Movies like Melancholia 1989

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Melancholia (1989)
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Melancholia
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Art critic Krabbé, a German ex-pat living in London, is confronted by his radical 1960s past when he's asked to assassinate a Chilean murderer who is on a visit to London. Krabbé's anti-hero is spot on and his increasing struggle with his identity convincing. Engel's intelligent and visually engaging thriller breaks a few rules while still relishing the dynamics of the mystery genre. While the feel of Melancholia is generally downbeat, such a fresh and intelligent thriller is certainly something to celebrate.
Plot: german, telephone call, paranoia, torturer, art critic, comrade, moral dilemma, internal monologue, discussion, terrorist group, assassination, depression, war criminal, politics, doctor
Place: chile
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The Lives of Others
Drama, Thriller
Germany
137 min.
 8.4
The Impossible
Drama, History, Thriller
Spain, USA
114 min.
 7.6
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about paranoia, telephone call, betrayal, storytelling, dialogue, corruption and secrets mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Melancholia: The Boys from Brazil (1978), Marathon Man (1976), The Fifth Estate (2013), The Impossible (2012), The Lives of Others (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Boys from Brazil
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Duration: 125 min.
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Marathon Man
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
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Story: A look at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between the two friends.
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 7.6
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The Impossible
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In December 2004, close-knit family Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of ...
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    User:   53%
 
The Lives of Others
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    User:   68%
 
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    User:   60%
 
 7.6
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System:   54%
    User:   44%
 
 7.2
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Country: Germany
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Style: tense, realistic, serious, gloomy, dramatic ...
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    User:   49%
 
 6.5
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    User:   53%
 
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    User:   45%
 
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American Gigolo
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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A Separate Peace
Genre: Drama, War
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Duration: 92 min.
Story: Four friends with one dark secret they could never outrun.
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The American
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Story: Dispatched to a small Italian town to await further orders, assassin Jack embarks on a double life that may be more relaxing than is good for him.
Style: stylized, tense, suspense, serious, gloomy ...
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    User:   44%
 
 7.1
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Runaway Jury
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
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System:   44%
    User:   39%
 
Death of a President
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A fictional investigative documentary looks back on the "assassination" of George W. Bush and attempts to answer the question of who committed the murder. Perhaps less morbid and disturbing to watch now than during Bush's presidency, ...
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    User:   36%
 
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
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Style: bleak, talky, realistic, clever, serious ...
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    User:   40%
 
The American Friend
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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Duration: 125 min.
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I as in Icarus
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
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Time: 20th century, 70s
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System:   38%
    User:   44%
 
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, France, Czech Republic
Duration: 150 min.
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Style: realistic, bleak, intellectual, serious, rough ...
Plot: idealism, terrorism, politics, rebellion, german, fighting the system, revolution, brutality, violence, capitalism, assassination, genocide ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1977, year 1976 ...
Place: germany, europe, israel, east germany, west germany ...
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System:   38%
    User:   33%
 
 6.8
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Rendition
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: When an Egyptian terrorism suspect "disappears" on a flight from Africa to Washington DC, his American wife and a CIA analyst find themselves caught up in a struggle to secure his release from a secret detention facility somewhere outside ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, terrorism, torture, cia, surveillance, conspiracy, suicide, kidnapping, political, world politics, islam, corruption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, israel, usa, egypt, south africa ...
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System:   37%
    User:   32%
 
 8.2
 290K
Downfall
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Austria, Italy
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Plot: war, suicide, german, nazi, fascism, brutality, violence, insanity, betrayal, drinking, death, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1945, year 1942, 1940s
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System:   37%
    User:   41%
 
The Statement
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: Canada, France, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The film is set in France in the 1990s, the French were defeated by the Germans early in World War II, an armistice was signed in 1940 which effectively split France into a German occupied part in the North and a semi-independent part in the south ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense, dark ...
Plot: murder, politics, investigation, nazi, justice, jewish, death, torture, revenge, chase, paranoia, jews ...
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My House in Umbria
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Emily Delahunty (Maggie Smith) is an eccentric British romance novelist who lives in Umbria in central Italy. One day while travelling, the train she is on is bombed by terrorists. After she wakes up in a hospital, she invites three of the other ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy, tuscany, idaho, pennsylvania ...
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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store, the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that send them and their family hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: crime gone awry, crime, greed, dysfunctional family, robbery, divorce, death, violence, betrayal, heist, adultery, neo noir ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brazil, manhattan new york city
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System:   33%
    User:   34%
 
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