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: art house, sexy, surreal, erotic, psychological, thought provoking, intellectual, enigmatic, bleak, breathtaking ...
Plot: drifter, jazz, coming of age, graffiti, mental institution, mental patient, slacker, saxophonist, catastrophe, gangsters, drugs, artist, relationships, loneliness, writers, depression, art, hospital, hip hop, male nudity, lone hero, brutality, runaway, childhood, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey, usa

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Most similar movies to Permanent Vacation

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, semi serious, humorous and melancholic films with plots about mentor, dialogue, loneliness, storytelling, culture clash, suprisingly clever and redemption mostly in Comedy, Drama and Music genres. Some movies like Permanent Vacation: Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Downtown 81 (2000), Slaves of New York (1989), Down by Law (1986), My Dinner with Andre (1981). 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: road movie, art house, thought provoking, bleak, melancholic ...
Plot: immigrants, road trip, culture clash, friendship, self discovery, partners, coming of age, immigration, loneliness, snow, small town, unlikely friendships ...
Time: year 1984, 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, new jersey, tokyo, new york, hungary ...
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Downtown 81 (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
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: semi serious, humorous, witty, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: art, artist, prodigy, musician's life, twentysomething life, street life, designer, street art, art history, gay interest, performer's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: ironic, sentimental, humorous, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: adaptation, couples, self discovery, society, lifestyle, bittersweet, love, ambition, loneliness, art, artist, fashion show ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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, road movie, meditative, harsh ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, friendship, swamp, pimp, fight, crimes, escape, gangsters, character study, crime gone awry, partners ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Genre: 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: thought provoking, philosophical, intellectual, surreal, sexy ...
Plot: restaurant, food, philosophy, existentialism, stream of consciousness, mysticism, jewish, technology, humanity, death, bittersweet, melancholy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, contemporary
Place: poland, new york, manhattan new york city, usa, sahara
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33%
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: melancholic, ironic, enigmatic, semi serious, road movie ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: coming of age, road trip, self discovery, teenage life, introspection, parents and children, love and romance, human nature, car thief, lifestyle, obsessive quest, teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: california, new jersey, oregon, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Trust (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
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: realistic, talky, humorous, clever, witty ...
Plot: age difference, love and romance, coming of age, dysfunctional family, bittersweet, dark humor, redemption, great dialogue, melancholy, creativity, life & death, parenthood ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, long island, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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, sentimental, stylized, light ...
Plot: coming of age, parenthood, dysfunctional family, poverty, child's point of view, family relations, parents and children, black people, family problems, school, teenage life, couple relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, tokyo, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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: philosophical, sexy, surreal, talky, clever ...
Plot: weekend, existentialism, artist, satire, price of fame, flashback, nostalgia, argument, alien, childhood memory, discussion, mental illness ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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, satirical, feel good, sweet, thought provoking ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: advertising, mental institution, mental illness, advertising executive, advertising agency, romance, insanity, female psychiatrist, sanitarium, group therapy, fired from the job, mental patient ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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, philosophical, atmospheric, talky, touching ...
Plot: culture clash, taxi driver, taxi, nightlife, immigration, night, multiple storylines, blind character, friendship, passenger, blindness, blind woman ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: paris france, rome italy, helsinki finland, los angeles, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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, thought provoking, art house, visually appealing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, drugs, drug addiction, addiction, small town, self discovery, older man younger woman relationship, alcoholic, sarcasm, dark hero, stereotypes, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: philosophical, meditative, humorous, cerebral, stylized ...
Plot: addiction, musician, actor, lifestyle, conversation, cafe, dark humor, art, deadpan, creativity, life philosophy, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s, 1920s
Place: usa, california, las vegas, new york, memphis ...
