Movies like The Gathering 1977

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The Gathering (1977)
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The Gathering (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Adam Thornton learns that he only has a little time left, he decides that he wants to make peace with his family. Only problem is that most of his family are not exactly fond of him because he walked out on his wife and of his stubborn nature and he hasn't spoken to his youngest son after having an argument with him which he was in the wrong but only realize after his son left and has not been heard from since. But he goes to her to help him find him. But when his doctor says that it won't be good for him to travel, she suggests that they invite them all for Christmas. While most of them come, Adam's attempt at reconciliation won't be easy.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: family relations, family gatherings, terminal illness, parents and children, life is a bitch, family life, hopes, dysfunctional family, elderly, family problems, introspection, single parent, siblings relations, reunion, estrangement, unfulfillment, golden years, bittersweet, love, christmas, baptism, doctor, dying man, father daughter relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and emotional films with plots about parents and children, family relations, family problems, hopes, unfulfillment, estrangement and life is a bitch mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Gathering: Christmas Eve (1986), A Christmas Visitor (2002), A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014), A Hobo's Christmas (1987), Alpha Male (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Christmas Eve (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of a well-to-do elderly woman, who befriends the homeless and volunteers her time with children, who learns she has an incurable illness and wants desperately to reunite her three grown grand children (who are scattered across the U.S. living ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, reunion, hopes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family problems, estrangement, terminal illness, private detective, race against time, family gatherings, family life ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
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95%
A Christmas Visitor (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A father struggles with the past. A daughter fights for the future. A mother searches for answers. The Boyajians have not celebrated Christmas in 11 years. They lost their faith when they lost their son to the Persian Gulf War. Now a stranger has ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: grief, gulf war, christmas, introspection, family gatherings, family life, parents and children, redemption, dysfunctional family, family problems, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iran
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82%
A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When irascible matriarch Viola Price learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world.
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, family problems, estrangement, dysfunctional family, drugs/alcohol, aging, hopes, love, couples, elderly, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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72%
A Hobo's Christmas (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A hobo played by Barnard Hughes decides it's time to go home. Drifting from place to place, Hughes finds himself in his hometown of Salt Lake City at Christmas time. Here he hopes to close old wounds and be reunited with his unforgiving son ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, feel good, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: homelessness, christmas, estrangement, family relations, family problems, family gatherings, reunion, parents and children, hopes, family, police station, grandfather ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, salt lake city utah
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71%
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Alpha Male (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Drama about a family torn apart after the death of its patriarch. Haunted by their father's death, Jack and Elyssa have a fraught relationship with their remarried mother even now they have come of age.
Style: emotional, touching, contemplative, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: family relations, reunion, parents and children, dysfunctional family, death in the family, family problems, estrangement, unfulfillment, family gatherings, brother brother relationship, coming of age, family business ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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68%
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Marvin's Room (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow.
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, reunion, estrangement, leukemia, transplant, siblings relations, single parent, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, usa, ohio, orlando florida, united states
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68%
In the Gloaming (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister.
Style: sincere, touching, gloomy, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, aids, bereavement, homecoming, human nature, introspection, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, resentment, parents and children, family gatherings, death in the family ...
Time: 90s
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67%
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Reconciliation (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: RECONCILIATION is a groundbreaking, provocative story about an estranged father and son struggling to overcome the heartbreaking consequences of their past. Grant Taylor (Eric Nenninger) has been troubled by intense childhood memories ever since his ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: gay parent, forgiveness, redemption, haunted by the past, family relations, last wish, family problems, estrangement, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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63%
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Constellation (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Constellation chronicles the lives and loves of an African-American family in the deep South as they are forced to come to terms with a tumultuous past marked by an unrequited interracial affair. The film explores the way in which the family ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, touching, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, estrangement, interracial relations, haunted by the past, death in the family, family problems, society, unfulfillment, hopes, family gatherings, dysfunctional family, family reunited ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, alabama
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63%
The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Alison Dodge, a 17-year old raised by her mother, decides on her own to spend her last summer before college getting to know her father
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, introspection, parents and children, redemption, one more chance, family problems, estrangement, youth, father daughter relationship, estranged father, fear of commitment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, usa, san diego california, phoenix arizona
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62%
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Silent Heart (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The prestigious Danish filmmaker Bille August, winner of an Academy Award and two Palme d'Or in Cannes, returns with a highly personal drama. Three generations of a family gather over a weekend. The sisters Sanne and Heidi have accepted their ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, gloomy
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, family life, couples, siblings relations, parents and children, couple relations, family gatherings, euthanasia, relationship problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
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Two Weeks (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In this bittersweet comedy, four adult siblings gather at their dying mother's house in North Carolina for what they expect to be a quick, last goodbye. Instead, they find themselves trapped — together — for two weeks.
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: terminal illness, eccentric family, family life, introspection, estrangement, homecoming, family gatherings, parents and children, dysfunctional family, single parent, family problems, dying ...
