Movies like Fireflies in the Garden

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Fireflies in the Garden (2008)
 6.5
 12K
Fireflies in the Garden (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The semi-autobiographical story centers on the complexities of love and commitment in a family torn apart when faced by an unexpected tragedy.
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, family in crisis, family problems, family relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, unsupportive parent, college graduate, siblings relations, reunion, writer's life, family gatherings, graduation, family reunited, rules and policies, punishment, cheating wife, fishing, depression, aunt, abusive father, anger, crying, cigarette smoking, girl in panties ...

Most similar movies to Fireflies in the Garden

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and sincere films with plots about family problems, family relations, family in crisis, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch and hopes mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Fireflies in the Garden: Archipelago (2010), Bloodbrothers (1978), When Andrew Came Home (2000), Alpha Male (2006), Mississippi Damned (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.1
 2K
Archipelago (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Patricia (Kate Fahy) and her two children, young adults Edward (Tom Hiddleston) and Cynthia (Lydia Leonard), arrive for a break at a holiday cottage. As rain and wind lash against the windows, Patricia grows exasperated at the absence of her ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, atmospheric
Plot: parents and children, family in crisis, estrangement, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, island, family relations, family gatherings, introspection, resort, family problems, hopes
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.8
 738
Bloodbrothers (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young man is torn between following in his brothers' footsteps or striking out on his own.
Style: talky, serious, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: family life, sibling relationship, dysfunctional family, self discovery, moral dilemma, parents and children, family in crisis, working class, youth, family problems, friendship, teenage life ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: emotional, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: single parent, parents and children, death in the family, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, estrangement, family problems, family relations, captivity, kidnapping, reunion, kids in trouble ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.6
 310
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: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: elderly lovers, dealing with death, parents and children, death in the family, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, family in crisis, family life, estrangement, love and romance, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: down on your luck, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family problems, human nature, introspection, siblings relations, addiction, society, family relations, lesbian kiss ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: domestic disturbance, urban, innocence lost, crime, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, working class, coming of age, city life, crimes, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: serious, emotional, sincere, realistic, bilingual
Plot: puerto rican, homecoming, going straight, starting over, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, reunion, estrangement, hopes, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: teenager, psychiatrist, redemption, suburbs, dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, repressed memory, haunted by the past, suburban life, hopes, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 6.2
 902
The Sisters (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Based on Anton Chekov's "The Three Sisters" about siblings living in a college town who struggle with the death of their father and try to reconcile relationships in their own lives.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, emotional, rough
Plot: adultery, dysfunctional family, dealing with death, siblings relations, teacher, family gatherings, family in crisis, estrangement, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Gracie's Choice (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: For as long as she can remember, 16 year-old Gracie has been raising her four siblings, each of whom has a different, absent father and their mother is on the fast track to self-destruction. When these children's lives are about to be pulled ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: custody, teenage girl, coming of age, custody battle, single parent, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, hopes, youth, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: During a blizzard in 1964, Dr. David Henry delivers his son Paul with the help of nurse Caroline. But when Henry realizes his wife is also carrying a girl with Down syndrome, he hands the second child over to Caroline without his wife's ...
Style: emotional, gloomy, realistic, touching, serious
Plot: twins, haunted by the past, disability, down syndrome, parents and children, child illness, love and romance, family problems, obsession, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 80s, 1960s
Place: kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Deep in My Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In this made-for-tv movie, an adopted woman decides to find her birth mother. Her search leads her to a shocking discovery that she has to face and why her upbringing was not an easy one.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: adoption, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, interracial relations, dysfunctional family, society, birth mother, housewife, mother daughter relationship, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s
Place: usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 4.7
 635
Blondie (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Three sisters, all adrift and in crisis, reunite at their childhood home as their domineering mother arranges a big birthday. But as the festivities come to an end, repressed conflicts rise to the surface. Old wounds are opened and a new family is ...
Style: serious, emotional, gloomy, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, under the surface, estrangement, family problems, family relations, family gatherings, homecoming, family life, male nudity
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.5
 679
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: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: orphan, golden years, dealing with death, human nature, university, introspection, redemption, college, parents and children, countryside, siblings relations, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, england, europe, british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: siblings relations, family in crisis, reunion, terminal illness, hopes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family problems, family relations, human nature, redemption, family feud
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.2
 831
