Movies like Russian Ark

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Russian Ark (2002)
Russian Ark (2002)
Original name: Русский ковчег
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History, Mystery
Country: Russia, Germany, Japan, Canada, Finland, Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A French marquis wanders through a vast labyrinth of corridors, theaters and ballrooms at a reception for a Persian ambassador.
Style: epic, serious, captivating, experimental, non-linear, lyrical, stylized, atmospheric, enigmatic, talky ...
Plot: time travel, museum, russian history, revolution, empress, haunted by the past, lifestyle, culture clash, czar, painting, surveillance, monarchy, blind character, artists and showbiz, russian revolution, art, russian, artist, surrealism, dancing, painter, ballet, military, gold, snow ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 18th century, 1900s, 1800s, 1700s
Place: russia, ussr, st. petersburg russia, europe, tokyo

Most similar movies to Russian Ark

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, atmospheric, enigmatic and stylized films with plots about suprisingly clever, art, mentor, catastrophe, storytelling, runaway and dialogue mostly in Drama, History and Mystery genres. Some movies like Russian Ark: Last Year at Marienbad (1961), Burnt by the Sun (1994), Raspoutine (2011), Mr. Turner (2014), Dorian Gray (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Takes place in a chateau, an ambiguous story of a man and a woman who may or may not have met last year at Marienbad.
Style: psychological, surreal, atmospheric, mind bending, realistic ...
Plot: chateau, hotel, mystery, obsession, amnesia, haunted by the past, romance, new wave, dishonesty, destiny, love affair, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe
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Burnt by the Sun (1994)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin ...
Style: touching, stylized, captivating, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: parents and children, politics, communism, totalitarianism, betrayal, russian history, repression, symbolism, family relations, friendship, colonel, war ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1936
Place: russia, ussr, poland
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Raspoutine (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A group of Russian noblemen want to maintain the monarchy and plan to kill Rasputin.
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, atmospheric, non-linear
Plot: empress, ambition, rise to the top, rise and fall, state affairs, society, political intrigue, royal court, clergy, conspiracy, battles, battle ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 1900s
Place: russia, europe, st. petersburg russia, saint petersburg
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The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (1978)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 66 min.
Story: Two narrators, one seen and one unseen, discuss possible connections between a series of paintings. The on-screen narrator walks through three-dimensional reproductions of each painting, featuring real people, sometimes moving, in an effort to ...
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, captivating, mind bending ...
Plot: riddles and clues, art, painter, painting, art collector, conspiracy theory, conspiracy, scene based on painting, mystery, dishonesty, artists and showbiz, portrait ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, france
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Mr. Turner (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper bears an unrequited love for him.
Style: sincere, captivating, enigmatic, meditative, stylized ...
Plot: painter, estrangement, ambition, couple relations, society, love and romance, elderly, aging, painting, eccentricity, art, character study ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1830s, 1840s, victorian era ...
Place: london, england, holland
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Dorian Gray (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A vain London playboy offers his soul in exchange for eternal beauty in this adaptation of the chilling tale by author Oscar Wilde. Seduced into the decadent world of Lord Henry Wotton (Colin Firth), handsome young aristocrat Dorian Gray (Ben ...
Style: gothic, atmospheric, captivating, gloomy, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: deal with the devil, male nudity, society, physical appearance, eternal youth, fall in love, aristocracy, high society, painting, supernatural, immortality, love and romance ...
Time: victorian, 19th century, victorian era, 1890s
Place: england, europe, london
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Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A collection of magical tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, contemplative, serious, captivating ...
Plot: painting, tunnel, contamination, apocalypse, rain, legends and myths, artist, life & death, rainy, nuclear threat, nuclear, wise man ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, asia, mount fuji, pacific ocean, tokyo
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Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 183 min.
Story: Biography of the last Russian Monarch, Tsar Nicholas II and his Tsarina, Alexandra.Czar Nicholas II, the inept monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.
Style: epic, captivating, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: royal family, russian revolution, czar, politics, rise and fall, state affairs, rebellion, political unrest, rebelliousness, russian history, family relations, world war one ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 90s, edwardian era
Place: russia, crimea, siberia
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The Leopard (1963)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 186 min.
Story: As Garibaldi's troops begin the unification of Italy in the 1860s, an aristocratic Sicilian family grudgingly adapts to the sweeping social changes undermining their way of life. Proud but pragmatic Prince Don Fabrizio Salina allows his war ...
