Movies like Marvin's Room

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Marvin's Room (1996)
 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: touching, emotional, uplifting, sincere, realistic, semi serious, sentimental, compassionate, talky, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: transplant, reunion, terminal illness, estrangement, leukemia, family relations, family problems, single parent, siblings relations, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, sibling relationship, dysfunctional family, cancer, arson, teenage boy, father daughter relationship, family drama, parents and children, reconciliation, sister, mental institution, kitchen, sister sister relationship, house ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa

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, dysfunctional family, storytelling, dialogue and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Comedy and Family genres. Some movies like Marvin's Room: One True Thing (1998), My Life (1993), Crimes of the Heart (1986), Interiors (1978), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 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, serious, clever, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, terminal illness, cancer, small town, parents and children, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, homecoming, family problems, family relations, journal, death of parent ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.9
 10K
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, sad ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, pregnancy, self discovery, couple relations, family life, unfulfillment, child birth, parents and children, life is a bitch, cancer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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, touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: reunion, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, sisters, eccentric family, family problems, parents and children, love and romance, family gatherings, family relations, human nature, family life ...
Time: 80s
Place: mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 7.5
 17K
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: dysfunctional family, depression, family problems, family relations, parents and children, family gatherings, family tragedy, sister sister relationship, sibling rivalry, father daughter relationship, character study, family drama ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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, small town, mental illness, parents and children, self discovery, dysfunctional family, family problems, responsibility, obesity, single mother ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.0
 546
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: realistic, emotional, serious, sentimental, touching
Plot: terminal illness, single parent, estrangement, family problems, family life, introspection, family relations, reunion, parents and children, dysfunctional family, elderly, family gatherings ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
...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: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: child illness, hospital, doctors and patients, family in crisis, rebellion, single parent, fighting the system, family life, unfulfillment, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 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, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, rich and poor, parents and children, life is a bitch, human nature, buddies, best friends, twists & turns, friends ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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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: realistic, emotional, sincere, serious, touching
Plot: family relations, friends, beach, politics, tragic love, showbiz, disagreement, starting over, haunted by the past, terminal illness, orphan, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.6
 276
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: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: reunion, family problems, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, hopes, family relations, terminal illness, estrangement, family gatherings, family life, race against time, private detective ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, cancer, divorce, marijuana, reconciliation, architect, dying, midlife crisis, house, haunted by the past, sexual attraction ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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, surgery, doctor, coldhearted, doctors and patients, redemption, introspection, intern, life is a bitch, parents and children, couple relations, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: medical school, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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: sentimental, touching, talky, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: hospital, halloween, thanksgiving, dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, midlife crisis, single parent, siblings relations, hopes, golden years, crumbling marriage, family gatherings ...
Time: 90s, year 1993
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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, supportive spouse, alzheimer's disease, family drama, columbia university, relationships, parenthood, mother daughter relationship, life turned upside down, unfulfillment, family bonds, sister sister relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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, pain, marriage, eccentric family, family life, family in crisis, hopes, gays and lesbians, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
Place: middle east, new jersey, beirut lebanon, utah, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, psychological, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dysfunctional family, lawsuit, farm, betrayal, vengeance, family, tragedy, unfulfillment, legal, infidelity, terminal illness, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: divorce, tennis court, infidelity, dysfunctional family, tennis, family relations, couples, love affair, couple relations, family in crisis, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, emotional ...
Plot: divorce, custody battle, courtroom, lawyer, marriage, selfishness, father son relationship, family problems, family, single father, justice, hospital ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: talky, emotional, dark humor, realistic, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, funeral, drug addiction, family secret, poet, death in the family, humiliation, overbearing parent, parents and children, overcoming, conflict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: reunion, missing person, kidnapping, missing child, parents and children, family life, family problems, police detective, family relations, crimes, mother son reunion, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Death of a Salesman (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Salesman Willy Loman is in a crisis. He's about to lose his job, he can't pay his bills, and his sons Biff and Happy don't respect him and can't seem to live up to their potential. He wonders what went wrong and how he can make ...
Style: emotional, sincere, atmospheric, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, american dream, mental illness, parents and children, estrangement, life is a bitch, family in crisis, down on your luck, siblings relations, elderly, human nature, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, mental illness, kidnapping, estrangement, americana, playwright, secret society, haunted by the past, rescue, couples, small town life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Dominick and Eugene (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Dominick and Eugene are twins, but Dominick is a little bit slow due do an accident in his youth. They live together, with Dominick working as garbage man to put Eugene through medical school. Their relationship becomes strained when Eugene must ...
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: life is a bitch, family problems, misfit, family relations, intern, family life, brother brother relationship, mental retardation, garbage collector, twins, society, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: medical school, usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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: touching, emotional, talky, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coma, estrangement, family relations, under the surface, mouse, family problems, family life, death in the family, solace, human nature, innocence lost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.2
 4K
Dad (1989)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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, sentimental, touching, feel good, realistic ...
Plot: terminal illness, father son relationship, heart attack, redemption, dysfunctional family, aging, family relations, homecoming, hopes, life is a bitch, friendship, human nature ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Men Don't Leave (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After her husband John dies unexpectedly, Beth Macauley is unprepared for life without him. She is unemployed with no job skills and $60,000 in debt from on-going renovations to their house located in suburban Bingham. She doesn't know what to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, feel good, realistic ...
Plot: starting over, lottery, widow, depression, love and romance, family relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, urban, human nature, self discovery, single parent ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 107K
Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, parents and children, addiction, school, death, life philosophy, bully ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Boys Are Back (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When the wife of sports-writer Joe Warr dies of cancer, he takes on the responsibility of raising their 6-year-old son, and his teenage son from a previous marriage. As Joe rejects the counsel of his mother-in-law and other parents, he develops his ...
Style: touching, melancholic, sentimental, romantic, inspirational ...
Plot: single parent, parenthood, overcoming, cancer, step siblings, life turned upside down, adolescence vs adulthood, family problems, family relations, single father, father son relationship, party ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, australia, tokyo, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. But their family is rocked by sudden, heartbreaking news that forces them to make a difficult and unorthodox choice in order to save their baby girl's life. The ...
Style: sentimental, sad, emotional, touching, heartbreaking ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: child illness, terminal illness, moral dilemma, mother daughter relationship, childhood, lawyer, family drama, parenthood, cancer, hospital, relationships, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, coming of age, family life, family problems, teenage life, unfulfillment, parents and children, life is a bitch, alcohol abuse, protective parent, family relations, single parent ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: connecticut, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%