Movies like The Happy Ending

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The Happy Ending (1969)
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The Happy Ending (1969)
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: realistic, disturbing, serious, touching, suspenseful, gloomy
Plot: midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, couples, unfulfillment, couple relations, impossible love, love and romance, family problems, crumbling marriage, estrangement, unsupportive spouse, husband wife relationship, female friendship, suicide attempt, adultery, mother daughter relationship, unhappy marriage, friendship between women, prostitute, best friends, wedding, feminism, infidelity, on the run, suburbs ...
Time: 60s
Place: bahamas, colorado

Most similar movies to The Happy Ending

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and psychological films with plots about couples, family problems, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, couple relations, love and romance and infidelity mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Happy Ending: Fathers and Sons (2005), Faces (1968), All You Need (2001), The Pumpkin Eater (1964), Days and Clouds (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Fathers and Sons (2005)
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: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, offbeat
Plot: infidelity, single parent, dysfunctional family, couples, life is a bitch, gender, love and romance, eccentric family, terminal illness, midlife crisis, family life, homecoming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san diego california, miami, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.6
 9K
Faces (1968)
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, suspense, tense, clever ...
Plot: prostitute, suburbs, infidelity, love, adultery, divorce, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, society, couple relations, suburban life, self discovery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 6.3
 124
All You Need (2001)
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: emotional, touching, semi serious, realistic, talky
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, drunkenness, thanksgiving, lifestyle, social decay, society, family problems, family gatherings, parents and children, couple relations, human nature, family life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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 ⇓
83%
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Days and Clouds (2007)
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, touching, realistic, captivating, sexual ...
Plot: unemployment, ambition, lifestyle, downfall, self discovery, relationship vs career, couple relations, love and romance, dysfunctional family, survival, family problems, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Adrift in Manhattan (2007)
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: realistic, psychological, serious, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: stalking, interracial relations, family problems, couple relations, dysfunctional family, artists and showbiz, love and romance, unsupportive spouse, lifestyle, estrangement, obsession, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Coast to Coast (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
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: realistic, serious, disturbing, captivating, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: road trip, family problems, dysfunctional family, introspection, human nature, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, elderly, on the road, hopes, interracial relations, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, connecticut, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's (2008)
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: emotional, touching, disturbing, sentimental, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, youth, family life, lifestyle, dysfunctional family, couples, family problems, estrangement, love and romance, single parent, coming of age, teenage life ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)
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: thought provoking, psychological, emotional, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, dentist, couple relations, human nature, jealous spouse, dishonesty, lifestyle, imaginary friend, adultery, crumbling marriage, love and romance, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.2
 4K
Satisfaction (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: A provocative drama that explores modern marriage at its midpoint. Through the lens of one couple, Neil Truman and his wife, Grace, this series answers the question, “What do you do when having it all is not enough?” by delving into their ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: marriage, crumbling marriage, family problems, couple relations, dishonesty, husband wife relationship, infidelity, dysfunctional marriage, under the surface, adultery, female nudity, male escort ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.9
 602
Alice's House (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Alice, married for the last 20 years to a taxi driver, works in a beauty parlour, has three children, the eldest of whom is doing his military service, and a mother who works as a maid in her house. None of the three siblings pay much attention to ...
Style: realistic, psychological, melancholic, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: beauty salon, betrayal, estrangement, family relations, couples, family life, midlife crisis, obsession, infidelity, family problems, working class, feminism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.3
 593
Existence (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Astitva is a bold film with adultery. An ambitious male chauvinist and his loving wife are happily married but the guy is not able to give time to the family as he want to make it big in life. His work is of paramount importance to him. His work ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: romance, family relations, breakup, family problems, infidelity, dishonesty, love and romance, crumbling marriage, unsupportive spouse, pregnancy, women's rights, seduction ...
Time: 90s
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Twice in a Lifetime (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A middle-aged steelworker is content with his job and his family, but feels that something is missing in his life. On his 50th birthday, he stops in at a local bar for a drink to celebrate. He finds himself attracted to the young, very sexy ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, emotional, sincere, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, suburbs, midlife crisis, starting over, love triangle, working class, dysfunctional family, breakup, romance, love affair, human nature, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: seattle washington, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.1
