Movies like California Dreamin'

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California Dreamin' (2007)
 7.8
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California Dreamin' (2007)
Original name: 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, contemplative
Plot: military, ego clash, soldier, ambition, hopes, society, hypocrisy, military life, nothing goes right, disorder, culture clash, village, mayor, out of the way, against the rules, father daughter relationship, vengeance, anti hero, village life, negotiation, petty criminal, anti heroes, low lives, superior officer, power relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: kosovo, europe, former yugoslavia, yugoslavia

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Most similar movies to California Dreamin'

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, semi serious, humorous and touching films with plots about society, hopes, disorder, military, soldier, culture clash and war mostly in Comedy, Drama and War genres. Some movies like California Dreamin': The Elusive Corporal (1962), Battle Ground 625 (2005), Renaissance Man (1994), A Farewell to Fools (2013), 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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: world war two, disorder, buddies, prison, friends, social differences, partners, military life, human spirit, danger, survival, military ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: paris france, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, uplifting, touching, emotional, serious ...
Plot: military, friendship, soldier, anti war, air disaster, isolation, hopes, wartime life, fish out of water, village, village life, behind enemy lines ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: korea, asia, south korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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: feel good, touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: teachers and students, unemployment, soldier, self discovery, underdog, military, instructor, misfit, hopes, military life, unlikely friendships, honest ...
Time: 90s
Place: detroit, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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: humorous, witty, semi serious, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: village, moral dilemma, farce, mentally challenged, wartime life, hopes, comedy of errors, human nature, misfit, war, disorder, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: romania, germany, transylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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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: semi serious, humorous, entertaining, offbeat, realistic
Plot: soldier, dentist, military, military life, adventurer, heroic mission, goofy hero, officers and cadets, danger, battles, escapades, army investigation ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: england, europe, france, english channel
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 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: semi serious, sentimental, sincere, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: soldier, friendship, road trip, homecoming, military, loss of friend, life is a bitch, wartime life, americana, on the road, husband wife relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, st. louis missouri, new york, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.3
 307
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, semi serious, witty, touching, realistic
Plot: college, lifestyle, culture clash, follow your dream, hopes, parents and children, nothing goes right, youth, friendship, teenage life, misfit, society ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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: humorous, realistic, semi serious, touching
Audience: date night
Plot: gender, love affair, romance, gays and lesbians, love and romance, couple relations, looking for sex, fall in love, hopes, village life, immigrants, village ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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 7.5
 1K
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: realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: fascism, soldier, anarchism, military, republican, society, disorder, animal life, village life, war, nothing goes right, village ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, touching
Plot: film within a film, filmmaking, ambition, obsessive quest, society, showbiz, career change, director, partners, blind ambition, artists and showbiz, hopes ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: europe, romania, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: feel good, touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: world war one, village, fall in love, romance, culture clash, friends, fish out of water, comedy of errors, rebellion, countryside, friendship, map ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: wales, england, europe, london, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: semi serious, atmospheric, humorous, realistic, clever
Plot: world war two, military, resistance, village, wartime life, confined, captivity, rebelliousness, rebellion, life is a bitch, nothing goes right, fish out of water ...
Time: 1940s
Place: china, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 5.7
 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: humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic
Plot: hidden identity, disorder, workplace, culture clash, power relations, meet the parents, religions or cults, family relations, dishonesty, dealer, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: feel good, humorous, realistic, semi serious, contemplative ...
Plot: culture clash, travel, zen, new age, nothing goes right, city life, hopes, couples, disorder, partners, urban, odd couple ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 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: humorous, semi serious, dark humor, realistic, biting ...
Plot: mistaken identity, military life, disorder, dishonesty, uncover truth, military base, military, hapless soldier, isolation, military hospital, anti war, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.0
 426
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: emotional, serious, captivating, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: on the road, military, military life, society, obsessive quest, escapades, oppression, genocide, travel, life & death, battles, bittersweet ...
Time: 80s
Place: iraq, iran, middle east, paris france, kurdistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: realistic, semi serious, humorous, feel good
Plot: world war two, soldier, surrender, village, social relations, power relations, anti war, human nature, lifestyle, against the odds, buddies, military life ...
