Movies like Life Is Beautiful

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Life Is Beautiful (1997)
 8.6
 601K
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Original name: La vita è bella
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up he tries to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.
Style: sentimental, tragicomedy, touching, emotional, realistic, compassionate, inspirational, heartbreaking, humorous, captivating ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, world war two, human spirit, life philosophy, jewish, survival, optimism, nazi, self sacrifice, fascism, captivity, family relations, pretense, make believe, nazism, protecting from truth, protective parent, against humanity, father son relationship, escapades, life turned upside down, sacrifice, child's point of view, courage ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: italy, tuscany, europe, poland

Most similar movies to Life Is Beautiful

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, emotional, serious and bleak films with plots about world war two, holocaust, jewish, war, nazi, anti semitism and survival mostly in Drama, War and Comedy genres. Some movies like Life Is Beautiful: Schindler's List (1993), The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), The Pianist (2002), The Book Thief (2013), Train of Life (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Schindler's List (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, rescue, against humanity, ghetto, jewish, anti semitism, wartime, nazi, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: emotional, touching, heartbreaking, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, jewish, world war two, concentration camp, friendship, against humanity, childhood, nazi, nazi germany, nazism, wartime life, young heroes ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 8.5
 704K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: UK, France, Poland, Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: bleak, emotional, suspense, contemplative, heartbreaking ...
Plot: survival, holocaust, nazi, pianist, world war two, ghetto, against humanity, nazi occupation, anti semitism, genocide, jewish, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s ...
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 7.6
 125K
The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: holocaust, jewish, world war two, nazi germany, human spirit, nazi, against humanity, adoption, childhood, life is a bitch, youth, family secret ...
Time: 40s, 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Train of Life (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: France, Belgium, Netherlands, Israel, Romania
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine.
Style: humorous, semi serious, sentimental, offbeat, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, deportation, train, village, world war two, jewish, forgery, anti semitism, bittersweet, society, misfit, gender ...
Time: 1940s, year 1941
Place: eastern europe, europe, palestine, central europe, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 240K
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: New Zealand, Czech Republic, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must ...
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, dark humor
Plot: nazi germany, nazi, nazism, boy, world war two, hitler, german, satire, adolf hitler, compassion, rabbit, child soldier ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, year 1944
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Tiger and the Snow (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Love and injury in time of war. Attilio de Giovanni teaches poetry in Italy. He has a romantic soul, and women love him. But he is in love with Vittoria, and the love is unrequited. Every night he dreams of marrying her, in his boxer shorts and ...
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: poet, true love, romance, against the odds, war, woman in danger, cure, wooing, ambition, power of love, human spirit, goodhearted ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: iraq, italy, europe, middle east, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
 6.6
 15K
Jakob the Liar (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Hungary, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out after curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German radio broadcast about Russian troop movements. Returned to the ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, hopes, starvation, survival, ghetto, war, anti heroes, against humanity, heroes, human spirit, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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: serious, touching, realistic, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, anti semitism, dehumanization, friendship, human nature, rescue, against humanity, deportation, danger, misfit, store ...
Time: year 1942, 1940s
Place: slovakia, europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Divided We Fall (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple agree to hide a Jewish friend at great personal risk of discovery and execution.
Style: disturbing, touching, uplifting, compassionate, lyrical ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, human spirit, survival, against humanity, wartime life, idealism, nazi occupation, couple relations, society, dishonesty, couples ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: europe, poland, germany, moscow russia, czechoslovakia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Hidden Children (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: This is a true story about forty Jewish children on their way to Palestine, who were blocked by the German and Italian occupation of Yugoslavia in 1941. Before finding a haven at Villa Emma in Nonantola in northern Italy, where they arrived on June ...
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, human spirit, survival, orphan, rescue, wartime life, society, hopes, fugitives, against humanity, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: italy, slovenia, europe, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Devil's Arithmetic (1999)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hannah Stern, an American-born Jewish adolescent, is uninterested in the culture, faith and customs of her relatives; however, Hannah begins to revaluate her heritage when she has a supernatural experience that transports her back to a Nazi death ...
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, time travel, jewish, world war two, anti semitism, teenager, war, human spirit, hopes, heroes, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Jacob the Liar (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, War
Country: East Germany, Czechoslovakia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Jewish ghetto in the east of Europe, 1944. By coincidence, Jakob Heym eavesdrops on a German radio broadcast announcing the Soviet Army is making slow by steady progress towards central Europe. In order to keep his companion in misfortune, Mischa, ...
Style: emotional, realistic, tense, uplifting, tragicomedy ...
Plot: ghetto, hopes, war, jewish, friendship, holocaust, death, starvation, world war two, gestapo, murder, judaism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 70s
Place: europe, poland, east germany, german democratic republic, central europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Seven Beauties (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Director, Seven Beauties stars Giancarlo Giannini (Swept Away) as Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties." A petty thief who lives off of the profits of his seven ...
Style: cynical, disturbing, humorous, dark humor, biting ...
Plot: world war two, concentration camp, war, survival, pimp, honor, crimes, life is a bitch, eccentric family, anti heroes, confined, criminal heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: italy, europe, southern italy, russia, naples italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In late 1930s Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Continis are a leading family: wealthy, aristocratic, and urbane; they are also Jewish. Their adult children, Micol and Alberto, gather a diverse circle of friends for tennis and parties at their villa with ...
Style: thought provoking, sentimental, touching, serious, captivating ...
Plot: fascism, world war two, holocaust, anti semitism, family relations, tennis, family life, wartime life, life is a bitch, brother sister relationship, unrequited love, uncle niece relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: italy, europe, africa, israel, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.6
 2K
