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, sincere, sentimental, thought provoking, offbeat ...
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, siblings relations, small town, mental illness, parents and children, self discovery, dysfunctional family, family problems, responsibility, single mother, obesity, family drama, society, human relationship, sibling relationship, compassion, family bonds, americana, understanding, eating disorder, brothers, life, life & death, character study ...
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, mentor, culture clash, storytelling and redemption mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape: Rain Man (1988), Marvin's Room (1996), My Louisiana Sky (2001), Bee Season (2005), Sling Blade (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, sincere, captivating, road movie ...
Plot: autism, mentally challenged, siblings relations, greed, redemption, road trip, on the road, yuppie, self discovery, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, frustration ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, cincinnati ohio, texas, usa, missouri ...
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100%
 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: touching, emotional, uplifting, sincere, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: transplant, reunion, terminal illness, estrangement, leukemia, siblings relations, family relations, single parent, family problems, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
My Louisiana Sky (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A girl comes to terms with her mentally challenged parents.
Style: emotional, serious, sentimental, touching, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, self discovery, coming of age, youth, disability, society, hopes, small town life, family problems, family life, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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, serious, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, judaism, redemption, coming of age, parents and children, family problems, siblings relations, human nature, society, family relations, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 8.0
 81K
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: murder, friendship, death threat, father figure, redemption, family relations, small town, haunted by the past, crimes, parents and children, human nature, mentally challenged ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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, parents and children, family relations, family problems, 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 ⇓
43%
 7.2
 2K
Housekeeping (1987)
Genre: 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, touching, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, friendship, youth, self discovery, single parent, small town life, family life, teenage life, eccentric family, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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, couples, infidelity, estrangement, human nature, society, introspection, misfit ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 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, thought provoking, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: small town, stripper, friendship, coming of age, dysfunctional family, youth, human nature, lifestyle, society, introspection, young lovers, small town life ...
Place: nebraska, europe, england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, sentimental, emotional, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, romance, fall in love, family relations, parents and children, love and romance, society, looking for love, husband wife relationship, sister sister relationship, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.7
 399
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, friendship, single parent, youth, coming of age, family relations, teachers and students, love and romance, hopes, power relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, sentimental, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: coming of age, wilderness, childhood, fishing, americana, self discovery, generation gap, boat, fish, gambling, bishop, small town ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 30s ...
Place: usa, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, serious ...
Plot: bus, redemption, small town, americana, self discovery, homecoming, escape, golden years, small town life, obsessive quest, family relations, social relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 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: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, sad ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, pregnancy, self discovery, family life, couple relations, unfulfillment, child birth, parents and children, life is a bitch, cancer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.5
 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: emotional, serious, sentimental, touching, realistic
Plot: dealing with death, couple relations, love and romance, hopes, family relations, destiny, environmentalism, coming of age, parents and children, dysfunctional family, youth, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, realistic, touching, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, working class, singleness, getting home, friends, hopes, love and romance, family relations, couple relations, unfulfillment, single parent, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: realistic, touching, talky, sincere, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: drifter, small town, suicide attempt, single mother, workplace, childhood, family relations, hopes, single parent, introspection, free spirited, overbearing parent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: psychological, touching, emotional, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: autism, disability, isolation, self discovery, single parent, child's point of view, girl, family problems, introspection, misfit, dysfunctional family, real world ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: redemption, small town, single parent, starting over, haunted by the past, adultery, love and romance, parents and children, love affair, self discovery, family relations, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: farm, dysfunctional family, social worker, society, alcohol abuse, human nature, family relations, family in crisis, love and romance, life is a bitch, hopes, starting over ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, chicago illinois, atlanta georgia, alabama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Men Don't Leave (1990)
Genre: 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: touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: lottery, starting over, widow, depression, family problems, couples, family life, death in the family, urban, skyscraper, self discovery, single parent ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 736
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, gloomy, offbeat, touching, sincere ...
Plot: mental illness, pregnancy, dysfunctional family, human nature, misfit, family problems, family life, small town life, coming of age, small town, single parent, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.4
 364
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, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: society, store, aging, immigrants, siblings relations, crimes, hopes, family relations, parents and children, family problems, family life, going straight ...
Time: 90s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 7.6
 135K
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, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, single parent, lawyer, parenthood, social worker, custody, arrest, neighbor, judge, birthday ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.5
 25K
Nell (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In a remote woodland cabin, a small town doctor discovers Nell - a beautiful young hermit woman with many secrets.
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: isolation, feral child, self discovery, power relations, doctors and patients, wilderness, family, psychologist, innocence lost, mother daughter relationship, forest, autism ...
Time: 90s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ 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, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, bullying, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, parents and children, society, understanding, alcohol abuse, haunted by the past, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, mississippi, asia, usa, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.8
 738
Bloodbrothers (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young man is torn between following in his brothers' footsteps or striking out on his own.
Style: talky, sincere, serious, emotional, touching ...
Plot: moral dilemma, parents and children, family life, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, working class, self discovery, youth, teenage life, family problems, friendship, family in crisis ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.5
 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, talky, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coma, life is a bitch, family relations, couple relations, unfulfillment, fall in love, mouse, estrangement, haunted by the past, human nature, innocence lost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, serious, clever, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, terminal illness, cancer, small town, parents and children, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, family relations, family problems, homecoming, journal, death of parent ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, mental illness, kidnapping, estrangement, americana, playwright, secret society, family problems, small town life, alcohol abuse, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%