Movies like Beautiful City

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Beautiful City (2004)
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Beautiful City (2004)
Original name: شهر زیبا
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Akbar has just turned eighteen. He has been held in a rehabilitation centre for committing murder at the age of sixteen when he was condemned to death. Legally speaking, he had to reach the age of eighteen so that the conviction could be carried out. Now, Akbar is transferred to prison to await the day of his execution. A'la, a friend of Akbar, who himself has undergone imprisonment for burglary, soon after his release tries desperately to gain the consent of Akbar's plaintiff so as to stop the execution
Style: emotional, psychological, thought provoking, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: redemption, prison, confined, love and romance, death sentence, crime and punishment, youth, legal action, life is a bitch, hopes, platonic, arranged marriage, matchmaking, prison life, legal, juvenile delinquency, haunted by the past, society, death row, reconciliation, death penalty, teenage love, suicide, islam, religious faith ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: iran

Most similar movies to Beautiful City

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, sincere and touching films with plots about society, life is a bitch, hopes, youth, redemption, prison and confined mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres. Some movies like Beautiful City: Day Break (2005), Silent Voice (2009), Firelight (2012), Iron Island (2005), Everyday (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Day Break (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, capital punishment is carried out according to Islamic law, which gives the family of the victim ownership of the offender's life. Day Break - based on a compilation of true stories and shot inside ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, death row, prison life, confined, pardon, society, life is a bitch, deadly, legal, legal action, law enforcement, injustice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east
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95%
If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania, Sweden, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A teenager prisoner awaits his release when two weeks before that happens he's told that his mother is returned home. Meanwhile, he finds himself in love with a Sociology student, Ana, working in the penitentiary as an intern.
Style: rough, touching, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, prison life, redemption, teenage love, hopes, confined, bittersweet, parents and children, forbidden love, unfulfilled love, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: romania, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.6
 275
Silent Voice (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An elderly woman wants to meet her son’s murderer. A sixteen-year-old girl who has crossed paths with a young hoodlum needs an adult to accompany her to the prison visiting room. A young medical supplies delivery man is offered a deal to take the ...
Style: realistic, captivating, sincere, serious
Plot: prison, hopes, youth, prison life, haunted by the past, confined, redemption, crimes, criminal heroes, love and romance, romancing a criminal, switching roles ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, marseille
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.7
 550
Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: youth, redemption, reach out, juvenile delinquency, power relations, human spirit, society, hopes, friendship, fire brigade, rivalry, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 718
Iron Island (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Squatters live on a mothballed oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. The children attend a school on board; men harvest scrap metal and old oil in the hull; women keep house and raise children and Captain Nemat runs it all with an iron hand. We follow a ...
Style: sincere, touching, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Plot: ship, forbidden love, injustice, power relations, human nature, human spirit, young lovers, misfit, hopes, rebelliousness, down on your luck, social differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, persia, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.2
 736
Everyday (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: This film charts the relationship between a man imprisoned for drug smuggling and his wife and is being shot over the course of five years, a few weeks at a time.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, touching ...
Plot: confined, parents and children, life is a bitch, couples, family relations, hopes, prison, drug smuggling, husband wife relationship, society, prison life, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.0
 1K
Tales (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Rakshan Banietemad ends her eight-year hiatus from feature filmmaking with this ingenious, mosaic-like narrative, which knits together the stories of seven characters to create a microcosm of Iranian working-class ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: society, love, everyday life, family relations, multiple storylines, couples, friendship, down on your luck, life is a bitch, social misfits, female director, iranian ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
A Minor Leap Down (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Nahal is around thirty and in her fourth month of pregnancy. During a routine check-up she learns that her baby has died and she now faces a curettage abortion in two days’ time. When she tries to address the subject, neither her mother nor her ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, emotional, gloomy
Plot: rebellion, society, family relations, life is a bitch, estrangement, rebelliousness, strong female presence, miscarriage, pregnancy, unfulfillment, depression, iranian ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 7.0
 11K
Dog Pound (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Canada, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three juvenile delinquents arrive at a correctional center and are put under the care of an experienced guard.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, tense, rough ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, prison, crimes, sodomy, prison life, youth, crime, going straight, rebelliousness, redemption, isolation, violence spree ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.5
 2K
Boutique (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A clothing store worker (Jahan) meets a poor girl named Eti. Jahan tries to help the girl and solve her problems, but…
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, lifestyle, bittersweet, love and romance, couples, life is a bitch, designer, downfall, drugs/alcohol, singleness, social differences, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
In Your Hands (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Anna, a young theology graduate, starts work as a prison chaplain. She becomes especially concerned about one inmate, Kate, regarded as difficult and withdrawn, but whom the other inmates credit with mysterious healing powers.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: prison, prison life, addiction, couple relations, confined, clergy, hopes, family problems, couples, child killer, husband wife relationship, healing power ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.5
 701
King's Faith (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When eighteen-year-old Brendan King attempts to leave his turbulent gang life behind him, his past continues to threaten his new-found faith, family, and future
Style: christian film, realistic, serious, touching, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adoption, redemption, juvenile delinquency, haunted by the past, youth, human spirit, society, going straight, teenage love, parents and children, hopes, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 721
Mainline (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 77 min.
Story: The uneasy relationship between a mother and daughter is made all the more turbulent by drug abuse in this downbeat drama from Iranian filmmakers Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, redemption, family relations, life is a bitch, hopes, rehabilitation, drug abuse, addiction, parents and children, couples, family problems, lovers apart ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.0
 480
