Movies like Calvary

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Calvary (2014)
 7.4
 52K
Calvary (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.
Style: bleak, captivating, dark humor, cynical, psychological, depressing, melancholic, meditative, atmospheric, talky ...
Plot: clergy, death threat, priest, human nature, small town life, goodhearted, social relations, confession, small town, painting, catholic church, recovering alcoholic, character study, investigation, mysterious man, existentialism, irish, uncover truth, mystery, family relations, cause and meaning, religions or cults, parents and children, reach out, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe

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Most similar movies to Calvary

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, serious and bleak films with plots about storytelling, redemption, dialogue, loneliness, mentor, depression and character study mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Calvary: Winter Light (1963), Stella Days (2011), The Hunt (2012), Garage (2007), Sling Blade (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.1
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Winter Light (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, psychological, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: suicide, pastor, faith, winter, priest, isolation, small town, nuclear, clergy, human nature, introspection, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
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95%
 5.7
 368
Stella Days (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, Norway, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A priest stationed in Tipperary, Ireland, is eager to return to Rome. Told he cannot do so until he has raised enough money for the building of a new church, he decides to open a cinema in the local town.
Style: captivating, realistic, sincere, serious, intellectual
Plot: small town, electricity, society, clergy, idealism, hopes, religions or cults, social relations, small town life, lodger, progress, priest ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 8.3
 237K
The Hunt (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, captivating, psychological, tense ...
Plot: false accusation, pedophile, life turned upside down, injustice, small town life, society, family relations, social relations, teacher, human nature, parents and children, child abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 7.1
 3K
Garage (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A tragicomedy set in the world of gas stations in rural Ireland, where over-diligent employee of the garage searches for intimacy during the course of a life-changing summer.
Style: semi serious, humorous, psychological, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: village, misfit, small town, friendship, gas station, garage, society, coming of age, social relations, small town life, teenage life, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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 8.0
 81K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, sincere, serious ...
Plot: murder, friendship, death threat, father figure, redemption, mentally challenged, family relations, small town, human nature, crimes, parents and children, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.2
 13K
The Apostle (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: After his happy life spins out of control, a preacher from Texas changes his name, goes to Louisiana and starts preaching on the radio.
Style: talky, realistic, serious, touching, psychological ...
Plot: coma, redemption, small town, forgiveness, jealousy, minister, preacher, country, christianity, radio, sin, clergy ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, biting, cynical ...
Plot: infidelity, dentist, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, society, mentally unstable, lifestyle, human nature, family problems, dishonesty, couples, suburbs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.5
 17K
Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: bleak, psychological, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, family problems, family relations, parents and children, family gatherings, family tragedy, sister sister relationship, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry, character study, family drama ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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 8.0
 268K
Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, infidelity, terminal illness, redemption, depression, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, couple relations, social problems, suffering ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1910s, 1950s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: talky, bleak, clever, psychological, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, insurance, hit and run, human nature, love affair, dishonesty, couples, addiction, understanding, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.3
 8K
Eve's Bayou (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, touching, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, infidelity, incest, prophecy, small town, murder, curse, aunt niece relationship, all black cast, superstition, tavern, menstruation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.3
 19K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: touching, emotional, gloomy, sentimental, disturbing ...
Plot: poverty, unemployment, irish, life is a bitch, prejudice, teacher, ira, coming of age, youth, injustice, alcohol abuse, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, usa, europe, new york, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.1
 119K
Locke (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Ivan Locke has worked hard to craft a good life for himself. Tonight, that life will collapse around him. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his ...
Style: talky, suspenseful, stylized, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: driving, on the road, one night, driving at night, human nature, life turned upside down, family problems, adultery, construction site, car phone, destiny, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small mountain community in Canada is devastated when a school bus accident leaves more than a dozen of its children dead. A big-city lawyer arrives to help the survivors' and victims' families prepare a class-action suit, but his ...
Style: bleak, emotional, atmospheric, psychological, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, redemption, betrayal, lawyer, bus, artist, drowning, incest, loss of child, lawsuit, snow, car accident ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: canada, british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.3
 13K
Powder Blue (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: On the gritty streets of LA, the destinies of four people desperate for connection and redemption are about to collide.
Style: bleak, emotional, serious, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: strip club, anxiety attack, stripper, exotic dancer, redemption, self discovery, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, human nature, family problems, hopes, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.8
 9K
Mouchette (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feelings with one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film.
