Movies like Across the Universe

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Across the Universe (2007)
 7.4
 99K
Across the Universe (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 133 min.
Story: When young dockworker Jude leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in America, he is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy, a rich but sheltered American girl who joins the growing anti-war movement in New York's Greenwich Village. As the body count in Vietnam rises, political tensions at home spiral out of control and the star-crossed lovers find themselves in a psychedelic world gone mad.
Style: offbeat, surreal, stylized, serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric, lyrical, psychedelic, colourful ...
Audience: date night
Plot: anti war, protest, cultural difference, police arrest, riot, university, vietnam war, political unrest, music, americana, artist, friendship, idealism, radical, pimp, thanksgiving, hippie, deportation, fan, priest, police brutality, lesbian, singer, dancer, funeral ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, seaport, liverpool, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, california

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Most similar movies to Across the Universe

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, realistic, serious and sentimental films with plots about storytelling, love and romance, mentor, catastrophe, dancing, dialogue and dancer mostly in Drama, Romance and Musical genres. Some movies like Across the Universe: Hair (1979), Rent (2005), Purple Rain (1984), The Best of Youth (2003), Nine (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.6
 31K
Hair (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, War
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: "Hair" is a 1979 musical war comedy-drama film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical "Hair: An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" about a Vietnam War draftee, Claude, who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on ...
Style: sentimental, semi serious, stylized, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: hippie, vietnam war, commune, skinny dipping, army, friendship, anti war, social misfits, rock, idealism, free love, cult ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: oklahoma, new york, manchester england, washington d.c., nevada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.0
 45K
Rent (2005)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village, New York, USA. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark ...
Style: emotional, semi serious, sentimental, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: lesbian, aids, transvestism, gay, drug abuse, hiv positive, missing person, telephone call, african american, friendship, cross dressing, eviction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s, year 1989 ...
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, new mexico, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 6.5
 17K
Purple Rain (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A young man with a talent for music meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, and finds that talent alone isn't all that he needs.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: suicide attempt, aspiring singer, music, rivalry, love triangle, musician's life, rock, performer's life, pop star, rising to stardom, couple relations, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: minnesota, usa, minneapolis minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Best of Youth (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 366 min.
Story: Spanning four decades, from the chaotic 1960s to the present, director Marco Tullio Giordana's passionate epic 'La Meglio Gioventu' follows two Italian brothers through some of the most tumultuous events of recent Italian history.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: politics, society, dishonesty, political corruption, pianist, police brutality, photographer, protest, museum, psychiatrist, letter, interrogation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s ...
Place: italy, lebanon, europe, palestine, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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 5.8
 40K
Nine (2009)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini finds himself struggling to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor. With only a week left before shooting begins, he desperately searches for answers and inspiration from ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: midlife crisis, memory, sidewalk cafe, filmmaking, infidelity, showbiz, romance, artists and showbiz, couples, femme fatale, self discovery, couple relations ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 1920s, year 1965
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.0
 123K
One Day (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A romantic comedy centered on Dexter and Emma, who first meet during their graduation in 1988 and proceed to keep in touch regularly. The film follows what they do on July 15 annually, usually doing something together.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: opposites attract, love and romance, follow your dream, friendship, social differences, ambition, reunion, unfulfilled love, hopes, couples, best friends in love, love ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 90s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: paris france, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Absolute Beginners (1986)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A musical adaptation of Colin MacInnes' novel about life in late 1950s London. Nineteen-year-old photographer Colin is hopelessly in love with model Crepe Suzette, but her relationships are strictly connected with her progress in the fashion ...
Style: serious, witty, realistic, sentimental, light ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: cinderella story, photographer, fashion, jazz, racism, musician's life, rock, performer's life, fashion model, rise to the top, romance, rich and poor ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1958, 80s ...
Place: london, europe, mount everest, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Steal This Movie (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Five years after Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman goes underground to avoid a drug-related prison sentence, he contacts a reporter to get out the story of the FBI's covert spying, harassment and inciting of violence they then blame on the Left.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: fighting the system, on the run, environmentalism, politics, injustice, rebellion, vietnam war, society, state affairs, fugitives, hidden identity, rise and fall ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, pentagon, woodstock, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 8.0
 381K
Big Fish (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Throughout his life Edward Bloom has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, he remains a huge mystery to his son, William. Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true ...
