Movies like Nil by Mouth

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Nil by Mouth (1997)
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Nil by Mouth (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making him live on his own. Raymond is generally a rough and even violent person, and that leads to problems in the life of the family.
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious, gloomy, rough, tense, sincere, harsh, brutal ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, addiction, heroin, drug abuse, domestic violence, realism, alcohol abuse, drugs/alcohol, down on your luck, violent husband, life is a bitch, urban, family problems, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations, working class, violence, drugs, drinking, temperamental, father son relationship, poverty, drug addict, wife abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, london, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and harsh films with plots about life is a bitch, storytelling, loneliness, drinking, mentor, dysfunctional family and redemption mostly in Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Nil by Mouth: All or Nothing (2002), The War Zone (1999), Ladybird Ladybird (1994), Tyrannosaur (2011), Wonderland (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: talky, bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, realism, couple relations, parents and children, down on your luck, urban, family in crisis, life is a bitch, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, algeria, florida ...
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95%
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The War Zone (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, incest rape, teenager, strong sexual content, innocence lost, parents and children, small town, siblings relations, family in crisis, teenage life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
Ladybird Ladybird (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maggie has had four children, by four different fathers, removed by social services because of a previous violent relationship. When she meets Jorge, a gentle Latin American refugee, she gradually sees her chance for happiness, but her history still ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, biting, sincere ...
Plot: love, children, pregnancy, working class, social worker, single parent, fighting the system, dysfunctional family, parents and children, social services, family, custody ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, liverpool, paraguay, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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Tyrannosaur (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship ...
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, serious, psychological ...
Plot: domestic violence, rage, violence, beating, death of husband, drunkenness, pub, urination, prison visit, dog, redemption, abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2010
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Wonderland (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: There's little wonder in the working-class lives of Bill, Eileen, and their three grown daughters. They're lonely Londoners. Nadia, a cafe waitress, places personal ads, looking for love; Debbie, a single mom, entertains men at the hair ...
Style: talky, realistic, gloomy, serious, sincere ...
Plot: weekend, working class, waitress, city life, family life, personal ad, sibling relationship, parents and children, urban, life is a bitch, society, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, london, europe, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Once Were Warriors (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A drama about a Maori family lving in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee Tamahori tells the story of Beth Heke’s strong will to keep her family together during times of unemployment and abuse from her violent and alcoholic husband.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, tense, sincere ...
Plot: rape, domestic violence, funeral, suicide, alcohol abuse, unemployment, violence, dysfunctional family, poverty, incest, tattoo, alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Style: disturbing, semi serious, captivating, dark humor, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, life is a bitch, friendship, society, counterculture, crimes, surrealism, misfit, drug addiction ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.1
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Ulee's Gold (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An elderly beekeeper and Vietnam vet must rescue his daughter-in-law and protect his grandchildren from killers.
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, touching, intense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, prison, beekeeper, parents and children, stabbing, stolen money, parent child relationship, bank robbery, family relations, fall in love, family life, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: addiction, drug addiction, drug abuse, death of pet, love, betrayal, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, destructive relationship, romance, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Sweet Nothing (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for ...
Style: serious, bleak, gloomy, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: drug dealing, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto, downfall, going straight, rehabilitation, self discovery, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: gloomy, emotional, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, life is a bitch, funeral, best friend, haunted by the past, love and romance, birthday, grief, drugs/alcohol, luxury, widow ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.6
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Sherrybaby (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After serving time in prison, former drug addict Sherry Swanson returns home to reclaim her young daughter from family members who have been raising the child. Sherry's family, especially her sister-in-law, doubt Sherry's ability to be a ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, parole officer, support group, ex convict, cocaine, addiction, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, hopes, parent child relationship, fondling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.2
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Wolfy (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: There are two of them: a mother and a girl. They have no names. And they are in a constant run. The mother runs away from the daughter in an attempt to start new life, and the girl runs after her mother as she has no idea how to live without her. ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, life is a bitch, neo realism, alcohol abuse, family relations, negligence, dysfunctional character, sex addict, addiction, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, bleak, atmospheric, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, drug addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, depression, hallucinations, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Submarino (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, redemption, single parent, estrangement, inheritance, siblings relations, urban, family problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, copenhagen denmark, europe, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Little Boy Blue (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Living in rural Texas is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, two small sons who look a lot like their brother. The dad harbors a secret, and he ...
