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Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)
 7.0
 41K
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 happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results.
Style: feel good, sentimental, entertaining, inspirational, surreal, touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic, road movie ...
Plot: self discovery, travel, happiness, adventure, introspection, escapades, road not taken, teaching the ways of the world, psychiatrist, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, midlife crisis, life, stereotypes, life philosophy, loneliness, road trip, existentialism, life & death, relationships, solitude, friendship, love, human spirit, on the road, cause and meaning ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, africa, london, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, realistic, semi serious and melancholic films with plots about life philosophy, storytelling, mentor, runaway, destiny, catastrophe and life mostly in Drama, Comedy and Adventure genres. Some movies like Hector and the Search for Happiness: The Bucket List (2007), Interstate 60 (2002), Eat Pray Love (2010), A Walk in the Woods (2015), The Clown (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.
Style: feel good, realistic, scenic, inspirational, motivational ...
Plot: self discovery, obsessive quest, adventure, adventurer, life changing experience, lifestyle change, escape from reality, loneliness, journal, disorder, midlife crisis, travel ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: himalaya, iceland, usa, greenland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: Sweden, Russia, UK, France, Spain, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After living a long and colorful life, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey.
Style: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, feel good, stylized ...
Plot: adventure, starting over, retirement home, adventurer, anti heroes, comedy of errors, on the road, aging, golden years, farce, chase, elderly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, soviet union, russia, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 212K
The Bucket List (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, inspirational, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, elderly, journey, follow your dream, friendship, golden years, human spirit, adventure, philosophy, hospital, life & death, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: himalaya, taj mahal, usa, africa, hong kong ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 27K
Interstate 60 (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An aspiring painter meets various characters and learns valuable lessons while traveling across America.
Style: offbeat, witty, surreal, enigmatic, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: self discovery, wish come true, road trip, on the road, imaginary, dream girl, surrealism, changing the past or future, self fulfillment, hitchhiker, twentysomething life, choice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.8
 76K
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Liz Gilbert had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having – a husband, a house and a successful career – yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced ...
Style: sentimental, touching, road movie, scenic, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, starting over, fall in love, love affair, hopes, introspection, love, female protagonist, travel, lifestyle change, divorce, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indonesia, india, italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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, road movie, melancholic, scenic ...
Plot: hiking, in the woods, friendship, adventure, elderly, escapades, wilderness, friends, camping, aging, midlife crisis, road trip ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 18th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 4K
The Clown (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The life of the owners of Circus Esperança, Puro Sangue e Pangaré, father and son, who plays two clowns. At a certain point, Pangaré starts showing tiredness and sadness for being an unhappy clown.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, offbeat, touching
Plot: unfulfillment, on the road, follow your dream, brazilian, countryside, introspection, circus, self discovery, parents and children, escapades, hopes, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 27K
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: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: travel, road trip, pilgrimage, death of son, redemption, on the road, dealing with death, pilgrim, parent child relationship, hopes, obsessive quest, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, france, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 7.1
 185K
The Intern (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
Style: feel good, humorous, sweet, light, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: workplace, elderly, workplace situations, intern, family, mentor, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, destiny, stereotypes, loneliness, prejudice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.4
 39K
Transamerica (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Bree is about to get a sex change operation that will finally allow her to actually be what she’s already been in her mind for a long time: a transitioned woman. Yet before this happens she suddenly runs into her son who ends up coming for the ...
Style: touching, emotional, humorous, road movie, sincere ...
Plot: transsexual, hidden identity, gender bending, therapist, road trip, on the road, psychiatrist, transsexuality, parent child relationship, cocaine, runaway, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Road Within (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young man with Tourette's Syndrome embarks on a road trip with his recently-deceased mother's ashes.
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, road movie ...
Audience: teens
Plot: road trip, on the road, mental illness, friendship, social misfits, obsessive quest, parent child relationship, cremation, misfit, friends, dealing with death, physical appearance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cross country, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Smoke Signals (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, 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 ...
Style: touching, witty, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: on the road, friendship, self discovery, native americans, death in the family, haunted by the past, escapades, family problems, friends, orphan, obsessive quest, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: phoenix arizona, arizona, india, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.3
 171K
Chef (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When Chef Carl Casper suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner, he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, light, road movie ...
Plot: road trip, cooking and food, chef, father son relationship, starting over, kitchen, staff, workplace situations, food, financial problem, internet, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, california, los angeles, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals - Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.
