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The Abdication (1974)
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The Abdication (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689) abdicates and travels to Rome to embrace the Catholic church.
Style: sincere, touching, gloomy, serious, captivating, realistic, contemplative
Plot: forbidden love, celibacy, catholic church, romance, clergy, religions or cults, love and romance, royal family, society, gender, gays and lesbians, unfulfilled love, rivalry, state affairs, unfulfillment, queen, vatican, female protagonist, dwarf, catholic, voyeurism, interview, swedish, priest, cardinal the priest ...
Time: 17th century
Place: sweden, rome italy, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and sincere films with plots about society, state affairs, religions or cults, clergy, dishonesty, royal family and betrayal mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like The Abdication: Pope Joan (1972), Giordano Bruno (1973), A Man for All Seasons (1988), Henry VIII (2003), Jimmy's Hall (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Pope Joan (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Based on the medieval legend of Pope Joan, who was made Pope for a brief period around 855 A.D. The movie presents her existence as fact, though it is questionable that Pope Joan really did exist, and portrays her relationships with other notables ...
Style: captivating, contemplative, serious, realistic, atmospheric
Plot: pope, religions or cults, legends and myths, gender bending, society, clergy, ambition, dishonesty, hidden identity, gender, rise to the top, power relations ...
Time: 9th century, middle ages
Place: rome italy, europe
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Giordano Bruno (1973)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Flying from his enemies in the Catholic Church, the free thinking philosopher, poet and scientist Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) has found some protection in Venice. But the Roman Inquisition, fearing his influence in Europe, wants to bring him on trial ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sincere, contemplative
Plot: burned alive, church, ambition, betrayal, dishonesty, forbidden love, royal family, human nature, political intrigue, against the rules, rivalry, cause and meaning ...
Time: 16th century, 17th century, 1600s, 1500s, renaissance
Place: rome italy, italy, venice, europe
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75%
A Man for All Seasons (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Story of Sir Thomas More, who refused to accept the spiritual leadership of Henry VIII, and faces death as he struggles to remain loyal to his integrity.
Style: sincere, contemplative, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: betrayal, blind ambition, politics, rebellion, legal, intrigue, dishonesty, state affairs, fighting the system, against the rules, society, rivalry ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe
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63%
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Henry VIII (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 193 min.
Story: Henry VIII is a two-part British television movie produced principally by Granada Television for ITV. It chronicles the life of Henry VIII of England from the disintegration of his first marriage to an aging Spanish princess until his death ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: king of england, ambition, romance, infidelity, dishonesty, intrigue, royal family, head of state, state affairs, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, clergy ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s
Place: england, europe
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61%
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Jimmy's Hall (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In the 1930s political activist Jimmy Gralton is deported from Ireland during the 'Red Scare'.
Style: realistic, captivating, touching, serious, factual
Plot: deportation, fighting the system, rebellion, ambition, human spirit, idealism, rebelliousness, social relations, dance school, injustice, politics, rivalry ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1932
Place: ireland, new york
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A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Man for All Seasons is the filmed version of the life of Thomas More. An English man comes to Sir Thomas More to ask if he can divorce his wife since King Henry VIII has made it illegal. Sir Thomas More stands up in opposition to the King even ...
Style: talky, realistic, serious, contemplative, captivating ...
Plot: idealism, ambition, treason, execution, period piece, death sentence, decapitation, oath, betrayal, state affairs, blind ambition, society ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: england, europe, rome italy, new york
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60%
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.
Style: talky, touching, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: british history, tudors, ambition, infidelity, frame up, king, betrayal, romance, politics, intrigue, love and romance, tragic hero ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, 1500s, 1930s, 18th century ...
Place: england, europe, britain, london, scotland
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58%
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Becket (1964)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas ...
Style: epic, tense, talky, thought provoking, clever ...
Plot: bishop, friendship, betrayal, politics, archbishop, society, introspection, royal family, friends, church, religions or cults, rise and fall ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: england, europe, london, france, rome italy ...
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57%
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The Emigrants (1971)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Sweden
Duration: 191 min.
Story: In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. However, the small size of their land, the infertile soil, and ...
