Movies like The Sparrow

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The Sparrow (1972)
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The Sparrow (1972)
Original name: العصفور
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt, Algeria
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Set shortly before and during the Six Day War in June of 1967, The Sparrow follows a young police officer stationed in a small village in Upper Egypt whose inhabitants suffer from the harassment of a corrupt businessman.
Plot: bandit, investigation, truck, journalist, childbirth, corruption, sheik, trafficking, manhunt, tea, nationalism, father son conflict, sewing, half brother, mother daughter relationship, fatherhood, arab israeli conflict, little boy, censorship, newspaper, defeat, mosque, archive footage, newspaper reporter, newspaper article ...
Time: year 1967
Place: egypt, middle east, cairo egypt

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and psychological films with plots about journalist, corruption, society, mother daughter relationship, brother sister relationship, newspaper and politics mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Sparrow: The Land (1969), Those People of the Nile (1972), Alexandria... Why? (1979), The Emigrant (1994), Wife of an Important Man (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Land (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Adapted from Abdel Rahman Al-Sharqawi's well-known novel of the same name, this classic film by Egyptian master Youssef Chahine was eight years in the making. Chronicling a small peasant village's struggles against the careless inroads of ...
Plot: land, shopkeeper, violence against women, torture, water, grocer, british colonial, civil disobedience, water shortage, peasant, sheik, miscarriage of justice ...
Time: 1930s
Place: egypt, cairo egypt
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95%
Those People of the Nile (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt, Soviet Union
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The construction of the Aswan dam as seen by those who took part in it: engineers and workers, Egyptians and Soviets. Beginning with the day the waters of the Nile were diverted, Chahine shows how individual concerns sometimes outweigh the myth ...
Plot: working out, working class, childhood memory, world war two veteran, dam, construction site, archive footage, friendship between men, marriage proposal, women's rights, prostitute, journalist ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: moscow russia, egypt, ussr
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84%
Alexandria... Why? (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt, Algeria
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Set against the panoramic backdrop of war-torn Egypt, director Youssef Chahine tells a highly personal tale of love and determination. Amid the poverty, death and suffering caused by World War II, 18 year-old Yehia, retreats into a private world of ...
Style: psychological, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, friendship, youth, black market, hopes, bittersweet, orchestral, anti war, love affair, political unrest, social differences, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: egypt, middle east, africa, mediterranean sea, palestine ...
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76%
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The Emigrant (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt, France
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The biblical tale of Joseph is told from an Egyptian perspective in this interesting character study. In this film, Joseph is called Ram. Ram, tired of his family's backward superstitious life, and tired of being picked on by his brothers, ...
Style: biblical
Plot: adultery, pharaoh, religious cult, nomad, sandstorm, ancient egypt, bound and gagged, rags to riches, eunuch, starvation, princess, desert ...
Place: egypt, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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The Belly Dancer and the Politician (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dancer asks a politician with whom she once had an affair to use his influence on her behalf.
Plot: dancing, dance, belly dancer, dancer, egyptian, belly dancing, dance number
Place: egypt
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63%
Wife of an Important Man (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of the rise and fall of an Egyptian police officer, during the regime of President Anwar El Sadat.
Plot: terror, university, neighbor, politics, journalist, domestic violence, suicide, gambling, miscarriage, husband wife relationship, schoolgirl, cinema ...
Time: year 1977, year 1975
Place: egypt, cairo egypt
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September 11 (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, USA, Iran
Duration: 134 min.
Story: 11 directors show their view on the terrorist attacks on the world trade center in New York.
Style: disturbing, emotional, serious, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: terrorism, war on terror, politics, danger, state affairs, skyscraper, innocence lost, love affair, injustice, life is a bitch, deadly, 9/11 ...
Time: september 11 2001, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, iran, middle east, europe ...
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50%
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The Post (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.
Style: based on true events, factual, exciting, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Plot: cover up, journalism, vietnam war, political thriller, expose, politics, truth, lie, national security, journalist, wartime, newspaper reporter ...
Time: 70s, year 1965, year 1949, 20th century, year 1971 ...
