Movies like The Descendants

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The Descendants (2011)
 7.3
 222K
The Descendants (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: With his wife Elizabeth on life support after a boating accident, Hawaiian land baron, Matt King takes his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront the young real estate broker, who was having an affair with Elizabeth before her misfortune.
Style: touching, humorous, tragicomedy, sentimental, talky, emotional, realistic, clever, semi serious, dramatic ...
Plot: infidelity, inheritance, cheating wife, dying mother, coma, estate, teenage daughter, dysfunctional family, parenthood, family problems, on the road, parents and children, health situation, marriage, trust fund, death, greed, journey, family relations, secret, accident, boat, middle aged, dying, young kid ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii, usa, california

Most similar movies to The Descendants

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and dramatic films with plots about family relations, dysfunctional family, storytelling, dialogue, relationships, parents and children and mentor mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like The Descendants: This Is Where I Leave You (2014), The Beaver (2011), Please Give (2010), Just Before I Go (2014), About Schmidt (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When their father passes away, four grown, world-weary siblings return to their childhood home and are requested -- with an admonition -- to stay there together for a week, along with their free-speaking mother and a collection of spouses, exes and ...
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, homecoming, death of father, man child, family, breakup, last wish, family problems, eccentric family, death in the family, couples, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 45K
The Beaver (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black (Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes for his ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, tragicomedy, sentimental ...
Plot: midlife crisis, puppet, losing-it hero, depression, family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional character, unfulfillment, mental illness, dysfunctional family, dissociative identity disorder, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 11K
Please Give (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns.
Style: touching, clever, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, homeless, cancer, suicide, apartment, neighbor, midlife crisis, couples, dishonesty, urban, human nature, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Just Before I Go (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ted Morgan has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for ...
Style: touching, semi serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: suicide attempt, life is a bitch, suicide, dysfunctional family, small town, haunted by the past, siblings relations, family relations, unfulfillment, homecoming, gay, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 117K
About Schmidt (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: 66-year-old Warren Schmidt is a retired insurance salesman and has no particular plans other than to drive around in the motor home his wife insisted they buy. He's not altogether bitter, but not happy either, as everything his wife does annoys ...
Style: dark humor, realistic, gloomy, tragicomedy, semi serious ...
Plot: salesman, letter, fish out of water, on the road, mullet, life changing, wedding, odd couple, insurance, introspection, understanding, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denver colorado, kansas, nebraska, colorado, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
The Weather Man (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.
Style: realistic, sincere, sentimental, semi serious, emotional ...
Plot: midlife crisis, weatherman, dysfunctional family, relationship vs career, terminal illness, hopes, introspection, family problems, parents and children, divorced divorcee, unfulfillment, ex couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.3
 108K
Funny People (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Famous and wealthy funnyman George Simmons doesn't give much thought to how he treats people until a doctor delivers stunning health news, forcing George to reevaluate his priorities with a little help from aspiring stand-up comic Ira.
Style: tragicomedy, humorous, melancholic, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: comedian, terminal illness, loneliness, supportive friend, hopes, human nature, fighting illness, unfulfilled love, cancer, bonding, coping, old love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.0
 6K
Soul Food (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Traditional Sunday dinners at Mama Joe's (Irma P. Hall) turn sour when sisters Teri (Vanessa L. Williams), Bird (Nia Long) and Maxine (Vivica A. Fox) start bringing their problems to the dinner table in this ensemble comedy. When tragedy ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: thanksgiving, sister, unity, parents and children, family relations, siblings relations, coma, workaholic, human nature, love and romance, family in crisis, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Movie in collections
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After learning that a brain aneurysm will kill him in about 90 minutes, a perpetually unhappy man struggles to come to terms with his fate and make amends with everyone he has ever hurt.
Style: thought provoking, dark humor, tragicomedy, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: terminal illness, redemption, introspection, parents and children, life is a bitch, chases and races, urban, hopes, depression, family, doctors, life philosophy ...
Time: 2010s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.8
 34K
The Guilt Trip (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An inventor and his mom hit the road together so he can sell his latest invention.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: road trip, on the road, family relations, parents and children, single parent, salesman, protective parent, parent child relationship, overprotective mother, talking while driving, mother son relationship, lone hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cross country, usa, new jersey, san francisco, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.1
 39K
People Like Us (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: It tells the story of a struggling man who, after flying home to L.A. for the funeral of his estranged record-producer father, discovers that the will stipulates that he must deliver $150,000 in cash to a 30-year-old alcoholic sister he never knew ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, semi serious, dramatic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: inheritance, family secret, funeral, salesman, siblings relations, life changing experience, family reunited, parents and children, family relations, life turned upside down, surprising revelation, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
The Daytrippers (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Eliza D'Amico thinks her marriage to Louis is going great, until she finds a mysterious love note to her husband. Concerned, she goes to her mother for advice. Eliza, her parents, her sister Jo and Jo's boyfriend all pile into a station ...
