Movies like River Made to Drown In

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River Made to Drown In (1997)
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River Made to Drown In (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Allen, a struggling young artist who once survived by working in the streets, is now involved with Eva, a wealthy Los Angeles gallery owner. Quite by surprise Allen receives a visit from an old john, Thaddeus, who is dying from aids and has come to spend his last days somewhere humble ans spare. Allen reluctantly takes him in, straining his relationship with Eva, who slowly discovers the truth about their past. When Thaddeus implores Allen to find Jamie, a young hustler he had once tried to rescue, Allen returns to the streets where he must choose between what he left behind and the uncertainty that lies ahead. Written by Alie Heidema
Style: queer cinema
Plot: death, hustler, love, sex, gay, dancing, revenge, lawyer, fight, prostitute, painter, artist, drug addict, lgbt, police officer, police, food, friendship, plague, sex scene, cancer, photographer, illness, swing, running ...
Place: los angeles, santa monica california

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Most similar movies to River Made to Drown In

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and captivating films with plots about drinking alcohol, death, friendship, drink, mother son relationship, cigarette smoking and restaurant mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like River Made to Drown In: Bad Night (1986), My Own Private Idaho (1991), James White (2015), Swan Song (2021), Goat (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Bad Night (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Mala Noche is the film debut from director Gus van Sant. The film portrays the unanswered love of an American man toward a young Mexican man.
Style: sexual, sexy, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: gay sex, gay, immigrants, obsession, interracial relations, hustler, gay interest, opposites attract, gays and lesbians, sexual relations, store, romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: portland oregon, oregon
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My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the ...
Style: surreal, touching, captivating, serious, road movie ...
Plot: homosexuality, homosexual, male prostitute, friendship between men, gay sex, gay, male prostitution, friendship, gays and lesbians, lgbt, poverty, prostitution ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: idaho, rome italy, seattle, usa, washington state ...
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James White (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: James White is a troubled twentysomething trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. As he retreats further into a hedonistic lifestyle, his mother's battle with a serious illness faces a series of setbacks that force him to assume more ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, sincere, psychological
Plot: mother son relationship, terminal illness, friendship, promise, chemotherapy, lie, slacker, cancer, self destructing, new life, bigger dreams, beach resort ...
Time: year 2000, year 1983, year 2013
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, mexico
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Swan Song (2021)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An aging hairdresser escapes his nursing home to embark on an odyssey across his small town to style a dead woman's hair for her funeral, rediscovering his sparkle along the way.
Style: captivating, sincere, disturbing, psychological, queer cinema
Plot: gay lead character, gay, small town, hairdresser, social relations, social problems, society, city life, gay relationship, friendship, death, escape ...
Place: ohio
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Goat (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Reeling from a terrifying assault, a nineteen year old enrolls into college with his brother and pledges the same fraternity. What happens there, in the name of 'brotherhood,' tests him and his loyalty in brutal ways.
Style: disturbing, suspense, melancholic, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: college, dormitory, sibling relationship, death of friend, drugs, dancing, drug use, false accusation, sexism, nervousness, friendship, party ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Time to Leave (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Romain, 31, a photographer, learns that a malignancy may kill him within a few months. Decisions: treatment? work? how to tell his lover and his family. He remembers the sea and himself as a child. He stares in the mirror. He's cruel: facing ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, intellectual, serious ...
Plot: gay, terminal illness, family relations, tumor, siblings relations, couple relations, self discovery, sibling relationship, love and romance, actor's life, couples, introspection ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france
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Road Movie (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Gil and Hank are two independent truckers who run into problems when they are forced to pay off traffic managers to get loads. They also have to pay off highway cops when their rigs are overweight and bank loans but consider themselves lucky just to ...
Style: road movie
Plot: police officer, passenger, insurance, alimony, infidelity, labor, prostitute, argument, bible, adultery, abuse, hitchhiking ...
Place: pittsburgh, pennsylvania, chicago illinois
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Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City.
Style: realistic, disturbing, psychological, serious, rough ...
