Movies like The River Within

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The River Within (2009)
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The River Within (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Jason returns home to get away while he studies for the upcoming bar exam. After visiting his oldest friend, a "coulda-been-girlfriend" who is now engaged, and a pushy preacher, his easygoing summer becomes filled with unwanted drama. Over the few months he's there, he begins to question what life is about, and what is his purpose in it? Written by Barley
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: small town, youth, family relations, self discovery, society, couples, introspection, clergy, religions or cults, hopes, small town life, homecoming, bittersweet, church, school, bar, love, teenager, pregnancy, lawyer, forest, fishing, truck, death, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arkansas

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, youth, society, hopes, small town, coming of age and parents and children mostly in Drama, Family and Thriller genres. Some movies like The River Within: Beyond the Farthest Star (2015), The Maldonado Miracle (2003), A Painted House (2003), Spin (2003), Charlie & Me (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Beyond the Farthest Star (2015)
Genre: Drama, Family, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A twist of fate brings the national spotlight to a forgotten Texas town and a once famous preacher has an opportunity to regain his former glory or seize one last chance to restore his fractured family. Narrated by his fifteen-year-old daughter, ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: family relations, one last chance, dysfunctional family, preaching, parents and children, youth, religions or cults, society, clergy, working the system, ambition, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Maldonado Miracle (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A story about a small, dying town in need of hope until one day a young boy gives them something to believe in.
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, feel good
Audience: family outing
Plot: small town, miraculous event, society, hopes, clergy, church, family relations, family life, human nature, village, religions or cults, boy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
A Painted House (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in better conditions. However, with this particularly tough farming ...
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: lifestyle, family relations, self discovery, youth, hopes, farm, poverty, small town life, social relations, small town, society, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.3
 492
Spin (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: "Spin" tells the story of a boy who loses his parents in a plane crash, is taken in by his uncle (Tucci), who then leaves him for ten years in the care of his Hispanic ranch hand (Blades) and his wife (Delany). Once in high school, Eddie ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: society, youth, family relations, haunted by the past, introspection, teenage life, self discovery, orphan, hopes, parents and children, eccentric family, siblings relations ...
Time: 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 6.6
 219
Charlie & Me (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When her beloved grandfather Charlie suddenly falls ill, twelve year-old Casey finds herself making some life or death decisions - and learning to live with the consequences.
Style: feel good, uplifting, touching, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, death in the family, self discovery, love and romance, single parent, hopes, elderly, friends, bittersweet, hospital, chess ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Sound of the Spirit (2012)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Beautiful and precocious Rivka is a twelve-year-old Jewish girl who believes in Jesus. She and her father attend a Messianic Jewish congregation in their community. But when her father suddenly dies, Rivka's life changes forever. She ends up ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, christian film
Plot: society, family relations, love and romance, youth, culture clash, fall in love, social relations, religions or cults, coming of age, religion, jewish, death of father ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Welcome to Paradise (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When big-city preacher Debbie Laramie (Crystal Bernard) moves to the small town of Paradise with her son Hayden (Bobby Edner), she finds the local community unreceptive to her message of love and forgiveness. Determined to get through to her ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, captivating, inspirational, serious ...
Plot: church, small town, love affair, self discovery, introspection, clergy, social relations, village, society, hopes, preacher, community ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Mrs. Worthington's Party (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Father Jonathan Keene - a cold, impatient Catholic priest arrives in a tiny fishing village the week before Christmas to do what he does best: shut down a dying parish...
Style: touching, feel good, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: redemption, priest, christmas, introspection, society, clergy, self discovery, church, religions or cults, moral dilemma, cause and meaning, small town life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 526
Lebanon, Pa. (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Will, a charming 35-year-old Philadelphia ad man, heads to Lebanon, Pa. to bury his recently deceased father. He forms an unexpected friendship with CJ, his bright, newly pregnant 17-year-old cousin. As Will becomes interested in CJ's married ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: culture clash, americana, family relations, society, love and romance, pregnancy, hopes, coming of age, youth, bittersweet, road not taken, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania, usa, philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Lost & Found Family (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When her husband dies, Mrs. Ester Hobbes (Ellen Bry, TV's St. Elsewhere) learns that his wealth was just an illusion. Her only real inheritance is a run-down Southern home occupied by a foster family. Slowly, Mrs. Hobbes finds herself making ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, introspection, family problems, youth, orphan, society, family relations, religions or cults, parents and children, self discovery, family, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.3
 985
The Wise Kids (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A vivid, dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama, takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is scarily wide open. Set in and around a Charleston, SC Baptist ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, christian film, sexy ...
Plot: family relations, coming of age, single parent, self discovery, teenage life, introspection, best friends, direction and purpose, youth, society, coming out, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Higher Ground (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND, depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. Inspired by screenwriter Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir This Dark ...
Style: sentimental, atmospheric, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: faith, evangelical christianity, self discovery, human spirit, redemption, introspection, life is a bitch, hopes, society, religions or cults, husband wife relationship, prayer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s, 60s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.5
 523
Virgin (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When a teenager finds herself pregnant, with no memory of having had sex, she determines that she is carrying the child of God.
