Movies like Hands Up!

If you like "Hands Up!" you are looking for political movies about / with surrealism, post apocalypse, politics, communism, medical profession, cinema and plaster cast themes of Drama genre shot in Poland.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Hands Up! (1981)
 6.5
 351
Hands Up! (1981)
Original name: Ręce do góry
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Beginning with a sci-fi prologue before finding itself with several doctors attending a medical school reunion in a sealed-up railway carriage. Between drinks, the disenchanted medicos ruminate over the effect that communism (particularly the Stalinist brand) has had on their profession. Originally banned in 1967 and finally released in 1981 after Skolimowski shot new sequences, the 76 minute 1981 version was the only one ever officially released.
Style: political
Plot: surrealism, post apocalypse, politics, communism, medical profession, cinema, plaster cast
Place: poland

Movie in categories

Most similar movies to Hands Up!

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out political, serious, realistic and thought provoking films with plots about politics, communism, train, male nudity, female nudity, working class and father son relationship mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Hands Up!: Man of Marble (1977), Karnak Cafe (1975), Barrier (1966), Requiem for Dominic (1990), Wielki bieg (1981). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Man of Marble (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Man of Marble is a Polish film about a student making a film about a bricklayer who was once idolized. She interviews people who knew him and finds old footage that lead to an unfolding mystery that causes her producer to cancel the project.
Style: emotional, compassionate, meditative, disturbing, talky ...
Plot: politics, visceral, friendship, working class, honest, eviction, terrorist, communism, journalism, heroes, ex husband ex wife relationship, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 70s, year 1976, 50s, 20th century
Place: poland, tokyo, japan, canada, eastern europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.2
 642
Karnak Cafe (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: Egypt
Duration: 143 min.
Story: In one of their best roles ever, distinguished actors Nour Al Sherif and Souad Hosni star in this film depicting the unstable social and political life in Egypt during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The film revolved around a group of university ...
Style: political
Plot: torture, politics, police, prison, interrogation, accusation, youth, communism, police brutality
Place: egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 6.8
 454
Barrier (1966)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Poland
Duration: 77 min.
Story: A dream-like meditation on post-industrial life in Communist Poland.
Plot: love, surrealism, student, blood donor, running, generation gap, contest, sword, waiter, metaphor
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Requiem for Dominic (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria, Germany, Romania
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Requiem for Dominic powerfully portrayed the upheaval in that liminal space between revolution and order. This drama is captured partly on film, partly on video adding to the gritty reality of the time, place and events as they were unfolding in ...
Plot: politics, dictatorship, demonstration, communism, exile, revolution, totalitarian state
Place: romania
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Movie in collections
 7.8
 86
Wielki bieg (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Set in 1952, the story follows events around the "Peace Run", a propaganda 3-day marathon for peace. The winner is to be presented with a new motorcycle by the country's president. Chief organizer is a ruthless manipulator who will ...
Plot: stalinism, communist propaganda, letter, communism, president, political activist, male nudity, race, shower
Time: 50s
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Sunday Pranks (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Made in 1983, shelved for four years. A chilling tale about kids playing in a bombed-out Warsaw courtyard on the day of Stalin's death, while their parents are away at the church or a memorial procession.
Plot: arrest, bullying, kitten, children, leader, stalinism, communism, cat, game, courtyard, medal
Time: 50s
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.6
 2K
The Scar (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After discussions and dishonest negotiations, a decision is taken as to where a large new chemical factory is to be built and Bednarz, an honest Party man, is put in charge of the construction. He used to live in the small town where the factory is ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: factory, small town, working class, introspection, innocence lost, moral dilemma, small town life, human nature, politics, state affairs, society, social relations ...
Time: 70s
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.3
 3K
Moonlighting (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A Polish contractor, Nowak, leads a group of workmen to London so they can provide cheap labor for a government official based there. Nowak (Irons) has to manage the project and the men as they encounter the tempations of the West and loneliness and ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, realistic, bleak, allegory ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: culture clash, immigrants, catastrophe, police investigation, paranoia, mentor, money, moral ambiguity, stereotypes, tragedy, alter ego, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: london, poland, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Movie in collections
 5.6
 365
30 Door Key (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, UK, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young writer in 1939 Warsaw faces the conflict of acting his age or relapsing into childhood during the brink of World War II. Based on the famous novel Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz.