The Truce (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Although liberated from Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, Levi did not reach Turin until October 19 of that year. After spending some time in a Soviet camp for former concentration camp inmates, he embarked on an arduous journey home in the company of ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: concentration camp, world war two, holocaust, hopes, refugee, anti semitism, danger, escapades, life is a bitch, confined, human spirit, war ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: russia, italy, europe, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.9
 6K
Fateless (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Hungary, Germany, UK, Israel, France, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: An Hungarian youth comes of age at Buchenwald during World War II. György Köves is 14, the son of a merchant who's sent to a forced labor camp. After his father's departure, György gets a job at a brickyard; his bus is stopped and its ...
Style: sincere, serious, disturbing, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, world war two, survival, life is a bitch, confined, estrangement, destiny, youth, self discovery, danger, bus ...
Time: 1940s
Place: hungary, europe, poland, budapest hungary, slovakia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.7
 2K
Rosenstrasse (2003)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 136 min.
Story: When Ruth's husband dies in New York, in 2000, she imposes strict Jewish mourning, which puzzles her children. A stranger comes to the house - Ruth's cousin - with a picture of Ruth, age 8, in Berlin, with a woman the cousin says helped ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, nazi germany, anti semitism, wartime life, human spirit, life is a bitch, couple relations, hopes, society, strong female character, world war two, courage ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: berlin germany, usa, germany, europe, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Out of the Ashes (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The real-life story of Gisella Perl, a Jewish Hungarian doctor imprisoned in the notorious Auschwitz death camp of World War II.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, human spirit, survival, wartime life, danger, anti semitism, moral dilemma, starting over, confined, life is a bitch, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: hungary, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.0
 10K
The Grey Zone (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkomando Jews – who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow-Jews – find themselves in a moral grey zone.
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, factual, depressing ...
Plot: holocaust, rebellion, survival, world war two, concentration camp, nazi, anti semitism, redemption, smuggling, human spirit, against humanity, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1944
Place: europe, poland, germany, budapest, budapest hungary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 8.0
 4K
Holocaust (1978)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 475 min.
Story: Holocaust is an American television miniseries broadcast in four parts in 1978 on the NBC television network. The series tells the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of the Weiss family of German Jews and that of a rising member of the SS, ...
Style: gloomy, disturbing, bleak, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, rebellion, ghetto, deportation, war crime, genocide, massacre, anti semitism, starvation, ss ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: During World War II, Italian villagers hide their wine from the German army.
Style: humorous, captivating, exciting, light, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, rise to the top, small town, fighting the system, military, war, escapades, anti semitism, mayor, wine, italian fascism ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Almost Peaceful (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Set during the largely unexplored period immediately following World War II, the film follows a group of mostly Jewish Parisians who attempt to restart their lives and rekindle their capacity for happiness in the shadow of unspeakable horrors. ...
Style: sincere, emotional, captivating, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: anti semitism, family relations, holocaust, starting over, survival, human spirit, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance, couple relations, reunion ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1946
Place: paris france, france, europe, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Movie in collections
 8.3
 52K
Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, rough, thought provoking, serious, surreal ...
Plot: against humanity, atrocity, genocide, world war two, war crime, holocaust, occupation, surrealism, military, anti war, survival, war ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, soviet union, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.1
 14K
Lore (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Australia, Germany, UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After her Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore leads her younger siblings across a war-torn Germany in 1945. Amidst the chaos, she encounters mysterious Jewish refugee Thomas, who shatters her fragile reality with hatred and desire. To live, she must ...
Style: tense, disturbing, sincere, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: nazism, survival, post war, child as adult, society, human nature, escapades, siblings relations, against humanity, family relations, on the road, youth ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: germany, russia, hamburg germany, poland, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, France, Sweden, Hungary
Duration: 197 min.
Story: It is the real story of Giorgio Perlasca (Luca Zingaretti). During the 1920s he was an Italian Fascist supporter, fighting in Africa an in the Spanish civil war where he deserved a safe conduct for Spanish embassies. After some years, disillusioned ...
Style: disturbing, serious, emotional, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, idealism, genocide, hopes, deportation, concentration camp, nazism, fighting the system, wartime life, life is a bitch, nazi occupation, political unrest ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 1920s, 20th century ...
Place: hungary, italy, budapest hungary, budapest, spain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Tea with Mussolini (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, telling the story of young Italian boy Luca's upbringing by a circle of English and American women, before and during World War II.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, semi serious, pre war ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: stepmother stepson relationship, world war two, friendship, coming of age, artist, painting, ambassador, hotel, performer's life, artists and showbiz, state affairs, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: italy, europe, florence, germany, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
The Island on Bird Street (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Denmark, UK, Germany, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through his eyes.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, bleak
Plot: world war two, ghetto, orphan, starvation, holocaust, against humanity, confined, war, child in peril, survival, young heroes, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Berlinguer: I Love You (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young poet falls in love in sofisticated woman who hates poetry.But,poet wants to win her with poetry and:a bit of help of his mum.
Style: realistic, semi serious, touching, humorous
Plot: unfulfillment, parents and children, politics, thirtysomething life, social relations, family relations, loss of sister, communism, oedipus complex, curse, blasphemy, poem ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, tuscany
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.1
 8K
The Round Up (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, Germany, Hungary
Duration: 115 min.
Story: 1942. Joseph is eleven. And this June morning, he must go to school, a yellow star sown on his chest. He receives the support of a goods dealer. The mockery of a baker. Between kindness and contempt, Jo, his Jewish friends, their families, learn of ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, thought provoking, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, nazism, concentration camp, injustice, against humanity, genocide, survival, anti semitism, danger, occupation, wartime life, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1942
Place: france, paris france, europe, vichy, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%