Movies like The Sweet Hereafter

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The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
 7.5
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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 efforts only seem to push the townspeople further apart. At the same time, one teenage survivor of the accident has to reckon with the loss of innocence brought about by a different kind of damage.
Style: bleak, non-linear, emotional, atmospheric, psychological, touching, gloomy, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, family problems, incest, small town life, redemption, betrayal, lawyer, family relations, snow, artist, bus, loss of child, drowning, lawsuit, car accident, tragedy, school bus, disability, legal action, aids, parents and children, life is a bitch, love and romance, social problems, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: canada, british columbia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and melancholic films with plots about family relations, death, dialogue, loneliness, drinking alcohol, drinking and storytelling mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Sweet Hereafter: Little Boy Blue (1997), George Washington (2000), The Winter Guest (1997), The Shipping News (2001), The Safety of Objects (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Little Boy Blue (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Living in rural Texas is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, two small sons who look a lot like their brother. The dad harbors a secret, and he ...
Style: serious, disturbing, psychological, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, incest, dysfunctional family, parents and children, murder, stepmother stepson relationship, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, family problems, siblings relations, missing person, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, asia, vietnam, usa, san francisco
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George Washington (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, "George Washington" is a stunning portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, touching, meditative, lyrical ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, redemption, youth, small town, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, hopes, society, social relations, adolescence, coming of age, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, tokyo
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The Winter Guest (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: It's winter in a small Scottish village near the sea, and multiple lives intersect in a day. Frances (Emma Thompson) has just lost her husband to an early death, so her mother, Elspeth (Phyllida Law), travels to Frances' house to reconnect ...
Style: talky, bleak, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: winter, mother daughter relationship, parents and children, small town life, human nature, small town, introspection, profanity, dealing with death, starting over, supportive parent, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: scotland, europe, australia
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100%
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: serious, captivating, sentimental, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: adultery, redemption, small town, haunted by the past, starting over, single parent, isolation, kidnapping, reporter, survival, love and romance, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, atlantic ocean, new jersey, newfoundland
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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, parents and children, couple relations, family problems, society, single parent, crumbling marriage, suburbs, small town ...
Time: contemporary
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The Law of Enclosures (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Story of the same couple, first in their teenage years and then in their twilight years, paradoxically set in the same time during the backdrop of the Gulf War in the Middle East.
Style: psychological, touching, atmospheric, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, elderly, retirement home, family problems, fall in love, couple relations, retirement home life, terminal illness, infidelity, haunted by the past, couples, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada
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53%
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: gloomy, emotional, disturbing, sincere, touching ...
Plot: family relations, testimony, drowning, friendship, false accusation, sexual abuse, small town, couple relations, death in the family, parents and children, small town life, strong female presence ...
Time: 90s
Place: wisconsin, usa, minnesota, milwaukee wisconsin
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49%
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, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, human nature, love affair, parents and children, couples, family relations, understanding, dishonesty, life is a bitch, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, greece
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49%
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The Son's Room (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, meditative, lyrical ...
Plot: psychoanalysis, regret, loss of son, parents and children, family problems, overcoming, hopes, family in crisis, redemption, marriage crisis, death in the family, loss of child ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
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46%
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Eve's Bayou (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not ...
Style: contemplative, serious, realistic, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, curse, infidelity, small town, murder, family relations, prophecy, aunt niece relationship, superstition, tavern, all black cast, incest ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Angels Crest (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The small working-class town of Angels Crest is a tight-knit community resting quietly in one of the vast and stunningly beautiful valleys of the Rocky Mountains. Ethan, one of the town's residents, is a young father but not much more than a ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: small town, parents and children, small town life, legal, forces of nature, death of child, snow, society, loss of son, social relations, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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45%
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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, womanizer, lifestyle, young lovers, opposites attract, introspection, family problems, couples, parents and children, haunted by the past, society ...
