Movies like Persona

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Persona (1966)
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Persona (1966)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually confesses her secrets to a seemingly sympathetic Elisabeth and finds that her own personality is being submerged into Elisabeth's persona.
Style: atmospheric, sexual, psychological, experimental, talky, surreal, disturbing, sexy, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: confession, nurse, actress, postmodernism, violence, betrayal, dream, patient, psychiatry, dreams, misfit, psychiatrist, mental illness, mentally unstable, letter, nervous breakdown, introspection, identity crisis, losing-it hero, doctors and patients, strong female presence, unfulfillment, sexual activity, power relations, silence ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, eastern europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out psychological, serious, gloomy and atmospheric films with plots about loneliness, obsession, storytelling, insanity, existentialism, dialogue and visceral mostly in Drama, Thriller and Horror genres. Some movies like Persona: Hour of the Wolf (1968), Woman in the Dunes (1964), Black Swan (2010), The Passion of Anna (1969), Donnie Darko (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Hour of the Wolf (1968)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Sweden
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An artist in crisis is haunted by nightmares from the past in Ingmar Bergman's only horror film, which takes place on a windy island. During "the hour of the wolf" - between midnight and dawn - he tells his wife about his most painful ...
Style: atmospheric, gloomy, gothic, surreal, bleak ...
Plot: isolation, island, diary, surrealism, artist, insanity, voyeurism, insomnia, castle, nightmare, mental illness, swedish ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: scandinavia, sweden, eastern europe
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Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 147 min.
Story: An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, sexual, captivating, surreal ...
Plot: love affair, isolation, nudity (full frontal - brief), desert, sand dune, love and romance, entomologist, destiny, kidnapping, human nature, couple relations, captivity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Black Swan (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
Style: psychological, twist ending, atmospheric, cerebral, dramatic ...
Plot: obsession, hallucination, mental illness, ballet, insanity, dancer's life, surrealism, psychology, paranoia, character study, dark fantasy, showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Passion of Anna (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Andreas, a man struggling with the recent demise of his marriage and his own emotional isolation, befriends a married couple also in the midst of psychological turmoil. In turn he meets Anna, who is grieving the recent deaths of her husband and son. ...
Style: bleak, psychological, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: isolation, couples, island, solitude, friendship, love affair, architect, love and romance, opposites attract, deadly, destiny, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Donnie Darko (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
Style: psychological, mind bending, surreal, atmospheric, cult film ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: insanity, social misfits, supernatural ability, hallucination, time travel, imaginary friend, parallel universe, suburbs, society, prophecy, time loop, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, future
Place: virginia, usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Shame (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Ingmar Bergman's psychological study of how humans react in a situation of war. The film takes place on Gotland, where invasion forces arrives.
Style: psychological, bleak, biting, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: island, soldier, war, civil war, politics, betrayal, crumbling marriage, on the run, introspection, political unrest, survival, countryside ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia, israel, tokyo
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Cries & Whispers (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 91 min.
Story: As Agnes slowly dies of cancer, her sisters are so deeply immersed in their own psychic pains that they can't offer her the support she needs. Maria is wracked with guilt at her husband's suicide, caused by his discovery of her ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, gloomy, touching, psychological ...
Plot: terminal illness, maid, death, cancer, grudge, mansion, estate, society, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, human nature, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Repulsion (1965)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In Roman Polanski's first English-language film, beautiful young manicurist Carole suffers from androphobia (the pathological fear of interaction with men). When her sister and roommate, Helen, leaves their London flat to go on an Italian ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, surreal, disturbing, scary ...
Plot: mental illness, schizophrenia, hallucination, delusion, repression, rent, loneliness, graphic violence, unfulfillment, losing-it hero, indoor, nervous breakdown ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Karin hopes to recover from her recent stay at a mental hospital by spending the summer at her family's cottage on a tiny island. Her husband, Martin, cares for her but is frustrated by her physical withdrawal. Her younger bother, Minus, is ...
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: island, mental illness, schizophrenia, incest, insanity, electroshock therapy, brother sister incest, dysfunctional family, confined, family problems, estrangement, siblings relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Winter Light (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, atmospheric, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: suicide, faith, priest, winter, pastor, midlife crisis, isolation, small town, society, hopes, unfulfillment, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: scandinavia, eastern europe, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: West Germany, Sweden, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After a seven-year absence, Charlotte Andergast travels to Sweden to reunite with her daughter Eva. The pair have a troubled relationship: Charlotte sacrificed the responsibilities of motherhood for a career as a classical pianist. Over an emotional ...
Style: emotional, reflective, sincere, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: pianist, marriage, reconciliation, mother daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, handicapped, reunion, family life, parents and children, family relations, family problems, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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The Silence (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Traveling through an unnamed European country on the brink of war, sickly, intellectual Ester, her sister Anna and Anna's young son, Johan, check into a near-empty hotel. A basic inability to communicate among the three seems only to worsen ...
Style: sexual, sexy, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: hotel, female masturbation, lesbian, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, desire, travel, sister sister relationship, rage, lesbianism, incest, couples ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: europe, sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, West Germany
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden.
Style: thought provoking, intellectual, sincere, disturbing, philosophical ...
Plot: christmas, bishop, ghost, childhood, child abuse, abusive stepfather, brother sister relationship, emotional abuse, marriage as hell, family relations, beating, death of father ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s, 90s, turn of the century
Place: sweden, eastern europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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A Dangerous Method (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein as his patient. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud. Both men fall under Sabina’s ...
