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, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy
Plot: translator, forced sex, family relations, life is a bitch, couples, family problems, city life, crumbling marriage, human nature, unfulfillment, unsupportive spouse, couple relations, sex, attorney, depression, female nudity, subway, doctor, midlife crisis, best friend, desperation, rough sex, optimist, middle aged, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york

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Most similar movies to Desperate Characters

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and gloomy films with plots about couples, family relations, family problems, unfulfillment, couple relations, life is a bitch and parents and children mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Desperate Characters: The Event (2003), The Other Woman (2009), The Pumpkin Eater (1964), The Mouth Agape (1974), Six Weeks (1982). 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, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, investigation, lgbt, gays and lesbians, terminal illness, couples, family problems, gender, life is a bitch, human nature, unfulfillment, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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95%
The Other Woman (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 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, realistic, touching, emotional, gloomy
Plot: family life, family problems, couple relations, parents and children, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, dealing with death, unfulfillment, death in the family, woman, hapless, overcoming ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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81%
The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 118 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: realistic, serious, bleak, touching, psychological ...
Plot: marriage, couple relations, midlife crisis, infidelity, self discovery, couples, breakup, family problems, love and romance, hopes, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, europe, london
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62%
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: thought provoking, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, family problems, couples, life is a bitch, society, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, golden years, elderly, human nature, death in the family ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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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: captivating, realistic, serious, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: terminal illness, couples, campaign, family relations, bittersweet, youth, hopes, romance, unfulfillment, tragic hero, love and romance, dancer's life ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, california
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54%
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Providence (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 104 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, thought provoking, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, aging, family relations, father son relationship, terminal illness, alcohol abuse, parents and children, human nature, couple relations, crumbling marriage, writer's life, unfulfillment ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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: serious, realistic, gloomy, touching, emotional ...
Plot: unfulfillment, gender, crumbling marriage, love and romance, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, lifestyle, dealing with death, performer's life, couples, family relations, breakup ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york
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52%
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: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, bleak ...
Plot: family relations, family life, couples, family problems, love and romance, life is a bitch, family in crisis, alcohol abuse, loneliness, brother brother relationship, fear, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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47%
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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, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, human nature, rich and poor, parents and children, buddies, best friends, life is a bitch, family relations, homeless ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1910s
Place: new york, usa
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44%
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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: serious, realistic, sincere, emotional, contemplative
Plot: introspection, family problems, couple relations, destructive relationship, human nature, couples, bittersweet, unfulfillment, love, abuse, family relations, urban setting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Daybreak (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 108 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: realistic, touching, bleak, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: infidelity, family problems, crumbling marriage, vengeance, couples, family relations, dishonesty, introspection, parents and children, love affair, redemption, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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: emotional, realistic, touching, psychological, serious ...
Plot: family problems, couple relations, estrangement, pregnancy, death in the family, society, social decay, dysfunctional family, love and romance, unfulfillment, sexual content, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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40%
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 ⇓
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: serious, realistic, psychological, emotional, gloomy
Plot: family relations, gypsy, inheritance, social misfits, downfall, intrigue, head of state, state affairs, life is a bitch, society, leadership, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, gloomy
Plot: relationship vs career, couple relations, ambition, lifestyle, unfulfilled love, crumbling marriage, love and romance, couples, life turned upside down, family problems, restaurant, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ 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: serious, emotional, touching, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, life is a bitch, couples, family problems, couple relations, death in the family, parents and children, dealing with death, family crisis, dysfunctional family, reconciliation, stillborn child ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, touching, emotional, atmospheric, mind bending ...
Plot: family relations, elderly, retirement home, family problems, couple relations, fall in love, couples, infidelity, haunted by the past, terminal illness, retirement home life, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: canada
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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: realistic, touching, serious, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, rehabilitation, family problems, life is a bitch, mental institution, drug abuse, parents and children, doctors and patients, family relations, power relations, mentally unstable, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
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38%
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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, realistic, serious, depressing ...
Plot: alcoholic, dysfunctional family, depression, introspection, human nature, crumbling marriage, couples, estrangement, alcohol abuse, one day, greed, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: mexico, latin america
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38%
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: couples, life is a bitch, introspection, family relations, family life, human nature, estrangement, family problems, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, mental illness, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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37%
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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: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: human nature, destiny, couple relations, sexual relations, couples, family problems, love and romance, siblings relations, fall in love, unfulfillment, womanizer, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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37%
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: realistic, serious, uplifting, feel good, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, family relations, family problems, breakup, couples, crumbling marriage, love and romance, hopes, unfulfillment, bittersweet, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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36%
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Helen (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Germany, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: On the outside, Helen has it all – a loving family and a successful career – but when her suppressed mental illness resurfaces, the world crumbles around her. Crippled by depression, Helen finds solace through her friendship with Mathilda, a ...
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, atmospheric, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, mental illness, love affair, depression, friendship, parents and children, couples, unfulfillment, couple relations, nervous breakdown, self mutilation, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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35%
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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, humorous ...
Plot: self discovery, crumbling marriage, romance, couples, couple relations, family problems, unfulfillment, midlife crisis, aging, elderly, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, england
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35%
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: realistic, serious, psychological, talky, depressing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, addiction, dysfunctional family, redemption, lifestyle, actor's life, family life, human nature, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
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35%
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Adopt a Sailor (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Adopt A Sailor is about Patricia and Richard, a successful and hip couple from New York City who inadvertently "adopt a sailor" during Fleet Week in New York City and the young man form Turkey Scratch, Arkansas who changes their lives ...
Style: semi serious, witty, realistic, cynical, humorous ...
Plot: couple relations, family problems, friends, couples, lifestyle, love and romance, unsupportive spouse, crumbling marriage, city life, relationship problems, husband wife relationship, sailor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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33%
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: veterinarian, adoption, single parent, homecoming, social relations, couple relations, terminal illness, life is a bitch, parents and children, couples, unfulfillment, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Killer of Sheep (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Stan works in drudgery at a slaughterhouse. His personal life is drab. Dissatisfaction and ennui keep him unresponsive to the needs of his adoring wife, and he must struggle against influences which would dishonor and endanger him and his family.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, emotional, gloomy
Plot: ghetto, friendship, money, dysfunctional family, human nature, lifestyle, family problems, parents and children, couple relations, family life, family relations, slaughterhouse ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
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33%
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Jewel (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the 1940s a 40-year-old woman with five healthy children gives birth to a girl with Down's syndrome.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: disability, family relations, family problems, family life, society, couples, social relations, couple relations, youth, babies and infants, small town, small town life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s
Place: mississippi, california
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32%
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, realistic, serious
Plot: alcoholic, poverty, farm, deadend life, hopes, social misfits, unfulfillment, society, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, couple relations, cons and scams ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%