Movies like The Chalk Garden

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The Chalk Garden (1964)
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The Chalk Garden (1964)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A grandmother seeks a governess for her 16 year old granddaughter, Laurel, who manages to drive away each and every one so far by exposing their past, with a record of three in one week! When an applicant with a mysterious past manages to get the job, Laurel vows to expose her. Meanwhile, Laurel's married-divorced-married mother tries to get her back.
Style: psychological, tense, clever, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, haunted by the past, cure, nanny, judge, problem child, governess, adolescence, cat and mouse, youth, parents and children, love and romance, couples, teenage life, society, family problems, hypocrisy, child as adult, gardening, grandparent grandchild relationship, murder, teenage girl, deception, lie, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 60s
Place: england

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Most similar movies to The Chalk Garden

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, psychological and touching films with plots about family relations, family problems, parents and children, youth, teenage life, couples and love and romance mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Chalk Garden: Track 29 (1988), The Thirteenth Tale (2013), After (2014), Headwinds (2011), Flame in the Streets (1961). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Track 29 (1988)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Years after a desperate teenage Linda gives up her baby for adoption, she finds herself face-to-face with Martin, a young man claiming to be her long-lost son. Linda embraces Martin and in him finds a welcome reprieve from her unhappy marriage to ...
Style: mind bending, surreal, realistic, serious, non-linear ...
Plot: obsession, adoption, family problems, family relations, couples, crimes, love and romance, mentally unstable, mystery, mysterious character, betrayal, pregnancy ...
Time: 80s
Place: north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Thirteenth Tale (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Margaret Lea, a young biographer, attempts to interview writer Vida Winter, whose health is deteriorating. Vida has previously denied access to the secrets of her life and childhood home. Vida tells her story to Margaret, helping Margaret to ...
Style: gothic, captivating, serious, touching, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: haunted by the past, family relations, twins, writer's life, family secret, mystery, sister sister relationship, childhood trauma, aging, sibling relationship, female writer, dark past ...
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 4.9
 205
After (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A haunting and powerful psychological thriller. Set in icy upstate New York in the winter of 2002, "After" is about the Valentinos, a middle class clan facing financial hardship--their family stone cutting business is slowly failing--and ...
Style: psychological, realistic, sentimental, captivating, tense ...
Plot: family relations, family in crisis, family problems, haunted by the past, working class, love, confusion, bankruptcy, secret, wedding ring, videotaping, cross cultural relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 6.4
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Headwinds (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Sarah tells Paul that she wants out of their marriage; the next day she disappears. A year later and Paul along with their children return to his childhood town to start anew after the loss of his wife and their mother.
Style: serious, tense, touching, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: starting over, missing person, homecoming, family relations, hopes, haunted by the past, father son relationship, brother brother relationship, life is a bitch, parents and children, creative block, writers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france, brittany
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Flame in the Streets (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Flame in the Streets is a 1961 British drama film directed by Roy Ward Baker. Racial tensions manifest themselves at home, work and on the streets during Bonfire Night in the burgeoning West Indian community of early 1960s Britain. Trades union ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional
Plot: family relations, racism, factory, interracial relations, union, couples, injustice, workplace, society, life is a bitch, rebellion, opposites attract ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 4.7
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Drunkboat (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After twenty years of broken bottles and empty hallways, Mort Gleason witnesses his nephew Moo being beaten while in a drunken stupor. The short contact with family brings Mort back to what are left of his senses and he returns to the last home he ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: family relations, haunted by the past, single parent, parents and children, youth, social relations, coming of age, teenage life, suburbs, self discovery, teenager, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.8
 101
Restless (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Maurice (Michel Piccoli) is a composer, and a longtime member of the resistance. By chance, he shares a house with his teenager granddaughter. Claire, at 17, is eager to experience all sorts of things and the sooner the better, and rebels against ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating, gloomy
Plot: love and romance, elderly, haunted by the past, teenage love, estrangement, teenage life, couples, relationship vs career, family relations, youth, aging, first love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.4
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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: serious, psychological, emotional, realistic, touching ...
