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, flowers, family secret, redhead, diary, thanksgiving, forgiveness, family business, secretary, ballet school, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, grandfather grandson relationship, family dinner, emerald, christmas present, christmas party ...

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Most similar movies to The Christmas Wish

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about family relations, christmas, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship, christmas tree, parents and children and boyfriend girlfriend relationship 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), Once Upon a Christmas Miracle (2018). 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: serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: racism, family relations, self defense, murder, faith, dishonesty, life is a bitch, society, family life, false accusation, husband wife relationship, businessman ...
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, road trip, christmas tree, teenager, grandmother grandson relationship, christmas lights, falling in love, christmas decoration, single father, single parent, grandmother, hand camera ...
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90%
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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, disturbing, sincere, captivating, lgbt cinema ...
Plot: lesbian, teenager, single mother, gender roles, mother daughter relationship, grandmother granddaughter relationship, strong female character, starting over, gender, lgbt, transsexual, female director ...
Place: new york, manhattan new york city
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76%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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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: snow, christmas, typewriter, 8 year old, shopping cart, family relations, letter, grave, christmas tree, reporter, mother daughter relationship, boy ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1890s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Once Upon a Christmas Miracle (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Told she would have less than a few months to live without a liver transplant, Heather Krueger’s time was running out when a kind stranger, Chris Dempsey, heard of her plight and discovered he was a perfect match. The two met and before long a ...
Style: feel good, touching, uplifting, entertaining, romantic
Plot: christmas, holiday, transplant, christmas movie, happy ending, saving a life, christmas eve, miraculous event, christmas spirit, organ donation, death threat, fall in love ...
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57%
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, grandmother, mother daughter relationship, christmas, falling through ice, sleigh, loss of mother, child in peril, tradition, christmas tree ...
Place: new england
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56%
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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, beach, horse riding, pay phone, father daughter relationship, courtroom, death, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, cigarette smoking, cigarette lighter, death of father, telephone call ...
Place: guatemala, san francisco, chile, santiago chile
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55%
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Memories of Christmas (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Noelle was raised by the queen of Christmas. When she inherits her late mother’s house, she finds out that her mother had been hiring someone to decorate it — Dave. The deal is off, but Dave convinces Noelle to let him carry on the tradition. As ...
Style: light, entertaining, funny, romantic, humorous ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: christmas, holiday, family drama, grieving, loss of mother, christmas movie, homecoming, christmas spirit, small town life, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, happy ending, transformation ...
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55%
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, touching, sincere, sentimental, realistic
Plot: family gatherings, christmas, family relations, reunion, homecoming, parents and children, sibling relationship, holiday, irish american, estranged father, brother sister relationship, family reunited ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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54%
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: suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: survival, wilderness, rescue, catastrophe, snowstorm, babies and infants, confined, heroes, isolation, family life, forces of nature, mountain ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Ramen Shop (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Singapore, Japan, France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Masato is a young ramen chef in the city of Takasaki in Japan. After the sudden death of his emotionally distant father, he chances upon a suitcase of memorabilia and a red notebook – filled with musings and old photos – left behind by his ...
Style: realistic, contemplative, emotional, captivating
Plot: restaurant, journey, family relations, chef, cooking, memories, memory, photograph, uncle, grandmother grandson relationship, self discovery, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century
Place: singapore, japan
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43%
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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, sentimental ...
Plot: christmas, parents and children, love and romance, hopes, couple relations, jealousy, christmas eve, christmas party, loneliness, father son relationship, christmas movie, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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42%
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Blackbird (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A terminally ill mother invites her family to their country house for one final gathering, but tensions quickly boil over between her two daughters.
Style: sentimental, thought provoking, disturbing, sincere, touching ...
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, euthanasia, family problems, dying man, life & death, meaning of life, problem solving, health situation, death of mother, doubts and hesitations, dark secret ...
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42%
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, captivating, psychological, non-linear
Plot: dysfunctional family, father daughter relationship, female protagonist, husband wife relationship, delusion, promise, journalist, school, apology, running away from home, family conflict, social criticism ...
Time: year 1989, year 1964
Place: new york, utah, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, west virginia
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41%
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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: rough, realistic, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: pregnancy, couple relations, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, down on your luck, introspection, working class, unwanted pregnancy, poverty, unplanned pregnancy, disability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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
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39%
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, emotional, touching, serious, cult film
Plot: mentally challenged, lifestyle, dysfunctional family, family life, couples, family relations, disability, family problems, love and romance, misfit, siblings relations, bus ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: eccentric family, obsession, rock, family relations, social relations, artists and showbiz, social misfits, elvis presley, obsessed fan, elvis
Time: 80s, year 1982
Place: iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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: mormon, dancer, dancing, dance, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, latter day saints, mormonism
Place: utah, new york
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36%
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Yeh Ballet (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Discovered by an eccentric ballet master, two gifted but underprivileged Mumbai teens face bigotry and disapproval as they pursue their dancing dreams.
Style: inspirational, social realism, motivational, spiritual, colourful ...
Plot: dancing, dream, ballet, ballet school, direction and purpose, ambition, family relations, ballet teacher, friends, fight, ballet class, life is a bitch ...
Place: mumbai india
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36%
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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: sentimental, sincere, emotional, touching, serious ...
Plot: world war two, golden years, interracial relations, human nature, friendship, introspection, couples, family relations, friends, hopes, society, opposites attract ...
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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: secret, family secret, church, troubled teen, family secrets, choir, teenage girl
Place: iowa
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33%
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: serious, realistic, christian film
Plot: christmas, friendship, family relations, brat, youth, hopes, parents and children, human spirit, high school, clergy, mysterious stranger, mother daughter relationship ...
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32%
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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: a vision, forgiveness, passion, destiny, dream, journey, running, discovery, family relations
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31%
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: touching, feel good, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: single parent, breakup, bittersweet, parents and children, human nature, love and romance, crumbling marriage, hopes, unfulfillment, family relations, family problems, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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31%
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: realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy, suspenseful
Plot: murder, alcohol abuse, custody, haunted by the past, courtroom, family relations, investigation, betrayal, manipulation, teenage daughter, marriage, trial ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: san francisco
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31%
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, captivating, sincere, suspense, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: custody, christmas, life is a bitch, miraculous event, family problems, drug abuse, hopes, police officer, social worker, desire, will, angel ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: rhode island, atlanta georgia, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
An Unexpected Life (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Sequel to "An Unexpected Family."
Plot: family relations, adoption, affection, mother daughter relationship, judge, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother son estrangement, surprise, dysfunctional family, brother sister relationship, custody, aunt niece relationship ...
Place: new york
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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: psychological, suspenseful, tense, talky, realistic ...
Plot: betrayal, espionage, secret agents, friendship, russian spy, manipulations, government agency, suburbs, dishonesty, investigation, manipulation, couples ...
Time: 80s, 1960s, year 1961, 60s
Place: england, europe, scotland yard, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%