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The Chronicles of Melanie (2016)
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The Chronicles of Melanie (2016)
Original name: Melānijas hronika
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The 14th of June 1941, Soviet-occupied Latvia: Without warning, the authorities break into the house of Melanie and her husband Aleksandr and force them to leave everything behind. Together with more than 15 000 Latvians, Melanie and her son get deported to Siberia. In her fight against cold, famine and cruelty, she only gains new strength through the letters she writes to Aleksandr, full of hope for a free Latvia and a better tomorrow.
Style: rough, bleak, suspense, disturbing
Plot: deportation, survival, gulag, world war two, politics, grief, cruelty, political prisoner, life is a bitch, mother son relationship, period piece, cat, german, cancer, winter, death, illness, suicide, snow, train, hunger, sexual abuse, cold, mother, male nudity ...
Time: year 1941, 50s, 1940s, year 1957, 1950s
Place: siberia, soviet union, russia, latvia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, disturbing and bleak films with plots about life is a bitch, world war two, society, politics, survival, war and death mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like The Chronicles of Melanie: In the Crosswind (2014), The Inner Circle (1991), Schindler's List (1993), Haven (2001), 12 Years a Slave (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
In the Crosswind (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Estonia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: June 14, 1941, 3 a.m. Over 40000 people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are deported by Soviets to Siberia. Among them is a philosophy student Erna, a happily married mother of a little girl. Separated from her husband Erna and her daughter are ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: deportation, getting home, life is a bitch, wartime life, family in danger, survival, parents and children, on the road, danger, family relations, escapades, starvation ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 50s, year 1941 ...
Place: siberia, estonia, europe, russia, ussr ...
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The Inner Circle (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, Soviet Union, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically flawed hero maintains unwavering faith in his ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, politics, kgb, state affairs, head of state, political unrest, injustice, dictatorship, projectionist, stalinism, love, josef stalin ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 50s ...
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Schindler's List (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, ghetto, jewish, anti semitism, rescue, nazi, wartime, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Haven (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: This is the true story of a woman named Ruth Gruber who travels to Europe to help escort 1000 Jewish War victims to the United States. She comes to love and feel sorry for them all, and fights for their rights to live in America.
Style: emotional, disturbing, sincere, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, rescue, deportation, anti semitism, immigrants, human spirit, heroic mission, idealism, fighting the system, politics, against humanity ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 40s
Place: europe, new york, naples italy, mediterranean sea, vienna ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: heartbreaking, factual, motivational, bleak, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, freedom, racism, life is a bitch, interracial relations, torture, master and servant, civil rights, blacks and whites, african american, confined, rape ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The War Between Us (1995)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In World War II British Columbia, Canada, a Japanese immigrant family has to endure the racist Canadian policy of being interned and their property confiscated as "enemy aliens". At the same time, a white Canadian family has to deal with ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: world war two, racism, deportation, war, immigrants, wartime life, society, internment camp, political oppression, suicide by drowning, kimono, ice hockey ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
23rd March 1931: Shaheed (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: India
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Bhagat Singh, a freedom fighter, is arrested for killing the British official responsible for the death of his mentor Lala Lajpatrai. He is ultimately hanged for his misdeed.
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: prison, vengeance, prison life, rebellion, politics, life is a bitch, deadly, legal, life sentence, rebelliousness, police brutality, trial ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 30s, 20s
Place: india, asia
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Priest Daens (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Belgium, France, Netherlands
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the petite bourgeoisie in oppressing workers. He writes a few ...
Style: bleak, captivating, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: revolution, politics, working class, factory, injustice, fighting the system, exploit, exploitation, social differences, against the odds, rebelliousness, workplace situations ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, turn of the century, 20th century, 1900s ...
Place: belgium, europe, flanders, poland, berlin germany ...
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Ashes in the Snow (2018)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Lithuania
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The coming-of-age tale of 16-year-old Lina Vilkas who is deported to Siberia amid Stalin's reign of terror in the Baltic region during WWII. An aspiring artist, she secretly documents her harrowing journey with her drawings.
