Movies like Smoke Signals

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Smoke Signals (1998)
 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 seen his father for 10 years. When Victor hears Arnold has died, Thomas offers him funding for the trip to get Arnold's remains
Style: touching, feel good, sincere, road movie, sentimental, offbeat, realistic, witty, semi serious, biblical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: on the road, native americans, friendship, self discovery, escapades, obsessive quest, haunted by the past, family problems, human nature, native american, adolescence, life, bittersweet, friends, orphan, cliche, native, death in the family, indians, native american reservation, storytelling, father son relationship, basketball, fight, bible ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: arizona, phoenix arizona, india, new jersey

Most similar movies to Smoke Signals

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, humorous and semi serious films with plots about friendship, bittersweet, self discovery, storytelling, destiny, mentor and culture clash mostly in Drama, Comedy and Adventure genres. Some movies like Smoke Signals: The Way (2010), Tumbleweeds (1999), Fandango (1985), A Family Thing (1996), With Honors (1994). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Way (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: When his son dies while hiking the famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the Pyrenees, Tom flies to France to claim the remains. Looking for insights into his estranged child’s life, he decides to complete the 500-mile mountain trek to ...
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: road trip, pilgrimage, travel, redemption, obsessive quest, self discovery, on the road, search, death of son, encounter, grief, christianity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, france, europe, california
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100%
 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, kentucky, missouri, louisiana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.8
 7K
Fandango (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Five college buddies from the University of Texas circa 1971 embark on a final road trip odyssey across the Mexican border before facing up to uncertain futures, in Vietnam and otherwise.
Style: road movie, sentimental, touching, emotional, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: male bonding, male friendship, coming of age, friendship, obsessive quest, young lovers, student life, adolescence vs adulthood, buddies, love and romance, on the road, trip ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, future
Place: texas, austin texas, vietnam
⇓ 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: touching, feel good, semi serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, interracial relations, biracial, self discovery, family problems, parents and children, family life, human nature, death in the family, siblings relations, hopes, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: arkansas, chicago illinois, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 6.7
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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, ambition, youth, human nature, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Everything Is Illuminated (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A film based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by American writer Jonathan Safran Foer, in which a young Jewish American man endeavors—with the help of eccentric, distant relatives—to find the woman who saved his grandfather ...
Style: tragicomedy, touching, sentimental, sincere, clever ...
Plot: culture clash, jewish, journey, search, collector, friendship, on the road, anti semitism, holocaust, human nature, prejudice, grandparent grandchild relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: ukraine, europe, berlin germany, kiev ukraine, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Way Way Back (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: friendship, teenagers, loneliness, vacation, teenager, shyness, summer, teenage love, family problems, youth, teenage life, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
10 Items or Less (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An actor who is considering the role of a supermarket manager arrives at a grocery store on the outskirts of Los Angeles to do some field research. He subsequently becomes stranded, without a car or cell phone, and accepts a ride home with Scarlet, ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, semi serious, road movie ...
Plot: self discovery, friendship, introspection, research, movie star, job interview, on the road, friends, actor's life, celebrity culture, stranger, interview ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 7.1
 2K
Housekeeping (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950s, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up to most people's expectations.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, semi serious, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, friendship, single parent, parents and children, small town life, self discovery, eccentric family, siblings relations, custody, family life ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.4
 10K
Dirty Girl (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It's 1987 and Danielle, the high school 'Dirty Girl', is running away. With her is chubby, gay Clarke, a bag of flour called Joan and a Walkman full of glorious '80s tunes.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: friends, friendship, on the road, high school, coming of age, teenager, teenage life, family problems, gay slur, female protagonist, teacher, reputation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, california, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Go-Getter (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When his mother dies, a teenager takes a road-trip in a stolen car to find his long-lost brother. Along the way he discovers a profound connection with the car-owner and with himself as well.
Style: semi serious, melancholic, enigmatic, ironic, realistic ...
Plot: car thief, road trip, teenage life, love and romance, parents and children, introspection, self discovery, human nature, coming of age, obsessive quest, lifestyle, brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: oregon, new orleans, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 4.9
 311
Full Grown Men (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A man stuck in the reveries of his youth tracks down the boyhood friend he once tormented, only to find that simpler times were more complicated than he thought.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: mermaid, amusement park, friends, youth, best friends, buddies, partners, fish out of water, moral dilemma, haunted by the past, couple relations, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Four Seasons (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life, marital, parental and other crises.
Style: sentimental, witty, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, divorce, midlife crisis, vacation, bittersweet, best friends, partners, friends, couples, family problems, family relations, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Business of Fancydancing (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Indian poet from Spokane who confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home on the reservation to attend the funeral of a dear friend.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, clever
