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Bitter Sugar (1996)
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Bitter Sugar (1996)
Original name: Azúcar amarga
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Dominican Republic, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A patriot (René Lavan) with a rebellious brother falls in love with a dissident's daughter (Mayte Vilán) in Castro's Cuba.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, harsh, reflective, melancholic, bleak, disturbing, enigmatic, factual ...
Plot: revolution, politics, hotel, prostitute, bar, death, communist, interrogation, sex, assassin, forbidden love, transsexual, life is a bitch, love and romance, rebellion, hopes, radio show, love affair, society, political unrest, rebelliousness, idealism, social decay, state affairs, supportive spouse ...
Place: cuba, latin america, miami, czech republic, prague, florida, usa ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and talky films with plots about love and romance, death, drinking, sex, culture clash, storytelling and dialogue mostly in Drama, Romance and War genres. Some movies like Bitter Sugar: The Lost City (2005), Regular Lovers (2005), Before Night Falls (2000), Havana (1990), Chinese Box (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Lost City (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: In Havana, Cuba in the late 1950's, a wealthy family, one of whose sons is a prominent nightclub owner, is caught in the violent transition from the oppressive regime of Batista to the Marxist government of Fidel Castro. Castro's regime ...
Style: captivating, touching, emotional, serious, stylized ...
Plot: revolution, politics, nightclub, fidel castro, idealism, hopes, parents and children, political unrest, family problems, rebellion, communism, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Regular Lovers (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 183 min.
Story: 1968 and 1969 in Paris: during and after the student and trade union revolt. François is 20, a poet, dodging military service. He takes to the barricades, but won't throw a Molotov cocktail at the police. He smokes opium and talks about ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: politics, revolution, idealism, love triangle, lifestyle, rebelliousness, society, political corruption, tragic love, twins, self discovery, couples ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1968, year 1969
Place: france, europe, morocco, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Before Night Falls (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Spanning several decades, this powerful biopic offers a glimpse into the life of famed Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, an artist who was vilified for his homosexuality in Fidel Castro's Cuba.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, rough, touching, realistic ...
Plot: artist, aids, exile, oppression, gays and lesbians, revolution, gay, poet, gay slur, homosexual, cuban revolution, fidel castro ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1964 ...
Place: cuba, new york, latin america, havana cuba, caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.1
 7K
Havana (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: An American professional gambler named Jack Weil (Redford) decides to visit Havana, Cuba to gamble. On the boat to Havana, he meets Roberta Duran (Olin), the wife of a revolutionary, Arturo (Julia). Shortly after their arrival, Arturo is taken away ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: gambling, politics, love triangle, revolution, gambler, romance, gangsters, political unrest, dishonesty, fall in love, cons and scams, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1958, year 1959
Place: cuba, latin america, havana cuba, australia, caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 6.3
 3K
Chinese Box (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Japan, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.
Style: atmospheric, gloomy, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, romance, fall in love, couples, unfulfillment, couple relations, love and romance, city life, terminal illness, society, introspection, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: hong kong, asia, china, north korea, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Ruby in Paradise (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Reeling from her mother's recent death, Ruby Lee Gissing relocates to Florida to start anew. After finding a job at a souvenir store, Ruby becomes friends with the shop's owner, Mildred Chambers, and slowly acclimates to her new ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, clever, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, friendship, self discovery, shoplifting, journal, spring break, love and romance, romance, friends, down on your luck, couple relations, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, tennessee, usa, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
In My Country (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland, South Africa
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An American reporter and an Afrikaans poet meet and fall in love while covering South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings.
Style: thought provoking, serious, emotional, sincere, realistic
Plot: journalism, politics, justice, apartheid, fall in love, social decay, political unrest, racism, interracial relations, state affairs, life is a bitch, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1996, year 1995
Place: africa, south africa, florida, chile
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 26K
The Immigrant (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In 1921 New York. an immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.
Style: stylized, captivating, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: quarantine, prostitution, corruption, prostitute, confession, polish, dancer, theft, boat, money, doctor, nightmare ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: new york, poland, usa, manhattan new york city, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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The Way We Were (1973)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.
Style: serious, sentimental, emotional, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: politics, hollywood, radical, opposites attract, mccarthyism, communist, romance, youth, young lovers, couples, unfulfillment, love and romance ...
Time: 1950s, 1940s, 40s, 30s, 50s ...
