Movies like Tolkien

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Tolkien (2019)
 6.8
 35K
Tolkien (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: England, early 20th century. The future writer and philologist John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) and three of his schoolmates create a strong bond between them as they share the same passion for literature and art, a true fellowship that strengthens as they grow up, but the outbreak of World War I threatens to shatter it.
Style: bleak, suspense, suspenseful, rough
Plot: friendship between men, male friendship, world war one, boys' school, coming of age, young soldier, soldier, teenage boy, male protagonist, group of friends, treasure, friendship between boys, battlefield, class differences, boarding school, disney, catholic, mentor protege relationship, mythology, love, dancing, school, horse, journey, fight ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 90s, year 1973, year 1914, year 1937, year 1987 ...
Place: oxford university, england

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Testament of Youth (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Denmark
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and ...
Style: touching, serious, captivating, stylized, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war one, period piece, war, wartime life, life is a bitch, love and romance, love affair, nurse, poetry, wartime, compassion, nursing ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1914, year 1918, 19th century ...
Place: oxford university, england, london, europe, flanders ...
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100%
Rebel in the Rye (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, The Catcher in the Rye.
Style: exciting, captivating, thought provoking, touching, disturbing ...
Plot: writers, recluse, world war two, writer's life, name calling, obsession, genius, teenage boy, father son relationship, friendship, friend, father daughter relationship ...
Time: year 1946, 20th century, year 2010, year 1939
Place: manhattan new york city, new hampshire, greenwich village manhattan new york city, united states, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.2
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Breathe (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Robin, a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed.
Style: based on true events, realistic, factual, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, illness, husband wife relationship, paralysis, supportive spouse, polio, adaptation, human spirit, cigarette smoking, holding hands, cricket the game, patient ...
Time: year 1970, year 1958, year 1973, year 1981, year 1971 ...
Place: england, africa, spain, germany, kenya
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: Israel, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A story about the childhood of Oz in Jerusalem and his youth in the Kibbutz during the British Mandate and the first days of the state of Israel. The plot describes the relationship between young Oz to his mother and his first steps as a writer.
Style: sad, sincere, based on true events, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: israeli palestinian conflict, family relations, depression, husband wife relationship, anti semitism, school, mother son relationship, childhood memory, based on a novel, autobiography, female director, teenage boy ...
Time: 1940s, year 1947, year 1945
Place: jerusalem, israel, palestine, india, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Lost City of Z (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A true-life drama in the 1920s, centering on British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett, who discovered evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilazation in the Amazon and disappeared whilst searching for it.
Style: meditative, suspense, inspirational, exciting, factual ...
Plot: expedition, archaeology, explorer, tribe, lost city, journey, jungle, world war one, obsession, courage, survival, travel ...
Time: 1920s, year 1954, 20th century, 1900s, 1910s ...
Place: south america, england, london, latin america, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.5
 3K
Ithaca (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In a small town in California's San Joaquin Valley, 14-year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen. His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, realistic, tense
Plot: brother brother relationship, family relations, promise, world war two, friendship, coming of age, death of brother, jealousy, teenage boy, husband wife relationship, fear, anti war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
In Love and War (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After teenage ambulance driver Ernest Hemingway (Chris O'Donnell) takes shrapnel in the leg during World War I, he falls in love with Agnes von Kurowsky (Sandra Bullock), a beautiful older nurse at the hospital where he's sent to recover. ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: world war one, romance, war, soldier, couple relations, bittersweet, profanity, military hospital, couples, graphic violence, young lovers, hopes ...
Time: 20th century
Place: europe, italy, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.8
 5K
Carrington (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The story of the relationship between painter Dora Carrington and author Lytton Strachey in a World War One England of cottages and countryside. Although platonic due to Strachey's homosexuality, the relationship was nevertheless a deep and ...
Style: sexy, sexual, emotional, touching, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: conscientious objector, soldier, painter, polyamory, romance, friendship, bittersweet, fall in love, couple relations, performer's life, couples, friends ...
Time: victorian era, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 30s ...
Place: england, europe, london, wales, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Frantz (2016)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious French man who visits the fiance’s grave to lay flowers.
Style: romantic, captivating, touching, sentimental, inspirational ...
Plot: world war one, post war, french soldier, violinist, sadness, german, husband wife relationship, german soldier, death of loved one, grave, letter, soldier ...