Plot: friendship, tragic love, self discovery, haunted by the past, lifestyle, youth, couples, family problems, reunion, coming out, social differences, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 80s
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Human Resources Manager (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Israel, Germany, France, Romania
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A tragic comedy centered on the HR manager of Israel's largest industrial bakery, who sets out to save the reputation of his business and prevent the publication of a defamatory article.
Style: tragicomedy, road movie, humorous, captivating, touching ...
Plot: self discovery, on the road, human nature, righting the wronged, selflessness, bribery, redemption, bittersweet, friendship, obsessive quest, disorder, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel, romania, europe, middle east, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, strong female presence, crumbling marriage, single parent, dealing with death, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Intimate Stories (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Three people and a baby set off on separate journeys, along the same road; their disparate dreams and stories intertwine amidst the breathtaking deserted Patagonic route.
Style: realistic, sentimental, humorous, sincere, touching ...
Plot: on the road, friends, self discovery, friendship, small town life, destiny, human nature, redemption, parents and children, rise to the top, hopes, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: argentina, latin america, patagonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.3
 5K
Dad (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A busy executive (Ted Danson) learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying and rushes home to her side. He ends up being his father's caretaker and becomes closer to him (Jack Lemmon) than ever before. Estranged from his own son (Ethan ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: father son relationship, aging, parents and children, hopes, family life, hospital, terminal illness, family drama, heart attack, doctors, family bonds, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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, realistic, semi serious, witty, offbeat ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: bus, friendship, teacher, school, on the road, fish out of water, cons and scams, youth, starting over, mentally unstable, misfit, friends ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Thing About My Folks (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Ben's dad Sam shows up one night with a note from Ben's mother (Sam's wife of 46 years), that she has left. While Ben's wife and his three sisters try to find her, Ben takes Sam on a day trip to see a farmhouse that's for ...
Style: talky, sentimental, touching, feel good, semi serious ...
Plot: golden years, father son relationship, family relations, on the road, parents and children, self discovery, love and romance, husband wife relationship, adventure, escapades, overbearing, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Come As You Are (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Three young men with disabilities embark on a road trip to a brothel in Montreal catering to people with special needs to lose their virginity and embrace their independence. Inspired by a true story and remake of the Belgian film Hasta La Vista
Style: humorous, sincere, road movie, semi serious
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: brothel, looking for sex, paralysis, self discovery, disability, friends, buddies, friendship, obsessive quest, independence, young people, escapades ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.7
 573
Cleopatra (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain, Argentina
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A retired teacher and a soap star leave their routines and the men in their lives behind and embark on a weekend trip.
Style: touching, semi serious, sentimental, humorous, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, fall in love, self discovery, looking for love, human nature, best friends, introspection, on the road, hopes, family business, parents and children, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
A Birder's Guide to Everything (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history.
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, teenage life, animal life, sexual content, escapades, obsessive quest, friends, remarry, road trip, coming of age, teenage boy, friendship between boys ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new england, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.
Style: feel good, road movie, humorous, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: on the road, nothing goes right, obsessive quest, dysfunctional family, family relations, escapades, road trip, beauty pageant, parenthood, suicide attempt, journey, loser ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2006
Place: california, usa, albuquerque new mexico, new mexico, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, society, pregnancy ...
Time: 90s
Place: brazil, latin america, northeast brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.0
 1K
That's Life! (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A wealthy architect struggles with a severe case of male menopause at the approach of his 60th birthday.
Style: sentimental, semi serious, realistic, humorous, sincere ...
Plot: midlife crisis, birthday, priest, fortune teller, family gatherings, bittersweet, terminal illness, human nature, dealing with death, unfulfillment, love and romance, clergy ...
Time: 80s
Place: malibu california, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, Canada, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Hector is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara, he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, semi serious, inspirational, entertaining ...
Plot: self discovery, life, life philosophy, travel, introspection, adventure, happiness, escapades, teaching the ways of the world, road not taken, psychiatrist, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, africa, london, los angeles, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: feel good, touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, youth, adventure, friends, terminal illness, wish come true, reunion, homecoming, on the road, self discovery, unfulfillment, tragic hero ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: roommate, deathbed, orphan, vegetarian, funeral, elderly, hopes, odd couple, golden years, starting over, love and romance, friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: pittsburgh, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.3
 12K
The Mighty (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This tells the story of a strong friendship between a young boy with Morquio's syndrome and an older boy who is always bullied because of his size. Adapted from the novel, Freak the Mighty, the film explores a building of trust and friendship. ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: coming of age, misfit, friendship, social misfits, disability, heroes, society, orphan, youth, best friends, freak, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, ohio, cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%