Movies like My Only Sunshine

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My Only Sunshine (2008)
 7.5
 3K
My Only Sunshine (2008)
Original name: Hayat Var
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Hayat, her father and bedridden grandfather live in a riverside shack near the dangerously dark but breathtakingly beautiful waters of the Bosphorus. Hayat's father owns a small boat that secures the family's survival through a miscellany of not always lawful ventures. Beyond the motion and romance of the water, Hayat's life is harsh and unrelenting. But Hayat has an instinct for survival. Her capacity for courage, endurance and hope in the face of these trials suggest that there is Life despite the manifold injustices of an unjust world.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, atmospheric, gloomy, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, youth, family relations, misfit, parents and children, elderly, smuggling, society, lake or river, social misfits, single parent, innocence lost, golden years, parent child relationship, school, cat, illness, child abuse, boat, poverty, river, turk, asthma, grandfather granddaughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey

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Most similar movies to My Only Sunshine

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and sincere films with plots about youth, family relations, coming of age, parents and children, society, teenage life and misfit mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like My Only Sunshine: Times and Winds (2006), Pandora's Box (2008), Fly Away (2011), As God Commands (2008), Curling (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Times and Winds (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In a small, poor village leaning over high rocky mountains, the villagers are simple and diligent people who struggle to cope with a harsh nature. They earn their living off the earth and a few animals they feed. Fathers always prefer one of their ...
Style: realistic, touching, psychological, rough, serious ...
Plot: village, solar eclipse, coming of age, dream, mountain, islam, friendship, family life, generation gap, teenage life, youth, village life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Pandora's Box (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When an aging matriarch starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her.
Style: captivating, emotional, serious, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: elderly, family problems, family relations, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, golden years, hopes, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, small town, coming of age, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.3
 324
Fly Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The poignant yet humor filled story about a single mother of a teenager severely impacted by autism, forced to reckon with her daughter's future. As her child becomes an adult, what used to work, no longer does. What will sustain her daughter, ...
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: autism, nursing, mentally challenged, coming of age, youth, single parent, society, misfit, moral dilemma, family problems, social misfits, communication problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
As God Commands (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A 14-year-old boy and his neo-Nazi dad are both outcasts in their suburban town.
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, touching, disturbing ...
Plot: unemployment, parents and children, social misfits, racism, life is a bitch, family relations, misfit, society, innocence lost, alcohol abuse, youth, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 6.4
 723
Curling (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Set in a rural Quebec village in the dead of winter, Jean-François, a single father works at a deserted bowling alley at night and in a rundown motel during the day. His daughter, Julyvonne never leaves their home. Jean-François isolates her in ...
Style: gloomy, realistic, serious, sincere, atmospheric
Plot: isolation, parents and children, family relations, misfit, youth, single parent, coming of age, social misfits, bowling alley, absent mother, overprotective father, single father ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.8
 644
Blessed (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Seven lost children wander the night streets while their mothers await their return home.
Style: captivating, touching, realistic, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: rebelliousness, urban, suburbs, teenage life, family problems, coming of age, missing child, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, society, rebellion, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Darker Than Midnight (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Davide is different from the other teenagers. Something makes him look like a girl. Davide is fourteen when he runs away from home. His intuition leads him to choose Villa Bellini, a park in Catania, as a refuge. The park is a world in itself, a ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: friendship, parents and children, social misfits, family relations, youth, coming of age, friends, gender, misfit, society
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, sicily
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.6
 251
Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, family relations, immigrants, friends, opposites attract, culture clash, single parent, youth, family life, love and romance, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 2K
Go (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Isao Yukisada spins this gritty coming-of-age tale about Sugihara, a Japanese-born, third-generation Korean who struggles to find a place in a society that will not accept him. The film begins with Sugihara studying at a Korean junior high school ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: coming of age, racism, teenage love, society, high school life, basketball, fish out of water, family relations, love and romance, parents and children, boxing, sport team ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A troubled teen is given the chance to redeem his criminal debt to society
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, serious
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, society, human nature, misfit, coming of age, school, friendship, juvenile delinquency, self discovery, youth, homecoming ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.5
 1K
Sebbe (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Duct tape, electrical cables, trigger, explosives. Sebbe never planned to build a bomb. It just happened. Sebbe is 15 years old and lives with his mother in an apartment that is too narrow. He does his best. He never strikes back. Sebbe loves his ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, captivating, mind bending ...
Plot: coming of age, teenage boy, misfit, society, introspection, high school life, suburbs, teenage life, social relations, juvenile delinquency, parents and children, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
In Between Days (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, South Korea, USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A Korean immigrant falls in love with her best friend while navigating her way through the challenges of living in a new country.
Style: sentimental, gloomy, touching, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: teenage life, youth, love and romance, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, immigrants, friends, coming of age, friendship, misfit, society
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Life, Above All (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A touching mother-daughter relationship that reflects the modern South Africa.
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, realistic, touching
Plot: prostitution, poverty, coffin, school, human spirit, misfit, society, hopes, village life, social misfits, death in the family, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.3
 338
Faith (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The fates of three German-born Muslims in Berlin collide as they struggle to find their place between faith and modern life in contemporary western society, caught at a crossroads where alluring liberated lifestyles conflict with deeply-rooted ...
Style: touching, realistic, atmospheric, sincere, serious
Plot: hopes, teenage life, self discovery, youth, gender, urban, adolescence vs adulthood, gays and lesbians, social misfits, against the rules, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Last Hammer Blow (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: When he first enters the Montpellier Opera House, Victor knows nothing about music. Nor does he know his father, Samuel Rovinski, who is there to conduct Mahler’s 6th symphony. To change the course of his suddenly uncertain future, for Nadia his ...
Style: serious, sincere, sentimental, touching, realistic
