Movies like The Descendants

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The Descendants
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, emotional, realistic, tragicomedy, semi serious, dramatic, clever, intense, heartbreaking, light ...
Plot: infidelity, dysfunctional family, father daughter relationship, parenthood, marriage, greed, death, hospital, lawyer, on the road, parents and children, family drama, family bonds, cheating, secrets, tragedy, family problems, family, relationships, life & death, betrayal, depression, single father, storytelling, family relations ...
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 touching, realistic, melancholic and dramatic films with plots about dialogue, family relations, storytelling, depression, mentor, parenthood and runaway mostly in Comedy, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like The Descendants: About Schmidt (2002), Please Give (2010), This Is Where I Leave You (2014), The Weather Man (2005), Soul Food (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.2
 115K
About Schmidt
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, road movie, tragicomedy, semi serious ...
Plot: road trip, depression, death, midlife crisis, existentialism, dysfunctional family, on the road, golden years, loneliness, life, self discovery, odd couple ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, kansas, colorado, denver colorado, nebraska
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System:   95%
    User:   100%
 
 6.6
 10K
Please Give
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, semi serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: cancer, infidelity, homeless, midlife crisis, suicide, guilt, death, family life, relationships, sarcasm, family relations, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   85%
    User:   74%
 
This Is Where I Leave You
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, family, adultery, infidelity, marijuana, marriage, siblings relations, drugs/alcohol, family drama, family bonds, relationships, spelling bee ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   73%
    User:   67%
 
The Weather Man
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, semi serious, sentimental, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: midlife crisis, terminal illness, dysfunctional family, existentialism, father son relationship, weatherman, introspection, life, depression, foul language, loneliness, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   71%
 
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 7.0
 6K
Soul Food
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, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: siblings relations, family, family drama, love and romance, dysfunctional family, sisters, couples, hip hop, solitude, family problems, greed, hospital ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   72%
 
 7.1
 39K
People Like Us
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: father son relationship, death, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, family drama, secrets, dysfunctional family, mentor, redemption, catastrophe, family, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   57%
 
 6.3
 107K
Funny People
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: humorous, tragicomedy, semi serious, witty, funny ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, cancer, loneliness, comedian, buddies, friends, honest, sarcasm, relationships, hopes, midlife crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   72%
 
The Way Way Back
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, witty, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, adolescence, mentor, dysfunctional family, loneliness, divorce, parenthood, vacation, coming-of-age, theme park ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   65%
 
 7.7
 102K
Nebraska
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An aging, booze-addled father takes a trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim what he believes to be a million-dollar sweepstakes prize.
Style: realistic, touching, humorous, road movie, atmospheric ...
Plot: small town, road trip, aging, father son relationship, on the road, runaway, golden years, family bonds, family drama, loneliness, father-son relationship, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nebraska, montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   61%
 
Anywhere But Here
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In this adaptation of the Mona Simpson novel, single mother Adele August is bad with money, and even worse when it comes to making decisions. Her straight-laced daughter, Ann, is a successful high school student with Ivy League aspirations. When ...
Style: touching, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, clever ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: coming of age, small town, mother daughter relationship, parents and children, teenager, friendship, family drama, relationships, hopes, hollywood, women, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995
Place: california, los angeles, usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   68%
 
Wish I Was Here
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, is 35 years old and still trying to find a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: family, parents and children, family drama, religion, cancer, parenthood, teaching the ways of the world, terminal illness, jewish, dreams, family bonds, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   54%
 
 7.2
 34K
The Savages
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, semi serious, clever, touching ...
Plot: midlife crisis, depression, family, childhood, mental illness, guilt, aging, death, dysfunctional family, hospital, drinking, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: arizona, poland, usa, new york, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   60%
 
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.
Style: humorous, semi serious, offbeat, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: destiny, loneliness, philosophy, siblings relations, drugs/alcohol, slacker, adultery, relationships, workplace, midlife crisis, brothers, family bonds ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   46%
 
Pieces of April
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Quirky and rebellious April Burns lives with her boyfriend in a low-rent New York City apartment miles away from her emotionally distant family. But when she discovers that her mother has a fatal form of breast cancer, she invites the clan to her ...
Style: talky, realistic, touching, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family, terminal illness, road trip, holiday, dysfunctional family, cooking, thanksgiving, nothing goes right, marijuana, neighbor, on the road, multiple storylines ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, tokyo, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   54%
 
