Movies like By the Sea

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By the Sea (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Malta, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper and a hotel owner.
Style: melancholic, depressing, artsy, psychological, scenic, wife and husband lead actors
Plot: hotel, unhappiness, travel, self pity, depression, voyeurism, husband wife relationship, manuscript, overhearing sex, lie, marriage, pregnancy, jealousy, extramarital affair, honeymoon, neighbor, drinking, typewriter, restaurant, grief, cigarette smoking, cheating wife, male in shower, male nudity, man in bathtub ...
Place: france

Most similar movies to By the Sea

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, psychological and talky films with plots about marriage, drinking, kiss, infidelity, couples, husband wife relationship and adultery mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like By the Sea: Last Night (2010), Two Lovers (2008), 5x2 (2004), 45 Years (2015), Blue Valentine (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 6.6
 44K
Last Night (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.
Style: emotional, romantic, melancholic, sexy, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: infidelity, temptation, lovers reunited, cheating wife, couple relations, love and romance, trust, marriage, moral dilemma, family problems, old love, ex couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 33K
Two Lovers (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A depressed man moves back in with his parents following a recent heartbreak and finds himself with two women.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, new year's eve, neighbor, suicide attempt, romance, love and romance, love of one's life, young lovers, parents and children, life turned upside down, fall in love, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey
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100%
 6.7
 8K
5x2 (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: As young French couple Gilles and Marion officially separate, we see, in reverse order, the milestone moments in their relationship: Gilles revealing his unfaithfulness at a tense dinner party; Marion giving birth to their premature son while Gilles ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, tense, sincere ...
Plot: divorce, marriage, cheating wife, infidelity, sex, rape, voyeurism, wedding, romance, strong sexual content, crumbling marriage, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france, sicily, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.1
 27K
45 Years (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: There is just one week until Kate Mercer's 45th wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, psychological ...
Plot: marriage, old woman, anniversary, german shepherd, slide projector, secret, dancing, promise, apology, crying man, piano, pregnancy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1962
Place: england, usa, switzerland, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 7.4
 164K
Blue Valentine (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Dean and Cindy live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. They appear to have the world at their feet at the outset of the relationship. However, his lack of ambition and her retreat into self-absorption cause potentially irreversible cracks in ...
Style: realistic, emotional, talky, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: marriage, crumbling marriage, couple relations, nurse, lust, strong sexual content, depression, dysfunctional family, dancing, truck, classroom, bridge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, new york, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.3
 185K
Closer (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A witty, romantic, and very dangerous love story about chance meetings, instant attractions, and casual betrayals. Two couples disintegrate when they begin destructive adulterous affairs with each other.
Style: sexy, intellectual, melancholic, psychological, cynical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, love affair, passionate interest, divorce, marriage, obsession, love at first sight, depression, romance, photographer, adultery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.9
 117K
Before Midnight (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Greece
Duration: 109 min.
Story: We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.
Style: talky, realistic, witty, clever, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: couple relations, midlife crisis, hotel, panties, middle aged, hotel room, summer vacation, marriage, greek, dream, airport, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece, paris france, chicago illinois, vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Student Services (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Laura is a 19-year-old university freshman who desperately wants to do well in school. She works a part-time job but cannot make ends meet. One evening in which she is short of funds, she answers a personal ad online by "Joe," 57, who ...
Style: psychological, serious, gloomy, sexual, realistic ...
Plot: hotel, cigarette smoking, innocence lost, student life, youth, prostitute, lifestyle, shower, jealousy, hotel room, misogynist, kiss ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, campus
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 7.2
 82K
Beginners (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.
Style: touching, realistic, offbeat, sincere, clever ...
Plot: coming out, cancer, gay, father son relationship, terminal illness, secret, gay father, self discovery, artist, actress, dying, french ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1955, year 1971, year 2003 ...
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A New York couple's relationship is tested after the loss of their child. This film is the wide-released combination of the original two :him and :her volumes that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: obsession, crumbling marriage, postmodernism, romance, couple relations, unfulfillment, couples, love affair, parents and children, breakup, life turned upside down, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, connecticut, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Revolutionary Road (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.
Style: serious, depressing, heartbreaking, bad ending, bleak ...
Plot: under the surface, couple relations, family problems, destiny, adultery, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, unfulfillment, abortion, jealousy, death of wife, relationships ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1940s, year 1955
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A penniless middle-aged spinster scrapes by giving piano lessons in the Dublin of the 1950s. She makes a sad last bid for love with a fellow resident of her rundown boarding house, who imagines she has the money to bankroll the business he hopes to ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: hotel, piano, spinster, betrayal, destructive relationship, love affair, romance, singleness, unfulfilled love, cons and scams, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: ireland, europe, united states, america, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.5
 41K
The Good Girl (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A discount store clerk strikes up an affair with a stock boy who considers himself the incarnation of Holden Caulfield.
Style: dark humor, realistic, semi serious, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, store, dull life, dishonesty, suicide, suburban life, infidelity, temptation, lifestyle, blackmail, dream, jealousy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Married couple Jack and Terry Linden are experiencing a difficult period in their relationship. When Jack decides to step outside the marriage, he becomes involved with Edith, who happens to be the wife of his best friend and colleague, Hank Evans. ...
Style: realistic, serious, clever, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: infidelity, adultery, marriage, unfaithful wife, college, friendship, writer's life, betrayal, forbidden love, loyalty, suburbs, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, portland oregon, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.9
 14K
Lady Macbeth (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The passionate affair of a young woman trapped in a marriage of convenience unleashes a maelstrom of murder and mayhem on a country estate.
Style: bleak, rough, depressing, cynical, psychological
