Movies like 12 and Holding

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12 and Holding (2005)
 7.5
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12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 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: touching, realistic, sentimental, serious, emotional, heartbreaking, sad, harsh, gloomy, clever ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, family relations, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, coming of age, accidental killing, teenager, parents and children, haunted by the past, death in the family, innocence lost, family in crisis, death, hospital, teenagers, twins, treehouse, bittersweet, sexual awakening, youth, friends, cooking and food, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, touching, emotional and realistic films with plots about family relations, mentor, parents and children, storytelling, catastrophe, redemption and friendship mostly in Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like 12 and Holding: Stand by Me (1986), The Cure (1995), White Oleander (2002), A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004), Tully (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Stand by Me (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: coming of age, childhood, friendship, adventure, youth, coming-of-age, teenager, loyalty, innocence, friends, young kid, young heroes ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1959, 80s
Place: oregon, usa, normandy
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100%
 7.7
 9K
The Cure (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Dexter, age 11, who has AIDS, and his next door neighbor Eric, a little older and much bigger, become best friends. Eric also becomes closer to Dexter's mother than to his own, who is neglectful and bigoted and violently forbids their ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, best friends, aids, loss of son, coming of age, bittersweet, young heroes, family relations, cure, friends, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, new orleans, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 30K
White Oleander (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.
Style: emotional, disturbing, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: mother daughter relationship, teenage life, women's prison, bad mother, coming of age, family relations, murder, crimes, parents and children, fall in love, custody, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, mexico, nova scotia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, nervous breakdown, haunted by the past, alcohol abuse, funeral, loss of friend, loss of parent, family problems, death of parent, parents and children, family relations, drinking problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2002, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, alabama, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.2
 2K
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: serious, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, womanizer, lifestyle, opposites attract, young lovers, introspection, parents and children, haunted by the past, family problems, couples, society ...
Place: nebraska, usa, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: meditative, psychological, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, teacher, dysfunctional family, family relations, prison, theft, crimes, investigation, parents and children, prison life, family problems, loss of sibling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: phoenix arizona, italy, paris france, california, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.3
 18K
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, loss of child, death in the family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Ordinary People (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: suicide attempt, therapy, dysfunctional family, guilt, depression, psychiatrist, loss of son, coming of age, middle class, family problems, death in the family, alienation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, texas, houston texas, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.5
 3K
The Italian (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in 2002, an abandoned 5-year-old boy living in a rundown orphanage in a small Russian village is adopted by an Italian family.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere, harsh ...
Plot: orphan, orphanage, adoption, youth, family relations, self discovery, hopes, parents and children, russian, friendship, drinking alcohol, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2002, 70s
Place: russia, europe, italy, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.4
 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, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hopes, midlife crisis, couple relations, family life, human nature, love and romance, family problems, innocence lost, haunted by the past, teenage life, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Life as a House (2001)
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, emotional, sincere, gothic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, dying, cancer, father son relationship, reconciliation, dysfunctional family, architect, house, human nature, parents and children, hopes, layoff ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.7
 7K
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: touching, serious, sincere, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, abortion, family relations, dysfunctional family, couples, love affair, human nature, couple relations, parents and children, love and romance, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.1
 6K
Sleepwalking (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When her boyfriend is arrested for marijuana possession, Joleen Reedy and her 11-year-old daughter, Tara, take refuge with Joleen's aimless brother, James. Joleen soon runs off with a truck driver, and James is unable to meet his ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: uncle niece relationship, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, foster home, road trip, family problems, introspection, family relations, innocence lost, loss of job, single parent, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.6
 8K
Butterfly (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, realistic, touching, compassionate ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, spanish civil war, teacher, family relations, countryside, latin, civil war, fascism, patriotism, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: spain, europe, catalonia, usa, madrid ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Jack Slavin is an environmentalist with a heart condition who lives with his daughter, Rose, on an isolated island. While Jack fights against developers who wish to build in the area, he also craves more contact with other people. When he invites ...
Style: melancholic, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: incest, single parent, parents and children, island, first sex, rebelliousness, teenage life, isolation, innocence lost, virginity, sexual exploration, commune ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.8
 112
You (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: You is a love story. It spans 21 years, bouncing around in time, creating a kind of family quilt that wraps around a father as he struggles to overcome the grief of losing his beloved wife and raise their daughter alone. A coming-of-age journey for ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, captivating, psychological, offbeat ...
Plot: family relations, coming of age, parents and children, hopes, single parent, haunted by the past, redemption, love, loss of mother, teenager, friendship, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Substance of Fire (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Isaac Geldhart is a Holocaust survivor who, overcome by grief at the recent death of his wife, seems determined to run his publishing firm into the ground by printing books that have no hope of financial success. His son Aaron, who also works at the ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: holocaust, family life, haunted by the past, introspection, siblings relations, parents and children, family problems, love and romance, dealing with death, family business, human nature, workplace situations ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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What Maisie Knew (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the Henry James novella, the story frames on 7-year-old Maisie, caught in a custody battle between her mother – a rock and roll icon – and her father. What Maisie Knew is an evocative portrayal of the chaos of adult life seen entirely ...
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Plot: divorce, childhood, dysfunctional family, marriage, family problems, unsupportive parent, family in crisis, crumbling marriage, starting over, nanny, family relations, step parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 6K
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, friendship between men, male friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 11K
One True Thing (1998)
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, touching, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems, death of parent, loss of parent, cancer, tragedy, small town, family relations, family drama ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and only ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: civil rights, racism, friendship, teenage life, interracial relations, haunted by the past, family relations, african american, teaching the ways of the world, social differences, society, blacks and whites ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1964, 1960s
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, society, crumbling marriage, single parent, family problems, suburbs, small town ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 7.9
 336K
Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
Style: depressing, realistic, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, marital problem, divorce, childhood, stepsister stepsister relationship, divorced parents, abusive husband, parents and children, teenage life, teenager, youth, classmates ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2012, 2010s ...
Place: usa, texas, houston texas, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.8
 12K
The War (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, friendship, bullying, family relations, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, bittersweet, family life, homecoming, youth, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, mississippi, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotional slice-of-life story. Jones is portrayed here portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero turned author who combats alcoholism and is starting to experience ...
Style: talky, clever, sentimental, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, friendship, adopted son, adoption, dysfunctional family, couples, family problems, nanny, obsession, eccentric family, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: paris france, europe, france, new england, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: sentimental, psychological, emotional, touching, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: reunion, missing child, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, family life, parents and children, family problems, police detective, crimes, mother son reunion, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.8
 80K
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, tense, serious, sincere, bleak ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, kids in trouble, coming of age, peer pressure, underage drinking, juvenile delinquency, addiction, family problems, friends, friendship, life is a bitch, theft ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.4
 1K
Safe Passage (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mother with seven sons feels like she's losing control of her life and her family. But personal...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, pain, life is a bitch, family life, parents and children, family problems, terminal illness, terrorism, death in the family, eccentric family, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: middle east, new jersey, utah, beirut lebanon, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
An American Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: immigrants, family relations, cold war, friendship, family, love and romance, self discovery, siblings relations, parents and children, human nature, on the run, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, year 1950 ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, poland, budapest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%