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.
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: serious, emotional, sincere, realistic, gloomy, tense
Plot: r&b, single parent, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content, interracial relations, addiction, suburbs, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, suburban life, life is a bitch, society, family problems, family relations, social relations, americana, working class, reform, church, drug addict, african american, parent child relationship, husband wife relationship, police officer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: minnesota, usa, minneapolis minnesota

Most similar movies to Laurel Avenue

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and sincere films and TV series with plots about family relations, life is a bitch, society, family problems, parents and children, hopes and family in crisis mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Laurel Avenue: Mississippi Damned (2009), A Brother's Kiss (1997), The Slap (2015), Hidden in America (1996), 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: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: down on your luck, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family problems, human nature, introspection, siblings relations, addiction, society, family relations, child abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
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95%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: sexual abuse, siblings relations, drugs/alcohol, addiction, urban ghetto, down on your luck, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, urban ghetto life, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harlem, usa, new york
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82%
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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: serious, tense, realistic
Plot: family in crisis, suburbs, suburban life, domestic violence, family problems, social relations, crumbling marriage, couple relations, friendship, infidelity, dysfunctional family, under the surface ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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, realistic, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: doctor, starving child, single parent, unemployment, parents and children, rich and poor, child illness, down on your luck, family in crisis, life is a bitch, society, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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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, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: farm, drugs/alcohol, single parent, dysfunctional family, starting over, parents and children, family in crisis, family life, family relations, rehabilitation, human nature, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, atlanta georgia, alabama, chicago illinois ...
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68%
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, parents and children, small town, dysfunctional family, winter, driver, bus, family in crisis, working class, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, touching
Plot: adoption, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, interracial relations, dysfunctional family, society, mother daughter relationship, rape, foster parent, housewife ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s
Place: usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: self discovery, rehabilitation, drugs/alcohol, mental institution, innocence lost, doctors and patients, society, mentally unstable, human nature, introspection, parents and children, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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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: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, single parent, urban, moral dilemma, parents and children, down on your luck, life is a bitch, family relations, working class, society, family problems, poverty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: racism, friendship, dysfunctional family, urban, urban ghetto, adventure, urban ghetto life, injustice, city life, society, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: sincere, serious, epic, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: racism, african american, false accusation, interracial relations, suburbs, prejudice, black family, family life, society, family relations, couple relations, discrimination ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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, realistic, touching, sincere, sentimental
Plot: family drama, sugarcane, farm, life turned upside down, family relations, society, parents and children, power relations, social relations, single parent, interracial relations, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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, realistic, uplifting
Plot: drug abuse, undercover, parents and children, addiction, crime, crimes, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, drug dealing, human spirit, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
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Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
A Long Way Home (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere, touching ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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Style: serious, atmospheric, rough, bleak, psychological ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, sentimental
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Boys from the Blackstuff (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
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Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: unemployment, working class, down on your luck, realism, life is a bitch, society, parents and children, life turned upside down, family relations, labor union, layoff, children ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Glass Menagerie (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Amanda Wingfield dominates her children with her faded gentility and exaggerated tales of her Southern belle past. Her son plans escape; her daughter withdraws into a dream world. When a "gentleman caller" appears, things move to crisis ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
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Time: 20th century, 30s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: gloomy, serious, realistic, touching, sincere
Plot: racism, interracial relations, city life, based on movie, social decay, hopes, urban, life is a bitch, society, unfulfillment, couples, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Black and Blue (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After a woman's husband beats and abuses her, she and her son join the witness protection program and move away secretly.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, suspenseful ...
Plot: domestic disturbance, family problems, life is a bitch, witnessing a crime, starting over, parents and children, woman in danger, danger, hopes, family relations, stethoscope, latex gloves ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: domestic disturbance, innocence lost, urban, crime, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, working class, coming of age, city life, crimes, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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: emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: self discovery, interracial relations, romance, siblings relations, addiction, drug abuse, family in crisis, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance, society ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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: serious, clever, talky, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: cancer, aids, hollywood, family life, dealing with death, lung cancer, death in the family, dysfunctional family, suburbs, family in crisis, terminal illness, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Mildred Pierce (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 336 min.
Story: A newly divorced, uniquely independent woman struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family in Depression-era California.
Style: emotional, gloomy, epic, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: depression, single parent, restaurant, friendship, family relations, adaptation, suffering, lovers, tragic event, parents and children, love, kidnapping ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.7
 480
Cook County (2009)
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: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, coming of age, redemption, parents and children, small town, addiction, drug abuse, family in crisis, homecoming, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Gringo (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Filmed in documentary-style, the film follows the character of Gringo, a young man looking for fortune in New York, only to fall into heroin addiction.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, sincere ...
Plot: anti heroes, drugs/alcohol, addiction, urban, realism, drug abuse, life is a bitch, downfall, americana, crimes, heroes, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: single parent, siblings relations, suburbs, family in crisis, youth, family problems, family relations, parents and children, working class, kids in trouble, society, eviction ...
Time: contemporary
Place: boston, usa
⇓ 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: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching
Plot: heroin, drug addiction, going straight, rehabilitation, sibling relationship, self discovery, addiction, drug abuse, family life, hopes, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 614
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: dealing with death, introspection, family in crisis, estrangement, youth, family problems, coming of age, death in the family, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%