Movies like Permanent Vacation

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Permanent Vacation (1980)
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Permanent Vacation (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: In downtown Manhattan, a twenty-something boy whose Father is not around and whose Mother is institutionalized, is a big Charlie Parker fan. He almost subconsciously searches for more meaning in his life and meets a few characters along the way.
Style: surreal, humorous, atmospheric, offbeat, gloomy, contemplative, semi serious, enigmatic, melancholic, harsh ...
Plot: misfit, drifter, jazz, youth, family relations, couple relations, parents and children, self discovery, hopes, society, urban, couples, daydreamer, lifestyle, social misfits, redemption, introspection, city life, coming of age, adolescence vs adulthood, mental illness, saxophone, insomnia, dancing, ship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey

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Most similar movies to Permanent Vacation

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out semi serious, humorous, realistic and talky films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, mentor, loneliness, suprisingly clever, culture clash and weird mostly in Comedy, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Permanent Vacation: Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Down by Law (1986), Slaves of New York (1989), Downtown 81 (2000), The Go-Getter (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie, his pal Eddie, and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, contemplative, offbeat, semi serious ...
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, gambling, fish out of water, on the road, partners, friendship, drifter, disorder, bohemian life, jazz, introspection ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, new york, usa, ohio, hungary ...
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Down by Law (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A disc jockey, a pimp and an Italian tourist escape from jail in New Orleans.
Style: atmospheric, humorous, sincere, meditative, harsh ...
Plot: prison escape, prison, escape, pimp, fight, friendship, partners, crimes, on the road, unlikely criminals, prison life, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
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55%
Slaves of New York (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Meet the denizens of New York City: artists, prostitutes, saints, and seers. All are aspiring toward either fame or oblivion, and hoping for love and acceptance. Instead they find high rents, faithless partners, and dead-end careers.
Style: humorous, sentimental, ironic, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, couples, society, lifestyle, love, ambition, adaptation, loneliness, bittersweet, stash, performer's life, celebrity culture ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Downtown 81 (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: The film is a day in the life of a young artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets carrying a painting he hopes to sell, encountering friends, ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: prodigy, profanity, art, musician's life, twentysomething life, artist, street life, urban, punk, rock, city life, eviction ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: car thief, road trip, teenage life, love and romance, parents and children, introspection, self discovery, human nature, coming of age, obsessive quest, lifestyle, brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: oregon, new orleans, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Trust (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
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: dark humor, talky, witty, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: love and romance, dysfunctional family, family relations, pregnancy, age difference, bittersweet, suburbs, self discovery, misfit, coming of age, opposites attract, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, long island, new york
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41%
Stardust Memories (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: While attending a retrospect of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films.
Style: talky, surreal, humorous, witty, clever ...
Plot: weekend, midlife crisis, lovers reunited, filmmaking, showbiz, self discovery, couple relations, haunted by the past, celebrity culture, introspection, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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, family relations, parents and children, urban, single parent, family problems, school, teenage life, couple relations, black people ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Crazy People (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A bitter ad executive who has reached his breaking point, finds himself in a mental institution where his career actually begins to thrive with the help of the hospital's patients.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, offbeat, witty ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, romance, figment, couples, power relations, workplace, society, misfit, fighting the system, love and romance, silly humor ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Cold Souls (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Paul Giamatti stars as himself, agonizing over his interpretation of "Uncle Vanya." Paralyzed by anxiety, he stumbles upon a solution via a New Yorker article about a high-tech company promising to alleviate suffering by extracting souls. ...
Style: surreal, clever, bleak, futuristic, psychological ...
Plot: artists and showbiz, life turned upside down, actor's life, disorder, self discovery, lifestyle, hopes, introspection, husband wife relationship, existentialism, soul selling, depression ...
Place: russia, new york, usa, saint petersburg, st. petersburg russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Night on Earth (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, UK, Germany, USA, Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.
Style: intellectual, talky, humorous, touching, witty ...
Plot: taxi driver, taxi, nightlife, passenger, culture clash, priest, confession, heart attack, friendship, social misfits, lifestyle, misfit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: rome italy, los angeles, paris france, finland, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Trees Lounge (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tommy has lost his job, his love and his life. He lives in a small apartment above the Trees Lounge, a bar which he frequents along with a few other regulars without lives. He gets a job driving an ice cream truck and ends up getting involved with ...
Style: talky, gloomy, semi serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, bar, drinking, alcohol, ice cream truck, small town, unemployment, self discovery, human nature, down on your luck, sexual content, irresponsible ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
A Coffee in Berlin (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A fateful day pushes an aimless college dropout (Tom Schilling) to stop wasting his time and finally engage with life.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, humorous, tragicomedy, melancholic ...
Plot: slacker, introspection, unfulfillment, hopes, lifestyle, society, misfit, social misfits, unsupportive parent, german, teenage boy, loner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: germany, berlin germany, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Mistress America (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, an adventurous gal about town who entangles her in alluringly mad schemes. MISTRESS AMERICA is a comedy about dream-chasing, ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, melancholic, depressing, witty ...
Plot: betrayal, chess, friendship, eccentric family, hopes, prank, follow your dream, disorder, family relations, female protagonist, unlikely friendships, writers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant.
Style: talky, thought provoking, clever, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: restaurant, storytelling, hopes, starting over, introspection, haunted by the past, lifestyle, writer's life, buddies, artists and showbiz, friends, conversation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Japan, Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Coffee And Cigarettes is a collection of eleven films from cult director Jim Jarmusch. Each film hosts star studded cast of extremely unique individuals who all share the common activities of conversing while drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.
