Movies like The Joy Luck Club

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The Joy Luck Club (1993)
 7.7
 17K
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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, thought provoking, emotional, depressing, sweet, heartbreaking, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: women, immigrants, chinese, friendship, self discovery, haunted by the past, hopes, golden years, parents and children, human nature, love, mother daughter relationship, family, bittersweet, cat, sex scene, racism, sacrifice, culture clash, marriage, disney, interracial marriage, crab, catastrophe, distopia ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, china, usa, asia, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and emotional films with plots about family relations, culture clash, parents and children, bittersweet, mentor, storytelling and friendship mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Joy Luck Club: The Namesake (2006), Life as a House (2001), A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004), The War (1994), The Help (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
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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, emotional, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: culture clash, immigrants, childhood, marriage, arranged marriage, generation gap, childbirth, relationships, parenthood, life, rebel, family life ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: india, new york, usa, taj mahal, ohio ...
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100%
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: emotional, sentimental, sincere, touching, sad ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: terminal illness, father son relationship, cancer, dying, reconciliation, house, dysfunctional family, family, suburbs, redemption, illness, relationships ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, mentor, sexual tension, nervous breakdown, haunted by the past, funeral, family problems, parents and children, drinking problem, family relations, love story, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002, 2000s, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, new jersey, usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 13K
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: realistic, emotional, sentimental, touching, poignant ...
Audience: kids
Plot: bullying, coming of age, vietnam war, father son relationship, friendship, childhood, child, youth, war, bittersweet, boy, morality ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, mississippi, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.1
 454K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
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, inspirational, thought provoking, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens, kids
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, discrimination, civil rights, hopes, racial issues, writers, social relations, racial segregation, blacks and whites ...
Time: 60s, year 1963, 50s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
⇓ 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: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: racism, friendship, civil rights, coming of age, teenage life, teenage girl, single father, haunted by the past, african american, racial segregation, interracial relations, family business ...
Time: year 1964, 60s, 20th century
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 340
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, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, opposites attract, family relations, friends, immigrants, family life, youth, single parent, human nature, introspection, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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, melancholic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: family, justice, immigrants, cold war, family relations, police investigation, adolescence, family bonds, friendship, love and romance, self discovery, on the run ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, year 1958, year 1965 ...
Place: hungary, california, tokyo, europe, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.7
 7K
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: emotional, talky, intense, serious, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, dysfunctional family, abortion, family relations, love and romance, couples, family problems, couple relations, parents and children, human nature, love affair ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.5
 860
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: sexy, emotional, touching, sentimental, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lesbian, women, friendship, chase, dysfunctional family, depression, lesbian relationship, screwball, nudity (full frontal - brief), interracial romance, mentor, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: new jersey, california, england, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
 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: emotional, serious, touching, sentimental, sexy ...
Plot: small town, coming of age, friendship, lifestyle, womanizer, young lovers, opposites attract, introspection, youth, romance, society, couples ...
Place: nebraska, england, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, emotional, sentimental, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Plot: fishing, beautiful scenery, coming of age, self discovery, father son relationship, americana, river, brother brother relationship, wilderness, childhood, tragedy, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1910s, 1930s
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.7
 1K
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, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, starting over, friendship, small town, haunted by the past, hopes, death of wife, redemption, father daughter relationship, society, bittersweet, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The film follows Mr. Shi, a retired widower from Beijing. When his only daughter, Yilan, who lives in Spokane, Washington and works as a librarian, gets divorced, he decides to visit her to help her heal. However, Yilan is not interested. She tries ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, starting over, hopes, misfit, family life, culture clash, redemption, couple relations, immigrants, society, couples, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: china, persia, usa, asia, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: sincere, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: fall in love, life is a bitch, human nature, parents and children, friendship, social differences, interracial relations, society, working class, feminism, family life, soldier ...
Time: 1940s
Place: virginia, usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 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, emotional, sad, heartbreaking ...
Plot: coming of age, teenager, friendship, adoption, vengeance, childhood, family relations, loss of son, family problems, family in crisis, haunted by the past, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.3
 26K
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, sweet, lyrical ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, life is a bitch, death, dying, character study, family relations, teaching the ways of the world, youth, marital infidelity, young woman, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 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: touching, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: taxi driver, friendship, immigrants, loneliness, mentor, depression, suicidal, character study, elderly, society, regret, suicide ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, africa, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: sexy, emotional, touching, sentimental, witty ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: women, dysfunctional family, youth, racism, unlikely friendships, vampire human love, beautiful scenery, adaptation, creativity, vengeance, secret service, love story ...
Time: 80s
Place: jamaica, baltimore, san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.9
 12K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.5
 10K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.0
 94K
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: neo noir, sincere, bleak, touching, emotional ...
Plot: small town, friendship, murder, redemption, mental institution, crimes, disability, coming of age, mentally challenged, death threat, father figure, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: melancholic, stylized, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Plot: small town, redemption, adultery, single parent, incest, isolation, survival, depression, kidnapping, reporter, father daughter relationship, starting over ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, new jersey, atlantic ocean, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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: serious, touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: lesbian, family life, dysfunctional family, family problems, culture clash, parents and children, human nature, youth, single parent, suburbs, family in crisis, lgbtq ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.2
 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: sexy, touching, suspense, dramatic, talky ...
Plot: family, family relations, immigrants, nudity (full frontal - brief), prison, adaptation, life, depression, death, stereotypes, male nudity, culture clash ...
Time: 1920s, 50s, 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, death, last wish, road trip, memory, life, family relations, friendship between men, partners, parents and children, self discovery, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: touching, sincere, sentimental, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: marriage of convenience, love and romance, romance, hopes, world war two, destiny, soldier, society, family relations, fall in love, life is a bitch, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, harsh, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, poverty, elderly, life is a bitch, protecting from truth, generation gap, human nature, society, loss of child, family problems, parents and children, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, france, tokyo, japan, east germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.8
 12K
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 ⇓
39%