Movies like In a Better World

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In a Better World
Original name: Hævnen
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, sincere, dramatic, melancholic, intense, harsh, compassionate ...
Plot: friendship, hospital, loneliness, childhood, bullying, revenge, adolescence, father son relationship, vengeance, parenthood, violence, school, cancer, death, morality, idealism, bully, divorce, human nature, mentor, tragedy, justice, life & death, storytelling, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, denmark, europe, sudan, israel
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Dear Frankie
Drama, Romance
UK
105 min.
 7.8
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
Drama, Romance
South Korea, Germany
103 min.
 8.1
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, realistic, serious and touching films with plots about relationships, storytelling, mentor, loneliness, depression, life philosophy and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Romance and War genres. Some movies like In a Better World: Open Hearts (2002), After the Wedding (2006), Dear Frankie (2004), This Is My Father (1998), Mammoth (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Open Hearts
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Duration: 113 min.
Story: Cecilie and Joachim are about to get married when a freak car accident leaves Joachim disabled, throwing their lives into a spin. The driver of the other car, Marie, and her family don’t get off lightly, either. Her husband Niels works in the ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: hospital, infidelity, love, crumbling marriage, adultery, loneliness, romance, couple relations, tragedy, relationships, dogma, destructive relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, denmark
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After the Wedding
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, UK, Norway
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: wedding, idealism, marriage, family, terminal illness, father daughter relationship, life turned upside down, adultery, death, hotel, infidelity, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, copenhagen, india, copenhagen denmark
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 7.8
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Dear Frankie
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they've run away from his father, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: disability, single parent, hospital, runaway, friendship, death, letter, family drama, childhood, storytelling, human nature, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
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    User:   61%
 
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This Is My Father
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: Ireland, Canada
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Story: When schoolteacher Kieran Johnson (James Caan) discovers that his father was not a French sailor (as he had been led to believe) but rather an Irish farmer, Kieran looks to his mother (Moya Farrelly) for answers. When she refuses to provide any, ...
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    User:   65%
 
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Mammoth
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Country: Denmark, UK, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A Danish officer, Michael (Thomsen), is sent away to the International Security Assistance Force operation in Afghanistan for three months. His first mission there is to find a young radar technician who had been separated from his squad some ...
Style: realistic, tense, emotional, psychological, serious ...
Plot: war, infidelity, brothers, siblings relations, guilt, dysfunctional family, family bonds, brutality, tragedy, relationships, family, secrets ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
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My Life Without Me
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Pedro Almodovar production in which a fatally ill mother with only two months to live creates a list of things she wants to do before she dies with out telling her family of her illness.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, death, hospital, drinking, love, existentialism, storytelling, introspection, adultery, life & death, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   64%
 
We Don't Live Here Anymore
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Married couple Jack and Terry Linden are experiencing a difficult period in their relationship. When Jack decides to step outside the marriage, he becomes involved with Edith, who happens to be the wife of his best friend and colleague, Hank Evans. ...
Style: realistic, clever, serious, gloomy, melancholic ...
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Time: contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   60%
 
Who's That Knocking at My Door
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: J.R. is a typical Italian-American on the streets of New York. When he gets involved with a local girl, he decides to get married and settle down, but when he learns that she was once raped, he cannot handle it. More explicitly linked with Catholic ...
Style: talky, atmospheric, serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: friendship, catholicism, redemption, violence, male nudity, morality, relationships, friends, romance, storytelling, brutality, dreams ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, usa, italy, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   61%
 
 7.1
 77K
Monster's Ball
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Set in the southern USA, a racist white man, Hank, falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically, Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's inter-racial affair leads to ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: redemption, racism, suicide, interracial romance, father son relationship, electric chair, death, death penalty, dysfunctional family, prison, strong sexual content, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   46%
 
Unhook the Stars
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Widowed mother Mildred must suddenly redefine herself and find an outlet for her nurturing side when her adult daughter moves out of the family home. Though Mildred thinks she's found her purpose when her neighbor, overworked single mother ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, suburbs, self discovery, dysfunctional family, loneliness, relationships, character study, mentor, life, couples, family relations, depression ...
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System:   53%
    User:   60%
 
An Unfinished Life
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Duration: 108 min.
Story: Stoic and heartbroken, Einar Gilkyson quietly lives in the rugged Wyoming ranchlands alongside his only trusted friend, Mitch Bradley. Then, suddenly, the woman he blames for the death of his only son arrives at his door broke, desperate, and with a ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, dramatic ...
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My Name Is Joe
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Style: realistic, touching, serious, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, working class, soccer, drugs, realism, starting over, addiction, loneliness, debt, drinking, alcohol abuse, relationships ...
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Place: scotland, europe
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The Secret Life of Words
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, Ireland
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A touching story of a deaf girl who is sent to an oil rig to take care of a man who has been blinded in a terrible accident. The girl has a special ability to communicate with the men on board and especially with her patient as they share intimate ...
Style: touching, clever, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, depression, loneliness, blindness, love, storytelling, hospital, mute or deaf, factory worker, genocide, love story, oil ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe, yugoslavia, northern ireland, croatia ...
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    User:   49%
 
