Movies like Fences

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Fences (2016)
 7.2
 89K
Fences (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1950s Pittsburgh, a frustrated African-American father struggles with the constraints of poverty, racism, and his own inner demons as he tries to raise a family.
Style: emotional, talky, intense, depressing, based on memoir, dramatic, interesting, light, clever, witty ...
Plot: father son relationship, husband wife relationship, domineering father, family, working class, twists & turns, garbage collector, violent, brutality, father, greed, baseball, racism, family drama, african american, struggle, war veteran, soldier, snow, brother, cemetery, singing, united states of america, infidelity, adultery ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: pittsburgh, usa

Most similar movies to Fences

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, dramatic, serious and emotional films with plots about catastrophe, dialogue, mentor, redemption, runaway, culture clash and storytelling mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Fences: My Life (1993), School Ties (1992), The Help (2011), Shadrach (1998), My Family (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.8
 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: sentimental, touching, 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 ⇓
95%
 6.9
 21K
School Ties (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When David Greene receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s, he feels pressure to hide the fact that he is Jewish from his classmates and teachers, fearing that they may be anti-Semitic. He quickly becomes the big man ...
Style: emotional, serious, thought provoking, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: anti semitism, high school, friendship, coming of age, football, boarding school life, preparatory school, working class, sport, society, youth, teenage life ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 8.1
 397K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates, UK, France, Canada, Germany
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, uplifting, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, civil rights, racial segregation, racial issues, blacks and whites, discrimination, interracial relations, storytelling, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.4
 1K
Shadrach (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: slave, slavery, life is a bitch, interracial relations, americana, working class, family problems, family life, friendship, dysfunctional family, racism, social differences ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: virginia, alabama, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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 7.3
 3K
My Family (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930's. They establish their family in ...
Style: touching, serious, captivating, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: murder, coming of age, death of wife, marriage, family, family relations, pregnancy, couple relations, babies and infants, life is a bitch, immigrants, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 20s, 1920s, 1950s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: farm, dysfunctional family, single parent, drugs/alcohol, dysfunctional character, family relations, parents and children, family in crisis, life is a bitch, teenage life, love and romance, drug abuse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, alabama, atlanta georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 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, parents and children, dysfunctional character, mental illness, dysfunctional family, dissociative identity disorder, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Walter Lee Younger is a young man struggling with his station in life. Sharing a tiny apartment with his wife, son, sister and mother, he seems like an imprisoned man. Until, that is, the family gets an unexpected financial windfall...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, working class, racial segregation, neighborhood, apartment, racial prejudice, housewife, racial tension, family problems, human nature, insurance, injustice ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: medical school, usa, africa, chicago illinois, nigeria
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gigolo and drifter, Chance Wayne, returns to his home town as the accompaniment of a faded movie star, Alexandra Del Lago, whom he hopes to use to help him break into the movies. Chance runs into trouble when he finds his ex-girlfriend, the daughter ...
Style: emotional, serious, atmospheric, tense, realistic ...
Plot: hollywood, ambition, movie star, betrayal, comeback, actor's life, unlikely couple, couple relations, romance, infidelity, adultery, hypocrisy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1930s, 1960s
Place: florida, usa, london, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
The Great Santini (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated marine pilot.
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: military base, marine, military, racism, prom, basketball, father son relationship, strict father, high school, coming of age, youth, family relations ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: california, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.1
 123K
Locke (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Ivan Locke has worked hard to craft a good life for himself. Tonight, that life will collapse around him. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his ...
Style: talky, suspenseful, stylized, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: driving, on the road, driving at night, one night, family problems, life turned upside down, human nature, adultery, car phone, construction site, destiny, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Desperate characters stake their fortune on a Depression-era dance marathon.
Style: atmospheric, emotional, disturbing, serious, captivating ...
Plot: dancing, great depression, suicidal, ambition, social decay, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, crimes, down on your luck, reward, depression, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: usa, santa monica california, california, chicago illinois, pacific ocean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.9
 5K
Testament (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, emotional, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: small town, survival, nuclear holocaust, radiation, nuclear war, future dystopia, life is a bitch, danger, chaos, demolished city, parents and children, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: serious, psychological, realistic, talky, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, lifestyle, human nature, actor's life, family life, family relations, one day, drug abuse, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: connecticut, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.4
