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: serious, emotional, touching, realistic, gloomy, sincere
Plot: african american, introspection, siblings relations, family life, hopes, family relations, family in crisis, estrangement, family problems, disagreement, family tradition, spirit, single mother, elevator, kiss, priest, uncle niece relationship, attempted murder, great depression, mother daughter relationship, candle, gun, argument, widow, elevator operator ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: pennsylvania, usa

Most similar movies to The Piano Lesson

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, family problems, hopes, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis and unfulfillment mostly in Drama, Music and Family genres. Some movies like The Piano Lesson: The Music Never Stopped (2011), Mississippi Damned (2009), Autumn Sonata (1978), I Am Not a Hipster (2012), Sparkle (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: parents and children, rock, family relations, rehabilitation, human spirit, introspection, redemption, terminal illness, estrangement, hopes, life is a bitch, generation gap ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
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95%
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: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: down on your luck, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family problems, human nature, introspection, siblings relations, addiction, society, family relations, child abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
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68%
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Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, West Germany, Sweden, 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, sincere, touching, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: marriage, pianist, reconciliation, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family in crisis, family life, family problems, family relations, reunion, mother daughter relationship, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, sweden
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63%
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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: musician's life, rock, parents and children, music, urban, estrangement, artists and showbiz, family relations, siblings relations, twentysomething life, family problems, coping
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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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: emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: musician's life, desire for fame, siblings relations, ambition, urban, artists and showbiz, music band, rising to stardom, showbiz, hopes, couples, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: detroit, michigan, usa
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60%
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, touching, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, aging, parents and children, romance, siblings relations, family in crisis, family life, family problems, family relations, hopes, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: tennessee, usa, california
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60%
...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: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: deafness, sign language, mute or deaf, human spirit, parents and children, family, disability, hopes, family problems, family relations, family in crisis, misdiagnosed ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.8
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Song One (2014)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Estranged from her family, Franny returns home when an accident leaves her brother comatose. Retracing his life as an aspiring musician, she tracks down his favorite musician, James Forester. Against the backdrop of Brooklyn’s music scene, Franny ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, gloomy
Plot: fall in love, rock, self discovery, romance, couple relations, siblings relations, wooing, homecoming, estrangement, love and romance, couples, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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The Sound & 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, gloomy, realistic, captivating, touching
Plot: downfall, siblings relations, deep south, family, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, family life, parents and children, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: dealing with death, siblings relations, death in the family, hopes, family relations, introspection, family problems, last wish, nature, river, death of mother, journey ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: dealing with death, introspection, family in crisis, estrangement, youth, family problems, coming of age, death in the family, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: talky, serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: estrangement, rich and poor, siblings relations, parent child relationship, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, family life, family problems, family relations, rise to the top, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, england, europe, usa, harvard university
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44%
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The Way Home (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An inspirational true story about how a rural community rallied around a distraught family to search for their missing two year-old boy and through doing so changed the lives of many of those involved.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: missing child, couple relations, family in crisis, hopes, couples, family problems, family relations, social relations, search, helicopter, missing son, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Sparkle (1976)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Three sisters (Sister and the Sisters) from Harlem who become singers Sister (Lonette McKee) becomes involved with drugs and Sparkle ends up being the one who gets famous. This movie tells about how drugs ruined Sister's relationships and ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: girl group, singer, showbiz, musician's life, urban, performer's life, desire for fame, rising to stardom, siblings relations, nightlife, ambition, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: doctor, starving child, single parent, unemployment, parents and children, rich and poor, child illness, down on your luck, family in crisis, life is a bitch, society, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
To Sleep with Anger (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An enigmatic drifter from the South comes to visit an old acquaintance who now lives in South-Central LA.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, emotional, tense ...
Plot: uninvited guest, african american, family life, drifter, family relations, best friends, prodigy, betrayal, opposites attract, human nature, introspection, friendship ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Glass Menagerie (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Amanda Wingfield dominates her children with her faded gentility and exaggerated tales of her Southern belle past. Her son plans escape; her daughter withdraws into a dream world. When a "gentleman caller" appears, things move to crisis ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: single parent, parents and children, romance, dysfunctional family, suburbs, dull life, family problems, family relations, siblings relations, family gatherings, suburban life, society ...
Time: 20th century, 30s
Place: missouri, usa, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Cries from the Heart (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A drama directed by Michael Switzer.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: sexual abuse, mentally challenged, mute or deaf, single parent, parents and children, misfit, family problems, rehabilitation, teachers and students, courtroom drama, family in crisis, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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: serious, emotional, psychological, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: family life, mental illness, family relations, starting over, parents and children, custody, hopes, family problems, depression, psychologist, woman in underwear, sister sister relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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41%
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Light of Day (1987)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Fox and Jett play a brother and sister who are lead performers in a rock band, The Barbusters, in Cleveland, Ohio. The sister, Patti Rasnick, is an unmarried mother and has a troubled relationship with her own mother, who is deeply religious. ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: rock, cancer, music, music band, musician's life, sibling relationship, parent child relationship, conflict, single parent, rising to stardom, siblings relations, family in crisis ...
Time: 80s
Place: cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere, touching ...
Plot: psychiatrist, teenager, redemption, suburbs, dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, repressed memory, haunted by the past, suburban life, hopes, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Sister, Sister (1982)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Heated confrontations and revelations result when a divorcee returns with her young son to the home of her two sisters.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: small town, estrangement, siblings relations, life turned upside down, love and romance, family relations, single parent, starting over, couple relations, infidelity, love affair, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: north carolina, usa
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39%
Multiple Sarcasms (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Gabriel is a man who on the surface has it all-successful professional life as an architect, a beautiful wife, Annie, and a devoted young daughter, Elizabeth. But slowly it dawns on him that he is not really happy. Gabriel decides that he wants to ...
Style: serious, gloomy, offbeat, realistic, touching
Plot: introspection, self discovery, unfulfillment, family relations, family life, writer's life, couple relations, parents and children, midlife crisis, artists and showbiz, hopes, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Gathering (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Adam Thornton learns that he only has a little time left, he decides that he wants to make peace with his family. Only problem is that most of his family are not exactly fond of him because he walked out on his wife and of his stubborn nature ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: terminal illness, golden years, single parent, introspection, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, estrangement, family life, unfulfillment, family problems ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 294
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: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations, injustice, hopes, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, youth, couples, family problems ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: mentally challenged, siblings relations, brother, family life, hopes, misfit, family problems, family relations, twins, society, life is a bitch, intern ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, medical school
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: haunted by the past, estrangement, interracial relations, parents and children, death in the family, family gatherings, family in crisis, family problems, family relations, couple relations, love affair, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The End of Innocence (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Seemingly autobiographical story of a woman overwhelmed with trying to please everyone except herself, and not finding any answers until she's admitted to a rehab center by her parents. Eventually here is where she finds her answers.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: self discovery, rehabilitation, drugs/alcohol, mental institution, innocence lost, doctors and patients, society, mentally unstable, human nature, introspection, parents and children, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: serious, emotional, touching, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: adoption, parents and children, custody, small town, family in crisis, family life, hopes, family relations, legal action, starting over, life turned upside down, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: wedding, teenage girl, single mother, menstruation, innocence lost, romance, teenage love, family gatherings, countryside, family in crisis, teenage life, terminal illness ...
Time: 80s
Place: georgia, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%