Style: meditative, humorous, clever, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: actor, conversation, lifestyle, coffee, friendship, cigarette, musician, interview, smoking, social relations, artists and showbiz, cafe ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s, 70s
Place: usa, california, paris france, las vegas, memphis ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Metropolitan (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A sparkling comedic chronicle of a middle-class young man’s romantic misadventures among New York City’s debutante society. Stillman’s deft, literate dialogue and hilariously highbrow observations earned this debut film an Academy Award ...
Style: talky, intellectual, witty, clever, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: high society, debutante, friendship, coming of age, philosophy, manners, couples, radical, friends, social climbing, love and romance, best friends ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Blue in the Face (1995)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Auggie runs a small tobacco shop in Brooklyn, New York. The whole neighborhood comes to visit him to buy cigarettes and have some small talk. During the movie Lou Reed tries to explain why he has to have a cut on his health insurance bill if he ...
Style: talky, witty, semi serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: friendship, culture clash, introspection, urban, couple relations, store, social differences, parents and children, human nature, city life, infidelity, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Men Don't Leave (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After her husband John dies unexpectedly, Beth Macauley is unprepared for life without him. She is unemployed with no job skills and $60,000 in debt from on-going renovations to their house located in suburban Bingham. She doesn't know what to ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: family relations, starting over, lottery, widow, bittersweet, depression, strong female presence, crumbling marriage, single parent, dealing with death, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
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29%
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Motherhood (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Motherhood is a comedy written and directed by Katherine Dieckmann, and stars Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards and Minnie Driver. Shot on location in New York’s West Village, focuses on the dilemmas of motherhood, such as marriage, work, and self, ...
Style: realistic, feel good, humorous, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: best friends, friendship, family life, couple relations, parents and children, family relations, friends, disorder, couples, lifestyle, feminism, city life ...
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Handle with Care (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The interlaced stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, offbeat, cult film ...
Plot: small town, radio, radio show, artists and showbiz, media, love and romance, social relations, family relations, couples, small town life, love triangle, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: nebraska, usa, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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The End (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Wendell Lawson has only six months to live. Not wanting to endure his last few months of life waiting for the end, he decides to take matters into his own hands and enlists the help of a delusional mental patient to help him commit suicide.
Style: dark humor, humorous, realistic, semi serious, offbeat ...
Plot: terminal illness, disorder, family relations, family problems, couples, silly humor, dysfunctional family, self discovery, parents and children, couple relations, unsuccessful, unfulfillment ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Judy Berlin (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A dramatic comedy where a the relationship of a teacher and married principal goes much worse than that of their children.
Style: realistic, sentimental, humorous, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: suburbs, solar eclipse, marriage, alzheimer's disease, dysfunctional family, couple relations, human nature, reunion, parents and children, suburban life, homecoming, americana ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: usa, los angeles, california, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Housekeeping (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950s, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up to most people's expectations.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, semi serious, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, friendship, single parent, parents and children, small town life, self discovery, eccentric family, siblings relations, custody, family life ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.3
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Here and There (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Serbia, USA, Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Here and There (Serbian: Tamo i ovde) is a Serbian film which was premiered at the Belgrade Film Festival FEST 2009. Here and There follows two interconnected stories on two different continents. Robert (Thornton), a depressed New Yorker, tries to ...
Style: sentimental, clever, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: immigrants, fish out of water, family relations, life is a bitch, misfit, lifestyle, eviction, disorder, culture clash, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, nothing goes right ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, serbia, europe, belgrade
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27%
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LOL (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: The relationships of three men are examined through their use of technology.
Style: humorous, sincere, talky, sexy, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: looking for love, lifestyle, youth, introspection, friendship, couple relations, human nature, love and romance, computers and web, misfit, twentysomething life, bittersweet ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Life During Wartime (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in an almost war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos. Follows Solondz's film Happiness (1998).
Style: disturbing, psychological, melancholic, talky, dark humor ...
Plot: pedophile, dysfunctional family, family relations, couple relations, family problems, parents and children, haunted by the past, loneliness, character study, secret, mother son relationship, eccentricity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: florida, miami, usa, new jersey, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Nobody's Fool (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Sully is a rascally ne'er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker's compensation suit for a bad knee, he secretly works for his nemesis, Carl, and flirts with Carl's young wife Toby. Sully's long- ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: small town, redemption, self discovery, elderly, aging, family relations, parents and children, generation gap, family reunited, hopes, retirement, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, hawaii, new jersey
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25%
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Newlyweds (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A newlywed couple's honeymoon is upended by the arrivals of their respective sisters.
Style: humorous, captivating, sincere, light, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: couple relations, crumbling marriage, family relations, couples, love and romance, siblings relations, city life, society, friendship, urban, newlyweds
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Lost in Yonkers (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the summer of 1942 two young boys are sent to stay with their stern grandmother Kurnitz and their childlike aunt Bella in Yonkers, New York.
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, grandmother, aunt, parents and children, eccentric family, siblings relations, teenage life, family problems, loan, family relations, self discovery ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%