Movies like The Secret Life of Bees

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The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
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The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, sweet, psychological, captivating, intense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: civil rights, racism, friendship, teenage life, interracial relations, teenage girl, family relations, haunted by the past, african american, social differences, teaching the ways of the world, friends, parents and children, society, blacks and whites, coming of age, domestic violence, maid, hopes, runaway child, single father, freedom, family business, racial segregation, teenager ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, serious and sentimental films with plots about family relations, friendship, bittersweet, parents and children, society, coming of age and childhood mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Secret Life of Bees: The Help (2011), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), The Color Purple (1985), White Oleander (2002), I Am Sam (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, maid, friendship, master and servant, discrimination, hopes, civil rights, interracial relations, racial issues, social relations, racial segregation, human spirit ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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100%
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, midlife crisis, generation gap, tomboy, american south, aging, couple relations ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa, louisiana
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100%
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A mother and daughter dispute is resolved by the "Yaya sisterhood" - long time friends of the mother.
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, sincere, intense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: mental illness, friendship, dysfunctional family, estrangement, playwright, family problems, family relations, human nature, parents and children, haunted by the past, rescue, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Color Purple (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie's abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing "Mister" Albert ...
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, sincere, compassionate ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: domestic violence, incest, sexual abuse, incest rape, rape, feminism, african american, slavery, life is a bitch, wife abuse, dysfunctional family, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 18th century
Place: africa, southern usa, usa, georgia, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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White Oleander (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.
Style: emotional, disturbing, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: mother daughter relationship, women's prison, teenage life, bad mother, coming of age, family relations, murder, crimes, foster home, parents and children, kids in trouble, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, nova scotia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, father daughter relationship, custody, parents and children, social services, lawyer, against the odds, parenthood, human spirit, child custody, family relations, custody battle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: This film relates the story of a tightly connected Afro-American community informally called Colored Town where the inhabitants live and depend on each other in a world where racist oppression is everywhere, as told by a boy called Cliff who spent ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, uplifting, compassionate, serious ...
Plot: racism, family relations, discrimination, americana, interracial relations, racial segregation, social differences, youth, society, life is a bitch, injustice, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 70s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: teen drama
Plot: mentally challenged, self discovery, dysfunctional family, disability, siblings relations, brothers, family problems, character study, mental illness, parents and children, small town, compassion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: interracial relations, racism, false accusation, small town, friendship, life is a bitch, society, coming of age, youth, opposites attract, hopes, discrimination ...
Time: 1940s
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Rising Place (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The close friendship of two young women, each of a different race, and their struggle to find purpose in their lives during this time of social injustice and world war.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: fall in love, life is a bitch, human nature, parents and children, friendship, social differences, interracial relations, society, working class, feminism, family life, soldier ...
Time: 1940s
Place: virginia, usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
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The War (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, friendship, bullying, family relations, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, bittersweet, generation gap, friends, understanding, family problems ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, mississippi, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, introspection, lifestyle, womanizer, young lovers, opposites attract, couples, family problems, parents and children, haunted by the past, youth ...
Place: nebraska, england, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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
Plot: racism, grief, dysfunctional family, coming of age, youth, master and servant, family in crisis, human nature, parents and children, haunted by the past, self discovery, friendship ...
Time: 80s
Place: jamaica, baltimore, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Middle-aged widow Beatrice Hunsdorfer (Joanne Woodward) and her daughters Ruth (Roberta Wallach) and Matilda (Nell Potts) are struggling to survive in a society they barely understand. Beatrice dreams of opening an elegant tea room but does not have ...
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, psychological, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, coming of age, family problems, parents and children, family life, life is a bitch, teacher, winning, dysfunctional family, single father, cheerleading, bittersweet ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: connecticut, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China
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 ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: chinese, friendship, haunted by the past, immigrants, golden years, hopes, women, parents and children, human nature, self discovery, mother daughter relationship, chess ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, san francisco, usa, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Toe to Toe (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Out on the lacrosse pitch, wealthy but troubled Jesse and poor but driven Tosha form an easy and deep bond, but their relationship is threatened once they enter the hallways of an elite prep school they attend in Washington, D.C. There, they must ...
Style: captivating, realistic, sentimental, psychological, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lacrosse, friendship, self discovery, coming of age, teenage life, racism, youth, social differences, high school, bittersweet, rich and poor, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 1958, year 1965 ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, czechoslovakia, austria ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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, sincere, serious ...
Plot: interracial relations, family relations, slave, slavery, dysfunctional family, human nature, parents and children, custody, death in the family, family life, racism, americana ...
Time: 1930s
Place: virginia, usa, alabama, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which rapidly becomes the most important moment ever in their ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, youth, life is a bitch, friendship, family relations, high school life, dysfunctional family, friends, society, parents and children, social decay, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Bilal's Stand (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like BĂ­lal is about to ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Plot: coming of age, follow your dream, self discovery, family business, teenage life, family problems, society, workplace, youth, hopes, human spirit, family life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Dreams can make a life worth living, but they can also be dashed by bad decisions. This is the crossroads whare the Younger family find themselves when their father passes away and leaves them with $10,000 in life insurance money. Should they buy a ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: racism, family relations, discrimination, injustice, rich and poor, couple relations, parents and children, social differences, follow your dream, single parent, interracial relations, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 50s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.7
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You (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: You is a love story. It spans 21 years, bouncing around in time, creating a kind of family quilt that wraps around a father as he struggles to overcome the grief of losing his beloved wife and raise their daughter alone. A coming-of-age journey for ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, psychological, captivating, touching ...
Plot: family relations, coming of age, parents and children, single parent, hopes, haunted by the past, redemption, love, loss of mother, teenager, friendship, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.2
 340
Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, opposites attract, family relations, friends, immigrants, family life, youth, single parent, human nature, introspection, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Tiger Eyes (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After Davey's father is killed in a hold-up, she and her mother and younger brother visit relatives in New Mexico. Here Davey is befriended by a young man who helps her find the strength to carry on and conquer her fears.
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: teenage life, friendship, death in the family, bittersweet, grieving, depression, life is a bitch, dealing with death, youth, parents and children, friends, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 ...
Plot: teenager, friendship, adoption, family relations, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, coming of age, family in crisis, haunted by the past, parents and children, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.7
 1K
Hide Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A successful businessman attempting to resurrect his life buys and boards a dilapidated sailboat.
Style: realistic, sentimental, emotional, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, starting over, friendship, small town, haunted by the past, hopes, death of wife, redemption, father daughter relationship, society, bittersweet, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.3
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Chocolate (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, West Germany, Cameroon
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, Protee - a man of great nobility, intelligence and beauty ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, thought provoking, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial relations, racism, colonialism, coming of age, culture clash, youth, master and servant, society, parents and children, social differences, jazz, discrimination ...
Time: 50s, 80s, 20th century
Place: africa, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.3
 3K
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, holocaust survivor, jewish, racism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, antwerp, belgium, israel, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.2
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Freedom Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Freedom Song (2000) is a made-for-TV film based on true stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. It tells the story of the struggle of African Americans to register to vote in the fictional town of Quinlan. In the midst of ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, captivating, emotional, tense ...
Plot: racism, fighting the system, interracial relations, rebellion, life is a bitch, discrimination, parents and children, americana, teenage life, injustice, hopes, politics ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%