Movies like Secret Sunshine

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Secret Sunshine (2007)
 7.5
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Secret Sunshine (2007)
Original name: 밀양
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Sin-ae moves with her son Jun to Miryang, the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to come to herself and set out on new foundations, another tragic event overturns her life.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy
Plot: suicide attempt, redemption, romance, christianity, couple relations, parents and children, love and romance, hopes, dysfunctional family, family problems, human nature, death in the family, losing-it hero, faith, born again christian, widow, loss of child, grieving, mother son relationship, family relations, pianist, starting over, mechanic, couples, small town life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, korea, seoul, south korea

Most similar movies to Secret Sunshine

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and gloomy films with plots about family relations, family problems, parents and children, family in crisis, couples, hopes and love and romance mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Secret Sunshine: A Touch of Fate (2003), Daybreak (2003), All Around Us (2008), Wild Iris (2001), Islander (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Touch of Fate (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: One night in a small town in North Carolina, fate brings together three lives: an entertainment lawyer returning home to his dying mother after years in escape of his past, a woman trying to reclaim her supposed love, and a boy with a penchant for ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, destiny, hopes, family relations, starting over, redemption, parents and children, human nature, love and romance, romance, small town, chance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.1
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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: sincere, touching, bleak, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, vengeance, family problems, crumbling marriage, couples, family relations, dishonesty, love affair, parents and children, couple relations, introspection, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.6
 656
All Around Us (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Kanao, a courtroom portrait artist, observes crimes, scandals and the decline of Japanese values without passing judgement. As he and his wife endure the tragedy of their first child’s death, hope slowly unfolds and their love story flickers to ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: couple relations, estrangement, family problems, death in the family, pregnancy, social decay, society, dysfunctional family, love and romance, unfulfillment, sexual content, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.1
 419
Wild Iris (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A woman and her teenage son move back in with her mother to work together in the family bridal business.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, talky
Audience: girls' night
Plot: hopes, romance, unlikely couple, dysfunctional family, parents and children, couples, lifestyle, youth, family problems, family relations, introspection, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 6.6
 249
Islander (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a tragic accident at sea, Eben Cole loses his family, friends and stature in his island fishing community. He returns to the island an outcast but determined to win back the way of life he fought so hard to protect. Set against the stunning ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: hopes, island, redemption, starting over, couple relations, friendship, human nature, estrangement, family problems, social misfits, ocean, coast ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.9
 352
Bereft (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young Vermont widow is haunted by the memory of her dead husband, while trying to date again.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: haunted by the past, parents and children, friendship, romance, solace, life is a bitch, impossible love, family problems, family life, couples, estrangement, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Hawk Is Dying (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A Gainesville Florida auto upholsterer (Giamatti) attempts to subvert his mundane life by training a wild, red-tailed hawk.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy
Plot: obsession, mentally challenged, hawk, midlife crisis, supportive spouse, family problems, family relations, death in the family, parents and children, losing-it hero, uncle nephew relationship, kids and family ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.1
 976
Open Window (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The engagment between a struggling photographer and an assistant professor is marred by an act of violence.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: dysfunctional family, introspection, couples, family problems, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, haunted by the past, couple relations, family in crisis, vegetarian, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Movie in collections
 5.7
 167
Vegetarian (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An ordinary housewife, Yeong-hye, who has nightmares every night, finally becomes a vegetarian, throwing away all the meats in her refrigerator. Her husband Kil-soo starts to complain about her actions. Her family also worries about her health. ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Plot: family relations, couples, family problems, couple relations, unfulfillment, family in crisis, siblings relations, crumbling marriage, human nature, marriage crisis, divorce, unfaithful husband ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
A Perfect Day (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Antonio and Emma have been separated for years, but he does not accept when Emma dates other men. Indeed Antonio proves obsessive, aggressive and intrusive, and again threatens Emma to hurt the children: little Kevin, shy and introverted, and the ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, obsession, breaking point, danger, life is a bitch, family problems, losing-it hero, mentally unstable, crimes, parents and children, ex husband ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.8
 109
Mile Zero (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Mile Zero is a story about a father with a remarkable capacity to love.
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, gloomy
Plot: kidnapping, crumbling marriage, estrangement, breakup, couples, family problems, family relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, wilderness, family in crisis, denial ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Untold Scandal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Based on the novel 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses,' this film is set in aristocratic 18th-century Korea at the end of the Chosun Dynasty. The irresistible temptress Lady Cho asks her cad of a younger cousin, Jo-won, to deflower the innocent ...
Style: sexual, psychological, captivating, stylized, sexy ...
Plot: seduction, betrayal, love and romance, couples, couple relations, love triangle, dishonesty, mind game, society, rivalry, romance, love affair ...
Time: 18th century
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
No One Writes to the Colonel (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, France, Spain
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Every Friday, the Colonel puts on his only suit and goes to the dock to await a letter announcing the arrival of his pension. But the townsfolk all know that this pension will never come. His wife also knows it, and even he knows it. But he is still ...
Style: serious, sincere, atmospheric, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: pension, colonel, small town, parents and children, hopes, downfall, family relations, couple relations, family life, small town life, haunted by the past, poverty ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.1
