Movies like Precious

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Precious (2009)
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Precious (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, an angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is chaotic and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and a secret--she can't read.
Style: rough, bleak, emotional, serious, harsh, depressing, realistic, stylized, sincere, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: domestic violence, child abuse, poverty, social misfits, sexual abuse, illiteracy, rape, abusive mother, fat girl, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, aids, unsupportive parent, physical appearance, teenage life, teacher, social worker, school, deadend life, starting over, fear, incest, self fulfillment, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, harlem, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city

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Most similar movies to Precious

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and bleak films with plots about life is a bitch, family relations, youth, friendship, redemption, mentor and coming of age mostly in Drama, Biography and Crime genres. Some movies like Precious: The Color Purple (1985), Angela's Ashes (1999), Yelling to the Sky (2011), Speak (2004), Mysterious Skin (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Color Purple (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing "Mister" Albert ...
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, sincere, compassionate ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: domestic violence, incest, incest rape, sexual abuse, rape, feminism, african american, slavery, life is a bitch, wife abuse, dysfunctional family, childbirth ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 18th century
Place: africa, southern usa, usa, georgia, tennessee
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Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, compassionate, realistic ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, ira, parents and children, injustice, unemployment, alcohol abuse, youth, family relations, irish, human nature, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, 1940s
Place: ireland, new york, brooklyn new york city, europe, usa ...
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100%
Yelling to the Sky (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: As her family falls apart, seventeen year old Sweetness O'Hara is left to fend for herself in a neighborhood where her survival is uncertain.
Style: emotional, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, counselor, alcoholic, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, going straight, coming of age, hopes, society, youth, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 27K
Speak (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Freshman high-school student Melinda has refused to speak ever since she called the cops on a popular summer party. With her old friends snubbing her for being a rat, and her parents too busy to notice her troubles, she folds into herself, trying to ...
Style: touching, psychological, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: innocence lost, rape victim, school, high school, teenage life, unsupportive friend, life is a bitch, youth, high school life, rape, family problems, sexual abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Mysterious Skin (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Style: disturbing, psychological, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: male rape, homosexual rape, child abuse, homosexual, pedophilia, child molestation, man boy relationship, gay rape, sexual abuse, male prostitution, gay teenager, gay ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, year 1981, year 1991 ...
Place: usa, kansas, new york
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50%
Gimme Shelter (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After running away from her abusive mother, a streetwise teen seeks refuge with her father, but he rejects her when he learns that she's pregnant.
Style: emotional, serious, rough, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: abusive mother, homeless, starting over, survival, human spirit, domestic violence, family problems, life is a bitch, social misfits, youth, pregnancy, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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100%
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, serious, disturbing, emotional, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, family relations, corporal punishment, dysfunctional family, child rape, parents and children, life is a bitch, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, family in crisis, family problems, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s, 90s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
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50%
This Boy's Life (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, rough ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: child abuse, single parent, domestic violence, coming of age, friendship, dysfunctional family, abusive stepfather, mechanic, family relations, homosexual, stepfather, gay teenager ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, washington state, salt lake city utah, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four women are given into the custody of the Magdalene sisterhood asylum to correct their sinful behavior: Crispina and Rose have given birth to a premarital child, Margaret got raped by her cousin and the orphan Bernadette had been repeatedly ...
Style: bleak, brutal, suspense, disturbing, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: convent, nun, punishment, sexual harassment, sin, life is a bitch, corporal punishment, human spirit, mistreatment, violence against women, sexual abuse, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 454K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
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, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, discrimination, hopes, civil rights, interracial relations, racial issues, social relations, racial segregation, human spirit ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 94K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, serious, sincere ...
Plot: murder, friendship, mentally challenged, death threat, redemption, family relations, small town, haunted by the past, parents and children, human nature, crimes, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 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: teenager, friendship, adoption, family relations, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, coming of age, family in crisis, haunted by the past, parents and children, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
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100%
Gardens of the Night (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After being abducted as children, and suffering years of abuse, a teenage boy and girl find themselves living on the street.
Style: serious, bleak, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: child prostitution, child abduction, hiding place, pedophile, sexual abuse, kidnapping, confined, haunted by the past, pimp, kidnapper, life is a bitch, child molestation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, san diego california, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A pair of teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy.
Style: meditative, sad, serious, social, rough ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage girl, abortion, sexual abuse, rape victim, rape, pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, teenager, unwanted pregnancy, bus trip, teenage life, adolescence ...