Style: bleak, emotional, disturbing, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: drowning, small town, poacher, suicide, alibi, humiliation, coming of age, innocence lost, obsession, dysfunctional family, village, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.4
 46K
Ida (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, Denmark, France, UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Anna, a young novitiate in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: nun, jewish, anti semitism, convent, orphan, family secret, nazism, self discovery, haunted by the past, coming of age, human nature, odd couple ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: poland, europe, mine, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.6
 28K
Tyrannosaur (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship ...
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: domestic violence, rage, dog, violence, abuse, death of husband, pub, beating, prison visit, drunkenness, urination, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2010
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview moves to oil-rich California. Using his adopted son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: greed, character study, rise to the top, ambition, villain, oil, rivalry, money, obsession, small town, evil, arson ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, turn of the century ...
Place: california, mine, usa, los angeles, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Grandview, U.S.A. (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Life in the small town of Grandview, Illinois is one that is just like any other city or town. Tim Pearson, soon to be graduating high school wants to go to Florida to study oceanography. He meets Michelle "Mike" Cody and is attracted to ...
Style: offbeat, touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: coming of age, small town, bondage, revenge, betrayal, love and romance, romance, family relations, friends, social relations, society, human nature ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.0
 1K
The Turning (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Seventeen talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines each create a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by multi award-winning author Tim Winton. The linking and overlapping stories explore the extraordinary turning points ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, sincere, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: friends, social relations, estrangement, family relations, unfulfillment, parents and children, family life, small town life, couples, family problems, postmodernism, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.2
 2K
Housekeeping (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950s, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up to most people's expectations.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, touching, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, friendship, parents and children, hopes, siblings relations, custody, society, human nature, lifestyle, eccentric family ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The Indian Runner (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: An intensely sad film about two brothers who cannot overcome their opposite perceptions of life. One brother sees and feels bad in everyone and everything, subsequently he is violent, antisocial and unable to appreciate or enjoy the good things ...
Style: tense, realistic, emotional, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: small town, vandalism, pregnancy, arson, vietnam war, family relations, goodhearted, on the run, parents and children, couple relations, babies and infants, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: ohio, asia, vietnam, usa, nebraska
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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The Sunset Limited (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the play of the same name by Pulitzer Prize Winner Cormac McCarthy, this searing two-character drama mixes humor and pathos while examining the relationship between strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. Set in a New ...
Style: intellectual, talky, bleak, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: belief, suicide attempt, suicidal, one on one, question, christianity, religions or cults, alienation, professor, suffering, debate, desperation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Shipping News (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, melancholic, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, small town, haunted by the past, single parent, starting over, adultery, love affair, parents and children, love and romance, family relations, romance, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
You Can Count on Me (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.
Style: realistic, touching, talky, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: drifter, small town, suicide attempt, single mother, brother sister relationship, uncle nephew relationship, workplace, childhood, workplace romance, loss of family member, parents and children, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york state, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Anders is a recovering drug addict in an Oslo rehab clinic. On the 30th August, he is given a day’s leave to attend a job interview in the city centre.
Style: talky, realistic, intellectual, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: suicide attempt, old friends, suicide thoughts, addiction, human nature, introspection, rave, lifestyle, urban, heroin, rehabilitation, identity crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oslo norway, norway, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.7
 884
Mass Appeal (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young seminarian rattles the established order at a Catholic parish run by an older pastor. (TCM.com)
Style: talky, realistic, psychological, semi serious, captivating ...
Plot: celibacy, church, clergy, religions or cults, suburbs, gender, society, gays and lesbians, belief, change, challenge, gay ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 4.7
 2K
Main Street (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: From the once thriving tobacco warehouses, to the current run-down and closed shops of Five Points, a diverse group of residents and their respective life changes when outsider Gus Leroy brings something new and potentially dangerous into their ...
Style: serious, tense, psychological, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: estrangement, mysterious character, introspection, intrigue, small town, social relations, small town life, dishonesty, hopes
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Older Than America (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The truth of the past come to light in a series of haunting visions in this drama. The strange visions grow more vivid with each passing day, a young woman of Native American heritage begins piecing together a Catholic priests diabolical plot to ...
Style: tense, captivating, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: against humanity, parents and children, society, social relations, haunted by the past, racism, family relations, life is a bitch, genocide, americana, clergy, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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