Plot: teacher, adult as child, surrealism, boarding school, bully
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.7
 10K
Blind Chance (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Poland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek's life.
Style: cerebral, philosophical, surreal, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: train, existentialism, politics, destiny, nudity (full frontal - brief), female nudity, philosophy, communism, doctors, repeated event, protest, chance ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: poland, new jersey, paris france, eastern europe, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.2
 581
The Calm (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A young man in his twenties leaves prison after a three-year sentence. He wants to start a new life in a place where he is not known and dreams only of a job, a wife and a family. He succeeds partially in fulfilling these dreams, but then runs into ...
Plot: twenty something, construction worker, politics, ex convict, corruption, labor union, strike, worker, shipyard, bigger dreams
Time: year 1978, year 1977, year 1979, year 1976, year 1980
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Time of Miracles (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Yugoslavia, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: September 1945. The new communist authorities go into the church, hang the flag of the Party and paint over the old frescoes, but each time the frescoes miraculously return. A stranger comes to town and works miracles; the townsfolk are convinced he ...
Plot: partisan, communism, miraculous event, painting, teacher, mysterious stranger, religion, village, fire, parable, back from the dead, priest ...
Time: 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 3.7
 1K
Politics (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Portraying the events that have taken place in Polish politics in recent years.
Style: unusual plot structure, captivating, tense, sexy, contemplative
Plot: politician, political corruption, gay, church, government corruption, media manipulation, gay romance, priest, corruption, politics, government, power ...
Time: 21st century
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Constant Factor (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The main character in this effective, convincing drama is Witold (Tadeusz Bradecki) who is high in what later would be termed the "emotional quotient" or the ability to bounce back from adverse, tragic circumstances. Witold has been ...
Plot: mountaineer, frame up, fired from the job, death, dying, death of father, corruption, father son relationship, death of mother, illness, mother son relationship
Place: poland, himalaya
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.6
 663
Rokonok (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Young honest public official is sworn in after his predecessor had to leave due to a corruption scandal. Soon, the young idealist discovers just how far-reaching the corruption is in his town and how easy it is to become corrupt yourself.
Plot: election, politics, family relations, voting, corruption, pig, suicide attempt, train, gun
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.9
 28
Voto + Fusil (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 70 min.
Story: The political evolution in Chile seeing from three different times: 1937, 1947 and 1970. A film that shows how a revolution cannot be accomplished by electoral means, and how the wealthy class will always attempt to destroy that revolution, with the ...
Plot: politics, history of chile, bourgeoisie, marxist, communist party, presidential election, assassination, communist, communism, coup d'etat, revolutionary, political intrigue ...
Time: year 1970, year 1937, year 1947
Place: chile, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Death of Captain Pilecki (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 85 min.
TV show
Story: Captain Witold Pilecki was a Polish intelligence officer during WWII who volunteered for a Polish resistance operation to get imprisoned in the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in order to gather intelligence and ...
Plot: communism, spy, injustice, death sentence, terror, jail, honor, torture, prosecution, soldier, court
Time: 1940s
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.9
 180
Communists (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Jean-Marie Straub pushes this musicality of blocks to a paroxysmal extreme, mixing blocks of time (40 years separate the various extracts that are going to be used, and what is to be filmed), blocks of text (Malraux, Fortini, Vittorini, Hölderlin) ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, atmospheric, serious, experimental
Plot: working class, politics, state affairs, communist, social differences, society, human nature, class struggle, communism, utopia, reading
Place: tuscany, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Movie in collections
 6.7
 266
Nightmares (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set before the first Wold War in part of Poland under Austrain occupation, the story of a young boy in primary school who later grows up to become a rebellious, poetic-minded teen in the same school when the national movement toward liberation is ...
Style: political
Plot: coming of age, polish history, school, teacher, boy, police, father son relationship, boarding house, teenage boy, politics, rebel, tyranny ...