Style: epic, gloomy, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: ambition, revolution, prince, family relations, politics, opportunist, civil war, officer, nobility, aging, state affairs, introspection ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: italy, sicily, europe, naples italy, palermo italy ...
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Fellini Satyricon (1969)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome.
Style: surreal, sexual, sexy, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: poet, soldier, pirate, ship, ancient rome, wedding, earthquake, maze, slave, promiscuity, postmodernism, slavery ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, 60s, 1960s
Place: rome italy, italy, europe, africa, sicily
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Tsar (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In 16th-century Russia in the grip of chaos, Ivan the Terrible strongly believes he is vested with a holy mission. Believing he can understand and interpret the signs, he sees the Last Judgment approaching. He establishes absolute power, cruelly ...
Style: atmospheric, epic, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: clergy, leadership, head of state, political unrest, royal court, rebelliousness, political corruption, ambition, corrupted ruler, dishonesty, russian history, state affairs ...
Time: 16th century
Place: russia
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Taboo (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Japan, France, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set during Japan's Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting. A number of interpersonal conflicts are brewing in the training room, all centering around a handsome young samurai ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, realistic, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, samurai, emperor, state affairs, gender, political unrest, heroes, secrets, sword fight, murder mystery, life philosophy ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo, spain
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Sleeping Beauty (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: We follow 24 hours in the life of a being moving from life to life like a cold and solitary assassin moving from hit to hit. In each of these interwoven lives, the being possesses an entirely distinct identity: sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, ...
Style: surreal, art house, atmospheric, enigmatic, offbeat ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: double life, hidden identity, surrealism, unfulfillment, lifestyle change, power relations, existentialism, odd, disguise, model, dog, life & death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: paris france, france, tokyo
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Orlando (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, Russia, Italy, France, Netherlands
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1600, nobleman Orlando inherits his parents' house, thanks to Queen Elizabeth I, who commands the young man to never change. After a disastrous affair with Russian princess Sasha, Orlando looks for solace in the arts before being appointed ...
Style: stylized, enigmatic, atmospheric, clever, witty ...
Plot: immortality, gender bending, looking for love, switching roles, transsexual, painting, politics, nobility, surrealism, eternal youth, sexuality, poet ...
Time: 17th century, 18th century, victorian, 19th century, 20th century ...
Place: england, europe, ottoman empire, middle east, russia ...
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I Am Cuba (1964)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Cuba, Soviet Union
Duration: 141 min.
Story: An unabashed exercise in cinema stylistics, I Am Cuba is pro-Castro/anti-Batista rhetoric dressed up in the finest clothes. The film's four dramatic stories take place in the final days of the Batista regime; the first two illustrate the ills ...
Style: captivating, epic, factual, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: rebellion, propaganda, political unrest, revolution, state affairs, society, politics, injustice, tyranny, power struggle, coup d'etat, university ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba, tokyo, paris france
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And the Ship Sails On (1983)
Genre: Drama, History, Music
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In 1914, a cruise ship sets sail from Naples to spread the ashes of beloved opera singer Edmea Tetua near Erimo, the isle of her birth. During the voyage, the eclectic array of passengers discovers a group of Serbian refugees aboard the vessel. ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, realistic, melancholic, lyrical ...
Plot: cruise, world war one, ship, danger, war, ocean or sea, celebrity culture, boat accident, travel, tragedy, bohemian life, sea disaster ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: tokyo
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Reds (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.
Style: sentimental, tense, captivating, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: russian revolution, world war one, love triangle, journalism, politics, romance, political unrest, writer's life, infidelity, couple relations, love affair, rebelliousness ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, year 1917
Place: russia, new york, usa, saint petersburg, finland ...
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The Viceroys (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, Spain, Germany, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: captivating, psychological, atmospheric, epic, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, politics, political unrest, intrigue, rivalry, society, dishonesty, revolution, family life, royal family, parents and children, downfall ...
Time: 19th century
Place: italy, sicily, europe, sicily italy
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Sophie's World (1999)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History
Country: Norway, Sweden
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Sofie is an ordinary Norwegian girl. One day she recieves a video tape on which a certain Alberto Knox talks directly to her from ancient Greece. They then start to meet at different occasions and throughout the film, Alberto takes Sofie on an ...
