Movies like The Promise 1999

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The Promise (1999)
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The Promise (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Lisa's husband, Bill, abuses her. With her sister's encouragement, she takes their three kids and leaves her husband. Bill keeps interfering with Lisa's attempts at a new life. She gets an order of protection against him, but the police can't do anything else to help her. One night Bill breaks into Lisa's apartment and shoots her. As she dies in the hospital, Lisa asks her sister to promise to take care of her three children. The sister takes the kids into her home, but Bill is still on the loose, an ever present threat.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, family relations, injustice, life is a bitch, starting over, hopes, danger, family problems, family in danger, child in peril, woman in danger, domestic disturbance, female director, death, hospital, sister sister relationship, domestic violence, abusive husband, mother daughter relationship, promise, husband murders wife, death of mother, husband wife relationship, death of sister, shot to death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films with plots about life is a bitch, family relations, family problems, parents and children, hopes, crimes and danger mostly in Drama, Action and Crime genres. Some movies like The Promise: Black and Blue (1999), Five Thirteen (2013), The World Made Straight (2015), Her Desperate Choice (1996), White Water (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Black and Blue (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After a woman's husband beats and abuses her, she and her son join the witness protection program and move away secretly.
Style: emotional, psychological, suspenseful, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: family problems, witnessing a crime, domestic disturbance, hopes, danger, life is a bitch, parents and children, woman in danger, starting over, family relations, new identity, escape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, usa
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95%
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Five Thirteen (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In this tension-packed thriller, brothers Mike and Tre set out in search of better lives, trying to leave their demons behind for good. After being released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, Mike's only care in the world is to ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: going straight, starting over, crimes, family relations, parents and children, hopes, false accusation, brother brother relationship, release from prison, father daughter relationship, life is a bitch, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The World Made Straight (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: starting over, haunted by the past, social relations, crimes, life is a bitch, civil war, friendship, family relations, danger, hopes, youth, coming of age ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, usa, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Her Desperate Choice (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Despite allegations of sexual abuse against her ex-husband, Jody (Faith Ford) has lost a custody battle for Samantha (Hanna Hall) and faces a choice of turning her daughter over to him, or taking flight and risking kidnapping charges. Pursued by ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: on the run, sexual abuse, starting over, kidnapping, parents and children, child in peril, family problems, couples, parents separation, rivalry, life is a bitch, hidden identity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 160
White Water (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: White Water is the story of a 7 year-old black kid in segregated 1963 Opelika, Alabama who becomes obsessed with the desire to taste the water from the "white's only" drinking fountain and sets out on a quest to do the unthinkable: ...
Style: touching, serious, suspenseful, sentimental, realistic
Plot: young heroes, missing child, life is a bitch, interracial relations, parents and children, society, racism, family relations, youth, discrimination, family problems, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Stolen Child (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Amanda and Jason are happy marriage now, after years of frustration have finally managed to take a beautiful girl from a country in Eastern Europe through an international adoption agency. But when the doctor will perform a DNA test to small, finds ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: adoption, kidnapping, investigation, uncover truth, family problems, couples, parents and children, life is a bitch, crimes, dishonesty, danger, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Deep in My Heart (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In this made-for-tv movie, an adopted woman decides to find her birth mother. Her search leads her to a shocking discovery that she has to face and why her upbringing was not an easy one.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: adoption, interracial relations, strong female presence, family problems, family relations, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, society, female director, interracial rape, mixed race ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Dancing in the Dark (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Anna Forbes suffers an attack and sexual abuse by her father-in-law. But when she overcomes her fear and tells her husband Mark what happened he does not believe her, choosing instead to believe his father who denies everything. As Anna becomes ...
Style: gloomy, clever, suspenseful, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: false accusation, mental institution, legal action, injustice, sexual content, family in danger, hospital, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, woman in danger, mental illness, family problems ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Sous X (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Jean-Jacques spent 9 years in prison for robbery. When he comes out, he finds the neighborhood where he grew up but things have changed ... The country is in crisis, the young people are holding the business and his old friends are urging him to ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: starting over, going straight, hopes, gang, life is a bitch, crimes, urban ghetto, father son relationship, danger, crime, graphic violence, gangsters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, lifestyle, teenage life, family in crisis, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 240 min.
Story: About the 1989 murders of Carolco Entertainment chairman, Jose Menendez, and his wife, Kitty, who were killed by their sons, Lyle and Erik, in Beverly Hills, allegedly for a multimillion-dollar inheritance.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious
Plot: murder, courtroom, dysfunctional family, parents and children, siblings relations, courtroom drama, legal, life is a bitch, crimes, deadly, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, beverly hills, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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90 Minutes (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Director Eva Sørhaug (Cold Lunch) reveals the rage and violence lurking beneath seemingly tranquil domesticity in her bold and uncompromising sophomore feature.
Style: bleak, disturbing, tense, contemplative, rough ...
