Movies like 1939

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1939 (1989)
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1939 (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 193 min.
Story: When the war breaks out, Annika lives with her parents in Värmland, close to the border to Norway. Her cousin Harald is a dealer in the black market but has to escape from the police to Norway. Annika moves to Stockholm and gets a job as a waitress. She meets the happy-go-lucky Berit and together they have a wonderful time. She also meets a young man, Bengt, whom she marries. But almost immediately she discovers that her husband is different from the man who was courting her. Plot by Mattias Thuresson.
Style: touching, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: world war two, war, best friends, friends, life is a bitch, couples, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, wartime life, love, female nudity, sex scene, black market, bathtub, young love, marriage as hell, motorcycle with a sidecar
Time: 1930s, 30s, 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1939
Place: europe, sweden, norway, eastern europe

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Most similar movies to 1939

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and captivating films with plots about life is a bitch, world war two, wartime life, couples, unfulfillment, love and romance and society mostly in Drama, History and War genres. Some movies like 1939: Simon & the Oaks (2011), The Poet (2007), Going Home (1993), Intruder (1993), The Consul of Bordeaux (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Simon & the Oaks (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Norway
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Epic story about two families and their friendship and common destiny in Sweden's Gothenburg in the 1940s and 1950s. Told from the perspective of young Simon Larsson, who learns that he's an adopted child who has a Jewish father from ...
Style: realistic, tense, psychological, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: coming of age, world war two, family relations, friendship, wartime life, culture clash, working class, youth, society, best friend, social differences, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 50s
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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The Poet (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: At the dawn of World War 2, a Rabbi's daughter and a disenchanted German soldier fall in love and are separated by the war. They struggle on a perilous journey to find one another.
Style: realistic, disturbing, emotional, serious, bleak ...
Plot: forbidden love, couples, romance, war, against humanity, soldier, sexual content, family relations, rabbi, world war two, unfulfillment, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 30s, 1940s, 1930s ...
Place: poland, europe, russia
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87%
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Going Home (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, Belgium, Indonesia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Johan Ten Berghe joins the Dutch army when the Dutch East Indies unilaterally declare independence as Indonesia. He initiates his naive driver Twan in life in the East, having grown up there as son of colonial official Hendrik, now missing. Their ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, non-linear, touching ...
Plot: soldier, rebellion, rivalry, war, society, military, best friends, culture clash, military life, friends, revolution, male friendship ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 40s, 20th century
Place: asia, indonesia
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 5.9
 305
Intruder (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In childhood and youth, the three were "the inseparables." Luisa married Ángel, then two years later, she left him to marry Ramiro. After ten years, Ángel reappears, back from South America, broke and ill. Luisa is overcome with ...
Style: captivating, psychological, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: love triangle, terminal illness, life is a bitch, love and romance, romance, tragic hero, couples, friends, unfulfilled love, friendship, best friends, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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The Consul of Bordeaux (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, Belgium, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This is the story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a man of conviction who saved 30,000 lives during WWII, in June 1940. Among them were10,000 Jews. As the Portuguese General Consul stationed in Bordeaux, France, he issued 30,000 visas for safe ...
Style: uplifting, captivating, realistic, emotional, touching ...
Plot: world war two, human spirit, wartime life, rescue, politics, tragic hero, hopes, life is a bitch, against humanity, disobey, danger, refugee ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 1930s
Place: portugal, france, europe
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78%
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Us (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 92 min.
Story: This is a story of Ida and Krister. It's about a relationship that goes to hell. They are both crazy in love but manage to strangle the supply of oxygen and adapt to each other in a way that will lead to catastrophic consequences.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspense, bleak
Plot: losing-it hero, destructive relationship, woman in danger, couple relations, couples, life is a bitch, love, nudity (full frontal - brief), attraction, graphic violence, erection, male objectification ...
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Two Hearts as One (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Turkey
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A look inside the story of two newlyweds who are parted from each other and spend the next half-century of their lives trying to reunite.
Style: emotional, realistic, captivating, non-linear, touching ...
Plot: love, life is a bitch, wartime life, husband wife reunion, world war two, marriage, caucasian, labor camp, couples, flashback, graphic violence, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1940s, 40s, 1990s ...
