Movies like A River Runs Through It

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A River Runs Through It (1992)
 7.2
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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 life circumstances in the untamed west of Montana in the 1920's.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, tense, atmospheric, serious, captivating, realistic, melancholic, intense ...
Plot: beautiful scenery, fishing, childhood, wilderness, americana, family relations, self discovery, generation gap, coming of age, friendship, parents and children, human nature, tragedy, father son relationship, tragic event, boat, river, male female relationship, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship, fish, brothers, gambling, secrets, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1910s, 1930s, 1900s, 30s, 20s
Place: montana, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, emotional, realistic and serious films with plots about dialogue, mentor, storytelling, runaway, catastrophe, family relations and culture clash mostly in Drama, Romance and War genres. Some movies like A River Runs Through It: Legends of the Fall (1994), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), The Tree of Life (2011), Sling Blade (1996), The Trip to Bountiful (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Legends of the Fall (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: An epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, and love.
Style: captivating, sentimental, emotional, sincere, scenic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love triangle, world war one, beautiful scenery, romance, friendship, sibling relationship, conflict, lovers, father son relationship, death, sibling rivalry, old west ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 19th century, 90s, 1930s ...
Place: usa, montana
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: melancholic, touching, depressing, emotional, compassionate ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: mentally challenged, dysfunctional family, self discovery, disability, siblings relations, brothers, character study, family problems, mental illness, parents and children, small town, compassion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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The Tree of Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, captivating, touching, psychological ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, philosophy, coming of age, parenthood, family relations, outer space, redhead, grief, suffering, hopes, spirituality, dinosaur ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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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
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100%
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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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: bus, redemption, small town, self discovery, homecoming, americana, family relations, escape, golden years, hopes, obsessive quest, love and romance ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, austin texas
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Rambling Rose (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall for her, and Rose knows it. She can't help herself ...
Style: erotic, sexy, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, love and romance, self discovery, family relations, prostitute, love, introspection, parents and children, youth, romance, human nature, fall in love ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1971, 1920s
Place: georgia, usa, california
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100%
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The Namesake (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
Duration: 122 min.
Story: American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: generation gap, arranged marriage, childbirth, culture clash, immigrants, childhood, marriage, rebel, family life, society, newlyweds, acceptance ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, india, taj mahal, ohio ...
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100%
 7.2
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Avalon (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Avalon is the third in Levinson's semi-autobiographical series of four "Baltimore Films": Diner (1982), Tin Men (1987), Avalon (1990), and Liberty Heights (1999). The film is set in Baltimore in the early 1950s and explores the themes ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, semi serious, atmospheric, semi autobiographical ...
Plot: immigrants, family relations, thanksgiving, nostalgia, culture clash, graphic violence, society, starting over, hopes, friends, small town, parents and children ...
Time: 1910s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1914, year 1919 ...
Place: baltimore, usa, poland, russia
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100%
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Left Luggage (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Belgium, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: While escaping from Nazis during the WWII, a Jewish man dug suitcases full of things dear to his heart in the ground two. The war deprived him of his family, and afterwards he endlessly turns over the soil of Antwerp to find the suitcases, which ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: nanny, liberal, eviction, family relations, haunted by the past, parents and children, mentally challenged, religions or cults, orthodox jew, judaism, holocaust survivor, jewish ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, antwerp, belgium, israel, poland
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100%
Clara's Heart (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and David develop a close bond, opening his eyes and heart to ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
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Time: 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
Style: depressing, realistic, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids, teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, stepsister stepsister relationship, childhood, bully, divorced parents, boy, marital problem, teenager, brother sister relationship, abusive husband, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2012, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: usa, texas, houston texas, austin texas
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Nell (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
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Time: 90s
Place: north carolina, usa
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The Great Santini (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
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Style: realistic, emotional, serious, captivating, dramatic ...
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Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, West Germany
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Genre: Drama
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Tully (2000)
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The Neon Bible (1995)
Genre: Drama
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The War (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
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Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
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29%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: touching, realistic, serious, dramatic, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
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Mud (2012)
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Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and make a pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.
Style: atmospheric, touching, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: river, friendship, ex convict, coming of age, first love, bounty hunter, teenage boy, bittersweet, obsession, fugitives, love and romance, buddies ...
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Place: arkansas, usa, mississippi
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29%
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September (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
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Style: talky, serious, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
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29%
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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, captivating, sincere, emotional ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
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Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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Style: touching, captivating, serious, realistic, sexy ...
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Time: 1920s, 50s, 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s
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My Life (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: It seems that Bob Jones has everything a man could want, namely a fulfilling job and a beautiful, pregnant wife, Gail. But Bob's life is turned upside-down when he is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live -- not even enough time ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sad, sentimental ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, pregnancy, childbirth, self discovery, family life, couple relations, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, parents and children, cancer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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27%
Grandview, U.S.A. (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Life in the small town of Grandview, Illinois is one that is just like any other city or town. Tim Pearson, soon to be graduating high school wants to go to Florida to study oceanography. He meets Michelle "Mike" Cody and is attracted to ...
Style: humorous, captivating, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
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27%
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Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
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Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1910s
Place: new york, usa
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On Golden Pond (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: For Norman and Ethel Thayer, this summer on golden pond is filled with conflict and resolution. When their daughter Chelsea arrives, the family is forced to renew the bonds of love and overcome the generational friction that has existed for years. ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, witty, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing
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Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new england, maine
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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 ...
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Time: contemporary
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