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What Maisie Knew (2012)
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What Maisie Knew (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the Henry James novella, the story frames on 7-year-old Maisie, caught in a custody battle between her mother – a rock and roll icon – and her father. What Maisie Knew is an evocative portrayal of the chaos of adult life seen entirely from a child’s point of view.
Style: touching, emotional, sad, atmospheric, talky, sincere, captivating, serious, realistic, intense ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: divorce, childhood, dysfunctional family, unsupportive parent, step parent, husband wife relationship, marriage, nanny, family problems, starting over, family in crisis, crumbling marriage, lawyer, family relations, parents and children, crumbling relationship, negligence, irresponsible, self involved, father daughter relationship, custody, coming of age, youth, bittersweet, child ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, manhattan new york city

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family, storytelling, depression and redemption mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like What Maisie Knew: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Boyhood (2014), White Oleander (2002), For Ellen (2012), Savage Grace (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy.
Style: touching, sincere, sad, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: courtroom, divorce, lawyer, single father, custody battle, marriage, family relations, father son relationship, justice, family, court, female nudity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, california, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.9
 353K
Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
Style: depressing, emotional, realistic, thought provoking, philosophical ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, childhood, divorced parents, teenager, dysfunctional family, abusive husband, divorce, stepsister stepsister relationship, boy, parenting, youth, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, 2000s, contemporary, year 2012 ...
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, austin texas
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100%
 7.1
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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, intense, disturbing, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: mother daughter relationship, coming of age, bad mother, teenage life, women's prison, manipulation, loneliness, murder, family relations, crimes, women, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles, nova scotia, mexico
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 6.0
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For Ellen (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After an overnight long-distance drive, Joby has a special meeting—with lawyers and his ex-wife. A struggling musician with the prerequisite tattoos, slimy hair, goatee, and his head firmly floating in the clouds, Joby hasn’t been around to be a ...
Style: captivating, realistic, touching, serious
Plot: parents and children, family problems, hopes, rivalry, custody, family relations, estrangement, babies and infants, family gatherings, musician, child custody, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 5.7
 11K
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, sexy, emotional, talky, intense ...
Plot: incest, mother son incest, mother son relationship, gay, adultery, murder, older woman younger man, sexual relations, dysfunctional family, socialite, son, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 1940s, 70s, 50s, 60s, 20th century ...
Place: europe, london, new york, spain, england ...
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A Separation (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France, Australia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Style: heartbreaking, emotional, realistic, tense, talky ...
Plot: divorce, poverty, alzheimer's disease, muslim, marriage, maid, justice, parenthood, religion, family problems, marital problem, court ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, tehran
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
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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: depressing, talky, emotional, serious, intense ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teacher, drugs, teachers and students, loneliness, friendship, addiction, student, ghetto, drug addiction, drug abuse, existentialism, secret ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, california, usa, brooklyn new york city
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100%
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: melancholic, stylized, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Plot: small town, redemption, adultery, single parent, incest, isolation, survival, depression, kidnapping, reporter, father daughter relationship, starting over ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, new jersey, atlantic ocean, newfoundland
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37%
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Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film ...
Style: touching, serious, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: adoption, custody, starting over, family relations, parents and children, hopes, social worker, family life, legal, legal action, rivalry, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, ohio, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
A Map of the World (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: School nurse Alice Goodwin lives with her husband and two daughters on a dairy farm in a small Wisconsin community. After an accident on her property involving a friend's child, the town turns against her and Alice finds herself fighting ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, sincere, touching ...
Plot: school nurse, tantrum, dairy farm, accident, jail cell, farm, swing, zoo, child neglect, female protagonist, child abuse, death ...
Time: 90s
Place: wisconsin, usa, minnesota, milwaukee wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.9
 12K
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, cerebral ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, dysfunctional family, tragedy, family, relationships, life, parenthood, honest, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.6
 150K
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: inspirational, emotional, touching, sad, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, father daughter relationship, lawyer, single father, parents and children, disability, social services, custody, custody battle, child custody, against the odds, parenthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, disturbing, serious, emotional, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, coming of age, rape, dysfunctional family, family relations, child rape, parents and children, life is a bitch, child abuse, domestic violence, stepfather stepdaughter relationship ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 90s, 50s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
World Traveler (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After hitting the road a man encounters characters that make him realize the importance of family.
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, road movie, talky ...
