Movies like Persona

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Persona (1966)
 8.1
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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, talky, surreal, disturbing, gloomy, serious, captivating, avant garde ...
Plot: nurse, confession, silence, actress, postmodernism, violence, betrayal, patient, psychiatry, dream, dreams, misfit, psychiatrist, mental illness, mentally unstable, letter, nervous breakdown, introspection, losing-it hero, doctors and patients, identity crisis, unfulfillment, sexual activity, power relations, institution ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, psychological, stylized and cerebral films with plots about loneliness, obsession, storytelling, insanity, existentialism, visceral and dialogue mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like Persona: Repulsion (1965), The Passion of Anna (1969), Donnie Darko (2001), 3 Women (1977), Hour of the Wolf (1968). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
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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, disturbing, surreal, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental illness, schizophrenia, repression, delusion, rent, hallucination, loneliness, imaginary character, nervous breakdown, losing-it hero, unfulfillment, virginity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, europe, london
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100%
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, opposites attract, love affair, chaos and mayhem, love and romance, architect, destiny, deadly, friendship, solitude ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden
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72%
 8.0
 705K
Donnie Darko (2001)
Genre: Drama, 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, atmospheric, mind bending, captivating, surreal ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: insanity, social misfits, time travel, supernatural ability, hallucinations, teenage life, supernatural, time loop, imaginary, society, morality, high school life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: virginia, usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 12K
3 Women (1977)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: An awkward young teen working at a spa becomes overly attached to her fellow worker, a lonely outcast. They hang out at a bar owned by a strange pregnant artist and her has-been cowboy husband. Amid emotional crises, the three woman steal and trade ...
Style: surreal, stylized, psychological, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: desert, suicide attempt, painting, coma, artist, mental illness, opposites attract, free spirited, friends, friendship, love affair, golden years ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, surreal, bleak, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: island, isolation, artist, diary, mental illness, obsession, infidelity, crumbling marriage, losing-it hero, unfulfillment, couple relations, pregnancy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 8.1
 11K
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: island, soldier, war, civil war, politics, betrayal, political unrest, survival, on the run, countryside, introspection, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: israel, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, touching, psychological, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: terminal illness, maid, estate, cancer, grudge, mansion, society, human nature, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, friendship, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 89 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, realistic ...
Plot: island, incest, mental illness, schizophrenia, dysfunctional family, estrangement, human nature, family relations, in-laws, self destructing, siblings relations, confined ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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 8.2
 19K
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, atmospheric, psychological, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: suicide, pastor, faith, winter, priest, isolation, small town, clergy, nuclear, redemption, parents and children, unfulfillment ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 8.0
 661K
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, atmospheric, mind bending, twist ending, surreal ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, dancer's life, insanity, mental illness, losing-it hero, hallucinations, paranoia, dark fantasy, parents and children, rivalry, showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 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: isolation, love affair, desert, sand dune, entomologist, love and romance, couple relations, hopes, confined, captivity, human nature, trap ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.9
 16K
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, psychological, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: hotel, lesbian, terminal illness, desire, sex, sister sister relationship, travel, rage, incest, dysfunctional family, family problems, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.3
 22K
Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, France, West Germany, 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, sincere, touching, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: pianist, marriage, reconciliation, mother daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, family problems, reunion, family in crisis, parents and children, family life, family relations, family reunited ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: bleak, atmospheric, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: cabaret, investigation, unemployment, clinic, suicide, circus, rise to the top, getting home, life is a bitch, chaos and mayhem, alcohol abuse, society ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, pre world war two
Place: germany, sweden, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.8
 71K
Stay (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
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, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: suicide, doctors and patients, suicide attempt, mentally unstable, psychiatrist, student, patient, guilt, mental institution, obsession, race against time, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
A Dangerous Method (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, 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, talky, serious, sexy ...
Plot: psychiatrist, sexual perversion, psychoanalysis, patient, mentally unstable, historical character, sexuality, mental illness, seduction, introspection, human nature, psychology ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 1930s
Place: switzerland, europe, austria, central europe, zurich switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.6
 4K
Face to Face (1976)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Sweden
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A sensitive exploration of the tragic irony of the psychiatrist suffering with mental illness.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, psychological
Plot: hospital, couple relations, dealing with death, dysfunctional family, self discovery, hysteria, couples, family in crisis, love affair, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
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: atmospheric, psychological, bleak, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: redemption, coma, hospital, hallucination, rescue, ambulance, misfit partners, dealing with death, patient, haunted by the past, violence, insomnia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 7.0
 12K
The Isle (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Mute Hee-Jin is working as a clerk in a fishing resort in the Korean wilderness; selling baits, food and occasionally her body to the fishing tourists. One day she falls in love to Hyun-Shik, who is on the run for the police and rescues him with a ...
Style: enigmatic, brutal, erotic, harsh, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: prostitute, island, fish, violence, suicide attempt, murder, mute, fishing, sex, love interest, brutality, runaway ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A disturbed,institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.
Style: surreal, tense, sincere, psychological, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, teenage life, youth, life is a bitch, doctors and patients, hopes, imaginary, confined, power relations, self control, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: bishop, christmas, ghost, childhood, child abuse, remarry, brother sister relationship, abusive stepfather, marriage as hell, emotional abuse, beating, death of father ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 283 min.
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, tense, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: divorce, marriage, breakup, selfishness, infidelity, romance, couple relations, crumbling relationship, jealousy, crumbling marriage, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, drowning, polish, sailing, knife, jazz, intrigue, couples, ego clash, dishonesty, family problems, ship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 7.7
 7K
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: emotional, psychological, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hopes, siblings relations, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, unfulfillment, golden years, couple relations, dealing with death, parents and children, love and romance, destiny ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hamburg germany, munich germany, helsinki finland, florence italy, st. petersburg russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.7
 333K
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, suspenseful, offbeat ...
Plot: insomnia, obsession, losing-it hero, mysterious character, uncover truth, torment, paranoia, life is a bitch, confession, hit and run, factory, taunting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.8
 34K
Spider (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
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: offbeat, psychological, bleak, surreal, disturbing ...
Plot: mental illness, betrayal, haunted by the past, murder, infidelity, delusion, past, mental patient, misfit, family relations, vengeance, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, london, east end london, britain, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.0
 174
Committed (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A nurse is taken hostage by a patient pretending to be a doctor and is forced to administer to everyone.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak, offbeat
Plot: mental institution, murder, mistaken identity, mentally unstable, dishonesty, power relations, misfit, doctor, patient, nurse, woman in danger, trap ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.6
 18K
Europa (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, Switzerland
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, train, misfit, nazism, suicide, assassination, idealism, betrayal, against humanity, haunted by the past, post war, danger ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: germany, europe, frankfurt germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Felicia's Journey (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A solitary middle-aged bachelor and a naive Irish teenager transform one another's lives to arrive at a place of recognition, redemption and wisdom in Atom Egoyan's adaptation of William Trevor's celebrated 1994 novel. Seventeen and ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, abortion, psychopath, haunted by the past, irish, crimes, woman in danger, danger, mentally unstable, unlikely criminals, loneliness, violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.3
 37K
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, disturbing, atmospheric, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: twins, obsession, love triangle, insanity, addiction, bondage, medical profession, gynecologist, spectacle, murder, sadism, prostitution ...
Time: 20th century, year 1954, 1950s, 1960s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada, medical school
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%