Movies like Life Itself

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Life Itself (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
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, traumatic childhood, estranged couple, tragic event, hit by a bus, dead mother, gun in mouth, dead father, orphan, terminal illness, pregnancy, death of mother, suicide, jealousy, love triangle, child abuse, car accident, sex, marriage proposal, 21 year old, dying mother, fraternity, father in law daughter in law relationship, therapist, repeated scene ...
Place: manhattan new york city

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and melancholic films with plots about drinking, sex, mother daughter relationship, kiss, drink, father son relationship and father daughter relationship mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Life Itself: Mother and Child (2009), Valmont (1989), Indignation (2016), The Good Mother (1988), Regarding Henry (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: brother sister relationship, fish, milk, pizza, casino, bisexual, ex husband ex wife relationship, snoring, sunglasses, boxer shorts, illness, theatre audience ...
Time: year 1981, year 1979
Place: england, 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, talky, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: adoption, voyeurism, african american, parents and children, parent child relationship, nymphomaniac, adoptive mother, hopes, family relations, couple relations, estrangement, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1973
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 7.0
 11K
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: mind game, betrayal, infidelity, romance, virginity, manipulations, couple relations, vengeance, dishonesty, love and romance, rivalry, couples ...
Time: 18th century, 20th century, 80s
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.8
 10K
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, sexual repression, college freshman, wallpaper, watching someone, military draft, college roommate ...
Time: 1950s, year 1955
Place: ohio, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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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: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: obsession, crumbling marriage, postmodernism, romance, couple relations, unfulfillment, couples, love affair, parents and children, breakup, life turned upside down, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, connecticut, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: gloomy, serious, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, custody, false accusation, pregnancy, dedicated lawyer, couple relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, legal, couples, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: maine, connecticut, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Regarding Henry (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Henry is a lawyer who survives a shooting only to find he cannot remember anything. If that weren't enough, Henry also has to recover his speech and mobility, in a life he no longer fits into. Fortunately, Henry has a loving wife and daughter ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: amnesia, rehabilitation, memory loss, maid, redemption, disability, starting over, childhood memory, firearm, hopes, family relations, self discovery ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: serious, sentimental, sexual, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: letter, impossible love, virginity, cholera, ship, love letter, marriage, doctor, extramarital affair, love triangle, romance, honeymoon ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, 1890s, turn of the century ...
Place: colombia, seaport, caribbean, paris france, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 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: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: pregnancy, terminal illness, friendship, store, cafe, life is a bitch, romance, unfulfillment, couples, family relations, friends, babies and infants ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.1
 799
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: serious, talky, clever, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, secret, infidelity, family life, college, family in crisis, parent child relationship, family problems, family relations, human nature, human spirit, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: virginia, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: sincere, semi serious, realistic, touching, psychological
Audience: girls' night
Plot: widow, fall in love, love and romance, romance, couple relations, love affair, physical appearance, couples, reflection in a mirror, falling to the ground, man wrapped in a towel, ex husband ex wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1994
Place: california, usa, los angeles, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.4
 164K
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: realistic, emotional, talky, serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: marriage, crumbling marriage, couple relations, nurse, lust, strong sexual content, depression, dysfunctional family, dancing, truck, classroom, bridge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, new york, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, gloomy, serious, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, african american, siblings relations, addiction, family gatherings, sister, family problems, family relations, family life, rehabilitation, parents and children, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut, usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.0
 736
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: computer, model, necklace, crying woman, french, pregnancy, older man younger woman relationship, hospital, nightclub, bartender, death of mother, nipples ...
Place: santa monica california, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, serious, realistic, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: politics, city life, romance, love and romance, urban, society, unfulfillment, couples, human nature, introspection, couple relations, terminal illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: hong kong, asia, china, beijing china, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: pregnancy, hitchhiker, self discovery, parents and children, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, youth, couples, family relations, starting over, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, norway, new york state, haiti ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.1
 183
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: serious, realistic
Plot: love triangle, soldier, friendship, romance, love and romance, society, couples, friends, raid, soccer, marijuana, captive ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 3.9
 919
Ripe (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When their abusive parents are killed in a car crash, twin sisters Rosie and Violet vow to run away to Kentucky in search of a better life. While on the road, the girls meet up with Pete, a drifter working as a grounds keeper on a derelict army ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, sexual, psychological ...
