Movies like The Glass Castle

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The Glass Castle (2017)
 7.1
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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 state, and her selfish, nonconformist mother who has no intention of raising a family, along with her younger brother and sister, and her other older sister. Together, they fend for each other as they mature in an unorthodox journey that is their family life.
Style: sentimental, thought provoking, sad, psychological, captivating, emotional, non-linear
Plot: father daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, family conflict, child abuse, female protagonist, husband wife relationship, school, journalist, promise, delusion, grudge, social criticism, mistrust, running away from home, writers, family relations, gambling, illness, alcoholic, restaurant, hospital, funeral, painting, pride, regret ...
Time: year 1989, year 1964
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, utah, west virginia, lower east side manhattan new york city

Most similar movies to The Glass Castle

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, sincere, serious and touching films with plots about telephone call, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, flashback, family relations, food and drinking alcohol mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres. Some movies like The Glass Castle: Stronger (2017), Short Term 12 (2013), Angela's Ashes (1999), The Best of Enemies (2019), Beautiful Boy (2018). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan, a midwestern housewife who managed to rescue her family from debt by entering contests for ad slogans sponsored by consumer product companies.
Style: touching, sentimental, inspirational, semi serious, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: advertising, large family, optimism, underdog, adaptation, creativity, prize, americana, courage, small town, eviction, contests and competitions ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s
Place: ohio, usa
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100%
 6.9
 45K
Stronger (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma.
Style: inspirational, disturbing, suspenseful, compassionate, suspense ...
Plot: physical therapy, rehabilitation, hospital, terrorist bombing, conspiracy, investigation, husband wife relationship, saving a life, brother brother relationship, friendship, medication, true crime ...
Time: year 2016, year 2014, year 2013, 2010s, 21st century
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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%
 7.3
 22K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: emotional, touching, compassionate, serious, sincere ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, ira, parents and children, injustice, youth, family relations, irish, unemployment, human nature, society, childhood ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: ireland, new york, brooklyn new york city, boston, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Best of Enemies (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of the real-life unlikely relationship between an outspoken civil rights activist and a local Ku Klux Klan leader in 1971 North Carolina.
Style: rough, sincere, psychological, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: interracial friendship, human spirit, civil rights, interracial relations, racism, ku klux klan, name calling, tiredness, aggression, court, anxiety, hate ...
Time: 70s, year 2005, year 1971, year 2016
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 75K
Beautiful Boy (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After he and his first wife separate, journalist David Sheff struggles to help their teenage son Nic, who goes from experimenting with drugs to becoming devastatingly addicted to methamphetamine.
Style: disturbing, captivating, rough, sentimental, sad ...
Plot: drug addiction, teenage boy, drug addict, methamphetamine, stepmother stepson relationship, addiction, father son relationship, drugs, drug rehab, missing son, divorce, sex scene ...
Place: san francisco, los angeles, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Same Kind of Different as Me (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.
Style: sincere, touching, captivating, inspirational, sad ...
Plot: friendship, homeless, husband wife relationship, kindness, marriage, christian, homelessness, infidelity, adultery, family relations, forgiveness, relationships ...
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.6
 13K
Luce (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A star athlete and top student, Luce's idealized image is challenged by one of his teachers when his unsettling views on political violence come to light, putting a strain on family bonds while igniting intense debates on race and identity.
Style: suspense, psychological, thought provoking, non-linear, twists and turns
Plot: foster home, track and field, social problems, marijuana, courage, teenage sex, great depression, trust, drunkenness, politics, pride, teenager ...
Place: middle east, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Case for Christ (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Based on the true story of an award-winning investigative journalist -- and avowed atheist -- who applies his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife... with unexpected, life-altering results.
Style: christian film, disturbing, captivating, thought provoking, psychological ...
Plot: christianity, atheist, religion, investigation, christian, husband wife relationship, manipulation, journalist, court, court case, faith, brainwashing ...
Time: year 1980, year 1987
Place: indiana, los angeles, jerusalem, california, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.6
 67K
Just Mercy (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly condemned — including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights ...
Style: tense, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense, touching ...
Plot: lawyer, courtroom, false accusation of murder, defense attorney, murder, perjury, prison, convict, african american, innocence, death row, lie ...
