Movies like Life Is Beautiful

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Life Is Beautiful (1997)
 8.6
 520K
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Original name: La vita è bella
Genre: Comedy, Drama, 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, survival, optimism, concentration camp, 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 dramatic films with plots about world war two, holocaust, war, nazi, survival, wartime life and against humanity mostly in Drama, War and Comedy genres. Some movies like Life Is Beautiful: The Book Thief (2013), Schindler's List (1993), The Tiger and the Snow (2005), Train of Life (1998), The Pianist (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.6
 115K
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, life is a bitch, jewish, human spirit, nazi germany, 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: touching, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, ghetto, rescue, anti semitism, survival, war, genocide, concentration camp, against humanity, confined, nazism, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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 ⇓
67%
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, fool, nazi germany, concentration camp, anti semitism ...
Time: year 1941, 1940s
Place: eastern europe, europe, palestine, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.5
 604K
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, nazi occupation, hunger, deportation, starvation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ⇓
55%
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, young heroes, childhood, jewish, nazism, wartime life, atrocity, gas chamber, innocence lost ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, serious ...
Plot: ghetto, war, holocaust, gestapo, friendship, starvation, jews, anti heroes, survival, human spirit, innocence lost, captivity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, east germany, gdr, central europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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, disturbing, serious, realistic, touching ...
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, czechoslovakia, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, anti heroes, farce, captivity, fight, army, thief, german officer ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: italy, europe, russia, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, war, human spirit, wartime life, against humanity, confined, escapades, anti semitism, captivity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: russia, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, teenager, jewish, rabbi, anti semitism, coming of age, time travel, survival, human spirit, tradition, death ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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: serious, emotional, 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, 1940s, year 1943
Place: europe, germany, usa, new york, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: serious, sentimental, 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 ⇓
31%
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, wartime life, village, against humanity, escapades, society, youth, fugitives, orphan, survival, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: italy, europe, switzerland, slovenia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 ⇓
30%
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, ambassador, hotel, painting, artist, widow, political unrest, artists and showbiz, gender, friends, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: italy, europe, florence, germany, zurich switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, smuggling, auschwitz, doctor, concentration camp, burned alive, redemption, rebellion, war, moral dilemma, anti semitism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 1940s
Place: poland, germany, europe, budapest hungary, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, bleak, realistic, tense
Plot: starvation, ghetto, holocaust, young heroes, survival, orphan, human spirit, war, innocence lost, anti semitism, wartime life, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.4
 12K
Mediterraneo (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Greek Sea, World War II. An Italian ship leaves a handful of soldiers in a little island; their mission is to spot enemy ships and to hold the island in case of attack. The village of the island seems abandoned and there isn't a single enemy in ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: island, friendship, greek island, italian army, soldier, war, culture clash, anti war, army, fish out of water, romance, society ...
Place: italy, greece, europe, mediterranean sea, battleship
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, atmospheric, feel good
Plot: holocaust, small town, rise to the top, anti semitism, village, village life, society, war, small town life, wartime life, fighting the system, escapades ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: serious, disturbing, realistic, emotional, 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, spain, budapest hungary, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 186 min.
Story: In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his ...
Style: talky, realistic, serious, bleak, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, holocaust, judge, courtroom, against humanity, concentration camp, trial, genocide, war crime, cold war, legal action, german ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 60s, year 1945, year 1946 ...
Place: germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: serious, bleak, realistic, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, pregnancy, immigrants, starting over, survival, war, human spirit, anti semitism, family in danger, genocide, wartime life ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, hungary, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.3
 4K
Uprising (2001)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 177 min.
Story: Jews rise up in the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazis in 1943.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: ghetto, holocaust, anti semitism, deportation, anti heroes, survival, war, human spirit, genocide, heroic mission, political unrest, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1943
Place: poland, europe, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Everything Is Illuminated (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A film based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by American writer Jonathan Safran Foer, in which a young Jewish American man endeavors—with the help of eccentric, distant relatives—to find the woman who saved his grandfather ...
Style: tragicomedy, touching, sentimental, sincere, clever ...
Plot: culture clash, on the road, holocaust, jewish, anti semitism, journey, friendship, collector, human nature, grandparent grandchild relationship, search, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: ukraine, europe, eastern europe, berlin germany, kiev ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.0
 7K
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: thought provoking, serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, nazism, parents and children, anti semitism, genocide, war, injustice, nazi occupation, against humanity, danger, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1942, 1940s
Place: europe, france, vichy, germany, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.2
 40K
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, surreal, realistic, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: against humanity, atrocity, genocide, anti war, insanity, surrealism, wehrmacht, teenage girl, holocaust, war, war crime, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Last Train (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, Czech Republic
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A group of people are imprisoned in a rail car bound from Berlin to a concentration camp in 1945.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, captivating
Plot: holocaust, nazism, anti semitism, train ride, against humanity, concentration camp, confined, train, life is a bitch, war, danger, pow ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1943
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Instructions Not Included (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Valentin is Acapulco's resident playboy, until a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and him heading with her out of Mexico.
Style: sentimental, feel good, touching, emotional, sweet ...
Plot: father daughter relationship, custody, eccentric family, grownups, new job, responsibility, character change, single father, parenthood, child care, childhood, sacrifice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%