Movies like Refuge 2017

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Refuge (2017)
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Refuge (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The lives of a Hollywood actress battling drug addiction, a teen with a violent past, a teacher fighting to keep a dream alive, and a cop caught in a love triangle are brought together by fate.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, touching, gloomy
Plot: love triangle, haunted by the past, youth, addiction, hopes, redemption, dedicated educator, high school life, love, hiding place
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about hopes, redemption, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, family relations, parents and children and society mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres. Some movies like Refuge: Firelight (2012), Going Away (2013), Krisha (2015), Heart of Now (2010), King's Faith (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, youth, juvenile delinquency, reach out, power relations, human spirit, society, hopes, friendship, fire brigade, rivalry, female director
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Going Away (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two unlikely friends — a supply teacher and a lonely young boy suspended between two estranged parents — embark on a weekend motorcycle voyage full of surprises and unforeseen consequences in this surprisingly tough, unsentimental drama.
Style: realistic, touching, tense, serious, captivating ...
Plot: haunted by the past, redemption, hopes, love, weekend, loneliness, loan shark, dysfunctional family, family problems, female director, wealthy family, family dinner ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, french riviera, south of france
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Krisha (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Krisha returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, psychological, tragicomedy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, reunion, family problems, thanksgiving, addiction, friendship, family relations, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, family, estranged son, mental illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, turkey
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Heart of Now (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: "Heart of Now" concerns a young woman with a profound longing for a sense of family. Amber is devastated after her boyfriend abandons her because she's pregnant. She is whisked across a contrast of urban, natural and emotional ...
Style: realistic, contemplative, psychological, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: desert, introspection, looking for love, haunted by the past, redemption, downfall, pregnancy, spirituality, breakup, female protagonist, relationship problems, problem solving ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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King's Faith (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When eighteen-year-old Brendan King attempts to leave his turbulent gang life behind him, his past continues to threaten his new-found faith, family, and future
Style: christian film, realistic, touching, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adoption, redemption, juvenile delinquency, haunted by the past, human spirit, youth, society, going straight, teenage love, parents and children, suburbs, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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California Solo (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Lachlan MacAldonich is a self-described “lazy Scotsman” and former guitar player for a once-popular 1990s rock band. No longer famous, he now lives a comfortably numb existence working on an organic farm outside Los Angeles. He drinks himself ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, touching ...
Plot: haunted by the past, deportation, musician's life, introspection, life is a bitch, music, society, estrangement, down on your luck, immigrants, farm
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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Guilty Hearts (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Over the course of this drama's six separate stories, a variety of couples struggle with the infidelity, dishonesty and heartbreak that plagues their varied pasts. In overcoming their challenges, these diverse individuals embrace a brighter ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sentimental
Plot: looking for love, couples, redemption, haunted by the past, couple relations, love and romance, friendship, infidelity, friends, bittersweet, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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67%
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Cook County (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After a stint in prison, Sonny returns to his home in East Texas, determined to repair his relationship with his son. Standing in his way is his brother, who has turned the home into a crumbling meth lab (IMDb.com)
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: meth lab, redemption, family relations, family problems, estrangement, parents and children, homecoming, addiction, drug abuse, small town, adolescence vs adulthood, release from prison ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
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His Wife (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, India, Belgium
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Gracie, a young Tamil woman living near Madras, has been having behavioural disorders since the day she was married. The memory of her French friend Catherine, who died in unresolved circumstances, seems to be haunting her. Catherine's grieving ...
Style: realistic, emotional, rough
Plot: haunted by the past, hopes, redemption, love, addiction, widower, exorcism, heroine, drug overdose, pregnancy, drug dealer, mental institution ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Coming of age story about two inner city youths, who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: life is a bitch, friendship, homeless, lifestyle, teenage life, redemption, hopes, youth, forceful separation, urban ghetto life, coming of age, working class ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, brooklyn new york city, new york
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61%
Caroline and Jackie (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A woman turns her sister's belated birthday celebration into an intervention, but as events unfold, it becomes unclear which sibling needs the most help.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, touching, psychological
Plot: addiction, introspection, haunted by the past, friendship, drug abuse, life is a bitch, eating disorder, siblings relations, friends, surprise birthday party, sister sister conflict, anorexia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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59%
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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: realistic, sincere, touching, serious
Plot: family relations, youth, social relations, haunted by the past, parents and children, single parent, self discovery, suburbs, teenage life, coming of age, teenager, suburban life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, illinois
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Closed for Winter (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An emotional and poetic story of Elise, a beautiful young woman haunted by a tragic event in her youth. As Elise attempts to piece together the mystery of her sister's disappearance at the beach, twenty years before when both were children, she ...
Style: emotional, realistic, atmospheric, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: missing child, haunted by the past, self discovery, hopes, sister sister relationship, journey, secret, redemption, liberation, love, society, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, south australia, adelaide south australia
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55%
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Hide Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A successful businessman attempting to resurrect his life buys and boards a dilapidated sailboat.
Style: realistic, sentimental, emotional, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, starting over, friendship, hopes, small town, haunted by the past, death of wife, redemption, father daughter relationship, society, elderly, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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3 Nights in the Desert (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three former band mates enter a cave after hearing it has the power to give them what they need. As unsettling desires rise to the surface, they all wonder if the cave has real power.
