Movies like Starlight Hotel

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Starlight Hotel (1987)
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Starlight Hotel (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 93 min.
Story: During the Great Depression, Kate (Greer Robson) is a 13-year-old girl living on New Zealand's South Island. When her mother dies and her father is offered a job in Wellington on North Island, Kate is sent to live with an aunt. The girl runs away to find her father, hopping onto a boxcar and befriending a fellow fugitive, Patrick (Peter Phelps), an emotionally battle-scarred WWI veteran fleeing the authorities after injuring a repo man. Pretending to be father and daughter, Patrick and Kate use each other for cover as they make their way across New Zealand, sleeping under the stars and championing the rights of destitute farmers and homeless squatters whose fortunes have been wiped out by economic hardship.
Plot: runaway, loneliness, police, on the road, criminal, train, teenage girl, farm, older man younger woman relationship, on the run, drifter, great depression, father daughter relationship, girl man relationship, small town, death of mother, coming of age, uncle niece relationship, husband wife relationship, escape, police officer, aunt niece relationship, search for father, hiding, world war one veteran ...
Time: 1930s
Place: new zealand

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Most similar movies to Starlight Hotel

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sexy films with plots about runaway, friendship, coming of age, police, husband wife relationship, family relations and teenage girl mostly in Drama, Crime and Romance genres. Some movies like Starlight Hotel: The Patriarch (2016), Pete on the Way to Heaven (2009), Places in the Heart (1984), Special Education (1977), The Wizard of Loneliness (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Patriarch (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 103 min.
Story: It is the 1960s. Two Maori families, the Mahanas and the Poatas, make a living shearing sheep on the east coast of New Zealand. The two clans, who are bitter enemies, face each other as rivals at the annual sheep shearing competitions. Simeon is a ...
Style: captivating, sincere, psychological, disturbing
Plot: countryside, farm, husband wife relationship, marital reconciliation, family relations, family life, reconciliation, relationships, wilderness, father son reconciliation, village life, lifestyle ...
Time: 60s
Place: new zealand
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100%
Pete on the Way to Heaven (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In the small town of Kandalaksha, Petya lives out a fantasy life as a traffic cop. He has a holster, a wooden gun, and the locals humor him by following his "orders." When a convict escapes from a nearby prison, Petya joins the manhunt as ...
Style: disturbing, captivating
Plot: runaway, fighting crime, society, police officer, social problems, escaped prisoner, police, social relations, josef stalin, husband wife relationship, death, adultery ...
Time: 50s
Place: siberia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Places in the Heart (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1930s Southern US, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: farm, great depression, small town, friendship, racism, widow, ku klux klan, redemption, bittersweet, tornado, outside help, family problems ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, 80s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Special Education (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Educator and those educated in a home for juvenile delinquents in the same test: approach, take a peek into his soul to become a man. The story of a minor, neglected boys-offenders and their teachers who try to reject the old methods of ...
Plot: car accident, police officer, prostitute mother, teaching, escape, education, hitchhiking, boy, friend, death, friendship, prostitute ...
Place: belgrade
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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The Wizard of Loneliness (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A family drama.
Plot: world war two, aunt nephew relationship, uncle, grandmother, coming of age, aunt, war veteran, family secret, teenager, loneliness, generation gap, mental patient ...
Time: 1940s
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Digging to China (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Harriet, a ten-year old girl, lives together with her big sister and her alcoholic mother out in the countryside. The family runs a motel. Harriet is different from the others, as she owns a great creativity and has nobody to play with. Her infinite ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, sentimental, humorous, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, motel, sister, waterfall, disability, couples, friends, family relations, bittersweet, hopes, misfit ...
Time: 90s, 60s
Place: california, pacific ocean, minnesota, san diego california, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Young Runaways (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Three unhappy teenagers run away from home, only to discover living on their own isn't as idyllic as they imagined.
Plot: runaway, biker, domineering mother, burned alive, deserter, house, reality, friendship, father daughter relationship, pimp, cheating on boyfriend, exploitation ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Pickup on 101 (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An elderly wanderer, a sexy young girl running away from home and a folk singer looking for stardom hitch-hike their way cross-country, trying to get to California.
