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, twists and turns, compassionate, gloomy, dramatic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, best friends, rich and poor, parents and children, life is a bitch, human nature, buddies, family relations, twists & turns, halloween, friends, misfit, hopes, society, couples, terminal illness, social misfits, introspection, down on your luck, guilt, cancer, poverty ...
Time: 1900s, 1930s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century
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, emotional, serious and touching films with plots about redemption, family relations, life is a bitch, depression, dialogue, mentor and parents and children mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Ironweed: One True Thing (1998), September (1987), Clean and Sober (1988), Angela's Ashes (1999), Rambling Rose (1991). 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, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems, loss of parent, death of parent, cancer, tragedy, family relations, small town, family drama ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
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95%
 6.5
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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, serious, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, family relations, couples, parents and children, family problems, friends, human nature, couple relations, siblings relations, family gatherings, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, alcohol abuse, introspection, going straight, downfall, rehabilitation, self discovery ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 7.3
 20K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, ira, alcohol abuse, parents and children, injustice, unemployment, society, human nature, family relations, irish, loss of sibling ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: ireland, new york, europe, usa, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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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, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, love and romance, self discovery, family relations, prostitute, love, introspection, parents and children, fall in love, romance, youth, human nature ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: georgia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: serious, psychological, realistic, talky, depressing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, family life, lifestyle, human nature, actor's life, family problems, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.3
 959
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, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcoholic, alcohol abuse, support group, addiction, redemption, drug abuse, going straight, family problems, downfall, family in crisis, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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, sentimental, touching, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, nightlife, alcohol abuse, addiction, redemption, life is a bitch, starting over, downfall, friendship, supportive spouse, writers, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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 6.3
 1K
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, sincere, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: couples, terminal illness, life is a bitch, redemption, working class, self discovery, youth, disorder, coming of age, human nature, culture clash, tragic hero ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: gloomy, touching, psychological, sentimental, humorous ...
Plot: mental illness, friendship, self discovery, life is a bitch, social misfits, down on your luck, bittersweet, haunted by the past, best friends, friends, buddies, theme park ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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, emotional, serious, touching, sincere
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, parents and children, family in crisis, hopes, love and romance, family life, family relations, urban ghetto, alcohol abuse, society, against the odds ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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, sincere, intense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, mental illness, estrangement, playwright, family relations, family problems, secret society, parents and children, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, rescue ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, new york, usa
⇓ 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, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, medical school, surgery, doctor, coldhearted, doctors and patients, redemption, power relations, family relations, human spirit, couples, bittersweet ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.2
 974
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, emotional, sentimental, touching, sincere ...
Plot: investigation, family relations, lgbt, terminal illness, gays and lesbians, couples, family problems, gender, human nature, life is a bitch, bittersweet, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.7
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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: touching, emotional, uplifting, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, reunion, estrangement, transplant, leukemia, single parent, family relations, family problems, siblings relations, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.0
 466
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: realistic, serious, melancholic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, family problems, downfall, family relations, introspection, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, misfit, drug addiction, drug dealing, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.4
 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, parents and children, youth, working class, human spirit, family problems, misfit, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, psychological, gloomy, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: mental illness, interracial relations, friendship, photograph, photographer, schizophrenia, homelessness, healing power, injustice, mentally unstable, misfit, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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 8.0
 281K
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, terminal illness, coincidence, depression, infidelity, child prodigy, redemption, death, dysfunctional family, family problems, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 50s, 60s, 1950s ...
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.8
 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, childbirth, self discovery, couple relations, family life, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, parents and children, child birth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 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, psychological, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, vietnam veteran, siblings relations, love and romance, haunted by the past, homecoming, human nature, life is a bitch, loneliness, alcohol abuse, prom, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.3
 841
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: sincere, serious, touching, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: hopes, life is a bitch, couple relations, disability, human spirit, misfit, human nature, redemption, parents and children, family relations, new love, operation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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, rebelliousness, hitchhiker, dysfunctional family, musician, self discovery, character study, working class, identity crisis, americana, family problems, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, washington state, los angeles, southern california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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 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: sincere, touching, depressing, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: support group, addiction, alcohol abuse, alcoholic, rehabilitation, introspection, irresponsible, life is a bitch, hopes, drinking, teacher, elementary school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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: realistic, emotional, sincere, serious, atmospheric
Plot: down on your luck, estrangement, social decay, society, hopes, life is a bitch, redemption, parents and children, depression, homelessness, friendship, street life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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: psychological, serious, touching, meditative, depressing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, human nature, love affair, life is a bitch, parents and children, couples, dishonesty, family relations, understanding, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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, serious, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, working class, love and romance, couple relations, family relations, looking for love, single parent, family problems, lifestyle, getting home, unfulfillment, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.3
 15K
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, sincere, touching, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: drifter, friendship, on the road, self discovery, road trip, introspection, partners, buddies, hitchhiker, bar fight, train ride, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: pittsburgh, california, denver colorado, detroit, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.2
 9K
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, emotional, humorous, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: christmas, parents and children, love and romance, hopes, couple relations, jealousy, christmas eve, hospital, family gatherings, miraculous event, down on your luck, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.5
 254
Islander (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a tragic accident at sea, Eben Cole loses his family, friends and stature in his island fishing community. He returns to the island an outcast but determined to win back the way of life he fought so hard to protect. Set against the stunning ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, touching
Plot: hopes, redemption, island, starting over, estrangement, friendship, family problems, couple relations, social misfits, human nature, coast, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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