Movies like The Pianist

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The Pianist
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.
Style: bleak, compassionate, suspense, harsh, touching, emotional, realistic, serious, epic, dramatic ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, pianist, jewish, anti semitism, ghetto, nazi, genocide, violence, wartime, nazi occupation, world war two, life & death, classical music, against humanity, atrocity, secret hideout, runaway, hunger, war, music, nazis, anti heroes, deportation, jews ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, dramatic, serious and harsh films with plots about culture clash, brutality, war, wartime, idealism, german and tragedy mostly in Drama, War and Biography genres. Some movies like The Pianist: Schindler's List (1993), The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), Stalingrad (1993), Life Is Beautiful (1997), Conspiracy (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Schindler's List
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: realistic, epic, emotional, bleak, touching ...
Plot: holocaust, war, survival, jewish, concentration camp, nazi, ghetto, nazis, violence, redemption, rescue, anti heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: poland, europe, germany
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
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, realistic, disturbing, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: innocence lost, holocaust, friendship, jewish, nazis, childhood, nazi, children, concentration camp, german, young heroes, jews ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, poland, berlin germany, switzerland
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 7.5
 27K
Stalingrad
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: "Stalingrad" follows the progress of a German Platoon through the brutal fighting of the Battle of Stalingrad. After having half their number wiped out and after being placed under the command of a sadistic Captain, the Lieutenant of the ...
Style: realistic, bleak, epic, serious, rough ...
Plot: war, survival, german, russian, politics, genocide, holocaust, soldier, death, wartime, nazis, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, year 1942, 1940s
Place: russia, germany, europe, poland, africa ...
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Life Is Beautiful
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While ...
Style: tragicomedy, sentimental, emotional, realistic, touching ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, protecting from truth, father son relationship, courage, optimism, protective parent, survival, fascism, human spirit, life philosophy, jewish ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: europe, italy, poland, tuscany
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 7.8
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Conspiracy
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The historical recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which Nazi and SS leaders gathered in a Berlin suburb to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Lead by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, this group of high ranking ...
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: holocaust, genocide, war, politics, german, nazi, nazis, conspiracy, lawyer, jews, leadership, anti semitism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, poland, berlin germany
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 7.6
 115K
The Book Thief
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: adoption, holocaust, nazi germany, jewish, human spirit, nazi, family secret, wartime life, life & death, unlikely friendships, family relations, survival ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1943 ...
Place: germany, europe
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The Grey Zone
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: bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, redemption, rebellion, nazi, jewish, death, torture, murder, prison, jews, nazis ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 1940s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel, budapest hungary
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Judgment at Nuremberg
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 186 min.
Story: In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his ...
Style: talky, realistic, serious, bleak, dramatic ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, holocaust, genocide, german, war, idealism, nazi, redemption, jewish, nazis, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 60s, 1940s, 1960s ...
Place: germany, europe, poland
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System:   28%
    User:   28%
 
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Jakob the Liar
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Hungary, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out after curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German radio broadcast about Russian troop movements. Returned to the ...
Style: semi serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, dramatic ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, war, nazi, radio, jews, anti heroes, nazis, wartime, jewish, death, russian ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, germany
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System:   27%
    User:   30%
 
 8.2
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Come and See
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, realistic, surreal, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: war, genocide, innocence lost, holocaust, insanity, russian, surrealism, brutality, german, nazi, fascism, death ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, germany, poland
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System:   27%
    User:   24%
 
 7.1
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Katyn
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, dramatic, disturbing ...
Plot: war, survival, russian, german, brutality, propaganda, murder, anti heroes, nazis, genocide, wartime, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1940
Place: poland, russia, europe, germany, east germany
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System:   26%
    User:   26%
 
Saving Private Ryan
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 169 min.
Story: As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.
Style: realistic, epic, captivating, serious, intense ...
Plot: war, military, gory, courage, sacrifice, violence, friendship, army, d day, destiny, obsessive quest, wartime ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1944
Place: europe, france, germany, normandy, poland ...
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    User:   20%
 
 7.3
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Amen.
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, War
Country: France, Germany, Romania
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The film "Amen." examines the links between the Vatican and Nazi Germany. The central character is Kurt Gerstein, a member of the Institute for Hygiene of the Waffen-SS who is horrified by what he sees in the death camps. Moreover, he is ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, dramatic, suspenseful ...
Plot: holocaust, genocide, idealism, war, politics, catholicism, concentration camp, nazi, jewish, propaganda, sacrifice, christian ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: germany, poland, israel, argentina, europe ...
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    User:   21%
 
Nowhere in Africa
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A Jewish woman named Jettel Redlich flees Nazi Germany with her daughter Regina, to join her husband, Walter, on a farm in Kenya. At first, Jettel refuses to adjust to her new circumstances, bringing with her a set of china dishes and an evening ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: holocaust, culture clash, childhood, jews, immigrants, nazis, german, friendship, nazi, jewish, judaism, genocide ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: africa, kenya, germany, poland, israel
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A Midnight Clear
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Set in 1944 France, an American Intelligence Squad locates a German Platoon wishing to surrender rather than die in Germany's final war offensive. The two groups of men, isolated from the war at present, put aside their differences and spend ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, tense, rough ...
Plot: war, innocence lost, friendship, tragedy, violence, buddies, wartime, german, nazis, storytelling, courage, insanity ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944
Place: germany, poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   23%
 