Plot: incest, family relations, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, sexual abuse, introspection, self discovery, family problems, couples, infidelity, haunted by the past, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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The Nightmare Nanny (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Stay-home mom Annie is reluctant to return to work, until she finds Amber, the perfect nanny for her 3-year-old daughter Jenny. But as Annie's young daughter grows closer and closer to Amber, Annie begins to feel like she's being pushed ...
Style: serious, captivating, enigmatic, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: missing child, parents and children, family relations, nanny, couples, woman in danger, crimes, single parent, suspicion, babies and infants, youth, child in peril ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Where Love Has Gone (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A divorced couple's teen-age daughter stands trial for stabbing her mother's latest lover.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, gloomy, sincere
Plot: murder, teenage daughter, family relations, courtroom, betrayal, investigation, custody, alcohol abuse, haunted by the past, manipulation, court, marriage ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Ten Days Wonder (1971)
Genre: Mystery, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Anthony Perkins, a young sculptor with a weird penchant for waking up in strange hotels with his memory wiped clean and bloodied hands, invites a former professor (Michel Piccoli) to the Gatsby-like provincial manor presided over by his powerful ...
Style: tense, mind bending, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: murder, estate, family problems, couples, family relations, mystery, love and romance, amateur detective, unlikely criminals, crimes, riddles and clues, adoption ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.1
 146
Story of Jen (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A man commits suicide leaving a disturbing note. His wife and his daughter try to cope with it when the step-brother of the deceased visits them.
Style: tense, serious, suspense, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: pregnancy, manhunt, teenage life, parents and children, estrangement, family relations, escapades, on the run, youth, odd couple, death in the family, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Shanghai Spell (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Spain, France, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A fourteen year old lad discovers his first love at the point of his pencil whilst drawing the portrait of a sickly but coquettish fifteen year old girl. In the neighbourhood an old freedom-fighter pits himself against bad types, a pretty ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: murder, teenage love, undercover, family relations, parents and children, teenage life, romance, youth, love and romance, crimes, bittersweet, village ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: spain, barcelona, china, catalonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Perfect Nanny (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Upon her release from a mental institution where she was recovering from a suicide attempt, Andrea McBride applies for the position of nanny for a handsome, wealthy surgeon, Dr. James Lewis, a widower with two children. Another applicant is hired, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: nanny, obsession, crimes, parents and children, under the surface, murder, family relations, femme fatale, graphic violence, matricide, doctor, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.3
 163
Absence (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, Chile, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A daily, familiar, sexual and emotional drama. Based on the character Serginho, the plot is based around various aspects of this "no longer a boy, not yet a man". We follow his day to day: the recently acquired role of man of the house, ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, bleak
Plot: dysfunctional family, teenage life, family relations, family problems, youth, parents and children, child as adult, coming of age, teachers and students, siblings relations, power relations
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Return to Peyton Place (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Residents of the small town of Peyton Place aren't pleased when they realize they're the characters in local writer Allison MacKenzie's controversial first novel. A sequel to the hit 1957 film.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, emotional
Plot: small town, family relations, dysfunctional family, social relations, couples, estrangement, family problems, coming of age, lifestyle, single parent, crumbling marriage, society ...
Time: 50s
Place: new york, new hampshire, massachusetts, new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Zion and His Brother (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Zion, aged 14 and his brother Meir, 17, are facing a crisis in their relationship after a terrible accident. They keep the secret to themselves and it haunts them until, finally, Zion re-examines his loyalty towards his older brother and decides ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: family relations, family problems, dysfunctional family, society, youth, working class, siblings relations, family in crisis, haunted by the past, teenage life, introspection, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.9
 447
Black Girl (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An aspiring dancer and her wicked sister's resent their mother's love for a foster daughter.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, redemption, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, youth, hopes, couples, family problems, injustice, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 6.8
 750
Gypsy Girl (1966)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young, lonely, mentaly retarded teenage girl finds solace in burying dead animals after the sudden death of a friend of hers.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological
Plot: pets, countryside, village, family relations, church, social relations, solace, family problems, romance, misfit, mentally challenged, dealing with death ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Home Before Dark (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: It's 1963 in rural Massachusetts, and Nora James has the usual worries of an eleven year-old girl:lipstick, first crushes, staying out of trouble at school...not easy when your teacher is the elderly Sister Concilia. And even harder when your ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological
Plot: family relations, infidelity, small town life, murder, countryside, parents and children, haunted by the past, mental institution, school, small town, love affair, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
All Fall Down (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Ralph and Annabell Willart are a feuding couple who are constantly bickering over their worthless, good-for nothing son Berry-Berry..
