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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: touching, tragicomedy, sincere, sentimental, clever, humorous, offbeat, realistic, semi serious, dramatic ...
Plot: culture clash, jewish, journey, on the road, friendship, search, collector, holocaust, anti semitism, human nature, prejudice, grandparent grandchild relationship, self discovery, obsessive quest, society, escapades, grandparent and grandchild, disorder, fish out of water, tragic event, blindness and impaired vision, suicide, dog, translator, ukrainian ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 20th century
Place: ukraine, europe, berlin germany, eastern europe, kiev ukraine

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, sentimental, touching and semi serious films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, mentor, culture clash, runaway, redemption and loneliness mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Everything Is Illuminated: Smoke Signals (1998), The Go-Getter (2007), The Station Agent (2003), Fandango (1985), Elizabethtown (2005). 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, realistic, semi serious, sincere, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: on the road, friendship, self discovery, friends, escapades, family problems, obsessive quest, cliche, death in the family, haunted by the past, orphan, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: phoenix arizona, arizona, india, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, sentimental, touching, offbeat, humorous ...
Plot: road trip, on the road, car thief, coming of age, friendship, society, misfit, youth, self discovery, fish out of water, obsessive quest, track down ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: touching, realistic, humorous, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, inheritance, loneliness, small town, depression, suicide attempt, artist, grief, dwarf, anger, marijuana, humiliation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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, emotional, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: young lovers, trip, male bonding, coming of age, friendship, obsessive quest, student life, adolescence vs adulthood, love and romance, on the road, buddies, skydiving ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, future
Place: austin texas, texas, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 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: emotional, sincere, humorous, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, self discovery, suicide attempt, stewardess, romance, love and romance, parents and children, family problems, falling in love, map, death in the family, on the road ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: kentucky, usa, kansas, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 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, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: innocence, on the road, child abuse, running, thief, summer, travel, road trip, dishonesty, obsessive quest, disorder, responsibility ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 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: realistic, humorous, sentimental, offbeat, thought provoking ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, in-laws, culture clash, artist, pregnancy, painting, jealousy, jewish, christian, newlywed, meet the parents, wedding preparations and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, realistic, semi serious, road movie ...
Audience: teens
Plot: road trip, on the road, mental illness, friendship, physical appearance, love and romance, friends, social misfits, escapades, dealing with death, society, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cross country, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 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: touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: friendship, college, law school, graduation, college student, self discovery, human nature, ambition, youth, father son relationship, unlikely friendships, happy ending ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: massachusetts, usa, campus, harvard university, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: touching, talky, humorous, realistic, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: neighbor, marijuana, thanksgiving, road trip, on the road, reconciliation, illness, holiday, family, family gatherings, grandparent and grandchild, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ 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, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, aids, friends, pregnancy, terminal illness, on the road, self discovery, gender, partners, couples, unlikely criminals, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: pittsburgh, cross country, san diego california, pakistan, st. louis missouri ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, emotional, sentimental, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, mental illness, family problems, couples, solace, unfulfillment, family relations, love and romance, parents and children, single parent ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1962
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: redemption, bus, on the road, van, estrangement, self discovery, parents and children, family relations, family gatherings, dealing with death, separated, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: humorous, touching, sincere, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: martial arts, culture clash, immigrants, parents and children, family relations, golden years, family life, self discovery, society, human nature, misfit, fish out of water ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, usa, new york, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: clever, semi serious, humorous, witty, offbeat ...
Plot: infidelity, attempted murder, rescue, friendship, office, gays and lesbians, friends, siblings relations, family relations, singleness, workplace situations, countryside ...
Time: contemporary
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⇓ 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, touching, semi serious, sincere, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, missouri, louisiana, kentucky ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Upside of Anger (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 118 min.
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Style: realistic, sincere, semi serious, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: michigan, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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: realistic, humorous, inspirational, entertaining, witty ...
Audience: family outing, kids
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1965, year 1946
Place: usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, witty, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, obsessive quest, nothing goes right, parenthood, beauty pageant, heroin, road trip, businessman, homosexual, journey, teacher, singer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, new mexico, cross country, albuquerque new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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: sentimental, semi serious, humorous, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, basketball, artist, birthday, confession, self discovery, coma, parents and children, love and romance, friends, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973
Place: new york, europe, usa, france, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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, humorous, sincere, semi serious, emotional ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, eastern europe, romania, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, touching, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: road trip, on the road, family relations, parents and children, single parent, salesman, protective parent, parent child relationship, 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 ⇓
42%
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Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After a rough divoce, Frances, a 35 year old book editor from San Francisco takes a tour of Tuscany at the urgings of her friends. On a whim she buys Bramasole, a run down villa in the Tuscan countryside and begins to piece her life together ...
Style: sentimental, humorous, feel good, romantic, scenic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, divorce, small town, depression, pregnancy, tourist, romance, fish out of water, misfit, starting over, gay, new house ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tuscany, europe, italy, alps, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, sincere, semi serious, disturbing, clever ...
Plot: coming of age, nomad, teenage life, eccentric family, single parent, self discovery, social differences, parents and children, family relations, sex aid, youth, sex ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: beverly hills, usa, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, sincere, emotional, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: greek, friendship, village, dance, monastery, dancing, widow, culture clash, society, odd couple, lifestyle, starting over ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: greece, europe, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 8K
Crooklyn (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parenthood, coming of age, parents and children, urban, school, family relations, couple relations, single parent, family problems, teenage life, black people ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.5
 56K
In Her Shoes (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Irresponsible party girl Maggie (Cameron Diaz) is kicked out of her father's (Ken Howard) and stepmother's (Candice Azzara) home, where she lives for free, and is taken in by her hard-working sister, Philadelphia lawyer Rose (Toni ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
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Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: florida, philadelphia, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Calendar Girl (1993)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Like many adolescent boys, Roy Darpinian had the hots for movie divas, and one in particular was his wet dream as half of America's in the 1950s: Marilyn Monroe. The difference is, one summer holiday he actually decided to enlist his spineless ...
Style: clever, semi serious, humorous, feel good, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: hollywood, coming of age, chase, friendship, on the road, beach, calendar, tattoo, party, marijuana, summer, obsession ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.1
 49K
Away We Go (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Verona and Burt have moved to Colorado to be close to Burt's parents but, with Veronica expecting their first child, Burt’s parents decide to move to Belgium, now leaving them in a place they hate and without a support structure in place. ...
Style: humorous, touching, witty, realistic, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: pregnancy, marriage, journey, search, on the road, bedtime story, sonogram, student protest, biracial, parenthood, love and romance, in-laws ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cross country, usa, belgium, colorado, montreal ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%