Movies like Pleasantville

If you like "Pleasantville" you are looking for touching, humorous and semi serious movies about / with parallel world, utopia, time travel, small town life, alternate reality, small town and siblings relations themes of Comedy, Drama and Fantasy genre shot in USA.
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Pleasantville (1998)
 7.5
 116K
Pleasantville (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Geeky teenager David and his popular twin sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville," and find a world where everything is peachy keen all the time. But when Jennifer's modern attitude disrupts Pleasantville's peaceful but boring routine, she literally brings color into its life.
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, light, talky, witty, offbeat, biting, sitcom, cerebral ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen comedy
Plot: parallel world, utopia, time travel, small town life, alternate reality, small town, siblings relations, old love, coming of age, prejudice, fish out of water, american dream, sibling relationship, family relations, adolescence, tv show, television, basketball, doctor, bully, society, mayor, innocence, casual sex, conservative ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1990s, future
Place: france, paris france

Most similar movies to Pleasantville

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out semi serious, humorous, touching and realistic films with plots about catastrophe, mentor, life philosophy, culture clash, storytelling, runaway and dialogue mostly in Comedy, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Pleasantville: The Truman Show (1998), 17 Again (2009), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Groundhog Day (1993), Crooklyn (1994). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.1
 852K
The Truman Show (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show", a 24-hour-a-day "reality" TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life -- live and in color -- without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, philosophical, clever, surreal ...
Plot: self discovery, freedom, manipulations, fictional reality, loneliness, dishonesty, deception, showbiz, voyeurism, suburban life, alternate reality, tv show ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, future
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 6.3
 169K
17 Again (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On the brink of a midlife crisis, 30-something Mike O'Donnell wishes he could have a "do-over." And that's exactly what he gets when he wakes up one morning to find he's 17 years old again. With his adult mind stuck inside ...
Style: humorous, feel good, entertaining, light, romantic ...
Audience: teens, kids, date night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: high school, body swapping, parents and children, adolescence vs adulthood, youth, wish come true, one more chance, teenage life, family relations, adult as child, high school life, cheerleader ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989, 2000s, future ...
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Peggy Sue faints at a Highschool reunion. When she wakes up she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.
Style: sentimental, feel good, semi serious, light, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: destiny, high school, time travel, americana, high school reunion, youth, hopes, romance, unfulfillment, love and romance, road not taken, one more chance ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 1950s, future ...
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 548K
Groundhog Day (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.
Style: humorous, feel good, philosophical, sentimental, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, existentialism, small town, deja vu, time travel, life philosophy, time warp, wooing, love and romance, romance, road not taken, nothing goes right ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.0
 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: 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 ⇓
100%
 5.5
 2K
All the Rage (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A rich cross-section of urban USA find their lives changed when their fates collide at gunpoint.
Style: clever, intense, melancholic, satirical, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, crimes of passion, family problems, society, crumbling marriage, multiple storylines, geek, family drama, prejudice, weapons, mental illness, loneliness ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980's.
Style: talky, sincere, depressing, absurd, humorous ...
Plot: divorce, self fulfillment, coming of age, dysfunctional family, adolescence, self esteem, crumbling marriage, writer's life, parents and children, human relationship, understanding, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In Milagro, a small town in the American Southwest, Ladd Devine plans to build a major new resort development. While activist Ruby Archuleta and lawyer/newspaper editor Charlie Bloom realize that this will result in the eventual displacement of the ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, captivating, inspirational ...
Plot: small town, ethnic conflict, village life, small town life, politics, racial tension, racism, water, police, farm, justice, magic ...
Time: 80s
Place: new mexico, usa, mexico, texas, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.6
 17K
Paper Man (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his ...
Style: psychological, touching, humorous, tricky, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, imaginary friend, midlife crisis, coming of age, imaginary character, teenage life, down on your luck, superhero, small town, party, writers, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, long island, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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 ⇓
29%
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey, living a dreary life during the Great Depression. Her only escape from her mudane reality is the movie theatre. After losing her job, Cecilia goes to see 'The Purple Rose of Cairo' in hopes of raising ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, touching, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: movie star, romance, fish out of water, life turned upside down, couples, unlikely couple, real world, falling in love, daydreamer, disorder, dull life, film within a film ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.1
 40K
Edtv (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Video store clerk Ed agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew for a tv network.
Style: humorous, semi serious, satirical, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: date night
Plot: audition, fish out of water, tv show, human nature, misfit, tv star, showbiz, love and romance, romantic rivalry, fictional reality show, reality tv, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.4
 469K
Juno (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young girl named Juno gets herself pregnant and tries to stand on her own, but soon learns a few lessons about being grown up.
Style: sentimental, humorous, feel good, sweet, touching ...
Audience: date night, teen comedy, teens
Plot: teenage life, pregnancy, love and romance, teenage pregnancy, social relations, youth, coming of age, parents and children, adoption, eccentric family, teenager, change of heart ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: minnesota, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.8
 98K
The Family Man (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Jack's lavish, fast-paced lifestyle changes one Christmas night when he stumbles into a grocery store holdup and disarms the gunman. The next morning he wakes up in bed lying next to Kate, his college sweetheart he left in order to pursue his ...
Style: feel good, sincere, inspirational, touching, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, date night, chick flick
Plot: christmas, destiny, road not taken, family life, life changing experience, rich and poor, family relations, alternate reality, fish out of water, angel, workaholic, lifestyle change ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, new jersey, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.2
 31K
Doc Hollywood (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: After leaving Washington D.C. hospital, plastic surgeon Ben Stone heads for California, where a lucrative practice in Beverly Hills awaits. After a car accident, he's sentenced to perform as the community's general practitioner.
