Movies like Seventeen Years

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Seventeen Years (1999)
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Seventeen Years (1999)
Original name: Guo nian hui jia
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, Italy, Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Is a simple family drama that evolves into a moving study of immutable family ties and is also a scathing indictment of the political and penal system in China.
Style: tense, serious, realistic
Plot: prison, murder, on the road, single parent, parents and children, siblings relations, child as adult, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, teenage life, coming of age, family life, youth, family problems, family relations, rebelliousness, reunion, working class, society, new year, love, thief, student, friendship, violence ...
Time: 90s, year 1998, year 1981

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Most similar movies to Seventeen Years

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about family relations, parents and children, youth, family problems, dysfunctional family, society and coming of age mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Seventeen Years: In Bloom (2013), The Keys to the House (2004), Zion and His Brother (2009), The United States of Leland (2003), Blue River (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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In Bloom (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Georgia, Germany, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Eka and Natia leave their childhood behind and ignore societal customs to escape from their turbulent family lives.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, sincere
Plot: coming of age, best friends, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, friends, youth, family problems, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life, kids in trouble, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992
Place: georgia (former ussr), georgia
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95%
The Keys to the House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Germany, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.
Style: serious, psychological, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: hospital, human nature, redemption, parents and children, estrangement, hopes, family relations, self discovery, haunted by the past, disability, misfit, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, germany, italy, norway, milan italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
Zion and His Brother (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Zion, aged 14 and his brother Meir, 17, are facing a crisis in their relationship after a terrible accident. They keep the secret to themselves and it haunts them until, finally, Zion re-examines his loyalty towards his older brother and decides ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: coming of age, introspection, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, teenage life, youth, family problems, family relations, single parent, parents and children, family in crisis, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: bleak, talky, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, prison, dysfunctional family, theft, teacher, stabbing, robbery, jealousy, coming of age, romance, writer's life, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, california, phoenix arizona, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 5.8
 238
Blue River (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Edward's father walked out on his family years ago. In the years since, his mother has become a fundamentalist Christian and fallen for the school's self-righteous principal, Henry Howland. When Howland begins to mistreat Edward's ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: dysfunctional family, arson, family life, youth, sibling relationship, religious fundamentalist, school, family relations, single parent, small town, betrayal, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.6
 211
Drifters (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The young adult life of Hong Yunsheng, nicknamed Little Brother, is seen as somewhat of a failure by those that know him. A Chinese national, he stowed away on a boat to the United States, where he worked as a dishwasher in the restaurant of a ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: ship, village, restaurant, deportation, immigrants, hospital, single parent, love affair, romance, siblings relations, eccentric family, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, clever, gloomy ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, hospital, adoption, loss of son, vengeance, innocence lost, suburbs, twins, parents and children, youth, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.1
 133
Almost a Woman (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young woman named Esmeralda and her family move to New York from a rural area of Puerto Rico. The transition is difficult due to the many challenges she and her family face.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: coming of age, translator, immigrants, single parent, crumbling marriage, human spirit, parents and children, siblings relations, teachers and students, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, family life ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, latin america, usa, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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 7.2
 28K
White Oleander (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.
Style: emotional, disturbing, serious, realistic, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenage life, coming of age, women's prison, prison, murder, bad mother, poison, artist, crimes, love and romance, parents and children, custody ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, mexico, nova scotia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.4
 118
Passover Fever (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Part funny part sad movie about a family Passover dinner.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: nanny, single parent, dealing with death, parents and children, siblings relations, death in the family, dysfunctional family, eccentric family, family gatherings, family in crisis, family life, haunted by the past ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Nenette and Boni (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Teenage siblings Nenette and Boni were raised apart as a result of their parents' divorce. Their mother, who doted on her son Boni, has died. He works for an interesting couple as a pizza baker, and is surprised and enraged when his younger ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, art house, melancholic ...
Plot: school, coming of age, pregnancy, single parent, dysfunctional family, dealing with death, human nature, obsession, self discovery, parents and children, siblings relations, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The Seventh Continent (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Chronicles three years of a middle class family seemingly caught up in their daily routines, only troubled by minor incidents. Behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence however, they are actually planning something sinister.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, thought provoking ...
Plot: school, dysfunctional family, fish, alienation, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, midlife crisis, family life, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, australia, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.0
 601
Campfire (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of one woman's personal battle for acceptance, but also a portrait of a political movement that has forever affected millions of lives in the Middle East.
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: friendship, coming of age, single parent, bank, starting over, self discovery, romance, impossible love, parents and children, siblings relations, teenage love, tragic love ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.2
 3K
American Gun (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: high school, parents and children, americana, on the road, suburbs, urban, society, family problems, family relations, single parent, dealing with death, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, virginia, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Luminous Motion (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A mom and her 10 year son motor around the country as she makes ends meet by turning tricks until her car breaks down. She then temporarily takes up with a hardware store owner until she gets her own place. Then the kid's father shows up to try ...
