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, heartbreaking ...
Plot: sexual abuse, dysfunctional family, corporal punishment, innocence lost, parents and children, family problems, pedophile, family relations, life is a bitch, coming of age, family in crisis, couple relations, mother daughter relationship, rape, poverty, sister sister relationship, single mother, female protagonist, childhood trauma, parenthood, child abuse, youth, society, couples, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 40s, 50s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: south carolina, 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 gloomy films with plots about family problems, parents and children, family relations, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, youth and coming of age mostly in Drama, Thriller and Comedy genres. Some movies like Bastard Out of Carolina: Hounddog (2007), Trust (2010), Precious (2009), 12 and Holding (2005), The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005). 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, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, domestic violence, life is a bitch, music, blues, youth, family problems, escape from reality, oldies, solace, child's point of view, precocious child ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: alabama, usa
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100%
 6.9
 40K
Trust (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her ...
Style: emotional, disturbing, sincere, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, innocence lost, investigation, parents and children, youth, family in crisis, teenage life, internet, school, obsession, teenager, suicide attempt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 101K
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: emotional, bleak, realistic, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: domestic violence, rape, illiteracy, dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, abusive mother, child abuse, poverty, social misfits, fear, aids, incest ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, bleak ...
Plot: prostitute, pedophile, rape, sex, innocence lost, psychologist, police, stripper, sexual abuse, parents and children, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, tennessee
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41%
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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, loss of son, vengeance, family relations, family problems, coming of age, accidental killing, haunted by the past, innocence lost, death in the family, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Jack Slavin is an environmentalist with a heart condition who lives with his daughter, Rose, on an isolated island. While Jack fights against developers who wish to build in the area, he also craves more contact with other people. When he invites ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: incest, island, virginity, commune, coming of age, single parent, diabetic, illness, isolation, dysfunctional family, innocence lost, family problems ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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: bleak, disturbing, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: incest, incest rape, sexual abuse, father daughter incest, teenager, family problems, teenage life, parents and children, small town, siblings relations, life is a bitch, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.0
 277
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, kids in trouble, religions or cults, youth, injustice, parents and children, life is a bitch, moral dilemma, introspection, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 6.8
 76K
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, serious, tense, sincere, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, addiction, peer pressure, theft, juvenile delinquency, teen angst, makeover, friendship, mother daughter relationship, family problems, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, venice beach california, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 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: melancholic, disturbing, compassionate, enigmatic, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: pedophilia, small town, child abuse, first love, racism, coming of age, sexual abuse, neighbor, gulf war, sexuality, generation gap, society ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1991, year 1990
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, serious, realistic, sexual
Plot: sexual abuse, sexual dysfunction, innocence lost, family problems, teenage life, youth, life is a bitch, family in crisis, parents and children, kids in trouble, generation gap, abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.5
 10K
Fat Girl (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Elena is 15, beautiful and flirtatious. Her less confident sister, Anais, is 12, and constantly eats. On holiday, Elena meets a young Italian student who is determined to seduce her. Anais is forced to watch in silence, conspiring with the lovers, ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, tense, bleak, sexual ...
Plot: rapist, sexual abuse, virginity, coming of age, first time, innocence lost, vengeance, dysfunctional family, youth, teenage life, rape of a minor, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: southern france, rome italy, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Middle-aged widow Beatrice Hunsdorfer (Joanne Woodward) and her daughters Ruth (Roberta Wallach) and Matilda (Nell Potts) are struggling to survive in a society they barely understand. Beatrice dreams of opening an elegant tea room but does not have ...
Style: touching, realistic, psychological, sentimental, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, coming of age, family problems, family life, parents and children, life is a bitch, teacher, winning, dysfunctional family, single father, teenage life, unfulfillment ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: connecticut, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The End of Innocence (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Seemingly autobiographical story of a woman overwhelmed with trying to please everyone except herself, and not finding any answers until she's admitted to a rehab center by her parents. Eventually here is where she finds her answers.
Style: touching, realistic, psychological, emotional, serious ...
