Movies like My Own Private Idaho

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My Own Private Idaho (1991)
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My Own Private Idaho
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 coast of Italy in a quest to find Mike's estranged mother. Along the way they turn tricks for money and drugs, eventually attracting the attention of a wealthy benefactor and sexual deviant.
Style: surreal, road movie, atmospheric, serious, captivating, realistic, melancholic, touching, art house, talky ...
Plot: friendship, prostitution, gay, shakespeare, sexuality, pornography, coming of age, homosexuality, on the road, dysfunctional family, drugs/alcohol, drinking, loneliness, male nudity, storytelling, gender, existentialism, relationships, life is a bitch, dialogue, homeless, life philosophy, friends, rebellion, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: idaho, usa, seattle, portland oregon, oregon, washington state, europe ...

Most similar movies to My Own Private Idaho

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, talky and serious films with plots about loneliness, drinking, catastrophe, mentor, life philosophy, dialogue and runaway mostly in Drama, Biography and Music genres. Some movies like My Own Private Idaho: Last Days (2005), Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Old Joy (2006), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Urbania (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Last Days
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The life and struggles of a notorious rock musician seeping into a pit of loneliness whose everyday life involves friends and family seeking financial aid and favors, inspired by rock music legend Kurt Cobain and his final hours.
Style: bleak, serious, psychological, meditative, art house ...
Plot: music, drug abuse, rock, addiction, isolation, depression, death, suicide, storytelling, rock and roll, musician's life, existentialism ...
Place: seattle, usa
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System:   95%
    User:   100%
 
Drugstore Cowboy
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Bob and his friends Dianne, Rick and Nadine have been drug addicts for years and live from one high to the next. Gus Van Sant attempts to show an intimate look into the lives of heroin addicts with his film Drugstore Cowboy.
Style: dark humor, realistic, serious, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, heroin, redemption, friendship, drug addiction, hospital, going straight, overdose, drugs, on the road, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, portland oregon
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System:   66%
    User:   55%
 
 6.7
 5K
Old Joy
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Two old pals reunite for a camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.
Style: serious, meditative, melancholic, realistic, touching ...
Plot: friendship, road trip, on the road, buddies, dog, solitude, introspection, nature, loneliness, unlikely friendships, relationships, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, oregon, europe, usa, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   56%
 
Midnight Cowboy
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City.
Style: disturbing, realistic, sexual, serious, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, homosexuality, dreams, loneliness, prostitution, sexuality, prostitute, drinking, fish out of water, hotel, small town, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, texas, usa, manhattan new york city, florida ...
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System:   65%
    User:   54%
 
 7.0
 3K
Urbania
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Charlie takes an odyssey through grief during a fall weekend in New York City. His encounters are planned and chance: with a homeless man who sleeps by his building, with a friend who's dying, with the couple who lives (and noisily loves) in ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: vengeance, gay, storytelling, haunted by the past, murder, homosexuality, male nudity, urban, loneliness, homeless, redemption, stylish ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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System:   58%
    User:   55%
 
All About My Mother
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A single mother in Madrid sees her only son die on his birthday as he runs to seek an actress' autograph. Beside herself with grief, she returns to Barcelona to tell the boy's father about the death of the son he never knew he had.
Style: emotional, stylized, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: redemption, friendship, drug abuse, lesbian, aids, transvestism, father daughter relationship, drug addiction, hospital, death, prostitute, birthday ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: spain, barcelona, madrid, barcelona spain
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System:   56%
    User:   54%
 
 7.7
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Faces
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
Style: talky, biting, serious, clever, bleak ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, prostitute, suburbs, betrayal, male nudity, drinking, crumbling marriage, human nature, character study, crime gone awry, introspection, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   58%
 
 7.2
 79K
Half Nelson
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: realistic, talky, sincere, serious, touching ...
Plot: friendship, teacher, addiction, drug abuse, loneliness, drugs, drug addiction, father daughter relationship, drinking, basketball, dedicated educator, hip hop ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
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System:   54%
    User:   50%
 
