Movies like Paradise 1991

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Paradise
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Willard Young is a 10-year-old boy who is sent by his mother to stay with her best friend Lily Reed, who lives in the Delta shrimp-fishing country in a town called Paradise. Lily and her husband Ben have been living in an unmentioned emotional vacuum since the death of their own three year old boy. Willie makes friends with the local 9-year-old tomboy Billie Pike, who teaches him to be comfortable with himself. When Willard gains a handle on his own emotions, he can now help Lily and Ben to connect, overcome grief and rediscover themselves.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, feel good, dramatic, sweet, romantic, light ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, friendship, death, single parent, bullying, mentor, crumbling marriage, dealing with death, destiny, human nature, family, unlikely friendships, couple relations, catastrophe, infidelity, marriage, love affair, finnish, creativity, love, ghosts, parents and children, happy ending, coming of age, bollywood ...
Time: 90s

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, sentimental and emotional films with plots about mentor, catastrophe, storytelling, destiny, culture clash, life philosophy and dialogue mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Paradise: Men Don't Leave (1990), Losing Chase (1996), A Cool, Dry Place (1998), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Texasville (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Men Don't Leave
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After her husband John dies unexpectedly, Beth Macauley is unprepared for life without him. She is unemployed with no job skills and $60,000 in debt from on-going renovations to their house located in suburban Bingham. She doesn't know what to ...
Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: depression, single parent, crumbling marriage, family drama, death, dealing with death, urban, starting over, dysfunctional family, family, hospital, human nature ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
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Losing Chase
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An intimate and turbulent relationship develops between Chase, a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown and Elizabeth, the caretaker employed to look after her.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, chase, friendship, depression, single parent, lesbian, crumbling marriage, women, human nature, storytelling, interracial romance, fight scenes ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey, california
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    User:   97%
 
A Cool, Dry Place
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five year old son and his work as a high school basketball coach in rural Kansas, where he moved after his wife abandoned him in Chicago. Just as he starts to develop a new ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, dramatic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: single father, small town, friendship, love triangle, single parent, father son relationship, divorce, parenthood, mentor, starting over, destiny, life & death ...
Time: 90s
Place: kansas, texas, usa
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System:   86%
    User:   83%
 
Fried Green Tomatoes
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Amidst her own personality crisis, southern housewife Evelyn Couch meets Ninny, an outgoing old woman who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, two young women who experienced hardships and love in Whistle Stop, Alabama in the ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: friendship, small town, self discovery, aging, midlife crisis, storytelling, love, oldies, unlikely friendships, introspection, women, lesbian ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: alabama, louisiana, usa, southern usa
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System:   86%
    User:   94%
 
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Texasville
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Summer, 1984: 30 years after Duane captained the high school football team and Jacy was homecoming queen, this Texas town near Wichita Falls prepares for its centennial. Oil prices are down, banks are failing, and Duane's $12 million in debt. ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sentimental, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, best friends, single parent, crumbling marriage, depression, human nature, family, greed, prejudice, relationships, infidelity, introspection ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
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System:   80%
    User:   66%
 
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The War
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, emotional, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: war, coming of age, vietnam war, bullying, friendship, childhood, father son relationship, courage, violence, innocence lost, morality, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, mississippi, usa, mine
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System:   78%
    User:   85%
 
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A mother and daughter dispute is resolved by the "Yaya sisterhood" - long time friends of the mother.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, mother daughter relationship, mental illness, human nature, women, child abuse, adaptation, parents and children, childhood, book, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, new york
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    User:   74%
 
Clara's Heart
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and David develop a close bond, opening his eyes and heart to ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, human nature, self discovery, family, destiny, friendship, catastrophe, culture clash, natural disaster, parents and children, mentor, family drama ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, jamaica, usa, san francisco
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System:   76%
    User:   100%
 
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The Cure
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Dexter, age 11, who has AIDS, and his next door neighbor Eric, a little older and much bigger, become best friends. Eric also becomes closer to Dexter's mother than to his own, who is neglectful and bigoted and violently forbids their ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, terminal illness, aids, childhood, children, hospital, best friends, unlikely friendships, adolescence, mentor, young heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, new orleans
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System:   62%
    User:   70%
 
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Tully
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: realistic, serious, sincere, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: small town, coming of age, dysfunctional family, young lovers, single father, family drama, relationships, crumbling marriage, romance, drinking, loneliness, opposites attract ...
Place: england, nebraska, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   68%
 
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The Tic Code
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A 10 year old gifted boy wants to be a jazz pianist much to the chagrin of his more classical oriented piano instructor. With his mother's help, he is an underage regular at a local nightspot, where he is teamed up with a sax superstar. Both ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, offbeat ...
Audience: kids
Plot: jazz, music, disability, family life, musician's life, cancer, prodigy, bollywood, character study, single parent, creativity, storytelling ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   62%
 
