Movies like American Beauty

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American Beauty (1999)
 8.3
 1.0M
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, melancholic, sexual, cynical, captivating, cerebral, biting, atmospheric, dramatic, interesting ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, coming of age, age difference, older man young girl relationship, existentialism, virgin, dysfunctional family, character study, family problems, older man younger woman relationship, first time, youth, american dream, teenage life, complex characters, suburbs, marital problem, adolescence, parenthood, cold relationship, under the surface, marijuana, closeted homosexual, 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, complex and interesting films with plots about depression, loneliness, dialogue, storytelling, relationships, drinking and melancholy mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like American Beauty: Little Children (2006), The Virgin Suicides (1999), The Ice Storm (1997), Lost in Translation (2003), Mysterious Skin (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
 104K
Little Children (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 137 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, sincere, thought provoking, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: strong sexual content, adultery, infidelity, extramarital affair, sexual pleasure, housewife, suburbs, love affair, parenthood, castration, small town, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents.
Style: emotional, disturbing, atmospheric, thought provoking, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: suicidal, teenage life, suburban life, virginity, high school, coming of age, suburbs, innocence lost, overbearing parent, generation gap, first love, suicide attempt ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: michigan, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.4
 53K
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, sexual, sexy, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: mate swapping, dysfunctional family, swinger, neighbor, snow, thanksgiving, infidelity, sexual exploration, storm, adultery, innocence lost, suburbs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: connecticut, usa, new york, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, 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: melancholic, atmospheric, touching, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, culture clash, actor, couple relations, dull life, photographer, advertising, marriage, friendship, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, kyoto japan, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Mysterious Skin (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: pedophilia, child abuse, homosexual rape, homosexual, sexual abuse, child molestation, male rape, man boy relationship, gay teenager, homosexuality, gays and lesbians, gay ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1983, year 1987, 1990s ...
Place: usa, new york, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.0
 285K
Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, terminal illness, coincidence, depression, infidelity, child prodigy, redemption, death, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, social problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 1950s, 1910s ...
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 112K
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, stylized, thought provoking, realistic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, older man younger woman relationship, age difference, friendship, teenage life, adolescence, best friends, graduation, blues, youth, unlikely friendships, coming-of-age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, indiana, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, psychological, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: suicide attempt, therapy, dysfunctional family, guilt, depression, psychiatrist, loss of son, coming of age, middle class, family problems, youth, acceptance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, texas, houston texas, chicago illinois, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, sincere, depressing, absurd, humorous ...
Plot: divorce, writers, self fulfillment, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adolescence, self esteem, lifestyle, crumbling marriage, writer's life, parents and children, understanding ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 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, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, love and romance, poetry, parents and children, family problems, writer's life, family in crisis, teachers and students, teenage life, innocence lost, writers ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.
Style: sexy, sexual, talky, witty, psychological ...
Plot: voyeurism, infidelity, sexuality, videotaping, yuppie, therapist, drifter, interview, sexual obsession, sexual relations, couple relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 142K
Network (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A TV network cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor's ravings and revelations about the media for their own profit.
Style: cynical, dark humor, talky, witty, realistic ...
Plot: satire, older man younger woman, media satire, corruption, workaholic, tv show, racial slur, adultery, success, workplace situations, anchor, network ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 189K
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: psychological, realistic, cynical, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: narcissism, suicide, depression, couple relations, family relations, drugs/alcohol, introspection, starting over, self discovery, haunted by the past, crumbling marriage, downfall ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.7
 65K
Happiness (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.
Style: banned film, cynical, dark humor, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: pedophilia, rape, loneliness, sibling relationship, marriage, therapist, divorce, depression, obsession, dysfunctional family, child abuse, unhappiness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: bad ending, serious, bleak, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: family problems, under the surface, couple relations, suburbs, housewife, jealousy, abortion, destiny, adultery, cold relationship, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1948 ...
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.0
 250K
The Graduate (1967)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Benjamin, a recent college graduate is very worried about his future, he then finds himself in a love triangle with an older woman and her daughter.
Style: witty, sexual, sexy, melancholic, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: age difference, older woman younger man relationship, forbidden love, lovers, jealousy, coming of age, wedding, graduate, seduction, infidelity, romance, loneliness ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 27K
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: atmospheric, serious, touching, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, teenage life, teenage sexuality, high school life, high school student, unfulfillment, adolescence, youth, teenage girl, high school, loneliness, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: meditative, psychological, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, teacher, family relations, prison, theft, crimes, investigation, parents and children, prison life, family problems, loss of sibling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, paris france, phoenix arizona, italy, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: road movie, realistic, thought provoking, serious, captivating ...
Plot: road trip, hitchhiker, rebelliousness, dysfunctional family, musician, self discovery, character study, working class, family problems, identity crisis, americana, irresponsible ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, washington state, southern california, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.9
 331K
Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
Style: depressing, realistic, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, divorce, childhood, stepsister stepsister relationship, divorced parents, abusive husband, parenting, marital problem, parents and children, teenage life, teenager, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2010, year 2003, year 2005 ...
Place: usa, texas, houston texas, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, gothic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, cancer, father son relationship, dying, reconciliation, dysfunctional family, architect, house, human nature, parents and children, hopes, fighting illness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.6
 9K
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, biting, suspense, tense, clever ...
Plot: prostitute, suburbs, infidelity, love, adultery, divorce, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, society, couple relations, suburban life, self discovery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: sexy, sexual, talky, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mate swapping, friends, friendship, college, coming of age, midlife crisis, love triangle, college life, infidelity, battle of the sexes, romance, couples ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1940s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: new york, usa, asia, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 7.7
 10K
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: serious, psychological, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: swimming, midlife crisis, nudist, neighbor, swimming pool, swimmer, social relations, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, suburbs, character study, pool party ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s
Place: connecticut, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.6
 47K
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, touching, tragicomedy, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: depression, midlife crisis, puppet, losing-it hero, unfulfillment, parents and children, dysfunctional character, family problems, mental illness, dysfunctional family, family relations, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.4
 285K
Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA, Mexico, Morocco, Japan
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, thought provoking, rough, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: multiple storylines, nanny, loss of son, desert, deportation, tragic event, doctor, police brutality, family relations, redemption, depression, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, japan, mexico, asia, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Shipping News (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, melancholic, emotional ...
Plot: adultery, redemption, small town, haunted by the past, starting over, single parent, love and romance, love affair, parents and children, self discovery, family relations, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, atlantic ocean, new jersey, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.6
 91K
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, disturbing, psychological, serious, sexy ...
Plot: seduction, lolita, forbidden love, lust, age difference, pedophilia, sexual obsession, perversion, girl man relationship, destructive relationship, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, love affair ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 1940s
Place: new hampshire, usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.4
 16K
Margaret (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.
Style: psychological, emotional, melancholic, enigmatic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bus, haunted by the past, teenage life, youth, life is a bitch, high school, investigation, legal action, road accident, redemption, character study, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Difficult tale of poor, struggling South Carolinian mother & daughter, who each face painful choices with their resolve and pride. Bone, the eldest daughter, and Anney her tired mother, grow both closer and farther apart: Anney sees Glen as ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, family relations, dysfunctional family, family problems, parents and children, corporal punishment, life is a bitch, family in crisis, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, innocence lost, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 90s, 40s ...
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%