Movies like The Shack

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The Shack (2017)
 6.3
 25K
The Shack (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.
Style: philosophical, suspenseful, psychedelic, sad
Plot: forgiveness, god, christian, death of daughter, depression, hate, guilt, missing child, husband wife relationship, metaphor, serial killer, cabin in the woods, angst, letter, heresy, a vision, dancing, journey, rape, jesus christ, religion, friendship, violence, fishing, food ...
Place: oregon

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Most similar movies to The Shack

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, serious, emotional and realistic films with plots about mother son relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, telephone call, crying, food and photograph mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Shack: What Dreams May Come (1998), The Lovely Bones (2009), Northfork (2003), Manchester by the Sea (2016), So B. It (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
What Dreams May Come (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the ...
Style: surreal, emotional, touching, philosophical, inspirational ...
Plot: afterlife, heaven and hell, loss of child, family relations, redemption, painting, angel, parents and children, true love, husband wife reunion, life philosophy, love ...
Time: 90s
Place: battleship
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The Lovely Bones (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, New Zealand
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After being brutally murdered, 14-year-old Susie Salmon watches from heaven over her grief-stricken family -- and her killer. As she observes their daily lives, she must balance her thirst for revenge with her desire for her family to heal.
Style: suspense, emotional, tense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: afterlife, rape, death in the family, serial killer, loss of child, pedophile, loss of loved one, heaven and hell, loss of daughter, murder, family drama, dealing with death ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: On his 83rd birthday, Eddie (Voight), a war vet and a maintenance worker at the Ruby Pier amusement park, dies while trying to save a girl who is sitting under a falling ride. When he awakens in the afterlife, he encounters five people with ties to ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, christian film
Plot: afterlife, birthday, cowboy, heaven and hell, golden years, hopes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, self discovery, danger, redemption, innocence lost ...
Time: 50s, 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 5K
Northfork (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: "We are all angels. It is what we do with our wings that separates us." In the next two days, the town of Northfork will cease to exist. The year is 1955 and Northfork is literally about to be "dammed," flooded to make way for a ...
Style: surreal, bleak, disturbing, offbeat, touching ...
Plot: small town, angel, social relations, hopes, small town life, human nature, society, polish, americana, injustice, death, surrealism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: montana, usa, california, minnesota, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, melancholic, dramatic, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Plot: death, funeral, hospital, dysfunctional family, grief, boat, nephew, house fire, sadness, loss, loneliness, depression ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.9
 324
So B. It (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young girl named Heidi who lives with her mentally disabled mother, travels across the country to find out about her and her mothers past.
Plot: crying baby, grave, reading aloud, memory, crying woman, blackmail, death of friend, cat, storm, dead father, grandfather granddaughter relationship, mirror ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Toto the Hero (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Belgium, France, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into a wealthy family, Thomas conceives the idea that he ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, offbeat
Plot: aging, childhood, human nature, social differences, resentment, parents and children, couple relations, mistaken identity, haunted by the past, friendship, youth, couples ...
Time: 90s, future, near future
Place: germany, europe, egypt, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Sea of Trees (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out.
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, rough, touching
Plot: suicidal, doctor, forest, funeral, suicide, loss of wife, suicide thoughts, marital problem, spirituality, rescue, anger, professor ...
Place: japan, mount fuji
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 60K
Enter the Void (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan
Duration: 161 min.
Story: This psychedelic tour of life after death is seen entirely from the point of view of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), a young American drug dealer and addict living in Tokyo with his prostitute sister, Linda (Paz de la Huerta). When Oscar is killed by ...
Style: psychedelic, atmospheric, touching, serious, light ...
Plot: afterlife, surrealism, incest, stripper, strip club, hallucination, prostitute, drug trip, ghost, police brutality, supernatural, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Glass Castle (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A young girl is raised in a dysfunctional family constantly on the run from the FBI. Living in poverty, she comes of age guided by her drunkard, ingenious father who distracts her with magical stories to keep her mind off the family's dire ...
Plot: father daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, fear, school, playing pool, snow, listening to music, painter, faith, roommate, dog, father son relationship ...
Time: year 1989, year 1964
Place: manhattan new york city, west virginia, lower east side manhattan new york city, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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, widow widower ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Canada, France, Sweden, Norway
Duration: 118 min.
Story: One day, driving aimlessly around the outskirts of town after a trivial domestic quarrel, a writer named Tomas accidentally hits and kills a child. Will he be able to move on?
Style: stylized, emotional, atmospheric, serious, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, haunted by the past, introspection, life is a bitch, dealing with death, kiss, drink, telephone, ceremony, snow, loss of child, farmhouse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, redemption, friendship, prison, false accusation, church, self discovery, couple relations, friends, social relations, hopes, introspection ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, kentucky, ohio, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.9
 537
The Dynamiter (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: All fourteen-year-old Robbie Hendrick ever wanted was a family. Yet as another Mississippi summer begins, his wayward mother has run off again fearing a breakdown and he's left to burn the days caring for his half brother, Fess. As the deep ...
Style: gloomy, touching, serious, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: small town, youth, innocence lost, coming of age, small town life, family problems, teenage life, dysfunctional family, dysfunctional character, social relations, family relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.8
 5K
