Movies like The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

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The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991)
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The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A small-town eccentric opens a café in her decaying home.
Style: clever, serious, emotional, realistic, contemplative, talky
Plot: pocket watch, wedding, family relations, cafe, small town, fight, prison, vengeance, forbidden love, romance, couple relations, clergy, betrayal, interracial relations, love and romance, dull life, alcohol abuse, love affair, dysfunctional family, store, society, couples, small town life, social misfits, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: atlanta georgia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, humorous and emotional films with plots about family relations, couples, love and romance, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship, drinking and drinking alcohol mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like The Ballad of the Sad Cafe: A Month by the Lake (1995), Great Moments in Aviation (1994), The Grass Harp (1995), Gilles' Wife (2004), Crimes of the Heart (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Month by the Lake (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: For 16 years Miss Bentley has been spending April at an elegant hillside villa on Lake Como. This year, 1937, her London society artist father has recently died and the only other English-speaking guests are brash Americans. Then Major Wilshaw ...
Style: sexy, witty, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, resort, family relations, nanny, romance, social differences, true love, couple relations, self discovery, twentysomething life, looking for sex ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, pre world war two
Place: italy, switzerland, europe, venice
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95%
Great Moments in Aviation (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The film follows Gabriel Angel (Rakie Ayola), a young Caribbean aviator who falls in love with the forger Duncan Stewart (Jonathan Pryce) on her journey to England. Stewart is pursued by his nemesis Rex Goodyear (John Hurt), and the group are ...
Style: serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: murder, ship, betrayal, intrigue, forgery, gays and lesbians, danger, romance, dishonesty, manipulations, criminal heroes, manipulation ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 30s
Place: england, scotland, west indies
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
The Grass Harp (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on the novel by Truman Capote, this often-witty coming-of-age drama looks at a young man growing up with an unusual family in the Deep South in the 1940s.
Style: realistic, semi serious, feel good, humorous, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, americana, small town, family relations, maid, eccentric family, teenage life, small town life, fall in love, couples, power relations ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: southern usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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Gilles' Wife (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Gilles' wife, Elise, who smiles when she thinks of him, cooks and scrubs and cheerfully makes love to him, suspects during her third pregnancy that he is having an affair with her coquettish younger sister, Victorine. Elise suffers, usually in ...
Style: psychological, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: love triangle, betrayal, infidelity, pregnancy, extramarital affair, sister sister relationship, jealousy, love affair, dysfunctional family, society, family problems, couples ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Crimes of the Heart (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it ...
Style: talky, touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: reunion, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, family relations, sisters, eccentric family, parents and children, family problems, love and romance, family life, family gatherings, human nature ...
Time: 80s
Place: mississippi, mississippi river, united states, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Wetherby (1985)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The mysterious death of an enigmatic young man newly arrived in the suburb of Wetherby releases the long-repressed, dark passions of some of its residents.
Style: gloomy, psychological, mind bending, serious, realistic ...
Plot: solitude, obsession, investigation, world war two, suicide by gunshot, memory, haunted by the past, mystery, deadly, crimes, mysterious character, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Scorchers (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Bayou La Teche, Louisiana sizzles as the Cajun town celebrates the wedding of Splendid and Dolan. The trouble comes on the wedding night when Splendid is determined to maintain her innocence. On the other side of town Splendids' cousin has her ...
Style: humorous, sexual, clever, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: wedding, prostitute, love affair, couples, family relations, strong sexual content, romance, sexual relations, infidelity, family gatherings, family life, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.4
 2K
Don't Tell (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Italy, UK, France, Spain
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Sabina has a regular life. She is satisfied with her job and her love for Franco. Lately nightmares start disturbing her, and almost in the same time she discovers to be pregnant. Step by step she remembers her childhood spent within a severe ...
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, touching, sincere ...
Plot: incest, dysfunctional family, family relations, pregnancy, sexual abuse, introspection, self discovery, family problems, couples, life is a bitch, infidelity, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Cookie's Fortune (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Conflict arises in the small town of Holly Springs when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends.
