Movies like Johnny Shortwave

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Johnny Shortwave (1995)
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Johnny Shortwave (1995)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Story: A resistance movement rises against a totalitarian regime.
Plot: distopia, police, surrealism, food shortage, underground movement, evil corporation

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out thought provoking, serious, bleak and psychological films with plots about distopia, surrealism, society, loneliness, future dystopia, post apocalypse and doctor mostly in Sci-Fi, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Johnny Shortwave: The White King (2016), The Limb Salesman (2004), Ice (1970), Meteo (1990), The Freedom of Silence (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The White King (2016)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Germany, Sweden, Hungary
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Djata is a care-free 12-year-old growing up in a brutal dictatorship shut off from the outside world. When the government imprisons his father, Peter, and Djata and his mother Hannah are labeled traitors, the boy will not rest until he sees his ...
Plot: distopia, female director, family, dictatorship, twins, boy, danger
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The Limb Salesman (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Gabriel Goode is The Limb Salesman-- a disgraced doctor who regenerates limbs on the black market. When Goode travels to the water mining regions of the north to heal the cherished daughter of a wealthy water miner, dark family secrets are revealed, ...
Plot: female director, candle, latex gloves, surgical mask, sunglasses, corpse, distopia, medical mask, self sacrifice, doctor patient relationship, suit and tie, dental mask ...
Time: future
Place: canada
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Ice (1970)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: "An underground revolutionary group struggles against internal strife to stage urban guerilla attacks against a fictionalized fascist regime in the United States. Interspersed throughout the narrative are rhetorical sequences that explain the ...
Plot: change, oppression, anti establishment, police brutality, radical, hiding, politics, revolution, discussion, machine gun, political activist, violence ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: new york
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Meteo (1990)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Hungary
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Eckermann called Little Cloud, works in the Meteorological Office, but prefers to daydream in his bathtub. On his office computer he elaborates an absolute method for safe winning.
Plot: electrocution, gambling, laboratory, bathtub, surrealism, horse race, computer, nightclub, weatherman, distopia, cyberpunk
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The Freedom of Silence (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: It's the year 2030, and the government has outlawed Christianity. Enter Zach Thompson, a brave man who teams up with a friend to hack into the government's computer system to reclaim religious freedom for Americans.
Style: christian film
Plot: torture, bible, christianity, christian, religious persecution, arrest, sermon, underground movement, distopia, interrogation, hacker
⇓ similarity ⇓
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A Distant Thunder (1978)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Patty is lying awake one night in a church basement, distraught and scared. She is to be executed the next morning for refusing to take the Mark of the Beast. Patty knows what lies ahead if she takes the mark but can still not believe in Christ.When ...
Style: christian film
Plot: distopia, christian propaganda, end of the world, christian, religion, guillotine, religious persecution, minister, preacher, bible prophecy
Time: future
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LX 2048 (2020)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Lithuania
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In the near future, the sun has become so toxic people can no longer leave their houses in daytime, and normal life is conducted mostly inside the virtual realm. Against this dystopian backdrop, a dying man seeks to ensure the future well-being of ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, exciting, unusual plot structure, suspense ...
Plot: distopia, mortality, future dystopia, family relations, terminal illness, virtual reality, father child relationship, ecological disaster, catastrophe, clones, virtual world, radiation
Time: future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the future, the government maintains control of public opinion by outlawing literature and maintaining a group of enforcers, known as "firemen", to perform the necessary book burnings. Fireman Montag begins to question the morality of ...
Style: futuristic, atmospheric, tense, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, book, totalitarianism, social decay, fighting the system, resistance, book burning, oppression, introspection, rebelliousness, satire ...
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1984 (1984)
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Duration: 113 min.
Story: George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.
Style: thought provoking, futuristic, disturbing, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, brainwashing, totalitarianism, fascism, against humanity, politics, society, fall in love, dishonesty, life is a bitch, betrayal ...
Time: future, 80s, 20th century, year 1984, 18th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Anti-Clock (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A complex and fascinating experimental exploration of time and identity. ‘Anti-Clock is a film of authentic, startling originality. Brilliantly mixing cinema and video techniques, Arden and Bond have created a movie that captures the anxiety and ...
Style: experimental
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Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
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Duration: 136 min.
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The Spring (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A man and his son stumble onto a modern-day fountain of youth while camping in the woods.
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Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Mexico
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: surprise ending
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High-Rise (2015)
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Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, captivating, tense
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Bipedalism (2005)
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
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In My Room (2018)
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Duration: 119 min.
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Style: captivating, exciting, unusual plot structure, surreal, psychological ...
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Quarantine (1989)
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Audience: boys' night
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The Noah (1975)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
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Time: 20th century, 70s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Ares (2016)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 80 min.
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