Movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape

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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
 7.8
 207K
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: touching, melancholic, emotional, depressing, compassionate, thought provoking, realistic, sincere, sentimental, offbeat ...
Plot: mentally challenged, self discovery, siblings relations, disability, mental illness, parents and children, small town, dysfunctional family, family problems, responsibility, family drama, obesity, character study, society, human relationship, handicapped, sibling relationship, single mother, obese woman, compassion, family bonds, family relations, americana, understanding, eating disorder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa

Most similar movies to What's Eating Gilbert Grape

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, emotional and serious films with plots about family relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, culture clash, storytelling, catastrophe and dialogue mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape: Marvin's Room (1996), Shower (1999), My Louisiana Sky (2001), The Tic Code (1998), Benny & Joon (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.7
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Marvin's Room (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow.
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, reunion, estrangement, transplant, leukemia, single parent, family relations, family problems, siblings relations, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 4K
Shower (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: China
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An aged father and his younger, mentally challenged son have been working hard every day to keep the bathhouse running for a motley group of regular customers. When his elder son, who left years ago to seek his fortune in the southern city of ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, emotional, melancholic, sentimental ...
Plot: mentally challenged, tradition, shower, parents and children, society, human nature, father son relationship, family relations, aging, brother brother relationship, businessman, bathhouse ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, beijing china, tibet, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
My Louisiana Sky (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A girl comes to terms with her mentally challenged parents.
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, family life, family problems, society, youth, parents and children, disability, small town life, child's point of view, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 6.6
 406
The Tic Code (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A 10 year old gifted boy wants to be a jazz pianist much to the chagrin of his more classical oriented piano instructor. With his mother's help, he is an underage regular at a local nightspot, where he is teamed up with a sax superstar. Both ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, offbeat ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: jazz, disability, music, family problems, family life, hopes, fall in love, love and romance, parents and children, musician's life, artists and showbiz, teachers and students ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.2
 53K
Benny & Joon (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, realistic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: mental illness, social misfits, fall in love, love and romance, psychiatrist, misfit, love, first love, siblings relations, family relations, artist, mechanic ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: touching, sentimental, tense, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: beautiful scenery, wilderness, fishing, childhood, americana, generation gap, self discovery, family relations, coming of age, friendship, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.0
 204
Carry Me Home (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A widow named Harriet and her two children Carrie and Brian are living in rural New York in 1947 and are still recovering from the death of Harriet's husband killed in World War II. Carrie is a tomboy and hangs around with boys and they have ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic
Plot: mentally challenged, wooing, countryside, prank, dysfunctional family, self discovery, hopes, destiny, family life, family problems, couples, youth ...
Time: 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 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: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, young lovers, introspection, lifestyle, womanizer, opposites attract, haunted by the past, parents and children, romance, youth, couples ...
Place: nebraska, europe, england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 18K
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: family relations, dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, family gatherings, depression, parents and children, family problems, family tragedy, divorce, sibling rivalry, father daughter relationship, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Other Sister (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A mentally challenged girl proves herself to be every bit as capable as her "perfect" sister when she moves into an apartment and begins going to college.
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, family relations, romance, parents and children, fall in love, looking for love, society, love and romance, husband wife relationship, sister sister relationship, wedding, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems, loss of parent, death of parent, cancer, tragedy, family relations, small town, family drama ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 8.0
 85K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: touching, bleak, rough, serious, sincere ...
Plot: mentally challenged, murder, friendship, death threat, redemption, family relations, small town, human nature, crimes, parents and children, haunted by the past, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.6
 762
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: touching, emotional, realistic, sincere, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, family relations, mental illness, chase, dysfunctional family, love and romance, hopes, society, introspection, misfit, human nature, friends ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Hanoi comes across almost picture-perfect in director Tran Anh Hung's beautiful, elegiac tale about the lives and loves of three Vietnamese sisters. A mood characteristic of Hung's films is set early on with the vivid sounds of birds, ...
Style: sincere, touching, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, infidelity, dysfunctional family, couples, family life, family relations, sibling relationship, siblings relations, couple relations, love and romance, crumbling marriage, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.5
 368
