Movies like The Christmas Wish

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The Christmas Wish (1998)
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The Christmas Wish (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Returning to his home town after the death of the grandfather who raised him, slick and cynical Wall Street trader Will Martin (Neil Patrick Harris) feels decidedly out of place, and not at all in tune with the Christmas preparations being made by the local citizenry. But Will isn't really taking a sentimental journey at all: He's merely in town to modernize and streamline his family's real-estate company. While going through his grandfather's effects, Will and his grandmother (Debbie Reynolds) come across the old man's diary--which reveals a lengthy relationship with a woman named Lillian. Determined to locate this mystery mistress (if indeed that's who Lillian is), Will learns a few vital lessons about love, forgiveness, and recapturing the Yuletide spirit that has so long eluded him.
Plot: holiday, christmas, dancing, santa claus, investigation, family relations, restaurant, golf, office, photograph, family secret, redhead, diary, thanksgiving, forgiveness, family business, secretary, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, grandfather grandson relationship, family dinner, emerald, christmas present, christmas party, grandmother grandson relationship, christmas tree ...

Most similar movies to The Christmas Wish

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, christmas, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship, parents and children and family problems mostly in Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like The Christmas Wish: Timepiece (1996), The National Tree (2009), About Ray (2015), A Hobo's Christmas (1987), Susan Slade (1961). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Timepiece (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in the 1940's, James Earl Jones as an an old clockmaker faces racism and is tried for murder when the racist is killed. However, Kevin Kilner comes forward and claims to have commmitted the crime in self defense. All the while, ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious
Plot: racism, family relations, self defense, murder, faith, life is a bitch, family life, dishonesty, false accusation, society, loyalty, parent child relationship ...
Time: 90s
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95%
The National Tree (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A teenager has his Sitka Spruce tree chosen to be planted outside the White House as the new national Christmas Tree.
Plot: christmas, falling in love, grandmother, grandmother grandson relationship, single father, single parent, blog, holiday season, christmas tree, fire, christmas decoration, christmas lights ...
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81%
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About Ray (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A teenager transitions from female to male, and his family must come to terms with that fact.
Style: emotional, sincere, captivating, disturbing, neurotic ...
Plot: lesbian, teenager, single mother, gender roles, mother daughter relationship, grandmother granddaughter relationship, strong female character, starting over, gender, transsexual, lgbt, female director ...
Place: manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: While newspaper writer Church struggles with the death of his wife, he receives a "special" assignment. He must answer a little girl's question about whether Santa Claus really exists.
Plot: death of wife, cat, cemetery, letter, grave, family relations, reporter, girl, pocket watch, trashcan, christmas present, belief in god ...
Time: 1890s, 1800s, 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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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 ⇓
69%
The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After experiencing several stressful situations within a short time --including the failure of the family business and the loss of her mother-- Janet Broderick becomes ill. Falling into a deep sleep, she dreams of returning to her hometown, taking ...
Plot: holiday, parent child relationship, family, secret, flashback, husband wife relationship, getting home, dream, old love, grandmother, reunion, tradition ...
Place: new england
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57%
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Susan Slade (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A pregnant teen allows her mother to pass the baby off as her own.
Plot: pregnant teenager, suicide by hanging, childbirth, retirement, death of husband, hammock, convertible, father daughter relationship, christmas tree, death, mother daughter relationship, christmas present ...
Place: guatemala, san francisco, chile, santiago chile
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The siblings of the Fitzgerald family must decide if the dad who abandoned them 20 years ago can come home for Christmas. Can the big Irish clan get past their grievances to be a family again?
Style: serious, sincere, sentimental, touching, realistic
Plot: family gatherings, christmas, family relations, homecoming, reunion, parents and children, sibling relationship, holiday, estranged father, irish american, brother sister relationship, family reunited ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two thousand miles from home, Jim and Jennifer Stolpa (with baby Clayton) lose their way and are stranded in an endless wilderness of deep snow, battling for survival against the elements. Using only meager supplies and resourcefulness, the young ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: rescue, wilderness, survival, catastrophe, snowstorm, babies and infants, escapades, forces of nature, cave, mountain, danger, family life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Glass Castle (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A young girl is raised in a dysfunctional family constantly on the run from the FBI. Living in poverty, she comes of age guided by her drunkard, ingenious father who distracts her with magical stories to keep her mind off the family's dire ...
Style: sentimental, thought provoking, psychological, captivating, non-linear
Plot: father daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, husband wife relationship, female protagonist, journalist, school, delusion, apology, promise, running away from home, family conflict, mistrust ...
Time: year 1964, year 1989
Place: new york, utah, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city, west virginia
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42%
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
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38%
The Woman Who Loved Elvis (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Drama - It's 1982, and Midwestern housewife Joyce Jackson (Roseanne) is obsessed with Elvis Presley; she's even used the King of Rock and Roll's inspiration to turn her house into a wacky shrine. Convinced Presley's still alive, ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: rock, artists and showbiz, social misfits, social relations, family relations, obsession, eccentric family, obsessed fan, elvis presley, elvis
Time: 80s, year 1982
Place: iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Riding the Bus with My Sister (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A woman spends time with her developmental disabled sister after the death of their father.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, cult film
Plot: mentally challenged, family life, couples, dysfunctional family, lifestyle, family relations, disability, family problems, misfit, siblings relations, love and romance, bus ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Out of Step (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Graced with the instinctive ability to dance, Jenny Thomas wants nothing more than to become a professional dancer. All of her hard work pays off when she is accepted to a prominent dance program in New York. Against her mother's will, but with ...
Plot: dancing, mormon, dancer, dance, latter day saints, mormonism, boyfriend girlfriend relationship
Place: utah, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Decoration Day (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A cantankerous widower (Garner) who is virtually living the life of a recluse is forced to rejoin his community when his Godchild (Skaggs) gets in trouble and a childhood friend (Cobbs), a black tenant farmer, refuses to belatedly accept a ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, captivating, emotional, serious ...
