Movies and TV shows like Laurel Avenue

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Laurel Avenue (1993)
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Laurel Avenue (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
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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, saga
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, drug abuse, strong sexual content, life is a bitch, addiction, suburbs, dysfunctional family, family problems, society, working class, suburban life, single parent, drugs/alcohol, americana, reform, family in crisis, r&b, social relations, profanity, church, drug addict, african american, drug dealer, parent child relationship ...
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 serious, realistic, sincere and touching films and TV series with plots about family relations, family problems, society, parents and children, life is a bitch, family in crisis and hopes mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Laurel Avenue: Mississippi Damned (2009), The Slap (2015), Mama Flora's Family (1998), Bluebird (2013), The End of Innocence (1990). 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: emotional, sincere, touching, rough, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, introspection, dysfunctional family, human nature, addiction, society, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, strong female presence, down on your luck, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
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The Slap (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
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, psychological, captivating
Plot: family problems, couples, family relations, domestic violence, friendship, infidelity, suburbs, parents and children, family in crisis, dishonesty, couple relations, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Mama Flora's Family (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: sincere, epic, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, racism, false accusation, interracial relations, religions or cults, graphic violence, couple relations, suburban life, discrimination, family business, working class, suburbs ...
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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: touching, sincere, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: isolation, family problems, family in crisis, youth, single parent, drug abuse, working class, dysfunctional family, teenage life, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, bus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, rehabilitation, family problems, mental institution, parents and children, drug abuse, doctors and patients, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, power relations, family relations, mentally unstable ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
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Queen Sugar (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, sentimental, sincere
Plot: family drama, farm, sugarcane, parents and children, family relations, life turned upside down, power relations, interracial relations, social relations, single parent, society, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa
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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: emotional, touching, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: sexual abuse, downfall, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, addiction, down on your luck, family problems, life is a bitch, going straight, society, crimes, drug abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, harlem, usa
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62%
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: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: adoption, interracial relations, family relations, family problems, strong female presence, dysfunctional family, parents and children, society, life is a bitch, female director, housewife, foster parent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, wisconsin
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60%
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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, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, alcohol abuse, farm, dysfunctional family, bittersweet, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, single parent, family in crisis, americana, addiction ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, chicago illinois, usa, mississippi river, alabama ...
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White Irish Drinkers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring ...
Style: sincere, emotional, sentimental, bleak, serious ...
Plot: crimes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, family problems, siblings relations, family life, parents and children, working class, society, hopes, domestic disturbance, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
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59%
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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: emotional, uplifting, realistic, serious
Plot: family relations, drug abuse, undercover, drug dealing, society, crimes, human spirit, parents and children, crime, life is a bitch, law enforcement, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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57%
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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: realistic, serious, emotional, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: moral dilemma, life is a bitch, society, parents and children, working class, down on your luck, family problems, single mother, poverty, urban, single parent, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas
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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, 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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52%
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: touching, emotional, disturbing, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: single parent, unemployment, starving child, starvation, doctor, family problems, family relations, family life, child illness, down on your luck, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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The Women of Brewster Place (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
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Story: A multigenerational story of the lives of several black women who call an inner-city tenement home.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: racism, friendship, society, life is a bitch, coming of age, lifestyle, hopes, adventure, juvenile delinquency, injustice, family problems, youth ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 60s, 1960s
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Children of Invention (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 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: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: working class, single parent, family problems, suburbs, parents and children, siblings relations, society, eviction, youth, family relations, bittersweet, child in peril ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, usa
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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: talky, realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: cancer, hollywood, family relations, aids, infidelity, terminal illness, showbiz, family problems, family life, family in crisis, artists and showbiz, dealing with death ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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Mainline (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 77 min.
Story: The uneasy relationship between a mother and daughter is made all the more turbulent by drug abuse in this downbeat drama from Iranian filmmakers Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, redemption, couples, family relations, life is a bitch, hopes, rehabilitation, drug abuse, addiction, parents and children, family problems, lovers apart ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Blue (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Blue is a mother with a secret life. She'll do anything to keep it from her son. But her past has other plans.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, tense, psychological ...
Plot: double life, single parent, parents and children, family relations, protecting from truth, sexuality, financial problem, haunted by the past, society, prostitute, dishonesty, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Crash (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: racism, police detective, social decay, life is a bitch, society, law enforcement, partners, human nature, injustice, family problems, immigrants, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Lilies (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Lilies is a British period-drama television series, written by Heidi Thomas, which ran for one eight-episode series in early 2007 on BBC One. The show's tagline was "Liverpool, 1920. Three girls on the edge of womanhood, a world on the ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, sexual ...
Plot: family relations, post war, family problems, parents and children, working class, life is a bitch, society, youth, sister sister relationship, bittersweet, poverty, slum ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: liverpool, england
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The End of Love (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Mark is a struggling actor stuck between the life he once knew and the one waiting for him. When the mother of his two-year-old son suddenly passes away, Mark is forced to confront his shortcomings. Their fates, now intertwined, hang in the balance ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, single father, single parent, life turned upside down, family problems, family in crisis, parents and children, death in the family, babies and infants, parent child relationship, father son relationship, baby ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, lifestyle, family in crisis, teenage life, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Boys from the Blackstuff (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
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: touching, emotional, sincere, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: unemployment, working class, family relations, labor union, parents and children, down on your luck, layoff, life turned upside down, realism, character on the edge, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, northern england, liverpool
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38%
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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: sincere, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family problems, dysfunctional family, death in the family, drug abuse, introspection, family in crisis, hopes, life is a bitch, social relations, estrangement, father daughter relationship, overdose ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Red Doors (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Wongs struggle to cope with life, love, and family dysfunction in the suburbs of New York.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family life, dysfunctional family, family problems, human nature, parents and children, culture clash, youth, single parent, suburbs, family in crisis, family relations, prank ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: gloomy, touching, emotional, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: sexual abuse, single parent, hopes, mute or deaf, legal, family problems, family relations, power relations, teachers and students, family in crisis, courtroom drama, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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American Gun (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
Style: emotional, thought provoking, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: high school, family relations, teenage life, americana, family problems, on the road, death in the family, working class, parents and children, human nature, dealing with death, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, oregon, virginia
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Our Life (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Claudio works on a site in the suburbs of Rome. He is madly in love with his wife who is pregnant with their third child. However, a dramatic event comes to upset this simple and happy life. In a rage for life, Claudio energetically fights against ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: life is a bitch, working class, family in crisis, parents and children, family problems, lifestyle, society, wife husband relationship, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship, desperation, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy
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Olive Kitteridge (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
TV show
Story: The story focuses on a middle-school math teacher Olive and her relationship with Henry which spans 25 years over the four parts. It is based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, meditative, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, small town life, family problems, maturity, family relations, couple relations, elderly, couples, family, under the surface, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new england, maine, california
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