Movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles

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Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
 7.6
 120K
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Original name: Planes, Trains and Automobiles
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, funny, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: thanksgiving, unlikely friendships, hitchhiker, thief, on the road, snow, advertising, generosity, screwball, odd couple, receptionist, state trooper, chewing tobacco, holiday, stewardess, getting home, success, friends, businessman, misfit, partners, accident, salesman, hopes, boss ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, new york, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, illinois, st. louis missouri ...

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Most similar movies to Planes, Trains & Automobiles

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, realistic, feel good and semi serious films with plots about mentor, runaway, storytelling, dialogue, culture clash, life philosophy and catastrophe mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Due Date (2010), Summer Rental (1985), National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Dutch (1991), Uncle Buck (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.5
 321K
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: humorous, feel good, road movie, funny, absurd ...
Plot: hitchhiker, unlikely friendships, road trip, getting home, slacker, odd couple, childbirth, stupidity, goofy hero, nothing goes right, stoners, weed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, louisiana, texas, alabama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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, couples, disorder, 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, eccentric family, nothing goes right, down on your luck, family relations, vacation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, not serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: road trip, theme park, farce, family vacation, on the road, cross country, adventure, parents and children, disorder, family relations, couples, hysteria ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, kansas, arizona, st. louis missouri, colorado ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.5
 11K
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, prank, boarding school, reluctant partners, mischievous children, 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 ⇓
41%
 7.0
 83K
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, respect, mischievous children, parents and children, when the parents are away, siblings relations, child care, golf, family relations, profanity, uncle nephew relationship, attitude ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Great Outdoors (1988)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: It's vacation time for outdoorsy Chicago man Chet Ripley, along with his wife, Connie, and their two kids, Buck and Ben. But a serene weekend of fishing at a Wisconsin lakeside cabin gets crashed by Connie's obnoxious brother-in-law, Roman ...
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, absurd, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adventure, wilderness, family relations, nothing goes right, camp, youth, parents and children, friendship, disorder, holiday, in-laws, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, wisconsin, california, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, teachers and students, introspection, teenage love, friendship, teenage angst, youth, coming-of-age ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 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: semi serious, realistic, humorous, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: friends, friendship, on the road, high school, coming of age, teenager, teenage life, family problems, gay slur, female protagonist, teacher, reputation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, california, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 21K
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, fish out of water, switching roles, family life, parents and children, job, relationship vs career, rise and fall, misfit, unfulfillment, parenthood, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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, life is a bitch, legal, family relations, family problems, friends, family life, parents and children, small town ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: virginia, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Bustin' Loose (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After ex-con Joe Braxton violates his probation he is given a second chance, all he has to do is drive a group of special kids across the country. What could possibly go wrong?
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, witty, offbeat ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: bus, friendship, teacher, school, on the road, fish out of water, cons and scams, youth, starting over, mentally unstable, misfit, friends ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.7
 35K
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: overprotective mother, road trip, parents and children, family relations, salesman, single parent, 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 ⇓
30%
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, couple relations, self discovery, romance, friendship, family life, parents and children, couples, wedding, midlife crisis, suburbs ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.8
 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: road movie, sentimental, touching, emotional, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: male bonding, male friendship, coming of age, friendship, obsessive quest, young lovers, student life, adolescence vs adulthood, buddies, love and romance, on the road, trip ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, future
Place: texas, austin texas, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.7
 123K
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: humorous, funny, idiotic, absurd, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nothing goes right, road trip, identity, thief, crime, crimes, escapades, dishonesty, cons and scams, pretense, dumb, on the road ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, miami, colorado, florida, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.5
 10K
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, realistic, semi serious, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: christmas, holiday, farce, bankruptcy, family relations, transvestite, nothing goes right, workplace, goofy hero, social misfits, misfit, eccentric family ...
Time: 90s
Place: venice, europe, seattle, italy, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, nothing goes right, going straight, fish out of water, reluctant partners, cons and scams, crimes, misfit, odd couple, partners, disorder, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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: satire, yuppie, on the road, fired from the job, couples, self discovery, americana, fish out of water, nothing goes right, promotion, disorder, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, new york, arizona, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.9
 20K
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, friendship, rich and poor, single father, children, homeless, daughter, cons and scams, society, urban ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: feel good, road movie, humorous, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: on the road, nothing goes right, obsessive quest, dysfunctional family, family relations, escapades, road trip, beauty pageant, parenthood, suicide attempt, journey, loser ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2006
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico, new mexico, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Banger Sisters (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the late '60s, the self-proclaimed belles of the rock 'n' roll ball, rocked the worlds of every music legend whose pants they could take off -- and they have the pictures to prove it. But it's been more than two decades since ...
Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, odd couple, midlife crisis, rock star, family, self discovery, artists and showbiz, family relations, past, parents and children, secret past, class differences ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, phoenix arizona, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, entertaining, intense ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen comedy, kids, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, friendship, high school, generation gap, family relations, when the parents are away, teacher, teenage life, suprisingly clever, independence, car theft, high school life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois, united states, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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My Favorite Year (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Benjy Stone is the junior writer on the top rated variety/comedy show, in the mid 50s (the early years). Alan Swann, an Erol Flynn type actor with a drinking problem is to be that weeks guest star.
Style: witty, humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: farce, odd couple, comeback, fish out of water, showbiz, friendship, actor, live broadcast, alcohol abuse, satire, media, profanity ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1954
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.4
 18K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.0
 44K
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, living with parents, supportive parent, teenage life, parenting ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: missouri, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, touching, humorous ...
Plot: military, navy, sailor, road trip, taxi, fighting the system, rebellion, adventurer, youth, society, partners, buddies ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, boston, virginia, usa, maine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: courtroom, wedding, divorce, strip club, stripper, bittersweet, redemption, working class, rich and poor, americana, social differences, sexual content ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, nevada, utah, usa, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In June, 1983, in Dutchess County, New York, Sebastian Cole joins his mother, step-father, and sister for dinner. Hank, Sebastian's step-father, drops a bomb: he announces he's changing sexes. Sebastian's sister splits immediately for ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, clever, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, high school, friendship, prom, school dance, family relations, pimp, transsexual, gender bending, teenage protagonist, father son relationship, small town ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983, 70s
Place: england, chicago illinois, europe, usa, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, neighbor, thanksgiving, 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, manhattan new york city, lower east side manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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