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List of the best movies like Portrait of a Beauty (2008): The Butterfly's Dream, The Lady, Boys Don't Cry, The Moon Embracing the Sun, My Grandmother Fanny Kaplan, Mad Love, The Young Victoria, A United Kingdom, Amazing Grace, Lady J.

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Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryTurkey
Duration02:18
CharactersTeachers, Friends, Poets, Poor
PlotLove, On real events, Friendship
PlaceTurkey
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Epic, Touching, Serious

In a small Turkish town, two young tuberculous poets try to survive while publishing their poems. As they both fall in love, their life would never be the same.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryFrance, United Kingdom, Thailand
Duration02:12
CharactersMilitary, Housewives
PlotOn real events, Revolution, Political, Elections
PlaceAsia
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersLesbians, Gay, Transgender people
PlotLove, On real events, Friendship
PlaceSmall cities
StyleFascinating, Makes me think, Touching, Depressive

Female born, Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.

Markimdb: 8
Genremelodrama, history
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersKings, Shamans
PlotLove, Love triangle, Intrigue, True love, Fate
PlaceMoon, Asia, Korea
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleFascinating, Epic, Serious

Thirteen-year-old Heo Yeon Woo, the daughter of a high-ranking official, accompanies her mother to the royal palace to attend her brother, Heo Yeom's civil service examination congratulatory ceremony. By chance, she comes across Crown Prince Lee Hwon. They fall in love, and Yeon Woo is chosen as the Crown Princess of Joseon. Before they can marry, the Dowager Queen secretly orders her death, in order to secure more power for herself. Yeon Woo becomes cursed and is stricken with an illness. All believe her to be dead, including the Crown Prince Lee Hwon. Heartbroken, he refuses to love another. Eight years later, the young king meets a shaman named Wol. He can’t help but find similarities between her and Yeon Woo and begins investigating Yeon Woo’s death.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUkraine
Duration02:03
CharactersJournalists
PlotLove, Obsession, Revolution, Political, Conspiracies
PlacePrison, Paris
StyleSerious

The film focuses on the little-known love affair of the terrorist Fanny Kaplan with the brother of Vladimir Lenin, Dmitriy Ilyich Ulyanov, and questions whether she really tried to assassinate Lenin in 1918.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountrySpain, Italy, Portugal, France
Duration01:57
CharactersKings, Priests
PlotLove, Obsession, Political, Intrigue, Rivalry
PlaceSpain
StyleFascinating, Serious

The love story who transformed Juana I de Castilla, Queen of Spain, into Juana "The mad". The tragic fate of a Queen madly in love to an unfaithful husband, Felipe el Hermoso, Archduke of Austria.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:40
CharactersKings
PlotLove, On real events, Political, Fate
PlaceEngland, London
Time19th century
StyleInteresting, Soulful, Atmospheric, Touching, For single girls

From Academy Award® winners Graham King and Martin Scorsese, along with the makers of Gosford Park and The Departed, comes the story of Queen Victoria’s early rise to power. From an object of a royal power-struggle to her romantic courtship and legendary marriage to Prince Albert, Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) gives a stunning performance as the young Victoria. Packed with drama, romance, breath-taking cinematography, lavish costumes and featuring an outstanding British cast including Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, and Rupert Friend, The Young Victoria has captivated British audiences, and is the film that Company magazine called “an epic British film, which will sweep you up in her remarkable story.”

Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryCzech Republic, United Kingdom, France, USA
Duration02:31
CharactersKings, Horses, Photographers, Sisters, Reporters
PlotLove, On real events, Dancing, Boxing, Passion
PlaceAircraft, Trains, Africa, England, Party
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Makes me think

The inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, Apartheid and empire - their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:58
CharactersMusicians
PlotOn real events, Slavery, Friendship, Political, Freedom
PlaceEngland, London
Time19th century, 18th century
StyleSoulful, Serious

The true story of William Wilberforce and his courageous quest to end the British slave trade. Along the way, Wilberforce meets intense opposition, but his minister urges him to see the cause through.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryFrance
CharactersWomanizers, Poor, Widows
PlotLove
PlaceFrance
Time18th century
StyleTo cry, Soulful, By books, Fascinating, Touching

When a romance between a widow and a notorious libertine takes an unexpected turn, Mademoiselle de Joncquières becomes instrumental to one lover’s plans for revenge.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:12
CharactersGay, Terminally ill
PlotFriendship, Seduction, Fear
PlaceNew York
StyleSoulful, Makes me think, Touching, Serious

The story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersDogs, Good people
PlotLove, On real events, Birthday
TimeNew Year
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Makes me think, Serious

The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Kenya, France
CharactersTeachers, Students
PlotOn real events
PlaceVillage, School, Africa
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:51
CharactersHeroes, Soldier, Emperors
PlotSlavery, Religious
PlaceRoman Empire
StyleSoulful, By books, Epic, Serious

Set against the back drop of Rome in crisis, General Marcus Vinicius returns to the city from the battle fields and falls in love with a Christian woman, Lygia. Caught in the grip of insanity, Nero's atrocities become more extreme and he burns Rome, laying the blame on the Christians. Vinicius races to save Lygia from the wrath of Nero as the empire of Rome collapses around them.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryGermany
Duration02:21
CharactersLosers
PlotOn real events, Friendship
PlaceAfrica
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Gloomy, Makes me think, Touching

A Jewish woman named Jettel Redlich flees Nazi Germany with her daughter Regina, to join her husband, Walter, on a farm in Kenya. At first, Jettel refuses to adjust to her new circumstances, bringing with her a set of china dishes and an evening gown. While Regina adapts readily to this new world, forming a strong bond with her father's cook, an African named Owuor.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:01
CharactersDogs, Gay, Teachers, Students, Priests
PlotOn real events, Dancing
PlaceUSA
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

