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Burnt by the Sun (1994)
Burnt by the Sun (1994)
Original name: Утомлённые солнцем
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin Dmitri from Moscow, who charms the women and little Nadia with his games and pianistic bravura. But Kotov isn't fooled: this is the time of Stalin's repression, with telephone calls in the middle of the night spelling doom - and he knows that Dmitri isn't paying a social call...
Style: touching, captivating, stylized, political, sad, emotional, gloomy, sexy, sentimental, light ...
Plot: politics, communism, totalitarianism, stalinism, repression, symbolism, revolution, nkvd, world war two, redemption, family relations, love, tragedy, father daughter relationship, russian, friendship, war, parable, rise and fall, marriage, parents and children, catastrophe, world war one, relationships, death ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1936, 30s
Place: russia, poland, ussr

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and emotional films with plots about culture clash, runaway, catastrophe, mentor, storytelling, suprisingly clever and death mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres. Some movies like Burnt by the Sun: The Barber of Siberia (1998), Prisoner of the Mountains (1996), Brothers (2004), The Shop on Main Street (1965), Land and Freedom (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Barber of Siberia (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Russia, France, Italy, Czech Republic
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Douglas is a foreign entrepreneur, who ventures to Russia in 1885 with dreams of selling a new, experimental steam-driven timber harvester in the wilds of Siberia. Jane is his assistant. On her travels, she meets two men who would change her life ...
Style: touching, romantic, sentimental, fairy tale, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: imperial russia, life, love story, destiny, exile, unfulfilled love, russian, soldier, love affair, love triangle, love and romance, self sacrifice ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
Place: russia, siberia, moscow russia
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Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, Kazakhstan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based upon a short story by Leo Tolstoy, two Russian soldiers, Sacha and Vania, are ambushed by Muslim rebels in the grandly forbidding Caucasus and taken prisoner. Although complete understanding never fully emerges, their bittersweet ordeal ...
Style: realistic, bleak, suspenseful, rough, melancholic ...
Plot: pow, war, hostage, russian soldier, prison, violence, confined, soldier, captivity, islam, friendship, culture clash ...
Time: 90s, 21st century
Place: chechnya, russia, caucasus, poland
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Brothers (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Denmark, UK, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A Danish officer, Michael (Thomsen), is sent away to the International Security Assistance Force operation in Afghanistan for three months. His first mission there is to find a young radar technician who had been separated from his squad some ...
Style: emotional, tense, disturbing, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courage, brutality, depression, politics, relationships, brothers, war, family problems, brother brother relationship, prisoner, family relations, military ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: afghanistan, california, tokyo, europe, denmark
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Burnt by the Sun 2: Exodus (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 181 min.
Story: Epic film about WWII, a sequel to Utomlyonnye solntsem (1994). Evil Stalin is terrorizing people of Russia while the Nazis are advancing. Russian officer Kotov, who miraculously survived the death sentence in Stalin's Purge, is now fighting in ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: wartime life, military, dishonesty, state affairs, life is a bitch, war, soldier, family relations, battles, father daughter relationship, survival, love ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1941, year 1943
Place: ussr, russia
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The Shop on Main Street (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In a small town in Nazi-occupied Slovakia during World War II, decent but timid carpenter Tono is named "Aryan comptroller" of a button store owned by an old Jewish widow, Rozalie. Since the post comes with a salary and standing in the ...
Style: sincere, atmospheric, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, anti semitism, store, nazi, german, politics, fascism, jewish, rescue, against humanity, human nature ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942
Place: slovakia, israel, eastern europe, europe
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Land and Freedom (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The movie narrates the story of David Carr, an unemployed worker and member of the Communist Party of Great Britain. In 1936 he decides to fight for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War, an anti-fascist coalition of liberals, communists and ...
Style: political, sexy, gloomy, affectionate, visually appealing ...
Plot: spanish civil war, revolution, politics, working class, communist, anarchist, trench warfare, anti war, civil war, world war two, worker, betrayal ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 90s
Place: spain, catalonia, barcelona, europe, england
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Butterfly (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic, compassionate ...
Audience: kids
Plot: spanish civil war, coming of age, friendship, civil war, children, teacher, fascism, childhood, depression, anarchist, family relations, countryside ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: spain, iberian peninsula, latin america, europe, madrid ...
