Movies like The Butcher Boy

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The Butcher Boy (1997)
 7.1
 9K
The Butcher Boy (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie to grow up are immense. When Francie's world turns to madness, he tries to counter it with further insanity, with dire consequences.
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, depressing, tense, gloomy, realistic, disturbing, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: friendship, murder, dysfunctional family, angel, mental illness, boarding school, life is a bitch, human nature, crimes, parents and children, mentally unstable, family problems, irish, suicide, nuclear threat, child's point of view, pig, transformation, coming of age, youth, suicidal, friends, family relations, cold war, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: ireland, europe

Most similar movies to The Butcher Boy

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, harsh and touching films with plots about dysfunctional family, storytelling, family relations, mentor, runaway, brutality and dialogue mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Butcher Boy: Spanking the Monkey (1994), Breakfast on Pluto (2005), Sling Blade (1996), Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Spanking the Monkey (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Bright young student Raymond Aibelli is forced to sidetrack an important medical internship because his mother, Susan, is recovering from a broken leg. When he isn't tasked with the most mundane aspects of Susan's recuperation, Raymond ...
Style: psychological, dark humor, realistic, semi serious, offbeat ...
Plot: mother son incest, incest, dysfunctional family, adultery, student, parents and children, couples, coming of age, family relations, teenage life, love and romance, family life ...
Time: 90s
Place: medical school
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In the 1970s, a foundling lad, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving his Irish town for London, in part to look for his mother and in part because his trans-gender nature is beyond the town's understanding.
Style: surreal, touching, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: transvestism, gender bending, irish, gay, dysfunctional family, social relations, self discovery, gays and lesbians, musician's life, hopes, human spirit, small town life ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 8.0
 82K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, sincere, serious ...
Plot: murder, friendship, death threat, redemption, mentally challenged, family relations, small town, haunted by the past, crimes, parents and children, human nature, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An unattractive 7th grader struggles to cope with suburban life as the middle child with un-attentive parents and bullies at school.
Style: realistic, cynical, touching, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, misfit, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, humiliation, family problems, social awkwardness, parents and children, suburbs, high school life, youth, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: realistic, psychological, serious, talky, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, lifestyle, human nature, actor's life, family relations, family life, one day, drug abuse, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
A Room for Romeo Brass (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two twelve-year-old boys, Romeo and Gavin, undergo an extraordinary test of character and friendship when Morell, a naive but eccentric and dangerous stranger, comes between them. Morell befriends with the two boys and later asks them to help him ...
Style: touching, disturbing, psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, youth, working class, dysfunctional family, teenage life, best friends, human nature, family problems, family relations, friends, rejection, psychosis ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Unstrung Heroes (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Steven Lidz, unhappy with his home life since his mother got sick, goes and lives with his two crazy Uncles. There he changes and gets closer to his Uncles, but his parents want him home even though he is finally happy and popular. Written by Todd ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, mental illness, parents and children, love and romance, solace, family life, family problems, eccentric family, couples, human nature ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.0
 4K
On the Edge (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, sincere, talky ...
Plot: mentally unstable, mental institution, human nature, friendship, life is a bitch, fall in love, love and romance, alcohol abuse, haunted by the past, romance, youth, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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: psychological, bleak, realistic, rough, serious ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, teacher, prison, theft, investigation, prison life, parents and children, crimes, family relations, family problems, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, phoenix arizona, california, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.8
 23K
Georgia Rule (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Georgia Rule follows a rebellious, uncontrollable teenager who is hauled off by her dysfunctional mother to spend the summer with her grandmother. Her journey will lead all three women to revelations of buried family secrets and an understanding ...
Style: sincere, realistic, sentimental, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: family problems, dysfunctional family, parents and children, small town, confession, mother daughter relationship, redemption, teenager, generation gap, life is a bitch, uncontrollable, secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: idaho, usa, salt lake city utah, california, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.9
 31K
Igby Goes Down (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.
Style: witty, realistic, clever, intellectual, talky ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, artist, drug dealing, mistress, love triangle, heavy metal, mental illness, addiction, youth, crimes, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, california, chicago illinois, washington d.c., new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: disturbing, psychological, serious, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: sexual abuse, incest, dysfunctional family, parents and children, murder, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, family problems, siblings relations, investigation, missing person, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, usa, vietnam, asia, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A group of Catholic school friends, after being caught drawing an obscene comic book, plan a heist that will outdo their previous prank and make them local legends.
Style: realistic, touching, talky, harsh, dark humor ...
Audience: teens
Plot: prank, friendship, youth, juvenile delinquency, high school life, friends, kids in trouble, lifestyle, teenage life, coming of age, teenager, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Chumscrubber (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, humorous, semi serious, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, kidnapping, mistaken identity, friendship, drug dealing, drug abuse, coming of age, crimes, social decay, disorder, youth, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.0
 8K