Style: humorous, touching, feel good, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: small town life, fish out of water, small town, happy ending, misfit, romance, love and romance, self discovery, new love, fall in love, hospital, community service ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, washington d.c., south carolina, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.5
 606
The Debut (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Filipino-American high school student Ben (Dante Mercado) works in a comic book shop to earn money to pay his way into Cal Arts. His father, a postman, is determined that his son--who has won a pre-med scholarship to UCLA--will become a doctor. The ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, witty, realistic, touching
Plot: culture clash, high school, coming of age, friendship, school, couples, looking for love, high school life, teenage life, love and romance, siblings relations, family life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Defending Your Life (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In an afterlife resembling the present-day US, people must prove their worth by showing in court how they have demonstrated courage.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, melancholic, light ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: afterlife, heaven, destiny, romance, fall in love, starting over, supernatural, couple relations, hopes, imaginary, life & death, death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.2
 23K
Mystic Pizza (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in Mystic Connecticut.
Style: sentimental, feel good, realistic, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: small town, coming of age, commitment, coming-of-age, romance, small town life, siblings relations, love and romance, teenage life, hopes, graduation, best friends ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new england, connecticut, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 2K
Diggers (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Diggers is a coming-of-age story directed by Katherine Dieckmann. It portrays four working-class friends who grow up in The Hamptons, on the South Shore of Long Island, New York, as clam diggers in 1976. Their fathers were clam diggers as well as ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, parents and children, coming of age, americana, social differences, social relations, youth, love and romance, save the day, father son relationship, friends, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.7
 20K
State and Main (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Hollywood Film unit invades a small Vermont town leading to wholesale abandonment of values and virtue. A smart, warm and funny movie - and not just for movie buffs. Tagline: When a film crew came to Waterford, Vermont - They Shot First And Asked ...
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, feel good, funny ...
Audience: date night
Plot: small town, amateur theater, filmmaking, love and romance, americana, lifestyle, small town life, movie business, showbiz, nothing goes right, artists and showbiz, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new england, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Going All the Way (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Korean War--era veterans and ex-classmates "Gunner" Casselman and "Sonny" Burns reunite upon their return home. Gunner, who spent the war years abroad, is trying to convince his mother that his gal Marty is good enough for him, ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, realistic, semi serious, touching
Plot: friendship, youth, love, teenage love, love and romance, looking for love, homecoming, adolescence vs adulthood, small town life, coming of age, marriage, male female relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An unattractive 7th grader struggles to cope with suburban life as the middle child with un-attentive parents and bullies at school.
Style: realistic, cynical, semi serious, touching, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, misfit, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, humiliation, family problems, parents and children, social awkwardness, suburbs, high school life, youth, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Northern Exposure (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: After receiving a scholarship from the state, a recent Columbia University medical school graduate is required to set up his practice in an eccentric Alaskan town.
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, touching, surreal ...
Plot: fish out of water, opposites attract, small town life, small town, human nature, doctors and patients, love and romance, couple relations, graduation, looking for love, misfit, medical school ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: alaska, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
The Grass Harp (1995)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on the novel by Truman Capote, this often-witty coming-of-age drama looks at a young man growing up with an unusual family in the Deep South in the 1940s.
Style: offbeat, feel good, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, small town, americana, maid, parents and children, society, family relations, power relations, social relations, friendship, family life ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Imaginary Heroes (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Matt Travis is good-looking, popular, and his school's best competitive swimmer, so everyone is shocked when he inexplicably commits suicide. As the following year unfolds, each member of his family struggles to recover from the tragedy with ...
Style: witty, humorous, sentimental, emotional, biting ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, suicide, family secret, family problems, society, teenage life, loss of son, coming of age, high school, family drama, parenthood, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: male bonding, coming of age, friendship, young lovers, student life, adolescence vs adulthood, obsessive quest, love and romance, buddies, on the road, trip, airplane ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, future
Place: austin texas, texas, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.2
 2K
Housekeeping (1987)
Genre: 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: realistic, atmospheric, feel good, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, friendship, teenage life, dealing with death, lifestyle, human nature, society, youth, single parent, custody ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 1K
Just Looking (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: It's 1955. Lenny is a 14-year old boy who is totally fascinated by sex. He is too scared to "do it," so he dedicates his summer to seeing two other people do it. Easier said than done. Caught in the act of spying, his mother and ...
Style: sexual, touching, humorous, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: date night, kids, teens
Plot: coming of age, voyeurism, teenager, nurse, infidelity, sex, friendship, obsession, forbidden love, young lovers, pregnancy, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.2
 45K
Orange County (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Shaun Brumder is a local surfer kid from Orange County who dreams of going to Stanford to become a writer and to get away from his disfunctional family household. Except Shaun runs into one complication after another starting when his application is ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, witty ...
Audience: teen comedy, teens
Plot: high school, college, family relations, lifestyle, high school life, teachers and students, eccentric family, love and romance, teenage life, parents and children, siblings relations, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, mexico, yale university, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.4
 75K
Kate & Leopold (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: When her scientist ex-boyfriend discovers a portal to travel through time -- and brings back a 19th-century nobleman named Leopold to prove it -- a skeptical Kate reluctantly takes responsibility for showing Leopold the 21st century. The more time ...
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, romantic, light ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: time travel, fish out of water, love and romance, manners, destiny, disorder, supernatural, romance, portal, brother sister relationship, altering history, supernatural romance ...
Time: 19th century, 21st century, contemporary, future, victorian era ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, san francisco, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%