Movies like Mommie Dearest

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Mommie Dearest (1981)
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Mommie Dearest (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In this biographical film, glamorous yet lonely star Joan Crawford takes in two orphans, and at first their unconventional family seems happy. But after Joan's attempts at romantic fulfillment go sour and she is fired from her contract with MGM studios, her callous and abusive behavior towards her daughter Christina becomes even more pronounced. Christina leaves home and takes her first acting role, only to find her mother's presence still overshadowing her.
Style: disturbing, controversial, factual, talky, intense, psychological, campy, tense, serious, rough ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: child abuse, adoption, mother daughter relationship, abusive mother, dysfunctional family, narcissism, bad mother, mansion, hollywood, cult, mother, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, single parent, rebelliousness, single mother, bossy woman, actress, female protagonist, abusive parent, adopted daughter, domineering mother, youth, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 60s, 50s, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, new york, los angeles

Most similar movies to Mommie Dearest

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and intense films with plots about mentor, runaway, pornography, adaptation, storytelling, catastrophe and brutality mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like Mommie Dearest: An American Crime (2007), Frances (1982), This Boy's Life (1993), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Interiors (1978). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
An American Crime (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.
Style: disturbing, bleak, rough, serious, harsh ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: child abuse, torture, court, confined, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, murder, captivity, true crime, family problems, domestic violence, threat ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa
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Frances (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The true story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.
Style: disturbing, depressing, emotional, compassionate, factual ...
Plot: mental illness, hollywood, rich and poor, insanity, actor's life, mother daughter relationship, women, family relations, showbiz, rise to the top, life is a bitch, mentally unstable woman ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 50s, 70s
Place: california, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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This Boy's Life (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries ...
Style: depressing, realistic, touching, emotional, sad ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, small town, child abuse, single parent, abusive stepfather, domestic violence, childhood, husband wife relationship, teenager, dysfunctional family, friendship, writers ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, washington state, salt lake city utah, washington d.c., california ...
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Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line ...
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, thought provoking, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: mental illness, suicide, female protagonist, coming of age, insanity, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, teenage girl, psychology, borderline personality disorder, psychiatric ward, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
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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: psychological, realistic, bleak, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: depression, dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, mental illness, family relations, divorce, character study, psychology, life philosophy, parenthood, family gatherings, sibling rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
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Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 406 min.
TV show
Story: Anthology series of famous feuds with the first season based on the legendary rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford which began early on their careers, climaxed on the set of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" and evolved into an ...
Style: sincere, melancholic, thought provoking, humorous, factual ...
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, feud, actress, jealousy, movie star, glory, aging, woman, workplace problem, family problems, loneliness ...
Time: 60s
Place: los angeles
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Star 80 (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Paul Snider is a narcissistic, small time hustler who fancies himself a ladies man. His life changes when he meets Dorothy Stratten working behind the counter of a Dairy Queen.
Style: disturbing, stylized, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, playboy, obsession, crimes of passion, fame, rise and fall, movie business, couple relations, female nudity, true crime, nude model, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 80s, 70s, year 1978
Place: california, vancouver, los angeles
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Bugsy (1991)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: New York gangster Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel takes a brief business trip to Los Angeles. A sharp-dressing womanizer with a foul temper, Siegel doesn't hesitate to kill or maim anyone crossing him. In L.A. the life, the movies, and most of all ...
Style: realistic, stylized, intense, talky, tense ...
Plot: mafia, gambling, casino, organized crime, gangsters, hollywood, jewish, suspense, ambition, rise and fall, love affair, bohemian life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1945, 70s
Place: las vegas, los angeles, usa, new york, california ...
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Beautiful Boy (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After he and his first wife separate, journalist David Sheff struggles to help their teenage son Nic, who goes from experimenting with drugs to becoming devastatingly addicted to methamphetamine.
Style: disturbing, captivating, sentimental, rough, sad ...
