Movies like Sunshine State

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Sunshine State (2002)
 6.9
 4K
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: dark humor, realistic, sincere, touching, serious, reflective, talky, melancholic, bleak, enigmatic ...
Plot: small town, golf, orphan, architect, vandalism, arson, island, family relations, childhood sweetheart, racism, fighting the system, parents and children, love and romance, rebellion, love affair, social differences, haunted by the past, society, small town life, old love, homecoming, americana, social relations, drinking, storytelling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa, manhattan new york city, atlantic ocean, washington d.c., spain, bolivia ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and touching films with plots about friendship, drinking, loneliness, storytelling, catastrophe, dialogue and love and romance mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Sunshine State: Rachel Getting Married (2008), Four Sheets to the Wind (2007), Heavy (1995), Inventing the Abbotts (1997), Passion Fish (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: talky, realistic, serious, clever, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, african american, addiction, family relations, family gatherings, doubts and hesitations, favoritism among siblings, siblings relations, family secret, estrangement, self destructing, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: connecticut, usa, hawaii, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: serious, sincere, gloomy, touching, realistic
Plot: dysfunctional family, starting over, coming of age, death in the family, family problems, last wish, family relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, siblings relations, dealing with death, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 7.0
 4K
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, serious, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: waitress, seduction, pizza, obesity, small town, workplace, jealousy, love and romance, romance, unfulfillment, parents and children, workplace situations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york state, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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, talky, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: working class, small town, obsession, coming of age, gas station, dysfunctional marriage, romance, snobbism, americana, youth, mechanic, social differences ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1950s
Place: usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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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, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: obsession, couples, love affair, postmodernism, disintegration, family relations, unfulfillment, parents and children, love and romance, couple relations, romance, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, connecticut, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 7.5
 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, sentimental, thought provoking, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: rehabilitation, actress, accident, wheelchair, friendship, disability, paralysis, friends, self discovery, homecoming, urban, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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: realistic, psychological, gloomy, touching, sincere ...
Plot: pregnancy, hitchhiker, life is a bitch, couple relations, destructive relationship, love and romance, domestic violence, self discovery, youth, human nature, starting over, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new york state, haiti ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.5
 13K
Evening (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As Constance (Natasha Richardson) and Nina (Toni Collette) gather at the deathbed of their mother, Ann (Vanessa Redgrave), they learn for the first time that their mother lived an entire other lifetime during one evening 50 years ago. In vivid ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: wedding, friendship, love triangle, romance, power of love, haunted by the past, regret, unfulfillment, love affair, parent child relationship, summer, new love ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 50s, contemporary, 1950s
Place: rhode island, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.2
 15K
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, serious ...
Plot: theft, single parent, american dream, thief, gardener, truck, illegal immigrant, immigrants, sacrifice, unsuccessful, down on your luck, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico, southern california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
The Great Gatsby (1974)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession ...
Style: captivating, serious, stylized, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: love and romance, infidelity, love triangle, society, fall in love, obsession, love affair, millionaire, wealth, couple relations, couples, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s, post world war one
Place: new york, usa, long island, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: intellectual, realistic, touching, talky, sincere ...
Plot: aging, starting over, writer's life, friendship, human nature, understanding, graduation, love and romance, golden years, hopes, sexual relations, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.6
 344
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: realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: redemption, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, homecoming, small town, hollywood, love triangle, racism, unfulfilled love, romance, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america, cuba, missouri, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.0
 2K
Dandelion (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 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, emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, small town, friendship, teenage love, youth, family problems, fall in love, young lovers, innocence lost, young heroes, friends ...
Time: contemporary
Place: idaho, usa, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.4
 168K
Blue Valentine (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Dean and Cindy live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. They appear to have the world at their feet at the outset of the relationship. However, his lack of ambition and her retreat into self-absorption cause potentially irreversible cracks in ...
Style: emotional, realistic, stylized, talky, psychological ...
Audience: date night
Plot: marriage, nurse, lust, couple relations, crumbling marriage, depression, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, marital problem, dancing, truck, classroom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania, usa, new york, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, serious, uplifting, dramatic ...