Style: witty, feel good, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: small town, murder, investigation, suicide, estrangement, family relations, friendship, theatre director, crimes, human nature, parents and children, small town life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Possession (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Maud Bailey, a brilliant English academic, is researching the life and work of poet Christabel La Motte. Roland Michell is an American scholar in London to study Randolph Henry Ash, now best-known for a collection of poems dedicated to his wife. ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, clever, stylized ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: romance, investigation, betrayal, uncover truth, fall in love, forbidden love, opposites attract, couples, life is a bitch, dishonesty, love affair, infidelity ...
Time: 18th century, victorian era, 19th century
Place: england, london, europe, english channel, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Duane Hopwood (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A down-on-his-luck divorced father struggles to get his life and family back together before it's too late.
Style: emotional, humorous, realistic, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: family relations, redemption, down on your luck, addiction, parents and children, family problems, couples, breakup, unfulfillment, hopes, divorce, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Bleak Moments (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Moments from the uncompromisingly bleak existence of a secretary, her retarded sister, aloof and uneasy teacher boyfriend, bizzare neighbour and irritating workmate.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, restaurant, bittersweet, diner, social differences, misfit, lifestyle, unfulfillment, romance, betrayal, optimism, couples ...
Time: 70s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Mystic Masseur (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, India, Trinidad and Tobago, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Circa 1940 in Trinidad, still a British Colony, lives Ganesh Ramseyor, of East Indian origin, along with his wife, Leela. He longs to reach out to people, especially to Hindus, in order to promote the Hindu Faith, and be known as a writer. He does ...
Style: touching, serious, talky, meditative, realistic ...
Plot: politics, miraculous event, ambition, writer's life, love and romance, rise and fall, rise to the top, love affair, friendship, celebrity culture, husband wife relationship, village ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 1950s
Place: latin america, india, oxford university, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Winter Passing (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, homecoming, dysfunctional family, couple relations, unlikely couple, artists and showbiz, love and romance, lifestyle, family problems, addiction, writer's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, michigan, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Daytrippers (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Eliza D'Amico thinks her marriage to Louis is going great, until she finds a mysterious love note to her husband. Concerned, she goes to her mother for advice. Eliza, her parents, her sister Jo and Jo's boyfriend all pile into a station ...
Style: witty, talky, humorous, clever, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, adultery, on the road, brawl, chance meeting, drunkenness, rooftop, suburbs, infidelity, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Georgia Rule (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Georgia Rule follows a rebellious, uncontrollable teenager who is hauled off by her dysfunctional mother to spend the summer with her grandmother. Her journey will lead all three women to revelations of buried family secrets and an understanding ...
Style: sincere, realistic, sentimental, serious, stylized ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: mother daughter relationship, family problems, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family relations, small town, confession, redemption, generation gap, teenager, uncontrollable, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: idaho, usa, san francisco, salt lake city utah, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An African American couple (Winfield and Alice) adopt two orphans from a Vietnamese refugee camp. After twenty-two years, the children are reunited with their birth mother, bringing deeply submerged resentments and misconceptions to the surface and ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: culture clash, adoption, family relations, transvestism, interracial relations, dysfunctional family, human nature, racism, family life, parents and children, family gatherings, siblings relations ...
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Acid House (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: THE ACID HOUSE is a surreal triptych adapted by "Trainspotting" author Irvine Welsh from his acclaimed collection of short stories. Combining a vicious sense of humor with hard-talking drama, the film reaches into the hearts and minds of ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, humorous, mind bending, clever ...
Plot: lsd, drug abuse, family relations, vengeance, infidelity, murder, vandalism, s&m, society, youth, god, adult as child ...
Time: 90s
Place: scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A Japanese-American fisherman may have killed his neighbor Carl at sea. In the 1950s, race figures in the trial. So does reporter Ishmael.
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, forbidden love, jury, fisherman, japanese american, racism, culture clash, who done it, crimes, life is a bitch, romance ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: seattle washington, seattle, washington state, pearl harbor
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Pieces of April (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Quirky and rebellious April Burns lives with her boyfriend in a low-rent New York City apartment miles away from her emotionally distant family. But when she discovers that her mother has a fatal form of breast cancer, she invites the clan to her ...