Style: epic, rough, gloomy, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: immigrants, starvation, emigrant, seasickness, sailboat, ship, farm hand, sailing ship, journey, sea voyage, family in crisis, against the odds ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: sweden, minnesota, europe, eastern europe
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56%
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The Borgia (2006)
Genre: Biography, History
Country: Spain, Italy
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A portrait of the bloody dynasty that spawned a pope, Alexander VI, as well as the role model for Machiavelli's "The Prince," his son Cesare Borgia, and a legend of femme duplicity, daughter Lucrezia Borgia.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, disturbing
Plot: leadership, betrayal, rivalry, society, state affairs, dishonesty, uninhibited rivalry, downfall, family relations, royal family, religions or cults, ambition ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy
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56%
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Ludwig (1973)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, France, West Germany, Monaco
Duration: 238 min.
Story: A history of Ludwig, king of Bavaria, from his crowning in 1864 until his death in 1886.
Style: realistic, captivating, atmospheric, serious, stylized ...
Plot: royal family, empress, politics, betrayal, downfall, tragic hero, state affairs, palaces castles and temples, love affair, family life, friendship, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1860s, 1870s
Place: europe, austria, bavaria, southern germany, munich germany
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55%
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God's Outlaw (1986)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A dramatized biography of William Tyndale, the 16th Century reformer determined to translate the Bible into English, which illegal act set him at odds with the Catholic Church, Sir Thomas More and King Henry VIII.
Style: realistic, serious, contemplative, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: translator, burned alive, anti hero, religions or cults, church, state affairs, clergy, dishonesty, obsessive quest, anti heroes, against the rules, on the run ...
Time: 16th century
Place: germany, england
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55%
Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Mary Stuart, who was named Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old, is the last Roman Catholic ruler of Scotland. She is imprisoned at he age of 23 by her cousin Elizabeth Tudor, the English Queen and her arch adversary. Nineteen years ...
Style: stylized, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: queen elizabeth i, betrayal, murder, political unrest, queen, catholic, execution, royal family, society, tragic hero, state affairs, dishonesty ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: scotland, england, europe, britain
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53%
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Faustina (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 73 min.
Story: The Life of saint Maria Faustyna Kowalska, a Polish Nun.
Style: gloomy, contemplative, uplifting, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: convent, hopes, clergy, supernatural ability, society, church, family relations, religions or cults, mercy, painting, nun, faith ...
Time: 30s, 20s, 1930s, 1920s
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Jerusalem (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland
Duration: 168 min.
Story: Members of a devout Christian congregation try to start a new life in Palestine.
Style: touching, epic, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: village life, village, escapades, obsessive quest, romance, society, love and romance, hopes, bittersweet, unfulfilled love, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: sweden, holy land, europe, middle east, palestine ...
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The Investigator (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: 1989: Caroline Meagher is a sergeant with the Royal Military Police, with 12 years' experience, stationed in Northern Ireland. Two men from internal affairs grill her for four days: someone has accused her of being a lesbian. It's an ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: military, military base, lesbian lover, legal, coming out, courtroom drama, military life, society, life is a bitch, love and romance, injustice, power relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, europe, britain, germany
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Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: 1547, King Henry VIII's life has taken a turn for the worse and he is forced to look back over his life and the many loves which had brought him his three children, only one of which was the desired male heir to secure the Tudor dynasty.
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: british royal family, couple relations, palaces castles and temples, couples, religions or cults, uninhibited rivalry, royal court, political intrigue, head of state, society, state affairs, love and romance ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe, london
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51%
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Luther (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Germany, USA, Czech Republic, Italy
Duration: 123 min.
Story: During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.
Style: uplifting, biblical, intellectual, touching, sincere ...
Plot: rebellion, politics, catholicism, clergy, sin, hypocrisy, human spirit, idealism, social decay, rebelliousness, against the odds, fighting the system ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1500s, 1930s
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Style: atmospheric, sincere, emotional, captivating, serious ...
Plot: healing power, prodigy, human nature, religions or cults, monastery, idealism, introspection, clergy, power relations, visionary, against the rules, hopes ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: germany, europe, rome italy
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Francesco (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to ...
