Movies like Manchester by the Sea

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Manchester by the Sea (2016)
 7.8
 277K
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: depressing, sad, heartbreaking, emotional, psychological, compassionate, touching, realistic, thought provoking, cerebral ...
Audience: teens
Plot: depression, death, sadness, loss, suicide attempt, loneliness, nephew, dysfunctional family, uncle nephew relationship, death of brother, last will and testament, guardian, uncle, house fire, adoption, death of father, loss of father, death of daughter, loss of brother, visceral, character study, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship, morgue, fire ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts, boston, new england

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Most similar movies to Manchester by the Sea

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out emotional, realistic, poignant and melancholic films with plots about honest, depression, relationships, dialogue, storytelling, catastrophe and loneliness mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Manchester by the Sea: Ordinary People (1980), Short Term 12 (2013), Reign Over Me (2007), You Can Count on Me (2000), Rabbit Hole (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: psychological, emotional, realistic, sentimental, compassionate ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, therapy, depression, suicide, coming of age, guilt, father son relationship, suburbs, death in the family, post traumatic stress disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, texas, houston texas, illinois
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93%
 7.9
 88K
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, compassionate, thought provoking, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: child abuse, social worker, foster child, self harm, suicide attempt, depression, troubled teen, adolescence, teenager, incest, self mutilation, strong female character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 96K
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, emotional, touching, psychological, sad ...
Plot: grief, friendship, 9/11, dealing with death, depression, character study, family, mental illness, loss of loved one, friends, tragic event, life changing experience ...
Time: september 11 2001, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: touching, sincere, captivating, humorous, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: single mother, brother sister relationship, workplace, character study, introspection, love and romance, drifter, free spirited, family secret, parents and children, hopes, bank ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york state, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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 7.0
 50K
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: sad, touching, emotional, depressing, sexy ...
Plot: loss of child, grief, death in the family, tragedy, housewife, estrangement, loss of son, marriage, memory, family problems, redemption, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 49K
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: touching, emotional, depressing, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: depression, midlife crisis, puppet, dysfunctional family, mental illness, mental disorder, solitude, transformation, adaptation, family, happy ending, psychology ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 197K
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: romantic, emotional, sexy, thought provoking, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: marriage, dysfunctional family, depression, love, couple relations, lust, crumbling marriage, strong sexual content, marital problem, romance, husband wife relationship, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, pennsylvania, usa, florida, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.3
 20K
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: touching, sincere, emotional, meditative, lyrical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychoanalysis, regret, loss of son, grief, parents and children, marriage crisis, family problems, hopes, overcoming, family in crisis, redemption, sadness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, touching, depressing, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: addiction, heroin, life is a bitch, grief, haunted by the past, love and romance, loss of spouse, funeral, white male black female relationship, character study, best friend, starting over ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 301K
Seven Pounds (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
Style: touching, sad, emotional, depressing, compassionate ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: redemption, life philosophy, depression, life changing experience, true love, self sacrifice, sacrifice, fall in love, hopes, suicide, existentialism, life & death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.9
 353K
Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
Style: depressing, emotional, realistic, thought provoking, philosophical ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, childhood, divorced parents, teenager, dysfunctional family, abusive husband, divorce, stepsister stepsister relationship, boy, parenting, youth, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, 2000s, contemporary, year 2012 ...
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.4
 37K
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: depressing, psychological, touching, bleak, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: depression, loneliness, suicide, drug addiction, suicide attempt, obsession, friendship, support group, tragedy, character study, physical therapy, honest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Captain Fantastic (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A father living in the forests of the Pacific Northwest with his six young kids tries to assimilate back into society.
Style: intellectual, philosophical, cerebral, sad, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: road trip, home schooling, funeral, capitalism, survivalist, loss of wife, teenage girl, suicide, precocious child, large family, suicide of mother, family relations ...
Place: washington state, oregon, xian
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 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: touching, realistic, emotional, sad, heartbreaking ...
Plot: coming of age, teenager, friendship, adoption, vengeance, childhood, family relations, loss of son, family problems, family in crisis, haunted by the past, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.9
 12K
