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Christmas at Maxwell's (2006)
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Christmas at Maxwell's (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A successful American family retreat to their summer home on the banks of Lake Erie to find meaning in life, illness, loss, and change this Christmas. With a successful career in the wine business, and two amazing children, what more can a family ask for. But this Christmas will change the Austin family forever with Suzie falling ill. With Andrew struggling over his wife's ill health and the children trying to find peace and solace on their own, only a miracle can help them through this Christmas.
Style: uplifting, sincere, sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: family life, human spirit, miraculous event, parents and children, life is a bitch, love and romance, hopes, road not taken, family problems, couples, homecoming, child illness, terminal illness, family in crisis, husband wife relationship, family relations, christmas, ocean, ocean or sea, clergy, elderly lovers, dysfunctional family, society, family gatherings, death in the family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, hopes, family problems, life is a bitch, parents and children, family in crisis and unfulfillment mostly in Drama and Family genres. Some movies like Christmas at Maxwell's: A Christmas Visitor (2002), Dawn Anna (2005), Extraordinary Measures (2010), Surrender, Dorothy (2006), ...First Do No Harm (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Christmas Visitor (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A father struggles with the past. A daughter fights for the future. A mother searches for answers. The Boyajians have not celebrated Christmas in 11 years. They lost their faith when they lost their son to the Persian Gulf War. Now a stranger has ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: grief, gulf war, christmas, introspection, family gatherings, family life, parents and children, redemption, dysfunctional family, family problems, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iran
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95%
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Dawn Anna (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The true story of a single mom who overcomes many of life's obstacles.
Style: sincere, sentimental, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: high school, family problems, human spirit, terminal illness, child illness, against the odds, relationship vs career, school, single parent, life is a bitch, mentally challenged, rehabilitation ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Working-class father John Crowley is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease - a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. With the support of ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: race against time, cure, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, unlikely partners, family problems, parents and children, doctors and patients, child illness, family in crisis, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, las vegas, boston, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Surrender, Dorothy (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When her daughter Sara unexpectedly passes away, Natalie retreats to the summer home where she and Sara used to visit. Time with her best friends and some of Sara's friends help her deal with her loss.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, best friends, homecoming, dysfunctional family, tragic love, family problems, parents and children, haunted by the past, single parent, life is a bitch, starting over, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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...First Do No Harm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Plot: hospital, family relations, doctors and patients, human spirit, family in crisis, terminal illness, custody, bittersweet, family life, parents and children, child illness, against the odds ...
Time: 90s
Place: baltimore, usa
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74%
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Matching Jack (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A woman struggles with her son's illness and her husband's infidelity, but, after a chance encounter with an Irish sailor and his son, her life is turned upside down in a love story that defies explanation and breaks all the rules.
Style: uplifting, sincere, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: infidelity, bittersweet, dishonesty, hopes, parents and children, friendship, family problems, unfulfillment, couples, family in crisis, family relations, terminal illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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 315
Alpha Male (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Drama about a family torn apart after the death of its patriarch. Haunted by their father's death, Jack and Elyssa have a fraught relationship with their remarried mother even now they have come of age.
Style: emotional, touching, contemplative, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: family relations, reunion, parents and children, dysfunctional family, death in the family, family problems, estrangement, unfulfillment, family gatherings, brother brother relationship, coming of age, family business ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Louder Than Words (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After the unexpected death of their daughter, a couple work to build a state of the art children's hospital where families are welcomed into the healing process.
Style: emotional, touching, uplifting, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: child illness, parents and children, family problems, couples, human spirit, life is a bitch, hospital, last wish, death of daughter, family relations, hopes, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Constellation (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Constellation chronicles the lives and loves of an African-American family in the deep South as they are forced to come to terms with a tumultuous past marked by an unrequited interracial affair. The film explores the way in which the family ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, touching, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, estrangement, interracial relations, haunted by the past, death in the family, family problems, society, unfulfillment, hopes, family gatherings, dysfunctional family, family reunited ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Shirley Adams (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Shirley Adams spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan - he was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school one afternoon over a year ago. Since then the Adams family has lost all their worldly possessions to medical bills. ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, human spirit, parents and children, introspection, hopes, single parent, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, social decay, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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The C-Word (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The C Word is an adaptation of Lisa Lynch's inspiring and candid book, based on her blog, about her battle with cancer.
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: life turned upside down, human spirit, optimism, terminal illness, family relations, couples, journalism, hopes, life is a bitch, couple relations, blogger, cancer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Bilal's Stand (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like Bílal is about to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Audience: student film
Plot: coming of age, teenage life, family business, self discovery, follow your dream, society, hopes, family problems, parents and children, human spirit, family life, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Death of a Superhero (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Ireland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: terminal illness, life is a bitch, youth, human spirit, family problems, hopes, family in crisis, superhero, child illness, dealing with death, coming of age, teenager ...
Place: usa, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, psychiatrist, teenager, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, hopes, family in crisis, family problems, redemption, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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The Way Home (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An inspirational true story about how a rural community rallied around a distraught family to search for their missing two year-old boy and through doing so changed the lives of many of those involved.
Style: touching, sincere, uplifting, emotional, serious ...
