Movies like The Lady in the Van

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The Lady in the Van (2015)
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The Lady in the Van (2015)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who ‘temporarily’ parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.
Style: witty, touching, semi serious, talky, ironic, stylized, humorous, realistic, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: golden years, intergenerational friendship, social differences, van, old woman, elderly, homeless woman, friendship, poverty, alter ego, homelessness, writers, misfit, character study, loneliness, life & death, sarcasm, friends, disorder, eccentricity, british, biker, police officer, motorcycle, nun ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: england, london

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, semi serious, touching and humorous films with plots about friendship, runaway, mentor, loneliness, bittersweet, catastrophe and culture clash mostly in Drama, Comedy and Biography genres. Some movies like The Lady in the Van: The Intouchables (2011), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), The Iron Lady (2011), Quartet (2012), The Trip (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: feel good, uplifting, touching, inspirational, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, life philosophy, unlikely friendships, french, disability, lifestyle change, caregiver, starting over, friends, culture clash, friendship between men, handicapped ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways as the residents find new purpose ...
Style: uplifting, feel good, touching, sentimental, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: elderly, loneliness, self discovery, hotel, retirement home, golden years, goodhearted, introspection, life changing experience, aging, choice, marital problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, delhi, mumbai india, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The Iron Lady (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.
Style: touching, thought provoking, factual, realistic, serious ...
Plot: politics, leadership, prime minister, female politician, political leader, alzheimer's disease, golden years, world politics, society, feminism, husband wife relationship, stubbornness ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, 90s, 21st century ...
Place: england, london, argentina, europe, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, India
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: feel good, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: elderly lovers, hotel, retirement home, elderly, friendship, aging, disorder, culture clash, mentor, romance, mistaken identity, honest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Quartet (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman, Quartet is a high-drama comedy about temperamental divas and old grudges, passion and pride, romance and Rigoletto. At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is ...
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, humorous, twists and turns ...
Plot: retired, elderly, retirement home life, retirement home, musician, human spirit, aging, opera, reconciliation, rehearsal, musician's life, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.0
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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: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, northern england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Madness of King George (1994)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: King George III's erratic behaviour leads to a plot in Parliament to have him declared insane and removed from the throne.
Style: witty, talky, clever, biting, suspense ...
Plot: mental illness, royal court, king of england, politics, parliament, assassination attempt, mental health, self destructing, aristocracy, throne, manic, ruler ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, georgian era, 19th century
Place: england, europe, london, north america
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 6K
Career Girls (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two young women reunite and rekindle their friendship after having said goodbye at their college graduation, six years earlier.
Style: talky, realistic, witty, semi serious, touching ...
Plot: college, reunited friends, friendship, bittersweet, society, best friends, weekend, couples, realism, friends, graduation, coincidence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: london, england, europe, new jersey, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Calendar Girls (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Members of a Yorkshire branch of the Women's Institute cause controversy when they pose nude for a charity calendar.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, inspirational, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: charity, model, human spirit, leukemia, elderly, friendship, hopes, women, small town, middle aged, life philosophy, aging ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: england, yorkshire, northern england, los angeles, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Battle of Mary Kay (2002)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The film is about two companies who are battling it out for customers, Mary Kay, and one of her workers Lexi Wilcox are fighting it out with Jinger Heath. Who will win? You will have to see.
Style: semi serious, witty, humorous, stylized, biting ...
Plot: rivalry, makeup artist, rise to the top, lifestyle, workplace, ambition, workplace intrigue, golden years, elderly, office, business, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Love and Death on Long Island (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Giles De'Ath is a widower who doesn't like anything modern. He goes to movies and falls in love with film star, Ronnie Bostock. He then investigates everything about the movie and Ronnie. After that he travels to Long Island city where ...
Style: witty, touching, sentimental, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: obsession, gay, gays and lesbians, love, opposites attract, stalking, fish out of water, friendship, obsessive love, writers, friends, couples ...
Time: 90s, 19th century
Place: london, new york, usa, europe, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An illiterate and lonely man bonds with an older and well-read woman.
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, feel good, humorous ...
Plot: elderly, friendship, illiteracy, intergenerational friendship, social relations, self discovery, unsupportive parent, golden years, misfit, older man younger woman relationship, teacher, unknown father ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: france, europe, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
A Long Way Down (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Four lost souls decide to end their lives on the same night, New Year's Eve. When they meet unintentionally at the same suicide hotspot, they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family.
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, new year's eve, new year, direction and purpose, introspection, group of strangers, coping, cause and meaning, dull life, unfulfillment, suicide attempt, skyscraper ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The History Boys (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of an unruly class of bright, funny history students at a Yorkshire grammar school in pursuit of an undergraduate place at Oxford or Cambridge. Bounced between their maverick English master, a young and shrewd teacher hired to up their ...