Plot: midlife crisis, introspection, self discovery, obsessive quest, starting over, family problems, family in crisis, couple relations, parents and children, family life, human nature, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Life as a House (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.
Style: emotional, sentimental, sincere, touching, sad ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: terminal illness, father son relationship, cancer, dying, reconciliation, house, dysfunctional family, family, suburbs, redemption, illness, relationships ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
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Nobody Knows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Style: depressing, touching, gloomy, serious, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: childhood, poverty, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, young kid, child abandonment, malnutrition, tragedy, survival, children, family relations, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Safety of Objects (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In a suburban landscape, the lives of several families interlace with loss, despair and personal crisis. Esther Gold has lost focus on all but caring for her comatose son, Paul, and neglects her daughter and husband. Lawyer Jim Train is devoted to ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, confusing, compassionate, philosophical ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mother daughter relationship, guilt, loneliness, family relations, coma, family life, family problems, crumbling marriage, single parent, society, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
A Long Way Home (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, family relations, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, redemption, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, hopes, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Gun Hill Road (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three year in prison to discover his wife estranged and his teenage son exploring a sexual transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, emotional, bilingual
Plot: family relations, homecoming, going straight, starting over, gay, estrangement, family problems, crimes, dysfunctional family, redemption, hopes, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: sexy, realistic, emotional, dark, dramatic ...
Plot: divorce, marital crisis, family relations, infidelity, dysfunctional family, writers, violence, adultery, mistress, visceral, runaway, secrets ...
Time: 70s, 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, mentor, sexual tension, nervous breakdown, haunted by the past, funeral, family problems, parents and children, drinking problem, family relations, love story, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002, 2000s, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, new jersey, usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Off the Map (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An 11-year-old girl watches her father come down with a crippling depression. Over one summer, she learns answers to several mysteries and comes to terms with love and loss.
Style: intense, stylized, sincere, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: depression, youth, coming of age, childhood, transformation, family relations, eccentric family, family problems, love and romance, parents and children, family in crisis, desert ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new mexico, california, new jersey, usa, albuquerque new mexico ...
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33%
The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a New England dysfunctional family gathers for Thanksgiving, past demons reveal themselves as one son returns for the first time in three years.
Style: touching, emotional, talky, melancholic, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, thanksgiving, crumbling marriage, human nature, dealing with death, parents and children, siblings relations, eccentric family, family life, estrangement, death, depression ...
Time: 90s
Place: new england, usa, massachusetts, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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I Smile Back (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Laney is an attractive, intelligent suburban wife and devoted mother of two adorable children. She has the perfect husband who plays basketball with the kids in the driveway, a pristine house, and a shiny SUV for carting the children to their next ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, touching ...
Plot: cheating wife, horny woman, extramarital affair, slut, addiction, anorexia, female nudity, slutty attitude, slutty wife, mental illness, husband wife relationship, marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
Style: talky, sincere, depressing, absurd, thought provoking ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: divorce, dysfunctional family, coming of age, infidelity, adultery, father son relationship, teenager, writers, museum, childhood, marriage, teacher student relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Other Woman (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Emilia, a law-school graduate, falls in love with her married boss, Jack. After Emilia marries Jack, her happiness turns unexpectedly to grief following the death of her infant daughter. Devastated, Emilia nonetheless carries on, attempting to forge ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, sad ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family life, family problems, couple relations, parents and children, death in the family, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, dealing with death, unfulfillment, woman, strong female lead, stepmother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.5
 21K
The Namesake (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
Duration: 122 min.
Story: American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: culture clash, immigrants, childhood, marriage, arranged marriage, generation gap, childbirth, relationships, parenthood, life, rebel, family life ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: india, new york, usa, taj mahal, ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.3
 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: emotional, serious, touching, sentimental, sexy ...
Plot: small town, coming of age, friendship, lifestyle, womanizer, young lovers, opposites attract, introspection, youth, romance, society, couples ...
Place: nebraska, england, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Paper Covers Rock (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Samantha is recovering from a suicide attempt and ready for a fresh start in life. She has to fight for the custody of her daughter.
Style: sincere, psychological, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Plot: parents and children, custody, starting over, hopes, mental illness, family life, family relations, family problems, mother daughter relationship, depressed woman, psychologist, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 311K
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: meditative, sincere, realistic, bleak, surprise ending ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human nature, introspection, dysfunctional family, coincidence, depression, terminal illness, child prodigy, multiple storylines, social problems, redemption, infidelity, frog ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 50s, 1910s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%