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My Name Is Joe (1998)
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My Name Is Joe (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Germany, France, Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Two thirtysomethings, unemployed former alcoholic Joe and community health worker Sarah, start a romantic relationship in the one of the toughest Glasgow neighbourhoods.
Style: thought provoking, touching, realistic, gloomy, feel good, depressing, bleak, unusual plot structure, heartbreaking, melancholic ...
Plot: soccer, drug addiction, drugs, alcoholic, friendship, working class, debt, football, bowling, catastrophe, gangsters, drug addict, relationships, dark humor, loneliness, violence, life, depression, addiction, hospital, fantasy world, philosophy, brutality, heroin, poverty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, realistic, talky and reflective films with plots about loneliness, runaway, mentor, culture clash, dialogue, life philosophy and storytelling mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like My Name Is Joe: The Waterdance (1992), Drunks (1995), The Boost (1988), Mr. Jones (1993), The Angels' Share (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Waterdance (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An oft overlooked film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehab center with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies man, and Bloss, a racist biker. Considerable tension builds as ...
Style: realistic, touching, thought provoking, emotional, talky ...
Plot: disability, friendship, paraplegic, rehabilitation, life philosophy, love and romance, paralysis, society, hopes, human nature, human spirit, physical disability ...
Time: 90s
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95%
 6.4
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Drunks (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night, the first time in seven months, so he does - and leaves the meeting right after. As Jim wanders the night, ...
Style: talky, realistic, visually appealing, gloomy, thought provoking ...
Plot: alcoholic, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, self discovery, redemption, drug abuse, addiction, support group, drugs, heroin, drug addict, adaptation ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 6.0
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The Boost (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to turn. His friend, Joel, introduces him to cocaine to give ...
Style: bleak, allegory, unusual plot structure, depressing, bad ending ...
Plot: addiction, drugs, drug addiction, drug abuse, wine, corruption, brutality, revenge, catastrophe, destiny, parallel universe, mental illness ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, new york, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 5.8
 7K
Mr. Jones (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The story about the relationship between a manic depressive man, Mr Jones, and the female doctor who takes more than a professional interest in his treatment.
Style: psychological, compassionate, melancholic, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: bipolar disorder, mental illness, love, psychiatrist, romance, hospital, psychology, adaptation, loneliness, forbidden love, love affair, fall in love ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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The Angels' Share (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France, Belgium, Italy
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.
Style: feel good, harsh, sincere, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: community service, heist, working class, crimes, petty criminal, moral dilemma, going straight, fish out of water, thief, one last chance, society, buddies ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, england, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
She's So Lovely (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Maureen is pregnant and her husband Eddie is missing. Nervous, Maureen shares a couple of drinks with neighbor Kiefer, who tries to rape her and then beats her. When Eddie returns and finds his wife bruised, he goes ballistic, shoots a paramedic and ...
Style: melancholic, serious, psychological, realistic, talky ...
Plot: obsession, dysfunctional family, mental illness, mental institution, crumbling marriage, romance, couple relations, destructive relationship, love triangle, family problems, love and romance, mentally unstable ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 7.1
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Trees Lounge (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tommy has lost his job, his love and his life. He lives in a small apartment above the Trees Lounge, a bar which he frequents along with a few other regulars without lives. He gets a job driving an ice cream truck and ends up getting involved with ...
Style: talky, gloomy, art house, entertaining, stylized ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, drugs, addiction, drug addiction, self discovery, small town, older man younger woman relationship, alcoholic, melancholy, bittersweet, slacker, loner ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.6
 9K
Summer (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A lonely Parisian woman comes to terms with her isolation and anxieties during a long summer vacation.
Style: talky, realistic, sexy, art house, affectionate ...
Plot: boredom, female nudity, solitude, summer, self discovery, friendship, summer vacation, children, brutality, catastrophe, loneliness, french ...
