Movies like American Beauty

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American Beauty (1999)
 8.4
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American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, sexual, cynical, biting, atmospheric, captivating, cerebral, realistic, gloomy, dramatic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, family problems, dysfunctional family, teenage life, loneliness, youth, age difference, coming of age, american dream, parenthood, under the surface, marital problem, lust, cold relationship, character study, couples, crumbling marriage, depression, adolescence, society, closeted homosexual, virgin, lifestyle, parent child relationship, gay slur ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa

Most similar movies to American Beauty

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, talky and reflective films with plots about storytelling, relationships, loneliness, depression, mentor, dialogue and runaway mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like American Beauty: The Virgin Suicides (1999), Revolutionary Road (2008), Blue Car (2002), Blue Jasmine (2013), Ordinary People (1980). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents.
Style: atmospheric, emotional, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: suicidal, suburban life, teenage life, virginity, suicide attempt, first sex, youth, high school, coming of age, innocence lost, suicide, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: michigan, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
Revolutionary Road (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.
Style: serious, depressing, heartbreaking, bad ending, bleak ...
Plot: under the surface, couple relations, family problems, destiny, adultery, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, unfulfillment, abortion, jealousy, death of wife, relationships ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1940s, year 1955
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.7
 3K
Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: writer's life, parents and children, teenage life, love and romance, youth, family problems, family relations, innocence lost, teachers and students, family in crisis, power relations, high school ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 174K
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jasmine French used to be on the top of the heap as a New York socialite, but now is returning to her estranged sister in San Francisco utterly ruined. As Jasmine struggles with her haunting memories of a privileged past bearing dark realities she ...
Style: talky, cynical, realistic, tragicomedy, psychological ...
Plot: high society, depression, narcissism, suicide, dentist, starting over, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, rich, sibling relationship, siblings relations, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Ordinary People (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, guilt, depression, psychiatrist, middle class, grief, coming of age, therapy, repression, halloween, drowning ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois, mcdonald's restaurant, houston texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 50K
The Ice Storm (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her ...
Style: bleak, realistic, sexual, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, thanksgiving, neighbor, coming of age, innocence lost, infidelity, swinger, guilt, promiscuity, generation gap, storm, snow ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973
Place: connecticut, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.4
 105K
Ghost World (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Two quirky, cynical teenaged girls try to figure out what to do with their lives after high school graduation. After they play a prank on an eccentric, middle aged record collector, one of them befriends him, which causes a rift in the girls' ...
Style: sincere, atmospheric, thought provoking, realistic, surreal ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: friendship, coming of age, age difference, youth, teenage life, adolescence, geek, under the surface, friends, best friends, human nature, jazz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, touching, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: age difference, loneliness, culture clash, midlife crisis, unlikely couple, friendship, fish out of water, couple relations, dull life, photographer, actor, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.2
 24K
Palo Alto (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, gloomy, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, high school, coming of age, teenager, soccer, youth, adolescence, small town, drugs/alcohol, depression, sport, teenage sexuality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.0
 11K
Towelhead (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession, a bigoted Army reservist and her strict father during the Gulf War.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sexual, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, gulf war, small town, racism, sexual abuse, first love, neighbor, pedophilia, menstruation, child abuse, lebanese, adolescence ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1990, year 1991
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: bleak, talky, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, prison, dysfunctional family, theft, teacher, stabbing, robbery, jealousy, coming of age, romance, writer's life, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, california, phoenix arizona, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Life as a House (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.
Style: gothic, sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, midlife crisis, cancer, divorce, house, haunted by the past, architect, reconciliation, marijuana, dying, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.6
 77K
Lolita (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged British novelist who is both appalled by and attracted to the vulgarity of American culture. When he comes to stay at the boarding house run by Charlotte Haze, he soon becomes obsessed with Lolita, the woman's ...
Style: sexual, sexy, psychological, disturbing, talky ...
Plot: forbidden love, seduction, diary, age difference, lust, destructive relationship, obsession, love affair, lolita, perversion, youth, temptation ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: new hampshire, usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 6.5
 36K
The Joneses (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A seemingly perfect family moves into a suburban neighborhood, but when it comes to the truth as to why they're living there, they don't exactly come clean with their neighbors.
Style: clever, biting, semi serious, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: materialism, gadget, golf, cons and scams, drugs/alcohol, suburbs, suburban life, dishonesty, social relations, hidden identity, couple relations, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 44K
The Beaver (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black (Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes for his ...
