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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The Best of Youth
Drama, Romance
Italy
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 8.5
Dear Frankie
Drama, Romance
UK
105 min.
 7.8
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, realistic, serious and emotional films with plots about storytelling, relationships, loneliness, mentor, tragedy, depression and redemption mostly in Drama, Romance and War genres. Some movies like In a Better World: After the Wedding (2006), Open Hearts (2002), The Woodsman (2004), 12 and Holding (2005), Dear Frankie (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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After the Wedding
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, UK, Norway
Duration: 120 min.
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Place: denmark, copenhagen, india, copenhagen denmark
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Open Hearts
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
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 ...
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The Woodsman
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A paedophile returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.
Style: disturbing, realistic, sincere, serious, intense ...
Plot: friendship, sexual abuse, redemption, prison, child abuse, father daughter relationship, loneliness, police, male nudity, drinking, sex, social misfits ...
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Place: california
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    User:   73%
 
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Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
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Story: Set in a blighted, inner-city neighbourhood of London, Breaking and Entering examines an affair which unfolds between a successful British landscape architect and Amira, a Bosnian woman – the mother of a troubled teen son – who was widowed by ...
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: immigrants, infidelity, architect, drinking, robbery, depression, relationships, culture clash, hospital, human nature, social differences, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   81%
 
 6.9
 9K
Mammoth
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the ...
Style: serious, melancholic, sincere, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hospital, moral dilemma, loneliness, adultery, relationships, depression, couple relations, pornography, storytelling, parents and children, tragedy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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System:   72%
    User:   60%
 
We Don't Live Here Anymore
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Country: USA, Canada
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Style: realistic, clever, serious, gloomy, melancholic ...
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System:   72%
    User:   70%
 
 7.5
 10K
Brothers
Genre: Drama, War
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
Place: afghanistan, denmark, europe, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   81%
 
 7.1
 32K
The Messenger
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who has returned home from Iraq, is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Montgomery is partnered with Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), to give notice to the families of ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: war, iraq war, military, redemption, friendship, soldier, death, loneliness, drinking, guilt, storytelling, dealing with death ...
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Sling Blade
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Style: bleak, realistic, touching, serious, dramatic ...
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System:   70%
    User:   82%
 
 7.5
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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
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System:   70%
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 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   61%
 
This Is My Father
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: Ireland, Canada
Duration: 119 min.
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, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: small town, romance, coming of age, irish, self discovery, catholicism, storytelling, love story, beautiful scenery, couple relations, love, mentor ...
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System:   68%
    User:   70%
 
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Sweet Sixteen
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Style: realistic, bleak, emotional, disturbing, sentimental ...
Plot: crime, heroin, dysfunctional family, coming of age, prison, friendship, british, teenager, realism, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   77%
 
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
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System:   68%
    User:   78%
 
Things We Lost in the Fire
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, childhood, drugs, death, drugs/alcohol, interracial romance, drug addiction, funeral, depression, redemption, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   79%
 
 7.2
 14K
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, beverly hills ...
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System:   67%
    User:   67%
 
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:   66%
    User:   55%
 
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The Mother
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A grandmother has a passionate affair with a man half her age, who is also sleeping with her daughter.
Style: realistic, sexual, touching, psychological, clever ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, sexuality, death, human nature, relationships, love affair, loneliness, character study, family drama, infidelity, british, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
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System:   66%
    User:   64%
 
An Unfinished Life
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, USA
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 ...
Plot: redemption, friendship, countryside, love, single parent, runaway, sheriff, farm, starting over, destiny, mentor, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: wyoming, iowa
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System:   66%
    User:   63%
 
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, sincere, realistic, 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, new york state, haiti ...
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System:   65%
    User:   70%
 
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, clever, realistic ...
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
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System:   63%
    User:   56%
 
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 ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, new jersey, california, ireland
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System:   63%
    User:   55%
 

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