Movies like Magnolia

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Magnolia (1999)
 8.0
 285K
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: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, non-linear, compassionate, talky, emotional, clever, twists and turns ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, terminal illness, coincidence, depression, infidelity, child prodigy, redemption, death, dysfunctional family, couple relations, life is a bitch, social problems, family problems, dishonesty, suffering, tragic event, family relations, haunted by the past, alienation, regret, cancer, suicide, seduction, police officer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 50s, 1910s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: los angeles

Most similar movies to Magnolia

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, thought provoking and reflective films with plots about family relations, dysfunctional family, storytelling, dialogue, parents and children, husband wife relationship and redemption mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Magnolia: The Ice Storm (1997), Short Cuts (1993), Biutiful (2010), The Master (2012), Shoot the Moon (1982). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.4
 53K
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, sexual, sexy, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: mate swapping, dysfunctional family, swinger, neighbor, snow, thanksgiving, infidelity, sexual exploration, storm, adultery, innocence lost, suburbs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: connecticut, usa, new york, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 42K
Short Cuts (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Multi-storied, fish-eyed look at American culture with some 22 characters intersecting--profoundly or fleetingly--through each other's lives. Running the emotional gamut from disturbing to humorous, Altman's portrait of the contemporary ...
Style: sincere, realistic, captivating, talky, depressing ...
Plot: suicide, cheating, multiple storylines, redemption, infidelity, loss of loved one, family relations, party, hit by a car, fishing, family in crisis, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 85K
Biutiful (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 148 min.
Story: This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who's sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate ...
Style: bleak, psychological, sincere, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: terminal illness, redemption, single father, death, family relations, suffering, parenthood, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, parents and children, reconciliation, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: barcelona, spain, barcelona spain, mexico, senegal
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.2
 150K
The Master (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Freddie, a volatile, heavy-drinking veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new "religion" he forms after World ...
Style: stylized, intellectual, atmospheric, art house, psychological ...
Plot: right hand man, drifter, alcoholic, guru, cult, nudity (full frontal - brief), introspection, psychiatry, mentor, brainwashing, addiction, post traumatic stress disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, year 1950, future
Place: usa, new york, england, alabama, pennsylvania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Shoot the Moon (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: After fifteen years of marriage, an affluent couple divorce and take up with new partners.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, psychological, dramatic ...
Plot: family relations, divorce, tennis court, marital crisis, infidelity, dysfunctional family, breakup, family problems, parents and children, family life, family in crisis, suburban life ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, understanding, family relations, couples, dishonesty, life is a bitch, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, gothic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, father son relationship, dying, reconciliation, dysfunctional family, architect, house, human nature, parents and children, hopes, fighting illness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.7
 6K
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: serious, sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, abortion, family relations, dysfunctional family, love and romance, love affair, couple relations, human nature, parents and children, couples, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 7.6
 9K
Faces (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
Style: talky, biting, suspense, tense, clever ...
Plot: prostitute, suburbs, infidelity, love, adultery, divorce, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, society, couple relations, suburban life, self discovery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.7
 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, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, buddies, life is a bitch, best friends, parents and children, human nature, rich and poor, family relations, twists & turns ...
Time: 1900s, 1930s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.0
 11K
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, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems, loss of parent, death of parent, cancer, tragedy, small town, family relations, family drama ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, emotional, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, dentist, couple relations, human nature, jealous spouse, dishonesty, lifestyle, imaginary friend, adultery, crumbling marriage, love and romance, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: meditative, psychological, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, teacher, family relations, prison, theft, crimes, investigation, parents and children, prison life, family problems, loss of sibling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, paris france, phoenix arizona, italy, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, talky, depressing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, actor's life, lifestyle, human nature, family life, unfulfillment, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
 7.4
 18K
Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: bleak, psychological, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, family gatherings, depression, parents and children, family problems, family tragedy, divorce, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.7
 3K
Providence (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives. He is a bitter man and he shows, through flashbacks, how spiteful, conniving and treacherous his ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: aging, dysfunctional family, family relations, terminal illness, couple relations, parents and children, human nature, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, writer's life, extramarital affair, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.4
 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: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hopes, human nature, midlife crisis, family life, couple relations, life is a bitch, family problems, fall in love, haunted by the past, teenage life, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.5
 9K
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, sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, family relations, couples, adultery, family problems, parents and children, couple relations, family gatherings, siblings relations, human nature, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 7.1
 1K
Daybreak (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sweden, shortly before Christmas. Surgeon Rickard is told the job he expected goes to a Dane, because of his substance abuse. It's too late to cancel dinner with his in-laws. The guest couple announces their in-vitro is a success. Then ...
Style: touching, psychological, bleak, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, vengeance, crumbling marriage, family problems, dishonesty, parents and children, family relations, couples, couple relations, love affair, introspection, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.9
 11K
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: touching, emotional, sincere, sad, sentimental ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, childbirth, pregnancy, self discovery, family life, couple relations, child birth, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, dealing with death, couple relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, introspection, farewell, responsibility, secret love, health situation, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, thought provoking, gloomy, touching, psychological ...
Plot: terminal illness, maid, death, cancer, grudge, mansion, estate, human nature, family life, friendship, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, turn of the century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.3
 14K
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, emotional, serious, atmospheric, scary ...
Plot: stripper, lap dance, panic attack, anxiety attack, exotic dancer, redemption, haunted by the past, self discovery, life is a bitch, hopes, human nature, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 7.4
 285K
Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA, Mexico, Morocco, Japan
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, rough, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: multiple storylines, nanny, loss of son, desert, deportation, tragic event, doctor, police brutality, family relations, redemption, depression, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, japan, mexico, asia, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.1
 21K
Winter Light (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, atmospheric, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: suicide, pastor, winter, faith, priest, midlife crisis, isolation, small town, crumbling marriage, society, unfulfillment, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.1
 17K
The Night (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A married couple attend a bourgeois party and wade through the stifling strain that long-term marriage has imposed upon them.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, sexy, sexual, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, hospital, terminal illness, nightclub, writers, party, midlife crisis, couple relations, introspection, parents and children, human nature, friendship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: italy, los angeles, europe, usa, milan italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 8.0
 86K
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: touching, bleak, rough, serious, sincere ...
Plot: murder, friendship, mentally challenged, death threat, redemption, family relations, small town, crimes, parents and children, haunted by the past, human nature, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, sincere, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: infidelity, youth, love and romance, couples, family problems, tragic love, introspection, dysfunctional family, death in the family, tragic hero, young lovers, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: touching, rough, sincere, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, introspection, dysfunctional family, human nature, family problems, society, family relations, addiction, family in crisis, strong female presence, siblings relations, down on your luck ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview moves to oil-rich California. Using his adopted son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. ...
Style: serious, bleak, atmospheric, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: greed, character study, rise to the top, ambition, money, bowling, oil, rivalry, obsession, villain, arson, marriage ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 20s ...
Place: california, usa, pacific ocean, san francisco, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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