Movies like A Better Life

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A Better Life (2011)
 7.2
 15K
A Better Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while traveling across town to perform landscaping work for the city's wealthy landowners.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sincere, thought provoking, serious, heartbreaking, sentimental, harsh, earnest ...
Plot: immigrants, thief, family relations, theft, american dream, single parent, teenage life, life is a bitch, working class, parents and children, social problems, society, unsuccessful, down on your luck, hopes, truck, gardener, character study, sacrifice, youth, graphic violence, latinos, urban, drugs/alcohol, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico, malibu california, beverly hills, southern california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, drinking, mother son relationship, parents and children, crying, father son relationship and storytelling mostly in Drama, Romance and Crime genres. Some movies like A Better Life: Biutiful (2010), Breaking and Entering (2006), Personal Velocity (2002), The Fault in Our Stars (2014), Echo Park, L.A. (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
 85K
Biutiful (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 148 min.
Story: This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who's sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate ...
Style: bleak, psychological, sincere, emotional, depressing ...
Plot: terminal illness, redemption, single father, death, family relations, suffering, parenthood, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, parents and children, reconciliation, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: barcelona, spain, barcelona spain, mexico, senegal
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Breaking and Entering (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Set in a blighted, inner-city neighbourhood of London, Breaking and Entering examines an affair which unfolds between a successful British landscape architect and Amira, a Bosnian woman – the mother of a troubled teen son – who was widowed by ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, sincere, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: architect, robbery, immigrants, infidelity, blackmail, society, human nature, social differences, working class, single parent, love affair, marital problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, england, bosnia, sarajevo
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
Personal Velocity (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Three women's escapes from their afflicted lives. Each struggles to flee from the men who confine their personal freedom.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, hitchhiker, domestic violence, starting over, parents and children, love affair, couple relations, human nature, self discovery, destructive relationship, couples, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, usa, india, manhattan new york city, harvard university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a patient named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, romantic, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teenage love, terminal illness, fall in love, first love, teenager, youth, cancer, love and romance, teenage life, dealing with death, adolescence, coping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, indiana, amsterdam, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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Echo Park, L.A. (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin.
Style: touching, sentimental, melancholic, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: pregnancy, unwanted pregnancy, culture clash, coming of age, life turned upside down, starting over, teenage life, family disapproval, society, parents and children, gay slur, religion ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 6.8
 2K
Dandelion (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In a small town of rolling fields and endless skies, isolated 16 year old Mason lives in a world where families exist in fragmented silence and love seems to have gone missing. Then Mason meets Danny, a sensitive and troubled girl, and their tender ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sentimental, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, young lovers, romance, parents and children, compassion, depression, desperation, jail, self discovery, coming of age, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: idaho, usa, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 6.6
 29K
The Immigrant (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In 1921 New York. an immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.
Style: serious, captivating, atmospheric, emotional, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: immigrants, prostitution, family relations, confession, quarantine, american dream, love affair, exploitation, society, performance, exploit, survival ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: new york, poland, usa, manhattan new york city, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 6.9
 350
The City (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The stories of four Hispanic immigrants living in New York City.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: immigrants, working class, lottery, family relations, culture clash, hopes, youth, life is a bitch, social differences, racism, family in crisis, urban ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, mexico, latin america, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
First, Last and Deposit (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Thirteen-year-old Tessa (Jessica White) faces more than the usual tribulations of adolescence. When bad times hit, she and her mother find themselves living on the streets. The injustice of poverty is emphasized by the fact that Tessa's school ...
Style: rough, touching, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: juvenile delinquency, parents and children, teenage life, working class, kids in trouble, youth, society, family relations, eviction, school, survival, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 6.1
 3K
American Gun (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
Style: emotional, thought provoking, bleak, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: high school, family relations, teenage life, americana, family problems, on the road, death in the family, working class, parents and children, human nature, dealing with death, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, oregon, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Four Sheets to the Wind (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: After his father's untimely suicide, Cufe leaves his home in a Native American reservation in search of a more fulfilling life.
Style: sincere, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: family relations, dysfunctional family, estrangement, last wish, family problems, parents and children, husband wife relationship, dealing with death, starting over, unfulfillment, siblings relations, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A New York couple's relationship is tested after the loss of their child. This film is the wide-released combination of the original two :him and :her volumes that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Style: sincere, touching, meditative, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: couples, family relations, adultery, love affair, obsession, life turned upside down, romance, hopes, crumbling marriage, couple relations, parents and children, breakup ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1951
Place: new york, connecticut, usa, manhattan new york city, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Bread and Roses (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, sincere, melancholic, intense ...
Plot: immigrants, realism, labor union, deportation, working class, politics, society, life is a bitch, family relations, fighting the system, janitor, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills, mexico city, guatemala ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Stanley & Iris (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An illiterate cook at a company cafeteria tries for the attention of a newly widowed woman. As they get to know one another, she discovers his inability to read. When he is fired, she takes on trying to teach him to read in her kitchen each night.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: working class, unemployment, education, romance, teachers and students, couple relations, love and romance, love, school, friendship, couples, family problems ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.5
 63K
Rust and Bone (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium, Singapore
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Plot: french, tragic event, family relations, single parent, killer whale, romance, redemption, security guard, human spirit, opposites attract, unlikely couple, accident ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, french riviera, cote d'azur, riviera, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 5.7
 712
Explicit Ills (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The film follows four inter-connecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia
Style: serious, uplifting, emotional, touching, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, juvenile delinquency, social decay, dysfunctional family, drug dealing, hopes, youth, society, lifestyle, injustice, human spirit, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.7
 21K
Dear Frankie (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nine-year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they've run away from his father, ...
