Movies like Manchester by the Sea

If you like "Manchester by the Sea" you are looking for psychological, emotional and heartbreaking movies about / with sadness, death, dysfunctional family, depression, loneliness, loss and house fire themes of Drama genre shot in USA.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
 7.8
 210K
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There he is compelled to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was born and raised.
Style: psychological, emotional, heartbreaking, depressing, sad, compassionate, realistic, touching, melancholic, dramatic ...
Plot: sadness, death, dysfunctional family, depression, loneliness, loss, house fire, nephew, suicide attempt, last will and testament, family drama, funeral, hospital, uncle nephew relationship, teenage boy, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship, brother brother relationship, character study, boat, grief, visceral, family tragedy, mother son relationship, adoption ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts, boston

Movie in categories

Most similar movies to Manchester by the Sea

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, realistic, emotional and dramatic films with plots about loneliness, depression, storytelling, dialogue, relationships, dysfunctional family and death mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Manchester by the Sea: Reign Over Me (2007), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Cake (2014), Ordinary People (1980), You Can Count on Me (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
 90K
Reign Over Me (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.
Style: sincere, touching, serious, psychological, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, 9/11, life changing experience, dealing with death, haunted by the past, loss of loved one, tragic event, friends, character change, family, childhood memory, buddies ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 15K
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Wendy, a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested ...
Style: touching, realistic, gloomy, psychological, serious ...
Plot: dog, small town, drifter, on the road, realism, disappearance, down on your luck, life is a bitch, social problems, hopes, society, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: oregon, usa, alaska, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 33K
Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, depressing, bleak ...
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, obsession, life is a bitch, grieving, drugs/alcohol, dealing with death, suicide attempt, loneliness, friendship, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, tijuana mexico, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Ordinary People (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, guilt, depression, psychiatrist, christmas, drowning, halloween, therapy, coming of age, repression, loss of son ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, texas, chicago illinois, illinois, mcdonald's restaurant ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Movie in collections
You Can Count on Me (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.
Style: realistic, touching, talky, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: drifter, small town, suicide attempt, single mother, brother sister relationship, uncle nephew relationship, workplace, childhood, workplace romance, loss of family member, parents and children, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york state, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, loss of son, hospital, vengeance, family in crisis, haunted by the past, death in the family, suburbs, family problems, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
August: Osage County (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
Style: talky, emotional, dark humor, touching, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, funeral, drug addiction, poet, family secret, death in the family, humiliation, eccentric family, engaged, siblings relations, overbearing parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa, midwest, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.0
 45K
Rabbit Hole (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident.
Style: touching, psychological, sincere, depressing, sad ...
Plot: loss of child, marriage, family problems, death in the family, crumbling marriage, estrangement, loss of son, grief, support group, memory, therapy, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Movie in collections
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, jealousy, robbery, stabbing, theft, addiction, loss of sibling, artists and showbiz, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, phoenix arizona, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.5
 115K
Still Alice (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
Style: touching, heartbreaking, emotional, psychological, sad ...
Plot: memory loss, supportive spouse, alzheimer's disease, family drama, columbia university, relationships, mother daughter relationship, unfulfillment, life turned upside down, family bonds, sister sister relationship, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.0
 5K
Last Orders (2001)
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: realistic, talky, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: friendship, friends, death, last wish, infidelity, grief, war veteran, memory, life, dishonesty, couples, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 45K
The Beaver (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black (Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes for his ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, tragicomedy, sentimental ...
Plot: midlife crisis, puppet, losing-it hero, depression, family problems, unfulfillment, dysfunctional character, parents and children, mental illness, dysfunctional family, dissociative identity disorder, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.
Style: sincere, gloomy, emotional, touching, serious ...
Plot: heroin, addiction, funeral, life is a bitch, grief, birthday, best friend, love and romance, haunted by the past, childhood, family relations, widow widower ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.4
 16K
The Son's Room (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: regret, loss of son, psychoanalysis, redemption, loss of child, death in the family, family problems, parents and children, dealing with death, hopes, family in crisis, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 8.0
 268K
Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, infidelity, terminal illness, redemption, depression, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, couple relations, social problems, suffering ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1910s, 1950s, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.9
 10K
