Movies like The Wave

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The Wave (2008)
 7.6
 92K
The Wave (2008)
Original name: Die Welle
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A school teacher discusses types of government with his class. His students find it too boring to repeatedly go over national socialism and believe that dictatorship cannot be established in modern Germany. He starts an experiment to show how easily the masses can become manipulated.
Style: disturbing, psychological, national socialism, based on true events, emotional, realistic, serious, dramatic, reflective, intense ...
Plot: fascism, teachers and students, nazism, experiment, high school, dictatorship, teacher, dictator, anarchist, suicide, dedicated educator, education, experiment gone awry, society, teenage life, against humanity, social misfits, leadership, human spirit, classmates, fanaticism, violence, leader, bullying, justice ...
Time: contemporary
Place: germany, europe, california

Most similar movies to The Wave

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, interesting and psychological films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, mentor, runaway, brutality, catastrophe and violence mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like The Wave: The Experiment (2001), The Class (2008), The Experiment (2010), Evil (2003), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 85K
The Experiment (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Das Experiment is a shocking psycho thriller about the potential for brutality that humans hide. Even more shocking is the fact that it’s based on an actual occurrence—a 1971 psychological experiment at Stanford University that was aborted ...
Style: psychological, tense, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, experiment, torture, rape, humiliation, prison life, violence, experiment gone awry, aggression, prisoner, manipulation, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 32K
The Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.
Style: talky, realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, high school life, school, high school, dedicated educator, french, high school teacher, education, respect, literature, student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, morocco, paris france, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 47K
The Experiment (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 20 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
Style: rough, psychological, tense, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: prison life, prison, human nature, experiment gone awry, confined, switching roles, psychology, violence, danger, brutality, moral ambiguity, bullying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 33K
Evil (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Stockholm, the fifties. Though academically bright, violent pupil Erik Ponti is expelled from his state school with the headmaster’s words “there’s only one word for people like you – evil… what you need is a good thrashing, and more”. ...
Style: disturbing, serious, emotional, psychological, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rebellion, rebelliousness, boarding school life, coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, violence, bully, humiliation, hardcase students, child abuse, private school ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After her son Kevin commits a horrific act, troubled mother Eva reflects on her complicated relationship with her disturbed son as he grew from a toddler into a teenager.
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, depressing, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, parents and children, haunted by the past, violence, mass murder, family relations, estrangement, family problems, prison visit, guilt, massacre, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, connecticut, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Before the Fall (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Thriller, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) – high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich enrolls. During his year in seventh ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, boarding school life, boarding school, german, anti semitism, pow, nazi germany, youth, boxing, family relations, nazi, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1942, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, ukraine, moscow russia, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.1
 79K
Unthinkable (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A convert to Islam sends the U.S. government a tape showing him in three nondescript storage rooms, each of which may contain a nuclear bomb set to detonate in less than a week. Helen Brody, an FBI agent in L.A., is tasked with finding the bombs ...
Style: psychological, rough, suspense, brutal, disturbing ...
Plot: terrorism, violence, investigation, fbi, moral dilemma, nuclear threat, race against time, torture, manipulation, counter terrorism, right and wrong, nuclear bomb ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 13K
The Class (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Estonia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.
Style: disturbing, serious, sincere, tense, realistic ...
Plot: vengeance, social misfits, juvenile delinquency, society, teenage life, life is a bitch, rivalry, social decay, misfit, friendship, high school life, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: estonia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.7
 67K
Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, life is a bitch, unhappy, human relationship, dedicated educator, social problems, unhappiness, classroom, animal abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Bang Bang You're Dead (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Trevor is a troubled high school student, thanks to the effects of bullying. This is the story of his fight to break free.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, school, bomb, social misfits, teacher, teenage life, cheerleader, bully, juvenile delinquency, vengeance, teachers and students, high school life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the ...
Style: bleak, tense, compassionate, gloomy, heartbreaking ...
Plot: surveillance, communism, cold war, blackmail, interrogation, german, politics, corruption, paranoia, morality, redemption, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, europe, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.2
 78K
Elephant (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. The film chronicles the events surrounding a school shooting.
Style: bleak, realistic, stylized, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: student, high school, school, shooting, gun, classroom, school shooting, mass murder, teacher, photographer, massacre, bomb ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.7
 18K
Europa (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An American, Leopold Kessler, goes to post-war Germany in 1945 to work as a railroad conductor for the Zentropa Rail Line instead of going into the Army because he feels its a more valuable thing to do for the state of the world. He meets Katharina ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, bleak, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: train, bridge, chess, priest, misfit, terrorism, suicide, assassination, nazism, idealism, fascism, haunted by the past ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: germany, europe, frankfurt germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.8
 31K
Confessions (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, bleak, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: vengeance, teacher, teachers and students, aids, student, murder, unlikely criminals, child murder, death in the family, mystery, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
