Movies like Sand

If you like "Sand" you are looking for serious, suspenseful and psychological movies about / with starting over, haunted by the past, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, fall in love, family problems and uninvited guest themes of Drama genre shot in USA.
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Sand (2000)
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Sand (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young man tries running from his past by hiding from his two violent brothers, only to have them track and harass him and his friends.
Style: serious, suspenseful, psychological, rough, suspense, realistic
Plot: starting over, haunted by the past, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, fall in love, family problems, uninvited guest, on the run, homecoming, rivalry, sexual harassment, small town, attempted rape, beach, graphic violence, social misfits, sexual content, good versus evil, low lives, siblings relations, small town life, revenge, cocaine, motel, death of mother ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, mojave desert

Most similar movies to Sand

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and rough films with plots about life is a bitch, family relations, family problems, crimes, small town, hopes and starting over mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Sand: Her Desperate Choice (1996), Lana's Rain (2002), Lightning Bug (2004), Badland (2007), Runaway (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Her Desperate Choice (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Despite allegations of sexual abuse against her ex-husband, Jody (Faith Ford) has lost a custody battle for Samantha (Hanna Hall) and faces a choice of turning her daughter over to him, or taking flight and risking kidnapping charges. Pursued by ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: child abuse, youth, lifetime, age difference, on the run, divorced parents, private investigator, veterinarian, private detective, small town, child in peril, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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95%
 6.2
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Lana's Rain (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: This powerful, hard-edged crime drama explores the dark side of the American immigrant experience and dares to ask, "How far would you go to survive?" Lana’s only chance to escape the war-torn Balkans is her long-lost brother, Darko, a ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, gloomy, bleak
Plot: starting over, survival, prostitute, society, criminal heroes, crimes, immigrants, gangsters, life is a bitch, urban ghetto life, sexual content, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, usa, bosnia herzegovina
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
Lightning Bug (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In this drama thriller set in the South, a young boy named Green (Bret Harrison) longs to escape his unhappy life but feels trapped in his hometown. A gifted special-effects makeup artist, Green has big dreams of working in Hollywood. But the ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: social relations, family problems, alcohol abuse, youth, life is a bitch, hollywood, dysfunctional family, small town, small town life, abuse, religion, makeup artist ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 6.2
 489
Badland (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Jerry (Jamie Draven) was an idealist when he served in the first Gulf War. But when he was later deployed to Iraq, Jerry was an older man, a father of three and embittered by broken promises and unfulfilled desires. When Jerry returns from Iraq he ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: soldier, homecoming, starting over, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, hopes, military, war, desperation, intrigue, wife, navy ...
Time: 90s
Place: iraq, middle east, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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 6.6
 501
Runaway (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Michael Adler has run away from his suburban home with his little brother Dylan. Hiding out in a quiet, rural town, Michael's convinced he can make a better life for both of them. While Dylan stays holed up in a cheap motel all day, Michael ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: starting over, teenage life, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, family problems, crimes, obsession, investigation, on the run, hiding, small town, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 5.8
 574
Money Kings (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Vinnie's a bookie, happily married, running his operation for 30 years out of his bar in Brooklyn. Times change, the boys up the chain want a bigger profit, so Vinnie's expendable He's assigned a hotheaded kid, Tony, the nephew of a ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, bookies, gangsters, bet, loser, dishonesty, life is a bitch, down on your luck, disorder, unlikely criminals, crimes, unlikely partners ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, florida, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.7
 533
Cook County (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After a stint in prison, Sonny returns to his home in East Texas, determined to repair his relationship with his son. Standing in his way is his brother, who has turned the home into a crumbling meth lab (IMDb.com)
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: meth lab, family relations, redemption, estrangement, family problems, parents and children, homecoming, addiction, drug abuse, adolescence vs adulthood, small town, released from prison ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
The Toy Soldiers (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: On one evening in a decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the innocence of youth and family unravels. Five parallel coming-of-age stories dramatize the stages of grief. A youthful mother in a custody battle over her children, finds ...
