Movies like Samsara

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Samsara (2001)
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Samsara (2001)
Original name: འཁོར་བ།
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: philosophical, thought provoking, serious, captivating, atmospheric, sentimental, sincere, realistic, emotional, sexy ...
Plot: monk, buddhism, self discovery, human nature, monastery, social differences, culture clash, buddhist monk, lifestyle, rich and poor, society, hopes, regret, religions or cults, romance, lust, love and romance, buddhist, buddha, introspection, humanity, adventure, temptation, love, wedding ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, tibet, himalaya, india

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, enigmatic and melancholic films with plots about culture clash, love and romance, storytelling, loneliness, dialogue, mentor and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Romance and Adventure genres. Some movies like Samsara: Seven Years in Tibet (1997), Travelers and Magicians (2003), Himalaya (1999), Little Buddha (1993), Meteora (2012). 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, existentialism, buddhist monk, meditation, life, life changing experience, solitude, human nature, philosophy, monk, teachers and students, life & death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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100%
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: serious, uplifting, captivating, inspirational, gloomy ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: expedition, buddhism, mountain, beautiful scenery, world war two, culture clash, friendship, life philosophy, self discovery, society, escapades, teachers and students ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: tibet, himalaya, china, austria, 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: serious, captivating, atmospheric, road movie
Plot: illusion, self discovery, adventure, friendship, introspection, on the road, culture clash, clergy, countryside, society, hopes, magic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
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Himalaya (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland, UK, Nepal
Duration: 108 min.
Story: As the denizens of a Tibetan village prepare for their arduous annual trek to exchange salt for grain, the community's allegiances are split between aging chieftain Tinle (Thilen Lhondup) and rebellious young Karma (Gurgon Kyap). Tinle tries to ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: rivalry, monk, monastery, mountain, adventure, society, escapades, elderly, leadership, family relations, disobey, power relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: himalaya, nepal, tibet, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 6.1
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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: enlightenment, self discovery, buddha, reincarnation, monk, buddhist, teachers and students, parents and children, religions or cults, human nature, religion, boy ...
Place: tibet, seattle, usa, asia, himalaya ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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: realistic, emotional, serious, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: monastery, religions or cults, forbidden love, love affair, society, love, temptation, very little dialogue, sin, sex scene, nun, moral dilemma ...
Time: middle ages
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, social differences, infidelity, destructive relationship, society, love triangle, star crossed lovers ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 80s, 20th century, 18th century ...
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.3
 2K
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, sincere, serious, sexual, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: relationships, teacher, human nature, romance, sexual attraction, seduction, older man younger woman relationship, infidelity, farm, widow, self discovery, teachers and students ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Three people live in a remote Buddhist monastery near Mount Chonan: Hyegok, the old master; Yong Nan, a young man who has left his extended family in the city to seek enlightenment - Hyegok calls him Kibong!; and, an orphan lad Haejin, whom Hyegok ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, thought provoking, captivating, serious ...
Plot: buddhism, mountain, buddhist monk, monastery, monk, orphan, zen, teachers and students, introspection, obsession, human spirit, haunted by the past ...
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.8
 29K
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, homecoming, introspection, couple relations, love triangle, love and romance, womanizer, love story, bittersweet ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, paris france, oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, love and romance, single parent, celebrity culture, family relations, self discovery, parents and children, cons and scams, lovers, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: morocco, london, africa, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.5
 17K
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: regret, obsession, disfigurement, suicide attempt, love and romance, romance, blind character, renewed love, mental illness, yakuza, elopement, arranged marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.9
 106K
My Name Is Khan (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: India, USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, has Asperger's syndrome. He marries a Hindu single mother, Mandira, in San Francisco. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who treat him as a terrorist because of his ...