Plot: racism, small town, coming of age, americana, discrimination, racial segregation, african american, parents and children, hopes, injustice, small town life, family life ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.1
 78K
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, racism, anger, eviction, waitress, redemption, hopes, blacks and whites, interracial relations, love and romance, suicide, prison ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.8
 516
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, psychological, gloomy, realistic
Plot: haunted by the past, island, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, family relations, hopes, introspection, couples, family problems, family life, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: maine, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Return of the Secaucus Seven (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Seven former college friends, along with a few new friends, gather for a weekend reunion at a summer house in New Hampshire to reminisce about the good old days, when they got arrested on the way to a protest in Washington, DC.
Style: talky, realistic, humorous, clever, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, college, anti war, reunion, protest, couple relations, hopes, love and romance, friends, twentysomething life, youth, introspection ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new hampshire, usa, medical school, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 6.6
 29K
The Choice (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life's most defining events.
Style: emotional, touching, romantic, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: fall in love, couple relations, true love, love and romance, couples, love, destiny, life & death, moral dilemma, death, brother sister relationship, love triangle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1946, year 1989
Place: usa, north carolina, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.7
 13K
Moonlight Mile (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: As he copes with the death of his fiancee along with her parents, a young man must figure out what he wants out of life.
Style: emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, starting over, haunted by the past, death in the family, family problems, couples, cliche, fall in love, romance, couple relations, dealing with death, friends ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: small town, waitress, coming of age, desert, single mother, single parent, youth, siblings relations, romance, couple relations, social relations, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: new mexico, usa, argentina, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.9
 1K
Lianna (1983)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A happily married woman comes to realize herself of being a repressed lesbian after she has an affair with a female college professor, and then tries to come to terms with her newfound lifestyle.
Style: serious, sexual, touching, realistic, sincere
Plot: coming out, sexual relations, friendship, lesbian relationship, gays and lesbians, love and romance, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, family relations, parents and children, friends, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.9
 12K
Snow Angels (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Waitress Annie has separated from her suicidal alcoholic husband, Glenn. Glenn has become an evangelical Christian, but his erratic attempts at getting back into Annie's life have alarmed her. High school student Arthur works at Annie's ...
Style: sentimental, serious, depressing, heartbreaking, melancholic ...
Plot: teenage love, small town, small town life, dysfunctional family, depression, parents and children, first love, family problems, single parent, football, teenage life, introspection ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Ruby in Paradise (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Reeling from her mother's recent death, Ruby Lee Gissing relocates to Florida to start anew. After finding a job at a souvenir store, Ruby becomes friends with the shop's owner, Mildred Chambers, and slowly acclimates to her new ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, clever, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, friendship, self discovery, shoplifting, journal, spring break, love and romance, romance, friends, down on your luck, couple relations, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, tennessee, usa, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: realistic, talky, serious, sincere, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: small town, womanizer, virginity, mechanic, regret, best friend, clown, coming of age, romance, friendship, fall in love, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, southern usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Cider House Rules (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Homer is an orphan who was never adopted, becoming the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch. Dr. Larch imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: coming of age, african american, incest, abortion, orphan, new job, orphanage, nurse, first love, romance, love and romance, farm ...
Time: 1920s, 40s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: maine, usa, new england, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.5
 100K
Little Children (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 136 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, psychological, disturbing, serious, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, adultery, housewife, parenthood, small town, strong sexual content, love affair, extramarital affair, dysfunctional family, pedophilia, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sexual pleasure ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, sexual, realistic, sentimental, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: coming of age, small town, forbidden love, promiscuity, basketball, small town life, unrequited love, stock market crash, sexual repression, romance, repression, teenage love ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1950s
Place: kansas, usa, yale university, connecticut, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: realistic, touching, semi serious, sincere, humorous
Plot: pregnancy, astronomer, love and romance, family relations, unfulfillment, parents and children, boss and employee, interracial relations, hopes, couple relations, friends, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Mother and Child (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The lives of three women have a commonality: adoption. Karen is a physical therapist who regrets that, as a teenager, she gave up her daughter for adoption. Elizabeth was an adopted child and is now a successful lawyer, but her personal life lacks ...
Style: emotional, realistic, sincere, serious, talky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: adoption, african american, voyeurism, society, estrangement, couples, abandoned, parents and children, hopes, family relations, couple relations, spouse leaving ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1973
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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