Movies like Christmas Eve 1986

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Christmas Eve (1986)
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Christmas Eve (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of a well-to-do elderly woman, who befriends the homeless and volunteers her time with children, who learns she has an incurable illness and wants desperately to reunite her three grown grand children (who are scattered across the U.S. living their own lives), with their estranged father, her son. She hires a private detective to search for them so as to try to get everyone together on Christmas Eve.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, reunion, life is a bitch, hopes, family problems, unfulfillment, terminal illness, estrangement, private detective, family life, family gatherings, race against time, christmas, cat, christmas movie, court, hospital, courtroom, wealth, female protagonist, search, chambermaid, dying, grandmother, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, emotional and serious films with plots about family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, hopes, unfulfillment, parents and children and terminal illness mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Christmas Eve: The Gathering (1977), A Hobo's Christmas (1987), Reconciliation (2009), The Mulberry Tree (2010), The Event (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Gathering (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Adam Thornton learns that he only has a little time left, he decides that he wants to make peace with his family. Only problem is that most of his family are not exactly fond of him because he walked out on his wife and of his stubborn nature ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, terminal illness, family gatherings, golden years, elderly, hopes, bittersweet, estrangement, family problems, unfulfillment, single parent, parents and children ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa
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95%
A Hobo's Christmas (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A hobo played by Barnard Hughes decides it's time to go home. Drifting from place to place, Hughes finds himself in his hometown of Salt Lake City at Christmas time. Here he hopes to close old wounds and be reunited with his unforgiving son ...
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, emotional, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: homelessness, christmas, family gatherings, reunion, parents and children, family problems, estrangement, family relations, family, hopes, father son relationship, christmas present ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, salt lake city utah
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82%
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Reconciliation (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: RECONCILIATION is a groundbreaking, provocative story about an estranged father and son struggling to overcome the heartbreaking consequences of their past. Grant Taylor (Eric Nenninger) has been troubled by intense childhood memories ever since his ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: forgiveness, gay parent, redemption, haunted by the past, last wish, family relations, estrangement, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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80%
The Mulberry Tree (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A drama centered on a young man working in Rhode Island's state corrections system and his relationship with a convicted murderer who is dying of AIDS and spending his remaining days on hospital detail.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: hospital, redemption, hopes, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, terminal illness, prison, life sentence, family relations, estrangement, one more chance, murderer ...
Place: rhode island, usa
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75%
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The Event (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An intense relationship drama that takes the form of a mystery, The Event centers around a series of unexplained deaths that occur among the gay community in New York's fashionable Chelsea district. Nick, a district attorney investigating the ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, investigation, lgbt, family problems, couples, terminal illness, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, human nature, gender, couple relations, bittersweet ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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74%
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Alpha Male (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Drama about a family torn apart after the death of its patriarch. Haunted by their father's death, Jack and Elyssa have a fraught relationship with their remarried mother even now they have come of age.
Style: emotional, touching, contemplative, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: family relations, reunion, parents and children, dysfunctional family, death in the family, family problems, estrangement, unfulfillment, family gatherings, brother brother relationship, coming of age, family business ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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69%
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Based on a short story by the acclaimed author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, comes a holiday story of family and forgiveness. Recently widowed Mary Bassett (Helene Joy) and her three children have hit difficult times on their farm. Suddenly, ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: reunion, family relations, estrangement, farm, family problems, hopes, family, youth, parents and children, family life, teenage life, loss of partner ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: usa, new york
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68%
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Marvin's Room (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow.
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, sincere, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, reunion, estrangement, leukemia, transplant, siblings relations, single parent, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa, united states, orlando florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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...First Do No Harm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, sentimental, controversial ...
Plot: family relations, hospital, rebellion, bittersweet, small town, doctors and patients, child illness, family in crisis, life is a bitch, hopes, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Relative Stranger (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After the death of his father, a former football star reunites with the family that he abandoned years earlier.
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, psychological, uplifting ...
Plot: family relations, death in the family, redemption, rivalry, athlete's life, sport team, estrangement, last will and testament, father son relationship, getting home, reunion, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Lullaby (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Estranged from his family, Jonathan (Hedlund) discovers his father has decided to take himself off life support in forty-eight hours’ time. During this intensely condensed period, a lifetime of drama plays out. Robert (Jenkins) fights a zero sum ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: mercy killing, terminal illness, parents and children, siblings relations, estrangement, family problems, life is a bitch, cancer, death in the family, estranged family member, profanity, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world.
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, captivating, touching ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, estrangement, family problems, dysfunctional family, aging, drugs/alcohol, hopes, love, elderly, couple relations, righting the wronged ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Silent Heart (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The prestigious Danish filmmaker Bille August, winner of an Academy Award and two Palme d'Or in Cannes, returns with a highly personal drama. Three generations of a family gather over a weekend. The sisters Sanne and Heidi have accepted their ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, life is a bitch, family life, family problems, couples, couple relations, siblings relations, family gatherings, parents and children, euthanasia, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Dominick and Eugene (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Dominick and Eugene are twins, but Dominick is a little bit slow due do an accident in his youth. They live together, with Dominick working as garbage man to put Eugene through medical school. Their relationship becomes strained when Eugene must ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: family problems, life is a bitch, misfit, family life, family relations, intern, brother brother relationship, twins, mental retardation, garbage collector, medical school, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Go Toward the Light (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young couple faces the realities of life with their child who is diagnosed with AIDS.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional, touching ...
