Movies like Elling

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Elling (2001)
 7.5
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Elling (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and female-obsessed virgin in his 40s. After two years, the men are released and provided with a state-funded apartment and stipend with the hope they will be able to live on their own.
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, witty, realistic, neurotic, feel good, poignant, reflective, compassionate ...
Plot: friendship, mental illness, mental institution, odd couple, social worker, misfit, love and romance, human nature, friendship between men, pregnancy, poet, giant, eccentricity, self discovery, fighting the system, dark humor, friends, couples, hopes, mentally challenged, hospital, poetry, destiny, love, christmas ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, cambodia, south pole, bosnia, oslo norway, california, argentina

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Most similar movies to Elling

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out semi serious, humorous, realistic and touching films with plots about friendship, friends, storytelling, mentor, bittersweet, drinking alcohol and loneliness mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Elling: Love Me Tomorrow (2005), Metroland (1997), The Go-Getter (2007), Driving Lessons (2006), Year of the Dog (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Love Me Tomorrow (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Norway
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three years have passed since Elling moved to town together with Kjell Bjarne, his roommate from the institution at Brøynes. Elling now lives on his own in the apartment. Kjell Bjarne has moved up one floor, to Reidun and her little daughter Mojo. ...
Style: emotional, realistic, semi serious, psychological, humorous ...
Plot: mental illness, love and romance, human nature, misfit, loner, little girl, friendship between men, philosophy, obsession, beer, angst, cafe ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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95%
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Metroland (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain, France, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After ten years absence Toni, Chris's best friend, suddenly reappears in London to bring chaos and doubt into Chris's calm, tranquil, slightly boring, predictable life. Chris starts to remember his carefree youth as a photographer in Paris ...
Style: sexual, sexy, touching, humorous, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, infidelity, liar, midlife crisis, coming of age, bittersweet, unfulfillment, love and romance, lifestyle, thirtysomething life, family relations, couples ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: london, england, paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Go-Getter (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When his mother dies, a teenager takes a road-trip in a stolen car to find his long-lost brother. Along the way he discovers a profound connection with the car-owner and with himself as well.
Style: semi serious, melancholic, enigmatic, ironic, realistic ...
Plot: road trip, teenage life, car thief, love and romance, introspection, self discovery, parents and children, human nature, coming of age, lifestyle, obsessive quest, brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: oregon, new orleans, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Driving Lessons (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A shy teenage boy trying to escape the influence of his domineering mother, has his world changed when he begins to work for a retired actress.
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, parents and children, love and romance, family problems, family relations, artists and showbiz, actor's life, friendship, letter, christianity, actress ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: england, edinburgh scotland, scotland, united kingdom, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Year of the Dog (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A secretary's life changes in unexpected ways after her dog dies.
Style: humorous, touching, melancholic, clever, witty ...
Plot: friendship, pets, rescue, infidelity, human nature, couple relations, dark humor, single woman, african american, dog, attempted murder, office ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Kitchen Stories (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Norway, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Swedish efficiency researchers come to Norway for a study of Norwegian men, to optimize their use of their kitchen. Folke Nilsson (Tomas Norström) is assigned to study the habits of Isak Bjørvik (Joachim Calmeyer). By the rules of the research ...
Style: humorous, witty, twists and turns, realistic, surprise ending ...
Plot: friendship, research, surveillance, cooking, regret, friends, dishonesty, human nature, satire, scientist, husband wife relationship, medical examination ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s, post world war two
Place: norway, europe, sweden, finland, stockholm sweden ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Trust (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: After being thrown away from home, pregnant high school dropout Maria meets Matthew, a highly educated and extremely moody electronics repairman. The two begin an unusual romance built on their sense of mutual admiration and trust.
Style: talky, witty, humorous, realistic, clever ...
Plot: love and romance, age difference, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, family relations, dark humor, bittersweet, coming of age, misfit, social misfits, youth, romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: long island, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 8K
Simon (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When Camiel, a gay dentist, and Simon, a carefree café owner, collide in a traffic accident their lives become intrinsically entangled. When they bump into each other 14 years later, Simon is severely ill. Camiel experiences at close range how ...