Plot: world war two, family relations, friendship, hopes, interracial relations, golden years, couples, human nature, society, introspection, opposites attract, friends ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Secrets (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Etta Berter is a doctor's wife in 1905 who has been unable to have children. The couple has one adopted daughter but she has always wanted more children. Julie Harris's character is the family's cook and close companion to their ...
Plot: church, family secret, secret, family secrets, troubled teen, choir, teenage girl
Place: iowa
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35%
The Perfect Gift (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A spoiled schoolgirl, her overworked executive mother, and a disillusioned young minister each receives an uplifting message about friendship, commitment, and the truest meaning of Christmas from a friendly, but mysterious drifter.
Style: realistic, serious, christian film
Plot: christmas, friendship, parents and children, hopes, youth, brat, human spirit, family relations, high school, clergy, mysterious stranger, mother daughter relationship ...
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33%
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Noel (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Christmas Eve in New York, and the lonely divorced publisher, Rose Collins, needs a miracle to improve the health of her mother, interned in a hospital with Alzheimers. She feels sorry for another patient and meets his visitor. Meanwhile, Nina ...
Style: touching, emotional, humorous, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: christmas, parents and children, love and romance, hopes, couple relations, jealousy, christmas eve, hospital, family gatherings, miraculous event, down on your luck, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
An Unexpected Life (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Sequel to "An Unexpected Family."
Plot: family relations, adoption, surprise, affection, aunt niece relationship, judge, mother daughter relationship, pregnancy, custody, sister sister relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, brother sister relationship ...
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Destiny Road (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Follows three different people and the curve balls that life throws at them. In the end they are all brought together by one common Destiny.
Plot: passion, forgiveness, destiny, a vision, family relations, discovery, dream, journey, running
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
A Season for Miracles (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A miracle occurs for a homeless family consisting of two wayward children and their protective aunt with the help of an angel. When a young woman's niece and nephew are threatened with foster care after her sister is hospitalized following yet ...
Style: serious, suspense, sincere, captivating, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: custody, christmas, life is a bitch, miraculous event, drug abuse, family problems, hopes, police officer, social worker, angel, will, desire ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: illinois, rhode island, atlanta georgia
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32%
Dodson's Journey (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A man takes his young daughter on a cross-country fly-fishing trip following the death of his father and his wife's decision to get a divorce.
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: single parent, unfulfillment, love and romance, hopes, parents and children, crumbling marriage, couples, family problems, breakup, bittersweet, family relations, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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32%
Where Love Has Gone (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A divorced couple's teen-age daughter stands trial for stabbing her mother's latest lover.
Style: gloomy, sincere, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, betrayal, haunted by the past, investigation, courtroom, family relations, alcohol abuse, custody, manipulation, marriage, trial, teenage daughter ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Everybody's Fine (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Eight months after the death of his wife, Frank Goode looks forward to a reunion with his four adult children. When all of them cancel their visits at the last minute, Frank, against the advice of his doctor, sets out on a road trip to reconnect ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: loneliness, doctor, family relations, family reunited, widower, parents and children, holiday, siblings relations, family problems, retired, loss of spouse, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas, new york, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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1985 (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian returns to his Texas hometown and struggles to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family.
Plot: family relations, aids, lgbt, in the closet, gay, advertising executive, hiv, gay slur, christmas, father son relationship, mother son relationship, conservative ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas
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31%
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Pack of Lies (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A couple learns that their friendly neighbours might be Russian spies.
Style: serious, realistic, talky, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: betrayal, espionage, friendship, secret agents, russian spy, manipulations, state affairs, investigation, manipulation, politics, kgb, friends ...
Time: 80s, year 1961, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, europe, scotland yard, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
A Family Upside Down (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An elderly married couple find that as their physical and mental health deteriorates, they find themselves dependent more and more upon their grown children.
Plot: old age, retirement home, aging, family, picnic, dying, flower shop, hospital, grandfather grandson relationship, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, father daughter relationship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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All You Need (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Beth's life was going backwards. Her husband suddenly walks out on her, she has an alcoholic mother, an ambivalent father and so she decides to begin making a change by going back to school in order to take charge of her life.
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, emotional, talky
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, drunkenness, thanksgiving, lifestyle, social decay, society, human nature, couple relations, family gatherings, family problems, family life, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
King of the Gypsies (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Zharko, leader of the Romanis in NYC, passes his position of leadership on to his unwilling grandson, Dave, leading to infighting between Dave and his father.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, psychological, gloomy
Plot: family relations, inheritance, gypsy, life is a bitch, state affairs, social misfits, nudity (full frontal - brief), defiant, legends and myths, interracial relations, parents and children, intrigue ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Sunlight Jr. (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Quickie-mart employee Melissa and paraplegic Richie are very much in love. Supported only by Melissa’s small hourly wage, they are nevertheless thrilled to learn that Melissa is pregnant. Then their situation deteriorates, and their tenuous ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: pregnancy, life is a bitch, couple relations, family problems, couples, working class, down on your luck, poverty, unwanted pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy, disability, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%