Movies like Life Is Beautiful

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Life Is Beautiful (1997)
 8.6
 542K
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, touching, tragicomedy, emotional, realistic, compassionate, inspirational, humorous, semi serious, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, human spirit, concentration camp, survival, optimism, fascism, self sacrifice, captivity, jewish, protecting from truth, make believe, love of one's life, life philosophy, father son relationship, protective parent, family relations, life turned upside down, escapades, sacrifice, fictional reality, courage, world war two, child's point of view, against humanity, nazis ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: italy, europe, tuscany, poland

Most similar movies to Life Is Beautiful

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, emotional, serious and touching films with plots about holocaust, survival, world war two, war, nazi, jewish and wartime life mostly in Drama, War and Romance genres. Some movies like Life Is Beautiful: The Book Thief (2013), Schindler's List (1993), The Pianist (2002), Train of Life (1998), The Tiger and the Snow (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.6
 118K
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 ...
Plot: holocaust, adoption, family secret, nazi germany, life is a bitch, jewish, human spirit, book, nazi, against humanity, runaway, youth ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1939 ...
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, ghetto, concentration camp, rescue, war, anti semitism, survival, genocide, against humanity, confined, nazism, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 8.5
 630K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK, USA
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, suspense, emotional, compassionate, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, pianist, ghetto, against humanity, anti semitism, atrocity, jewish, genocide, nazi occupation, hunger, deportation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, clever, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: holocaust, train, deportation, village, coming out, forgery, anti heroes, friendship, nazi germany, concentration camp, fool, anti semitism ...
Time: 1940s, year 1941
Place: eastern europe, europe, palestine, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: emotional, surreal, touching, sentimental, semi serious ...
Plot: poet, true love, romance, war, obsessive quest, gulf war, human spirit, medicine, falling in love, illness, battle zone, wartime life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: iraq, italy, europe, middle east, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.5
 14K
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, gloomy, realistic, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, ghetto, survival, starvation, war, anti heroes, human spirit, wartime life, against humanity, confined, danger, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: touching, emotional, serious, disturbing, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, friendship, against humanity, concentration camp, childhood, young heroes, jewish, nazism, wartime life, atrocity, gas chamber, innocence lost ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, tragicomedy, semi serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: ghetto, war, holocaust, gestapo, friendship, starvation, jews, anti heroes, survival, human spirit, innocence lost, captivity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1944
Place: poland, europe, east germany, german democratic republic, central europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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: surreal, serious, disturbing, touching, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, village, pregnancy, survival, human spirit, idealism, wartime life, against humanity, war, nazi occupation, fugitives, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: europe, poland, germany, moscow russia, czechoslovakia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, dark humor, semi serious, clever, biting ...
Plot: concentration camp, war, survival, honor, pimp, farce, anti heroes, captivity, fight, thief, sister, german officer ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: italy, europe, southern italy, russia, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, touching
Plot: parents and children, family relations, social relations, thirtysomething life, politics, unfulfillment, oedipus complex, curse, gay, revolution, communism, loss of sister ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, rabbi, teenager, jewish, anti semitism, coming of age, time travel, survival, human spirit, death, tradition ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.7
 1K
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: serious, bleak, realistic, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, refugee, survival, human spirit, war, wartime life, against humanity, confined, escapades, anti semitism, captivity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: russia, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.7
 94K
Patch Adams (1998)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Meet Patch Adams, a doctor who doesn't look, act or think like any doctor you've met before. For Patch, humor is the best medicine, and he's willing to do just anything to make his patients laugh - even if it means risking his own ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, human spirit, terminal illness, clinic, cancer, doctors and patients, friendship, doctor, unconventional method, hopes, human nature, doctor patient relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1969, year 1971
Place: medical school, usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.8
