Movies like The Reader

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The Reader (2008)
 7.6
 220K
The Reader (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
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, melancholic, emotional, compassionate, touching, sexual, gloomy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, age difference, sexuality, sexual relations, trial, first love, unlikely couple, female prisoner, guilt, secret, sex scene, student, haunted by the past, law student, nazism, romance, coming of age, against humanity, german, teenage sexuality, 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, serious, melancholic and reflective films with plots about relationships, love and romance, loneliness, drinking, couples, storytelling and mentor mostly in Drama, Romance and War genres. Some movies like The Reader: The Mother (2003), Lolita (1997), Sophie's Choice (1982), The English Patient (1996), Labor Day (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 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, clever ...
Plot: love affair, infidelity, domestic violence, older woman younger man relationship, parents and children, couple relations, romance, golden years, love and romance, coming of age, youth, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 48K
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, psychological, sexual, melancholic, cynical ...
Plot: forbidden love, pedophile, lolita, older man younger woman relationship, pedophilia, sex with teenager, underage sex, obsession, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, older man young girl relationship, incest, virginity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1950s, 1940s, 1920s
Place: cannes, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, tragedy, nazis, male female relationship, love triangle ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: new york, poland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, expedition, loss of loved one, power of love, love and romance, destiny, war, map, stranded, wartime life ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1944 ...
Place: libya, ethiopia, italy, egypt, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 40K
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: realistic, sincere, serious, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: single parent, family relations, dangerous attraction, fall in love, parents and children, unlikely relationship, coming of age, mysterious character, escaped convict, loner, longing, wanted ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, canada, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 482K
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, love story, love affair, young lovers, romance, love triangle, power of love, lovers reunited, social differences, fall in love, loss of loved one ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 90s, 1940s, 1990s
Place: south carolina, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 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, suspenseful, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: teachers and students, age difference, obsession, love and romance, infidelity, critic, possessiveness, hedonism, sexual attraction, cuban, couples, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: manhattan new york city
⇓ 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: family problems, under the surface, couple relations, jealousy, abortion, destiny, housewife, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, adultery, dysfunctional family, self fulfillment ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1955, 1940s
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Movie in collections
 6.2
 30K
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, lust, sexual relations, infidelity, parents and children, friendship, couples, sexual tension, older woman younger man relationship, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.0
 35K
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: sex scene, erotica, dangerous attraction, strong sexual content, sexual relations, bdsm, obsession, destructive relationship, mysterious character, love and romance, sexuality, couples ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Tunisia, 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, strong sexual content, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, lgbt, love affair, french, gays and lesbians, lovers, teenage love, sexuality, young woman ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: france, kindergarten, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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, sincere ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, forbidden love, love, yuppie, waitress, advertising executive, romance, infidelity, love and romance, love affair, fall in love, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: st. louis missouri, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.2
 102K
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: incest, strong sexual content, sexuality, sexual relations, friends, lovers, male nudity, rebelliousness, rebellion, protest, desire, youth ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, beach house, teenager, americana, soldier, summer vacation, beach, sand, age difference, sexual awakening ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1960s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.7
 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, couples, teenage life, youth, teenager, romance, misfit, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, touching, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: racism, foreigner, older woman younger man relationship, german, romance, immigrants, layoff, couples, alienation, social problems, fall in love, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, morocco, europe, west germany, munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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, touching, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: gay, coming out, depression, beach, gay teenager, gays and lesbians, romance, coming of age, dysfunctional family, sexual relations, fall in love, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, frankfurt germany, france, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.4
 172K
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, strong sexual content, lust, crumbling marriage, couple relations, depression, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, marital problem, dancing, bridge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, usa, new york, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
 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, crimes, mysterious character, starting over, policewoman, guilt, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, forbidden love, teachers and students, love affair, coming of age, female teacher, teacher, older woman younger man sex, teenage sex, teacher student sex, high school, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.9
 48K
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, offbeat, psychological ...
Plot: rape, suicide attempt, marriage, psychiatrist, accident, machismo, muslim, stabbing, roommate, german, immigrants, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, hamburg germany, turkey, europe, istanbul turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, female nudity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, france, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, sincere, emotional, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: haunted by the past, tennis, loss of child, dishonesty, hidden identity, society, self destructing, disorder, couples, love affair, loneliness, seduction ...
Time: 90s, year 1998, year 1944
Place: new england, usa, new jersey, oxford university, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 100K
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: gays and lesbians, tragic love, gay, haunted by the past, loneliness, love and romance, depression, teacher student relationship, broken heart, death, unfulfillment, best friends ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1962
Place: california, usa, los angeles, santa monica california, denver colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: war crime, s&m, dangerous attraction, sexual abuse, haunted by the past, destructive relationship, lovers reunited, danger, hotel, strong sexual content, post war, guilt ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1957
Place: vienna, europe, germany, hungary, frankfurt germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, clever ...
Plot: infidelity, unfaithful wife, adultery, marriage, friendship, college, betrayal, couple relations, suburban life, writer's life, love and romance, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, england, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.3
 5K
To Our Loves (1983)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A portrait of youth in bloom; a tale of one family's dissolution; a reflection upon the danger and the mystery in living. Sandrine Bonnaire plays Suzanne, a free spirit and the vessel for an almost Brontëan choler. She's 16, and men ...
Style: realistic, serious, sexual, psychological, gloomy
Plot: infidelity, coming of age, looking for sex, society, human nature, introspection, youth, self discovery, family relations, teenage life, family problems, downfall ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.6
 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, starting over, haunted by the past, romance, hopes, couple relations, dealing with death, fall in love, love and romance, cliche, couples, death in the family ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, sincere, serious, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: high school, teenage love, coming of age, basketball, lust, sex, teenager, friendship, humiliation, high school life, siblings relations, sexual relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Young & Beautiful (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Isabelle, a 17-year-old student, loses her virginity during a quick holiday romance. When she returns home, she begins a secret life as a prostitute for a year.
Style: erotic, sexual, psychological, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: strong sexual content, prostitute, lust, female nudity, older man younger woman relationship, teenage prostitution, teenage girl, sex scene, sexual exploration, teenage life, sexual relations, sex with a minor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, cote d'azur, paris france, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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