Movies like Cinema Paradiso

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Cinema Paradiso (1988)
 8.5
 223K
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Original name: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
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, serious, realistic, emotional, compassionate, atmospheric, sad, inspirational ...
Audience: date night
Plot: haunted by the past, coming of age, first love, movie theatre, village, filmmaking, childhood, friendship, censorship, funeral, generation gap, child's point of view, fictional biography, life philosophy, father son relationship, storytelling, adolescence, philosophy, bittersweet, mentor, unlikely friendships, mother son relationship, dreams, kiss, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 80s, twentieth century
Place: sicily, italy, europe, rome italy, sicily italy

Most similar movies to Cinema Paradiso

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and emotional films with plots about family relations, bittersweet, friendship, coming of age, childhood, storytelling and mentor mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Cinema Paradiso: Malena (2000), Central Station (1998), The Postman (1994), The Way Home (2002), Monsieur Ibrahim (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
 88K
Malena (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: On the day in 1940 that Italy enters the war, two things happen to the 12-year-old Renato: he gets his first bike, and he gets his first look at Malèna. She is a beautiful, silent outsider who's moved to this Sicilian town to be with her ...
Style: sexual, sexy, erotic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: jealousy, adultery, sex trafficking, hot and sexy, life is a bitch, small town, woman in danger, female removes her clothes, teenage sex, punishment, society, sex with a minor ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, southern italy, mediterranean sea, sicily
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Central Station (1998)
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, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: age difference, teacher, letter, retired, on the road, realism, brazilian, alcoholic, long lost relative, friendship, poverty, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 33K
The Postman (1994)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France, Belgium
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, feel good, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: letter, poet, island, friendship, love, exile, communism, postman, romance, bohemian life, friends, native ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: italy, europe, naples italy, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, thought provoking, rough, semi serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: grandmother grandson relationship, parents and children, generation gap, friendship, 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 ⇓
100%
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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: touching, sentimental, feel good, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, muslim, generation gap, koran, family relations, man boy relationship, self discovery, coming of age, teaching the ways of the world, young heroes, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: paris france, europe, switzerland, greece, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, human nature, blind character, 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 ⇓
100%
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, realistic ...
Plot: beautiful scenery, fishing, childhood, wilderness, americana, generation gap, family relations, self discovery, coming of age, friendship, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 20s ...
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: small town, friendship, young lovers, womanizer, lifestyle, opposites attract, introspection, couples, family problems, parents and children, haunted by the past, society ...
Place: nebraska, usa, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Babette's Feast (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The guest, a General at the Swedish court, is not related to the sister, but, as a callow young man, was in love with her, but chose his military career over happiness with her. His aunt is a member of the religious community. He is the one who, ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: aging, elderly, eccentric family, siblings relations, birthday, maid, family relations, lottery, lifestyle, refugee, unspoken love, female protagonist ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1830s, 1880s, 18th century
Place: denmark, france, europe, paris france, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Sicilia! Sicilia! (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 163 min.
Story: Giuseppe Tornatore traces three generations of a Sicilian family in in the Sicilian town of Bagheria (known as Baarìa in the local Sicilian dialect), from the 1930s to the 1980s, to tell the story of the loves, dreams and delusions of an unusual ...
Style: atmospheric, sincere, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: fascism, world war two, social differences, politics, family relations, small town, family life, election, communism, state affairs, injustice, hopes ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, 50s, 70s, 1930s ...
Place: italy, sicily, europe, sicily italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 9K
The Cure (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Dexter, age 11, who has AIDS, and his next door neighbor Eric, a little older and much bigger, become best friends. Eric also becomes closer to Dexter's mother than to his own, who is neglectful and bigoted and violently forbids their ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, best friends, aids, loss of son, coming of age, bittersweet, youth, young heroes, cure, friends, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, new orleans, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Star Maker (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The adventures and deceptions of a photographer who travels through the small villages of Sicily pretending that he is working for the big film studios in Rome.
Style: sentimental, sincere, serious, uplifting, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: filmmaking, love and romance, romance, hidden identity, self discovery, disorder, hopes, small town, cons and scams, on the road, village, countryside ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: italy, sicily, europe, palermo italy, madrid ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 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, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: spain, europe, galicia, australia, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
 3K
