Movies like Central Station

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Central Station (1998)
 7.9
 33K
Central Station (1998)
Original name: Central do Brasil
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 113 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: touching, emotional, realistic, uplifting, gloomy, serious, captivating, road movie, compassionate, bleak ...
Plot: teacher, letter, on the road, age difference, retired, alcoholic, realism, brazilian, long lost relative, friendship, poverty, self discovery, youth, friends, family relations, parents and children, human spirit, hopes, obsessive quest, human nature, escapades, coming of age, abandoned, wilderness, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, 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, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, parents and children, storytelling, life philosophy, culture clash, runaway and mentor mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like Central Station: My Sweet Orange Tree (2012), Cinema Paradiso (1988), Barren Lives (1963), Butterfly (1999), Natural Sciences (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
My Sweet Orange Tree (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Zezé is an 8 year old boy who, although a naughty boy, has a good heart. He leads a very modest life, due to the fact that his father has been unemployed for a long time, and has the habit of having long conversations with a sweet orange tree which ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, youth, siblings relations, mischievous children, friends, family relations, countryside, family life, coming of age, brazilian, car hit by a train, death ...
Time: 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 8.5
 206K
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Genre: Drama
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: uplifting, touching, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: haunted by the past, coming of age, first love, movie theatre, filmmaking, village, childhood, friendship, censorship, funeral, generation gap, fictional biography ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, twentieth century, 1940s
Place: sicily, italy, europe, rome italy, sicily italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 7.5
 2K
Barren Lives (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 103 min.
Story: 'Vidas secas' tells in vivid images the almost documentary like story of a drover and his family in the northern interior states of Brazil during the drought. A family in the search of a new hope and destiny.
Style: gloomy, realistic, serious, bleak, rough
Plot: youth, parents and children, down on your luck, life is a bitch, family relations, family problems, family life, farm, injustice, brazilian, teacher, hunger ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 7.6
 8K
Butterfly (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film centres on Moncho and his coming-of-age experience in Galicia in 1936. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher Don Gregorio who introduces the boy to different things in the world. While the story centres on Moncho's ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, realistic, touching, compassionate ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, fascism, coming of age, spanish civil war, teacher, latin, civil war, parents and children, human nature, patriotism, countryside, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: spain, europe, galicia, australia, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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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: serious, atmospheric, captivating, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: coming of age, power relations, family relations, family problems, obsessive quest, boarding school life, parents and children, teachers and students, hopes, youth, on the road, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.6
 4K
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, emotional, touching, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: bereavement, boarding school, dealing with death, hopes, youth, human nature, death in the family, family problems, child, death, children, friendship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: kindergarten, france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, realistic, dramatic, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, human nature, blind character, mentor, depression, disability, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, thanksgiving, student, change of heart ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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, emotional, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: bus, redemption, small town, americana, homecoming, self discovery, escape, social relations, family relations, small town life, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 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, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, family relations, coming of age, accidental killing, parents and children, family in crisis, innocence lost, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
House of Sand (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A woman is taken along with her mother in 1910 to a far-away desert by her husband, and after his passing, is forced to spend the next 59 years of her life hopelessly trying to escape it.
Style: realistic, sentimental, emotional, serious, psychological
Plot: desert, isolation, pregnancy, parents and children, survival, homecoming, village, starting over, village life, eclipse, salt, real life mother and daughter playing mother and daughter ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america, former yugoslavia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
They Don't Wear Black Tie (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Otavio is an idealistic union leader trying to organize workers at a factory to resist the company's exploitative practices. His son, Tião, one of the employees, is more of a realist and doesn't want to risk losing his job by striking. ...
Style: thought provoking, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: injustice, society, realism, couples, life is a bitch, couple relations, parents and children, factory, family relations, working class, class struggle
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.5
 3K
The Italian (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in 2002, an abandoned 5-year-old boy living in a rundown orphanage in a small Russian village is adopted by an Italian family.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Plot: orphan, adoption, russian, little boy, orphanage, boy, coming of age, family relations, self discovery, youth, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2002
Place: russia, italy, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.3
 14K
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: sincere, touching, road movie, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: drifter, friendship, on the road, self discovery, road trip, introspection, partners, buddies, bar fight, hitchhiker, train ride, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: pittsburgh, california, denver colorado, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating, tense ...
