Movies like Unstrung Heroes

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Unstrung Heroes (1995)
 6.7
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Unstrung Heroes (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Steven Lidz, unhappy with his home life since his mother got sick, goes and lives with his two crazy Uncles. There he changes and gets closer to his Uncles, but his parents want him home even though he is finally happy and popular. Written by Todd Weiser
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, humorous, realistic, semi serious, melancholic, dramatic, thought provoking, cerebral ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, family relations, terminal illness, mental illness, youth, misfit, parents and children, family life, love and romance, couples, family problems, single parent, solace, human nature, bittersweet, eccentric family, unfulfillment, cancer, jewish, eccentricity, love, escape, religion, illness ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962, 1960s
Place: los angeles

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Most similar movies to Unstrung Heroes

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, humorous and semi serious films with plots about family relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family, dialogue, storytelling and family problems mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Unstrung Heroes: Soft Fruit (1999), Igby Goes Down (2002), Dad (1989), Marine Life (2000), Lost in Yonkers (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Soft Fruit (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: For the first time in 15 years, all four siblings in a family show up to care for their dying mother, who is only given a couple of weeks to live. One comes from America with her two children. A divorced sister also comes with her child and sneaks ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, terminal illness, dysfunctional family, working class, couples, estrangement, family problems, bittersweet, single parent, unfulfillment, eccentric family, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, sydney australia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.9
 33K
Igby Goes Down (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.
Style: suspense, humorous, cynical, depressing, witty ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, teenage life, eccentric family, addiction, life is a bitch, fall in love, coming of age, parents and children, terminal illness, family problems, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, washington d.c., new jersey, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 5K
Dad (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A busy executive (Ted Danson) learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him (Jack Lemmon) than ever before. Estranged from his own son (Ethan ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, uplifting, thought provoking ...
Plot: father son relationship, aging, parents and children, hopes, family life, doctors, hospital, terminal illness, heart attack, family bonds, redemption, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 5.4
 150
Marine Life (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Marine Life revolves around the choatic family life of June, a middle-aged lounge singer and mother. Aging and twice divorced, lounge singer June Nordstrom tries to cope with her fading beauty, her troubled offspring, her waning career and her young ...
Style: realistic, humorous, touching, emotional, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, love affair, family life, family problems, family relations, couples, love and romance, single parent, youth, child as adult, parents and children, midlife crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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Lost in Yonkers (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the summer of 1942 two young boys are sent to stay with their stern grandmother Kurnitz and their childlike aunt Bella in Yonkers, New York.
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, grandmother, aunt, bittersweet, eccentric family, love affair, self discovery, siblings relations, human nature, parents and children, family life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 7.0
 10K
Crooklyn (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, sentimental, semi autobiographical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parenthood, coming of age, family relations, poverty, parents and children, single parent, family problems, school, teenage life, couple relations, black people ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 6.0
 2K
Bruno (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story of a unique young boy genius, Bruno, whose expression of his own individuality leads his family and community along an emotional journey.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, youth, family life, parents and children, coming of age, family problems, prodigy, eccentric family, hopes, society, family relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 7.2
 3K
Housekeeping (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950s, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up to most people's expectations.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, sentimental, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, friendship, strong female presence, family problems, family relations, custody, self discovery, eccentric family, siblings relations, parents and children ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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 6.4
 2K
Two Weeks (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In this bittersweet comedy, four adult siblings gather at their dying mother's house in North Carolina for what they expect to be a quick, last goodbye. Instead, they find themselves trapped — together — for two weeks.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, humorous, semi serious
Plot: terminal illness, introspection, eccentric family, family life, estrangement, family problems, single parent, homecoming, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, parents and children, dying ...
Time: contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 5.5
 2K
Kingdom Come (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When her husband keels over from a stroke, Raynelle Slocumb calls the entire clan together to remember their dearly departed. Family tensions reach a comedic boil as the wildly dysfunctional Slocumbs squabble and fight their way to the funeral.
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, light, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: eccentric family, dysfunctional family, family problems, introspection, parents and children, family in crisis, self discovery, death, african american, life & death, single parent, youth ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Crimes of the Heart (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it ...
Style: talky, touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, family relations, sisters, family problems, parents and children, eccentric family, family gatherings, family life, human nature, love and romance, female protagonist ...
Time: 80s
Place: mississippi, southern usa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
God Said, 'Ha!' (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Julia Sweeney tells the viewers the monologue about the hard time in her life when her brother fought with cancer and she was also diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Style: touching, humorous, talky, witty, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dark humor, family relations, couples, family problems, couple relations, parents and children, family gatherings, relationship vs career, siblings relations, family in crisis, human nature, eccentric family ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 4.8
 13K
Hanging Up (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A trio of sisters bond over their ambivalence toward the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father, to whom none of them was particularly close.
Style: sentimental, humorous, touching, feel good, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: hospital, dysfunctional family, family problems, eccentric family, single parent, hopes, family gatherings, parents and children, looking for love, terminal illness, family life, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s, year 1988, year 2000, year 1993, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Evening Star (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Continuing the story of Aurora Greenway in her latter years. After the death of her daughter, Aurora struggled to keep her family together, but has one grandson in jail, a rebellious granddaughter, and another grandson living just above the poverty ...
