Movies like Vera Drake

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Vera Drake (2004)
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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: realistic, bleak, gloomy, serious, captivating, sincere, thought provoking, heartbreaking, emotional, dramatic ...
Plot: unwanted pregnancy, neighbor, abortion, pregnancy, injustice, female protagonist, women's prison, police, miscarriage, tailor, rape, family in crisis, realism, working class, idealism, life is a bitch, small town, rebellion, society, family relations, fighting the system, family life, human nature, couple relations, couples ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: england, europe, korea, burma, hamburg germany, melbourne australia, london

Most similar movies to Vera Drake

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out bleak, realistic, harsh and serious films with plots about storytelling, brutality, culture clash, loneliness, society, dialogue and mentor mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography 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.
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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, serious, clever, touching ...
Plot: adoption, secret, dysfunctional family, working class, social worker, family secret, jealousy, realism, parents and children, social differences, parent child relationship, reunion ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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: talky, bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, realism, couple relations, parents and children, down on your luck, urban, family in crisis, life is a bitch, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, algeria, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
 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: realistic, sincere, serious, touching, emotional ...
Plot: loneliness, funeral, jealousy, friendship, unrequited love, red wine, garden, cooking, therapist, desperation, lawyer, realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, ireland, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, semi serious, sincere, humorous ...
Plot: working class, eating disorder, bulimia, rebellious daughter, class differences, food, realism, family in crisis, twins, family problems, suburbs, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Movie in collections
 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: realistic, disturbing, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, courtroom drama, rape, lawyer, bar, injustice, testimony, district attorney, dedicated lawyer, witnessing a crime, alcohol, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, emotional, serious, biting, sincere ...
Plot: love, children, pregnancy, working class, social worker, single parent, fighting the system, dysfunctional family, parents and children, social services, family, custody ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, liverpool, paraguay, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 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, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: betrayal, soldier, parents and children, crimes, dishonesty, family relations, single parent, cons and scams, russian, hospital, death, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, year 1946
Place: russia, black sea, siberia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 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, touching, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: working class, anti semitism, unemployment, sin, domestic violence, parents and children, rich and poor, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, youth, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: england, europe, seaport, liverpool, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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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: clever, disturbing, psychological, bleak, art house ...
Plot: rape, small town life, exploitation, human nature, bondage, morality, vengeance, haunted by the past, betrayal, greed, small town, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 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, semi serious, touching, witty ...
Plot: reunion, college, reunited friends, friendship, realism, best friends, friends, introspection, couple relations, social differences, society, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: london, england, europe, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: racism, gang, vandalism, juvenile delinquency, childhood, skinhead, youth, violence, coming of age, xenophobia, unemployment, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, woodstock, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 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, realistic, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, heroin, dysfunctional family, drug dealer, downfall, parents and children, drug dealing, society, crime, youth, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, british, murder, crime, mistaken identity, pregnancy, hanging, abortion, unlikely criminals, social differences, injustice, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1940s, 18th century
Place: england, boston, london, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: small town, mayor, coastal town, injustice, political corruption, legal action, parents and children, legal, rivalry, life is a bitch, corruption, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, serious, sincere, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: architect, robbery, infidelity, immigrants, muslim, blackmail, thief, human nature, social differences, urban, social decay, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, bosnia, sarajevo
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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, gloomy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: destructive relationship, adultery, murder, boat, extramarital affair, river, infidelity, sex, mysterious character, couple relations, drifter, neo noir ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1954, 1950s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, bleak, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: iranian, house, depression, small town, legal action, immigrants, eviction, american dream, debt, loss of son, suicide attempt, muslim ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san francisco, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, serious, touching, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: murder, obsession, nightclub, true crime, female criminal, capital punishment, single mother, dangerous attraction, vengeance, older woman younger man relationship, romance, love affair ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1920s
Place: england, europe, tokyo, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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, realistic, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: hotel, immigrants, illegal immigration, prostitute, friendship, lebanese, black market, forgery, taxi driver, maid, surgery, muslim ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, nigeria, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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, gloomy, serious, rough, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, abusive father, theft, money, debt, classroom, juvenile delinquency, working class, corporal punishment, spanking, redemption ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Plot: drug dealing, airplane, illegal immigration, immigrants, juvenile delinquency, realism, drugs/alcohol, friendship, adolescence, drug traffic, cocaine, self esteem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: colombia, new york, usa, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: thought provoking, serious, bleak, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: murder, capital punishment, injustice, juvenile delinquency, friendship, courtroom drama, vandalism, jury, hanging, death row, crime, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, sincere, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: investigation, journalism, carnival, german, tragic hero, injustice, communist, cologne, terrorist, glory, social issues, media ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: germany, europe, west germany, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Movie in collections
 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, gloomy, serious, sincere ...
Plot: weekend, working class, waitress, city life, family life, personal ad, sibling relationship, parents and children, urban, life is a bitch, society, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, london, europe, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: emotional, touching, serious, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, death row, rape, nun, lethal injection, death penalty, redemption, court, forgiveness, execution, confession, funeral ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.4
 8K
Nil by Mouth (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making ...
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, addiction, heroin, drug abuse, domestic violence, realism, alcohol abuse, drugs/alcohol, down on your luck, violent husband, urban, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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, realistic, emotional, serious, rough ...
Plot: gang, redemption, criminal, baby, slum, fight, murder, police, urban ghetto life, violence, crime, bully ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: hospital, rocking chair, neighbor, dog, christmas lights, pregnancy, parents and children, love and romance, friends, urban, society, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, suspenseful, serious, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, prostitute, small town, murder, neo noir, pedophilia, police, legislation, pimp, sexual abuse, redemption, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1963, 1960s, year 1961
Place: switzerland, usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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, realistic, serious, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: police brutality, urban ghetto life, violence, skinhead, racism, protest, social misfits, gun, friendship, police officer, revenge, poverty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%