Blue Eyes (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Before his compulsory retirement, on his last day of work, Marshall, JFK airport's chief Immigration officer, detains a group of Latin Americans and expose them to a series of humiliating situations. Blinded by prejudice, Marshall ends up by ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, touching, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, haunted by the past, prostitute, introspection, society, police, racism, xenophobia, murder, journey, release from prison, injustice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.0
 44K
About Elly (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: missing person, friendship, family relations, matchmaking, journey, guilt, parents and children, friends, mystery, couple relations, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 3K
Breathing (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A 19-year-old is coming out of prison and trying to build a new life but he can't deal with his guilt.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere, gloomy
Plot: youth, going straight, starting over, self discovery, haunted by the past, redemption, human nature, prison life, introspection, juvenile delinquency, crimes, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Something Is Killing Tate (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Days before his birthday and weeks before his wedding, Tate Bradley, a twenty-five year old, African-American man attempts to commit suicide. He survives the ordeal, but from his actions, it is obvious that "Something is Killing Tate." The ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: haunted by the past, hopes, society, life is a bitch, interracial relations, childhood trauma, curses spells and rituals, relationship problems, african american, suicide attempt, suicide, incest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.5
 117
Dog Sweat (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Intertwines the lives of six young Iranians as they struggle to satisfy their private desires in the face of conservative Islamic society.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, underground film
Plot: forbidden love, young lovers, love and romance, youth, society, injustice, bittersweet, gay muslim, muslim, infidelity, repression, hijab ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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The Day I Was Not Born (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Argentina
Duration: 94 min.
Story: During a stopover in Buenos Aires on her way to Chile, 31-year-old Maria recognizes a nursery rhyme. Maria doesn't speak a work of Spanish, but without understanding what she is singing, she remembers the Spanish lyrics. Disturbed and thrown ...
Style: psychological, realistic, contemplative, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: self discovery, redemption, protecting from truth, family relations, adoption, uncover truth, haunted by the past, parents and children, hopes, society, life is a bitch, strong female presence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
A Lesson Before Dying (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the 1940's South, an African-American man is wrongly accused of the killing a a white store owner. In his defense, his white attorney equates him with a lowly hog, to indicate that he didn't have the sense to know what he was doing. ...
Style: emotional, bleak, sincere, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: politics, interracial relations, false accusation, prison, racism, aunt, convenience store, death row, redemption, confined, youth, rebellion ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.1
 2K
Blackbird (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This is a film about a troubled teen, Sean Randall, who is falsely accused of planning a Columbine shooting scenario. It all begins when an unlikely bond forms between Sean (Connor Jessup) and a preppy teenage girl named Deanna Roy (Alexia Fast). ...
Style: psychological, realistic, tense, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: false accusation, society, small town, injustice, perjury, prison, youth, life is a bitch, misfit, social misfits, small town life, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Willow Tree (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Youssef, a blind university professor, is suddenly diagnosed with a fatal disease and must undergo treatment in France. Back home, will he find the life he had before?
Style: psychological, realistic, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: blindness, hospital, couple relations, introspection, disability, injustice, life is a bitch, surgery, iranian, second chance, self discovery, temptation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.7
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Shirin (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A hundred and fourteen famous Iranian theater and cinema actresses and a French star: mute spectators at a theatrical representation of Khosrow and Shirin, a Persian poem from the twelfth century, put on stage by Kiarostami. The development of the ...
Style: experimental, contemplative, atmospheric, stylized, art house ...
Plot: theater, women, strong female presence, play, feminism, artists and showbiz, face, auditorium, cinema
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Children of Sarajevo (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France, Turkey
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A microcosm of the fathomless suffering that remains more than 16 years since the siege of Sarajevo ended, writer-director Aida Begic’s follow-up to her 2008 Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prize-winning debut Snow tells the story of two orphaned ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, bleak, serious, gloomy
Plot: orphan, life is a bitch, youth, society, social decay, siblings relations, friendship, family relations, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.3
 214K
A Separation (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Australia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Style: emotional, tense, realistic, talky, contemplative ...
Plot: divorce, maid, poverty, alzheimer's disease, marriage, family problems, marital separation, muslim, iranian, parenthood, arrest, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
 414
The Exonerated (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Six people tell their stories on a single subject - how they got wrongfully convicted to death penalty, but later got exonerated.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, based on true events
Plot: false accusation, racism, injustice, fighting the system, human spirit, courtroom drama, deadly, confined, legal, life is a bitch, society, hopes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.1
 147
Initiation (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria, Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: 16-year old Axel and his clique are rioting in a residential home. There he meets the 80-year old Gustav who gains interest in the young boy, as he reminds him of his lost love.
Style: captivating, serious, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: racism, haunted by the past, introspection, friendship, youth, elderly, hopes, juvenile delinquency, society, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Deserted Station (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 93 min.
Story: On a pilgrimage to Mashad from Tehran, a couple's transportation breaks down, far from any major town. The husband, a photographer, seeks help at a nearby village and encounters a teacher who offers to help. Whilst the husband and teacher go ...
Style: serious, sentimental, psychological, touching, sincere ...
Plot: teacher, self discovery, prodigy, youth, human nature, on the road, society, teachers and students, village, isolation, religions or cults, train ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Clarence Brandley, a black man wrongly accused in 1980 of the murder of a 16-year-old white high school girl named Cheryl Ferguson. Brandley worked at Conroe High School, where Ferguson was visiting as a member of the ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prison, fighting the system, confined, false accusation, uncover truth, courtroom drama, dishonesty, legal, life is a bitch, legal action, society, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.3
 235
Hours of Light (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: September 1987. In a shootout with police, Juan Jose Garfia makes a triple murder. Sentenced to more than one hundred years, is a rebel prisoner, clever and elusive that it has nothing to lose and nobody to worry about. In 1991, manages to escape ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: rehabilitation, redemption, prison life, confined, unlikely couple, hopes, impossible love, murder, prison, love affair, crimes, romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%