Movies like West

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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: starting over, hopes, society, immigrants, single parent, social decay, family relations, christmas, friendship, violence, german, female nudity, sex scene, suicide, love triangle, snow, cia agent, african american, cold war, single mother, secret service, freedom, female protagonist, boy, chemist ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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 serious, realistic, gloomy and touching films with plots about hopes, society, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, friendship and love and romance mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like West: Barbara (2012), The Dust of Time (2008), One Day You'll Understand (2008), Phantom Pain (2009), Above Us Only Sky (2011). 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, serious, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: german, doctor, iron curtain, small town, fascism, doctors and patients, visa, lover, confined, society, power relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1980
Place: germany, east germany, german democratic republic, northern germany, gdr ...
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95%
The Dust of Time (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, Italy, Germany, Russia, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A, an American film director of Greek ancestry, is making a film that tells his story and the story of his parents. It is a tale that unfolds in Italy, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Canada and the USA. The main character is Eleni, who is claimed and ...
Style: epic, serious, atmospheric, realistic, surreal ...
Plot: introspection, couple relations, love affair, love triangle, parents and children, lovers reunited, political unrest, filmmaking, hopes, love and romance, society, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: asia, canada, europe, germany, kazakhstan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: elderly lovers, parents and children, family life, haunted by the past, family relations, death in the family, holocaust, against humanity, love and romance, society, world war two, war crime ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, france, germany, middle east, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.4
 812
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: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, redemption, disability, hopes, human nature, couple relations, parents and children, misfit, couples, family relations, life is a bitch, hit and run ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Above Us Only Sky (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A woman discovers the man she has lived with for years is not who she thought he was...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: human nature, couple relations, dishonesty, couples, betrayal, starting over, hopes, longing, loss of husband, death of husband, love, female nudity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere
Plot: chases and races, coming of age, fugitives, parent child relationship, surfer, puberty, underground, unsociability, becoming an adult, parents and children, teenage love, eccentric family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, portugal, europe, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: backgammon, birthday, on the road, self discovery, memory loss, migration, misfit, immigrants, fall in love, hopes, society, in-laws ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: bulgaria, europe, germany, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, serious, touching, realistic
Plot: contests and competitions, fall in love, rivalry, small town, social relations, romance, clergy, single parent, human spirit, down on your luck, small town life, social decay ...
Time: 20th century, 30s
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: hospital, human nature, redemption, parents and children, estrangement, hopes, family relations, self discovery, haunted by the past, disability, misfit, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, germany, italy, berlin germany, milan italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Jerichow (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The Turkish diaspora in Germany proves the catalyst for this noir-flavored drama concerning the unlikely friendship between a veteran of the Afghan-Soviet war and a middle-aged Turk in need of a helping hand.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, tense, touching ...
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, immigrants, couple relations, couples, power relations, social misfits, boss and employee, dangerous attraction, forbidden love, looking for love, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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The Bench (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Kaj is a stubborn man with a great deal of pride. The former chef lives in a council flat. He has wasted his life and is now on a council job training scheme for the long-term unemployed, where he refuses to let the foreman of the activation project ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, bleak, sincere
Plot: hospital, parents and children, family problems, family relations, aging, urban, starting over, alcohol abuse, working class, estrangement, danger, elderly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.6
 448
Shores of Hope (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In this vivid historical drama set in 1980s East Germany, two dockworkers and best friends who dream of escaping the repressive regime are forced to choose their loyalties when the state police promise them safe passage out of the country — if ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: friendship, moral dilemma, friends, betrayal, investigation, stalking, relationship vs career, ambition, crimes, danger, dishonesty, snitch ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, gdr, german democratic republic, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
When We Leave (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Umay is a young woman of Turkish descent, fighting for an independent and self-determined life in Germany against the resistance of her family. Her struggle initiates a dynamic, which results in a life-threatening situation.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, atmospheric
Plot: abusive father, marital rape, parents and children, hopes, society, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, immigrants, against the rules, redemption, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany, turkey, istanbul turkey, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: drugs/alcohol, cause and meaning, friends, buddies, dull life, unfulfillment, teenage boy, friendship between boys, female nudity
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: east germany, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Letters to Father Jacob (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 74 min.
