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, serious, disturbing, emotional, touching, suspense, bleak, gloomy, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, corporal punishment, child rape, family relations, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, life is a bitch, family in crisis, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, innocence lost, coming of age, 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 father daughter relationship mostly in Drama, Music and Thriller genres. Some movies like Bastard Out of Carolina: Hounddog (2007), Something About Amelia (1984), Eve's Bayou (1997), The War Zone (1999), Precious (2009). 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, stylized, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: sexual abuse, child molester, blues, domestic violence, life is a bitch, escape from reality, family problems, youth, music, child rape, oldies, solace ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
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50%
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: disturbing, psychological, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: pedophile, prostitute, child rape, parents and children, rape, innocence lost, police, psychologist, stripper, child molestation, life is a bitch, sexual abuse ...
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: sincere, thought provoking, realistic, serious, sexy ...
Plot: sexual abuse, youth, sexual dysfunction, family problems, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, sex maniac, sexual content, innocence lost, teenage life, family in crisis, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
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67%
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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: contemplative, serious, realistic, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, curse, infidelity, small town, murder, family relations, prophecy, aunt niece relationship, superstition, tavern, all black cast, incest ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, teenage life, family problems, parents and children, small town ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london
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33%
 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: rough, bleak, emotional, serious, harsh ...
Plot: domestic violence, child abuse, rape, poverty, illiteracy, dysfunctional family, social misfits, sexual abuse, fat girl, abusive mother, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Bad Hair (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale.
Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic
Plot: single parent, family relations, obsession, urban ghetto life, society, urban ghetto, life is a bitch, coming of age, family problems, dysfunctional family, parents and children, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: venezuela
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, bleak, harsh, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: child abuse, torture, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, crimes, confined, mentally unstable, murder, family problems, captivity, threat, true crime ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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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: touching, emotional, serious, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, life is a bitch, parents and children, death in the family, couple relations, family problems, couples, dealing with death, family crisis, dysfunctional family, reconciliation, stillborn child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, gloomy ...
Plot: family relations, psychiatrist, teenager, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, hopes, family in crisis, family problems, redemption, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, love and romance, youth, parents and children, terminal illness, human nature, romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: georgia, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: courtroom, child abuse, man boy relationship, false accusation, teenage life, redemption, sexual abuse, custody, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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, gloomy ...
Plot: sexual abuse, coming of age, introspection, moral dilemma, youth, society, life is a bitch, injustice, kids in trouble, religions or cults, parents and children, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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, youth, society, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, ireland, liverpool, united kingdom ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: captivating, serious, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, sexual abuse, bishop, going straight, youth, life is a bitch, prostitute, hopes, family problems, family relations, drug abuse, addiction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, parents and children, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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 ⇓
43%
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: family relations, coma, dysfunctional family, family life, parents and children, couple relations, family problems, society, single parent, crumbling marriage, suburbs, small town ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 Åsa ...
Style: bleak, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: working class, alcohol abuse, parents and children, disorder, family problems, youth, family relations, dysfunctional family, life turned upside down, single parent, teenage life, society ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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: emotional, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: disability, family relations, family life, family problems, social relations, couples, society, couple relations, babies and infants, youth, small town, small town life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 60s, 1960s
Place: mississippi, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, touching, sentimental, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, family life, parents and children, society, youth, family problems, 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 ⇓
42%
 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, sentimental ...
Plot: small town, family problems, americana, society, religion, child's point of view, dysfunctional family, coming of age, family relations, adaptation, bdsm, singer ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 1930s, 70s
Place: southern usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 11K
Towelhead (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 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: pedophilia, older man younger woman relationship, sex with a minor, small town, racism, coming of age, 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%
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 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, emotional, captivating, 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, urban, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, serious, realistic
Plot: kids in trouble, kidnapping, reunion, single parent, danger, confined, family in crisis, parents and children, captivity, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, bleak ...
Plot: family life, family relations, family problems, couples, life is a bitch, love and romance, family in crisis, alcohol abuse, loneliness, brother brother relationship, fear, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.5
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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, family problems, injustice, parents and children, society, couples, family in crisis, unwanted pregnancy, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, algeria, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, gloomy, talky, stylized, emotional ...
Plot: sexual abuse, suicide, birthday, secret, incest, child abuse, child rape, pedophile, family secret, hotel, depression, party ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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: sincere, touching, emotional, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: hospital, terminal illness, pregnancy, family relations, aids, ego clash, unfulfillment, legal action, gays and lesbians, society, life is a bitch, doctors and patients ...
Time: 90s
Place: tennessee, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, serious, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, family in crisis, family relations, family problems, unsupportive parent, dysfunctional family, parents and children, college graduate, rap, rules and policies, punishment, graduation ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%