Movies like A Family Thing

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A Family Thing (1996)
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A Family Thing (1996)
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 died in childbirth; plus, he has a half brother Ray, in Chicago, she wants him to visit. Earl makes the trip, initially receiving a cold welcome from Ray and Ray's son, Virgil. His birth mother's sister, Aunt T., an aged and blind matriarch, takes Earl in tow and insists that the family open up to him.
Style: touching, feel good, sincere, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, uplifting, emotional, melancholic, humorous ...
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, biracial, self discovery, parents and children, family life, family problems, hopes, human nature, death in the family, siblings relations, drinking alcohol, drinking, letter, family drama, loneliness, secrets, justice, betrayal, mechanic, society, dealing with death, introspection, step siblings, birth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: arkansas, chicago illinois, usa, southern usa

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Most similar movies to A Family Thing

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, feel good and semi serious films with plots about family relations, mentor, dialogue, catastrophe, culture clash, family and storytelling mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like A Family Thing: Soul Food (1997), Dad (1989), Men Don't Leave (1990), Something to Talk About (1995), Crimes of the Heart (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: feel good, touching, sentimental, talky, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: family relations, thanksgiving, sister, unity, siblings relations, parents and children, human nature, family in crisis, family gatherings, couple relations, bittersweet, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
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Dad (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A busy executive (Ted Danson) learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him (Jack Lemmon) than ever before. Estranged from his own son (Ethan ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, uplifting, thought provoking ...
Plot: father son relationship, aging, parents and children, hopes, family life, hospital, terminal illness, family drama, heart attack, doctors, family bonds, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, new jersey, california, san francisco
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93%
Men Don't Leave (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
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: feel good, touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: family relations, widow, starting over, lottery, bittersweet, depression, dealing with death, hopes, unfulfillment, love and romance, human nature, self discovery ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
Something to Talk About (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In one of her best-ever roles, Julia Roberts is Grace, whose reaction to the infidelities of Eddie (Dennis Quaid) turns the lives and loves of the people around her into something like falling dominoes. Robert Duvall, Gena Rowlands, Kyra Sedgwick ...
Style: feel good, talky, humorous, light, satirical ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love affair, family relations, family problems, family life, human nature, romance, self discovery, parents and children, contests and competitions, society, crumbling marriage, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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Crimes of the Heart (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it ...
Style: talky, touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: reunion, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, family relations, sisters, eccentric family, parents and children, family problems, love and romance, family life, family gatherings, human nature ...
Time: 80s
Place: mississippi, mississippi river, southern usa, united states, usa
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88%
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Housekeeping (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950s, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up to most people's expectations.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, semi serious, humorous, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, friendship, strong female presence, teenage life, small town life, self discovery, human nature, parents and children, custody, siblings relations ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.1
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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, semi serious, sentimental, intense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: inheritance, family relations, funeral, family secret, salesman, siblings relations, family life, introspection, family problems, financial problem, drinking problem, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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84%
Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An African American couple (Winfield and Alice) adopt two orphans from a Vietnamese refugee camp. After twenty-two years, the children are reunited with their birth mother, bringing deeply submerged resentments and misconceptions to the surface and ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: culture clash, adoption, transvestism, family relations, interracial relations, dysfunctional family, family life, self discovery, human nature, siblings relations, family gatherings, racism ...
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, los angeles, california
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82%
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Tumbleweeds (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A woman constantly runs from town to town with her 12 year old daughter to escape failed relationships. The film opens with one escape and the shift into a new start in San Diego. There Mom takes up with a controlling trucker and fights with her ...
Style: feel good, touching, realistic, entertaining, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: asthma, mother daughter relationship, on the road, starting over, human nature, self discovery, family problems, single parent, love and romance, friendship, loneliness, coming of age ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, west virginia, san diego california, south carolina ...
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80%
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Kingdom Come (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When her husband keels over from a stroke, Raynelle Slocumb calls the entire clan together to remember their dearly departed. Family tensions reach a comedic boil as the wildly dysfunctional Slocumbs squabble and fight their way to the funeral.
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, light, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: eccentric family, dysfunctional family, family problems, introspection, parents and children, family in crisis, self discovery, death, african american, family drama, life & death, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
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79%
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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, semi autobiographical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parenthood, coming of age, family relations, parents and children, urban, single parent, family problems, teenage life, couple relations, school, black people ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, tokyo
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79%
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Bruno (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story of a unique young boy genius, Bruno, whose expression of his own individuality leads his family and community along an emotional journey.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, semi serious, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, youth, parents and children, family life, coming of age, family problems, prodigy, hopes, society, eccentric family, pursuit ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Isn't It Delicious (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When Joan Weldon discovers she is dying of lung cancer, she sets out to reconcile her dysfunctional relationships with her three children, her husband, and along the way, her former best friend. The family's destructive ways are offset by messy ...
