Movies like Desperate Characters

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Desperate Characters (1971)
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Desperate Characters (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: With wit and real wisdom, Desperate Characters brilliantly examines the life of two disillusioned New Yorkers as they struggle to come to grips with the "normal" life with which they can no longer cope. Featuring powerful performances by MacLaine, Kenneth Mars (The Producers) as her disenchanted husband, and a young Carol Kane (The Princess Bride).
Style: psychological, sentimental, touching, gloomy, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: translator, family relations, couple relations, life is a bitch, family problems, human nature, urban, couples, city life, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, unsupportive spouse, sex, female nudity, subway, depression, best friend, doctor, middle aged, midlife crisis, paranoia, desperation, vandalism, rough sex, forced sex ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york

Most similar movies to Desperate Characters

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, gloomy and emotional films with plots about couples, family relations, unfulfillment, family problems, couple relations, life is a bitch and crumbling marriage mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Desperate Characters: The Event (2003), Multiple Sarcasms (2010), The Pumpkin Eater (1964), The Mouth Agape (1974), Providence (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Event (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An intense relationship drama that takes the form of a mystery, The Event centers around a series of unexplained deaths that occur among the gay community in New York's fashionable Chelsea district. Nick, a district attorney investigating the ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: investigation, family relations, lgbt, gays and lesbians, family problems, couples, terminal illness, life is a bitch, human nature, gender, couple relations, bittersweet ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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95%
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 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, touching, emotional, realistic, gloomy
Plot: family life, family problems, parents and children, couple relations, death in the family, dealing with death, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, woman, couples, overcoming ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Multiple Sarcasms (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Gabriel is a man who on the surface has it all-successful professional life as an architect, a beautiful wife, Annie, and a devoted young daughter, Elizabeth. But slowly it dawns on him that he is not really happy. Gabriel decides that he wants to ...
Style: realistic, psychological, atmospheric, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: midlife crisis, family life, self discovery, family relations, writer's life, introspection, couple relations, unfulfillment, couples, artists and showbiz, playwright, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The study of a marriage. Jo has five children and husband number two when she meets writer Jake Armitage. She leaves this husband to marry Jake, and his career takes off. A few years and at least one child later, Jo is deeply depressed, breaking ...
Style: emotional, clever, psychological, touching, bleak ...
Plot: marriage, hopes, strong female presence, infidelity, midlife crisis, couple relations, self discovery, love and romance, unfulfillment, family problems, couples, breakup ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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The Mouth Agape (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: The portrait of a woman going through a terminal illness and the tumorous lives of her husband and son.
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, death in the family, human nature, couple relations, golden years, elderly, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Providence (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives. He is a bitter man and he shows, through flashbacks, how spiteful, conniving and treacherous his ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: aging, dysfunctional family, family relations, terminal illness, couple relations, parents and children, human nature, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, writer's life, extramarital affair, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Six Weeks (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A wealthy cosmetic tycoon and her 12-year-old daughter who's dying from leukemia, strike up a sentimental friendship with a California politician. Since the girl has only six weeks or less to live, the trio fly to New York City where the ...
Style: gloomy, emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: terminal illness, youth, tragic hero, bittersweet, family relations, couples, campaign, infidelity, love affair, forbidden love, romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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The Weekend (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Marian and John Kerr are expecting an old friend, Lyle for a weekend visit to their beautiful upstate New York home. Emotions run high since it is the one-year anniversary of the death of John's brother, the handsome and charismatic Tony, who ...
Style: touching, emotional, gloomy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, love affair, midlife crisis, performer's life, love and romance, dealing with death, terminal illness, pregnancy, family in crisis, haunted by the past, lovers reunited ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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We Were the Mulvaneys (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Based on the novel by the same name, We Were the Mulvaneys is a sensitive portrayal of one family's journey as they face conflict, fear, tragedy and ultimately, themselves.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, family life, family in crisis, love and romance, life is a bitch, couples, family problems, alcohol abuse, loneliness, brother brother relationship, fear, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Candles on Bay Street (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: DeeDee returns to her hometown with her 11 year old son, Trooper, 13 years after she ran off with her boyfriend. Her childhood best friend, Sam, is now married and he and his wife, Lydia, are the town's veterinarians. Lydia is a little wary ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: couples, adoption, social relations, terminal illness, life is a bitch, single parent, homecoming, couple relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, small town, veterinarian ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 ⇓
43%
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Scorn (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Scorn takes a look into the trials and tribulations of a group of people dealing with relationships, love, pain and friendship during the course of one year.
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: family problems, introspection, destructive relationship, human nature, couple relations, couples, bittersweet, unfulfillment, love, abuse, urban, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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All Around Us (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Kanao, a courtroom portrait artist, observes crimes, scandals and the decline of Japanese values without passing judgement. As he and his wife endure the tragedy of their first child’s death, hope slowly unfolds and their love story flickers to ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, psychological, serious ...
Plot: estrangement, couple relations, family problems, social decay, society, death in the family, pregnancy, dysfunctional family, love and romance, unfulfillment, sexual content, dull life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
King of the Gypsies (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Zharko, leader of the Romanis in NYC, passes his position of leadership on to his unwilling grandson, Dave, leading to infighting between Dave and his father.
Style: gloomy, emotional, psychological, realistic, serious