Place: europe, turkey, kazakhstan
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Raven's End (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In the middle of this film, about the working class in pre-world war II Sweden, is Anders who wishes to become an author. His father who is a notorious dreamer and liar, and his mother, who struggles to keep their family alive.
Style: touching, gloomy, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, working class, dysfunctional family, deadend life, factory worker, family problems, family feud, couples, follow your dream, ambition, society, couple relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1936
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Stones for the Rampart (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 111 min.
Story: To be defeated and not be - a victory. This is the motto that life is guided by three young friends: Alek, Sophy and Rudy. Scouts, high school graduates high school in Warsaw drifting ambitious plans for the future broken through September 1939. ...
Style: captivating, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, wartime life, against the odds, danger, daring rescue, war, world war two
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Adelheid (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the aftermath of World War II, a former Czech soldier takes charge of a manor formerly owned by a German family. He falls in love with the daughter, who is now a maid, and is forced to confront the stress between his love and his conscience when ...
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, atmospheric, serious
Plot: military, forbidden love, military life, estate, new wave, haunted by the past, society, anti war, soldier, world war two, romance, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: germany, czech republic, czechoslovakia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.0
 93
Frailer (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, Norway
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A woman diagnosed with terminal lung cancer gathers her three dearest friends together to make the most of the time she has left.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, contemplative, gloomy
Plot: friendship, best friends, friends, siblings relations, unfulfillment, terminal illness, family relations, strong female presence, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Land Girls (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 225 min.
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Story: The lives, loves and highs and lows of four members of the Women's Land Army working at the Hoxley Estate during World War II.
Style: realistic, captivating, atmospheric, psychological, serious
Audience: girls' night
Plot: wartime life, world war two, life is a bitch, military, family relations, strong female presence, friendship, soldier, rise and fall, love, siblings relations, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Simple-Minded Murderer (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The feeble-minded Sven's mother dies and he gets work as a farm-hand at the rich, affluent Höglund's farm. He has to work without pay and sleeps together with the cows. He meets the disabled Anna who is the first one to treat him as an ...
Style: non-linear, realistic, serious, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, farm, hopes, master and servant, social misfits, misfit, love and romance, life is a bitch, down on your luck, injustice, power relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Kabei: Our Mother (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Set in Tokyo in 1940, the peaceful life of the Nogami Family suddenly changes when the father, Shigeru, is arrested and accused of being a Communist. His wife Kayo works frantically from morning to night to maintain the household and bring up her ...
Style: sincere, serious, touching, emotional, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, world war two, parents and children, family relations, wartime life, political unrest, unsupportive parent, state affairs, single parent, death in the family, nationalism, mother son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Protector (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Czech Republic, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A Czech journalist joins a Prague radio station what broadcasts Nazi propaganda in order to protect his Jewish wife. However, as the Nazi rule over Czechoslovakia calls for more and more collaboration, his relationship with his wife spirals downward.
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, stylized
Plot: world war two, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, anti semitism, couple relations, wartime life, couples, against humanity, artists and showbiz, nudity (full frontal - brief), assassination, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: czech republic, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Those Who Remain (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bertrand (Vincent Lindon) dutifully visits his terminally ill wife every day, braving the long train and bus ride to and from the hospital. Lorraine (Emmanuelle Devos) not so willingly visits her boyfriend who was diagnosed with colon cancer. They ...
Style: realistic, touching, atmospheric, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: hospital, terminal illness, unfulfillment, self discovery, love, couples, fall in love, friendship, supportive spouse, life is a bitch, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Angel (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Angelica "Angel" Holst was a celebrated rockstar in the 80's but since then her fame and popularity has faded. Now it's time to step back into the spotlight - but to reach the top again she needs media attention and the question ...
Style: realistic, not serious, captivating, humorous
Audience: teens
Plot: musician's life, ambition, lifestyle, desire for fame, infidelity, rising to stardom, dishonesty, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz, couples, down on your luck, pop star ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Cow (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Chinese peasant is given the responsibility of protecting his village's special dairy cow during a particularly harsh winter in 1940.
Style: semi serious, atmospheric, touching, dark humor, humorous ...