Style: serious, offbeat, realistic, psychological
Plot: on the road, dysfunctional family, single parent, island, parents and children, store, family relations, friendship, alcohol abuse, family problems, chemistry, baseball glove ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, beirut lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
A Taste of Honey (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Focuses on a working class girl who is struggling to create a life for herself with her gay co-worker after becoming pregnant from a one-night stand with a black sailor.
Style: gloomy, serious, talky, sexual, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, single parent, friendship, working class, single mother, gay, teenage pregnancy, ship, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, youth, realism ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Ladybird Ladybird (1994)
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, emotional, serious, biting, sincere ...
Plot: love, children, pregnancy, working class, social worker, single parent, fighting the system, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family, social services, custody ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, liverpool, paraguay, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.4
 715
Angela (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A ten year old girl named Angela leads her six year old sister, Ellie, through various regimens of 'purification' in an attempt to rid themselves of their evil, which she believes to be the cause of their mother's mental illness. ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, pregnancy, single parent, small town, dealing with death, human nature, self discovery, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, small town life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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First, Last and Deposit (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Thirteen-year-old Tessa (Jessica White) faces more than the usual tribulations of adolescence. When bad times hit, she and her mother find themselves living on the streets. The injustice of poverty is emphasized by the fact that Tessa's school ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: school, survival, eviction, juvenile delinquency, single parent, obsession, down on your luck, suburbs, urban ghetto, suburban life, unemployment, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Down in the Delta (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta and her children Thomas and Tracy away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. Earl puts Loretta to work in his restaurant, Just Chicken, while also ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: farm, drugs/alcohol, single parent, dysfunctional family, starting over, parents and children, family in crisis, family life, family relations, rehabilitation, human nature, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, atlanta georgia, alabama, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Gracie's Choice (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: For as long as she can remember, 16 year-old Gracie has been raising her four siblings, each of whom has a different, absent father and their mother is on the fast track to self-destruction. When these children's lives are about to be pulled ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: custody, teenage girl, coming of age, custody battle, single parent, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, hopes, youth, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.3
 162
Anonymes (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Tunisia, Switzerland, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A teenager unwittingly reveals a terrible family secret to her new neighbors.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, thought provoking, sentimental
Plot: introspection, self discovery, celebrity culture, teenage life, coming of age, family life, society, youth, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations, hopes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.0
 215
Getting Out (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Breaking out of prison with a child in her womb and a dream of a normal existence, Arlene Holsclaw (Rebecca De Mornay) resolves to get a job and lead a good, Christian life. But the ghosts from her past -- including an ex-boyfriend (Rob Knepper) who ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, family life, family relations, crime, life is a bitch, going straight, parents and children, custody, crimes, hopes, society, family problems ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 931
Canvas (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A woman's schizophrenia affects her relationships with her husband and son.
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: mental illness, single parent, couple relations, hospital, parents and children, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, teenage life, family problems, family relations, gays and lesbians, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.1
 40K
Mommy (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A peculiar neighbor offers hope to a recent widow who is struggling to raise a teenager who is unpredictable and, sometimes, violent.
Style: sincere, melancholic, psychological, touching, depressing ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, oedipus complex, single mother, sexual relations, family in crisis, parent child relationship, teenage life, family problems, life is a bitch, youth, anti conformity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2010s, year 1982 ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Stolen Children (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Switzerland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing Rosetta (11 years old) to work as a prostitute. First the ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, captivating, touching ...
Plot: orphanage, on the road, coming of age, self discovery, siblings relations, dysfunctional family, youth, family problems, family relations, prostitute, parents and children, social differences ...
Time: 90s
Place: italy, europe, sicily
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 80 min.
Story: One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which rapidly becomes the most important moment ever in their ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, psychological, rough ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, high school life, friendship, parents and children, dysfunctional family, youth, life is a bitch, teachers and students, family problems, school, realism, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Book of Stars (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A tale of two sisters. Penny (Masterson) cares for her younger sister Mary (Malone), who suffers from cystic fibrosis. "Cares for" is a questionable term, as the hardened, edgy Penny secretly makes her living in the world's oldest ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: terminal illness, prostitute, dysfunctional family, urban, family in crisis, life is a bitch, youth, family problems, family relations, coming of age, politics, city life ...
Time: 90s
Place: seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A 12-year-old gay who comes from a criminal family falls in love with a handsome policeman.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: rich and poor, coming of age, gays and lesbians, gang, urban, single parent, urban ghetto, crime, forbidden love, friendship, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Of Boys and Men (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Robert Townsend stars as the patriarch of a family devastated when his wife is killed in a senseless auto accident. Reeling with grief, each family member must find courage and vision to carry on, ultimately eager to do the mother proud.
Style: serious, touching, realistic
Plot: dealing with death, parents and children, family problems, family relations, coming of age, siblings relations, family in crisis, family life, youth, husband wife relationship, death, car accident ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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