Movies like Renaissance Man

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Renaissance Man (1994)
 6.1
 15K
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, vietnam veteran, hopes, misfit, power relations, military life, society, low lives, instructor, teacher, literature, u.s. military, male in shower, taking a shower, shared shower, group shower, male objectification, shower, basic training, telescope ...
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 touching films with plots about friendship, redemption, dialogue, mentor, power relations, catastrophe and society mostly in Comedy, Drama and War genres. Some movies like Renaissance Man: Good Luck (1996), With Honors (1994), The Van (1996), The English Teacher (2013), Educating Rita (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 6.6
 472
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, adventure, disability, hopes, misfit, sport, friends, hostages, rescue, human spirit, friendship ...
Time: 90s
Place: oregon, usa
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95%
 6.7
 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 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, soccer, van, working class, buddies, suburbs, single parent, male friendship, human nature, parents and children, nothing goes right ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
The English Teacher (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Teacher Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) balances her staid home life with an incredible passion for her subject, but her routine is forever altered when a former star pupil and his unsupportive father reenter her life. Go-to television director ...
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: high school, teachers and students, teacher student relationship, writer's life, older woman younger man relationship, high school teacher, small town, small town life, workplace, power relations, social relations, repression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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 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, opposites attract, self discovery, romance, social differences, culture clash, teachers and students, teaching the ways of the world, hopes, society, couples, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.2
 12K
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, semi serious, gloomy, 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 ⇓
51%
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: letter, biracial, 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 ⇓
50%
 8.4
 281K
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, touching, semi serious, entertaining, inspirational ...
Plot: rebelliousness, student life, friends, teachers and students, student, college, comedy of errors, friendship, romance, buddies, bollywood, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 5.9
 105
Out of It (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An introverted nerd and a dumb, violent jock vie for the attentions of a cheerleader.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, sexual, touching
Audience: date night
Plot: rivalry, coming of age, teenager, beach, athlete's life, underdog, high school, introspection, school, teachers and students, teenage love, high school life ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A retired woman hires a dance instructor to give her private dance lessons at her home -- one per week for six weeks. What begins as an antagonistic relationship turns into a close friendship as they dance together.
Style: semi serious, feel good, realistic, humorous, sentimental ...
Plot: golden years, self discovery, friendship, teachers and students, friends, elderly, dancer's life, aging, artists and showbiz, power relations, gay
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.3
 1K
Chalk (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Life in the trenches of that most honorable and frustrating profession...teaching. It's the start of a memorable new year at Harrison High. The self-conscious Mr. Stroope is convinced that his time has come - this year he will be furnished with ...
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, witty ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: teacher, high school, dedicated educator, hardcase students, underdog, school, contests and competitions, urban ghetto, college, boss and employee, teachers and students, college life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Surviving Desire (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: Jude, a college professor, is obsessed with Sophie, his student. She, in turn, is intrigued by his scholarly charm. Flirtation turns to lust and the two become lovers.
Style: semi serious, humorous, talky, realistic, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: teachers and students, student, hopes, college, love and romance, philosophy, lovers, romance, youth, couples, opposites attract, love affair ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.2
 10K
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, business, worker, labor union, buddies, workplace, factory worker, fighting the system, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, japan, asia, pennsylvania, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 ⇓
44%
 6.2
 692
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, urban, social misfits, feminism, vengeance, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.7
 3K
Unexpected (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An inner-city high school teacher discovers she is pregnant at the same time as one of her most promising students and the two develop an unlikely friendship while struggling to navigate their unexpected pregnancies.
Style: semi serious, sincere, realistic, touching, humorous ...
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, high school, teachers and students, power relations, dedicated educator, urban ghetto, urban ghetto life, misfit, society, youth, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.0
 13K
The Lucky Ones (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story revolves around three soldiers — Colee, T.K. and Cheaver — who return from the Iraq War after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an unexpected road trip across the U.S.
Style: semi serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere, touching ...
Plot: soldier, friendship, on the road, road trip, military, gulf war, homecoming, war, americana, hopes, society, wartime life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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, realistic ...
Plot: salesman, love and romance, religion and supernatural, midlife crisis, religion, hotel, dialogue driven, hotel room, convention, baptist, fight, marketing ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: kansas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, intellectual, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, coming of age, poet, poetry, teaching the ways of the world, first love, teacher, dedicated educator, youth, professor, against the rules ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, humorous, semi serious, 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, san diego california, tennessee, west virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Drifting Clouds (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Tram driver Lauri looses his job. Shortly later, the restaurant where his wife Ilona works as a headwaitress is closed. Too proud, to receive money from the social welfare system, they hardly try to find new jobs. But they are completely unlucky and ...
Style: realistic, touching, clever, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: unemployment, restaurant, waitress, society, couple relations, down on your luck, wife husband relationship, life is a bitch, couples, alcohol abuse, death in the family, cooking and food ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, finland, spain, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Breaking the Rules (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two friends take their dying buddy on one last road trip.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: friendship, youth, buddies, on the road, terminal illness, friends, adventure, best friends, tragic hero, self discovery, homecoming, reunion ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, realistic, sentimental, witty ...
Plot: unsuccessful, actor, hollywood, single parent, 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 ⇓
38%
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The Toughest Man in the World (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Mr. T's first starring made-for-TV movie role has him playing a tough and scowling, but softhearted, nightclub bouncer who finds himself involved with a bunch of kids after being conned into taking over a youth center.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic
Plot: nightclub, underdog, going straight, urban ghetto, school life, gymnasium, friends who hate each other, bouncer, prison, human spirit, idealism, boss and employee ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Calvin Marshall (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A college student is determined to become a Major League Baseball star, but finds his true calling instead.
Style: sentimental, semi serious, realistic, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: coming of age, college, underdog, romance, self discovery, adolescence vs adulthood, sport, hopes, athlete's life, young lovers, follow your dream, athlete and trainer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, campus
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Scent of a Woman (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An army cadet accompanies an irascible, blind captain on a week-long trip from Turin to Naples. The captain, Fausto, who wants no pity, brooks no disagreement, and charges into every situation, nicknames the youth Ciccio, and spends the next few ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: soldier, self discovery, dancing, blind man, blindness, suicide pact, on the road, road trip, gun, teaching the ways of the world, disability, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, europe, napoli italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: custody, hopes, adoption, 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 ⇓
33%
 5.8
 329
Entry Level (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: After losing his restaurant, chef CLAY MAGUIRE must start his career all over--at the bottom. Pushing forty with no "corporate skill-set", Clay enters the strange world of the Unemployable Interviewees of America. Clay and his fellow ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: unemployment, starting over, restaurant, workplace romance, down on your luck, romance, workplace situations, workplace, cooking and food, hopes, love and romance, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.6
 49K
Irrational Man (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: On a small town college campus, a philosophy professor in existential crisis gives his life new purpose when he enters into a relationship with his student.
Style: talky, clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: college, teachers and students, cause and meaning, small town, love affair, mystery, love and romance, murder, existentialism, depression, professor, judge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, campus
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.5
 9K
Terri (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Terri, a pajama-clad, disaffected high school student learns how to engage the world with the help of Mr. Fitzgerald, his assistant principal.
Style: semi serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, friendship, underage drinking, urination, coming of age, small town, social misfits, high school friends, overweight child, high school life, physical appearance, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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