Movies like Barbara

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Barbara (2012)
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Barbara (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: It is the summer of 1980 in East Germany and, alone, Barbara is confined to living and working as a doctor in a small provincial town - her punishment for attempting to emigrate to the West. She has only one focus; to escape and for this, she has to wait patiently. Until Andre, her supervisor in the hospital, takes her off course. Are his motives of love or duty to the authorities? The day-to-day pretense, and content supervision slowly take their toll as the tension builds.
Style: tense, melancholic, compassionate, atmospheric, psychological, sincere, realistic, philosophical, bleak, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: stasi, german, cold war, fascism, doctor, introspection, character study, confined, power relations, secret service, life is a bitch, communism, society, lovers apart, who to trust, doctors and patients, spy, small town, escape, labor camp, hospital, surveillance, catastrophe, world war two, distopia ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: east germany, germany, california, berlin germany, german democratic republic, northern germany, europe ...

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Most similar movies to Barbara

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, gloomy and talky films with plots about life is a bitch, society, nudity (full frontal - brief), redemption, hospital, greed and dialogue mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres. Some movies like Barbara: The Lives of Others (2006), Phoenix (2014), 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), West (2013), Jerichow (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the ...
Style: gloomy, tense, sincere, sexual, atmospheric ...
Plot: surveillance, cold war, spy, stasi, communism, espionage, iron curtain, voyeurism, berlin wall, politics, german, interrogation ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, 20th century, 90s
Place: east germany, germany, berlin germany, europe, east berlin ...
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Phoenix (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Music, Romance
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A disfigured concentration-camp survivor, unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband who might have betrayed her to the Nazis.
Style: neo noir, psychological, tricky, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Plot: betrayal, world war two, haunted by the past, survivor, hospital, secret, brutality, obsession, holocaust survivor, divorce, jewish, physical appearance ...
Time: 1940s, year 1943, 20th century, year 1945, year 1938 ...
Place: europe, berlin germany, germany, israel, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania, Belgium
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Gabita is pregnant, abortion is strictly forbidden in Romania during the communist regime. Despite this it is common practice and Gabita wants an abortion. The movie follows her and her friend Otilia during the day she has made the appointment with ...
Style: disturbing, depressing, rough, bleak, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: abortion, sexual abuse, unwanted pregnancy, communism, friendship, rape, doctor, realism, hotel, depression, coming of age, young woman ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: romania, california, eastern europe, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 994
West (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: East Germany. Summer, late 70's. Three years after her boyfriend Wassilij's apparent death, Nelly Senff decides to escape from behind the Berlin wall with her son Alexej, leaving her traumatic memories and past behind. Pretending to marry ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, captivating, gloomy
Plot: cold war, immigrants, starting over, social decay, hopes, family relations, society, haunted by the past, coming of age, love triangle, single mother, immigration ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, german democratic republic, west germany, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Jerichow (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The Turkish diaspora in Germany proves the catalyst for this noir-flavored drama concerning the unlikely friendship between a veteran of the Afghan-Soviet war and a middle-aged Turk in need of a helping hand.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, touching, suspense ...
Plot: love triangle, boss and employee, domestic violence, battered wife, infidelity, crimes of passion, dangerous attraction, forbidden love, estrangement, couples, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Wit (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.
Style: thought provoking, sincere, emotional, touching, depressing ...
Plot: cancer, terminal illness, hospital, nurse, poetry, chemotherapy, dying, philosophy, medical, doctor, hopes, regret ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.6
 533
Shores of Hope (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In this vivid historical drama set in 1980s East Germany, two dockworkers and best friends who dream of escaping the repressive regime are forced to choose their loyalties when the state police promise them safe passage out of the country — if ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, tense
Plot: interracial romance, friendship, ambition, relationship vs career, investigation, crimes, betrayal, dishonesty, moral dilemma, snitch, love, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: germany, german democratic republic, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.9
 6K
The Doctor (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that ...
Style: psychological, emotional, sentimental, touching, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: medical, hospital, cancer, redemption, coldhearted, doctors and patients, idealism, doctor, life & death, life philosophy, loneliness, humanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Movie in collections
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Fuehrer Ex (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ingo Hasselbach, whose parents were Communist Party members in East Germany during his childhood, has lived at both ends of the political seesaw. The question of how people reach a change of heart is a profound one; Hasselbach describes the external ...
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Plot: prison, homosexual rape, fascism, berlin wall, teenage boy, jail, friendship, racism, moral dilemma, politics, escape, prison life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: german democratic republic, germany, europe, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The State I Am In (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: With 1970s Germany in the background, this film depicts the story of a family from the “R.A.F. Terrorist” group and their search for a normal life and their inner self.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: coming of age, grownups, family relations, family problems, youth, love and romance, teenage love, parent child relationship, puberty, eccentric family, fall in love, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, portugal, europe, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, compassionate, melancholic ...
Plot: addiction, redemption, drug addiction, introspection, drug abuse, alcoholic, yuppie, tragedy, character study, crime gone awry, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new jersey, philadelphia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Two Days, One Night (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Sandra is a young woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must give up their bonuses in order for her to keep her job — not an easy task in this economy.
Style: depressing, thought provoking, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: depression, injustice, unemployment, employer employee relationship, workplace, solidarity, loss of job, husband wife relationship, guilt, working class, female protagonist, poverty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Circles (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Serbia, Germany, France, Slovenia, Croatia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Circles (Serbian: Krugovi) is a Serbian movie based on the true story of a Serbian soldier who risked his life to protect a Muslim civilian during the war in Bosnia. During the war in Bosnia in 1993, a Serbian soldier pays for his life after ...
