Movies like The Happy Ending

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The Happy Ending
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The triumphs and failures of middle age as seen through the eyes of runaway American housewife Mary Wilson (Jean Simmons), a woman who believes that ultimate reality exists above and beyond the routine procedures of conscious, uninspired, everyday life. She feels cheated by an older generation that taught her to settle for nothing less than storybook finales, people who are disillusioned and restless and don't know why, people for whom life holds no easy answers. Great supporting cast includes John Forsythe, Teresa Wright, Lloyd Bridges, Shirley Jones, Bobby Darin, Tina Louise, Dick Shawn, and Nanette Fabray.
Style: disturbing, serious, gloomy, realistic
Plot: suburbs, unsupportive spouse, crumbling marriage, couple relations, impossible love, infidelity, dysfunctional family, suburban life, estrangement, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, family problems, best friends, prostitute, on the run, feminism, innocence lost, midlife crisis, social decay, dishonesty, nagging and grouching, lifestyle, see through clothes, anniversary party ...
Time: 60s
Place: bahamas
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Mad Men
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47 min.
 8.6
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, psychological and touching films with plots about family problems, couples, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, infidelity and couple relations mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like The Happy Ending: The Pumpkin Eater (1964), Adrift in Manhattan (2007), Faces (1968), Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's (2008), Summer of '04 (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Pumpkin Eater
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: gloomy, serious, realistic, bleak, clever ...
Plot: mentally unstable, unsupportive spouse, crumbling marriage, couple relations, infidelity, midlife crisis, marriage, unfulfillment, couples, feminism, self discovery, breakup ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, europe
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Adrift in Manhattan
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The lives of three lonely strangers intersect while commuting on New York's 1 and 9 subway lines.
Style: gloomy, psychological, serious, realistic, sexual
Plot: suburbs, crumbling marriage, introspection, couple relations, infidelity, death in the family, family in crisis, suburban life, estrangement, love and romance, stalking, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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Faces
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
Style: talky, biting, serious, clever, bleak ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, prostitute, suburbs, betrayal, male nudity, drinking, crumbling marriage, human nature, character study, crime gone awry, introspection, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo
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System:   93%
    User:   100%
 
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Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Summer 1966. It's time to enjoy the summer holiday, total freedom. Teenage Élise discovers that the sudden departure of her mother completely disrupts the family. Her brother Coco seeks solace in the garage, building a super racing car. Her ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: elderly lovers, single parent, suburbs, dealing with death, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, suburban life, estrangement, family life ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: canada
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Summer of '04
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Sommer ’04 is a character study of a family on vacation. German director Stefan Krohmer examines the emotional abyss and problems behind the seemingly nice facade of an intact family as they experience guilt, love and jealousy.
Style: serious, sexual, realistic, psychological
Plot: gays and lesbians, suburbs, youth, ocean or sea, battle of the sexes, crumbling marriage, romance, innocence lost, couple relations, infidelity, destructive relationship, looking for sex ...
Time: contemporary
Place: germany
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Diary of a Sex Addict
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A restaurant owner leads a double life.
Style: talky, serious, sexual, realistic, biting ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, suburbs, restaurant, obsession, couple relations, addiction, rough sex, threesome, interracial sex, therapy, sex addict, dangerous attraction ...
Time: contemporary
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The Babysitters
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Seventeen-year-old Shirley is a good student who works as a babysitter in order to make money for college. One night Michael, a father Shirley works for, confesses he's unhappy with married life. Shirley has a crush on Michael, and seizes this ...
Style: serious, dark humor, sexual, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: prostitute, suburbs, unlikely criminals, adolescence vs adulthood, teenager, sex, social decay, suburban life, teenage life, daughter, high school, cabin ...
Time: contemporary
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System:   69%
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Where Love Has Gone
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A divorced couple's teen-age daughter stands trial for stabbing her mother's latest lover.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, suspenseful, sincere
Plot: murder, courtroom, hotshot lawyer, betrayal, protagonist as suspect, trial, crumbling marriage, love affair, parents and children, marriage, teenage daughter, courtroom drama ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: san francisco
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System:   68%
    User:   75%
 
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Heaven's Heart
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two couples, old friends, end up in a heated debate over adultery at a dinner party.
Style: talky, serious, realistic, clever, psychological
Plot: crumbling marriage, introspection, suburbs, infidelity, couple relations, love affair, midlife crisis, suburban life, thirtysomething life, dishonesty, couples, family problems ...
Place: denmark, sweden
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System:   68%
    User:   60%
 
