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Return to Aztlán (1990)
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Return to Aztlán (1990)
Original name: Retorno a Aztlán
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When King Motecuzoma dies in 1468, a drought sets upon the Mexicas' land. The younger Motecuzoma sends a retinue to collect tributes from the peasants and make an offering to Coatlicue at Aztlán, the home of their ancestors. The peasant Ollin finds a discarded tribute and makes his own journey to Aztlán to appease his rulers.
Plot: native american, religion, quest, pyramid, mythology, aztec, goddess, self sacrifice, sacrifice, mexican, drought, self immolation
Time: 15th century

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out captivating, serious, realistic and psychological films with plots about religion, priest, society, religions or cults, torture, christianity and violence mostly in Drama, History and Adventure genres. Some movies like Return to Aztlán: New World (1978), The Other Conquest (1998), The First King (2019), Santo Luzbel (1996), The House in the South (1975). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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New World (1978)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At the end of the 16th century, as the Spanish conquerors strive to subdue the New World, they confront another problem of equal magnitude: the evangelization of the natives, who are people of deep religious beliefs and refuse to understand nor ...
Plot: religion, inquisition, spanish inquisition, conquering, painting, native american, virgin mary, catholicism, controversy, mexican, virgin, indigenous
Time: 16th century
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The Other Conquest (1998)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Mexico
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The film is a drama about the aftermath of the 1520s Spanish Conquest of Mexico told from the perspective of the indigenous Aztec people. It explores the social, religious, and psychological changes brought about by a historical process of ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: pagan, aztec, religions or cults, clergy, society, leadership, heroes, military, culture clash, catholicism, mexican, sex ...
Time: 16th century
Place: latin america, mexico
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The First King (2019)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, Belgium
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Two brothers, Romulus and Remus, will have to rely on each other to survive in a hostile world. The city of Rome, one of the greatest empires in history, will be born from their deeds and bloody battles.
Style: suspense, tense, exciting, psychological, captivating
Plot: ancient rome, roman, king, mythology, twin brother, fratricide, religion, journey, flood, friendship, historical event, sacrifice ...
Place: rome italy, italy
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Santo Luzbel (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A conflict arises between the people of the town and the local priest when they have to decide how to represent certain biblical episode.
Plot: religion, husband wife relationship, faith, peasant, catholic church, theology, mexican, actor, native american, landowner, good versus evil, lucifer ...
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The House in the South (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Mexico
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Indian village experiences forced relocation; their experience is paralleled by that of other groups dating back to the 18th century.
Plot: landowner, greed, poverty, drought, migration, desert, brutality, island, sacrifice
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Face Reader (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Nae-kyung, the most skillful face reader in Joseon dynasty, was living in seclusion when he was offered a lucrative partnership by Yeon-hong, a Korean geisha. Nae-kyung accepts the proposal to read the faces of Yeon-hong’s guests only to get ...
Style: captivating, realistic, atmospheric, tense, psychological ...
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Magnificat (1993)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Magnificat is a 1993 Italian drama film directed by Pupi Avati. It was entered into the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.
Plot: abbey, loss of father, death, execution, nun, religion, pregnancy, executioner
Time: middle ages
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38%
Vlad the Impaler: The True Life of Dracula (1979)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Romania
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Vlad Tepes, otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler and Dracula, fights the Ottoman Turks on the battlefield and the Hungarian Boyars in his court.
Plot: turk, execution, justice, robbery
Time: 15th century
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Little Crusader (2017)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Knight Borek is searching for his missing son. Enthralled by the stories of children's crusades, little Jan has run away from home. Borek's crusade is a journey into his own subconscious, where he is forced to confront his greatest fear.
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Gostanza da Libbiano (2000)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: touching, captivating, realistic, serious
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One Dead Indian (2006)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Stoney Point Natives assemble at Ipperwash Provincial Park for what began as a peaceful protest.
Style: captivating, unusual plot structure, psychological, thought provoking, contemplative
Plot: native american, indigenous people, violence, police officer, police brutality, innocent person killed, racism, crime investigation, american indian, protest, courtroom, sniper ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, ontario canada
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37%
Lady Inger of Ostrat (1975)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Norway
Duration: 97 min.
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Virgin Mary (1995)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Croatia, Canada, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: In 1981 in Medjugorje (BA), a group of kids claim that Virgin Mary appeared to them on a hill. The local priest believes them and spreads the word. Religious tourism blossoms. The communist government is concerned and arrests the priest.
Plot: miraculous event, ghost, communism, mountain, priest, nun, execution, propaganda, religion, faith, virgin mary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Religion (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story is based in Banaras and is about a Hindu Priest Chaturvedi (Pankaj Kapoor) who follows the scriptures to practice Hindu religion. When a child is abandon by a woman and brought in his house by his daughter - after initial hesitation but ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, psychological, serious ...
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Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, UK, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Italy
Duration: 161 min.
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Style: philosophical, stylized, bleak, suspense, melancholic ...
Plot: christianity, missionary, crisis of faith, religious persecution, culture clash, torture, clergy, doubt, japanese history, betrayal, religion, martyrdom ...
Time: 17th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Beginning of an Unknown Era (1967)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union, Ukraine
Duration: 73 min.
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Duration: 180 min.
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Duration: 135 min.
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28%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Country: Mexico
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Holy Office (1974)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Mexico
Duration: 127 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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7:19 (2016)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Mexico
Duration: 94 min.
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Style: captivating, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, tense ...
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28%
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Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
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28%
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Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 122 min.
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