Robbie Turner (James Mcavoy) is a young and poor man, in love with his master’s daughter Cecilia (Keira Knightley). Caught red-handed during in a secluded place the younger daughter Briony (Saoirse Ronan) out of jealousy frames Robbie for her cousin’s rape. The star-crossed lovers are separated, and Robbie joins the army to redeem himself. The perils of war, the inescapable guilt of killing a total stranger, and being separate from his only love drives Robbie close to insanity as he tries to reach back to Cecilia. Wading through the dangerous terrains of France and struggling to avoid the German army on the beaches of Dunkirk, will Robbie be able to return home before the war snuffs out the flame of innocence inside him?
Joe Wright’s adaptation of Ian McEwan’s acclaimed novel is a rich drama with remarkable performances and stellar direction. Although not a war movie, it is set during World War II which is a huge influence in the atmosphere and the characters. This is not a fast-paced film, it is rather a character study with a plot that slowly unravels allowing you to be immersed in its atmosphere without even realizing it. Here’s the list of films similar to ‘Atonement’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like Atonement on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Moulin Rouge (2001)
Christian is a young English poet that has come to Paris to follow the Bohemian Revolution. He soon meets a group of Bohemians that invite him to write a musical show to be performed at Moulin Rouge, the most famous underworld night club in Paris. There, he meets Satine, a beautiful woman who wants to be a proper actress, and they fall for each other. However, life is never that easy. Moulin Rouge is at risk of closing if Satine does not marry a wealthy and powerful aristocrat.
Nominated for eight Academy Awards (and winner of two), Moulin Rouge not only has an incredible script but amazing music as well. The sets are elegant, the music electrifying, and the choreography mesmerizing.
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