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, social relations, confession, goodhearted, small town, character study, investigation, mysterious man, existentialism, catholic church, uncover truth, recovering alcoholic, mystery, painting, irish, moral dilemma, parents and children, religions or cults, father daughter relationship, dishonesty, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, talky and harsh films with plots about redemption, loneliness, dialogue, depression, storytelling, mentor and drinking mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like Calvary: Winter Light (1963), Stella Days (2011), The Hunt (2012), The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002), Garage (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: suicide, winter, priest, pastor, faith, small town, clergy, isolation, human nature, village, introspection, redemption ...
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: sincere, serious, captivating, realistic, intellectual
Plot: small town, electricity, clergy, small town life, religions or cults, society, social relations, idealism, hopes, school teacher, progress, lodger ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 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: thought provoking, bleak, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: false accusation, life turned upside down, small town life, injustice, pedophile, teacher, deer, lie, social relations, human nature, parents and children, hunting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: realistic, psychological, semi serious, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, dentist, suburbs, crumbling marriage, couple relations, dishonesty, love and romance, society, unfulfillment, couples, adultery, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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 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, realistic, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: village, garage, gas station, small town, friendship, misfit, human nature, solitude, parents and children, small town life, coming of age, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, psychological, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, hit and run, insurance, human nature, couple relations, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, couples, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 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: tense, talky, stylized, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: driving, on the road, driving at night, one night, human nature, life turned upside down, family problems, adultery, destiny, car phone, construction site, wife husband relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 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, touching, serious, psychological ...
Plot: coma, small town, redemption, country, jealousy, forgiveness, minister, preacher, christianity, religions or cults, radio station, apostle ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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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: bleak, realistic, touching, serious, captivating ...
Plot: small town, friendship, murder, mentally challenged, father figure, death threat, autism, gay slur, homosexual, redemption, human nature, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 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, serious, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, unemployment, irish, coming of age, human nature, parents and children, prejudice, rich and poor, society, youth, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, europe, usa, new york, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 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: talky, clever, bleak, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, child prodigy, suicide attempt, chance, infidelity, terminal illness, redemption, cancer, seduction, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1910s, 1960s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 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, serious, psychological ...
Plot: domestic violence, rage, violence, beating, death of husband, drunkenness, pub, urination, prison visit, dog, redemption, abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2010
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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, serious, emotional, atmospheric, scary ...
Plot: anxiety attack, strip club, redemption, exotic dancer, stripper, self discovery, human nature, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, hopes, family problems, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: suicide attempt, belief, one on one, suicidal, question, religions or cults, christianity, society, religion, dialogue driven, atheism, dialogue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ 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: atmospheric, emotional, bleak, serious, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, lawyer, bus, redemption, car accident, school bus, betrayal, tragedy, lawsuit, incest, drowning, loss of child ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: canada, british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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, serious, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: suicide attempt, suicide thoughts, old friends, addiction, human nature, drugs/alcohol, urban, introspection, rehabilitation, starting over, thirtysomething life, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, oslo norway, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.4
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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, stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: nun, jewish, anti semitism, orphan, convent, family secret, self discovery, nazism, drugs/alcohol, uncover truth, haunted by the past, life turned upside down ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: poland, europe, mine, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 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: serious, captivating, realistic, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: infidelity, dysfunctional family, curse, menstruation, aunt niece relationship, all black cast, tavern, superstition, small town, incest, murder, prophecy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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 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, serious, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: alibi, poacher, humiliation, suicide, small town, coming of age, drowning, innocence lost, dealing with death, village, human nature, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, bleak, epic, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: greed, villain, character study, rise to the top, oil, ambition, obsession, alcoholic, bowling alley, money, lone wolves, american dream ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s, turn of the century ...
Place: california, mine, usa, los angeles, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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: talky, realistic, touching, captivating, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: drifter, small town, single mother, suicide attempt, workplace, single parent, introspection, sibling relationship, parents and children, workplace romance, siblings relations, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 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, semi serious, humorous, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, single parent, friendship, human nature, self discovery, parents and children, siblings relations, custody, eccentric family, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 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: talky, bleak, psychological, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, suicide attempt, introspection, urban, parents and children, beach house, poet, beach, white rose, siblings relations, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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The Safety of Objects (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In a suburban landscape, the lives of several families interlace with loss, despair and personal crisis. Esther Gold has lost focus on all but caring for her comatose son, Paul, and neglects her daughter and husband. Lawyer Jim Train is devoted to ...
Style: serious, emotional, psychological, tense, realistic ...
Plot: train, coma, crumbling marriage, small town, dysfunctional family, suburbs, parents and children, small town life, suburban life, family life, society, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: realistic, emotional, psychological, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, pregnancy, arson, vandalism, vietnam war, human nature, siblings relations, sibling relationship, family problems, family relations, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: ohio, usa, vietnam, asia, nebraska
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.7
 16K
Distant (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Uzak/Distant chronicles the numbing loneliness, longing, and isolation in the lives of two men who are consumed by their own problems. Istanbul photographer Mahmut reluctantly receives his relative Yusuf, but the mingling of their lives does little ...
Style: bleak, serious, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: unemployment, loneliness, photographer, recession, midlife crisis, love and romance, urban, unfulfillment, human nature, introspection, looking for love, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, turkey, istanbul turkey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.7
 69K
Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, bleak, thought provoking, serious, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, social decay, teacher, life is a bitch, unhappy, human relationship, dedicated educator, social problems, social relations, depression, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 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, semi serious, captivating, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: church, celibacy, clergy, suburbs, religions or cults, belief, change, challenge, society, gays and lesbians, gender, gay ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Night of the Iguana (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Drama while a tour bus driver shows church ladies around Mexico. Helped establish Puerto Vallarta as tourist destination.
Style: sexual, serious, psychological, realistic, clever ...
Plot: church, hotel, mental illness, clergy, bus driver, spinster, priest, tourist, guide, bus, minister, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: mexico, latin america, tennessee, virginia, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.0
 14K
Affliction (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A small town policeman must investigate a suspicious hunting accident. The investigation and other events result in his slowly disintegrating mentally.
Style: bleak, rough, psychological, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, small town life, abusive father, murder, sheriff, snow, haunted by the past, crime, crimes, domestic violence, arson ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new hampshire, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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