Style: intellectual, psychological, sexy, philosophical, talky ...
Plot: historical character, psychiatrist, psychoanalysis, sexual perversion, spanking, mental illness, patient, mentally unstable, insanity, infidelity, psychology, s&m ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, year 1912, 1930s
Place: switzerland, europe, zurich switzerland, austria, central europe ...
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Genre: Drama, Thriller
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Duration: 90 min.
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Style: disturbing, enigmatic, brutal, erotic, harsh ...
Audience: girls' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Sweden
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A sensitive exploration of the tragic irony of the psychiatrist suffering with mental illness.
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Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.
Style: bleak, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, non-linear ...
Plot: mental illness, childhood trauma, haunted by the past, murder, misfit, betrayal, mental patient, vengeance, mystery, infidelity, family relations, past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 50s, 1950s
Place: london, europe, united kingdom, england, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Knife in the Water (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Poland
Duration: 94 min.
Story: On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.
Style: tense, psychological, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: hitchhiker, sailing, drowning, polish, couples, knife, family problems, weekend, rivalry, ego clash, dishonesty, unsupportive spouse ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 283 min.
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Story: Ten years of Marianne and Johan's relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage. He is a college professor, she a divorce lawyer. They say that they are happily married - unlike their friends Katarina and Peter ...
Style: psychological, talky, thought provoking, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: divorce, couples, marriage, breakup, selfishness, infidelity, society, romance, introspection, couple relations, human nature, unfulfillment ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Serpent's Egg (1977)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The Serpent's Egg follows a week in the life of Abel Rosenberg, an out-of-work American circus acrobat living in poverty-stricken Berlin following Germany's defeat in World War I.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, disturbing, gloomy ...
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Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, pre world war two
Place: germany, sweden, europe, berlin germany
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Stay (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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Duration: 99 min.
Story: Psychiatrist Sam Foster has a new patient, Henry Letham, who claims to be suicidal. In trying to diagnose him, Sam visits Henry's prior therapist and also finds Henry's mother -- even though Henry has said that he murdered both of his ...
Style: psychological, surreal, surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: suicide attempt, suicide, psychiatrist, doctors and patients, mentally unstable, unfulfillment, obsession, student, mystery, patient, mental illness, suicidal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 48 hours in the life of a burnt-out paramedic. Once called Father Frank for his efforts to rescue lives, Frank sees the ghosts of those he failed to save around every turn. He has tried everything he can to get fired, calling in sick, delaying ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: hallucination, coma, hospital, rescue, redemption, ambulance, haunted by the past, misfit partners, dealing with death, patient, death, violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Saraband (2003)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Finland, Germany, Austria
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The movie is a sequel to Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage (1973), where we revisit the characters of Johan and Marianne, then a married couple. After their divorce, Johan and Marianne haven't seen each other for 32 years. Marianne is still ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, sincere, meditative ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, introspection, love and romance, golden years, crumbling marriage, couples, family problems, human nature, breakup, hopes, destiny ...
Time: contemporary
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Heart of Glass (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A small Bavarian village is renowned for its "Ruby Glass" glass blowing works. When the foreman of the works dies suddenly without revealing the secret of the Ruby Glass, the town slides into a deep depression, and the owner of the ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, allegory, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: hypnosis, warning, murder, curses spells and rituals, factory, village life, village, dream, surrealism, mountain, hallucination, existentialism ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
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Style: surreal, emotional, psychological, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A businessman, Tsuda, runs into a childhood friend, Tajuki, on the subway. Tajuki is working as a semiprofessional boxer. Tsuda soon begins to suspect that Tajuki might be having an affair with his fiance Hizuru. After an altercation, Tsuda begins ...
Style: surreal, disturbing, stylized, biting, atmospheric ...
Plot: obsession, dark humor, athlete's life, rivalry, destructive relationship, love triangle, satire, couples, gory, violence, vengeance, loneliness ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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The Machinist (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, bleak, twist ending, surprise ending ...
Plot: insomnia, insanity, mysterious character, uncover truth, life is a bitch, obsession, losing-it hero, hallucination, paranoia, torment, layoff, hit and run ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: united states, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Europa (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An American, Leopold Kessler, goes to post-war Germany in 1945 to work as a railroad conductor for the Zentropa Rail Line instead of going into the Army because he feels its a more valuable thing to do for the state of the world. He meets Katharina ...
Style: bleak, psychological, surreal, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: terrorism, against humanity, train, nazism, misfit, suicide, assassination, idealism, betrayal, haunted by the past, danger, employee ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, munich germany, frankfurt germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Antichrist (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Poland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
Style: psychological, disturbing, scary, bleak, sexual ...
Plot: fear, violence, cruelty, insanity, explicit sex, guilt, death, nudity (full frontal - brief), isolation, brutality, obsession, motherhood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Dead Ringers (1988)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Elliot, a successful gynecologist, works at the same practice as his identical twin, Beverly. Elliot is attracted to many of his patients and has affairs with them. When he inevitably loses interest, he will give the woman over to Beverly, the ...
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: love triangle, twins, obsession, insanity, body horror, addiction, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, doctors and patients, family relations, murder, mistaken identity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 80s, 50s ...
Place: toronto ontario canada, canada
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