Movies like West 2013

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West (2013)
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West (2013)
Original name: Westen
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: East Germany. Summer, late 70's. Three years after her boyfriend Wassilij's apparent death, Nelly Senff decides to escape from behind the Berlin wall with her son Alexej, leaving her traumatic memories and past behind. Pretending to marry a West German, she crosses the border to start a new life in the West. But soon her past starts to haunt her as the Allied Secret Service begin to question Wassilij's mysterious disappearance. Is he still alive? Was he a spy? Plagued by her past and fraught with paranoia, Nelly is forced to choose between discovering the truth about her former lover and her hopes for a better tomorrow.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, starting over, hopes, society, immigrants, single parent, social decay, christmas, friendship, violence, german, blonde, female nudity, sex scene, suicide, border, love triangle, snow, cia agent, african american, cold war, single mother, secret service, freedom, female protagonist ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, west germany, german democratic republic, gdr, east germany, east berlin

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and gloomy films with plots about society, family relations, hopes, parents and children, life is a bitch, friendship and couples mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like West: Barbara (2012), The Dust of Time (2008), One Day You'll Understand (2008), The Goalkeeper (2000), The Keys to the House (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Barbara (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: It is the summer of 1980 in East Germany and, alone, Barbara is confined to living and working as a doctor in a small provincial town - her punishment for attempting to emigrate to the West. She has only one focus; to escape and for this, she has to ...
Style: tense, realistic, psychological, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: german, iron curtain, doctor, fascism, small town, introspection, society, secret service, power relations, who to trust, lovers apart, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, gdr, northern germany ...
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The Dust of Time (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, Italy, Germany, Russia, France
Duration: 125 min.
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Style: surreal, touching, sentimental, gloomy, realistic ...
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Time: 70s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 60s ...
Place: russia, germany, kazakhstan, new york, europe ...
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One Day You'll Understand (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, Israel
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man endeavors to collect memories of his grandparents who died in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.
Style: realistic, gloomy, touching, serious, bleak ...
Plot: parents and children, against humanity, love and romance, elderly lovers, haunted by the past, death in the family, family life, family relations, holocaust, society, world war two, old photograph ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, france, middle east, paris france
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52%
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The Goalkeeper (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Ramiro Forteza is a Premier League goalkeeper whom the Civil War and the rigors of the war led to make a living visiting villages and challenging locals to mark him penalty goals. One evening he arrives to a town in Asturias and meets Manuela, a ...
Style: sexual, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: hopes, rivalry, human spirit, family life, small town life, social decay, small town, ambition, politics, society, contests and competitions, fall in love ...
Time: 30s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe
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47%
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The Keys to the House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Germany, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.
Style: serious, psychological, touching, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, human nature, dysfunctional family, estrangement, disability, family relations, redemption, teenage life, family problems, family reunited, parents and children, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: germany, europe, italy, berlin germany, milan italy ...
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45%
Above Us Only Sky (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 88 min.
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Style: serious, realistic
Plot: hopes, betrayal, starting over, human nature, longing, couples, dishonesty, couple relations, death of husband, telephone call, lie, professor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
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Phantom Pain (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Marc is a passionate cyclist and urban slacker who avoids work and responsibility. Marc's life changes from one moment to the next when he suffers a life-changing accident. He can either wallow in self-pity or tackle the beast called life with ...
Style: touching, serious, sincere, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: life is a bitch, couple relations, hopes, disability, human spirit, misfit, human nature, redemption, parents and children, family relations, new love, ex husband ex wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
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41%
The State I Am In (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: With 1970s Germany in the background, this film depicts the story of a family from the “R.A.F. Terrorist” group and their search for a normal life and their inner self.
Style: gloomy, sentimental, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: chases and races, teenage love, coming of age, family relations, on the run, fall in love, family in crisis, love and romance, parents and children, fugitives, family problems, eccentric family ...
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40%
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The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria, Germany, Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of Alex, who, with the help of his charismatic grandfather, embarks on a journey in search of his real self.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious
Plot: birthday, backgammon, immigrants, free spirited, hopes, in-laws, misfit, society, memory loss, on the road, fall in love, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: bulgaria, europe, germany, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Shores of Hope (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 116 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense
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Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, gdr
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39%
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The Bench (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 93 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Guten Tag, Ramón (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After five failed attempts to go to the United States, 18-year-old Ramón decides to look for a friend’s aunt in Germany, but never finds her. With no papers or money, and without knowing the language, he barely survives living on the street until ...
