Movies like Of Mice and Men 1981

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Of Mice and Men (1981)
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Of Mice and Men (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: George and Lenny travel through the Depression-era west working at odd jobs, hoping to make enough money to buy their own farm. George must always watch over his intellectually disabled friend, and keep him out of danger, both to himself and to others. After they take a new job at a ranch, Lenny gets into far more trouble than George can talk his way out of, leaving George to decide whether to help him, or leave him to his fate.
Style: touching, gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, great depression, man child, friends, misfit, farm, society, human nature, working class, troublemaker, americana, adult as child, down on your luck, power relations, social relations, mentally challenged, male female relationship, mercy killing, accidental killing, male male relationship, jealous husband, husband wife relationship, cousin cousin relationship, migrant worker, unhappy marriage ...
Time: 30s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and gloomy films with plots about society, family relations, friendship, friends, life is a bitch, human nature and down on your luck mostly in Drama and Western genres. Some movies like Of Mice and Men: Amexicano (2007), Choking Man (2006), Ironweed (1987), Girlfriend (2010), Swimmers (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Of Mice and Men (1992)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: great depression, friendship, farm, village life, social relations, friends, human nature, working class, down on your luck, social decay, americana, profanity ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: california, usa
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Amexicano (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A look at the bond between an illegal immigrant and a blue-collar Italian-American from Queens.
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, humorous
Plot: friendship, social differences, deportation, society, immigrants, working class, human nature, unemployment, culture clash, interracial friendship, unrequited love, unlikely hero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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49%
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Choking Man (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The social anxiety of a morbidly shy Ecuadorian dishwasher working in a Queens diner provides the psychological engine that powers this blend of drama and magical realism.
Style: realistic, touching, atmospheric, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: city life, immigrants, americana, self discovery, friendship, restaurant, workplace romance, family relations, social misfits, workplace, diner, misfit ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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44%
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Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, buddies, life is a bitch, best friends, rich and poor, parents and children, human nature, family relations, homeless ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 30s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Girlfriend (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man with Down's Syndrome romantically pursues a small town single mom who is still mixed up with her volatile ex-boyfriend.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, melancholic, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, love and romance, single parent, friendship, impossible love, hopes, society, human spirit, social relations, misfit, down syndrome, mother son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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42%
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Swimmers (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After an accident in a small Maryland fishing town, 11-year-old Emma begins to question the nature of the adults around her.
Style: sincere, serious, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, introspection, human nature, family problems, family relations, friendship, youth, family in crisis, public health, solace, power relations, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maryland, usa
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40%
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Long Road Home (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A drama depicting the trials of a family of share croppers.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: labor union, family relations, farm, family life, workplace situations, down on your luck, against the odds, survival, life is a bitch, society, labor, farm hand ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: california, usa
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40%
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Copperhead (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A family is torn apart during the American Civil War.
Style: realistic, touching, tense, serious, captivating
Plot: american civil war, anti war, life is a bitch, society, family life, farm, americana, danger, wartime life, family relations
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, new york
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38%
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The Rising Place (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The close friendship of two young women, each of a different race, and their struggle to find purpose in their lives during this time of social injustice and world war.
Style: sentimental, sincere, serious, touching, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, fall in love, human nature, social differences, parents and children, feminism, society, pregnancy, working class, soldier, injustice, interracial relations ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: usa, mississippi, virginia
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38%
Brother to Brother (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly, black writer who meets a gay teenager in a New York homeless shelter.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, touching, social ...
Plot: gay, society, human nature, gay teenager, golden years, lifestyle, friendship, estrangement, love and romance, artists and showbiz, black lgbt, intergenerational friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
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35%
The Simple-Minded Murderer (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The feeble-minded Sven's mother dies and he gets work as a farm-hand at the rich, affluent Höglund's farm. He has to work without pay and sleeps together with the cows. He meets the disabled Anna who is the first one to treat him as an ...
Style: non-linear, serious, realistic, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: mentally challenged, farm, disability, love and romance, life is a bitch, misfit, master and servant, social misfits, hopes, down on your luck, power relations, injustice ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Milwaukee, Minnesota (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Having lived his entire life under the watchful eye of his overbearing mother, Albert must fend for himself when an unidentified automobile suddenly kills her. Free for the first time, Albert quickly responds to the bait dangling in front of him, ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, offbeat
Plot: family relations, misfit, mentally challenged, social misfits, dysfunctional family, parents and children, small town, death of mother, con artists, mother son relationship, transvestism, hit and run ...
Time: contemporary
Place: minnesota, milwaukee wisconsin, wisconsin, usa
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34%
My Name Is Bill W. (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Bill W. (James Woods), a successful stock broker whose life falls apart after the stock crash of the 20's and how he comes to grips with his alcoholism. Along with a fellow alcoholic (James Garner) he forms a support ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, support group, drug abuse, friendship, against the odds, human spirit, self discovery, rehabilitation, hopes, family problems, coping, addiction ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: usa
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32%
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
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32%
Hidden in America (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of a man Bill Januson whose pride in being the head of his family won't let him accept help from his sick daughters doctor. He has to prove to his kids that even with the death of his wife and the loss of his job that they can and will ...