Time: year 1987, 80s, year 1992, year 1993, 20th century
Place: alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.
Style: sentimental, emotional, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: father son relationship, coming of age, teenager, loneliness, reconciliation, terminal illness, family relations, memory, character study, life, parenthood, family ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 80s, year 1962, year 1989 ...
Place: england, london, brighton
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.1
 9K
Tesla (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story of the Promethean struggles of Nikola Tesla, as he attempts to transcend entrenched technology—including his own previous work—by pioneering a system of wireless energy that would change the world.
Style: clever, serious, factual, stylized, intellectual ...
Plot: inventor, scientific experiment, rivalry, progress, electricity, electrician, genius, inventions and discoveries, discovery, science, invention, trust ...
Time: 19th century, year 1943, future
Place: pittsburgh, colorado, chicago illinois, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.0
 7K
Joe Bell (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of a small town, working class father who embarks on a solo walk across the U.S. to crusade against bullying after his son is tormented in high school for being gay.
Style: talky, psychological, melancholic, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: lgbt, gay, gay teenager, flash forward, high school, bullying, teenage sexuality, teenage son, high school student, cheerleader, lgbtq, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, year 2013
Place: usa, salt lake city utah, idaho, new york, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.9
 3K
55 Steps (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: 55 Steps is based a the inspiring true story of Eleanor Riese, a mental illness patient herself, who brings a class action suit to give competent mental patients the right to have a say in their medication while they’re in a hospital, and Colette ...
Style: psychological, tense, sincere, captivating, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: mental patient, lawyer, female protagonist, female lawyer, friendship, opposites attract, female friendship, escapades, life is a bitch, society, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, year 1991, year 1985
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.8
 49K
Fair Game (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Wife and mother Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) has a double life as a CIA operative, hiding her vocation from family and friends. Her husband, Joseph Wilson (Sean Penn), writes a controversial article in The New York Times, refuting stories about the ...
Style: political, intense, factual, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: cia, politics, espionage, spy, corruption, political conspiracy, newspaper, conspiracy theory, secret service, journalism, cia agent, political corruption ...
Time: year 2002, year 2001, year 1995, year 2003, year 1982 ...
Place: iraq, usa, africa, middle east, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.9
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My Left Foot (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be ...
Style: inspirational, touching, sincere, unusual plot structure, sexy ...
Plot: disability, handicapped, paralysis, cerebral palsy, irish, artist, working class, writers, human spirit, courage, art, poet ...
Time: 1930s, 80s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.9
 4K
Skin (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era.
Style: sincere, captivating, emotional, touching, depressing ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: racism, fall in love, forbidden love, self discovery, human spirit, eccentric family, love and romance, society, social misfits, hopes, family problems, identity crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 50s, year 1973 ...
Place: africa, south africa, johannesburg south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Tom of Finland (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of ...
Style: homoerotic, serious, romantic, compassionate, realistic ...
Plot: gay, gay soldier, male homosexuality, homosexual history, lgbt, naked man, aids, jail cell, gay interest, gay relationship, lgbtq, gay slur ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1991, post world war two
Place: new york, los angeles, san francisco, berlin germany, helsinki finland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 6.1
 41K
Lovelace (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.
Style: sexual, sexy, erotic, entertaining, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: porn actress, sexual abuse, porn star, porn industry, sex, nudity (full frontal - brief), prostitution, manipulation, sex toy, female nudity, rough sex, redemption ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 2002, year 1970
Place: usa, new jersey, florida, malibu california, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.3
 22K
Factory Girl (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In the mid-1960s, wealthy debutant Edie Sedgwick meets artist Andy Warhol. She joins Warhol's famous Factory and becomes his muse. Although she seems to have it all, Edie cannot have the love she craves from Andy, and she has an affair with a ...
Style: factual, melancholic, sentimental, serious, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: art, artist, fashion, addiction, dysfunctional family, drug addiction, female nudity, mentor, socialite, rise and fall, love, life philosophy ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1964, year 1971 ...
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, new jersey, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Rebel in the Rye (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, The Catcher in the Rye.
Style: touching, captivating, thought provoking, exciting, disturbing ...
