Movies like Once We Were Dreamers

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Once We Were Dreamers (1987)
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Once We Were Dreamers (1987)
Original name: החולמים
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Set in the Middle East in 1919, a group of European Jews planning on settling in the Sinai Desert are attacked by Bedouin tribesmen. As they fight for their lives they realize that they are beginning a struggle for a new Jewish nation. This film chronicles the beginning of the modern Jewish struggle for a homeland.
Style: rough, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: survival, desert, religions or cults, interracial relations, graphic violence, against the odds, starting over, hopes, danger, society, immigrants, escapades, rivalry, culture clash, uninhibited rivalry, settlement, jewish, gunfight, bedouin, zionism
Time: 1920s, 20s, year 1919
Place: israel, middle east

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and suspenseful films with plots about society, life is a bitch, danger, hopes, immigrants, survival and escapades mostly in Drama and War genres. Some movies like Once We Were Dreamers: Kedma (2002), Hope (2014), Journey of Hope (1990), Atlantic. (2014), My Australia (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Kedma (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, Israel, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In May 1948, shortly before the creation of the State of Israel, hundreds of immigrants from across Europe arrive in Palestine--only to risk arrest by British troops.
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: immigrants, survival, culture clash, tragic love, society, political unrest, wartime life, starting over, against humanity, hopes, military, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: israel
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95%
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Hope (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Morocco
Duration: 86 min.
Story: On his clandestine journey from Cameroon to Europe through the Sahara desert, Léonard meets Hope, a Nigerian girl who's following the same dream.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, captivating
Plot: fall in love, on the road, survival, hopes, starting over, rescue, love and romance, danger, desert, immigrants, follow your dream, journey ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nigeria
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94%
Journey of Hope (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, Turkey, UK, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In a village in eastern Turkey, tales of the economic success of Turks in Switzerland inspire Haydar to convince his wife Meryem that they must go. He sells their livestock and small plot of land in exchange for passage for two. He wants to leave ...
Style: bleak, rough, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: immigrants, family life, human nature, adventure, hopes, life is a bitch, obsessive quest, escapades, society, survival, culture clash, human spirit ...
Time: 80s
Place: turkey, switzerland, europe
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83%
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Atlantic. (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Morocco, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A Moroccan fisherman sets off on an epic journey towards Europe on his wind surfboard. But the pursuit of dreams does not come without sacrifice.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric
Plot: human spirit, starting over, danger, escapades, hopes, family life, ocean or sea, ocean, village, social relations, unfulfillment, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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My Australia (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, Poland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: City of Lodz in Poland, after the Second World War. Two brothers, Tadek and Andrzej, grow up without a father, and their mother, so busy at work, does not notice when the boys join a rowdy and anti-Semitic organization.Only when during a fight one ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, touching
Plot: immigrants, self discovery, culture clash, family relations, society, single parent, immigration, holocaust survivor, neo nazism, siblings relations, misfit, uncircumcised penis
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: israel, middle east, australia
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71%
The Melon Route (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Croatia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The journey of a Chinese woman and her fellow countrymen as they travel in search of a better place to live, only to end up struggling for survival in the Balkans.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: survival, life is a bitch, political unrest, escapades, immigrants, danger, refugee, river, illegal immigration, post war, illegal immigrant, rescue from drowning ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: croatia, bosnia, former yugoslavia
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65%
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Home Again (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Returning to a "home" they hardly know after being deported from their adopted countries for minor criminal offenses, three people from very different backgrounds try to make a new life for themselves, in Jamaica in this gutsy drama from ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, captivating, serious, psychological ...
Plot: deportation, homecoming, culture clash, immigrants, society, hopes, life is a bitch, injustice, starting over, rivalry, social misfits, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: jamaica, england, usa, united states, canada
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63%
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Lana's Rain (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: This powerful, hard-edged crime drama explores the dark side of the American immigrant experience and dares to ask, "How far would you go to survive?" Lana’s only chance to escape the war-torn Balkans is her long-lost brother, Darko, a ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, bleak, gloomy
Plot: starting over, survival, life is a bitch, prostitute, urban ghetto life, crimes, gangsters, immigrants, criminal heroes, society, sexual content, revenge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa, bosnia herzegovina
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60%
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One of Us (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A few Palestinian guerilla's break into an Israeli camp in the occupied territories. They kill a few Israeli soldiers before they are killed, apart from one who dies in the camp after being captured alive. The Israeli military dispatch an ...
