Movies like Silence 1971

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Silence (1971)
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Silence (1971)
Original name: 沈黙 SILENCE
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Two Jesuit priests encounter persecution when they travel to Japan in the 17th century to spread Christianity and search for their mentor.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, serious, captivating, realistic, stylized, contemplative
Plot: christianity, life is a bitch, society, clergy, culture clash, disorder, fish out of water, human nature, religions or cults, jesuit, religious persecution, religion, torture, betrayal, priest, belief in god, faith, literature, christian, missionary, martyr, oppression, belief, crisis of faith, martyrdom ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and atmospheric films with plots about society, life is a bitch, religions or cults, clergy, state affairs, religion and dishonesty mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like Silence: Masquerade (2012), The Radicals (1989), Rikyu (1989), Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011), The Scarlet Letter (1973). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Silence (2016)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, UK, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Italy
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Two Jesuit priests travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact.
Style: philosophical, stylized, bleak, suspense, melancholic ...
Plot: christianity, missionary, crisis of faith, religious persecution, culture clash, torture, clergy, doubt, japanese history, betrayal, religion, martyrdom ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Masquerade (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 131 min.
Story: During the confusing and conspiratorial Joseon Dynasty King Gwang-hae orders his councilor, HEO Kyun, to find him a double in order to avoid the constant threat of assassination. HEO Kyun finds Ha-sun, a jester who looks remarkably like the king, ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, realistic, stylized, serious ...
Plot: royal court, hidden identity, lookalikes, treason, throne, king, joseon dynasty, political intrigue, save the kingdom, ruler, dishonesty, forced into action ...
Time: 17th century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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The Radicals (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story of the Anabaptist movement and two of its first leaders, Michael and Margaretha Sattler.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: church, christianity, clergy, romance, hopes, state affairs, society, life is a bitch, ambition, heroes, religions or cults, religious persecution ...
Time: 16th century
Place: europe, switzerland, zurich switzerland
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Rikyu (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Late in the 1500s, an aging tea master teaches the way of tea to a headstrong Shogun. Through force of will and courageous fighting, Hideyoshi becomes Japan's most powerful warlord, unifying the country. Rikyu, through the tea ceremony and ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, stylized, jidai geki ...
Plot: samurai, battles, political unrest, politics, society, state affairs, clergy, war, ambition, military, rise to the top, heroes ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, china, korea, asia
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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.
Style: serious, tense, bleak, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: samurai, life is a bitch, society, vengeance, rivalry, down on your luck, loss of son, feudal japan, hara kiri, revenge, ronin, seppuku ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
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The Scarlet Letter (1973)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: West Germany, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 17th-century Salem, Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A because she is an adulteress, with a child out of wedlock. For seven years, she has refused to name the father. A vigorous older stranger arrives, recognized by Hester but unknown to others ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: infidelity, betrayal, love and romance, society, romance, clergy, dishonesty, life is a bitch, immigrants, performer's life, couples, couple relations ...
Time: 17th century
Place: europe, spain, massachusetts
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The Kautokeino Rebellion (2008)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Religious and cultural reawakening inspires rebellion in a 19th century Norwegian village.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, epic, bleak
Plot: rebellion, christianity, rebel, religions or cults, life is a bitch, society, rebelliousness, political unrest, state affairs, tragic event, war, snow ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, norway
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24%
Hunter in the Dark (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan conflict. Tanigawa quickly rises in stature in the clan, but ...
Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: samurai, adventure, betrayal, gangsters, rivalry, master warrior, fighting crime, crimes, society, dishonesty, revolution, religions or cults ...
Time: 17th century, 18th century
Place: japan
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24%
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The Mill and the Cross (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Poland, Sweden
Duration: 92 min.
Story: What would it be like to step inside a great work of art, have it come alive around you, and even observe the artist as he sketches the very reality you are experiencing? From Lech Majewski, one of Poland's most acclaimed filmmakers, The Mill ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: painter, punishment, breast feeding, life is a bitch, society, religions or cults, death sentence, redemption, occupation, loss of son, symbolism, famous painting ...