Style: sentimental, offbeat, feel good, touching, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: witch, parents and children, mermaid, escapades, true love, fish, fantasy world, love and romance, adventure, fishing, father son relationship, cancer ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: usa, texas, morocco, russia, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Pennies from Heaven (1981)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A musical set in the great Busby Berkeley style. In Chicago during the depression, sheet music salesman, Arthur Parker, is trying to sell his products, but it's not easy to convince unwilling music store owners to buy them. Although he's ...
Style: surreal, serious, dark humor, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, song, marriage, great depression, traveling salesman, bank, infidelity, pimp, couple relations, down on your luck, showbiz, store ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Great Gatsby (1974)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession ...
Style: captivating, serious, stylized, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: love and romance, infidelity, love triangle, society, fall in love, love affair, obsession, couple relations, couples, betrayal, wealth, millionaire ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, post world war one
Place: new york, usa, long island, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 171 min.
Story: Successful surgeon Tomas leaves Prague for an operation, meets a young photographer named Tereza, and brings her back with him. Tereza is surprised to learn that Tomas is already having an affair with the bohemian Sabina, but when the Soviet ...
Style: sexy, sexual, erotic, serious, clever ...
Plot: infidelity, waitress, photographer, fondling, fall in love, surgeon, love triangle, friendship, womanizer, mistress, invasion, romance ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1968
Place: switzerland, europe, soviet union, prague, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.2
 96K
The Dreamers (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.
Style: erotic, sexual, atmospheric, serious, sexy ...
Plot: incest, sexuality, love and romance, sexual relations, friends, rebelliousness, protest, youth, desire, rebellion, lovers, love triangle ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1968
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.2
 75K
The Doors (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The story of the famous and influential 1960's rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: music band, singer, mentally unstable, drug abuse, star, airplane, hallucination, sex, poetry, lsd, hippie, music ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1949, year 1966 ...
Place: california, usa, paris france, miami, venice beach california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.6
 246K
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet, who is plunged into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, begins a passionate affair with ...
Style: sexy, sentimental, stylized, offbeat, twists and turns ...
Audience: date night
Plot: tragic love, jealousy, terminal illness, performer's life, showbiz, postmodernism, cabaret, nightclub, absinthe, bohemian, dance hall, duke ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century, 1890s, 1900s
Place: europe, paris france, france, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 166 min.
Story: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Style: sentimental, touching, atmospheric, melancholic, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: true love, love and romance, tragic love, aging, hopes, child as adult, imaginary, impossible love, life philosophy, odd, supernatural romance, fall in love ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 20s, 30s, 60s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, paris france, english channel, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Way We Were (1973)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: politics, hollywood, communist, mccarthyism, opposites attract, romance, radical, unlikely couple, young lovers, crumbling marriage, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 1950s, 1940s, 20th century, 30s, 40s ...
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan new york city, malibu california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.6
 1K
Stonewall (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of homosexual people try to live with dignity and self-respect while events build to the opening battle in the major gay rights movement.
Style: serious, tense, touching, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: gay, homosexuality, gays and lesbians, gay pride, raid, drag, transvestism, police raid, friendship, gender, politics, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1969
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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A Home at the End of the World (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three friends form a bond over the year, Johnathan is gay, Clare is straight and Bobby is neither, instead he loves the people he loves. As their lives go on there is tension and tears which culminate in a strong yet fragile friendship between the ...
Style: touching, serious, sexual, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: aids, gay, gays and lesbians, bisexual, tantrum, friendship, self discovery, love triangle, pregnancy, rock, fall in love, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s, year 1967, 1960s
Place: ohio, new york, usa, cleveland ohio, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Zia, distraught over breaking up with his girlfriend, decides to end it all. Unfortunately, he discovers that there is no real ending, only a run-down afterlife that is strikingly similar to his old one, just a bit worse. Discovering that his ...
