Movies like Ararat

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Ararat (2002)
 6.6
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Ararat (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A variety of characters, some close relatives, others distant strangers, are each affected by the making of a film about the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, gloomy, serious, realistic, enigmatic, talky, factual, intellectual, emotional ...
Plot: genocide, politics, incest, war crime, filmmaking, atrocity, family relations, parents and children, self discovery, artists and showbiz, family problems, haunted by the past, ethnic, retiring, against humanity, state affairs, family in crisis, freedom, memory, death, dancing, sniper, horse, rape, terrorist ...
Time: 1910s, 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, 1930s, year 1915
Place: turkey, ottoman empire, canada, middle east, toronto ontario canada, armenia, israel

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Most similar movies to Ararat

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and dramatic films with plots about death, brutality, tragedy, war, mentor, culture clash and storytelling mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like Ararat: Max (2002), Circle of Deceit (1981), Savior (1998), The Sweet Hereafter (1997), Come and See (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Max (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Hungary, Canada, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In 1918, a young, disillusioned Adolph Hitler strikes up a friendship with a Jewish art dealer while weighing a life of passion for art vs. talent at politics
Style: realistic, serious, clever, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: anti semitism, controversy, infidelity, friendship, blind ambition, rise to the top, artists and showbiz, state affairs, racism, society, lifestyle, self discovery ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s ...
Place: europe, germany, munich germany, vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Circle of Deceit (1981)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Georg Laschen leaves his family in West Germany to go work as a war correspondent in Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians.
Style: rough, disturbing, realistic, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: politics, lebanese, war, love and romance, against humanity, life is a bitch, battle zone, chaos and mayhem, state affairs, danger, journalism, media ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: middle east, lebanon, west germany, beirut lebanon, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 7.3
 10K
Savior (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A hardened mercenary in the Foreign Legion begins to find his own humanity when confronted with atrocities during the fighting in Bosnia
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: atrocity, mercenary, genocide, war, civil war, redemption, soldier, terrorism, war crime, pregnancy, sniper, rape ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: former yugoslavia, europe, serbia, bosnia, croatia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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, snow, lawsuit, loss of child, incest, school bus ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: canada, british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 8.2
 42K
Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union, Belarus
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, surreal, rough, serious ...
Plot: against humanity, genocide, atrocity, anti war, holocaust, war crime, surrealism, survival, war, occupation, execution, military ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.1
 16K
Exotica (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In the upscale Toronto strip club Exotica, dancer Christina is visited nightly by the obsessive Francis, a depressed tax auditor. Her ex-boyfriend, the club's MC, Eric, still jealously pines for her even as he introduces her onstage, but Eric ...
Style: sexual, erotic, psychological, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: loss of daughter, haunted by the past, accountant, ballet, pet shop, nightclub, secret, unhappiness, stripper, redemption, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.5
 10K
Brothers (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Denmark, UK, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A Danish officer, Michael (Thomsen), is sent away to the International Security Assistance Force operation in Afghanistan for three months. His first mission there is to find a young radar technician who had been separated from his squad some ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, tense, touching ...
Plot: prisoner, siblings relations, war, family problems, family life, life is a bitch, family relations, parents and children, favoritism among siblings, soldier, military, presumed dead ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, europe, denmark, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 8.3
 121K
Incendies (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, emotional, realistic, rough ...
Plot: rape, massacre, muslim, dealing with death, torture, twins, death, christianity, checkpoint, orphanage, will, prison ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 70s, year 1970 ...
Place: middle east, lebanon, montreal quebec, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 8.1
 2K
Warriors (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 175 min.
Story: If the conflict in Bosnia has become something of a forgotten war, it's not for the want of trying from the immensely powerful BBC film Warriors, the story of five young soldiers and their harrowing experiences in the region.
Style: realistic, captivating, rough, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: atrocity, genocide, war crime, life is a bitch, war, wartime life, gory, ethnic, state affairs, against humanity, soldier, anti war ...