Plot: drug addiction, drug addict, teenage boy, addiction, drugs, methamphetamine, teenager, divorce, coming of age, father son relationship, stepmother stepson relationship, sex scene ...
Place: san francisco, new york, los angeles
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Grey Gardens (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Based on the life stories of the eccentric aunt and first cousin of Jackie Onassis raised as Park Avenue d├ębutantes but who withdrew from New York society, taking shelter at their Long Island summer home, "Grey Gardens." As their wealth ...
Style: touching, realistic, compassionate, depressing, melancholic ...
Plot: eccentric family, mother daughter relationship, eccentricity, betrayal, depression, family life, eviction, family relations, parents and children, oldtimer, elderly, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: new york, california, usa
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Gia (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gia Carangi travels to New York City with dreams of becoming a fashion model. Within minutes of arriving, she meets Wilhelmina Cooper, a wise and high-powered agent who takes Gia under her wing. With Cooper's help and her own natural instincts, ...
Style: psychological, rough, melancholic, sexy, erotic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: lesbian, fashion, addiction, drug abuse, mental illness, heroin, drug addiction, aids, supermodel, model, lesbian romance, lesbianism ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
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I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 1960s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto. She wrote a screenplay for a film that she wanted Andy Warhol to produce, but he continued to ignore her. So she shot ...
Style: clever, disturbing, sexy, surreal, art film ...
Plot: art, artist, lesbian, women, feminist, writers, lgbt, true crime, feminism, gay, painter, obsession ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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Rated X (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Jim and Artie Mitchell, two brothers who entered the porn industry in the early 60's. After creating such legendary porn films as "Behind the Green Door" and "Inside Marily Chambers", they later ...
Style: sexy, psychological, intense, cynical, tense ...
Plot: murder, drug abuse, addiction, rags to riches, greed, lust, ambition, filmmaking, life is a bitch, rise and fall, showbiz, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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White Oleander (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.
Style: emotional, intense, touching, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: mother daughter relationship, coming of age, bad mother, dysfunctional family, women's prison, manipulation, teenage life, murder, loneliness, mental illness, women, family relations ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, nova scotia, mexico
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The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Bettie Page grew up in a conservative religious family in Tennessee and became a photo model sensation in 1950s New York. Bettie's legendary pin-up photos made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography, and transformed her into ...
Style: erotic, melancholic, factual, bleak, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, photographer, female nudity, fetish, fetishism, female protagonist, investigation, bdsm, model, sexuality, sexual awakening ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 70s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: usa, tennessee, new york, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city ...
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Baadasssss! (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Director Mario Van Peebles chronicles the complicated production of his father Melvin's classic 1971 film, "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." Playing his father in the film, Van Peebles offers an unapologetic account of ...
Style: thought provoking, sweet, talky, realistic, serious ...
Plot: racism, filmmaking, african american, blaxploitation, interracial relations, suspense, eccentricity, prejudice, showbiz, hollywood, fighting the system, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa
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28%
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RKO 281 (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A film about the making of Citizen Kane. Orson Welles produces his greatest film, Citizen Kane, despite the opposition of the film's de facto subject, William Randolph Hearst.
Style: talky, sexy, tricky, sad, romantic ...
Plot: screenwriter, writers, movie business, obsession, filmmaking, hollywood, anti semitism, mentor, wilderness, brutality, war, british ...
Time: 1940s, 70s
Place: new jersey, california, wisconsin
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Thirteen (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before ...
Style: realistic, sincere, tense, disturbing, intense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, teen drama, adult
Plot: coming of age, drug addiction, friendship, mother daughter relationship, peer pressure, dysfunctional family, addiction, underage drinking, teenage protagonist, self harm, teenager, kids in trouble ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, venice beach california
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Factory Girl (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In the mid-1960s, wealthy debutant Edie Sedgwick meets artist Andy Warhol. She joins Warhol's famous Factory and becomes his muse. Although she seems to have it all, Edie cannot have the love she craves from Andy, and she has an affair with a ...
