Movies like The Piano Lesson

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The Piano Lesson (1995)
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The Piano Lesson (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: 1930's Pittsburgh, a brother comes home to claim "my half of the piano", a family heirloom; but his sister is not wanting to part with it. This is a glimpse of the conditions for African-Americans as well as some of the attitudes and influences on their lives. But whether he is able to sell the piano so that he can get enough money to buy some property and "no longer have to work for someone else" involves the story (or lesson) that the piano has to show him.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy
Plot: family relations, piano, family life, family problems, introspection, family in crisis, family tradition, siblings relations, estrangement, disagreement, hopes, priest, spirit, african american, great depression, elevator, single mother, mother daughter relationship, brother sister relationship, widow, elevator operator, uncle niece relationship, movie theatre, argument, attempted murder ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, pittsburgh

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Most similar movies to The Piano Lesson

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about family problems, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations, hopes, family in crisis and family life mostly in Drama and Music genres. Some movies like The Piano Lesson: The Glass Menagerie (1987), I Never Sang for My Father (1970), Two Gates of Sleep (2010), I Am Not a Hipster (2012), Mississippi Damned (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Glass Menagerie (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A son longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his lame, shy sister.
Style: psychological, serious, touching, melancholic, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, aging, brother sister relationship, family in crisis, parents and children, family life, unfulfillment, romance, family problems, family relations, cripple, domineering mother ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s, 1920s
Place: usa, tennessee, california
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95%
I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Hackman plays a New York professor who wants a change in his life, and plans to get married to his girlfriend and move to California. His mother understands his need to get away, but warns him that moving so far away could be hard on his father. ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: aging, elderly, family relations, dysfunctional family, introspection, parent child relationship, father son relationship, professor, unfulfillment, single parent, couples, estrangement ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
Two Gates of Sleep (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: After preparing for their mother's imminent death, two brothers go on an arduous upriver journey to honor her final request.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: death in the family, hopes, introspection, last wish, family problems, family relations, dealing with death, siblings relations, brother brother relationship, very little dialogue, journey, death of mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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88%
I Am Not a Hipster (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Things are not looking good for Brook, a young, talented singer/songwriter who has become the clichéd tortured artist. Slow to come to terms with the death of his mother, Brook is self-absorbed, aggressive, and the major obstruction to his own ...
Style: serious, sincere, atmospheric, touching, realistic ...
Plot: music, musician's life, rock, artists and showbiz, coping, parents and children, siblings relations, family problems, creative block, family relations, estrangement, twentysomething life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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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: rough, touching, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: introspection, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, human nature, family problems, family relations, society, addiction, family in crisis, down on your luck, siblings relations, strong female presence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
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83%
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Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: West Germany, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After a seven-year absence, Charlotte Andergast travels to Sweden to reunite with her daughter Eva. The pair have a troubled relationship: Charlotte sacrificed the responsibilities of motherhood for a career as a classical pianist. Over an emotional ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, realistic, reflective ...
Plot: pianist, marriage, reconciliation, mother daughter relationship, autumn, dysfunctional family, handicapped, family problems, family relations, parents and children, family life, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
The Sound and the Fury (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A look at the trials and tribulations of The Compson siblings, living in the deep south during the early part of the 20th century.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, gloomy, captivating
Plot: family relations, family, dysfunctional family, downfall, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, family problems, family life, life is a bitch, disintegration, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
The Music Never Stopped (2011)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Henry struggles to bond with his estranged son, Gabriel, who suffers from a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. With Gabriel unable to shed the beliefs and interests that caused their physical and emotional distance, Henry must ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: father son relationship, human spirit, introspection, terminal illness, life is a bitch, treatment, estrangement, parents and children, generation gap, redemption, rehabilitation, therapist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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The Autumn Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When a school bus driving woman (Tyne Daly) has a heart attack, she makes one request of her three daughters (Ally Sheedy, Marla Sucharetza, Marceline Hugo) - she wants them to find their long lost brother, who was taken away by their father (Jack ...
Style: realistic, serious, talky, touching, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, estrangement, family problems, couples, society, hopes, youth, unfulfillment, love and romance, rise to the top, family life, rich and poor ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, europe, usa, england, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
A Long Way Home (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, family relations, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, redemption, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, hopes, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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, emotional, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: small town, introspection, family relations, friendship, family problems, youth, human nature, family in crisis, swimming, social relations, public health, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maryland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
I Used to Be Darker (2013)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When Taryn, a Northern Irish runaway, finds herself in trouble in Ocean City, MD, she seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore. But Kim and Bill have problems of their own: they’re trying to handle the end of their marriage gracefully for ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, touching, contemplative
Plot: introspection, family problems, love and romance, crumbling marriage, couples, looking for love, unfulfillment, folk, couple relations, runaway, family relations
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, baltimore, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
The War at Home (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Jeremy Collier is a Vietnam veteran who has returned home and is struggling to cope with the war experiences that haunt him. He is also at odds with his family, who cannot begin to understand what he has been through. Jeremy's battles with his ...
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, thanksgiving, family relations, resentment, life is a bitch, hopes, war, love and romance, introspection, military life, self discovery, parents and children ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Paper Covers Rock (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Samantha is recovering from a suicide attempt and ready for a fresh start in life. She has to fight for the custody of her daughter.
