10 best movies like What Maisie Knew (2013)

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What Maisie Knew 2013
Based on the Henry James novella, the story frames on 7-year-old Maisie, caught in a custody battle between her mother – a rock and roll icon – and her father. What Maisie Knew is an evocative portrayal of the chaos of adult life seen entirely from a child’s point of view.
List of the best movies like What Maisie Knew (2013): Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story, Pariah, Things We Lost in the Fire, Reservation Road, Paraiso Travel, Like Dandelion Dust, It Felt Like Love, Lymelife, Rectify, For Ellen.

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Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:44

Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.

Pariah (2011)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:26

A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Canada
Duration01:58

A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.

Reservation Road (2007)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration01:42

Two fathers' lives intersect when one of them is involved in a terrible and sudden hit-and-run car accident that leaves the other's son dead. In response, the two men (Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo) react in unexpected ways as a reckoning looms in the near future.

Paraiso Travel (2009)
Markimdb: 7
Genredrama
CountryColombia, USA

PARAISO TRAVEL is the story of Marlon Cruz, a young Colombian man who, motivated by his girlfriend Reina leaves his comfortable life in Medellin and flees with her through Guatemala and Mexico, across the borders, illegally into the United States. Marlon's journey, which takes him through seedy strip clubs, dance halls, homeless hostels, ultimately takes him to a place he could have not predicted

Like Dandelion Dust (2009)
Markimdb: 7
Genredrama
CountryUSA

A compelling drama that explores the different meanings of being a parent through the gritty, realistic lives of a struggling family, and a privileged family. Their lives intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy. This film bravely exposes the humanity in each character reminding us that we each have the potential to be the best and worst versions of ourselves at any time.

It Felt Like Love (2013)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genredrama
CountryUSA

A gauzy summer in South Brooklyn. Lila, an awkward adolescent girl, passes her time breaking into beach homes and tagging along on dates between her pretty friend Chiara and Chiara's new boyfriend, Patrick. Lila decides this will be the summer she loses her virginity, too—her interest is piqued when she meets Sammy, an older boy reputed to sleep with just about anyone. Yet Lila's attempts at sexual conquest risk taking her beyond her limits, and into dangerous uncharted territory. 

Lymelife (2008)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:34

A coming of age dramedy where infidelity, real estate, and Lyme disease have two families falling apart on Long Island in the early eighties. Scott, 15, is at the point in his life when he finds out that the most important people around him, his father, his mother, and his brother, are not exactly who he thought they were. They are flawed and they are human.

Rectify (2013)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama
CountryUSA

After 19 years on Death Row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend, Daniel Holden is going home. His conviction has been vacated due to new DNA evidence. Now he has to return to a world he no longer knows and his reentry into the outside world may be as unforgiving as prison. Daniel is haunted by the past, dogged by the present, and uncertain of the future. As he struggles to adapt to his new life, his homecoming reignites the fears of a small town and threatens to shatter his family’s fragile peace. Daniel’s alleged crime divided a community. Will his freedom tear it in half?

For Ellen (2012)
Markimdb: 6
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:34

After an overnight long-distance drive, Joby has a special meeting—with lawyers and his ex-wife. A struggling musician with the prerequisite tattoos, slimy hair, goatee, and his head firmly floating in the clouds, Joby hasn’t been around to be a dad. Now is his last chance to fight for shared custody of his daughter, Ellen.

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Another Year (2010)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:09

Mike Leigh’s much praised 2010 tragicomical drama. During a year, a very content couple approaching retirement are visited by friends and family less happy with their lives.

Blue Valentine (2010)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:52

Dean and Cindy live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. They appear to have the world at their feet at the outset of the relationship. However, his lack of ambition and her retreat into self-absorption cause potentially irreversible cracks in their marriage.

Just Like a Woman (2012)
Markimdb: 5.5
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, France
Duration01:27

Two women get on the highway heading to Santa Fe. Marilyn dreams of winning a contest held by a famous belly dancing company, while her friend, Mona, has a secret: she's a fugitive from justice - accused of her mother-in-law's death.

After the Wedding (2019)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:07

Seeking funds for her orphanage in India, Isabelle travels to New York to meet Theresa, a wealthy benefactor. An invitation to attend a wedding ignites a series of events in which the past collides with the present while mysteries unravel.

Touched with Fire (2016)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA

Carla and Marco are manic-depressive poets whose art is fueled by their emotional extremes. When they go off their meds, they end up in the same psychiatric hospital. As the chemistry between them stirs up their emotions, it intensifies their mania. Despite doctors' and parents' attempts to separate them, they pursue their beautiful but destructive romance which swings them from fantastical manic highs to suicidal depressive lows, until they have to choose between sanity and love.

The Keys to the House (2004)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama
CountryItaly, Germany, France, USA
Duration01:45

Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.

Marriage Story (2019)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA

A stage director and an actress struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal extremes.

Trouble with the Curve (2012)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:51

Slowed by age and failing eyesight, crack baseball scout Gus Lobel takes his grown daughter along as he checks out the final prospect of his career. Along the way, the two renew their bond, and she catches the eye of a young player-turned-scout.

Immediate Family (1989)
Markimdb: 6
Genredrama
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:35

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 will sign away custody. Things don't go quite to plan however..

I Smile Back (2015)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:45

Laney is an attractive, intelligent suburban wife and devoted mother of two adorable children. She has the perfect husband who plays basketball with the kids in the driveway, a pristine house, and a shiny SUV for carting the children to their next activity. However, just beneath the façade lie depression and disillusionment that send her careening into a secret world of reckless compulsion. Only very real danger will force her to face the painful root of her destructiveness and its crumbling effect on those she loves.

4 Minute Mile (2014)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA

A teenager overcomes odds to run a 4-minute mile race.

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:45

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.

Life Itself (2018)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA, Spain
Duration02:28

As a young New York 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.

Angela's Ashes (1999)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA, Republic of Ireland
Duration02:14

Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film opens with the family in Brooklyn, but following the death of one of Frankie's siblings, they return home, only to find the situation there even worse. Prejudice against Frankie's Northern Irish father makes his search for employment in the Republic difficult despite his having fought for the IRA, and when he does find money, he spends the money on drink.

Pandora's Box (2008)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryTurkey, France, Germany, Belgium

When an aging matriarch starts showing signs of dementia, her dysfunctional family in Istanbul must navigate a minefield of unresolved issues to care for her.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:03

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.

Down to the Bone (2004)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama
CountryUSA

A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.

Boyhood (2014)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:46

The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.

Harry + Max (2004)
Markimdb: 5.5
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA

Harry is a 23-year-old former boy band idol who is watching his younger brother Max, 16, follow in his footsteps. Harry has detoured on his way to a Japanese concert tour to escort Max on a long-promised camping adventure. Their trip begins on a note of camaraderie but quickly turns serious as old wounds resurface, forcing them to come to terms with their dysfunctional past--Harry's drinking problems, his disconnection from the family, and, most of all, his relationship with Max and the emotional dependency that keeps them from moving into adulthood.

Rudderless (2014)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:45

A grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis.




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