 7.5
 78K
Biutiful
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 148 min.
Story: This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who's sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate ...
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: terminal illness, single father, redemption, death, parenthood, cancer, afterlife, guilt, hospital, drugs, drugs/alcohol, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: spain, barcelona, barcelona spain, mexico
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System:   50%
    User:   57%
 
 7.2
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A Better Life
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while traveling across town to perform landscaping work for the city's wealthy landowners.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: immigrants, sacrifice, single father, father son relationship, poverty, drugs/alcohol, chase, family drama, gangs, single parent, mentor, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, mexico, usa, southern california ...
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System:   50%
    User:   45%
 
The Waterdance
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An oft overlooked film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehab center with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies man, and Bloss, a racist biker. Considerable tension builds as ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, compassionate, uplifting ...
Plot: friendship, disability, human nature, character study, relationships, loneliness, sarcasm, life, nudity (topless - notable), mentor, hospital, solitude ...
Time: 90s
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System:   49%
    User:   45%
 
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Heavy
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Victor is a cook who works in a greasy bar/restaurant owned by his mother, Dolly. It's just the two of them, a waitress named Delores, and a heavy drinking regular, Leo. But things change when Callie, a beautiful college drop-out, shows up as a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, melancholic, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, loneliness, workplace, drinking, parents and children, hospital, unfulfilled love, solitude, dialogue, romance, physical appearance, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york state
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System:   49%
    User:   39%
 
Splendor in the Grass
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A fragile Kansas girl's unrequited and forbidden love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.
Style: emotional, realistic, sexual, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, small town, romance, adolescence, teenager, marriage, suicide attempt, friendship, young lovers, love, relationships, runaway ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1950s
Place: kansas, usa, california, yale university, connecticut
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System:   49%
    User:   51%
 
 7.7
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Detachment
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: teacher, high school, depression, suicide, school, dedicated educator, loneliness, teachers and students, storytelling, life & death, mentor, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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System:   48%
    User:   40%
 
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In California, a group of women struggle with personal problems as their paths intertwine in unexpected ways. Dr. Elaine Keener, the sole caretaker for her aging mother, turns to tarot card reader Christine for spiritual aid. Christine grapples with ...
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, serious, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: loneliness, lesbian, depression, abortion, suicide, pregnancy, women, relationships, homeless, solitude, character study, single parent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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System:   48%
    User:   55%
 
Stanley & Iris
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An illiterate cook at a company cafeteria tries for the attention of a newly widowed woman. As they get to know one another, she discovers his inability to read. When he is fired, she takes on trying to teach him to read in her kitchen each night.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: romance, working class, single parent, school, loneliness, happy ending, couple relations, rags to riches, friendship, love story, parents and children, destiny ...
Time: 80s
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System:   48%
    User:   56%
 
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 57K
Rust and Bone
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, melancholic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: disability, redemption, romance, surveillance, french, single father, depression, strong sexual content, unlikely couple, hospital, relationships, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, french riviera, europe, cote d'azur, riviera
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System:   47%
    User:   38%
 
Rachel Getting Married
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.
Style: talky, realistic, serious, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, addiction, wedding, guilt, psychology, divorce, marriage, storytelling, siblings relations, death, drug addiction, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut, usa, hawaii
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System:   47%
    User:   45%
 
 7.6
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Snow Cake
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, melancholic, realistic ...
Plot: small town, autism, mental illness, redemption, destiny, disability, depression, death in the family, rock, snow, psychiatry, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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System:   47%
    User:   56%
 
Personal Velocity
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Three women's escapes from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: book, runaway, self discovery, drinking, death, jewish, violence, parents and children, multiple storylines, life is a bitch, adaptation, pornography ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city, india ...
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System:   47%
    User:   38%
 
Ruby in Paradise
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Reeling from her mother's recent death, Ruby Lee Gissing relocates to Florida to start anew. After finding a job at a souvenir store, Ruby becomes friends with the shop's owner, Mildred Chambers, and slowly acclimates to her new ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, self discovery, human nature, drinking, coming-of-age, childhood, life, small town, mentor, life & death, romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, tennessee, usa, new jersey, tokyo
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System:   46%
    User:   48%
 

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Genre: Drama, Romance
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Duration: 136 min.
Story: The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations.
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