Movies like Vera Drake

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Vera Drake (2004)
 7.6
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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: sincere, bleak, thought provoking, contemplative, compassionate, intense, realistic, gloomy, serious, captivating ...
Plot: unwanted pregnancy, abortion, neighbor, injustice, miscarriage, working class, double life, social problems, fighting the system, life is a bitch, family life, rebellion, family problems, society, selflessness, understanding, women's prison, pregnancy, nursing, deal, family in crisis, secret, rape, family relations, abortionist ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london, korea, burma, hamburg germany, melbourne australia

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Most similar movies to Vera Drake

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, harsh, serious and bleak films with plots about brutality, storytelling, culture clash, depression, runaway, dialogue and loneliness mostly in Drama, Crime and Comedy genres. Some movies like Vera Drake: Secrets & Lies (1996), All or Nothing (2002), Life Is Sweet (1990), If These Walls Could Talk (1996), Another Year (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
 37K
Secrets & Lies (1996)
Genre: Comedy, 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, contemplative ...
Plot: adoption, secret, dysfunctional family, family secret, social worker, jealousy, working class, funeral, loneliness, bittersweet, factory worker, search ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 10K
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, realistic, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, family relations, injustice, family problems, parents and children, couples, society, couple relations, family in crisis, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, algeria, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: humorous, sincere, sentimental, compassionate, melancholic ...
Plot: working class, eating disorder, family relations, class differences, rebellious daughter, family problems, nothing goes right, human nature, eccentric family, family in crisis, society, compassion ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
If These Walls Could Talk (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: If These Walls Could Talk follows the plights of three different women and their experiences with abortion. Each of the three stories takes place in the same house in three different years: 1952, 1974, and 1996.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, sentimental, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: abortion, moral dilemma, pregnancy, unwanted pregnancy, family relations, student, nurse, women's rights, couples, multiple storylines, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 20th century, 90s, 1950s ...
Place: illinois, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 27K
Another Year (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
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: psychological, emotional, sincere, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: loneliness, jealousy, funeral, friendship, midlife crisis, suffering, desperation, everyday life, family life, unrequited love, unfulfilled love, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, paris france, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.9
 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: touching, bleak, sincere, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, domestic violence, sin, anti semitism, life is a bitch, society, youth, family problems, family in crisis, parents and children, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: england, europe, ireland, liverpool, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.7
 5K
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: gloomy, sincere, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: soldier, betrayal, post world war two, crimes, family relations, parents and children, cons and scams, russian, death, single parent, dishonesty, love ...
Time: 40s, 50s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1952 ...
Place: russia, black sea, siberia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 8.0
 135K
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: bleak, art house, psychological, clever, contemplative ...
Plot: rape, female protagonist, morality, small town life, haunted by the past, mob boss, society, gangsters, vengeance, woman in danger, victim, secrets ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: thought provoking, realistic, suspense, biting, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, social worker, family relations, children, love, working class, fighting the system, immigrants, dysfunctional family, down on your luck, family life, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, paraguay, liverpool, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.6
 48K
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: bleak, atmospheric, thought provoking, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: small town, injustice, life is a bitch, political corruption, family problems, dishonesty, human nature, legal, false accusation, family in crisis, small town life, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.4
 13K
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: disturbing, bleak, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: heroin, juvenile delinquency, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, family relations, life is a bitch, downfall, drug dealing, family problems, siblings relations, society, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.1
 31K
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, rough, realistic, tense, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rape, gang rape, courtroom drama, sexual abuse, injustice, violence against women, rape victim, lawyer, testimony, district attorney, sexual assault, bar ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., boston, washington state, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Bread and Roses (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, sincere, melancholic, intense ...
Plot: immigrants, realism, labor union, deportation, working class, politics, society, life is a bitch, family relations, fighting the system, janitor, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills, mexico city, guatemala ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, bleak, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: depression, eviction, immigrants, loss of son, tragic event, down on your luck, human nature, life is a bitch, tragedy, compassion, anger, debt ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: california, san francisco, usa, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.7
