Movies like Things We Lost in the Fire

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Things We Lost in the Fire
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: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy, intense, sincere, dramatic, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, childhood, drugs, death, drugs/alcohol, interracial romance, drug addiction, funeral, depression, redemption, relationships, tragedy, family problems, friendship, unlikely friendships, loneliness, life philosophy, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, mentor, character study, dealing with death, crime gone awry, starting over ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa

Most similar movies to Things We Lost in the Fire

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out emotional, realistic, melancholic and serious films with plots about storytelling, mentor, life philosophy, relationships, depression, dysfunctional family and death mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Things We Lost in the Fire: Cake (2014), Welcome to the Rileys (2010), Clean and Sober (1988), Olive Kitteridge (2014), Losing Isaiah (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Cake
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, obsession, loneliness, suicide attempt, drug addiction, drugs/alcohol, friendship, drinking, tragedy, sex, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tijuana mexico, mexico
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System:   95%
    User:   99%
 
Welcome to the Rileys
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: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, runaway, prostitute, dealing with death, drugs/alcohol, stripper, family drama, death in the family, marriage, poker, strong sexual content, life & death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, new jersey, california ...
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Clean and Sober
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, touching, serious, sincere, talky ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, drinking, drug addiction, downfall, drugs, redemption, human nature, tragedy, depression, introspection, crime gone awry ...
Time: 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   84%
    User:   91%
 
Olive Kitteridge
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
Story: The story focuses on a middle-school math teacher Olive and her relationship with Henry which spans 25 years over the four parts. It is based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, parents and children, depression, tragedy, loneliness, life, small town life, sarcasm, relationships, mental illness, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa, california, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   80%
    User:   82%
 
Losing Isaiah
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, touching, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: adoption, addiction, courtroom, hospital, parenthood, legal action, lawyer, human nature, family, parents and children, children, court ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   77%
    User:   67%
 
 6.3
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Drunks
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, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: addiction, redemption, drug abuse, drug addiction, church, downfall, drugs, heroin, drinking, rehabilitation, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   75%
    User:   75%
 
Oslo, August 31st
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, melancholic, serious ...
Plot: addiction, suicide attempt, loneliness, suicide, drinking, writer's life, depression, human nature, drug addiction, character study, drugs, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, california, oslo norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   72%
    User:   77%
 
 7.0
 44K
Rabbit Hole
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: marriage, memory, redemption, tragedy, death, parallel universe, dealing with death, drugs/alcohol, relationships, depression, life & death, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   73%
 
 7.5
 111K
Still Alice
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: emotional, touching, psychological, heartbreaking, sad ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, memory loss, relationships, family drama, family bonds, supportive spouse, mother daughter relationship, parenthood, columbia university, courage, doctors, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   69%
 
 7.1
 6K
Ulee's Gold
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An elderly beekeeper and Vietnam vet must rescue his daughter-in-law and protect his grandchildren from killers.
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, touching, intense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, prison, parents and children, family drama, character study, storytelling, family, redemption, family relations, tragedy, dialogue, violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   58%
 
 6.6
 11K
Sherrybaby
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, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, father daughter relationship, heroin, drug addiction, prison, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, drinking, drugs, hopes, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   65%
 
 6.8
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Smashed
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, melancholic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: addiction, drinking, teacher, rehabilitation, support group, drugs/alcohol, school, relationships, depression, wine, character study, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   63%
    User:   60%
 
The United States of Leland
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, dysfunctional family, murder, teacher, addiction, depression, death, coming of age, violence, mentor, relationships, writer's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: phoenix arizona, italy, california, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   71%
 
 7.5
 5K
Frozen Land
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When a schoolteacher is sacked, he projects his bad mood at his troubled teenage son. The son, in turn, buys a CD player from a pawnshop with counterfeit money. This starts a chain reaction of misery as every victim projects his problems on to ...
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: depression, destiny, dysfunctional family, drug abuse, finnish, drugs, sex, male nudity, strong sexual content, parents and children, pornography, drug addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   63%
 
 7.0
 10K
One True Thing
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sentimental, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, terminal illness, cancer, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, tragedy, parents and children, sacrifice, literature, suicide, small town, family drama ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   54%
 
After the Wedding
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, UK, Norway
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: wedding, idealism, marriage, family, terminal illness, father daughter relationship, life turned upside down, adultery, death, hotel, infidelity, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, copenhagen, india, copenhagen denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   52%
 
Life as a House
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, dysfunctional family, divorce, father son relationship, redemption, hospital, parents and children, depression, death, single father, midlife crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   49%
 
 7.5
 2K
Broken Wings
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: emotional, talky, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, death, depression, children, single parent, family drama, mother daughter relationship, hospital, human nature, family bonds, runaway, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   49%
 
 7.4
 16K
The Son's Room
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, sincere, serious ...
Plot: death, guilt, obsession, dealing with death, storytelling, tragedy, pornography, redemption, hospital, family drama, psychiatrist, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   64%
 
 7.7
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Detachment
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: bleak, emotional, realistic, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: teacher, high school, depression, suicide, school, dedicated educator, loneliness, teachers and students, storytelling, life & death, mentor, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   61%
 
 7.4
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Another Woman
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Marion is a woman who has learned to shield herself from her emotions. She rents an apartment to work undisturbed on her new book, but by some acoustic anomaly she can hear all that is said in the next apartment in which a psychiatrist holds his ...
Style: realistic, psychological, serious, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: philosophy, friendship, adultery, marriage, writing, human nature, loneliness, existentialism, relationships, character study, life, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   56%
 
August: Osage County
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, drug addiction, cancer, addiction, mother daughter relationship, funeral, drugs, divorce, adultery, marriage, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   42%
 
 7.2
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Half Nelson
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: realistic, talky, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: friendship, teacher, addiction, drug abuse, loneliness, drugs, drug addiction, father daughter relationship, drinking, basketball, dedicated educator, hip hop ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   55%
 
The Trip to Bountiful
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940's Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish -- just once before she dies -- is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, captivating ...
Plot: small town, redemption, bus, human nature, self discovery, road trip, loneliness, childhood, parents and children, aging, drinking, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   44%
 
12 and Holding
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, vengeance, adoption, adolescence, loneliness, childhood, death, prison, revenge, hospital, suicide ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   41%
 
 7.5
 89K
Reign Over Me
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: sentimental, touching, psychological, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: friendship, family, depression, 9/11, death, mental illness, drinking, buddies, hospital, dealing with death, psychiatry, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   43%
 
 6.3
 13K
Powder Blue
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, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: redemption, hospital, loneliness, suicide, death, depression, cancer, drugs/alcohol, human nature, life philosophy, nudity (topless - notable), destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   52%
 
 7.1
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Normal
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A Midwestern husband and father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sentimental, dramatic ...
Plot: small town, family life, transsexual, marriage, relationships, life philosophy, cross dressing, couple relations, adultery, parents and children, pornography, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   41%
 
 7.1
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Monster's Ball
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, realistic, psychological, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: redemption, racism, suicide, interracial romance, father son relationship, electric chair, death, death penalty, dysfunctional family, prison, strong sexual content, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: georgia, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   47%
 
 7.7
 160K
25th Hour
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The filmed adaptation from David Benioff's novel of the same name. Set in New York, a convicted drug dealer named Monty has one day left of freedom before he is sent to prison. Anger, blame, frustration, betrayal, guilt and loneliness are ...
Style: talky, realistic, bleak, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: crime, friendship, redemption, betrayal, prison, guilt, freedom, drugs, criminal heroes, drugs/alcohol, drug dealing, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   51%
 
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