Plot: friendship, fish out of water, prostitute, dancer, cowboy, fighting illness, society, male prostitute, homosexuality, naivete, gay slur, homosexual ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s
Place: new york, texas, usa, florida, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
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Things That Hang from Trees (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: St. Augustine, Florida, 1969. An eight-year-old boy's wish to see the fireworks from atop the city's lighthouse is complicated by his odd neighbors, abusive peers, and hopeless parents. The young boy's seemingly simple goal develops ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, touching, captivating
Plot: child abuse, traumatic childhood, husband wife relationship, mental illness, boy, father son relationship, drunkenness, teasing, small town, bullying, abusive husband, mother son relationship ...
Time: year 1969, 60s
Place: florida
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Some of My Best Friends Are (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: It's Christmas Eve 1971 in Manhattan's Greenwich Village and the regulars of the local gay bar "The Blue Jay" are celebrating. Not much has changed since Stonewall and its not all "Peace on Earth. Good Will to Men" but ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, queer cinema
Plot: christmas, lgbt, gay, singleness, gender bending, best friends, gays and lesbians, gender, friends, transvestism, couples, homosexual ...
Time: 70s, year 1971
Place: new york, greenwich village manhattan new york city
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Beach Rats (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, captivating, disturbing
Plot: lgbt teen, gay, coming out, older man younger man relationship, marijuana, friendship, promise, teenager, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, money, dating, gay interest ...
Place: brooklyn new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city, new york
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Behind the Red Door (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Set in New York and New England (but filmed in Newfoundland), Behind the Red Door stars Kyra Sedgwick as Manhattan-based photographer Natalie Haddad, who enjoys success with her strangely gloomy and foreboding camerawork. When her agent and best ...
Style: serious, sincere, psychological, touching, realistic
Plot: family relations, self discovery, estrangement, love and romance, haunted by the past, terminal illness, family life, siblings relations, parents and children, homosexual, death of father, aids ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, boston
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Luminous Motion (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A mom and her 10 year son motor around the country as she makes ends meet by turning tricks until her car breaks down. She then temporarily takes up with a hardware store owner until she gets her own place. Then the kid's father shows up to try ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, offbeat
Plot: family relations, on the road, dysfunctional family, road trip, family problems, friendship, alcohol abuse, parents and children, store, single parent, island, mother son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, beirut lebanon
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Little Accidents (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In a small American coal town living in the shadow of a recent mining accident, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws three people together—a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy—in a web of secrets.
Style: suspense, disturbing, enigmatic, psychological
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Crossing Paths (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Jeremy Booner is a college kid struggling with his grades, with the ladies and with life in general. Brian Miano is a smooth-talking salesman on the fast track to success. A chance encounter at an intersection leaves Jeremy and Brian secretly ...
Plot: career change, graduation, womanizer, waiter, fiancee, beach, sex, salesman, college student, airport, bicycle, elvis presley ...
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Along the Way (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A funny, gripping and powerful drama about the post graduation summer of four lifelong friends and one night that changed the course of their lives... forever. Like Crash , Saint Elmo s Fire and it s inspiration Stand By Me, Along the WAY is a ...
Style: emotional, gloomy, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: college, friendship, friends, world, redemption, showbiz, partners, youth, coming of age, best friends, buddies, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1996, year 1983
Place: new york, madison square garden manhattan new york city, connecticut
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Genre: Drama
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Story: Dennis (Sam Bottoms) is a handsome, successful and well-liked civic leader who lives in his hometown with his lovely wife (Lisa Eichhorn) and their new baby. When Enrique Vasquez (Marco Rodriguez) and his striking teen daughter Angela (Yeniffer ...
Plot: older man younger woman sex, nudity (full frontal - brief), rock and roll, high school reunion, baby, marriage, chase, dog, friendship, party, love, friend ...