Plot: loveless marriage, older man younger woman relationship, extramarital affair, adultery, forbidden love, infidelity, husband wife relationship, forced marriage, child murder, wife murders husband, father in law daughter in law relationship, love story ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.4
 15K
Betty Blue (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Betty Blue, a mentally unbalanced and sexually aggressive free spirit who becomes involved with Zorg, a repairman moonlighting as a writer. The two engage in a variety of sexual encounters, and grow more passionate toward each other. Betty finds ...
Style: erotic, sexual, sexy, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: obsession, borderline personality disorder, beach, restaurant, romance, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content, couple relations, kiss, mental breakdown, femme fatale, destructive relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france, europe, paris france, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
A Heart of Stone (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Beautiful violin virtuoso Camille has two obsessions: the music of Ravel, and a friend of her husband's who crafts violins. But his heart seems to be as cold as her playing is passionate.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, gloomy, enigmatic ...
Plot: obsession, love, violin, girl, love triangle, romance, fall in love, friends, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, musician's life ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, geneva switzerland, hungary, brussels belgium ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 172
Fag Hag (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A straight young woman living in Tokyo becomes involved in the lives of a gay man and his married lover.
Plot: kiss, party, secret, baby, beer, husband wife relationship, dancing, wheelchair, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, break up, male nudity, beach ...
Place: thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Friends of painter Jean-Baptiste Emmerich gather at a Paris railroad station for a four-hour journey to Limoges, where Emmerich wanted to be buried. The dozen travelers include art historian François and his lover Louis, who develops an interest in ...
Style: talky, realistic, serious, touching, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gays and lesbians, friendship, haunted by the past, friends, love and romance, couples, contests and competitions, dealing with death, couple relations, midlife crisis, transvestism, gay ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, france, paris france, egypt, cambodia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Personal Velocity (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Three women's escapes from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: pregnancy, hitchhiker, self discovery, parents and children, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, youth, couples, family relations, starting over, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, norway, new york state, haiti ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In Colombia just after the Great War, an old man falls from a ladder; dying, he professes great love for his wife. After the funeral, a man calls on the widow - she dismisses him angrily. Flash back more than 50 years to the day Florentino Ariza, a ...
Style: serious, sentimental, sexual, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: letter, impossible love, virginity, cholera, ship, love letter, marriage, doctor, extramarital affair, love triangle, romance, honeymoon ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, 1890s, turn of the century ...
Place: colombia, seaport, caribbean, paris france, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.1
 2K
Bliss (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Joseph and Maria are married for six months and Maria still has never had an orgasm with her husband. They begin to visit mysterious doctor Baltazar who teaches them how to reach ecstasy in sex.
Style: erotic, sexual, sexy, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, psychology, marriage, betrayal, sexuality, hospital, depression, abusive father, sexual abuse, childhood trauma, doctor, party ...
Time: 90s
Place: seattle washington, vancouver, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.4
 4K
To Our Loves (1983)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A portrait of youth in bloom; a tale of one family's dissolution; a reflection upon the danger and the mystery in living. Sandrine Bonnaire plays Suzanne, a free spirit and the vessel for an almost Brontëan choler. She's 16, and men ...
Style: serious, gloomy, sexual, realistic, psychological
Plot: looking for sex, coming of age, infidelity, self discovery, love, teenage life, love and romance, society, youth, couples, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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The Woman Next Door (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Madame Jouve, the narrator, tells the tragedy of Bernard and Mathilde. Bernard was living happily with his wife Arlette and his son Thomas. One day, a couple, Philippe and Mathilde Bauchard, moves into the next house. This is the accidental reunion ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: obsession, extramarital affair, neighbor, tragic love, romance, destructive relationship, infidelity, wife, love triangle, dishonesty, love and romance, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 19th century, 1920s
Place: france, tokyo, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.3
 2K
Antares (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Austria
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A deadly car crash sets off three parallel stories of women at crisis points, faltering behind the doors of the same, plain Vienna apartment block.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, sexual, psychological
Plot: disco, hospital, sex, infidelity, pregnancy, elderly lovers, crumbling marriage, introspection, obsession, couple relations, dangerous attraction, destructive relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.1
 799
Crooked Hearts (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The father of a family has a an affair. This affects every member of the family.
Style: serious, talky, clever, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, secret, infidelity, family life, college, family in crisis, parent child relationship, family problems, family relations, human nature, human spirit, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: virginia, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Mother and the Whore (1973)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 210 min.
Story: In this sexually frank French drama, the aimless young Alexandre juggles his relationships with his girlfriend, Marie, and a casual lover named Veronika. The dialogue-heavy film focuses intently on the love triangle, with Marie increasingly jealous ...
Style: sexual, serious, talky, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: cafe, love triangle, prostitute, sexual relations, singleness, hospital, obsession, friendship, infidelity, promiscuity, against the rules, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, france, hamburg germany, china, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Little Children (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations.
Style: sexual, psychological, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, strong sexual content, adultery, small town, under the surface, housewife, love affair, parenthood, extramarital affair, masturbation, castration, american football ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
28 Hotel Rooms (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: While traveling for work in a city far from their homes, a novelist and a corporate accountant find themselves in bed together. Although she’s married, and he’s seeing someone, their intense attraction turns a one-night stand into an unexpected ...
Style: serious, sexual, realistic
Plot: sex, extramarital affair, infidelity, introspection, hotel, love affair, dishonesty, impossible love, under the surface, love and romance, couples, male nudity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.5
 57K
Rust and Bone (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, stylized, touching ...
Plot: accident, disability, killer whale, single parent, surveillance camera, french, boxing, dog, tragic event, romance, redemption, strong sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, french riviera, europe, cote d'azur, riviera
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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