Movies like Down in the Delta

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Down in the Delta
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 telling them about the generations of their family, the Sinclairs, dating back to their time in slavery before the the Civil War.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere, dramatic, intense, harsh, talky ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, slavery, drugs/alcohol, single parent, storytelling, starting over, family, parents and children, family in crisis, redemption, family life, culture clash, violence, life philosophy, family drama, family relations, relationships, secrets, segregation, destiny, life, catastrophe, rehabilitation, mentor, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, canada, tokyo, atlanta georgia, alabama, chicago illinois
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A Raisin in the Sun
Drama
USA
128 min.
 8.1
Secrets & Lies
Drama
France, UK
136 min.
 8.0
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, touching and emotional films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, catastrophe, mentor, culture clash, family relations and parents and children mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Down in the Delta: My Family (1995), Losing Isaiah (1995), Men Don't Leave (1990), The War (1994), Ulee's Gold (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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My Family
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Duration: 111 min.
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Men Don't Leave
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 115 min.
Story: After her husband John dies unexpectedly, Beth Macauley is unprepared for life without him. She is unemployed with no job skills and $60,000 in debt from on-going renovations to their house located in suburban Bingham. She doesn't know what to ...
Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
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Time: 80s
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Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
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Country: USA
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Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, dramatic ...
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Genre: Drama
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Style: talky, clever, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
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Country: USA
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Style: sexual, sexy, erotic, touching, emotional ...
Audience: date night
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Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: georgia, usa, california
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A River Runs Through It
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
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Time: 20s, 20th century, 1900s, 1910s, 30s ...
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Country: USA
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Style: realistic, serious, sincere, melancholic, touching ...
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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
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Country: USA
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Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
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Bastard Out of Carolina
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Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: emotional, disturbing, realistic, serious, heartbreaking ...
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Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 90s, 1940s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
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The Tic Code
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Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
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Place: new york, usa, tokyo
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
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Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, serious, talky ...
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, death, father son relationship, childhood, parenthood, family life, afterlife, reconciliation, life & death, life, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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The Ballad of Jack and Rose
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
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Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, reflective ...
Plot: island, incest, dysfunctional family, culture clash, isolation, runaway, father daughter relationship, virginity, storytelling, folk, single parent, death ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california
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Normal
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A Midwestern husband and father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, new jersey
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Clara's Heart
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Time: 80s
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    User:   48%
 
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Country: USA
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Country: Canada, UK
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