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 family problems, couples, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, infidelity, love and romance and couple relations mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Happy Ending: Faces (1968), All You Need (2001), Heaven's Heart (2008), Fathers and Sons (2005), The Pumpkin Eater (1964). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, suburbs, infidelity, adultery, divorce, love, dysfunctional family, betrayal, dishonesty, couple relations, suburban life, self discovery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.3
 126
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, realistic, semi serious, talky
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, drunkenness, thanksgiving, social decay, lifestyle, family gatherings, parents and children, family life, human nature, society, family problems, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 6.8
 642
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, family problems, anniversary, introspection, couple relations, society, unfulfillment, dinner ...
Place: sweden, denmark, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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, captivating ...
Plot: infidelity, family relations, single parent, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, couples, homecoming, eccentric family, family life, parents and children, terminal illness, elderly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: miami, los angeles, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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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: clever, bleak, emotional, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: marriage, love and romance, strong female presence, infidelity, couple relations, self discovery, midlife crisis, unsupportive spouse, mentally unstable, couples, family problems, breakup ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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: realistic, touching, serious, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: unemployment, ambition, self discovery, lifestyle, downfall, relationship vs career, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, infidelity, survival, dysfunctional family, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.2
 4K
Satisfaction (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
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: serious, realistic, tense, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: husband wife relationship, marriage, crumbling marriage, family problems, couple relations, dishonesty, infidelity, adultery, dysfunctional marriage, under the surface, male escort, casual sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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, love and romance, lifestyle, unsupportive spouse, artists and showbiz, estrangement, obsession, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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 6.2
 418
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, captivating, disturbing, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: road trip, introspection, human nature, dysfunctional family, family problems, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, elderly, on the road, hopes, interracial relations, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary
Place: connecticut, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
The Babysitters (2007)
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: disturbing, sexual, bleak, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: adultery, dark humor, prostitute, high school, infidelity, statutory rape, teenager, lifestyle, juvenile delinquency, social decay, teenage life, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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, lifestyle, dishonesty, imaginary friend, adultery, mentally unstable, crumbling marriage, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 6.9
 613
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, estrangement, betrayal, family relations, family life, couples, midlife crisis, obsession, working class, family problems, unfulfillment, suburbs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 7.3
 645
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: touching, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: romance, family relations, family problems, breakup, infidelity, dishonesty, love and romance, crumbling marriage, unsupportive spouse, pregnancy, women's rights, seduction ...
Time: 90s
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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: emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, suburbs, midlife crisis, love triangle, starting over, breakup, dysfunctional family, working class, love affair, romance, family problems, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: seattle, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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: pittsburgh, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.2
 420
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: dysfunctional family, parents and children, unlikely couple, hopes, romance, couples, family problems, crumbling marriage, single parent, lifestyle, love and romance, youth ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.4
 908
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: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, gloomy
Plot: pregnancy, couple relations, life turned upside down, family problems, couples, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, husband wife relationship, drunkenness, adultery, stillbirth, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.1
 987
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, family problems, couples, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, haunted by the past, couple relations, family in crisis, vegetarian, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, family problems, crumbling marriage, life is a bitch, babies and infants, female friendship ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, elderly lovers, youth, family life, couples, dysfunctional family, love and romance, lifestyle, estrangement, family problems, journalism, single parent ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.1
 1K
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: sincere, touching, bleak, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, vengeance, crumbling marriage, family problems, dishonesty, redemption, couples, family relations, love affair, parents and children, couple relations, introspection ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, infidelity, divorce, tennis court, marital crisis, dysfunctional family, fall in love, family life, family in crisis, love affair, parents and children, suburban life ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, love and romance, betrayal, romance, crumbling marriage, dishonesty, family problems, couples, journalism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, france, greece, sweden, athens greece ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 4.6
 176
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, serious, realistic, cult film
Plot: infidelity, nightclub, marital crisis, crumbling marriage, love and romance, dishonesty, romance, unfulfillment, unsupportive spouse, lifestyle, down on your luck, college ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.4
 205
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, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: couple relations, relationship vs career, lifestyle, ambition, life turned upside down, family problems, couples, unfulfilled love, love and romance, crumbling marriage, restaurant, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, sexy ...
Plot: summer camp, opposites attract, unlikely couple, dangerous attraction, rebelliousness, teenage life, love affair, couple relations, family problems, couples, estrangement, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.1
 666
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, psychological, atmospheric, serious, tense ...
Plot: society, estrangement, dull life, couples, human nature, suburbs, couple relations, lifestyle, unfulfillment, multiple storylines, one day, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: suspenseful, psychological, sexy, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: femme fatale, introspection, couples, power relations, family problems, manipulations, love and romance, manipulation, obsession, sexual relations, moral dilemma, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.6
 686
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, family problems, couple relations, death in the family, pregnancy, social decay, society, dysfunctional family, unfulfillment, love and romance, couples, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, biting, humorous, witty, clever ...
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, mental illness, satire, adultery, housewife, marital problem, human nature, suburban life, introspection, sexual relations, feminism ...
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%