Time: year 2019, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 10K
Manic (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Lyle is filled with rage. After badly beating a classmate during a schoolyard fight, Lyle is committed to a juvenile mental institution in lieu of criminal prosecution. Inside the hospital, Lyle encounters a group of adolescents struggling with a ...
Style: rough, disturbing, psychological, compassionate, depressing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, dysfunctional family, therapy, youth, juvenile delinquency, self discovery, teenage life, addiction, doctors and patients, manic, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
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28%
 6.6
 12K
Sherrybaby (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After serving time in prison, former drug addict Sherry Swanson returns home to reclaim her young daughter from family members who have been raising the child. Sherry's family, especially her sister-in-law, doubt Sherry's ability to be a ...
Style: emotional, bleak, serious, depressing, realistic ...
Plot: ex convict, drug abuse, support group, mother daughter relationship, warden, addiction, starting over, rehabilitation, single parent, social misfits, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: new jersey, delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.4
 14K
Rosetta (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.
Style: serious, emotional, suspense, meditative, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: realism, unemployment, mother daughter relationship, poverty, alcoholic, life is a bitch, family problems, down on your luck, desperation, snitch, female protagonist, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: belgium, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 87K
Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: talky, serious, depressing, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, ghetto, loneliness, friendship, liberal, student, secret, coach, african american, basketball, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 936
My Brother Tom (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage girl, Jessica, befriends a teenage boy called Tom, who is bullied by a local gang. She is abused by Jack, who is both her neighbour and school teacher, and Tom is sexually abused by his father. Together they bond in the woods, creating a ...
Style: psychological, sincere, emotional, rough, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, rebellion, forest, sexual abuse, life is a bitch, escape from reality, friends, youth, social misfits, rebelliousness, dysfunctional family, teenage boy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronciling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty.
Style: serious, captivating, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, sexual abuse, bishop, going straight, youth, hopes, life is a bitch, prostitute, family relations, family problems, addiction, drug abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 9K
Nil by Mouth (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making ...
Style: rough, bleak, gloomy, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: domestic violence, dysfunctional family, heroin, addiction, alcohol abuse, working class, family relations, mental illness, drug abuse, temperamental, family problems, realism ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.9
 2K
Small Faces (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. But while Bobby and Alan are beginning to experience the power of raging ...
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gang, illiteracy, working class, coming of age, dysfunctional family, urban ghetto, family relations, kids in trouble, social misfits, crimes, society, leadership ...
Time: 90s, 60s
Place: scotland, europe, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
A Brother's Kiss (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to sodomize Mick on the street, is living with his wife Debbie ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, rough, bleak ...
Plot: male rape, sexual abuse, downfall, haunted by the past, going straight, society, life is a bitch, crimes, addiction, down on your luck, dysfunctional family, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: meditative, psychological, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: murder, teacher, dysfunctional family, prison life, family relations, prison, theft, crimes, investigation, parents and children, life is a bitch, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, california, italy, los angeles, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.6
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Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, cheerleading, family relations, teachers and students, teenage girl, love and romance, poetry, youth, power relations, parents and children, family problems, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.0
 78K
Kids (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: underage sex, puberty, coming of age, strong sexual content, virginity, innocence lost, first sex, urban ghetto life, street kid, youth, nihilism, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.7
 683
On the Outs (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Follows the choices made by three young women - one a drug dealer, one an addict, one a pregnant teen - in Jersey City.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, rough, realistic ...
Plot: asthma, teenage pregnancy, drug dealer, single mother, kids in trouble, teenage life, lifestyle, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, addiction, gang, drug dealing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Toy Soldiers (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: On one evening in a decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the innocence of youth and family unravels. Five parallel coming-of-age stories dramatize the stages of grief. A youthful mother in a custody battle over her children, finds ...
Style: serious, sincere, psychological, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted by the past, coming out, teenage life, family problems, misfit, life is a bitch, social misfits, youth, custody, addiction, society, bittersweet ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 3K
Joe the King (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A destitute 14 year old struggles to keep his life together despite harsh abuse at his mother's hands, harsher abuse at his father's, and a growing separation from his slightly older brother. Petty thefts for food grow into more major ...
Style: tense, rough, emotional, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: child abuse, corporal punishment, dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, working class, abusive father, debt, theft, money, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, redemption ...
Time: 70s, 90s
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.4
 6K
Frozen Land (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When a schoolteacher is sacked, he projects his bad mood at his troubled teenage son. The son, in turn, buys a CD player from a pawnshop with counterfeit money. This starts a chain reaction of misery as every victim projects his problems on to ...
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: depression, family relations, alcoholic, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, family problems, estrangement, strong sexual content, life is a bitch, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: finland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%