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: hopes, ghetto, friendship, holocaust, death, judaism, world war two, starvation, gestapo, murder, war, heroes, confined, misfit, genocide, life is a bitch, captivity, human spirit, wartime life, pretense, innocence lost, against humanity, social relations, figment, protecting from truth ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1944, 70s, 40s
Place: europe, poland, east germany, german democratic republic, central europe, israel, boston ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and bleak films with plots about world war two, holocaust, anti semitism, against humanity, nazi, jewish and war mostly in Drama, War and Comedy genres. Some movies like Jacob the Liar: The Counterfeiters (2007), Life Is Beautiful (1997), Naked Among Wolves (1963), Uprising (2001), Train of Life (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Jakob the Liar (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, France, Germany
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: gloomy, humorous, emotional, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, starvation, hopes, jewish ghetto, ghetto, war, graphic violence, protecting from truth, social relations, figment, lifesaver ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, germany, russia
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The Counterfeiters (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, 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, serious, disturbing, suspenseful, harsh ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, nazi, counterfeit money, forgery, world war two, survival, anti semitism, jewish, german, war crime, racial slur ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, post world war two, year 1939 ...
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany, warsaw poland, monte carlo ...
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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, tragicomedy, touching, inspirational, emotional ...
Plot: concentration camp, human spirit, holocaust, world war two, life philosophy, jewish, self sacrifice, survival, nazi, optimism, fascism, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1939
Place: italy, europe, tuscany, poland
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Naked Among Wolves (1963)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: East Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: No overview found.
Plot: nazism, prisoner, holocaust, gas chamber, war criminal, baby, nazi occupied poland, compassion, death of father, singer, friendship, husband wife relationship ...
Place: east germany, frankfurt germany, german democratic republic, spain, poland ...
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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: uplifting, captivating, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, deportation, rebellion, anti semitism, human spirit, survival, life is a bitch, wartime life, ghetto, against humanity, society, politics ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: poland, europe, warsaw poland
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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, semi serious, realistic, captivating, clever ...
Plot: holocaust, deportation, train, village, world war two, forgery, anti semitism, bittersweet, nudity (full frontal - brief), confined, gender, romance ...
Time: year 1941, 1940s
Place: eastern europe, europe, central europe, palestine, germany ...
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: jewish ghetto, world war two, ghetto, starvation, orphan, jewish, holocaust, children in wartime, heroes, war, confined, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
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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: serious, realistic, uplifting, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, time travel, nazi occupation, anti semitism, world war two, war, human spirit, hopes, against humanity, survival, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
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38%
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The Truce (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Although liberated from Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, Levi did not reach Turin until October 19 of that year. After spending some time in a Soviet camp for former concentration camp inmates, he embarked on an arduous journey home in the company of ...
Style: sincere, gloomy, emotional, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: concentration camp, world war two, holocaust, hopes, refugee, escapades, life is a bitch, war, confined, against humanity, survival, society ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: italy, russia, europe, venice, turin italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Escape from Sobibor (1987)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Yugoslavia
Duration: 143 min.
Story: During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to vow (actually threaten) that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were its captives, the Jewish laborers that had ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: concentration camp, pow, world war two, escape, captivity, genocide, brutality, against humanity, corporal punishment, holocaust, hopes, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
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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: bleak, disturbing, serious, factual, depressing ...
Plot: holocaust, nazi, rebellion, world war two, concentration camp, survival, anti semitism, redemption, smuggling, against humanity, human spirit, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1944
Place: poland, europe, germany, budapest, israel
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Edges of the Lord (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA, Poland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A 12-year-old Jewish boy hides with a family of Catholic peasant farmers to escape the Nazis.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, village, survival, hidden identity, human spirit, against humanity, life is a bitch, society, fish out of water, anti semitism, wartime life, lifesaver ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: poland, europe, vatican
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: touching, sincere, realistic, atmospheric, talky ...
Plot: world war two, coming of age, politics, resistance, war, occupation, communism, village life, wartime life, virginity, apprentice, village ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
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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: thought provoking, sincere, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak ...
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Place: vatican, germany, europe, poland, rome italy ...
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
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Duration: 117 min.
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Style: uplifting, disturbing, touching, surreal, compassionate ...
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Duration: 94 min.
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Audience: kids
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Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war two, holocaust, jewish, human spirit, childhood, nazi germany, against humanity, war, life is a bitch, adoption, nazi, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1939, year 1938 ...
Place: germany, europe
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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: serious, realistic, bleak, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: rabbi, ghetto, world war two, holocaust, religions or cults, family relations, injustice, life is a bitch, society, misfit, against humanity, confined ...
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Duration: 128 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, atmospheric ...
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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: disturbing, realistic, serious, bleak, captivating
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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, heartbreaking, harsh ...
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Style: serious, realistic, emotional, suspense, tense ...
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Duration: 125 min.
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Style: rough, suspenseful, bleak, emotional, realistic ...
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Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious, captivating ...
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Genre: Drama, War
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Duration: 134 min.
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Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, epic ...
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Monsieur Batignole (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1942, in an occupied Paris, the apolitical grocer Edmond Batignole lives with his wife and daughter in a small apartment in the building of his grocery. When his future son-in-law and collaborator of the German Pierre-Jean Lamour calls the Nazis ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, exciting, captivating
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My Best Enemy (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Austria, Luxembourg
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Poland 1943: An unlikely pair - a concentration camp prisoner and a captain in Hitler's notorious SS - free themselves from the wreckage of a crashed SS airplane. The two appear to be strangely familiar with each other and the extent of their ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, tense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: concentration camp, friends, friendship, military, wartime life, life is a bitch, moral dilemma, soldier, against humanity, holocaust, world war two, switching roles ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, austria
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Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, France, Sweden, Hungary
Duration: 104 min.
Story: It is the real story of Giorgio Perlasca (Luca Zingaretti). During the 1920s he was an Italian Fascist supporter, fighting in Africa an in the Spanish civil war where he deserved a safe conduct for Spanish embassies. After some years, disillusioned ...
Style: disturbing, serious, uplifting, emotional, realistic ...
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