Style: offbeat, humorous, clever, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: afterlife, on the road, depression, suicide, death, toast, grocery store, record player, russian, romance, hitchhiker, roommate ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.4
 164K
Blue Valentine (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Dean and Cindy live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. They appear to have the world at their feet at the outset of the relationship. However, his lack of ambition and her retreat into self-absorption cause potentially irreversible cracks in ...
Style: realistic, emotional, talky, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: marriage, crumbling marriage, couple relations, nurse, lust, strong sexual content, depression, dysfunctional family, dancing, truck, classroom, bridge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, new york, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.7
 109K
Hairspray (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Pleasantly plump teenager, Tracy Turnblad and her best friend, Penny Pingleton audition to be on The Corny Collins Show – and Tracy wins. But when scheming Amber Von Tussle and her mother plot to destroy Tracy, it turns to chaos.
Style: humorous, feel good, entertaining, exciting, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, family outing, teen drama
Plot: dream come true, follow your dream, teenage love, artists and showbiz, underdog, dream, romance, dancer, dancing, friendship, dance, teenage girl ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1962
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
 4K
Hipsters (2008)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In this hit Russian musical, a group of friends flaunts Soviet authority in 1950s Moscow by embracing jazz. When Communist Mels falls for Polly, a free-spirited jazz fan, he risks losing his party membership by associating with her rebellious crew.
Style: stylized, captivating, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: youth, politics, adoption, love and romance, rock, rebellion, counterculture, subculture, state affairs, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, communism, dance ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: moscow russia, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Regular Lovers (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 183 min.
Story: 1968 and 1969 in Paris: during and after the student and trade union revolt. François is 20, a poet, dodging military service. He takes to the barricades, but won't throw a Molotov cocktail at the police. He smokes opium and talks about ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: politics, idealism, revolution, romance, rebelliousness, couple relations, love affair, love triangle, sexual relations, tragic love, political corruption, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1968, year 1969
Place: france, europe, morocco, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.4
 65K
Upside Down (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In an alternate universe where twinned worlds have opposite gravities, a young man battles interplanetary prejudice and the laws of physics in his quest to reunite with the long-lost girl of his dreams in this visually stunning romantic adventure ...
Style: surreal, romantic, breathtaking, emotional, artsy ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, true love, parallel world, gravity, chase, romance, class differences, lovers apart, corporate world, inventions and discoveries, amnesia, riding a bicycle ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, and privately tutors her while terrorizing the rest of the opera house and ...
Style: gothic, captivating, serious, gloomy, stylized ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: obsession, fall in love, opera, musician's life, singer, disfigurement, love and romance, prodigy, dangerous attraction, love triangle, dancing, tragic hero ...
Time: 19th century, 1910s, victorian, 1870s, year 1919
Place: france, dungeon, europe, paris france, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Getting Straight (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Graduate student Harry Bailey was once one of the most visible undergraduate activists on campus, but now that he's back studying for his master's, he's trying to fly right. Trouble is, the campus is exploding with various student ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Plot: college, vietnam war, student, anti war, revolution, dedicated educator, idealism, activism, protest, rebelliousness, self discovery, teachers and students ...
Time: 60s
Place: campus
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.
Style: gothic, sentimental, touching, atmospheric, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: social misfits, loneliness, tragic hero, impossible love, human nature, fish out of water, fall in love, injustice, scissors, romance, inventor, freak ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
 2K
The '60s (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: The Herlihys are a working class family from Chicago whose three children take wildly divergent paths: Brian joins the Marines right out of High School and goes to Vietnam..
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, captivating
Plot: hippie, vietnam war, black panthers, drug abuse, concert, rock music, vietnam veteran, politician, pot smoking, civil rights, protest, culture clash ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: vietnam, south central los angeles, usa, woodstock, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Year That Trembled (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The Year That Trembled is a 1970 coming-of-age story set in the shadow of Kent State that focuses on a group of young characters facing the Vietnam Draft Lottery.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: lottery, coming of age, vietnam war, politics, college, high school, friendship, anti war, fighting the system, americana, human nature, innocence lost ...
Time: 70s, 1960s, year 1970, year 1971
Place: vietnam, ohio, asia, usa, cambodia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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