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, 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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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, melancholic and talky films with plots about family relations, coming of age, friendship, parents and children, culture clash, runaway and dialogue mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Carny: Foxes (1980), Whatever (1998), Grandview, U.S.A. (1984), Handle with Care (1977), Tully (2000). 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: realistic, rough, serious, gloomy, reflective ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, alcohol abuse, hollywood, drug abuse, addiction, parents and children, graphic violence, youth, self discovery, teenage life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, 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, gloomy, touching, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: sex, coming of age, friendship, school, teenager, couples, teenage life, teachers and students, parents and children, down on your luck, performer's life, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, future, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
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, sentimental, touching, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: small town, coming of age, americana, love triangle, friendship, fall in love, human nature, society, family relations, youth, working class, bondage ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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, cult film ...
Plot: small town, radio, small town life, couples, media, family relations, social relations, love triangle, radio show, artists and showbiz, parents and children, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, nebraska, 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: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, young lovers, introspection, lifestyle, womanizer, opposites attract, haunted by the past, parents and children, romance, youth, couples ...
Place: nebraska, europe, england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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: humorous, sincere, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, female friendship, teenage life, siblings relations, couple relations, love and romance, youth, family relations, power relations, human nature, rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: london, england, europe, brighton, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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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, humorous, semi serious, realistic, comic ...
Plot: lottery, coming of age, friends, urban ghetto, family relations, city life, high school, self discovery, drug dealing, youth, couples, teenage life ...
Time: future
Place: new york, tokyo, berlin germany, new jersey, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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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: serious, sincere, realistic, talky, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: small town, world war two, friendship, couples, family relations, parents and children, social relations, single parent, woman in danger, prejudice, telephone operator, gossip ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, love and romance, self discovery, family relations, prostitute, love, introspection, parents and children, fall in love, romance, youth, human nature ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: georgia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: emotional, serious, realistic, biting, disturbing ...
Plot: love triangle, family relations, pregnancy, alcohol abuse, womanizer, adolescence, love and romance, parents and children, dysfunctional family, americana, coming of age, siblings relations ...
Time: 60s
Place: ohio, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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: realistic, contemplative, serious, sincere, touching
Plot: pregnancy, small town life, teenage life, parents and children, love and romance, life is a bitch, couples, society, small town, coming of age, clergy, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, human nature, parents and children, love and romance, couple relations, hopes, starting over, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: kansas, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, coming of age, youth, self discovery, small town life, teenage life, teenage love, fall in love, couple relations, best friends, lifestyle, human nature ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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, sentimental, touching, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, pregnancy, reunion, americana, lovers reunited, unfulfillment, love and romance, bittersweet, family relations, social relations, friends, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ 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, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, working class, parents and children, friends, family relations, power relations, starting over, society, odd couple, human nature, hopes, down on your luck ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, contemplative ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: prodigy, single parent, coming of age, waitress, mathematics, working class, society, human nature, profanity, young heroes, social misfits, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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: touching, realistic, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, redemption, youth, couples, family problems, injustice, parents and children, life is a bitch, love and romance, siblings relations, hopes, society ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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, feel good, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, friendship, eccentric family, siblings relations, self discovery, youth, single parent, strong female presence, family relations, dealing with death ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: medical school, school, romance, society, lifestyle, social differences, misfit, teachers and students, hopes, doctors and patients, love and romance, couple relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ 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, gloomy, sentimental, touching, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, friendship, love triangle, waitress, old love, working class, romance, small town life, buddies, couples, haunted by the past, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, texas, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Boys Life 2 (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Compilation of four short films about homoerotic situations involving young men. In "Trevor", by Peggy Rajski, a teenager faces homophobia and falls in love for the first time. Tom DeCerchio directed "Nunzio's Second ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: gay, coming out, youth, coming of age, high school, couples, family relations, friends, teenage love, friendship, best friends, looking for love ...
Time: 90s
Place: iowa, usa, canada, new jersey, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: single parent, small town, coming of age, teenage life, destructive relationship, family relations, love and romance, parents and children, youth, lifestyle, couples, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: coming of age, coming out, youth, self discovery, college, teenage love, teenage life, campus, love and romance, gays and lesbians, gender, gay ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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, sincere, serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, love and romance, poetry, parents and children, family problems, teenage life, innocence lost, teachers and students, family in crisis, writer's life, writers ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: coming of age, family relations, friendship, adopted son, adoption, dysfunctional family, nanny, world war two, soldier, lifestyle, orphan, single parent ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: paris france, france, europe, new england, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, contemplative, nostalgic ...
Plot: friendship, chosen one, culture clash, coming of age, society, interracial relations, parents and children, teenage life, friends, family relations, clergy, youth ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: new york, usa, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, fall in love, love and romance, teenage life, human nature, haunted by the past, youth, on the road, family relations, couples, terrorism, sister ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: paris france, europe, france, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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: serious, realistic, touching, sexual, sexy
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, love and romance, human nature, friendship, disgraced, youth, single parent, dysfunctional family, family life, family problems, isolation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new england, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Shoot the Moon (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: After fifteen years of marriage, an affluent couple divorce and take up with new partners.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, psychological, dramatic ...
Plot: family relations, divorce, tennis court, marital crisis, infidelity, dysfunctional family, breakup, tennis, love affair, family in crisis, unfulfillment, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: rich and poor, coming of age, friends, family relations, haunted by the past, friendship, teenage life, family life, youth, self discovery, hopes, parents and children ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: philadelphia, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%