Movies like Christmas Eve

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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, court, hospital, courtroom, wealth, female protagonist, search, chambermaid, dying, grandmother, father son relationship, private investigator ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa

Most similar movies to Christmas Eve

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, parents and children, unfulfillment and terminal illness mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Christmas Eve: The Gathering (1977), A Hobo's Christmas (1987), The Event (2003), ...First Do No Harm (1997), Relative Stranger (2009). 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: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, sentimental
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, family gatherings, single parent, reunion, bittersweet, introspection, dysfunctional family, estrangement, family problems, family life, siblings relations ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: emotional, serious, realistic, feel good, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: christmas, homelessness, reunion, family relations, family gatherings, parents and children, family, hopes, estrangement, family problems, estranged father, christmas party ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, salt lake city utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 6.2
 974
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, emotional, sentimental, touching, sincere ...
Plot: investigation, family relations, lgbt, terminal illness, gays and lesbians, couples, family problems, gender, human nature, life is a bitch, bittersweet, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
...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: sentimental, sincere, uplifting, controversial, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, family relations, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, death in the family, small town life, human spirit, family life, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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, touching ...
Plot: family relations, rivalry, redemption, death in the family, sport team, athlete's life, last will and testament, estrangement, father son relationship, reunion, getting home, ambition ...
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, realistic, serious, touching
Plot: mercy killing, terminal illness, estrangement, siblings relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems, cancer, death in the family, estranged family member, unfulfillment, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.7
 25K
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, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, reunion, estrangement, transplant, leukemia, single parent, family relations, family problems, siblings relations, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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, serious ...
Plot: parents and children, family relations, estrangement, family problems, hopes, aging, drugs/alcohol, dysfunctional family, love, elderly, couples, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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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: sincere, uplifting, sentimental, emotional, serious ...
Plot: family problems, misfit, life is a bitch, medical school, family relations, family life, intern, brother brother relationship, twins, mental retardation, garbage collector, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, pittsburgh
⇓ 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, emotional, realistic, gloomy
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, family life, siblings relations, parents and children, couple relations, family gatherings, couples, euthanasia, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
⇓ 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: realistic, gloomy, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, family in crisis, siblings relations, unfulfillment, hopes, family life, family problems, belief in god, illness ...
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: realistic, touching, emotional, contemplative, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, terminal illness, redemption, coping, parents and children, estrangement, unfulfillment, family in crisis, father son relationship, family problems, dealing with death, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: kidnapping, kids in trouble, reunion, single parent, danger, life is a bitch, parents and children, hopes, confined, family in crisis, captivity, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: contemplative, touching, talky, emotional, serious ...
Plot: hospital, hopes, unfulfillment, family relations, one more chance, profanity, terminal illness, parents and children, life is a bitch, estrangement, prison, redemption ...
Place: rhode island, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, psychological, emotional, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, reunion, family problems, human nature, redemption, unfulfillment, bittersweet, family feud, family in crisis, hopes, siblings relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, sincere, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: family life, human spirit, life is a bitch, family problems, couples, homecoming, road not taken, miraculous event, hopes, love and romance, parents and children, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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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: serious, emotional, touching, realistic, uplifting
Plot: christianity, cross, gay parent, hate, forgiveness, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians, estrangement, terminal illness, last wish, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 5.7
 755
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: touching, gloomy, sentimental, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: terminal illness, unfulfillment, love and romance, hopes, couples, bittersweet, family relations, youth, tragic hero, romance, dancer's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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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, contemplative ...
Plot: family relations, teenager, psychiatrist, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes, redemption, family in crisis, domestic disturbance, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.4
 329
A Perfect Son (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A man's terminal illness reunites him with his estranged brother.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: terminal illness, life is a bitch, drug abuse, unfulfillment, family in crisis, haunted by the past, death in the family, brother brother relationship, estrangement, family relations, gay, death of father ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: grief, gulf war, christmas, introspection, redemption, dysfunctional family, family life, family problems, life is a bitch, parents and children, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.9
 562
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: emotional, serious, psychological, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: terminal illness, aids, estrangement, hospital, family relations, gay, parents and children, family problems, friendship, small town, gays and lesbians, denial ...
Time: 90s
Place: arkansas, usa, california, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: touching, sentimental, gloomy, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: family relations, aids, gay brother, bereavement, homecoming, tragic hero, self discovery, family problems, family life, death in the family, resentment, gender ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, thought provoking ...
Plot: martial arts, homelessness, suicide, estrangement, hopes, life is a bitch, dealing with death, parents and children, unfulfillment, human nature, starting over, reunion ...
Time: 80s, 60s, year 1969
Place: vietnam, asia, illinois, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, touching
Plot: farm, estrangement, family relations, reunion, thanksgiving, family, youth, family life, loss of partner, teenage life, family problems, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.7
 934
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, realistic, emotional, semi serious ...
Plot: hollywood, father son relationship, heart attack, human nature, introspection, ego clash, estrangement, family relations, pregnancy, terminal illness, parents and children, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, contemplative, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, family life, unfulfillment, suburbs, hospital, dealing with death, life is a bitch, family problems, family in crisis, cancer, sickness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Autumn Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When a school bus driving woman (Tyne Daly) has a heart attack, she makes one request of her three daughters (Ally Sheedy, Marla Sucharetza, Marceline Hugo) - she wants them to find their long lost brother, who was taken away by their father (Jack ...
Style: touching, gloomy, serious, contemplative, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, estrangement, love and romance, society, human nature, couples, family problems, family life, hopes, unfulfillment, parents and children, rise to the top ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, usa, europe, england, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.5
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My Brother (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: "My Brother" is an inner city story of two impoverished boys, Isaiah and James. James is developmentally disabled. Their mother, L'Tisha, finds herself in a tragic situation. Dying of tuberculosis, she desperately tries to get her two ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching
Plot: terminal illness, disability, life is a bitch, mentally challenged, family problems, family relations, brother brother relationship, responsibility, sick mother, urban ghetto life, siblings relations, performer's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, realistic, serious, emotional, bilingual
Plot: family relations, homecoming, going straight, starting over, family problems, reunion, redemption, dysfunctional family, crimes, estrangement, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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