Movies like It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

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It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988)
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It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A nameless young character travels to the country, meeting some acquaintances and strangers, having banal conversations, and dedicating his existence to daily mundane activities.
Plot: dog, basketball, painter, loneliness, on the road, friendship, food, subway, family relations, male female relationship, snow, train, book, restaurant, puppy, lighthouse, elevator, pills, hiking, mirror, cooking, lake, rain, glacier, bus ...
Place: los angeles, san francisco, houston texas, austin texas

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Most similar movies to It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and sincere films with plots about drinking, telephone call, family relations, food, mother son relationship, friendship and cafe mostly in Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books: Slacker (1990), Boyhood (2014), Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993), Road Movie (1973), The Dream Catcher (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Slacker (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Presents a day in the life in Austin, Texas among its social outcasts and misfits, predominantly the twenty-something set, using a series of linear vignettes. These characters, who in some manner just don't fit into the establishment norms, ...
Style: talky, humorous, witty, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: philosophy, writers, hitchhiker, tent, cafe, telescope, anarchist, atomic bomb, hit and run, burglar, sunglasses, twenty something ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: texas, usa, austin texas, barcelona spain, dallas texas ...
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95%
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Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
Style: depressing, realistic, sincere, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, divorce, childhood, stepsister stepsister relationship, divorced parents, abusive husband, parenting, parents and children, teenage life, marital problem, teenager, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2010, year 2003, year 2005 ...
Place: usa, texas, houston texas, austin texas
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76%
Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Rebelling against his dreary life in a small Arizona town, salesman Nick abandons his girlfriend, Beth, and strikes out onto the highway in search of... something else. Encouraged by her best friend, Carol, Beth reluctantly accepts the romantic ...
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friends, desert, self discovery, friendship, love, highway, road trip, salesman, partners, social misfits, love and romance, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: arizona, usa, las vegas, tucson arizona, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Road Movie (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Gil and Hank are two independent truckers who run into problems when they are forced to pay off traffic managers to get loads. They also have to pay off highway cops when their rigs are overweight and bank loans but consider themselves lucky just to ...
Style: road movie
Plot: loneliness, on the road, photograph, police, truck accident, mining, prostitute, crying, insurance, truck, car accident, stabbing ...
Place: chicago illinois, pennsylvania, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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The Dream Catcher (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An abandoned teen jumps a freight train in Philadelphia intent on reaching his uncle in Indiana, whom he believes will help him with financial difficulties including a pregnant girlfriend. In Ohio, he meets another homeless teen, who escorts him to ...
Style: gloomy, emotional, touching, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: friendship, on the road, family relations, hopes, society, coming of age, friends, drugs/alcohol, profanity, self discovery, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, oklahoma, st. louis missouri, philadelphia, salt lake city utah
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53%
Around the Bend (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A tale of four generations of men, all of whom have had their offspring at a young age: a great-grandfather, a grandfather, a father in his twenties and a son who is about 7 years old. When the oldest member passes away, the trio heads out on the ...
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, emotional, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: redemption, family relations, self discovery, family gatherings, parents and children, human nature, reunion, estrangement, on the road, bus, van, archaeologist ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new mexico, usa, albuquerque new mexico, los angeles, mexico ...
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52%
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Off the Map (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An 11-year-old girl watches her father come down with a crippling depression. Over one summer, she learns answers to several mysteries and comes to terms with love and loss.
Style: touching, sincere, atmospheric, emotional, intense ...
Plot: depression, family relations, eccentric family, parents and children, love and romance, youth, family problems, family in crisis, desert, childhood, coming of age, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new mexico, usa, korea, albuquerque new mexico, san diego california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The Yosemite Valley Railroad, which runs through the breathtaking scenery and stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, is on the brink of failure. The grandson of a Chinese railroad laborer embarks on a romantic, but ultimately doomed, quest to ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric, sincere
Plot: train, racism, escapades, society, obsessive quest, ambition, friends, americana, obsession, against the odds, self discovery, cigar smoking ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: california, usa, pasadena california, washington d.c., new york ...
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46%
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Maladies (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A talented and successful actor retires at a young age due to a perceived mental illness. Now living in a small town with his deranged sister and his best friend, we watch as their Maladies intertwine.
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: mental illness, actor, siblings relations, family relations, mentally unstable, small town, friendship, split personality, gender bending, misfit, car radio, painting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1960s, 60s
Place: usa, new york
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43%
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Along the Way (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A funny, gripping and powerful drama about the post graduation summer of four lifelong friends and one night that changed the course of their lives... forever. Like Crash , Saint Elmo s Fire and it s inspiration Stand By Me, Along the WAY is a ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, offbeat, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, college, friends, buddies, hopes, world, showbiz, redemption, youth, best friends, coming of age, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1996, year 1983, quarry
Place: new york, madison square garden manhattan new york city, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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American Gun (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
Style: emotional, thought provoking, contemplative, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: high school, family relations, teenage life, americana, family problems, on the road, dealing with death, single parent, death in the family, working class, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, oregon, virginia
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42%
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Certain Women (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The lives of four women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.
Style: thought provoking, ironic, disturbing, captivating, feminist film
Plot: lesbian interest, female lawyer, loneliness, flirting, ranch, dysfunctional relationship, marriage, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship, teacher, small town, old man ...
Time: 2010s, year 1975, year 1966, year 1918, year 1959
Place: montana
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41%
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Jerome (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Jerome is a day in the life of a dreamer. Wade Hampton has found himself trapped by responsibility and lack of understanding by those closest to him. As a result, Wade simply leaves his old life with the idea of fulfilling a repressed dream of ...
