Movies like The Reader

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The Reader (2008)
 7.6
 216K
The Reader (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a teenager in the late 1950s, had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a concentration camp guard late in the war. He alone realizes that Hanna is illiterate and may be concealing that fact at the expense of her freedom.
Style: psychological, bleak, emotional, melancholic, compassionate, touching, sexual, gloomy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, sexuality, sexual relations, age difference, trial, first love, unlikely couple, female prisoner, guilt, secret, student, haunted by the past, law student, nazism, romance, coming of age, against humanity, german, teenage sexuality, sex scene, lust, shame, love affair, lawyer, survivor ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, year 1980, 1940s, 1990s, 1960s ...
Place: germany, europe, israel, berlin germany, hamburg germany, west berlin west germany, poland

Most similar movies to The Reader

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, serious and emotional films with plots about love and romance, relationships, couples, storytelling, loneliness, romance and mentor mostly in Drama, Romance and War genres. Some movies like The Reader: Sophie's Choice (1982), The Mother (2003), Lolita (1997), The Notebook (2004), Elegy (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Sophie's Choice (1982)
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: realistic, serious, emotional, depressing, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, against humanity, concentration camp, post war, mental illness, haunted by the past, love and romance, wartime life, nazi, tragedy, nazis, male female relationship ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: new york, poland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 4K
The Mother (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A grandmother has a passionate affair with a man half her age, who is also sleeping with her daughter.
Style: sexual, realistic, touching, psychological, semi serious ...
Plot: love affair, domestic violence, infidelity, older woman younger man relationship, human nature, death in the family, couples, dishonesty, family problems, youth, coming of age, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 46K
Lolita (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Urbane professor Humbert Humbert marries a New England widow to be near her nymphet daughter.
Style: erotic, sexual, psychological, melancholic, cynical ...
Plot: lolita, forbidden love, pedophile, obsession, sex with teenager, older man younger woman relationship, pedophilia, older man young girl relationship, underage sex, incest, virginity, sexuality ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1920s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: new england, cannes
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 468K
The Notebook (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to a woman with Alzheimer's. From a faded notebook, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, true love, young lovers, love affair, love story, romance, power of love, love triangle, lovers reunited, social differences, fall in love, loss of loved one ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1940s
Place: south carolina, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 21K
Elegy (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Cultural critic David Kepesh finds his life -- which he indicates is a state of "emancipated manhood" -- thrown into tragic disarray by Consuela Castillo, a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher.
Style: sincere, serious, suspenseful, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: teachers and students, obsession, love and romance, age difference, infidelity, critic, cuban, hedonism, sexual attraction, possessiveness, danger, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Sound of the Sea (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Son de Mar (English: "Sound of the Sea") is a 2001 Spanish drama / erotic film directed by Juan José Bigas Luna based on the novel of the same title by Manuel Vicent. It revolves around Ulises (Jordi Mollà), who comes to a fishing ...
Style: psychological, sexual, atmospheric, serious, realistic
Plot: love triangle, dishonesty, lovers reunited, friendship, fall in love, rich and poor, romance, couple relations, teachers and students, rise to the top, love and romance, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Revolutionary Road (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.
Style: bad ending, serious, depressing, heartbreaking, realistic ...
Plot: under the surface, couple relations, family problems, jealousy, abortion, destiny, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, adultery, housewife, dysfunctional family, dull life ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1955
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.2
 29K
Adore (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia, France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Lil and Roz are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering ...
Style: sexy, emotional, captivating, serious, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: forbidden love, love affair, fall in love, infidelity, sexual relations, parents and children, older woman younger man relationship, friendship, couples, sexual tension, love and romance, lust ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Movie in collections
 5.9
 34K
9½ Weeks (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An erotic story about a woman, the assistant of an art gallery, who gets involved in an impersonal affair with a man. She barely knows about his life, only about the sex games they play, so the relationship begins to get complicated.
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, psychological, romantic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dangerous attraction, sexual relations, erotica, bdsm, obsession, destructive relationship, strong sexual content, mysterious character, love and romance, sexuality, couples, love affair ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, Spain
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.
