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Hard to Be a God (2013)
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Hard to Be a God (2013)
Original name: Трудно быть богом
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Russia
Duration: 177 min.
Story: A group of scientists is sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a difficult one: they cannot interfere violently and in no case can they kill. The scientist Rumata tries to save the local intellectuals from their punishment and cannot avoid taking a position. As if the question were: what would you do in God's place? Director's statement Aleksei wanted to make this film his entire life. The road was a long one. This is not a film about cruelty, but about love. A love that was there, tangible, alive, and that resisted through the hardest of conditions.
Style: surreal, thought provoking, serious, captivating, futuristic, intellectual, offbeat, contemplative
Plot: distant planet, moral dilemma, human nature, society, murder, fictional war, distopia, humanity, alien planet, fate of humanity, outer space, space travel, planet, save the planet, flash forward, swamp, renaissance, medieval, horse, slavery, scientist, snow, kidnapping, slave, doctor ...
Time: middle ages

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, thought provoking, stylized and captivating films with plots about society, human nature, danger, distopia, outer space, life is a bitch and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Mystery genres. Some movies like Hard to Be a God: Stalker (1979), Kin-dza-dza! (1986), Solaris (1972), Oasis (2017), The Gladiators (1969). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Stalker (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A Stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep seeded ...
Style: philosophical, bleak, atmospheric, gloomy, art house ...
Plot: stalker, surrealism, scientist, russian, human nature, future dystopia, wish come true, post apocalypse, desire, society, escapades, psychic ...
Place: russia
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100%
 8.0
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Kin-dza-dza! (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The story takes place on the desert planet "Pluke" in the "Kin-dza-dza" galaxy, where two Soviet humans previously unknown to each other ("Uncle Vova", a gruff construction foreman from Moscow, and "The ...
Style: surreal, philosophical, enigmatic, humorous, cerebral ...
Plot: desert, alien, absurdism, distopia, society, satire, alien encounter, totalitarianism, social differences, outer space, distant planet, surrealism ...
Time: future
Place: ussr, russia, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 90K
Solaris (1972)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 167 min.
Story: A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting a planet called Solaris to investigate the death of a doctor and the mental problems of cosmonauts on the station. He soon discovers that the water on the planet is a type of brain which brings out ...
Style: atmospheric, psychedelic, cerebral, art house, intellectual ...
Plot: outer space, scientist, space station, space travel, hallucination, space and aliens, russian, investigation, astronaut, dreams, back from the dead, mysterious planet ...
Time: future, 70s, distant future
Place: ussr, russia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 5K
Oasis (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A Scottish chaplain embarks on an epic journey through space. Based on Michel Faber's 'The Book Of Strange New Things'.
Style: captivating, apocalyptic
Plot: outer space, priest, water shortage, climate change, hallucination, desert, save the planet, space shuttle, fate of humanity, humanity, distant planet, alien planet ...
Time: near future
Place: london
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44%
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The Gladiators (1969)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Sweden
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Some time in the future, East and West have stopped maintaining standing armies and nuclear weapons. Instead, to settle their differences they pit different teams of crack combat specialists against each other.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, serious, stylized, contemplative
Plot: soldier, military, war game, fictional game show, human nature, anti war, society, contests and competitions, rivalry, ambition, dishonesty, intrigue ...
Time: 20th century, future
Place: sweden, europe
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37%
 7.4
 359K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, China
Duration: 172 min.
Story: A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. ...
Style: thought provoking, psychological, atmospheric, enigmatic, surreal ...
Plot: life philosophy, reincarnation, destiny, dystopic future, distopia, human nature, death, life & death, karma, wisdom of life, multiple storylines, love and romance ...
Time: future, 1930s, 20th century, 21st century, 19th century ...
Place: san francisco, hawaii, seoul, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 4.3
 405
After We Leave (2019)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A sci-fi drama about a man struggling to find his wife, who he abandoned six years ago, before their visa to emmigrate to an off-world colony expires.
Style: philosophical, stylized, twists and turns, exciting, visually appealing ...
Plot: colony, dystopic future, post apocalypse, chase, survival, human existence, surrealism, husband wife relationship, survivor, apocalypse, space travel, distopia ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.0
 485
Threshold (1981)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The celebrated heart surgeon Dr. Thomas Vrain supports the research of the offbeat scientist Aldo Gehring, who is inventing an artificial heart. Dr. Vrain performs the first artificial human heart transplant against the advice of the Ethics ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, captivating, sincere
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), heart, heart transplant, society, against the rules, introspection, idealism, doctors and patients, moral dilemma, power relations, transplant, female nudity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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36%
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 5.9
 21K
Immortal (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: France, Italy, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: New York City in the year 2095 where genetically altered humans live side by side with unaltered men and women.
Style: futuristic, dark fantasy, serious, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: future dystopia, cyberpunk, fantasy world, mythology, cyborgs, society, memory loss, battles, escapades, heroes, tombs and skeletons, mutant ...
Time: future
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A planet is discovered in the same orbit as Earth's but is located on the exact opposite side of the sun, making it not visible from Earth. The European Space Exploration Council decide to send American astronaut Glenn Ross and British ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, futuristic, exciting, tragic ending ...
Plot: space travel, parallel world, trapped in space, astronaut, outer space, save the planet, space and aliens, benign alien, save the world, heroes, a.i., escapades ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.9
 198K
Brazil (1985)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent ...
