Movies like Happiness

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Happiness (1998)
 7.8
 61K
Happiness (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.
Style: dark humor, bleak, cynical, realistic, sexual, semi serious, disturbing, clever, gloomy, humorous ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, unhappiness, dysfunctional family, child abuse, pedophilia, sibling relationship, taxi driver, masturbation, therapy, therapist, divorce, teacher, neighbor, marriage, strong sexual content, obsession, siblings relations, loneliness, depression, stalker, secret love, extramarital affair, partnership, family conflict ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa

Most similar movies to Happiness

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, dark humor, realistic and talky films with plots about dialogue, loneliness, storytelling, dysfunctional family, depression, mentor and relationships mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Happiness: Life During Wartime (2009), Palindromes (2004), Storytelling (2001), The Savages (2007), The Squid and the Whale (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Life During Wartime (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in an almost war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos. Follows Solondz's film Happiness (1998).
Style: dark humor, disturbing, semi serious, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, haunted by the past, family relations, crumbling marriage, obsession, couple relations, parents and children, family life, hopes, misfit, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, miami, usa, new jersey, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.8
 11K
Palindromes (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.
Style: surreal, bleak, sexual, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, pregnancy, abortion, innocence lost, teenage pregnancy, runaway teen, child abuse, murder, sniper, sexual abuse, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, kansas, usa, wyoming, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.9
 16K
Storytelling (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.
Style: dark humor, clever, bleak, cynical, semi serious ...
Plot: high school, exploitation, celebrity, sex, coma, maid, strong sexual content, teenage life, dysfunctional family, society, youth, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa, new york, colombia, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 7.2
 34K
The Savages (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.
Style: realistic, clever, semi serious, sentimental, witty ...
Plot: professor, midlife crisis, depression, family, dying, neighbor, doctor, parents and children, family in crisis, mental illness, father figure, son ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: arizona, usa, new york, poland, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
Style: talky, realistic, witty, clever, serious ...
Plot: divorce, museum, masturbation, coming of age, dysfunctional family, tennis, self fulfillment, strong sexual content, parenthood, crumbling marriage, adolescence, childhood memory ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An unattractive 7th grader struggles to cope with suburban life as the middle child with un-attentive parents and bullies at school.
Style: bleak, dark humor, realistic, semi serious, cynical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: misfit, coming of age, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, parent child relationship, little girl, teenage life, ballet, humiliation, social misfits, school life, mockery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Margot at the Wedding (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is getting married to less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed ...
Style: talky, cynical, tragicomedy, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, jealousy, secret, neighbor, confession, family, siblings relations, drugs/alcohol, family gatherings, family problems, family relations, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, vermont, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.3
 6K
Henry Fool (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: An egocentric bum transforms the lives of a shy New Jersey garbageman and his sister.
Style: talky, stylized, humorous, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: fame, politics, murder, money, poet, writer's life, eccentric family, society, suburbs, alcohol, family relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.
Style: surreal, psychological, twists and turns, ambiguous ending, semi serious ...
Plot: obsession, writer's life, depression, actor, theater, director, self fulfillment, fantasy world, schizophrenic, therapist, alienation, actress ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
The House of Yes (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Jackie-O is anxiously awaiting the visit of her brother home for Thanksgiving, but isn't expecting him to bring a friend. She's even more shocked to learn that this friend is his fiance. It soon becomes clear that Jackie Kennedy's ...
Style: dark humor, talky, humorous, witty, clever ...
Plot: incest, mental illness, dysfunctional family, white house, parents and children, obsession, twins, thanksgiving, suburbs, siblings relations, assassination, eccentric family ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary --- all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of ...
Style: witty, humorous, talky, dark humor, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, redemption, terminal illness, eccentric family, depression, child prodigy, reconciliation, parents and children, divorce, family conflict, nervous breakdown, forgiveness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Spanking the Monkey (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Bright young student Raymond Aibelli is forced to sidetrack an important medical internship because his mother, Susan, is recovering from a broken leg. When he isn't tasked with the most mundane aspects of Susan's recuperation, Raymond ...
Style: dark humor, psychological, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: incest, mother son incest, dysfunctional family, adultery, parents and children, student, couples, high school, coming of age, suburbs, injury, neighborhood ...
Time: 90s
Place: medical school
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.5
 8K
Trust (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: After being thrown away from home, pregnant high school dropout Maria meets Matthew, a highly educated and extremely moody electronics repairman. The two begin an unusual romance built on their sense of mutual admiration and trust.
Style: dark humor, talky, witty, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: love and romance, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, opposites attract, suburbs, romance, misfit, social misfits, human nature, self discovery, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Daytrippers (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Eliza D'Amico thinks her marriage to Louis is going great, until she finds a mysterious love note to her husband. Concerned, she goes to her mother for advice. Eliza, her parents, her sister Jo and Jo's boyfriend all pile into a station ...
Style: clever, humorous, witty, talky, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, adultery, on the road, chance meeting, rooftop, drunkenness, crumbling marriage, suburbs, infidelity, self discovery, romance, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.0
 30K
Igby Goes Down (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.
