Movies like The Perfect Wave

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The Perfect Wave (2014)
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The Perfect Wave (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: South Africa, New Zealand, Indonesia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of Ian McCormack who grew up surfing the waters of New Zealand. Wanting to dive deeper, Ian sets out on a journey with his best friend that will change his life as they chase the perfect wave.
Style: serious, realistic, romantic
Plot: romance, beach, adventure, cons and scams, island, surfing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, friend, christian, accident, wave, prayer, praying
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new zealand, africa, australia, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and captivating films with plots about romance, love and romance, couples, love affair, society, fall in love and beach mostly in Drama, Romance and Adventure genres. Some movies like The Perfect Wave: Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), The Island (2011), The Dove (1974), As White as in Snow (2001), In My Pocket (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In this sequel to the 1980 classic, two children are stranded on a beautiful island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together and eventually become tanned teenagers in love.
Style: realistic, serious, sexy, melancholic, sexual ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: island, tropical island, adventure, love affair, survival, romance, love and romance, ocean, exploring sexuality, teenager, coming of age, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 90s, victorian era, 19th century
Place: pacific ocean
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95%
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The Island (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Bulgaria, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In Paris, Sophie and Daneel make a solid couple. Nothing, it seems, can separate them - until the day when Sophie tells her partner she has organised a surprise trip to Bulgaria. Daneel refuses to go, but Sophie insists and soon discovers just why ...
Style: serious, tense, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: self discovery, manipulation, mysterious character, couple relations, couples, dishonesty, romance, island, shower
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, europe, bulgaria
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 6.2
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The Dove (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The true story of a 16 year old (Robin Lee Graham, played by Joseph Bottoms) who aims to become the youngest person to sail around the world in a 23 foot sloop named "The Dove". On his journey he meets and falls in love with a young woman ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: coming of age, ocean, adventure, romance, youth, escapades, love and romance, obsessive quest, friends, love affair, teenage life, fall in love ...
Time: 70s
Place: pacific ocean, atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
As White as in Snow (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Inspired by real-life Elsa Andersson, this mostly fictional movie tells the story of her upbringing as a farmer's daughter, in the early 1900s, who dreams of getting away from the farm and becoming an aviatrix.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: airplane, teenage life, youth, romance, fall in love, female pilot, pilot, aviation, female protagonist, farm, couples, love and romance ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: sweden, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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In My Pocket (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A harrowing journey down the dark spiral of drug addiction. As Stephen Jameson's carefully constructed life slowly falls apart, his belief system is shattered when he discovers that he's no longer the functioning addict that he once was.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, captivating, atmospheric
Plot: addiction, romance, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drug addict, pills, couples, introspection, society, drug addiction, drug overdose, drug use ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.8
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Castaway (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Middle-aged Gerald Kingsland advertises in a London paper for a female companion to spend a year with him on a desert island. The young Lucy Irving takes a chance on contacting him and after a couple of meetings they decide to go ahead. Once on the ...
Style: sexy, serious, scenic, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: desert island, island, sexy woman, adventure, friendship, survival, beautiful scenery, couples, fish out of water, adaptation, love story, character study ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: europe, england, london, australia, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.1
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Out of Africa (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Out of Africa tells the story of the life of Danish author Karen Blixen, who at the beginning of the 20th century moved to Africa to build a new life for herself. The film is based on the autobiographical novel by Karen Blixen from 1937.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: romance, infidelity, farm, fall in love, destructive relationship, love affair, dishonesty, love and romance, syphilis, culture clash, lion, male female relationship ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, 19th century ...
