Movies like Just Be There

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Just Be There (1973)
Just Be There (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Mitchell, a Vietnam veteran, returns home to Minneapolis with his girlfriend Kathy and intends to write a novel about his war experiences, but is pushed by his overbearing father into a job selling pork bellies at a commodities firm. Quickly promoted to vice president for his work during the day, while writing the novel at night, proves too much for Mitchell; fearing that he has "sold out," he takes off on his motorcycle to "get his head together" early '70s-style. Somehow, schlockmeister Jack H. Harris (producer of THE BLOB) took this film and re-released it as something sexy called SWINGING TEACHER.
Plot: police, motorcycle, broker, marriage proposal, father son relationship, letter, vietnam veteran, aspiring writer, police officer, apartment, homecoming, vietnam war veteran, confrontation, laundromat, skinny dipping, country club, debutante

Most similar movies to Just Be There

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, psychological and sincere films with plots about vietnam veteran, father son relationship, vietnam war veteran, vietnam war, police, family relations and post traumatic stress disorder mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Just Be There: Night-Flowers (1979), The Woman Inside (1981), The Bus Is Coming (1971), Residue (2020), The Right to Remain Silent (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Night-Flowers (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two Vietnam vets, Tom and Nordi, live sad lives in a crumbling New Jersey town. Sharing a one room apartment, they talk about their inability to hold down real work, struggle to get noticed at the VA and fail to connect with women. This changes for ...
Plot: dinner, murder, supermarket, gun, shipyard, psychiatric patient, vietnam war veteran, frustration, fishing, massage parlor, rape, bus ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Woman Inside (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A Vietnam vet decides to undergo a sex change operation in the 1970's. Canadian / American production.
Plot: transsexual, vietnam veteran, sexual identity, surgery, new identity, shower, vietnam war veteran, gender bending
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Bus Is Coming (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A young black soldier returns home to Los Angeles from combat in Vietnam to find out that his brother had been killed by a gang of racist cops. Angered, he joins a black nationalist group to take his revenge.
Plot: vietnam war veteran, death of brother, brother, african american, murder of brother, investigation, soldier, racism, murder, vietnam veteran, police, ghetto ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.4
 367
Residue (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young filmmaker returns home after many years away, to write a script about his childhood, only to find his neighborhood unrecognizable and his childhood friends scattered to the wind.
Plot: swearing, father son relationship, teenage boy, getting home, fireworks, little boy, flashback, gun shooting, gun shot, rocking chair, black, police officer ...
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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: rookie, police station, police, drunk driving, lapd, pizza delivery, racial slur, camera, transvestite, ku klux klan, police officer, female police officer ...
Time: 1990s, 90s
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Daydream Obsession 3: Legacy (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: While visiting his recently-divorced father, Wylie discovers the camera and video diaries of Clayton. With his college friends over, Wylie begins to explore his desires through daydreams and reality. His roommate Greg is the object of his obsession. ...
Plot: gay, father son relationship, video diary, gay interest, gay erotica, nudity (full frontal - brief), sex tape, male nudity, shower, skinny dipping, pool party, erotica ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Captain Milkshake (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A Marine on leave from Vietnam becomes involved with hippies, communes and drug-running.
Style: psychedelic, psychotronic
Plot: vietnam veteran, marine, hippie, marijuana, drugs, english, anti war, cigar, army captain, rock and roll, cigar smoking, vietnam war veteran ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Lady from Yesterday (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A man (Rogers) with a wife (Bedelia) and two daughters and a flourishing career is visited by a woman (Chen) whom he had an affair with when he was in Vietnam. Who reveals to him that they have a son and that she wants him to take him (their son).
Plot: vietnam veteran, affair, marriage, secret, illegitimate son, male female relationship, past, father son relationship, family relations
Place: vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Coach of the Year (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An ex-football star, paralyzed from the waist down during Vietnam, accepts the challenge of coaching football in a juvenile reform school.
Plot: vietnam war veteran, wheelchair, vietnam veteran, juvenile detention, american football, coach, sport
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Cease Fire (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Tim Murphy is a Vietnam Vet. When he loses his job he starts to relive all the pain and horror of his time in Vietnam. The stresses and strains nearly destroy his marriage and his family. Only after joining a veterans' therapy group does Tim ...
Plot: vietnam veteran, nightmare, support group, combat, post traumatic stress disorder, house, vietnam war
Place: vietnam, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.3
 240
Americana (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a small town in rural Kansas, a troubled veteran attempts to restore an old merry-go-round ride.
Plot: loner, war veteran, countryside, vietnam war veteran, conflict, small town, merry go round, vietnam veteran, americana
Time: 70s
Place: kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.2
 139
Purple Haze (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: It's dynamite stuff.
Plot: drugs, pot smoking, military draft, homecoming, vietnam war, summer, college, dorm room, father son relationship, dormitory, military service, dropout ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Badge of the Assassin (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three black revolutionaries gun down two New York City police officers. The subsequent investigation puts a white assistant DA and a black police detective on the trail of the killers that leads from New York to San Francisco and down to New Orleans.
Plot: racism, police investigation, police officer, assistant district attorney, murder investigation, cop killer, buddy cop, nypd, police, murder, black cop
Place: new orleans, san francisco, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.8
 304
Welcome Home (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An Air Force officer (Kris Kristofferson) returns to his father (Brian Keith), son and remarried wife (JoBeth Williams) in Vermont after 17 years in Vietnam.
Style: emotional, bleak, contemplative, serious, realistic
Plot: homecoming, captivity, hospital, military life, power relations, family relations, life is a bitch, society, soldier, confined, military, anti war ...
Time: 20th century
Place: vietnam, cambodia, thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.4
 447
Tracks (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A soldier returns from Vietnam on special assignment, accompanying the body of his friend by train to California for burial. During the trip, he falls in love with a gentle college student. But their relationship is shattered by his flashbacks to ...
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, psychological, contemplative
Plot: soldier, train, homecoming, friendship, military, buddies, mentally unstable, friends, battles, psychopath, mental illness, college ...
