Movies like California Dreamin'

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California Dreamin' (2007)
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California Dreamin' (2007)
Original name: California Dreamin' (Nesfârșit)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Romania
Duration: 155 min.
Story: Romanian director Cristian Nemescu's comedy California Dreamin' (aka Nesfarsit, 2007) unfolds against the backdrop of the Kosovo War, circa 1999. A NATO train rolls through a Romanian hamlet, transporting a plethora of weapons across the country -- without official documents, and equipped only with the verbal consent of the Romanian authorities. The transport thus grows intensely vulnerable.
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious
Plot: village, vengeance, military, soldier, ambition, village life, negotiation, hopes, society, mayor, hypocrisy, military life, nothing goes right, petty criminal, disorder, anti heroes, low lives, ego clash, culture clash, superior officer, power relations, confrontation with superior, out of the way, against the rules, female nudity ...
Time: 90s
Place: kosovo, europe, yugoslavia

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Most similar movies to California Dreamin'

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and touching films with plots about soldier, society, military, war, disorder, culture clash and village life mostly in Comedy, Drama and War genres. Some movies like California Dreamin': The Elusive Corporal (1962), A Farewell to Fools (2013), Renaissance Man (1994), Flowers from Another World (1999), Two Men Went to War (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Elusive Corporal (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story serves as a companion piece to Renoir's 1937 film, Grand Illusion, once more bringing together men from across the broad social spectrum of French society to depict one man's Sisyphean efforts to escape captivity in a German POW ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: hopes, confined, human spirit, heroes, nothing goes right, prison, friends, military, soldier, anti war, social differences, captivity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
A Farewell to Fools (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Romania, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Set during World War II, somewhere in Eastern Europe. A German soldier is found dead near the village. The local authorities must find the culprit, or they will be all shot by the Nazis the morning after. There's no way to find the guilty one, ...
Style: captivating, witty, humorous, tragicomedy, offbeat ...
Plot: village, wartime life, hopes, anti heroes, manipulations, village life, comedy of errors, disorder, mentally challenged, war, farce, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: romania, transylvania, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
Renaissance Man (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Danny DeVito plays an advertising man who is slowly sliding downhill. When he is fired from his job in Detroit, he signs up for unemployment. One day they find him a job; Teaching thinking skills to Army recruits. He arrives on base to find that ...
Style: touching, semi serious, feel good, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: teachers and students, unemployment, soldier, self discovery, underdog, military, instructor, hopes, misfit, military life, unlikely friendships, honest ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Flowers from Another World (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Patricia, a woman from Dominican Republic, needs a home and an economic security that her illegal status in Madrid does not provide her. Milady, twenty, born in Havana and dying to travel the world. Marirosi has a job, a home, and the most complete ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, touching
Audience: date night
Plot: couple relations, gays and lesbians, immigrants, love and romance, infidelity, culture clash, social differences, gender, young lovers, society, human nature, love affair ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A by-the-book Captain is ordered to capture a strategic village in Italy. The Italian soldiers are willing to surrender, if they can have a festival first. The lieutenant convinces the Captain this is the only way. Because of aerial reconnaissance, ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, realistic
Plot: village, soldier, unlikely partners, war, wartime life, village life, officers and cadets, human nature, lifestyle, military, culture clash, buddies ...
Time: year 1943
Place: italy, sicily, europe, sicily italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Two Men Went to War (2002)
Genre: Comedy, War, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Comedy drama based on the true story of two British Army dentists who in 1942, eager to see action, go AWOL and invade occupied France on their own.
Style: humorous, realistic, offbeat, semi serious
Plot: dentist, soldier, doctors and patients, goofy hero, escapades, war, officers and cadets, danger, military, battles, nobody believes, power relations ...
Time: 40s
Place: france, england, europe, english channel
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Battle Ground 625 (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Based on the long running play by Jang Jin, the story is set in Korea during the Korean War in 1950. Soldiers from both the North and South, as well as an American pilot, find themselves in a secluded and naively idealistic village, its residents ...
Style: realistic, gloomy, offbeat, touching, serious ...
Plot: military, soldier, friendship, village, anti war, rescue, fish out of water, village life, wartime life, war, human spirit, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: korea, asia, south korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
How I Unleashed World War II (1970)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 224 min.