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My Life
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: It seems that Bob Jones has everything a man could want, namely a fulfilling job and a beautiful, pregnant wife, Gail. But Bob's life is turned upside-down when he is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live -- not even enough time ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, talky, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, death, father son relationship, childhood, parenthood, family life, afterlife, reconciliation, life & death, life, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   54%
 
The Deep End of the Ocean
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: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
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Time: 90s
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    User:   54%
 
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Radio Flyer
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
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The Man Without a Face
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
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Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, clever, serious ...
Audience: kids
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Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: maine, usa
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    User:   51%
 
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On Golden Pond
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: For Norman and Ethel Thayer, this summer on golden pond is filled with conflict and resolution. When their daughter Chelsea arrives, the family is forced to renew the bonds of love and overcome the generational friction that has existed for years. ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, witty, semi serious ...
Plot: aging, father daughter relationship, parenthood, marriage, love, golden years, relationships, human nature, mentor, friendship, family drama, unlikely friendships ...
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Place: maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   45%
 
Immediate Family
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that Linda and Michael will adopt Lucy's baby and that Lucy ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: adoption, pregnancy, babies and infants, parenthood, single parent, relationships, catastrophe, couple relations, family, nudity (topless - notable), natural disaster, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: seattle washington, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   62%
 
The Boys Are Back
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When the wife of sports-writer Joe Warr dies of cancer, he takes on the responsibility of raising their 6-year-old son, and his teenage son from a previous marriage. As Joe rejects the counsel of his mother-in-law and other parents, he develops his ...
Style: touching, semi serious, realistic, emotional, melancholic ...
Plot: parenthood, cancer, dysfunctional family, single parent, single father, coming of age, family drama, parents and children, father son relationship, death, adolescence vs adulthood, storytelling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, australia, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   59%
 
Stanley & Iris
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: romance, working class, single parent, school, loneliness, happy ending, couple relations, rags to riches, friendship, love story, parents and children, destiny ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   50%
 
It's My Party
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A gathering of friends. A gift of love. A celebration of life.
Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, emotional, semi serious ...
Plot: aids, friendship, gay, death, suicide, terminal illness, male nudity, gays and lesbians, relationships, unlikely friendships, homosexuality, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   41%
 
Jack the Bear
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Story of the relationships between two sons and their father, who moves the family to California and becomes a tv horror show host after the death of his wife.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: redemption, dysfunctional family, single parent, dealing with death, hospital, single father, family drama, childhood, parents and children, loneliness, adolescence, death in the family ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, oakland california
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System:   50%
    User:   44%
 
The Spitfire Grill
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, friendship, prison, redemption, self discovery, storytelling, death, hospital, solitude, destiny, mentor, sacrifice ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, ohio, new england, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   50%
 
A Thousand Acres
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A THOUSAND ACRES is a drama about an American family who meets with tragedy on their land. It is the story of a father, his daughters, and their husbands, and their passion to subdue the history of their land and its stories.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, talky, gloomy ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: betrayal, dysfunctional family, family, tragedy, vengeance, adultery, sexual abuse, infidelity, family drama, revenge, incest, adaptation ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   47%
 
Losing Isaiah
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, touching, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, addiction, courtroom, hospital, parenthood, legal action, lawyer, human nature, family, parents and children, children, court ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   37%
 
Gross Anatomy
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Joe Slovak is a brilliant first-year med student whose casual, nonconforming approach to life gets tested when he enrolls in Gross Anatomy, the toughest course in med school.
Style: talky, clever, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: school, romance, laboratory, opposites attract, college, couple relations, mentor, social differences, teachers and students, teacher, doctors, college life ...
Time: 80s
Place: medical school, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   36%
 
Grandview, U.S.A.
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Life in the small town of Grandview, Illinois is one that is just like any other city or town. Tim Pearson, soon to be graduating high school wants to go to Florida to study oceanography. He meets Michelle "Mike" Cody and is attracted to ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, humorous ...
Plot: small town, betrayal, coming of age, infidelity, bdsm, love and romance, youth, romance, couples, friends, dreams, revenge ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   53%
 
Akeelah and the Bee
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: spelling bee, underdog, mentor, courage, coming of age, friendship, dedicated educator, urban, contests and competitions, happy ending, kids and family, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, washington d.c.
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System:   44%
    User:   51%
 
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Shadrach
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: slavery, segregation, americana, family life, children, crumbling marriage, death, depression, slave, poverty, friendship, adaptation ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: virginia, alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   50%
 
Moonlight and Valentino
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Four women who discover untapped strength within themselves when they finally let go of what divides them
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: romance, friendship, crumbling marriage, college, relationships, women, life philosophy, dealing with death, nudity (topless - notable), starting over, death, sisters ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   41%
 
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Marvin's Room
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow.
Style: emotional, touching, talky, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, dysfunctional family, reunion, siblings relations, sisters, gangsters, family, family drama, family problems, hospital, eccentricity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   38%
 
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