Movies like The Book of Henry

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The Book of Henry (2017)
 6.6
 18K
The Book of Henry (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Naomi Watts stars as Susan, a single mother of two, working as a waitress in a small town. Her son, Henry, is an 11-year-old genius who not only manages the family finances but acts as emotional support for his mother and younger brother. When Henry discovers that the girl next door has a terrible secret, he implores Susan to take matters into her own hands in this imaginative and emotional drama.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, captivating, sad
Plot: suicide, boy genius, single mother, small town, death of brother, brain tumor, child abuse, stepfather, school principal, precocious child, brother brother relationship, child custody, bullying, dancing, book, fired from the job, drunkenness, neurosurgeon, mother son relationship, loss of son, parent child relationship, school, scientist, friendship, investigation ...
Place: new york state

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, interesting and intense films with plots about death, drinking, photograph, drink, father son relationship, flashback and husband wife relationship mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like The Book of Henry: 12 and Holding (2005), 21 Grams (2003), The Sea of Trees (2015), The Air I Breathe (2007), We Own the Night (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, serious, clever, gloomy ...
Plot: coming of age, friendship, hospital, adoption, loss of son, vengeance, innocence lost, suburbs, twins, parents and children, youth, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 211K
21 Grams (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls, and Jack Jordan, an ...
Style: psychological, bleak, captivating, mind bending, suspense ...
Plot: life is a bitch, redemption, suicide attempt, desperation, surgery, death in the family, guilt, cocaine, sadness, human nature, unfulfillment, tragedy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: tense, suspenseful, rough, suspense, touching
Plot: suicidal, forest, doctor, funeral, anger, professor, suicide thoughts, suicide, spirituality, rescue, marital problem, loss of wife ...
Place: japan, mount fuji
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Air I Breathe (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star (Gellar) falls prey to a ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: gambling, murder, suicide attempt, horse race, stripper, sniper, debt, horse, loss of loved one, manager, psychic, singer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
We Own the Night (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hitmen.
Style: gloomy, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, nightclub, crime, law enforcement, gangsters, promotion, heroin, mayor, cocaine, police chief, suicide, party ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.2
 80K
Elephant (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. The film chronicles the events surrounding a school shooting.
Style: bleak, realistic, stylized, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: student, high school, school, shooting, gun, school shooting, mass murder, classroom, teacher, photographer, massacre, bomb ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, portland oregon, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, single mother, teenager, lgbt, gender roles, grandmother grandson relationship, eating, crying boy, filling station, writing on a wall, watching a video, girlfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Place: manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.3
 89K
St. Vincent (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door.
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous, dramatic ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, divorce, neighbor, youth, friends, parents and children, family relations, drinking, bullying, gambling, parents separation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1946, year 1965
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Eastern Promises (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Russian teenager, living in London, dies during childbirth but leaves clues to a midwife in her journal, that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: russian, murder, gangsters, criminal's revenge, investigation, diary, hitman, kgb, heroin, neo noir, organized crime, rape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, st. petersburg russia, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
 3K
Sand Castles (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In rural Indiana, Noah and his impoverished family wrestle with the mysterious return of his now mute sister, Lauren, who was kidnapped and held captive for over a decade.
Style: ambiguous ending, surprise ending
Plot: mute, kidnapping, mother daughter relationship, beer, death of brother, restaurant, father son relationship, cigarette smoking, mental illness, book, husband wife relationship, father daughter relationship ...
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.1
 85K
Runaway Jury (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.
Style: suspense, clever, serious, stylized, captivating ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, lawyer, courtroom, trial, corruption, bribery, lawsuit, judge, court case, righting the wronged, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, indiana, cincinnati ohio, new orleans, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.6
 174K
Sleepers (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Two gangsters seek revenge on the state jail worker who during their stay at a youth prison sexually abused them. A sensational court hearing takes place to charge him for the crimes.
Style: disturbing, sadistic, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: child abuse, courtroom drama, childhood, vengeance, crime, haunted by the past, court, torture, friendship, lawyer, urban ghetto, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, new york, new york yankees, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.4
 161K
The Judge (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: judge, small town, lawyer, parent child relationship, hotshot lawyer, homecoming, legal, crimes, uncover truth, manslaughter, trial, father son estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.9
 28K
Kidnap (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A mother (in her Minivan) stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense, surprise ending
Plot: track down, kidnapping, single mother, abduction, rescue, female protagonist, car chase, danger, determination, little boy, child in peril, strong female lead ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: It’s 1974 and Sam Bicke has lost everything. His wife leaves him with his three kids, his boss fires him, his brother turns away from him, and the bank won’t give him any money to start anew. He tries to find someone to blame for his misfortunes ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, emotional, rough ...
Plot: vietnam war, depression, suicide, obsession, airport, revenge, black panthers, robbery, mental breakdown, hijacking, airplane, divorce ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Life of David Gale (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Spain
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.
