Movies like Permanent Vacation

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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, atmospheric, semi serious, gloomy, humorous, offbeat, enigmatic, melancholic, harsh, meditative ...
Plot: drifter, misfit, jazz, social misfits, urban, redemption, saxophone, mental illness, self discovery, couple relations, adolescence vs adulthood, city life, hopes, youth, introspection, parents and children, coming of age, society, couples, family relations, insomnia, daydreamer, lifestyle, saxophonist, slacker ...
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 couples, urban, love and romance, loneliness, culture clash, dialogue and mentor mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Permanent Vacation: Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Down by Law (1986), Downtown 81 (1981), Night on Earth (1991), Crazy People (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, semi serious, realistic, offbeat, thought provoking ...
Plot: partners, culture clash, on the road, fish out of water, immigrants, gambling, friendship, jazz, self discovery, card game, american dream, bet ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: florida, new york, ohio, hungary, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.8
 42K
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, surreal, stylized, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: prison, pimp, social misfits, fight, escape, prostitute, jazz, on the road, on the run, convict, friendship, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.2
 937
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: atmospheric, semi serious, gloomy, witty, sincere ...
Plot: punk, city life, urban, art, prodigy, rock, artists and showbiz, musician's life, twentysomething life, youth, eviction, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.8
 48K
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, humorous, talky, clever, witty ...
Plot: taxi, taxi driver, culture clash, passenger, night, heart attack, confession, priest, friendship, nightlife, city, pastor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: finland, los angeles, new york, europe, german democratic republic ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 5.9
 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, semi serious, offbeat, realistic, witty ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, romance, love affair, workplace romance, workplace situations, fighting the system, love and romance, misfit, workplace, human spirit, introspection ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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, clever, humorous, witty ...
Plot: weekend, showbiz, filmmaking, midlife crisis, lovers reunited, postmodernism, introspection, violinist, movie business, couple relations, artists and showbiz, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
You're a Big Boy Now (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Bernard Chanticleer's father gives him two simple words of advice: "Grow up." Bernard knows that his first step is to find a girl who's "willing," but he passes up a sure thing, Amy Partlett, for a more elusive goal. ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, offbeat, witty
Plot: library, drugs/alcohol, self discovery, urban, parents and children, coming of age, romance, city life, fish out of water, youth, couples, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.2
 365
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: clever, semi serious, dark humor, offbeat, realistic ...
Plot: social misfits, misfit, suburbs, buddies, urban, fall in love, city life, love and romance, society, friends, lifestyle, insecurity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 7.5
 8K
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, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: love and romance, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, opposites attract, suburbs, romance, misfit, social misfits, human nature, self discovery, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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: sentimental, touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, urban, parenthood, coming of age, teacher, family life, jazz musician, black people, street kid, single parent, school, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.5
 9K
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, semi serious, gloomy, witty ...
Plot: postmodernism, human nature, introspection, redemption, self discovery, artists and showbiz, hopes, disorder, actor's life, switching roles, life turned upside down, body swapping ...
Place: russia, new york, usa, saint petersburg, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.5
 8K
Metropolitan (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
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, clever, witty, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, urban, twentysomething life, young adult, coming of age, love and romance, society, couples, friends, best friends, couple relations, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.3
 2K
29th Street (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Based on the life of Frank Pesce (Danny Aiello), an actor who won $6 million in the first New York State Lottery in 1976, this comedy focuses on the tight-knit Italian-American neighborhood in Brooklyn where Pesce grew up. It's also the story ...
Style: semi serious, offbeat, realistic, humorous
Plot: gambling, lottery, self discovery, parents and children, ambition, crimes, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, society, family relations, gang ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An aspiring Jewish actor moves out of his parents' Brooklyn apartment to seek his fortune in the bohemian life of Greenwich Village in 1953.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: coming of age, jewish, urban, actor's life, girlfriend, mother, apartment, couples, romance, city life, gays and lesbians, sexual relations ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, semi serious, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: road trip, on the road, car thief, friendship, coming of age, social misfits, suburbs, human nature, disappearance, mobile phone, sibling relationship, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 4.6
 4K
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: semi serious, feel good, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Plot: feminism, parents and children, urban, blog, city life, family life, family relations, best friends, couple relations, friendship, couples, disorder ...
