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Running on Empty (1988)
 7.6
 16K
Running on Empty (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Popes are a family who haven't been able to use their real identity for years. In the late sixties, the parents set a weapons lab afire in an effort to hinder the government's Vietnam war campaign. Ever since then, the Popes have been on the run with the authorities never far behind.
Style: touching, emotional, thought provoking, serious, realistic, poignant, intense, dramatic, political, talky ...
Plot: coming of age, vietnam war, radical, hidden identity, follow your dream, parents and children, haunted by the past, eccentric family, society, family in crisis, rebelliousness, hopes, family relations, musician, laboratory, pianist, on the run, hiding, bittersweet, youth, hippie, friends, love and romance, couples, liberal ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, 60s, year 1971, 1960s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york, florida, manhattan new york city, yale university, oakland california

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Most similar movies to Running on Empty

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and emotional films with plots about friendship, family relations, catastrophe, mentor, dialogue, storytelling and culture clash mostly in Drama, Romance and Music genres. Some movies like Running on Empty: Permanent Record (1988), The Thing Called Love (1993), Violets Are Blue... (1986), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995), Lackawanna Blues (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Permanent Record (1988)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: David Sinclair seems to have everything going for him: he's smart, musically talented, and very successful. To top off his senior year in high school, his band is trying to get a recording session. Therefore, David's suicide leaves ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, suicide, grief, friends, family relations, parents and children, school, teenage life, high school life, buddies, misfit ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: oregon, portland oregon, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Thing Called Love (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Miranda Presley moves from New York to Nashville to become a songwriter. At an unsuccessful audition she meets James Wright, a promising newcomer. After only a few days they marry but start to quickly regret it.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: country music, friendship, romance, musician's life, couple relations, couples, hopes, love and romance, artists and showbiz, twentysomething life, friends, showbiz ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, tennessee, usa, texas, nashville tennessee ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Violets Are Blue... (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After fifteen years of traveling around the world Gussie (Spacek), a famous photographer, returns to the Maryland coastal resort where she grew up
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, gloomy, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens, chick flick
Plot: small town, fall in love, romance, destiny, high school, bittersweet, family relations, photojournalist, friends, couples, love and romance, lifestyle ...
Time: future, 80s, 70s
Place: maryland, san francisco, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: In 1965, passionate musician Glenn Holland takes a day job as a high school music teacher, convinced it's just a small obstacle on the road to his true calling: writing a historic opus. As the decades roll by with the composition unwritten but ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: composer, classical music, music teacher, music, school, high school, honest, follow your dream, dedicated educator, teachers and students, musician, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 60s, 70s
Place: oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Lackawanna Blues (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a story fueled by rhythm and blues, a young boy's life is shaped by love and the stories of a cast of characters in the boarding house where he lives in 1960s Lackawanna, New York.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, family relations, family problems, youth, lifestyle, parents and children, friends, blues, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, nanny ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, pennsylvania, russia, toronto ontario canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.1
 37K
Nowhere Boy (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The drama tells the story of Lennon's teenage years and the start of his journey to becoming a successful musician. The story also examines the impact on his early life and personality of the two dominant females in his childhood
Style: touching, witty, sincere, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: prodigy, follow your dream, musician's life, musician, aunt nephew relationship, coming of age, rock and roll, adolescence, the beatles, dysfunctional family, hopes, parents and children ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s, 1940s, 70s
Place: liverpool, europe, england, hamburg germany, new zealand ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.1
 4K
Simple Men (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Bitter about being double-crossed by the women he loved, (and with the police after him to boot), Bill vows to seduce the next woman he sees, then throw her away. His brother Dennis, meanwhile, is equally determined to track down their long lost ...
Style: talky, road movie, realistic, witty, humorous ...