Style: serious, atmospheric, emotional, suspense
Plot: survival, hopes, violent man, saving a life, rescue, hostage, teenage girl, destiny, beating, military camp, world war two, murder ...
Time: year 1941
Place: siberia, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Hiding Place (1975)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The Hiding Place is an account of a Dutch family who risk their lives by offering a safe haven for Jews during World War II
Style: sincere, bleak, emotional, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, world war two, life is a bitch, war, society, confined, against humanity, religions or cults, human spirit, family in danger ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: holland, europe, netherlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Rasputin (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 151 min.
Story: Details the life of the Russian monk Rasputin. The film shows his rise to power and how it corrupted him. His sexual perversions and madness ultimatly leads to his gruesome assasination.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: assassination, clergy, intrigue, royal family, psychopath, tragic hero, politics, ambition, revolution, mental illness, royal court, rebelliousness ...
Time: 1910s, year 1916, year 1917
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Conspiracy (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The historical recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which Nazi and SS leaders gathered in a Berlin suburb to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Lead by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, this group of high ranking ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, factual, intense, atmospheric ...
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, genocide, war crime, racism, politics, conspiracy, human spirit, wartime life, state affairs, world war two, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Triumph of the Spirit (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Fact based story about a former Greek Olympic boxer who was taken as a prisoner during World war II and placed in the Auschwitz prison camp. There he was permitted to survive as long as he fought for the amusement of his captors. His father and ...
Style: tense, bleak, suspenseful, realistic, serious
Plot: world war two, concentration camp, holocaust, survival, boxer, auschwitz, boxing, against humanity, sport, misfit, anti hero, graphic violence ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 40s, 20th century ...
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Jackie (2016)
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Country: USA, France, Chile, China, Germany, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An account of the days of First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, in the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963.
Style: based on true events, emotional, heartbreaking, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: president, kennedy assassination, assassination, kennedy family, american history, first lady, u.s. president, widow, husband wife relationship, strong female character, female protagonist, period piece ...
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Duration: 133 min.
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Style: rough, serious, realistic, bleak, epic ...
Plot: wilderness, survival, freedom, journey, prison escape, escape, world war two, gulag, pow, danger, russian, human spirit ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Happiest Place on Earth (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The story of Robert Hughes-Lambert, who was captured by Nazis when his active homosexuality was discovered during the filming of Mermoz (1943).
Style: clever, bleak, disturbing, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, filmmaking, state affairs, society, life is a bitch, politics, satire, wartime life, moral dilemma, actor's life, holocaust, against humanity ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: paris france, france, vichy
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Downfall of Berlin: Anonyma (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A nameless woman keeps a diary as the Russians invade Berlin in the spring of 1945. She is in her early 30s, a patriotic journalist with international credentials; her husband, Gerd, a writer, is an officer at the Russian front. She speaks Russian ...
Style: serious, bleak, disturbing, realistic
Plot: war, war crime, world war two, sexual relations, sexual abuse, political unrest, soldier, strong sexual content, injustice, danger, military, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1945
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Final Solution: The Wannsee Conference (1984)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Austria, West Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A real time recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which leading SS and Nazi Party officals gathered to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Led by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, the Wannsee Conference was the ...
Style: talky, captivating, thought provoking, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, genocide, racism, anti semitism, conspiracy, deportation, wartime life, interracial relations, murder, state affairs, immigrants ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: europe, germany, warsaw poland, palestine, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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The Conclave (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Canada, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1458, five years after the fall of Constantinople to the Moslems, eighteen cardinals meet to elect a new pope. Rodrigo Borgia, a 27 year old cardinal learns to play a very dangerous game.
Style: stylized, disturbing, captivating, suspense
Plot: politics, pope, vatican, rivalry, brutality, war, violence, film starts with sex, cardinal the priest, sex scene, female nudity
Time: renaissance, 1400s
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Hitler: A Film from Germany (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: West Germany, France, UK
Duration: 442 min.
Story: Documentary film that examines the rise and fall of the Third Reich, incorporating puppetry, rear-screen projection, and a Wagnerian score into a singular epic vision. The director, who grew up under Nazi tyranny, ruminates on good and evil and the ...
