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, semi serious, enigmatic, melancholic, harsh, meditative ...
Plot: misfit, drifter, jazz, youth, family relations, couple relations, parents and children, self discovery, hopes, insomnia, society, urban, daydreamer, couples, lifestyle, social misfits, introspection, redemption, city life, coming of age, adolescence vs adulthood, mental illness, saxophone, dancing, ship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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 loneliness, dialogue, storytelling, mentor, culture clash, life philosophy and redemption 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), The Go-Getter (2007), Trust (1990). 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, offbeat, realistic, semi serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: culture clash, on the road, fish out of water, gambling, partners, immigrants, friendship, drifter, misfit, society, introspection, bohemian life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: florida, new york, ohio, usa, hungary ...
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95%
 7.8
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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, prison escape, pimp, fight, friendship, partners, on the road, unlikely criminals, prison life, dishonesty, crimes, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: couples, society, lifestyle, self discovery, love, ambition, adaptation, loneliness, artists and showbiz, love and romance, city life, unfulfillment ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: road trip, car thief, teenage life, introspection, self discovery, love and romance, parents and children, human nature, coming of age, lifestyle, obsessive quest, brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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, pregnancy, opposites attract, self discovery, age difference, homeless, coming of age, odd, youth, society, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.1
 1K
Downtown 81 (1981)
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: witty, clever, atmospheric, sincere, humorous ...
Plot: city life, artists and showbiz, musician's life, twentysomething life, rock, prodigy, eviction, punk, lifestyle, youth, urban, art ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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, parents and children, urban, single parent, school, couple relations, teenage life, family problems, family relations, jazz musician ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.8
 51K
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, passenger, culture clash, priest, confession, heart attack, night, friendship, drinking problem, german, odd ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: finland, europe, new york, los angeles, helsinki finland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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, lovers reunited, midlife crisis, filmmaking, showbiz, introspection, imaginary character, lifestyle, unfulfillment, celebrity culture, couple relations, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 4K
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, witty, semi serious, offbeat, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, romance, misfit, fall in love, human spirit, love and romance, media satire, workplace romance, love affair, society, introspection ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 13K
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, realistic, psychological, gloomy, semi serious ...
Plot: bar, drinking, ice cream truck, alcohol, small town, love and romance, society, unemployment, mechanic, self discovery, alcohol abuse, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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: life turned upside down, artists and showbiz, actor's life, hopes, self discovery, disorder, husband wife relationship, existentialism, depression, loneliness, body swapping, art ...
Place: russia, new york, usa, saint petersburg, new jersey
⇓ 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, unfulfillment, hopes, lifestyle, society, misfit, unsupportive parent, social misfits, german, teenage boy, loner, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: germany, berlin germany, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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, couples, family problems, society, clergy, self discovery, family relations, unsuccessful, dysfunctional family, disorder, parents and children, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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: sincere, humorous, talky, sexy, offbeat ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: looking for love, lifestyle, friendship, introspection, youth, computers and web, love and romance, couple relations, human nature, misfit, friends, singleness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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: feel good, realistic, humorous, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, family life, best friends, couple relations, parents and children, feminism, lifestyle, disorder, couples, family relations, friends, city life ...
Place: usa, new york, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Four Seasons (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life, marital, parental and other crises.
Style: sentimental, witty, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, divorce, midlife crisis, vacation, hopes, crumbling marriage, couples, best friends, family relations, friends, self discovery, family problems ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 811
Mind the Gap (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Five seemingly unrelated people decide to take huge risks in their personal lives in an effort to find happiness.
Style: humorous, talky, semi serious, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: starting over, lifestyle, human nature, romance, family relations, couples, golden years, city life, introspection, urban, crumbling marriage, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 7.1
 18K
Diner (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in 1959, Diner shows how five young men resist their adulthood and seek refuge in their beloved Diner. The mundane, childish, and titillating details of their lives are shared. But the golden moments pass, and the men shoulder their ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, semi serious, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, date night, boys' night
Plot: friendship, gambling debt, adulthood, love and romance, adolescence vs adulthood, youth, twentysomething life, buddies, couples, lifestyle, introspection, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1959
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, realistic, feel good, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, grandmother, aunt, siblings relations, love affair, teenage life, love and romance, eccentric family, self discovery, romance, parents and children ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, lifestyle, coffee, friendship, cigarette, musician, interview, social relations, artists and showbiz, cafe, friends, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1920s
Place: usa, california, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Frownland (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A rotten egg lobbed with spazmo aim at the spotless surface of the silver screen, FROWNLAND centers on social misfit and self-labeled "troll from under the bridge" Keith Sontag (Dore Mann). When he's not trying to sell coupons ...
Style: witty, humorous, clever, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: love and romance, fall in love, friends, lifestyle, misfit, society, urban, suburbs, social misfits, buddies, city life, mental breakdown ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ 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, offbeat, semi serious, cult film ...
Plot: small town, radio, radio show, media, couple relations, love and romance, artists and showbiz, parents and children, couples, small town life, love triangle, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: nebraska, usa, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 964
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, thought provoking, humorous, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: solar eclipse, marriage, alzheimer's disease, dysfunctional family, society, lifestyle, parents and children, suburban life, artists and showbiz, suburbs, homecoming, filmmaking ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, offbeat, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, culture clash, lifestyle, infidelity, buddies, couples, manners, friends, getting along, social relations, family relations, city life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, mental illness, couples, family problems, family life, family relations, parents and children, solace, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1962
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Mistress America (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Brazil
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, prank, eccentric family, follow your dream, hopes, disorder, family relations, female protagonist, unlikely friendships, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
God Said, 'Ha!' (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Julia Sweeney tells the viewers the monologue about the hard time in her life when her brother fought with cancer and she was also diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Style: touching, humorous, talky, dark humor, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: ego clash, couples, family relations, lifestyle, human nature, eccentric family, siblings relations, parents and children, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, family in crisis, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 955
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: cynical, clever, humorous, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: culture clash, life is a bitch, down on your luck, nothing goes right, couple relations, folk, parents and children, immigrants, city life, family relations, urban, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: serbia, usa, europe, new york, belgrade
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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: friendship, coming of age, philosophy, urban, social differences, radical, society, couple relations, city life, twentysomething life, love and romance, best friends ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%