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: hopes, society, post war, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, moral dilemma, redemption, surgery, destiny, bosnian war, serial killer, hiding place ...
Time: year 1993, year 2005, 21st century, contemporary, 90s ...
Place: eastern europe, europe, serbia, bosnia, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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I've Loved You So Long (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison.
Style: sincere, psychological, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, redemption, character study, physician, job seeking, ex convict, complex characters, parenthood, honest, loss of son, sibling relationship, family reunited ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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The Verdict (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Frank Galvin is a down-on-his luck lawyer, reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing. Former associate Mickey Morrissey reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit that he himself served to Galvin on a silver platter: all parties ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, atmospheric, suspense, intense ...
Plot: courtroom, courtroom drama, redemption, lawyer, character study, legal action, justice, fighting the system, court, legal, investigation, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Julia (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.
Style: factual, atmospheric, realistic, captivating, political ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: world war two, friendship, politics, fascism, nazi, culture clash, fighting the system, adaptation, character study, childhood, political unrest, writers ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, pre world war two, year 1934, 50s ...
Place: germany, vienna, england, europe, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.3
 5K
Time Out (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Style: psychological, enigmatic, depressing, compassionate, stylized ...
Plot: unemployment, greed, self discovery, character study, life is a bitch, crimes, society, dishonesty, couple relations, down on your luck, family problems, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, switzerland, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.3
 6K
Jacknife (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes involved romantically with the army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both survived.
Style: emotional, realistic, melancholic, talky, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, loneliness, vietnam veteran, depression, idealism, complex characters, siblings relations, haunted by the past, love and romance, human nature, homecoming ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, connecticut, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Movie in collections
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 2K
Madrid, 1987 (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Two characters: old and young; teacher and pupil; man and woman. Four walls within which they conjure intellectualism, relive the profession (journalism), explore politics and discover each other.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, witty, psychological ...
Plot: introspection, elderly, society, confined, aging, isolation, male nudity, locked in, journalist, journalism, attempted seduction, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
The Keys to the House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Germany, France, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: parents and children, single parent, estrangement, teenage life, human nature, disability, hospital, self discovery, hopes, redemption, coming of age, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: italy, germany, europe, norway, milan italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Lorna's Silence (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In order to become the owner of a snack bar with her boyfriend, Lorna, a young Albanian woman living in Belgium, becomes an accomplice to a diabolical plan devised by mobster Fabio.
Style: tense, serious, enigmatic, atmospheric, harsh ...
Plot: drug addiction, society, marriage, divorce, brutality, manipulation, junkie, immigrants, loneliness, attempted murder, life is a bitch, regret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.1
 18K
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Wendy, a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, stylized, meditative ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dog, small town, friendship, loneliness, depression, owner dog relationship, solitude, life philosophy, dysfunctional family, character study, social problems, financial problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: oregon, alaska, portland oregon, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 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 ⇓
18%
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Cries & Whispers (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 91 min.
Story: As Agnes slowly dies of cancer, her sisters are so deeply immersed in their own psychic pains that they can't offer her the support she needs. Maria is wracked with guilt at her husband's suicide, caused by his discovery of her ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, emotional, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: terminal illness, maid, family relations, cancer, death, existentialism, nudity (full frontal - brief), bittersweet, dysfunctional family, estate, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century, 90s
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 8.0
 311K
Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: meditative, sincere, realistic, bleak, surprise ending ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human nature, introspection, dysfunctional family, coincidence, depression, terminal illness, child prodigy, multiple storylines, social problems, redemption, infidelity, frog ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 50s, 1910s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
The Forest for the Trees (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 81 min.
Story: As an awkward idealistic high school teacher begins her first job in the city, things turn out to be much tougher than she had imagined.
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, emotional breakdown, loneliness, life is a bitch, dedicated educator, fish out of water, unsupportive coworkers, society, misfit, workplace, hardcase students, workplace situations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in the hands of an unqualified childcare provider.
Style: bleak, sincere, realistic, meditative, surreal ...
Plot: kids in trouble, childhood, realism, youth, abandoned by father, boy, adoption, orphan, life is a bitch, social problems, petty criminal, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Near the end of World War II, Maria marries Hermann, who is immediately sent off to battle. When the war concludes, Maria believes that Hermann is dead. She starts working at an Allied bar, where she meets American soldier Bill. They start a ...
Style: emotional, psychological, thought provoking, touching, serious ...
Plot: world war two, infidelity, marriage, wartime life, love triangle, romance, rise to the top, couples, lovers reunited, german woman, battle of the sexes, love and romance ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1943, 50s ...
Place: germany, berlin germany, canada, europe, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
 7.7
 11K
Mephisto (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, West Germany, Austria
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and friends flee or are ground under by the Nazi terror, the ...
Style: political, sexy, unusual plot structure, visually appealing, psychological ...
Plot: nazi germany, nazi, world war two, pact with the devil, jewish, ambition, german, politics, female nudity, morality, theater, expressionism ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s
Place: berlin germany, germany, eastern europe, europe, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Anders is a recovering drug addict in an Oslo rehab clinic. On the 30th August, he is given a day’s leave to attend a job interview in the city centre.
Style: gloomy, melancholic, thought provoking, depressing, disturbing ...
Plot: suicide attempt, suicide, drug addict, addiction, loneliness, drug addiction, character study, old friends, complex characters, unlikely friendships, starting over, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oslo norway, california, norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%