Movies like The Beaver

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The Beaver (2011)
 6.6
 49K
The Beaver (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black (Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes for his parents to get a divorce. Jodie Foster directs and co-stars as Walter's wife in this dark comedy that also features Riley Thomas Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence.
Style: emotional, touching, tragicomedy, realistic, sentimental, semi serious, unusual plot structure, depressing, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: depression, midlife crisis, puppet, family relations, losing-it hero, parents and children, family problems, unfulfillment, coping, couples, nervous breakdown, imaginary character, mental illness, dysfunctional family, mental disorder, dissociative identity disorder, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship, mentally unstable, ceo, self acceptance, solitude, transformation, happy ending ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california

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Most similar movies to The Beaver

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, emotional, touching and melancholic films with plots about family relations, dialogue, bittersweet, depression, mentor, storytelling and dysfunctional family mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Beaver: Seven Pounds (2008), Manchester by the Sea (2016), Jack (2004), Blue Jasmine (2013), The Descendants (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.6
 301K
Seven Pounds (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
Style: touching, sad, emotional, compassionate, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, depression, life philosophy, self sacrifice, life changing experience, true love, fall in love, hopes, tragic event, vegetarian, sacrifice, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There he is compelled to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was born and raised.
Style: depressing, heartbreaking, sad, psychological, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: depression, sadness, loneliness, suicide attempt, loss, dysfunctional family, death, nephew, house fire, funeral, hospital, uncle nephew relationship ...
Time: 2010s
Place: boston, massachusetts, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 551
Jack (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Jack, in full puberty, not only has to deal with his parents' divorce, but also feels his world is falling apart when his dad tells him he is living with a man. He slowly comes to terms with his own feelings when the girl he has a crush on turn ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, family relations, teenage love, parents and children, self discovery, family life, family in crisis, teenage life, youth, unfulfillment, gender, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, year 1982, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.3
 202K
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jasmine French used to be on the top of the heap as a New York socialite, but now is returning to her estranged sister in San Francisco utterly ruined. As Jasmine struggles with her haunting memories of a privileged past bearing dark realities she ...
Style: psychological, realistic, cynical, semi serious, tragicomedy ...
Plot: narcissism, starting over, suicide, depression, family relations, introspection, couple relations, marital infidelity, life turned upside down, estrangement, crumbling marriage, downfall ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.3
 242K
The Descendants (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: With his wife Elizabeth on life support after a boating accident, Hawaiian land baron, Matt King takes his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront the young real estate broker, who was having an affair with Elizabeth before her misfortune.
Style: emotional, touching, humorous, tragicomedy, thought provoking ...
Plot: infidelity, teenage daughter, cheating wife, dysfunctional family, marriage, family relations, dying mother, estate, bittersweet, greed, coma, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: hawaii, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Life as a House (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, gothic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: terminal illness, dying, reconciliation, dysfunctional family, family relations, architect, house, cancer, family problems, parents and children, human nature, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Secret Lives of Dentists (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An introspective dentist's suspicions about his wife's infidelity stresses his mental well being and family life to the breaking point.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, emotional, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, dentist, couple relations, human nature, jealous spouse, dishonesty, lifestyle, imaginary friend, adultery, family problems, couples, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
 20K
Interiors (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A look at a dysfunctional family dominated by the controlling madness of its matriarch, Eve. Her reluctant husband and their three daughters make doomed efforts to cope with Eve's demands, while also trying to get on with their own lives. But, ...
Style: bleak, psychological, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: family relations, sister sister relationship, dysfunctional family, family gatherings, depression, family problems, parents and children, family tragedy, divorce, father daughter relationship, sibling rivalry, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 7.4
 2K
Broken Wings (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Daphne and her four children try to cope with the abrupt death of husband/father. As the family seems to fall apart, a sudden incident gives them a chance to heal their 'broken wings'.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hopes, couple relations, midlife crisis, family life, human nature, haunted by the past, fall in love, teenage life, innocence lost, love and romance, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.2
 2K
Helen (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Germany, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: On the outside, Helen has it all – a loving family and a successful career – but when her suppressed mental illness resurfaces, the world crumbles around her. Crippled by depression, Helen finds solace through her friendship with Mathilda, a ...
Style: psychological, emotional, realistic, atmospheric, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, mental illness, love affair, depression, couples, friendship, parents and children, unfulfillment, couple relations, nervous breakdown, self mutilation, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.9
 12K
One True Thing (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, dysfunctional family, parents and children, unfulfillment, family problems, cancer, tragedy, small town, family relations, family, relationships, life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.5
 1K
Canvas (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A woman's schizophrenia affects her relationships with her husband and son.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, melancholic ...
Plot: schizophrenia, mental illness, family relations, family problems, couple relations, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, parents and children, teenage life, working class, hospital, single parent ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.1
 3K
Normal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A Midwestern husband and father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: transsexual, gender bending, gender, family problems, society, parents and children, unfulfillment, sexuality, lgbt, depression, small town, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.8