Plot: friendship, wartime life, life is a bitch, danger, animal life, survival, escapades, village, war, refugee, world war two, refugees ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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, captivating, rough, bleak, realistic
Plot: drought, world war two, survival, danger, life is a bitch, chaos, family problems, on the road, family in danger, wartime life, against humanity, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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The New World (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young boy who worships all things American comes of age in Orleans, where over 14,000 American GIs were stationed.
Style: touching, atmospheric, emotional, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: world war two, jazz, youth, lifestyle, best friends, love and romance, soldier, experimenting, couples, family relations, friends, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
I Travel Alone (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Jarle Klepp is a 25-year-old student of literature with a passion for Adorno, Proust and grown-up women - and definitely not Tamagochi's, Lady Di and small kids. The news that he is the father of a seven year old girl - and that she will come ...
Style: realistic, emotional, contemplative, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, family relations, friends, youth, life turned upside down, couples, society, student life, twentysomething life, student
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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X, Y and Zee (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The venomous and amoral wife of a wealthy architect tries, any way she can, to break up the blossoming romance between her husband and his new mistress; a good-natured young widow who holds a dark past.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, adultery, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, couples, romance, husband wife relationship, other woman, wife husband relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.8
 640
Heaven's Heart (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two couples, old friends, end up in a heated debate over adultery at a dinner party.
Style: psychological, contemplative, realistic, talky, captivating ...
Plot: infidelity, love affair, best friends, estrangement, couples, introspection, couple relations, society, unfulfillment, anniversary, dinner, marriage ...
Place: sweden, denmark, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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The Last Sentence (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Renowned journalist Torgny Segerstedt declares war against Hitler as he criticizes Swedish politicians who tried to look away from the tyranny of the Nazis with the good excuse of “neutralism”. His only weapon is his pen and his life is full of ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, serious, uplifting, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, life is a bitch, political unrest, journalism, fascism, human spirit, fighting the system, hopes, against the odds, media, state affairs, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Secrets of War (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family, History, War
Country: Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tuur and Lambert are best friends. But the war is closing in and is about to change their lives forever. Tuurs dad joined the resistance and even his big brother seems so be part of it. Lamberts family on the other hand choose to obey the Germans. ...
Style: emotional, captivating, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: friendship, world war two, best friends, war, village, village life, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, youth, friendship between boys, teenager, child ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.3
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1001 Grams (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale. Finally Marie is forced to come to terms with how much a ...
Style: realistic, contemplative, serious, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, dull life, unfulfillment, frustration, scientist, estrangement, love, bittersweet, love affair, love and romance, female nudity, bathtub ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, norway, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.9
 466
Limbo (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Sonia arrives in Trinidad with her two children to join her husband Jo who is working as an oil engineer. On the surface she lives a life of luxury in a large houses with servants. The days are uneventful and blend together into an everlasting ...
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: introspection, infidelity, family problems, couples, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, social relations, unfulfillment, strong female presence, monastery, female director, school ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Near the end of World War II, Maria marries Hermann, who is immediately sent off to battle. When the war concludes, Maria believes that Hermann is dead. She starts working at an Allied bar, where she meets American soldier Bill. They start a ...
Style: emotional, psychological, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, marriage, world war two, love triangle, post war, romance, rise to the top, lovers reunited, couples, human nature, survival, couple relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: germany, europe, west germany, berlin germany, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 4.0
 2K
The Blitz (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A thrilling love story between the young boxer Vincent and the German Eva, who soon has to marry with the middle-aged Dirk to save her family. While the war starts in the Netherlands their impossible love inflames. May 14, 1940, the day that the ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, suspenseful ...
Plot: world war two, wartime life, life is a bitch, society, social differences, bombing, arranged marriage, unfulfillment, romance, german occupation, brother sister relationship, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.0
 96
The Pianist (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Mario Gas directed this music-themed Spanish drama set in Barcelona of the mid-'80s. When famed composer Lluis Doria (Laurent Terzieff) visits a transvestite club, he learns his lifelong friend Albert Rossell (Serge Reggiani) is the house ...
Style: contemplative, realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy
Plot: love triangle, haunted by the past, reunion, friends, confined, musician's life, lifestyle, life is a bitch, state affairs, love and romance, artists and showbiz, spanish civil war ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s
Place: paris france, barcelona, europe, spain, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%