Waterproof (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Single mother Tyree Battle struggles to keep her young son Thaniel away from the gang-plagued city streets that he is mixed up in. Under severe gang pressure, Thaniel accidentally shoots Jewish shopkeeper Eli Zeal in a botched robbery attempt. ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, contemplative
Plot: family relations, gang, homecoming, family problems, family life, dysfunctional family, redemption, heist, self discovery, youth, single parent, aging ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.7
 140K
I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, parenthood, father daughter relationship, lawyer, social services, single parent, single father, child custody, family relations, custody ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.4
 790
Angela (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A ten year old girl named Angela leads her six year old sister, Ellie, through various regimens of 'purification' in an attempt to rid themselves of their evil, which she believes to be the cause of their mother's mental illness. ...
Style: psychological, sincere, touching, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, self discovery, youth, family problems, parents and children, life is a bitch, human nature, sexual abuse, family life, spirituality, child's point of view ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Riding the Bus with My Sister (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A woman spends time with her developmental disabled sister after the death of their father.
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, cult film
Plot: mentally challenged, family life, couples, dysfunctional family, lifestyle, family relations, disability, family problems, misfit, siblings relations, love and romance, bus ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 10K
My Life (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: It seems that Bob Jones has everything a man could want, namely a fulfilling job and a beautiful, pregnant wife, Gail. But Bob's life is turned upside-down when he is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live -- not even enough time ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, sad ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, pregnancy, childbirth, self discovery, couple relations, family life, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, parents and children, child birth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Rambling Rose (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall for her, and Rose knows it. She can't help herself ...
Style: erotic, sexy, emotional, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, love and romance, self discovery, family relations, prostitute, love, introspection, parents and children, fall in love, romance, youth, human nature ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: georgia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Hysterical Blindness (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Set in the 1980's, Debby Miller (Uma Thurman) goes out in New Jersey looking for a man after she is diagnosed with "hysterical blindness".
Style: psychological, serious, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, working class, love and romance, couple relations, family relations, looking for love, single parent, family problems, lifestyle, getting home, unfulfillment, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, tokyo
⇓ 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, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: immigrants, cold war, family relations, friendship, family, love and romance, self discovery, on the run, parents and children, siblings relations, human nature, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, budapest hungary, czechoslovakia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
You Can Count on Me (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: single mother, drifter, workplace, love and romance, introspection, free spirited, family secret, hopes, parents and children, small town, workplace romance, suicide attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york state, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A mother and daughter dispute is resolved by the "Yaya sisterhood" - long time friends of the mother.
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, sincere, intense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, mental illness, estrangement, playwright, family relations, family problems, secret society, parents and children, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, rescue ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.3
 3K
Left Luggage (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Belgium, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: While escaping from Nazis during the WWII, a Jewish man dug suitcases full of things dear to his heart in the ground two. The war deprived him of his family, and afterwards he endlessly turns over the soil of Antwerp to find the suitcases, which ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: nanny, parents and children, eviction, liberal, haunted by the past, family relations, holocaust survivor, religions or cults, mentally challenged, jewish, racism, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, antwerp, belgium, israel, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
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, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: bus, redemption, small town, family relations, self discovery, homecoming, americana, escape, parents and children, obsessive quest, social relations, golden years ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 25K
Mask (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A boy with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.
Style: captivating, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: handicapped, falling in love, fall in love, human spirit, disability, coming of age, teenage love, family relations, protective parent, single parent, love and romance, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hopes, family life, human nature, midlife crisis, couple relations, single parent, life is a bitch, fall in love, love and romance, family problems, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Shipping News (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, 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, single parent, starting over, haunted by the past, parents and children, love affair, love and romance, romance, self discovery, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
A Family Thing (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Earl Pilcher Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining he's not her natural son, but the son of a Black woman who ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, biracial, self discovery, parents and children, family life, family problems, death in the family, human nature, siblings relations, hopes, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: arkansas, chicago illinois, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%