Movies like Distant Thunder

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Distant Thunder (1988)
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Distant Thunder (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A troubled Vietnam war vet deserts his wife and child shortly after he returns from the war. He returns after 10 years, where he's been living like an animal in the forest. He finds himself unprepared for the changes that he will have to cope with, and when the vet tries to contact his son, he realizes that he has caused more damage than he had imagined.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, touching, uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: martial arts, suicide, homelessness, in the woods, military, friends, family relations, soldier, parents and children, life is a bitch, family life, starting over, hopes, family problems, haunted by the past, human nature, terminal illness, death in the family, buddies, dealing with death, reunion, homecoming, estrangement, unfulfillment, forest ...
Time: 60s, 80s, year 1969
Place: vietnam, asia, washington state, illinois

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, parents and children, hopes, unfulfillment and estrangement mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Distant Thunder: Surrender, Dorothy (2006), Christmas Eve (1986), Tiger Warsaw (1988), Reconciliation (2009), Alpha Male (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Surrender, Dorothy (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When her daughter Sara unexpectedly passes away, Natalie retreats to the summer home where she and Sara used to visit. Time with her best friends and some of Sara's friends help her deal with her loss.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, homecoming, dysfunctional family, tragic love, family problems, best friends, haunted by the past, couples, parents and children, starting over, single parent, orphan ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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95%
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Christmas Eve (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of a well-to-do elderly woman, who befriends the homeless and volunteers her time with children, who learns she has an incurable illness and wants desperately to reunite her three grown grand children (who are scattered across the U.S. living ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, reunion, hopes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family problems, estrangement, terminal illness, private detective, race against time, family life, family gatherings ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
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94%
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Tiger Warsaw (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Chuck brought sorrow to his family when he shot his father who is now a semi-invalid. After 15 years of self destruction, he returns home to seek forgiveness.
Style: contemplative, serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, family relations, family gatherings, parents and children, addiction, high school, drug abuse, teenage life, cons and scams, homecoming, reunion, profanity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: vietnam
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91%
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Reconciliation (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: RECONCILIATION is a groundbreaking, provocative story about an estranged father and son struggling to overcome the heartbreaking consequences of their past. Grant Taylor (Eric Nenninger) has been troubled by intense childhood memories ever since his ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: forgiveness, gay parent, redemption, haunted by the past, last wish, family relations, hopes, life is a bitch, estrangement, family problems, parents and children, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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Alpha Male (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Drama about a family torn apart after the death of its patriarch. Haunted by their father's death, Jack and Elyssa have a fraught relationship with their remarried mother even now they have come of age.
Style: emotional, touching, contemplative, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: family relations, reunion, parents and children, dysfunctional family, death in the family, family problems, estrangement, unfulfillment, family gatherings, brother brother relationship, coming of age, family business ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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85%
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Offline (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A man attempts to reclaim the life that prison took from him but his dark past threatens to ruin everything.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sincere, gloomy
Plot: redemption, starting over, haunted by the past, human nature, dysfunctional family, estrangement, family relations, family problems, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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A Perfect Son (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A man's terminal illness reunites him with his estranged brother.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: terminal illness, life is a bitch, drug abuse, unfulfillment, death in the family, haunted by the past, family in crisis, brother brother relationship, family relations, estrangement, gay, death of father ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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Emile (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a story weaving the past and present together, Emile seeks redemption from the family he abandoned.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, orphan, haunted by the past, homecoming, introspection, elderly, betrayal, hopes, family problems, starting over, human nature, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, europe, england, british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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Bereft (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young Vermont widow is haunted by the memory of her dead husband, while trying to date again.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: haunted by the past, parents and children, friendship, romance, solace, life is a bitch, impossible love, family problems, family life, couples, estrangement, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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Jacknife (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes involved romantically with the army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both survived.
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, vietnam veteran, haunted by the past, siblings relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, homecoming, human nature, loneliness, alcohol abuse, prom, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, california
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78%
In the Gloaming (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister.
Style: sincere, touching, gloomy, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, aids, gay brother, bereavement, death in the family, family gatherings, parents and children, homecoming, human nature, introspection, family life, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Be Sure to Share (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Shiro’s struggle with his father’s cancer and impending death leads to a realization that he must communicate his love and admiration for him before it’s too late. A series of flashbacks reveals their relationship over time, and the trouble ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, contemplative, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, terminal illness, redemption, coping, parents and children, unfulfillment, family in crisis, estrangement, father son relationship, family problems, hopes, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Christmas at Maxwell's (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A successful American family retreat to their summer home on the banks of Lake Erie to find meaning in life, illness, loss, and change this Christmas. With a successful career in the wine business, and two amazing children, what more can a family ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: human spirit, family life, love and romance, miraculous event, homecoming, road not taken, parents and children, couples, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, terminal illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Applause (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When the critically acclaimed, tough and coming of age actress Thea Barfoed ends her rehab, she confronts a hard choice. During her heavy drinking period she divorced and lost custody of her two boys. Now she wants them to be a part of her life ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: rehabilitation, alcohol abuse, estrangement, starting over, family relations, hopes, actor's life, life is a bitch, family problems, strong female presence, parents and children, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Time Of My Life (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 'Tot altijd' introduces us to a band of friends in the eighties, who spend their days enjoying their youth and turbulent (love) life. Years later, Thomas, a recent medicine graduate and Mario's closest friend, ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: family life, friendship, buddies, family relations, life is a bitch, terminal illness, rivalry, bittersweet, friends, legal action, legal, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, ghent, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
The Mulberry Tree (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A drama centered on a young man working in Rhode Island's state corrections system and his relationship with a convicted murderer who is dying of AIDS and spending his remaining days on hospital detail.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: hospital, redemption, one more chance, estrangement, haunted by the past, terminal illness, prison, life sentence, family relations, life is a bitch, hopes, murderer ...
