Movies like Carny

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Carny (1980)
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Carny (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Tired of being a small-town waitress, Donna departs with the latest carnival show, living with entertainers Frankie and Patch in a tense, emotional triangle.
Style: gloomy, realistic, disturbing, semi serious, road movie, humorous, melancholic, sexy, harsh, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: carnival, small town, teenage life, youth, family relations, love triangle, parents and children, love and romance, society, small town life, couples, siblings relations, cons and scams, romance, hustler, waitress, travel, clown, stripper, teenager, freakshow, coming-of-age, unlikely friendships, mentor, runaway ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, texas, california, canada

Most similar movies to Carny

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, melancholic and serious films with plots about family relations, parents and children, coming of age, love and romance, youth, mentor and dialogue mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Carny: Foxes (1980), Whatever (1998), Housekeeping (1987), Grandview, U.S.A. (1984), Raggedy Man (1981). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Foxes (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A group of friends come of age in the asphalt desert of the San Fernando Valley, as set to a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, gloomy, reflective ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, drug abuse, addiction, youth, self discovery, friends, family relations, alcohol abuse, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
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95%
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Whatever (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the early 1980s, Anna, a New Jersey teenager faces her impending adulthood, dreaming of a life as a successful New York artist. When she gets caught up in the carefree sport of pre-AIDS sex and drugs, Anna's future becomes less certain.
Style: realistic, humorous, sentimental, touching, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: sex, coming of age, friendship, school, teenager, high school life, society, couples, family relations, friends, youth, single parent ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: new jersey, usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
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Housekeeping (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950s, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up to most people's expectations.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, sentimental, feel good, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, friendship, family relations, single parent, human nature, small town life, family life, family problems, eccentric family, custody ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Grandview, U.S.A. (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Life in the small town of Grandview, Illinois is one that is just like any other city or town. Tim Pearson, soon to be graduating high school wants to go to Florida to study oceanography. He meets Michelle "Mike" Cody and is attracted to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, captivating, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: coming of age, small town, americana, friendship, working class, love triangle, family relations, human nature, society, youth, fall in love, bondage ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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Raggedy Man (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nita, a divorced mother of two boys, is stuck working as a telephone operator in a small Texas town in World War II. Her friendship with a sailor on leave causes tongues to wag in town.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, talky, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids
Plot: small town, friendship, parents and children, family relations, couples, woman in danger, single parent, social relations, prejudice, world war two, mentor, secrets ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Tully (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, gloomy, thought provoking ...
Plot: small town, friendship, stripper, coming of age, dysfunctional family, society, parents and children, family in crisis, love and romance, hopes, siblings relations, romance ...
Place: nebraska, usa, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Lotto Land (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: This film tells two interwoven stories of two single-parent families in a poor, racially-mixed neighborhood in Brooklyn. The first story is about a young black man (with aspirations of getting away from his friends who are involved in drugs) who ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, feel good, comic ...
Plot: lottery, high school, drug dealing, youth, self discovery, rich and poor, sport team, friends, urban ghetto, family life, couples, alcohol abuse ...
Time: future
Place: new york, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.5
 502
Virgin (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When a teenager finds herself pregnant, with no memory of having had sex, she determines that she is carrying the child of God.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: pregnancy, teenage life, social misfits, family relations, social relations, society, sexual abuse, small town life, couples, youth, coming of age, clergy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Rambling Rose (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall for her, and Rose knows it. She can't help herself ...
Style: sexy, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, love and romance, self discovery, prostitute, love, parents and children, introspection, youth, romance, fall in love, human nature, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: georgia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Handle with Care (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The interlaced stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio.
Style: humorous, semi serious, offbeat, realistic, reflective ...
Plot: small town, radio, radio show, social relations, family relations, love triangle, couples, small town life, media, parents and children, love and romance, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, nebraska, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
A Cool, Dry Place (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five year old son and his work as a high school basketball coach in rural Kansas, where he moved after his wife abandoned him in Chicago. Just as he starts to develop a new ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, dramatic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: love triangle, small town, single father, friendship, small town life, friends, family relations, starting over, human nature, single parent, couples, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: kansas, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Me Without You (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: During a long, hot summer in seventies London, young neighbors Holly and Marina make a childhood pact to be friends forever. For Marina, troubled, fiercely independent, determined to try everything, Holly stays the only constant in a life of ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, sincere, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, coming of age, love triangle, university, power relations, friends, parents and children, teenage life, love and romance, hopes, siblings relations, sexual relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: london, england, europe, brighton, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
All Fall Down (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Ralph and Annabell Willart are a feuding couple who are constantly bickering over their worthless, good-for nothing son Berry-Berry..
Style: biting, realistic, serious, emotional, disturbing ...
Plot: love triangle, pregnancy, womanizer, adolescence, dysfunctional family, family relations, family problems, couples, family life, on the road, youth, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 60s
Place: ohio, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Spring Forward (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As the seasons change in a Connecticut town, two men of different age and backgrounds who work together outdoors for the local park system, share thoughts and feelings that gradually deepen into a relationship approaching father and son. Paul is ...
Style: talky, touching, realistic, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, working class, buddies, partners, hopes, love and romance, boss and employee, down on your luck, parents and children, human nature, odd couple, power relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Blue Car (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gifted 18-year-old Meg has been abandoned by her father and neglected by her hardworking mother. Left to care for her emotionally disturbed younger sister, her world begins to unravel. She finds an outlet in writing poetry and support from her ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: family relations, love and romance, poetry, teacher student relationship, teachers and students, parents and children, innocence lost, family problems, power relations, youth, teenage life, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