Place: new york, usa, california, malibu california, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.6
 344
Dogtown (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Philip Van Horn, who left his small town a long time ago to become a Hollywood actor and hasn't had any success at that, returns to the town for a visit. There he is uniformally met like some kind of celebrity and movie star. He uses it to ...
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: redemption, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, homecoming, small town, hollywood, love triangle, racism, unfulfilled love, romance, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america, cuba, missouri, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.1
 4K
Germinal (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, Italy
Duration: 160 min.
Story: It's mid 19th century, north of France. The story of a coal miner's town. They are exploited by the mine's owner. One day the decide to go on strike, and then the authorities repress them
Style: emotional, realistic, captivating, thought provoking, epic ...
Plot: working class, injustice, politics, labor union, rich and poor, unemployment, fighting the system, social differences, rebellion, righting the wronged, unfulfillment, price of justice ...
Time: 19th century
Place: france, europe, flanders, mine, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The House of the Spirits (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Portugal, Germany, Denmark, USA, France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A rancher, his clairvoyant wife and their family face turbulent years in South America.
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, epic ...
Plot: revolution, dictatorship, political unrest, generation gap, coup d'etat, civil war, parents and children, estate, family life, family relations, love and romance, farm ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 30s, 20th century, 20s ...
Place: latin america, chile, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Masculin Féminin (1966)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Sweden
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film stars French New Wave icon Jean-Pierre Léaud as Paul, a romantic young idealist and literary lion-wannabe who chases budding pop star, Madeleine (Chantal Goya, a real life Yé-yé girl).
Style: talky, clever, realistic, psychological, semi serious ...
Plot: politics, vietnam war, promiscuity, pregnancy, new wave, revolution, couples, lifestyle, rebelliousness, battle of the sexes, radical, showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, paris france, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Cuba, Mexico, Spain, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Havana, Cuba, 1979. Flamboyantly gay artist Diego (Jorge Perugorría) attempts to seduce the straight and strait-laced David, an idealistic young communist, and fails dismally. But David conspires to become friends with Diego so he can monitor the ...
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, clever, sincere ...
Plot: communism, friendship, gay, politics, homosexuality, gays and lesbians, gender, human nature, platonic, gem, love affair, fall in love ...
Time: 90s, year 1979
Place: cuba, havana cuba, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Legend of Rita (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Rita Vogt is a radical West German terrorist who abandons the revolution and settles in East Germany with a new identity provided by the East German secret service. She lives in constant fear of having her cover blown, which unavoidably happens ...
Style: captivating, tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: politics, bribery, espionage, secret identity, terrorism, undercover, hopes, state affairs, danger, starting over, resistance, drinking ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: germany, vietnam, france, europe, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.8
 2K
One Night (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In Havana, Raul dreams of escaping to Miami. Accused of assault, he appeals to Elio to help him reach the forbidden world 90 miles across the ocean. One night, full of hope, they face the biggest challenge of their lives.
Style: serious, stylized, touching, realistic
Plot: gay, teenage life, buddies, twins, youth, on the run, immigrants, friends, chases and races, hopes, society, lgbt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cuba, havana cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 171 min.
Story: Successful surgeon Tomas leaves Prague for an operation, meets a young photographer named Tereza, and brings her back with him. Tereza is surprised to learn that Tomas is already having an affair with the bohemian Sabina, but when the Soviet ...
Style: sexy, sexual, erotic, realistic, clever ...
Plot: infidelity, photographer, waitress, friendship, artist, love triangle, invasion, womanizer, mistress, communism, surgeon, fondling ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: switzerland, usa, europe, central europe, prague ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.9
 535
The Promise (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, France, Switzerland
Duration: 115 min.
Story: East-Berlin, 1961, shortly after the erection of the Wall. Konrad, Sophie and three of their friends plan a daring escape to Western Germany. The attempt is successful, except for Konrad, who remains behind. From then on, and for the next 28 years, ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: politics, romance, political unrest, couples, impossible love, terminal illness, unfulfillment, couple relations, love and romance, fall in love, cliche, tragic love ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 1960s, 1920s
Place: germany, europe, prague, german democratic republic, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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, realistic, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: hotel, betrayal, spinster, piano, life is a bitch, hopes, unfulfilled love, singleness, cons and scams, love and romance, breakup, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: ireland, europe, texas, empire state building manhattan new york city, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.4
 4K
Head On (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Nineteen-year-old Ari confronts both his sexuality and his Greek family. Ari despises his once-beloved parents, former radical activists, for having entombed themselves in insular tradition. Ari is obsessed with gay sex, although he does make an ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, drug abuse, coming out, friendship, racism, unemployment, bisexuality, love and romance, life is a bitch, friends, family relations, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: australia, melbourne, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Best of Youth (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 366 min.