Style: serious, contemplative
Plot: time travel, youth, imaginary, mysterious character, teaching the ways of the world, riddles and clues, leonardo da vinci, zorro, school, past, dog, philosophy ...
Time: ancient history, 19th century, 20th century, middle ages
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Che: Part Two (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Spain, France, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: revolution, dictatorship, leadership, military, communism, idealism, sacrifice, hopes, heroes, folk hero, life is a bitch, downfall ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1966, 1960s, year 1967
Place: bolivia, latin america, cuba, south america
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Nightwatching (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery
Country: UK, Poland, Canada, Netherlands
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An extravagant, exotic and moving look at Rembrandt's romantic and professional life, and the controversy he created by the identification of a murderer in the painting The Night Watch.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, captivating, enigmatic
Plot: painter, artists and showbiz, investigation, mystery, uncover truth, love affair, crimes, lifestyle, ambition, art, conspiracy, dishonesty ...
Time: 17th century
Place: europe, amsterdam, netherlands
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Faust (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Faust is a 2011 Russian film directed by Alexander Sokurov. Set in the 19th century, it is a free interpretation of the Faust legend and its literary adaptations by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Thomas Mann. The dialogue is in German. The film won ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, bleak, disturbing, contemplative ...
Plot: deal with the devil, life is a bitch, temptation, tragic hero, ambition, human nature, downfall, obsessive quest, lust, blind ambition, palaces castles and temples, unfulfillment ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: germany, europe, russia
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Inland Empire (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Poland, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: An actress's perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted as she finds herself falling for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production that was supposedly cursed.
Style: surreal, psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: filmmaking, actress, danger, infidelity, seance, debt, murder, makeup artist, nightmare, lifestyle, dangerous attraction, woman in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, los angeles, california, usa, europe ...
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The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Peter Greenaway's first fiction feature (after the mock-documentary The Falls) made him immediately famous and was named one of the most original films of the 1980s by British critics. The action is set in the director's beloved 17th ...
Style: atmospheric, talky, stylized, witty, humorous ...
Plot: adultery, murder, manipulation, boss and employee, dishonesty, manipulations, power relations, society, crimes, social climbing, sexual dysfunction, social differences ...
Time: 17th century
Place: england, europe
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Sapphire Blue (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Gwen has just discovered, that she's the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. Now she has to juggle with constant trips to the past, her relationships with Gideon and figuring out dark secrets surrounding the Circle.
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, enigmatic, entertaining
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, teenage love, secret society, teen romance, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, adventure, romance, supernatural ability, heroes, youth, obsessive quest, prophecy ...
Time: 19th century, 21st century
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Rasputin (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 151 min.
Story: Details the life of the Russian monk Rasputin. The film shows his rise to power and how it corrupted him. His sexual perversions and madness ultimatly leads to his gruesome assasination.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: assassination, clergy, intrigue, royal family, politics, ambition, tragic hero, psychopath, betrayal, mental illness, royal court, rebelliousness ...
Time: 1910s, year 1917, year 1916
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
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The Jacket (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.
Style: psychological, surreal, enigmatic, bleak, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, mental institution, psychology, supernatural ability, time loop, memory loss, supernatural, disorder, murder, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 1990s ...
Place: vermont
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Francofonia (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Master filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) transforms a portrait of the world-renowned museum into a magisterial, centuries-spanning reflection on the relation between art, culture and power.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, enigmatic, suspense, semi documentary
Plot: nazi occupation, nazism, louvre, museum, art, painting, art museum, war, evacuation, portrait painting, painter, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, year 1939, year 1978, year 1967, year 1918 ...
Place: paris france, st. petersburg russia, vichy, france, russia ...
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Kaspar Hauser (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery
Country: Germany, Austria, Sweden
Duration: 139 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: atmospheric, tense, realistic, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: murder, royal family, kidnapping, captivity, political intrigue, feral man, babies and infants, rivalry, heroes, state affairs, folk hero, confined ...
Time: 18th century
Place: bavaria, germany, berlin germany, tokyo
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The Confessional (1995)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The year is 1952, in Quebec City. Rachel (16), unmarried and pregnant, works in the church. Filled with shame, she unburdens her guilt to a young priest, under the confidentiality of the confessional. In the present year of 1989, Pierre Lamontagne ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, mystery, teenage life, pregnancy, haunted by the past, family relations, society, clergy, deadly, chaos and mayhem, siblings relations, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 80s, year 1952, year 1989 ...
Place: canada
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