Movies like Stranger Than Paradise

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Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
 7.5
 36K
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie, his pal Eddie, and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb.
Style: road movie, bleak, thought provoking, offbeat, realistic, contemplative, semi serious, surprise ending, cult film, melancholic ...
Plot: immigrants, culture clash, on the road, gambling, jazz, fish out of water, partners, friendship, misfit, self discovery, drifter, bohemian life, society, introspection, disorder, profanity, card game, horse race, american dream, card playing, bet, loneliness, poker, winter, snow ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, new york, usa, ohio, hungary, cleveland ohio, new jersey ...

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Most similar movies to Stranger Than Paradise

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, semi serious, realistic and melancholic films with plots about culture clash, loneliness, friendship, storytelling, mentor, dialogue and life philosophy mostly in Comedy, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like Stranger Than Paradise: Mistress America (2015), Permanent Vacation (1980), Down by Law (1986), Stroszek (1977), Night on Earth (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Mistress America (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, an adventurous gal about town who entangles her in alluringly mad schemes. MISTRESS AMERICA is a comedy about dream-chasing, ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, melancholic, depressing, witty ...
Plot: betrayal, friendship, eccentric family, hopes, follow your dream, prank, family relations, disorder, female protagonist, chess, writers, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s, 70s
Place: new york, usa, california, new jersey
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Permanent Vacation (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: In downtown Manhattan, a twenty-something boy whose Father is not around and whose Mother is institutionalized, is a big Charlie Parker fan. He almost subconsciously searches for more meaning in his life and meets a few characters along the way.
Style: surreal, contemplative, atmospheric, offbeat, humorous ...
Plot: misfit, drifter, jazz, daydreamer, family relations, redemption, parents and children, city life, urban, adolescence vs adulthood, self discovery, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 7.7
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Down by Law (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A disc jockey, a pimp and an Italian tourist escape from jail in New Orleans.
Style: atmospheric, humorous, sincere, meditative, harsh ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, escape, pimp, fight, friendship, partners, crimes, on the road, prison life, unlikely criminals, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.9
 14K
Stroszek (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Bruno Stroszek is released from prison and warned to stop drinking. He has few skills and fewer expectations: with a glockenspiel and an accordion, he ekes out a living as a street musician. He befriends Eva, a prostitute down on her luck and they ...
Style: surreal, thought provoking, contemplative, emotional, touching ...
Plot: american dream, german, immigrants, pimp, on the road, bittersweet, culture clash, human nature, alcohol abuse, fish out of water, cult, self discovery ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: wisconsin, germany, usa, europe, west berlin west germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Night on Earth (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, UK, Germany, USA, Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.
Style: intellectual, talky, humorous, touching, witty ...
Plot: taxi driver, taxi, nightlife, passenger, culture clash, priest, confession, heart attack, friendship, blind character, agent, drinking problem ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: rome italy, los angeles, paris france, finland, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.6
 27K
Mystery Train (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Three stories are connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley.
Style: humorous, atmospheric, thought provoking, meditative, realistic ...
Plot: hotel, tourist, friendship, odd couple, crimes, group of strangers, radio, drinking, drinking alcohol, multiple storylines, culture clash, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: memphis, tennessee, usa, new jersey, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Mississippi Grind (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Gerry is a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begin to change when he meets Curtis, a younger, highly charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him ...
Style: road movie, semi serious, humorous, buddy movie, depressing ...
Plot: gambling, friendship, poker, money problems, casino, debt, down on your luck, partners, unlikely partners, obsessive quest, gambler, card playing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, 70s
Place: mississippi, usa, new orleans, mississippi river, st. louis missouri ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.4
 13K
Bagdad Cafe (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A surreal comedy depicting a diverse cast of characters and the changes they undergo as the German tourist Jasmin interacts with each of them at a remote truck stop in the middle of the Mojave desert.
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: desert, motel, friendship, starting over, fish out of water, tourist, social relations, wilderness, female protagonist, character study, transformation, life philosophy ...
Time: 80s
Place: utah, nevada, germany, california, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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California Split (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Down-on-his-luck gambler Bill (George Segal) links up with free spirit Charlie (Elliott Gould) at first to have some fun, but then gets into debt when Gould takes an unscheduled trip to Tijuana. As a final act of desperation, he pawns most of his ...
Style: cynical, talky, gloomy, witty, clever ...
Plot: gambling, friendship, transvestism, casino, poker, bus, heist, fight, racetrack, roulette, stripper, broken nose ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 ⇓
52%
Pushing Hands (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Taiwan, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story is about an elderly Chinese tai chi chuan teacher and grandfather who emigrates from Beijing to live with his son, American daughter-in-law, and grandson in a New York City suburb. The grandfather is increasingly distanced from the family ...
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious, sentimental ...
Plot: martial arts, tai chi, culture clash, fish out of water, family relations, immigrants, wedding, misfit, golden years, society, bittersweet, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, china, usa, asia, new york state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.4
 11K
Trust (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: After being thrown away from home, pregnant high school dropout Maria meets Matthew, a highly educated and extremely moody electronics repairman. The two begin an unusual romance built on their sense of mutual admiration and trust.
Style: talky, witty, humorous, realistic, clever ...
Plot: love and romance, age difference, dysfunctional family, family relations, pregnancy, dark humor, bittersweet, suburbs, self discovery, misfit, romance, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: long island, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 ⇓
51%
 7.1
 16K
Trees Lounge (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tommy has lost his job, his love and his life. He lives in a small apartment above the Trees Lounge, a bar which he frequents along with a few other regulars without lives. He gets a job driving an ice cream truck and ends up getting involved with ...
Style: talky, gloomy, contemplative, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, drinking, drinking alcohol, bar, ice cream truck, alcohol, small town, unemployment, down on your luck, self discovery, human nature, society ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Slaves of New York (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Meet the denizens of New York City: artists, prostitutes, saints, and seers. All are aspiring toward either fame or oblivion, and hoping for love and acceptance. Instead they find high rents, faithless partners, and dead-end careers.
