Movies like Once in a Lifetime 1994

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Once in a Lifetime (1994)
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Once in a Lifetime (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After losing her husband and baby daughter to a fire, Daphne Fields raises her deaf son while beginning a writing career. Hollywood loves her scripts, but her heart remains with her son Andrew, under the care of Headmaster Matthew Dane at an eastern boarding school. Daphne finally seems to have rediscovered love in her leading man. But an accident leaves her hospitalized, contemplating her life, fate and her best chance for love.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: starting over, boarding school, pregnancy, youth, romance, family relations, hospital, parents and children, love and romance, hopes, family problems, couples, death in the family, dealing with death, single parent, boarding school life, bittersweet, widow, deafness, mother son relationship
Time: 90s

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, love and romance, couples, romance, family problems, parents and children and hopes mostly in Drama, Romance and Family genres. Some movies like Once in a Lifetime: Diamond Girl (1998), The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1999), Fine Things (1990), Stella (1990), Oliver's Story (1978). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Diamond Girl (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Africa, Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Denny Montana never looks at Claire. She has been working for him for four years and fallen in love at a distance. When Denny's brother Regan returns to oversee the sale of the family vineyard, Claire and Reganen makes pact. To make Denny ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious
Plot: womanizer, starting over, homecoming, fall in love, love triangle, family relations, dishonesty, romance, love and romance, hopes, siblings relations, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, san francisco
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100%
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An amnesiac youth tries to piece together his past, but what he discovers may jeopardize his future.
Style: contemplative, touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: clinic, hospital, terminal illness, patient, twins, memory, youth, love and romance, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, friendship, doctors and patients ...
Time: 90s
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48%
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Fine Things (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Standard romantic melodrama from novelist Danielle Steele finds a couple embroiled in marital conflict with a nasty child-custody battle at its center.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: pregnancy, parents and children, terminal illness, reunion, missing person, family in crisis, single parent, rescue, orphan, dealing with death, unfulfillment, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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47%
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Stella (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Barmaid Stella Claire and blueblood Stephen Dallas have very little in common -- except they've fallen in love. When their relationship fails, Stella decides to raise the child they had, Jenny, alone. But Jenny and Stella are far from the ...
Style: emotional, serious, sentimental, captivating, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: single parent, working class, pregnancy, breakup, society, starting over, love and romance, youth, moral dilemma, parents and children, family life, family problems ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Oliver's Story (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Oliver Barrett IV is emotionally devastated by the death of his wife Jenny, and, while he tries to lose himself in his work as a lawyer, the long hours don't ease his pain, especially when he finds that his leftist views conflict with those of ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: couple relations, family relations, family problems, couples, optimism, love and romance, starting over, dealing with death, romance, hopes, opposites attract, young lovers ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Daddy (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Oliver Watson has never been luckier: he is a successful advertising executive, shares a marriage of eighteen years with Sarah and has three loving kids: 17-year-old Ben, 15-year-old Melissa, and 9-year-old Sam. His perfect life suddenly falls apart ...
Style: semi serious, realistic
Plot: single parent, single father, marital problem, couples, parents and children, family life, fall in love, custody, family relations, family problems, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Love Comes Softly (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Marty is a 19 year old pioneer woman, recently married. She goes west with her husband Clem, hoping to start a new life. But Clem unexpectedly dies, and Marty finds herself alone, two months pregnant. Clark Davis, a widower, offers her a marriage of ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: marriage of convenience, single parent, farm, survival, pregnancy, starting over, loss of husband, couple relations, family life, family problems, couples, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1800s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Rashevski's Tango (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Adolphe 'Dolfo' Rashevski travels to Israel with grandson Ric, but his brother, orthodox rabbi Samuel 'Shmouel, refuses to come attend their fellow Auschwitz survivor sister Rosa's funeral. Back in their home, the whole ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, humorous
Plot: society, youth, romance, family problems, couples, adoption, introspection, family life, curses spells and rituals, holocaust, aging, nanny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Parsley Days (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 79 min.
Story: A young woman mulls how to terminate her unwanted pregnancy and whether to leave her boyfriend.
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, sexual, offbeat ...
Plot: pregnancy, starting over, youth, couples, family problems, love and romance, adoption, hopes, romance, breakup, babies and infants, teenage love ...
Time: 90s
Place: nova scotia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Woman Wanted (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A new woman comes between a widower and his adult son.
Style: emotional, atmospheric, gloomy, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: pregnancy, love triangle, dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, couples, opposites attract, dealing with death, master and servant, love and romance, estrangement, romance ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
At the Midnight Hour (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, Germany, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Wealthy widower Richard Keaton engages young widow Elizabeth 'Liz' Guinness as the 4th consecutive nanny for his pre-teen, equally science-devoted son Andrew, with instructions to disturb neither. She learns of mother Alycia's fatal ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, atmospheric, serious, realistic
Plot: love and romance, unlikely couple, boss and employee, couple relations, parents and children, love affair, fall in love, dealing with death, romance, nanny, couples, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: working class, unemployment, education, romance, couple relations, teachers and students, love and romance, love, school, couples, family problems, friendship ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Safe Harbour (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Melissa Gilbert stars in this film adaptation of Danielle Steel's bestselling novel, in which a young girl named Pip and her mother meet an artist on the beach in Safe Harbour, where they have retreated in order to recover from the devastating ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: love affair, haunted by the past, starting over, hopes, romance, lifestyle, love and romance, couples, fall in love, jealousy, serial killer, embezzlement ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Bridge to Silence (1989)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A woman with a hearing problem tries to get het life back together after a car accident that killed her husband.
