Movies like Turn the River

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Turn the River (2007)
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Turn the River (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A pool shark takes the ultimate gamble when she kidnaps her own son and flees her ex-husband.
Style: psychological, bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: billiards, gambling, kidnapping, family relations, addiction, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family problems, hopes, crimes, life is a bitch, starting over, single parent, introspection, family in crisis, estrangement, going straight, chase, father son relationship, male female relationship, fake illness, game, alcohol abuse, down on your luck, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, new york, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and gloomy films with plots about family relations, family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, hopes and family in crisis mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Turn the River: Particles of Truth (2003), Down to the Bone (2004), The Keys to the House (2004), Walker Payne (2006), A Brother's Kiss (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Particles of Truth (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Life, love, and the fear of failing... Lilli Black, battling her painful memories and the secrets surrounding her dying father, collides into the complicated and obsessive life of Morrison Wiley on the streets of New York City. This peculiar love ...
Style: realistic, psychological, serious, gloomy
Plot: estrangement, couples, life is a bitch, human nature, family relations, family life, family problems, introspection, dysfunctional family, mental illness, haunted by the past, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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95%
Down to the Bone (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.
Style: serious, sincere, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: addiction, infidelity, rehabilitation, cocaine, dysfunctional family, going straight, working class, family life, destructive relationship, drug abuse, life is a bitch, cliche ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, new york state, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
The Keys to the House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Germany, France, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: parents and children, single parent, estrangement, teenage life, human nature, disability, hospital, self discovery, coming of age, hopes, redemption, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: italy, europe, germany, norway, milan italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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Walker Payne (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A small-town father is forced to make difficult, heartbreaking decisions in order to save his two daughters.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, emotional, gloomy
Plot: dog fighting, life is a bitch, parents and children, family relations, custody, society, gambling, nursing, redemption, unemployment, urban ghetto, empire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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A Brother's Kiss (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to sodomize Mick on the street, is living with his wife Debbie ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, rough, bleak ...
Plot: downfall, haunted by the past, male rape, going straight, society, life is a bitch, crimes, dysfunctional family, addiction, down on your luck, family problems, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, harlem, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Gun Hill Road (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three year in prison to discover his wife estranged and his teenage son exploring a sexual transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, emotional, bilingual
Plot: family relations, gay, lgbt, homecoming, going straight, transsexual, starting over, estrangement, family problems, crimes, redemption, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Mirage (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country:
Duration: 107 min.
Story: As Macedonia faces its difficult transition, a boy escapes into a world of his own creation.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, captivating, art house ...
Plot: coming of age, youth, poet, hopes, family relations, life is a bitch, teenage life, friendship, kids in trouble, soldier, society, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary
Place: macedonia, paris france, europe, france, former yugoslavia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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Pure (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young boy trying to deal with his mother's heroin addiction befriends a waitress who helps him cope with the tough situation.
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: rehabilitation, addiction, youth, life is a bitch, drug abuse, prostitute, dysfunctional family, drug addiction, parents and children, teenage life, going straight, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.
Style: sexy, sincere, sexual, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, terminal illness, estate, male homosexuality, alcoholic, frigidity, plantation, couple relations, family gatherings, introspection, family life ...
Place: new orleans, mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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The Wool Cap (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This film, originally made for tv, stars William H. Macy as a mute superintendent of a apartment building that is falling apart who becomes the unwilling guardian to a young girl with a bit of an attitude. The film is an updated and Americanized ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, feel good
Plot: introspection, redemption, friendship, life is a bitch, hopes, misfit, family life, custody, family problems, human nature, parents and children, rehabilitation ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Islander (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a tragic accident at sea, Eben Cole loses his family, friends and stature in his island fishing community. He returns to the island an outcast but determined to win back the way of life he fought so hard to protect. Set against the stunning ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: hopes, island, redemption, starting over, family problems, estrangement, social misfits, human nature, couple relations, friendship, ocean, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: meditative, psychological, bleak, depressing, emotional ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: prison, murder, teacher, coming of age, dysfunctional family, crimes, prison life, family relations, theft, unlikely friendships, suburbs, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, california, italy, new york, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Cook County (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After a stint in prison, Sonny returns to his home in East Texas, determined to repair his relationship with his son. Standing in his way is his brother, who has turned the home into a crumbling meth lab (IMDb.com)
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: meth lab, family relations, redemption, estrangement, family problems, parents and children, homecoming, addiction, drug abuse, adolescence vs adulthood, small town, released from prison ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Leo (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young mother is plagued by a tragic mistake and alienates her little boy. A brilliant writer is released from prison after serving a 15-year sentence and begins working at Vic's Diner. Their stories converge when the man must overcome ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, captivating, sincere
Plot: released from prison, infidelity, prison, going straight, life is a bitch, family problems, love affair, prison life, confined, husband wife relationship, empire, hot and sexy ...