 1.6M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: human spirit, destiny, mentally challenged, journey, misfit, tragic love, love and romance, human relationship, justice, fish out of water, society, true love ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Sophie's Choice (1982)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Stingo, a young writer, moves to Brooklyn in 1947 to begin work on his first novel. As he becomes friendly with Sophie and her lover Nathan, he learns that she is a Holocaust survivor. Flashbacks reveal her harrowing story, from pre-war prosperity ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, against humanity, love triangle, post war, friendship, mental illness, haunted by the past, romance, war criminal, confined, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: new york, poland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 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: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, uplifting
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, hopes, deportation, society, war, couples, life is a bitch, nazi germany, soldier, human spirit, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: europe, germany, usa, new york, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.1
 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, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, concentration camp, smuggling, auschwitz, doctor, burned alive, redemption, rebellion, moral dilemma, war, anti semitism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1944
Place: poland, germany, europe, budapest hungary, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: fascism, holocaust, anti semitism, tennis, wartime life, deportation, family life, society, life is a bitch, confined, family relations, jewish ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 30s, 1940s ...
Place: italy, europe, africa, israel, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Edges of the Lord (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA, Poland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A 12-year-old Jewish boy hides with a family of Catholic peasant farmers to escape the Nazis.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, village, hidden identity, wartime life, fish out of water, against humanity, nazism, danger, misfit, society, social relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Hidden Children (2004)
Genre: Drama
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: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, rescue, nazi germany, refugee, village, wartime life, against humanity, escapades, society, youth, fugitives, orphan ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: italy, europe, switzerland, slovenia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
A Love to Hide (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young Jewish girl, Sarah, is looking to escape the clutches of the Third Reich after seeing her parents and sister brutally slain by a smuggler who betrayed them while attempting to escape to England. Terrified, she is sheltered by her childhood ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating, touching ...
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, betrayal, gays and lesbians, hidden identity, nazi occupation, wartime life, against humanity, gender, life is a bitch, friendship, social relations ...
Time: 40s
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the Warsau Ghetto of 1943, one man's struggle to keep his family together leads him to the ultimate crisis of faith, and one final chance at redemption. Written by legendary 'Twilight Zone' creator, Rod Sterling.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: ghetto, rabbi, holocaust, survival, sexual abuse, war, wartime life, family life, against humanity, society, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, poland, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.1
 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: bleak, serious, emotional, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, concentration camp, genocide, ghetto, rebellion, deportation, starvation, war crime, massacre, survival, captivity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, year 1943 ...
Place: germany, poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, ghetto, nazism, idealism, genocide, good versus evil, deportation, black market, war, anti heroes, daring rescue ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 40s, 80s, 20th century ...
Place: hungary, italy, budapest hungary, spain, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Johnny Stecchino (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Good hearted but not very wordly-wise, Dante is happy driving the school bus for a group of mentally handicapped children, while feeling he is somehow missing out on life and love. So he is very excited when after nearly being knocked down by her ...
Style: not serious, humorous, realistic, offbeat, witty ...
Plot: mafia, bus driver, mistaken identity, comedy of errors, gangsters, goofy hero, farce, femme fatale, fool, falling in love, bus, hidden identity ...
Time: 90s
Place: sicily, italy, europe, palermo italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Tea with Mussolini (1999)
Genre: Drama, Comedy, 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: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, friendship, hotel, ambassador, painting, artist, widow, political unrest, artists and showbiz, gender, friends, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: italy, europe, florence, germany, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.6
 266K
Seven Pounds (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
Style: touching, emotional, sad, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: redemption, life philosophy, hopes, sacrifice, suicidal, self sacrifice, tragic event, fall in love, secret, life changing experience, doctor patient relationship, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: bleak, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: starvation, ghetto, holocaust, young heroes, survival, orphan, war, human spirit, innocence lost, anti semitism, wartime life, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: bleak, serious, emotional, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, pregnancy, immigrants, starting over, survival, human spirit, war, anti semitism, family in danger, genocide, wartime life ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: hungary, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%