Movies like Pain and Glory

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Pain and Glory (2019)
 7.5
 53K
Pain and Glory (2019)
Original name: Dolor y gloria
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Salvador Mallo, a filmmaker in the twilight of his career, reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.
Style: sincere, touching, disturbing, psychological, captivating, enigmatic, semi autobiographical
Plot: gay, filmmaker, movie business, actor, introspection, homosexuality, cinema, stage, desire, artistic creation, sexual awakening, depression, mother son relationship, painter, gay lead character, man boy relationship, drug abuse, dancing, school, village, fight, first love, loneliness, cave, friendship ...
Time: 50s, 2010s, year 1985, year 1981, 1950s
Place: spain, madrid

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Most similar movies to Pain and Glory

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, psychological, serious and melancholic films with plots about drinking, drinking alcohol, telephone call, mother son relationship, friendship, photograph and nudity (full frontal - brief) mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres. Some movies like Pain and Glory: All About My Mother (1999), Law of Desire (1987), James White (2015), Ma Ma (2015), Time to Leave (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
All About My Mother (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A single mother in Madrid sees her only son die on his birthday as he runs to seek an actress' autograph. Beside herself with grief, she returns to Barcelona to tell the boy's father about the death of the son he never knew he had.
Style: touching, emotional, stylized, realistic, clever ...
Plot: transvestism, prostitute, transsexual, birthday, transplant, lesbian, aids, friends, friendship, redemption, grief, gay slur ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: barcelona, spain, madrid, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 11K
Law of Desire (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When porn director Pablo reluctantly breaks up with his boyfriend, Juan, he encourages him to stay in touch. Juan moves away to live in a lighthouse and eventually writes his ex, but in the interim Pablo has taken up a psychotic new lover, Antonio ...
Style: surreal, humorous, semi serious, stylized, talky ...
Plot: murder, love triangle, passion, family relations, obsession, love and romance, romance, gender, parents and children, memory loss, movie business, sibling relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: spain, europe, madrid, morocco
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.1
 6K
James White (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: James White is a troubled twentysomething trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. As he retreats further into a hedonistic lifestyle, his mother's battle with a serious illness faces a series of setbacks that force him to assume more ...
Style: sincere, disturbing, captivating, psychological
Plot: mother son relationship, drinking, drinking alcohol, terminal illness, promise, friendship, lie, chemotherapy, slacker, self destructing, cancer, new life ...
Time: year 1983, year 2000, year 2013
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
 4K
Ma Ma (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In the aftermath of a tragedy a woman, Magda, reacts with a surge of newfound life that engulfs her circle of family and friends.
Style: touching, sincere, sad, ambiguous ending, compassionate
Plot: breast cancer, strong female character, mother son relationship, husband wife relationship, pregnancy, living together, widower, friendship, terminal illness, chemotherapy, female protagonist, doctor patient relationship ...
Place: spain, siberia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Time to Leave (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Romain, 31, a photographer, learns that a malignancy may kill him within a few months. Decisions: treatment? work? how to tell his lover and his family. He remembers the sea and himself as a child. He stares in the mirror. He's cruel: facing ...
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, intellectual, talky ...
Plot: gay, terminal illness, family relations, fashion photographer, tumor, siblings relations, self discovery, couple relations, sibling relationship, introspection, couples, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.4
 30K
Live Flesh (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A scorned ex-convict forces himself into the lives of the couple who put him behind bars.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, intense, emotional ...
Plot: lust, infidelity, paraplegic, bus, sexual relations, adultery, strong sexual content, obsession, love triangle, danger, haunted by the past, desire ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: spain, madrid, europe, barcelona spain, sarajevo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.4
 57K
Bad Education (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 1960s. Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three are ...
Style: captivating, psychological, thought provoking, disturbing, melancholic ...
Plot: transsexual, sexual abuse, child abuse, transvestism, male nudity, boarding school, first love, teacher, gay, priest, dangerous attraction, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.8
 7K
My Mother (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Margherita, a director in the middle of an existential crisis, has to deal with the inevitable and still unacceptable loss of her mother.
