Movies like Jacob the Liar

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Jacob the Liar (1974)
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Jacob the Liar (1974)
Original name: Jakob der Lügner
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, War
Country: East Germany, Czechoslovakia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Jewish ghetto in the east of Europe, 1944. By coincidence, Jakob Heym eavesdrops on a German radio broadcast announcing the Soviet Army is making slow by steady progress towards central Europe. In order to keep his companion in misfortune, Mischa, from risking his life for a few potatoes, he tells him what he heard and announces that he is in possession of a radio - in the ghetto a crime punishable by death. It doesn't take long for word of Jakob's secret to spread - suddenly, there is new hope and something to live for - and so Jakob finds himself in the uncomforting position of having to come up with more and more stories.
Style: emotional, realistic, tense, uplifting, gloomy, serious, tragicomedy, semi serious, fairy tale, dramatic ...
Plot: ghetto, war, friendship, holocaust, starvation, gestapo, survival, heroes, confined, misfit, genocide, life is a bitch, captivity, human spirit, hopes, danger, wartime life, innocence lost, against humanity, anti heroes, social relations, make believe, figment, protecting from truth, jews ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1944, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, east germany, central europe, german democratic republic, gdr, israel ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and emotional films with plots about world war two, holocaust, nazi, war, survival, against humanity and wartime life mostly in War, Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Jacob the Liar: Life Is Beautiful (1997), The Counterfeiters (2007), The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), The Island on Bird Street (1997), Train of Life (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Jakob the Liar (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Hungary, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out after curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German radio broadcast about Russian troop movements. Returned to the ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, uplifting, emotional, humorous ...
Plot: holocaust, starvation, ghetto, survival, war, anti heroes, hopes, against humanity, wartime life, confined, figment, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, germany, russia
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Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, tragicomedy, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, human spirit, concentration camp, optimism, survival, self sacrifice, jewish, fascism, captivity, make believe, protecting from truth, protective parent ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: italy, europe, tuscany, poland
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57%
The Counterfeiters (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, War
Country: Austria, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story Jewish counterfeiter, Salomon Sorowitsch, coerced into assisting the Nazi operation of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp during World War II.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, german, jewish, doctor, forgery, suicide, anti semitism, war crime, racial slur, arrest ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: europe, germany, zurich switzerland, berlin germany, monte carlo ...
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, heartbreaking, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, friendship, concentration camp, against humanity, childhood, jewish, young heroes, wartime life, nazism, atrocity, nazi germany, tragic event ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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51%
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The Island on Bird Street (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Denmark, UK, Germany, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through his eyes.
Style: serious, bleak, tense, realistic
Plot: ghetto, starvation, holocaust, wartime life, war, young heroes, against humanity, survival, youth, anti semitism, danger, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Train of Life (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: France, Belgium, Netherlands, Israel, Romania
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine.
Style: humorous, sentimental, offbeat, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, deportation, train, village, coming out, forgery, optimism, friendship, anti semitism, social relations, oppression, life is a bitch ...
Time: year 1941, 1940s
Place: eastern europe, europe, palestine, germany, poland
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49%
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Uprising (2001)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 177 min.
Story: Jews rise up in the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazis in 1943.
Style: emotional, serious, bleak, tense, uplifting ...
Plot: ghetto, holocaust, deportation, anti semitism, polish, political unrest, military life, human spirit, heroes, politics, misfit, anti war ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1943, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, warsaw poland
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48%
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The Grey Zone (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkomando Jews – who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow-Jews – find themselves in a moral grey zone.
Style: serious, factual, depressing, harsh, compassionate ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, redemption, smuggling, human spirit, against humanity, danger, anti semitism, war, hopes, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1944
Place: europe, poland, germany, budapest hungary, israel
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46%
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The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: France, Poland, Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: bleak, suspense, emotional, compassionate, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, pianist, survival, ghetto, against humanity, anti semitism, atrocity, nazi, jewish, world war two, deportation, starvation ...
Time: 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
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44%
The Devil's Arithmetic (1999)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hannah Stern, an American-born Jewish adolescent, is uninterested in the culture, faith and customs of her relatives; however, Hannah begins to revaluate her heritage when she has a supernatural experience that transports her back to a Nazi death ...
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, time travel, jewish, anti semitism, teenager, nazi occupation, human spirit, war, heroes, hopes, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
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42%
In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the Warsau Ghetto of 1943, one man's struggle to keep his family together leads him to the ultimate crisis of faith, and one final chance at redemption. Written by legendary 'Twilight Zone' creator, Rod Sterling.
Style: realistic, disturbing, gloomy, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: rabbi, ghetto, holocaust, against humanity, parents and children, war, wartime life, society, misfit, injustice, confined, life is a bitch ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, poland, warsaw poland
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41%
Divided We Fall (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple agree to hide a Jewish friend at great personal risk of discovery and execution.