Place: africa, kenya, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.0
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Solo (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After falling off a cliff and suffering substantial injures, for 48 long hours a young surfer must face a merciless nature and his own physical and mental agony to try to survive.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, sentimental
Plot: surfing, pride, ship, survival, storm, friendship, beach, delusion, weather, dune, hallucination, swimming ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Unfinished Sky (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An Outback farmer takes in an Afghani woman who has fled from a brothel.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: on the run, unlikely couple, couples, solitude, romance, isolation, wilderness, starting over, prostitute, society, countryside, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Who the Hell's Bonnie and Clyde? (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Hungary
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The film tells the true story of a young couple 'The Hungarian Bonnie & Clyde'.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: on the run, bank robbery, crimes, romance, runaway, tattoo, male nudity, female nudity, sex, weapons, car chase, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 4.6
 626
Hurricane (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The story of the desperate love affair between a young Samoan chief and a beautiful American painter, against the will of her father, the powerful governor of the island. Amid this man-made tension comes a powerful hurricane so devastating, the ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, psychotronic
Plot: beach, forbidden love, disaster, island, parents and children, love affair, catastrophe, injustice, love and romance, adventure, opposites attract, escapades ...
Time: 1920s
Place: pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Precocious and Brief Life of Sabina Rivas (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the Mexican-Guatemalan border, young teenage lovers, Sabina and Jovany, both Hondurans, accidentally meet again after some years without seeing each other. She plans to get to the United States and dreams about being a great singer; he commits ...
Style: captivating, romantic, tense, psychological, touching ...
Plot: teenage prostitute, adventure, love affair, sex scene, gang, crimes, romance, young lovers, society, love and romance, youth, prostitute ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
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50%
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Love (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan, China
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Eight people try to end their loneliness by searching for that one person to love, who can make their life complete.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: romance, fall in love, friends, love affair, wooing, couple relations, couples, looking for love, love and romance, taiwanese, loneliness, urban
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: taiwan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.2
 1K
Summer Heat (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Photographer Bob loses his girlfriend. A year later he meets Kathleen. Is she in love? Or does she use him for her dark dealings with the mafia?
Style: suspenseful, sexy, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: beach, dangerous attraction, love affair, island, photographer, crimes, couple relations, love and romance, romance, criminal heroes, illegal drugs, masturbation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.0
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Loving Leah (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A handsome Washington, D.C. doctor and a young New York woman fall in love at an unusual time...after they get married. Leah Lever is married to an Orthodox rabbi, Benjamin Lever, whose brother, Jake is a successful cardiologist and a non-practicing ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, captivating, touching
Audience: chick flick
Plot: marriage of convenience, cardiologist, romance, couples, death in the family, society, religions or cults, love and romance, fall in love, family tradition, family relations, jewish woman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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45%
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Alone (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Turkey
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Alper is in his mid 30s and a good chef at his own restaurant. He loves luxury and spends his life with one-night stands and paid love. One day, his life changes utterly as he walks into a second-hand shop where he first encounters Ada who is in her ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: couple relations, couples, romance, chef, cooking and food, bittersweet, breakup, love and romance, sexual content, estrangement, casual sex, free spirited ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Blue (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An introverted schoolgirl falls in love and starts a relationship with one of her classmates. Set in a small seaside town in Japan, the love of her life eventually leaves her for her boyfriend in Tokyo. Kayako Kirishima of the third year at a high ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: teenage love, teenage life, fall in love, youth, love and romance, romance, couples, small town, friends, adolescence, lesbian, first love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Christmas Comes Home to Canaan (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When Bobber undergoes experimental surgery to help him walk again, Daniel Burton falls in love with his beautiful rehabilitation doctor and invites her to spend Christmas at the farm.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: hopes, rehabilitation, romance, christmas, family life, family relations, operation, friendship, stepmother stepdaughter relationship, unlikely friendships, parents and children, surgical operation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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What If... (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Greece
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Athens - Greece - The age of Economic crisis Demetris is a highly independent man who lives a normal life. A confirmed bachelor at the age of 33! When a moment arrives, his choice at that point in time will change everything. His roommate is a ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, contemplative
Plot: destiny, love and romance, true love, romance, couple relations, couples, fall in love, female nudity, society, political unrest, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, greek ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: greece, europe, athens greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Longest Ride (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man as he reflects back on a lost love while he's trapped in an automobile crash.
