Movies like The River 1984

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The River (1984)
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The River (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Farming family battles severe storms, a bank threatening to reposses their farm, and other hard times in a battle to save and hold on to their farm.
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, realistic, gloomy, tear jerker, intense, romantic, dramatic, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: river, farmer, countryside, family relations, factory, small town, heroes, misfit, parents and children, family life, bank, society, down on your luck, forces of nature, human nature, against the odds, small town life, couple relations, courage, flood, baseball, helicopter, accident, farm, poverty ...
Time: 80s
Place: tennessee, usa, alabama, birmingham alabama, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and touching films with plots about family relations, catastrophe, parents and children, mentor, culture clash, dialogue and storytelling mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like The River: Country (1984), Raggedy Man (1981), 'night, Mother (1986), My Family (1995), Shadrach (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Country (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental, bleak ...
Plot: family relations, couples, survival, life is a bitch, against the odds, family business, couple relations, family problems, crumbling marriage, hopes, down on your luck, family in crisis ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: iowa, america
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Raggedy Man (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nita, a divorced mother of two boys, is stuck working as a telephone operator in a small Texas town in World War II. Her friendship with a sailor on leave causes tongues to wag in town.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, talky, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: small town, world war two, friendship, parents and children, family relations, couples, woman in danger, single parent, social relations, prejudice, sailor, gossip ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, new jersey, austin texas
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61%
'night, Mother (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: It happened in 1983. It was a rare and remarkable theatrical experience. Controversial. Provocative. And shocking. Now, two Academy Award-winning actresses make the Pulitzer Prize-winning play the motion picture event of the year. What would you do ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, sincere, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mother daughter relationship, family relations, epileptic, suicide, epilepsy, couples, life is a bitch, love and romance, hopes, couple relations, parents and children, haunted by the past ...
Time: 80s
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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My Family (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930's. They establish their family in ...
Style: touching, captivating, serious, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: family relations, immigrants, wedding, coming of age, murder, marriage, death of wife, family, couples, life is a bitch, babies and infants, youth ...
Time: 1920s, 50s, 20th century, 70s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Shadrach (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, slave, slavery, bittersweet, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, society, life is a bitch, injustice, family problems, friends ...
Time: 1930s
Place: virginia, usa, alabama, california
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43%
A Cool, Dry Place (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five year old son and his work as a high school basketball coach in rural Kansas, where he moved after his wife abandoned him in Chicago. Just as he starts to develop a new ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, dramatic ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: love triangle, small town, single father, bittersweet, friendship, friends, couples, family relations, love and romance, hopes, starting over, single parent ...
Time: 90s
Place: kansas, usa, texas
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41%
Immediate Family (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that Linda and Michael will adopt Lucy's baby and that Lucy ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: adoption, pregnancy, society, single parent, love and romance, youth, hopes, babies and infants, family relations, family problems, couples, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: seattle, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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 ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, human nature, rich and poor, parents and children, buddies, best friends, life is a bitch, family relations, homeless ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1910s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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No One Writes to the Colonel (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, France, Spain
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Every Friday, the Colonel puts on his only suit and goes to the dock to await a letter announcing the arrival of his pension. But the townsfolk all know that this pension will never come. His wife also knows it, and even he knows it. But he is still ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: pension, colonel, hopes, parents and children, small town, family relations, downfall, haunted by the past, couple relations, family life, small town life, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 1940s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
All the Way Home (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In the early 1900's Tennessee, a loving family undergoes the shock of the father's sudden, accidental death. The widow and her young son must endure the heartache of life following the tragedy, but slowly rise up from the ashes to face the ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Plot: family relations, small town, death of husband, family problems, life turned upside down, small town life, death in the family, family in crisis, human nature, parents and children, starting over, single parent ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: tennessee, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Normal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A Midwestern husband and father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: transsexual, gender bending, gender, family problems, society, parents and children, unfulfillment, sexuality, lgbt, depression, small town, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, new jersey
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37%
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Skylark (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Jacob's farm is in trouble from a severe drought. Jacob and Sarah begin to wonder if Sarah can stay, and what will happen to Jacob if she and the children have to leave the farm.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching
Plot: farm, countryside, drought, family life, down on your luck, forces of nature, human spirit, against the odds, friends, family relations, couples, hopes ...
