Movies like There Must Be a Pony

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There Must Be a Pony (1986)
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There Must Be a Pony (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Marguerite Sydney is a celebrated Hollywood star attempting a comeback after a stay in a mental hospital, as well as trying to re-establish a relationship with her teenage son, and risking a romance with a mysterious stranger.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, stylized
Plot: teenage life, mental institution, misfit, hospital, love and romance, hollywood, mental illness, starting over, mentally unstable, hopes, artists and showbiz, homecoming, mysterious character, parent child relationship, teenage boy, actress, mother son relationship
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: australia

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Most similar movies to There Must Be a Pony

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sentimental films with plots about hopes, youth, love and romance, family relations, life is a bitch, misfit and parents and children mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like There Must Be a Pony: Strangers Kiss (1983), The Caretakers (1963), Glass Lips (2007), All the Wilderness (2014), This Is My Life (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Strangers Kiss (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: To help his actress girlfriend regain her confidence a Hollywood bigshot bankrolls a small budget film being made by a first-time producer and director pair. Despite the hand-to-mouth way it has to be made the film starts to come good, as does the ...
Style: talky, contemplative, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: hollywood, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, underdog, love and romance, couples, realism, gangsters, actor's life, love triangle, showbiz, fall in love ...
Time: 80s, 1950s, 50s
Place: usa, california
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95%
 5.6
 721
The Caretakers (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: This movie chronicles the trials of the mentally ill and their care-givers in an over-crowded ward of a hospital.
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, realistic, psychotronic
Plot: hospital, mental institution, doctors and patients, mental illness, unfulfillment, juvenile delinquency, prodigy, misfit, terminal illness, human spirit, prison, martial arts ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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 204
Glass Lips (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This dialog-free film, originally presented as 33 short films, is an experimental, bizarre set of meditations and flashbacks of the grotesque.
Style: surreal, disturbing, atmospheric, stylized, mind bending ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, life is a bitch, estrangement, haunted by the past, homecoming, doctors and patients, wrongfully committed, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, dull life, child abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
The Best Little Girl in the World (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Casey Powell is a young teenage girl who is secretly suffering from anorexia nevosa, a mental and physical illness of deliberately starving herself or self-induced vomiting, because of her troubled home life and problems at school in which her ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, psychological, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: anorexia, mental illness, eating disorder, unfulfillment, elderly, hopes, youth, misfit, family relations, school, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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All the Wilderness (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Keeping to himself in the wake his father's death, James Charm finds refuge in solitary walks and creating morbid sketches — until a charismatic new friend and a quirky young woman begin to draw him out of his shell.
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, stylized
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, family relations, self discovery, single parent, youth, therapist, boy, teenage boy, mother son relationship, coming of age, hamster, undressing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
This Is My Life (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Single mom Dottie Ingels sells cosmetics in a department store, but she dreams of being a comedian. When she inherits some money, she takes the chance and moves with her two children Erica and Opel to New York to perform in small bars. Soon her ...
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: female director, human nature, parents and children, bittersweet, performer's life, artists and showbiz, single parent, coming of age, lifestyle, youth, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Ricochet River (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: hree teenagers looking for adventure find more than they expected in this coming-of-age drama. High school seniors Wade (Jason James Richter) and Lorna (Kate Hudson) have spent all their lives in the small logging town of Calamus Grove, a ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, talky
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, culture clash, self discovery, interracial relations, teenage life, love and romance, society, best friends, social misfits, on the road, small town, youth ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 1960s
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
I Don't Give a Damn (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Like many, another young Israeli, Rafi never gave much thought to the fact that when he reached a certain age, he would be expected to serve in the Israeli Army and that he would experience active duty in combat. It certainly never occurred to him ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: soldier, hopes, life is a bitch, love and romance, military, youth, down on your luck, introspection, life turned upside down, disability, nudity (full frontal - brief), photographer ...
Time: 80s
Place: israel, tel aviv israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 2K
Virginia (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A sheriff sees his state senate bid slide out onto the ice when his daughter begins to date the son of a charming but psychologically disturbed woman with whom the sheriff has engaged in a two-decade-long affair.
Style: psychological, sincere, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: sheriff, life is a bitch, misfit, family problems, parent child relationship, mentally unstable, love and romance, family relations, love affair, couple relations, mother child relationship, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: virginia, usa, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Driver's Seat (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A woman flies to Rome on a reckless quest, not for love but for death.
Style: surreal, tense, mind bending, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, crimes, love and romance, deadly, misfit, mentally unstable, danger, mental illness, dangerous attraction, friendship, couple relations, fall in love ...
Time: 70s
Place: rome italy, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Magic of Ordinary Days (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Pregnant out of wedlock, an educated young woman is pressured by her father into an arranged marriage with a lonely farmer in this drama set during WWII.
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: marriage of convenience, love and romance, hopes, romance, world war two, soldier, society, destiny, family relations, love affair, arranged marriage, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Six Weeks (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A wealthy cosmetic tycoon and her 12-year-old daughter who's dying from leukemia, strike up a sentimental friendship with a California politician. Since the girl has only six weeks or less to live, the trio fly to New York City where the ...
Style: sentimental, touching, gloomy, emotional, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, dancer's life, love and romance, youth, hopes, unfulfillment, romance, infidelity, love affair, forbidden love, tragic hero, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Another Perfect Stranger (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Ten years have passed. Nikki's daughter Sarah, now 19 and heading West for college, is at her own spiritual crossroads. To make matters worse, her mother has recently revealed that, nearly a decade ago, she was the dinner guest of the Almighty ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: teenage life, mysterious character, youth, family relations, religions or cults, parents and children, friendship, college, stranger, christian propaganda, discussion, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Anita B. (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After World War II, Anita, a young survivor of Auschwitz, becomes involved in an intense and passionate affair that almost shatters her until she gains the strength to start a new life.
