Movies like The Dynamiter

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The Dynamiter (2011)
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The Dynamiter (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: All fourteen-year-old Robbie Hendrick ever wanted was a family. Yet as another Mississippi summer begins, his wayward mother has run off again fearing a breakdown and he's left to burn the days caring for his half brother, Fess. As the deep days and nights pass without her return and with older brother Lucas dangerously in their lives again, Robbie must face the fact that his dream of a family may only be a dream and he might just lose the only family he's ever had: Fess.
Style: atmospheric, serious, touching, realistic, gloomy
Plot: small town, coming of age, innocence lost, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, small town life, teenage life, youth, family relations, adolescence vs adulthood, family problems, social relations, dysfunctional character, cornfield, social services, wading in water, chore, prison visitation, lawn mower, garbage bag, abandoned by mother, field, police siren, mail, washing dishes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mississippi, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and gloomy films with plots about youth, coming of age, family relations, teenage life, teenage girl, small town and parents and children mostly in Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like The Dynamiter: Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015), Palo Alto (2013), Our Father (2002), George Washington (2000), Steal Me (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: This complex portrait of modern-day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation explores the bond between a brother and his younger sister, who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, gloomy
Plot: adolescence vs adulthood, death in the family, youth, family problems, dysfunctional family, society, unfulfillment, social relations, car set on fire, brother sister relationship, rodeo, fire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south dakota, usa, nebraska
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.2
 24K
Palo Alto (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, high school, coming of age, teenager, soccer, youth, adolescence, small town, drugs/alcohol, depression, sport, teenage sexuality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 6.7
 492
Our Father (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Chad, Netherlands
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Two boys (Tamir & Amine) awake one morning to find that their father has abandoned their family. Shocked, they begin to misbehave. While surreptitiously watching a movie, they think they see their father speaking to them and steal the film to ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: small town, boarding school, young heroes, coming of age, obsessive quest, innocence lost, parents and children, family in crisis, missing person, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, morocco
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
George Washington (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, "George Washington" is a stunning portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: small town, coming of age, redemption, youth, friendship, teenage life, kids in trouble, children, hopes, society, social relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Movie in collections
 6.0
 229
Steal Me (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Chasing his wayward mother to Montana, fifteen year old Jake finds the picture perfect Tucker family instead who photoshop him into their lives, despite his questionable past. Too bad Jake can not stop himself from stealing, being seduced by the ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic
Plot: coming of age, small town, chase, forbidden love, love affair, parents and children, suburbs, siblings relations, midlife crisis, teenage life, kids in trouble, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Tommy and his older brother Eric live in the midst of vast remote forests. The death of their friend pushes them close to the edge. Eric doesn’t know how to channel his energy. All at once, nature’s vastness feels stifling.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, bleak, rough ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, dealing with death, innocence lost, in the woods, siblings relations, haunted by the past, teenage life, youth, family relations, human nature, river ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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 ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.0
 2K
King Jack (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Growing up in a rural town filled with violent delinquents, Jack has learned to do what it takes to survive, despite having an oblivious mother and no father. After his aunt falls ill and a younger cousin comes to stay with him, the hardened ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching
Plot: small town, coming of age, teenage boy, friendship, adventure, youth, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, crimes, rivalry, friends, baseball ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 2K
Tully (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: small town, friendship, stripper, young lovers, romance, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, coming of age, opposites attract, human nature, introspection, parents and children ...
Place: nebraska, england, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.2
 499
Arcadia (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Greta's dad Tom is moving the family cross-country in a dented station wagon, promising a California paradise to his kids. All that's missing is Mom.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, captivating
Plot: road trip, coming of age, innocence lost, on the road, parents and children, single father, single parent, dysfunctional family, youth, family problems, family relations, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cross country, usa, california, missouri, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Dog Days of Summer (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mysterious drifter lures two boys into uncovering the secrets of a sleepy southern town.
