Movies like By the Sea

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By the Sea (2015)
 5.3
 15K
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: psychological, melancholic, artsy, scenic, depressing, wife and husband lead actors
Plot: hotel, unhappiness, travel, depression, voyeurism, husband wife relationship, self pity, marriage, lie, overhearing sex, manuscript, pregnancy, restaurant, jealousy, honeymoon, neighbor, typewriter, drinking, extramarital affair, grief, miscarriage, cigarette smoking, cheating wife, male nudity, male in shower ...
Place: france

Most similar movies to By the Sea

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, talky and melancholic films with plots about drinking, husband wife relationship, kiss, infidelity, marriage, drink and cigarette smoking mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like By the Sea: 5x2 (2004), 45 Years (2015), Blue Valentine (2010), Before Midnight (2013), Closer (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 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: serious, gloomy, tense, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: divorce, marriage, infidelity, sex, rape, voyeurism, wedding, cheating wife, romance, crumbling marriage, strong sexual content, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france, sicily, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 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: sincere, serious, touching, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: marriage, slide projector, anniversary, old woman, german shepherd, dancing, secret, piano, apology, crying man, promise, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1962
Place: england, usa, switzerland, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: obsession, crumbling marriage, postmodernism, couple relations, romance, 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 ⇓
73%
 7.4
 168K
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, nurse, crumbling marriage, couple relations, dysfunctional family, depression, lust, strong sexual content, dancing, classroom, bridge, truck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, new york, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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 7.9
 121K
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, hotel, midlife crisis, summer vacation, hotel room, marriage, dream, greek, airport, romance, panties, french ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece, paris france, chicago illinois, vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.3
 189K
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, adultery, divorce, marriage, obsession, love at first sight, depression, romance, photographer, cheating ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, england, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.0
 175
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: birthday, swimsuit, adoption, hotel, panties, brother brother relationship, lesbian, female nudity, rain, gym, male nudity, toilet ...
Place: thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Love After Love (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A sixty-something mother and her two adult sons cope and move onward following the death of their larger-than-life father/husband.
Plot: mother son relationship, old man, shoes, crematorium, caterer, death of husband, acting class, dressmaker, dancing, party, apology, friend ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 7.4
 5K
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: gloomy, serious, realistic, sexual, psychological
Plot: looking for sex, coming of age, infidelity, self discovery, love, teenage life, loveless marriage, love and romance, society, youth, couples, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.1
 817
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, clever, talky, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, secret, infidelity, college, family life, family in crisis, parent child relationship, family problems, family relations, human nature, human spirit, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: virginia, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, college, friendship, unfaithful wife, writer's life, betrayal, loyalty, forbidden love, dishonesty, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, gloomy, realistic, enigmatic ...
Plot: obsession, love, girl, violin, love triangle, romance, fall in love, friends, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, musician's life ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, brussels belgium, paris france, hungary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
All I See Is You (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Thailand, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A blind woman's relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.
Plot: married couple, wife husband relationship, blind woman, blonde, surgical operation, husband wife relationship, cell phone, hotel manager, flash forward, photograph, balloon, women's bathroom ...
Place: thailand, barcelona spain, bangkok thailand, spain, barcelona
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: cafe, love triangle, prostitute, obsession, hospital, friendship, infidelity, sexual relations, singleness, promiscuity, against the rules, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, france, paris france, hamburg germany, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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: gloomy, serious, realistic, sexual, psychological
Plot: disco, hospital, elderly lovers, sex, infidelity, pregnancy, crumbling marriage, introspection, obsession, couple relations, dangerous attraction, destructive relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.5
 100K
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, sincere, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: infidelity, strong sexual content, adultery, small town, housewife, extramarital affair, parenthood, love affair, dysfunctional family, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sexual pleasure, moral ambiguity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.4
 16K
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, couple relations, strong sexual content, kiss, mental breakdown, femme fatale, destructive relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france, europe, paris france, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.1
 5K
I Smile Back (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Laney is an attractive, intelligent suburban wife and devoted mother of two adorable children. She has the perfect husband who plays basketball with the kids in the driveway, a pristine house, and a shiny SUV for carting the children to their next ...
Style: serious, gloomy, touching, realistic
Plot: mental illness, suburbs, wealthy family, addiction, family problems, going straight, redemption, dysfunctional family, hopes, life is a bitch, suburban life, anal sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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: bad ending, serious, depressing, heartbreaking, bleak ...
Plot: under the surface, couple relations, family problems, destiny, crumbling marriage, abortion, unfulfillment, jealousy, adultery, death of wife, dysfunctional family, dull life ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1955, 1940s
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, harvard university, norway, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, touching, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, gays and lesbians, 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 ⇓
43%
 6.4
 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: realistic, sincere, humorous, semi serious, depressing ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dull life, store, small town, infidelity, temptation, dream, marriage, mental illness, suicide, love affair, unlikely friendships, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Mother and Child (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The lives of three women have a commonality: adoption. Karen is a physical therapist who regrets that, as a teenager, she gave up her daughter for adoption. Elizabeth was an adopted child and is now a successful lawyer, but her personal life lacks ...
Style: emotional, realistic, sincere, serious, talky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: adoption, voyeurism, african american, parents and children, parent child relationship, nymphomaniac, adoptive mother, hopes, family relations, couple relations, estrangement, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1973
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 18K
I Am Love (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Emma left Russia to live with her husband in Italy. Now a member of a powerful industrial family, she is the respected mother of three, but feels unfulfilled. One day, Antonio, a talented chef and her son's friend, makes her senses kindle.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: chef, high society, adultery, food, restaurant, bourgeoisie, infidelity, russian, lesbian, birthday, self discovery, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
 83K
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, sincere, sentimental, emotional, sad ...
Plot: coming out, gay, cancer, father son relationship, secret, gay father, terminal illness, dying, lgbt, self discovery, grief, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1955, year 1971, 1950s ...
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: emotional, serious, gloomy, realistic, touching ...
Plot: hotel, piano, spinster, betrayal, destructive relationship, romance, love affair, singleness, unfulfilled love, cons and scams, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: ireland, europe, united states, texas, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: realistic, sexual, serious
Plot: extramarital affair, sex, infidelity, introspection, love affair, hotel, dishonesty, impossible love, under the surface, love and romance, couples, hotel room ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: psychology, marriage, betrayal, hospital, depression, abusive father, sexual abuse, frigidity, childhood trauma, repression, party, wedding ...
Time: 90s
Place: vancouver, seattle washington, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.5
 58K
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, riviera, cote d'azur, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Madame Bovary (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Bored with the limited and tedious nature of provincial life in 19th-century France, the fierce and sensual Emma Bovary finds herself in calamitous debt and purses scandalous sexual liaisons with absolute abandon. However, when her volatile ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, talky, romantic ...
Plot: infidelity, adultery, bourgeoisie, village, tragic hero, couple relations, destructive relationship, romance, dull life, unfulfillment, couples, social relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 18th century
Place: normandy, europe, france, switzerland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%