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, life is a bitch, injustice, family problems, starting over, child in peril, family in danger, woman in danger, hopes, domestic disturbance, death, hospital, domestic violence, mother daughter relationship, abusive husband, husband murders wife, husband wife relationship, death of mother, promise, death of sister, sister sister relationship, loss of mother, loss of sister, mother son relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa

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Most similar movies to The Promise

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, danger, crimes and hopes mostly in Drama, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Promise: Black and Blue (1999), The World Made Straight (2015), Her Desperate Choice (1996), White Water (2015), Stolen Child (2012). 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: tense, realistic, serious, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: family problems, family relations, domestic disturbance, starting over, hopes, life is a bitch, witnessing a crime, parents and children, woman in danger, battered wife, battered woman, new identity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, florida
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95%
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: serious, realistic, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: starting over, haunted by the past, social relations, crimes, life is a bitch, civil war, friendship, family relations, youth, hopes, coming of age, mountain ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, usa, appalachia
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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: serious, realistic, tense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: on the run, hidden identity, life is a bitch, rescue, rivalry, starting over, child in peril, couples, family problems, parents separation, parents and children, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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47%
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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, suspenseful, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: missing child, young heroes, obsession, racism, interracial relations, parents and children, youth, discrimination, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense
Plot: adoption, adopted daughter, kidnapping, uncover truth, investigation, parents and children, couples, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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43%
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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: suspenseful, realistic, tense, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: going straight, starting over, hopes, gang, life is a bitch, crimes, urban ghetto, father son relationship, graphic violence, gangsters, ghetto, danger
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
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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: realistic, serious, talky, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: mental institution, false accusation, legal action, hopes, dishonesty, legal, legal investigation, crimes, life is a bitch, dedicated lawyer, rivalry, rehabilitation ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, teenage life, lifestyle, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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: realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: murder, courtroom, siblings relations, courtroom drama, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family problems, family relations, crimes, legal, life is a bitch, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: beverly hills, california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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, power relations, high school hunk, disorder, dishonesty, youth, hidden identity, crimes, workplace situations, teachers and students, haunted by the past ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: interracial relations, adoption, society, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, strong female presence, dysfunctional family, parents and children, rape, mother daughter relationship, foster parent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s
Place: usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: tense, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, custody, parents and children, family life, strong female presence, family problems, family relations, crimes, life is a bitch, hopes, society, going straight ...
Time: 90s
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32%
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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 father, single parent, custody, adoption, love and romance, youth, hopes, music band, pregnancy, parents and children, college ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Five Thirteen (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: going straight, starting over, crimes, family relations, hopes, parents and children, released from prison, life is a bitch, father daughter relationship, brother brother relationship, false accusation, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ 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: emotional, sincere, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, crimes, life is a bitch, family problems, family life, siblings relations, parents and children, hopes, society, working class, domestic disturbance, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: experimental, realistic, serious, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, family relations, sexual abuse, working class, introspection, human nature, wilderness, parents and children, small town life, life turned upside down, family problems, domestic disturbance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ 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, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: kids in trouble, kidnapping, captivity, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family in crisis, hopes, confined, life is a bitch, single parent, estrangement, family problems ...
Time: 90s
⇓ 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, sincere, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, family relations, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, redemption, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, hopes, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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The Perfect Nanny (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Upon her release from a mental institution where she was recovering from a suicide attempt, Andrea McBride applies for the position of nanny for a handsome, wealthy surgeon, Dr. James Lewis, a widower with two children. Another applicant is hired, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: nanny, obsession, crimes, parents and children, under the surface, murder, family relations, femme fatale, graphic violence, matricide, doctor, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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: tense, disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: violence spree, family problems, family relations, crimes, domestic disturbance, marital rape, divorce, graphic violence, breaking point, under the surface, domestic violence, breast feeding ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway, europe
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28%
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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: realistic, serious, tense, rough, suspenseful
Plot: gangsters, uninhibited rivalry, friendship, homecoming, dysfunctional family, family life, family in crisis, buddies, best friends, crimes, rivalry, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: racism, murder, fighting the system, protagonist as suspect, going straight, frame up, redemption, injustice, hopes, legal, crimes, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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, serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak
Plot: alcohol abuse, parents and children, starting over, alienation, working class, family problems, family reunited, elderly, life is a bitch, class differences, father daughter relationship, hospital ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: denmark, europe, copenhagen
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: tense, thought provoking, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: murder, racism, interracial relations, courtroom drama, dishonesty, law enforcement, hotshot lawyer, dedicated lawyer, courtroom, injustice, vigilantism, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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, family relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, juvenile delinquent, robbery, death, lawyer, suicide, society, poverty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Tender Son: The Frankenstein Project (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, Germany, Austria
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A boy returns home from the institution where he grew up, but finds he is not welcome there. He fights to win the love of his family but ends up murdering them.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, tense, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, family in danger, family problems, crimes, homecoming, murder, love, deadly, reunion, danger
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Face on the Milk Carton (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Based on the book by Caroline B. Cooney, a girl happens to look down at a milk carton one day and she sees herself on the back! Could her parents really have kidnapped her?
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, kidnapping, prom, missing child, family problems, life turned upside down, youth, coming of age, life is a bitch, mystery, young heroes, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
For the Love of a Child (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: 1959, support from US troops based in Asia and later from the Sates enables two actresses to start a charity for mixed-race 'orphans' who are locally neglected as outcasts. Thus originates Childhelp, which later runs multi-disciplinary ...
Style: touching, disturbing, thought provoking, rough, tense ...
Plot: orphan, rescue, family relations, selflessness, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, family problems, child abuse, child in peril, world spanning, strong female presence ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Based on the true story of baby Jessica McClure who fell into a drain pipe in her back yard while playing. She was stuck in the pipe about 20 to 30 feet down and it took rescuers 58 hours to get her out. There was fear that if they shook the earth ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful
Plot: babies and infants, twins, escapades, confined, heroes, daring rescue, isolation, chief of police, tv news, baby, rescue, child in peril ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Not Today (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Caden Welles is living life as large as any 20-year-old could dream … until his eyes are opened to a world few Americans know still exists: a thriving human-trafficking trade. Spurred by a true purpose, an unlikely new friendship, and the prayers ...
Style: disturbing, uplifting, thought provoking, suspenseful, sentimental ...
Plot: hopes, human spirit, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, family problems, injustice, youth, escapades, prostitute, obsessive quest, society, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%