Plot: family relations, inheritance, gypsy, interracial relations, legends and myths, nudity (full frontal - brief), graphic violence, head of state, physical appearance, parents and children, defiant, estrangement ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Under the Volcano (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Against a background of war breaking out in Europe and the Mexican fiesta Day of Death, we are taken through one day in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a British consul living in alcoholic disrepair and obscurity in a small southern Mexican town in ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, realistic, depressing ...
Plot: drugs/alcohol, alcoholic, dysfunctional family, depression, introspection, human nature, crumbling marriage, estrangement, couples, alcohol abuse, one day, greed ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Grief of Others (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The Ryries have suffered a loss: the death of a baby just fifty-seven hours after his birth. Without words to express their grief, the parents, John and Ricky, try to return to their previous lives. The couple's children, ten-year-old Biscuit ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, death in the family, couple relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, couples, family problems, dealing with death, family crisis, dysfunctional family, stillborn child, reconciliation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Daybreak (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sweden, shortly before Christmas. Surgeon Rickard is told the job he expected goes to a Dane, because of his substance abuse. It's too late to cancel dinner with his in-laws. The guest couple announces their in-vitro is a success. Then ...
Style: touching, psychological, bleak, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, vengeance, crumbling marriage, family problems, dishonesty, parents and children, family relations, couples, couple relations, love affair, introspection, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.7
 8K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, buddies, life is a bitch, best friends, parents and children, human nature, rich and poor, family relations, twists & turns ...
Time: 1900s, 1930s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Law of Enclosures (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Story of the same couple, first in their teenage years and then in their twilight years, paradoxically set in the same time during the backdrop of the Gulf War in the Middle East.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, touching, emotional, offbeat ...
Plot: family relations, elderly, retirement home, family problems, couple relations, fall in love, haunted by the past, retirement home life, infidelity, terminal illness, couples, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Now, Forager (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Poland
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Lucien and Regina are foragers - they gather wild mushrooms and sell them to New York restaurants. They live simply, according to the seasons. When Regina seeks more stability, their marriage is put to a test.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: couple relations, relationship vs career, ambition, lifestyle, couples, life turned upside down, family problems, unfulfilled love, crumbling marriage, love and romance, disorder, restaurant ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The End of Innocence (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Seemingly autobiographical story of a woman overwhelmed with trying to please everyone except herself, and not finding any answers until she's admitted to a rehab center by her parents. Eventually here is where she finds her answers.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, rehabilitation, parents and children, doctors and patients, drug abuse, mental institution, family problems, life is a bitch, addiction, mentally unstable, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Three Dollars (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Eddie is a principled man, with a wife, a daughter and a mortgage and leads a seemingly stable and happy life as a government land assessor. Yet when the forces of economic and social change threaten this, he realises just how fragile his reality ...
Style: touching, sentimental, captivating, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: self discovery, couple relations, family problems, academy, couples, hopes, redemption, moral dilemma, family relations, love triangle, love, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Automatic (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Everyone falls into self destructive habits. Automatic lets us view a small cross-section of the lives of six characters as they struggle to break free from the automatic behavior that drives their lives.
Style: bleak, sincere, emotional, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: sexual relations, human nature, destiny, couple relations, love and romance, family problems, couples, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, hopes, womanizer, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Particles of Truth (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Life, love, and the fear of failing... Lilli Black, battling her painful memories and the secrets surrounding her dying father, collides into the complicated and obsessive life of Morrison Wiley on the streets of New York City. This peculiar love ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, gloomy
Plot: estrangement, mental illness, family life, dysfunctional family, couples, family problems, introspection, human nature, family relations, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, mentally unstable ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Dodson's Journey (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A man takes his young daughter on a cross-country fly-fishing trip following the death of his father and his wife's decision to get a divorce.
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: single parent, family relations, parents and children, human nature, bittersweet, love and romance, crumbling marriage, hopes, unfulfillment, family problems, breakup, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Silent Heart (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The prestigious Danish filmmaker Bille August, winner of an Academy Award and two Palme d'Or in Cannes, returns with a highly personal drama. Three generations of a family gather over a weekend. The sisters Sanne and Heidi have accepted their ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, life is a bitch, family life, family problems, couple relations, siblings relations, couples, parents and children, family gatherings, euthanasia, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Curse of the Starving Class (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Curse of the Starving Class is a play by Sam Shepard, considered the first of a series on family tragedies. Drama about a dirt-poor 1950's-era farm family. Dad's a foul talking drunk and Mom is desperately trying to save what's left ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: alcoholic, poverty, farm, family in crisis, unemployment, countryside, midlife crisis, rich and poor, alcohol abuse, deadend life, couples, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, talky, depressing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, actor's life, lifestyle, human nature, family life, unfulfillment, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Late Bloomers (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Late Bloomers stars Isabella Rossellini and William Hurt as a married couple pulled apart by the threat of old age. Each reacts in a different way: Hurt’s distinguished architect chases after his glory days, while Rossellini’s housewife installs ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: self discovery, crumbling marriage, family problems, couples, couple relations, romance, midlife crisis, aging, unfulfillment, elderly, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Back Street (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ambitious but thwarted, Rae Smith meets handsome Marine Paul Saxon, (of the Saxon department store chain), as he passes through Lincoln, Nebraska, on his way home from World War II. There's a definite spark between them but circumstances ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious
Plot: infidelity, couple relations, unfulfilled love, tragic love, love affair, couples, romance, dishonesty, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, love and romance, airport ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, france, rome italy, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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