Movies like The Memory Thief

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The Memory Thief (2007)
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The Memory Thief (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Los Angeles tollbooth clerk becomes obsessed with the Holocaust after meeting a survivor.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, disturbing, sincere, offbeat, mind bending, bleak
Plot: holocaust, mental illness, obsession, haunted by the past, losing-it hero, friendship, parents and children, life is a bitch, dull life, elderly, anti semitism, society, human nature, misfit, aging, social misfits, survivor, heroes, family relations, unfulfillment, violence, book, father daughter relationship, funeral, interview ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa

Most similar movies to The Memory Thief

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, psychological and gloomy films with plots about society, life is a bitch, family relations, misfit, haunted by the past, parents and children and social misfits mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Memory Thief: Hello Herman (2012), 3:13 (2014), Becloud (2009), And Along Come Tourists (2007), A Hole in My Heart (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Hello Herman (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the not so distant future, in Any Town USA, sixteen year old Herman Howards makes a fateful decision. He enters his suburban school and kills thirty nine students, two teachers, and a police officer. Just before his arrest he emails his idol, ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: high school life, teenage life, social relations, haunted by the past, losing-it hero, youth, school shooting, loneliness, social misfits, interview, murder, high school ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: usa, iowa
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95%
 7.9
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3:13 (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: From living a normal life to surviving homelessness in the city of Miami, Peter is a victim of the turbulent U.S. recession during late 2000's. A drama based on true events.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, bleak
Plot: life is a bitch, life turned upside down, misfit, family relations, society, social misfits, unemployment, family problems, homelessness, character change, disorder, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: florida, miami, usa
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71%
 6.6
 94
Becloud (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Alejandro Gerber Bicecci’s “Vaho (Becloud)” tells the story of three childhood friends, Andres, Felipe, and Jose, and their lives in a dusty, run down corner of Mexico City. The boys were inseparable until they witnessed a tragedy that haunts ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: friendship, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, society, family relations, parents and children, witnessing a crime, racism, lynching, guilt, friends, child witness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, mexico city
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
And Along Come Tourists (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Sven arrives in nowadays Auschwitz to do his civil service at the memorial. He encounters unfriendliness, especially by Stanislaw Krzeminski, the 85 year old KZ-survivor, and Krzysztof Lanuszewski, brother of his early love affair Ania. Even his ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating
Plot: friendship, concentration camp, holocaust, haunted by the past, elderly, obsession, memory, war crime, civil servant, holocaust survivor, auschwitz, golden years ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, brussels
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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A Hole in My Heart (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In a decript apartment, a young man watches as his father and a friend shoot an amateur porn film. Issues of morality, reality TV and friendship are explored.
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, bleak, avant garde ...
Plot: social decay, obsession, dysfunctional family, riddles and clues, parents and children, sexual abuse, teenage life, isolation, human nature, family problems, losing-it hero, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: eastern europe
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67%
Older Than America (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The truth of the past come to light in a series of haunting visions in this drama. The strange visions grow more vivid with each passing day, a young woman of Native American heritage begins piecing together a Catholic priests diabolical plot to ...
Style: tense, bleak, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: against humanity, dishonesty, life is a bitch, clergy, deadly, genocide, family relations, haunted by the past, priest, racism, parents and children, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A troubled teen is given the chance to redeem his criminal debt to society
Style: touching, serious, emotional, sentimental, realistic
Plot: family relations, friendship, self discovery, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, elderly, misfit, youth, coming of age, society, life is a bitch, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Particles of Truth (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Life, love, and the fear of failing... Lilli Black, battling her painful memories and the secrets surrounding her dying father, collides into the complicated and obsessive life of Morrison Wiley on the streets of New York City. This peculiar love ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: couples, estrangement, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, family relations, mental illness, family problems, human nature, haunted by the past, introspection, family life, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Helen (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 79 min.