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, touching, melancholic, cerebral ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, dysfunctional family, tragedy, family, relationships, life, parenthood, honest, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.0
 311K
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: meditative, sincere, realistic, bleak, surprise ending ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human nature, introspection, dysfunctional family, coincidence, depression, terminal illness, child prodigy, multiple storylines, social problems, redemption, infidelity, frog ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 60s, 50s, 1910s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.9
 52K
Hesher (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.
Style: bleak, gloomy, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: antisocial behavior, youth, loner, bully, arson, depression, life is a bitch, rebelliousness, stranger, grief, family problems, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.6
 4K
Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: harsh, realistic, emotional, touching, poignant ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, teachers and students, poetry, cheerleading, high school, love and romance, youth, power relations, parents and children, innocence lost, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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, melancholic, emotional, depressing, compassionate ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: disability, dysfunctional family, mentally challenged, small town, self discovery, mental illness, responsibility, coming of age, siblings relations, character study, brothers, single mother ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.1
 18K
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, emotional, stylized, meditative ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dog, small town, friendship, loneliness, depression, owner dog relationship, solitude, life philosophy, dysfunctional family, character study, social problems, financial problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: oregon, alaska, portland oregon, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.5
 134K
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: heartbreaking, sad, emotional, touching, psychological ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, memory loss, mother daughter relationship, supportive spouse, columbia university, terminal illness, doctors, illness, family bonds, relationships, professor, mental illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.7
 7K
Nine Lives (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
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: emotional, talky, intense, serious, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, dysfunctional family, abortion, family relations, love and romance, couples, family problems, couple relations, parents and children, human nature, love affair ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.5
 11K
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: emotional, realistic, bleak, depressing, meditative ...
Plot: working class, dysfunctional family, family relations, taxi driver, loneliness, depression, family problems, injustice, parents and children, couples, couple relations, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, new jersey, europe, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Just Before I Go (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ted Morgan has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, semi serious, sentimental ...
Plot: suicide attempt, gay, suicide, dysfunctional family, closeted homosexual, midlife crisis, loneliness, depression, small town, brutality, guilt, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 8K
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, emotional, stylized, sincere, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, small town, coma, single parent, homecoming, alienation, introspection, love and romance, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, new jersey, usa, new orleans, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 12K
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: sad, emotional, touching, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: terminal illness, death, reconciliation, cancer, honest, pregnancy, childbirth, self discovery, family life, couple relations, unfulfillment, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Welcome to the Rileys (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Years after their teenage daughter’s death, Lois and Doug Riley, an upstanding Indiana couple, are frozen by estranging grief. Doug escapes to New Orleans on a business trip. Compelled by urgencies he doesn’t understand, he insinuates himself ...
Style: touching, emotional, depressing, psychological, erotic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: loss of child, redemption, self discovery, older man young girl relationship, life is a bitch, prostitute, stripper, depression, friendship, haunted by the past, teenage life, marital problem ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, indiana, new orleans, california, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.9
 6K
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, touching, sentimental, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, death, last wish, road trip, memory, life, family relations, friendship between men, partners, parents and children, self discovery, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.5
 4K
Alone (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in the shabby part of a big city. She is pregnant, and the ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, sexy, erotic ...
Plot: mother in law son in law relationship, pregnancy, hospital, loneliness, mother daughter relationship, dog, parents and children, human nature, society, love and romance, redemption, friendship ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, tokyo, europe, andalusia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Behrani, an Iranian immigrant buys a California bungalow, thinking he can fix it up, sell it again, and make enough money to send his son to college. However, the house is the legal property of former drug addict Kathy. After losing the house in an ...
Style: psychological, bleak, gloomy, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: depression, life is a bitch, tragedy, justice, tragic event, eviction, immigrants, character study, complex characters, secrets, dysfunctional family, honest ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary
Place: california, san francisco, usa, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%