Style: serious, psychological, sincere, suspenseful, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming out, teenage life, haunted by the past, family problems, misfit, life is a bitch, social misfits, youth, addiction, custody, society, bittersweet ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Eye of the Stranger (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A stranger comes into town and causes a stir when he stands up for the townfolk, in the face of the intimidation tactics from Mayor Howard Baines. The scheming mayor wants to buy up all the local properties, and has hired two thugs to help ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: murder, legal, contests and competitions, law enforcement, investigation, rivalry, crimes, mystery, dishonesty, terrorism, life is a bitch, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.5
 287
Islander (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a tragic accident at sea, Eben Cole loses his family, friends and stature in his island fishing community. He returns to the island an outcast but determined to win back the way of life he fought so hard to protect. Set against the stunning ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: hopes, island, redemption, starting over, family problems, estrangement, social misfits, human nature, couple relations, friendship, ocean, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.4
 1K
Southie (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: South Boston Irish bad boy Danny Quinn returns back home from New York and gets stuck between his pals, who are supported by one Irish mafia clan, and his family, which are members of another.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Plot: crimes, gangsters, mafia, buddies, best friends, rivalry, criminal heroes, family problems, family relations, friends, dysfunctional family, family life ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
A Brother's Kiss (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to sodomize Mick on the street, is living with his wife Debbie ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, rough, bleak ...
Plot: downfall, haunted by the past, male rape, going straight, society, life is a bitch, crimes, dysfunctional family, addiction, down on your luck, family problems, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, harlem, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.7
 304
America Brown (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A coming-of-age drama that centers on a young quarterback from West Texas, a priest in New York, and the two women in their lives.
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, high school, starting over, prodigy, haunted by the past, ambition, hopes, sport, society, rivalry, on the run, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.9
 4K
On the Edge (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center.
Style: touching, psychological, talky, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: mentally unstable, mental institution, human nature, friendship, life is a bitch, love and romance, alcohol abuse, haunted by the past, fall in love, psychiatric ward, psychiatrist, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Stick Up Kids (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: People always told Santos he was something special. His Uncle told him to get a skill, so he became a hustler and with his three,they became "The Stick Up Kids" Harlem would never be the same. They thought they had it all... Money, cars, ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rivalry, gang, criminal's revenge, crimes, buddies, friends, urban ghetto life, society, dishonesty, cons and scams, graphic violence, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Alex of Venice (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After her stay-at-home husband leaves her, a workaholic lawyer finds that she is not completely up to the tasks of caring for her young son, ailing father and household all by herself.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: starting over, life turned upside down, ambition, self discovery, family life, family relations, eccentric family, parents and children, family problems, relationship vs career, breakup, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, venice california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Always Outnumbered (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An ex-con moves to L.A. to find work and creates a disturbance by fighting for a position. More importantly he touches the lives of many of his neighbors including an older man dying of cancer, a young married couple whose husband is too proud to ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough
Plot: gang, ex convict, cancer, retirement home, terminal illness, starting over, unfulfillment, society, going straight, life is a bitch, crimes, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Down Came a Blackbird (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A woman struggles with the death of her lover. He was killed by South-American fascists.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: clinic, kidnapping, distopia, media, state affairs, life is a bitch, politics, confined, journalism, survival, on the run, against humanity ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Love Is the Drug (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jonah Brand (John Patrick Amedori) isn't necessarily the type of guy who would interest ultra-hot Sara Weller (Lizzy Caplan). But when she and her friends find out he works at a pharmacy, they charm him into their circle and gain his trust with ...
Style: emotional, serious, suspense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: love triangle, juvenile delinquency, lifestyle, teenage love, drug dealing, crimes, teenage life, family relations, youth, life is a bitch, kids in trouble, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.1
 615
Boulevard (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A street prostitute takes in an abused young woman on the run from her misogynist boyfriend, leading to both facing off against the prostitute's dreaded pimp and a relentless police detective out to arrest all of them.
