Movies like I Am the Cheese

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I Am the Cheese (1983)
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I Am the Cheese (1983)
Original name: I Am The Cheese
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Adapted from the Robert Cormier novel. This film follows the life of a young boy whose happy, if somewhat unusual life with his friends and family gradually starts to unravel, until the truth of the boy's situation is finally revealed.
Style: psychological, tense, mind bending, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, non-linear
Plot: teen angst, teenage life, crimes, mental institution, youth, investigation, family relations, missing child, kidnapping, conspiracy, parents and children, life is a bitch, graphic violence, mystery, haunted by the past, dishonesty, doctors and patients, secret identity, mind game, deadly, rivalry, assassination, uncover truth, dog, airplane ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa

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Most similar movies to I Am the Cheese

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and tense films with plots about crimes, life is a bitch, family relations, haunted by the past, parents and children, mystery and uncover truth mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Thriller genres. Some movies like I Am the Cheese: The Face on the Milk Carton (1995), Stolen Child (2012), Elephant Song (2014), Older Than America (2008), Butterfly Dreaming (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Face on the Milk Carton (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Based on the book by Caroline B. Cooney, a girl happens to look down at a milk carton one day and she sees herself on the back! Could her parents really have kidnapped her?
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, missing child, kidnapping, prom, life is a bitch, love and romance, mystery, young heroes, life turned upside down, family problems, youth, coming of age ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.2
 294
Stolen Child (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Amanda and Jason are happy marriage now, after years of frustration have finally managed to take a beautiful girl from a country in Eastern Europe through an international adoption agency. But when the doctor will perform a DNA test to small, finds ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense
Plot: adoption, kidnapping, investigation, uncover truth, family relations, couples, parents and children, life is a bitch, dishonesty, crimes, danger, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A disturbed,institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.
Style: surreal, emotional, psychological, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, nudity (full frontal - brief), hopes, confined, life is a bitch, youth, misfit, doctors and patients, teenage life, strong female presence, graphic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Elephant Song (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A psychiatrist is drawn into a complex mind game when he questions a disturbed patient about the disappearance of a colleague.
Style: psychological, tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: mind game, mental institution, doctors and patients, uncover truth, dishonesty, power relations, missing person, investigation, psychiatrist, mystery, manipulation, dialogue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1966
Place: usa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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Older Than America (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The truth of the past come to light in a series of haunting visions in this drama. The strange visions grow more vivid with each passing day, a young woman of Native American heritage begins piecing together a Catholic priests diabolical plot to ...
Style: tense, serious, bleak, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: dishonesty, against humanity, genocide, clergy, haunted by the past, family relations, life is a bitch, deadly, priest, parents and children, society, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Butterfly Dreaming (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Anxious dreams, hallucinations, and paranoid reality torment a young math professor in the aftermath of his wife's death in a car accident. As madness, addiction and affairs send the story spiraling towards its conclusion, the truth about what ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: haunted by the past, obsession, couple relations, life is a bitch, couples, dealing with death, mathematician, dream, death, gambling, bone
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 6.2
 279
The Runaway (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: At the birth of two boys, one white and one black, a mysterious and powerful Conjure Woman (Maya Angelou) prophesies that they will start the change. Growing up as best friends in rural Georgia in the 1940s, the boys make a discovery that leads the ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, captivating, serious ...
Plot: conspiracy, interracial relations, mystery, murder, social relations, law enforcement, lifestyle, crimes, society, deadly, dishonesty, friendship ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.7
 686
The 19th Wife (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Fundamentalist sect member BeckyLyn is accused of killing her husband. Queenie, another wife in the polygamist sect, doesn't believe BeckyLyn is capable of such violence and desperate to prove her innocence reaches out to her excommunicated son ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: false accusation, murder, righting the wronged, society, estrangement, church, religions or cults, uncover truth, deadly, law enforcement, protagonist as suspect, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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 7.3
 431
Caroline? (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Hallmark Hall of Fame presents the story of a mysterious woman claiming to be the deceased daughter of a rich man tries to solve the problems of his untrusting son and supposedly physically and mentally handicaped daughter. But one question stands ...
