Movies like Jack the Bear

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Jack the Bear (1993)
 6.5
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Jack the Bear (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Story of the relationships between two sons and their father, who moves the family to California and becomes a tv horror show host after the death of his wife.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, humorous, psychological, realistic, semi serious, suspense, nostalgic, dramatic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: kidnapping, alcohol abuse, tv show, single parent, child abduction, widower, photo album, bittersweet, redemption, dysfunctional family, family relations, racism, parents and children, family life, mentally unstable, family problems, society, death in the family, dealing with death, clown, hospital, single father, dog, nazi, police ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, oakland california, new jersey

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Most similar movies to Jack the Bear

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, humorous and semi serious films with plots about family relations, family life, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family, dialogue and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Jack the Bear: Bruno (2000), Crooklyn (1994), Unstrung Heroes (1995), A Family Thing (1996), Men Don't Leave (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Bruno (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story of a unique young boy genius, Bruno, whose expression of his own individuality leads his family and community along an emotional journey.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, semi serious, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, youth, parents and children, family life, coming of age, family problems, prodigy, hopes, society, eccentric family, pursuit ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.0
 10K
Crooklyn (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, sentimental, semi autobiographical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parenthood, coming of age, family relations, parents and children, urban, single parent, family problems, teenage life, couple relations, school, black people ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Unstrung Heroes (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Steven Lidz, unhappy with his home life since his mother got sick, goes and lives with his two crazy Uncles. There he changes and gets closer to his Uncles, but his parents want him home even though he is finally happy and popular. Written by Todd ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, family relations, terminal illness, mental illness, misfit, unfulfillment, youth, single parent, love and romance, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1962
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
A Family Thing (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Earl Pilcher Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining he's not her natural son, but the son of a Black woman who ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, biracial, self discovery, family problems, parents and children, family life, death in the family, human nature, siblings relations, hopes, drinking alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: arkansas, chicago illinois, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Men Don't Leave (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After her husband John dies unexpectedly, Beth Macauley is unprepared for life without him. She is unemployed with no job skills and $60,000 in debt from on-going renovations to their house located in suburban Bingham. She doesn't know what to ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: family relations, widow, starting over, lottery, bittersweet, depression, dealing with death, hopes, unfulfillment, love and romance, human nature, self discovery ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.3
 5K
Dad (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A busy executive (Ted Danson) learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him (Jack Lemmon) than ever before. Estranged from his own son (Ethan ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, uplifting, thought provoking ...
Plot: father son relationship, aging, parents and children, hopes, family life, hospital, terminal illness, family drama, heart attack, doctors, family bonds, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Crimes of the Heart (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it ...
Style: talky, touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: reunion, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, family relations, sisters, eccentric family, parents and children, family problems, love and romance, family life, family gatherings, human nature ...
Time: 80s
Place: mississippi, mississippi river, southern usa, united states, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 4.9
 12K
Hanging Up (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A trio of sisters bond over their ambivalence toward the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father, to whom none of them was particularly close.
Style: sentimental, humorous, touching, feel good, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: hospital, dysfunctional family, eccentric family, family problems, looking for love, hopes, single parent, terminal illness, family gatherings, parents and children, family life, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s, 2000s, year 1988, 1990s, year 2000 ...
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 7.2
 2K
Housekeeping (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950s, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up to most people's expectations.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, semi serious, humorous, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, friendship, strong female presence, teenage life, small town life, self discovery, human nature, parents and children, custody, siblings relations ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When Michael McCann is thrown over by the woman he loves, he becomes something of a misanthrope and a miser, spending all of his spare money on collectible gold coins. Living in the same town is an affluent family with two sons: John and Tanny. ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adoption, custody, hopes, redemption, legal, legal action, family relations, family problems, friends, friendship, small town, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: virginia, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox centre her film company insists as a condition of continuing to employ her that she live with her mother Doris Mann, herself once a star and now a champion ...
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, hollywood, dysfunctional family, rehabilitation, addiction, drug abuse, family problems, parents and children, filmmaking, self discovery, actor's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: sentimental, psychological, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: missing child, reunion, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, parents and children, family life, family problems, police detective, crimes, child abduction, mother son reunion ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In 1976, a lower-middle-class teenager struggles to cope living with her neurotic family of nomads on the outskirts of Beverly Hills.
Style: humorous, semi serious, sincere, disturbing, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, family relations, teenage life, eccentric family, social differences, self discovery, parents and children, sex aid, single parent, youth, nomad, incest ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: beverly hills, usa, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An African American couple (Winfield and Alice) adopt two orphans from a Vietnamese refugee camp. After twenty-two years, the children are reunited with their birth mother, bringing deeply submerged resentments and misconceptions to the surface and ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: culture clash, adoption, transvestism, family relations, interracial relations, dysfunctional family, family life, self discovery, human nature, siblings relations, family gatherings, racism ...
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.4
 141