Plot: missing child, family problems, family relations, social relations, couples, hopes, family in crisis, couple relations, missing person, search, flash forward, missing son ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Treading Water (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Casey (Angela Redman) has rejected her privileged upbringing and restores old boats for a living. She lives a cozy life with her beautiful social worker girlfriend Alex (super sexy Nina Landey) until her stuffy family demands that she come home for ...
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: coming out, eccentric family, family gatherings, culture clash, fish out of water, family life, human nature, drug abuse, family problems, rehabilitation, couples, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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My Own Country (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After obtaining his medical degree from Madras Medical College, Dr. Abraham Verghese decides to re-locate to Johnson City, Tennessee. He eventually gets married to Rajani, who is an accomplished dancer, and has a boy, Steven. Since Abraham ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: family relations, hospital, terminal illness, pregnancy, aids, crumbling marriage, gender, misfit, hopes, fish out of water, love and romance, fighting the system ...
Time: 90s
Place: tennessee, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
In the Gloaming (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister.
Style: sincere, touching, gloomy, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, aids, bereavement, homecoming, human nature, introspection, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, resentment, parents and children, family gatherings, death in the family ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Declaration of War (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Roméo and Juliette are two young actors. They fall in love at first sight, move in together and make a baby. A love story and the founding of a home like millions of others. Except that their little boy, Adam, behaves abnormally. The young parents ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Plot: terminal illness, hospital, child illness, parents and children, overcoming, optimism, family problems, couples, babies and infants, life is a bitch, hopes, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: paris france, france, marseille
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
A Father for Brittany (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Keith and Kim Lussier are a childless couple who are given custody of a 3-month-old foster child, Brittany. However, tragedy strikes when Kim dies of cancer in the middle of the adoption process, leaving Keith to fight for Brittany's custody ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, adoption, family relations, life is a bitch, single parent, legal, domestic disturbance, youth, gays and lesbians, unfulfillment, love and romance, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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The Dry Land (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A U.S. soldier returning home from war struggles to reconcile his experiences abroad with the life and family he left in Texas.
Style: realistic, contemplative, sentimental, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, homecoming, family life, redemption, society, buddies, life is a bitch, soldier, parents and children, husband wife relationship, friends, wartime life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, el paso texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Fathers and Sons (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Intertwined tales of three families who grow up on the same street, focusing on the relationship of fathers and sons. The first section features Anthony and Jenny and traces the father-son bond that develops between Anthony and his newborn son over ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: infidelity, family relations, single parent, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, couples, homecoming, eccentric family, family life, parents and children, terminal illness, elderly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: miami, los angeles, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Profoundly Normal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Donna Lee Shelby (Kirstie Alley), a mentally retarded girl who lives in Forest Haven, an institution for the developmentally disabled, meets Ricardo Thornton (Delroy Lindo), a fellow resident. When Forest Haven is closed by a ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: interracial relations, couples, friendship, family life, family in crisis, idealism, human spirit, fighting the system, hopes, society, coping, working class ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Candles on Bay Street (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: DeeDee returns to her hometown with her 11 year old son, Trooper, 13 years after she ran off with her boyfriend. Her childhood best friend, Sam, is now married and he and his wife, Lydia, are the town's veterinarians. Lydia is a little wary ...
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, emotional, realistic
Plot: single parent, adoption, veterinarian, parents and children, social relations, terminal illness, couple relations, life is a bitch, homecoming, couples, small town, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
November Christmas (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young father asks for pumpkins at the local farm stand. "In August? No." the farmer replies. The farmer ruminates on the odd request and gets involved with strangers for the first time since his son's death long ago.
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, disturbing, realistic
Plot: parents and children, human spirit, family gatherings, hopes, child illness, cancer, christmas, life is a bitch, halloween, husband wife relationship, friends, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, rhode island
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Silent Heart (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The prestigious Danish filmmaker Bille August, winner of an Academy Award and two Palme d'Or in Cannes, returns with a highly personal drama. Three generations of a family gather over a weekend. The sisters Sanne and Heidi have accepted their ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, gloomy
Plot: terminal illness, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, family life, couples, siblings relations, parents and children, couple relations, family gatherings, euthanasia, relationship problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, talky ...
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 ⇓
41%
The Miracle of the Cards (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: "The Miracle of the Cards" is based on the true story of Marion Shergold and her son, Craig, an eight-year-old English boy who had a brain tumor. Several events convinced Marion that God was leading her to a cure for Craig and that the ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: human spirit, child illness, terminal illness, hopes, brain tumor, life is a bitch, miraculous event, disability, journalism, faith, media, misfit ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Be Sure to Share (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Shiro’s struggle with his father’s cancer and impending death leads to a realization that he must communicate his love and admiration for him before it’s too late. A series of flashbacks reveals their relationship over time, and the trouble ...
Style: touching, realistic, contemplative, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, terminal illness, redemption, coping, parents and children, family in crisis, unfulfillment, estrangement, father son relationship, family problems, hopes, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Mary and Martha (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Wealthy American housewife Mary Morgan takes her bullied son George out of school for home education,including a trip to Southern Africa. Whilst in Mozambique George is bitten by a mosquito which crawls through a hole in his net and dies of malaria. ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: malaria, terminal illness, human spirit, redemption, dealing with death, hopes, money raising, life is a bitch, state affairs, parent child relationship, hospital, death of child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, usa, washington d.c., united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%