Movies like The Normal Heart

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The Normal Heart (2014)
 7.9
 31K
The Normal Heart (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.
Style: emotional, serious, touching, thought provoking, sincere, compassionate, sad, depressing, realistic, talky ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, terminal illness, gay, homosexual, aids, life is a bitch, friendship, epidemic, protest, fear, prejudice, uncover truth, fighting the system, dealing with death, sexuality, couple relations, depression, destiny, homosexuality, gay slur, loss of friend, dying, anger, urban, plague ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1983, year 1982, year 1981
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, washington d.c., yale university

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, emotional and serious films with plots about gay, gender, homosexual, gays and lesbians, death, friendship and homosexuality mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Normal Heart: Brokeback Mountain (2005), Queer as Folk (2000), Longtime Companion (1989), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), And the Band Played On (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Two modern-day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of '63, the two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.
Style: melancholic, emotional, sexy, touching, captivating ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, homosexuality, forbidden love, tragic love, gay relationship, homosexual, cowboy, love and romance, male nudity, introspection, unlikely couple, love affair ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 80s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: usa, wyoming, texas, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
 17K
Queer as Folk (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 47 min.
Story: Brash humor and genuine emotion make up this original series revolving around the lives, loves, ambitions, careers and friendships of a group of gay men and women living on Liberty Avenue in contemporary Pittsburgh, PA. The show offers an ...
Style: sexual, serious, thought provoking, emotional, touching ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, coming out, discrimination, lesbian, homosexual, age difference, thirtysomething life, gender, friendship, nightclub, aids, accountant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pittsburgh, pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Longtime Companion (1989)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Longtime Companion follows the lives of a small circle of friends from the first mention of the disease in the New York Times in 1981. First referred to as "Gay-Related-Immune-Disorder," we watch the effect of the disease as it devastates ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: aids, gay, friendship, gays and lesbians, lgbt, hiv, terminal illness, artists and showbiz, gender, life is a bitch, friends, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Plot: fighting the system, aids, life is a bitch, human spirit, terminal illness, gays and lesbians, treatment, transsexual, strong sexual content, society, gay slur, casual sex ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, usa, mexico, japan, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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And the Band Played On (1993)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The story of the discovery of the AIDS epidemic and the political infighting of the scientific community hampering the early fight with it.
Style: touching, talky, serious, emotional, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: aids, gay, virus, doctor, hiv, epidemic, terminal illness, deadly virus, lgbt, gender, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, africa, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
It's My Party (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A gathering of friends. A gift of love. A celebration of life.
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: aids, terminal illness, gay, friendship, death, gays and lesbians, hiv, lgbt, parents and children, friends, gender, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.7
 204K
Philadelphia (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: No one would take his case until one man was willing to take on the system. Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, courtroom drama, gay, lawyer, lawsuit, judiciary, prejudice, terminal illness, court, discrimination, human spirit, trial ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
My Life Without Me (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Pedro Almodovar production in which a fatally ill mother with only two months to live creates a list of things she wants to do before she dies with out telling her family of her illness.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, sad, philosophical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, dealing with death, couple relations, parents and children, introspection, farewell, responsibility, secret love, parent child relationship, daughter, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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A Home at the End of the World (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three friends form a bond over the year, Johnathan is gay, Clare is straight and Bobby is neither, instead he loves the people he loves. As their lives go on there is tension and tears which culminate in a strong yet fragile friendship between the ...
Style: touching, serious, sexual, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: aids, gay, bisexual, tantrum, friendship, gays and lesbians, self discovery, love triangle, pregnancy, rock, fall in love, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s, year 1967, 1960s
Place: ohio, new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Angels in America (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 352 min.
Story: Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, clever, captivating ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, terminal illness, aids, breakup, gender, gay, life is a bitch, americana, imaginary, hiv, hospital, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s, year 1985
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
 46K
Rent (2005)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village, New York, USA. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark ...
Style: emotional, semi serious, sentimental, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: aids, lesbian, gay, drug abuse, missing person, african american, hiv positive, telephone call, friendship, transvestism, heroin, eviction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1989, 1990s ...
Place: new york, usa, new mexico, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a patient named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, clever ...
Audience: teens, teen drama, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, teenage love, love and romance, first love, dealing with death, fall in love, coping, youth, fighting illness, teenage life, human relationship, dying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, indiana, amsterdam
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.6
 1K
Stonewall (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A group of homosexual people try to live with dignity and self-respect while events build to the opening battle in the major gay rights movement.
Style: serious, tense, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: gay, homosexuality, transvestism, police raid, gay pride, drag, raid, friendship, gays and lesbians, gender, politics, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.6
 155K
Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, politics, discrimination, gay, election, mayor, politician, homosexuality, murder, protest, homosexual, morality ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, year 1973, year 1972 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oklahoma, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Gregory invites seven friends to spend the summer at his large, secluded 19th-century home in upstate New York. The seven are: Bobby, Gregory's "significant other," who is blind but who loves to explore the home's garden using ...
Style: touching, realistic, witty, semi serious, clever ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: aids, gay, friendship, countryside, ballet, rehearsal, gays and lesbians, lgbt, hiv, gay relationship, romance, gender ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Parting Glances (1986)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Michael and Robert, two gay men living in Brooklyn, spend their last day together before Robert leaves for Africa on work assignment. Michael still has feelings for his friend Nick, who has AIDS.
