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The United States of Leland (2003)
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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Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky.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 prison, decides to write about Leland's case. Meanwhile, others affected by the murder, including Becky and her sister, Julie, must contend with their own problems.
Style: psychological, bleak, rough, serious, realistic, emotional, depressing, meditative, talky, clever ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, teacher, prison, theft, crimes, investigation, family relations, parents and children, prison life, confined, couple relations, life is a bitch, family problems, lifestyle, coming of age, loss of family member, family in crisis, loss of sibling, jealousy, robbery, stabbing, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, paris france, california, phoenix arizona

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Most similar movies to The United States of Leland

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and emotional films with plots about pornography, brutality, dialogue, storytelling, relationships, dysfunctional family and mentor mostly in Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like The United States of Leland: Half Nelson (2006), The Believer (2001), White Oleander (2002), All or Nothing (2002), Interiors (1978). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Half Nelson (2006)
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, touching, rough, psychological ...
Plot: teacher, student, liberal, basketball, teachers and students, african american, friendship, drug abuse, loneliness, cocaine, coach, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
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100%
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: talky, bleak, clever, psychological, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, insurance, hit and run, hopes, love and romance, parents and children, couple relations, life is a bitch, family relations, addiction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 34K
The Believer (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A hardcore American racist skinhead who, because of his intelligence, leads a gang dedicated to fighting the enemy: the supposed American-Jewish conspiracy for domination. However, he's hiding a secret: he's Jewish-born, a brilliant ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, emotional, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, anti semitism, skinhead, violence spree, identity crisis, nazism, bomb, holocaust, synagogue, innocence lost, counterculture, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, new york, israel, germany, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 28K
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
Plot: teenage life, women's prison, coming of age, murder, crimes, bad mother, parents and children, mother daughter relationship, fall in love, family problems, custody, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, nova scotia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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All or Nothing (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: bleak, realistic, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, parents and children, injustice, family problems, society, family relations, couples, unwanted pregnancy, couple relations, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, algeria, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, sibling rivalry, father daughter relationship, character study, family drama ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Little Boy Blue (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Living in rural Texas is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, two small sons who look a lot like their brother. The dad harbors a secret, and he ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, murder, sexual abuse, parents and children, vengeance, incest, investigation, haunted by the past, down on your luck, siblings relations, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, usa, asia, vietnam, san francisco
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32%
 6.8
 75K
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, bleak, serious, sincere, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, makeover, theft, peer pressure, addiction, teen angst, friendship, marijuana, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, underage drinking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 5.5
 6K
Bee Season (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 11-year-old Eliza is the invisible element of her family unit: her parents are both consumed with work and her brother is wrapped up in his own adolescent life. Eliza ignites not only a spark that makes her visible but one that sets into motion a ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, judaism, redemption, coming of age, parents and children, family problems, hopes, human nature, society, family relations, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: psychological, realistic, serious, talky, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, family life, lifestyle, actor's life, human nature, family relations, one day, drug abuse, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
12 and Holding (2005)
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, clever, gloomy ...
Plot: coming of age, adoption, friendship, hospital, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, hopes, family in crisis, parents and children, haunted by the past, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.4
 35K
In the Bedroom (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Summertime on the coast of Maine, "In the Bedroom" centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt Fowler is a doctor practicing in his native Maine and is married to New York born Ruth Fowler, a music teacher. He is involved ...
Style: bleak, realistic, sincere, serious, suspense ...
Plot: family in crisis, jealousy, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, older woman younger man relationship, vengeance, family relations, parents and children, small town, age difference, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dysfunctional marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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, compassionate ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, infidelity, terminal illness, redemption, depression, dysfunctional family, suffering, tragic event, dishonesty, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 1950s, 1910s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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, loss of spouse ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Stephanie Daley (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Stephanie collapses in a pool of blood while on a school skiing trip. A doctor discovers that the blood is the after-effects of giving birth. Soon afterward, the body of a newborn baby is found in a toilet, its mouth blocked with toilet paper. ...
Style: realistic, psychological, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: murder, pregnancy, sexual relations, family relations, teenage life, family problems, couples, deadly, youth, investigation, parents and children, babies and infants ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Plot: sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, parents and children, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, corporal punishment, coming of age, family in crisis, couple relations, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 50s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Shipping News (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, melancholic, emotional ...
Plot: adultery, redemption, small town, starting over, single parent, haunted by the past, parents and children, love and romance, love affair, family relations, self discovery, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.4
 978K
American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, sexual, melancholic, cynical, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, virgin, loneliness, family problems, dysfunctional family, age difference, teenage life, coming of age, youth, older man young girl relationship, older man younger woman relationship, parenthood ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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, rough, serious, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, drug addiction, drug abuse, love, betrayal, destructive relationship, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, young lovers, couples, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.5
 51K
The Ice Storm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her ...
Style: bleak, sexual, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, thanksgiving, neighbor, mate swapping, innocence lost, coming of age, guilt, infidelity, generation gap, promiscuity, snow, storm ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: connecticut, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, tense, serious, sincere ...
Plot: prostitute, infidelity, love, divorce, adultery, dysfunctional family, society, human nature, lifestyle, introspection, disintegration, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, family relations, introspection, breakup, family problems, love affair, couples, suburbs ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.9
 10K
Savage Grace (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Spain, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: This examination of a famous scandal from the 1970s explores the relationship between Barbara Baekeland and her only son, Antony. Barbara, a lonely social climber unhappily married to the wealthy but remote plastics heir Brooks Baekeland, dotes on ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: incest, mother son incest, murder, adultery, gay, sexual relations, couple relations, socialite, scandal, love, family problems, crimes of passion ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s ...
Place: europe, england, london, usa, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
American History X (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader ...
Style: rough, serious, tense, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: skinhead, prison, racism, juvenile delinquency, nazism, rape, violence spree, siblings relations, confined, youth, crime, prejudice ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california, los angeles, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 2K
Slam (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Slam tells the story of Ray Joshua, an original, gifted young MC trapped in a war-zone housing project known as Dodge City. Unable to find a job, Ray copes with the despair and poverty of his neighborhood by using his wits and verbal talent. Written ...
Style: talky, psychological, realistic, tense, bleak ...
Plot: gang, crime, urban, hopes, performer's life, life is a bitch, crimes, writer's life, confined, wrongfully committed, prison life, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.3
 8K
Eve's Bayou (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, captivating, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, infidelity, incest, prophecy, murder, small town, curse, tavern, all black cast, aunt niece relationship, superstition, coming of age ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.5
 5K
Frozen Land (2005)
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: realistic, bleak, emotional, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: depression, domestic violence, salesman, alcoholic, fired from the job, drug abuse, destiny, dysfunctional family, strong sexual content, family problems, urban, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: finland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, friends, family relations, family gatherings, couple relations, siblings relations, human nature, couples, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: romance, unfulfillment, writer's life, love and romance, life is a bitch, family in crisis, artists and showbiz, gays and lesbians, drug abuse, estrangement, addiction, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.7
 3K
Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: poetry, love and romance, teachers and students, parents and children, innocence lost, family problems, teenage life, family relations, power relations, youth, family in crisis, writer's life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%