Movies like Life Itself

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Life Itself (2018)
 6.6
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Life Itself (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.
Plot: unreliable narrator, pregnancy, traumatic childhood, estranged couple, dog, dancing, college, suicide, love triangle, suicide by gunshot, running, gun, orphan, singing, jealousy, song, singer, child abuse, boy, dancer, marriage, marriage proposal, kiss, girl, bus ...
Place: manhattan new york city

Most similar movies to Life Itself

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and melancholic films with plots about drinking, sex, drink, mother daughter relationship, kiss, father son relationship and husband wife relationship mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Life Itself: Mother and Child (2009), Indignation (2016), Valmont (1989), The Good Mother (1988), Evening (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Liverpool, 1978: What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme-fatale, the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame, and her young lover, British actor Peter Turner, quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, cancer, airplane ticket, x ray, dressing room, singing, female nudity, sex, running, train, bare breasts, rain ...
Time: year 1979, year 1981
Place: liverpool, california, new york, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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95%
Mother and Child (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The lives of three women have a commonality: adoption. Karen is a physical therapist who regrets that, as a teenager, she gave up her daughter for adoption. Elizabeth was an adopted child and is now a successful lawyer, but her personal life lacks ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, talky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: adoption, african american, voyeurism, estrangement, couples, abandoned, couple relations, spouse leaving, hopes, parents and children, family relations, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1973
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.8
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Indignation (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, China
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In 1951, Marcus Messner, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with anti-Semitism, sexual repression, and the ongoing Korean War.
Style: talky, intellectual, dramatic, earnest, reflective ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, student, jewish, culture clash, friendship, hospital, sex, flowers, suitcase, funeral, running, hit in the face ...
Time: 1950s, year 1955
Place: ohio, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.0
 12K
Valmont (1989)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, UK
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. The lover, Valmont, bets that he can seduce her, even though she is an honorable woman. If he wins, he can have his lover to do as ...
Style: baroque, stylized, clever, tense, realistic ...
Plot: betrayal, virginity, mind game, infidelity, romance, vengeance, couple relations, love and romance, manipulations, cons and scams, hypocrisy, couples ...
Time: 18th century, 80s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A New York couple's relationship is tested after the loss of their child. This film is the wide-released combination of the original two :him and :her volumes that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Style: serious, sincere, touching, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, couples, love affair, disintegration, postmodernism, breakup, life turned upside down, family relations, romance, couple relations, unfulfillment, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, connecticut, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Good Mother (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After finding a sexually liberated boyfriend, a divorced woman gets sued over daughter's custody, by her ex, who claims that her lover has a bad influence on the kid.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: custody, false accusation, pregnancy, courtroom drama, unfulfillment, parents and children, dedicated lawyer, family in crisis, couple relations, family relations, life is a bitch, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: maine, connecticut, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.5
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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, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: wedding, friendship, love triangle, romance, regret, haunted by the past, power of love, unfulfillment, love affair, mother, new love, best friend ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 50s, 1950s
Place: rhode island, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.8
 37
Vernie (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Drama - Sean, a young thirty-something coffee shop owner, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He desperately wants to have a baby before he dies, and asks his best friend Kristy to bear his child. - John Riedlinger, Amy Colon, Patrick Coyle
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, terminal illness, friendship, romance, dealing with death, life is a bitch, babies and infants, friends, hopes, family relations, best friends, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Crooked Hearts (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The father of a family has a an affair. This affects every member of the family.
Style: sentimental, touching, clever, serious, talky ...
Plot: infidelity, dysfunctional family, secret, life is a bitch, family in crisis, unfulfillment, eccentric family, couples, human spirit, family life, family problems, college ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.
Style: humorous, semi serious, sentimental, touching, realistic
Plot: bipolar disorder, youth, parents and children, family relations, rain, ancestry, destroying property, tarot cards, cardboard box, sleepover, trust, drink ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1978, year 1967, 1960s
Place: usa, massachusetts, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In Colombia just after the Great War, an old man falls from a ladder; dying, he professes great love for his wife. After the funeral, a man calls on the widow - she dismisses him angrily. Flash back more than 50 years to the day Florentino Ariza, a ...
Style: sexual, realistic, atmospheric, serious, psychological ...
Plot: letter, impossible love, virginity, honeymoon, funeral, diary, love triangle, extramarital affair, cholera, marriage, doctor, ship ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 19th century, 1870s, post world war one ...
Place: colombia, seaport, caribbean, paris france, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.6
 375
Loving Couples (1964)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Three expectant mothers think back over their sex lives.
Plot: great dane, train station, thief, memory, military officer, mirror, gay, brother sister relationship, screaming, crying baby, car, older man younger woman relationship ...
Time: 1910s, year 1915
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.4
 168K
Blue Valentine (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Dean and Cindy live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. They appear to have the world at their feet at the outset of the relationship. However, his lack of ambition and her retreat into self-absorption cause potentially irreversible cracks in ...
Style: emotional, realistic, stylized, talky, psychological ...
Audience: date night
Plot: marriage, nurse, lust, crumbling marriage, couple relations, depression, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, marital problem, dancing, truck, classroom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania, usa, new york, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 5.0
 865
All I Wish (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A woman struggles to escape the clutches of her overbearing, co-dependent mother, while gradually falling for a sexy, sophisticated attorney.
Plot: roommate, drinking, restaurant, dating, song, promise, wedding, marriage, dancing, apology, beer, marriage proposal ...