Style: touching, emotional, disturbing, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: single parent, unemployment, starvation, starving child, doctor, family problems, family relations, family life, child illness, down on your luck, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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31%
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Hi, Tereska (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Teenager Tereska comes from poor family and has to face difficult world and mean people around her.
Style: disturbing, touching, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, life is a bitch, sexual initiation, teenage life, misfit, dull life, working class, down on your luck, youth, society, unemployment, drinking alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: poland
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31%
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Singer is a deaf-mute whose small world brings him in contact with a young girl, Mick, who cherishes a seemingly hopeless dream of becoming a concert pianist. At first hostile, Mick soon becomes friends with Singer, hoping to enlarge his small ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, touching, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: racism, coming of age, friendship, small town, introspection, small town life, americana, isolation, human nature, teenage life, social relations, love and romance ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, alabama, georgia
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30%
Spring Forward (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As the seasons change in a Connecticut town, two men of different age and backgrounds who work together outdoors for the local park system, share thoughts and feelings that gradually deepen into a relationship approaching father and son. Paul is ...
Style: talky, touching, realistic, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, working class, odd couple, family relations, power relations, friends, down on your luck, human nature, parents and children, boss and employee, buddies, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey
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30%
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Curse of the Starving Class (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Curse of the Starving Class is a play by Sam Shepard, considered the first of a series on family tragedies. Drama about a dirt-poor 1950's-era farm family. Dad's a foul talking drunk and Mom is desperately trying to save what's left ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: alcoholic, farm, poverty, injustice, family relations, estrangement, family problems, couples, deadend life, midlife crisis, society, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1920s
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29%
Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: humorous, touching, gloomy, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: mental illness, friendship, amusement park, social misfits, life is a bitch, buddies, missing person, down on your luck, haunted by the past, self discovery, alcohol abuse, best friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
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29%
Places in the Heart (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1930s Southern US, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: farm, small town, friendship, racism, ku klux klan, great depression, widow, redemption, bittersweet, family relations, family problems, sexism ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1935, 80s
Place: texas, usa
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29%
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Skylark (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Jacob's farm is in trouble from a severe drought. Jacob and Sarah begin to wonder if Sarah can stay, and what will happen to Jacob if she and the children have to leave the farm.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: farm, countryside, drought, catastrophe, friends, couples, family relations, hopes, danger, down on your luck, against the odds, forces of nature ...
Time: 1910s
Place: kansas, usa, maine, midwest
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28%
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X/Y (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: As Mark, Jen, Sylvia, and Jake navigate through their emotionally-arrested states, X/Y reveals the honest and wanton desire we all have to connect with someone and what is at stake when that connection fades.
Style: realistic, captivating, psychological, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: friends, city life, friendship, understanding, society, family relations, urban, twentysomething life, best friends, friend, sex
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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28%
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A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of a state institution for mentally retarded children. Jean Hansen, a former music teacher anxious to give her life some meaning, joins the staff of the hospital. Jean, who tries to shelter the children with her love, ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, human spirit, dedicated educator, hopes, parents and children, dysfunctional family, boss and employee, mental institution, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
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28%
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Ten Benny (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story of a young shoe salesman whose overestimation of his own sharpness leads to gambling debts, pissed-off loan sharks, and overall misery.
Style: psychological, gloomy, realistic, clever, serious ...
Plot: twentysomething life, life is a bitch, working class, best friends, friendship, friends, society, nothing to lose, parents and children, graphic violence, sexual content, profanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Octavia (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Everybody has a little murder in their heart... somewhere.
Style: touching, gloomy, emotional, sexual, sexy ...
Plot: disability, confined, misfit, society, life is a bitch, family relations, friends, youth, hopes, human spirit, captivity, friendship ...
Time: 80s
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27%
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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, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, bittersweet, family problems, friends, injustice, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: virginia, alabama, usa, california
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27%
Looks and Smiles (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Thatcherism and the Irish troubles provide the backdrop for this study of Mick, a well-meaning youth in Sheffield, who has, unlike Dickens' Pip, no expectations. Mick lives with his parents, works on his motorbike, looks for work, and every two ...
Style: psychological, gloomy, serious, realistic, biting ...
Plot: unemployment, injustice, power relations, family relations, friendship, social decay, down on your luck, friends, life is a bitch, society, youth, coming of age ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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The Outlander (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 138 min.
Story: It is the early 20th century. A stranger arrives in the small, rural community and disrupts the lives of its inhabitants. The man, who refuses to give his name, is dubbed The Outlander. A traveller who disdains conventional behaviour and ...
Style: atmospheric, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, friends, love affair, village, village life, fall in love, social relations, family relations, stranger, rivalry, love and romance, handicap ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Desperate characters stake their fortune on a Depression-era dance marathon.
Style: depressing, atmospheric, emotional, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: dancing, great depression, ambition, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, social decay, down on your luck, reward, crimes, depression, suicidal, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: usa, california, los angeles, chicago illinois, pacific ocean ...
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26%