Style: sentimental, touching, psychological, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: singer, doctor, filmmaking, birthday, dancing, nurse, father daughter relationship, old woman, film within a film, brother sister relationship, anxiety, pneumonia ...
Time: 2010s
Place: rome italy, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 8.0
 113K
8½ (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 138 min.
Story: With 8 ½ Frederico Fellini leaves a self-portrait where dreams and reality are a mix. With help from a most excellent cast and unique scenery this self reflecting film is one of his master works.
Style: psychological, art house, surreal, stylized, serious ...
Plot: extramarital affair, midlife crisis, childhood, filmmaking, mistress, adultery, dreams, creator, postmodernism, producer, star, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: italy, europe, england, paris france, copenhagen ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.7
 3K
The Midwife (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Claire is a midwife and has devoted her life to others. At a moment when she is preoccupied by the imminent closure of the maternity clinic where she works, her life is further turned upside down when Béatrice, her father's former mistress, ...
Style: psychological, touching, sentimental, sincere, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: doctor, illness, hospital, cancer, surgery, friend, friendship, student, drinking, death, drinking alcohol, hospital room ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Almodóvar has described his fourth film as a homage to Italian Neorealism, although this tribute also involves jokes about paedophilia, prostitution, and a telekenetic child. The film, set in the towerblocks around Madrid, depicts female ...
Style: stylized, semi serious, realistic, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, murder, writers, family relations, dark humor, prostitute, taxi driver, telekinesis, addiction, couples, family problems, postmodernism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, germany, las vegas, madrid ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.1
 5K
I Smile Back (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Laney is an attractive, intelligent suburban wife and devoted mother of two adorable children. She has the perfect husband who plays basketball with the kids in the driveway, a pristine house, and a shiny SUV for carting the children to their next ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, touching ...
Plot: unfaithful wife, mental illness, suburbs, cheating wife, family problems, going straight, hopes, life is a bitch, redemption, dysfunctional family, addiction, marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.4
 13K
Beach Rats (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, captivating, disturbing
Plot: lgbt teen, gay, coming out, marijuana, teenager, friendship, promise, drinking alcohol, dating, apology, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, drinking ...
Place: brooklyn new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.4
 7K
About Alex (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away to console a suicidal member of their group. Yet, despite their best efforts to enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, reunion, friends, college graduate, introspection, reunited friends, disagreement, drugs/alcohol, depression, suicide attempt, group of friends, emotional breakdown ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york state, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.1
 30K
Julieta (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The film spans 30 years in Julieta’s life from a nostalgic 1985 where everything seems hopeful, to 2015 where her life appears to be beyond repair and she is on the verge of madness.
Style: emotional, melancholic, sentimental, thought provoking, art house ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, guilt, loneliness, depression, mother daughter estrangement, secret, childhood, death, psychology, friendship, hospital, chance meeting ...
Time: 1990s, 80s, 90s, 2010s
Place: spain, galicia, portugal, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.0
 11K
Matador (1986)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A conflicted youth confesses to crimes he didn't commit while a man and woman aroused by death become obsessed with each other.
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, rough, tense ...
Plot: drowning, obsession, murder, necrophilia, serial killer, crimes, dangerous attraction, perversion, crimes of passion, sexual relations, mentally unstable, femme fatale ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the ...
Style: surreal, touching, serious, captivating, road movie ...
Plot: homosexuality, friendship between men, gay sex, male prostitute, gay, homosexual, friendship, gays and lesbians, male prostitution, lgbt, prostitution, male friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: idaho, rome italy, usa, washington state, portland oregon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.9
 108K
Talk to Her (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas.
Style: psychological, emotional, sincere, odd, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, rape, suicide, tragic love, hospital, coma, obsession, tragic event, ballet, life is a bitch, power of love, self destructing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: spain, madrid, europe, jordan, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Movie in collections
 6.1
 1K
Spa Night (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young Korean-American man works to reconcile his obligations to his struggling immigrant family with his burgeoning sexual desires in the underground world of gay hookups at Korean spas in Los Angeles.
Style: captivating, sincere, psychological, serious, suspenseful
Plot: gay teenager, gay, korean american, spa, immigrants, dysfunctional family, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, closeted homosexual, gay slur, alcoholic father, college ...