Time: year 1943
Place: sicily, italy, europe, sicily italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Best Two Years (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two pairs of Mormon missionaries from America live in a beaten-up apartment in the Dutch city of Haarlem. Their personalities are distinctly different. Elder Johnson is the District Leader and oversees their efforts. His companion, the vain Elder ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, touching
Plot: mormon, missionary, religions or cults, clergy, society, apostle, hopes, misfit, unlikely partners, partners, bible, mission ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland, europe, netherlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, teens
Plot: soldier, fish out of water, basic training, boot camp, starting over, military base, female soldier, self discovery, military, transformation, misfit, gender ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: paris france, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 8.0
 32K
Vizontele (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The story takes place in a small town (called Hakkari) in Turkey at the beginning of the 70's. The time has come to bring technology into that small town. The first Television (or called Visiontele by the citizens) arrives and the chaos begins.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic
Plot: traditional versus modern, lifestyle, society, culture clash, family relations, social relations, life changing experience, television, small town, mayor, radio, tv show ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: turkey, cyprus
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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, captivating, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: world war two, island, friendship, soldier, greek island, italian army, war, culture clash, anti war, society, greek, romance ...
Place: italy, greece, europe, mediterranean sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Gilded Cage (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In the beautiful area of ​​Paris, Maria and José Ribeiro lived for almost thirty years on the ground floor of a Haussmann building, in their dear little lodge.
Style: humorous, semi serious, touching, realistic
Plot: inheritance, nothing goes right, family life, family problems, homecoming, couples, disorder, society, friendship, couple relations, getting home, concierge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: portugal, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Pope's Toilet (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Uruguay, Brazil, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A small South American village is in a flurry over the Pope's 1988 visit.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, touching, captivating ...
Plot: pope, smuggling, escapades, dishonesty, disorder, farce, cons and scams, village life, poverty, drifter, society, village ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: uruguay, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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All the Queen's Men (2001)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Germany, Austria, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A mismatched team of British Special Services agents led by an American must infiltrate, in disguise, a female-run Enigma factory in Berlin and bring back the decoding device that will end the war.
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: world war two, espionage, military life, undercover, secret agents, heroic mission, military, rescue, against the rules, danger, government agency, transvestism ...
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Where Do We Go Now? (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Lebanon, Egypt, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: On a remote, isolated, unnamed Lebanese village inhabited by both Muslims and Christians. The village is surrounded by land mines and only reachable by a small bridge. As civil strife engulfed the country, the women in the village learn of this fact ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, sincere, humorous, uplifting ...
Plot: religious differences, village, peaceful mission, society, disagreement, strong female character, muslim, christianity, islam, virgin mary statue, civil war, hijab ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: lebanon, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: cynical, witty, biting, realistic, dark humor ...
Plot: world war one, satire, military, soldier, colonialism, state affairs, interracial relations, war, human spirit, military life, political unrest, discrimination ...
Time: year 1915, 1910s, year 1914
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Faith, Fraud, & Minimum Wage (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A rebellious teenage girl wrestles with the true nature of miracles when her father begins to believe in a religious hoax which she has secretly created.
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous
Plot: hoax, life turned upside down, teenage life, self discovery, society, dishonesty, youth, family relations, overnight success, religions or cults, social relations, cons and scams ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, captivating, exciting, light, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, rise to the top, small town, fighting the system, military, escapades, war, anti semitism, mayor, wine, italian fascism ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Mahadev (Shreyas Talpade) is an unemployed graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from Satna college, who is forced to make a living writing letters for the uneducated people of his village. His real ambition is to become a novel writer. Through his ...
Style: humorous, realistic, touching, semi serious
Plot: politics, dishonesty, love and romance, ambition, parents and children, couple relations, hopes, social relations, rebelliousness, small town, campaign, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Syrian Bride (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Germany, Israel
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In Majdal Shams, the largest Druze village in Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border, the Druze bride Mona is engaged to get married with Tallel, a television comedian that works in the Revolution Studios in Damascus, Syria. They have never met ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, uplifting ...
Plot: wedding, politics, occupation, arranged marriage, culture clash, love and romance, human spirit, parents and children, couple relations, family tradition, ethnic, reconciliation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, israel, syria
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%