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The Chess Players (1977)
Original name: शतरंज के खिलाड़ी
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 129 min.
Story: It is the year 1856. Nawab Wajid Ali Shah is the king of Awadh, one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British colonialists, intent on controlling this rich land, have sent general Outram on a secret mission to clear the way for an annexation. Pressure is mounting amidst intrigue and political manoeuvres, but the Nawab whiles away his time in pursuit of pleasure and religious practice. The court is of no help either—Court nobles Mir and Mirza, ignoring the situation of their country and all their duties towards their families, spend their days playing endless games of chess. The film is based on Munshi Premchand's short story of the same name.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: chess, tragic hero, social differences, political intrigue, political unrest, politics, society, state affairs, betrayal, obsession, couple relations, political corruption, heroes, rivalry, ruler, cherry, reciting poetry, aristocrat, hookah, mosquito, colonialism, british army, aristocracy, british colonial, nobleman ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: india, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and emotional films with plots about society, state affairs, political unrest, politics, dishonesty, heroes and love and romance mostly in Drama, History and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Chess Players: We Five (1980), Storm (1975), The Viceroys (2007), The Adversary (1970), The Supper (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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We Five (1980)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 163 min.
Story: Tyrannical and wealthy Veer Pratap Singh, rules over a small town - ruthlessly. Whoever opposes him is crushed. He is attracted to women, and has a lengthy affair with Soundariya, and even has a secret marriage ceremony with her. When Soundariya ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, rough, exciting
Plot: dishonesty, rivalry, village, injustice, bollywood, good versus evil, fall in love, love and romance, society, family relations, social relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: asia, india
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The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The film begins in 1857, when India was ruled by the British East India Company. Mangal Pandey is a sepoy, a soldier of Indian origin, in the army of the East India Company. Pandey is fighting in the Anglo-Afghan Wars and saves the life of his ...
Style: epic, emotional, serious, realistic, captivating
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Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1850s
Place: india, asia
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Storm (1975)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: J.K. is a hotel Manager in a scenic location in India. One day he gallantly comes to the rescue of a drunk daughter, Aarti, of a politician, and chooses to be discrete about it. When she recovers, she and he fall in love; get married in a small ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, banned film
Plot: hotel, politics, head of state, campaign, love and romance, state affairs, tragic hero, writer's life, leadership, rescue, rise to the top, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 6.1
 275
The Viceroys (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, Spain, Germany, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, captivating
Plot: politics, intrigue, state affairs, downfall, parents and children, family life, political unrest, royal family, revolution, dishonesty, rivalry, society ...
Time: 19th century
Place: italy, sicily, europe, sicily italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Adversary (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Siddhartha Chowdhury, a brilliant medical student, is forced to leave his studies after his father's sudden demise. He is forced to navigate the high unemployment rate and the communist socio-political climate of 1960s Calcutta in search of a ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: unemployment, job seeking, political unrest, fighting the system, rebellion, society, youth, life is a bitch, down on your luck, politics, against the odds, city life ...
Time: 70s
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Supper (1992)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: France, 1815. After his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon heads for exile. Royalists occupy Paris and attempt to restore the monarchy. However, the battle doesn't seem to be over. On July 6, Talleyrand, a shrewd politician of flexible convictions, ...
Style: serious, talky, clever, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, head of state, political unrest, royal family, revolution, state affairs, leadership, opposites attract, rise to the top, tragic love, political intrigue, wartime life ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1810s
Place: france, paris france
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The Lonely Wife (1964)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Charu lives a lonely and idle life in 1870s India. Although her husband Bhupati devotes more time to his newspaper than to their marriage, he sees her loneliness and asks his brother-in-law,Umapada to keep her company. At the same time ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, couple relations, dull life, newspaper editor, swing, romance, fall in love, love and romance, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, love triangle, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century
Place: india
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Umrao Jaan (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Bollywood film about the famous courtesan of the title. Aishwarya Rai stars in the lead role. The film is directed by J.P. Dutta and also stars Shabana Azmi, Sunil Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Divya Dutta, Himani Shivpuri and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: kidnapping, prostitute, forbidden love, romance, impossible love, social differences, destiny, bollywood, love and romance, society, unfulfilled love, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, india
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Beginning of the Great Revival (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A chronicle of the events that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: politics, society, state affairs, head of state, social differences, revolution, rebellion, patriotism, republican era china, military uniform, communist party
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
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M.K.B.K.M. (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 151 min.