Style: realistic, serious, biting, suspense, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, love triangle, womanizer, alcohol abuse, pregnancy, adolescence, coming of age, youth, unfulfillment, love and romance, couples, family problems ...
Time: 60s
Place: ohio, florida, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.5
 568
Virgin (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When a teenager finds herself pregnant, with no memory of having had sex, she determines that she is carrying the child of God.
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, coming of age, family relations, clergy, society, youth, parents and children, teenage life, sexual abuse, small town, teenage girl, virginity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Expecting Amish (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: 18-year-old Hannah Yoder is ready to become an Amish adult - which means baptism into the Church and marriage to her boyfriend, Samuel. However, her friends convince her to visit Hollywood for Rumspringa where she meets Josh and the two hit it off ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching
Plot: religions or cults, forbidden love, couples, love and romance, society, youth, culture clash, adolescence vs adulthood, love affair, family problems, family relations, pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Sex & the Single Mom (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Jess Gradwell and her teenage daughter boast a superclose relationship. When it comes to sex, however, Mom won't stand for anything less than premarital celibacy. So she gets a pretty healthy dose of her own medicine when she winds up getting ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, sexy ...
Plot: single parent, pregnancy, moral dilemma, teenage life, lifestyle, youth, love and romance, society, family problems, parents and children, family life, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Gebo and the Shadow (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Portugal
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Despite his age and general weariness, Gebo keeps on working as an accountant to provide for his family. He lives with his wife, Doroteia, and his daughter-in-law, Sofia, but it is the absence of João, son and husband, that worries them.Gebo seems ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, suspense, tense ...
Plot: poverty, honor, family problems, family relations, parents and children, society, thief, missing child
Time: 19th century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.3
 458
Wild Iris (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A woman and her teenage son move back in with her mother to work together in the family bridal business.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, talky, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, couples, romance, hopes, unlikely couple, teenage life, introspection, family problems, family relations, lifestyle, youth ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.0
 439
Zelly and Me (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A young orphan who lives with her grandmother in a large Virginian home infatuates herself with the voices of Joan d'Arc. Her French nanny seeks out the help of a rich suitor to take her and the orphan away when she realizes that the ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, emotional, twists and turns ...
Plot: family relations, nanny, betrayal, orphan, coming of age, power relations, family problems, child in peril, bittersweet, family life, teenage life, kidnapping ...
Time: 80s, 50s
Place: virginia, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Another Woman's Husband (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When Laurel signs up for swimming lessons, she becomes best friends with her teacher Susan - until they realize Laurel’s boyfriend and Susan’s husband are the same man.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, gloomy, contemplative
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love triangle, friendship, haunted by the past, fall in love, infidelity, family problems, couples, family relations, betrayal, love and romance, double life, adultery ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Falling Angels (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The wickedly funny story of three sisters' coming of age in a wildly dysfunctional family, set against the backdrop of the 60's, free love, the Cold War, LSD and the dawn of feminism. Affectionately dubbed "Little Women on acid", ...
Style: realistic, clever, touching, serious
Plot: infidelity, family relations, family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family, youth, estrangement, couples, death in the family, suburban life, teenage life, siblings relations ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.5
 15
Eroded (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Story: "It is said that when left unhealed, the past can destroy our lives. When Billy Reid and his sister Sheila lose loved ones in a horrific accident, they must face the aftermath together. For Billy, that aftermath and the secrets that lie within ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, psychological, tense
Plot: haunted by the past, family relations, mystery, family problems, memory loss, supernatural ability, life is a bitch, supernatural, family in crisis, destiny, forest, loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%