Cadillac Records
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, and the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry.
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, sincere, dramatic ...
Plot: music, music business, segregation, blues, musician's life, rock and roll, rags to riches, hip hop, jazz, chess, artist, drug abuse ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: usa, poland, chicago illinois
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    User:   21%
 
The Counterfeiters
Genre: Crime, Drama, War
Country: Austria, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story Jewish counterfeiter, Salomon Sorowitsch, coerced into assisting the Nazi operation of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp during World War II.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: survival, war, holocaust, german, jewish, nazi, brutality, betrayal, death, politics, russian, violence ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: germany, europe, poland, canada, austria ...
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    User:   29%
 
The Killing Fields
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The Killing Fields tells the real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four ...
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: genocide, journalism, war, vietnam war, civil war, friendship, brutality, violence, torture, photographer, unlikely friendships, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia, iraq
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System:   25%
    User:   30%
 
 8.0
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Patton
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: "Patton" tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Germany and the fall of the Third Reich. Side ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, rough, dramatic ...
Plot: war, military, sacrifice, german, violence, leadership, wartime, fighting the system, character study, military life, courage, visceral ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 1940s, year 1942 ...
Place: africa, europe, germany, italy, normandy ...
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System:   24%
    User:   21%
 
 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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System:   24%
    User:   26%
 
 8.2
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Downfall
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Austria, Italy
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Plot: war, suicide, german, nazi, fascism, brutality, violence, insanity, betrayal, drinking, death, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1945, 1940s, year 1942
Place: germany, europe, poland, berlin germany, frankfurt germany ...
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System:   24%
    User:   28%
 
 7.6
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Europa Europa
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, France, Poland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A Jewish boy separated from his family in the early days of WWII poses as a German orphan and is taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually becomes a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are ...
Style: realistic, epic, serious, dramatic, captivating ...
Plot: german, jewish, holocaust, survival, war, nazi, nazis, russian, friendship, courage, sacrifice, hidden identity ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, israel, russia ...
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System:   24%
    User:   20%
 
 7.1
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Lore
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Germany, Australia, UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After her Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore leads her younger siblings across a war-torn Germany in 1945. Amidst the chaos, she encounters mysterious Jewish refugee Thomas, who shatters her fragile reality with hatred and desire. To live, she must ...
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: survival, coming of age, innocence lost, war, german, nazi, holocaust, jewish, death, murder, nazis, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1945
Place: germany, poland, australia, hamburg germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   23%
    User:   21%
 
Voyage of the Damned
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A luxury liner carries Jewish refugees from Hitler's Germany in a desperate fight for survival.
Style: suspenseful, serious, dramatic, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: nazi, holocaust, jews, anti heroes, genocide, nazis, jewish, war, fugitives, adaptation, political, corruption ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: cuba, germany, europe, latin america, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   22%
    User:   24%
 
The Harmonists
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Germany, Austria
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Comedian Harmonists tells the story of a famous, German male sextet, five vocals and piano, the "Comedian Harmonists", from the day they meet first in 1927 to the day in 1934, when they become banned by the upcoming Nazis, because three of ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: music, politics, nazi, jewish, anti semitism, music band, friendship, radio, nazis, jews, german, segregation ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, budapest, warsaw poland, munich germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   22%
    User:   24%
 
 7.3
 9K
Savior
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A hardened mercenary in the Foreign Legion begins to find his own humanity when confronted with atrocities during the fighting in Bosnia
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, tense ...
Plot: war, redemption, civil war, genocide, soldier, ethnic conflict, blood, atrocity, mercenary, wartime, brutality, pregnancy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: bosnia, europe, former yugoslavia, serbia, bosnia herzegovina ...
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    User:   23%
 
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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System:   22%
    User:   22%
 
Goodbye, Children
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, West Germany, Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: boarding school, friendship, german, betrayal, childhood, jewish, french, nazi, treasure hunt, courage, school, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: france, europe, germany, poland, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   22%
    User:   20%
 
 7.2
 127K
Defiance
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Based on a true story, during World War II, four Jewish brothers escape their Nazi-occupied homeland of West Belarus in Poland and join the Soviet partisans to combat the Nazis. The brothers begin the rescue of roughly 1,200 Jews still trapped in ...
Style: realistic, epic, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Plot: survival, war, jewish, holocaust, camp, russian, german, nazis, nazi, genocide, revenge, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1941
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   21%
    User:   25%
 
 6.8
 14K
Swing Kids
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The story of a close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany who listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing and fun leads to more difficult choices as the Nazi's begin tightening the grip on Germany. Each member of the group is ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, friendship, rebellion, culture clash, coming of age, nazi, politics, dance, anti semitism, nazis, jews, against the odds ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, pre world war two
Place: germany, europe, usa, new york, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   21%
    User:   22%
 
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