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: touching, feel good, semi serious, humorous, sincere, realistic, emotional, inspirational, sentimental, funny ...
Plot: teachers and students, unemployment, soldier, self discovery, underdog, military, instructor, misfit, hopes, military life, unlikely friendships, honest, justice, family drama, society, low lives, power relations, vietnam veteran, teacher, literature, prison, school, army, student, u.s. army ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia

Most similar movies to Renaissance Man

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and touching films with plots about dialogue, catastrophe, mentor, redemption, culture clash, storytelling and destiny mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Renaissance Man: With Honors (1994), Good Luck (1996), A Family Thing (1996), The Van (1996), Trees Lounge (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 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: touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: friendship, college, law school, graduation, college student, self discovery, ambition, human nature, youth, father son relationship, unlikely friendships, happy ending ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: massachusetts, campus, usa, harvard university, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: touching, feel good, captivating, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: misfit, ambition, self discovery, partners, buddies, human spirit, friends, rescue, sport, adventure, hostages, disability ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, realistic, uplifting, sentimental, feel good ...
Plot: biracial, letter, self discovery, family life, family problems, death in the family, hopes, dealing with death, parents and children, step siblings, family relations, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: arkansas, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 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, touching, feel good ...
Plot: unemployment, friendship, van, soccer, working class, partners, family life, suburbs, buddies, single parent, society, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, london, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 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, psychological, touching, realistic ...
Plot: bar, drinking, small town, unemployment, life is a bitch, irresponsible, down on your luck, love and romance, hopes, dull life, social misfits, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, sentimental, emotional, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, romance, fall in love, family relations, parents and children, love and romance, society, looking for love, sister sister relationship, husband wife relationship, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Everything Must Go (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, emotional, talky ...
Plot: salesman, friendship, unemployment, starting over, addiction, midlife crisis, marital problem, hopes, down on your luck, goodhearted, life is a bitch, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, texas, usa, phoenix arizona, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, starting over, student life, teacher, self discovery, college life, teachers and students, petty job, power relations, self esteem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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: humorous, touching, realistic, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: martial arts, culture clash, immigrants, parents and children, golden years, family relations, fish out of water, self discovery, society, misfit, human nature, family life ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, usa, new york, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, witty, semi serious, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: unsuccessful, actor, actor's life, showbiz, hollywood, single parent, self discovery, youth, family relations, artists and showbiz, parents and children, young heroes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, touching, semi serious, humorous, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mother daughter relationship, on the road, coming of age, on the run, family problems, couples, family relations, love and romance, couple relations, parents and children, starting over, human nature ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, missouri, kentucky, louisiana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, feel good, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: orphan, vegetarian, roommate, deathbed, funeral, hopes, starting over, odd couple, human nature, love and romance, couple relations, elderly ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, witty, clever, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: salesman, love and romance, midlife crisis, religion and supernatural, religion, hotel, dialogue driven, bartender, baptist, convention, marketing, fight ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, kansas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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: witty, touching, talky, clever, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: working class, hairdresser, culture clash, self discovery, opposites attract, power relations, teaching the ways of the world, hopes, romance, love and romance, teachers and students, cinderella story ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.2
 30K
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, fish out of water, small town life, 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, washington d.c., south carolina, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, student, college, teachers and students, romance, friendship, comedy of errors, bollywood, talented, anti conformity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, realistic, witty, sincere, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: on the road, native americans, friendship, self discovery, family problems, obsessive quest, death in the family, native, human nature, cliche, orphan, haunted by the past ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: arizona, phoenix arizona, india, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.1
 185K
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, humorous, sweet, light, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: workplace, elderly, workplace situations, intern, family, mentor, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, destiny, stereotypes, loneliness, prejudice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
 6.2
 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, semi serious, emotional, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, friendship, youth, parents and children, family life, prodigy, hopes, family problems, eccentric family, society, suburbs ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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, feel good, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: thanksgiving, unity, sister, love and romance, family relations, coma, couples, family problems, workaholic, family in crisis, family gatherings, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.8
 3K
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 ...
Plot: disability, mentally challenged, misfit, custody, retirement home, hopes, romance, family relations, doctors and patients, parents and children, siblings relations, couples ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.4
 51K
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, romantic, clever, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: military, love affair, communication, satellite, love interest, dialogue, romance, storytelling, life philosophy, destiny, family, beautiful scenery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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: realistic, serious, feel good, entertaining, romantic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: teacher, car, underdog, idealism, ambition, teachers and students, society, against the odds, misfit, high school life, youth, self discovery ...
Time: 90s, year 1990
Place: australia, hawaii, usa, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Movie in collections
 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, offbeat, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, child illness, obsession, pregnancy, social differences, society, parents and children, family relations, dysfunctional family, screwball, family problems, obsessive quest ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.0
 40K
28 Days (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After getting into a car accident while drunk on the day of her sister's wedding, Gwen Cummings is given a choice between prison or a rehab center. She chooses rehab, but is extremely resistant to taking part in any of the treatment programs ...
Style: realistic, emotional, melancholic, compassionate, touching ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: starting over, rehabilitation, drug rehabilitation, addiction, going straight, self discovery, introspection, doctors and patients, drugs/alcohol, clinic, drug addiction, drug addict ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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: touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous, sexual
Audience: date night
Plot: rivalry, beach, coming of age, teenager, misfit, introspection, ambition, high school, love and romance, athlete's life, hopes, high school life ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, realistic, semi serious, funny ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: family, fish out of water, disorder, family life, parents and children, relationship vs career, family relations, unfulfillment, switching roles, couple relations, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.1
 40K
Shall We Dance (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, a bored and overworked estate lawyer signs up for ballroom dancing lessons.
Style: touching, humorous, feel good, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: follow your dream, couple relations, friendship, teachers and students, dancer's life, dance school, contests and competitions, jealousy, hopes, couples, romance, marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, clever, realistic, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: school, romance, society, social differences, misfit, lifestyle, couple relations, doctors and patients, teachers and students, hopes, love and romance, college life ...
Time: 80s
Place: medical school, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, disturbing, touching, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, friendship, school, coming of age, vengeance, love and romance, family relations, social misfits, adolescence vs adulthood, friends, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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