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Everything Is Illuminated (2005)
 7.5
 55K
Everything Is Illuminated (2005)
Original name: Everything is Illuminated
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A film based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by American writer Jonathan Safran Foer, in which a young Jewish American man endeavors—with the help of eccentric, distant relatives—to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II, in a Ukrainian village which was ultimately razed by the Nazis.
Style: tragicomedy, touching, sentimental, sincere, clever, humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat, dramatic ...
Plot: culture clash, on the road, holocaust, jewish, anti semitism, journey, friendship, collector, human nature, grandparent grandchild relationship, search, obsessive quest, escapades, blindness and impaired vision, self discovery, society, prejudice, grandparent and grandchild, fish out of water, disorder, tragic event, ukrainian, photograph, dog, suicide ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: ukraine, europe, eastern europe, berlin germany, kiev ukraine

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, semi serious and sentimental films with plots about storytelling, mentor, dialogue, runaway, culture clash, loneliness and redemption mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Everything Is Illuminated: Smoke Signals (1998), The Station Agent (2003), Fandango (1985), The Go-Getter (2007), Kikujiro (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Smoke Signals (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by Arnold. Arnold soon left his family, and Victor hasn't ...
Style: touching, witty, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: on the road, friendship, self discovery, native americans, death in the family, haunted by the past, escapades, family problems, friends, orphan, obsessive quest, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: phoenix arizona, arizona, india, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: realistic, touching, tragicomedy, humorous, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, small town, inheritance, loneliness, depression, train station, suicide attempt, humiliation, grief, dwarf, artist, divorce ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.7
 7K
Fandango (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Five college buddies from the University of Texas circa 1971 embark on a final road trip odyssey across the Mexican border before facing up to uncertain futures, in Vietnam and otherwise.
Style: road movie, sentimental, touching, semi serious, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: young lovers, male bonding, trip, coming of age, friendship, obsessive quest, buddies, on the road, adolescence vs adulthood, student life, love and romance, culture clash ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, future
Place: austin texas, texas, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: realistic, semi serious, sentimental, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: road trip, on the road, car thief, friendship, coming of age, suburbs, social misfits, human nature, disappearance, sibling relationship, mobile phone, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.8
 17K
Kikujiro (1999)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Brash, loudmouthed and opportunistic, Kikujiro is the unlikely companion for Masao who is determined to see the mother he has never met. The two begin a series of adventures which soon turns out to be a whimsical journey of laughter and tears with a ...
Style: surreal, stylized, touching, semi serious, offbeat ...
Plot: on the road, summer, travel, road trip, child abuse, running, thief, innocence, odd couple, obsessive quest, trip, loser ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.4
 64K
Elizabethtown (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Drew Baylor is fired after causing his shoe company to lose hundreds of millions of dollars. To make matters worse, he's also dumped by his girlfriend. On the verge of ending it all, Drew gets a new lease on life when he returns to his ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, semi serious, emotional, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, suicide attempt, self discovery, romance, stewardess, parents and children, falling in love, love and romance, family problems, mother daughter relationship, brother sister relationship, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: kentucky, usa, kansas, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Road Within (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young man with Tourette's Syndrome embarks on a road trip with his recently-deceased mother's ashes.
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, road movie ...
Audience: teens
Plot: road trip, on the road, mental illness, friendship, social misfits, obsessive quest, parent child relationship, cremation, misfit, friends, dealing with death, physical appearance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cross country, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Unstrung Heroes (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Steven Lidz, unhappy with his home life since his mother got sick, goes and lives with his two crazy Uncles. There he changes and gets closer to his Uncles, but his parents want him home even though he is finally happy and popular. Written by Todd ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, terminal illness, single parent, human nature, mental illness, parents and children, eccentric family, family life, misfit, unfulfillment, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1962, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Pieces of April (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Quirky and rebellious April Burns lives with her boyfriend in a low-rent New York City apartment miles away from her emotionally distant family. But when she discovers that her mother has a fatal form of breast cancer, she invites the clan to her ...
Style: realistic, talky, touching, clever, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: thanksgiving, marijuana, neighbor, road trip, on the road, illness, family, reconciliation, nothing goes right, urban, parents and children, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.0
 21K
Junebug (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: On the way to meet with an independent artist in the South, newlywed art dealer Madeleine is convinced by her husband, George, that they should stop to meet his family in North Carolina. Madeleine's affluent lifestyle clashes with the family, ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, offbeat, thought provoking ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, in-laws, culture clash, pregnancy, artist, newlywed, christian, painting, jewish, jealousy, urban, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: road movie, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, aids, friends, on the road, pregnancy, terminal illness, self discovery, gays and lesbians, escape, homosexuality, roommate, unlikely partners ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: pittsburgh, cross country, st. louis missouri, san diego california, tucson arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Around the Bend (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A tale of four generations of men, all of whom have had their offspring at a young age: a great-grandfather, a grandfather, a father in his twenties and a son who is about 7 years old. When the oldest member passes away, the trio heads out on the ...
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: on the road, redemption, van, bus, parents and children, father, grandfather, family relations, dealing with death, human nature, self discovery, family gatherings ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new mexico, usa, mexico, arizona, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.8
 34K
The Guilt Trip (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An inventor and his mom hit the road together so he can sell his latest invention.
Style: humorous, semi serious, touching, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: road trip, on the road, single parent, parents and children, family relations, parent child relationship, salesman, protective parent, overprotective mother, talking while driving, mother son relationship, lone hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cross country, usa, new jersey, san francisco, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.