Style: sexual, atmospheric, touching, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, coming of age, lovers, lesbian relationship, love affair, teenage love, french, gays and lesbians, strong sexual content, young woman, sexual attraction ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: france, kindergarten, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.2
 99K
The Dreamers (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.
Style: erotic, sexual, sexy, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: sexuality, incest, sexual relations, friends, lovers, rebelliousness, rebellion, protest, desire, strong sexual content, youth, sexual attraction ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Summer of '42 (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Silent as a painting, the movie shows us day-dreamer Hermie and his friends Oscy and Benjie spending the summer of '42 on an US island with their parents - rather unaffected by WWII. While Oscy's main worries are the when and how of ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, coming of age, island, teenager, soldier, americana, sex, beach, age difference, sexual awakening, sand, beach house ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1960s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.7
 5K
Come Undone (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Story of two gorgeous, young French boys who begin a passionate relationship that boils over and threatens to destroy both their lives. Shy Mathieu is 18-years-old and on summer vacation in the south of France. He spends his days lazily sunning ...
Style: sexual, emotional, gloomy, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: coming out, gay, depression, beach, gays and lesbians, romance, coming of age, dysfunctional family, love and romance, sexual relations, couple relations, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, frankfurt germany, france, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.8
 7K
Somersault (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Australian teenager Heidi is left with little choice but to leave home after she's caught red-handed with her mother's boyfriend. With few options, Heidi ends up in Jindabyne, a tourist community. Upon meeting Joe at a bar, she pursues a ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, self discovery, gas station, friendship, love and romance, teenage life, couples, youth, teenager, misfit, romance, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.4
 168K
Blue Valentine (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Dean and Cindy live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. They appear to have the world at their feet at the outset of the relationship. However, his lack of ambition and her retreat into self-absorption cause potentially irreversible cracks in ...
Style: emotional, realistic, stylized, talky, psychological ...
Audience: date night
Plot: marriage, nurse, lust, crumbling marriage, couple relations, depression, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, marital problem, truck, dancing, bridge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, usa, new york, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The English Patient (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In the 1930s, Count Almásy is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almásy enters into a world of ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love story, tragic love, mysterious character, expedition, power of love, loss of loved one, love and romance, destiny, war, map, wartime life, secret love ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, year 1942 ...
Place: libya, italy, ethiopia, egypt, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.6
 21K
Angel Eyes (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A story about a seemingly unlikely couple who cross paths under life-threatening circumstances as though they are destined not only to meet but to save each other's lives. Not once, but twice.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, psychological, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: destiny, romance, love and romance, couple relations, fall in love, haunted by the past, starting over, crimes, mysterious character, policewoman, guilt, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: West Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Emmi Kurowski, a cleaning lady, is lonely in her old age. Her husband died years ago, and her grown children offer little companionship. One night she goes to a bar frequented by Arab immigrants and strikes up a friendship with middle-aged mechanic ...
Style: bleak, realistic, psychological, touching, sincere ...
Plot: racism, foreigner, older woman younger man relationship, german, romance, immigrants, misfit, social differences, urban, human nature, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: germany, morocco, europe, west germany, munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Movie in collections
An Affair of Love (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg
Duration: 80 min.
Story: They recount their impressions to the Interviewer. They met through a magazine ad, She and He. They corresponded through the Internet. He responded to her ad seeking someone to fulfil her fantasy for "a pornographic affair". This is their ...
Style: erotic, psychological, sexual, talky, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual relations, strong sexual content, love affair, psychoanalyst, romance, couples, fall in love, sex, hotel, love and romance, psychologist, personal ad ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, france, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.5
 7K
White Palace (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Max Baron is a Jewish advertising executive in his 20s who's still getting over the death of his wife. Nora Baker is a 40-something diner waitress who enjoys the wilder side of life. Mismatched or not, their attraction is instant and ...
Style: sexy, sexual, touching, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, forbidden love, love, yuppie, advertising executive, waitress, romance, infidelity, death in the family, looking for love, couples, love affair ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: st. louis missouri, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Night Porter (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In this unsettling drama from Italian filmmaker Liliana Cavani, a concentration camp survivor discovers her former torturer and lover working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic ...