The controversial true story of a gay activist who rejects his homosexuality and becomes a Christian pastor.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryFrance
Duration01:39
CharactersSpy, Friends, Losers, Artists
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Uprising
PlaceParis, France
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

In Paris during WWII, an Algerian immigrant is inspired to join the resistance by his unexpected friendship with a Jewish man. Based on not very known facts about the Muslim community in Paris during WWII, when the Paris Mosque and its dynamic leader played a pivotal role in supporting the resistance and rescuing Jews.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryAustria, Germany, France
Duration01:44
CharactersJews, Writers
PlotOn real events, Time travel, Death, Political
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleExciting, Soulful, Fascinating, Makes me think, Touching

Before Dawn charts the years of exile in the life of famous Jewish Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, his inner struggle for the "right attitude" towards the events in war torn Europe and his search for a new home.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:30
CharactersGay, Spy
PlotFriendship, Loneliness, Political
PlaceSchool, Russia, England, Boarding school
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

In Moscow in 1983, an American journalist interviews Guy Bennett, who recalls his last year at public school, fifty years before, and how it contributed to him becoming a spy.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genremelodrama, military, history
CountryChina, Denmark
CharactersSoldier, Orphans, Widows
PlotLove, On real events, Death, Political
PlaceCaves
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

It’s 1941 and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has destroyed America’s morale. The US President Franklin D. Roosevelt then decides to risk it all by bombing Tokyo and raise more hope for his citizens. After completing its mission, a unit of the US Air Force is forced to make an emergency landing in China. Its commander Jack Turner (Emilie Hirsch) barely survives but gets rescued by Ying (Crystal Liu), a local widow who will stop at nothing to hide him from the Japanese occupant.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryBelgium, Italy
CharactersMusicians
PlotOn real events, First love
PlaceItaly
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

The true story of Rocco Granata, an Italian coal miner's son who followed his passion for music against his father's wishes and social barriers.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, drama, biography, history
CountryGermany
CharactersComedians
PlotFriendship
PlaceGermany
StyleLight, Soulful, By books, Fascinating, Makes me think

Dramatised origin story of one of Germany's most beloved contemporary comedians.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryFrance, Italy, Germany
Duration02:39
CharactersTeens, Kings, Princesses
PlotLove, War, Religious, Political, Intrigue
PlaceParis, France
TimeMiddle Ages, 16th century
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy, Epic, Depressive

The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the Hugenot King Henri of Navarre. Catherine of Medici maintains her behind-the-scenes power by ordering assaults, poisonings, and instigations to incest.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, melodrama, adventure, western, crime, biography, history
CountryAustralia, United Kingdom, USA, France
Duration01:50
CharactersHeroes
PlotOn real events, Bank robbery, False accusations
PlaceAustralia
Time19th century
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Heavy, Gloomy, Serious

After getting threatened by Kelly's friends and family, Constable Fitzpatrick places the blame on Ned Kelly and exaggerates what happened. With the biggest ever award available, Kelly and his gang set into the wild, to remain hidden from everyone who seeks them. Even if it means having his family arrested, the Kelly Gang stay hidden and plan a way to get their names cleared.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA, France, Japan
Duration02:03
CharactersKings, Emperors
PlotOn real events, Death, Youth
PlaceParis, France
StyleFascinating, Makes me think, Serious

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Luxembourg, USA, Republic of Ireland, Australia
Duration02:05
CharactersStrong women, Family, Pregnant, Fathers, Sisters
PlotOn real events, Death, Love triangle, Jealousy, Ghosts
PlaceParty, Cemetery, Scotland, Mansions
Time19th century
StyleAtmospheric, Touching, Serious

The love affair between poet Percy Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin resulted in the creation of an immortal novel, “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.”

Markimdb: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:50
CharactersMilitary
PlotWar, On real events, Revolution
PlaceFrance, Sweden
Time18th century
StyleRomantic, By books, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Serious

In Marseilles, France in 1794, Desiree Clary, a young millinery clerk, becomes infatuated with Napoleon Bonaparte, but winds up wedding Genaral Jean-Baptiste Berandotte, an aid to Napoleon who later joins the forces that bring about the Emperor's downfall. Josephine Beauharnais, a worldly courtesan marries Napoleon and becomes Empress of France, but is then cast aside by her spouse when she proves unable to produce an heir to the throne.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryItaly, Germany, Poland
Duration03:10
PlotOn real events, Religious
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Vital signs, Makes me think, Serious

Augustine is a two-part, Italian-made mini-series about the influential theologian and church father Augustine of Hippo. The piece tells the story of his life from a teenager to his death at the age of 69.Much of the content for the scenes of him as a young and middle-aged man come from his Confessions, which is probably the earliest extant autobiography.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, military, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:09
CharactersHeroes
PlotPolitical, Rivalry
PlaceEgypt, Africa, Roman Empire
StylePhilosophical, Fascinating, Makes me think

The aging Caesar finds himself intrigued by the young Egyptian queen. Adapted by George Bernard Shaw from his own play.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography, history
CountryFrance
Duration01:55
CharactersArtists
PlotOn real events, Music, Death, Art
PlaceFrance
StyleTouching, Serious

It's late 17th century. The viola da gamba player Monsieur de Sainte Colombe comes home to find that his wife died while he was away. In his grief he builds a small house in his garden into wich he moves to dedicate his life to music and his two young daughters Madeleine and Toinette, avoiding the outside world. Rumor about him and his music is widespread, and even reaches to the court of Louis XIV, who wants him at his court in Lully's orchestra, but Monsieur de Sainte Colombe refuses. One day a young man, Marin Marais, comes to see him with a request, he wants to be taught how to play the violin.





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