Style: touching, psychological, emotional, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: desert, on the road, factory, unfulfillment, lovers on the run, couples, estrangement, unemployment, small town, small town life, family in crisis, workplace romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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James White (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: James White is a troubled twentysomething trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. As he retreats further into a hedonistic lifestyle, his mother's battle with a serious illness faces a series of setbacks that force him to assume more ...
Style: captivating, psychological, disturbing, sincere
Plot: mother son relationship, drinking, terminal illness, friendship, promise, chemotherapy, lie, slacker, cancer, self destructing, new life, eating ...
Time: year 2000, year 1983, year 2013
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Things That Hang from Trees (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: St. Augustine, Florida, 1969. An eight-year-old boy's wish to see the fireworks from atop the city's lighthouse is complicated by his odd neighbors, abusive peers, and hopeless parents. The young boy's seemingly simple goal develops ...
Style: captivating, psychological, disturbing, touching
Plot: child abuse, traumatic childhood, husband wife relationship, mental illness, boy, drunkenness, teasing, small town, bullying, abusive husband, father son relationship, mother son relationship ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, year 1969
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Leave No Trace (2018)
Genre: 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, motivational, philosophical, road movie ...
Plot: off the grid, father daughter relationship, hiking, teenage girl, hitchhiking, survivalist, wilderness, hiding place, trust, medicine, injury, veteran ...
Place: washington state, oregon, xian, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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The Dynamiter (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: All fourteen-year-old Robbie Hendrick ever wanted was a family. Yet as another Mississippi summer begins, his wayward mother has run off again fearing a breakdown and he's left to burn the days caring for his half brother, Fess. As the deep ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, touching, sincere ...
Plot: small town, family relations, family problems, youth, dysfunctional family, teenage life, innocence lost, coming of age, dysfunctional character, bittersweet, siblings relations, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, quarry
Place: mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
River Made to Drown In (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Allen, a struggling young artist who once survived by working in the streets, is now involved with Eva, a wealthy Los Angeles gallery owner. Quite by surprise Allen receives a visit from an old john, Thaddeus, who is dying from aids and has come to ...
Plot: death, hustler, sketching, flashlight, crying, taxi, memory, bartender, terminal illness, beating, tree, homosexual ...
Place: santa monica california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Luminous Motion (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A mom and her 10 year son motor around the country as she makes ends meet by turning tricks until her car breaks down. She then temporarily takes up with a hardware store owner until she gets her own place. Then the kid's father shows up to try ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, offbeat
Plot: on the road, dysfunctional family, family relations, single parent, family problems, store, parents and children, alcohol abuse, friendship, island, female director, crossword puzzle ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, beirut lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Wendy, a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: dog, small town, down on your luck, financial problem, social problems, life is a bitch, hopes, pets, loneliness, friendship, depression, owner dog relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: oregon, usa, alaska, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Exploding Girl (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: On a summer break from college, Ivy, a young epileptic woman, struggles to balance her feelings for her fledgling boyfriend while her friend Al crashes with her for the season.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere
Audience: girls' night
Plot: looking for love, romance, lovers apart, disability, youth, young lovers, introspection, husband wife relationship, male female relationship, storytelling, party, epilepsy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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36%
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, rough, realistic, contemplative
Plot: family relations, soldier, on the road, life is a bitch, siblings relations, human nature, youth, mother daughter relationship, bus, pursuit, storytelling, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Levelland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A coming-of-age drama, with skateboards, set in Texas.
Audience: teens
Plot: video camera, marriage, lie, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, ulcer, bare breasts, band, brother brother relationship, restaurant, food, undressing, swimming pool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When autistic teen Ricky is scolded for skipping class, he escapes into the subway for a days-long odyssey among the subway’s disparate denizens. Meanwhile, his mother wages an escalating search effort above ground. Based on a true story and set ...
Style: sincere, touching, disturbing, melancholic, serious ...
Plot: self discovery, parents and children, teenage life, family relations, social misfits, autism, missing child, train, imagination, mentally challenged, hopes, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1984, year 2012
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: small town, friendship, prison, hopes, false accusation, redemption, church, bittersweet, self discovery, couples, friends, going straight ...
Time: 90s, quarry
Place: maine, usa, kentucky, new england, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Noi the Albino (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iceland, Germany, UK, Denmark
Duration: 90 min.
Story: 17 year old Noi drifts through life on a remote fjord in Iceland. In winter, the fjord is cut off from the outside world, surrounded by ominous mountains and buried under a shroud of snow. Noi dreams of escaping from this white-walled prison with ...
Style: touching, depressing, harsh, enigmatic, compassionate ...
Plot: gas station, friendship, family relations, unfulfilled love, teenage life, parents and children, heist, social relations, hopes, youth, love and romance, genius ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: iceland, singapore, cairo egypt, hawaii, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a voluminous Oral History of the World, a record of 20,000 ...
Style: sentimental, melancholic, intellectual, enigmatic, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, writer's life, buddies, human nature, storytelling, secret, reporter, alone in the world, character study, eccentricity, bum ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, north carolina, manhattan new york city, harvard university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Steal Me (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Chasing his wayward mother to Montana, fifteen year old Jake finds the picture perfect Tucker family instead who photoshop him into their lives, despite his questionable past. Too bad Jake can not stop himself from stealing, being seduced by the ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, small town, teenage life, forbidden love, love affair, couples, love and romance, youth, starting over, human nature, parents and children, adultery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Winter Solstice (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A widower confronts his older son's decision to leave home and his younger son's self-destructive behavior.
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, touching, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, parents and children, starting over, couple relations, small town life, love and romance, brother brother relationship, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, teenage boy, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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So B. It (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young girl named Heidi who lives with her mentally disabled mother, travels across the country to find out about her and her mothers past.
Plot: money, fishing, husband wife relationship, girl, crying baby, casino, birthday, grave, memory, boy, applying lipstick, lake ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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