Movies like The Desert Within

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The Desert Within (2008)
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The Desert Within (2008)
Original name: Desierto adentro
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 110 min.
Story: To redeem himself from a great sin, a man dedicates himself to building a church.
Style: tense, suspense, disturbing
Plot: religion, murder, wartime, life is a bitch, death sentence, mass murder, society, social problems, family problems, social relations, wartime life, religious persecution, sex, incest, desert, church, father daughter relationship, sin, brother sister relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), father son relationship, hanged man, dead children, religious fanaticism, cross ...
Time: 1920s

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out disturbing, suspense, captivating and psychological films with plots about life is a bitch, social problems, family problems, society, family relations, social relations and murder mostly in Drama and Action genres. Some movies like The Desert Within: Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit (2008), Virgin 2: Not a Porn Movie (2009), This Town (2007), Jin (2013), Young Adult Matters (2020). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: In an attempt to spur citizens into taking more productive roles in society, the Japanese government issues death messages, or "ikigami", informing them that they have only 24 hours left to live. The film follows a young man tasked with ...
Style: suspense, tense, disturbing
Plot: life & death, death sentence, social relations, society, legal, law and order, legislation, social problems, summary execution, murder
Time: near future
Place: japan
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95%
Virgin 2: Not a Porn Movie (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Indonesia
Story: A friendship of two young girls, Tina and Nadya, who have fallen into dark professions. Friendships often come at a heavy price and end in tragic death, just when they want to change the course of their lives.
Style: tense, captivating, suspenseful, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: life is a bitch, teenager, teenage girl, violence, family problems, society, crimes, money problems, teenage life, social problems, juvenile delinquency, teenage protagonist
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.4
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This Town (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: This Town is in part a social commentary, giving us some scary insight into todays youth but also reflecting the points of view of different generations. At heart, the movie asks the viewer to decide if these characters are right or wrong in their ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, tense, captivating, suspense
Plot: womanizer, social problems, multiple storylines, relationships, society, social relations, family, family problems, lifestyle, friends, city life, family relations ...
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64%
 7.2
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Jin (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A bitter conflict has raged between guerrillas and the army in Turkey's Kurdish regions for over 30 years. Large expanses have now become war zones. Countless young people have lost their lives to the conflict. This dangerous but incredibly ...
Style: captivating, psychological, disturbing, suspense
Plot: kurd, social relations, society, life is a bitch, social issues, partisan, social problems, human, terrorism, female terrorist, terrorist, propaganda ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Young Adult Matters (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Wandering around the streets, Sejin, a pregnant teen, gets to know Juyeong and reunites with Jaepil and Sinji. The four musketeers go through a series of misfortunes, bumping into masochistic/sadistic characters and experiencing the brutality and ...
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, captivating, suspense
Plot: pregnant teenager, troubled teen, homeless teenager, life is a bitch, social problems, teenager, social misfits, teenage life, relationship problems, society, abortion, juvenile delinquent
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.6
 282
Koepek (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, Turkey
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An ordinary day in the megacity of Istanbul: Ten-year-old Cemo sells paper tissues in the streets, Hayat is controlled by her husband and transsexual Ebru sells her body. All three have a secret love and they do everything that satisfies their ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, psychological, anthology
Plot: social criticism, unfulfilled love, social issues, social problems, unrequited love, city life, society, social relations, tragic love, multiple storylines, life is a bitch, urban setting ...
Place: istanbul turkey
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47%
 7.0
 2K
Listen (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, UK
Duration: 73 min.
Story: In the outskirts of London, Portuguese couple and parents of three, Bela and Jota, struggle to make ends meet. When a misunderstanding arises at school with their deaf daughter, the British social services grow concerned for the safety of their ...
Style: captivating, psychological, suspense, disturbing
Plot: money problems, deaf mute, deaf, family problems, life is a bitch, kids and family, parents and children, family relations, family, social problems, society, social issues ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Hounded on a Carnival Monday (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In the small town of San Jorge, a 12- year-old girl watches in horror as her father, a local telegraph operator is thrown in prison by the local military dictatorship. Meanwhile, her mother, Florencia, must make tough moral decisions in order for ...
