Movies like The Boys Are Back

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The Boys Are Back (2009)
 6.8
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The Boys Are Back (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When the wife of sports-writer Joe Warr dies of cancer, he takes on the responsibility of raising their 6-year-old son, and his teenage son from a previous marriage. As Joe rejects the counsel of his mother-in-law and other parents, he develops his own philosophies on parenting.
Style: touching, melancholic, sentimental, romantic, inspirational, intense, realistic, semi serious, emotional, heartbreaking ...
Audience: teens
Plot: single parent, parenthood, single father, overcoming, widower, cancer, step siblings, family relations, family problems, life turned upside down, adolescence vs adulthood, father son relationship, party, journalist, loss of wife, home alone, family drama, depression, brothers, life philosophy, dysfunctional family, bittersweet, coming of age, sport, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, australia, tokyo, ireland, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, emotional and sentimental films with plots about parents and children, family relations, family problems, dysfunctional family, single parent, bittersweet and youth mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like The Boys Are Back: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Left Luggage (1998), Sisters (2009), Libero (2006), Broken Wings (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ted Kramer is a career man for whom his work comes before his family. His wife Joanna cannot take this anymore, so she decides to leave him. Ted is now faced with the tasks of housekeeping and taking care of himself and their young son Billy.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: custody battle, courtroom, divorce, single father, family relations, couples, lawyer, marriage, selfishness, father son relationship, family problems, family ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california, manhattan, new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 3K
Left Luggage (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Belgium, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: While escaping from Nazis during the WWII, a Jewish man dug suitcases full of things dear to his heart in the ground two. The war deprived him of his family, and afterwards he endlessly turns over the soil of Antwerp to find the suitcases, which ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: nanny, liberal, eviction, family relations, parents and children, haunted by the past, holocaust survivor, mentally challenged, religions or cults, jewish, racism, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, belgium, antwerp, israel, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.3
 196
Sisters (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Lyon, France in 1970s, Sibylle, Corinne, and Georgette are sisters who share everything, as they live with their Italian mother. Sibylle is the only blonde in the family, except for their father who abandoned them, and she feels isolated. She dreams ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, emotional, touching
Plot: family relations, parents and children, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, introspection, youth, family problems, self discovery, godparent, coming of age, obsessive quest, single parent ...
Time: 70s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, france, lyon
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.4
 3K
Libero (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A young father and his two children struggle to find harmony after his wife leaves them for another man.
Style: serious, emotional, touching, realistic
Plot: unfaithful wife, family relations, friendship, dysfunctional family, coming of age, siblings relations, parents and children, lifestyle, single parent, youth, family problems, boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, hopes, midlife crisis, couple relations, family life, human nature, love and romance, family problems, innocence lost, haunted by the past, teenage life, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.5
 127K
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, family drama, supportive spouse, memory loss, relationships, terminal illness, illness, columbia university, unfulfillment, life turned upside down, family bonds ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: reunion, missing child, kidnapping, missing person, family relations, family life, parents and children, family problems, police detective, crimes, mother son reunion, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The End of Love (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Mark is a struggling actor stuck between the life he once knew and the one waiting for him. When the mother of his two-year-old son suddenly passes away, Mark is forced to confront his shortcomings. Their fates, now intertwined, hang in the balance ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, single father, single parent, life turned upside down, family problems, family in crisis, parents and children, death in the family, babies and infants, parent child relationship, father son relationship, baby ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.7
 26K
Marvin's Room (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow.
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, sincere, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, reunion, estrangement, leukemia, transplant, siblings relations, single parent, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa, united states, orlando florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Bad Mother's Handbook (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Karen Cooper wants to domineer her family and believes she's its pillar. In fact she does everything wrong. Thus she messes up all their lives and futures, rather then help her loved-ones.
Style: semi serious, emotional, humorous, touching, realistic
Plot: family relations, lifestyle, parents and children, couples, family problems, pregnancy, teenage life, wooing, love and romance, adolescence vs adulthood, dysfunctional family, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Last Hammer Blow (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: When he first enters the Montpellier Opera House, Victor knows nothing about music. Nor does he know his father, Samuel Rovinski, who is there to conduct Mahler’s 6th symphony. To change the course of his suddenly uncertain future, for Nadia his ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: coming of age, parents and children, family relations, single parent, bittersweet, teenage boy, father son relationship, orchestra conductor, playing piano, wig, father son reunion, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 981
Canvas (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A woman's schizophrenia affects her relationships with her husband and son.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, rough ...
