Movies like Northern Borders

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Northern Borders (2013)
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Northern Borders (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: 'Northern Borders' tells the story of ten year-old Austen Kittredge who is sent by his father to live on his grandparents' Vermont farm, where he experiences wild adventures and uncovers long-festering family secrets. It's 1956 and Austen experiences the farm as a place full of eccentric people, especially his stubborn grandparents whose thorny marriage is known as the Forty Years War. Initially feeling stuck in this fractured household, young Austen plans a quick exit but ends up stranded with no choice but to navigate and endure. A humorous and sometimes startling coming-of-age-story, 'Northern Borders' evokes Vermont's wildness, its sublime beauty, a haunted past, and an aura of enchantment.
Plot: heist, schoolboy, family relations, bank robber, old man, boy, child as main character, childhood, child protagonist, old woman, coming of age, desertion, 11 year old, marital strife, bereavement, grandson, child with gun, truancy, child driving a car
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: vermont

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, coming of age, boy, youth, father son relationship, mother son relationship and death mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Northern Borders: The Wizard of Loneliness (1988), A Stranger in the Kingdom (1999), The King of Marvin Gardens (1972), Toughlove (1985), We the Animals (2018). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
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A Stranger in the Kingdom (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
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The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)
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Duration: 103 min.
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Toughlove (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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The Silly Age (2006)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 90 min.
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The Longest Swim (2014)
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44%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
 4K
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 7.6
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 4.6
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34%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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32%
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31%
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 3K
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
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29%