Movies like Ironweed

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Ironweed (1987)
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Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery and visits the grave of his infant son whom he dropped; visions of his past haunt him, including ghosts of two men he killed. That night, out drinking, Helen tries to sing at a bar. Next day, Fran visits his wife and children and meets a grandson. He could stay, but decides it's not for him. Helen gets their things out of storage and finds a hotel. Amidst their mistakes and dereliction, the film explores their code of fairness and loyalty.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, serious, realistic, intense, compassionate, gloomy, dramatic, bleak ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, best friends, rich and poor, parents and children, life is a bitch, human nature, buddies, twists & turns, halloween, friends, family relations, misfit, hopes, society, couples, terminal illness, social misfits, introspection, down on your luck, guilt, cancer, poverty ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa

Most similar movies to Ironweed

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, emotional, serious and melancholic films with plots about redemption, life is a bitch, depression, human nature, family relations, loneliness and mentor mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Ironweed: One True Thing (1998), Clean and Sober (1988), The River Niger (1976), The Doctor (1991), Drunks (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, gloomy, serious, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, terminal illness, cancer, small town, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, parents and children, journal, family problems, family relations, homecoming, death of parent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: drug abuse, drug rehabilitation, addiction, life is a bitch, crimes, human nature, introspection, self discovery, rehabilitation, downfall, going straight, drug addiction ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: sentimental, gloomy, touching, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, friendship, betrayal, missing person, buddies, haunted by the past, social misfits, down on your luck, life is a bitch, friends, best friends, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
The River Niger (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An intimate look at life in the ghetto: Johnny Williams is a house painter who moonlights as a poet, struggling to financially and emotionally support his cancer-ridden wife Mattie. But times are tough and the poverty-troubled streets are even ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional
Plot: urban ghetto life, parents and children, love affair, couple relations, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, lifestyle, alcohol abuse, against the odds, human spirit, family life ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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 7.0
 5K
The Doctor (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that ...
Style: psychological, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, surgery, doctor, coldhearted, doctors and patients, redemption, introspection, terminal illness, power relations, family relations, hopes, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: medical school, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 6.4
 908
Drunks (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night, the first time in seven months, so he does - and leaves the meeting right after. As Jim wanders the night, ...
Style: realistic, talky, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: alcoholic, support group, addiction, redemption, drug abuse, couples, going straight, downfall, family problems, tragic hero, friends, church ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young kid from Kansas moves to New York to work on a magazine. He gets caught up in the world of drink and drugs, and starts a steady decline. The only hope is the cousin of one of his drinking partners, can she pull him through it ?
Style: serious, bleak, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Plot: drug abuse, nightlife, addiction, redemption, life is a bitch, starting over, alcohol abuse, downfall, friendship, supportive spouse, innocence lost, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by Little Leroy, a thug who is one of the tough denizens of ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, friendship, homelessness, photographer, schizophrenia, urban ghetto life, social misfits, interracial relations, healing power, mentally unstable, urban, misfit ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Movie in collections
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 24K
Marvin's Room (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow.
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, transplant, reunion, estrangement, leukemia, siblings relations, family relations, single parent, family problems, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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 10K
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, sad ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, pregnancy, self discovery, family life, couple relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, child birth, cancer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 6.3
 823
Phantom Pain (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Marc is a passionate cyclist and urban slacker who avoids work and responsibility. Marc's life changes from one moment to the next when he suffers a life-changing accident. He can either wallow in self-pity or tackle the beast called life with ...
Style: touching, serious, sincere, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: disability, hopes, life is a bitch, couple relations, human spirit, parents and children, human nature, misfit, redemption, family relations, new love, cyclist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Rambling Rose (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall for her, and Rose knows it. She can't help herself ...
Style: sexy, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, love and romance, self discovery, prostitute, love, parents and children, introspection, youth, fall in love, romance, human nature, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1920s
Place: georgia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, talky, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, family relations, family life, actor's life, human nature, lifestyle, one day, drug abuse, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 8.0
 272K
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: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, terminal illness, infidelity, redemption, depression, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, couple relations, life is a bitch, social problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1910s, 1950s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 6.3
