Movies like Vera Drake

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Vera Drake (2004)
 7.7
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Vera Drake (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain – a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.
Style: bleak, realistic, sincere, thought provoking, gloomy, serious, captivating, heartbreaking, emotional, dramatic ...
Plot: unwanted pregnancy, neighbor, abortion, pregnancy, rape, injustice, women's prison, female protagonist, police, miscarriage, tailor, working class, idealism, family relations, couple relations, belief, fighting the system, life is a bitch, family life, rebellion, housewife, social problems, realism, double life, family problems ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, korea, burma, hamburg germany, melbourne australia, london

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Most similar movies to Vera Drake

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out bleak, realistic, serious and harsh films with plots about storytelling, brutality, society, drinking, loneliness, mentor and culture clash mostly in Drama, Crime and Comedy genres. Some movies like Vera Drake: Secrets & Lies (1996), All or Nothing (2002), Another Year (2010), Life Is Sweet (1990), The Accused (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
 33K
Secrets & Lies (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A middle-aged London factory worker is shocked when the mixed-race daughter she gave up at birth decides to track her down. At first she denies she is her mother. All family members become emotional, as everyone's secrets are exposed.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, clever ...
Plot: adoption, secret, dysfunctional family, social worker, family secret, jealousy, working class, funeral, loneliness, birthday, family life, search ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
All or Nothing (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: bleak, talky, realistic, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, parents and children, couple relations, unfulfillment, down on your luck, unwanted pregnancy, family problems, social decay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, algeria, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.3
 26K
Another Year (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Mike Leigh’s much praised 2010 tragicomical drama. During a year, a very content couple approaching retirement are visited by friends and family less happy with their lives.
Style: emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching, psychological ...
Plot: loneliness, jealousy, funeral, friendship, desperation, lawyer, therapist, red wine, garden, unrequited love, cooking, suffering ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, ireland, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Life Is Sweet (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Just north of London live Wendy, Andy, and their twenty-something twins, Natalie and Nicola. Wendy clerks in a shop, leads aerobics at a primary school, jokes like a vaudevillian, agrees to waitress at a friend's new restaurant and dotes on ...
Style: talky, realistic, offbeat, sentimental, humorous ...
Plot: working class, eating disorder, bulimia, class differences, rebellious daughter, food, family relations, society, human nature, nothing goes right, family in crisis, suburbs ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 7.1
 28K
The Accused (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.
Style: disturbing, realistic, tense, rough, bleak ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, courtroom drama, lawyer, testimony, injustice, district attorney, bar, jury, crimes, legal action, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Ladybird Ladybird (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maggie has had four children, by four different fathers, removed by social services because of a previous violent relationship. When she meets Jorge, a gentle Latin American refugee, she gradually sees her chance for happiness, but her history still ...
Style: realistic, biting, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: social worker, pregnancy, love, children, working class, fighting the system, immigrants, dysfunctional family, hopes, family in crisis, domestic disturbance, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, paraguay, liverpool, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.7
 4K
The Thief (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1946, a soldier fathers a child then dies before its birth. Jump to 1952: on a train, the child and his mother meet a handsome soldier who makes a play for her. She accepts. Posing as a married family, the soldier finds them a rooming house where ...
Style: sincere, bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, soldier, family relations, dishonesty, crimes, parents and children, cons and scams, single parent, russian, hospital, death, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 40s, year 1946
Place: russia, black sea, siberia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.0
 2K
Liam (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A morality tale of xenophobia, religious prejudice, mob violence, poverty, and their effect on two children in Liverpool during the Depression. When a shipyard closes, Liam and Teresa's dad loses his job. Liam, who's about 8, making his ...
Style: bleak, emotional, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: working class, sin, unemployment, domestic violence, anti semitism, love and romance, rich and poor, couple relations, family in crisis, down on your luck, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: england, europe, seaport, liverpool, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 8.0
 125K
Dogville (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, UK, France, Finland, Norway, Italy
Duration: 178 min.
Story: A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth ...
Style: psychological, art house, clever, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: female protagonist, rape, small town life, morality, vengeance, haunted by the past, exploitation, secret, mob boss, victim, mountain, human nature ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.6
 43K
Leviathan (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, thought provoking, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: small town, injustice, life is a bitch, political corruption, dishonesty, family problems, human nature, family in crisis, false accusation, legal, rivalry, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.2
 5K
Career Girls (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two young women reunite and rekindle their friendship after having said goodbye at their college graduation, six years earlier.
Style: talky, realistic, witty, touching, sincere ...
Plot: reunion, college, reunited friends, friendship, graduation, best friends, coincidence, realism, couples, couple relations, friends, social differences ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: london, europe, england, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
10 Rillington Place (1971)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of British serial killer John Christie, who committed most or all of his crimes in the titular terraced house, and the miscarriage of justice involving Timothy Evans.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, british, mistaken identity, pregnancy, abortion, hanging, crime, post war, injustice, social differences, society ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 18th century
Place: england, london, boston, usa, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Breaking and Entering (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Set in a blighted, inner-city neighbourhood of London, Breaking and Entering examines an affair which unfolds between a successful British landscape architect and Amira, a Bosnian woman – the mother of a troubled teen son – who was widowed by ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, sincere, psychological, compassionate ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: architect, robbery, infidelity, blackmail, society, immigrants, working class, human nature, social differences, single parent, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, bosnia, sarajevo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Behrani, an Iranian immigrant buys a California bungalow, thinking he can fix it up, sell it again, and make enough money to send his son to college. However, the house is the legal property of former drug addict Kathy. After losing the house in an ...
