Movies like The Scarlet Letter 1973

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The Scarlet Letter (1973)
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The Scarlet Letter (1973)
Original name: Der scharlachrote Buchstabe
Genre: Drama, History
Country: West Germany, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 17th-century Salem, Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A because she is an adulteress, with a child out of wedlock. For seven years, she has refused to name the father. A vigorous older stranger arrives, recognized by Hester but unknown to others as her missing husband. He poses as Chillingworth, a doctor, watching Hester and searching out the identity of her lover. His eye soon rests on Dimmesdale, a young overwrought pastor. Enmity grows between the two men; Chillingworth applies psychological pressure, and the pastor begins to crack. A ship stops in Salem, and Hester sees it as a providential refuge for her daughter, herself, and her lover. But will Dimmesdale flee with her?
Style: psychological, tense, atmospheric, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: infidelity, romance, couple relations, love triangle, missing person, clergy, betrayal, performer's life, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, couples, dishonesty, immigrants, wartime life, sexuality, pregnancy, forbidden love, male female relationship, adultery, letter, colonial america, pariah, extramarital affair, minister ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: spain, europe, massachusetts

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, psychological and emotional films with plots about couples, love and romance, infidelity, dishonesty, couple relations, romance and love triangle mostly in Drama, Romance and History genres. Some movies like The Scarlet Letter: Morlang (2001), Effi Briest (1974), Jerichow (2008), Eager Bodies (2003), One Hundred Mornings (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Set in puritanical Boston in the mid 1600s, the story of seamstress Hester Prynne, who is outcast after she becomes pregnant by a respected reverend. She refuses to divulge the name of the father, is "convicted" of adultery and forced to ...
Style: realistic, serious, sexy, sexual, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, interracial relations, destructive relationship, pregnancy, infidelity, romance, extramarital affair, repression, social misfits, clergy, adultery, betrayal ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: new england, massachusetts, england, usa, europe ...
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Morlang (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, a chilling psychological drama. A couple's secret pact takes an unexpected, sinister turn.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, atmospheric, scary ...
Plot: betrayal, infidelity, art, haunted by the past, couple relations, love and romance, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, couples, family problems, vengeance, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, ireland, spain
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53%
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Effi Briest (1974)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: West Germany
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A German-made film based on one of the most famous German novels by Theodor Fontane. Effi Briest (Hanna Schygulla) is a socially ambitious, 17-year-old German girl who accepts a proposal of marriage from Baron Geert Von Instetten, a much older ...
Style: gloomy, stylized, realistic, serious
Plot: infidelity, age difference, duel, adultery, couples, family relations, injustice, family problems, dishonesty, love and romance, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1890s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, northern germany, prussia
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53%
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Jerichow (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The Turkish diaspora in Germany proves the catalyst for this noir-flavored drama concerning the unlikely friendship between a veteran of the Afghan-Soviet war and a middle-aged Turk in need of a helping hand.
Style: touching, tense, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, forbidden love, dangerous attraction, crimes of passion, woman in danger, couple relations, boss and employee, dishonesty, love and romance, estrangement, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
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52%
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Eager Bodies (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Paul and Charlotte are in love. Charlotte discovers she has a grave malady and Paul supports her. But Paul is also attracted to Ninon, another girl. Charlotte accepts Paul to have an affair with her, and the three start a difficult and ambiguous ...
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: dishonesty, life is a bitch, betrayal, infidelity, love triangle, tragic hero, love and romance, terminal illness, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, lesbianism, sex scene, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
One Hundred Mornings (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Set in a world upended by a complete breakdown of society, two couples hide out in a lakeside cabin hoping to survive this crisis.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: infidelity, survival, vestiges of humanity, danger, dishonesty, betrayal, life is a bitch, chaos, couples, isolation, social decay, couple relations ...
Time: future
Place: ireland, europe
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We Won't Grow Old Together (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Jean has been married to Francoise for years, but his relationship with his wife has been all but over for a long time. She's hardly ever around, always traveling to Russia for work, and she drifts in and out of the film as well, reflecting the ...