Style: road movie, feel good, humorous, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: obsessive quest, nothing goes right, beauty pageant, road trip, dysfunctional family, on the road, parenthood, heroin, disorder, escapades, under the surface, businessman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, new mexico, cross country, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.7
 3K
Tumbleweeds (1999)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A woman constantly runs from town to town with her 12 year old daughter to escape failed relationships. The film opens with one escape and the shift into a new start in San Diego. There Mom takes up with a controlling trucker and fights with her ...
Style: talky, semi serious, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mother daughter relationship, on the road, single parent, self discovery, single mother, coming of age, school, couple relations, parents and children, couples, family relations, on the run ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, kentucky, missouri, louisiana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.3
 361K
The Terminal (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Viktor Navorski is a man without a country; his plane took off just as a coup d'etat exploded in his homeland, leaving it in shambles, and now he's stranded at Kennedy Airport, where he's holding a passport that nobody recognizes. ...
Style: touching, sincere, humorous, semi serious, emotional ...
Plot: airport, loneliness, culture clash, immigrants, passenger, military coup, fall in love, stranded, destiny, misfit, life philosophy, happy ending ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, eastern europe, romania, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Pushing Hands (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Taiwan, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story is about an elderly Chinese tai chi chuan teacher and grandfather who emigrates from Beijing to live with his son, American daughter-in-law, and grandson in a New York City suburb. The grandfather is increasingly distanced from the family ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: martial arts, immigrants, culture clash, human nature, self discovery, parents and children, family life, fish out of water, society, family relations, golden years, misfit ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, usa, new york, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: dark humor, semi serious, humorous, offbeat, realistic ...
Plot: office, friendship, rescue, infidelity, attempted murder, countryside, pets, obsessive quest, midlife crisis, workplace situations, misfit, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: semi serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, neighbor, dysfunctional family, couple relations, love and romance, parents and children, couples, starting over, suburban life, mother daughter relationship, family relations, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: michigan, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.0
 8K
House of D (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In the present, artist Tom Warshaw recalls his traumatic coming of age. As a 13-year-old growing up in New York City in 1973, Tom hangs out with Pappass, a mentally disabled man. With Tom's mother battling depression after the death of her ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, sentimental, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, self discovery, coma, basketball, confession, birthday, artist, best friends, mentally challenged, single parent, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973
Place: europe, new york, france, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: realistic, sentimental, touching, serious, feel good ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, muslim, piggy bank, koran, prostitute, coming of age, first sex, generation gap, young heroes, robbery, return ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, paris france, switzerland, greece, albania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.3
 89K
St. Vincent (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door.
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous, dramatic ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, divorce, neighbor, youth, friends, parents and children, family relations, drinking, bullying, gambling, parents separation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1946, year 1965
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In 1976, a lower-middle-class teenager struggles to cope living with her neurotic family of nomads on the outskirts of Beverly Hills.
Style: humorous, semi serious, sincere, disturbing, clever ...
Plot: coming of age, nomad, single parent, teenage life, parents and children, social differences, eccentric family, family relations, self discovery, sex aid, sex, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: beverly hills, usa, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
A Family Thing (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Earl Pilcher Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining he's not her natural son, but the son of a Black woman who ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, sentimental, touching, sincere ...
Plot: biracial, letter, self discovery, interracial relations, birth, matriarchy, parents and children, family life, society, family relations, dealing with death, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Bustin' Loose (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After ex-con Joe Braxton violates his probation he is given a second chance, all he has to do is drive a group of special kids across the country. What could possibly go wrong?
Style: humorous, semi serious, offbeat, realistic, witty ...
Audience: kids
Plot: bus, friendship, teacher, school, on the road, fish out of water, road trip, disorder, friends, mentally unstable, starting over, cons and scams ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Zorba the Greek (1964)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Greece, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: An uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: greek, friendship, village, dance, widow, dancing, monastery, world, culture clash, buddies, odd couple, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: greece, europe, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Try Seventeen (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Teenager Jones has opted not to go to college and is instead renting a room in a boarding house to work on his writing skills. Soon, Jones finds himself dividing his time between two women: a young actress named Lisa and a photographer named Jane. ...
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: college, coming of age, road trip, love triangle, romance, parents and children, teenage life, fall in love, youth, looking for love, adolescence, relationships ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
 117K
About Schmidt (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: 66-year-old Warren Schmidt is a retired insurance salesman and has no particular plans other than to drive around in the motor home his wife insisted they buy. He's not altogether bitter, but not happy either, as everything his wife does annoys ...
Style: dark humor, realistic, tragicomedy, semi serious, biting ...
Plot: on the road, life changing, wedding, mullet, fish out of water, salesman, letter, golden years, odd couple, wife husband relationship, introspection, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denver colorado, kansas, nebraska, colorado, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
 12K
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: sentimental, touching, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: friendship, college, college student, law school, graduation, homeless, college life, bum, social relations, coming of age, human nature, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: massachusetts, usa, campus, harvard university, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Human Resources Manager (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Israel, Germany, France, Romania
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A tragic comedy centered on the HR manager of Israel's largest industrial bakery, who sets out to save the reputation of his business and prevent the publication of a defamatory article.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, tragicomedy ...
Plot: obsessive quest, on the road, righting the wronged, hopes, nothing goes right, human nature, redemption, self discovery, escapades, disorder, bribery, selflessness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, romania, europe, middle east, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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