Movies like Persepolis

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Persepolis
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own.
Style: clever, serious, melancholic, gloomy, surreal, stylized, realistic, reflective, dramatic, captivating ...
Plot: revolution, coming of age, idealism, childhood, depression, freedom, punk, islam, politics, storytelling, friendship, political unrest, drugs/alcohol, political, adolescence, world politics, honest, coming-of-age, culture clash, loneliness, tragedy, french, communism, destiny, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 90s, year 1992, year 1978, year 1982 ...
Place: iran, middle east, france, tehran iran, ussr, iraq, sweden ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, talky and dramatic films with plots about mentor, culture clash, runaway, storytelling, idealism, tragedy and brutality mostly in Drama, War and Biography genres. Some movies like Persepolis: Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Kandahar (2001), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), The Wind Rises (2013), Che: Part One (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Grave of the Fireflies
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: bleak, emotional, touching, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: war, survival, wartime, firefly, tragedy, death, children, orphan, loneliness, hospital, friendship, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, mine
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 6.8
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Kandahar
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: bleak, surreal, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: islam, desert, politics, poverty, on the road, obsessive quest, survival, women, new wave, terrorism, tragedy, suicide ...
Time: contemporary
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Born on the Fourth of July
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
Style: epic, realistic, emotional, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: vietnam war, war, politics, disability, fighting the system, military, guilt, innocence lost, starting over, political, courage, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: vietnam, asia, mexico, iraq, latin america ...
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    User:   55%
 
 7.8
 57K
The Wind Rises
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A lifelong love of flight inspires Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose storied career includes the creation of the A-6M World War II fighter plane.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: love, obsession, dreams, aviation, follow your dream, firefly, imagination, mentor, storytelling, fantasy world, love story, wartime ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: japan, germany, asia, tokyo
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    User:   67%
 
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 7.2
 41K
Che: Part One
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Spain, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The Argentine, begins as Che and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Style: epic, stylized, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: revolution, rebellion, idealism, jungle, folk hero, violence, leadership, politics, storytelling, political, heroes, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, year 1958 ...
Place: cuba, latin america, mexico city
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 6.9
 30K
Che: Part Two
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Spain, France, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. ...
Style: epic, stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: revolution, idealism, rebellion, sacrifice, folk hero, downfall, jungle, heroes, storytelling, betrayal, death, greed ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1967, year 1966, 1960s
Place: latin america, cuba, bolivia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   64%
 
 8.1
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Hotel Rwanda
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: emotional, realistic, disturbing, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: genocide, hotel, violence, death, murder, civil war, courage, racism, war, politics, atrocity, cruelty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: africa, rwanda, congo, somalia
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    User:   45%
 
Turtles Can Fly
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran, France, Iraq
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Turtles can fly tells the story of a group of young children near the Turkey-Iran border. They clean up mines and wait for the Saddam regime to fall.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gulf war, war, innocence lost, camp, childhood, village, iraq war, orphan, death, rape, suicide, censorship ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century
Place: iraq, middle east, iran, kurdistan, california ...
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    User:   66%
 
 7.2
 2K
Lumumba
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Belgium, Germany, Haiti
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical evidence, Haitian-born and later Congo-raised writer and ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, thought provoking, talky ...
Plot: assassination, politics, greed, brutality, political unrest, ethnic conflict, propaganda, political, censorship, military, civil war, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: africa, congo, latin america, tokyo, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   47%
 
 7.0
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Jarhead
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Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swafford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the ...
Style: realistic, clever, serious, intense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1991, year 1990, 1990s ...
Place: iraq, middle east, saudi arabia, vietnam, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   45%
 
 7.8
 10K
Machuca
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Chile, Spain, UK, France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Santiago, capital of Chile during the Marxist government of elected, highly controversial president Salvador Allende. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious "collegio" (Catholic prep school) ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, dramatic ...
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    User:   45%
 
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Lincoln
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Duration: 150 min.
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Style: factual, captivating, epic, suspense, tense ...
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Michael Collins
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Amen.
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Place: germany, poland, israel, argentina, europe ...
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    User:   50%
 
Land and Freedom
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, France
Duration: 109 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   49%
 
 7.4
 11K
The Last Metro
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: France
Duration: 131 min.
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Plot: nazi, love, moral dilemma, nazis, wartime, french, jews, german, adultery, relationships, theater, marriage ...
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    User:   44%
 
