Movies like Central Station

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Central Station (1998)
 8.0
 39K
Central Station (1998)
Original name: Central do Brasil
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.
Style: road movie, feel good, sexy, poignant, touching, emotional, realistic, art house, sentimental, thought provoking ...
Plot: teacher, age difference, coming of age, childhood, road trip, children, friendship, youth, poverty, self discovery, letter, love, loneliness, railway, brazilian, train, truck, theft, lie, television, bus, travel, relationships, motivation, life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america

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Most similar movies to Central Station

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, emotional and melancholic films with plots about culture clash, mentor, life philosophy, storytelling, runaway, coming of age and catastrophe mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Central Station: Cinema Paradiso (1988), Scent of a Woman (1992), Son of Babylon (2009), Natural Sciences (2014), Ponette (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.5
 258K
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.
Style: sad, touching, uplifting, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: childhood, coming of age, first love, haunted by the past, movie theatre, nostalgia, filmmaking, friendship, village, flashback, blind man, breast feeding ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 80s
Place: italy, sicily, rome italy, europe
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83%
Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant ...
Style: sentimental, inspirational, dramatic, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, blind character, mentor, human spirit, human nature, blindness, coming of age, tango, depression, unlikely friendships, thanksgiving, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Son of Babylon (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iraq, UK, France, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Egypt
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A willful young boy follows his just as obstinate grandmother in a journey across Iraq, determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed's father, who never returned from war.
Style: atmospheric, emotional, touching, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: human spirit, hopes, political unrest, youth, family relations, adolescence vs adulthood, escapades, desert, children, little boy, gulf war, battlefield ...
Time: 21st century
Place: middle east, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Natural Sciences (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, France
Duration: 70 min.
Story: In a rural school in the middle of the mountains, a girl who is starting to become a woman feels the profound need to discover her true identity. She does not know who her father is and she is determined to find him, but her mother does not approve ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: family relations, obsessive quest, on the road, self discovery, family problems, hopes, youth, parents and children, teachers and students, coming of age, search for father, unknown father ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 7.5
 5K
Ponette (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A four-year-old girl must come to terms with the loss of her mother and the reality of death in this award-winning French drama. Little Ponette (Victoire Thivisol) is riding in a car with her mother when they're involved in a serious accident; ...
Style: talky, realistic, touching, emotional, poignant ...
Plot: children, grief, coming of age, innocence lost, bereavement, youth, boarding school, death, friendship, school, little girl, child's point of view ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: provence, tokyo, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.4
 14K
Rosetta (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.
Style: serious, art house, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: realism, unemployment, loneliness, mother daughter relationship, poverty, alcoholic, life is a bitch, family problems, coming of age, down on your luck, desperation, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: belgium, california, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Plot: fishing, beautiful scenery, coming of age, self discovery, father son relationship, americana, river, brother brother relationship, wilderness, childhood, tragedy, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1910s, 1930s
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, sad, heartbreaking ...
Plot: coming of age, teenager, friendship, adoption, vengeance, childhood, family relations, loss of son, family problems, family in crisis, haunted by the past, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 7.2
 119K
Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: inspirational, motivational, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, kids, girls' night
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, life philosophy, parents and children, single mother, disfigurement, teachers and students, addiction, youth, school, child's point of view ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Everything Must Go (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.
Style: realistic, touching, visually appealing, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, friendship, addiction, unemployment, salesman, loneliness, tragedy, character study, self discovery, starting over, marital problem, midlife crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, phoenix arizona, new jersey, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In Lille, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends. Isa moves in with Marie, who's flat-sitting for a mother and child in hospital in comas following a car crash. Isa is out-going, unskilled, with hopes of moving south to ...
Style: realistic, touching, meditative, depressing, emotional ...
Plot: obsession, friendship, working class, coming of age, coma, depression, loneliness, love and romance, society, hopes, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, flanders
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.5
 7K
Welcome (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches Calais, but how do you cover 32 kilometers of the English ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, serious, touching, uplifting ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: age difference, coming of age, family disapproval, obsessive quest, self discovery, friendship, adolescence vs adulthood, family tradition, hopes, misfit, human spirit, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france, england, english channel, london, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940's Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish -- just once before she dies -- is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, feel good, road movie ...
Plot: journey, aging, redemption, small town, escape, homecoming, bus, old age, on the road, old woman, southern belle, mentor ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: texas, austin texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.7
 9K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, intense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, homeless, redemption, mental illness, halloween, couple relations, human nature, rich and poor, parents and children, buddies, best friends, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1910s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.5