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, siblings relations, parents and children, family life, life is a bitch, hopes, unfulfillment, snow, girl ...
Time: 80s, year 1986
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Be Sure to Share (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Shiro’s struggle with his father’s cancer and impending death leads to a realization that he must communicate his love and admiration for him before it’s too late. A series of flashbacks reveals their relationship over time, and the trouble ...
Style: touching, realistic, contemplative, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, terminal illness, redemption, coping, parents and children, family in crisis, unfulfillment, estrangement, father son relationship, hopes, dealing with death, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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65%
When Andrew Came Home (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mother searches for five years to find her kidnapped son in this fact-based drama. Unexpectedly the boy is found, but the reunion is not as she hoped. She now has to deal with five years of abuse that the boy suffered at the hands of his ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: kidnapping, kids in trouble, reunion, danger, single parent, life is a bitch, hopes, confined, family problems, estrangement, dysfunctional family, captivity ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
About Her Brother (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Ginko’s younger brother Tetsuro, a failed comedian, is the oddball of the family. Embarrassing, loud and plain inappropriate at times causes Ginko to disown him. The two reunite when she discovers Tetsuro is terminally ill. Tetsuro’s impending ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: reunion, family relations, family problems, human nature, unfulfillment, family feud, redemption, bittersweet, siblings relations, terminal illness, hopes, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Christmas at Maxwell's (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A successful American family retreat to their summer home on the banks of Lake Erie to find meaning in life, illness, loss, and change this Christmas. With a successful career in the wine business, and two amazing children, what more can a family ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: human spirit, family life, love and romance, miraculous event, homecoming, road not taken, parents and children, couples, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, terminal illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Just Like the Son (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A petty thief's mentoring of an apparent orphan takes a profound turn when he kidnaps the boy from a foster home and drives him cross-country to his sister's house in Texas.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, captivating, serious
Plot: friendship, family relations, custody, adoption, on the road, reunion, introspection, redemption, petty criminal, hopes, road trip, foster home ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
In the Gloaming (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister.
Style: sincere, touching, gloomy, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, aids, bereavement, human nature, introspection, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, homecoming, parents and children, family gatherings ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Six Weeks (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A wealthy cosmetic tycoon and her 12-year-old daughter who's dying from leukemia, strike up a sentimental friendship with a California politician. Since the girl has only six weeks or less to live, the trio fly to New York City where the ...
Style: sentimental, touching, gloomy, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: terminal illness, dancer's life, hopes, romance, unfulfillment, love and romance, tragic hero, infidelity, love affair, forbidden love, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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A Perfect Son (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A man's terminal illness reunites him with his estranged brother.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: terminal illness, life is a bitch, drug abuse, unfulfillment, death in the family, haunted by the past, family in crisis, brother brother relationship, family relations, estrangement, death of father, gay ...
Time: 90s
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61%
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A Christmas Visitor (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A father struggles with the past. A daughter fights for the future. A mother searches for answers. The Boyajians have not celebrated Christmas in 11 years. They lost their faith when they lost their son to the Persian Gulf War. Now a stranger has ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: grief, gulf war, christmas, introspection, family gatherings, family life, parents and children, redemption, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Distant Thunder (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A troubled Vietnam war vet deserts his wife and child shortly after he returns from the war. He returns after 10 years, where he's been living like an animal in the forest. He finds himself unprepared for the changes that he will have to cope ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: martial arts, suicide, homelessness, parents and children, family life, terminal illness, human nature, homecoming, family relations, friends, estrangement, in the woods ...
Time: 60s, 80s, year 1969
Place: vietnam, asia, washington state, illinois
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60%
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, realistic, sincere, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, psychiatrist, teenager, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, family problems, redemption, family in crisis, parents and children, domestic disturbance, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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60%
We Were the Mulvaneys (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Based on the novel by the same name, We Were the Mulvaneys is a sensitive portrayal of one family's journey as they face conflict, fear, tragedy and ultimately, themselves.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, bleak ...
Plot: family life, family relations, couples, family problems, love and romance, life is a bitch, family in crisis, alcohol abuse, brother brother relationship, loneliness, fear, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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59%
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Our Sons (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Our Sons is a 1991 made-for-TV movie starring Julie Andrews and Ann-Margret as two mothers of gay sons, one of whom is dying of AIDS. As a small town waitress, Ann-Margret's character must overcome her own homophobia and learn to love her son ...
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: gay, terminal illness, aids, estrangement, hospital, family relations, parents and children, family problems, friendship, small town, gays and lesbians, denial ...
Time: 90s
Place: arkansas, usa, san diego california, california
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59%
Stopped on Track (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Frank and Simone have fulfilled a dream and live with their two children in a row house in the suburbs. They are a happy couple, until the day Frank is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The family is suddenly confronted with death.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, emotional, touching ...
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, family life, unfulfillment, suburbs, hospital, family problems, family in crisis, dealing with death, life is a bitch, pubic hair, sickness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, europe
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58%
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Memories of Me (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: After a heart attack, Abbie Polin (Crystal), a New York doctor, goes to Los Angeles to see his father, Abe (King), who works in Hollywood as the "king of the extras." Their relationship has been strained for several years. This was the ...
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: hollywood, father son relationship, heart attack, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, pregnancy, introspection, reunion, self discovery, family life, child as adult, terminal illness ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, los angeles
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58%