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, serious, disturbing, emotional, thought provoking, touching, suspense, bleak, gloomy, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, pedophile, family relations, corporal punishment, child rape, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, family in crisis, family problems, coming of age, innocence lost, couple relations, mother daughter relationship, white trash, single mother, female protagonist, childhood trauma, sister sister relationship, rape, domestic violence, parenthood, poverty, child molestation ...
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 disturbing films with plots about family relations, family problems, parents and children, life is a bitch, youth, dysfunctional family and coming of age mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Bastard Out of Carolina: The War Zone (1999), Hounddog (2007), An American Crime (2007), The Neon Bible (1995), Precious (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: disturbing, bleak, rough, serious, emotional ...
Plot: incest, sexual abuse, father daughter incest, incest rape, innocence lost, mature, family relations, parents and children, teenage life, family problems, rape of a minor, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, europe, london
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60%
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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, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, child molester, blues, domestic violence, life is a bitch, music, youth, family problems, escape from reality, solace, child's point of view, precocious child ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa
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50%
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France, Japan
Duration: 97 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, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: pedophile, prostitute, child rape, parents and children, rape, innocence lost, police, psychologist, stripper, child molestation, child molester, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, tennessee
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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, realistic ...
Plot: child abuse, torture, domestic violence, dysfunctional family, captivity, confined, crimes, mentally unstable, murder, family problems, court, threat ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 6.1
 864
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, captivating ...
Plot: small town, family problems, americana, society, religion, child's point of view, family relations, dysfunctional family, coming of age, adaptation, bdsm, evangelist ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 70s
Place: southern usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 110K
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, social misfits, sexual abuse, illiteracy, rape, abusive mother, fat girl, dysfunctional family, parents and children, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.1
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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, disturbing, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: mother daughter relationship, women's prison, teenage life, bad mother, coming of age, family relations, murder, crimes, foster home, parents and children, kids in trouble, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california, nova scotia, mexico
⇓ 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, sexy ...
Plot: sexual abuse, family problems, sexual dysfunction, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, youth, sex maniac, sexual content, teenage life, innocence lost, family in crisis, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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, fascism, domestic violence, unemployment, catholicism, sin, anti semitism, life is a bitch, family problems, society, youth, parents and children ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, united kingdom, liverpool, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
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Accused (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 103 min.
Story: On the surface Henrik and Nina Christofferson are an ordinary family living happily. But they have a problem. Their daughter, Stine, a difficult 14 year old, has a habit of telling lies in class. When Stine accuses her father of sexual abuse, and is ...
Style: disturbing, tense, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, lawyer, family relations, under the surface, child abuse, parents and children, incest, family problems, youth, life is a bitch, prisoner, degradation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Mysterious Skin (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Style: disturbing, psychological, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: child abuse, male rape, homosexual rape, pedophilia, homosexual, child molestation, man boy relationship, sexual abuse, gay rape, gay, gay teenager, homosexuality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1981, year 1991, year 1983 ...
Place: usa, kansas, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 12K
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, sex with a minor, older man younger woman relationship, sexual exploration, small town, child abuse, sexuality, racism, coming of age, sexual abuse, neighbor, menstruation ...
Time: 90s, year 1990, year 1991
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, california
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40%
Little Tickles (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Odette is eight, she likes to dance and draw. Why would she be wary of a friend of her parents who offers to play "Tickling"? Once an adult, Odette frees her word, and plunges body and soul into her career as a dancer, in the whirlwind of ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, psychological, captivating, non-linear
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: child rape, pedophile, abused child, little girl, child sexual abuse, traumatic childhood, female nudity, court, father daughter relationship, psychoanalysis, rape victim, dancing ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
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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, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, innocence lost, investigation, bullying, teenage life, youth, child sexual abuse, child rape, parents and children, pedophile, teenage girl, underage girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, milwaukee wisconsin, cleveland ohio, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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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, realistic, emotional
Plot: single parent, family relations, obsession, urban ghetto, urban ghetto life, society, family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, coming of age, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: venezuela
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: serious, emotional, touching, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, life is a bitch, couples, family problems, couple relations, death in the family, parents and children, dealing with death, family crisis, dysfunctional family, reconciliation, stillborn child ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, family relations, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, redemption, life is a bitch, domestic disturbance, hopes, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, sexual abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, psychological, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: man boy relationship, courtroom, child abuse, false accusation, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, sexual abuse, parents and children, dysfunctional family, redemption, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: teenage girl, single mother, stepfather, family relations, teenage life, teenage love, youth, love and romance, romance, family problems, couples, estrangement ...
Time: 80s
Place: georgia, usa, new york
⇓ 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: serious, captivating, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Plot: redemption, sexual abuse, bishop, going straight, youth, hopes, life is a bitch, prostitute, addiction, drug abuse, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ 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: thought provoking, disturbing, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, coming of age, life is a bitch, society, youth, kids in trouble, religions or cults, injustice, introspection, parents and children, moral dilemma, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 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: teenager, friendship, adoption, family relations, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, coming of age, family in crisis, haunted by the past, parents and children, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Miss Violence (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 98 min.
Story: On the day of her birthday, eleven-year-old Angeliki jumps off the balcony and falls to her death with a smile on her face. While the police and Social Services try to discover the reason for this apparent suicide, Angeliki's family keep ...
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, perversion, incest rape, child prostitution, child abuse, domestic violence, incest, suicide, family problems, parents and children, investigation, abusive father ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: touching, bleak, realistic, serious, emotional
Plot: working class, alcohol abuse, parents and children, dysfunctional family, life turned upside down, disorder, youth, single parent, family relations, family problems, unemployment, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.3
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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, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: disability, family relations, family problems, family life, society, couples, social relations, couple relations, youth, babies and infants, small town, small town life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s
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, sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, family life, youth, society, parents and children, family problems, small town life, disability, child's point of view, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: kids in trouble, kidnapping, captivity, dysfunctional family, parents and children, family in crisis, hopes, confined, life is a bitch, single parent, estrangement, family problems ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.5
 7K
In Bloom (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Georgia, Germany, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Eka and Natia leave their childhood behind and ignore societal customs to escape from their turbulent family lives.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, captivating, sincere
Plot: family relations, adolescence vs adulthood, best friends, coming of age, society, life is a bitch, civil war, dysfunctional family, youth, teenage life, parents and children, teenage girl ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992
Place: georgia (former ussr), georgia, europe, caucasus, eastern europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.3
 357
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, society, working class, parents and children, family problems, down on your luck, single mother, poverty, single parent, family relations, interracial sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ 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, realistic, serious
Plot: life is a bitch, family in crisis, family relations, family problems, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unsupportive parent, college graduate, rap, siblings relations, family gatherings, punishment ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%