Movies like California Dreamin'

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California Dreamin'
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: semi serious, touching, realistic, humorous
Plot: ego clash, village, culture clash, military life, village life, nothing goes right, military, society, disorder, anti heroes, soldier, against the rules, vengeance, ambition, hopes, power relations, out of the way, low lives, superior officer, hypocrisy, negotiation, petty criminal, mayor, confrontation with superior, albanian ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, kosovo, yugoslavia
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Devils on the Doorstep
Comedy, Drama, War
China
139 min.
 8.3
How I Unleashed World War II
Comedy, War
Poland
224 min.
 8.1
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, semi serious, humorous and touching films with plots about society, village, culture clash, village life, soldier, war and disorder mostly in Comedy, Drama and War genres. Some movies like California Dreamin': Flowers from Another World (1999), Renaissance Man (1994), A Farewell to Fools (2013), The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969), Two Men Went to War (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Flowers from Another World
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: touching, semi serious, realistic, humorous
Audience: date night
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What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?
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, feel good, realistic, humorous
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Time: year 1943
Place: europe, sicily, italy, sicily italy
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Renaissance Man
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, humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: military, underdog, soldier, teachers and students, teacher, unemployment, literature, mentor, self discovery, shakespeare, destiny, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
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A Farewell to Fools
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: tragicomedy, semi serious, humorous, realistic, offbeat ...
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The Secret of Santa Vittoria
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: During World War II, Italian villagers hide their wine from the German army.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, atmospheric, feel good
Plot: anti semitism, holocaust, village, village life, small town, war, society, rise to the top, homecoming, small town life, wartime life, fighting the system ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: europe, italy
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Two Men Went to War
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.
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Devils on the Doorstep
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 ...
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Train of Life
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, semi serious, clever, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: train, holocaust, jewish, village, nazi, german, deportation, jews, anti heroes, nazis, magic realism, judaism ...
Time: 1940s, year 1941
Place: europe, germany, poland, eastern europe, palestine
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The Syrian Bride
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: uplifting, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: human spirit, family gatherings, village, hopes, society, family relations, disorder, couple relations, parents and children, politics, siblings relations, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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    User:   51%
 
Battle Ground 625
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 ...
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Plot: soldier, village, human spirit, anti war, culture clash, war, village life, wartime life, fish out of water, hopes, social relations, rescue ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: korea, asia, south korea, north korea
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The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
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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, semi serious, realistic, feel good, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: romance, culture clash, village, village life, comedy of errors, british, fish out of water, wartime, dishonesty, period piece, social relations, countryside ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, wales, london, ireland ...
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Enlightenment Guaranteed
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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching, feel good
Plot: hopes, love and romance, urban, partners, society, couples, travel, zen, family relations, disorder, culture clash, odd couple ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia
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Mediterraneo
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 ...
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Where Do We Go Now?
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 ...
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How I Unleashed World War II
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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 ...
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Kilometre Zero
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: dark humor, emotional, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: soldier, on the road, anti war, war, military life, taxi, village life, village, wartime life, battles, military, contests and competitions ...
Time: 80s
Place: iran, iraq, middle east, kurdistan, paris france
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The Heifer
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, humorous, realistic
Plot: soldier, village, war, nothing goes right, military, disorder, village life, fascism, animal life, anarchism, society, bull ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: spain
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The Italian
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, humorous, realistic, touching
Plot: hidden identity, couple relations, urban, parents and children, religions or cults, dishonesty, society, couples, family relations, disorder, boss and employee, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
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System:   49%
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Silent Wedding
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Romania, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In a small village of Communist-era Romania a young couple wish to marry, but Joseph Stalin dies the night prior to their wedding ceremony forcing the bride and groom to marry in silence.
Style: humorous, semi serious, surreal, offbeat, realistic ...
Plot: against the rules, world, farce, family gatherings, village, village life, injustice, rebellion, society, disorder, fighting the system, nothing goes right ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: europe, romania, soviet union
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Black and White in Color
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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, biting, dark humor ...
Plot: soldier, interracial relations, anti war, war, culture clash, discrimination, military life, colonialism, political unrest, military, racism, battles ...
Time: 1910s, year 1915
Place: africa
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The Lucky Ones
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, realistic, sentimental, sincere, touching ...
Plot: soldier, friendship, on the road, gulf war, homecoming, americana, hopes, society, military, road trip, wartime life, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, st. louis missouri
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Beautiful People
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In London, during October 1993, England is playing Holland in the preliminaries of the World Cup. The Bosnian War is at its height, and refugees from the ex-Yugoslavia are arriving. Football rivals, and political adversaries from the Balkans all ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, dark humor, offbeat ...
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Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: england, london, europe, australia, croatia ...
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The Girl from Paris
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Sandrine, a woman in her thirties gets tired of life in Paris and decides to leave her work in computers and become a farmer. She takes the required practice for two years, and after that she buys an isolated farm from Adrien, an old farmer who ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, touching, feel good
Plot: odd couple, starting over, friendship, village, farm, hopes, misfit, golden years, village life, fish out of water, elderly, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france, paris france
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The Iron Ladies
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Thailand
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The two main characters, Mon and Jung, play two gay transvestites, who had been constantly overlooked by volleyball coaches because of their appearance. However, when a local team changes coaches, the new coach holds tryouts for a new team. When Mon ...
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, underdog, cross dressing, athlete's life, lesbian, sport, gays and lesbians, transsexual, homosexuality, stereotypes, mentor, culture clash ...
Time: 90s
Place: thailand, asia, california, bangkok thailand
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System:   42%
    User:   46%
 
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Guy X
Genre: Comedy, War
Country: Canada, Iceland, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A black comedy set in 1979, about a soldier mistakenly posted to an Arctic military base.
Style: semi serious, humorous, dark humor, biting, realistic ...
Plot: soldier, rock, uncover truth, military base, military life, mistaken identity, dishonesty, military, disorder, anti war, state affairs, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: denmark, europe
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The Seagull's Laughter
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: atmospheric, semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: culture clash, homecoming, village, village life, romance, love and romance, family relations, love affair, parents and children, social differences, fish out of water, misfit ...
Time: 50s
Place: iceland, europe
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Hyenas
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Senegal, Switzerland, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After being kicked out of her African village three decades earlier for getting pregnant out of wedlock, Linguere (Ami Diakhate) has returned home. While Linguere has done well for herself, her home village has fallen on hard economic times. Intent ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, witty, biting ...
Plot: village, rise to the top, rich and poor, village life, dishonesty, society, prostitute, african, betrayal, vengeance, politics, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
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System:   40%
    User:   34%
 
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American Chai
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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, touching, witty
Plot: college, comedy of errors, buddies, immigrants, social misfits, coming of age, follow your dream, friendship, parents and children, culture clash, teenage life, society ...
Time: contemporary
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    User:   33%
 

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MASH
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.
Style: talky, humorous, clever, realistic, dark humor ...
Plot: military, war, camp, anti war, buddies, wartime, vietnam war, irreverent, culture clash, dialogue, insanity, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: vietnam, korea
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Dr. Akagi
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: semi serious, dark humor, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: heroes, village, love and romance, power relations, island, social relations, fugitives, soldier, doctors and patients, village life, pow, cure ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: asia, japan
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