Movies like The River Niger

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The River Niger (1976)
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The River Niger (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An intimate look at life in the ghetto: Johnny Williams is a house painter who moonlights as a poet, struggling to financially and emotionally support his cancer-ridden wife Mattie. But times are tough and the poverty-troubled streets are even tougher, and it takes every ounce of Johnny's love and courage for the couple to make it through their strife, finding redemption in the River Niger.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: family relations, couple relations, performer's life, parents and children, life is a bitch, love and romance, alcohol abuse, family life, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, urban ghetto life, love affair, society, terminal illness, lifestyle, redemption, down on your luck, family in crisis, urban ghetto, love, ghetto, gang, cancer, racial slur ...
Time: 70s

Most similar movies to The River Niger

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about life is a bitch, family relations, hopes, parents and children, society, family problems and family in crisis mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like The River Niger: The Reading Room (2005), Black Girl (1972), Ironweed (1987), Christmas at Maxwell's (2006), Zig Zag (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Reading Room (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Making good on a promise he made to his dying wife, a widower (Jones) opens a reading room, a place where people can learn to read. Despite his goodwill, problems in the neighborhood threaten his establishment.
Style: touching, sincere, uplifting, feel good, emotional ...
Plot: last wish, against the odds, hopes, human spirit, teachers and students, learning to read, dealing with death, life is a bitch, society, youth, underdog, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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95%
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Black Girl (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An aspiring dancer and her wicked sister's resent their mother's love for a foster daughter.
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations, couples, family problems, injustice, hopes, youth, society, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 70s
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92%
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Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, buddies, life is a bitch, best friends, rich and poor, parents and children, human nature, family relations, twists & turns ...
Time: 1900s, 1930s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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90%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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Zig Zag (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An autistic 15-year-old boy steals money from his boss to provide rent for his abusive father, who uses the money to repay a loan shark.
Style: sincere, touching, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, teenage life, rebelliousness, terminal illness, crimes, society, crime, urban ghetto life, mental illness, family in crisis, underdog, loan ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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Our Life (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Claudio works on a site in the suburbs of Rome. He is madly in love with his wife who is pregnant with their third child. However, a dramatic event comes to upset this simple and happy life. In a rage for life, Claudio energetically fights against ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: life is a bitch, working class, family in crisis, parents and children, family problems, lifestyle, society, wife husband relationship, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship, desperation, social differences ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring ...
Style: sincere, emotional, sentimental, bleak, serious ...
Plot: crimes, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, family problems, siblings relations, family life, parents and children, working class, society, hopes, domestic disturbance, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Dawn Anna (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The true story of a single mom who overcomes many of life's obstacles.
Style: sincere, sentimental, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: high school, family problems, human spirit, terminal illness, child illness, against the odds, mentally challenged, rehabilitation, hopes, parents and children, family in crisis, relationship vs career ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Imperial Dreams (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.
Style: uplifting, touching, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: going straight, life is a bitch, street kid, parents and children, family relations, society, hopes, urban ghetto life, single parent, urban ghetto, netflix
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Shirley Adams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, single parent, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, human spirit, introspection, family relations, family problems, misfit, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Claudine (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Diahann Carroll was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe award for her gripping portrayal as the indomitable Claudine in this heartwarming comedy. While struggling to support herself and her six children in Harlem by working as a maid for ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, sincere, touching
Plot: single parent, social worker, single mother, injustice, family life, urban, parents and children, urban ghetto life, interracial relations, city life, social differences, custody ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Duet for One (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Stephanie, a famous violinist, contracts multiple sclerosis her life begins to fall apart. Her career ends, her husband leaves her for another woman and her favorite pupil leave the country. Unable to bear all this loss, Stephanie attempts ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: disability, terminal illness, tragic hero, life is a bitch, family problems, life turned upside down, family in crisis, musician's life, crumbling marriage, couples, multiple sclerosis, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Killer of Sheep (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Stan works in drudgery at a slaughterhouse. His personal life is drab. Dissatisfaction and ennui keep him unresponsive to the needs of his adoring wife, and he must struggle against influences which would dishonor and endanger him and his family.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy
Plot: ghetto, money, friendship, lifestyle, dysfunctional family, human nature, family problems, family life, parents and children, couple relations, family relations, slaughterhouse ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Faced with the harsh reality of growing up in the ghetto, 13-year old Benjie (Larry B. Scott) turns to heroin to escape. After Benjie hits rock bottom, his mother (Cicely Tyson) and her boyfriend (Paul Winfield) must sacrifice to help him overcome ...
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: ghetto, hopes, orphan, society, misfit, gangsters, investigation, drug dealing, family relations, urban ghetto, youth, crimes ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Anne B. Real (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: ANNE B. REAL is the coming of age story of a young female rapper, who finds her inspiration by reading the Diary of Anne Frank.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, touching, contemplative
Plot: ghetto, hip hop, lifestyle, introspection, teenage life, urban ghetto, siblings relations, urban ghetto life, family life, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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God's Army (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a small apartment with five young prank-loving ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: couples, redemption, terminal illness, working class, self discovery, youth, life is a bitch, disorder, hopes, tragic hero, coming of age, human nature ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Jewel (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the 1940s a 40-year-old woman with five healthy children gives birth to a girl with Down's syndrome.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: disability, family relations, family life, family problems, couples, social relations, society, couple relations, babies and infants, youth, small town, small town life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 60s, 1960s
Place: mississippi, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
...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: sincere, touching, emotional, sentimental, controversial ...
Plot: family relations, hospital, rebellion, bittersweet, small town, doctors and patients, child illness, family in crisis, life is a bitch, hopes, society, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 2K
Virginia (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A sheriff sees his state senate bid slide out onto the ice when his daughter begins to date the son of a charming but psychologically disturbed woman with whom the sheriff has engaged in a two-decade-long affair.
Style: psychological, sincere, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: sheriff, family problems, misfit, life is a bitch, parent child relationship, mentally unstable, love and romance, love affair, couple relations, family relations, mother child relationship, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: virginia, usa, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
A Christmas Visitor (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 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, life is a bitch, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Providence (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives. He is a bitter man and he shows, through flashbacks, how spiteful, conniving and treacherous his ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: aging, dysfunctional family, family relations, terminal illness, couple relations, parents and children, human nature, writer's life, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, husband wife relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Curse of the Starving Class (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Curse of the Starving Class is a play by Sam Shepard, considered the first of a series on family tragedies. Drama about a dirt-poor 1950's-era farm family. Dad's a foul talking drunk and Mom is desperately trying to save what's left ...
Style: gloomy, realistic, serious
Plot: poverty, farm, alcoholic, social misfits, family problems, couples, injustice, family relations, estrangement, midlife crisis, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Mouth Agape (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: The portrait of a woman going through a terminal illness and the tumorous lives of her husband and son.
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, crumbling marriage, golden years, family in crisis, death in the family, human nature, couple relations, elderly, unfulfillment, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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My Name Is Bill W. (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Bill W. (James Woods), a successful stock broker whose life falls apart after the stock crash of the 20's and how he comes to grips with his alcoholism. Along with a fellow alcoholic (James Garner) he forms a support ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, support group, self discovery, drug abuse, against the odds, human spirit, friendship, hopes, rehabilitation, family problems, coping, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Harrison Montgomery (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a rundown apartment complex in San Francisco's Tenderloin, a septuagenarian seer is waiting for his final message. For decades the eccentric recluse has chronicled the phrases of the Wheel of Fortune and deciphered their hidden meaning - the ...
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: elderly, friendship, follow your dream, lifestyle, family problems, buddies, hopes, love and romance, crimes, life is a bitch, danger, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, realistic, sincere, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, psychiatrist, teenager, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, family problems, redemption, family in crisis, parents and children, domestic disturbance, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, contemplative ...
Plot: hospital, redemption, hopes, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, terminal illness, prison, life sentence, family relations, estrangement, one more chance, murderer ...
Place: rhode island, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, talky, depressing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, actor's life, lifestyle, family life, human nature, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Coming of age story about two inner city youths, who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: life is a bitch, teenage life, homeless, friendship, lifestyle, hopes, urban ghetto life, redemption, forceful separation, youth, coming of age, working class ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Hidden in America (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of a man Bill Januson whose pride in being the head of his family won't let him accept help from his sick daughters doctor. He has to prove to his kids that even with the death of his wife and the loss of his job that they can and will ...
Style: touching, emotional, disturbing, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: single parent, unemployment, starving child, starvation, doctor, family problems, family relations, family life, child illness, down on your luck, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%