Story: An 18 year old girl called Joy has gone missing. Another girl called Helen is a few weeks away from leaving her care home. Helen is asked to 'play' Joy in a police reconstruction that will retrace Joy's last known movements. Joy had ...
Style: psychological, realistic, atmospheric, touching, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, hidden identity, crimes, society, obsession, haunted by the past, mental illness, missing girl, police investigation, impersonation, teenager, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Something in the Way (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Indonesia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ahmad, a porn obsessed taxi driver from Jakarta, falls for the beautiful young prostitute Kinar and struggles with sexual frustration and misguided piety.
Style: atmospheric, touching, serious, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: obsession, dull life, misfit, social misfits, strong sexual content, society, prostitute, taxi, urban, unfulfillment, religions or cults
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indonesia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.0
 664
3 Backyards (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An executive, a housewife and a youngster spend a day in their Long Island suburban town during the course of one curious autumn day afternoon.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, psychological, serious, sincere ...
Plot: society, estrangement, suburbs, unfulfillment, human nature, couples, lifestyle, couple relations, dull life, multiple storylines, one day, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.3
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The Wild Dogs (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set during the cull of the stray dogs in the city of Bucharest, The Wild Dogs weaves together a week in the lives of several citizens of and visitors to the hauntingly beautiful city. Geordie, a visiting Canadian pornographer, Bogdan, a reluctant ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: rich and poor, culture clash, social decay, denial, society, life is a bitch, family relations, human nature, redemption, friendship, city life, homelessness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: romania, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Pawnbroker (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Jewish pawnbroker, a victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, psychological ...
Plot: holocaust, nazi, world war two, concentration camp, survival, self discovery, human nature, haunted by the past, against humanity, life is a bitch, holocaust survivor, loan shark ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, harlem ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.3
 325
About Sunny (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As things unravel for a struggling single mother in Las Vegas, she must decide what she's willing to give up to get by.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: moral dilemma, life is a bitch, society, parents and children, working class, down on your luck, family problems, single mother, poverty, urban, single parent, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The fantastical tale of a little girl who won't - or can't - follow the rules. Confounded by her clashes with the rule-obsessed world around her, Phoebe seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher, even as her brilliant but ...
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: introspection, friendship, mental illness, estrangement, social misfits, teacher, imaginary, inspiration, play, young heroes, daydreamer, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.1
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White Rabbit (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A bullied student sees visions of a rabbit he was forced to kill as a child, and those visions propel him into a state where his imagination causes him to carry out violent acts.
Style: serious, rough, disturbing, dark, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, high school, kids in trouble, rabbit, rebelliousness, friendship, life is a bitch, society, violence, bullying, vengeance, imagination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Aleksandr's Price (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The life of an illegal Russian boy who, after losing his family, is pushed into becoming an escort - ultimately trying to come to terms with who he thinks he is.
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: male prostitution, immigrants, male escort, self discovery, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, hopes, society, losing-it hero, social misfits, introspection, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Five Star (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After John’s absent father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets—one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve—both in the film ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, rough ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, haunted by the past, urban ghetto life, crimes, coming of age, adolescence vs adulthood, teaching the ways of the world, society, manhood, drug dealing, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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A Streetcar Named Desire (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Blanche Dubois goes to visit her pregnant sister and husband Stanley in New Orleans. Stanley doesn't like her, and starts pushing her for information on some property he know was left to the sisters. He discovers she has mortgaged the place and ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, psychological, touching, serious ...
Plot: abusive husband, sister sister relationship, mental illness, pregnancy, rape, family problems, family relations, unfulfillment, redemption, obsession, infidelity, love and romance ...
Time: 50s
Place: new orleans, usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
California Solo (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Lachlan MacAldonich is a self-described “lazy Scotsman” and former guitar player for a once-popular 1990s rock band. No longer famous, he now lives a comfortably numb existence working on an organic farm outside Los Angeles. He drinks himself ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, touching ...