Style: emotional, bleak, serious, factual, gloomy ...
Plot: saint, clergy, hopes, religions or cults, starting over, society, religion, historical event, monk, redemption, miraculous event, social differences ...
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Place: italy, europe
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Young Catherine (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, Canada, Soviet Union, Germany, Italy
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A German princess is chosen to marry the heir to the Russian Throne, but faces plots and intrigues against her.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, stylized
Plot: royal court, love and romance, empress, couple relations, palaces castles and temples, royal family, head of state, ambition, rivalry, intrigue, dishonesty, political intrigue ...
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Place: russia
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Hungary
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Story: Into an era seething with war and revolution, a man comes with an incredible power to heal a nation...or destroy it. Based on the true story of one of the most powerful and mysterious figures in Russian history.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: murder, clergy, rise and fall, visionary, monk, revolution, cure, rebelliousness, royal family, society, state affairs, ambition ...
Time: year 1916, edwardian era
Place: russia
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Barabbas (1961)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was spared crucifixion when Pilate manipulated the crowd into pardoning him, rather than Jesus. Struggling with his spirituality, Barabbas goes through many ordeals leading him to the gladiatorial arena, where ...
Style: epic, biblical, exciting, serious, captivating ...
Plot: sword and sandal, redemption, jesus christ, jesus, haunted by the past, human spirit, religions or cults, betrayal, hopes, heroes, tragic hero, clergy ...
Time: 1st century
Place: rome italy, middle east, europe, holy land, jerusalem
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The Best Intentions (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, UK, Italy, Norway, Iceland
Duration: 182 min.
Story: The story of Ingmar Bergman's parents. In 1909, poor theology student Henrik Bergman falls in love with Anna Åkerbloom, the daughter of a rich family in Uppsala. After their wedding Henrik becomes a priest in the north of Sweden. After a few ...
Style: sincere, talky, emotional, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: clergy, fall in love, infidelity, crumbling marriage, family relations, love affair, dysfunctional family, couples, romance, love and romance, family problems, wedding ...
Place: eastern europe
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Peter and Paul (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 198 min.
Story: Peter and Paul assume leadership of the Church as they struggle against violent opposition to the teachings of Christ and their own personal conflicts.
Style: biblical, atmospheric, epic, serious, realistic ...
Plot: state affairs, clergy, dishonesty, obsessive quest, anti heroes, life is a bitch, heroes, hopes, religions or cults, injustice, anti hero, redemption ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History
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Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story of the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley.
Style: factual, stylized, realistic, epic, serious ...
Plot: queen, queen elizabeth i, historical character, royal court, british history, british royal family, political intrigue, politics, rise to the top, treason, monarchy, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london, scotland, paris france ...
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Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Lithuania, USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The eventful life of a humble Polish priest who once decried the pomp of the Catholic Church "a circus" and labeled the Pope a "prisoner of the Vatican" before ascending to the papal throne is explored as actor Thomas Kretschmann ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: fighting the system, clergy, politics, rebellion, dishonesty, society, leadership, state affairs, hopes, forbidden love, human spirit, religions or cults ...
Place: israel, europe, middle east, poland
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The Lion in Winter (1968)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: 1183 AD: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.
Style: stylized, realistic, captivating, factual, suspense ...
Plot: king, christmas, mistress, political intrigue, power struggle, infidelity, throne, rivalry, castle, queen, royal family, family relations ...
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Place: france, england
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Mrs Brown (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 101 min.
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Style: touching, sentimental, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, politics, queen victoria, widow, queen, romance, state affairs, platonic, assassination attempt, unlikely friendships, royalty, relationships ...
Time: victorian, 19th century, victorian era, victorian england, 1860s ...
Place: england, scotland, europe, london
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The Lost Prince (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: The Lost Prince is an acclaimed British television drama about the life of Prince John – youngest child of Britain's King George V and Queen Mary – who died at the age of 13 in 1919. John suffered from epileptic seizures and an autism-like ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: epilepsy, royal family, disability, prince, family relations, intrigue, state affairs, nanny, family in crisis, separation from family, world war one, royalty ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, edwardian era
Place: england, europe
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