Style: road movie
Plot: police, motel, train, homeless, hitchhiker, diner, friendship, truck, drifter, car accident, female nudity, driving ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
50 Ways of Saying Fabulous (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Shot in and around the central Otago communities of Omakau, Ophir and Alexandra, A coming-of-age film that centers on overweight 12-year old Billy who is not interested in being a farmer and doesn't care for Rugby. His escape is the fantasy ...
Style: semi serious, touching, feel good, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, countryside, coming of age, rugby, bullying, teenage life, teenage love, lifestyle, social misfits, youth, misfit, small town ...
Time: 70s, year 1975
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Mimi (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Guido is an international journalist with an unusually difficult relationship with his daughter, Mimi. He hasn't seen her for several years and has just taken her away from the boarding school she was immured in. She is now 15, and for some ...
Style: sexy, sexual
Plot: puberty, incest, teenage girl, journalist, coming of age, father daughter relationship, hotel, topless, masturbation, boarding school, mirror, girl man relationship ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Crush (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 97 min.
Story: On the way to interview a novelist, Lane and Christina are involved in a car crash which leaves literary critic Christina brain-damaged. Lane undertakes the assignment and becomes attracted to the novelist's 15 year old daughter, leading to ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, sexy, neo noir ...
Plot: hospital, couples, gays and lesbians, rehabilitation, fugitives, love and romance, journalism, hidden identity, femme fatale, dishonesty, couple relations, memory loss ...
Time: 90s
Place: new zealand, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Zeit der Fische (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Der 19 jährige Robert will raus aus der Enge seines Alltags in Halle-Neustadt. Er verliebt sich in die gleichaltrige Jana, die zusammen mit ihrem Bruder in einem verlassenen Kindergarten wohnt. Mit ihr zusammen könnte er weggehen - hätte Jana ...
Plot: grownups, single parent, police, runaway, teenage crush, highway, escape, job interview, rebellious youth, youth gang, sibling relationship, punk band ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Palo Alto (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy; Emily, who offers sexual favors to ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, touching, melancholic, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, teenage life, coming of age, teenage sexuality, adolescence, high school life, unfulfillment, youth, teenage girl, high school, loneliness, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Landscape in the Mist (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, France, Italy
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Road movie about two children searching for their father who is supposed to live in Germany. Their obsession for this father figure will take them to the boundaries between childhood and adolescence.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, rough, contemplative
Plot: family relations, soldier, on the road, siblings relations, human nature, life is a bitch, youth, mother daughter relationship, bus, male female relationship, fear, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Rain People (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A housewife who feels trapped leaves home and takes up with a hitchhiker.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: starting over, pregnancy, on the road, pregnant woman, hitchhiker, housewife, runaway, feminism, thirtysomething life, social relations, family relations, dull life ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Weekend of Shadows (1978)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the 1930s, a farmer's wife in a small town is murdered. Suspicion falls on a Polish labourer and a posse is formed to catch him.
Plot: immigrants, squad, hunting, runaway, city, police officer, husband wife relationship, death, police, community, killer, emigrant ...
Time: 1930s
Place: australia, adelaide south australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Wild Seed (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A 17-year-old girl runs away from her east coast home, going west to Los Angeles to meet her biological father. She has learned from letters her mother kept that he was tragically separated from her before the girl's birth. On the road, she is ...
Style: road movie
Plot: teenage girl, drifter, runaway, letter, on the road, train travel, father daughter relationship, police, female protagonist, sexual attraction, absent father, alcohol abuse ...
Place: los angeles, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Little Ladies of the Night (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The sister of ex-pimp and current Los Angeles Police detective Lyle York was murdered working the streets a few years ago. Since his reform, he has teamed with Officer Russ Garfield to clear the streets of under-age girls working in prostitution. ...
Style: cult film
Plot: prostitution, life lesson, innocent, prostitute, teenage girl, pimp, innocence, unhappiness, street life, teenager, social issues, runaway ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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 260
Ivan & Abraham (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belarus
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In 1930s Poland Christian boy Ivan goes to live with a Jewish family to learn a trade. He becomes friends with Abraham, the son of the family. However, anti-Semitism is rife in their environment, and they flee to escape an upcoming conflict. ...
Plot: intolerance, runaway, circumcision, gypsy, jewish culture, friend, religion, grandfather grandson relationship, village, christian, racism, mistaken identity ...
