Movies like American Beauty

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American Beauty (1999)
 8.3
 1.1M
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, cerebral, interesting, captivating, biting, atmospheric, dramatic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, older man young girl relationship, coming of age, existentialism, loneliness, character study, age difference, dysfunctional family, virgin, older man younger woman relationship, closeted homosexual, youth, first time, family problems, teenage life, suburbs, complex characters, marital problem, adolescence, parenthood, marijuana, flirting, gay slur, satire, lust ...
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, complex, talky and interesting films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, depression, relationships, loneliness, pornography and life philosophy mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like American Beauty: Happiness (1998), The Virgin Suicides (1999), The Ice Storm (1997), Little Children (2006), Lost in Translation (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 67K
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, disturbing, bleak, sexual ...
Plot: pedophilia, loneliness, rape, pedophile, dark humor, sibling relationship, marriage, therapist, divorce, depression, obsession, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, suicide attempt, teenage life, coming of age, suburban life, virginity, high school, suburbs, innocence lost, overbearing parent, generation gap, first love ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: michigan, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.4
 54K
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: dysfunctional family, mate swapping, swinger, neighbor, snow, thanksgiving, family relations, infidelity, sexual exploration, storm, adultery, innocence lost ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: connecticut, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 107K
Little Children (2006)
Genre: 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: adultery, strong sexual content, infidelity, sexual pleasure, extramarital affair, housewife, suburbs, love affair, unfaithful wife, parenthood, castration, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, psychological, touching, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, culture clash, unlikely couple, older man younger woman relationship, actor, couple relations, friendship, dull life, housewife, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, kyoto japan, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 8.0
 293K
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, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 50s, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.3
 114K
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: atmospheric, thought provoking, sincere, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, older man younger woman relationship, age difference, friendship, graduation, teenage life, adolescence, best friends, blues, youth, unlikely friendships, coming-of-age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, videotaping, sexuality, drifter, therapist, sexual tension, yuppie, interview, sex with brother in law, sexual obsession, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, gloomy, serious, rough ...
Plot: homosexual rape, child molestation, male rape, pedophilia, homosexual, child abuse, sexual abuse, man boy relationship, gay teenager, gay rape, gays and lesbians, homosexuality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1987, year 1983, 1990s ...
Place: usa, new york, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, post traumatic stress disorder, psychiatrist, loss of son, coming of age, middle class, family problems, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois, texas, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, contemplative ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, love and romance, poetry, youth, power relations, parents and children, family problems, teachers and students, family in crisis, teenage life, high school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, suburbs, housewife, cold relationship, dysfunctional family, couple relations, jealousy, abortion, destiny, adultery, unfulfillment ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1948 ...
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, dying, cancer, father son relationship, reconciliation, dysfunctional family, architect, house, human nature, parents and children, hopes, layoff ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, writer's life, lifestyle, crumbling marriage, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 147K
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, talky, witty, realistic, satirical ...
Plot: satire, older man younger woman, media satire, corruption, workaholic, tv show, racial slur, adultery, dark humor, workplace situations, success, anchor ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 10K
Pretty Baby (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Hattie (Susan Sarandon), a New Orleans hooker, meets a photographer named Bellocq (Keith Carradine) at her brothel one night and, after he photographs her, he befriends her 12-year-old daughter, Violet (Brooke Shields). When Violet is brought on as ...
Style: thought provoking, sentimental, melancholic, atmospheric, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: innocence lost, brothel, child prostitution, loss of virginity, underage sex, virginity, girl man relationship, prostitute, photographer, sexuality, family relations, love and romance ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 90s, year 1917
Place: new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 256K
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, coming of age, lovers, jealousy, wedding, milf, graduate, seduction, stockings, infidelity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Chumscrubber (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chumscrubber is a dark comedy about the lives of people who live in upper-class suburbia. It all begins when Dean Stiffle finds the body of his friend, Troy. He doesn't bother telling any of the adults because he knows they won't care. ...
Style: surreal, bleak, semi serious, humorous, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suburbs, suicide, kidnapping, mistaken identity, friendship, drug dealing, dark humor, drug abuse, coming of age, social decay, youth, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.6
 94K
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, lust, forbidden love, age difference, sexual obsession, girl man relationship, perversion, pedophilia, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, love affair, destructive relationship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1940s, 1950s
Place: new hampshire, usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.4
 39K
The Joneses (2009)
Genre: Comedy, 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, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: materialism, advertising, envy, double life, gadget, false identity, pretense, gain trust, dishonesty, lifestyle, hidden identity, suburban life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, teacher, dysfunctional family, family relations, prison, theft, crimes, investigation, parents and children, prison life, family problems, loss of sibling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: phoenix arizona, paris france, california, los angeles, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.9
 339K
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, boy, marital problem, divorce, childhood, stepsister stepsister relationship, divorced parents, abusive husband, parents and children, teenage life, teenager, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013, 2010s, year 2011 ...
Place: usa, texas, houston texas, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, washington state, southern california, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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: disturbing, sexual, bleak, sincere, suspense ...
Plot: adultery, statutory rape, prostitute, dark humor, high school, infidelity, teenager, lifestyle, juvenile delinquency, social decay, teenage life, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.6
 10K
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, suburbs, infidelity, love, adultery, divorce, dysfunctional family, betrayal, dishonesty, couple relations, suburban life, self discovery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, college life, midlife crisis, infidelity, love triangle, battle of the sexes, romance, hippie ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1940s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: new york, usa, asia, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.6
 48K
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, semi serious ...
Plot: depression, midlife crisis, puppet, family relations, losing-it hero, unfulfillment, dysfunctional character, family problems, parents and children, imaginary character, nervous breakdown, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.5
 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, teenage life, haunted by the past, youth, life is a bitch, high school, investigation, legal action, road accident, mother daughter relationship, redemption, character study ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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: midlife crisis, nudist, swimming, neighbor, swimming pool, swimmer, social relations, unfulfillment, haunted by the past, suburbs, character study, pool party ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s
Place: connecticut, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.8
 1.9M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, thought provoking, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, self destructing, social decay, nihilism, fighting the system, insomnia, losing-it hero, insanity, dark humor, life philosophy, fist fighting, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%