Style: sincere, psychological, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Plot: parents and children, custody, mental illness, family life, family relations, family problems, starting over, hopes, mother daughter relationship, depressed woman, woman in underwear, psychologist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Constellation (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Constellation chronicles the lives and loves of an African-American family in the deep South as they are forced to come to terms with a tumultuous past marked by an unrequited interracial affair. The film explores the way in which the family ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, touching, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, estrangement, interracial relations, death in the family, haunted by the past, family problems, society, hopes, unfulfillment, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, family reunited ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
...And Your Name Is Jonah (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A couple whose son had been diagnosed as mentally retarded, and was institutionalized, are shocked to discover that the diagnosis was wrong, and that their son is in fact deaf.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sign language, family relations, deaf, mute or deaf, family, hopes, family problems, disability, misdiagnosed, spouse leaving, bittersweet, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Archipelago (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Patricia (Kate Fahy) and her two children, young adults Edward (Tom Hiddleston) and Cynthia (Lydia Leonard), arrive for a break at a holiday cottage. As rain and wind lash against the windows, Patricia grows exasperated at the absence of her ...
Style: emotional, realistic, atmospheric, sincere, serious ...
Plot: family relations, estrangement, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, family gatherings, introspection, island, dysfunctional family, hopes, family problems, resort ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Black Girl (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An aspiring dancer and her wicked sister's resent their mother's love for a foster daughter.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, redemption, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, youth, hopes, couples, family problems, injustice, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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White Irish Drinkers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring ...
Style: emotional, sincere, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, crimes, life is a bitch, family problems, family life, siblings relations, parents and children, hopes, society, working class, domestic disturbance, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Sparkle (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Musical prodigy, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother (Whitney Houston), she tries to balance a new romance with ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: musician's life, family relations, ambition, lifestyle, rising to stardom, music band, desire for fame, abusive husband, family problems, artists and showbiz, showbiz, sister ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: michigan, usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The End of Love (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Mark is a struggling actor stuck between the life he once knew and the one waiting for him. When the mother of his two-year-old son suddenly passes away, Mark is forced to confront his shortcomings. Their fates, now intertwined, hang in the balance ...
Style: serious, sincere, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, single father, single parent, family in crisis, parents and children, family problems, life turned upside down, babies and infants, death in the family, parent child relationship, father son relationship, baby ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
What Girls Learn (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two teenage girls must come to terms with their stepfather when their mother is struck by illness.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: teenage girl, single mother, stepfather, family relations, teenage life, teenage love, youth, love and romance, romance, family problems, couples, estrangement ...
Time: 80s
Place: georgia, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Putty Hill (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Friends and family of Cory, a young man who has died of an overdose, gather at a Baltimore-area karaoke bar for his wake and compare stories about him. Gradually, as it becomes clear that there are many holes in their recollections about Cory, they ...
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: family problems, dysfunctional family, death in the family, drug abuse, overdose, hopes, life is a bitch, social relations, estrangement, family in crisis, introspection, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, baltimore, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world.
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: parents and children, family relations, family problems, estrangement, dysfunctional family, hopes, aging, love, asthma, elderly, righting the wronged, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
We Were the Mulvaneys (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Based on the novel by the same name, We Were the Mulvaneys is a sensitive portrayal of one family's journey as they face conflict, fear, tragedy and ultimately, themselves.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, bleak ...
Plot: family relations, family life, couples, family problems, love and romance, life is a bitch, family in crisis, alcohol abuse, loneliness, brother brother relationship, fear, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film ...
Style: touching, serious, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: custody, adoption, family relations, starting over, parents and children, social worker, hopes, family life, family problems, life turned upside down, legal, legal action ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Admissions (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Story: A gifted high-school student flubs her college admissions interviews for the most unexpected reasons in this independent coming-of-age drama. Cynical, world-weary Evie is more interested in taking care of her family than getting into the Ivy League ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, family problems, mentally challenged, family life, parents and children, mental retardation, sister sister relationship, ghost writer, bittersweet, coming of age, youth, performer's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, harvard university, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Dominick and Eugene (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Dominick and Eugene are twins, but Dominick is a little bit slow due do an accident in his youth. They live together, with Dominick working as garbage man to put Eugene through medical school. Their relationship becomes strained when Eugene must ...
Style: serious, uplifting, sincere, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: life is a bitch, misfit, family problems, family life, intern, family relations, brother brother relationship, twins, garbage collector, mental retardation, medical school, medical student ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Based on a short story by the acclaimed author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, comes a holiday story of family and forgiveness. Recently widowed Mary Bassett (Helene Joy) and her three children have hit difficult times on their farm. Suddenly, ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: family relations, estrangement, farm, family problems, hopes, youth, family, family life, parents and children, teenage life, loss of partner, grandmother granddaughter relationship ...
Time: 19th century
Place: new york, usa
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42%
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Blondie (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Three sisters, all adrift and in crisis, reunite at their childhood home as their domineering mother arranges a big birthday. But as the festivities come to an end, repressed conflicts rise to the surface. Old wounds are opened and a new family is ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: family relations, family life, homecoming, estrangement, under the surface, parents and children, family gatherings, strong female presence, siblings relations, family problems, dysfunctional family, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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42%