Time: pre world war one
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.8
 207
Kontrakt (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Bearing traces of the old Anton Chekhov play The Wedding, The Contract is set during an "arranged" ceremony. The bride and groom barely know each other, but this matters not at all to their tradition-bound families. At the last minute, the ...
Plot: exhibitionist, nudity (full frontal - brief), party, doctor, wedding, snow, female nudity, sauna, sex
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Law and the Fist (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At the end of World War Two, Polish people move to the western lands vacated by Germans. But some ruthless profiteers pose as government representatives and intend to make off with loot from a deserted town they took over. One honest man stands up ...
Plot: death, ghost town, train, violence, post war, murder, world war two, drinking alcohol, gun, death by gunshot, shooting
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.8
 421
Walkover (1965)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Poland
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Walkover, the autobiographical second feature by Polish enfant terrible Jerzy Skolimowski echoes the French nouvelle vague in its extraordinarily stylized tale of a prizefighter who ducks a fight to romance a beautiful blonde.
Plot: surrealism, decision, choice, runaway, boxer, engineer, dead girl, fight, factory, train, petty thief, old friend ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
 517
Personnel (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 67 min.
Story: Romek, an idealistc 19-year-old boy, takes a job as a tailor in the costume department of a Warsaw theater company where his new colleague, Sowa, is pressured to make a costume for an overbearing soloist.
Plot: politics, argument, technician, actor, tailor, communism, backstage, porter, tennis, practical joke, theater, violinist ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Movie in collections
The Invisible Wall (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 120 min.
Story: June 27, 1980, an Italian DC 9 flying from Bologna to Palermo falls in the sea close to the Ustica island. 81 people die. The official version is "structure failure" of the airplane, but a number of clues lead the journalist Rocco Ferrante ...
Plot: politics, military, terrorism, italian history, sicilian, conspiracy theory, scandal, years of lead, air disaster, reconnaissance
Time: 80s
Place: italy, palermo italy, sicily, mediterranean sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The House Between the Fields (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Fresh out of university, agricultural engineer Voica Teodorescu returns to her native village where she joins a local team of engineers in the planning of a dam and an irrigation mega project.Although Voica is engaged to be married to Ilarie she ...
Plot: house, police, countryside, farming, villager, betrayal, mayor, politics, incompetence, romanticism, dam, embezzlement ...
Time: 80s
Place: romania
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Monday's Child (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A married couple uproot their entire family and move to Puerto Rico where the familial tree promptly dies in the face of relentless poverty and depression in this down-beat drama, the directorial debut of Argentine filmmaker Torre-Nilsson.
Style: political
Plot: bigotry, politics, insanity, prostitution, tragedy, third world, natural disaster, evil child, war, ugly american
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Caravan Serai (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Set during the Greek civil war. A villager is forced to leave his house and property and go to Thessaloniki with his daughter and son. They find refuge in an old building with hundreds of other people. They live a miserable life as the daughter ...
Plot: imperialism, communism, greek, civil war, prostitute, refugee, propaganda, village, communist, politics, villager, brother sister relationship ...
Place: greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Truth Commissioner (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Set in a post-Troubles Northern Ireland, The Truth Commissioner follows the fictional story of Henry Stanfield, played by Roger Allam, a career diplomat who has just been appointed as Truth Commissioner to Northern Ireland. Eager to make good as a ...
Plot: politics, ethnic conflict, ira, war crime, intolerance
Place: ireland, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.1
 19
Prologue (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Robin Spry, Prologue was the first Canadian film to screen at the Venice Film Festival. Set and filmed during the sixties, this fiction feature tells the story of a young Montrealer who edits an underground newspaper ...
Style: political, cinema verite
Plot: politics, counterculture, dropout, deserter, frustration, friendship, college, roommate, teenage boy, girlfriend, philosophy, underground ...
Time: 60s
Place: montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.7
 165
Signorina Effe (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Emma was born and raised in a working-class family, but she's long had bourgeois ambitions and has risen through the ranks to become a white-collar employee with the Fiat automobile company.
Plot: factory worker, working class, labor strike, blue collar, syndicate, engineer, widower, years of lead, worker, strike, communism, italian history ...
Time: 80s
Place: turin italy, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%