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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
 7.9
 14K
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Desperate characters stake their fortune on a Depression-era dance marathon.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, realistic, emotional, serious, disturbing, gloomy, captivating, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: dancing, great depression, contests and competitions, down on your luck, social decay, society, life is a bitch, ambition, crimes, disorder, depression, dance, suicidal, merciless, reward, death, suicide, friendship, influenza, sexual favor, sleep deprivation, dance contest, chewing tobacco, cynicism, marathon ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: usa, santa monica california, california, minneapolis minnesota, pacific ocean, dallas texas, chicago illinois ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and emotional films with plots about society, life is a bitch, redemption, mentor, storytelling, death and dialogue mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like They Shoot Horses, Don't They?: Angela's Ashes (1999), Julia (1977), Redland (2009), There Will Be Blood (2007), Of Mice and Men (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.3
 19K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, unemployment, human nature, parents and children, rich and poor, society, youth, family relations, alcohol abuse, injustice, irish ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, europe, usa, new york, america ...
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100%
 7.3
 8K
Julia (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: friends, friendship, politics, writer's life, playwright, love and romance, political unrest, against the odds, nazi, train, friendship between women, border ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: germany, europe, austria, berlin germany, england ...
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81%
 7.1
 87
Redland (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: As a family struggles to survive in rural isolation during the Great Depression, their daughter's secret affair begins a journey into the unknown.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, rough, tense ...
Plot: survival, parents and children, wilderness, prohibition, family in crisis, family life, isolation, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, young lovers, love affair ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: Ruthless silver miner, turned oil prospector, Daniel Plainview moves to oil-rich California. Using his adopted son to project a trustworthy, family-man image, Plainview cons local landowners into selling him their valuable properties for a pittance. ...
Style: serious, bleak, epic, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: greed, villain, character study, rise to the top, ambition, obsession, oil, lone wolves, clergy, alcoholic, money, bowling alley ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s, turn of the century ...
Place: california, mine, usa, los angeles, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Of Mice and Men (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: farm, friendship, book, great depression, strong sexual content, buddies, human nature, dream, worker, down on your luck, americana, misfit ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, bleak, atmospheric, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, heroin, downfall, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship, drug addiction, life is a bitch, insanity, hallucinations, depression, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Places in the Heart (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1930s Southern US, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: farm, racism, friendship, small town, widow, human spirit, redemption, great depression, kidnapping, war veteran, family farm, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.9
 17K
Hud (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Hud Bannon is a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences. There is bitter conflict between the callous Hud and ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, tense, serious, emotional ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, housekeeper, rancher, ranch, americana, innocence lost, generation gap, human nature, redemption, parents and children, rebellious youth ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 6.8
 7K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, serious, gloomy, touching, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, buddies, social misfits, couple relations, mental illness, parents and children, rich and poor, alcohol abuse, down on your luck, hopes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.1
 5K
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: bleak, realistic, emotional, touching, futuristic ...
Plot: small town, survival, apocalypse, radiation, nuclear holocaust, human spirit, parents and children, future dystopia, danger, escapades, hopes, nuclear war ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: small town, coming of age, redemption, youth, friendship, teenage life, kids in trouble, children, hopes, society, social relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.7
 67K
Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, life is a bitch, unhappy, human relationship, dedicated educator, social problems, social relations, high school life, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.5
 267K
Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA, Mexico
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, bleak, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: nanny, desert, drug use, suicide, death, multiple storylines, deportation, tourist, police brutality, loss of son, doctor, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, mexico, japan, africa, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.2
 1K
Sue (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An unemployed ex-office worker (Anna Thomson) searching for work floats a fragile line of sanity as she struggles to find friendship and companionship. Her tenuous grasp on reality further fluctuates when a man (Matthew Powers) whom she met in a ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: unemployment, losing-it hero, mentally unstable, urban, mental health, downfall, human nature, sexual relations, life is a bitch, city life, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong, USA, Taiwan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Young teen girl Xiu Xiu is sent away to a remote corner of the Sichuan steppes for manual labor in 1975 (sending young people to there was a part of Cultural Revolution in China). A year later, she agrees to go to even more remote spot with a ...
