Movies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
 7.6
 128K
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, feel good, realistic, semi serious, road movie, buddy movie, cult film, neo screwball comedy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: thanksgiving, holiday, road trip, hitchhiker, thief, on the road, businessman, snow, advertising, salesman, generosity, screwball, odd couple, receptionist, state trooper, buddy, chewing tobacco, credit card fraud, stewardess, getting home, unlikely friendships, success, friends, misfit, partners ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, new york, mexico, jamaica, manhattan new york city, missouri ...

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Most similar movies to Planes, Trains and Automobiles

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, feel good and semi serious films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, mentor, culture clash, runaway, life philosophy and catastrophe mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Uncle Buck (1989), Due Date (2010), Summer Rental (1985), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Dutch (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.0
 88K
Uncle Buck (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: As an idle, good-natured bachelor, Uncle Buck is the last person you would think of to watch the kids. However, during a family crisis, he is suddenly left in charge of his nephew and nieces. Unaccustomed to suburban life, fun-loving Uncle Buck soon ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, touching, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: fish out of water, when the parents are away, parents and children, respect, uncle nephew relationship, mischievous children, siblings relations, child care, family relations, golf, profanity, backfire ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, california
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83%
 6.5
 329K
Due Date (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Peter Highman must scramble across the US in five days to be present for the birth of his first child. He gets off to a bad start when his wallet and luggage are stolen, and put on the 'no-fly' list. Peter embarks on a terrifying journey ...
Style: buddy comedy, humorous, feel good, not serious, road movie ...
Plot: road trip, hitchhiker, slacker, unlikely friendships, stupidity, getting home, marijuana, weed, race against time, stoners, childbirth, odd couple ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, atlanta georgia, alabama, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.3
 14K
Summer Rental (1985)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Jack Chester, an overworked air traffic controller, takes his family on vacation to the beach. Things immediately start to go wrong for the Chesters, and steadily get worse. Jack ends up in a feud with a local yachtsman, and has to race him to ...
Style: feel good, humorous, funny, light, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: underdog, rivalry, on the road, screwball, love and romance, nothing goes right, disorder, couples, couple relations, romance, summer vacation, friendship ...
Time: 80s
Place: florida, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but ...
Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, funny, light ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: christmas, holiday, parents and children, family gatherings, family dinner, farce, neighbor, nothing goes right, eccentric family, down on your luck, family relations, yuppie ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Clark Griswold is on a quest to take his family on a quest to Walley World theme park for a vacation, but things don't go exactly as planned.
Style: road movie, humorous, realistic, funny, not serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: road trip, cross country, plan gone awry, on the road, adventure, grand canyon, couple relations, theme park, youth, couples, disorder, family holiday ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, colorado, arizona, kansas, st. louis missouri ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 12K
Dutch (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: To get to know his girlfriend's son, a man volunteers to pick him up from a prep school....only to learn that her son's not the nicest kid.
Style: road movie, feel good, light, entertaining, humorous ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: road trip, mischievous children, prank, boarding school, reluctant partners, partners, obsessive quest, nothing goes right, social differences, culture clash, parents and children, working class ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, london, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, sincere, talky ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, date night, kids, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, high school, teenager, adolescence vs adulthood, high school life, introspection, friendship, teachers and students, teenage love, teenage angst, youth, misfit ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.7
 36K
The Guilt Trip (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An inventor and his mom hit the road together so he can sell his latest invention.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: road trip, overprotective mother, single parent, family relations, salesman, parents and children, on the road, protective parent, parent child relationship, hitchhiker, cross country, talking while driving ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: usa, las vegas, united states, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 6.6
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Mr. Mom (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Jack and Caroline are a couple making a decent living When Jack suddenly loses his job. They agree that he should stay at home and look after the house while Caroline works. It's just that he's never done it before, and really doesn't ...
Style: humorous, realistic, captivating, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, girls' night
Plot: family, switching roles, fish out of water, family life, parents and children, unfulfillment, misfit, rise and fall, relationship vs career, parenthood, husband wife relationship, self discovery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
She's Having a Baby (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want babies? Their parents certainly want them to. Is married life ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, touching, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: pregnancy, parenthood, self discovery, romance, couple relations, couples, family life, friendship, parents and children, wedding, midlife crisis, suburbs ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When Michael McCann is thrown over by the woman he loves, he becomes something of a misanthrope and a miser, spending all of his spare money on collectible gold coins. Living in the same town is an affluent family with two sons: John and Tanny. ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adoption, custody, hopes, redemption, legal, legal action, family relations, family problems, friends, friendship, small town, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: virginia, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.4
 10K
Dirty Girl (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It's 1987 and Danielle, the high school 'Dirty Girl', is running away. With her is chubby, gay Clarke, a bag of flour called Joan and a Walkman full of glorious '80s tunes.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: friends, friendship, on the road, high school, coming of age, teenager, family problems, teenage life, gay slur, female protagonist, virgin, teacher ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.7
 127K
Identity Thief (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When a mild-mannered businessman learns his identity has been stolen, he hits the road in an attempt to foil the thief -- a trip that puts him in the path of a deceptively harmless-looking woman.
Style: idiotic, humorous, funny, absurd, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: road trip, nothing goes right, identity, thief, crimes, crime, escapades, dishonesty, cons and scams, pretense, stupidity, dumb ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: miami, usa, florida, colorado, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.7
 7K
Fandango (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Five college buddies from the University of Texas circa 1971 embark on a final road trip odyssey across the Mexican border before facing up to uncertain futures, in Vietnam and otherwise.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: travel, male bonding, male friendship, coming of age, friendship, obsessive quest, young lovers, adolescence vs adulthood, student life, buddies, love and romance, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, future
Place: texas, austin texas, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.
