Movies like Islander

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Islander (2006)
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Islander (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a tragic accident at sea, Eben Cole loses his family, friends and stature in his island fishing community. He returns to the island an outcast but determined to win back the way of life he fought so hard to protect. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Maine coast, Islander captures the grit and integrity of this hard working community and celebrates man's unerring need for redemption.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: hopes, island, redemption, starting over, friendship, couple relations, family problems, human nature, social misfits, estrangement, coast, ocean or sea, family relations, misfit, parents and children, couples, small town life, small town, family in crisis, sexual content, profanity, ocean, fishing, winter, water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about hopes, family relations, parents and children, family problems, friendship, redemption and human nature mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Islander: Offline (2012), A Touch of Fate (2003), Gun Hill Road (2011), Cook County (2008), Swimmers (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Offline (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A man attempts to reclaim the life that prison took from him but his dark past threatens to ruin everything.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: starting over, redemption, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, human nature, family relations, dysfunctional family, estrangement, hopes, society, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
A Touch of Fate (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: One night in a small town in North Carolina, fate brings together three lives: an entertainment lawyer returning home to his dying mother after years in escape of his past, a woman trying to reclaim her supposed love, and a boy with a penchant for ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, destiny, family relations, hopes, starting over, redemption, parents and children, human nature, love and romance, romance, small town, chance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
Gun Hill Road (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three year in prison to discover his wife estranged and his teenage son exploring a sexual transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.
Style: sincere, emotional, realistic, serious, bilingual
Plot: family relations, homecoming, going straight, starting over, redemption, dysfunctional family, reunion, family problems, estrangement, crimes, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 6.7
 488
Cook County (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After a stint in prison, Sonny returns to his home in East Texas, determined to repair his relationship with his son. Standing in his way is his brother, who has turned the home into a crumbling meth lab (IMDb.com)
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: family relations, redemption, parents and children, homecoming, addiction, drug abuse, family problems, estrangement, small town, adolescence vs adulthood, meth lab, release from prison ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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 6.3
 395
Swimmers (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After an accident in a small Maryland fishing town, 11-year-old Emma begins to question the nature of the adults around her.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, introspection, human nature, family problems, youth, family relations, friendship, family in crisis, solace, friends, public health, small town life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maryland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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 ⇓
63%
 7.2
 1K
The Wool Cap (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This film, originally made for tv, stars William H. Macy as a mute superintendent of a apartment building that is falling apart who becomes the unwilling guardian to a young girl with a bit of an attitude. The film is an updated and Americanized ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, redemption, introspection, family problems, dysfunctional family, misfit, custody, parents and children, life is a bitch, addiction, disability, family life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: custody, adoption, starting over, family relations, parents and children, social worker, family life, hopes, family problems, legal, life turned upside down, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 6.7
 950
Applause (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When the critically acclaimed, tough and coming of age actress Thea Barfoed ends her rehab, she confronts a hard choice. During her heavy drinking period she divorced and lost custody of her two boys. Now she wants them to be a part of her life ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: rehabilitation, alcohol abuse, estrangement, starting over, actor's life, life is a bitch, hopes, family relations, family problems, strong female presence, parents and children, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 5.9
 579
The Way Home (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An inspirational true story about how a rural community rallied around a distraught family to search for their missing two year-old boy and through doing so changed the lives of many of those involved.
Style: sincere, touching, uplifting, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: missing child, hopes, family problems, family relations, social relations, couples, family in crisis, couple relations, search, missing person, flashback, prayer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 5.8
 2K
Harry & Son (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Widower Harry Keach is a construction worker who was raised to appreciate the importance of working for a living. He takes a dim view of his sensitive son Howard's lackadaisical lifestyle and has a strained relationship with his daughter Nina ...
Style: serious, realistic, talky, sincere, touching
Plot: family problems, single parent, human nature, working class, parents and children, starting over, unfulfillment, aging, idealism, estrangement, father son relationship, beer ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.3
 373
Happy Hour (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Set in present day New York City, "Happy Hour" is a literate and often funny story of love and how to receive it. Tulley, a once-promising literary star now biding his time as an advertising copy editor, moves from cynicism to acceptance ...
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, going straight, lifestyle, love affair, redemption, family in crisis, human nature, addiction, estrangement, couples, family problems, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.7
 840
Hide Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A successful businessman attempting to resurrect his life buys and boards a dilapidated sailboat.
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: starting over, self discovery, friendship, hopes, haunted by the past, small town, society, golden years, elderly, bittersweet, friends, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Alex of Venice (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After her stay-at-home husband leaves her, a workaholic lawyer finds that she is not completely up to the tasks of caring for her young son, ailing father and household all by herself.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: starting over, self discovery, life turned upside down, ambition, parents and children, family life, family problems, family relations, breakup, relationship vs career, eccentric family, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.3
 847
Phantom Pain (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Marc is a passionate cyclist and urban slacker who avoids work and responsibility. Marc's life changes from one moment to the next when he suffers a life-changing accident. He can either wallow in self-pity or tackle the beast called life with ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: hopes, life is a bitch, disability, couple relations, human nature, parents and children, human spirit, redemption, misfit, family relations, new love, operation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.8
 484
Old Cats (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Isidora, an old woman, discovers that her mind is quickly deteriorating. At an apparently relaxed dinner table, she will desperately try to hide her state from her daughter, a demanding woman who awaits any sign of senility in order to take way ...
