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Places in the Heart (1984)
 7.3
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Places in the Heart (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1930s Southern US, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional, uplifting, atmospheric, gloomy, serious, captivating, dramatic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: farm, small town, friendship, racism, widow, redemption, friends, family relations, parents and children, interracial relations, love and romance, against the odds, human spirit, drifter, hopes, family problems, society, dealing with death, sexism, americana, down on your luck, family in crisis, outside help, social relations, kidnapping ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: texas, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, dramatic and touching films with plots about culture clash, redemption, runaway, mentor, catastrophe, storytelling and friendship mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Places in the Heart: The Trip to Bountiful (1985), Of Mice and Men (1992), Norma Rae (1979), Texasville (1990), The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940's Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish -- just once before she dies -- is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, captivating ...
Plot: bus, redemption, small town, homecoming, americana, self discovery, escape, hopes, love and romance, small town life, parents and children, golden years ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Of Mice and Men (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.
Style: touching, emotional, gloomy, tense, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, great depression, farm, misfit, social misfits, strong sexual content, social decay, buddies, mentally challenged, working class, drifter, hopes ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.3
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Norma Rae (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Norma Rae is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer. Together, they undertake the ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: labor union, small town, working class, fighting the system, factory worker, against the odds, whistleblower, union, single mother, factory, labor, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 6.0
 2K
Texasville (1990)
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: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, reunion, lovers reunited, americana, pregnancy, introspection, human nature, love and romance, crumbling marriage, twins, single parent, best friends ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The setting is early America during the oil boom. An elderly, down on his luck 'oil man', Mr. Cox finds himself in the town of Henrietta. Using unconventional methods, he convinces himself and local Don Day that there is oil on Day's ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Plot: oil, restaurant, family relations, social relations, one last chance, danger, down on your luck, hopes, obsessive quest, family life, human spirit, americana ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.7
 2K
Country (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, bleak ...
Plot: family business, couple relations, life is a bitch, survival, against the odds, couples, crumbling marriage, hopes, down on your luck, family in crisis, human nature, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Down in the Delta (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: farm, dysfunctional family, single parent, drugs/alcohol, family relations, dysfunctional character, coming of age, americana, human nature, society, social worker, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, chicago illinois, alabama, atlanta georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Shipping News (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, melancholic, emotional ...
Plot: adultery, redemption, small town, starting over, haunted by the past, single parent, love and romance, parents and children, love affair, romance, family relations, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 6.8
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Raggedy Man (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nita, a divorced mother of two boys, is stuck working as a telephone operator in a small Texas town in World War II. Her friendship with a sailor on leave causes tongues to wag in town.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, talky, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids
Plot: small town, friendship, family relations, couples, parents and children, single parent, woman in danger, social relations, prejudice, world war two, mentor, secrets ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: divorce, custody battle, courtroom, single father, lawyer, marriage, selfishness, father son relationship, family problems, family, family relations, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.3
 5K
Jacknife (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes involved romantically with the army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both survived.
Style: emotional, realistic, sincere, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, vietnam veteran, haunted by the past, love and romance, siblings relations, life is a bitch, homecoming, human nature, loneliness, prom, unlikely friendships, depression ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Lilies of the Field (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An unemployed construction worker (Homer Smith) heading out west stops at a remote farm in the desert to get water when his car overheats. The farm is being worked by a group of East European Catholic nuns, headed by the strict mother superior ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Plot: desert, nun, convent, construction worker, chapel, friendship, society, odd couple, partners, human spirit, friends, religions or cults ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Spitfire Grill (1996)
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, touching, emotional, gloomy, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, friendship, prison, false accusation, redemption, church, self discovery, couple relations, hopes, friends, social relations, introspection ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, kentucky, ohio, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.6
 8K
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, sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, family problems, parents and children, family gatherings, siblings relations, couple relations, human nature, friends, family relations, couples, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The coming of age of a youth named Sonny in a small Texas town in the 1950s.
Style: realistic, captivating, sentimental, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: graduation, coming of age, friendship, small town, american dream, self discovery, jealousy, high school graduation, christmas, youth, innocence lost, coach ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: texas, usa, oklahoma, mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.2
 8K
Julia (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.
Style: captivating, atmospheric, realistic, factual, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, politics, political unrest, friends, writer's life, against the odds, female bonding, smuggling, female protagonist, fascism, culture clash, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1950s, 1920s
Place: germany, europe, austria, berlin germany, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
 8K
Eve's Bayou (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, touching, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, infidelity, incest, prophecy, small town, murder, aunt niece relationship, superstition, all black cast, curse, tavern, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, haunted by the past, nervous breakdown, funeral, loss of friend, parents and children, loss of parent, family problems, family relations, alcohol abuse, drinking problem, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, alabama, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.2
 2K
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: realistic, sincere, thought provoking, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: small town, friendship, stripper, coming of age, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, love and romance, couples, family problems, small town life, social relations, family relations ...
Place: nebraska, england, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
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, captivating, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, small town life, friendship, feminism, small town, midlife crisis, generation gap, aging, couple relations, nursing, family problems, housewife ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: alabama, louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Working-class father John Crowley is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease - a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. With the support of ...
Style: sincere, serious, sentimental, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: kids, chick flick
Plot: race against time, cure, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, doctors and patients, parents and children, unlikely partners, family in crisis, family problems, child illness, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Thicker Than Water (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After the death of her father, Natalie Travers (Melissa Gilbert) discovers he was married to a rodeo star before he married Natalie’s mother. Upset that her father kept part of his life a secret from her and bewildered over how a prominent judge ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sentimental
Plot: small town, americana, lifestyle, society, self discovery, farm, small town life, family relations, friends, fall in love, love and romance, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.8
 535
Convicts (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Texas writer Horton Foote's touching story set in 1902 features Robert Duvall as Sol, the hardened boss of a sugar plantation who unwittingly becomes a mentor to a young boy named Horace (Lukas Haas), who comes to Sol looking for a way to earn ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, atmospheric
Plot: farm, social relations, friends, small town life, hopes, nothing goes right, master and servant, obsessive quest, culture clash, youth, family relations, small town ...
Time: 1900s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: civil rights, racism, coming of age, friendship, african american, haunted by the past, domestic violence, teenage life, small town, small town life, siblings relations, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.4
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Shadrach (1998)
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, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: slave, slavery, death in the family, family life, injustice, americana, society, custody, social differences, racism, dysfunctional family, human nature ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: virginia, alabama, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.0
 6K
Evelyn (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany, Ireland, UK, Netherlands
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children, Evelyn, Dermot and Maurice, make it clear to the authorities that ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, unemployment, christmas, human spirit, friends, parents separation, family relations, lawyers and clients, family problems, against the odds, job seeking, separated ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: ireland, europe, sydney australia, scotland, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.7
 927
Hurry Sundown (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Following the Second World War, a northern cannery combine negotiates for the purchase of a large tract of uncultivated Georgia farmland. The major portion of the land is owned by Julie Ann Warren and has already been optioned by her unscrupulous, ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: small town, farm, racism, society, family business, family relations, small town life, interracial relations, master and servant, parents and children, culture clash, obsession ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: georgia, usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: melancholic, touching, emotional, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: self discovery, mentally challenged, disability, siblings relations, small town, mental illness, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family problems, responsibility, single mother, obesity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, corporal punishment, innocence lost, parents and children, family problems, pedophile, life is a bitch, family relations, coming of age, family in crisis, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 50s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 8.1
 397K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates, UK, France, Canada, Germany
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, civil rights, racial segregation, discrimination, blacks and whites, storytelling, social relations, hopes, interracial relations ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%