Place: former yugoslavia, europe, bosnia, bosnia herzegovina
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Burnt by the Sun (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin ...
Style: touching, captivating, stylized, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: parents and children, politics, communism, betrayal, totalitarianism, russian history, stalinism, repression, symbolism, friendship, colonel, war ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: russia, ussr, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 186 min.
Story: In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his ...
Style: talky, realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, courtroom drama, judge, concentration camp, courtroom, against humanity, cold war, war crime, trial, genocide, war, german ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1940s ...
Place: germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Harrison's Flowers (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Harrison Lloyd is a Pulitzer-winning photojournalist. His wife and family are making it hard for him to keep his mind on his work when he's in a war zone, and he wants to change jobs to something less stressful. But he's got one last ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, rough, brutal, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: genocide, war, missing person, murder, photojournalist, battles, obsessive quest, love affair, crimes, journalism, civil war, violence ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1991
Place: croatia, former yugoslavia, europe, new jersey, eastern europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, disturbing, gloomy ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, friendship, concentration camp, against humanity, childhood, jewish, young heroes, nazism, wartime life, atrocity, tragic event, gas chamber ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.3
 9K
In Darkness (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland, Germany, Canada
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lvov. In Darkness tells the true story of Leopold Soha who risks his own life to save a dozen people from certain death. Initially only interested in his ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, sincere, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: thief, holocaust, jewish, underground, german, tunnel, polish, unwanted pregnancy, survival, ghetto, sewer, refugee ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 2008, year 1945, 1940s
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Ireland, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In 1920s Ireland young doctor Damien O'Donovan prepares to depart for a new job in a London hospital. As he says his goodbyes at a friend's farm, British Black and Tans arrive, and a young man is killed. Damien joins his brother Teddy in ...
Style: bleak, captivating, brutal, factual, bloody ...
Plot: civil war, resistance, rebellion, ira, politics, freedom, irish, torture, occupation, debate, injustice, rebel ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s
Place: ireland, england, europe, medical school, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Johnny Got His Gun (1971)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed in a fate worse than death - a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, legs, eyes, ears, mouth and nose. Unbeknown to his doctors, he ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, surreal, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: anti war, hospital, christmas, soldier, isolation, boat, patient, freak, mute, u.s. army, amputation, war ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: france, colorado, europe, los angeles, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.6
 7K
The Damned (1969)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In the early days of Nazi Germany, a powerful noble family must adjust to life under the new dictatorship regime. The transition from democracy to dictatorship is thus dramatized through the lives of the family which also owns a powerful German ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, bleak, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: incest, homosexuality, orgy, poison, aryan, decadence, third reich, murder, cross dressing, mother son incest, dishonesty, downfall ...
Time: 40s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.5
 19K
Stop-Loss (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A veteran soldier returns from his completed tour of duty in Iraq, only to find his life turned upside down when he is arbitrarily ordered to return to field duty by the Army.
Style: emotional, serious, bleak, thought provoking, suspense ...
Plot: military, friendship, homecoming, patriotism, soldier, gulf war, politics, wartime life, rules and policies, death, u.s. military, bar fight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, canada, mexico, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Johnny Mad Dog (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Belgium, Liberia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A cast of unknown performers are used in this drama about child soldiers fighting a war in an unnamed African country.
Style: serious, bleak, disturbing, rough, realistic
Plot: civil war, orphan, child soldier, cross dressing, genocide, crimes, life is a bitch, war, against humanity, military, soldier, survival ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.3
 13K
Amen. (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, War
Country: France, Germany, Romania
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The film "Amen." examines the links between the Vatican and Nazi Germany. The central character is Kurt Gerstein, a member of the Institute for Hygiene of the Waffen-SS who is horrified by what he sees in the death camps. Moreover, he is ...
