Movies like Captain Fantastic

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Captain Fantastic (2016)
 7.8
 220K
Captain Fantastic (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A father living in the forests of the Pacific Northwest with his six young kids tries to assimilate back into society.
Style: intellectual, philosophical, sad, cerebral, touching, feel good, sweet, emotional, realistic, harsh ...
Audience: kids
Plot: road trip, capitalism, home schooling, survivalist, funeral, precocious child, suicide, teenage girl, large family, socialism, family relations, children, suicide of mother, dysfunctional family, loss of wife, rock climbing, suicide of wife, family, parenthood, last will and testament, killing an animal, single father, wilderness, father son relationship, coming of age ...
Place: washington state, oregon, xian

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Most similar movies to Captain Fantastic

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, melancholic, realistic and feel good films with plots about dialogue, mentor, bittersweet, storytelling, life philosophy, loneliness and depression mostly in Drama, Comedy and Adventure genres. Some movies like Captain Fantastic: Little Miss Sunshine (2006), The Kings of Summer (2013), About Schmidt (2002), Manchester by the Sea (2016), Wish I Was Here (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.
Style: road movie, feel good, funny, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night, date night
Plot: road trip, on the road, dysfunctional family, nothing goes right, gay, obsessive quest, family relations, escapades, coming of age, parenthood, drugs, honest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2006
Place: california, new mexico, arizona, albuquerque new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
The Kings of Summer (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Joe Toy, on the verge of adolescence, finds himself increasingly frustrated by his single father, Frank's attempts to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick, ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, emotional, humorous ...
Audience: teens, kids, date night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, friendship, summer, runaway, lifestyle change, high school, forest, wilderness, teenage runaway, teenage protagonist, hospital, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: california, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 129K
About Schmidt (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: 66-year-old Warren Schmidt is a retired insurance salesman and has no particular plans other than to drive around in the motor home his wife insisted they buy. He's not altogether bitter, but not happy either, as everything his wife does annoys ...
Style: road movie, sad, depressing, melancholic, meditative ...
Plot: road trip, on the road, family life, depression, parenthood, wedding, life philosophy, workplace, philosophy, changing lives, salesman, letter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nebraska, colorado, california, kansas, denver colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: After his older brother passes away, Lee Chandler is forced to return home to care for his 16-year-old nephew. There he is compelled to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was born and raised.
Style: depressing, sad, heartbreaking, emotional, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: depression, loss, loneliness, suicide attempt, sadness, death, dysfunctional family, nephew, uncle nephew relationship, death of brother, guardian, uncle ...
Time: 2010s
Place: massachusetts, boston, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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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: touching, inspirational, sweet, light, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: self discovery, direction and purpose, father son relationship, justice, tragedy, redemption, dysfunctional family, midlife crisis, happy ending, actor's life, thirtysomething life, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, new jersey, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a New England dysfunctional family gathers for Thanksgiving, past demons reveal themselves as one son returns for the first time in three years.
Style: touching, emotional, talky, intense, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, thanksgiving, crumbling marriage, human nature, dealing with death, eccentric family, parents and children, family life, siblings relations, estrangement, death, depression ...
Time: 90s
Place: new england, usa, massachusetts, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, sad ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: disability, dysfunctional family, mentally challenged, self discovery, small town, mental illness, responsibility, brothers, character study, coming of age, life philosophy, compassion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A single mother and her slacker sister find an unexpected way to turn their lives around in the off-beat dramatic comedy. In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school the mom starts an unusual business – a biohazard ...
Style: feel good, humorous, melancholic, emotional, semi serious ...
Plot: cleaning lady, dysfunctional family, suicide, dark humor, family business, crimes, police investigation, family relations, workplace, family problems, single parent, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new mexico, california, albuquerque new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 7.1
 60K
Leave No Trace (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an ...
Style: psychological, sincere, captivating, motivational, road movie ...
Audience: teens
Plot: father daughter relationship, teenage girl, veteran, hiking, forest, wilderness, survivalist, hitchhiking, trust, hiding place, freezing, medicine ...
Time: future
Place: washington state, oregon, portland oregon, xian, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Way Way Back (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.
Style: touching, emotional, feel good, realistic, sweet ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, kids, teen drama
Plot: summer, teenager, friendship, vacation, coming of age, shyness, loneliness, youth, dysfunctional family, teenage love, life philosophy, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, intellectual ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, family outing, kids, teen drama
Plot: teacher, suicide, coming of age, literature, teachers and students, poetry, poet, philosophy, dedicated educator, youth, boarding school life, education ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, usa, new england, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: ironic, melancholic, enigmatic, semi serious, road movie ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: coming of age, road trip, self discovery, teenage life, teenager, introspection, parents and children, love and romance, human nature, lifestyle, obsessive quest, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new jersey, california, oregon, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
 33K
The Way (2010)
Genre: 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: poignant, touching, emotional, thought provoking, scenic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: travel, road trip, journey, self discovery, redemption, grief, death of son, survival, loneliness, life & death, destiny, life philosophy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, france, california, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
 241K
The Road (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the ...
Style: bleak, suspense, harsh, rough, depressing ...
Plot: post apocalypse, survival, apocalypse, distopia, father son relationship, cannibalism, starvation, on the road, catastrophe, journey, loss of family member, worldwide chaos ...
Time: future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.6
 2K
Manny & Lo (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A pregnant teen and her younger sister run away from foster homes and kidnap a woman whom they believe can help with the pregnancy.
Style: feel good, humorous, sexy, road movie, affectionate ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, kidnapping, teenage pregnancy, police, pregnancy, teenager, robbery, destiny, dysfunctional family, culture clash, ethnic conflict, relationships ...