Time: 1930s
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.6
 127
Thumb Tripping (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Gary and Shay are two happy-go-lucky flower children who hitchhike in the beautiful Big Sur-Monterey area of California.
Style: road movie
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), weirdo, couples, motorcyclist, travel, runaway, female nudity, truck, hippie, journey, truck driver, on the road ...
Place: san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Women Unchained (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: They will do anything to get to Mexico... and freedom. From the moment the riot started and the guard is killed, there's no going back for the women of Cell Block 3. The eruption of violence following their escape leaves a trail of death and ...
Plot: freedom, car chase, on the road, prison, escape, women in prison, women fight, prison escape, exploitation, runaway
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Christmas Oratorio (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The 1930s. Sidner's mother Solveig dies in a very unfortunate bicycle accident involving some cows. Sidner, his sister and his father Aron move to Sunne to work at a hotel. Aron tries hard to leave the sweet memories of his wife behind him but ...
Plot: older woman younger man sex, seduction, pen pal, accident, simulated blow job
Time: 1930s
Place: eastern europe, new zealand, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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Chunuk Bair (1992)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The tragedy of Gallipoli is exposed
Plot: british empire, world war one, army, british army, turkish
Time: 1910s, year 1915
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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 61
Fontamara (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Fontamara is a village in the Marsica, forgotten by all but God and its inhabitants are called 'cafoni' (boors). Berardo Viola wants to marry Elvira but only after gaining enough money to buy some land and in order to reach his aim he has ...
Plot: italian fascism, police, farm, fascism, resistance, countryside, leftist
Time: 1930s
Place: rome italy, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Child Woman (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Elisabeth, a 11 year old girl, visits Marcel, a mute gardener every morning with whom she shares a very particular friendship. During three years, their bond grows stronger, as Marcel seems to be the only person she can connect to.
Plot: older man teenage girl relationship, sex with teenager, organ, mute, older man younger woman relationship, church, teenage girl, girl man relationship, gardener, barn, frozen lake
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
I'm Going to Change My Name (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Russia, Armenia, Denmark
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on the Armenian ‘Sharakan’, a nine-part song that brings us gradually closer to meaning, Maria Saakyan’s new film further develops the poetic invention apparent in her first feature, The Lighthouse. Focusing on the world of a 14-year-old ...
Style: romantic, captivating, entertaining
Plot: teenager, teenage girl, coming of age, single mother, family relations, small town life, lifestyle, teenage life, love affair, small town, love and romance, family problems ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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Hail, Hero! (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Hail, Hero! stars Michael Douglas in his screen debut as long-haired college student Carl Dixon. Reversing the usual procedure in late-1960s films, Dixon decides to quit school and enlist in the Army, even though he's already run afoul of the ...
Plot: generation gap, dysfunctional family, coming of age, male female relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, student, love, brother brother relationship, cooking, cowboy, college student ...
Place: vietnam, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
I Won't Come Back (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Kazakhstan, Russia, Estonia, Finland, Belarus
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Anya, a young academic raised in an orphanage, is on the cusp of success when she’s accused of drug possession. While in limbo hiding from the police, she hits the road with Kristina, another orphan several years Anya’s junior, in search of her ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, realistic, tragic ending ...
Plot: orphan, friends, obsessive quest, friendship, teenage life, false accusation, escapades, odd couple, kids in trouble, older man younger woman relationship, on the run, escape ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kazakhstan, russia, eastern europe, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 4.7
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My Little Girl (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A young girl agrees to work in a center for girls who can't stay with their parents. She gets wrapped up in the plights of several of the girls, and tries to help them, but only gets herself into trouble with her parents and supervisor.
Plot: coming of age, skepticism, 18 year old, family relations, suburbs, rehabilitation center, naivete, suicide attempt, homeless teenager, hiding place, husband wife relationship, father daughter relationship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Journey of August King (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The Journey of August King is a multi-dimensional drama about a North Carolina farmer in 1815. August King, a widower, is on his way home as he does every year after selling his produce and purchasing the stock and goods he will need to survive the ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, enigmatic, twists and turns ...
Plot: interracial relations, countryside, mountain, forest, fall in love, love affair, society, heroes, on the run, hopes, master and servant, righting the wronged ...
Time: 19th century, 1810s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%