Style: realistic, emotional, intense, entertaining, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: marijuana, neighbor, thanksgiving, road trip, reconciliation, holiday, eccentric family, reunion, parents and children, family feud, nothing goes right, generation gap ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Orphans (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The star of Ken Loach's MY NAME IS JOE, Mullan proves that his talent isn't relegated to acting. As a writer/director, he has crafted a supremely entertaining motion picture. ORPHANS tells the grittily realistic, hysterical, and deeply ...
Style: emotional, intense, surreal, depressing, witty ...
Plot: siblings relations, death in the family, vengeance, dysfunctional family, children, family relations, cemetery, bar, moral ambiguity, disability, justice, british ...
Time: 90s
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland, england, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
These Foolish Things (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: As war looms on the horizon, a hopeful ingenue (Zoe Tapper) finds herself caught between the warring affections of a playwright (David Leon) and a director (Andrew Lincoln) in 1930s London. Director Julia Taylor-Stanley's heartwarming ensemble ...
Style: captivating, emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Plot: love triangle, family relations, rise to the top, love affair, lifestyle, actor's life, showbiz, filmmaking, couples, romance, ego clash, hopes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Driving Lessons (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A shy teenage boy trying to escape the influence of his domineering mother, has his world changed when he begins to work for a retired actress.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, parents and children, love and romance, artists and showbiz, actor's life, family relations, family problems, friendship, infidelity, letter, christianity ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: england, scotland, edinburgh scotland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: small town, friendship, prison, hopes, false accusation, redemption, church, bittersweet, self discovery, dishonesty, starting over, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, quarry
Place: maine, usa, new england, ohio, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When Madea catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only relative they have: their aunt April. A heavy-drinking ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, witty
Plot: family life, love affair, adolescence vs adulthood, couples, love and romance, family relations, sexual content, couple relations, love, infidelity, nightclub singer, aunt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.5
 13K
Evening (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As Constance (Natasha Richardson) and Nina (Toni Collette) gather at the deathbed of their mother, Ann (Vanessa Redgrave), they learn for the first time that their mother lived an entire other lifetime during one evening 50 years ago. In vivid ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, haunted by the past, mother, power of love, mother daughter relationship, beautiful scenery, dying, death of mother, wedding, death, friendship, women ...
Time: 50s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 1950s
Place: rhode island, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Feast of July (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: After an abandoned young woman in late 19th Century England is taken in by a rural couple with three handsome sons, tragic consequences result.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, intense, talky ...
Plot: pregnancy, soldier, family relations, down on your luck, couple relations, wartime life, love triangle, tragic hero, romance, love and romance, family life, parents and children ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian
Place: england, europe, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
My Life So Far (1999)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Memoir of the lives of a family growing up on a post World War I British estate headed up by a strong disciplinarian, her daughter, her inventor husband, their ten year old son, and his older sister. Through the household comes a number of suitors ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, touching, humorous, sentimental
Plot: family relations, infidelity, coming of age, estate, inventor, couple relations, countryside, human nature, parents and children, fall in love, eccentric family, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: scotland, europe, scottish highlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Cape of Good Hope (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Mark Bamford's thought-provoking comedy explores the ever-present friction between class, race and faith in modern-day South Africa, tracing the intersection of multiple lives. A Drama revolving around 3 women's lives and how they are ...
Style: sincere, touching, semi serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: pregnancy, interracial relations, love triangle, love affair, love and romance, dishonesty, workplace, society, hopes, single parent, looking for love, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.3
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Another Year (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Mike Leigh’s much praised 2010 tragicomical drama. During a year, a very content couple approaching retirement are visited by friends and family less happy with their lives.
Style: touching, psychological, emotional, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: loneliness, funeral, midlife crisis, friendship, jealousy, everyday life, family life, parents and children, suffering, desperation, unrequited love, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, paris france, ireland ...
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33%