Place: washington d.c., vietnam, usa
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47%
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The Yacoubian Building (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt, France
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Cairo: a 70-year-old building of once-luxury flats with tenements on the roof. Zika, an aging libertine, feuds with his sister. Pius Haj Azzam takes a second wife, in secret, to satisfy sexual drive within religious bounds. Bothayna, poor and ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: prostitute, gender, politics, religions or cults, couple relations, political corruption, midlife crisis, dishonesty, couples, journalism, gays and lesbians, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: egypt, cairo egypt, africa, middle east
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37%
Shadow of China (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A Chinese immigrant tries to make his way to the top as a businessman in Hong Kong while his former radicalism is transformed into cynicism.
Plot: immigrants, chinese history, idealist, newspaper, banker, mistress, chinese, journalist, take over, anti communism, cynic, cultural revolution ...
Place: hong kong
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35%
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678 (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Deals with the phenomenon of sexual harassment in Egypt. Film depicts the moving story of three women Atfguen in some way or another to address the disturbing fact, the phenomenon can not be overlooked in the Egyptian and Arab street and the ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: sexual harassment, self defense, bus, rebellion, injustice, social decay, rebelliousness, vigilantism, crimes, society, life is a bitch, defiant ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2009
Place: egypt, cairo egypt, middle east
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33%
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The Other (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Egypt
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Adam is the son of a wealthy Egyptian-American family who is studying at UCLA and returns home for a brief vacation. Upon his arrival he meets beautiful reporter Hanane, with whom he begins an intense love affair, and eventually they marry. Trouble ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: terrorism, globalization, injustice, manipulation, militant, journalism, politics, fall in love, culture clash, workplace situations, obsession, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: egypt, cairo egypt
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32%
The Baby Doll Night (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Hossam returns home to Cairo for New Year's Eve after a year's separation from his wife. At the airport, his plans for a romantic night (and to conceive a child) are thwarted by several events, including a terrorist plot.
Style: realistic, psychological, tense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: terrorism, danger, airport, deadly, political unrest, terrorist bombing, conspiracy, homecoming, society, satire, disorder, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001
Place: egypt, new york, africa, usa, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Without Love (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Ewa is a reporter. Using her feminine charms and other means she is trying to become a journalist on a Warsaw weekly popular magazine. She hopes to become political interviewer of personalities and state leaders. On her way up the ladder she trips ...
Plot: mishap, break up, ambition, reporter, breakup, unlikely friendships, drinking contest, immorality, media, frustration, newspaper article, mass media ...
Place: rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Vice of Hope (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: To support her family, Maria works as a trafficker of surrogate mothers, transporting them from place to place along a river — but when one disappears, Maria is left with the task of finding her and must enter deeper into a world she wishes to ...
Plot: child trafficking, heroin, looking at self in mirror, seine river, motorboat, christmas, hopes, coast, amusement park, mother daughter relationship, pregnant woman, river ...
Time: 2010s
Place: italy
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31%
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The Migrants (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A look at the lives of migratory farm workers, focusing on one family.
Plot: poverty, family conflict, hardship, field, farmer, farm, brother sister relationship, sister sister relationship, worker, corruption, factory worker, tent ...
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30%
Sleeping in Honey (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt
Duration: 177 min.
Story: Officer Magdy investigates the suicide of a groom on his wedding night. he knows that the groom was impotent. Later he realizes that impotence is becoming an epidemic that spreads among all men. However, no one wants to declare that out of shame. A ...
Plot: sex, brothel, suicide, journalist, newspaper, doctor, clinic, protest, silence, fiancee, train, parliament ...
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30%
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Kung-Fu (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A well-regarded engineer in a big enterprise is hounded by trumped up attacks on his integrity when he delves too deeply into how bonuses are handled by the management. He gets into an argument with the guard, is arrested and subsequently fired. An ...
Plot: physical abuse, insult, promotion, conspiracy, engineer, college friend, kung fu, solidarity, rescue, fired from the job, injustice, journalist ...
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30%
The Intestine (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 71 min.
Story: The Intestine is the story of Maya, an unhappy young womn, fed up with her monotonous job, filthy apartment, and the responsibilities of caring for her drug-addicted mother. One night she comes across Philip, a man of wealth, and the next morning ...
Plot: one night stand, mother daughter relationship, female protagonist, one-night stand, cottage, blackmail, strange behavior, death, violin, sewing, drinking alcohol, breaking and entering ...
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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29%
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In His Steps (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: A priest challenges the members of his congregation to not just go to church every Sunday, but to actually follow in Jesus's footsteps in their daily lives. From Charles M. Sheldon's book that launched the saying "What would Jesus Do?