Story: Harry is an industrialist who loves his daughter Bijlee, and the bond they share with Harry's man friday, Matru. Bijlee's plan to wed the son of a politician, however, brings twists and turns in the lives of Matru, Bijlee and Mandola.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: village, family relations, on the road, couple relations, bollywood, parents and children, village life, romance, love and romance, couples, social relations, humble ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Bhagat Singh, a freedom fighter, is arrested for killing the British official responsible for the death of his mentor Lala Lajpatrai. He is ultimately hanged for his misdeed.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, disturbing, captivating
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Time: 20s, 30s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Face Reader (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 142 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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, stylized, captivating
Plot: political intrigue, head of state, coup, political unrest, royal court, betrayal, politics, dishonesty
Time: 15th century
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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In Custody (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, India
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Ismail Merchant's feature directorial debut addresses a subject close to his heart: the expressive Urdu language of Northern India, in danger of extinction as political trends and modernization obscure its contributions to Indian culture. ...
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, biting ...
Plot: poetry, tradition, writer's life, artists and showbiz, progress, alcohol abuse, culture clash, society, unfulfillment, interview, money, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: india
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St. Michael Had a Rooster (1972)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sentenced to life imprisonment for illegal activities, Italian International member Giulio Manieri holds on to his political ideals while struggling against madness in the loneliness of his prison cell.
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, thought provoking
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The Middleman (1975)
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Country: India
Duration: 131 min.
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The Battle of Canudos (1997)
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Style: serious, emotional, epic, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: politics, political unrest, wartime life, heroes, rebellion, war, society, state affairs, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, tragic hero, family in danger ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Rikyu (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Kingdom of Diamonds (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 118 min.
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Style: humorous, semi serious, biting, offbeat, witty ...
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Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: UK, USA
Duration: 315 min.
Story: Story of forbidden love in 1800's India set against the revolution for India's freedom from England.
Style: serious, realistic
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Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: india, asia, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Private Vices, Public Virtues (1976)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, Yugoslavia
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, gloomy ...
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Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)
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Country: India
Duration: 96 min.
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Style: stylized, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: filmmaking, against the odds, optimism, visionary, artists and showbiz, showbiz, ambition, society, husband wife relationship, train, prostitute, friendship ...
Time: 1910s
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Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India, UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: This lighthearted romp through Royal India presents a world of Maharajas, palaces, imperiled art objects, and the foreign collectors who will stop at nothing to possess them. Peggy Ashcroft and Larry Pine star as two rapacious art collectors who ...
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, stylized
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Time: 70s
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Country: India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Mahadev (Shreyas Talpade) is an unemployed graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from Satna college, who is forced to make a living writing letters for the uneducated people of his village. His real ambition is to become a novel writer. Through his ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Punjab 1984 (2014)
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Country: Canada, India
Duration: 159 min.
Story: This is the story of a mother and her missing son set in the backdrop of 1984 Punjab, when the state was going through a terrible time of terrorism. The film depicts the longing of a mother for her son and her search for her son, who is labelled a ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense
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Country: USA, UK
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The President's Last Bang (2005)
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Country: South Korea
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Style: serious, offbeat, biting, realistic, dark humor ...
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Of Freaks and Men (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Dariya the maid getting a boy to touch her large breast is just one incident that occurs when Yohan and Victor infiltrate two families, forcing young Liza and blind Ekaterina to appear in porn, but they are not so innocent themselves.
Style: dark humor, serious, captivating, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: manipulations, social differences, society, dishonesty, s&m, sexual perversion, young woman, piano, brother sister relationship, debt, twin, death of husband ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century, 1900s
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia, saint petersburg
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Nayak: The Hero (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A matinee idol is going by train to collect an acting award. On the train, he is confronted by a journalist who somewhat unwillingly starts to take his interview. Arindam, won over by Aditi's naivete, starts to disclose his past, his fears and ...
Style: serious, talky, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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King Naresuan (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Thailand
Duration: 163 min.
Story: The film concerns the life of King Naresuan, who liberated the Siamese from the control of Burma. Born in 1555, he was taken to Burma as a child hostage; there he became acquainted with sword fighting and became a threat to the Burmese empire.
Style: epic, emotional, serious, captivating, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Let the Wind Blow (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
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Style: serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy, captivating
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: asia, india
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