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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: emotional, sentimental, sincere, touching, sad, feel good, inspirational, thought provoking, realistic, captivating ...
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, architect, family relations, parents and children, family problems, human nature, hopes, suffering, layoff, fighting illness, teenager, life, divorce, goth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, emotional and serious films with plots about family relations, family problems, unfulfillment, parents and children, death, bittersweet and dysfunctional family mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Life as a House: American Beauty (1999), The Joy Luck Club (1993), My Life (1993), One True Thing (1998), Marvin's Room (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, sexual, melancholic, cerebral, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, existentialism, age difference, coming of age, dysfunctional family, loneliness, older man younger woman relationship, older man young girl relationship, obsession, youth, family problems, adultery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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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, captivating, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: women, immigrants, chinese, friendship, self discovery, haunted by the past, golden years, hopes, parents and children, human nature, love, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, china, usa, asia, california
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100%
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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: 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
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45%
 6.9
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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, 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
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45%
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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, 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
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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, touching, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, estrangement, leukemia, family relations, cancer, teenage boy, father daughter relationship, single parent, family problems, siblings relations, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, usa, ohio, orlando florida
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42%
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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, touching, lyrical, depressing, stylized ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, jewish, hopes, couple relations, midlife crisis, family life, human nature, haunted by the past, fall in love, teenage life, innocence lost, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
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41%
My Life Without Me (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Pedro Almodovar production in which a fatally ill mother with only two months to live creates a list of things she wants to do before she dies with out telling her family of her illness.
Style: sad, romantic, philosophical, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, cancer, dealing with death, love and romance, secret love, parents and children, existentialism, hospital, relationships, life & death, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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40%
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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: realistic, touching, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: single parent, infidelity, family relations, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, couples, love and romance, elderly, gender, estrangement, family problems, midlife crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san diego california, los angeles, miami
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40%
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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: 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
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40%
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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: 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
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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: harsh, realistic, emotional, touching, poignant ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, teachers and students, poetry, cheerleading, high school, love and romance, youth, power relations, parents and children, innocence lost, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
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The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a patient named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support ...
Style: touching, emotional, romantic, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: cancer, terminal illness, teenager, first love, fall in love, teenage love, dealing with death, love and romance, teenage life, youth, coping, fighting illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, amsterdam, indiana
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38%
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Wit (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.
Style: thought provoking, sincere, emotional, touching, depressing ...
Plot: cancer, terminal illness, hospital, nurse, poetry, chemotherapy, dying, philosophy, medical, doctor, hopes, regret ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary
Place: usa
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38%
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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: realistic, sexy, visually appealing, cerebral, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, swinger, mate swapping, extramarital affair, adultery, infidelity, thanksgiving, coming of age, suburbs, sexual awakening, snow, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: connecticut, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
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Reconciliation (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: RECONCILIATION is a groundbreaking, provocative story about an estranged father and son struggling to overcome the heartbreaking consequences of their past. Grant Taylor (Eric Nenninger) has been troubled by intense childhood memories ever since his ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, touching, emotional
Plot: gay parent, forgiveness, family relations, last wish, redemption, haunted by the past, family problems, estrangement, life is a bitch, hopes, terminal illness, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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: touching, sincere, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, family relations, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, redemption, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, hopes, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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37%
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
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37%
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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, sincere, sentimental, inspirational, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids, chick flick, family outing, teens
Plot: race against time, cure, hopes, against the odds, human spirit, family problems, unlikely partners, parents and children, family in crisis, child illness, doctors and patients, medical ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston, las vegas, portland oregon, san francisco ...
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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: touching, realistic, melancholic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, character study, pain, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, parents and children, family life, terrorism, hopes, single parent, estrangement ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: london, new jersey, middle east, beirut lebanon, utah
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What Girls Learn (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two teenage girls must come to terms with their stepfather when their mother is struck by illness.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: teenage girl, single mother, stepfather, family relations, teenage life, teenage love, youth, love and romance, romance, family problems, couples, estrangement ...
Time: 80s
Place: georgia, usa, new york
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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: touching, emotional, depressing, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: depression, midlife crisis, puppet, dysfunctional family, mental illness, mental disorder, solitude, transformation, adaptation, family, happy ending, psychology ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa, california
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36%
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Our Sons (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 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, psychological, emotional, realistic, touching ...
Plot: gay, aids, terminal illness, estrangement, family relations, hospital, parents and children, family problems, friendship, gays and lesbians, small town, lgbt ...
Time: 90s
Place: arkansas, usa, san diego california, california
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36%
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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, touching, sentimental, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: father son relationship, doctors, aging, hospital, family bonds, hopes, parents and children, family life, terminal illness, redemption, dysfunctional family, bittersweet ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, new jersey, california, los angeles
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36%
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The Event (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An intense relationship drama that takes the form of a mystery, The Event centers around a series of unexplained deaths that occur among the gay community in New York's fashionable Chelsea district. Nick, a district attorney investigating the ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, couples, family problems, terminal illness, gays and lesbians, human nature, gender, life is a bitch, investigation, lgbt, gay, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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36%
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: melancholic, talky, serious, emotional, touching ...
Plot: holocaust, jewish, writer's life, single father, family bonds, family problems, love and romance, dealing with death, introspection, siblings relations, family life, parents and children ...
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, london
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35%
The Keys to the House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Germany, France, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: parents and children, single parent, estrangement, teenage life, human nature, disability, hospital, self discovery, hopes, redemption, coming of age, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: italy, germany, europe, norway, milan italy ...
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35%
Walking on Water (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Friends and family gather around the death bed of Gavin, where they assist in the dying man's suicide. But though Gavin's pain has been laid to rest, the grief felt by everyone there has only begun, and Walking on Water compassionately ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, terminal illness, tragic love, dysfunctional family, introspection, death in the family, family problems, couples, love and romance, youth, addiction, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
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35%
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Pope Dreams (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the vein of Good Will Hunting and Garden State, POPE DREAMS is a coming of age tale about a young man at a crossroads in life. Filled with heart, music, life, and loss. And a set of drums. Oh, and the Pope. POPE DREAMS is about a directionless ...
Style: realistic, touching, psychological, sentimental, serious
Plot: terminal illness, hopes, follow your dream, family relations, parents and children, young lovers, coming of age, human nature, teenage life, unfulfillment, mother son relationship, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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Be Sure to Share (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Shiro’s struggle with his father’s cancer and impending death leads to a realization that he must communicate his love and admiration for him before it’s too late. A series of flashbacks reveals their relationship over time, and the trouble ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, sentimental, psychological ...
Plot: family relations, redemption, terminal illness, coping, parents and children, unfulfillment, estrangement, family in crisis, father son relationship, life is a bitch, hopes, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%