Style: clever, realistic, talky, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, drug dealing, love triangle, mistress, artist, heavy metal, parents and children, rock, siblings relations, falling in love, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, new york, manhattan new york city, connecticut, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Imaginary Heroes (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Matt Travis is good-looking, popular, and his school's best competitive swimmer, so everyone is shocked when he inexplicably commits suicide. As the following year unfolds, each member of his family struggles to recover from the tragedy with ...
Style: semi serious, clever, realistic, gloomy, witty ...
Plot: suicide, dysfunctional family, high school, coming of age, family secret, crumbling marriage, drugs/alcohol, death in the family, suburbs, suicide mission, suburban life, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.2
 108K
Carnage (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Germany, Poland, Spain, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: After 11-year-old Zachary Cowan strikes his classmate across the face with a stick after an argument, the victim's parents invite Zachary's parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner.
Style: talky, dark humor, cynical, ironic, satirical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, dialogue driven, family problems, unsupportive spouse, marital problem, under the surface, parenthood, husband wife relationship, battle of the sexes, psychology, liberal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Running with Scissors (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of ...
Style: tragicomedy, semi serious, talky, realistic, touching ...
Plot: therapist, dysfunctional family, coming of age, adoption, gay, poet, cat, homosexual, psychiatrist, mentally unstable, drugs/alcohol, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: massachusetts, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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 6.6
 5K
Chuck & Buck (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Buck is a man-child who has lived his existence in a life of kindergarten collages and lollipops. Buck remembers his old childhood friend Chuck, with whom he feels a need to reconnect with after having invited him to his mother's funeral. Buck ...
Style: dark humor, gloomy, semi serious, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: stalking, gay, obsession, friendship, rehearsal, mentally unstable, danger, friends, adolescence vs adulthood, reunion, yuppie, dysfunctional character ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Maps to the Stars (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, Germany, France, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Driven by an intense need for fame and validation, members of a dysfunctional Hollywood family are chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
Style: dark humor, disturbing, cynical, biting, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hollywood, sex, mental illness, aspiring actor, fire, therapy, wedding ring, narcissism, suicide, ghost, actress ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.6
 7K
Lonesome Jim (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Failing to make it on his own, 27-year-old Jim moves back in with his parents and deals with crippling family obligations.
Style: gloomy, semi serious, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, small town, uncle, homecoming, single parent, coma, erection, sexual dysfunction, factory worker, basketball, alienation, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, talky, dark humor, witty, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human nature, family in crisis, terminal illness, couples, family relations, ego clash, couple relations, parents and children, cancer, siblings relations, eccentric family, family gatherings ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.7
 12K
Rocket Science (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Hal, a 15-year-old high-school student with a minor yet socially alienating (and painful) disability: he stutters uncontrollably. Determined to work through the problem, Hal opts for an extreme route he joins the school debating team, which sends ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, sentimental, humorous, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, high school, masturbation, debate, teenage life, dysfunctional family, misfit, youth, social misfits, contests and competitions, prank, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 7.9
 28K
Naked (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very ...
Style: dark humor, disturbing, talky, witty, sincere ...
Plot: urban, sexual abuse, unemployment, stranger, rapist, rape, humiliation, drifter, alienation, roommate, marijuana, robbery ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, london, england, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Chumscrubber (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, semi serious, humorous, biting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, kidnapping, friendship, drug dealing, mistaken identity, mayor, psychiatrist, drug abuse, rock, drugs/alcohol, suburban life, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: touching, emotional, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: suicide attempt, life is a bitch, suicide, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, small town, siblings relations, homecoming, family relations, unfulfillment, life philosophy, gay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.7
 923
The New Age (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Peter and Katherine Witner are Southern California super-yuppies with great jobs but no center to their lives. When they both lose their jobs and begin marital infidelities, their solution is to start their own business together. In order to find ...
Style: dark humor, clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: yuppie, surrealism, crumbling marriage, starting over, couple relations, breakup, unfulfillment, couples, rise and fall, self discovery, infidelity, unemployment ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.0
 117K
A Serious Man (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man's search for clarity in a universe where Jefferson Airplane is on the radio and F-Troop is on TV. It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, has just been ...
Style: dark humor, semi serious, clever, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: midlife crisis, jewish, professor, suburban life, dysfunctional family, telephone call, university, marijuana, divorce, rabbi, defamation, bribery ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1967
Place: minnesota, usa, campus, poland, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.9
 3K
Sweetie (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Explores sisters, in their twenties, their parents, and family dysfunctions. Kay is gangly and slightly askew, consulting a fortune teller and then falling in love with a man because of a mole on his face and a lock of hair; then, falling out of ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, semi serious, clever, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, self discovery, parents and children, sibling relationship, obsession, family problems, family relations, introspection, love affair, siblings relations, eccentric family, psychopath ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Door in the Floor (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Alternately tragic and comic, an exploration of the complexities of love in both its brightest and darkest corners. Adapted from John Irving's best-selling novel A Widow for One Year, the film is set in the privileged beach community of East ...
Style: clever, serious, emotional, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: book, infidelity, assistant, summer, beach, innocence, cheating wife, fainting, writer's life, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, suburbs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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