Movies like Islands in the Stream

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Islands in the Stream (1977)
 6.5
 1K
Islands in the Stream (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An isolated sculptor is visited by his three sons just before the start of WWII.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, island, fishing, father son relationship, sculptor, holocaust, writer's life, confined, family relations, parents and children, family life, human spirit, hopes, artists and showbiz, human nature, introspection, isolation, estrangement, unsupportive spouse, bittersweet, sibling relationship, shark, airplane, ship, loneliness ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: bahamas

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, hopes, parents and children, family problems, introspection, human nature and family life mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Islands in the Stream: Islander (2006), Harry & Son (1984), In the Gloaming (1997), Multiple Sarcasms (2010), Off the Black (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.6
 267
Islander (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a tragic accident at sea, Eben Cole loses his family, friends and stature in his island fishing community. He returns to the island an outcast but determined to win back the way of life he fought so hard to protect. Set against the stunning ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: hopes, island, redemption, starting over, couple relations, friendship, human nature, family problems, estrangement, social misfits, ocean, coast ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.8
 2K
Harry & Son (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Widower Harry Keach is a construction worker who was raised to appreciate the importance of working for a living. He takes a dim view of his sensitive son Howard's lackadaisical lifestyle and has a strained relationship with his daughter Nina ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, talky, touching
Plot: single parent, family problems, working class, parents and children, human nature, estrangement, idealism, aging, unfulfillment, starting over, father son relationship, beer ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
In the Gloaming (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister.
Style: sincere, touching, gloomy, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, aids, bereavement, gender, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, resentment, family problems, self discovery, tragic hero, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Multiple Sarcasms (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Gabriel is a man who on the surface has it all-successful professional life as an architect, a beautiful wife, Annie, and a devoted young daughter, Elizabeth. But slowly it dawns on him that he is not really happy. Gabriel decides that he wants to ...
Style: realistic, psychological, atmospheric, contemplative, offbeat ...
Plot: midlife crisis, self discovery, family life, writer's life, introspection, couple relations, family relations, couples, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, playwright, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Off the Black (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An aging, disillusioned alcoholic (Nick Nolte) gets a younger friend (Trevor Morgan) and wants him to pose as his son at a school reunion.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, friendship, family relations, sport team, youth, high school life, reunion, high school, father son relationship, brother sister relationship, bittersweet ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Substance of Fire (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Isaac Geldhart is a Holocaust survivor who, overcome by grief at the recent death of his wife, seems determined to run his publishing firm into the ground by printing books that have no hope of financial success. His son Aaron, who also works at the ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: holocaust, family life, haunted by the past, introspection, siblings relations, parents and children, love and romance, dealing with death, family problems, family business, human nature, workplace situations ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.7
 767
In Our Nature (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A portrait of two couples at a crossroads. What was supposed to be a romantic getaway for two young lovers, turns into an uncomfortable confrontation when the young man's estranged father shows up ... with his own girlfriend. As their ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, captivating, talky ...
Plot: family relations, family problems, estrangement, dysfunctional family, parents and children, introspection, couple relations, awkward situation, country house, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, estranged father, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.4
 3K
Archipelago (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Patricia (Kate Fahy) and her two children, young adults Edward (Tom Hiddleston) and Cynthia (Lydia Leonard), arrive for a break at a holiday cottage. As rain and wind lash against the windows, Patricia grows exasperated at the absence of her ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: family relations, family in crisis, parents and children, estrangement, siblings relations, island, introspection, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, family problems, hopes, resort ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 7.9
 637
The Gathering (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Adam Thornton learns that he only has a little time left, he decides that he wants to make peace with his family. Only problem is that most of his family are not exactly fond of him because he walked out on his wife and of his stubborn nature ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: terminal illness, family gatherings, family relations, golden years, elderly, life is a bitch, single parent, hopes, unfulfillment, reunion, siblings relations, family problems ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.5
 143
Reconciliation (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: RECONCILIATION is a groundbreaking, provocative story about an estranged father and son struggling to overcome the heartbreaking consequences of their past. Grant Taylor (Eric Nenninger) has been troubled by intense childhood memories ever since his ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: gay parent, forgiveness, redemption, haunted by the past, family relations, last wish, family problems, estrangement, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Alison Dodge, a 17-year old raised by her mother, decides on her own to spend her last summer before college getting to know her father
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, introspection, parents and children, redemption, youth, one more chance, family problems, estrangement, estranged father, fear of commitment, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, usa, san diego california, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Touching Wild Horses (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After a car accident that claimed his father and sister's lives and left his mother in a coma, a young man is sent to live with his reclusive aunt (Jane Seymour) on Sable Island, a world-renowned wild horse preserve.
Style: touching, serious, sincere, sentimental
Plot: isolation, island, friendship, self discovery, love and romance, rehabilitation, orphan, hopes, family life, haunted by the past, introspection, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.3
 318
Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, opposites attract, immigrants, family relations, friends, friendship, family life, human nature, coming of age, youth, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.6
 189
Orphan (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, France, Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A Chilean family deals with the new values in a quickly changing world.