Style: erotic, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: juvenile delinquency, prostitution, sex scene, making love, lgbt, sex crime, adoption, social misfits, life is a bitch, prostitute, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.2
 748
Video Girl (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Lorie Walker ( Meagan Good), attends a ritzy private school in a small southern town. Raised by her grandmother Valerie ( Ruby Dee), she often daydreams of becoming a professional dancer. After a chance meeting with a renowned music video director, ...
Style: realistic, psychological, atmospheric, captivating, serious
Plot: desire for fame, ambition, dancer's life, small town, rise and fall, follow your dream, life is a bitch, celebrity culture, society, rivalry, couples, sex scene ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Bed You Sleep In (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Times are hard for Northwestern lumber-mill operators like Ray and his wife Jean. Ray and Jean's lives are thrown into chaos when their daughter writes home from college
Style: experimental, realistic, serious, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: mental disorder, alienation, family relations, small town, life turned upside down, family problems, domestic disturbance, crumbling marriage, society, life is a bitch, human nature, working class ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.3
 431
Nevada (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Chrysty walks through the desert carrying nothing and heading nowhere. She enters a very small town called Silver City. The local community of woman is intrigued by the sudden arrival of an attractive stranger and they find out that Chrysty left a ...
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, sexual, touching
Plot: small town, feminist, female nudity, couples, social relations, gays and lesbians, mysterious character, on the run, pregnancy, village life, village, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
Place: idaho, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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The World Made Straight (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, tense, neo noir ...
Plot: civil war, starting over, haunted by the past, social relations, crimes, life is a bitch, friendship, family relations, youth, hopes, coming of age, drugs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, appalachia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Face on the Milk Carton (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Based on the book by Caroline B. Cooney, a girl happens to look down at a milk carton one day and she sees herself on the back! Could her parents really have kidnapped her?
Style: serious, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: child abduction, lifetime, abused child, family relations, kidnapping, family problems, life turned upside down, fall in love, parents and children, adoption, siblings relations, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Saving Grace B. Jones (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In a 1950s-era Missouri town the life of a couple is thrown into chaos when the husband's sister is released from the local asylum and comes to live with the family.
Style: atmospheric, serious, emotional, suspenseful, feminist film ...
Plot: redemption, family in danger, family problems, domestic disturbance, life turned upside down, family relations, family in crisis, hopes, disorder, homecoming, mentally unstable, estrangement ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1951
Place: missouri, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Suspicious River (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young married woman (Parker) sells her body, not just for money, to guests at the motel where she works as a receptionist.
Style: erotic, psychological, rough, disturbing, sexy ...
Plot: sexual abuse, prostitute, infidelity, dangerous attraction, survival, family problems, destructive relationship, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, strong sexual content, small town, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, vancouver
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Light Shines Only There (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A man has thrown away love and a woman has given up on love. The two souls meet in a brief summer in the northern city of Hakodate.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, rough, romantic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, prostitute, life is a bitch, fall in love, social decay, society, love and romance, family problems, friends, friendship, haunted by the past, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013
Place: japan, hokkaido
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.8
 335
A Good Baby (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A young loner wandering the back roads of North Carolina comes across an abandoned baby. He immediately starts seeking the baby's parents, but starts developing a bond with the child that explores his own isolated roots.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, atmospheric, gloomy
Plot: missing child, crimes, orphan, family relations, family problems, adoption, missing person, isolation, abandoned baby, single parent, babies and infants, misfit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, appalachia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Adam at Six A.M. (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A disenchanted young Professor of Semantics at a California college learns of a distant relative's death in Missouri. He journeys cross-country to the funeral, then decides to spend the summer there and work as a laborer for a power-line ...
Style: suspense, biting, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, farm, family relations, small town, couples, youth, starting over, love and romance, hopes, innocence lost, small town life, fall in love ...
Time: 60s, 70s
Place: missouri, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%