Plot: father son relationship, family relations, brother brother relationship, parents and children, haunted by the past, missing person, siblings relations, obsessive quest, on the road, romance, crimes, small town ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, pennsylvania, pittsburgh, maryland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.2
 16K
A Better Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while traveling across town to perform landscaping work for the city's wealthy landowners.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: immigrants, thief, family relations, truck, single parent, theft, american dream, life is a bitch, working class, teenage life, society, unsuccessful ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, september 11 2001
Place: los angeles, california, usa, southern california, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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 5.9
 87K
The Last Song (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A drama centered on a rebellious girl who is sent to a Southern beach town for the summer to stay with her father. Through their mutual love of music, the estranged duo learn to reconnect.
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: fall in love, teenage life, youth, teenage love, teen romance, love, family relations, parents and children, love and romance, estrangement, coming of age, pianist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia, ireland, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Liberty Heights (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955.
Style: semi autobiographical, emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, anti semitism, white male black female relationship, racism, interracial relations, high school, family relations, americana, jewish family, culture clash, race issues, youth ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, year 1955, year 1954
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
American Heart (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Jack is now out of jail and he meets Nick, his adolescent son. Their relationship will be complicated, because Jack has a problem with alcohol. But his love for Nick will help him to get over the past and reach his dreams.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, rough, emotional ...
Plot: father son relationship, starting over, family relations, estrangement, going straight, hopes, society, parents and children, human nature, prisoner, ex convict, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: seattle, usa, alaska, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.5
 7K
Bee Season (2005)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 11-year-old Eliza is the invisible element of her family unit: her parents are both consumed with work and her brother is wrapped up in his own adolescent life. Eliza ignites not only a spark that makes her visible but one that sets into motion a ...
Style: emotional, realistic, thought provoking, touching, serious ...
Plot: judaism, dysfunctional family, mental illness, redemption, family relations, family problems, coming of age, parents and children, hopes, society, siblings relations, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., sacramento california, san francisco, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.6
 14K
Moonlight Mile (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As he copes with the death of his fiancee along with her parents, a young man must figure out what he wants out of life.
Style: emotional, sentimental, realistic, clever, serious ...
Plot: friendship, family relations, starting over, fall in love, haunted by the past, death in the family, family problems, romance, murder, guilt, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
A Song for Martin (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Sweden, Germany, Denmark
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Martin, conductor of a symphonic orchestra, meet Barbara, violine player and they start a relationship. Five years later Martin starts to develop loss of memory and becomes more and more confused. Finally he is diagnosed with Alzheimer's ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: family relations, infidelity, couples, love affair, couple relations, family problems, crumbling marriage, lifestyle, musician's life, love and romance, fall in love, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 4.9
 833
Preacher's Kid (2010)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Small-town girl Angie King leaves the church and her home to pursue a dream of singing stardom. Luckett plays Angie, the daughter of a stern but loving bishop, whose attraction to the hunky star (Tank) of a traveling gospel show takes her on the ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: hopes, parents and children, love and romance, lifestyle, friendship, couples, youth, destructive relationship, music, father daughter relationship, religion, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.4
 9K
Dogfight (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In the fall of 1963, Eddie Birdlace is an 18-year-old Marine Corps volunteer who is about to ship out with three of his buddies for a tour of duty in Viet Nam. Planning a massive blowout for their last night in San Francisco, Eddie, his buddies, and ...
Style: touching, talky, realistic, clever, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love, vietnam war, love and romance, innocence lost, romance, bittersweet, couples, contests and competitions, battle of the sexes, youth, coming of age, inadvertently ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963, year 1966, year 1967
Place: san francisco, vietnam, california, usa, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: teenager, friendship, adoption, family relations, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, coming of age, family in crisis, haunted by the past, parents and children, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Jazz Singer (1980)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Neil Diamond stars as Yussel in this tale of a young Jewish cantor who strives to make a career in music.
