Movies like Under the Volcano

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Under the Volcano
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul living in alcoholic disrepair and obscurity in a small southern Mexican town in 1939. The Consul's self-destructive behaviour, perhaps a metaphor for a menaced civilization, is a source of perplexity and sadness to his nomadic, idealistic half-brother, Hugh, and his ex-wife, Yvonne, who has returned with hopes of healing Geoffrey and their broken marriage.
Style: atmospheric, gloomy, psychological, serious, reflective, dark humor, realistic, enigmatic, road movie, bleak ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, drugs/alcohol, drinking, depression, adultery, human nature, wilderness, adaptation, introspection, relationships, male nudity, runaway, greed, loneliness, addiction, death, nudity (topless - notable), couple relations, existentialism, drugs, crime gone awry, estrangement, brutality, redemption, literature ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: mexico, latin america

Most similar movies to Under the Volcano

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, talky, enigmatic and melancholic films with plots about runaway, character study, culture clash, dialogue, drinking, catastrophe and relationships mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Under the Volcano: Shoot the Moon (1982), Faces (1968), The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002), The Night of the Iguana (1964), Safe (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Shoot the Moon
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: After fifteen years of marriage, an affluent couple divorce and take up with new partners.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, psychological, dramatic ...
Plot: divorce, infidelity, dysfunctional family, suburbs, adultery, family drama, fall in love, marriage, period piece, secrets, family life, parenthood ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, san francisco
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Faces
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
Style: talky, biting, serious, clever, bleak ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, prostitute, suburbs, betrayal, male nudity, drinking, crumbling marriage, human nature, character study, crime gone awry, introspection, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo
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The Secret Lives of Dentists
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.
Style: realistic, psychological, emotional, biting, gloomy ...
Plot: infidelity, adultery, dysfunctional family, imaginary friend, dentist, suburbs, crumbling marriage, marriage, parenthood, relationships, midlife crisis, family drama ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york state
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System:   82%
    User:   80%
 
The Night of the Iguana
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Drama while a tour bus driver shows church ladies around Mexico. Helped establish Puerto Vallarta as tourist destination.
Style: sexual, serious, psychological, talky, realistic ...
Plot: hotel, mental illness, redemption, drinking, church, death, loneliness, clergy, human nature, self discovery, runaway, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: mexico, latin america, tennessee, virginia, usa ...
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    User:   92%
 
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Safe
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Carol, a typical upper middle-class housewife, begins to complain of vague symptoms of illness. She "doesn't feel right," has unexplained headaches, congestion, a dry cough, nosebleeds, vomiting, and trouble breathing. Her family ...
Style: bleak, psychological, disturbing, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: environment, quarantine, crumbling marriage, housewife, paranoia, loneliness, desert, doctors and patients, isolation, existentialism, psychiatry, solitude ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   80%
 
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: clever, tense, serious, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, dysfunctional family, irish, redemption, drug addiction, family life, drinking, character study, crumbling marriage, crime gone awry, culture clash, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: ireland, connecticut
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Japan
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, Germany, Netherlands, Spain
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A painter from the big city goes to a remote canyon to commit suicide. To reach some calmness he stays at the farmstead of Ascen, an old religious woman. Although only a few words are spoken, love grows.
Style: atmospheric, serious, meditative, art house, realistic ...
Plot: solitude, male nudity, loneliness, life & death, death, unlikely couple, surrealism, marijuana, pornography, drinking, village, sex ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   62%
 
The Passion of Anna
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Andreas, a man struggling with the recent demise of his marriage and his own emotional isolation, befriends a married couple also in the midst of psychological turmoil. In turn he meets Anna, who is grieving the recent deaths of her husband and son. ...
Style: bleak, psychological, serious, enigmatic, art house ...
Plot: island, isolation, solitude, depression, suicide, relationships, life philosophy, guilt, existentialism, character study, opposites attract, crime gone awry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   70%
 
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Old Joy
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Two old pals reunite for a camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.
Style: serious, meditative, melancholic, realistic, touching ...
Plot: friendship, road trip, on the road, buddies, dog, solitude, introspection, nature, loneliness, unlikely friendships, relationships, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, oregon, europe, usa, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   69%
 
 6.3
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Drunks
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night, the first time in seven months, so he does - and leaves the meeting right after. As Jim wanders the night, ...
Style: realistic, talky, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: addiction, redemption, drug abuse, drug addiction, church, downfall, drugs, heroin, drinking, rehabilitation, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   57%
 
The Browning Version
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British prep school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of his health, and perhaps may not even be given a pension. The ...
Style: talky, touching, clever, serious, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, self discovery, male nudity, life & death, science, boarding school, college life, drinking, marriage, mentor, school, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   53%
 
The Panic in Needle Park
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, drugs, heroin, prostitution, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, depression, relationships, homeless, marijuana ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   53%
 
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The Dresser
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In a touring Shakespearean theater group, a backstage hand - the dresser, is devoted to the brilliant but tyrannical head of the company. He struggles to support the deteriorating star as the company struggles to carry on during the London blitz. ...
Style: talky, realistic, psychological, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, actor's life, character study, boss and employee, wartime, mentor, showbiz, dialogue, runaway, british, adaptation, relationships ...
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Place: england, europe, london
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    User:   60%
 
