Movies like The Selfish Giant

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The Selfish Giant
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A hyperactive boy and his best friend, a slow-witted youth with an affinity for horses, start collecting scrap metal for a shady dealer.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, bleak, depressing, tense, harsh, heartbreaking, melancholic, sad ...
Plot: working class, poverty, friendship, bullying, british, buddies, horse, loneliness, depression, childhood, adolescence, kids in trouble, unlikely friendships, mentor, youth, tragedy, existentialism, friends, solitude, character study, crime gone awry, death, environment, juvenile delinquency, school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england, europe, poland, new jersey, yorkshire, northern england
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Boy A
Drama
UK
102 min.
 7.7
Kes
Drama, Family
UK
111 min.
 7.9
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, realistic, bleak and serious films with plots about mentor, runaway, loneliness, brutality, redemption, storytelling and friendship mostly in Drama, Crime and Music genres. Some movies like The Selfish Giant: Tyrannosaur (2011), Fish Tank (2009), Boy A (2007), All or Nothing (2002), Small Faces (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Tyrannosaur
Genre: Drama
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Fish Tank
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Netherlands
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Everything changes for 15 year old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, teenager, adolescence, friendship, school, drinking, dancing, working class, hip hop, realism, party ...
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Place: england, europe, california
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 7.7
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Boy A
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story of a young ex-con Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a murder he committed as a child.
Style: realistic, touching, psychological, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: murder, childhood, friendship, coming of age, mentor, haunted by the past, redemption, bullying, identity, prison, guilt, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, manchester, mcdonald's restaurant
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System:   81%
    User:   76%
 
All or Nothing
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: bleak, talky, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
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    User:   72%
 
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Small Faces
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Country: UK
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Story: Three teenage brothers, gang-member Bobby, troubled mama's boy Alan and self-assured prankster Lex, reside in a downtrodden section of Glasgow, Scotland, circa 1968. But while Bobby and Alan are beginning to experience the power of raging ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, brutal ...
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Plot: friendship, college, reunion, realism, best friends, unlikely friendships, secrets, loneliness, drinking, life philosophy, dialogue, friends ...
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    User:   64%
 
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Genre: Drama
Country: UK
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Last Orders
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final ...
Style: talky, realistic, sentimental, touching, clever ...
Plot: friendship, death, life, drinking, friends, road trip, buddies, on the road, unlikely friendships, adultery, life & death, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   84%
 
 7.4
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Goodbye Solo
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A man planning to commit suicide hires a taxi driver to take him to his jumping-off point.
Style: realistic, touching, uplifting, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, immigrants, suicide, aging, loneliness, character study, taxi, depression, interracial relations, mentor, existentialism, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   72%
 
 7.9
 15K
Kes
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: working class, friendship, school, childhood, coming of age, teacher, realism, british, bullying, adolescence, lone hero, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, europe, london, scotland, northern england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   56%
 
 7.7
 66K
Detachment
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: teacher, high school, depression, suicide, school, dedicated educator, loneliness, teachers and students, storytelling, life & death, mentor, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   63%
    User:   62%
 
Ladybird Ladybird
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maggie has had four children, by four different fathers, removed by social services because of a previous violent relationship. When she meets Jorge, a gentle Latin American refugee, she gradually sees her chance for happiness, but her history still ...
Style: realistic, biting, emotional, serious, harsh ...
Plot: working class, fighting the system, dysfunctional family, immigrants, single parent, drinking, hospital, parents and children, violence, custody, life philosophy, violent ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, california, liverpool, paraguay
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   53%
 
 7.7
 107K
This Is England
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
Style: realistic, bleak, tense, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, skinhead, coming of age, violence, innocence lost, childhood, adolescence, friendship, bullying, brainwashing, prejudice, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, woodstock, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   66%
 
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 7K
Ratcatcher
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: James Gillespie is 12 years old. The world he knew is changing. Haunted by a secret, he has become a stranger in his own family. He is drawn to the canal where he creates a world of his own. He finds an awkward tenderness with Margaret Anne, a ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, serious, enigmatic ...
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    User:   57%
 
The Kid with a Bike
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in the hands of an unqualified childcare provider.
Style: bleak, serious, gloomy, enigmatic, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, childhood, father son relationship, kids in trouble, loneliness, realism, adolescence, dysfunctional family, mentor, life is a bitch, runaway, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
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    User:   49%
 
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Thirteen
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before ...
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, bleak, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, friendship, addiction, dysfunctional family, adolescence, marijuana, drug abuse, drinking, drug addiction, makeover, domestic violence, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Browning Version
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British prep school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of his health, and perhaps may not even be given a pension. The ...
Style: talky, touching, clever, serious, tense ...
Plot: teacher, self discovery, male nudity, life & death, science, boarding school, college life, drinking, marriage, mentor, school, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   58%
 
