Movies like Under the Volcano

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Under the Volcano (1984)
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Under the Volcano (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul living in alcoholic disrepair and obscurity in a small southern Mexican town in 1939. The Consul's self-destructive behaviour, perhaps a metaphor for a menaced civilization, is a source of perplexity and sadness to his nomadic, idealistic half-brother, Hugh, and his ex-wife, Yvonne, who has returned with hopes of healing Geoffrey and their broken marriage.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, gloomy, serious, realistic, dark humor, reflective, enigmatic, road movie, bleak ...
Plot: one day, drugs/alcohol, dysfunctional family, depression, couple relations, life is a bitch, human nature, couples, introspection, crumbling marriage, estrangement, unfulfillment, unsupportive spouse, alcoholic, wife husband relationship, drunk, tequila, alcohol, diplomat, ex husband ex wife relationship, self destruction, one day time span, half brother, drinking, adultery ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: mexico, latin america

Most similar movies to Under the Volcano

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, gloomy and psychological films with plots about couples, dialogue, depression, dysfunctional family, storytelling, life is a bitch and relationships mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Under the Volcano: Shoot the Moon (1982), Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962), Smashed (2012), Drunks (1995), Through a Glass Darkly (1961). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Shoot the Moon (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: After fifteen years of marriage, an affluent couple divorce and take up with new partners.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, psychological, dramatic ...
Plot: divorce, tennis court, infidelity, dysfunctional family, tennis, breakup, family life, love affair, love and romance, couple relations, crumbling marriage, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: tense, clever, gloomy, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: addiction, dysfunctional family, irish, terminal illness, sailor, actor, redemption, drug abuse, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, family life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 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 ⇓
65%
 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 ⇓
57%
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Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Karin hopes to recover from her recent stay at a mental hospital by spending the summer at her family's cottage on a tiny island. Her husband, Martin, cares for her but is frustrated by her physical withdrawal. Her younger bother, Minus, is ...
Style: psychological, serious, bleak, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: island, mental illness, schizophrenia, incest, dysfunctional family, estrangement, self destructing, human nature, couple relations, siblings relations, confined, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Fire Within (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Alain Leroy is a recovering alcoholic who decides to end his life, but first decides to visit his friends in Paris one last time, in an attempt at finding a reason to continue living.
Style: bleak, psychological, gloomy, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: addiction, midlife crisis, rehabilitation, dysfunctional family, loneliness, doctors and patients, destructive relationship, family in crisis, life is a bitch, hopes, unfulfillment, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 1920s
Place: france, europe, paris france, versailles
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Curse of the Starving Class (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Curse of the Starving Class is a play by Sam Shepard, considered the first of a series on family tragedies. Drama about a dirt-poor 1950's-era farm family. Dad's a foul talking drunk and Mom is desperately trying to save what's left ...
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: poverty, alcoholic, farm, countryside, injustice, rich and poor, family relations, parents and children, hopes, estrangement, human nature, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.7
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The Dresser (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In a touring Shakespearean theater group, a backstage hand - the dresser, is devoted to the brilliant but tyrannical head of the company. He struggles to support the deteriorating star as the company struggles to carry on during the London blitz. ...
Style: talky, realistic, psychological, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, drunkenness, backstage, life is a bitch, overbearing, power relations, friends, showbiz, alcohol abuse, actor's life, couples, golden years ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.
Style: tense, talky, sexual, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, estate, family problems, couples, family relations, life is a bitch, love and romance, couple relations, parents and children, crumbling marriage, sexual dysfunction ...
Place: usa, new orleans, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, biting, psychological ...
Plot: secretary, rehabilitation, alcohol abuse, drinking, addiction, public relations, party, violence, alcoholic, romance, destructive relationship, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Desperate Characters (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: With wit and real wisdom, Desperate Characters brilliantly examines the life of two disillusioned New Yorkers as they struggle to come to grips with the "normal" life with which they can no longer cope. Featuring powerful performances by ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: translator, human nature, couples, family problems, urban, couple relations, unsupportive spouse, family relations, crumbling marriage, city life, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.8
 8K
