Movies like The Shipping News

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The Shipping News (2001)
 6.7
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The Shipping News (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.
Style: sentimental, serious, captivating, touching, melancholic, emotional, stylized, atmospheric, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: adultery, redemption, small town, starting over, single parent, haunted by the past, survival, kidnapping, isolation, reporter, parents and children, love and romance, love affair, family secret, family reunited, social relations, hopes, romance, family relations, self discovery, father daughter relationship, island, depression, incest, adaptation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, atlantic ocean, new jersey, newfoundland

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Most similar movies to The Shipping News

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and emotional films with plots about parents and children, family relations, redemption, hopes, storytelling, dialogue and death mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Shipping News: Magnolia (1999), Nine Lives (2005), Seven Pounds (2008), The Sweet Hereafter (1997), Still Alice (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: meditative, realistic, bleak, sincere, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, terminal illness, coincidence, depression, infidelity, child prodigy, redemption, death, dysfunctional family, family problems, social problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 50s, 1910s
Place: los angeles
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100%
 6.7
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Nine Lives (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, abortion, family relations, dysfunctional family, love and romance, couples, family problems, couple relations, parents and children, human nature, love affair ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey
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100%
 7.6
 301K
Seven Pounds (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
Style: touching, sad, emotional, compassionate, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, depression, life philosophy, self sacrifice, life changing experience, true love, fall in love, hopes, tragic event, vegetarian, sacrifice, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small mountain community in Canada is devastated when a school bus accident leaves more than a dozen of its children dead. A big-city lawyer arrives to help the survivors' and victims' families prepare a class-action suit, but his ...
Style: bleak, non-linear, emotional, atmospheric, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, family problems, incest, small town life, redemption, betrayal, lawyer, drowning, lawsuit, snow, loss of child, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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 7.5
 134K
Still Alice (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
Style: heartbreaking, touching, emotional, psychological, sad ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, mother daughter relationship, supportive spouse, memory loss, terminal illness, illness, relationships, columbia university, doctors, family bonds, life turned upside down, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
What Maisie Knew (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the Henry James novella, the story frames on 7-year-old Maisie, caught in a custody battle between her mother – a rock and roll icon – and her father. What Maisie Knew is an evocative portrayal of the chaos of adult life seen entirely ...
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Plot: divorce, step parent, childhood, dysfunctional family, unsupportive parent, marriage, family in crisis, crumbling marriage, starting over, family problems, nanny, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
The Diary of Preston Plummer (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: On the day of his college graduation, Preston Plummer cannot think of a single thing he really loves. Adrift, Preston follows a beautiful but troubled young woman to a small island town where he begins to fall for her, but it all threatens to fall ...
Style: emotional, captivating, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: haunted by the past, love affair, family relations, college graduate, young lovers, small town, fall in love, island, social relations, family problems, romance, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Safety of Objects (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In a suburban landscape, the lives of several families interlace with loss, despair and personal crisis. Esther Gold has lost focus on all but caring for her comatose son, Paul, and neglects her daughter and husband. Lawyer Jim Train is devoted to ...
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, touching, tense ...
Plot: family relations, coma, dysfunctional family, family life, family problems, crumbling marriage, single parent, society, parents and children, couple relations, suburbs, small town ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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A Map of the World (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: School nurse Alice Goodwin lives with her husband and two daughters on a dairy farm in a small Wisconsin community. After an accident on her property involving a friend's child, the town turns against her and Alice finds herself fighting ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, sincere, touching ...
Plot: testimony, family relations, drowning, false accusation, sexual abuse, small town, friendship, strong female presence, love and romance, hopes, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 90s
Place: wisconsin, usa, minnesota, milwaukee wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: meditative, psychological, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: murder, teacher, dysfunctional family, prison life, family relations, prison, theft, crimes, investigation, parents and children, life is a bitch, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, california, italy, los angeles, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
A Touch of Fate (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: One night in a small town in North Carolina, fate brings together three lives: an entertainment lawyer returning home to his dying mother after years in escape of his past, a woman trying to reclaim her supposed love, and a boy with a penchant for ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching
Plot: hopes, family relations, destiny, friendship, starting over, redemption, romance, love and romance, human nature, parents and children, small town, chance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.7
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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 ⇓
69%
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 ...
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 ⇓
69%
 6.2
 15K
Powder Blue (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: On the gritty streets of LA, the destinies of four people desperate for connection and redemption are about to collide.
Style: bleak, emotional, serious, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: stripper, panic attack, exotic dancer, redemption, life is a bitch, self discovery, haunted by the past, hopes, family problems, human nature, lap dance, bus trip ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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 ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: beautiful scenery, fishing, childhood, wilderness, americana, generation gap, family relations, self discovery, coming of age, friendship, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1910s, 1930s
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, friendship, nervous breakdown, haunted by the past, loss of friend, funeral, family problems, parents and children, drinking problem, family relations, mentor, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2002, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, alabama, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Jack Slavin is an environmentalist with a heart condition who lives with his daughter, Rose, on an isolated island. While Jack fights against developers who wish to build in the area, he also craves more contact with other people. When he invites ...
Style: melancholic, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: incest, single parent, parents and children, island, first sex, teenage life, rebelliousness, single father, sexual exploration, isolation, innocence lost, virginity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986, future
Place: usa, vermont, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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 7.3
 6K
The Eel (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: White-collar worker Yamashita finds out that his wife has a lover visiting her when he's away, suddenly returns home and kills her. After eight years in prison, he returns to live in a small village, opens a barber shop (he was trained as a ...
Style: captivating, touching, psychological, enigmatic, serious ...
Plot: redemption, starting over, social relations, human nature, hopes, crimes of passion, haunted by the past, murder, ufo, village, infidelity, erotica ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.2
 119K
Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: motivational, uplifting, touching, emotional, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, parents and children, disfigurement, life philosophy, teachers and students, addiction, single mother, good deed, alcohol abuse, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Broken Wings (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hopes, couple relations, midlife crisis, family life, human nature, haunted by the past, fall in love, teenage life, innocence lost, love and romance, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Winter Solstice (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A widower confronts his older son's decision to leave home and his younger son's self-destructive behavior.
Style: realistic, sentimental, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, starting over, small town life, couple relations, love and romance, brother brother relationship, single parent, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, teenage boy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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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 ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.5
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Islander (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a tragic accident at sea, Eben Cole loses his family, friends and stature in his island fishing community. He returns to the island an outcast but determined to win back the way of life he fought so hard to protect. Set against the stunning ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: hopes, island, redemption, starting over, estrangement, family problems, social misfits, friendship, human nature, couple relations, ocean, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
World Traveler (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After hitting the road a man encounters characters that make him realize the importance of family.
Style: realistic, touching, road movie, captivating, talky ...
Plot: midlife crisis, introspection, self discovery, obsessive quest, starting over, family problems, family in crisis, couple relations, parents and children, family life, human nature, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, touching, philosophical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, false accusation, redemption, love affair, human nature, life is a bitch, dishonesty, understanding, couples, family relations, parents and children, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
You Can Count on Me (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: drifter, single mother, workplace, introspection, love and romance, free spirited, family secret, parents and children, hopes, small town, workplace romance, suicide attempt ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york state, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Marion Bridge (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three estranged sisters reunite to care for their dying mother and old conflicts and secrets return to the surface.
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, alcoholic, small town, homecoming, haunted by the past, family problems, human nature, family gatherings, parents and children, family life, life is a bitch, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, canada, toronto ontario canada, nova scotia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%