Movies like California Dreamin'

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California Dreamin' (2007)
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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: touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious, contemplative
Plot: military, ego clash, soldier, society, ambition, hypocrisy, nothing goes right, culture clash, military life, disorder, hopes, village, mayor, against the rules, father daughter relationship, village life, negotiation, vengeance, low lives, petty criminal, superior officer, power relations, train, female nudity, us military ...
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, disorder, hopes, culture clash, soldier, military and social relations mostly in Comedy, Drama and War genres. Some movies like California Dreamin': The Elusive Corporal (1962), Welcome to Dongmakgol (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, realistic, semi serious, contemplative
Plot: world war two, military, survival, prison, dentist, soldier, escape, hopes, war, captivity, adventure, anti war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Welcome to Dongmakgol (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, soldier, anti war, friendship, air disaster, isolation, fish out of water, wartime life, hopes, village, culture clash, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
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, military life, misfit, hopes, unlikely friendships, honest ...
Time: 90s
Place: brooklyn new york city, detroit, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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: semi serious, witty, humorous, tragicomedy, captivating ...
Plot: village, moral dilemma, misfit, mentally challenged, hopes, human nature, comedy of errors, farce, wartime life, dark humor, disorder, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
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, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: soldier, world war two, dentist, military life, heroic mission, military, adventurer, goofy hero, officers and cadets, army investigation, escapades, battles ...
Time: 1940s
Place: europe, france, england, english channel
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: semi serious, witty, touching, humorous, realistic
Plot: college, culture clash, lifestyle, follow your dream, friendship, teenage life, parents and children, hopes, misfit, nothing goes right, society, youth ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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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, humorous, touching, realistic
Plot: hidden identity, disorder, society, dishonesty, workplace, power relations, meet the parents, dealer, family relations, religions or cults, couple relations, culture clash ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ 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: semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: soldier, village, fascism, bullfighting, spanish civil war, behind enemy lines, platoon, animal life, republican, disorder, society, military ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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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, realistic, humorous, clever
Plot: world war two, military, resistance, village, wartime life, confined, rebellion, rebelliousness, captivity, nothing goes right, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ 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: realistic, semi serious, humorous, touching
Plot: filmmaking, obsessive quest, ambition, society, career change, showbiz, director, bittersweet, hopes, partners, blind ambition, starting over ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: europe, romania, hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, realistic, humorous, touching
Audience: date night
Plot: couples, couple relations, looking for sex, village life, human nature, infidelity, social differences, culture clash, fall in love, looking for love, love affair, village ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: humorous, not serious, realistic, neo screwball comedy, cult film
Plot: goofy hero, buddies, soldier, misfit, military, military life, farce, friends, disorder, troops, army, drunkenness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.0
 469
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, captivating, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: military, military life, on the road, obsessive quest, society, escapades, oppression, genocide, travel, life & death, dark humor, taxi ...
Time: 80s
Place: iraq, middle east, iran, kurdistan, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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, suspense, biting ...
Plot: mistaken identity, military life, hapless soldier, disorder, uncover truth, military, dishonesty, military base, dark humor, isolation, conspiracy, sexual content ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Homeland (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Morocco, Belgium
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Farid, a young 26-year-old Frenchman, must travel to Algeria to save his father's house. While discovering this country in which he had never before set foot, he succumbs to the charms of a host of astonishing characters whose humour and ...
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious
Plot: fish out of water, self discovery, society, win over, immigrants, disorder, misfit, lawyer
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, algeria
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: semi serious, realistic, feel good, touching, humorous ...
Plot: zen, culture clash, travel, new age, disorder, couples, family relations, sleeping, couple relations, city life, siblings relations, human nature ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ 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: feel good, semi serious, sentimental, funny, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: female soldier, fish out of water, basic training, soldier, military base, starting over, boot camp, self discovery, military life, military, transformation, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: paris france, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.4
 15K
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, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, island, friendship, soldier, greek island, italian army, war, culture clash, anti war, nudity (full frontal - brief), greek, disorder ...
Time: post world war two
Place: italy, greece, europe, mediterranean sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: concierge, family problems, nothing goes right, family life, homecoming, inheritance, couples, disorder, society, getting home, couple relations, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: portugal, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, dishonesty, escapades, disorder, cons and scams, village life, farce, poverty, drifter, social relations, village ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: uruguay, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: culture clash, family relations, traditional versus modern, lifestyle, society, social relations, life changing experience, television, small town, radio, mayor, small town life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1974
Place: turkey, cyprus, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Paris of the North (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Iceland, France, Denmark
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Seeking shelter from the trials and tribulations of city life, Hugi has built a quiet existence for himself in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere. Here, he passes his days jogging, attending AA meetings and taking Portuguese lessons online. But ...
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, semi serious, contemplative
Plot: elderly, social relations, parents and children, village, family relations, power relations, village life, estrangement, aging, teachers and students
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iceland
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: realistic, semi serious, touching, humorous
Plot: hoax, life turned upside down, self discovery, teenage life, dishonesty, society, youth, hopes, overnight success, social relations, family relations, religions or cults ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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, semi serious, touching
Plot: politics, dishonesty, ambition, love and romance, rebelliousness, couple relations, small town, parents and children, hopes, social relations, couples, campaign ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, light, exciting, captivating, feel good ...
Plot: world war two, wine, rise to the top, holocaust, small town, fighting the system, military, war, escapades, anti semitism, mayor, italian fascism ...
Time: 1940s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, thought provoking, sincere, uplifting, humorous ...
Plot: religious differences, village, peaceful mission, society, disagreement, strong female character, muslim, christianity, islam, religious conflict, civil war, hijab ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: lebanon, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, biting, semi serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: world war one, soldier, military, satire, colonialism, dark humor, imperialism, battles, war, society, politics, state affairs ...
Time: 1910s, year 1914, year 1915
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, tragicomedy, realistic, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: soldier, military, friendship, anti war, culture clash, human nature, society, patrol, island, border, rivalry, hapless soldier ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978
Place: chile, argentina, latin america, south america, patagonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, thought provoking ...
Plot: wedding, ethnic, politics, occupation, human spirit, culture clash, love and romance, family feud, reconciliation, leaving home, family tradition, conservative ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, israel, syria
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Hula Girls (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 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: humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious
Plot: hopes, dancing, starting over, small town, social relations, society, small town life, working class, rise to the top, dancer's life, tourist attraction, bankruptcy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%