Left Luggage (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, Belgium, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: While escaping from Nazis during the WWII, a Jewish man dug suitcases full of things dear to his heart in the ground two. The war deprived him of his family, and afterwards he endlessly turns over the soil of Antwerp to find the suitcases, which ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: jewish, nanny, eviction, family relations, liberal, haunted by the past, parents and children, holocaust survivor, mentally challenged, religions or cults, racism, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, belgium, antwerp, israel, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Orheim Company (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A strong, human tale about a boy growing up with an alcoholic father, but also an energetic story about teenage lust, pain and passion – about liberation and redemption.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: parenthood, childhood, haunted by the past, parents and children, teenage life, family relations, coping, coming of age, youth, orphan, orphanage, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.0
 86K
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: murder, friendship, mentally challenged, death threat, redemption, family relations, small town, crimes, parents and children, haunted by the past, human nature, father figure ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: arkansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Three Brothers (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In a farmhouse in southern Italy, an old woman dies. Her husband summons their sons: from Rome, Raffaele, a judge facing a political case for which he risks assassination; from Naples, the religious and ideological Rocco, a counselor at a ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, gloomy, contemplative ...
Plot: family relations, hopes, mafia, terrorism, funeral, death, introspection, death in the family, family gatherings, reunion, siblings relations, self discovery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, germany, southern italy, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Cider with Rosie (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story set in the Cotswolds during and immediately after the First World War.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, touching ...
Plot: village, coming of age, world war one, friendship, youth, society, village life, teenager, childhood, military police, deserter, classroom ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 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, family in crisis, death in the family, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, realistic ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, love and romance, self discovery, family relations, prostitute, love, introspection, parents and children, youth, romance, fall in love, human nature ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1920s
Place: georgia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, hopes, self discovery, parents and children, youth, russian, friendship, drinking, boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2002, 70s
Place: russia, italy, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, nervous breakdown, haunted by the past, alcohol abuse, funeral, loss of friend, family problems, loss of parent, death of parent, parents and children, family relations, drinking problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, alabama, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.2
 768
The Neon Bible (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 91 min.
Story: While on a train, a teenage boy thinks about his life and the flamboyant aunt whose friendship acted as an emotional shield from his troubled family. This film evokes the haunting quality of memory while creating a heartfelt portrait of a boy's ...
Style: stylized, serious, emotional, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: small town, family problems, americana, society, religion, child's point of view, family relations, dysfunctional family, coming of age, adaptation, bdsm, singer ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 1930s, 70s
Place: southern usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 7.4
 165K
Mud (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and make a pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.
Style: atmospheric, touching, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenage boy, river, unlikely friendships, human relationship, unfulfillment, ex convict, lake or river, drifter, boat, runaway ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arkansas, usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.9
 6K
Last Orders (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, talky, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, last wish, death, memory, family relations, war veteran, partners, parents and children, self discovery, friends, life, friendship between men ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Everybody's Fine (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Matteo Scuro is a retired Sicilian bureaucrat, a widower with five children, all of whom live on the mainland and hold responsible jobs. He decides to surprise each with a visit and finds none as he imagined.
Style: emotional, clever, sentimental, tragicomedy, serious ...
Plot: family relations, family life, parents and children, on the road, dysfunctional family, introspection, homeless, estrangement, family problems, human nature, nudity (full frontal - brief), unfulfillment ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: italy, sicily, europe, florence, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 12K
The War (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, friendship, bullying, family relations, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, bittersweet, homecoming, family problems, understanding, generation gap ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, mississippi, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.4
 2K
Libero (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A young father and his two children struggle to find harmony after his wife leaves them for another man.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: unfaithful wife, family relations, friendship, dysfunctional family, coming of age, siblings relations, parents and children, lifestyle, youth, single parent, family problems, boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
An American Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: immigrants, family relations, cold war, friendship, family, love and romance, self discovery, siblings relations, parents and children, human nature, on the run, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, year 1956 ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, poland, budapest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, family life, haunted by the past, teenage life, parents and children, self discovery, friendship, youth, hopes, friends, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%