Bodies, Rest & Motion
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Rebelling against his dreary life in a small Arizona town, salesman Nick abandons his girlfriend, Beth, and strikes out onto the highway in search of... something else. Encouraged by her best friend, Carol, Beth reluctantly accepts the romantic ...
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love, drinking, buddies, friends, relationships, loneliness, human nature, dialogue, small town, desert, life philosophy, redemption ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: arizona, usa, california, tucson arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   61%
 
It's My Party
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A gathering of friends. A gift of love. A celebration of life.
Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, emotional, semi serious ...
Plot: aids, friendship, gay, death, suicide, terminal illness, male nudity, gays and lesbians, relationships, unlikely friendships, homosexuality, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   60%
 
The Panic in Needle Park
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in Needle Park in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless ...
Style: bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: drug addiction, addiction, drug abuse, drugs, heroin, prostitution, drugs/alcohol, couple relations, depression, relationships, homeless, marijuana ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   43%
 
Dangerous Game
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A New York film director, working on his latest movie in Los Angeles, begins to reflect the actions in his movie and real life, especially when he begins an affair with the lead actress.
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: infidelity, redemption, filmmaking, actor's life, drugs, nudity (topless - notable), crumbling marriage, life philosophy, downfall, obsession, human nature, hollywood ...
Time: 90s
Place: israel, los angeles, california, middle east, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   58%
 
Two-Lane Blacktop
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A driver and a mechanic travel around the United States hopping from drag strip to drag strip in a 1955 Chevy Bel-Air coupe. They race for money, betting with their competitors. The pair gain a young and talkative female stowaway. Along the way they ...
Style: road movie, serious, enigmatic, bleak, meditative ...
Plot: cult, desert, existentialism, on the road, contests and competitions, cars, motorcycle, obsessive quest, loneliness, racing, destructive relationship, road trip ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   58%
 
Chelsea Walls
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.
Style: talky, touching, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: hotel, artist, poetry, loneliness, eccentricity, musician's life, urban, writer's life, existentialism, nudity (topless - notable), storytelling, dialogue ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, minnesota, minneapolis minnesota, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   41%
 
 7.0
 7K
Jesus' Son
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young man turns from drug addiction and petty crime to a life redeemed by a discovery of compassion.
Style: dark humor, semi serious, realistic, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: drug abuse, redemption, addiction, heroin, drugs, drug addiction, hospital, drinking, on the road, apocalypse, realism, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new jersey, mexico, phoenix arizona, iowa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   58%
 
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Foxes
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A group of friends come of age in the asphalt desert of the San Fernando Valley, as set to a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, rough, reflective ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, drug abuse, addiction, self discovery, adolescence, coming-of-age, unlikely friendships, parents and children, childhood, teenagers ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   43%
 
 7.9
 7K
Mamma Roma
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment, a fruit stand and retires from the prostitution. She brings her teenage son Ettore (Ettore Garofolo), who ...
Style: serious, gloomy, melancholic, compassionate, bleak ...
Plot: redemption, prostitute, prostitution, hospital, pimp, going straight, loneliness, childhood, starting over, runaway, relationships, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, italy, tokyo, mexico, rome italy
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System:   48%
    User:   55%
 
The Scrounger
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiralling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.
Style: realistic, gloomy, serious, compassionate, bleak ...
Plot: poverty, drinking, prostitute, social misfits, pimp, male nudity, friendship, prostitution, women, relationships, criminal heroes, neo realism ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   57%
 
 6.8
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Ironweed
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, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, mental illness, buddies, homeless, guilt, cancer, poverty, social misfits, eccentricity, couple relations, depression, insanity ...
Time: 1930s, 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 30s
Place: new york, usa
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System:   48%
    User:   48%
 
The Winter Guest
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: It's winter in a small Scottish village near the sea, and multiple lives intersect in a day. Frances (Emma Thompson) has just lost her husband to an early death, so her mother, Elspeth (Phyllida Law), travels to Frances' house to reconnect ...
Style: bleak, talky, touching, serious, reflective ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, dealing with death, life & death, adolescence, loneliness, existentialism, starting over, fantasy world, small town, human nature, solitude, life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: scotland, europe, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   39%
 