Style: touching, emotional, melancholic, compassionate, humorous ...
Plot: friendship, terminal illness, gays and lesbians, human nature, life is a bitch, introspection, drug dealing, unfulfillment, cancer, homosexual, dentist, gay ...
Time: contemporary
Place: thailand, europe, amsterdam, canada, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Questione di cuore (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Garage owner Angelo and big-time film producer Alberto find themselves occupying neighbouring beds in a Rome hospital after suffering heart attacks. Alberto is a gregarious joker - and chain smoker - who has a strong effect on the impressionable ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, friends, hopes, buddies, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, hospital, dealing with death, unsuccessful, screenwriter, fear of death, heart attack ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Station Agent (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.
Style: sincere, touching, humorous, captivating, tragicomedy ...
Plot: loneliness, friendship, solitude, depression, small town, inheritance, dwarf, bittersweet, lifestyle, unfulfillment, society, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, canada, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Home for Christmas (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Norway, Sweden, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Adapted from a series of short stories by Norwegian author Levi Henriksen, Bent Hamers Home for Christmas weaves together the lives of people struggling to find their way home on a Christmas Eve, beneath the colors of the Northern Lights. The plot ...
Style: touching, semi serious, emotional, humorous, non-linear ...
Plot: christmas, friendship, hopes, human nature, small town, unfulfillment, loneliness, multiple storylines, bittersweet, couple relations, friends, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway, europe, former yugoslavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: depression, mental illness, coming of age, psychiatric ward, teenage love, teenage life, friendship, mental institution, friends, anxiety, teenage boy, adolescence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Last of the High Kings (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Ireland, Denmark, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: It is 1977, Dublin rocks to the music of Thin Lizzy and the world is stunned by the death of Elvis Presley. Frankie, caught between acne and adulthood, has just completed his final exams in school. Convinced he will fail, he survives the summer ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, feel good, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: politics, friendship, coming of age, infidelity, single parent, self discovery, teenage love, romance, misfit, best friends, fall in love, introspection ...
Time: 90s, 70s, year 1977
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, europe, milwaukee wisconsin, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.0
 265
The Flats (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The Flats tells a cautionary tale of friendship and desire played out among a group of 20-somethings transitioning into adulthood. Main character Harper and his buddies make the most of their freedom prior to an impending court-ordered jail ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous
Plot: love triangle, love and romance, youth, unemployment, human nature, friendship, friendship between men, coming of age, friends, siblings relations, courtroom drama, best friend ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
10 Items or Less (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An actor who is considering the role of a supermarket manager arrives at a grocery store on the outskirts of Los Angeles to do some field research. He subsequently becomes stranded, without a car or cell phone, and accepts a ride home with Scarlet, ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, semi serious, clever ...
Plot: self discovery, friendship, introspection, research, job interview, movie star, on the road, friends, stranger, celebrity culture, actor's life, shopping ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Son of the Bride (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 123 min.
Story: At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, he feels guilty about rarely visiting his aging mother, his ex-wife says he doesn't spend enough time with their daughter and he has yet to make a commitment ...
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, witty, suspense ...
Plot: midlife crisis, wedding, divorce, family relations, heart attack, introspection, fall in love, old friend, family gatherings, human nature, parents and children, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: buenos aires argentina, argentina, spain, italy, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.9
 33K
Igby Goes Down (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.
Style: suspense, humorous, cynical, depressing, witty ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: mental illness, dysfunctional family, teenage life, eccentric family, addiction, life is a bitch, fall in love, coming of age, parents and children, terminal illness, family problems, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, washington d.c., new jersey, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Box of Moon Light (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Al Fountain, a middle-aged electrical engineer, is on the verge of a mid-life crisis, when he decides to take his time coming home from a business trip, rents a car, and heads out looking for a lake he remembers from his childhood. But his wandering ...
