Movies like Samsara

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Samsara (2001)
 7.8
 7K
Samsara (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: India, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A love story situated in the Himalayas. A Buddhist monk can't choose between life and the way of the Buddha.
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, atmospheric, sentimental, sincere, realistic, emotional, sexual, sexy ...
Plot: buddhism, monk, self discovery, human nature, social differences, culture clash, lifestyle, rich and poor, monastery, hopes, society, religions or cults, regret, romance, lust, love and romance, buddhist, buddhist monk, introspection, humanity, adventure, temptation, love, wedding, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, himalaya, tibet, india

Most similar movies to Samsara

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and melancholic films with plots about love and romance, culture clash, romance, love, dialogue, loneliness and storytelling mostly in Drama, Romance and Adventure genres. Some movies like Samsara: Travelers and Magicians (2003), Winter Light (1963), Little Buddha (1993), Meteora (2012), Carried Away (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This South Korean film takes place on an isolated lake, where an old monk lives in a small floating temple. The monk has a young boy living with him, learning to become a monk. We watch as seasons and years pass by.
Style: philosophical, meditative, melancholic, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: buddhism, buddhist monk, redemption, existentialism, meditation, life, monk, solitude, teachers and students, human nature, guilt, isolation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Travelers and Magicians (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Australia, Bhutan, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A young government official, named Dondup, who is smitten with America (he even has a denim gho) dreams of escaping there while stuck in a beautiful but isolated village. He hopes to connect in the U.S. with a visa out of the country. He misses the ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, road movie
Plot: storytelling, illusion, adventure, self discovery, introspection, culture clash, friendship, on the road, clergy, hopes, countryside, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 22K
Winter Light (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, atmospheric, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: suicide, faith, priest, pastor, winter, midlife crisis, isolation, small town, crumbling marriage, society, unfulfillment, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 16K
Little Buddha (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Liechtenstein, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Little Buddha is a movie about the life of Siddhartha starring Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
Style: serious, sentimental, meditative, compassionate, touching ...
Plot: reincarnation, self discovery, monk, enlightenment, buddhist, teachers and students, religions or cults, buddha, parents and children, human nature, religion, boy ...
Place: tibet, seattle, asia, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 6.3
 625
Meteora (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Greece, France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In a monastery set on the top of sandstone pillars young monk Theodoros and nun Urania find themselves physically drawn to one and other after devoting their lives to the strict rituals and practises of the monasteries. Below them the eternal cycle ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: monastery, forbidden love, love affair, religions or cults, society, prayer, love, temptation, very little dialogue, sin, nun, sex scene ...
Time: middle ages
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.2
 1K
Carried Away (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based on Jim Harrison's book, "Farmer". 47-year-old Joseph Svenden lives on the family farm with his dying mother and teaches at a two room schoolhouse with Rosealee, his lover and his best friend's widow. Joseph, who lacks a ...
Style: sexy, sexual, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: relationships, teacher, infidelity, human nature, older man younger woman relationship, romance, seduction, sexual attraction, passion, farm, widow, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In this story-within-a-story, Anna is an actress starring opposite Mike in a period piece about the forbidden love between their respective characters, Sarah and Charles. Both actors are involved in serious relationships, but the passionate nature ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, emotional, scenic, clever ...
Plot: adultery, lieutenant, romance, love, love affair, tragedy, destructive relationship, infidelity, social differences, society, love triangle, film within a film ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 80s, 20th century ...
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.9
 879
Here (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Set against the gorgeous landscape of Armenia, Here chronicles a brief but intense relationship between an American satellite-mapping engineer (Foster) and an expatriate photographer (Azabal) who impulsively decide to travel across the remote ...
Style: captivating, realistic, sincere, tense, surreal ...
Plot: self discovery, satellite, on the road, love affair, wilderness, culture clash, society, journey, romance, adventure, performer's life, interracial relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: caucasus, armenia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Japanese Story (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Against the background of an Australian desert landscape, so much space and so few people, Sandy, a geologist, and Hiromitsu, a Japanese businessman, play out a story of human inconsequence in the face of the blistering universe. The end of the ...
