Movies like Why

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Why (1971)
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Why (1971)
Original name: Detenuto in attesa di giudizio
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Giuseppe Di Noi, an Italian surveyor living in Switzerland, gets arrested at the border while going back to Italy with his family for a vacation. But can someone tell the man WHY?
Plot: prison, injustice, satire, legal, innocence, bureaucracy, mental institution, mental breakdown, children, vacation, prisoner, humiliation, false accusation, miscarriage of justice, jail, immigrants, wrongful imprisonment, prison riot, swedish, reformatory, husband wife relationship, jail cell, arrest, police arrest, wrongful arrest ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: italy, stockholm sweden

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, semi serious, humorous and suspense films with plots about society, satire, injustice, politics, life is a bitch, husband wife relationship and murder mostly in Comedy, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Why: The Teacher from Vigevano (1963), Sono tornato (2018), Everybody in Jail (1984), Mafioso (1962), Very Well, Thank You (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Teacher from Vigevano (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Primary school teacher Mr. Mombelli, nevertheless satisfied with his life, is driven by his wife to resign and starting a new activity. He invest all his goodwill setting up a footwear little factory. But after some time, unexpectedly, a financial ...
Style: surprise ending
Plot: classroom, nightmare, unfaithful wife, teacher, entrepreneur, father son relationship, school, dream, extramarital affair, prostitute, factory, entrepreneurship ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: italy
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Sono tornato (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Mussolini reappears in Rome 72 years after his death, finding a Country still full of problems like racism and hate for politicians. Misguised for an actor, he sides with a young filmmaker and starts traveling along Italy to reconquer it.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking
Plot: anti semitism, satire, fascism, society, dictator, italian fascism, farce, tyrant, state affairs, injustice, compassion, lie ...
Place: italy, europe
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91%
Everybody in Jail (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The incorruptible judge Annibale Salvemini, starts investigating over a classic Italian business/politics/corruption affair. He start to operate, as usual, very strongly. He orders numberless arrests. But the reaction of counterparts won't take ...
Plot: investigation, jail, carabinieri, bribe, judge, court, corruption, police
Place: morocco, italy
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86%
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Mafioso (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When a good-natured factory supervisor living in Milan with his Northern wife returns to his native Sicily, a decades' old oath forces him to fulfill a nightmarish obligation.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, gloomy
Plot: factory, immigrants, family relations, culture clash, crime, life is a bitch, hidden identity, unlikely criminals, society, crimes, misfit, gangsters ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: italy, new york, sicily, usa, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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Very Well, Thank You (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The tough lives of two ordinary individuals: Alex, an accountant and his wife Béatrice, a taxi driver.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, biting, suspense
Plot: fighting the system, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, injustice, society, wrongfully committed, satire, loss of job, husband wife relationship, mental institution, taxi driver, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
While There's War There's Hope (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Pietro Chiocca shifts from hydraulic pumps to heavy war weapons selling. He starts traveling all around the third world looking for clients, and contract by contract his economic situation shoot up, raising also his social status. But is never ...
Style: italian comedy
Plot: arms dealer
Time: 70s
Place: africa, italy
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70%
The Scopone Game (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An aging American millionairess journeys to Rome each year with her chauffeur George to play the card game scopone with destitute Peppino and his wife Antonia.
Style: tragicomedy
Plot: failed expectations, champagne, teenager, photograph, woman in a wheelchair, card playing, robbery, gambler, coffin, man with glasses, millionaire, poison ...
Time: 70s
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Trial and Error (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After nearly 40 years of waiting for his big chance, Wilfred Morgenhall (Sellers) is given the case of defending Herbert Fowle (Attenborough) who is accused of murdering his wife (Beryl Reid). Despite Fowle's insistence of guilt, Moregenhall ...
Style: humorous, witty, clever, cynical, semi serious ...
Plot: murder, hopes, rebellion, legal investigation, life is a bitch, crimes, rivalry, hotshot lawyer, society, protagonist as suspect, satire, uncover truth ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The Couples (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Three episodes. The refrigerator. A married couple of two poor emigrant workers spend almost all their money to buy a refrigerator (a must in the '70s). The purchase is too expensive for their familiar balance sheet. To earn some money they ...
