Movies like Smoke Signals

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Smoke Signals (1998)
 7.1
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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, native american, escapades, obsessive quest, haunted by the past, family problems, human nature, adolescence, life, ashes, bittersweet, friends, orphan, cliche, native, death in the family, indians, native american reservation, storytelling, father son relationship, basketball, fight ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: arizona, phoenix arizona, india, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, humorous and semi serious films with plots about friendship, bittersweet, self discovery, storytelling, on the road, destiny and culture clash mostly in Drama, Comedy and Adventure genres. Some movies like Smoke Signals: The Way (2010), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Tumbleweeds (1999), Fandango (1985), A Family Thing (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Way (2010)
Genre: Adventure, 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, realistic, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: road trip, travel, pilgrimage, death of son, redemption, obsessive quest, self discovery, family problems, search, on the road, hopes, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, france, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, road trip, nothing goes right, obsessive quest, dysfunctional family, family relations, escapades, beauty pageant, parenthood, suicide attempt, journey, loser ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2006
Place: california, usa, new mexico, albuquerque new mexico, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
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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 ⇓
57%
 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: travel, male bonding, male friendship, coming of age, friendship, obsessive quest, young lovers, adolescence vs adulthood, student life, buddies, love and romance, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, future
Place: texas, austin texas, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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 ⇓
52%
 6.8
 13K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, sincere, sentimental, clever ...
Plot: culture clash, collector, jewish, journey, search, friendship, on the road, anti semitism, holocaust, human nature, prejudice, grandparent grandchild relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: ukraine, europe, berlin germany, eastern europe, kiev ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: road trip, car thief, teenage life, self discovery, introspection, parents and children, love and romance, human nature, coming of age, lifestyle, obsessive quest, brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: oregon, new orleans, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 6.4
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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: humorous, realistic, semi serious, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: friends, friendship, on the road, high school, coming of age, teenager, family problems, teenage life, gay slur, female protagonist, teacher, reputation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, clever ...
Plot: self discovery, friendship, introspection, research, job interview, movie star, on the road, friends, actor's life, celebrity culture, stranger, shopping ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.2
 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, humorous, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, friendship, youth, teenage life, small town life, self discovery, human nature, parents and children, custody, siblings relations ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, summer, shyness, teenage love, family problems, youth, teenage life, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 4.9
 310
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: sentimental, touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: mermaid, amusement park, friends, friendship, on the road, introspection, couple relations, haunted by the past, moral dilemma, fish out of water, youth, buddies ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, sincere, touching, clever
Plot: friendship, tragic love, self discovery, haunted by the past, lifestyle, society, couples, family problems, reunion, coming out, social differences, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 80s
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, human nature, introspection, family relations, family problems, couples, friends, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, selflessness, redemption, bribery, righting the wronged, bittersweet, friendship, nothing goes right, obsessive quest, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: israel, romania, europe, middle east, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 ⇓
34%
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, humorous, sentimental, sincere, touching ...
Plot: on the road, friends, self discovery, friendship, parents and children, redemption, human nature, destiny, small town life, hopes, rise to the top, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: argentina, latin america, patagonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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 ⇓
33%
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, offbeat, witty ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: bus, friendship, teacher, school, on the road, fish out of water, cons and scams, starting over, youth, mentally unstable, misfit, friends ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: sincere, humorous, semi serious, road movie
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: brothel, self discovery, paralysis, looking for sex, young people, escapades, friends, independence, friendship, buddies, disability, obsessive quest ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, couples, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.7
 578
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, sentimental, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: fall in love, self discovery, friendship, on the road, best friends, human nature, looking for love, introspection, family business, parents and children, hopes, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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: sentimental, semi serious, humorous, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, teenage life, animal life, sexual content, obsessive quest, friends, escapades, remarry, road trip, coming of age, friendship between boys, teenage boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new england, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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, fortune teller, priest, birthday, family gatherings, bittersweet, terminal illness, human nature, clergy, unfulfillment, society, love and romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, malibu california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, entertaining, surreal ...
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, china, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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 ⇓
28%
Tour de Force (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Belgium, of all places. What's Belgium got besides chocolates and fries? No matter, this year it was Hannes' and Kiki's turn to choose the destination of their annual bike tour with their closest friends. They all looks forward to the ...
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, road movie, captivating ...
Plot: friends, vacation, on the road, terminal illness, friendship, bittersweet, thirty something, road trip, self discovery, best friends, escapades, thirtysomething life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: youth, friendship, best friends, hopes, partners, buddies, life is a bitch, tragic hero, unfulfillment, adventure, bittersweet, profanity ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.5
 4K
Gueros (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Set amidst the 1999 student strikes in Mexico City, this coming-of-age tale finds two brothers venturing through the city in a sentimental search for an aging legendary musician. Shot in black-and-white, Güeros brims with youthful exuberance.
Style: road movie, humorous, light, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, on the road, friendship, family relations, youth, escapades, disorder, brother brother relationship, bittersweet, friends, buddies, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%