Movies like The Straight Story

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The Straight Story (1999)
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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, emotional, touching, serious, feel good, realistic, uplifting, sincere, gloomy, avant garde ...
Plot: on the road, elderly, redemption, family feud, mechanic, hitchhiker, storm, nurse, doctor, golden years, obsessive quest, sibling relationship, family, human nature, adventure, americana, siblings relations, road trip, escapades, hopes, society, family relations, estrangement, reconciliation, oldtimer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
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, serious and emotional films with plots about hopes, family relations, redemption, storytelling, runaway, 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), Kenny (1987), The Trip to Bountiful (2014). 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, emotional, sincere, captivating, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, wilderness, self discovery, introspection, redemption, hiking, on the road, llama, nature, journey, memory, dealing with death ...
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, serious, captivating, sentimental ...
Plot: on the road, self discovery, friendship, motorcycle, suffering, communist, asthma, cuban revolution, poverty, drifter, injustice, letter ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: argentina, latin america, colombia, chile, venezuela ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 427K
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, captivating, road movie, sincere ...
Plot: autism, mentally challenged, siblings relations, on the road, redemption, road trip, greed, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, character study, unlikely friendships, yuppie ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, missouri, texas, usa, cincinnati ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.0
 180
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: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: teenage life, on the road, disability, hopes, urban ghetto, misfit, youth, family relations, best friends, mentally challenged, underdog, rehabilitation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france, philadelphia, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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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: serious, touching, realistic, sentimental, uplifting
Plot: on the road, golden years, getting home, elderly, hopes, obsessive quest, redemption, parents and children, escapades, family relations, in-laws, fainting ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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: touching, serious, realistic, feel good, sentimental
Plot: on the road, golden years, introspection, redemption, elderly, escapades, hopes, obsessive quest, parents and children, haunted by the past, estrangement, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 8.1
 505K
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: self discovery, survival, wilderness, introspection, journey, isolation, freedom, obsessive quest, hitchhiker, adventure, on the road, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, arizona, georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, semi serious, feel good, emotional ...
Plot: single parent, family problems, widow, child's point of view, child abuse, small town, american dream, on the road, parents and children, family relations, social relations, dealing with death ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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 8.1
 69K
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, surreal, touching, offbeat, serious ...
Plot: redemption, desert, mute, peep show, reunion, memory loss, fear of flying, on the road, self discovery, family, regret, van ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: texas, los angeles, usa, california, houston texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: feel good, touching, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: human spirit, motorcycle race, against the odds, adventure, hitchhiker, follow your dream, motorcycle, elderly, on the road, goodhearted, trailer, mortgage ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1967, 1960s
Place: new zealand, utah, california, usa, nevada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.2
 23K
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, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: disability, human spirit, freak, disfigurement, dignity, single parent, childhood, coming of age, rocker, falling in love, parents and children, teenage love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.8
 107K
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, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, doctors and patients, coma, hospital, hopes, experiment, frustration, illness, patient, doctor, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1930s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, serious, captivating ...
Plot: bus, small town, redemption, self discovery, escape, homecoming, americana, human nature, senior citizen, memory, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Terry Fox Story (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The true story about the Canadian cancer amputee hero who decided to run across Canada on only one leg to raise money for cancer research.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: human spirit, on the road, child illness, sport, terminal illness, ambition, hopes, family problems, life is a bitch, athlete's life, doctors and patients, homecoming ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1981
Place: canada, cross country, british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: loneliness, doctor, retired, widower, golden years, on the road, dysfunctional family, introspection, holiday, parenthood, estrangement, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cross country, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: country music, coal mining, journey shown on map, coal, music, country, musician's life, rising to stardom, female friendship, couple relations, ambition, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1950s
Place: kentucky, washington state, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: french, human spirit, mute or deaf, disability, paralysis, life turned upside down, rehabilitation, patient, writing, coma, nurse, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: france, europe, arc de triomphe paris, paris france, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: emotional, psychological, touching, serious, surreal ...
