Movies like Hard to Be a God

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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: thought provoking, serious, surreal, offbeat, contemplative, intellectual
Plot: distant planet, moral dilemma, human nature, society, murder, fictional war, distopia, horse, slavery, scientist, medieval, kidnap, slave, snow, archer, sword fight, male nudity, doctor, rain, swamp, fire, horse riding, impostor, fish, rainstorm ...
Time: renaissance, middle ages

Most similar movies to Hard to Be a God

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, thought provoking, contemplative and bleak films with plots about society, human nature, life is a bitch, philosophy, distopia, danger and hopes mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Comedy genres. Some movies like Hard to Be a God: Stalker (1979), Kin-dza-dza! (1986), The Gladiators (1969), Threshold (1981), The Aerial (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.2
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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: bleak, atmospheric, philosophical, gloomy, art house ...
Plot: stalker, scientist, russian, wish come true, desire, post apocalypse, surrealism, future dystopia, human nature, heaven and hell, society, escapades ...
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 11K
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: offbeat, surreal, humorous, philosophical, enigmatic ...
Plot: desert, alien, distopia, society, satire, alien encounter, totalitarianism, social differences, teleportation, soviet, outer space, absurdism ...
Time: future
Place: soviet union, russia, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.7
 452
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: serious, stylized, thought provoking, captivating, contemplative
Plot: soldier, military, fictional game show, war game, militant, vestiges of humanity, control room, computer system, society, insubordination, satire, anti war ...
Time: 20th century, future
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.1
 414
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: sincere, thought provoking, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), heart, heart transplant, transplant, power relations, against the rules, society, idealism, doctors and patients, moral dilemma, introspection, female nudity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 7.4
 4K
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: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, surreal, silent film ...
Plot: distopia, neo noir, mind control, rebellion, social decay, revolution, totalitarianism, society, human nature, life is a bitch, expressionism, dishonesty ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.1
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Communists (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Jean-Marie Straub pushes this musicality of blocks to a paroxysmal extreme, mixing blocks of time (40 years separate the various extracts that are going to be used, and what is to be filmed), blocks of text (Malraux, Fortini, Vittorini, Hölderlin) ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, atmospheric, experimental
Plot: working class, state affairs, politics, society, human nature, social differences, communist, class struggle, communism, utopia, reading
Place: egypt, tuscany
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.5
 773
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: suspenseful, futuristic, serious, suspense, bleak
Plot: man versus machine, a.i., obsession, future dystopia, chaos, androids and robots, society, love triangle, technology gone awry, betrayal, distopia, self discovery ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Ship of Theseus (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: India, Netherlands
Duration: 140 min.
Story: This first feature film from Indian playwright Anand Gandhi, tells three stories about persons forced to think about the ethics and moral issues raised by medical advances: a visually impaired Egyptian photographer, who after a cornea transplant has ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: photographer, philosophy, society, injustice, idealism, introspection, life is a bitch, moral dilemma, cause and meaning, death, monastery, organ theft ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Movie in collections
 5.9
 166
Boxing Day (2012)
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, serious, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: on the road, human nature, moral dilemma, danger, forces of nature, boss and employee, power relations, survival, road trip, chauffeur, mountain, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colorado, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.1
 55K
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, melancholic, enigmatic, serious, romantic ...
Plot: chef, love affair, human existence, scientist, suffering, chaos, human nature, romance, rage, couples, society, apocalypse ...
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.2
 1K
One Night (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In the harbor city of Le Havre, France, a woman is stabbed during the night, just below the windows of her neighborhood. Pierre (Yvan Attal) has witnessed the murder, and heard the wails of the women crying for help. So have the neighbors, ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, psychological, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, human nature, uncover truth, introspection, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, dishonesty, deadly, witnessing a crime, couples, police investigation, neighbor neighbor relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: europe, france, normandy
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.9
 185K
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: dark humor, cult film, futuristic, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: fighting the system, distopia, surveillance, satire, mistaken identity, chase, hallucination, alternate reality, paranoia, giant, escape, fall in love ...
Time: future, year 1984
Place: england, london, europe, britain, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.1
 5K
Iceman (1984)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An anthropologist is brought to an arctic base when explorers discover the body of a prehistoric man who has been frozen in a block of ice for 40,000 years. After thawing the body to perform an autopsy, scientists discover to their amazement a real ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, allegory, earnest ...
Plot: glacier, laboratory, arctic, language barrier, frozen alive, neanderthal, caveman, anthropology, survival, human nature, experiment gone awry, isolation ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistoric, 80s
Place: antarctica, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? (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: epic, stylized, captivating, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Plot: politics, idealism, ambition, society, strong female presence, workplace intrigue, future dystopia, rebelliousness, political corruption, workplace situations, human spirit, human nature ...
Time: future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.9
 50
Manpower (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An intelligent social issues drama, Manpower sketches a portrait of four men in crisis. Moving between scathing realism and subtle irony, the film raises questions of belonging and uprooting, exile and emigration, home and family. Meir Cohen is a ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, sincere, realistic, biting ...
Plot: introspection, social decay, human nature, moral dilemma, working the system, realism, discrimination, immigrants, society, life is a bitch, boot camp, interracial relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Flowers for Algernon (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, thought provoking, contemplative
