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Not Without My Daughter (1991)
 6.4
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Not Without My Daughter (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An American woman, trapped in Islamic Iran by her brutish husband, must find a way to escape with her daughter as well.
Style: tense, thought provoking, touching, bleak, factual, serious, emotional, realistic, based on true events, moody ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: islam, culture clash, confined, escape, life is a bitch, family problems, society, isolation, hopes, escape attempt, family in crisis, domestic violence, female protagonist, husband wife relationship, politics, family relations, couple relations, parents and children, love and romance, couples, custody, crumbling marriage, state affairs, daughter, married couple ...
Time: 80s
Place: iran, middle east, michigan, persia, israel

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and touching films with plots about life is a bitch, society, family relations, family problems, culture clash, betrayal and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Thriller and Biography genres. Some movies like Not Without My Daughter: The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008), Argo (2012), When Andrew Came Home (2000), Mississippi Damned (2009), Christmas at Maxwell's (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A drama set in 1986 Iran and centered on a man, Sahebjam, whose car breaks down in a remote village and enters into a conversation with Zahra, who relays to him the story about her niece, Soraya, whose arranged marriage to an abusive tyrant had a ...
Style: serious, disturbing, emotional, realistic, political ...
Plot: injustice, sadism, discrimination, destructive relationship, society, loss of family member, village, witnessing a crime, tragic hero, journalist, conspiracy, stoning ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: iran, middle east, persia, israel
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 7.7
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Argo (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, clever, factual ...
Plot: cia, rescue mission, hostage, behind enemy lines, danger, secret agents, daring rescue, hollywood, american abroad, race against time, escapades, life risking ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1981, year 1980 ...
Place: middle east, iran, langley virginia, usa, tehran iran ...
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When Andrew Came Home (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mother searches for five years to find her kidnapped son in this fact-based drama. Unexpectedly the boy is found, but the reunion is not as she hoped. She now has to deal with five years of abuse that the boy suffered at the hands of his ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: kids in trouble, kidnapping, reunion, single parent, danger, confined, family in crisis, parents and children, captivity, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 90s
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Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, rough, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, introspection, dysfunctional family, human nature, addiction, society, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, strong female presence, down on your luck, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
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Christmas at Maxwell's (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A successful American family retreat to their summer home on the banks of Lake Erie to find meaning in life, illness, loss, and change this Christmas. With a successful career in the wine business, and two amazing children, what more can a family ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: human spirit, family life, love and romance, miraculous event, homecoming, road not taken, parents and children, couples, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, terminal illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
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34%
A Dry White Season (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Taking place during the 1976 Soweto uprising, the story follows a white school teacher whose life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.
Style: disturbing, emotional, thought provoking, rough, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, legal, interracial relations, society, fighting the system, rebellion, crimes, discrimination, injustice, lawyer, graphic violence, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
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Our Mother's Murder (1997)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Fact-based true crime story about the murder of publishing heiress Anne Scripps Douglas who, in 1989, married a young hunk who eventually killed her.
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: family problems, family relations, couples, life is a bitch, betrayal, investigation, deadly, crimes, love and romance, crime, teenage life, murder ...
Time: 90s
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A Separation (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Australia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Style: emotional, tense, realistic, talky, contemplative ...
Plot: divorce, poverty, maid, alzheimer's disease, marriage, family problems, marital separation, muslim, parenthood, society, legal, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, lifestyle, family in crisis, teenage life, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, misfit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Manuscripts Don't Burn (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Iran
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Khosrow and Morteza set out on a mission to kill someone. The assassination ought to be arranged as a suicide. At the last minute however, they are obliged to change their initial plans…
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, rough, serious ...
Plot: assassination, murder, politics, moral dilemma, political conspiracy, kidnapping, political corruption, crimes, mission gone awry, dishonesty, frame up, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.9
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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: touching, bleak, sincere, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: working class, unemployment, domestic violence, sin, anti semitism, life is a bitch, youth, society, family problems, parents and children, family in crisis, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, ireland, united kingdom, liverpool ...
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Losing Isaiah (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Khaila Richards, a crack-addicted single mother, accidentally leaves her baby in a dumpster while high and returns the next day in a panic to find he is missing. In reality, the baby has been adopted by a warm-hearted social worker, Margaret Lewin, ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adoption, racist, courtroom drama, custody battle, single parent, parents and children, family problems, legal action, life is a bitch, legal, custody, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
White Knuckles (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A sweet housewife has been married to the same crotchety man for 40 years and she just can't bear another day. She starts to poison his food just to see if he might change. When he falls ill, both are awakened to the raw reality of life and ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, suspense, mumblecore
Plot: couple relations, couples, life is a bitch, marital crisis, husband wife relationship, family relations, thirtysomething life, family in crisis, housewife, cooking and food, in the woods, picture ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Murder in the First (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story. A petty criminal sent to Alcatraz in the 1930s is caught attempting to make an escape. As punishment he is put in solitary confinement. The maximum stay is supposed to be 19 days, but Henri spends years alone, cold and in ...
Style: thought provoking, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, murder, lawyer, courtroom, warden, theft, solitary, prisoner, fighting the system, crimes, graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
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Place: san francisco, usa, california
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The Field (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: "Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing much in the name of the land. When the widow who owns the field decides to sell it in a public auction, McCabe knows that he must own it. While no local dare bid ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, talky, psychological ...