Place: paris france, santa monica california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Hanging Garden (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: William, a once obese and troubled teen, goes back to his family's home after being gone, without word, for ten years and finds it (and his family) haunted with his past. He had moved to the city and become a fit, well-adjusted gay man, but ...
Style: captivating, emotional, atmospheric, serious, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, gay, suicide, youth, homecoming, hanging, lgbt, gays and lesbians, gender, haunted by the past, family life ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, nova scotia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After her fiance is falsely imprisoned, a pregnant African-American woman sets out to clear his name and prove his innocence.
Plot: lawyer, love story, young adult, racism, nightmare, fight, police, undressing, prison, bare breasts, prisoner, rape ...
Place: harlem, new york, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Face of Love (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A widow falls for a guy who bears a striking resemblance to her late husband.
Style: realistic, touching, psychological, semi serious, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: widow, physical appearance, couple relations, romance, love and romance, couples, love affair, fall in love, gift, real estate agent, infidelity, grief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1994
Place: usa, california, los angeles, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.3
 3K
Chinese Box (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Japan, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: politics, romance, fall in love, couples, city life, unfulfillment, love and romance, couple relations, human nature, introspection, society, urban ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.
Style: talky, realistic, serious, clever, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, african american, addiction, parents and children, doubts and hesitations, under the surface, romance, family gatherings, favoritism among siblings, self destructing, human nature, wedding preparations and rituals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut, usa, hawaii, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.6
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, France, Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Based on the Greek tragedy MEDEA, this is a present day Mexican version, set in the seediest possible milieu of Mexico City. A woman abandoned by her husband, is thrown out of her apartment by her landlord - who is also her husband's new ...
Plot: rain, fire, underwear, wedding cake, candle, girl, bare breasts, tv set, mariachi band, watching pornography, television reporter, witch ...
Place: mexico city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on the book written by author Pai Hsien-yung and first published in 1983 in Taiwan. A-Qing, a young student is discovered during sex by a night watchman, young A-Qing is beaten and expelled from home by his violent abusive father. In a public ...
Plot: gay, cruising, abandonment, disco, central park, abandoned by mother, night watchman, scrapbook, gay teenager, cremation, aids, missing father ...
Place: manhattan new york city, taiwan, china, taipei
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.5
 3K
Burning Man (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An English chef with a chic restaurant on Bondi Beach trying to put his life and his relationship with his son back on track while surrounded by women.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, touching, sexy
Audience: date night
Plot: restaurant, chef, grief, cancer, pain, marriage, friend, coping, couples, romance, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
A Home at the End of the World (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three friends form a bond over the year, Johnathan is gay, Clare is straight and Bobby is neither, instead he loves the people he loves. As their lives go on there is tension and tears which culminate in a strong yet fragile friendship between the ...
Style: touching, sexual, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: aids, gay, friendship, self discovery, pregnancy, love triangle, tantrum, bisexual, gays and lesbians, lgbt, sexual exploration, gender ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1967
Place: ohio, new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Come Early Morning (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Lucy wakes up in bed with a stranger and obviously from a night of drinking. She checks out and pays for the motel room on her account. Through her grandmother, she finds out her father is in town and pays him a visit. She agrees to go to his new ...
Style: sincere, semi serious, touching, psychological, realistic
Plot: small town, bar, beer, dog, blonde, motel, sexual relations, small town life, couples, romance, love and romance, thirtysomething life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.8
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Finding Home (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Inheriting her grandmother's remote island Inn causes Amanda to re-evaluate her life and decisions.
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, psychological
Plot: island, haunted by the past, crumbling marriage, hopes, parents and children, uncover truth, dysfunctional family, couples, family problems, family life, death in the family, homecoming ...
Time: contemporary
Place: maine, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A failed novelist's inability to pay the bills strains relations with his wife and leads him to work at an escort service where he becomes entwined with a wealthy woman whose husband is a successful writer.
Style: touching, clever, witty, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: infidelity, rejection, vandalism, prostitute, writer's life, unfulfillment, love and romance, couple relations, romance, crumbling marriage, love affair, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: santa monica california, pasadena california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Four Sheets to the Wind (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: After his father's untimely suicide, Cufe leaves his home in a Native American reservation in search of a more fulfilling life.
Style: realistic, gloomy, touching, sincere, serious
Plot: dysfunctional family, estrangement, parents and children, siblings relations, dealing with death, family relations, unfulfillment, coming of age, last wish, death in the family, family problems, starting over ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Sleeping with Other People (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Can two serial cheaters get a second chance at love? After a one-night stand in college, New Yorkers Lainey and Jake meet by chance twelve years later and discover they each have the same problem: because of their monogamy-challenged ways, neither ...
Style: witty, realistic, humorous, semi serious, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: sex, infidelity, cheating, womanizer, romance, college, couples, fall in love, friends, rehabilitation, love and romance, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002
Place: usa, france, manhattan new york city, medical school, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.2
 185
After the Rain (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Steph, an Afrikaner, struggles with his past and heritage in the new South Africa. When his girlfriend befriends a black South African man called Vusisizwe trouble brews.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: love triangle, soldier, society, friendship, love and romance, romance, friends, couples, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, marriage proposal, cross, rehearsal ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Personal Velocity (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Three women's escapes from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom.
Style: realistic, touching, gloomy, psychological, sincere ...
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Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, india, norway, haiti ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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