Style: captivating, sincere, atmospheric, emotional, serious ...
Plot: culture clash, interracial relations, desert, romance, love affair, opposites attract, unlikely couple, couples, wilderness, isolation, society, journey ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, sydney australia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Hideous Kinky (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In 1972, disenchanted about the dreary conventions of English life, 25-year-old Julia heads for Morocco with her daughters, six-year-old Lucy and precocious eight-year-old Bea.
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: hippie, sister, culture clash, celebrity culture, love and romance, single parent, family relations, self discovery, cons and scams, parents and children, lover, lovers ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: morocco, london, africa, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.9
 27K
To the Wonder (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood.
Style: emotional, serious, stylized, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, romance, love affair, starting over, couple relations, introspection, homecoming, love triangle, love and romance, womanizer, love story, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, paris france, usa, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Set in rural England in the 1950s Eva (Samantha Morton) fantasises about her handsome, worldly cousin Joseph Lees (Rupert Graves), with whom she fell in love as a girl. However, stuck in a closed community she becomes the object of someone ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: lust, love triangle, obsession, romance, bittersweet, love and romance, couples, family relations, wedding, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, love affair ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: england, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.6
 16K
Dolls (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Dolls takes puppeteering as its overriding motif -- specifically, the kind practiced in Bunraku doll theater performances -- opening each section of his film with a story provided by the puppets and their masters, which relates thematically to the ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, bleak, surreal, melancholic ...
Plot: obsession, yakuza, disfigurement, suicide attempt, love and romance, lovers reunited, blind character, renewed love, romance, regret, mental illness, elopement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Ruby in Paradise (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Reeling from her mother's recent death, Ruby Lee Gissing relocates to Florida to start anew. After finding a job at a souvenir store, Ruby becomes friends with the shop's owner, Mildred Chambers, and slowly acclimates to her new ...
Style: touching, realistic, thought provoking, tense, contemplative ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, friendship, self discovery, shoplifting, spring break, journal, bittersweet, introspection, urban, down on your luck, romance, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, tennessee, usa, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Twice in a Lifetime (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A middle-aged steelworker is content with his job and his family, but feels that something is missing in his life. On his 50th birthday, he stops in at a local bar for a drink to celebrate. He finds himself attracted to the young, very sexy ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, suburbs, midlife crisis, starting over, love triangle, breakup, working class, dysfunctional family, love affair, romance, family gatherings, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: seattle, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
All the Real Girls (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In a small North Carolina town, Paul, a womanizer, meets Noel, a confused intellectual returning home for the first time in years since she left for boarding school. The film depicts the typical romance of a good girl and a bad boy, in an ...
Style: contemplative, sincere, touching, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: womanizer, small town, regret, romance, couple relations, crumbling relationship, introspection, human nature, infidelity, virginity, mechanic, clown ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, southern usa, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Beyond the Clouds (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Germany, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Made of four short tales, linked by a story filmed by Wim Wenders. Taking place in Ferrara, Portofino, Aix en Provence and Paris, each story, which always a woman as the crux of the story, invites to an inner travel, as Antonioni says "towards ...
Style: touching, erotic, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: male nudity, love triangle, infidelity, romance, dishonesty, love and romance, unfulfilled love, love affair, lovers reunited, filmmaking, couples, fall in love ...
Place: europe, italy, paris france, mexico, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
My Blueberry Nights (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, France, USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Elizabeth has just been through a particularly nasty breakup, and now she's ready to leave her friends and memories behind as she chases her dreams across the country. In order to support herself on her journey, Elizabeth picks up a series of ...
Style: psychological, touching, realistic, atmospheric, sentimental ...
Plot: loneliness, waitress, bar, romance, couple relations, introspection, love and romance, self discovery, hopes, life is a bitch, cross country, drifter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, memphis, las vegas, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Movie in collections
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Austrian mountaineer, Heinrich Harrer journeys to the Himalayas without his family to head an expedition in 1939. But when World War II breaks out, the arrogant Harrer falls into Allied forces' hands as a prisoner of war. He escapes with a ...
