Movies like Bastard Out of Carolina

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Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
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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 her last chance. The film won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries or a Special" and was nominated for "Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Special", "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special", and "Outstanding Made for Television Movie". It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, serious, touching, suspense, bleak, gloomy, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, family relations, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, corporal punishment, life is a bitch, family in crisis, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, coming of age, innocence lost, couple relations, parenthood, mother daughter relationship, white trash, sister sister relationship, single mother, female protagonist, childhood trauma, poverty, child rape, rape, child abuse, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 90s, 40s, 1950s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa

Most similar movies to Bastard Out of Carolina

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and touching films with plots about family problems, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, youth, dysfunctional family and family in crisis mostly in Drama, Music and Thriller genres. Some movies like Bastard Out of Carolina: Hounddog (2007), Precious (2009), The War Zone (1999), A Long Way Home (2003), Return to Innocence (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Hounddog (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.
Style: touching, serious, stylized, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: sexual abuse, blues, domestic violence, life is a bitch, youth, escape from reality, family problems, music, oldies, solace, child's point of view, precocious child ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
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100%
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France, Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The dysfunctional twenty-three years old Sarah takes her six year old natural son Jeremiah from the home of his beloved foster parents with the support of the social service to live with her. Along the years, the boy shares her insane and lowlife ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: prostitute, pedophile, rape, sex, innocence lost, psychologist, police, stripper, dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, tennessee
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100%
 7.3
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Precious (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece "Precious" Jones is a 16-year-old African American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, ...
Style: bleak, rough, emotional, serious, harsh ...
Plot: domestic violence, child abuse, rape, abusive mother, dysfunctional family, social misfits, sexual abuse, poverty, illiteracy, parents and children, aids, fat girl ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
 9K
The War Zone (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.
Style: disturbing, bleak, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: incest, father daughter incest, sexual abuse, incest rape, family relations, teenager, parents and children, family problems, teenage life, siblings relations, life is a bitch, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, europe, london
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33%
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A Long Way Home (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: family relations, teenager, psychiatrist, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes, redemption, family in crisis, domestic disturbance, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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40%
Return to Innocence (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Director Rocky Costanzo's searing legal drama centers on a highly credentialed child psychologist named Glen Erskine (Richard Meese) whose life is shattered when he's accused of sexually assaulting a young boy he's been treating. ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: false accusation, courtroom, family relations, family problems, teenage life, redemption, dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, parents and children, life is a bitch, custody, child abuse ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An adaptation of Bishop T.D. Jakes' self-help novel, chronciling a woman's struggle to come to terms with her legacy of abuse, addiction and poverty.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: redemption, sexual abuse, bishop, going straight, youth, addiction, drug abuse, family relations, prostitute, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 278
Maya (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 105 min.
Story: MAYA is a coming of age story set against an outlawed brutal practice of ritual rape still occurring in some parts of India.
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, child rape, coming of age, injustice, religions or cults, kids in trouble, parents and children, life is a bitch, youth, society, introspection, moral dilemma ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
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38%
 5.6
 575
Hunger Point (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Meet the Hunters your typical all-American family: two committed parents and two lovely daughters. However, looks can be deceiving because this family is plagued by the nit-picking comments of an overzealous mother determined to keep her daughters ...
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: eating disorder, self harm, dysfunctional family, family relations, mental institution, obsession, physical appearance, life is a bitch, parents and children, family problems, mental illness, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, family relations, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, coming of age, accidental killing, teenager, innocence lost, haunted by the past, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Liam (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany, France, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A morality tale of xenophobia, religious prejudice, mob violence, poverty, and their effect on two children in Liverpool during the Depression. When a shipyard closes, Liam and Teresa's dad loses his job. Liam, who's about 8, making his ...
Style: touching, bleak, sincere, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: working class, domestic violence, unemployment, sin, anti semitism, life is a bitch, society, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, youth, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, ireland, liverpool, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Nobody Owns Me (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a lone father's relationship with his daughter, of the destructive power of alcohol, of a child's vulnerability, but also of love, betrayal and socialist politics in 1970s Sweden. A unique and moving story freely based on ├ůsa ...
Style: touching, bleak, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: parents and children, working class, alcohol abuse, dysfunctional family, disorder, family problems, life turned upside down, family relations, youth, single parent, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Fifteen and Pregnant (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story, 15 year old Tina Spangler discovers she is pregnant. Her choices are abortion, adoption, or a lonely, exhausting life as a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend, she turns to her mother. Tina discovers although it has torn ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, family problems, teenage life, family in crisis, lifestyle, hopes, parent child relationship, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, high school, adolescence vs adulthood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Something About Amelia (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The movie follows the Bennett family after Amelia tells her school counselor that her father has sexually abused her.
