Movies like Ararat

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Ararat (2002)
 6.6
 11K
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: serious, disturbing, thought provoking, realistic, gloomy, enigmatic, talky, factual, intellectual, emotional ...
Plot: genocide, politics, filmmaking, incest, atrocity, war crime, haunted by the past, against humanity, self discovery, parents and children, family in crisis, state affairs, family problems, family relations, artists and showbiz, retiring, ethnic, freedom, memory, death, armenian, painting, christian, prayer, film set ...
Time: 1910s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 1930s, year 1915
Place: turkey, canada, ottoman empire, middle east, armenia, toronto ontario canada, israel

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and intense films with plots about brutality, death, culture clash, tragedy, mentor, runaway and war mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like Ararat: Max (2002), Savior (1998), Circle of Deceit (1981), The Sweet Hereafter (1997), Incendies (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.6
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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, gloomy, serious, talky, thought provoking ...
Plot: infidelity, controversy, anti semitism, friendship, self discovery, political unrest, racism, ambition, society, politics, state affairs, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: europe, germany, munich germany, vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.3
 9K
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, realistic, serious, rough, tense ...
Plot: war, atrocity, mercenary, genocide, civil war, redemption, soldier, serbian, rape, pregnancy, terrorism, war crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: bosnia, europe, former yugoslavia, serbia, bosnia herzegovina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, lebanese, journalism, war, battle zone, political unrest, wartime life, media, society, state affairs, life is a bitch, love affair ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: middle east, lebanon, cairo egypt, berlin germany, hamburg germany ...
⇓ 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, lawsuit, incest, drowning, loss of child, artist ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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 8.2
 114K
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: emotional, realistic, disturbing, serious, psychological ...
Plot: rape, massacre, twins, dealing with death, muslim, prison, orphanage, christian, swimming pool, checkpoint, torture, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2009 ...
Place: middle east, lebanon, montreal quebec, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 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, tense, emotional, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: siblings relations, prisoner, war, sibling relationship, family problems, family relations, family life, soldier, parents and children, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, military ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, denmark, europe, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 8.2
 40K
Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
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, surreal, realistic, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: against humanity, atrocity, genocide, anti war, insanity, surrealism, wehrmacht, teenage girl, holocaust, war, war crime, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: emotional, atmospheric, serious, captivating, touching ...
Plot: betrayal, politics, colonel, parents and children, rise and fall, russian, wife husband relationship, communism, love and romance, dishonesty, couples, family relations ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: russia, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 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, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, secret, nightclub, pet shop, unhappiness, stripper, ballet, loss of daughter, accountant, redemption, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: realistic, disturbing, serious, bleak, rough ...
Plot: genocide, war, missing person, murder, photojournalist, journalism, obsessive quest, love affair, kidnapping, battles, crimes, media ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1991
Place: croatia, europe, former yugoslavia, new jersey, serbia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, serious, bleak, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, holocaust, judge, courtroom, against humanity, concentration camp, trial, genocide, war crime, cold war, legal action, german ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 60s, year 1945, year 1946 ...
Place: germany, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, friendship, against humanity, concentration camp, young heroes, childhood, jewish, nazism, wartime life, atrocity, gas chamber, innocence lost ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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, serious, suspenseful, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: jewish, thief, holocaust, survival, underground, refugee, sewer, tunnel, german, war, polish, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 2008, year 1945
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, surreal, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: anti war, hospital, mute, amputation, u.s. army, war, soldier, isolation, freak, christmas, boat, patient ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: colorado, france, europe, usa, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 8.1
 304K
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, serious, sincere, rough ...
Plot: genocide, racism, atrocity, cruelty, against humanity, hotel, violence, death, murder, war crime, african, refugee camp ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: rwanda, africa, somalia, congo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: realistic, bleak, serious, stylized, captivating ...
Plot: civil war, resistance, politics, ira, rebellion, irish, british empire, colonialism, british army, independence, injustice, traitor ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: ireland, england, europe, medical school, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: military, soldier, gulf war, self discovery, war, sacrifice, military life, warlord, life is a bitch, iraq war, marines, patriotism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004
Place: wyoming, usa, iraq, salt lake city utah, minneapolis minnesota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: military, soldier, homecoming, friendship, gulf war, war, bar fight, patriotism, sergeant, funeral, politics, post traumatic stress disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, canada, mexico, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 12K
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, serious, bleak, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, genocide, politics, pope, vatican, conscience, doctor, euthanasia, anti semitism, catholicism, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: germany, poland, europe, austria, prague ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.1
 100K
Brothers (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When his helicopter goes down during his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan, Marine Sam Cahill is presumed dead. Back home, brother Tommy steps in to look over Sam’s wife, Grace, and two children. Sam’s surprise homecoming triggers domestic ...
Style: emotional, realistic, tense, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: torture, war, family problems, presumed dead, grief, suspicion, siblings relations, homecoming, military, sibling relationship, wartime life, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: afghanistan, usa, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: genocide, journalism, desert, village, burned alive, uncover truth, adventure, moral dilemma, injustice, against humanity, survival, danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, sudan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: genocide, atrocity, war crime, soldier, war, gory, anti war, bosnian war, wartime life, against humanity, military, state affairs ...
Place: bosnia, europe, former yugoslavia, bosnia herzegovina
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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, epic, dark humor, serious ...
Plot: fascism, circus, innocence lost, wartime life, red army, puberty, lolita, childhood memory, married couple, family feud, suicide, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 19th century ...
Place: germany, europe, poland, paris france, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, serious, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, civil war, journalism, journalist, orphanage, war, anti war, danger, media, rebellion, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, sarajevo, bosnia, europe, former yugoslavia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Grey Zone (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkomando Jews – who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow-Jews – find themselves in a moral grey zone.
Style: bleak, disturbing, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, smuggling, auschwitz, doctor, concentration camp, burned alive, redemption, rebellion, war, moral dilemma, anti semitism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944, 1940s
Place: poland, germany, europe, budapest hungary, israel
⇓ 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: realistic, emotional, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: politics, adoption, missing person, adopted daughter, high school teacher, screaming, disappearance, lawyer, book, military, professor, school ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: argentina, latin america, spain, bolivia, buenos aires argentina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Water Diviner (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA, Turkey
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1919, Australian farmer Joshua Connor travels to Turkey to discover the fate of his three sons, reported missing in action. Holding on to hope, Joshua must travel across the war-torn landscape to find the truth and his own peace.
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, compassionate, suspense ...
Plot: missing son, parents and children, missing person, redemption, promise, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, loss of son, death of son, family drama, world war one, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915, year 1919
Place: australia, turkey, istanbul turkey, ottoman empire, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: holocaust, fascism, anti semitism, siblings relations, politics, family life, society, state affairs, political unrest, parents and children, love and romance, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, 1930s, 1920s, 1940s ...
Place: hungary, serbia, europe, israel, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, serious, rough, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: village, rape, suicide, orphan, landmine, boy, bicycle, soldier, electricity, refugee, dead child, tank ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century
Place: iraq, kurdistan, middle east, mine, iran ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.8
 3K
1969 (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two rebellious youths, Ralph and Scott, find themselves struggling with adulthood as the Vietnam War rages. Feeling trapped in their small town, Scott battles with his conservative veteran father, Cliff, and Ralph deals with his desperately sexual ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, graduation, easter, war, small town, friendship, bad trip, parents and children, death in the family, wartime life, americana ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: vietnam, maryland, usa, california, maine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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