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Places in the Heart (1984)
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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, touching and dramatic films with plots about culture clash, runaway, mentor, catastrophe, redemption, friendship and storytelling 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, captivating, serious ...
Plot: bus, redemption, small town, self discovery, homecoming, americana, escape, hopes, parents and children, small town life, golden years, obsessive quest ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
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, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, great depression, farm, mentally challenged, sexual activity, working class, society, americana, human nature, misfit, drifter, social problems ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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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, captivating, uplifting, thought provoking ...
Plot: labor union, small town, working class, fighting the system, factory worker, whistleblower, against the odds, single mother, labor, factory, union, workplace ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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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: realistic, sentimental, touching, serious, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, americana, lovers reunited, pregnancy, reunion, single parent, best friends, social relations, family relations, friends, introspection, human nature ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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: serious, touching, sincere, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: oil, restaurant, danger, family life, social relations, family relations, one last chance, aging, americana, obsessive quest, human spirit, down on your luck ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: farm, dysfunctional family, family life, dysfunctional character, drugs/alcohol, family relations, coming of age, working class, starting over, society, alcohol abuse, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, chicago illinois, atlanta georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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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, realistic, emotional, sentimental, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, couple relations, survival, family business, against the odds, couples, human nature, family problems, down on your luck, family in crisis, crumbling marriage, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, touching, sentimental, realistic
Plot: fall in love, self discovery, friendship, lifestyle, family relations, society, love and romance, hopes, parents and children, dishonesty, farm, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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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, 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 ⇓
58%
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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, parents and children, family relations, couples, woman in danger, single parent, social relations, prejudice, world war two, mentor, secrets ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 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, psychological, sincere, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, vietnam veteran, love and romance, siblings relations, haunted by the past, homecoming, human nature, life is a bitch, loneliness, prom, unlikely friendships, depression ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, uplifting, captivating, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: desert, nun, convent, chapel, construction worker, friendship, society, odd couple, farm, religions or cults, friends, social relations ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, womanizer, lifestyle, introspection, young lovers, opposites attract, couples, family problems, parents and children, romance, society ...
Place: nebraska, europe, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, single father, courtroom, custody battle, lawyer, marriage, selfishness, father son relationship, family problems, family, justice, hospital ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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, against the odds, parents and children, separated, fighting the system, court, mercy, convent school, custody, church, priest ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: ireland, europe, scotland, sydney australia, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, friendship, prison, false accusation, redemption, church, self discovery, starting over, dishonesty, small town life, couples, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, kentucky, new england, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, atmospheric, tense, realistic ...
Plot: wilderness, fishing, childhood, americana, beautiful scenery, generation gap, self discovery, coming of age, friendship, human nature, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 30s ...
Place: usa, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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
Plot: civil rights, racism, friendship, teenage life, haunted by the past, african american, domestic violence, social differences, interracial relations, teaching the ways of the world, family relations, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1964
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: kids, chick flick
Plot: race against time, cure, hopes, human spirit, against the odds, family in crisis, child illness, unlikely partners, doctors and patients, parents and children, family problems, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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, human nature, family gatherings, siblings relations, couple relations, friends, family relations, couples, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, serious ...
Plot: graduation, coming of age, friendship, small town, self discovery, american dream, jealousy, high school graduation, christmas, youth, innocence lost, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: texas, usa, oklahoma, mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
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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: serious, gloomy, touching, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, infidelity, prophecy, murder, small town, all black cast, aunt niece relationship, superstition, curse, tavern, incest, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ 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: emotional, sentimental, captivating, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, friendship, small town life, feminism, small town, midlife crisis, generation gap, aging, couple relations, nursing, family problems, elderly ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: alabama, louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 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: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, factual, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, politics, political unrest, friends, writer's life, against the odds, female bonding, female protagonist, smuggling, fascism, culture clash, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1950s, 1920s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, austria, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, atmospheric, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, nervous breakdown, haunted by the past, loss of friend, funeral, parents and children, loss of parent, family problems, alcohol abuse, drinking problem, family relations, mentor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, alabama, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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, atmospheric, sincere, serious
Plot: farm, orphan, small town, social relations, friends, family relations, small town life, society, youth, culture clash, coming of age, hopes ...
Time: 1900s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, serious ...
Plot: slave, slavery, parents and children, death in the family, custody, working class, friends, family relations, friendship, racism, dysfunctional family, society ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: virginia, alabama, usa, california
⇓ 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: thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, corporal punishment, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, pedophile, life is a bitch, family relations, family in crisis, innocence lost, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 50s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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: farm, racism, small town, small town life, culture clash, social relations, obsession, family business, society, master and servant, interracial relations, parents and children ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: georgia, usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationship.
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: chinese, friendship, haunted by the past, immigrants, golden years, hopes, parents and children, self discovery, human nature, mother daughter relationship, storytelling, women ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, san francisco, asia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%