 4K
Alone (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maria, whose parents live in the country, cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves to the city. She finds a job as a cleaner and tries to survive in a wretched apartment in the shabby part of a big city. She is pregnant, and the ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, sexy, erotic ...
Plot: mother in law son in law relationship, pregnancy, hospital, loneliness, mother daughter relationship, dog, parents and children, human nature, society, love and romance, redemption, friendship ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, tokyo, europe, andalusia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.7
 9K
Not One Less (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Teacher Gao loves the students in his poor village and is devoted to educating them in the hope of their greater futures. When he is called away to tend to his dying mother for a month, the Mayor calls in an inexperienced 13 year-old replacement, ...
Style: sexy, realistic, touching, sad, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: teacher, children, poverty, coming of age, youth, school, friendship, chinese, education, mathematics, teenager, village ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: china, tokyo, japan, iran, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.7
 5K
The Way Home (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The story begins on a fine summers morning, when San-woo and his mother board a bus to the country. It is soon clear that the unsophisticated rural passengers annoy the seven-year-old urban boy. His mother is taking him to live with his 78-year-old ...
Style: touching, stylized, sentimental, sexy, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, grandmother grandson relationship, parents and children, family relations, grandparent grandchild relationship, childhood, love, life & death, friendship, generation gap, village, village life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: korea, new jersey, tokyo, asia, south korea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.2
 17K
Scarecrow (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two drifters bum around, visit earthy women and discuss opening a car wash in Pittsburgh.
Style: road movie, atmospheric, emotional, sincere, touching ...
Plot: friendship, drifter, road trip, on the road, prison, attempted rape, character study, violence, self discovery, introspection, hitchhiking, car wash ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, denver colorado, new jersey, pennsylvania, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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, sexual ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, love, self discovery, love and romance, prostitute, dysfunctional family, unlikely friendships, adolescence, redemption, family relations, introspection, parents and children ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1971, 1920s
Place: georgia, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.3
 2K
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: emotional, serious, touching, sentimental, sexy ...
Plot: small town, coming of age, friendship, lifestyle, womanizer, young lovers, opposites attract, introspection, youth, romance, society, couples ...
Place: nebraska, england, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in the hands of an unqualified childcare provider.
Style: bleak, sincere, realistic, meditative, surreal ...
Plot: kids in trouble, childhood, realism, youth, abandoned by father, boy, adoption, orphan, life is a bitch, social problems, petty criminal, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.1
 87K
Half Nelson (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a ...
Style: depressing, talky, emotional, serious, intense ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teacher, drugs, teachers and students, loneliness, friendship, addiction, student, ghetto, drug addiction, drug abuse, existentialism, secret ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, california, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.1
 3K
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, emotional, sentimental, allegory, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, youth, rich and poor, bittersweet, superhero, writers, male nudity, race issues, teleportation, parenthood, oil, gambling ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, california, philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 7.1
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Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Wendy, a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, stylized, meditative ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dog, small town, friendship, loneliness, depression, owner dog relationship, solitude, life philosophy, dysfunctional family, character study, social problems, financial problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: oregon, alaska, portland oregon, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.1
 105K
Paris, Texas (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, France, UK
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his family and disappeared four years earlier.
Style: road movie, surreal, touching, emotional, philosophical ...
Plot: desert, father son relationship, on the road, amnesia, road trip, redemption, parenthood, drifter, relationships, reconciliation, family reunited, estrangement ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, 20th century
Place: texas, los angeles, mojave desert, paris france, austin texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, mentor, sexual tension, nervous breakdown, haunted by the past, funeral, family problems, parents and children, drinking problem, family relations, love story, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002, 2000s, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, new jersey, usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.3
 7K
Dodes'ka-den (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son ...
Style: compassionate, meditative, depressing, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: poverty, redemption, social differences, life is a bitch, working class, slum, character study, unlikely friendships, tragedy, hopes, misfit, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.0
 94K
Sling Blade (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside ...
Style: neo noir, sincere, bleak, touching, emotional ...
Plot: small town, friendship, murder, redemption, mental institution, crimes, disability, coming of age, mentally challenged, death threat, father figure, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 6K
Last Orders (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, death, last wish, road trip, memory, life, family relations, friendship between men, partners, parents and children, self discovery, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.6
 4K
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: harsh, realistic, emotional, touching, poignant ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teacher student relationship, family relations, teachers and students, poetry, cheerleading, high school, love and romance, youth, power relations, parents and children, innocence lost, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%