Style: sincere, psychological, emotional, talky, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: breakup, dysfunctional marriage, marital problem, love and romance, romance, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, couples, family problems, disintegration, unfulfillment, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Amnesty (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Albania, Greece, France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Amnesty is a 2011 Albanian movie directed by Buyar Alimani. It’s a story about two people who meet up in jail when they come for monthly visits of their spouses. They fall in love after becoming witnesses to a wedding in jail but relationship has ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, infidelity, forbidden love, love affair, couples, pardon, fall in love, couple relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, dishonesty, legislation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: albania, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Spring 1941 (2007)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland, Israel
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After Germany invades Poland and the Nazis order the confinement of all local Jews in the ghetto, medical doctor Artur Planck (Joseph Fiennes) manages to flee with his family, seeking refuge at the farm of Emilia (Kelly Harrison), their former ...
Style: tense, emotional, serious, captivating, sexual ...
Plot: love triangle, family in danger, couple relations, infidelity, love and romance, dishonesty, against humanity, couples, isolation, wartime life, confined, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Circle of Love (1964)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In a chain reaction of romantic adventures, various people play musical beds in a remake of Max Ophul's "La Ronde."
Style: sentimental, sexual, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: infidelity, soldier, prostitute, assassination, unfulfillment, romance, love and romance, bittersweet, couples, world war one, love affair, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century
Place: france, europe, austria, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
A Dangerous Woman (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Martha Horgan is a withdrawn, mentally disabled woman who lives with her aunt, Frances. One of Martha's unusual traits is that she doesn't lie, a quality that leads to her getting fired from a dry-cleaning shop thanks to the actions of the ...
Style: emotional, psychological, disturbing, realistic, serious ...
Plot: aunt, crimes, repairman, betrayal, romance, murder, infidelity, love triangle, love and romance, dishonesty, family relations, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Silence (1971)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Two Jesuit priests encounter persecution when they travel to Japan in the 17th century to spread Christianity and search for their mentor.
Style: stylized, bleak, atmospheric, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: christianity, culture clash, human nature, fish out of water, disorder, religions or cults, clergy, danger, society, life is a bitch, religious persecution, jesuit ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
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39%
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X, Y and Zee (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The venomous and amoral wife of a wealthy architect tries, any way she can, to break up the blossoming romance between her husband and his new mistress; a good-natured young widow who holds a dark past.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, adultery, haunted by the past, couples, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, romance, other woman, husband wife relationship, wife husband relationship, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 827
Gilles' Wife (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Gilles' wife, Elise, who smiles when she thinks of him, cooks and scrubs and cheerfully makes love to him, suspects during her third pregnancy that he is having an affair with her coquettish younger sister, Victorine. Elise suffers, usually in ...
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Silver Tongues (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Two lovers travel from town to town playing a dark game of deceit that soon spirals out of control, threatening their very relationship.
Style: psychological, tense, realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: hidden identity, couple relations, couples, dishonesty, juggling, society, crumbling relationship, love and romance, sexual content, manipulation, manipulations, infidelity
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Milan (2004)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 131 min.
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Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sexy ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, the philippines, milan italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Last September (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 1920s Ireland, an elderly couple reside over a tired country estate. Living with them are their high-spirited niece, their Oxford student nephew, and married house guests, who are trying to cover up that they are presently homeless. The niece ...
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, psychological, emotional
Plot: soldier, social differences, unfulfilled love, couple relations, rich and poor, tragic love, infidelity, political unrest, fall in love, love triangle, couples, power relations ...
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Place: ireland, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The King's Whore (1990)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, France, Italy, Austria
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Set in the 17th-century, an Italian nobleman weds an impoverished countess, who is wooed by the King of Piedmont and faces pressure from his entire court to succumb to his wishes.
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: love triangle, fatal attraction, couples, prostitute, dishonesty, society, state affairs, unfulfillment, war, politics, love and romance, romance ...
Time: 17th century, 18th century, middle ages, 1600s
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36%
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Resistance (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 88 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, suspense, captivating
Plot: wartime life, forbidden love, love triangle, military, soldier, heroic mission, fall in love, love affair, survival, infidelity, danger, betrayal ...
Place: belgium, europe
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36%
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Hard Times (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 115 min.
