Movies like Happiness

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Happiness (1998)
 7.7
 67K
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: banned film, cynical, dark humor, disturbing, bleak, sexual, sexy, controversial, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: pedophilia, loneliness, rape, sibling relationship, divorce, marriage, therapist, depression, obsession, pedophile, dysfunctional family, child abuse, unhappiness, human nature, family conflict, desperation, perversion, society, anger, frustration, alienation, sexual abuse, suburbs, social satire, satire ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, usa

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Most similar movies to Happiness

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, dark humor, clever and melancholic films with plots about loneliness, dialogue, depression, dysfunctional family, storytelling, mentor and pornography mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Happiness: Naked (1993), American Beauty (1999), Life During Wartime (2009), Pretty Persuasion (2005), Palindromes (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: disturbing, witty, talky, realistic, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rapist, stranger, humiliation, roommate, drifter, urban, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, security guard, marijuana, alienation, robbery ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: london, europe, england, manchester
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100%
 8.3
 1.1M
American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, melancholic, sexual, cynical, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, coming of age, older man young girl relationship, loneliness, existentialism, age difference, character study, dysfunctional family, virgin, older man younger woman relationship, youth, first time ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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: disturbing, psychological, melancholic, talky, stylized ...
Plot: pedophile, dysfunctional family, family relations, couple relations, family problems, parents and children, haunted by the past, loneliness, character study, secret, mother son relationship, eccentricity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: florida, usa, miami, new jersey, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Pretty Persuasion (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A 15-year-old girl incites chaos among her friends and a media frenzy when she accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment.
Style: dark humor, realistic, biting, cynical, stylized ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: false accusation, manipulation, high school, adolescence, sexual harassment, teachers and students, lifestyle, dishonesty, rejection, high school life, teenager, strong sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.7
 12K
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: psychological, surreal, bleak, cynical, humorous ...
Plot: pregnancy, dysfunctional family, child abuse, runaway teen, teenage life, teenage pregnancy, family problems, parents and children, society, youth, life is a bitch, abortion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, kansas, usa, wyoming, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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: realistic, cynical, semi serious, sincere, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, suburbs, misfit, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, humiliation, family problems, social awkwardness, parents and children, unfulfillment, youth, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, sincere, depressing, absurd, humorous ...
Plot: divorce, writers, self fulfillment, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adolescence, self esteem, parents and children, crumbling marriage, writer's life, lifestyle, eccentric family ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, humorous, semi serious, tragicomedy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, sister sister relationship, confession, secret, jealousy, family problems, family life, family gatherings, human nature, siblings relations, wedding preparations and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, long island, vermont, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 7.2
 7K
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: stylized, talky, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: poet, family relations, fame, politics, money, bittersweet, suburbs, writer's life, murder, eccentric family, working class, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.8
 17K
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, bleak, cynical, rough, witty ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, maid, celebrity, high school, exploitation, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, family problems, filmmaking, suburbs, strong sexual content, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, israel, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Running with Scissors (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 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: talky, realistic, touching, humorous, tragicomedy ...
Plot: therapist, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family relations, adoption, parents and children, drinking problem, marital problem, diary, family problems, unhappy, teenage life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, massachusetts, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: humorous, witty, talky, dark humor, stylized ...
Audience: date night
Plot: eccentric family, terminal illness, dysfunctional family, redemption, eccentricity, depression, reconciliation, divorce, nervous breakdown, ex couple relations, parents and children, family conflict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.5
 2K
All the Rage (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A rich cross-section of urban USA find their lives changed when their fates collide at gunpoint.
Style: clever, intense, melancholic, satirical, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, crimes of passion, family problems, society, crumbling marriage, multiple storylines, geek, family drama, prejudice, weapons, mental illness, loneliness ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: humorous, sentimental, witty, emotional, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, family secret, family problems, society, lifestyle, teenage life, loss of son, suburbs, coming of age, high school, gay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.7