The Rain People
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A housewife who feels trapped leaves home and takes up with a hitchhiker.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere, road movie ...
Plot: on the road, starting over, suburbs, feminism, human nature, introspection, hopes, pregnancy, housewife, runaway, hitchhiker, unfulfillment ...
Time: 60s
Place: cross country
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System:   67%
    User:   55%
 
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The Turning
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Gillian Anderson in her first ever screen role. Anderson's psycho boyfriend, Cliff, returns to his home town seething with pent-up frustration and rage. Four years earlier his family was on the verge of breaking up. Noe he's returned to ...
Style: bleak, serious, psychological, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: family life, crumbling marriage, suburbs, obsession, infidelity, couple relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, society, couples, family relations, mentally unstable ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, virginia, west virginia
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System:   66%
    User:   57%
 
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Coast to Coast
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Contemporary story of a couple whose marriage has gone astray, partly due to the infidelity of both partners and also the fact that their eldest son was killed in a car accident 8 years before.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, talky, clever
Audience: girls' night
Plot: crumbling marriage, on the road, human nature, introspection, suburbs, couple relations, road trip, couples, family problems, battle of the sexes, infidelity, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, connecticut, usa
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System:   66%
    User:   74%
 
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All You Need
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Beth's life was going backwards. Her husband suddenly walks out on her, she has an alcoholic mother, an ambivalent father and so she decides to begin making a change by going back to school in order to take charge of her life.
Style: talky, emotional, semi serious, realistic, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: unsupportive spouse, suburbs, crumbling marriage, human nature, couple relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, alcohol abuse, eccentric family, family gatherings, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
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System:   63%
    User:   69%
 
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Two Is a Happy Number
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young woman has difficulty understanding why her husband walks out on her. Alone for the first time, she finds life difficult to cope with and for a time lives with the hope that her husband will come back to her. After uncovering disturbing new ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: college, golden years, store, battle of the sexes, crumbling marriage, couple relations, destructive relationship, infidelity, dating, divorce, marriage, looking for love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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System:   62%
    User:   71%
 
Days and Clouds
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Switzerland, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set in Genoa, the film concerns the financial struggles and emotional strain that occur after Michele loses his job. He and his wife Elsa are forced to give up their affluent lifestyle and cope with the tensions of moving into a smaller home, ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sexual
Plot: unemployment, elderly lovers, unsupportive spouse, school, romance, crumbling marriage, self discovery, couple relations, impossible love, down on your luck, dysfunctional family, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, venice
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System:   61%
    User:   67%
 
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Anna Karenina
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 360 min.
Story: To help her brother mend his failing marriage, young Russian beauty Anna Karenina - who's married to eminent nobleman Alexei Karenin - leaves St. Petersburg for Moscow, where she meets the dashing Count Vronsky. They soon fall madly in love, ...
Style: serious, emotional, epic, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: unsupportive spouse, crumbling marriage, romance, couple relations, infidelity, love affair, love triangle, tragic love, dysfunctional family, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia
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System:   56%
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Ritual
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A young man drops out of college to fix his family when he senses something is terribly wrong at home.
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, cynical, psychological
Plot: college, family life, suburbs, crumbling marriage, domestic disturbance, rehabilitation, innocence lost, parents and children, siblings relations, alcohol abuse, death in the family, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: bahamas
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System:   55%
    User:   60%
 
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Always
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A middle-aged couple, on the verge of proceeding with a divorce, find themselves questioning their decision to separate when fellow friends and neighbors, oblivious to their marital troubles, assemble at their house for a 4th of July Weekend party.
Style: clever, talky, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: suburbs, unsupportive spouse, crumbling marriage, romance, infidelity, dysfunctional family, midlife crisis, pregnancy, relationship vs career, suburban life, breakup, thirtysomething life ...
Time: 80s
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System:   53%
    User:   60%
 
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A Change of Heart
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Beneath Jim Marshall's veneer as the all-American father and husband, lies a long suppressed desire that is about to ruin his idyllic family. When Elaine Marshall (Jean Smart) catches her husband and his lover in a hotel room, her anger quickly ...
Style: serious, realistic
Audience: chick flick
Plot: gays and lesbians, suburbs, unsupportive spouse, crumbling marriage, infidelity, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, suburban life, breakup, family life, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 90s
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System:   53%
    User:   53%
 
