Movies like Stuart: A Life Backwards

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Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)
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Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Story about the remarkable friendship between a reclusive writer and illustrator and a chaotic homeless man, whom he gets to know during a campaign to release two charity workers from prison.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, sincere, emotional, gloomy
Plot: homeless, alcohol abuse, addiction, haunted by the past, human nature, drugs/alcohol, tragic hero, abuse, suicide attempt, life is a bitch, institution, friendship between men, homeless man, male friendship, drug abuse, suicide, funeral, fighting the system, social problems, society, social relations, unlikely friendships, heroin, charity, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 1990s
Place: england

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Most similar movies to Stuart: A Life Backwards

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, gloomy and sincere films with plots about life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, society, drug addiction, drug addict and unfulfillment mostly in Drama, Biography and Romance genres. Some movies like Stuart: A Life Backwards: Tyrannosaur (2011), We All Fall Down (2000), Jean Charles (2009), Pandemonium (2000), Christiane F. (1981). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Tyrannosaur (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of Joseph a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph's life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Their relationship ...
Style: depressing, bleak, realistic, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: domestic violence, rage, drunkenness, redemption, abuse, frustration, society, violence, character study, abusive husband, prison visit, urination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2010
Place: england, northern england
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100%
We All Fall Down (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In this dark independent drama, Michael (Darcy Belsher) is an out of work actor who has been trying to pull himself out of a downward spiral of drug abuse that set in after the death of his mother. Michael's best friend Kris (Martin Cummins) ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, suspenseful, gloomy
Plot: drug abuse, downfall, life is a bitch, addiction, best friends, actor's life, rehabilitation, unfulfillment, youth, prostitute, friends, performer's life ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, vancouver british columbia canada, vancouver
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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Jean Charles (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Brazil
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The tragic true story of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian shot dead by British police in 2005 at the height of the London terrorist alerts.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, contemplative
Plot: wrong place wrong time, mistaken identity, injustice, life is a bitch, social differences, family relations, society, city life, political unrest, immigrants, graphic violence, state affairs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 6.4
 840
Pandemonium (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Set in England during the early 19th century, Pandaemonium evokes late-1960s America in its depiction of the relationship between Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Linus Roach) and William Wordsworth (John Hannah). Instead of going to Vietnam, Wordsworth ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: friendship, politics, betrayal, drug abuse, addiction, prodigy, tragic love, writer's life, rise and fall, lifestyle, tragic hero, society ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1800s, 1790s
Place: england, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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 7.6
 24K
Christiane F. (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the ...
Style: rough, disturbing, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, life is a bitch, drug abuse, downfall, drug addiction, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, friendship, youth, drug dealing, destructive relationship ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: berlin germany, europe, west berlin west germany, west germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Anders is a recovering drug addict in an Oslo rehab clinic. On the 30th August, he is given a day’s leave to attend a job interview in the city centre.
Style: thought provoking, serious, touching, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: suicide attempt, old friends, starting over, hopes, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, drugs/alcohol, thirtysomething life, identity crisis, introspection, loneliness, suicide ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oslo norway, norway, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, captivating, serious ...
Plot: homeless, life is a bitch, homeless teenager, aids, university, against the odds, human spirit, starting over, kids in trouble, teenage life, street kid, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Love in the Time of Civil War (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Lauded Quebec filmmaker Rodrigue Jean (Lost Song) takes a fearless, unflinching look at the reality of addiction in this tough-minded docudrama set in the bleak milieu of hustlers and junkies in Montreal.
Style: bleak, disturbing, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: gay, prostitute, male prostitute, misfit, life is a bitch, drug abuse, youth, urban ghetto, drugs/alcohol, addiction, social misfits, drug dealer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Permanent Midnight (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Ben Stiller plays comedy writer Jerry Stahl, whose $6000-a-week heroin habit had him taking his infant daughter along on his drug runs and doing smack during TV script conferences. Departing detox, Stahl explores memories with survivor Kitty, who ...
Style: serious, intense, depressing, factual, disturbing ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, rehabilitation, human nature, lifestyle, life is a bitch, rise and fall, family problems, ambition, husband wife relationship, heroin, writers ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills, pittsburgh, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 282 min.
Story: The true story of one of the richest women in America - heiress to the Woolworth fortune. She had vast wealth and seven husbands, but never found lasting love.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: alcohol abuse, wealth, dishonesty, rise and fall, life is a bitch, rise to the top, artists and showbiz, addiction, rich and poor, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, downfall ...
Place: morocco, denmark, africa, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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 925
Bluebird (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On a freezing January evening, school bus driver Lesley completes her route, but her final inspection abruptly ends when a bluebird comes into view. What happens next shakes her small Maine logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have ...
Style: touching, sincere, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: isolation, family problems, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, working class, drug abuse, teenage life, parents and children, youth, single parent, drugs/alcohol, bus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: An adaptation of Barbara Gordon's nonfiction account of her addiction to Valium.
Style: sincere, gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: drug abuse, down on your luck, addiction, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, misfit, valium, junkie, drug addict, drug addiction
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.8
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Puncture (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons.
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: addiction, lawsuit, drug abuse, law firm, courtroom, against the odds, public health, righting the wronged, legal action, fighting the system, dedicated lawyer, corporate crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1998, year 1999, year 1995
Place: washington d.c., usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, disturbing, depressing ...
