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: bleak, psychological, emotional, melancholic, compassionate, touching, gloomy, sexual, serious, realistic ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, sexual relations, sexuality, age difference, unlikely couple, trial, first love, guilt, female prisoner, secret, law student, haunted by the past, student, romance, coming of age, teenage sexuality, teenager, lust, sex scene, shame, against humanity, love affair, nazism, german, courtroom drama ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1990s, 1940s, 1960s, year 1966 ...
Place: germany, europe, israel, hamburg germany, berlin germany, west berlin west germany, poland

Most similar movies to The Reader

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, realistic, serious and emotional films with plots about relationships, love and romance, storytelling, loneliness, couples, culture clash and romance mostly in Drama, Romance and War genres. Some movies like The Reader: Sophie's Choice (1982), The Notebook (2004), The Mother (2003), Elegy (2008), Revolutionary Road (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, bleak, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, against humanity, love triangle, post war, friendship, mental illness, haunted by the past, romance, war criminal, confined, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: new york, poland, usa
⇓ 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, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, true love, young lovers, love affair, love story, power of love, love triangle, lovers reunited, social differences, romance, fall in love, memory loss ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 90s, 1940s, 1990s
Place: south carolina, usa, europe
⇓ 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: realistic, sexual, clever, semi serious, touching ...
Plot: love affair, infidelity, domestic violence, human nature, older woman younger man relationship, romance, parent child relationship, parents and children, sexual relations, coming of age, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, sexual attraction, hedonism, cuban, possessiveness, critic, danger, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, bleak ...
Plot: under the surface, couple relations, family problems, destiny, crumbling marriage, abortion, unfulfillment, jealousy, adultery, death of wife, dysfunctional family, dull life ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1955, 1940s
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, pedophile, forbidden love, obsession, older man young girl relationship, virginity, destructive relationship, lust, pedophilia, teenager, incest, desire ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1920s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: new england, cannes
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, coming of age, island, teenager, summer vacation, beach, obsession, sex, age difference, sand, beach house, sexual frustration ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1960s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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, love and romance, erotica, obsession, mysterious character, destructive relationship, love affair, strong sexual content, sexual awakening, couples, bdsm ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Movie in collections
 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, erotic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love affair, forbidden love, sexual relations, fall in love, infidelity, love and romance, parents and children, friendship, dishonesty, couples, lust, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, realistic, touching, sexy ...
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, coming of age, love affair, strong sexual content, gays and lesbians, lovers, teenage love, lesbian relationship, crumbling relationship, french, adolescence ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: france, kindergarten, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: self discovery, coming of age, teenage life, teenager, love and romance, youth, couples, friendship, gas station, romance, runaway teen, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: coming out, gay, depression, beach, gays and lesbians, coming of age, romance, fall in love, male friendship, relationship problems, summer vacation, gay relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, frankfurt germany, france, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, sexy, sexual, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: incest, sexuality, sexual relations, love and romance, friends, rebelliousness, lovers, rebellion, desire, protest, youth, strong sexual content ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, sexual, talky, psychological, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual relations, strong sexual content, love affair, psychoanalyst, romance, couples, fall in love, sex, hotel, love and romance, shared bath, sexual desire ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, france, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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: serious, realistic, sincere, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: family relations, single parent, dangerous attraction, coming of age, parents and children, mysterious character, fall in love, unlikely relationship, fugitives, crimes, escapades, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, canada, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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, couple relations, love and romance, haunted by the past, crimes, fall in love, mysterious character, starting over, policewoman, guilt, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, erotic, touching, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: tragic love, love story, mysterious character, destiny, love and romance, power of love, loss of loved one, war, secret love, expedition, adultery, wartime life ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1944 ...
Place: egypt, africa, ethiopia, italy, libya ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: immigrants, suicide attempt, roommate, marriage, love, obsession, stabbing, machismo, muslim, romance, psychiatrist, rape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, hamburg germany, europe, turkey, istanbul turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Movie in collections
 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: realistic, emotional, talky, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: marriage, nurse, crumbling marriage, couple relations, dysfunctional family, depression, lust, strong sexual content, dancing, classroom, bridge, truck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, new york, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: racism, foreigner, romance, immigrants, fall in love, german, wife husband relationship, unsociability, parent child relationship, urban, unlikely couple, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: germany, morocco, europe, west germany, munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: teachers and students, forbidden love, older woman younger man relationship, love affair, coming of age, teacher, high school, teacher student relationship, couple relations, friendship, romance, jealousy ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: serious, psychological, emotional, sincere, melancholic ...
Plot: hidden identity, haunted by the past, tennis, dishonesty, love affair, loss of child, society, couples, disorder, loneliness, self destructing, seduction ...
Time: 90s, year 1944, year 1998
Place: new england, usa, new jersey, oxford university, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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, stylized, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, haunted by the past, gay, tragic love, love and romance, homosexual, death, loneliness, teacher student relationship, depression, gender, suicidal ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1962, 1940s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, santa monica california, denver colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Movie in collections
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, serious, clever, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: infidelity, adultery, marriage, college, friendship, unfaithful wife, writer's life, betrayal, loyalty, forbidden love, dishonesty, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.0
 9K
Jude (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In late 19th-century England, Jude aspires to be an academic, but is hobbled by his blue-collar background. Instead, he works as a stonemason and is trapped in an unloving marriage to a farmer's daughter named Arabella. But when his wife leaves ...
Style: emotional, serious, bleak, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: forbidden love, romance, couple relations, teacher, loss of faith, loveless marriage, destiny, social differences, student life, injustice, love and romance, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1890s, 1880s ...
Place: england, europe, britain, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, gloomy, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: forbidden love, obsession, young lovers, coming of age, romance, mental illness, couple relations, destructive relationship, love affair, parents and children, teenage love, tragic love ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, sentimental, sexual, talky, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: forbidden love, love, older woman younger man relationship, waitress, advertising executive, romance, yuppie, opposites attract, infidelity, self discovery, passion, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: st. louis missouri, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.2
 33K
Sex and Lucia (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Various lives converge on an isolated island, all connected by an author whose novel has become inextricably entwined with his own life.
Style: erotic, sexual, sexy, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: sexual relations, lust, sex, island, strong sexual content, hopes, waitress, starting over, love of one's life, extramarital affair, romance, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, dangerous attraction, war crime, post war, sexual abuse, destructive relationship, haunted by the past, lovers reunited, danger, hotel, guilt, concentration camp ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: vienna, europe, germany, frankfurt germany, hungary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.1
 78K
Monster's Ball (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Set in the southern USA, a racist white man, Hank, falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically, Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's inter-racial affair leads to ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, serious, tense ...
Plot: electric chair, racism, redemption, waitress, eviction, anger, hopes, interracial relations, blacks and whites, love and romance, prison, white male black female relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%