Style: realistic, touching, feel good, semi serious, humorous
Plot: friendship, disorder, misfit, society, fish out of water, hopes, immigrants, friends, mexican, mailbox, train station, backpack ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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37%
Ladybird Ladybird (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
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Style: realistic, biting, sincere, serious, emotional ...
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Time: 90s, 20th century
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36%
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Country: Germany
Duration: 119 min.
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Duration: 93 min.
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35%
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Morning Dew (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ethiopia, Germany, France
Duration: 140 min.
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Style: captivating, serious, rough, realistic
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34%
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Style: realistic, serious, bleak, rough, psychological ...
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33%
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Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: serious, atmospheric, sincere, captivating, gloomy ...
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32%
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Circles (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Serbia, Germany, France, Slovenia, Croatia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Circles (Serbian: Krugovi) is a Serbian movie based on the true story of a Serbian soldier who risked his life to protect a Muslim civilian during the war in Bosnia. During the war in Bosnia in 1993, a Serbian soldier pays for his life after ...
Style: gloomy, atmospheric, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: surgery, society, post war, job seeking, lifesaver, muslim, redemption, moral dilemma, interracial relations, hopes, life is a bitch, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005, year 1993
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32%
As We Were Dreaming (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Andreas Dresen's adaptation of Clemens Meyer's novel about a group of East German friends right after the fall of the Wall.
Style: realistic, gloomy, sincere, serious
Plot: buddies, friends, dull life, drugs/alcohol, unfulfillment, cause and meaning, friendship between boys, teenage boy, female nudity
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: east germany, germany
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31%
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Swans (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Portugal
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Manuel's mother, Petra, lives in Berlin. She is in a coma as a result of chemotherapy treatment. Tarso and Petra have been divorced since Manuel (17) was 3 years old. Manuel and Tarso come to Germany to be with Petra during her illness. They ...
Style: gloomy, touching, serious, realistic
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany, portugal
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31%
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Kings of the Road (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Itinerant projection-equipment repairman Bruno Winter (Rüdiger Vogler) and depressed hitchhiker Robert Lander (Hanns Zischler)--a doctor who has just been through a break-up with his wife and a half-hearted suicide attempt--travel along the Western ...
Style: road movie, psychological, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: on the road, buddies, partners, mechanic, odd couple, hitchhiker, friendship, friends, dull life, unfulfillment, male friendship, suicide ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, german democratic republic, west germany
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31%
Berlin Is in Germany (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When Martin, a former GDR citizen, is released from jail, he lately becomes confronted with the consequences of the German re-unification.
Style: serious, emotional, humorous, realistic, touching
Plot: taxi driver, fish out of water, social differences, society, estrangement, stripper, friendship, berlin wall, parent child relationship, unsociability, jealousy, prisoner ...
Time: 21st century, 90s
Place: europe, germany, german democratic republic, berlin germany
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31%
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 201 min.
Story: A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. Slowly, her ritualized daily routines begin to fall apart.
Style: realistic, serious, avant garde, surprise ending
Plot: prostitute, feminism, widow, prostitution, single mother, family relations, couples, single parent, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, school, chores ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, belgium, brussels, brussels belgium, france
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30%
The Edge of Heaven (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Turkey, Italy
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's ...
Style: intellectual, touching, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Plot: funeral, heaven and hell, prison, tragic event, loss of daughter, arrest, professor, student, prostitute, murder, german, destiny ...
Time: contemporary
Place: germany, europe, turkey, hamburg germany, istanbul turkey ...
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29%
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Dallas 362 (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Rusty (Shawn Hatosy) has been bailed out of bad situations more than once by his understanding but distraught mother, Mary (Kelly Lynch). When Mary starts dating a psychologist, Bob (Jeff Goldblum), Rusty connects with the man and begins talking to ...
Style: biting, realistic, serious
Plot: friends, society, starting over, friendship, crumbling marriage, suburban life, hopes, parents and children, twentysomething life, doctors and patients, rehabilitation, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
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29%
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Second Best (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The difficult relationship between a british postal officer and his adoptive son.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
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Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, wales
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Buddenbrooks (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 151 min.
Story: Mid-19th-century, Baltic Sea port city of Lubeck, Germany. Follows the fourth generation of the Buddenbrook mercantile family as Tony and Thomas reach the age of marriage. Fatefully impeded every step of the way, the Buddenbrooks struggle as ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, epic, sentimental ...
Plot: urban, society, family problems, couples, downfall, life is a bitch, siblings relations, love and romance, unfulfillment, parents and children, family in crisis, couple relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, germany, northern germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%