Movies like Love Liza

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Love Liza (2002)
 7.0
 7K
Love Liza (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Following the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza, website designer Wilson Joel turns to huffing gasoline fumes and remote control gaming while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law.
Style: emotional, touching, bleak, psychological, meditative, tense, serious, realistic, contemplative, thought provoking ...
Plot: mother-in-law, suicide, drug abuse, addiction, life is a bitch, losing-it hero, disorder, social misfits, solace, family problems, death in the family, nothing goes right, sadness, mental illness, road trip, mental breakdown, husband wife relationship, death of wife, model airplane, character study, misfit, anti hero, stoners, dealing with death, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, alabama, new orleans

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, complex and gloomy films with plots about storytelling, depression, relationships, redemption, loneliness, death and dialogue mostly in Drama, Comedy and Crime genres. Some movies like Love Liza: Synecdoche, New York (2008), Winter Passing (2005), The Savages (2007), Shrink (2009), Cake (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.
Style: surreal, psychological, twists and turns, ambiguous ending, depressing ...
Plot: existentialism, depression, obsession, theater, actor, director, writer's life, writers, self fulfillment, artists and showbiz, alienation, therapist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, berlin germany, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Winter Passing (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, homecoming, dysfunctional family, couple relations, unlikely couple, artists and showbiz, love and romance, lifestyle, family problems, addiction, writer's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, michigan, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.1
 36K
The Savages (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.
Style: sentimental, realistic, sincere, humorous, emotional ...
Plot: midlife crisis, professor, depression, family relations, family, mental illness, neighbor, dying, nursing, parents and children, siblings relations, responsibility ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: arizona, new york, usa, poland, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.6
 18K
Shrink (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA's top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: suicide, therapist, haunted by the past, psychiatrist, widower, hollywood, power relations, doctors and patients, human nature, introspection, drugs/alcohol, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 6.4
 35K
Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, depressing, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, obsession, physical therapy, life is a bitch, grieving, dealing with death, introspection, drugs/alcohol, loneliness, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, tijuana mexico, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.9
 32K
Igby Goes Down (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.
Style: suspense, humorous, dark humor, cynical, depressing ...
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, teenage life, eccentric family, family problems, addiction, life is a bitch, falling in love, fall in love, coming of age, parents and children, terminal illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, new jersey, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city, connecticut ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.0
 51K
Hesher (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, touching ...
Plot: antisocial behavior, loner, dysfunctional character, youth, depression, arson, stranger, death in the family, family problems, rebelliousness, misfit, bully ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
August: Osage County (2013)
Genre: Comedy, 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, touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, incestuous relationship, funeral, family in crisis, family secret, drug addiction, family relations, death in the family, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Just Before I Go (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ted Morgan has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: suicide attempt, dysfunctional family, small town, life is a bitch, suicide, siblings relations, haunted by the past, family relations, depression, midlife crisis, loneliness, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Chumscrubber (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, bleak, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suburbs, suicide, kidnapping, friendship, mistaken identity, drug dealing, drug abuse, coming of age, youth, crimes, disorder, social decay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.3
 18K
The Son's Room (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, meditative, lyrical ...
Plot: psychoanalysis, regret, loss of son, parents and children, family problems, overcoming, hopes, family in crisis, redemption, marriage crisis, loss of child, death in the family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Romania
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Mr. Lazarescu (Ion Fiscuteanu) is a retired Romanian engineer, spending his time in the company of his cats and booze. When he starts feeling unusually ill, he first seeks painkillers from his neighbors. It soon becomes apparent that Lazarescu is ...
Style: bleak, realistic, sincere, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: hospital, doctors and patients, nurse, ambulance, paralysis, surgery, paramedic, terminal illness, fighting illness, health situation, public health, drinking problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: romania, europe, bucharest, canada, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, life is a bitch, funeral, love and romance, haunted by the past, grief, best friend, white male black female relationship, starting over, marriage, coping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.9
 10K
Hurlyburly (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Based on a play by David Rabe, Hurlyburly is about the intersecting lives of several Hollywood players and wannabes, whose dysfunctional personal lives are more interesting than anything they're peddling to the studios.
Style: talky, cynical, captivating, humorous, clever ...
Plot: hollywood, drug abuse, addiction, showbiz, drugs/alcohol, buddies, friendship, love triangle, sarcasm, insanity, filmmaking, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 8K
Lonesome Jim (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Failing to make it on his own, 27-year-old Jim moves back in with his parents and deals with crippling family obligations.
Style: sincere, touching, humorous, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, small town, homecoming, single parent, alienation, introspection, couple relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, love and romance, hopes, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, new orleans, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Door in the Floor (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Alternately tragic and comic, an exploration of the complexities of love in both its brightest and darkest corners. Adapted from John Irving's best-selling novel A Widow for One Year, the film is set in the privileged beach community of East ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, melancholic, reflective ...