Style: realistic, psychological, captivating, sentimental, uplifting ...
Plot: love affair, starting over, haunted by the past, teenage love, adoption, small town, hopes, family relations, youth, auschwitz, self discovery, post war ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: czech republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Back to School Mom (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Mary Thomas, a free-spirited musician, has spent the past two decades traveling the world, but at age 41 she decides to go back to college and finish her degree so that, for once, she can finally finish something she started. Back at her old ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, touching
Plot: college, redemption, family relations, college life, social relations, homecoming, life is a bitch, starting over, bittersweet, small town, mother son relationship, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Orheim Company (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A strong, human tale about a boy growing up with an alcoholic father, but also an energetic story about teenage lust, pain and passion – about liberation and redemption.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: parenthood, childhood, haunted by the past, parents and children, teenage life, family relations, coping, youth, coming of age, orphan, orphanage, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
A Borrowed Identity (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, Germany, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young Arab is caught between cultures as he is sent to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Israel in the 1980s.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, realistic
Plot: teenage life, friendship, boarding school, teenage love, introspection, hopes, friends, disorder, misfit, social misfits, immigrants, fish out of water ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1988 ...
Place: israel, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Dust of Time (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, Italy, Germany, Russia, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A, an American film director of Greek ancestry, is making a film that tells his story and the story of his parents. It is a tale that unfolds in Italy, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Canada and the USA. The main character is Eleni, who is claimed and ...
Style: atmospheric, sentimental, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: love affair, society, couples, political unrest, couple relations, love triangle, parents and children, starting over, hopes, state affairs, lovers reunited, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 70s, 80s, 60s ...
Place: germany, italy, new york, asia, kazakhstan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 6.2
 91
Golden Braid (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a man discovers a golden braid hidden inside an antique he has purchased, he becomes obsessed with the fantasy of a love affair from time past and the woman he imagines the braid belonged to.
Style: psychological, touching, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: love and romance, obsession, estrangement, erotica, masturbation, fetish
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Hut in the Woods (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two misfit males, one man-child, one boy, find each other, building a small cabin in the woods to create a new life. Their daily struggle for survival creates a strong bond between them until the hut is destroyed and one of the boys carted off. The ...
Style: rough, serious, touching, realistic, gloomy
Plot: misfit, mentally unstable, leaving home, in the woods, young heroes, life is a bitch, friendship, mental illness, mental institution, social misfits, youth, figment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Lonely Lady (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young screenwriter allows others to exploit her in the hopes of "making it" in Hollywood.
Style: rough, sexual, serious, realistic, sexy
Plot: hollywood, showbiz, betrayal, writers, screenwriter, mental illness, filmmaking, couples, crumbling marriage, rise to the top, misfit, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Hour of the Star (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist and moves into a boarding house with three other women. In her spare time she listens to time Radio Station; on Sundays she likes to ride the ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: starting over, society, hopes, down on your luck, rich and poor, misfit, youth, social misfits, immigrants, life is a bitch, lifestyle, orphan ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Dr. Matthew Clark is the head of a state institution for mentally retarded children. Jean Hansen, a former music teacher anxious to give her life some meaning, joins the staff of the hospital. Jean, who tries to shelter the children with her love, ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: teaching, school, teachers and students, mentally challenged, human spirit, dedicated educator, hopes, parents and children, dysfunctional family, boss and employee, mental institution, bittersweet ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 6.5
 45
Marathon (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Drama by Biju Viswanath, Marathon was adapted from Harteis's memoir of the same name. Explores the relation ship between two poets Richard Harteis and William Meredith former US poet laureate and winner of every major American award for poetry ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: ambition, love and romance, contests and competitions, writer's life, gender, hopes, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, tragic love, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
A Father's Choice (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The fast-paced city life of two sisters is turned upside down when they are sent to live in the country with their father after their mother is killed.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: teenage life, family life, parents and children, family problems, single parent, youth, love and romance, dysfunctional family, family relations, estrangement, farm, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 4.9
 792
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: contemplative, realistic, serious, emotional, touching ...
Plot: redemption, family relations, family gatherings, high school, drug abuse, homecoming, family life, addiction, teenage life, reunion, parents and children, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.0
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Stand-ins (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Six women who came to Hollywood with the dream of becoming famous find themselves working as stand-ins for the glamorous stars of the late 1930s. Gathering for a birthday celebration at their local watering hole, they introduce a new member to the ...
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: hollywood, bar, filmmaking, couples, love and romance, actor's life, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, alcohol abuse, showbiz, doppelganger, drinking ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, pre world war two, year 1937
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Dodson's Journey (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A man takes his young daughter on a cross-country fly-fishing trip following the death of his father and his wife's decision to get a divorce.
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: single parent, couples, family relations, breakup, bittersweet, love and romance, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, hopes, family problems, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young kid from Kansas moves to New York to work on a magazine. He gets caught up in the world of drink and drugs, and starts a steady decline. The only hope is the cousin of one of his drinking partners, can she pull him through it ?
Style: serious, touching, bleak, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drug abuse, nightlife, alcohol abuse, addiction, redemption, life is a bitch, starting over, friendship, supportive spouse, downfall, writers, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, lifestyle, family in crisis, teenage life, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%