Movies like American Beauty

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American Beauty (1999)
 8.4
 978K
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, captivating, cerebral, biting, atmospheric, melancholic, realistic, dramatic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, virgin, family problems, dysfunctional family, teenage life, loneliness, age difference, coming of age, youth, parenthood, marital problem, cold relationship, under the surface, american dream, marijuana, gay slur, lust, couples, depression, closeted homosexual, character study, adolescence, lifestyle, society, parent child relationship ...
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 interesting films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, loneliness, relationships, depression, mentor and pornography 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), The Ice Storm (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: suicidal, suburban life, teenage life, high school, youth, coming of age, lust, overbearing parent, generation gap, first love, virginity, suicide attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: michigan, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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, depressing, heartbreaking, realistic ...
Plot: under the surface, couple relations, family problems, jealousy, abortion, destiny, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, adultery, housewife, dysfunctional family, dull life ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 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, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: poetry, writer's life, teachers and students, parents and children, innocence lost, teenage life, family problems, power relations, family relations, youth, love and romance, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 178K
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, starting over, drugs/alcohol, haunted by the past, life turned upside down, crumbling marriage, estrangement, downfall ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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 7.5
 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, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, thanksgiving, neighbor, mate swapping, innocence lost, coming of age, guilt, infidelity, marijuana, storm, promiscuity, snow ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: connecticut, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
⇓ 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, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, guilt, depression, psychiatrist, christmas, repression, loss of son, coming of age, therapy, drowning, halloween ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, texas, chicago illinois, illinois, mcdonald's restaurant ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 106K
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: age difference, coming of age, friendship, adolescence, teenage life, best friends, graduation, youth, social outcast, dysfunctional family, older man young girl relationship, geek ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.2
 25K
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, teenage sexuality, youth, high school, high school life, adolescence, unfulfillment, teenage girl, coming of age, high school student, loneliness, older man younger woman relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Movie in collections
 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: realistic, gloomy, serious, sexual, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, sexual abuse, gulf war, small town, child abuse, racism, lebanese, menstruation, neighbor, pedophilia, first love, sexuality ...
Time: 90s, year 1990, year 1991, 1990s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, teacher, prison, robbery, jealousy, stabbing, theft, addiction, introspection, prison life, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: phoenix arizona, paris france, italy, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, gadget, american dream, pretense, false identity, gain trust, lifestyle, double life, advertising, hidden identity, dishonesty, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, cancer, divorce, marijuana, reconciliation, architect, dying, midlife crisis, house, haunted by the past, sexual attraction ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.5
 100K
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, infidelity, strong sexual content, pedophilia, housewife, parenthood, small town, love affair, extramarital affair, dysfunctional family, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sexual pleasure ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: prostitute, high school, infidelity, adultery, teenager, juvenile delinquency, social decay, lifestyle, parents and children, unlikely criminals, family problems, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.8
 75K
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, gloomy, tense, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, makeover, theft, peer pressure, addiction, friendship, marijuana, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, teen angst, underage drinking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, museum, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adolescence, self esteem, writer's life, parents and children, crumbling marriage, childhood memory, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: friends, mate swapping, friendship, college, coming of age, midlife crisis, battle of the sexes, college life, love triangle, infidelity, romance, fall in love ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, asia, vietnam, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, sincere, serious, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: rebelliousness, hitchhiker, dysfunctional family, road trip, self discovery, small town, generation gap, pianist, bowling, on the road, musician, oil field ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, washington state, usa, southern california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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The Shipping News (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: 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: redemption, small town, haunted by the past, single parent, starting over, adultery, parents and children, love and romance, love affair, self discovery, family relations, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ 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, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: incest, strong sexual content, erection, masturbation, dysfunctional family, sexual relations, teenage life, coming of age, family relations, youth, innocence lost, tennis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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, biting, psychological, tense, clever ...
Plot: prostitute, infidelity, divorce, love, adultery, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, family life, suburbs, couples, disintegration, family problems ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.5
 271K
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: rough, thought provoking, disturbing, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: nanny, desert, deportation, tragic event, doctor, loss of son, police brutality, multiple storylines, redemption, depression, guilt, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, japan, mexico, asia, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.3
 19K
Meet Bill (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A mild-mannered bank executive (Aaron Eckhart) mentors a teenage con artist and tries to make a career change as a doughnut merchant.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, surreal, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: adultery, mentor, high school, infidelity, marital problem, midlife crisis, unhappy, couple relations, crumbling marriage, introspection, self esteem, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Movie in collections
 8.0
 268K
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, coincidence, infidelity, terminal illness, redemption, depression, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, suffering, social problems, tragic event ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1950s, 1960s, 1910s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.6
 82K
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, sexy, serious ...
Plot: seduction, forbidden love, age difference, diary, lust, destructive relationship, love affair, lolita, desire, obsession, sexual obsession, adolescence ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: new hampshire, usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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, sincere, serious, captivating, touching ...
Plot: graduation, christmas, coming of age, friendship, small town, innocence lost, american dream, coach, self discovery, funeral, jealousy, basketball ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, oklahoma, mexico, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.7
 45K
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, realistic, tragicomedy, sentimental ...
Plot: midlife crisis, puppet, losing-it hero, depression, family problems, unfulfillment, parents and children, dysfunctional character, mental illness, dysfunctional family, self acceptance, dissociative identity disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 122K
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: realistic, twists and turns, stylized, sentimental, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love affair, age difference, love and romance, older man younger woman relationship, teenage life, coming of age, youth, teaching the ways of the world, self discovery, adolescence vs adulthood, betrayal, suburbs ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 60s, year 1961
Place: england, london, europe, france, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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: gloomy, touching, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, infidelity, incest, prophecy, small town, murder, curse, superstition, tavern, all black cast, menstruation, aunt niece relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 ...
Plot: sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, parents and children, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, corporal punishment, coming of age, family in crisis, couple relations, child abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 50s, 40s, 1940s ...
Place: south carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%