Style: gloomy, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, sexual abuse, haunted by the past, introspection, dysfunctional family, family problems, estrangement, custody, family in crisis, family life, parents and children, death in the family ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Light in the Piazza (1962)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A young American woman traveling in Italy with her mother is slender, blonde, beautiful and there is something charmingly naive about her. Fabrizio Naccarelli seems to always know where the mother and daughter will sightsee next. Signor Naccarelli ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: disability, couple relations, human nature, parents and children, fall in love, couples, family relations, family problems, bittersweet, romance, youth, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: italy, florence, europe, rome italy, florence italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Wild Iris (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A woman and her teenage son move back in with her mother to work together in the family bridal business.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, talky
Audience: girls' night
Plot: unlikely couple, hopes, romance, dysfunctional family, parents and children, couples, love and romance, youth, family relations, family problems, introspection, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A woman discovers the truth about her former lover from the diary that his first wife wrote to their son, Nicholas.
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, emotional, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: romance, terminal illness, tragic love, family relations, couples, love and romance, lifestyle, fall in love, looking for love, diary, baby born, baby ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Sons & Lovers (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 192 min.
Story: Filmmaker Stephen Whittaker adapts author D.H. Lawrence's simmering tale of sex, love, and family. In the years leading up to World War I, the problems faced by many families were uncannily similar to the issues that mankind would still be ...
Style: serious, realistic, romantic, sincere
Plot: self discovery, family relations, love and romance, writer's life, crumbling marriage, romance, parents and children, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, family problems, couples, unfulfillment ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Love's Unending Legacy (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Missie three years later: being a single mother after her husband Willie was shot during a poker scuffle. She and Maddy move back in with her parents Clark and Marty. She finds a new home, and finds a new teaching position that she settles right ...
Style: uplifting, serious, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: orphan, adoption, family relations, starting over, optimism, social relations, parents and children, fall in love, single parent, romance, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Follow The Stars Home (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Two brothers - one virtuous, one feckless - are in love with the same woman. She falls for Brother Wrong, carrying a torch for him even after he deserts her. But Brother Right remains steadfast and available. What's unusual here is why the bad ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lifestyle, dysfunctional family, love and romance, family problems, single parent, family in crisis, disability, family life, parents and children, babies and infants, couples, unfulfilled love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Closing the Ring (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: During the 1940s, a group of young men go off to war, leaving behind Ethel Ann, who is in love with one of them, Teddy. In modern-day Belfast, a man named Jimmy endeavors to return a ring found in the wreckage of a crashed plane. He travels to ...
Style: serious, touching, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: world war two, couple relations, death in the family, romance, couples, optimism, love and romance, family relations, family problems, wartime life, parents and children, battle ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, ireland, belfast
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: David loves his wife, Gillian. Unfortunately, she died two years ago. David deals with his grief by continuing his romance with Gillian during walks with her "ghost" on the beach at night. While David lives in the past, other family ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: ghost, starting over, beach, haunted by the past, hopes, single parent, teenage life, death in the family, island, romance, denial, grief ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new england, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Quiet Chaos (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Pietro is a successful businessman with a wife and a daughter. One day he helps his brother save two women from drowning at the beach. When he returns home he finds that his wife has died. Now Pietro has to take care of his daughter, Claudia. When ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, contemplative, serious
Plot: starting over, parents and children, self discovery, family problems, family relations, hopes, death in the family, brother brother relationship, single parent, father daughter relationship, loss of wife, widower ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Not Easily Broken (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A car accident and shifting affections test the bond between a married couple.
Style: sentimental, realistic, emotional, serious, uplifting
Plot: family problems, relationship vs career, hopes, ambition, love and romance, couples, couple relations, crumbling marriage, infidelity, african american protagonist, sexual content, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Khamoshi: The Musical (1996)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Goa based Joseph Braganza and his wife Flavy, devout Catholics, are both deaf and mute. He makes a living selling soap bars door to door. Flavy gets pregnant and gives birth to a daughter who they name Annie, who can speak and hear much to their ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional
Plot: pregnancy, family problems, family relations, religions or cults, couples, disability, mute or deaf, hopes, youth, meaningful kiss, passionate interest, death in the family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
No Greater Love (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jeff and Heather Baker were life long sweethearts and happily married... for a time. But at her greatest moment of weakness, Heather abandons Jeff, forcing Jeff to raise their young son alone. Ten years later, through a God ordained encounter, Jeff ...
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, contemplative, sentimental ...
Plot: church, reunion, romance, estrangement, couples, missing person, pregnancy, society, single parent, babies and infants, family relations, forgiveness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Dodson's Journey (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A man takes his young daughter on a cross-country fly-fishing trip following the death of his father and his wife's decision to get a divorce.
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: single parent, family problems, couples, family relations, breakup, love and romance, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, hopes, bittersweet, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Vernie (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Drama - Sean, a young thirty-something coffee shop owner, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He desperately wants to have a baby before he dies, and asks his best friend Kristy to bear his child. - John Riedlinger, Amy Colon, Patrick Coyle
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, family relations, pregnancy, terminal illness, tragic hero, family problems, couples, best friends, hopes, romance, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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The Greatest (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Teenagers Rose and Bennett were in love, and then a car crash claimed Bennett's life. He left behind a grieving mother, father and younger brother, and Rose was left all alone. She has no family to turn to for support, so when she finds out ...
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: pregnancy, childhood sweetheart, family relations, crumbling marriage, teenage mother, youth, death in the family, dysfunctional family, teenage life, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, loss of son ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Twice in a Lifetime (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A middle-aged steelworker is content with his job and his family, but feels that something is missing in his life. On his 50th birthday, he stops in at a local bar for a drink to celebrate. He finds himself attracted to the young, very sexy ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, suburbs, midlife crisis, love triangle, starting over, breakup, dysfunctional family, working class, love affair, romance, family problems, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: seattle washington, seattle
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27%