Style: gloomy, semi serious, realistic, touching, clever ...
Plot: aids, gays and lesbians, gay relationship, gay, friendship, couple relations, urban, lgbt, hiv, gender, friends, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, africa, manhattan new york city, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.2
 83K
Beginners (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, emotional, sad ...
Plot: coming out, gay, cancer, father son relationship, secret, gay father, terminal illness, dying, lgbt, self discovery, grief, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1955, year 1971, 1950s ...
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
His Secret Life (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When Antonia's husband Massimo is killed in a car accident, she accidentally discovers that he has been having a same-sex affair with a produce wholesaler named Michele.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: aids, friendship, transsexual, infidelity, gays and lesbians, family, gay relationship, love and romance, couples, friends, dealing with death, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: milan italy, istanbul turkey, rome italy, spain, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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The Man I Love (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: This is a combination coming out and first love story. The swimmer and diver Lucard is interested in attractive Martin. The film follows the characters' coming out with all its difficulties, the bitter-sweet pleasures of first love and the ...
Style: serious, captivating, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: coming out, gays and lesbians, gay, true love, love triangle, lifeguard, swimming pool, hiv positive, aids, romance, love affair, gender ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, spain, marseille
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
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The Danish Girl (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When Gerda Wegener asks her husband Einar to fill in as a portrait model, Einar discovers the person she's meant to be and begins living her life as Lili Elbe. Having realized her true self and with Gerda's love and support, Lili embarks ...
Style: captivating, serious, emotional, touching, heartbreaking ...
Plot: transsexual, lgbt, art, couple relations, painter, artist, gays and lesbians, painting, gender, society, love and romance, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.7
 5K
Come Undone (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Story of two gorgeous, young French boys who begin a passionate relationship that boils over and threatens to destroy both their lives. Shy Mathieu is 18-years-old and on summer vacation in the south of France. He spends his days lazily sunning ...
Style: sexual, serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: coming out, gay, depression, beach, gays and lesbians, coming of age, romance, fall in love, male friendship, relationship problems, summer vacation, gay relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, frankfurt germany, france, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Before Night Falls (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Spanning several decades, this powerful biopic offers a glimpse into the life of famed Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, an artist who was vilified for his homosexuality in Fidel Castro's Cuba.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, artist, aids, gay, exile, oppression, revolution, fidel castro, cuban revolution, writer's life, homosexuality, poet ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, year 1958 ...
Place: cuba, new york, latin america, havana cuba, caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 8.1
 92
Buddies (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Buddies is a 1985 American drama film. It is the first film to deal with the AIDS pandemic, preceding the television movie An Early Frost (also released in 1985). Directed by Arthur J. Bressan Jr., who would die of complications from AIDS two years ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: friendship, gays and lesbians, terminal illness, hiv, lgbt, aids, gender, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, buddies, politics, society ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 7.6
 25K
Weekend (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, serious, talky ...
Plot: gay relationship, gays and lesbians, gay, gay love, homosexuality, weekend, homosexual, realism, drugs/alcohol, gender, one-night stand, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Laramie Project (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: "The Laramie Project" is set in and around Laramie, Wyoming, in the aftermath of the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard. To create the stage version of "The Laramie Project," the eight-member New York-based Tectonic Theatre ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, disturbing, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: murder, small town, violence, interview, politics, hypocrisy, sin, life is a bitch, injustice, human nature, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1998
Place: usa, wyoming, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.7
 298K
50/50 (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, humorous, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, terminal illness, patient, cancer, doctor, therapist, hospital, buddies, best friend, chemotherapy, vomiting, marijuana ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington, hawaii, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Twilight of the Golds (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When Suzanne Stein has a genetic analysis done on her unborn child, she discovers that although she has a healthy baby, the child will most likely be born gay, like her brother, David. She must decide whether to keep the child, or to have an ...
Style: serious, talky, thought provoking, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: abortion, genetics, gay, baby, acceptance, pregnancy, coming out, family life, babies and infants, gays and lesbians, single parent, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 90s
Place: medical school
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.0
 455
Pedro (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An intimate biopic of Pedro Zamora, an HIV-positive Cuban-American, who was cast for the MTV reality show, The Real World: San Francisco, in 1994. Due to his experience on the Real World, Pedro became a celebrity and a sympathetic face of the AIDS ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, thought provoking
Plot: aids, hiv, gay, gays and lesbians, fighting the system, lgbt, human spirit, idealism, terminal illness, gender, hospital, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: cuba, miami, san francisco, latin america, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.7
 2K
His Brother (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Thomas has been estranged from his brother Luc for several years, due in part to his difficulties in dealing with Luc's homosexuality. But when Thomas is diagnosed with a rare blood disease, which is difficult to treat and impossible to cure, ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy, emotional
Plot: terminal illness, human nature, parents and children, sibling relationship, estranged family member, homosexuality, disease, reconciliation, estranged father, siblings relations, family in crisis, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.3
 7K
Bent (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Max is a handsome young man who, after a fateful tryst with a German soldier, is forced to run for his life. Eventually Max is placed in a concentration camp where he pretends to be Jewish because in the eyes of the Nazis, gays are the lowest form ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, survival, war, friendship, gay, homosexuality, nazi, dehumanization, gays and lesbians, jewish, male nudity ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, year 1944
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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