Plot: social misfits, freak, disfigurement, dignity, disability, physical appearance, hospital, life is a bitch, human nature, doctors and patients, hopes, suffering ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1800s, 1880s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 7.3
 30K
Antwone Fisher (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A sailor prone to violent outbursts is sent to a naval psychiatrist for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: redemption, psychiatrist, u.s. navy, child abuse, demotion, thanksgiving, graduation, navy, anger, african american, human spirit, childhood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, mexico, cleveland ohio, san diego california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: disability, social misfits, human spirit, doctors and patients, parents and children, family in crisis, mental illness, misfit, society, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.9
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Terry (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: "Terry" tells the story of 21-year old amputee Terry Fox who attempted to run across Canada with only one leg. Unfortunately, he only made it to Thunder Bay, Ontario when he died, one month before his 23rd birthday yet his memories will ...
Style: serious, uplifting, realistic, sentimental, touching
Plot: terminal illness, marathon, cancer, running, canadian, on the road, human spirit, sport, hopes, life is a bitch, athlete's life, disability ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: canada, cross country
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Dream Catcher (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An abandoned teen jumps a freight train in Philadelphia intent on reaching his uncle in Indiana, whom he believes will help him with financial difficulties including a pregnant girlfriend. In Ohio, he meets another homeless teen, who escorts him to ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, emotional, touching ...
Plot: on the road, friendship, drugs/alcohol, social misfits, self discovery, prison, father, down on your luck, teenage life, coming of age, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, oklahoma, salt lake city utah, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.2
 98K
Men of Honor (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Against formidable odds -- and an old-school diving instructor embittered by the U.S. Navy's new, less prejudicial policies -- Carl Brashear sets his sights on becoming the Navy's first African-American master diver in this uplifting true ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: human spirit, military, against the odds, racism, ambition, hopes, society, follow your dream, navy, dream come true, soldier, u.s. navy ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: cuba, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Finding Graceland (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An eccentric drifter claiming to be Elvis Presley hitches a ride with a young man and they find themselves on an adventurous road trip to Memphis.
Style: feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous, talky
Plot: hitchhiker, friendship, on the road, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, partners, couples, family problems, disorder, friends, hidden identity ...
Time: 90s
Place: memphis, new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 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: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere, enigmatic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: small town, friendship, single parent, parents and children, small town life, family relations, social relations, friends, human nature, woman in danger, americana, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, self discovery, small town, dysfunctional family, parents and children, mental illness, responsibility, sibling relationship, family problems, human relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: teacher, letter, on the road, brazilian, missing father, realism, long lost relative, alcoholic, friendship, retired, age difference, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.5
 8K
Grey Gardens (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Based on the life stories of the eccentric aunt and first cousin of Jackie Onassis raised as Park Avenue débutantes but who withdrew from New York society, taking shelter at their Long Island summer home, "Grey Gardens." As their wealth ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, offbeat, heartbreaking ...
Plot: cat, parents and children, estate, society, family relations, eccentric family, family life, elderly, misfit, eviction, oldtimer, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 70s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.6
 2K
Warm Springs (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Franklin Roosevelt, left a paraplegic from polio at 39 years of age, seeks out a miracle cure in the backwoods of Georgia.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, rehabilitation, ambition, politics, head of state, paralysis, tragic hero, rise and fall, rise to the top, human spirit, introspection, fighting the system ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: georgia, usa, new york state, florida, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Bill: On His Own (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Bill Sackter struggles to cope after his best friend and guardian, Barry Morrow and his wife Beverly move away. Bill moves into a group home run by Mae Driscoll who teaches him how to read. Bill soon discovers his religious heritage, overcoming the ...
Style: emotional, semi serious, realistic, touching
Plot: mentally challenged, human spirit, custody, mental illness, disability, hopes, misfit, society, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch, bar mitzvah ...
Time: 80s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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