Diary of a Mad Housewife
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tina Balser is a bored New York housewife-mother married to Jonathan, a pompous, social-climbing lawyer who ridicules her in front of their children, criticizing everything she does or wears. She begins an affair with George Prager, a dashing, ...
Style: semi serious, clever, realistic, witty, humorous ...
Plot: love triangle, crumbling marriage, suburbs, introspection, couple relations, infidelity, destructive relationship, love affair, housewife, marital problem, mental illness, sexual relations ...
Time: 60s
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System:   52%
    User:   58%
 
Little Jerusalem
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An orthodox Jewish teen living with her family in France attempts to balance her religious upbringing with her increasingly complex view of the outside world.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: immigrants, opposites attract, self discovery, interracial relations, siblings relations, suburbs, love and romance, society, youth, couples, family relations, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, france, israel, middle east, paris france
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System:   51%
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Shoot the Moon
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: After fifteen years of marriage, an affluent couple divorce and take up with new partners.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, psychological, dramatic ...
Plot: divorce, infidelity, dysfunctional family, suburbs, adultery, family drama, fall in love, marriage, period piece, secrets, family life, parenthood ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, san francisco
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System:   51%
    User:   59%
 
A Cooler Climate
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Iris is broke after her divorce and takes a job working as a housekeeper for a wealthy woman named Paula. When Paula and her husband separate, an unlikely friendship blossoms between the women.
Style: touching, serious, talky, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, follow your dream, human nature, suburbs, boss and employee, couple relations, friendship, culture clash, dysfunctional family, suburban life, working class, fall in love ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa
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System:   50%
    User:   44%
 
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A Delicate Balance
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada, UK
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The film spans three days in the life of Agnes and Tobias, an upper middle class couple who share their comfortable suburban Connecticut home with her acerbic alcoholic sister Claire. It is matriarch Agnes who helps the quartet maintain a delicate ...
Style: serious, talky, clever, realistic, tense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, golden years, crumbling marriage, introspection, suburbs, couple relations, parents and children, alcohol abuse, family gatherings, family in crisis, midlife crisis, suburban life ...
Time: 70s
Place: connecticut, usa
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System:   49%
    User:   41%
 
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The Weekend
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: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: gays and lesbians, crumbling marriage, dealing with death, love affair, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, lovers reunited, midlife crisis, pregnancy, terminal illness, breakup, estrangement ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   48%
    User:   40%
 
Signs & Wonders
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Greece
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Under the influence of signs and premonitions, a man allows himself to veer in and out of a love affair with his colleague.
Style: talky, clever, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, introspection, romance, couple relations, destructive relationship, infidelity, love affair, love triangle, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, lovers reunited, midlife crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, germany, greece, sweden
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System:   47%
    User:   39%
 
The Secret Lives of Dentists
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.
Style: realistic, psychological, emotional, biting, gloomy ...
Plot: infidelity, adultery, dysfunctional family, imaginary friend, dentist, suburbs, crumbling marriage, marriage, parenthood, relationships, midlife crisis, family drama ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york state
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System:   46%
    User:   41%
 
10:30 P.M. Summer
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, USA, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A female traveling companion seduces a married man and his alcoholic wife.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: crumbling marriage, on the road, couple relations, hotel, destructive relationship, village, infidelity, love affair, sexual relations, tragic love, dysfunctional family, pregnancy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, spain
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System:   44%
    User:   50%
 

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The Baby Maker
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Tish Gray had a baby and gave it up for adoption. She is contacted by a second childless couple who want her to have the husband's baby because of the wife's inability to have children. She accepts but finds that knowing the parents, and ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, babies and infants, crumbling marriage, hollywood, couple relations, infidelity, love affair, adoption, surrogate mother, hippie, dysfunctional family, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1970
Place: beverly hills, california
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System:   44%
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Fathers and Sons
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Intertwined tales of three families who grow up on the same street, focusing on the relationship of fathers and sons. The first section features Anthony and Jenny and traces the father-son bond that develops between Anthony and his newborn son over ...
Style: serious, emotional, offbeat, realistic, touching
Plot: suburbs, single parent, unsupportive spouse, parents and children, dysfunctional family, death in the family, pregnancy, family in crisis, midlife crisis, terminal illness, estrangement, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san diego california
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System:   42%
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