Story: Spanning four decades, from the chaotic 1960s to the present, director Marco Tullio Giordana's passionate epic 'La Meglio Gioventu' follows two Italian brothers through some of the most tumultuous events of recent Italian history.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: politics, society, teacher, army, museum, corruption, musician, cafe, police brutality, protest, pianist, political corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s, 90s, 70s ...
Place: italy, lebanon, europe, palermo italy, venezuela ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.9
 47K
Head-On (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Turkey
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Head On is German director Fatih Akin’s story of the alcoholic Cahit and Turkish Sibel. Akin tells the story of a love that can never be between two people who are too alike to not be together.
Style: realistic, bleak, emotional, gloomy, offbeat ...
Plot: rape, suicide attempt, marriage, psychiatrist, muslim, stabbing, machismo, accident, roommate, german, immigrants, culture clash ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, hamburg germany, turkey, europe, frankfurt germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Steal This Movie (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Five years after Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman goes underground to avoid a drug-related prison sentence, he contacts a reporter to get out the story of the FBI's covert spying, harassment and inciting of violence they then blame on the Left.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: on the run, injustice, environmentalism, fighting the system, politics, vietnam war, rebellion, fugitives, society, anti war, rise and fall, hidden identity ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, pentagon, manhattan new york city, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Of Love and Shadows (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Argentina, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Irene is a magazine editor living under the shadow of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Francisco is a handsome photographer and he comes to Irene for a job. As a sympathizer with the underground resistance movement, Francisco opens her eyes and ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, based on true events, sexy ...
Plot: torture, dictatorship, politics, rebellion, media, love and romance, interracial relations, life is a bitch, state affairs, uncover truth, romance, love triangle ...
Time: 70s, 1920s
Place: chile, latin america, south america, spain, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.5
 643
Broken English (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Ivan is the fierce patriarch of a family of Croatian refugees in Auckland. Nina is his daughter, ready to live on her own, despite his angry objections. Eddie is the Maori she takes as her lover. Nina works at a restaurant where Eddie cooks. For a ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, sexual, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: culture clash, restaurant, forbidden love, pregnancy, romance, dysfunctional family, tragic love, social differences, life is a bitch, love and romance, interracial relations, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: new zealand, former yugoslavia, europe, bosnia herzegovina, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A failed novelist's inability to pay the bills strains relations with his wife and leads him to work at an escort service where he becomes entwined with a wealthy woman whose husband is a successful writer.
Style: touching, clever, witty, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: infidelity, vandalism, rejection, dishonesty, fall in love, couples, family problems, love affair, pimp, crumbling marriage, couple relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary
Place: santa monica california, pasadena california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.8
 3K
Yes (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: She is a scientist. He is a Lebanese doctor. They meet at a banquet and fall into a carefree, passionate relationship. But difficulties abound because of his heritage and her loveless marriage. She flies to Havana to sort things out on the beach and ...
Style: talky, clever, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, lebanese, racism, culture clash, blues, social differences, society, human nature, politics, exile, cooking and food, romance ...
Place: cuba, london, europe, england, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Late August, Early September (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A story about the transition from late youth to early maturity, the film follows several friends and lovers as they come to make decisions on how to live their lives--getting a job more in harmony with ones ideals, committing to a lover, giving up a ...
Style: talky, emotional, tense, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: friendship, midlife crisis, couples, human nature, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance, unfulfillment, couple relations, friends, romance, terminal illness ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, tokyo, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Ae Fond Kiss... (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young man upsets his Punjabi family when he falls in love with an Irish schoolteacher.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, serious, intense ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: muslim, arranged marriage, culture clash, irish, racism, nightclub, music teacher, romance, immigrants, couples, exploit, clergy ...
Place: glasgow scotland, spain, pakistan, manchester, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Center of the World (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A couple checks into a suite in Las Vegas. In flashbacks we see that he's a computer whiz on the verge of becoming a dot.com millionaire, she's a lap dancer at a club. He's depressed, withdrawing from work, missing meetings with ...
Style: psychological, sexual, erotic, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: sex, hotel, prostitute, love affair, fall in love, couples, lifestyle, social differences, sexual relations, love and romance, destructive relationship, dangerous attraction ...
Time: contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, iowa, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%