 179K
Adaptation. (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A love-lorn script writer grows increasingly desperate in his quest to adapt the book 'The Orchid Thief'.
Style: mind bending, twists and turns, talky, witty, sincere ...
Plot: writers, twins, writer's block, obsession, satire, siblings relations, thief, weirdo, mentally unstable, filmmaking, odd, talented ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, new york, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.2
 120K
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, biting ...
Plot: dialogue driven, dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, under the surface, society, husband wife relationship, parenthood, marital problem, bully, marriage, battle of the sexes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.6
 1K
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, humorous, cynical, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: satire, self discovery, filmmaking, crumbling marriage, society, love and romance, starting over, lifestyle, couple relations, infidelity, rise and fall, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.4
 114
Lifelines (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Comedy - Lifelines examines an extraordinarily stressful day in the life of a dysfunctional suburban family. Mom Nancy, a schoolteacher, is unable to handle the constant barrage of hostility from her three children. Husband Ira is ineffectual in ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: family relations, suburbs, dysfunctional family, family problems, social decay, family life, human nature, suburban life, society, gays and lesbians, family crisis, family tragedy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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August: Osage County (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, incestuous relationship, suicide, funeral, family in crisis, family secret, drug addiction, death in the family, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When Jack and Sally announce that they're splitting up, this comes as a shock to their best friends Gabe and Judy. Maybe mostly because they also are drifting apart and are now being made aware of it. So while Jack and Sally try to go on and ...
Style: talky, realistic, sincere, semi serious, melancholic ...
Plot: infidelity, marriage, breakup, friendship, dishonesty, family problems, teacher student relationship, romance, friends, couple relations, fall in love, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.9
 32K
Igby Goes Down (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.
Style: suspense, humorous, dark humor, cynical, depressing ...
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, teenage life, eccentric family, family problems, addiction, life is a bitch, falling in love, fall in love, coming of age, parents and children, terminal illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, chicago illinois, new jersey, manhattan new york city, connecticut ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.3
 9K
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, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: love and romance, dysfunctional family, family relations, pregnancy, age difference, bittersweet, suburbs, self discovery, parents and children, opposites attract, misfit, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, long island, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.6
 8K
Lonesome Jim (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 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: sincere, touching, humorous, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, small town, homecoming, single parent, alienation, introspection, couple relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, love and romance, hopes, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, new orleans, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 7.1
 36K
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: sentimental, realistic, sincere, humorous, emotional ...
Plot: midlife crisis, professor, depression, family relations, family, mental illness, neighbor, dying, nursing, parents and children, siblings relations, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: arizona, new york, usa, poland, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
The Upside of Anger (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After her husband runs off with his secretary, Terry Wolfmeyer is left to fend for herself -- and her four daughters. As she hits rock bottom, Terry finds a friend and drinking buddy in next-door neighbor Denny, a former baseball player. As the two ...
Style: suspense, sincere, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, neighbor, family relations, couples, love and romance, starting over, suburban life, couple relations, fall in love, parents and children, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: michigan, usa, detroit, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: witty, talky, humorous, clever, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, adultery, on the road, brawl, chance meeting, drunkenness, rooftop, suburbs, infidelity, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.0
 134K
A Serious Man (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
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: meditative, talky, ironic, philosophical, dark humor ...
Plot: midlife crisis, suburban life, professor, dysfunctional family, jewish, neighbor, desperation, family problems, lifestyle, nothing goes right, suburbs, divorce ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1967
Place: minnesota, usa, poland, canada, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, bleak, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suburbs, suicide, kidnapping, friendship, mistaken identity, drug dealing, drug abuse, coming of age, youth, crimes, disorder, social decay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, humorous, absurd, surreal, psychological ...
Plot: incest, thanksgiving, dysfunctional family, family relations, mental illness, eccentric family, family problems, twins, family life, love and romance, brother sister incest, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.6
 18K
Shrink (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA's top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: suicide, therapist, haunted by the past, psychiatrist, widower, hollywood, power relations, doctors and patients, introspection, human nature, drugs/alcohol, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%