Time: 16th century
Place: belgium, europe, flanders
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Apostle Peter and the Last Supper (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The film portrays Saint Peter reflecting on his time with Jesus and his fellow Apostles during his final imprisonment in Rome. In particular, Peter attempts to convert one of his jailers, Martinian, by relating the life, teachings, and sacrifice of ...
Style: serious, captivating, uplifting, realistic, epic
Plot: apostle, faith, clergy, miraculous event, christian, heroes, rise to the top, redemption, ancient history, religions or cults, partners, hopes ...
Time: 1st century
Place: rome italy
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Hanezu (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on a Japanese novel written by Masako Bando, the story revolves around Kayoko who lives with one man (Tetsuya) but is in love with another (Takumi).
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, contemplative
Plot: social differences, village life, society, social relations, village, human nature, love, male female relationship, mountain, pregnant woman, sculptor, pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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Peter and Paul (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 198 min.
Story: Peter and Paul assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Christ and their own personal conflicts.
Style: biblical, captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: religions or cults, injustice, ambition, dishonesty, heroes, clergy, hopes, society, state affairs, obsessive quest, leadership, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, rome italy, israel
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The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 260 min.
Story: All-star epic retelling of Christ's life.
Style: biblical, epic, captivating, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, desert, miraculous event, temptation, jesus, redemption, human spirit, tragic hero, hopes, society, leadership, christianity ...
Time: 1st century, ancient times
Place: holy land, jerusalem, egypt
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21%
When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the the low pay he receives from his small town clan, he is forced by the love for his family to leave for the city in search of higher pay to support ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: samurai, japanese history, emperor, human spirit, political unrest, tragic hero, life is a bitch, state affairs, hopes, unfulfillment, suicide, duel ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
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21%
Words with Gods (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The first of four installments in the groundbreaking Heartbeat of the World anthology film series. Comprised of several short films by some of the world's most exciting directors, Words with Gods follows the theme of religion - specifically as ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, contemplative
Plot: buddhism, hinduism, religion, religions or cults, society, clergy, faith, atheism, christianity, islam, judaism, world spanning ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: serbia
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The Face Reader (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Nae-kyung, the most skillful face reader in Joseon dynasty, was living in seclusion when he was offered a lucrative partnership by Yeon-hong, a Korean geisha. Nae-kyung accepts the proposal to read the faces of Yeon-hong’s guests only to get ...
Style: captivating, realistic, atmospheric, tense, psychological ...
Plot: joseon dynasty, political intrigue, royal court, coup, betrayal, head of state, society, politics, dishonesty, political unrest, korean history
Time: 15th century
Place: korea, asia
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21%
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Religion (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story is based in Banaras and is about a Hindu Priest Chaturvedi (Pankaj Kapoor) who follows the scriptures to practice Hindu religion. When a child is abandon by a woman and brought in his house by his daughter - after initial hesitation but ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: hindu, adoption, clergy, religion, parents and children, family relations, family life, family problems, society, babies and infants, salvation, hinduism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
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20%
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Freedom (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Portugal, Lithuania
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A few fugitives... And a very, very long way to freedom.
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, gloomy, stylized ...
Plot: desert, survival, communication problem, disorder, fish out of water, escapades, culture clash, hunger, misfit, society, on the road, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: morocco, africa
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20%
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Tsar (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In 16th-century Russia in the grip of chaos, Ivan the Terrible strongly believes he is vested with a holy mission. Believing he can understand and interpret the signs, he sees the Last Judgment approaching. He establishes absolute power, cruelly ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: clergy, leadership, russian history, political unrest, head of state, royal court, political corruption, rebelliousness, corrupted ruler, dishonesty, ambition, rebellion ...
Time: 16th century
Place: russia
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Red Hook Summer (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When his mom deposits him at the Red Hook housing project in Brooklyn to spend the summer with the grandfather he’s never met, young Flik may as well have landed on Mars. Fresh from his cushy life in Atlanta, he’s bored and friendless, and his ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, captivating, tense ...
Plot: family relations, fish out of water, religions or cults, life is a bitch, society, clergy, youth, family life, disorder, church, urban ghetto, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york
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Salem Witch Trials (2002)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 189 min.