Time: 90s
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Everything Is Illuminated (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A film based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by American writer Jonathan Safran Foer, in which a young Jewish American man endeavors—with the help of eccentric, distant relatives—to find the woman who saved his grandfather ...
Style: touching, sincere, tragicomedy, clever, road movie ...
Plot: holocaust, ukrainian, jewish, culture clash, collector, prejudice, journey, dog, friendship, on the road, grandparent grandchild relationship, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, contemporary
Place: ukraine, eastern europe, europe, berlin germany, kiev ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, India
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: road movie, touching, emotional, talky, humorous ...
Plot: train, dysfunctional family, introspection, journey, suicide attempt, reconciliation, travel, complex characters, eccentricity, train travel, grief, on the road ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, himalaya, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Monsieur Ibrahim (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Monsieur Ibrahim is a story about a young Jewish boy in Paris who meets an old Muslim Turkish grocery store owner. The film touches the themes of friendship and love as the old man is a father figure to the boy as he teaches him of the Koran. The ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, touching, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: muslim, coming of age, friendship, adoption, self discovery, youth, religion, koran, generation gap, family relations, teaching the ways of the world, jewish ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: paris france, europe, new jersey, france, greece ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 7.1
 38K
The Savages (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.
Style: sentimental, realistic, compassionate, emotional, touching ...
Plot: family, midlife crisis, depression, mental illness, dysfunctional family, father daughter relationship, redemption, character study, family relations, nursing, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: arizona, poland, new york, usa, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
World's Greatest Dad (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and the greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of fame, fortune and popularity, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there.
Style: melancholic, thought provoking, clever, dark, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, teacher, single father, father son relationship, grief, writers, life & death, loneliness, life philosophy, character study, loss of child, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Jack the Bear (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Story of the relationships between two sons and their father, who moves the family to California and becomes a tv horror show host after the death of his wife.
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, visually appealing, feel good ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, children, bittersweet, redemption, dysfunctional family, single father, hospital, police investigation, life philosophy, destiny, betrayal, child abduction ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, california, usa, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Having suffered a tragedy, Ben becomes a caregiver to earn money. His first client, Trevor, is a hilarious 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. One paralyzed emotionally, one paralyzed physically, Ben and Trevor hit the road on a trip into the ...
Style: sweet, depressing, heartbreaking, compassionate, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: road trip, disability, unlikely friendships, abandoned by father, coming of age, friendship, honest, tragedy, justice, loneliness, mentor, depression ...
Place: seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
A River Runs Through It (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Plot: fishing, coming of age, self discovery, beautiful scenery, father son relationship, americana, river, brother brother relationship, brothers, childhood, tragedy, secrets ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1910s, 1930s
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Son of the Bride (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 123 min.
Story: At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, he feels guilty about rarely visiting his aging mother, his ex-wife says he doesn't spend enough time with their daughter and he has yet to make a commitment ...
Style: sentimental, humorous, touching, witty, sexy ...
Plot: midlife crisis, divorce, family relations, self discovery, heart attack, introspection, fall in love, old friend, parents and children, human nature, family gatherings, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: argentina, spain, south america, latin america, buenos aires argentina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.6
 11K
Please Give (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In New York City, a husband and wife butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives in the apartment the couple owns.
Style: depressing, melancholic, humorous, sincere, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), midlife crisis, loneliness, complex characters, depression, twists and turns, parents and children, human nature, adultery, teenage life, cancer, suicide ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, california, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.5
 21K
Thumbsucker (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Justin, a teenager boy, throws himself and everyone around him into chaos when he attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb.
Style: emotional, humorous, witty, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, high school, addiction, youth, teenager, depression, psychologist, teenage life, self discovery, lifestyle, grownups, teenage crush ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
A Family Thing (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Earl Pilcher Jr., runs an equipment rental outfit in Arkansas, lives with his wife and kids and parents, and rarely takes off his gimme cap. His mother dies, leaving a letter explaining he's not her natural son, but the son of a Black woman who ...
Style: feel good, touching, realistic, melancholic, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: self discovery, biracial, family relations, secrets, betrayal, loneliness, justice, interracial relations, family problems, family life, parents and children, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 70s
Place: arkansas, chicago illinois, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Terms of Endearment (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on ...
Style: emotional, touching, sad, sentimental, compassionate ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: family relations, mother daughter relationship, cancer, marriage, love, death, family, relationships, love affair, dying young, friendship, couples ...
Time: 1940s, 70s, 60s, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: texas, nebraska, new york, usa, louisiana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.
Style: touching, humorous, melancholic, thought provoking, mumblecore ...
Plot: slacker, loneliness, midlife crisis, twists and turns, everyday life, naivete, loser, parents and children, immature, character change, brothers, brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, california, usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: During a harsh Montréal winter, an elementary-school class is left reeling after its teacher commits suicide. Bachir Lazhar, a charismatic Algerian immigrant, steps in as the substitute teacher for the classroom of traumatized children. All the ...
Style: touching, sincere, inspirational, compassionate, thought provoking ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: teacher, elementary school, suicide, immigrants, teachers and students, youth, coming of age, tragedy, precocious child, culture clash, character study, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, montreal, quebec, ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%