Time: 80s
Place: paris france, tokyo, ireland, france, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Heavy (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Victor is a cook who works in a greasy bar/restaurant owned by his mother, Dolly. It's just the two of them, a waitress named Delores, and a heavy drinking regular, Leo. But things change when Callie, a beautiful college drop-out, shows up as a ...
Style: realistic, touching, visually appealing, unusual plot structure, artsy ...
Plot: small town, loneliness, food, workplace, self discovery, bittersweet, hospital, nudity (full frontal - brief), depression, dysfunctional family, honest, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Stanley & Iris (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An illiterate cook at a company cafeteria tries for the attention of a newly widowed woman. As they get to know one another, she discovers his inability to read. When he is fired, she takes on trying to teach him to read in her kitchen each night.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: working class, romance, opposites attract, love story, education, unemployment, love and romance, couple relations, teachers and students, couples, family problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
No Looking Back (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Charlie returns to his old town where he meets his ex-girlfriend again and tries to get her back.
Style: emotional, sexy, scary, feel good, dramatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, romance, working class, farce, homeless, transformation, sexualized violence, corruption, disaster, old love, waitress, culture clash ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, new jersey, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 7.4
 15K
Sweet Sixteen (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Style: disturbing, bleak, sentimental, realistic, heartbreaking ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: heroin, coming of age, innocence lost, juvenile delinquency, prison, drug dealing, drug dealer, downfall, dysfunctional family, teenager, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 80s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Late August, Early September (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A story about the transition from late youth to early maturity, the film follows several friends and lovers as they come to make decisions on how to live their lives--getting a job more in harmony with ones ideals, committing to a lover, giving up a ...
Style: talky, emotional, melancholic, meditative, ironic ...
Plot: friendship, betrayal, midlife crisis, unlikely friendships, complex characters, writers, human nature, couple relations, love and romance, romance, couples, depression ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
All the Real Girls (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In a small North Carolina town, Paul, a womanizer, meets Noel, a confused intellectual returning home for the first time in years since she left for boarding school. The film depicts the typical romance of a good girl and a bad boy, in an ...
Style: romantic, sexy, melancholic, atmospheric, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, date night
Plot: small town, romance, coming of age, womanizer, regret, existentialism, depression, love, introspection, crumbling relationship, human nature, relationships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, southern usa, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Everything Must Go (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, visually appealing, thought provoking ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, friendship, addiction, unemployment, loneliness, character study, tragedy, self discovery, salesman, starting over, marital problem, midlife crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, new jersey, texas, usa, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In California, a group of women struggle with personal problems as their paths intertwine in unexpected ways. Dr. Elaine Keener, the sole caretaker for her aging mother, turns to tarot card reader Christine for spiritual aid. Christine grapples with ...
Style: bleak, emotional, touching, intense, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: lesbian, loneliness, depression, women, sadness, dating, character study, interracial relations, single parent, illness, lgbt, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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: factual, depressing, intense, serious, psychological ...
Plot: drugs, addiction, heroin, drug abuse, human nature, drug addiction, lifestyle, family problems, rise and fall, life is a bitch, ambition, writers ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 70s
Place: los angeles, new jersey, usa, beverly hills, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Jesus of Montreal (1989)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A group of actors putting on an interpretive Passion Play in Montreal begin to experience a meshing of their characters and their private lives as the production takes form against the growing opposition of the Catholic church.
Style: thought provoking, sexy, inspirational, visually appealing, poignant ...
Plot: christian, religion, hospital, redemption, church, philosophy, actor, sexual abuse, mentor, nudity (full frontal - brief), transformation, runaway ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, quebec, montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Unhook the Stars (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Widowed mother Mildred must suddenly redefine herself and find an outlet for her nurturing side when her adult daughter moves out of the family home. Though Mildred thinks she's found her purpose when her neighbor, overworked single mother ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sexy, visually appealing ...