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, semi serious, touching, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, grandmother, aunt, coming of age, brothers, self discovery, love affair, parents and children, romance, siblings relations, eccentric family, family life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.4
 937
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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, clever, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: culture clash, folk, immigrants, nothing goes right, emigration, rock, down on your luck, urban, fish out of water, misfit, couples, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: serbia, europe, new york, usa, belgrade
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Two African-Americans and two Puerto-Ricans (though one pretends to be Italian) go out on the town on a Friday night. They will be forced to get to know each other, and even worst, learn to like each other as friends
Style: semi serious, humorous, talky, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: friends, friendship, subway, police, buddies, urban, singleness, urban ghetto, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life, twentysomething life, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.6
 797
Walkaway (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Walkaway, a light-comedy drama, mocks the clutches of social obligations on young Indian professionals settled in New York City.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good, touching
Audience: date night
Plot: buddies, couple relations, indian lead, urban, friendship, romance, love and romance, couples, friends, immigrants, fall in love, interracial relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
American Loser (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A dramatic comedy about a self-induced attention-deficit disordered, learning disabled, Tourette's syndrome suffering, balance impaired, ex-alcoholic young man from the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the gold-digging girl who inspires him to ...
Style: tragicomedy, dark humor, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: alcoholic, goofy hero, social misfits, twentysomething life, love and romance, misfit, couples, disorder, support group, lifestyle, fishing, older man younger woman relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.2
 12K
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, semi serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: bar, drinking, small town, social misfits, alcohol abuse, misfit, society, life is a bitch, human nature, self discovery, down on your luck, unemployment ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
You Wont Miss Me (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A kaleidoscopic film portrait of Shelly Brown, a twenty-three year-old alienated urban misfit recently released from a psychiatric hospital.
Style: semi serious, bleak, realistic, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: misfit, mentally unstable, social misfits, urban, unfulfillment, introspection, looking for love, twentysomething life, love and romance, female nudity, drugs, alienation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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New York Stories (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Three stories happening in New York. The first, by Scorsese, is about a painter who creates his works helped by high volume music and an attractive assistant; second, by Coppola, is about a rich and bold 12 years old who helps her separated parents ...
Style: stylized, semi serious, clever, talky, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: artist, obsession, art, anthology, hotel, jealousy, robbery, occult, city life, urban, mischievous children, lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, athens greece, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.7
 1K
The Motel (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin lives and works at a sleazy hourly-rate motel on a strip of desolate suburban bi-way. Misunderstood by his family and blindly careening into puberty, Ernest befriends Sam Kim, a self-destructive yet charismatic Korean ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: coming of age, social misfits, hotel, teaching the ways of the world, dysfunctional family, misfit, society, youth, family problems, human nature, kids in trouble, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ 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: realistic, humorous, offbeat, semi serious, melancholic ...
Plot: chess, betrayal, friendship, hopes, urban, follow your dream, prank, eccentric family, family relations, disorder, friends, female protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.6
 10K
Please Give (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns.
Style: semi serious, clever, touching, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, cancer, suicide, homeless, neighbor, apartment, family life, midlife crisis, family relations, urban, golden years, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.
Style: talky, clever, witty, humorous, cynical ...
Plot: murder, mistress, professor, adultery, infidelity, documentary filmmaking, doctor, crime, blackmail, suicide, moral dilemma, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.4
 1K
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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, witty
Audience: date night
Plot: couple relations, siblings relations, urban, city life, couples, family relations, crumbling marriage, love and romance, newlyweds
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 803
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: semi serious, clever, realistic, humorous, talky ...
Plot: single parent, love and romance, urban, couples, romance, family relations, golden years, crumbling marriage, starting over, human nature, parents and children, singleness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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