Style: touching, talky, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: adolescence vs adulthood, introspection, reunion, friendship, love triangle, twentysomething life, love and romance, desert, bittersweet, road not taken, unfulfillment, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
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Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronciling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty.
Style: serious, captivating, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, sexual abuse, bishop, going straight, youth, life is a bitch, prostitute, hopes, drug abuse, addiction, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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The Mighty Angel (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, Hungary
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A shocking story about addiction and attempts to overcome it. The script is based on Jerzy Plich’s excellent novel “The Mighty Angel” (alternative title: "The Strong Angel Inn"). Jerzy (Robert Więckiewicz) is a writer and a heavy ...
Style: serious, realistic, cynical, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: rehabilitation, addiction, alcohol abuse, haunted by the past, clinic, writer's life, unfulfillment, hopes, life is a bitch, depression, drugs/alcohol, destructive relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland
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America Brown (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A coming-of-age drama that centers on a young quarterback from West Texas, a priest in New York, and the two women in their lives.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, uplifting, contemplative ...
Plot: coming of age, high school, haunted by the past, prodigy, starting over, society, on the run, ambition, fall in love, redemption, rivalry, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, new york, usa
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47%
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All Mistakes Buried (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A lone, struggling addict takes on a dangerous underground criminal ring in his small Southern town to retrieve a stolen pendant he believes will save his marriage.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, gloomy
Plot: addiction, redemption, obsessive quest, life is a bitch, crimes, hopes, danger, small town, drugs
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa
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Reconciliation (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: RECONCILIATION is a groundbreaking, provocative story about an estranged father and son struggling to overcome the heartbreaking consequences of their past. Grant Taylor (Eric Nenninger) has been troubled by intense childhood memories ever since his ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: gay parent, forgiveness, redemption, haunted by the past, family relations, last wish, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, estrangement, parents and children, terminal illness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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You (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: You is a love story. It spans 21 years, bouncing around in time, creating a kind of family quilt that wraps around a father as he struggles to overcome the grief of losing his beloved wife and raise their daughter alone. A coming-of-age journey for ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: family relations, coming of age, parents and children, hopes, single parent, haunted by the past, redemption, love, loss of mother, teenager, friendship, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Cocaine Angel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A week in the life of a young drug addict.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, witty ...
Plot: addiction, drug use, rehabilitation, downfall, life is a bitch, drug dealing, hopes, lifestyle, drug addiction, fired from the job, drug abuse, going straight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
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A Long Way Home (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: family relations, psychiatrist, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, redemption, domestic disturbance, hopes, family problems, parents and children, life is a bitch, family in crisis, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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The Mulberry Tree (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A drama centered on a young man working in Rhode Island's state corrections system and his relationship with a convicted murderer who is dying of AIDS and spending his remaining days on hospital detail.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, talky ...
Plot: hospital, redemption, hopes, life is a bitch, prison, terminal illness, haunted by the past, family relations, estrangement, life sentence, one more chance, murderer ...
Place: rhode island, usa
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I Am (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the City of Angels, despair and heartache are the daily mail -- delivered with painful regularity whether we want them or not. Through I AM, we join an eclectic cast as they try to untangle themselves from the web of sin. All along the way, they ...
Style: contemplative, serious, realistic, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: redemption, self discovery, society, religions or cults, unfulfillment, inheritance, journalist, police, hopes, disorder, life turned upside down, attorney ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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40%
A Beautiful Soul (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An R&B singer snagged by the trappings of superstardom loses his way and turns his back on his church and faith-filled beginnings. Tragedy strikes, leaving a chance for redemption in its wake. But with rebirth, first comes death.
Style: realistic, touching, psychological, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: self discovery, redemption, introspection, one more chance, musician's life, religions or cults, showbiz, lifestyle, hip hop, ambition, hopes, celebrity culture ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Sinner (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A Catholic priest, Father Anthony Romano (Nick Chinlund), intervenes with the police when his colleague attacks a drifter named Lil (Georgina Cates). When Anthony reluctantly provides her asylum in his rectory, the brash hustler soon discovers a ...
Style: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: prostitute, false accusation, celibacy, lifestyle, clergy, haunted by the past, moral dilemma, redemption, dishonesty, hopes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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40%
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Sugar (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A 20-year-old homeless girl is suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome on the streets of Hollywood and Venice beach.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: haunted by the past, society, juvenile delinquency, youth, homeless, survival, street life, orphan, life is a bitch, beach, 20 year old, hollywood
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: venice, texas, italy
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39%
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Tiger Warsaw (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Chuck brought sorrow to his family when he shot his father who is now a semi-invalid. After 15 years of self destruction, he returns home to seek forgiveness.
Style: realistic, serious, contemplative, emotional, touching ...
Plot: family relations, redemption, life is a bitch, going straight, youth, hopes, profanity, graphic violence, buddies, addiction, family life, cons and scams ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: vietnam
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38%
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Offline (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A man attempts to reclaim the life that prison took from him but his dark past threatens to ruin everything.
Style: serious, sincere, touching, realistic, gloomy
Plot: redemption, starting over, haunted by the past, human nature, dysfunctional family, estrangement, family relations, family problems, parents and children, hopes, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
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38%