Style: touching, sincere, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: self discovery, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, terminal illness, family life, bittersweet, one night stand, husband wife relationship, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Matt and Christina Drayton are a couple whose attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancé who is black.
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: interracial relations, culture clash, maid, family relations, miscegenation, widower, vacation, romance, family disapproval, generation gap, parents and children, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Lost in Yonkers (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the summer of 1942 two young boys are sent to stay with their stern grandmother Kurnitz and their childlike aunt Bella in Yonkers, New York.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, grandmother, aunt, family relations, loan, romance, youth, on the run, love and romance, bittersweet, family problems ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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Smoke Signals (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by Arnold. Arnold soon left his family, and Victor hasn't ...
Style: touching, feel good, sincere, road movie, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: native american, native american reservation, on the road, native americans, friendship, self discovery, escapades, haunted by the past, obsessive quest, orphan, human nature, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: idaho, phoenix arizona, arizona, india, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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Nobody's Fool (1994)
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: feel good, touching, humorous, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: small town, redemption, self discovery, elderly, aging, family relations, parents and children, family reunited, generation gap, hopes, retirement, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, hawaii, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Jack the Bear (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Story of the relationships between two sons and their father, who moves the family to California and becomes a tv horror show host after the death of his wife.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: single parent, kidnapping, alcohol abuse, tv show, photo album, child abduction, widower, bittersweet, redemption, dysfunctional family, family life, racism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, oakland california, new jersey
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77%
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That's Life! (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A wealthy architect struggles with a severe case of male menopause at the approach of his 60th birthday.
Style: sentimental, semi serious, realistic, humorous, sincere ...
Plot: midlife crisis, fortune teller, birthday, priest, family gatherings, bittersweet, unfulfillment, society, love and romance, dealing with death, couples, family relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, malibu california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Filmed entirely on location in East Hampton, Long Island, "Last Summer in the Hamptons" concerns a large theatrical family spending the last weekend of their summer together at the decades-old family retreat which economic circumstances ...
Style: talky, clever, contemplative, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: death in the family, dysfunctional family, obsessive quest, writer's life, on the run, elderly, elderly lovers, love and romance, lifestyle, society, actor's life, reunion ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, long island, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When Michael McCann is thrown over by the woman he loves, he becomes something of a misanthrope and a miser, spending all of his spare money on collectible gold coins. Living in the same town is an affluent family with two sons: John and Tanny. ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adoption, custody, hopes, redemption, legal, legal action, family relations, family problems, friends, friendship, small town, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: virginia, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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Jersey Girl (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Ollie Trinke is a young, suave music publicist who seems to have it all, with a new wife and a baby on the way. But life deals him a bum hand when he's suddenly faced with single fatherhood, a defunct career and having to move in with his ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, feel good, touching, humorous ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: single father, father daughter relationship, death of wife, family relations, starting over, family life, love and romance, death in childbirth, death in the family, parents and children, family problems, workaholic ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
I Like It Like That (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Lisette and husband Chino face marital difficulties. She is fed up with the kids, while he has job troubles. His mother Rosaria hates Lisette and the neighborhood tramp has designs on Chino. Things get even worse when Chino goes to jail and Lisette ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, hopes, couples, human nature, love affair, transsexual, eccentric family, parents and children, love and romance, nothing goes right, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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Cookie's Fortune (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Conflict arises in the small town of Holly Springs when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends.
Style: witty, feel good, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: small town, murder, investigation, suicide, family relations, estrangement, friendship, theatre director, crimes, human nature, small town life, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Wish I Was Here (2014)
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: realistic, semi serious, sincere, humorous, touching ...
Plot: direction and purpose, self discovery, thirtysomething life, actor's life, parents and children, teaching the ways of the world, artists and showbiz, adolescence vs adulthood, family relations, strong female character, brother brother relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Max Dugan Returns (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An English teacher and struggling single mother has her life disrupted when the father who abandoned her as a child comes back into her life.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, touching, talky ...
Plot: police detective, family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, hopes, single parent, parents and children, eccentric family, cons and scams, family life, estrangement, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, las vegas, brazil, los angeles, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
God Said, 'Ha!' (1998)
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, humorous, talky, witty, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dark humor, ego clash, love and romance, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, unfulfillment, couples, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, eccentric family, relationship vs career ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: semi serious, realistic, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: suicide attempt, dysfunctional family, small town, life is a bitch, suicide, family relations, haunted by the past, siblings relations, depression, midlife crisis, loneliness, homecoming ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
The Four Seasons (1981)
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, witty, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, divorce, midlife crisis, vacation, bittersweet, human nature, introspection, friends, family relations, couples, family problems, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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With Honors (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Convinced he'll graduate with honors because of his thesis paper, a stuffy Harvard student finds his paper being held hostage by a homeless man, who might be the guy to school the young man in life.
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, college, law school, homeless, graduation, college student, self discovery, youth, ambition, human nature, father son relationship, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%