Movies like Things We Lost in the Fire

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Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
 7.2
 27K
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, gloomy, emotional, touching, serious, realistic, psychological, intense, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, funeral, life is a bitch, birthday, grief, best friend, love and romance, haunted by the past, childhood, family relations, overcoming, marriage, starting over, hopes, family problems, troubled, death in the family, dealing with death, widow widower, suffering, drugs/alcohol, neighbor, guest, tragic event ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and gloomy films with plots about life is a bitch, death, redemption, mentor, dialogue, loneliness and relationships mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres. Some movies like Things We Lost in the Fire: Cake (2014), Rabbit Hole (2010), Clean and Sober (1988), Monster's Ball (2001), Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.4
 33K
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, psychological, serious, depressing, bleak ...
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, obsession, life is a bitch, grieving, drugs/alcohol, dealing with death, suicide attempt, loneliness, friendship, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, tijuana mexico, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.0
 45K
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, psychological, sincere, depressing, sad ...
Plot: loss of child, marriage, family problems, death in the family, crumbling marriage, estrangement, loss of son, grief, support group, memory, therapy, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
Clean and Sober (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Hotshot real estate salesman Daryl has a bad cocaine habit. After embezzling his company's money, he wakes up next to a girl who overdosed. To hide from the police, he checks into a rehabilitation program guaranteeing anonymity. Under the ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, human nature, crimes, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, introspection, going straight, downfall, self discovery, drug addiction, drinking ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 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, tense, sincere ...
Plot: electric chair, racism, anger, eviction, waitress, redemption, blacks and whites, hopes, interracial relations, love and romance, suicide, prison ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
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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: emotional, bleak, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: addiction, haunted by the past, tragic hero, drugs/alcohol, human nature, institution, abuse, life is a bitch, alcohol abuse, suicide attempt, homeless man, male friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 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, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: addiction, support group, drinking, teacher, elementary school, alcoholic, rehabilitation, alcohol abuse, couples, introspection, human nature, reconciliation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: loss of child, stripper, prostitute, redemption, loss of loved one, loss of daughter, pot smoking, dealing with death, rape, strong sexual content, family problems, untimely death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, louisiana, new orleans, indiana, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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, heroin, drug abuse, downfall, drugs/alcohol, insanity, life is a bitch, destructive relationship, drug addiction, depression, hallucinations, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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 7.5
 90K
Reign Over Me (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, 9/11, life changing experience, dealing with death, haunted by the past, loss of loved one, tragic event, friends, character change, family, childhood memory, buddies ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 6.3
 5K
Jacknife (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes involved romantically with the army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both survived.
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, sincere, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, haunted by the past, siblings relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, human nature, homecoming, loneliness, vietnam veteran, prom, unlikely friendships, depression ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 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, disturbing, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, addiction, heroin, domestic violence, drug abuse, realism, family problems, temperamental, drugs/alcohol, life is a bitch, down on your luck, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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, intellectual, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: suicide attempt, old friends, suicide thoughts, addiction, human nature, introspection, rave, lifestyle, urban, heroin, rehabilitation, identity crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oslo norway, norway, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 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, emotional, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: drug abuse, heroin, cocaine, parole officer, support group, ex convict, addiction, incest, drugs/alcohol, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 6.0
 631
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: sincere, atmospheric, emotional, serious, touching ...
Plot: estrangement, family in crisis, hopes, dealing with death, life is a bitch, social relations, introspection, coming of age, dysfunctional family, overdose, drug abuse, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.3
 13K
Powder Blue (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: On the gritty streets of LA, the destinies of four people desperate for connection and redemption are about to collide.
Style: bleak, emotional, serious, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: strip club, anxiety attack, stripper, exotic dancer, redemption, self discovery, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, human nature, family problems, hopes, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.7
 211K
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: psychological, bleak, captivating, mind bending, suspense ...
Plot: life is a bitch, redemption, suicide attempt, surgery, desperation, guilt, death in the family, cocaine, human nature, tragic event, unfulfillment, loss of child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Losing Isaiah (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Khaila Richards, a crack-addicted single mother, accidentally leaves her baby in a dumpster while high and returns the next day in a panic to find he is missing. In reality, the baby has been adopted by a warm-hearted social worker, Margaret Lewin, ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Plot: adoption, courtroom drama, custody battle, single parent, parents and children, family problems, legal action, legal, life is a bitch, family relations, custody, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.4
 16K
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: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: regret, loss of son, psychoanalysis, redemption, loss of child, death in the family, family problems, parents and children, dealing with death, hopes, family in crisis, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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 7.5
 115K
Still Alice (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
Style: touching, heartbreaking, emotional, psychological, sad ...
Plot: memory loss, supportive spouse, alzheimer's disease, family drama, columbia university, relationships, mother daughter relationship, unfulfillment, life turned upside down, family bonds, sister sister relationship, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 7.5
 2K
Broken Wings (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.
Style: touching, emotional, talky, realistic, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coma, estrangement, family life, fall in love, family problems, nightshift, siblings relations, unfulfillment, parents and children, couple relations, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.3
 895
Drunks (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night, the first time in seven months, so he does - and leaves the meeting right after. As Jim wanders the night, ...
Style: realistic, talky, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: alcoholic, support group, addiction, redemption, drug abuse, church, rehabilitation, couples, downfall, starting over, human nature, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: friendship, haunted by the past, nervous breakdown, funeral, loss of friend, loss of parent, family problems, parents and children, family relations, drinking problem, alcohol abuse, mentor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, alabama, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: talky, emotional, dark humor, touching, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, funeral, drug addiction, poet, family secret, death in the family, humiliation, eccentric family, engaged, siblings relations, overbearing parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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: realistic, gloomy, touching, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: addiction, infidelity, rehabilitation, snake, cocaine, going straight, cliche, family problems, family life, pets, drug dealing, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: gloomy, touching, realistic, emotional, serious
Plot: heroin, drug addiction, going straight, unemployment, drug abuse, self discovery, youth, society, against the odds, family life, family relations, addiction ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.6
 9K
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, gloomy, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, inheritance, single parent, estrangement, redemption, life is a bitch, loss of sibling, sexual perversion, confession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, copenhagen denmark, europe, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, serious, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: addiction, drug addiction, drug abuse, death of pet, betrayal, love, couple relations, drugs/alcohol, young lovers, youth, couples, abortion ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: gloomy, realistic, bleak, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: murder, death, college, victim, suicide, grief, forgiveness, parenting, couples, haunted by the past, couple relations, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: bleak, talky, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, teacher, prison, jealousy, robbery, stabbing, theft, addiction, loss of sibling, artists and showbiz, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, phoenix arizona, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.8
 624
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: gloomy, realistic, sincere, emotional, serious
Plot: lovers apart, hopes, parents and children, family relations, dysfunctional family, rehabilitation, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, redemption, family problems, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%