Movies like American Beauty

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American Beauty (1999)
 8.3
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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, melancholic, sexual, cynical, captivating, atmospheric, interesting, biting, dramatic, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, character study, coming of age, age difference, older man younger woman relationship, virgin, older man young girl relationship, dysfunctional family, family problems, youth, existentialism, teenage life, first time, closeted homosexual, parenthood, marital problem, adolescence, cold relationship, under the surface, american dream, gay slur, lust, couples, depression ...
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, interesting and talky films with plots about loneliness, dialogue, storytelling, relationships, depression, dysfunctional family and character study mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like American Beauty: Mysterious Skin (2004), The Ice Storm (1997), Lost in Translation (2003), Little Children (2006), The Virgin Suicides (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: child abuse, pedophilia, homosexual, sexual abuse, child molestation, homosexuality, male rape, gay, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, teenage life, homosexual rape ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1991, year 1981, 1990s ...
Place: usa, kansas, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 51K
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, emotional, realistic, tense ...
Plot: mate swapping, dysfunctional family, thanksgiving, neighbor, infidelity, storm, swinger, sexual exploration, adultery, innocence lost, snow, coming of age ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: connecticut, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: melancholic, atmospheric, touching, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date 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, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.5
 101K
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, sincere, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: adultery, strong sexual content, infidelity, housewife, sexual pleasure, extramarital affair, parenthood, castration, small town, love affair, dysfunctional family, suburbs ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: emotional, disturbing, atmospheric, realistic, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: suicidal, teenage life, suburban life, high school, youth, coming of age, teen suicide, overbearing parent, first love, generation gap, virginity, suicide attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: michigan, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.3
 108K
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, humorous, realistic, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, age difference, friendship, older man younger woman relationship, teenage life, adolescence, best friends, graduation, youth, social outcast, dysfunctional family, jazz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 272K
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, compassionate ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, terminal illness, infidelity, child prodigy, redemption, depression, dysfunctional family, tragic event, suffering, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1950s, 1960s, 1910s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 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
Plot: love and romance, family relations, poetry, parents and children, innocence lost, family problems, writer's life, family in crisis, teenage life, teachers and students, teacher student relationship, suburbs ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: sexual, talky, witty, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: voyeurism, infidelity, sexuality, sex, yuppie, drifter, therapist, interview, sexual obsession, sexual tension, therapy, desire ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 181K
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, tragicomedy, semi serious ...
Plot: narcissism, suicide, depression, couple relations, family relations, drugs/alcohol, starting over, estrangement, haunted by the past, crumbling marriage, downfall, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.0
 240K
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, melancholic, atmospheric, light ...
Audience: date night
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, age difference, forbidden love, infidelity, lovers, jealousy, coming of age, wedding, graduate, seduction, romance, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, dysfunctional family, guilt, depression, psychiatrist, therapy, coming of age, loss of son, middle class, family problems, acceptance, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, texas, chicago illinois, illinois, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, gloomy, touching, thought provoking, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, infidelity, prophecy, murder, small town, all black cast, aunt niece relationship, superstition, curse, tavern, incest, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 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: melancholic, disturbing, compassionate, enigmatic, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pedophilia, older man younger woman relationship, small town, racism, coming of age, sexual abuse, neighbor, gulf war, child abuse, sexuality, generation gap, first love ...
Time: 90s, year 1990, year 1991, 1990s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.2
 26K
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: teenage life, older man younger woman relationship, teenage sexuality, youth, high school student, high school, high school life, adolescence, unfulfillment, teenage girl, coming of age, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: psychological, bleak, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, teacher, prison, theft, investigation, parents and children, crimes, family relations, prison life, life is a bitch, loss of family member ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, phoenix arizona, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.7
 63K
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, unhappiness, loneliness, sibling relationship, marriage, divorce, therapist, depression, obsession, dysfunctional family, child abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 37K
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: cynical, realistic, semi serious, satirical, melancholic ...
Plot: materialism, double life, gadget, american dream, pretense, false identity, dishonesty, advertising, lifestyle, gain trust, hidden identity, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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, self discovery, musician, character study, working class, americana, identity crisis, family problems, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, washington state, southern california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, depressing, heartbreaking ...
Plot: family problems, under the surface, couple relations, jealousy, abortion, destiny, housewife, cold relationship, dysfunctional family, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, adultery ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1955
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
15%
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The coming of age of a youth named Sonny in a small Texas town in the 1950s.
Style: realistic, captivating, sentimental, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: graduation, coming of age, friendship, small town, self discovery, american dream, jealousy, high school graduation, christmas, youth, innocence lost, americana ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: texas, usa, oklahoma, mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.9
 318K
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: realistic, sincere, serious, depressing, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, abusive husband, parenting, divorce, childhood, divorced parents, marital problem, parents and children, teenage life, teenager, youth, classmates ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2006, year 2010, year 2008 ...
Place: usa, texas, houston texas, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: dark humor, disturbing, sexual, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: adultery, prostitute, high school, infidelity, teenager, juvenile delinquency, lifestyle, social decay, family problems, unlikely criminals, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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: chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, cancer, dying, reconciliation, architect, house, hopes, parents and children, human nature, suffering, fighting illness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: sexual, talky, cynical, realistic, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mate swapping, friends, friendship, college, coming of age, college life, battle of the sexes, love triangle, infidelity, midlife crisis, romance, love and romance ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 40s, 60s, 1950s ...
Place: asia, vietnam, usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, self fulfillment, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adolescence, self esteem, crumbling marriage, writer's life, parents and children, human relationship, understanding, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.4
 275K
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, rough, disturbing, thought provoking, emotional ...
Plot: nanny, loss of son, desert, deportation, tragic event, police brutality, doctor, multiple storylines, redemption, depression, guilt, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, japan, mexico, california, africa ...
⇓ 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: serious, psychological, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: swimming, midlife crisis, nudist, swimmer, swimming pool, neighbor, social relations, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, character study, pool party, life philosophy ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: connecticut, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, starting over, haunted by the past, single parent, love and romance, parents and children, love affair, romance, family relations, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.7
 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, sincere, tense, clever ...
Plot: prostitute, infidelity, divorce, love, adultery, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, couples, couple relations, love and romance, suburbs, suburban life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%