My Life (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: It seems that Bob Jones has everything a man could want, namely a fulfilling job and a beautiful, pregnant wife, Gail. But Bob's life is turned upside-down when he is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live -- not even enough time ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, sad ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, pregnancy, self discovery, couple relations, family life, child birth, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, parents and children, cancer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.6
 7K
Lonesome Jim (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Failing to make it on his own, 27-year-old Jim moves back in with his parents and deals with crippling family obligations.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, small town, basketball, erection, factory worker, sexual dysfunction, alienation, homecoming, coma, single parent, uncle, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.8
 6K
Nine Lives (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, pregnancy, abortion, infidelity, dysfunctional family, hanging, lovers reunited, introspection, human nature, gays and lesbians, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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, oedipus complex, sexual relations, family in crisis, teenage life, 15 year old, youth, life is a bitch, family problems, rebelliousness, anti conformity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, year 1982, 2010s ...
Place: canada, quebec, montreal quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Life as a House (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.
Style: gothic, touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, cancer, divorce, marijuana, reconciliation, architect, dying, midlife crisis, house, haunted by the past, sexual identity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.0
 72K
Short Term 12 (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Grace, a compassionate young supervisor at a foster care facility, works with her boyfriend and colleague, Mason, to help at-risk teens. But when a new charge dredges up memories of her own troubled past, Grace's tough exterior begins eroding.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, thought provoking, compassionate ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: incest, child abuse, depression, foster child, troubled teen, suicide attempt, social worker, adolescence, haunted by the past, human relationship, teenage life, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.0
 11K
One True Thing (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
Style: emotional, realistic, clever, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, terminal illness, cancer, small town, journal, family problems, unfulfillment, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, homecoming, death of parent ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Safety of Objects (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In a suburban landscape, the lives of several families interlace with loss, despair and personal crisis. Esther Gold has lost focus on all but caring for her comatose son, Paul, and neglects her daughter and husband. Lawyer Jim Train is devoted to ...
Style: psychological, emotional, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: train, coma, dysfunctional family, dedicated lawyer, suburbs, small town life, family problems, couples, family life, small town, society, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Movie in collections
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: touching, emotional, melancholic, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, siblings relations, small town, mental illness, parents and children, self discovery, dysfunctional family, family problems, responsibility, obesity, single mother ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.2
 2K
Desert Blue (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An academic obsessed with "roadside attractions" and his tv-star daughter finally discover the world's largest ice cream cone, the centerpiece for an old gold-rush town struggling to stay on the map. They end up staying longer than ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, offbeat, road movie, bad ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: quarantine, desert, small town, friendship, fire, fbi, soda, ice cream cone, toxic, teenage life, small town life, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: california, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Shipping News (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, melancholic, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, small town, haunted by the past, single parent, starting over, adultery, love affair, parents and children, love and romance, family relations, romance, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.4
 168K
Blue Valentine (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Dean and Cindy live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. They appear to have the world at their feet at the outset of the relationship. However, his lack of ambition and her retreat into self-absorption cause potentially irreversible cracks in ...
Style: emotional, realistic, stylized, talky, psychological ...
Audience: date night
Plot: marriage, nurse, lust, crumbling marriage, couple relations, depression, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, marital problem, dancing, truck, classroom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania, usa, new york, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.9
 17K
Hud (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Hud Bannon is a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences. There is bitter conflict between the callous Hud and ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, tense, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, generation gap, americana, innocence lost, rancher, ranch, housekeeper, redemption, family problems, family life, parents and children ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small mountain community in Canada is devastated when a school bus accident leaves more than a dozen of its children dead. A big-city lawyer arrives to help the survivors' and victims' families prepare a class-action suit, but his ...
Style: bleak, emotional, atmospheric, psychological, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, redemption, betrayal, lawyer, bus, artist, drowning, incest, loss of child, lawsuit, snow, car accident ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: canada, british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.5
 51K
The Ice Storm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her ...
Style: bleak, sexual, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, neighbor, thanksgiving, mate swapping, innocence lost, coming of age, swinger, guilt, infidelity, promiscuity, marijuana, storm ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973
Place: connecticut, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Related movie lists