Time: contemporary, 60s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
First, Last and Deposit (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Thirteen-year-old Tessa (Jessica White) faces more than the usual tribulations of adolescence. When bad times hit, she and her mother find themselves living on the streets. The injustice of poverty is emphasized by the fact that Tessa's school ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, rough, bleak ...
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Time: 90s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Redwood Highway (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Marie, a reluctant resident of a retirement community in Southern Oregon, decides to walk 80 miles down the Redwood Highway to see the ocean for the first time in 45 years.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, feel good, sentimental
Plot: family relations, on the road, obsessive quest, estrangement, escapades, haunted by the past, introspection, strong female presence, golden years, hopes, redemption, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Low Tide (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Belgium, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A 12 year old boy and his single mother live separate lives. The boy spends his days alone while his mother works and goes out with her friends. The boy’s solitude is both a source of freedom and a cause for grief. His explorations slowly bring to ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: parents and children, family problems, working class, dysfunctional family, society, single parent, youth, small town, realism, life is a bitch, boy, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Secret Life of Zoey (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Marcia always thought her overachieving daughter Zoey was the dream child. But then she discovers that her perfect teen has a not-so-perfect drug addiction. Marcia and her ex-husband go through plenty of denial as their daughter spirals out of ...
Style: humorous, captivating, touching, suspenseful, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, rehabilitation, introspection, teenage life, doctors and patients, drug dealing, addiction, parents and children, family in crisis, family relations, family problems, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Sweet Nothing (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for ...
Style: melancholic, realistic, serious, feel good, buddy movie ...
Plot: drug addiction, drug abuse, loneliness, family relations, family problems, downfall, introspection, misfit, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, money, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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For Ellen (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After an overnight long-distance drive, Joby has a special meeting—with lawyers and his ex-wife. A struggling musician with the prerequisite tattoos, slimy hair, goatee, and his head firmly floating in the clouds, Joby hasn’t been around to be a ...
Style: captivating, realistic, touching, serious
Plot: parents and children, family problems, hopes, rivalry, custody, family relations, estrangement, babies and infants, family gatherings, musician, child custody, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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American Gun (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, on the road, family problems, americana, teenage life, single parent, dealing with death, death in the family, human nature, parents and children, working class, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, virginia, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Offline (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A man attempts to reclaim the life that prison took from him but his dark past threatens to ruin everything.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy
Plot: haunted by the past, redemption, starting over, dysfunctional family, family relations, life is a bitch, human nature, society, family problems, hopes, parents and children, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Little Boy Blue (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Living in rural Texas is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, two small sons who look a lot like their brother. The dad harbors a secret, and he ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, sexy, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 90s
Place: texas, asia, usa, vietnam, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Mad Bastards (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: TJ is a mad bastard, and his estranged 13‐year‐old son Bullet is on the fast track to becoming one, too. After being turned away from his mother’s house, TJ sets off across the country to the Kimberly region of northwestern Australia to make ...
Style: captivating, touching, sincere, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: crimes, family relations, father son reunion, starting over, redemption, self discovery, parent child relationship, estrangement, hopes, going straight, parents and children, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Open Window (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The engagment between a struggling photographer and an assistant professor is marred by an act of violence.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: rape, dysfunctional family, introspection, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, couples, family problems, couple relations, haunted by the past, female nudity, family in crisis, vegetarian ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
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51%
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Steal Me (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Chasing his wayward mother to Montana, fifteen year old Jake finds the picture perfect Tucker family instead who photoshop him into their lives, despite his questionable past. Too bad Jake can not stop himself from stealing, being seduced by the ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching
Plot: family relations, older woman younger man relationship, small town, teenage life, love affair, forbidden love, starting over, youth, love and romance, couples, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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The Intruder (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Louis Trebor, a man nearing 70, lives alone with dogs in the forest near the French-Swiss border. He has heart problems, seeks a transplant, and then goes in search of a son sired years before in Tahiti. Told elliptically, with few words, we see ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, heart transplant, family relations, family problems, estrangement, parents and children, redemption, terminal illness, going straight, black market, transplant ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, geneva switzerland, tahiti
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Bluebird (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On a freezing January evening, school bus driver Lesley completes her route, but her final inspection abruptly ends when a bluebird comes into view. What happens next shakes her small Maine logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: isolation, winter, family problems, family in crisis, single parent, youth, drug abuse, working class, teenage life, parents and children, dysfunctional family, bus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
A Long Way Home (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, psychiatrist, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, sexual abuse, redemption, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, family in crisis, domestic disturbance, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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48%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: touching, rough, emotional, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: introspection, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, family problems, family relations, society, human nature, addiction, family in crisis, child abuse, feminist, drug addiction ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, mississippi
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46%