Movies like Housekeeping

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Housekeeping
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950s, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up to most people's expectations.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, humorous, semi serious, touching, melancholic, feel good, bleak, sentimental, reflective ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, friendship, single parent, human nature, runaway, coming-of-age, self discovery, childhood, mental illness, sisters, tragedy, culture clash, depression, parents and children, obsession, secrets, adaptation, life & death, siblings relations, suicide, custody, relationships, destiny, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 50s

Most similar movies to Housekeeping

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, semi serious, realistic and talky films with plots about mentor, dialogue, catastrophe, culture clash, runaway, storytelling and loneliness mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Housekeeping: Unstrung Heroes (1995), My Life as a Dog (1985), The Go-Getter (2007), Local Hero (1983), A Family Thing (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Unstrung Heroes
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Steven Lidz, unhappy with his home life since his mother got sick, goes and lives with his two crazy Uncles. There he changes and gets closer to his Uncles, but his parents want him home even though he is finally happy and popular. Written by Todd ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, mental illness, cancer, single parent, family drama, human nature, coming-of-age, childhood, parents and children, storytelling, jews ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   95%
    User:   100%
 
My Life as a Dog
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A boy, obsessed with comparing himself with those less fortunate, experiences a different life at the home of his aunt and uncle in 1959 Sweden.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, tragicomedy, semi serious ...
Plot: coming of age, small town, friendship, loneliness, dog, childhood, swedish, sexuality, terminal illness, boxing, adolescence, life & death ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   94%
    User:   100%
 
The Go-Getter
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When his mother dies, a teenager takes a road-trip in a stolen car to find his long-lost brother. Along the way he discovers a profound connection with the car-owner and with himself as well.
Style: realistic, semi serious, sentimental, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: road trip, coming of age, friendship, runaway, on the road, suburbs, social misfits, relationships, mentor, human nature, adolescence, cars ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey, california, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   87%
    User:   98%
 
 7.5
 18K
Local Hero
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected.
Style: touching, humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: culture clash, small town, friendship, village, oil, village life, human nature, drinking, hotel, eccentricity, loneliness, magic realism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: scotland, texas, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   82%
    User:   97%
 
A Family Thing
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Earl Pilcher Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining he's not her natural son, but the son of a Black woman who ...
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: self discovery, small town, racism, drinking, death, interracial relations, adoption, race, parents and children, race issues, segregation, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   82%
    User:   84%
 
Anywhere But Here
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In this adaptation of the Mona Simpson novel, single mother Adele August is bad with money, and even worse when it comes to making decisions. Her straight-laced daughter, Ann, is a successful high school student with Ivy League aspirations. When ...
Style: touching, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, clever ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: coming of age, small town, mother daughter relationship, parents and children, teenager, friendship, family drama, relationships, hopes, hollywood, women, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995
Place: california, los angeles, usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   79%
    User:   69%
 
 6.7
 3K
Tumbleweeds
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A woman constantly runs from town to town with her 12 year old daughter to escape failed relationships. The film opens with one escape and the shift into a new start in San Diego. There Mom takes up with a controlling trucker and fights with her ...
Style: talky, touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mother daughter relationship, coming of age, friendship, on the road, drinking, single parent, road trip, relationships, self discovery, runaway, couple relations, school ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, san diego california, west virginia, north carolina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   68%
 
 6.9
 5K
Mother
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: After two failed marriages a science fiction writer decides that coming to terms with his mother will improve his chances for a successful relationship, so he moves in with her.
Style: humorous, talky, clever, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, divorce, single parent, writers, crumbling marriage, relationships, introspection, dialogue, deadpan, couple relations, culture clash, complex characters ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   64%
 
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In June, 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, step-father, and sister for dinner. Hank, Sebastian's step-father, drops a bomb: he announces he's changing sexes. Sebastian's sister splits immediately for ...
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, small town, high school, drinking, teenager, drugs/alcohol, coming-of-age, hospital, dysfunctional family, relationships, parents and children, adolescence ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1983
Place: england, new york, europe, usa, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   65%
 
 6.9
 8K
Crooklyn
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parenthood, teacher, urban, coming of age, poverty, death, family life, single parent, life & death, childhood, family ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   80%
 
Lost in Yonkers
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the summer of 1942 two young boys are sent to stay with their stern grandmother Kurnitz and their childlike aunt Bella in Yonkers, New York.
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, brothers, self discovery, love affair, mentor, gangsters, parents and children, romance, siblings relations, family, nudity (full frontal - brief), childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   67%
 
 6.2
 692
Girls Town
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Four women, Patti, Emma, Angela, and Nicki are completing their last year of high school. Unfortunately for the group, one of their own, Nicki, unexpectedly commits suicide. The three remaining women, upon finding out that Nicki had been raped ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, disturbing, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, friendship, school, coming of age, vengeance, suicide, rape, best friends, college, women, juvenile delinquency, adolescence ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   63%
    User:   51%
 
Me and You and Everyone We Know
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The feature film debut by artist Miranda July about a various comic situations and plots that intertwine. One story line is about a father who is ending his marriage and the other story is of a video artist (possibly autobiographical of Miranda ...
Style: realistic, touching, clever, humorous, offbeat ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: artist, childhood, mentally unstable, suburbs, loneliness, single father, relationships, innocence lost, pornography, looking for love, existentialism, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   50%
 