Style: witty, talky, humorous, clever, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, adultery, on the road, drunkenness, chance meeting, rooftop, infidelity, suburbs, self discovery, midlife crisis, family life, family problems ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Way Way Back (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, witty, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: friendship, vacation, summer, shyness, coming of age, teenager, loneliness, party, job, bicycle, neighbor, adolescence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Men, Women & Children (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teenage life, youth, computers and web, teenage love, parents and children, overprotective parent, teenager, infidelity, coming of age, society, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.9
 8K
Crooklyn (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parenthood, coming of age, parents and children, urban, school, family relations, couple relations, single parent, family problems, teenage life, black people ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
Style: talky, sincere, absurd, humorous, intellectual ...
Plot: divorce, self fulfillment, museum, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adolescence, self esteem, writer's life, parents and children, crumbling marriage, childhood memory, understanding ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox centre her film company insists as a condition of continuing to employ her that she live with her mother Doris Mann, herself once a star and now a champion ...
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: hollywood, mother daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, rehabilitation, filmmaking, addiction, drug abuse, parents and children, family problems, drug addict, self discovery, actor's life ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.
Style: road movie, feel good, witty, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, obsessive quest, nothing goes right, parenthood, beauty pageant, heroin, road trip, businessman, homosexual, journey, teacher, singer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, new mexico, cross country, albuquerque new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 34K
The Savages (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.
Style: realistic, sentimental, witty, biting, clever ...
Plot: professor, midlife crisis, neighbor, dying, doctor, depression, childhood, guilt, mental illness, family, family in crisis, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: arizona, usa, new york, poland, new york state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Instructions Not Included (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Valentin is Acapulco's resident playboy, until a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep and him heading with her out of Mexico.
Style: sentimental, feel good, touching, emotional, sweet ...
Plot: father daughter relationship, custody, eccentric family, responsibility, new job, grownups, character change, single father, lawyer, parenthood, child care, childhood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.1
 679
Latin Lover (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The five daughters of a famous actor, all from different mothers and different nationalities, get together on the 10th anniversary of his death for a celebration of his career.
Style: touching, tragicomedy, sentimental, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, parents and children, haunted by the past, family problems, family life, ego clash, rivalry, estate, estrangement, family gatherings, siblings relations, village ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
As Cool as I Am (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A smart teenage girl comes of age in a small town with her self-centered parents who had her when they were teenagers.
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, small town, teenage life, family problems, couples, youth, parents and children, family relations, crumbling marriage, innocence lost, house party ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Upside of Anger (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After her husband runs off with his secretary, Terry Wolfmeyer is left to fend for herself -- and her four daughters. As she hits rock bottom, Terry finds a friend and drinking buddy in next-door neighbor Denny, a former baseball player. As the two ...
Style: realistic, sincere, semi serious, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, neighbor, couples, starting over, suburban life, couple relations, love and romance, family relations, parents and children, fall in love, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: michigan, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 168K
Sideways (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisle.
Style: talky, humorous, semi serious, sentimental, road movie ...
Plot: friendship, golf, depression, on the road, vacation, midlife crisis, fall in love, best friends, love and romance, road trip, nothing goes right, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.3
 78K
Stuck in Love (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year.
Style: semi serious, humorous, touching, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: teenage love, writer's life, youth, family relations, coming of age, casual sex, first love, love, family life, family, unhappiness, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.2
 110K
Carnage (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Germany, Poland, Spain, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: After 11-year-old Zachary Cowan strikes his classmate across the face with a stick after an argument, the victim's parents invite Zachary's parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner.
Style: talky, dark humor, cynical, ironic, satirical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, dialogue driven, marital problem, under the surface, unsupportive spouse, husband wife relationship, parenthood, marriage, bully, battle of the sexes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.4
 29K
City Island (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con brought home by Vince, the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections ...
Style: realistic, talky, sentimental, touching, cynical ...
Plot: stripper, warden, audition, student, neighbor, deception, convict, secret, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, wannabe, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Talent Given Us (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A retired New York City couple drive across country to reconnect with their reclusive son, joined by their two unmarried daughters.
Style: realistic, humorous, witty, clever, semi serious ...
Plot: parents and children, family in crisis, family relations, elderly, on the road, reunion, golden years, eccentric family, family problems, estrangement, dysfunctional family, telephone ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cross country, usa, new york, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Terms of Endearment (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: infidelity, cancer, terminal illness, loss of daughter, opposites attract, single mother, astronaut, family in crisis, life is a bitch, getting along, unsupportive parent, unfulfillment ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 40s, 20th century, 70s ...
Place: texas, usa, louisiana, new york, houston texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Tim Alexander's A Mother's Love (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Regina Reynolds is a strong black woman in the truest sense -- but her taste for the good life doesn't necessarily include her husband, Marcus, or her daughter, Monica. It's going to take a mother's unconditional love to pray Regina ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, sentimental
Plot: family life, family problems, family relations, couple relations, parents and children, couples, dysfunctional family, marriage, drugs, gospel, black romance, christian
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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