Movies like Autumn Sonata

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Autumn Sonata (1978)
 8.3
 19K
Autumn Sonata (1978)
Original name: Höstsonaten
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, West Germany, Sweden, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After a seven-year absence, Charlotte Andergast travels to Sweden to reunite with her daughter Eva. The pair have a troubled relationship: Charlotte sacrificed the responsibilities of motherhood for a career as a classical pianist. Over an emotional night, the pair reopen the wounds of the past. Charlotte gets another shock when she finds out that her mentally impaired daughter, Helena, is out of the asylum and living with Eva.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, bleak, talky, serious, gloomy, realistic, psychological, reflective ...
Plot: marriage, pianist, reconciliation, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family in crisis, family life, family problems, family relations, reunion, redemption, human nature, introspection, haunted by the past, mother daughter relationship, hopes, unfulfillment, estrangement, life is a bitch, favoritism among siblings, family reunited, hospital, mother daughter estrangement, child neglect, terminal illness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, sweden

Most similar movies to Autumn Sonata

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and touching films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, dysfunctional family, dialogue, relationships and culture clash mostly in Drama and Music genres. Some movies like Autumn Sonata: Saraband (2003), Cries & Whispers (1972), The Piano Lesson (1995), Fanny and Alexander (1982), Don't Come Knocking (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 6K
Saraband (2003)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Finland, Germany, Austria
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The movie is a sequel to Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage (1973), where we revisit the characters of Johan and Marianne, then a married couple. After their divorce, Johan and Marianne haven't seen each other for 32 years. Marianne is still ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, human nature, introspection, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florence italy, st. petersburg russia, hamburg germany, helsinki finland, munich germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Cries & Whispers (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 91 min.
Story: As Agnes slowly dies of cancer, her sisters are so deeply immersed in their own psychic pains that they can't offer her the support she needs. Maria is wracked with guilt at her husband's suicide, caused by his discovery of her ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, touching, psychological ...
Plot: maid, terminal illness, estate, human nature, cancer, family problems, family relations, family life, life is a bitch, society, unfulfillment, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
The Piano Lesson (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: 1930's Pittsburgh, a brother comes home to claim "my half of the piano", a family heirloom; but his sister is not wanting to part with it. This is a glimpse of the conditions for African-Americans as well as some of the attitudes and ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: african american, introspection, siblings relations, family life, hopes, family relations, family in crisis, estrangement, family problems, disagreement, family tradition, uncle niece relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, West Germany
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden.
Style: sincere, surreal, serious, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: bishop, christmas, siblings relations, orphan, funeral, ghost, dysfunctional family, child abuse, young heroes, small town, child prodigy, sibling relationship ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, turn of the century
Place: sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Don't Come Knocking (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Howard Spence has seen better days. Once a big Western movie star, he now drowns his disgust for his selfish and failed life with alcohol, drugs and young women. If he were to die now, nobody would shed a tear over him, that's the sad truth. ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, stylized ...
Plot: small town, vandalism, redemption, rock, human nature, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, haunted by the past, music, reunion, estrangement, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: montana, nevada, usa, texas, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Karin hopes to recover from her recent stay at a mental hospital by spending the summer at her family's cottage on a tiny island. Her husband, Martin, cares for her but is frustrated by her physical withdrawal. Her younger bother, Minus, is ...
Style: psychological, bleak, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, island, schizophrenia, incest, human nature, dysfunctional family, parents and children, daughter, siblings relations, family problems, family relations, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.5
 2K
Broken Wings (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.
Style: emotional, talky, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coma, single parent, human nature, basketball, bereavement, parents and children, siblings relations, death in the family, family in crisis, haunted by the past, midlife crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Music Never Stopped (2011)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Henry struggles to bond with his estranged son, Gabriel, who suffers from a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. With Gabriel unable to shed the beliefs and interests that caused their physical and emotional distance, Henry must ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: rock, parents and children, family relations, rehabilitation, human spirit, introspection, redemption, terminal illness, estrangement, hopes, life is a bitch, generation gap ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Movie in collections
 8.1
 17K
Winter Light (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: suicide, priest, winter, pastor, faith, small town, clergy, isolation, human nature, village, introspection, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.4
 674
Emile (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a story weaving the past and present together, Emile seeks redemption from the family he abandoned.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: orphan, golden years, dealing with death, human nature, university, introspection, redemption, college, countryside, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, england, europe, british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.0
 15K
The Silence (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Traveling through an unnamed European country on the brink of war, sickly, intellectual Ester, her sister Anna and Anna's young son, Johan, check into a near-empty hotel. A basic inability to communicate among the three seems only to worsen ...
Style: sexual, psychological, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: hotel, sex, desire, travel, rage, incest, terminal illness, lesbian, dysfunctional family, parents and children, sibling relationship, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, sweden, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Glass Menagerie (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A son longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his lame, shy sister.
Style: psychological, touching, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, aging, parents and children, romance, siblings relations, family in crisis, family life, family problems, family relations, hopes, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Life as a House (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.
