Movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape

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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
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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, emotional, melancholic, depressing, compassionate, realistic, surreal, serious, offbeat, sentimental ...
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, siblings relations, self discovery, small town, dysfunctional family, parents and children, mental illness, responsibility, sibling relationship, family problems, human relationship, society, family bonds, compassion, family drama, brothers, life, life & death, character study, life philosophy, complex characters, mother son relationship, coming of age, widow ...
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, mentor, dysfunctional family, redemption, storytelling and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape: Rain Man (1988), My Louisiana Sky (2001), Forrest Gump (1994), I Am Sam (2001), Marvin's Room (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 8.0
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Rain Man (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Style: uplifting, touching, captivating, road movie, sincere ...
Plot: autism, mentally challenged, siblings relations, on the road, redemption, road trip, greed, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, character study, unlikely friendships, yuppie ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, missouri, texas, usa, cincinnati ohio ...
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100%
My Louisiana Sky (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A girl comes to terms with her mentally challenged parents.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, coming of age, small town, small town life, youth, family relations, social relations, parents and children, disability, family life, hopes, society ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 8.8
 1.5M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mentally challenged, destiny, human spirit, tragic love, human relationship, fish out of water, true love, love and romance, friendship, life philosophy, rise to the top, journey ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1950s
Place: washington d.c., usa, vietnam, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.6
 133K
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: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, single parent, father daughter relationship, child custody, lawyer, locked door, children's book, social services, parenthood, custody ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 6.7
 23K
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: emotional, talky, touching, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: transplant, reunion, terminal illness, cancer, leukemia, estrangement, arson, siblings relations, sister, sibling relationship, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ohio, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 8.0
 80K
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: bleak, realistic, touching, serious, captivating ...
Plot: mentally challenged, small town, friendship, murder, death threat, father figure, autism, gay slur, homosexual, redemption, human nature, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: emotional, touching, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: self discovery, coming of age, fishing, childhood, fish, gambling, small town, wilderness, americana, bishop, generation gap, boat ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.4
 199
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, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: single parent, dealing with death, countryside, self discovery, parents and children, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family life, love and romance, youth, family relations, mentally challenged ...
Time: 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.7
 714
Losing Chase (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 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: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, mental illness, single parent, dysfunctional family, chase, crumbling marriage, caretaker, traumatic experience, nervous breakdown, human nature, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.4
 715
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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, pregnancy, single parent, small town, dealing with death, human nature, self discovery, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, small town life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, romance, parents and children, fall in love, autism, hopes, love and romance, society, youth, couples, family relations, looking for love ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.4
 157K
Me Before You (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life is not worth living until the girl is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: disability, love and romance, fall in love, wheelchair, love story, romance, depression, loneliness, caregiver, small town, death wish, accident ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.4
 359
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: serious, touching, realistic, emotional
Plot: immigrants, single parent, going straight, store, redemption, self discovery, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family life, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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: serious, emotional, touching, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, redemption, translator, parents and children, coming of age, hopes, love and romance, society, youth, couples, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, oakland california, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
House of Cards (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When Ruth Matthews's husband is killed in a fall at an archaeological dig, her daughter Sally handles her father's death in a very odd manner. As Sally's condition worsens, Ruth takes her to see Jake, an expert in childhood autism. ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: autism, single parent, disability, child's point of view, girl, self discovery, isolation, dealing with death, introspection, doctors and patients, parents and children, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.4
 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: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: small town, friendship, stripper, young lovers, romance, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, coming of age, opposites attract, human nature, introspection, parents and children ...
Place: nebraska, england, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: talky, realistic, touching, captivating, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, drifter, single mother, suicide attempt, workplace, single parent, introspection, sibling relationship, parents and children, workplace romance, siblings relations, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: serious, touching, realistic, emotional
Plot: mentally challenged, bus, social misfits, siblings relations, misfit, family relations, couple relations, dysfunctional family, society, family problems, lifestyle, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 6.6
 398
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
Plot: jazz, disability, music, family life, musician's life, prodigy, single parent, friendship, parents and children, artists and showbiz, youth, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, serious, captivating ...
Plot: bus, small town, redemption, self discovery, escape, homecoming, americana, human nature, senior citizen, memory, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: realistic, touching, serious, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: best friends, friendship, single parent, couple relations, working class, looking for love, parents and children, singleness, love and romance, couples, family relations, friends ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.0
 10K
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, serious, clever, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, cancer, terminal illness, small town, parents and children, death of parent, homecoming, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family problems, family relations, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Down in the Delta (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: farm, drugs/alcohol, single parent, dysfunctional family, starting over, parents and children, family in crisis, family life, family relations, rehabilitation, human nature, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, atlanta georgia, alabama, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 7.5
 111K
Still Alice (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
Style: touching, heartbreaking, emotional, psychological, sad ...
Plot: memory loss, alzheimer's disease, columbia university, supportive spouse, mother daughter relationship, life turned upside down, unfulfillment, relationships, family drama, family bonds, terminal illness, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, playwright, secret society, mental illness, kidnapping, estrangement, americana, human nature, marriage, family feud, parent child relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.7
 11K
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, realistic, touching, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, bullying, friendship, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, family life, child, self discovery, parents and children, haunted by the past, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, mississippi, asia, usa, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Dominick and Eugene (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Dominick and Eugene are twins, but Dominick is a little bit slow due do an accident in his youth. They live together, with Dominick working as garbage man to put Eugene through medical school. Their relationship becomes strained when Eugene must ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: mentally challenged, siblings relations, brother, family life, hopes, misfit, family problems, family relations, twins, society, life is a bitch, intern ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, medical school
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Amidst her own personality crisis, southern housewife Evelyn Couch meets Ninny, an outgoing old woman who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, two young women who experienced hardships and love in Whistle Stop, Alabama in the ...
Style: emotional, captivating, feel good, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, friendship, small town, couple relations, small town life, lesbian, friends, feminism, introspection, bee, midlife crisis, domestic violence ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: alabama, louisiana, southern usa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
August: Osage County (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
Style: emotional, dark humor, talky, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, funeral, drug addiction, death in the family, family secret, poet, humiliation, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, siblings relations, mental disorders ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.8
 238
Blue River (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Edward's father walked out on his family years ago. In the years since, his mother has become a fundamentalist Christian and fallen for the school's self-righteous principal, Henry Howland. When Howland begins to mistreat Edward's ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: dysfunctional family, arson, family life, youth, sibling relationship, religious fundamentalist, school, family relations, single parent, small town, betrayal, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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