Story: How I unleashed World War II is a Polish feature film made in 1969, based on Kazimierz Sławiński's novel "Przygody kanoniera Dolasa" (The adventures of Dolas the cannoneer). The film was divided into three parts: Ucieczka (The ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: military, comedy of errors, hapless soldier, polish, military life, disorder, war, anti heroes, nothing goes right, wartime life, heroes, soldier ...
Time: 20th century
Place: africa, poland, europe, italy, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The Heifer (1985)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A platoon of mismatched republican soldiers cross the front-line to steal the bull that the enemy is going to fight on the saint patron date of the village. In addition to ruining the nationals' celebration they want the animal in order to ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: fascism, soldier, anarchism, nothing goes right, village life, war, republican, society, military, animal life, disorder, village ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Train of Life (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: France, Belgium, Netherlands, Israel, Romania
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine.
Style: humorous, offbeat, sentimental, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: holocaust, deportation, train, village, coming out, forgery, friendship, anti semitism, optimism, social relations, gender, society ...
Time: 1940s, year 1941
Place: eastern europe, europe, palestine, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Enlightenment Guaranteed (1999)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two middle aged German brothers - one New Age and recently divorced, the other uptight and sceptical - travel to a Zen monastery in Japan in search of enlightenment, or perhaps just in search of themselves.
Style: touching, feel good, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: culture clash, travel, zen, new age, city life, hopes, nothing goes right, couple relations, love and romance, odd couple, urban, human nature ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.9
 13K
The Lucky Ones (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story revolves around three soldiers — Colee, T.K. and Cheaver — who return from the Iraq War after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an unexpected road trip across the U.S.
Style: sentimental, sincere, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: soldier, friendship, road trip, homecoming, military, life is a bitch, loss of friend, americana, wartime life, on the road, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.5
 13K
Mediterraneo (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Greek Sea, World War II. An Italian ship leaves a handful of soldiers in a little island; their mission is to spot enemy ships and to hold the island in case of attack. The village of the island seems abandoned and there isn't a single enemy in ...
Style: touching, semi serious, captivating, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: island, friendship, soldier, italian army, greek island, war, culture clash, isolation, fish out of water, disorder, romance, friends ...
Place: italy, greece, europe, battleship, mediterranean sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: During World War II, Italian villagers hide their wine from the German army.
Style: humorous, exciting, captivating, light, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, rise to the top, small town, fighting the system, military, escapades, war, anti semitism, mayor, wine, italian fascism, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When an English cartographer arrives in Wales to tell the residents of the Welsh village of Ffynnon Garw that their "mountain" is only a hill, the offended community sets out to remedy the situation. The film is based on a story heard by ...
Style: humorous, touching, feel good, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: village, romance, culture clash, fish out of water, cons and scams, countryside, comedy of errors, fighting the system, buddies, dishonesty, disorder, village life ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: wales, england, europe, london, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.1
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Kilometre Zero (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: France, Iraq, Finland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Set during the Iraq-Iran war in the 80s, the film tells of a tragicomic road trip set in Iraq's Kurdistan.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, dark humor ...
Plot: wartime life, village life, obsessive quest, heroes, state affairs, contests and competitions, war, taxi, military, soldier, military life, anti war ...
Time: 80s
Place: iraq, middle east, iran, kurdistan, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.8
 1K
The Italian (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Life smiles at Dino Fabrizzi,a cool forty-two-year old Italian. Not only is he the most successful salesman at The Maserati dealership in Nice but he has had a steady (and hot) relationship with Hélène,his girlfriend, who is beginning to ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, touching
Plot: power relations, meet the parents, family relations, religions or cults, workplace, culture clash, parents and children, couple relations, boss and employee, urban, society, dealer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Black and White in Color (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Côte d'Ivoire, France, West Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they promptly conscript the local native population. Issuing them ...
Style: witty, cynical, semi serious, humorous, dark humor ...
Plot: military, soldier, colonialism, war, wartime life, interracial relations, human spirit, battles, culture clash, imperialism, escapades, state affairs ...
Time: 1910s, year 1915
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Private Benjamin (1980)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A sheltered young high society woman joins the army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, sentimental, funny ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: soldier, fish out of water, basic training, starting over, boot camp, self discovery, female soldier, military, transformation, misfit, gender, military base ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.1
 2K
Guy X (2005)
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: Canada, Iceland, UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A black comedy set in 1979, about a soldier mistakenly posted to an Arctic military base.