Style: christian film
Plot: newspaper, bible, faith, actress, hypocrisy, christian, mother daughter relationship, christianity, moral transformation, selfishness, commitment, stroke ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Left to Die (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: With help from U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, Tammi Chase (Rachael Leigh Cook) fights to free her mother (Barbara Hershey) from an Ecuadorean prison.
Plot: prison, vacation, trafficking, mother daughter relationship, drug, tv, television, drugs
Place: ecuador
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28%
Whatever Lola Wants (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A Brooklyn postal worker follows her Egyptian boyfriend to Cairo where she takes belly-dancing lessons from a legendary but disgraced Egyptian dancer.
Style: semi serious, captivating, atmospheric, psychological, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: belly dancer, belly dancing, culture clash, follow your dream, society, hopes, fall in love, teachers and students, dancing, journey, interracial relations, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: egypt, africa, middle east, usa, new york ...
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27%
My Husband's Secret Life (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Story: A policeman's widow (Archer) uncovers corruption within the force after meeting a woman (Alonso) who was tied to her husband's mysterious death.
Plot: stockings, mother daughter relationship, corruption, loss of husband, police officer, widow
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27%
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Cairo Exit (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A powerful account of life in contemporary Cairo, this raw drama about a pair of star-crossed lovers shines a powerful spotlight upon the social and cultural taboos that riddle the city's diverse population. Heralding a bold new shift for ...
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, rough, bleak
Plot: unfulfilled love, social differences, dysfunctional family, social decay, society, single parent, life is a bitch, working class, love and romance, family problems, realism, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: egypt, middle east, africa, cairo egypt
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27%
Bond of Silence (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A widow's forgiveness. A killer's remorse. Bond of Silence is the true life story of a shocking murder and the amazing bond that came from it. Katy and Bob live a perfect life in a small close knit town. He's a respected lawyer, a ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, mind bending
Plot: investigation, teenage life, manhunt, crimes, deadly, cover up, accidental killing, house party, death of husband, death of father, underage drinking, new year ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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26%
Countdown to Looking Glass (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A fictional confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over the Strait of Hormuz, the gateway to the Persian Gulf. The narrative of the film details the events that lead up to the initial exchange of nuclear weapons from the ...
Style: tragic ending
Plot: nuclear holocaust, nuclear war, anti war protest, nato, propaganda, world war three, censorship, fake news report, nuclear explosion, military draft, coup d'etat, terrorist attack ...
Place: united states, soviet union, middle east, saudi arabia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Men and Beasts (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: East Germany, Soviet Union
Duration: 178 min.
Story: The story of a man who fought in WW2, was captured by the Nazis and put into different concentration camps, witnessed much cruelty, after his liberation fate took him to Argentina, to work for a German landowner and his Russian wife, then he goes to ...
Plot: corruption, concentration camp, capitalism, nazism, mother daughter relationship, road trip, car accident, red army, homeland, drugs, chauffeur, drunkenness ...
Time: 1940s
Place: soviet union, argentina, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Cairo 30 (1966)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Egypt
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Mahgoub Abdel Dayem a young nihilistic college student, having his father crippled with no other source of income, he finds himself in an urgent need of a job after graduation to support himself and his parents. Having a hard time getting a job, he ...
Style: social
Plot: promotion, lust, jealousy, corruption, university student, marriage for money, job, stage play, drunkenness, high society, handicapped, student ...
Place: cairo egypt, egypt
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25%
Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: While newspaper writer Church struggles with the death of his wife, he receives a "special" assignment. He must answer a little girl's question about whether Santa Claus really exists.
Plot: widower, death of wife, brother sister relationship, pocket watch, cat, santa claus, dead wife, belief in god, grave, letter, trashcan, poor family ...
Time: 1890s, 19th century, 1800s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Glory (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria, Greece
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When Tsanko Petrov, a railroad worker, finds millions of lev on the train tracks, he decides to turn the entire amount over to the police. Grateful, the state rewards him with a new wristwatch… which soon stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova, ...
Plot: female director, corrupt police, train, interview, wristwatch, unlikely hero, embryo, doctor, speech impediment, flag, planting evidence, ministry ...
Time: 2010s
Place: bulgaria
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%