Style: surreal, uplifting, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: holocaust, pregnancy, village, survival, idealism, couples, human spirit, dishonesty, infidelity, society, fugitives, war ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 20th century, year 1945, 1940s ...
Place: europe, poland, germany, moscow russia, belgium ...
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40%
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Amen. (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, War
Country: France, Germany, Romania
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The film "Amen." examines the links between the Vatican and Nazi Germany. The central character is Kurt Gerstein, a member of the Institute for Hygiene of the Waffen-SS who is horrified by what he sees in the death camps. Moreover, he is ...
Style: realistic, clever, suspenseful, sincere, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, genocide, politics, massacre, anti semitism, torment, war crime, pope, doctor, conscience, euthanasia ...
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Duration: 125 min.
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Style: captivating, tense, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
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38%
Naked Among Wolves (1963)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: East Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: No overview found.
Plot: jewish, gas chamber, holocaust, prisoner, war criminal, nazism, hiding place, gun, criminal, singing, death, politics ...
Place: east germany, german democratic republic, spain, gdr, frankfurt germany ...
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The Truce (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
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Style: emotional, serious, bleak, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, refugee, danger, captivity, society, escapades, life is a bitch, war, wartime life, hopes, against humanity ...
Time: 40s, 20th century
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Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, nazi germany, adoption, family secret, human spirit, jewish, book, life is a bitch, childhood, world war two, war, youth ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1939 ...
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Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 134 min.
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Style: epic, gloomy, realistic, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, snow, soldier, squad, anti war, execution, nazism, german, war, russian, politics, genocide ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, year 1942, 1940s
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Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Sweden, Hungary
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Swedish account of Raoul Wallenberg, the man responsible for the largest rescue of Jews during World War II.
Style: thought provoking, uplifting, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: rescue, anti semitism, politics, genocide, holocaust, ghetto, swedish, hungarian, uncover truth, immigrants, against humanity, confined ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, hungary, sweden, stockholm sweden, moscow russia ...
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Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland, Germany, Canada
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lvov. In Darkness tells the true story of Leopold Soha who risks his own life to save a dozen people from certain death. Initially only interested in his ...
Style: disturbing, uplifting, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
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Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1945, year 2008
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35%
Edges of the Lord (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA, Poland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A 12-year-old Jewish boy hides with a family of Catholic peasant farmers to escape the Nazis.
Style: tense, realistic, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, village, innocence lost, human spirit, disorder, dishonesty, lifesaver, wartime life, hopes, life is a bitch, against humanity, village life ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
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34%
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Seven Beauties (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
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Style: cynical, disturbing, humorous, dark humor, biting ...
Plot: concentration camp, war, survival, pimp, honor, soldier, military, pow, captivity, misfit, dishonesty, eccentric family ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: italy, europe, russia, southern italy, germany
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The Shop on Main Street (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In a small town in Nazi-occupied Slovakia during World War II, decent but timid carpenter Tono is named "Aryan comptroller" of a button store owned by an old Jewish widow, Rozalie. Since the post comes with a salary and standing in the ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, offbeat, touching ...
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, against humanity, golden years, anti heroes, war, dehumanization, take over, heroes, rescue, danger, store ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942
Place: slovakia, europe, israel
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34%
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In a small town still occupied by the Germans as World War II's tide is turning toward the Allies, apprentice train-watcher Milos is oblivious to the war. Instead, he is obsessed with having his first sexual experience. Despite the favors of ...
Style: semi serious, sincere, psychological, touching, biting ...
Plot: coming of age, resistance, village, virginity, politics, apprentice, looking for sex, german, war, youth, dull life, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: europe, czech republic, eastern europe, prague czechoslovakia, germany ...
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33%
The Last Train (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, Czech Republic
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A group of people are imprisoned in a rail car bound from Berlin to a concentration camp in 1945.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing, captivating
Plot: holocaust, nazism, anti semitism, train ride, concentration camp, danger, against humanity, confined, war, life is a bitch, train, pow ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: europe, germany
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33%
Voyage of the Damned (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A luxury liner carries Jewish refugees from Hitler's Germany in a desperate fight for survival.
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, ship, misfit, society, against humanity, wartime life, confined, war, anti heroes, danger, family in danger ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Katyn (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, disturbing, tragic ending ...
Plot: massacre, war crime, nazism, russian, german, war, survival, political unrest, confined, wartime life, against humanity, military ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1940, 1940s
Place: poland, russia, europe, germany, east germany
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31%
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Rosenstrasse (2003)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 136 min.
Story: When Ruth's husband dies in New York, in 2000, she imposes strict Jewish mourning, which puzzles her children. A stranger comes to the house - Ruth's cousin - with a picture of Ruth, age 8, in Berlin, with a woman the cousin says helped ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, uplifting
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, couple relations, hopes, war, wartime life, life is a bitch, soldier, society, couples, human spirit, nazi germany ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1943, 1940s
Place: usa, europe, new york, germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
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