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To Live (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry.
Style: epic, family saga, sad, touching, emotional ...
Plot: communism, chinese history, politics, cultural revolution, gambling, family relations, destiny, poverty, revolution, death, hospital, civil war ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 20th century
Place: china, asia, taiwan
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Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong, USA, Taiwan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975 (sending young people to there was a part of Cultural Revolution in China). A year later, she agrees to go to even more remote spot with a ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, sexy, erotic, allegory ...
Plot: underage sex, prostitute, loss of innocence, revolution, innocence lost, coming of age, corruption, death, loneliness, communism, nude, adaptation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: china, tokyo, tibet, asia
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Shame (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Ingmar Bergman's psychological study of how humans react in a situation of war. The film takes place on Gotland, where invasion forces arrives.
Style: psychological, art house, political, cerebral, biting ...
Plot: existentialism, island, suspense, civil war, betrayal, politics, war, world war two, female nudity, dysfunctional family, time travel, art ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: israel, sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe, tokyo
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Before the Rain (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The circularity of violence seen in a story that circles on itself. In Macedonia, during war in Bosnia, Christians hunt an ethnic Albanian girl who may have murdered one of their own. A young monk who's taken a vow of silence offers her ...
Style: political, realistic, atmospheric, sexy, bleak ...
Plot: love affair, terrorist, politics, muslim, anti war, monk, violence, restaurant, transformation, sacrifice, wartime, war ...
Time: 90s
Place: macedonia, former yugoslavia, london, england, middle east ...
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Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Follow a group of international journalists into the heart of the once cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo—now a danger zone of sniper and mortar attacks where residents still live. While reporting on an American aid worker who’s trying to get ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, harsh, heartbreaking, brutal ...
Plot: journalism, adoption, bosnian war, civil war, anti war, war, orphan, family relations, morality, military, rescue, politics ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, england, sarajevo, former yugoslavia, europe ...
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Mother of Mine (2005)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 111 min.
Story: 1943: Nine-year-old Eero whose father is killed during the war is brought to Sweden to foster parents to his protection like thousands of other Finnish children. Eero feels lost, particularly as his foster mother Signe behaves very unfriendly. She ...
Style: emotional, touching, melancholic, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, coming of age, children, holocaust, self discovery, secrets, wartime, loneliness, life is a bitch, human nature, family relations, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: poland, tokyo, japan, germany, sweden ...
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Grace Is Gone (2007)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip.
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, realistic, intense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: iraq war, father daughter relationship, family relations, support group, insomnia, parents and children, truth, patriotism, couple relations, anti war, on the road, death in the family ...
Time: 70s, 21st century
Place: minnesota, florida, iraq, middle east, usa
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The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The Night of San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, is the night when dreams come true in Italian folklore. In 1944, a group of Italians flee their town after hearing rumours that the Nazis plan to blow it up and that the Americans are about ...
Style: realistic, sexy, enigmatic, biting, harsh ...
Plot: world war two, fascism, civil war, war, farm, runaway, finnish, tragedy, german, beautiful scenery, gunfight, culture clash ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, year 1944
Place: italy, poland, germany, tuscany, europe
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The Last Metro (1980)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: France
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs.
Style: thought provoking, sincere, sexy, art house, harsh ...
Plot: world war two, love triangle, theater, anti semitism, women, jewish, wartime life, infidelity, actor, theatre play, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: france, paris france, europe, germany, poland ...
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The Blue Kite (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The lives of a Beijing family throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as they experience the impact of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution.
Style: depressing, political, realistic, gloomy, scenic ...
Plot: revolution, politics, children, communism, brutality, visceral, culture clash, beautiful scenery, marriage, civil war, childhood, character study ...
Time: 50s, 70s
Place: china, california, tokyo, asia, japan
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Ararat (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A variety of characters, some close relatives, others distant strangers, are each affected by the making of a film about the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, sexy, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: armenian genocide, genocide, filmmaking, politics, armenian, freedom, war crime, atrocity, self discovery, against humanity, family problems, haunted by the past ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1915, 21st century
Place: armenia, canada, israel, ottoman empire, middle east ...
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Camp X-Ray (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small-town roots. Instead, she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and ...