Plot: violence spree, family relations, family problems, danger, domestic disturbance, crimes, marital rape, deadly, graphic violence, breaking point, under the surface, domestic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 633
Unwed Father (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: 9 months after a drunken sexual encounter, a young man winds up raising a baby on his own.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking
Plot: babies and infants, single parent, adoption, custody, environmentalism, music band, hopes, love and romance, youth, couples, family problems, college ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.5
 799
The Substitute (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A high school substitute English teacher resorts to murder to protect her murderous dark past while seducing a student whom begins to suspect her true identity.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, high school, dishonesty, deadly, high school hunk, power relations, disorder, workplace situations, teachers and students, haunted by the past, youth, hidden identity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Getting Out (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Breaking out of prison with a child in her womb and a dream of a normal existence, Arlene Holsclaw (Rebecca De Mornay) resolves to get a job and lead a good, Christian life. But the ghosts from her past -- including an ex-boyfriend (Rob Knepper) who ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, gloomy, tense, serious ...
Plot: society, going straight, hopes, crimes, life is a bitch, crime, custody, prison, parents and children, family life, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring ...
Style: sincere, emotional, sentimental, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, crimes, family problems, siblings relations, family life, parents and children, working class, hopes, domestic disturbance, crime, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Ticket Out (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: About a mother who takes her children and flees an abusive ex-husband with the help of Ray Liotta's character.
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic, emotional
Plot: on the run, starting over, danger, hopes, woman in danger, family problems, fugitives, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship, father daughter relationship, incompetent court, chases and races ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, iowa, south dakota
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
When Andrew Came Home (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mother searches for five years to find her kidnapped son in this fact-based drama. Unexpectedly the boy is found, but the reunion is not as she hoped. She now has to deal with five years of abuse that the boy suffered at the hands of his ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: kidnapping, kids in trouble, reunion, life is a bitch, single parent, confined, danger, hopes, family problems, estrangement, dysfunctional family, captivity ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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The Bed You Sleep In (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Times are hard for Northwestern lumber-mill operators like Ray and his wife Jean. Ray and Jean's lives are thrown into chaos when their daughter writes home from college
Style: disturbing, gloomy, atmospheric, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: small town, family relations, working class, small town life, parents and children, wilderness, human nature, sexual abuse, introspection, domestic disturbance, family problems, life turned upside down ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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The Bench (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Kaj is a stubborn man with a great deal of pride. The former chef lives in a council flat. He has wasted his life and is now on a council job training scheme for the long-term unemployed, where he refuses to let the foreman of the activation project ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, starting over, parents and children, alienation, family reunited, family problems, life is a bitch, elderly, working class, class differences, father daughter relationship, hospital ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.9
 6K
Testament (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, bleak, emotional, serious ...
Plot: small town, survival, nuclear holocaust, catastrophe, radiation, danger, life is a bitch, future dystopia, parents and children, chaos, demolished city, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, realistic, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: family relations, psychiatrist, teenager, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, parents and children, redemption, hopes, life is a bitch, family in crisis, family problems, domestic disturbance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Between Us (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Abruptly abandoned by her husband in a country completely foreign to her, Colombian native Mariana (Paola Mendoza) struggles to take care of herself and her two young children on the unforgiving streets of New York City. Sebastian Villada, Laura ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious
Plot: starting over, human spirit, single parent, hopes, american dream, family problems, immigrants, family relations, working class, society, life is a bitch, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, colombia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Ames' seem to have built the perfect life until their six year old daughter is kidnapped; over the course of seven days they begin to uncover secrets about their past that could rip their marriage and lives apart.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: kidnapping, under the surface, parents and children, danger, family relations, uncover truth, life turned upside down, crimes, disorder, secret, life is a bitch, missing person ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.4
 1K
Southie (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: South Boston Irish bad boy Danny Quinn returns back home from New York and gets stuck between his pals, who are supported by one Irish mafia clan, and his family, which are members of another.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: gangsters, uninhibited rivalry, family life, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, buddies, best friends, crime, criminal heroes, rivalry, crimes, friendship ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Through the Valley (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An innocent man framed for murder, and the system that just wants another minority conviction.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Plot: murder, racism, protagonist as suspect, going straight, fighting the system, injustice, frame up, redemption, crimes, society, deadly, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Blood Done Sign My Name (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story in which a black Vietnam-era veteran is allegedly murdered by a local white businessman who is later exonerated. The plot focuses on the role of a local high school teacher and the civil unrest that followed the ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: murder, racism, social differences, introspection, discrimination, social decay, crimes, life is a bitch, society, injustice, small town, arson ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Color of Justice (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Four young black men kill a white woman, the D.A. is very cautious in how to proceed...
Style: psychological, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, interracial relations, racism, law enforcement, crime, hotshot lawyer, dishonesty, dedicated lawyer, courtroom drama, legal, deadly, politics ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Drew Peterson: Untouchable (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The story of Drew Peterson, who is charged with the death of his third wife after the mysterious disappearance of his fourth wife.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, rough
Plot: murder, missing person, police officer, crimes, couple relations, murder suspect, deadly, disappearance, husband wife relationship, funeral, couples, unfaithful husband ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.9
 2K
Ballast (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A single mother and her embattled son struggle to subsist in a small Mississippi Delta township. An act of violence thrusts them into the world of an emotionally devastated highway store owner, awakening the fury of a bitter and longstanding ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: single parent, small town, life is a bitch, family relations, parents and children, danger, juvenile delinquent, robbery, suicide, gun, lawyer, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, mississippi, mississippi river
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%