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, sincere
Plot: social differences, family problems, family relations, hopes, society, family life, introspection, human spirit, parents and children, village, family in crisis, poverty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chile, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.2
 8K
Inside (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A man's life, thoughts, feelings and his very own darkness... Adapted from Dostoevsky's novel "Notes from Undergroud", Demirkubuz follows Muharrem as he gets himself invited to a party where he is not welcome, just to find ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, contemplative, captivating
Plot: human nature, cause and meaning, introspection, writer's life, hopes, artists and showbiz, humiliation, loneliness, party, unfulfillment, losing-it hero, dull life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Calm at Sunset (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The struggle between a father and son at odds over the youths career choice. The 18 years old James Pfeiffer quits college and decides to become a fisherman like his father. Margaret and Russell are very upset with their son's decision. They ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional
Plot: ship, family relations, hopes, follow your dream, escapades, danger, college dropout, youth, coming of age, siblings relations, small town life, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Particles of Truth (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Life, love, and the fear of failing... Lilli Black, battling her painful memories and the secrets surrounding her dying father, collides into the complicated and obsessive life of Morrison Wiley on the streets of New York City. This peculiar love ...
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, family life, mental illness, family problems, haunted by the past, family relations, couples, introspection, human nature, estrangement, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Autumn Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When a school bus driving woman (Tyne Daly) has a heart attack, she makes one request of her three daughters (Ally Sheedy, Marla Sucharetza, Marceline Hugo) - she wants them to find their long lost brother, who was taken away by their father (Jack ...
Style: touching, sincere, gloomy, contemplative, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, estrangement, parents and children, family in crisis, love and romance, youth, society, unfulfillment, dysfunctional family, family life, rich and poor, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, usa, europe, england, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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A Christmas Visitor (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A father struggles with the past. A daughter fights for the future. A mother searches for answers. The Boyajians have not celebrated Christmas in 11 years. They lost their faith when they lost their son to the Persian Gulf War. Now a stranger has ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: grief, christmas, introspection, dysfunctional family, parents and children, redemption, family life, family gatherings, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Great Santini (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated marine pilot.
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: military base, family relations, strict father, military, racism, prom, basketball, high school, father son relationship, marine, bittersweet, couples ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: california, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Turn the River (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A pool shark takes the ultimate gamble when she kidnaps her own son and flees her ex-husband.
Style: realistic, bleak, psychological, serious, gloomy
Plot: billiards, kidnapping, gambling, family relations, hopes, parents and children, dysfunctional family, addiction, family problems, life is a bitch, crimes, going straight ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Farewell to Harry (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A down-and-out writer, Nick Sennet, runs into Harry, a man that, legend has it, died long ago. Together they attempt to revitalize a defunct factory as well as their lives.
Style: touching, realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, redemption, factory, small town, human spirit, starting over, hopes, family relations, human nature, lifestyle, society, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary
Place: washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world.
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: parents and children, family relations, family problems, estrangement, drugs/alcohol, aging, dysfunctional family, hopes, love, siblings relations, couples, righting the wronged ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 4.6
 192
Speakeasy (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two men become unlikely friends after a minor traffic accident.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, disturbing, gloomy
Plot: family relations, self discovery, friendship, haunted by the past, hopes, redemption, homecoming, human nature, introspection, love and romance, mute or deaf, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 2000s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
What If God Were the Sun? (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A grieving nurse finds comfort and inspiration in her new assignment, where she meets a terminally ill woman with a quick with and strong faith.
Style: touching, realistic, psychological, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: hospital, terminal illness, doctors and patients, family relations, hopes, unfulfillment, wedding, religions or cults, family problems, nurse, nurse patient relationship, faith ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.2
 1K
The Wool Cap (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This film, originally made for tv, stars William H. Macy as a mute superintendent of a apartment building that is falling apart who becomes the unwilling guardian to a young girl with a bit of an attitude. The film is an updated and Americanized ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: redemption, friendship, introspection, disability, custody, elderly, dysfunctional family, family life, rehabilitation, addiction, parents and children, misfit ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.7
 713
The Dollmaker (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Jane Fonda gives an Emmy-winning performance as Gertie Nevels, a pioneer woman and the mother of five from the Kentucky hills who is forced to uproot her children to follow her husband Clovis (Levon Helm) to Detroit when he finds work during World ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: urban ghetto life, working class, hopes, starting over, dealing with death, life is a bitch, lifestyle, down on your luck, urban, family in crisis, city life, americana ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: detroit, kentucky, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Out of the Ashes (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The real-life story of Gisella Perl, a Jewish Hungarian doctor imprisoned in the notorious Auschwitz death camp of World War II.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: concentration camp, holocaust, auschwitz, human spirit, survival, wartime life, life is a bitch, against humanity, danger, confined, starting over, moral dilemma ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: hungary, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Everybody's Fine (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Matteo Scuro is a retired Sicilian bureaucrat, a widower with five children, all of whom live on the mainland and hold responsible jobs. He decides to surprise each with a visit and finds none as he imagined.
Style: clever, sentimental, emotional, tragicomedy, contemplative ...
Plot: family relations, bittersweet, nudity (full frontal - brief), golden years, hopes, unfulfillment, family problems, estrangement, homeless, dysfunctional family, on the road, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: italy, sicily, florence, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Rising Place (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The close friendship of two young women, each of a different race, and their struggle to find purpose in their lives during this time of social injustice and world war.
Style: sentimental, sincere, serious, touching, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, fall in love, human nature, social differences, parents and children, feminism, society, pregnancy, working class, soldier, injustice, interracial relations ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: usa, mississippi, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%