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, coming of age, family relations, clergy, parents and children, sexual abuse, small town, teenage life, youth, society, teenage girl, pastor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Before We Say Goodbye (2010)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: This is a milestone film that creates bridges of understanding between cultures, with its insightful and intimate portrayal of Hispanic-American life. It is a story about Ramona Garcia, a Hispanic-American mother of four grown children who works ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, eccentric family, teenage life, youth, hopes, romance, couples, rebelliousness, couple relations, drugs/alcohol, restaurant, latin ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new mexico, mexico, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
 2K
Tully (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, womanizer, lifestyle, young lovers, opposites attract, introspection, family problems, couples, parents and children, haunted by the past, society ...
Place: nebraska, usa, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Cool Kids Don't Cry (2012)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Adaptation of one of Benelux most famous children's novels. Tough prime school girl Akkie loves soccer and can be a real bully. Love is the only thing she's scared of. When Akkie is diagnosed with Leukemia, she has to fight for her life. ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: terminal illness, school, youth, life is a bitch, teenage love, hopes, social relations, family, leukemia, soccer, first kiss, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Errand of Angels (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Sister Rachel Taylor of Boise, Idaho is an eager young missionary of the LDS Church who has been sent on an 18-month long mission to Austria. Rachel finds herself having a hard time adjusting to her new cultural surroundings in the foreign country. ...
Style: realistic, contemplative, psychological, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, society, clergy, religions or cults, church, hopes, missionary, love, friendship, siblings relations, miraculous event, innocence lost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: austria, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Expecting Amish (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: 18-year-old Hannah Yoder is ready to become an Amish adult - which means baptism into the Church and marriage to her boyfriend, Samuel. However, her friends convince her to visit Hollywood for Rumspringa where she meets Josh and the two hit it off ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: religions or cults, forbidden love, love affair, culture clash, adolescence vs adulthood, youth, society, love and romance, couples, pregnancy, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Love Finds A Home (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In this sequel, Lillian has been adopted and it's several years later. Annie, married and pregnant, visits her fellow doctor friend, Dr. Owen. Dr Owen desperately wants a baby, but seems unable to become pregnant. Lillian finds a love ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: crumbling marriage, hopes, couples, couple relations, young lovers, romance, parents and children, gender, small town, feminism, small town life, youth ...
Time: 19th century
Place: usa, missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.1
 391
Saint Maybe (1998)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A lonely teen troubled by a past family tragedy is suspicious of his sister-in-law, believing she is being unfaithful. His confrontation with his brother sets off a series of tragic events.
Style: emotional, feel good, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, church, redemption, tragedy, orphan, babies and infants, hopes, youth, life is a bitch, love and romance, single parent, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
My Father My Lord (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 72 min.
Story: "My Father My Lord" is an intimate and deeply disturbing story of the conflict between a father's love and his deep devotion to religion. A respected Orthodox Rabbi dotes on his only son but his religious strictures leave an emotional ...
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: self discovery, life is a bitch, society, hopes, clergy, religions or cults, rabbi, family tradition, family problems, parents and children, introspection, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Louder Than Words (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After the unexpected death of their daughter, a couple work to build a state of the art children's hospital where families are welcomed into the healing process.
Style: emotional, touching, uplifting, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: child illness, parents and children, family problems, couples, human spirit, hospital, life is a bitch, last wish, death of daughter, family relations, hopes, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.7
 361
Little Zizou (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: India
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of a Pasie boy's view of his community in modern day Mumbai.
Style: realistic, captivating, emotional, sentimental, serious
Plot: family relations, rivalry, society, religions or cults, soccer, brother brother relationship, bigger dreams, love, friendship, city life, siblings relations, innocence lost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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My Louisiana Sky (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A girl comes to terms with her mentally challenged parents.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, sentimental, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, family life, parents and children, society, youth, family problems, disability, small town life, child's point of view, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Pandora's Box (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When an aging matriarch starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, self discovery, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, elderly, hopes, estrangement, family problems, introspection, parents and children, countryside, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.3
 253
Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, opposites attract, immigrants, family relations, friends, friendship, family life, human nature, coming of age, youth, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Red Hook Summer (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When his mom deposits him at the Red Hook housing project in Brooklyn to spend the summer with the grandfather he’s never met, young Flik may as well have landed on Mars. Fresh from his cushy life in Atlanta, he’s bored and friendless, and his ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: family relations, fish out of water, society, clergy, life is a bitch, youth, religions or cults, family life, disorder, church, coming of age, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Black Tulip (2010)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Afghanistan, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Mansouri family opens up a new restaurant after the fall of the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan only to be subsequently targeted by factional Taliban elements.
Style: emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: rebellion, fighting the system, against the rules, family business, human spirit, family in danger, danger, life is a bitch, society, hopes, state affairs, political unrest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: afghanistan, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.3
 394
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, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: small town, introspection, youth, friendship, family relations, family problems, human nature, family in crisis, public health, solace, swimming, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maryland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.3
 6K
Still Life (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A town in Fengjie county is gradually being demolished and flooded to make way for the Three Gorges Dam. A man and woman visit the town to locate their estranged spouses, and become witness to the societal changes.
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: demolished city, haunted by the past, social decay, introspection, homecoming, human nature, society, life is a bitch, romance, injustice, family problems, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%