Place: los angeles, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Great Beauty (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, surreal, absurd, lyrical ...
Plot: journalist, nun, high society, artist, aging, party, writer's life, introspection, old love, art, surrealism, stripper ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: rome italy, italy, vatican
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Canada, France, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 118 min.
Story: One day, driving aimlessly around the outskirts of town after a trivial domestic quarrel, a writer named Tomas accidentally hits and kills a child. Will he be able to move on?
Style: touching, serious, emotional, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: redemption, introspection, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, loss of son, tragic event, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, guilt, depression, hit by a car, child murder, anguish ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Reinventing Marvin (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young gay man determined to reinvent his life leaves everything behind on his quest for self-realization.
Style: gay cinema, non-linear, psychological, tense, captivating ...
Plot: gay relationship, gay lead character, gay youth, gay teenager, gay student, lgbt, gay, father son relationship, gay slur, brother brother relationship, gay interest, gay love ...
Time: 21st century
Place: paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Green Butterflies (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Mateo is an intelligent boy who falls in love with Daniel, but when everyone reveals that relationship, Mateo is at a crossroads, and he will have to decide between fighting his adversities or giving up everything, even his life.
Style: sincere, touching, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: gay, gay slur, abusive father, humiliation, dysfunctional family, friend, sexual tension, secret, father son relationship, childhood trauma, suicide, gym teacher ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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 7.3
 2K
Innocence (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, Belgium
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After more than forty years apart, Andreas and Claire embark on an affair as reckless and intense as when they were young lovers. Widowed musician Andreas decides to get back in touch with his one great love, Claire, who is still married to her ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, romantic, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, romance, golden years, lovers reunited, love triangle, crumbling marriage, family problems, aging, male female relationship, loneliness, husband wife relationship, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 1940s, 1950s, 50s, 70s
Place: adelaide south australia, belgium, melbourne australia, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
What They Had (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A woman must fly back to her hometown when her Alzheimer's-stricken mother, wanders into a blizzard. The return home forces her to confront her past.
Style: sentimental, melancholic, touching, sincere, captivating
Plot: alzheimer's disease, mother daughter relationship, blizzard, grandmother granddaughter relationship, memory loss, drinking alcohol, prayer, lie, drinking, apology, snow, self discovery ...
Place: illinois, chicago illinois, california, florida, sacramento california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
A Burning Hot Summer (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Paul reflects on the summer he met Angèle and Frédéric as he watches his friend being laid to rest.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, tense, sexy ...
Plot: friendship, breakup, fall in love, human nature, couples, artists and showbiz, love and romance, love triangle, adultery, husband wife relationship, sexual relations, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, rome italy, paris france, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Hidden Kisses (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Nathan, 16, lives alone with his father Stephane. A newcomer in high school, he is invited to a party and falls in love with Louis, a boy in his class. They find themselves out of sight and kiss each other, but someone takes a picture of them. Soon, ...
Style: gay cinema, realistic, captivating, melancholic, atmospheric ...
Plot: gay, gay lead character, homosexuality, coming out, gay slur, gay bashing, closeted homosexual, gay son, gay romance, lgbt, character study, gay athlete ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
All I See Is You (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Thailand
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A blind woman's relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.
Style: disturbing, captivating, thought provoking, enigmatic, twists and turns ...
Plot: married couple, husband wife relationship, blind woman, surgical operation, blonde, operation, medication, loss of eyesight, car accident, lie, doctor, fear ...
Place: thailand, barcelona, spain, barcelona spain, bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Gods and Monsters (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: It's 1957, and Whale's heyday as the director of "Frankenstein," "Bride of Frankenstein" and "The Invisible Man" is long behind him. Retired and a semi-recluse, he lives his days accompanied only by images ...
Style: psychological, captivating, sentimental, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: friendship, seduction, maid, haunted by the past, homosexuality, artists and showbiz, introspection, naivete, gardener, art, death, dirty old man ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, psychological, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: aging, divorce, suicide, actor's life, artists and showbiz, introspection, haunted by the past, midlife crisis, ambition, desire for fame, actress, suicide attempt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: switzerland, alps, swiss alps, london, zurich switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%