Movies like Life as a House

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Life as a House (2001)
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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: gothic, sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional, talky, serious, sincere, gloomy, dramatic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, midlife crisis, cancer, divorce, house, haunted by the past, architect, reconciliation, marijuana, dying, parents and children, parent child relationship, unemployment, suburbs, unfulfillment, family problems, family relations, obsessive quest, human nature, down on your luck, teenage life, estrangement, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, emotional, serious and touching films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, dysfunctional family, unfulfillment, life is a bitch and dialogue mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Life as a House: My Life (1993), One True Thing (1998), Broken Wings (2002), The Ice Storm (1997), Magnolia (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: emotional, touching, sentimental, talky, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, cancer, death, baby, pregnancy, family life, self discovery, parents and children, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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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, serious, clever, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, cancer, terminal illness, small town, parents and children, death of parent, homecoming, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family problems, family relations, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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Broken Wings (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.
Style: emotional, talky, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coma, single parent, human nature, basketball, bereavement, parents and children, siblings relations, death in the family, family in crisis, haunted by the past, midlife crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
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78%
 7.5
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The Ice Storm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her ...
Style: bleak, realistic, sexual, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, thanksgiving, neighbor, coming of age, innocence lost, infidelity, swinger, guilt, promiscuity, generation gap, storm, snow ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973
Place: connecticut, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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76%
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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, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, playwright, secret society, mental illness, kidnapping, estrangement, americana, human nature, marriage, family feud, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, new york
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75%
 8.0
 263K
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: talky, clever, bleak, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, infidelity, terminal illness, child prodigy, dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, chance, redemption, cancer, seduction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 1950s, 1910s
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.4
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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: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, life is a bitch, friends, young woman, parents and children, teaching the ways of the world, student life, unfulfillment, youth, family relations, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, san francisco
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67%
 6.7
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The Beaver (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black (Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes for his ...
Style: emotional, tragicomedy, semi serious, offbeat, touching ...
Plot: midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, puppet, drugs/alcohol, teenage love, unfulfillment, family problems, depression, family relations, losing-it hero, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 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: emotional, talky, touching, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: transplant, reunion, terminal illness, cancer, leukemia, estrangement, arson, siblings relations, sister, sibling relationship, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ohio, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
August: Osage County (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
Style: emotional, dark humor, talky, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, funeral, drug addiction, death in the family, family secret, poet, humiliation, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, siblings relations, mental disorders ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Fathers and Sons (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Intertwined tales of three families who grow up on the same street, focusing on the relationship of fathers and sons. The first section features Anthony and Jenny and traces the father-son bond that develops between Anthony and his newborn son over ...
Style: serious, emotional, offbeat, realistic, touching
Plot: single parent, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, infidelity, suburbs, unsupportive spouse, parents and children, death in the family, family in crisis, midlife crisis, terminal illness, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.8
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Nine Lives (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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: realistic, serious, sincere, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, friendship, pregnancy, abortion, human nature, couple relations, dysfunctional family, love affair, parents and children, terminal illness, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Cries & Whispers (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 91 min.
Story: As Agnes slowly dies of cancer, her sisters are so deeply immersed in their own psychic pains that they can't offer her the support she needs. Maria is wracked with guilt at her husband's suicide, caused by his discovery of her ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, touching, psychological ...
Plot: maid, terminal illness, estate, human nature, cancer, family problems, family relations, family life, life is a bitch, society, unfulfillment, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.7
 3K
Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: writer's life, parents and children, teenage life, love and romance, youth, family problems, family relations, innocence lost, teachers and students, family in crisis, power relations, high school ...
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Country: USA
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Style: realistic, talky, touching, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, marriage, pain, single parent, human nature, mother, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, death in the family, eccentric family, family gatherings ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
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Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, gloomy ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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59%
A Long Way Home (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere, touching ...
Plot: psychiatrist, teenager, redemption, suburbs, dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, repressed memory, haunted by the past, suburban life, hopes, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.2
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I'm Losing You (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A wealthy businessman Perry Krohn attempts to juggle the needs of his dedicated wife, demanding mistress and grown children while facing his own certain death from lung cancer.
Style: serious, talky, clever, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: cancer, aids, hollywood, family life, dealing with death, lung cancer, death in the family, dysfunctional family, suburbs, family in crisis, terminal illness, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 6.3
 13K
Powder Blue (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: On the gritty streets of LA, the destinies of four people desperate for connection and redemption are about to collide.
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, serious, touching ...
Plot: hospital, anxiety attack, mortician, coffin, christmas eve, rose, exotic dancer, lap dance, strip club, church, redemption, stripper ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Mulberry Tree (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A drama centered on a young man working in Rhode Island's state corrections system and his relationship with a convicted murderer who is dying of AIDS and spending his remaining days on hospital detail.
Style: emotional, serious, talky, realistic, touching
Plot: hospital, redemption, parents and children, terminal illness, hopes, prison, family relations, haunted by the past, estrangement, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, life sentence ...
Place: rhode island, usa
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56%
 6.2
 2K
Lullaby (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Estranged from his family, Jonathan (Hedlund) discovers his father has decided to take himself off life support in forty-eight hours’ time. During this intensely condensed period, a lifetime of drama plays out. Robert (Jenkins) fights a zero sum ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, touching
Plot: parents and children, estrangement, estranged family member, terminal illness, cancer, dealing with death, siblings relations, death in the family, mercy killing, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family problems
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Weather Man (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.
Style: realistic, sentimental, talky, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: midlife crisis, weatherman, relationship vs career, terminal illness, dysfunctional family, jealousy, introspection, couple relations, father, daughter, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.
Style: emotional, serious, talky, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: estate, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, crumbling marriage, introspection, frigidity, plantation, alcoholic, homosexuality, couple relations, parents and children, estrangement ...
Place: mississippi, new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 7.4
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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: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: small town, friendship, stripper, young lovers, romance, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, coming of age, opposites attract, human nature, introspection, parents and children ...
Place: nebraska, england, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Working-class father John Crowley is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease - a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. With the support of ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids, chick flick
Plot: obsessive quest, race against time, cure, human spirit, child illness, parents and children, against the odds, hopes, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, unlikely partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Autumn Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When a school bus driving woman (Tyne Daly) has a heart attack, she makes one request of her three daughters (Ally Sheedy, Marla Sucharetza, Marceline Hugo) - she wants them to find their long lost brother, who was taken away by their father (Jack ...
Style: serious, talky, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: estrangement, rich and poor, siblings relations, parent child relationship, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, family life, family problems, family relations, rise to the top, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, england, europe, usa, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 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: realistic, touching, serious, clever, gloomy ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, hospital, adoption, loss of son, vengeance, innocence lost, suburbs, twins, parents and children, youth, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy.
Style: touching, captivating, sincere, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: divorce, custody battle, courtroom, marriage, child custody, selfishness, lawyer, family, father son relationship, family problems, single father, breakup ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.1
 472
Our Sons (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Our Sons is a 1991 made-for-TV movie starring Julie Andrews and Ann-Margret as two mothers of gay sons, one of whom is dying of AIDS. As a small town waitress, Ann-Margret's character must overcome her own homophobia and learn to love her son ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: coming out, aids, guilt, hospital, terminal illness, estrangement, family life, gays and lesbians, single parent, small town, dealing with death, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: arkansas, usa, san diego california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Architect (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An architect engages in conflict with an activist who lives in a dangerous complex the architect designed.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere
Plot: college, dysfunctional family, campaign, family life, immigrants, human nature, suburbs, couple relations, urban, infidelity, parents and children, social differences ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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