Time: post world war one, year 1919, 1910s, year 1918
Place: germany, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Happy Christmas (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, Music, Romance, War
Country: France, Germany, UK, Belgium, Romania
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the ...
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: christmas, idealism, world war one, friendship, human spirit, german, battles, soldier, truce, war, hopes, french ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1914
Place: europe, berlin germany, holland, prussia, brussels ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 8.3
 460K
1917 (2019)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA, UK, India, Spain, Canada, China
Duration: 119 min.
Story: At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds ...
Style: suspense, psychological, suspenseful, tense, epic ...
Plot: trench warfare, world war one, soldier, british army, race against time, british soldier, british military, behind enemy lines, pursuit, brother brother relationship, storytelling, chaos ...
Time: 1910s, year 1917, 20th century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.8
 301
December (1991)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In December of 1941, five teenage boys at a New England prep school hear the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and realize their lives are going to be changed forever. Released in 1991.
Style: talky, serious, realistic
Plot: coming of age, preparatory school, friendship, world war two, military, boarding school, battles, friends, profanity, school, self discovery, boarding school life ...
Time: year 1938, year 1941
Place: new england, pearl harbor, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.7
 17K
A Private War (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.
Style: tense, disturbing, based on true events, rough, suspense ...
Plot: war correspondent, journalist, eye patch, al qaeda, war, danger, life is a bitch, uncover truth, kurd, tamil, middle east conflict, bra and panties ...
Time: year 2003, year 2001, year 2011, year 1986, year 1991 ...
Place: syria, iraq, afghanistan, sri lanka, libya ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.1
 34K
The Messenger (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who has returned home from Iraq, is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Montgomery is partnered with Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), to give notice to the families of ...
Style: touching, sincere, bleak, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: soldier, military, loneliness, redemption, war, human nature, officer, bereavement, friendship, responsibility, casualty of war, honest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, bosnia, iraq, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: In 1919, Mathilde was 19 years old. Two years earlier, her fiancé Manech left for the front at the Somme. Like millions of others he was "killed on the field of battle." It's written in black and white on the official notice. But ...
Style: romantic, touching, atmospheric, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: world war one, private detective, missing person, against the odds, uncover truth, war, young lovers, french, investigation, love and romance, obsession, army ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, year 1917 ...
Place: france, paris france, europe, marseille provence, marseille ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 4.9
 1K
Rodin (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), man of the people, autodidact and revolutionary sculptor - the most brilliant of his era. At 42, Rodin meets Camille Claudel, a young woman desperate to become his assistant. He quickly acknowledges her as his most able ...
Style: captivating, touching, exciting, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: woman fights a woman, father son relationship, sculptor, taking a photograph, marriage proposal, painting, painter, posing, female artist, art exhibition, child, hopelessness ...
Time: year 2017
Place: japan, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.9
 359
Hedd Wyn (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: 'Hedd Wyn' is a 1992 Welsh anti-war biopic. Ellis Humphrey Evans, a farmer's son and poet living at Trawsfynydd in the Meirionydd countryside of upland Wales, competes for the most coveted prize of all in Welsh Poetry - that of the ...
Plot: poet, snow, drunkenness, father daughter relationship, hypodermic needle, servant, railway station, shooting range, train tracks, nudity (full frontal - brief), lame, escape artist ...
Time: 1910s
Place: wales, balkan, new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Come See the Paradise (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Come See The Paradise is a deeply touching love story set against the backdrop of a dramatic and controversial period in American history, It follows the romance and eventual marriage of Jack McGurn (Dennis Quad), a hot blooded Irish American, and a ...
Style: emotional, contemplative, realistic, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: forbidden love, world war two, family relations, injustice, interracial relations, racism, culture clash, war, romance, love, interracial romance, opposites attract ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: north dakota, los angeles, seattle, usa, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 12K
December Boys (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia, Germany, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: For many years, four teenage orphans at an Australian outback convent have watched their younger comrades find new parents, and realize that they may never be adopted. The Reverend Mother sends the four boys away on a seaside vacation, where they ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, harsh ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adoption, friendship, orphan, best friends, orphanage, male friendship, rivalry, youth, love and romance, couple relations, parents and children, beach ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 2000s ...
Place: australia, south australia, tasmania, england, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Captain Conan (1996)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Bulgaria near the end of World War I: Conan, warrior and wolf, leads a band of 50 ruthless French fighters who love hand-to-hand combat. Their motto: "We forgot to take prisoners, Captain." At war's end, the unit goes to Bucharest, ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspense
Plot: world war one, french army, military life, war, society, heroism, heroes, insubordination, battles, alcohol abuse, murder, friendship ...