Scenes from a Marriage
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 283 min.
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Style: talky, realistic, tense, psychological, serious ...
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The Ice Storm
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Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
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Style: bleak, sexual, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
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Cake
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Five Easy Pieces
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.
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    User:   53%
 
The King Is Alive
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Stranded in the heat of a barren African desert, eleven bus-passengers shelter in the remnants of an abandoned town. As rescue grows more remote by the day and anxiety deepens, an idea emerges: why not stage a play. However the choice of King Lear ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: desert, survival, shakespeare, stranded, isolation, bus, dogma, tragedy, existentialism, village, rescue, relationships ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, australia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Rosetta
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, realism, coming of age, tragedy, parents and children, brothers, down on your luck, crime gone awry, teenage life, trailer park, alcoholic, poverty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: belgium, europe, california
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System:   53%
    User:   55%
 
Welcome to the Rileys
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Years after their teenage daughter’s death, Lois and Doug Riley, an upstanding Indiana couple, are frozen by estranging grief. Doug escapes to New Orleans on a business trip. Compelled by urgencies he doesn’t understand, he insinuates himself ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, new jersey, california ...
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    User:   50%
 
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Blue Jasmine
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jasmine French used to be on the top of the heap as a New York socialite, but now is returning to her estranged sister in San Francisco utterly ruined. As Jasmine struggles with her haunting memories of a privileged past bearing dark realities she ...
Style: talky, cynical, realistic, psychological, tragicomedy ...
Plot: depression, suicide, tragedy, mental illness, working class, adultery, starting over, drugs/alcohol, relationships, character study, loneliness, life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey, new york, california
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System:   49%
    User:   45%
 
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September
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: At a summer house in Vermont, neighbor Howard falls in love with Lane, who's in a relationship with Peter, who's falling for Stephanie, who's married with children.
Style: talky, clever, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, loneliness, love, adultery, parents and children, relationships, guilt, depression, dialogue driven, dialogue, betrayal, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
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System:   48%
    User:   42%
 
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The Swimmer
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Neddy Merrill has been away for most of the summer. He reappears at a friend's pool. As they talk, someone notices that there are pools spanning the entire valley. He decided to jog from pool to pool to swim the whole valley. As he stops in ...
Style: psychological, bleak, atmospheric, talky, serious ...
Plot: surrealism, memory loss, midlife crisis, loneliness, character study, existentialism, storytelling, redemption, suburbs, dreams, drinking, first contact ...
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Place: connecticut, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   57%
 
Taste of Cherry
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A middle-aged Tehranian man, Mr. Badii is intent on killing himself and seeks someone to bury him after his demise. Driving around the city, the seemingly well-to-do Badii meets with numerous people, including a Muslim student, asking them to take ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, serious, psychological, enigmatic ...
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Time: 90s
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo, tehran iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   48%
 
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The Silence
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Traveling through an unnamed European country on the brink of war, sickly, intellectual Ester, her sister Anna and Anna's young son, Johan, check into a near-empty hotel. A basic inability to communicate among the three seems only to worsen ...
Style: sexual, psychological, serious, bleak, enigmatic ...
Plot: hotel, dysfunctional family, incest, existentialism, sexuality, drinking, loneliness, relationships, male nudity, sisters, swedish, god ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   52%
 
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Ulee's Gold
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An elderly beekeeper and Vietnam vet must rescue his daughter-in-law and protect his grandchildren from killers.
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, touching, intense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, prison, parents and children, family drama, character study, storytelling, family, redemption, family relations, tragedy, dialogue, violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   46%
 
Olive Kitteridge
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
Story: The story focuses on a middle-school math teacher Olive and her relationship with Henry which spans 25 years over the four parts. It is based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, parents and children, depression, tragedy, loneliness, life, small town life, sarcasm, relationships, mental illness, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa, california, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   41%
 
The Flower of My Secret
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Marisa Paredes is Leocadia ("Leo") Macias, a woman writing “pink” romance novels under the alias of Amanda Gris that are very popular all across Spain. Unlike her romantic novels, her own love life is troubled. Leo has a less than ...
Style: clever, serious, touching, reflective, realistic ...
Plot: romance, obsession, suicide attempt, postmodernism, writer's life, relationships, loneliness, self discovery, writing, hospital, infidelity, writers ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, madrid, tokyo
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    User:   35%
 
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The Night
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Country: Italy, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A married couple attend a bourgeois party and wade through the stifling strain that long-term marriage has imposed upon them.
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Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, usa, italy, los angeles, tokyo ...
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System:   42%
    User:   44%
 
Oslo, August 31st
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Anders is a recovering drug addict in an Oslo rehab clinic. On the 30th August, he is given a day’s leave to attend a job interview in the city centre.
Style: talky, realistic, intellectual, melancholic, serious ...
Plot: addiction, suicide attempt, loneliness, suicide, drinking, writer's life, depression, human nature, drug addiction, character study, drugs, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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System:   42%
    User:   41%
 
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