Smoke Signals
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by Arnold. Arnold soon left his family, and Victor hasn't ...
Style: touching, semi serious, witty, realistic, road movie ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, self discovery, storytelling, father son relationship, on the road, native americans, indians, coming of age, childhood, unlikely friendships, coming-of-age, life & death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: india, phoenix arizona, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   63%
 
 6.5
 9K
Terri
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Terri, a pajama-clad, disaffected high school student learns how to engage the world with the help of Mr. Fitzgerald, his assistant principal.
Style: sentimental, semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, friendship, small town, school, social misfits, bullying, pornography, loneliness, unlikely friendships, relationships, teenagers ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   57%
 
Spanking the Monkey
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, sexual ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, incest, adultery, coming of age, suicide attempt, male nudity, parents and children, high school, pornography, suburbs, teenage life, relationships ...
Time: 90s
Place: medical school
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   52%
 
Gregory's Girl
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In his Scottish New Town home, gangling Gregory and his schoolfriends are starting to find out about girls. He fancies Dorothy, not least because she has got into the football team - and is a better player than him. He finally asks her out, but it ...
Style: sincere, semi serious, realistic, touching, sweet ...
Audience: date night, teens, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, high school, romance, school, soccer, teenager, love, high school life, adolescence, teenage life, coming-of-age, teenagers ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: scotland, europe, england, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   66%
 
 7.2
 12K
Trees Lounge
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tommy has lost his job, his love and his life. He lives in a small apartment above the Trees Lounge, a bar which he frequents along with a few other regulars without lives. He gets a job driving an ice cream truck and ends up getting involved with ...
Style: talky, gloomy, semi serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: drinking, small town, bar, social misfits, loneliness, drugs, alcohol abuse, character study, depression, life, complex characters, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   52%
 
God Said, 'Ha!'
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, humorous, dark humor, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, human nature, life & death, solitude, life, family in crisis, loneliness, storytelling, depression, family, childhood ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   58%
 
Bhaji on the Beach
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of women of Indian descent take a trip together from their home in Birmingham, England to the beach resort of Blackpool.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, harsh, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, friendship, pregnancy, culture clash, on the road, indians, racism, women, family life, bus, best friends, prejudice ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, london, europe, scotland, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   43%
 
 7.2
 17K
Diner
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in 1959, Diner shows how five young men resist their adulthood and seek refuge in their beloved Diner. The mundane, childish, and titillating details of their lives are shared. But the golden moments pass, and the men shoulder their ...
Style: talky, realistic, witty, clever, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: friendship, buddies, unlikely friendships, relationships, dialogue, drinking, adolescence, introspection, coming of age, mentor, couple relations, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   60%
 
 7.4
 16K
Nobody's Fool
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sully is a rascally ne'er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker's compensation suit for a bad knee, he secretly works for his nemesis, Carl, and flirts with Carl's young wife Toby. Sully's long- ...
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: small town, redemption, father son relationship, parents and children, relationships, elderly, loneliness, drinking, nudity (topless - notable), character study, dialogue, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   55%
 
Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback, revealing the truth behind their complicated lives. Who is the mysterious Joanne and what's the real story behind ...
Style: talky, clever, emotional, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, human nature, secrets, introspection, couple relations, parents and children, women, storytelling, life philosophy, haunted by the past, adaptation ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   57%
 
Welcome to the Dollhouse
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, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, bullying, school, friendship, kidnapping, teacher, adolescence, loneliness, childhood, social misfits, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   55%
 
 7.5
 8K
Trust
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, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, opposites attract, deadpan, relationships, redemption, dialogue, love and romance, suburbs, character study, loneliness, crime gone awry, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   46%
 
Permanent Vacation
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: In downtown Manhattan, a twenty-something boy whose Father is not around and whose Mother is institutionalized, is a big Charlie Parker fan. He almost subconsciously searches for more meaning in his life and meets a few characters along the way.
Style: surreal, semi serious, atmospheric, gloomy, enigmatic ...
Plot: jazz, social misfits, urban, redemption, self discovery, pornography, drifter, couple relations, existentialism, art, dialogue, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   53%
 
 6.8
 4K
The Van
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in "Barrytown", a fictitious working-class quarter of Dublin. "Bimbo" Reeves gets laid off from his job. With his redundancy, he buys a van and sells fish and chips with his buddy Larry. Due to Ireland's surprising ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, feel good, touching ...
Plot: friendship, working class, irish, unemployment, buddies, drinking, unlikely friendships, single parent, suburbs, human nature, small town, storytelling ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   48%
 
 6.6
 20K
Thumbsucker
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Justin, a teenager boy, throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.
Style: realistic, semi serious, offbeat, clever, humorous ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, addiction, drugs, drug addiction, depression, loneliness, youth, teenager, drinking, self discovery, adolescence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   39%
 
The Way Way Back
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.
Style: realistic, touching, witty, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, adolescence, mentor, dysfunctional family, loneliness, divorce, parenthood, vacation, coming-of-age, theme park ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   50%
 
The Four Seasons
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life, marital, parental and other crises.
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, witty, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, divorce, human nature, unlikely friendships, relationships, marriage, couple relations, dialogue, mentor, romance, wilderness, midlife crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   37%
 
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