Plot: self discovery, mental institution, doctors and patients, parents and children, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, family problems, drug abuse, addiction, mentally unstable, family relations, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.4
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Angela (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A ten year old girl named Angela leads her six year old sister, Ellie, through various regimens of 'purification' in an attempt to rid themselves of their evil, which she believes to be the cause of their mother's mental illness. ...
Style: offbeat, gloomy, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, pregnancy, dysfunctional family, sexual abuse, misfit, human nature, doctors and patients, babies and infants, family in crisis, siblings relations, dealing with death, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.7
 2K
Country (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus. Gilbert has lost hope of ever becoming prosperous, but his wife decides to fight for her family.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, bleak ...
Plot: family business, couple relations, life is a bitch, survival, against the odds, couples, crumbling marriage, hopes, down on your luck, family in crisis, human nature, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: america
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: working class, taxi driver, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, injustice, couples, society, family relations, unwanted pregnancy, couple relations, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, florida, algeria ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: psychological, bleak, realistic, rough, serious ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, teacher, prison, theft, investigation, family relations, crimes, parents and children, prison life, loss of sibling, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: phoenix arizona, italy, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Killer of Sheep (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Stan works in drudgery at a slaughterhouse. His personal life is drab. Dissatisfaction and ennui keep him unresponsive to the needs of his adoring wife, and he must struggle against influences which would dishonor and endanger him and his family.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, emotional, gloomy
Plot: ghetto, friendship, money, dysfunctional family, human nature, lifestyle, family problems, couple relations, parents and children, family life, slaughterhouse, city life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.7
 3K
Providence (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives. He is a bitter man and he shows, through flashbacks, how spiteful, conniving and treacherous his ...
Style: realistic, psychological, serious, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, aging, family relations, terminal illness, human nature, writer's life, couple relations, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, parents and children, husband wife relationship, extramarital affair ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Invisible Child (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A woman with two children believes she has three and her husband and oldest daughter play along with her to keep her balanced (or as close to balanced that a woman with an invisible child can be). However, when the family hires a new nanny, it is ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: dysfunctional family, nanny, mental illness, friendship, single parent, youth, estrangement, custody, family relations, couples, family problems, death in the family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Curse of the Starving Class (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Curse of the Starving Class is a play by Sam Shepard, considered the first of a series on family tragedies. Drama about a dirt-poor 1950's-era farm family. Dad's a foul talking drunk and Mom is desperately trying to save what's left ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: alcoholic, poverty, farm, hopes, unfulfillment, family in crisis, rich and poor, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, parents and children, social misfits, couple relations ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 relations, family problems, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unsupportive parent, college graduate, siblings relations, family gatherings, writer's life, punishment ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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: sexual, bleak, psychological, surreal, humorous ...
Plot: pregnancy, dysfunctional family, child abuse, runaway teen, abortion, innocence lost, sniper, murder, coming of age, teenage pregnancy, sexual abuse, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, kansas, usa, wyoming, india
⇓ 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: psychological, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: missing child, reunion, kidnapping, missing person, family life, parents and children, crimes, police detective, family relations, family problems, mother son reunion, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Clara's Heart (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and David develop a close bond, opening his eyes and heart to ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: grief, racism, dysfunctional family, coming of age, couple relations, family in crisis, master and servant, parents and children, friendship, haunted by the past, family problems, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: jamaica, baltimore, usa, san francisco
⇓ 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: dark humor, talky, stylized, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, suicide, birthday, secret, child abuse, hotel, depression, party, family secret, pedophile, father daughter incest, pedophilia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.1
 28K
White Oleander (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.
Style: emotional, touching, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenage life, women's prison, coming of age, murder, mother daughter relationship, crimes, bad mother, parents and children, fall in love, custody, family relations, kids in trouble ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, nova scotia, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.9
 5K
Testament (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, emotional, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: small town, survival, nuclear holocaust, radiation, nuclear war, future dystopia, life is a bitch, danger, demolished city, chaos, parents and children, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.8
 760
Bloodbrothers (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A young man is torn between following in his brothers' footsteps or striking out on his own.
Style: talky, sincere, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: moral dilemma, parents and children, family life, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, self discovery, youth, family problems, teenage life, friendship, family in crisis, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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