Style: captivating, uplifting, serious, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: expedition, mountain, world war two, buddhism, culture clash, friendship, self discovery, society, escapades, teachers and students, adventure, religions or cults ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: tibet, himalaya, china, austria, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Last Kiss (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Giulia (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and Carlo (Stefano Accorsi) have been happy together for three years, but Giulia's announcement that she is pregnant sends him into a secret panic. Terrified at his imminent entry into the adult world of ...
Style: sincere, melancholic, emotional, romantic, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: pregnancy, infidelity, couple relations, adulthood, human nature, relationship problems, hopes, romance, dishonesty, betrayal, loneliness, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, talky ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, forbidden love, love, yuppie, advertising executive, waitress, romance, bittersweet, infidelity, fall in love, love affair, death in the family ...
Time: 80s, 1930s, 70s
Place: st. louis missouri, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.7
 2K
Hadewijch (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A troubled young woman is thrown out of a convent and forms a relationship with a radical Muslim.
Style: touching, thought provoking, sentimental, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: convent, self discovery, religions or cults, human nature, friendship, hopes, youth, clergy, society, religious faith, praying, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, middle east, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.1
 652
G (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young Hip Hop star named Summer G falls for a middle to upper class sister while in college. After she rejects him for a fellow social climber, Summer G spends ten years building a Hip Hop empire, then moves to the Hamptons where he finds the ...
Style: sentimental, captivating, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: modern day adaptation, hip hop, lifestyle, love triangle, unfulfilled love, lovers reunited, social differences, haunted by the past, tragic love, infidelity, love affair, showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 3K
Chinese Box (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Japan, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, contemplative, gloomy ...
Plot: politics, romance, couple relations, urban, terminal illness, society, unfulfillment, love and romance, profanity, bittersweet, couples, city life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: hong kong, asia, china, north korea, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Springtime in a Small Town (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In a mansion decimated during World War II, a frustrated, bored housewife, Yuwen, is torn between caring for her ailing husband and her longing for a former sweetheart, a doctor who has come to treat her husband.
Style: thought provoking, sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love triangle, small town, love and romance, human nature, unfulfilled love, couple relations, introspection, couples, romance, crumbling marriage, small town life, lovers reunited ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: china, asia, shanghai china, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.5
 17K
Jungle Fever (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A successful and married black man contemplates having an affair with a white girl from work. He's quite rightly worried that the racial difference would make an already taboo relationship even worse.
Style: sexy, emotional, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: interracial romance, architect, interracial relations, love affair, social differences, society, romance, couples, infidelity, black man white woman relationship, prejudice, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Women in Love (1969)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Close friends Rupert Birkin and Gerald Crich begin romances with siblings Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen. After the couples wed, they take a joint honeymoon to Switzerland, where things begin happily -- but they become increasingly complicated as the ...
Style: sexy, sexual, erotic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: wrestling, love triangle, romance, friendship, honeymoon, couples, family relations, family problems, human nature, social differences, couple relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 1920s, 70s
Place: england, europe, alps, swiss alps, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Diving to save a camera from a fall down a flight of stairs, high school junior Naomi Sukuse wakes with no memory of the last four years. Naomi must remember who she was and figure out who she wants to be in this story of love and second chances.
Style: emotional, sentimental, contemplative, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: high school, memory loss, romance, teenage love, love triangle, self discovery, fall in love, youth, social relations, amnesia, couples, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Felix and Meira (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young married woman from Montreal's Orthodox Jewish community finds freedom from the strictures of her faith through her relationship with a young man who is mourning the death of his estranged father.
Style: realistic, sentimental, atmospheric, captivating, touching ...
Plot: fall in love, society, unlikely couple, religions or cults, infidelity, love story, romance, social differences, friendship, forbidden love, innocence lost, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, montreal quebec, montreal, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.1
 40K
On the Road (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA, UK, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Dean and Sal are the portrait of the Beat Generation. Their search for "It" results in a fast paced, energetic roller coaster ride with highs and lows throughout the U.S.
Style: road movie, atmospheric, inspirational, melancholic, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: on the road, friendship, road trip, writers, self discovery, lifestyle, adventure, escapades, society, americana, introspection, youth ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1947, 1950s ...
Place: usa, mexico, mexico city, arizona, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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