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An Early Frost (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set in the mid-eighties Michael Pierson, a young gay man, is struck with AIDS in the prime of his life. He's forced to be open about the disease and his homosexuality for the first time with his co-workers (he's a successful lawyer) and ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: coming out, aids, family relations, lawyer, family problems, workplace, life is a bitch, gender, hopes, unfulfillment, terminal illness, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois
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The Deputy and the Congressman (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Madrid, Roberto Orbea is a member of the Spanish communist party. He is married to Carmen, and he has been elected as Deputy in the first democratic elections in Spain. But his enemies, the fascist, know his double life. Roberto likes boys, and they ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: politics, male prostitute, vandalism, militant, murder, love triangle, one night stand, hustler, politician, infidelity, blackmail, hospital ...
Time: 70s
Place: madrid, spain, europe, venice
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Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a voluminous Oral History of the World, a record of 20,000 ...
Style: sentimental, melancholic, intellectual, enigmatic, stylized ...
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, writer's life, buddies, human nature, reporter, secret, alone in the world, character study, eccentricity, bum, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, north carolina, harvard university ...
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Around the Bend (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A tale of four generations of men, all of whom have had their offspring at a young age: a great-grandfather, a grandfather, a father in his twenties and a son who is about 7 years old. When the oldest member passes away, the trio heads out on the ...
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, emotional, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
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Time: contemporary
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico, los angeles, mexico ...
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The Men's Club (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Seven men have a group session and share their feelings on women, love, life and work.
Style: talky, semi serious, realistic, touching
Plot: midlife crisis, friendship, infidelity, working class, erection, wife swapping, couple relations, parents and children, love triangle, couples, thirtysomething life, social relations ...
Time: 80s
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Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An AIDS-stricken woman becomes a leader in the struggle to educate people about the disease and its prevention.
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Body Shots (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The Los Angeles club scene is a place of booze-fueled decadence and debauchery. In a night full of possibilities, eight 20-somethings take to the clubs seeking good times, companionship and maybe a little sex. But in the harsh light of the morning ...
Style: serious, psychological, suspense, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: sex, nightclub, love and romance, battle of the sexes, youth, looking for love, wooing, buddies, young lovers, couples, friends, nightlife ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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Split Second (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Story: A split-second decision made in a fit of rage drives attorney and family man Michael Anderson to desperate measures.The stressed-out lawyer hits his melting point one fateful day, when he runs away from the consequences of his actions.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, psychological, suspenseful
Plot: hit and run, vigilantism, workplace situations, mental illness, vengeance, crimes, legal action, rivalry, dishonesty, supermarket, cafeteria, remorse ...
Time: 90s
Place: edinburgh scotland
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Diane (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Diane is a devoted friend and caretaker, particularly to her drug-addicted son. But as those around her begin to drift away in the last quarter of her life, she is left to reckon with past choices and long-dormant memories.
Style: rough, melancholic, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: drug addiction, old woman, mother son relationship, friendship, memory, family relations, church, death, husband wife relationship, religion, depression, nurse ...
Place: usa
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Moonlight (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.
Style: lgbt cinema, serious, sad, rough, compassionate ...
Plot: lgbt, first gay sexual experience, homosexuality, gay, parent child relationship, drug dealer, african american, gay slur, childhood friend, dysfunctional family, revenge, drug addict ...
Time: 2010s
Place: florida, atlanta georgia, miami
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Bolivia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, Netherlands
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A Bolivian immigrant working illegally as a cook in a small restaurant in Buenos Aires suffers abuse and discrimination from its customers.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: racism, unemployment, restaurant, cafe, immigrants, social decay, city life, rich and poor, discrimination, culture clash, working class, down on your luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, argentina, bolivia, buenos aires argentina
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Any Day Now (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, sentimental, thought provoking ...
Plot: gay, gay relationship, gay adoption, adoption, district attorney, gay slur, gay parent, courtroom drama, fighting the system, rivalry, social problems, couples ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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Pain and Glory (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Salvador Mallo, a filmmaker in the twilight of his career, reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.
Style: touching, sincere, disturbing, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: gay, movie business, actor, introspection, filmmaker, homosexuality, desire, cinema, sexual awakening, depression, mother son relationship, gay lead character ...
Time: 50s, 2010s, year 1985, year 1981
Place: spain, madrid
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