Wolfy (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: There are two of them: a mother and a girl. They have no names. And they are in a constant run. The mother runs away from the daughter in an attempt to start new life, and the girl runs after her mother as she has no idea how to live without her. ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, life is a bitch, neo realism, alcohol abuse, family relations, negligence, dysfunctional character, sex addict, addiction, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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, high school, parents and children, teenage life, love and romance, youth, family problems, family relations, innocence lost, teachers and students, family in crisis, power relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 3.5
 495
Constellation (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Constellation chronicles the lives and loves of an African-American family in the deep South as they are forced to come to terms with a tumultuous past marked by an unrequited interracial affair. The film explores the way in which the family ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: haunted by the past, estrangement, interracial relations, parents and children, death in the family, family gatherings, family in crisis, family problems, family relations, couple relations, love affair, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, emotional
Plot: single parent, beach, dealing with death, starting over, tragic love, death in the family, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, family in crisis, haunted by the past, terminal illness, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.0
 761
Duet for One (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Stephanie, a famous violinist, contracts multiple sclerosis her life begins to fall apart. Her career ends, her husband leaves her for another woman and her favorite pupil leave the country. Unable to bear all this loss, Stephanie attempts ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: disability, musician's life, tragic hero, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, terminal illness, life turned upside down, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, losing-it hero, prodigy ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.9
 121
Inheritance (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Israel
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A Palestinian family living in the north of Galilee gathers to celebrate the wedding of one of their daughters, as war rages between Israel and Lebanon. Internal conflicts explode between the family - secrets are revealed and lies are unmasked. The ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: family in crisis, family problems, village, family life, human nature, forbidden love, siblings relations, family gatherings, wartime life, life is a bitch, love and romance, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Home Sweet Home (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The wife and son of an unemployed, foul-tempered man suffer under ever-worsening domestic violence. One day while his father is taking a nap, the young son decides to take matters into his own hands. In a panic, the wife and son both believe the man ...
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: unsupportive spouse, domestic disturbance, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family problems, couple relations, homecoming, disability, family relations, patricide ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: elderly lovers, dealing with death, ocean or sea, human spirit, child illness, death in the family, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, family in crisis, family life, road not taken, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Hidden in America (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of a man Bill Januson whose pride in being the head of his family won't let him accept help from his sick daughters doctor. He has to prove to his kids that even with the death of his wife and the loss of his job that they can and will ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: doctor, starving child, single parent, unemployment, parents and children, rich and poor, child illness, down on your luck, family in crisis, life is a bitch, society, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.2
 923
Open Window (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The engagment between a struggling photographer and an assistant professor is marred by an act of violence.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, psychological
Plot: vegetarian, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, introspection, couple relations, infidelity, parents and children, family in crisis, haunted by the past, couples, family problems, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.5
 2K
Virginia (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A sheriff sees his state senate bid slide out onto the ice when his daughter begins to date the son of a charming but psychologically disturbed woman with whom the sheriff has engaged in a two-decade-long affair.
Style: serious, sincere, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: sheriff, mentally unstable, parents and children, parent child relationship, family relations, couple relations, love affair, life is a bitch, love and romance, misfit, family problems, mormon ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
 382
Nicholas' Gift (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Fact based drama about an American couple on vacation in Italy in 1994 with their two children who are attacked and shot by highway bandits. Shortly they discover that their son is brain dead. The parents are then faced with the hard decision to ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic
Plot: crumbling marriage, dealing with death, parents and children, death in the family, family in crisis, terminal illness, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, transplant, organ donation ...
Time: 90s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Sound & the Fury (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A look at the trials and tribulations of The Compson siblings, living in the deep south during the early part of the 20th century.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, captivating, touching
Plot: downfall, siblings relations, family, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, family life, parents and children, unfulfillment, disintegration ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.8
 624
Mainline (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 77 min.
Story: The uneasy relationship between a mother and daughter is made all the more turbulent by drug abuse in this downbeat drama from Iranian filmmakers Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab
Style: serious, emotional, gloomy, realistic, sincere
Plot: rehabilitation, parents and children, iranian, addiction, drug abuse, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, redemption, dysfunctional family, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.0
 546
The Gathering (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Adam Thornton learns that he only has a little time left, he decides that he wants to make peace with his family. Only problem is that most of his family are not exactly fond of him because he walked out on his wife and of his stubborn nature ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: terminal illness, golden years, single parent, introspection, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, estrangement, family life, unfulfillment, family problems ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%