Style: disturbing, serious, bleak, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, parents and children, murder, vengeance, siblings relations, haunted by the past, crimes, deadly, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, asia, usa, vietnam, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Frozen Land (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When a schoolteacher is sacked, he projects his bad mood at his troubled teenage son. The son, in turn, buys a CD player from a pawnshop with counterfeit money. This starts a chain reaction of misery as every victim projects his problems on to ...
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: depression, fired from the job, alcoholic, destiny, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, salesman, strong sexual content, parents and children, drug abuse, alcohol, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: finland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.5
 8K
Ratcatcher (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: James Gillespie is 12 years old. The world he knew is changing. Haunted by a secret, he has become a stranger in his own family. He is drawn to the canal where he creates a world of his own. He finds an awkward tenderness with Margaret Anne, a ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, serious, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: canal, neighbor, coming of age, drowning, mouse, realism, urban ghetto, dysfunctional family, youth, family relations, parents and children, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Pure (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young boy trying to deal with his mother's heroin addiction befriends a waitress who helps him cope with the tough situation.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: rehabilitation, addiction, friendship, drug abuse, prostitute, drug addiction, heroin, waitress, baby, drug dealer, birthday, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Liam (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A morality tale of xenophobia, religious prejudice, mob violence, poverty, and their effect on two children in Liverpool during the Depression. When a shipyard closes, Liam and Teresa's dad loses his job. Liam, who's about 8, making his ...
Style: bleak, touching, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: working class, anti semitism, unemployment, sin, domestic violence, parents and children, rich and poor, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, youth, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: england, europe, seaport, liverpool, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Jesus' Son (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young man turns from drug addiction and petty crime to a life redeemed by a discovery of compassion.
Style: dark humor, semi serious, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: drug abuse, on the road, redemption, addiction, abortion, realism, social misfits, rehabilitation, heroin, heroin addict, magic mushroom, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: iowa, chicago illinois, mexico, phoenix arizona, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Rosetta (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, psychological ...
Plot: unemployment, alcoholic, mother daughter relationship, trailer park, poverty, parents and children, snitch, realism, coming of age, dysfunctional family, rape, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: belgium, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: bleak, talky, psychological, serious, rough ...
Plot: murder, prison, dysfunctional family, theft, teacher, stabbing, robbery, jealousy, coming of age, romance, writer's life, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, california, phoenix arizona, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 7.3
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Fish Tank (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK
Duration: 123 min.
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Style: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: family problems, party, youth, innocence lost, coming of age, fall in love, teenager, dysfunctional family, boyfriend, age difference, adultery, adolescence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 8.0
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Secrets & Lies (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A middle-aged London factory worker is shocked when the mixed-race daughter she gave up at birth decides to track her down. At first she denies she is her mother. All family members become emotional, as everyone's secrets are exposed.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, clever, touching ...
Plot: adoption, secret, dysfunctional family, working class, social worker, family secret, jealousy, realism, parents and children, social differences, parent child relationship, reunion ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.5
 12K
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: emotional, captivating, realistic, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, heroin, dysfunctional family, drug dealer, downfall, parents and children, drug dealing, society, crime, youth, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.1
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Small Faces (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. But while Bobby and Alan are beginning to experience the power of raging ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, tense ...
Plot: gang, illiteracy, working class, juvenile delinquency, extreme violence, dysfunctional family, ghetto, social misfits, coming of age, human nature, school, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 1960s
Place: scotland, europe, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: clever, psychological, gloomy, serious, tense ...
Plot: addiction, irish, dysfunctional family, sailor, actor, terminal illness, family life, morphine, one day, crumbling marriage, redemption, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Designated Mourner (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jack and Judy are husband and wife, and Howard is Judys father. They live in some fictional undemocratic and repressive country, and tell us a story about their lives, mostly from Jack's point of view.
Style: talky, bleak, serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: prison, writer's life, couple relations, life is a bitch, society, politics, dealing with death, journalism, survival, couples, poetry, hotel ...
Time: 1900s, future
Place: england, europe, london, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Story about the remarkable friendship between a reclusive writer and illustrator and a chaotic homeless man, whom he gets to know during a campaign to release two charity workers from prison.
Style: emotional, serious, bleak, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: addiction, tragic hero, drugs/alcohol, institution, abuse, human nature, haunted by the past, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, suicide attempt, male friendship, homeless man ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%