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The North (1983)
 7.7
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The North (1983)
Original name: El Norte
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Mexico, USA, UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, touching, serious, emotional, reflective, allegory, political, bleak, poignant ...
Plot: immigrants, american dream, village, immigration, illegal immigration, culture clash, on the road, politics, family relations, rich and poor, parents and children, injustice, life is a bitch, family life, on the run, starting over, village life, hopes, latinos, society, human nature, siblings relations, americana, bittersweet, undocumented immigrant ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico, los angeles, usa, latin america, guatemala, san diego california, central america ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and melancholic films with plots about society, family relations, immigrants, hopes, storytelling, mentor and culture clash mostly in Drama, Adventure and Crime genres. Some movies like The North: Under the Same Moon (2007), My Family (1995), Get on the Bus (1996), The Illegal (1977), Everybody's Fine (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Under the Same Moon (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: immigrants, friendship, obsessive quest, family reunited, escapades, society, custody, travel, grandmother grandson relationship, runaway, survival, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, los angeles, usa, latin america, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.3
 4K
My Family (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930's. They establish their family in ...
Style: touching, captivating, realistic, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: family relations, immigrants, wedding, murder, coming of age, death of wife, marriage, family, rebelliousness, reunion, couples, misfit ...
Time: 50s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
Get on the Bus (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Get On the Bus follows several Black men on a cross country bus trip to the Million Man March. On the bus are an eclectic set of characters including a laid off aircraft worker, a former Gang Banger, a Hollywood actor, a cop who is of mixed racial ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, realistic, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: racism, bus, politics, gang, on the road, friendship, hopes, family relations, injustice, self discovery, rich and poor, human nature ...
Time: 90s
Place: washington d.c., los angeles, usa, california, tennessee ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.3
 605
The Illegal (1977)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After the birth of his first child, Roberto, a young Mexican man slips across the border into the United States. Seeking work to support his family back home, he finds that working hard is not enough.
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: farm, family relations, mexican, politics, society, misfit, hopes, immigrants, truck, money, cafe, extramarital affair ...
Time: 70s
Place: mexico, latin america, colorado, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Everybody's Fine (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Eight months after the death of his wife, Frank Goode looks forward to a reunion with his four adult children. When all of them cancel their visits at the last minute, Frank, against the advice of his doctor, sets out on a road trip to reconnect ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: loneliness, family relations, doctor, family reunited, widower, parents and children, holiday, siblings relations, family problems, retired, introspection, loss of spouse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas, new york, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Powwow Highway (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Buddy Red Bow is struggling, in the face of persecution, by greedy developers and political in-fighting, to keep his nation on a Montana Cheyenne Reservation financially solvent and independent. Philbert, a simple-minded friend of Buddy's, ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, touching, sincere ...
Plot: native american, false accusation, discrimination, friendship, hopes, society, odd couple, life is a bitch, injustice, friends, family relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: montana, usa, london, mexico, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.7
 23K
Crossing Over (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Immigrants from around the world enter Los Angeles every day, with hopeful visions of a better life, but little notion of what that life may cost. Their desperate scenarios test the humanity of immigration enforcement officers. In Crossing Over, ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, intense, touching ...
Plot: immigrants, deportation, culture clash, social differences, society, fighting the system, life is a bitch, state affairs, social problems, interracial relations, americana, rabbi ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico, bangladesh, southern california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.2
 15K
A Better Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while traveling across town to perform landscaping work for the city's wealthy landowners.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: immigrants, thief, family relations, theft, american dream, single parent, life is a bitch, working class, teenage life, down on your luck, parents and children, unsuccessful ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, september 11 2001
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico, malibu california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 7.6
 31K
Without Name (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Set on the border, where Mexico becomes the crucible and the fearsome gangs of today’s Mexican countryside, the gauntlet, to freedom. The stories of a girl living in Honduras and hungering for a brighter future, and two teen gang members, for whom ...
Style: disturbing, serious, bleak, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: gang, immigrants, juvenile delinquency, social problems, hopes, illegal immigration, train, corpse, rape, lifestyle change, youth, robbery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, central america, guatemala, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.0
 350
The City (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The stories of four Hispanic immigrants living in New York City.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: immigrants, working class, lottery, family relations, culture clash, hopes, youth, life is a bitch, social differences, racism, family in crisis, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, mexico, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.2
 7K
I Am David (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Based on Anne Holm's acclaimed young adult novel North to Freedom, I Am David chronicles the struggles of a 12-year-old boy (Ben Tibber) who manages to flee a Communist concentration camp on his own -- through sheer will and determination. All ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, tense ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: reunion, rescue, survival, hopes, human spirit, self discovery, friendship, danger, politics, artist, stowaway, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, year 1951, 50s, year 1952, quarry ...
Place: switzerland, italy, denmark, bulgaria, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Once You're Born You Can No Longer Hide (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Italy, France, UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A coming-of-age drama set in contemporary Italy.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, melancholic, sexy
Plot: adventure, politics, hopes, parents and children, ship, state affairs, misfit, family problems, family relations, racism, immigrants, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Allie Fox, an American inventor exhausted by the perceived danger and degradation of modern society, decides to escape with his wife and children to Belize. In the jungle, he tries with mad determination to create a utopian community with disastrous ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Plot: adventure, jungle, utopia, obsessive quest, danger, village life, village, dysfunctional family, immigrants, nature, mental illness, thanksgiving ...
Time: 80s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, central america, latin america, baltimore ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Bread and Roses (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, sincere, melancholic, intense ...