Style: psychological, serious, sexual, erotic, bleak ...
Plot: s&m, war crime, dangerous attraction, post war, sexual abuse, lovers reunited, danger, haunted by the past, destructive relationship, hotel, guilt, concentration camp ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: vienna, europe, hungary, frankfurt germany, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.6
 99K
A Single Man (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Adapted from a 1964 novel of the same name, the film follows a day in the life of George Falconer, a British college professor reeling with the recent and sudden loss of his longtime partner. This traumatic event makes George challenge his own will ...
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, philosophical, enigmatic ...
Plot: tragic love, love and romance, gays and lesbians, haunted by the past, loneliness, gay, broken heart, death, depression, teacher student relationship, best friends, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 1940s, year 1962
Place: california, usa, los angeles, santa monica california, denver colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.9
 47K
Head-On (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Turkey
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Head On is German director Fatih Akin’s story of the alcoholic Cahit and Turkish Sibel. Akin tells the story of a love that can never be between two people who are too alike to not be together.
Style: realistic, bleak, emotional, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: rape, suicide attempt, marriage, psychiatrist, accident, stabbing, muslim, machismo, roommate, german, immigrants, culture clash ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, hamburg germany, turkey, europe, frankfurt germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 39K
Labor Day (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.
Style: sincere, serious, captivating, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: single parent, dangerous attraction, family relations, unlikely relationship, fall in love, parents and children, coming of age, mysterious character, holiday, weekend, wanted, longing ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, canada, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Human Stain (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany, France, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Coleman Silk is a worldly and admired professor who loses his job after unwittingly making a racial slur. To clear his name, Silk writes a book about the events with his friend and colleague Nathan Zuckerman, who in the process discovers a dark ...
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: tennis, haunted by the past, dishonesty, loss of child, hidden identity, society, self destructing, disorder, love affair, couples, loneliness, seduction ...
Time: 90s, year 1998, year 1944
Place: new england, usa, new jersey, massachusetts, oxford university
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Married couple Jack and Terry Linden are experiencing a difficult period in their relationship. When Jack decides to step outside the marriage, he becomes involved with Edith, who happens to be the wife of his best friend and colleague, Hank Evans. ...
Style: realistic, touching, psychological, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, adultery, marriage, friendship, college, betrayal, unfaithful wife, love affair, couples, suburban life, unfulfillment, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, england, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
All Things Fair (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 130 min.
Story: This film is set in 1943 when the whole of Europe was embroiled in WWII. It deals with attraction of a 15 year old boy Stig to his teacher Viola. The whole movie revolves around the sexual encounters between Stig and Viola and how he eventually ...
Style: sexual, touching, tense, sincere, serious ...
Plot: teachers and students, forbidden love, older woman younger man relationship, love affair, coming of age, teacher, high school, female teacher, couple relations, friendship, alcohol abuse, teacher student relationship ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.7
 13K
Moonlight Mile (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: As he copes with the death of his fiancee along with her parents, a young man must figure out what he wants out of life.
Style: emotional, sentimental, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: friendship, couple relations, love and romance, hopes, fall in love, dealing with death, romance, friends, family relations, haunted by the past, couples, family problems ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Normal Adolescent Behavior (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: High school student Wendy has an odd relationship with her five friends: They're openly sexual with each other, swapping partners every week. But this is all thrown into turmoil when she meets Sean, a new student in school who has a crush on ...
Style: realistic, sexual, sincere, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: high school, coming of age, teenage love, teenager, friendship, humiliation, lust, sex, basketball, high school life, drugs/alcohol, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 4.8
 6K
Endless Love (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Two young kids fall in love with each other. But the passion is too consuming for the parents of Jade. The parents try to stop them from seeing each other. But when this doesn't work, David burns down the house and is sent away. This ...
Style: sexual, touching, sentimental, gloomy, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: forbidden love, obsession, coming of age, young lovers, mental illness, romance, unfulfilled love, unfulfillment, love and romance, parents and children, destructive relationship, fall in love ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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