Morvern Callar
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Morvern Callar wakes on Christmas morning to discover that her troubled boyfriend has committed suicide, leaving behind the unpublished manuscript to his first novel and a sum of money intended to pay for his burial. Instead, Morvern attempts to use ...
Style: gloomy, serious, enigmatic, art house, melancholic ...
Plot: suicide, self discovery, on the road, couple relations, hotel, friendship, sex, death, loneliness, existentialism, life & death, christmas ...
Time: contemporary
Place: spain, scotland, europe, ibiza
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System:   47%
    User:   45%
 
The Last Time I Committed Suicide
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Neal Cassady is living the beat life during the 1940s, working at The Tire Yard and and philandering around town. However, he has visions of a happy life with kids and a white picket fence. When his girlfried, Joan, tries to kill herself he gets ...
Style: talky, stylized, semi serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: writer's life, friendship, on the road, male nudity, buddies, depression, life, romance, suicide, self discovery, sexualized violence, poetry ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: colorado, mexico, usa, new jersey, tokyo ...
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System:   47%
    User:   41%
 
Bright Lights, Big City
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A young kid from Kansas moves to New York to work on a magazine. He gets caught up in the world of drink and drugs, and starts a steady decline. The only hope is the cousin of one of his drinking partners, can she pull him through it ?
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, stylized, sentimental ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, redemption, downfall, drugs/alcohol, drinking, urban, death, alcohol abuse, nightlife, cancer, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, new jersey, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   53%
 
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Bad Night
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Mala Noche is the film debut from director Gus van Sant. The film portrays the unanswered love of an American man toward a young Mexican man.
Style: sexual, serious, touching, realistic, gloomy
Plot: store, fall in love, gays and lesbians, romance, immigrants, obsession, interracial relations, unfulfilled love, gay, hustler, gay sex, gender ...
Time: 80s
Place: portland oregon, oregon, mcdonald's restaurant
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System:   46%
    User:   39%
 
Five Easy Pieces
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.
Style: realistic, road movie, intellectual, serious, sincere ...
Plot: road trip, dysfunctional family, working class, rebellion, on the road, rebelliousness, existentialism, hitchhiker, social misfits, character study, obsession, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, washington state, texas, southern california
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System:   46%
    User:   43%
 
Last Exit to Brooklyn
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, West Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A gritty Brooklyn story about union corruption, violence, taboos and social norms. The stories told are of the sailors, the prostitute, the union bosses, the hooligans and the gay community set in the early 50s.
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: working class, prostitution, prostitute, social decay, drinking, brutality, urban, society, crime, rape, depression, violent ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   45%
 
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Reprise
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Two competitive friends, fueled by literary aspirations and youthful exuberance, endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers.
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, reflective, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, depression, writer's life, writers, relationships, unlikely friendships, mentor, road not taken, complex characters, pornography, loneliness, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, oslo norway, hawaii, paris france
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System:   44%
    User:   43%
 
 7.5
 5K
Passion Fish
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Soap actress May-Alice Culhane is paralyzed from the waist down in an accident. She returns to her old home in Louisiana, where she proceeds to drink quite steadily and to drive away five personal attendants in the first twenty minutes of the movie. ...
Style: clever, talky, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: friendship, disability, folk, human nature, self discovery, small town, relationships, unlikely friendships, loneliness, redemption, urban, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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System:   44%
    User:   53%
 
 7.2
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Rumble Fish
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, gloomy, serious, surreal ...
Plot: coming of age, motorcycle, violence, gang, neo noir, existentialism, drinking, juvenile delinquency, friendship, drugs, teenager, gangs ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: oklahoma, usa, california
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System:   42%
    User:   48%
 
Joe Gould's Secret
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a voluminous Oral History of the World, a record of 20,000 ...
Style: realistic, witty, serious, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: friendship, artist, storytelling, mental illness, philosophy, writer's life, art, drinking, homeless, death, writers, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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System:   41%
    User:   36%
 
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