Story: The film recounts the sobering tale of how 19 innocent lives were taken in a community experiencing paranoid hysteria regarding the suspected - but unproved - presence of the occult in the small New England town.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, thought provoking, disturbing
Plot: witch hunt, false accusation, puritan, execution, religions or cults, society, legal, politics, social decay, courtroom drama, americana, state affairs ...
Time: 17th century
Place: massachusetts, usa
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Snow Pirates (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Turkey
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In the shadow of the military coup in 1980, these children aged 12-13, playing their childish games soon arrive at an understanding of life's responsibilities and are hastily introduced into the world of the grownups.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, captivating, bleak
Plot: friendship, self discovery, society, life is a bitch, youth, small town, distopia, coming of age, friends, children
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: turkey
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The Baby of Mâcon (1993)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Netherlands, France, UK, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A town cursed with barren women and famine is saved by a miracle birth to an old, ugly woman: the Mother. Immediately afterwards, the old woman's Daughter (Ormond) claims to have delivered the baby herself in a virgin birth. She imprisons the ...
Style: serious, surreal, disturbing, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: bishop, virginity, hypocrisy, baby, youth, clergy, birth, nudity (full frontal - brief), brutality, violence, seduction, religion ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, europe
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20%
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Sakuran (2006)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A young girl is sold into the red-light district Yoshiwara and is put under the care of the oiran (lead prostitute) of the Tamakiku house. The girl is rebellious, but the more experienced people in the household begin to think that she will be one ...
Style: epic, captivating, stylized, emotional, sexy ...
Plot: courtesan, prostitute, ambition, lifestyle, social differences, rise to the top, rebelliousness, apprentice, rivalry, fish out of water, gang, rebellion ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, china
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20%
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Sacrifice (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 122 min.
Story: For generations the Zhao family has wielded power, until their mortal enemy TU’AN GU slaughters the entire clan, determined to wipe out their influence forever. But one Zhao baby survives hidden by CHENG YING the doctor who delivered him. When ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: orphan, vengeance, betrayal, master warrior, uninhibited rivalry, disorder, haunted by the past, hidden identity, murder, ancient history, graphic violence, rivalry ...
Place: ancient china, china, asia
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Of Gods and Men (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: French drama based on the 1996 kidnapping and killing of seven monks in Algeria. A group of Trappist monks reside in the monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria, where they live in harmony with the largely muslim population. When a bloody conflict between ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, sincere, meditative, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: monk, terrorism, clergy, faith, monastery, hostage, execution, muslim, evacuation, peace, political unrest, massacre ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1996
Place: algeria, palestine, france
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Waiting for Heaven (2006)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Hungary, Turkey
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Eflatun is a master miniature artist who's living in 17th century Istanbul. One day, he's taken to the vizier's mansion by force. There he learns that Danyal, one of the Ottoman princes who has ignited an insurrection, is arrested in ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, realistic, epic
Plot: fight for supremacy, love affair, rebelliousness, rebellion, military, battles, fall in love, political unrest, state affairs, society, love and romance, rivalry ...
Time: 17th century
Place: ottoman empire, turkey, istanbul turkey, constantinople
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19%
An Ordinary Execution (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: During the last days of Stalin's reign, a doctor (Marina Hands) tries to go unnoticed in a society of mutual dread where a neighbour or colleague might "denounce" you to the authorities at any moment.But tales of her healing touch ...
Style: serious, captivating, emotional, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: power relations, doctors and patients, moral dilemma, head of state, state affairs, society, life is a bitch, dictator, josef stalin, suffering, illness, couples ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1952
Place: ussr, russia
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19%
Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A war widow determined to clear the name of her disgraced husband, who was court-martialed for desertion and executed. Official records have been destroyed, and the ministry that distributes benefits continues to deny her a pension. Twenty-six years ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, disturbing, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: world war two, military, life is a bitch, survival, obsessive quest, dealing with death, heroic mission, haunted by the past, truth, japanese army, soldier, war crime ...
Time: 70s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia
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The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 190 min.
Story: His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.
Style: gloomy, atmospheric, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, survival, chinese, japanese army, captivity, anti war, wartime life, prison life, unfulfilled love, lovers reunited, war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: china, japan, asia
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