Movies like Sunshine State

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Sunshine State (2002)
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Sunshine State (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A woman and her new husband returns to her hometown roots in coastal northern Florida, and must deal with family, business, and encroaching real estate development.
Style: sincere, touching, witty, realistic, serious, contemplative, allegory, weird, reflective, talky ...
Plot: small town, architect, fighting the system, rebellion, social differences, dark humor, childhood sweetheart, love affair, haunted by the past, old love, americana, social relations, racism, society, homecoming, family relations, golf, orphan, vandalism, arson, civil rights, character study, island, parents and children, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa, puerto rico, new york, spain, washington d.c., manhattan new york city ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about family relations, friendship, love and romance, dysfunctional family, loneliness, storytelling and drinking alcohol mostly in Drama, Romance and Mystery genres. Some movies like Sunshine State: Personal Velocity (2002), Inventing the Abbotts (1997), Passion Fish (1992), Lone Star (1996), Starting Out in the Evening (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Personal Velocity (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Three women's escapes from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: hitchhiker, family relations, domestic violence, couple relations, love affair, human nature, parents and children, starting over, life is a bitch, couples, destructive relationship, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, india, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In the 1950s, brothers Jacey and Doug Holt, who come from the poorer side of their sleepy Midwestern town, vie for the affections of the wealthy, lovely Abbott sisters. Lady-killer Jacey alternates between Eleanor and Alice, wanting simply to break ...
Style: emotional, sincere, romantic, sweet, talky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: working class, small town, family relations, romance, dysfunctional marriage, family feud, social differences, rich and poor, americana, society, obsession, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1950s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, illinois, philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 7.4
 5K
Passion Fish (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Soap actress May-Alice Culhane is paralyzed from the waist down in an accident. She returns to her old home in Louisiana, where she proceeds to drink quite steadily and to drive away five personal attendants in the first twenty minutes of the movie. ...
Style: talky, clever, thought provoking, sentimental, contemplative ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: wheelchair, rehabilitation, accident, friendship, disability, paralysis, friends, strong female presence, profanity, folk, homecoming, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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, interracial relations, americana, racial segregation, social differences, society, life is a bitch, youth, injustice, family life ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 1950s, 70s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A New York couple's relationship is tested after the loss of their child. This film is the wide-released combination of the original two :him and :her volumes that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Style: sincere, touching, meditative, psychological, surreal ...
Plot: couples, family relations, love affair, obsession, romance, life turned upside down, breakup, couple relations, parents and children, hopes, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1951
Place: new york, connecticut, usa, manhattan new york city, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 7.4
 29K
Lone Star (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.
Style: twists and turns, tense, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Plot: sheriff, murder, police investigation, haunted by the past, investigation, mystery, crimes, crime, law enforcement, parents and children, uncover truth, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: texas, usa, southern usa, mexico, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Starting Out in the Evening (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Leonard Schiller once counted among New York's Literary lions, but illness and ten years of writers block have lowered his profile, almost to the point of obscurity. When Heather Wolfe, an ambitious literature major, asks to interview him for ...
Style: realistic, touching, intellectual, talky, sincere ...
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, aging, starting over, writer's life, love and romance, couples, graduation, friendship, hopes, artists and showbiz, human nature, writing ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Four Sheets to the Wind (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: After his father's untimely suicide, Cufe leaves his home in a Native American reservation in search of a more fulfilling life.
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, last wish, estrangement, family problems, parents and children, husband wife relationship, coming of age, unfulfillment, dealing with death, siblings relations, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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 7.2
 16K
A Better Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while traveling across town to perform landscaping work for the city's wealthy landowners.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: immigrants, thief, family relations, theft, american dream, single parent, life is a bitch, working class, teenage life, parents and children, down on your luck, social problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico, southern california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.0
 86K
Monster's Ball (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Set in the southern USA, a racist white man, Hank, falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically, Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's inter-racial affair leads to ...
Style: emotional, psychological, realistic, sincere, tense ...
Plot: electric chair, interracial relations, racism, white male black female relationship, eviction, anger, waitress, redemption, hopes, blacks and whites, love and romance, suicide ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 5.5
 399
Dogtown (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Philip Van Horn, who left his small town a long time ago to become a Hollywood actor and hasn't had any success at that, returns to the town for a visit. There he is uniformally met like some kind of celebrity and movie star. He uses it to ...
Style: gloomy, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: homecoming, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, small town, hollywood, reunion, redemption, love and romance, hopes, society, unfulfilled love, small town life ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, cuba, latin america, missouri, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.8
 5K
Heavy (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Victor is a cook who works in a greasy bar/restaurant owned by his mother, Dolly. It's just the two of them, a waitress named Delores, and a heavy drinking regular, Leo. But things change when Callie, a beautiful college drop-out, shows up as a ...
Style: touching, realistic, psychological, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: diner, seduction, waitress, obesity, pizza, small town, bittersweet, workplace, jealousy, romance, unfulfillment, workplace situations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york state, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.1
 11K
Bella (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An international soccer star is on his way to sign a multimillion dollar contract when something happens that brings his career to an abrupt end. A beautiful waitress, struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that ...
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, melancholic, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: pregnancy, lifestyle, love affair, self discovery, family relations, abortion, restaurant, haunted by the past, destiny, beach, soccer, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.3
 400
For One Night (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Their town always had two proms, one for the whites and one for the blacks. When both proms wanted the same DJ, Brianna McCallister suggested combining the proms, which would also mean more money for decorations. However, her idea shook the town up, ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, uplifting, sexual ...