Style: emotional, disturbing, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, revolution, innocence lost, coming of age, rape, society, politics, rebelliousness, redemption, teenage life, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: china, asia, tibet, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Lilies of the Field (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An unemployed construction worker (Homer Smith) heading out west stops at a remote farm in the desert to get water when his car overheats. The farm is being worked by a group of East European Catholic nuns, headed by the strict mother superior ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: desert, nun, construction worker, chapel, convent, clergy, friendship, odd couple, homelessness, racism, human spirit, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Of Mice and Men (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: George and Lenny travel through the Depression-era west working at odd jobs, hoping to make enough money to buy their own farm. George must always watch over his intellectually disabled friend, and keep him out of danger, both to himself and to ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, touching
Plot: man child, great depression, mentally challenged, friendship, farm, working class, misfit, power relations, friends, human nature, down on your luck, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 30s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.7
 619
The Dollmaker (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Jane Fonda gives an Emmy-winning performance as Gertie Nevels, a pioneer woman and the mother of five from the Kentucky hills who is forced to uproot her children to follow her husband Clovis (Levon Helm) to Detroit when he finds work during World ...
Style: serious, uplifting, realistic, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, parents and children, family, social differences, down on your luck, urban, family in crisis, working class, hopes, society, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: detroit, kentucky, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, West Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A gritty Brooklyn story about union corruption, violence, taboos and social norms. The stories told are of the sailors, the prostitute, the union bosses, the hooligans and the gay community set in the early 50s.
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, transsexual, fight, union, transvestism, social decay, crime, society, urban, sex, sexuality, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.5
 16K
Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: talky, bleak, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, suicide attempt, introspection, parents and children, urban, beach house, poet, white rose, beach, siblings relations, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City.
Style: disturbing, realistic, sexual, serious, captivating ...
Plot: prostitute, friendship, fish out of water, homosexuality, hustler, male prostitute, male bonding, shower, eviction, cowboy, gay slur, homosexual ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, texas, usa, manhattan new york city, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.9
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Fiona (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The director of Sue continues his exploration of the theme of lonely women lost in the big city with Fiona, which goes one step further and exposes the wasted lives of whores and junkies in New York. The story of Fiona and her mother told in eight ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, disturbing, bleak
Plot: prostitute, sexual abuse, unsimulated sex, drug abuse, murder, drugs/alcohol, drug use, neo realism, down on your luck, urban ghetto, haunted by the past, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, tel aviv israel, israel, lower east side manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gigolo and drifter, Chance Wayne, returns to his home town as the accompaniment of a faded movie star, Alexandra Del Lago, whom he hopes to use to help him break into the movies. Chance runs into trouble when he finds his ex-girlfriend, the daughter ...
Style: talky, emotional, serious, clever, realistic ...
Plot: hollywood, drifter, movie star, ambition, hypocrisy, abortion, actor's life, betrayal, romance, unlikely couple, couple relations, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1930s, 1960s
Place: florida, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Time Out of Mind (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Evicted from his squat and suddenly alone on the streets, George is a man without a home. Struggling with his demons and desperately trying to connect with the daughter he abandoned, he navigates the system, hustling for change and somewhere safe ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, atmospheric, emotional
Plot: parents and children, society, urban, family relations, life is a bitch, redemption, down on your luck, social decay, estrangement, hopes, photograph, renovation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.7
 8K
The Swimmer (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Neddy Merrill has been away for most of the summer. He reappears at a friend's pool. As they talk, someone notices that there are pools spanning the entire valley. He decided to jog from pool to pool to swim the whole valley. As he stops in ...
Style: gloomy, serious, psychological, atmospheric, talky ...
Plot: swimming, midlife crisis, swimmer, neighbor, swimming pool, pool party, suburbs, obsessive quest, haunted by the past, suburban life, unfulfillment, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: connecticut, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.1
 28K
The Accused (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.
Style: realistic, disturbing, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, courtroom drama, rape, lawyer, bar, injustice, testimony, jury, district attorney, dedicated lawyer, witnessing a crime, alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
 144
Long Road Home (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A drama depicting the trials of a family of share croppers.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: labor union, family life, life is a bitch, farm, society, against the odds, survival, down on your luck, workplace situations, family relations, labor, great depression
Time: 30s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Hidden in America (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of a man Bill Januson whose pride in being the head of his family won't let him accept help from his sick daughters doctor. He has to prove to his kids that even with the death of his wife and the loss of his job that they can and will ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: doctor, starving child, single parent, unemployment, parents and children, rich and poor, child illness, down on your luck, family in crisis, life is a bitch, society, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.2
 24K
Palo Alto (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, high school, coming of age, teenager, soccer, youth, adolescence, small town, drugs/alcohol, depression, sport, teenage sexuality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: down on your luck, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family problems, human nature, introspection, siblings relations, addiction, society, family relations, child abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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