Style: emotional, tragicomedy, semi serious, offbeat, touching ...
Plot: midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, puppet, drugs/alcohol, teenage love, unfulfillment, family problems, depression, family relations, losing-it hero, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Babysitters (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Seventeen-year-old Shirley is a good student who works as a babysitter in order to make money for college. One night Michael, a father Shirley works for, confesses he's unhappy with married life. Shirley has a crush on Michael, and seizes this ...
Style: sexual, dark humor, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, teenager, sex, cabin, daughter, high school, violence, train, adultery, infidelity, suburbs, unlikely criminals ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.8
 74K
Thirteen (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tracy is a normal 13-year-old trying to make it in school. After befriending the most popular girl at school, Evie, Tracy's world is turned upside down when Evie introduces her to a world of sex, drugs and cash. But it isn't long before ...
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, bleak, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: peer pressure, dysfunctional family, addiction, makeover, domestic violence, theft, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, kids in trouble, friendship, life is a bitch, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.9
 27K
Ken Park (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn seems to be the most conventional. Tate is brimming with psychotic rage; Claude is habitually harassed by his brutish father and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his ...
Style: sexual, disturbing, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: strong sexual content, erection, incest, innocence lost, sexual relations, masturbation, dysfunctional family, coming of age, teenage life, youth, family relations, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Carnal Knowledge (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The concurrent sexual lives of best friends Jonathan and Sandy are presented, those lives which are affected by the sexual mores of the time and their own temperament, especially in relation to the respective women who end up in their lives.
Style: talky, sexual, cynical, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friends, college, friendship, coming of age, battle of the sexes, infidelity, love triangle, college life, midlife crisis, romance, fall in love, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: asia, usa, vietnam, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Little Children (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations.
Style: sexual, psychological, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, strong sexual content, adultery, small town, under the surface, housewife, love affair, parenthood, extramarital affair, masturbation, castration, american football ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
Style: talky, realistic, witty, serious, clever ...
Plot: divorce, dysfunctional family, museum, masturbation, coming of age, tennis, strong sexual content, parenthood, crumbling marriage, adolescence, uniform, childhood memory ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.3
 8K
Eve's Bayou (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: infidelity, dysfunctional family, all black cast, tavern, superstition, menstruation, aunt niece relationship, curse, small town, incest, murder, prophecy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.3
 53K
Fish Tank (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Netherlands
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Everything changes for 15 year old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: family problems, youth, innocence lost, coming of age, party, dysfunctional family, age difference, adolescence, dishonesty, teenager, boyfriend, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: touching, emotional, melancholic, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, siblings relations, self discovery, small town, dysfunctional family, parents and children, mental illness, responsibility, sibling relationship, family problems, human relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: rebelliousness, hitchhiker, road trip, on the road, dysfunctional family, drifter, character study, class differences, oil field, musician, pacific northwest, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, washington state, usa, southern california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.7
 8K
The Swimmer (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Neddy Merrill has been away for most of the summer. He reappears at a friend's pool. As they talk, someone notices that there are pools spanning the entire valley. He decided to jog from pool to pool to swim the whole valley. As he stops in ...
Style: gloomy, serious, psychological, atmospheric, talky ...
Plot: swimming, midlife crisis, swimmer, neighbor, swimming pool, pool party, suburbs, obsessive quest, haunted by the past, suburban life, unfulfillment, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: connecticut, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.7
 8K
Faces (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
Style: talky, clever, serious, biting, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, divorce, adultery, love, infidelity, suburbs, betrayal, crumbling marriage, marriage crisis, dysfunctional family, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.5
 267K
Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA, Mexico
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, bleak, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: nanny, desert, drug use, suicide, death, multiple storylines, deportation, tourist, police brutality, loss of son, doctor, tragic event ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, mexico, japan, africa, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Cruel Intentions 2 (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: This takes place several years before Cruel Intentions, back to when Kathryn first meets Sebastian, their sexual attraction to each other and their enjoyment in destroying the lives of their peers.
Style: sexual, sexy, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: betrayal, mind game, manipulations, rise to the top, sexual relations, teenage life, love and romance, youth, couples, teenager, private school, school ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.3
 121K
An Education (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.
Style: sentimental, realistic, witty, semi serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love affair, love and romance, age difference, coming of age, teenage life, teaching the ways of the world, youth, self discovery, betrayal, coming-of-age, virginity, teacher ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1961
Place: england, london, europe, france, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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