Style: mind bending, tense, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, power relations, disorder, haunted by the past, switching roles, cons and scams, mistaken identity, danger, dishonesty, hidden identity, betrayal, mystery ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.5
 13K
In Dreams (1999)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A suburban housewife learns that she has psychic connections to a serial killer, and can predict this person's motives through her dreams.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, scary, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, supernatural, mystery, kidnapping, supernatural ability, deadly, danger, investigation, haunted by the past, woman in danger, hospital ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Without a Trace (1983)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the case of young New Yorker Etan Patz, who disappeared in the early 1980s, this film casts Kate Nelligan as the distraught mother who lashes out at the police (in the person of a relentless detective played by Judd Hirsch), who make her ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: missing child, family problems, crimes, missing person, parents and children, family life, life is a bitch, single parent, law enforcement, death in the family, kidnapping, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Return to Innocence (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Director Rocky Costanzo's searing legal drama centers on a highly credentialed child psychologist named Glen Erskine (Richard Meese) whose life is shattered when he's accused of sexually assaulting a young boy he's been treating. ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: courtroom, child abuse, false accusation, dysfunctional family, teenage life, redemption, sexual abuse, custody, parents and children, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Invisible (2002)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A teenager is assaulted and killed, but returns as a ghost to find his killer.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, tense, bleak ...
Plot: invisibility, investigation, ghost, supernatural, danger, murder, teenage life, afterlife, missing person, young heroes, youth, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Ames' seem to have built the perfect life until their six year old daughter is kidnapped; over the course of seven days they begin to uncover secrets about their past that could rip their marriage and lives apart.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: kidnapping, uncover truth, parents and children, family relations, under the surface, danger, disorder, life turned upside down, crimes, secret, confined, missing person ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Happy Here and Now (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When an unhappy young woman disappears, her worried sister desperately searches the internet for a clue to her missing sibling's whereabouts.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, amateur detective, mind game, missing person, woman in danger, riddles and clues, dangerous attraction, haunted by the past, dishonesty, crime, crimes, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The World Made Straight (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: starting over, haunted by the past, social relations, life is a bitch, crimes, civil war, friendship, family relations, danger, youth, coming of age, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, usa, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 700
Diamond Flash (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Violeta is willing to do anything to find her missing kid. Elena keeps a strange secret. Lola wants to settle her debts with the past. Juana needs someone who loves her unconditionally and Enriqueta just looks for someone who makes her laugh. These ...
Style: psychological, tense, captivating, suspenseful, offbeat ...
Plot: missing child, mystery, haunted by the past, parents and children, mysterious character, little girl, uncover truth, danger, supernatural, couples, comics, injury ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
10 Days in a Madhouse (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Nellie Bly, a 23 year-old reporter for Joseph Pulitzer, goes undercover in the notorious Blackwell's Island women's insane asylum in order to expose corruption, abuse and murder.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, bleak
Plot: undercover, mental institution, uncover truth, life is a bitch, journalism, working undercover, reporter, doctors and patients, power relations, media, strong female presence, abuse ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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A Killing Affair (1985)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Peter Weller (Robocop) stars as Baton Morris, a drifter suspected of murder, in this crime drama. A widow (Kathy Baker) living in West Virginia takes in the man (Weller) whom she believes murdered her husband. As she spends more time with him, she ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, mind bending, bleak ...
Plot: fall in love, rivalry, danger, crime, hostages, haunted by the past, isolation, woman in danger, vengeance, mind game, deadly, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: west virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Galíndez File (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, UK, Italy, Portugal, Cuba, France
Duration: 124 min.
Story: On March 12, 1956, Basque Nationalist Jesús de Galíndez Suarez disappears from his apartment in New York, never heard from again. He had been working with the FBI and was about to publish a book critical of Dominican strongman, Trujillo. In 1988, ...
