Movies like Renaissance Man

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Renaissance Man (1994)
 6.2
 16K
Renaissance Man (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Danny DeVito plays an advertising man who is slowly sliding downhill. When he is fired from his job in Detroit, he signs up for unemployment. One day they find him a job; Teaching thinking skills to Army recruits. He arrives on base to find that there is no structure set up for the class.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic, feel good, sincere, inspirational, sentimental, funny, entertaining ...
Plot: teachers and students, unemployment, soldier, self discovery, underdog, military, instructor, vietnam veteran, hopes, misfit, power relations, military life, society, teacher, low lives, literature, u.s. army, advertising, military training, teaching, fish out of water, basic training, fired from the job, father daughter relationship, teacher student relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia

Most similar movies to Renaissance Man

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, semi serious, humorous and dramatic films with plots about dialogue, storytelling, catastrophe, mentor, redemption, runaway and culture clash mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Renaissance Man: With Honors (1994), Good Luck (1996), The Van (1996), A Family Thing (1996), Larry Crowne (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 12K
With Honors (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Convinced he'll graduate with honors because of his thesis paper, a stuffy Harvard student finds his paper being held hostage by a homeless man, who might be the guy to school the young man in life.
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: friendship, college, college student, law school, graduation, homeless, college life, bum, social relations, coming of age, human nature, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: massachusetts, usa, campus, harvard university, new jersey
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100%
 6.6
 478
Good Luck (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Bernard "Bern" Lemly (Gregory Hines) is fed up with being in a wheelchair and wants more out of life. Meanwhile, former football player Tony "Ole" Olezniak (Vincent D'Onofrio) is stewing after recently losing his sight. The ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, realistic, humorous, captivating ...
Plot: buddies, self discovery, disability, adventure, hopes, misfit, sport, friends, hostages, rescue, human spirit, friendship ...
Time: 90s
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
 4K
The Van (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in "Barrytown", a fictitious working-class quarter of Dublin. "Bimbo" Reeves gets laid off from his job. With his redundancy, he buys a van and sells fish and chips with his buddy Larry. Due to Ireland's surprising ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, feel good, touching ...
Plot: unemployment, friendship, van, soccer, working class, buddies, single parent, suburbs, male friendship, human nature, parents and children, nothing goes right ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, london, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
A Family Thing (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Earl Pilcher Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining he's not her natural son, but the son of a Black woman who ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, sentimental, touching, sincere ...
Plot: biracial, letter, self discovery, interracial relations, birth, matriarchy, parents and children, family life, society, family relations, dealing with death, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arkansas, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 6.1
 58K
Larry Crowne (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When he suddenly finds himself without his long-standing blue-collar job, Larry Crowne enrolls at his local college to start over. There, he becomes part of an eclectic community of students and develops a crush on his teacher.
Style: humorous, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: college, loss of job, romance, teacher, self discovery, starting over, teachers and students, love, student life, college life, power relations, petty job ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
I'll Do Anything (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Matt Hobbs is a talented but unsuccessful actor. When estranged (and strange) ex-wife Beth dumps their daughter Jeannie on Matt, father and daughter have a lot of adjusting to do. His budding relationship with attractive production assistant Cathy ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sentimental, realistic, witty ...
Plot: actor, unsuccessful, single parent, hollywood, parents and children, parent child relationship, artists and showbiz, youth, family relations, actor's life, young heroes, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Pushing Hands (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Taiwan, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story is about an elderly Chinese tai chi chuan teacher and grandfather who emigrates from Beijing to live with his son, American daughter-in-law, and grandson in a New York City suburb. The grandfather is increasingly distanced from the family ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: martial arts, immigrants, culture clash, human nature, self discovery, parents and children, family life, fish out of water, society, family relations, golden years, misfit ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, usa, new york, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
 11K
Educating Rita (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Rita, a 26 year old Scouse hairdresser with a sharp wit, is married to her childhood sweetheart, the feckless Denny. He wants a baby, she doesn't. She wants to discover herself, so she joins the Open University. Dr. Frank Bryant Is a ...
