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The Pawnbroker
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, dramatic, heartbreaking, harsh, melancholic, gloomy, reflective ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, nazi, jewish, uncover truth, jews, loneliness, nazis, guilt, tragedy, character study, concentration camp, human nature, mentor, depression, camp, ghetto, self discovery, culture clash, jesus, redemption, idealism, existentialism, corruption, flashbacks ...
Time: 1960s
Place: new york, poland, usa, germany, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, serious and dramatic films with plots about mentor, loneliness, redemption, storytelling, tragedy, runaway and life philosophy mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres. Some movies like The Pawnbroker: The Shop on Main Street (1965), They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), Sophie's Choice (1982), The Believer (2001), Detachment (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Shop on Main Street
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 ...
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Time: 1940s
Place: slovakia, europe, israel
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They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Desperate characters stake their fortune on a Depression-era dance marathon.
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Plot: dancing, depression, dance, death, suicide, contests and competitions, friendship, loneliness, character study, down on your luck, tragedy, existentialism ...
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Sophie's Choice
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, bleak, serious, heartbreaking ...
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The Believer
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: disturbing, bleak, emotional, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: skinhead, judaism, holocaust, anti semitism, fascism, love, violence, survival, jews, violence spree, assassination, nazi ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
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Detachment
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, psychological, stylized ...
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Duration: 82 min.
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Style: bleak, stylized, atmospheric, emotional, serious ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
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Style: realistic, psychological, serious, melancholic, intellectual ...
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Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
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Sling Blade
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: bleak, realistic, touching, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, murder, redemption, childhood, tragedy, mentally challenged, storytelling, character study, mental illness, mentor, violent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa
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    User:   62%
 
The Ten Commandments
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, West Germany
Duration: 572 min.
Story: The Decalogue is a 1989 Polish television drama series directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and co-written by Kieślowski with Krzysztof Piesiewicz, with music by Zbigniew Preisner. It consists of ten one-hour films, inspired by the Ten Commandments. ...
Style: bleak, psychological, tense, serious, reflective ...
Plot: morality, philosophy, human nature, adultery, obsession, storytelling, loneliness, complex characters, redemption, relationships, solitude, existentialism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: poland, europe
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System:   58%
    User:   52%
 
The Saint of Fort Washington
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, serious, realistic, gloomy, depressing ...
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Time: 90s
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Margaret
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
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Style: emotional, realistic, gloomy, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: innocence lost, high school, teacher, mother daughter relationship, virginity, drugs/alcohol, relationships, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, character study, drinking, abortion ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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Red Beard
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 185 min.
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Style: emotional, realistic, compassionate, serious, melancholic ...
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Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
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Winter Light
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Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
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Time: 20th century, 60s
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The Visitor
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.
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Central Station
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, France
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Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, road movie ...
Plot: friendship, teacher, self discovery, poverty, loneliness, love, on the road, obsessive quest, letter, road trip, unlikely friendships, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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Clean and Sober
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
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Days of Wine and Roses
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, serious, dramatic ...
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Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
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Style: talky, realistic, touching, serious, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, small town, christianity, religion, radio, christian, country, religions or cults, god, character study, jesus, coma ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, california
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Country: USA
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Country: USA
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Style: talky, realistic, serious, bleak, dramatic ...
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Time: 20th century, 40s, 60s, 1940s, 1960s ...
Place: germany, europe, poland
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
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Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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System:   45%
    User:   45%
 
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Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: emotional, talky, realistic, touching, serious ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
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System:   45%
    User:   37%
 

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