No Looking Back (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Charlie returns to his old town where he meets his ex-girlfriend again and tries to get her back.
Style: emotional, sincere, gloomy, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: small town, friendship, love triangle, waitress, working class, romance, friends, homecoming, haunted by the past, family relations, social relations, buddies ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, texas, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Invisible Circus (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After learning that her sister, Faith (Cameron Diaz), has committed suicide in Portugal, Phoebe (Jordana Brewster), an 18-year-old hippie, decides to uproot from her San Francisco home to travel to Europe. Phoebe hopes to discover and experience the ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, sexy, dramatic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: suicide, father, politics, human nature, teenage life, siblings relations, fall in love, love and romance, family relations, couples, on the road, youth ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, france, paris france, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Swimming (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two girl friends in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina find their relationship changing as they encounter new arrivals to the town.
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: friendship, coming of age, social relations, friends, romance, gays and lesbians, fall in love, twentysomething life, teenage life, parents and children, love and romance, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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The Member of the Wedding (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In the last days leading up to her older brother's marriage, a young girl is forced to face realities and grow up quickly. A tender adaptation of Carson McCullers' classic play.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: innocence lost, coming of age, wedding, runaway, social relations, power relations, small town life, family life, couples, teenage life, family relations, youth ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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The Chosen (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chosen follows the story of two teenage boys determined to remain friends despite the deep differences between their two families. Set in New York during the 1940s, this provocative film follows the son of an orthodox rabbi and the son of a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, dramatic, earnest ...
Plot: friendship, chosen one, culture clash, coming of age, interracial relations, teenage life, parents and children, society, clergy, youth, friends, family relations ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: new york, usa, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Little Man Tate (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Dede is a sole parent trying to bring up her son Fred. When it is discovered that Fred is a genius, she is determined to ensure that Fred has all the opportunities that he needs, and that he is not taken advantage of by people who forget that his ...
Style: touching, realistic, psychological, thought provoking, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: prodigy, single parent, coming of age, waitress, mathematics, working class, young heroes, parents and children, social misfits, supportive parent, family relations, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Texasville (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Summer, 1984: 30 years after Duane captained the high school football team and Jacy was homecoming queen, this Texas town near Wichita Falls prepares for its centennial. Oil prices are down, banks are failing, and Duane's $12 million in debt. ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, americana, lovers reunited, reunion, pregnancy, single parent, best friends, hopes, couple relations, parents and children, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.7
 255
Due East (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The movie spotlights an intelligent high school senior and National Merit Scholar (Bryant) who has never been part of the "in crowd." She teaches a high school equivalency night class, tends to the needs of her widower father, Jesse ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, emotional, touching
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: small town, single parent, coming of age, destructive relationship, love and romance, parents and children, teenage life, power relations, lifestyle, society, high school, pregnancy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Boys Life: Three Stories of Love, Lust, and Liberation (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Each of the three short films in this collection presents a young gay man at the threshold of adulthood. In "Pool Days," Justin is a 17-year old Bethesda lad, hired as the evening life guard at a fitness center. In the course of the ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: coming of age, gay, youth, coming out, self discovery, teenage love, college, teenage life, love and romance, gays and lesbians, gender, sexuality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, campus, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.3
 420
Amy & Isabelle (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1971, in the small town of Shirley Falls, in Maine, the odd and lonely secretary Isabelle Goodrow raises her teenager daughter Amy alone. She has only two friends in her job among her gossiper colleagues. When her overprotected daughter is ...
Style: serious, realistic, sexual, touching
Plot: coming of age, disgraced, family relations, friendship, mathematics, isolation, power relations, social relations, obsession, small town, high school, pregnancy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new england, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Gas, Food Lodging (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In the boring desert of New Mexico, a single mother raises her two teenage daughters, Shade and Trudi, whose deepest desire is to leave the dead calm town. Shade is the type to escape in her extravagant fantasies while Trudi is so rebelious it could ...
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: small town, waitress, coming of age, desert, single mother, human nature, society, sexual abuse, map, racism, satellite, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: new mexico, usa, argentina, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.1
 323
Black Girl (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An aspiring dancer and her wicked sister's resent their mother's love for a foster daughter.
Style: emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, youth, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes, family relations, couples, family problems, society, injustice, siblings relations, love and romance ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.7
 45K
The Beaver (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Suffering from a severe case of depression, toy company CEO Walter Black (Mel Gibson) begins using a beaver hand puppet to help him open up to his family. With his father seemingly going insane, adolescent son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes for his ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, tragicomedy, sentimental ...
Plot: midlife crisis, puppet, losing-it hero, depression, family problems, dysfunctional character, unfulfillment, parents and children, mental illness, dysfunctional family, dissociative identity disorder, self acceptance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.2
 730
The Neon Bible (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 91 min.
Story: While on a train, a teenage boy thinks about his life and the flamboyant aunt whose friendship acted as an emotional shield from his troubled family. This film evokes the haunting quality of memory while creating a heartfelt portrait of a boy's ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, coming of age, dysfunctional family, evangelist, singer, family relations, introspection, dealing with death, teenage life, family in crisis, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 1930s
Place: southern usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: This fictionalized story, based on the family life of writer James Jones, is an emotional slice-of-life story. Jones is portrayed here portrayed as Bill Willis, a former war hero turned author who combats alcoholism and is starting to experience ...
Style: talky, clever, sentimental, realistic, touching ...
Plot: friendship, adopted son, adoption, dysfunctional family, coming of age, youth, single parent, orphan, family relations, couple relations, celebrity culture, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, new england, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%