Style: talky, witty, touching, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: working class, hairdresser, opposites attract, self discovery, alcoholic, university, social differences, romance, culture clash, teachers and students, teaching the ways of the world, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 6.7
 3K
Tumbleweeds (1999)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A woman constantly runs from town to town with her 12 year old daughter to escape failed relationships. The film opens with one escape and the shift into a new start in San Diego. There Mom takes up with a controlling trucker and fights with her ...
Style: talky, semi serious, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mother daughter relationship, on the road, single parent, self discovery, single mother, coming of age, school, couple relations, parents and children, couples, family relations, on the run ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, kentucky, missouri, louisiana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.5
 19K
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, feel good, semi serious, realistic, funny ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: family, fish out of water, rise and fall, switching roles, job, housewife, couple relations, parents and children, relationship vs career, family life, love and romance, misfit ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.2
 11K
Gung Ho (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When a western Pennsylvania auto plant is acquired by a Japanese company, brokering auto worker Hunt Stevenson faces the tricky challenge of mediating the assimilation of two clashing corporate cultures. At one end is the Japanese plant manager and ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, funny, dramatic ...
Plot: unemployment, culture clash, factory, friendship, factory worker, business, worker, labor union, buddies, workplace, fighting the system, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, japan, asia, pennsylvania, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.6
 13K
The Big Kahuna (1999)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three salesmen working for a firm that makes industrial lubricants are waiting in the company's "hospitality suite" at a manufacturers' convention for a "big kahuna" named Dick Fuller to show up, in hopes they can ...
Style: talky, clever, witty, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: salesman, love and romance, religion and supernatural, midlife crisis, religion, hotel, dialogue driven, convention, hotel room, bartender, fight, marketing ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: kansas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.4
 294K
3 Idiots (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 170 min.
Story: In the tradition of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” comes this refreshing comedy about a rebellious prankster with a crafty mind and a heart of gold. Rascal. Joker. Dreamer. Genius... You've never met a college student quite like ...
Style: humorous, inspirational, touching, semi serious, entertaining ...
Plot: rebelliousness, student life, friends, college, teachers and students, student, comedy of errors, friendship, romance, bollywood, talented, father daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.2
 13K
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, semi serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: bar, drinking, small town, social misfits, alcohol abuse, misfit, society, life is a bitch, human nature, self discovery, down on your luck, unemployment ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.5
 7K
Tin Men (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A minor car accident drives two rival aluminum-siding salesmen to the ridiculous extremes of man versus man in 1963 Baltimore.
Style: humorous, witty, realistic, semi serious, dark humor ...
Plot: friendship, car accident, vengeance, cons and scams, hostility, competition, friends, uninhibited rivalry, adultery, revenge, seduction, salesman ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: sentimental, touching, feel good, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: adoption, custody, hopes, self discovery, parents and children, small town, redemption, youth, family problems, family relations, babies and infants, legal action ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1960s ...
Place: virginia, usa, kindergarten, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.5
 3K
Beautiful (2000)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Determined to win the Miss American Miss pageant, Mona is ready to sacrifice anything and everything to guarantee herself the crown including her own daughter! She manages to persuade her best bud to raise the kid as her own (Miss AM can't be a ...
Style: humorous, emotional, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, child illness, screwball, underdog, small town, blind ambition, obsession, contests and competitions, pregnancy, obsessive quest, parents and children, beauty pageant ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.4
 2K
Roommates (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An elderly, yet young-at-heart man, moves in with his grandson, and both their lives turn upside-down.
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: roommate, vegetarian, orphan, funeral, deathbed, golden years, starting over, birthday, grandparent grandchild relationship, human nature, friendship, elderly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: pittsburgh, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 6.6
 13K
Biloxi Blues (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During the Second World War, Eugene enlists in the US Army during the last year of the War and is sent to basic training in Biloxi Mississippi. There he must live with a variety of fellow soldiers while enduring the whims of a mentally unstable ...
Style: humorous, clever, realistic, semi serious, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: boot camp, coming of age, loss of virginity, innocence lost, strong sexual content, basic training, military base, military life, virginity, love and romance, youth, power relations ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: mississippi, usa, arkansas, poland, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.4
 3K
Race the Sun (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A bunch of high school misfits in Hawaii, introduced by their new teacher, attend a science fair in which they draw up inspiration to build their own solar car and win a trip to compete in the 1990 World Solar Challenge in Australia.