 6K
Nine Lives (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
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: serious, sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, abortion, family relations, dysfunctional family, love and romance, love affair, couple relations, human nature, parents and children, couples, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.1
 145K
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, suspense ...
Plot: rebel, youth, skinhead, police brutality, urban ghetto life, poverty, protest, friendship, rebellion, racism, realism, suburbs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: emotional, thought provoking, sincere, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: architect, robbery, immigrants, infidelity, blackmail, society, human nature, social differences, working class, single parent, love affair, marital problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, england, bosnia, sarajevo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.7
 114K
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, emotional, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, gang, social problems, crimes, childhood, vandalism, xenophobia, juvenile delinquency, adolescence, life is a bitch, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, northern england, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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: bleak, thought provoking, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Plot: hotel, immigrants, friendship, theft, maid, blackmail, black market, muslim, illegal immigration, surgery, prostitute, social decay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, nigeria, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: tense, thought provoking, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: drug dealing, drug cartel, immigrants, illegal immigration, friendship, smuggling, financial problem, juvenile delinquency, crimes, crime, drugs/alcohol, new job ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.4
 37K
In the Bedroom (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Summertime on the coast of Maine, "In the Bedroom" centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt Fowler is a doctor practicing in his native Maine and is married to New York born Ruth Fowler, a music teacher. He is involved ...
Style: bleak, realistic, sincere, serious, suspense ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, family in crisis, jealousy, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, vengeance, family relations, parents and children, small town, age difference, dysfunctional marriage, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.3
 214K
A Separation (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Australia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Style: emotional, tense, realistic, talky, contemplative ...
Plot: divorce, maid, poverty, alzheimer's disease, marriage, family problems, marital separation, muslim, iranian, parenthood, arrest, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.2
 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, sincere, emotional, captivating, rough ...
Plot: poverty, gang, redemption, bully, murder, baby, robbery, slum, life is a bitch, society, haunted by the past, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 6.7
 3K
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: tense, rough, emotional, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, juvenile delinquency, child abuse, working class, debt, abusive father, theft, money, teenage life, redemption, society ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.1
 24K
Frozen River (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom, is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, thought provoking, bleak, serious ...
Plot: poverty, single parent, native american reservation, smuggling, working class, survival, life is a bitch, native americans, snow, winter, teenage boy, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, canada, new york state, quebec ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.3
 54K
Animal Kingdom (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Following the death of his mother, J finds himself living with his estranged family, under the watchful eye of his doting grandmother, Smurf, mother to the Cody boys. J quickly comes to believe that he is a player in this world. But, as he soon ...
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: violence, crime, crimes, armed robbery, interrogation, drug dealer, heroin, gangsters, organized crime, mafia, law enforcement, tragic event ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, melbourne australia, melbourne
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Dead Man Walking (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A justice drama based on a true story about a man on death row who in his last days forms a strong relationship with a nun who teaches him forgiveness and gives him spirituality as she accompanies him to his execution.
Style: thought provoking, touching, emotional, serious, psychological ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, lethal injection, death sentence, nun, death penalty, redemption, warden, forgiveness, confession, court ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.4
 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: serious, realistic, enigmatic, disturbing, dark ...
Plot: infidelity, adultery, destructive relationship, murder, couple relations, sexual relations, mysterious character, drifter, crimes, neo noir, court case, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1954, 50s ...
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, thought provoking, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: journalism, investigation, media, freedom of the press, carnival, strip search, terrorist, false arrest, power of media, journal, political corruption, uncover truth ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, west germany, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.6
 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, serious, contemplative, feel good ...
Plot: pregnancy, hospital, parents and children, human nature, mother in law son in law relationship, love and romance, loneliness, society, dog, drinking, mother daughter relationship, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, andalusia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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