Movies like On the Nickel

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On the Nickel (1980)
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On the Nickel (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: feature film written, produced by, and starring Ralph Waite (best known as John Walton, Sr., on the long-running CBS television series, "The Waltons"). The film tells the story of Sam (Donald Moffat), a recovering alcoholic who feels dissatisfied with his life of sobriety and goes back in search of the good times he enjoyed with his old friends living on Los Angeles' skid row (Fifth Street - hence the film's title). Eventually finding his best friend, "C.G." (Waite), still living on the nickel, the two men reminisce, and Sam gets a fresh look at the lifestyle he had once vigorously abandoned. The film is a multi-level odyssey through the slums of L.A., as well Sam's personal ruminations as he re-evaluates the nostalgia he had felt for the free and bohemian lifestyle of a street person.
Plot: police, friendship, alcoholic, bum, alcohol abuse, slum, judge, drunkard, street life, monologue, drunkenness, homelessness, abandoned, urban setting
Place: los angeles

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Most similar movies to On the Nickel

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and gloomy films with plots about alcohol abuse, alcoholic, friendship, homelessness, drinking alcohol, life is a bitch and drunkenness mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like On the Nickel: Come the Morning (1993), The Yellow Scarf (2000), Sweet Love, Bitter (1967), Downtown: A Street Tale (2004), Little Ladies of the Night (1977). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Come the Morning (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: In search of her estranged husband, a mother brings her 3 children to Los Angeles in the hope of finding him. With no prospects they wander the streets; becoming beggars before long. Things start to turn around for them when the mother meets a ...
Plot: prayer, drink, religion, religious conversion, search for father, single mother, alcoholic, salvation army, begging, sermon, church, slum ...
Place: los angeles
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95%
The Yellow Scarf (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 59 min.
Story: The main character - a man who suffers from alcoholism - wants to change his tumultuous life. The day before Christmas Eve he receives a gift from his son - a yellow scarf. A gift is a kind of talisman he receives from loved ones, and every time he ...
Plot: alcoholic, drunkard, drinking, scarf, drunkenness, businessman, crisis, ex husband ex wife relationship, christmas, alcohol abuse, drinking alcohol
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74%
Sweet Love, Bitter (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A loose fictitious of Charlie Parker's last years and a portrait of the jazz scene in 1960's New York.
Style: reflective
Plot: miscegenation, heroin, drunkenness, friendship, guilt, star, jazz music, interracial friendship, death, jazz, police, cowardice ...
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72%
Downtown: A Street Tale (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A group of street kids find that the only way to make it through the day is to hold onto their dreams while their reality is eating out of dumpsters, turning tricks and squatting in abandoned buildings.
Plot: downtown, street, inner city, homelessness, street life, drugs, drug
Place: new york
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57%
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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, mother daughter relationship, police, teenager, friendship, street life, teenage girl, money, unhappiness, innocence, social problem, innocent ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Homefront (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Vietnam veteran Archibald Wright works as a house painter. One family he paints a house for has a problem he can relate to: Elaine, a woman who hired him, left his husband J.P., also a Vietnam vet while he was in 'Nam, and J.P. became an ...
Plot: commitment, waitress, alcoholic, vietnam veteran, vietnam war, inner city, house painter, family relations, alcohol abuse, parent child relationship, vietnam war veteran, republican ...
Place: beverly hills, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Finding herself unable to cope with the divorce of her parents and the stress of daily life, 15-year-old Sarah Travis starts drinking in secret. At first, alcohol provides comfort and release. Then it sends her life spiraling out of control.
Plot: alcohol abuse, nanny, divorce, alcoholic, teenager, teenage girl, alcoholics anonymous, older man younger woman relationship, kiss, stepfather, teen drinking, horse
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53%
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Drunks (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night, the first time in seven months, so he does - and leaves the meeting right after. As Jim wanders the night, ...
Style: realistic, talky, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: alcoholic, alcohol abuse, support group, addiction, redemption, drug abuse, family problems, friends, couples, down on your luck, family in crisis, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Smashed (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Kate and Charlie like to have a good time. Their marriage thrives on a shared fondness for music, laughter… and getting smashed. When Kate’s partying spirals into hard-core asocial behavior, compromising her job as an elementary schoolteacher, ...
Style: sincere, touching, depressing, twists and turns, sentimental ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, support group, addiction, alcoholic, rehabilitation, profanity, introspection, irresponsible, life is a bitch, hopes, drinking alcohol, drinking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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48%
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Marvin & Tige (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Marvin, a heavy-drinking widower meets Tige, an 11-year-old orphan. With nowhere else to go, Tige moves in with Marvin and they develop a close friendship. Marvin wants to adopt Tige but knows that he is too poor to give him a good home. Then he ...
Style: touching, psychological, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: adoption, alcohol abuse, racism, love and romance, unfulfillment, contests and competitions, society, opposites attract, manipulations, youth, life is a bitch, manipulation ...
Time: 80s
Place: atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: humorous, touching, gloomy, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: mental illness, friendship, best friends, social misfits, life is a bitch, buddies, missing person, down on your luck, haunted by the past, self discovery, alcohol abuse, misfit ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.4
 237
Glue Sniffer (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Venezuela, Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Oliver flees from abuse of his family and seeks refuge in the violent streets of Caracas, where survival is only possible in an environment of corruption, crime and sniffing glue to escape hunger, like other children in the same situation. Soon, the ...
Plot: homelessness, domestic violence, police corruption, police brutality, children, desperation, class system, street kid, survival, police, street life, gun ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 4.6
 13