Marine Life (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Marine Life revolves around the choatic family life of June, a middle-aged lounge singer and mother. Aging and twice divorced, lounge singer June Nordstrom tries to cope with her fading beauty, her troubled offspring, her waning career and her young ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, love affair, family life, family relations, love and romance, single parent, youth, parents and children, midlife crisis, child as adult, couples, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.4
 2K
Two Weeks (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In this bittersweet comedy, four adult siblings gather at their dying mother's house in North Carolina for what they expect to be a quick, last goodbye. Instead, they find themselves trapped — together — for two weeks.
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: terminal illness, eccentric family, family life, introspection, estrangement, homecoming, family gatherings, parents and children, dysfunctional family, single parent, family problems, dying ...
Time: contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Lost in Yonkers (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the summer of 1942 two young boys are sent to stay with their stern grandmother Kurnitz and their childlike aunt Bella in Yonkers, New York.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, grandmother, aunt, family relations, loan, romance, youth, on the run, love and romance, bittersweet, family problems ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.0
 1K
That's Life! (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A wealthy architect struggles with a severe case of male menopause at the approach of his 60th birthday.
Style: sentimental, semi serious, realistic, humorous, sincere ...
Plot: midlife crisis, fortune teller, birthday, priest, family gatherings, bittersweet, unfulfillment, society, love and romance, dealing with death, couples, family relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, malibu california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 7.0
 47K
Parenthood (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the ...
Style: touching, humorous, melancholic, emotional, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: family relations, family life, single parent, dysfunctional family, parents and children, eccentric family, youth, siblings relations, supportive parent, living with parents, teenage life, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: missouri, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Max Dugan Returns (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An English teacher and struggling single mother has her life disrupted when the father who abandoned her as a child comes back into her life.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, touching, talky ...
Plot: police detective, family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, hopes, single parent, parents and children, eccentric family, cons and scams, family life, estrangement, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, las vegas, brazil, los angeles, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Just Before I Go (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ted Morgan has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: suicide attempt, dysfunctional family, small town, life is a bitch, suicide, family relations, haunted by the past, siblings relations, depression, midlife crisis, loneliness, homecoming ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Evening Star (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Continuing the story of Aurora Greenway in her latter years. After the death of her daughter, Aurora struggled to keep her family together, but has one grandson in jail, a rebellious granddaughter, and another grandson living just above the poverty ...
Style: touching, talky, realistic, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, dysfunctional family, death, family gatherings, family life, family in crisis, human nature, parents and children, teenage life, eccentric family, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: texas, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.6
 1K
Kotch (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Joseph Kotcher, retired salesman, walks out on his son and daughter-in-law after their attempts to put him in a retirement home. He tracks down their babysitter, sacked because she is pregnant, and rents a small house nearby. He finds a new purpose ...
Style: sentimental, psychological, humorous, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: teenage pregnancy, friendship, bus, parents and children, hospital, teenage life, family life, couple relations, friends, couples, family relations, bittersweet ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 5.2
 2K
Twister (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An oddball family on a Kansas farm are trapped in their farmhouse by an impending storm. The patriarch of the clan is a retired soda pop tycoon. He is currently dating a children's TV evangelist. Also living at the farm is his layabout daughter ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, contemplative, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, tornado, couples, family problems, dark humor, mental illness, family life, eccentric family, family gatherings, dysfunctional, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: kansas, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.2
 65K
Jersey Girl (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Ollie Trinke is a young, suave music publicist who seems to have it all, with a new wife and a baby on the way. But life deals him a bum hand when he's suddenly faced with single fatherhood, a defunct career and having to move in with his ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, feel good, touching, humorous ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: single father, father daughter relationship, death of wife, family relations, starting over, family life, love and romance, death in childbirth, death in the family, parents and children, family problems, workaholic ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Where the Heart Is (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A wealthy businessman shows his young adult kids how tough life can be.
Style: humorous, touching, melancholic, satirical, clever ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: social differences, society, family problems, farce, real estate, single father, homelessness, fashion, family, life philosophy, family drama, destiny ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Wish I Was Here (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, is 35 years old and still trying to find a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, sincere, humorous, touching ...
Plot: direction and purpose, self discovery, thirtysomething life, actor's life, parents and children, teaching the ways of the world, artists and showbiz, adolescence vs adulthood, family relations, strong female character, brother brother relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.6
 528
Soft Fruit (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: For the first time in 15 years, all four siblings in a family show up to care for their dying mother, who is only given a couple of weeks to live. One comes from America with her two children. A divorced sister also comes with her child and sneaks ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching, offbeat ...
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, dysfunctional family, working class, eccentric family, human nature, siblings relations, family in crisis, pregnancy, parents and children, death in the family, family life ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, sydney australia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Stuart Saves His Family (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Stuart Smalley, the Saturday Night Live character, comes to the big screen. Stuart, the disciple of the 12 step program, is challenged by lifes injustices.
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, satirical, talky ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, farce, dark humor, self discovery, family life, nothing goes right, family problems, disorder, siblings relations, down on your luck, eccentric family, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In an effort to tap into his original talent, a wheelchair-bound author moves to a rural town, where he befriends a single mother and her three kids, who help reignite his passion for writing.
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: writer's life, friendship, vacation, alcohol abuse, single parent, hopes, redemption, family relations, disability, misfit, artists and showbiz, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%