Style: experimental, suspense, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Plot: anti semitism, megalomaniac, idealism, holocaust, social decay, genocide, world war two, dehumanization, society, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, rise and fall ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, east germany, bavaria
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 202 min.
Story: A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left ...
Style: epic, realistic, emotional, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, police brutality, politics, fighting the system, racial slur, african american, tragic event, self discovery, police, islam, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1940s, 40s ...
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A Prominent Patient (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: It is 1939. Flamboyant Czech diplomat Jan Masaryk has fled to America to escape his recent past. Germany has invaded Czechoslovakia and Masaryk is now a man with no nation. In America he tries to forget the personal and political betrayal he and his ...
Style: disturbing, stylized, serious, captivating
Plot: politician, diplomat, politics, diplomacy, czech history, psychiatrist, nazi germany, european history, life is a bitch, british man, sanitarium, czech german relations ...
Time: year 1937, year 1939, year 1938, 1930s, pre world war two
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⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Austria, Italy
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still ...
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: hitler, third reich, nazism, war, world war two, suicide, desperation, confined, paranoia, war crime, national socialism, traitor ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945, year 1942
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, bavaria, munich germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 7.0
 386
The Ditch (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong, France, Belgium
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The film focuses on the suffering of Chinese who were imprisoned in a forced labor camp called Jiabiangou in the Gobi Desert in winter 1960 under Mao Zedong on the grounds that they were "rightist elements". The film tells of the harsh ...
Style: serious, rough, disturbing, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: life is a bitch, prison life, captivity, re-education, starvation, confined, against humanity, politics, society, state affairs, death, worker ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1960
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.8
 13K
The Devils (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A dramatised historical account of the rise and fall of Urbain Grandier, a 17th-century Roman Catholic priest accused of witchcraft following alleged demonic possessions of sexually repressed nuns.
Style: psychological, disturbing, cult film, enigmatic, bleak ...
Plot: convent, inquisition, hysteria, nun, clergy, sexual abuse, surrealism, priest, danger, society, perversion, fighting the system ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages, 18th century
Place: france, london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.7
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Catch a Fire (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: France, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The true story of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa, and particularly the life of Patrick Chamusso, a timid foreman at Secunda CTL, the largest synthetic fuel plant in the world. Patrick is wrongly accused, imprisoned and tortured for an ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, police brutality, politics, civil rights, racism, apartheid, rebellion, fighting the system, political unrest, danger, blacks and whites, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1991, year 1980
Place: south africa, africa, angola
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.0
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Katyn (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.
Style: disturbing, heartbreaking, sentimental, sad, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, war crime, nazism, survival, war, military life, captivity, life is a bitch, confined, battles, oppression, occupation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1940
Place: poland, russia, europe, soviet union, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.1
 4K
Leningrad (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When in 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, their troops quickly besieged Leningrad. Foreign journalists are evacuated but one of them, Kate Davies, is presumed dead and misses the plane. Alone in the city she is helped by Nina Tsvetnova a ...
Style: rough, bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, siege, military, battles, survival, life is a bitch, danger, wartime life, hunger, soldier, rationing, starvation ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 3K
In the Fog (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Netherlands, Belarus, Russia, Latvia
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation. A man is wrongly accused of collaboration. Desperate to save his dignity, he faces an impossible moral choice.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: false accusation, world war two, nazi occupation, moral dilemma, danger, life is a bitch, wartime life, survival, human nature, resistance fighter, collaboration, war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942
Place: russia, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 1K
Safe Conduct (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Germany, Spain
Duration: 170 min.
Story: The film is about the French film industry from 1942 to 1944 during the Nazi occupation. The film focuses on assistant director and resistance fighter Jean Devaivre and screenwriter Jean Aurenche. Aurenche is on the move so that he doesn't have ...
Style: suspenseful, sincere, emotional, touching, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, espionage, human spirit, survival, writer's life, love and romance, society, escapades, lifestyle, hopes, couples, couple relations ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: paris france, france, europe, vichy
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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