 418
Wild Iris (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A woman and her teenage son move back in with her mother to work together in the family bridal business.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, talky
Audience: girls' night
Plot: couples, hopes, unlikely couple, romance, dysfunctional family, parents and children, teenage life, crumbling marriage, lifestyle, love and romance, single parent, youth ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 975
Open Window (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The engagment between a struggling photographer and an assistant professor is marred by an act of violence.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: dysfunctional family, introspection, couples, family problems, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, haunted by the past, couple relations, family in crisis, vegetarian, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: During a blizzard in 1964, Dr. David Henry delivers his son Paul with the help of nurse Caroline. But when Henry realizes his wife is also carrying a girl with Down syndrome, he hands the second child over to Caroline without his wife's ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: twins, haunted by the past, disability, family problems, parents and children, down syndrome, crumbling marriage, obsession, love and romance, child illness, family in crisis, unfulfillment ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s, 1960s
Place: kentucky, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 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 ⇓
60%
 6.4
 902
Return to Zero (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a successful couple, Maggie and Aaron who are preparing for the arrival of their first child.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, gloomy
Plot: pregnancy, couple relations, life turned upside down, couples, family problems, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, husband wife relationship, death of child, infidelity, adultery, drunkenness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 4.6
 163
Separate Ways (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A wife unhappy in her marriage begins an affair with an art student, unaware that her husband, a race driver, is also having an affair.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, cult film
Plot: infidelity, nightclub, crumbling marriage, love and romance, dishonesty, romance, family problems, couples, lifestyle, unfulfillment, unsupportive spouse, down on your luck ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Everything Put Together (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Everything Put Together is a 2000 film directed by Marc Forster starring Radha Mitchell and Megan Mullally.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: redemption, losing-it hero, pregnancy, family life, social decay, terminal illness, dysfunctional family, family problems, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, babies and infants, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Signs & Wonders (2000)
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: emotional, clever, realistic, serious, biting ...
Plot: life turned upside down, love triangle, love affair, introspection, romance, dishonesty, betrayal, journalism, crumbling marriage, couples, family problems, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, france, greece, sweden, athens greece ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.8
 633
Heaven's Heart (2008)
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: contemplative, psychological, talky, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: infidelity, love affair, best friends, couples, estrangement, couple relations, introspection, society, unfulfillment, anniversary, dinner, marriage ...
Place: sweden, denmark, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 201
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 ⇓
54%
Camping sauvage (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Un camping au bord d'un lac pendant les vacances d'été. Camille, 17 ans, y traîne son ennui coincée entre ses parents et son petit ami. Elle rencontre Blaise, la quarantaine, tout juste embauché comme moniteur de voile. Camille et ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, realistic, serious, sexual ...
Plot: summer camp, opposites attract, unlikely couple, teenage life, rebelliousness, love affair, couple relations, dangerous attraction, dysfunctional family, couples, estrangement, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.0
 663
3 Backyards (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An executive, a housewife and a youngster spend a day in their Long Island suburban town during the course of one curious autumn day afternoon.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, serious, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: society, estrangement, suburbs, human nature, couple relations, lifestyle, couples, unfulfillment, dull life, multiple storylines, one day, suburban life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Shoot the Moon (1982)
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: family relations, divorce, tennis court, marital crisis, infidelity, dysfunctional family, breakup, family problems, parents and children, family life, family in crisis, suburban life ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Human Contract (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A free-spirited woman leads a businessman down a path of reckless abandon.
Style: sexy, psychological, suspenseful, serious, sexual ...
Plot: femme fatale, introspection, couples, family problems, power relations, love and romance, manipulations, manipulation, moral dilemma, sexual relations, obsession, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970)
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: suspense, humorous, witty, clever, biting ...
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, mental illness, satire, adultery, marital problem, housewife, love affair, family in crisis, destructive relationship, couple relations, midlife crisis ...
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.6
 642
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 ⇓
49%
 5.9
 352
Bereft (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young Vermont widow is haunted by the memory of her dead husband, while trying to date again.
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, serious, realistic
Plot: haunted by the past, life is a bitch, estrangement, impossible love, love and romance, parents and children, family life, romance, couples, solace, family problems, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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