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27%
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, depressing, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, slacker, character study, loneliness, depression, loner, unlikely friendships, lifestyle, society, hopes, unfulfillment, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: germany, berlin germany, california
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26%
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, stylized, melancholic, witty, heartbreaking ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: friendship, coming of age, betrayal, eccentric family, follow your dream, prank, hopes, family relations, disorder, dysfunctional family, unlikely friendships, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, california, usa, new jersey
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Gummo (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Solomon and Tummler are two teenagers killing time in Xenia, Ohio, a small town that has never recovered from the tornado that ravaged the community in the 1970s.
Style: disturbing, art house, surreal, thought provoking, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, youth, white trash, surrealism, small town, coming of age, abuse, violence, sister sister relationship, incest, redneck, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ohio, usa, america
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: humorous, feel good, sentimental, touching, visually appealing ...
Plot: widow, depression, older woman younger man relationship, bittersweet, family relations, musician, dysfunctional family, adaptation, brutality, cancer, family, life & death ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: sexy, talky, witty, art house, visually appealing ...
Plot: culture clash, friendship, nudity (full frontal - brief), childhood, dysfunctional family, melancholy, fantasy world, distopia, transformation, honest, relationships, destiny ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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: realistic, talky, intellectual, humorous, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, christmas, friendship, philosophy, aristocracy, socialite, dancing, claustrophobia, great dialogue, melancholy, high society, preparatory school ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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23%
Multiple Sarcasms (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Gabriel is a man who on the surface has it all-successful professional life as an architect, a beautiful wife, Annie, and a devoted young daughter, Elizabeth. But slowly it dawns on him that he is not really happy. Gabriel decides that he wants to ...
Style: realistic, psychological, atmospheric, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: self discovery, family life, midlife crisis, writer's life, introspection, family relations, couple relations, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, couples, playwright, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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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: sad, sexy, realistic, atmospheric, meditative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, suicide, bdsm, self discovery, friendship, eccentricity, flood, eccentric woman, aunt niece relationship, female protagonist, brutality ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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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: talky, humorous, sincere, mumblecore, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: looking for love, lifestyle, friendship, introspection, youth, couple relations, computers and web, human nature, love and romance, misfit, twentysomething life, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, clever, stylized ...
Plot: friends, buddies, misfit, society, love and romance, lifestyle, social misfits, suburbs, fall in love, city life, emotional abuse, mental breakdown ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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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: funny, humorous, bad ending, surreal, reflective ...
Plot: terminal illness, dark humor, farce, mental institution, suicide attempt, satire, road trip, transformation, existentialism, parenthood, first contact, workplace ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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, satirical, bleak, visually appealing, allegory ...
Plot: suburbs, dysfunctional family, poetry, nudity (full frontal - brief), first contact, stereotypes, sexualized violence, art, addiction, superhero, melancholy, bittersweet ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: usa, los angeles, california, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After learning that a brain aneurysm will kill him in about 90 minutes, a perpetually unhappy man struggles to come to terms with his fate and make amends with everyone he has ever hurt.
Style: compassionate, sentimental, stylized, surreal, thought provoking ...
Plot: doctors, terminal illness, redemption, depression, life philosophy, family, alter ego, hospital, parents and children, life is a bitch, introspection, dark humor ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: realistic, clever, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: immigrants, family relations, misfit, lifestyle, life is a bitch, fish out of water, disorder, eviction, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, culture clash, emigration ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, serbia, new york, europe, belgrade
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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, humorous, feel good, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: best friends, friendship, family life, disorder, friends, family relations, couples, lifestyle, parents and children, couple relations, feminism, mother ...
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: small town, father son relationship, redemption, justice, self discovery, family relations, parents and children, aging, elderly, retirement, family reunited, generation gap ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new jersey, new york state, usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Who's That Knocking at My Door (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: J.R. is a typical Italian-American on the streets of New York. When he gets involved with a local girl, he decides to get married and settle down, but when he learns that she was once raped, he cannot handle it. More explicitly linked with Catholic ...
Style: sexy, talky, intellectual, light, dramatic ...
Plot: male nudity, friendship, violence, catholicism, redemption, morality, female nudity, sex, rape, sexual fantasy, violent, crime gone awry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, europe, italy, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%