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: tradition, showbiz, family relations, parents and children, religions or cults, desire for fame, follow your dream, estrangement, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, musician's life, father son relationship ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: california, new york, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Breaking and Entering (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Set in a blighted, inner-city neighbourhood of London, Breaking and Entering examines an affair which unfolds between a successful British landscape architect and Amira, a Bosnian woman – the mother of a troubled teen son – who was widowed by ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, realistic, sincere, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: architect, robbery, infidelity, blackmail, society, immigrants, working class, social differences, human nature, single parent, marital problem, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, england, sarajevo, bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Vietnam, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A little girl, Mui, went to a house as a new servant. The mother still mourns the death of her daughter, who would have been Mui's age. In her mind she treated Mui as her daughter. 10 years later Mui (now a young woman) was sent to another ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, sexy ...
Plot: peasant, family relations, adultery, love, musician, animal abuse, buddhism, master and servant, coming of age, love and romance, romance, society ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Good Mother (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After finding a sexually liberated boyfriend, a divorced woman gets sued over daughter's custody, by her ex, who claims that her lover has a bad influence on the kid.
Style: touching, emotional, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: family relations, pregnancy, false accusation, custody, custody battle, sculptor, piano, courtroom drama, strong female presence, family problems, couples, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: boston, maine, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.6
 78K
Footloose (1984)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When teenager Ren and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small town in the West, he's in for a real case of culture shock.
Style: serious, captivating, feel good, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, kids, teen drama
Plot: dancing, high school, youth, rebelliousness, love and romance, dancer's life, rebellion, small town, parents and children, fish out of water, high school life, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, utah, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Very Good Girls (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Two New York City girls make a pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school. When they both fall for the same street artist, the friends find their connection tested for the first time.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, touching, captivating ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: first sex, coming of age, love triangle, friendship, loss of virginity, teenage girl, youth, wooing, teenage love, teenage life, love and romance, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1992
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, new york state, tennessee ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 12K
ATL (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: As four friends prepare for life after high school, different challenges bring about turning points in each of their lives. The dramas unfold and resolve at their local rollerskating rink, Cascade.
Style: feel good, serious, uplifting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, coming of age, friendship, ambition, crimes, drug dealing, self discovery, social differences, teenage life, siblings relations, family relations, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, georgia, atlanta georgia, london, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.4
 14K
Evening (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: As Constance (Natasha Richardson) and Nina (Toni Collette) gather at the deathbed of their mother, Ann (Vanessa Redgrave), they learn for the first time that their mother lived an entire other lifetime during one evening 50 years ago. In vivid ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic, intense ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, haunted by the past, mother, power of love, mother daughter relationship, beautiful scenery, dying, death of mother, wedding, death, friendship, women ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: rhode island, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.1
 684
Julie Johnson (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A New Jersey housewife is dissatisfied with her everyday life because she is smarter than she or anyone else knows. While taking a computer class, Julie discovers her abilities and finds the courage to make dramatic life changes. This is a story of ...
Style: sincere, realistic, touching, clever, talky ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, friendship, follow your dream, lifestyle, forbidden love, couples, love and romance, human nature, feminism, parents and children, road not taken, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
 279
The Doe Boy (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A Cherokee boy is a haemophiliac in a culture obsessed with blood identity.
Style: serious, psychological, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, society, lifestyle, youth, dysfunctional family, homecoming, parents and children, americana, human nature, coming of age ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Way We Were (1973)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.
Style: serious, sentimental, captivating, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: politics, opposites attract, couples, love and romance, mccarthyism, romance, naval officer, radical, young lovers, couple relations, communist, adultery ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1933 ...
Place: new york, usa, california, malibu california, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Dito Montiel, a successful author, receives a call from his long-suffering mother, asking him to return home and visit his ailing father. Dito recalls his childhood growing up in a violent neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., with friends Antonio, ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, rough, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, childhood, friendship, street kid, loss of friend, anger, life is a bitch, crimes, coming of age, violence, marijuana, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 2005, 2000s, year 1986 ...
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, coney island brooklyn new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.5
 40K
The Choice (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life's most defining events.
Style: romantic, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: fall in love, love, true love, couples, love and romance, couple relations, destiny, romance, moral dilemma, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, love triangle, medical student ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1946, year 1989, year 1988
Place: north carolina, usa, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%