 5K
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, sincere, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, vietnam veteran, haunted by the past, love and romance, siblings relations, life is a bitch, homecoming, human nature, loneliness, prom, unlikely friendships, depression ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.2
 8K
Noel (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Christmas Eve in New York, and the lonely divorced publisher, Rose Collins, needs a miracle to improve the health of her mother, interned in a hospital with Alzheimers. She feels sorry for another patient and meets his visitor. Meanwhile, Nina ...
Style: touching, humorous, emotional, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: parents and children, love and romance, christmas, hopes, christmas eve, couple relations, jealousy, hospital, family gatherings, golden years, down on your luck, miraculous event ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Of Mice and Men (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.
Style: touching, emotional, gloomy, tense, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, great depression, farm, misfit, social misfits, strong sexual content, social decay, buddies, mentally challenged, working class, drifter, hopes ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.7
 2K
Country (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, bleak ...
Plot: family business, couple relations, life is a bitch, survival, against the odds, couples, crumbling marriage, hopes, down on your luck, family in crisis, human nature, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 14K
Scarecrow (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two drifters bum around, visit earthy women and discuss opening a car wash in Pittsburgh.
Style: sincere, touching, road movie, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: drifter, friendship, on the road, self discovery, road trip, introspection, buddies, partners, bar fight, hitchhiker, train ride, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: pittsburgh, california, denver colorado, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Time Out of Mind (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Evicted from his squat and suddenly alone on the streets, George is a man without a home. Struggling with his demons and desperately trying to connect with the daughter he abandoned, he navigates the system, hustling for change and somewhere safe ...
Style: emotional, sincere, realistic, serious, atmospheric
Plot: estrangement, social decay, down on your luck, hopes, life is a bitch, redemption, society, parents and children, homelessness, depression, friendship, street life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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: realistic, thought provoking, serious, road movie, captivating ...
Plot: road trip, rebelliousness, hitchhiker, dysfunctional family, self discovery, musician, character study, working class, on the road, americana, identity crisis, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, washington state, southern california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 5.9
 457
Sweet Nothing (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for ...
Style: gloomy, bleak, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: drug dealing, addiction, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, society, self discovery, buddies, family problems, wall street, downfall, family life, going straight ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 7.5
 6K
Dodes'ka-den (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son ...
Style: touching, meditative, compassionate, depressing, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, slum, redemption, social differences, hopes, working class, human spirit, family problems, youth, human nature, misfit, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Movie in collections
 6.7
 740
Losing Chase (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An intimate and turbulent relationship develops between Chase, a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown and Elizabeth, the caretaker employed to look after her.
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, mental illness, chase, dysfunctional family, death in the family, couples, infidelity, self discovery, single parent, misfit, human nature, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 8.0
 82K
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, sincere, serious ...
Plot: murder, friendship, death threat, redemption, mentally challenged, family relations, small town, haunted by the past, parents and children, crimes, human nature, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.4
 988
God's Army (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a small apartment with five young prank-loving ...
Style: touching, psychological, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: couple relations, siblings relations, religions or cults, family relations, self discovery, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, human nature, society, working class, tragic hero ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.8
 16K
Smashed (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter… and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: addiction, support group, drinking, teacher, elementary school, alcoholic, rehabilitation, alcohol abuse, irresponsible, human nature, introspection, slacker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Dreams can make a life worth living, but they can also be dashed by bad decisions. This is the crossroads whare the Younger family find themselves when their father passes away and leaves them with $10,000 in life insurance money. Should they buy a ...
Style: emotional, sincere, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Plot: racism, discrimination, family relations, injustice, social differences, follow your dream, rich and poor, couple relations, parents and children, single parent, racial discrimination, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
The Pawnbroker (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Jewish pawnbroker, a victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, against humanity, human nature, self discovery, nazi, holocaust survivor, world war two, redemption ...
Time: 1960s
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.7
 3K
Providence (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
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: realistic, psychological, serious, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, aging, family relations, terminal illness, human nature, writer's life, couple relations, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, parents and children, husband wife relationship, extramarital affair ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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