Plot: haunted by the past, deportation, introspection, musician's life, society, life is a bitch, music, estrangement, immigrants, down on your luck, farm
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.3
 2K
Helen (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Germany, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: On the outside, Helen has it all – a loving family and a successful career – but when her suppressed mental illness resurfaces, the world crumbles around her. Crippled by depression, Helen finds solace through her friendship with Mathilda, a ...
Style: emotional, psychological, realistic, atmospheric, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, mental illness, love affair, depression, couples, parents and children, friendship, unfulfillment, couple relations, nervous breakdown, self mutilation, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.2
 1K
The Wool Cap (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This film, originally made for tv, stars William H. Macy as a mute superintendent of a apartment building that is falling apart who becomes the unwilling guardian to a young girl with a bit of an attitude. The film is an updated and Americanized ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: introspection, redemption, friendship, family problems, dysfunctional family, hopes, human nature, addiction, rehabilitation, family life, elderly, custody ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.1
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Offline (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A man attempts to reclaim the life that prison took from him but his dark past threatens to ruin everything.
Style: sincere, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy
Plot: redemption, starting over, haunted by the past, human nature, dysfunctional family, estrangement, family relations, family problems, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 5.7
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Nancy, Please (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: NANCY, PLEASE tells the story of Paul Brawley, a gifted PhD candidate at Yale University. Paul has just moved into an apartment with his pragmatic girlfriend, Jen, and is struggling to complete his dissertation before embarking on a career in ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, tense ...
Plot: university, roommate, obsession, thesis, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, book, college, career, moving, society, social misfits, student life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.9
 5K
The Reunion (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A film between fiction and reality, highlighting questions about group dynamics and established hierarchies. A group of people meet for their high school reunion 20 years later. One of them talks about her being bullied and outcast and soon the ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: reunion, adulthood, realism, social relations, life is a bitch, human nature, haunted by the past, disorder, breaking point, misfit, bullying, party ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, sweden, stockholm sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.5
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Sebbe (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Duct tape, electrical cables, trigger, explosives. Sebbe never planned to build a bomb. It just happened. Sebbe is 15 years old and lives with his mother in an apartment that is too narrow. He does his best. He never strikes back. Sebbe loves his ...
Style: psychological, captivating, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: teenage boy, teenage life, introspection, life is a bitch, losing-it hero, youth, juvenile delinquency, single parent, parents and children, society, escape from reality, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 4.0
 700
War Story (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Lee is a world-weary American woman who arrives in an Italian city. Her tangles with hotel staff, incessant smoking and her disregard of the persistently ringing telephone hint at her volatility brewing beneath the surface. Between fitful naps, she ...
Style: tense, realistic, psychological, serious, bleak ...
Plot: photojournalist, haunted by the past, society, immigrants, life is a bitch, female protagonist, couples, rivalry, strong female presence, photographer, war photographer
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sicily, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Hawk Is Dying (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A Gainesville Florida auto upholsterer (Giamatti) attempts to subvert his mundane life by training a wild, red-tailed hawk.
Style: serious, psychological, bleak, realistic, gloomy
Plot: obsession, mentally challenged, hawk, supportive spouse, midlife crisis, family relations, family problems, parents and children, losing-it hero, death in the family, uncle nephew relationship, kids and family ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Girl in the Park (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A mother, enduringly traumatized by the disappearance of her three-year old daughter 15 years ago, has cut herself off from her ex-husband and son. However, when a troubled young woman with a checkered past enters her life, old psychic wounds ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, psychological ...
Plot: missing person, obsession, haunted by the past, loss of daughter, older woman younger woman relationship, social misfits, isolation, family relations, misfit, loss of child, memory loss, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 8.4
 20
Decomposed (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: After his fiancee breaks up with him and gets engaged to another man, Dennis can't get over the idea that the cheap engagement ring he bought may have triggered it. When she dies, he convinces two grave robbers to steal the new ring from her ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, suspense, sincere ...
Plot: true love, obsession, haunted by the past, breakup, love and romance, wedding, grave robbing, wedding ring, love
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%