Style: suspense, psychological, captivating
Plot: revenge, dictatorship, attempted seduction, society, seduction, family relations, sexual relations, seductress, male female relationship, sexploitation, social problems, social relations ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Lightning Bug (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In this drama thriller set in the South, a young boy named Green (Bret Harrison) longs to escape his unhappy life but feels trapped in his hometown. A gifted special-effects makeup artist, Green has big dreams of working in Hollywood. But the ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, psychological, biting ...
Plot: family problems, social relations, alcohol abuse, youth, life is a bitch, small town life, small town, dysfunctional family, hollywood, abuse, religion, makeup artist ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.0
 271
La Influencia (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Mexico
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A disoriented and vulnerable woman, overburdened with daily life problems and more: her belongings are impounded, her cosmetics shop has been closed down, and her children's future is unknown. The children's vitality draws a sharp contrast ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: children, depression, life is a bitch, single parent, absent parent, dysfunctional family, family problems, depressed woman, parents and children, childhood, loss of mother, money problems ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Deiva Thirumagal (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 166 min.
Story: A mentally retarded man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his opponent lawyer the value of love and family.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, captivating, disturbing
Plot: father daughter relationship, lawyer, mental retardation, mental illness, courtroom drama, family, child custody, family relations, social problems, disability, father and daughter, court ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.3
 153
One War (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: May, 8, 1945. Maxim Prokhorov, major of People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs, arrives at a small northern island. There live eleven people: five young women, five children from one to three years, and the captain Karp Nichiporuk. The young ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, captivating
Plot: island, boat, family problems, dysfunctional family, social problems, wartime, society, social misfits, women, military, life is a bitch, family relations ...
Time: post world war two, year 1945
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.6
 51
On the Farm (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Based on a true story, a powerful study of the dysfunction and disorder in the police and criminal justice systems that allowed a wily psychopath to murder nearly 50 marginalised women from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, captivating, thought provoking, suspense ...
Plot: social problems, forced prostitution, mysterious disappearance, sex slavery, mystery, social relations, secret, prostitution, uncover truth, slave trade, sex worker, investigation ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 9.0
 18K
Our Story (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A son tries to restore the honour of his father, who was imprisoned during the 1980 military coup.
Style: disturbing, captivating, tense, suspense
Plot: coup d'etat, lifestyle change, family relations, family, social problems, parents and children, social relations, changing lives, life is a bitch, husband wife relationship, coup, family problems ...
Place: turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
A Gap in the Skin (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 77 min.
Story: A young couple go on the run after the murder of his mother.
Style: tense, disturbing, suspense
Plot: aunt nephew relationship, murder, violence, young couple, teenager, teenage boy, life is a bitch, couples, murder of family, domestic violence, family problems, murder of mother ...
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Metamorphosis (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A story about a friendship between talented famous musician and eleven years old girl.
Style: sincere, psychological, disturbing, captivating
Plot: pianist, love story, love interest, love, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, relationships, musician's life, musician, forbidden love, love and romance, music, love affair ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.4
 33
Pink (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Set in a run-down bar named "Pink," movie follows the lives of people surrounding the bar including its owner Ok-Ryun.
Style: psychological, disturbing, captivating, suspense
Plot: protest, social problems, loss of job, social issues, family relations, workplace, social misfits, life is a bitch, small town life, society, family problems, urban setting ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.7
 658
A Way of Life (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: realistic, bleak, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
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My Joy (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Ukraine, Netherlands
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A routine run for a truck driver turns into a nightmare he can’t escape in this psychological drama from filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa. Georgy (Viktor Nemets) is driving a load of freight into Russia when, after an unpleasant encounter with the police ...
Style: disturbing, tense, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: murder, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, nothing goes right, disorder, social relations, on the road, human nature, countryside, crimes, unfulfillment, village life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Grand Mansion Gate (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 47 min.