Style: sentimental, humorous, ironic, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, couples, lifestyle, society, ambition, love, adaptation, loneliness, bittersweet, stash, performer's life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.0
 335
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: humorous, touching, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: amusement park, mermaid, friends, couple relations, fish out of water, friendship, best friends, partners, buddies, youth, moral dilemma, on the road ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.5
 10K
Cold Souls (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Paul Giamatti stars as himself, agonizing over his interpretation of "Uncle Vanya." Paralyzed by anxiety, he stumbles upon a solution via a New Yorker article about a high-tech company promising to alleviate suffering by extracting souls. ...
Style: surreal, clever, bleak, futuristic, stylized ...
Plot: artists and showbiz, life turned upside down, actor's life, self discovery, disorder, lifestyle, hopes, introspection, husband wife relationship, existentialism, soul selling, depression ...
Place: russia, new york, usa, saint petersburg, st. petersburg russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.0
 22K
The Trip (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When Steve Coogan is asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend. But, when she backs out on him, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, melancholic, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: on the road, restaurant, friendship, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, countryside, loneliness, midlife crisis, eccentricity, existentialism, sarcasm, beautiful scenery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, northern england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Box of Moon Light (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Al Fountain, a middle-aged electrical engineer, is on the verge of a mid-life crisis, when he decides to take his time coming home from a business trip, rents a car, and heads out looking for a lake he remembers from his childhood. But his wandering ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, humorous, road movie, scenic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: midlife crisis, friendship, stranger, free spirit, unfulfillment, friends, introspection, vandalism, infidelity, phone sex, engineer, life ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Lost in America (1985)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: David and Linda Howard are successful yuppies from LA. When he gets a job disappointment, David convinces Linda that they should quit their jobs, liquidate their assets, and emulate the movie Easy Rider, spending the rest of their lives traveling ...
Style: road movie, humorous, witty, talky, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: yuppie, satire, on the road, fired from the job, couples, nothing goes right, self discovery, americana, fish out of water, disorder, promotion, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, new york, arizona, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.3
 16K
Scarecrow (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two drifters bum around, visit earthy women and discuss opening a car wash in Pittsburgh.
Style: road movie, sincere, touching, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: drifter, friendship, on the road, self discovery, road trip, introspection, partners, buddies, train ride, bar fight, hitchhiker, train travel ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: pittsburgh, california, denver colorado, detroit, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Last Detail (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison but decide to show him one last good time along the way.
Style: realistic, witty, semi serious, sincere, humorous ...
Plot: military, sailor, taxi, road trip, fighting the system, escapades, partners, youth, juvenile delinquency, adventurer, rebellion, buddies ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: virginia, new york, boston, usa, maine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Here and There (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Serbia, USA, Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Here and There (Serbian: Tamo i ovde) is a Serbian film which was premiered at the Belgrade Film Festival FEST 2009. Here and There follows two interconnected stories on two different continents. Robert (Thornton), a depressed New Yorker, tries to ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, clever, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: immigrants, fish out of water, family relations, life is a bitch, lifestyle, misfit, disorder, eviction, culture clash, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, city life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, serbia, europe, belgrade
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48%
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Local Hero (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected.
Style: feel good, witty, humorous, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: village life, culture clash, small town, fish out of water, village, social relations, human nature, beautiful scenery, seaside town, friendship, american abroad, travel ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: scotland, houston texas, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Bread and Chocolate (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Italian immigrant tries to become a member of Swiss society but fails as a waiter and even as a chicken plucker. He then becomes involved with shady wealthy character and tries to hide his Italian identity. He refuses to give up no matter how awful ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, reflective, melancholic ...
Plot: immigrants, bittersweet, culture clash, friends, unemployment, rich and poor, human nature, fish out of water, down on your luck, disorder, snobbism, injustice ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: switzerland, europe, italy, australia, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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James' Journey to Jerusalem (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Israel
Duration: 87 min.
Story: During his journey to Jerusalem young James learns the meaning of being Israeli.
Style: realistic, semi serious, thought provoking, humorous, clever ...
Plot: wisdom of life, change of luck, friendship, fish out of water, culture clash, boss and employee, society, immigrants, racism, misfit, teaching the ways of the world, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Foreign Letters (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A bittersweet coming-of-age film, Foreign Letters is itself a love letter to the unshakeable bond between friends. Set in the pre-email era of the 1980s, young Ellie, newly arrived to the US from Israel, anxiously waits for letters from her best ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: coming of age, friendship, introspection, hopes, youth, society, culture clash, teenage life, fish out of water, immigrants, family life, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, israel, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, psychological, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, culture clash, unlikely couple, older man younger woman relationship, actor, couple relations, friendship, dull life, housewife, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, kyoto japan, yale university
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
Style: talky, realistic, humorous, intense, controversial ...
Plot: culture clash, heat wave, police brutality, racism, pizzeria, african american, heat, hip hop, prejudice, racial slur, interracial relations, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.4
 11K
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, family problems, teenage life, gay slur, female protagonist, virgin, reputation, teacher ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1987
Place: usa, oklahoma, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%