Style: suspenseful, thought provoking, tense, captivating, mind bending ...
Plot: uncover truth, mystery, amateur detective, missing person, crimes, life is a bitch, dishonesty, politics, price of justice, political corruption, political conspiracy, unstoppable ...
Time: year 1988
Place: new york, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.9
 671
The Hanged Man (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Ireland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Two lovers break the law and struggle to stay together when carnal obsession causes tempers to flare.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: blackmail, rape, haunted by the past, young lovers, family relations, life is a bitch, youth, teenager, love, mystery, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, contemporary, 20th century
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Clarence Brandley, a black man wrongly accused in 1980 of the murder of a 16-year-old white high school girl named Cheryl Ferguson. Brandley worked at Conroe High School, where Ferguson was visiting as a member of the ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prison, confined, fighting the system, false accusation, uncover truth, courtroom drama, legal action, dishonesty, society, life is a bitch, legal, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.4
 540
Five Star (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After John’s absent father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets—one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve—both in the film ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, rough ...
Plot: gang, juvenile delinquency, crimes, urban ghetto life, haunted by the past, adolescence vs adulthood, coming of age, teaching the ways of the world, society, crime, manhood, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 5.1
 419
My Gal Sunday (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: It was love at first sight for beautiful young lawyer Sandra "Sunday" O'Brien-Parker (Rachel Blanchard) and Henry Parker (Cameron Mathison), retiring White House Secretary of State, when Sunday's dad Danny (Jack Wagner), ...
Style: serious, captivating, tense, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, rescue, fighting crime, danger, uncover truth, rivalry, hitman, murder, couple relations, crimes, race against time, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Small-time police chief and struggling alcoholic Jesse Stone looks into the murder of a teen-age girl whose body is found floating in a local lake. The case brings the former LAPD cop up against the Boston mob and into the affluent world of a ...
Style: disturbing, tense, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: murder, child molester, investigation, split personality, mystery, law enforcement, deadly, life is a bitch, crimes, psychopath, domestic violence, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, massachusetts, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.5
 467
Da (1988)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A New York playwright is summoned to Ireland to bury his father (his "Da"). While at his boyhood home, he encounters his father's spirit and relives memories both pleasant and not.
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, emotional, serious ...
Plot: ghost, reunion, bittersweet, single parent, love and romance, unfulfillment, elderly, dealing with death, hopes, golden years, human nature, haunted by the past ...
Time: 80s
Place: ireland, europe, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Little Nikita (1988)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Roy Parmenter is an FBI agent in San Diego; 20 years ago his partner was killed by a Soviet spy, nicknamed Scuba, still at large. Scuba is now trying to extort the Soviets; to prove he's serious, he's killing their agents one by one, ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: spy, family relations, teenage boy, espionage, investigation, crimes, fbi, kgb, parents and children, teenage life, double agent, graphic violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, ussr, san diego california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Looking for Alexander (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Disturbing and violent memories haunt a man after he emerges from a lengthy coma.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, captivating, mind bending ...
Plot: mystery, uncover truth, haunted by the past, police detective, family problems, a vision, parents and children, doctors and patients, memory loss, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, hospital ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.3
 691
Five Thirteen (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In this tension-packed thriller, brothers Mike and Tre set out in search of better lives, trying to leave their demons behind for good. After being released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, Mike's only care in the world is to ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: going straight, starting over, crimes, family relations, parents and children, hopes, release from prison, father daughter relationship, false accusation, brother brother relationship, life is a bitch, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.6
 568
Small World (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Conrad Lang, a handyman in a rich family - he has been raised like a brother with Thomas, who has the same age -, accidentally puts fire to the big holiday house he keeps. He returns to the town he grew up in, to the family home, where Philippe, ...
Style: realistic, psychological, serious, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: mental illness, mystery, investigation, memory loss, haunted by the past, family relations, family life, society, intrigue, flashback, rivalry, amateur detective ...
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%