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: depression, loss of son, tragic event, eviction, life is a bitch, down on your luck, human nature, compassion, debt, muslim, american dream, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 70s
Place: california, usa, san francisco, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.5
 12K
Sweet Sixteen (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Style: emotional, captivating, bleak, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: heroin, juvenile delinquency, dysfunctional family, drug dealing, drug dealer, life is a bitch, parents and children, siblings relations, adolescence vs adulthood, downfall, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.5
 13K
Young Adam (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young drifter working on a river barge disrupts his employers' lives while hiding the fact that he knows more about a dead woman found in the river than he admits.
Style: sexual, erotic, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: murder, infidelity, destructive relationship, adultery, drifter, river, extramarital affair, boat, couple relations, mysterious character, sex, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1954, 1950s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.7
 109K
This Is England (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
Style: bleak, rough, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, skinhead, gang, vandalism, childhood, juvenile delinquency, youth, coming of age, crimes, violence, marijuana, racial slur ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, northern england, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.7
 3K
Alone (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in the shabby part of a big city. She is pregnant, and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, feel good, gloomy, uplifting ...
Plot: hospital, pregnancy, christmas lights, dog, neighbor, rocking chair, couple relations, city life, love and romance, parents and children, youth, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Movie in collections
 8.1
 130K
La Haine (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Aimlessly whiling away their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz, Hubert, and Said -- a Jew, African, and an Arab -- give human faces to France's immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their social ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: police brutality, racism, skinhead, poverty, violence, protest, friendship, urban ghetto life, rebellion, youth, revenge, rebel ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
 2K
Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: realistic, rough, gloomy, tense, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, working class, money, theft, classroom, debt, abusive father, juvenile delinquency, corporal punishment, redemption, spanking ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
 6K
Nine Lives (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, pregnancy, abortion, infidelity, dysfunctional family, family problems, lovers reunited, human nature, introspection, family relations, parents and children, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An urban hotel in London is a gathering and flash point for legal and illegal immigrants attempting to cobble together their lives in a new country. The immigrants include Senay, a Turkish woman, and a Nigerian doctor named Okwe who is working as a ...
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: hotel, forgery, lebanese, muslim, black market, theft, maid, blackmail, surgery, taxi driver, friendship, illegal immigration ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, nigeria, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Dance with a Stranger (1985)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain, Mike Newell's Dance With a Stranger (1985) concentrates on Ellis's (Richardson) short-lived relationship with motor-racing driver David Blakely (Rupert Everett).
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, psychological, touching ...
Plot: murder, obsession, capital punishment, true crime, female criminal, nightclub, single mother, vengeance, crimes, love and romance, couple relations, love affair ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: england, europe, tokyo, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Colombia, Ecuador, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.
Style: realistic, tense, emotional, thought provoking, rough ...
Plot: drug dealing, airplane, illegal immigration, immigrants, drug smuggling, smuggling, friendship, juvenile delinquency, realism, teenage life, social problems, the underworld ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Let Him Have It (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: France, UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Chris and Derek's friendship leads to their involvement in the true case which ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, realistic, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: jury, friendship, murder, vandalism, hanging, juvenile delinquency, injustice, capital punishment, courtroom drama, law enforcer killer, confined, crimes ...
Time: 40s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 1940s
Place: europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.3
 27K
Thug (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The South African multi-award winning film about a young South African boy from the ghetto named Tsotsi, meaning Gangster. Tsotsi, who left home as a child to get away from helpless parents, finds a baby in the back seat of a car that he has just ...
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: poverty, gang, redemption, robbery, bully, slum, murder, criminal, police, fight, baby, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Naked Kiss (1964)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A former prostitute discovers that her philanthropic fiance is involved in perversion.
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: small town, prostitute, hospital, murder, legislation, neo noir, pimp, police, pedophilia, sexual abuse, redemption, haunted by the past ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963, year 1961
Place: united states, switzerland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.5
 7K
Money (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A forged 500-franc note is cynically passed from person to person and shop to shop, until it falls into the hands of a genuine innocent who doesn't see it for what it is - which will have devastating consequences on his life, causing him to ...
Style: gloomy, realistic, stylized, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: betrayal, murder, forgery, injustice, heist, crime, life is a bitch, crimes, human nature, delivery, society, frame up ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After a chance encounter with a wanted man, a woman is harassed by the police and press until she takes violent action.
Style: bleak, realistic, thought provoking, serious, sincere ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, carnival, uncover truth, crimes, life is a bitch, power of media, injustice, false arrest, campaign, tragic hero, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: germany, europe, west germany, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.2
 4K
Wonderland (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: There's little wonder in the working-class lives of Bill, Eileen, and their three grown daughters. They're lonely Londoners. Nadia, a cafe waitress, places personal ads, looking for love; Debbie, a single mom, entertains men at the hair ...
Style: talky, realistic, sincere, clever, serious ...
Plot: weekend, working class, waitress, city life, estrangement, urban, society, family relations, couple relations, siblings relations, family life, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, london, europe, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%