Movies like Life as a House

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Life as a House (2001)
 7.5
 42K
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, serious, talky, sincere, gloomy, dramatic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: cancer, terminal illness, dysfunctional family, divorce, house, midlife crisis, reconciliation, architect, marijuana, dying, parents and children, parent child relationship, unemployment, suburbs, haunted by the past, family problems, family relations, obsessive quest, human nature, hopes, father son relationship, youth, couples, redemption, layoff ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa

Most similar movies to Life as a House

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, emotional, touching and dramatic films with plots about family relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, storytelling, dialogue, mentor and depression mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Life as a House: My Life (1993), One True Thing (1998), The Ice Storm (1997), Broken Wings (2002), The Beaver (2011). 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, serious, talky ...
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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95%
 7.0
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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, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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, mental illness, kidnapping, estrangement, americana, human nature, secret society, parent child relationship, marriage, family feud ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.5
 51K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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 7.5
 2K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.7
 45K
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, touching, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: midlife crisis, puppet, depression, losing-it hero, unfulfillment, family problems, parents and children, mental illness, dysfunctional character, dysfunctional family, dialogue, dissociative identity disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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 6K
Bee Season (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 11-year-old Eliza is the invisible element of her family unit: her parents are both consumed with work and her brother is wrapped up in his own adolescent life. Eliza ignites not only a spark that makes her visible but one that sets into motion a ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, thought provoking ...
Plot: judaism, dysfunctional family, mental illness, redemption, parents and children, coming of age, family problems, hopes, society, family relations, human nature, religion ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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 ⇓
64%
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 6.7
 23K
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: reunion, terminal illness, cancer, transplant, leukemia, estrangement, arson, siblings relations, sibling relationship, sister, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 8.0
 268K
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, child prodigy, suicide attempt, chance, infidelity, terminal illness, redemption, cancer, seduction, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1910s, 1960s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 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, high school, parents and children, teenage life, love and romance, youth, family problems, family relations, innocence lost, teachers and students, family in crisis, power relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.4
 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: 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 ⇓
62%
 6.8
 6K
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, sincere, serious, 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 ⇓
60%
 6.8
 735
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, serious, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, mental illness, single parent, dysfunctional family, chase, crumbling marriage, nervous breakdown, traumatic experience, caretaker, human nature, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, sincere, captivating, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: divorce, custody battle, courtroom, marriage, child custody, selfishness, lawyer, family, father son relationship, family problems, single father, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 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, teens
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, life is a bitch, friends, parents and children, young woman, teaching the ways of the world, student life, unfulfillment, youth, family relations, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.3
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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, serious, emotional, atmospheric, scary ...
Plot: anxiety attack, strip club, redemption, exotic dancer, stripper, self discovery, human nature, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, hopes, family problems, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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The Substance of Fire (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Isaac Geldhart is a Holocaust survivor who, overcome by grief at the recent death of his wife, seems determined to run his publishing firm into the ground by printing books that have no hope of financial success. His son Aaron, who also works at the ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: holocaust, obsession, family business, nanny, parents and children, family gatherings, family in crisis, midlife crisis, dull life, family life, family relations, gays and lesbians ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.4
 1K
Safe Passage (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mother with seven sons feels like she's losing control of her life and her family. But personal...
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 ...
Time: 90s
Place: middle east, utah, beirut lebanon, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.8
 8K
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 ...
Style: emotional, gloomy, serious, touching, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, buddies, social misfits, couple relations, mental illness, parents and children, rich and poor, alcohol abuse, down on your luck, hopes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.5
 115K
Still Alice (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
Style: touching, heartbreaking, emotional, psychological, sad ...
Plot: memory loss, alzheimer's disease, family drama, columbia university, relationships, supportive spouse, mother daughter relationship, life turned upside down, unfulfillment, family bonds, parenthood, sister sister relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
A Thousand Acres (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A THOUSAND ACRES is a drama about an American family who meets with tragedy on their land. It is the story of a father, his daughters, and their husbands, and their passion to subdue the history of their land and its stories.
Style: touching, gloomy, talky, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dysfunctional family, betrayal, family, tragedy, lawsuit, infidelity, parents and children, dishonesty, vengeance, legal, love and romance, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, sincere, semi serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: midlife crisis, weatherman, relationship vs career, terminal illness, dysfunctional family, introspection, hopes, father, parents and children, father son relationship, unfulfillment, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 ⇓
44%
 7.1
 6K
Ulee's Gold (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An elderly beekeeper and Vietnam vet must rescue his daughter-in-law and protect his grandchildren from killers.
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, touching, intense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, prison, beekeeper, parents and children, stabbing, stolen money, parent child relationship, bank robbery, family relations, fall in love, family life, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Echo Park, L.A. (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin.
Style: realistic, touching, semi serious, sentimental, humorous ...
Plot: coming of age, pregnancy, culture clash, infidelity, eviction, reconciliation, gays and lesbians, starting over, parents and children, romance, teenage life, urban ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, touching ...
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 ⇓
43%
 5.8
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Bloodbrothers (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young man is torn between following in his brothers' footsteps or striking out on his own.
Style: talky, serious, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: family life, sibling relationship, dysfunctional family, self discovery, moral dilemma, parents and children, family in crisis, working class, youth, family problems, friendship, teenage life ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.1
 3K
Normal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A Midwestern husband and father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: transsexual, gender bending, small town, family life, couple relations, parents and children, small town life, gender, couples, family problems, family relations, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%