One Eight Seven (1997)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After surviving a stabbing by a student, teacher Trevor Garfield moves from New York to Los Angeles. There, he resumes teaching as a substitute teacher. The education system, where violent bullies control the classrooms and the administration is ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, gloomy, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teacher, stabbing, attack, juvenile delinquency, drugs/alcohol, teachers and students, urban, high school life, life is a bitch, society, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.7
 32K
Apt Pupil (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Neighborhood boy Todd Bowden discovers that an old man living on his block named Arthur Denker is nazi war criminal. Bowden confronts Denker and offers him a deal: Bowden will not go to the authorities if Denker tells him stories of the ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, holocaust, blackmail, manipulation, high school, torture, secret identity, german, new identity, interview, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1984
Place: california, usa, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
 18K
Cracks (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Switzerland
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Jealousy flares after the headmistress of an elite boarding school for girls becomes obsessed with a new student.
Style: atmospheric, serious, stylized, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: school, boarding school, boarding school life, teacher, storytelling, teachers and students, uniform, aristocrat, student, mental illness, murder, underage drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: england, europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Crime + Punishment in Suburbia (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This is a contemporary fable loosely based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment". Roseanne is outwardly a perfect and popular teen. However, her image is hiding the abuse at her stepfather's hands, and she decides to ...
Style: serious, cynical, disturbing, realistic, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, guilt, high school, dysfunctional family, rape, trial, incest, americana, obsession, juvenile delinquency, parents and children, falsely accused ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 79K
Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: talky, realistic, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, basketball, liberal, student, friendship, african american, drug abuse, high school, bicycle, prison, junior high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.6
 7K
Butterfly (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ...
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, serious, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, fascism, spanish civil war, teacher, atheist, butterfly, latin, politics, innocence lost, dedicated educator, civil war ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: spain, europe, galicia, australia, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.0
 18K
Swimfan (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Ben Cronin has it all: the admiration of his many friends, a terrific girlfriend, and he's on the fast-track to an athletic scholarship. Ben's rock-solid, promising future and romance are turned upside-down with the arrival of Madison ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, sexy, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: obsession, stalking, high school, dangerous attraction, hospital, swimming, teenage life, frame up, mental illness, murder, insanity, manipulation ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.4
 17K
Ben X (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Harassed by bullies because of his mild autism, teen Ben (Greg Timmermans) finds refuge in an online computer game, which leads him to his virtual dream girl, Scarlite (Laura Verlinden). Together, the odd couple seeks revenge against Ben's ...
Style: touching, psychological, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: autism, misfit, vengeance, faked death, suicide attempt, communication problem, escape from reality, computers and web, underdog, school life, virtual reality, dangerous ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, brussels belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.7
 3K
Oleanna (1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A two character movie, involving a college professor, John, who is confronted by a female student, Carol, who is failing his course. The two spend a long time talking to each other, during which time John says a few things that can be taken the ...
Style: talky, serious, thought provoking, disturbing, clever ...
Plot: sexual harassment, false accusation, college, power relations, teachers and students, dishonesty, legal, society, life is a bitch, workplace, lawsuit, dialogue driven ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: campus, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
A Dry White Season (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Taking place during the 1976 Soweto uprising, the story follows a white school teacher whose life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, discrimination, injustice, fighting the system, crimes, society, life is a bitch, legal action, interracial relations, legal, rebellion, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Heart of America (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Starring Jurgen Prochnow ('The Replacement Killers' 'Air Force One' and Patrick Muldoon 'Stigmata' 'Starship Troopers'), 'Heart of America' is a powerhouse of a contemporary drama and essential ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: high school, hardcase students, juvenile delinquency, crime, social misfits, vengeance, violence spree, teachers and students, high school life, kids in trouble, deadly, society ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.3
 7K
First Snow (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A psychic's ominous reading sends a man into a tailspin.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: salesman, desert, destiny, betrayal, manic, psychic power, couple relations, cons and scams, crimes, dishonesty, love and romance, couples ...
Time: contemporary, future
Place: new mexico, usa, dallas texas, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
To Sir, with Love (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: teacher, school, high school, high school teacher, teacher student relationship, youth, idealism, dedicated educator, teenage crush, high school dance, maturity, respect ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: london, europe, england, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.2
 321
Animal Room (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: bleak, serious, futuristic, disturbing
Plot: gang, high school, rehabilitation, school, addiction, drug abuse, future dystopia, high school life, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth, leadership ...
Time: future
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The story of former UVF member Alistair Little. Twenty-five years after Little killed Joe Griffen's brother, the media arrange an auspicious meeting between the two.
Style: psychological, talky, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, revenge, vengeance, haunted by the past, reconciliation, ira, rivalry, society, life is a bitch, dealing with death, deadly, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1975, 2000s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, london, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.2
 18K
O (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hot young stars, a hip, driving soundtrack, plus a provocative tale of jealousy and betrayal combine to create this controversial modern-day version of Shakespeare's classic, "Othello." O is Odin James (Mekhi Phifer), the ...
Style: clever, serious, realistic, tense, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, betrayal, friends, boarding school, jealousy, friendship, basketball, strangulation, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, xenophobia, sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%