Plot: coming of age, wilderness, childhood, fishing, generation gap, boat, self discovery, americana, fish, gambling, bishop, small town ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s, 20s ...
Place: usa, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.2
 108K
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: sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, addiction, parents and children, school, death, life philosophy, bully ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.9
 640
Midnight (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Brazil
Duration: 75 min.
Story: On December 31st 1999, destiny brings a fugitive prisoner and a depressed middle class teacher together, as the new millennium approaches bringing hope to everyone.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: prison, fugitives, mute or deaf, lovers on the run, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, romance, love and romance, urban ghetto, beach, couple relations, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Monsieur Ibrahim (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Monsieur Ibrahim is a story about a young Jewish boy in Paris who meets an old Muslim Turkish grocery store owner. The film touches the themes of friendship and love as the old man is a father figure to the boy as he teaches him of the Koran. The ...
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, feel good, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, muslim, generation gap, koran, self discovery, coming of age, teaching the ways of the world, family relations, young heroes, parents and children, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, switzerland, greece, paris france, persia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: talky, realistic, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: friendship, coma, obsession, working class, coming of age, down on your luck, social differences, society, friends, sexual exploration, couples, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: flanders, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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 ⇓
45%
 6.3
 252
Face (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Genie, a Chinese-American teenager, develops feelings for a charming African-American DJ, but her grandmother forbids their romance forcing Genie to choose between family and love.
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, family relations, friends, opposites attract, immigrants, family life, coming of age, love and romance, friendship, human nature, youth ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.2
 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, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: rich and poor, coming of age, family life, friendship, youth, self discovery, haunted by the past, friends, family relations, hopes, teenage life, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: usa, philadelphia, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.8
 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, sentimental, rough, thought provoking, humorous ...
Audience: kids
Plot: parents and children, grandmother grandson relationship, friendship, generation gap, village, village life, family relations, coming of age, childhood, love, life & death, grandparent grandchild relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: korea, asia, tokyo, new jersey, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.5
 6K
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: touching, meditative, compassionate, depressing, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, slum, redemption, hopes, social differences, youth, family problems, life is a bitch, down on your luck, human spirit, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Behind the Sun (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, France, Switzerland
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Brazilian badlands, April 1910. Tonho is ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother. The young man knows that if he commits this crime, his life will be divided in two: the twenty years he has already lived and the few days he ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Plot: family feud, vengeance, rivalry, circus, revenge, parents and children, family in crisis, uninhibited rivalry, youth, coming of age, family problems, family tradition ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 19th century
Place: brazil, latin america, argentina, tokyo, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 8.0
 82K
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: touching, bleak, rough, sincere, serious ...
Plot: murder, friendship, death threat, redemption, mentally challenged, family relations, small town, haunted by the past, crimes, parents and children, human nature, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.6
 3K
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: touching, emotional, feel good, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, pregnancy, dog, rocking chair, christmas lights, neighbor, parents and children, urban, dignity, gem, understanding, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.3
 19K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, disturbing, sentimental ...
Plot: poverty, unemployment, ira, irish, life is a bitch, prejudice, coming of age, teacher, human nature, injustice, society, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, europe, new york, usa, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.9
 5K
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, talky, touching, sentimental, psychological ...
Plot: friendship, friends, death, last wish, infidelity, grief, memory, war veteran, life, couple relations, on the road, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the ...
Style: surreal, road movie, touching, serious, captivating ...
Plot: gay, homosexual, friendship, homosexuality, gays and lesbians, gay sex, prostitution, male prostitution, male friendship, alienation, father son relationship, poverty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: idaho, usa, seattle, seattle washington, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.1
 77K
Paris, Texas (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, France, UK, USA
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: touching, surreal, serious, psychological, road movie ...
Plot: redemption, drifter, desert, reunion, on the road, reconciliation, family reunited, parents and children, estrangement, presumed dead, family relations, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, los angeles, california, houston texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%