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: asperger's syndrome, muslim, islam, journey, autism, prejudice, false accusation, mental illness, true love, religion, false arrest, disability ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, mumbai india, san francisco, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, atmospheric, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: loneliness, waitress, romance, love and romance, couple relations, self discovery, hopes, introspection, life is a bitch, cross country, character study, road trip ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, memphis, new york, las vegas, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: erotic, touching, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, romance, love triangle, nude girl, love and romance, dishonesty, love affair, unfulfilled love, destructive relationship, midlife crisis, fall in love, lovers reunited ...
Place: europe, italy, paris france, france, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Japanese Story (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 110 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, atmospheric, sincere, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: culture clash, interracial relations, desert, romance, unlikely couple, opposites attract, love affair, couples, wilderness, society, isolation, journey ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, sydney australia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: lust, love triangle, obsession, romance, bittersweet, wedding, unfulfillment, love and romance, forbidden love, tragic love, love affair, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: sincere, touching, melancholic, romantic, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: womanizer, small town, regret, romance, introspection, crumbling relationship, human nature, couple relations, infidelity, virginity, mechanic, clown ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, southern usa, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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: surreal, captivating, realistic, sincere, tense ...
Plot: self discovery, satellite, love affair, on the road, society, wilderness, culture clash, journey, romance, adventure, artists and showbiz, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: armenia, caucasus
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: realistic, sentimental, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, suburbs, midlife crisis, starting over, love triangle, breakup, working class, dysfunctional family, romance, love affair, family problems, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: seattle, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Yes (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: She is a scientist. He is a Lebanese doctor. They meet at a banquet and fall into a carefree, passionate relationship. But difficulties abound because of his heritage and her loveless marriage. She flies to Havana to sort things out on the beach and ...
Style: serious, sincere, stylized, witty, philosophical ...
Plot: love affair, infidelity, racism, culture clash, couple relations, social differences, crumbling marriage, romance, society, exile, husband wife relationship, blues ...
Place: cuba, london, england, latin america, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.4
 260
Dreaming Lhasa (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, India
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Karma, a Tibetan filmmaker from New York, goes to Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama's exile headquarters in northern India, to make a documentary about former political prisoners who have escaped from Tibet. She wants to reconnect with her roots but ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, enigmatic, contemplative
Plot: adventurer, missing person, injustice, hopes, fighting the system, escapades, life is a bitch, society, fall in love, self discovery, culture clash, homecoming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tibet, india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, serious, thought provoking, tense ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 90s
Place: florida, tennessee, usa, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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, waitress, advertising executive, romance, bittersweet, infidelity, family relations, couples, love affair ...
Time: 80s, 1930s, 70s
Place: new jersey, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, human nature, adulthood, relationship problems, hopes, romance, dishonesty, couple relations, betrayal, loneliness, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: wrestling, love triangle, romance, friendship, crumbling marriage, gender, love and romance, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians, society, honeymoon, family problems ...
Time: 1920s, 70s
Place: england, europe, alps, swiss alps, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.2
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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, serious, realistic, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: politics, romance, love and romance, society, unfulfillment, couples, couple relations, terminal illness, city life, human nature, introspection, fall in love ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china, beijing china, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.5
 49K
Last Night (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.
Style: melancholic, serious, realistic, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, date night
Plot: infidelity, adultery, temptation, cheating wife, love and romance, husband wife relationship, lovers reunited, old love, ex couple relations, moral dilemma, couple relations, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, philadelphia, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.8
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City of Life (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: United Arab Emirates
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A privileged young male Arab at odds with his cultural identity and his less fortunate street smart friend; a disillusioned Indian taxi driver who bears an uncanny resemblance to a famous Bollywood star; and a former Romanian ballet dancer now ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: desire for fame, ambition, lifestyle, culture clash, society, romance, love and romance, immigrants, job seeking, family relations, looking for love, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, dubai
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: sentimental, thought provoking, serious, stylized, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love triangle, small town, human nature, love and romance, couple relations, unfulfilled love, small town life, lovers reunited, introspection, couples, romance, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 1940s
Place: china, asia, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%