Movies like Under the Volcano

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Under the Volcano (1984)
 7.1
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Under the Volcano (1984)
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, psychological, gloomy, serious, realistic, dark humor, reflective, enigmatic, road movie, bleak ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, one day, human nature, alcoholic, dysfunctional family, introspection, couple relations, estrangement, life is a bitch, couples, unsupportive spouse, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, alcohol, ex husband ex wife relationship, half brother, self destruction, diplomat, drinking, depression, adultery, wilderness, adaptation, relationships, male nudity ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: mexico, latin america

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Most similar movies to Under the Volcano

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and talky films with plots about dialogue, couples, storytelling, drinking, catastrophe, mentor and loneliness mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Under the Volcano: Shoot the Moon (1982), Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962), The Dresser (1983), Through a Glass Darkly (1961), Japan (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Shoot the Moon (1982)
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, tennis court, suburbs, infidelity, fall in love, dysfunctional family, family life, crumbling marriage, introspection, couple relations, love affair, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
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, gloomy, psychological, serious, tense ...
Plot: addiction, irish, dysfunctional family, sailor, actor, terminal illness, family life, one day, morphine, crumbling marriage, redemption, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 7.7
 4K
The Dresser (1983)
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, gloomy, serious, touching ...
Plot: drunkenness, backstage, friendship, actor's life, boss and employee, lgbt, showbiz, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, friends, couples, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Karin hopes to recover from her recent stay at a mental hospital by spending the summer at her family's cottage on a tiny island. Her husband, Martin, cares for her but is frustrated by her physical withdrawal. Her younger bother, Minus, is ...
Style: psychological, bleak, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: island, mental illness, schizophrenia, incest, human nature, dysfunctional family, parents and children, daughter, siblings relations, family problems, family relations, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 6.9
 3K
Japan (2002)
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: village, countryside, unlikely couple, village life, solitude, love and romance, couples, social relations, golden years, human nature, sexual relations, male nudity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.8
 7K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, gloomy, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, buddies, social misfits, couple relations, mental illness, parents and children, rich and poor, alcohol abuse, down on your luck, hopes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.8
 15K
Smashed (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter… and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: addiction, support group, drinking, teacher, rehabilitation, alcoholic, alcohol abuse, elementary school, drugs/alcohol, wife husband relationship, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.3
 870
Drunks (1995)
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, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: alcoholic, addiction, support group, church, redemption, downfall, rehabilitation, drunk, human nature, drug abuse, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Night of the Iguana (1964)
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, psychological, serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: church, hotel, mental illness, clergy, bus, priest, minister, bus driver, spinster, tourist, guide, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: mexico, latin america, tennessee, virginia, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Fire Within (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Alain Leroy is a recovering alcoholic who decides to end his life, but first decides to visit his friends in Paris one last time, in an attempt at finding a reason to continue living.
Style: bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: addiction, rehabilitation, midlife crisis, loneliness, crumbling marriage, downfall, clinic, human nature, dysfunctional family, introspection, redemption, destructive relationship ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 1920s
Place: france, europe, paris france, versailles
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, serious, clever ...
Plot: rehabilitation, alcohol abuse, secretary, drinking, addiction, violence, alcoholic, public relations, party, romance, drugs/alcohol, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.5
 16K
Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: talky, bleak, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, suicide attempt, introspection, parents and children, urban, beach house, poet, white rose, beach, siblings relations, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.7
 8K
Faces (1968)
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, serious, clever, biting, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, divorce, adultery, love, infidelity, suburbs, betrayal, crumbling marriage, marriage crisis, dysfunctional family, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.4
 32K
Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: touching, serious, gloomy, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, widower, drugs/alcohol, obsession, dealing with death, grieving, introspection, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.4
 5K
Jacknife (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes involved romantically with the army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both survived.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: prom, friendship, human nature, introspection, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, buddies, mentally unstable, dealing with death, siblings relations, alcohol abuse, homecoming ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 8.1
 17K
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, atmospheric, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: suicide, priest, winter, pastor, faith, small town, clergy, isolation, human nature, village, introspection, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
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, rough ...
Plot: addiction, drug addiction, drug abuse, death of pet, betrayal, love, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, destructive relationship, romance, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Glass Menagerie (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A son longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his lame, shy sister.
Style: psychological, touching, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, aging, parents and children, romance, siblings relations, family in crisis, family life, family problems, family relations, hopes, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: tennessee, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Passion of Anna (1969)
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, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: island, isolation, couples, opposites attract, friendship, love affair, chaos and mayhem, destiny, deadly, love and romance, architect, solitude ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.1
 2K
Plenty (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: David Hare's account of a one-time French freedom fighter who gradually realizes that her post-war life is not meeting her expectations.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, clever, thought provoking ...
Plot: introspection, hopes, french resistance, love and romance, society, family problems, life is a bitch, soldier, crumbling marriage, innocence lost, haunted by the past, homecoming ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: england, europe, france, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Dangerous Game (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A New York film director, working on his latest movie in Los Angeles, begins to reflect the actions in his movie and real life, especially when he begins an affair with the lead actress.
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: filmmaking, divorce, obsession, drug abuse, infidelity, actor's life, crumbling marriage, downfall, redemption, human nature, hollywood, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: israel, california, los angeles, middle east, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.
Style: emotional, serious, talky, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: estate, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, crumbling marriage, introspection, frigidity, plantation, alcoholic, homosexuality, couple relations, parents and children, estrangement ...
Place: mississippi, new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.4
 4K
Time Out (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: unemployment, down on your luck, countryside, dishonesty, family problems, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, couple relations, crimes, society, couples, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, europe, france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)
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, gloomy, semi serious, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, dentist, crumbling marriage, suburbs, couple relations, dishonesty, love and romance, society, unfulfillment, couples, adultery, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Curse of the Starving Class (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Curse of the Starving Class is a play by Sam Shepard, considered the first of a series on family tragedies. Drama about a dirt-poor 1950's-era farm family. Dad's a foul talking drunk and Mom is desperately trying to save what's left ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic
Plot: farm, alcoholic, poverty, countryside, social misfits, rich and poor, coming of age, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, unemployment, estrangement, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.0
 263K
Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: talky, clever, bleak, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, child prodigy, suicide attempt, chance, infidelity, terminal illness, redemption, cancer, seduction, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 1950s, 1910s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.9
 3K
Providence (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives. He is a bitter man and he shows, through flashbacks, how spiteful, conniving and treacherous his ...
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, aging, birthday party, alcoholic, writer's life, crumbling marriage, human nature, introspection, couple relations, parents and children, alcohol abuse, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
She's So Lovely (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Maureen is pregnant and her husband Eddie is missing. Nervous, Maureen shares a couple of drinks with neighbor Kiefer, who tries to rape her and then beats her. When Eddie returns and finds his wife bruised, he goes ballistic, shoots a paramedic and ...
Style: talky, gloomy, psychological, serious, biting ...
Plot: obsession, mental institution, pregnancy, romance, suburbs, mentally unstable, mental illness, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, couple relations, destructive relationship, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.0
 14K
The Night (1961)
Genre: Drama
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.
Style: stylized, gloomy, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, infidelity, party, nightclub, terminal illness, crumbling marriage, human nature, one day, introspection, couple relations, friendship, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, usa, italy, los angeles, milan italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, bleak, atmospheric, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, drug addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, depression, hallucinations, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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