Movies like The Straight Story

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The Straight Story (1999)
 8.0
 74K
The Straight Story (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver's license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.
Style: road movie, touching, emotional, sincere, uplifting, feel good, gloomy, serious, realistic, avant garde ...
Plot: on the road, storm, doctor, mechanic, hitchhiker, nurse, family feud, redemption, adventure, journey, family relations, pride and honor, obsessive quest, hopes, stranger, veteran, society, human nature, retired, human relationship, widow widower, obstacle, escapades, siblings relations, reconciliation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: cross country, iowa, wisconsin, usa, mississippi, mississippi river

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Most similar movies to The Straight Story

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, sentimental and emotional films with plots about redemption, hopes, storytelling, runaway, loneliness, childhood and mentor mostly in Drama, Biography and Adventure genres. Some movies like The Straight Story: Wild (2014), The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), Rain Man (1988), The World's Fastest Indian (2005), Coal Miner's Daughter (1980). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Wild (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A woman with a tragic past decides to start her new life by hiking for one thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Style: uplifting, sincere, captivating, emotional, meditative ...
Plot: human spirit, wilderness, cheating on husband, self discovery, redemption, hiking, on the road, journey, nature, obsessive quest, starting over, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, year 1995
Place: usa, cross country, california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Argentina, USA, Chile, Peru, Brazil, UK, Germany, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: "The Motorcycle Diaries" is based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he, and best friend Alberto Granado, had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early ...
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, serious, captivating ...
Plot: on the road, self discovery, poverty, motorcycle, letter, journey, injustice, friendship, communist, asthma, cuban revolution, suffering ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: argentina, latin america, venezuela, colombia, chile ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 437K
Rain Man (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, captivating, road movie ...
Plot: autism, mentally challenged, siblings relations, greed, redemption, road trip, on the road, yuppie, self discovery, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, frustration ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, cincinnati ohio, texas, usa, missouri ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: New Zealand, Japan, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle -- a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.
Style: touching, captivating, uplifting, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human spirit, motorcycle race, against the odds, hitchhiker, adventure, follow your dream, motorcycle, optimism, obstacle, supportive friend, obsessive quest, journey ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1967, 1960s
Place: new zealand, utah, california, usa, salt lake city utah ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: country music, music, rising to stardom, human spirit, musician's life, artists and showbiz, rags to riches, relationship vs career, family problems, career change, love and romance, couple relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: kentucky, usa, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 8.1
 519K
Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Style: melancholic, road movie, captivating, inspirational, psychological ...
Plot: survival, self discovery, wilderness, journey, freedom, introspection, isolation, hitchhiker, on the road, adventure, obsessive quest, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1990, year 1991, year 1992 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, south dakota, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940's Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish -- just once before she dies -- is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, captivating, serious ...
Plot: bus, redemption, small town, americana, self discovery, homecoming, escape, golden years, small town life, obsessive quest, family relations, social relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.2
 24K
Mask (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A boy with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.
Style: captivating, touching, sentimental, emotional, serious ...
Plot: disability, disfigurement, freak, dignity, human spirit, coming of age, protective parent, love and romance, parents and children, family relations, hopes, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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A Home of Our Own (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story is located in Los Angeles in the sixties. An energetic widow, Frances Lacey, with her six children try to make a dream of theirs come true: to have a home of their own. Therefore they leave Los Angeles and head for the countryside, while ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: single parent, american dream, small town, child abuse, child's point of view, widow, family problems, human nature, small town life, death in the family, society, on the road ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.8
 111K
Awakenings (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a shy research physician, uses an experimental drug to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease. Leonard is the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, ...
Style: uplifting, touching, motivational, serious, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, coma, doctors and patients, hospital, hopes, illness, patient, doctor, fighting illness, treatment, family reunited ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 1930s, 1960s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 8.1
 73K
Paris, Texas (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, France, UK, USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his family and disappeared four years earlier.
Style: atmospheric, touching, surreal, gloomy, offbeat ...
Plot: redemption, desert, reunion, drifter, reconciliation, fear of flying, on the road, regret, mute, peep show, self discovery, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, los angeles, usa, houston texas, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Everybody's Fine (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Eight months after the death of his wife, Frank Goode looks forward to a reunion with his four adult children. When all of them cancel their visits at the last minute, Frank, against the advice of his doctor, sets out on a road trip to reconnect ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: loneliness, doctor, widower, parents and children, holiday, siblings relations, family reunited, family problems, retired, loss of spouse, father son relationship, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, cross country, las vegas, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: touching, emotional, melancholic, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, siblings relations, small town, mental illness, parents and children, self discovery, dysfunctional family, family problems, responsibility, obesity, single mother ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The Elephant Man (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, surreal, bleak ...
