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: gloomy, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: basketball, wedding, tattoo, school, college, youth, friendship, friends, destiny, hopes, couples, small town life, dangerous attraction, high school, small town, coming of age, innocence lost, catastrophe, life, male underwear, skinny dipping, briefs, hot spring, nudity (full frontal - brief)
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 coming of age, friends, friendship, youth, family relations, love and romance and society mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Promised Land: Adam at Six A.M. (1970), 2 Friends (1986), To Save a Life (2009), Swimmers (2005), Whatever (1998). 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 ...
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Plot: farm, family relations, small town, college, small town life, innocence lost, fall in love, human nature, self discovery, couples, hopes, coming of age ...
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: missouri, california, usa
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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: emotional, surreal, serious, realistic, non-linear
Plot: friendship, road not taken, human nature, haunted by the past, college, school, parents and children, teenage life, high school, coming of age, best friends, friends ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia
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To Save a Life (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jake Taylor has everything. He has a beautiful girl, he's the champion in basketball and beer pong, and everyone loves him. Then, an old childhood friend, whom Jake used to be friends with, commits suicide. Jake begins to think. He wonders what ...
Style: sincere, captivating, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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.
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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67%
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Mamitas (2011)
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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, opposites attract, youth, high school, social relations, teenage life, couples, friendship, society, self discovery, love and romance ...
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True Friends (1998)
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Duration: 103 min.
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