Time: contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa
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Christmas at Maxwell's (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A successful American family retreat to their summer home on the banks of Lake Erie to find meaning in life, illness, loss, and change this Christmas. With a successful career in the wine business, and two amazing children, what more can a family ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: human spirit, family life, love and romance, miraculous event, homecoming, road not taken, parents and children, couples, family problems, hopes, life is a bitch, terminal illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
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52%
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Lullaby (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Estranged from his family, Jonathan (Hedlund) discovers his father has decided to take himself off life support in forty-eight hours’ time. During this intensely condensed period, a lifetime of drama plays out. Robert (Jenkins) fights a zero sum ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: mercy killing, terminal illness, parents and children, siblings relations, estrangement, family problems, life is a bitch, cancer, death in the family, estranged family member, profanity, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, new york, california
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Red Doors (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Wongs struggle to cope with life, love, and family dysfunction in the suburbs of New York.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family life, dysfunctional family, family problems, human nature, parents and children, culture clash, single parent, youth, suburbs, family in crisis, family relations, prank ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Pandora's Box (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When an aging matriarch starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, self discovery, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, elderly, hopes, estrangement, family problems, introspection, parents and children, countryside, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey, istanbul turkey
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When Andrew Came Home (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mother searches for five years to find her kidnapped son in this fact-based drama. Unexpectedly the boy is found, but the reunion is not as she hoped. She now has to deal with five years of abuse that the boy suffered at the hands of his ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: kids in trouble, kidnapping, reunion, single parent, danger, confined, family in crisis, parents and children, captivity, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Little Sparrows (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In the midst of an Australian summer, we meet three sisters. Nina is widowed with two young children. Anna is an aspiring actress unhappily married to a filmmaker. Christine is a med student who is yet to fully come to terms with her sexuality. When ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, psychological, talky ...
Plot: family relations, terminal illness, self discovery, introspection, strong female presence, mother, love, motherhood, dying mother, sister sister relationship, parenthood, christmas ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The siblings of the Fitzgerald family must decide if the dad who abandoned them 20 years ago can come home for Christmas. Can the big Irish clan get past their grievances to be a family again?
Style: sincere, serious, sentimental, touching, realistic
Plot: family gatherings, christmas, reunion, family relations, homecoming, parents and children, sibling relationship, holiday, irish american, estranged father, brother sister relationship, family reunited ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, long island
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Safe Passage (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mother with seven sons feels like she's losing control of her life and her family. But personal...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, pain, life is a bitch, family life, parents and children, family problems, terminal illness, terrorism, death in the family, eccentric family, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: middle east, new jersey, utah, beirut lebanon, london
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45%
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Ocean Heaven (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of a father's tireless love for his autistic son. A terminally ill father's attempt to teach his autistic son the necessary life skills to survive on his own before he passes away. It is also a poignant tribute to the infinite ...
Style: serious, emotional, sentimental, realistic, gloomy
Plot: terminal illness, aquarium, single parent, life is a bitch, family relations, father son relationship, love, family problems, parents and children, unfulfillment, autism, mentally challenged ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, asia
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44%
...First Do No Harm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Plot: hospital, family relations, doctors and patients, human spirit, family in crisis, terminal illness, custody, bittersweet, family life, parents and children, child illness, against the odds ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
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43%
A Long Way Home (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, psychiatrist, teenager, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, hopes, family in crisis, family problems, redemption, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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42%
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Archipelago (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Patricia (Kate Fahy) and her two children, young adults Edward (Tom Hiddleston) and Cynthia (Lydia Leonard), arrive for a break at a holiday cottage. As rain and wind lash against the windows, Patricia grows exasperated at the absence of her ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: family relations, siblings relations, estrangement, parents and children, family in crisis, island, introspection, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, resort, hopes, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
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41%
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Volcano (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iceland, Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Hannes is an old man who has grown apart from his children. Recently retired when his wife gets ill he tries to reconcile with them and to atone for his cold demeanor in the past.
Style: realistic, emotional, atmospheric, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: family reunited, introspection, parents and children, family relations, estrangement, redemption, aging, unfulfillment, family feud, reach out, hopes, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iceland, europe
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For Ellen (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After an overnight long-distance drive, Joby has a special meeting—with lawyers and his ex-wife. A struggling musician with the prerequisite tattoos, slimy hair, goatee, and his head firmly floating in the clouds, Joby hasn’t been around to be a ...
Style: touching, realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: parents and children, reunion, custody, rivalry, hopes, family problems, babies and infants, estrangement, family relations, family gatherings, child custody, musician ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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40%
Candles on Bay Street (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: DeeDee returns to her hometown with her 11 year old son, Trooper, 13 years after she ran off with her boyfriend. Her childhood best friend, Sam, is now married and he and his wife, Lydia, are the town's veterinarians. Lydia is a little wary ...
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, emotional, realistic
Plot: single parent, adoption, veterinarian, parents and children, social relations, terminal illness, couple relations, life is a bitch, homecoming, couples, small town, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Mulberry Tree (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A drama centered on a young man working in Rhode Island's state corrections system and his relationship with a convicted murderer who is dying of AIDS and spending his remaining days on hospital detail.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, talky ...
Plot: hospital, redemption, hopes, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, terminal illness, prison, family relations, estrangement, life sentence, one more chance, murderer ...
Place: rhode island, usa
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37%
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The Wool Cap (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This film, originally made for tv, stars William H. Macy as a mute superintendent of a apartment building that is falling apart who becomes the unwilling guardian to a young girl with a bit of an attitude. The film is an updated and Americanized ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: redemption, friendship, introspection, disability, custody, elderly, dysfunctional family, family life, rehabilitation, addiction, parents and children, misfit ...
Time: contemporary
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37%
Be Sure to Share (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Shiro’s struggle with his father’s cancer and impending death leads to a realization that he must communicate his love and admiration for him before it’s too late. A series of flashbacks reveals their relationship over time, and the trouble ...
Style: touching, realistic, contemplative, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, terminal illness, redemption, coping, parents and children, family in crisis, unfulfillment, estrangement, father son relationship, family problems, hopes, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%