Style: offbeat, serious, touching, realistic, surprise ending
Plot: small town, coming of age, small town life, youth, social relations, friendship, brother brother relationship, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, infidelity, neo noir, sheriff ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.2
 446
Future Weather (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Abandoned by her dreamer single mom, a teenage loner becomes obsessed with ecological disaster, forcing her and her grandmother, a functioning alcoholic, to rethink their futures.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, touching
Plot: coming of age, innocence lost, teachers and students, dysfunctional family, teenage life, youth, family problems, family relations, power relations, alcohol abuse, when the parents are away, environmentalism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.8
 712
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, dysfunctional family, small town, bus, winter, driver, family in crisis, working class, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.2
 271
Admissions (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Story: A gifted high-school student flubs her college admissions interviews for the most unexpected reasons in this independent coming-of-age drama. Cynical, world-weary Evie is more interested in taking care of her family than getting into the Ivy League ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: parents and children, siblings relations, teenage life, coming of age, family life, youth, family relations, mentally challenged, human nature, family problems, bird, absent father ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, harvard university, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Ode to Billy Joe (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Billy Joe confesses his love to the lovely Bobbi Lee only to cover his growing fear that he may, in fact, be homosexual. One night, at a barn dance, he gets a little drunk and rather than going with the hired whores, gives into his desires and ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: bridge, doll, small town, coming of age, gays and lesbians, tragic hero, romance, tragic love, small town life, gender, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.3
 8K
Eve's Bayou (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: infidelity, dysfunctional family, all black cast, tavern, superstition, menstruation, aunt niece relationship, curse, small town, incest, murder, prophecy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.9
 512
Convicts (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Texas writer Horton Foote's touching story set in 1902 features Robert Duvall as Sol, the hardened boss of a sugar plantation who unwittingly becomes a mentor to a young boy named Horace (Lukas Haas), who comes to Sol looking for a way to earn ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, sincere
Plot: farm, small town life, coming of age, society, small town, family relations, master and servant, orphan, obsessive quest, culture clash, nothing goes right, hopes ...
Time: 1900s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.1
 5K
I Smile Back (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Laney is an attractive, intelligent suburban wife and devoted mother of two adorable children. She has the perfect husband who plays basketball with the kids in the driveway, a pristine house, and a shiny SUV for carting the children to their next ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, touching
Plot: mental illness, suburban life, suburbs, wealthy family, addiction, family problems, going straight, redemption, dysfunctional family, hopes, life is a bitch, anal sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When autistic teen Ricky is scolded for skipping class, he escapes into the subway for a days-long odyssey among the subway’s disparate denizens. Meanwhile, his mother wages an escalating search effort above ground. Based on a true story and set ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: train, mentally challenged, urban, self discovery, parents and children, missing child, misfit, family relations, social misfits, teenage life, hopes, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1984, year 2012
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.2
 28K
White Oleander (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.
Style: emotional, disturbing, serious, realistic, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenage life, coming of age, women's prison, prison, crimes, love and romance, murder, bad mother, poison, artist, parents and children, custody ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, nova scotia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.3
 23K
Speak (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Freshman high-school student Melinda has refused to speak ever since she called the cops on a popular summer party. With her old friends snubbing her for being a rat, and her parents too busy to notice her troubles, she folds into herself, trying to ...
Style: touching, sincere, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, innocence lost, teenage life, high school, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, high school life, unsupportive friend, school, misfit, small town, teachers and students ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.9
 307K
Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, captivating, reflective ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, divorce, parenting, divorced parents, abusive husband, coming-of-age, high school, boy, teenager, family, birthday, childhood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, year 2010 ...
Place: usa, texas, austin texas, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.2
 435
The Cold Lands (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After his mother’s sudden death, a young boy disappears into the deep woods of upstate New York and takes up with an unpredictable and mysterious drifter.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, touching, psychological
Plot: coming of age, survival, escapades, in the woods, youth, losing-it hero, dealing with death, isolation, danger, unfulfillment, off the grid, runaway ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.4
 496
Virgin (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When a teenager finds herself pregnant, with no memory of having had sex, she determines that she is carrying the child of God.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: pregnancy, small town, coming of age, parents and children, teenage life, youth, couples, social relations, clergy, social misfits, sexual abuse, small town life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.3
 4K
Chop Shop (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Alejandro, a tough and ambitious Latino street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, young Alejandro struggles ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: orphan, coming of age, urban ghetto, siblings relations, working class, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, society, youth, family relations, teenage life, urban ghetto life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Diary of Preston Plummer (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: On the day of his college graduation, Preston Plummer cannot think of a single thing he really loves. Adrift, Preston follows a beautiful but troubled young woman to a small island town where he begins to fall for her, but it all threatens to fall ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: young lovers, island, romance, fall in love, small town, love affair, love and romance, family relations, parents and children, haunted by the past, small town life, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.7
 3K
Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: writer's life, parents and children, teenage life, love and romance, youth, family problems, family relations, innocence lost, teachers and students, family in crisis, power relations, high school ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, prison, friendship, redemption, church, self discovery, false accusation, couples, social relations, friends, gays and lesbians, going straight ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, ohio, new england, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.3
 846
The Wise Kids (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A vivid, dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama, takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is scarily wide open. Set in and around a Charleston, SC Baptist ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sexual
Plot: coming of age, homosexuality, christian, single parent, introspection, small town, self discovery, small town life, teenage life, friends, society, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.0
 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 ⇓
36%