Plot: mentally challenged, prodigy, laboratory, blind ambition, social misfits, hopes, misfit, fall in love, doctors and patients, romance, disorder, human spirit ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.3
 650
Ward No. 6 (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Simultaneously nihilistic and heartening, Ward No. 6 is based on a story by Chekov, in which a psychiatric doctor becomes a patient in his own asylum. Updated to contemporary Russia, the film is a cocktail of anxieties and riddles, showcasing how ...
Style: psychological, sincere, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: isolation, mental institution, mental illness, estrangement, misfit, confined, society, human nature, doctors and patients, social misfits, doctor, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.1
 127
Able Edwards (2004)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The story of the clone of a famous entertainment mogul created to revive the glory days of his deceased predecessor's corporation. In the process of restoring reality entertainment to a synthetic, virtual world, the clone relizes he has yet to ...
Style: thought provoking, stylized, clever, bleak, serious ...
Plot: space station, outer space, cyberspace, workplace, workplace intrigue, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, ambition, society, boss and employee, power relations, top executive ...
Time: future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 340K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Action, 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, atmospheric, psychological, enigmatic, surreal ...
Plot: destiny, life philosophy, reincarnation, human nature, life & death, dystopic future, death, love and romance, supernatural, tribe, graphic violence, karma ...
Time: future, 1930s, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: seoul, san francisco, hawaii, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.1
 23K
The Sacrifice (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, UK
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Alexander, a journalist, philosopher and retired actor, celebrates a birthday with friends and family when it is announced that nuclear war has begun.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, serious, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: hopes, apocalypse, society, save the world, human nature, redemption, catastrophe, unfulfillment, hysteria, worldwide chaos, sacrifice, insanity ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden, europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.5
 778
The Garden (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A nearly wordless visual narrative intercuts two main stories and a couple of minor ones. A woman, perhaps the Madonna, brings forth her baby to a crowd of intrusive paparazzi; she tries to flee them. Two men who are lovers marry and are arrested by ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, art house, suspense ...
Plot: gender, life is a bitch, society, injustice, paparazzi, passion, religion, christ allegory, gay, torture, humiliation, romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Zohar Secret (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Israel, USA, Ukraine, Russia, Spain
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Max finds himself in possession of an ancient scroll that describes the entire history of humankind from beginning to end. Seeking to use the information for his own gain, Max triggers the mechanism that begins influencing his own life.
Style: thought provoking, epic, exciting, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: reincarnation, religions or cults, mystery, supernatural, heroic mission, human spirit, society, hopes, miraculous event, heroes, imaginary, world spanning ...
Time: ancient history
Place: holy land
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.1
 308K
Snowpiercer (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: South Korea, Czech Republic
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.
Style: thought provoking, futuristic, suspenseful, allegory, rough ...
Plot: future dystopia, rebellion, revolution, post apocalypse, social differences, survival, train, chaos, snow, resistance, society, winter ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2030s, year 2014, 2010s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Blood Done Sign My Name (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story in which a black Vietnam-era veteran is allegedly murdered by a local white businessman who is later exonerated. The plot focuses on the role of a local high school teacher and the civil unrest that followed the ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: murder, racism, social differences, introspection, discrimination, social decay, crimes, life is a bitch, society, injustice, small town, arson ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Wild Child (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Director François Truffaut makes a rare on-screen appearance in one of his most unusual films. Based on a true story, the film follows the discovery of a feral child (Jean-Pierre Cargol) who's grown up wild in the forest in late-18th-century ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: reward, punishment, sign language, feral child, studying, doctor, tantrum, human nature, fish out of water, fighting the system, youth, dedicated educator ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 19th century, 70s
Place: paris france, france, europe, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.6
 6K
Outcasts (2010)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
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 ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, contemplative, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: mysterious planet, space colony, survival, expedition, human nature, society, distant planet, hopes, danger, isolation, chaos, vestiges of humanity ...
Time: future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Last Man on Earth (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story of the latest week on the earth before the announce of the landing of an extraterrestrial society on earth seen by the eyes of a misogynist man with only the desire solitude and routine.
Style: serious, bleak, psychological, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: solitude, alien encounter, benign alien, life turned upside down, disorder, alien, misogynist, extraterrestrial, danger, adventure, society, misfit ...
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.7
 2K
The Scar (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After discussions and dishonest negotiations, a decision is taken as to where a large new chemical factory is to be built and Bednarz, an honest Party man, is put in charge of the construction. He used to live in the small town where the factory is ...
Style: sincere, emotional, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: small town, factory, human nature, social relations, state affairs, society, politics, introspection, small town life, working class, innocence lost, moral dilemma ...
Time: 70s
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.2
 165K
Melancholia (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, psychological, surreal, contemplative ...
Plot: depression, nihilism, human nature, wedding, suicide, apocalypse, collision, nervous breakdown, sister sister relationship, wedding reception, power outage, fear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.8
 4K
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, twists and turns, offbeat ...
Plot: conspiracy, manipulation, lsd, magic mushroom, rise to the top, ambition, advertising, secret society, satire, murder, subconscious, creativity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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