Movies like The Wave 2008

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 7.6
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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, realistic, psychological, serious, national socialism, based on true events, dramatic, reflective, intense, interesting ...
Plot: fascism, teachers and students, experiment, nazism, dictatorship, high school, german, teacher, anarchist, dictator, classroom, suicide, high school life, totalitarianism, vandalism, dedicated educator, gymnasium, training, education, experiment gone awry, against humanity, society, youth, power relations, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary
Place: germany, europe, california

Most similar movies to The Wave

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, psychological and disturbing films with plots about youth, storytelling, bullying, murder, teacher, school and mentor mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like The Wave: The Experiment (2001), The Class (2008), The Experiment (2010), Evil (2003), Before the Fall (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 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, rape, torture, prison life, humiliation, experiment gone awry, violence, disorder, warden, fist fighting, aggression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, canada
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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, dedicated educator, school, high school, french, education, high school teacher, respect, literature, student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, morocco, paris france, caribbean ...
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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: coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, rebelliousness, boarding school life, bully, humiliation, rebellion, hardcase students, boarding school, violence, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: sweden, europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: bleak, realistic, serious, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: friendship, boarding school, boarding school life, german, anti semitism, pow, youth, family relations, against humanity, society, coming of age, nazi germany ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1942, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, washington d.c., cape town south africa, ukraine ...
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45%
 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, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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, post war, misfit, drowning, priest, chess, terrorism, suicide, assassination, idealism, fascism, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, frankfurt germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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, classmates, gun, classroom, mass murder, teacher, photographer, massacre, bomb, suicide ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 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, teenage life, society, life is a bitch, rivalry, social decay, friendship, high school life, misfit, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: estonia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, gloomy, compassionate, heartbreaking ...
Plot: surveillance, communism, cold war, blackmail, interrogation, german, politics, corruption, voyeurism, paranoia, secret agents, morality ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1984, 1990s
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, europe, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, social misfits, school, teenage life, bomb, teacher, cheerleader, bully, juvenile delinquency, vengeance, teachers and students, high school life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, urban, teachers and students, 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 ⇓
38%
 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, teachers and students, teacher, aids, student, murder, unlikely criminals, child murder, death in the family, mystery, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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 ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, fascism, spanish civil war, teacher, butterfly, atheist, latin, politics, innocence lost, teachers and students, dedicated educator ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: spain, europe, galicia, australia, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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, african american, drug abuse, loneliness, friendship, high school, bicycle, prison ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.3
 659
Angel of Death (2002)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The most spectacular Easter celebration in the World. Hosts of hooded Penitents parade through the ancient, narrow streets of the Old Town in time-honored ritual. But for one celebrant this Holy Week is different. For him Semana Santa is a time to ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: fascism, sexual abuse, mysterious character, serial killer, procession, crime scene, small town, mystery, slasher, investigation, mind game, murder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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: boarding school, boarding school life, school, teachers and students, teacher, asthma attack, storytelling, aristocrat, uniform, underage drinking, nightmare, missing child ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: england, europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.4
 341
Teenage Angst (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 64 min.
Story: At an elite private Border School four students form a clique to sneak out of school after hours to meet, drink and play. By trying to escape the golden cage which their wealthy parents have stuck them in, they search for the Extreme. In the course ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: boarding school, high school, juvenile delinquency, school, coming of age, innocence lost, boarding school life, high school life, teenage life, kids in trouble, youth, gays and lesbians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Serpent's Egg (1977)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The Serpent's Egg follows a week in the life of Abel Rosenberg, an out-of-work American circus acrobat living in poverty-stricken Berlin following Germany's defeat in World War I.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, suspense ...
Plot: suicide, circus, clinic, investigation, unemployment, cabaret, life is a bitch, politics, getting home, rise to the top, alcohol abuse, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, pre world war two, 1920s
Place: germany, europe, sweden, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.7
 43K
Victoria (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, sentimental ...
Plot: crimes, young lovers, bank robbery, danger, real time, running from police, bullet wound, techno music, crime gone awry, urban, crime, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: germany, berlin germany, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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%
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, maturity, teenage crush, high school dance, respect ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: london, europe, england, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.1
 7K
Antibodies (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: When a notorious German serial killer is captured after committing some of the most heinous acts against humanity ever imaginable, a farmer and police officer from a sleepy rural community on the outskirts of Berlin is drawn into the case as he ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, disturbing, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, mind game, small town, lust, crime, investigation, crimes, danger, family life, life is a bitch, murder ...
Time: contemporary, year 1996
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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, incest, trial, americana, obsession, juvenile delinquency, parents and children, falsely accused ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Massacre at Central High (1976)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Maimed by bullies at a California high school, a new student (Derrel Maury) engineers acts of revenge.
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: high school, murder, dead teenager, revenge, gang, prank, vengeance, school, exchange student, teenage life, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.9
 7K
2:37 (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A contemporary, ensemble drama telling the complex tale of six high school students whose lives are interwoven with situations that so many of today's youth are faced with. The story takes place during a normal school day. At precisely 2:37 a ...
Style: bleak, psychological, serious, realistic, sincere
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, high school life, teenage life, youth, social relations, teenage love, coming out, suicide, teenager, student, school, rape ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, south australia, adelaide south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Principal (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Burglary. Drugs. Assault. Rape. The students at Brandel High are more than new Principal Rick Latimer bargained for. Gangs fight to control the school using knives - even guns - when they have to. When Latimer and the head of security try to clean ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, harsh ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: high school, teachers and students, teacher, violence, teenage life, youth, chase, vigilantism, gang, single parent, drug dealing, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: oakland california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.1
 22K
The Conformist (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, surreal, stylized, sexual ...
Plot: fascism, assassination, mental institution, politics, assassin, honeymoon, exile, neo noir, introspection, moral dilemma, haunted by the past, political unrest ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: italy, europe, france, paris france, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
What You Don't See (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany, Austria
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Two strangers have a strong impact on a young man who's spending some time with his family in this drama from Germany. Seventeen-year-old Anton has been struggling to make sense of his life since his father committed suicide when Anton was ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, tense, psychological
Plot: dangerous attraction, destructive relationship, danger, youth, mysterious character, manipulations, siblings relations, teenage life, estrangement, family relations, sexual awakening, cottage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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