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Laurel Avenue (1993)
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Laurel Avenue (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Laurel Avenue is an American three-hour television miniseries which aired on HBO on July 10 and 11, 1993. It is the story of an eventful weekend in the lives of an extended African American family living in St. Paul, Minnesota. Paul Aaron and actor Charles S. Dutton served as executive producers. The teleplay was written by Michael Henry Brown, based upon a story by Aaron and Brown. The miniseries was directed by Carl Franklin.
Style: tense, sincere, gloomy, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: drug abuse, strong sexual content, family relations, life is a bitch, interracial relations, addiction, dysfunctional family, family problems, society, working class, suburban life, single parent, drugs/alcohol, americana, family in crisis, social relations, reform, suburbs, r&b, church, drug addict, african american, parent child relationship, husband wife relationship, police officer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: minnesota, usa, minneapolis minnesota

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and emotional films and TV series with plots about family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, society, family in crisis, parents and children and hopes mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Laurel Avenue: Mississippi Damned (2009), The Slap (2015), A Brother's Kiss (1997), Bluebird (2013), Down in the Delta (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: touching, rough, gloomy, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: family problems, introspection, human nature, society, addiction, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, siblings relations, family in crisis, family relations, down on your luck, lesbian kiss ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: mississippi, usa
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The Slap (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: A family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple's misbehaving child. This seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, exposes long-held secrets, and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the core ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic
Plot: family problems, dishonesty, couples, family in crisis, friends, couple relations, family relations, infidelity, friendship, domestic violence, suburbs, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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83%
A Brother's Kiss (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to sodomize Mick on the street, is living with his wife Debbie ...
Style: realistic, bleak, emotional, serious, touching ...
Plot: sexual abuse, family problems, sexual dysfunction, re-education, crimes, siblings relations, down on your luck, downfall, going straight, drug abuse, society, urban ghetto ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harlem, usa, new york
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74%
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Bluebird (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On a freezing January evening, school bus driver Lesley completes her route, but her final inspection abruptly ends when a bluebird comes into view. What happens next shakes her small Maine logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, bleak, sincere, serious ...
Plot: bus, drugs/alcohol, family in crisis, life is a bitch, working class, single parent, youth, drug abuse, isolation, dysfunctional family, small town, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Down in the Delta (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: farm, dysfunctional family, social worker, society, alcohol abuse, human nature, family relations, family in crisis, love and romance, life is a bitch, hopes, starting over ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, chicago illinois, atlanta georgia, alabama ...
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66%
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About Sunny (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As things unravel for a struggling single mother in Las Vegas, she must decide what she's willing to give up to get by.
Style: gloomy, touching, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: single parent, parents and children, down on your luck, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, family relations, family problems, working class, urban, society, moral dilemma, strip club ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Deep in My Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In this made-for-tv movie, an adopted woman decides to find her birth mother. Her search leads her to a shocking discovery that she has to face and why her upbringing was not an easy one.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious
Plot: adoption, family problems, society, dysfunctional family, interracial relations, parents and children, family relations, life is a bitch, housewife, mother daughter relationship, rape, birth mother ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: wisconsin, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Hidden in America (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of a man Bill Januson whose pride in being the head of his family won't let him accept help from his sick daughters doctor. He has to prove to his kids that even with the death of his wife and the loss of his job that they can and will ...
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, touching, disturbing ...
Plot: unemployment, single parent, doctor, starving child, family relations, down on your luck, life is a bitch, child illness, rich and poor, parents and children, family in crisis, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Mama Flora's Family (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Based on Alex Haley's novel about a black matriarch in the early 20th century, this dramatic miniseries spotlights the struggle for social change. Cicely Tyson stars as Mama Flora, a woman determined to free her children from the bonds of ...
Style: captivating, uplifting, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: racism, false accusation, african american, suburban life, life is a bitch, society, working class, family business, discrimination, suburbs, couples, family life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The End of Innocence (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Seemingly autobiographical story of a woman overwhelmed with trying to please everyone except herself, and not finding any answers until she's admitted to a rehab center by her parents. Eventually here is where she finds her answers.
Style: psychological, gloomy, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: self discovery, unfulfillment, family relations, mental institution, human nature, introspection, mentally unstable, society, innocence lost, drug abuse, power relations, doctors and patients ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Queen Sugar (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The series follows the life of two sisters, Nova Bordelon and Charley Bordelon, who, with her teenage son Micah moves to the heart of Louisiana to claim an inheritance from her recently departed father - an 800-acre sugarcane farm.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sincere, sentimental
Plot: farm, family drama, sugarcane, power relations, parents and children, family relations, life turned upside down, society, single parent, social relations, interracial relations, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Courage (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A mother in Queens, New York, is so angered when she discovers that her son is a drug addict that she becomes an undercover agent for the DEA to clean up the drug trade in her neighborhood. Based on a true story.
Style: serious, emotional, uplifting, realistic
Plot: undercover, drug abuse, crimes, hopes, parents and children, family relations, family in crisis, crime, life is a bitch, drug dealing, human spirit, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Women of Brewster Place (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 200 min.
Story: A multigenerational story of the lives of several black women who call an inner-city tenement home.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: friendship, racism, coming of age, youth, human spirit, family problems, family life, human nature, society, urban, urban ghetto, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: realistic, touching, gloomy, sincere, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, teenager, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, suburbs, family problems, estrangement, family in crisis, family relations, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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The Knick (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 58 min.
