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Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
 7.2
 26K
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: gloomy, emotional, touching, serious, sincere, realistic, psychological, intense, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, life is a bitch, funeral, haunted by the past, love and romance, best friend, birthday, grief, drugs/alcohol, junkie, sadness, luxury, charity, beauty, widow, family problems, dealing with death, starting over, childhood, death in the family, hopes, family relations, drugs, coping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, gloomy and emotional films with plots about life is a bitch, addiction, family problems, family relations, dysfunctional family, drug abuse and drugs/alcohol mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres. Some movies like Things We Lost in the Fire: Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007), Smashed (2012), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Down to the Bone (2004), Sherrybaby (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Story about the remarkable friendship between a reclusive writer and illustrator and a chaotic homeless man, whom he gets to know during a campaign to release two charity workers from prison.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: addiction, tragic hero, drugs/alcohol, institution, abuse, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, human nature, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, charity, homeless ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.8
 15K
Smashed (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter… and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: addiction, support group, rehabilitation, drinking, alcohol abuse, teacher, alcoholic, elementary school, drugs/alcohol, wife husband relationship, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
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 ⇓
81%
Down to the Bone (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: addiction, rehabilitation, cocaine, crumbling marriage, going straight, infertility, children, cheating, extramarital affair, marriage, human nature, destructive relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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 6.6
 11K
Sherrybaby (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After serving time in prison, former drug addict Sherry Swanson returns home to reclaim her young daughter from family members who have been raising the child. Sherry's family, especially her sister-in-law, doubt Sherry's ability to be a ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, fondling, heroin, parole officer, support group, ex convict, incest, cocaine, addiction, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
The Mighty Angel (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, Hungary
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A shocking story about addiction and attempts to overcome it. The script is based on Jerzy Plich’s excellent novel “The Mighty Angel” (alternative title: "The Strong Angel Inn"). Jerzy (Robert Więckiewicz) is a writer and a heavy ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, gloomy, cynical
Plot: rehabilitation, addiction, drugs/alcohol, clinic, alcohol abuse, life is a bitch, writer's life, destructive relationship, haunted by the past, hopes, unfulfillment, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.3
 40K
Candy (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A poet falls in love with an art student, who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and ...
Style: realistic, emotional, gloomy, serious, sexual ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, destructive relationship, artist, marriage, life is a bitch, lovers, love and romance, fall in love, obsession, junkie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, mcdonald's restaurant, sydney australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Jumpin' at the Boneyard (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Manny tries to get his crack addict brother, Danny, to clean up.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching
Plot: heroin, drug addiction, going straight, rehabilitation, sibling relationship, self discovery, addiction, drug abuse, family life, hopes, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 7.0
 44K
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: emotional, talky, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: loss of child, death in the family, marriage, family problems, crumbling marriage, estrangement, memory, therapy, crying, toy, parking lot, grief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Welcome to the Rileys (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Years after their teenage daughter’s death, Lois and Doug Riley, an upstanding Indiana couple, are frozen by estranging grief. Doug escapes to New Orleans on a business trip. Compelled by urgencies he doesn’t understand, he insinuates himself ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: prostitute, stripper, redemption, pot smoking, death in the family, loss of daughter, loss of child, loss of loved one, drugs/alcohol, dealing with death, strong sexual content, teenage girl ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, new orleans, indiana, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.6
 8K
Submarino (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: As children, Nick and his little brother take care of their baby brother while their mother drinks herself senseless. But the baby dies, and both brothers blame themselves. Many years later, Nick is out of prison after serving time for an assault. ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, redemption, single parent, estrangement, inheritance, addiction, urban, siblings relations, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe, kindergarten, copenhagen denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.0
 614
Putty Hill (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Friends and family of Cory, a young man who has died of an overdose, gather at a Baltimore-area karaoke bar for his wake and compare stories about him. Gradually, as it becomes clear that there are many holes in their recollections about Cory, they ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: dealing with death, introspection, family in crisis, estrangement, youth, family problems, coming of age, death in the family, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Grief of Others (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The Ryries have suffered a loss: the death of a baby just fifty-seven hours after his birth. Without words to express their grief, the parents, John and Ricky, try to return to their previous lives. The couple's children, ten-year-old Biscuit ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, touching
Plot: dealing with death, couple relations, parents and children, death in the family, life is a bitch, couples, family problems, family relations, little girl, dog, flashback, funeral ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Anders is a recovering drug addict in an Oslo rehab clinic. On the 30th August, he is given a day’s leave to attend a job interview in the city centre.
