Movies like Marvin's Room

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Marvin's Room (1996)
 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, uplifting, sincere, dramatic, sentimental, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: transplant, reunion, terminal illness, cancer, leukemia, estrangement, arson, siblings relations, sibling relationship, sister, family problems, family relations, single parent, parents and children, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, dysfunctional family, reconciliation, cigarette smoking, orange, old age, cigarette, latex gloves, aunt nephew relationship, troubled teen ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ohio, florida, usa

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Most similar movies to Marvin's Room

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, emotional and serious films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, terminal illness and catastrophe mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Marvin's Room: One True Thing (1998), My Life (1993), Christmas Eve (1986), Crimes of the Heart (1986), ...First Do No Harm (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.8
 9K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 7.7
 265
Christmas Eve (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of a well-to-do elderly woman, who befriends the homeless and volunteers her time with children, who learns she has an incurable illness and wants desperately to reunite her three grown grand children (who are scattered across the U.S. living ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: reunion, family relations, hopes, unfulfillment, family problems, life is a bitch, terminal illness, estrangement, family life, private detective, race against time, family gatherings ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Crimes of the Heart (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it ...
Style: talky, humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dysfunctional family, reunion, sibling relationship, sisters, golden years, human nature, introspection, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, eccentric family, family gatherings ...
Time: 80s
Place: mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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...First Do No Harm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: child illness, hospital, single parent, human spirit, parents and children, small town, courtroom drama, custody, death in the family, family in crisis, terminal illness, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 ...
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, midlife crisis, cancer, divorce, house, haunted by the past, architect, reconciliation, marijuana, dying, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 8.0
 521
The Gathering (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Adam Thornton learns that he only has a little time left, he decides that he wants to make peace with his family. Only problem is that most of his family are not exactly fond of him because he walked out on his wife and of his stubborn nature ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: terminal illness, golden years, single parent, introspection, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, estrangement, family life, unfulfillment, family problems ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: touching, emotional, melancholic, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, siblings relations, self discovery, small town, dysfunctional family, parents and children, mental illness, responsibility, sibling relationship, family problems, human relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Surrender, Dorothy (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When her daughter Sara unexpectedly passes away, Natalie retreats to the summer home where she and Sara used to visit. Time with her best friends and some of Sara's friends help her deal with her loss.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, emotional
Plot: beach, single parent, dealing with death, starting over, tragic love, death in the family, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, family in crisis, haunted by the past, terminal illness, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.5
 16K
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: talky, bleak, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, suicide attempt, introspection, parents and children, urban, beach house, poet, white rose, beach, siblings relations, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.8
 7K
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, serious, gloomy, touching, realistic ...
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 ⇓
45%
 4.8
 11K
Hanging Up (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A trio of sisters bond over their ambivalence toward the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father, to whom none of them was particularly close.
Style: talky, feel good, semi serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: hospital, thanksgiving, halloween, golden years, dysfunctional family, single parent, cheating, telephone, amnesia, sibling relationship, crumbling marriage, looking for love ...
Time: 90s, year 1993
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 ⇓
44%
 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, beirut lebanon, utah, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 ⇓
37%
 7.0
 5K
The Doctor (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that ...
Style: psychological, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, doctors and patients, coldhearted, doctor, surgery, redemption, couples, power relations, human nature, human spirit, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: medical school, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, serious, talky, gloomy, 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 ⇓
36%
You Can Count on Me (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.
Style: talky, realistic, touching, captivating, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, drifter, single mother, suicide attempt, workplace, single parent, introspection, sibling relationship, parents and children, workplace romance, siblings relations, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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God Said, 'Ha!' (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Julia Sweeney tells the viewers the monologue about the hard time in her life when her brother fought with cancer and she was also diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Style: touching, talky, dark humor, witty, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, human nature, family in crisis, couples, family relations, ego clash, couple relations, parents and children, cancer, siblings relations, eccentric family, family gatherings ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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 ⇓
33%
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 ⇓
33%
It's My Party (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A gathering of friends. A gift of love. A celebration of life.
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: aids, terminal illness, gay, death, friendship, gays and lesbians, lgbt, hiv, parents and children, friends, gender, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Middle-aged widow Beatrice Hunsdorfer (Joanne Woodward) and her daughters Ruth (Roberta Wallach) and Matilda (Nell Potts) are struggling to survive in a society they barely understand. Beatrice dreams of opening an elegant tea room but does not have ...
Style: talky, touching, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: single parent, redemption, parents and children, coming of age, unfulfillment, family problems, family relations, family life, alcohol abuse, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: connecticut, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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And the Band Played On (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The story of the discovery of the AIDS epidemic and the political infighting of the scientific community hampering the early fight with it.
Style: touching, talky, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: aids, terminal illness, gay, virus, deadly virus, epidemic, hiv, doctor, gays and lesbians, lgbt, gender, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, africa, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.7
 3K
Trucker (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Loner Diane Ford (Michelle Monaghan) is a truck driver with an 11-year-old son, Peter (Jimmy Bennett), whom she never sees, and that's fine with her. But, when Peter's father, Len (Benjamin Bratt), falls ill, he asks Diane to take care of ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: americana, highway, bar, violence, sex, motel, traffic, cancer, single parent, drugs/alcohol, small town, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.7
 53K
Stepmom (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Jackie is a divorced mother of two. Isabel is the career minded girlfriend of Jackie’s ex-husband Luke, forced into the role of unwelcome stepmother to their children. But when Jackie discovers she is ill, both women realise they must put aside ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: terminal illness, divorce, parents and children, custody, rebellious daughter, school play, photo shoot, friendship, urban, rivalry, family relations, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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 ⇓
31%
When Andrew Came Home (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mother searches for five years to find her kidnapped son in this fact-based drama. Unexpectedly the boy is found, but the reunion is not as she hoped. She now has to deal with five years of abuse that the boy suffered at the hands of his ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: single parent, parents and children, death in the family, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, estrangement, family problems, family relations, captivity, kidnapping, reunion, kids in trouble ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.4
 21K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Hidden in America (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of a man Bill Januson whose pride in being the head of his family won't let him accept help from his sick daughters doctor. He has to prove to his kids that even with the death of his wife and the loss of his job that they can and will ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: doctor, starving child, single parent, unemployment, parents and children, rich and poor, child illness, down on your luck, family in crisis, life is a bitch, society, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%