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Story: This Chinese period drama series follows the fortunes of a prominent merchant family engaged in Traditional Chinese Medicine during the waning years of the Ching dynasty. The affairs of this family of doctors/pharmacists (which in those days were ...
Style: suspense, captivating, disturbing
Plot: family business, rise and fall, social problems, pharmacist, life is a bitch, society, family problems, social relations, pharmaceutical company, qing dynasty, family, family relations ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Top Girl or la déformation professionnelle (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Helena, 29, a single mother with an 11-year-old daughter, is a moderately successful actress who earns a living as an escort in the sex industry. Her relationship with her own mother, a singing teacher, is tense, and she’s also increasingly ...
Style: tense, disturbing, suspense
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.9
 578
Der Turm (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Adapted from an award-winning best-selling book by Uwe Tellkamp, 'The Tower' depicts a higher class family’s struggles during crumbling communist rule in 1980’s East Germany. It illustrates the weaknesses and pending downfall of the ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, tense, suspense
Plot: communism, family, mystery, family problems, social problems, double life, political unrest, attempted rape, countryside, female nudity
Place: east germany, german democratic republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.4
 229
Oscuro animal (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia, Argentina, Netherlands, Germany, Greece
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Oscuro animal tells the story of three women forced to flee their homes in a war torn region in Colombia. Each of their journeys, marked by terror, takes them on a trek from the deep jungle to the outskirts of Bogotá, where they will gather new ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, captivating, suspenseful, suspense
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Place: colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.3
 507
The Negro (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A black teenager vandalizes a racist lawn ornament.
Style: tense, serious, sincere, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, uncover truth, interracial relations, police investigation, vandalism, murder, law enforcement, life is a bitch, society, crimes, violence, countryside ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.4
 315
Seeds (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The coming of age story of a boy that after a traumatic event is taken to beautiful Cuernavaca, where he has to find his father while trying to adapt to life with his grandmother, who has problems of her own.
Style: suspense, captivating, disturbing, psychological
Plot: father son relationship, grandmother grandson relationship, family problems, dysfunctional family, parents and children, teenage life, lifestyle, family, teenager, kids and family, family relations, life is a bitch ...
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32%
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I Remember (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The memories of Guiga, from early childhood to young adulthood: his family, relatives, friends, fears, dreams and reality in a still provincial city of Salvador, Bahia, from the 50s to the 70s.
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspense
Plot: puberty, dysfunctional family, family problems, flashback sequence, relationships, childhood memory, memories, family relations, life is a bitch, social problems, relationship problems, mother son relationship ...
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.7
 162
Lady Zee (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A tragic comedy about an orphan girl who knows nothing better than the animal way but at the end comes to realize her only chance - to be human.
Style: suspense, tense, disturbing, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: orphan, brothel, prostitute, border crossing, prostitution, mistrust, social problems, male female relationship, social relations, disbelieving adult, star crossed lovers, life is a bitch ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Who Never Lived (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young, charismatic priest John, his time missionary in Africa, every day helping Warsaw young people addicted to drugs. Unconventional methods, which are used in pastoral work, raise many doubts about his superiors. Surprisingly, however, his life ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspense
Plot: faith, hiv, intolerance, illness, dysfunctional family, aids, family problems, life is a bitch, terminal illness, drug addict, sick, social problems ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
I still hide to smoke (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Greece, Algeria
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Α tragi-comedy about 9 women of different ages and various backgrounds that gather in an Algerian hammam to talk about their lives.
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: bathhouse, terrorist attack, muslim, pregnancy, terrorism, terrorist bombing, underage girl, social problems, life is a bitch, female protagonist, women, terrorizing ...
Time: 90s, year 1995
Place: north africa, algeria, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Deadly Influencer (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young woman commits murder to keep her classmates' social media careers under her thumb. After killing a popular friend, she turns her sights on a new girl, but the girl's mother suspects the truth and will fight to protect her daughter.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, disturbing, tense, suspense
Plot: murder, teenager, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, mystery, killings, teenage life, social network, secret identity, death threat, social problems, classmate ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%