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, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, alcohol abuse, couple relations, mental illness, human nature, parents and children, rich and poor, life is a bitch, best friends, buddies, twists & turns, terminal illness ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 8.0
 268K
Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, infidelity, terminal illness, redemption, depression, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, couple relations, social problems, suffering ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1910s, 1950s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 8.1
 18K
Winter Light (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, psychological, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: suicide, pastor, faith, winter, priest, isolation, small town, nuclear, clergy, human nature, introspection, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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 ⇓
45%
 7.5
 17K
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: bleak, psychological, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, family problems, family relations, parents and children, family gatherings, family tragedy, sister sister relationship, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry, character study, family drama ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.6
 8K
September (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: At a summer house in Vermont, neighbor Howard falls in love with Lane, who's in a relationship with Peter, who's falling for Stephanie, who's married with children.
Style: talky, sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, family problems, parents and children, human nature, family relations, couple relations, friends, siblings relations, family gatherings, couples, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Dangerous Game (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A New York film director, working on his latest movie in Los Angeles, begins to reflect the actions in his movie and real life, especially when he begins an affair with the lead actress.
Style: psychological, gloomy, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: filmmaking, obsession, divorce, infidelity, redemption, downfall, actor's life, showbiz, human nature, lifestyle, couples, hollywood ...
Time: 90s
Place: israel, los angeles, usa, california, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: serious, realistic, gloomy, psychological
Plot: estrangement, family life, family problems, love affair, couples, mentally unstable, human nature, lifestyle, introspection, mental illness, drug abuse, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.7
 8K
Faces (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
Style: talky, biting, sincere, serious, clever ...
Plot: prostitute, infidelity, divorce, love, adultery, dysfunctional family, introspection, society, friendship, destiny, family problems, family life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.4
 4K
Time Out (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: unemployment, down on your luck, life is a bitch, family relations, couple relations, crimes, crumbling marriage, couples, family problems, dishonesty, society, countryside ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, france, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.1
 2K
Plenty (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: David Hare's account of a one-time French freedom fighter who gradually realizes that her post-war life is not meeting her expectations.
Style: thought provoking, tense, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: haunted by the past, introspection, innocence lost, society, soldier, family problems, wartime life, love and romance, hopes, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, homecoming ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: england, europe, france, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.9
 3K
Providence (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives. He is a bitter man and he shows, through flashbacks, how spiteful, conniving and treacherous his ...
Style: psychological, gloomy, thought provoking, serious, emotional ...
Plot: aging, dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, human nature, society, lifestyle, terminal illness, introspection, family problems, couples, writer's life, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Glass Menagerie (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A son longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his lame, shy sister.
Style: psychological, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, aging, hopes, love and romance, siblings relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, family life, family problems, family in crisis, family relations, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: usa, tennessee, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.1
 607
3 Backyards (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An executive, a housewife and a youngster spend a day in their Long Island suburban town during the course of one curious autumn day afternoon.
Style: realistic, psychological, gloomy, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: society, lifestyle, innocence lost, human nature, estrangement, unfulfillment, couple relations, dull life, suburban life, couples, suburbs
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.8
 735
Losing Chase (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An intimate and turbulent relationship develops between Chase, a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown and Elizabeth, the caretaker employed to look after her.
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: friendship, mental illness, chase, dysfunctional family, family problems, death in the family, society, misfit, introspection, human nature, infidelity, single parent ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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 ⇓
38%
 7.1
 6K
Ulee's Gold (1997)
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, touching, serious, intense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, beekeeper, prison, parents and children, life is a bitch, drug abuse, addiction, human nature, introspection, family relations, heist, family life ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 ⇓
37%
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 ⇓
37%