Story: Set in downtown New York in 1900, 'The Knick' is centered on the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who work there, pushing the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, rough, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, doctors and patients, hospital, surgeon, life is a bitch, gory, medicine, realism, power relations, workplace situations, drugs/alcohol, society ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: touching, gloomy, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: sexual abuse, family in crisis, family relations, teachers and students, parents and children, rehabilitation, mentally challenged, family problems, misfit, courtroom drama, single parent, legal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
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Style: emotional, bleak, serious, sincere, realistic ...
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Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Boys from the Blackstuff (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Alan Bleasdale's hugely acclaimed mini-series echoes the misery and despair of long-term unemployment. Set in Liverpool, these profoundly moving human dramas follow in turn the attempts of five working-class heroes to survive.
Style: gloomy, touching, realistic, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: unemployment, working class, down on your luck, life turned upside down, layoff, realism, life is a bitch, family relations, labor union, society, parents and children, children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, northern england, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Recovery Road (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Maddie is a teenage girl dealing with addiction who has a reputation as a party girl who doesn’t think she has a problem, until she’s confronted one day by her school guidance counselor and is forced to choose between expulsion and rehab. Maddie ...
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, realistic, sentimental
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: high school life, addiction, youth, best friends, hopes, alcohol, rehabilitation, teenage life, drug abuse, life is a bitch, recovery, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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I'm Losing You (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A wealthy businessman Perry Krohn attempts to juggle the needs of his dedicated wife, demanding mistress and grown children while facing his own certain death from lung cancer.
Style: gloomy, talky, realistic, biting, clever ...
Plot: cancer, aids, hollywood, artists and showbiz, dealing with death, couples, social decay, family life, suburbs, death in the family, family problems, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 631
Putty Hill (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Friends and family of Cory, a young man who has died of an overdose, gather at a Baltimore-area karaoke bar for his wake and compare stories about him. Gradually, as it becomes clear that there are many holes in their recollections about Cory, they ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: family problems, death in the family, introspection, overdose, estrangement, drug abuse, youth, coming of age, dysfunctional family, dealing with death, life is a bitch, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Crash (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Crash is an American television drama series that tells the story of how the lives of how several very diverse Southern Californians intersect.
Style: sincere, serious, touching, gloomy, realistic
Plot: racism, social decay, couples, dishonesty, family problems, urban, law enforcement, society, human nature, police detective, temperamental, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Children of Invention (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two young children living illegally in a model apartment outside Boston are left to fend for themselves when their hardworking mother disappears
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: family relations, family in crisis, siblings relations, parents and children, single parent, youth, kids in trouble, society, family problems, eviction, working class, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Three narratives ("Cutting Moments," "Home" and "Prologue") combine to create a shocking trilogy of modern American life, a portrait drawn with brushstrokes of hidden violence and disturbing cruelty. Directed by Douglas ...
Style: bleak, serious, tense, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: rapist, society, americana, gory, family life, suburbs, family problems, family in crisis, suburban life, life is a bitch, couple relations, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Fireflies in the Garden (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The semi-autobiographical story centers on the complexities of love and commitment in a family torn apart when faced by an unexpected tragedy.
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, family relations, family in crisis, family problems, parents and children, unsupportive parent, dysfunctional family, college graduate, siblings relations, family gatherings, writer's life, family reunited ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Cook County (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After a stint in prison, Sonny returns to his home in East Texas, determined to repair his relationship with his son. Standing in his way is his brother, who has turned the home into a crumbling meth lab (IMDb.com)
Style: captivating, suspenseful, serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, hopes, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, drugs/alcohol, family in crisis, life is a bitch, addiction, redemption, estrangement, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
No Place Like Home (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Pittsburgh apartment superintendent loses his job and home when the apartment building where he lives and works at is suddenly destroyed by fire. Daniel and his family moves in with his brother but that doesn't last for long due to the two ...
Style: gloomy, thought provoking, emotional, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: unemployment, society, family problems, life is a bitch, family relations, family in crisis, down on your luck, urban ghetto, working class, poverty, security guard, homelessness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Jumpin' at the Boneyard (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Manny tries to get his crack addict brother, Danny, to clean up.
Style: touching, gloomy, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: drug addiction, heroin, society, unemployment, self discovery, drug abuse, youth, rehabilitation, addiction, against the odds, siblings relations, family life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.9
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Love Come Down (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Two brothers in their early 20s, one black, one white, each the other's keeper since their family was torn apart by a decade old tragedy. Neville is a comedian struggling with his comedy, and his brother, Matthew, is a boxer consumed with the ...
Style: touching, sentimental, gloomy, serious, emotional ...
Plot: self discovery, artists and showbiz, siblings relations, couple relations, interracial relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, athlete's life, family in crisis, romance, society, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Empire of Dirt (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Like many Native families, Lena Mahikan grew up in the cycle of abuse. Her father, a residential school survivor, was an alcoholic until he killed himself when Lena was 10. Her mother, only 14 years her senior, turned to the slots. By the time Lena ...
Style: bleak, emotional, sincere, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, family life, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, family in crisis, parents and children, family problems, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, single parent, youth, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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36%