Style: sexy, factual, melancholic, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: art, artist, fashion, drugs, dysfunctional family, addiction, drug addiction, female nudity, mentor, rise and fall, destiny, life philosophy ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1971, year 1970 ...
Place: new york, new jersey, california, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
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Imaginary Crimes (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A recently widowed, small-time hustler struggles to raise his two teenage daughters on his own and still make a dishonest living in 1950s Indiana.
Style: touching, emotional, sad, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family relations, hopes, hustler, cons and scams, down on your luck, terminal illness, life is a bitch, betrayal, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s
Place: california, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Cobb (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Al Stump is a famous sports-writer chosen by Ty Cobb to co-write his official, authorized 'autobiography' before his death. Cobb, widely feared and despised, feels misunderstood and wants to set the record straight about 'the greatest ...
Style: factual, inspirational, intense, serious, rough ...
Plot: baseball, sport, dark hero, underdog, lone hero, mentor, brutality, adaptation, historical figure, life is a bitch, athlete's life, ghost writer ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s
Place: detroit, california, new jersey, georgia, usa
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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.
Style: intellectual, talky, witty, clever, sexy ...
Plot: loveless marriage, female nudity, poetry, prohibition, nude, women, friendship, hotel, addiction, writers, female writer, relationships ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, victorian era, 50s ...
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
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Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: emotional, touching, compassionate, sad, serious ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, ira, injustice, family relations, irish, youth, parents and children, depression, children, society, human nature ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: ireland, new york, brooklyn new york city, england, boston ...
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A Home of Our Own (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story is located in Los Angeles in the sixties. An energetic widow, Frances Lacey, with her six children try to make a dream of theirs come true: to have a home of their own. Therefore they leave Los Angeles and head for the countryside, while ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, feel good, poignant ...
Audience: kids
Plot: single parent, christmas, bittersweet, family relations, youth, widow, corporal punishment, coming of age, family problems, children, parenthood, tragedy ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, idaho, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Permanent Midnight (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Ben Stiller plays comedy writer Jerry Stahl, whose $6000-a-week heroin habit had him taking his infant daughter along on his drug runs and doing smack during TV script conferences. Departing detox, Stahl explores memories with survivor Kitty, who ...
Style: depressing, intense, factual, serious, psychological ...
Plot: drugs, addiction, writers, heroin, drug abuse, husband wife relationship, human nature, drug addiction, lifestyle, life is a bitch, rise and fall, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 70s
Place: los angeles, new jersey, usa, beverly hills, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Lenny (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establisment as too obscene for the public.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: drug addiction, showbiz, judaism, fighting the system, addiction, drug abuse, stand up comedian, civil rights, rise and fall, lifestyle, ambition, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Sybil (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 198 min.
TV show
Story: The true story of a young woman named Sybil, whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed at least 13 different personalities.
Style: psychological, touching, disturbing, emotional, depressing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, dissociative identity disorder, psychology, split personality, psychiatrist, children, mental disorder, child abuse, women, child rape, medical, abuse ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Basquiat (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Director Julian Schnabel illustrates the portrait of his friend, the first African-American pop artist Jean-Michel Basquiat who unfortunately died at a young age and just as he was beginning to make a name for himself in the art world. Alongside the ...
Style: stylized, factual, inspirational, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: artist, art, drug abuse, painter, graffiti, drug addiction, self destructing, society, rising to stardom, rise and fall, human spirit, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, melancholic, factual, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: historical figure, fame, love, hollywood, actress, actor's life, movie star, ambition, cultural icon, women, depression, celebrity ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1956
Place: england, london, california, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A film about the singer Tina Turner and how she rose to stardom with her abusive husband Ike Turner and how she gained the courage to break free.
Style: inspirational, sincere, intense, emotional, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: music, domestic violence, black woman, musician, rock and roll, african american woman, showbiz, african american, childhood, musician's life, women, singer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 80s, 1930s ...
Place: usa, africa, tennessee
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