Style: suspenseful, thought provoking, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: soldier, power relations, military life, military base, basic training, moral dilemma, military, army investigation, army, macho man, friend, flashback ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: middle east, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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The Wild Ones (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, Netherlands
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Five juvenile delinquents break out of jail and attempt to make their way to a house in the Mendoza foothills of Argentina.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating, bleak
Plot: getting home, survival, hopes, escapades, youth, society, juvenile delinquency, wilderness, social decay, human nature, disintegration, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Freedom (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Portugal, Lithuania
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A few fugitives... And a very, very long way to freedom.
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: desert, danger, communication problem, disorder, fish out of water, survival, culture clash, escapades, hunger, on the road, human nature, boat chase ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: morocco, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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The Citizen (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Yearning to leave behind his life of misfortune in the Middle East, Ibrahim Jarrah wins the U.S. Green Card Lottery for a chance to become an American citizen. Ibrahim lands in New York City the day before 9/11…and the events of the September ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, uplifting
Plot: starting over, american dream, lottery, society, immigrants, hopes, 9/11, rivalry, urban, city
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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55%
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Sous X (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Jean-Jacques spent 9 years in prison for robbery. When he comes out, he finds the neighborhood where he grew up but things have changed ... The country is in crisis, the young people are holding the business and his old friends are urging him to ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: going straight, starting over, hopes, life is a bitch, gang, crimes, urban ghetto, father son relationship, danger, crime, graphic violence, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
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51%
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Forgiveness (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Israel
Duration: 97 min.
Story: On April 9, 1948, a Jewish militia entered the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin and killed over 100 villagers. Soon after, a mental hospital was built on the ruins. The first patients to be committed were Holocaust survivors. A legend says that to ...
Style: emotional, rough, psychological, uplifting, bleak ...
Plot: mental institution, uncover truth, human spirit, haunted by the past, culture clash, memory loss, mentally unstable, life is a bitch, hopes, male nudity, repressed memory, pianist ...
Time: contemporary
Place: israel, usa, middle east, palestine
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Red Leaves (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An Ethiopian immigrant, sets out on a journey through his children's homes after losing his wife. Coming to know some of life's harsh new realities, he tries to survive in his own way.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: family relations, society, family problems, golden years, elderly, parents and children, immigrants, dysfunctional family, jewish
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Grand Pardon (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Le clan Bettoun : Raymond (le patriarche), Maurice (le fils), Jacky (le neveu), Roland (le neveu), Albert (le cousin de Raymond), Pépé (l'ami de Raymond), Samy (le garde du corps) sont un clan familial de caïds pieds-Noirs juifs du crime ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: law enforcement, criminal heroes, gangsters, graphic violence, police detective, family relations, uninhibited rivalry, interracial relations, family life, family business, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Manpower (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An intelligent social issues drama, Manpower sketches a portrait of four men in crisis. Moving between scathing realism and subtle irony, the film raises questions of belonging and uprooting, exile and emigration, home and family. Meir Cohen is a ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: social decay, human nature, introspection, moral dilemma, realism, immigrants, life is a bitch, society, interracial relations, discrimination, hopes, working the system ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, israel
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46%
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The Headsman (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Hungary, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Central Europe, early 16th century: two childhood friends, Martin & Georg, find themselves on rival sides of a religious war with both of them struggling to do the right thing.
Style: exciting, serious, epic, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: executioner, friendship, rivalry, adventure, state affairs, clergy, military, homecoming, escapades, hopes, society, religions or cults ...
Time: 16th century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Your Lover (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Lucio and Enedina are a happily married young Teenek couple that lives in the Huasteca Potosina's jungle with their three children. They love each other and share everything, nevertheless, everything crumbles when the construction of a highway, ...
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, bleak, rough
Plot: life is a bitch, boy, adultery, rivalry, society, danger, friendship, deforestation, destiny, parents and children, family relations, jungle ...