Style: realistic, emotional, uplifting, heartbreaking, melancholic ...
Plot: single parent, letter, stranger, disability, ship, friendship, father son relationship, family drama, bet, child abuse, elementary school, newspaper ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A recently widowed woman on the road with her precocious young son is determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: friendship, diner, single parent, self discovery, starting over, on the road, unemployment, waitress, singer, widow, road trip, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: arizona, phoenix arizona, california, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, talky ...
Plot: wedding, dysfunctional family, drug addiction, sister sister relationship, wedding preparations and rituals, addiction, family problems, life is a bitch, estrangement, favoritism among siblings, family secret, self destructing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: connecticut, usa, hawaii, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Or (My Treasure) (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Israel
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Or shoulders a lot: she's 17 or 18, a student, works evenings at a restaurant, recycles cans and bottles for cash, and tries to keep her mother Ruthie from returning to streetwalking in Tel Aviv. Ruthie calls Or "my treasure," but ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: escort service, prostitute, family relations, prostitution, coming of age, parents and children, lifestyle, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, society, single parent, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, tel aviv israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.4
 77K
Spanglish (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Mexican immigrant and single mother Flor Moreno finds housekeeping work with Deborah and John Clasky, a well-off couple with two children of their own. When Flor admits she can't handle the schedule because of her daughter, Cristina, Deborah ...
Style: sincere, touching, feel good, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: single parent, unfulfilled love, cook, romance, love and romance, parents and children, culture clash, parent child relationship, relationship problems, immigrants, chef, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, mexico, malibu california, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
The Great Journey (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Morocco, Bulgaria, Turkey
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Reda, summoned to accompany his father on a pilgrimage to Mecca, complies reluctantly - as he preparing for his baccalaureat and, even more important, has a secret love relationship. The trip across Europe in a broken-down car is also the departure ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sentimental, contemplative ...
Plot: on the road, pilgrimage, family relations, trip, culture clash, golden years, hopes, society, youth, human nature, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: saudi arabia, france, europe, croatia, yugoslavia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Crazy/Beautiful (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: At Pacific Palisades High, a poor Latino falls hard for a troubled girl from the affluent neighborhood.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, sentimental, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens, chick flick
Plot: forbidden love, high school, culture clash, young lovers, self destructing, family relations, unhappiness, romance, coming-of-age, opposites attract, teenage life, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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 7.8
 8K
Rain (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Iran
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old Kurdish worker is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. When Lateef is given heavier tasks to compensate for new Afghan worker Rahmat, he resents his displacement and ...
Style: touching, serious, compassionate, emotional, lyrical ...
Plot: secret, construction site, love, romance, fall in love, love and romance, immigrants, family relations, human nature, youth, society, adventure ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, japan, middle east, tehran iran, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.1
 12K
Poetic Justice (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: road trip, on the road, friendship, starting over, self discovery, romance, gang, homecoming, urban ghetto life, survival, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, chicago illinois, south central los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.0
 257
The Doe Boy (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A Cherokee boy is a haemophiliac in a culture obsessed with blood identity.
Style: psychological, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, teenage life, juvenile delinquency, lifestyle, society, youth, dysfunctional family, human nature, homecoming, parents and children, americana, coming of age ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.1
 136K
Remember Me (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Still reeling from a heartbreaking family event and his parents' subsequent divorce, Tyler Hawkins discovers a fresh lease on life when he meets Ally Craig, a gregarious beauty who witnessed her mother's death. But as the couple draws ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, surprise ending, heartbreaking ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: suicide, death in the family, romance, young love, relationships, 9/11, family drama, loss of parent, family relations, loss of loved one, parents and children, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2001, 2000s, september 11 2001 ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A coming-of-age story based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, which follows 15-year-old freshman Charlie, an endearing and naive outsider who is taken under the wings of two seniors. A moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope - and the ...
Style: touching, sincere, realistic, serious, talky ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, teenage love, teenage life, first love, adolescence, friendship, teenagers, high school life, suicide, hopes, social misfits, teenager ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 20th century ...
Place: pennsylvania, pittsburgh, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Don't Let Me Drown (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In a post-September 11th world overflowing with fear and hate, two Latino teens discover that sometimes the only thing that can keep them from drowning is love.
Style: realistic, sentimental, psychological, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: coming of age, immigrants, romance, parents and children, family relations, youth, society, teenager, post september 11 2001, love, profanity, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Greencard Warriors (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The tragic struggle of an undocumented Latino family in Los Angeles after they have sent their eldest son to war.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, tense, exciting ...
Plot: gang, coming of age, family relations, life is a bitch, immigrants, society, urban ghetto life, parents and children, teenage life, crimes, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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