Style: italian comedy, anthology
Plot: unfaithful wife, hotel, refrigerator, unfaithful husband, prostitution, lion, cheating wife
Time: 70s
Place: italy, turin italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Sallah (1964)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sallah Shabati, the patriarch of the big family recently arrived to Israel from Yemen, tries to make money and get better housing, in a country that can barely provide for its own and is in the midst of absorbing hundreds of thousands of Jewish ...
Style: humorous, suspense, biting, realistic, semi serious
Plot: satire, immigrants, family relations, fighting the system, society, rebellion, family life, jewish, husband wife relationship, refugee camp, cigarette smoking, father ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: israel
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66%
Bread and Chocolate (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Italian immigrant tries to become a member of Swiss society but fails as a waiter and even as a chicken plucker. He then becomes involved with shady wealthy character and tries to hide his Italian identity. He refuses to give up no matter how awful ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, reflective, melancholic ...
Plot: immigrants, bittersweet, culture clash, nothing goes right, unemployment, rich and poor, human nature, fish out of water, down on your luck, life is a bitch, society, misfit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: switzerland, europe, italy, australia, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A story about a mentally ill man wrongfully accused of murder and his relationship with his lovingly adorable 6 year old daughter.
Style: emotional, touching, semi serious, sincere, bad ending ...
Plot: mentally challenged, innocent, prison, parents and children, friendship, parent child relationship, life is a bitch, false accusation, father daughter relationship, prison life, court, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 90s, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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54%
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The Terrace (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Drama about the difficulties of a group of people trying to change their lives. A group of people gathers in a terrace in Rome . Some are friends, some know each other and others just meet for the first time. All are intellectual and belong to the ...
Style: witty, humorous, clever, biting, talky ...
Plot: politics, couples, friends, satire, infidelity, love affair, political intrigue, artists and showbiz, society, dishonesty, unfulfillment, state affairs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Story of Qiu Ju is a 1992 Chinese comedy-drama film. The film was directed by Zhang Yimou and, as in many of his films, stars Gong Li in the title role. The screenplay is an adaption of Chen Yuanbin's novella The Wan Family's Lawsuit. ...
Style: realistic, clever, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, peasant, countryside, politics, revolution, satire, village life, village, rebelliousness, unfulfillment, society, rebellion ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: china, asia, california
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53%
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Pardon (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Based on a true event, Pardon tells the tragicomic story of three friends who end up in prison when they are mistaken as members of a terrorist organization. Ibrahim's fear of uniforms makes him runaway whenever he sees one. Because of this, ...
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, cynical, biting ...
Plot: prison, friendship, false accusation, prison life, mistaken identity, confined, corruption, disorder, injustice, dark humor, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Firemen's Ball (1967)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Czechoslovakia, Italy
Duration: 73 min.
Story: In Milos Forman's satire on Communism set in a small Czechoslovakian town in the 1960s, the local firemen decide to organize a ball, however the proceedings are dogged by difficulty at every step. They plan to organize a beauty pageant at the ...
Style: humorous, witty, biting, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: satire, lottery, dark humor, firefighter, axe, political satire, farce, small town, new wave, small town life, social relations, retiring ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: czech republic, czechoslovakia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Estomago: A Gastronomic Story (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Brazil, Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In a dog-eat-dog world, Raimundo Nonato has found an alternative way to move ahead: he cooks. No matter what social strata this deceptively innocent young man inhabits, he hones his skills and sharpens his knives—and then he falls in love. ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, sincere, realistic
Plot: prostitute, prison, lifestyle, fall in love, survival, misfit, criminal heroes, crimes, society, love and romance, restaurant, food ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Let's Have a Riot (1970)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Episodes centering on different aspects of early 1970s Italian life:set in a television studio, a factory, a university, and a Catholic parish.
Style: intellectual
Plot: theft, big business, celibacy, religion, university, student, husband wife relationship, defecation, cashier, injustice, education, hypocrisy ...
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Let's Have a Brainwash (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This consists of four short films by different directors. Rosselini's 'Chastity' ('Illibatezza') deals with an attractive air hostess who receives the unwelcome attentions of a middle aged American. Godard's 'New ...
Style: offbeat, contemplative, surreal, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: satire, stewardess, thief, post apocalypse, society, human nature, nuclear holocaust, religions or cults, globalization, road rage, watermelon, reporter ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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The Oak (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Romania
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A description of Romania before Ceausescu's downfall, through the story of Nela. Daughter of a former colonel of the Securitate, the romanian political police. She refused to become as her sister, an agent of this Securitate, and lives with her ...