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Time: 80s, 1930s, 70s
Place: ireland, europe, boston
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A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After sixteen years of marriage and four children, Betty Broderick's high-powered attorney husband decides to leave her for a younger woman with whom he's been having an affair. Hurt by his betrayal and feeling helpless against his legal ...
Style: biting, tense, suspense, serious, realistic ...
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Time: 90s
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Blood of My Blood (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Portugal
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A regular family living in the outskirts of Lisbon sees the serenity of their lives shaken beyond any remedy within a week.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: family life, juvenile delinquency, single parent, crimes, family problems, life is a bitch, family relations, working class, hopes, violence, youth, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Music Box (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects.
Style: suspenseful, tense, sincere, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: courtroom drama, war crime, anti semitism, family relations, parents and children, court, dedicated lawyer, uncover truth, racism, power relations, court case, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Fair Game (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Wife and mother Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) has a double life as a CIA operative, hiding her vocation from family and friends. Her husband, Joseph Wilson (Sean Penn), writes a controversial article in The New York Times, refuting stories about the ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, serious, factual ...
Plot: cia, newspaper, political conspiracy, secret agents, crumbling marriage, state affairs, fighting the system, price of justice, relationship vs career, journalism, uncover truth, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1985, year 1993, year 1972 ...
Place: usa, iraq, washington d.c., africa, beirut lebanon ...
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Testament (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, bleak, emotional, serious ...
Plot: small town, nuclear war, survival, radiation, nuclear holocaust, future dystopia, life is a bitch, danger, demolished city, chaos, parents and children, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
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Genre: Drama
Country: India, USA, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, has Asperger's syndrome. He marries a Hindu single mother, Mandira, in San Francisco. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who treat him as a terrorist because of his ...
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: muslim, asperger's syndrome, islam, false accusation, prejudice, journey, autism, mental illness, true love, false arrest, racism, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, mumbai india, san francisco, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: During a blizzard in 1964, Dr. David Henry delivers his son Paul with the help of nurse Caroline. But when Henry realizes his wife is also carrying a girl with Down syndrome, he hands the second child over to Caroline without his wife's ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: twins, haunted by the past, disability, family problems, parents and children, down syndrome, crumbling marriage, obsession, love and romance, child illness, family in crisis, unfulfillment ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s, 1960s
Place: kentucky, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Bitter Harvest (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A farmer's herd sickens and dies, then his family and neighbors fall ill, so he bucks the state agricultural establishment as he pursues the politically-explosive investigation of how his farm, family, and friends came to be poisoned
Style: bleak, emotional, serious, realistic, captivating ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Red (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An older, reclusive man's best friend and inspiration for living is his 14-year-old dog named "Red". When three troublesome teens kill the dog for no good reason, the grieving man sets out for justice and redemption by whatever means ...
Style: touching, serious, twists and turns, emotional, suspense ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Syriana (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The Middle Eastern oil industry is the backdrop of this tense drama, which weaves together numerous story lines. Bennett Holiday is an American lawyer in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a ...
Style: political thriller, thought provoking, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: terrorism, cia, globalization, capitalism, espionage, spy, politics, corruption, danger, political conspiracy, political unrest, deal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, lebanon, usa, persia, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
A Cooler Climate (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Iris is broke after her divorce and takes a job working as a housekeeper for a wealthy woman named Paula. When Paula and her husband separate, an unlikely friendship blossoms between the women.
Style: talky, contemplative, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: housekeeper, human nature, friendship, culture clash, strong female presence, bittersweet, power relations, couples, friends, family relations, family problems, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The McMartin family's lives are turned upside down when they are accused of serious child molestation. The family run a school for infants. An unqualified child cruelty "expert" videotapes the children describing outrageous stories of ...
Style: bleak, clever, disturbing, talky, serious ...
Plot: school, sexual abuse, false accusation, courtroom, legal, courtroom drama, conspiracy, life is a bitch, fighting the system, crimes, society, rebellion ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Gracie's Choice (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: For as long as she can remember, 16 year-old Gracie has been raising her four siblings, each of whom has a different, absent father and their mother is on the fast track to self-destruction. When these children's lives are about to be pulled ...
Style: emotional, sincere, sentimental, touching, serious ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Absence of Malice (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A prosecutor leaks a false story that liquor warehouse owner Michael Gallagher is involved in the murder of a union head, and as newspaper reporter Megan Carter picks up the story and attempts to find the real truth, Gallagher's life begins to ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, talky, clever ...
Plot: journalism, murder, newspaper reporter, investigation, crimes, politics, rivalry, dishonesty, legal, manipulation, media, legal action ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 583
Dirty Hearts (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Brazil, Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 1945, Japan surrendered to the United States and the Second World War was over. Right? Wrong. For eighty percent of the Japanese community in Brazil, Japan had won the war and defeat was nothing more than American propaganda. The few immigrants ...
Style: tense, serious, bleak, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: terrorism, society, crimes, couples, immigrants, state affairs, life is a bitch, husband wife relationship, hidden truth, brainwashing, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, post world war two, 1940s, 40s, year 1945
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%