Style: thought provoking, sincere, serious, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: sexual abuse, family problems, sexual dysfunction, teenage life, sex maniac, kids in trouble, youth, sexual content, family in crisis, parents and children, life is a bitch, innocence lost ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.4
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Jewel (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the 1940s a 40-year-old woman with five healthy children gives birth to a girl with Down's syndrome.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: disability, family relations, family problems, family life, social relations, society, couple relations, couples, small town, pregnancy, babies and infants, family in crisis ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 60s, 1960s
Place: mississippi, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
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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, girls' night
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, pedophilia, small town, racism, coming of age, sexual abuse, neighbor, gulf war, child abuse, sexuality, generation gap, first love ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1990, year 1991
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.2
 748
The Neon Bible (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 91 min.
Story: While on a train, a teenage boy thinks about his life and the flamboyant aunt whose friendship acted as an emotional shield from his troubled family. This film evokes the haunting quality of memory while creating a heartfelt portrait of a boy's ...
Style: stylized, serious, emotional, inspirational, thought provoking ...
Plot: small town, family problems, americana, society, religion, child's point of view, family relations, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adaptation, bdsm, evangelist ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 1930s, 70s
Place: southern usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
My Louisiana Sky (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A girl comes to terms with her mentally challenged parents.
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, family life, family problems, society, youth, parents and children, disability, small town life, child's point of view, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 6.7
 12K
Palindromes (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.
Style: psychological, surreal, cynical, humorous, sexy ...
Plot: pregnancy, dysfunctional family, child abuse, runaway teen, teenage life, teenage pregnancy, youth, parents and children, life is a bitch, society, family problems, abortion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, kansas, usa, wyoming, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.4
 300
About Sunny (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As things unravel for a struggling single mother in Las Vegas, she must decide what she's willing to give up to get by.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: life is a bitch, moral dilemma, working class, society, parents and children, family problems, down on your luck, single mother, poverty, single parent, urban, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
When Andrew Came Home (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A mother searches for five years to find her kidnapped son in this fact-based drama. Unexpectedly the boy is found, but the reunion is not as she hoped. She now has to deal with five years of abuse that the boy suffered at the hands of his ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: kidnapping, kids in trouble, reunion, single parent, danger, life is a bitch, parents and children, hopes, confined, family in crisis, captivity, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring ...
Style: emotional, sincere, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: family life, family problems, juvenile delinquency, life is a bitch, siblings relations, parents and children, crimes, working class, hopes, domestic disturbance, city life, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Safety of Objects (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In a suburban landscape, the lives of several families interlace with loss, despair and personal crisis. Esther Gold has lost focus on all but caring for her comatose son, Paul, and neglects her daughter and husband. Lawyer Jim Train is devoted to ...
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, touching, tense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family life, family problems, society, crumbling marriage, parents and children, couple relations, suburbs, small town, mother daughter relationship, teenage girl, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 10K
All or Nothing (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry. He is a gentle, philosophical guy, and she works on the checkout at a supermarket...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, family relations, injustice, parents and children, family problems, family in crisis, couple relations, unwanted pregnancy, couples, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, algeria, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: sentimental, psychological, emotional, touching, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: missing child, reunion, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, family life, parents and children, crimes, police detective, family problems, mother son reunion, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, rough ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, teacher, family relations, prison, theft, crimes, parents and children, prison life, investigation, confined, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, new york, phoenix arizona, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
What Girls Learn (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Two teenage girls must come to terms with their stepfather when their mother is struck by illness.
Style: sentimental, gloomy, touching, contemplative, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: stepfather, teenage girl, menstruation, wedding, single mother, gays and lesbians, family in crisis, romance, family gatherings, parents and children, unfulfillment, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: georgia, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
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My Own Country (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After obtaining his medical degree from Madras Medical College, Dr. Abraham Verghese decides to re-locate to Johnson City, Tennessee. He eventually gets married to Rajani, who is an accomplished dancer, and has a boy, Steven. Since Abraham ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: pregnancy, hospital, terminal illness, family relations, aids, gays and lesbians, love and romance, family in crisis, obsessive quest, heroic mission, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: tennessee, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Three narratives ("Cutting Moments," "Home" and "Prologue") combine to create a shocking trilogy of modern American life, a portrait drawn with brushstrokes of hidden violence and disturbing cruelty. Directed by Douglas ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, social decay, family life, family problems, americana, society, couple relations, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, family in crisis, husband wife relationship, child molester ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Fireflies in the Garden (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The semi-autobiographical story centers on the complexities of love and commitment in a family torn apart when faced by an unexpected tragedy.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: life is a bitch, family in crisis, family problems, family relations, unsupportive parent, parents and children, dysfunctional family, college graduate, rap, siblings relations, family gatherings, writer's life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%