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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Olive Kitteridge
Drama
USA
239 min.
 8.3
Secrets & Lies
Drama
France, UK
136 min.
 8.0
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, bleak and serious films with plots about mentor, redemption, storytelling, loneliness, brutality, catastrophe and runaway mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like The Selfish Giant: Career Girls (1997), Tyrannosaur (2011), Small Faces (1996), Goodbye Solo (2008), Detachment (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Career Girls
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two young women reunite and rekindle their friendship after having said goodbye at their college graduation, six years earlier.
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: london, england, europe, new jersey, tokyo
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 7.6
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Tyrannosaur
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship ...
Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, psychological, serious ...
Plot: redemption, violence, dog, death, domestic disturbance, realism, domestic violence, drugs/alcohol, rage, drinking, depression, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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    User:   87%
 
 7.1
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Small Faces
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
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, rough, serious, brutal ...
Plot: working class, gang, dysfunctional family, coming of age, violence, artist, gangs, juvenile delinquency, brutality, ghetto, violent, social misfits ...
Time: 90s, 1960s
Place: scotland, europe, new jersey, california
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    User:   99%
 
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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
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System:   86%
    User:   69%
 
 7.7
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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 ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
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Style: bleak, talky, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: working class, dysfunctional family, loneliness, drinking, poverty, realism, couple relations, taxi driver, hospital, relationships, parents and children, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Style: bleak, realistic, emotional, disturbing, serious ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, europe, california
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    User:   81%
 
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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, on the road, buddies, unlikely friendships, adultery, life & death, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   70%
    User:   61%
 
 6.7
 3K
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 ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: high school, coming of age, teenager, school, hospital, writer's life, relationships, nudity (topless - notable), poetry, teacher, loneliness, coming-of-age ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   69%
 
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, serious, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, obsession, working class, depression, hospital, coma, unlikely friendships, loneliness, relationships, pornography, workplace ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, flanders
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   69%
 
 7.9
 6K
The Promise
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Tunisia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In this acclaimed and gripping social portrait of immoral lives in need of rescue, Igor (Jérémie Renier), aged 15, and his father Roger (Olivier Gourmet) deal in housing and peddling illicit labor in the outlying districts of Liege, Belgium. ...
Style: serious, emotional, bleak, reflective, realistic ...
Plot: immigrants, coming of age, dysfunctional family, father son relationship, realism, brothers, innocence lost, parents and children, crime gone awry, redemption, working class, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: belgium, europe, antwerp, usa, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   63%
    User:   62%
 
 7.5
 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 ...
Plot: coming of age, runaway, british, friendship, realism, poverty, childhood, loneliness, urban ghetto, dysfunctional family, adolescence, coming-of-age ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   49%
 
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   68%
 
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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 ...
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Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   50%
 
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, semi serious, clever, 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
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    User:   54%
 
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Time Out
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: down on your luck, unemployment, workplace, loneliness, solitude, existentialism, dishonesty, countryside, character study, isolation, greed, life & death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, switzerland, france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   68%
 
 6.2
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Palo Alto
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teenager, coming of age, small town, drugs, teenagers, drugs/alcohol, teenage life, adolescence, coming-of-age, drinking, virginity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   49%
 
 7.4
 9K
Manic
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Lyle is filled with rage. After badly beating a classmate during a schoolyard fight, Lyle is committed to a juvenile mental institution in lieu of criminal prosecution. Inside the hospital, Lyle encounters a group of adolescents struggling with a ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, psychological, talky, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, depression, coming of age, addiction, mental institution, teenager, adolescence, violent, mentor, sexual abuse, bullying, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   62%
 
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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, strong sexual content, parents and children, pornography, drug addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   56%
 
In This World
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Torn straight from the headlines, Michael Winterbottom's compelling and prescient 'In This World' follows young Afghan Jamal and his older cousin Enayat as they embark on a hazardous overland trip from their refugee camp at Peshawar, ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, road movie, compassionate ...
Plot: immigrants, politics, death, on the road, drinking, poverty, storytelling, islam, hopes, society, orphan, pornography ...
Time: contemporary, year 2002, year 2001
Place: iran, middle east, afghanistan, turkey, pakistan ...
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System:   55%
    User:   52%
 
Beijing Bicycle
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Taiwan, China
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age.
Style: emotional, serious, compassionate, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, school, adolescence, high school, male nudity, mentor, teenager, coming-of-age, childhood, teenagers, urban ...
Time: contemporary
Place: china, asia, tokyo, new jersey, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   57%
 
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:   52%
    User:   59%
 
 7.7
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Distant
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Uzak/Distant chronicles the numbing loneliness, longing, and isolation in the lives of two men who are consumed by their own problems. Istanbul photographer Mahmut reluctantly receives his relative Yusuf, but the mingling of their lives does little ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, serious, meditative, art house ...
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, existentialism, love and romance, depression, isolation, guilt, urban, unfulfillment, pornography, drinking, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, turkey, tokyo, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   60%
 
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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, violence, drinking, hospital, parents and children, custody, life philosophy, children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, california, liverpool, paraguay
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   51%
 
Olive Kitteridge
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
Story: The story focuses on a middle-school math teacher Olive and her relationship with Henry which spans 25 years over the four parts. It is based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, parents and children, depression, tragedy, loneliness, life, small town life, sarcasm, relationships, mental illness, drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa, california, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   46%
 
 6.5
 14K
Margaret
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.
Style: emotional, realistic, gloomy, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: innocence lost, high school, teacher, mother daughter relationship, virginity, drugs/alcohol, relationships, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, character study, drinking, abortion ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   44%
 
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, realistic ...
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:   50%
    User:   59%
 
The Saint of Fort Washington
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by Little Leroy, a thug who is one of the tough denizens of ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, depressing ...
Plot: mental illness, murder, death, homeless, city life, friendship, depression, social misfits, urban, loneliness, corruption, tragedy ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   56%
 

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Tully
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: small town, coming of age, dysfunctional family, young lovers, single father, family drama, relationships, romance, crumbling marriage, drinking, loneliness, opposites attract ...
Place: england, nebraska, europe, usa
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System:   50%
    User:   44%
 
Pelle the Conqueror
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, stylized, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: immigrants, father son relationship, farm, island, male nudity, death, tragedy, love, parents and children, coming of age, down on your luck, loneliness ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s
Place: denmark, europe, seaport
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System:   50%
    User:   54%
 
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