Plot: infidelity, writer's life, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, family problems, estrangement, loss of son, loss of child, coping, crumbling marriage, artists and showbiz, writers ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, touching, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, human nature, love affair, parents and children, life is a bitch, dishonesty, couples, family relations, understanding, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.5
 18K
Rudderless (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis.
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, serious, sincere ...
Plot: rock band, family problems, down on your luck, parent child relationship, death in the family, dealing with death, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, coping, off the grid, music band, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Duane Hopwood (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A down-on-his-luck divorced father struggles to get his life and family back together before it's too late.
Style: emotional, humorous, realistic, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: family relations, redemption, down on your luck, addiction, parents and children, family problems, couples, breakup, unfulfillment, hopes, divorce, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.1
 122K
About Schmidt (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: 66-year-old Warren Schmidt is a retired insurance salesman and has no particular plans other than to drive around in the motor home his wife insisted they buy. He's not altogether bitter, but not happy either, as everything his wife does annoys ...
Style: contemplative, humorous, semi serious, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: life changing, family life, on the road, wedding, letter, salesman, fish out of water, parents and children, golden years, introspection, elderly, understanding ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colorado, denver colorado, nebraska, kansas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Upside of Anger (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After her husband runs off with his secretary, Terry Wolfmeyer is left to fend for herself -- and her four daughters. As she hits rock bottom, Terry finds a friend and drinking buddy in next-door neighbor Denny, a former baseball player. As the two ...
Style: suspense, sentimental, sincere, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, neighbor, family relations, couples, suburban life, couple relations, love and romance, starting over, lifestyle, parents and children, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: michigan, usa, detroit, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.6
 11K
Sherrybaby (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After serving time in prison, former drug addict Sherry Swanson returns home to reclaim her young daughter from family members who have been raising the child. Sherry's family, especially her sister-in-law, doubt Sherry's ability to be a ...
Style: emotional, bleak, serious, depressing, realistic ...
Plot: ex convict, drug abuse, support group, mother daughter relationship, warden, parole officer, addiction, starting over, parents and children, family problems, rehabilitation, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: new jersey, delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 9K
Mumford (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the small town of Mumford, a psychologist of the same name moves in and quickly becomes very popular, despite a questionable past.
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: small town, psychologist, therapy, fall in love, romance, hidden identity, starting over, mysterious character, power relations, small town life, depression, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: phoenix arizona, west virginia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 7.7
 66K
Happiness (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.
Style: banned film, cynical, dark humor, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: pedophilia, rape, loneliness, sibling relationship, divorce, marriage, therapist, depression, obsession, dysfunctional family, child abuse, unhappiness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.1
 14K
Trees Lounge (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tommy has lost his job, his love and his life. He lives in a small apartment above the Trees Lounge, a bar which he frequents along with a few other regulars without lives. He gets a job driving an ice cream truck and ends up getting involved with ...
Style: talky, gloomy, semi serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, bar, drinking alcohol, drinking, ice cream truck, alcohol, small town, self discovery, human nature, down on your luck, unemployment, sexual content ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Imaginary Heroes (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Matt Travis is good-looking, popular, and his school's best competitive swimmer, so everyone is shocked when he inexplicably commits suicide. As the following year unfolds, each member of his family struggles to recover from the tragedy with ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, witty, emotional, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, family secret, family problems, society, lifestyle, teenage life, loss of son, suburbs, coming of age, high school, gay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Life During Wartime (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in an almost war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos. Follows Solondz's film Happiness (1998).
Style: disturbing, psychological, melancholic, talky, stylized ...
Plot: pedophile, dysfunctional family, family relations, couple relations, family problems, parents and children, haunted by the past, loneliness, character study, secret, mother son relationship, eccentricity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: florida, usa, miami, new jersey, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Road Within (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young man with Tourette's Syndrome embarks on a road trip with his recently-deceased mother's ashes.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, emotional, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: tourette's syndrome, on the road, anorexia, friendship, mental illness, road trip, obsessive quest, escapades, social misfits, society, misfit, first love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 21K
Thumbsucker (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Justin, a teenager boy, throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.
Style: humorous, witty, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: high school, coming of age, rehabilitation, psychologist, addiction, self discovery, teenage life, lifestyle, youth, parents and children, life is a bitch, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Mondays in the Sun (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After the closure of their shipyard in Northern Spain, a few former workers: Santa, José, Lino, Amador, Sergei and Reina keep in touch. They meet mainly at a bar owned by their former colleague Rico. Santa is the most superficially confident and ...
Style: touching, serious, psychological, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: seaport, unemployment, friendship, working class, job seeking, self esteem, bar, destiny, life is a bitch, redemption, small town, breaking point ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: spain, australia, europe, galicia, switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%