Plot: parents and children, family relations, coming of age, youth, single parent, orchestra conductor, orchestra, jumping into water, cancer, playing piano, child protagonist, wig ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Bilal's Stand (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like Bílal is about to ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, captivating, serious, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, parents and children, follow your dream, family in crisis, hopes, high school life, urban, society, religions or cults, family business, family relations, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Son of Babylon (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iraq, UK, France, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Palestine
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A willful young boy follows his just as obstinate grandmother in a journey across Iraq, determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed's father, who never returned from war.
Style: tense, captivating, gloomy, touching, serious ...
Plot: family problems, human spirit, obsessive quest, political unrest, innocence lost, pow, elderly, desert, coming of age, youth, family relations, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 21st century
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
All the Wilderness (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Keeping to himself in the wake his father's death, James Charm finds refuge in solitary walks and creating morbid sketches — until a charismatic new friend and a quirky young woman begin to draw him out of his shell.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, serious, stylized
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, self discovery, family relations, youth, single parent, teenage boy, therapist, boy, mother son relationship, coming of age, undressing, swimming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Movie in collections
 5.4
 503
Virgin (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When a teenager finds herself pregnant, with no memory of having had sex, she determines that she is carrying the child of God.
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, serious
Plot: pregnancy, sexual abuse, clergy, coming of age, parents and children, love and romance, family relations, life is a bitch, social misfits, couples, small town life, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.9
 555
Drunkboat (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After twenty years of broken bottles and empty hallways, Mort Gleason witnesses his nephew Moo being beaten while in a drunken stupor. The short contact with family brings Mort back to what are left of his senses and he returns to the last home he ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, serious
Plot: social relations, haunted by the past, suburban life, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations, teenage life, coming of age, self discovery, single parent, youth, suburbs
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.2
 442
Toe to Toe (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Out on the lacrosse pitch, wealthy but troubled Jesse and poor but driven Tosha form an easy and deep bond, but their relationship is threatened once they enter the hallways of an elite prep school they attend in Washington, D.C. There, they must ...
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, thought provoking, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friends, power relations, social relations, youth, self discovery, teenage life, rich and poor, parents and children, interracial relations, family relations, friendship, racism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.3
 255
Due East (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The movie spotlights an intelligent high school senior and National Merit Scholar (Bryant) who has never been part of the "in crowd." She teaches a high school equivalency night class, tends to the needs of her widower father, Jesse ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, touching
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: small town, single parent, coming of age, social relations, power relations, small town life, teenage life, couples, lifestyle, society, pregnancy, high school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.6
 127
Empire of Dirt (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Like many Native families, Lena Mahikan grew up in the cycle of abuse. Her father, a residential school survivor, was an alcoholic until he killed himself when Lena was 10. Her mother, only 14 years her senior, turned to the slots. By the time Lena ...
Style: serious, emotional, bleak, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: small town, misfit, family life, family problems, social misfits, kids in trouble, society, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, danger, single parent, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.1
 602
Singing Women (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Germany, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An island off the coast of Turkey is about to be evacuated due to a possible earthquake but its inhabitants have been stricken with a mysterious illness, consigning them to an uncertain fate.
Style: offbeat, biting, realistic, surreal, atmospheric ...
Plot: island, stewardess, dysfunctional family, plague, isolation, best friends, family problems, power relations, friends, elderly, aging, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.2
 449
Future Weather (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Abandoned by her dreamer single mom, a teenage loner becomes obsessed with ecological disaster, forcing her and her grandmother, a functioning alcoholic, to rethink their futures.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: coming of age, society, alcohol abuse, environmental health, gain trust, life is a bitch, teachers and students, when the parents are away, family relations, power relations, environmentalism, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Natural Sciences (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, France
Duration: 70 min.
Story: In a rural school in the middle of the mountains, a girl who is starting to become a woman feels the profound need to discover her true identity. She does not know who her father is and she is determined to find him, but her mother does not approve ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: obsessive quest, family problems, family relations, teachers and students, parents and children, hopes, boarding school life, coming of age, youth, self discovery, power relations, on the road ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 221
Macondo (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drama centered on an 11-year-old Chechnyan refugee living in Vienna whose life is thrown into disarray when a friend of his deceased father materializes.
Style: gloomy, touching, realistic, sincere, serious
Plot: immigrants, interracial relations, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, society, misfit, coming of age, youth, urban ghetto
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
To Save a Life (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jake Taylor has everything. He has a beautiful girl, he's the champion in basketball and beer pong, and everyone loves him. Then, an old childhood friend, whom Jake used to be friends with, commits suicide. Jake begins to think. He wonders what ...
Style: serious, sincere, gloomy, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, friendship, coming of age, christian, social misfits, dealing with death, teenage life, self discovery, youth, social relations, friends, religious ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.8
 72
Dad (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Slovenia
Duration: 71 min.
Story: After a long separation, a father and his son spend the day fishing on the river bank. On a beautiful autumn Sunday, surrounded by the majestic countryside, they seem to be alone in the world. They must start all over again.
Style: sincere, serious, stylized, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: family relations, family, parents separation, lake or river, youth, countryside, parents and children, parent child relationship, sunday, playing piano, father son relationship, crying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.0
 854
Angel's Fall (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, Turkey
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Zeynep, Tülin Özen works in a hotel as a housekeeper. But she suffers hell on earth because of her father's behavior. She only talks to Mustafa, 'Engin Dogan' who works in the same hotel and he is interested in Zeynep. She is not ...
Style: sincere, atmospheric, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: destiny, unfulfillment, dull life, parents and children, family relations, love and romance, dealing with death, life is a bitch, starting over, society, sexual abuse, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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