Plot: social misfits, disfigurement, freak, disability, dignity, life is a bitch, human nature, physical appearance, hopes, suffering, cruelty, hospital ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1800s, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Redwood Highway (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Marie, a reluctant resident of a retirement community in Southern Oregon, decides to walk 80 miles down the Redwood Highway to see the ocean for the first time in 45 years.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, feel good, sentimental
Plot: elderly, estrangement, parents and children, hopes, family relations, escapades, golden years, on the road, haunted by the past, redemption, obsessive quest, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The true story of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his ...
Style: touching, emotional, psychological, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: french, paralysis, mute or deaf, human spirit, disability, nurse, coma, writing, patient, life turned upside down, rehabilitation, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: france, europe, paris france, arc de triomphe paris, beirut lebanon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.7
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Marvin's Room (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow.
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, sincere, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: transplant, reunion, terminal illness, estrangement, leukemia, siblings relations, family relations, single parent, family problems, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, sibling relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.0
 182
Kenny (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Japan, USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Kenny is a Canadian kid who has a couple of pals and, like a lot of the other lads, idolizes the jock his pretty older sister has chosen as her boyfriend. However, Kenny was born without legs or even the lower part of his body. He gets around (quite ...
Style: sentimental, touching, psychological, serious, emotional ...
Plot: siblings relations, family relations, urban ghetto life, hopes, family in crisis, misfit, society, urban ghetto, rehabilitation, on the road, youth, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: pittsburgh, philadelphia, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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 6.8
 1K
Raggedy Man (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nita, a divorced mother of two boys, is stuck working as a telephone operator in a small Texas town in World War II. Her friendship with a sailor on leave causes tongues to wag in town.
Style: serious, sincere, gloomy, realistic, enigmatic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: small town, friendship, americana, couples, small town life, human nature, society, friends, family relations, parents and children, social relations, danger ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Imaginary Crimes (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A recently widowed, small-time hustler struggles to raise his two teenage daughters on his own and still make a dishonest living in 1950s Indiana.
Style: touching, emotional, semi serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, betrayal, human nature, family relations, down on your luck, life is a bitch, hopes, cons and scams, parents and children, single parent, youth, terminal illness ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s
Place: indiana, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
This Boy's Life (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries ...
Style: realistic, emotional, rough, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, dysfunctional family, child abuse, mechanic, homosexual, parents and children, family relations, hopes, youth ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, united states, washington state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Central Station (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: teacher, letter, retired, age difference, on the road, long lost relative, alcoholic, brazilian, realism, friendship, poverty, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Bound for Glory (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: A biography of Woody Guthrie, one of America's greatest folk singers. He left his dust-devastated Texas home in the 1930s to find work, discovering the suffering and strength of America's working class.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: labor union, desert, on the road, hitchhiker, great depression, folk music, music, folk, countryside, americana, couples, musician's life ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: california, texas, oklahoma, usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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The Trip to Bountiful (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Carrie Watts begrudgingly lives with her busy, overprotective son, Ludie and pretentious daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae. No longer able to drive and forbidden to travel alone, she wishes for freedom from the confines of the house.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: on the road, hopes, elderly, obsessive quest, redemption, parents and children, in-laws, golden years, family relations, getting home, escapades, small town ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Intouchables (2011)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A true story of two men who should never have met – a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
Style: touching, uplifting, sincere, emotional, humorous ...
Plot: friendship, disability, life philosophy, friends, human relationship, lifestyle change, loneliness, culture clash, starting over, odd couple, french, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Mockingbird Don't Sing (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: On November 4, 1970 on The CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite reported on a true, horrific story that was about to rock the country. A 13-year-old girl was discovered in the small Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia who was still in diapers, barely able to ...
Style: touching, psychological, realistic, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: disability, family in crisis, family relations, social misfits, life is a bitch, human spirit, family problems, youth, self discovery, isolation, mental illness, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Something the Lord Made (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.
Style: emotional, uplifting, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: surgery, racism, university, prejudice, interracial relations, laboratory, patient, salesman, human spirit, fame, african american, ambition ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 1950s ...
Place: maryland, baltimore, usa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
A Walk in the Woods (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.
Style: humorous, light, scenic, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, in the woods, escapades, hiking, adventure, elderly, aging, wilderness, friends, camping, midlife crisis, road trip ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.9
 60K
My Left Foot (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be ...
Style: sentimental, touching, captivating, thought provoking, uplifting ...
Plot: irish, disability, poet, human spirit, artist, courage, working class, painting, cerebral palsy, dignity, paralysis, writer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.2
 135K
Steve Jobs (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Style: serious, factual, clever, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: prodigy, apple computer, ambition, rise to the top, dialogue driven, computers and web, technology, friendship, father daughter relationship, inventions and discoveries, fired from the job, computer ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%