Place: nebraska, usa, england, europe
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45%
 7.8
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Mouchette (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Robert Bresson plumbs great reservoirs of feelings with one of the most searing portraits of human desperation ever put on film.
Style: bleak, emotional, disturbing, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, alcohol abuse, drowning, family relations, suicide, humiliation, alibi, poacher, police officer, coming of age, innocence lost, village life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, tokyo, paris france, japan
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44%
A Thousand Acres (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A THOUSAND ACRES is a drama about an American family who meets with tragedy on their land. It is the story of a father, his daughters, and their husbands, and their passion to subdue the history of their land and its stories.
Style: touching, psychological, realistic, serious, talky ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
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Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa
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44%
The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: small town, friendship, prison, hopes, false accusation, redemption, church, bittersweet, self discovery, couples, social relations, strong female presence ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, new england, ohio, kentucky
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44%
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Alone (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in the shabby part of a big city. She is pregnant, and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, gloomy, feel good ...
Plot: mother in law son in law relationship, pregnancy, hospital, human nature, parents and children, love and romance, loneliness, society, dog, drinking alcohol, drinking, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, andalusia, tokyo
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44%
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: touching, sentimental, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, alcoholic, homecoming, small town, haunted by the past, family problems, family gatherings, family life, life is a bitch, human nature, parents and children, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada, australia, nova scotia, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.4
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Live Flesh (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A scorned ex-convict forces himself into the lives of the couple who put him behind bars.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, intense, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, lust, paraplegic, bus, sexual relations, adultery, strong sexual content, obsession, love triangle, danger, haunted by the past, desire ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: spain, madrid, europe, sarajevo, miami ...
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42%
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My Life Without Me (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Pedro Almodovar production in which a fatally ill mother with only two months to live creates a list of things she wants to do before she dies with out telling her family of her illness.
Style: contemplative, touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, dealing with death, secret love, parents and children, unfulfillment, introspection, farewell, love and romance, hopes, dishonesty, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, terminal illness, coincidence, depression, infidelity, child prodigy, redemption, death, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 50s, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: los angeles
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42%
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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, psychological, touching, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Plot: redemption, starting over, human nature, social relations, hopes, haunted by the past, crimes of passion, murder, ufo, village, infidelity, erotica ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, new jersey
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41%
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Maborosi (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. Yumiko remarries and moves from Osaka to a small fishing village, yet continues to search for meaning in a lonely world.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Plot: suicide, hopes, village, arranged marriage, self discovery, social relations, couples, family problems, crimes, dealing with death, babies and infants, investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, europe, italy, venice ...
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41%
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Testament (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, bleak, emotional, serious ...
Plot: small town, survival, catastrophe, radiation, nuclear holocaust, life is a bitch, danger, future dystopia, parents and children, demolished city, chaos, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, serious, disturbing, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, corporal punishment, child rape, family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, life is a bitch, family in crisis, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 90s, 40s ...
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
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40%
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Last Orders (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, talky, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, last wish, death, memory, family relations, war veteran, partners, parents and children, self discovery, friends, male friendship, friendship between men ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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, sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, abortion, family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, love affair, human nature, couple relations, parents and children, love and romance, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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All or Nothing (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: bleak, realistic, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, injustice, parents and children, society, couples, family in crisis, unwanted pregnancy, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, algeria, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.0
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Rabbit Hole (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident.
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: loss of child, death in the family, grief, estrangement, loss of son, marriage, family problems, housewife, support group, memory, redemption, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Mommy (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A peculiar neighbor offers hope to a recent widow who is struggling to raise a teenager who is unpredictable and, sometimes, violent.
Style: melancholic, emotional, sincere, psychological, touching ...
Plot: oedipus complex, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, 15 year old, juvenile delinquent, teenage life, rebelliousness, anti conformity, family problems, youth, life is a bitch, single mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, year 2015, 2010s ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal, montreal quebec
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39%
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, life is a bitch, funeral, love and romance, haunted by the past, grief, best friend, starting over, coping, marriage, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%