Plot: writers, world war two, recluse, name calling, writer's life, obsession, genius, friendship, father son relationship, teenage boy, isolation, spirituality ...
Time: year 2010, 20th century, year 1946, year 1939
Place: manhattan new york city, new hampshire, greenwich village manhattan new york city, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Better Angels (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At an isolated log cabin in the harsh wilderness of Indiana circa 1817, the rhythms of love, tragedy, and the daily hardships of life on the developing frontier shaped one of our nation’s greatest heroes: Abraham Lincoln. Abe is a thoughtful and ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: education, illness, society, poverty, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, stepmother stepson relationship, boy, tragic event, dying, raccoon, youth ...
Time: 19th century, year 1865, georgian era
Place: indiana, usa, kentucky, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The End of the Tour (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'
Style: philosophical, meditative, psychological, serious, sincere ...
Plot: loneliness, existentialism, journalism, writers, suicide, friendship, depression, death, writer's life, mentor, writer's block, honest ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1996
Place: usa, minnesota, illinois, new york, minneapolis minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 8.2
 30K
Temple Grandin (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of top scientists in humane livestock handling.
Style: touching, inspirational, sincere, compassionate, emotional ...
Plot: autism, human spirit, against the odds, disability, female protagonist, scientist, inventor, teacher, mother daughter relationship, ambition, mentally challenged, genius ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1951, 70s, 60s ...
Place: boston, new hampshire, usa, harvard university, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Color of Friendship (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Mahree Bok lives on a farm in South Africa. Her father is a policeman who cannot hide his joy when activist Steve Biko is caught by the South African authorities. Piper Dellums is the daughter of a US congressman from California and who lives in a ...
Style: semi serious, touching, melancholic, light, humorous ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
Plot: youth, racism, black american, friendship, interracial relations, culture clash, family relations, disney, parents and children, teenage love, urban ghetto life, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1968, year 1977
Place: usa, washington d.c., africa, south africa, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Vincent & Theo (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, Netherlands, UK, Germany, Italy, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The tragic story of Vincent van Gogh broadened by focusing as well on his brother Theodore, who helped support Vincent. Based on the letters written between the two.
Style: touching, psychological, scenic, sexy, serious ...
Plot: painter, art, artist, genius, painting, obsession, brother brother relationship, poverty, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, prodigy, famous painting ...
Time: 19th century, 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, holland, paris france, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Larry Flynt is the hedonistically obnoxious, but indomitable, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film recounts his struggle to make an honest living publishing his girlie magazine and how it changes into a battle to protect the freedom of speech for ...
Style: sexual, factual, semi serious, captivating, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, lawyer, legal, free love, drug addiction, porn, rebellion, fighting the system, courtroom, court, aids, love ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 70s, 80s
Place: kentucky, usa, cincinnati ohio, washington d.c., ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.7
 26K
The Tender Bar (2021)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: J.R. is a fatherless boy growing up in the glow of a bar where the bartender, his Uncle Charlie, is the sharpest and most colorful of an assortment of quirky and demonstrative father figures. As the boy’s determined mother struggles to provide her ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, captivating, psychological
Plot: child prodigy, uncle nephew relationship, bartender, boy, drunken man, family relations, adult child friendship, adolescence vs adulthood, grownups, lifestyle, bar owner, family life ...
Time: year 1973, year 1986
Place: long island, manhattan new york city, connecticut, new york, yale university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 8.0
 46K
The Mirror (1975)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, philosophical, enigmatic, reflective ...
Plot: world war two, childhood, surrealism, poetry, memory, stream of consciousness, mirror, levitation, winter, existentialism, life philosophy, russian ...
Time: year 1935, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 60s
Place: russia, ussr, moscow russia, tokyo, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.7
 4K
Burden (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Burden, an orphan raised within the Ku Klux Klan, attempts to break away when the girl he falls in love with urges him to leave for a better life together. When the Klan seeks Mike out for vengeance, a black congregation led by the benevolent, ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, political
Plot: ku klux klan, racism, love, reverend, vengeance, african american, hate, prejudice, white supremacist, religious, interracial friendship, single mother ...
Time: year 1996, year 2017
Place: south carolina, africa, pearl harbor
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%