Movies like The Indian Runner

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The Indian Runner (1991)
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The Indian Runner (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: An intensely sad film about two brothers who cannot overcome their opposite perceptions of life. One brother sees and feels bad in everyone and everything, subsequently he is violent, antisocial and unable to appreciate or enjoy the good things which his brother desperately tries to point out to him.
Style: psychological, realistic, emotional, rough, serious, captivating, tense, gloomy, stylized, melancholic ...
Plot: small town, pregnancy, vietnam war, human nature, family problems, brother brother relationship, vandalism, arson, murder, crimes, crime, family relations, couple relations, parents and children, graphic violence, on the run, babies and infants, couples, small town life, goodhearted, police investigation, siblings relations, social relations, profanity, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, ohio, vietnam, asia, nebraska

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and bleak films with plots about redemption, drinking alcohol, drinking, family relations, dialogue, storytelling and death mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like The Indian Runner: The Crossing Guard (1995), Little Boy Blue (1997), Eve's Bayou (1997), The Safety of Objects (2001), The United States of Leland (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Crossing Guard (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After his daughter died in a hit and run, Freddy Gale has waited six years for John Booth, the man responsible, to be released from prison. On the day of release, Gale visits Booth and announces that he will kill him in one week. Booth uses his time ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, bleak, intense ...
Plot: hit and run, murder, obsession, haunted by the past, revenge, vengeance, redemption, tragedy, crimes, hopes, deadly, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, nebraska, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Little Boy Blue (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Living in rural Texas is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, two small sons who look a lot like their brother. The dad harbors a secret, and he ...
Style: serious, disturbing, psychological, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, stepmother stepson relationship, incest, dysfunctional family, parents and children, murder, family problems, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, investigation, siblings relations, missing person ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, asia, vietnam, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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Eve's Bayou (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not ...
Style: contemplative, serious, realistic, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, infidelity, small town, murder, family relations, prophecy, superstition, aunt niece relationship, tavern, all black cast, curse, incest ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Safety of Objects (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In a suburban landscape, the lives of several families interlace with loss, despair and personal crisis. Esther Gold has lost focus on all but caring for her comatose son, Paul, and neglects her daughter and husband. Lawyer Jim Train is devoted to ...
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, touching, tense ...
Plot: family relations, coma, dysfunctional family, family life, parents and children, couple relations, society, crumbling marriage, single parent, family problems, suburbs, small town ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: meditative, psychological, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, teacher, dysfunctional family, family relations, prison, theft, crimes, investigation, parents and children, prison life, life is a bitch, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, california, new york, los angeles, italy ...
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Skins (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An inspirational tale about the relationship between two Sioux Indian brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: native american reservation, family relations, arson, brother brother relationship, vandalism, life is a bitch, vigilantism, homecoming, unemployment, human nature, small town life, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: nebraska, asia, usa, vietnam, south dakota
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Tully (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, lifestyle, opposites attract, young lovers, womanizer, introspection, couples, family problems, parents and children, haunted by the past, youth ...
Place: nebraska, usa, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, serious, sincere ...
Plot: murder, friendship, mentally challenged, death threat, redemption, family relations, small town, crimes, human nature, parents and children, haunted by the past, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Stephanie Daley (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Stephanie collapses in a pool of blood while on a school skiing trip. A doctor discovers that the blood is the after-effects of giving birth. Soon afterward, the body of a newborn baby is found in a toilet, its mouth blocked with toilet paper. ...
Style: emotional, psychological, serious, rough, contemplative ...
Plot: murder, pregnancy, family problems, investigation, teenage life, courtroom drama, babies and infants, teenage pregnancy, teenage girl, sex education, ejaculation, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Affliction (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A small town policeman must investigate a suspicious hunting accident. The investigation and other events result in his slowly disintegrating mentally.
Style: bleak, rough, gloomy, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: small town, snow, small town life, dysfunctional family, murder, alcohol abuse, halloween, arson, domestic violence, machismo, abusive father, sheriff ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new hampshire, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.
