Movies like Happiness

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Happiness (1998)
 7.8
 62K
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: cynical, dark humor, disturbing, banned film, bleak, sexual, realistic, humorous, sincere, clever ...
Plot: rape, child abuse, unhappiness, loneliness, masturbation, pedophilia, sibling relationship, divorce, marriage, therapist, depression, obsession, dysfunctional family, human nature, family conflict, desperation, perversion, society, frustration, alienation, anger, sexual abuse, social satire, teacher, taxi driver ...
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 dark humor, realistic, melancholic and talky films with plots about dialogue, loneliness, depression, dysfunctional family, storytelling, 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, psychological, humorous, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, pedophile, parents and children, couple relations, hopes, crumbling marriage, family relations, haunted by the past, perversion, sexual perversion, obsession, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa, miami, new jersey, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.8
 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: sexual, bleak, psychological, surreal, humorous ...
Plot: abortion, pregnancy, child abuse, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, sniper, murder, coming of age, teenage pregnancy, runaway teen, sexual abuse, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, kansas, usa, wyoming, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 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, bleak, cynical, sexual, clever ...
Plot: maid, coma, exploitation, high school, celebrity, dysfunctional family, sex, youth, suburban life, artists and showbiz, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, israel, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 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, sentimental, witty, biting, clever ...
Plot: professor, midlife crisis, neighbor, dying, doctor, depression, childhood, guilt, mental illness, family, family in crisis, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: arizona, usa, new york, poland, new york state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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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, sincere, absurd, humorous, intellectual ...
Plot: divorce, self fulfillment, museum, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adolescence, self esteem, writer's life, parents and children, crumbling marriage, childhood memory, understanding ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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, clever ...
Plot: depression, obsession, actor, director, existentialism, writer's life, self fulfillment, theater, alienation, therapist, suicide, actress ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, berlin germany, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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, clever, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, confession, neighbor, jealousy, sister sister relationship, secret, drugs/alcohol, siblings relations, estrangement, train ride, wedding preparations and rituals, under the surface ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, long island, harvard university, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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, cynical, biting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, suburbs, misfit, dysfunctional family, ballet, humiliation, little girl, sibling relationship, parent child relationship, teenage life, youth, anniversary ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 7.3
 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, touching, offbeat ...
Plot: poet, fame, money, politics, writer's life, murder, suburban life, family relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, siblings relations, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new jersey, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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: dysfunctional family, redemption, eccentric family, depression, terminal illness, reconciliation, divorce, nervous breakdown, child prodigy, ex couple relations, parents and children, family conflict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: disturbing, realistic, semi serious, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hollywood, haunted by the past, mental illness, aspiring actor, therapy, actress, obsession, actor's life, family problems, desire for fame, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: talky, realistic, offbeat, touching, tragicomedy ...
Plot: therapist, dysfunctional family, coming of age, poet, cat, homosexual, gay, adoption, psychiatrist, virginity, mentally unstable, innocence lost ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: massachusetts, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.4
 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, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: love and romance, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, family relations, unlikely relationship, parents and children, odd, romance, dysfunctional character, misfit, human nature, society ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.2
 110K
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, family problems, dialogue driven, marital problem, under the surface, unsupportive spouse, husband wife relationship, parenthood, marriage, bully, battle of the sexes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: biting, realistic, clever, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, coming of age, high school, family secret, protective parent, unsupportive parent, experimenting, drugs/alcohol, gay slur, loss of son, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 5.7
 956
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, cynical, humorous, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: yuppie, crumbling marriage, society, self discovery, filmmaking, family problems, infidelity, couple relations, love and romance, breakup, rise and fall, starting over ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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: realistic, sincere, semi serious, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, neighbor, couples, starting over, suburban life, couple relations, love and romance, family relations, parents and children, fall in love, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: michigan, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.9
 30K
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, dark humor, witty, talky, biting ...
Plot: sexual abuse, rapist, urban, stranger, marijuana, drifter, alienation, robbery, roommate, humiliation, unemployment, rape ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, london, england, manchester
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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 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: touching, realistic, humorous, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, small town, sexual dysfunction, basketball, erection, coma, single parent, homecoming, alienation, factory worker, uncle, failed attempt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.7
 13K
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, sentimental, psychological, touching, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, masturbation, debate, dysfunctional family, suburban life, contests and competitions, social misfits, overcoming, family relations, love and romance, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.7
 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, touching, sincere ...
Plot: depression, suicide, therapist, haunted by the past, psychiatrist, widower, hollywood, doctors and patients, power relations, drugs/alcohol, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, crumbling marriage, friendship, teacher student relationship, dishonesty, family problems, breakup, friends, couple relations, romance, age difference ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: psychological, dark humor, semi serious, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: incest, mother son incest, dysfunctional family, adultery, student, parents and children, couples, coming of age, intern, family relations, love and romance, high school ...
Time: 90s
Place: medical school
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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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, adultery, on the road, drunkenness, chance meeting, rooftop, infidelity, suburbs, self discovery, midlife crisis, family life, family problems ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, clever, psychological, witty, talky ...
Plot: incest, mental illness, dysfunctional family, thanksgiving, twins, white house, parents and children, obsession, assassination, family problems, eccentric family, reunion ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, clever, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide, suburbs, kidnapping, mayor, mistaken identity, psychiatrist, friendship, drug dealing, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, coming of age, loss of son ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.0
 31K
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: witty, realistic, clever, intellectual, talky ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, artist, love triangle, mistress, drug dealing, mental illness, addiction, unfulfillment, siblings relations, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, california, chicago illinois, connecticut, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.1
 120K
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, intellectual, cynical, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: midlife crisis, jewish, professor, suburban life, divorce, marijuana, dysfunctional family, university, student, bribery, neighbor, rabbi ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1967
Place: minnesota, usa, campus, poland, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, humorous, talky, dark humor, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: parents and children, relationship vs career, life is a bitch, siblings relations, artists and showbiz, family gatherings, unfulfillment, family in crisis, love and romance, couple relations, couples, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, tokyo, california
⇓ 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, semi serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: suicide attempt, life is a bitch, suicide, dysfunctional family, small town, haunted by the past, siblings relations, family relations, unfulfillment, homecoming, gay, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%