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Style: psychological, serious, realistic, touching, sentimental
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Near the end of World War II, Maria marries Hermann, who is immediately sent off to battle. When the war concludes, Maria believes that Hermann is dead. She starts working at an Allied bar, where she meets American soldier Bill. They start a ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, marriage, world war two, love triangle, post war, lovers reunited, romance, rise to the top, couples, love and romance, danger, battle of the sexes ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 50s, post world war two ...
Place: germany, europe, west germany, berlin germany, canada
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34%
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The City Below (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A man and a woman at an art exhibition share a fleeting moment of attraction, which neither can act upon. Days later, a chance second meeting leads to an innocent coffee and the two strangers – both married - toy with their unexplainable ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, emotional, contemplative
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Place: germany, asia, europe, indonesia
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32%
Frenchman's Creek (1998)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Seeking to escape the stifling London court society, the beautiful headstrong Lady Dona St. Columb flees to her family estate on the Cornish coast. Her new freedom swiftly brings her into contact with the dashingly handsome French privateer Jean ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, atmospheric, stylized
Plot: pirate, ship, dishonesty, master and servant, estate, power relations, ocean or sea, couples, infidelity, love and romance, adventure, ocean ...
Time: 17th century, 1700s, 18th century
Place: europe, england, london, cornwall
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set in a seaside resort in the Caucasus, the story centers on n'er do well, Laevsky (Andrew Scott) and his illicit relationship with his mistress Nadya (Fiona Glascott). Laevsky has convinced Nadya to leave her husband for him, but now wants to ...
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32%
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In Real Life (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In his new film a young director puts his girlfriend through a love test. By doing so he risks his real life relationship with her.
Style: psychological, emotional, captivating, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Plot: love triangle, couple relations, filmmaking, infidelity, dishonesty, artists and showbiz, fall in love, film within a film, rehearsal, love and romance, nudity (full frontal - brief), couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland, europe
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31%
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Little Rose (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Poland
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Pressured by his superiors to disgrace public intellectual Warczewski, a professor and respected writer whom they believe to be a "camouflaged Zionist," rough security-services colonel Rozek enlists his sexy but naive girlfriend, Kamila, ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, psychological, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: forbidden love, love triangle, anti semitism, espionage, romance, undercover, political intrigue, gain trust, betrayal, dishonesty, working undercover, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: poland, warsaw poland
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30%
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Madame Bovary (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A young woman in her late teens, a reader of novels and with high hopes of romance and passion, marries a widowed country doctor. Although he dotes on her, she is soon bored and discontent. First, she gives her imagination to a law student in town, ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, psychological, gloomy
Plot: forbidden love, dishonesty, adulteress, extramarital affair, love affair, destructive relationship, downfall, infidelity, romance, crumbling marriage, society, tragic hero ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, victorian era
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Burning Secret (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Burning Secret is a 1988 drama film, based on the short story Brennendes Geheimnis by Stefan Zweig, about an American diplomat's son who befriends a mysterious baron while staying at an Austrian spa during the 1920s. The film was written and ...
Style: psychological, sincere, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: infidelity, couple relations, love affair, parents and children, fall in love, friendship, family problems, couples, family relations, romance, love and romance, dishonesty ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: austria, europe
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29%
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Secret Love (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two months after their wedding, Yeon-Yi (Yoon Jin-Seo)'s husband Jin-woo (Yoo Ji-Tae)gets into an accident and falls into a coma. During this time, Yeon-Yi's life shatters from the seams. She misses her deadlines for work, while she has ...
Style: emotional, realistic, disturbing, psychological, sexual ...
Plot: twins, love triangle, forbidden love, love and romance, dangerous attraction, couples, coma, seduction, incest, husband wife relationship, infidelity, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea
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29%
Signs & Wonders (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Greece
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Under the influence of signs and premonitions, a man allows himself to veer in and out of a love affair with his colleague.
Style: emotional, clever, realistic, serious, biting ...
Plot: life turned upside down, love triangle, love affair, introspection, love and romance, betrayal, romance, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, family problems, couples, journalism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, france, greece, sweden, athens ...
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29%