Style: road movie, realistic, thought provoking, serious, captivating ...
Plot: road trip, hitchhiker, rebelliousness, dysfunctional family, musician, self discovery, character study, working class, family problems, identity crisis, americana, irresponsible ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, washington state, southern california, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: small town, friendship, prison, hopes, false accusation, redemption, church, bittersweet, self discovery, couples, friends, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, quarry
Place: maine, usa, kentucky, new england, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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 4K
My Family (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930's. They establish their family in ...
Style: touching, captivating, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: family relations, immigrants, murder, wedding, coming of age, marriage, death of wife, family, rebelliousness, reunion, couples, misfit ...
Time: 50s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
A History of Violence (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.
Style: harsh, tense, twists and turns, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: self defense, family relations, small town, neo noir, robbery, mafia, revenge, attempted murder, attempted robbery, vigilantism, criminal's revenge, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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 310K
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 183 min.
Story: A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in ...
Style: rough, bleak, psychological, serious, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, escape, friendship, russian roulette, homecoming, male nudity, suicide, anti war, confined, friends, character change, hunting ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: vietnam, pennsylvania, asia, saigon, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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: bleak, psychological, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, family gatherings, depression, parents and children, family problems, family tragedy, divorce, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Jason Staebler lives on the Boardwalk and fronts for the local mob in Atlantic City. He is a dreamer, who asks his brother David, a radio personality from Philadelphia to help him build a paradise on a Pacific Island, yet another of his ...
Style: tense, gloomy, clever, serious, realistic ...
Plot: island, embezzlement, family relations, boardwalk, jail, daydreamer, monopoly, crimes, cons and scams, dishonesty, crime, parents and children ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, hawaii, atlanta georgia, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.7
 7K
Nine Lives (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.
Style: serious, sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, abortion, family relations, dysfunctional family, love and romance, love affair, human nature, couple relations, parents and children, couples, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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September (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: At a summer house in Vermont, neighbor Howard falls in love with Lane, who's in a relationship with Peter, who's falling for Stephanie, who's married with children.
Style: talky, sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, couples, family relations, adultery, parents and children, family problems, friends, siblings relations, couple relations, family gatherings, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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Killer of Sheep (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Stan works in drudgery at a slaughterhouse. His personal life is drab. Dissatisfaction and ennui keep him unresponsive to the needs of his adoring wife, and he must struggle against influences which would dishonor and endanger him and his family.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy
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Time: 70s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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American Gun (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
Style: emotional, thought provoking, contemplative, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: high school, family relations, teenage life, americana, family problems, on the road, death in the family, working class, parents and children, human nature, dealing with death, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, oregon, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Respiro (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Grazia is a free-spirited mother-of-three married to shy fisherman Pietro and living on the idyllic but isolated island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea. She shows signs of manic depressive behavior — one moment she's laughing wildly and ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: island, family relations, mentally unstable, family life, human nature, small town life, working class, parents and children, injustice, villager, mental illness, beach ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Live Flesh (1997)
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Duration: 103 min.
Story: A scorned ex-convict forces himself into the lives of the couple who put him behind bars.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, intense, emotional ...
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Style: suspenseful, suspense, harsh, depressing, intense ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
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Style: psychological, serious, realistic, talky, depressing ...
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Style: dark humor, gloomy, thought provoking, humorous, touching ...
Plot: drug abuse, on the road, abortion, addiction, redemption, heroin, rehabilitation, hopes, human nature, destructive relationship, graphic violence, misfit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Faces (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
Style: talky, biting, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, suburbs, infidelity, adultery, divorce, love, dysfunctional family, betrayal, unfulfillment, couple relations, suburban life, self discovery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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River's Edge (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson, has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, gloomy, psychological, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids
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Time: 80s, 20th century
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A River Runs Through It (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: beautiful scenery, fishing, childhood, wilderness, americana, generation gap, family relations, self discovery, coming of age, friendship, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 30s ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Jacknife (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes involved romantically with the army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both survived.
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, california
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