Place: rhode island, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Harry & Son (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Widower Harry Keach is a construction worker who was raised to appreciate the importance of working for a living. He takes a dim view of his sensitive son Howard's lackadaisical lifestyle and has a strained relationship with his daughter Nina ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, talky, touching
Plot: single parent, family problems, working class, parents and children, human nature, estrangement, idealism, unfulfillment, aging, starting over, father son relationship, beer ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
A Christmas Visitor (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A father struggles with the past. A daughter fights for the future. A mother searches for answers. The Boyajians have not celebrated Christmas in 11 years. They lost their faith when they lost their son to the Persian Gulf War. Now a stranger has ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: grief, gulf war, christmas, introspection, family gatherings, family life, parents and children, redemption, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Gun Hill Road (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three year in prison to discover his wife estranged and his teenage son exploring a sexual transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, bilingual
Plot: family relations, homecoming, going straight, starting over, redemption, dysfunctional family, reunion, family problems, estrangement, crimes, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Tracks (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A soldier returns from Vietnam on special assignment, accompanying the body of his friend by train to California for burial. During the trip, he falls in love with a gentle college student. But their relationship is shattered by his flashbacks to ...
Style: gloomy, psychological, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: soldier, train, homecoming, friendship, mentally unstable, buddies, war, friends, psychopath, battles, mental illness, vietnam war ...
Place: vietnam, california, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, emotional, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, teenager, psychiatrist, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, family in crisis, redemption, hopes, family problems, domestic disturbance, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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 3K
Lullaby (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Estranged from his family, Jonathan (Hedlund) discovers his father has decided to take himself off life support in forty-eight hours’ time. During this intensely condensed period, a lifetime of drama plays out. Robert (Jenkins) fights a zero sum ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: mercy killing, terminal illness, family problems, estrangement, siblings relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, cancer, death in the family, estranged family member, profanity, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, new york, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Paper Covers Rock (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Samantha is recovering from a suicide attempt and ready for a fresh start in life. She has to fight for the custody of her daughter.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: custody, parents and children, family relations, family problems, starting over, hopes, family life, mental illness, mother daughter relationship, depressed woman, swimming pool, woman in underwear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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When Andrew Came Home (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mother searches for five years to find her kidnapped son in this fact-based drama. Unexpectedly the boy is found, but the reunion is not as she hoped. She now has to deal with five years of abuse that the boy suffered at the hands of his ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: kidnapping, kids in trouble, reunion, danger, single parent, life is a bitch, hopes, confined, family problems, estrangement, dysfunctional family, captivity ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
About Her Brother (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Ginko’s younger brother Tetsuro, a failed comedian, is the oddball of the family. Embarrassing, loud and plain inappropriate at times causes Ginko to disown him. The two reunite when she discovers Tetsuro is terminally ill. Tetsuro’s impending ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: reunion, family relations, family problems, human nature, unfulfillment, family feud, redemption, bittersweet, siblings relations, terminal illness, hopes, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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The War (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, friendship, bullying, family relations, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, bittersweet, homecoming, family problems, understanding, generation gap ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, mississippi, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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The Dry Land (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A U.S. soldier returning home from war struggles to reconcile his experiences abroad with the life and family he left in Texas.
Style: realistic, contemplative, sentimental, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, homecoming, family life, redemption, society, buddies, life is a bitch, soldier, parents and children, husband wife relationship, military, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, el paso texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.9
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Crying Out (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young man feels compelled to travel with his grand-father. Tthe young man wants to find his father who ran away with the corpse of his ex-wife.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: dysfunctional family, on the road, estrangement, family relations, family problems, elderly, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, parents and children, aging, death in the family, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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The Event (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An intense relationship drama that takes the form of a mystery, The Event centers around a series of unexplained deaths that occur among the gay community in New York's fashionable Chelsea district. Nick, a district attorney investigating the ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, lgbt, investigation, gays and lesbians, family problems, couples, terminal illness, life is a bitch, human nature, gender, couple relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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51%
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The Turning (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Seventeen talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines each create a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by multi award-winning author Tim Winton. The linking and overlapping stories explore the extraordinary turning points ...
Style: anthology, realistic, serious, touching, sincere ...
Plot: introspection, human nature, friendship, haunted by the past, couples, estrangement, family problems, infidelity, moral dilemma, parents and children, homecoming, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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51%