Plot: racism, high school, family relations, racial tension, small town, rebellion, teenage life, prom, youth, lifestyle, society, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, talky ...
Plot: wedding, dysfunctional family, drug addiction, sister sister relationship, wedding preparations and rituals, addiction, family problems, favoritism among siblings, family secret, self destructing, estrangement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: connecticut, usa, hawaii, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.8
 2K
Dandelion (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In a small town of rolling fields and endless skies, isolated 16 year old Mason lives in a world where families exist in fragmented silence and love seems to have gone missing. Then Mason meets Danny, a sensitive and troubled girl, and their tender ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, young lovers, romance, parents and children, depression, compassion, desperation, self discovery, jail, friendship, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary
Place: idaho, usa, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A fragile Kansas girl's unrequited and forbidden love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.
Style: emotional, sentimental, captivating, tense, romantic ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, forbidden love, unrequited love, basketball, small town life, romance, teenage love, americana, small town, young lovers, childhood sweetheart, adulthood ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1950s ...
Place: kansas, usa, yale university, connecticut, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Cape of Good Hope (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Mark Bamford's thought-provoking comedy explores the ever-present friction between class, race and faith in modern-day South Africa, tracing the intersection of multiple lives. A Drama revolving around 3 women's lives and how they are ...
Style: sincere, touching, semi serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: interracial relations, pregnancy, love triangle, love affair, workplace, society, couples, family problems, dishonesty, love and romance, couple relations, social differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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 6.2
 521
Free Radicals (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Following the death of Manu (Resetarits) in a car accident, the film relates the interwoven stories of several people who become indirectly connected by the events and aftermath of the crash.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: love affair, teenage life, introspection, hopes, love and romance, destructive relationship, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, couples, youth, death in the family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: austria, europe, brazil, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
All the Real Girls (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In a small North Carolina town, Paul, a womanizer, meets Noel, a confused intellectual returning home for the first time in years since she left for boarding school. The film depicts the typical romance of a good girl and a bad boy, in an ...
Style: contemplative, sincere, touching, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: small town, womanizer, regret, romance, crumbling relationship, introspection, human nature, couple relations, infidelity, virginity, mechanic, clown ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, southern usa, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston.
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, sincere, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, gambling, interracial relations, small town, love, marriage, jealousy, injustice, family problems, human spirit, love affair, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 20s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.5
 109K
Little Children (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations.
Style: sexual, sincere, thought provoking, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: adultery, strong sexual content, infidelity, extramarital affair, sexual pleasure, housewife, suburbs, love affair, unfaithful wife, parenthood, castration, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.5
 567
Finding Home (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Inheriting her grandmother's remote island Inn causes Amanda to re-evaluate her life and decisions.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, gloomy
Plot: haunted by the past, family relations, island, dysfunctional family, self discovery, homecoming, uncover truth, couples, family problems, family life, parents and children, introspection ...
Time: contemporary
Place: maine, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Nothing But a Man (1964)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: discrimination, family relations, pursuit, interracial relations, unfulfillment, society, misfit, love and romance, unlikely couple, romance, couples, family problems ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: alabama, usa, birmingham alabama, southern usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Picture Bride (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Riyo, an orphaned 17-year old, sails from Yokohama to Hawaii in 1918 to marry Matsuji, a man she has never met. Hoping to escape a troubled past and start anew, Riyo is bitterly disappointed upon her arrival: her husband is twice her age. The ...
Style: touching, serious, melancholic, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: orphan, arranged marriage, self discovery, immigrants, fish out of water, social differences, older man younger woman relationship, love and romance, loveless marriage, existentialism, island, friendship ...
Time: year 1918, 19th century, 1920s
Place: hawaii, japan, usa, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Breaking and Entering (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Set in a blighted, inner-city neighbourhood of London, Breaking and Entering examines an affair which unfolds between a successful British landscape architect and Amira, a Bosnian woman – the mother of a troubled teen son – who was widowed by ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, sincere, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: architect, robbery, immigrants, infidelity, blackmail, society, working class, social differences, human nature, single parent, parents and children, marital problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, england, sarajevo, bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.5
 938
Gospel Hill (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Gospel Hill tells the intersecting story of two men in the fictional South Carolina town of Julia. Danny Glover plays John Malcolm, the son of a slain civil rights activist. Jack Herrod (Tom Bower) is the former sheriff who never got to the bottom ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, thought provoking, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: racism, interracial relations, small town, assassination, life is a bitch, who done it, haunted by the past, golf, uncover truth, crimes, injustice, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 2000s, 1960s
Place: south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.0
 2K
Guinevere (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young girl from an affluent family rebels and becomes involved with a much older photographer.
Style: touching, sentimental, disturbing, emotional, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, photographer, love and romance, social differences, parents and children, society, art, dysfunctional family, wedding, family relations, protege, bohemian ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, ireland, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Waterdance (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An oft overlooked film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and finds himself in a rehab center with Raymond, an exaggerating ladies man, and Bloss, a racist biker. Considerable tension builds as ...
Style: touching, realistic, psychological, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: rehabilitation, friendship, paraplegic, disability, love and romance, paralysis, human nature, human spirit, hopes, society, life philosophy, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Gas, Food Lodging (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In the boring desert of New Mexico, a single mother raises her two teenage daughters, Shade and Trudi, whose deepest desire is to leave the dead calm town. Shade is the type to escape in her extravagant fantasies while Trudi is so rebelious it could ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, small town, waitress, desert, single mother, bittersweet, small town life, teenage life, racism, siblings relations, sexual abuse, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: new mexico, usa, argentina, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%