Style: gloomy, atmospheric, semi serious, macabre, suspense
Plot: politics, society, state affairs, dark humor, totalitarianism, family relations, chaos and mayhem, self discovery, siblings relations, parents and children, on the road, communist party ...
Time: 80s
Place: romania, europe
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48%
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The Easy Life (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Roberto, a shy law student in Rome, meets Bruno, a forty-year-old exuberant, capricious man, who takes him for a drive through the Roman and Tuscany countries in the summer.
Style: road movie, captivating, biting, suspense, touching ...
Plot: summer, seaside, odd couple, friends, nightlife, human nature, introspection, friendship, teaching the ways of the world, satire, lifestyle, motor ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
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47%
Critical Care (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Werner Ernst is a young hospital resident who becomes embroiled in a legal battle between two half-sisters who are fighting over the care of their comatose father. But are they really fighting over their father's care, or over his $10 million ...
Style: cynical, humorous, suspense, witty, clever ...
Plot: hospital, satire, legal, nun, half sister, dark humor, power relations, family relations, family problems, fighting the system, workplace, rebellion ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: tokyo
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44%
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Breaking Out (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The enthusiastic Reine is forced to take a job as a social worker at Kumla prison.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: prison, escape, innocence lost, prison life, social relations, career change, artists and showbiz, confined, escape plan, play, theater, prisoner ...
Time: 90s
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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44%
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The Witness (1969)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Hungary
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Known as the best satire about communism, banned for over a decade in Hungary. 'The Witness' has become a cult classic, well received by critics and general audiences when it was finally released outside of Hungary. 'The Witness' ...
Style: cult film, suspense, cynical, thought provoking, biting ...
Plot: satire, socialism, dark humor, fascist, ice cream, flood, political satire, pig, amusement park, last supper, secret door, absurdism ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: hungary, budapest, europe, budapest hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Secret Ballot (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Iran, Italy, Canada, Switzerland
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A female election agent and a gun-toting soldier try to collect votes among the local islanders with mixed success.
Style: surreal, humorous, realistic, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: desert, politics, satire, citizenship, heroes, political unrest, campaign, state affairs, soldier, odd couple, island, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Harry's War (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After his aunt dies of a heart attack while fighting the IRS, Harry Johnson decides to take up the cause.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: society, social relations, injustice, courtroom, vengeance, store, against the odds, small town, small town life, legal, ambition, fighting the system ...
Time: 80s
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42%
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Hyenas (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Switzerland, France, Senegal, UK, Netherlands, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After being kicked out of her African village three decades earlier for getting pregnant out of wedlock, Linguere (Ami Diakhate) has returned home. While Linguere has done well for herself, her home village has fallen on hard economic times. Intent ...
Style: witty, clever, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: african, satire, politics, betrayal, materialism, couples, injustice, social relations, rich and poor, vengeance, pregnancy, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: senegal, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Trial of Tony Blair (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Biting political satire starring Robert Lindsay as a beleaguered Tony Blair, who stubbornly refuses to see the danger he faces from a Special Tribunal on Iraq that has been set up to investigate war crimes
Plot: politician, trial, court, satire, nightmare, politics, political satire, arrest, ghost writer, hospital, prime minister, fictional biography ...
Time: year 2010
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Sukiyaki (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Kenta Kurihara (Tasuku Nagaoka) is sent to prison for battery. In his cell he is referred to as the "newcomer." Meanwhile, Kenta is bummed out with simple meal offerred in prison. The four other prisoners in his jail cell have no problems ...
Plot: memories, prison, prisoner, reminiscence, new year, bet, food, jail cell
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41%
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Article 99 (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Dr. Richard Sturgess leads a team of compassionate doctors at a veteran's hospital. Along with Drs. Morgan, Handleman and Van Dorn, he fights to deliver adequate care to needy veterans in the face of funding cuts and a corrupt administration. ...
Style: humorous, biting, thought provoking, suspense, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: hospital, patient, surgery, doctor, disability, politics, surgeon, life is a bitch, fighting the system, dedicated lawyer, hopes, betrayal ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: kansas, usa, new jersey, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%