 12K
My Life (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: It seems that Bob Jones has everything a man could want, namely a fulfilling job and a beautiful, pregnant wife, Gail. But Bob's life is turned upside-down when he is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live -- not even enough time ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sad, sentimental ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, pregnancy, childbirth, self discovery, family life, couple relations, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, parents and children, cancer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.6
 4K
Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, cheerleading, family relations, teachers and students, teenage girl, love and romance, poetry, youth, power relations, parents and children, family problems, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.5
 29K
Nell (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In a remote woodland cabin, a small town doctor discovers Nell - a beautiful young hermit woman with many secrets.
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, kids
Plot: feral child, isolation, self discovery, doctors and patients, wilderness, power relations, family, psychologist, nude swimming, innocence lost, mother daughter relationship, forest ...
Time: 90s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.1
 3K
Off the Map (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An 11-year-old girl watches her father come down with a crippling depression. Over one summer, she learns answers to several mysteries and comes to terms with love and loss.
Style: sincere, touching, atmospheric, emotional, intense ...
Plot: depression, family relations, eccentric family, family problems, youth, love and romance, parents and children, family in crisis, desert, childhood, coming of age, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new mexico, usa, boston, santa fe new mexico, albuquerque new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A mother and daughter dispute is resolved by the "Yaya sisterhood" - long time friends of the mother.
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, sincere, intense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: mental illness, friendship, dysfunctional family, estrangement, playwright, family problems, family relations, rescue, life is a bitch, society, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.2
 14K
Another Woman (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Marion is a woman who has learned to shield herself from her emotions. She rents an apartment to work undisturbed on her new book, but by some acoustic anomaly she can hear all that is said in the next apartment in which a psychiatrist holds his ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, talky, meditative ...
Plot: midlife crisis, eavesdropping, philosophy, depression, human nature, self discovery, writers, psychiatrist, painting, friendship, inadvertently, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Everything Must Go (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: salesman, unemployment, friendship, alcohol abuse, starting over, marital problem, midlife crisis, addiction, goodhearted, down on your luck, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, texas, usa, phoenix arizona, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: melancholic, touching, depressing, emotional, compassionate ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: mentally challenged, dysfunctional family, self discovery, disability, siblings relations, brothers, character study, family problems, mental illness, parents and children, small town, compassion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
More Sex & the Single Mom (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Single, divorced lawyer Jess Gradwell returns in this sequel as she tries to raise her new three-year-old son, Jake, while dealing with her teenage daughter, Sara's, growing carnal desires with a photographer she meets while planning her high ...
Style: sexy, realistic, semi serious, emotional, touching ...
Plot: family gatherings, parents and children, looking for love, couples, love and romance, midlife crisis, lifestyle, family relations, youth, pregnancy, single parent, singleness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.5
 860
Losing Chase (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An intimate and turbulent relationship develops between Chase, a woman recovering from a nervous breakdown and Elizabeth, the caretaker employed to look after her.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, mental illness, family relations, chase, dysfunctional family, gays and lesbians, society, master and servant, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: england, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.5
 11K
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, family relations, family problems, injustice, parents and children, couples, couple relations, unwanted pregnancy, family in crisis, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, florida, algeria ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Ordinary People (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having ...
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: suicide attempt, therapy, dysfunctional family, guilt, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, death in the family, loss of son, coming of age, middle class, family problems, acceptance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, texas, houston texas, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Substance of Fire (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Isaac Geldhart is a Holocaust survivor who, overcome by grief at the recent death of his wife, seems determined to run his publishing firm into the ground by printing books that have no hope of financial success. His son Aaron, who also works at the ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: holocaust, family problems, love and romance, dealing with death, introspection, siblings relations, family life, parents and children, haunted by the past, family business, midlife crisis, workplace intrigue ...
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Weather Man (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.
Style: sincere, realistic, semi serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: weatherman, midlife crisis, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, relationship vs career, introspection, family problems, hopes, unfulfillment, parents and children, ex couple relations, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.5
 134K
Still Alice (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.
Style: heartbreaking, touching, emotional, psychological, sad ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, mother daughter relationship, supportive spouse, memory loss, terminal illness, illness, relationships, columbia university, doctors, family bonds, life turned upside down, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, family outing
Plot: missing child, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, parents and children, family life, police detective, family problems, crimes, child abduction, husband wife relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Hanoi comes across almost picture-perfect in director Tran Anh Hung's beautiful, elegiac tale about the lives and loves of three Vietnamese sisters. A mood characteristic of Hung's films is set early on with the vivid sounds of birds, ...
Style: sincere, serious, psychological, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: pregnancy, infidelity, dysfunctional family, family relations, couples, family life, love and romance, siblings relations, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, family problems, human nature ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%