Movies like Promised Land 1987

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Promised Land (1987)
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Promised Land (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Three recent high school grads - star athlete Hancock, his cheerleader girlfriend, Mary, and the awkward Senator - aim to leave their small town behind and realize big dreams, but their idealistic plans collide with life's harsh realities.
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, contemplative
Audience: teens
Plot: christmas, basketball, wedding, tattoo, catastrophe, school, friendship, youth, college, friends, destiny, disaster, couples, high school, dangerous attraction, small town, coming of age, innocence lost, small town life, hopes, life, nudity (full frontal - brief), skinny dipping, male underwear, briefs ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, utah

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about friends, friendship, youth, coming of age, family relations, society and high school mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Promised Land: Adam at Six A.M. (1970), Swimmers (2005), 2 Friends (1986), Whatever (1998), The Christmas Choir (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Adam at Six A.M. (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A disenchanted young Professor of Semantics at a California college learns of a distant relative's death in Missouri. He journeys cross-country to the funeral, then decides to spend the summer there and work as a laborer for a power-line ...
Style: suspense, biting, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: coming of age, farm, family relations, small town, couples, youth, starting over, love and romance, hopes, self discovery, innocence lost, college ...
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: missouri, usa, california
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Swimmers (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After an accident in a small Maryland fishing town, 11-year-old Emma begins to question the nature of the adults around her.
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: youth, small town, introspection, family relations, friendship, family problems, human nature, family in crisis, swimming, sex crime, social relations, public health ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maryland, usa
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74%
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2 Friends (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Two girls, at 15; Louise, in a prestigious girls' high school, and Kelly, who was admitted but forbidden by her father to attend. This is the end of their friendship, and from here the film progresses in a backwards time line to a final freeze ...
Style: non-linear, surreal, serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: friendship, best friends, friends, boarding school, couples, family relations, teenage life, high school, school, college, haunted by the past, human nature ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia
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Whatever (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the early 1980s, Anna, a New Jersey teenager faces her impending adulthood, dreaming of a life as a successful New York artist. When she gets caught up in the carefree sport of pre-AIDS sex and drugs, Anna's future becomes less certain.
Style: realistic, bad ending, bleak, visually appealing, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, friendship, school, high school, drugs, art teacher, age difference, multiple storylines, police investigation, adaptation, workplace, gang ...
Time: 80s, future, 70s
Place: new jersey, california, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Christmas Choir (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Based on a true story, The Christmas Choir is the inspiring account of how one man can make a remarkable difference simply by giving of himself. Workaholic accountant Peter Andrews (Jason Gedrick) has overlooked Christmas, friends and even his ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, emotional
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Sudie and Simpson (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A television movie about the friendship that develops between a young white girl and an older black man in a racist, rural Georgia town during the 1940s.
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: youth, lifetime, interracial relations, racism, false accusation, small town, friendship, discrimination, human nature, small town life, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 1940s
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
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Local Color (2006)
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Duration: 107 min.
Story: A successful artist looks back with loving memories on the summer of his defining year, 1974. A talented but troubled 18-year-old aspiring artist befriends a brilliant elderly alcoholic painter who has turned his back on not only art but life. The ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, touching, contemplative
Plot: painter, self discovery, friendship, parents and children, youth, family relations, artists and showbiz, unsupportive parent, inspiration, mentor, intergenerational friendship, artist ...
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Mamitas (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenager in Echo Park deals with the loss of his mother and his attraction to a girl not considered "cool" by his friends.
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Plot: coming of age, teenage love, youth, high school, opposites attract, couples, social relations, teenage life, friendship, self discovery, society, love and romance ...
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True Friends (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: New York, The Bronx, 1980. Two Italian boys Joey Esposito and Louie Mazerino jump to the defence of a smaller Puerto Rican boy, J.J. Lopez, when J.J. is threatened by six schoolyard bullies. The three boys soon become best friends, and they always ...
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Duration: 84 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: realistic, touching, dramatic, talky, feel good ...
Audience: kids
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Time: 1940s, 20th century, 80s
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58%
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young kid from Kansas moves to New York to work on a magazine. He gets caught up in the world of drink and drugs, and starts a steady decline. The only hope is the cousin of one of his drinking partners, can she pull him through it ?
Style: intense, serious, realistic, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 20th century, 80s
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58%
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 101 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, touching
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New Hope (2012)
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Duration: 125 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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