Movies like Ordinary People

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Ordinary People (1980)
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Ordinary People (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having difficulty being supportive to Conrad. Calvin is trapped between the two trying to hold the family together.
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, sentimental, compassionate, serious, depressing, sad, inspirational, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, therapy, depression, suicide, coming of age, guilt, father son relationship, suburbs, death in the family, post traumatic stress disorder, psychology, mental illness, family, grief, middle class, loss of son, family problems, youth, alienation, acceptance, lifestyle, teenage life, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, texas, illinois, houston texas

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Most similar movies to Ordinary People

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, emotional, melancholic and serious films with plots about dysfunctional family, dialogue, loneliness, storytelling, depression, family relations and mentor mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Ordinary People: Manchester by the Sea (2016), Short Term 12 (2013), The Virgin Suicides (1999), Imaginary Heroes (2004), The Ice Storm (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There he is compelled to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was born and raised.
Style: depressing, sad, heartbreaking, emotional, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: depression, death, sadness, loss, suicide attempt, loneliness, nephew, dysfunctional family, uncle nephew relationship, death of brother, last will and testament, guardian ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts, boston, new england
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93%
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Short Term 12 (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, works with her boyfriend and colleague, Mason, to help at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.
Style: emotional, compassionate, thought provoking, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: child abuse, social worker, foster child, self harm, suicide attempt, depression, troubled teen, adolescence, teenager, incest, self mutilation, strong female character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa
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100%
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents.
Style: disturbing, atmospheric, emotional, thought provoking, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: suicide, coming of age, overbearing parent, depression, suburbs, suicidal, suicide attempt, teenage life, innocence lost, first love, virginity, suburban life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: michigan, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Imaginary Heroes (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Matt Travis is good-looking, popular, and his school's best competitive swimmer, so everyone is shocked when he inexplicably commits suicide. As the following year unfolds, each member of his family struggles to recover from the tragedy with ...
Style: emotional, stylized, witty, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, coming of age, dysfunctional family, suicide, suburbs, family secret, loneliness, parenthood, family problems, society, youth, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Ice Storm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her ...
Style: realistic, sexy, visually appealing, cerebral, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, swinger, mate swapping, extramarital affair, adultery, infidelity, thanksgiving, coming of age, suburbs, sexual awakening, snow, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: connecticut, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
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100%
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American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, sexual, melancholic, cerebral, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, existentialism, age difference, coming of age, dysfunctional family, loneliness, older man younger woman relationship, older man young girl relationship, obsession, youth, family problems, adultery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Reign Over Me (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, psychological, sad ...
Plot: grief, friendship, 9/11, dealing with death, depression, character study, family, mental illness, loss of loved one, friends, tragic event, life changing experience ...
Time: september 11 2001, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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100%
The Safety of Objects (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In a suburban landscape, the lives of several families interlace with loss, despair and personal crisis. Esther Gold has lost focus on all but caring for her comatose son, Paul, and neglects her daughter and husband. Lawyer Jim Train is devoted to ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, confusing, compassionate, philosophical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mother daughter relationship, guilt, loneliness, family relations, coma, family life, family problems, crumbling marriage, single parent, society, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
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100%
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American Gun (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: family relations, on the road, family problems, teenage life, americana, single parent, dealing with death, death in the family, working class, human nature, parents and children, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, virginia, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 50K
Rabbit Hole (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident.
Style: sad, touching, emotional, depressing, sexy ...
Plot: loss of child, grief, death in the family, tragedy, housewife, estrangement, loss of son, marriage, memory, family problems, redemption, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, sad, heartbreaking ...
Plot: coming of age, teenager, friendship, adoption, vengeance, childhood, family relations, loss of son, family problems, family in crisis, haunted by the past, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: depressing, psychological, touching, bleak, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: depression, loneliness, suicide, drug addiction, suicide attempt, obsession, friendship, support group, tragedy, character study, physical therapy, honest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Lost Angels (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Rich L.A. party brat Tim (Adam Horovitz) spins into a cycle of despair after his parents divorce, and trying to fill the void with drugs and trouble only buys him a ticket to an asylum. But with the help of a psychiatrist (Donald Sutherland) who has ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: gang, coming of age, redemption, youth, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, mentally unstable, lifestyle, society, teenage life, nightlife, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: realistic, bleak, psychological, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, depression, family relations, divorce, character study, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry, parenthood, life philosophy, family gatherings, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Plot: fishing, beautiful scenery, coming of age, self discovery, father son relationship, americana, river, brother brother relationship, wilderness, childhood, tragedy, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1910s, 1930s