Style: romantic, sentimental, emotional, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: romance, love, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, couples, love affair, love story, love and romance, opposites attract, cowboy, couple relations, art collector, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 1940s, year 1941
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Windrider (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A rock star falls for a rich man's son who competitively board-sails the coast of Western Australia.
Style: realistic, sentimental, serious, melancholic, disturbing ...
Plot: surfing, love affair, romance, contests and competitions, love and romance, ambition, nudity (full frontal - brief), father son relationship, competition, beach, musician's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Shadows of Time (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Ravi and Masha are just children when they were sold into labour by their parents. When they meet, friendship blossoms between them but when the factory manager threatens to sell Masha, possibly into sex slavery, Ravi gives up his hard earned ...
Style: captivating, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: romance, bribery, love affair, young heroes, obsessive quest, love and romance, innocence lost, factory, adultery, society, prostitution, child labor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Born to Love You (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Philippines
Duration: 105 min.
Story: “Born to Love You” is a romantic comedy about poor lass, portrayed by Angeline Quinto, who tries her best to provide the needs of her siblings by joining singing contests. In one of the singing contests she joined in, she met Martin’s ...
Style: realistic, serious, humorous, touching
Plot: romance, family relations, cause and meaning, starting over, investigation, ambition, tour guide, long lost father, half brother, mother son relationship, misfit, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Little England (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Greece
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Τwo sisters from the island of Andros, dubbed Little England because of its affluence, are both in love with the same man. Set in the Greek Civil War period and ending in the 1950s, the movie is based on the homonymous novel by Ioanna Karystiani.
Style: serious, touching, stylized, emotional, realistic
Plot: love and romance, island, lovers apart, love triangle, sister sister relationship, love, infidelity, marriage, forbidden love, romance, couples, torment ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Call of the Toad (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A Polish woman and a German man fall in love against the odds and decide to set up a cemetery for exiles. But can their daring venture survive the call of the toad? Adapted from Gunter Grass’ novel.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, touching, humorous ...
Plot: fascism, family relations, society, romance, love and romance, stereotypes, nazi germany, grandfather grandson relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, prejudice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Don't Worry About Me (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: London gentleman David spends a day and all his cash to bring his one-night stand a presentation folder at her office in Liverpool, only to be rather rudely ignored a minute later. After a night on the streets, he meets diner waitress Tina, who ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, romantic
Plot: love and romance, romance, looking for love, one night stand, male female friendship, gambling, confession, sightseeing, overheard conversation, beach, sex scene, catholic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.8
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Artworks (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A police chief's daughter, a sales agent for a home-security firm, meets an art gallery owner. Love and envy lead them to hatch a plot to steal overlooked but valuable paintings from her wealthy clients.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, melancholic ...
Plot: cons and scams, love affair, love and romance, partners, couples, crimes, romance, unlikely criminals, dishonesty, thief, theft, artwork ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.1
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Jungle Child (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Family
Country: Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A family of a German linguist lives with an indigenous tribe in Papua New Guinea.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, touching
Plot: interracial relations, adventure, jungle, social differences, society, youth, friendship, family life, fish out of water, disorder, culture clash, family in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, germany, indonesia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Messages from the Sea (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Egypt
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A man witnesses the drastic changes in society as he goes back to the Alexandria of his youth.
Style: realistic, captivating, sentimental, psychological, serious ...
Plot: society, fall in love, romance, prostitute, homecoming, unfulfillment, speech impediment, friendship, bittersweet, misfit, disintegration, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Beautiful Wave (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In Santa Cruz for the summer, a young woman discovers the sport of surfing -- and a family secret as well.
Style: sentimental, psychological, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Plot: surfing, coming of age, self discovery, adventure, youth, escapades, teenage life, society, friendship, on the road, drugs/alcohol
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%