Style: thought provoking, humorous, touching, road movie, scenic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: midlife crisis, free spirit, friendship, stranger, friends, introspection, unfulfillment, vandalism, phone sex, infidelity, engineer, life ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Inside I'm Dancing (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Michael is a 24-year-old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in.
Style: emotional, uplifting, touching, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: disability, friendship, youth, cerebral palsy, life, loneliness, human spirit, character study, love triangle, life philosophy, friends, broken heart ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Bunny and the Bull (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young shut-in takes an imaginary road trip inside his apartment, based on mementos and memories of a European trek from years before.
Style: semi serious, surreal, mind bending, captivating, touching ...
Plot: odd couple, friendship, isolation, partners, friends, agoraphobia, introspection, haunted by the past, wilderness, on the road, escapades, buddies ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
King of California (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Charlie gets released from an insane asylum and moves in with Miranda, the young daughter he left behind. Charlie believes that there is treasure hidden beneath the local Costco, so he puts together a plan to unearth the loot. By convincing Miranda ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, emotional, inspirational ...
Plot: treasure hunt, father daughter relationship, treasure, mental illness, mental institution, insanity, musician, child as adult, escapades, obsessive quest, family relations, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles, southern california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.5
 19K
Paper Man (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his ...
Style: psychological, touching, humorous, tricky, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, imaginary friend, midlife crisis, writers, coming of age, teenage life, imaginary character, down on your luck, superhero, small town, party, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, long island, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Upside of Anger (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After her husband runs off with his secretary, Terry Wolfmeyer is left to fend for herself -- and her four daughters. As she hits rock bottom, Terry finds a friend and drinking buddy in next-door neighbor Denny, a former baseball player. As the two ...
Style: suspense, realistic, semi serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, dysfunctional family, neighbor, family relations, love and romance, starting over, suburban life, couple relations, couples, lifestyle, parents and children, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: michigan, usa, detroit, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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The Way Way Back (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: friendship, summer, loneliness, vacation, teenager, shyness, teenage love, youth, family problems, teenage life, parents and children, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Boys on the Side (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After breaking up with her girlfriend, a nightclub singer, Jane, answers a personal ad from Robin, a real estate agent with AIDS, seeking a cross-country travel partner. On their journey from New York City to Los Angeles, the two stop by Pittsburgh ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, aids, friends, pregnancy, road trip, lesbian, self discovery, on the road, terminal illness, female friendship, murder, domestic violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: pittsburgh, los angeles, pakistan, new york, tucson arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Four Seasons (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life, marital, parental and other crises.
Style: sentimental, witty, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, divorce, midlife crisis, vacation, bittersweet, introspection, parents and children, self discovery, couple relations, human nature, wilderness, best friends ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.7
 5K
The Van (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in "Barrytown", a fictitious working-class quarter of Dublin. "Bimbo" Reeves gets laid off from his job. With his redundancy, he buys a van and sells fish and chips with his buddy Larry. Due to Ireland's surprising ...
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, semi serious, touching ...
Plot: unemployment, friendship, family relations, soccer, working class, van, friends, single parent, nothing goes right, buddies, society, misfit ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, london, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.6
 604
Cleopatra (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain, Argentina
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A retired teacher and a soap star leave their routines and the men in their lives behind and embark on a weekend trip.
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: fall in love, self discovery, friendship, best friends, introspection, looking for love, human nature, on the road, hopes, parents and children, family business, buddies ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Banger Sisters (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the late '60s, the self-proclaimed belles of the rock 'n' roll ball, rocked the worlds of every music legend whose pants they could take off -- and they have the pictures to prove it. But it's been more than two decades since ...
Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, odd couple, midlife crisis, rock star, family, self discovery, family relations, artists and showbiz, parents and children, secret past, groupie, tattoo ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, phoenix arizona, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.7
 14K
With Honors (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Convinced he'll graduate with honors because of his thesis paper, a stuffy Harvard student finds his paper being held hostage by a homeless man, who might be the guy to school the young man in life.
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: homeless, friendship, college, law school, graduation, college student, self discovery, human nature, ambition, youth, father son relationship, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston, harvard university, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%