Style: surprise ending, serious, disturbing, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: fighting the system, intern, death sentence, murder, death row, suicide, death penalty, investigation, who done it, activist, false accusation, professor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, austin texas, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.8
 218
Blast (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Four high school friends believe the local myth that developer Swenson killed a kid for trespassing years earlier and got away with it. When one of the four friends disappears, the remaining three believe Swenson killed their friend and they take ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: small town, crime gone awry, investigation, mind game, uncover truth, vengeance, haunted by the past, murder, teenage life, kids in trouble, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
 29K
Mean Creek (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Teenagers living in small-town Oregon take a boat trip for a birthday celebration. When they get an idea to play a mean trick on the town bully, it suddenly goes too far. Soon they're forced to deal with the unexpected consequences of their ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama, kids, teens
Plot: prank, birthday, bully, small town, friends, unsupportive friend, coming of age, friendship, suicide, gay, dare, secret ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.6
 175K
The Impossible (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In December 2004, close-knit family Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of ...
Style: suspense, touching, realistic, heartbreaking, emotional ...
Plot: survival, tsunami, natural disaster, family in danger, courage, forces of nature, fear, parents and children, separation from family, tragic event, survivor, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004, 2000s
Place: thailand, asia, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.0
 107K
Wonder (2017)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The story of August Pullman – a boy with facial differences – who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Style: uplifting, thought provoking, sincere, inspirational, touching
Plot: school, middle school, family, bullying, friendship, family relations, child, deformity, halloween, fight, father son relationship, mask ...
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 79K
Cop Land (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Freddy Heflin is the sheriff of a place everyone calls “Cop Land” — a small and seemingly peaceful town populated by the big city police officers he’s long admired. Yet something ugly is taking place behind the town’s peaceful facade. And ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, intense, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, sheriff, police, corruption, small town, internal affairs, murder, violence, mafia, arson, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.3
 50K
Good Time (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city's underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother Nick out of jail.
Style: dark humor, brutal
Plot: wheelchair, on the run, hospital, violence, prison, bank robber, amusement park, brother, security guard, loneliness, acid, one night ...
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.5
 37K
Imperium (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Nate Foster, a young, idealistic FBI agent, goes undercover to take down a radical white supremacy terrorist group. The bright up-and-coming analyst must confront the challenge of sticking to a new identity while maintaining his real principles as ...
Style: tense, intense, suspense, suspenseful, interesting ...
Plot: fbi, terrorist, undercover, analyst, terrorism, violence, racism, fascism, conspiracy, politics, skinhead, genocide ...
Time: year 1969
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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In the Valley of Elah (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A career officer and his wife work with a police detective to uncover the truth behind their son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.
Style: tense, disturbing, heartbreaking, psychological, touching ...
Plot: investigation, patriotism, disappearance, military, murder investigation, guilt, torture, innocence lost, war crime, uncover truth, cover up, army ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004
Place: iraq, usa, texas, new mexico, bosnia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.9
 70K
Stay (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Psychiatrist Sam Foster has a new patient, Henry Letham, who claims to be suicidal. In trying to diagnose him, Sam visits Henry's prior therapist and also finds Henry's mother -- even though Henry has said that he murdered both of his ...
Style: psychological, surreal, twists and turns, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: suicide, suicide attempt, doctors and patients, psychiatrist, mentally unstable, student, patient, obsession, unfulfillment, race against time, guilt, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.4
 39K
Detroit (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizens' uprisings in the history of the United States.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, based on true events
Plot: racism, church, murder, police brutality, police violence, beating, church choir, fire, police, african american, singing, motel ...
Time: 1960s, year 1967, year 1943, year 1969
Place: detroit, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Out of the Furnace (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Two brothers live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, when a cruel twist of fate lands one in prison. His brother is then lured into one of the most violent crime rings in the Northeast.
Style: bleak, realistic, tense, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, small town, justice, prison, vengeance, drug dealer, social decay, drug use, car accident, brother, manslaughter, working class ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 80s, 2000s ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, new jersey, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.5
 199
Speed of Life (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Drew (Scott Caan) must care for his father, a former professor who can now barely communicate due to Alzheimer. Depressed and struggling to make ends meet, an old buddy tries to get him to become a pusher. He gets further drawn in by a new and ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: golden years, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content, downfall, parent child relationship, parents and children, mental illness, life turned upside down, elderly, family relations, life is a bitch, orphan ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, manhattan, new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
 39K
Conviction (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Betty Anne Waters' older brother Kenny is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction. Convinced that her brother is ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: false accusation, murder, prison, injustice, fighting the system, convict, lawyer, legal action, christmas, money, investigation, testimony ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 90s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
A Dry White Season (1989)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Taking place during the 1976 Soweto uprising, the story follows a white school teacher whose life and values are threatened when he asks questions about the death of a young black boy who died in police custody.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: racism, discrimination, injustice, fighting the system, crimes, society, life is a bitch, legal action, interracial relations, legal, rebellion, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: south africa, africa, canada, england, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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