 17K
Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: bleak, psychological, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, parents and children, family problems, family relations, family gatherings, family tragedy, sister sister relationship, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry, character study, family drama ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.6
 119K
Joy (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A story based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs.
Style: witty, stylized, inspirational, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: businesswoman, inventor, family relations, parents and children, divorce, single parent, bankruptcy, party, drawing, sunglasses, storytelling, family ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, california, dallas texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.4
 1K
Safe Passage (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mother with seven sons feels like she's losing control of her life and her family. But personal...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, pain, family problems, family life, life is a bitch, parents and children, terrorism, terminal illness, couples, family relations, estrangement, single parent ...
Time: 90s
Place: middle east, new jersey, utah, beirut lebanon, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.3
 181K
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jasmine French used to be on the top of the heap as a New York socialite, but now is returning to her estranged sister in San Francisco utterly ruined. As Jasmine struggles with her haunting memories of a privileged past bearing dark realities she ...
Style: psychological, realistic, cynical, semi serious, tragicomedy ...
Plot: narcissism, suicide, depression, couple relations, starting over, family relations, drugs/alcohol, downfall, haunted by the past, estrangement, life turned upside down, crumbling marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Mississippi Masala (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, light, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: culture clash, immigrants, romance, racism, love affair, social differences, opposites attract, fall in love, racial prejudice, family drama, stereotypes, honest ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, africa, india, usa, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: missing child, reunion, kidnapping, missing person, family life, parents and children, crimes, police detective, family relations, family problems, mother son reunion, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Substance of Fire (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Isaac Geldhart is a Holocaust survivor who, overcome by grief at the recent death of his wife, seems determined to run his publishing firm into the ground by printing books that have no hope of financial success. His son Aaron, who also works at the ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: holocaust, family business, family problems, family life, haunted by the past, parents and children, siblings relations, dealing with death, love and romance, introspection, family in crisis, workplace intrigue ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 ...
Plot: mentally challenged, self discovery, disability, siblings relations, mental illness, parents and children, dysfunctional family, small town, family problems, responsibility, obesity, human relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, realistic, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, injustice, couples, unwanted pregnancy, society, family relations, family in crisis, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, algeria, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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A River Runs Through It (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: touching, sentimental, tense, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: wilderness, fishing, childhood, americana, beautiful scenery, generation gap, self discovery, coming of age, friendship, human nature, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s, 20s ...
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Of Mice and Men (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.
Style: touching, emotional, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: friendship, great depression, farm, follow your dream, supportive friend, friends, strong sexual content, social decay, buddies, mentally challenged, drifter, sexual activity ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.3
 12K
Talk Radio (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.
Style: disturbing, talky, tense, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: radio, racism, radio dj, anonymity, radio show, media, liberal, dangerous, media satire, murder, death, paranoid ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, texas, dallas texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.7
 8K
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, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, best friends, parents and children, rich and poor, life is a bitch, human nature, buddies, twists & turns, family relations ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.7
 209K
Philadelphia (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: No one would take his case until one man was willing to take on the system. Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere, compassionate ...
Plot: aids, courtroom drama, gay, lawyer, homosexual, terminal illness, gays and lesbians, lawsuit, prejudice, lgbt, court, judiciary ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Working-class father John Crowley is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease - a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. With the support of ...
Style: sincere, serious, sentimental, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: kids, chick flick
Plot: race against time, cure, against the odds, hopes, human spirit, doctors and patients, family in crisis, child illness, unlikely partners, family problems, parents and children, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Shoot the Moon (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: After fifteen years of marriage, an affluent couple divorce and take up with new partners.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, psychological, dramatic ...
Plot: divorce, tennis court, marital crisis, infidelity, dysfunctional family, introspection, family relations, breakup, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, family problems, family life ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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