God Said, 'Ha!'
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Julia Sweeney tells the viewers the monologue about the hard time in her life when her brother fought with cancer and she was also diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Style: touching, talky, humorous, dark humor, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, human nature, life & death, solitude, life, family in crisis, loneliness, storytelling, depression, family, childhood ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   57%
 
Little Miss Sunshine
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, humorous, realistic, witty, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, beauty pageant, road trip, parenthood, suicide attempt, heroin, sarcasm, on the road, hospital, drugs, farce, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico, cross country, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   52%
 
Your Sister's Sister
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.
Style: semi serious, melancholic, realistic, touching, humorous ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: lesbian, solitude, romance, pregnancy, dealing with death, relationships, dialogue driven, sisters, introspection, dialogue, island, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   49%
 
 7.4
 29K
City Island
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, feel good ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, prison, island, stripper, secrets, farce, couple relations, family drama, suburbs, parents and children, family bonds, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   46%
 
Terms of Endearment
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: emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: infidelity, cancer, mother daughter relationship, parenthood, marriage, adultery, friendship, love, dysfunctional family, hospital, opposites attract, death ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, new york, nebraska ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   44%
 
A Family Thing
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Earl Pilcher Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining he's not her natural son, but the son of a Black woman who ...
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: self discovery, small town, racism, drinking, death, interracial relations, adoption, race, parents and children, race issues, segregation, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   38%
 
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 8K
Panic
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Alex is going through a midlife crisis and it has become a very difficult time for him. His marriage is struggling, he's worried about his son, and his job of killing people for his family has become the most stressful part of his life. He ...
Style: bleak, stylized, psychological, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: midlife crisis, crime, hitman, murder, father son relationship, dysfunctional family, psychiatrist, crumbling marriage, infidelity, family drama, loneliness, secrets ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   42%
 
Just Before I Go
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, emotional, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: life philosophy, depression, midlife crisis, loneliness, suicide attempt, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, relationships, small town, destiny, siblings relations, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   43%
 
Our Idiot Brother
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Everybody has the sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to getting his life together. For sisters Liz, Miranda and Natalie, that person is their perennially upbeat brother Ned, an erstwhile organic farmer whose ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, feel good, idiotic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: marijuana, lesbian, dog, siblings relations, sisters, spelling bee, relationships, eccentric family, dysfunctional family, family drama, family relations, weed ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, new jersey, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   50%
 
Unstrung Heroes
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Steven Lidz, unhappy with his home life since his mother got sick, goes and lives with his two crazy Uncles. There he changes and gets closer to his Uncles, but his parents want him home even though he is finally happy and popular. Written by Todd ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, mental illness, cancer, single parent, family drama, human nature, coming-of-age, childhood, parents and children, storytelling, jews ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   46%
 
 7.4
 16K
Nobody's Fool
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sully is a rascally ne'er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker's compensation suit for a bad knee, he secretly works for his nemesis, Carl, and flirts with Carl's young wife Toby. Sully's long- ...
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: small town, redemption, father son relationship, parents and children, relationships, elderly, loneliness, drinking, nudity (topless - notable), character study, dialogue, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   45%
 
World's Greatest Dad
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and the greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of fame, fortune and popularity, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there.
Style: dark humor, semi serious, clever, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teacher, death, workplace, high school, father son relationship, single father, drugs/alcohol, single parent, suicide, loneliness, life & death, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   34%
 
The Squid and the Whale
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, realistic, witty, intellectual, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, divorce, parenthood, adolescence, childhood, depression, infidelity, drinking, marriage, adultery, strong sexual content ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   45%
 
The Four Seasons
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life, marital, parental and other crises.
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, witty, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, divorce, human nature, unlikely friendships, relationships, marriage, couple relations, dialogue, mentor, romance, wilderness, midlife crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   33%
 
 7.0
 20K
Junebug
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: On the way to meet with an independent artist in the South, newlywed art dealer Madeleine is convinced by her husband, George, that they should stop to meet his family in North Carolina. Madeleine's affluent lifestyle clashes with the family, ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, offbeat, thought provoking ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, pregnancy, culture clash, artist, small town, art, hospital, family bonds, in-laws, marriage, relationships, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   37%
 
Instructions Not Included
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, touching, emotional, feel good, sweet ...
Plot: father daughter relationship, single father, child care, parenthood, custody, childhood, sacrifice, life, eccentric family, absent mother, life & death, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, latin america, usa, los angeles, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   40%
 
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