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, little boy, divorce, adaptation, family, mental illness, stereotypes, fantasy world, obsession, tragedy, sexualized violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, new jersey, california, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.5
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All or Nothing (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: depressing, emotional, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: working class, dysfunctional family, family relations, taxi driver, loneliness, depression, injustice, family problems, parents and children, couples, couple relations, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, new jersey, europe, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, compassionate, melancholic ...
Plot: addiction, drug addiction, redemption, introspection, drug abuse, alcoholic, yuppie, character study, tragedy, drugs, crime gone awry, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new jersey, philadelphia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Career Girls (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two young women reunite and rekindle their friendship after having said goodbye at their college graduation, six years earlier.
Style: talky, realistic, witty, meditative, harsh ...
Plot: college, friendship, bittersweet, bullying, catastrophe, character study, brutality, british, life, life & death, life philosophy, childhood ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: london, tokyo, new jersey, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.3
 17K
Atlantic City (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Lou, a small time gangster who thinks he used to be something big, meets and falls for a sexy casino employee named Sally. She needs his help realizing her dream of going to Monte Carlo, a symbol of the glamorous life that she has been looking for ...
Style: neo noir, realistic, sexy, thought provoking, cynical ...
Plot: gangsters, drugs, gambling, casino, murder, older man younger woman relationship, crimes, redemption, bittersweet, voyeurism, cocaine, poker game ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, las vegas, california, atlantic city, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.
Style: sincere, touching, depressing, gloomy, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: addiction, heroin, life is a bitch, grief, haunted by the past, love and romance, loss of spouse, character study, best friend, starting over, marriage, coping ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 6.6
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High Art (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.
Style: sexy, emotional, sincere, erotic, depressing ...
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, addiction, photographer, lesbian relationship, drugs, sexuality, drug addiction, art, love, couples, complex characters ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Anders is a recovering drug addict in an Oslo rehab clinic. On the 30th August, he is given a day’s leave to attend a job interview in the city centre.
Style: gloomy, depressing, thought provoking, melancholic, emotional ...
Plot: suicide attempt, suicide, drug addict, addiction, loneliness, drug addiction, character study, complex characters, old friends, unlikely friendships, starting over, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oslo norway, california, scandinavia, norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Ruby in Paradise (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Reeling from her mother's recent death, Ruby Lee Gissing relocates to Florida to start anew. After finding a job at a souvenir store, Ruby becomes friends with the shop's owner, Mildred Chambers, and slowly acclimates to her new ...
Style: realistic, touching, sexy, affectionate, poignant ...
Audience: teens
Plot: self discovery, friendship, coming of age, bittersweet, stripper, nudity (full frontal - brief), shoplifting, character study, death, adaptation, fantasy world, fight scenes ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, tokyo, new jersey, tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
La séparation (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In Paris, Pierre and Anne have been living together for a couple of years and they have the eighteen months son Loulou, who stays with the nanny Laurence during the day while they work. Their best friends are the couple Victor and Claire, who also ...
Style: psychological, sexy, poignant, allegory, affectionate ...
Plot: betrayal, adultery, dysfunctional family, infidelity, glbt, transsexual, melancholy, love triangle, bittersweet, nudity (full frontal - brief), transformation, art ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, paris france, argentina, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: An airline pilot and his wife are forced to face the consequences of her alcoholism when her addictions threaten her life and their daughter's safety. While the woman enters detox, her husband must face the truth of his enabling behavior.
Style: sentimental, emotional, intense, psychological, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, kids, date night
Plot: alcohol abuse, alcoholic, rehabilitation, family in crisis, family values, addiction, family, romance, tragedy, love story, single father, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, california, usa, denver colorado, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.4
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London (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: London is a drug laden adventure that centers on a party in a New York loft where a young man is trying to win back his ex-girlfriend.
Style: talky, intense, sexy, serious, psychological ...
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), love, couple relations, drugs, hopes, lifestyle, introspection, addiction, dysfunctional relationship, romance, party, cocaine ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%