Plot: schizophrenia, mental illness, family relations, family in crisis, couple relations, family problems, parents and children, teenage life, dysfunctional family, single parent, working class, hospital ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Gracie's Choice (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: For as long as she can remember, 16 year-old Gracie has been raising her four siblings, each of whom has a different, absent father and their mother is on the fast track to self-destruction. When these children's lives are about to be pulled ...
Style: emotional, sincere, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Plot: custody, custody battle, coming of age, teenage girl, parents and children, dysfunctional family, youth, life is a bitch, family values, siblings relations, manipulation, manipulations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
 11K
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, death of parent, loss of parent, cancer, tragedy, small town, family relations, family drama ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.7
 2K
Suzanne (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story of a destiny. Suzanne's and her family's. The ties that bind them, keep them together, and the love she pursues... to the point of leaving everything behind.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, bleak
Plot: love affair, family life, dysfunctional family, fall in love, parents and children, family problems, single parent, coming of age, youth, siblings relations, working class, teenage girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 90s, 80s ...
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 306
Magnificent 7 (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Inspired by the life of Jacqui Jackson. Helena Bonham Carter stars as Maggi, a mother with seven children - three 'normal' daughters and four sons who are each, in one form or another, autistic.
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: motherhood, autism, human spirit, family life, family problems, mentally challenged, parents and children, siblings relations, family, single parent, hopes, child illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: melancholic, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: incest, single parent, parents and children, island, first sex, rebelliousness, teenage life, isolation, innocence lost, virginity, sexual exploration, commune ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.8
 1K
The Adopted (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Lisa and Marine live a life of relative companionship together, where the only man permitted into the equation is Lisa’s young son, Leo. However, their simple existence is thrown into disarray when Marie meets and falls in love with Alex, a ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: single parent, love and romance, family problems, parents and children, family relations, haunted by the past, sister sister relationship, strong female presence, family life, fall in love, death in the family, love affair ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, lyon
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 1K
Safe Passage (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mother with seven sons feels like she's losing control of her life and her family. But personal...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, pain, life is a bitch, family life, parents and children, family problems, terminal illness, terrorism, death in the family, eccentric family, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: middle east, new jersey, utah, beirut lebanon, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
 2K
Tully (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, womanizer, lifestyle, opposites attract, young lovers, introspection, parents and children, haunted by the past, family problems, couples, society ...
Place: nebraska, usa, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, realistic, emotional
Plot: working class, parents and children, life turned upside down, single parent, family problems, youth, alcohol abuse, dysfunctional family, disorder, family relations, life is a bitch, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Immediate Family (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy, a teenage girl expecting her first baby. The three agree that Linda and Michael will adopt Lucy's baby and that Lucy ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: adoption, pregnancy, society, babies and infants, single parent, youth, hopes, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life, parents and children, couple relations, social differences ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: washington state, seattle, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.0
 9K
Crooklyn (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parenthood, coming of age, family relations, parents and children, urban, single parent, family problems, teenage life, couple relations, school, black people ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 2K
Second Best (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The difficult relationship between a british postal officer and his adoptive son.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: social worker, adoption, single parent, village, orphan, man boy relationship, hopes, family problems, parents and children, family relations, orphanage, absent father ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.7
 143K
I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, father daughter relationship, parents and children, custody, against the odds, single father, lawyer, social services, parenthood, human spirit, child custody, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotional slice-of-life story. Jones is portrayed here portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero turned author who combats alcoholism and is starting to experience ...
Style: talky, clever, sentimental, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, friendship, adopted son, adoption, dysfunctional family, couples, family problems, nanny, obsession, eccentric family, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: paris france, europe, france, new england, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, sentimental, psychological, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, coming of age, family problems, parents and children, family life, life is a bitch, teacher, winning, dysfunctional family, single father, bittersweet, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: connecticut, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.4
 18K
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, dysfunctional family, sister sister relationship, family gatherings, depression, parents and children, family problems, family tragedy, divorce, sibling rivalry, father daughter relationship, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Is Anybody There? (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young boy who lives in an old folks' home strikes up a friendship with a retired magician.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, emotional, clever ...
Plot: retirement home, friendship, coming of age, reconciliation, retirement home life, golden years, elderly, youth, loneliness, child protagonist, sexual harassment, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, california, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 47K
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 ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, tragicomedy, sentimental ...
Plot: depression, midlife crisis, puppet, losing-it hero, unfulfillment, family problems, dysfunctional character, parents and children, mental illness, dysfunctional family, family relations, self acceptance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%