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, corporal punishment, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, child rape, life is a bitch, family in crisis, innocence lost, coming of age, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, couple relations, mother daughter relationship, white trash, sister sister relationship, single mother, female protagonist, childhood trauma, rape, parenthood, poverty, 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, dysfunctional family, youth and family in crisis mostly in Drama, Music and Biography genres. Some movies like Bastard Out of Carolina: Hounddog (2007), Something About Amelia (1984), An American Crime (2007), Precious (2009), The War Zone (1999). 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: serious, touching, disturbing, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: sexual abuse, child molester, blues, domestic violence, life is a bitch, family problems, escape from reality, youth, music, solace, oldies, child's point of view ...
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, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: pedophile, prostitute, rape, innocence lost, police, psychologist, stripper, dysfunctional family, parents and children, sexual abuse, life is a bitch, on the road ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: serious, realistic, thought provoking, sincere, sexual ...
Plot: sexual abuse, sexual dysfunction, family problems, kids in trouble, sexual content, life is a bitch, youth, sex maniac, innocence lost, teenage life, family in crisis, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
An American Crime (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.
Style: serious, disturbing, rough, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: child abuse, torture, dysfunctional family, crimes, domestic violence, mentally unstable, confined, isolation, murder, family problems, captivity, threat ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 105K
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, poverty, illiteracy, abusive mother, social misfits, sexual abuse, rape, dysfunctional family, parents and children, fat girl, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
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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: bleak, disturbing, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: incest, father daughter incest, sexual abuse, incest rape, mature, innocence lost, family relations, teenager, family problems, parents and children, teenage life, rape of a minor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Grief of Others (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The Ryries have suffered a loss: the death of a baby just fifty-seven hours after his birth. Without words to express their grief, the parents, John and Ricky, try to return to their previous lives. The couple's children, ten-year-old Biscuit ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, death in the family, couple relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, couples, family problems, dealing with death, dysfunctional family, family crisis, mourning, stillborn child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, emotional, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, teenager, psychiatrist, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, family in crisis, redemption, hopes, family problems, domestic disturbance, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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: touching, emotional, sincere, sentimental, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: teenage girl, stepfather, single mother, teenage life, teenage love, family relations, youth, romance, parents and children, terminal illness, human nature, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: georgia, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 279
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: disturbing, thought provoking, emotional, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: sexual abuse, coming of age, parents and children, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, youth, society, religions or cults, kids in trouble, injustice, introspection, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: man boy relationship, courtroom, child abuse, false accusation, redemption, sexual abuse, custody, dysfunctional family, teenage life, parents and children, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
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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, unemployment, domestic violence, sin, anti semitism, life is a bitch, society, youth, family in crisis, parents and children, family problems, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: england, europe, ireland, liverpool, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 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, family in crisis, death in the family, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, captivating ...
Plot: redemption, sexual abuse, bishop, going straight, youth, life is a bitch, hopes, prostitute, family problems, family relations, drug abuse, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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, touching, emotional, realistic
Plot: eating disorder, self harm, dysfunctional family, family relations, mental institution, obsession, parents and children, mental illness, physical appearance, life is a bitch, family problems, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: bleak, touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: working class, parents and children, dysfunctional family, disorder, single parent, youth, family problems, life turned upside down, family relations, alcohol abuse, society, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ 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, sex with a minor, sexual abuse, neighbor, gulf war, child abuse, sexuality, generation gap ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1991, year 1990
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.5
 273
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, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: disability, family relations, family life, family problems, social relations, couples, society, couple relations, youth, babies and infants, small town, small town life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 60s, 1960s
Place: mississippi, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.2
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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, realistic ...
Plot: small town, family problems, americana, society, religion, child's point of view, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family relations, adaptation, bdsm, evangelist ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 1930s, 70s
Place: southern usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
My Louisiana Sky (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A girl comes to terms with her mentally challenged parents.
Style: serious, emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, family life, parents and children, family problems, society, youth, small town life, disability, child's point of view, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.3
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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, serious, captivating, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: life is a bitch, moral dilemma, working class, parents and children, society, family problems, down on your luck, single mother, poverty, single parent, family relations, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ 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, emotional, realistic, serious
Plot: kidnapping, kids in trouble, reunion, danger, confined, life is a bitch, single parent, hopes, family problems, estrangement, dysfunctional family, captivity ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, touching, emotional, tense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family life, parents and children, couple relations, family problems, society, crumbling marriage, suburbs, small town, mother daughter relationship, teenage girl, train ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, family relations, injustice, family problems, parents and children, couples, society, couple relations, family in crisis, unwanted pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, florida, algeria ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
We Were the Mulvaneys (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Based on the novel by the same name, We Were the Mulvaneys is a sensitive portrayal of one family's journey as they face conflict, fear, tragedy and ultimately, themselves.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, touching, bleak ...
Plot: family relations, family life, family in crisis, love and romance, life is a bitch, couples, family problems, alcohol abuse, loneliness, brother brother relationship, fear, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Celebration (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A grandiose party to celebrate a sixtieth birthday unleashes a family drama with all the lies that conceal horrendous secrets. The eldest son, Christian, stages a showdown with the popular pater familias; his provocative, moving after-dinner speech ...
Style: suspense, dark humor, talky, stylized, emotional ...
Plot: sexual abuse, suicide, secret, birthday, child abuse, pedophile, incest, child rape, hotel, depression, family gatherings, family secret ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 ⇓
35%
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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: sincere, touching, emotional, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: hospital, terminal illness, pregnancy, family relations, aids, misfit, legal action, family problems, couples, fish out of water, unfulfillment, ego clash ...
Time: 90s
Place: tennessee, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: missing child, reunion, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, family life, parents and children, police detective, family problems, crimes, mother son reunion, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ 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, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: life is a bitch, family relations, family problems, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unsupportive parent, college graduate, rap, graduation, family reunited, punishment ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%