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, intense, sincere, serious, realistic, sexy, gloomy, twists and turns, compassionate ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, homeless, redemption, mental illness, halloween, couple relations, rich and poor, parents and children, life is a bitch, best friends, human nature, buddies, mental disorder, addiction, cancer, great depression, poverty, guilt, catastrophe, gangsters, drugs, demon, artist, loneliness, writers ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 1900s, 30s
Place: new york, usa

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Most similar movies to Ironweed

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and touching films with plots about redemption, life is a bitch, family relations, dialogue, storytelling, drinking alcohol and human nature mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Ironweed: One True Thing (1998), September (1987), Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962), Clean and Sober (1988), Bright Lights, Big City (1988). 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, touching, melancholic, cerebral ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, dysfunctional family, tragedy, family, relationships, life, parenthood, honest, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
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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, emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, adultery, friendship, depression, loneliness, love triangle, family relations, couples, family problems, parents and children, friends, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
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100%
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: depressing, talky, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: addiction, dysfunctional family, family relations, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, redemption, actor, lifestyle, actor's life, family life, human nature, morphine ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: ireland, connecticut
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81%
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, touching, emotional, compassionate, melancholic ...
Plot: addiction, redemption, drug addiction, introspection, drug abuse, alcoholic, yuppie, tragedy, character study, crime gone awry, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new jersey, philadelphia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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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: intense, serious, realistic, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, redemption, addiction, nightlife, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, starting over, supportive spouse, downfall, friendship, writers, magazine ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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77%
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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, visually appealing, splatter, stylized ...
Plot: alcoholic, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, support group, self discovery, redemption, addiction, drug abuse, drug addict, drugs, heroin, group therapy ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: erotic, sexy, emotional, touching, sexual ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, love, self discovery, love and romance, prostitute, dysfunctional family, unlikely friendships, adolescence, redemption, family relations, introspection, parents and children ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1971, 1920s
Place: georgia, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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: serious, realistic, humorous, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: amusement park, friendship, mental illness, friends, buddies, social misfits, best friends, life is a bitch, betrayal, misfit, missing person, haunted by the past ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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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: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, atmospheric
Plot: down on your luck, social decay, estrangement, redemption, society, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, homelessness, depression, friendship, street life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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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: emotional, touching, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, estrangement, leukemia, family relations, cancer, teenage boy, father daughter relationship, single parent, family problems, siblings relations, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, usa, ohio, orlando florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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: compassionate, meditative, depressing, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: poverty, redemption, social differences, life is a bitch, working class, slum, character study, unlikely friendships, tragedy, hopes, misfit, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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: sincere, depressing, twists and turns, touching, realistic ...
Plot: addiction, alcoholic, alcohol abuse, support group, rehabilitation, teacher, drugs, depression, psychology, introspection, irresponsible, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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: road movie, atmospheric, emotional, sincere, touching ...
Plot: friendship, drifter, road trip, on the road, prison, attempted rape, character study, violence, self discovery, introspection, hitchhiking, car wash ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, denver colorado, new jersey, pennsylvania, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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, emotional, sentimental, touching, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: medical, hospital, cancer, redemption, coldhearted, doctors and patients, idealism, doctor, life & death, life philosophy, loneliness, humanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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, tear jerker, allegory, bad ending, political ...
Plot: mental illness, friendship, murder, death, schizophrenia, photographer, homelessness, homeless, homeless man, street life, homeless shelter, street kid ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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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: meditative, sincere, realistic, bleak, surprise ending ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human nature, introspection, dysfunctional family, coincidence, depression, terminal illness, child prodigy, multiple storylines, social problems, redemption, infidelity, frog ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 50s, 1910s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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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: melancholic, realistic, serious, feel good, splatter ...
Plot: drug addiction, drug abuse, loneliness, family problems, family relations, downfall, introspection, misfit, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, money, addiction ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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The Event (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An intense relationship drama that takes the form of a mystery, The Event centers around a series of unexplained deaths that occur among the gay community in New York's fashionable Chelsea district. Nick, a district attorney investigating the ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, couples, family problems, terminal illness, gays and lesbians, human nature, gender, life is a bitch, investigation, lgbt, gay, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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, serious, emotional, touching, sincere
Plot: performer's life, love and romance, hopes, life is a bitch, lifestyle, society, family relations, urban ghetto, family in crisis, down on your luck, against the odds, family life ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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, thought provoking, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: road trip, character study, dysfunctional family, musician, alienation, working class, drifter, pianist, on the road, hitchhiker, complex characters, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, washington state, texas, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A mother and daughter dispute is resolved by the "Yaya sisterhood" - long time friends of the mother.
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, intense, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, mother daughter relationship, mental illness, dysfunctional family, playwright, estrangement, american south, relationships, secret society, family problems, family relations, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, new york
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69%
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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: sad, emotional, touching, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: terminal illness, death, reconciliation, cancer, honest, pregnancy, childbirth, self discovery, family life, couple relations, unfulfillment, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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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, melancholic, talky, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: vietnam war, friendship, loneliness, vietnam veteran, depression, idealism, complex characters, siblings relations, haunted by the past, love and romance, human nature, homecoming ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, connecticut, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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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: realistic, touching, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: youth, life is a bitch, couples, working class, terminal illness, self discovery, redemption, tragic hero, coming of age, hopes, family relations, disorder ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.3
 907
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: serious, touching, sincere, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: cyclist, couple relations, hopes, life is a bitch, disability, parents and children, redemption, human spirit, human nature, misfit, family relations, new love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.5
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Providence (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 104 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, thought provoking, serious, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: aging, dysfunctional family, family relations, father son relationship, terminal illness, crumbling marriage, writer's life, unfulfillment, parents and children, human nature, couple relations, writers ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Hysterical Blindness (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Set in the 1980's, Debby Miller (Uma Thurman) goes out in New Jersey looking for a man after she is diagnosed with "hysterical blindness".
Style: psychological, stylized, serious, touching, emotional ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: friendship, working class, loneliness, character study, single parent, love and romance, family relations, couple relations, looking for love, unfulfillment, getting home, best friends ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, tokyo, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: rough, touching, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: introspection, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, human nature, family problems, family relations, society, addiction, family in crisis, child abuse, drug addiction, children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Chelsea Walls (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.
Style: meditative, intense, serious, touching, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: eccentricity, lifestyle, writer's life, rising to stardom, couple relations, addiction, drug abuse, human nature, looking for love, nightlife, down on your luck, hotel ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, minneapolis minnesota, minnesota, manhattan new york city ...
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66%
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: philosophical, psychological, bleak, meditative, depressing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: philosophy, infidelity, redemption, adultery, destiny, false accusation, love affair, human nature, multiple storylines, drug addiction, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%