescue, danger, misfit, store, elderly ...
Time: year 1942, 1940s
Place: slovakia, europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, psychological, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: dog, small town, life is a bitch, hopes, down on your luck, social problems, financial problem, pets, loneliness, friendship, depression, owner dog relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: oregon, usa, alaska, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.2
 948
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: gloomy, realistic, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, survival, haunted by the past, wartime life, life is a bitch, destructive relationship, parents and children, redemption, family relations, youth, aging, tragic love ...
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ 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, haunted by the past, parents and children, crimes, human nature, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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: serious, melancholic, bleak, art house, depressing ...
Plot: nun, jewish, orphan, family secret, anti semitism, uncover truth, human nature, haunted by the past, murder of family, faith, murder, world war two ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: poland, europe, mine, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.9
 5K
Testament (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, emotional, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: small town, survival, nuclear holocaust, radiation, nuclear war, future dystopia, life is a bitch, danger, demolished city, chaos, parents and children, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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