Place: vietnam, usa, california, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Little Boy Blue (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Living in rural Texas is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, two small sons who look a lot like their brother. The dad harbors a secret, and he ...
Style: serious, disturbing, psychological, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, incest, dysfunctional family, parents and children, murder, stepmother stepson relationship, forced sex, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, family problems, siblings relations, missing person ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, asia, vietnam, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Last Passport (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: THE LAST PASSPORT takes place in a passport office...or so you think. George Miller is a 70 year old man who through a variety of encounters, takes us on a journey through his mysterious past to show us we are not all that different.
Plot: father son relationship, husband wife relationship, marriage, veteran, post office, friendship, police, military, love, family relations, gay interest, male female relationship
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Criminal Desires (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: A beautiful reporter gets caught up in the deadly and erotic world of an online 'murder club' in this red-hot thriller.
Plot: murder, police, female nudity, female full frontal nudity, male nudity, simulated blow job, male full rear nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief)
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.7
 86
Bike Boy (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Joe Spencer, a member of a motorcycle gang, is taking a shower. After his bout with personal hygiene, Joe encounters Andy Warhol's "superstars," who engage him in conversation. The superstars crack jokes he doesn't understand and ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: mace, male in shower, gay slur, bald man, cigarette smoking, male underwear, bestiality, male nudity, bare breasts, fashion, dressing room, homosexuality ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Ashes and Embers (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ashes and Embers is an original screenplay by Haile Gerima, about a Vietnam veteran, who, several years after the war, is struggling to come to terms with his role in the war, and his role as a Black person in America. He survives by working odd ...
Style: non-linear
Plot: getting home, held at gunpoint, statue, stock footage, grandmother grandson relationship, vietnam veteran, hallucinations, blood, hollywood sign, american dream, surrealism, farm ...
Place: washington d.c., vietnam, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.6
 45
Runaway (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 58 min.
Story: After witnessing the accidental death of a friend who was attempting to rescue him from bullies, an African-American boy blames himself and, stricken with guilt, hides out among underground street people in New York.
Plot: handicapped, vietnam war veteran, friend, vietnam veteran, friendship, african american, guilt, waitress, hiding, hit by a truck, runaway, bully ...
Place: grand central station manhattan new york city, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.3
 6K
Jacknife (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes involved romantically with the army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both survived.
Style: emotional, realistic, psychological, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, vietnam veteran, haunted by the past, siblings relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, homecoming, human nature, loneliness, alcohol abuse, prom, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 4.2
 140
Born Wild (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: After being released from prison for the murder of a fellow biker; CJ returns to his hometown to confront his former gang. However; he arrives to find that the past is not forgotten easily; and now they are out for blood.
Plot: motorcycle, estranged father, acting musician, drinking, cancer, dancing, child abandonment, cowboy, handcuffed, kidnapping, sex scene, drinking alcohol ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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The Shepherd (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: A father chooses between his enemy and the life of his own son. Bursting with “Top Gun” action, THE SHEPHERD explodes into the lives and conflicts of the men who push the edge of supersonic danger while defending our skies. The resulting ...
Style: christian film
Plot: canoe, jet plane, fighter pilot, christian, air force base, prayer, christianity, vietnam war veteran, death of father, pilot, death of husband, colonel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
 169
The Shadow Box (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Over the course of a day in a California hospice, three terminally ill patients are observed with their families reflecting on life and death. Adapted for television from the award-winning play by Michael Cristofer.
Plot: long lost daughter, hospice, destiny, family relations, love, wheelchair, letter, husband wife relationship, homosexual, cancer, ex husband ex wife relationship, death ...
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.9
 109
The Burglar (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 90 min.
Story: With a brother dedicated to punk rock stardom at any cost and a drunken father who chases skirt between robotic dancing lessons from the TV, young Senka stands as much chance of nurture as the hero of Truffaut's 400 Blows. The amazing thing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teen angst, punk rock, rock concert, alcoholic father, teenager, generation gap, theft, rebellious teenager, teenage angst, motorcycle, hallucination, rebellious youth ...
Place: ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Distant Thunder (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A troubled Vietnam war vet deserts his wife and child shortly after he returns from the war. He returns after 10 years, where he's been living like an animal in the forest. He finds himself unprepared for the changes that he will have to cope ...
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: martial arts, suicide, homelessness, parents and children, family life, terminal illness, human nature, homecoming, family relations, friends, estrangement, in the woods ...
Time: 60s, 80s, year 1969
Place: vietnam, asia, washington state, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 29K
Honey Boy (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The story of a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade, loosely based on Shia LaBeouf’s life.
Style: captivating, touching, sincere, psychological
Plot: abusive father, rehabilitation, absent mother, father son relationship, child protagonist, alcoholic father, forgiveness, alcoholics anonymous, group therapy, motel, autobiography, alcoholic ...
Time: year 1995, 1990s, year 2005, 2000s, 90s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.8
 57
'68 (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: '68 covers exactly one year (January 1st through December 31st) in the lives of Zoltan Szabo and his family, Hungarian immigrants, working hard to make a life in San Francisco in 1968. The Szabos tries to adjust to the new country, changing ...
Plot: lgbt, hungarian, father son relationship, gay brother, kiss, military draft, gay son, brother brother relationship, violinist, strong female character, military service, immigrants ...
Time: year 1968, 1960s, 60s
Place: california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.8
 12K
The War (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, friendship, bullying, family relations, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, bittersweet, family life, homecoming, youth, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, mississippi, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%