Style: talky, realistic, sincere, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: suicide attempt, suicide thoughts, old friends, addiction, human nature, drugs/alcohol, introspection, urban, rehabilitation, starting over, thirtysomething life, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, oslo norway, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.1
 3K
On the Edge (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center.
Style: psychological, talky, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: mental institution, mentally unstable, human nature, haunted by the past, alcohol abuse, drugs/alcohol, starting over, romance, friendship, misfit, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious, rough ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, drug addiction, death of pet, love, betrayal, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, romance, destructive relationship, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.4
 283
Cocaine Angel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A week in the life of a young drug addict.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere, witty ...
Plot: addiction, drug use, prostitute, downfall, rehabilitation, drug abuse, life is a bitch, drug dealing, going straight, hopes, couples, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.7
 896
Applause (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When the critically acclaimed, tough and coming of age actress Thea Barfoed ends her rehab, she confronts a hard choice. During her heavy drinking period she divorced and lost custody of her two boys. Now she wants them to be a part of her life ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: starting over, parents and children, alcohol abuse, hopes, family problems, family relations, actor's life, rehabilitation, haunted by the past, estrangement, life is a bitch, parents separation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Movie in collections
 6.7
 480
Cook County (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After a stint in prison, Sonny returns to his home in East Texas, determined to repair his relationship with his son. Standing in his way is his brother, who has turned the home into a crumbling meth lab (IMDb.com)
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, coming of age, redemption, parents and children, small town, addiction, drug abuse, family in crisis, homecoming, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Beautiful Boy (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A married couple on the verge of separation are leveled by the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, then took his own life.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: grief, victim, neighbor, forgiveness, parenting, murder, dealing with death, couple relations, collage, death in the family, couples, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.4
 8K
Nil by Mouth (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The family of Raymond, his wife Val and her brother Billy live in working-class London district. Also in their family is Val and Billy's mother Janet and grandmother Kath. Billy is a drug addict and Raymond kicks him out of the house, making ...
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, addiction, heroin, drug abuse, domestic violence, realism, alcohol abuse, drugs/alcohol, down on your luck, violent husband, urban, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: adoption, parents and children, custody, small town, family in crisis, family life, hopes, family relations, legal action, starting over, life turned upside down, legal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.7
 207K
21 Grams (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls, and Jack Jordan, an ...
Style: gloomy, emotional, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: redemption, life is a bitch, suicide attempt, surgery, death in the family, desperation, crimes, guilt, vengeance, death, family problems, hit and run ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 594
Mainline (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 77 min.
Story: The uneasy relationship between a mother and daughter is made all the more turbulent by drug abuse in this downbeat drama from Iranian filmmakers Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahab
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere
Plot: rehabilitation, parents and children, iranian, addiction, drug abuse, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, redemption, dysfunctional family, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iran, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.2
 6K
Krisha (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Krisha returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities.
Style: tragicomedy, touching, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: family gatherings, mental illness, addiction, thanksgiving, family, estranged son, family problems, family relations, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, reunion
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.4
 32K
Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: touching, serious, psychological, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, widower, drugs/alcohol, obsession, dealing with death, grieving, introspection, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Dark Side of Love (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Two brothers on different life paths, a gay waiter with a crush on an eligible bachelor and a drug addict in a twisted dependent relationships with his girlfriend, reunite to mourn the death of their mother.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: dealing with death, siblings relations, death in the family, estrangement, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, gays and lesbians, addiction, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, gender ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
August: Osage County (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
Style: emotional, dark humor, talky, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, funeral, drug addiction, death in the family, family secret, poet, humiliation, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, siblings relations, mental disorders ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.8
 74K
Thirteen (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before ...
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, bleak, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: peer pressure, dysfunctional family, addiction, makeover, domestic violence, theft, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, kids in trouble, friendship, life is a bitch, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Particles of Truth (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Life, love, and the fear of failing... Lilli Black, battling her painful memories and the secrets surrounding her dying father, collides into the complicated and obsessive life of Morrison Wiley on the streets of New York City. This peculiar love ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: family life, romance, mentally unstable, writer's life, love affair, addiction, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, mental illness, estrangement, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%