Style: road movie, feel good, humorous, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: on the road, road trip, nothing goes right, obsessive quest, dysfunctional family, family relations, escapades, beauty pageant, parenthood, suicide attempt, journey, loser ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2006
Place: california, usa, arizona, albuquerque new mexico, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A high school slacker pretends to be sick to skip school and have an exciting day off alongside his girlfriend and his best buddy through Chicago, while trying to outwit his obsessive school principal and his unconformited sister along the way.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, offbeat, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, girls' night, teen comedy
Plot: coming of age, skipping school, friendship, high school, generation gap, high school life, when the parents are away, family relations, teacher, teenage life, independence, car theft ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois, united states, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Pieces of April (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Quirky and rebellious April Burns lives with her boyfriend in a low-rent New York City apartment miles away from her emotionally distant family. But when she discovers that her mother has a fatal form of breast cancer, she invites the clan to her ...
Style: realistic, emotional, intense, entertaining, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: marijuana, thanksgiving, neighbor, road trip, reconciliation, holiday, eccentric family, reunion, parents and children, family feud, nothing goes right, generation gap ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.4
 11K
Mixed Nuts (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The events focus around a crisis hotline business on one crazy night during the Christmas holidays.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, realistic, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: christmas, holiday, farce, family relations, bankruptcy, transvestite, workplace, goofy hero, nothing goes right, social misfits, misfit, boss and employee ...
Time: 90s
Place: venice, seattle, europe, california, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 5.9
 21K
Curly Sue (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Bill Dancer and his young companion Curly Sue are the classic homeless folks with hearts of gold. Their scams are aimed not at turning a profit, but at getting enough to eat. When they scam the rich and beautiful Grey Ellison into believing she ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, sweet, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: orphan, little girl, family, single father, homeless, daughter, cons and scams, rich and poor, urban, children, friendship, society ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.0
 46K
Parenthood (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the ...
Style: touching, humorous, melancholic, emotional, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: family relations, family life, single parent, dysfunctional family, parents and children, eccentric family, youth, siblings relations, supportive parent, living with parents, teenage life, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: missouri, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.7
 813
Reach the Rock (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A small town troublemaker (Alessandro Nivola), directionless and alienated, ends up spending a night in a jail cell, where he and the police chief (William Sadler) engage in a battle of wills and wit.
Style: humorous, suspense, realistic, semi serious, tense ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, small town, human nature, haunted by the past, nothing goes right, juvenile delinquency, grudge, social decay, teenage life, society, prison ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.1
 124K
About Schmidt (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: 66-year-old Warren Schmidt is a retired insurance salesman and has no particular plans other than to drive around in the motor home his wife insisted they buy. He's not altogether bitter, but not happy either, as everything his wife does annoys ...
Style: contemplative, tragicomedy, humorous, semi serious, road movie ...
Plot: life changing, family life, on the road, wedding, letter, salesman, fish out of water, parents and children, golden years, introspection, elderly, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colorado, denver colorado, kansas, nebraska, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Boys on the Side (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After breaking up with her girlfriend, a nightclub singer, Jane, answers a personal ad from Robin, a real estate agent with AIDS, seeking a cross-country travel partner. On their journey from New York City to Los Angeles, the two stop by Pittsburgh ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, aids, friends, pregnancy, road trip, lesbian, terminal illness, self discovery, on the road, female friendship, murder, domestic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: pittsburgh, st. louis missouri, new york, los angeles, pakistan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Lost in America (1985)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: David and Linda Howard are successful yuppies from LA. When he gets a job disappointment, David convinces Linda that they should quit their jobs, liquidate their assets, and emulate the movie Easy Rider, spending the rest of their lives traveling ...
Style: road movie, humorous, witty, talky, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: yuppie, satire, on the road, fired from the job, couples, nothing goes right, self discovery, americana, fish out of water, disorder, promotion, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, new york, arizona, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
All Is Bright (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two French Canadian ne’er-do-wells travel to New York City with a scheme to a get rich quick selling Christmas trees.
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, captivating, realistic
Plot: criminal heroes, fish out of water, reluctant partners, going straight, nothing goes right, odd couple, cons and scams, disorder, partners, misfit, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Last Detail (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison but decide to show him one last good time along the way.
Style: realistic, witty, semi serious, sincere, humorous ...
Plot: military, sailor, taxi, road trip, fighting the system, escapades, partners, youth, juvenile delinquency, adventurer, rebellion, buddies ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: virginia, new york, boston, usa, maine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
 77K
Swingers (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the ...
Style: realistic, feel good, entertaining, sexy, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: actor, party, swinger, hollywood, starting over, friendship, friends, clubbing, buddies, machismo, comedian, self esteem ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, las vegas, usa, new york, wisconsin ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Melvin and Howard (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story of hard-luck Melvin Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, feel good, touching ...
Plot: courtroom, wedding, divorce, stripper, strip club, bittersweet, redemption, working class, rich and poor, social differences, americana, profanity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, nevada, utah, usa, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Roberta is a bored suburban housewife who is fascinated with a woman, Susan, she only knows about by reading messages to and from her in the personals section of the newspaper. This fascination reaches a peak when an ad with the headline ...
Style: humorous, feel good, light, captivating, clever ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: mistaken identity, intrigue, on the run, fish out of water, disorder, couples, lifestyle, screwball, disco, switching roles, nudity (full frontal - brief), police ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, atlantic city, atlantic city new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.7
 57K
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, misfit, society, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: rome italy, los angeles, paris france, finland, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%