Plot: coming of age, sexual abuse, orphan, voyeurism, soldier, family life, elderly lovers, innocence lost, self discovery, siblings relations, teenage life, when the parents are away ...
Time: 90s
Place: kentucky, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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: clever, touching, semi serious, witty, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: infidelity, vandalism, rejection, writer's life, prostitution, fall in love, romance, dishonesty, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: pasadena california, santa monica california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.5
 350
Loving Couples (1964)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Three expectant mothers think back over their sex lives.
Plot: hospital, breasts, selfishness, memory, letter, older man younger woman relationship, pregnancy, haunted house, sleeping, crying baby, climbing a tree, sunrise ...
Time: 1910s, year 1915
Place: stockholm sweden, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, serious, sexual, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: aids, gay, gays and lesbians, bisexual, tantrum, friendship, self discovery, love triangle, pregnancy, rock, fall in love, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s, year 1967, 1960s
Place: ohio, new york, usa, cleveland ohio, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.5
 12K
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, serious, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: wedding, love affair, friendship, love triangle, romance, fall in love, best friend, mother, summer, parent child relationship, new love, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 50s, 20th century, 21st century, 1950s
Place: rhode island, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: semi serious, sincere, realistic, touching, psychological
Plot: sexual relations, small town, beer, blonde, bar, dog, motel, thirtysomething life, romance, one-night stand, love and romance, couples ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
 12K
Snow Angels (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Waitress Annie has separated from her suicidal alcoholic husband, Glenn. Glenn has become an evangelical Christian, but his erratic attempts at getting back into Annie's life have alarmed her. High school student Arthur works at Annie's ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sentimental, tragic ending ...
Plot: small town, teenage love, small town life, suicide, depression, dysfunctional family, first sex, reconciliation, photographer, christianity, letter, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two women, Nic and Jules, brought a son and daughter into the world through artificial insemination. When one of their children reaches age, both kids go behind their mothers' backs to meet with the donor. Life becomes so much more interesting ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, touching, clever, sincere ...
Plot: lesbian, gays and lesbians, gender, coming of age, argument, control freak, biological father, artificial insemination, lesbian relationship, motorcycle, dinner, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, buenos aires argentina, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: dysfunctional family, dealing with death, siblings relations, death in the family, coming of age, unfulfillment, family relations, starting over, parents and children, estrangement, family problems, last wish ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.7
 2K
Princess Cyd (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: High school athlete Cyd Loughlin lives alone with her depressive father in South Carolina, perpetually longing to get away from it all. When her aunt, famous novelist Miranda Ruth, agrees to host her for a few weeks during the summer, Cyd jumps at ...
Plot: novelist, coming of age, summer vacation, lgbt, sexual identity, first lesbian experience, female sexuality, black man white woman relationship, murder of sister, bisexual girl, text messaging, novel ...
Time: year 1992, year 1968
Place: chicago illinois, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.5
 3K
Loverboy (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A neglected daughter becomes a possessive mother in an emotional journey into the heart and mind of a woman who loved too much.
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: obsession, dysfunctional family, mental illness, pregnancy, parents and children, sexual relations, couples, family problems, family relations, babies and infants, single parent, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: bipolar disorder, parents and children, family relations, youth, cigarette smoking, father daughter relationship, mental illness, columbia university, absent mother, interracial marriage, machete, ancestry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1960s, year 1967, year 1978
Place: usa, massachusetts, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Outsiders (1986)
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, central park, yin and yang, bastard, gun, birthday, bathtub, park, friend, friendship, flashback, money ...
Place: taipei, taiwan, china, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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