Movies like The Joy Luck Club

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The Joy Luck Club (1993)
 7.7
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The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationship.
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, captivating, emotional, thought provoking, serious, realistic, contemplative, inter cultural ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: chinese, friendship, haunted by the past, immigrants, storytelling, hopes, golden years, women, parents and children, self discovery, human nature, mother daughter relationship, chess, family relations, architect, chinese american, bittersweet, family, friends, society, generation gap, siblings relations, strong female presence, culture clash, sacrifice ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, san francisco, usa, asia, california

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Most similar movies to The Joy Luck Club

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sentimental films with plots about bittersweet, family relations, parents and children, culture clash, storytelling, mentor and friendship mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Joy Luck Club: The Namesake (2006), The Secret Life of Bees (2008), Face (2002), An American Rhapsody (2001), A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, haunted by the past, human nature, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, new york, usa
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100%
 7.5
 19K
The Namesake (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
Duration: 122 min.
Story: American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: arranged marriage, culture clash, immigrants, childhood, marriage, family life, rebel, newlyweds, tragic event, family problems, society, teenage life ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 90s ...
Place: new york, taj mahal, usa, kolkata, india ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: civil rights, racism, friendship, teenage life, interracial relations, haunted by the past, family relations, african american, teaching the ways of the world, social differences, society, blacks and whites ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 253
Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, family relations, opposites attract, immigrants, friends, love and romance, friendship, culture clash, single parent, youth, family life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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An American Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: immigrants, family relations, cold war, friendship, family, love and romance, self discovery, siblings relations, parents and children, human nature, on the run, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, year 1950 ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, poland, budapest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, nervous breakdown, haunted by the past, alcohol abuse, funeral, loss of friend, loss of parent, family problems, death of parent, parents and children, family relations, drinking problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2002, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, alabama, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.7
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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: touching, serious, sincere, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, abortion, family relations, dysfunctional family, couples, love affair, human nature, couple relations, parents and children, love and romance, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.7
 769
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: touching, emotional, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, family relations, mental illness, chase, dysfunctional family, friends, estrangement, couple relations, self discovery, family in crisis, parents and children, introspection ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 7.2
 2K
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: serious, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, womanizer, lifestyle, opposites attract, young lovers, introspection, parents and children, haunted by the past, family problems, couples, society ...
Place: nebraska, usa, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Life as a House (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, gothic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, dying, cancer, father son relationship, reconciliation, dysfunctional family, architect, house, human nature, parents and children, hopes, layoff ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 ...
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.8
 876
Hide Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A successful businessman attempting to resurrect his life buys and boards a dilapidated sailboat.
Style: realistic, sentimental, emotional, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, starting over, friendship, hopes, haunted by the past, small town, redemption, death of wife, father daughter relationship, society, elderly, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.3
 6K
Goodbye Solo (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A man planning to commit suicide hires a taxi driver to take him to his jumping-off point.
Style: uplifting, touching, thought provoking, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: taxi driver, friendship, immigrants, suicidal, elderly, society, regret, loneliness, taxi, interracial relations, mentor, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, family relations, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, coming of age, accidental killing, teenager, family in crisis, parents and children, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Rising Place (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The close friendship of two young women, each of a different race, and their struggle to find purpose in their lives during this time of social injustice and world war.
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: fall in love, life is a bitch, social differences, human nature, family life, parents and children, soldier, society, interracial relations, injustice, feminism, pregnancy ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: mississippi, virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.9
 6K
Last Orders (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, talky, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, last wish, death, memory, family relations, war veteran, partners, parents and children, self discovery, friends, friendship between men, male friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
 24K
You're Not You (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, life is a bitch, teaching the ways of the world, family relations, youth, parents and children, death, life support, female bonding, marital infidelity, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 8.0
 87K
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 ⇓
44%
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The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Pregnant out of wedlock, an educated young woman is pressured by her father into an arranged marriage with a lonely farmer in this drama set during WWII.
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: marriage of convenience, love and romance, hopes, romance, world war two, soldier, society, destiny, family relations, love affair, arranged marriage, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Clara's Heart (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and David develop a close bond, opening his eyes and heart to ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, grief, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, parents and children, self discovery, friendship, haunted by the past, human nature, couple relations, friends, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: jamaica, baltimore, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Since Otar Left (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Georgia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The one joy in the lives of a mother and daughter comes from the regular letters sent to them from Paris from the family's adored son, Otar. When the daughter finds out that Otar has died suddenly, she tries to conceal the truth from her ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, harsh, emotional ...
Plot: elderly, life is a bitch, human nature, protecting from truth, generation gap, parents and children, family problems, loss of child, society, dealing with death, mother daughter relationship, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, europe, france, russia, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Shipping News (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.
Style: captivating, serious, sentimental, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: adultery, redemption, small town, haunted by the past, starting over, single parent, isolation, survival, kidnapping, reporter, parents and children, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, atlantic ocean, new jersey, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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The War (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, friendship, bullying, family relations, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, bittersweet, family life, homecoming, youth, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, mississippi, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 7.0
 11K
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, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems, death of parent, loss of parent, cancer, tragedy, small town, family relations, family drama ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.5
 9K
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, couples, family relations, adultery, parents and children, family problems, friends, siblings relations, couple relations, family gatherings, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
 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, wedding, murder, coming of age, death of wife, marriage, family, rebelliousness, reunion, couples, misfit ...
Time: 50s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.5
 1K
Red Doors (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Wongs struggle to cope with life, love, and family dysfunction in the suburbs of New York.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family life, dysfunctional family, family problems, human nature, parents and children, culture clash, youth, single parent, suburbs, family in crisis, family relations, prank ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.2
 3K
Left Luggage (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Belgium, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: While escaping from Nazis during the WWII, a Jewish man dug suitcases full of things dear to his heart in the ground two. The war deprived him of his family, and afterwards he endlessly turns over the soil of Antwerp to find the suitcases, which ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: nanny, liberal, eviction, family relations, parents and children, haunted by the past, holocaust survivor, mentally challenged, religions or cults, jewish, racism, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, belgium, antwerp, israel, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.9
 11K
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: touching, emotional, sincere, sad, sentimental ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, pregnancy, childbirth, self discovery, couple relations, family life, child birth, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 8.0
 430K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, discrimination, civil rights, storytelling, interracial relations, social relations, hopes, racial issues, writers ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%