Style: realistic, bleak, suspenseful, clever, thought provoking ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, genocide, politics, massacre, torment, anti semitism, war crime, pope, doctor, conscience, vatican ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, poland, hungary, romania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.7
 1K
The Truce (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Although liberated from Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, Levi did not reach Turin until October 19 of that year. After spending some time in a Soviet camp for former concentration camp inmates, he embarked on an arduous journey home in the company of ...
Style: gloomy, emotional, bleak, serious, sincere ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, refugee, life is a bitch, confined, against humanity, war, hopes, wartime life, captivity, society, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: russia, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Attack on Darfur (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, South Africa, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: American journalists in Sudan are confronted with the dilemma of whether to return home to report on the atrocities they have seen, or to stay behind and help some of the victims they have encountered.
Style: tense, captivating, disturbing, rough, realistic ...
Plot: genocide, village, desert, burned alive, journalism, adventure, life is a bitch, uncover truth, against humanity, injustice, survival, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: sudan, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Before the Rain (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Republic of Macedonia, France, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The circularity of violence seen in a story that circles on itself. In Macedonia, during war in Bosnia, Christians hunt an ethnic Albanian girl who may have murdered one of their own. A young monk who's taken a vow of silence offers her ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating, non-linear ...
Plot: albanian, love affair, monk, politics, violence, photographer, murder, girl, christian, restaurant, ethnic, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: macedonia, former yugoslavia, london, england, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 7.6
 20K
The Tin Drum (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France, Poland, Yugoslavia
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday.
Style: surreal, stylized, captivating, thought provoking, epic ...
Plot: fascism, circus, political unrest, dishonesty, dealer, wartime life, society, innocence lost, polish, youth, coming of age, grownups ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 30s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: germany, europe, poland, paris france, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 8.1
 310K
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: emotional, realistic, uplifting, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: genocide, racism, cruelty, atrocity, war crime, hotel, blacks and whites, against humanity, violence, death, murder, corpse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: rwanda, africa, somalia, congo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.5
 12K
Sunshine (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Germany, Austria, Canada, Hungary, France, UK, USA
Duration: 181 min.
Story: The film follows a Jewish family living in Hungary through three generations, rising from humble beginnings to positions of wealth and power in the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire. The patriarch becomes a prominent judge but is torn when his ...
Style: epic, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Plot: holocaust, fascism, anti semitism, politics, siblings relations, state affairs, society, family life, political unrest, generation gap, dictatorship, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, 1920s, 1900s, 1910s ...
Place: hungary, serbia, europe, israel, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Turtles Can Fly (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Iran, France, Iraq
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Turtles can fly tells the story of a group of young children near the Turkey-Iran border. They clean up mines and wait for the Saddam regime to fall.
Style: bleak, realistic, clever, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, village, suicide, suicide attempt, orphan, refugee, electricity, muslim, landmine, soldier, boy, dead child ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century
Place: iraq, kurdistan, middle east, mine, iran ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Follow a group of international journalists into the heart of the once cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo—now a danger zone of sniper and mortar attacks where residents still live. While reporting on an American aid worker who’s trying to get ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, rough, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, civil war, journalism, orphanage, anti war, war, family relations, rescue, danger, journalist, courage ...
Time: 90s
Place: sarajevo, england, vietnam, former yugoslavia, bosnia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Official Story (1985)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Argentina
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After the end of the Dirty War, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.
Style: emotional, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, sincere ...
Plot: adoption, politics, missing person, confession, lawyer, book, military, school, professor, screaming, history teacher, high school teacher ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: argentina, latin america, spain, bolivia, buenos aires argentina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.5
 12K
Taking Chance (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort accompanies the body of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps to his hometown in Wyoming.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: military, soldier, self discovery, gulf war, sacrifice, war, life is a bitch, military life, marines, patriotism, warlord, iraq war ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004
Place: wyoming, usa, iraq, minneapolis minnesota, salt lake city utah ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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