20 Movies Like The Descendants (2011)

1 Brain on Fire (2016) ★ 6.6

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The film Brain On Fire is a heart-wrenching true story based on the New York Post journalist, Susannah Cahalan. She struggles with symptoms from when she first began experiencing them and how it was eventually diagnosed that her illness had real cause after all this time spent wondering what could have caused such strange things to happen inside you?

2 Our Souls at Night (2017) ★ 6.9

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Fonda and Redford star as Addie Moore and Louis Waters, a widow and widower who've lived next to each other for years. The pair have almost no relationship, but that all changes when Addie tries to make a connection with her neigh...

3 Still Alice (2014) ★ 7.5

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A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

4 Labor Day (2013) ★ 6.9

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Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

5 Life Itself (2018) ★ 6.8

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As a young New York City couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.

6 In Her Shoes (2005) ★ 6.5

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Strait-laced Rose breaks off relations with her party girl sister, Maggie, over an indiscretion involving Rose's boyfriend. The chilly atmosphere is broken with the arrival of Ella, the grandmother neither sister knew existed.

7 Collateral Beauty (2016) ★ 6.8

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Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time, and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

8 Pieces of a Woman (2020) ★ 7.1

Tragedy struck when a young mother's home birth ended in unfathomable tragedy. She was left to grieve for the child she lost, with no one there by her side but herself and an Indigenous tradition that demands compassion from all living things; this deeply personal story is about learning how we survive life after loss as well as reconciling relationships within your family or loved ones circle following such pain.

9 Brooklyn (2015) ★ 7.5

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

10 Rabbit Hole (2010) ★ 7.0

Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident.

11 American Beauty (1999) ★ 8.4

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

12 Seven Pounds (2008) ★ 7.6

A man with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

13 The Lost Daughter (2021) ★ 6.7

A woman's beach vacation takes a dark turn when she begins to confront the troubles of her past.

14 Little Children (2006) ★ 7.5

The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts.

15 Tully (2018) ★ 6.9

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A struggling mother of three forms an unexpected bond with the night nanny hired to help with her newborn baby.

16 Breathe (2017) ★ 7.1

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The inspiring true love story of Robin (Andrew Garfield) and Diana Cavendish (Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks...

17 Manchester by the Sea (2016) ★ 7.8

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An unsociable and self-absorbed Lee works as a locksmith in an apartment building. One day he learns that his older brother has died and that Lee has been appointed guardian of his 16-year-old nephew in his will.

18 The Bucket List (2007) ★ 7.4

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Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

19 Rachel Getting Married (2008) ★ 6.7

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A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past ten years, returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.

20 Up in the Air (2009) ★ 7.4

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Corporate lawyer Ryan Bingham spends all his time on business trips. A model consumer, he excels at corporate affairs, something he can't boast about in his personal life. One-night stands for him are just part of a long list with countless hotel suites, rental cars, emails and answering machine messages. His constant travels have alienated him from his family, and he has never created one of his own.

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