Time: year 1918, 1910s, 20th century, year 1919, post world war one
Place: macedonia, romania, bucharest, bulgaria, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 3.8
 858
The Great War (2019)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In November of 1918 as World War I was ending, a unit of American soldiers goes behind enemy lines to find a lost platoon of African American soldiers.
Style: serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war one, soldier, trench warfare, infantrymen, military life, army, battlefield, combat, war violence, wartime life, battles, death ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, year 1918
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Walking with the Enemy (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Romania, Hungary, Canada, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Regent Horthy is the leader of Hungary and a German ally, but his favorable standing with Hitler changes as the war comes to an end. Forced to cede Hungary’s power or else witness the execution of his son, Regent Horthy gives up control of his ...
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, based on true events, serious
Plot: holocaust, family relations, danger, war, concentration camp, defiant, life is a bitch, confined, world war two, betrayal, gestapo, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1946, year 1976 ...
Place: europe, hungary, budapest hungary, russia, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.3
 447K
American Sniper (2014)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle takes his sole mission—protect his comrades—to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. ...
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, sniper, soldier, iraq war, navy seal, battles, military, military life, american soldier, courage, military training, u.s. marine ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, year 1998, year 2013 ...
Place: iraq, usa, middle east, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 2K
Fatima (2020)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Portugal, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In 1917, outside the parish of Fátima, Portugal, a 10-year-old girl and her two younger cousins witness multiple visitations of the Virgin Mary, who tells them that only prayer and suffering will bring an end to World War I. As secularist ...
Style: touching, sincere, christian film, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: mysticism, miraculous event, children, mother daughter relationship, priest, female protagonist, redemption, religion, catholic, father daughter relationship, faith, nun ...
Time: year 1917, year 1989, year 2008, year 1918, year 1948 ...
Place: portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Water Diviner (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1919, Australian farmer Joshua Connor travels to Turkey to discover the fate of his three sons, reported missing in action. Holding on to hope, Joshua must travel across the war-torn landscape to find the truth and his own peace.
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, compassionate, suspense ...
Plot: world war one, missing person, missing son, family drama, parents and children, redemption, escapades, husband wife relationship, promise, father son relationship, loss of son, death of son ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915, year 1919
Place: australia, turkey, istanbul turkey, ottoman empire, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.7
 807
American Son (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of a young Marine, fresh from Camp Pendleton, who is forced to confront the complexities of adulthood and a volatile home life during a four-day Thanksgiving leave.
Style: serious, realistic, contemplative, sincere
Plot: fall in love, family relations, thanksgiving, family gatherings, estrangement, society, love and romance, soldier, parents and children, homecoming, self discovery, marine ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Glass Castle (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A young girl is raised in a dysfunctional family constantly on the run from the FBI. Living in poverty, she comes of age guided by her drunkard, ingenious father who distracts her with magical stories to keep her mind off the family's dire ...
Style: sentimental, thought provoking, captivating, psychological, non-linear
Plot: father daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, female protagonist, husband wife relationship, apology, school, delusion, promise, journalist, running away from home, family conflict, social criticism ...
Time: year 1989, year 1964
Place: new york, utah, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, west virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.7
 14K
Creation (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A psychological, heart-wrenching love story that provides a unique and inside look at Charles Darwin. Torn between faith and science, he struggles to finish his legendary book "On the Origin of the Species," which goes on to become the ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, contemplative, sincere, stylized ...
Plot: evolution, family relations, loss of daughter, haunted by the past, faith, death in the family, village, relationship vs career, family life, couple relations, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1850s, 1800s
Place: england, europe, borneo, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.4
 9K
Little Ashes (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: About the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca.
Style: atmospheric, serious, exciting, tense, factual ...
Plot: poet, friendship, exhibitionism, friends, political unrest, student, coming of age, lifestyle, romance, writer's life, buddies, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, year 1936, 1930s
Place: madrid, spain, europe, andalusia, barcelona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.4
 228
The Fear (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young soldier testifies of his thoughts about the first world war, between disillusion, fear and hate, following his path through the letters he sends to his lover.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, exciting
Plot: world war one, military, soldier, battlefield, desperation, army, youth, hiding, wounded, trench warfare, death of friend, self mutilation ...
Time: 1910s, year 1914, year 1915, year 1916, year 1917
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%