Style: surreal, thought provoking, stylized, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: fighting the system, distopia, surveillance, hallucination, dark humor, satire, mistaken identity, chase, alternate reality, paranoia, dystopic future, giant ...
Time: future, year 1984
Place: england, london, europe, britain, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.0
 60K
Perfect Sense (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Susan is a scientist searching for answers to important questions. So important that she has given up on other things, like love - until she meets Micheal. Susan and Michael find themselves embarking on a sensual adventure while the world around ...
Style: thought provoking, artsy, melancholic, enigmatic, serious ...
Plot: chef, love affair, human existence, scientist, suffering, chaos, pandemic, human nature, romance, couples, rage, epidemic ...
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.4
 9K
Love (2011)
Genre: Drama, Music, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: After losing contact with Earth, Astronaut Lee Miller becomes stranded in orbit alone aboard the International Space Station. As time passes and life support systems dwindle, Lee battles to maintain his sanity - and simply stay alive. His world is a ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, mind bending, futuristic, non-linear ...
Plot: astronaut, isolation, outer space, space station, survival, human nature, losing-it hero, solitude, space and aliens, heroes, space travel, rock ...
Time: future, 2040s, 2030s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.6
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Silent Running (1972)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In a future Earth barren of all flora and fauna, the planet's ecosystems exist only in large pods attached to spacecraft. When word comes in that the pods are to be jettisoned into space and destroyed so that the spacecraft can be reused for ...
Style: captivating, serious, light, tragic ending, psychedelic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 5.6
 812
Puzzlehead (2005)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: In a post apocalyptic world where technology is outlawed, Walter, a reclusive scientist, secretly creates a self-aware android, "Puzzlehead". Jealously erupts when Puzzlehead wins the affection of Julia, the beautiful shopgirl that Walter ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, futuristic, suspense, bleak
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Time: future
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Outcasts (2010)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Outcasts is a 2011 British television science-fiction drama serial, starring Liam Cunningham, Hermione Norris, Amy Manson, Daniel Mays, Jamie Bamber, Eric Mabius and Ashley Walters. It originally aired on BBC One, and BBC HD. It was broadcast in the ...
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Time: future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.3
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The Aerial (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Argentina
Duration: 99 min.
Story: La Antena (English: The Aerial, 2007) is an Argentine drama film, written and directed by acclaimed film director Esteban Sapir. The film features Alejandro Urdapilleta, Rafael Ferro, Florencia Raggi, and others. The movie begins with a pair of ...
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, surreal ...
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Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Atlas Shrugged: Part III (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Approaching collapse, the nation's economy is quickly eroding. As crime and fear take over the countryside, the government continues to exert its brutal force against the nation's most productive who are mysteriously vanishing - leaving ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, stylized, captivating ...
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Time: future
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A struggling, indebted business man leaves his family immediately after Christmas to pursue a lucrative property deal that could solve all of his problems: buying foreclosed properties from banks at a fraction of their value, refi tting them for a ...
Style: captivating, realistic, thought provoking, serious, atmospheric ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Executive Order (2020)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Brazil
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Style: tense, captivating, thought provoking, disturbing
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Time: future
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.4
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Able Edwards (2004)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
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Style: serious, experimental, thought provoking, bleak, clever ...
Plot: space station, outer space, workplace, cyberspace, society, ambition, unfulfillment, rivalry, life is a bitch, boss and employee, workplace intrigue, power relations ...
Time: future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.7
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Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: France, USA
Duration: 74 min.
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Style: surreal, stylized, atmospheric, serious, experimental ...
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Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Atlas Shrugged: Part II (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 6.1
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Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, allegory, touching ...
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Time: prehistoric times, 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.8
 79
Bas-fonds (2010)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 68 min.
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Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, tense, surreal ...
Plot: murder, destructive relationship, manipulation, femme fatale, couples, dishonesty, crimes, life is a bitch, family relations, lifestyle, human nature, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 4.9
 793
High Moon (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the future where the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the Moon's resources. When a new life form is discovered, chaos erupts as various factions race to uncover and exploit its powerful secrets.
Style: futuristic, stylized, suspenseful, exciting, serious ...
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Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.0
 827K
The Martian (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Hungary, Jordan
Duration: 144 min.
Story: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw ...
Style: futuristic, biting, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: survival, mars, space travel, stranded, isolation, nasa, astronaut, trapped in space, struggle for survival, science, intelligence, outer space ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: london, china, houston texas, pasadena california, beijing china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Brave New World (1998)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
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Style: serious, thought provoking, atmospheric, futuristic, bleak ...
Plot: genetic engineering, distopia, helicopter, life is a bitch, society, love and romance, social differences, human nature, utopia, government agency, rescue, state affairs ...
Time: future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
16%
 6.7
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Generation P (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Russia, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A chronicle of Russia's transition from communism to capitalism.
Style: surreal, thought provoking, clever, mind bending, twists and turns ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 18K
Ascension (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 231 min.
TV show
Story: In this three-part miniseries, a young woman's murder causes the subjects of a century-long mission to populate a new world to question the true nature of the project as they approach the point of no return.
Style: captivating, serious, stylized, twists and turns, talky ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: space travel, outer space, spacecraft, social differences, murder, space station, survival, space opera, technology, science, murder mystery, secrets ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%