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Tully (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, sentimental, sexy ...
Plot: small town, coming of age, friendship, lifestyle, womanizer, young lovers, opposites attract, introspection, youth, romance, society, couples ...
Place: nebraska, england, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: meditative, psychological, bleak, emotional, depressing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: prison, murder, teacher, coming of age, dysfunctional family, crimes, prison life, family relations, theft, unlikely friendships, suburbs, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, california, italy, los angeles, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.9
 12K
One True Thing (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, melancholic, cerebral ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, dysfunctional family, tragedy, family, relationships, life, parenthood, honest, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: meditative, sincere, realistic, bleak, surprise ending ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human nature, introspection, dysfunctional family, coincidence, depression, terminal illness, child prodigy, multiple storylines, social problems, redemption, infidelity, frog ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 50s, 1910s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.5
 21K
The Namesake (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
Duration: 122 min.
Story: American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: culture clash, immigrants, childhood, marriage, arranged marriage, generation gap, childbirth, relationships, parenthood, life, rebel, family life ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: india, new york, usa, taj mahal, ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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The Beaver (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black (Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes for his ...
Style: touching, emotional, depressing, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: depression, midlife crisis, puppet, dysfunctional family, mental illness, mental disorder, solitude, transformation, adaptation, family, happy ending, psychology ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Hesher (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.
Style: bleak, gloomy, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: antisocial behavior, youth, loner, bully, arson, depression, life is a bitch, rebelliousness, stranger, grief, family problems, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
What Maisie Knew (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the Henry James novella, the story frames on 7-year-old Maisie, caught in a custody battle between her mother – a rock and roll icon – and her father. What Maisie Knew is an evocative portrayal of the chaos of adult life seen entirely ...
Style: emotional, touching, sad, atmospheric, talky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: divorce, childhood, dysfunctional family, unsupportive parent, step parent, husband wife relationship, marriage, nanny, family in crisis, crumbling marriage, starting over, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Manic (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Lyle is filled with rage. After badly beating a classmate during a schoolyard fight, Lyle is committed to a juvenile mental institution in lieu of criminal prosecution. Inside the hospital, Lyle encounters a group of adolescents struggling with a ...
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, compassionate, depressing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, coming of age, therapy, addiction, depression, life philosophy, psychiatry, dysfunctional family, youth, self discovery, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Adrift in Manhattan (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The lives of three lonely strangers intersect while commuting on New York's 1 and 9 subway lines.
Style: realistic, psychological, serious, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: stalking, interracial relations, family problems, dysfunctional family, couple relations, unsupportive spouse, artists and showbiz, love and romance, lifestyle, estrangement, obsession, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
 20K
The Son's Room (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, meditative, lyrical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychoanalysis, regret, loss of son, grief, parents and children, marriage crisis, family problems, hopes, overcoming, family in crisis, redemption, sadness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Life as a House (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.
Style: emotional, sentimental, sincere, touching, sad ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: terminal illness, father son relationship, cancer, dying, reconciliation, house, dysfunctional family, family, suburbs, redemption, illness, relationships ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.5
 10K
September (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: At a summer house in Vermont, neighbor Howard falls in love with Lane, who's in a relationship with Peter, who's falling for Stephanie, who's married with children.
Style: talky, emotional, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, adultery, friendship, depression, loneliness, love triangle, family relations, couples, family problems, parents and children, friends, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, psychological, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, family outing
Plot: missing child, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, parents and children, family life, disappearance, child abduction, police detective, family problems, crimes, children ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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23%
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Middle-aged widow Beatrice Hunsdorfer (Joanne Woodward) and her daughters Ruth (Roberta Wallach) and Matilda (Nell Potts) are struggling to survive in a society they barely understand. Beatrice dreams of opening an elegant tea room but does not have ...
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, psychological, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, coming of age, teacher, dysfunctional family, single father, family problems, parents and children, family life, life is a bitch, mother daughter relationship, mental illness, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: connecticut, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%