Crooklyn (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parenthood, coming of age, parents and children, urban, teenage life, couple relations, family relations, family problems, single parent, school, black people ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.7
 4K
The Van (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in "Barrytown", a fictitious working-class quarter of Dublin. "Bimbo" Reeves gets laid off from his job. With his redundancy, he buys a van and sells fish and chips with his buddy Larry. Due to Ireland's surprising ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, feel good, touching ...
Plot: unemployment, friendship, van, working class, family relations, friends, human nature, society, misfit, nothing goes right, parents and children, partners ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, london, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Winter Passing (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: homecoming, dysfunctional family, artists and showbiz, love and romance, unlikely couple, couple relations, family problems, family relations, lifestyle, addiction, writer's life, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, michigan, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.1
 1K
Bruno (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story of a unique young boy genius, Bruno, whose expression of his own individuality leads his family and community along an emotional journey.
Style: touching, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, youth, friendship, prodigy, parents and children, family life, eccentric family, family problems, society, hopes, friends ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 6.5
 5K
Chuck & Buck (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Buck is a man-child who has lived his existence in a life of kindergarten collages and lollipops. Buck remembers his old childhood friend Chuck, with whom he feels a need to reconnect with after having invited him to his mother's funeral. Buck ...
Style: psychological, dark humor, humorous, cynical, semi serious ...
Plot: stalking, obsession, friendship, gay, danger, reunion, dysfunctional character, mentally unstable, unrequited love, childhood friend, man child, love triangle ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
A Man of No Importance (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Alfie Byrne is a middle-aged bus conductor in Dublin in 1963. He would appear to live a life of quiet desperation: he's gay, but firmly closeted, and his sister is always trying to find him "the right girl". His passion is Oscar ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, psychological, witty, cerebral ...
Plot: gay, working class, pregnancy, church, bus, friendship, small town, self discovery, couples, village, human nature, gender ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1963
Place: ireland, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.5
 6K
Leolo (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The story of an imaginative boy who pretends he is the child of a sperm-laden Sicilian tomato upon which his mother accidentally fell.
Style: dark humor, disturbing, surreal, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: masturbation, dysfunctional family, coming of age, insanity, youth, animal life, eccentric family, family problems, mentally unstable, parents and children, mischievous children, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 90s
Place: sicily, canada, montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
Style: talky, sincere, depressing, absurd, humorous ...
Plot: divorce, self fulfillment, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adolescence, self esteem, parents and children, crumbling marriage, writer's life, human relationship, understanding, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The House of Yes (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Jackie-O is anxiously awaiting the visit of her brother home for Thanksgiving, but isn't expecting him to bring a friend. She's even more shocked to learn that this friend is his fiance. It soon becomes clear that Jackie Kennedy's ...
Style: dark humor, clever, psychological, witty, talky ...
Plot: incest, dysfunctional family, mental illness, thanksgiving, brother sister incest, twins, brother sister relationship, parents and children, obsession, assassination, family life, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 599
The Miracle (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The two teenagers Jimmy and Rose spend their vacation at the small Irish sea-resort Bray. Out of boredom they observe other people and imagine wild stories about them. One day they observe the blonde Renee, and Jimmy is immediately fascinated by her ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, psychological
Plot: friendship, abandoned by mother, single father, obsession, couples, teenage life, destructive relationship, love and romance, youth, human nature, coming of age, betrayal ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.7
 40K
Short Cuts (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Multi-storied, fish-eyed look at American culture with some 22 characters intersecting--profoundly or fleetingly--through each other's lives. Running the emotional gamut from disturbing to humorous, Altman's portrait of the contemporary ...
Style: captivating, sincere, realistic, talky, depressing ...
Plot: suicide, cheating, redemption, infidelity, loss of loved one, party, fishing, multiple storylines, family problems, family in crisis, adulthood, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, corporal punishment, innocence lost, parents and children, family problems, pedophile, life is a bitch, family relations, coming of age, family in crisis, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 40s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Just Before I Go (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ted Morgan has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for ...
Style: touching, semi serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: suicide attempt, life is a bitch, suicide, dysfunctional family, small town, family relations, haunted by the past, siblings relations, unfulfillment, homecoming, life philosophy, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.7
 12K
Palindromes (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.
Style: sexual, bleak, psychological, surreal, clever ...
Plot: pregnancy, dysfunctional family, child abuse, runaway teen, abortion, innocence lost, coming of age, sniper, murder, teenage pregnancy, sexual abuse, drug abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, kansas, usa, wyoming, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.4
 753
Angela (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A ten year old girl named Angela leads her six year old sister, Ellie, through various regimens of 'purification' in an attempt to rid themselves of their evil, which she believes to be the cause of their mother's mental illness. ...
Style: touching, psychological, sincere, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, self discovery, youth, life is a bitch, parents and children, sexual abuse, family problems, human nature, family life, spirituality, little girl ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.7
 18K
Shrink (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA's top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: depression, suicide, therapist, haunted by the past, psychiatrist, widower, hollywood, doctors and patients, power relations, introspection, human nature, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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