Movies like Renaissance Man

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Renaissance Man (1994)
 6.2
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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: feel good, touching, semi serious, humorous, sincere, realistic, emotional, inspirational, sentimental, funny ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: teachers and students, unemployment, soldier, self discovery, underdog, military, instructor, misfit, hopes, military life, unlikely friendships, honest, justice, military training, family drama, society, low lives, power relations, vietnam veteran, female director, teacher, literature, prison, school, army ...
Time: 90s
Place: detroit, brooklyn new york city, australia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and feel good films with plots about dialogue, culture clash, mentor, catastrophe, destiny, runaway and redemption mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Renaissance Man: With Honors (1994), A Family Thing (1996), Good Luck (1996), Tumbleweeds (1999), The Van (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: touching, feel good, sentimental, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, college, law school, homeless, graduation, unlikely friendships, college student, self discovery, youth, ambition, human nature, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, boston, new jersey
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50%
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: touching, feel good, semi serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, biracial, self discovery, family problems, parents and children, family life, death in the family, human nature, siblings relations, hopes, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: arkansas, chicago illinois, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.3
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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: feel good, humorous, touching, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: rescue, buddies, hostages, partners, disability, friends, self discovery, human spirit, friendship, hopes, sport, hostage ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 6.7
 3K
Tumbleweeds (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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: feel good, touching, realistic, entertaining, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: asthma, mother daughter relationship, on the road, starting over, human nature, self discovery, family problems, single parent, love and romance, friendship, loneliness, coming of age ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, santa fe new mexico, west virginia, san diego california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 6.7
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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: feel good, humorous, realistic, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: unemployment, friendship, family relations, soccer, working class, van, suburbs, human nature, family life, parents and children, friends, partners ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, london, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Hungary, USA
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: touching, feel good, humorous, sentimental, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, teachers and students, aging, elderly, dancer's life, self discovery, golden years, dancing, widow, artists and showbiz, power relations, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.4
 19K
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, family reunited, generation gap, hopes, retirement, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, hawaii, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Wish I Was Here (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, is 35 years old and still trying to find a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, sincere, humorous, touching ...
Plot: direction and purpose, self discovery, thirtysomething life, actor's life, parents and children, teaching the ways of the world, artists and showbiz, adolescence vs adulthood, family relations, strong female character, brother brother relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 5.6
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Beautiful (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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, realistic, semi serious, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, beauty pageant, blind ambition, contests and competitions, underdog, family problems, pregnancy, child illness, parents and children, family relations, ambition, single parent ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Jack the Bear (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Story of the relationships between two sons and their father, who moves the family to California and becomes a tv horror show host after the death of his wife.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: single parent, kidnapping, alcohol abuse, tv show, widower, child abduction, photo album, bittersweet, redemption, dysfunctional family, family life, racism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, oakland california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.1
 10K
Smoke Signals (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: 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, feel good, sincere, road movie, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: on the road, native americans, friendship, self discovery, native american, escapades, haunted by the past, obsessive quest, family problems, human nature, adolescence, life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: phoenix arizona, arizona, india, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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, switching roles, fish out of water, family life, parents and children, unfulfillment, misfit, rise and fall, relationship vs career, parenthood, husband wife relationship, self discovery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.1
 227K
The Intern (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
Style: feel good, inspirational, light, sweet, touching ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: workplace, mentor, workplace situations, unlikely friendships, office, friendship, life philosophy, elderly, fashion, computers and web, family, intern ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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: feel good, entertaining, light, exciting, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: youth, ambition, against the odds, human spirit, rivalry, dedicated educator, self discovery, teenage life, car, teacher, solar power, adventure ...
Time: 90s, year 1990
Place: hawaii, australia, usa, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Other Sister (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A mentally challenged girl proves herself to be every bit as capable as her "perfect" sister when she moves into an apartment and begins going to college.
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, family relations, romance, parents and children, fall in love, love and romance, society, looking for love, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, wedding, female protagonist ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.2
 13K
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: witty, touching, talky, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: working class, self discovery, couples, romance, opposites attract, society, hopes, infidelity, social differences, university, literature, professor ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe, dublin ireland, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.1
 64K
Larry Crowne (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
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, realistic, semi serious, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: college, loss of job, romance, student life, starting over, teacher, teacher student relationship, love and romance, self fulfillment, power relations, self esteem, petty job ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.9
 2K
Me You Them (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A true story that comically depicts the relationship between an ordinary woman and her three husbands, who live in the same house in a poor and arid small village of the Brazilian northeast.
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: love triangle, dishonesty, love affair, destiny, couples, fall in love, adultery, runaway, bittersweet, romance, love and romance, social relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: brazil, latin america, northeast brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Molly (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Molly McKay is a profoundly autistic twenty-something woman who has lived in an institution from a young age following her parents' death in a car accident. When the institution must close due budget cuts, Molly is left in the charge of her ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, humorous, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: autism, siblings relations, custody, human spirit, hopes, romance, doctors and patients, misfit, retirement home, verbal abuse, bittersweet, disability ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: humorous, feel good, touching, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: coming of age, college, self discovery, ambition, follow your dream, youth, romance, underdog, hopes, athlete's life, love and romance, sport ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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, funny, light, captivating, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: boot camp, world war two, basic training, military life, soldier, youth, coming of age, gay slur, loss of virginity, sergeant, friendship, adaptation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, arkansas, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.1
 14K
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, contemplative, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, drinking alcohol, drinking, bar, ice cream truck, alcohol, small town, unemployment, down on your luck, self discovery, human nature, mechanic ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: feel good, humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: unsuccessful, satire, actor, artists and showbiz, youth, young heroes, single parent, actor's life, family relations, self discovery, showbiz, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 7.1
 7K
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: feel good, touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: family relations, thanksgiving, sister, unity, siblings relations, parents and children, human nature, family in crisis, family gatherings, couple relations, bittersweet, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, illinois, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.2
 34K
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: feel good, touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, kids, teens
Plot: small town life, fish out of water, small town, misfit, romance, love and romance, happy ending, self discovery, new love, fall in love, hospital, profanity ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, los angeles, south carolina, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Paper Chase (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A first-year law student struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of a stern professor.
Style: captivating, uplifting, serious, feel good, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: college, law student, youth, student life, college life, human nature, self discovery, instructor, contests and competitions, hopes, fall in love, male bonding ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: harvard university, usa, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Men Don't Leave (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After her husband John dies unexpectedly, Beth Macauley is unprepared for life without him. She is unemployed with no job skills and $60,000 in debt from on-going renovations to their house located in suburban Bingham. She doesn't know what to ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: family relations, starting over, lottery, widow, bittersweet, depression, dealing with death, hopes, unfulfillment, love and romance, self discovery, strong female presence ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.1
 1K
Bruno (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The story of a unique young boy genius, Bruno, whose expression of his own individuality leads his family and community along an emotional journey.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, semi serious, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, friendship, youth, parents and children, family life, coming of age, family problems, prodigy, hopes, society, eccentric family, family relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.4
 64K
Aloha (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.
Style: feel good, realistic, semi serious, romantic, clever ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: military, love affair, soldier, satellite, communication, love interest, romance, storytelling, life philosophy, destiny, family, air force ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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: realistic, touching, sincere, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: friendship, pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, teachers and students, dedicated educator, society, intergenerational friendship, teenage girl, high school, teacher student relationship, strong female presence, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%