Plot: labor union, immigrants, realism, deportation, working class, politics, society, life is a bitch, family relations, fighting the system, janitor, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico city, guatemala, beverly hills ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 306
Northless (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Andres reaches the Mexican border to cross into the United Sates. There between each attempt, he discovers that Tijuana is a troubled city. As he waits there, Andres is not only confronted with his feelings and what he left behind, but also with ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: immigrants, human spirit, social decay, friendship, follow your dream, society, hopes, bittersweet, mexican immigrant, u.s. mexico border, workplace, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
America So Beautiful (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: This film follows the odyssey of a group of Iranian immigrants in Los Angeles, trying to find their place in America amidst the unfolding of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
Style: sincere, touching, uplifting, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: disco, racism, lifestyle, follow your dream, culture clash, injustice, nightlife, interracial relations, misfit, society, nightclub, immigrants ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Men with Guns (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Dr. Fuentes is a medical professor approaching his retirement and journeys to find old students, with sometimes disturbing results.
Style: clever, touching, tense, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Plot: jungle, politics, soldier, hopes, tourist, investigation, intrigue, golden years, life is a bitch, society, introspection, idealism ...
Time: 90s
Place: central america
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
In This World (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Torn straight from the headlines, Michael Winterbottom's compelling and prescient 'In This World' follows young Afghan Jamal and his older cousin Enayat as they embark on a hazardous overland trip from their refugee camp at Peshawar, ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, suspenseful, sincere, inspirational ...
Plot: refugee, on the road, politics, life is a bitch, refugees, immigrants, hopes, danger, friendship, society, poverty, orphan ...
Time: contemporary, year 2001, year 2002
Place: iran, afghanistan, pakistan, turkey, middle east ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 7.2
 6K
Avalon (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Avalon is the third in Levinson's semi-autobiographical series of four "Baltimore Films": Diner (1982), Tin Men (1987), Avalon (1990), and Liberty Heights (1999). The film is set in Baltimore in the early 1950s and explores the themes ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, atmospheric, semi serious, nostalgic ...
Plot: immigrants, family relations, thanksgiving, nostalgia, culture clash, oldies, small town, americana, family life, friendship, store, parents and children ...
Time: 1910s, 1940s, 20th century, 1900s, year 1914 ...
Place: baltimore, usa, poland, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.8
 7K
The Promise (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Tunisia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In this acclaimed and gripping social portrait of immoral lives in need of rescue, Igor (Jérémie Renier), aged 15, and his father Roger (Olivier Gourmet) deal in housing and peddling illicit labor in the outlying districts of Liege, Belgium. ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, touching, sincere ...
Plot: immigrants, coming of age, dysfunctional family, death in the family, parents and children, siblings relations, innocence lost, teenage life, human nature, youth, life is a bitch, smuggling ...
Time: 90s
Place: belgium, europe, usa, los angeles, antwerp ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Argentina, USA, Chile, Peru, Brazil, UK, Germany, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: "The Motorcycle Diaries" is based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he, and best friend Alberto Granado, had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early ...
Style: touching, sentimental, captivating, road movie, realistic ...
Plot: self discovery, motorcycle, poverty, journey, on the road, friendship, injustice, freedom, following a dream, introspection, young man, society ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1952, 1960s ...
Place: latin america, argentina, venezuela, colombia, chile ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.3
 6K
Goodbye Solo (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A man planning to commit suicide hires a taxi driver to take him to his jumping-off point.
Style: uplifting, touching, thought provoking, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: taxi driver, friendship, immigrants, suicidal, elderly, society, regret, loneliness, taxi, interracial relations, mentor, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.4
 1K
Shadrach (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, slave, slavery, human nature, crumbling marriage, society, unfulfillment, family problems, injustice, friends, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: virginia, alabama, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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An American Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: immigrants, family relations, cold war, friendship, family, love and romance, self discovery, siblings relations, parents and children, human nature, on the run, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, year 1950 ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, poland, budapest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.3
 253
Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, family relations, opposites attract, immigrants, friends, love and romance, friendship, culture clash, single parent, youth, family life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Golden Dream (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, Spain, Guatemala
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A group of Central-American teen-agers depart from the slums of Guatemala City escaping poverty and violence, towards the promised land of California.
Style: touching, rough, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, immigrants, on the road, follow your dream, leaving home, hopes, danger, communication problem, poverty, mexican american border, train, train ride ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: mexico, latin america, central america, usa, guatemala
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.3
 1K
Between Us (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Abruptly abandoned by her husband in a country completely foreign to her, Colombian native Mariana (Paola Mendoza) struggles to take care of herself and her two young children on the unforgiving streets of New York City. Sebastian Villada, Laura ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious
Plot: homelessness, starting over, human spirit, hopes, family problems, life is a bitch, society, single parent, american dream, working class, family relations, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, colombia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Echo Park, L.A. (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin.
Style: touching, sentimental, melancholic, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: pregnancy, unwanted pregnancy, culture clash, coming of age, life turned upside down, starting over, teenage life, family disapproval, society, parents and children, gay slur, religion ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.1
 213
Here and There (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US. He finds his daughters older, and more distant than he imagined. His wife still has the same smile. Having saved some earnings from two trips to the ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, psychological
Plot: family relations, parents and children, immigrants, hopes, society, life is a bitch, getting home, music band, worker, countryside, poverty, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.1
 540
Arcadia (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Greta's dad Tom is moving the family cross-country in a dented station wagon, promising a California paradise to his kids. All that's missing is Mom.
Style: touching, captivating, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: road trip, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations, family problems, on the road, dysfunctional family, single father, single parent, cross country, coming of age, marital problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, oklahoma, missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%