Story: With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless. But when the letters stop, the pastor is devastated and ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, pardon, clergy, friendship, starting over, religions or cults, hopes, society, self discovery, friends, coldhearted, warden ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: finland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Distant Lights (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: atmospheric, serious, gloomy, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: taxi driver, architect, border, immigrants, human spirit, rock, bankrupt, unsociability, border patrol, robbery, jealousy, escape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: poland, europe, germany, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, serious, atmospheric, realistic, tense
Plot: surgery, moral dilemma, haunted by the past, redemption, interracial relations, hopes, society, life is a bitch, job seeking, post war, lifesaver, loss of son ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005, year 1993
Place: bosnia, europe, germany, serbia, bosnia herzegovina
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, serious, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: on the road, buddies, odd couple, male friendship, suicide, friendship, partners, friends, dull life, unfulfillment, hitchhiker, mechanic ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: germany, europe, german democratic republic, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Beyond (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Finland, Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A poignant story, told with sincerity and humor, about a young woman´s dramatic childhood and about her grief and the struggle to move on. Noomi Rapace plays the main character in her first feature after the success with the Millennium trilogy and ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: child abuse, alcoholic father, dying woman, introspection, parents and children, coach, parent child relationship, sibling relationship, haunted by the past, family problems, family relations, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 70s
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.2
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Morning Dew (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ethiopia, Germany, France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The Ethiopian intellectual Anberber returns to his native country during the repressive totalitarian regime of Haile Mariam Mengistu and the recognition of his own displacement and powerlessness at the dissolution of his people's humanity and ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, realistic
Plot: village, friendship, political unrest, state affairs, return, idealism, doctors and patients, rich and poor, haunted by the past, revolution, rebellion, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: ethiopia, africa, europe, germany, medical school ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.3
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Faith (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The fates of three German-born Muslims in Berlin collide as they struggle to find their place between faith and modern life in contemporary western society, caught at a crossroads where alluring liberated lifestyles conflict with deeply-rooted ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: coming of age, introspection, self discovery, urban, forbidden love, parents and children, haunted by the past, teenage life, religions or cults, hopes, society, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 4.8
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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: serious, realistic, gloomy, touching
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, estrangement, hospital, urban, youth, family relations, city life, male masturbation, ejaculation, masturbation, mask ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Cracks in the Shell (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Fine suffers from not being seen but she also does her best at not being noticed, even though she is an acting student. At night, when her mentally handicapped sister Jule cannot get to sleep and stereotypically bangs her head against the wall, Fine ...
Style: serious, gloomy, psychological, tense, realistic
Plot: school, actor's life, losing-it hero, artists and showbiz, teachers and students, twentysomething life, power relations, perfectionist, competition, mentor protege relationship, sexual repression, casting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 5.8
 1K
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: gloomy, serious, stylized, realistic, epic ...
Plot: parents and children, family business, unfulfillment, urban, family relations, fall in love, family life, downfall, couple relations, impossible love, siblings relations, family in crisis ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, germany, northern germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Multiple Sarcasms (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Gabriel is a man who on the surface has it all-successful professional life as an architect, a beautiful wife, Annie, and a devoted young daughter, Elizabeth. But slowly it dawns on him that he is not really happy. Gabriel decides that he wants to ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, offbeat, touching
Plot: introspection, self discovery, unfulfillment, family relations, family life, writer's life, couple relations, parents and children, midlife crisis, artists and showbiz, hopes, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, realistic, emotional, humorous, touching
Plot: taxi driver, fish out of water, prisoner, unsociability, friendship, berlin wall, parent child relationship, jealousy, society, social differences, estrangement, stripper ...
Time: 21st century, 90s
Place: europe, germany, german democratic republic, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Palermo or Wolfsburg (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, West Germany
Duration: 173 min.
Story: Palermo or Wolfsburg (German: Palermo oder Wolfsburg) is a 1980 film by Werner Schroeter. It tells the story of an Italian immigrant who comes to West Germany in search of work.
Style: serious, bleak, stylized, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: courtroom, immigrants, culture clash, misfit, society, social misfits, fall in love, courtroom drama, fish out of water, working class, injustice, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, germany, italy, sicily
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.3
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To Life (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Helen, Rose and Lili have survived the Holocaust and have never seen each other since the war has ended. In 1960, they meet again in Berck, France. They learn to enjoy together simple pleasures in life: nice meals, ballads on the beach, playing in ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional
Plot: friendship, friends, starting over, human spirit, haunted by the past, reunion, hopes, sexless marriage, seaside, older woman younger man relationship, auschwitz
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 1940s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Plenty (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: David Hare's account of a one-time French freedom fighter who gradually realizes that her post-war life is not meeting her expectations.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, clever, thought provoking ...
Plot: introspection, hopes, french resistance, love and romance, society, family problems, life is a bitch, soldier, crumbling marriage, innocence lost, haunted by the past, homecoming ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: england, europe, france, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.8
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Anita B. (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After World War II, Anita, a young survivor of Auschwitz, becomes involved in an intense and passionate affair that almost shatters her until she gains the strength to start a new life.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, gloomy, uplifting
Plot: small town, starting over, hopes, auschwitz, extramarital affair, love affair, teenage love, adoption, haunted by the past, love and romance, youth, family relations
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: czech republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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