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, talky, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, dysfunctional family, death, family gatherings, romance, love and romance, single parent, couples, family problems, bittersweet, human nature ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: texas, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Men Don't Leave (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After her husband John dies unexpectedly, Beth Macauley is unprepared for life without him. She is unemployed with no job skills and $60,000 in debt from on-going renovations to their house located in suburban Bingham. She doesn't know what to ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, widow, lottery, starting over, bittersweet, depression, couples, family problems, human nature, parents and children, family in crisis, self discovery ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When their father passes away, four grown, world-weary siblings return to their childhood home and are requested -- with an admonition -- to stay there together for a week, along with their free-speaking mother and a collection of spouses, exes and ...
Style: humorous, touching, emotional, melancholic, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, homecoming, family relations, family gatherings, last wish, death of father, family, eccentric family, breakup, jewish, infidelity, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Jack the Bear (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Story of the relationships between two sons and their father, who moves the family to California and becomes a tv horror show host after the death of his wife.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: alcohol abuse, kidnapping, tv show, single parent, child abduction, widower, bittersweet, redemption, dysfunctional family, racism, death in the family, family life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, oakland california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.0
 49K
Parenthood (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the ...
Style: touching, humorous, melancholic, emotional, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: family relations, family life, single parent, dysfunctional family, parents and children, eccentric family, youth, siblings relations, teenage life, living with parents, supportive parent, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: missouri, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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 7.4
 11K
Trust (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: After being thrown away from home, pregnant high school dropout Maria meets Matthew, a highly educated and extremely moody electronics repairman. The two begin an unusual romance built on their sense of mutual admiration and trust.
Style: talky, witty, humorous, realistic, clever ...
Plot: love and romance, age difference, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, family relations, dark humor, bittersweet, coming of age, misfit, social misfits, youth, romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: long island, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An African American couple (Winfield and Alice) adopt two orphans from a Vietnamese refugee camp. After twenty-two years, the children are reunited with their birth mother, bringing deeply submerged resentments and misconceptions to the surface and ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: culture clash, adoption, family relations, transvestism, interracial relations, dysfunctional family, immigrants, gays and lesbians, misfit, society, love and romance, gender ...
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Max Dugan Returns (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An English teacher and struggling single mother has her life disrupted when the father who abandoned her as a child comes back into her life.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, touching, talky ...
Plot: police detective, family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, hopes, estrangement, couples, single parent, cons and scams, eccentric family, family life, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, las vegas, los angeles, brazil, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Isn't It Delicious (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When Joan Weldon discovers she is dying of lung cancer, she sets out to reconcile her dysfunctional relationships with her three children, her husband, and along the way, her former best friend. The family's destructive ways are offset by messy ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, sincere, touching, humorous
Plot: self discovery, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, family life, terminal illness, family relations, family problems, bittersweet, husband wife relationship, one night stand, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.9
 6K
Mother (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: After two failed marriages a science fiction writer decides that coming to terms with his mother will improve his chances for a successful relationship, so he moves in with her.
Style: neurotic, humorous, witty, talky, clever ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, starting over, mother son relationship, family relations, family problems, couples, youth, single parent, lifestyle, crumbling marriage, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The Four Seasons (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life, marital, parental and other crises.
Style: sentimental, witty, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, divorce, midlife crisis, vacation, bittersweet, introspection, parents and children, self discovery, couple relations, human nature, wilderness, best friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.0
 2K
That's Life! (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A wealthy architect struggles with a severe case of male menopause at the approach of his 60th birthday.
Style: sentimental, realistic, semi serious, touching, sincere ...
Plot: midlife crisis, aging, fortune teller, priest, birthday, architect, family gatherings, bittersweet, couples, family problems, family relations, dealing with death ...
Time: 80s
Place: malibu california, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.2
 18K
The Grass Harp (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on the novel by Truman Capote, this often-witty coming-of-age drama looks at a young man growing up with an unusual family in the Deep South in the 1940s.
Style: feel good, sentimental, touching, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, americana, dysfunctional family, small town, maid, youth, love and romance, nothing goes right, society, power relations, social relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: southern usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Imaginary Crimes (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A recently widowed, small-time hustler struggles to raise his two teenage daughters on his own and still make a dishonest living in 1950s Indiana.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, hopes, family relations, parents and children, betrayal, single parent, life is a bitch, cons and scams, terminal illness, down on your luck, human nature, hustler ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s
Place: indiana, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.7
 31K
Mermaids (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Fifteen-year-old Charlotte Flax is tired of her wacky mom moving their family to a different town any time she feels it is necessary. When they move to a small Massachusetts town and Mrs. Flax begins dating a shopkeeper, Charlotte and her 9-year-old ...
Style: feel good, touching, semi serious, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, swimming, small town, single parent, romance, couple relations, fall in love, parents and children, eccentric family, love and romance, generation gap, kennedy assassination ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963, year 1964
Place: new england, usa, dallas texas, texas, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Anywhere But Here (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In this adaptation of the Mona Simpson novel, single mother Adele August is bad with money, and even worse when it comes to making decisions. Her straight-laced daughter, Ann, is a successful high school student with Ivy League aspirations. When ...
Style: touching, feel good, realistic, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: mother daughter relationship, coming of age, family relations, hollywood, audition, dream, teen angst, bittersweet, small town, social relations, sexual content, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: los angeles, beverly hills, california, usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.9
 23K
Junebug (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: On the way to meet with an independent artist in the South, newlywed art dealer Madeleine is convinced by her husband, George, that they should stop to meet his family in North Carolina. Madeleine's affluent lifestyle clashes with the family, ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, semi serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, pregnancy, in-laws, painting, jealousy, culture clash, eccentric family, love and romance, parents and children, couple relations, family life, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, chicago illinois, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%