Is Anybody There?
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young boy who lives in an old folks' home strikes up a friendship with a retired magician.
Style: touching, emotional, clever, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, golden years, life & death, loneliness, childhood, coming-of-age, mentor, retirement home, afterlife, dealing with death, death ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, california, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   43%
 
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 12K
Sweet Sixteen
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.
Style: realistic, bleak, emotional, disturbing, sentimental ...
Plot: crime, heroin, dysfunctional family, coming of age, prison, friendship, british, teenager, realism, drugs/alcohol, juvenile delinquency, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   62%
 
 7.2
 78K
Half Nelson
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: realistic, talky, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: friendship, teacher, addiction, drug abuse, loneliness, drugs, drug addiction, father daughter relationship, drinking, basketball, dedicated educator, hip hop ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
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System:   52%
    User:   59%
 
The Dreamlife of Angels
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In Lille, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends. Isa moves in with Marie, who's flat-sitting for a mother and child in hospital in comas following a car crash. Isa is out-going, unskilled, with hopes of moving south to ...
Style: talky, realistic, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, obsession, working class, depression, hospital, coma, unlikely friendships, loneliness, relationships, pornography, workplace ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, flanders
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System:   52%
    User:   56%
 
 8.0
 32K
Secrets & Lies
Genre: Drama
Country: France, UK
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A middle-aged London factory worker is shocked when the mixed-race daughter she gave up at birth decides to track her down. At first she denies she is her mother. All family members become emotional, as everyone's secrets are exposed.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, clever, serious ...
Plot: adoption, working class, dysfunctional family, loneliness, realism, secrets, parents and children, parenthood, family drama, race issues, secret, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   41%
 
 7.2
 4K
Wonderland
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: There's little wonder in the working-class lives of Bill, Eileen, and their three grown daughters. They're lonely Londoners. Nadia, a cafe waitress, places personal ads, looking for love; Debbie, a single mom, entertains men at the hair ...
Style: talky, realistic, serious, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: working class, loneliness, city life, adoption, relationships, weekend, dysfunctional family, family bonds, family life, parents and children, depression, solitude ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: london, england, europe, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   48%
 
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Welcome to the Rileys
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Years after their teenage daughter’s death, Lois and Doug Riley, an upstanding Indiana couple, are frozen by estranging grief. Doug escapes to New Orleans on a business trip. Compelled by urgencies he doesn’t understand, he insinuates himself ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, runaway, prostitute, drugs/alcohol, dealing with death, stripper, family drama, death in the family, marriage, poker, strong sexual content, life & death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, new jersey, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   50%
 
 7.3
 26K
Another Year
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Mike Leigh’s much praised 2010 tragicomical drama. During a year, a very content couple approaching retirement are visited by friends and family less happy with their lives.
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: loneliness, friendship, midlife crisis, drinking, marriage, depression, realism, couple relations, funeral, relationships, jealousy, wine ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, ireland, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   40%
 
What Maisie Knew
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Based on the Henry James novella, the story frames on 7-year-old Maisie, caught in a custody battle between her mother – a rock and roll icon – and her father. What Maisie Knew is an evocative portrayal of the chaos of adult life seen entirely ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: divorce, childhood, parents and children, parenthood, spelling bee, redemption, custody, adoption, runaway, dysfunctional family, relationships, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   39%
 
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania, Belgium
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Gabita is pregnant, abortion is strictly forbidden in Romania during the communist regime. Despite this it is common practice and Gabita wants an abortion. The movie follows her and her friend Otilia during the day she has made the appointment with ...
Style: bleak, realistic, disturbing, tense, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, hotel, abortion, friendship, communism, sexual abuse, unwanted pregnancy, guilt, realism, innocence lost, loneliness, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1987
Place: romania, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   51%
 
 7.3
 15K
Quadrophenia
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the 1973 rock opera album of the same name by The Who, this is the story of 60s teenager Jimmy. At work he slaves in a dead-end job. While after, he shops for tailored suits and rides his scooter as part of the London Mod scene.
Style: bleak, stylized, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: working class, motorcycle, music, coming of age, rock, rock and roll, rebellion, drug abuse, adolescence, drugs, hotel, estrangement ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1965
Place: england, london, europe, scotland, brighton ...
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System:   45%
    User:   36%
 

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Blue Car
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
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Time: contemporary
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System:   45%
    User:   48%
 
 7.5
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Frozen Land
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When a schoolteacher is sacked, he projects his bad mood at his troubled teenage son. The son, in turn, buys a CD player from a pawnshop with counterfeit money. This starts a chain reaction of misery as every victim projects his problems on to ...
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: depression, destiny, dysfunctional family, drug abuse, finnish, drugs, sex, male nudity, parents and children, strong sexual content, pornography, drug addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, finland
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System:   43%
    User:   39%
 
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