Movies like Central Station

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Central Station (1998)
 8.0
 35K
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: touching, emotional, realistic, uplifting, gloomy, serious, captivating, road movie, compassionate, bleak ...
Plot: teacher, letter, age difference, on the road, retired, alcoholic, realism, brazilian, long lost relative, friendship, poverty, self discovery, youth, friends, family relations, parents and children, human spirit, obsessive quest, hopes, human nature, escapades, coming of age, abandoned, profanity, wilderness ...
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, serious and emotional films with plots about storytelling, friendship, mentor, bittersweet, life philosophy, culture clash and family relations mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Central Station: Cinema Paradiso (1988), Ponette (1996), My Sweet Orange Tree (2012), The Italian (2005), Butterfly (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.5
 218K
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, village, filmmaking, childhood, friendship, censorship, generation gap, funeral, fictional biography ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 80s, twentieth century
Place: sicily, italy, europe, rome italy, sicily italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 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: kindergarten, bereavement, boarding school, death in the family, family problems, human nature, hopes, dealing with death, youth, provence, child, death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: realistic, sentimental, touching, serious
Plot: family relations, friendship, coming of age, mischievous children, siblings relations, youth, family life, countryside, friends, brazilian, car hit by a train, unemployed ...
Time: 20th century
Place: latin america, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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: touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere, talky ...
Plot: orphan, adoption, orphanage, family relations, self discovery, hopes, parents and children, youth, russian, friendship, drinking, boy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002, 2000s, 70s
Place: russia, europe, italy, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 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, coming of age, spanish civil war, teacher, family relations, countryside, latin, civil war, fascism, patriotism, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: spain, europe, madrid, galicia, catalonia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.5
 12K
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, emotional, meditative, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, unemployment, alcoholic, poverty, life is a bitch, family problems, down on your luck, realism, desperation, snitch, teenager, female protagonist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: belgium, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, sentimental, tense, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: beautiful scenery, wilderness, fishing, childhood, americana, generation gap, self discovery, family relations, coming of age, friendship, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, mentor, blind character, human nature, depression, ex military, teaching the ways of the world, unlikely friendships, thanksgiving, change of heart, student ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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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: realistic, gloomy, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: hopes, teachers and students, obsessive quest, parents and children, on the road, mountain, power relations, family relations, coming of age, youth, self discovery, boarding school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, realistic ...
Plot: bus, redemption, small town, family relations, self discovery, homecoming, americana, escape, parents and children, obsessive quest, social relations, golden years ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.8
 655
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: serious, realistic
Plot: prison, romance, lovers on the run, urban ghetto, distopia, destiny, idealism, beach, society, innocence lost, human nature, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, family relations, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, coming of age, accidental killing, teenager, innocence lost, haunted by the past, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.2
 110K
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: uplifting, sentimental, emotional, touching, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, addiction, parents and children, school, alcohol abuse, death, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 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: touching, thought provoking, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: age difference, self discovery, obsessive quest, adolescence vs adulthood, family disapproval, friendship, misfit, bittersweet, hopes, human spirit, family tradition, refugee ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: france, england, english channel, london, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.5
 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, serious, feel good, gloomy ...
Plot: pregnancy, hospital, dog, human nature, parents and children, love and romance, loneliness, society, drinking, mother daughter relationship, family relations, christmas lights ...
Time: 90s
Place: spain, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.3
 20K
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: emotional, touching, serious, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, ira, alcohol abuse, parents and children, injustice, unemployment, society, human nature, family relations, irish, loss of sibling ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: ireland, new york, europe, usa, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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 ⇓
19%
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: touching, realistic, sincere, emotional, talky ...
Plot: salesman, friendship, unemployment, starting over, alcohol abuse, addiction, midlife crisis, marital problem, life is a bitch, down on your luck, hopes, goodhearted ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, texas, usa, phoenix arizona, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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 7.3
 15K
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, sincere, touching, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: drifter, friendship, on the road, self discovery, road trip, introspection, partners, buddies, hitchhiker, bar fight, train ride, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: pittsburgh, california, denver colorado, detroit, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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, gloomy, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, coma, obsession, working class, female friendship, coming of age, society, down on your luck, destructive relationship, love and romance, couple relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: flanders, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 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: grandmother grandson relationship, parents and children, friendship, generation gap, coming of age, village life, village, family relations, grandparent grandchild relationship, childhood, love, life & death ...
Time: contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea, tokyo, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.7
 8K
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, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, redemption, couple relations, mental illness, human nature, buddies, life is a bitch, rich and poor, parents and children, best friends, family relations, twists & turns ...
Time: 1900s, 1930s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.7
 8K
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: realistic, touching, sincere, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: coming of age, teacher, studying, elementary school, classroom, city, village, mountain, mayor, girl, promise, food ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: china, tokyo, japan, new jersey, iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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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, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: friendship, haunted by the past, nervous breakdown, funeral, alcohol abuse, loss of friend, loss of parent, family problems, parents and children, death of parent, family relations, drinking problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, alabama, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 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, 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 ⇓
19%
 8.0
 85K
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, serious, sincere ...
Plot: mentally challenged, murder, friendship, death threat, redemption, family relations, small town, human nature, crimes, parents and children, haunted by the past, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.2
 83K
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: talky, serious, depressing, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, student, friendship, loneliness, basketball, liberal, secret, coach, african american, ghetto, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.2
 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: 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 ⇓
18%
 7.1
 16K
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, psychological, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: dog, small town, financial problem, social problems, life is a bitch, hopes, down on your luck, pets, loneliness, friendship, depression, owner dog relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: oregon, usa, alaska, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 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, serious, bleak, rough, realistic
Plot: family problems, family life, life is a bitch, down on your luck, parents and children, youth, farm, injustice, family relations, hunger, teacher, brazilian ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%