Style: realistic, biting, humorous, offbeat, semi serious ...
Plot: military life, rock, military base, hapless soldier, power relations, disorder, military hospital, dishonesty, state affairs, uncover truth, life is a bitch, soldier ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Privates on Parade (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: It is 1947, the year of the communist rebellion in Malaya and the British army's SADUSEA (Song And Dance Unit South East Asia) are called to the Malayan Jungle to entertain the troops. The eccentric, bible-bashing Major Giles Flack (John ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, witty, humorous
Plot: military, basic training, military life, gender bending, wartime life, officers and cadets, coming out, power relations, battles, gender, anti war, soldier ...
Place: singapore, asia, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Long Flat Balls II (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Norway
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Six beer-bellied guys from the Ed Garage find their plans for the week totally changed by a draft for a National Guard maneuver. After an accidental meeting with a U.S. Admiral (Don Johnson), we find our six misfits are the only ones between us and ...
Style: not serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: friends, disorder, soldier, military, farce, undercover, misfit, goofy hero, military life, buddies, troops, prototype ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Private Peaceful (2012)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, two brothers fall for the same girl while contending with the pressures of their feudal family life, the war, and the price of courage and cowardice.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious
Plot: soldier, battle zone, power relations, society, social differences, teenage love, siblings relations, war, love and romance, village life, love triangle, military ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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The Rest is Silence (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Romania
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In 1911-12, the Romanian movie director Grigore Brezianu and the financial tycoon Leon Popescu made together the 2 hours long movie "Romania's Independence" - an as faithful as possible screen adaptation of the real Independence War ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, touching
Plot: filmmaking, artists and showbiz, hopes, blind ambition, state affairs, obsessive quest, director, career change, ambition, partners, showbiz, society ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: romania, hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Ensign Pulver (1964)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 1945, on an old cargo ship somewhere deep in the Pacific ocean: Captain Morton strives to become commander, so he demands the maximum quality of work from his crew, without granting them any freedom or favors - ignoring that they're thousand of ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, witty, offbeat
Plot: military life, military, ship, heroes, escapades, save the day, war, officers and cadets, rebelliousness, ocean or sea, power relations, sailor ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
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Dr. Akagi (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 129 min.
Story: At the end of WWII, Japanese doctor Akagi searches for the cure for hepatitis in the prisoner-of-war camp.
Style: realistic, semi serious, dark humor, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: village life, doctors and patients, love and romance, heroes, soldier, island, cure, fugitives, pow, village, social relations, power relations ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time they will be collected. The village leaders convene to ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, clever, semi serious, humorous
Plot: anti war, village, resistance, military, soldier, japanese occupation, nothing goes right, comedy of errors, society, occupation, rebelliousness, rebellion ...
Time: 1940s
Place: china, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Seagull's Laughter (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Iceland, Germany, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Post-war provincial Iceland: around 1950, Freyja, who'd been a plump teen, returns from America, a widow with a 20-inch waist, seven suitcases of dresses, and a list of who ever wronged or slighted her. She moves in with an aunt and socialist ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, atmospheric
Plot: society, family relations, homecoming, fish out of water, village, culture clash, couples, village life, love affair, romance, parents and children, love and romance ...
Time: 50s
Place: iceland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.2
 304
American Chai (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The film deals with an Indian American student who wanted to pursue his love of music over the more 'typical' academic endeavors of Indian Americans (e.g., medicine, engineering, law, and business).
Style: humorous, witty, touching, semi serious, realistic
Plot: college, artists and showbiz, follow your dream, nothing goes right, teenage life, love and romance, hopes, social misfits, immigrants, disorder, buddies, comedy of errors ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Great Wall Is a Great Wall (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When computer programmer, Leo Fang, is passed up for promotion, he feels it is because he is Chinese, and quits. He takes his Chinese-American family to Mainland China to visit his relatives, the Chao's for a vacation. The clash of cultures, ...
Style: touching, semi serious, sincere, humorous, realistic
Plot: culture clash, immigrants, road not taken, family life, disorder, fish out of water, family relations, society, misfit, chinese american
Time: 80s
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%