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Places in the Heart (1984)
 7.4
 10K
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: uplifting, sentimental, touching, emotional, atmospheric, gloomy, serious, captivating, contemplative, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: farm, small town, friendship, racism, ku klux klan, widow, redemption, bittersweet, friends, family relations, parents and children, interracial relations, graphic violence, 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 ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1935, 80s
Place: texas, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and dramatic films with plots about culture clash, runaway, catastrophe, mentor, redemption, storytelling and dialogue mostly in Drama and Western genres. Some movies like Places in the Heart: Of Mice and Men (1992), The Trip to Bountiful (1985), Norma Rae (1979), The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995), Texasville (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Of Mice and Men (1992)
Genre: Drama, Western
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, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: friendship, great depression, farm, village life, profanity, friends, social misfits, buddies, hopes, society, life is a bitch, mentally challenged ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: bus, redemption, small town, family relations, americana, self discovery, homecoming, escape, parents and children, small town life, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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, uplifting, captivating, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: labor union, small town, working class, fighting the system, against the odds, whistleblower, factory worker, factory, labor, union, single mother, workplace ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: touching, serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: countryside, oil, hopes, restaurant, one last chance, social relations, family relations, heist, aging, obsessive quest, danger, family life ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, year 1935
Place: texas, usa, new jersey, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 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: serious, realistic, touching, sentimental, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, americana, lovers reunited, pregnancy, reunion, human nature, parents and children, couple relations, friendship, introspection, small town life, bittersweet ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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 relations, couple relations, survival, family business, against the odds, life is a bitch, couples, hopes, crumbling marriage, family problems, parents and children, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: iowa, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.2
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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: serious, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, young lovers, womanizer, lifestyle, opposites attract, introspection, parents and children, haunted by the past, couples, family problems, society ...
Place: nebraska, usa, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, alcohol abuse, farm, dysfunctional family, bittersweet, single parent, dysfunctional character, social worker, drugs/alcohol, family life, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, chicago illinois, usa, mississippi river, atlanta georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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, sentimental, emotional, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: beautiful scenery, fishing, childhood, wilderness, americana, generation gap, family relations, self discovery, coming of age, friendship, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 20s ...
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: serious, sentimental, touching, melancholic, emotional ...
Plot: adultery, redemption, small town, haunted by the past, starting over, single parent, love and romance, love affair, parents and children, self discovery, family relations, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, atlantic ocean, new jersey, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, realistic, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: small town, friendship, prison, hopes, false accusation, redemption, church, bittersweet, self discovery, couples, friends, going straight ...
Time: 90s, quarry
Place: maine, usa, kentucky, new england, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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, sincere, touching, intense ...
Plot: unemployment, family problems, parents and children, against the odds, separated, fighting the system, court, convent school, mercy, custody, church, priest ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1953
Place: ireland, europe, scotland, sydney australia, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 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 ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, vietnam veteran, haunted by the past, siblings relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, human nature, homecoming, loneliness, prom, alcohol abuse, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.8
 1K
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: serious, sincere, realistic, talky, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: small town, world war two, friendship, couples, family relations, parents and children, woman in danger, single parent, social relations, prejudice, sailor, telephone operator ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.5
 9K
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, serious, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, family relations, couples, adultery, parents and children, family problems, friends, couple relations, family gatherings, siblings relations, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.8
 557
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: atmospheric, sincere, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: farm, family relations, coming of age, orphan, hopes, youth, obsessive quest, nothing goes right, master and servant, friends, social relations, society ...
Time: 1900s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, captivating, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, small town, friendship, small town life, lesbian, feminism, midlife crisis, generation gap, aging, couple relations, housewife, elderly ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa, louisiana, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.0
 422K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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, writers, storytelling, interracial relations, racial issues, racial segregation, blacks and whites, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, united states, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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, captivating, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: desert, nun, convent, chapel, construction worker, friendship, small town life, human spirit, interracial relations, religions or cults, farm, hopes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: courtroom, divorce, single father, custody battle, family relations, couples, lawyer, marriage, selfishness, father son relationship, family problems, family ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, manhattan, new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: lifestyle, fall in love, friendship, self discovery, parents and children, family relations, society, dishonesty, love and romance, hopes, farm, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: civil rights, racism, friendship, teenage life, interracial relations, haunted by the past, family relations, runaway child, african american, social differences, teaching the ways of the world, blacks and whites ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.4
 1K
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, slave, slavery, society, social differences, human nature, bittersweet, injustice, friends, family problems, racism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: virginia, alabama, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 7.2
 9K
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: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, politics, political unrest, friends, against the odds, writer's life, female bonding, smuggling, female protagonist, fascism, culture clash, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 1950s, 50s ...
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, austria, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.3
 9K
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: contemplative, serious, realistic, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, infidelity, murder, small town, family relations, prophecy, curse, superstition, aunt niece relationship, tavern, all black cast, incest ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.2
 13K
The Apostle (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: After his happy life spins out of control, a preacher from Texas changes his name, goes to Louisiana and starts preaching on the radio.
Style: talky, realistic, touching, psychological, contemplative ...
Plot: coma, redemption, preacher, small town, jealousy, minister, forgiveness, country, christianity, radio, graphic violence, religions or cults ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: texas, louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.9
 6K
Testament (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, bleak, emotional, serious ...
Plot: small town, survival, nuclear holocaust, catastrophe, radiation, danger, life is a bitch, future dystopia, parents and children, chaos, demolished city, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: emotional, serious, sincere, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: race against time, cure, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, unlikely partners, family problems, child illness, doctors and patients, parents and children, family in crisis, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, nervous breakdown, haunted by the past, alcohol abuse, funeral, loss of friend, family problems, loss of parent, death of parent, parents and children, family relations, drinking problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, alabama, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 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, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, family relations, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, coming of age, accidental killing, teenager, family in crisis, death in the family, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%