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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: 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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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, psychological and gloomy films with plots about couples, crumbling marriage, family problems, unfulfillment, infidelity, suburbs and suburban life mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like The Happy Ending: The Pumpkin Eater (1964), Faces (1968), Adrift in Manhattan (2007), Alice's House (2007), Heaven's Heart (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: gloomy, serious, realistic, bleak, clever ...
Plot: marriage, mentally unstable, unsupportive spouse, crumbling marriage, couple relations, infidelity, midlife crisis, unfulfillment, couples, feminism, self discovery, breakup ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.7
 8K
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, clever, serious, biting, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, divorce, adultery, love, infidelity, suburbs, betrayal, crumbling marriage, marriage crisis, dysfunctional family, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo
⇓ 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: serious, gloomy, psychological, realistic, sexual
Plot: stalking, suburbs, crumbling marriage, introspection, couple relations, infidelity, death in the family, family in crisis, suburban life, estrangement, love and romance, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 6.9
 572
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: sexual, serious, realistic
Plot: elderly lovers, suburbs, beauty salon, unsupportive spouse, crumbling marriage, infidelity, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, family life, midlife crisis, suburban life, dull life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.8
 614
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: talky, serious, realistic, clever, psychological
Plot: infidelity, crumbling marriage, introspection, suburbs, couple relations, love affair, midlife crisis, suburban life, thirtysomething life, dishonesty, couples, family problems ...
Place: denmark, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.2
 378
Coast to Coast (2003)
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: serious, gloomy, realistic, talky, clever
Audience: girls' night
Plot: road trip, on the road, crumbling marriage, human nature, introspection, suburbs, couple relations, couples, family problems, battle of the sexes, infidelity, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, connecticut, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
A Change of Heart (1998)
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: suburbs, gays and lesbians, unsupportive spouse, gay, crumbling marriage, infidelity, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, suburban life, breakup, family life, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 6.8
 123
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: talky, emotional, semi serious, realistic, touching
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, thanksgiving, unsupportive spouse, suburbs, crumbling marriage, human nature, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, alcohol abuse, eccentric family, family gatherings ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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 5.1
 607
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: suburban life, suburbs, dull life, estrangement, unfulfillment, human nature, innocence lost, couple relations, society, couples, lifestyle
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 4.6
 135
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
Plot: nightclub, infidelity, unsupportive spouse, college, crumbling marriage, romance, love and romance, couples, family problems, love affair, down on your luck, dishonesty ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 4.4
 391
The Turning (1992)
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: infidelity, family life, suburbs, crumbling marriage, obsession, couple relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, society, couples, family relations, mentally unstable ...
Time: 90s
Place: virginia, usa, west virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: divorce, tennis court, suburbs, infidelity, fall in love, dysfunctional family, family life, crumbling marriage, introspection, couple relations, love affair, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: realistic, psychological, semi serious, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, dentist, crumbling marriage, suburbs, couple relations, dishonesty, love and romance, society, unfulfillment, couples, adultery, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
The Rain People (1969)
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: starting over, on the road, feminism, hitchhiker, housewife, runaway, pregnancy, suburbs, pregnant woman, human nature, introspection, hopes ...
Time: 60s
Place: cross country
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 √Člise 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: disturbing, serious, 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
A Cooler Climate (1999)
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: serious, touching, 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.7
 62
Ritual (2000)
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: disturbing, serious, realistic, cynical, psychological
Plot: family life, college, crumbling marriage, suburbs, domestic disturbance, rehabilitation, innocence lost, parents and children, siblings relations, alcohol abuse, death in the family, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: bahamas
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: sexual, dark humor, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, teenager, sex, cabin, daughter, high school, violence, train, adultery, infidelity, suburbs, unlikely criminals ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 5.7
 273
Always (1985)
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, semi serious, talky, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: unsupportive spouse, suburbs, romance, crumbling marriage, infidelity, dysfunctional family, midlife crisis, pregnancy, relationship vs career, suburban life, breakup, thirtysomething life ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.1
 910
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: sincere, serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: vegetarian, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, introspection, couple relations, infidelity, parents and children, family in crisis, haunted by the past, couples, family problems, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: clever, semi serious, realistic, witty, humorous ...
Plot: love triangle, marital problem, housewife, infidelity, mental illness, crumbling marriage, suburbs, introspection, couple relations, destructive relationship, love affair, sexual relations ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.4
 249
Adrift (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Adrift begins with the wedding of Duyen and Hai. Duyen is a beautiful tourist guide and translator who marries Hai, a taxi driver who is two years her junior. Duyen thinks the marriage will make her happy but it turns out more difficult, especially ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy, sexual ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, couple relations, forbidden love, urban, infidelity, sexual relations, love and romance, couples, self discovery, estrangement, dishonesty, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: serious, emotional, offbeat, realistic, touching
Plot: single parent, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, infidelity, suburbs, unsupportive spouse, parents and children, death in the family, family in crisis, midlife crisis, terminal illness, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Dancing in the Dark (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Via the New York Times: "To all outward appearances, Edna Cormick (Martha Henry) is the perfect housewife.... She's married to a man who'll stand up in public and say, "This is my wife," so that there'll be no confusion ...
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: infidelity, hospital, mental illness, murder, couple relations, couples, crumbling marriage, feminism, love affair, crimes, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.3
 228
The Weekend (1999)
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: serious, emotional, 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Dennie has returned from a year among the hippies to her superficial, image-conscious suburban family. She must face their disapproval of her actions. They refuse to even try to understand. She must also deal with an ex-lover, and a beloved young ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, thought provoking, touching
Plot: dysfunctional family, suburbs, love affair, love and romance, romance, society, family relations, on the run, suburban life, teenage life, estrangement, elderly ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.7
 26
Turbine (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Nick, an adulterous New Yorker, and his wife, Sarah, relocate to the Midwest for a fresh start. Nick soon befriends a wealthy local farmer and discovers a secret he's been keeping is not so easily left behind in this erotic and surreal drama.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: infidelity, crumbling marriage, couple relations, countryside, unfulfillment, couples, femme fatale, starting over, dangerous attraction, destructive relationship, dishonesty, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: missouri, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.5
 2K
Hungry Wives (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A bored, unhappy suburban housewife gets mixed up in witchcraft and murder.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, scary ...
Plot: wizards and magicians, witchcraft, housewife, witch, nightmare, suburban life, suburbs, woman in danger, religions or cults, supernatural ability, crumbling marriage, infidelity ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.7
 714
Losing Chase (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 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: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, mental illness, single parent, dysfunctional family, chase, crumbling marriage, caretaker, traumatic experience, nervous breakdown, human nature, introspection, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Madame Bovary (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Belgium, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The classic story of Emma Bovary, the beautiful wife of a small-town doctor in 19th century France, who engages in extra marital affairs in an attempt to advance her social status.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, dull life, extramarital affair, romance, unfulfillment, village, couples, tragic hero, crumbling marriage, couple relations, love affair, village life ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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