Style: witty, semi serious, stylized, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: exam, teacher, education, high school, teachers and students, youth, lifestyle, friends, anti conformity, coming of age, gay teenager, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983, 60s
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, northern england, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Cemetery Junction (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In 1970s England, three blue-collar friends spend their days joking, drinking, fighting and chasing girls. Freddie wants to leave their working-class world but cool, charismatic Bruce and lovable loser Snork are happy with life the way it is. When ...
Style: stylized, witty, humorous, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: coming of age, friends, old love, friendship, small town, society, love and romance, social differences, working class, salesman, social relations, small town life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
A Private Function (1984)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Life isn't easy in 1947 Yorkshire, where strict post-war rationing is putting the squeeze on the townspeople. But when a working-class couple discover that the town's wealthy elite has been secretly fattening up an illegal pig for their ...
Style: humorous, clever, witty, semi serious, biting ...
Plot: satire, village, countryside, small town, working class, pig, couples, social differences, village life, ambition, society, crimes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1947, 1930s, 70s
Place: england, europe, northern england, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Elling (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and female-obsessed virgin in his 40s. After two years, the men ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, witty, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, mental illness, mental institution, odd couple, social worker, human nature, misfit, love and romance, friendship between men, pregnancy, poet, giant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south pole, bosnia, cambodia, norway, oslo norway ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: All but abandoned by her family in a London retirement hotel, an elderly woman strikes up a curious friendship with a young writer.
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, mistaken identity, memory, couples, love and romance, writer's life, aging, couple relations, golden years, poetry, friends, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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The Trip to Italy (2014)
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Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Years after their successful restaurant review tour of Northern Britain, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are commissioned for a new tour in Italy.
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Plot: on the road, friendship, odd couple, buddies, verbal byplay, restaurant, character study, farce, actor's life, artists and showbiz, poet, cooking and food ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.
Style: sentimental, realistic, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Driving Lessons (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A shy teenage boy trying to escape the influence of his domineering mother, has his world changed when he begins to work for a retired actress.
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, dysfunctional family, parents and children, love and romance, family problems, family relations, artists and showbiz, actor's life, friendship, letter, christianity, actress ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: england, edinburgh scotland, scotland, united kingdom, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Is Anybody There? (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young boy who lives in an old folks' home strikes up a friendship with a retired magician.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, emotional, clever ...
Plot: retirement home, friendship, coming of age, reconciliation, retirement home life, golden years, youth, elderly, loneliness, child protagonist, sexual harassment, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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Somers Town (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Two teenagers, both newcomers to London, forge an unlikely friendship over the course of a hot summer. Tomo (Thomas Turgoose) is a runaway from Nottingham; Marek (Piotr Jagiello) lives in the district of Somers Town, between King's Cross and ...
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, witty, humorous
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⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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Style: touching, psychological, emotional, sincere, meditative ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 93 min.
Story: Marcel Marx, a former bohemian and struggling author, has given up his literary ambitions and relocated to the port city Le Havre. He leads a simple life based around his wife Arletty, his favourite bar and his not too profitable profession as a ...
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, surreal, thought provoking ...
Plot: refugee, poverty, friendship, human spirit, elderly, goodhearted, social misfits, society, misfit, bohemian life, on the run, working class ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2009, 70s
Place: france, europe, normandy, latin america, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Object of Beauty (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A valuable piece of art is stolen from a couple.
Style: talky, clever, stylized, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: family problems, couples, power relations, performer's life, cons and scams, social differences, couple relations, heist, dishonesty, crumbling marriage, society, mute or deaf ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.2
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Educating Rita (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Rita, a 26 year old Scouse hairdresser with a sharp wit, is married to her childhood sweetheart, the feckless Denny. He wants a baby, she doesn't. She wants to discover herself, so she joins the Open University. Dr. Frank Bryant Is a ...
Style: witty, touching, talky, humorous, sentimental ...
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Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london, europe, liverpool, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Iris (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, captivating, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: aging, writer's life, alzheimer's disease, understanding, love, couple relations, love of one's life, virginity, life & death, character study, loneliness, terminal illness ...
Time: 50s, 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 5.9
 371
Borrowed Time (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The story of two totally contrasting figures who come together in the most hostile of circumstances, only to form an unlikely bond that will help them both find a way out of their respective troubles. It is a bittersweet comedy about growing up and ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, touching, offbeat
Plot: youth, self discovery, adolescence vs adulthood, crimes, misfit, hopes, juvenile delinquency, bittersweet, redemption, gang, friendship, criminal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%