Movies like The Wave 2008

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The Wave (2008)
 7.6
 94K
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: psychological, disturbing, national socialism, based on true events, emotional, realistic, serious, dramatic, reflective, intense ...
Plot: fascism, teachers and students, nazism, experiment, dictatorship, high school, teacher, suicide, dictator, anarchist, teenage life, society, human spirit, classmates, experiment gone awry, social misfits, leadership, against humanity, dedicated educator, german, education, leader, fanaticism, violence, bullying ...
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, disturbing and psychological films with plots about storytelling, runaway, brutality, dialogue, mentor, catastrophe and bullying 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.
 7.7
 87K
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, thought provoking, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, experiment, torture, rape, violence, disorder, surveillance, manipulation, humiliation, power relations, rivalry, abuse ...
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, psychological, thought provoking, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, french, high school life, high school, school, respect, student, education, high school teacher, dedicated educator, literature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, caribbean, morocco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 48K
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, disturbing, tense, realistic ...
Plot: prison life, prison, human nature, experiment gone awry, switching roles, confined, psychology, violence, danger, brutality, punishment, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, psychological, emotional, serious, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rebellion, friendship, domestic violence, boarding school life, rebelliousness, coming of age, humiliation, bully, child abuse, violence, boarding school, private school ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
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: realistic, suspenseful, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, boarding school, boarding school life, pow, german, anti semitism, youth, boxing, dehumanization, nazi germany, coming of age, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1942, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, cape town south africa, washington d.c., berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, violence, parents and children, family relations, haunted by the past, guilt, family problems, estrangement, mass murder, tragic event, massacre, antisocial behavior ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, connecticut, new york
⇓ 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: tense, disturbing, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: vengeance, social misfits, society, life is a bitch, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, misfit, rivalry, youth, human nature, friendship, social decay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: estonia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.7
 69K
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, thought provoking, serious, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, social problems, unhappy, human relationship, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, tense, suspenseful, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, school, teacher, bully, bomb, social misfits, teenage life, cheerleader, vengeance, society, lifestyle, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
 80K
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, disturbing, realistic, stylized, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: student, high school, teacher, school, bomb, photographer, suicide, massacre, shooting, classroom, gun, mass murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, stylized, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boarding school life, boarding school, school, teachers and students, mental illness, coming of age, teenage life, power relations, lesbian relationship, teacher, obsession, teenage crush ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: england, europe, spain
⇓ 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: tense, bleak, sincere, compassionate, sexual ...
Plot: surveillance, communism, cold war, blackmail, interrogation, secret agents, politics, german, espionage, iron curtain, actress, moral dilemma ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1984
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, europe, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.7
 18K
Europa (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: 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, stylized, bleak, surreal, psychological ...
Plot: train, suicide, terrorism, chess, bridge, priest, nazism, misfit, idealism, fascism, german, assassination ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, frankfurt germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.7
 33K
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: psychological, disturbing, tense, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, holocaust, blackmail, manipulation, human nature, crimes, disorder, high school, teenage life, dishonesty, hidden identity, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1984
Place: usa, california, germany
⇓ 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, attack, stabbing, juvenile delinquency, dedication, breaking point, drugs/alcohol, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, undisciplined, latinos ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, new york, manhattan new york city, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: disturbing, realistic, cynical, clever, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, high school, dysfunctional family, guilt, americana, rape, trial, incest, obsession, couples, family problems, crime and punishment ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.0
 19K
The Riot Club (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.
Style: tense, captivating, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: university, initiation, debauchery, student life, society, youth, college life, friends, power relations, social relations, friendship, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1700s, year 1976, 1850s ...
Place: england, oxford university, europe, campus, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: rough, disturbing, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: high school, violence spree, urban ghetto life, hardcase students, psychopath, vengeance, rivalry, youth, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency, social misfits, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
 80K
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: realistic, talky, sincere, serious, rough ...
Plot: teacher, student, liberal, basketball, teachers and students, african american, friendship, drug abuse, loneliness, cocaine, coach, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.8
 32K
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: psychological, disturbing, bleak, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: vengeance, teachers and students, teacher, child murder, student, aids, grief, mystery, murder, revenge, bullying, classmates ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.3
 321
Animal Room (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: bleak, serious, futuristic, disturbing
Plot: gang, teenage life, animal life, leadership, society, high school life, addiction, rehabilitation, high school, isolation, school, crimes ...
Time: future
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.4
 18K
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, realistic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: autism, suicide attempt, vengeance, faked death, escape from reality, communication problem, misfit, mental illness, teenage life, dishonesty, youth, hidden identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, brussels belgium
⇓ 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: sentimental, realistic, touching, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, fascism, spanish civil war, teacher, politics, atheist, butterfly, latin, innocence lost, civil war, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: spain, europe, galicia, america, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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A Dry White Season (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 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: biting, realistic, rough, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: racism, legal action, crimes, state affairs, life is a bitch, interracial relations, discrimination, injustice, rebellion, legal, fighting the system, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
⇓ 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, serious, sexy, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: obsession, stalking, high school, hospital, swimming, dangerous attraction, frame up, teenage life, mental illness, murder, athlete, coma ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ 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, disturbing, psychological, clever, realistic ...
Plot: sexual harassment, false accusation, workplace, lawsuit, society, life is a bitch, teachers and students, power relations, legal, college, dishonesty, dialogue driven ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: campus, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.4
 16K
Poison Ivy (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A seductive teen befriends an introverted high school student and schemes her way into the lives of her wealthy family.
Style: sexy, suspenseful, serious, erotic, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: femme fatale, destructive relationship, infidelity, sexual relations, high school, dysfunctional family, dangerous attraction, parents and children, teenage life, manipulations, betrayal, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.4
 346
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: psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: boarding school, boarding school life, kids in trouble, coming of age, gays and lesbians, school, society, innocence lost, high school life, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
State's Evidence (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When 16 year old Scott Byers decided to bring a camcorder to school, none of his schoolmates ever imagined what was to come. Only Scott's five closest friends and followers have the insight on his master plan. He is on a quest for the ultimate ...
Style: realistic, surreal, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: destructive relationship, life is a bitch, dull life, voyeurism, youth, buddies, teenage life, deadly, introspection, video camera, masturbation, suicide ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.8
 6K
The Tunnel (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, Olympic swimmer Harry Melchior defects from East Germany in the 1960s and hatches a daring plot to help his sister and others flee East Berlin through a 145-yard underground tunnel.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, serious ...
Plot: tunnel, betrayal, politics, cold war, escape, berlin wall, political unrest, communism, state affairs, confined, escapades, daring rescue ...
Time: 1960s
Place: germany, europe, german democratic republic, east berlin, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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