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, disorder, nothing goes right, culture clash, village, mayor, out of the way, against the rules, father daughter relationship, vengeance, anti hero, negotiation, village life, 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, military, disorder, soldier, culture clash and village 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, hopes, confined, society, war, wartime life, human spirit, military life, partners, social differences, down on your luck, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 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: uplifting, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: friendship, military, soldier, air disaster, anti war, hopes, wartime life, isolation, fish out of water, village, village life, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: korea, asia, south korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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: witty, humorous, semi serious, dark humor, captivating ...
Plot: village, moral dilemma, hopes, mentally challenged, misfit, human nature, farce, wartime life, comedy of errors, war, disorder, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 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: humorous, semi serious, entertaining, offbeat, realistic
Plot: soldier, dentist, military, goofy hero, adventurer, heroic mission, military life, officers and cadets, battles, army investigation, danger, escapades ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: france, europe, england, english channel
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 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, realistic, touching ...
Plot: soldier, friendship, road trip, homecoming, military, life is a bitch, americana, wartime life, loss of friend, on the road, father son relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, las vegas, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 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: touching, humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic
Plot: college, lifestyle, follow your dream, culture clash, society, friendship, teenage life, parents and children, misfit, hopes, youth, nothing goes right ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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, rebelliousness, captivity, rebellion, confined, social relations, oppression, comedy of errors ...
Time: 1940s
Place: china, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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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: semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: soldier, fascism, village, platoon, anarchism, society, military, war, nothing goes right, village life, disorder, animal life ...
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: humorous, realistic, semi serious, touching
Plot: filmmaking, film within a film, ambition, obsessive quest, career change, showbiz, society, director, partners, artists and showbiz, state affairs, blind ambition ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: hungary, europe, romania
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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, touching, semi serious, realistic
Audience: date night
Plot: social differences, village, love affair, young lovers, hopes, immigrants, romance, looking for love, infidelity, human nature, looking for sex, culture clash ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 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: semi serious, touching, humorous, realistic
Plot: hidden identity, disorder, parents and children, couple relations, culture clash, power relations, family relations, meet the parents, dealer, religions or cults, workplace, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: culture clash, travel, zen, new age, partners, love and romance, hopes, urban, human nature, couple relations, society, odd couple ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 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, realistic, dark humor, biting ...
Plot: mistaken identity, military life, dishonesty, military, disorder, hapless soldier, uncover truth, military base, isolation, rock, anti war, sexual content ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.0
 433
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, touching, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: military life, on the road, military, obsessive quest, society, escapades, oppression, genocide, travel, life & death, bittersweet, battles ...
Time: 80s
Place: iraq, iran, middle east, kurdistan, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, basic training, fish out of water, military base, boot camp, starting over, female soldier, self discovery, military life, military, transformation, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: paris france, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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: semi serious, touching, humorous, realistic
Plot: traditional versus modern, culture clash, society, lifestyle, social relations, family relations, life changing experience, television, small town, radio, mayor, media satire ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: turkey, cyprus
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Plot: mormon, missionary, clergy, society, religions or cults, apostle, unlikely partners, hopes, partners, misfit, mission, bible ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland, europe, netherlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.5
 14K
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, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: world war two, island, friendship, soldier, greek island, italian army, war, culture clash, anti war, fish out of water, isolation, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Place: italy, greece, europe, mediterranean sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, family life, homecoming, nothing goes right, family problems, getting home, society, disorder, couples, couple relations, friendship, concierge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: portugal, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching, captivating ...
Plot: pope, smuggling, escapades, dishonesty, farce, cons and scams, village life, disorder, drifter, poverty, society, village ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: uruguay, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, heroic mission, military life, undercover, secret agents, against the rules, danger, rescue, government agency, military, transvestism ...
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: suspense, dark humor, cynical, biting, realistic ...
Plot: world war one, military, soldier, satire, colonialism, racism, military life, interracial relations, state affairs, politics, escapades, society ...
Time: year 1915, year 1914, 1910s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: hoax, teenage life, self discovery, life turned upside down, religions or cults, overnight success, social relations, family relations, parents and children, cons and scams, miraculous event, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Where Do We Go Now? (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Lebanon, Egypt, Italy, Qatar
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, sincere, thought provoking, uplifting, humorous ...
Plot: religious differences, village, peaceful mission, disagreement, society, strong female character, muslim, islam, christianity, religious conflict, virgin mary statue, civil war ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: lebanon, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, touching, semi serious, realistic
Plot: politics, dishonesty, ambition, love and romance, couple relations, parents and children, rebelliousness, small town, social relations, couples, campaign, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, light, exciting, semi serious ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, rise to the top, small town, fighting the system, military, anti semitism, escapades, war, mayor, wine, italian fascism ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, sincere, sentimental, emotional, clever ...
Plot: wedding, politics, arranged marriage, occupation, culture clash, human spirit, love and romance, couple relations, military, society, hopes, family feud ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, israel, syria
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.1
 2K
Hula Girls (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Young women in a small Japanese town look to revive their home's declining fortunes by building a Hawaiian village tourist attraction.
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, semi serious
Plot: hopes, dancing, starting over, social relations, small town, working class, rise to the top, small town life, society, dancer's life, bankruptcy, mining town ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Mi mejor enemigo (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Argentina, Chile, Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After losing their bearings, a group of Chilean soldiers learns some lessons about their enemy's humanity in this dark comedy set during the 1970s war between Chile and Argentina. Digging in where they are, the troop soon discovers a nearby ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, tragicomedy, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: military, soldier, friendship, anti war, culture clash, human nature, society, patrol, island, border, rivalry, military life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978
Place: chile, argentina, latin america, patagonia, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%