The Healing (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: He finally met someone who specialized in damaged hearts. In this stirring drama, a promising young physician slides into alcoholism, following his wife’s tragic death. Having lost everything, he lands in a skid row mission, where he meets some ...
Style: christian film
Plot: bum, drunk, death of wife, doctor, bible quote, bible, grief, religious conversion, drug withdrawal, christian, alcohol abuse, alcoholic ...
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44%
 6.1
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Foxes (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A group of friends come of age in the asphalt desert of the San Fernando Valley, as set to a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, rough, reflective ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, alcohol abuse, hollywood, drug abuse, addiction, youth, graphic violence, self discovery, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Right to Remain Silent (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Bright and eager to hit the streets in search of bad guys, rookie cop Christine Paly is disappointed when she's instead assigned to process criminals. Under the supervision of a tough but likable mentor, Christine quickly learns that hers is ...
Plot: police station, rookie, police, transvestite, rally, hiv, police officer, ku klux klan, camera, racial slur, video camera, gun ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.8
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Redemption (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Christian is a young man growing up in Hollywood who dreams of following in his father's footsteps into show business. When he meets Tony, an industry insider with "connections," he is convinced that he has found his big break -- ...
Plot: gunshot, interracial relations, party, actor, poetry, love, sex, drugs, police, fight
Place: los angeles
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 4.0
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Tweek City (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Tweek City is a week in the life of Bill, a potentially closeted, half-Latino, small-time speed dealer in San Francisco's Mission District. Bill is stuck on an endless walk from one empty experience to the next. Only Bill's friend Jerm has ...
Plot: methamphetamine, homelessness, urban setting, gay, drugs, gay latino, suicide, closeted homosexual, male nudity
Place: san francisco
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Time Out of Mind (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Sweet Smell of Sex (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: A young woman arrives in New York to visit a friend and lands in one hot spot after another as she fends off the perverted advances from every man she meets.
Style: underground film
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⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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The Drinker (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the novel by Hans Fallada.
Plot: alcohol abuse, alcoholic, toxic, fuel, self destruction, intoxication, beer, marriage, self destructing, drinking contest, couples, drug addiction ...
Place: central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Dogs' Feast (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 112 min.
Story: On a holiday eve, everyone, especially one tired and chilly, does so need at least one living soul at one's side: it is bad to meet a holiday alone with oneself. Thus, on a New Year's Eve, the main characters meet, — a meeting of two ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, winter, loss of family, drinking alcohol, alcoholic, teenage girl, apartment, new year's eve, democracy, drinking, single mother, drunkenness ...
Place: ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Shattered Spirits (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Martin Sheen plays an alcoholic father who loses his family.
Style: emotional, gloomy, sincere, bleak, contemplative ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, family life, life is a bitch, downfall, unfulfillment, love and romance, couples, family problems, drinking, drink, evil man ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Deep in the Heart (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An alcoholic man refocuses himself on putting kids through college via 4H and FFA scholarship donations. Guiding him is a spiritual figure he calls "The Bearded Man".
Style: realistic, touching, uplifting, serious, captivating ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, starting over, support group, hopes, mysterious stranger, college, rise to the top, society, friendship, lifestyle change, alcoholic, changing lives ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Acts of Worship (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alix is taken in by a photographer, Digna, who despite her friends' protests, tries to help Alix piece her life back together and overcome her addictions.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, addiction, downfall, going straight, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, destructive relationship, youth, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, overdose, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Tales of Ordinary Madness (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Poet/lecturer Charles Serking awakens from his alcoholic haze long enough to take a bus back to L.A. and plunge into an orgy of drink and sexual depravity.
Style: sexual, psychological, realistic, serious, sexy ...
Plot: pimp, masochism, poet, ex husband ex wife relationship, alcoholic, surrealism, bartender, arrest, beach, typewriter, teenage life, drug abuse ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.
Style: realistic, bleak, emotional, gloomy, suspense ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, secretary, rehabilitation, alcoholic, addiction, drinking alcohol, drinking, party, public relations, romance, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.
Style: realistic, touching, sincere, atmospheric, sentimental ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, friendship, nervous breakdown, haunted by the past, funeral, loss of friend, parents and children, death of parent, loss of parent, family problems, drinking problem, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2002, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, alabama, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Panic in Echo Park (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: A young doctor tries to convince everyone about an impending epidemic, but he is accused of creating panic.
Style: tv series pilot
Plot: community, race against time, panic, urban, urban setting, african american, cover up, hospital, black american, epidemic, teenager, catastrophe ...
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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The Magic (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Tunisia, Algeria
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tunisia's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1995
Plot: director cameo, urban setting, poverty, child abandonment, obsession, filmmaker, boy, street life, autobiography, friend, hut, rapture ...
Place: tunisia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Christmas on Division Street (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A good-natured homeless man and an ill-tempered student become good friends.
Style: uplifting, captivating, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, christmas, library, homeless man, society, youth, hopes, odd couple, social differences, human spirit, redemption, down on your luck ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%