Movies like Carny

If you like "Carny" you are looking for gloomy, realistic and disturbing movies about / with carnival, small town, teenage life, youth, romance, family relations and love triangle themes of Drama genre shot in USA.
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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, cult film, unusual plot structure, nostalgic, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: carnival, small town, teenage life, youth, romance, family relations, love triangle, parents and children, love and romance, society, couples, small town life, siblings relations, cons and scams, game, waitress, travel, hustler, clown, teenager, stripper, freakshow, fair, coming of age, coming-of-age ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, texas, california, canada

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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, coming of age, friendship, parents and children, mentor, dialogue and culture clash mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Carny: Whatever (1998), Foxes (1980), Grandview, U.S.A. (1984), Handle with Care (1977), Tully (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, touching, humorous, sentimental, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, friendship, school, teenager, high school life, couples, friends, family relations, performer's life, bittersweet, society, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s, future, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york, california
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95%
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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: gloomy, rough, realistic, serious, reflective ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, alcohol abuse, hollywood, drug abuse, addiction, friends, family relations, self discovery, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: humorous, captivating, touching, sentimental, offbeat ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: small town, coming of age, americana, love triangle, friendship, youth, society, family relations, fall in love, human nature, working class, grownups ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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, realistic, offbeat, cult film ...
Plot: small town, radio, parents and children, love triangle, small town life, radio show, family relations, couples, social relations, couple relations, artists and showbiz, media ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: nebraska, usa, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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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: serious, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, womanizer, lifestyle, opposites attract, young lovers, introspection, parents and children, haunted by the past, family problems, couples, society ...
Place: nebraska, usa, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Me Without You (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 107 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: humorous, sentimental, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, female friendship, teenage life, love and romance, youth, family relations, human nature, couple relations, siblings relations, rivalry, love triangle ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: london, england, europe, brighton, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.6
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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: feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous, comic ...
Plot: lottery, coming of age, family relations, couples, friends, high school, store, life is a bitch, love and romance, rise to the top, romance, youth ...
Time: future
Place: new york, tokyo, berlin germany, new jersey, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 1K
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: serious, sincere, realistic, talky, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: small town, world war two, friendship, couples, family relations, parents and children, woman in danger, single parent, social relations, prejudice, sailor, telephone operator ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ 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: erotic, sexy, emotional, touching, serious ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, love and romance, self discovery, family relations, prostitute, love, parents and children, introspection, romance, youth, fall in love, human nature ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1971, 1920s
Place: georgia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.5
 518
Virgin (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 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: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: pregnancy, coming of age, family relations, clergy, parents and children, sexual abuse, small town, teenage life, youth, society, teenage girl, pastor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: gloomy, emotional, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, love triangle, alcohol abuse, pregnancy, womanizer, adolescence, family life, siblings relations, teenage life, americana, on the road, parents and children ...
Time: 60s
Place: ohio, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, teens
Plot: love triangle, small town, single father, bittersweet, friendship, hopes, couple relations, human nature, parents and children, small town life, love and romance, single parent ...
Time: 90s
Place: kansas, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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: serious, realistic, touching, sentimental, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, americana, lovers reunited, pregnancy, reunion, hopes, human nature, parents and children, couple relations, friendship, introspection, small town life ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ 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: touching, sentimental, sincere, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenage life, fall in love, youth, best friends, small town life, self discovery, couple relations, teenage love, small town, human nature ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, working class, buddies, society, love and romance, starting over, down on your luck, human nature, parents and children, boss and employee, partners, odd couple ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Gross Anatomy (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Joe Slovak is a brilliant first-year med student whose casual, nonconforming approach to life gets tested when he enrolls in Gross Anatomy, the toughest course in med school.
Style: humorous, talky, clever, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: medical school, school, romance, power relations, lifestyle, youth, hopes, society, love and romance, coming of age, opposites attract, misfit ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Housekeeping (1987)
Genre: Comedy, 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, semi serious, humorous, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, friendship, strong female presence, teenage life, small town life, self discovery, human nature, parents and children, custody, siblings relations ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, serious, thought provoking ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: prodigy, single parent, coming of age, waitress, mathematics, working class, young heroes, misfit, society, social misfits, youth, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Movie in collections
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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: realistic, touching, sincere, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations, couples, family problems, injustice, hopes, youth, society, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, serious, realistic, sentimental, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, friendship, love triangle, old love, waitress, working class, romance, parents and children, siblings relations, couple relations, small town life, introspection ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, texas, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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, emotional, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: single parent, small town, coming of age, destructive relationship, teenage life, love and romance, lifestyle, youth, family relations, couples, parents and children, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, contemplative ...
Plot: coming of age, family relations, friendship, adopted son, adoption, dysfunctional family, couples, family problems, nanny, obsession, eccentric family, celebrity culture ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: paris france, europe, france, new england, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.1
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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, contemplative, serious, nostalgic ...
Plot: friendship, chosen one, culture clash, coming of age, parents and children, family relations, friends, clergy, youth, society, interracial relations, teenage life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: sentimental, touching, emotional, romantic, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: suicide, teenage life, fall in love, love and romance, couples, family relations, human nature, on the road, haunted by the past, youth, terrorism, sister ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, paris france, france, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: realistic, touching, serious, sexual, sexy
Plot: parents and children, teenage life, disgraced, love and romance, friendship, family problems, youth, single parent, dysfunctional family, family life, human nature, pregnancy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: maine, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.3
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Jacknife (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes involved romantically with the army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both survived.
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, vietnam veteran, haunted by the past, siblings relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, homecoming, human nature, loneliness, alcohol abuse, prom, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.5
 3K
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, serious, contemplative ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, love and romance, poetry, parents and children, youth, power relations, innocence lost, family in crisis, teenage life, teachers and students, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Two Bits (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's promised to Gennaro and which Gennaro would like to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: rich and poor, coming of age, teenage life, parents and children, self discovery, friendship, friends, family relations, youth, hopes, haunted by the past, family life ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Local Boys (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On Skeet’s twelfth birthday his older brother Randy buys him his first surfboard. Suddenly his summer turns to the endless search for the perfect wave, wild times and beach parties and eventually, finding his own daring adventures when Randy’s ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, disturbing
Plot: surfing, gang, friendship, romance, lifestyle, family relations, best friends, youth, teenage life, love triangle, teenage love, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.5
 9K
September (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: At a summer house in Vermont, neighbor Howard falls in love with Lane, who's in a relationship with Peter, who's falling for Stephanie, who's married with children.
Style: talky, serious, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, couples, family relations, adultery, parents and children, family problems, friends, siblings relations, couple relations, family gatherings, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%