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, entertaining, romantic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teacher, car, underdog, dedicated educator, hardcase students, urban ghetto, contests and competitions, human spirit, idealism, athlete and trainer, teachers and students, high school life ...
Time: 90s, year 1990
Place: australia, hawaii, usa, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Smoke Signals (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by Arnold. Arnold soon left his family, and Victor hasn't ...
Style: touching, witty, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: on the road, friendship, self discovery, native americans, death in the family, haunted by the past, escapades, family problems, friends, orphan, obsessive quest, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: phoenix arizona, arizona, india, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The continuing adventures of the barbers at Calvin's Barbershop. Gina, a stylist at the beauty shop next door, is now trying to cut in on his buisness. Calvin is again struggling to keep his father's shop and traditions alive--this time ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, realistic, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: fighting the system, hip hop, underdog, drugs/alcohol, urban, family business, workplace situations, beauty salon, ambition, love and romance, rivalry, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.0
 6K
Soul Food (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Traditional Sunday dinners at Mama Joe's (Irma P. Hall) turn sour when sisters Teri (Vanessa L. Williams), Bird (Nia Long) and Maxine (Vivica A. Fox) start bringing their problems to the dinner table in this ensemble comedy. When tragedy ...
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, humorous, talky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: unity, sister, thanksgiving, siblings relations, love and romance, couples, family problems, family relations, human nature, couple relations, parents and children, family gatherings ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Gross Anatomy (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Joe Slovak is a brilliant first-year med student whose casual, nonconforming approach to life gets tested when he enrolls in Gross Anatomy, the toughest course in med school.
Style: talky, semi serious, humorous, clever, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: school, romance, laboratory, opposites attract, couple relations, social differences, teachers and students, college life, coming of age, love and romance, youth, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: medical school, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.2
 702
Girls Town (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Four women, Patti, Emma, Angela, and Nicki are completing their last year of high school. Unfortunately for the group, one of their own, Nicki, unexpectedly commits suicide. The three remaining women, upon finding out that Nicki had been raped ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, disturbing, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, friendship, school, best friends, college, juvenile delinquency, coming of age, social misfits, urban, feminism, vengeance, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.6
 1K
Tap (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Max Washington has just been released from prison after serving time for burglary. He returns to his old hangout, a hoofer club. His old girl friend, Amy, who still works at the club as a Tap instructor, is less than thrilled to see him. Her father, ...
Style: semi serious, captivating, feel good, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: music, tap dancing, dancer's life, destiny, follow your dream, romance, dance teacher, starting over, introspection, artists and showbiz, reluctant partners, interracial relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.7
 6K
Angus (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Angus is a large, pathetic 14 year old whose thoughts are most often filled with the image of one Melissa Lefevre. Angus is shy and thinks that he has no chance of ever 'getting' her. Being especially uncool, he is incredibly surprised ...
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: high school, friendship, coming of age, public humiliation, blow up doll, school, prank, parents and children, overweight man, overweight child, teenage love, romance ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, semi serious, offbeat, realistic, witty ...
Audience: kids
Plot: bus, friendship, teacher, school, on the road, fish out of water, road trip, disorder, friends, mentally unstable, starting over, cons and scams ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.3
 6K
The Scout (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When his star recruit botches a Major League Baseball debut, humiliated talent scout Al Percolo (Albert Brooks) gets banished to rural Mexico, where he finds a potential gold mine in the arm of young phenom Steve Nebraska (Brendan Fraser). Soon, the ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, cynical, realistic, clever ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: sport, baseball, athlete's life, self discovery, father figure, ambition, hopes, friendship, nothing goes right, rivalry, couples, power relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, new york, nebraska, latin america, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Living Out Loud (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Dramatic comedy about two unlikely people who find each other while looking for love. Judith Nelson (Holly Hunter) is suddenly single after discovering her husband of fifteen years, a successful doctor (Martin Donovan), has been having an affair ...
Style: clever, realistic, touching, semi serious, talky ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: divorce, female protagonist, brooklyn bridge, human nature, couple relations, hopes, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, infidelity, love affair, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%