Style: gothic, sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, midlife crisis, cancer, divorce, house, haunted by the past, architect, reconciliation, marijuana, dying, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Passion of Anna (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Andreas, a man struggling with the recent demise of his marriage and his own emotional isolation, befriends a married couple also in the midst of psychological turmoil. In turn he meets Anna, who is grieving the recent deaths of her husband and son. ...
Style: bleak, psychological, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: island, isolation, couples, opposites attract, friendship, love affair, chaos and mayhem, destiny, deadly, love and romance, architect, solitude ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.7
 265
Christmas Eve (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of a well-to-do elderly woman, who befriends the homeless and volunteers her time with children, who learns she has an incurable illness and wants desperately to reunite her three grown grand children (who are scattered across the U.S. living ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: reunion, family relations, hopes, unfulfillment, family problems, life is a bitch, terminal illness, estrangement, family life, private detective, race against time, family gatherings ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.0
 10K
Shame (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Ingmar Bergman's psychological study of how humans react in a situation of war. The film takes place on Gotland, where invasion forces arrives.
Style: psychological, bleak, biting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: island, soldier, war, countryside, betrayal, civil war, politics, crumbling marriage, on the run, survival, introspection, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.5
 3K
Georgia (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Sadie looks up to her older sister Georgia, a successful folk singer who's happily married with children, but can't break out of the bar-band circuit and hit the big time she desperately covets. It's in part due to her attraction to ...
Style: talky, realistic, serious, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: music, rock, musician's life, addiction, dysfunctional family, folk, downfall, alcohol, band, artist, rise and fall, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Cruel Embrace (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Nicole (Marianne Basler) gives birth to a mentally challenged boy after she is gang-raped by American soldiers at the close of World War II in this grim dramatic tragedy. Young Ludo is hidden in the attic of the family home and continues to yearn ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: human nature, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, misfit, family problems, family relations, mentally challenged, mentally unstable, single parent, haunted by the past, isolation ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: belgium, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 16K
Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: talky, bleak, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, suicide attempt, introspection, parents and children, urban, beach house, poet, white rose, beach, siblings relations, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.0
 263K
Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: talky, clever, bleak, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, infidelity, terminal illness, child prodigy, dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, chance, redemption, cancer, seduction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 1950s, 1910s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Tender Mercies (1983)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Alchoholic former country singer Mac Sledge makes friends with a young widow and her son. The friendship enables him to find inspiration to resume his career.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: character study, redemption, country music, guitar, music, comeback, country, musician's life, self discovery, starting over, country singer, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.8
 9K
My Life (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: It seems that Bob Jones has everything a man could want, namely a fulfilling job and a beautiful, pregnant wife, Gail. But Bob's life is turned upside-down when he is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live -- not even enough time ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, talky, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, cancer, death, baby, pregnancy, family life, self discovery, parents and children, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Middle-aged widow Beatrice Hunsdorfer (Joanne Woodward) and her daughters Ruth (Roberta Wallach) and Matilda (Nell Potts) are struggling to survive in a society they barely understand. Beatrice dreams of opening an elegant tea room but does not have ...
Style: talky, touching, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: single parent, redemption, parents and children, coming of age, unfulfillment, family problems, family relations, family life, alcohol abuse, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: connecticut, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.7
 3K
Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: writer's life, parents and children, teenage life, love and romance, youth, family problems, family relations, innocence lost, teachers and students, family in crisis, power relations, high school ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: adoption, parents and children, custody, small town, family in crisis, family life, hopes, family relations, legal action, starting over, life turned upside down, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 4.7
 635
Blondie (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Three sisters, all adrift and in crisis, reunite at their childhood home as their domineering mother arranges a big birthday. But as the festivities come to an end, repressed conflicts rise to the surface. Old wounds are opened and a new family is ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, under the surface, estrangement, family problems, family relations, family gatherings, homecoming, family life, male nudity
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.4
 1K
Safe Passage (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mother with seven sons feels like she's losing control of her life and her family. But personal...
Style: realistic, talky, touching, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, marriage, pain, single parent, human nature, mother, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, death in the family, eccentric family, family gatherings ...
Time: 90s
Place: middle east, beirut lebanon, utah, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.9
 3K
Providence (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives. He is a bitter man and he shows, through flashbacks, how spiteful, conniving and treacherous his ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, aging, birthday party, alcoholic, writer's life, crumbling marriage, human nature, introspection, couple relations, parents and children, alcohol abuse, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.1
 519
The Quiet Room (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, Italy, France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A seven-year-old girl adopts a vow of silence in protest when her quarrelsome parents grow increasingly hostile to one another.
Style: serious, psychological, touching, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, delusion, parents and children, family problems, family relations, crumbling marriage, adolescence vs adulthood, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, couples, self defense, solace ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, california, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.0
 10K
One True Thing (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, clever, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, cancer, terminal illness, small town, parents and children, death of parent, homecoming, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family problems, family relations, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%