Time: 1910s
Place: kansas, usa, maine, midwest
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36%
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Ballast (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A single mother and her embattled son struggle to subsist in a small Mississippi Delta township. An act of violence thrusts them into the world of an emotionally devastated highway store owner, awakening the fury of a bitter and longstanding ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: single parent, small town, life is a bitch, family relations, parents and children, juvenile delinquent, robbery, death, lawyer, suicide, society, poverty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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
Plot: racism, grief, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, human nature, parents and children, haunted by the past, self discovery, friendship, couple relations, coming of age, youth ...
Time: 80s
Place: jamaica, baltimore, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Man Without a Face (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of a relationship between a teacher and his troubled pupil. Justin McLeod is a former teacher who lives as a recluse on the edge of town. His face is disfigured from an automobile accident and fire ten years before in which a boy was ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: friendship, injustice, social misfits, teaching the ways of the world, false accusation, mysterious character, loneliness, mentor, intergenerational friendship, disfigurement, suspicion, physical appearance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: maine, usa
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Tully (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, lifestyle, womanizer, young lovers, opposites attract, introspection, youth, romance, society, couples, family problems ...
Place: nebraska, england, usa, europe
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34%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Hysterical Blindness (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Set in the 1980's, Debby Miller (Uma Thurman) goes out in New Jersey looking for a man after she is diagnosed with "hysterical blindness".
Style: psychological, serious, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, working class, single parent, love and romance, family relations, couple relations, looking for love, unfulfillment, getting home, best friends, lifestyle, hopes ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Crimes of the Heart (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it ...
Style: talky, touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, family relations, sisters, family problems, parents and children, eccentric family, love and romance, family gatherings, family life, human nature, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: mississippi, southern usa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
A Private Matter (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The true story of Romper Room host "Miss Sherri" Finkbine, who, after the devastating effects of thalidomide were discovered in the early 1960s, sparked a firestorm of controversy with her determination to obtain an abortion.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, pregnancy, courtroom drama, fighting the system, society, state affairs, politics, legal, life is a bitch, rebellion, babies and infants, injustice ...
Time: 60s, year 1962
Place: arizona, phoenix arizona
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31%
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Working-class father John Crowley is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease - a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. With the support of ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick, family outing
Plot: race against time, cure, hopes, against the odds, human spirit, family problems, unlikely partners, parents and children, family in crisis, child illness, doctors and patients, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, portland oregon, las vegas, boston, san francisco ...
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30%
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Losing Chase (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An intimate and turbulent relationship develops between Chase, a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown and Elizabeth, the caretaker employed to look after her.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, mental illness, family relations, chase, dysfunctional family, gays and lesbians, society, master and servant, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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The Beaver (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black (Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes for his ...
Style: emotional, touching, tragicomedy, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: depression, midlife crisis, puppet, family relations, losing-it hero, family problems, unfulfillment, parents and children, nervous breakdown, couples, imaginary character, coping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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An American Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: cold war, family relations, friendship, family, immigrants, love and romance, self discovery, on the run, siblings relations, parents and children, human nature, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, year 1950, year 1956 ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, poland, austria ...
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29%
The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The setting is early America during the oil boom. An elderly, down on his luck 'oil man', Mr. Cox finds himself in the town of Henrietta. Using unconventional methods, he convinces himself and local Don Day that there is oil on Day's ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: countryside, oil, hopes, restaurant, heist, human spirit, americana, family life, down on your luck, social relations, one last chance, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, year 1935
Place: texas, usa, new jersey, london, california ...
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28%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: rough, touching, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: introspection, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, human nature, family problems, family relations, society, addiction, family in crisis, down on your luck, siblings relations, strong female presence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Amidst her own personality crisis, southern housewife Evelyn Couch meets Ninny, an outgoing old woman who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, two young women who experienced hardships and love in Whistle Stop, Alabama in the ...
Style: sentimental, captivating, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: small town, self discovery, small town life, friendship, feminism, lesbian, tomboy, midlife crisis, generation gap, american south, aging, couple relations ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: alabama, southern usa, usa, louisiana
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27%
Down in the Delta (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, alcohol abuse, farm, dysfunctional family, bittersweet, strong female presence, social worker, working class, human nature, parents and children, drug abuse, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, chicago illinois, usa, atlanta georgia, alabama ...
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27%
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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 ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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: small town, introspection, family relations, friendship, family problems, youth, human nature, family in crisis, swimming, social relations, public health, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maryland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%