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: introspection, mental illness, redemption, parents and children, family relations, family problems, estrangement, couples, hopes, golden years, couple relations, elderly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chile, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Farewell to Harry (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A down-and-out writer, Nick Sennet, runs into Harry, a man that, legend has it, died long ago. Together they attempt to revitalize a defunct factory as well as their lives.
Style: touching, realistic, serious
Plot: redemption, friendship, small town, factory, human spirit, starting over, hopes, family relations, human nature, lifestyle, society, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary
Place: washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world.
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, captivating, touching ...
Plot: parents and children, family relations, family problems, estrangement, drugs/alcohol, hopes, dysfunctional family, aging, love, unsupportive spouse, couple relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 6.6
 1K
A Family (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Ditte owns a gallery, has a loving boyfriend and her dream job in New York is within reach. But Ditte is also the youngest generation of the famous bakery dynasty, Rheinwald, and when her beloved, but dominating father comes down with a serious ...
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, realistic, sincere
Plot: family business, follow your dream, couples, workplace, parents and children, family problems, couple relations, hopes, cooking and food, family relations, father daughter relationship, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe, new york, usa, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.3
 2K
Tiger Eyes (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After Davey's father is killed in a hold-up, she and her mother and younger brother visit relatives in New Mexico. Here Davey is befriended by a young man who helps her find the strength to carry on and conquer her fears.
Style: emotional, sincere, serious, touching, realistic
Plot: teenage life, friendship, death in the family, bittersweet, grieving, depression, life is a bitch, dealing with death, youth, family relations, parents and children, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Sensation of Sight (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: This off-beat drama about man's search for meaning amidst the ache of despair chronicles Finn, an introspective English teacher entering a mid-life crisis impelled by a recent tragedy, as he sets afoot selling encyclopedias to the town locals.
Style: serious, psychological, atmospheric, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, self discovery, haunted by the past, estrangement, single parent, hopes, small town life, human nature, family business, midlife crisis, profanity, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Middle of Nowhere (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process.
Style: captivating, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prison, introspection, self discovery, family problems, supportive spouse, human nature, family in crisis, medical school, hopes, love, profanity, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.6
 769
Losing Chase (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An intimate and turbulent relationship develops between Chase, a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown and Elizabeth, the caretaker employed to look after her.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, family relations, mental illness, chase, dysfunctional family, family problems, couple relations, self discovery, family in crisis, parents and children, introspection, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 5.9
 1K
The Turning (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Seventeen talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines each create a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by multi award-winning author Tim Winton. The linking and overlapping stories explore the extraordinary turning points ...
Style: anthology, realistic, serious, touching, sincere ...
Plot: introspection, human nature, friendship, haunted by the past, family problems, family relations, couples, infidelity, moral dilemma, parents and children, homecoming, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.8
 727
Guilty Hearts (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Over the course of this drama's six separate stories, a variety of couples struggle with the infidelity, dishonesty and heartbreak that plagues their varied pasts. In overcoming their challenges, these diverse individuals embrace a brighter ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, serious, touching
Plot: looking for love, haunted by the past, love and romance, infidelity, couples, couple relations, friendship, redemption, bittersweet, friends, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Small Town Saturday Night (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Just days before Rhett (Chris Pine) is leaving for Nashville to pursue a lifelong dream of being a singer/songwriter, his girlfriend Samantha (Bre Blair) realizes that "his" future may not be "their" future. This news comes as a ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: small town, friends, ambition, follow your dream, hopes, lifestyle, musician's life, love and romance, friendship, parents and children, relationship vs career, troublemaker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.6
 208
Crystal River (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story is of a married woman who, grieving her inability to have children, finds comfort and healing in her friendship with another man. It's about discovering grace in darkness and the unexpected places we find healing.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: human nature, friendship, family problems, couples, mysterious character, romance, love and romance, crumbling marriage, infidelity, friends, female director, bathing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Mulberry Tree (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A drama centered on a young man working in Rhode Island's state corrections system and his relationship with a convicted murderer who is dying of AIDS and spending his remaining days on hospital detail.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, talky ...
Plot: hospital, redemption, hopes, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, terminal illness, prison, estrangement, one more chance, life sentence, family relations, murderer ...
Place: rhode island, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
This Is Martin Bonner (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two men, at opposite ends of the social spectrum, find themselves starting new lives in the same, small town and form an unlikely friendship.
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: rehabilitation, estrangement, friendship, one more chance, redemption, starting over, haunted by the past, dishonesty, betrayal, gain trust, society, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.1
 1K
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 ⇓
37%
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