Style: sentimental, semi serious, feel good, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hotel, aging, golden years, retirement home, elderly, elderly lovers, friendship, society, social relations, disorder, indians, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, humorous, clever, touching, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, self discovery, job interview, movie star, on the road, introspection, shopping, research, friends, consumerism, hollywood, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Harry and Tonto (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Harry is a retired teacher in his 70s living in the Upper West Side of New York City where his late wife and he raised his children--where he's lived all his life. When the building he lives in is torn down to make way for a parking garage, ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, semi serious, uplifting ...
Plot: road trip, aging, on the road, friendship, eviction, cat, americana, hitchhiker, redemption, golden years, pets, family ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, arizona, new jersey, manhattan new york city, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Just Before I Go (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ted Morgan has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for ...
Style: touching, emotional, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: suicide attempt, life is a bitch, suicide, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, small town, siblings relations, homecoming, family relations, unfulfillment, life philosophy, gay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other -- to become brothers again like they used to be. Their "spiritual quest", ...
Style: clever, talky, stylized, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, train, introspection, on the road, healing, steward, suicide attempt, train ride, journey, reconciliation, drowning, funeral ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, himalaya
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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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, realistic, talky, touching, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: divorce, friendship, vacation, midlife crisis, human nature, couple relations, wilderness, romance, couples, friends, best friends, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.7
 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, semi serious, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: young lovers, male bonding, trip, coming of age, friendship, obsessive quest, buddies, on the road, adolescence vs adulthood, student life, love and romance, culture clash ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, future
Place: austin texas, texas, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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, atmospheric ...
Plot: survival, self discovery, wilderness, introspection, freedom, journey, isolation, obsessive quest, on the road, hitchhiker, adventure, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, south dakota, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Banger Sisters (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the late '60s, the self-proclaimed belles of the rock 'n' roll ball, rocked the worlds of every music legend whose pants they could take off -- and they have the pictures to prove it. But it's been more than two decades since ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, sentimental, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, rock star, tattoo, groupie, midlife crisis, odd couple, family, self discovery, on the road, couple relations, past, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, phoenix arizona, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.
Style: touching, humorous, road movie, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: apocalypse, end of the world, road trip, romance, loneliness, life is a bitch, fall in love, unfulfillment, chaos, media coverage, life philosophy, dog ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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 7.0
 3K
Funny Bones (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Tommy Fawkes wants to be a successful comedian but his Las Vegas debut is a failure. He goes back to Blackpool, UK, where his father, also a comedian started and where he spent the summers of his childhood. He starts to search for a partner, a comic ...
Style: humorous, clever, semi serious, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: comedian, self discovery, friendship, parents and children, couples, family relations, friends, actor's life, starting over, introspection, couple relations, love affair ...
Time: 90s, 18th century
Place: england, las vegas, europe, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Weather Man (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.
Style: realistic, sincere, semi serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: midlife crisis, weatherman, relationship vs career, terminal illness, dysfunctional family, introspection, hopes, father, parents and children, father son relationship, unfulfillment, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 5.8
 34K
The Guilt Trip (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An inventor and his mom hit the road together so he can sell his latest invention.
Style: humorous, semi serious, touching, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: road trip, on the road, single parent, parents and children, family relations, parent child relationship, salesman, protective parent, overprotective mother, talking while driving, mother son relationship, lone hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cross country, usa, new jersey, san francisco, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Wish I Was Here (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, is 35 years old and still trying to find a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: struggling actor, family, parents and children, teaching the ways of the world, adolescence vs adulthood, actor's life, self discovery, thirtysomething life, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, family relations, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Try Seventeen (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Teenager Jones has opted not to go to college and is instead renting a room in a boarding house to work on his writing skills. Soon, Jones finds himself dividing his time between two women: a young actress named Lisa and a photographer named Jane. ...
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: college, coming of age, road trip, love triangle, romance, parents and children, teenage life, fall in love, youth, looking for love, adolescence, relationships ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.7
 12K
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: sentimental, touching, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Plot: friendship, college, college student, law school, graduation, homeless, college life, bum, social relations, coming of age, human nature, self discovery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: massachusetts, usa, campus, harvard university, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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: realistic, semi serious, sentimental, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: road trip, on the road, car thief, friendship, coming of age, suburbs, social misfits, human nature, disappearance, sibling relationship, mobile phone, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: oregon, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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