Place: latin america
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43%
Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Itou Kaiji is a bum who steals car emblems and slashes tires on what seems to be a regular basis. This routine changes one day when he is paid a visit by a man in a trench-coat. Once the two get talking, it seems that the visitor (Calling himself ...
Style: tense, psychological, captivating, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: rivalry, survival, danger, contests and competitions, social decay, rich and poor, deathtrap, lifestyle, job seeking, escapades, society, gambling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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43%
The Skin of the Wolf (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Martinón is the last inhabitant of Auzal, a village in the mountains where he lives in communion with nature. He only goes down to the valleys twice a year to trade and to buy provisions. But one day he’s convinced to take a wife, a decision ...
Style: touching, realistic, bleak, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: recluse, husband wife relationship, escapades, danger, destiny, one night stand, winter, meeting, survival, death, lone hero, snow
Place: spain
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40%
The King Is Alive (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, South Africa, Norway, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Stranded in the heat of a barren African desert, eleven bus-passengers shelter in the remnants of an abandoned town. As rescue grows more remote by the day and anxiety deepens, an idea emerges: why not stage a play. However the choice of King Lear ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, bleak, stylized, melancholic ...
Plot: desert, survival, isolation, rescue, stranded, danger, life is a bitch, human nature, bus, village, culture clash, dogma ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, australia, new jersey
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40%
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Back to 1942 (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 145 min.
Story: In 1942, Henan Province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million men, women and children. Although the primary cause of the famine was a severe drought, it was exacerbated ...
Style: serious, rough, captivating, realistic, bleak
Plot: drought, world war two, danger, life is a bitch, survival, chaos, sino japanese war, escapades, against humanity, family problems, on the run, family in danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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The Wee Man (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The true life story of the rise to power of Glasgow gangster Paul Ferris.
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rise and fall, rise to the top, vengeance, frame up, rivalry, crimes, life is a bitch, society, criminal's revenge, ambition, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 70s, 20th century
Place: scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Afterburn (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16, thought to be the very best tactical fighter in the world. Air Force Captain Theodore T. Harduvel was one of the best F-16 pilots the U.S. had to ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: state affairs, law enforcement, heroes, dishonesty, hopes, politics, righting the wronged, military, rivalry, investigation, fighting the system, danger ...
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35%
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Baby Sellers (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, the Lifetime Original Movie, Baby Sellers, exposes the shocking international criminal enterprise of infant trafficking. Stars Emmy winner Jennifer Finnigan and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kirstie Alley.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, crimes, working undercover, babies and infants, society, immigrants, legal action, life is a bitch, kidnapping, orphanage, sexual abuse, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.6
 452
South of Pico (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Austria
Duration: 86 min.
Story: "South of Pico" is an emotionally charged drama in which four strangers witness an unimaginable tragedy and are catapulted into the defining moment of their lives. Set in present day Los Angeles, a chauffeur, a waitress, a doctor and a ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: interracial relations, society, graphic violence, physician, driver, winning, doctor, cigarette smoking, wedding dress, chauffeur, boy, sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.1
 2K
Tangier (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In August 1996, bus drivers Marcel Van Loock and Wim Moreels are apprehended by the Moroccan Customs for drug trafficking. Inside their bus, hidden behind a false compartment, they have discovered 700 pounds of hashish. Although the owner of the bus ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, danger, smuggling, prison life, survival, false accusation, dishonesty, life is a bitch, injustice, beating, graphic violence, corrupt officer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: africa, morocco, antwerp
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.1
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Valley (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 86 min.
Story: This is the story of three sensitive teens who are forced to deal with violence at home, violence at school. It is a story of friendship, of love and hate, where the adolescents world is revealed as cruel and beautiful, a world where the desire to ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, suspenseful, gloomy
Plot: teenage life, friendship, teenage love, buddies, love and romance, youth, graphic violence, family relations, domestic violence, coming of age, friends, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Infiltration (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A tragical-comedy film story that follows a young non-combatant platoon with defective fitness. Set in "Bahad 4" in the 50's, the movie focuses mainly on two characters: Alon (Oz Zehavi), who believes he was accidentally sent to Bahad ...
Style: realistic, psychological, serious, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: military base, military life, boot camp, basic training, military, power relations, society, immigrants, social differences, humiliation, soldier, hapless soldier ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%