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, teenage life, new year, youth, on the road, family relations, parents and children, family life, dysfunctional family, family problems, society, working class, rebelliousness, single parent, coming of age, siblings relations, reunion, child as adult, family in crisis, 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 emotional films with plots about family relations, parents and children, family problems, youth, dysfunctional family, teenage life and mother daughter relationship mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Seventeen Years: White Oleander (2002), The Keys to the House (2004), Zion and His Brother (2009), In Bloom (2013), The United States of Leland (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, touching, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenage life, women's prison, coming of age, murder, crimes, bad mother, parents and children, mother daughter relationship, family problems, fall in love, kids in trouble, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, nova scotia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, human nature, dysfunctional family, estrangement, disability, family relations, redemption, teenage life, family problems, family reunited, parents and children, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: germany, europe, italy, berlin germany, 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: realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, coming of age, introspection, society, youth, single parent, working class, siblings relations, parents and children, family in crisis, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.7
 6K
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, sincere, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: society, teenage life, family problems, dysfunctional character, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, life is a bitch, youth, best friends, dysfunctional family, civil war, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992, 1990s
Place: georgia (former ussr), georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, teacher, prison, robbery, jealousy, stabbing, theft, addiction, introspection, prison life, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: phoenix arizona, paris france, italy, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 6.6
 212
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, psychological, realistic
Plot: restaurant, village, ship, deportation, siblings relations, love and romance, village life, parents and children, doctors and patients, family in crisis, society, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 6.1
 132
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: realistic, touching, serious, sincere
Plot: translator, coming of age, hopes, single parent, youth, family life, teenage life, family problems, human spirit, family relations, teachers and students, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, latin america, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.8
 240
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: realistic, serious
Plot: dysfunctional family, arson, vengeance, family relations, teenage life, small town life, family life, family problems, single parent, youth, society, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: wisconsin, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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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, clever, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: coming of age, adoption, friendship, hospital, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, suburbs, death in the family, youth, haunted by the past, innocence lost ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: serious, touching, sexual, gloomy, talky ...
Plot: working class, friendship, coming of age, single parent, youth, pregnancy, dysfunctional family, ship, gay, single mother, teenage pregnancy, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: psychological, realistic, serious, art house, melancholic ...
Plot: coming of age, pregnancy, school, dysfunctional family, obsession, siblings relations, love and romance, dealing with death, parents and children, introspection, society, human nature ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.0
 608
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: realistic, serious, touching
Plot: coming of age, friendship, starting over, tragic love, society, soldier, bank, politics, false accusation, political unrest, single parent, self discovery ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.4
 119
Passover Fever (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Part funny part sad movie about a family Passover dinner.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, family in crisis, family gatherings, parents and children, siblings relations, dealing with death, nanny, reunion, family relations, death in the family, family life ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 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: serious, sincere, bleak, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: high school, dealing with death, suburban life, youth, single parent, death in the family, suburbs, family problems, teenage life, family relations, working class, americana ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, virginia, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: farm, dysfunctional family, youth, coming of age, family relations, working class, americana, parents and children, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, dysfunctional character, drug abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, chicago illinois, atlanta georgia, alabama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, biting, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: social worker, pregnancy, love, children, working class, fighting the system, immigrants, dysfunctional family, hopes, family in crisis, domestic disturbance, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, paraguay, liverpool, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 5.8
 738
Bloodbrothers (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young man is torn between following in his brothers' footsteps or striking out on his own.
Style: sincere, talky, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: moral dilemma, parents and children, family life, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, working class, self discovery, youth, teenage life, family problems, friendship, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.3
 165
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: realistic, thought provoking, sentimental, serious, sincere
Plot: coming of age, celebrity culture, parents and children, hopes, siblings relations, teenage life, family life, society, introspection, family relations, youth, self discovery ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: gloomy, rough, touching, bleak, serious ...
Plot: survival, school, eviction, showbiz, society, life is a bitch, down on your luck, suburban life, urban ghetto life, parents and children, corporate crimes, working class ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: psychological, gloomy, disturbing, serious, sincere ...
Plot: fish, dysfunctional family, school, alienation, parents and children, loud, family in crisis, pianist, family relations, under the surface, midlife crisis, youth ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, austria, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.5
 6K
Bee Season (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 11-year-old Eliza is the invisible element of her family unit: her parents are both consumed with work and her brother is wrapped up in his own adolescent life. Eliza ignites not only a spark that makes her visible but one that sets into motion a ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, judaism, redemption, coming of age, family problems, parents and children, family relations, hopes, siblings relations, society, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: realistic, serious, touching
Plot: dealing with death, parents and children, family problems, family life, youth, coming of age, family relations, siblings relations, family in crisis, death, car accident, death of wife ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.7
 450
Jack (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Jack, in full puberty, not only has to deal with his parents' divorce, but also feels his world is falling apart when his dad tells him he is living with a man. He slowly comes to terms with his own feelings when the girl he has a crush on turn ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, semi serious, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, family in crisis, youth, coming out, single parent, self discovery, teenage life, eccentric family, couples, family problems, family life, friends ...
Time: contemporary, year 1982
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 6.7
 501
Our Father (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Chad, Netherlands
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Two boys (Tamir & Amine) awake one morning to find that their father has abandoned their family. Shocked, they begin to misbehave. While surreptitiously watching a movie, they think they see their father speaking to them and steal the film to ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious
Plot: boarding school, small town, innocence lost, coming of age, estrangement, missing person, family problems, small town life, obsessive quest, teenage life, social relations, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa, morocco
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 8.1
 42K
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: melancholic, sincere, psychological, touching, depressing ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, 15 year old, oedipus complex, sexual relations, family in crisis, teenage life, family problems, anti conformity, rebelliousness, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2010s, year 1982 ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.3
 525
Rosie (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In a juvenile lockup, a new ward answers questions: she's Rosie, 13, no parents, a sister Irene, a brother Michel. In flashbacks we find out what happened. She lives with Irene, who's 27, whom Rosie knows is in fact her mother, but ...
Style: realistic, sexual, serious, bleak, melancholic ...
Plot: gambling, single parent, bus, coming of age, addiction, coping, mentally challenged, teenage life, couples, eccentric family, unemployment, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: belgium, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.4
 9K
The War Zone (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.
Style: disturbing, bleak, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, incest rape, father daughter incest, teenager, parents and children, teenage life, family problems, family relations, small town, innocence lost, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: psychological, offbeat, realistic, serious
Plot: on the road, dysfunctional family, friendship, store, alcohol abuse, family relations, parents and children, single parent, island, family problems, violence, sex ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, beirut lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
All or Nothing (2002)
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, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, parents and children, couple relations, unfulfillment, down on your luck, unwanted pregnancy, family problems, social decay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, algeria, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 936
Canvas (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A woman's schizophrenia affects her relationships with her husband and son.
Style: serious, touching, realistic
Plot: mental illness, family in crisis, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians, dysfunctional family, working class, family relations, youth, single parent, family problems, teenage life, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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