 822
Offline (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A man attempts to reclaim the life that prison took from him but his dark past threatens to ruin everything.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sincere, gloomy
Plot: redemption, starting over, haunted by the past, human nature, dysfunctional family, estrangement, family relations, family problems, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, young lovers, unfulfillment, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Silent Waters (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Pakistan, France, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ayesha is a widow with a secret past, living with her beloved son Saleem in a small town in Pakistan close to the Indian border. When the fires of Islamic nationalism invade their tranquil lives, Saleem and a few of the town's other young men ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: hopes, politics, wartime life, self discovery, family life, death in the family, human nature, family relations, battles, family problems, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 70s, 40s, 1940s
Place: pakistan, india, middle east, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, homecoming, dysfunctional family, tragic love, family problems, best friends, haunted by the past, couples, parents and children, starting over, single parent, orphan ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Particles of Truth (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Life, love, and the fear of failing... Lilli Black, battling her painful memories and the secrets surrounding her dying father, collides into the complicated and obsessive life of Morrison Wiley on the streets of New York City. This peculiar love ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: couples, estrangement, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, family relations, mental illness, family problems, human nature, haunted by the past, introspection, family life, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Common Ground (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Argentina
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In Buenos Aires, a few days before traveling to Spain with his beloved wife Liliana Rovira to visit their son Pedro, the leftist Literature professor Fernando Robles is compulsory retired in the University, and he concludes that it is impossible to ...
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, clever, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, destiny, family life, love and romance, couples, family in crisis, family problems, society, parents and children, unemployment, starting over, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Glass Menagerie (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A son longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his lame, shy sister.
Style: psychological, serious, touching, melancholic, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, aging, family in crisis, family life, parents and children, unfulfillment, romance, family problems, brother sister relationship, family relations, cripple, collection ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s, 1920s
Place: usa, tennessee, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Turn the River (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A pool shark takes the ultimate gamble when she kidnaps her own son and flees her ex-husband.
Style: realistic, bleak, psychological, serious, gloomy
Plot: kidnapping, gambling, family relations, billiards, parents and children, dysfunctional family, addiction, hopes, family problems, estrangement, introspection, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Shuhei Hirayama is a widower with a 24-year-old daughter. Gradually, he comes to realize that she should not be obliged to look after him for the rest of his life, so he arranges a marriage for her.
Style: gloomy, touching, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: wedding, family relations, family in crisis, couple relations, parents and children, midlife crisis, family gatherings, family life, love affair, eccentric family, unfulfilled love, fall in love ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.9
 1K
Normal (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A deadly car accident brings together a group of previously unrelated people, each of whom is forced to deal with the emotional fallout.
Style: psychological, sincere, realistic, serious, sexy ...
Plot: stepmother stepson relationship, incest overtones, adultery, alcohol abuse, mother son incest, obsession, haunted by the past, family life, parents and children, death in the family, family in crisis, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 189
Sons & Lovers (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 192 min.
Story: Filmmaker Stephen Whittaker adapts author D.H. Lawrence's simmering tale of sex, love, and family. In the years leading up to World War I, the problems faced by many families were uncannily similar to the issues that mankind would still be ...
Style: serious, realistic, romantic, sincere
Plot: self discovery, family relations, love and romance, romance, writer's life, crumbling marriage, parents and children, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, couples, family problems, unfulfillment ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Everything Put Together (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Everything Put Together is a 2000 film directed by Marc Forster starring Radha Mitchell and Megan Mullally.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: redemption, losing-it hero, pregnancy, family life, social decay, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, family problems, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, babies and infants, mental disorder ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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, midlife crisis, couple relations, family life, human nature, love and romance, family problems, haunted by the past, innocence lost, teenage life, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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, writer's life, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, husband wife relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Grief of Others (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The Ryries have suffered a loss: the death of a baby just fifty-seven hours after his birth. Without words to express their grief, the parents, John and Ricky, try to return to their previous lives. The couple's children, ten-year-old Biscuit ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, death in the family, couple relations, couples, family problems, dealing with death, family crisis, dysfunctional family, reconciliation, stillborn child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.2
 1K
The Wool Cap (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This film, originally made for tv, stars William H. Macy as a mute superintendent of a apartment building that is falling apart who becomes the unwilling guardian to a young girl with a bit of an attitude. The film is an updated and Americanized ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: introspection, redemption, friendship, family problems, dysfunctional family, hopes, human nature, addiction, rehabilitation, family life, elderly, custody ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Wonder Years (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A 13 year old girl who lives with her widowed mother in a town in Korea. Somewhat withdrawn and living in dreams, her main dream is that her real mother is a famous pop singer. Soo-ah falls in with a delinquent schoolgirl, and after a tense argument ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, sentimental, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dream, misunderstanding, loss, parents and children, teenage life, coming of age, family problems, hopes, single parent, mother, pop star, 13 year old ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%