About Ray (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A teenager transitions from female to male, and his family must come to terms with that fact.
Style: neurotic
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, teenager, single mother, gender roles, drink, bullying, therapy, skipping school, hate, lesbian relationship, brushing teeth ...
Place: manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Judas Project (1990)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: How would you react if Christ had re-appeared on earth today? Would man kind repeat their mistakes or accept? This movie is about a modernized 2nd coming of Christ. Instead of facing Romans there are different obstacles in this modern times that ...
Plot: cheese, healing, lightning, nail, wind, carnival, messiah, salvation, street fair, homoeroticism, belief, bread ...
Place: georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.3
 19K
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Lorenzo Odone was a normal child until the age of 7. After then, strange things began to happen to him: he would have blackouts, memory lapses, and other strange mental phemonenons. He is eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD: an extremely rare ...
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: child illness, against the odds, human spirit, terminal illness, research, medicine, life is a bitch, cure, family in crisis, hopes, health situation, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: washington d.c., edinburgh scotland, italy, medical school, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.1
 5K
I Smile Back (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Laney is an attractive, intelligent suburban wife and devoted mother of two adorable children. She has the perfect husband who plays basketball with the kids in the driveway, a pristine house, and a shiny SUV for carting the children to their next ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: mental illness, life is a bitch, hopes, dysfunctional family, going straight, family problems, suburbs, redemption, addiction, wealthy family, suburban life, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 80K
Gifted (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother.
Style: inspirational, touching, sweet, realistic, light ...
Audience: kids
Plot: child prodigy, mathematics, school, friendship, childhood, uncle niece relationship, genius, cat, custody battle, family drama, teacher, child custody ...
Time: year 1998
Place: florida, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Kite Runner (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.
Style: emotional, realistic, epic, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: muslim, betrayal, rape, friendship, redemption, childhood, courage, guilt, invasion, escape, dying, death ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 80s, contemporary ...
Place: afghanistan, middle east, california, pakistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.2
 32K
Leave No Trace (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an ...
Plot: teenage girl, hitchhiking, father daughter relationship, hiking, veteran, post traumatic stress disorder, off the grid, ranger, hunger, folklore, tranquilizer, suv ...
Place: washington state, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.8
 249
Along the Way (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A funny, gripping and powerful drama about the post graduation summer of four lifelong friends and one night that changed the course of their lives... forever. Like Crash , Saint Elmo s Fire and it s inspiration Stand By Me, Along the WAY is a ...
Style: offbeat, touching, gloomy, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: college, friendship, youth, partners, buddies, world, best friends, coming of age, redemption, showbiz, hopes, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1983, year 1996
Place: connecticut, madison square garden manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Miracle Season (2018)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline "Line" Found, a team of dispirited high school girls must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship.
Plot: high school, volleyball, sport, dying mother, high school principal, girls' bathroom, referee, magic trick, coach, sneakers, unhappiness, happiness ...
Time: year 2011
Place: iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When autistic teen Ricky is scolded for skipping class, he escapes into the subway for a days-long odyssey among the subway’s disparate denizens. Meanwhile, his mother wages an escalating search effort above ground. Based on a true story and set ...
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, serious
Plot: train, social misfits, parents and children, hopes, family relations, misfit, urban, teenage life, mentally challenged, missing child, self discovery, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1984, year 2012
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Life after all (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: La vie quand même (LIFE AFTER ALL) is another film in a series collectively called 'Tales from the Orphanage'. The story is simple on the surface (children coping with the sudden loss of parents), but in the hands of writer Sophie Tasma ...
Plot: coming of age, guilt, restaurant, drinking, drink, hearing voices, boy, bar, father son relationship, lie, trust, anger ...
Place: paris france, canada, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, social worker, society, alcohol abuse, human nature, family relations, family in crisis, love and romance, life is a bitch, hopes, starting over ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, chicago illinois, atlanta georgia, alabama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.8
 1K
DreamKeeper (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
Duration: 174 min.
Story: In South Dakota, in an Indian reservation, an old storyteller Indian asks his grandson Shane, who is in trouble owing money to some bad guys, to take his old pony and him to Albuquerque to the great powwow, an Indian meeting. While traveling, ...
Style: semi serious, atmospheric, sentimental, touching, feel good
Plot: on the road, native american, friends, family relations, family, adventure, native americans, escapades, parents and children, good versus evil, culture clash, self discovery ...
Place: south dakota, usa, new mexico, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Tree of Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, touching, psychological, epic ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: childhood, dinosaur, grief, child abuse, suffering, parenthood, family life, family problems, family relations, parents and children, wisdom of life, parent child relationship ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 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, realistic, disturbing, touching, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenage life, coming of age, women's prison, murder, artist, prison, poison, bad mother, crimes, love and romance, urban, grudge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, nova scotia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Zia, distraught over breaking up with his girlfriend, decides to end it all. Unfortunately, he discovers that there is no real ending, only a run-down afterlife that is strikingly similar to his old one, just a bit worse. Discovering that his ...
Style: offbeat, clever, humorous, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: afterlife, depression, suicide, on the road, death, russian, roommate, musician, hitchhiker, search, lost, grocery store ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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