Plot: drug abuse, drug addict, drug addiction, addiction, drugs/alcohol, betrayal, couple relations, destructive relationship, couples, young lovers, life is a bitch, love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Vysotsky: Thank God I'm Alive (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Russian poet, singer and actor Vladimir Vysotsky was an idol of the 1970s and '80s. In 1980, at the age of 42, he passed away during the Moscow Olympic Games. This is the story of his last great love as handed down to his son from a family ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, based on true events, dramatic ...
Plot: musician's life, artists and showbiz, addiction, society, life is a bitch, love and romance, drug abuse, near death experience, kgb, actor, drug addiction, songwriter ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979, 80s
Place: russia, ussr, soviet union
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68%
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Lenny (1974)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establisment as too obscene for the public.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: civil rights, stripper, fighting the system, judaism, rise and fall, drug abuse, ambition, lifestyle, showbiz, addiction, family problems, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 6.8
 17K
Smashed (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter… and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, ...
Style: sincere, touching, depressing, twists and turns, sentimental ...
Plot: addiction, alcohol abuse, support group, rehabilitation, alcoholic, profanity, introspection, irresponsible, life is a bitch, hopes, drinking alcohol, drinking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The End Is My Beginning (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When an extraordinary man who has lived through all is approaching his end, he decides to call his son to join him for the last time at his home in Tuscany. His intention is to share some valuable conversations about his life as a press ...
Style: touching, serious, talky, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: introspection, elderly, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, terminal illness, family relations, parents and children, dealing with death, village
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 5.8
 913
Self Medicated (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on true events. On the edges of Las Vegas, 17-year-old Andrew's life is spiraling out of control. Unable to cope with the loss of his father, Andrew's descent into drugs and violence is gaining momentum, and the once promising young ...
Style: rough, psychological, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: drug abuse, mental institution, downfall, rehabilitation, kids in trouble, addiction, self discovery, youth, hopes, life is a bitch, mental illness, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Dangerous Parking (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Noah Arkwright, a successful, hard living and indulgent independent British film director, finally decides to try and defeat the many addictions that are destroying him, his career and the people who care for him. But Mother Nature has other tests ...
Style: semi serious, emotional, touching, realistic, twists and turns ...
Plot: addiction, life is a bitch, hopes, sex addict, starting over, drugs/alcohol, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, verbal byplay, terminal illness, pubic hair, male genitalia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Pinero (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: "Piñero" tells the story of the explosive life of a Latino icon, the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop. After doing time in hard-core Sing-Sing for petty thefts and ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, disturbing, factual ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, rise and fall, ambition, lifestyle, rising to stardom, society, life is a bitch, human nature, celebrity culture, couple relations, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, puerto rico, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.7
 796
Best (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The life story of former Manchester United football legend, George Best.
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, serious
Plot: athlete's life, rising to stardom, ambition, celebrity culture, sport team, sport, rivalry, life is a bitch, professional sports, football player, unfulfillment, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 90s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: europe, england, manchester, northern england, manchester england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Drunks (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night, the first time in seven months, so he does - and leaves the meeting right after. As Jim wanders the night, ...
Style: realistic, talky, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: alcoholic, alcohol abuse, support group, addiction, redemption, drug abuse, family problems, friends, couples, down on your luck, family in crisis, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 6.9
 416
Freefall (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Freefall is the first drama to tackle the extraordinary financial crisis Britons are living through. Helmed by multiple BAFTA-winning director Dominic Savage, the film takes a startling and provocative look at the events that caused people's ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: social decay, society, stock broker, life is a bitch, downfall, working the system, working class, human nature, blind ambition, unfulfillment, dishonesty, banker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
We're All Christs (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Adaś Miauczyński, a Polish intelectual, has severe alcohol problems which affect his relationship with his son Sylwek.
Style: surreal, serious, sincere, realistic, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, alcohol abuse, self destructing, family relations, life is a bitch, family problems, redemption, parents and children, addiction, alcoholic father, father son relationship, alcoholic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.0
 556
Sweet Nothing (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Angel celebrates the birth of his daughter by taking his first hit of crack cocaine. With the hesitant support of his wife, Monika, he joins a friend of his to deal drugs for a short time--enough time to get out of debt and buy some nice things for ...
Style: realistic, serious, melancholic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: drug abuse, family relations, family problems, downfall, introspection, misfit, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, drug addiction, drug dealing, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.4
 17K
Being Flynn (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: During his twenties, a young man works at various homeless shelters in Boston, where he often intersects with his brilliant but troubled father.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: homeless, writer's life, social misfits, life is a bitch, family relations, estrangement, poet, family problems, misfit, parents and children, down on your luck, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 5.7
 754
Junkhearts (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Frank is an ex-soldier, haunted by a violent past. He lives alone, drowning his nightmares with alcohol. Christine - smart and successful... on the surface, tackles life as a single working mother by immersing herself in drugs, parties and sex. ...
Style: realistic, psychological, atmospheric, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, change of luck, society, drugs/alcohol, youth, alcohol abuse, hopes, confronting the past, friendship, troubled past, male female relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the rise and fall of poker legend Stu "The Kid" Ungar.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, suspense, contemplative ...
Plot: gambling, rivalry, ambition, human spirit, rise and fall, hopes, sport, tragic hero, life is a bitch, addiction, poker, gambler ...
Place: las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Colossal Youth (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, France, Switzerland
Duration: 156 min.
Story: After the Portuguese government demolishes his slum and relocates him to a housing project on the outskirts of Lisbon, 75-year-old Cape Verde immigrant Ventura wanders between his new and old homes, reconnecting with people from his past.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, human nature, life is a bitch, starting over, misfit, hopes, addiction, urban ghetto life, immigrants, husband wife relationship, settler, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, portugal, lisbon portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%