Style: sincere, intense, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: female soldier, american abroad, military police, female protagonist, military, friendship, prison escape, prison, prison life, relationships, brutality, stereotypes ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: iraq, california, cuba
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Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy, UK, USA
Duration: 197 min.
Story: Doctor Zhivago is the filmed adapation of the Russian novel by Boris Pasternak from director David Lean that was an international success and today deemed a classic. Omar Sharif and Julie Christie play two protagonists who in fact love each other ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, emotional, romantic, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: world war one, communism, deportation, love triangle, revolution, war, train, rape, poet, wartime, imperial russia, betrayal ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1940s, 1910s, 1930s ...
Place: russia, ussr, moscow russia
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Katyn (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 121 min.
Story: An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.
Style: disturbing, sentimental, heartbreaking, realistic, poignant ...
Plot: world war two, war crime, war, nazism, survival, polish history, massacre, murder, ethnic conflict, courage, idealism, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, 20th century, year 1940
Place: poland, germany, east germany, eastern europe, europe ...
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The Unknown Soldier (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 197 min.
Story: Second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna. The story is based on Linna's experiences as an infantry man in the Finnish army during the so called "Continuation War" (1941-1944).
Style: realistic, sexy, biting, bloody, witty ...
Plot: world war two, world war one, war, female nudity, finnish, wartime, world politics, visceral, interracial romance, life philosophy, mentor, politics ...
Time: 70s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: tokyo, finland, europe
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A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotional slice-of-life story. Jones is portrayed here portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero turned author who combats alcoholism and is starting to experience ...
Style: talky, realistic, clever, sentimental, sexy ...
Plot: writers, coming of age, friendship, adoption, dysfunctional family, world war two, family relations, father daughter relationship, culture clash, betrayal, life philosophy, adolescence ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century
Place: paris france, tokyo, france, new england, europe
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Ponette (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A four-year-old girl must come to terms with the loss of her mother and the reality of death in this award-winning French drama. Little Ponette (Victoire Thivisol) is riding in a car with her mother when they're involved in a serious accident; ...
Style: touching, realistic, talky, emotional, spiritual ...
Plot: children, child, coming of age, grief, youth, innocence lost, bereavement, friendship, death, school, life, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, tokyo, provence
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Zelary (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life she saved, a man from a remote mountain village where time ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, sincere, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: world war two, redemption, small town, marriage, betrayal, self discovery, older man younger woman relationship, couple relations, life is a bitch, hopes, society, resistance ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, 20th century
Place: germany, central europe, czechoslovakia, prague
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Innocent Voices (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Mexico, USA, Puerto Rico
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him
Style: sincere, emotional, political, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: childhood, coming of age, civil war, absent father, freedom, politics, children, war, child soldier, against the odds, human spirit, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: middle east, japan, israel, africa, latin america ...
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Stalingrad (1993)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: "Stalingrad" follows the progress of a German Platoon through the brutal fighting of the Battle of Stalingrad. After having half their number wiped out and after being placed under the command of a sadistic Captain, the Lieutenant of the ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: world war two, war, battles, russian, german, nazism, soldier, survival, military, starvation, military life, wehrmacht ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943, year 1942
Place: russia, germany, east germany, berlin germany, poland ...
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Lucie Aubrac (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A love story or a tale of the resistance, this poignant movie tells both the haunting story of a French resistance cell in Lyon but also the love of Lucie Aubrac for her husband...
Style: emotional, sexy, romantic, enigmatic, factual ...
Plot: world war two, french resistance, gestapo, love, nude, graphic violence, resistance, brutality, male nudity, secrets, runaway, prison ...
Time: 1940s, 19th century, 20th century
Place: france, england, lyon, california
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The Edge of Heaven (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Turkey, Italy
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's ...
Style: touching, emotional, lyrical, psychological, political ...
Plot: tragic event, immigrants, lesbian, prostitute, loss of daughter, student, multiple storylines, rebelliousness, lgbt, coincidence, death, prison ...
Place: germany, turkey, hamburg germany, europe, istanbul turkey ...
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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: psychological, emotional, thought provoking, touching, realistic ...
Plot: marriage, world war two, infidelity, wartime life, love triangle, german woman, lovers reunited, couples, rise to the top, businesswoman, love and romance, human nature ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, post world war two, 20th century, 50s ...
Place: berlin germany, germany, canada, europe, west germany
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