 7.0
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Kundun
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
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Duration: 134 min.
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Style: stylized, epic, serious, meditative, reflective ...
Plot: leadership, religion, life & death, storytelling, monastery, political unrest, society, mentor, art, redemption, existentialism, religions or cults ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s, 1930s ...
Place: china, tibet, asia, hiroshima japan, india ...
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    User:   45%
 
Lee Daniels' The Butler
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Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: president, slavery, white house, racism, prejudice, segregation, freedom, butler, civil rights, americana, politics, political ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: usa, south africa, cuba, washington d.c.
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    User:   37%
 
 8.1
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Mary and Max
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless ...
Style: touching, emotional, humorous, clever, tragicomedy ...
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Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, new york, usa
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    User:   36%
 
 7.5
 75K
Selma
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: "Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, dramatic, factual ...
Plot: racism, president, politics, idealism, courage, tragedy, violence, death, leadership, segregation, slavery, race issues ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1964, year 1965 ...
Place: alabama, usa
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    User:   41%
 
This Boy's Life
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries ...
Style: realistic, emotional, rough, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, dysfunctional family, child abuse, single parent, small town, brutality, teenager, adolescence, parenthood, childhood, mentor ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: seattle, usa, washington state, united states, seattle washington
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System:   39%
    User:   37%
 
The Battle of Algiers
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, serious, rough ...
Plot: idealism, revolution, war, rebellion, torture, french, freedom, colonialism, violence, military, politics, assassination ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1957, 1950s, year 1954 ...
Place: africa, algeria, france, middle east, north africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   33%
 
You Don't Know Jack
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Angel of mercy… or murderous “Doctor Death”? Jack Kervorkian is one of the most polarizing figures in modern American history, a man whose passionate belief that people have the right to die has brought him both praise and vilification. ...
Style: emotional, serious, compassionate, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: terminal illness, suicide, idealism, cancer, hospital, suffering, against the rules, politics, death, doctors, eccentricity, life & death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   42%
 
Burnt by the Sun
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, touching, serious, captivating ...
Plot: betrayal, politics, russian, communism, father daughter relationship, revolution, tragedy, love, marriage, parents and children, idealism, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: russia, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   41%
 
 7.6
 151K
Milk
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: politics, gay, homosexuality, murder, mentor, idealism, courage, prejudice, assassination, gays and lesbians, drinking, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, year 1973, year 1972 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, minnesota, phoenix arizona ...
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System:   36%
    User:   34%
 
The Illusionist
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: France, UK
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Scotland, late 1950s. A struggling illusionist visits an isolated community and meets a young lady who is convinced that he is a real magician.
Style: touching, stylized, semi serious, melancholic, meditative ...
Audience: preschoolers
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Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: france, england, scotland, big ben london, scottish highlands ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   28%
 
 8.4
 14K
Roots
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 588 min.
Story: African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to be enslaved, and the generations of his family.
Style: epic, realistic, emotional, touching, serious ...
Plot: slavery, racism, civil war, american civil war, freedom, culture clash, human spirit, tragedy, childhood, redemption, race issues, segregation ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1820s, 1860s
Place: usa, africa, england, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   32%
 
The Official Story
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Argentina
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, suspenseful, heartbreaking ...
Plot: politics, adoption, corruption, hospital, children, assassination, revolution, parents and children, political, storytelling, death, missing person ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: argentina, latin america, spain, buenos aires argentina, bolivia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   31%
 
 6.4
 93K
The Iron Lady
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.
Style: touching, factual, thought provoking, serious, sincere ...
Plot: politics, golden years, leadership, life & death, prime minister, political leader, female politician, world politics, alzheimer's disease, aging, idealism, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 80s, 90s, 20th century ...
Place: england, london, europe, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   35%
 
Muhammad: The Last Prophet
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: More than fourteen centuries ago, Mecca was filled with gambling, drunkenness, slavery, the mistreatment of women, and greed. The holy Ka'bah was littered with idol gods. Pilgrims came by the thousands to worship them. Quarysh, Mecca's ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, sincere
Audience: family outing
Plot: folk hero, family, desert, obsessive quest, human spirit, religions or cults, righting the wronged, fighting the system, heroes, hopes, society, clergy ...
Time: ancient history, middle ages
Place: middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   32%
 
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