Movies like Pleasantville

If you like "Pleasantville" you are looking for touching, humorous and semi serious movies about / with time travel, parallel world, utopia, 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, cerebral, satirical ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen comedy
Plot: time travel, parallel world, utopia, 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 mentor, catastrophe, culture clash, friendship, life philosophy, 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), All the Rage (1999), The Squid and the Whale (2005). 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, clever, touching, interesting, surreal ...
Plot: self discovery, freedom, manipulations, fictional reality, dishonesty, deception, loneliness, showbiz, voyeurism, tv show, suburban life, alternate reality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, future
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, one more chance, wish come true, teenage life, family relations, youth, high school life, adult as child, basketball ...
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: high school, time travel, americana, high school reunion, destiny, youth, hopes, romance, road not taken, love and romance, unfulfillment, society ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 1950s, future ...
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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: realistic, clever, dark humor, offbeat, biting ...
Plot: obsession, store, society, suburbs, family problems, crimes of passion, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians, crumbling marriage, suburban life, handgun, lawyer ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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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, parents and children, crumbling marriage, writer's life, understanding, human relationship, eccentric family ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, captivating, humorous, inspirational ...
Plot: small town, village life, small town life, politics, racial tension, farm, police, water, racism, justice, magic, greed ...
Time: 80s
Place: new mexico, usa, mexico, texas, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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 ⇓
27%
 7.3
 182K
Big (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young boy, Josh Baskin makes a wish at a carnival machine to be big. He wakes up the following morning to find that it has been granted and his body has grown older overnight. But he is still the same 13-year-old boy inside. Now he must learn how ...
Style: touching, captivating, humorous, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: child as adult, wish fulfillment, fish out of water, toys, toy maker, adulthood, disorder, longing, adolescence, friendship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, body transformation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, bronx new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, love and romance, showbiz, romantic rivalry, fictional reality show, reality tv, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, boys' night, date night
Plot: friendship, gambling debt, adulthood, love and romance, adolescence vs adulthood, twentysomething life, buddies, couples, youth, introspection, lifestyle, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1959
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, feel good, touching, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: movie star, romance, life turned upside down, fish out of water, couples, real world, unlikely couple, falling in love, dull life, daydreamer, disorder, film within a film ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, couple relations, family problems, teenage life, family relations, school, single parent, black people ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, sweet, touching, funny ...
Audience: date night, teen comedy, teens
Plot: teenage life, love and romance, pregnancy, social relations, teenage pregnancy, coming of age, parents and children, adoption, eccentric family, teenager, change of heart, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: minnesota, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, realistic, feel good, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: small town life, fish out of water, small town, misfit, romance, love and romance, self discovery, new love, fall in love, happy ending, hospital, community service ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, south carolina, washington d.c., san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, destiny, romance, fall in love, supernatural romance, starting over, imaginary, couple relations, hopes, supernatural, life & death, heaven ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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, touching, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: small town, coming of age, commitment, coming-of-age, romance, small town life, teenage life, siblings relations, love and romance, hopes, graduation, best friends ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new england, connecticut, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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, semi serious, witty, realistic, touching ...
Plot: friendship, parents and children, coming of age, americana, social differences, youth, social relations, love and romance, save the day, father son relationship, island, working class ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, long island
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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
Plot: teenager, high school, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage love, teachers and students, introspection, high school life, friendship, coming of age, rebelliousness, youth, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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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: small town, fish out of water, opposites attract, small town life, human nature, doctors and patients, love and romance, couple relations, americana, misfit, looking for love, graduation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: alaska, medical school, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, touching, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, misfit, dysfunctional family, sibling relationship, humiliation, family problems, parents and children, social awkwardness, suburbs, youth, unfulfillment, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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, americana, lifestyle, small town life, love and romance, movie business, showbiz, artists and showbiz, couple relations, nothing goes right ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new england, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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: sincere, feel good, inspirational, touching, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, date night, chick flick
Plot: road not taken, christmas, family life, life changing experience, destiny, rich and poor, family relations, workaholic, angel, singleness, midlife crisis, family man ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, new jersey, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, realistic, touching, sentimental, semi serious
Plot: friendship, youth, love, looking for love, teenage love, love and romance, homecoming, coming of age, adolescence vs adulthood, small town life, marriage, male female relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 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, feel good, semi serious, witty, realistic ...
Audience: teen comedy, teens
Plot: high school, college, family relations, high school life, lifestyle, teenage life, eccentric family, love and romance, parents and children, siblings relations, teachers and students, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, mexico, southern california, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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: feel good, humorous, witty, philosophical, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, existentialism, small town, time travel, time warp, wooing, love and romance, road not taken, nothing goes right, redemption, idealism, deja vu ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: feel good, offbeat, touching, sentimental, humorous ...
Plot: coming of age, small town, dysfunctional family, americana, maid, parents and children, couple relations, nothing goes right, friendship, family life, couples, eccentric family ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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: young lovers, male bonding, coming of age, friendship, student life, obsessive quest, adolescence vs adulthood, love and romance, buddies, on the road, trip, skydiving ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, future
Place: austin texas, texas, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, romantic, touching, 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 ⇓
22%
 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, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night, kids, teens
Plot: coming of age, voyeurism, teenager, nurse, infidelity, sex, friendship, obsession, nosy, family relations, espionage, forbidden love ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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: touching, realistic, witty, semi serious, humorous
Plot: culture clash, racism, high school, coming of age, parents and children, social misfits, gangsters, suburban life, dysfunctional family, nightlife, couples, teenage life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%